Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn needs no introduction from me, nor is there is much to add concerning this great citizen of the world. Vechnaya Pamyat, rab bozhii Aleksandr. Memory Eternal, Servant of God Aleksandr. The music is a contemporary setting of the Great Doxology from the Vigil Service by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev. The version I have did not identify the choir or director, I assume it is the Chorus of the Tretyakov Gallery, which gave the world première performance in 2007.
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. 1918-2008. Author, Prophet, Christian. (Great Doxology from the Vigil, setting by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev)
After the UDI of Kosovo, the situation in the Balkans did not stabilise, on the contrary, it became ever more dangerously explosive. Aleksandr Alekseyev, the director of the fourth European department of the Foreign Ministry, expressed this opinion in an interview published by the newspaper Vremaya Novostei (Time for the News). According to Mr Alekseyev, the situation is aggravated both in Kosovo and adjacent states. After the Albanian separatists proclaimed independence, Kosovo was split. The Serbian population opposes independence and formed its own governmental institutions, which are not accountable to Priština. This means that Kosovo is divided into Albanian and Serbian regions.
As for developments beyond Kosovo, there is evidence that in various states of the region, Albanian groups coordinate their efforts to opportunistically change borders in the Balkans whenever the situation allows it. According to a Russian expert on the Balkans, Yelena Guskova, the current Balkan crisis deepened after the UDI of Kosovo, and it is fraught with greater instability in the region. Ms Guskova said, “This is a certain stage. I would like to say one of the last stages, but, not the last one. The crisis is serious. At present, there are no hostilities. But, tomorrow, it can be otherwise because the Albanians in Macedonia and Montenegro, and the Muslims and Albanians in the south of Serbia are also getting ready to proclaim independence”.
The Kosovo precedent and its support by Western states encouraged Albanian separatism. Albanian separatists form their organisations, create armed bands, and they await an opportune movement to reveal their existence. The recent parliamentary elections in Macedonia, which were marred by armed attacks and violence by Albanian extremists, is proof of this. Also, we should remember that Albanian separatism in the Balkans receives financial support and arms from Kosovo. The leaders of the Albanian separatists in Kosovo never concealed their ambitions beyond Kosovo. Their aim is to create a Greater Albania incorporating all territories currently populated by Albanians. It is not difficult to predict that upheavals in the region this can result from such pretensions.
7 August 2008
Voice of Russia World Service
This, along with American adventurism in the Baltics and the Ukraine, is the foremost threat to world peace today. Bush and Rice are playing with matches next to a spreading pool of petrol. In addition, the US armed forces are stretched to the limit, for instance, the Pentagon admitted that further forces could not be sent to Afghanistan unless they were diverted from Iraq. Furthermore, US Marines in Afghanistan had their tours extended arbitrarily due to a lack of forces generally.
What this means is that the US is inciting violence in the Balkans without an adequate armed force available and the deep deficit facing the US government next year means there is no money for the situation either. Some hyper-power, indeed! We are handing blank cheques to neo-Nazis in the Balkans, the Baltics, and the Ukraine.
Any one of these has the potential of being a “bridge too far” in areas that are not of prime concern to the American national interest. Let no American boy die for Albanian separatists, Baltic neo-Nazi revanchists, or Galician Uniate terrorists. Let America take care of its interests in the Americas, and let Russia deal with such filth. It can, and in short order. Good riddance to bad rubbish. World peace demands it.