In Western media, a common misconception is that Serbian security structures killed Albanian civilians indiscriminately before Norway and the other NATO countries started the war against Yugoslavia. However, a careful review of who was killed and why shows a different picture. We need a comprehensive and as much as possible complete account of who died in the war and why they died.
electronically, and I have made it available on sorryserbia.com/files/martinsen.zip
I am impressed with the dedication Martinsen has put into his work. It is good that we have passionate people like Martinsen who has a burning desire to make a difference and to give justice to the victims.However, the way his book is written, I can guarantee that Martinsen will have very minimal impact in Serbia because he does not at all consider Albanian crimes and provocations. I do not want to hide one single Serbian crime in Kosovo, but I have found several inconsistencies in his lists that need to be addressed.I do not believe his book gives a fair representation of what happened in Kosovo.One of the major problems with his list is that he is separating sharply between civilian and non-civilian causalities. Martinsen does not write about KLA provocations at all, and I do not believe he has focused sufficiently on Serbian and non-Albanian victims before March 24 when NATO went to war against Yugoslavia.It is also clear that he is underestimating the violence and intimidation towards Albanians loyal to Yugoslavia from elements associated with the KLA.It is almost impossible to know if the people on Martinsen’s lists belonged or were associated with the KLA or Serbian security structures.Personally, I know many such cases where people who have been presumed civilians have been parts of KLA or Serbian security structures. Below, I will go through some of the inconsistencies I found in these lists, with cross references to two other lists, but first let me present my ideas for moving forward.My proposal is to seek Norwegian governmental or EU funding for joint project with a database aiming to list all victims of war, killed by Serbs, Albanians, NATO and others. This list would be publicly available on a website kosovodatabase.com or something similar, and each person would be clickable where we could see the story about this person and how he or she died.We would have to collect researchers and scholars from all sides to check and verify the stories of how the victims were killed. Many of the names would be disputed, but that is perfectly fine as long as there is a goal to create a common understanding of who died because of the war.I have also been in touch with Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) and Nataša Kandić, and she says the total number of victims is 13.500. The HLC plans to publish more books about this by the end of 2015, but there would still be a need for a project like the one proposed above. Only with an interactive list where the story of each of the victims are presented, can we get the full story of the victims.There is no doubt that MUP officers were responsible for war crimes in Kosovo, but as long as the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 was not implemented, MUP was the only legal police authority in Kosovo. Military losses on all sides would also have to be included.Until June 20, 1999, Martinsen’s lists contains 8627 names, of these there I counted 501 non-Albanian names.
I have also made notes on Martinsen’s list, and the document with my edits where I have tried to mark the non-Albanian names is available on sorryserbia.com/files/kahrsedits.xls. Probably the number of non-Albanians is much higher because the Roma population in Kosovo most often had Albanian names. Of these, Martinsen is responsible for or partially responsible for 5135 names. In 2733 names, he shares responsibility, and here I could only find the following 10 non-Albanian or Serbian names.