I am not in a position to contest what Bajram Rexhepi, the prime minister of Kosovo, wrote ["The Victory in Kosovo," op-ed, March 19]. But I am in a position to note with alarm what he did not say or even imply.
The prime minister did not distance himself from the unreconstructed terrorists who hold on to many of the entity's reins of power. At many levels of Kosovo Albanian society, former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) killers roam free. The cities and the countryside are littered with monuments to those who killed Serb civilians and destroyed more than 100 Serbian churches and monasteries with the same relish and in comparable numbers as they killed Slobodan Milosevic's minions. These same men are responsible for forcing from their homes 240,000 Serbs and other minorities, most of whom have not returned. Yesterday's KLA troops have become today's underworld bosses and political leaders.
The heinous crimes they committed in the name of their people deserve repudiation, not tolerance. In particular, the KLA's front man, Hashim Thaqi, belongs right alongside Milosevic in the Hague. Rexhepi wrote that "wherever men are denied freedom, there is a threat to peace." That may be, but peace is impossible without justice for all.
The assassination this month of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic in Serbia demonstrates what happens when the government waits to confront old demons. The government that Rexhepi heads must lead its people away from the barbarism of the past. For the sake of peace and reconciliation, Rexhepi must discredit the KLA and all it stands for.
-- Damjan De Krnjevic-Miskovic
The writer is assistant managing editor
of the National Interest.