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05 Feb 13

Desecrating Ourselves

By Kreshnik Hoxha

If anyone happens to request from me some form of a description of Kosovo Albanians as a people or nation, I will answer with this: people who hate Serbia more than they love Kosovo. Nothing will change that until our actions change.

I do not want to delve in our unique history and virtues as a people. I do not want to because the aforementioned have long been transformed into beliefs used to feed turbo folk.

No. We must first stop to look in the mirror and see what ignorance and short-sightedness has brought us: The desecration of Serbian graves in Kosovo after authorities in Serbia removed a monument to Albanian fighters in Presheva in January.

Had he been alive, Vaso Cubrilovic would relish in these acts that legitimise the propaganda the Bosnian-Serb politician started against us in the 1940s. After conspiring in assassination of Franz Ferdinand, he went on to advocate the expulsion of Albanians from Kosovo.

We are feeding Cubrilovic’s burning desire. Seven decades later, we are playing to his script of wild Albanians with tails. We deserve an Oscar for adhering religiously to his dreamed-up scenario through our latest acts.

The hotheadedness and susceptibility to Belgrade’s provocations are nothing more than attempts to fade the bright colours of February 17, 2008, independence, and replacing it with the dark shades of March 17, 2004.

We paid dearly for the March 2004 riots both politically and economically, and that stripped us of every ounce of sympathy we enjoyed internationally for the territory that someone once ruled instead of us.

Now, we are repaying a hateful debt by showing that we too can turn into hyenas and exercise revenge.

We are talking about the very riots that sprouted from euphoria and short-sightedness and resulted in hundreds of limitations and conditions to our statehood and independence. I am convinced that few have forgotten the complications that emanated from the insanity of 2004. We repaid that bill in countless provisions and ordinances that are now carved deep in our constitution.

They say that shame accumulates in one’s memory quite effectively. However, across the country, it has become clear that we haven’t, by whatever small conceivable measure, learned the lessons we should have from such violent, nefarious acts whose only aim can be to deepen the cracks in the foundations of our already fragile country.

More depressing is the fact that the masterminds behind these acts are rubbing their hands in cheer in Belgrade, eagerly awaiting our next fiasco. In the meantime, certain groups within our own society have successfully proven their readiness to accomplish Belgrade’s dream strategy for the total annihilation of our country.

I do not want this column to sound as the template call for restraint toward the provocations that are usually released by our so-called political elite.

The Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, has saturated us with such declarations while he trots around Brussels corridors with Lady Ashton and Serbia’s Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic. It is time we stand our ground when we’re right and not allow ourselves to become the diplomatic napkin saving someone else’s face.

In this line, the President too should use her position to unify the people in front of the provocations coming in from everywhere. If the Prime Minister has put his accountability in a drawer, the President shouldn’t spare her sincere communication, the lack of which is increasing frustration and disassociation among the people of Kosovo.

I have no intention in lambasting anyone or to preach about a code of conduct or the collective ethics of a society. It is not my role to do so. I will leave that to the two enlightened ones whose names I mentioned earlier.

Yet, I feel it is my obligation as a citizen to vigorously reiterate that churches, whether Catholic or Orthodox, mosques and all monuments in Kosovo, irrespective of era of erection and the regime financing them, including Gazimestan, are the cultural, religious, and historical heritage of Kosovo – a country we have long left behind in favour of our hate and antagonism towards Serbia.

Our recklessness and failure in exercising proper judgment during these days will define us as people who rival Serbia in extremism, all while undermining the statehood we have built between these borders.

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