EU-fanatic Timothy Garton-Ash, is shall we say, hardly a reliable source when it comes to recent Balkan history. He was, after all, the man who wrote last year:
"One of the most supremely ludicrous moments in recent European history came in 1991, when Jacques Poos hurried to inform the Slovenes, then trying to break away from Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslavia, that small countries had no future in Europe".
What was "supremely ludicrous" was that in 1991, Slobodan Milosevic was not the leader of Yugoslavia (Ante Markovic was), and the Guardian had to print a correction after the Professor of European Studies' article.
Today, Garton-Ash is at it again. Perhaps still smarting for not being allowed to blame Milosevic for a war he had no part in, he now blames the former Yugoslav President for what he believes will be Serbia's imminent loss of Kosovo.
"The single human being most responsible for this Serbian loss is Slobodan Milosevic - may he rot in hell",Garton-Ash snarls.
Well, Timothy, sorry to disappoint you but I very much doubt if Slobodan Milosevic is rotting in Hell at this present time, not unless The Almighty deems the "crime" of trying to run an independent, socialist economy in Europe in the 1990s worthy of a trip down below. (And, if you saw any evidence that Milosevic was guilty of crimes worthy of being sent to Hell during his four year show trial at the Hague, then please send them to me, because I certainly didn't see any, and unlike you I hold to that quaint old-fashioned notion that a man is innocent until proven guilty).
No, Timothy, if you're looking for people responsible for the current Kosovo crisis, you've picked the wrong man once again. The real culprits are those western meddlers who, in order to break-up Yugoslavia and destabilise Milosevic's unreconstructed socialist government in Belgrade, sided with the fanatical separatist, gun-running, drug-dealing terrorists of the KLA.
One of the most malevolent of all the western actors in the recent history of Kosovo was the former US envoy Richard Holbrooke, described so memorably, and so accurately, by Svetlana on Byzantine Sacred Art blog as "a violent, belligerent asshole", (and seen above with one of his beloved KLA 'freedom fighters') and a man who will, I'm sure, end up in Hell, if such a place does indeed exist. But while Holbrooke will be able to meet Pol Pot, Admiral Tojo, Adolf Hitler, General Franco and Genghis Khan and renew associations with Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Madeline 'the death of half a million Iraqi children from sanctions is a price worth paying' Albright and his other warmongering necon/'liberal' interventionist chums; I'll lay odds of 1-20 that he won't catch sight of Slobo.