If the UN and the EU fail to seriously address the issue of Albanian land-grabbing terrorism, the malignancy will spread and grip not only all of Serbia but the entire Balkans. Albanian separatist-terrorist movement will not be satiated with the secession of Kosovo and Metohija province from Serbia, but it will extend its tentacles to rob parts of FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece and south-eastern Serbia. That will inevitably lead to armed conflicts, which is an introduction to the Third Balkan War. History has shown that the borders in the Balkans were never changed by peaceful means, but through the long and difficult wars.
This bleak projection was expressed in the interview given to Revija 92 by Professor Dr. Radoslav Gaćinović, scientific advisor to the Institute for Political Studies in Belgrade and the international terrorism expert.
Professor Dr. Radoslav Gaćinović is the scientific advisor of the Institute for Political Studies in Belgrade and the international expert for security and counter-terrorism. He defended his dissertation thesis fifteen years ago at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, on the topic “International terrorism and security of Yugoslavia”. He is the author of a number of books, such as “Countering diversion activities”, “Terrorism and propaganda”, “How to fight against terrorism”, “Contemporary terrorism”, “Violence in Yugoslavia”, “Seizing Kosovo and Metohija,” “Terrorism”, “Anti-terrorism”, “Introduction to the security studies”, and the most recent “Political violence and globalization”.
Q: Will Balkan become a powder keg once again, as Juval Aviv, Israeli Mossad agent recently said?
RG: In the criminal and security terms, Balkan is currently the most unkempt region in Europe. Albanian terrorism simply seeped into every cell of the remaining Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija and they live in total fear. For them, Balkans broke out in flames long time ago.
It is true, however, that Israeli intelligence service monitors the situation in the Balkans and cooperates with Western intelligence services, but the public statements of top information agents are far from the actual situation on the ground. Being that the disintegrating processes in the Balkans have not yet been completed, it is realistic to still expect a number of uncertainties in terms of security.
Q: Will Serbia be the target of terrorist attacks (so-called “Army of the Republic of Kosovo” has taken responsibility for the recent attack on the EULEX office in Priština) or will the Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija continue to be the only targets?
RG: Since Kosovo and Metohija are Serbian territory, Serbia is continuing to be the target of terrorist attacks, and it is also possible that the terrorism expands to Serbia proper. Terrorist activities are unpredictable, terrorism is like a phoenix phenomenon: as soon as you start thinking it’s gone, it reappears.
My assessment is that the main target of attacks in Kosovo-Metohija will be the remaining Serbs until Albanian terrorists establish ethnically clean territory in the entire southern Serbian province. After that, they will attack international security forces if they refuse to serve Shiptar [Kosovo Albanian] separatist-terrorist movement. If EULEX in Kosovo-Metohija really takes its mission seriously and disallows violence against the Serbs and secession of the province, they will be attacked en masse and purged from this region. The recent attack on EULEX headquarters in Priština is only a warning to the UN and EU.
Q: Who is financing the “Army of Republic of Kosovo”?
RG: Financing of the Shiptar [Kosovo Albanian] forces in Kosovo and Metohija was approached in a very responsible manner. Shiptar mafia allocates 125-150 million dollars annually for Kosovo and Metohija seccession, and over 25 million dollars for the so-called “Kosovo Protection Corps”. During the past nine years, the international community has given 2,3 billion euros to Shiptars in Kosovo and Metohija.
Albanian funds “Fatherland Calling”, “Freedom for the People”, “Kosova Fund”, etc. are very active organizations worldwide and their only task is to collect as much money as possible for secession of Kosovo province. In addition, Republic of Serbia owns around 220 billion dollars’ value in Kosovo-Metohija, but unfortunately Shiptars have placed that money in the service of an “independent state of Kosovo”. Behind these formations and all activities of Shiptar political elites stands primarily United States and those countries which have recognized their unilateral act of secession, i.e. those who are snatching 15 percent of Serbian territory.
Q: What is their ultimate goal?
RG: Albanian separatist-terrorist movement represents danger to the security of the Balkans, because they will not be satisfied by the secession of Kosovo and Metohija from Serbia alone. In the first stage, they will exercise all kinds of activities to create the “greater Kosovo” out of parts of FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and south-east Serbia.
After that, they will most likely form some type of union with Albania. In this case, the territory under the Albanian control would be the size of Bosnia and Herzegovina, or around 50,000 square meters. Creation of such Albanian state in the Balkans would encourage further ethnic arrogance of the Albanians. This will be the source of an open clash with Serbia or any of these other countries, which would inevitably lead to the Third Balkan War.
This is a warning to the UN and EU to seriously address Albanian land-grabbing issue in the Balkans. And also to all the political elites in Serbia, that the numbers in the state army must be kept up to the necessary levels, because the disintegration processes have not even started, and history testifies that borders in the Balkans were never changed by the peaceful means, but through the long and difficult wars.
Q: Is the fear that terrorism will take hold here justified and how can that be prevented?
RG: Serbia has a strategy of deterring and response strategy. Strategy of deterring means a very respectable military force, trained and equipped with modern weapons and equipment, which will not attack anyone, but with its strength it will represent a deterrence factor to potential attackers, while, at the same time, it will also be a factor of stability in the Balkans. That presupposes total political consensus when it comes to national interests and a very wise foreign policy. A response strategy includes the state’s ability for resolute and swift response by all the allowed and available means in the case of terrorist attack.
Serbia will Never Enter the EU
Q: Will Belgrade become the target of Shiptar terrorists?
RG: They don’t want to come to Belgrade to commit terrorist acts. There is, however, danger of members of al-Qaeda doing it in their name, or the members of other Islamic terrorist organizations.
Q: Are Albanians in Belgrade lying in wait?
RG: The majority of Albanians who live in Serbia proper are economically well off. They have their own trades and shops, and some own major businesses, so they are seemingly indifferent to the political situation in the Balkans, but they very much support the general interests of their national community. Regarding Shiptars in Belgrade, no one is so naive to cut the branch on which he sits comfortably.
Q: Recently, Shiptar hackers attacked the web site of Raska-Prizren Diocese [Kosovo-Metohija and Raska region], where they glorified Islam and “united Albanian states”. What is behind that provocation?
RG: That is another method of intimidating Serbs remaining in Kosovo and Metohija and the Eastern Orthodox clergy. Cyber-terrorism in a very cruel way reminds Serbs that the events of the March 17 can be repeated and that they are unwanted in the province.
Q: Is this situation in Kosovo and Metohija slowing down Serbia’s joining the European Union?
RG: Serbia will never enter the EU and there is a reason for that. In a letter Willy Wimmer had sent to the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in 2000, as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, under the point no. 8, he stresses that Serbia must remain permanently excluded from the European development in order to secure unobstructed American military presence in the Balkans.
Americans, in fact, are seizing parts of Serbia in order to compensate for the “error” of General Eisenhower from the Second World War, to have American soldiers stationed on the stolen Serbian territory.
In order for Serbia to enter the EU, it must have good neighborly relations with all the EU member states. Since almost all of them have recognized the independence of Kosovo, before entering the EU Serbia would also have to recognize the secession and to establish diplomatic relations with that so-called state.
No Serb will ever have either the legality or legitimacy to do that. I would replace the political slogan “Europe has no alternative” with the desire of the majority of Serbian citizens: “Sovereignty of Serbia has no alternative.”
Muslim Bosnia and Kosovo Province Seething with Islamic Terrorists
Q: A large number of Islamic fanatics remained in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Will they join their Shiptar equivalents?
RG: Mujahedeens which the UN calls “God’s lunatics” have stayed on to live in Bosnia after the war ended. There are currently around 30,000 of them. Reports by the international security forces stationed in Bosnia claim that more than 50 percent of the members of the Muslim military forces are linked with mujahedeens. Because of these trends, Muslim part of Bosnia must be under permanent control of the international forces, so that the activities of mujahedeens and the Islamic terrorists are kept under control.
Islamic Route [“transferzala”], which was designed to connect Asia Minor with the most prominent Islamic enclave in Europe — and that is Cazin in Bosnia — represents a great danger to the security of Europe. This route toward Central Europe is an inroad for the smooth influx of the Islamic terrorists, drugs, weapons, white slaves… In order to achieve that goal, Islamic fanatics who stayed in Bosnia will most certainly support all the actions of Kosovo Shiptars.
Sooner or later, Europe will be forced to face the problem coming primarily from Kosovo and Metohija. Unfortunately though, its reaction is already very late.
Americans Pulling all the Strings in the Balkans
Q: Shirley C. DioGuardi, Balkan Affairs Advisor to the Albanian-American Civic League and wife of Joseph DioGuardi, the most fanatical Albanian lobbyist in U.S, is issuing public calls to Albanian leaders in Priština to start the “strong counteroffensive against Serbia”…?
RG: Albanian lobby in United States was founded in January 1989, and called “Albanian-American civic league” (AACL), as a non-profit organization which aims to “actively lobby in the legislative and executive organ of power in the United States”, in accordance with US laws. Its founder and president is the former U.S. congressman of Italian/Albanian origin, Joseph Joe DioGuardi, who opened the “Kosovo issue” before the U.S. Congress in 1985.
Joe DioGuardi and Antal Tom Lantos were in 1989 the first American politicians who visited Albania after the Second World War, and the following year they went to Kosovo and Metohija for the first time, with Bob Dole and six other senators.
Shirley DioGuardi’s activities were intensified in the last ten years. Her latest offensive encourages Shiptar terrorists to organize a new wave of terror. None of Serbian officials has ever said that all Albanians are Islamic fundamentalists. It is difficult to predict the ultimate intentions of Shirley DioGuardi against Serbia and the Balkans, but they certainly do not lead to peace and stability, but to further violence and aggravation of the situation in the Balkans.
It is an indisputable fact that Americans are pulling all the strings of the Balkan crisis and of the region’s instability. However, it is also certain that Russians will not stay on the sidelines either when it comes to Balkans, which is increasingly falling under the sphere of big powers’ interest. Hence, in the coming period political and military instability of the region is inevitable.
Unprecedented Wave of Terror
Q: What are the crimes Albanian terrorists have committed in Kosovo-Metohija?
RG: Since the arrival of KFOR to Kosovo and Metohija (from June 10, 1999) until the end of 2005, armed terrorist groups of Shiptars have committed a total of 7,757 terrorist attacks. In these actions, members of the KLA have killed 1,252 Serbs, wounded 2,237 and kidnapped 1,150. They completely destroyed or visibly damaged 150 Serbian churches and monasteries. 144 prison camps were discovered, in which Serbs were illegally detained, tortured, abused and killed.
Since June 1999 until the end of November 2003, 5,100 of the Serbian gravestones were destroyed in Kosovo-Metohija, value of which is estimated at over 5 million euros. In this period 250,000 non-Albanians were expelled from Kosovo-Metohija province, 107,000 houses and apartments owned by the Serbs were torched or stolen, and their value is estimated at about 5 billion and 350 million euros.
Q: Which country is the leader of Islamic fundamentalism?
RG: In the past 25 years, Saudi Arabia was the biggest driving force of Islamic fundamentalism, and its so-called charitable organizations were channeling hundreds of millions of dollars to jihad and al-Qaeda organizations all over the world, and they are especially interested in the inroads of the “Green Route” (”Zelena transferzala”).
It is estimated that around 70 billion dollars from Saudi Arabia were spent on spreading the Wahhabi sects, fundamentalism and jihad in the world. With this money some 1,500 mosques were built, 210 Islamic centers, 202 Islamic universities and 2,000 schools, all in non-Islamic countries. Only in 1994, according to the estimates of the embassy in Riyadh, Saudi donors have sent 150 million dollars through the Islamic organizations to the Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina.