Writes Isabel Vincent in Canada’s National Post that UN-supervised Kosovo “has deteriorated into a hotbed of organized crime, anti-Serb violence and al-Qaeda sympathizers.”

Though nominally still under UN control, the southern province of Serbia is today dominated by a triumvirate of Albanian paramilitaries, mafiosi and terrorists. They control a host of smuggling operations and are implementing what many observers call their own brutal ethnic cleansing of minority groups, such as Serbs, Roma and Jews.

…According to statistics collected by the UN criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, 1,192 Serbs have been killed, 1,303 kidnapped and 1,305 wounded in Kosovo this year,…The violence continues despite an 18,000-strong NATO-led peacekeeping force and an international police force of more than 4,000.

…”The whole process of rebuilding Kosovo-Metohija as a democratic, multi-ethnic society failed due to both the inability of the UN mission and [NATO] forces to protect Serbs and other non-Albanians from large-scale ethnic cleansing, this time primarily against Serbs,” said Dusan Batakovic, a Serb diplomat and leading expert on Kosovo.

…Now, more than 5,000 tonnes of heroin pass directly through Kosovo every month. In a recent article in Serbia’s Vreme magazine, Kosovo was referred to as the “republic of heroin.”…The Albanian mafia also control trafficking in cigarettes, weapons, gasoline and women. Dozens of young women from impoverished towns and villages in the region are forced into prostitution rings centred in Kosovo, security officials say. Many of the women are taken by mobsters to work in Western European countries.

…”It’s a terrible situation,” said Mr. Bissett. “If the United Nations and other organizations can’t handle Kosovo, you wonder how they are going to do with something like Iraq.” [“Crime, terror flourish in ‘liberated’ Kosovo” (December 10, 2003)]

How indeed.

Recommended Reading: Kosovo: Tribalist Quagmire by Andrew Lewis
Clinton Morally Wrong to Risk U.S. Troops to Impose a “Peace” upon Warring Ethnic Tribes

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