Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The little-known Serbian voting bloc


I'm at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University, covering the Obama-Clinton debate for my newspaper, the Sandusky Register.

Biggest initial surprise: I heard demonstrators, so I walked over to hear who was making the most noise -- Obama followers or Clinton folk. The answer was neither -- it turned out almost all of the noise was coming from Serbian nationalists protesting the Bush administration's decision to recognize Kosovo as an independent country.

10 comments:

Ingrid said...

In response to Tom Jackson's comment, the protesters outside of last nights Obama/Clinton debate were NOT Serbian Nationalists, but SERBIAN-AMERICANS who are protesting the illegal recogonition of by the Bush administration of Serbia's province of Kosovo. Serbia is a sovereign country and Kosovo is an intergral part of Serbia. The demonstrators want the Bush machine to rescind this declaration, lest another civil war ignites once again on Serbian soil.

Jenni said...

NATO is in Kosovo for the resources. Gold mines and oil. Both Hitler and NATO ethnic cleansed and exterminated Serbians/Jews/Roma and brought Albanians to Kosovo and took control of the Trepca mines. The socialists want to decide who can control territory. NATO owns corporations in the USA and they want cheap Mexican labor and want to give amnesty to illegal Mexicans. They have bought up American companies to take the pension funds. They bombed Serbian factories because the workers owned them. Millionos of Americans are working 2 and 3 minimum wage part time jobs. NATO are our allies. NATO countries have been screwing over Americans. We must not allow this thievery. We must help the heroic Serbians keep their ancestral land.

MissyG said...

Tom, as a reporter, surely the first thing you should do if you see a situation that looks to be interesting, is go and ask questions and get THE FACTS. You do not assume that people are something they are not. What Jenni and Ingrid said in their responses is the truth, you can find that and more just by searching the internet. Serbia is getting the shaft because of minerals and Kosovo will be left to fall into a drug state. It is already on it's way, ask any NATO soldier who serves there.
Either your professors did not teach you how to write accurately or you have decided that sensationalism is the way to go... just like so many mainstream journalists. Shame on you!

Mim said...

The Serbian Americans at the Obama/Clinton debate, who gave up their time to get the media's attention since the Serbian voice cannot be heard here any other way, are fighting for the HOLY LAND of Serbs everywhere, their Jerusalem, their heart.

What about International Law? It doesn't matter anymore. We just trampled on U.N. Resolution 1244 with a "might makes right" mentality. Besides all the minerals in that 15% illegal land grab, one must mention how the U. S. has Camp Bondsteel, one of the world's largest army bases on SERBIAN land! I wonder if that had anything to do with giving Serbia's cradle of its culture and history to the Albanians who are wrapping themselves in American flags just like the wolf who wrapped himself in sheep's clothing.

Don't be fooled, America! Wake up!

Over 150 Serbian Orthodox Churches, Monasteries and graveyards have been blown up right under the noses of the U.N. Stop Al Queda now.

David Binder wrote: Kosovo rests enshrined in Serbia's prayers, poetry, legend, architecture, painting, music - in graveyards and in the very soil. Just as it is impossible to think of the Serbian past without Kosovo, so it will be impossible to think about the Serbian future without Kosovo. Those who may have thought the younger generation of Serbs was disenchanted with the subject and preferred to focus instead on "Europe" or
some other popular contemporary theme, need only note the February 18 demonstration
of thousands of Belgrade students carrying banners proclaiming "Kosovo is the heart of Serbia!"

Jenni said...

Also, the government media complex in the USA has tried to demonize Serbians. I am an American who stands for truth, justice, and the American way. Eisenhower was loved because he was honest and returned treasurers and gold to their rightful owners. We have too many corrup leaders now bought off by Saudi money like the NATO leaders are in Europe. Our government is comdemning Serbian rioters attacking our Embassy, but let's be fair. The US with our NATO allies have been abusinig Serbs. Where was our government when US/German/British troops broke down the doors of a Serbian church in Bosnia and attacked a priest at gun point in his sleep and beat him and his son and put them in comas. Foreign newspapers reported this April 1, 2004 (BBC for one). Their excuse was that he may have hidden Karadjic. We have illegal criminals abusing Amerians in the USA and nothing is done. Is this what our fathers fought World War II for? We won the battle, but we lost the war. Hitler would be proud. In regards to Condi's remarks about Serbs moving on past 1389. Serbs haven't been fighting Albanians since 1389. Why doesn't Condi tell Americans to stop waving the Confederate flag and asking for reparations and move on. The Civil ended in 1865. Serbs were libered from the Ottomon Empire in 1878. We have moved on. Do you hear us American Serbs complaining about Turks and asking for reparations? The Turks made walls out of Serbian heads in the Balkans. If they didn't like the way Serbs worked off with the head. In spite of our discrimination over the centuries we are stero-typed for being physicists and among the best workers and students in the world. We have very low crime and low welfare in the Serbian Diaspora. Serbians are known for learning the language and obeying the laws. The FBI crime statistics put Orthodox Christians at approximately 000.45 crime compared to the rest of the U.S. religious groups. Eat your heart out Nazis. The real reason they hate us is we pass up Americans. No welfare for us Serbian women. Our mothers would have beat us with brooms if we didn't get out of bed and go to school and work. Welfare my ____ is what they would have said. I'll give yeou welfare. We are born and bred to learn skills and professions. That's why we are one of the most education ethnic groups in the US and got the highest medals in WW-I, WW-II, and the Viet Nam war. We are real men and women. NATO took over the USA corporations without a fight because most Americans got had and didn't know. NATO had to bomb Serbian factories to buy up Serbian factories in the Balkans and stole some of them. The Britissh kicked out the workers in the Trepa mines by 2000 because of pollution. NATO pulled Europe with illegal bombs. They worried about pollution when it's an excuse to rob Trepca mines. America is Britain's giant dumby, unofficially. We pay for most of bombing of Yugo and British end up gold mines. They ended up with Sohio and transformed workers with benefits to temporary contract workers with no benefits. Welcome to the new world order.

Zoran said...

I am Serb living in Canada and I am pleased to see American people who want to think with their own brains. Time has come and I am ready to go back and die for Serbia. We are not fanatics like the ones we are fighting against. Just open this link and see what "friendly" Muslim Kosovo Albanians are doing to Christian Orthodox Church.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewh7oq9F7xE

If after this you still don't believe us, then it is useless to say anything. So many have tried taking Kosovo from us through history and they never made it. I heard White House spokesman said few days ago that we, Serbs will never have Kosovo back. I can't believe what this monster says. He should know that we believe in God and he belongs to the God's enemy. That's why, he is loosing. America, you better wake up, before it is late.

Zoran said...

I am sorry, here is the full link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewh7oq9F7xE

If it doesn't work, just go to www.youtube.com and type in a search field:
Albanians destroying Serbian church in Kosovo

Jenni said...

Dear Zoran, God bless you, but think about staying in canada. We need Serbians in this area to help fight the propagnda war against Serbs. NATO wants to start a war in Kosovo like they did in Bosnia, so the Serbs/Muslims will kill each other. Then they will run and hide and watch like they did in Bosnia. They hate Muslims in Europe. They are trying to solve what they call their "Muslim Problem". Thaci and company want to create greater Albania and the Americans are creating Euroarabia in Kosovo. It's a matter of time before suicide bombers are in Munich/Paris/London. 2 veterans of the Bosnian war bombed our Trade Center. The moderate Muslims and Christians in Europe need to wake up. Let them wake up when they get attacked by suicide bombers coming out of Kosovo from the Bin Laden mosque they built there. The Serbs don't have to fight because it's a matter of time before the westerners get attacked by terrorists. Then the Serbs will have bargaining power. We will win this war in the long run. The West is committing suicide. They are going to need us and it will be on Serbian terms then. Be patient. My father was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and got medals fighting nazis. He use to say his Serbian relatives were fighting Hitler's 24th Axis in Serbia division when the U.S. and Britain were only on Hitler's 16th Axis division in Italy. If the Serb/Russian troops head for Kosovo the NATO troops would run. We all know that. That's why Clinton wouldn't put ground troops in Kosovo during the bombing. Serbs and other Orthodox people would have flown in from all over the world to shoot at Nazi troops. Serbs are like tigers that would pounce on Nazis so fast they wouldn't know what hit them. We can gang up on the Serb-hating troublemakers from with the pen and expose them for what they are. The Saudis donate money to the US universities and get western professors to run their programs and lie, lie, lie, about hate Serbs and leave out facts. Mufti Ceric sits on the Harvard board and some prof working in the library there is lieing about the Serbs/Kosovo etc. He is under investigation. These liars must be exposed. If you know of any lieing professor or any other person report them to the Serbian Unity Congress, Serbian Bar Association, Serbian Consul General, and Serbianna.com and any Serbian newspaper in Canada that you know of. They will make it an international incident.

nickduke said...

Yet another example of irresponsible journalism and blatant ignorance! Mr. Jackson, if you would occasionally read a history book instead of the National Enquirer you might be qualified to write about this. Why is it that Muslim Albanian terrorists are "separatists", "guerrilas" and yet Serbs are "nationalists" and "murderers"? Do you not realize that Kosovo has been the heart of Serbia for thousands of years? And that the group that controls Kosovo now, the KLA, was previously listed as a terrorist organization by our own State Dept.? in fact, their leader, Hashem Thaci, is an accused war criminal, yet the U.N. recognizes him as president of an illegally formed country! Why don't you check your facts before you go blathering about things of which you have no clue! I wonder what you'll say when your little Muslim friends in Kosovo begin conducting terrorist attacks throughout Europe, like they did in Spain! Believe me, that day will soon come!

Ingrid said...

Mr. Jackson, ARE YOU GETTING THESE COMMENTS??? YOUR UNEDUCATED REMARK ABOUT 'SERB NATIONALISTS' HAS HIT TRULY HIT A NERVE. YOU NEED TO TAKE PRECAUTION IN THE FUTURE AND BRUSH UP ON YOUR HISTORY OF THE SERBS AND THEIR HOLY LANDS OF THE KOSOVO-METOHIJA, BEFORE YOU START THE NAME CALLING. YOU ARE DEFINITELY A BY PRODUCT OF YELLOW JOURNALISM. DO ALSO REFER TO BLACKS, HISPANICS, ASIANS, ETC. WITH DEROGATORY PRESUMPTIONS??? SERBIAN AMERICANS UTILIZING THEIR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO PROTEST A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS OF SERB HERITAGE - NO GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IN SERBIA PROMPTED US TO TAKE TO THE STREETS.

AS MY LATE FATHER STATED, "THE WEST DOES NOT KNOW ISLAM". MR. JACKSON, THIS CERTAINLY APLLIES TO YOU AND YOUR REMARK ABOUT 'SERB NATIONALISTS'. READ YOUR HISTORY.

WISHING YOU BETTER "INSIGHT" FOR YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS WHEN DEALING WITH AREAS YOU DEFINITLY HAVE NO EXPERTISE IN.