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Kosovo Origins
by Hugo Roth





Even in mathematics, the most exact of all the sciences, imagination is permitted, even desirable. It broadens horizons, it offers the mind a clear and penetrative access to the world of abstract possibility. The unshaped is transformed into a structure of crystal clear definition, hopes and wishes are capriciously accepted or rejected, independent of reality, while hypotheses are given the force and strength of reasoned argument. Having this in mind, let us begin, and end, this book with a page or two which will portray the author's vision of the threat of what could happen, leaving to the future, to assign the category which these few pages merit - the category of the real or the unreal. 

Today's reality is indeed cruel. Already four years have passed with no peace in the Balkans. The worst thing is that no-one can say when the wars and conflicts will cease. Nevertheless, some things are known, some things are certain. For many people, war in the Balkans is both necessary and useful and that for several reasons. These reasons are today so clear and evident that even the less well-informed person can at least discern and recognise them. 

Those for whom these wars are necessary have taken upon themselves many roles, those of the "peacemakers" and judges, the suppliers and guides. In a word, they are "working". Their activities offer a future which all of us should fear and such a future should be feared because so far all of their "promises" have always been fulfilled. Whether standing, hidden in the background, or when invisibly conducting, they have been directing and giving instructions on how to realise what they have intended to be realised. 

In the Balkans, it was not difficult to conduct from behind a curtain. As if the Balkans tempted with what it left unsaid. 

Hitherto, that labour has already borne significant fruit. The secession of Slovenia and Croatia has been accomplished, the recognition of Bosnia-Hercegovina, even of Macedonia, has also been carried out. What has still not been done? Whither and at whom is the finger now pointed? And why? 

A repetition of everything that has already happened in the last two or three years in the Balkans is necessary for whom ? Is it clearly realised what can happen if that finger continues to remain pointed at one more point which, to all appearances, has already been chosen and prepared in order to provoke a lot more new bloodshed, suffering and death among those people who have already suffered enough. It has long been known that it is very easy to start a war. It is much harder to channel and direct it and hardest of all to stop it. Even when war is halted, it continues in people. In a malign way, it is as if the stopping of a war bears within itself the threat of the next which is supposed "to correct the mistakes" of the previous one. So one war invokes another, this second the next and, usually, after a short break, wars merge one into another. This is what all of us should fear. If fears are unable to stop wars then neither can wars deprive us of new fears. We are afraid, very afraid, that the creators of war are more powerful than human wisdom. We have already seen what the soldier has to offer us. We still do not know what has to be done to overcome the soldier. The most important question facing us is the question of peace. If someone succeeds in disturbing that peace, it is uncertain whether that will bring him any benefit. If the desired aims are not achieved, will he point his finger in another direction? Who would then be in line? 

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