August 2008


Most people have heard about this, but I wanted to log it as yet another example of Jews in the service of Islamic terrorism. As usual, it’s one of those academic anti-Israel Jews. Also as usual, it takes a Muslim to de-dhimmify us:

You Still Can’t Write About Muhammad By ASRA Q. NOMANI (Aug. 6)

Starting in 2002, Spokane, Wash., journalist Sherry Jones toiled weekends on a racy historical novel about Aisha, the young wife of the prophet Muhammad. Ms. Jones learned Arabic, studied scholarly works about Aisha’s life, and came to admire her protagonist as a woman of courage. When Random House bought her novel last year in a $100,000, two-book deal, she was ecstatic. This past spring, she began plans for an eight-city book tour after the Aug. 12 publication date of “The Jewel of Medina” — a tale of lust, love and intrigue in the prophet’s harem.

It’s not going to happen: In May, Random House abruptly called off publication of the book. The series of events that torpedoed this novel are a window into how quickly fear stunts intelligent discourse about the Muslim world.

This saga upsets me as a Muslim — and as a writer who believes that fiction can bring Islamic history to life in a uniquely captivating and humanizing way…This time, the instigator of the trouble wasn’t a radical Muslim cleric, but an American academic. In April, looking for endorsements, Random House sent galleys to writers and scholars, including Denise Spellberg, an associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Jones put her on the list because she read Ms. Spellberg’s book, “Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of ‘A’isha Bint Abi Bakr.”

But Ms. Spellberg wasn’t a fan of Ms. Jones’s book. On April 30, Shahed Amanullah, a guest lecturer in Ms. Spellberg’s classes and the editor of a popular Muslim Web site, got a frantic call from her. “She was upset,” Mr. Amanullah recalls. He says Ms. Spellberg told him the novel “made fun of Muslims and their history,” and asked him to warn Muslims.

After he got the call from Ms. Spellberg, Mr. Amanullah dashed off an email to a listserv of Middle East and Islamic studies graduate students, acknowledging he didn’t “know anything about it [the book],” but telling them, “Just got a frantic call from a professor who got an advance copy of the forthcoming novel, ‘Jewel of Medina’ — she said she found it incredibly offensive.” He added a write-up about the book from the Publishers Marketplace, an industry publication.

The next day, a blogger known as Shahid Pradhan posted Mr. Amanullah’s email on a Web site for Shiite Muslims — “Hussaini Youth” — under a headline, “upcoming book, ‘Jewel of Medina’: A new attempt to slander the Prophet of Islam.” Two hours and 28 minutes after that, another person by the name of Ali Hemani proposed a seven-point strategy to ensure “the writer withdraws this book from the stores and apologise all the muslims across the world.”

Meanwhile back in New York City, Jane Garrett, an editor at Random House’s Knopf imprint, dispatched an email on May 1 to Knopf executives, telling them she got a phone call the evening before from Ms. Spellberg (who happens to be under contract with Knopf to write “Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an.”)

“She thinks there is a very real possibility of major danger for the building and staff and widespread violence,” Ms. Garrett wrote. “Denise says it is ‘a declaration of war . . . explosive stuff . . . a national security issue.’… thinks the book should be withdrawn ASAP.” […]

So this Jewish terrorist sets off the explosion, incites the fury, then warns the publishing house that the project could be dangerous.

Excellent assessment, demolished by the last line:

Don’t forget what happened in Yugoslavia
John Pilger

The secrets of the crushing of Yugoslavia are emerging, telling us more about how the modern world is policed. The former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague, Carla Del Ponte, this year published her memoir The Hunt: Me and War Criminals. Largely ignored in Britain, the book reveals unpalatable truths about the west’s intervention in Kosovo, which has echoes in the Caucasus.

The tribunal was set up and bankrolled principally by the United States. Del Ponte’s role was to investigate the crimes committed as Yugoslavia was dismembered in the 1990s. She insisted that this include Nato’s 78-day bombing of Serbia and Kosovo in 1999, which killed hundreds of people in hospitals, schools, churches, parks and tele vision studios, and destroyed economic infrastructure. “If I am not willing to [prosecute Nato personnel],” said Del Ponte, “I must give up my mission.” It was a sham. Under pressure from Washington and London, an investigation into Nato war crimes was scrapped.

Readers will recall that the justification for the Nato bombing was that the Serbs were committing “genocide” in the secessionist province of Kosovo against ethnic Albanians. David Scheffer, US ambassador-at-large for war crimes, announced that as many as “225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59″ may have been murdered. Tony Blair invoked the Holocaust and “the spirit of the Second World War”. The west’s heroic allies were the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), whose murderous record was set aside. The British foreign secretary, Robin Cook, told them to call him any time on his mobile phone.

With the Nato bombing over, international teams descended upon Kosovo to exhume the “holocaust”. The FBI failed to find a single mass grave and went home. The Spanish forensic team did the same, its leader angrily denouncing “a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machines”. A year later, Del Ponte’s tribunal announced the final count of the dead in Kosovo: 2,788. This included combatants on both sides and Serbs and Roma murdered by the KLA. There was no genocide in Kosovo. The “holocaust” was a lie. The Nato attack had been fraudulent.

That was not all, says Del Ponte in her book: the KLA kidnapped hundreds of Serbs and transported them to Albania, where their kidneys and other body parts were removed; these were then sold for transplant in other countries. She also says there was sufficient evidence to prosecute the Kosovar Albanians for war crimes, but the investigation “was nipped in the bud” so that the tribunal’s focus would be on “crimes committed by Serbia”. She says the Hague judges were terrified of the Kosovar Albanians - the very people in whose name Nato had attacked Serbia.

Indeed, even as Blair the war leader was on a triumphant tour of “liberated” Kosovo, the KLA was ethnically cleansing more than 200,000 Serbs and Roma from the province. Last February the “international community”, led by the US, recognised Kosovo, which has no formal economy and is run, in effect, by criminal gangs that traffic in drugs, contraband and women. But it has one valuable asset: the US military base Camp Bondsteel, described by the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner as “a smaller version of Guantanamo”. Del Ponte, a Swiss diplomat, has been told by her own government to stop promoting her book.

Yugoslavia was a uniquely independent and multi-ethnic, if imperfect, federation that stood as a political and economic bridge in the Cold War. This was not acceptable to the expanding European Community, especially newly united Germany, which had begun a drive east to dominate its “natural market” in the Yugoslav pro vinces of Croatia and Slovenia. By the time the Europeans met at Maastricht in 1991, a secret deal had been struck; Germany recognised Croatia, and Yugoslavia was doomed. In Washington, the US ensured that the struggling Yugoslav economy was denied World Bank loans and the defunct Nato was reinvented as an enforcer. At a 1999 Kosovo “peace” conference in France, the Serbs were told to accept occupation by Nato forces and a market economy, or be bombed into submission. It was the perfect precursor to the bloodbaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Next:

Russia, Georgia, and the Kosovo Connection (August 22)
J. Victor Marshall (research fellow at The Independent Institute)

In Russia even more than in America, “Kosovo” rhymes with “I told you so.”

Many Americans don’t realize that the former Serbian province of Kosovo, which broke away in 1999 after US-led NATO forces bombed Serbia for 78 days, helped set the stage for the recent conflict between Russia and neighboring Georgia.

While many observers questioned Kosovo’s readiness for independence, given corruption in its civil administration and the murderous campaign of ethnic cleansing waged by Albanian nationalists against Serbs in their midst, Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence on February 17.

Although Kosovo’s move arguably violated UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which recognized Serbia’s ultimate sovereignty, many NATO countries including the United States sided with Kosovo.

The Russian Foreign Ministry declared, “Those who are considering supporting separatism should understand what dangerous consequences their actions threaten to have for world order, international stability and the authority of the U.N. Security Council’s decisions that took decades to build.”

Outside of NATO, many countries sided with Russia’s statement of principles.

Just as NATO justified its intervention in 1999 as a humanitarian defense of Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians against Serbian atrocities, so Russia said it came to the defense of South Ossetia, which suffered terrible atrocities at Georgian hands in the early 1990s, after Georgian troops shelled its capital earlier this month.

In addition to Kosovo, Russia can justify its intervention on behalf of South Ossetia by pointing to any number of other precedents set by the United States: the Bush administration’s doctrine of preemption, its invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, its silence in the face of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, and many more.

Game over. That’s where reasonable people stop reading. Thanks a shit load, Victor Marshall. Too bad the readers who correctly switch off at that point won’t see your excellent closing paragraph:

In short, by squandering its moral authority, the United States has unilaterally disarmed itself of “soft power” that was once one of our greatest weapons. And Kosovo was one of the fields upon which the United States laid down its moral arms.

Q. What does the Chinese Olympics dog-and-pony show have in common with the Democratic Convention dog-and-pony show?

A. They’re both put on by commies!

Joe Biden for Change!
“Change” candidate Barack Obama’s choice for VP — a fixture of Congress’s Democratic Machine for more than four decades — is consistent with the message of change. A change of diaper, that is.
(How does that Jamaica ad jingle go? What’s old is what’s new…)

To assuage Jewish voters worried about his middle name, Change candidate Barack Obama today announced he would be changing his name to Ehud Barack Hussein Obama.

Trying to dig up McCain’s own gaffes yesterday, some news media recalled how he couldn’t say how many houses, exactly, he and his wife own, referring reporters to his staff. But what do you want? He’s a typical Democrat.

To see Julia hold forth on the Obamas, McCain, Hillary and the Islamic takeover, see below her performance this month at the Ice House in Pasadena:


I started to blog somewhat on former secretary of state Lawrence Eagleburger — ever since he woke up to the reality of the logical conclusion of the anti-Serb policies he helped promote, and started writing (a decade late) against Kosovo independence. Below are just two additional damning things I recently stumbled across.

First, I’m in the process of reading a memoir written by Nick Petrovich, one of Draza Mihailovich’s anti-Nazi guerillas who helped rescue 513 American airmen between 1943 and 1944 as part of Operation Halyard, the greatest airlift of downed American troops in WWII. He writes:

Finally, after constant pressure by the National Committee of Airmen Resued by General Mihailovich, Inc., led by a dear friend of mine, Major Richard l. Felman, and Major General Donald J. Smith, and supported by many decent and patriotic U.S. Senators and Congressmen, on recommendation of General Eisenhower on March 29, 1948 President Truman finally awarded posthumously Mihailovich The Legion of Merit Chief Commander which reads:

“General Dragoljub Mihailovich distinguished himself in an outstanding manner as Commander-in-Chief of the Yugoslavian Army Forces and later as Minister of War by organizing and leading important resistance forces against the enemy which occupied Yugoslavia from December 1941 to December 1944. Through the undaunted efforts of his troops, many United States airmen were rescued and returned safely to friendly control. General Mihailovich and his forces, although lacking adequate supplies and fighting under extreme hardship, contributed materially to the Allied cause, and were instrumental in obtaining a final Allied victory.”

– Harry S Truman

Strangely, this award was kept secret until it was uncovered and made public years later by The Honorable Edward J. Derwinski while serving as Secretary of Veteran Affairs.

Although the rescued airmen vindicated themselves by obtaining the official recognition and finally fulfilling their pledge to Mihailovich for saving their lives, their efforts to erect a memorial to Mihailovich in Washington failed because of the combined objections of the communist government of Yugoslavia, and the U.S. Department of State. A bizarre alliance indeed! Lawrence S. Eagleburger, then U.S. ambassador to Yugoslavia, in a letter dated October 4, 1978 urged the Congress not to support the construction of a monument to General Mihailovich because of the sensitive geographic and political situation of Yugoslavia.

On September 8, 1979 [Governor] Ronald Reagan sent a letter to the Committee to Commemorate General Mihailovich in which he said: “The fate of General Mihailovich is not simply of historic significance; it teaches something today, as well. No Western nation, including the United States, can hope to win its own battle for freedom and survival by sacrificing brave comrades to the politics of international expediency.”

After the Red Army marched into Belgrade in October of 1944 and put Tito in control of Yugoslavia, the U.S. offered Mihailovich an escape, but he refused flatly, saying “under no circumstances will I leave my country and my people.” He was captured by the communists on March 24, 1946, and on July 15 sentenced to death. Two days later a firing squad carried out his sentence in a swamp near Belgrade.

Please note that Balkans history is replete with bizarre historically parallel dates. In this case, Mihailovich was captured on March 24, 1946, after Churchill and the Allies abandoned him in favor of the Communist Tito. On March 24, 1999, Bill Clinton’s America bombed the Serbs, once again “sacrificing brave comrades to the politics of international expediency.” This time we were appeasing not the Communists, but the Muslims. Today, we continue to not heed Reagan’s warning, intent on taking our policy of betrayal to its utmost conclusion, which will be our own.

The second item I came across mentioning Eagleburger was in an open letter last year by author William Dorich to the chair of the Philosophy department at Kent State University when the school had scheduled an appearance by Arizona State University philosophy professor Peter French, whose flier for a program about the ethics of war included the following sentence, apparently about a 13th century battle: “Serbian men described themselves as compelled to rape and murder Kosovar women & children. This provoked necessity was felt and sustained by collective memories nurtured in Serbs for seven centuries.” Professor French, who said the quote was taken out of context, canceled the appearance after criticism such as Mr. Dorich’s letter, excerpted below:

An Open Letter to Kent State University

Mr. David W. Odelle-Scott, Chair Philosophy Department

Dear Mr. Odelle-Scott:

I am writing with reference to your invited guest speaker, Peter French [whose] presentation will no doubt be like those of many journalists who found an audience and a quick buck to be made in demonizing the Serbs with collective guilt.

During the entire decade of the 1990s the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times never published one single article written by a Serbian author, scholar or political leader. Dr. Alex Dragnich, recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Outstanding Scholarship at Vanderbilt University is the author of 10 books on Balkan history and politics. He submitted 42 OpEd articles to the NYT and not a single one was published. This same ugly muzzling of Serbian views was matched by Glenn Campbell, president of the Hoover Institute that said at a major Hoover dinner party. “All Serbs are Nazis…It was too bad if the Croats killed the Jews, but they should have exterminated the Serbs, so that they would have no trouble with them today.” Hoover never apologized for this racist remark by their president.

Richard Holbrooke called Serbs “Murderous Assholes.” Morton Kondracke called Serbs “Bastards” on national television. Lawrence Eagleberger said “Serbs are stupid.” This was after he left the State Department and became a board member of the Communist Bank of Yugoslavia and a board member of Yugo Cars where he earned millions of dollars.

Senator Joseph Biden, who seems to have hoof and mouth disease, called the Serbs “Illiterates, degenerates, rapists, guerillas, butchers, cowards, baby killers, murderers, thugs, aggressors, invaders, terrorists and fascists.” Imagine, Serbs were accused of invading their own country and imagine, too, that this hideous display of hate speech by an American Senator spilled from his lips in just one interview on CNN - August 1, 1993.

There is apparently no shame and no depth to which some people will stoop to demonize the Serbs. Shame on Kent State University for allowing its institution to be sucked into this immoral behavior under the guise of scholarship. […]

William Dorich
Los Angeles, CA

In a follow-up email after I asked for details about Eagleberger’s comment that “Serbs are stupid,” Dorich replied that Eagleburger made the remark on TV when he “left Yugoslavia to return to the State Department at the end of the Bush #1 administration. It was also at that same time frame that he called Milosevich “The Butcher of the Balkans.” This of course was after he was on the board of Yugo Bank, a Communist bank, and Yugo Cars, a Communist company, and had stuffed his pockets with millions of dollars as well as stuffing his face with good Serbian food.”

Just a post-script on the Hoover Institute’s abysmal record on the Balkans, by way of explaining the comment by its late president Glenn Campbell. Dorich wrote the following letter (only excerpted below) to the Institute last year after it published an Albanian propaganda screed in its prestigious Policy Review:

Mr. John Rasian, Director
Hoover Institute
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Dear Mr. Rasian:
I write in response to The End of Balkan History by Fatos Tarifa and Peter Lucas featured in the Policy Review of the Hoover Institution — an astonishing attempt to rewrite Balkan history by two Albanians which should have no place in an institution of higher education. But this comes as no surprise as Hoover and Stanford have demonstrated an ugly and biased assault on the Serbian people for many years.

During the Bosnian Civil War when hundreds of Bosnian Forums were organized on university campuses across the country, Serbs were always denied participation. At such a forum at Stanford, Provost Condoleezza Rice was contacted by this writer to offer my participation in the forum along with a number of prominent Serbian scholars including Dr. Alex Dragnich, recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Outstanding Scholarship at Vanderbilt University, and author of ten books on Balkan history and politics.

Ms. Rice ignored our telephone calls and correspondence. Instead, she made the opening statements for this student-sponsored Bosnian Forum in which Serbs were denied a right to participate.

At a Stanford University dinner party in 1992, the former president of the Hoover Institute Glenn Campbell (died 2001) said publicly: “All Serbs are Nazis…….It was too bad if the Croats killed the Jews, but they should have exterminated the Serbs, so that they would have no trouble with them today.”

The Hoover Institution never made a public apology to the Serbian community for this immoral and outrageous outburst. I personally took great exception to this unbridled racism since I lost 17 of my relatives during the Holocaust who were burned to death in a Serbian Orthodox church in the village of Vojnic in 1942 by Croatians and their Nazi Catholic priests. I lost the last 5 relatives of my name during Operation Storm in August of 1995 when 200,000 Serbs were “ethnically cleansed” from Croatia. My relatives were too old and too sick to flee. They were found a month later with their throats slit. The insults, bigotry, slander and lies leveled at the Serbian people in this country — and which led to US support of that war and those massacres were led by morons from your institution.

Serbs came to this country before the turn of the century settled in the gold country of California where they built the first Serbian Orthodox Church 1896 (a church still in use) and have built a dozen churches throughout California since. The first woman (a Serb) elected to the California State Legislature, Roseanne Vuich, was from Fresno, California - a freeway is named in her memory. The Balkan Chair at your teaching institute is sponsored by the Rados Family of Southern California who have contributed handsomely to Stanford for decades. And yet Serbs have been so vilified with collective guilt that the Hoover Institution reveals that no level of conscience or restraint is necessary in attacking us. The editor of this diatribe should be fired for the contempt shown for Balkan history and for the eagerness with which this publication allow Albanians to rewrite history.

We now know that Operation Storm was aided and abetted by U.S. intelligence with cover from the US Airforce who turned off the radar system to allow Croatia to violate the “No-Fly Zone”. The Croats bombed and strafed fleeing Serbs, a war crime by every definition.

Operation Storm was led by Agim Ceku, a convicted Albanian war criminal who massacred Serbs in Croatia in 1992 and 1995 and went on to massacre entire Serbian villages in Kosovo. (This is well documented by the Dutch whose troops were on the ground and by Canadians…) How immoral that the Hoover Institute now pays tribute to Ceku, a convicted criminal who anointed himself Prime Minister over Kosovo before any statehood had been internationally considered or granted.

What is shocking about the two writers of this ugly assault on the Serbs is the skill with which they rewrite history with impunity and how it seems to have the blessing of the Hoover Institute.

Is the Hoover Institution really this naive to not face the fact that Albanian ambitions point directly to a Greater Albania? The comment “Nobody wants to cohabit with Belgrade,” is disgusting and insulting, considering the Serbs were the majority of Kosovo for a thousand years until the Holocaust when over 10,000 Serbs were liquidated and more than 150,000 were ethnically cleansed from Kosovo. (And considering that Albanians were in the Milosevic Government!) Tito forbade their return, giving Serbian land to Nazi collaborators. When Tito granted “autonomy” to Albanians in 1974 without a single vote of the Serbian people, Albanians began their assault on the remaining Serbs by banning the use of the Serbian language.

The Albanian authorities removed over 2 million books on Serbian religion, history and music from Kosovo schools and libraries and burned them. From 1974 to 1989 more than 125,000 Serbs were forced from Kosovo by the rape of Serbian nuns and Serbian girls which your writers cleverly ignore.

I would think that Stanford University and the Hoover Institute would be appalled at such anti-intellectual behavior but apparently there is no depth to which you will not stoop to further demonize the Serbs who were our allies in two World Wars as you defend Albanians, the majority of whom were Nazi collaborators and would not know a democratic principle if it smacked them in the face.

Striving for an ethnically pure Albanian Kosovo state in the heart of Europe is repugnant especially when a major American teaching institution provides the means to achieve such a goal through unbridled propaganda and hate speech.

Shame on you Mr. Rasian and shame on the Hoover Institution.

In supplement to my two posts shedding some light on the “massacre” of Vukovar, in which 200 Croatians were killed, here is part of an email from a source who knew the photographer who took the ghastly pictures of crushed Serbian skulls that led to a response by the Yugoslav Army — the said “massacre” that Croatians try to garner sympathy for on behalf of their democratic Nazi state:

Vukovar was the BEGINNING of the Croatian attack on “their” Serbs. When the then Yugoslav army, consisting of many, but not ONLY Serbs finally got there, what they found was reminiscent of Jasenovac-type murders of innocent Serbs. The Croatian defectors from Yugoslavia tried to hide in hospitals among the sick, after shedding their battle fatigues, then putting on hospital wear. They were pointed out by patients and executed “on the spot”. That’s how I remember the newspaper articles from Chicago at the time.

Question: If the Vukovar “massacre” of Croats “by Serbs” was wanton civilian-killing, as Croatia has managed to dupe the world into believing, why didn’t the Serbs just kill everyone in the hospital?

Here, interestingly, is a November scene from a recent Vukovar-related trial. It reinforces that, sure enough, the “massacre” that Croatians yell about to this day, in which “Serbs attacked a hospital!!” was actually this:

While prosecutors at the Hague tribunal will appeal what they call the “manifestly inadequate” sentences given to two former Yugoslav People’s Army, JNA, officers in the Vukovar trial, they will not dispute the acquittal of their co-accused.

Miroslav Radic, Veselin Sljivancanin and Mile Mrksic were accused of involvement in the torture and murder of some 200 Croats at Ovcara farm outside the town of Vukovar in November 1991, in what was one of the most notorious atrocities of the Balkans wars.

On September 27, Mrksic was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aiding and abetting murder, torture and cruel treatment, while Sljivancanin was given a sentence of five years for aiding and abetting torture.

The trial chamber dismissed all charges of crimes against humanity, because they said that the 194 victims who had been identified were not civilians.

Vukovar’s hospital, among the last buildings in the town to be taken by Serb forces, was full of patients, hospital staff and civilians sheltering in its corridors. [Note: Patients and staff pointed out the soldiers who were masquerading as civilians after slaughtering Serbs.]

Serb forces took some 200 men they suspected of being combatants, and hauled them to the pig farm at Ovcara where, according to the judgment, soldiers ‘’beat them with wooden sticks, rifle butts, poles, chains and even crutches'’.

This week, the prosecution announced it would ask for more severe sentences for Sljivancanin and Mrksic on the grounds that these were “manifestly inadequate” given the gravity of their crimes committed at Vukovar. […]

Meanwhile, check out how the Croats out-Muslimed the Muslims in Bosnia:

Transcripts Suggest Croatia Conspired to Break Up Bosnia (from November):

Tribunal prosecutors want controversial presidential transcripts to be admitted into evidence in the case against six Bosnian Croat officials.

The highest levels of the Croatian government secretly worked to seize part of Bosnia while pretending friendship with the Sarajevo government….

That’s right, Muhammedans. Taqiyya right back at ya!

The documents, transcripts of the then Croatian president Franjo Tudjman’s conversations, show Croatian officials believed the West supported it in its undercover bid to prevent a Muslim state being created in Europe.

Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric and Berislav Pusic were senior political and military leaders of the self-proclaimed Croat entity known as Herceg Bosna.

They face 26 charges of war crimes for the expulsion and murder of Muslims in Bosnia during the Croatian-Muslim conflict in 1993.

They are also accused of being part of a joint criminal enterprise to politically and militarily subjugate and ethnically cleanse Bosnian Muslims and other non-Croats from parts of Bosnia that they claimed as Herceg Bosna and to join this territory to a “Greater Croatia”.

Also allegedly involved in this enterprise were Tudjman, former Croatian defence minister Gojko Susak and Mate Boban, president of Herceg Bosna. All three are now deceased.

Several of the transcripts record how Tudjman ordered regular Croatian troops to be secretly sent to Bosnia to set up checkpoints and to support the Croats living there.

“Gentlemen, we’ve succeeded, we’ve succeeded in getting not just Herceg Bosna, which is what we had. We’ve [now] got - we can say this among ourselves - half of Bosnia, if we’re good at governing it, if we govern cleverly,” said Tudjman at a meeting with representatives Herceg Bosna on November 24, 1995.

Tudjman also regularly referred to Croatia as being on the front line against the expansion of world Islam, and even expressed sympathy for the Serbs because they are fellow Christians.

“Europe and the world are a bit afraid of… the creation of an Islamic [state] in Europe. So that they would even be inclined for a division [of Bosnia] to be carried out between Croatia and Serbia in order to avoid having that separate Muslim state, you know,” said Tudjman on January 8, 1992. […]

Tudjman, of course, got it wrong, given that the United States was working hard to create another Muslim state in Europe. And we’re still at it in Kosovo.

In an attempt to counter reports by his wife that he’s “stinky,” presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama — or B.O. — has chosen for his running mate the man who last year affirmed, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Obama said he hopes it will put an end to Freudian campaign slogans such as “Send B.O. to the White House!” and “The American people deserve B.O.!” and “I’m with B.O.” As well as opposition slogans such as “Why settle for B.O.?”

Never in recent history has Ramadan so neatly fallen on the month of September as it does this year. Nor has it encompassed the date September 11 since before 1980. This year it begins on Sept. 1st (or 2nd, depending on whom you ask), and ends Sept. 30th or October 1st.

As we know from last year, the Empire State Building now goes green to mark the end of Ramadan. In other words, even the Empire State Building has converted to Islam. As I’ve said before, I guess that means we’d better start kissing its ass.

But how do you like that? Muslims kill its two friends downtown, and this one converts to Islam. I’d say that about sums up the prevailing state of mind.

Earlier this summer I blogged about a travel agent’s advice to Americans for cheaper vacations: she was recommending Egypt as a destination since “the Muslim society has no crimes against women. They leave their doors unlocked, so it’s very safe at night.” I then posted a response from this person whose name I’m not mentioning this time because she has a Google Alert on her name and is less than stable when she gets negative attention. Her response to my blog post included the line that Muslims “absolutely abhor violence. For someone who writes for this website, you might want to get your facts straight before you blast an entire society….more women report aggressive behavior from men in Cancun!”

So here is an update this month on the lovely Egyptian society of the most “normal” Muslims:

Two-thirds of Egyptian men harass women

Nearly two-thirds of Egyptian men admit to having sexually harassed women in the most populous Arab country, and a majority say women themselves are to blame for their maltreatment, a survey showed on Thursday.

The forms of harassment reported by Egyptian men, whose country attracts millions of foreign tourists each year, include touching or ogling women, shouting sexually explicit remarks, and exposing their genitals to women. “Sexual harassment has become an overwhelming and very real problem experienced by all women in Egyptian society, often on a daily basis,” said the report by the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights.

Egyptian women and female visitors frequently complain of persistent sexual harassment on Egyptian streets, despite the socially conservative nature of this traditional Muslim society.

The behaviour could have repercussions on Egypt’s tourism industry, a major foreign income earner, with 98 percent of foreign women saying they had experienced harassment in the country, the survey said.

The survey of more than 2,000 Egyptian men and women and 109 foreign women said the vast majority of Egyptians believed that sexual harassment in Egypt was on the rise, citing a worsening economic situation and a lack of awareness or religious values.

It said 62 percent of Egyptian men reported perpetrating harassment, while 83 percent of Egyptian women reported having been sexually harassed. Nearly half of women said the abuse occurred daily.

Only 2.4 percent of Egyptian women reported it to the police, with most saying they did not believe anyone would help. Some feared reporting harassment would hurt their reputations.

“The vast majority of women did nothing when confronted with sexual harassment,” the survey said, adding that most Egyptian women believed the victim should “remain silent”.

Some 53 percent of men blamed women for bringing on sexual harassment, saying they enjoyed it or were dressed in a way deemed indecent. Some women agreed.

“Out of Egyptian women and men interviewed, most believe that women who wear tight clothes deserve to be harassed,” the survey said. It added most agreed women should be home by 8 p.m.

The survey said most of the Egyptian women who told of being harassed said they were dressed conservatively, with the majority wearing the Islamic headscarf. The harassment took place on the streets or on public transport, as well as in tourist destinations and foreign educational institutions.

As I mentioned in that earlier post, 97% of Egyptian women are circumcised, and here is an update this month on that Egyptian custom:

Grass-roots effort in Egypt fights ‘cutting’ girls

In this small Nile River farming village, Maha Mohammed has started to doubt whether she should circumcise her two daughters.

A year ago, she had few qualms about female genital mutilation, the practice of cutting a girl’s clitoris and sometimes other genitalia. She herself was cut two decades ago, and she fears her daughters will not find husbands otherwise.

But Mohammed also has heard that circumcision can be medically risky and emotionally painful. And a strong-willed neighbor, another woman, has been dropping by her house regularly to persuade her to say no.

“I hear that girls suffer not just physically but psychologically,” the 31-year-old Mohammed said. “But I am afraid. I don’t want my daughters to have uncontrollable demands for sex.” [God forbid Muslims should struggle with the human condition like the rest of us.]

Such doubts are significant. With vigorous grass-roots campaigns and the passage of tough laws against circumcision, Egypt seems to be making a dent in this deeply ingrained practice, thousands of years old. The number of young girls circumcised is now steadily declining in a country where an estimated 96 percent of married Egyptian women have had their genitals cut.

The most recent comprehensive study predicts about 63 percent of Egyptian girls 9 years old and under will be circumcised over the next decade. The numbers are lower in urban areas like Cairo — about 40 percent — but higher for rural areas in the south — about 78 percent, the government’s 2005 demographic and health survey predicts.

The lower circumcision rate in urban areas is attributed to higher income and education levels and greater access to information. But in the villages along the Nile, where the rate is highest, a grass-roots effort is under way to bring information straight to people’s homes.

The door-to-door campaign to end female genital mutilation is slow and time-consuming. It publicly plays down any outside help or connections to Western aid groups. […]

Since we’re on the subject of “normal” Muslim societies, here’s a July update on Indonesia, which I’ve blogged about a few times:

Muslims storm Protestant school in Jakarta, injuring 265 students

Police evacuated the Christian Theological Arastamar Institute (STT SETIA) which is located in an eastern district of the Indonesian capital after it suffered damages during clashes between Christians and Muslims over the week-end. At least 1,500 students were moved to nearby police headquarters and a local Christian-based political party….

Last night hundreds of residents from the village of Kampung Pulo had taken up arms threatening to storm the school after being instigated by an imam at a local mosque who claimed that a bunch of Christian gangsters were coming to “protect” the school after it was attacked on Saturday by a Muslim mob, causing damage to the building and hurting hundreds.

In an attempt to solve the problem East Jakarta District Chief Murdani held a close door meeting with the warring parties to discuss the issue. At the same time though, he said that police would conduct a thorough investigation and check if the school’s legal status was in order and that it respected all building regulations. In case of violations he would issue orders to demolish the unlawful structures.

At present hundreds of agents are guarding the school and have orders to stop any act of violence and disarm people….

Tensions between Christians and Muslims flared up on Saturday following rumours that a SETIA student had stolen a motorcycle that belonged to a Muslim from a neighbouring village.

Senny Manafe, a spokesperson for the school, rejected the accusation, claiming instead that the attacks were triggered by a trivial incident. In an attempt to chase a mouse in the street, a student threw a slipper against a house owned by a local Muslim. Outraged by the deed, the latter kicked and punched the student as people gathered drawn by the rumour that a Christian student had tried to steal the Muslim’s motorbike.

“Many students suffered various injuries to the head. Others were burnt by Molotov cocktails,” Manafe said.

The violence and charges against SETIA are the work of Risman Hadi, chairman of Muslim Brotherhood Forum of Kampung Pulo Village, who in the past opposed the opening and continued existence of the Christian institute.

Finally, we have the even normaler Philippines, where there is a large Muslim population:

Filipino Christians Worry About Expanded Muslim Autonomy

A negotiated agreement to expand an autonomous Islamic homeland in the southern Philippines is prompting fears of renewed violence between Muslims and Christians in an area that has known decades of bloodshed.

Christians in the Mindanao region of the predominantly Catholic Southeast Asian country protested the plan on Monday, one day before the government is due to sign a preliminary accord with representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Several thousand people marched in Zamboanga, led by the predominantly Christian city’s mayor, a key leading opponent of agreement.

Also on Monday, the Supreme Court in Manila began deliberations on a petition seeking to stop the deal from going ahead.

The agreement, coming after 10 years of negotiations, will lay out the territory that is to be added to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), an entity first created in the 1990s.

Many Muslims in the area were never happy with the size and makeup of the ARMM, which today comprises a patchwork of six provinces and one city, Marawi.

Muslims originally envisaged a homeland comprising 14-15 provinces and about 10 cities, but in referendums, majority Christian populations in those excluded areas rejected incorporation into a Moro (Muslim) self-rule territory.

A long and bloody struggle for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines has cost more than 100,000 lives over 40 years, with two million people displaced.

In 1996 the government signed a peace accord with a veteran separatist group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which settled for limited autonomy instead of the independent state it had been fighting for. Under that deal, some 5,000 MNLF fighters were integrated into the national military.

But the MILF, which had earlier split off from the MNLF, rejected the 1996 agreement and continued its violent struggle for several more years, before agreeing to a ceasefire and entering negotiations in 2001. Sporadic fighting has continued since then, with both sides accusing the other of truce violations.

(A violent campaign by a third small group, the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, continues. The U.S. military has trained Filipino forces fighting Abu Sayyaf.)

The new agreement with the MILF, due to be signed in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Tuesday, will extend the area of the ARMM – known as the “ancestral domain” – to include an additional 700-plus villages, subject to another referendum in a year’s time. The government of Malaysia brokered the deal.

While reading the final paragraphs of this item below, think Kosovo:

Although the Philippine government has not made public the details of the deal ahead of the signing, it will also reportedly expand the ARMM’s political and economic powers, including permitting it to maintain its own police and regional security force.

Some critics in parliament are calling the move unconstitutional, arguing that it amounts to surrendering national sovereignty over part of the country and warning that it could be an impeachable offense by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The mood has not been improved by recent violence. In North Cotabato, a province neighboring the ARMM and which the MILF wants incorporated into the ancestral domain, hundreds of homes have been torched over the past week. Philippine newspapers said the incidents were the MILF’s way of laying claim to the area.

Emmanuel Pinol, the vice-governor of North Cotabato, filed one of several legal attempts aimed at stopping the agreement from going ahead. Pinol recently expressed concern that the deal goes go through, the MILF will buy weapons and military equipment and try to secede from the republic.

The MILF, which boasts some 12,500 fighters, over the years has denied accusations of links to al-Qaeda and claims that it has trained foreign militants at an MILF facility in Mindanao.

In 1999, however, its then leader, Hashim Salamat (since deceased), told the press that the group had received funds from Osama bin Laden and used them to build mosques, health centers and schools.

Sent in by “Joe”:

MySpace, Facebook Add Opportunity for Love, Trouble to Online Dating

…The landscape of online dating has changed. Once limited to dedicated sites like Match.com and eHarmony, it has expanded to social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, putting an exponentially larger number of available dates at your click and call.

But every day isn’t Valentine’s Day. Just ask 25-year-old Texas native Meghan Stamps.

Stamps, 22 at the time, was living in Los Angeles and had signed up for MySpace as a means to try to meet people in a city she knew very little about.

It wasn’t long before she received a message from an Albanian man who had fled his country seven years earlier to avoid fighting in the military. He described himself on his profile as having a “very calm nature,” according to Stamps.

After a so-so first date, the two decided to give it another shot.

“He seemed nice enough, so we went out bar-hopping for the second date,” Stamps said. “As we’re finishing our first drink, he mentions very casually that when he was 13, he killed someone with an ax for looking at his sister wrong. I was creeped out, but I let it go.”

The date didn’t improve from there. At the third bar of the night, fed up with watching his companion being ogled by numerous patrons, Stamps’ date took matters into his own hands. He decided to confront one of the men attempting to make eyes with his date.

“There were some words shared and we went out to the dance floor,” Stamps said. “Not two minutes later, the guy flirting with me comes up behind me, grabs my arm and starts pulling me with him. The next thing I know, my date pushed the guy against the wall and punched him in the face, and I was out the door. I never talked to him again.”

It’d be hard to defend that temper from anyone, let alone from the “very calm” guy Stamps thought she was getting. This misrepresentation may become more frequent as more people jump into online dating via social networking sites….

While his reaction to a strange guy coming up to his date and pulling her away doesn’t strike me as partiuclarly abnormal, the axing thing that she shrugged off would have given me pause about accepting that second date. But her non-reaction says it all in that it is about the same level of reaction that Americans have had to Albanians axing people and kicking them out of Kosovo over the past nine years (and earlier).

Americans think they can party with the great “pro-Americans” of our era, the Albanians, but the chance that your new Albanian friend has in his young or old life killed someone just isn’t that small. Whether as members or supporters of the KLA (which accounts for about 100% of Albanians), or simply as the violent cretins their culture births and nurtures, not only has your new Albanian friend killed or is related to someone who has, but the culprit most likely hasn’t done prison time for it — since, after all, it’s part of the culture.

Have fun with your new pal, America! As I’ve said before, you earned him.

Related: Who can forget the case of the Israeli tourist in England who accepted a date with an Albanian, got raped and then taken out to dinner. That’s Albantainment!

IslamiCity bulletin from Friday, August 15 2008:

Islamicity Feature: Peeling Jewish myths about Saudi Arabia
In Isi Leibler’s “Candidly Speaking” (July 29), we read myths regarding the kingdom of Saudi Arabia; sweeping statements are presented as immutable fact. In 2005, one of my closest professional partners (as well as closest friends) and I planned for and created a model for a Saudi-sponsored interfaith dialogue to be ideally hosted by King Abdullah in Spain. We worked on the concept in Riyadh, where I live. (For the record my friend is Jewish and visits the kingdom frequently.) Click HERE to read full article.

Would that be this interfaith conference in Spain that just ended and which was found to be sponsored by a group with al Qaeda links (goes without saying)?: “Jewish-Muslim spat sours Saudi interfaith meeting

Back to the bulletin:

Video of the Week, Aljazeera News: Watch the International Tribunal case of Serbian Terrorists Radovan Karadzic, former president of Yugoslavia.

So when Muslims aren’t trying to graft “holocausts” on to themselves, they’re trying to project their terrorism onto others, hence the expected term “Serbian terrorist”. But the bulletin closes by going back to ripping stuff off from Jews, as in the following familiar joke — previously told about an Israeli protagonist who has now morphed into a Saudi one (whether that is the original protagonist or not, I don’t know, but this is the newest version):

LOL: Humor of the Week

A man is taking a walk in Central park in New York. Suddenly he sees a little girl being attacked by a pit bull dog . He runs over to fend off the dog. In the process he kills the dog to save the girl’s life. A reporter who by chance was walking by, comes to the scene and says: “You are a hero, tomorrow you can read it in all the newspapers: “Brave New Yorker saves the life of little girl” The man says: - “But I am not a New Yorker!” “Oh ,then it will say: ‘Brave American saves life of little girl’” – the reporter answers. “But I am not an American!” – says the man. “Oh, what are you then? ” The man says, “I am a Saudi!” The next day the newspapers headline reads: “Islamic extremist kills dog in Central Park.”

That’s Islamtainment: always trying to project others’ victimhood onto themselves and project their villainy onto others.

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