Whatever Can Go Wrong, Will Go Wrong
By Veton Surroi
Albanian Daily News
Published July 28, 2019
Murphy's Law: "Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong"
When this newspaper (Koha Ditore), started being published some 20 years ago, the editorial staff was tired of the consecutive challenges of a totally new project - in occupation conditions, lack of experience, improvisation with new technology - so I threw them one more worry in one of our first editions. I added the Murphy's Law. To the question what this law is (who the hell is Murphy anyway), I said that there is a saying, like an aphorism, which in USA is called Murphy's Law and goes like: "Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong." And in fact, whenever we were very close to the desirable result, an obstacle would pop up - a computer would break down, a software could be missing or there could be a power outage - at the moment we least expected it. Whatever could go wrong, would go wrong in that exact moment.
After a period of time, this law departed from the newspaper and became a law that was much related to Kosovo and it was proven every day since the joyful liberation day. In the epochal moment of the departure of occupation, in the moment opportunities arose for freedom, democracy and self-governance, all things that could go wrong, went wrong: killing of the minorities and political opponents, usurpation of everything public, industrial theft of votes, installation of ignorant rulers, theft and misuse of public money which extend any colonialism norm, establishment of primitivism culture and negotiation talks with Serbia placing country's sovereignty on the table. During twenty years of liberation and eleven years of freedom unimaginable things went wrong, and today, a country which has been affected by a genocide attempt, in internationals media is mentioned through its special court, which is calling in Hague all leaders of Kosovo Liberation Army, which had been founded to have, and it did have, a guerilla war with the occupation.
Kosovo had been so tightly connected with Murphy's Law, that with the passing of time it produced its own version, Kosovar Murphy's Law: "Whatever can go wrong, will go even more wrong than you think."
2. Was it, or was it not the Kosovar Murphy's Law that sent PM Haradinaj to resigning - because in the end, no Kosovo government since the declaration of Independence has ever served a full 4-year term - and then to the plane to the special court? Ramush Haradinaj could not even have imagined that after being tried twice in Hague, and being declared free from accusations, he would have to face another accusation, and he would have to resign again from his post as PM.
In fact, neither the original Murphy's Law, nor its Kosovar version, are laws and they do not have any science on them. Ascertainment that things will go wrong, or will go more wrong than you think, presumes that "things" have a somehow autonomous fate (energy of thought) on their own, without being dictated by the outer circumstances. This is not science, but a narration, in this case an aphorism.
Ramush Haradinaj was called in Hague, because almost the entire KLA structure was called in that special court, and the main reason why the whole leading structure has been called could be a basic intense of the Prosecution: to decide what KLA's decision-making had been, subsequently what are the responsibilities of the commanding chain, regarding the crimes evidenced as done by former KLA members.
And if R. Haradinaj gave his resignation as a PM, because in his interpretation, he would go there as a citizen and former-commander, not as a PM, he eventually went there as a PM, even though he had resigned, he still was an acting PM. With his resignation, he announced that he will run again for PM in the upcoming elections.
Thus, Haradinaj's resignation did not have to do with Murphy's Law, nor its Kosovar version, as it brought a cloud of treacherousness to Kosovo and its warriors. For example, it has achieved to be a good political appreciation: considering that this Government time after time has lost its political legitimacy and the only thing it boasts itself is the part of the epic narration (protection of sovereignty from separation ideas). Why shouldn't they add an emotional dose which brings extra emotional support to the people - who are necessary for the elections?
3. Murphy's Law, when excluded by fatalism - that things are predestined to go wrong - has a real interpretation on its own. And that is: if you do not invest effort and thought on how things can be right, then it is totally normal that they will go wrong. In Kosovo's example, the lack of effort and thought in Kosovar society and in the presence of internationals have created space so as a well-organized and violent political minority kills other political minorities, usurps private and public spaces, seizes the state and steals it, turning it into an object which can be traded in negotiations with Serbia. Lack of effort and thought, have enabled this well-organized and violent minority to decide its own primitive, vulgar and arbitrary rule.
Thus, there is no such thing as predetermination of things to go wrong for Kosovo (or any other country); there is only predetermination that if opportunity arises, wrong will exploit the space given. There is no fatalist reason why since declaration of Independence no Kosovo Governance ended its 4-year term. All these governments have had in their axis the Democratic Party of Kosovo, an organization which among many things is known to take part in elections (with good industrious skills, it increases the number of votes beyond the number of voters). Since the beginning, any government formed with DPK as a compound had had deficit democratic legitimacy, thus it had to reach an early end.
There is no fatalist reason why this writhe of over a decade of negotiations with Serbia continues, a writhe which damages the consolidation of the country. Nine years ago, International Court of Justice gave Kosovo the right to declare its independence, but PM of the country went to Brussels to negotiate the relativized principles until the refusal of ICJ. Why should Serbia respect Kosovo when Kosovo does not respect itself and the right earned by ICJ?
Subsequently, there is no oculist force within or over us which makes us have a majority of young people who do not understand what they read, a people who are unprotected by the Healthcare and Social insurance (the only ones in Europe), an earthly whole that lives in a degraded environment.
4. Is it possible for things to go more wrong than that, as in "Whatever can go wrong, will go even more wrong than you think"?
Naturally, but now there is a thing that need to be added to Kosovar Murphy's Law: "Whatever can go wrong, will go even more wrong than you think, if we do not let it be that way." It's that simple.