There is a well-known narrative about Kosovo as the “most expensive Serbian word”, and we know a lot about it, up to the point of being overdramatic. I understand what Kosovo might mean to the Serbs, the name Macedonia to the Greeks, the town of Prizren to the Albanians, Crimea to Ukraine or Russia, Ossetia to the Georgians, Karabakh to the Azeri or the Armenians… But I completely fail to understand what Kosovo might possibly mean to the Americans.
Kosovo cost America more than any other thing on this planet, still few people know why. Did it cost a lot? Well, Editor of RT, Margarita Simonyan has finally confirmed what my Russian friends had been telling me all along for the last 18 years. She recalled the period between 1991 and 1999, Americanophilia and the love for everything Western (it happened in Serbia too, protesters were waving American flags even in early 1997). “Tell us what you want, and we will give it to you, we adore you”. And then, the Americans bombed Yugoslavia, and it all disappeared including t.A.T.u., the Russian pop band who made the protest song about it. Yeltsin knew he had made a mistake for allowing it and he had to go. He left in haste, before he was overthrown by the protesters in the streets. He withdrew and appointed Putin as the new president only six and a half months after the Kumanovo Agreement. Putin has become everything that the West has always feared – the leader of the superpower confronting the West. Not to mention that the West has lost Serbia just to obtain territory that is smaller than Wales. Losing Russia as an ally for a small patch of land? If there is a master plan behind it, it is still invisible, and it was too costly for the West. Kosovo is the priciest land for the West. Ever! Sheer lunacy or a brilliant plan? There is still no evidence to support the latter.
Žikica Milošević, Editor-in-Chief