On Friday, the Serbian people and Serbian Orthodox Christians celebrated Vidovdan, their most important Holy Day. The Serbs celebrate this Holy Day on 28 June, according to the Gregorian calendar, which is 15 June according to the Julian calendar. Vidovdan also is known as St Vitus Day or the Slava of St Vitus. It’s important for many reasons. This year, the capitulation of Kosovo overshadowed the important date. One reason it’s so important is that the date is associated with the epic Battle of Kosovo, when Serbian martyrs gave their lives to defend Kosovo against the Ottoman Empire on 28 June 1389. Ergo, the Serbian Orthodox Church designates it as a Memorial Day for Prince St Lazar Hrebeljanović who led the Serbs against the massive invading army of the Ottoman Empire and perished. During the battle, the legendary Serbian knight St Miloš Obilić killed the Ottoman leader Sultan Murad I. Many other significant events in Serbian history took place on this. For example, on 28 June 1914, a Serb assassinated the Austro-Hungarian crown prince Franz Ferdinand, triggering World War I. Another important event in Serbian history occurred on 28 June 1921 when Serbian King Aleksandar I Karađorđević introduced the Vidovdan Constitution for the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes.
Unfortunately, for the Serbian people, Albanians attack, harass, and persecute them on this Slava. Last year, violence against Serbs included gunfire, buses being set on fire, and forced many Serbs, including women, to remove clothing adorned with national symbols or Cyrillic script. This year, the number of incidents was far less pronounced, but there was still violence on the part of Kosovo Albanians. Near Gazimestan, which is about 5 kilometres from Priština, which is the most important location where Serbs go to celebrate Vidovdan, Kosovo Albanian pelted buses filled with Serbs with stones and other objects, injuring several people. According to the Voice of Serbia:
Abbot Sava Janjić of Visoki Dečani Monastery stated that Kosmet Albanians stoned busses that were taking Serbs back from the celebration of St Vitus day in Gazimestan. Aleksandar Vulin, Director of the Serbian Government Office for Kosmet, noted that several people were injured on that occasion. One girl was in hospital in Sremska Mitrovica and three children were in the health centre in Gračanica. Abbot Sava added that Serbian Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović had safely left the territory of Kosmet, escorted by KFOR.
More than 1,000 nationalists marched in the Serbian capital to protest against the government’s “concessions” over Kosovo in order to win Brussels support. Opposition leader Vojislav Koštunica told the protestors, “Serbian leaders are so spellbound with the EU that they’re betraying Kosovo for it”.
The date is also important for many other reasons and because of many other events other than those mentioned above. Another important event occurred on 28 June 1881, when Austria-Hungary and Serbia signed a secret treaty, giving Serbia the right of recognition as a monarchy, as long as it gave up its independence to the Habsburg Empire. Not entirely related to Serbia, but another important event that took place on 28 June was the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which ended World War I. Yet another event on this date was the final split between the USSR under Iosif Stalin and Yugoslavia under Josip Broz Tito on 28 June 1948, when an initiative by Soviet delegates of the Communist Information Bureau (Cominform), Zhdanov, Malenkov and Suslov, entitled Resolution on the State of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia condemned the Yugoslav communist leaders, resulting in the expulsion of Yugoslavia from the Cominform. For the Soviets, that split was caused by Yugoslavia’s disloyalty to the USSR and the Eastern bloc. However, for Yugoslavia, the split came about as result of its refusal to become a satellite state of the USSR.
Another important event that marked this date was a historic speech given on 28 June 1989, on the 600th anniversary of the battle of Kosovo, by Slobodan Milošević, later called the Gazimestan Speech. During the speech, he said many things that are still true today. In the context of EU integration, and the fact the majority of the Serbian people are against it, yet, the government continues to move in that direction, the following rings true… “The Serbian leadership remained divided, prone to compromise to the detriment of its own people. … I must say that here, in this big, legendary field of Kosovo, the Serbs have not used the advantage of being great for their own benefit either”. Perhaps, Milošević pointed up a fault of the Serbian people… their tolerance of others and their acceptance and desire to help those who are less fortunate, only to have their trust betrayed.
He went on to say, “Today, Serbia is united and equal to other republics and prepared to do everything to improve its financial and social position and that of all its citizens. If there is unity, cooperation, and seriousness, it’ll succeed in doing so”. This was true, the West knew it, so, it’s kept the country as divided and fragmented as possible. Milošević characterised the Serbian role in history, “Serbs have never in the whole of their history conquered and exploited others. Their national and historical being was liberational throughout the whole of history and through two world wars, as it is today. They liberated themselves and when they could, they also helped others to liberate themselves”. Maybe, it’s time the Serbian people stood up and stopped helping others.
On the 600th anniversary, Milošević called for “unity, solidarity, and cooperation among people” and then delivered the most famous part of the speech, “Six centuries later, now, we’re being again engaged in battles and are facing battles. They aren’t armed battles, although such things can’t be excluded yet. However, regardless of what kind of battles they are, they can’t be won without resolve, bravery, and sacrifice, without the noble qualities that were present here in the field of Kosovo in days past. Our chief battle now concerns implementing the economic, political, cultural, and general social prosperity, finding a quicker and more successful approach to a civilisation in which people will live in the 21st century”. His words seem now like a prediction of the wars to come, and, today, these words ring truer than ever. “Without resolve, bravery, and sacrifice, without the noble qualities that were present there in Kosovo”, Serbs won’t have victory and independence.
“Six centuries ago, Serbia heroically defended itself at the field of Kosovo, but it also defended Europe. At that time, Serbia was a bastion that defended European culture, religion, and European society in general”. To see that role changed into one of broken subservient subject without its sovereign territory of Kosovo is heartbreaking for any unbiased intelligent observer. “In this spirit, we now endeavour to build a society, rich and democratic, and thus to contribute to the prosperity of this beautiful country, this unjustly suffering country, but also to contribute to the efforts of all the progressive people of our age that they make for a better and happier world. Let the memory of Kosovo heroism live forever! Long live Serbia! Long live Yugoslavia! Long live peace and brotherhood among peoples!” Those words still ring true today.
It is perhaps no coincidence that twelve years later, on 28 June 2001, Slobodan Milošević was taken to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to stand trial. The Western geopolitical architects couldn’t allow such a strong leader to unite the country and defend it and make it strong because that would’ve gotten in the way of building their military bases in the very Kosovo that symbolised great Serbian victories. Now, the West is determined that Kosovo will forever symbolise the complete and total defeat and destruction of the Serbian people.
Kosovo is Serbia.
29 June 2013
Voice of Russia World Service
Let’s keep it simple. It’s the duty of all Orthodox Christians to support Orthodox Serbia. Full stop, no exceptions. That’s why all decent Orthodox people have to oppose traitors amongst us such as Rod Dreher, Victor Potapov, Alexander Webster, Freddie M-G, Lyonyo Kishkovsky, James Paffhausen, John Jillions, and John Whiteford, who’ve sold out to Western anti-Orthodox interests, often, for the proverbial “mess of pottage”. The worst are those who support the Republican neocons… the lowest of the Anti-Christian crowd.
You can stand with HH… you can stand with Patriarch Irinej… or you can stand with the traitors named above. It’s your choice… I can’t make it for you…
Kosovo IS Serbia.