Kosovo independence

I’d wish to live in “boring times”, but that does not depend on me, now does it. Until I decide to move faar away on some forgotten Pacific island, I’ll have to live in historically exciting times, which is, as we all know, a bad thing.

So, yeah, Kosovo declared independence a week ago. I just “love” to read online comments on this, coming from the people all over the world. Especially coming from the people who don’t have any knowledge on this matter.

Now, before I state my opinion, I’ll tell you that I live in Serbia and therefore my opinion (and historical knowledge) can differ than those posed by CNN (or similar). If you want to know my position better, I can tell you I’m a student of a historical humanity (archaeology), I’m a female, and I’m not 100% Serb, I’m part Croatian, Bulgarian, Austrian and Polish (ethnicity does matter in this story, I’m afraid). I’ve been living in Belgrade, capital of Yugoslavia, then Serbian and Montenegro, now Serbia, for all my life. I was anti- Milosevic since I was 10 and I do believe he did many bad things even to his own people, but all of the major sides involved in breaking up of Yugoslavia had their own Milosevics. I have friends and relatives from all over former Yugoslavia, just like most of the people here do. My best friend is a Serbian refugee from Bosnia, and I know some things that happen in Kosovo, Bosnia and Croatia during the 90s, so yeah, I do feel competent to say a few things here. More competent than random chick from … somewhere who could not find Balkans (or Europe for that matter) on the map.

Anyway, Kosovo declared “independence” last Sunday, an event that polarized the world. Sure, Albanians are happy, Serbs are not, because they’re left without a very important part of their country. Though you might not see it, many politicians, journalists, and general people are also intrigued with Kosovo independence and there’s no general opinion on the matter.

So, why did I use quotation marks when I said “independence”? Because Kosovars are not independent, all they got is “limited recognition” under EU and other world organizations. Now, the term “Kosovars” itself is really bad, it does not really exists here. All you have is Serbs from Kosovo, and Albanians from Kosovo, not “Kosovars”. So, “Kosovars” already have their own, independent country, and it’s called Albania; they consider themselves Albanians, so there’s no need to call them differently.

Albanians make 92% of today Kosovo’s population, while Serbs and other nationalities make under 8%. But that land is incredibly important to all Serbs, because it’s cradle of Serbian cultural identity. Kosovo was part of medieval Serbian kingdom, and most important Serbian monasteries are built there. It is, in all meaning of the words, the heart of Serbia. And not to mention Serbs who still live there, who are now cut off from their own country. So, you can’t just give such important part of your country to other people, now can you?

We were bombed in 1999 because Milosevic did war crimes against Albanians (which he did, more than Serbian media reported, but less than westerns and Albanians claim), yet, Albanian terrorists did war crimes against Serbian civilians on Kosovo at the same time, and nobody cares. Serbia got bombed, more than 500 civilians (both Serbian and Albanian) were killed, and that was not violation of human rights? Many thousands of Albanians became refugees in 1999, but many thousands of Serbs had to leave their homes as well, but you just hear about “Kosovar” (meaning: Albanian) refugees. Those refugees got back to Kosovo after the bombing, but Serbs never got back to their homeland and still live as refugees. Many Serbian civilians were killed by Kosovar terroristic organization KLA, but some of KLA leaders, such as Agim Ceku or Hashim Thaci, are now high Kosovar politicians (Taci is PM). Do you believe Serbs from Kosovo feel safe? Many of them were killed by KLA in 2004, medieval monasteries were damaged, yet, nobody called that ethnic cleansing. Double standards, perhaps?

So, why double standards? Why US wanted so badly to give Kosovo independence? Because they care about poor Albanians tortured by evil Serbs? First of all, Albanians tortured Serbs as well. Second, “evil Serbs” did not have any power within their own land since 1999, because it was UN protection territory and KFOR forces were there to decide about war, peace and all the other things. Kosovo had its parliament (let by war criminals) and yet, Albanians did not live any better than before, because Kosovo’s economy is very low and the only things that blossom there, are smuggling of heroin, weapons and women. Serbs are left on the north parts of Kosovo or enclaves on the south, and are really afraid for their lives.

But, for some reason that we can discuss, US wanted independent Kosovo at all causes. US even made a pressure to many European countries to recognize Kosovo. Why? We can all have our own conspiracy theory, including interest in Kosovo’s oil (unexplored till now), destabilization of Europe, or Russia, but the most popular, and the most likely, is the need for a strategic military base in Europe. They need a military platform in Europe, and Poland and Czech are not really keen on giving Americans build platforms in their countries (or anybody else, for that matter). That has nothing to do with Serbs, Albanians, ethnic cleansing, freedom, or somebody’s cultural identity.

I do not hate Americans (though I’m not fan of their government), but what would such a young nation know about medieval shrines and hundreds of years of somebody’s cultural identity? The only people who live that long (and much longer, for that matter) in America are almost all killed or forced to live in reservations. They do not rule America today.

7 thoughts on “Kosovo independence

  1. Tat

    So the only reason Serbia should have Kosovo is because it was their cradle of civilisation during the medieval era? That’s all? So we should sacrifice the will of 2 million peoples only for that vague memory? Bulgaria had Kosovo too. Turkey hold it for 500 years (a lot more then the serbs) They should claim that land too? Only the peoples that live there should not ask for their rights.

  2. Mira Post author

    I just wanted to answer the question about cultural identity and medieval Serbia, since many people from all over the world (namely US) do not understand why Kosovo means so much to all Serbian people. As for Ottomans, they ruled other countries as well, such as Greece, but that doesn’t mean Attica or Peloponnese should not be Greek.

    In any case, Kosovo independence is against international law and resolution 1244 which ensures sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia.

    Kosovo does not have its independence, it does not belong to Albanians or Serbs at the moment, but some others who do not care about people of Kosovo, its history or economy, for that matter. Like I said, economy of Kosovo is very weak, unless you count smuggling, and there’s not much of independence anyway.

  3. pierre

    Typical brainwashed Serbian. The same old tired arguments we’ve heard a million times. Do you people eat propaganda with food over there in Serbia, or is ethnic hatred in your genes? Or both?

  4. Mira Post author

    Both. I just ate some juicy propaganda for my breakfast, and I’m currently planning an ethnic cleansing in Philadelphia, US.

    Dear Pierre, please read your comment and tell me who’s brainwashed. How many “typical brainwashed Serbians” did you meet? If you’ve really read my post you’d realize why hard- core Serbian nationalists would be really angry at me. So, you’ve heard all what I’ve said a millions of times? Where?

    Finally, you could just educate me (an idiotic, brainwashed Serbian with a storng ethnich hate) what to think in order to become better. Since you’re so smart and nice, why wouldn’t you try to make me a better person? Who knows, perhaps you even manage to make me vomit propadanda that I ate this morning and erase ethnic hate in my genes (that are not completely Serbian, some of them are Croatian, Bulgarian, Polish and Austrian and I’m very proud to come from a family where ethnic background, religion or money was never important when it comes to making friends or falling in love).

    PS-Read Tat’s comment. He’s Albanian from Albania and he also 100% disagrees with me, yet, his post was normal and civilized. Of course, I could not believe when I saw it, since I’m an ultra nationalist; I just could not believe that an Albanian have an internet access, can speak English, or write a proper sentence. Imagine my shock and surprise!


  5. Iva

    Pierre, you’re coming from a country that’s obviously ten thousand times more brainwashed and that can’t live without making at least three or four other countries suffer in war, a country that can’t make it without pseudo-religion and similar.

    And that’s a fault of politicians, not a mere human like you. However, by choosing to follow it, which many of my USA friends don’t, you’re a sheep. Baaaah. Baaah. How can you generalise a whole nation?

    I do agree that Tat’s comment was civilised.

  6. Sigg3

    In a statement to the press today (28th of March) it was announced that the Norwegian government recognizes the republic of Kosovo as a sovereign state.

    I still haven’t had the time to read your entry yet, but I will. Just thought I’d supply you with this info, given that I receive public decisions thru my work faster than the news channels:)

  7. Mira

    Thanks for letting us know. I knew it already, I work for a news website, so yeah, I knew about it. South Korea is another country that recognized Kosovo today.

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