In his latest article “New threats of war and fascism” (GLW #1045), John Pilger gives a distorted account of the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He condemns the “criminal record” of the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA), but seems to absolve the Serbian government of any wrongdoing. In reality Serbian chauvinism, promoted by the Slobodan Milosevic's government, was central to the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s amid the collapse of the Soviet bloc. The formation of the KLA was a response to the chauvinist politics of the Serbian regime.
Since Kosova declared independence on February 17, it has been recognised by only 33 countries, while most are “waiting and watching”.
Kosova declared independence on February 17, greeted by massive celebrations involving thousands of people.
The Kosova peoples eight-year wait for the same right to independence allowed to other peoples of the former Yugoslavia some 15 years ago has finally reached anti-climax.