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November 21, 2005

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Raoul Djukanovic

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest a fourth possibility. This is that the "Kosovo Independence Army" is to some extent a creation of some Albanians -- possibly in the government, possibly not -- who want to spook the international community a little.

Perish the thought.

So, if the "Kosovo Independence Army" were really trying to kill UN people, there'd be a lot of dead UN people by now.

Kind of reminds me of the war that wasn't, most of the time at least, in Macedonia in 2001.

Incidentally, an American aide who used to sit in the Kosovo Prime Minister's office told me last March that she was advising him to keep repeating this message:

"I am the only good guy here and if you do not support me then I will be swept away by the violence. We need an exit strategy of how and when you will leave. If the Albanians think this process is going nowhere then they will take the timing into their own hands."

*Dramatic pause*

"The uncertainty is literally killing us."

Mike Ralls

The thing about blowing up cars is that accidents happen, and it seems likely to me that even if they aren't trying to kill UN personel eventually some bomb will go off at the wrong time or some UN guy will unexpectantly get into his car and then we've got dead UN personel.

Oskar L.

I don't know if the KLA (or KIA for that matter, whatever the difference) cares that much if it does kill UN employees. These people are more or less criminals (think along the lines of the rebels/militias in Colombia) who kill for money and power.

I think that if these people believed that the UN really stood in their way (money or power) they wouldn't hesitate one second. The only thing which is stopping them right now is that they probably don't feel that the UN is stopping them!

Oskar L.

I don't know if the KLA (or KIA for that matter, whatever the difference) cares that much if it does kill UN employees. These people are more or less criminals (think along the lines of the rebels/militias in Colombia) who kill for money and power.

I think that if these people believed that the UN really stood in their way (money or power) they wouldn't hesitate one second. The only thing which is stopping them right now is that they probably don't feel that the UN is stopping them!

Oskar L.

I don't know if the KLA (or KIA for that matter, whatever the difference) cares that much if it does kill UN employees. These people are more or less criminals (think along the lines of the rebels/militias in Colombia) who kill for money and power.

I think that if these people believed that the UN really stood in their way (money or power) they wouldn't hesitate one second. The only thing which is stopping them right now is that they probably don't feel that the UN is stopping them!

Oskar L.

Sorry, got a bit impaitent with the slow connection.

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