Serbia – Kosovo and Metohija: Precarious Situation

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What we know today as Kosovo, southern Serbia, was historically two
regions: Kosovo and Metohija. 'Metohija' comes from the Greek
'metox' referring to land set aside for the Church. Metohija, a
large basin in the south-west comprising nearly half of 'Kosovo',
is the spiritual heartland of Serbia and is filled with historic
Eastern Orthodox churches and monasteries.

The (Muslim) Ottoman Empire advanced its imperialistic jihad into
the Balkans in the 14th Century. For centuries the Christian
peoples of the Balkans were subjugated under Islam and sorely
persecuted. But then the Ottoman Empire started to crumble and they
fought for and won their liberation. During the Ottoman era large
numbers of Turkish and ethnic Albanian Muslims migrated into
Serbia's southern regions of Kosovo and Metohija, eventually
comprising some 50 percent of the population. Their descendants are
known as Kosovars. After the Balkan wars of liberation (1912)
Islamist Kosovars complained that their (Muslim) land was
'occupied', and the Kosovar separatist struggle began. So the
contemporary struggle between the Muslim Kosovars and the Orthodox
Serbs for control of Kosovo and Metohija is almost a century old.

The ethnic Albanian Muslim Kosovar cause has accelerated since
1941: first during World War Two through the Nazi-Muslim pact to
exterminate Serbs, Jews and Roma/Gypsies in the Nazis' 'Greater
Albania'; and then during the Communist era through the pro-
Albanian, pro-Arab, anti-Serb policies of Croat Communist leader
Marshall Tito. Tito refused to allow the Serbs who had been
ethnically cleansed from Kosovo during WW2 the right to return. He
dissolved Metohija because of its spiritual significance and turned
Kosovo and Metohija into a single, separate and eventually
autonomous majority ethnic Albanian province.

War erupted in 1999 and after NATO's unilateral intervention Kosovo
was declared a UN protectorate. Since then some 150 historic
Orthodox Serbian churches and monasteries have been destroyed and
an estimated 1000 Serbs and Roma have been kidnapped and murdered
or disappeared (but not Jews, because Islamist Kosovars expelled
the entire Jewish remnant in 1999). Kosovo's mostly internally
displaced Serbs live in fear and poverty and cannot move without UN
armed escorts. Meanwhile the Islamisation and radicalisation of
Kosovo has advanced without restraint.

The UN special envoy's 2 February 2007 recommendation that Kosovo
be granted supervised independence will soon go before the UN
Security Council. Albania, all Islamic imperialists, the US and UK
support this proposal. Russia and China (two countries that could
face similar Muslim separatist claims should Kosovo be granted
independence) are opposed to it. Needless to say Serbia rejects any
suggestion that the UN excise 15 percent of Serbia's territory and
cede it to Muslim separatists. The West appeases Islamic
imperialism in the Balkans for political expediency - the opposite
of their response in the Horn of Africa. The situation for Kosovo's
Serbs is precarious and Balkans' peace is tenuous.


* raise up voices for justice and right to speak against shameful
political expediency.

* work powerfully through the UN forces to protect the tiny
Orthodox Serb remnant in Kosovo so they will not be forced to
defend themselves should hostile forces seek their removal or
the destruction of more religious sites.

* protect all Kosovar converts to Christianity who are greatly at
risk due to the escalating criminality and Islamic nationalist,
imperialist and anti-Serb (anti-Christian) zeal in the province.

* give great wisdom and divine guidance to the political and
religious leaders in Belgrade (Serbia).

'He [the Sovereign Lord] tends his flock like a shepherd: he
gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.' Isaiah 40:11 NIV




The (Muslim) Ottoman Empire occupied the Balkans during the 14th
Century. The Christian peoples they subjugated won back their
freedom through the 1912-13 Balkan Wars. During the Ottoman era
large numbers of ethnic Albanian Muslims (now called Kosovars)
moved into Serbia's southern regions, now known as Kosovo. These
Kosovars then rebelled against the resulting Serb rule, protesting
that 'their' land was 'occupied'. This Kosovar separatist cause
accelerated from 1941, through the WW2 Nazi-Muslim alliance and the
subsequent pro-Albanian, pro-Arab, anti-Serb Communist
dictatorship. The Kosovar vs Serbia struggle for Kosovo escalated
through the 1990s, erupting into war in 1999. On 2 February 2007
the UN's special envoy proposed that Kosovo basically be ceded from
Serbia to the Kosovars. Ethnic and religious tensions in Kosovo are
likely to explode. Please pray for justice and for God to protect
the small Orthodox Serb remnant in Kosovo.

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