September 2007

via the Halifax Chronicle (Nova Scotia, Canada):

Under a sniper’s glare
Woman honoured for service in Kosovo

“I was under sniper fire during the March 2004 riots in Pristina,” [Wanda Atwell], 43, recalled in an interview Thursday, two days after she received the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal from MP Bill Casey.

“Those riots caused a lot of death and destruction,” she said. “There were at least 27 people killed on the streets.”

HOLD EVERYTHING. The number she gives is 27. NOT 19, which was the officially “agreed” number, according to author Chris Deliso, who in his book The Coming Balkan Caliphate reports that the real number was actually over 30. (Who gave her permission to say it was more than 19?!) Indeed, recall that the early reports had the number of dead at 31. Only later, after everyone speaking to the press was “gotten to”, the number suddenly changed to 19. Here are the relevant paragraphs from the book:

All in all, over 1,000 people would be injured, and another 3,500 people displaced…An “agreed” number of 19 individuals died, including Albanians, Serbs, and internationals; however, the number was more likely over 30 dead.

Derek Chappell, a UN police spokesman, was “internally relocated” after stating that there was no evidence of Serbian involvement in the Albanian boys’ drowning deaths [which were used as the spark for the riots]…And other international officials claimed that UNMIK had deliberately deflated the casualty count, hushing up that six KFOR soldiers had been killed by the Albanian rioters. Most embarrassing for the UNMIK authorities, Agim Ceku’s KPC officers actively aided the mobs. The suspicious complicity of leading Kosovo Albanian politicians and KPC commanders was attested to by other internationals, such as the Greek policeman who pondered, “Why did [Hasim] Thaci and [Agim] Ceki not say ’stop’ until three days into the riots?…And why, once they did say ’stop,’ did everything suddenly stop?”

A former German soldier in Kosovo explains that the military’s inability to stop the rioters owed partially to a failure of nerve from the brigade’s commander — who was later fired due to this inaction — as he waited for an order that never came from UN higher-ups… “It also didn’t help that the Albanians put women and children in front of our barracks as ‘human shields’ so that our vehicles couldn’t get out.”

While the March 2004 riots were seemingly fueled only by ethnic hatred and general frustrations, evidence indicated an Islamist dimension to the violence. The Albanian Muslim rioters did everything from slashing the throats of Serbian farmers’ pigs…to the dynamiting, burning, or vandalizing of 35 churches.

The wiretapped conversations between the jihadi leaders had eerie similarities with those captured by the FBI before 9/11: “It was said, for example, that ‘in two or three weeks the party will begin’ and that ‘in Prizren everything is prepared for a hot party;’ then it was asked whether the interlocutor ‘can guarantee it will be a blast in Urosevac?’ Some of [Kosovo jihadi Saledin] Xhezairi’s interlocutors also complained that they still had not organized enough buses to transport the activists.

Back to the Halifax Chronicle article:

Among a group of UN officials barricaded in a detention centre in Kosovo’s capital city [during the riots], Ms. Atwell slept on a cement floor for four days as the military tried to quell the riots with tear gas that drifted into the building, gagging both prisoners and prison staff.

“We had no food, no water, no electricity. When we had to go through our offices to get things, we had to crawl on our hands and knees because the snipers had targeted the prison, prison officials and any UN personnel. They were intent on harming us.”

HUH? What? UN (and KFOR) being targeted by Albanians? I thought I was making this stuff up. Apparently, you can’t make this stuff up.

The UN team she led had to recruit and train new prison guards, while still maintaining security in the prisons…Getting local staff was challenging. “There was so much animosity between the Albanian and the Serb guards that they would fight each other every night on the back shift. They also had little respect for the women guards, even me because, as Muslims, they often didn’t have women who were in positions of authority.”

Huh? What? “As Muslims”? What does she mean? Balkan Muslims aren’t supposed to be Muslimy at all.

During her first stint that ended in 2005, she helped rebuild four prisons before taking over as the head of training. In a second tour, a seven-month sojourn that wrapped up earlier this month, she acted as an adviser to Kosovo prison officials.

While conditions in the prison system have improved, there are still problems, the biggest of which is corruption.

“It is rampant,” she said. “While I was there the last time, several war criminals were able to escape because they paid a guard to bring guns to them inside the prison.”

Could this be the famous August prison break, in which armed prisoners had armed cover but, miraculously, no one — including the UN guards — was injured? If so, who told her she could talk about that?

Still, she believes the system and the country will improve.

“You just have to look at the differences in the country. When I went there the first time, for instance, the only place to get food was a Norwegian-operated store. Now there are big grocery stores.

So, as expected, the “improved Kosovo” will culminate in a renovated, commercialized, shiny mono-ethnic narco-terrorist jihadist-harboring mafia state.

In its ongong efforts to salvage its reputation from charges of rampant anti-Semitism on campus and in the classroom, Columbia University has now invited Iranian President Ahmadinejad to speak on Monday. Opening for him will be Adolf Hitler’s ghost, who has been whispering into Muslim ears for the better part of a century.

Call him cuckoo — Chavez changes time in Venezuela

President Hugo Chavez wants Venezuelan clocks turned back half an hour and he wants it done in record time — next Monday. “I don’t care if they call me crazy, the new time will go ahead, let them call me whatever they want,” Chavez said on his weekly TV show…The shift will allow children to wake up for school in daylight instead of before sunrise, Chavez said.

The move to turn back time should come as no surprise to anyone, since Chavez has been turning back the clock since he got into office. Specifically, to 1917.

“Shots fired at Maksimovic home near Gnjilane”

GNJILANE, Sept 20 (Tanjug) - Early on Thursday, unidentified perpetrators fired shots at the house of Zoran Maksimovic, director of the humanitarian organization Decija Radost (Children’s Joy), situated in the ethnically mixed village of Gornji Livoc, Kosovo-Metohija Municipality of Gnjilane.

This is not the first attack on him or on his family, Maksimovic said. Unidentified persons fired shots at him earlier as well, he said, when he was in an automobile, and, in a separate incident, unknown perpetrators killed his dog.

The Kosovo Police Service examined the scene of the crime and an investigation is under way.

“Kosovo police arrest suspected arms dealer with links to Islamic radicals”

PRISTINA, Serbia (AP) - An alleged arms dealer with links to Islamic radicals has been arrested in Kosovo after a rare case of police cooperation between officers in Serbia and its disputed province, officials said Thursday.

The ethnic Albanian is suspected of selling weapons to Muslim extremists in Serbia’s southern region of Sandzak, bordering Kosovo.

Officers in Kosovo acted after a request for help from Serbian police…

Looks like someone forgot to pay off Kosovo’s officialdom.

Cooperation between the police forces of the two former foes has been rare since the end of hostilities between ethnic Albanian separatists in Kosovo and Serbia…In June police in Serbia seized 10,000 bullets and 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of plastic explosives in Sandzak.

“Svinjare inhabitants cannot return to their village”

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Sept 20 (Tanjug) - Some 80 Serbs from the village of Svinjare who are living in two unfinished buildings in the center of Zvecane, close to Kosovska Mitrovica, announced Thursday that they have been ordered to move out by Sept 23.

The representative of the villagers, Milorad Radivojevic, said that two months ago the Zvecan municipality assembly informed them that they have to move out within 60 days.

Radivojevic said that they wrote to UNMIK Chief Joachim Ruecker informing him about their problems and requesting that a solution is found since it is impossible for them to return to Svinjare.

The 80 Svinjare villagers, including small children, have been living in the two unfinished buildings since March 20, 2004 in very harsh conditions, without drinking water and the basic sewage.

Notice that date. It’s the day after the March 2004 pogrom ended. These 80 people are still living in their immediate post-riot conditions. Just when we thought 2004 was ancient history.

“Serbs in Suvi Do exposed to constant burglaries, thefts”

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Sept 19 (Tanjug) - Radovan Apostolovic of Suvi Do village, near Kosovska Mitrovica, whose property was a target of theives [sic] for the third time on Wednesday, said that he is considering moving to Serbia proper because of this lack of security.

Early this morning, unidentified perpetrators stole a motocultivator, a thoroughbred bull, and several large metal utensils from the Apostolovic homestead. The incident was reported to members of the Kosovo Police Service (KPS), who carried out an on-the-spot investigation together with the UNMIK police…

(Please note: The peace in Kosovo lately is being disrupted by a sudden spate of investigating crimes. This could have something to do with the increased international attention the narco-terrorist province has been getting during final-status negotiations.)

In a statement for Tanjug, Apostolovic stressed that he does not feel safe in spite of the large presence of KPS, UNMIK and KFOR members, and that he is considering settling his daughters in Serbia proper.

It has become insupportable for them in Suvi Do, he said, where he lives with his wife, mother, and three children. Their tractor was stolen in May of 2003, and a cow was stolen from their barn a month later, he said.

To put some of this Serb-targeting into perspective, one must consider that much of the robberies and burglaries, rather than being ethnically motivated, are done more out of opportunism. Albanians are practical people, so why would an Albanian violate another Albanian when he’d risk being killed? Violating Serbs, on the other hand, is a no-risk proposition. They’ve been disarmed, aren’t trigger-happy to begin with, and committing a crime against a fellow Albanian could bring a blood feud upon your family for the next two centuries.

(Note: Albanian-on-Albanian crime is more ubiquitous than Albanian-on-Serb crime, just by virtue of there being a larger population pool for it. But if a Serb is near by, you’d be a fool not to try there first.)

I accidentally read another Starbucks cup I was drinking from. Today’s wisdom concerned the importance of listening to someone who disagrees with you. It was written by a John Moe, “Radio host and author of Conservatize Me,” according to the cup. I looked him up and found an MSNBC interview with him in November. Moe is a Seattle-based radio host who decided to look into conservatism as he started making more money and paying more taxes. He also wanted to break down the stereotypes he had of people on the Right. But one paragraph in particular caught my attention:

Q: Why’d you choose to befriend and write about William Kristol?

A: I thought: here’s a guy who’s among the neoconservatives. Where I live, neocon is a bad word. Kids call each other neocons perjoratively on the playground here. I wanted to go to a source so I could understand where they were coming from.

In Seattle, KIDS ARE CALLING EACH OTHER ‘NEOCON’ ON THE PLAYGROUND. Because in Seattle “neocon” is a BAD WORD. One wonders if the children are aware that when their liberal parents use this word, they most often mean Jews. My money says they’re teaching them that too.

In the interview, Moe made a reference to his “liberal 4-year-old son” who joined the Sierra Club “on his own volition.” That’s just gross.

Seattle’s off my list.

Barry Manilow has either backed out, or was canceled (the more likely scenario), from appearing on “The View” — because he didn’t want Elisabeth Hasselbeck to be among the interviewers. Here’s what he posted on his Web site:

I wanted to let you know that I will no longer be on The View tomorrow as scheduled. I had made a request that I be interviewed by Joy, Barbara or Whoopi, but not Elisabeth Hasselback [sic]. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request so I bowed out. It’s really too bad because I’ve always been a big supporter of the show, but I cannot compromise my beliefs.

And apparently, what he believes in is a one-party system. Conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck, on the other hand, is tolerant and perfectly OK with sharing the stage every day with three liberals plus a liberal guest. Look at how graciously this lady doesn’t even discriminate against Jewish flamers:

Liberal Interpretation: Rigging a study to make conservatives look stupid. By William Saletan

Are liberals smarter than conservatives?

It looks that way, according to a study published [last] week in Nature Neuroscience. In a rapid response test—you press a button if you’re given one signal, but not if you’re given a different signal—the authors found that conservatives were “more likely to make errors of commission,” whereas “stronger liberalism was correlated with greater accuracy.” They concluded that “a more conservative orientation is related to greater persistence in a habitual response pattern, despite signals that this response pattern should change.”

Does this mean liberal brains are fitter? Apparently. “Liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty,” the authors wrote. New York University, which helped fund the study, concluded, “Liberals are more likely than are conservatives to respond to cues signaling the need to change habitual responses.” The study’s lead author, NYU professor David Amodio, told London’s Daily Telegraph that “liberals tended to be more sensitive and responsive to information that might conflict with their habitual way of thinking.”

No wonder so many liberals become conservative as they get older, and not the other way around.

From AP:

Madonna toasted the Jewish new year with Israeli President Shimon Peres and declared herself an “ambassador for Judaism,” local newspapers reported Sunday.

That’s all we need. Another liberal Jew.

“You don’t know how popular the Book of Splendor is among Hollywood actors,” Yediot quoted Madonna as telling Peres. “Everyone I meet talks to me only about that. I am an ambassador for Judaism.”

Given her past, particularly the book Sex, I fear Madonna may be an ambassador for Judaism the way Monica Lewinsky and Chandra Levy were.

Other celebrities who flew in for the Kabbalah conference included movie star Demi Moore and her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, Rosie O’Donnell and fashion designer Donna Karan.

There you have it: Rosie O’Donnell is a student of Kabbalah. Does she seem self-improved to you? What sort of endorsement is that for a movement? And notice that both she and Madonna have a pathological hatred for Christianity.

The Haaretz daily quoted Kutcher as telling a group of Israeli businessmen and entertainers on Saturday that Kabbalah had answered fundamental questions in his life and made him a better actor.

I thought that’s what Scientology was for. Shouldn’t there be a South Park episode about Scietology vs. Kabbalah?

No water to douse fire of Albania’s loss to Dutch

An Albanian fishmonger set fire to his van in a burst of anger after the national football team lost to the visiting Dutch side, and firefighters failed to extinguish the blaze because someone had stolen their water.

Vilson Alushi had vowed to burn his fish-delivery van if Albania failed to win a point against the Netherlands on Wednesday. Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy put paid to his hopes with a goal in injury time to end the game 1-0.

Alushi duly doused his car with gasoline in the centre of the southern town of Delvine and watched indifferently as his friends alerted the firefighters, newspapers reported.

They arrived promptly on the scene and unreeled the hose, only to find it was dry. It seems that residents living near the fire station had drained the tank to help them cope with Albania’s chronic water shortage.

This reminds me of a point I wanted to make. After almost every new terrorist attack, we are told that in order to fight terrorism, one must remove the “underlying causes of terrorism”. Although the party saying this is usually referring — incorrectly — to either poverty or Jews, what is correct is that there is an underlying cause: pyromania. Instead of fighting a war on terrorists, we need to be treating these people for pyromania. I wrote a short article about this epidemic among Muslims a couple years ago for, titled Firestarters.

In addition to the article’s telling examples, every year we see items like this:


Incidents of self-immolation are on the rise around the western Afghan city of Herat, the Afghan newspaper “Erada” reported on 30 August [2005]. Citing local hospital officials, the newspaper reported that 35 people had died of self-immolation in the past three months, with most of the victims being women. The head of the burns ward in Herat hospital, Humayun Azizi, said 31 women and four men killed themselves by intentionally setting fire to themselves…According to Azizi, only 90 people attempted to set themselves on fire in 2004. Suriya Daqiqi, the head of women’s rights department of the Human Rights Commission in Herat Province, said Afghan refugees returning from Iran are prone to self-immolation. “Because self-immolation is practiced by women in Iran, so the returnees from Iran follow this practice,” Daqiqi said.

Meanwhile, recall Denver in August of last year:

[Muslim Shooter Michael Ford’s] shift had just begun [at a Safeway warehouse] when he started firing at other employees and trying to set fires in the building…The rampage started at about 3:12 p.m. when witnesses said Ford burst in to the produce area, fired at least five shots and set several small fires.

“I seen him. He was like about 20 feet away from me. He was just shooting and lighting fires. He wanted to turn the building on fire,” said Safeway worker Jesus Lopez.

The gunman started multiple fires in one location and one fire in another location, firefighters said…Firefighters eventually gained access to the roof and extinguished the remaining fires. Denver Fire spokesman Phil Champagne said stacked paper products were ignited in several areas…Police said Tuesday that Ford used flammable logs to set paper products on fire.

But back to Greater Pyromania. Here are a few recent headlines:

[Serbian] Administrative Line with Kosovo on Fire

New Fires on Boundary with Kosovo

Wildfires: Official Accuses Kosovo of Foul Play

KURŠUMLIJA, UŽICE — An official says a threat came a month ago that the Kosovo administrative boundary area would be set on fire.

Fires have often broken out simultaneously in several locations at night time, when firefighters often could not reach the locations for safety concerns.

Forestry directorate chief…Branislav Prolović, told reporters Friday that his company received information from Kosovo a month ago that the entire area along the separation line between municipalities of Kuršumlija and Podujevo would be torched.

“One of the key officials in Kosovo threatened that everything from Ugljarski Krš to Prepolac, on the administrative line between Podujevo and Kuršumlija, would burn, and so it has.”

“The structure that burnt down recently belonged to a woman who was robbed and murdered there after the war. Now the house has been torched as well,” Prolović says.

In closing, below is a March 24, 2000 diary entry by the now dead Kosovo Serb Miomir Savic, from Hiding Genocide in Kosovo:

Albanians celebrated the first anniversary of the bombing of Yugoslavia. They lit up fires on a dozen locations around [Cernica]…[In Donja Mahala] the Albanians lit up a fire next to the Serbian houses.

Just to be on the safe side: in case Kosovo does get or take independence over the next couple of months, firefighters in Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Greece and Montenegro should be standing by.

In a GQ interview published the day before the sixth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Colin Powell said:

“What is the greatest threat facing us now? People will say it’s terrorism. But are there any terrorists in the world who can change the American way of life or our political system? No…Only we can change ourselves.” Powell adds…that to improve its image in the world, the USA should focus on welcoming newcomers… “America could not survive without immigration,” he says. “Even the undocumented immigrants are contributing to our economy. That’s the country my parents came to. That’s the image we have to portray to the rest of the world: kind.”

This is all well and good, but what’s he going to say when the illegals stop coming because they’re getting freaked out by all the terrorism?

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