February 25th, 2008
It’s getting pretty crazy in Kosovo. Ever since that country declared independence last week, their former country, Serbia, has been in chaos. The latest is a bunch of rioting and looting. Some are even saying the looting is patriotic and helping to defend their country; this is from a USA Today story:
Two women who took part in the Belgrade riots to protest Kosovo’s independence seem to think the two go hand in hand.
A video clip now on the Internet — entitled ” Kosovo for Sneakers” — shows two girls going from shop to shop with armfuls of looted items. Goods drip from their overburdened arms. They drop a sweater, but pick up a box of chocolates — and on and on.
“We came to Belgrade to defend Kosovo,” one of the girls, her face blurred to protect identity and identified only as Maja, told B92 television. “We started looting when they all did.”
The story goes on:
Rioters set the U.S. Embassy on fire and smashed several other Western missions before police chased them away. But they moved on, destroying and looting shops in the capital city’s shopping area.
“We looted because we are poor, not because we are rich,” Maja said.
“It was too much to issue a warrant for our arrest — as if we killed someone,” Jovana told B92.
So, according to these girls, I guess it’s okay to steal and loot if you are
- “defending” your country
- everyone else is doing it
- you are poor, not rich
Plus, it’s not like they killed anyone, that would be really bad.
So, do you agree with these girls? Do you think what they did was right? Did they have their reasons? Post some comments and let everyone know how you feel. Don’t forget to read the USA Today story and you can watch the YouTube clip from home.