October 31st 2006 05:31:15 AM
These are just some nice pictures to go with last Tuesday’s “Update on ‘non-Islamic’ Kosovo.” (Hat tip: Mickey at Serbianna.)
They may still be wearing their Eastern European thug-favored jogging suits and leather jackets as these “nominal” Muslims go through the motions, but they’re on their way to the only future that an independent Kosovo can look forward to: compulsory Islam. Courtesy of the U.S.A. and NATO.
In Tuesday’s other post, I quoted an article that read (emphasis added), “Serbs claim a radical Islamist wahabi movement, financed with Saudi money, has been active in the region lately, contributing to ethnic tension there. Serbs say that Saudis have been paying Muslim women to wear Islamic robes and veil in public - contrary to the region’s traditions.”
But you don’t have to be a Serb to observe the takeover. You can be a Scotsman, a Jew, a Brit or a Muslim — and you could have done it a decade ago:
The Scotsman, Nov. 1998: “US Tackles Islamic Militancy in Kosovo”
The Jerusalem Post, Sept. 1998: “Kosovo Seen as New Islamic Bastion”
Associated Press, Nov. 1998: “REPORT: Bin Laden Operated Terrorist Network Based in Albania”
The London Times, Nov. 1998: “Bin Laden Opens European Terror Base in Albania”
The London Times, March 1998: “Iranians Move In”
The London Times, Nov. 1998: “US Alarmed as Mujahidin Join Kosovo Rebels”
Hell, you can even be al-Jazeera, which was the only news organization to carry this Reuters report last year: “Daily Violence in Kosovo Rattles UN”:
A series of bombings and beatings in Kosovo may be part of a drive to put pressure on the United Nations to grant independence to the ethnic Albanian majority this year, UN officials and diplomats say…a pattern of almost daily acts of violence this month — some aimed at international officials — is worrying Kosovo’s UN overseers and the 18,500-strong NATO-led peace force.
…”There’s been an increase to almost one per day,” Kai Vittrup, the Danish head of the 3000-strong UN police force, said…The more serious attacks included a bomb blast targeting President Ibrahim Rugova’s convoy on 15 March, which he escaped from unhurt, and a vicious attack on two elderly Serbs on Monday, for which there have as yet been no arrests.
Or you can be an Albanian-American KLA fundraiser and weapons smuggler who admits in a Dutch filmmaker’s PBS documentary that he accepted help from al Qaeda, saying “I would have taken help from the devil.” (Note: the devil’s got nothing on the KLA.)
Some more fun progress in our Kosovo “Mission Accomplished” Nation-building project:
“Kosovo drug baron among terrorists”
“Kosovo Albanian drug-boss admits friendship with al Qaeda leader”
“Kosovo Albanian implicated in Norway terror”
But look on the bright side. At least Bosnia is a success: “‘Bosnian leaders ignore testimonies on mujahidin crimes’ –ex-Al-Qa’idah officer” (from BBC Monitoring, but forgive the URL for it).
October 30th 2006 12:58:49 PM
Somewhat of a p.s. to Tuesday’s post about Turkish NATO troops’ good works for the non-Serbs of Kosovo: The province’s parliament has just approved Turkish as an official language, to join Albanian and Serbo-Croatian (the last one just a formality until they kick the last of the Serbs out). Turkish had been declared official in Kosovo before, in 1974, but the UN ended that in 1999.
Apparently, the 15,000 ethnic Turks of Kosovo “have had a long-standing desire for their language to be used in official documents.”
This could be fun. To see the Ottomans — the last to hold caliphal authority — duke it out with the Saudi Wahabbists, who want to claim caliphal authority and have been funding the Islamization of Kosovo and Bosnia. Also could be fun to see Kosovo’s Turks give the Albanians a taste of their own medicine as the Turks grow in number and eventually establish their own exclusive hospitals, schools and government offices and the non-Turks become second-class citizens (not to mention target practice), soon giving way to the Turks declaring Kosovo theirs, just as the Albanians did to the Serbs.
As a source in the area reported to me, the latest news from Serbian TV is that in Sandzak there has begun Taliban-style forced female circumcision of wives. This is in Europe, kids.
As Bill Clinton explained, we entered this conflict “to defend our way of life.”
Feminist Susan Sontag agreed: “There is such a thing as a just war.”
America gets a real pat on the back for this one! Bush still has a chance to clean up even this Clinton defecation and turn it around by siding with the last remnant of civilization in the Balkans — Serbia — against the jihad-tending elements. But he and Condi are too busy fighting the war on terror to worry about jihad.
October 29th 2006 03:49:51 PM
But let’s watch us spurn it and hand it back to the jihadists on a silver platter:
AP Breaking News: “BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Independent observers say Serbian voters have approved a new constitution that reasserts Serbia’s claim over the breakaway Kosovo province.”
Except watch the world yell “Serbian nationalism!” now that the Serbs have mustered a testicle to protect their country’s border integrity because they don’t want what’s left of their 13th Century monasteries to be reduced to the rubble that any church or synagogue or Buddhist temple is reduced to under the stewardship of Muslims. (150 churches and monasteries in Kosovo already are rubble.)
(UCK is the Albanian acronym for KLA.)
So let’s see if the Free World links up with the jihadists again to pummel the Christian Serbs. Can’t wait!
October 27th 2006 12:26:02 PM
According to an article last month about a Saudi decree banning the sale of dogs and cats in Jiddah and Mecca:
the cat ban befuddled many, since Islamic tradition holds that the Prophet Muhammad loved cats — and even let a cat drink from his ablutions water before washing himself for prayers…there’s no scorn for [cats] as there is for dogs in Islamic tradition…One of the prophet’s closest companions was given the name Abu Huraira, Arabic for “the father of the kitten,” because he always carried a kitten and took care of it.
A number of hadiths — traditional stories of the prophet — show Muhammad encouraging people to treat cats well…Dogs — considered dirty and dangerous — are less lucky. According to one hadith, Muhammad said a Muslim loses credit for one good deed each day he keeps a dog and even said dogs should be killed unless used for hunting or protection.
So the pedophile who started Islam, a religion dominated by in-the-closet homophobes who feel up male reporters in mosques, was a cat man. Hmm.
October 26th 2006 05:00:04 PM
A Reuters article this week summed up why Japanese tourists often need therapy when in Paris: “Around a dozen Japanese tourists a year need psychological treatment after visiting Paris as the reality of unfriendly locals and scruffy streets clashes with their expectations, a [French] newspaper reported on Sunday.”
Specifically, according to a Bernard Delage, whose association helps Japanese families settle in France, “In Japanese shops, the customer is king, whereas here assistants hardly look at them … People using public transport all look stern, and handbag snatchers increase the ill feeling.”
A Japanese woman named Aimi told the paper, “For us, Paris is a dream city. All the French are beautiful and elegant … And then, when they arrive, the Japanese find the French character is the complete opposite of their own.”
So can someone please tell me why I got 400 pieces of hate mail — including letters written entirely in angry French — when I wrote the following article for FoxNews.com (which removed the piece from the cover page within two hours as complaints streamed in): “Let’s not Pardon the French” (A more complete and clever version titled “Pardon, They’re French” appeared soon after on JWR.)
Let’s have more French like Robert Redeker.
October 24th 2006 09:28:01 PM
SERBIA: MUSLIMS IN SANDZAK REGION STRIVE FOR AUTONOMY
Novi Pazar, 23 Oct. (AKI) - Encouraged by Serbia’s breakaway southern province of Kosovo’s drive for independence, Muslims in the neighboring Sandzak region have taken steps towards regional autonomy. On the initiative of Sandzak mufti Muamer Zukorlic, five Sandzak Muslim political parties at the weekend signed a declaration demanding from Belgrade authorities to ’start a dialogue to solve the status of Bosniacs (Muslims) in Serbia and the status of Sandzak region.’
Now, take a gander at the language used in this paragraph:
Serbs claim a radical Islamist wahabi movement, financed with Saudi money, has been active in the region lately, contributing to ethnic tension there. Serbs say that Saudis have been paying Muslim women to wear Islamic robes and veil in public - contrary to the region’s traditions.
Serbs claim, Serbs say…Just like Israelis claim, Israelis say… Are we getting the picture yet? Israel’s and Serbia’s self-evident concerns are dismissed as concocted, while the concocted concerns of Kosovars/Palestinians/Bosniaks/fill in the Muslim blank can only be real.
This is the second time this year that we’ve gotten news from Novi Pazar. Here is the first:
NOVI PAZAR — Ten young men donning long beards, short pants and white hats broke up a concert of the Balkanika orchestra. The hooligans were dressed like members of the vehabit movement. They climbed up onto the stage and threw around the instruments that were set up for the musicians to play. One of the young men took the microphone and told those attending the concert: ‘Brothers, go home, they are working against Islam here. This is Satan’s work.’ He then threw the microphone, which was damaged, as were the speakers, mixing board and some of the lighting.
Four police officers were present at the concert in Novi Pazar and used force to get the youths off of the stage and stop them from coming back. The concert was organised by the Novi Pazar municipality and the Serbia Culture and Sport Ministry…The vehabit is a radical Islamic group founded in Saudi Arabia. It is hard to give an estimate on how many supporters the group has in the Sandžak area, but what is sure is that the numbers have increased greatly in recent years.
Gee, we didn’t see this coming in ‘99, did we? First Kosovo, then the Albanians moved on to Macedonia, then Montenegro and now parts of southern Serbia, including Sandzak. And that’s not even mentioning the Hungarians in Serbia’s Vojvodina region, who have gotten ideas about independence as well. All because Bill Clinton had us bomb a multi-ethnic European nation in 1999 “to keep the conflict from spreading.”
Indeed, no conflicts here. Just lie prostrate, Serbs.
October 24th 2006 09:36:26 AM
A conspicuous Reuters headline in today’s Washington Post: “Kosovo Islamic leaders join call for independence.” This wouldn’t have anything to do with helping form the eventual caliphate, would it?
Noooooooooo, according to the article, which desperately fishes out distinctions between Muslims and Kosovo Muslims. Note the language used: “In a rare foray into politics, Islamic leaders in Kosovo on Monday added their voice to the Albanian majority’s call for independence from Serbia.”
Nor is the following strident tone opposing any partition of the land or compromise with the Serbian infidel characteristic of Muslims either: “Marking the Eid al-Fitr feast in the capital, Pristina, the head of the Kosovo Islamic community, Mufti Naim Ternava, said independence for the breakaway Serbian province was the only acceptable outcome to talks expected to end within months.”
Just in case we’re wearing our thinking caps, the writer reemphasizes that “Islamic leaders have little influence in Kosovo and rarely venture into politics, contrary to Serbia’s warnings that an independent Kosovo would become a hotbed of extremism in Europe.”
Uh - huh.
Lest we start putting two and two together, the writer wants us to fear Christianity instead: “The Kosovo Albanians’ secularism contrasts with the increasingly vocal role played by the Orthodox Church in Serbia’s politics and society since the country emerged from 50 years of Socialist rule in the 1990s.”
Then: “Most of Kosovo’s two million ethnic Albanians are nominally Muslim, but they are proud of the territory’s secular tradition. This year’s Ramadan passed with little trace of piety.”
As I noted yesterday, it was a very busy Ramadan in Kosovo. Even if it’s not up to snuff compared to the rest of the Islamic world, it was a more pious Ramadan than ever before. And next year it will be more so. And the year after that, more so. Just as this year it was more so than the previous year.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a weekend article from the online Turkish paper Zaman: “Turkish Troops, Kosovans Hand in Hand”:
The Turkish battalion in Kosovo, operating under command of the NATO- led international Kosovo peace force, continues to help Kosovans in many ways. Turkish troops are admired by Kosovans for their help in areas such as health, food distribution and education and they also built and restored many facilities.
They restored the Kirik Mosque, built by the Ottomans when they conquered Kosovo, and built a park around it. Turkish troops also fixed cemeteries and built village roads. …They have built three mosques and three parks across Kosovo so far and organized annual circumcision feasts for needy and homeless children. During Ramadan, Turkish troops delivered dinner to Kosovans and provide stationery goods to students every year through liaison offices.
One wonders what the Turkish NATO troops are doing for the Auschwitz that the handful of Serb-populated enclaves of Kosovo have become.
Now, can you spot a tacit admission contained in the language of this sentence: “Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since 1999, when NATO bombs drove out Serb forces accused of ethnic cleansing and atrocities against Albanians in a two-year war with guerrillas.”
Drum roll, please. The shift in language to the disclaimer accused of marks the first time in seven years that a mainstream report from the region is backtracking on what had previously been represented to us as a given — that NATO bombs put a halt to actual ethnic cleansing and genocide by Serbs, period — no “accused of.” Then again, Reuters is a British news service, and they know better about what did and didn’t happen in the Balkans.
As well, Balkan-update dispatches used to start, more or less, like this: “Lifting themselves up from under the the ash heap of communism, the very secular and very peaceful, not-very-Muslim Albanians are rediscovering their roots and religion and have built a mosque to honor their peaceful religion…” Now, as we can see, these articles are starting with: “In a rare foray into politics, Islamic leaders in Kosovo…” Next they’ll read, “In a rare foray into suicide bombings, the Islamists of Kosovo…”
October 23rd 2006 01:52:58 PM
Have you noticed how the more people that the Islamists kill, the more intent we are on pronouncing and spelling their words correctly? Hezbollah recently became Hizballah. A while ago al-Qaeda became al-Qaida, and Kabul (accent on second syllable) became KAbul. Before that, Kosovo (accent on first syllable) becoming Kosova (accent on second syllable), and some sticklers spell Osama Usama. Moamar Qadafi is now Moamar Gadhafi. Also, “Muslim” is often pronounced Moo-slim, and ever since the Koran wasn’t flushed down the toilet, the spelling has changed from “Koran” to the more reverent Qur’an.
All this recalls the way that, after we nuked Hiroshima, we began pronouncing it “HirOshima” (accent on the o). Except in that case it was out of guilt, whereas today we do this stuff out of fear. Well I for one am not scared to pronounce the book “Kow-ran”, and the city “Cable” and the religion “I-slam” (since that’s what they do–they slam airplanes into buildings, cars into checkpoints and themselves into Jews).
October 23rd 2006 03:14:16 AM
Remember that non-practicing, “nominally” Muslim province over which we bombed Christian children in their beds and dismantled multi-ethnic Yugoslavia? Yeah — Kosovo. Except get used to the trendier, Islamic/Clintonite pronunciation “Kosova” for when it officially becomes an Islamic state in a few months (with U.S. approval). Because that’s what we sold out our World War II Serbian allies for. And it gave us such a warm, fuzzy feeling to Balkanize the Balkans on behalf of Muslims who only hate us more now — that we’re still too verklemped to talk about it.
Here was the schedule for Kosovo’s highly Europeanized, non-Muslim Muslim Albanians during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, from Islam-online (emphasis added):
Local radio stations prepared “a variety of rich programs about Islam in general and Ramadan in particular.” Faculty members of Islamic Studies toured Kosovo, especially on Fridays for the khutbah (sermons) and Tarawih Prayer in the more remote villages, according to head imam of the Islamic Council of Kosovo Sabri Bajgora. The ICK also organized “religious activities in several cities across the province, including iftar with poor people [read “not mafia-connected”] in traditional restaurants.
“Bajgora said that like in every year, the imams of Kosovo came together to discuss a range of issues related to Ramadan. The main mosques in Kosovo open[ed] their doors in the last days of Ramadan for i`tikaf (spiritual retreat) and Qiyam Al-Layl (Night Vigil Prayer).”
Those popular bin Laden key chains were probably handed out to the kids like candy. Ah, it’s nice to see the Albanians fully awakened from their communist slumber to rediscover that they were meant for something even greater.
October 20th 2006 01:01:14 PM
Bill Clinton has finally taken ‘immediate action’ — against junk food.
Through his foundation, the (s)ex president has struck a deal with five big snack food makers, who will now discourage schools from stocking vending machines with high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar, and/or high-salt treats, according to a recent AP report.
He said “the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic and skyrocketing health care costs made immediate action essential.”
Clinton has been known for taking other tough stances – even preemptive strikes — against climate change, against a sex disease, and against tsunamis and hurricanes. Like a rock star, Clinton last year went on his Obesity Tour, which followed the Tsunami Tour, which was after the AIDS tour. Maybe some day he’ll think of doing a Terrorism Tour.
Meanwhile, as for this latest junk food deal, as with all Clinton agreements, what’ll happen is the snack companies will continue supplying junk food to school vending machines despite the treaty, Clinton will be notified that the the agreement isn’t working, he’ll ignore the information and continue acting like the deal is good — until it becomes public, at which point he’ll blame Bush for the proliferation of junk food. (See North Korea.)
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