An Anti-Serbian Vendetta

Published on January 23, 2009, The Wall Street Journal

Category: News from the American Council for Kosovo

Morton Abramowitz and Daniel Serwer call for European countries to join Washington in once again casting Serbia as the source of all problems in the region ("Balkan Troubles," State of the Union, Jan. 6). One would think that, in light of the failure of the very anti-Serbian policies Messrs. Abramowitz and Serwer have championed, they would refrain for calling for more of the same.

Perhaps unconsciously, the authors could not fail to admit that the question of my home province of Kosovo and Metohija remains unresolved. It is quite clear even to them that all the recognition on the part of the U.S. and EU countries means nothing if Serbia refuses to recognize that unilaterally and illegitimately proclaimed independence.

Messrs. Abramowitz and Serwer admit that Kosovo "barely functions" despite the pretense of independent statehood by its ethnic Albanian administration dominated by the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). As they note, two-thirds of the world's countries have refused to recognize this blatantly illegal separatist claim. Even many of the European countries duped by Washington into granting recognition clearly have come to regret their decision, as evidenced by their vote in favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution in September to refer the Kosovo case to the International Court of Justice. In opposing the resolution, Washington could muster the support only of Albania, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru and Micronesia.

Instead of calling for a renewal of the anti-Serbian vendetta that has characterized Western policy in recent years, Messrs. Abramowitz and Serwer should look into the real state of affairs in Kosovo. For example, the KLA administration continues to stonewall efforts by Serbian prosecutors and organizations like Human Rights Watch to find out what happened to some 300 members of my flock who were kidnapped. According to former Hague prosecutor Carla Del Ponte (hardly a Serbophile), they had their organs removed for the illegal transplant trade and were later killed. Or perhaps a few livers and kidneys are not worthy of notice when the victims are only Serbs.

Bishop Artemije
Bishop of Ras and Prizren
Gracanica Monastery
Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia


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