“Kosovar” became a watchword in the months leading up to the U.S. attack on Yugoslavia. Although some new readers continued to speak of the “Albanians of Kosovo,” use of the term “Kosovar”—adopted about two years earlier by Albanian nationalists—was the entry ticket to the New American Order’s press box. Formerly, these people were called either “Arnauts” (a Turkish-derived term for “Albanian”) or “Schipetars,” but in Kosovo the nationalists and terrorists insisted on “Albanian” as a word more familiar to Western ears. In coming up with “Kosovar,” however, the Albanians were making a specific and far-reaching claim: that they, the immigrant majority, defined this ancient land. Henceforth, the Serbs—who had lived in Kosovo since the seventh century—would be regarded first as interlopers and then, when their police attempted to repress the terrorist uprising, as invaders.

The Albanians probably learned their name game from the Bosnian Muslims, who did not even have the advantage of ethnic or linguistic distinctiveness: They were simply the descendants of Serbs who had denied Christ in order to hang on to their property and privileges. But once these Muslims started calling themselves “Bosniaks,” they could delegitimate the non-Muslim majority (made up of Serbs and Croats) and portray themselves as the authentic and aboriginal population. The charm worked on Secretary of State George Schulz, who apparently believed that the Serbs were invading Bosnia and not simply trying to exert political control over the land they owned (,over 65 percent).

Muslims did not invent this game. Suppose an English government decides to resettle Lowland Scots in the most troublesome part of the “other island,” and suppose that, when the Irish finally rise up to throw off English rule, their former masters were to draw a line through the country and give the people on the Scottish side the right to stay in union with Britain and continue to abuse the Catholics. But why suppose? This is what happened.

Irish Catholic course of action, at this point, is plain: define themselves as the Ulstermen, demand autonomy for their sections as a stop on the route to independence and union with Ireland, and, when the British government attempts to put down their insurrection, they can ask Bill Clinton to bomb London. We can only hope he gets his accomplices, Mr. Blair and Mr. Robertson. Then he can bomb Austin for refusing to give up San Antonio and Boston if led Kennedy refuses to restore Massachusetts to the descendants of Squanto.