So Kosovo has been declared an independent state. As is the case with most things in life, this will, God willing, have a positive side-effect, even though superficially it seems extremely negative. Firstly the EU has come out of its closet and its imperialistic and aggressive agenda has become clear to everyone but the most diehard liberals. Its de facto rule of Kosovo has now put the pro-EU Serb politicians in an almost impossible position. Their story that we share the same vision and the same goals is now, more than ever, indefensible. Bush's claim yesterday that Serbs can count on America as a friend after bombing us and amputating our territory would be laughable if there weren't some people that actually believed him. The priest in church yesterday compared the Western world to the Pharisees, who outwardly look good (i.e. their constant parroting of ‘human rights’), but are full of hypocrisy. He also reminded people that we were occupied by the Turks for 500 years, but reclaimed our land. The crucial difference though, is that the Turks were obviously an enemy, whereas today some people look towards America and the EU as if everything that they did to us was one big misunderstanding and that we can be reconciled with them.
Secondly, this should inspire much soul-searching amongst Serbs and will encourage everyone to examine where we have gone wrong as a people. St. Nikolai's interpretation of the world wars was that God allowed the state to collapse so that the people could be saved. That which was less important was sacrificed for that which is most important. Well it is possible that he would say now that God has allowed us to lose our holy land so that we may regain our holiness. After all an unholy people has no need for a holy land. This situation must not depress anyone; instead it should inspire us to put all our faith in God. As St. Seraphim of Sarov said: 'save yourself, and thousands around you will be saved’.
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