Polemics
03. 03. 2021
Radomir Baturan

How the journalist and the owner of a pizzeria researched the conflict in the southern part of Serbia by the name of Kosovo & Metohija

By reading the text “In spare moments between customers, this
pizza owner writes novels. His latest explores the 1998-99 conflict in
Kosovo” published in the Toronto Star (January 1, 2020) by Sandro
Contenta, where he introduces the newest novel “Thin Line” by Per-
parim Kapllani, we noticed two plausible observations: one being
that the owner of the pizzeria uses the second computer screen to
write a novel in rare spare moments; and the other that “Canada is a
mini world.” “When everybody comes from somewhere else, divers-
ity becomes the culture, not ethnic or religious nationalism.”
However, one feels that there is a tendency to put the blame on
the Serbian Army and Police, who for centuries, since the acceptance
of Christianity, had to defend the southern region, or the heart of
their country, by the name of Kosovo and Metohija. The journalist
Contenta, goes further repeating the words of Mr. Kapllani, to blame
even Serbian children, also from the immigrants’ family, (who knows
which force displaced them) the best friends of his son, to wear a tee-
shirt with the inscription “Proud to be Serbian”. (Would “proud to
be Irish” or “proud to be Jamaican” be acceptable, I ask. Maybe, but
“proud to be Serbian” that’s absolutely unacceptable it seems. Even
though “diversity is a culture” in Canada, we learn.)
Part of the title of the article says “His latest explores the 1998-99
conflict in Kosovo”. In the article, there is no evidence of “explores”,
neither of Mr.Kapllani nor of Mr. Contenta. Mr. Contenta is content
that Mr. Kapllani’s focus is on the alleged massacre of 20 women and
children by the Serbian armed forces in one of the Albanian houses
in the southern region of Serbia in April of 1999. Neither one of them
mentions that exactly at that time 19 NATO countries bomb Serbia
day and night continuously for more than 3 months. Many thou-
sands of civilians are killed including small children. They also omit
to mention ruining the whole parts of the cities, bridges, factories,
TV and radio stations, churches, hospitals, schools, trains and buses
in which thousands of civilians are killed together with children.
At the same time, there is a terrorist – separatists movement of
Albanians in the southern region of Serbia (Kosovo and Metohija)
where over 300 Serbian young men, are kidnapped and their inner
organs are removed in legitimate Albanian hospitals in Kosovo and
illegal ones in Albania, while they are still alive and often without
any anesthesia. Their organs are sold to rich clientele in Turkey, Ger-
many USA, and many European and Arabian countries for profit, as
a part of the illegal trade of human organs.
The two collaborators Mr. Contenta and Mr. Kapllani counted
precisely 900,000 temporary displaced Albanians from Kosovo and
Metohija by organized action at the time of conflict between Serbia
and NATO and Albanian separatists. They failed to mention their
return back to Kosovo and Metohija to their houses and apartments
together with Albanians from Albania who strategically and thor-
oughly robbed Serbian houses and properties from those Serbs that
fled Albanian terror and finally expropriated them. They also forgot
to mention 800,000 Albanians from Albania, who were accepted by
communist dictator Josip Broz Tito to occupy, approximately the
same number of thresholds of Serbian population driven out by the
Albanian fascists (called “balisti”) during the Second World War.
The Serbs were forbidden to ever come back to their homes in Kosovo
and Metohija.
During the conflict in the late 90s and after it, the Albanians eth-
nically cleansed 250,000 Serbs from Kosovo and Metohia, by push-
ing them to cities and villages in other parts of Serbia; all that being
observed by the NATO American and European soldiers, who were
there supposedly to establish peace. Today we see that they were sent
there as an occupation force and to create the Independent Republic
of Kosovo, the second Albanian country in the region, this time on
Serbian territory. However, the “researchers of conflict”, Toronto Star
journalist and Albanian pizzeria owner and the writer of the novels,
have not mentioned any of this in their “horrific story well docu-
mented” as the journalist said.
We do not negate that the Serbian defending army has committed
crimes in an attempt to subdue riots of Albanian terrorist groups,
how they were called by Americans at the beginning of this civil war.
But Americans started helping Albanians and today they grabbed
17% of Serbian land, depleting it of cultural and material assets as
well as of its population. Serbs from this region are forbidden to come
back to their houses and apartments even after 20 years, in spite of
the official verbal promises. Serbs cannot even light the candles on
the graves of their ancestors. There was not a word about this in
Sandro Contenta’s article.

Translated from the Serbian by Zlata Bijelić

Рубрике

ДОНАЦИЈЕ

Претплатите се и дарујте независни часописи Људи говоре, да бисмо трајали заједно

даље

Људи говоре је српски загранични часопис за књижевност и културу који излази у Торонту од 2008.године. Поред књижевности и уметности, бави се свим областима које чине културу српског народа.

У часопису је петнаестак рубрика и свака почиње са по једном репродукцијом слика уметника о коме се пише у том броју. Излази 4 пута годишње на 150 страна, а некада и као двоброј на 300 страна.

Циљ му је да повеже српске писце и читаоце ма где они живели. Његова основна уређивачка начела су: естетско, етичко и духовно јединство.

Уредништво

Мило Ломпар
главни и одговорни уредник
(Београд, Србија)

Радомир Батуран
уредник српске секције и дијаспоре
(Торонто, Канада)

Владимир Димитријевић
оперативни уредник за матичне земље
(Чачак, Србија)

Никол Марковић
уредник енглеске секције и секретар Уредништва
(Торонто, Канада)

Уредници рубрика

Александар Петровић
Београд, Србија

Небојша Радић
Кембриџ, Енглеска

Жељко Продановић
Окланд, Нови Зеланд

Џонатан Лок Харт
Торонто, Канада

Жељко Родић
Оквил, Канада

Милорад Преловић
Торонто, Канада

Никола Глигоревић
Торонто, Канада

Лектори

Душица Ивановић
Торонто

Сања Крстоношић
Торонто

Александра Крстовић
Торонто

Графички дизајн

Антоније Батуран
Лондон

Технички уредник

Радмило Вишњевац
Торонто

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