September 2008

This was sent in by Stella Jatras, who adds, “I remember seeing Rohrabacher on the floor of the House, calling the Serbs Nazis and butchers.”

Rebel Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher backs Russia over Georgia

A rebel US Republican congressman has sided with Russia in its invasion of and brief war with Georgia, putting himself at odds with the Bush administration and politicians of both parties.

“The Russians were right; we’re wrong,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said at a hearing of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

“The Georgians started it; the Russians ended it,” he added.

Mr Rohrabacher claimed that unidentified intelligence sources had assured him that Georgia started the fighting that began on August 7 when Georgia’s military tried to re-establish control over its breakaway, pro-Russian province of South Ossetia.

Russia joined the battle, brutally repelled the Georgian offensive and then pushed deep into Georgia proper, where many of its forces remain nearly a month after the battle ended.

Russia has been condemned by the Bush administration and other countries. Vice-president Dick Cheney visited Georgia and Ukraine, another former Soviet republic, early this month and called Russia’s actions “an affront to civilized standards” and “completely unacceptable”.

Both US presidential candidates, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, also have issued tough denunciations of Russia.

But Mr Rohrabacher insisted that Georgia was to blame: “The Georgians broke the truce, not the Russians, and no amount of talk of provocation and all this other stuff can alter that fact.” […]

Rohrabacher is entirely right about who started this thing. The sad part, however, is that he took this political risk — during an election year — all to establish pro-breakaway-region consistency in order to bolster the case for Kosovo independence, the case there of course consisting of his having gotten paid by Albanians to deliver an independent Kosovo.

Rohrabacher’s position is testament to the completeness with which he has been bought. He is taking Russia’s side to be consistent with, and to keep making the case for, an independent Kosovo. By supporting Russia and therefore the breakaway regions in Georgia, he is making a stronger case for “Kosova”. Russia will be no worse for the wear in all this, but as always the Serbs will get screwed. One can appreciate only Rohrabacher’s originality, his new approach to screwing the Serbs. He parts ways with the administration in that they’re sticking to the tried-and-true method to the Balkans madness in which what’s good for the goose is never good for the gander (the gander being the Serbs). He breaks with the administration with regard to how obvious they’re being in their double standards, which expose something fishy relating uniquely to Kosovo.

Now that’s dedication to the dollar. And let it further underscore the fact that our government officials know damn well that Serbia does not equal Russia, and that a newly hostile Russia in no way plays a role in our anti-Serb actions of the past two decades.

Incidentally, let it be known that Rohrabacher is a friend of Jesse Petrilla, who related to me just how hopelessly bought off Rohrabacher is: When Jesse told Rohrabacher of what he saw in Kosovo regarding the way that Serbs and other non-Albanians live in fear in Kosovo, and the doom that is in store for them under Albanian/Muslim rule, Rohrabacher waved off Jesse’s concerns, content to stick with the image of Kosovo from his guided tours of the province.

Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic has been dealing with quite a bit of vitriol from her fellow Croatians because she dared to point out that her homeland might have more than just a little fascination with its fascist past:

Shadows in the Sunshine
It is a tourist favourite and looks EU bound, but Croatia’s attitude to its fascist past is troubling

Croatia is a “small country for a big vacation”, as the ads tell you. But beyond the marketing and optimistic reports of millions of holidaymakers spending their “big vacation” there, there is less cheerful news, casting an unpleasant shadow over that small tourist paradise on the Adriatic.

This summer Dinko Sakic, the 86-year-old former commander of Jasenovac, the notorious second world war concentration camp, was buried in his Ustashe uniform, the Croatian equivalent of the Nazis. After the war, Sakic emigrated to Argentina but returned after Croatian independence in 1991. He was welcomed back like a celebrity. In his interviews, Sakic repeated that he regretted nothing. What Sakic should have repented was that tens of thousands of inmates in Jasenovac were murdered under his command. He also personally executed two Jewish prisoners. Franjo Tudjman’s government showed no will to put Sakic on trial until Israel signalled it was perfectly willing to try him there. So in 1998, Sakic was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years. At his funeral a Dominican priest, Vjekoslav Lasic gave a speech in which he advised Croats to admire Sakic and to take him as an example.

Efraim Zuroff from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre protested to Croatian president Stjepan Mesic. There ended the scandal.

Then, a few weeks ago, Zvonko Busic, a 62-year-old Croat who served 32 years in US prisons for terrorism, was welcomed at the Zagreb airport by pro-Ustashe supporters who hailed him with the traditional fascist salute. Busic had hijacked a TWA passenger plane in 1976 on the way from New York to Chicago, intending to throw leaflets describing the discrimination against Croats in Yugoslavia. [No elaboration on what this “discrimination” entailed.] A bomb planted at the same time by Busic at New York’s Central Station exploded, a policeman was killed and three were wounded. But in Croatia he was considered a hero and a martyr “for our cause”; the victims, just a misfortune. He was compared to Begin, Arafat, Mandela, Che Guevara and Tito. [Wouldn’t Tito be the chief discriminator against Croatians, who delivered them their nightmare: having to share a country with other ethnicities and worse — with Serbs?]

As if this pair were not enough, the country has been further split by the pop singer Marko Perkovic Thompson, whose audiences, dressed in clothes adorned with Ustashe symbols, habitually raise their hands in a fascist salute - some even shout “Kill Serbs”. Should his concerts, inciting nationalist hatred (which is forbidden by law) be banned or not? Recently President Mesic did not attend a tennis tournament because Thompson was due to play in the same town. However, the Croatian Helsinki Committee - for human rights! - defended the singer’s right to perform. Mayors of Croatian cities are divided: for some, Thompson is a patriot; for others, a promotor of fascist values.

It’s interesting that the common denominator of these three is not only the rehabilitation of fascist ideology, but the apparent unwillingness of legal institutions such as the police and the public attorney’s office to react to them. Indeed, how could they, when even some ministers attend Thompson’s concerts?

The dilemma of whether the law should be enforced or not is absurd. If anti-fascism is stated in the constitution of the new Croatian state, if the law prohibits the inciting of national, religious and racial hatred, then what’s the problem? The problem is the Croatian attitude to its own past. Documents and declarations are one thing, but reality is another. In reality, before its 17 years of independence, Croatia was an independent state only once: between 1941 and 1945 - when it was ruled by a Nazi puppet government.

This is the history that the Croatia of Franjo Tudjman fell back upon, and the same sentiments continue. In spite of political speeches denouncing episodic revivals of this infamous heritage, the general attitude here is that fighters for the “national cause” can not, by definition, be criminals. It is not the crime that counts, but the intentions behind it. This is the same logic that turns war criminals from the Balkan wars, such as Mirko Norac, into heroes.

Croatian politicians, especially the prime minister Ivo Sanader, loudly promote European values and declare their commitment to join the EU. While such un-European behaviour as war crimes, terrorism and fascism might be legally banned, they are, in practice, tolerated and even nourished. Does the EU need this Croatia - a country that is showing the world only its pretty summer face, but keeping its dubious values hidden?

• Slavenka Drakulic is the author of the book They Would Never Hurt a Fly - War Criminals on Trial in The Hague

Indeed, Ms. Drakulic is to be commended for seeing her own with at least this amount of honesty, so she can be forgiven for still thinking that Croats were discriminated against by Yugoslavia, a communist state that ensured misery for all — though less misery, apparently, than the ethnically pure statelets it splintered into.

She can also be forgiven for not seeing past the pop-demonization of Radovan Karadzic. After all, if the entire Western world doesn’t know any better than to deem this Serb a war criminal, how could we possibly expect a Croatian to? She is impressive for a Croatian, and I know there are at least six other Croatians like her on the planet. You can tell who they are because they intermarry with Serbs. In other cases, they move out of Croatia in favor of Serbia. These are the “good Croatians” we’ve heard about before. It’s not by accident that Ms. Drakulic lives in Sweden rather than Croatia. From Wikipedia:

Slavenka Drakulić is a noted Croatian writer and publicist who currently lives in Sweden.

Slavenka Drakulić was born in Rijeka, Croatia, in 1949 (in what was then socialist Yugoslavia)…Drakulić emigrated from Croatia in the early 1990s for political reasons, after having been declared insufficiently patriotic by several important albeit jingoistic newspapers. [I bolded ‘newspapers’ because in every other society the media are the self-loathing seditionists of that society, but in Croatia even the press is supremacist.]

A notorious unsigned 1992 Globus article (Slaven Letica, a known sociologist and writer, subsequently admitted to being its author) accused five Croatian female writers, Drakulić included, of being “witches” and of “raping” Croatia. According to Letica, these writers failed to take a definitive stance against rape as a planned military tactic by Bosnian Serb forces against non-Serbs, and rather treated it in feminist fashion, as crimes of “unidentified males” against women. Soon after the publication, Drakulić started to receive telephone threats; her property was also vandalized. Finding little or no support from her erstwhile friends and colleagues, she decided to leave Croatia.

Her noted recent works relate to the Yugoslav wars. As If I Am Not There is about crimes against women in the Bosnian War, while They Would Never Hurt a Fly is a book in which she also analyzed her experience overseeing the proceedings and the inmates of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague. Both books touch on the same issues that caused her wartime emigration from the home country.

Drakulić currently lives in Stockholm with her husband and regularly visits her home in Croatia.

When referring to Croatians, I have occasionally borrowed the term “Undead” from Svetlana Novko at Byzantine Blog. The term is meant to impart that WWII was supposed to be the Nazis’ final resting place, but they are alive and well in Croatia. The term is apt also given that Croatians have a history of consuming the blood of their victims. (See “We Croats do not drink wine, but the blood of Serbs from Knin.” Original saying with “Ustashi” instead of “Croats” here.)

However, while Croatian behavior is consistent with the negative legend of vampires, the person on whom the legend of Dracula is based, “Vlad the Impaler” may not have been the villain we’ve been taught to believe he was. As one history buff wrote me:

It is my understanding that these Ottomans and their allies, both Muslim and non-Muslim, were trying to annex the area around Bulgaria. They started the slaughter and Vlade met them in kind.

Vlade was well aware of the atrocity in Constantinople. Europeans offered no assistance. The Venetians sought trade and the Catholic Church was not about to help the Eastern Orthodox Church. Czarist Russia sought hegemony through the eastern Church as well, so he had no allies to assist in the fight.

Given that scenario, he chose to wage war and to do so through means that drove the Ottomans elsewhere. Muslims bribe what they cannot terrorize and they had more gold than did he. He developed a zero tolerance towards anyone accepting Muslim Gold. That made being a traitor too costly and ghastly.

The Muslims developed this tale of him as a blood thirsty tyrant and positioned themselves as victims. Sound familiar?

It is my understanding of history that Muslims [though originally the ones to put him in power] murdered his family and sought to destroy his kingdom. His response worked, and stopped the aggression and for this we remember him as inhuman. In other words, if you stop Islam by using its methods, you are remembered as the bogeyman and even the source of the vampire story.

Indeed, when it comes to Vlad’s impaling people, we were told just that he was a sadistic guy randomly killing subjects by tossing their bodies onto spits. Now we can wonder whom he got such methods from. Though if we look around the world today, that answer becomes obvious.

Vlad’s last name was Draculia, or Dracula, and it seems a touch poetic that Slavenka Drakulic could be of his lineage or married to someone who is. So I hereby dub her the good vampire, of the sort played by Kate Beckinsale in the “Underworld” film series.

It’s possible that, like the whole self-loathing presentation to us of the Crusades — also provoked by Muslims, as the teachers don’t tell us — the story of Vlad the Impaler is just another historical inversion of the bloodsuckers trying to get him. I wonder if this has something to do with why my favorite breakfast cereal has always been Count Chocula. I am now considering changing my name to Julia Draculia.

UPDATE: Upon doing more reading on Vlad, I see the guy was a sadistic flesh-eating monster, probably worse than the Ottomans at the time. His ways simply worked in favor of achieving the geopolitical goal of defeating the Ottomans. And of course, fear of impalement worked to dissuade merchants from trading in Ottoman gold.

Feith deputy rejects OSCE report

EU envoy, International High Representative to Kosovo Peter Feith

Fletcher Burton says that an OSCE report’s claims of a lack of a multi-ethnic society in Kosovo are inaccurate.

Deputy Chief of the International Civil Office in Priština, headed by Pieter Feith, said that the report by OSCE Mission Chief in Kosovo Tim Guldimann did not hold water.

“For me Novo Brdo always remains an example of multi-ethnicity, which is one of the main principles of international mediator Martti Ahtisaari’s proposal,” he said.

Burton said that the OSCE report was “not based on the reality on the field”.

Presenting the report on human rights, ethnic relations and democracy in Kosovo from the summer of 2007 to this year, Guldimann said that Kosovo could not be called a multi-ethnic society.

“Different communities live in Kosovo, but a multi-ethnic society implies the existence of integration, understanding, tolerance and cohabitation. We do not see that,” Guldimann said.

There is a two-pronged reason as to why Northern Mitrovica has to be forced into submission by the U.S.-led international community, why “there can be no partition of Kosovo,” as Sec. of State Rice and everyone else keeps repeating. In addition to the necessity of giving the Albanians every inch of territory they violently demand, the Serb-heavy Northern Mitrovica is needed to enhance the illusion of a multi-ethnic Kosovo.

Above, however, Burton mentions the town of Novo Brdo as an example of multi-ethnicity. Washington-based National Guardsman Paul Andrew Kirk, who has done two tours in Kosovo, would beg to differ:

Mass graves of Kosovo Serbs and Roma have been found during my rotation and reported to the UN. Yet nothing has been done. Why? When we posed the question to our UN contacts in Pristina they replied: “During the transitional stage of Kosovo this would be destablizing. We’ll wait until there is a final resolution before we proceed.” All those journalists interested in a real story…start looking in around Novo Brdo.

In other words, most of Novo Brdo’s multi-ethnicity exists six feet under. Well, probably a bit shallower than that. In fact, let’s revisit Novo Brdo. Here is the very recent and still unfolding history of Novo Brdo, as quoted from Hiding Genocide in Kosovo in an earlier post titled “What an Independent Kosovo Would Sanctify“:

Today, Novo Brdo is the smallest municipality in Kosovo, and like some other municipalities in Kosovo, until relatively recently it had a Serb majority. After 1999 like in most other places in Kosovo, the demographics were forcibly changed, usually at the point of a gun.

The UN often points out that Novo Brdo is one of the safest areas of Kosovo for non-Albanians. It is worth considering what constitutes safe according to UN standards. Since 1999, 16 people have been killed or kidnapped and never found. The killings/disappearances begain in June 1999 when the Serbian security forces had to withdraw under the terms of UN Resolution 1244. The KFOR contingent with responsibility for the area, US KFOR, did not arrive in Novo Brdo until August 1999. Meanwhile, this left the Serb and Roma inhabitants of the municipality at the mercy of UCK [KLA]. These janissaries of a new empire very quickly took control of the area and thus began a reign of terror not seen since the invasion by the Turks in the 15th century. Once again, the Serbs were driven out, the most influential and strongest were slaughtered and once again their property was expropriated. 500 years later they were again to become second class citizens in what had been their state.

In June 1999 the UCK, fresh from fighting against the Serbian security forces on the border with Albania, arrived back into Kosovo hot on the heels of NATO soldiers. As pointed out in other stories, there was little or no fighting in the east of Kosovo and Novo Brdo had no problems during the conflict. It was only after the arrival of NATO troops with the UCK following soon after them that the attacks began in this part of Kosovo. When the UCK entered Novo Brdo their first port of call was the barracks of the Trepca mine complex which housed vulnerable Serbian refugees from Croatia. A group of local UCK arrived and they shot and killed a man called Mila Vukas, a refugee from Croatia, and disposed of his body, which has never been found. In fear, the rest of the refugees fled the barracks and took refuge in the Serbian Orthodox church in the mainly Roma village of Bostane. From there they were taken by bus to Gracanica Monastery and eventually fled the province.

The UCK followed up this attack with raids on the Serb villages scattered in and around Novo Brdo. In the village of Klokubar they killed a father and son from the same family, the Simic family. Their bodies were disposed of and have never been recovered. An Albanian father and son, the Bunjakus, (Agim and Bislim) were also killed, because they had friendly relations with their Serb neighbours before the war and their crime was to have worked in the police force before 1999. An old lady from Klokubar, Dragina Stankovic, was executed and her body was later found dumped in a well. A Serb farmer from Klokubar, Stanko Stojanovic, was beaten and hanged in front of his house, after having animal faeces stuffed into his mouth. Zivojin Peric, a man from Trnicevce village, was killed and his body was found dumped in a garbage container in Gnjilane. Sava Stojkovic of Labljane village was killed in an attack on the village, and out of panic and fear the villagers buried him in his lawn and not in the cemetery. Zivkon N. of Paralovo village was found hanged in front of his house. Aleksander Jovanovic was killed in Bostane village on June 21, 1999 while keeping guard near his house, and Blagonja Stankovic of Ljestar village was axed to death. Vojislav Timotijeic of Stara Kolonija was murdered while Zoran Anjelkovic of Nova Kolonija and Sasa Tasic of Boljevce village disappeared and their bodies have never been found.

In the village of Trnicevce the UCK killed a teenage boy and dumped his body in a garbage container. Several villagers in the village of Labljane were killed and the Serb residents of Nova Kolonija were terrorised to the extent that they all fled. Their apartments were immediately distributed by the PDK (the political party established by [current “prime minister”] Hashim Thaci, UCK leader and very special friend of Madeleine Albright), to local loyal members of the UCK.

Come one, come all! Meet the mujahedeen whom we helped to slice off Serb-Orthodox and Croatian-Catholic heads in the Balkans, and to chainsaw those folks in half. Heck, buy the video! Want to meet the wild mujahedeen in a safe (for now) environment? It’s Jihadic Park! Thanks to Nebojsa Malic for the translation of this item:

Sarajevo/Belgrade - “War tourism” is on the rise in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, with curious tourists, mainly foreigners, touring the sites of destruction and atrocities.

Although the wealthier war tourists mostly go to the Middle East or vacation with the starving Africans in Darfur, the wars in Bosnia and Croatia have become a tourist attraction of their own.

On the streets of Sarajevo, Zijad Jusufović - called the “father of blood tourism” by the press - explains to visitors from around the world, most often Americans, how the tunnel underneath the airport was dug to supply the besieged city with food, water and medication [and AK47s!].

Other popular destinations are Srebrenica, where tourists can walk in places where Muslims were killed not so long ago, and visiting the mujahedeen.

Jusufović explains that the average American can hardly resist the opportunity to talk to a mujahedeen and walk away alive.

“We simply get into a car and go to a village or a club where they meet. Then we talk to those people, ask them what they did in the war, and so on,” he says.

“They discuss these matters quite freely, and often enough give away or sell CDs chronicling their deeds,” says Jusufović.

Jusufović says he runs about 100 war tours annually.

Vukovar is also a popular destination of war tourists. Almost 90 percent of the customers for one Vukovar agency are interested in visiting the former war zones, says agency owner Zrinka Šesto.

Her agency has been organizing the “Trails of the Defenders” tour for several years now.

The tour begins at the reconstructed war hospital, where there are mannequins made to depict people who sought sanctuary at the hospital during the war, says Šesto.

She doesn’t consider war tourism bad, and says her goal is to bring the visitors closer to the truth.

“Both my husband and I are from Vukovar, and we were there in 1991. Several of our guides are defenders from the Homeland War,” she says. “So, yes, the tour groups hear the whole truth. I have to say that we from Vukovar don’t want to emphasize the conflict, but to simply tell what happened and show that those people who died here have to be, you know, honored.” [The whole truth about the “defenders”: You’re a defender if you slaughter the minority civilians you don’t want living in your country with you and thereby provoke an armed response that you’ll have to defend yourself from. Got it!]

Even in Serbia, there are places where war tourists are drawn. Although Belgrade sightseers are mostly interested in buildings destroyed by NATO bombs, at the Serbia Tourism Bureau we were told this was not part of a government plan to develop tourism.

However, visitors interested in war tourism in Belgrade can now go on a “Pop-art Radovan” tour, examining the false identity of Radovan Karadžić, who hid in Belgrade for an extended period of time.

In other words, Muslims and Croats organize profitable propaganda tours, while the Serbs continue sitting on their vilified asses, with even the devastation caused by an allied NATO blitzkrieg being “not part of a development plan.” Figures.

So come one, come all and enrich the expanding mujahedeen of the Balkans by buying their Islamic snuff films, and help them to afford to do it all over again when the time is right and your own kids are ripe for the slaughter.

Some pointers when visiting the mujies, from some random comment posters on the Net:

To avoid being bitten by a muslim, remember some basic hints. And parents, remind your children!
Be a tree! Stand still. Cross your hands in front of your chest. Don’t run or yell.
Don’t stare right at a muslim who comes up to you. Watch him out of the corner of your eye.
If a muslim chases you, stop. Don’t scream.(CAIR might sue you) just walk away slowly backwards.
If a muslim chases you on your bike, stop, get off your bike, and put your bike between you and the muslim.
Be careful going up to muslims you don’t know. Not all muslims are friendly.
If you have permission to speak to someone else’s muslim, don’t run up to him or grab him. Walk up slowly and quietly and let the muslim sniff your hand first. Then pet the muslim gently under the chin.
Don’t treat a strange muslim like your own–your own muslim may permit you to do things that frighten or anger a muslim who doesn’t know you.
Don’t play rough with any muslim.
If a muslim growls at you, or if it moves away, don’t chase after him.
Don’t frighten or startle a muslim especially when it’s sleeping.
Don’t try to take a toy or food away from a muslim..
Don’t try to pet a muslim through a fence, car window, or cage.
Don’t try to punish a muslim. Never hit at one.

Posted by: Joe Schmoe USA at April 15, 2007 8:26 PM

If you need to report a nuisance Muslim,
call (1-866-FWC-ISLAM).

What is a nuisance Muslim? Generally, Muslims may be considered a nuisance when they are at least four feet in length and pose a threat to people or their pets or property. Muslims less than four feet in length are naturally fearful of people and are not generally capable of eating anything larger than a small turtle. They are typically not dangerous to people unless someone attempts to handle them. Also, they are common in Florida, and the mere presence of a small Muslim is not cause for concern, even when they turn up in places where people may not expect to see them. However, occasionally Muslims less than four feet in length are legitimate problems and must be addressed. If a Muslim less than four feet in length approaches people, does not retreat if approached, is in a location that is not natural, or is found marching in the street with a green headband and an AK-47, call the Nuisance Muslim Hotline at 1-866-FWC-ISLAM.

Posted by: pez at April 15, 2007 10:31 PM



Posted by: profitsbeard at April 16, 2007 12:04 AM

Bosnia Synagogue Razed as Jews Leave

( Bosnia Jews have failed in their efforts to save a 19th century synagogue from the wrecking ball, and a shopping center will be built on the site. The synagogue has not been used since 1941, when it was damaged during World War II.

The Jewish population has sharply dwindled in Bosnia, and a large number of remaining Jews have assimilated. The number of Jews in Bosnia has dropped from 76,000 in 1939 to 2,500.

The winning line here is: “The number of Jews in Bosnia has dropped from 76,000 in 1939 to 2,500.”

That’s like saying, “The number of Jews in Europe dropped by 6 million between 1939 and 1945.”

A widely noted story from this weeks starts out like this:

MSNBC says Olbermann, Matthews won’t anchor

MSNBC is replacing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as co-anchors of political night coverage with David Gregory, and will use the two newsmen as commentators.

The change reflects tensions between the freewheeling, opinionated MSNBC and the impartial newsgatherers at NBC News.

That’s kind of like speaking of the tensions between Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Fatah: the goals are the same, just the methods occasionally vary.

In reference to the blog post below, PBS interviewed “journalist” Baton Haxhiu in 1999 about his having been thought dead and then found alive. The online magazine Salon was the only other news outlet, to my knowledge, that mentioned (as a curiosity, not a news story) that Haxhiu was alive after being announced to the world as dead. He talks of how he learned that he was dead from a NATO news briefing, and mentions that CNN, the BBC, and German news networks were repeating the lie.

The post below mentions also the KLA murder in 2000 of an aide to the comparatively moderate Kosovo leader Ibrahim Rugova. Though a link is no longer available, BBC reported it as well, according to historian Carl Savich: “The BBC all but concedes that he was murdered by the KLA. In that crypto-journalese that they use, they state that the KLA feared the electoral victories of his moderate and pacifist party. Remember that Rugova condemned the KLA for murders it committed of Kosovo Serbs in 1999 and did meet with Slobodan Milosevic. The KLA certainly had him on their hit list.

“I remember this story from 1999. The U.S. media was claiming that Milosevic wanted to kill all the Albanian intellectuals and all Albanians who might be leaders for the Albanian people. In fact, they reported that Milosevic had indeed had all these people killed! Here is a link to the Rugova meeting with Milosevic. It is remarkable that Rugova said he was being “protected” by Serbian police. Protected from whom? [KLA.] He also condemned the NATO bombing and wanted it to stop. Obviously the KLA did not approve. Also, he spoiled their hoax. Apparently it was the KLA that was concocting this hoax of the murder of Albanian intellectuals. It is great how they question the authenticity of the meeting.”

Doubts have been cast on footage shown by Serbian television of a meeting in Belgrade between President Slobodan Milosevic and the senior Kosovo Albanian political leader, Ibrahim Rugova.

The television commentary said the two men signed an agreement on a peaceful solution for Kosovo.

The pictures carried Thursday’s date, but western diplomatic sources in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia say they have credible information to suggest that the meeting did not take place and that the film is fraudulent.

The diplomats say that, according to a “credible person inside Kosovo”, Mr Rugova is still - as previously reported - in hiding in Kosovo.

The BBC’s correspondent in Macedonia, Paul Wood, says it is difficult to know which version of the story is true and both claims should be treated with scepticism.

BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson in Belgrade says the footage may be genuine, as President Milosevic was wearing the same clothes he had on earlier on Thursday, when he met an envoy from the Vatican.

Mr Rugova is head of the Kosovo Democratic League (KDL), the largest moderate group representing Kosovo Albanians.

Kosovo Albanian rebels denounced the moderate Albanian leader for apparently agreeing to meet President Milosevic.

Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader Hashin Thaci said statements attributed to Mr Rugova after the meeting “voluntary or imposed, are seriously damaging the national cause”.

“Rugova’s travel to Belgrade and the shaking hands with the head of the criminals Milosevic is a direct attack against the fight of Kosovo people, against Nato, against United States and the Contact Group,” he said.

He warned that “such anti-national actions of Mr Rugova will be severely condemned.”

KLA spokesman Jakup Krasniqi said he believed Mr Rugova was forced to make his comments.

“But if he has declared this consciously, he has committed an act of high treason against the nation,” Mr Krasniqi said.

On Wednesday, Serb television showed an interview with Mr Rugova at his home in Pristina, dispelling rumours that he had been killed or imprisoned.

He said he was living under the protection of the Serbian police.

Fears had been expressed for his safety after reports that a number of moderate Kosovo Albanian politicians and human rights workers had been rounded up.

Asked what he thought about the Nato bombing raids, aimed at forcing the Yugoslav leadership to accept the Kosovo peace plan signed by Mr Rugova and his colleagues, he said: “The bombing must stop. Everything should stop.”

On “The View” yesterday, as has been widely reported, when the yentas were interviewing John McCain and he said he was a strict constitutionalist, Whoopi Goldberg tried to make a crack about whether she needed to be worried about slavery coming back: “Should I be worried about being a slave, about being returned to slavery? Because certain things happened in the Constitution that you had to change.”

But no one laughed, and the buffoon they were interviewing actually replied, “I understand your point. I understand that point. That’s an excellent point and I thank you” — and the audience applauded the seriously taken point.

Goldberg would have been clever to save that question for Barack Obama, since she should be more worried about slavery returning under a White House run by a descendent of slave-traders. As Kenneth Lamb reminds us, “Sen. Obama’s father is classified by the Kenyan government as Arab-African. He had a great-grandmother who was African-Negro. Regardless, the surname [Hussein] is his family’s way of ‘advertising’ their Arab ancestry.”

Further, as we know, Obama has had Islamic training, and “slavery is a part of Islam,” as a Saudi government cleric explained in 2003. The “black man” Obama has Saudi ties, meanwhile. (Like I always say: Why are so many blacks converting to Islam? They must want to get in on that lucrative Muslim-run African slave trade.)

Let’s remember that Muhammed’s horse was named “Barack.” What does this mean? It means that Muhammed rides into the free world on a horse named Barack.

Further underscoring Obama’s Muslim roots — in addition to his Freudian slip last week referencing “my Muslim faith” — is the fact that he implied that VP hopeful SARAH Palin is Jewish when he called her a “pig,” a common slur used by Muslims against Jews. Talk about smearing someone based on their name! It seems this year it’s between Sarah and Ishmael.

Don’t vote for McCain — vote for Sarah. As Srdja Trifkovic pointed out, the best thing about McCain is his age. Here is a letter that Kenneth Lamb has posted on his website, from an Alaskan who knows Sarah Palin. About Obama, meanwhile, Lamb also points out the following:

By the way, why has Sen. Obama not done anything to bring his destitute brother living in the slums of Nairobi to the US? His brother is subsisting on $1.23 per month, according to reports published at the time he was found, just within the past few weeks. Perhaps his brother would start talking about the family history, and it is something Barack never wants America to know about. Regardless, leaving his brother to rot in the slums of Nairobi is sleazy.

How does he sleep at night? By making his life up on the fly. It is the ultimate compartment[alizing] of what will help him, and what will not. His brother’s life has no value to him because his brother is not a ready asset to be cashed in at the next campaign rally. Yes, he is truly sleazy.

After reading my post about the Albanian “journalist” who was fined for contempt of the Inquisition, as he aptly dubs the Hague tribunal, Nebosja Malic thought the journalist’s name sounded familiar.

Indeed, the name ‘Baton Haxhiu’ is familiar. According to a UK Independent article from 1999 that Malic dug up, this former editor of Pristina-based newspaper Koha Ditore — who revealed a protected witness’s name in the witness-killing Haradinaj trial this year — died in 1999. Killed, of course, by Serbs. Here is Nebojsa’s amusing note, followed by an excerpt of the article:

The anonymous Albanian writes how his entire neighborhood was ethnically cleansed (but where was he, then?) and how Baton Haxhiu was killed. All very touching, and all completely untrue. Like that Rajmonda story that Canadian journalist was suckered into reporting, only to be told after the war that “Hey, it was all in good clean KLA fun. Lying for the Cause is perfectly acceptable, and in any case, what’cha gonna do, admit to the world you were suckered?”

So, the fake court fines a man supposedly killed by Serbs (who’s very much alive) because he helped the “court” acquit a Serb-killer by publishing the names of witnesses. I swear to God, this is why I can’t write fiction; one just can’t make this up…

They came with no possessions except sadness in their eyes

Independent, The (London), Mar 31, 1999

Tuesday afternoon

MY PARENTS’ house filled up with people last night. They were unknown to us and desperate to find a place to stay overnight. They are from Dragodan, a part of Pristina where only Albanians live. [That would be the whole of Pristina today.]

In the afternoon, police entered every house in the neighbourhood - my father tells me there are around 600 - and expelled everyone. It took two hours. They just came in and cleared everything. We have no reports of anyone being killed, though there was some harassment. Armed men in black masks and blue police helmets came and said: “You have to leave.” The same thing occurred in another part of town, I saw it through my windows. People were running down the hill. They came with no possessions; they were not even allowed to take their IDs. They had almost nothing, except a sadness in their eyes. Even the pride that is well known among Albanians seemed destroyed. Four families came to our building…

Tomorrow it will be a whole week since I have been able to see the town, and my friends; since I have stayed in the dark. The only view I have of the world is the computer in front of me, which I can use until 6pm while I have electricity. I look through the curtains, but do not pull them back. I wonder where my friends are and all the people I knew in this town. I am forbidden to do the job which I have done for years. I know my life is in jeopardy because of it. My friend was killed yesterday, for one reason: he was a journalist. Baton {Haxiu} was the editor of Koha Ditore {the leading Kosovo newspaper}, an excellent guy. His “thing” was exclusive stories and he always knew what was up. What hurts me the most is that I had news that he was in a safe place. I sent a message to his family that he was OK, that they shouldn’t worry. Now I have such a feeling of guilt.

Thank God his parents’ phone is not working, because I wouldn’t know what to say. I really hope that it was a quick death, one bullet. I hope he wasn’t beaten. No one expected it would be this bad. Not even Baton - even though we had war, even though we expected retaliations. We always thought that this would happen in the villages. No one dreamed Pristina would look like this. I have decided I won’t stop. I feel the need to continue, even behind the shadow. The television screens are full of images of refugees that have left. Well, they have survived and they might come back one day. But what about us - the people that remain inside the town that has really become a camp? Some 300 vehicles full of people left this morning from Pristina. They have decided to escape, heading south for Macedonia. Who knows if they will be able to pass the border safely? But they are desperate to leave, and to be as far away as they can from this mess. I don’t feel that way yet. I don’t think about dying. I will think about it tomorrow. For most who remain and intend to stay, they think differently. They feel that this is the price to pay for Kosovo…

This dispatch is from the ‘Balkan Crisis Reports’ of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, which can be found at The author’s name is withheld to protect against reprisals.

Imagine the gall, the chutzpah, the arrogance that it would take to invent a major casualty like this — the killing of a prominent newspaper editor. How could anyone be so stupid and so arrogant as to think that such a big lie wouldn’t be discovered? The answer: because that’s exactly how Western reporting in the Balkans works. No questions asked. No retractions made. Canadian reporter Nancy Durham’s piece in Brill’s Content (see “Rajmonda story” above), about how she’d been suckered by the KLA was exceptional in that regard. As my friend said to his superiors at the Washington Post when the Albanians succeeded in getting us to bomb the Serbs for them (putting him on the to-be-fired list): “So how does it feel to be outsmarted by Albanians?”

Recall a similar situation in which some young observer sent out dispatches from the war zone and was dubbed by media as the “Anne Frank of Kosovo,” or rather: “Anne Frank with a Laptop and Scanner,” as historian Carl Savich wrote. Savich adds, “The same MO is used. Someone deep inside Kosovo is secretly transmitting messages to the West, the free world, about atrocities going on in Kosovo. It was a tactic and gimmick that apparently was being used by both U.S. and British journalists.”

You can still read Haxhiu’s obituary in The Independent:

BATON HAXHIU was editor of the Kosovo daily Koha Ditore, and one of the most prominent and respected of Albanian journalists in Kosovo. Shortly after attending the funeral in Pristina on Sunday of the human-rights lawyer Bajram Kelmendi, Haxhiu was abducted by Serbian security troops and murdered. It is a measure of his personal courage that he chose to attend his friend’s funeral even in the knowledge that his own life was in danger.

He was one of the first commentators to indicate that the current aim of the Milosevic government was to clear a large part of northern Kosovo of its Albanian population and to use the territory so “cleansed” as a bargaining chip in future international negotiations.

He was always on the move, visiting conflict zones, talking with military and political leaders, and engaging in much behind-the- scenes discussion…Haxhiu and the Koha Ditore offices were an accepted port of call for many of the diplomats who visited Kosovo during the current crisis. Whoever he spoke with, Haxhiu held fast to the view that an independent Kosovo was not only morally justified but also inevitable.

Throughout his career in journalism, Haxhiu collaborated closely with Dukagjin Gorani, who edited KD Times, the English-language section of Koha Ditore. Gorani’s present whereabouts are unknown, as also are the fate of Haxhiu’s widow and three-year-old son. It is, moreover, uncertain at this time whether Haxhiu’s body has been properly buried or, as some reports suggest, is still lying beside the main Pristina- Skopje road. His cowardly murder is, however, hardly likely to have gone unnoticed among journalistic, academic and diplomatic circles both in the Balkans and elsewhere in Europe. Baton Haxhiu, journalist: born 1967; Editor, Koha Ditore 1998-99; died Pristina, Kosovo 28 March 1999.

No, his body definitely has not been buried properly. That is overdue indeed.

Savich adds:

It was during that time when the Western media claimed that Rugova and all the prominent Albanian intellectual leaders were all rounded up and murdered by the Serbian police. It turned out to be a major hoax. All the people were later shown to be alive. No one was killed. Rugova actually met with Milosevic in Belgrade soon after. Ironically, Rugova’s closest aide and adviser was in fact murdered in 2000, but it was by the KLA, who opposed his moderate policies. The KLA may have wanted to kill Rugova himself but this was probably too risky a PR move and could alienate some of their American support.

To read further on how information from Albanian “journalists” was fed directly to international diplomats such as those who stopped off at Propaganda Central, the Koha Ditore offices, and then made its way into our press and U.S. policy, read Daniel Pearl’s expose in the Wall St. Journal. Unfortunately, today that newspaper promotes as truth the debunked fabrications exposed in its late reporter’s work.

You’ll recall that in the end there was “no motive found” — a euphemism for jihad — as to why resettled Bosnian-Muslim refugee and mosque goer Sulejman Talovic decided to shoot as many Americans as possible one day during Valentine’s Day shopping week at the Trolley Square mall, before police took him down.

Salt Lake City police chief Chris Burbank even threatened his staff in case anyone asked any relevant jihad-oriented questions in the course of the investigation. That’s the same police chief who announced one hour after the shootings (that means pre-investigation) that it wasn’t terrorism. This was one of my favorite paragraphs:

Mr. Talovic’s motive remains a mystery, investigators say…The gunman’s aunt, Ajka Omerovic, and his father, who was visibly exhausted, spoke to a reporter just hours after Mr. Talovic’s body was cleansed in an Islamic ritual in preparation for its burial in Tuzla, Bosnia…

And here is Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson along with Burbank assuring the Bosnian ambassador that no harm will come to the peaceful Bosnian cell — I mean community — of Salt Lake City, though they were worried about a nasty backlash from nasty Americans.

(Bit of trivia: This Bosnian ambassador, Bisera Turkovic, helped issue passports to mujahedeen and Osama bin Laden himself in 1992.)

Anyway, given that no motive was found in the Trolley Square shooting, and given that Salt Lake City has such a peaceful Bosnian-Muslim community, WHAT THE HECK is police chief Chris Burbank doing in Israel suddenly:

Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 7 September 2008

([ISRAEL/INTERNATIONAL] IHC News, 7 September 2008)
Salt Lake City’s Police Chief, Chris Burbank, along with an entire group of police chiefs from across the US just wrapped up a week in Israel learning anti-terrorism strategies, and how the Jewish state responds to mass casualties. One might wonder what Utah and learning about anti-terrorism have to do with each other until last year’s shooting tragedy at a Salt Lake City shopping center is reviewed. The 18-year-old gunman, Sulejmen Talovic, who killed five people in a crowded Utah mall 13 Feb. 2007 was a Bosnian Muslim refugee who was prepared to kill many more, had he not been cornered by an off-duty police officer and later shot dead by a team of police. Talovic reportedly had a backpack full of ammunition, a shotgun and a 38-caliber pistol, all of which he intended to use. Family members later said the attacker often attended Friday prayers at the Al-Noor mosque, about a block from the site of the shooting. Although the FBI later ruled out terrorism being involved in the shooting spree, the tragic incident underscores that no US city, large or small, is immune from the possibility of Jihad-related violence. (Sources: Salt Lake Tribune/WND/IHC)

Gee, I don’t recall Salt Lake City being on the high-risk list of U.S. cities for terror attacks, so what is it that could have brought Burbank to Israel? This is all very puzzling. But here’s what I’ve been able to piece together as to how the logic goes: It wasn’t a terrorist act, but you may want to get your ass to Israel to brush up on how one might conceivably deal wtih terrorism, should it ever decide to happen in your safe, peaceful city of Mormons and Bosnian Muslims.

Indeed, notice how every time a community, city, state or country professes its love for its Muslim population, the next thing you hear about the place is that its authorities are in Israel learning anti-terror tactics.

Here is a clue from former federal agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Dave Gaubatz, offered at the time of the Trolley Square investigation:

Has the FBI told the people of Utah that Arabic websites have continuous chatter from Al-Qaeda supporters living in Salt Lake City, Utah? I know because I monitor these sites. Are there Bosnian Muslims with anti-U.S. views? Do you doubt it?

Unlike in Salt Lake City last year, this week in Philly the media and investigators can’t claim the attacker didn’t say “Allah” and wasn’t speaking Arabic phrases, since the jihadist’s victim is the one reporting that he did and he was:

Man chanting “Allah” and Arabic attacks stranger on subway with hammer

In Philadelphia. Video here. The detail that he was chanting something in Arabic, as well as “Allah,” is in the video — only “Allah” is in the story below.

“Subway attack caught on tape,” by Dann Cuellar for, September 8 (thanks to David):

PHILADELPHIA - September 8, 2008 - (WPVI) — Police are asking the public for help [to capture] a hammer-wielding attacker, who seemed to assault his prey for no apparent reason.

On Monday night, police released the video of the attack, in the hopes that someone can identify the man. The attack happened back on Thursday at 12:15 a.m. onboard the SEPTA northbound Broad Street line. The victim, 20-year-old Dewayne Taylor is seen dozing in his seat, listening to his ipod. In the doorway, the assailant is standing with a young boy, about three to five years old. He tells the child to sit down.

Then, he pulls out a large hammer out of a black and yellow book bag, and proceeds to pummel the victim.

After striking Taylor a number of times, the attacker grabs Taylor by the shoes and pulls him down to the floor, where the attack continues.

Then, the man throws Taylor off the train, where they struggle some more before the attacker disappears out of sight.

“According to the victim, the male continued to assault him and tried to throw him into the track area,” said Det. Kenneth Roach of the Philadelphia Police Dept.

Taylor told Action News last week that all throughout the attack, the man kept chanting something, and he distinctly recalled the word “Allah.”…

Unless the attacker has a female Russian acquaintance he was referring to, this was a case of what Daniel Pipes diagnosed as Sudden Jihad Syndrome. The shocking part? No one stole the victim’s Ipod while he was being attacked.

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