SEARCH SITE:

HOME

NEW ARTICLES

Analysis
Teaching Peace from Tales of the City: Peace Education through the Memoryscapes of Nagasaki Patporn Phoothong
Special Report
Reflections of Refugees in Africa Wyclife Ong'eta Mose
Feature
Freedom of Expression Under Threat in Zambia Mariateresa Garrido
Essay
Women’s Political Representation in Sri Lanka: Leading towards Prosperity or Peril Pujika Rathnayake
Comment
The political Crisis of the 2017 Honduran Election Daniel Bagheri S.
Letters
Notes On A Controversy Amardo Rodriguez

RECENT ARTICLES
Analysis
The Unraveled and Disquieting Human Rights Violation of Afghanistan Priya Pandey
Special Report
Nepal's recovery process since the 2015 earthquake Jini Agrawal
In-depth
Challenges and prospects of AU to implement the Ezulwini Consensus: The case of collective security and the use of force Tunamsifu Shirambere Philippe
Policy
The Right to Food Shant Melkonian
Feature
Land of the Golden Pagodas: Checking in on Myanmar’s Peace Process Monica Paniagua
Interview
Douglas Janoff on LGBTQIA Human Rights Luciana Téllez
Essay
Common Things: Communication, Community, Communal Peacebuilding Lina Patricia Forero Martínez
Comment
Periodismo Ciudadano e Internet Gina Paola Parra
Research Summary
Water Security in the Sixaola River Basin Adrián Martinez Blanco and Diana Ubico Durán
Poetry
Reborn Arunima Chouguley
Letters
An Open Letter to the American People: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age Richard Falk, David Krieger, and Robert Laney

ARCHIVES

Editorial
Last Updated: 10/20/2003
She didn't have to kill herself.
Simon Stander

Sooner or later every journalist produces his or her taxi driver story. I recall on my first visit to Dublin asking the taxi driver from the airport one of the stupidest questions imaginable. “Where’s a good place to drink?” The taxi-driver sighed deeply and patiently and said, “ Look for a church and right opposite there’ll be a pub. You’ll have plenty to choose from. The Irish have lots of ways of killing an Englishman but they won’t let you die of thirst.”

 

Last week in New York I asked what I thought was a pretty innocent question. “Where are you from originally?” The answer turned out be somewhat deeper than I might have predicted.

 

He had left what was Yugoslavia twenty-five years ago and lived in New York pretty well ever since. He got married and had four children. Now he had two jobs, worked seven days a week, working harder than ever to help his children get through college. Despite his heavy family commitments (or maybe because of them) when the situation deteriorated for the Albanian population in Kosovo in 1999 he became part of a company of Kosovar volunteers that’s set out for Prishtina. “It was crazy. I saw some terrible things. It wasn’t clear what we could do. Even our captain did not put ammunition in his gun. He didn’t even know how to fire one. The worst thing…I can’t get it out of my mind, the worst thing and I think about every day is the young woman we saw hanging. She hanged herself because she was raped by some Serbian soldiers. But, you know, it wasn’t just the rape that killed her. It was the shame. She couldn’t face her family. Her family are to blame, too. Here in the US it would have been a terrible thing. Terrible. But she would not have killed herself. It would have taken counseling and that kind of thing for her and her family but she didn’t have to kill herself.. I can’t forget that woman. I think of her every day. Anyway, all of us here owe a big debt to Clinton and Tony Blair. I hope you voted for Tony Blair.” I told him I voted for the Labour Party and asked if he was planning to support General Wes Clark.

 

“Oh, yes,” he said. “For sure. All of us Kosovars would vote for him.”

 

Last week’s debate among the Democratic Party hopefuls on CNN indicated that there was a rush back by the leading candidates to cite Clinton successes in domestic policy. It seems, too, that there are some who look back kindly on Clinton’s foreign policy, too, even though one part of this this involved relentless bombing of Serbia.

 

For previous Monitor stories on Kosovo see: http://www.monitor.upeace.org/archive.cfm?id_article=51

 

For more signs of  a growing movement among commentators reinstating the Clinton Years:

www.truthout.org/printer-101003A.shtml

 

 

 

 

Footer