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Kosovo Origins
by Hugo Roth
 

   
 

 

In Place of an Epilogue

"All have perished 
Now the future comes" 
Andrej Platonov, Cavengur

After several years of war in different parts of the former Yugoslavia, yet one more person has been found who is offering war as a solution. Has the worst possible solution ever served as a solution? How to understand that someone could, nevertheless, be so susceptible to illusions that he suggests that a relatively small national minority wage a war against a significantly more numerous nation? That taxes both common sense and the imagination. War? Are horrors really so easily forgotten? Have the dead, the wounded, the destroyed homes, the refugees, the desperation, the tears, the suffering really vanished from memory? If the call to resolve the problem by war had come from just one man, one part of the world would have proclaimed him irresponsible and sick and the other would not have paid much attention to that kind of behaviour. That man, however, was not alone, he did not speak only in his name, he uttered this in the name of many of his co-nationals who would respond to such a call. We are confident in our knowledge of this because we have seen them and got to know them at the many protest meetings, sometimes, after Tito's death, with his pictures at the head of the processions, sometimes with the flags of neighbouring Albania and sometimes even with the insignia of the great and powerful countries of this world. Symbols have always been blasphemously adapted to the situation at the time and to political needs. These young people, also bewitched by intoxicating but airy promises, would hurl themselves into war, ignorant of what war brings in its wake. 

One should recall that well known saying which warns that it is dangerous to stir up a hornet's nest. Yugoslavia today is reminiscent of a damaged hornet's nest. It has been damaged by the very people whom it helped liberate from the domination of others but who have now realised their independence at the expense of Yugoslavia. Its people have been unjustly mistreated and the state blackmailed with sanctions. The UN, whose purpose and aim is to unite peoples, has excluded Yugoslavia, one of its founding members, from its ranks. It has excluded it from a large number of international organisations and associations in defiance of all logic, designating it as an aggressor but the present Yugoslavia has not taken part in this war. Finally (?), the United States, an ally in both World Wars, in the words of its president, has accused Yugoslavia of representing a threat to US national security. 

How can one interpret this artificial and fabricated construction? As the arrogance of the unlimited all-powerful or as the weakness of the unsure and limitedly independent? Far too many accusations laid at the door of a numerically and territorially modest remnant of a one-time not so large state and just as much injustice. It is well known that the scream arising from injustice is very painful. That pain is approaching the highest possible threshhold point. 

The threat of war against such a damaged people is the drop which fills the glass and a war thus launched would represent that intolerable blow which could not go unanswered. 

About the war which would then follow we dare not think - it would be fearful if it came. Let us remember the thoughts of the Russian writer, Platonov, and understand that there is no future for the dead. 

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