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It Never Ends, Does It?

February 22, 2008
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200,000 protest Kosovo’s independence in Belgrade last night.  Our US embassy burned and a protestor was found dead, scorched within it.  Our diplomats are ordered to return and Americans to keep low profiles. 

“Kosovo is Serbia” are the chants going on today and so was Bosnia and so was Croatia and so was….  Somehow, someway, I’m sure America will have once been part of Serbia as well. 

90% of the Kosovo population is Albanian.

Bosnia’s pre-war demographics constituted Bosniaks – 43.7%, Croatians – 17.3%, Serbs 31.4% and Yugoslavs 5.5%.  The Dayton Agreement separated Bosnia into two entities and handed over 49% of the land and called it Republika Srpska – 49% of the land handed over to a population that once constituted only 31% of the overall make-up within the borders of Bosnia Hercegovina.  Don’t even get me started about trying to return to our homes – I was pinned between a car and a stone wall two years ago just for having a camera (sure sign that you’re going to take the present occupant of your home to court to get it back)  Don’t even get me started in regards to what happens when you go to court for you property .. ughhh! maps

We rewarded ethnic cleansing, attempted genocide and terror with territory .. are we really wondering what is going to going to happen with Kosovo?

Are we really surprised with this?

The Republic of Srpska in the Bosnian federation is ready to secede if independent Kosovo gains wider recognition. The Parliament of the Republic of Srpska, the Serbian-populated part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, decided Thursday night it would secede if Kosovo gained wider international recognition.

I often thought of the Dayton Accords as a band aide to a gaping wound but I welcomed the peace.  I welcomed not recieving news of death every week.  I welcomed the opportunity for this to resolve itself over the years.  Time heals all wounds, right?  Now what?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2008 10:10 pm

    I really like this blog, and the reason for its existence. I came across your comment on my friend Ian’s blog. I only hope you get lots of readers. Mind if I add you to my blogroll?

    Yeah, the surprised reactions to the flaring violence in the Balkans is the only thing that surprises me. Did people really think this would just pass over? What alternative is there? This is the result of fictitious borders, nationalism, and a tortured history.

    9 years of relative calm and people think its ancient history…

  2. Sabina permalink
    February 23, 2008 7:16 pm

    Da. Jos jednom izgleda kao da nikad nece proci.
    Novi rat kao da je samo pitanje vremena.
    A mi smo jos uvijek naivni i pasivni…
    Trenutno sam u pesimisticnoj fazi. Osjecam se nemocno. Ali znam da vise nikad ne smijemo ONO dopustit.

  3. February 25, 2008 6:47 pm

    David – I’m glad you like the blog and of course you can add me to your blogroll. I just read a bit of your blog and I have to say – very very cool! I’m adding yours to my blogroll as well.

    9 years of relative calm – well, sure there wasn’t anything really newsworthy, nothing spectacular, no bombs, no killing, no more refugees. The signs have always been there though but considering all of the world turmoil going on it’s just easier for people to put this away into the category of “resolved”.

    Sabina – neznam koliko je to da smo naivni i pasivni. Rat je rat, i ako si na stranu koja je u mogucnosti za pobjedu ipak je tu smrt i teske patnje. Radili smo sve sto je moguce za mir i ako je to znacilo da smo puno gubili – za Bosance se nemoze reci da smo ovo trazili ili zasluzili – ni moralno ni po internacialnim zakonima. I ja se osjecam isto ko i vi .. momocna, nervoza me faca s ovim dogadajima .. ali makar sad smo u mogucnosti da se branimo kad bi se nasli u tu situaciji opet. Nikad Vise!

  4. February 26, 2008 5:13 pm

    Mashaa Allah

    May Allah bless u.
    Keep up the good work.

    Shahid
    http://muslim-bloggers.blogspot.com

  5. February 26, 2008 5:23 pm

    greetings of peace to all,
    wanted to share these two relevant posts @ inspirations and creative thoughts

    . the rich history of Sufis in Kosovo and greater Balkan Europe

    . also tale from a Bosnian Sufi Darvish

  6. February 27, 2008 3:20 am

    It’s quite obvious that Serbs are fucking stupid to begin with, along with the rest of the Orthodox idiots who blindly side with Serbs due to similar faith.

    If I see another Armenian backing Serbs all the while bitching about the Armenian Genocide, I’m gonna puke.

  7. February 27, 2008 5:22 pm

    Daniel – you just reminded me that we’re so aware of Mujahideen comming to Bosnia to fight but how aware is everyone of this:

    “The Serbs received support from radical Christian fighters from countries including the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Russia. Some reports claim 4000 mercenaries from Russia, the Ukraine, Romania and Greece fought for Bosnian Serbs. [8]

    Two primary Russian fighting units were the “Tsarist Wolves” and the Cossacks. At least 700 Russians fought in these units, mainly in eastern Bosnia, near Višegrad. [12] In May 1995, Serb Herzegovina Corps intended to organize an international brigade in eastern Bosnia which gathered only 150 members, mostly ex-Russian veteran soldiers fighting for 200 German marks monthly. [13] In April 1995, the commander of the Russian contigent in UNPROFOR Sector East in Croatia, Russian General Pereljakin, who had been replaced for dereliction of duty, was appointed as adviser to the commander of a Serb division in the self-proclaimed Republika Srpska Krajina in Croatia. [13]

    Greek volunteers are also reported to have taken part in the Srebrenica Massacre, with the Greek flag being hoisted in Srebrenica when the town fell to the Serbs.[14] The Greeks were organized in March in the Greek Volunteer Guard (GVG), which had around 100 soldiers. [13]

    Other foreign fighters were not numerous enough to form independent units, but included nationals from Ukraine and other countries of the former USSR like Armenia, as well as Romania and Bulgaria.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_role_of_foreign_fighters_in_the_Bosnian_war

    Apparently the Greek involvement on a governmental level was pretty ugly as well:

    “According to University of Amsterdam professor ‘C. Wiebes’, the Hellenic National Intelligence Service (EYP) systematically sabotaged NATO operations in Bosnia in the mid-1990s, in an attempt to aid Bosnian Serb nationalists. In his report for the Dutch government, entitled Intelligence en de oorlog in Bosnie 1992-1995, Wiebes claims that EYP leaked classified NATO military plans (to which, as an allied intelligence service, it had access) to the Serb Bosnian leadership, and often to General Ratko Mladic himself, during the summer of 1995. Eventually, Wiebes states in the report, NATO allies ceased sharing NATO military plans with the Greek authorities.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbian-Greek_Friendship

    Bosnia had official recognition from both Russia and Greece, but with those two not willing to recognize Kosovo, I wonder just how far this could all go.

  8. Danial permalink
    February 27, 2008 8:16 pm

    Reading the Greek involvement in Srebrenica made my blood boil.

    I sure wished Turkey would have carpet bombed ALL of Greece in retaliation for this.

  9. February 28, 2008 8:53 pm

    I was disappointed with finding that out, especially since I’ve been told by so many Greek people that what happened to Bosnians was so wrong.

  10. Elias permalink
    March 9, 2008 9:36 pm

    Nice blog Samaha.
    I would just like to ask Danial where is he/she from?
    Do you really think that if Turkey bombed every part of Greece would be better? Why shouldn’t i say something about the Turkish attrocities on other countries?
    I’m from Greece and about the fact you mention about the Greek Volunteers, i would like to remember you that on 1821 during the Greek war of independence hundreds of volunteers from european countries came to fight with the Greeks.
    Also on a little research i made on the web i found that there were also Turkish volunteers on Bosnia as were also in Chechnya but nobody really mention that.
    Don’t forget that Balkans is a very strange and “hot” place in the world and Greece and Turkey, as the strongest countries on this region, have to take part in the things that happen in their neighborhood.

  11. March 10, 2008 6:13 pm

    Elias – thank you about the blog.

    I wanted to mention that I did bring up that we hear a lot about mujahideen in my comment to Daniel as I brought in the Russian and Greek merceneries into the discussion. The point, to me at least, is that merceneries exist within all religious groups (and even if you look at Iraq – there have been reports of Christians that signed into the army to fight Iraqis who have done so out of religious reasons).

    When Daniel mentions that Turkey should have “carpet bombed all of Greece” for this – I think he’s trying to relate, through sarcasm, the crazyness of some of the statements that exist online that the US should “carpet bomb Mecca” or “carpet bomb the Palestinians” or “carpet bomb the Arabs”.

  12. Elias permalink
    March 10, 2008 9:14 pm

    Good to hear that because such words might offend lots of people when they are misunderstood.

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