The UN In Kosovo, The Violence Continues.

Serb Province Simmers Amid Uneasy Quiet

Svinjare was one of 30 towns and villages in Kosovo swept by violence March 17 and 18. Mobs, some armed with heavy weapons, damaged 730 houses in Kosovo the vast majority owned by Serbs and 35 religious sites, mostly Serbian Orthodox churches.

It was the worst violence since 1999, when hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians were displaced by Serbian security forces. Kosovo has been under United Nations control since North Atlantic Treaty Organization airstrikes drove out the Serbian forces. But the province remains part of Serbia and Montenegro, the successor state to Yugoslavia.

The incidents have precipitated a review by the United Nations of its policies in the province, which have done little so far to create either jobs or an effective police force despite millions of dollars spent. The March violence showed that neither the local police nor the international police, brought by the U.N. from member countries, were able to maintain control. In most cases, authorities helped Serbs evacuate their homes but then stood by while ethnic Albanian mobs set the houses ablaze.

The UN has been running Kosovo for about five years now, far longer that the United States has been in Iraq. But somehow opponents of the U.S. efforts in Iraq see the UN as the preferred leader of the world.

The members of UNMIK live in restricted area, with electricity, servants and the good life. It is a far better life than that in the Green Zone in Baghdad. By Kosovar standards, the UN workers are fabulously wealthy. That brings all the things that money attracts. Drugs, women, and other smuggled items. Of course, the UN workers love it. They are reliving the grand days of the Raj in the twenty-first century.

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