Idolatry much? Kosovo honors Clinton, Albright on 1999 war anniversary
Former US President Bill Clinton and top diplomat Madeleine Albright are among Western leaders flocking to Kosovo to receive honors by ethnic Albanian militants they backed in the 1999 NATO war against Yugoslavia.
Falsely claiming that Yugoslavia was committing “genocide” against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, NATO launched an air war in March that year, violating its own and the UN charter. Thousands of civilians perished, including ethnic Albanians the alliance claimed to be protecting, before an armistice was signed that allowed NATO to occupy the province as peacekeepers.
On Tuesday, Clinton arrived in Kosovo to receive honors from the ethnic Albanian authorities. He was presented with a medal by “President” Hashim Thaci, and a commemorative postage stamp bearing his face.
There are few people in history that have done more for the agenda of freedom in the world then President @BillClinton. I bestowed him today Presidential Medal of Freedom as a token of appreciation from #Kosovo for the liberty he brought to us and the peace to entire region. pic.twitter.com/gpvBy23ZG9— Hashim Thaçi (@HashimThaciRKS) June 11, 2019
Clinton was welcomed to the stamp “club” by Representative Eliot Engel (D-New York), current chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee and another outspoken supporter of the ethnic Albanian cause.
Hey @BillClinton, thanks for your steadfast support of #Kosovo... and welcome to the club! https://t.co/JNuhqxe17Ipic.twitter.com/dBG6Ni6yXK— Eliot Engel (@RepEliotEngel) June 11, 2019
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was also on hand, praised by Clinton’s spokesman as someone who “played a vital role in ending conflict and bringing peace in Kosovo.”
Albright was widely credited as being the main driving force behind the 1999 NATO attack on Yugoslavia, approvingly dubbed “Madeleine’s war” by some US media outlets.
She is also supposed to be honored by a statue in one of Pristina’s squares already named in her honor. According to local media, the monument was commissioned last month and estimated to cost €19,788 – approximately $22,500.
The incomparable @madeleine! Secretary Albright played a vital role in ending conflict and bringing peace in Kosovo, and remains a towering figure here. pic.twitter.com/MMfQxG2TPx— Angel Ureña (@angelurena) June 11, 2019
The ceremony is scheduled for June 12, the date on which NATO troops entered Kosovo as peacekeepers, following the 78-day war on behalf of the “Kosovo Liberation Army” (KLA) militants that sought to separate the province from Serbia and Yugoslavia.
The ethnic Albanian militants, led by Thaci, eventually declared independence and were swiftly recognized by the US and most of its allies. About half the UN refuses to recognize Kosovo, however, including Russia, India, China – and Serbia itself.Also on rt.com Pristina stand-off: How Moscow blindsided NATO with secret Kosovo airport raid 20 years ago
UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which authorized the NATO presence in Kosovo, also declared the province a sovereign territory of Serbia. The US and its allies have systematically ignored much of the resolution’s provisions, however, turning a blind eye to widespread acts of terrorism, ethnic cleansing and abuse directed at the province’s non-Albanian residents, which culminated in the March 2004 pogrom of Serbs across Kosovo.
Other participants in the 1999 war have also expressed pride in their “achievement” recently, including NATO supreme commander at the time, General Wesley Clark, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
At Normandy today, reflecting on service and sacrifice - and proud that in the 1990s, under President @BillClinton's leadership, the United States ended a war in Bosnia, and ethnic cleansing in Kosovo - and advanced freedom and liberty! https://t.co/wubEUYbQWq— Wes Clark (@GeneralClark) June 6, 2019
In 1999, I took the decision as Prime Minister, for Britain to join NATO forces to intervene in the conflict in Kosovo & prevent further loss of life. As we reflect on the lives lost 20 years ago, our determination for lasting peace must go on -Tony Blair. https://t.co/ONgylB5qrppic.twitter.com/Al6Hi4EFsa— Tony Blair Institute (@InstituteGC) June 11, 2019
This week’s celebrations are hardly the first instance of outright idolatry displayed by ethnic Albanians towards their NATO sponsors, whether in Kosovo or in Albania proper. A six-foot statue of Clinton was erected in 2009 on Bill Clinton Boulevard in Pristina. President George W. Bush, who led the recognized of “independent” Kosovo, was rewarded with a 9-foot statue in the Albanian town of Fushe Kruje in 2011.
More recently, the city of Sarande in Albania unveiled a bust of Hillary Clinton in June 2016, anticipating her victory in the upcoming US presidential election.Also on rt.com She’s not president yet! Hillary Clinton gets monument in Albania (VIDEO)
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