Divided Kosovo

“…Kosovo is a country of stark contrast – whilst being one of the most pro-American states in Europe it is also a country that has a large number of radical Muslims. In Prizren, you can walk along Wesley Clark Street (named after the US general and an unsuccessful presidential candidate), pass just few hundred metres from the Jeni Mahalla mosque where the detained imam taught, and enter the strict city centre, where you can buy the “Stars and Stripes” in any souvenir shop, sitting alongside Kosovar and Albanian flags.

When the prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, commented on ISIS activity in his country on the pages of the Guardian (fully supporting the US-led campaign against the Islamic State) he observed that “Driving from Pristina airport to my office in the centre of the capital, you must pass through Bill Clinton Boulevard, George Bush Avenue and Bob Dole Street”.

“The PEW Research Centre published a report in 2013 stating that: 64 per cent of Kosovo Muslims are of the opinion that drinking alcohol is morally wrong; 20 per cent of Kosovo Muslims are in favour of making Sharia the Law of the Land; 25 per cent favour stoning as a form of punishment for adultery; and 11 per cent say suicide attacks against civilians in defence of Islam can be justified. These are the highest numbers among any European country…

Pic is “The Battle of Kosovo”, 1389, between the Serbs and Ottomans.