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How Kosovo lead to Crimea

by Rodan ( 57 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Kosovo, Marxism, Progressives, Republican Party, Russia, Serbia at March 25th, 2014 - 7:00 am

Once again being brave and breaking with Republican elite opinion on the Ukraine crisis, Andy McCarthy explains how Progressive policies led to this moment. Unlike the narrative that appeasement led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, McCarthy makes the opposite argument. It was Tranzi progressive interventionist polices that encouraged Putin to annex Crimea.

In 1999 the US/NATO bombed Serbia to force them out of their province of Kosovo. This intervention was justified as humanitarian an defend by Progressives all over the world. The result was the installation of a Narco-terrorist regime with al-Qaeda links in Kosovo. Another result was the resentment in Russia over what was done to Serbia. Now Putin has turned the table and uses the example of Kosovo as justification for him jumping the shark by invading Crimea.

‘Your independence is irreversible, absolutely irreversible.” So declared Vice President Joe Biden, thrilling a parliamentary assembly in Pristina, Kosovo. These were still the early months of the Obama administration, and the vice president was touring the Balkans to take a victory lap in the breakaway Serbian territory whose independence he’d done so much to champion as an influential senator.

As Vladimir Putin tucks away Crimea, just as he clawed South Ossetia and Abkhazia back from Georgia five years ago, Kosovo is worth remembering. So is President Obama’s staunch support of Manuel Zelaya, the socialist would-be dictator Hondurans tried to rid themselves of back in 2009. With an unreconstructed Soviet imperialist eying more worlds to reconquer, one is constrained to ask whether the Beltway’s transnational progressives will ever be called to account for greasing the skids for him.

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But the Kosovo precedent — which, as National Review’s editors noted this week, is one that Putin wielded as a club against the West while storming Ukraine — is not solely, or even mostly, Obama’s fault. He was a bit player in the closing act of a debacle that tossed territorial integrity overboard when our bipartisan foreign-policy solons decided it was inconvenient to their trendy priorities. In this instance, it was about appeasing Islamic supremacists.

Kosovo was an overwhelmingly Albanian-Muslim province of the former Yugoslavia. It had sided with the Nazis in World War II and later come under Communist domination. The mutual hatred between the Kosovar Muslims and Orthodox Christian Serbs resulted in centuries of dueling atrocities and efforts by each side to wipe out the other.

In the Nineties, while straining for independence from the Serbs, Kosovo served as a safe haven for al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups. Like contemporary “rebels” in Syria and Libya, the Kosovo Liberation Army had moderate Muslim elements but also worked cooperatively with the jihadists. Naturally, the separation of Kosovo from Serbia became a cause célèbre of the Muslim Brotherhood and the global jihad. As night follows day, it also became fashionable at the soirées where transies convince themselves that Islamic supremacists will surely moderate if given the responsibilities of governance and will like us better if we support their access to power.

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But the Kosovo precedent — which, as National Review’s editors noted this week, is one that Putin wielded as a club against the West while storming Ukraine — is not solely, or even mostly, Obama’s fault. He was a bit player in the closing act of a debacle that tossed territorial integrity overboard when our bipartisan foreign-policy solons decided it was inconvenient to their trendy priorities. In this instance, it was about appeasing Islamic supremacists.

Kosovo was an overwhelmingly Albanian-Muslim province of the former Yugoslavia. It had sided with the Nazis in World War II and later come under Communist domination. The mutual hatred between the Kosovar Muslims and Orthodox Christian Serbs resulted in centuries of dueling atrocities and efforts by each side to wipe out the other.

In the Nineties, while straining for independence from the Serbs, Kosovo served as a safe haven for al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups. Like contemporary “rebels” in Syria and Libya, the Kosovo Liberation Army had moderate Muslim elements but also worked cooperatively with the jihadists. Naturally, the separation of Kosovo from Serbia became a cause célèbre of the Muslim Brotherhood and the global jihad. As night follows day, it also became fashionable at the soirées where transies convince themselves that Islamic supremacists will surely moderate if given the responsibilities of governance and will like us better if we support their access to power.

Andy McCarthy once again refuses to go along with the Republican Party’s narrative on Crimea an gives the background on what led to this crisis. Progressive interventionist policies have given justification for others to do their own interventions. Before anyone dismisses what Andy McCarthy has wrote, keep in mind he has been right about events like the Arab Spring. Do not drink the Tranzi Progressive kool-aid on foreign issues.

Libya which was another case of Progressive nation building, is a failed state  3 years after Qaddafi was overthrown by NATO and Libyan Islamists.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it’s Tripoli’s biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars.

Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of weapons with no control over their trafficking. The arms free-for-all fuels not only Libya’s instability but also stokes conflicts around the region as guns are smuggled through the country’s wide-open borders to militants fighting in insurgencies and wars stretching from Syria to West Africa.

The lack of control is at times stunning. Last month, militia fighters stole a planeload of weapons sent by Russia for Libya’s military when it stopped to refuel at Tripoli International Airport on route to a base in the south. The fighters surrounded the plane on the tarmac and looted the shipment of automatic weapons and ammunition, Hashim Bishr, an official with a Tripoli security body under the Interior Ministry, told The Associated Press.

Progressive foreign policy is a failure.

Update: Russia is throwing Kosovo back at the US and NATO.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian television blasted viewers with 15-year-old footage of NATO bombing raids, burning buildings and wounded people in Yugoslavia on Monday to step up a media campaign against the West over the Crimea crisis.

State television and newspapers used the anniversary of the start of the bombing campaign to depict the West as hypocritical for saying Crimea has no right to secede from Ukraine when NATO used force to help Kosovo escape Slobodan Milosevic’s clutches.

A special program on state TV called “The Serbian Tragedy: 15 Years” hammered home Russia’s message that the United States and NATO are to blame for redrawing global borders, encouraging separatism and flouting international law.

Illegal actions come back to haunt you. The US/NATO’s illegal war on Serbia has now come back to bite them in the Crimea.

 

 

 

The Crimea and Kosovo

by coldwarrior ( 61 Comments › )
Filed under Balkans, Chechnya, History, Islam, Kosovo, Orthodox Christianity, Russia, Serbia at March 10th, 2014 - 9:56 am

So, let me get this straight, its OK for Muslim Kosovo to be ripped out of Serbia by America and the UN and made a new country, but it isn’t OK for Russian Crimea to vote to return to Russia from The Ukraine?

 

It’s perfectly fine to spend American blood and treasure to allow Muslims to have self determination in Kosovo, but it is EVIL if a bunch of Russians in The Crimea try to apply self-determination.

 

OK, I’m at a loss for words here. Can someone explain this to me? Because I keep hearing how its bad if ethnic Russians Christians try to do exactly what ethnic Albanian Muslims did.

 

 

 

 

 

Map made by Bosnian Muslims out of solidarity with Palestinians

by Rodan ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under Balkans, Bosnia, Headlines, Islam, Palestinians, Serbia at January 30th, 2014 - 12:25 am

During the Bosnia conflict, while Israelis supported the Bosnian Serbs many American supporters of Israel sided with the Bosnians and their al-Qaeda/Hezbollah allies. One of the biggest canards I have heard out some alleged Conservatives was that Bosnian Muslims are different becasue they are White. As the Tsarnaev bothers proved, color does not mean anything in regards to Islam.

This picture is circulating on Bosnian Muslim Facebook pages. It shows  map comparing Bosnia and the areas under Palestinian control, in solidarity with their Muslim brothers.

Bosnia-Palestine

Those different European Muslims.

In Hollywood there are no Muslim terrorists

by Speranza ( 156 Comments › )
Filed under Islam, Movies, Political Correctness, Progressives, Serbia at January 28th, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Hollywood twists itself into pretzels trying to avoid facing the fact that the physical threat to ordinary citizens of America and Europe does not  come from Christian fundamentalists, Serbian nationalists, Communist thugocracies such as Cuba, North Korea or the People’s Republic of China, or greedy capitalists, but the only religion that the Left Coast smiles upon, The Religion of Peace. When they recast the villains of  the Tom Clancy movie “The Sum of All Fears” from Arabs to “neo-Nazis” I thought maybe Charles F. Johnson was producing the film. As  the Knish points out, these movies do not make money, but as I have always maintained that is not what the industry is interested in (although of course they want to make money), they make these films in order to feel good about themselves, to get awards from each other, and to tap into the anti-American film market overseas.

by Daniel Greenfield

In real life, terrorists are almost always Muslim. In the movie theater, they are anything but. America’s fictional secret agents, covert operatives and rogue cops who play by their own rules have spent more time battling Serbian terrorists than Muslim terrorists.

Before September 11, 24′s Jack Bauer was fighting the international menace of Serbian terrorism. Serbian terrorists also showed up in 1999′s Diplomatic Siege when their “Serbian Liberation Front” took over a US embassy and in 1997′s The Peacemaker with George Clooney rushing to stop a Serb from detonating a nuke in New York City.

The United States has remained unscathed by Serbian terrorism, though the same can’t be said for Peter Weller, the star of Diplomatic Siege, and Mimi Leder, the director of The Peacemaker, but not by Muslim terrorist attacks. Despite September 11, the Fort Hood Massacre and the Boston Marathon bombings, Hollywood has resolutely kept its eye on the real threat.

Serbian terrorism.

This weekend, Ride Along, which features Ice “F___ the Police” Cube playing a cop, knocked Lone Survivor out of the top spot at the box office, and once again takes on the terrible threat of… Serbian terrorism.

When the Serbs aren’t available, the Russians have to step in. The Russians are more likely to appear as villains after the fall of the Soviet Union than during the Communist era. It’s as if the end of Soviet Communism finally set Hollywood free to join in the fun of Boris and Natasha villains without any of the guilt about red-baiting.

When Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit featured a terrorist cell in Dearborn, even though Muslims  dominate the area, the villains were shown operating out of a Russian Orthodox church and getting their cues from a priest reading the bible while the terrorists cried out, “Slava Bogu” or “Praise God.”

It would have been unrealistic to show them praising Allah instead.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the latest attempt at making a Tom Clancy movie without the Tom Clancy part. Sum of All Fears, one of the first movies about terrorism to come out after September 11, jettisoned Clancy’s Muslim villains.

Its writer Dan Pyne dismissed Islamic terrorism as a “cliche”; even though a plot can’t be a cliche when it never appears in movies, only in real life. Pyne however found a more realistic villain. “I think, there was some neo-nationalist activity in Holland, and there was stuff going on in Spain and in Italy. So it seemed like a logical and lasting idea that would be universal.”

Nothing is more universal than the threat of neo-nationalists in Holland. Dutch neo-nationalism is an enduring world menace that everyone can relate to.

The neo-nationalists of the Netherlands that Pyne had discovered were probably Pim Fortuyn’s party. Fortuyn was a Sociology professor who favored drug legalization, gay marriage and less Muslim immigration. The neo-nationalist threat of the Netherlands did not prove lasting when around the time that Sum of All Fears was playing in theaters; Fortuyn was murdered by a leftist who, like Pyne, worried about the plight of the Muslims.

In an even bigger cliche, Theo van Gogh, who had just finished directing May 6th, a movie about the assassination of Pim Fortuyn, was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Muslim immigrant from Morocco who told the victim’s mother that he could have no empathy for her because she was a non-Muslim.

It was the sort of ridiculous cliche that Dan Pyne would never have put into a script.

Instead Dan Pyne went on to write a remake of the Manchurian Candidate in which Communist China was replaced by the “Manchurian Corporation”. He’s currently working on a movie featuring a Syrian rescue worker who gets mistaken for a terrorist while trying to save lives during Hurricane Katrina.

It’s a cliche, but it’s the kind of cliche that Hollywood likes.

If a movie is made about September 11 a decade from, now, the villains will probably be Serbian nationalists. It would be a cliche to have 19 Muslim hijackers murder 3,000 people. And then the camera will linger meaningfully on a Muslim rescuer wrongly taken into custody by a bigoted NYPD cop who is overlooking the real Serbian/Dutch neo-nationalist corporate villains.

The Serbians, Russians and Netherlands neo-nationalists are only the understudies who get called in when the usual villains, right-wing extremists who want to false flag America into a war with the Muslims, are on vacation.

After 24 got done with the Serbian terror threat, it defaulted to the real threat of government warmongers trying to fake a Muslim terror threat. After 9/11, 24′s second season’s story was about an evil government conspiracy to fake a Muslim terrorist attack.  [.....]

When the Serbs went on strike last year, White House Down brought in a villainous Speaker of the House with a Jewish last name to assassinate a black president in order to sabotage his treaty with Iran. The movie lost so much money that Sony blamed its quarterly $197 million loss on it.

Serbian terrorism had struck again.

When a straightforward presentation flops, Hollywood finds ways of embedding the same old message into more fantastic fare. Last summer, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and the Lone Ranger all had minor variations of the same story about false flag attacks that were orchestrated by governments or powerful interests connected to them.  [.....]

Nowhere in all these tales of evil corporations and governments is there a movie about an entertainment industry so intertwined with government that it not only helped pick the country’s current leader, but it constantly releases propaganda films attempting to revise reality according to his worldview. That would be a cliché; much like the idea of that industry filming false flag movies depicting the favorite villains of the Clinton Administration carrying out ridiculously implausible acts of terror to retroactively justify its focus on the Serbs instead of Al Qaeda.

Hollywood stands as firmly against depicting Muslim terrorism as Hollywood Communists after the Hitler-Stalin pact did against anti-Nazi films. If they had been positioned further up the ladder back then, instead of mainly being relegated to writing scripts, we would no doubt have a catalog of movies featuring Yankee warmongers plotting to stage fake Nazi attacks on America.

Hollywood’s ideological hostility to reality however has not proven to be very profitable.

The Peacemaker, a movie written and co-produced by the Cockburns, whose politics are slightly to the left of Stalin, was the inaugural feature from the failed Spielberg-Geffen-Katzenberg Dreamworks studio and disappointed critics and audiences.  [.....]

Sum of All Fears, the movie inspired by the Netherlands neo-nationalist threat, was the weakest performer of the Tom Clancy movies when accounting for ticket price inflation and full budget. And it still had a much better opening weekend than Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Failure however won’t stop Hollywood from alerting the nation to the terrorist threat lurking in Orthodox Churches or the Dutch neo-nationalists trying to nuke our cities. Hollywood’s handpicked leaders were the ones who made the country vulnerable to Islamic terrorism and their industry has gone on covering up for them with movies in which the villains can be anyone and everyone except the real killers.

Read the rest -  Hollywood’s Muslim lies

What St. Sava means to us

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Filed under Christianity, Orthodox Christianity, Serbia, Special Report at January 28th, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Serbian chant-Danica Krstic-Himna Svetom Savi

Uploaded on Jul 13, 2010 by mrkosovac

St. Sava’s Day (Savindan) is January 27 (old calendar January 14).
What does that mean to us?

Sveti Sava was a builder and a pillar of the Orthodox Church in Serbia. He brought peace, education, and faith to the people of Serbia. Click here to learn more about the patron saint of the Serbian people.

One of our correspondents wrote:

Our biggest challenge is trying to get the interest of those who should be interested. Most are tuned out, not concerned about the travails of the other half. That is what’s most pathetic. Some have told me that they’re all tuckered out from demonstrating in 1999. In 1999? And, they haven’t regained any energy since then?

I replied:

That’s called the sin of despair.

Too many Serbs don’t do enough to make their faith a vital part of their lives.

It’s an issue of spiritual warfare. We have to be IN the world, but not OF the world. That means we must do our part to combat evil in the world, even when our efforts don’t seem to have any immediate results.

That’s worth a blog post in itself.

A few questions for my fellow Serbs and Orthodox Christians:

• How many of us contact elected officials or their staffers with our concerns about the unjust treatment of Serbia and the Serbian people?
• How many of us write to the media or comment on articles or videos that libel or slander Serbia or the Serbian people?
• How many of us work to publicize truthful information about Serbs in the Balkans and in the diaspora?
• How many of us talk to non-Serbs, face to face, about the Serbian people and the Orthodox faith?
• How many of us attend church regularly and pray for the Serbian people?
• How many of us contribute money or assistance to Orthodox Christian missions, such as OCMC?

The battle against ignorance

Over several decades, “low information voters” in the US and in Europe have brought the Serbian people to our current catastrophic state of affairs. Yes, these voters are blameworthy. Being an ignorant and slothful citizen of a republic is not “cool” – it’s shameful and ridiculous. But it’s also shameful and ridiculous on our part if we fail to do our best to reach these “low information voters” and get them to start thinking. These people are not only “low information voters,” but also “low information human beings.”

It is time for us to continue the work of Saint Sava, wherever we may happen to be.

From OrthodoxWiki: The Great Commission

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and spoke to them saying,

“…All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20 KJV, also see Mark 16:14-20, Acts 2:38)

The commandment of the Lord to baptize “in the name of Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” was the practice of the early Church and is still the Orthodox method for baptizing today. (see Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5).

The Life Of St. Savva

(retold for children)
Compiled by Father Demetrios Serfes
Boise, Idaho
May 6 2000

St. Sava
St. Sava of Serbia
(by Serbian iconographer
Mirgjana from Montenegro)

Once upon a time, in the twelfth century after Christ, at the Serbian court in Ras, a son was born to the Serbian Grand Duke Stefan Nemanya and his wife Ana, to whom his parents gave the name Rastko at his baptism. His elderly parents already had two sons – Vukan and Stefan, but they desired to have still another child. They prayed to God for a long time, constantly kneeling in prayer, so that God would fulfill their desire. And truly, God, knowing their life and effort, to constantly live according to His law, answered their prayer.

The child was extraordinary. His big, blue eyes and his slender physique as well as the clarity of the mind charmed everyone. Rastko played with other children and grew up in the court of his parents. They played just like the other children at that time. They played various games. They made bows and arrows, a wooden sword; they liked to play war games. Their childhood passed with the constant care of their parents. Rastko tried from his earliest days not to anger his parents, and because of this they loved him without measure. Rastko and his brothers received presents from their parents on big holidays, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas and Easter. Rastko nonetheless tried to give back to them by his love and goodness.

Rastko grew up reading his father’s book. He delighted in listening to his teachers and reading history, heroic poems and stories, but most of all he like reading the history of Christianity and the lives of the holy men of God. Rastko also stood in prayer every day before the icon and vigil lamp that continuously burned in the “Great Room”. When Rastko had grown into a young man, his father, Stefan Nemanya, intended to prepare him for the duties of state that awaited him in the future. So Rastko was given the region called Zahumlye, today’s Herzegovina, to administer. Rastko, with the Serbian Nobleman, occasionally went out to rule that region. They often went hunting. At that time hunting was a favorite amusement.

The young Prince Rastko also went hunting, and just like his friends participated in the festivities, but never overdid anything. He never even laughed loudly, but because of this there was always a gently smile on his face. One day, when Rastko was 17 years old, his parents called him into the court in Ras to tell him some very important news. The news could not, however, in any way make him happy. Arriving from Herzegovina to Ras, Rastko found the house full of people. The nobility, couriers and all of the royal relatives had gathered to tell the young prince the good news. That news was Rastko’s marriage. Rastko was very sad. How could he disappoint his parents for the first time in his life? How could he tell them his heart thirsts for something else? How could he tell them? How? How could he tell them he loves something else? How could he tell them he loves spiritual life more than anything else? How could he explain to them that he loves the humble monastic life more than the royal crown and purple? A great sorrow and pain took hold of his soul.

In those days when Rastko arrived from Herzegovina with his accompaniment to Ras, at the court of his father there were also some monks from the Holy Mount, Athos. They had come to ask alms for their monastery. They had no idea that their arrival would be so important and significant for the entire history of the Serbian of the Serbian people. Rastko spent a lot of time talking with them.

He asked them about everything. What kind of life is the monastic life, what does the Holy Mount look like, what should a monk be like? And at the end, the desire of his heart began to be realized. He revealed to them his desire to go with them and then everything became different. The monks became very afraid. If their flight were unsuccessful, the punishment and revenge of the young prince’s father would be severe! Anxiety and fear overcame them all. Only Rastko had resolutely decided to carry out his intention.

He asked his parents for a blessing to go hunting with his accompaniment. This request was a great relief for them. They had immediately noticed upon his arrival at the court that the news he had been called for had not had any joyous reaction from him. His daily association with the Athonites was a sign for his parents – they had known earlier that he loved the monastic life more than state power. And so they saw him off with joy. But his going hunting was not entertainment, rather flight. Rastko had made a plan with the monks as to how to flee.

The accompaniment went out of the city. Rastko separated himself from them. And while the hunting party was enjoying itself and, being tired, Rastko was already far away with the three monks riding their fast and strong horses. Great panic and fear took hold of the hunting party. When they informed Rasko’s parents that he was lost, Nemanya afraid and sad, ordered a search party to be formed. The search party was strong. The best and most capable soldiers with their leaders went in pursuit.

Rastko had a difficult and dangerous road to travel to the Holy Mountain. There was no time to rest; they had to arrive before the search party. What if the search party caught them? They would all be lost! Would there ever be a chance like this one? Fortunately, after only a few days and nights of the difficult road through the mountains and rocky terrain of the Bulgarian and Greek lands, the Holy Mountain was already in sight.

-Look, oh, Prince, that peak is called Athos, which is the summit of the Holy Mountain!

-Most-good Father, the Giver of all good things, bless my eyes that see this. Fr. Nikanor, I thank God and you on this day. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. The prophetically words are fulfilled in my soul, there is no greater joy than this, father.

-Let’s go, oh, Prince! We have several more hours to go to the Russian Monastery of Panteleimon.

-I cannot get enough of this beauty.

-Oh, what a most beautiful place. Behold, father, it’s as if heaven is opened.

-The blessing of the Mother of God is there; the grace of God is in great abundance there, Prince. There, men feel as if they are in paradise. You shall see, dear Price, but let us go, let us go, the search party is surely behind us. Your father will figure out where you went. Only God can help us now!

The day was drawing to a close; the Athonite monks had already begun their evening services. Panteleimon was in sight. It’s high walls seemed divine. The great fatigue and rush were not important. Joy overcame everything.

-How great is the joy of my heart, dear father! The sorrow and pain of my parents will cease when once they understand and feel warmth and joy for this place. I will comfort my parents with prayer, and with love for the monastic life I will reimburse them for the separation from me. My parents will understand all of this. How wonderful and slim are these Cyprus trees, oh, how divine and huge these olive trees, as if the groves from my Serbia had come with us along these paths since we have come to the Holy Mountain.

-A little more remains, dear Prince! When this magnificent sun which now, in the cool of the day, red as the purple on your shoulder, sets behind the sea, we shall, with God’s help, arrive. Oh, what great joy you will bring, dear Prince, to our monks, when they look upon you! But everyone will be afraid when they learn that you are a fugitive and that you come against your parents will. But I believe that God will help us, dear brother.

The small column of refugees was already before the monastery. The monastery gate was already closed. The monk Nikanor opened the monastery doors and a beautiful sight was opened before Rastko. The monastery church with the surrounding buildings and towers gave a majestic impression. There was no end to their joy when they understood who had come to be their guest. A prince from the nearby land had come to them. Oh, God, how wonderful that is! His purple cloak with gold plated claps and most beautiful princely clothing seemed like a fairy tale to those clothed in black.

No one even imagined that the royal purple would be exchanged for the black cassock that very evening. The young prince was no ordinary passer-by or visitor. The evening service was not yet finished, but the sound of horse’s hooves could already be heard behind the monastery walls. The furious soldiers with their leader, learning that Rastko was in the monastery, with great shouts and threats demanded to see him immediately. Understanding that they would do the monks harm, Rastko appeared before the soldiers, asking them to calm down and not to worry.

-Your parents sent us to take you home alive and well! Why did you do this to your old parents? We must return with you immediately. Your parents are impatiently waiting our return.

-I ask you, tell my parents the desire of my heart.

-We’ll tie you up! We must fulfill the command of our master! You will come, oh, Prince, whether you want to or not! I order our immediate departure.

-I will not resist, I will not interfere with the command of my father. It is night, brothers, and we are all tired. Let us rest this night, and then we can go back tomorrow.

Being joyful that they had found Rastko and convinced him to return without great pain, having enjoyed a good dinner and the wine they were served, the soldiers fell into a deep sleep.

And while the soldiers, tired and drunk slept a deep, Rastko had already prepared with the Abbot to use the night before them to do what they had come for.

That night, in the high tower across the way from the monastery church, the Abbot tonsured the Prince’s head and clothed him in the black cassock giving him the name Savva.

Great confusion and fear overcame the soldiers when they awoke early in the morning. And they had something to see -from the tower, the young monk Savva calmed them asking their forgiveness.

-My dear brothers, take this clothing and take it away to my father and ask him to forgive me. Tell my beloved father not to mourn for me. Christ, our greatest love, will be our comfort. Take this lock of hair to my mother, may it always remind her of Savva. The sinful servant of God, monk Savva, loves you all.

With the soft thud of the horse’s hooves, the column of dejected soldiers left through the large monastery gate, above which rose the high tower of the monastery fortification. Their faces were pale and confused, no one even had the strength to say anything, they were all depressed. They behaved as if they were captured soldiers in a lost battle.

An indescribable sorrow and hurt overcame everyone at the Court of Serbia. A cemetery-like silence and torment abided in the souls of all the courtiers for days.

In the meantime, on the Holy Mountain, Savva, as a young monk, preserved in all of the daily responsibilities of life in a monastery. He strove to be the first in obedience to all of the brothers in the monastery. He especially loved to repeat to himself the words that Christ spoke to His disciples: “Whoever want to be the first, let him be the last of all and a servant to everyone” (Mark 9: 35).

He often spent the entire night in prayer, forsaking sleep, kneeling before the icons in his cell. He generally went barefoot, so that his feet were often soaked in blood. And he did all of this from love toward God and his neighbors. Soon everyone in all of the monasteries learned of the young monk, the former prince from Serbia.

When the Feast of the Most-holy Birthgiver of God, Annunciation, arrived, the Abbot of the monastery Vatoped, in the custom of the Holy Mount, invited the honorable monk Savva to the pious celebration. The Abbot and brothers of Vatoped, with the acquiescence of the Prot of the Holy Mount, convinced Savva, who liked the monastery, to stay in Vatoped.

Years passed and the aged Grand Duke Stefan Nemanya, having been persuaded by Savva, handed the throne over to his son Stefan. The older son, Vukan received the regions of the Adriatic coast to rule. Nemanya was then tonsured a monk and went to the monastery of Studenica, which he had founded, and from then on lived as the monk Simeon. His wife, already the nun Anastasia, went to the monastery of the Holy Birthgiver of God at Kursumlia, dedicating her whole life to God. For a long time Savva asked his father to come to him.

After spending eighteen months of the monastic life in the monastery Studenica, Simeon finally fulfilled the desire of his heart and that of his beloved child. More than tens years passed since Savva had left his parents. He anxiously waited for the meeting with his father.The day came with immeasurable joy.In the monastery of Vatoped the meeting of father and son was touching. Savva fell on his knees kissing his father’s hands and garb, embracing him and weeping. They both wept.

-Stand up, my beloved child, stand up. Oh, most beautiful head of you father. Oh, my boy’s hair. My dearest hands.Embrace me my child. My most-pure tear. Comfort my heart pains.

The news of the arrival of the powerful ruler to the peninsula of the Mother of God, now the modest old man, the monk Simeon, moved all of those to the holy mountain. They came to see the miracle of the Mother of God – former the great warrior and ruler of the Serbian lands, came as a monk. The monk Simeon in his old age behaved with dignity and modesty. Father and son gave gold and church vessels in silver to all of the holy monasteries of the Holy Mountain. They endowed Vatoped with royal gifts and church utensils.

Savva, who even before his father’s arrival was constantly building and renewing the monastery of Vatoped, built a refectory for the use of Serbian monks and novices.

Father and son received from Serbia abundant gifts for the monasteries and monks of the Holy Mountain. Savva relished the old foundation of the deserted monastery of Hilander and the area around it and proposed to his father that they build a Serbian monastery for future monks from Serbia, that it may be their acquisition, as well as the acquisition of all Serbians who come to the Holy Mountain. Because of the high standing of which father and son enjoyed, they quickly received permission from the Byzantine Emperor and Patriarch of Constantinople.

A short time later a most beautiful monastery church, with rooms and towers, was built. After its completion, Savva and Simeon moved into it from the Greek monastery as if into their own home. A multitude of Serbian monks from the Holy Mountain settled in the new monastery.

Shortly thereafter, already in deep old age, sensing that the time was approaching to exchange earthly fatherland for the heavenly one, Simeon, just like any other humble monk, prepared for the transition. He traded the sadness, due to the separation from his beloved child and the monks of Hilandar, for the joy of the approaching meeting with his beloved Lord.

Calling all the monks and taking his leave from them, he asked them: My beloved children, forgive and pray constantly. Live in peace, rejoice in the Lord. The final farewell with his son was touching and painful.

-My dearest child. Bless me, a sinner. Forgive me, my child.

-Pain and sorrow rend my heart, father.

-Be comforted, son, by our Resurrected Lord.

-My comfort will be our meeting in the Kingdom of God, my dearest father.

-Bless me, your sinful child, father. Confirm our brothers and people to live in love and harmony.Forgive me!

-The Abbots of the Holy Mountain and their monks prepared to receive the blessing and forgiveness of the most-wonderful Elder. The modest monk Simeon, on a bed of cut grass, with a rock under his head and before an icon of the Mother of God, surrendered his soul to his Lord.

After Simeon’s death, the situation in Serbia became very grave. Vukan made war against his brother Stefan, desiring to take his throne. The clashes were terrible. The people suffered and perished.

Stefan called Savva to come and bring their father’s body, which was shown to be holy soon after his death. From it flowed holy myrrh. Savva soon took the body of his father to Serbia and over his holy body reconciled his brothers. The Serbian state again grew strong.

After these great events, Savva returned to the Holy Mountain and to his isposnica, in the center of the Holy Mountain – Kareja – where he lived a strict, ascetic life, for which he had earlier written rules, called Tipik, concerning how Serbian monks should live in this isposnica, what prayers they should read every day, how to eat and how to fight against sin. Immediately after Simeon’s death, Savva wrote his father’s life and even earlier had written the rules for monastic life in Studenica.

And how were things in Serbia? Very bad! Roman Catholics – Latins – in their crusades to the East, penetrated and looted Orthodox countries, while the Bogomils (Manichean heretics), a sect from the East, penetrated into Serbia from Asia through Bulgaria. The church in Serbian lands was at that time under the authority of the Greek archbishop and priests of the Archbishopric of Ohrid. The people did not have their own bishops or priests who could protect them from false teaching and teach them true faith. Because of a great injunction of the people and the Grand Duke Stefan, monk Savva went to Constantinople and the transferred capital city on Nicea, in Asia Minor. Savva besought of the Patriarch and Emperor an independent Church for his people.

As a ruler’s son, the monk Savva was received by everyone with splendor. He received independence for the Serbian Church from the Patriarch and Emperor. At the insistence of the Emperor Theodore Lascaris and Patriarch Manuel Sarantenos, Savva was consecrated the first Serbian Archbishop, independently administered the Serbian Church appointing Serbians as bishops and priests. As the center of the first Serbian Archbishopric, St. Savva, with his brother Grand Duke Stefan, built a new monastery – Zicha – to serve as the future center of both the church and state.

On Spasovdan – the feast of the Ascension – in the year 1221, Zicha was ceremoniously consecrated and then Archbishop Savva crowned his bother Stefan the first Serbian King. At the Sabor (assembly) in Zicha, he gave a sermon to all of the people, confirming them in the Orthodox Faith: – God in the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Church of God, with His Saints is wonderful unto the ages of ages. Christ is the Way, Truth and Life for all of our people.

By crowning his brother the first Serbian King, Archbishop Savva also founded the Serbian State, which was constantly threatened by the Pope of Rome and the surrounding Roman-Catholic States. St. Savva continuously fought to protect the country of his fathers from such assaults, to which Stefan occasionally succumbed. In 1228, King Stefan died in the arms of his brother Savva, who had tonsured him a monk, giving him a name Simon, on his deathbed. His body was taken to the monastery of Studenica and buried next to his father, and his oldest son Radoslav was named his successor.

The authority of St. Savva in the Church and state was of great and decisive importance. Stefan’s successors – Radoslav and Vladislav – frequently fell under the influence of their wives, who were foreigners. Radoslav was dethroned by his brother Vladislav. With such a state of disarray, with battles and disorder, St. Savva could not be satisfied. Soon thereafter he went on his first pilgrimage, visiting all of the holy places in Palestine and the Holy Mountain of Sinai.

As a Prince of Church, St. Savva was affectionately received by everyone. Visiting all of the holy places where the feet of the Lord passed, he gave gifts to the churches, monasteries and people. St. Savva returned to his country through Constantinople and Bulgaria. Soon after his return he appointed a successor to himself – the most worthy among the most worthy. God, through St. Savva, revealed the young, but virtuous, monk Arsenius.

Soon thereafter, St. Savva went on his second pilgrimage, again to the holy places in Palestine, Sinai and the Near East. Traveling to Jerusalem through Egypt Savva met many rulers and people, confirming friendship with them. Passing through Sinai, the Mountain on which Moses received God’s Ten Commandments, Savva visited all of the holy places where the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ passed. He visited the ancient biblical city of Jerusalem, and by way of Armenia and Byzantium arrived at the Bulgarian capital – Trnovo.

During the night between January 13 and 14, 1236, not having returned to his own country, the first Serbian Archbishop and enlightener, St. Savva, died. In a foreign country he surrendered his soul to the Lord and was buried in the church of the Holy Forty Martyrs – the benefactor of the Emperor Asen. Great sorrow and pain spread throughout the entire Serbian and Bulgarian lands.

Savva’s nephew, Vladislav, sought from his father in law, King Asen, permission to take Savv’a body, but the Bulgarians were not willing to surrender so easily the body of the great, well-pleasing servant of God and new Saint, who was a great blessing from God. Only when King Vladislav personally went to the court of his father in law did he receive the body of his uncle. When they opened the grave, they looked upon a whole and incorrupt body. The entire church was filled with an indescribably pleasant fragrance. Vladislav took the relics of his uncle and transferred them to Serbia. Archbishop Aresenius, with a multitude of priests, state dignitaries and an immense multitude of people, met the Saint’s body and with great honor, buried in Mileshevo.

Many healings of pious people who asked his help occurred above his body. In the year 1594, Sinan Pasha burned the body of St. Savva on the hill called Vrachar near Belgrade. He burned the holy body, but not the spirit of St. Savva, who remains with his people to this very day. St. Savva, even today, fondly looks down from heaven upon all Serbian children and calls his much-suffered people to peace, love and harmony. – “Come, children, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord”.

The Serbian people are forever born by St. Savva.

The church of Serbia, as well as its State and School are Savva’s work.

Holy St. Sava,Pray Unto God For Us!

Glory Be To God For All Things!

 


St. Sava Day – Hymn to St. Sava (click to listen)

Uploaded on Feb 1, 2009 by cookworm6
This is the children singing the Hymn to St. Sava.

КО УДАРА ТАКО ПОЗНО / Pesma o Svetom Savi – Dečija Crkvena Pevačka Družina BRANKO

Uploaded on Jan 27, 2011 by HoricBranko
Ko Udara Tako Pozno (Pesma O Svetom Savi) – Dečiji Crkveni Hor BRANKO (Children’s Church Choir BRANKO), Niš, Dečija Svetosavska akademija, Svetosavski dom, 27.01.2011., Niš;
Rastko: Uroš Milovanović; Jovan: Borko Paunović; gitara: Dejan Krajnalić – Krime; scenografija: Jefimija Kocić

Свети Савa – Ко удара тако позно – Sveti Sava – Ko udara tako pozno

Uploaded on Sep 8, 2011 by biseripravoslavlja

МОЛИТВА ЗА СРПСКИ НАРОД – MOLITVA ZA SRPSKI NAROD

Uploaded on Jan 17, 2012 by Prijatelj Bozji

Премудри Боже, чији су судови недокучиви и путеви неисписани, милостиво погледај и чуј молитву нашу за Твој српски народ православни. Ти си допустио тешко мучење српског народа, као што си дозволио да буду мучени и Твоји апостоли и пророци и праведници. Знамо, Господе Боже наш, да по свом премудром промислу допушташ страдање својих изабраних, да би се као злато у огњу, кроз муке очистили од земље и јаче засијали. Али, не дозволи, Боже милости и љубави, да се сатана дуго подсмева и лицемери дуго ругају над Твојим крстоносним народом српским. Знамо да Ти допушташ невоље најсветијим душама, ради њихове веће славе и ради опомене и страха безбожним и подлацима. Знамо да је Твоје преславно Васкрсење, Христе, дошло после поруге, крсних мука и смрти. Зар да озарени светлошћу Твога страдања не осветимо и таму страдања српског народа и чекамо васкрсење његове славе?! Као што раслабљени није био исцељен док Ти ниси дошао, Господе, тако и данас нема исцељења српском народу без Тебе, Боже и Спаситељу наш. Не одлажи своју помоћ, Господе, Ти који си увек хитао да помажеш. Не одлажи и не откажи, већ као милостив Самарјанин, окрени лице Своје српском народу, пружи му руку и исцели његове ране, поврати му здравље, сјај и славу и нека Те прослави страдални српски народ у будуће више него што Те је славио раније – Тебе, Светитеља свога, са Оцем и Светим Духом, у векове векове. Амин.

Свети Николај Жички


Bosnian Islamic scum upset at Serb war song

by Rodan ( 3 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Bosnia, Headlines, Islamists, Serbia at January 17th, 2013 - 11:06 pm

Muslims love to be outraged at anything. The Bosnians despite what some “Conservatives” claim are no different. A Serb song from WWI which was played at the UN General Assembly floor brought outrage from Bosnian Islamists.

(Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized on Thursday for the performance of a Serbian military song in the world body’s General Assembly, which activists said was associated with massacres in Bosnia in the 1990s.

But U.N. General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic, a Serbian, defended the performance of Mars na Drinu (March on the River Drina) at a New Year’s concert organized by his office at U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday.

The Congress of North American Bosniaks, The Institute for Research of Genocide Canada, the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center complained about the song in a letter to Ban.

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Jeremic’s office said in a statement that the controversy was a “highly regrettable attempt at twisting the meaning of our musical gift offered to the world this week, and deeply offensive one for the Serbian people.”

It said the song was associated with the bravery of Serbian soldiers who fought in World War One.

Typical Islamic outrage!

US/NATO support for Al-Qaeda and Hizb’Allah in Bosnia

by Rodan ( 70 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Balkans, Bosnia, Democratic Party, Hezballah, Islamic Invasion, Islamic Supremacism, Islamic Terrorism, Islamists, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Muslim Brotherhood, Republican Party, Serbia, Sharia (Islamic Law) at December 26th, 2012 - 8:00 pm

It amuses me how many politicians in both the Republican and Democrat parties claim they are against terrorism. Yet, both parties are looking for an excuse to attack Syria in support of the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda. In the Libyan War the national Republican Party led by John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum gave cover for Obama’s illegal war in Libya. Time and time again, the US under both parties has assisted Islamic terrorists.

The origins of the rise of Islamists is raced back to the Bosnian War. At that time the Bosnian Muslims leader and former Nazi collaborator Alija Izetbegovic who was also a member of the Muslim Brotherhood wanted to create an Islamic state. The Serb refused and began a resistance. Then Osama bin laden, Hassan Nasrallah, The Saudi and Iranians sent fighters to prop up the Islamic regime in Sarajevo. The International media demonized the Serbs, when in fact they were resisting Islamic rule. Israel to its credit sent weapons to Bosnian Serbs who were protecting Bosnian Jews and fighting Hizb’Allah.

“We don’t take sides in the conflict”, insists the Foreign Ministry spokesman, adding: “Because of anti-Semitic sentiments in (Croat president) Franjo Tudjmans’s book and the Hizballah-Iran help to the Muslims, you may draw the conclusion where our sympathies lie”.

In 1993 Bill Clinton with the backing of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, began a program to aid Islamic fighters in the Balkans. Even the Pro-Islamists Guardian admits the US/NATO was supporting the Jihadists.

The official Dutch inquiry into the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, released last week, contains one of the most sensational reports on western intelligence ever published. Officials have been staggered by its findings and the Dutch government has resigned. One of its many volumes is devoted to clandestine activities during the Bosnian war of the early 1990s. For five years, Professor Cees Wiebes of Amsterdam University has had unrestricted access to Dutch intelligence files and has stalked the corridors of secret service headquarters in western capitals, as well as in Bosnia, asking questions.

His findings are set out in “Intelligence and the war in Bosnia, 1992-1995″. It includes remarkable material on covert operations, signals interception, human agents and double-crossing by dozens of agencies in one of dirtiest wars of the new world disorder. Now we have the full story of the secret alliance between the Pentagon and radical Islamist groups from the Middle East designed to assist the Bosnian Muslims – some of the same groups that the Pentagon is now fighting in “the war against terrorism”. Pentagon operations in Bosnia have delivered their own “blowback”.

In the 1980s Washington’s secret services had assisted Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran. Then, in 1990, the US fought him in the Gulf. In both Afghanistan and the Gulf, the Pentagon had incurred debts to Islamist groups and their Middle Eastern sponsors. By 1993 these groups, many supported by Iran and Saudi Arabia, were anxious to help Bosnian Muslims fighting in the former Yugoslavia and called in their debts with the Americans. Bill Clinton and the Pentagon were keen to be seen as creditworthy and repaid in the form of an Iran-Contra style operation – in flagrant violation of the UN security council arms embargo against all combatants in the former Yugoslavia.

The result was a vast secret conduit of weapons smuggling though Croatia. This was arranged by the clandestine agencies of the US, Turkey and Iran, together with a range of radical Islamist groups, including Afghan mojahedin and the pro-Iranian Hizbullah. Wiebes reveals that the British intelligence services obtained documents early on in the Bosnian war proving that Iran was making direct deliveries.

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Iranian and Afghan veterans’ training camps had also been identified in Bosnia. Later, in the Dayton Accords of November 1995, the stipulation appeared that all foreign forces be withdrawn. This was a deliberate attempt to cleanse Bosnia of Iranian-run training camps. The CIA’s main opponents in Bosnia were now the mojahedin fighters and their Iranian trainers – whom the Pentagon had been helping to supply months earlier.

Meanwhile, the secret services of Ukraine, Greece and Israel were busy arming the Bosnian Serbs. Mossad was especially active and concluded a deal with the Bosnian Serbs at Pale involving a substantial supply of artillery shells and mortar bombs. In return they secured safe passage for the Jewish population out of the besieged town of Sarajevo. Subsequently, the remaining population was perplexed to find that unexploded mortar bombs landing in Sarajevo sometimes had Hebrew markings.

Here are 3 videos showing the Islamists in Bosnia and how the UN assisted them.

Next time you hear a Republican or Democrat claiming they are against Terror, keep in mind they are lying. As of this writing The Obama Regime and the national GOP are looking for a pretext to intervene in Syria. Once again America will back Jihadists. When will this madness stop? Why don’t more Conservatives speak out about this? Instead they blindly follow The GOP’s pro-Islamic foreign policy. I found it disturbing that while Democrats are split on getting involved and Independents oppose, a majority of Republicans support helping Islamic terrorists!

When it comes to the suggestion of Washington using military airplanes or missiles in the conflict, there appears to be a partisan divide and a gender gap, with Democrats divided, Republicans slightly in favor and independents opposed, and with men divided and women opposed.

This result is a disgrace and boggles my mind. Republicans should oppose intervention in Syria. This leads me to one conclusion, many Republicans are phonies about being opposed to Islamic terror. They just like nation building and support any war even if it’s not in our interests!

This nation’s foreign policy has been Pro-Islamic foe the last 20 years. I find this is a disgrace and the reason I can’t get worked up about Obama’s foreign policy. The Republicans are not offering an alternative and are addicted to nation building. We need a foreign policy based on national interests and opposition to Islamic aggression. Rand Paul is correct. How can we claim to support Israel, yet arm it’s enemies like Muslim Brotherhood Egypt and Hizb’Allah Lebanon (more on that later).  Why don’t Conservatives speak against this madness, instead of supporting it?

See also: The Balkan Problem, Part 3.  Revisiting Srebrenica.

 Rodan Note: Treat this as an open thread if you choose.

 

The Serbs Were the Bad Guys.

by coldwarrior ( 93 Comments › )
Filed under Balkans, Bosnia, Christianity, Islam, Islamic Supremacism, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Open thread, Orthodox Christianity, Political Correctness, Serbia at October 14th, 2012 - 10:05 am

Not really, but that is what the uninformed or the Serb haters think. The first country in the NEW Caliphate, Bosnia…Brought to you by Bill Clinton and NATO:

 

Here is the truth h/t huck:

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (BosNewsLife)– Christians are massively leaving post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina amid mounting discrimination and Islamization, according to a new report released Friday, October 12.

“Many believers leave the country since war raged 20 years ago,” said Netherlands-based advocacy and aid group Kerk in Nood, or ‘Church in Need’, in the report obtained by BosNewsLife.

There are just 440,000 Catholics left in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure, the group said.

The report came on the heels of talks between the cardinal of Sarajevo, Vinko Puljic,and European Council President Herman van Rompuy about difficulties faced by Bosnia’s Christians.

MOSQUES BUILD

Puljic reportedly complained that while dozens of mosques were build in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, no building permissions were given for Christian churches.

“The cardinal already waits 13 years on permission to build just a small church,” Church in Need said. Authorities

Growing number of mosques in Sarajevo and other Bosnian towns.

so far refused to return hundreds of nationalized church buildings, despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to do so, according to Christian officials.

Additionally tens of thousands of people, many of them Catholic Croats, have been prevented from returning home following the war, Church in Need said. These obstacles violate the Dayton peace accords that ended the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, which split the nation between a Serb republic and a Muslim-Croat federation.

“Time is running out as there is a worrisome rise in radicalism,” Puljic said, who added that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were “persecuted for centuries” after European powers “failed to support them in their struggle against the Ottoman Empire.”

SEEKING RECONCILIATION

Puljic has made clear however that despite the “discrimination” of the Catholic community, his denomination wants reconciliation with Muslims and Orthodox Serb Christians.

In published remarks, Van Rompuy made clear that giving Bosnia-Herzegovina a “European perspective”, the code word for eventual European Union membership, “is the only way to overcome the crisis”.

He said a condition for closer ties with the EU is building a democratic nation that respects human rights for all faiths and the rule of law, according to a statement distributed by Church in Need.

Last week’s meeting with Van Rompuy and European legislators, organized by Church in Need, also included talks on reconciliation projects in the troubled Balkan nation where the wounds of recent history have not yet healed completely.

Over 100,000 people died and 2 million were displaced by the war that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia.

And the creation of the Caliphate marches on, Served By Bill Clinton, W Bush, and now Obama. We just can’t help but make sure that the Caliphate grows From Morocco right around the Med to Bosnia.

Balkans For Dummies, Part I: Divorce, Yugoslavian Style

by 1389AD ( 27 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Albania, Balkans, Bosnia, Christianity, History, Judaism, Kosovo, Orthodox Christianity, Serbia, Turkey, World War II at September 12th, 2012 - 8:30 pm

Balkans For Dummies—
Or for Those of Us Deceived by the US Media

Part I – Divorce, Yugoslavian Style

By CzechRebel

 

Map of the former Yugoslavia

It is about religion, stupid!

During the 1999 Kosovo War the media—inspired by the Clinton Administration was trying to convince the public that an ethnic struggle in Kosovo was pitting Serbs against Albanians. For reasons that no sane man can imagine Clinton and company had picked the Albanians over the Serbs and called in the Luftwaffe and other NATO air forces to bomb the Serbs.

But the news that actually came out of Kosovo made little, if any, sense. Newspaper would always feature a town where the Serbs and Albanians got along very well. Sometimes the Serbs would be offering their Albanian neighbors weapons to defend against the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a bin-Laden-sponsored terrorist organization allied with the Clinton Administration. (In those, days most people had not heard of bin Laden and almost no one had ever heard of al Qaeda, so the media cheerfully endorsed American efforts to aid and abet them in their jihad against the Serbs.)

So, why would some Serbs and Albanians get along as great neighbors while other Albanians would join the KLA and fight against the same Serbs? It defied all ethnic analysis. So who are these people in the Balkans anyhow?

Let not pretend the author is familiar with every different subgroup in the Balkans, or even in Kosovo. However, it would be a good start to examine the major religions or the area.

The Jews

According to the Bible, God started his revelation to mankind through the Jews and so we shall start with them too. World War II was pretty rough on the Jews, but Hitler did miss a few. Not all of the Balkans Jews made it to Israel either, so we have a few over there. To our knowledge they are not much different than Jews the world over. Just remember that they are there for later reference.

The Early Church

If you read Romans 1:16, you will see that Paul admonished Christians to take the Gospel message to the Jew first, but also to the Greek. Some Bibles don’t translate it literally and use the word “Gentile” instead of “Greek.” However, one of the first major conversion stories taking place outside of the Greek-speaking world or Roman Empire was the mission to the Slavic people of Saints Cyril and Methodius. To this day, the alphabets used in Russian, Serbian and several other Slavic languages is known as the “Cyrillic” alphabet in honor of St. Cyril.

Today, the Early Church is commonly known as “Eastern Orthodoxy” or “Orthodox Christianity,” but if you think of it as anything other than the Early Church, you will have a lot of trouble understanding the Balkans. (We can understand if you would rather stay confused, you will be in good company.)

The Orthodox Church was the only major religion in the Balkans for many years. 98 percent of Greeks are Orthodox. Since the New Testament was written in Greek, it is pretty hard to argue that anyone else has a better “interpretation” Scripture than the Greeks. Nearly all Serbs who have any religion are Orthodox as well. It is also popular in Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia and other nations and provinces in the Balkans, including—believe it or not—Albania.

Now, nothing much has changed in Orthodox Church since the First Century. Yes, as of the Fourth Century they have a Bible in written form, and have been promoting lay reading of it every since. Yes, they have had several Church Counsels to clarify things, however, the core beliefs of the Orthodox Church are more or less the same as Roman Catholics and most Protestants. (It’s those details that split up Christianity much more so than core beliefs.)

The Roman Catholic Church

Until 1054, the Eastern Orthodox Church considered the Roman Church to be just another Orthodox Church. True there were a number of disagreements on minor issues, but nothing major. If fact, the only issue that made the Great Schism a necessity is an issue of Church leadership. Our Roman Catholic brothers in Christ recognize the Bishop of Rome, as Pope and the earthly head of the Church. Our Eastern Orthodox brothers in Christ recognize Jesus Christ alone as only head of the Church, earthly or otherwise.

If you draw a line where the Roman Empire was divided at the time of Constantine, you will divide the Balkans between an area that is mostly Roman Catholic and one that is mostly Eastern Orthodox. (It is not an exact border, but it is pretty close.)

The Habsburg Empire, or Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was a dominant force in the Balkans until World War I, was heavily Roman Catholic. Italy, which has a history with Albania also has brought Roman Catholic influence to the Balkans.

Islam

During the time when the Eastern Roman Empire (a/k/a Byzantine Empire) was still a strong force in the Balkans, Christianity was the major religion. However, as the Turks invaded, they brought Islam into the area.

Until the 1990s, when Yugoslavia began to break up, few of us in the West realized how many Muslims lived in Europe. Most of these Muslims are ethnically European and speak the same languages as others in their locale, so it is hard to tell them from their Christian neighbors.

Others

While you can find outpost of Protestants, Buddhists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and the like most everywhere, we are not going to try to go into all the tiny minority faiths that exist in the Balkans.

Suffice it to say that there will not be many Protestants where there are few Roman Catholics. What so many people tend to forget—even those with fairly extensive religious training—is that there never was a Reformation in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The decentralized overall structure and organization of the Orthodox Church does not lend itself to the corruption that existed in the Roman Catholic Church at the time of the Reformation. Besides, it is a little hard to tell someone that he should read the Bible and try to find something wrong with a Church that has always encouraged Bible reading and repentance.

We are not saying that no one in the Balkans ever leaves the Orthodox Church and becomes a Protestant, but is rare. Likewise, it is a rare event when someone leaves Islam for a Protestant faith, but that decision can be deadly as Islam endorses the death penalty for anyone who leaves Islam for another faith.

Ethic Stripes Merge with Divisions of Faith

Who Are the Albanians?

Flag of Albania

No one is really sure. Some Albanians like to consider themselves descendants of an ancient people that were scorned in the ancient world. A group of illiterate, unruly and unkempt people known as the Illyrians lived in the Balkans during Greco-Roman times. We have no idea what happened to these people nor do we know much about them, as they left no written records. They could not; they had no written language.

We harbor no ill will for the Albanian people. We doubt that the Illyrians actually have any relationship to modern Albanians, and we believe that Albanians are insulting themselves when they look to the Illyrians as a source of heritage. (To any and all Albanian readers, no offense is intended!)

What we do know is that the Albanian language is unique. There is no similar language, which leaves scholars puzzled as to their origin.

The Communist regime in Albania was harsher than that of neighboring Communist Yugoslavia, and religion was ruthlessly suppressed. After so many years of Communist rule, it is difficult to say what percentage of Albanians have any religious faith. However, the majority of Albanians who are religious are Muslim. The next most common religion amongst the Albanians is Eastern Orthodoxy. The Albanian Orthodox Church is a fully autocephalous organization, which means that it is completely independent of (though in communion with) the other Orthodox Churches. The third most common is Roman Catholic. Before Communist domination, it was estimated that as many as 65 to 70 percent of Albanians many have been Muslim, as many as 20 to 25 percent Orthodox, and the remainder nearly all Roman Catholic.

Who are the Croats?

Flag of Croatia

The Croats are Slavic people. Many of them sided with the Axis Powers during World War II, and Hitler helped establish the short-lived nation of Nazi Croatia. While it is a little-known fact that such a nation ever existed, we have met people who were born in Nazi Croatia. However, many Croatians bravely resisted Nazi occupation and who were some of the brave unsung heroes of World War II.

The Croats speak a Slavic language almost identical to Serbian. In fact, before the breakup of Yugoslavia, the two languages were considered one and called “Serbo-Croatian.” Religious Croats are almost all Roman Catholic.

Serbian national crest

Who are the Serbs?

The Serbs are also Slavic people with a long history of being different from the Croats. One theorist has even speculated that the Serbs and the Croats were two peoples from a different part the world who migrated to the Balkans in tandem, yet as distinct people. While the theory may be interesting, we have seen no evidence to show that they are any different than any other Slavic people who have descended from a common clan that once spoke a common language known as Slavonic.

The Serbs may speak almost exactly the same language as the Croats, but the Serbs use a Cyrillic alphabet much like that of the Russians, while the Croats use the same Latin alphabet as we do in English, with the addition of accent marks. (The Cyrillic alphabet may look a little cumbersome or intimidating at first glance, but if you ever study Slavic languages, you will quickly see that the Cyrillic alphabet works better for representing the sounds of Slavic languages.)

Church at Gracanica Monastery in Kosovo, Serbia

The Serbs are almost by definition Orthodox Christians. While Communism may have thinned the ranks of believers, Serbs who are religious tend to be zealously Eastern Orthodox.

Notice a pattern here? Some Serbs and Albanians get along very well and all Serbs are—as some Albanians are—Eastern Orthodox. Gee, the Western media never connected the dots, but could it be that the Orthodox Christians in the Balkans get along with one another while the Muslims and Orthodox Christians do not?

Who are the Slovenians?

Flag of Slovenia

The Slovenians were the first who sought to break off ties with Yugoslavia in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They are also a Slavic people and have traditionally been Roman Catholic.

Who are the Bosnians?

Trick question! Anyone who lives in Bosnia can call himself a Bosnian. It does not matter whether he is a Serb, a Croat of a Muslim. However, the Western media has led us to believe that only the Muslims of the Balkans are “Bosnians.” That is very misleading, because it gives the false impression that no one else belongs there! Bosnia is a place that is not named for any specific people.

OK, So Who Are These Bosnian Muslims?

For the most part, Bosnian Muslims are descended from Serbs who converted to Islam when the Turks ruled most of the Balkans. They tend to have very Serbian surnames and many of their customs are close to those of the Serbs. Bosnian Muslims speak the same language as do the Serbs and the Croats in Bosnia. One woman from Belgrade told us that, from their point of view, Bosnians all have the same accent. She likened it to the “Hillbilly accent” of Appalachia.

We can expect that some Croats and other people in the area also converted to Islam during the rule of the Ottoman Turks, as life was far easier for Muslims under Turkish rule than it was for non-Muslims.

Roma People or “Gypsies”

Another important ethnic group in the Balkans are the Roma people. We have called them “Gypsies” for centuries, but the conventional wisdom considers that word a pejorative. So, the common trend is to call them “Roma.” But that term is confusing for some; the natural reaction is to think or Rome and Italian people, or perhaps Romania, when we hear that word. (More on the origins of the Roma here.)

The Roma people are scattered throughout the Balkans and other parts of Europe. They blend in particularly well in Serbia and seem to be part of the Serbian landscape. (For instance, Marija Serifovic, the winner of the Eurovision 2007 song contest, is Roma.) But this is not the case where radical KLA Albanian Muslims have taken control. To them, the Roma, the Serbs and the Jews, or for that matter, anyone other than Albanian Muslims, might as well be one people.

Marija Serifovic sings Molitva (Prayer)

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Spot Winner Eurovision Song Contest 2007 – Marija Serifovic (Molitva in English).

Marija Serifovic – Molitva (Lyrics)

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Helsinki Eurovision song contest winner 2007.

Molitva, kao žar na mojim usnama je,
Molitva, mesto re
i samo ime tvoje.
(I) Nebo zna, kao ja,
Koliko puta sam ponovila,
To nebo zna, baš kao ja,
Da je ime tvoje moja jedina
Molitva.

What About the Other . . . ?

Yes, there is a whole litany of other ethnic groups in the Balkans. In Yugoslavia alone there are a number of different remnants of earlier populations. For example, there are still Turks and Germans living there, as well as small distinct tribes, especially in the hill country, We cannot list them all, much less discuss them.

Why Did Yugoslavia Break Up?

The real question should be: why was Yugoslavia put together in the first place? Yugoslavia was an artificial country put together after World War I. It was much like Czechoslovakia. Neither country existed before the 20th century began, and neither was to survive the 20th century intact.

Slavs and Slaves

Both Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia had another thing in common; the majority in both countries were Slavic people. Prior to World War I, the only two places in Europe where Slavic people had the opportunity to live without being under the rule of someone else’s major empire were Russia and Serbia. The rest were under foreign domination.

Slavic people did not enjoy a very good image in Western Europe and North America. To this day, we have Polish jokes as a remnant of days when all Slavic people where considered inferior.

How inferior where they? So inferior that the English word “slave” is based on the Slavic word “Slav.” It means glorious in most Slavic languages; however, in English and other western languages, it meant, “these people may have white skin, but they are only fit for use as human chattel.” (Very loose translation, but you get the drift.) The Serbs, for example where slaves to the Turks before Columbus sailed to America. Many remained in bondage to the Turks until the end of World War I. That is twice as long as any African people were enslaved in North America!

Serbia, being free for a number of years prior to World War I, was ready to have other Serbs who had been part of the Hapsburg and Ottoman Turkish empires to join them in their independent and self-governing nation. However, the victorious World War I Allies had considerable clout in the destiny of 20th Century European people. The Czechs, who longed for independence from the Hapsburg crown for centuries “decided” that they just love to share their newfound independence with their Slovak neighbors who had been in a similar situation. It made a lot of sense to their cultures and heritages were similar.

Serbs, Croats, Slavic peoples of Muslim faith, Slovenians and other Slavs living south of Hungary had less in common. However, they “decided” that a nice big Yugoslavia, a land of the southern Slavs, might be nicer than smaller independent Slavic nations, especially from the viewpoint of fending off foreign incursions. While past migrations and geography might have made it more difficult for those smaller nations to agree on their actual borders, the seeds of much future destruction were sown at that time.

Breaking Up Yugoslavia and Forming a New One

As soon as the Nazis invaded Yugoslavia during the Second World War, the glue that held the first Yugoslavia disappeared. Many Croats and nearly all of the Islamic people in Southern Europe sided with the Axis powers. Pro-Communist Partisans lead by Josip Broz Tito and anti-Communist Chetniks lead by Draza Mihailovich (please don’t confuse that name with the name Milosevic) made war against the Nazis, and sometimes each other, throughout the Balkans. In addition to their battlefield heroics, the Chetniks saved hundreds of downed Allied flyers including over 500 American airmen.

Draza Mihailovich Time Magazine cover

While the Partisans were Communists of every ethnic stripe, including many Serbs, the Chetniks were nearly 100% Serbian. To this day, Mihailovich’s status amongst Serbian Orthodox Christians, especially those living outside of Serbia, is nearly that of sainthood. Winston Churchill considers his worst mistake of the war was withdrawing his support from Mihailovich and giving it to Tito. After the war, Tito came to power, captured Mihailovic, tried him on some trumped-up charges, and had him executed. The West did nothing to support this hero who had saved so many American lives and who had also played a vital part in tying up the Nazi war machine.

But, after the war, Tito and company put together a new Yugoslavia. Tito felt that a strong Yugoslavia meant a weak Serbia and vice versa. So, Serbs were forced to hide their identity and call themselves “Yugoslavian.” Of course, under Communist rule, church involvement of any kind was discouraged. So, the Serbs were hit with a triple whammy. First, their beloved war hero was executed. Second, they were told not to call themselves “Serbs.” Finally, they were discouraged from participating in their Orthodox faith, which was part and parcel of their ethnic identity.

Many Croats needed to hide their former Nazi ties from the Tito government, but the U.S. spared any Nazi Croats in their custody, as they were consider necessary to help combat Communism. The other minorities were not as greatly affected after the war. So, the world got used to a mosaic Yugoslavia that made studying World War I history difficult, as hardly anyone knew where Serbia actually was.

The Tito Regime

While the hardcore Western position was “the only good Commie is a dead Commie,” there always seemed to be an exception for Yugoslavia. Maps of Europe divided nations into those aligned with the West and those aligned with the Communist bloc. There were two exceptions; Albania, considered to be aligned for a time with Communist China, and Yugoslavia, which was purported to be Communist but somehow neutral in the struggle between Washington and Moscow.

For decades, American folk propagandist Paul Harvey would sing the praises of Tito on a regular basis. Mr. Harvey claimed that Tito, and only Tito, had the wisdom to keep the ethnic peoples of living together in harmony. It is funny that Mr. Harvey did not have the same praises for Fidel Castro, who used some of the same brutal tactics that Tito employed. Perhaps Castro just wasn’t brutal enough of a dictator to make Mr. Harvey’s list of great leaders. Having interviewed a number of both Cuban expatriates (including former political prisoners of Castro) and immigrants from the Balkans who lived through the Tito era, Tito was far worse than Castro. Ever hear of Castro imprisoning someone for calling himself a “Cuban”? Well, if one of Tito’s people would have caught you describing yourself as “Serb,” a cell could very well have been waiting for you.

Death of Tito, Birth of Violence

It did not have to be that way, but too many outside forces wanted to take advantage of a post-Tito Yugoslavia. Seeds of discontent were sown everywhere in Yugoslavia. The Slovenians were the first to opt out of Yugoslavia. Located on extreme northeastern part of Yugoslavia, its geographic importance was minimal. However, it opened the door for a complete breakup of the entire Yugoslavian state.

In 1992, Bosnia became a hot spot. Unlike Slovenia, Bosnia was in the heart of Yugoslavia. While there was no clear majority, the Bosnian Muslims were a significant portion of the population. (Remember, these are descendants of members of other ethnic groups, primarily Serbs, who had long ago converted to Islam. So they look much like other European people.) The Serbs represented a significant portion of the population, as well. While the Croats were a smaller portion of the population, the were, however, much closer to the part of Yugoslavia that is now called “Croatia.” While their percentage of the population may have been the smallest, they lived closer to the “center of gravity” of their own ethnic group than did the Serbs. Unfortunately, too many Serbs living in Serbia tended to look down on all residents of Bosnia, including their Serbian cousins, in much the same was as too many Americans belittle Appalachian-Americans – as merely a bunch of “Hillbillies.”

Well-organized Muslim propaganda bombarded the West while Roman Catholics Croats, Eastern Orthodox Serbs and Muslims fought a three-way religious war against each other. American, being a land that has grown weak in faith, was quick to see it as an ethnic struggle. Since the Croats had some Roman Catholic support—including a fake appearance of the Virgin Mary—they were able to create some positive propaganda of their own. The Serbs, having few fellow Orthodox Christians in the West, very little money to invest in promoting their own image, and only moderate support from Serbia proper, got almost no sympathy in the West.

That Cyrillic alphabet did not help either. Too many of us remember seeing Cyrillic letters on Russian signs during the Cold War, and we still don’t get warm fuzzy feelings when we see any people using a similar alphabet now.

Ending the War in Bosnia

In 1995, the Dayton Accords were signed creating two new entities, a Republic for Bosnian Serbs and a new country for both Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats – not as independent states, but as parts of yet another artificial, foreign-imposed federation. Neither the Muslims, nor the Roman Catholic Croats were too happy about having the same country, but after three years of a three-way war, it was about the best they could hope for. Not everyone is too happy with the Bosnian Serbian Republic either, as it has been forbidden to join the rest of Serbia.

The man the West considered instrumental in shaping the Dayton Accords was Serbian President, Slobodan Milosevic. Funny, how quickly the US turns on its friends. Not that we are equating the two, but remember what happened to Draza Mihailovich?

Wrapping Things Up

Hopefully, this will clear up some of the confusion about the Balkans. This is only Part I. We will continue. In future articles, we plan to address the Kosovo War, early Balkans History and other issues. We will read all feedback and may tailor future articles to what we read in that feedback.

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Balkans For Dummies, Part II: The Kosovo War

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Filed under Democratic Party, History, Kosovo, Orthodox Christianity, Serbia at September 9th, 2012 - 8:00 pm

It all started with Bill Clinton’s war on women

The governor of Arkansas had raped a woman and somebody had to pay. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but somebody would eventually pay. Most crimes have statutes of limitation that prevent prosecution if charges have not been brought for a sufficient number of years. And the statute of limitation on this rape had run, but somebody did pay–the Serbian people. The sad part is that the culpable governor was not a Serb at all!

By that time, the rapist governor of Arkansas had become president of the United States. Not just any president of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton was only the second US president to be impeached. The Democrats in the Senate made it clear that Clinton would stay in office no matter what facts came out at the impeachment trial, but a few more felines had slipped out of the sack. One newly-disclosed secret could have brought down Bill Clinton even after he had survived the impeachment trial.

It was early 1999.Bill Clinton as Pinocchio The impeachment trial was over and talk of sexual activity was everywhere. Clinton and his minions had put out the word: “everybody lies about sex.” It seemed like promiscuity was the norm. The whole Constitutional process had been hijacked. The fact that the President of the United States had committed the high crime of perjury seemed immaterial. Democrats are almost always excused for sexual misconduct, while Republicans are always put out of office. It takes something more than mere adultery to derail a Democrat.

Juanita Broaddrick had something more, a credible tale of rape. She appeared on national television and sounded very credible. Clinton had a serious problem. He could have gone down in history as the first President to be impeached twice. Even if he stayed in office, his last year would be seriously marred. His wife, Hillary, made no secret of the fact that she was hoping to become the second President Clinton. As the wife of an unfaithful husband, she might even get sympathy votes. As the wife of a rapist, she might not be perceived in such a good light. And the same liberals who had just agreed that adultery was an OK thing would have to either endorse a man’s ‘right’ to rape, or turn on Bill Clinton.

When in trouble, stir up a crisis and don’t let it go to waste

WIN ButtonWhat could Clinton do? He had to do what presidents in serious trouble – or who want to make a name for themselves – normally do: stir up a crisis and go deal with it. Franklin Roosevelt created new public spending programs that flew in the face of the Constitution. John Kennedy focused on his space race to the Moon. Lyndon Johnson started a war in Vietnam. Richard Nixon went to China. Gerald Ford printed up some WIN (Whip Inflation Now) lapel buttons. Jimmy Carter assured anyone who would listen that the energy crisis was ‘real.’ Clinton needed a way to look important and to take the focus off the fact that he was a rapist.

So, what could he have done? Osama bin Laden was at large and had already attacked US embassies. Clinton had missed a few chances to capture him before, so now he could have simply grabbed him and perhaps prevented the 9-11 attack. But the general public didn’t know much about bin Laden or al-Qaeda yet. Clinton could have focused on the problems that were brewing at the Mexican border. He could have worked with a then-functioning Mexican government and States bordering Mexico to clear up the problem, thus halting the increase in violence and drug cartel activity, and, perhaps, helping our neighbor to the South remain stable. Or Clinton could have publicly repented. He could have declared himself a sex addict and asked for forgiveness. He could have called for America to reassert itself as a Christian nation even if that required a Constitutional amendment.

Instead, Clinton reached for a juicier target. In a world that that still felt that Hitler should have been stopped earlier, Clinton sought to create a new ‘Hitler,’ a new ‘nationalistic people,’ and find a new war to start to prevent a ‘new Holocaust’. But where could he look? It had to be a relatively small country, as he could not afford a big war. It had to be a people with a substantial amount of modern technology, as nobody seems to care about the next genocide in the third world. It had to be a distant culture that Americans knew little about. And he had to be able to concoct a clearly definable goal, as blundering into a new Vietnam would only make things worse for him. But where could Clinton find this dog to wag?

Then it dawned on him: Yugoslavia! He could make Slobodan Milosevic into his new ‘Hitler.’ He could accuse the Serbs of excessive ‘nationalism.’ While the Serbs had committed no genocide of any kind, he could invent a new term that would imply it: ‘ethnic cleansing.’ Of course, the term didn’t make any sense, but who cares; this is Bill Clinton, one of history’s smoothest liars; some call him the godfather of lies.

What about the clearly definable goal? That seemed simple enough. Yugoslavia was breaking up faster a Hollywood marriage of the 1950s. In the poorest, most seemingly insignificant part of Yugoslavia, the Serbian Christian population was disappearing and the Albanian Muslim population was increasing. It was the perfect goal. Clinton wouldn’t even have to rely on the troops on the ground. He would merely bomb the Serbs until they agreed to give up Kosovo entirely. It would be like asking a beautiful American city to give up its most impoverished neighborhood, or so he thought.

The Holy Land of Kosovo

Not very many people in a American had ever heard of Kosovo or knew what it meant to the Serbian people. For that matter, not many Americans knew what a Serb was; for all they knew, the Serbs could have been a political party in Yugoslavia or a social/cultural movement in the Balkans. The Serbs’ homeland had been known as Yugoslavia since the 1920s. Indeed, Americans who were poorly versed in European history frequently confused Serbia with Siberia.

NATO bomb with inscription: 'Do you still wanna be a Serb now!!'
No, it is impossible to stop being a Serb.

As a typically ignorant American, Clinton was in for a real surprise. It turns out that Serbs are an ethnic people. Well, not only an ethnic people, but an ethnic people with cohesive religious ties. Sort of like the Greeks are expected to be Greek Orthodox. Or how the people in Ireland are expected to be Roman Catholic. Much like the Jews can be thought of as a people or as a religion, but normally they are both. Those who know Serbs know that Orthodoxy is every bit as much a part of their culture as it is to the Greeks. Clinton’s paint-the-Serbs-as-Nazis strategy had nothing to do with the facts. If anything, Clinton marched in Hitler’s footsteps by scapegoating and demonizing the Serbs.

Another real surprise was that Kosovo was not some insignificant impoverished province that the Serbs would be money ahead just to jettison. It turns out that Kosovo was the most important part of Serbia. The Serbs’ history, faith and heart were all centered in Kosovo. Kosovo was a land of monasteries and monks, of churches and of worship, of beautiful scenery and beautiful national memories. Asking the Serbs to give up Kosovo was like asking them to give up their very souls.

Go Ahead Bomb Us! We Have Traveled This Road Before

Косово је СрбијаThe reaction of the Serbian people was almost unprecedented. They politely told the world, “Косово је Србија.” In English, that is “Kosovo is Serbia.” Young people went to parties. Workers reported for work every day. Families went about their lives almost like nothing out of the normal was going on. Serbs have a stoic turn of mind, so they made jokes, sort of a weird gallows humor, about their current situation.

The city of Belgrade surrounds the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Several large bridges tie the city together. One bridge was considered vital, so the Serbs devised an interesting defense program. Volunteer citizens agreed to keep a vigil on that bridge every night, a human shield against the bombing. It reminds us of the martyrs of the Early Church recorded in the Bible, and even the Jewish martyrs in the Old Testament. Note that those martyrs usually waited for the authorities to round them up; they didn’t tend to go out looking for an opportunity to give their lives for the faith.

Map of Belgrade

Martyrdom is nothing new for the Serbian people. Fighting against an aggressor is in the Serbian genes. For example, during World War I, the Serbian people suffered more civilian combat causalities than military combat casualties. No, I do not mean, “collateral damage” causalities. These were actual civilians who took up arms for the defense of Serbia and were killed or wounded in action.

The Land Where Empires Die

The Ottoman Turkish Empire conquered the Serbian people. They held the Serbian people in slavery for roughly five centuries. What happened to the Ottoman Turks? The Serbs and their allies defeated them in World War I and there is no more empire and no more Ottomans.

The Habsburgs and their Austro-Hungarian Empire attacked the Serbs during World War I. World War I also brought and end to the Habsburg Dynasty and its empire.

Hitler and his Nazis had a powerful empire in the 1930s and early 1940s. The American aviator, Charles Lindbergh, called the Nazi war machine “unbeatable.” Well, the Serbs and their allies put an end to Nazis in World War II.

After World War II, a great Communist empire reached its tentacles as far as the Balkans. Decades went by with the West fearing nuclear war. Appeasement and detente seemed like the best that could be hoped for. Few dreamed that it would ever crumble. Once Communist seemed to mean always Communist. At first, Tito’s regime was synonymous with Soviet Communism, if not out-and-out Stalinism. Even after Tito broke with the Soviet bloc, Yugoslavia remained Communist. In Yugoslavia, any Serb who would dare even refer to himself as a “Serb” risked imprisonment. From the point of view of preserving one’s faith and culture, the Communist slavery was possibly the worst that a Serb might ever endure. Heck, the Ottoman Turks may have put you in chains, raped your daughters, kidnapped your sons and made them in to Janissaries, but they never prevent you from calling yourself a “Serb.” Yet, as the 1980s drew to a close, Tito died, and so did the Communist empire in Europe.

These empires all died, yet the Serbian people survived. One wonders: Which will last longer, the Serbian people or the US government? If history is any guide, you know how to place your bet.

The US Ran Out of Bombs, So Clinton Agreed to the Serbian Terms

Before Clinton and his NATO allies unleashed their bombing raid on the Serbs, he gave the Serbs an ultimatum. It is kind of funny that the first big war of the twentieth century and last big war of the twentieth century both started the same way. One of the greatest superpowers of the day gives the Serbian people an ultimatum and the Serbs say, “No, we would rather die than sacrifice our principles.”

Both the ultimatum that lead up to World War I and the ultimatum that lead up to the Kosovo had a lot in common and could not be accepted by any independent nation. Yet, the 1999 ultimatum differed from the 1914 ultimatum in one hideous respect, Kosovo. In 1999, the Serbs were told that the “reasonable” Albanians in Kosovo had already accepted an agreement for the future of Kosovo. All the Serbs had to do was sign on to it without a single word of input from the Serbian side. Never mind that giving up Kosovo was illegal back in Belgrade. “Just sign the paper and go home a criminal, Slobo! It is that or war!”

The Serbs had agreed to take their army out of Kosovo, to bring in the international KFOR “peacekeepers”, but they could not relinquish it. The Serbs had already granted the Albanians living in Kosovo many special rights, but they could not give up their holy land.

So, Clinton and his NATO forces bombed the Serbs for 78 days and 78 nights. Reports of damage were everywhere. America expected a quick victory as they had achieved in the 1991 Operation Desert Storm. The superior US weapons were supposed to bring the Serbs into submission. But the defiance continued. Clinton was getting nowhere.

The American people were ambivalent toward the war. The liberals were not protesting; no surprise, as it was a liberal Democrat’s war. The so-called “peace movement” showed its true colors as a left-wing extremist movement, which often hijacks legitimate sentiment against fruitless adventures. But from another standpoint, the war was indeed a success: after two and a half months, the American people had forgotten about the rapist-in-chief’s misadventures in Arkansas.

Further to the east, Red China was rumbling; they might have to take back Taiwan as Lincoln had taken back the American South. The White House responded: “Hey, that was different!” However, a lot of people in Dixieland know that is not. Other hot spots in the world were bringing a sobering reality to that mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. What if the US were to face a real crisis somewhere? Where are the bombs going come from to deal with it?

So, to stop wasting bombs on the Serbs, Clinton decided that if Milosevic would just take his army out of Kosovo, then Kosovo would remain part of Serbia. Once the KFOR “peacekeepers” are in place and the dust settles, the Serbian army would be permitted come back into Kosovo to defend the monasteries and religious shrines.

So, did the Serbs keep their part of the bargain? Yes, the army left Kosovo immediately. Did those KFOR “peacekeepers” jump right in and keep the peace? Well, not so much. That weekend in June saw a bit of a delay with the KFOR. Fortunately, one country did come in for a time to prevent the Albanian Muslims from killing off countless Serbs. Thanks, Russia! We knew we could count on you when the chips are down. Just as the Russians took the lead fighting the Nazis in World War II while Western powers kept their ground forces off the European continent, the Russian KFOR jumped into Kosovo while the rest of the world slept.

How about the rest of the bargain; did the US keep it? Just ask any American Indian how well the US government keeps its bargains!

Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Musutiste (Suva Reka), 1315
Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Musutiste (Suva Reka),
built in 1315,before the destruction (source)

Destruction of Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Musutiste
Church of the Dormition in Musutiste,
burned and later completely demolished by explosive, July 1999
(source)

What Was Learned in the Aftermath

During the 78 days of bombing, the western lame-stream media reported considerable damage to Serbia. But, when the dust cleared, it was mostly damage to civilian targets. The Western media claimed that most of the Serbs’ 200 tanks in Kosovo had been destroyed. Yet, after the war, about 250 Serbian tanks actually left Kosovo. It turned out that many of the “destroyed” tanks were old discarded tanks or other objects used as decoys. The Serbs deployed convincing decoy aircraft as well. Evidence was found that many of the roads “destroyed” during the bombing were just lines painted to look like roads from the sky. It was learned that Serbs had rigged microwave ovens to run with their doors open. The bombers’ instruments thought they detected a nice juicy military target that was really just a microwave in the middle of nowhere. The Serbs had proved to be masters of deception and caused the NATO forces to waste a lot explosive power bombing valueless decoys.

Of course, we were promised all sorts of evidence of “ethnic cleansing” which was billed as a new holocaust. Given that a war had been ragging in Kosovo for years, the actual number of recent deaths was fairly low. All the so-called “mass graves” turned out to contain mostly Serbian bodies. Often these so-called “mass graves” were actually individual graves at cemeteries where burials had been performed in the normal manner. Other sites proved to contain human remains from the Second World War or earlier.

After the second War with Iraq, the left-leaning American media complained incessantly about the lack of evidence that the Iraqis had any weapons of mass destruction. Yet, more than a decade later and we still have no evidence of any pogroms committed by Serbs in Kosovo or anywhere else. Over a decade on, the media takes pains to avoid that topic.

If this article seems a little one-sided and simplistic, GOOD! What you have heard about the Balkans in the American media has been extremely pro-Muslim and made to seem overly complicated. Had the truth been known, American foreign policy relating to the Balkans would have been considerably different for the past 60 or even 70 years. Learn the truth and spread it. It is never too late to change course.

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