KOSOVO & AMERICA:
WHAT'S GOING ON?
MARCH 27, 1999
S.R. Shearer with input from:
Lucian Butum of Bucharest, Romania
and Boris Denisov of Moscow,
The Russian Federation
"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom
were of this world, then would my servants fight ... but ... my kingdom
(comes) not from hence.
- John 18:36
"... nation (ethnos) shall rise against nation (ethnos),
and kingdom against kingdom ..."
- Luke 21:10
"And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge, With Hate by his side
come hot from hell, Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice Cry
'Havoc' AND LET SLIP THE DOGS OF WAR ..."
- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
A SHORT REVIEW OF OUR LAST ARTICLE: THE REAL
REASON BEHIND OUR INTERVENTION IN THE BALKANS
we indicated in our last article, "Racial Rage And The Coming Chaos,"
the real reason behind the elite establishment's strategic "tilt" towards
the Muslims in the Balkans is oil - and not just Middle Eastern oil,
[where American and British multinationals (Exxon, Shell, Mobil, etc.)
have billions and billions of dollars invested], but also Caspian Sea
oil (where the same multinationals are preparing to spend billions more
in pipelines which they plan to build across Turkey and / or in countries
close to Turkey - and all this to say nothing of the additional billions
these same multinationals are spending in drilling rights and pumping
operations in Azerbaijan, a country contiguous to Turkey which is populated
by "Turkik Muslims." The multinationals could very well see all these
billions go up in smoke if Turkey - which has a growing problem with
militantly anti-American Islamic fundamentalists - were destabilized
as a result of being drawn into the conflict in the Balkans; hence America's
"tilt" towards the Muslims and Turkey - a "tilt" which, again, necessarily
demands that the elite "play down" the religious aspect of the war while
at the same time "demonizing" the Serbs (i.e., the Orthodox Christians).
"Big Oil" must be able to show the Muslims of the Middle East that
they can "deliver" American support in this kind of crisis.
Some Christians, of course, naively believe that "Big Oil" simply doesn't
have this kind of clout - the kind that can dictate U.S. foreign policy.
But they do! Take Exxon and Mobil, for instance. Exxon is the largest
oil company in the world; Mobil is the third largest. The two are merging.
Together they will have enormous financial and industrial power, which
translates, naturally, into political power. Only two dozen nations
in the world have Gross Domestic Products larger than the combined annual
sales of these two giants ($180 billion in 1997). Greece has a Gross
Domestic Product of only half that size, which is why Greece's concerns
in the Balkans don't count for much at the State Department - and the
same applies to all the other Orthodox states in the Balkans. No, Mobil's
and Exxon's interests lie with the Muslim nations of the Middle East
and the Caspian Sea; it's these nations that Mobil and Exxon want to
ingratiate themselves to - and to hell with the Orthodox world. Of course,
if the shoe were on the other foot, it's the Muslims that "Big Oil"
would hang out to dry. In the world of Mobil and Exxon (and, ipso
facto, the American elite's world), money rules!
HIDING BEHIND A MASK OF FEIGNED "HUMANITARIANISM"
Naturally, the State Department doesn't want its actual reasons known
as to why the U.S. is intervening in Kosovo - after all, it's pretty
hard to justify sending American soldiers into battle for the sake of
Mobil's, Exxon's, Shell's, BP's, and Standard Oil's "bottom line." Other
reasons have to be given: hence America's sudden "humanitarian concerns"
for the Kosovar Muslims - a concern which, strangely enough, hasn't
manifested itself insofar as Africa (Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia,
the Congo, Ethiopia, etc.) is concerned where many more human beings
have been killed over the past few years than have ever been killed
in the former Yugoslavia - and this is to say nothing about what's been
occurring in East Timor, certain parts of Indonesia, the Philippines,
etc. [And one shouldn't make the mistake that just because Africans
are "black" and Asians are "yellow" that "race" has had anything to
do with the elites' unconcern with regard to the humanitarian debacles
going on in Africa and Asia; if money were involved there, the elite
would be very concerned. But there is no money involved: hence the lack
of concern. To the elites, it's not race that matters, it's money! Money!
- this is what the American elite is all about. Nothing else! - Not
people! Not culture! Not "humanitarianism!" These things are of no concern
to the elites; they may be what drive the masses, but not the elites,
except when "race," "religion," and "humanitarian concerns" can be used
to bend the masses to their will.
precisely because of this indifference towards "race" and "religion"
that the elites seem on occasion to be embracing the liberal left's
concept of "multiculturalism;" when one harbors no real thoughts for
"race" and "religion," one can easily adopt a "neutral" attitude towards
them which, to those who are ignorant of the elite's ways, seems to
indicate "tolerance," but which in reality is nothing more than indifference.
And it's exactly here that minorities like the Albanian Kosovars and
the Bosnian Muslims are making a big mistake, thinking that there is
conviction behind America's "tilt" towards them. But there is none,
and should circumstances change, the elite will shrug them off without
even so much as a "fond goodby."
THE BLINDNESS OF THE ELITES
In all this, however, the elites may be erring badly. Historically,
the enormous blunder of all elites has been to underestimate the passion
of the masses, especially insofar as "religion" and "race" are concerned,
and in doing so, unwittingly igniting conflagrations which have in the
past devoured them. This may be exactly what is in store for the elites
in the Balkans. As we just indicated, "race" and "religion" may not
mean much to the American elites (or for that matter, the British, the
German and the French elites), but they certainly do to the contestants
on the ground in the Balkans." The blindness of the American elite
in all this - their utter disregard of the consequences of their action
- is enough to take one's breath away ... The fact is, in intervening
in the Balkans (and specifically in Kosovo), they have, as Shakespeare
said, "let slip the dogs of war" and unleashed forces over
which they have little understanding and no control.
It's hardly surprising then that the elite media in the West (which
has become in America nothing more than a mouthpiece for the American
multinationals) keeps missing important - and troubling - political
trends throughout the Slavic world as NATO and the West continue to
push their attack against the Serbs. The effect that all this is having
throughout the Orthodox world - in Greece, in Macedonia, in Bulgaria,
in Romania, in the Ukraine, in Belarus, etc. - is disturbing. In pressing
home their attack against Yugoslavia, the West is galvanizing Orthodoxy
against themselves, as the recent demonstrations in Skopje, Moscow,
Sophia, Minsk, Athens, etc. so clearly demonstrate. The West is making
a big mistake in thinking that economic matters trump "religion" and
"race" in the Orthodox world; that in order to get IMF funding for their
troubled economy, Moscow is willing to see her brother Slavs in Serbia
pounded into insensibility.
THE INTRACTABILITY OF ETHNIC CONFLICT
No one, of course, can defend the ethnic cleansing that's going on
in Kosovo - at least on the face of it and without a resort to "race,"
"religion," and "Manifest Destiny" - but, then, that's exactly
what the Serbs are doing; they're basing their claim to Kosovo on "religion"
and "Manifest Destiny." As Prof. Dusan Batakovic, a professor at the
Historical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, says,
"Kosovo is the native and ancestral land of the Serbs. It ...
is considered to be the Serbian Jerusalem. Almost all
of the great historical Serbian monasteries, churches and fortresses
are located in this province."
In following their "Manifest Destiny" with regard to Kosovo and "cleansing
the area of 'outsiders'," the Serbs are doing nothing more than what
almost all the other nations of the earth have done in their "time and
season" - after all, isn't this what the United States did insofar as
the Indians ("Native Americans") were concerned? Isn't this what we
did with the Mexicans insofar as Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona,
etc. were concerned? Isn't this what the Aztecs did with the Toltecs?
Isn't this what the Czechs did with regard to the Germans in the Sudetenland?
And what the Germans did to the Poles during World War II, and then,
after World War II, what the Poles did to the Germans insofar as Silesia,
Pomerania and East Prussia are concerned? And what about the Belorussians
and the Poles? The Lithuanians and the Russians ad infinitum?
And, perhaps more to the point insofar as evangelical Christians
are concerned, isn't this what the Jews are doing now in Israel
to the Palestinians?
Yes, of course it is! This is what the world is all about - it's
not a very nice place! [And one should be clear here: in the sum
total of things, there has been very little killing involved in the
Serbs' deportations of the Muslim Kosovars - despite what the American
press has been screaming about - certainly not in comparison to the
slaughter the Turks, America's ally in the Middle East, have unleashed
against the Kurds; the genocide the Americans carried out against the
Indians in the United States; the carnage the Hindus were involved in
with regard to the Muslims (the Pakistanis) in their midst in India
and even the bloodshed the Jews have unleashed against the Palestinians
for the past fifty years. In all these instances, and many more besides,
there has been a lot more killing than what's occurring now in Kosovo.]
The "wrongness" and the "rightness" of what's going on in Kosovo (or,
for that matter, Bosnia, Israel, India, the United States, etc.) depends
upon whose ox is being kicked.
Some would say, of course, that the Muslims in Kosovo outnumber the
Serbs, and, therefore - ipso facto - Kosovo should be theirs.
But seventy years ago, the Serbs outnumbered the Muslims until they
were forced out - by the Croatian Ustashi and the Albanian Muslims,
both of whom were allied with Hitler at the time (and it should be noted
in this connection that at the time the Serb majority was pushed out
of Kosovo, they were allied with Britain and the United States, and
were responsible for saving countless numbers of Allied flyers forced
down over occupied Serbia by the German Luftwaffe). No doubt, some will
say that seventy years ago is too far in the past. Well, if that's the
case, the Palestinians' claim to Israel should carry more force than
the Jews' claim; after all, the Jews' claim is more than two thousand
years old (and between then and now, they were not once the majority
in that area) while the Palestinian claim is much more current.
And what about Ireland's claim to Northern Ireland? - after all, the
Protestants are a majority there. The Irish, of course, would retort,
that Northern Ireland was "stolen" from them and "resettled" with "illegal
immigrants" from Scotland. But isn't this what the Serbs are saying
with regard to the Kosovar Muslims? And if majority rules, then certainly
America should prepare itself to give up its claim to California, New
Mexico, Arizona and Texas because in not too many years, Mexicans will
be in the majority in these states. What about that?
No, you say, that doesn't count! Well, if it doesn't count for us,
then why are we forcing the Serbs to adhere to "principles" we won't
honor ourselves? - because this is precisley what is happening to the
Serbs insofar as Kosovo is concerned: they were displaced in Kosovo
through what amounted to the "illegal immigration" of Albanian Muslims
into the region.
With all this in mind, it's not too difficult to come to an understanding
as to how intractable, vexing, and even inexplicable the "Kosovo Problem"
really is - there is much more involved here than the maniacal whims
of a "madman" - Slobodan Milosovich.
The elites, of course, would prefer that we believe that such is not
the case: that only the caprice of a "racist" madman is involved here;
get rid of Milosovich and everything else will take care of itself:
get rid of Milosovich, sell the Serbs out, placate the Russians with
more IMF loans, satiate the Islamic world (and the Turks) by giving
Kosovo to the Muslims, and get on with drilling for oil in the Middle
East and the Caspian Sea. That's, after all, what "globalization" and
"free trade" are all about - making money!
But that's not what Samuel P. Huntington, Eaton Professor of the Science
of Government and Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic
Studies at Harvard University, thinks. Huntington believes that what's
going on in the Balkans is much more basic and fundamental than that
which is being "advertised" in the elite media; that a "Clash of Civilizations"
is taking place in the South Balkans, and that the differences which
delineate the different civilizations involved in the conflict cannot
so easily be swept under the rug. Huntington says:
"Civilizations are not only real; they are basic. Civilizations
are differentiated from each other by history, language, culture,
tradition, (race) and, most important, religion. The people
of different civilizations have different views on the relations between
God and man, the individual and the group, the citizen and the state,
parents and children, husband and wife, as well as differing views
of the relative importance of rights and responsibilities, liberty
and authority, equality and hierarchy. These differences are the
product of centuries. They will not soon disappear."
Huntington defines eight major civilizations of world importance:
- Western (which includes Western Europe and North America).
- Slavic-Orthodox (Russia, eastern Europe, Armenia, etc.)
- Islamic (which includes three subdivisions: Arab, Turkic and Malay).
- Latin American.
The elites would like us to believe that the distinctions which differentiate
one civilization from another are not all that important; that these
differences cannot be allowed to stand in the way of "globalization"
(and be clear here, the reason "globalization" is so important to the
moneyed elites is that it enhances their pecuniary interests; they have
no real concern in "globalization" other than this; there is no other
underlying dynamic involved. They leave the philosophical aspects of
"globalization" (i.e., the "New Age") to the Shirley McLaines of this
world. The "New Age" is of concern to the elites only insofar as it
promotes "globalization" and by doing so, enhances the "free-flow of
capital," and enables them (i.e., the elites) to take advantage of the
cheapest labor available - i.e., moving jobs out of countries where
labor costs are too high (e.g., Western Europe and North America) to
regions where cheap labor (sometimes even "slave labor") is available
(e.g., China, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, etc.), and all the
while advertising that what they are doing is in the "best interests
"Pluralism" and "diversity" are the watchwords of the elites, and because
the "New Age" tends to promote these concepts by melding culture and
religion into a kind of one-world mélange which they see as conducive
to their global economic interests, the elites tend to promote it.
But it's commerece that the elites are interested in; not philosophy!
Commerce is at the heart of what the elites are up to; it's lies at
the core of the globalization process the elites have unleashed on the
world! It's also at the heart of Satan. The Bible says:
"The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying
"Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus [Satan],
"And say unto Tyrus, O thou that are situate (situated) at
the entry ["midst" - is the more accurate translation]
of the sea, which are a MERCHANT of the people
of the earth] have made thy beauty perfect.
"Tarshish [the trading nations]
traded in thy fairs.
"Son of man, say unto the Prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the
Lord God, because thine heart is lifted up and thou hast said, I
am a god, I sit in the seat of God IN THE MIDST OF THE SEAS
thy great wisdom and by thy traffic [commerce] thou hast increased
thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
"By the multitudes of thy merchandise they have filled
thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:
hast defiled thy sanctuaries by
the iniquity of thy traffic
" (Ezek. 27:1-3, 12; 28:2, 5,16,
18). [Please see pgs. Chapter 14, "The Beast Of Revelation
17," in the Antipas Papers for a thorough treatment
of this subject.]
At the heart of commerce is money. Money is addictive and all too often
leads the possessor of it into unrighteousness. The Word of God speaks
of "the mammon of unrighteousness" (Luke 16:9). The
corruption which results from the "love of money" and the
things which it can buy, invariably leads away from God.
"They that desire to be rich fall into a temptation and
snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men
in destruction and perdition.
"For the love of money is the root of all evil:
which some reaching after, have been led astray
pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (I Tim. 6:9-10)
to the moneyed elites meansThat the world can be transformed into a
multicultural melange That's what they would like to happen. Why? -
because "civilization conflict" gets in the way of making money; specifically,
it hinders "free trade" (which is the elite's key to astronomical wealth)
and it hampers the ability of the multinationals to utilize cheap labor.(Please
see our articles on "The American Empire.")
Huntington continues - almost as if he had read the Bible concerning
the "end of days" [i.e., that "... nation (ethnos)
shall rise against nation (ethnos), and kingdom against
kingdom ..." (Luke 21:10)]:
"... world politics are entering a new phase ... (in which)
the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict
will be cultural ... The clash of civilizations will dominate global
politics ... The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle
lines of the future ... Over the centuries ... differences among
civilizations have generated the most prolonged and the most violent
conflict (more so even than ideological conflict)."
The reason? - because, as Huntington explains, differences between
"... are far more fundamental than differences among political
ideologies and political regimes ..."
Finally, Huntington claims that this clash will dominate global
politics not just as a struggle between civilizations, but as a struggle
within civilizations - that is, as a struggle to "purify"
or "cleanse" each respective civilization of "foreign
elements" - the effort by one ethnic group (or civilization)
to establish its dominance (through an appeal to biological determinism,
history, and religion) over other groups and civilizations, especially
in a given territory or area, i.e., the Kurds over Kurdistan, the Irish
over all of Ireland, the Mexicans over California, the Jews over
Israel, etc. This is what the Bible is talking about when it speaks
of "nations (ethnic groups) rising up against nations (ethnic groups)."
One of our readers, Lucian Butum of Bucharest, Romania agrees. He writes:
"The way the Americans are conducting the war (in Serbia) is outrageous
to most of the Romanian people: what started as an American response
to stop the Albanians from leaving Kosovo is now generating an even
bigger exodus ... on a scale that I think nobody realises. All the
media is presenting is a lot of information about the three american
soldiers captured by the Serbians ... and (that's not all); there
is more that makes the average Romanian to nearly hate the western
forces: for instance, the declaration that the bombardments are to
be continued even during the Christian (Orthodox) Easter celebrations.
This one is among the top reason why the western attacks are (so)
strongly criticised (here).
"To reach a conclusion, when two people fight inside a house, you
don't put the roof on fire in order to make peace. The feeling that
western nations act based solely on ... (economic) interests and not
based on honesty and good will is getting stronger and stronger each
day, generating a treason-like feeling. The war in Yugoslavia is what's
happening when somebody confuses the people with the politicians."
Lucian, who holds graduate degrees in Computer Science from the University
of Timisoara, located about 60 km east of Novisad in Serbia, one of
the main targets of the recent American bombardments, says that the
West has greatly erred in underestimating the unity of the Orthodox
people in Eastern Europe, especially insofar as the "Muslim Menace"
is concerned. Lucian writes:
"It seems like the USA is trying to impose (on the Balkans) the first
musulman (Muslim) state in Europe."
Insofar as the Orthodox Christians are concerned, what's going on really
is "Civilization Warfare" - something that remains totally unfathomable
to the elites, caught up as they are in the pursuit of wealth. Lucian,
echoing the words of Prof. Dusan Batakovic, a professor at the Historical
Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts [see Vol. 8, No.
3 (March 27, 1999)], writes:
"... it all started back in 1300's, when neither Romania nor Serbia
were established as full-blown medieval states (they where divided
into several counties, each ruled by local kings). When the Turkish
(Muslim) Empire started a large-scale invasion of Europe, marching
through Serbia (with Vienna as its final objective), the Serbians
asked the Christian world for help; among those who aided them was
the founder and unifier of the Romanian counties, king Mircea the
"At Kosovopolje ("the Field of Kosovo"), the Christian armies were
beaten so badly that they never re-assembled. Ever since this time,
the kings of both Romania and Serbia have helped each other. Both
countries had their fair share of foreign domination ... This fact
has established an incredibly strong bond between both nations ...
World Wars I & II made this bond even stronger. During the dark
ages of communism (1950-1990), both countries expressed (more or less)
a form of independence towards Russia ... To make a long story short,
all through the centuries, our two people have been very close to
each other ; this is characteristic for the small, mountain-living
nations. Take a look at the Greeks, the Basque people in Spain or
any other community that's similar: none of them support foreign domination,
all have a very strong feeling of independence.
Insofar as the American bombing of Serbia is concerned, Lucian writes:
"... I can tell you from my own experience that I have never seen
a more united ... (country). Regardless of differences, when they
(i.e., the Serbs) face an impending danger, they act like one: resistance
to the end and no compromises. One thing that is enormously
important in the common people's attitude towards the NATO intervention
is the sistematic information warfare performed by the western powers.
All we could see on BBC, Euronews or CNN was Serbians killing Croats
or other minorities. That is only half true: one cannot see reverse
actions, Croats killing Serbian villagers. I know myself a Serbian
student that has a paralysed foot as a result of the Croatian torture.
This reminds of the communist (or nazi) propaganda, where everything
was presented in black & white.
Generally, everybody is happy the war is happening there (in Serbia),
not here (in Romania); but also everybody thinks that they don't deserve
it. It seems like USA is trying to impose the first musulman state
In a follow-on letter Lucian writes:
Some update on what's happening: after the destruction of two bridges
across the Danube (you know, for us bridges are symbols of friendship
between the people on the sides of the river), I saw hundreds of people
hand-in-hand spending the night on the bridges, with target signs
painted on their clothes. That says a lot about the morale of the
Serbs. Oh, I almost forgot: do you know that every day of the 14 days
of war, in the center of Belgrade (the capital city of Serbia), huge
outdoors pop&rock concerts take place? This speaks for itself.
What I cannot understand and is completely beyond my imagination is
what's in it for the US? The communist regimes in Europe have all
fallen, one by one; the Cold War is no more; the Russians are economically
humiliated; Hungary, Poland and The Czech Republic are admitted in
NATO; everything points out an overwhelming succes of democracy (and
therefore of the american foreign policy). So, what's the point to
start a war that sinked US's popularity to levels it has never reached
before? This really puzzles me.
I must apologise for this long message, I was kind of taken away by
thoughts. If you agree, I'll be glad to keep in touch.
Thanks a lot for your time and patience.
Take the Serbs, for example: what follows is a description by the
Serbian press of whats happening in the south Balkans. The
article is permeated with Serbian nationalist fervor and religious hype;
but before one condemns it as nothing more than the blather of uneducated,
narrow-minded buffoons, one should remember that this is exactly the
kind of hype the Religious Right is engaged in here in the United States;
different players, a slightly different dialogue, but essentially the
same play - and not so much different from what was in vogue in this
country not more than a generation ago. This is the kind of hype
that is - in the end - prone to make devils out of ones opponents
and set them up for extinction - and all in the name of God.
And Christians in this country are making a big error in believing that
they are immune from these passions. The fact is, if the Serbs can fall
victim to this kind of pathology, Americans can too!!
For instance, consider what Senator Beveridge once said from the Senate
floor with regard to Americas religious and political destiny
- it isnt so different from what appears below with regard to
Serbia, and not that much different from how the Religious Right would
present its case - again, different players, a slightly different dialogue,
but the same play:
"We will not repudiate our duty ... we will not renounce our
part in the mission of our ... (people) as the trustee under God,
of the civilization of the world ... We will move forward to our work
... with gratitude ... and thanksgiving to Almighty God that He has
marked us as His Chosen People, henceforth to lead in the regeneration
of the world ..."
Beveridges belief that America was, in its origins, institutions,
history, and international conduct, Gods chosen nation is something
few in the Right - including todays Religious Right - doubt. As
with the Religious Right in this country, the Serbs believe that what's
occurring in the Balkans has little to do with anything else except
religion - and the extent to which this is true inosfar as the Serbs
are concerned is clearly demonstrated by a poster in the office of General
Ratko Mladic, commander of the Bosnian Serbs; it depicts green paint
symbolizing "fundamentalist Islam" spilling over the blue flag of the
European Community. Mladic and his fellow Serbs are convinced that what's
going on in Bosnia and Kosovo is part of a coordinated strategy they
call the "green transversal" - the effort by Islamic fundamentalists
to regain their lost Balkan possessions, possessions which at one time
reached all the way to the borders of Austria.
Mladic and his followers believe that they are the only ones standing
in the way of Islamic expansion northward into Europe, and that though
they are little understood now - mainy because of the "obfuscation"
of the elite press in the West - someday "Christian" Europe
will thank them for the sacrifices they have made to stop this expansion
- and there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that the Serb's
fear of Muslim expansion into Europe is being echoed by right-wingers
throughout Europe - especially in Germany, Austria, Hungary, France,
Greece, and Italy.
RELIGION AND THE SERBS
The analysis is by Prof. Dusan Batakovic, considered by the Serbs to
be one of their most distinguished scholars. He is a professor at the
Historical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The
article is entitled: "KOSOVO AND METOHIA: A CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS." Dr.
"Kosovo is the native and ancestral land of the Serbs. It
encompasses an area of some 10,800 square kilometers and is considered
to be the Serbian Jerusalem. Almost all of the great historical
Serbian monasteries, churches and fortresses are located in this province.
Kosovo is the scene of the famous battle fought on St. Vitas Day (June
28) in 1389, when Serbian Prince Lazar and the Turkish emir Murad
both lost their lives. The Ottomans breakthrough into the heart
of Southeast Europe following Serbias defeat at Kosovo marked
the beginning of the five centuries long clash between Christianity
and the Islamic World. This struggle continues to this day, and
its most visible manifestation is the struggle between the Serbs,
mainly Orthodox Christians, and the ethnic Albanians, mainly Muslims.
The oath of Prince Lazar - the great prince which led the Serbs at
the Battle of Kosovo - is derived from the New Testament tradition
of martyrdom: that it is better to obtain freedom in the celestial
empire of Jesus Christ than to live humiliated under the oppression
of the earthly kingdom. Indeed, during the long centuries of Turkish
rule, this oath became the key to Serbian national ideology - and
so much so that the Kosovo oath, woven into the national epic, became
the basis upon which the Serbs built the ideology of resisting Muslim
oppression rather than accepting injustice - even when the odds seem
hopeless. The Kosovo pledge was like a flag raising resistance against
the tyrannical rule of the Ottomans - a resistance which had as its
final aim the restoration of the Serbian national state. Countless
generations of Serbian children received their first notions of themselves
and the world by listening to folk poems describing the Kosovo sufferings,
the apocalyptic fall of the Serbian Empire, the heroic death of
Prince Lazar, the betrayal of Vuk Brankovic, the heroism of Milos
Obilic who, sacrificed himself to reach the tent of the emir during
the Battle of Kosovo and cut him down with his sword.
"Over the centuries, the Serbs were forced to withdraw to the west
and the north, and during this time, the only political tradition
the Serbs retained was the Kosovo pledge. When the first national
revolution directed against the Muslims in the Balkans broke out in
Serbia in 1804, its leaders dreamed of a new battle of Kosovo through
which they would reestablish their lost empire. The influence of the
Kosovo covenant continued throughout the entire 19 century. At last,
the centuries-dreamed-of fight with the Turks occurred in the fall
of 1912. The Serbian army liberated Kosovo in a few week, while the
forces of Montenegro, Serbias sister state, marched triumphantly
into Metohia. Negotiations on the final unification of the two Serbian
states were interrupted by World War I.
"Kosovo was at the moment of liberation in 1912, a backward agricultural
community with a mixed Serbian and ethnic Albanian population - a
land devastated by the raging of tribal anarchy. Serbs, however, even
then made up almost half of the entire population in spite of the
huge waves of emigration in the previous period. The Pan-Islamic policy
of Abdulhamid II (1878-1909) had made Kosovo and Metohia, beside Armenia,
"the most unfortunate land in the world." The Muslims were crushing
the Christian Armenians in Asia Minor, and Muslim Albanians in the
European provinces (i.e., Turkeys holdings in the south Balkans)
were dealing in the same way with the unreliable Christian subjects
of the Sultan - i.e., the Serbs, the Greeks and the Bulgarians. The
three centuries long domination of the Islamized ethnic Albanians
in the Balkans, culminated at the beginning of the 20th century. Living
for centuries with gun in hand, the Albanians had discovered in
the plains of Kosovo and Metohia space for further expansion.
The Islamic authorities of the Sultan had granted their co-religionists,
the Albanians, the right to persecute Christians. In time, a strange
conviction settled itself among the Albanians that Islam was the religion
of the master race and Christianity that of slaves.
"In the interwar period (1918 - 1940), the Kingdom of Yugoslavia,
by colonizing the rich but uncultivated spaces of Kosovo and Metohia,
tried not only to return the Serbian character to these areas, but
also to establish modern European institutions, as it did in other
provinces of the Yugoslav state. The Muslim Albanian population of
Kosovo, however, found it very difficult to adjust to the new reality
where, instead of a status of absolute privilege which they had enjoyed
during the Ottoman rule, they received only civil and political equality
with the people they had only recently treated as serfs. During
World War II, the Muslims of Albania, taking advantage of their alliance
with Hitler, drove out much of the Serbian population of Kosovo and
burned their homes, set fires to and robbed the Serbian churches,
and desecrated the Christian cemeteries of the Serbs. The development
of political circumstances in communist Yugoslavia suited the further
ethnic Albanians national emancipation. Exhausted by the war
(1,200,000 dead in World War I in Serbia alone, and at least that
many in World War II), the Serbs became pawns in the hands of the
new Communist regime. Tearing apart what little political power remained
to the Serbs in Yugoslavia, the communists created several federal
units by dividing up the Serbian lands. The communist authorities
in 1945 forbade with a special decree the return of the Serbian population
to Kosovo, while at the same time granting special status to the Muslims.
"Kosovo and Metohia were separated from Serbia and granted the attributes
of a state within the Yugoslav federation. The confederalization of
communist Yugoslavia excluded Kosovo from Serbian authority, turning
it into a state with an almost independent government. In order to
legalize formally the Albanization of the Province, the ethnic Albanian
communist leadership threw out the name "Metohia" (which means in
Greek "church-owned land") and encouraged hundreds of attacks on Orthodox
believers, priests, monks, nuns, churches and monasteries, and annexed
monastery property. These actions, of course, were merely manifestations
of a centuries deep religious and national intolerance towards Christians. The
restoration of religious life for the Muslims in Kosovo and Metohia
was conducted parallel with the Albanization. New mosques sprang up
(about 700 mosques were built in Yugoslavia under communist rule,
more than during the several centuries long Ottoman dominion); the
Muslim clergys primary demand from the believers was for them
to have as many children as possible. The highest birthrate in Europe
derived also from the religious traditions of the ethnic Albanians.
The aim in all this was to push out the Serbs. The Serbs in Kosovo
and Metohia became, in their own state, a persecuted and unprotected
minority. From making up almost half the population of Kosovo after
World War II, the number of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohia dropped to
15-20% of the population. One year after Titos
death, in March 1981, the Muslims of Kosovo announced their rebellion
against inclusion in the Yugoslav state by setting a fire to the Pec
Patriarchate, a complex of medieval Christian churches, where the
throne of the patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church is formally
"It surfaced again that religious intolerance remained the deepest
layer of their obsession against the Serbs. Several days later the
Muslims came out into the streets demanding that the Province get
republic status and the right to self-determination - even the right
of secession. Attacks on Serbian churches and the demolishing of Orthodox
monuments became an everyday form of expressing Albanian (i.e., Muslim)
identity. The persecution of the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohia and their
innumerable appeals to the Serbian and Yugoslav public, finally managed
to shake the Serbs out of their comfortable Yugoslavism (i.e., their
multiculturalism). It appeared that Yugoslavism (i.e., multiculturalism)
was only an ideological framework which did nothing more than neutralize
the national potential of the Serbs. Evoking from the forbidden past
their Kosovo pledge, they began to once again discover the essence
of their national and religious identity - an awareness that vital
Serbian and Christian interests were being threatened. This kind of
thinking spread under the influence of certain Christian intellectuals
throughout all of Greater Serbia as more and more Serbs began to realize
that they were being threatened both as Christians and as Serbs. Realizing
that their nation and their religion were endangered, Serbs began
to return to their national traditions and their religion; realizing
that once again, like in the age of the Ottoman rule, their lands
would be the scene of the final phase of the centuries-long clash
between Islam and Christianity."
RADICALIZATION IN THE "CHRISTIAN WEST"
And it's not just in the Slavic world that the elite's idiotic "globalization"
policies are pushing radicalization. Consider what's happening in our
own backyard in the West. To countless numbers of ordinary, "every-day"
Europeans, the thought of a Muslim state (Albanian, Bosnian or otherwise)
in the center of the Balkans strikes a certain terror in their hearts.
As we have already indicated, to the Austrians, Germans and other Western
Europeans - if not to Americans - it was not such a long time ago that
the "Muslim terror" stretched all the way up to the gates
of Vienna and threatened the heart of "Christian" Europe with
destruction and ruin. The disconnection here between the media and what
ordinary people are thinking screams out for recognition - and, more
somberly, as a warning to those who will listen.
Jeanne Kirkpatrick, former American Ambassador to the United Nations
under the Reagan Administration, writing for the Los Angles Times
News Syndicate, believes that
"... in France, Britain, (and) Germany (as well as in the) United
States, leaders have involved their countries more deeply ... in international
and multilateral relationships than voters desire, and have cared
less than voters have desired about their national interest."
She believes that this has occurred largely as a result of a growing
gap between the leadership elites in these countries and the people.
For example, Kirkpatrick cites the gap which has developed in France
between the French leadership and the people. She writes,
"The gap between the French political elite and rank-and-file
voters could be clearly seen in the referendum on the Maastricht Treaty.
It took an intense effort by the government and the elite press to
rally the barest majority to approve the proposal.
"That so much effort was required to produce so narrow a victory
was a reproach not only to the President, but to Frances political
... (elite) ... The French news magazine LExpress described
the contest this way: 'On one side was the France of the
elites: of university graduates, property owners, residents of the
great cities, all those who see Europe as a single place. On the other
side is the France of the unemployed, the outsiders, peasants and
workers - the Europe of all the little people who fear
they will be abandoned, who have in the back of their heads many unfulfilled
promises, and who, when finally asked their opinion, took great pleasure
in saying zut to the left, the right, the bosses, to the whole
elite all crowded on this occasion into the same boat'."
"Whatever happens, it seems clear that many European leaders
have seriously underestimated popular resistance to the pace of European
integration. More specifically, they have underestimated popular concerns
about the loss of sovereignty, identity and control to a remote bureaucracy
And when it comes to the matter of "race" and "religion," this is especially
true. The disconnection between the political elites in Europe and what
Kirkpatrick calls the "little people" makes this abundantly
clear. For example, take Austria where Jorge Haider, an increasingly
popular nationalist politician, recently railed against the growing
Moslem presence there. He charged that -
"... we didnt win the war against the Moslems 500 years
ago at the gates of Vienna to be told now that we cant wear
crucifixes in our public schools."
He was reacting to pressure by the secular elites to ban the wearing
of crucifixes in public school as "inflammatory" against the
Moslem community. Kirkpatrick concludes ominously,
"In the United States, there is also evidence of popular discontent
with the governments level of international commitment (and
its increasing penchant for multiculturalism) ... Surveys show widespread
criticism of ... (the elite) as being too concerned about foreign
affairs and too little devoted to promoting American interests."
Daniel Yankelovich writes in Foreign Affairs magazine that many
Americans feel their political leaders have been shortsighted and ineffective
in the promotion of American interests. Yankelovicy believes that the
elite has gotten dangerously ahead of most Americans in their enthusiasm
for "globalism." It is easy to understand how this could happen.
Summits are enormously attractive to political leaders. They like to
talk things over with equals and share the responsibility for decisions.
Moreover, Yankelovich writes, the political culture encourages multilateral
consultation and decision-making as more "high-minded" than national
decision-making. Multinational organizations are more likely than purely
national ones to emphasize long-range, altruistic, global goals. They
also permit leaders to forget their dependence on the people - and
it is here that elites run the very great risk of being swept from power.
ELITE POWER IS A VERY DELICATE AND FRAGILE THING
The fact is, despite the mythology which surrounds elite power,
it is in reality a very delicate and fragile thing. Indeed,
throughout history elites have been challenged and eventually destroyed
- and this is especially so in democracies or in democratically controlled
organizations, although it is also true in absolutist countries as the
outcome of the French Revolution and the recent collapse of communism
so adequately demonstrate.
Challenges to that control occur when the disconnection between the
elites and the "common man" become too great to sustain - and once such
challenges take hold, they have a way of expanding until they at
last gain "critical mass," at which time all bets are
off and the elite can easily become prey to the mob. THIS IS WHAT RADICALIZATION
IS ALL ABOUT, and the strange and ironic thing about all this is that
the elites, more than anyone else, are responsible for "letting slip
the dogs of war" insofar as ethnic radicalization is concerned.
It is already well advanced in the Islamic world, and now - as a result
of the American intervention in Kosovo - is gaining "critical mass"
in the Orthodox world. It's also beginning to take hold in the West
as radicalization in one civilization plays off the radicalization of
the other civilization.
DON'T GET CAUGHT
As we indicated in our last journal, the only way we can avoid being
caught up in these currents is to begin walking in the light of God's
Word, specifically that Christ's Kingdom has nothing to do with
this world ["... My kingdom is not of this world ..." (John
18:36)] - and that out political involvement in it will not make it
a nicer place in which to live; all it will likely accomplish is to
pollute us. Christ's Kingdom is a heavenly kingdom whose builder and
maker is God (Heb. 11:10) - and it is only there that the reality of
Galatians 3:28 can be truly lived out; it's only there where there is
"... neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there
is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
In this world, such distinctions will remain, and there is nothing
we can do to alter that fact. Our job while we remain here on earth
(and it is, in the final analysis, a pretty short stay) is not to reform
the earth (it is fit now only for judgment), but to get as many people
out of it as we can. As the words of that old Baptist hymn of long ago
declare, our home now is with Christ in the heavens, it has NOTHING
to do with this present EVIL world:
"This world is not our home,
were just a passing through,
Our treasures are laid up
somewhere beyond the blue,
The angels beckon us
from heavens open door,
And we cant feel at home
in this world anymore.
"Oh Lord you know,
we have no friend like you,
If heavens not our home,
then, Lord, what will we do,
The angels beckon us
from heavens open door,
And we cant feel at home
in this world anymore."
The Bible says that we are "partakers of a heavenly calling" (Heb.
3:1) having nothing to do with the affairs of this earth. Paul declares
that all those who wish to serve God must consider the world as alien
territory, and they themselves as only "sojourners" in it
- people who are merely transiting through it on their way to another
land - a heavenly country whose "builder and maker is God"
(Heb. 11:10); and that while here on earth, there is a necessity laid
upon them to continually remind themselves of their "alien status"
"... confessing (both in word and in the way they live) that
they are strangers (foreigners) and pilgrims (travelers, wanderers,
wayfarers) on the earth ..." (Heb. 11:13)
DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD
The Bible says:
"Do not love the world, or anything in the world. If anyone
loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything
in the world ... comes not from the Father ..." (1 John 2:15-16)
"The whole world lieth in the evil one."
(1 John 5:19)
As Gods children, we have been called out of the
world for there is NOTHING that we can do to make it any
better. The church is a "calling out" from the world (John
15:19; 17:14-16; Gal. 6:14; James 4:4) - she is called out to witness
that she is not of this world, but of heaven; that she is united to
a glorified Christ in heaven (Eph. 1:18-23; Eph 2:6), and not of this
world, even as He is not of this world (John 18:36).
The world - including, as a simple extension of logic, the United States
- is like some great passenger ship which has struck an iceberg; it
is sinking; the damage is of such a nature that the ship is beyond repair
and doomed. As Christians, we have not been called to busy ourselves
in the hopeless effort of repairing the damage, but instead we have
been called to get as many people off the ship as is possible before
it sinks. The ship itself is doomed! We are to jump into the lifeboats
and get as far away from the sinking ship as is possible, lest we ourselves
get caught in its undertow as it sinks.
Thus, while its true that God has anointed the church to be a
shining example of righteousness and holiness in the world, He has not
called upon it to participate in its political activities - which
activities are controlled by Satan. We are to be examples of
righteousness and holiness, and by doing so to contrast the light of
the church with the darkness of this world. It is this - and not the
churchs involvement in the political process - which has acted
as a preservative of righteousness in the world.
The power and influence of a good and righteous example - humbly
portrayed - is far more effective than the force of any political
process. Men will never be convicted of their sin by the church taking
sides with the state and placing guns to the heads of those who refuse
to conform; but countless numbers of sinners have renounced their sin
and turned to Christ because of the living example of humble and holy
men and women of God. We are, therefore, commanded by God to abstain
from the affairs of this world; to not get involved with them. True,
we are to "occupy" until He comes (Luke 19:13); but this means
only that we are to vocationally sustain ourselves and not be a burden
on others while we pass through - and thats all it means. In no
way can this verse be construed to mean anything else. Moreover, not
only are we not to involve ourselves with the world, we are not even
to be "friendly" with it. The Bible says:
"You adulterous people, dont you know that friendship
with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend
of the world becomes an enemy of God." (James 4:4)
God's advise, then, to His people - the church - is to stay clear
of the political currents that are being unleashed in the "Last Days."
If we don't, we will be surely swept away.
God bless you!
"What do we mean when we talk of a civilization? A civilization
is a cultural entity. A civilization is ... the highest cultural grouping
of people and the broadest level of cultural identity people have ...
It is defined both by common objective elements, such as language [or
groupings of languages - such as Western European (Germanic and Romance)
or the Slavic grouping of languages], history, religion, customs, institutions,
and by the subjective self-identification of people. People have levels
of identity: a resident of Rome may define himself with varying degrees
of intensity as a Roman, an Italian, a Catholic, a Christian, a European,
(and finally) a Westerner. The civilization to which he belongs (in
the case of the Roman here - Western) is the broadest level of identification
with which he intensely identifies ..."
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