Monday, January 30, 2006

At Rugova's graveside

Last night Melissa and I went to Prishtina for dinner and a night out for Melissa’s birthday.  After dinner we headed to a favoriate spot for dessert and on our way decided we would try to find President Rugova’s grave.  We had all seen it on TV; one news article said that a million people came to Prishtina last week to pay their respects.  That’s amazing considering that Kosova only has about 2.5 million inhabitants.

We’d all heard contraditory information about the location of the cemetary, but at last heard that it was near his house in a park we had passed by daily when we lived in Prishtina.  We found the location easily enough, brightly lit by tall towers, a newly lit walkway flanked by 61 newly planted trees to commemorate his life.  At the grave site were two dark-coated men and a police car to watch over the location.  Ringing the graveside were scores of flower wreaths from various places and people.  One was from the German branch of Rugova’s political party.  Others were from various nations.  The State of Isreal, the Chech Republic, Poland and others.  Situated prominantly, directly behind the grave, was the wreath from the Government of the United States of America.

I was drawn to it, filled perhaps with childhood fantasies about the Government of the United States of America.  I say fantasies because nothing is ever as good as it appears on TV.  I expected our government to provide a beautiful wreath, perhaps better than the others…larger or more beautiful in some way.  In reality, there were wreaths that were bigger, and more beautiful.  The banner that held the label had already begun to come apart, barely two days after the funeral.  It was not what I expected,cheap red ribbon drooping lazily over the large black word, “America.”

And so I was once again touched by the reaily of Rugova’s death.  Death appears so final from this side of eternity.  And few of those one million mourners will ever have any hope for something beyond the grave.   For them, it is the end.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This blog is filled with half truths, revisionism and fairy tales.

First and foremost, the name of the region is Kosovo and Metohija. It has never existed as another name, and the name is a slavic name. Your use of the word Kosova, is something that even Albanians now say they don't want to use, and replace it with Dardania. So, lets be clear, its Kosovo and Metohija.

Where do I start about your revisionist history.... its almost difficult because it prevades your every thought.

1. Kosovo is a province of Serbia. Always has been. It has NEVER existed as an independent nation and has no right to do so. The terretorial integrity of independent nations, like Serbia and Montenegro MUST be respected, according to well settled principles of international law. Please save your revisionism for the less educated.

2. What rights, did Albanians (who are coincidentally either a a majority Yugoslav or Serbian citizens), lack prior to 1999? Answer honestly.

3. Did they have freedom of religion?

4. Freedom of speech?

5. Freedom to educate in the Albanian language?

6. Freedom to partake in Serbian elections?

7. Freedom to indiscriminately kill Serbian police officers?

That answer is yes to all, except #7, which to my knowledge would be illegal in just about every country in the world.

As an aside, Rugova was a terrorist, in as much as aided and abetted those terrorist members of the KLA, whom should all be sitting at the ICTY or various Courts around the world, as their drug trafficking activities are well across the world.

BTW, why was the KLA classified a "terrorist organization" by the CIA up and until 1999?

You should be ashamed of yourself. You call yourself a Christian, you have no idea what Christianity is. Lord have mercy.

Have you ever read anything about "bearing false witness"? Pathetic!