It was not a mere military defeat but the end of Serbian independence and the beginning of 500 years of Christian suffering under the Muslim yoke.
Another year in history that haunts the memory of a different people, who also saw the beginning of the loss of their heartland, is the year 70 AD.
The late 20th century’s insane rush to create Kosovo as yet another Muslim autonomous region in the heart of the Balkans, was a testament to the curse of oil.
Fast forward to the twentieth and twenty first centuries and both Serbia and the Jewish homeland are linked by eerie circumstances.
Both are often demonized in the mainstream press and both are under relentless aggression from Islam.
The price demanded…[was] to pave the way for more and more Muslim influence throughout the world.
Rather than be enslaved or crucified they took their lives. It was later, in 133 AD, that the Second Jewish Revolt against continuing Roman depredations and occupation occurred, which also was successful in the first years of the uprising, but finally led to Emperor Hadrian destroying what was left of the Jewish state in 135 AD and — in a frightful insult to the Jewish survivors — renaming the Jewish homeland, Palestina, after the hated and long extinct biblical enemies of the Jews; the Philistines.
Centuries pass but history has an almost supernatural way of repeating itself.
On the occasion of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic’s recent visit to the Middle East, writer Victor Sharpe wrote a historical commentary: Serbia and Israel: Shared Glory and Tragedy (May 13, 2013) …It is very fitting that Serbia and Israel should have political, economic and cultural ties as the similarities between each of the embattled nations are considerable and significant in historical terms…Both continue to suffer from Islamic threats and an uncaring and, too often, a hostile world. The place chosen to make a stand against the Muslim Turks was at Kosovo Polje (the Field of Blackbirds) in Kosovo - the heartland of the Serbian nation. For the Serbian people, the blood shed at the Battle of Kosovo in the Field of Blackbirds marks Kosovo as eternally Serbian. But worse still, the Serbian heartland of Kosovo was lost.It was in that terrible year that the Roman general, Titus, finally came with overwhelming force against the people of Judea and the Jewish capital city, Jerusalem. Jerusalem was finally destroyed after a frightful siege in which hundreds of thousands died of disease, hunger, and the sword.Eliezer, one of the leaders of the resistance managed to escape with his followers and their families to the immense rock of Masada that overlooks the Dead Sea.There, high upon the mountain that had been a winter palace of King Herod, the 960 Jewish men, women and children held out for three years.But in the end, with the Romans closing in, Eliezer called them together and asked them if they should surrender.