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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Clinton's Unseen Quagmire

From the WSWS:
A leaked internal United Nations report says the administration in the UN protectorate of Kosovo was on “the point of near collapse” after riots engulfed the province in March.

The wave of communal violence resulted in a level of ethnic cleansing that matched anything seen in the Balkans during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. The clashes began in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica and quickly spread across the province—suggesting they were part of a coordinated operation. As a result, 19 people were killed and hundreds injured. More than 4,000 people—mainly Serbs—were forced to flee. Nearly 1,000 houses, mostly Serb-owned, and 36 Orthodox churches, monasteries and monuments were destroyed or damaged.
The situation in Kosovo is a bitter indictment of the western powers’ so-called programme of "nation-building" in "failed states." Rather, poverty, corruption and ethnic separation have become endemic in the Balkan region as a result of the western powers’ attempt to dismantle the former Yugoslavia.
I'm still a babe in the woods when it comes to what happened in the Balkans in the 1990's, so I'll just point you to the WSWS article for more details.