Mary Mostert
August 23, 2006
A discussion with an Albanian Islamic fascist about Serbs and Kosovo
By Mary Mostert

In the past few days I've been corresponding with an Albanian reader in Britain, who identified himself as Genci Sala. He said he was "shocked" at my interview with Father Benedict, Abbot of Holy Archangels Monastery in Kosovo. He claimed my questions and Father Benedict's answers showed that all I had written was "put out by the Serb lobby there in the US."

He then challenged me to tell his side of the story. He wrote: "Are you professional enough to discuss your article with me? I am one of those Albanians that you call Islamic fascists. Exactly one of those Albanians that saved all the Jews during the WW2. Never, and not at all one of those Serbs, fighters of values that exterminated 95% of the jews living in Serbia."

World War II ended in 1945, which is 60 years ago. Although I wondered how a 29 year old could have been "one of those Albanians that saved all the Jews during WW2," I wrote back and suggested that he give HIS answers to the 11 questions I asked Father Benedict, plus a 12th question pertaining to Albanians and Jews.

Question # 1 was: "Could you briefly tell our readers what was going on in Kosovo back in 1343 and why King Dushan built the monastery?"

Sala's Answer: "Question 1 is wrongly formulated, and very biased in an answer expectation. King Dushan never built any monasteries in Kosova. If he built any, then, never, and I repeat, never would it be the monastery mentioned there.

There's quite plain evidence that the monastery is way older than the year in question, and there's plain proof that THAT MONASTERY HAD BEEN AN ALBANIAN MONASTERY CENTURIES BEFORE THE SERBIAN invasion of the region. If you had at least the minimal historical education, you should have been well aware of the fact that Serbs weren't even close to Kosova at the time we're arguing. If, in any occasion, by any chance, should you argue that, the fact is that the iconography found in the inner, oldest layers of the monastery walls appears to be of quite a different style from the Slavic style of icons. Later it was covered, by Slavic iconography, after which we have the transformation in mosques, and then again in orthodox shrines.

"King Dushan, (Stefan Dushan) sent his life since his early age fighting against his father, Milutin, in first place, and then ragging (sic) war against Herzegovina, Constantinople (Byzantium), invaded Albania(Kosovo, Macedonia and Eirus) thus proclaiming himself king of the Serbs and the Greeks by stopping at the gates of Thessaloniki.

"Established the Serb patriarchate. He was a tyrant and a despotic ruler. Still, I don't see what the hell this has to do with the resent, the intervention of the freedom fighters (KLA and US), the Serb terror over Albanians and the rest of non-Serb world. You have asked the devil where he lives. well, you found him. probably you should read more; maybe an independent source wouldn't harm your wit."

Actually, the history and the royal line of the Serbian kings are well-documented through recorded history and archeology. Stefan Dushan became the king of Serbia and the Greeks in 1346 over lands which did include Kosovo. Milutin was king of Serbia from 1282-1321 AD, and died when Stefan Dushan was 10 years old. He wasn't Stefan Dushan's father. King Milutin was King Dushan's grandfather. I doubt if 10 year old Dushan had really been "fighting against his father, Milutin" from birth to age 10.

Question 2 asked Father Benedict to tell us about the History of the Serbian Orthodox Christians persecution during 500 years of occupation by Turkish Muslims and Question 3 asked him to comment on the fact that during that 500 years somehow the Serbs remained faithful to Jesus Christ in spite of having their sons kidnapped and raised in Turkey to be Islamic terrorists to persecute their own people.

Sala dismissed questions 2 and 3, and questions 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as irrelevant. (Those questions are fully answered by Father Benedict) ( ).

Question 4 was about a member of Holy Archangels community, Father Chariton who was kidnapped by the Kosovo Liberation Army in 1999 and beheaded. His body, but never his head, was found in 2000 in an Albanian cemetery. I asked "Has either KFOR or the Albanian government of Kosovo ever arrested and prosecuted anyone for that atrocity?"

Sala's answer was:
    "Which atrocity? Priests, allegedly and supposedly should work for peace, to spread the word of Jesus in this stupid world, and not engage themselves in politics, especially when it treats the destruction of a nation and proclaims the supremacy of another. It is the Serb Orthodox Church (that is) to be blamed for most of the fires lit in the Balkans, for the atrocities against innocent civilians, in Bosnia, in Kosova, in Croatia and elsewhere.

    "It is now more than 300 000 heavy casualties, innocent lives that yoke upon the "church" of Serb nationalism. But, of course ma'am, you are innocent enough to buy whatever sold to you the cheapest! All the following questions are way too stupid to deserve an answer. You in your "cunningness"(surely, it is a lain effort of yours to martyred Serbs, especially by depicting them as "loyal to Jesus Christ"... but, surely there's no intelligence used in all this at all, as you should adapt your intelligence to the level of your subscribed readers' IQ, which, honestly, is lower than Homer Simpson's"

After reading that incredible dismissal of the beheading of Father Chariton, it struck me as a good example of the real issue at hand in Kosovo. Genci does not deny that Father Chariton was kidnapped, tortured and beheaded by the Kosovo Liberation Army, the group trained by Osama bin Laden and armed by bin Laden and Iran and supported with air power by the USA and NATO. He just tells me it wasn't an atrocity and follows that with a garbled and totally bizarre definition of "what a Christian is." He not only claims the Serbs "killed more than 400,000 people (up from the 300,000 that the Serbs killed in the preceding paragraph) but even blamed it on the Serbs not "caring about" Kosovo!

He then concludes by saying: "Let's jump now to the last section of your interview with the man of "god"...ranting about how "the war claimed way over 20,000 Albanian lives. ... Belgrade doesn't care about Kosova! They know Kosova has never been Serb, nor has it been part of Serbia, neither of Serbian identity. Kosova is the richest region in the Balkans. It has never been the cradle of the Serb civilisation; should it have been, all the Serbs should gather and pray to Albanians as they appear to have been the very creators of Serbian populace and nation."

My Question 8, which Genci would not answer, was,: What do you believe will happen to the remaining Serbs, their churches and the monasteries in Kosovo if the international community hands it over to the Albanian Muslim majority as is being demanded?

He did, however, answer Question 12. If Kosovo becomes part of Albania or an independent Albanian country, what will the policy in the new nation that is formed be towards Jews, Serbs, Romas and other minorities and their properties?

In World War II, the approximately 1000 Jews in Kosovo and in Albania were transported to the Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp in the summer of 1944. Between 1941 and 1944, six hundred Jews from Greater Albania were sent to their deaths in various concentration camps around Europe. Four Hundred of them died at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Cam. After the NATO bombing of 1999, all remaining Jews in Kosovo fled to Israel. Today, there are only 10 Jews in all of Albania and apparently non in Kosovo.

Since 1999, Albanians have burned down or blown up Serbian Orthodox Christian Churches, some of them 700-800 years old.

Sala replied to that with a claim of Albanians having "a 5000 years long documented history in the Balkans. Call it a new nation? Well, you should have known Noah, probably Adam.... Israel was nowhere at the time when Albanians were creating the European civilisation and nations." (!??) After taking the credit for the civilization of the entire continent of Europe, Sala concludes:

    "What will happen to Serbs?

    "I suppose, they should get their future in their own hands thereafter. They should try to integrate themselves into the society. They already have more seats than they should, according to the proportional vote in Kosova's parliament. They have their counties, their seats in counsels, the central government, in the parliament even in the staff of the president. They are playing the "brave" game of boycotting, stringed and puppeted from Belgrade, in order to 'assure stability' in the region; as they have always done, in fact, only with the slight smear of some 400 000 killed civilians in less than 10 years in their(Belgrade's) biography.

He ended with some advice to "Serbs of Kosova," who "should stop looking towards Belgrade as their protector." If they really wanted to see a prosper Kosova, if they really care about Kosova. They should start thinking about the future of Kosova, if they really consider it the best part of their national heritage... It is very weird the fact that it is Serbs who are seen as timid and mistrustful towards Albanians... while Albanians were their victims no longer than 7 years ago!"

In 1999 the American Air force bombed the Serbs for 79 days because, President Bill Clinton said in an address to the nation on May 13, 1999, the bombing was justified because

    "Nine of every 10 Kosovar Albanians now has been driven from their home; thousands murdered; at least 100,000 missing; many young men led away in front of their families; over 500 cities, towns and villages torched. All this has been carried out, you must understand, according to a plan carefully designed months earlier in Belgrade."

Where did President Clinton get that figure and the wording that it was all "designed months earlier in Belgrade? His words are almost the same as Sala's, who tells me in an e-mail:

"I am one of those Albanians that you call Islamic fascists."

Other Albanians, leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) apparently repeatedly TOLD members of the Clinton administration officials such as Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Secretary of Defense Cohen, they the Serbs had killed hundreds of thousands, that hundreds of thousands of Albanians were buried in mass graves and apparently by the Serbs who were outnumbered about 10 to 1. .

However, after the bombing was over, scores of forensic exerts were sent to Kosovo to uncover the "mass graves" and reveal the bodies of all those dead Albanians so the Hague could have the proof of the genocide for use in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic and other Serbs. After months of digging up areas identified by Albanians as "mass graves" containing somewhere between 100,000 and 400,000 dead Albanians, Emilio Perez Pujol, a pathologist who led the Spanish forensic team said: : "I calculate that the final figure of dead in Kosovo will be 2,500 at the most, including lots of strange deaths that can't be blamed on anyone". . . .

The quote above is from a paper published in New Zealand. The American media, that was defending Clinton at the time, didn't think the American people needed to hear about what those forensic exerts looking for the "proof" of genocide in order to convict Milosevic and the Serbs DIDN'T find.

We live in a strange world. It appears that most Democrats who supported Clinton are still sure that the Serbs needed to be bombed, have part of their country confiscated and handed over to Islamic fascists, even after the forensic exerts proved no "genocide" had taken place, while at the same time they tell us that President George W. Bush was totally wrong to invade Iraq ( where 400,000 bodies HAVE been found/ in mass graves, victims of the official terrorism of Saddam Hussein's government.

As for the Serbs, they appear to be in much the same boat as the Israelis surrounded by hostile Islamic Fascists who seem determined to finish what the Nazis and the Fascists of the 1930s and1940s started.

Other references:

1. See: A Central Intelligence Agency map which shows the boundaries of Kosovo and Metohia in 1196 AD, 1356 AD., 1389AD and the International and Republic Modern boundaries.

2. See Archeological research shows NO Albanian presence in Kosovo the Middle Ages.

© Mary Mostert


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