Czar Lazar Guard: War is inevitable

BELGRADE -- The Czar Lazar Guard says that a new war in Kosovo is inevitable.

The organization, which UNMIK has prohibited from entering Kosovo and has deemed illegal, stated that it would gather at the administrative border with Kosovo on November 28, "in order to symbolically start the new war for the liberation of Kosovo."

Although few treat these threats seriously, lawyers believe that the state needs to react in order to stop war propaganda.

The state prosecutor’s office has declined to comment on the Guard’s threats, stating that they are waiting for all the details of the case to be collected.

Some of the threats include shelling Priština and NATO bases in Kosovo, using an atomic bomb, and sending hundreds of thousands of volunteers to fight in the province.

The Guard’s ultra-nationalist rhetoric includes statements that every Albanian will be either killed or returned to Albania, while Serbs who don’t agree with their views will also be dealt with.

“Just as Martić shelled Zagreb, we will do the same to Priština. Since the Šiptars [derogatory term for Kosovo Albanians] have reproduced like rabbits, they will die like rabbits. There will be no survivors. God help the Serbian military and police if they try and get in our way. We will view them as the enemy, and we will do to them the same as we’ll do to the Šiptars,” the leader of the group Hadži Andrej Milić said.

The Guard also claimed that they would topple the government and move into the parliament if anyone tried to stop them from, as they say, liberating Kosovo and returning all the Albanians to Tirana.

Vojin Dimitrijević of the Belgrade Center for Human Rights said that, after all the turmoil of the nineties, support for something like this in Serbia was incomprehensible.

He said that he hoped that Serbia, as a country that had signed numerous international treaties outlawing war propaganda and national and religious hate speak, would look into these and many other illegal activities.

“Here, the fascist threat is always taken lightly, and it is always argued that the number of people involved is small,” Dimitrijević said.

“However, if these ideas are given a chance, then their influence will spread. I hope that people have learned over the last 15 years what kind of people we should not aspire to follow,” he said.

While hardly anyone takes the Guard seriously in Serbia, in Kosovo, where the organization is considered a serious threat to Kosovo independence, their every move is being followed.