Orthodox Christians Oppressed in Kosovo

Published on September 26, 2006, The Wall Street Journal Online

Category: Violence Against Christian Serbs and Their Holy Places

By James M. Klebba
New Orleans

In his Sept. 22 Wonder Land column "Hosni Mubarak Should Call Benedict XVI," Daniel Henninger catalogs the deplorable persecution of Christian minorities by the Muslim majority in a number of countries.

Another one that should be added to his list is Kosovo, where Serbian Orthodox Christian churches and monasteries by the dozens have been destroyed by the dominant Albanian Muslim population. This conflict is usually described in ethnic terms but has an important religious dimension as well. Some of your readers may be inclined to this latest round of oppression as a mere understandable reaction to the oppression of Albanian Kosovars during the Milosevic years. But this is not a satisfactory explanation. If you study the history of this region carefully, you will see that there has been a campaign by the Albanian Muslims to drive the Christian Serbs out of Kosovo for decades -- going back far beyond either Milosevic or Tito.

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