Some from the Serbian government’ establishment „don’t like“ Russians, but „Russians are coming“- be ready to deal with it, or „turn your tail and run“…
30 November 2013, SERBian FBReporter
@Darko Trifunović „Such idiot. How he can interfere in internal affairs of Serbia? Is that brotherhood approach of big Russian brother? I do not want Russian ambassador or any others to tell me what to do! Get out hand of Serbia!“(comment of Dr Darko Trifunovic (Secretary of Institute for „State security“ @ „Faculty of internal affairs“ in Belgrade) on Blic’ article: http://english.blic.rs/In-Focus/10057/Russian-ambassadors-threat-to-Serbia-NATO-red-line ) –
You, Mr. Trifunovic, as a secretary of an „strategic“ government institution, should know better then to use such profane language to describe an diplomatic official who comes from one of the friendliest country to Serbia. And nowadays there are not to many such Serbian friends, as the honorable Russian ambassador Mr. Aleksandr Chepurin…
If you have read carefully through the above Blic’ text, you would notice comment from your colleague Predrag Simic, who made remark that nothing is strange for Russia meddling into Serbian internal affairs, because until now South Africa (this is of course satiric comment) was the only country not to interfere into the „submissive to West, and politically castrated“, corrupted Serbian government.
You know to well, that since 2000 all important Serbian government’ decisions were done inside the walls of major Western embassies in Belgrade (beside Brussels and Washington).
As you stated that- you „do not want Russian ambassador or any others to tell me what to do! Get out hand of Serbia!“ – Now I expect from you nothing less, but to issue the same public warning to all Western ambassadors and EU envoys, that at present time openly meddling (and blackmailing our country) into Serbian internal affairs. Or maybe you are to afraid to do so, because at the end of the day, you are (in)directly on their payroll !?
To conclude this „replica“- In my personal belief: Russian’ concern with NATO taking militarily over country- where Russians are investing multimillion (in your favorite currency- dollars) projects, which will be for the benefits of, not only Russians, but for Serbian nation as well- is fully justified.
If we, as a nation and government wish to be honest in this relationship with Russia, we should at least remain militarily neutral (or, if we are forced to chose, than we have to side only with our historical, natural, cultural and proven „brotherly friends“… And such friends of Serbia, today certainly are not in the imperialistic West, but rather on the East – where they always used to be…
Miodrag Novakovic, FBR editor
Excerpt from the discussion within Facebook group „UNMIK“- https://www.facebook.com/groups/422786171118022/
Разговарала: Славица ЂУКИЋ
У тренутку када скоро цео свет подржава отимање јужне српске покрајине КИМ – а од стране Шиптара, Србима остаје нада да ће се наши потомци једном вратити на КИМ и да ће Косово поново територијално бити наше. Какав год био расплет косовске драме, народ треба да чује глас најзнаменитијих Срба на прагу трећег миленијума. Тај глас се недавно проломио у књизи ОТИМАЊЕ КОСОВА – новинарке Нађе Андрејевић – Келери.
Шта може да буде подобније од додељивања престижне награде за мир организацији која је истински спремна и вољна да оконча све ратове!
Норвешки парламентарци су управо наградили Европску Унију Нобеловом наградом за мир. А Норвешка је једна од ретких западних држава која не припада ЕУ. Тако да сумњамо да их није можда норвешка скромност спречила у томе да номинују организацују за коју дубоко верују да заслужује ту награду – а то је НАТО – јер њима припадају. Можда су скромни Норвежани мислили да би такав избор изгледао као да награђују сами себе. Тако да су на крају доделили награду ЕУ, као некој замени.
То је за сваку похвалу јер нам указује на то колико су Норвежани привржени нашим заједничким западним вредностима. Међутим, и даље сматрамо да лажна скромност не треба да спречава награђивање правих заслуга. Тако да предлажемо да би сви они који негују наше заједничке вредности требало да се уједине иза овог нескромног предлога: 2013. године наградите НАТО Нобеловом наградом за мир!
Мудри Норвежани објашњавају свој избор указујући на то да је Европска Унија унапредила европске интеграције. Али, ако погледамо чињенице, јасно је да је НАТО интегрисао још више држава од ЕУ, и то чини и даље, далеко од провинцијских граница Западне Европе.
ЕУ је интегрисала Европу економским средствима, за које чак и комитет за Нобелову награду признаје да су у слободном паду. А, са друге стране, НАТО је користио бомбе и ракете како би придобио Југославију за наше вредности, док се ЕУ и даље налази у позадини. НАТО је користио своју морнарицу и авијацију за демократизацију Либије, док су лидери Европске Уније оправдавали операцију само пуким речима. А сада, захваљујући Турској, НАТО је активно укључен у борби против сиријског диктатора који убија свој сопствени народ, док ЕУ и даље само прича и шаље паре које нема.
Норвежани хвале ЕУ због њене борбе против националистичког зла, за које се плаше да је све јаче. Али, искрено, допринос ЕУ овом племенитом циљу је тричав, састојећи се само од неколико пропалих нација на врху евроазијског континента. А НАТО мисија против национализма је много инспиративнија јер доноси своју благонаклону демократију и људска права свим земљама света! Мир ће напокон овладати нашом планетом само онда када све нације и сви национализми буду под влашћу западних вредности.
Уочи стогодишњице од почетка Првог светског рата, шта може да буде подобније од додељивања престижне награде за мир организацији која је истински спремна и вољна да оконча све ратове!
За НАТО у 2013!!!
Превод са енглеског Светлана МАКСОВИЋ
Can anyone still make a good argument in favour of NATO? Even ardent interventionists, chomping at the bit to assert Western military dominance over the globe, must be beginning to doubt the worth of this perennially panicking mob of confused military powers.
At its members’ emergency meeting in Brussels last week, following the accidental shelling of a Turkish border town by one of the government-supporting factions in Syria, NATO was shown to be in complete stasis. It condemned the incident in the strongest terms and clumsily cited it as another example of the Syrian authorities’ disregard ‘for international norms, peace and security, and human life’, despite there being no evidence that the rocket was fired by Syrian government troops.
Turkish-Syrian relations have been frosty since the outbreak of the uprising. Turkey has continued to harbour Syrian refugees and has developed good relations with the rebels, who have seized most of the territory close to the Turkish border. Some observers believe that the Turkish government is even providing the rebels with arms. Turkey has already convened NATO under article four in June this year, when Syrian government forces shot down a Turkish plane which had strayed into Syrian air space over the coastal province of Lataika. Following the emergency meeting in June, the Dutch foreign minister indicated that NATO considered military intervention in the Syrian conflict, to defend Turkey or otherwise, to be ‘out of the question’. Many analysts agree that there is little chance of NATO undertaking a full-scale military intervention in Syria, at least for the time being.
So why not? NATO claimed to have proven the effectiveness of its interventions following the fall of Gaddafi in Libya. Writing in Foreign Affairs magazine earlier this year, the US permanent representative on the council of NATO, Ivo Daalder, wrote of how Libya had been ‘rightly described as a “model intervention”’. With NATO apparently riding high on its ‘victory’ in Libya, many have been asking why it has prevaricated over supporting the rebels in Syria.
Part of the answer is that no national leader wants to take responsibility for what will unfold in Syria if Assad falls. Although NATO officials describe the intervention in Libya as a ‘victory’, that intervention has left Libya in a state bordering on civil war. The unresolved political tensions which permeated the rebellion in Libya, drawing in fighters from all classes, regions and religions, have manifested themselves violently since the fall of Gaddafi. In the run-up to the first national elections earlier this year, the National Transition Council, the unelected transition government installed by the West after Gaddafi’s killing, banned political parties based on tribal or regional allegiances, many of which were calling for the nation to disband.
Indeed, Libya is still beset by regional violence from separatist movements who feel that the process of transition has left them worse off than they were under Gaddafi. The fractious and chaotic state in which Libya now finds itself is attributable to the intervention of NATO in the conflict. NATO lent artificial cohesion to a rebellion movement which lacked any democratic mandate to lead, or any clear direction for how to lead, once the old regime had fallen.
The fate of post-Assad Syria would be even more chaotic. Firstly, the ethnic make-up of the conflict is more complex. Syrian Christians tend to be either neutral or support the regime. The rebels are largely composed of Sunni Muslims who see the regime mainly constituted of Alawites, as heretical. The uprising in Aleppo is distinctly Islamist, whereas the uprising in Homs is led by rebel groups that cut across ethnic and religious divides. Like Libya, the uprising lacks any central leadership to cohere these groups. While NATO was quick to claim Libya as a ‘victory’, the shadow of the ongoing sectarian violence is undoubtedly serving as a warning against intervention in the already fractious rebellion in Syria.
Analysts have further pointed out that the scale of any intervention in Syria would have to be far greater than in Libya in order to be effective. Even establishing a no-fly zone would require destroying 22 early-warning radar sites and command-and-control facilities, 150 surface-to-air missile batteries, 27 surface-to-surface missile batteries, 12 anti-ship missile batteries, 32 airfield targets, and more than 200 hardened aircraft shelters. This would dwarf the military effort required to defend the air space over Libya. Of course, there are also realpolitik concerns standing in the way of intervention, with an American election in November and economic crisis in Europe.
When NATO’s approach to interventions appears so arbitrary, it raises the question: what is NATO for? The organisation was formed in 1949 under the North Atlantic Treaty to unify the military powers of America and Europe following the Second World War, and to stave off the threat of a Soviet invasion of Europe. The first NATO secretary general, Lord Ismay, indicated the singular purpose of the organisation when he stated in 1949 that its goal was ‘to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down’. To this end, article five of the treaty allows for an ‘armed attack against one or more of (member countries) in Europe or North America (to) be considered an attack against (all member countries)’.
Of course, that Russian invasion never came. Article five has only ever been invoked once – by the Americans following 9/11. NATO interventions have never relied on the provisions of the North Atlantic Treaty, but they have been dependent on UN resolutions. NATO is now effectively the armed wing of the UN. As the example of Syria suggests, the archaic North Atlantic Treaty seems ill-equipped to deal with the complex process of intervening in foreign civil wars.
In and of itself, NATO is a rudderless, incoherent institution whose ongoing existence serves to further destabilise and unsettle the countries in which it intervenes. The current stasis over Syria shows that NATO is (thankfully) blighted by a dearth of leadership and is lacking in any coherent idea of its own purpose. Whereas it was convened at a time when European governments saw themselves as facing a palpable military threat, it exists today solely as a medium for the West to cast itself as the arbitrator of global conflicts – a role which history suggests the West is ill-suited to play.
Even those who believe, in spite of its uniformly disastrous history, that NATO can bring good to the world through its military interventions must be scratching their heads after last week. What happened to the glorious saviours of Bosnia? Or the ‘victorious’ liberators of Libya? They were reduced to confused inaction by a stray rocket into Turkey. It is time to disband this archaic, flailing institution of Western intervention. After all, a confused babble of Western military powers, who act arbitrarily and without any democratic mandate, is likely to prove far more destabilising for the Middle East than a misfired rocket.
Luke Gittos is a paralegal working in criminal law and convenor of the London Legal Salon.
Weekend Edition October 5-7, 2012
by RON JACOBS
Turkey took a page from Washington’s play book on October 4, 2012. After an errant shell landed in Turkish territory and killed a family there, the Turkish legislature authorized the Turkish military to enter foreign lands. In other words, they manipulated an incident into an act of war much like the US used questionable incidents to attack northern Korea in 1950 and northern Vietnam in 1964. By passing legislation giving the Turkish military permission to enter foreign territory, Ankara declared an undeclared war on Syria. Claiming that there intention is not war, the Turkish military stepped up its alert status and prepared for war. Of course, Turkey’s status as a NATO member brought forth a barely concealed hope from Brussels that this might finally be the entry it has been looking for since the protests against the Assad regime started looking as if they might result in that regime’s fall.
I have a sister who has been a nurse working psychiatric wards for most of the past forty five years. Although she has misgivings about the use of psychotropic drugs in many instances, she has explained that they serve a useful purpose in that they create a predictable response for staff to deal with. In other words, once the drugs take effect, the medical staff can be pretty certain how the patient will behave. When nations go to war they operate under a similar thought process. In other words, once a nation is attacked, it will fight back or surrender. The root causes of the conflict will not be resolved, but the behavior of the attacked nation becomes more predictable. Of course, once the dogs of war are unleashed, anything can happen. However, like the fool who makes the same mistake over and over again, war making nation’s act as if the next war they enter will end as predicted.
The case of Syria is a tough one. The Assad regime is quite authoritarian and, at this point, the word murderous also applies. However, the opposition as it currently exists does not seem to be much better. Indeed, the increasing role of radical Islamists with an apparently reactionary agenda in the rebel forces creates a scenario where both sides in this civil war are difficult, if not impossible, to support. The element of the resistance that seemed to express popular hopes for a democratic secular government in Syria seems to have disappeared in the car bombs and aerial bombardments that tend to increasingly characterize this conflict. From where I sit, it appears the US and its alliance are arming forces very similar to those it armed in Afghanistan, while the nation of Syria is looking more and more like Iraq circa 2007, when sectarian conflict split that nation into many small and dangerous combat zones. Neither aspect of this scenario is a positive.
As for NATO and Israel, it is important to remember that Syria has been one of several nations in the Middle East that Tel Aviv and DC have wanted to control for decades. Always a proponent of pan-Arabism and Arab nationalism, the Damascus government has been a constant threat to Israel’s dream of a Greater Israel and, simultaneously, to Washington’s plans to dominate the region. A co-founder of the United Arab Republic and now Tehran’s greatest ally in the Middle East, Damascus has long been on Washington’s the short list of nations needing a reformat into a friendlier state. Tel Aviv, of course, would rather just take over the whole place and make it their own as part of their dream of lebensraum for the Jewish people.
Since the protests turned bloody in Syria last winter, the western public has been shown numerous videos and images of mutilated bodies and destroyed dwellings. The historical context and the nature of the forces involved have been minimized while the human toll has been magnified. Much of this destruction was caused by the Syrian military and associated paramilitaries. As the conflict turned into civil war, much of it has also been caused by the rebel forces. The images of the former were usually provided by freelance sources that often have an agenda to push—that agenda involves the entry of foreign forces to support their side. This is where the west comes in. It is also where the recent threat of military intervention from Ankara comes in. If Turkey does enter the fray, NATO will not be far behind. As part of the alliance, Ankara knows this and counts on it. Its opposition to the Assad regime has been present since the beginning of the resistance and the resistance’s turn to military conflict has been supported and propped up every inch of the way by Ankara.
There is no easy answer to the conflict in Syria. However, turning it into a regional war is definitely not the right one.
Ron Jacobs is the author of The Way the Wind Blew: a History of the Weather Underground and Short Order Frame Up. Jacobs’ essay on Big Bill Broonzy is featured in CounterPunch’s collection on music, art and sex, Serpents in the Garden. His collection of essays and other musings titled Tripping Through the American Night is now available and his new novel is The Co-Conspirator’s Tale. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, published by AK Press. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
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Турски Парламент званично одобрио напад на Сирију
4. октобар 2012. 15:21
Вековна традиција на делу: Турски Парламент званично одобрио напад на Сирију
Свет није луд, добили су задатак да започну инвазију на Сирију и сад га испуњавају. Модел паљевине Рајхстага је увек популаран за земље агресоре.
Турски парламент одобрио је данас војне операције у Сирији. У међувремену се Сирија извинила због граната које су пале на турску територију и усмртиле 5 особа.
Предлог закона који одобрава војне операције у Сирији, усвојен је са 320 гласова за и 129 гласова против на посебној седници парламента која је била затворена за јавност. Помоћник турског премијера Реџепа Тајипа Ердогана изјавио је јутрос да Анкара не намерава да објави рат Сирији.
Турски званичник изјавио је да артиљерсијке нападе Турске на сиријске мете и предложени закон о одобравању војне акције треба схватити као „упозорење Сирији“.
Турска артиљерија је синоћ гадјала мете у Сирији, пошто су сиријске ракете претходно погодиле турски гранични град Акчакале, при чему је погинуло пет цивила.
Сирија је данас признала одговорност за јучерашње гранатирање са свога тла у којем је на територији Турске погинуло петоро цивила, и извинила се због тога, саопстено је данас у Анкари.
„Сирија је признала шта је урадила и извинила се„, саопштио је новинарима заменик турског премијера Бешир Аталај.
Сирија је саопштила да испитује порекло прекограничне ватре и изразила је своје саучешће породицама жртава и „пријатељима, турском народу“. Сиријски напад осудили су и САД и генерални секретар УН Бан Ки-мун.
Турска је рано јутрос наставила да бомбардује сиријски дистрикт Тел Абјад, 10 километара унутар сиријске територије, од границе са Турском, након јучерашњих обостраних напада.
НАТО је одржао хитан састанак на коме је пружио подршку Анкари и упозорио Сирију да поштује медјународно право.
Турска, некада један од најближих савезника Сирије, прекинула је дипломатске односе када је режим председника Башара ел Асада започео са насилним сузбијањем протеста прошле године.
Тензије су се додатно погоршале изме]у две земље, када је Сирија оборила турски борбени авион у јуну.
(B92, Beta, Tanjug)
Антиратни протести у Турској: Полиција употребљава сузавце и гумене метке!
Турски лист Хуриет преноси како су анти-ратни демонстранти кренули да марширају на зграду Парламента у Анкари, где се управо одржава ванредна седница на којој је ријеч о покретању рата против Сирије након јучерашњег инцидента.
Полиција је дочекала демонстранте са сузавцем и избили су сукоби.
Ројтерс преноси да је група од неколико хиљада демонстраната узвикивала “Не желимо рат!” и “Сиријски народ су наша браћа!”. Турски лист Хуриет потврђује како је полиција сузавцем и гуменим метцима зауставила демонстранте те како су тензије и даље високе.
Исти лист истиче како је заменик руског министра спољних послова, Геннади Гатилов, “строго упозорио Турску” да не креће у војну акцију против Сирије.
Подсетимо, само дан пре инцидента у турском граду, Гатилов је истакао: “У нашим контактима са партнерима у НАТО-у и региону истакли смо им да не траже поводе за покретање војног сценарија или иницијатива за увођење тзв. Хуманитарних коридора или тампон зона”.
Актуална ванредна сједница турског Парламента по питању покретања војног ангажмана против Сирије и даље је у току. Сматра се како ће опозиција бити против овог предлога којиме се дословно тражи мандат за рат.
“Негативан утицај сиријске кризе на нашу националну безбедност и регионалну стабилност јасно се види. Од 20 септембра, агресивне војне операције које води сиријска војска упућене су и против територија наше државе. Ове акције су се наставиле упркос бројним упозорењима и дипломатским иницијативама. Агресивни потези против нашег територија воде нас на сам руб војног напада.
Ова ситуација је ушла у фазу када представља озбиљну опасност и ризик за нашу националну безбедност. Стога, морамо хитно да делујемо с нужним мерама опреза против нових претњи које би могле бити упућене против наше земље.
У овом оквиру, у складу с Владом, шаљем захтев према Члану 92 Устава за 1 годишње допуштење припреме слања турских оружаних снага у стране земље на основу начела која ће одредити Влада “.
(Адванс, Хуриет, Ројтерс)
September 23rd 2012 04:09:55 PM
Posted by Julia Gorin
KAHRS: I was working as a press officer in KFOR. Norway had sent me to be a spokesman for…not only Norwegian KFOR but the entire KFOR. February 16, 2001 — that was a very, very important date for me. Because at that time I was in Pristina but then I heard people saying come on there is a big bomb in Podujevo. If you remember, this was the Nis Express. Albanian terrorists had placed an I.E.D. remotely controlled that blew up this bus. Twelve people died including two-year-old Danilo and both his parents. I was there an hour and a half after the explosion. To this date I still remember that smell, of the body parts and the bloodonthat bus.So February 16, 2001 was when I really started to think, “Are we really doing the right thing? Why did we go to war?” So it started to work on my collective conscience. But I didn’t feel any individual responsibility. That came in February 2011 when I was planning to do a normal job as a journalist speaking to Kosovo-Serbian asylum seekers that my country Norway had returned to Belgrade. I came there to the Resnik refugee camp outside Racovica and I was doing my job, but when I came back to [my apartment], I got a very, very strong reaction. Maybe a post-traumatic reaction or maybe it was god who told me it’s time for you to say Sorry. Of course, I couldn’t have changed the situation for the Maslovaric family who were refugees in Norway, but the fact that my government, Norway, was responsible for sending them back, that was why I got my reaction. I cried in my flat and it started a process.
And on March 24 last year [the 12th anniversary of the military assault on Serbia] I went public on RTS, the national broadcaster in Serbia, and gave my public apology to the Serbian people as a former NATO officer because we were not able to protect Serbs and non-Albanians in a proper manner in ‘99 and 2000. It was a starting thing — I mean, OK I cried for a couple of days, but if I can be used as a tool to warn Western politicians to not go easily to war, and to create a better understanding in Western countries what we did when we went to war, I’m very happy.My person is not important at all, because I can always go back to Belgrade and my nice flat. I can go back to Norway. This story is not about me, but the lack of freedom of expression and freedom of speech for the Kosovo Serbs and other minorities in Kosovo. Of course, the new Kosovo state has a big problem in creating their identity, so they’re very sensitive in this regard. Internationals, however, helped them write their constitution and according to this constitution, Serbian flags and Cyrillic letters are allowed.
[NOTE: The “problem creating their identity” — and therefore Albanian “sensitivity” (by which is usually meant violence) — is the problem of keeping up the charade for as long as the West says is necessary, of Kosovo as an independent country of “Kosovars” — despite the understanding since at least the 70s that this ‘country’ of Albanians will eventually unite with Albania. Whose motto has always been “Albania for Albanians!”]
So we came to Gracanica with some Serbians, to hear Patriarch Irinej and everyone speaking, and we went to Gazemestan. And those responsible for the security outside Gazimestan was the Kosovo Police. I mean, this [Kosovo Police Service] was something we created in the year 2000. A lot of former fighters of the KLA and others came to be police officers, and you also have some members of the minority who are serving as police officers in KP. And of course the police is responsible for creating a safe environment and of course they have the right to search bags [to see] if I brought some Molotov cocktails or bottles to throw at the police to create a disturbance. But I guess most viewers have seen now what kind of provocation the Kosovo Police were guilty of.Because I knew that they would see the Serbian flag on my T-shirt or a Serbian flag on my hat…as a provocation, that is why I put my T-shirt with the Serbian flag in my suitcase and my hat with a Serbian flag in my pocket. These were souvenirs. I’m not saying that I’m a part of any political organization in Kosovo, but I’m concerned about the freedom of speech and expression for Kosovo’s minorities. So these police officers opened my bag, they found my T-shirt and they threw it aggressively, like this.
BOSNITCH: There was an attempt to provoke the Serbs. Now, as they knew in advance that most of the Serbs would be young males, because women and children are afraid to go to their national heritage site and old people are afraid to go to their national heritage site for fear of being beaten up, they knew that they had a disproportionately high number of young men and it’s not that hard to provoke young men. But actually the men didn’t fight and they didn’t object to their beatings, and mostly they managed to avoid a confrontation. But there was no doubt that this was a pre-planned event….Because the men who came there in full battlefield dress and machine gun didn’t just happen to have those in their police cars. So the event was planned in the Kosovo capital by people who wanted to provoke an incident, who wanted to provoke violence. [This is the Kosovo M.O.] I am more than certain [of] that, in the same way the crowds who stoned some of the buses and broke the windows to the buses were organized to be there, not just by the government but by some of these so-called independence movements, which is just another branch of the government pretendingtobe a political movement. And I use the word ‘government’ in quotes there because that’s not a government, that’s a mafia group which is in charge through the power of the gun.
IAM: Is it really possible that those people who are unarmed, who are ordinary civilians, can represent a threat when it comes to celebrating a legitimate national holiday?
BOSNITCH: Look, the right of assembly, the right of freedom of speech, the right of freedom of religion, the so-called rights guaranteed by [UN envoy] Ahtisaari, the protection of so-called EULEX monitors, the protection of civilians by KFOR — none of these concepts or physical force elements had any effect. None. Zero. Women were forced to disrobe in public. Personal possessions were stolen and destroyed, complaints were not registered.
KAHRS: Together with John Bosnitch we were trying to get answers from the authorities, but they refused to give any information. But we have a lot of video recordings, for instance, a woman [who wasn’t wearing any Serbian markings] who was man-handled by five strong Albanian police officers. [Another woman was hit, we find out from a subsequent Bosnitch segment, and others were pushed or dragged.]…
BOSNITCH: We were forced to attend a high-level religious ceremony in front of the Patriarch, which is like the pope of the Catholic Church, bare-backed, which is forbidden under the religion. We were beaten in full view of KFOR and EULEX personnel, with no intervention and no objections.
KAHRS: What was disturbing was the words of one of the police officers who were present at the highway outside Gazimestan. Because of course the Kosovo police is supposed to be a multi-ethnic police force protecting human rights, being neutral and everything. But this police officer [as he confiscated Kahrs’ possessions] said actually, “This is Albania. This is not Serbia.” Of course he was speaking in Serbian, but if he had been this neutral police, he would have said, “This is Kosovo. This is not Serbia.” But he said, “This is Albania…” This tells me something about the attitude of the police, in [which] they’re expressing the wish for a mono-cultural state in Kosovo, where Albanian language and culture is dominating completely.
IAM: So this is actually a case of severe violation of human rights, the freedom of speech, all that in fact represents the essence of European influence when it comes to the creation of Kosovo, the Kosovo state and Kosovo’s institutions. On the other hand, it is obvious that it is a matter of the existence of double standards. Can we call those standards anti-Serb standards? Because if one rule applies to everyone else, why does it not apply to us?
BOSNITCH: I respect your desire to be fair and to slowly find your way to the conclusion of whether or not this is a case of anti-Serbism. Obviously. Obviously this entire picture of KFOR, and EULEX, is nothing but a camouflage to cover up the genocidal pogrom against every person and every thing Serbian in Kosovo. Not only are the people hunted down and killed like animals whenever that’s possible. If that’s not possible, they’re assaulted in broad daylight in front of thousands of witnesses to terrorize them. And if that’s not possible, then there’s an anonymous attack on buses and means of transport. And if that’s not possible, then the buildings which they used to inhabit are destroyed. And if that’s not possible, then they’re satisfied destroying their churches and signs of their religion.It is not that the freedom-of-speech question and freedom-of-religion question and the freedom-of-assembly question combine to give us an example of anti-Serbism. It’s that the objective is anti-Serbism — to exterminate Serbs, and if you exterminate a certain percentage, the rest will run away. So each of these other things [is] just a means to achieve the end. The end is to exterminate the Serbs and on that day when we were being stripped to the waist without shirts, the only thought that came to mind is the way black slaves in North America were treated. Their shirts were ripped off and they were whipped or beaten. So basically in this case I would equate us to be the white niggers of Europe.
Definition:- a member of any socially, economically, or politically deprived group of people – a person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc; a victim of prejudice similar to that suffered by blacks; a person who is economically, politically, or socially disenfranchised.
BOSNITCH: That’s what we are. That’s the way we were treated in the media for the past 20 years. We’ve been assaulted in every possible way and it is not surprising that a very high percentage of the blacks who served in the American forces in this region have spoken to journalists like me and said, “We understand what you’re going through. Because that’s what we went through in white America.” We may not have black skin, but we are being treated like white niggers of Europe. Every day. In the media. On the streets in Kosovo. In front of our religious ceremonies. If we go to international conferences. If we raise our objections. If a Serb is killed in cold blood in 2012 in his home or in her home in Kosovo, what’s that called? Is that called a race- or ethnically-motivated killing? No. It’s called a revenge killing. So if you kill somebody in a revenge killing, obviously they must have been guilty of something and ‘although we don’t in principle agree with revenge, well, you know, it happens.’ And so the value of a Serbian life is nothing. Zero.
KAHRS: Of course there are double standards. We went to war against Yugoslavia and without my country, without the United States, without all those countries to recognize Kosovo, there would be no Kosovo. When they [Albanians] are banning Metohija [the other half of Kosovo’s full name – “Land of the Churches”], that shows that the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state was very much premature. [Before the 2004 riots] UNMIK had the slogan “Standards before Status.” But then we — the international community — rewarded this ethnic cleansing [of] March 17 and 18, 2004, where they’re giving them the status of an independent county. Of course it’s double standard. But I hope next year on June 28 that thousands and thousands of Serbs, maybe 10 times as many Serbs as were there this year, come…and maybe KFOR should be responsible for security next year, because the Kosovo police showed us that [they’re] not up for the task.
IAM: On one side we have armed NATO soldiers whoshotatSerbcivilians on June 1st, 2012. After a couple of weeks we had the celebration of the Serbian national holiday, where we also had the presence of unarmed Serbian pilgrims — civilians — and heavily armed members of the Kosovo police who, also like the NATO soldiers, openedfire. Is that imaginable anywhere in Europe today in the 21st century?
Germany’s KFOR soldiers aim their weapons towards Kosovo Serbs during clashes in the town of Zvecan June 1, 2012.
Hungary’s KFOR soldiers block the road near the town of Mitrovica during clashes in the town of Zvecan
BOSNITCH: What is being done to the Serbs in Kosovo is without precedent since the time of Adolf Hitler in Europe. Serbs are not allowed to exercise the freedom of speech, they have no access to the media, they are disarmed, their government at least until recently and maybe still is basically under the control of the American occupiers. So all they have left is Gandhi-like tactics of sitting down on the ground either blocking the roads or blocking the squares.And in response to that they’re met with bullets from the Albanians. So the cavalry then comes to the ‘rescue.’ That’s of course NATO and the UN peacekeeping force. What do they do? They push the Albanians out of the way and THEY shoot at the Serbs. The Americans are teaching us something. The Americans are teaching the Serbs that peace doesn’t pay. That’s a sad lesson and it’s a very sad lesson to teach from the pulpit, or counter, of the peacekeeping mission — to teach people that peace doesn’t pay and only murder pays. So the Americans have turned on the clock, and I would say it’s only a matter of time before the Serbs finally say, “Either we are all going to be dead, or we have to kill some of them.” And what a pity. Because there’s nobody I know in the whole of Serbia who at the beginning of all of this conflict ever had anything against America.
KAHRS: And we saw that the Kosovo Police is not respecting their own constitution. That is really worrying for the future of Kosovo. Fortunately, I am now in contact with some very good people. Many of your viewers would know the political analyst Obrad Kesić and…we are going to take on the Kosovo Police in a class action lawsuit…because they did not respect their own constitution of being allowed to have Serbian flags and Cyrillic letters. So I know of many international members of EULEX, UNMIK, OSCE…who are not at all happy with the behavior of the Kosovo Police.Sometimes I see Serbians losing hope: “We cannot do anything. We lost Kosovo.” But about me and Obrad Kesic, we are optimists. If we do not win in Kosvoo, we can take it to international courts. Because freedom of expression, freedom of speech, is an absolute requirement for a democracy and in Kosovo now in Kosovo on June 28 the Kosovo Police expressed that they are not interested in democracy. But we will take them on, we will challenge them. Using the rule of law and the freedom of speech.
IAM: To conclude with, I would like to ask you, considering your years of presence in Serbia, what is your understanding of St. Vitus Day as a holiday, and what does the trip to Gazimestan mean to you?
KAHRS: I am speaking to a lot of Albanians and they’re mocking this celebration. “Oh you’re celebrating the defeat. Why do you do that?” But I’m having increasing respect for Serbian culture as I’m living here. I’m a Protestant believer myself. But there are so many rich liturgies in the Serbian Orthodox Church, so I think Protestant believers and the Serbian Orthodox believers — Orthodox believers in general — we have a lot to benefit from learning from each other — to learn why we celebrate Vidovdan, and why this is an important religious celebration and why this is important for your identity. And I think the only way we can go forward is to have a mutual respect, Protestants for Orthodox traditions, and Orthodox to have a greater respect for the Protestant faith.
BOSNITCH: Look, the pogrom and genocide against the Serbs in Kosovo has taken many, many forms. The theft of their land, the destruction of any means of economic survival, the ghettoization of the population inside barbed-wire fences, the destruction of their places of worship, the singling out and murdering of leaders of the community, the pressuring of the government of the other country, Serbia, to sell out its own people and to evacuate them from the new ethnically cleansed zone. And I see all of that and I say to myself, well as an ethnic Serb, what can I do about this? And I am of a peaceful persuasion. And I believe the best I can do is to get organized with other people and peacefully go to Kosovo as often as I can. To attend historical events, to visit churches. To with my own body raise the flag of the ethnic Serbian residents of Kosovo who were there long before the EU arrived, who were there long before the majority of the Albanians had ever come over the mountains into Kosovo and who will stay there provided they have some kind of a show of solidarity from their fellow Serbs. Even if it’s a Serb who was born and brought up in Canada.…
KAHRS [about his book project]: The motive of my book is to give a warning to Western politicians to not so easily go to war. Because we had the wrong reasons to go to war against Yugoslavia in 1999.Below are the blogs by Kahrs chronicling his ongoing Kosovo legal odyssey.Arrested, charged and convicted (June 29)According to the Republic of Kosovo, I am now a convicted criminal after I tried to get answers from the Kosovo Police after their discrimination and harassment. They decided that I had my microphone too close to them and accus[ed] them of not doing their job.The Municipal Court of Minor Offenses in Priština sentenced me today to pay a fine of €500 for violating the Law of Peace and Order…[A Serbian flag was] my way of showing respect for Vidovdan, but apparently, this was a provocation in the eyes of the Kosovo Police. At Gazimestan I tried to get hold of a commander or a spokesman to defend the actions of the Kosovo Police, but the result was that I was arrested.[As we know, a Serbian flag is necessarily “a political statement” — because Serbs are so hated. And anything Serbian in Kosovo is a “provocation,” because the whole point is to eliminate any evidence that the place was ever not Albanian and to eradicate any trace of whom it really belongs to. Now, contrast this reaction to the extreme toleration of Albanian flags, symbols and language overtaking the region while under Belgrade’s rule.]
The Kosovo Police [have] no reason to be proud of themselves after the way they behaved yesterday. Their job is to provide a safe and secure environment, but their active acts of provocation did exactly the opposite. When the Kosovo Police searched me, they threw my t-shirt and hat in the ditch beside the road and said very rudely “This is Albania; this is not Serbia.” For a normal civilian to say that Kosovo is Albania, shows that the person is quite nationalistic, but when a representative of the rule of law says the same, it is much more serious. [In that case] an official representative of Kosovo displays Albanian nationalism in a place that in theory should be a multi-ethnic mingling pot for all national minorities…
After 3:28 in this video, you will see me asking for EULEX…but the arrogant Kosovo Police was not cooperative at all… [Yes, such is the “police” of Albanian-seized Kosovo. And if they’re not as criminally nationalist as the rest of the population is, they don’t get to livelong.]
The Kosovo Police is an interesting creation, and there are a few Serbs working there. The police officer who was most active in charging me was in fact the Serbian woman Gordana Grujić with police ID #8097. She works at the Northern Police station in Priština, not in a Serbian enclave but an area completely dominated by Albanians. In her witness statement to the court, Grujić said that I offended her and her country when I accused them of not doing their job and provoking incidents. Serbian police officers in the Kosovo Police are not always popular in their own communities, and it is interesting that Grujić is more loyal to the new state creation of Kosovo than her own people.If I regret something, I could have been too close to the police officers with my microphone, but after looking at the video recordings, I cannot see that I was physically touching anyone. Yet, in her witness statement, Grujić said that I behaved ‘violently,’ but the judge corrected that to ‘aggressive’ in the official transcript. Although I am not at all happy with the sentence, I will give Judge Azra Cakolli credit for making a neutral account of the events.I have nothing to hide, and therefore I have made the English version of my sentence and the witness statements of four police officers and myself in Albanian available. Although Serbian is an official language in Kosovo, Judge Cakolli refused me these witness statements in Serbian.
However, my overall impression is that Judge Cakolli is a hard-working and honest lady, and she treated me correctly. Also, when I was arrested, the Kosovo Police was doing everything by the book and contacted the Norwegian Embassy in Priština…Of course, I have to mention that there are many good and honest people working in Kosovo Police, and the three other Albanian police officers who witnessed against me, shook my hand. With Gordana Grujić it was different. She refused to shake my hand and said that my apology for being too close with the microphone means nothing. It is quite interesting how a Serbian woman defends the Albanian-dominated state with such fervor. Police officers should be professionals and not get emotional and personally hurt like Grujić.[It’s called the zeal of a convert. Obviously, for a hen to be chosen to help the foxes guard the hen house, she had to pass the self-loathing test.]Kosovo aspires to be a member of the European Union with respect for basic human rights, freedom of speech and expression, but yesterday many Kosovo Police officers showed that they are behaving like monkeys with no respect for freedom of expression. After my sentence, I can say that this applies to the whole state-creation of Kosovo. This cannot be a functioning multi-ethnic community with this kind of behavior from the police.
We have also seen international reactions to the excessive use of force. The OSCE Mission in Kosovo condemns violent incidents, and the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Werner Almhofer writes the following: “[The reported attacks on the police and people travelling on buses are unacceptable and I strongly condemn them.] I am concerned about reports of excessive use of force by some police officers, and I call on the Kosovo Police Inspectorate to investigate any police misconduct.”Farid Zarif, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, strongly condemned the “incidents and provocative acts,” in a statement issued by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Zarif called on the authorities to conduct a complete and thorough investigation into the incidents. […]A B92 report on the attacks on Serbs trying to celebrate a Serbian holiday in Kosovo (which Albanians managed to do for Albanian holidays when Kosovo was ruled by the people it birthed, Serbs):Serbs attacked with firebombs; “Cyrillic t-shirts” banned (June 28)GAZIMESTAN, PRIŠTINA — 16 Serb children were injured when Molotov cocktails were thrown at them as they were returning from the Vidovdan ceremonies….The two boys who were hospitalized were “hit with concrete blocks on the head”….The attackers were described as “a group of (ethnic) Albanian youths”. Their target was a convoy of school buses leaving Gazimestan. A total of four Molotov cocktails were thrown at the buses, along with blocks of concrete….Thousands of Serbs gathered at Gazimestan to mark one of the most significant and symbolic dates in the nation’s history – the 1389 Battle of Kosovo. The KPS members searched them and confiscated their clothes, flags, and other insignia they were carrying.
More separate incidents and injuries were reported today from the administrative line between Kosovo and central Serbia.
Kosovo police, KPS, were searching the Serbs and confiscating all items with national and religious markings aside from Serbian flags.According to Beta news agency, some members of the KPS were “rough and they are even confiscating šajkačas, Serbian traditional hats, from the citizens”.The Kosovo police also seized t-shirts with political slogans, leaving numerous participants shirtless…Some Kosovo policemen even seized the Serbian flags and a flag of the Democratic Party (DS). […]Kahrs is actively looking for witnesses and victims of the Gazimestan official harassment of worshipers, for a class action lawsuit:Witnesses needed from Gazimestan (Aug. 9)Preparing for a class action lawsuit against the Kosovo Police (KP) for discrimination and harassment of Serbs at the Gazimestan monument on June 28, I am calling all witnesses and victims of mistreatment from KP on this day. Everyone who had their property confiscated or experienced brutal behavior from the KP, please send me an email. The KP violated their own constitution, specifically articles 57, 58 and 59. Read the Kosovo constitution….
Please let us know who you are so that we can force the Kosovo Police to answer for their discrimination and harassment against Serbs on June 28.
In a since-removed youtube video of about 30 seconds, the Kosovo police are seen arresting Serbs, including one young man who was stuffed into the back of a paddy wagon, upon which a policeman in a white T-shirt hands over a baton to a KPS officer. If anyone knows who the victim is, please contact Mr. Kahrs about the class action suit or at least inform him of the young man’s fate.Kahrs was apparently re-arrested on August 3rd, “thrown in a cell for more than 48 hours….
KP charged me with taking pictures of the Serbian policewoman Gordana Grujić on June 28, and they confiscated my computer, mobile phones and a camera for ‘evidence.’”As rare as it is to have a soldier develop the conscience to question his mission in a politically no-risk, pro-Muslim deployment, it is just as unusual to hear of the internationals in the Balkans (don’t-rock-the-boat careerists by definition) speaking up. Yet Kahrs told me separately that “a lot of internationals working in EULEX, OSCE and other organizations are frustrated by the behavior of the Kosovo Police, and they say they are willing to help with the lawsuit, at least behind the scenes.
”Below is a seven-minute video of the undressing procession. The person who posted it on youtube had the following, approving title and description: “Serbian Terrorists Provoke Kosovo Police: A large group of serbian citiziens came to celebrate the Battle of Kosova where centuries ago Balkan States fought against Ottoman Empire. But they were carrying Serbian flags, Propaganda plancards, singing serbian criminal songs, T-shirt writing.. ‘Kosovo is serbia’,etc. This made the Police take off them shirts and put everything in order.”This summary of the treatment the worshipers got appears under another video:
Trying to hold the European Union accountable in Kosovo is like trying to mud-wrestle with a greased pig. Watch the faces of these three EU police as they ignore the Albanian attacks on Serb men and women taking place directly in front of them. Visitors to the historic and religious site of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo…found their way blocked by heavily armed Albanians wearing “police” shirts….EULEX police did nothing to help the civilians. Albanians terrorized the visitors, making them run a gauntlet of battle-dressed commandos watching over them with fingers on their machine-gun triggers.An important detail was pointed out in an article by the new British-Serb online publication eBritic, citing the BBC report of the incident in which Kosovo police shot three Serbs after claiming that stones were thrown: “Instead of issuing a statement promising to crack down on those who threw [Molotov] cocktails at Serbs, ‘Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga said future groups would be banned ‘as they are seriously violating law and order and further exacerbating the security situation in Kosovo.’”Residents of the Free World should take note of the device that the “president” has used here, given that Kosovo is sponsored by the Free World. It’s a tactic that has already been utilized in North America: Long-held rights of assembly and worship are to be deemed as “inciting violence” and “ethnic hatred.” This is how freedom of speech is already being curbed, despite the accused being the actual victim of incitement to violence and ethnic hatred. Recent examples include the Jewish man in Canada who was detained for being attacked while walking his dog by a Muslim rally — and note that arresting the victim has been a feature of America’s Kosovo. Two months earlier, Christian missionaries were threatened with arrest if they didn’t leave after being pelted with water bottles and other objects during their legal missionizing at a Muslim festival in Dearborn. It’s the anticipated “V” scenario, in which the government and police are there to protect the enemy and not the citizens. I’ve even come to suspect that the reason “V” was quietly taken off the air is that CAIR felt too exposed by it and complained. The above-described events are tests for our police and officials, and they fail every time — with great zeal. Most recently, of course, was the statement by the U.S. embassy in Cairo after the attack on the embassy in Libya, rejecting the “abuse” of free speech — and so our officials have been scurrying to see what can be done about that pesky First Amendment, even visiting the “culprit” in the middle of the night about a parole violation.Kahrs’ official complaint after his detention in Kosovo follows (Aug. 17):
From Kristian Kahrs, Norwegian citizenTo: Kosovo’s Interior Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Kosovo Police: firstname.lastname@example.org
Priština Municipal Court: email@example.com
EULEX: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Irina.Gudeljevic@eulex kosovo.eu, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Human Rights Review Panel: email@example.comCopies to: The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Priština and my lawyer Bogdan Vladisavljević in Leposavić. Belgrade, Aug. 17, 2012 Official complaint about the Kosovo Police and Priština Municipal CourtThe Kosovo Police (KP) tries to threaten and intimidate me by throwing me in jail and giving me fines, confiscating my computer, phones and camera and threaten me with more jail and fines…Even if I regret the fact that Norway recognized Kosovo and has an embassy in Priština, the Norwegian diplomats have been very professional and helpful in their contacts with the Priština Municipal Court.Below you can see my video and message to Kosovo’s authorities…[which was] shot outside Kosovo’s parliament and government building in Priština
.…Internationals helped the Albanians to write the constitution for Kosovo from 2008, and it is not bad at all with generous protection for Kosovo’s minorities….The problem is only that the KP and the Kosovo authorities do not respect their own laws.After this article [”Arrested, Charged and Convicted” was] published in different media, both Grujić and I have received threats. For [instance], I have received the following threat on SMS from a Kosovo Albanian…:“Hey muther fucker you called us monkey! Didnt you told that to our police? Prepare to be killed when you step another time in USA (United States of ALBANIA) fuckin gipsy of fuckin norway state that produce whores and we Albanians fuck them and than we throw them like gardbage. Remember we never forget”Yesterday I called this guy and proposed that I would pay [for] a cup of coffee instead of him killing me, but he was not very interested in nurturing any relationship with me…This case has also been reported to the KP, but I do not have any confidence that they will investigate these threats properly.Grujić also received threats when someone had published a manipulated picture of her with blood on her face. On July 9, Grujić contacted me to talk [about] the threats against her….I replied immediately to Grujić, but I never heard more from her.On Aug. 3, I went to police station #3 in Priština, hoping to have a chat, maybe a coffee with Grujić. My idea was for us to take a picture together with a short text stating that we disagree in many matters but that we agree that threats have no place in the public discourse. I thought it would be good to reduce the threats against both of us.However, my peace proposal was not well received at all from the KP. Apparently, I was on a secret list demanding my arrest, and the charge as far as I understand it is that I took pictures of the KP without permission…How it is possible to charge me with a criminal offense because I was taking pictures of a public event is beyond my understanding, and furthermore, I had already received a conviction for the same thing on June 29 having to pay a fine of 500 Euros…According to the documents I have received, I cannot see that Judge Fazliu or any other court in Kosovo has approved the confiscation of my property beforehand or retroactively. Therefore I demand that the KP immediately deletes any copy they might have taken of the data on my phones or computer.
[In] Article 22 in the Kosovo constitution, international conventions have priority over Kosovo law, and privacy is for instance protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 12 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 17.Every Kosovo police station has a couple of EULEX observers, and therefore I was very happy when one Swedish and one Greek EULEX officer entered. But the meeting with these officers was a negative surprise. The Swedish officer, I believe her name is Pernilla Erickson, reminded the KP to confiscate my computer, and I would like an official reply from EULEX why their officers actively violated the Kosovo Constitution and international conventions when they encouraged the confiscation my private property.The KP put handcuffs on me, and drove me to the Police Detention Center in police station #1 in downtown Priština…Since I had no idea who was my lawyer, the police officers tried to get me a new lawyer. At 2100 on Aug. 3, a woman came to be my lawyer. She showed me her business cards, but she tried to take them back when I tried to take one of them. She only allowed me to take [a] card when the KP officer in the detention center said that it was OK for me to have one. I also asked for a private conversation with my lawyer, but police officers kept coming and going into that room.When I told her that I had no confidence in the KP and asked her to change the passwords on Gmail and Facebook immediately, she told me she could not do that, and then she told me that I should have confidence in the KP. She also gave me a speech about the wonderful multi-ethnic Kosovo where Serbs could live without [fear] of harassment or discrimination, but she did not give me any advice how I could defend myself.
[P]olice officers…drove me to Priština Municipal Court, again in handcuffs. After over 48 hours in detention, I was a free man, at least in theory because I had never seen a judge the time I was in detention, but I was still wearing handcuffs in a holding cell in the court.In the court, I had to do number 2 in the toilet, but the problem was that there was no toilet paper there. Therefore I asked police officer with ID # 0706 if he could provide me with toilet paper. However, the police officer suggested that I should wipe my butt with my fingers. “Would you use your fingers in your rear end after you have been to the toilet,” I asked him. “Yes, I’m a Muslim and paper is dirty,” he replied. Of course, I have tried to use [a] toilet the Muslim way in Pakistan, but this toilet was not adapted to Muslim customs because the water only went down into the toilet, not up to clean your vital parts. In the end, an assistant to the court provided me toilet paper, but this is only one of many examples that the KP does everything in their power to intimidate me.
After I had been five minutes with Judge Fazliu, my second lawyer showed up in court…I thought a defense attorney is supposed to [represent] her client to the best of her ability, but both my lawyer and and the judge told me to be silent. I was not allowed to challenge anything because everything was decided beforehand. If I would have had a competent lawyer, she would be able to challenge the legality of the harassment I have been a victim of, but Judge Fazliu and my lawyer told me that I had to be thankful that they were working on a Sunday, and I should be thankful that she gave me a minimum sentence of 352 Euros and that she gave me enough money for a bus ticket to Belgrade.[The subtext: Kahrs should be thankful for these small mercies, because the usual way of handling “troublemakers” in Kosovo involves a body in a ditch. So be grateful, Foreigner, for you don’t know how things are done here.]I therefore asked for a private conversation with my lawyer, and I told her that I was extremely disappointed with her, but her response was to threaten me with lawsuits if I wrote anything negative about her in media…When I was asking for a Serbian translation of the confession in Albanian I was forced to sign, Judge Fazliu told me that I would have to wait two or three days more in detention while waiting for the translation…After we were finished in court, I thought I was free to contact my embassy or EULEX in Kosovo, but the KP had other plans. They drove me to the border with Serbia, in Merdare. When we were passing Podujevo, we saw that the Serbian names of the places we passed were crossed out by Albanian nationalists. “You have a wonderful multi-ethnic community,” I remarked ironically. I am not sure if officer # 0706 understood the irony, and he replied, “No, there is no multi-ethnic Kosovo. It is 99 percent Albanian,” he replied.# 0706 and his colleague dropped me on the border without my phones, computer or camera, and I was not able to contact anyone before I got back to Belgrade. In Merdare, there is very little public transportation to Belgrade, and it would have been much easier for me if the police officers had driven me to Mitrovica where the communication with Belgrade is much more regular, and I was forced to hitchhike back to Belgrade.I got a ride with a very nice Kosovo Albanian truck driver, and he understood my situation very well. “They had to arrest because they are scared of you,” he said.Back in Belgrade, the first thing I did was to change the passwords on my Gmail and Facebook, and then I immediately called EULEX to ask them to monitor every step KP took with my computer. The press spokespersons Nickolas Hawton and Irina Gudeljević, or any other in the press office, never replied to me, and I never heard anything for any case officers in EULEX. Therefore I cannot be sure that EULEX is doing anything to protect the victims when the KP invades the privacy of their detainees.
Irina Gudeljević, the Serbian spokeswoman for EULEX.I also received very poor answers from Gudeljević, the Serbian spokeswoman in EULEX when I asked how they reacted to the KP in Gazimestan on June 28. “Our report has been handed over to Kosovo Police as part of our MMA (monitoring, mentoring, and advising) role. It is not a public report,” she wrote. I really do not know what EULEX is doing in Kosovo if they sweep such reports under the carpet. If EULEX wants KP to be an open and democratic police force with respect for basic human rights and the right of expression, as mentioned in Kosovo’s Constitution article 40, their secrecy is very regrettable.Even if the KP does not respect the rule of law, we must do everything in our power to fight for basic human rights, for the sake of Kosovo’s minorities and also those Albanians who are KP’s victims. My promise is that I will travel to Kosovo as often as necessary, even if this could cost me more fines and more jail time.In a July interview with Voice of Russia ( “Kosovo police assault Serbian holiday observers” ) Kahrs offers the following additional details:…
KAHRS: I also was fined because I said that Kosovo has a choice. Kosovo wants to be eligible for membership in the EU…they can apply democratic values and respect the freedom of speech or they would be a monkey republic…Of course it was not the wisest thing for me to say that Kosovo would be a monkey republic but on this day the new state of Kosovo did not show any basic respect for the human rights and the freedom of expression because we also saw women who had normal T-shirts with the Serbian flag symbols at this religious ceremony and they were forced to take them off. So, the Serbs had to attend this religious ceremony only in their bra…
VOR: Can you tell me a little bit of anything you know regarding possible Kosovo police involvement in the attacks on the busses that were carrying the schoolchildren?
KAHRS: There is no doubt that this was pre-planned and I find it likely that the Kosovo police had an intelligence that this would happen. But there is no evidence that KPS was directly involved. [This is how it always works in Kosovo.] However I would like to have an international investigation to find out if the Kosovo police had any official role in this.
VOR: Have you heard anything about the children that were injured?
KAHRS: I know that two people were seriously injured. They were at the hospitals in Nis…But of course it is serious that the state of Kosovo is not respecting human rights and that they are using excessive force when they are trying to protect their national identity. [I believe that’s called hyper-nationalism, though it only causes concern when Serbs are accused of it.]…
VOR: Are there reasons to believe that this was planned for this date, this year? I understand last year everything went by pretty quietly.
KAHRS: I’m convinced that this was an intentional provocation to give a clear signal that this is the Albanian land and not Serbian at all….there were riot police there, anti-terror police heavily armed and in light gear and you had also normal police officers, and they were definitely planning this…This is something I hope will be revealed in our class action lawsuit against the Kosovo police.An excerpt from an article about the lawsuit appears below, with Kahrs lamenting,”Albanians and their supporters have their field day in the comments below. Instead of looking into my criticism of the Kosovo Police, they compare me with the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.”Norwegian reporter announces lawsuit against Kosovo police (July 3, Source:
Tanjug, Vesti A scene from Gazimestan (Beta)…
This former officer of the NATO troops in Kosovo…told the Frankfurt-based Serbian language daily Vesti… “I also said I was sorry that there were such policemen in the KPS who do not respect freedom of speech and human rights, to which they responded – if that’s how things are in Europe, then we don’t want Europe!
“I am calling on everyone ready to fight for human rights to join me. It was the Kosovo police that was provoking at Gazimestan. I’m not saying that every policeman should be judged. There are honest people there as well. Some told me unofficially that they did not act well,” said the Norwegian.Kahrs concluded by saying that he previously served with KFOR in Kosovo where he arrived “from democratic Norway to help create democracy and defend human rights”.Last November, Kahrs joined the last of the resisting Serbs at the barricades:In a Google translation of a Novosti article at the time — which I’ve corrected with Kahrs’ help — Kahrs said he was naive when in 2000 he came to the area convinced that NATO attacked Serbia and led Norwegian troops into Kosovo in order to protect human rights. He added, “Our obligation under Resolution 1244 and the Military-Technical Agreement was to protect Serbs from Albanian reprisals, but we have in fact completely failed… During the time that we were responsible for security in Kosovo, ethnically cleansed from here [were] about 250,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians. So, as a former officer of KFOR [I] feel obliged to apologize.”Kahrs related that it was thanks to the media euphoria over Kosovo that he decided to report to the army and join KFOR. He attended the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs to learn about Kosovo before his deployment, about which he revealed that his mentor there said the bombing of Yugoslavia was a mistake and that the Albanian mafia is behind most of the narcotics trade in Europe. The mentor was Espen Barth Eide, Norwegian former Defense Minister and now Foreign Affairs Minister. So the foreign minister of a NATO country is saying today that we did not have sufficient reason to go to war — and, from an interview with him taken by Kahrs in Norwegian, one can infer that the Rambouillet treaty presented to Belgrade in 1999 was a sham. As Kahrs puts it in his book summary: “We basically gave Yugoslavia the option of being occupied or bombed.”“‘However, it turned out that I was not prepared for the reality on the ground. I was not aware of the fact that KFOR is not doing its job. We were cowards because we’ve allowed the KLA [to turn] into the Kosovo Protection Corps and later into the Kosovo police. In this way, the criminal elements get a legitimate status in Kosovo institutions.’” In the foreword to the book Sorry, Serbia (coming 2013), Kahrs adds, “Among officers in KFOR, there were many who didn’t like this, but we made this choice to protect our own forces from attack from the Albanian extremists.”The Novosti article continues that Kahrs “does not deny that he quickly fell into a routine military machine, which has no personal views. ‘Today I am ashamed of what I wrote.’”Kahrs did, however, start the KFOR online news service, which debuted with the story of a bus bombing that took place on his birthday on February 2, 2000. On the road between Kosovska Mitrovica and Peć, Albanian terrorists attacked a UNHCR bus with an RPG, killing two Serbs. The following February, of course, was the even more devastating Nis Express massacre Kahrs mentioned in the earlier video interview. He would later break down upon seeing the burned-down house of his friends the Popovic family in Pec in 2005. The grandfather, who stayed behind to guard the house, is still listed among the missing Serbs of Kosovo.The Novosti article closes: “… ‘After I went [from] Kosovo to Belgrade [I was] shocked [by] the people’s warm reception even though my country participated in the NATO bombing. Something I have never experienced [from] the Albanians.’“After reporting [on] multiple world battlefields, Kahrs returned to Norway. All the time, he says, ‘I felt the need to return to Serbia…I was embarrassed when in 2008 Norwegian authorities recognized Kosovo and sent back 70 Serbs who were in my country seeking asylum. The Norwegian government decided that Serbs are not entitled to protection, even though NATO countries created the problem of refugees.’“[Kahrs] is writing a book about his experiences in Kosovo and [the] covert ethnic cleansing of Serbs. The book will be printed in Norwegian, English and Serbian. ‘I hope that the Norwegian and western politicians read this book….They do not understand the consequences of their decisions….I’m afraid that the international community is now repeating the same recipe in the case of the Serbs in northern Kosovo.’”That is a reference, of course, to the explosive situation in the last safe part of Kosovo, northern Mitrovica. Which is where, at this moment, our National Guard troops have their guns trained on the last of the resisting Serbs. For we are in the 11th hour of sealing our crime against Christianity and against a historical ally in Kosovo, where the U.S. first took a dark turn and betrayed civilization. Washington is of course counting on eyes being on the election here, so that when the gunfire between NATO and the Serbs starts, Americans won’t notice.Every U.S. election year sees the next decisive nail in the coffin of the Serbs’ birthplace, where they fended off the Ottomans and the Austro-Hungarian Empire that gave us Hitler. In 2004 we had the deadly pogroms by Albanians which spurred our bureaucrats in Congress to reward the violence by putting Kosovo on the fast-track to independence, defying our own signature on international agreements. In 2008, we sealed the deal by encouraging the Albanians to avoid legality — and declare independence unilaterally. We recognized statehood immediately, of course, thereby giving Serbia the stick even after it went for the carrot (they had voted in an obedient ‘pro-Western’ regime).This election year, while everyone is distracted, we will militarily force the Serbs to submit to Muslim Albanian mafia rule. If Americans think the fate of Kosovo’s Serbs doesn’t foreshadow their own future, they are manifestly mistaken.
New shocking details emerge in Kosovo
human organ trafficking
September 16, 2012 – 6:26 am
By Sergei Vasilenko
It seems that the investigation of the case of “black” transplant surgeons from Kosovo comes to a new level. Prosecutor’s Office of Serbia managed to find a witness who, during the 1990s, was a member of a gang of illegal sellers of human organs. The evidence that prosecutors obtained is terrifying. However, it is a big question whether the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
The origins of the problem
Both Kosovo and Serbia used to be a part of the state of Yugoslavia. In 1945, Kosovo became an autonomous region within Serbia. In addition to the Serbs, the region was populated by Albanians, who settled there during the WWII. In 1974, Yugoslavia adopted the constitution, according to which Serbia’s territories received the status of republics, which, however, did not have the right to separate. Kosovo became an autonomous province, which received its own constitution and government. During the 1980s, the autonomous status of Kosovo was abolished as a result of the political crisis that had plagued Yugoslavia, along with some other countries in Eastern Europe.
Under the new law of Serbia, which was adopted in September 1990, Kosovo retained only the cultural and territorial autonomy within Serbia. The Kosovo Albanians did not agree with such state of affairs and started to create their own governments. In 1991, Kosovo declared independence as a result of illegal referendum. The so-called Republic of Kosovo was created headed by President Ibrahim Rugova. In 1996, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was established, the purpose of which was to struggle for independence of the region. A terrorist war developed in Kosovo, in which rebels KLA gunmen killed hundreds of civilian Serbs.
In March 1999, NATO troops intervened in the conflict without the approval from the UN. They began Operation Allied Force, which lasted until June 1999, when the Yugoslav army withdrew from Kosovo, and the region was transferred under the UN administration. In February 2008, the Kosovo parliament, with the unilateral support from the U.S. and some European countries, declared independence of Kosovo, which triggered a new wave of ethnic unrest in the province. A number of states recognized the independence of Kosovo, including Taiwan, the U.S., France, Italy and some other countries. However, the real status of Kosovo still remains unknown even today.
The case of the “black transplant surgeons” is linked to KLA’s activities in Kosovo during the conflict with the Yugoslav army, that is, with the Serbs, in the 1990s. The KLA was linked to al-Qaeda at the end of the 1990s. According to The Washington Times, the Kosovo Liberation Army fighters were trained in the camps of the terrorist organization. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, this “army” was receiving profit from selling drugs.
As it turns out, another source of the funding for the KLA was the illegal sale of human organs. For these purposes, they used the Serbs as well as foreigners whom they had captured during armed conflicts.
The prosperity of “black” transplantology
The illegal sellers of human organs in Kosovo organized the horrible business very well. The criminals would lure the gullible citizens from Russia, Turkey, Moldova and some other countries into Kosovo. Those people were willing to sell their kidneys for 15,000 euros. After the surgery performed in anti-sanitary conditions, patients would receive nothing of what they were promised. Many of them would die soon afterwards, while the criminals would sell the organs to their customers in other countries for $80,000 – 100,000. The captured Serbs were also used the “donors.”
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte, became particularly interested in this problem. She published a book about this subject, which caused quite a stir in the world. In 2004, she visited a camp in Albania, where the inhuman operations were performed. Serbian prosecutors filed a criminal case into the trafficking of human organs.
The activities of illegal transplant surgeons received international publicity in 2010 after the report from Dick Marty, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In the report, he unveiled the facts about the activities of the “black transplantologists” from Kosovo in the 1990s. The report also stated that the people from the team of Hashim Thaci, an Albanian, the current Prime Minister of the unrecognized “Republic of Kosovo,” were involved in those crimes. Thaci’s patrons from the U.S. and its NATO allies were aware of his blood-chilling activities. Britain’s The Guardian wrote in October 2011, that the criminal activity of Hashim Thaci was described in a secret document of NATO. However, they do not hurry to prosecute the Albanian, apparently out of narrow political considerations.
Thus, the case of “black” transplant surgeons is not drawing to its end. A witness has been found, who exposed new shocking details about those operations. In the late 1990s, at the height of the conflict between the Kosovo Albanians and the Serbs, the KLA captured about 300 Serbs during the war. The people were taken to Albania. The witness, according to Serbia’s deputy prosecutor for war crimes Bruno Vekaric, is a former KLA terrorist himself. He had received a two-week training on how to remove human organs.
He was present at an operation to remove the heart of one of the captured Serbs and then took part in the transportation of the organ to the airfield near the Albanian capital, Tirana. The witness opened the man’s abdomen himself – there was no anesthesia used in the operation. The witness also said the victim was screaming and begging for mercy; everything around was covered in blood.
Moreover, the KLA members conducted this criminal activity during the time when representatives of various international organizations, such as the Red Cross, the NATO mission and many Western media journalists were staying in the province. The general public was also well aware of those crimes, but there were no decisive steps made to stop the horror. The incident of the KLA crimes, which the witness described, gave a new incentive to the investigation of numerous kidnappings and illegal organ trafficking in Kosovo. Will it be brought to an end? Will justice prevail?
As stated by Natasa Scepanovic, a spokeswoman for The Association of the Families of the Kidnapped and Murdered in Kosovo and Metohija, the experience of investigation of the activities of the sides of the ethnic conflict in Kosovo shows that international organizations expose the victims on the part of the Serbs to discrimination. That is why, she added, the cases of “black” transplantologists do not lead to any results. This, in her view, raises skepticism about the willingness of international organizations to restore order in this matter. Officials of the “Republic of Kosovo” do not contribute to the investigation either. Thus, Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj, stated that the appearance of the witness was timed to the anniversary of the independence of Kosovo.
Of course, the official Pristina does not want to cast shadow on the leadership of the unrecognized republic, because the offense involves Hashim Thaci himself. In connection with the above, there are serious doubts about the fact that the case of the “black” transplant surgeons will be brought to its logical conclusion in the near future. Political and economic crises continue to rock the region, and there is no end to these problems. In addition, the silence of the informed international community and complexity in the search of evidence severely hamper the investigation.