Have you ever asked yourself how the Albanians became the overwhelming majority in Kosovo?
You might think that Kosovo's problems started in 1998. How, then, is it possible that the Republic of Albania did not formally recognize Kosovo in 2008, but just announced this recognition recently? Albania recognized Kosovo long before 2008, in 1990, when the Albanians in Kosovo proclaimed independence for the first time. In fact, this recognition happened even before the Bosnian, Croatian and other conflicts that broke Yugoslavia apart.
"As early as 1998, the U.S. State Department listed the KLA as a terrorist organization financing its operations with money from the international heroin trade and funds supplied from Islamic countries and individuals, including Osama bin Laden," James Bisset, former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Albania explains in his article, "War on Terrorism Skipped the KLA," published in National Post on November 13, 2001.
Post-WWII ethnic cleansing in Europe actually started not long after the end of WWII, when the Albanians in Kosovo continued the ethnic cleansing that they had not finished by 1945. "The Roots of Kosovo Fascism," an article by George Thompson, describes the early history of the ethnic cleansing of Serbs from Kosovo. Furthermore, about 57,000 Serbs left Kosovo between 1971 and 1981, and their number increased significantly in 1981. This triggered the first crackdown on Albanian separatists by Yugoslav forces, who arrested and prosecuted about 300 terrorists (as reported in The New York Times article, "Exodus of Serbians Stirs Province In Yugoslavia," reported from Kosovo on Monday, July 12, 1982 by Marvine Howe, Section A, Page 8, Column 1).
They did it again in 1990, 1996, 1998–1999, and 2004. Note that the two latest waves of ethnic cleansing of Serbs from Kosovo happened in 1999 and in March 2004, when NATO forces were ruling Kosovo — those forces that were supposed to maintain the peace. "Almost all of the non-Albanian population was ethnically cleansed from Kosovo under the watchful eyes of 40,000 NATO troops," James Bisset wrote in Toronto Star article, "We Created A Monster," on July 31, 2001. "Nato-led K-For stayed in their barracks as Serb homes were burnt and looted," Kim Sengupta reported in The Independent article, "Peacekeepers 'stood by as Kosovo mob burnt homes'," on July 27, 2004.
This short video clip was recorded in March 2004 in Podujevo, and shows the fate of Christian churches and monasteries after the Serbs were expelled from their towns and villages. NATO forces did nothing to protect the churches, the monasteries, or the Serbian people.
Albanians Destroy Churches in Kosovo — March 2004 (video clip)
Nevertheless, after creating this ethnically cleanest region of Europe today, Albanians in Kosovo again declared an independent state in 2008 — for the second time in the past 20 years. Their first attempt was on September 7, 1990, which only the Republic of Albania officially supported. The article, "Kosovo Shouldn't be Independent" describes why this is dangerous to the US and the rest of the world.
Lawrence Eagleburger, former US Secretary of State and former US Ambassador to Belgrade, says in the article, "Kosovo Independence Efforts Deeply Distressing," that there are "strong reasons for opposition" to Kosovo's independence. Another article, "Bush Wrong on Kosovo Independence," describes, among other interesting facts, when and why the State Department removed the Kosovo Liberation Army from its list of terrorist groups.
And finally, the word "Kosovo" is not even an Albanian word. It is the Serbian possessive form of kos, the name of a songbird known in English as a "blackbird."
Canadian General Lewis MacKenzie talks about Kosovo's independence
Patrick J Buchanan: Does Balkanization Beckon Anew?
Noam Chomsky: Why the US Started the Kosovo War        
William Dorich: Completing Kosovo Genocide
The Washington Times: Warning Light on Kosovo
States which will (not) recognise Kosovo as independent
Sara Flounders: Washington gets a new colony in the Balkans
John Bolton: Kosovo will Spark Islamic Extremism in Europe
Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly: Opinions
Kristallnacht in Kosovo (The burning of churches raises questions about independence)
Andy Wilcoxson: Rewarding Terrorism, Deception in Kosovo
Kosovo: A Crying Shame
Alexandre del Valle: Independance of Kosovo
Jerusalem Post: The Case Against Kosovo Independence
Kosovo: A Dangerous Precedent
Kosovo: Latest News
The Washington Post: The Terrorists Next Door? (New Jersey: ethnic Albanians "to attack nearby Fort Dix with assault weapons")
CBS NEWS: Buying Big Guns? No Big Deal (Osama bin Laden sent one of his operatives to the United States)
Day of Infamy: Kosovo Separatists Declare Independence
Jewish World Review: The Coming Balkan Caliphate
Hashim Thaci: Criminal Activities of the Prime Minister of Kosovo
The Muslim concept of Convert or Die
The Kosovo Crisis
German Documents Contradict Genocide-Against-Albanians Claims
KLA criminals with heads of Serb victims in their hands