Saturday, March 15, 2008

The West's Betrayal of the Serbs

Excerpt from an opinion piece about Kosovo by Hermann Kelly in The Catholic Herald (UK):
The Serbs have been in Kosovo since the seventh century. It is is the geographical cradle of their civilisation, attested to by the plethora of Christian monasteries and churches which dot its landscape. And what about the Serbs who lived here? They have fought for centuries to defend European and Christian civilisation. It was at the Battle of Kosovo in 1389 that they fought (70,000 of them to the death) to keep the Islamic Ottoman Empire from rolling over the rest of Europe. The Serbian people have been a bulwark against Islamic expansion into Europe for many centuries. It was the Serbian people who opposed the aggression of Germany in the First World War and the rise of Nazism in World War II.

They made British victories possible but what thanks do they now get for their efforts? Betrayal by the Western elites who care little for their struggle, and revenge from Germany which now takes its opportunity to put the boot into the Serbs.

While some may point that 90 per cent of Kosovo are currently Albanian, after the Great War the majority of the Kosovan population were Serbian but they have been pushed out by violence or the threat of violence as well as being simply outbred by Albanian Muslims, who have the highest birthrate in Europe.

During the 1990s Albanian and Islamic militias crossed over the border from Albania into Kosovo, murdering and pushing out the Serbs while at the same time destroying their churches and monasteries. The 200,000 Serbs who have been pushed out of Kosovo in the past two decades must have their right to return vindicated in law and, in fact, before EU foreign ministers speak any more on the subject.
This article, as can be seen from this excerpt, provides a succinct articulation of the case against Kosovo independence.


Phil Sumpter said...

revenge from Germany which now takes its opportunity to put the boot into the Serbs.

I'm sorry, but that's a bit much!

Felix Culpa said...

Yes, that does seem not only harsh, but unlikely. I wonder to what extent European and US support of Kosovo independence is in fact motivated by a specifically anti-Serb policy.

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, if the Albanians "outbred" the Serbs in Kosovo, and thus became the majority there, who's fault is that? The Albanians for making too many babies or the Serbs for making too few of them?

Felix Culpa said...

And that somehow justifies everything?