Ending Conflict in Macedonia, 21 March 2001, International Herald Tribune
edited: Monday, April 09, 2001
By Marian Douglas-Ungaro
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2001
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Who must stop armed ethnic conflict in Macedonia and the region?
Ending Conflict in Macedonia
by Marian Douglas
International Herald Tribune
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
One would think the Balkan tragedies of the past 10 years would be the strongest deterrent to anyone, in Macedonia, Kosovo or both, planning another regional conflict to reach political goals.
The men who know better must say no to those pressuring them to take up arms. As for women who might urge others into a new war, people who know better should ask women whether they are prepared to grab guns and plant landmines themselves.
In Macedonia as well as in Kosovo, ethnic and community leaders with true courage must talk their people down from this cliff.
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|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by kcarney
|The article is well written and on a broad level, correct. There are forces in this region besides those working for equal treatment, freedom and family. Having spent several years living with the Albanian people, I know the true face of the enemy. The enemy that seeks nothing more than to extend chaos. The enemy who says rights are being violated treats its own people with brutality and sells its young as sex slaves. They raise arms and enlist young men in the name of Kosova but they shoot the same in the back during battle because of political motive & greed. I love the true Albanian people. My wife is Albanian. I have adopted family in Peje who I first met during the worst of the crisis. They are the people who are being harmed by the escalation of tensions. The enemy I know & despise, the common people I respect.|