Those interested should see the sobering article on the KLA in today's New
York Times at:
which says, in part:
Despite the presence of the 35,000 NATO peacekeepers, violence has been
rising steadily, especially against the remaining Serbian civilians. The
looting and burning of Serbs' homes, as well as dozens of assassinations
and kidnappings of Serbs and a few Albanians, including the massacre of 14
Serbian farmers on Friday, speak of a province slipping into the kind of
gunslinging lawlessness that has characterized Albania in the last few years.
"The only political group that has any structure is the K.L.A.," said Baton
Haxhiu, the editor of Koha Ditore, an Albanian-language daily. "It is using
it to take power, backed eventually by a police and a national guard force
it alone will control. It will be very hard to turn Albania into Kosovo,
but I expect very easy to turn Kosovo into Albania. Each day it is becoming
more dangerous to think and speak independently."
Bernard Kouchner, the United Nations chief administrator in Kosovo, said he
was aware of the abuses being committed by the rebel army, and insisted
that the world organization was working to curb them. The United Nations is
planning to deploy a 3,100-strong police force, although it has only 156
officers in Kosovo at the moment.
156 officers? Is this a joke?
All this, of course was at least forseen, if not meticulously planned.
Lord have mercy.