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    Mar 19th 2004
    From The Economist Global Agenda


    NATO is sending reinforcements to Kosovo, amid the worst violence in the Balkan province since it came under United Nations control in 1999


    “WAR!” was the screaming headline in one of Serbia’s main newspapers. “Kosovo in blood” said another. On Thursday March 18th, NATO sent reinforcements into the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo after violence between its majority of ethnic Albanian Muslims and the ethnic Serb minority left 22 people dead and hundreds injured, including some NATO peacekeepers. Both NATO and the UN Security Council held emergency meetings in their headquarters as the violence spread to Serbia’s largest cities, where Muslim targets came under attack. Up to 150 American troops and 80 Italian police were dispatched to Kosovo on Thursday. France, Germany and Britain are also each sending hundreds of extra troops.

    The UN's interim administration, UNMIK, reports on events. NATO's peacekeeping force in Kosovo, Kfor, gives news from the province. The International Crisis Group publishes reports and analysis on Kosovo, Serbia and other Balkan states.

    Kosovo has been under United Nations control since 1999, when bombing by NATO forced Serbia’s then leader, Slobodan Milosevic, to withdraw his forces from the province, where they had been cracking down on ethnic Albanian separatists. Kosovo now has around 18,500 NATO-led troops and 9,000 UN and local police keeping the peace.

    The latest outbreak of fighting flared up remarkably quickly: only last Sunday, a senior UN peacekeeping official, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, ended a visit to Kosovo by announcing that elections would be held there in October. He praised the province’s improved security (despite the bomb left outside the UN’s headquarters in Kosovo a few days earlier) and the return of Serb refugees who had fled after the Serbian forces’ withdrawal in 1999. But then, on Monday, a Serbian youth from a village near Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, was hurt in a drive-by shooting. Three Albanian boys then drowned in the River Ibar, which divides the town of Mitrovica into an Albanian-inhabited south and a Serbian north. The Albanians claimed that the children had been chased into the river by Serbs. Rioting and shooting broke out, and Serbian enclaves elsewhere were attacked. Serb churches and houses were torched, and the UN evacuated its Mitrovica staff. In Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, angry groups took to the streets, attacking the main mosque. Another mosque was torched in Nis.

    Though the UN has been resolutely insisting that things are getting better in Kosovo, and has devolved some of its powers to a multi-ethnic government of Albanians and a few Serbs, progress has been extremely slow. Now, says Daut Dauti, a Kosovo analyst, “it’s back to the old days.” According to Mr Dauti, the rage that has exploded in Kosovo has been building because, since 1999, “nothing has really happened.” Kosovo has not become independent, which is what the Albanians want. And its economy is dire, with unemployment as high as 70%.

    The history of Kosovo’s conflict is long, complex and bloody. To Serbs, the province is their Jerusalem, the birthplace of their national culture. But during the centuries in which this part of Europe was under the Turkish Ottoman empire, Kosovo came to be inhabited mostly by ethnic Albanians, who now make up more than 90% of the province’s population of around 1.8m. As the Ottoman empire started crumbling, from the late 19th century, Serbia first regained independence, then retook Kosovo. After the second world war, Kosovo and Serbia were absorbed into the newly formed communist federation of Yugoslavia. In the early 1990s, as Yugoslavia collapsed amid inter-ethnic wars, Albanian leaders in Kosovo declared independence, prompting Mr Milosevic to dissolve the province’s autonomous government and crack down on the separatists.

    In 2000, a year after the NATO bombings forced Serbian troops out of Kosovo, Mr Milosevic was toppled—he is now on trial at a war-crimes tribunal in The Hague. Last year, talks reopened between the Serbian government and Kosovo’s Albanian leaders, and the UN presented a “roadmap” plan, leading to talks in 2005 on the province’s final status. But while Kosovo’s Albanians are getting impatient for independence and venting their frustrations on their NATO and UN protectors, in Serbia there has been anger that, while Mr Milosevic and other Serbs are on trial, no ethnic Albanian had been indicted for the killings of hundreds of Serbs in Kosovo during and since the war. But last month, four Albanian Kosovars were arrested and hauled to The Hague; the court says it is investigating others.

    Such frustration helped hardline nationalist parties to do well in December’s parliamentary elections in Serbia, obliging the new prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, a more moderate nationalist, to form a new, minority government that depends on support from Mr Milosevic’s Socialists. Mr Kostunica has called for the official “cantonisation” of Kosovo. Albanians, probably rightly, see this as a forerunner to partition.

    In most of the rest of the former Yugoslavia, peace has returned and there is the prospect of renewed prosperity. Slovenia—the part of the Balkans least affected by the turmoil of recent years—will join the European Union in May. Croatia and Macedonia, followed by Bosnia, are making slow but steady progress towards joining the list of EU candidate countries. But any hopes that Kosovo, and Serbia itself, were also heading for normality have now taken a severe knock.
    See how much smoother things go with international support.
    Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

  • #2
    Well it's a good thing the occupation of Iraq is going so much better.

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    • #3
      We think we can force peace on people who have a deep deep hate for one another.

      I honestly believe Iraq could EASILY be worse than before we got there.

      Think about Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

      They routinely shot women in Afghanistan for insane reasons.

      There may not be a dictator in Iraq anymore, but I don't know how we are going to allow them to be truly FREE and NOT have them go back to their religious hate for one another.
      Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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      • #4
        so the world should ignore those human rights violations?
        Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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        • #5
          They prefer to ignore the problems or steer the conversation away when it doesn't fit their political agenda.............
          AKA reddevil
          AKA davel a devil

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          • #6
            Originally posted by davel@Mar 20 2004, 08:57 PM
            They prefer to ignore the problems or steer the conversation away when it doesn't fit their political agenda.............
            Yes, that's us.

            Meanwhile, no one has addressed how truly silly it is to hold up Yugoslavia as an example of international cooperation gone bad, when Bush's occupation of Iraq has turned into a bloody nightmare that is worse than Yugoslavia by orders of magnitude. Good job ignoring the problems and steering the conversation away when it doesn't fit your political agenda, guys.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by lazydaze@Mar 20 2004, 09:51 PM
              so the world should ignore those human rights violations?
              I never said we should.

              But I don't like hiding this war behind human rights.

              It's NOT why we went, It's NOT what we were told.

              But maybe most important, who says we can fix it?
              Is freedom going to make Iraq a better place for it's people?

              Iraqi women had more rights and freedom from oppression under Saddam than women in our Ally Saudi Arabia do today.

              We had NO problem with the injustice in Afghanistan until 9-11, we didn't care what they were doing to their people there.
              When Bush took office he didn't say he was going to free the enslaved oppressed people of the world.

              This war was SUPPOSED to be about our nation defense, and it had NOTHING to do with our defense, Iraq was a threat to no one.
              Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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              • #8
                Was this article about Kosovo?
                Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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                • #9
                  And talk about "steering conversation"

                  You mean like from WMD to liberation?
                  Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kah2523+Mar 20 2004, 08:59 PM-->
                    QUOTE (kah2523 @ Mar 20 2004, 08:59 PM)

                  • #11
                    Originally posted by lazydaze@Mar 20 2004, 09:00 PM
                    Was this article about Kosovo?
                    Yes. And I pointed out how ridiculous your thesis was by showing how much worse the Bush war has turned out.

                    How many allied soldiers have died in Kosovo since Clinton intervened? Is the number still zero? Meanwhile, 29 more American boys died in Iraq just this month, for a total of 578 since Bush went in to stop Saddam from giving weapons he didn't have to terrorists he didn't know.

                    http://lunaville.org/warcasualties/Summary.aspx

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                    • #12
                      so, was this about kosovo?
                      Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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                      • #13
                        Lazy,

                        I think it's the principle...the UN obviously sucks as a governing/enforcing body...no one respects them...it's an assumption to say they would fail as miserably in every endeavor as they have in Kosovo...but not a big one...
                        " Look, forget the myths the media's created about the White House--the truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand."

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by lazydaze@Mar 20 2004, 09:06 PM
                          so, was this about kosovo?
                          The article was about Kosovo. Your little appendix suggested that international cooperation isn't helpful. If you want to confine a thread to Kosovo, perhaps you should not include little comments at the end. Or you could just admit how idiotic it is to hold up Kosovo as a disaster, when Bush's war has turned out far, far worse. Or you could get your own weblog where you can dictate everything people say and shut up everyone who doesn't agree with you, which might be best.

                          BTW, have we had one soldier killed in Kosovo?

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                          • #15
                            kah............

                            The fact Nato is still in Kosovo 5 years later tells me an exit plan was never thought of...........And Iraq worse than Kosovo..........Can it be argued that pre-war Iraq was worse than pre-war Kosovo.........Hard to say...........Regime brutality and genocide is pretty nasty no matter how you want to look at it..........

                            Shall we bet on whose out of where first...........

                            Yaks........

                            Personally I never argued WMD was first priority....So the argumwnt is lost on me....My main argument was a completely unstable brutal regime........And liberation was a theme whether you want to admit it or not............
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