19 November 2011

No Surrender by Government

In the last two months in Kosovo there have been three ethnically motivated attacks that have resulted in a fatality. October 2nd father (51) and son (24) were gunned down leaving the son wounded and the father dead. October 20th three men were gunned down, with one of them killed. November 9th a group of young men rushing to the aid of their colleague who was being savagely beaten was sprayed with automatic fire leaving two of them wounded with one of the pair later dying.

What all three attacks had in common was Albanian assailants and Serb targets. The two attacks in October occurred in territories under the sway of the government in Priština and targeted Serbs who had shown signs of objecting to their property being usurped by Albanian neighbors. The last attack occurred in a mixed neighborhood in divided Kosovska Mitrovica. All told more than one thousand Serbs have been killed in occupied Serbia since the onset of NATO occupation, most of them immediately after its onset.

Clearly the remaining Serbs in Kosovo are in a truly unenviable position. Those in the part of Kosovo under control of Western-backed Albanian government in Priština live in tiny, scattered ghettos and are frequently harassed and tormented by the Kosovo Albanian police and many of their ordinary Albanian neighbors as well. Those in the north of Kosovo have so far escaped this fate, but are under assault of Western occupiers to extend their dependency in Kosovo northwards, presumably so that they too may experience the fate of Serbs in the rest of Kosovo — the inauguration of KLA rule in the form of mass expulsions followed by an extended agony of vandalism, extortion, and beatings for those who stay.

Nevertheless, at least the less unfortunate Serbs in Kosovo, those in the compactly Serb-populated north can also be envied. They can be envied their spirit and the freedom they have established for themselves in resisting all that would have them subdued by force — or by treachery. In an unlikely outcome the north of Kosovo in spite of all the force aligned against itself nonetheless finds itself among the freest places in the world. Its defiant inhabitants are subject to no state authority except that which they embrace willingly.

Attempted imposition of institutions of the Kosovo protectorate by NATO forces is being successfully fought off. Despite efforts of the occupiers to forcefully dismantle the barricades protecting the locals from the encroachment of an unwanted quasi-state they remain, as sturdy as ever. In the few instances where people guarding the improvised roadblocks were overpowered and the obstacles cleared, new barricades quickly replaced the barriers yielded. Effective peaceful resistance against the occupiers quite literally leaves them in control of no more than the soil under their boots and wheels.

This success, however, could have been all for nought if the people squaring off against KFOR neglected to guard their back against their own government. The imperiled communities of the north of Kosovo remain their own masters only because they have prevented the politicians in power in Belgrade from delivering them to their enemies. These had already agreed for the government in Priština to establish a presence on the northern stretch of the dividing line between occupied Kosovo and the rest of Serbia — which is to say they had accepted a sort of thing one would expect if the miserable KFOR had already won out against the local Serbs. When it became obvious the pro-Imperial Serbian government was greasing the wheels of attempted NATO play for power in the north the indomitable local communities broke off with the quisling politicians.

Councilmen of the four northern municipalities have made it it known the pro-Western government in Belgrade can no longer speak in their name. They have declared they consider any future and past "compromise agreements" between the Empire's Serbian clients in Belgrade and its Albanian clients in Priština made in their name null and void and demand an end to the EU sponsored "talks" between them. There will be no easy way for the occupiers to win this one — Kosovo Serbs have eliminated the ability of their government to surrender for them.

1 comment:

  1. There seems to be a rising chorus suggesting life for the southern Kosovo Serbs is getting better. (This was being said, for example, in the corridors after last week's congressional hearing in Washington and seems to be a message from Kosovo Albanians and some Serbs from Belgrade.) Might be good to hear more from them about their lives. One important question would be whether the young people are staying or leaving to make their lives elsewhere.