PODUJEVO, KOSOVO – When nations break up things are usually unsettled at a minimum, but the former Yugoslavia was a whole different ballgame – terrorism has ensued on occasion.
Do you remember the end of the Cold War? I sure do. I was a multilingual foreign intelligence analyst at CSE (Communications Security Establishment – Canada’s signals intelligence (SIGINT) agency) at the time and although I did not look at the Soviet Union and its allies I understood just what it meant when that nation dissolved and the wall ‘fell’.
There was so much hope and optimism in the air and even if US President Bush’s ‘thousand points of light’ was a little over the top it did speak to a sense of relief that we had not annihilated each other in MAD (mutually assured destruction).
One area that was part of the Communist bloc was Yugoslavia, even if it was always a bit on the periphery. Alas, the new era ushered in by the termination of East-West acrimony led to the settling of old ethnic scores, some in the form of terrorist attacks.
On this day in 2001
Albanian ‘extremists’ were suspected to have been behind a bus bombing in which 12 Kosovo Serbs were killed in Podujevo. The bus was part of a convoy that was protected by UK and Swedish forces under KFOR – a NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo.
All of a sudden, everything burst, the bus seemed to have fallen apart. Blood was dripping from the roof. When I managed to get out, parts of bodies were everywhere.Survivor of the attack
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