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NATO - the self
proclaimed World Policeman watches as KLA drug dealers murder Serbs, Gypsies, rape the
Serbian, Christian nuns, topple monuments,... They just watch.
noncompliance by any party will not be tolerated," Solana warned. But he said
that the alliance and other international organizations would now try to help all the
ethnic groups of Kosovo, including the Serbs, to build a society free of the repression
that had spawned the conflict in the first place.
The New York Times
June 11, 1999
"Bombing Ends as Serbs Begin Pullout"
From Hospital Beds, Tales of Revenge
LA Times, June 18, 1999
By PAUL WATSON, Times Staff
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- The intensive care unit of the main
hospital here was full Thursday, and the hisses, clicks and beeps of the machines that
give life could not drown out an unspoken word: revenge.
The victims of revenge, along with those who sought it, lay in the six beds in the unit's
two rooms. They had come from across Kosovo in the days since international peacekeepers
arrived in the province...
Dr. Rade Maksimovic, a Serbian
physician whose specialty is blood diseases, lay in one room of the intensive care unit
with six bullet wounds to his chest, hip, arms and legs.
Ethnic Albanians wearing the uniform of the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army, or KLA,
sprayed the doctor's car with about 50 bullets Wednesday as he left the southern Kosovo
city of Suva Reka, he said in an interview.
The doctor had many ethnic Albanian patients before the war and insisted that he
will not run from what he sees as terrorists.
"This was the only way they could chase me from Kosovo," the doctor
said. "But I will not leave. That's for certain."
Unconscious Victim Symbol of Confusion
In the bed next to the wounded hematologist was Florim Imeri, a 23-year-old ethnic
Albanian ... Serbian doctors trying to save Imeri's life, however, said British troops
shot him and brought him to the hospital for treatment.
Imeri couldn't speak for himself because he was unconscious and taking labored breaths
through a powder-blue tube taped to his mouth and connected to a respirator....
Across the hall, an 11-year-old Kosovo Albanian boy named Bitim Iladi was recovering from
a grenade blast. The boy's uncle died beside him when the man tried to throw a grenade at
retreating Yugoslav troops and it exploded in his hand, according to doctors.
[I]n Kosovo, where an international force of about
48,000 soldiers will try to keep the peace without saying how it can reconcile ethnic
Albanians' demands for independence with NATO's insistence that they can't have it--and
how it will combat the lingering threat of revenge...
"I'm well aware that you are concerned about the
so-called KLA," [British commander, Lt. Gen. Mike Jackson] told a crowd of about
3,000 skeptical Serbs. "The United Nations Security Council resolution makes it
absolutely clear that this organization is to be demilitarized." ...
The British are soldiers trained to fight wars, not
detectives with the skills needed to solve murders,...
KOSOVO REBELS RAPED SERB NUN, SAY FRENCH
New York Post, June 19, 1999
By Uri Dan
BELGRADE - Three days after NATO
troops refused a mother superior's pleas for protection, Kosovar rebels looted her
monastery and raped a young nun, officials said yesterday.
French commandos and members of the French Foreign Legion arrived as the Kosovar
Liberation Army guerrillas were leaving the isolated mountain religious community in
Devic, about 30 miles northwest of the Kosovo capital of Pristina.
The Post reported Monday how Mother Makariadrove to Pristina on Sunday to plead with
arriving British troops for protection for herself, a priest and nine nuns at Devic.
"Please come and save us. You have the guns, all I have is a
cross," she told an Irish Guard lieutenant.
But she was told that no protection was possible until NATO reinforcements arrived.
Three days later the unguarded medieval monastery was raided by KLA members, French
officers confirmed yesterday.
The French gave few details but a spokesman for Serb Orthodox Patriarch Pavle said the
guerrillas showed no mercy.
"They desecrated the church, including the altar and icons, and
humiliated the nuns," Deacon Luka Novakovic told The Post.
He said a 24-year-old nun was taken to a back room and raped.
The rebels looted the building of anything valuable and fired guns into the air as they
left, just as the French arrived Thursday.
"When they saw us, they stopped a while, shouted 'NATO, NATO,' and then beat a hasty
retreat," the officer said.
Among the evidence of the attack were the initials "UCK" - which stands for KLA
- scratched into a pane of glass over an icon.
"The monastery had been stripped bare," a French officer told CNN. He added that
the priest had been beaten.
Novakovic said: "They even desecrated the tomb
of St. Joanikije.
"This saint was even respected by the Albanians. They used to visit the church to pay
tribute to his tomb because they believed it helped them recover from illness."
About 1,200 French troops secured Devic and the countryside yesterday...
The original text is at this link.
Vandals take revenge on Serb shrines
Chicago Tribune, June 21, 1999
By Paul Salopek
VUCITERN, Yugoslavia-- The 13th
Century Orthodox monastery in this small Kosovar town must have been beautiful once.
An open, tree-shaded courtyard with fountains leads to a tiny chapel decorated with
spectacular medieval frescoes. The paintings, done in the Byzantine style, depict a
stunning parade of Orthodox saints and angels --almond-eyed figures in flowing robes who
stare out serenely from a bygone age.
The six-century-old patina of candle soot can't dim their glory--nor, unfortunately, does
it protect them from the bullets that have gouged knuckle-size holes in their surfaces.
Today, the interior of the monastery is a gutted ruin, the victim of
a mob of enraged ethnic Albanians who sought to wreak revenge on a cultural symbol...
The saints gaze down on a scab of shattered glass, stomped crosses, censers and soiled
vestments littering the chapel floor.
"We destroyed it because the Serbs were killing us,... " said Fetije Cakaj, 39,
who lives across the street from the pillaged monastery compound. "I don't feel bad
about it at all. They deserve it. They're all war criminals, even the priests."
Friday's assault on the monastery at Vucitern was one of several attacks against Serbian
Orthodox religious sites in Kosovo in recent days, as ethnic Albanians--who are nominally
Muslim--react with growing outrage to the devastation unleashed...
Vandalism attacks were reported at 13th Century Samadraxha
monastery, the oldest in Kosovo. At Vucitern, an Orthodox priest who struggled to stop the
frenzied crowd was roughed up and had to be rescued by French NATO forces. At
Devic, an Orthodox nunnery, nuns were threatened with rape and expelled by armed men who
may have been guerrillas with the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army..
This grubby spasm of violence in the final phase of the Yugoslav army pullout from Kosovo
was long expected, according to experts in the region, given the extreme nationalistic
mythology Yugoslav leaders have erected [sic!] around Serb sacred sites in the
Nonetheless, in a nod to Serb sensibilities, the recent peace deal that brought an end to
NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia permits a token number of Yugoslav police to
return to Kosovo and guard the Serbs' sacred shrines.
That move may prove a hard sell to Kosovo's Albanians, who see more
than mere symbolism in the Serbian Orthodox monasteries here.
"This was not senseless revenge," said Nyseret Lapashtica, [an Albanian woman]
49, who said he watched but did not participate in the sacking of the Vucitern
monastery... Like many other ethnic Albanians, Lapashtica said the powerful Serbian
Orthodox Church was one of the key supporters of Milosevic's violent campaign to carve out
a "Greater Serbia" in the former Yugoslavia. [Wow! Kosovo
was part of Serbia since before World War one. Very few international borders in Europe
are so old as old Serbian-Albanian border that NATO-fascists heve deleded in these days.]
Despite an almost unprecedented condemnation of Milosevic's role in the Kosovo war last
week [i.e. capitulation to some of the key NATO demands], the Orthodox Patriarchy in
Yugoslavia, much like its counterpart in Russia, long has played a strong, conservative
role in politics. [Read: they refused to participate in politics.]
"The people of Serbia and the president of Serbia will not accept this peace,"
said Velimir Stojanovic, a priest at the church in Mitrovica, a mining town being
evacuated Saturday by Serb civilians. "Now the Albanians will have to kill all the
Serbs... for there to be peace here."
...Stojanovic insisted that the aggressors in the war were the Albanians and their Western
"Clinton, Albright, Solana, Blair and Wesley Clark are all murderers," he said
bitterly, listing the U.S. president and secretary of state, the secretary general of
NATO, the British prime minister, and the military commander of NATO forces in Kosovo....
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