Who is the so-called KLA?:
And what role does it play for NATO?
by Walter Grobe, Neue Einheit, Dortmund, Germany (abridged) The public is being deliberately deceived by the media if they talk about a "KLA" which, as they put it, represents the just interests of the Albanian population of Kosovo. Firstly, there is no real KLA-organisation — as some European newspapers and politicians are themselves complaining — but a number of armed groups which needed pressure from their Western guardians to demonstrate anything like unity at the Rambouillet conference. A Kosovo under the reign of these rival gangs would not at all be a political whole. What they have in common is the ideology of "Greater Albania". By this they understand the separation not only of Kosovo from Serbia but also the dismemberment of Montenegro and Macedonia, and the union of their Albanian- dominated regions with the present state of Albania. Their "Declaration #42, February 27, 1998" said: "Welcoming the increased interest, in particular by American and Franco-German diplomacy, we declare that the solution of the Albanian question cannot be defined solely within Kosova's present borders, but has to be solved as a whole, by integration of the Albanians and their regions occupied by `Macedonia' and Montenegro." Which social concept does the KLA have for the separated Kosovo, or for "Greater Albania"? In Political Declaration #22 of December 31, 1998, we read: "... again, the acceptable and respected ideology of the Liberation Army of Kosova is ALBANIANNESS, solely to it we bow, solely to it we sacrifice ourselves. "Everything for freedom, fatherland and ALBANIANNESS, also life. This is the motto and the oath of the KLA's soldiers." A movement which seriously puts forward "Albanianness" as its political ideology is no better than one which puts forward for example "Germanness". Almost everybody would immediately sense in the latter the musty odour of primitive national self-interest and hostility towards other nations. "Albanianness" in Kosovo, if we look at it from a historical viewpoint, unfortunately also means a centuries-old movement by a Muslim-Albanian population to oust the Serbs from their old core region, Kosovo. For a long time this process was furthered by the region's Turkish rulers for whom the Islamised Albanians were very important suppressor troops. The Serbs on the other hand put up fierce resistance against the oppressive Ottoman regime. In our century, this aspect of the Albanian movement achieved further deplorable peaks of aggression against Kosovo's Serbs between 1941 and 1944 under the fascist rule of Italy and Germany. According to the US paper the San Jose Mercury of March 28, 1999, a paper which incidentally supports both NATO and the KLA, the KLA's "goals include not only independence but the expulsion of Serbs from the province". NATO's propaganda that it wants to give room to a "national liberation movement" is merely a lie to cover itself. If the goal had really been the improvement of the situation of the population in Kosovo, there were plenty of opportunities for the NATO countries, and probably also the support of different political forces in Kosovo. NATO wants to push through a war agenda, the creation of a public climate favourable for completely high-handed actions which are based only on superior military terror and finally on nuclear weapons, actions which it envisages in all regions of the world. It perhaps also wants, as the increasing propaganda for ground troops shows, a permanent stationing amidst the southern Balkans, and certainly also Kosovo's enormous mineral resources. Today the population of Kosovo is massively suffering from the KLA's and NATO's policy, and the media tears are sheer hypocrisy. It is impossible for NATO to assert that it could not foresee the tough counter-measures in Kosovo taken by the Yugoslav Government against the separation of the province desired by the KLA and NATO. The flight of refugees today is caused by NATO itself, and the Western media campaign which is constructing, out of these refugees, an ex post justification for its aggression and its escalation, had long ago been prepared as a part of this whole aggression. The war against Iraq showed what deliberate lies the Western media are able to fabricate.