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    Bush In Kosovo: Precedent For U.S. Southwest?
    News/Comment; Posted on: 2007-06-15 09:32:42 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    "The question remains: if George W. Bush is in favor of such irredentism in the Balkans, how does he feel about it here?"

    By Michael Kleen

    On his trip to Albania last week, obsequious crowds greeted President George W. Bush with praise and adoration.

    Why?

    Answer: In what must have been an atmosphere of relief from his low approval rating at home, Bush gave his endorsement to the long-held dream of the Kosovo Liberation Army¯the severance of the Albanian-majority province of Kosovo from Serbia.

    The President's words on the matter were plain. But their consequences are significant and ominous, especially when juxtaposed with his recent support of the bipartisan immigration "reform" bill that has stalled in the Senate.

    By saying this, President Bush has openly placed himself in the camp of ethnic separatism both at home and abroad.

    Since the thirteenth century, ethnic Serbians inhabited and administered the province of Kosovo. They consider it to be the cradle of their culture and history. But between 1876 and 1912, Muslim Albanians, favored by the Ottoman Empire, slowly migrated into Kosovo and displaced the resident Serb population.

    Sound familiar?

    During the 1980s, when Serbia was part of the Communist-ruled federation of Yugoslavia, Albanians in Kosovo, now the majority, rioted and protested, demanding autonomy. Serbs living in the province were harassed and physically attacked.

    After the collapse of Yugoslavia, the Albanian majority took up arms in Kosovo to sever the province from Serbia once and for all. Their aim: eventual unification with Albania, Kosovo’s independent neighbor.

    The Serbs fought back. But, for reasons that deserve more scrutiny than they have received, the U.S. and NATO intervened on the side of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Ever since , Kosovo has been under United Nations administration.

    In 2001, armed Albanians began another similar uprising in neighboring Macedonia, but without success.

    The simple fact that President Bush chose Albania as a platform for his defense of the independence of Kosovo, and his reception by thousands of sycophantic Albanians, exposes the harsh reality of what an “independent” Kosovo really means.

    Full Article

    American Council for Kosovo

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