December 2007

This is a solid idea. After all, people can’t expect to just enjoy the privileges of being an illegal alien in this country without the responsibilities that come with it.

Two pigs’ heads were recently found at the site of a proposed Islamic school on Sydney’s outskirts Wednesday, the school’s backers said.

An Australian flag was draped between the two heads, said Jeremy Bingham, spokesman for the Quranic Society.

“Someone has put a couple of stakes in the ground with a pig’s head on the top of each stake and an Australian flag inside,” Bingham told AFP.

“Obviously you have got a sick individual (behind the act),” he said.

The state government’s Community Relations Commission condemned the latest protest as “a mindless act”.

“This insult and display of hatred is not something any fair-minded Australian would approve of,” said commission head Stepan Kerkyasharian in a statement.

Muslim leaders condemned the incident, not the first in Sydney.

“It’s just quite sad really, we don’t need this rubbish in Australia,” Australian Federation of Islamic Councils spokesman Haset Sali said.

So there you have it. Pigs’ heads on stakes: Offensive.

Severed infidel heads on stakes: Not offensive.

It was Saturday, December 22nd and there were three full shopping days left before Christmas. The checkout clerk at Wal-Mart seemed upset about something as she asked, “Did you get all your Christmas shopping done?”

“Oh yes,” we answered, being Jews.

It seemed like she wanted to say something more but lacked a transition, so I offered, “I still can’t believe that Thanksgiving already happened.”

“Well!” she declared. “Would you believe that they already took down the Christmas decorations in the store?”

“What?” we responded, thinking such a thing odd, given that it was still three days before Christ’s birthday.

“Look around. Do you see any Christmas decorations? I came in this morning and they were taking the last of them down. I said, ‘What are you doing?’ They told me, ‘Christmas is done.’ Done?! I said. It hasn’t come yet. Well you better believe I raised a fuss, and told my co-worker that I was going to complain. He agreed but said, ‘You think it’ll do you any good?’ Oh well.”

“What are they getting ready for?” my husband asked. “Is it St. Patrick’s Day already? Valentine’s Day?”

“Valentine’s Day,” she answered.

“Usually decorations stay up ’til at least New Year’s Day,” I said, “let alone Christmas.”

“Exactly!” she answered, glad to have found a sympathetic ear.

“That’s so utilitarian,” I continued. “One thing I can’t stand about the commercialization of Christmas is that everyone just uses God for their own seasonal enjoyment or business. Doesn’t the Bible say something about how when you start placing the dollar above God and meaning, you get in trouble?”

“It sure does!” she replied.

“I never even read the Bible, but I know that’s in there. This is just using religion, and it’s disrespectful.”

“It is a religious holiday,” she added.

“Yes it is,” I answered, adding, “Did you hear that Barbara Walters complained that she got a religious Christmas card from the White House?”

The clerk just shook her head and kept packing the bags, finally saying, “Well I’m going to wish you both a very Merry Christmas.”

We wished her the same and went on our way.

But really, Wal-Mart — to not even keep the decorations up long enough for the man’s birthday, the occasion you just made a huge profit off of, is reprehensible. This isn’t the Wal-Mart I defend. This is a Wal-Mart that’s losing touch with its customers, its employees, its founder and its own struggles.

Let’s not repeat this diss next year, Wal-Mart. Given some of the products you’ve had to defend carrying, and those you’ve defended not carrying, you are one of the final bulwarks against the godlessness that’s consumed American society and facilitated a more pious bunch to fill the void. After this Jesus-dissing display — or non-display, I should say — no wonder we’re losing Jesus to Muhammad.

What is it about Kosovo that attracts the corrupt and/or makes people corrupt? I don’t suppose it has anything to do with the statehood- “deserving” province being founded on organized crime, which is the nicest thing that can be said about it.

First we had a suitcase full of cash going to UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari, to ensure that he would include independence as the final outcome of any plan he drew up for the province’s future. And now we have the deputy chief of UNMIK (UN Mission in Kosovo) resigning amid allegations of corruption and, of course, indiscreet sexual behavior:

UNMIK Deputy Chief Leaves Kosovo

The Deputy Head of the UN administration in Kosovo, Steven Schook, left the independence-seeking entity on Tuesday after being told his contract would not be extended.

Schook, a retired US army general, was being investigated by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, OIOS, for irresponsible behaviour and close connections with Kosovo’s politicians.

A previous OIOS investigation into the UN police mission in Kosovo found that the administration was incapable of fighting corruption in Kosovo’s public institutions.


Schook told local media in September that the U.N.’s oversight office was inquiring about his relations with Kosovo officials including Energy Minister Et’hem Ceku, who spearheaded a multimillion-dollar (-euro) project to build a power plant. Schook is also said to be close to Kosovo’s former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, who is accused by a U.N. tribunal of war crimes. [UN officials have been accused by the U.N. war crimes tribunal of hindering investigations into war crimes by Haradinaj in 1998-99.]

His departure on Tuesday could be linked, however, to his declared support for Kosovo’s independence — a thorny issue to which the U.N. does not subscribe because of Russia’s objection.

Ah, yet another gangster who supports Kosovo independence.

Meanwhile, a recent poll found Kosovo to be the fourth-most corrupt place in the world. Byzantine Sacred Art blog summarizes:

The survey conducted by Transparency International, which included 60 world countries and territories, shows that Kosovo province ranks fourth in corruption — right after Albania and before…Macedonia, while Cameroon and Cambodia are at the top of the list…The Gallup International Association that has conducted the Barometer survey on behalf of Transparency International, cites that 67 percent of Kosovo province residents have stated they have to pay bribes to get services.

Our old pro-KLA, pro-Ustasha British pal “Balkan Baby”, from whom we first learned of Kosovo’s Hitler diner, posted a blog on the matter:

The region’s other countries had lesser, though still noticeable problems, with over one fifth of Serbia’s population saying that they have paid bribes at 21%. Across the Danube, Croatia attained a respectably low 8% given that corruption is still one of the blocking tools employed by EU members who don’t want to let the Croats into their club. This line of argument becomes even further flawed when a quick browse of the results shows that Croatia is deemed less corrupt than present EU members Greece, Romania and Lithuania.

The greatest surprise flagged up in the report is that Bosnia had the lowest score in the entire region, only 5% of people having said that they had paid bribes…[C]ould it be that the people answering the question did not feel happy to admit that they had paid bribes? This could hardly be likely on a cultural level though since neighbours Croatia and Serbia both did express their experiences, and there is no reason to presume that Bosnia would be any different had similar practices happened there.

One of Balkan Baby’s readers, Ivan, responded, “I beg to differ. A few years back in Croatia, the number of those who refused to participate in the TI poll was 90%. The “declined to answer” cases are dissmissed and the stats are calculated only from those that answered. Going by what people who live in Bosnia have to say, I seriously doubt it’s less corrupt then Croatia.”

So what we’ve learned from this reader is that there are many “decline to answer” responses, which are not figured into the final tally. Which can only mean that Kosovo’s fourth-place position is flattering when compared to the likely truth about where it really ranks, given an existence underwritten by the heroin and sex trades, plus an economy in which crime is the chief job opportunity.

Speaking of Balkan Baby, let it be known that he not only attended the Nazi rockfest at Croatia’s Maksimir Stadium in June, but LOVED it!

What’s more, while demanding on his home page the capture of former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and former Serbian general Ratko Mladic — the only two Balkan war criminal names that everyone knows — Balkan Baby lists among his “Top 10 Croats” Ante Gotovina, currently on trial for the murder and disappearance of 150 Serbs and the cleansing of 150,000. Had the names of non-Serb Balkan war criminals been even half as widely disseminated among the masses as the Serbian ones have been, this particular mass might be less proud to list him as a hero.

Not surprisingly, Balkan Baby (real name Ed Alexander) also supports an independent “Kosova”. Clearly, he has the pop version of Balkan events ringing in his ears as loudly as the pop songs whose lyrics he uses as titles for his posts.

The following appears on Ed’s home page:

Balkan Baby asks: Why do some people believe the Balkans are primitive?

1. Serbia won’t allow Kosova [sic] it’s [sic] independence
2. Karadzic and Mladic remain uncaptured
3. You can still find people who defend Milosevic
4. Serbia and Croatia performances at 2006 World Cup

6. Nobody admits their country committed any war crimes

10. The E.U. refuse Croatia entry for no good reason.

The four items leading the list all place the emphasis on Serbs with regard to perceptions of the Balkans as primitive. And while faulting Milosevic defenders, Ed doesn’t see the irony in defending Gotovina, not to mention an independent “Kosova” born of the far more brutal and evident crimes of the KLA, including by Kosovo leaders Hashim Thaci, Ramush Haradinaj and Agim Ceku.

Then, while being in war criminal Gotovina’s corner, Ed laments that “no one” admits their country’s war crimes — a blatant lie, given that Serbia has done so all along. Just one testament to that effect came three weeks into NATO’s 1999 bombing of Belgrade, from UN commander in Bosnia, General Satish Nambiar:

Portraying the Serbs as evil and everybody else as good was not only counter-productive but also dishonest. According to my experience, all sides were guilty but only the Serbs would admit that they were no angels, while the others would insist that they were. With 28,000 forces under me and with constant contacts with UNHCR and the International Red Cross officials, we did not witness any genocide beyond killings and massacres on all sides.

As for No. 10, that there is “no good reason” to refuse Croatia entry into the EU, here is one of many, from the European Sun:

Only an appeal by a group of celebrities persuaded hooligan fans of Croatia’s Hajduk Split football team to abandon jerseys that featured a belligerent eagle and a declaration of membership of the Hajduk Jugend (Hajduk Youth) — alluding to the Hitler Youth.

But before dropping the insignia, the fans threatened to ‘chop off the legs’ of Tvrtko Jakovina, a Croatian philosophy professor who had been criticizing the hooligans’ flirtation with Nazi ideas.

‘During the 1990s we allowed a wave of such incidents, which the state leadership tolerated, even incited… that has consequences,’ Jakovina recently told the Slobodna Dalmacija daily.

‘The public was infected by the view that those are ‘our boys’ and should be forgiven.’

The scars of World War II, when Croatia was set up as Hitler’s puppet-state and implemented Nazi racial laws, along with the conflict of the last decade has led to a surge of racial supremacists, many of them grouped around football clubs.

Dinamo Zagreb vice-president Zdravko Mamic frequently curses his opponents as ‘enemies of Croatia’ and ‘children of Yugo (military) officers.’

Not only young, under-educated and probably drunk fans tend to act as racists, but some prominent figures have also been revealed as such.

‘A black man can’t coach Croatia’s national team. I don’t remember any black manager of a major team,’ the president of the national football organization, Vlatko Markovic, said last year.

The remark matched the blunder by Croatian Olympic official Antun Vrdoljak, who said: ‘All our boys want to be like (basketball stars) Toni Kukoc or Dino Radja, but I haven’t heard of any wanting to be black.’

Those and other pejorative statements were never punished in Croatia, but at best swept under the carpet.

Politicians are ambivalent because they make use of football and its fans. For instance, in campaign for the Nov 25 parliamentary polls, the entire Dinamo Zagreb football club publicly backed Prime Minister Ivo Sanader’s Croatian Democratic Union.

Hrvoje Prnjak, analyst and author of a book on Dinamo Zagreb’s violent ‘Bad Blue Boys’, told DPA: ‘The resilience of various forms of chauvinism surrounding sports in Croatia is not just a deformation of the traditional sports animosity of us against them. It is a product of the climate of exclusiveness that was created from the independence onward.

‘The children of the 90s, born at the time when patriotism was measured with intolerance against others, just reflect their family matrix in the stands.’

In his words, the phenomenon is declining, but too slowly at least partly owing to the tolerant stance of the authorities.

Ah but Dinamo Zagreb, which has helped raise money for the defense of Ante Gotovina and other Croatian war criminals, is Balkan Baby’s “favourite team”, according to his home page.

Another of Balkan Baby’s Top 10 Croats is the tennis player Goran Ivenisevic who, the LA Times reported in 2001, referred to a tennis official as “that guy, he looks like a fagot little bit, you know. His hair all over him.” Far less egregious, to Ed’s taste, is what the New York Times sports section reported in February 1993, describing how Ivanisevic had learned to shoot a machine gun: “They showed me how to shoot, just for fun…They let me shoot a machine gun. It was tough to control, but, oh, it was a nice feeling — all the bullets coming out. I was thinking it would be nice to have some Serbs in front of me.”

It’s sad watching hippies try to make sense of the world they backpack through, under the guidance and influence of whatever friends they may make first along the way.

Last Thursday, a Christian-evangelical website called The Trumpet saved me a lot of trouble. Writer Brad Macdonald expertly outlined the Nazi roots of Europe’s U.S.-enabled policies in the Balkans, so I can skip the much shoddier job I was going to do in this direction.

There is an ongoing, lighthearted debate over whether we are in the midst of World War III, or World War IV (depending on how one views the Cold War). The fact is that we are in World War II:

Misreporting Kosovo

On back-to-back days in December 1991, the New York Times published two separate articles highlighting Germany’s alarming and audacious decision to recognize and legitimize the efforts of Slovenia and Croatia to break away from Yugoslavia. Both articles (you can read them here and here) are refreshingly honest and hold little back in their analysis of Germany’s seminal role in the violent fragmentation of Yugoslavia.

In this article, Paul Lewis cites European diplomats who warned that Germany’s decision to support Croatia and Slovenia, despite opposition from virtually the rest of the world, “underscored Germany’s growing political power in the 12-nation European Community.” Germany’s incursion into the Balkans, wrote Lewis, “has worried many in Europe who see it as an attempt to re-exert traditional Germanic influences over this area of the Balkans” (emphasis mine throughout).

Lewis exhibited little reticence in exposing the German undercurrent gushing beneath what was unfolding in Yugoslavia, even when it meant connecting Germany’s decision to recognize Croatia and Slovenia in 1991, to its sordid history with these entities during World War II.

“Moreover, in its unusual assertiveness in moving ahead with a plan to extend diplomatic recognition to the breakaway Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Slovenia, Germany has stirred troubling historical associations….Nazi Germany dominated the two Yugoslav regions during World War II, absorbing Slovenia into the Third Reich and creating a puppet regime in Croatia.”

Then there’s this piece from the Times a month later: “Germany’s decision to press for quick recognition of the two republics, disregarding appeals from the United States and the United Nations, marked a new assertiveness that some Europeans find disconcerting” (Jan. 16, 1992).

The point?

In 1991-92, a mainstream news organ like the New York Times was not afraid to confront the reality that Germany was manipulating the Balkans in an effort to “re-exert traditional Germanic influences” over the region. A willingness to analyze the Balkans through the German prism was plainly evident.

How times have changed.

On Monday, the deadline for a mutual solution to the Kosovo dilemma expired, and Kosovar Albanians, led by former terrorist leader Hashim Thaci, said they would immediately start finalizing their declaration of independence from Serbia, which they will likely announce within the first two months of 2008.

The subject of Kosovo’s independence does not lack coverage. What it lacks is the kind of fresh, up-front, in-depth reporting practiced by the likes of the New York Times when it covered Yugoslavia’s dissolution in 1991-92. When Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia broke away from Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, the Times didn’t hesitate to declare Germany’s pivotal and alarming role in the crises (though later, when the U.S. and British governments switched sides, so too did the Times).

Now Kosovo is about to erupt, and few people, certainly not the mainstream press, are talking about Germany’s fundamental role in this crisis!

Why not? It’s a blockbuster angle!

What’s happening in Kosovo is covered with German fingerprints. It was Germany (and the Vatican) that first legitimized the dissolution of the state formerly called Yugoslavia. The day Bonn threw its weight behind Croatia’s and Slovenia’s decision to break away in 1991, every republic in Yugoslavia that was thinking about breaking away, including Kosovo, learned that it could do so and have the support of Germany and the Vatican.

But Germany’s intimate relationship with Kosovo runs deeper than mere ideological support. The involvement in the province by Germany, one of Kosovo’s most important and long-standing supporters, has manifested itself in very practical — and dangerous — ways. The German government has been closely linked to the Kosovo Liberation Army (kla), a terrorist organization that during the early to mid-1990s was linked to the mafia in Kosovo and other Islamic terrorists in the region.

In 1996, the German foreign intelligence service (bnd), established a major outpost in the Albanian city of Tirana, where kla terrorists were trained to fight against Serbian authorities. According to Le Monde Diplomatique, “special forces in Berlin provided the operational training and supplied arms and transmission equipment from ex-East German Stasi stocks as well as black uniforms” (May 1999).

Here’s what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in July 2002: Kosovo’s “internationally unrecognized government-in-exile” had a prime minister who was based in Germany and operated freely with the blessing (perhaps even the direction) of the German government! So Germany recognized Kosovo’s government-in-exile when nobody else did. But the international community submissively followed Germany’s lead. The kla guerrillas didn’t just happen. They were essentially raised up and directly supported by Germany — the powerhouse of Europe.

Chris Deliso has more details on this in The Coming Balkan Caliphate:

The CIA and other Western intelligence services, especially the British and German, had long taken a keen interest in goings-on in Albania and Kosovo. Each had operations in Tirana and, through international organizations like the OSCE, a smaller presence in Kosovo. Germany hosted a significant Kosovar Albanian immigrant population and, in the city of Ulm, the nonrecognized Kosovo “government-in-exile” of Bujar Bukoshi, which raised funds to equip, train, and deploy the Kosovo Albanian rebels. Another fundraising group, Fatherland Calls, was based in Germany and active throughout Europe. Both raised substantial funds from drug money, as well as from an obligatory “war tax” from the wages of diaspora Albanians. In 1996, Germany’s BND established a major station in Tirana under new directory Hansjorg Geiger and another in Rome to select and train future KLA fighters…The Italian headquarters recruited Albanian immigrants passing through ports such as Brindisi and Trieste, while German military intelligence, the Militaramschirmdienst, and the KommandosSpecialkrafte Special Forces (KSK), offered military training and provisions to the KLA in the remote Mirdita Mountains of northern Albania controlled by the deposed president, Sali Berisha.

In 1996, BND Chief Geiger’s deputy, Rainer Kesselring, the son of the Nazi Luftwaffe general responsible for the bombing of Belgrade in 1941 that left 17,000 dead, oversaw KSK training of Albanian recruits at a Turkish military base near Izmir. This Aegean port city was also the headquarters of an Albanian expatriate separatist group set up by the Turkish intelligence service…as early as 1982, which in 1993 was reborn as the Kosovo People’s Movement (Levizja Popullore e Kosoves, or LPK). The LPK was a leftist group that created the KLA from its power centers in Germany and Switzerland.

Back to the Trumpet article:

How many analysts, when they consider Kosovo’s independence today, are factoring in Germany’s central role in the growth and expansion of the kla? How many wonder why Germany would be so interested in, and go to such great lengths to secure, Kosovo’s independence from Serbia? What’s in it for Germany?

These questions lie at the heart of analysis on Kosovo — but few are asking them!

The Trumpet has explained how, under the umbrella of the United States and nato, Germany and Europe have, since 1991, dramatically increased their influence in the Balkans. By employing a subtle diplomatic divide-and-conquer policy, Germany has precipitated the systematic and violent fracturing of Yugoslavia. It was Germany, through cunning use of exaggerated and inaccurate claims and emotive language, that in 1999 stirred nato, predominantly comprised of U.S. troops, to bomb Serbia.

In March 1999, German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping said in a television interview on zdf that “genocide is starting” in Serbia. His alarmist vocabulary turned the collective Western mindset against Serbia. The Australian reported on April 1, 1999, “With thousands of refugees continuing to stream out of the war-torn province, German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping claimed in Bonn last night that evidence had emerged of concentration camps being set up by Serb forces.”

“People watched television and saw the streams of Albanian refugees,” wrote Gerald Flurry at the time. “Then they totally blamed the Serbs. Most knew very little about Kosovo, yet spoke of ‘genocide’ — the deliberate and systematic destruction of a race. Then came talk about ‘concentration camps.’ Genocide and concentration camps — words introduced by the German defense minister” (The Rising Beast).

That’s a key point: We have Germany pointing an accusing finger at Serbian “concentration camps.” That the Balkan wars — in every case Serbia depicted as the aggressor — was payback for World War II is reaffirmed by Deliso:

Germany had deep attachments to the Balkans. Both Croatia and Muslim Bosnia had served as fascist puppet states for the Nazis, during the Second World War, and committed some of the worst atrocities of that conflict. The strong historical animosity that both Austria and Germany had for Serbia, the only regional rival that had ever stood up to their invasions, had by the early 1990s added a vicious element to an interventionist policy driven by economic interests and the resurgent German presence on the world stage following the demolition of the Berlin Wall.

The billions of dollars pouring in from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries were either handed over directly to Bosnian officials or, more often, siphoned through a charity network that took root all over Europe, but especially in Germany, Austria, and Croatia. Vienna and Zagreb became the strategic centers of operations through which money, weapons, logistical support, and foreign mujahedin were funneled.

After the Bosnian war, the relationship between the mujahedin and their former Western enablers turned sour. The Clinton administration hastily reappraised its behavior in Bosnia and pressured the Izetbegovic government to deport the mujahedin. NATO peacekeeping troops from the Stabilizing Force delegation occasionally arrested small numbers of foreign jihadis or even killed them in firefights. However, the Clinton administration was planning for a second war to save yet another allegedly endangered Balkan Muslim population, this time the Albanians of Kosovo, and thus could not openly admit that it had already made a huge mistake in Bosnia — despite a reality of increasingly spectacular Islamic terrorist attacks against American interests globally, like the June 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia and the East African embassy bombings of August 1998.

Privately, officials from the U.S. intelligence community…expressed concern. In a classified deposition before the U.S. Congress, a senior CIA officer testified:

“There is no question that the policy of getting arms into Bosnia was of great assistance in allowing the Iranians to dig in and create good relations with the Bosnian government…And it is a thing we will live to regret becuase when they blow up some Americans, as they no doubt will before this…thing is over, it will be in part because the Iranians were able to have the time and contacts to establish themselves well in Bosnia.”

If the U.S. administration had been unaware of the full ramifications of their complacency during the seminal years of Islamic infiltration in Albania, they were certainly aware of it now, though the government would not regard terrorism as a vital national security issue until 9/11. They therefore pressed on with plans for a Kosovo intervention, one that was aggressively supported by all of the Islamic states, against a country, Yugoslavia, which had never threatened or invaded any NATO country and which had sided with the United States in two world wars. Incredibly, despite all the warning signs, the United States prepared to embark on yet another “humanitarian intervention” that would inevitably spread the radical Islamic cancer to yet another Balkan country, for the second time in less than a decade.

And now we’re about to enshrine it with statehood — and possibly attack the Serbs again to get it done. Back to The Trumpet:

Are Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic’s supposed atrocities against Albanians the real reason America and nato bombed Belgrade into submission? During the 1990s, actual genocides were occurring in Rwanda and Sierra Leone — not to mention the slaughter of Serbs by Croatians and the Kosovo Albanians themselves — and the Clinton government did little to intervene. Why was America prepared to bomb Serbia into submission, but not the evil forces killing hundreds of thousands of innocent victims in Rwanda or Sierra Leone? Because America was pressured into bombing Serbia! Germany and Europe convinced all of nato to fight for their Balkan cause!

From the very beginning, Germany and Europe have been determined to conquer the Balkans, be it by force or in a web of diplomatic maneuvers.

In 2003, EU Commission President Romano Prodi promised that all Balkan countries — if they danced to the EU’s tune of course — could “become members of the EU one day.” While they might not necessarily become members on the same day, and each would have to follow its own course, he said, nonetheless, “in the long run, [the] Balkans belong strictly to the EU” (EUobserver, Jan. 10, 2003).

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks!

This is why Germany wanted Serbia, its historical enemy and counterweight in the region, destroyed by nato. Germany and Europe believe the Balkans belong “strictly to the EU.” Without the pesky Slobodan Milosevic around to interrupt their plans, Germany and Europe could more easily conquer the Balkans!

Any in-depth analysis of the events unfolding in Kosovo must account for this history.

The International Herald Tribune reported yesterday on a plan concocted by Slovenia (which will likely be holding the EU presidency when Kosovo declares its independence) by which the European Union will embrace Kosovo when it declares statehood. Europe is prepping itself for action in Kosovo.

The Tribune quoted one diplomat who said that if violence breaks out in Kosovo, Europe’s response must be “fast and decisive because the EU is showing it’s boss in its own courtyard. We want to show we don’t need Washington or Moscow to tell us what to do.”

Considering the history we just covered, against whom do you think Germany and Europe will take action?

On Monday, the Itar-Tass news agency reported that Wolfgang Ischinger, the German diplomat representing the EU in the group of three international mediators (Russia, the United States and the EU) at the talks that were held between Serbia and Kosovar Albanians, told Radio Berlin Brandenburg that the EU would soon be in agreement on the Kosovo issue.

Ischinger’s interpretation of what Kosovo’s independence will look like was intriguing. “It will be a state entity,” he said, “which will continue to be under broad international observation. The nato troops will continue to be deployed there. A further international presence of the UN and, consequently, of EU, will be ensured.”

Germany and Europe are making plans to cement their control of Kosovo via the UN and nato!

In 1991, both Germany and Europe as a whole were significantly weaker, less unified and less defined than they are today. Germany was a newly united, largely inward-focused state in the early stages of resurrecting itself as the leader of Europe and on the global scene. Europe was even more amorphous than it appears today.

But this seemingly innocuous appearance didn’t stop a major newspaper from ringing alarm bells when Germany boldly announced it would support Croatia and Slovenia in their quest for independence, a decision that many knew would set a dangerous precedent and likely cause Yugoslavia’s dissolution. At that time, even a mainstream news source analyzed the breakdown of Yugoslavia in the context of German ambition in the Balkans!

Today, we don’t see any such analysis in the news media. Germany and the EU are widely embraced as legitimate and influential global powers with a formidable economic, military and geopolitical imprint. Europe, with Germany at its vanguard, has become a respected and increasingly powerful geopolitical force motivated by lofty ambitions of becoming a united superpower.

Still, the mainstream media today refuse to analyze the Balkans in the context of what’s happening in Germany and Europe, and of Germany’s history with the region. This is the most dangerous and ominous angle of the story, and the most underreported one!

In time, this shameful ignorance will prove to be an expensive mistake.

A letter published last week in the Financial Times, from a William D. Myers in Madrid, illustrated this plan in action:

Sir, The “Kosovan flag” being brandished by a demonstrator in Pristina in the picture accompanying your report “Kosovo moves a step nearer independence” (December 11) is, in fact, an Albanian flag.

This is not a mere quibble. The independence of Kosovo would be a clear “step” toward the restoration of the “Greater Albania” which was sponsored by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany and which terrorised and exterminated Serbs, gypsies and Jews under the same banner now being flourished in Kosovo and, disgracefully, applauded by Washington and London.

“Mohammed” is now the second-most popular name in Britain. I thought they meant for teddy bears, but apparently not:

For the last 13 years Jack has been the most popular boys’ name in the land. But in multicultural Britain children named after the Muslim prophet Mohammed come a close second.

Brits were appalled by the news. They’d thought “Mohammed” would be the most popular name, and they blasted themselves for their intolerance.

The eight English spellings of the name include Mohammed, Muhammad, Mohammad, Muhammed, Mohamed, Mohamad, Muhamed and Mohammod.

Then there is the hip-hop spelling: MoHo (Accept Mohammed, and when you die you get mo’ ho’s.)

Bush sends Muslims Eid al-Adha greetings

“During Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world reflect on Abraham’s unwavering faith and his trust in God when asked to sacrifice his son. This holiday also helps ensure the important values of compassion and devotion are passed on to future generations. The kindness, generosity, and goodwill displayed by American Muslims during this special occasion and throughout the year have contributed to the strength and vitality of our Nation. May all those observing Eid al-Adha find love and warmth during this joyous holiday. Laura and I send our best wishes for a memorable celebration.”

Eid al-Adha, which lasts through Saturday, is one of the most important Muslim holidays. It commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael to Allah. The festival begins the day after the millions of foreign pilgrims making the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia descend from Mount Arafat.

When did the sacrifice of Isaac become the sacrifice of Ishmael? Notice that Bush refrains from naming which son it was; he simply uses the word “son”. Because apparently, Muslims decided it was Ishmael whom Abraham was told to sacrifice.

If only!

However, I’m inclined to agree that it was Ishmael whom God commanded Abraham to sacrifice, and the whole reason God stopped Abraham is that he brought the wrong son. To fix the mistake, the Muslims have been sacrificing their sons ever since.

In honor of the last day of Hajj, I’d like to introduce readers to an artist named Jean Blique, whose 2003 painting titled “Mecca Fantasy” represents the Last Day of Hajj (reference point: “The Last Day of Pompeii”). Readers, make sure the volume is turned down when clicking on the site, as there is musical accompaniment.

From the reader who introduced me to the work:

The numbered and signed reproductions came from a strong-minded gallery owner in Milan, Italy, who co-hosted the Carlsberg beer party in support of the Danes a few years ago. Nonetheless, he wouldn’t put the painting on display. I remain hopeful that this talented artist will get the audience he deserves. It has been in 4 countries, but not one gallery has had the “pair” (your term) to display it.

As a fan of fine art, I feel compelled to keep up the fight for the publicity I think Blique deserves. Once the muslims start patting themselves on their heads en masse and condemning Blique, doesn’t it seem that American Liberals might have to take a stand between freedom of expression, or for not offending Islam? When Serrano pissed on the cross, the lefties were there for him. Will Blique get HIS chance to find out who’s with him? If Serrano could piss on a cross and live, why can’t Blique, who’s only trying to share Ukrainian pork with Muslims?

That fear element, of not wanting to offend Muslims, is exactly what I think should motivate more Westerners to support Jean Blique. I had a friend in Moscow who customized a Dagestani prayer rug to fit around his toilet, which is not bad decorating, but I prefer classic oil-on-canvas paintings.

Fitty Cent became the first international superstar to perform in Kosovo, giving a concert on Monday to 25,000 cheering Albanians, the only ones in the province who can afford even 50 cent of the $8 concert tickets (which in the end went for $72 from scalpers).

Coming from a “drugs-and-guns scene” and having been shot nine times, 50 Cent should feel right at home in Kosovo, which is Gun-Running and Drug-Trafficking Central and where Albanians outgun all urban ghettos in America put together. Building empathy with his audience, Fitty did say, “I know exactly what happens when the guns come out. Maybe that’s why they (identify) with me.”

Indeed, while 50 comes from an environment with heavy black-on-black crime, Albanians suffer mostly from Albanian-on-Albanian crime (especially now that they’ve killed or cleansed all the non-Albanians from what they’ve claimed as their turf). Fitty’s advice for the impending chaos in Kosovo upon an independence declaration: “Stay cool.” Clearly not a man who knows his audience. Nonetheless, maybe Fitty could write the national anthem for KKKosovo:

I bust a cap in yo’ ass if you Serbian,
I rape you, ‘Ho, if you Serbian,
I burn yo’ house down if its Serbian,
Cuz su casa es mi casa, Serbian.

Cuz the A in Kosova is for Albanian,
Just like Albania is for Albanians,
And Montenegra is for Albanians,
And Macedonia is gettin’ Albanian.

Soon Greeca gonna be Albanian,
Because Kosova is for Albanians.
Now I best get da hell outta dis Greater Albania,
‘Fo they bust 9 mo’ caps in my ass cuz it ain’t Albanian.

To his credit, 50 Cent steered clear of politics when asked whether Kosovo should become an independent country: “It’s not for me to decide; my job is to put on a great show,” he said. To his further credit, 50 Cent has also performed in Israel and Belgrade.

On one hand, artists can’t be expected to do research on every region they visit; it’s not for them to figure out what’s what, particularly since they tend to get it backwards anyway. It’s great that Fitty was immune to all the anti-Israel propaganda and performed there, and that he was likewise immune to the anti-Serbian propaganda and last year performed in Belgrade. Similarly, Ricky Martin is happy to perform in Israel. At the same time, Martin has become a self-appointed spokesman for Palestinians, so that the world stops seeing them as terrorists, he said. After all, it’s mostly just his Israeli fans they’re killing. Here he is wearing a Palestinian keffiya reading “Jerusalem is ours”:

So even just being friendly to both sides of a conflict still makes for a rather perverse reality. Furthermore, if it’s an artist’s place to stay out of the fray and just perform wherever there is a demand for him/her, then artists shouldn’t have had any issues with performing in South Africa in the 1980s.

On a related note, 50 Cent was also in Croatia last week, where he was caught on camera doing something that looks like snorting cocaine. (Hopefully someone tipped him off that the Albanians can hook him up with some premium al Qaeda-grown heroin.) After the cocaine incident, Fitty said he would never play in Croatia again. In case he ever second-guesses himself on that, perhaps the following information will help him stick to his guns: In 1995, American NATO Commander Colonel Gregory Fontenot told two black soldiers in his brigade in Bosnia, “It’ll be interesting to hear what you two see, because the Croatians are racist…They kill people for the color of their skins.”

And last year, we got this from Croatia:

“A black man can’t coach Croatia’s national team. I don’t remember any black manager of a major team.”
— President of the Croatian Soccer Union Vlatko Markovic

The remark matched the blunder by Croatian Olympic official Antun Vrdoljak, who said: “All our boys want to be like (basketball stars) Toni Kukoc or Dino Radja, but I haven’t heard of any wanting to be black.”

Those and other pejorative statements were never punished in Croatia, but at best swept under the carpet.

The image shown on this site, where the same item appears in Croatian, compares the t-shirts worn by fans of a soccer team in Split, Croatia, called “Hajduk”, to Hitler’s insignia:

The fans call themselves Hajduk Jugend, an allusion to “Hitler Jugend” (Hitler Youth). After protests from a number of prominent individuals, the Hajduk Youth picked a different design:

But before dropping the insignia, the fans threatened to “chop off the legs” of Tvrtko Jakovina, a Croatian philosophy professor who had been criticizing the hooligans’ flirtation with Nazi ideas.

“During the 1990s we allowed a wave of such incidents, which the state leadership tolerated, even incited… that has consequences,” Jakovina recently told the Slobodna Dalmacija daily. “The public was infected by the view that those are ‘our boys’ and should be forgiven.”

The good news: 50 Cent has left the Balkans.

Last week I mused on the deeper significance of Secretary Rice saying she knows what it’s like to be Palestinian, which is essentially saying she knows what it’s like to kill Jews (something she has directly facilitated).

But I realize this week that by saying she knows what it’s like to be Palestinian, she is also saying that she knows what it’s like to call herself a “colored dark skinned black lady,” “raven” and “black spinster” who is pregnant with a monkey:

A cartoon from the PA’s daily paper al-Quds: “Rice speaks about birth of new Middle East.”

Let’s understand this: Palestinians don’t like Jews or blacks. No wonder the world subsidizes them.

I just KNEW there were still other Serbs in Gnjilane that Albanians could harass/bomb/cleanse, aside from that Maksimovic guy they keep shooting at. Here are two reports on the same incident:

Molotov cocktail hurled at house of Serb in Gnjilane

GNJILANE, Dec 10 (Tanjug) - Unidentified individuals threw a Molotov cocktail at a house in central Gnjilane whose owner is a Kosovo Serb and on that occasion, except material damage, there were no injuries as no one has been living in the house for several months, Tanjug was told in the Kosovo Police Service. (KPS).

On the house’s facade can be read graffiti “Death to Serbs,” “This is Albania” and “Long Live the Albanian Army.”

There are about 70 Kosovo Serbs in Gnjilane.

Kosovo Serb house damaged by Molotov cocktails, anti-Serb graffiti written on it

Text of report by Kosovska Mitrovica-based Serbian-language Kontakt Plus radio via BBC Monitoring

[Announcer] Unidentified perpetrators have hurled a number of Molotov cocktails at the family house of Sasa and Igor Ristic in central Gnjilane.

Following a quick intervention by fire fighters a fire of wider dimensions was avoided, but the interior of the house has sustained minor damage. Graffiti saying Death to Serbs, This is Albania, and Long Live Albanian Army, were written on the walls of the house.

Kosovo Police Service [KPS] carried an investigation but there is no information about perpetrators. Around 80 Serbs still live in Gnjilane.

Source: Kontakt Plus radio, Kosovska Mitrovica, in Serbian

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