June 2008


On the website of Andy Wilcoxson, the only American to cover the Milosevic trial (which was billed as the “Second Nuremberg” and prosecuting supposedly the “biggest atrocity since World War II”), we have a report from a predominantly Muslim Sarajevo TV station.

Bosnian TV alleges Muslim official linked to 9/11 attacks
BBC Monitoring European. London: May 9, 2008.

Excerpt from report by Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation public TV, on 5 May

[Host Bakir Hadziomerovic] On last night’s [Bosnian] Federation Television prime-time news, it was reported that the OHR [Office of the High Representative] anti-corruption team was completing an extensive investigation against several individuals involved in economic crime, aiding war criminals and terrorist activities worldwide as well as individuals involved in the wide network of construction mafia. Based on reliable information, tonight we are revealing the names of the people whose illegal, criminal and terrorist activities have already been proven by the anti-corruption team.

According to exclusive confirmations [that we have received], the investigation conducted by OHR experts concerns Hasan Cengic, member of the SDA [Party of Democratic Action] Main Board and a person who during the aggression against our country was the master of the TWRA [Vienna-based Muslim charity suspected of helping smuggle arms into Bosnia and channelling funds to radical Islamists] donor chest. In addition to Cengic’s criminal undertakings involving donated funds worth several million, which “60 Minutes” has repeatedly reported on in detail, the anti-corruption team has allegedly come into possession of a document in which Hasan Cengic personally signed a money transfer intended for the Al-Qai’dah 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

According to reliable and confirmed information from diplomatic quarters, the anti-corruption team will soon submit all the gathered documentation proving brutal criminality as well as involvement in terrorist activities and in the hiding of war criminals to the B-H [Bosnia-Hercegovina] prosecutor’s office special department for organized crime, after which arrests and trials of those responsible will ensue.

So let’s understand what is happening here: While Western powers continue to deny that Bosnia and Kosovo have become terror havens, transit points, and bases of operations, some Bosnian Muslims themselves (and this isn’t the first time) are calling their government out (though most are still in a Western-encouraged denial). Similarly, while Western governments continue to inflate the true number of people killed during the Bosnian war — and want us to keep thinking the deaths were almost exclusively Muslim — something called The Bosnia Association (again, made up mostly of Muslims) is trying to get the real numbers and victims, even if they’re Serb and Christian. As to the Muslim report above calling the secessionist war THEY started an “aggression against [their] country,” we must be content with baby steps when it comes to dealing with the Middle East, even if it’s in Europe.

Moral of the story: It was OK with our government that the Bosnian embassy in Austria, which issued a passport to Osama bin Laden in 1992, was issuing passports to mujahedin streaming into Bosnia, but as to the no-brainer that while the Bosnian officials were doing this they were also funding and facilitating future attacks against the West, well don’t expect to hear any word from our government anytime soon. Last summer a U.S. official tried to broach the subject of Bosnia as a fundamentalist/terrorist breeding ground:

Al-Qa’idah has helpers in Bosnia, deputy peace envoy says (Excerpt from report by Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA)

Sarajevo, 18 August: Bosnia-Hercegovina [B-H] Principal Deputy High Representative Raffi Gregorian has underlined that Al-Qa’idah has its helpers in B-H who are ready to assist in hiding agents, giving financial assistance or false documents.

Gregorian said that over the past few years the international community has continuously pointed out the problem of the mujahidin presence in B-H, assessing that it was time for this issue to be resolved.

He emphasized that “foreign fighters” should have left B-H long ago, while some of them have been declared as a threat to the national security of B-H.

Asked whether “a few dozen dangerous” [persons] had links with Al-Qa’idah, Gregorian said that some of them did and that there “were people who fought in B-H who in some way were directly linked to Al-Qa’idah”.

“There are definite indications that some of those who were detected had links with Al-Qa’idah,” he said, adding that some intelligence agencies consider B-H as one of Al-Qa’idah’s transit points.

He confirmed that hundreds of people were granted B-H citizenship under suspicious circumstances or in an unlawful way…

Another report on this overdue and understated but apparently maverick admission by a member of U.S. officialdom:

U.S. diplomat warns of Al-Qaeda in Bosnia

Al-Qaeda uses Bosnia for transit, receiving help from Islamic veterans of the 1990s war, a U.S. diplomat says.

Bosnia came under the spotlight after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States due to the presence in the former Yugoslav republic of fighters from Islamic countries.

Hundreds of them joined the mainly Muslim Bosnian army during the country’s 1992-1995 war. Although they were ordered to leave under the terms of the peace deal, some stayed on after obtaining Bosnian citizenship.

“There were people who fought in Bosnia and who were, in a way, directly linked with al-Qaeda,” Gregorian said.

Bosnia recently revoked the citizenship of nearly 400 people, including a number of former Muslim fighters, due to irregularities in the process.

Six terror suspects of Arab origin linked to the al-Qaeda terror network were arrested in Bosnia and handed over to the U.S. authorities in 2002.

Briefly, the reaction from Bosnia’s “moderate” grand mufti, who is frequently feted all around the U.S. by synagogues, churches, universities, politicians and the State Department:

Bosnian Grand Mufti accuses OHR official of “spreading Islamophobia” (Text of report in English by Croatian news agency HINA)

The head of the Islamic community in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Mustafa Ceric, has said that in his country there are no persons who may be cooperating with Al-Qa’idah, and accused Deputy High Representative Raffi Gregorian of spreading Islamophobia with his claims that some persons of Afro-Asian origin who were granted Bosnian citizenship are probably linked with this terrorist group.

“It is a sin and immoral to link Bosnian Muslims with terrorist organizations,” Ceric said.

“Such statements give us grounds to fear that this is an introduction for the next act of genocide against our people,” Ceric told believers who gathered in the south-eastern town of Nevesinje for the ceremony of opening a reconstructed mosque.

In his strong-worded address, Ceric said that the same language had been used about Jews before the Holocaust was committed.

Gregorian dismissed claims from the Bosnian Serb media about thousands of possible Al-Qa’idah helpers in Bosnia as utter nonsense. Asked how many of those problematic persons there were in Bosnia, Gregorian answered “more than ten and less than a hundred”.

So…between 11 and 99? Well that’s a pretty small and tidy sum, and certainly not one over which to risk a diplomatic row by calling attention to it, as Gregorian has done. Chris Deliso’s The Coming Balkan Caliphate offers quite a different number:

The Dayton Agreement of July 1995, which ended the war in Bosnia and created a tripartite ethnic federation, stipulated that the former mujahedin leave at once. No doubt in expectation of such a decree, the Izetbegovic government had by then been busily supplying hundreds of mujahedin with Bosnian passports for some time, in an effort to remove the heroes of Bosnian liberation from the pool of “foreigners” expected to leave. While some mujahedin did go, between several hundred and one thousand stayed. Many married local women and began to raise families, creating bizarre pockets of Afghanistan-in-Europe in Sharia-run villages like Bocinja Donja, which had been ethnically cleansed of its Chrstian Serbian inhabitants by the mujahedin and handed over to them thereafter as a “reward” for their services.

Considering what the Wahhabis have proven capable of doing in the name of religion, it is understandable that the average Bosnian might find it wiser to keep quiet and avoid trouble. Yet even political leaders and mainstream Muslim clerics have been accused of showing excessive timidity. Vildana Selimbegovic, a Sarajevo news editor, decried how in Bosnia “politicians do not want to or are too afraid to talk. The majority of Muslims remain silent. It seems that they will remain silent until the devil claims his due.”

[I]n Sarajevo the Wahhabis have control of several mosques, including the city’s most central place of worship, the towering, Saudi-funded King Fahd Mosque. “Over the past five years, they have built very few new factories in Bosnia, but 1,000 new mosques have gone up,” says [terror expert Darko] Trifunovic. “It is not a revolution, but rather a silent transition.”

No doubt episodes like the following contributed to the problem of unaccounted-for mujahedin in Bosnia. Also from 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!”

Then again, we can’t expect too much from Gregorian, who was of course part of the international Slav-killing machine of the 1990s, playing his role in the formation of the new, terror-harboring Bosnia that he now warns of.

Incidentally, here was the response by a Bosnian security agency: “Special Services, part of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA), has no information on anyone with ties to the terrorist organisation al-Qaeda living in the country, says the head of the anti-terrorism department in SIPA, Aner Hadzimahumutovic.”

No wonder this former terrorist is frustrated: “I will never understand Bosnia and the people that lead this country. I openly tell them that I am a terrorist and that I committed many crimes, but they are convincing me that I have not and that I am innocent…Al-Qaeda…[was] interested in creating a base that would allow them to increase their radius of operations….Some leaders of the Western World noticed that, but did nothing. ”

While terrorists are trying to tell us what they’re up to, the US, NATO, and EU still maintain that there are no terrorists in Bosnia. In February 2006, for example, Jim Jatras, former Senate Republican Foreign Policy Committee analyst and currently the director of the American Council for Kosovo, was told by Rosemary DiCarlo, Deputy Asst. Secretary of State for Europe, that Islamic radicalism doesn’t exist in Kosovo and that “we’re watching it closely.” Jatras and Kosovo Bishop Artemije had to suppress a simultaneous laughing fit.

Here again, some honest Bosnians are trying to prove what Western leaders still desperately try to deny:

A Bosnian TV station has broadcast part of an alleged new video apparently showing gruesome crimes perpetrated againt Bosnian Serbs by a unit of Muslim fighters during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 civil war.

The footage, broadcast by BN TV apparently shows the ‘El Mujahadid’ unit “sharpening axes” which they later allegedly used to behead a Bosnian Serb soldier.

The video also reportedly shows footage of the mujahadeen in playing football using a decapitated head instead of a ball, Serbian news agency Tanjug reported.

It contains chilling scenes showing mutilated corpses mujahadeen tying up and abuse prisoners of war. A mujahadeen is heard saying: “They call us terrorists. We are terrorists and we will destroy all the enemies of Allah.”

The El Mujahid was a unit consisting of fighters from Muslim countries, who, as they say on the tape, came to Bosnia to “fight for Allah.”

The unit was formed in 1993 and in that year became part of the Bosnian Muslim Army under the command of the War Council headed by Bosnia’s then-president Alija Izetbegovic, the video recounts.

The footage also shows Izetbegovic arriving at the mujahadeen camp and shows life inside it as the fighters training for war and worship. Women in strict Islamic dress are seen living in the camp, as well as children dressed in military wear, while one small girl is shown holding a pistol.

This tape was found by the Bosnian Serb entity’s Council of Concentration Camp Victims. Its president, Branislav Dukic, says that the footage was supplied by Bosnian Muslims.

Dukic said that even among Bosnia’s Muslims there are “those who wish to prove the presence of mujahadeen in Bosnia, and the war crimes they committed on the territory of central Bosnia.”

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

Footage recently surfaced on the Internet of a farewell ceremony for the mujahadeen, featuring addresses given by the Muslim Army commander and war crimes indictee General Rasim Delic, and other senior army commander, Sakib Mahmuljin, B52 reported.

Additionally, if Gregorian is to be believed, one wonders what “Balkan al Qaeda franchise” this could be referring to:

Euro Police Convention Duped by Balkan Terror Threat (Jan. 13):

The 11th European Police Congress, to be held in Berlin on 29-30th January is the target of a Balkan Al Qaeda franchise.

In a programme note it is advised that one of the speakers, Dr Darko Trifunovic - a maverick young investigator from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Security Studies - will not be able to attend due to “pressure and death threats” made against him by radical groups that are under his investigation. He has decided not to “expose himself and the congress to further danger.”

Dr Darko Trifunovic has been conducting research into the origins, ambitions and operating methods of what he calls “white Al Qaeda”, the home grown branch of the terrorist franchise organization in the various areas of the Balkans.

It first took foothold in Bosnia-Herzegovina after the Western powers in the 90’s saw the influx of Afghan war veterans into the territory as an easy way to support the Bosnian Muslims. Since the Dayton Peace Accord Iranians as well as Saudi Wahhabis have flooded the statelet with funds, over-sized mosques and subversive organizations, one of which has members throughout the Bosniak diaspora in Europe, Canada and the US…

Trifunovic has also found new links between Bosnia and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the London and Madrid train bombings. Specifically mentioned are Mohammed Atta, who coordinated the 9/11 outrage, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Bosnian citizenship holder and war veteran, former Al Qaeda ‘Operations Chief’, who - according to Dr Darko Trifunovic - took over the leadership of the Al Qaeda media campaign (’the Committee’) during the planning of the 9/11. Atta’s place of residence was a Bosnian hamlet before launching off to Hamburg and the US for his fatal mission.

It’s worth revisiting the attempted October attack on the U.S. embassy in Vienna, which was hastily dismissed by American and European officials as having no relation to Islam or terrorism. After initially pointing to mental illness, to the attackers “acting alone” and there not being any link to al Qaeda, in one of the last follow-ups, media finally crept closer to describing the incident as a terrorist undertaking, stopping short at the “Islamist Wahhabi” stage but qualifying even that: “The Wahabi movement in Bosnia is relatively new and small in numbers…” —

Bosnia: Foiled attack on US embassy linked to Islamists

Sarajevo, 5 Oct. (AKI) - Two Bosnians arrested this week in connection with a foiled attack on the US embassy in Vienna are allegedly linked to a radical Islamist Wahabi movement, the Bosnian daily Nezavisne novine said on Friday.

Police on Monday arrested 42-year-old Bosnian, Asim Cejvanovic, when he entered the embassy grounds with a rucksack of explosives. It was later alleged that Cejvanovic was mentally ill and he was taken to a prison hospital.

During questioning, Cejvanovic told police he was told to carry the explosives to the embassy by another Bosnian, Mehmed Djudic, who was later arrested.

According to Vienna media reports, Djudic has been connected to Muhamed Porca, who heads the Vienna branch of the Bosnian Wahabi movement which preaches radical Islam.

Porca’s group, which is reportedly the main financier of the Wahabi movement in Bosnia, has been under police surveillance for some time, Vienna media reported.

Darko Trifunovic, a professor at Belgrade University’s faculty of security studies and terrorism expert, told Adnkronos International (AKI), Cejvanovic may have been used only to test security around the embassy, because no detonators were found in his possession.

“They have used a mentally deranged person in the hope that the whole thing would end there,” Trifunovic said. “But the real question is from whom did he get the explosives.”

The Wahabi movement in Bosnia is relatively new and small in numbers, but it has worried local Muslim authorities because of its violent behaviour and attempts to infiltrate local mosques.

Wahabi ideology was imported to Bosnia during the 1992-1995 civil war when thousands of mujahadeen from Islamic countries came to fight with local Muslims.

Many have remained in the country, indoctrinating local youths and even operating terrorist training camps, foreign intelligence reports said.

A terrorist/Islamist-laden Bosnia: just one of those many “alarmist myths” that have been attributed to “Serbian nationalist propaganda”. Good thing we keep putting those Serbs in their place.

NOTE: After repeated arm-twisting by the U.S., Bosnia last year finally started the slow, appeals-laden process of deporting some of the mujahedin.

Some relevant passages from The Coming Balkan Caliphate:

The plot against the pope’s funeral, after all, was only discovered thanks to Bosnian Serb intelligence services operating surreptitiously within the Muslim half of the Bosnian federation — an embarrassing indicator of the Sarajevo government’s inability, or unwillingness, to clean up its own backyard. Indeed, the continued resilience of terrorist-linked charities in Bosnia is indicative of this paralysis.

In late November 2006, politician Dzevad Galijasevic of the New Democratic Party for Bosnia and Hercegovina claimed that a former close ally and major figure in Alija Izetbegovic’s first independent Bosnian government, Haris Silajdzic, “was the organizer and sponsor of mujahedin coming into Bosnia.” Galijasevic revealed that the month before he had been attacked twice, prompting him to relocate his family to Croatia. Galijasevic had become hated by the Wahhabis back in 2000 when, as mayor of the Maglaj municipality, he ordered the removal of some 1,500 mujahedin who had occupied former Serbian Christian homes in Gornja Bocinja. The order was not carried out, and the mujahedin remained in the village that had been rewarded them by the Sarajevo government — their own private Afghanistan — as a spoil of war.

According to Galijasevic, his appearance in a televised panel discussion devoted to the future dangers of a Bosnian “white al Qaeda” on October 12, 2006, sparked renewed threats against him and robberies of his homes. What was most eye-popping about Galijasevic’s testimony, however, was his contention that well-known figures associated with the political and security apparatus, such as Siladzic and hard-liner Semsudin Mehmedovic, were nurturing the Wahhabis — and aiding foreign Islamic terrorist groups in Bosnia. In 1996, while police chief in Zenica, Mehmedovic was charged by the New York Times of “having sheltered foreign Islamic fundamentalist fighters, of crushing moderate Muslim political forces and of fostering hatred between Muslims and Croats. According to Galijasevic, Mehmedovic remains “the chief of al Qaeda in Bosnia,” while the “mentors” of the mujahedin were Silajdzic and another man, Irfan Ljevakovic, a former secret police chief and employee at the notorious Bosnian embassy in Vienna during the war working closely with bin Laden’s TWRA [Third World Relief Agency]. All of the men were from the inner circle of the late Alija Izetbegovic.

In making his argument for the active participation of government officials in supporting terrorists, Galijasevic added that “Bosnia & Hercegovina is a part of the system of international organized crime,” a country where “the recruitment of future mujahedin and terrorists is being carried out.” Specifically accusing the police structures of radical ties, Galijasevic maintained that “in Maglaj municipality there are around 30 police officers who were trained by the mujahedin. In Zenica-Doboj municipality there are 280 [such] police officers.” According to the politician, an Algerian who the United States had ordered to leave Gornja Bocinja and Bosnia in the spring of 1999 on terrorist suspicions, Abu El Mali, “was training all the members of Ministry of Internal from this canton. One of Abu El Mali’s ’students’ is Kasim Hasic, an assistant police commander.”

Just a drop more about Galijesevic, from United American Committee founder Jesse Petrilla’s article “My Trip to Kosovo and Bosnia“:

[A] former mayor of a Bosnian city, a non-religious and westernized man born into the Muslim faith by the name of Dzevad Galijasevic who is an activist against the Wahabi and fundamentalist indoctrination occurring in the region…Galijasevic told me from a Muslim perspective that he witnessed first hand the extremists during and after the war seizing every opportunity to pursue their jihadist goals of spreading radical Islam through this European region. He said that the current Islamic political leadership of Bosnia were the same people who during the war sent pleas to the Taliban and other Islamist regimes to send their best jihad fighters to Bosnia to fight the Christians. Now that the war is over and anyone brings up the fact of Islamic war crimes, these leaders use the excuse that it was just foreign fighters and not them, when in fact they were the ones who brought those foreign fighters to the land.

Lastly, some recent updates, from Balkans analyst Ioannis Michaletos:

…Vladimir Popilovski runs an al-Qaeda ratline of arms from Bosnia across Sava River into Croatia and henceforth to Europe and Kemal Alagic, Naser Panaslamovic and Omer Murselovic run the same thing on the western side of Bosnia. All of those were active during the Bosnia civil war between 1992 and 1995.

Kemal Alagic was mentioned in an ICTY [International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia] report, when a witness was asked around his role in village attacks and against Christian population[s]. Moreover, according to the HRI [Hellenic Resources Institute] news network, “The RS deputy minister of justice, Goran Neskovic, stated that “three Muslims accused of crimes against Srpska were released today at 15:00 hrs. We released them as a gesture of good will towards the international community and [Swedish foreign minister] Carl Bildt, although we could have accused them of war crimes. We fulfilled the agreement while the Muslims did not release the civilians arrested in Grbavica”, said Neskovic. In the presence of the deputy high representative, Michael Steiner, the following Muslims were released: Hasan Hrnadovic, Kemal Alagic and Enver Krasic, accused of “espionage, armed rebellion and participation in an enemy army”. The above took part in 1995, during the end of the war in Bosnia.

Continuing, Popilovski’s boss is Semsudin Mehmedovic, who is known as the major figure in Islamic religious nationalism in Bosnia and was in charge of police in the Zenica area in the mid-90’s.

According to Michael Sells citing Washington Post’s reports back in 1996 “The U.S. government, if it were serious about enforcing the Dayton accords, could simply ask its close friends in Kuwait and Riyadh to stop supporting extremist fundamentalist[s] like Mehmedovic who are trying to destroy the Dayton agreement and establish what would be an Islamic ghetto in the heart of Europe.”

Mehmedovic was a minister for police with the Bosnian Muslim government and was prosecuted for dealing with arms but let go. Mehmedovic was the man who signed off on marriage licenses for Jihad fighters who came to Bosnia and got married off with local Muslim women.

Boudel Haj and Hanouf Munir, still in Guantanamo, own Bosnian Muslim wives for which Mehmedovic signed off on.

Mehmedovic is member of OEBS, was a member of police reform committee that EU forced Serbs to sign, and is part of the Bosnian Muslim parliament.

And some progress, again via Michaletos, of the U.S.-based International Analyst Network:

…[T]he Bosnian intelligence service is about to upgrade considerably it’s (Anti) espionage capabilities abroad with a special focus in the Balkans, due to “Islamic terrorism”.

Already in March 2008 a group of 5 radical Wahhabbis were arrested near Sarajevo who had a large amount of armaments and were connected with extremist groups. In May 2008 another group of 10 people were arrested because of their connection with illegal arms contraband from Bosnia to Croatia and to Central Europe. Most of them were war veterans that fought with the Muslim federation in the mid-90’s and were also related with the Mujahedeens who ventured from the Middle East and North Africa. For the latter already 350 of those have been stripped of their Bosnian citizenship, although for most, their whereabouts are unknown, thus making them suitable for covert and subversive action…[C]ertain extremist circles in Bosnia are trying to regroup the “Patriotic League”, which was a Muslim paramilitary force during the Bosnian war and was also responsible for the transportation of Jihad fighters from the M. East. […]

I only now stumbled upon a Kosovo independence post from February by the liberal Jewish site Jewcy.com. In it, the site does the standard applauding of the mono-ethnic (including Jew-cleansed) “free” gangster state. It was accompanied by this photo:


Freedom on the march: Kosovo declares independence

Nice minaret there in the backdrop, Jews!

And as we know, minarets have always symbolized and ushered in freedom and humanity.

As if this weren’t delicious enough, they got that Muslim Jew Stephen Suleyman Schwartz to be one of the three featured enlighteners for their readership. I skimmed his article and am highlighting exactly one delectable sentence from the conclusion:

[Kosovo Albanians] are entrepreneurial, moral, traditional people who are anxious to take their place as a responsible European nation.

Even funnier than the ironic choice of “entrepreneurial” is the word “moral”. Even if I were Jewish-Muslim voluntary Islamic shill Stephen Suleyman Ahmed Schwartz, I would think twice before applying the word “moral” — of all words — to Albanians. But then, blood feuds and ethnic cleansing are the new morality of the New World Order, and organized crime is such great entrepreneurialism that even the United States of America is welcoming its taste as the U.S. aligns itself with the Greater Albanian mafia. Below is just one random example of Albanian morality, out of the hundreds of thousands documented on this blog and in my and others’ articles. This one shows what the typical Kosovo Albanian thinks of court summonses/orders/judgments in his enthusiasm for Kosovo to “take its place as a responsible European nation.” From Hiding Genocide in Kosovo:

A climate of fear prevails in Letnica just like all the other enclaves in Kosovo. It does not matter that they are Catholic Croats. Someone wants their land and their property and therefore they are legitimate targets. Some families in the village have suffered almost daily harassment and intimidation.

An Albanian man Haki Ahmeti from the village Komo Glava in Urosevac municipality bought a small piece of land from a Croat neighbour of Froka’s who had decided to leave. The land was on the bank of the river which ran under Froka’s house. Haki cut off part of the water to Froka’s mill. Froka took Haki to court. In November 2003 when Haki got the summons to go to court he attacked Froka in the street near his home and rammed the summons into Froka’s mouth. He called him vulgar names saying he would cut off his private parts. Froka reported the assault to the Kosovo Police Service who took statements and prepared a case for court. Two others from Letnica were witnesses. These were Marian Nikolic and Marko Kolic, who both told Froka that they were threatened by Haki to keep quiet. In court the judge said the case would be resolved if they shook hands and kept the peace in future. They did so but upon leaving the court only a few hundred metres from the court house Haki and his son attacked Froka and beat him up. Then and there, Froka decided to drop the case because of the threats. His friend Marko used to work in the mill but he is afraid to go there alone now. The Croat community is now afraid to report incidents and has no faith in the court system to defend their rights.

Haki Ahmeti wants Froka’s house, mill and the land…The court case did not dampen Haki’s enthusiam for intimidating and harassing Froka and the other Croats. In fact he has stepped up his campaign, as now his son helps him to intimidate the Croats. Haki always tells Froka that it does not matter what the court says, “We will get the mill in the end.”

Haki is now using the land that he bought from Froka’s neighbour to re-direct the course of the river. Froka took a second court case against him, this time because he was affecting the water supply to the mill. Haki beat up Froka in the street outside the court and warned Froka that he was not to sell the property to anyone, not even other Albanians as he, Haki, is the only one with the right to it Haki is using all of Froka’s land and the land of the other Croats who have left; they asked Froka to look after their land for them while they were gone.

The remaining Croats are afraid to work their land as Albanians both here and from across the border in Macedonia threaten them on a daily basis…The village has lost hope. More than 100 reports of harassment have been lodged with the authorities but not one case has been resolved and the reports make the Albanians even more angry. Albanians come to see Milorad every day to see if he will sell his house in Vitina. The Albanians graze their cattle on Froka’s land as if it is already theirs.

Kosovo Polje also witnessed another Albanian tactic to take over areas in towns. They would buy a house at either end of a street that they wanted to take over. The price could be astronomical. Soon after the owners of the houses between the two that had been sold would be bombarded with offers to sell up, usually at prices far below what they were worth. Those that did not take the offer were usually encouraged to sell through intimidation, harassment and midnight firebomb or grenade attacks. It was an effective way to clear the town of Serbs and anyone else who did not fit in…

The agricultural land on both sides of the town of Kosovo Polje which was owned by Serbs was all sold between 1999 and 2007. In the face of the terrorist campaign against them they had no protection and were left with no choice but to leave under extreme pressure…One UN source informed me that the majority of the properties were bought by Albanians from Bujanovac, Medvedja and Presevo, which is ironically classed as one of the poorest areas in south Serbia. No one ever asks where the money comes from. This area of south Serbia which is populated mainly by Albanians is renowned as the narcotics centre in the Balkans.

Now almost eight years after the terror began most of the housing and the land has been sold to Albanians. The Serbs were left with no choice but to sell. They lived a life of sheer hell. They were not protected by anybody.

The Serbian population has been eradicated from Kosovo Polje. The few remaining Serbs lack most of all freedom of movement, economic opportunity, access to public services such as health or education; they even lack cultural freedom. What kind of peace is it that means you cannot feel safe to speak your own language in the street outside your own front door; that you cannot practice your own religion because the church is surrounded by barbed wire or burned down?

…Between June 1999 and April 2004 seventeen Serbs were murdered in Kosovo Polje. A witness of the 17 March progrom in 2004 saw with his own eyes a KPS policeman taking part in the arson. One Slovenian policeman is still supposed to be investigating the events of the 17 March 2004 but no one has heard anything. The above mentioned witness was attacked that day by a mob but managed to escape to the Health Centre like others. His house was burned down the same day. There was a five thousand-strong mob which came to Kosovo Polje but no one from the “authorities” saw it.

Here’s why. From Debkafile:

The radical Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi told the International Islamic Conference for Dialogue in Mecca that he would only talk to Jews who denounced Zionism. His speech was greeted with the loudest applause of any other speaker.

Iran’s Hashem Rafsanjani accused the US of “greedily trying to control the region’s oil” and said Muslims should resist it.

Saudi Arabia had presented the conference attended by 600 influential Muslim scholars and academics as a religious effort to ease tensions within Islam and between Islam and Christianity and Judaism. But most of the participants found talking to other faiths, especially Jews, problematic. And Riyadh has refused to consider building a Catholic church in Saudi Arabia.

Though these are labeled the “radicals”, their views differ not at all from the “non-radicals” when it comes to Zionism. And with a few notable exceptions here and there, radical and unradical Muslims have the same goal: Make the world choose. The message is: It’s either us or the Jews.

Any wagers as to whom the world will choose — is choosing — to live among? No wagers necessary. Between the political pitch in the U.S. itself, and what is happening today in what was once England (a fiercely anti-Semitic place), it’s beyond evident. But what all these scared and therefore Muslim-favoring people speaking out, of all things, against “the Jewish lobby” will find is that, as with Nazism and Communism, they won’t be able to “just live with” organized Islam.

But as always, the world must first maximize casualties before giving in to what its gut has been telling it from Day One.

I’d recently posted a blog titled “This Summer, Take a Permanent Vacation“, which read:

The Fox network’s news affiliate in Philadelphia has a tip for Americans who are having a hard time affording summer vacation this year. If you watch this short video, you’ll see they interviewed a very attractive blond lady named Jennifer Doncsecz, president of VIP Vacations. She recommends thinking “outside the box” and going to Egypt, where the American dollar is worth 20 times the Egyptian pound and where, she says, there is an increasing friendliness toward Americans:

“People say, ‘Oh but that’s the Middle East.’ Well it’s northeast Africa, it’s not really the Middle East. ‘Oh but,’ they say, ‘that’s Muslim.’ But you know what, the Muslim society has no crimes against women. They leave their doors unlocked, so it’s very safe at night.”

No blond jokes, please.

I’d counter that this is actually thinking inside the box — a very specific, rectangular box.

I subsequently heard from Ms. Doncsecz, who wrote:

I traveled to Egypt over New Years and spent most of my time, not at the resorts, but with the people of Egypt. Very close minded people believe that all muslim societies are created equally. Just like “evangelical and very right wing Christians” have different views than your average Presbyterian, to lump an entire religion into 1 group of violent people is wrong. Maybe you should read about the doctrines of the Muslim faith and then make remarks. They absolutely abhor violence. For someone who writes for the this website, you might want to get your facts straight before you blast an entire society. Also, not understanding that “editing” takes place when you are interviewed maybe you might be LESS accusatory if you had seen the entire interview where I mention that Egpyt has fewer violent crimes than Philly — the birthplace of the US Constitution! That more travelers are robbed in Italy and Spain and that more women report aggressive behavior from men in Cancun! ALSO, I am a graduate from the Wharton School Of Busines at the University of PA!…please do not make any references to my level of intelligence as I would imagine your kind of ignorance is purely based on a lower level of education!

With regard to reading the doctrines of the Muslim “faith”, I believe Robert Spencer has read those quite a number of times. Which is why he felt obligated to write numerous books on the subject, to start JihadWatch.com, and to warn the West. So that would be my reading counter-suggestion for Ms. Doncsecz, who has apparently read the Koran.

With regard to editing, I’m not sure what might have been edited out between the words “Muslim society” and “has no crimes against women” — unless the word “no” was somehow edited in. Regardless, the lady’s reply to my blog would seem to bolster the position she takes, edited or not, in the video.

Incidentally, according to acquaintances of Ms. Doncsecz, she attended Fairleigh Dickinson University but not U-Penn’s Wharton Business School as she claims. I, on the other hand, did reject U-Penn undergraduate in favor of Hunter College (pronounced Huntah Koleedge by the part-time drug dealers who attended with me thanks to the New York City University system’s open admissions, which were a product of the same kind of open-mindednesss that Ms. Doncsecz would have us maintain toward the Middle East/North Africa).

Meanwhile, intelligence is the capacity to acquire and apply knowledge, the faculty of thought and reason. So while Ms. Doncsecz may or may not have the capacity to acquire knowledge, she appears to lack the ability to apply that knowledge.

But back to the point: Egypt. Let’s not even get into the fact that 97 percent of Egyptian women are circumcised — considered by many in the West a crime in itself, most vocally by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, one of several former Muslims who have been traveling these parts for years trying to warn us about Islam; she also has been sharing her own traumatic forced-circumcision story. The clitorectomy thing aside, I begin with an email from Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller, followed by an Egypt-trip roundup by Jesse Petrilla, and finishing with some Egypt-related headlines from recent years — all of which seem to suggest quite a different Egypt from the one Ms. Doncsecz offers travelers.

[Egyptian blogger] Sandmonkey invited me to go to Egypt if I go to Israel this summer and my very liberal friend begged me not to go. She said “i was there last year, it is frightening. A woman alone can not go” and this girl is the quintessential world traveler.

— Pamela Geller

My Visit to Egypt (April 15, 2008)
by Jesse Petrilla (founder of The United American Committee (UAC), a federation of concerned Americans promoting awareness of threats to Homeland Security)

I have recently returned to the United States from Egypt where I was on a fact-finding mission to see what life is like for non-Muslims who live under Islam. What I saw was a dire situation of oppression and discrimination that many in America and the West have all but ignored.

I went to Egypt because I wanted to learn what life would be like if our enemies and their allies succeeded in getting their way. What I saw was an example of the harsh life in store for future American generations in Islamic-dominated regions of the U.S. if we do not work to bring attention to Islamic oppression now at this critical time in history.

My journey began on an EgyptAir flight out of JFK. I was a bit surprised, to say the least, when the in-flight video came on prior to departure and instead of the usual safety video, a picture of a mosque flickered on and a deep-toned recorded voice came on reciting Islamic prayers out of the Koran. I’ve flown on Israeli airline El Al a number of times as well as hundreds of other global and U.S. airline companies, and I have never experienced a Christian prayer or a Jewish prayer on a flight, and could only imagine the reaction of Americans if an airline carrier were to try. Regardless of the policies and logic of other airlines, apparently a Muslim-owned airline feels it fit to assume that all its passengers desire to hear a Muslim prayer, regardless of their faith. The safety video followed and my journey had begun. I was on my way to Cairo and Alexandria to get a feeling of what life was like there for non-Muslims.

The first day, I visited old Cairo. Walking through the alleyways, I visited the many ancient churches there. As I rounded a corner I came upon an old synagogue. Excited to find and learn the experiences of Jews who live there, I entered only to be greatly disappointed and utterly disgusted when I saw the synagogue was filled with hijab-clad Muslim women selling trinkets and postcards inside. It’s a museum that I can only assume the government uses to show its “tolerance.” I overheard the tour guides speaking of how there “were once Jews here,” and I was told that there is only one other synagogue in the city. It makes you wonder if someday there will be regions of America with a museum of the last or second to last synagogue or church. Irritatingly, the Egyptian police refuse to allow anyone to take any photos or video at all of the synagogue either inside or out, and they threatened to take my camera if I questioned their rule.

As I continued through the streets, the afternoon call to prayer began to broadcast from a local mosque, then another mosque, then a third, until the deafening sound of thousands of loudspeakers from mosques all over the city pierced through the air with the call of “Allah akbar” followed by Koranic verses.

I recalled how in several American cities including Dearborn, Michigan, sound ordinances have begun to be overturned to allow this to occur in America. I made my way to meet with a friend who is an activist for human rights in Egypt. He showed me the Egyptian constitution which in article II states that Sharia (Islamic) law shall be “the principal source of legislation.”. This clause goes for everyone in the nation regardless of faith. My friend told me the stories and showed me photos of young Christian girls who had been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam, and threatened with death, and their families threatened if they ever convert back. After several days in Cairo, my journey continued to Alexandria where I would visit several churches which had been attacked in recent years.

On the train to Alexandria, we passed through rural villages where I noticed vast amounts of hay on the roofs of many village homes. Our guide told us that the livestock sleep in the house with the people at night. Jokingly I asked if the women sleep out in the stable, but I didn’t receive a definitive answer on that one. It was about this time that I realized the majority of the men everywhere I went had a small round bruise on their forehead reminiscent of something out of the book of Revelation. My guide told me that it was from hitting their head on the floor when praying. He also told me that in Egypt specifically, and perhaps elsewhere, some men heat up a metal spoon in a fire and stick it on their forehead to accentuate the bruise. It seems you aren’t cool unless you have the mark.

As we stepped off the train in Alexandria, a police officer approached and told my Egyptian Coptic friend that he did not have a license to be my guide, desiring a bribe before he would leave us alone. This had not been the first time in the trip that a cop came up looking for money. It seemed every time I took out my camera, a police officer would show up to tell me I couldn’t take any pictures and I would have to pay him a nominal fine. Usually the officer would not be looking for a bribe of more than ten or twenty dollars, and thankfully our guide was able to talk officers out of it the majority of the time.

We went to a local hotel where I turned on the television to see the Statue of Liberty in flames. I changed the channel only to see a video clip of a small child crying with her arms in the air, spliced in with images of U.S. soldiers. The video cut to a bleeding boy lying on the ground — an obvious piece of anti-American propaganda. Interestingly enough, to the right of the boy in the video you could see a U.S. medic helping the injured child, no doubt hurt by Jihadist terrorists, but you certainly wouldn’t know that from the theme of the video.

Our first stop in Alexandria was the Church of St. George, the site of a brutal attack in 2005 where a Muslim in his early 20s entered as a prayer service was finishing. He shouted “Allah akbar” and stabbed a nun in the chest with a knife. Several days after the stabbing, an angry Muslim mob also attacked the church, brandishing sticks and throwing rocks at the Christians. Numerous cars and Christian-owned businesses in the area were torched, and in the end, three people were dead from the violence, all of it being sparked by unsubstantiated reports about a theatrical production that occurred at the church which was rumored to have offended Islam.

I attended a prayer service there, and every 15 seconds over loudspeakers aimed at the church from the mosque next door, the Muslims were yelling at the Christians. “Allah akbar! Allah akbar!” they would yell among other things in an attempt to disrupt the prayer. This was entirely outside of the five daily calls to prayer which come over the same loudspeaker. It was intimidation designed entirely to disrupt Christian prayer, and stopped as soon as everyone left after the service was over. I took a short video of the incident, and posted it on YouTube.

My next stop was the Church of All Saints. When I arrived, I saw a large mosque directly across the street and another on the other block. This was the same case with the previous church I had visited, and my guide explained that as soon as they built the church, mosques went up all around it. Yet today it has become nearly impossible to get a permit in the country to construct a new church anywhere. The Church of All Saints was another site of an attack which occurred in 2006 where a Jihadist entered and began stabbing church-goers while yelling the familiar phrase “Allah akbar”. In all, he attacked three churches that day, critically wounding many and killing a 78-year-old man. Yet the government dismissed him as only an isolated mentally ill madman.

I met with many people during my trip, and I learned a great deal about what it is like to live as a minority under Islam. I spoke with a priest who told me how he can see the younger generation of Christians there becoming more and more Islamized. I spoke with a man who told me how his young Christian children are taught in public schools there that they are going to hell if they do not become Muslims. I saw brutal intimidation and oppression, and a life dictated by Islamic law that many Americans don’t realize but are slowly beginning to see. Before we left, our guide showed us his ID card which had a glaring number 2 in the corner. He told me that Christians are required to have that number on their IDs. I asked if Muslims were required to have a number as well. “Yes,” he responded. “Number 1.”

In my visit to Egypt I saw a place rampant with police brutality and corruption, where non-Muslims are second-class citizens at best, who are brutally victimized on a daily basis. All this in a nation which is a popular U.S. tourist spot, and has been the recipient of American aid in excess of $28 billion in the last three decades.

HEADLINES!! — just like on Jay Leno!

“Bullseye,” say Egyptians as they celebrate anti-US attacks (9/11/01)

Egypt and Saudi Arabia Won’t Supply List of Passengers Flying to U.S. (10/18/01)

Egypt rejects U.S. coalition, upgrades ties with Iraq (9/21/01)

Arafat Potato Chips Take Egyptian Market by Storm (5/28/02)

“Egyptians dancing in the streets after 3,000 Americans were murdered by terrorists.” (9/12/02)

Egyptian movie Protocols of the Elders of Zion - in the PA and Egypt (11/5/02)

Egypt’s top Muslim cleric has endorsed jihad against the United States, Reuters reports, and hundreds of Egyptians have signed up to fight for Saddam Hussein. (4/8/03)

Egyptian filmmakers urged organizers of the Cairo International Film Festival to withdraw the sole Egyptian film from the official competition because its director backs normalization of ties with Israel. (10/14/03)

Arabs [Egyptians] Celebrate Strikes on U.S. in Iraq (11/3/03)

Blast in Egypt-Israel Border Hotel, Bomb Suspected (10/7/04)

Egypt Blasts Kill at Least 25, Wound 110 (7/22/2005)

Our World: Our Egyptian friends (7/25/05)

Prophet cartoons prompt Egypt to cut off Danish dialogue (11/3/05)

Egyptian church clash injures 12 (1/19/06)

100 People Killed or Injured after three Explosions in the Egyptian Resort City of Dahab (4/24/06)

Egyptian TV promotes anti-American hatred (4/30/06)

Egyptian Priest Praises the Pope: “When they say Islam is a religion of tolerance, I’m waiting for the proof.” (10/2/06)

EGYPT: Mobs Attack Churches near Alexandria (6/15/07)

Time To Recognize Failure Of Israel-Egypt Treaty (11/21/06)

Egypt Steps Up HIV Arrests (2/15/08)

Egypt sentences 5 men for homosexuality (4/9/08)

Egyptian Blogger Silenced by YouTube (11/29/07)

Former Mufti of Egypt explains wife-beating in Islam: “It’s not really beating, it’s more like punching” (Jihad Watch 06/07)

Sectarianism Worrying Egypt After Christian’s Murder (6/9/08)

A murder of a Coptic man in Minya, some 200 miles south of Cairo, has sparked worries of sectarian violence spreading across Egypt. The incident consisted of an argument that turned violent, seeing Khamis Eid stab Milad Farag to death.

Over the past month, outbursts of Christian/Muslim violence has seen Egyptians question whether the country is heading for a war based on sectarian divides.

A Coptic storeowner and three employees were gunned down in a Cairo neighborhood for no apparent reason. Nothing was taken from the shop and residents questioned the motives.

“I am scared,” one local citizen said. “I don’t know why these people were killed, but with what is going on in the country, it seems religion is causing a lot of violence.”

Analysts are watching closely the ongoing struggles between the two religious communities. They are worried that a Lebanon type situation could erupt if church and mosque leaders are not careful to calm their constituencies.

Kidnapped Monks Released After Southern Egypt Clashes (6/1/08)

Three monks abducted after bloody clashes between Muslims and Christians were set free Sunday as calm returned to the southern Egyptian village, said a security official.

The battle erupted Saturday when local Muslims claimed the expansion of a monastery was being carried out illegally on state property in the village of Deir Abu Fana, near the city of Minya, 210 kilometers south of the capital.

A similar incident took place in Minya in October, resulting in 20 people injured.

“I wouldn’t set a solid rule to apply in each case,” said Youssef Sidhom, the editor of the Coptic Watani newspaper. “In some cases it is a matter of fanaticism from Muslim neighbors, but in other cases it is over an attempt to build or maintain a structure without a building permit.”

The latest clashes, however, come against a disturbing backdrop of attacks against Christian jewelers over the past week that prompted one Coptic member of parliament to claim Thursday that police were not adequately protecting the community…While police maintain the incidents were entirely criminal in nature and not sectarian, they do have uncomfortable echoes of the 1990s when Islamic extremists funded their campaign against the government by robbing Christian jewelry stores.

Egyptian Police Prevent Pro-Christian Protest, Arrest Activists (6/9/08)

Egyptian police on Monday prevented groups of Christian Copts congregating inside a church in east Cairo from staging a protest against government inaction in recent acts of violence against members of Egypt’s Coptic minority.

A…historic monastery in the southern town of Malawi was attacked by armed men from the local Muslim community of Bedouin. A Muslim man was killed and four Coptic priests were injured in the attack.

The protestors voiced their anger at what they perceive as bias against Copts shown by police investigators and prosecutors. Authorities are accused of not exerting enough effort to arrest assailants in attacks against Copts and not unveiling the identities of those they arrest.

Police also prevented a group of Muslim youths from staging a street demonstration Monday evening in Zaytun in solidarity with Copts. Eight activists, mostly bloggers and journalists, were held then later freed by police.

Now I’ll quote from my article last year titled “Pity the Travel Writer“:

We hear much about that Arabian “hospitality,” and as people continue to rhapsodize about this legendary hospitality, one starts to wonder if they’re not actually talking about hospitals, since that’s where too many visitors to the Middle East end up. [In Egypt in 2005] the resort town Sharm-el-Sheikh suffered three explosions, killing 65 people and injuring 200 just a couple weeks after the London Tube explosions. A fair percentage of the victims were Brits who were “on holiday” to escape and recover from the trauma of the London bombings. The most confounding question that faced investigators at Sharm-el-Sheikh: Why the heck are Westerners vacationing in the Middle East? Isn’t that like a Jew vacationing in Hamburg during World War II? (After all, the Germans weren’t all like that.)

One tries to imagine a Brit’s thought process leading to this choice of destination: “Dahling, let us get away from this madness! Let us find some place peaceful and relaxing. How about the Middle East?”

These are the gun-related Clintonisms that I was supposed to have prepared for the show but forgot:

CONSTITUTION, SHMONSTITUTION

“We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans to legitimately own handguns and rifles.”

– Bill Clinton, March 1993

“The purpose of the government is to rein in the rights of the people.”

– Bill Clinton, on MTV, 1993

GOVERNMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE GOVERNMENT

“If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.”

– Bill Clinton, August 12, 1993

Bob Dylan says Barack Obama is ‘changin’ America


“Bob Dylan: for many, his work symbolises the 1960s revolution”

His 1964 track ‘The Times They are a-Changin’ became the anthem for his generation, symbolising the era-defining social struggle against the establishment.

Now Bob Dylan - who could justifiably claim to be the architect of Barack Obama’s ‘change’ catchphrase - has backed the Illinois senator to do for modern America what the generation before did in the 1960s.

In an exclusive interview with The Times, published in T2 today, Dylan gives a ringing endorsement to Mr Obama, the first ever black presidential candidate, claiming he is “redefining the nature of politics from the ground up”.

Dylan, 67, made the comments when being interviewed in Denmark, where he stopped over in a hotel during a tour of Scandinavia.

Asked about his views on American politics, he said: “Well, you know right now America is in a state of upheaval. Poverty is demoralising. You can’t expect people to have the virtue of purity when they are poor.
“But we’ve got this guy out there now who is redefining the nature of politics from the ground up…Barack Obama.

“He’s redefining what a politician is, so we’ll have to see how things play out. Am I hopeful? Yes, I’m hopeful that things might change. Some things are going to have to.”

Dylan’s endorsement contains much symbolic significance. The legendary singer-songwriter, who has an art exhibition opening in London next week, became a focal point for young people worldwide when he released the album ‘The times they are a-changin’,” including the famous song of that name, in 1964.

The track, which he wrote as the social liberation of the ’60s astonished politicians and parents, included lines urging people to accept and embrace what was happening around them.

Memorable lines included: “Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call. Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall,” and: “Come mothers and fathers throughout the land, and don’t criticise what you can’t understand. Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command. Your old road is rapidly agin’.”

Here’s what parents and even the most corrupt politicians understand, which the children don’t: If you think your society is broken now, wait ’til you try to “fix” it. But apparently the 67 year-old Bob Dylan is still a child.

Getting to the point: So this is what it takes for Bob Dylan — who never voiced public support or condemnation for a single politician, who refrained from joining the anti-Bush and anti-Iraq War din, and who resisted enormous peer pressure to join the Vietnam anti-war movement in the midst of the upheaval that his songs were iconic for — this is what it takes for him to finally become political and join the club:

He waits until there’s a candidate who is supported by Hamas, Hezbollah and the entire Arab and Muslim world; who has surrounded himself with anti-Semites and Israel-bashers including some who associate with Hamas; who had an anti-Semitic pastor for more than a decade; who belonged to an anti-white, anti-Israel church that honors Louis Farrakhan — this, Dylan decides, is the guy for him!

Where is the Bob Dylan who had his son Jacob Bar Mitzvah’d in Israel, and who in 1983 wrote “Neighborhood Bully” in defense of besieged Israel. From The Weekly Standard:

Or the Sing Out! interview from July of 1968, where fellow musician Happy Traum is pressing Dylan to say something (anything!) against the war, to give some clue of agreement with the anti-war activists:

Traum: Probably the most pressing thing going on in a political sense is the war. Now I’m not saying any artist or group of artists can change the course of the war, but they still feel it their responsibility to say something.

Dylan: I know some very good artists who are for the war.

Traum: Well, I’m just talking about the ones who are against it.

Dylan: That’s like what I’m talking about; it’s for or against the war. That really doesn’t exist. It’s not for or against the war. I’m speaking of a certain painter, and he’s all for the war. He’s just about ready to go over there himself. And I can comprehend him.

Traum: Why can’t you argue with him?

Dylan: I can see what goes into his painting, and why should I?

Later in the interview:

Traum: My feeling is that with a person who is for the war and ready to go over there, I don’t think it would be possible for you and him to share the same values.

Dylan: I’ve known him a long time, he’s a gentleman and I admire him, he’s a friend of mine. People just have their views. Anyway, how do you know that I’m not, as you say, for the war?

IslamiCity’s 6/11/08 Bulletin:

Are you fed up with corporate sponsored news media?

Watch Al Jazeera English at home or work and tune in to the latest news that matters!

Not on Cable or Dish. But it is here at IslamiCity!

Al Jazeera actually screwed up recently and aired an anti-jihad interview by mistake. Check it out:



Prime Minister Thaçi gives lunch for members of the U.S. Congress at his house in Burojë

Prishtina, 15 June 2008 — The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr Hashim Thaçi, today gave a lunch at his house in Burojë for a delegation from the American House of Representatives, led by Congressman Eliot Engel.

“You have made many sacrifices, and you are a great patriot of this country” – declared Congressman Engel of Prime Minister Thaçi.

In the name of the institutions and people of Kosovo, Prime Minister Thaçi thanked Congressman Engel for his work and contribution over 20 years, and expressed his respect for the American delegation, which was in Kosovo for the day of the Kosovo Constitution’s entry into force.

“You have made many sacrifices and you are a great patriot of this country, having struggled for the dream of an independent Kosovo which is now made real. Dreams don’t become reality by themselves; it takes the shedding of a great deal of blood, sweat and tears to realise them and in this place a great deal were shed and now we have reached this day,” Congressman Engel said on this occasion.

Blood: KLA Chief Thaci Executes his Rivals

Sweat: Kosovo Albanians get Their Exercise by Disemboweling non-Albanian 70-year-olds; The Granny Killers

Tears:

Concluding, the well-known Congressman assured Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi that he would have the support of the U.S.A. in his every step building the Kosovo state.

That is, any further Serbian blood that needs to be shed — just say the word.

…Prime Minister Thaçi thanked Congressman Engel for his work and contribution over 20 years, and expressed his respect for the American delegation…

Yes, it takes real character to do the bidding of one’s heavily Albanian and heavily “connected” constituency in the Bronx, where police “are well aware about the insurmountable difficulties when it comes to the attempts to investigate Albanian organized crime,” according to Carla Del Ponte, whose book mentions that “those few and far between investigations of the terrorist KLA were the hardest during her appointment as the ICTY chief prosecutor, that her researchers were confronted by the clans, vendettas and political pressures…”

And it takes great moral clarity to keeping digging a hole that one has dug himself into.

Coming Soon: Congressman Engel Missteps; Doesn’t Deliver all that was Promised to Godfather Thaci

You broke my heart, Eliot. You broke my heart.

US Scientist Gives Israeli Prize to Palestinians (May 27):

Jerusalem (AP) - A Brown University professor said Monday that he is donating his share of a prestigious Israeli mathematics prize to advance the education of Palestinian students.

David Mumford said he would donate his $33,333 portion of the Wolf Prize to a Palestinian university and an Israeli group that tries to ease Israeli travel restrictions on Palestinian students. He said he believes freedom of movement is crucial to intellectual development.

“I feel strongly that mathematics is an international enterprise, and it’s really grown up essentially in every country. … It’s really important that everyone have access to higher education, to the international community where mathematics is being carried on,” Mumford told The Associated Press.

He received the award at a ceremony Sunday at Israel’s parliament in recognition of his groundbreaking theoretical work in algebraic geometry.

The beneficiaries are Bir Zeit University, the West Bank’s flagship university, and Gisha, an Israeli organization that works to protect the rights of Palestinian students in the Gaza Strip.

For several years, Israel — citing security considerations — has banned most Palestinians from leaving the Gaza Strip. This has forced hundreds of Palestinian students to abandon or postpone university studies outside the tiny seaside territory — even if they have full scholarships to schools in Europe or the U.S. or simply want to travel the 25 miles to Palestinian universities in the West Bank.

The contrast between what goes on in Israel and what goes on in the Palestinian areas is “striking,” with Israelis able “to travel freely to meetings and graduate students going wherever they please,” he said. [Unless they’re missing their limbs because of a freely-moving Palestinian.]

“It seems to me in the Palestinian areas, this isn’t the case,” he said. “I felt very much that it was really carrying out the spirit of Wolf’s own wishes to further education in all the areas of Palestine.”

The Israel-based foundation was established by Ricardo Wolf, a German-born inventor, diplomat and philanthropist who spent the last years of his life as Cuba’s representative in Israel, where he died in 1981.

Mumford said he did not characterize himself as a political person, but was motivated by his conviction that “higher education, access to mathematical knowledge, is something that should be shared and should be accessible to everyone.”

“We are grateful to Professor Mumford for the recognition his gift expresses in the universality of the right to education and its importance for the future of both peoples, Israelis and Palestinians,” Gisha said in a statement. “We hope that Professor Mumford’s gesture will influence Israeli officials to remove the restrictions that prevent Palestinian students from exercising their right to freedom of movement and to access educational opportunities.”

So Mumford wants to help the Palestinians improve their explosive devices (though they’re usually experts by age six). He wants to make it so that once they master mathematics and engineering and can assemble a bomb in under three minutes, it’ll be easier for them to cross into Israel.

I thought that we already figured out that accomplished and foiled terrorists alike generally have had scientific or mathematical education backgrounds:

Engineers for Osama (second item)

Now that the stereotype of the poverty-stricken terrorist has been dispelled by studies showing that militancy and high levels of education go hand in hand, a new Oxford study tries to explain why so many violent Islamic radicals are … engineers.

Open Admissions: U.S. Policy toward Students from Terrorism-Supporting Countries in the Middle East

Anyway, it’s actually a fitting use of funds since that Ricardo Wolf was Castro’s rep in Israel, and Castro has been involved with terrorism and Muslim enemies of Israel for decades.

While trying to figure out who the thug is here — the accused Albanians, or Montenegro — in addition to keeping in mind the Albanian track record for violently usurping land, please note that no one in the world would piss off Albanians if they didn’t have to.

Montenegro Albanians urge end to terrorism trial against 18 fellow Albanians

TUZI, Montenegro-Ethnic Albanian leaders in Montenegro demanded on Friday that authorities drop terrorism charges against 18 ethnic Albanians, including four U.S. citizens.

They also accused Montenegrin police of “brutality and nationalistic insults” against the small ethnic Albanian community in the country.

The group were arrested in September 2006, on the eve of a key parliamentary election in then newly independent Montenegro. Authorities say they were planning terrorist attacks aimed at creating an ethnic Albanian republic.

The trial started in May 2007. Five suspects have been released from custody, 11 are in jail while two remain at large.

The leaders demanded in a statement Friday that the authorities “close the case and drop the charges … after 600 days of humiliating torture against the prisoners and other citizens of Malesia”, the ethnic Albanian-dominated area of Montenegro.

Vaselj Sinistaj, the president of the Albanian Alternative party, told the AP that “we will request freedom for the innocent men and a trial for those who committed the crime” against them.

Gee, that tactic doesn’t sound familiar at all. (See case of Flying Imams sue John Doe for reporting their suspicious behavior to airline crew.)

“This is a political process, not a fair trial”, said Sinistaj.

Among those apprehended in September 2006 were three U.S. citizens, Sokol Ivanaj and cousins Kola Dedvukaj and Rrok Dedvukaj. They had lived for decades in Michigan but were on a visit to Montenegro when apprehended.

Another U.S. citizen and the alleged mastermind of the terrorist plot, Doda Ljucaj, was arrested in Vienna, Austria, later the same year.

The proceedings have drawn international criticism of Montenegro for alleged police brutality.

Montenegrin authorities have rejected the accusations. Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said recently that “it is the utmost interest of our government that this trial is conducted in accordance with international legal standards.”

Sources close to Djukanovic and within the judiciary said they expected the proceedings to end in mid-July.

The indictment against the 18 alleges that they planned to “use explosives and weapons for terrorist acts aimed at controlling … military posts, police precincts and other important facilities” in the ethnic Albanian-populated part of the country.

Police have said they have found weapons and explosives during searches in Malesia, close to the border with Albania and Kosovo.

How about that!! Shocking, isnt’ it! The benefits of Kosovo independence make themselves more and more apparent every day. Meanwhile, dingbats like this one use the ‘problem-free’ example of an independent Montenegro to make the case for Kosovo independence.

Ethnic Albanians make up about 6.5 percent of Montenegro’s more than 600,000 people. They have in the past demanded more rights for their community, but have never resorted to violence to achieve their goals.

Katrina Dedvukaj, the sister of Rrok Dedvukaj, has said her brother was innocent. She told the Associated Press earlier this week that the trial was designed to “send a message to the Albanians to shut up.”

“Montenegrin police picked Roko up in our old house, beat him in front of the kids, arrested him and made him a terrorist,” she said, using a nickname for her brother.

If there were nothing to the charges, would Montenegro get away with (allegedly) doing this to American citizens?

Here are just some earlier posts of Albanians using their bought-and-paid-for influence with American “leaders” to get their Albanian brothers off the hook whenever they’re on one.

Some other reports on the matter, for background:

Montenegro: Ethnic Albanians jailed for alleged plot (Aug. 5, 2008)

Podgorica - A court in the small Balkan country of Montenegro on Tuesday convicted 12 ethnic Albanians, including four US citizens, of plotting a rebellion when the republic became independent of Serbia in 2006.

Judge Ivica Stankovic also convicted five other members of the group from Montenegro’s Albanian minority of possessing illegal weapons.

He sentenced the 17 defendants to prison terms ranging from three months to six and a half years for planning a rebellion and the Americans received some of the toughest sentences.

The ethnic Albanians were arrested on terrorism charges in September 2006, but the charges were later modified.

Authorities claimed they were planning attacks with a view to creating an autonomous region.

Ethnic Albanians comprise about six percent of Montenegro’s total population of 620,000 and are concentrated in several areas bordering Albania.

Twelve ethnic Albanians were sentenced to a total of 48 years in prison, ranging from terms of three to six years each, while several others were given lighter sentences.

All members of the group had pleaded not guilty to the charges and said they would appeal Tuesday’s verdict.

Montenegro convicts 4 Americans in uprising plot (AP, Aug. 5, 2008)

Four Michigan residents were among 12 ethnic Albanians convicted Tuesday of plotting a rebellion to carve out a homeland within the tiny Balkan republic of Montenegro.

The Americans of Montenegrin origin were part of a group arrested in September 2006 on the eve of a key parliamentary election in Montenegro which had just become independent of Serbia. Authorities alleged they were planning attacks on institutions in a predominantly ethnic Albanian-populated eastern part of Montenegro with the aim of creating an autonomous region.

Three of the Americans, Sokol Ivanaj and cousins Kola Dedvukaj and Rrok Dedvukaj, had lived for decades in Michigan but were on a visit to Montenegro when apprehended. A fourth American, Doda Ljucaj, was the alleged mastermind of the plot. He was born in Montenegro but lived in the United States and was arrested in Vienna, Austria, later in 2006.

“We are not happy with the verdicts. We will appeal,” Kole Camaj, a defense lawyer for the group, told reporters outside the court.

Montenegro has a population of about 600,000, about 7 percent of them ethnic Albanians living mostly in an eastern border region near Albania. Unlike their fellow-ethnic Albanians in Serbia’s Kosovo province, the Montenegrin Albanians have not formed a separatist movement or disputed Montenegrin government rule in the past.

The Americans were accused of helping to fund and arm the group with rifles, hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Police said they recovered a stockpile of weapons during the arrest raid in 2006.

The case has drawn international criticism of Montenegro over defendants’ allegations that the police beat them during and after the arrest. Montenegrin authorities have rejected the accusations.

Montenegro has had mostly good relations with its ethnic Albanian minority, whose representatives have been included in successive governments in the tiny republic in southeastern Europe.

3 Metro Detroiters Found Guilty in Uprising Plot Freed (Detroit Free Press, Aug. 6, 2008)

Despite being convicted Monday of plotting an ethnic Albanian uprising in the Balkan state of Montenegro, three southeast Michigan men are out of jail for the first time in nearly two years. Another remains behind bars.

Sokol Ivanaj of West Bloomfield and cousins Kola Dedvukaj of Farmington Hills and Rrok Dedvukaj of Troy walked out of a Montenegro prison Monday pending an appeal of their convictions.

The three were arrested Sept. 9, 2006, during a police raid in a primarily Albanian village in Montenegro.

A fourth metro Detroit resident, Doda Lucaj of Commerce Township, the plot’s alleged mastermind who later was arrested in Austria, was ordered held Tuesday pending an appeal.

Outspoken advocates for Albanian rights in Montenegro, the men were portrayed as terrorists trying to disrupt the country’s peaceful split from Serbia the year before. They were convicted on charges of “anti-constitutional behavior,” their Southfield-based lawyer, Joseph Dedvukaj, said Tuesday. He is a cousin of the men.

The lawyer said their release from prison is an indication the charges will either be dropped during the appeal, or they will be released for time served.

“That shows that the judge agrees with us and the case, and didn’t see any reason for them to stay in prison and suffer during that time,” Joseph Dedvukaj said. “My gut feeling is, way before anyone makes a decision in this case, there’s going to be a political solution.”

The Albanian American Civic League said the men arrested in the raid have been abused, beaten and denied medication and food. […]

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