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« on: February 22, 2004, 10:27:36 AM »

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February 20, 2004

ERP KIM Newsletter 20-02-04b

German KFOR officially refuses to provide escort for monks,
referring them to UNMIK police

ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, February 20, 2004

After 12 days of waiting for a response to a request for a military escort to distribute humanitarian aid to Serbs in Prizren, German KFOR finally sent a written notification referring the monks of Holy Archangels Monastery to the UNMIK police. The German Army has thus made it clear that it is not willing to provide protection for the monks in carrying out their basic spiritual and humanitarian work to meet the
needs of the remaining Serbs in Prizren. There has also been no change in the demeanor of German KFOR, which is still refusing to provide the monastery with electrical power from its generator and withholding food from the Orthodox priest in Prizren, who is now being fed by the remaining Serbs despite the fact that they themselves live on the very edge of existence.

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren is surprised and disappointed with the results of yesterday's meeting between outgoing Serbia-Montenegro defense minister Boris Tadic and German defense minister Peter Struck, where the issue of the inhumane treatment of German KFOR toward Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija was not even brought up. Instead of informing his German counterpart of the problem experienced by some citizens of the state he is supposed to represent, Mr. Tadic went so far as to praise the Bundeswehr (German Army) for its "great accomplishments", ignoring the behavior of German KFOR toward Serbs in Serbia's southernmost province.

The German defense minister's statement that the Germans will continue to provide protection for the Serbs in Kosovo can only be understood ironically, taking into account the recent removal of a security checkpoint in Velika Hoca, indifference to the obstruction of Serb returns to the Orahovac area, and rejection of plans for the renewal of the monastery in Zociste. Serbs in Velika Hoca have also been left without the KFOR escort which until recently accompanied their bus on a regular route to Mitrovica.

Serbs have been told that they will be provided with escorts by the UNMIK police even though the whole task appears have been left up to ethnic Albanians from the Kosovo Police Service. Understandably, Serbs have no confidence in the KPS which is under the direct influence of the same group of people who abducted over 50 Orahovac Serbs in 1998. Unlike in other KFOR sectors where there are several projects for returns, in the German sector one has the distinct impression that KFOR does not want Serbs to return because this would represent an additional responsibility for the German contingent, which is scheduled to be reduced to half its present size by the end of the year.

Yesterday's double murder of a Serb man and woman in Lipljan is just a warning to the international forces that premature removal of security checkpoints and turning over the protection of the endangered Serb community to the professionally ill-prepared and thoroughly corrupt UNMIK and KPS organizations by KFOR will lead to the departure of the remaining Serb population and directly encourages Albanian extremists to continue their campaign of ethnic cleansing.

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ERP KIM Info-Service is the official Information Service of the
Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren and works with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Artemije.

Our Information Service is distributing news on Kosovo related issues. The main focus of the Info-Service is the life of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian community in the Province of Kosovo and Metohija. ERP KIM Info Service works in cooperation
with www.serbian-translation.com as well as the Kosovo Daily
News (KDN) News List

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2004, 02:18:21 PM »

Thanks for posting this, Orthodoc.
When I read it yesterday I forwarded the item to our president's staff and the "State Department". Won't do any good, I know, but I had to vent a bit over it.

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2004, 06:18:57 PM »

I cannot understand what why ? Why would you make the life of peaceful monks difficult, and put them in harms way ? Why is Europe and the US on the other side when it comes to the Balkan ? Why bombing Serbia on Easter Day ?
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2004, 06:29:22 PM »

  Nasty liberal KFOR. They probably secretly prefer the Christian Serbs to be jilled by the Kosovar Al-Qaeda trash.

  God help the monks and nuns, as well as other faithful.
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2004, 06:30:37 PM »

Sorry for the typos, written in fit of rage..... Angry


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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2004, 11:37:30 PM »

Germany should be the last nation to have forces in this area of the world given what happened in WWII.  It looks like the Way of the Cross will be lived for real by the Orthodox of Kosovo.

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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2004, 10:54:47 AM »

Germany should be the last nation to have forces in this area of the world given what happened in WWII.  It looks like the Way of the Cross will be lived for real by the Orthodox of Kosovo.

An ironic statement considering the events of the 1990s.

Consider: the typical German soldier only barely remembers that there was a Berlin Wall. The officers remember back a bit further, but somehow I just don't think that refighting WW II is on their agenda. No, this "forget? Never!"--hyper-ethnicized perspective seems to me to be the Balkan contribution to this. More likely, the German military prespective is that they wish these idiots would stop shooting at each other so that the Germans could go home.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2004, 11:48:15 AM »

An ironic statement considering the events of the 1990s.

Consider: the typical German soldier only barely remembers that there was a Berlin Wall. The officers remember back a bit further, but somehow I just don't think that refighting WW II is on their agenda. No, this "forget? Never!"--hyper-ethnicized perspective seems to me to be the Balkan contribution to this. More likely, the German military prespective is that they wish these idiots would stop shooting at each other so that the Germans could go home.


The point of my statement is not that the Germans are a bunch of Nazis.  I never suggested that the Germans have long memories but the people of the Balkans do as their intra-ethnic and inter-religious conflict demonstrates.  If they remember the hurts they have incurred and have visited on each other several centuries ago, they will surely remember yesterday . . . WWII!

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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2004, 06:01:17 PM »

I never suggested that the Germans have long memories but the people of the Balkans do as their intra-ethnic and inter-religious conflict demonstrates.  If they remember the hurts they have incurred and have visited on each other several centuries ago, they will surely remember yesterday . . . WWII!

This suggests that the true solution to the Blakan problem is a general amnesia. Any Christian should understand that imputing the sins of the father to the son is immoral.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2004, 07:12:01 PM »

This suggests that the true solution to the Blakan problem is a general amnesia. Any Christian should understand that imputing the sins of the father to the son is immoral.


The true solution is forgiveness and reconciliation.  But who are we--miserable sinners in a God-less society that has killed 37 million+ human beings since 1973--that we should point fingers at the peoples of the Balkans.

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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2004, 07:18:47 PM »

jbc1949,
You've no idea how complex the situation is there and neither do I really, but your point is more than well-made.

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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2004, 08:11:19 AM »

The true solution is forgiveness and reconciliation.  But who are we--miserable sinners in a God-less society that has killed 37 million+ human beings since 1973--that we should point fingers at the peoples of the Balkans.

You want a Godless society? Talk to the Khmer Rouge about that.

I see no good accomplished by using the sins of others-- or our own virtue in acknowledging them!-- to excuse the sins of our allies. And I see no truth in theories of moral equivalence. Countries do not all wage war alike, nor to the same ends.  Regardless of how justified one thinks are invasion of Iraq was, we didn't go about gratuitously blowing up ancient monuments.
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« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2004, 12:36:36 PM »

You want a Godless society? Talk to the Khmer Rouge about that.

I see no good accomplished by using the sins of others-- or our own virtue in acknowledging them!-- to excuse the sins of our allies. And I see no truth in theories of moral equivalence. Countries do not all wage war alike, nor to the same ends.  Regardless of how justified one thinks are invasion of Iraq was, we didn't go about gratuitously blowing up ancient monuments.


I'm sorry but I don't understand the point of your post.  Were you rebutting my comment or was this an extension of the discussion?

Yes, I know something about the Khymer Rouge having served in Vietnam and having supported some Naval Advisors in Cambodia who were helping the Cambodian navy fight those very same people.
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