Greetings to friends of Sonja Biserko

На српском, ФБ Репортер, Кристијан Каш против фалсификовања историје на Косову.

I ended up on the mailing list of Sonja Biserko of the Helsinki Committee, and since she has an open address list with prominent people like Doris Pack, Tim JudahWolfgang Petritsch, John Clint Williamson and 138 other well-known opinion leaders, I decided to send them the following greeting on July 2:

Dear Sonja Biserko

I am grateful to Sonja Biserko because she provided me with email addresses for influential people with an interest in the Balkans and Kosovo. I hope these are people interested in a balanced view of the Kosovo war.

I am grateful to Sonja Biserko because she provided me with email addresses for influential people with an interest in the Balkans and Kosovo. I hope these are people interested in a balanced view of the Kosovo war.

Thank you for this update. I see that you have a lot of influential people on your email list, also from my home country Norway, with a keen interest in the Balkans. I have a special relationship with Kosovo because I served as the press officer for KFOR in 2000. I was working in the international HQ in Pristina, but soon had the unpleasant experience of having to confront my own naivety and misplaced belief that we from the West and NATO were needed to teach the Balkan “barbarians” something about democracy, freedom of speech and human rights.

I have come a long way since 2000, and on March 24, 2011, I gave a public apology to the Serbian people on RTS news for the failure of us in NATO to protect Kosovo’s non-Albanians.

As keen followers of Kosovo politics, you will also have noticed the repeated mention of the figure of an alleged 20,000 rapes in Kosovo, blamed on Yugoslav security forces in 1999, but since I believe you are well informed, you will know that Human Rights Watch only documented a total of 96 rapes there in the whole of 1998 and 1999. In my article Fighting inflated Kosovo rape figures, I challenge inaccurate reporting by the Guardian’s Mark Tran and Dr. Frances Trix, professor of linguistics and anthropology at Indiana University.

On my website, you can also see that I have confronted Norwegian researcher Josef Martinsen for actively falsifying history in Kosovo through his completely misleading figures of who died and why. I have cross-checked Martinsen’s figures against other lists and against the excellent databases of the Humanitarian Law Center led by Nataša Kandić‡, and unfortunately, I have to characterize his work as an active lie because he is unwilling to correct his data, despite my several warnings. Read more in my article Kosovo war fantasies of Josef Martinsen debunked! I hope my research will be of interest to, for instance, John Clint Williamson and others.

I have tried to get good answers from Kjell Magne Bondevik, who was the Norwegian prime minister in 1999. I have asked Bondevik, an ordained Lutheran minister, about why he went to war against Yugoslavia, but it seems easier for him to speak about his Christian values than to practice them. Read my interview with him, and if you understand Norwegian, you can also listen to it.

So, what shall we do to avoid wars led by NATO and other forces of “democracy” under the pretense of R2P? How shall we avoid Western warmongers leading us to war, calling it humanitarian intervention, when their wars are much more issues of protecting their national interests, rather than human rights?

My answer is to get involved in politics. At the moment, I am the head of information for the Democrats of Norway, a national conservative party in the proud tradition of the Danish People’s Party, the Swedish Democrats, UKIP, Front National, Austria’s Freedom Party and others. At our party convention in February next year, I will be a candidate to become the leader of the Democrats, and I am sure that we can copy the successes of other national conservative parties in Europe. I think we have a good chance of making a big impact in the Norwegian parliamentary elections in 2017.

By the way, all of my articles are open to comments regardless of whether you agree or disagree with me.


SorrySerbia logoKristian Kahrs
Candidate for the Norwegian parliament in 2017, Director of Information for the Democrats of NorwayNorwegian ip phone: +47 72 60 12 83
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Josef Martinsen followed up with the following reply:

For those who are unfamiliar with my work on the Balkan’s since summer 1999 when I entered a Kosovo in turmoil and chocked after Milosevic soldiers and police units who during 1998-99 murdered more then ten thousands civilian Albanians, children, women and men old and young, and physically forced more then half of the Albanian population out of Kosovo into Montenegro, Macedonia, Albanian and the rest of Europe. You can load down without any cost on my web page my two books and a documentary film and experience my findings. In my new web page (work in progress) we will reach out to the younger generation in Serbia and Kosovo trying to agree on the Truth around the Kosovo war and a start up on a reconciliation process.
Kristian Kahrs accuse me for falsifying my own documentation related to war crimes against unarmed civilians i.e. 400 mass graves containing civilian Albanian children, women and men reported to UN. He want me to include in my findings a certain number of Serbian police and para military as war crime victims. I told Kristian Kahrs face to face that I under no circumstances could corrupt my own findings with his so-called war victims.
Kristian Kahrs also mentioned Natasha Kandic (HLC) and her documentation that was made public first week in February 2015 at Media Centar, Belgrade. In her presentation she came up with a list of false registered victims of the war that four other persons / organisations had registered, among them I was listed.
Natasha Kandic said that app. 3.100 were irregular but there were no names presented.
I contacted Humanitarian Law Centre branch in Pristina, Kosovo and asked for the names that Natasha claimed were wrong because I would of course correct my possible wrong registered victims. Director Bekim Blakaj (HLC) in Pristina could not provide the names, well he could name five persons that supposedly were alive and two cases of supposedly double registration, that are a total of 9 names not 3.100. The reason I contacted HLC in Pristina was that I had had good contact with them over many years. Natasha Kandic showed no interest in cooperation with me when I visited her in October 2013, almost two years before she made her presentation in 2015. When you publicly accuse someone for wrong documentation you better support it with hard facts.
Yours Sincerely
Josef Martinsen 

And my reply to Martinsen and the rest of Sonja Biserko’s friends was the followng:

Dear friends of Kosovo

I see that Josef Martinsen has made grave public accusations against Nataša Kandić and the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC), but his email only reached about 30 people. Therefore, I have added the original list of people from Sonja Biserko’s email list in addition to many of my own contacts in the BCC field because I do not send mass mailings with visible email addresses.

There is a lot to be said about the work of Martinsen, but with his completely twisted facts, he is an obstacle to reconciliation and forgiveness in the Balkans. I am sure he originally had good intentions, but when he only sees the crimes from one side, he is misrepresenting the truth.

Of course, as I have publicly stated on numerous occasions, I want all war crimes to be punished, regardless of the perpetrator, Serbs, Albanians, NATO or others. However, the Pristina parliament has made that difficult now because they have blocked an international tribunal to deal with Kosovo Albanian war crimes. I am sure John Clint Williamson and others receiving this email regret this very much.

When Martinsen claims he has close to a complete record of civilian victims in the Kosovo war, he is presenting a direct lie. Again, I encourage you to read my article Kosovo war fantasies of Josef Martinsen… debunked!, and you can also download my 92 page analysis of Martinsen’s research. Many of the names on his list have been listed several times; he has failed to record hundreds of civilians killed, Albanians and non-Albanians alike, and hundreds of his names do not represent real people.

The HLC might have good reasons not to reveal Martinsen’s erroneous names, but I have learned that the methodology and professionalism of Kandić, her lead researcher Predrag Miletić and the entire HLC team, is the highest you can expect. For each victim, they have several witnesses, 10 or more. The Norwegian government and many other governments have acknowledged their high standards, and that is the reason they support HLC, not Martinsen.

Friends of Kosovo, regardless if we have different opinions of Kosovo’s final legal status, we need to be transparent about the war crimes taking place in Kosovo. Inflated rape figures and research like the kind we have seen from Martinsen, only polarize the situation allowing the hatred to continue.