KFOR Major General Erhard Buehler lamented the abundance of criminals, extremists and ‘armed people’ late Friday echoing the sentiments of his legendary countryman Otto Von Bismarck who correctly stated during his era in power that; “If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans”
Kosovo’s claim to statehood and Pristina’s attempts to collect customs duty on goods arriving from Serbia proper has exposed an outward dilemma in shoving raw military power down people’s throats. Demonised Serb ‘war criminal’ types are supposed to evoke sympathy for ethnic Albanian takeover artists in Pristina but alas, the end result has been a de-facto de-fanging of NATO dogs of war in the nation-building operation.
Before the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, Kosovo was the Promised Land for countless Albanians fleeing Enver Hotxa’s iron-fist rule and the main escape route for smugglers re-supplying black market operations in Tirana. The country whose claim to fame is having the World Record for most nuclear fallout bunkers hasn’t had much to offer humanity or their desperate prisoners in the former guise of citizen-comrades.
The international community turned that world on it’s head during the upheavals of the early ‘90s, their ‘friends’ the Serbs became the new enemy and the nearly unknown Albanians evolved into a cause célèbre. Consciously carving out a chunk of Serbian territory for them, which in the national psyche was akin to un-sedated castration came straight out of the power-broker’s playbook, this den of sheep rustlers and stolen Mercedes Benz re-sellers could never be fully satiated with ill gotten booty.
Since the war-years seem to have passed as evidenced by the lack of headlines from the region, most disinterested people assume a peaceful tranquility has blanketed the region due to NATO’s intervention but they’re dead wrong. What we witness today is much like the 28 minutes of silence from Jules Dassin’s classic Rififi, a mad robbery in progress with the property owners not expected to return in the foreseeable future.
That’s all that really needs to said about Kosovo, the Serbs won’t give it up or pretend it’s a sovereign state and it will end badly but for whom? If Bismarck were alive today, he could probably point us in the right direction, few if any are aware of the level of insight he bestowed on us. The Germans too have taken slanderous knocks to their character so perhaps it’s time to revisit the domain of Bismarck’s Teutonic thoughts.
“When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.”
“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.”
“The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they’ll sleep at night”
“I consider even a victorious war as an evil, from which statesmanship must endeavor to spare nations”
“The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.”
“There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.”