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    'Mafia State': Washington Turns Blind Eye to Organized Crime in Kosovo

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    By carving Kosovo out of Yugoslavia Washington sowed a whirlwind for Europe to reap: Kosovo has turned into a de facto "mafia state," American author Justin Raimondo writes, citing German intelligence agency BND.

    Libya, Syria, Iraq and Kosovo have become grotesque monuments to Washington's controversial "regime change" operations, which "have wreaked havoc everywhere they've been successful," Justin Raimondo, an American author and the editorial director of Antiwar.com underscores.

    "Twenty or so years after the American 'liberation' of Kosovo forcibly separated it from the former Yugoslavia, the country is a mess. Unemployment is massive: crime is pandemic; and an ultra-nationalist movement, Vetevendosje, is on the rise. Vetevendosje wants to achieve the dream of the old Kosovo Liberation Army: a 'Greater Albania'," Raimondo notes in his article for Antiwar.com.

    Furthermore, the ultra-nationalists who gained 13.59 percent of the vote in the 2014 Kosovan parliamentary election are calling for unification with Albania.

    The idea of Greater Albania is not a new one: it emerged after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. A group of Albanian nationalist leaders met in a Prizren mosque on June 10, 1878 and declared the creation of a "Greater Albania," which aimed to bring together all vilayets (provinces) of the Ottoman Empire inhabited by Albanian nationals.

    The concept caught a second wind when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. Hitler and his Italian ally Benito Mussolini jumped at the opportunity to engage Albanian nationalists into their political fold.

    "Hitler and Mussolini realized the Greater Albania ideology established by the 1878 League of Prizren. Albanian-settled areas of the Balkans — Kosovo-Metohija, western Macedonia, southern Montenegro — were incorporated in a Greater Albania," Carl Kosta Savich, Serbian American historian and journalist, wrote in his op-ed for Serbianna.com.

    During the Second World War Albanian nationalists of the 21st Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Skanderbeg unleashed ethnic cleansing of Serbs and Jews on a massive scale, particularly in Kosovo and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

    Remarkably, half a century later, in 1998-1999, Washington took the side of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) which was until 1998 on the US State Department's "terrorist organization" list.

    While branding Serbs as ruthless "butchers," the White House turned a blind eye to numerous atrocities and crimes committed by Albanian ultra-nationalists in the course of the Kosovo war and after NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia.

    ​For instance, former Prime Minister and present Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Hashim Thaci (Thaqi), dubbed by US Vice President Joseph Biden as "the George Washington of his country," was involved in kidnapping, force displacement and murder along with other commanders and soldiers of the KLA, according to a 2010 Council of Europe inquiry report.

    Five years earlier, German intelligence agency BND issued a 67-page analysis regarding organized crime in Kosovo, stating that the region's key political players, including Ramush Haradinaj, Xhavit Haliti, and Hashim Thaci were intimately involved in criminal activities.

    "The US wasn't blind to Thaci's criminal career: they just didn't care," Raimondo stresses.

    "In a disgusting display of victor's 'justice,' the leaders of the Serbian resistance to the Albanian onslaught were hauled before the self-styled 'International War Crimes Tribunal' at the Hague — a kangaroo court — and sentenced to long jail terms, while thugs like Thaci were elevated to high office and given millions in US 'aid' to dole out to their Mafia hit men," he elaborates.

    The journalist underscores that Kosovo is currently a de-facto "American protectorate in the heart of Europe." At the same time it is also an ultra-nationalist hornets' nest that threatens to undermine the fragile stability of the European continent.

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    Greater Albania, organized crime, terrorist, war crimes, mafia, Yugoslav Wars, German Federal Intelligence Service (BND), Kosovo Liberation Army, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Biden, Hashim Thaci, Nazi Germany, Ottoman Empire, Germany, United States, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Kosovo
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