December 21, 2008

The (Really) Moderate Muslims of Kosovo

by Michael J. Totten

Here's a long piece I wrote some time ago for City Journal which is now available online for free. Hope you enjoy it.

On February 17, 2008, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, becoming the newest country in the world

Posted by Michael J. Totten at December 21, 2008 8:58 AM
Comments
Michael,
Thank you for very interesting read.
Posted by: leo at December 22, 2008 6:57 am
Michael, I read it in City Journal, which I subscribe to, and am glad to read it again. Keep up the good work.
I've also read Black Lamb and Gray Falcon several times and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about this part of Europe. It was written 70 years ago and is still in print. You provide the postscript.
Posted by: Mike K at December 22, 2008 4:01 pm
Yet another excellent piece. It is well to keep in mind that the logic of belief is not necessarily the logic of believers.
Just as well, because I point out in my review of Andrew Bostom's "The Legacy of Jihad", the underlying logic of Islam is unfortunate.
Posted by: Lorenzo at December 26, 2008 3:30 am
Very informative. Thank you for sharing this excellent article :)
Posted by: lynne at December 26, 2008 4:37 pm
Did all of this go away?
Thanks.
This has been attested to by Paul Andrew Kirk (see the last comment below the main article here), an American who served two tours with the U.S. military in Kosovo. Kirk says:
Islamic extremism is on the rise in Kosovo. KFOR [the NATO-led military mission] soldiers have been attacked in Gjilan [actual name in Serbian: Gnjilane], Ferizaj [Uro
Posted by: Exposing Islam at December 29, 2008 10:45 pm
www.slobodan-milosevic.org?
Are you kidding me?
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at December 29, 2008 11:14 pm
Michael you have to comment on Hashim Thaci and Agim Ceku being the prime ministers of Kosovo. They were KLA members and seemingly contradict your statement that the ALbanians have rejected militants as their political leaders.
Posted by: catebl1 at December 30, 2008 9:40 am
Dear Michael
I'm quite disappointed with your piece and did not enjoy it.
Firstly the Battle of Kosovo was on the 28th of June 1389 not the 29th June. Please conduct your research with more vigour.
Secondly there is no conclusive evidence that the Albanians are descendents of the Illyrians. When it is proven I'm happy to accept that. That does not necessarily mean that present day Kosovo and Metohija had the same ratio of Albanians/(Illyrians) to Serbs as it did during the beginnings of the Serbian state when Kosovo was the cradle of its civilization. I think your article could have expanded on why there is such a contrast in the ratio of Albanians to Serbs in present day Kosovo. Doesn't 90% Albanian compared to 7% Serb indicate something is wrong with your hypothesis of Albanians being "moderate?"
Thirdly this perceived fondness for Israel that you mention is misguided. The Albanians claim to support Israel because the US does- not because of any similarities in geography and demography. They would support the devil himself if it would achieve their goals. The Albanians religion is Albanianism (by their own admission)and they will convert, sell and buy whatever religion places them in positins of power. If the tide was turning against the US the Albanians would turn against it also. Why didn't you ask your Albanian hosts about the Skendenberg Division during WWII and see how fond they were of a potential Israeli state and the Jewish people?
Fourthly the US did not intervene to stop Milosevic. Milosevic's crack-down against KLA terrorists paled in comparison to Turkey's war with the Kurds or even Israel's counter-terroist operation against Hamas or Sri Lanka's fight against the LTTE and thelist can go on. NATO/US intervened as part of the grand strategy to encircle and humiliate Russia. The 'Kosovars' are just pawns as they were for Hitler and Mussolini in WWII; the axis in WWI and countless Ottoman Sultans during the Ottoman rule of Serbia. Russia gave the US and NATO a back-hander (remember Georgia/Ossetia) in August and put a stop to future expansion. With a veto at the UNSC for UN member status and no mass support for Kosovo (not even in the Arab Islamic world)it seems the 'Kosovars'/US have both bet on the wrong horse and it was all for nothing.
I hope the EU enjoy the unwanted baby that the US left at their doorstep.
I would like to see how friendly the 'Kosovars' will be the next time you see them Michael especially when they realize this independence is a sham.
Other than that for an independent journalist the fact that you have totally ignored the plight of Serbs,Roma, Gorani (slavic Muslims) and Ashkali all of who are being persecuted by the Albanians as I type speaks highly of your independence.
Please update your article.
Posted by: milan at December 30, 2008 5:33 pm
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