As far as the struggle of the World Powers for human rights in the former Yugoslavia is concerned, it turns out, at least formally, that it is the struggle for the rights of all, while in reality it is the struggle for the rights (and privileges) of Serbs in, where else, Croatia! Everything else is a huge lie.
That pacification was left to Serbia. More precisely, Serbia is in charge of the pacification. Serbia was (partly) successful in that task. Therefore, instead of historical justice the basis for the solution ("solutions") was found in pacification. Great!
Second, the crisis must under no circumstances spread to western Macedonia, because that could lead to at first federalization of Macedonia, and later its partial break up with the likelihood of the establishment of a whole Albania (that would not be some "greater" Albania, as is usually said when superficiality, ignorance, and especially fabrications are concerned) because that would change the balance of power in the region at Serbia's account. Because of the same reason the establishment of the whole Croatia (again under no circumstances Greater Croatia, that has negative connotations, but Croatia which would unite its divided people in a state with at least 50% Croatian majority), and all that in parallel with negation of historic borders which are a legacy of conquest and colonialism. Third, one people in one state. It is an important interest of the Great Powers to suppress the idea that all members of one nation should live in one state. This idea is, of course, unacceptable if some other, especially geopolitical criteria are not fulfilled. But, the Great Powers do not care for the situations when those other criteria are fulfilled and when it would be very justified that all or at least the majority of the members of one nation live in one state; the world is against that, but it can only give two suspicious reasons for its antagonism: the idea is unacceptable for the Great Powers depending on the balance of power and interests and only when small nations are concerned. Only the small nations do not have the right to live in the same state: consequently some Mongols must live in China (that is the consequence of the Chinese conquest), Albanians must live in Serbia and Macedonia, which is also the result of another aggression and of course, all of that is "acceptable"! At the same time, none of the international power brokers would even think that some of the Spaniards with their compact territory (therefore an ethnic space) would have to live in Portugal or France, therefore under Portuguese or French administration. Or that some of the French ethnic space should be in Italy and live under Italian authorities, or that a part of German ethnic space should be in Poland (why shouldn't Poland occupy a part of Germany!). Why shouldn't some Russians live in territorially enlarged Finland, some of the British in enlarged France etc., etc...
Let us finally turn to the most important example and the most important question: why can all the Germans live in a single state? Why is the unification of Germany considered to be the guarantee of European security and stability? Why is it considered to be a natural and just final solution? Germans caused a horrible global disaster fifty years ago and were punished by a division. After the conditions for that division disappeared, Germany united and everyone considered that to be natural, necessary and unquestionable. However, the Albanians, who haven't caused any disaster, are nevertheless punished with a division, but without the right to unification! While on one hand the unification of Germany is considered to be a factor of peace and fulfillment of justice, and while today no one talks about united Germany as "greater" Germany (and with clearly negative connotations), why is then, on the other hand, a potential unification of the Albanian ethnic space given negative connotations of some "greater" Albania? Why do not the same standards apply to Germans? Why should not the division of Germany be considered to benefit Europe, as applies to Albanians divided in three states? Why shouldn't the desire for the unification of the German ethnic space as some "greater" Germany be qualified as a danger for the balance of power in Europe and European (regional) security in general? Why, why? The answer is very simple: because more numerous nations have greater rights than less numerous nations. That is clear, as is clear that stupid questions about logic and justice are useless. After all, we are talking about politics here, aren't we? It seems that only small nations and those in unfavorable geopolitical position are destined to have parts of their majority ethnic space, located next to their borders, divided between different states and that they have to live in other, somebody else's states. But, let it be, this article will be read by politicians and "politicians" so there is no sense in arguing about logic. Thus, the matter here is not some "greater" Albania with all the negative connotations of that term. It is only Albania! We could talk about greater Albania only if the Albanians had claims on foreign and somebody else's ethnic space, and that definitely is not and cannot be the case.
According to a different scenario, a just solution is possible, but only after a military victory by KLA, and that will require time. Incidentally, it is not important that KLA occupy all of Kosovo. It must make the survival of Serbs and Serbia in Kosovo impossible, which can be achieved with guerilla warfare. In other words, KLA becomes the key for a solution and everything else is less important. Thus, only a just solution does not contain a germ of another conflict. A potential KLA victory is definitely undesirable for the Great World Powers and that is why they expect its defeat, either by Serbia, or by NATO, if Serbia needs NATO's assistance. Therefore, Kosovo must be isolated from Albania and west Macedonia, which are the only training and supply bases for Kosovo. This issue resolves the fate of Kosovo. If Kosovo is isolated, then it is logical to expect the imposition of a solution favorable to Serbs (with assistance of international powerbrokers) in the near future. In that context, it should be noticed that both Serbia and Great Powers will try to exclude KLA from the negotiating process, because KLA can really become the key factor in the real solution of the whole crisis.
Therefore, the Great Powers wanted to wait for Milosevic's (partial) military victory, but to limit it and bring Milosevic into trouble with threats, in order to soften, but in the end save him (as on the approaches to Banja Luka or with the ban of the continuation of the operation "Storm" towards the Croatian Danube region). At the same time Great Powers will make a KLA military victory impossible by impeding KLA in its struggle, protecting Serbia from itself, and imposing some sort of Dayton-like solution within the framework of FRY. In that, we must not forget that even Slav peoples could not live in the same state and that no one wanted nor wants to live with Serbs, unless temporarily forced to do so. And now, the political immaturity of the Great Powers becomes obvious: now the Albanians are supposed to establish a fruitful commonwealth with Serbs, after everything - give me a break! That is a similar problem as in Bosnia-Hercegovina: all great multi cultural European products broke up after WWI and WWII (even the former Yugoslavia) and now exactly Bosnia-Hercegovina and Kosovo must be a negation of a completed historical process.
Translated on 2/23/99