September 2008

The special arrangements of one of the internationals who’s been getting fat off of Kosovo has gained the attention of a local news outfit in the Bronx, called Inner City Press. You heard correctly: Even the Bronx has now noticed this little thought-of province in little thought-of Serbia in the little thought-of Former Yugoslavia, somewhere in the little thought-of Balkans:

UN’s Borg-Olivier, Warned for Pro-Kosovo Quotes, Is Paid Through UNDP to Advise Kosovo

UNITED NATIONS, September 3 — In Kosovo, the just-retired chief legal officer of the UN Mission, Alexander Borg-Olivier, is now being paid through the UN Development Program to be an advisor to the Kosovo government. This despite the UN’s admission Wednesday to Inner City Press that Borg-Olivier was previously warned by UNMIK for publicly bragging about his position in favor of Kosovo independence. His new position not only directly calls into question the impartiality or so-called status neutrality of the UN in Kosovo, it also appears to violate applicable UN post-employment rules.

…[A] written response provided Wednesday to Inner City Press by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General acknowledged [said] that “on 30 June Mr. Borg-Olivier retired from the UN and it is our understanding that he is currently assisting the Kosovo government on legal matters. He is no longer employed by the UN so there is no conflict of interest.”

But the UN Secretary General’s Bulletin on “post employment restrictions” provides

2.2 For a period of two years following separation from service, former staff members who have participated in the procurement process for the Organization before separation from service are prohibited from knowingly communicating with, or appearing before, any staff member or unit of the Organization on behalf of any third party on any particular matters that were under their official responsibility relating to the procurement process during the last three years of their service with the Organization.

As UNMIK’s chief legal official, Borg Olivier participated in the procurement process. Under his watch, funds from the privatization of state-owned enterprises were transferred to the Kosovo government…It seems clear that Borg Olivier was preparing to go work for and with the Kosovo government while still in the employ of UNMIK. This would violate Rule 2.3, which provides

2.3 While in service, staff members participating in the procurement process shall refrain from soliciting or accepting, directly or indirectly, any promise or offer of future employment from any contractor or vendor of goods or services, regardless of location, which conducts business with the Organization or seeks to do so and with whom such staff members have been personally involved in the procurement process during the previous three years of service with the Organization. Should a staff member participating in the procurement process receive a promise or offer, the staff member shall immediately report the incident to the head of office and to the Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services and recuse himself or herself from any further dealing with such contractor or vendor until instructed to do so by the head of office.

Later on Wednesday, the plot further thickened, when UNDP Spokesman Stephane Dujarric chimed in that

“Mr. Borg-Olivier has been contracted as a short-term consultant on an European Commission funded project called ‘Capacity Building for European Integration.’…The request was then approved by the EC as the EC approves or vetoes all funding decisions…UNDP’s role was [to] process the paper work according to the decisions of the host government and the donor, the EC.”

Inner City Press has asked UNDP how much it got or gets paid to “process the paper work” for the EC to pay Kosovo’s chosen consultant. Why, one wonders, is UNDP always in the middleman role? But more fundamentally, do Serbia and, for example, Russia know that the UN, which claims to be status neutral, is paying consultants to the Kosovo government?…We will continue to pursue this, since the UN at least initially did not. […]

An acquaintance of mine teaches a “special needs” class at a big, well-known inner city school in the Washington Heights area of New York. More often than not, “special ed” or “special needs” doesn’t mean mentally retarded or learning disabled. It means behavioral problems, emotional problems and the tendency to speak or yell one’s mind without any kind of filter for the thought before it’s blurted out.

One day before class started, one of the mostly Dominican students explained to the rest of the class why Obama should be the next president:

1. He’s gonna legalize pot.

2. He’s gonna get back at white people.

3. He’s gonna give us lots of money.

So there you have it. Essentially the Democratic platform in a nutshell, and why you should vote for Barack Obama.

The first item was sent in by Goran, who wrote, “This report from The Age newspaper (allegedly one of the more reputable Australian newspapers) is meant to be about a sports commentator’s experience at a soccer match in Albania. Seemingly, unbeknown to the reporter, it’s more a confirmation of greater Albania. I don’t even know where to start with this article…it’s like irony on LSD.”

Borders disappear when Albanians play (Sept. 11)

SILLY me. As I walked to the Albania v Sweden World Cup qualifier in Albania’s capital, Tirana, on Saturday night, I thought a national team was made up of people from, well, one country.

But in the Balkans, it seems, the waters are a bit muddier than that. Here, a national team is made up of people from one nation, regardless of where they call home.

And so I discovered that the Albanian national soccer team has five ethnic Albanian blokes from Kosovo playing in it. Despite the fact that in February, Kosovo was declared independent, inasmuch as a country recognised by 46 countries — including the US and Australia — but not recognised by another 36 countries — including Russia and China — is independent.

Which, let’s be honest, isn’t the sort of independence that looks likely to field its own soccer team anytime soon. So what do Kosovo’s five internationals do? Not play at all? Play for Serbia? Fat chance. Or do they play for Albania, because they’re Albanians, after all, just like New Zealanders are Australians. Ermm.

Then what happens if Kosovo does get its own team? Defender Debatik Curri, for one, has declared he will stay in the red and black for reasons of honour: One strong national team is better than two weak ones. Ermm II.

This issue was brought into focus somewhat when my ticket had me seated three rows from the front, on the wing, in the middle of the travelling Kosovar ultras.

They clapped politely when the Swedish national anthem was played — there wasn’t a boo in the house — they proudly waved their new blue-and-gold flag, they sat munching on black sunflower seeds until the floor was a carpet of shells like thousands of discarded flies wings, and they showered abuse on the traitorous Bosnian Zlatan Ibrahimovic, playing for Sweden — who was born and raised in Malmo, Sweden. Now call me radical, but I reckon that makes him a bit more Swedish than a bloke who’s spent his whole life in Kosovo is Albanian.

When the Kosovars, seated together in a block, started mocking the Albanian Albanians for being lesser supporters, I was truly confused. Then the Macedonian-Albanian mob, seated on the left, started chanting at all the other Albanians: “We’re sleeping with your sisters”. Which, given they all holiday at the same beaches, may occasionally be true.

Everyone wore the red and black of the Albanian flag, but you could pick the Albanians actually from Albania — they were the ones not spending the entire match telling everyone else how Albanian they were. And there might be a lesson in that. […]

LOL. So much for the concept of a “Kosovar,” then.

Closing comment from Goran: “Albanians from Kosovo have just been discovered playing for an Albanian soccer team. Wow, here’s a revelation! Naturally, I praise [the writer] for his prowess — greater journalists than he most likely would have failed to notice the steady march toward greater Albania.”

This gives me an opening to bring up the following from the summer:

South Serbia Albanians Divided over Homeland

03 June 2008 A newly independent Kosovo has left ethnic Albanians in south Serbia soul-searching on whether Pristina can out do Albania as the centre of their national conscience.

Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17 has contributed to the dilemma among Albanians living in Presevo and Bujanovac whether to look at Kosovo or Albania as their fatherland.

Shaqir Shaqiri, a former ethnic Albanian rebel commander from the Presevo valley, site of a 2000-2001 uprising against Serbian authorities, has no doubts.

“The homeland of the Albanians of Presevo Valley has been and is the Republic of Albania,” he says.

“The state of Kosovo was not the goal of the centuries-long efforts and wars that were fought by Albanians. We were, are and will remain Albanians, whether we are from Presevo, or whether we come from Prishtina, Tetovo, Ulcinj, Tirana, Arta or Preveza.”

Unlike Shaqiri, who dreams about Greater Albania, most Kosovo Albanians and leaders in Tirana dismiss the idea as unlikely, and few foresee the possibility of such a concept ever being acceptable to the international community, let alone to Serbia and other countries in the region which have minority Albanian populations.

Mufail Limani, a Pristina-based analyst says he does not believe “in the concept of homeland,” but added that “geographic, economic, social and family ties objectively link the (Presevo) Valley to Kosovo.”

“Therefore in this case Kosovo should play the role of an international protector of national interests of the Albanian community living in Presevo Valley,” Limani said.

When pressed, even an advocate of a greater Albania like Shaqiri, sees Brussels as the best way forward, at least in the mid-term.

Albania and Kosovo “have optimal chances for cooperation in all spheres of life, like social, political, economic, cultural and educational. Albanians of Presevo Valley can only hope that very soon both will be part of the European Union and the UN,” he says.

Arben, a 40 old citizen of Presevo says he has no dilemma that “Albania is the homeland of Albanians,” he said.

But Sokol, a 30 year old entrepreneur from the southern Serbian town of Medvedja puts it differently “Albania is the homeland and Kosovo is and will remain the spiritual land of Albanians,” he said.

An update to last week’s blog:

Bogdanovic - medicine delivery to Kosovo should be solved

BELGRADE, Sept 17 (Tanjug) - Serbian Minister for Kosovo-Metohija Goran Bogdanovic said on Wednesday that he would call upon UNMIK for a systemic solution to the problem of delivery of medicines and medical equipment from central Serbia to health centres in the Serb-populated communities in the province.

Commenting on the keeping of oxygen bottles for the Gracanica hospital at the Kosovo customs in Mitrovica, Bogdanovic told Tanjug that patients must not be hostages of politics, which obviously had its mark on the delivery of medicines to health centres and Serb patients in Kosovo-Metohija.

Kosovo Serbs’ right to be treated must be guaranteed and UNMIK and the international community need to react because of this and make this right possible, Bogdanovic said.

Director of the Gracanica Hospital Stojan Sekulic said that the oxygen bottles had arrived to the Gracanica Hospital during the afternoon and that Health Care Minister Tomica Milosavljevic and Minister for Kosovo-Metohija Bogdanovic had invested major efforts to ensure that the hospital receive the oxygen.

Oxygen supplied to Gracanica hospital

BELGRADE, Sept 17 (Tanjug) - Ten oxygen bottles required by the Hospital Center (KBC) in Gracanica, which were seized and held up for five days at the customs terminal in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, were brought to KBC Wednesday afternoon, KBC Director Dr Stojan Sekulic told Radio Gracanica.

This is great news, especially for the patients, he said, noting that the shipment arrived without any documentation.

He thanked Serbian Ministers of Health Tomica Milosavljevic and for Kosovo-Metohija Goran Bogdanovic for their help.

The oxygen will cover the KBC needs for one week, Sekulic said, expressing hope that the Serbian Ministry of Health and the Coordinating Center, in cooperation with the World Health Organization and the international
community, will find a way to prevent a similar situation in the future.

Muslims desecrate, urinate in Judaism’s 2nd holiest site
Hamas flags found on burial chambers of Abraham, Jacob, Sarah (Sept. 7)

Muslim worshipers at Judaism’s second holiest site this past weekend reportedly urinated next to Torah scrolls and strew Hamas flags throughout the structure.

The desecration occurred at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, which is believed to be home to the resting place of the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah. The tomb is located in the West Bank city of Hebron, site of the oldest Jewish community in the world.

The tombs of Abraham, Jacob, Sarah and Leah are open to Jews year round, whereas the tombs of Isaac and Rebecca are designated for Muslim worship only. Once a year for 10 days, usually on the Islamic Ramadan holiday, the Jewish sections are opened exclusively for Muslims. The Muslim sections are also opened for Jews once a year for 10 days, which usually includes the Jewish Passover holiday.

Muslims last week had exclusive access to the tombs of Abraham, Jacob, Sarah and Leah. Jewish worshipers who returned to the site this weekend reported a foul smell in a synagogue on the Jewish side coming from the area of an Ark containing Torah scrolls.

“They had desecrated one of the holy arks. They had urinated right next to it. One of the men went in and found a big puddle of urine there next to the Ark,” Hebron spokesman David Wilder told Israel National News.

Wilder and other Jewish witnesses said when they reentered the tomb they found Hamas flags in the markers of the burial chambers of Abraham, Jacob, Sarah and Leah.

Noam Arnon, another spokesman Hebron, said there is always some sort of damage discovered after Muslims get exclusive rights to worship at the Jewish areas of the tomb.

“It is not all the Muslims,” he said. “But there always are a few who in the past have ripped mezuzot off the entrances to the rooms of worship or simply leave behind vandalism. Complaints have been filed with the police in the past, but no one ever has been arrested.”

Wilder added that in the past, Muslim worshipers tore up Psalm booklets and Jewish prayer books. […]

Such desecration of Christian holy places by mostly Muslim Albanian supremacists has been a daily occurence in Kosovo since our intervention. Just one example:

An Albanian takes a picture of another Albanian urinating on a destroyed church with “UCK” (KLA) painted on its walls.

Melanie Phillips had a recent article responding to suggestions that Sarah Palin is the Jews’ “worst nightmare”:

The double standards of American Jews

To judge from the screams of horror from certain Jewish quarters, anyone would think that Torquemada was about to open a branch of the Inquisition in Washington DC.

No matter that the office of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin has been shown to have an Israeli flag stuck in the corner (ok, it could be a bigger flag — but hey, this is Alaska).

No matter that the Chabad organiser for Alaska, Rabbi Josef Greenberg, has praised Palin as a steadfast supporter of Israel and the Jews. No matter that her presidential running-mate John McCain is fervently pro-Israel.

No, this cuts no ice with Marc R Stanley, chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, for whom Sarah Palin is a threat. Why? Well, he foamed in the Jerusalem Post, she has never even been to Israel! She has absolutely zero foreign policy experience!

The next Palin crime in the eyes of her Jewish critics is that she’s an evangelical Christian. Now this, it seems, is a real stinker of a crime. It turns her, apparently, into what one Guardian writer described as ‘the Jews’ worst nightmare’. Some people might think that others have a superior claim to that title. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for example. Maybe even the Guardian itself.

But no, the honour goes to the woman with the Israel flag in her office. That’s because — as so many American Jews believe — evangelical Christians only support Israel because they believe it will bring about the end of days and the return of Christ to earth, at which point the Jews will all convert to Christianity.

But look, scream Palin’s detractors: Palin actually sat in church while a preacher, David Brickner, claimed that terrorist attacks on Israelis constituted God’s ‘judgment of unbelief’ upon Jews who hadn’t embraced Christianity. This is held to be as damaging for her as Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright, who supports the Jew-hating Louis Farrakhan, his black supremacist Nation of Islam and Hamas, was for him.

But Brickner runs ‘Jews for Jesus’. Yes, that is a despicable organisation. Yes, it is troubling that he preached in Sarah Palin’s church. But he was a one-off visiting preacher. To equate that with Obama’s 20-year membership of a black power-supporting church and his close relationship during that entire period with a mentor who supports Louis Farrakhan is clearly preposterous.

Yet American Jews appear to have airbrushed all such questions about Obama out of the picture. Leaping instantly to denounce Sarah Palin, they are silent on Obama’s church, his pastor and assorted members of his staff who belonged to the Nation of Islam.

They are silent on his observation that ‘Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people’. They are silent on the fact that virtually every prominent member of his foreign policy team (with the exception of the recently arrived Dennis Ross) is hostile to Israel. […]

Any Jew who votes for a Hussein over a McCain needs to be taken out of the gene pool. Too bad they’ll take the rest of us with them.

As for the flag issue, Palin may have an Israeli flag in her office, but Obama has a Che Guevara poster, which totally trumps Palin’s Israeli flag.

Meanwhile, if the concern that evangelical love is all about Jesus coming back (it’s not), so what? If Jesus shows up and tells me to convert, guess what — I’m converting. But what a loony concern in the middle of jihad. Like I wrote in 2005:

Ever hear what tough Jewish negotiating sounds like? Here’s a page from the Oslo Land-for-Peace process:

Jews: “Ok, so we’re giving you Gaza, the West Bank — ”

Palestinians: “Death to Israel!”

Jews: “…East Jerusalem, Golan Heights — ”

Palestinians: “Kill the Jews!”

Evangelicals: “Stop, this isn’t going well; you can’t kill the Je — ”

Jews: “Hey — we’re negotiating here! Will you stay out of it?”

Evangelicals: “But you’re signing your death warrant!”

Jews: “Stop trying to convert me!”

My father recently heard from an old friend in Denver who more or less adopted us when we were fresh off the Refusenik boat from Russia. He and his wife were heavily involved in the movement to free Soviet Jewry. In the email from him, he was vexed by the fact that if you looked around at the Republican Convention, you saw mostly old white men. He does not like old white men, being an old white man himself, and stated that this is not what our country looks like today and that our leadership should reflect the changing demographics of the country. He added that the limited demographic composition of the Republican convention was an affront to the “values we hold dear.”

As we know, the rest of the world — the parts not run by old white men but by a diverse cornucopia of exotic peoples — just love Israel to death. Clearly he prefers a convention that looks more like this:

Colorado, 2008

I’m sure our dear friend will be glad to know that when it comes to Israel, his vote for Barack Obama is a vote for Pat Buchanan. From the Republican Jewish Coalition:

RJC Releases Ad Highlighting Pat Buchanan’s Support for Obama’s Positions

…The new ad highlights an endorsement of Senator Barack Obama’s Israel and Middle East views by commentator Pat Buchanan. Buchanan said on MSNBC:

“Let me say about Israel here. My position on Israel is frankly awful. It is like Mika [Brzezinski]’s father’s, it’s a lot closer to Barack Obama’s than it is John McCain. I think Barack is right, we ought to talk to the Iranians, he’s right to oppose the war and, frankly, he’s right to say the Palestinian people have got a terrible deal over there and their suffering ought to be recognized. That’s Obama’s position. It’s my position. I don’t think it is a Nazi position.”

“By no means does the RJC infer from this quote that Barack Obama supports the views of Patrick Buchanan. Rather, we are highlighting the fact that Buchanan believes that his views are in line with Obama’s on the critical issues of Israel and Iran,” said RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks. “Because Pat Buchanan shares Obama’s views on Iran and Israel, how comfortable can the Jewish community be with those positions?” Brooks added.

Click here to see the ad.

Indeed, my fellow Jews. Who do you want answering the phone at 3:00 a.m. — Obama or McCain — to decide whether to press that red button and nuke Israel?

I recently wrote to a blogger named Natalie, who seemed unintoxicated by the anti-Serb spirit that permeates the U.S. I asked her what sparked her interest in the Balkans and discovered it was a very recent one, starting with the arrest of Radovan Karadzic. Given that her interest — begun with the arrest of a unanimously-declared “war criminal” — leaned opposite of every other last human being’s “interest,” I suspect the girl to be a certifiable genius. In an email, she wrote me the following:

About Karadzic, I really am not sure how to answer your question. I saw the news story when it first came out and I was skeptical because of the wording a lot of the articles used. They said that Karadzic was accused of genocide because of Srebrenica, yet also said that he only “murdered” men and boys. That certainly didn’t sound like genocide to me — logically, if a person is going to commit genocide, they’re going to try to kill everyone they can. I delved into more research, and finally decided that the whole Srebrenica thing is fake — there was no genocide committed. After much thought, I don’t really believe Karadzic is a war criminal, and I am currently writing an essay explaining my reasoning and views.

I just read a recent book review that Natalie wrote, of the 2002 title Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia by Louis Sell. Here are some key points:

…Sell notes that Milosevic did well in school, but quickly tries to make this into a bad thing: the young Milosevic, he claims, was a “prig” (pg 16). Likewise, he implies that Milosevic was odd because he was introverted. Never mind the fact that many people are introverted and study hard in school, yet are not bad people.

Sell paints the Bosnian Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic in a positive light simply because he was opposed to Milosevic. He makes little mention of Izetbegovic’s Islamic Declaration…[which] called for the insertion of Islam into the lives of all who lived in the Balkans, whether they were Muslim or not.

Serbia is often vilified unfairly simply for being Serbia. Likewise, the Bosnians and Albanians are glorified because they fought against the Serbs.

Here Natalie zeroed in on, and summarized in two sentences, the circular logic that governs perceptions of the Balkans. It’s the logic of hate.

Below are just two items out of Israel that I just didn’t know what to do with but thought were worth sharing:

A 15-year-old Israeli Arab boy was recently beaten twice by his father and brothers after they discovered the youth cultivated Jewish friendships and wore a Star of David. According to reports, the teenager filed a police complaint after the first round of blows during which the Jewish emblem was ripped from his neck. But he was sent home when authorities failed to find significant evidence of the abuse on his body. Upon his return, the boy was allegedly beaten a second time by family members with even greater severity. This time he went back to the police with bruises and signs of violence enough to satisfy the authorities. They removed the 15-year-old from the home and arrested the father and brothers for attacking a minor. Hopefully just penalties will be carried out against the young man’s attackers - and the boy will not back away from his choice of Jewish friends in the future although the price is terribly high. (Sources: Ynet/IHC)

In the latest slight against Israel, the Iranian government is allowing Jews to leave Islamic Republic only if they promise not to immigrate to Israel. The Jewish community in Iran is 25,000 strong - the largest in the Middle East outside of the Jewish state. But in a sea of 65 million Islamic Iranian citizens, Jewish numbers seem small. Most Jews from the region have resettled in Israel or the US during the last 50 years. Presently, the only option for Jews of former Persian [citizenship] wishing to relocate is to pick a place anywhere but Israel to do so. Even now, 40 members of the Iranian Jewish community are stranded in Austria. They recently left Teheran [sic] with required permits and visas in order to immigrate to the US, but American officials have delayed sending the documents. Sojourners are presently caught in between worlds in Vienna. The Jewish Agency suggested they make their new home in Israel rather than California but the travelers declined the option, saying they had promised the Iranian government they would not immigrate to Israel. Reportedly, the Jews stranded in Vienna will soon receive their visas and will be able to commence with new lives in Los Angeles rather than in Jerusalem, or further afield in Israel. (Sources: Ynet/IHC)

There is something both maddening and endearing in the Jews’ not wanting to break a promise they made to Ahmadinejad. I hope he heard about it. I’m sure it will affect his decision on whether to erase Israel or not. Though indeed, he may have made the request out of concern for the lives of the Iranian-Jewish citizens, given his plans for the Jewish homeland.

Silence from the Bush administration as its terrorist-laden client government in Kosovo seizes oxygen shipments en route to a Serbian hospital. The message from the Kosovo and the U.S government that is desperate to expedite the independence process any way it can: Submit to rule by your slaughterers or die sooner.

Recognize Kosovo or Serb babies will die, from, September 17, 2008:

Serbian infants, some in incubators, are on a verge of death because of lack of oxygen that is deliberately held back until Kosovo Serbs recognize Kosovo as an independent state.

“If you want your babies and elderly to live, if you want oxygen, recognize independent Kosovo,” quotes a message Dr. Stojan Sekulic from the General Hospital in Gracanica received.

Dr. Sekulic says that the separatist authorities in the province have seized oxygen bottles sent to his hospital from Belgrade and have told him that they will be delivered only when Serbs recognize Kosovo.

Spokesman for UNMIK at the administrative border crossing at Kosovo says that the driver of the oxygen shipment only had a bill that the oxygen was paid for.

“That was absolutely inadequate. He did not have complete documentation for imports. To enter Kosovo he needed to have a permission by the Ministry of Health of an independent Kosovo,” says the spokesman. The spokesman added that the oxygen will be released only when a complete documentation is submitted.

Hospital in Gracanica has nearly run out of oxygen.

Recall that telling Kosovo Serbs to seek paperwork from a government they don’t recognize is a favorite ploy used to deny them medical shipments and get them to submit to Muslim-Albanian rule. That’s what this UN official is doing here — he even hints it in his bizarre language: “To enter Kosovo, he needed to have permission by the Ministry of Health OF AN INDEPENDENT KOSOVO.” Who talks like that if he’s not making a statement? Apparently, an effort was made to get such paperwork:

Kosovo Serb babies denied oxygen , September 17, 2008

Kosovo Serb babies in the hospital in Gracanica are running out of oxygen and are in danger of dying after separatists seized the shipment and now demand that Serbs recognize their renegade entity.

“We waited for the chief of the terminal from 8 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon. He was hiding from us. We tried every possible way to get an answer why we cannot get the shipment, then we went to Pristina, and Kosovo Polje, border ministry, and no one wanted to listen to us,” says Dr. Stojan Sekulic.

“We were told, If you want want your babies and the sick to live, if you want air, recognize independent Kosovo,” says Dr. Sekulic.

Serbian Minster of Health, Elizabet Paunovic, has filed a complaint to the World Health Organization to no avail. Serb babies in Kosovo are deprived of oxygen.

Aid to the Serbian Minster of Health, Ivana Misic says that her Ministry is in contact with the hospital in Gracanica.

With regard to this latest Western atrocity against Serbs, a source named Alex writes the following:

Another insane parallel comes to mind, and since it’s in Serbian, I will translate for you. This happened in the sieged Banja Luka, in 1992. History repeats itself is NOT adequate to describe what is going on. Read on please. Original article (for those that read Serbian) was posted here:

“On that hot July of 1992, the world turned its back on 12 innocent souls. The appeals from Belgrade and Banjaluka were useless. The permits for allowing the plane to take off from Belgrade to Banjaluka, already loaded with oxygen tanks, never arrived. [The UN] Security Council would not waver, and within a period of a few days, 12 Serbian babies died as a result of the resolve. This unforgettable and unbelievable tragedy will be remembered as one of, up to this point in time, the [unprecedented blemishes] against the UN Security Council, as they had blocked all airspace over Banjaluka, including this airplane which contained more than needed oxygen tanks for the hospital in Banjaluka. where the babies were slowly dying…

“For the death of these 12 babies, no one has ever answered, and no one has been held accountable. Nobody has shown remorse, no one has even shown any shame (that they were the cause of death of 12 innocent lives-Alex). The UN Security Council administration had the power to allow the plane to take flight, but didn’t allow it. Those guilty of this monstrosity knew what the plane contained.”

So now, today, September 18th 2008, we have the same situation going on in Kosovo, where, insanely enough, we have Albanians threatening to kill more babies if we, Serbs, don’t recognize an independent Kosovo. I am to presume that the UN, UNMIK, Nato, US and EU really want as many Serbs dead as possible. I suppose this is their final solution.

Every once in a while you hear of something refreshingly rare that indicates the permeation of politically correct jihad hasn’t seeped into every last American psyche. An example of utter obliviousness as to who our new masters are made it to the news last week on September 11th:

Teacher Used Muslim Student As Terrorist Example

CHICAGO (CBS) ― A Chicago teacher is under fire for singling out the only Muslim student in her class while talking about the Middle East. The teacher has now been reassigned to another school. However, the young boy’s family is demanding answers.

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports that the family met behind closed doors at Chicago Public Schools headquarters for two-and-a-half hours in a meeting presided over by a federal mediator. All sides have agreed to meet again next month.

The teacher in question is no longer working at the same school, but if the Pakistani-American family at the center of this story has their way, she might not be working much longer.

“He came home and before he even took his backpack off, he had tears in his eyes already,” said Mohmmad Fahad Choudhary, victim’s brother.

Mohmmad talks about the day his little brother came home from school saying his teacher had singled him out in front of his class as an example of a terrorist.

“She used the example of if Saleh were to go on to an airplane, put his backpack down and put two wires together and the plane were to blow up - and she didn’t make a point,” said Christina Abraham, Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Saleh Choudhary did not want to go on-camera to talk about the incident, which happened last April while he was a sixth-grader at Brentano Academy, but his brother says the 13-year-old’s life hasn’t been the same since.

“Everybody started teasing him and calling him a terrorist after the comments were made by the teacher,” Mohmmad said.

Within days after the teacher allegedly made the comment during a history discussion, the family filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.

Today, representatives from the federal government and CPS met with the family and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“The family does want her fired, they don’t believe that she should be teaching students anymore,” Abraham said.

The superintendent of Chicago Public Schools says lengthy suspension or possible termination is on the table.

“We have huge concerns about the conduct of the teacher,” said Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan. “From my standpoint, what happened is absolutely unacceptable and we’re looking at some very severe sanctions because of that behavior.” […]

Even if this was done to be funny, the teacher must remember that there is no humor in Islam. And we are in Islam. And it’s because the kid is Muslim that, rather than jabbing back at the kids who make fun of him and taking all the obvious digs in stride and turning it all around to become the most popular, likeable kid in school who ends up with the cheerleader prom queen the way picked-on kids of character have always done in America, this one instead calls CAIR.

Then again, he’s in elementary school. Let me think back to my own elementary school experience. Ah yes, I seem to recall in fifth grade when my teacher was telling us something or other about UFOs and aliens, defining the latter, simply, as “being from some place else.” At this point, a kid raised his hand and said, “Miss Bernstein, since Julia is from Russia, isn’t she a sort of alien?” The teacher thought for a moment, then answered, “Well yes, I suppose you could consider Julia an alien.” This made the student very happy and he proceeded to refer to me as an alien for the remainder of the day.

And the “alien” tag didn’t compare to the frequency and ubiquity with which a Jew who escaped Russia would be called a “commie.” By kids, teachers, co-workers at our mall jobs, rednecks, blacks and so on. Yet unlike the Muslim kid who called in the terrorist-associated CAIR, we didn’t call in a Communist-connected group to defend ourselves against being called communists.

What’s more, the Russians who fled Russia in the 70s and 80s were specifically anti-Communist in outlook, so the tag actually was less deserved than what Muslims are getting today.

Meanwhile, the last thing I heard about my old school district in Baltimore County — and this was in the last ’90s — is that the Russian immigrants, of whom there has been an influx with the “second” wave of the 1990s, were being referred to by various public school teachers as “the Russian Mafia.” For example, one friend of a young relative informed me that when she raised her hand to answer a question, the teacher cynically said, “OK, class, let’s hear from the Russian Mafia over there.” This high school student told me that it’s generally no-holds-barred when it comes to ethnic slurs against Russian immigrants at school — by faculty and students alike. The kids get ripped daily.

This made me recall my Baltimore County public high school of the late 1980s in which one teacher went off on a tirade against the Russian students who have been in his class — even though my cousin Olga was sitting right there listening to all this. The teacher said, “The Russian kids — they’re the worst. I can’t stand them. And they’re dumb on top of everything. Olga’s OK, though; we like Olga.” The teacher of course turned pale when Olga confronted him after class telling him he can’t say things like that and that if she wanted to she could easily inform a senior member of the Anti Defamation League, as he was a family friend. (The Russian kids at the time also happened to all be Jewish, so some kind of defamation case could be made.) He apologized and that was that. No students ever cried over this the way young Seleh did. One wonders whether that has to do with his subconscious understanding that his people, more than any other group in history, have brought this upon themselves.

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