Hillary Clinton has been named Secretary of State. This will actually be good for national security. After all, that woman’s enemies have been known to disappear. It’ll also give a whole new meaning to the term Madam Secretary.
The Secretary of State, of course, is fourth in line to assume the presidency should anything happen to the chief executive. With the Clintons’ old cabinet already re-installed, Barack Obama and Joe Biden should watch their backs and never be in the same place at the same time. Or they’ll go the way of Vince Foster, Ron Brown and Buddy the dog.
Unemployment claims jumped to a 7-year high the week after Obama won the election. Not because of the slow economy, but because “Yes I Can” was added to the application as a valid reason.
Why did Barack Obama revive the Clinton administration? Because he didn’t feel black enough.
[A]n exit poll of voters showed single women were a decisive factor in Barack Obama’s historic victory…Tuesday night, unmarried women supported the Democratic candidate by a stunning 70 to 29 percent margin…
Similarly, unmarried women supported Democratic House candidates by a 64 to 29 percent margin….the research was commissioned by a "progressive" advocacy group called Women’s Voices. Women Vote.
On its website, the women’s group said, "Unmarried Americans are the fastest-growing large demographic in the country and a majority of Americans will live with an unmarried head of household. But despite their numbers, unmarried Americans are under-represented in national elections and their voices are not being heard in our democracy. Women’s Voices Women Vote was created to activate unmarried Americans in their government and in our democracy."
Call it the ‘Ho Constituency. Or the ‘Ho Bloc.
Michael Jackson has finally had his long-anticipated conversion to Islam. I guess it’s cheaper than a sex change:
Now he can molest children morally.
In the midst of her high-profile divorce from Guy Ritchie, and of her latest tour "Sticky and Sweet," it has come out that Madonna believes she was divinely "chosen" to receive and relay messages to us from a higher spiritual plane.
One wonders what god’s deeper meaning behind "sticky and sweet" might be.
An Al Qaeda terrorist serving 18 years for his involvement in a plot to bomb London was taught how to be a stand-up comic at his top-security prison.
Evil Zia Ul Haq was enrolled in an eight-day “comedy workshop” at Whitemoor jail, along with murderers and rapists. The 18 cons were given lessons in stand-up, comic drama, improvisation and scriptwriting. Once they “graduated” they were due to get a certificate and display their new talents with a comedy show for fellow inmates and guards.
On Thursday Justice Secretary Jack Straw canned the "totally unacceptable" course. He also vetoed a plan by the Category A Cambridgeshire prison to set up its own comedy club.
I know comedians have anger issues, but this is ridiculous.
From Don Feder, of Accuracy in Media’s BoycottNYT.com (Nov. 10):
Terrorists Admire Obama, NY Times Belatedly Reports
Now that the election is over and Barack Hussein Obama is set to become the 44th president of the United States, The New York Times is finally able to admit that Obama is adored by terrorists and totalitarians worldwide.
In a November 8 news story, “ Jihadi Leader Says Radicals Share Obama Victory,” The Times reported, “The leader of a jihadi group in Iraq argued Friday that the election of Barack Obama as president represented a victory for radical Islamic groups that had battled American forces since the invasion of Iraq.”
The leader is Abu Omar al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State of Iraq, which has ties to Al Qaeda.
The article says Baghdadi’s declaration is “a claim that has already begun to resonate among the radical faithful.”
True enough. But, why didn’t The Times report on Obama’s support from communists and Islamacists before the election? After all, it wasn’t exactly a national secret. […]
Which brings us to the Palestinian terrortories as well. A couple days after the election an AP piece ran, titled After Years of Bush, Arabs See Hope in Obama. In addition to exposing the hilarity of Arab thinking (it’s a must read for that reason), and in addition to quoting laudatory comments about the Obama win from a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, from a militant Kuwaiti cleric and from all the non-militants who think exactly the way these two do but hope that “negotiations” will achieve the same end result, the piece included the following photo and caption:
Palestinian painter Waleed Ayyoub adds the last touches on his drawing of President-elect Barack Obama in the the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. Obama’s likeness joins those of Jesus Christ, Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein, and a deceased Hamas leader. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Is it really possible to speak rationally, much less negotiate peace, with people who give equal props to Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Hamas, Barack Obama — and Jesus Christ?
Nebojsa Malic called my attention to an email he received from the Serbian Youth League of Canada:
The Serbian Youth League of Canada wishes to inform all concerned government agencies and media outlets in Canada that “CroStore” (www.crostore.com), an online boutique based out of Edmonton, Alberta openly sells and promotes Croat Nazi paraphernalia from the Second World War. The “CroStore” offers visitors to its site the opportunity to purchase various articles of clothing, including military hats, belts, uniforms, badges, emblems etc. sporting the well-known insignia of the WWII Nazi Croat Ustashe movement, notorious for its genocidal rule over the Nazi satellite Independent State of Croatia during the Second World War. The site also promotes and sells a series of DVDs entitled “The Truth about the Independent State of Croatia”, a shocking collection of neo-Nazi propaganda and revisionist hate speech that denies the holocaust and other hideous crimes committed by the Nazis during the Second World War. In addition, the “CroStore” glorifies the infamous “Black Legion”, a Croat Nazi military division from the Second World War known for its unfathomable brutality and direct and active participation in the extermination of more than a million Serbs, Jews and Roma people in Nazi concentration camps of Jasenovac and Stara Gradiska. The store, whose motto is the phrase “Proud to be Croat!”, is also adamant in its support for indicted 1990’s Croat war criminal Ante Gotovina and infamous Croat neo-Nazi rocker Marko Perkovic “Thompson”.
The “CroStore” is headed up by a certain Dr. Mate Banovac, and the postal address given is “170 St. NW, T5T 4M2, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada”.
The Serbian Youth League of Canada invites all government officials, journalists, and concerned citizens to raise awareness about “CroStore”, an online boutique that openly promotes historical revisionism, holocaust denial, Nazi hate-speech, and genocide. All Canadians must stand together and fight to ensure that those who glorify and praise the most terrible war criminals of the modern era and those who wish to relive one of the darkest chapters in human history cannot continue to profit and prosper through the promotion of Nazism in a country such as Canada. We must act now to stop this shameless and hateful website, and we must hold its owners responsible.
History has taught us that we cannot hesitate in stomping out the evil seed of Nazism, for a moment of hesitation may mean the suffering of millions.
The Federal Committee of the Serbian Youth League (Canada)
Beautiful. This was last week. Arabic students attack Jewish students, and the coverage still manages to be one-sided (on you-know-whose side, of course):
Arab Students at UC Berkeley Disrupt Israel Event, Attack Jews
(Original link now goes to a follow-up story, but the original text follows below):
Arab students disrupted a pro-Israel event at the campus of the University of California at Berkely Thursday night, unfurling a large Palestinian flag in front of a crowd of hundreds of supporters of Israel who were enjoying a pro-Israel hip-hop concert. The event was sponsored by the Zionist Freedom Alliance student group.
The Palestinian students unfurled the large flag on a balcony above the outdoor site where the concert was taking place, inciting a provocation right in front of the concert-goers, who were enjoying the event as part of the campus’ Israel Liberation Week. Several Jewish concertgoers went into the building to ask the Palestinians to remove the flag – but were viciously attacked, with one male concertgoer knocked down from a blow on the back of his head, witnesses said.
College alumnus Gabe Weiner, who was helping run the concert, was hit by the head of the anti-Israel group, Husam Zakharia, who also attacked one of the performers, Yehuda De Sa. The fight was finally broken up by John Moghtader, a senator in the UC Berkelely student organization. Police were called in and arrested Zakharia along with others from his group, charging them with battery. Witnesses said that the Arab students shouted anti-Semitic curses and epithets throughout the incident, calling the Jews “Nazis” and “dogs,” and threatening to kill them. According to one witness, as many as 20 anti-Israel students participated in the attacks.
In a statement, the Zionist Freedom Alliance said “we call on state officials, the President of the University of California, the Chancellor, the Dean of Students, faculty, and the student body to take a unified stand against the continued harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students on this campus, particularly by members of Students for Justice in Palestine,” the anti-Israel group whose leaders began the incitement and attacked the concertgoers.
Pro-Israel students at UC Berkeley have long complained of the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic harassment they have been subject to. Tikvah, a Jewish student group at the college, displayed on its web site (http://tikvahsfi.blogspot.com/) numerous examples of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic graffiti, with anti-Israel elements defacing property with their screed. Jewish students complained that the only media coverage given to the event, in the Berkeley campus newspaper, was one sided. “Funny how the battery citation against Husam of SJP isn’t even mentioned [in the article], and the comment which purports to be from an objective bystander is actually from one of the top people in Students for Justice in Palestine,” commented Ariel, one of the concertgoers.
Meanwhile, the anti-Israel group is planning to file a petition to remove from office Moghtader, who tried to break up the fight.
It’s like I always say: Anti-Muslim bias is when someone keeps Muslims from killing Jews. Just like an anti-Muslim hate crime is when a Muslim gets hurt while trying to kill a Christian.
Here was that follow-up story, with a few gems of its own: ‘Israel Liberation Week’ Ends Violently at Berkeley
…When ZFA activist Gabe Weiner attempted to remove the flags, he was punched in the head, he says, by SJP member Husam Zakharia who was then beaten to the ground by Weiner and Yehuda De Sa.
Local ZFA member Yehuda told Israel National News: “Several other members of SJP, including female students, attempted to attack Weiner and De Sa but when three more ZFA activists entered the scene, the male members of SJP – who regularly use physical intimidation to silence Zionist students – hid behind female members of their group and refused to step forward and fight.”
Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Just like Muslims do everywhere else — hiding behind the skirts of the women. In fact, now we know why they insist their women wear those enormous, shapeless niqab things: easier to hide behind. I’m picturing one of those 1800s ballroom skirts from under which emerge hiding children. Only in Muslim societies those children are men.
The local student press published the SJP version of events on Friday but would not quote any of the ZFA activists interviewed following the incident. UC Berkeley Dean of Students Jonathan Poullard has asked for student leaders from both groups to attend a meeting with one another but ZFA students have told Israel National News that they will make their attendance conditional on the University dropping its double standard when disciplining pro-Israel and anti-Israel student groups.
Israel National News spoke with ZFA director Yehuda HaKohen, who said that although he had initially discouraged his activists from responding to the flags and would have preferred to have avoided the conflict altogether, he believed that ZFA’s victory in the physical altercation will show the anti-Israel activists that some Jews cannot be intimidated.
“In many ways it felt very similar to how things go down in Israel. Arabs attack Jews and then hide behind women. When Jews take defensive action, a biased media paints us as aggressors…Even though I wanted to avoid the altercation, I recognize the value in anti-Israel activists getting put in their place by the very students they so often try to bully into silence.”
HaKohen said that he generally tries to reach out to Muslim and Arab students when running programs on campuses but that the Muslim Student Association and SJP at Berkeley were completely unwilling to dialogue on any level.
“ZFA hosted Israel Liberation Week at Albany a week before and there, we were able to hold meaningful discussions with the MSA [Muslim Students Association]. We obviously didn’t agree on every issue but they recognized the Jewish people’s national rights. They acknowledged that there really is no distinct Palestinian Arab nation and that in order for Jews and Arabs to make peace we need to halt Western interference in the Middle East. They even gave me a head covering as a gift for my wife.”
Yehuda HaKohen (left) with the Muslim Students Assoc. president at SUNY Albany [Note: The sign chosen by ZFA to represent the Zionist struggle is a kafiyah with blue Stars of David, thus HaKohen wears a kafiyah]
“But at Berkeley there was no interest in dialogue at all. Instead, the SJP and their supporters tried to paint Israel as a Western power and accuse us of occupying another people’s homeland. They refused to listen to anything we had to say, which is unfortunate because our message is in no way anti-Arab. We simply demand that our rights to self-determination be respected. This was our first event at Berkeley. We expected the campus to be more hostile than others, but we didn’t expect the level of ignorance or close-mindedness that we encountered.
“Anti-Israel students at Berkeley can spit out the exact number of Arab villages they claim were destroyed during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War but they can’t name the countries that participated in that war. None of them knew that Jewish freedom fighters drove the British from our soil and none had even known that the British had oppressed us and tried to prevent the re-establishment of a Jewish state. None of them had even heard of the British White Paper. They knew nothing outside of their anti-Israel propaganda and they were completely unwilling to listen to a different view or acknowledge that Jews are an indigenous Middle Eastern people. But they’re entire cause is based on lies. Husam Zakharia [the SJP student who had initiated the violence] told me on Tuesday that his family lived in Gaza city until 1994 and then moved to California. What kind of Arabs left Gaza in 1994? Obviously people who were relatively fine living under Israel but had to flee from Gaza once Arafat took power. So now Husam, the phony revolutionary whose family most likely fled from Arafat, attacks Israel from the safety of California and tries to bully Jewish students into silence. ZFA might not have started the violence but we definitely finished it. I hope Husam and his crew think twice next time they want to get physical with any of our students.”
Mentioned nowhere and at no time in the past two years since the highest-profile case of passenger intimidation — part of the soft jihad commanded by imams across America — occurred aboard a US Airways flight in 2006 is the fact that one of the six was an Albanian imam from Phoenix named Didmar Faja.
While we know that Albanians aren’t generally “like that” (in reference to Muslims — who of course “aren’t all like that” either), one must ask finally why there often seems to be an Albanian — four of them in the case of the Ft. Dix plot — turning up in jihad contexts. Furthermore, what would an Albanian — with a constantly professed “tolerant tradition” of Islam — have in common with a man like Omar Shahin, the spokesman for the group of the six imams?
I learned that one of the six imams, all of whom are suing US Airways, airport police, an FBI agent, and the distressed passengers, was an ethnic Albanian from an incidental mention in a very recent news story about Phoenix-area Muslim leaders being watched by the FBI more closely these days:
…The events that triggered the stepped-up scrutiny were the federal probe into a Muslim charity accused of funneling money to the Palestinian group Hamas; a target-shooting episode in Phoenix this year involving a large group of Muslim men and boys firing hundreds of rounds from AK-47s and other guns; and the high-profile removal in 2006 of six Arizona-bound imams from a jetliner after passengers and crew complained of their behavior.
The saga of the six traveling imams touched off a national controversy and attracted federal scrutiny. Much of the focus has been on the group’s spokesman, Omar Shahin…Shahin’s involvement was one factor that drew the FBI’s attention to the case and intensified its interest in Muslims’ activities in Arizona.
In the late 1980s, Shahin served as imam at the Islamic Center of Tucson, where he headed a Muslim youth group. The mosque was a hub for adherents to the radical Wahhabi school of Islam, some of whom later became important aides to Osama bin Laden in the al-Qaida terrorist group.
While in Tucson, Shahin raised money for the Holy Land Foundation before the group was outlawed. He also was a fundraiser for the Illinois-based KindHearts Foundation, which the government shut down last year for alleged support of Hamas.
Shahin has served as a Muslim community liaison with the FBI and the Phoenix police. A book released by Shahin last year advocated that Muslims living in Western society follow a strict version of conservative Sharia law.
“A Muslim must try his best to abide by the rulings of Sharia whenever possible as much as he can. He should not allow himself to be liable to those western laws that contradict the clear-cut Islamic rulings,” Shahin wrote.
Throughout the book, Shahin quotes an extremist Islamic scholar who studied under the man widely credited with inspiring al-Qaida. The scholar was a speaker at Holy Land Foundation events, prosecutors in the Dallas case said in court this year. They showed jurors photos of the man with Hamas and Hezbollah leaders and in videos preaching to kill Jews.
Shahin declined to comment in detail on his writings, the jetliner incident or the fundraising case. He is the father of one of the young men arrested in the Phoenix target shooting, Oday Shahin, 20. Another imam stopped in Minneapolis, Mahmoud Sulaiman, 51, a Syrian native, also has a son who was at the scene of the target shooting but was not arrested, a Phoenix police report stated.
Shahin and his son share other connections with people involved in events that drew the FBI’s interest. Omar and Oday Shahin work with a third imam from the plane, Didmar Faja, a 28-year-old Albanian, at a conservative Islamic school in south Phoenix. Saiaf Abdallah, son of Akram Abdallah, accused of lying to the FBI, also works there, and his mother is a board member. […]
The only other news story involving Faja was in the Washington Times in August 2007, and was about a “pop bottle bomb” that landed 25 feet from him:
An Arizona mosque frequented by an imam involved in a high-profile lawsuit against airline passengers was hit by vandals early Monday with what police describe as a “pop bottle bomb.”
Imam Didmar Faja says he was standing outside of the Albanian American Islamic Center of Arizona, just west of Phoenix, when the incident occurred at 1 a.m.
The plastic bottle contained pool-cleaning fluid and strips of aluminum foil, and was thrown from a red car driven by two persons. It landed about 20-25 feet from the imam, police said.
A sergeant with the Glendale Police Department said the incident is under investigation. “We are treating it as a hate crime. We are taking it very seriously,” Sgt. Jim Toomey told Reuters News Agency.
Mr. Faja and five other clerics are suing U.S. Airways and “John Doe” passengers claiming they were discriminated against when they were removed from a flight last year. The passengers are named in the suit for reporting suspicious behavior.
It was not clear what the imam was doing outside of the center at 1 a.m., as prayers were scheduled for 4:30 a.m.
As one commenter to this article wrote:
Perhaps the persons who threw the bottle have had their rights violated by being accused of suspicious behavior, and should sue the Imam. So what if the Imam felt threatened? He was not actually hurt. The Imam and CAIR, by their ridiculous lawsuit, have shown that being overtly threatened without being actually hurt is no excuse for reporting suspicious behavior.
To follow up belatedly on another event, here are more Austria-Bosnia connections that shed further light on the Bosnian who was caught trying to bring explosives into the U.S. embassy in Vienna in October 2007:
Bosnian Muslim Wahabbis [sic] behind terror plot on US Embassy (October 15th, 2007)
Mehmed Djudjic, one of the Bosnian Muslim conspirators in the attempted bombing on the US Embassy in Vienna, confirm Bosnia Muslim papers, is indeed a member of a Wahabbi sect led by a Bosnian Muslim Imam Muhamed Porca who preaches from a house located in Vienna on the Murlingenstrasse 61 street in the 12th Vienna district.
Members of this particular Vienna Wahabbi cell are explicitly told by their leader not to give interviews to the media….However, a rat from that cell has emerged who says that Djudjic was indeed the mastermind in the attempted attack on the Embassy because the Bosnian Muslim who walked into the Embassy carrying explosives, Asim Cejvanovic, did that after approaching Djudjic for some money.
The anonymous Bosnian Muslim says that Cejvanovic was in need of 200 Euros and when he approached Djudjic, he was given a Wahabbi text titled “Anointing in Islam” found in the rucksack along with the bombs…Cejvanovic says that it is Djudjic who told him to go to the Embassy but, according to some Austrian news sources, his real motive was not to blow up the Embassy but in order to offer a deal to the CIA in which he will rat on his fellow Muslim who sells Islamic bombing paraphernalia in exchange for money.
The leader of the Vienna Wahabbis, Muhamed Porca, is one in the informal group of Bosnian Muslim extremist Imams who are a vital part in the worldwide Islamic terror network.
Muhamed Porca, Senad Podojko, Jusuf Barcic, Sabahudin Albani, Safet Durguti and Sulejman Bugari are led by Adnan Buzar, an imam married to a Palestinian woman Badiya Khal’il, daughter of the notorious terrorist Abu Nidal…It is also interesting to note an ethnic Albanian connection to this group. Sabahudin Albani, Safet Durguti and Sulejman Bugari are all ethnic Albanians.
Sabahudin Albani is a Muslim Albanian from Macedonia and is known for his unquestionable support of Osama bin Laden. Albani was a volunteer for the Bosnian Muslim army in the 1990s where he got valuable experience in killing Christians, mostly Serbs.
Safet Durguti, an ethnic Albanian from [the ]Kosovo village of Orahovac, was an appointed representative of an Islamic terror organization [named] Vazir that was shut down in Bosnia after US discovered it was funneling money for Osama bin Laden’s terror cells.
Sulejman Bugari, who preaches hatred of Jews, Serbs and America from a mosque in Sarajevo is an ethnic Albanian…[A] more conspicuous Albanian connection with radical Islam is made with Jusuf Barcic who studied Islam in Damascus from Muhammed Nasiruddin bin Nuh Al Albania, an ethnic Albanian who is regarded as one of the highest Wahabbi authorities in the Islamic world. Muhammed Al Albania became a professor of Islam in Damascus only after Saudis intervened on his behalf. Al Albania died in 1999.
Wahhabism: from Vienna to Bosnia
Local media reports trace the financial and ideological center of Bosnia’s radical Wahhabi movement to Vienna, while the moderate Islamic communityprepares for an intensifying battle of influence.
By Anes Alic in Sarajevo for ISN Security Watch (June 2007)
Only the funeral of former Bosnian Muslim leader and wartime Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic went down with a bigger crowd and more security than that last weekend of Jusuf Barcic, the informal leader of Bosnia’s radical Muslims of the Wahhabi movement.
More than 3,000 Wahhabis arrived in the northern city of Tuzla to attend the funeral, and according to local media, almost half of them came from Slovenia, Kosovo, Macedonia and the Serbian region of Sandzak. A number also came from Western European countries, mostly from Austria, whose capital, Vienna, is said to be the Western financial and ideological center for the Bosnian Wahhabi movement.
More than 50 uniformed and undercover policemen monitored the funeral of Barcic, who died in a car accident in Tuzla on 30 March after hitting a light pole while speeding, according to the preliminary police report.
[A police] source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Bosnian radical Muslims, as well as those from Serbia, were being financed and led by Bosnian Muslims living in Vienna and other Austrian cities, as well as by Saudi Arabia.
It appears that both Wahhabi movements, in Bosnia and Serbia, were financed and led by Bosnian and Serbian Wahhabi clerics living in Vienna.
Bosnian Islamic community officials and police accuse former Bosnian Muslim cleric Muhamed Porca, who runs the Vienna-based Islamic community administrative unit, of serving as the financial and ideological supporter of Barcic and his movement.
Porca, who was Barcic’s colleague at university in Saudi Arabia calls for the creation of a parallel Islamic community in Bosnia, which would lean toward radical Islam.
Bosnian media and Islamic community officials also named another Vienna-based Bosnian cleric, Adnan Buzar, as a main supporter of Barcic’s movement. Buzar is the son-in-law of Palestinian Sabri al-Banna, also known as Abu Nidal, the founder of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, and the most wanted international terrorist in late 1980s. Al-Banna was killed in Iraq in 2002.
In the late 1980s, Swiss authorities blocked Abu Nidal’s Société de Banque Suisse and Credit Suisse account and its US$18 million balance. In January 1998, the accounts were unfrozen and Buzar’s wife and Abu Nidal’s daughter, Badija Khal’il, withdrew US$8 million. Badija Khal’il was granted Bosnian citizenship in 1995 through the Bosnian embassy in Vienna.
According to Serbian media reports, the alleged financier of the Sandzak Wahhabis is a Vienna born Serbian Muslim named Effendia Nedzad Balkan, also known as Ebu Muhammed, the leader of the Sahaba Mosque in Vienna. Balkan, along with six other Wahhabis, three of them Austrian citizens, was involved in the beating of Bosnian Serb Mihajlo Kisic in Bosnian city of Brcko in 2006. After a short trial, the seven were given symbolic sentences on parole and some of them returned to Vienna.
Several Islamic aid agencies were based in Vienna during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, and the Bosnian government opened a bank account in the Austrian capital, while nearly 100 Islamic fighters were granted Bosnian citizenship through the embassy in Vienna [as was Osama bin Laden himself].
Barcic himself traveled to the Austrian capital several times during the war as the representative of the Vienna-based International Islamic Relief Organization (IGASA) for the Bosnian city of Zenica.
Austria became the major logistical and financial center for the Bosnian government during the 1990s - an arrangement that allowed the Islamists to create a system for arming the Bosnian Army, transferring foreign fighters and weapons via the Slovenian city of Maribor and the Croatian port city of Split.
The biggest financier of Bosnian Muslim defense [aggression] was the Vienna-based Third World Relief Agency (TWRA), through whose account in the Austrian Die Erste Osterreich Bank flowed some US$350 million in donations from Islamic countries between 1992 and 1995. About half of that money was used for financing Bosnian government.
The TWRA was established in 1987 by a Sudanese native, Al-Fatih Ali Hassanein, considered a close friend of former Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic.
In July 1992, a couple of months after the war started, Hassanein was authorized by the Bosnian leadership to serve as the financial representative of the Bosnian state, while TWRA allowed to collect donations for refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In 1996, some two years after Hassanein fled Austria and settled in Turkey, Austrian police raided TWRA’s offices and bank accounts. Investigations showed that the majority of the cash originated in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia as the largest contributor, followed by Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Brunei and Malaysia.
According to ISN Security Watch’s source from the commission for citizenship revision, some of those involved in TWRA’s work in Vienna during and after the war are also under suspicion of granting Bosnian citizenships to foreigners from Islamic countries under questionable circumstances.
In addition, the source said the Bosnian Foreign Ministry had noted the disappearance of some 300 blank Bosnian passports from Vienna embassy during that time. The passports were stolen in 1993 from the embassy safe, but there was no sign that the safe had been broken into. The police source said a report was filed naming former embassy secretary Nadzisa Tabakovic as responsible.
In the applications for Bosnian citizenship, obtained by ISN Security Watch, some wrote that they would go to help Bosnian Muslims during the war, while also contained a note saying “recommended by TWRA.”
However, the police source close to the commission’s work said most of those who received Bosnian citizenship in embassies throughout the world, and especially in Vienna, never set foot in Bosnia, but used the passports for easier travel, as at the time a Bosnian passport made travel easier in Europe than some Middle Eastern passports.
However, issuing Bosnian citizenships to the Islamists has seriously damaged Bosnia’s wartime reputation, especially when it comes to those foreign fighters who arrived here ostensibly to help Bosnian forces during the war, but more likely were here to gain more influence.
In 1999, Turkish authorities arrested Mehrez Aodouni while en route to Chechnya with a Bosnian passport. Aodouni was believed to be a close associate of bin-Laden. After his arrest, the Bosnian government said his
citizenship had been granted due to his membership in the Bosnian Army, even though local media investigating the case found no evidence that he had fought in Bosnia.
Also, in 1997, Italian authorities arrested 14 people suspected of plotting to assassinate Pope John Paul II on his trip to Bologna. All of those arrested carried Bosnian passports and were reportedly members of the
Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA). Just like in Aodouni’s case, there was no evidence for half of them that they had ever set foot in Bosnia. […]
A Fort Dix follow-up to come tomorrow.
New flights launched for Croatia
New flights have gone on sale between Albania and Croatia, which will operate three times a week.
Belle Air, an Albanian airline, will fly between Tirana and Zagreb on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.
Andrea Gebbeken, chief executive officer of Tirana International Airport, described the new air link as “highly significant”, as both countries have applied for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership.
“It is pleasing to see that after having a common agenda, Croatia and Albania now have a common and direct physical link with each other,” she adds.
Indeed, it’s a love story that dates back to at least the early 1990s, when the common agenda was to kill Serbs — an orgy for which no fewer than 5,000 Albanians hauled ass to Bosnia to fight on the Muslim-Croat side. This was not long after Kosovo-Albanian leader Agim Ceku served as the commander in charge of Croatia’s famous Serb-cleansing Operation Storm. The success of which, he hoped in recent years, would serve as a model for Kosovo in order to get rid of the last, stubbornly remaining Serbs.
And behold! The common agenda widens, as Croatia and Albania join Turkey’s top general to discuss Kosovo peacekeeping at a NATO meeting:
Top military officers of the Alliance’s member and Partner nations will convene at NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 19-20 for their autumn meeting.
General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug will represent Turkey at the meeting which is the second of three meetings per year for the NATO Chiefs of defense, NATO’s highest military authority.
Chiefs of defense from Albania and Croatia will participate for the first time in their status as NATO Invitee Countries. The Pakistan Chief of Army Staff will also be attending for discussions on the situation in Afghanistan.
The issues of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and NATO’s international peacekeeping mission to Kosovo (KFOR) [will be discussed].
So Croatia and Albania will help discuss/plan the “peacekeeping” mission between Albanians and Serbs. Oh joy!!!
The excerpted item below got some widespread attention recently:
Linda Tripp Praises Obama’s ‘Purity of Soul’
…wOw tracked [Tripp] down to the Christmas Sleigh store which she owns in Middleburg, VA, with her husband.
[I]t was Linda Tripp who famously taped her then-“friend” Monica Lewinsky relaying her titillating adventures with the president. Interested in hearing what Tripp had to say of the recent election…Tripp relayed the following thoughts: “I am so very proud that as a nation we might finally be getting it right…I believe President-elect Obama possesses an instantly recognizable purity of soul that, coupled with his brilliance, and, of course, his eloquence, brought quite unimaginable and long-awaited magic to the country, transforming red and blue states, quite literally, into ‘The Color Purple.’ I believe the entire country will stand behind him.”
Purity of Soul:
Thanks to the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a new word has entered the political vocabulary: mahdaviat…Mahdaviat derives from mahdi, Arabic for “rightly-guided one,” a major figure in Islamic eschatology. He is, explains the Encyclopaedia of Islam, “the restorer of religion and justice who will rule before the end of the world.”
When addressing the United Nations in September, Mr. Ahmadinejad…conclud[ed] his address with a prayer for the Mahdi’s appearance: “O mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace.”
“Mahdaviat is a code for [Iran’s Islamic] revolution, and is the spirit of the revolution,” says the head of an institute dedicated to studying and speeding the Mahdi’s appearance…
From a disappeared Forbes story as cited by JihadWatch:
Biden was an early supporter of the Khomeinist revolution in 1978-1979 and, for the past 30 years, has been a consistent advocate of recognizing the Islamic Republic as a regional power. He has close ties with Khomeinist lobbyists in the U.S. and has always voted against sanctions on Iran.
Ahmadinejad on Obama:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday congratulated Barack Obama on his election win — the first time an Iranian leader has offered such wishes to a U.S. president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Ahmadinejad’s message said that “nations of the world” expect changes from Obama — mostly that he will change U.S. foreign policy.
Ahmadinejad also said Obama is expected to replace such a policy with “an approach based on justice and respect, as well as lack of intervention in the affairs of others.”
Ali ibn Abi-Talib, the seventh-century figure central to Shiite Islam, is said to have predicted when the world will end, columnist Amir Taheri points out. A “tall black man” commanding “the strongest army on earth” will take power “in the west.” He will carry “a clear sign” from the third imam, Hussein. Ali says of the tall black man: “Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us.”
Barack Hussein in Arabic means “the blessing of Hussein.” In Persian, Obama translates as “He [is] with us.”
To top it off, the winning Pick-3 Lotto in Illinois the day after Obama’s win: 666
Let’s hear it for purity of soul.
Just more on this point:
Pro-Palestinian Activists Using Christmas Carols As Protest Songs
London (CNSNews.com) – To mark the holiday season, British pro-Palestinian activists have announced plans to hold an evening of “traditional carols with untraditional lyrics” to protest Israeli policies in Bethlehem.
The historic church of St. James’s in central London’s Piccadilly will host a number of Christmas carols concerts through late December.
In a twist, however, two Palestinian solidarity groups sponsoring one of the events, on Nov. 26, have rewritten the lyrics to make a political statement.
Palestinian Authority-controlled Bethlehem, traditionally regarded as the birthplace of Jesus, is bordered on three sides by a network of security walls and fences separating it from nearby Jerusalem.
Movement is heavily restricted by the Israeli government, and the P.A. says the local economy is badly affected by the loss of tourism.
Organizers of the Nov. 26 concert said the first verse of “Once In Royal David’s City” will be changed to reflect what they say is the day-to-day reality:
Once in royal David’s city
Stood a big apartheid wall;
People entering and leaving
Had to pass a checkpoint hall.
Bethlehem was strangulated,
And her children segregated.
Deborah Fink, an organizer with Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, one of the two sponsors, said the holiday season provides a once-a-year opportunity to reach out to Christians and to those who celebrate Christmas.
Fink, a professional singer, said a friend first rewrote a carol six years ago, then Fink rewrote one. She then joined a group of friends and activists who were singing on the streets of London.
St. James Church, designed by Christopher Wren and built in 1684, has a long tradition of holding lunch and evening concerts, many by classical musicians but some by noted pop artists such as REM.
Church rector Charles Headley said the church was happy to rent out the space for the concert, which Fink said will involve four professional singers.
Geoffrey Smith, director of Christian Friends of Israel (UK), a Christian ministry that supports Israel both practically and morally, condemned the concert.
“It’s distressing for Christians who love Israel,” he said. “It really drives a wedge between the Christian community and the Jewish community when every year there are attacks on Israel around this time.”
Smith said the security barrier, though regrettable, was needed when both Jews and Arabs were being killed on buses by suicide bombers, some of whom came from Bethlehem.
“It wasn’t wanted by the [Israeli] left and it wasn’t wanted by the right,” he said. “It was necessary, though.” […]