Posts Tagged ‘serbia’

First Iraq that is in constant chaos after US troops withdrew. Sunni rule was replaced by Shia rule. US involvement led to half of its ancient, pre-muslim population Christian population to leave. al-Qaeda of Levant has now bases in the Sunni areas od Iraq and expanding into Syria.

Then came Libya where gangs of “militia” effectively rule parts of the country while the “government” has no power. Powerful Misrata militias were said to persecute darker Libyans and other tribes they dislike. Everybody shooting at everybody. And US ambassador Stevens killed by those US supported against Gadhafi under still somewhat foggy circumstances.

Now Syria. “Alawites into grave and Christians to Lebanon” say those that US arms. If Assad goes, that’s what will happen.

In Egypt, a unholly alliance of the likes of Obama and McCain became really agitated when the population-supported military removed an islamic government that was trying to institute an islamic dictatorship. The argument that a democratically elected government is always a good thing does not work when that government does not obey universal rights, as the history of 1930s Germany clearly demonstrates.

Each of these countries was ruled by a dictator that kept peace among its various religious and tribal groups and provided for basic needs to prevent a revolt. Then came the first revolt in Tunisia caused by high food prices which in turn were at least partially caused by burning food in Western countries (yes, burning corn to supplement gasoline led to higher food prices, in addition to China and India population getting wealthier and eating more).

Democracy is meant to allow people to vote for ideas how to run their country but in multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-tribal Arab countries it only means that a more populous groups can “democratically” oppress other groups.

The result will be decades up upheaval, inter-communal hatred and distrust, and millions of refugees full of hate and bitterness entering the US and Europe. If you doubt it, look for the former Yugoslavia where inter-ethnic and inter-religious marriages were once common.
Nobody is a winner, except for the asylum patients living in Brussels and Washington laughing on the way to their shrink.

Cry for help.

With the recent plans of the Serbian government to accept Albanian customs officers on the line between Kosovo and the rest of Serbia, Kosovo Serbs have realized that they are doomed and will have to either leave their ancestral lands or accept daily terrorism of the human organs-trading Thaci and his government. Both their own government and EU/US “human rights” organizations have abandoned them. Even sympathetic governments in Romania and Slovakia won’t do anything that could make US and Germany angry. The only help if any can come from Russia.

Precedents

Russia has in the past granted Russian citizenship to ethnic Russians living in the former soviet republics to increase its influence in those republics and defend its interests. For example in Crimea, it used this strategy to convince Ukrainians that they should not try to evict Russian fleet from Crimea’s deep see ports. In South Ossetia, Russia qualified Georgian attack as an attack against its own citizens and a reason to intervene.

Impact on Europe

The impact on Europe could potentially be very significant. The question is what Russia would do if its (Serbian) citizens came under attack as they inevitably will. Compared to its “Near Abroad”, Kosovo and Serbia are surrounded by countries that follow US orders and therefore a direct military help is implausible.

It seems that Russian government itself is unsure what granting Russian citizenship would mean for it and therefore is “studying the applications” according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Opportunity for Russia

While Russia will not get involved militarily, it could use the Kosovo Serb citizenships to increase its diplomatic and humanitarian involvement and prevent US and EU from consolidating their gains in Balkans and Serbia. It could essentially freeze the conflict and get a lever on those in EU that for the lack of other challeges feel like medling in Russia’s periphery.

Threat to pro-US/EU Serbian elites

Serbian citizens have grudgingly accepted that they lost the war and Kosovo and they cannot do anything about it and largely stopped supporting pro-Kosovo parties. If Russia stops Serb loses in Kosovo, Serbs may think that Kosovo (or at last the northern part of it) is not necessarily lost and elect pro-Kosovo parties like Kostunica’s DS. Those parties could be more forceful in defending Kosovo Serbs and make Germany and US positions in Kosovo painful. The standoff could also impact other countries in the region.

Russia could build it position awaiting a possible EU and US economic (and maybe also political) breakdown.

Turkish public prosecutor requested a 171-year prison sentence for Turkish doctor Yusuf Sonmez, accused of involvement in human organ trafficking in Kosovo.

“The improvised Medicus clinic in Priština is also mentioned in Council of Europe Rapporteur Dick Marty’s report on trade in organs of kidnapped and imprisoned civilians in Kosovo during the war 12 years ago, which qualified Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci as the first link in the criminal chain.
EULEX formed a special team to handle the investigation based on the Marty report.”
But the head of the investigation is an American who was in charge of “justice” in Kosovo when it was happenning.

In Libya, Sirte, NATO is pulverizing the city as much as it can to “protect civilians”. Still not enough and “rebels” cannot win. But civilians are starving. NATO and rebels are really winning hearts of Sirte people on the road to democracy. But is not democracy when people do not want to be occupied by foreign tribes?

In Serbia, NATO and EU occupational force (called sometimes NATO and sometimes EULEX) is shooting with live amunition at unarmed demonstrators that are throwing rocks in self defense against buldozers. They sure could not shoot at people in EU or US but Serbs are certainly not human and so it is OK. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they meekly accept what the Sultan (or is Obama Cesar?) decides for them?

Former UN Regional Representative in Kosovo, American diplomat Gerard Gallucci has said that the EULEX operations are illegal.

He also added that the northern Kosovo issue could not be solved with military actions.

“The first myth that apparently still needs busting: that there is a military/police solution to the northerners refusal to accept rule by Priština,” he explained.

“In March 2008 this failed and it has failed again. Not even placing a large occupying force on every road and town center can compel people to give up institutions they view as their own and to accept those they find illegitimate. NATO never had the stomach for this but let itself be used by the U.S. to back up Thaci’s politically motivated effort to steal the north. KFOR’s support for Priština’s trade embargo was, and remains, illegal under its UNSCR 1244 mandate. And it has not worked; there remains no solution to the north through use of force,” Gallucci pointed out.

The former UN officials said that the next myth was that criminals were forcing the northern Kosovo Serbs to refuse the benefits of being ruled by the majority-Albanian government in Priština.

“The Serbs have been holding weddings, classes and parties on the barricades. They have been peaceful but insistent. They blocked the northern Gates while building a new boundary along the Ibar River on main roads crossing the line to the majority-Albanian south. But the “hoodlum” myth remains dangerous as even now Thaci is using it to justify his call to impose a Kosovo court in north Mitrovica. Hopefully, KFOR and EULEX will not rise to this provocation,” he noted.

“The next busted myth is that EULEX is acting legally in seeking to impose Kosovo customs in the north. It claims that treating Kosovo as one customs zone and the agreement on customs stamps agreed to early this month means it can support establishment of Kosovo customs in the north and collection of fees to be sent to Priština,” Gallucci continues.

“Some argue that EULEX’s mandate includes helping develop the Kosovo state. But the UN passed EULEX responsibility for rule of law in November 2008 with the condition it be status neutral. Whatever customs regime might be established, it would have to meet that condition. Imposing Kosovo customs and officials and collecting funds for Priština clearly would not,” the U.S. diplomat underscored.

“And any agreement on customs stamps between Belgrade and Priština does not ipso facto allow EULEX to apply it where Belgrade and the local Serbs refuse to accept it,” he added.

According to Gallucci, the final myth is that the Quint and Priština’s “effort to seize the north is legal as it enforces a Kosovo state and constitution that the ICJ found legal and that Serbian ‘parallel’ institutions are illegal under UNSCR 1244”.

“The ICJ never said that the Kosovo declaration of independence or state were ‘legal.’ It said that there was nothing in international law on the subject and noted that the Priština UDI was made outside the ambit of UNMIK. The ICJ did reaffirm the continued legality of UNMIK. One could argue that Kosovo independence and institutions are a fact – they are – but not that they were found legal by the ICJ. Under international law, UNMIK remains the official administrative authority for Kosovo. Any other institutions are therefore parallel to it. But in the north, the local institutions fly under the UN flag, south of the Ibar River they don’t. Some are therefore more ‘parallel’ than others,” the former UN official pointed out.

He believes that the situation in northern Kosovo “may have stabilized, at a point not quite back to July 25 but substantially much the same.”

“It can be said that the Quint/Thaci effort to change the situation on the ground in the north by bringing the Serbs to accept rule from Priština has failed. While the local Serbs have certainly been affected by the moves by KFOR and EULEX to isolate them from Serbia proper and impose Kosovo customs at the northern Gates, their resistance in the form of peaceful protest and barricades has stalled the Quint effort to make them accept the Kosovo state,” Gallucci explained.

“EULEX has not backed away from its plan to impose Kosovo customs at the northern crossings. But as the locals have blocked these, there is nothing for customs officials to do. The Serbs appear able to find ways to cross the boundary quicker than KFOR can close them. KFOR may be tiring of chasing down trucks and providing helicopter service for Gate workers. The new, perhaps more sensible, KFOR commander reportedly is urging a political approach to resolving the current crisis rather than looking for military solutions,” the former UN official concluded.

Now that the international community backed by US decided that Operation Storm was a war crime and awarded Croatian generals who led it long prison terms due to their “command responsibility”, let’s see what happens with MPRI trial in Chicago. As a reminder, MPRI organized and planned Operation Storm as a hired hand of Croatian government.

Quote below:
“On April 15 the Hague Tribunal sentenced Gotovina to 24 and Markač to 18 years in prison for war crimes during the Operation Storm and participation in the joint criminal enterprise aimed at forcibly and permanently expelling the Serbs from the Republic of Serb Krajina.”

As mentioned in another post, MPRI, a US outfit staffed by retired US generals, were in charge of the whole operation as “advisors” and carry as much responsibility.

Quote:
“A private U.S. defense contractor “trained and equipped the Croatian military for Operation Storm and designed the Operation Storm battle plan,” which killed or displaced more than 200,000 Serbs in 1995, in the largest European land offensive since World War II, the Genocide Victims of Krajina say in Chicago Federal Court. They demand billions of dollars in damages from MPRI, founded by U.S. military officers who were “downsized” at the end of the Cold War, and L-3 Communications, which bought MPRI for $40 million in 2000.”

But don’t hold your breath on seeing them punished. After all, they are Americans in service of the government (which used them as a cover when there was a UN embargo on such help) and they could spill a lot of uncomfortable truth.

UN says, we f-up in Ivory Coast by supporting the rebels: “The top U.N. human rights official expressed concern on Wednesday over acts of violence allegedly carried out by members of Ivory Coast’s new army, including reports of summary executions, rape and torture.”
There is no need for “alleging” – there are significant French forces on the ground that can confirm it if they just wanted to.

Another member of the U.N. commission, Suliman Baldo, said concern about “one-sided victory justice” was well-founded. “Those who are under investigation currently, either by the military prosecutor or by the civilian prosecutor, are all from the former officials of the government of Laurent Gbagbo,” Baldo told a news conference.

They are just following US example after wars in Balkans (Bosnia and Serbia / Kosovo) by enforcing victor’s justice. Why should it be different in Ivory Coast?

As a reminder, UN troops actively helped these nice “rebels” to defeat the Ivory Coast government of Gbagbo.

Good job, UN. You can be proud of your achievements.

The new NATO member and a candidate for EU membership is enjoying their national pass time, brawling and shooting on the way to “free” elections.

“Less than four months after opposition anger over contested national elections triggered deadly clashes with police, Albanians vote for local authorities on Sunday — at the close of a campaign marred by bombings and political violence.

Half a dozen candidates have suffered beatings or had their cars or homes targeted in explosions, the latest of which injured an opposition candidate on Thursday, and about 400 international observes will be monitoring Sunday’s voting.

Political rivalry in the small Balkan country of 4.2 million is intense, and four opposition Socialist supporters were shot dead when a mass demonstration turned violent in late January. Prime Minister Sali Berisha has repeatedly rejected opposition calls for his governing Democrats to resign over claims of corruption and vote-rigging in the 2009 general elections.”

Good luck!