NATO soldiers have been providing a safe environment for Al Qaeda linked Albanian terrorists to loot and torch Serbian Churches and Monasteries in the Serbian province of Kosovo and Methohija: The ‘Serbian Jerusalem.’
Despite the presence of thousands of NATO troops, hundreds of churches and Christian cemeteries have been desecrated and destroyed as well as other sacred and cultural sites, some many centuries old.
Yet, former U.S. NATO commander Ben Hodges condemns the Serbian Orthodox Church for preventing a ‘deal’ to be made with these same terrorists. In short, according to Hodges, Serbian Christians are to blame for the continued reluctance of the Serbian government to relinquish Serbian sovereign territory to Albanian terrorists who have committed horrific atrocities against them, and are intent on creating a Greater Albania from their sacred homeland: An act of aggression that is wholly illegal under international law and in violation of UN Resolution 1244.
Hodges is currently in the employ of the Center for European Policy Analysis as its Pershing chair in strategic studies and as a partner in Berlin Global Advisors.
In an NPR op-ed Hodges, has been highly critical of President Donald Trump, condemning his “wrecking ball” approach towards America’s European allies in Brussels during a NATO summit in 2018. Hodges complains Trump, “publicly humiliated our most important allies” — mostly notably the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Given his once high ranking position in the U.S. military, General Hodges is curiously sympathetic to the German position. In that same NPR opinion piece he argues,
“Germany is our essential ally: We need Germany to be a part of everything that is important to us because the German brand is so respected around the world.”
Serbs and Jews are unlikely to share Hodges view of the Germans, given both communities were murdered in enormous numbers in Nazi concentration camps in World War II at the hands of the Germans and their fascist Albanian, Croat and Bosnian- Muslim collaborators. It has become increasingly clear that Germany, if fact, has not abandoned that same genocidal impulse against the Jewish and Serbian peoples. Instead, they simply enlist others to do their bidding. It seems, with respect to the Serbs, former US – NATO commander Ben Hodges is now among them.
As the French Brigadier-General Pierre Marie Gallois revealed, when he exposed the secret, high level meetings the Germans held in the 1970s planning for their eventual dismemberment of Yugoslavia once Tito died, the Germans have been gunning for the Serbs for decades. They’ve been nursing a grudge against the Serbs for their extraordinary, truly heroic role in Germany’s devastating defeat in both World Wars. In his interview, General Gallois explains it this way:
“It should be noted that the dismemberment of Yugoslavia was an operation long prepared in Germany…
So, Berlin, at the time it was Bonn, thought that Serbian resistance contributed to German defeat in world wars. These people were to be punished…
In my opinion, the reason why Germans, otherwise very good geopoliticians, expressed particular sensitivity in regards to this matter, were as follows: First of all, German desire to get back at Serbs who fought on the side of Allies in WWI and WWII against Germany. Besides, in 1941, Serbs, initially led by Mihailovic and then Tito, managed to hold off numerous German divisions which were otherwise very precious for the Moscow front and then Leningrad.
Secondly, the next German idea was to reward Croats and Muslims who joined Germany and occupied certain positions in France during the war, to thank them because they chose German side
Serbian Christians, including young girls, have been raped and murdered. More than 200,000 Serbs have been ethnically cleansed from the Serbian province, and are prevented from returning through violence and threats. Meanwhile, the U.S. military has concealed evidence of Albanian atrocities against the Serbian Christians, hundreds of whom were taken captive, illicitly transported from Kosovo into Albania, where they were murdered and their organs were harvested. The so called ‘president’ of Kosovo, Hacim Thaci, the terrorist with whom the Serbs are told they must negotiate, has been found be responsible for this human organ harvesting operation, yet remains protected by the Western powers.
Graphic Testimony of Albanian terrorists on their massacre of Serbs, rape of Serbian women and children in Kosovo in 1998: “Krasniqi took the girls to the side and raped them one by one. Everybody from KLA, except those who were on guard, raped Serbian little girls, girls and women – he added.”
“Serbian resistance contributed to German defeat… These people were to be punished.” | Retired Brigadier-General Pierre Marie Gallois attended Germany’s secret meetings in the 1970s planning the destruction of Yugoslavia that led to war
Swedish Judge appointed to Kosovo reveals Americans hid Albanian War Crimes in new book: JUDGE IN THE COUNTRY OF LAWLESSNESS
“the greatest rescue of American lives from behind enemy lines in history”…How Serbs saved the lives of 500+ American airmen in WWII | Richard L. Felman, Major USAF (Ret), President National Committee of American Airmen
NATO VERSUS GOD! American general is furious with Serbian Orthodox Church, Russian influence! Answers are Coming!
General Ben Hodges, former head of the American Land Forces in Europe, attacked the Serbian Orthodox Church!
He said that Serbia and other Balkan countries need protection from the pressures of Russia, and that the Serbian Orthodox Church is the biggest threat to which it claims to be fully tied to Russia.
-On the issue of resolving Kosovo’s problem, Serbia should help resist the Serbian Orthodox Church pressures related to the Russian Federation–he said.
Religious analyst Zeljko Injac says this is the first time in history that one general threatens the Serbian Orthodox Church.
-The Russian influence on the Serbian Orthodox Church virtually does not exist. There are good formal relations with the Russian Church, as well as with Greek or Syrian or any other Orthodox Church, but nothing more than that – Injac said.
Historian Sasa Adamovic emphasises that this is a clear hostile and anti-Serb general statement from the US generals.
NATO PROTIV BOGA! NAPADAJU NAM I CRKVU: Američki general besan zbog Rusije, osuo paljbu po SPC! Stižu odgovori!
On je rekao da Srbiju i druge zemlje Balkana treba zaštitti od pritisaka Rusije, a da je najveća pretnja SPC, za koju tvrdi da je potpuno vezana za Rusiju.
– Po pitanju rešavanja problema Kosova, Srbiji bi trebalo pomoći da se odupre pritiscima SPC vezane za Rusku Federaciju – rekao je on.
Istoričar Saša Adamović naglašava da je ovo jasna neprijateljska i antisrpska izjava američkog generala.
A new approach to Serbia and Kosovo
I was in Belgrade this past May, at the annual NATO Week, co-hosted by the courageous and indefatigable Jelena Milic of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, Ambassador Bjornstad of Norway, and the NATO Public Diplomacy Division. I also had the privilege to meet with President Aleksander Vucic of Serbia.
I left Belgrade concerned but strangely optimistic.
It is time for a strong, concerted effort, led by the United States but in coordination with the European Union and NATO, to create the conditions that will enable Serbia and Kosovo to reach mutual consent on their ultimate relationship.
The three keys to achieving this are:
Give them space: Create space for President Vučić of Serbia and President Hashim Thaçi of Kosovo to talk, negotiate, compromise. The West should refrain from imposing red lines and lecturing these leaders. We’ve got to give them hope. Western integration must feel real, with tangible economic benefits. This will enable both presidents to push back on those groups in their own populations who don’t see the benefit in Western integration. The United States, NATO, and the EU can do this.
Local solutions: Look at what happened in North Macedonia. Thanks to the political courage of two leaders, and to the external support which created space for them to negotiate, and despite efforts by the Kremlin to derail it, the name issue was resolved and thus the future looks much brighter for the people of North Macedonia. The Serbia-Kosovo conflict is a different situation of course and may be more difficult to resolve. But give presidents Vučić and Thaçi the chance to demonstrate that same sort of courage and statesmanship by allowing them to come up with their own solutions. They’re the ones who’ll have to live with the consequences.
Strategic options: President Vučić needs strategic options for Serbia, other than becoming the Cuba or Venezuela of South-eastern Europe, a satellite state that is tied only to the Kremlin and which gains no long-term benefits for its people as a result. Instead, Serbia can become a responsible, stabilising influence in the region by reaching a peaceful agreement with Kosovo.
Why is this so difficult?
The Serbian president is under immense pressure from inside Serbia and from Russia. Kosovo’s 100 per cent tariff on Serbian goods crippled his negotiating position. He was also recently criticised by the Serbian Orthodox clergy, denounced as a traitor if he contemplates recognising Kosovar independence.
The Kremlin’s principal leverage in Serbia comes from Serbia’s need for Russian Federation support in the UN Security Council when Kosovo declared its independence. The Kremlin knows this of course and therefore has no incentive to resolve the situation.
Moscow often bypasses President Vučić, applying pressure through the clergy, fringe trade unions of active military and police personnel, and others who sense they will lose something if Kosovo gains formal Serbian recognition of its independence.
President Thaçi faces similar challenges where frustration too often leads some Kosovar political groups to call for more aggressive action towards Serbia or a union with Albania.
Despite all of this, President Vučić and President Thaçi have both demonstrated statesmanship in the past several months, trying to find a solution to what seems to the West an intractable situation. All this underscores the fact that both these Leaders need Western support.
The Balkans Summit in Berlin was not a success, but the Serbian delegation showed maturity and statesman-like poise. And that perhaps offers some hope for the upcoming Paris Summit in July.
We may soon have a window of opportunity to build fresh impetus towards resolution. The European Council, supported by a new European Commission could restore hope for EU membership for Serbia and Kosovo, assuming they make progress towards meeting EU standards. NATO could also use the coming Summit in London to re- emphasize the KFOR mission. NATO is aided in this effort as both militaries are led by general officers who understand and respect the West, and recognise that NATO provides stability, not a threat.
But the military domain in Serbia also remains uniquely susceptible to Russian influence. For example, a recent military parade in Nis to commemorate the end of World War II featured only Russian and Serbian troops. This was an insult to the Western Allies and was part of an effort to revise history to demonstrate that Russia is the only friend on which Serbia can depend. It is incumbent on President Vučić to correct this mistake in time for the 75th anniversary next year.
So what needs to be done?
America could have a decisive effect in the region if we employ a comprehensive strategic approach (well-integrated with EU and NATO efforts) that creates the political space for these leaders, protects them from internal and external pressures, and offers hope on the other side of what will be very tough but necessary compromises. But only if we convey the same level of commitment we showed during the Dayton Peace Accord negotiations and prior deployment of the IFOR and SFOR, which eventually brought a fractious but sustainable peace to the Western Balkans.
Critically, the West needs a respected senior diplomat to conduct “shuttle diplomacy” for this situation, similar to the role played by Ambassador Richard Holbrooke during the Dayton Peace Accords. Someone who can imbue the negotiations with a sense of urgency and who has the backing of the major and regional powers, the EU, and other key stakeholders, such as Romania, which also has a key role to play, given its strategic location connecting the Balkans and the greater Black Sea region. Indeed, even though Romania has not recognised Kosovo’s independence, it can have a moderating effect on Serbia.
NATO’s KFOR mission must also be kept in place. Senior Albanian and Serbian leaders pleaded with me in the past, when I was Commanding General of US Army Europe, to keep it there because it was the only anchor of stability in the region. More NATO cooperation with Serbian Armed Forces must also be encouraged, as well as a responsible and effective transition for the Kosovo Armed Forces established.
Finally, Serbia and Kosovo must make serious progress towards meeting the requirements for EU membership, instead of constantly bashing Brussels.
We are back in Great Power Competition and it’s time for the West to use positive influence in the region. We should continue to defend principles and uphold value, but that doesn’t have to mean lectures or red lines. Instead, let’s compete there. The Russians and Chinese will surely fill any vacuum. Let’s compete and enable the development of potential and hope. We have a better story to tell.