Phony Kosovo 'Independence'
by Jared Israel
(A shorter version of this article was posted on Feb. 26, 2008 on
[Feb. 29, 2008]
[Note: For mailing purposes we have not used diacritics (accents) for
Serbian and Albanian names. For a list of affected words, with
explanations, see footnote . This article is posted with
diacritics at http://tenc.net/phony.htm ]
We are inundated with misinformation about Kosovo 'independence.' Case
in point: "Kosovo Declares its Independence from Serbia," in the
February 18th New York Times.  It should have a warning label:
'This article is harmful to the truth.'
The Times says Kosovo Albanians had "a long and bloody struggle for
national self-determination," suggesting a people distinct from
Albanians in Albania, acting independently. But the Times also
describes Kosovo Albanians celebrating by waving not 'Kosovar,' but
U.S. and Albanian flags:
"The distinctive two-headed eagle of the red and black Albanian flag,
reviled by Serbs, was everywhere Sunday, held by revelers, draped on
horses, flapping out of car windows and hanging outside homes and
storefronts across the territory."
-- See footnote 
This supports the charge that 'independence' is part of a U.S. (and
German and Vatican) strategy of absorbing Serbia's province of Kosovo
into a Greater Albania that previously existed only under WWII Axis
The Times says the Kosovo declaration of so-called independence is a
response to a history of abuse of Kosovo Albanians, for example
suppression of the Albanian language, by the Serbs. According to the
"In the 1980s, Mr. Milosevic used Serbs' enormous sense of grievance
that their ancestral heartland was now dominated by Muslim Albanians
to come to power in Serbia."
-- See footnote 
So, according to the Times, Serbs were stirred by nationalism
compounded by religious jealousy.
This is wrong on two counts. First, Kosovo's constitutional status was
changed in 1989 as part of an effort to curb long-ignored anti-Serb
violence and fascist-led political separatism, not cultural autonomy.
There was no repression of the Albanian language. 
Second, regarding Islam, I have posted thirteen articles on Kosovo
that the New York Times published between 1981 and 1987, describing
problems leading up to the 1989 constitutional change. 
Searching these articles one finds no mention of Serbs being upset
because their "ancestral heartland was now dominated by Muslim
Albanians." Indeed, one can find no mention at all of the words
'Muslim' or 'Islam.'  But one does find the relevant use of words
such as 'rape' five times; 'murder' thrice; 'vandalize' once;
'mutilate' once, 'kill' twice; 'attack' on people or property five
times; 'knifed' once; 'burn' twice; 'damage' five times; 'poison'
twice; "splashed gasoline in the face" once; and 'harass' once,
concerning Serbs who "have been harassed by Albanians and have packed
up and left the region." In every case the Times was reporting terror
by secessionist-organized Albanians against Serbs.
'Drive' appears three times, concerning not cars but Serbian fears
that Albanian fascists were trying to drive them out of Kosovo. Now
what could have made the Serbs think that?
The ugly term "ethnically clean" first appears in a 1982 New York
Times article describing not some Serbian repression of Albanians, but
the Albanian secessionist program of eliminating Serbs from Kosovo in
"to establish what they call an ethnically clean Albanian republic and
then the merger with Albania to form a greater Albania." 
In modifying Kosovo autonomy in 1989, the Republic of Serbia was not
repressing Islam; it was belatedly resisting a) racist violence
against Serbs and b) an attempt to destroy Yugoslavia.
As for the secessionist apparatus, if, since the 1980s, it has been
indoctrinating Albanians in hatred of Christianity and inciting
violence on that basis, why has it left Catholic churches alone while
destroying scores of Serbian Orthodox churches? Why has it never
harassed Catholics as Catholics, while attacking anti-racist
Albanians, whether Muslim, Catholic or atheist, just as it attacks
[Excerpt from interview with Agim K. starts here]
[Note from Jared Israel: 'UCK' stands for Ushtria Clirimtare e
Kosoves. In English: Kosovo Liberation Army or KLA - J.I.]
"The threats started again in July, I think. First only by telephone;
later they began to come to our house, at night - four or five people
usually, sometimes more, in UCK uniforms. They had guns, knives. First
they wanted me to work for them; I am an engineer and they needed
qualified people. They wanted me to make diversions on power stations
and phone lines. I refused. Then they started to break in our house
several times a week, to beat us up: me, my father. My mother and
younger sisters had to watch them do it, at gun point. We had no more
sleep at night. This was a thousand times worse than anything Serbs
did, or didn't do, or could have done: our own people were torturing
us because we wouldn't be cut-throats."
-- Agim K., an Albanian whose family fled Kosovo after refusing to
assist in anti-Serb violence. 
[Excerpt from interview with Agim K. ends here]
If Kosovo is a battleground of Christianity vs. Islam, why in 1993 did
Pope John Paul II - was he a Muslim? - give Kosovo Albanian
secessionist leader Ibrahim Rugova an audience and a medal?  The
pope's message was clear: the Vatican backed secession. This had a big
effect on Catholic Europe, just like the pope's endorsement of Yasser
Arafat. (The PLO got its own office in the Vatican in 1994!)  But
it also politically strengthened the secessionists among Albanians,
since everyone knows the pope spells power.
A related myth, generally pushed in the Western media, although not in
this particular Times article, is that, motivated by mythical anti-
Muslim hate, Serbs drove Albanians from Kosovo in 1999, thus provoking
But a) Albanian flight began a week after the onset of NATO bombing,
so how could it have caused it? And b) Albanian flight was staged by
the NATO-controlled Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to mislead Western
audiences; staged, as we shall see, through calculated terror. The
Yugoslav army tried to organize Albanians to stay in Kosovo and fight
the KLA, but the KLA strategy of terror prevailed, and so the pro-NATO
media was able to broadcast TV images, falsely presented as Albanians
fleeing Serbian violence.
In 1999 and 2000 my website interviewed Cedomir Prlincevic, president
of the Jewish community and chief archivist in Pristina, capital of
In the first interview,  Mr. Prlincevic described how, after the
victory of NATO's 1999 bombing war against Yugoslavia, the KLA marched
into Kosovo alongside KFOR. (KFOR stands for 'Kosovo Force,' NATO's
name for its troops in Kosovo.)
KFOR watched and refused to intervene as the KLA attacked Yugoslav
loyalists (Serb, Albanian, Roma, Jewish and Slavic Muslim) in
Pristina. Mr. Prlincevic described how terrorists invaded the section
of Pristina where he lived, killing some people and driving 30,000
from their homes, including Albanians loyal to Yugoslavia. Here is an
[Excerpt from first Prlincevic interview starts here]
Jared Israel: Did you try to go to KFOR?
Cedomir Prlincevic: KFOR was in my house when they came there.
Prlincevic: When the Albanians started to destroy apartments, someone
called KFOR and a KFOR officer came inside the house; he was there
with his squad. There was a whole bunch [of terrorists - J.I.] going
up and down the stairs, a 24 hours pressure of people going up and
down the stairs, banging, entering, demolishing. They break down the
door and pour in tear gas in some places; and they were robbing -
Israel: Excuse me?
Prlincevic: Robbing, robbing.
Israel: Now, you said the KFOR men were there? Did they actually
Israel: What did they say?
Prlincevic: They didn't react at all. They didn't protect anybody.
Israel: For God's sake, what did they say?
Prlincevic: They said it is for the civil authorities to regulate the
problem. They were only concerned with killings.
Israel: Who were the civil authorities?
Prlincevic: They were not formed yet. There were none.
Israel: How did you know whether you were going to get murdered when
someone banged down the door? I guess after you were murdered, you
Prlincevic: Yes. They were just there to draw up documents if you were
-- See footnote 
[Excerpt from first Prlincevic interview ends here]
Obviously, the KLA was a NATO proxy force whose job was to do the
dirty work, following which Western officials could lament the
understandable excesses of Albanian 'revenge.'
In the second interview,  Mr. Prlincevic explained that before
NATO bombed Serbia in 1999, it reorganized the KLA - one of whose top
leaders, Hashim Thaci, now heads the so-called 'Kosovo government' -
under NATO command.
I asked Mr. Prlincevic whether ethnic Albanians in Pristina, an
intellectual center, were pro-KLA when NATO bombed.
Here is his reply, shortened:
[Excerpt from second Prlincevic interview starts here]
Cedomir Prlincevic: Not at first, but later even in Pristina the
Albanians were sucked into the secessionist camp. This could happen
because of certain cultural traits, deeply rooted in their history. An
example: my Albanian neighbor was a professor, very much integrated
into Yugoslav life. Without warning he packed up and started to leave
Kosovo. I said, "Why are you leaving, neighbor?" He said, "I have to."
I said, "Why? We're safe here. Nobody's bothering you." And he said,
"I was ordered to leave."
Jared Israel: Who ordered him to leave?
Prlincevic: The leader of his clan. [Note: Earlier in the interview,
Mr. Prlincevic explained that Kosovo Albanian culture has clans with
Prlincevic: To prove obedience to the KLA. This was the KLA's national
plan. All loyal Albanians were to leave during the bombing and go to
Albania or Macedonia to show the world how terrible the Serbs were;
this exodus was staged; it was a performance, Hollywood in Kosovo.
What is Hollywood without actors? A large number of Albanians had to
perform, had to actually leave Kosovo. This was not so different from
what they had been doing for ten years, you see, pretending they had
been locked out of the schools when actually it was an organized
boycott, and so on.
Moreover, once they were in the refugee camps, the Albanians would be
under the direct leadership of the KLA, which could intensively
Israel: But why would his clan leader agree to this crazy plan?
Prlincevic: You think it was crazy? This gets us to the heart of the
matter. Between the attacks from the KLA on Albanians who cooperated
with the Yugoslav government and the continuous bombing by NATO,
especially of Albanians who disobeyed the KLA, the KLA had gotten
their message across to the clan leaders. So now the clan leaders
ordered their people to pack up and leave.
Israel: During the bombing, NATO said the Albanians were fleeing
atrocities. Western opponents of NATO said they were fleeing the
bombing. But you're saying we were wrong.
Prlincevic: The bombing isn't a sufficient explanation. If they were
just fleeing bombs, why did they have to go to Albania and Macedonia?
Why not inner Serbia?
But the bombing did play an important role. The KLA served as [plane]
spotters; they could direct NATO [bombing raid] attacks against
hostile Albanians [that is, who were resisting the KLA orders to leave
or who were going to inner Serbia or returning home - JI] and this
confirmed for the clan leaders that the KLA had serious power. It was
psychological warfare, intended to reinforce the psychological crisis
among Albanians, a crisis rooted in fear.
The KLA and NATO were telling Albanians: NATO supports the KLA. After
NATO takes over, the KLA will be in charge and if you don't leave now
you will be in big trouble later. There will be no safe refuge.
That's what I meant when I said you need to know something about
Albanian culture in order to understand why Albanians left. You have
to know about blood feud. One book has a great hold over Albanians.
It's called the Canon of Leke Dukagjinii. It's a 15th-century text. It
goes into great detail on how to carry out blood feuds, when and whom
it is proper to kill. Rules and regulations.
This is an intensely tradition-oriented culture. Blood feud is a
constant threat for Albanians. Thousands in Albania and Kosovo cannot
leave their houses because they are being hunted. It is for this
reason that Kosovo Albanian
houses are often built surrounded by high walls and with gun slits
instead of windows.
By methodically killing those who refused to support them, the KLA was
striking a deep fear among Albanians: the refusal of one clan member
to obey could lead to revenge against his entire clan. And now the KLA
had NATO bombers to enforce blood feud.
-- See footnote 
[Excerpt from second Prlincevic interview ends here]
My conclusion? The first target of Western-fostered Kosovo
"independence" has been Albanians independent of racism.
-- Jared Israel
Editor, Emperor's Clothes