Gudzic: Militarization of Kosovo society, political elites create a state of psychosis and fear of Serbia

Aleksandar Gudžić
Source: Kosovo Online

Aleksandar Gudzic, an analyst from Gracanica, assessed that announcements regarding the "comprehensive protection concept of Kosovo" served the militarization of society and lacked grounding in facts, especially regarding the possibility of military intervention by Serbia.

"Kosovo political elites are working on the militarization of society. They use fear and a state of psychosis they have created within the Albanian public regarding Serbia. Today, Kosovo faces no threats," Gudzic says.

Commenting on the announcement by Defense Minister Ejup Maqedonci that Kosovo will receive a "much broader concept than compulsory military service to prepare citizens for reaction and defense," Gudzic says that Minister Maqedonci must answer the crucial question of who Kosovo needs to defend itself from.

"We assume he knows something we don't. Today, Kosovo faces no threats. In my opinion, this is directed against Serbia and Serbs. I assume he believes that Kosovo faces danger from Serbia, although Belgrade's official stance is to negotiate and has no ambition for a military incursion into Kosovo," Gudzic said.

He also questions the content and concept such a reform would entail.

"We need to see what content and concept this reform would have. We need to see that document and strategy, that plan," Gudzic says.

However, he remains reserved about how the Serbian community could be involved in such a "concept" due to the fact that the Kosovo Security Forces maintain continuity from the former KLA.

"Perhaps these institutions have changed, perhaps the people at their helm or in the command structures are no longer those responsible for the suffering of Serbs, but in the Serbian community, the key perception of the Kosovo army or KSF is the former KLA," Gudzic says.

He emphasizes that the fear of the Serbian community is understandable, considering not only the events of the nineties but also after the arrival of international peace forces in 1999.

"The distrust of Serbs stems from the time of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which committed terrible crimes against Serbs and was responsible for the expulsion of 230,000 Serbs from Kosovo. When Serbs talk about the Kosovo army, they always have in mind what happened in the nineties and the early 2000s, such as attacks on Serbs, abductions, and looting," Gudzic concludes.