Thursday, June 21, 2007

Why Kosovo/Kosova should get its independence !

Mary Edith Durham, a British scholar, points out, “the Serbs, or rather their Slav ancestors, poured into the Balkan Peninsula in vast hordes in the sixth and seventh centuries”. She says that they “overwhelmed the original inhabitant, the Albanian. But though they tried hard, they did not succeed in exterminating him. The original inhabitant, we may almost say, never is exterminated. The Albanian was a peculiarly tough customer. He withdrew to the fastnesses of the mountains, fought with his back to the wall, so to speak, and in defiance of efforts to Serbize him, retained his language and remained persistently attached to the Church of Rome.” (Mary Edith Durham, Twenty years of Balkan Tangle, p. 52)

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