Serbs Are Real Victims, Priest Says

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The media got the story all wrong in Kosovo, says an Anglican priest who spent eight days in Serbia in June.

Far from the Serbs forcing ethnic Albanians out of Kosovo, the ethnic cleansing of Serbs from Kosovo began decades ago, contends Rev. Bill Hutton.

Kosovo was the birthplace of Serb culture and the Orthodox church and home primarily to Serbs until the Albanians began forcing them out in 1943, he said. The Albanians wish to make Kosovo an Albanian province, he added.

"The Serbs don't know how to manipulate the media," said Mr. Hutton, an honorary assistant at St. Michael and All Angels in Winnipeg. (The church's Rev. Arthur Klassen says that Mr. Hutton speaks for himself, not the church.) Mr. Hutton is not a Serb but has Serb friends in Winnipeg.

He said the Albanians' Kosovo Liberation Army was engaged in terrorist activities and that's why the Serb army cracked down on them several months ago, he said. Mr. Hutton figures NATO sided with the Albanians because Yugoslavia is a socialist country.

During an interview at the Journal, Mr. Hutton talked passionately for well over an hour. He has worked with peace groups who opposed NATO's bombing campaign and they raised the cash for him to visit Yugoslavia, he said.

Mr. Hutton railed against the West's bombing campaign but praised Canadian church leaders for speaking out against it. …