Monday, March 3, 2008

Human tragedy in the Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija

Presented by Vojin Joksimonvich, PhD at the Feb 29 & Mar 1 Rallys in San Diego

The U.S. has caused a colossal human tragedy in the Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija.

In 1998, the U.S. had decided to support the insurrection from Northern Albania into Kosovo using so called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which prior to that was classified as a terrorist organization and supported by Iran and Al Qaeda, our enemies in the war on terror. Over night the terrorist became freedom fighters. In mid-1998 the KLA was defeated. President Clinton decided to go to war against Serbia to detach Kosovo from Serbia. U.S./NATO launched an aerial war of aggression in violation of a host of international laws including the U.S. Constitution. During prosecution of Nazi leaders in Nuremberg, the court declared: “To initiate a war of aggression is not an international crime; it is the supreme international crime”

The war of infamy lasted 78 days of incessant bombings which included killing of civilians, destruction of the Serbian infrastructure as well as causing an ecocide by virtue of bombing of chemical and petrochemical plants and releasing tons of carcinogens. The war ended with a negotiated solution reflected in the UN Resolution # 1244 which grants the people of Kosovo substantial autonomy within Serbia. The sovereignty of Serbia is mentioned three times. The term “independence” is not mentioned once. Kosovo became a UN protectorate with NATO providing the military muscle. The mission has been a dismal failure. 300,000 Serbs and other minorities, such as Roma, have been ethnically cleansed, several thousand have been murdered, and 150 Serbian churches have been demolished. The remaining Serbs and Roma and others live in enclaves with no freedom of movement.

The Serbian government offered “substantial autonomy” and more to the Kosovo Albanians during the 120 day negotiations, which failed because George Bush had already promised them their own state. The Albanians were the told by Washington to unilaterally declare after the Serbian presidential elections. The declaration took place on February 17 with the U.S. being the first Western nation to recognize the independence in violation of the UN Charter, Helsinki Accords and the UN 1244 plus four other UN resolutions. For the first time in post-WWII history, a country, Serbia, has been amputated in violation of all principles used in resolving territorial conflicts. Serbia is a small nation of some 8.5 million. The U.S. couldn’t amputate, to say, Turkey. 20 million Kurds deserve independence much more so than Kosovo Albanians. Kosovo Albanians are Albanians and there is a country in Europe called Albania. Why second Albania?

In the end Serbia will prevail with many sacrifices but with help from those countries which refused to recognize Kosovo, such as Russia, China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, Spain, Rumania, Slovakia and others. However, Serbia, U.S. ally in both world war wars, needs also support from all patriotic Americans who believe in adherence to laws and do not wish their country to be an international law pariah. After all we are a nation of laws. Herewith, we appeal to all of those Americans to request from their government to revoke the recognition of Kosovo.

“We are all Serbs now.”


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