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Dr Carl Edwin Lindgren*
AN INDEPENDENT KOSOVO
There are times when I watch the news and completely fail to understand the reasoning behind our country's policies abroad. Take Kosovo e.g., fifty years ago the Albanians were a minority. After five hundred years of Ottoman occupation the Albanians, despite their relentless persecution against the Serbs, were still a minority. The minority became a majority mainly because Albania lost halve of its population in fifty years after WWII.
When looking at the situation one cannot but help wondering about the various problems. The Albanians have always blocked attempts to better their own life with the Serbs. The Albanians made it possible for Milosevic to be elected, by boycotting the elections. They have done so ever since Milosevic came to power. Common sense dictates that they are as guilty as the radical elements in Serbia for the conflict because they were provoking it. The Albanians needed an escalation and they knew how to play the game. Alas, the Serbs were stupid enough to fall for it.
Historically the Albanians have no claim on Kosovo. First of all, the Albanians do not possess a single building in Kosovo that is older then 50 years. The roads and all other facilities were built by Serbs. All the shrines and cultural heritage that can be found in Kosovo is either Serbian or Ottoman. The claim that Albanians are Illyrians is absurd and simply does not fit with history.
Lets get things straight, I am not trying to justify the atrocities that were committed by the paramilitary Serbs. But I can not watch television and see Albanians playing the victim when in fact they are not. The region is invested with Islamic Radicals, and the United States has once again managed to create another tinderbox. The only reason I can think of is to provoke and test Russia, to see if Russia still has the power to act. Such a ploy is foolish at best.
So this leaves us with the following: The Serbs were used and let themselves be used; the Albanians escalated the conflict; and the United States and the EU have caused yet another new conflict. Where does this leave us? Our young servicemen and women are suffering and fighting a war abroad for us against terrorism and we are cultivating terrorism in our backyard.
Although the world doesn't look the same as it did during WWI, it does have the same ingredients. The problem now is that we have nukes. It seems that Radical Islam is on the advance and that common people and common sense are dying assets. Thanks to certain United States administrations our constitution is really hanging on a thread. Is it too late for the United States to change its foreign policy so we can actually promote sincere democracy and leave people to their own values? Perhaps. However, it is never too late to try.
- Professor of History and Military Studies - American Military University
- Educationalist - American Public University System
- Hon. Professor - Academy of National Security of Defense and Law (Russia)
- Knight Commander - Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
- Knight - Order of Vitez
- Knight - Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa
- Grand Cross - Order of St. Michael of the Wing
- Knight of the Collar - Order of the Dragon of Annam
- Grand Cross - Order of the Lion of Rwanda
- Grand Cross - Order of the Eagle of Georgia and of the Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ
- Grand Cross - Order of the Star of Ethiopia
- North America Repepresentative - Compania de Ballesteros Hijosdalgo de San Felipe y Santiago
- Official Delegate (USA) - Unione Monarchica Italiana
- Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
- Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society (UK)
- Fellow, Royal Historical Society (UK)
- Pursuivant Extraordinary - Heraldische Gemeinschaft Westfalen
- Honorary Member- Serbian Genealogical Society…