January 2009

The manufactured international incident which Crazy Joe Biden alluded to a few months ago could well be Kosovo or Bosnia or both. Especially given that Obama is under Clintonian tutelage, the new Clinton administration is setting its sights on the Balkans again, and readying to reengage the Christian Serbs. The first order of business will be a long-anticipated staged attack on Albanians by Albanians — stage managed by Western intelligence — to be blamed on the Serbs ala the 1994 Markale marketplace bombings in Sarajevo and the breadline massacre there in ‘92.

Preparing Staged Terrorist Attacks in Kosovo Province North

According to [a] Serbian intelligence report, Priština-based Albanian secret service ŠIK [SHIK] is preparing a series of staged terrorist attacks in Bošnjačka Mahala settlement in Kosovska Mitrovica, aimed at generating sharp reaction from international institutions and thus insuring deployment of the Albanian special troops, consisting of former members of [the] terrorist KLA.

[The] prepared scenario involves bombing attacks against ethnic Albanian families residing in this part of town, for which the Serbs will be blamed….

Provisional president of Kosovo province Fatmir Sejdiu already announced that “special forces” designated to be deployed in Bošnjačka Mahala part of Mitrovica are being formed, and that this settlement “will in future be entrusted to the Kosovo Protection Corps” — a militant formation consisting entirely of hardened terrorists and war criminals, members of the KLA.

At the same time, spokesman for the Kosovo Albanian-run police Besim Hoti told Belgrade media that “Kosovo police in Mitrovica region is preparing the common police units’ plan in order to respond to the requests by the Bošnjačka Mahala residents to raise security level within the settlement”.

According to the reports, meeting of the “security structures” was held on Thursday in Albanian-populated southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, where the further moves for Albanian takeover of Bošnjačka Mahala were decided.

Bajram Rexhepi, municipal president of the southern, Albanian part of Kosovska Mitrovica, briefly commented that “settlement residents are disturbed by the lack of security and they are requesting to be provided with the institutional safety”.

“Bošnjačka Mahala Albanians have requested stationing of the security forces in the buildings of Kosovo Ministry of Internal Affairs in that part of town,” Rexhepi said.

Kosovo Serbs Aware of the Planned Frame-Up

Milan Ivanović, leader of Kosovo and Metohija Serbs in the north of the province, reminded of the explosion in the unoccupied house of Albanian Etem Peci, assessing the series of provocations staged by Kosovo Albanians are pointing to a “Markale scenario” for Bošnjačka Mahala.

“All the latest incidents in Bošnjačka Mahala are perpetrated exclusively by the Albanians. Peci hasn’t been living in that house for the past 9 years and Mitrovica residents are well aware of this. The reason Albanians are stepping up attacks is to impose the fake independence in the north of the province, and because of the recent arrest of the KLA members in Preševo,” Ivanovic said, adding that “Albanians have a plan to stage Markale massacre in Bošnjačka Mahala, for which the Serbs would be automatically blamed.”

“We are well aware of that scenario, just as we were in the case of [the] Račak setup, which was used as a pretext for NATO aggression against Serbia”, Ivanović said.

In addition to the plotting of Albanian officials, he charged two of the local Serbian politicians, Rada Trajković and Oliver Ivanović, of working directly for the British secret service and against the interests of Kosovo and Metohija Serbs.

See if this sounds familiar: Where else but the Balkans can a president clueless and/or backwards on foreign policy gain his foreign policy chops? Where else is there foreign policy and military intervention to execute without it being against Muslims, but in fact for them? Where else can such intervention happen without it being a response to any actual threats but rather an assistance to those threats? With that, the second order of Balkan business for the incoming/returning administration will be Bosnia:

Bosnia, Hillary’s Playground

by Srdja Trifkovic

At a time when the U.S. power and authority are increasingly challenged around the world, the incoming team sees the Balkans as the last geopolitically significant area where they can assert their “credibility” by postulating a maximalist set of objectives as the only outcome acceptable to the United States, and duly insisting on their fulfilment. We have already seen this pattern with Kosovo, and it is to be expected that we’ll see its replay in Bosnia under the new team.

Now that intervention is “an American tradition,” Hillary Clinton is getting ready to practice some more in the Balkans – as if her husband’s contribution in the 1990s had not brought sufficient misery to the former Yugoslavia. She wants to place the Balkans, and specifically Bosnia, near the top of her list of foreign priorities. Barack Obama’s foreign policy and national security team includes a number of influential figures, and notably Vice-President-elect Joseph Biden, who are committed to the establishment of a centralized, unitary Bosnian state dominated by Muslims. Mrs. Clinton’s commitment to that goal is of an altogether different order of magnitude, however.

There have been strong pressures from the West, ever since the signing of the Dayton Accords 13 years ago, to reduce the authority of the Republika Srpska, to question its legitimacy and to label it a “genocidal creation” unworthy of existence. Prime Minister Milorad Dodik was able to weather the latest storm – caused by the pro-Muslim slant of the “international high representative” (i.e. unelected governor, jointly appointed by Brussels and Washington) Miroslav Lajcak and his crew – but the political momentum in Washington has taken an alarming turn for the Serbs in general and for the Republika Srpska (RS) in particular.

Her “framework for peace” in the Balkans is the same as her husband’s and that applied by her friend and role-model, Dr. Albight: unqualified U.S. support for Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo against their Christian neighbors. During the primaries Mrs. Clinton listed a number of fact-free, Balkan-related foreign-policy “accomplishments” based on her husband’s legacy…Her exact reasons for wanting to abolish the Bosnian Serb Republic are likely personal and psychological rather than rational, but her motives are less important than the fact that this is indeed what she wants.

A hint of what is to come was provided by the Clinton family confidante Richard Holbrooke, slated for a key role at State under new management. Together with the former Bosnian “high representative” Paddy Ashdown, he authored an alarming article, “The Bosnian Powder Keg,” published in several key daily newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic on 22 October 2008. Anticipating Obama’s victory, Holbrooke and Ashdown presented a plea that “the new US administration gets engaged” and renews its pledge “to Bosnia’s survival as a state, by maintaining an effective troop presence and … finding ways to untie Bosnia’s constitutional knot.” This last phrase is a clear code word for the liquidation of the entities.

Holbrooke was the chief U.S. negotiator at Dayton in 1995. He boasted a year later: “We are re-engaged in the world, and Bosnia was the test.” This “we” meant the United States, not “the West” or “the international community.” The interventionists prevailed then, their narrative dominates the public commentary now, and they are coming back to the White House tomorrow.

Heralding the new spirit, the New York Times pompously headlined “Fears of new ethnic conflict in Bosnia” on December 13. Presented as an analytical feature, the article was in fact a pro-Muslim plea for more American intervention to “unify” Bosnia-Herzegovina as the only way to avoid another war. The article further claimed that “leaders across Bosnia expressed hope that Mr. Obama would be more engaged in Bosnia than President Bush has been,” whereas in reality such hopes are entertained only in the Muslim camp. Its clear purpose was to start preparing the political and ideological ground for the new Administration’s policy of “untying Bosnia’s constitutional knot.”

Hillary Clinton’s commitment to cutting that knot should not be doubted. The U.S. mainstream media is doing its bit, maintaining an almost daily feed of largely fact-free stories on how, “once again, Bosnia is in deep crisis, with tensions running high … There is even talk of a new war. Might this be a sudden test for the new Obama Administration?”

Every time people like Ashdown and Holbrooke regurgitate the old mantra about disruptive Serbs and virtuous “Bosniaks,” it is necessary to reassert that the RS is an essential factor of stability in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Western Balkan region, and that those calling for its liquidation (under whatever name) are effectively aiding and abetting the forces of global jihad.

All along, an old question remains unanswered by the unitary Bosnia partisans: If Yugoslavia was untenable and eventually collapsed under the weight of the supposedly insurmountable differences among its constituent nations, how can Bosnia – the Yugoslav microcosm par excellence – develop and sustain the dynamics of a viable polity? Mrs. Clinton may go on supposing ex hypothesi that if there is a “Bosnia” there must be a nation of “Bosnians,” and she may even try to impose her vision on that long-suffering corner of the Balkans. That she will fail goes without saying. The only question concerns the price of that failure, and the identity of those footing the bill.

Even Time Magazine predicts: Will Bosnia Test the Obama Administration?

By Dejan Anastasijevic Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

…If there’s one foreign policy achievement that Clintonites are proud of, it’s Bosnia…[A] U.S.-led military intervention stopped the carnage in the former Yugoslav republic, followed by a peace deal forged by then Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke and signed in Dayton, Ohio. The deal…carved Bosnia into two ethnically based statelets while retaining a weak common government….

But, once again, Bosnia is in deep crisis, with tensions running high between ethnic Serbs, Croats and Muslims (now officially called Bosniaks). There is even talk of a new war. Might this be a sudden test for the new Obama Administration?

The rhetoric out of the country is alarming. Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik publicly declared that he doesn’t believe the common state has a future, and occasionally hints that his Serb-dominated statelet may secede from Bosnia. From the other side of the ethnic divide, leading Bosniak politician Haris Silajdzic repeatedly calls for the abolishment of the Serbian Republic….

Even Holbrooke, the chief architect of the Dayton peace agreement, is worried. “It’s time to pay attention to Bosnia again, if we don’t want things to get nasty very quickly,” Holbrooke said in a letter co-signed by Paddy Ashdown, the former chief of Office of High Representative (OHR), the international supervising and administrative body in Bosnia. Both Holbrooke and Ashdown claim that Bosnia is regressing, and that the Western powers should swiftly and strongly engage to prevent a renewed conflict and ensure Bosnia’s evolution into “a functional and E.U.-compatible state.”

Meanwhile, insults are flying across the ethnic divide, spurred by tabloid media and populist politicians from both sides. Two weeks ago, Dodik’s government decided to remove the adjective “Bosnian” from the names of several towns in the Serbian Republic. Meanwhile, in once multi-ethnic Sarajevo, a decree by Bosniak officials introducing compulsory lessons in the Koran to kindergarteners prompted remaining Serbs and Croats to pull their children out of school. […]

A related piece from Nebojsa Malic:

Empire to Return to Bosnia?

“Fears of new ethnic conflict in Bosnia,” declared the New York Times on December 13, in an article that may yet be one of the most curious cases of the dog that did not bark. Authored by Dan Bilefsky, what is supposed to be a news feature ends up being a somewhat subtle editorial promoting more American intervention in this bloodied corner of Europe.

A paragraph that might explain the story’s actual purpose is, naturally, buried halfway down:

“Leaders across Bosnia expressed hope that Mr. Obama would be more engaged in Bosnia than President Bush has been, while emphasizing that the president-elect’s multicultural background made him ideally suited to mediate here.”

Who are these phantom “leaders”, Bilefsky doesn’t say. Just as he doesn’t name any of the “analysts” or “Bosnians” or just about anyone he invokes as the source of baseless speculation and trite propaganda that fill up the rest of the article. In reality, only a handful of politicians in Bosnia wants more external involvement, and only as a way to achieve an agenda that could never become reality otherwise.

Even so, it’s not Barack Obama who will be meddling in Bosnia come January, but his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Not only does she not have a “multicultural background,” she brings with her the legacy of a government whose meddling in Bosnia is to a great degree responsible for the country’s misfortune in the first place!

As Mick Hume observed this July, following the arrest and rendition of Radovan Karadzic, the West had “loaded” the Bosnian conflict with all sorts of subtext designed to give meaning to both liberal and conservative interventionists left disoriented at the end of the Cold War. His colleague Brendan O’Neill further argued that the Bosnian War was a transformative experience for both the West and the Islamic jihadists similarly searching for meaning after Afghanistan:

“It was the conflict that made many in the West pro-interventionist, convincing them that the “international community” must ignore sovereign norms and intervene around the world to save people from tyranny. And it transformed the Mujahideen from religious nationalists – who during the Afghan-Soviet war possessed “no global blueprint transcending their individual countries” – into global warriors against “evil,” who also, like their humanitarian paymasters, began to care little for old-fashioned ideas about sovereignty. It is after Bosnia that we see the emergence of international networks of Islamic militants.”

In effect, the Empire was built on the myth of Bosnia: that the Bosnian Muslims (often simply “Bosnians”) were pure, innocent, defenseless victims of deliberate, genocidal aggression by the evil Serbs, whose depravity was on par with Hitler’s. The effect of this was that the Serbs became everyone’s favorite villain, the one group in the world anyone could demonize, insult, slander or abuse with impunity. Muslims, on the other hand, became immune to criticism; anything that challenged the Official Truth promoted by the regime in Sarajevo…would instantly be labeled “genocide denial.”

Ironically, the “advocacy journalists” that peddle[d] outlandish stories about Bosnian atrocities – from inflating casualty figures to flat-out making things up – were too successful in their task; the notion that the West “stood idly by” and “intervened too late” while the innocent Muslims were being slaughtered has resonated in the Islamic world beyond anyone’s expectations, helping recruit new martyrs for the global jihad.

Just last month, the leading Croat, Serb and Muslim politicians – not including Silajdzic, whose actual support among the electorate is less than George W. Bush’s at the moment – met and agreed on a common interest in amending the country’s constitution and abolishing excess bureaucracy. They did so without being forced by the international viceroy. Not only was this development a threat to Silajdzic – who has been a U.S. protégé for years – but also to the entire international bureaucracy in Bosnia, and perhaps even the Empire itself.

For, if the peoples of Bosnia could actually come to an agreement and live together in precarious peace, what would be the point of the legions of well-paid foreign bureaucrats, police and soldiery? The entire lucrative job placement program for disgraced Eurocrats would be imperiled.

The popular myth…was that America and the West “stood idly by” while Bosnia burned, only to be shamed into intervening in 1995 and “ending the war.” In reality, Washington has had its fingers in the Bosnian mess from the very beginning. It was after meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to then-Yugoslavia, Warren Zimmerman, in March 1992 that Bosnian Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic decided to renege on a deal he had just signed, which would have guaranteed peace in Bosnia by decentralizing the government. Within days, the country was consumed by civil war. Over the next three years, Washington’s carte-blanche support for the Izetbegovic regime scuttled at least three peace initiatives.

In the aforementioned NY Times article, towards the end, there is a quote by the Bosnian Serb PM Milorad Dodik, who wonders: “If Silajdzic doesn’t like Dayton, then why did he sign it?”

It is a legitimate question. The answer for it is available straight from the horse’s mouth, as the case may be; reading through the Dayton chapters of Richard Holbrooke’s 1998 memoir reveals that the Muslim delegation in Ohio mostly sat back and complained, while Holbrooke and his team did all the work for them. Especially significant is the account of how Izetbegovic’s nonchalant rejection of the Americans’ late-night efforts to obtain a deal from the Serbs launched the normally sanguine Warren Cristopher into near-apoplectic rage. Here was the man who knew he could yank the Empire around, because, having fabricated a myth about him and his people as the noble, innocent victims of genocide, the Empire had no leverage over him at all.

In fact, as Holbrooke’s account clearly reveals, Izetbegovic signed off on the plan only when it became obvious that he would have been held responsible for the conference’s failure.

…One is left to wonder…whether that war and the horrors [it] unleashed…could have been avoided, or at least been lessened somehow had Washington not been such a staunch supporter of an uncompromising regime run by an Islamic fanatic.

Now that the people who exploited and stoked the Balkans tragedy are sweeping back into power on the promise of “change,” they are about to do it all over again.

Gaza solution is in the hands of Palestinians
Tawfik Hamid - Dec 31, 2008
The Jerusalem Post

After Israel launched its military attack on Hamas military installations in Gaza in response to repeated attacks on Israeli civilians, the Arab street wasted no time in demonstrating with passion against Israel. In Europe, many Westerners also took part in the protests.

As an Egyptian Muslim now living in America, I ask myself why the Arab street and its supporters in the West never show similarly strong response against Islamic terrorists who target innocents worldwide and explode markets full of predominantly Muslim civilians in Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey, etc. When you consider that the Israeli attack killed some 400 mostly Hamas militant in the first four days, the passive attitude of the Muslim world against the terrorists represents extreme hypocrisy. If it truly cared for Muslims’ lives, it should have demonstrated in the same numbers and with equal vehemence against the Islamists who murder hundreds of thousands of their fellow Muslims, not to mention the Hamas slaughter of rival Fatah members - women and children included.

Another question is why we have not seen a similarly strong reaction against the terrorists who conducted the latest attack in Mumbai. Many Indians, Westerners and Jews were killed. Yet there was no spontaneous eruption of outrage and demonstrations in Europe to denounce the attacks as in the case of Gaza. Are these lesser lives than those of the Palestinians? Where is the organized public fury for the wanton killing of Indians and Jews?

We have witnessed the burning of churches in Iraq at the hands of jihadists. We also know that thousands of Christian Iraqis have fled because the Islamists imposed on them the traditional Shari’a choice for non-Muslims: Convert to Islam, pay a humiliating tax (jizzia), or be killed. Yet, we have not heard any thing from the Arab street or its supporters. Only stone silence. Are Palestinian lives worth more than those of Christians in Iraq?

An insular tribal mentality still governs the Muslim world, and there is no willingness to demonstrate against fellow Muslims, even against those who have committed great crimes against other Muslims. And Europe is too eviscerated to come to the aid of Christian victims of anti-”infidelism.”

Then there is plain old anti-Semitism. It is so easy to demonstrate against the Jews or Israel and extremely rare to see demonstrations in support of Jewish victims, such as the altruistic rabbi and his wife who were singled out for special torture in Mumbai by the Islamists. It does the bloodstained European conscience good to be able to point a finger at supposed Israeli “aggression” to help alleviate some of its own lingering guilt.

The Muslim world and the Europeans who support the demonstrations against Israel must stop the biased reaction that blindly and reflexively supports the Palestinians and villifies Israel. Those who demonstrate against the military campaign on Gaza must realize that if Hamas had stopped pounding Israel with its rockets, Israel would not have launched its attack. If the Palestinians focused on building their society rather than destroying those of others, the whole region would enjoy peace and flourish.

Should Palestinians recognize the right of Israel to exist, end terrorism against Jews and nurture a sincere desire to live in peace, they would end their suffering. The solution now is simply in the hands of the Palestinians - not the Israelis.

The writer, a medical doctor and Muslim reformer, is the author of Inside Jihad.

Saudi fighter killed

GAZA CITY: A Saudi Arabian who went to the Gaza Strip to fight alongside Hamas was killed during Israel’s offensive in the Palestinian territory, several Islamic websites reported yesterday. Abu Mohammed Al Marri, who reportedly arrived in Gaza 10 days before the start of the Israeli offensive, “has become a martyr in the land of Gaza,” the websites said. The man, from a town in eastern Saudi Arabia, was a veteran of battles against Russian troops in Afghanistan and in Chechnya as well as against Serb and Croat forces in Bosnia, the websites said.

As emailer Alex said, “Thank you, Israel!”

U.S. Government:

We’re fighting them there so we don’t have to fight them here.
Except in the Balkans.
We help them there so we have to later fight them elsewhere.
Including here.

Bosnians gather at shoe-throwing protest against politicians (Jan. 3)

SARAJEVO (AFP) — A few hundred Bosnians on Saturday vented their spleen at political leaders in a shoe-throwing protest in Sarajevo inspired by an Iraqi journalist’s footwear attack on George W. Bush.

Young and old alike threw shoes in downtown Sarajevo at effigies of leading Croat, Muslim and Serb politicians and top international representative in Bosnia, Slovak diplomat Miroslav Lajcak.

Shoes were provided by the protest organisers — several non-governmental organisations and civil movements — but some protestors brought their own old footwear.

In their Facebook event page, the organisers urged “citizens to wish a happy New Year to our government leaders by throwing shoes of warning at them.”

Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi threw both his shoes at Bush during a Baghdad press conference in mid-December in protest at the outgoing US leader’s Iraq policy.

The incident already inspired a Bosnian website to create an online game inviting surfers to fling virtual shoes at the country’s top Serb leader, Milorad Dodik. […]

Kosovo wants Turkey’s effort on Islamic recognition

Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan had a meeting on Tuesday with Jakup Krasniqi, the parliament speaker of Kosovo, who is visiting the capital Ankara.

Krasniqi said he would like to thank Turkey and Turkish people for their support to his country.

In his part, Krasniqi said a total of 53 countries have recognized his country so far and he expected Turkey to exert efforts in regard to recognition of Kosovo also by Islamic countries.

Toptan said in the meeting that Turkey had sound cultural and historical ties with Kosovo.

I believe that historical tie was called a caliphate, and here is a Kosovo-Turkey cultural commonality:

“Moderate” Turkey oppresses Christian churches

ISTANBUL, December 15 (Compass Direct News) – In the city of Samsun on the north coast of Turkey, the beleaguered congregation of the Agape Church Association struggles against local Islamic hostility toward its presence. In the last three years Agape church members have endured false allegations and verbal abuse from Muslim and nationalist locals. Their pastor has received death threats, and their building has been vandalized, all in an attempt to stop the 30 or so Christians from meeting.

Local authorities have also had their part in opposition to the church, threatening it with legal action based on spurious charges. The church was threatened with a lawsuit because members had hung verses of Scripture and a cross on the walls. The Provincial Directorate of Associations inspected the building and told them to remove the offending articles because their rented rooms looked too much like a church.

It was this sort of harassment that led the Alliance of Protestant Churches of Turkey (TEK) to write a report on the unfounded obstacles and challenges facing Christian congregations wishing to construct or reclassify church buildings. “The process of becoming a place of worship, although legally possible, is in practice almost impossible,” said a member of the TEK’s legal committee.”

Fears of violence mar Kosovo Serbs’ Orthodox Christmas

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Serbs celebrated their first Christmas in Kosovo since independence on Wednesday amid fears of a fresh flare-up of violence in the ethnically-divided town.

Like Serbia, the Serb minority in Kosovo celebrates Christmas on January 7, in accordance with the Julian calendar.

Dozens of people prayed in the Orthodox church St Dimitrije in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, a town populated mostly by Serbs. But due to a recent wave of violence, the traditional midnight mass was postponed until early in the morning.

Serb houses and premises were decorated with yule logs while the time-honoured burning of a pile of logs known as “badnjak” took place on Christmas Eve in front of the church, followed by fireworks.

The town is divided with Serbs living on the north bank of the Ibar River and ethnic Albanians south, where there are many Serb cemeteries and the main Orthodox church, the St Sava.

Escorted by NATO-led peacekeepers Kosovo Force (KFOR) and European mission (EULEX) police, a group of Serbs visited the church. Police said no incidents were reported during the brief pilgrimage.

But 65-year old Milijana Radovanovic complained that celebrations were darkened with fears of further violence.

“Instead of joy for our holiday, we are all in fear of possible incidents. What’s happening here is terrible,” said Radovanovic.

An uneasy calm has returned to the streets of Kosovska Mitrovica after KFOR reinforcements arrived in the northern Serb half of the town following two explosions last week.

I believe it’s always important to be on the enemy’s mailing list, and so the other day I got the following email from Michelle Obama:

julia –

One week from today, on January 19th, Barack and I will join thousands of people all across the country for an extraordinary day of service.

I recorded a short video to tell you more about this important effort. Please take a minute to watch it and sign up to host or attend a service event near you.

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are committing to renew America together, one community at a time.

Whatever service activity you organize or take part in — cleaning up a park, giving blood, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or mentoring an at-risk youth — you can help start this important journey. But this is about more than just a single day of service, it’s the beginning of an ongoing commitment to your community.

Monday, January 19th, is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King taught us to live a life of service, and he led by example. He once said:

“If you want to be important — wonderful. If you want to be recognized — wonderful. If you want to be great — wonderful. But, recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness.”

Barack and I will be volunteering in Washington, D.C., our new home. I hope you’ll join us by taking part in this national call to service in your community: http://www.USAservice.org/calltoservice

It will take ordinary citizens working together with a common purpose to get this country back on track. This national day of service is an important first step in our continuing commitment.

Now is the time to remind all Americans what ordinary people can accomplish when we stand together.

Thank you,


This all reminds me of a “volunteer” program that the Soviet Union had. It involved working an extra day of the week a few times a year, specifically on a Saturday. The word for Saturday is “Subota”, and the word for the Saturday that you were called upon to volunteer was “Subotnik”.

“Subotnik” was always referred to as a “grassroots initiative,” meaning that it came about by request of the citizens — meaning that a group of workers was told to write a “request” to the government stating that they would like to work an extra day, so as to “make our country even better.”

Your wish is granted, answered the government. And so it was announced: By request of the diligent workers themselves, every worker is now required to volunteer at least two Saturdays a year.

We’re not exactly there yet, but give it a year.

Judge recalls time in war-torn Kosovo

The Bolton News
2nd January 2009

…Working as a judge for the United Nations in the crippled state of Kosovo, Judge Timothy Clayson saw his fair share of horror and tragedy.

…Now, sitting in his office at Bolton Crown Court, Judge Clayson…aged 56, from Leeds…when the UN started looking for international judges in 2000 to help deal with the aftermath of the NATO intervention in Kosovo, he jumped at the chance.

…Two cases had a particularly strong impact on Judge Clayson. The first involved the murder of a young Serb, who was shot dead in a small market by Albanian youths motivated by ethnic hatred.

The boy’s 16-year-old sister was the main witness for the prosecution.

He said: “She was telling her story about this lad, and it was tragic in the extreme because they first shot hit him in the leg and the second shot, from behind, struck him in the lower back. But because he was falling, the angle of the bullet went right up his back and exited through his shoulder. He probably wouldn’t have been killed if he hadn’t been falling.

“To me, it seemed so incredibly dreadful as a tragedy, never mind as a crime.”

The other case was a war crimes trial which lasted five months and was held in the capital Pristina.

Judge Clayson, who was the principal judge for the trial, said: “There was huge security because these four guys, who were Albanians, were regarded by some people as war heroes because they had been in the Kosovo Liberation Army.

“They had run a form of detention centre which we were able to go and see up in the hills where they had kept a number of people in really dire conditions in what was an old cattle stable. “ Judge Clayson said it was tough to deal with such horrible stories of murder and cruelty, but he knew he had a responsibility to the people of Kosovo. […]

First, listen to the opening chant in this video:

Now, compare audio:

The main difference, of course, is that Tarzan’s beasts were the good guys.

I am happy to announce that former terrorist/mujahed in Bosnia, Ali Ahmed Ali Hamad, is being released from prison. This is a person with a soul, who watched in horror what his fellow mujahedeen did to Serbs and Croats. His story is compelling, as is a stunning 2005 letter that he wrote to the Serbian paper Glas Srpske (”Serbian Voice”), which relates the disinterest and active coverup by Western powers of mujahedeen crimes and the Bosnian complicity in them. For a crash course on Hamad, see my posts on him here and here.

Hamad has apologized to Serbia for what he was part of, while we still have not. In his desire to fight terror, he sees Serbia as being on the right side and is turning to it (hint-hint, U.S.). And in his desire for asylum away from the Muslims who will surely try to kill this former al Qaeda officer now, again he turns to Serbia:

Former Al-Qaeda Member, Bosnian Fighter Seeks Asylum In Serbia

SARAJEVO — A former Al-Qaeda member and Bosnian mujahedin is seeking asylum in Serbia after being released from jail in Bosnia-Herzegovina, RFE/RL’s South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service reports.

Ali Ahmed Ali Hamad, a native of Bahrain, was recently released from a Bosnian prison where he served a 12-year term for robbery and terrorism.

A veteran of the 1992-95 Bosnian war, Ali Hamad has promised to tell Serbian officials about crimes that were committed against Serbs and Croats by mujahedin units in exchange for asylum.

Serbian war crimes unit spokesman Bruno Vekaric says that he is interested in listening to Ali Hamad.

Ali Hamad has told local media that he is a reformed terrorist who is ready to help “fight terrorism.” He is waiting in Lukavica, Serbia, for a decision on whether he will be extradited to Bahrain or given asylum.

And the version that Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty wouldn’t print:

Bosnian Muslims “play a significant role” in Al-Qa’idah cells - ex-officer (Text of report by Serbian newspaper Politika website, Jan. 14, BBC Monitoring Europe)

[Report by Boro Maric, Dorotea Carnic: “Repentant Terrorist Wants To Go To Serbia”]

The Serbian war crimes prosecutor’s office has expressed an interest in the case of former Al-Qa’idah officer and El Mujahid unit member Ali Hamad, who is seeking temporary residence in Serbia.

The Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s office has been trying to shed light on events that the former Al-Qa’idah officer from Bahrain, Ali Hamad, mentioned in his testimony, when he announced his readiness to talk about crimes committed by Allah’s warriors during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina [B-H].

“We are eager to hear Ali Hamad’s testimony. If he provides us with evidence, we might have a case,” Bruno Vekaric, spokesman of the War Crimes Prosecutor’s office, has told Politika.

Ali Ahmad Ali Hamad (38), former Al-Qa’idah officer and commander of a platoon within the El Mujahid unit, whose nom de guerre was Abu Ubayda, confirmed in a statement for our daily yesterday that he had dropped his appeal against his deportation from B-H. In a telephone conversation, he said that he did not want to stay in B-H under any circumstances because, in his words, “it is a country that does not observe its own laws.” Therefore he is seeking a temporary haven in Serbia. Ali Hamad is currently in the B-H Immigration Centre based in Eastern Sarajevo, where he is awaiting his deportation from B-H.

Ali Hamad is a repentant terrorist. He testified before the Hague tribunal’s Trial Chamber against B-H Army Chief of Staff Gen. Rasim Delic and told the prosecution everything he knew about the mujahidin crimes and their links to Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] politicians and military. Some of his testimonies previously given to the former Bosniak intelligence agency, the Investigation and Documentation Agency, made possible the relocation of mass graves on Mt. Ozren, where Serb soldiers and civilians were buried.

“I have asked for permission to leave for Serbia and temporary reside there. For the time being I do not intend to seek asylum in Serbia. If Serbia approves my entry and if I decide not to stay there, I would like to go back home to Bahrain. In that case, I would not return to my homeland as a deported person who has had a number of problems with police, but as a free man,” Ali Hamad has told us.

He believes that Serbian authorities will be keen to hear what he knows about war crimes committed by the mujahidin against Serbs and Croats during the war in B-H.

Ali Hamad caught the B-H public’s attention when he publicly spoke out about the role of the Al-Qa’idah terrorist network in the B-H war and mujahidin crimes. He told Germany’s Der Spiegel that Al-Qa’idah’s leader Usamah bin Laden had not sent his warriors to B-H because he was so concerned about the fate of the Bosnian Muslims, but primarily to set up a base for terrorist actions in Europe. He repeated this claim in his testimony against Rasim Delic as well. Even today he insists that Al-Qa’idah’s cells are active in B-H and that B-H Muslims play a significant role in those cells.

Ali Hamad fell prey to Al-Qa’idah as a 17 year old boy because of family problems. He completed his military training in the (Kulijet Dzaver el Askarije?) camp in Afghanistan, where he fought against former Soviet troops. He arrived to B-H in 1992 via Frankfurt, Zagreb and Split. At first, he fought with the El Mujahid unit as a soldier and then he became a platoon commander. After the war he was convicted to 12 years’ imprisonment because of his role in a car-bomb attack on the Croatian part of Mostar in 1997. He continues to insist even today that he never took part in that bombing incident. He definitely turned his back on Usamah bin Laden and Al-Qa’idah in September 2001, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade centre and the Pentagon. Since then he has been an active antiterrorist campaigner.

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