Previously I blogged about the major role of the American deputy Raffi Gregorian in Bosnia (together with other American diplomats) in the conflict on police and parliamentary reform - while his boss Lajcak stayed mostly invisible.
Now we are seeing a similar development in Kosovo. While Peter Feith and Joachim Ruecker are giving the obligtory lectures about tolerance, unity and condemn certain Serb policies it looks like it was Rueckers American deputy Larry Rossin who ordered the attack on the court house in northern Mitrovica despite objections from other UNMIK officials. Rossin seemed to have some unclear communication with Samardzic too what only adds to the impression that the US is once again following a policy of polarisation in the Balkan. The Europeans - who are supposed to be in charge - appear once again to be impotent bystanders.
One may have the opinion that Kosovo's independence is right, that the Serbs are wrong to resist it and that the protestors should have been removed from the courthouse. But even then one has to concede that Kosovo's Serbs have the right to believe otherwise and that right should be respected. In the way UNMIK handled the courthouse this respect was clearly lacking. The date (the 4 year aniversary of the march 2004 riots for which Serb demonstrations were expected), the unannounced character of the attack and the mass arrests were all meant to humiliate the Serbs in submission. It was a clear indication that the Kosovo that the US and Kosovo's Albanian government want to build is not the democratic multiethnic society as it is advertised.
Postscript: Byzantine Blog has the English translation of an interview with Scott Taylor in Glas. He believes that the riots of 17 march were a preparatory excercise for an "Blitzkrieg Against Kosovo Serbs". According to his information in the next round Kosovo's Serb leaders will be arrested and the northern part of the city brought under Albanian control.