U.S. Embassy in Belgrade Attacked

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 22, 2008
U.S. Embassy in Belgrade Attack

Given the graphic images of the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, thankfully all embassy personnel are safe and accounted for. At the request of the Ambassador, all family members and non-essential embassy personnel were ordered Friday afternoon to leave Serbia. They will be taken to another country in the region until it is deemed safe for them to return to Belgrade.

Secretary Rice (Feb. 22):"The Serb Government ...had an obligation to protect diplomatic missions and from what we can tell, the police presence was either inadequate or unresponsive at the time."

More information...

The Situation At U.S. Embassy Belgrade (02/21/2008) | View VideoDaily Press Briefing (02/21/2008) | View Video

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Ronald
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New York, USA
February 22, 2008

Ronald in New York writes:

The Serb reaction represents a refusal to accept the inevitable emergence of rule-of-law, democratic and free elections, and peace and security in the New Kosovo.

Today, Undersecretary Burns took a great deal of time and effort to describe the USG's intentions support the independence of Kosovo and the future for EU membership. Serbs, and others would see this movement destroyed, Partly, because a transparent and secure Kosovo would mean an end to a history of crime, corruption and violent control.

Nobody
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Pakistan
February 22, 2008

NB in Pakistan writes:

Most shocking picture of attack on U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia. Thanks be to the Almighty God that everyone is safe and accounted for. Here, if I may, I would like to draw the attention of the people who label America as an "Enemy of Islam" that the U.S. has suffered this attack as a result of helping the Muslims of Kosovo. I would also like to call upon my fellow Muslims to join me in thanking the U.S. THANK YOU AMERICA!

Syrian P.
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Syria
February 22, 2008

SNP in Syria writes:

Serbs should abandon Muslim Kosovan, you loose some acreage, but you save your nation by keeping the most ignorant of people out of your country.

Zharkov
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United States
February 24, 2008

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

Suppose an ethnic minority, let's call them "Mexicans", sneek into your country and settle in a geographic area we call "California", and after a massive crime wave affecting the the residents of the area, they declare Southern California to be an independent nation. Let's further assume that the native residents of California are outraged by the sheer arrogance of these Mexicans and let's say that Mexico's government supports their demand for independence. Would anyone be surprised that the Mexican embassy might soon be under attack by angry citizens trying to burn it down?

Would it matter that the EU fully approves and supports dividing California to form a new country? This scenario is just one of many, of which President Putin said is a two ended stick that will someday hit us on the head. A bad precedent? Absolutely.

President Lincoln fought a war to block the independence of the Confederate States of America. America is lucky that the CSA had no real support from abroad. Do we really want to overturn the precedent set by the Civil War?

When the Russia's government decides to support the movement of Reconquista of America's Southwest, as does the Mexican government, would the US react calmly when hispanic Californians declare themselves to be an independent nation?

Ralph
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Greece
February 24, 2008

Ralph in Greece writes:

Now these same type of troublemakers are planning a protest against the American Embassy in Athens, Greece on Saturday.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
February 24, 2008

NB in Pakistan,

Well stated, and a simple truth it be. I find it also true that those that accuse the US of being the "enemy of Islam" are themselves the greatest threat to the global umma, to the core values of a peaceful religion, and to peace, prosperity, and hope in general.

In this context, I wonder what your thoughts would be on the effect of US humanitarian aid to Pakistan in the aftermath of the earthquake, was upon the people's attitude towards US presence in the region?

It is unfortunate that such reactionary and criminal behavior was not placed in check by responsible leadership preemptively to Kosevo's declaration of independence, knowing full well the Serbian people's attitude towards those that made the declaration possible.

Folks with the embassy did their jobs very well under trying circumstance. They have this citizen's thanks for their service as well.

Nikola
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Cyprus
February 24, 2008

Nikola in Cyprus writes:

Please, I would like to know if every nation that stays in other country has right to, by using drug smuggling to support arm buying and turn out against domestic country, create and vote for new country.

If YES, than I think many other regions in the world will go for independence.

If NO, than Kosova shouldn't be what it is now ... an un-independent country.

Zhou
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China
February 24, 2008

Zhou in China writes:

This is a mistake on the world, even if it is a special and only. How do you operate Quebec Kurd Baluchi Basque Northern Ireland? Will they get a sample? Can you promise they do not aroused?

yonason
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Florida, USA
February 24, 2008

Yonaton in Florida writes:

Well, I don't approve of their tactics, but...

...I can't say I blame them, either. "NATO bombed the Serbs into the stone age in favor of Muslims based on lies, killed more civilians than the Serbs were alleged to have killed. Kosovo, their 'Jerusalem', has been stolen from them and given to the enemy (just as Co.Rice/Bush want to do to Israel in favor of the Placentinians[sic]), and ongoing ethnic cleansing of Serbs by Muslims[Albanians] is being ignored by the 'peace keepers'." Only the Serbs are vilified, but their internal enemies get a free pass.

Kissinger "gets it". Why don't President Bush and Ms. Rice?

By giving Kosovo over to the Islamists, and using it as a model for how to rip out the heart of Biblical Israel as a gift to the so-called "Palestinians" (the point men of modern Islamic terror) the US is making grave errors for which we and the world will pay dearly.

The U.S. has lost its direction in the war against terror and has, inadvertently, become one of its most effective sponsors. The sane conservatives of the world see the battle for what it is, while the delusional throw fuel on the fire thinking that will put it out.

Kelsie
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Texas, USA
February 24, 2008

Kelsie in Texas writes:

The Serbian government needs to take definitive action to prevent this type of international travesty from occurring again. It would seem that Serbia, not Kosovo, is the source of unrest in the area at the moment.

Nobody
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Pakistan
February 24, 2008

NB in Pakistan writes:

It would make this world a better place if we educate the most ignorant of all people (reference to SNP in Syria posting).

yonaton
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Florida, USA
February 24, 2008

Yonaton in Florida writes:

Update to my previous comment...

Some good insights from Lubos Motl..."I was thinking what is the main reason why so many Western countries so hastily support something so irresponsible, dangerous, and - in my opinion - unfair. My conclusion is that it is the media's fault. It seems that the Western media have been feeding their audiences with extremely oversimplified, biased, black-and-white, anti-Serbian, pro-Albanian stories from the Balkans. While one might hope that the audiences are not stupid to buy similar nonsense, the reality is different. Most of the audiences of course buy this crap. And many of them pay for it."

And, although his thesis, that the MSM is responsible, could explain why the average Westerner believes the Albanians should be supported over the Serbs, that doesn't explain why Western leaders make that error.

yonaton
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Florida, USA
February 24, 2008

Yonaton in Florida writes:

Here is another little gem that should put things in perspective, if one is paying attention, that is.

Syrian P.
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Syria
February 25, 2008

SNP in Syria writes:

@NB in Pakistan -- The Indians were smart people they wanted nothing to do with Moslem Pakis except separate from them. They saved the Indian Nation and now Pakistan is just what it is, and what it supposed to be, just a STAN for more ignorant Moslems that have no honor and no dignity, just like the god they worship. India is thriving; it is already the U.S. biggest outsourcing country for high technology. India along with non-Moslem China is rising as the worldãs number one economies. PAKIãs for the next few thousand generation will be infighting with Moslem warlords.

By the way, how do you find time to read and write on this blog, you must be missing your daily half dozen prayer sessions, bowing down in humiliation and touching the ground with your forehead in worship toward the House of Annat and Allat (Qaba). Or you are Christian, you are already saved by grace and now you can sin all your life for free. Assaulting SNP is not forgivable sin according to Mathew 13.4. If you are a Moslem you are only permitted to assault SNP on the first rising crescent, at dawn on April 21, otherwise, it is a sin (not Halal) and Allah will torture you with fire and brimstone.

Zharkov
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United States
February 25, 2008

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

Advocates of "democracy" should not be afraid to allow Serbia to vote on whether to split the country or not, and respect the Serb vote.

Germany, France, America, and even the E.U., have no national interests involved over whether Kosovo is Serbia or not Serbia. The votes of these nations, or their approvals, should be as irrelevant as the votes of Canada or Mexico should be irrelevant to the independence of America.

A credible State Department should not advocate the benefits of democracy only to reject democracy when it matters the most to the people involved. Imposing independence by force without a Serb national referendum on independence for Kosovo, is as undemocratic as a dictatorship could be.

JOE
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Tennessee, USA
February 25, 2008

Joe in Tennessee writes:

I'm afraid you will be seeing much more of this.

Polarization is taking place again and perhaps it is Putins indirect way of reacting to Kosovo and the fact American Troops may be sent there.

It is in classic OLD school methodolgy is it not?

Zharkov
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United States
February 26, 2008

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

When we bombed Serbia, did we bomb the wrong side?
Maj-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, now retired, commanded UN troops during the Bosnian civil war of 1992, thinks so. His article is worth reading, at:
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/MAC404A.html

Nobody
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Pakistan
February 26, 2008

NB in Pakistan writes:

Reference SNP in Syria posting of Monday Feb-25. Please ask the Indians, they would certainly love to take back the land known as Pakistan together with its inhabitants and have even tried it three times. By the way, the Muslims worship the Almighty God of Abraham, the same God worshipped by Moses.
Bigotry will not bring about a peaceful world where all creatures could live in peace and harmony irrespective of the religion they follow, education will and that's what the great country the U.S. is trying to achieve. Let's chip in and help the U.S. reach the goal of a peaceful world. Bless you.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
February 26, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Personally I think when folks settle down and start building their nations, we may very well eventually see something like a miniturized EU among the former Yugoslavic states, and how might one make a democrat out of a separatist?

By immersion in the process of governing.

Today one could say they are from Alsaise, in France, and folks generally won't recall that the region was fought over several times in the last hundred years, by parties laying claim to not just the land, but the people on it.

Let us endeavor not to repeat lessons from history.

The American Civil war is not a real good example to compare to in that it was mostly the economics involved in slavery that lead Southern states to break separate from the United States of America, when emancipation was proposed..and declared.

Long ago we fought ourselves, to determine the definition of freedom. Now we in America see the world fighting to determine what it means to them. It is said that freedom is never free, and perhaps Churchill was right when he said that, "Democracy is the worst form of government ever invented by man, save for all others."

But there are some advantages in the long run.

We the people don't generally worry about the checks and balances of government, as we are the ultimate hook for bad actors on stage.

We the people demand results, and policy changes accordingly if an incumbent wishes reelection.

We the people protest the unjust, as an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and our civil rights movement was an education for all, globally. Both our friends and detractors witnessed a nation moving in an ethical motion to better the human condition, and fully implement the notion that we the people are created equal.

And as a premise, this philosophy inherently extends to foreign policy intent and implementation.

So now one may properly understand why the U.S. gov. employs sanctions on leaders of governments that repress their people and deny their basic human rights. Indeed, even take up arms to protect the rights of others, globally.

We can encourage folks to learn from our mistakes forming a "more perfect union" or they may learn from their own, as circumstance dictates. History is littered with the bleached bones of ideologies that failed the people's "lemon test".

Folks will ultimately choose what works for them, and knowing this the U.S. government endeavors to promote the freedom of people to think for themselves, because democracy must be "of, by, and for the people", and chosen as a system of government by the people, of their free will.

Totalitarianism however, is always imposed upon the people. Whereas in a democracy, the people impose their will upon the government. We designed it that way from the start.

In my memories of Watergate, what made me proud to be witness to, was watching as the laws of this nation kept it intact, as the people demanded accountability.

So too, the debate about proper nation building requires that rule of law be the guide, history our teacher, and the free-born individual, our inspiration to others.

Freedom sells itself, so why do the naysayers of the world insist on being convinced? Let alone the terrorists, who already are, and it frightens them. I believe that whatever terrorizes a terrorist is a good thing, and should be encoraged, and sustained. They who create conflict to feed upon it should naturally fear peace among nations.

And from that one may see just a glimps of why I also believe that " Cowboy diplomacy " is not just dependant on the strength and temperament of the horse ridden, the job description is essentially all about mending fences and leading the heard to greener pastures. This is why the U.S. got involved in the Balkans as a part of NATO to begin with.

Change does not come without some wishing for the status quo. Inherently, change is viewed with suspicion, as a threat to culture and ways of tradition and ethical belief systems, and constitutes the makings of identity crisis on a political, and often nationalistic level on the global stage.

And so I can only offer this thought with my best regards to the good people of Serbia and Kosovo;

"We're all dysfunctional. Get over it already, so as to get on with the buisiness of nation building."

JOE86
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Tennessee, USA
February 26, 2008

Joe in Tennessee writes:

QUOTE:Germany, France, America, and even the E.U., have no national interests involved over whether Kosovo is Serbia or not Serbia. The votes of these nations, or their approvals, should be as irrelevant as the votes of Canada or Mexico should be irrelevant to the independence of America. END QUTOE

People felt the same way about North Korea for a long time as well. The 'mouse that roared'...but in all the above statement is very poor. Even in Canada, trade laws, inter corporate relationships and political ties with foreign an array of countries including aid are all dependent on whom is elected many times. That is a reality and the basic laws of physics do apply to politics as well...and are compounded.

The world is a much more complicated place and what happens in one place WILL affect another in some manner or another at one time or another. The assurance of peace is dependent on many, not one yet the realization that each may affect a whole positively or negatively must be considered and paramount to International decision making policies.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
February 27, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Joe in Tennessee -- Nicely put Joe, but I got a question on this here:

"That is a reality and the basic laws of physics do apply to politics as well...and are compounded."

Aye then, would that be Sir Newton's laws, the laws of thermodymamics, or Einstien's general relativity? Had to ask..(chuckle).

I think what we have here is a case of the human condition, as perspective or lack of factors into decision making.

Nobody
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Pakistan
February 27, 2008

NB in Pakistan writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico -- Reference Eric in New Mexico. Very well stated, I enjoyed reading it.

Zharkov
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United States
February 27, 2008

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

What I would like to know is, why is the State Dept. bullying Russia around?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia desperately wanted to become friends and a trading partner with the United States. Instead, we kicked dirt in their face, kept them out of trade conferences, surrounded them with NATO forces, and bombed their allies, invaded Serbia, and interfered with CIA-supported "Orange Revolutions." Now they've reached the point where Russia is talking about protecting Serbia with nuclear weapons. What the hell is wrong with our government?

Why has the American government attempted to destroy relations with Russia with unwanted missile bases, approval of muslim terrorists to take Kosovo over, supporting the KLA despite their inclusion on lists of known terrorist organizations, and treating Serbia and Russia as enemies? It would be nice if someone at the State Department could explain the reason for these apparently insane policies.
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LONDON ? MI6 agents have monitored secret meetings between top Serbian officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin's anointed successor, Dmitry Medvedev, to discuss the installation of Russian nuclear missiles to contribute to what he told a Moscow election rally this weekend would "help to ensure Serbian security."

Nobody
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Pakistan
February 28, 2008

NB in Pakistan writes:

Placing Russian nuclear missiles in Serbia sounds more like bullying than America's stance. The U.S. has been trying to be fair to both the Serbians & the Kosovians. That's how it clearly looks.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
February 28, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ NB in Pakistan -- I recall that some wise man once proposed that all ideas go through three phases of acceptance.

First it is ridiculed, then it is violently opposed, then it becomes popular. Or some such....

In any case, thanks.

JOE89
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Tennessee, USA
February 28, 2008

Joe in Tennessee writes:

@ Zharkov in U.S.A. --

"Why has the American government attempted to destroy relations with Russia with unwanted missile bases, approval of muslim terrorists to take Kosovo over, supporting the KLA despite their inclusion on lists of known terrorist organizations, and treating Serbia and Russia as enemies?"

Where do you get your information Z?

Putin started some 12 years ago in disregarding policies and agreements in a subversive manner. He has limited Human rights in disregard to the democratic promise made to the U.S. and his people. Free press and speech is now has to have the Stamp of approval of the Kremlin.

What about the second richest countries in the world paying back all the loans to the US which it defaulted on or were stolen? How about not selling weapons to the people shooting our soldiers or other countries trying to establish democracy? How about not stopping the indoctrination youth camps reminiscent of Hitler? How about lowering the PUBLIC THREATS made to the U.S.? How about NOT PURCHASING OIL with the Eurodollar in an attempt to devalue the U.S. economy?

The only person who is Polarizing is Putin and with the skill and intent of the outstanding KGB officer he was. He is using standard propaganda to make the US seem the enemy to RENATIONALIZE his countries people?and obviously, it is working.

Zharkov
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United States
February 29, 2008

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

As our imperial State Department has now decreed that Kosovo will never again be part of Serbia, do you not wonder from where such authority is derived? When did Serbs vote to give our State Department the right to decide for them and remove part of their country?

Do we now decree which countries may exist or not exist according to the wishes of our government or some group of governments?

Does anyone remember the neutral America of George Washington and James Madison?

Nobody
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Pakistan
February 29, 2008

NB in Pakistan writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico -- Wise man he must have quite rightly been. However, when something makes sense it's accepted immediately, and what you stated made sense to me.

@ Joe in Tennessee -- You said it! The weapons being used by the terrorists are Russian and the nuclear technology and its related materials are also being transferred by Russia. I fear and dread the day when people might start carrying nukes in their holsters and be quick on the draw against anyone or anything they don't like.

Zharkov
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United States
February 29, 2008

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

@ Joe in Tennessee -- Joe, I get my information from open source documents that anyone could find if they care to do the research. Here's an article from Michel Chossudovsky, 23 February 2008:

The decision to destroy Yugoslavia as a country and carve it up into a number of small proxy states was taken by Reagan administration in the early 1980s.

A "Secret Sensitive" National Security Decision Directive (NSDD 133) entitled "U.S. Policy towards Yugoslavia." sets the framework for the destabilization of Yugoslavia's model of market socialism and the establishment of a U.S. sphere of influence in Southeastern Europe.

Yugoslavia was in many regards an economic success story. In the two decades before 1980, annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaged 6.1 percent, medical care was free, the rate of literacy was 91 percent, and life expectancy was 72 years.

NSDD 133 set in motion a series of covert intelligence operations which consisted in creating and supporting secessionist paramilitary armies. These operations were combined with the destabilization of the Yugoslav economy, which ultimately led to the destruction of its industrial base, the demise of the workers cooperative and the dramatic impoverishment of its population.

The record of U.S.-NATO war crimes (covert operations) is important in assessing recent developments in Kosovo.

From the outset of their respective mandates in June 1999, both NATO and the UN Mission to Kosovo (UNMIK) have actively supported the KLA which from the outset of the NATO occupation has been involved in numerous atrocities. It is important to understand that these atrocities were ordered by the current and former prime ministers of the Kosovo "government".

Since 1999, State terrorism in Kosovo has become an integral part of NATO's design. The present government of prime minister Hashim Thaci (a former KLA Commander), is an outgrowth of this reign of terror. It is not a government in the common sense of the word. It is remains a terrorist organization linked to organized crime. It is an instrument of the foreign occupation.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
March 1, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

(HOW TO SPOT A CONSPIRACY THEORIST: Lesson- 1)

@ Zharkov in U.S.A. -- Zharkov wrote:

"A 'Secret Sensitive' National Security Decision Directive (NSDD 133) entitled 'U.S. Policy towards Yugoslavia.' sets the framework for the destabilization of Yugoslavia's model of market socialism..."

I find it extremely dubious indeed, that a fellow can describe a policy he's no doubt never ever seen, precisely because as he says , it is "secret sensitive".

I think it's a pretty safe bet that the U.S. gov. would not let Zharkov anywhere near anything remotely classified....LOL!

(Thanks Zharkov, I needed a good laugh today, are you done pissing into the wind yet?)

@ NB in Pakistan -- I was simply elaborating on something Secretary Rice said regarding totalitarianism as compared to democracy.

Credit should go where it is due, I believe.

Although...(chuckle)...if you think it might make a North Warizstan Tribal elder's day, by all means let's do a little social experiment. If you have the time to translate it, and find a way to have it delivered.

(I figure if it makes sense to him, it probably proves the case)

I'm glad you enjoyed reading it, I had some enjoyable moments writing it.

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