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3 May 1999

11:05 AM: Ah, Monday, what a fart thou art. There's really no better way to start the day than to get up far too early after a largely sleepless night, rush to get on a train that ignores the pounding on the doors of you and several other luckless fools in order to move forward 20 feet and stop for 10 minutes, wait 20 minutes for the next train which is of course packed, nearly be run over by a delivery truck crossing the street to work, just to discover that the 4-times-postponed meeting that was your only reason for semiconsciousness has been, once again, of course, postponed.

The thing is, I am so very lucky to have this be the biggest headache in my day.

The police then went through their belongings, Zheniqi said, taking anything of value. A local doctor trainee, Nesim Popaj, tried to talk to the police in Serbian because his nephew, Shendet Popaj, 17, had been thrown on the ground and was under a policeman's boot.

"The Serb looked at the doctor, said just two or three words, and told him to move over a bit," Zheniqi said. "Then he shot him. We were shocked. The man was a captain, using an automatic rifle. He wore a green camouflage uniform, and on his shoulders were stars. I don't know his name, but he was tall and he had a scrunched-up mouth. I could recognize his picture easily."

"We tried to say something to the Serbs but they didn't let us," Zheniqi said. "If we tried they just said, 'Shut up.' We all cried. Sahid Popaj cried from the moment we were forced to take off our clothes to the moment he died. He just cried."

"I heard someone telling a guy in the stream: 'He's breathing, shoot him; he's breathing, shoot him,"' Zheniqi said. They found nine men who had hidden themselves in the bushes, and killed them.

"We wrote the names of all the dead on separate pieces of paper," Zheniqi said. Then we put the papers inside plastic soda bottles. There was one name in each bottle. We put the bottle inside the grave, not on top. And we buried them, not far from the stream."

- testimony of Isuf Zheniqi, NY Times, 3 May 1999

Political Science:

N 100 dead Kosovar & Serbian civilians < 1 American soldier

Willfully blind self-indulgent nebbish or amusingly quirky old coot? And how bout that local sports team? Discuss among yourselves.

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