his Balkan expert is with
Balkan roots. He was born in village of Griazdani, in the part of
Epirus that was assigned to Albania. Greek people, like Stavrou family,
lived in Epirus for many millenia. During WWII the Greeks were targeted
for extermination by Albanian Nazis known as Balli Kombætar,
or Ballists. Stavrou family barely survived. The Albanian Nazis,
hated Greeks for their devotion to Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
Most Albanians converted to Islam during centuries long Ottoman
rule of the Balkans. In 1952 Dr. Stavrou's family escaped from
Albania to Greece and later moved to the United States.
Nikolaos A. Stavrou is currently professor of international
affairs at Howard University, Washington, DC. Over decades he
wrote many studies concerning his native Balkans. Yugoslav politics was
one of professor Stavrou's special interests. His publications
include "Edvard Kardelj and the Historical Roots of
Non-Alignment." Mr. Kardelj was Tito's right hand man.
Dr. Stavrou is in touch with some very influential people
of Washington, DC. One of his recent books "Mediterranean
Security at the Crossroads: A Reader," first published
in 1997, is co-authored by ex-U.S. Secretary of State George
Dr. Stavrou is also an editor of Mediterranean Quarterly a sholarly
journal that offers insightful essays from the world's top policy
makers, scholars, journalist, and international experts. It is
a forum for provocative commentary and a source of deep analysis
delivering global issues with a Mediterranean slant.
hen it came to civil
wars in Yugoslavia and American increased involvement, professor
Stavrou, as a Balkan expert, was eager to offer his views. Despite
his influence in the high circles, very few of his articles were
published in the Western press outside of the above mentioned
Mediterranean Quarterly. We collected some of those rare published
Professor Stavrou's articles and presented them here, on this web
Professor Stavrou tries to cover for Western media
supposed lack of knowledge of the basic facts.
Bin Laden's forms
Balkan terror network
"Under the Albright-Clark-Holbrooke watch
thousands of Mujahedeens flocked to the Balkans
in support of Alija Izetbegovic's dream of a
"fundamentalist Islamic Republic."
Bin Laden's Mujahedeens even attempted to create
a version of a mini-theocracy in Bosnia" says Professor Stavrou.
NATO and Nazis - all KLA allies
The Washington Times publishes article "KFOR: Repeating history"
in which professor Stavrou reminds us of KLA's deep roots in Nazism. He says:
"Under the fascist-Nazi umbrella, the Albanians gained control of Kosovo,
efficiently cleansed it of 300,000 Serbs and kept the Yugoslav resistance
busy, thus relieving Nazi troops for duty in Normandy. History repeats
itself. Under a different patron, the Kosovars are now cleansing the
territory of non-Albanians. [A]ncient Orthodox Churches are destroyed and
innocent farmers massacred by [KLA - the] NATO's local allies.
"I saw firsthand the result of NATO´s and American
policy´s failures in the Balkans. There is no success of American
policy in Kosovo or anywhere else in the Balkans, no matter how
loosely one defines success. Yet, our government continues its
ostrich-like policies and refuses to come to grips with reality:
i.e. that NATO failed in the Balkans and that it would make little
sense to repeat last year´s folly in Montenegro". - writes
Professor Stavrou for Washington Times in August 2000.
The notion of an
independent Montenegro must be rejected
"The architects of the Balkan quagmire, Madeleine
Albright and Richard Holbrooke, persist in their efforts to spin
a failed Balkan policy... Human or civil rights were hardly, if
ever, the core cause of post-Cold War Balkan which is traceable
to... the careless conversion of administrative boundaries [of
ex-Yugoslavia's Republics] into international borders...
It is imperative that the Bush administration take an unambiguous
stand in support of existing Balkan borders. Delay on this score
would make turmoil beyond the boundaries of former Yugoslavia
a mathematical certainty. " - Professor Stavrou for
Washington Times, April 16, 2001. In other words -- the insane
atomization of ex-Yugoslavia should stop!
Personal story: Memories
of a Balkan Easter
On Easter 1944 Nikolaos A. Stavrou, then still a small
child, barely survived Albanian Nazis attack on his village.
The truth belongs
to us all.
Placed on srpska-mreza.com: December 8, 2003