A propaganda war is going in the international
media about the reasonability of the NATO bombing against Serbia's
military machine. The Serbian propaganda and a part of the western
media are trying to present Serbia as the victim of aggression and
NATO as the aggressor. They put forth the idea that the bombing has
nothing to do with the protection of the expelled Albanians from Kosova,
but is part of the geostrategic aims of the imperialist western Alliance.
In an even more cynical way, the humiliations
against the Kosovar Albanians are attributed to NATO aggression, and
not to the genocidal bellifercious aims of the Serbian State. This
flagrant change of the subject is tied to the demand that the bombing
stop and political negotiations leads to a dangerous situation.
It is forgotten that the bombing began because
the Serbian State was not in favor of serious negotiations and a political
solution, but was planning a war of annihilation of every single Albanian
It is forgotten that the Albanian delegation
to the peace conference in France signed an accord for a political
compromise solution and the Serbian side used the talks to make obstructions
without offering any serious alternative solution.
It is also forgotten that before the start
of NATO bombardments the Serbian military forces have realized a 'scorched
earth' policy including the systematic destruction of towns, plundering,
expulsion of hundred thousands of Albanians.
Also forgotten are the killings, pogroms,
massacres, wrappings, mass deportations, destruction of documents
and all signs of cultural and religious identity of Albanians.
We, the deported Albanian intellectuals would
, once again, want to protest against these propagandistic manipulations,
which in essence provide an alibi to Serbia's genocidal policies.
We want to tell world democratic opinion that we are, without any
doubt, in favor of punishing Serbia.
The Serbian military machine, which has caused
all the wars in former Yugoslavia, should be broken and annihilated
by all means.
We hope that the imminent defeat of the Serbian
military forces will make possible the return of the deported people
to Kosova, the normalization of the life, and the creation of a milieu
for development of a democratic system.
Academician Rexhep Ismajli, linguist
Academician Ali Podrimja, writer
Academician Ali Aliu, writer
Academician Hivzi Islami,
demographer Ramiz Kelmendi,
writer Shkelzen Maliqi,
publicist Astrit Salihu,
philosopher Kim Mehmeti,
writer Mufail Limani.