THE OTHER WAY
the "disbanded" Kosovo Liberation Army mobilizes conscripts
in Kosovo villages bordering Western Macedonia
levying what they call the "blood tax," one able-bodied
fighter per family a military fighting force trained
and equipped at US taxpayers' expense is embarking on
a campaign of conquest in the Balkans. Not that anyone
least of all myself can blame the KLA fanatics
for their relentlessly murderous activities: they are
merely doing what they said they would do all along, and
that is build a "Greater Albania" with the blood and bones
of their Slavic enemies. This was the original doctrine
of the coalition of Hoxhaite leftists and pre-World War
II fascists who went on to become the core leadership
of the KLA, and it was never abandoned: it was simply
not talked about in the West, except among Serbian-Americans,
and a small circle of foreign policy experts, who were
all too familiar with this variety of virulent obscurantism.
The news about the KLA that they're the type who
give gangsters a bad name didn't hit the "mainstream"
media until long after it was too late. Now that the NLA-KLA-CIA
is on the march to Skopje, everybody is supposed to be
so damned surprised. Give me a break, willya? With 37,000
NATO troops in Kosovo, and tens of thousands more stationed
nearby, do you mean to tell me that the NATO-crats were
caught unawares by the Albanian invasion? Kosovo is not
that big: 10,887 square kilometers. With all those "peacekeepers"
roaming the hills and dales of NATO's newly-"liberated"
domain, how is it that they failed to notice the mass
mobilization and numerous cross-border deployments of
KLA fighters? Easy: they just looked the other way.
for a moment, what would happen if Yugoslav President
Kostunica had organized a "Slavic Liberation Front" to
protest the "second class citizenship" afforded Serbians
in the Macedonian system, which has failed to recognize
them as an official minority. Moving across the border
with the full knowledge and under the full protection
of the Yugoslav military, SLF units "liberate"
villages and raise the Serbian flag. How long would it
take for NATO to move? A few hours, at most. In that case,
Belgrade might suffer another round of bombing and perhaps
an extra dose of depleted uranium. But a far different
standard is applied to NATO's Albanian attack dogs, which
is why both the US and Britain have refused to intervene.
Not because they have been suddenly converted to the cause
of peace, but because they are already intervening
on the other side.
TO THE RESCUE?
was alarmed to see that the Brits, in lieu of sending
anything that might actually deter the Albanian invasion
such as arms have sent a military delegation
to "advise" the Macedonian government. The [London] Times
group of ten British officers flew to Skopje last night
with the aim of reporting back to London by the weekend.
Sources emphasised that the Macedonian Government has
made no request for military assistance. The most significant
option under consideration by Britain is the possibility
of sending up to two dozen Royal Marines from 45 Commando
to advise on counter-insurgency tactics. . . . Another
two British officers flew out to Skopje last night to
advise the Macedonian Ministry of Defence, joining Brigadier
James Short, who has been seconded to the ministry from
Britain for several months."
I were the Macedonians, I would take any advice from the
Brits and do the complete opposite. It was, after
all, the British SAS, a unit of the British special forces,
who trained the KLA at two camps on the outskirts of Tirana,
Albania, as reported in the [18 April 1999] London Sunday
Telegraph. SAS-trained KLA units infiltrated Kosovo,
and, using satellite and cellular telephones, guided NATO's
bombs to their targets. Now Macedonia is faced with a
similar assault, with the KLA using the skills they learned
in Tirana against the government that London is now "advising."
This, it seems to me, is not a good plan.
TO MOTHER RUSSIA
been getting a lot of hits from Macedonia in recent days:
it has displaced Japan as our up-and-coming area of expansion.
And so I want to address all you Macedonians out there
directly: get those damn British spies out on the next
plan to London! Forget about getting any help from the
West: they are your enemies. There's only one hope for
the Balkans now. Macedonian Slavs must look to Mother
Russia to Vladimir Putin and the Russian military,
who, alone, could defend the last Slavic outpost
in the southern Balkans if they chose. The Russians brought
up the matter in the Security Council, which issued a
pro forma denunciation of Albanian aggression,
but it is up to Moscow to give the resolution some teeth.
The US and Britain are bombing Iraq daily on the
basis of a few ambiguously-worded UN resolutions. But
why is it only the US and its allies that get to unilaterally
interpret and enforce the edicts of the UN's highest body?
As a member of the Security Council, and a nuclear power,
Russia could decide to get up off its knees. In the past,
this seemed a vain hope: Yeltsin was a weakling, in more
than just his character, and the country he presided over
was still in shock from the sudden collapse of the Soviet
system. Russia fiddled while the Balkans burned, and the
illusion that Mother Russia would come to rescue the beleaguered
Balkan Slavs quickly dissipated. But as a Russian spy
scare sweeps the US government, and Putin's diplomats
are sent packing back to Moscow by the dozen, the reversion
to a cold war atmosphere makes Russian self-assertion
LINE IN THE SAND
Times notes that the Macedonian government has
not asked London for direct military assistance, and hopefully
the same is true as far as the US is concerned. I'm no
Carl von Clauswitz, but it seems to me elementary that,
in war, one ought never to ask the enemy for either aid
or advice for they just might give it you. Instead,
I would look to my friends, or potential allies, and this
means Russia. If Skopje asked for aid, even if it were
only symbolic, Russia would be drawing a line in the sand.
Would the West dare to cross it?
this anniversary of the heinous crime that heralded the
Islamicization of the Balkans, Russia has a key role to
play. As the historic defender of Christian Orthodoxy
against the Muslim invaders, Russia was the bulwark against
which the Ottoman hordes were dashed. If the Slavic communities
of the southern Balkans are to be saved from the fate
suffered by their Serb brethren in Kosovo, then Russia
must play this role again. As Russian planes land at Skopje
airport and take up positions around the rebel strongholds,
let us hope the NATO-crats keep up the pretense of "non-intervention"
at least long enough for the KLA to be driven back
to their "refugee camps" in Kosovo, straight into the
arms of their CIA handlers.
received a lot of mail from outraged Macedonians about
March 19 column, who wanted to know where I got off
saying that there really isn't any such country as "Macedonia,"
never was, and, it looks like, never will be. I also got
letters from not-so-outraged Macedonians who simply disagreed
with my skepticism when it comes to defining a uniquely
"Macedonian" nationality and language, but agreed with
the other points made in my piece. Okay, look, guys: I'm
perfectly willing to accept the idea that it is possible
to create a national myth out of a disparate number of
only vaguely-related historical facts: if you consider
yourselves Macedonians then, by God, you are Macedonians.
I won't quibble about the linguistic issues, and please
spare me the historical lectures. In any case, a people
is in large part defined by their enemies, and surely
this is one nation-building material that Macedonia is
hardly lacking. If Macedonian "nationhood" is the chief
obstacle to the Albanian conquest of the Balkans, then
I say: Hail Macedonia!
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