November 2007

Garfieldians for the Separation of Church and City

The mayor and the city council of Garfield are planning to allow the Albanian-American Mosque located on 43 Monroe Steet to broadcast its prayers from loudspeakers three times a year for five minutes per prayer.

There is an ordinance in place which prohibits buildings from placing loudspeakers on the outside.

The mayor and city council do not see how the public broadcast of prayers by loudspeakers is in violation of the ordinance.

The purpose of this meeting is to explain the history of the plan of the mosque to publicly broadcast prayers and the actions taken so far to prohibit the public broadcast of prayers from religious institutions in the City of Garfield.

Last month I mentioned that a Serb was stabbed by an Albanian at a Greek festival in Ottawa. I recently heard from someone who was there:

To start off, I was personally involved in the fight (one of the 3 people that actually did something about it) — me, my other Serbian friend and a Croat (my friend also). After couple of hours of their provocations we decided to go and talk to them, we told them to stop provoking and remove the [Albanian] flag since it is insulting to Greeks and Serbs present. The provocations only intensified and 10 minutes after, the fight broke out.

Although improbable, none of the other 50 Serbs present helped when 7-9 Albanians started jumping on us. But then we didn’t expect them to, and as it happened (excuse the language) we kicked their asses on our own and 30 sec after, they were running to escape. After they did escape all the other Serbs and Greeks started celebrating again and saying “KOSOVO JE SRBIJA”. [Kosovo is Serbian] I was glad that, that was over and happy none of us 3 got hurt…

But it took only a minute and we realized that our friend (Simo, as we call him) who was just watching by the side got stabbed in the abdomen. What actually happened (later other people told me)…one Albanian fall on the ground and took out a knife and stabbed the closest person to him then he turned around with the knife and pointed it towards one of us but (apparently); as I hit him in the head he dropped it… I don’t remember seeing a knife at all but that’s what people told me. So I consider myself lucky.

The same happened to a 15 year old that was watching, well he didn’t get stabbed but another Albanian, as we brought him to the ground, got up and in rage started hitting on that kid and practically made his face bleed real bad. Then he tried to get back to the fight but he was smashed to the ground again. Today, our friend Simo is better. He lost a lot of weight and can’t drink much alcohol because his liver was punctured…

Moreover, we really tried to find out who these people were but all in vain. Police here are a joke, they want pictures???? Makes me laugh, as if people in that kind of situation are going to take pictures???!!! We told them who the stabber was and they let him go after a day or 2. All along there were 2 policemen watching these events unfold but they were probably too scared to do anything, instead of helping they just stand there and waited until it was over. SHAME!!! Even after the fight stopped, they were so in shock that I don’t think [they] were doing their job as they should. I mean the group of [Albanians] was still there and yelling at us — the stabber was there, but they didn’t do anything!

Last thing, news papers lied about the events. They said that [to] the Greek festival two other ethnic minorities brought flags and Serbians felt provoked by the other minority. NOT TRUE! Even though our Folklore group was participating in the show, there was NOT 1 SERB flag. Not 1!!!!! And Greeks felt provoked as much as we did when these idiots brought their ugly flag and started talking/yelling some stuff about a Greek part of the land being theirs. I don’t know fully what was the deal there but it seems that Albanians want some piece of Greek land just as they want Kosovo. I guess!

Indeed they do.

In a recent interview with al-Arabiya TV, President Bush said, “The God that the Muslim prays to is the same God that I pray to.”

Apparently, unbeknownst to us, Bush at some point converted to Islam. Maybe there is something to all those 9/11 conspiracy theories after all!

As I mentioned, and readers have noticed, I’ve been behind in blogging. One thing I wanted to get back to was the little-spoken-of October bombing attempt on the U.S. embassy in Austria. A follow-up story to that incident (from a Netherlands TV program) was titled “Bosnian in failed attack on US embassy, war trauma victim” and reported:

Vienna (dpa) - The Bosnian detained in connection with an apparent attack on the US embassy in Vienna, had been injured and traumatized during the war in his country, press reports said Wednesday… he had sustained a heavy back injury in a grenade attack during the bloody conflict in Bosnia- Herzegovina and has since been on numerous medicines.

Although investigators had found half a kilo of plastic explosives in his apartment, they doubt that Asim C. had really intended to carry out a terrorist attack on US embassy along with another Bosnian Mehmed D., who was also arrested…[Both] were in psychiatric care…

Just a few days before the attempted attack on the embassy, there was a story about an upcoming retrial of a Canadian prison guard who raped a 13 year-old girl — and got off with a few months in a mental ward. How did he get off for such a crime? He claimed post-traumatic stress from 10 years earlier, when he was a soldier in Bosnia and supposedly witnessed a Serbian soldier raping an eight year-old girl. From the Winnipeg Free Press:

The first Canadian soldier to ever successfully use post-traumatic stress disorder as a defence for his crimes has been ordered back to court for a new trial.

Roger Borsch, 35, didn’t dispute the fact he broke into a northern Manitoba home and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint but was found not guilty of the 2004 attack for reasons of a mental disorder.

Queen’s Bench Justice Nathan Nurgtiz agreed last year with Borsch’s claims that his mind had been affected by horrific killings he said he witnessed a decade earlier in Bosnia.

But the Appeal Court has now overturned Nurgitz’s decision on the grounds he failed to make specific findings of fact regarding Borsch’s alleged war horrors [which] were being challenged by the Crown.

Without those findings, Nurgitz shouldn’t have accepted expert psychiatric and psychological evidence which supported Borsch’s claim of PTSD.

“The truth is finally going to come out now,” the victim’s mother told the Free Press outside court Thursday. She believes Borsch’s crime was motivated by marital problems, drug and alcohol abuse — not what he claims to have seen.

[Additional witnesses] may include the former commander of Canadian peacekeepers in Bosnia, Ray Wlasichuk, who told the Free Press following the trial last year that Borsch’s version of events “don’t add up” and couldn’t have happened under his watch.

Borsch told court last year he was haunted by the horrors of what he witnessed during a 1994 peacekeeping mission when he attacked the girl a decade later.

He claims to have personally killed five people, including a Serbian soldier he caught raping an eight-year-old girl. Doctors who testified in his defence claimed Borsch may have been “acting out” what he’d witnessed.

Nurgitz’s decision to clear him of criminal wrongdoing sparked debate and reaction across the country, including several former soldiers who questioned Borsch’s war stories.

Borsch was spared jail in exchange for a trip to a mental health facility, where he spent a few months getting treatment until his release last December when a provincial review board determined he didn’t pose a risk to the public. He has been free in the community ever since.

So those dastardly Serbs in the Balkans are responsible for the sex crime of a nut case in Canada. Brilliant. This case brings us back to the incident earlier this year of the Bosnian jihadi in Salt Lake City, Sulejman Talovic. As soon as the Bosnian Muslim shot nine Americans, killing five, the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret Morning News took us back to the Balkans as well, coaxing the last, recalcitrant Talovic relative to say that yes, it was because of war traumas perpetrated by Serbs and possibly witnessed by baby Talovic that the teenage Talovic went on a killing spree in Utah.

One wonders if there’s any chance that Talovic, Borsch or the embassy-bombing wannabes might have gotten their violent tendencies, and post-traumatic stresses, from any of the following, unpunished goings-on in the Balkans, as related by Chris Deliso:

A rarely seen video taken in 1994 by the mujahedin themselves clearly shows blue-helmeted British soldiers relieving Bosnian Serb soldiers of foreign Islamists they had captured and releasing the delighted jihadis unscathed in the central Bosnian town of Travnik to cheers of “Allah Akbar!”

The intervention of the Western powers against the Serbs often helped the mujahedin to live and fight another day. This seems particularly perverse in light of the fact that the mujahedin indulged in some of the most horrific atrocities ever witnessed in war, as they rampaged unchecked across Christian Serb and Croat villages. Decapitations, amputations, and “non-surgical circumcisions” were standard procedure, as were electrical shock, sexual abuse, and other forms of torture. Serbian prisoners were starved to death or thrown into pits and ordered to attack one another with knives; if they did not die, the jihadis would move in with chain saws. Their cruelty knew no limits and sometimes shocked the native Bosnian fighters. Most incredibly, the holy warriors on at least one occasion even impaled and roasted people alive on spits. Today, the markets and mosques of Bosnia and other Balkan countries do a brisk business in commemorative videos and DVDs that capture the mujahedin in action.

We also have the testimony of former mujahed Ali Hamad:

Speaking about the murder of Serbs and other non-Muslims in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Hamad said that the mujahidin had used to kill using bullets, knives, strangling wires, chainsaws, axes, small knives, etc.

He cited an example of the murder of a Croat boy in Guca village near Travnik whose head had been cut of in front of his father. The father had to watch all this, and then he was himself killed along with 20 other civilians from the village.

“This man cried, sought help, begged, and when he saw them cutting his son’s neck he turned his head away, but he was forced to watch. They held him, opened his eyes and held him,” Hamad said.

In a stunning 2005 letter to the Serbian paper Glas Srpske (Serbian Voice), in which Hamad relates the disinterest and active coverup by Western powers of mujahedin crimes and the Bosnian complicity in them, the former al Qaeda officer gives some additional details about this incident:

The other atrocity, a barbarous murder, took place in 1993 in the Croat village of Guca Gora near Travnik. The mujahideen attacked the above-named village, and there was a brief firefight which involved even the members of international forces (UNPROFOR), who tried to protect the village and its inhabitants from the attack. But when UNPROFOR members saw the long beards of their attackers and realized they were being attacked by mujahideen, they boarded their troop carriers and ran, saving themselves and leaving the civilians in the village to the mercy of the mujahideen.

Some 20 Croat civilians were captured; after psychological and physical mistreatment, they were taken somewhere just outside the village and brutally murdered with bullets, knives, and even a chainsaw. Before that bloody event, in the same village, a mujahid named E.M. used a big knife to slit the throat of a 16- or 14-year old Croat boy before his father’s eyes. The father was forced to watch; then his life was taken in the same fashion.

The third atrocity happened the same year, and I witnessed it, in the mujahedeen camp in the village of Orasac near Travnik. The mujahedeen slit the throat and decapitated a Serb citizen of B-H [Bosnia-Herzegovina] with a rusty kitchen knife. This was witnessed by four Croat captives, who fortunately survived. The murderer was S.B., assisted by R.A., while E.M. severed the head from the body.

(Aside: Hamad’s letter also mentions the killing by mujahedin in Bosnia of four European journalists, most likely British, he says — in a phenomenon similar to what happens in the Palestinian territories, where Western journalists are hampered by being kidnapped or killed by those whose propaganda they’re trying to help with.)

Here are more incidents, from a video aired in 2006, that could have given Talovic, Borsch and the would-be embassy bombers the killing and/or raping bug:

“Kill, rape, destroy”

Hamdija Delalić, commander of the V corps’ 502 brigades of the Muslim military, can be clearly seen and heard in the video calling for an attack on Fikret Abdić [a Serb-aligned Muslim moderate] and the Republic of Srpska Military.

“A breach must be made. Kill all that stands in front of you. I am permitting and ordering that the enemies be killed using all necessary means, knives, bombs, hunting knives, teeth.” Delalić said to his soldiers in the video.

“Can we rape?”…When asking whether the soldiers were allowed to rape people, Delalić said that they have the right to do anything they want.

President of the Association of Western Bosnian Prisoners of War, Esad Čović, told ATV that the direct consequences of Delalić’s orders were the burning of several villages and many rapes.

Čović said that one woman that was raped several times and suffered more than 200 knife cuts on her body, adding that members of the 505 brigade carved their emblem into her body.

“That brigade was led by the commander of the V corps of the Bosnia-Herzegovina army, General Atif Dudaković. The Association of Western Bosnian Prisoners of War sent documents to the Hague Tribunal in 1999 regarding the crimes of the V corps, but an answer never came back, so we decided to forward the documentation to the Bosnia-Herzegovina state prosecution.” Čović said.

Or perhaps our hapless Bosnian killer and would-be killers got their ideas from watching mujahedin playing soccer with a Serbian head:

(via BBC Monitoring, September 18; from Belgrade-based Radio B92 website)

A Bosnian TV station has broadcast parts of a new tape showing the activities of a Mujahidin unit during the Bosnian war. The tape shows some of the crimes committed by the unit against Bosnian Serbs during the 1992-1995 war in central Bosnia.

The footage shows Mujahidin “sharpening axes” which they later allegedly used to behead a Serb soldier; a speech is also recorded of a Mujahidin saying: “They call us terrorists. We are terrorists and we will destroy all the enemies of Allah.” In addition to the hair-raising scenes of corpses and mutilation, there are also pictures of living prisoners of war that the Mujahidin had tied up and abused — the scenes were broadcast on Bijeljina’s BN TV. There is also footage of the Mujahidin playing football using, instead of a ball, “a decapitated head.”

The Al-Mujahidin was a unit consisting of fighters from Islamic countries, who, as they say on the tape, came to Bosnia to “fight for Allah”, with the alleged approval of the then Bosnian war council, under whose command they fell, as part of the Muslim Bosnian Army. The unit was formed in 1993, and according to the clips, that same year, an order was read out saying that they formed part of the Bosnian Army, and had the approval of the then Muslim leadership.

The tape was found by the Council of Concentration Camp Victims of the [Bosnian] Serb Republic, whose president, Branislav Dukic, has said that the footage came from the Bosniak side. Dukic said that even among the Bosniaks, there were “those who wish to prove the presence of Mujahidin in Bosnia, and the war crimes they committed on the territory of central Bosnia.” Women were among those seen living in the Mujahidin camp, dressed strictly according to Islamic dictates, as well as children, dressed in military wear, while one little girl is shown holding a pistol.

The unit, as is claimed at the end of the video, numbered some 1,000 fighters by the end of the war, including some 700 Bosniaks, who were recruited during the course of the war, and 300 foreign warriors from Islamic countries.

In a 1993 article in the journal Foreign Policy, Peter Brock mentions a thing or two about rape during the Balkan wars:

* late March 1992 - Serb females imprisoned at Breza were raped and then murdered by Muslims; their bodies were later incinerated.

* May 27, 1992 - female prisoners from Bradina were taken to the camp in Celebici where they were repeatedly raped.

* July 26, 1992 - an escapee from Gorazde reported Muslims forced Serb fathers to rape their own daughters before both were murdered.

* August 27, 1992 - an affidavit by Dr. Olga Drasko, a former inmate of an Ustashi camp at Dretelj, described rapes and mutilations of women, including herself, during her three month confinement.

* November 1992 - a group of Serb women released from Tuzla requested late-term abortions after having been repeatedly raped by Muslims during lengthy captivities.

* December 10, 1992 - in Belgrade, Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Pavle told official of the Swiss Federal Parliament and representatives from European Ecumenical Movements that 800 Serb women were documented as repeated rape victims in 20 camps operated by Muslims and Croats…

Also unnoticed by the media was the submission on December 18, 1992, of the lengthy report (s/24991) by the U.N. Security Council to the General Assembly. The report includes some of the depositions by Serb rape victims from the incidents above. U.N. officials have never explained why it was not made publicly available until January 5, 1993, even though it was the only report produced by an international agency that contained documented testimonies from any rape victims up until that time. Yet, while that report was receiving minimal circulation at the U.N., the news media were focusing on undocumented claims [that Serbian] soldiers had committed as many as 60,000 rapes of Muslims women.

From the start of the Bosnian war in April 1992 until November of that year, thousands of refugees fled into Croatia and other countries. There, extensive interviews failed to disclose allegation of “systematic rape.” Then suddenly, in late November and early December, the world received a deluge of reports about rapes of Muslim women. The accounts originated in the Information Ministries of the governments of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The January 4, 1993, “Newsweek,” for one, quoted unsubstantiated Bosnian government claims of up to 50,000 rapes of Muslims by Serb soldiers.

The resulting handful of rape-produced births also clearly contradicts claims of waves of systematic rape-induced pregnancies supposedly treated in Bosnia hospitals and reported by Bosnian government authorities and Western journalists.

The general lack of follow-up on the rape allegations is in stark contrast to the lone account of French journalist Jerome Bony, who described in a February 4, 1993, broadcast on the French television program “Envoye Special” his trek to Tuzla, notorious for its concentration of Muslim rape victims:

“When I was at 50 kilometers from Tuzla I was told, ‘go to Tuzla high school ground (where) there are 4,000 raped women’. At 20 kilometers this figure dropped to 400. At 10 kilometers only 40 were left. Once at the site, I found only four women willing to testify.”

In closing, then, it’s apparent that our Canadian rapist is no dummy. Imagine trying to get an acquittal by pointing to atrocities you witnessed by Bosnian Muslims against Serbs or Croats. Imagine trying to introduce Western publics to the concept of a non-Serb Balkan villain, much less to a Serbian victim. Obviously, Borsch and his lawyer knew which Balkan player to blame and it worked, as usual, like a charm.

It’s also entirely possible that what he witnessed in Bosnia, namely seeing how much you can get away with if you do it to a Serb, gave him a false sense of impunity — and that’s what he was acting out.

In a surprisingly sober Boston Globe editorial today titled “First Kosovo, and then what?” — in which Globe editors understand that a unilateral declaration of independence “could set off instability across the Balkans and beyond” — the following paragraph is included:

While 20 of the EU’s 27 members favor independence for Kosovo, nearly all dread a unilateral declaration. That prospect conjures up memories of Europe’s careless acceptance of declarations of independence from Yugoslavia by Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia in the early 1990s. Those acts ushered in horrific wars and crimes against humanity.

Let the record show November 21, 2007 as the date that, for perhaps the first time in history since the 1990s Balkan wars, the mainstream American media has acknowledged that illegal acts of secession, hastily recognized by European nations, are what set off the Balkan wars. This is the first time I am seeing something other than, and in contradiction to, “Slobodan Milosevic set off the Balkan wars.”

While the piece starts off with the usual mythology about Milosevic’s “ethnic cleansing” of Kosovo villages, some worthy paragraphs finish it off:

A unilateral lunge for independence by Kosovo could spur Serbs in Bosnia and Herzogovina — half that country’s population — to follow suit. And Kremlin warnings against the imposition of any Kosovo formula not acceptable to Serbia raises the specter of Russian backing for independence movements in Georgia, Moldova, and even Ukraine. This would be a prescription for armed conflict around the periphery of Europe.

Some European diplomats also worry about the United Nations carving new countries out of older countries’ provinces. They recognize that separatist reflexes persist in regions such as Catalonia and the Basque country. Even the Flemish and Walloon populations of tiny Belgium may want a nationalist divorce.

…[T]he European, American, and Russian mediators should keep Serbia and the Kosovars at the negotiating table as long as it takes to hammer out a resolution to which both sides agree. This may mean incorporating the Serbian-populated area of Kosovo into Serbia proper, along with Serbian monasteries and holy sites. It may entail minor population transfers. But whatever the eventual solution, it should be accepted by the two peoples and not imposed by outsiders.

I’m a bit behind, but this comes from a late October Newsmax “Insider Report” mailing:

Top Rabbi Addresses U.S. Muslim Group

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, head of America’s largest Jewish denomination, spoke at a major Islamic conference in Chicago and called for an end to discrimination against Muslims.

Yoffie addressed the 44th annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America, also calling for more dialogue between religions and for support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jewish Daily Forward reported.

Yoffie — president of the Union for Reform Judaism — said a “profound ignorance” about Islam in the U.S. has encouraged Americans’ views of Muslims as the enemy.

Translation: “profound ignorance” = “profound understanding”

“The time has come to stand up to the opportunists in our midst — the media figures, religious leaders and politicians who demonize Muslims and bash Islam, exploiting the fears of their fellow citizens for their own purposes,” he said.

“The time has come to end racial profiling and legal discrimination of any kind against Muslim Americans.”
But Yoffie insisted that while Jews should help Muslims overcome Islamophobia, Muslims should help fight anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

The ISNA has in the past been accused of supporting the Palestinian organization Hamas, and was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism trial against a Texas-based charity shut down after the 9/11 terrorist attacks because of its alleged ties to Hamas, according to The Forward.

But ISNA’s new leadership has condemned terrorism, including that perpetrated by Hamas and Hezbollah, and openly supports a two-state solution in Palestine.

Nevertheless, David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, was critical of Yoffie for addressing the Muslim organization.

“Here is another discredited group eager for mainstream recognition,” he wrote on the Jerusalem Post’s Web site. “Inadvertently, in the name of inter-religious dialogue, he gave it.”

Here’s whose help Yoffie is trying to enlist in fighting anti-Semitism:

Steven Emerson, a counterterrorism expert…contends that the organization still hosts speakers who have made anti-Jewish remarks in the past.

Yoffie is the same Dumb Jew about whom I wrote in 2005:

Yoffie, for his part, called conservative Christian activists “‘zealots’ who claim a ‘monopoly on god’ while promoting anti-gay policies akin to Adolf Hitler’s.”

The funny part is that he wasn’t saying this about the religion that really does carry the Nazi torch with “Sieg Heil” salutes, swastikas, children who cheer in European classrooms every time the word “Holocaust” is mentioned, and ancestors who originated the yellow patch for Jewish dhimmis — which the Third Reich adopted.

“What could be more bigoted than to claim that you have a monopoly on G-d?” Yoffie asked at the Reform movement’s national assembly in Houston two weeks ago.

Is this a trick question? Um, beheading Christian children in Indonesia? Ethnically cleansing non-Muslims? Executing gays in Iran and torturing them in Egypt? Am I getting warm? Genocide bombings in Israel?

According to the report, “the audience of 5,000 [Dumb Jews] responded to the speech with enthusiastic applause.”

From a travelblog I stumbled upon:

Pristina is almost without any overt Serb references - no Cyrillic, or serb wording - needless to say there is alot of English language with the heavy presence of the UN…and to a lesser extent (obviously at least) KFOR. The occasional mosque and minaret poking up through the skyline provides the clue as to the dominant religion. Ten years ago it would have been a very different place and it would have been interesting to appreciate the differences….but there is one last “monument”, or “recognition” of Serb Orthodoxy which is the shell of a once great Church standing in the vicinity of the library — surrounded by barbed wire…looking very lonely, isolated, ruined of its previous glory…like an aged, once great animal spending its last days in a zoo.

I’ve been meaning to comment on this article from earlier in the year, about tourism developments in Serbia. A Serbia-based company called Kw.Yu.Ser.Co. “signed a contract with the Kuwaiti Al-Sayfe, to bring the Kuwaiti tourists to rehabilitation and spa centers in the country…The contract was signed at the Health Tourism Conference, held in the Gulf state mid March. The Serbian partner is under obligation to provide tourist content that will satisfy the specific demands of Kuwaiti guests.”

Who else tells countries that one is interested in vacationing in to first change that country according to his specifications? What does this even mean:

Kuwaiti Guest: I do not see enough Mosques.

Serbian Host: We will build some more right away.

Kuwaiti Guest: The Serbian women offend me with their beauty.

Serbian Host: We will deploy burqas immediately.

Can you say “tourrorism”?

September brought with it more Serbo-Kuwaiti developments:

Serbia Has No Moral Rights To Govern Kosova [sic], Says The Kuwaiti Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Albania, Sali Berisha, during his visit to U.S. met with the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Nasser Mohamed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, with whom he discussed Kosova [sic].

(Yes, the gang was all here!)

The Kuwaiti Prime Minster said that Kosova [sic] is an issue of a great importance. “Serbia is responsible for all of the suffering of Kosovars and for violating human rights. For this reason, Serbia has no moral right to govern Kosova [sic],” said the Kuwaiti Prime Minister.

(That broken-record excuse for the land-grab is addressed in yesterday’s article.)

Berisha informed the Kuwaiti Prime Minister on the developments in [Albania] and the climate for investment in the country, and considered foreign investments as very important. He appreciated the presence of Kuwaiti companies, such as Al Karaf, in Albania.

Now, of course, the question is: If Serbia is so hostile to Muslims, why do Kuwaitis want to vacation there?

Serbian companies catering to these people — just like Serbia’s anti-Serbian media which was infested with Bosniaks, Albanians, Croatians and every other kind of Serb-hater — is all the more proof that Serbia is very much a self-loathing entity in the tradition of the Western world, and we should have recognized ourselves and identified with Serbia instead of bombing it. Ultimately, the Western war against Yugoslavia was a self-loathing act of aggression against ourselves.

Just an explanatory note about Serbia’s anti-Serbian media (not unlike our own anti-American media and Israel’s anti-Israel media) that ensured the end of Yugoslavia; this comes from a friend named Alex:

In 1992 I spent the summer working at [Yugoslavia’s] national press agency Tanjug, thinking that I could see what is going on firsthand, and help translate articles and send articles to the American-Serbian paper. Julia, I was stumped by all of the Croats, Moslems, Slovenes, you name it, working at Tanjug — about half of the work force (for all the hype about Serbs being anti-Moslem and anti-Catholic). It was a huge fifth column in the heart of Belgrade while the Serbs were being slandered as the butchers of the Balkans. I figured that there was no way the Serbs could win the PR war with that attitude.

The reports in The States were that the Moslems were being slaughtered left and right by the Serbs, but there they were, free and earning a paycheck and eating popcorn and flaunting their political views and enjoying their lives in the center of Serbia, with the Serbs not wanting to let them go because they prided themselves on their multi-culturalism, and thought it would be unfair for the non-Serbs to lose their income and pensions!

Don’t you think the Serbs would have put people friendly to them in their national press agency during the worst propaganda campaign against Belgrade and the Serbs?

Islamic fashion not only for faithful, designer says

Islamic fashion is broadening its appeal beyond the faithful as women everywhere are increasingly drawn to its flowing lines, says renowned Malaysian designer Melinda Looi…

Q. Do you think Islamic fashion is catching on?

A. My designs are not very Islamic. I’m slowly making Islamic clothing, because I think the Islamic fashion events are really getting big, so I’m slowly involving myself in all that, since I live in a Muslim country, and there is a huge market for it.

A lot of people like the Europeans really love wearing the abaya dress, it’s a huge market, so we are slowly doing that. In our collection every season in our ready-to-wear we try to put in some kind of design that is inspired by the Muslim culture. To me it’s interesting, it’s nice, I think we can make it look really modern and yet a little conservative.

Q. What’s your biggest market outside Malaysia?

A. For the ready-to-wear, it was the United States, now it’s more Europe and slowly, more of Southeast Asia. The couture is mainly Middle Eastern, some Malaysians, royalty and also some from Australia. I think the Middle East has more parties and they need more of that kind of dresses. Whereas Asia, as long as it’s long dresses, you can consider yourself well dressed for a formal event. I think the Middle East culture is different. They really want to pay for designer clothing.

Recall the footbaths-at-universities story from a couple months ago, wherein a University of Michigan at Dearborn statement read that

the foot baths reflect a “strong commitment to a pluralistic society” and “a reflection of our values of respect, tolerance and safe accommodation of student needs.”

The foot baths, while benefiting Muslim students, are open for use by all students.

As I wrote at the time: In other words, you’re free to be Muslim too.

And, Folks, feel free to avail yourselves of the Sharia courts that are already operating in Western societies. Ladies, feel free to sit in the back of the Starbucks the way women do at Starbucks in Saudi Arabia. Afterwards, let’s go and get stoned together.

Can’t wait for elementary schools to start showing an updated version of that 1970s educational film on tolerance — “Free to Be You and Me…as Muslims”. I wonder what’ll happen to the boy who was told it was OK to play with dolls.

Could Bill Clinton have been suffering from early Alzheimer’s all along? If not, he should have thought of this one:

Forgetting long-time bonds, Alzheimer’s patients fall in love

Experts say it is not uncommon for Alzheimer’s patients, who suffer memory loss and tend to live for the moment, to embark on new romantic relationships.

“I can’t quantify how often this type of situation occurs, but it will continue to occur in greater number as the years go by, and particularly with baby boomers coming into long-term care settings,” Rubin Dessel, head of memory care services at the Hebrew Home care facility in New York, told AFP.

Peter Reed, director of programs at the Alzheimer’s Association, [said,] “…Sufferers can forget familiar people, and live in the moment.”

In doing some Clinton research recently, I came across an item mentioning that Bill Clinton could be hitting on a woman one minute, and the next minute, after some distraction, forget that he was hitting on her and wonder why she was in his way. Now, if he doesn’t suffer from Alzheimer’s, he needs to consider the benefits of saying that he does:

[A]n Alzheimer patient who embarks on a new relationship is not truly cheating on their marriage. “These relationships are not based on adultery or betrayal. Alzheimer’s patients lose so much of their past and very often have no memory or recall of anything of their lives, apart from their day-to-day experience. “They live in the moment without the luxury of their past lives,” Dessel said.

Had Hillary thought of this, she could look more earnest in “standing by her man.” Just look at the accolades that Sandra Day O’Connor gets for not starting divorce proceedings when she found out her husband struck up a romantic relationship with a fellow Alzheimer’s patient:

[Dessel] praised O’Connor’s reaction to her husband’s new object of affection. “I applaud her. I believe that her support is noble and selfless. She is really looking to support the health of her husband and is concerned only at this point with his happiness and well-being…You have to be like Justice O’Connor. You have to be selfless.”

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