As police deliberately hung back, hooligans attacked the U.S. embassy, burning part of it. They also attacked the British embassy, and -- McDonald's. In the way of thugs masquerading as political activists, the mobs immediately set to looting the stores of their own countrymen.
The Serbian hate for Kosovo, and the agitation supplied by government leaders, signals another conflict in that region. And everything old is new again: World War I was triggered by the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in that region.
The Marines are standing guard at the U.S. embassy, which is not currently staffed in the current dangerous crisis. The days of violence have escalated, with masked riot leaders, presumed to be professional mob leaders, spotted in the crowds.
The violence in Belgrade and other areas has been ongoing since Kosovo declared independence and the U.S. recognized that statement. The Serbs have a long history of violence against Kosovo.
Two days ago, Serbs set fire to two border crossings and attacked journalists.