May 2009


The following piece is brought to us by Iseult Henry, author of Hiding Genocide in Kosovo. She penned it as part of a collection of Kosovo-oriented essays titled Kosovo: The Score. The occasional highlighting is my own, and just a reminder to American readers: “Kosovo” means “of blackbirds”, as in “field of blackbirds”.

An observer at a Crow’s Court

Many times during my working career in Kosovo I often thought of the stories my father used to tell me about his youth growing up in County Kerry in the South West of Ireland. He…spent a lot of time up in the Kerry Mountains where he had the opportunity to see a whole variety of natural phenomena including once, a crow’s court.

This is an unusual happening rarely seen but alluded to often in medieval literature where a great congregation of crows surround one of their fellow crows. The birds pick out one unfortunate victim who will act as the ‘accused’, they then isolate the ‘accused’ while they sit on different branches around it, preening themselves, with each adopting what appears to be a different role ranging from prosecutor and judge to ordinary court flunkey. For a period it seems like there is a lot of cawing, the crows are busy building the case. Invariably the accused is found guilty and suffers the consequences [as] the rest of the group descend on the victim and it is pecked to death.

Following the trial and execution of sentence, the murder of crows [a group of crows is called a murder] takes off, leaving the battered corpse of the accused to rot. Nature watchers have never understood this phenomenon: why the group feels the need apparently to pick on one of their own number blaming it for all their ills and then partake in a very public, elaborate ceremony, the fatal outcome of which is clearly determined from the beginning. One might ask what this has to do with Kosovo. In an analogous way, everything.

I landed in Skopje [Macedonia] on the evening of August 23, 1999, stayed overnight in the Hotel Bristol and was driven to Pristina the next day, the 24 August. I had no pre-formed views or opinions about what was happening in Kosovo or for that matter in any part of the former Yugoslavia. I had been planning to work in development in Central America and viewed my assignment in Kosovo as something of an aside, of strictly short-term nature, maybe a few months at most.

I have several memories of the drive from Skopje to Pristina: …[In the] villages near Lipljan up as far as Laplje Selo and Caglavica…[w]hat struck me was that despite the conflict there seemed to be a lot of farming activity going on. Another memory was the sight of houses burning on either side of the road, small villages in the distance were ablaze and there seemed to be a lot of smoke everywhere. The Albanian driver informed us that these were Albanian villages that had been ethnically cleansed by the Serbs; he informed us that the Serbian army had burned all the houses and he pointed to several villages where allegedly massacres had taken place.

It was not until some time later when I started working in the area that I realised that these were actually Serb dwellings in Serb villages, in places like Stari Kacanik, Grlica, Staro Selo, Talinovac, Srbski Babus and Babljak. Moreover, considering that the Serbian army was forced to withdraw from Kosovo in early June 1999, some 10 weeks earlier, it was hard to see how they could have torched these houses and ethnically cleansed all these villages. Here I was on 24 August 1999, ten weeks later, looking at burning buildings and destroyed houses that had quite clearly only been torched a few days previously.

As we approached Pristina I was struck by the number of satellite dishes on all the apartment blocks and buildings. I did not have a satellite dish on my house in Ireland. I was paying for my own postgraduate studies in the National University of Ireland in Dublin and at the same time I was paying a hefty mortgage on my house. A satellite dish was certainly not a priority and was a luxury I could not afford at that time. In briefings prior to my departure I had been led to believe that the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo were poor and deprived yet this did not tally with the vista that opened up in front of me as we drove into Pristina. I came to realise that, as I got to know Kosovo better, why items such as satellite dishes were a priority. Here, where so many flats and apartments in urban areas were illegally seized and occupied, one did not worry about mortgage repayments and as I was to discover later, property belonged to those who wanted it and not to those who actually owned it. All property was up for grabs.

My office was located across the road from the UNMIK police car park beside the radio station, where there were dozens and dozens of red and white jeeps, (we used to call them the Coca Cola police cars). I remember seeing them parked there day after day as I crossed the little bridge into town. I could not figure out why they were there for months and months without once moving out. This period between August 1999 and April 2000 was a time of unprecedented ethnic cleansing and yet here were these brand new police cars that had made it to a carpark in Pec town but got no further than that. Like many other aspects of the international presence in Kosovo this too was a smokescreen.

The night of September 27, 1999 was in some respects the initial ‘wake-up call’ for me as to what was going on in Kosovo. I went to bed early with a book while my colleagues went out to have a pizza, about the only thing on offer in those days. I will never forget when the shooting started, it was unremitting. I lay in bed with my head under the covers, disbelieving the scale and intensity of the attacks which went on into the early hours. That night saw the UCK go on a killing spree, rampaging through the Serb areas of the town, burning, looting and killing mainly elderly Serbs. This all-night rampage happened in a territory where the conflict had officially ended some four months previously and which had the UN as administrators and as police and which had troops from many western countries making up the KFOR contingent supposedly to provide security. The next morning as I made my way warily down the town, the first thing I saw was a body face down in the river. It was not the only one left lying around the town but Italian KFOR had been busy that morning clearing away the bodies. Ironically and not un-coincidentally, the very next day was the deadline for the handover of weapons by the UCK [KLA].

I was working on a social development project in Pec. In my first six months I worked only in Albanian villages as that was the area of responsibility designated to us by UNHCR. Not only were we not working in the last Serbian village near Pec to have survived the onslaught after June 1999, Gorazdevac, we were specifically told not to go near the village and above all, when driving past it we were advised not to make eye contact with the Serbs in the village. We were told that the inhabitants of Gorazdevac were thieves and killers and were very dangerous as they were all armed. Many times I had been told that they had stolen everything from the Albanians — cars, fridges, televisions, etc. I was warned that if I ever went there I would be raped, beaten and finally murdered.

While most of the internationals believed these scare stories and some tragically enough still do, I found it hard to believe that a village with a church at its centre and with mainly elderly people sitting around the village square could be the evil place that it was made out to be. I first went there in February 2000 as a private individual, that is without the ‘imprimatur’ of my organisation. I travelled in the back of an Italian armed personnel carrier having been told by the soldiers to stay out of sight in the back. What I found there was the exact opposite of what I had been told. People were poor, very poor. Very few people had televisions and there were a lot of elderly women who were in a very difficult situation as they had no accommodation. Despite their difficulties people were very hospitable towards me and on my first day I was offered my first pork meal since leaving Ireland…[Editor’s note: Why the absence of pork in Kosovo — even to the non-Muslim internationals? After all, we were and are told that the Albanians aren’t the Muslimy Muslims.]

One of the first projects that I initiated in the village was a social housing project for these women. When I started working there the following month, in March 2000, I encountered great hostility from my colleagues both international and local Albanian. They threatened me, bullied me and one [female Irish colleague] even pushed me down the stairs of our office but I persevered and, then as now, saw nothing wrong in trying to help these poor, unfortunate people who had done nothing wrong to anyone. But what really frightened me was the terrible hatred displayed towards these people, even the look in peoples’ eyes when I mentioned I was going to Gorazdevac.

One international colleague who reluctantly helped out on a project which was the rehabilitation of the cultural centre in the village square managed to rehabilitate only half of the roof, stating the other half was beyond repair. Later another international NGO completed the roof and their engineer assured me that the other half of the roof was quite easily repairable, stating that from an engineering perspective there was nothing wrong with it and they quickly repaired it.

This was the type of blind prejudice that one encountered if one tried to be fair in one’s work in Kosovo and especially when a development project for Serb recipients was put forward. Social exclusion was the order of the day. It was a prejudice that was unrelenting, that led to hatred and ultimately a completely bigoted outlook on the situation in Kosovo. The same colleague [an Englishman] who refused to finish the roof later verbally abused me for going to the village to work at weekends; however the only way to keep working there was in my own time at weekends. He stared into my face inches away from me screaming at me for working in Gorazdevac. At one stage I thought he was going to bite my nose off and it was the nearest I had come to being beaten up.

When villagers wanted to leave Gorazdevac they had only one bus which was escorted in and out of the village by KFOR. The Serbs were allowed only one bag which was searched repeatedly. The whole setup was as if the powers that be wanted deliberately to humiliate these people. As a witness I shared in their humiliation, that ordinary human beings should be treated in such a manner. This was the first time in my life that I had come across people who had no freedom of movement and I could not understand how the people who were holding them hostage and who were rampaging around killing and looting and burning were not subject to any type of restraint. The hatred against these people, the Serbs, was palpable, intense and shocking to me. There was nothing hidden about it, the hatred was overt and encouraged and perhaps this was one of the reasons that I decided to stay on in Kosovo and to try to do something to redress the balance. ‘Out the window’ went my plans for working in Central America. I had stumbled across a situation in modern Europe on the eve of the twenty first century where there was a systematic denial of basic human rights, where one section of the population had overnight become less than second class citizens and all this in a place that theoretically at least was a UN Protectorate and under the protection of NATO. One question kept coming to mind and that was how could there be such violations of basic human rights in a UN Protectorate? Who was the UN actually protecting? And who was indicted for repeatedly violating human rights? No one! And when one mentioned the violations and difficult situation of the Serbs, one was threatened and nearly beaten up.

In October 2000 I moved to Pristina to work with an international aid agency. As time went on and as I gathered more experience from my field trips around Kosovo — I had an unfortunate habit of venturing outside the well-controlled “editorial confines” of my office — a different picture from the one we had been led to believe continued to emerge. Gorazdevac was not an exception, but the rule. Throughout Kosovo, Serbs and other non-Albanians were suffering similar discrimination. It became increasingly clear to me that international aid in Kosovo from the outset was reserved for those who were judged to be allies of the West and whom the media had branded as the victims. Serbs and other non-Albanians were the guilty ones and the international effort in Kosovo clearly followed that line. Many measures were taken to give the semblance of upholding law and order and justice and human rights but these, without exception, proved to be part of the smokescreen, the appearance of everything and the substance of nothing. I remember one day meeting the UN regional administrator for Mitrovica [David Mitchels] outside the UNMIK offices in Pristina and he told me that Kosovo would be better off if all the Serbs were gone. I thought that was an amazing statement for any person to make but especially from a person in his position.

There was a systematic, one might say almost regimented, effort on the part of one’s Albanian colleagues to present a very one-sided picture, in which the Serbs were quite clearly the baddies and the Albanians the victims. Had I, like many internationals, stayed in my own cocoon/ivory tower — that is my office relying only on local Albanian commentaries and western media information which was rarely more than downright propaganda — I too might have meekly served my time in Kosovo having convinced myself or at least [tried] hard to convince myself that Kosovo was a black and white issue and that NATO’s ‘humanitarian intervention’ was not only justified but was the only way to impose peace and justice.

As the time passed and I stayed in Kosovo longer than I had ever intended, I saw more and more evidence of the campaign of ethnic cleansing. If Albanians or internationals ever mentioned a particular incident it was usually to condone it saying it was natural that there might be some attacks on the Serbs. There was always a denial, a refusal to acknowledge that there was an orchestrated, far-reaching campaign going on around us to rid Kosovo of all remaining non-Albanian communities especially in the urban areas. Even after the concerted and well organised pogrom of March 2004 which targeted non-Albanian areas throughout Kosovo, the international community maintained its façade of normality and denial, its unspoken campaign of appeasement. I heard people put the 2004 pogrom down to the fact that the Albanian population was frustrated and that is why mobs destroyed over 1000 houses, 30 churches and displaced over 4,000 people. To this day the Serbs displaced in the March 2004 pogrom are still living in containers (supplied by the Russian government) in Obilic, Gracanica, Ugljare and Kosovo Polje.

Sometimes stories were spread attempting to deflect attention away from the real culprits or to put more blame on the Serbs. Often these stories were ludicrous but they were still passed on and on and on especially by internationals who had newly arrived in Kosovo.…[A]nother story that was doing the rounds especially in 1999 and 2000 was that all the beautiful medieval monasteries and religious sites dotted around Kosovo, and for which it is justly famous, were originally Albanian edifices which had been usurped by the Serbs. One does not have to be an expert in Byzantine religious architecture and art to recognise that these monasteries and other religious sites in question such as Decani or Pec Patriarchate, both in West Kosovo were clearly Orthodox in design. Anyone capable of reading could access the correct information that these monasteries were endowments of the Serbian kings given to the Serbian people for posterity. The particular line of argument, that the monasteries were all originally Albanian, was invariably curtailed when I asked the simple question:

‘If that is so why then do the Albanians keep trying to blow them up?’

I never got an answer.

However, I did not stay safely ensconced in my office and in the company of other internationals who were self-righteously engaged in their anti-Serbian crusade. I travelled to non-Albanian areas, not just Serb areas but also the Roma camps and settlements (such as the lead-contaminated Roma camp in Zvecan for those displaced in 1999 by the UCK in south Mitrovica), the Gorani in Gora, the Croats in Letnica, all of whom, since the arrival of KFOR and the UN in Kosovo and the departure of the Serbian security forces, had been on the receiving end of the violence. What ensued in June 1999 and culminated in March 2004 was a war of terror against an innocent civilian population including Albanians who did not see eye to eye with the UCK and their masters.

This violence was directed solely at civilian targets — men, women and children regardless of age or infirmity. It was an unremitting war, a war of terror and intimidation intended to drive the non-Albanians out, in some cases aided and abetted by certain contingents of KFOR.

While many Serbian villages were ethnically cleansed, all towns south of the Ibar were cleansed of their Serb and Roma populations. The tales of woe of places like Lipljan, Obilic, Kosovo Polje, Caglovica, Vitina, Urosevac etc are horrendous. The town of Vitina had over 3,500 Serb inhabitants in 1999. Over a year later there were just a handful left living huddled around the church. There are thousands of such stories. The elderly Serbs in Urosevac were put on buses and taken to the administrative boundary with Serbia proper after 1,000 of them had spent nearly a week penned behind a corral in the centre of the town with no facilities while the UCK went on [a] rampage and burnt the town and killed anyone who looked like a Serb. One UNHCR staff member told me that she went to get medicines for them and when she returned she was told that the US army had driven them away in buses to their new homes — collective centres in Bujanovac in south Serbia where many of them still reside and many others have died of a broken heart. (In reality they were the lucky ones — many of those who stayed behind in the villages were tortured, beheaded, raped and murdered.)

Consider just one of the incidents that happened in the town of Obilic. Despite the sustained assault against them, there were still some Serbs and Roma residing in the town of Obilic by March 2004. However, these residents were targeted by the mobs on 17 March that year as part of the Kosovo-wide drive to cleanse areas south of the Ibar, especially in central Kosovo near Pristina. One particular incident stands out in terms of the failure of the international community to protect ordinary people. During the attack on Obilic in which many Serb houses were burned, the entire female population of the Roma settlement in the town, that is dozens of girls and women between the ages of about 14 and 60, were stripped naked and marched through the streets near the town centre by the mob, many of whom were armed. Incredibly, there were soldiers from the British KFOR contingent present in the town that day who witnessed the incident but did not intervene. Perhaps they were under orders not to. Whatever the reason, their inactivity was mirrored elsewhere in Kosovo by the actions, or I should say the inaction, of KFOR who did not turn out to protect those being attacked or who in most cases simply stood by and watched. Others scurried off to their bases. However there were some exceptions. During the March 2004 pogrom it was the actions of soldiers from the Irish KFOR contingent who travelled from their base in Lipljan, acting on their own initiative, who saved the lives of all the non-Albanians in Obilic in those frightful days.

Another example of the almost unbelievable suffering meted out to the innocent is the case of the Nikolic family from the town of Urosevac, whom I am proud to call my friends…There is the mother Dani (Daniela) now in her 80s, born in Slovenia; she came to Urosevac when she was eighteen to visit her father, an officer in the Yugoslav army. While there she met her husband to be and after they were married they settled in Urosevac town. Daniela had two daughters, Santipa and Liljana. Both daughters were academically gifted, one becoming an architect and the other an engineer. The Nikolic family was an old distinguished family in the town which had contributed much to the development of Urosevac over the years. In 1999 they still owned a part of their large house, the rest of the house had been taken off them by the communists.

Their age and inability to be a threat to anyone did not save them from being targeted by the UCK. Although they escaped the initial onslaught against the Serbs in Urosevac, their house was visited many times in June and July 1999 by armed UCK men who stole what they liked. They were all assaulted; all of them had their teeth broken. Santipa, being the only able-bodied member of the family (Liljana is a paraplegic due to a car crash some years ago and the mother Daniela is blind), would venture out to look for food but was attacked on several occasions and beaten literally black and blue. They were protected for some time by Greek KFOR who stationed armed guards at their front door. Despite all the difficulties, they stayed in their own house until the March 2004 pogrom when a mob of more than a thousand men surrounded the house. A video tape of the attack on the house survives which I was able to obtain and it shows clearly that at one end of the town a thousand-strong mob was able to surround the house of three ladies while at the other end of town Greek KFOR were trying to defend the church from another mob.

Eventually US KFOR came to rescue the Greek contingent shortly before the interior of the church was torched and some Greek soldiers were badly burnt. US KFOR also came to the Nikolic house and forcibly removed the three ladies who were carried out under a hail of stones and other [projectiles]. Liljana who was paralysed from the waist down was hit on the leg by a rock but did not realise she had sustained a broken leg until later. The destruction of their house meant not only the tragedy of losing their family home but also the loss of 18,000 books from their library, many valuable musical instruments and a priceless fresco by the famous Renaissance painter Giotto of the Blessed Mother which was more than 400 years old. The last vestiges of European civilisation in Urosevac burned with these objects.

The Nikolic ladies were dropped off at the Greek army base where they found other Serb survivors of the final assault on Urosevac. They were not brought to the large US army base Camp Bondsteel nearby despite their need for urgent medical attention because, as it was explained to them later by a US KFOR soldier, US KFOR did not want the local Albanians working on the base to know that they were treating wounded Serbs there. Some ten or eleven days later they were brought to Camp Bondsteel for medical attention but in the meantime one elderly lady had died.

The Nikolic family was returned to the Greek army base in Urosevac where they still reside today — apart from a brief interlude in Greece where Greek KFOR wanted them to stay…They were and are determined to return to their house in Urosevac although no one from the international or the local Albanian authorities is anxious to rebuild their house or facilitate their return. Indeed the house has now been completely cut off by new buildings and their access has been denied; the only way for the Nikolic family to visit their house or what remains of it would be by helicopter. Their father’s factory has been privatised by the UN-established Kosovo Trust Agency without their knowledge or consent. One soldier said to them recently that the Albanians deserve the factory as there are so many of them and they are very poor and they need employment. The answer he received was, would you give your factory to poor people who come into your country? Despite all the hardship, they remain determined to stay in their beloved Urosevac…However, the bottom line of all this is the simple and stark fact that Urosevac, like all the urban centres of Kosovo, is not safe for Serbs to return to and that the property rights of the displaced count for nothing. No one, international or local, is prepared to stand up for basic human rights. It is as plain and simple as that.

I could fill many books with anecdotes about how I came to realise how a clear and awful wrong has been done in Kosovo. It must be remembered that before I came to Kosovo, although I was not entirely naïve, I did still have a basic belief in the system of international law and in organisations mandated to uphold and protect justice and human rights. My time in Kosovo completely changed everything and opened my eyes to the real workings and infernal machinations of the international system. Like the time I met with a senior representative of the UN established returns office in Pristina in February 2005, who quite blatantly told me that Serbs would never be allowed to return to Kosovo. He told me that there was no serious intent to facilitate the return of the Serbs to Kosovo and he stated that the structures established supposedly to facilitate return were nothing more than a smokescreen.

Then there was the British diplomat in Belgrade who self-righteously proclaimed to me that ‘the Serbs were on the wrong side of history’

The agricultural land that I had seen on 24 August, 1999 covered in sunflowers is today little more than a concrete jungle of newly constructed warehouses and concrete structures, many of which were built illegally; other plots were sold by Serbs at below the market value simply because they could not continue to live in collective centres and needed the financial resources to move out of the collective accommodation…

That the Serbs of Kosovo are being wiped out is without question, that the eradication of their history and culture is on course is also without question. The UCK has destroyed most of their churches (150 in total, some of them monasteries dating from medieval times), their graveyards have been desecrated and used as dumps, the bones of their dead used as hockey sticks, their villages have been plundered and renamed. Their young have been forced to flee.

I began with my father’s story of witnessing a crow’s court. I too have witnessed such an occurrence. However, the murder of crows that I witnessed ganging up on their selected and helpless victim are the enemies of truth and justice and human rights in Kosovo, the crow in the middle of the court is the Serbian people of Kosovo on trial for no discernible reason, guilty before the trial, sentenced to death and executed without mercy.

I was not brought up to hate nor was I brought up to take part in a witch-hunt. The Kosovo situation brings to mind the William Golding novel I studied at school, ‘Lord of the Flies’, where Piggy is killed by the mob for no reason other than he was different and wore glasses and a scapegoat was needed. I was brought up to believe in decency and respect for my fellow human beings.

I have discovered that I cannot turn a blind eye to the lethal cruelty of the mob nor can I turn a blind eye to those who support and appease the mob in the interests of containment and protecting their own credibility. I will not turn a blind eye to the cruelty of those mandated to uphold the law and to resolve conflict in the Balkans and not to sow the seeds of the next one.

(Just an aside: Notice this sentence from the essay above: “Despite their difficulties people were very hospitable towards me and on my first day I was offered my first pork meal since leaving Ireland.” Why the absence of pork in Kosovo — even to the non-Muslim internationals? After all, we were and are told that the Albanians aren’t like “those” Muslims.)

You don’t have to ask twice, or even change the vowel in the word “cull” for Muslims to jump at the opportunity to kill. A slice of life, literally, from “moderate” Egypt as Muslims go hog wild on the country’s pigs:

Pig cull YouTube video sparks outrage

The Sydney Morning Herald, May 18, 2009

…The clip posted by independent newspaper Al-Masri Al-Yom includes gory images of pigs being beaten with iron bars, piglets being stabbed and animals being kicked alive into bulldozer buckets.

Since going on line on YouTube this weekend, the clip has sparked horrified reactions from Muslims [THEY’RE NOT ALL LIKE THAT!!!!!!] and from the Christian Copt community, who are the main rearers of pigs in Egypt as Muslims do not eat pork.

Although no case of A(H1N1) swine flu has yet been detected on its territory, Egypt is the only country in the world to have decided to kill all its pigs, estimated to have numbered around 250,000 before the cull began.

See? You don’t need even a single Muslim to get infected before he picks up a knife or blunt object to kill whatever it is that’s not infecting him. He just needs to hear that a person dropped dead in Mexico, and a Muslim on the other side of the globe springs into action doing what Muslims do best. After all, what Muslim can pass up the opportunity for a free-for-all killing spree? Especially since pig flesh tears very similarly to human flesh (by virtue of pigs being descended from Jews), which is why pigs and Jews are used for all kinds of killing practice.

Hopefully this gorefest will satiate Muslims for a little while, getting some bloodlust out of their systems enough for them to abstain from killing a Copt or even a Jew for six months.

The World Health Organisation has said the drastic measure is not scientifically justified.

In the video, Mohamed el-Mugharbil, deputy mayor of Kashkus near Cairo, describes how chemicals are also poured on animals caged in trucks, leading to a slow death.

For those who feel they are losing the battle against their urges to pour acid on their wives, girlfriends or sisters, the pigs are giving them an opportunity to get this out of their systems as well.

Ali Shaaban, head of the site where the corpses are buried, confirms the method. “The pigs are covered with chemical products and left for 30 or 40 minutes until they are dead, then we throw them in the ditch.”

Other pictures obtained by AFP show pigs which have been disembowelled but whose throats have not been slit.

Sheikh Salim Mohammed Salim, head of the fatwas committee at the University of Al-Azhar, told AFP that killing an animal that way is “strictly forbidden by Islam… whatever it is, including a pig”.

Except in self-defense!

The government-controlled Al-Ahram weekly alleged there is chaos at Bassatin, the large abattoir in Cairo where the pigs are supposed to be slaughtered humanely at a rate of 1,200 per day.

“Only the males are killed in accordance with the rules,” said journalist Heba Nasreddin, while “the piglets and sows are hit with an iron bar and left to bleed to death”.

Like I said, go ahead and channel those misogynistic and child-killing aggressions onto pigs. (They should start a “Hostel“-like business over there with sows and piglets.)

An online petition calling on the Egyptian government to end the “senseless slaughter” has been launched on www.care2.com.

Arab intellectuals, both Christian and Muslim [THEY’RE NOT ALL LIKE THAT!!!], have accused President Hosni Mubarak’s government of having conspired with the Islamist opposition the Muslim Brotherhood, which opposes rearing pigs “on Islamic land”. […]

Tomorrow’s headline: “Egypt’s 300,000 Pigs Die of Islamophobia”

What a lovely place to holiday, Britons! Get your tickets now!

STOP THE SENSELESS SLAUGHTER OF EGYPTS PIGS!!! - The Petition Site

www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-senseless-slaughter-of-egypts-pigs

Just a note on pigs being descended from Jews. I had it backwards in a recent post when I wrote that Muslims believe Jews are descended from pigs:

Palestinian Media Watch bulletin, May 13

All pigs must die because they descend from Jews:
According to Egyptian Islamic scholar
by Itamar Marcus & Barbara Crook

All pigs alive today are descendants of the Jews who were turned into pigs by Allah, according to a senior Egyptian religious leader. Since all pigs are descendants of Jews, it is obligatory to kill all pigs, says Sheikh Ahmed Ali Othman.

Presumably if pigs were merely animals, they would not face destruction. It is their Jewish ancestry that condemns them to death.

The Jordanian newspaper Al-Hakika al-Dawliya adds that this is not the only opinion. It cites Sheikh Ali Abu Al-Hassan, head of the Fatwa Committee at Al-Azhar [Sunni Islamic university], who believes that all the Jews who were turned into pigs by Allah died out without reproducing, and therefore there is no relationship between today’s pigs and Jews.

The following is the transcript from Al-Moheet Arab News Network:

“CAIRO — Sheikh Ahmed Ali Othman, supervisor of the Da’awa [Islamic Indoctrination] of the Egyptian Waqf [Islamic Holy places], has issued a Religious Ruling (Fatwa) that pigs in our time have their origins in Jews who angered Allah, such that He turned them into monkeys, pigs, and Satan-worshippers, and it is obligatory to kill and slaughter them [the pigs].

Sheikh Othman noted that this verse concerning the nation of the prophet Moses descended [from Allah to the Quran], and the books of commentary confirm this. There are two opinions among the Ulama [Islamic scholars] in this regard: The first is that the Jews, whom Allah transformed and turned into pigs, remained in that state until they died, without producing descendants. The other opinion is that the Jews who turned into pigs multiplied and produced descendants, and their line continues to this day. Sheikh Othman also cited Hadiths (traditions attributed to Muhammad) as support…

The Jordanian newspaper Al-Hakika al-Dawliya quoted Othman: “I personally tend towards the view that the pigs that exist now have their origins with the Jews, and therefore their consumption is forbidden in the words of Allah: ‘A carcass, and blood, and the flesh of a pig are forbidden to you….’ Moreover, our master Jesus, peace be unto him - one of the tasks that he will fulfill when he descends to earth is the killing of the pigs, and this is proof that their source is Jewish.

Sheikh Othman said that whoever eats pig, it’s as if he ate meat of an impure person, and stressed that this Religious Ruling is backed by the Islamic Sages of Al Azhar, but they are afraid to say this publically… so the Sages won’t be accused of Anti-Semitism.

Sheikh Ali Abu Al-Hassan, head of the Fatwa Committee at Al-Azhar [Sunni Islamic university], said that the first view is accurate, because when Allah punishes a group of people he punishes only them. When Allah grew angry with the nation of Moses, He turned them into pigs and monkeys as an extraordinary punishment… but they died out without leaving descendants.”

[Al-Moheet Arab News Network, May 10, 2009]
[Al-Hakika al-Dawliya, May 9, 2009]

Over the weekend, the pope ended his week-long trip to the Holy Land. One Israeli columnist described him as restrained and cold:

…The pontiff, described by one Israeli newspaper columnist as coming across as “restrained, almost cold”, prayed at Judaism’s Western Wall and visited Islam’s Dome of the Rock…In the prayer he slotted into a stone crevice…Pope Benedict mentioned in general terms “the suffering and the pain of all your people throughout the world” and called for peace in the Middle East.

Others made similar observations about the Pope’s demeanor:

…The chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, who is a Holocaust survivor, expressed disappointment at the pope’s speech, saying…“Something was missing. There was no mention of the Germans or the Nazis who participated in the butchery, nor a word of regret,” Lau said. “If not an apology, then an expression of remorse.”

Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev said that the “certain restraint” in the formulation of the speech was a “missed opportunity.”

“I did not expect an apology, but we expected more,” he told The Jerusalem Post. “This is certainly no historic landmark.”

“I had expected a historic speech from the German pope at the site which is a memorial altar for the victims of Nazi Germany,” said Prof. Shevah Weiss, a former Yad Vashem chairman and Holocaust survivor. “And though the speech was moving - it wasn’t that.” […]

More:

The pope’s speech [at the Holocaust Memorial Museum] did not once mention “Nazis” or “murder.”

“One would have expected the Vatican’s cardinals to prepare a more intelligent text for their boss,” one columnist, Tom Segev, wrote.

It’s no wonder that the pope comes across as cold and restrained, detached and unemotional, and that he speaks in general terms. For he is resigned to the next Shoah, which he knows is just around the corner.

His words are necessarily hollow, for the anti-Semitism which he made an attempt to condemn plagues the other, much more numerous and politically powerful population he’s trying to do “right” by — that is, appease: the Muslims. On whose behalf he called for the immediate creation of a Palestinian state:

“I was shocked to hear that the first thing the pope had to say when he landed in Israel was that the Holy Land must be divided to make room for a Palestinian state,” said Joseph Gerlitzky, rabbi of central Tel Aviv and chairman of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace…”I suggest that he divide Rome…”

More:

…The visit included a private meeting with the top Islamic cleric in the Holy Land, the Grand Mufti Mohammed Hussein. Hussein said afterward that he told the pope of the Palestinians’ suffering “and we asked for justice in this Holy Land.” He also handed the pope a letter urging the Vatican to use its influence to end Israel’s “aggression” against the Palestinians. Asked how the pope responded, he replied, “We felt he was receptive.” […]

The pope’s holy book tells him to stand by Israel, not find a compromise between Israel and murderous insanity that announces daily its intentions to not relent until all of Israel belongs to it. Therefore, the pope is less than Christian.

In an email I received titled “What the Pope Taught the World”, Israeli writer and activist Naomi Ragen wrote:

The Pope’s recent visit to Bethlehem was one of the most blatant displays of capitulation to terrorism that has been seen in recent years. How well I remember the way Christians were treated by Arafat’s henchmen, including Mahmoud Abbas, his right hand man, during the Intifada. The Christian community was decimated, and is now only twenty percent of the population, when it was once the majority. Christian girls were kidnapped, raped, and forced to convert to Islam. Christians were kicked out of their homes by gunmen, who used Christian neighborhoods to set up sniper nests from which they shot into Jewish homes in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood, and passing cars on the road (Dr. Shmuel Gillis, on whom I patterned the hero of my book, The Covenant, was killed on his way home from treating cancer patients at Hadassah Hospital by such a sniper.)

And then there was the siege of the Church of the Nativity. The priests and children held hostage by Arafat’s gunmen. The church desecrated. Priests holding up signs at the windows to Israeli soldiers “Please help us!”

The Pope, standing side by side with Abbas, chose to forget these things. His words: “Mr. President, the Holy See supports the right of your people to a sovereign Palestinian homeland in the land of your forefathers, secure and at peace with its neighbors, within internationally recognized borders.”

This is the voice of a religious leader, a moral force in the world? For choosing to forget all that happened to Christians in one of Christianity’s holiest sites, he has chosen the way of appeasement, not peace. Of cowardly acquiescence to evil, instead of forthright defense of the helpless. He has nothing to teach us Jews. Indeed, he has nothing to teach Catholics. The only people who may learn from him are Muslim terrorists. And the lesson is clear. The leader of the Catholic world — once again — in the face of evil, has decided to side with the oppressors against the oppressed. One would think a German Pope would have something wiser to impart.

Regan’s email called attention to an article by WND’s Aaron Klein:

During Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Bethlehem today, the pontiff did not address rampant Muslim persecution of Christians and stood by as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas lied about the real reason behind local Christians fleeing.

In a major address, the pontiff strongly supported a Palestinian state.

Perhaps he does not realize recent history demonstrates such a state may lead to increased persecution and endangerment of Palestinian Christians.

In Bethlehem, where the Christian population has dropped from a majority to less than 20 percent, Benedict delivered a special message of solidarity to the 1.4 million Palestinians isolated in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

“My heart goes out to the pilgrims from war-torn Gaza: I ask you to bring back to your families and your communities my warm embrace, and my sorrow for the loss, the hardship and the suffering you have had to endure,” the pope said in his address at an open-air Mass in Manger Square.

“Please be assured of my solidarity with you in the immense work of rebuilding which now lies ahead, and my prayers that the embargo will soon be lifted,” he added.

By referencing the “war-torn Gaza” and necessary “rebuilding,” the pope was apparently fingering Israel’s recent 22-day confrontation with Hamas as the cause for “the suffering” Gazans “had to endure.”

He said nothing, however, of the suffering of Gaza’s 3,000 Christians since Hamas took over that territory in 2007. Benedict might well have decried the many bombings, shootings and other Islamist attacks against Gazan Christian establishments, the brutal murder of the territory’s only Bible-store owner, or the regular intimidation and persecution of Christians there. His solidarity with Gazan Christians might have given them some much-needed strength.

Benedict, speaking from Bethlehem – the site of rampant Muslim persecution of Christians – did not once renounce the Islamic violence there, either. Instead, the pope stood beside Abbas as the Palestinian leader deceptively pointed to a concrete separation barrier in Bethlehem and blamed that barrier, as well as Israeli “occupation,” for the plight of Christians.

“In this Holy Land, the occupation still continues building separation walls,” Abbas said. “Instead of building the bridge that can link us, they are using the force of occupation to force Muslims and Christians to emigrate.”

…Actually, it was Abbas’ own Fatah party that is causing Christians to flee…[A]fter the Palestinians gained the territory, reports of Christian intimidation by Muslims began to surface, reports the pope would do well to note since they may foreshadow what is to come under a Palestinian state.

One religious novelty-store owner I met recently told me Muslim gangs regularly deface Christian property.
“We are harassed, but you wouldn’t know the truth. No one says anything publicly about the Muslims. This is why Christians are running away.”

Meanwhile, Benedict’s call for a Palestinian state would bring complete PA control over more territory in which Christians reside. Thus, his call, if implemented, may well result in even more Christian deaths, persecution and intimidation.

A closing note on a paragraph that appears in the first Reuters report linked above. There is a paragraph that reads:

The Dome stands at the spot where all three great monotheistic religions believe Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son to God, before an angel stayed his hand. King Solomon and his successors built Jewish temples there before the Romans razed the Second Temple in 70 AD and Jews scattered in exile.

Even though Abraham had more than one son, notice that the writing doesn’t name which one it’s referring to — that is, which son Abraham was commanded to sacrifice. There is a dhimmi editorial reason for this: Although everyone knows that the son was Isaac, Muslims naturally claim it was Ishmael. And so it looks like, in deference to the Koran, news organizations have started to stop using the well-known, original, Judeo-Christian version of the story.

We are still in the midst of the 10-year anniversary of our NATO attack on Serbia on behalf of bin Laden-trained/financed KLA terrorists, to help steal Serbian land because Albanians reached a majority in part of that country. The 1999 bombing lasted from March 24 to June 10, a symbolic and historic day for Albanian supremacism.

If Americans deign to recall, the “trigger” event that was used to touch off the NATO assault (which was already being planned for a year at that point), was something called “the Racak Massacre.” Following is my account — written for a compilation of essays titled “Kosovo: The Score” — of the American-staged atrocity that led the free world to join the jihad:

Perhaps nothing is more Albanian than commemorating a massacre by Serbs even after the Albanians commemorating it admitted to having staged the massacre. Sometimes there is even a double punch line, as in January when Kosovo Albanians honored the American who avenged the massacre that didn’t happen.

On January 15th, the tenth anniversary of “the Racak massacre” — disproved as such even in mainstream media such as the Toronto Sun — Kosovo “prime minister” Hashim Thaci and “president” Fatmir Sejdiu awarded the “Gold Medal of Humanity” to William Walker, head of the Kosovo Verifying Mission that ensured a NATO intervention on behalf of Walker’s KLA friends and masters in 1999. (The ceremony, “dedicated to the martyrs of the Racak massacre,” was reported by the KosovaLive news agency: “Kosovo leaders vow at Racak massacre memorial never to forget Serbian crimes.”) There couldn’t have been a better comedy roast for the year 2009, the tenth anniversary of NATO’s war against Yugoslavia — launched by a staged atrocity in the town of Racak.

This comes nine years after Thaci himself admitted the Racak ploy the very year following its success. Canadian Major General Lewis MacKenzie, former UN Protection Force commander in Bosnia, cited the admission in an April 2008 statement to the Lord Byron Foundation:

The current Prime Minister Hashim Thaci was the leader of the KLA. He has admitted that the KLA orchestrated the infamous Racak “massacre” dressing their KLA dead in civilian clothes, machine gunning them and dumping them in a ditch and claiming it was a Serbian slaughter of civilians. NATO bought into the ruse and on its 50th birthday looking for a role in the post cold war world the alliance became the KLA’s air force and bombed a sovereign nation from the safety of 10,000 ft.

In addition to telling BBC in January 1999, “We had a key unit in the region. It was a fierce battle. We regrettably had many victims. But so did the Serbs,” Thaci boasted more recklessly in February of 2000 to a roomful of foreign correspondents. But most of them dutifully kept a lid on the most sensational story of the decade, leaving only Russian National Radio to report it. From a translated summary:

Pristina, March 7th - Leader of the Albanian terrorists in Kosmet [Kosovo-Metohija], Hashim Tachi, told recently foreign reporters, quoted by the Voice of Russia, about the methods of demonizing Serbs, i.e. how his terrorist KLA committed crimes in order to urgently provoke western military intervention in Yugoslavia…According to the foreign media reports, quoted by the Russian radio, obviously “carried away”, Tachi mentioned the well known incident in the village of Racak….Tachi revealed a public secret and confessed that the KLA members committed the murder of four Serbian policemen in Racak.

…Indeed, a police action followed, but it was no punitive expedition of Serb special forces against Albanian farmers, but a legitimate operation against the Albanian extremists, who made their stronghold in Racak….[A]n independent international expertise followed, and the OSCE experts from Byelorussia and Finland, established that the bodies belonged to the KLA extremists. In spite of this, NATO and the leading western countries blamed Belgrade for the killing of the so-called Albanian farmers from Racak. That was the first in a series of accusations in an already worked out scenario for deceiving the international public, i.e. preparing the field for the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia, stressed the radio.

More recently, a biography came out last October about the Finnish forensic dentist Helena Ranta, revealing that her report on the massacre was coerced. Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, whose managing editor authored the book, reports:

Ranta says that officials of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs had tried to influence the content of her reports in 2000, when Ranta was commissioned by the European Union to investigate the events of Racak in Kosovo…“Three civil servants of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs expressed wishes by e-mail for more far-reaching conclusions”, Ranta said. “I still have the e-mails.”

More than 40 Albanians were killed in the village of Racak in January 1999. The investigation by Ranta’s working group was very charged from the beginning. It was commonly assumed that Serb forces had perpetrated a massacre….According to Ranta, in the winter of 1999 William Walker, the head of the OSCE Kosovo monitoring mission, broke a pencil in two and threw the pieces at her when she was not willing to use sufficiently strong language about the Serbs.

Serbia’s B92 news also carried the story:

“We all know what William Walker said,” [Ranta states]. “He says to this day that it was a massacre and that the Serbs were to blame. But I never said that. I never made any reference to the perpetrators,” says the pathologist. “I never said a single word about who stood behind what went on in Racak. That’s for the judges to decide, while we forensic scientists just carry out the investigation,” she tells daily Večernje Novosti in an exclusive interview.

Ranta claims that Walker is “putting words into my mouth,” which was not allowed. “I didn’t agree with him. He was angry with me,” she says. “What angered him most was that I refused to use the word massacre and say who stood behind what happened in Račak.”

A follow-up B92 article included a further detail:

…Ranta appeared in 2003 as one of the witnesses in the Hague trial of Slobodan Milošević. She told Berliner Zeitung newspaper in 2004 that [it] was “negative” that a part of the indictment against Milošević was related to the Račak events, based mostly on the version given by Walker.

Berliner Zeitung was the paper that Toronto Sun’s Peter Worthington reported in 2001 had gotten access to the Finnish findings and concluded, “In all probability, there was no Racak massacre at all.” Worthington wrote that the whole reason the EU called Ranta in is that the Serbian and Belorussian forensic people were suspicious about the massacre tale. Her report was not made public, but she “gave a press conference at which she was vague, admitting there was no evidence of mutilation or torture, and that Yugoslav authorities had cooperated. But she also called the killings ‘a crime against humanity,’ widely interpreted to mean Racak was indeed a cold-blooded massacre.”

In 1999 independent journalist Richard Poe wrote:

When 45 bodies were found near the town of Racak, a U.S. media blitz accused the Serbs of slaughtering innocent civilians. NATO commander Wesley Clark personally confronted Milosevic with photos of the victims. “This was not a massacre,” Milosevic cried. “This was staged.”

The New York Times reported this exchange on April 18, 1999, three months after it occurred, but unfortunately failed to explain to readers that Milosevic was probably telling the truth. By the time that article was written, the Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, Die Welt, the BBC, and others had already raised doubts about the alleged massacre. Forensic investigators had concluded that the bodies were probably those of KLA guerrillas killed in action. The bodies appear to have been dressed in civilian clothes, then shot additional times and cut with knives several hours after death, in order to simulate a brutal massacre. [Indeed, Madeleine Albright told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that there were “dozens of people with their throats slit” and that the only solution was “humanitarian air strikes.”]

Below is an interview excerpt by the Serbian newspaper Glas Javnosti from October, with the investigating judge of the Pristina District Court and chief investigator of the Racak site, Danica Marinkovic, as translated by the website De-Consruct.net:

Reacting to the recent confession of the Finnish forensic dentist Helena Ranta…Judge Marinkovic said it was good Ranta had started telling the truth. Judge Marinkovic believes it was time for the state of Serbia to initiate certain legal procedures and the criminal lawsuit against Ranta, Walker, [the] OSCE mission and the others responsible for the criminal involvement in the Racak hoax.

Q: Please remind us, what took place in Racak on January 15, 1999?

DM: A classic battle between the Serbian police and the terrorist KLA [UCK] took place in Racak. In this region — just like in all of Kosovo and Metohija, after all, terrorists were constantly attacking and killing civilians and policemen from the ambush and the police went to find the culprits. By the way, Racak was a large and one of the staunchest KLA strongholds in Kosovo and Metohija. Police announced its action in a timely and professional manner to the OSCE, and OSCE observer[s] joined the police squad. Police clashed with the terrorists in the morning hours and there were casualties on both sides. After the battle, around 11 a.m., the police informed Pristina District Court about the clash.

Q: When did you arrive to Racak?

DM: We arrived to Racak around 14.00 hours [2 p.m.], with the other team members and the police, with intention to carry out the investigative activities. During the clearing of the terrain, among [other things], we found the Browning calibre 12.7mm [heavy machine gun], two Brownings with the pistol calibre 7.9mm with the enhanced charger, 36 automatic guns calibre 7.62mm, two sniper guns, five shoulder-held missile launchers of the Chinese make, 12 mines charged with the hand grenade charger, 22 hand grenades, around 8,000 pieces of ammunition of different calibre, three hand-held radio stations, medical equipment and military uniforms with KLA tags. Everything we found was photographed. So, we have found the entire weapons arsenal among the “peace-loving villagers”!

When we tried to move further to find any of the victims, the barrage fire was opened at us from all the sides — we barely managed to pull out alive. That was the day Walker had published a photo that circled the world, about the alleged massacre committed by the Serbian police. Then-head prosecutor of the Hague tribunal, Louise Arbour was also brought to Racak.

Q: Did you manage to inspect the scene?

DM: No, not even during the next two days. We tried to enter the village again on January 16, but we were again showered with bullets and we had to return. The next day, Walker’s deputy John [Drewienkiewicz] arrived to Stimlje near Racak. He tried to coerce me to go in only with him, without the other members of the team. He was telling me that the “innocent villagers” from Racak will be distressed when they see me with the police, and that they will shoot. I asked him: “What are the innocent villagers doing with weapons?” He fell silent, turned around and left. But we didn’t manage to visit the scene of the alleged crime on that day, January 17, either.

Only on the fourth day after the battle, on January 18, we were able to get over there. But there were no bodies in the village at all, not a trace. We did not see a single body Walker had shown to the world public, and was being horrified over. We went through the entire village, but all we could see were the trenches, shovels, empty bullet shells, numerous machine gun nests, a deserted KLA headquarters, uniforms… There wasn’t a living soul in the village, we could not see a single woman or a child anywhere. And the bodies of the killed KLA terrorists were moved to the village mosque…

Q: What did you find in the mosque?

DM: All of the bodies were dressed in the civilian clothing, but many wore military pants, belts and boots. Underneath they had several pairs of pants or the other clothing, which clearly pointed to the fact they were dressed to spend long time outdoors. Out of 40 bodies of the “peace-loving villagers”, 37 had gunpowder residue found on their hands, which unequivocally shows they were discharging firearms prior to being shot. [A] criminal investigation was conducted in entirety and, after the autopsies, it was decisively determined there was no massacre or a “genocide”, but that the wounds were exclusively resulting from the bullets. There wasn’t even one “massacred” body!

Later on, during the course of investigation, it was determined that [the] majority of the Racak victims were active members of the KLA. Most interestingly, the Belorussian and Finnish forensic specialists who also took part in the autopsies have reached exactly the same conclusions as our own forensic experts. However, Ranta did not want to state that for the public.

Indeed, at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, Professor Slavisa Dobricanin — former director of the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Pristina, who was in charge of the forensics team that autopsied the Racak bodies — revealed that the British general in charge of planning the verification mission, John Drewienkiewicz, threatened “to ship Judge Marinkovic off to The Hague if she tried to conduct an onsite investigation in Racak,” trial observer Andy Wilcoxson reported on April 13, 2005, adding:

It is worth noting that William Walker, the head of the OSCE-KVM, was given access to the village by the KLA while forensic investigators were kept out. Walker, instead of taking steps to secure the alleged crime scene, brought journalists to that gully and let them trample all over the place. One of the journalists was Franz Josef Hutsch, a German newspaper reporter.

According Mr. Hutsch, who testified at the trial on October 12, 2004, Walker just stood there while journalists moved the bodies around to take their pictures. He said that the bodies “were put upright, for example, at the edge of the slope so that they would have a bit of shade so that the excessive head wounds wouldn’t be seen in a photo to be published. And they were taken from their original positions.”

Interestingly, Helena Ranta started talking about the fraud as early as 2007:

German daily Berliner Zeitung…informed that the initial report by the Finnish forensics contained half-truths and contradictory claims, later admitted by Helena Ranta, but without any qualms regarding the dishonorable role she played…[Belgrade news agency Tanjug reports that] three teams of forensic experts — from Yugoslavia, Belarus and Finland — found only firearm wounds on the bodies of the victims…Helena Ranta backed Walker’s statement prior to the bombings, saying that she was expressing her personal view. However, on Jan 23, 2007, Ranta admitted to Belgrade daily Blic that the final Finnish forensic report “did not contain proof about either a massacre or execution taking place in Racak.”

The De-Construct.net website reported Professor Dobricanin’s reaction to Ranta’s recent soul-baring about the pressures she was under:

“I’m not surprised by the things Ranta is saying now, but she still hasn’t admitted her own statements back then were false. I clearly remember she was constantly under surveillance by the German embassy and the Finnish ministry. The Finnish Minister for Human Rights…was at the Institute all the time, as well as the German embassy’s Second Secretary. She was very nervous and constantly outside the autopsy room. She was always in the Institute hallways, talking to someone on her mobile phone”, Professor Dobricanin [recalls].

…[Dobricanin] said that, after the autopsy reports were completed and jointly signed without any objections on behalf of the international forensic experts, the members of the international team decided to hold a press conference in Pristina. Members of the Serbian forensic team were not allowed to attend.

“William Walker was extremely nervous. He could barely stand still and he kept drumming his fingers on the chair. He did not speak. It was Helena Ranta that said all of it: that the killed were the unarmed civilians, that the massacre was committed, and that it was the crime against the civilians. The very three things a forensic specialist can not say,” Dr. Dobricanin concluded his recollection.

…Danica Marinkovic and Slavisa Dobricanin both testified at the Hague, on behalf of the former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic’s defense. As expert witnesses, they refuted prosecution charges, especially in respect to the names, gender and the age of the victims. Then-prosecutor Geoffrey Nice went as far as calling the Serbian judge and forensic pathologist “criminals”. After a while, when the prosecution data on the Racak KLA victims was “reevaluated”, he too quoted Marinkovic and Dobricanin, citing results of their investigation.

Following the evidence presented by the Judge Marinkovic and Professor Dobricanin, Hague prosecution removed Racak charges from all the indictments: from that of the late Yugoslav and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, from the process against the former Serbia’s President Milan Milutinovic, and from the processes against another five former Yugoslav and Serbian functionaries.

Five days before beginning airstrikes, Bill Clinton thundered, “We should remember what happened in Racak…innocent men, women and children were taken from their homes to a gully, forced to kneel in the dirt and sprayed with gunfire.” The London Times, Peter Worthington wrote in his Toronto Sun article, was even more imaginative, printing “that victims had their eyes gouged out, heads smashed in, faces blown away at close range, all ‘farmers, workers, villagers, aged 12-74, men, women, children.’”

The New York Times, meanwhile, reports the website Srpska Mreza — which had been following the Kosovo war propaganda — caught something interesting:

On Friday, the day before American ambassador William Walker sensationally “discovered” the so-called massacre in the village of Racak in Kosmet, State Secretary Madeleine Albright held a meeting behind closed doors in Washington, at which she revealed to a few members of the team close to her that the agreement on normalization of relations in Kosmet was due to fall apart at any moment, The New York Times wrote on January 19.

The New York paper cites the statement of an anonymous official in the American administration who pointed out that Albright, obviously, had reliable information regarding events in Racak and practically announced them.

[The] text in The New York Times clearly shows that Washington knew in advance of the whole scenario….

As soon as Walker delivered his lines, Albright picked up her cue, calling Racak “the ‘galvanizing incident’ that meant peace talks at Rambouillet were pointless, ‘humanitarian bombing’ the only recourse,” wrote Worthington, whose article was titled “The Hoax that Started a War.”

Shedding light on what led up to the Racak hoax is Balkans analyst and writer Nebojsa Malic, who recalled that then U.S. Special representative Ambassador Richard Holbrooke had Milosevic sign an agreement in October, 1998 to withdraw Yugoslav army and police from Kosovo, in exchange for not getting bombed:

The KLA were not a party to the agreement and had no obligations under it. (Maybe Slobo, ever the sap, thought there was an implied obligation to restrain our clients. Fat chance!) The KLA responded to the withdrawal of the Yugoslav forces with an offensive that seized control of about half of Kosovo, forcing tens of thousands of Serbs to flee. Eventually, around December, Milosevic decided he had to send forces back in. The US responded with the usual threats and heavy breathing that he was going to be held accountable. Not sure when, but the OSCE observer mission with the orange vehicles was sent in to monitor Yugoslav behavior (not KLA behavior, of course) and watch out for any atrocities. (Wink wink, nudge nudge, let’s have a trigger.) Racak duly occurred.

Indeed, between October 13, 1998 and January 14, 1999, continued the above-mentioned Srpska Mreza report from 1999:

Albanian separatists carried out a total of 599 terrorist attacks and provocations, of which 186 were against civilians, while 413 were against members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic of Serbia. In these attacks, a total of 53 persons were killed (37 civilians and 16 policemen) and 36 persons suffered serious bodily injury (13 civilians and 23 policemen). A total of 43 persons were kidnapped (39 civilians and 4 policemen); of those, three were killed (one civilian and two policemen), while the fate of the other 22 civilians and one policeman remains unknown.

About the attacks on police that triggered the Serbian counteroffensive in Racak, the Greek daily Exusia fairly observed in a January 19 article titled “Serb killed by ‘unarmed’ Albanians”:

Regardless of the fact that the Albanian side is responsible for the latest fighting, warnings continue to be directed only to Belgrade, along with the threat that NATO forces will be activated for military intervention.

Renaud Girard, reporter on the ground for French newspaper Le Figaro, described what he saw:

…At dawn intervention forces of the Serbian police encircled and then attacked the village of Racak, known as a bastion of [UCK/KLA] separatist guerrillas. The police didn’t seem to have anything to hide, since at 8:30 a.m. they invited a television team (two journalists of AP TV) to film the operation. A warning was also given to the OSCE, which sent two cars with American diplomatic licenses to the scene. The observers spent the whole day posted on a hill where they could watch the village.

At 3 p.m., a police communique reached the international press center in Pristina announcing that 15 UCK “terrorists” had been killed in combat in Racak and that a large stock of weapons had been seized. At 3:30 p.m., the police forces, followed by the AP TV team, left the village….At 4:40 p.m., a French journalist drove through the village and met three orange OSCE vehicles. The international observers were chatting calmly with three middle-aged Albanians in civilian clothes. They were looking for [possible] civilian casualties. Returning to the village at 6 p.m., the journalist saw the observers taking away two very slightly injured old men and two women.

The scene of Albanian corpses in civilian clothes lined up in a ditch which would shock the whole world was not discovered until the next morning, around 9 a.m., by journalists soon followed by OSCE observers. At that time, the village was once again taken over by armed UCK soldiers who led the foreign visitors, as soon as they arrived, toward the supposed massacre site. Around noon, William Walker in person arrived and expressed his indignation.

All the Albanian witnesses gave the same version: at midday, the policemen forced their way into homes and separated the women from the men, whom they led to the hilltops to execute them without more ado.

The most disturbing fact is that the pictures filmed by the AP TV journalists — which Le Figaro was shown yesterday — radically contradict that version. It was in fact an empty village that the police entered in the morning, sticking close to the walls. The shooting was intense, as they were fired on from UCK trenches dug into the hillside.

The fighting intensified sharply on the hilltops above the village. Watching from below, next to the mosque, the AP journalists understood that the UCK guerrillas, encircled, were trying desperately to break out. A score of them in fact succeeded, as the police themselves admitted.

What really happened? During the night, could the UCK have gathered the bodies, in fact killed by Serb bullets, to set up a scene of cold-blooded massacre? A disturbing fact: Saturday morning the journalists found only very few cartridges around the ditch where the massacre supposedly took place…Intelligently, did the UCK seek to turn a military defeat into a political victory?

Le Monde reporter Christophe Chatelet corroborated Girard’s account in his own dispatch that day, asking how the Serbian police could have managed “to gather a group of men and to peacefully lead them to the place of execution when they were under constant fire by the terrorists? How is it possible that the people living in the village, who returned before nightfall and the observers who spent over two hours in the village did not see the gully in which the bodies were found?”

It has also been widely noted that, like the ditch itself, the clothing of the dead “civilians” was curiously blood-free. Yet Walker unambiguously declared that the dead “obviously were executed where they lay,” Worthington reported in his 2001 Toronto Sun article, adding, “His OSCE report spoke of ‘arbitrary arrests, killings and mutilations of unarmed civilians’ at Racak.”

The very day that the Western monitors were helping stage and corroborate a “civilian massacre” for the KLA, the KLA couldn’t resist shooting at them:

Peace Monitors ‘Shot Deliberately’ (BBC, January 16, 1999)

The head of the international monitoring mission in Kosovo says he believes that two monitors, shot and wounded on Friday, were deliberately targeted…The two men — a Briton and his locally-recruited interpreter — were in a convoy with Serbian police when they were hit. They were not seriously injured.

…The incident happened as the group were on their way to mediate in a confrontation between ethnic Albanian rebels and Serb forces in the western region of Pec. Mr Walker said: “What I’ve heard so far about the firing, it was not just one shot or two shots, it was sustained firing. That would lead me to believe that it was a deliberate shooting.”

He pointed out that the monitors drove distinctive vehicles and that everyone in the area had been informed that they were going out on patrol…A spokesman for the international monitoring mission said the shots appeared to come from a sniper in territory held by the ethnic-Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army…UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said he was shocked and concerned about the shooting of two members of the KVM.

None of this, however, threw Western leaders off-program, as BBC reported the next day:

Nato is to hold an emergency session on Sunday to consider its response to the massacre of more than 40 ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. An American state department spokesman said there should be no doubt of Nato’s resolve.

The Nato Secretary-General, Javier Solana, said it would not tolerate a return to all-out fighting and repression in Kosovo.

President Clinton and the head of the international observer mission in Kosovo both blamed Serbian forces for the killings…Those killed in the village of Racak, south of Pristina, were mostly men who had been rounded up and shot at close range. Some had been mutilated.

International monitors say they have also seen the bodies of three women and a 12-year-old boy.

The massacre has prompted the International War Crimes Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia to open an urgent inquiry…Local villagers say the slaughter of the victims, mostly men aged between 18 and 65, was carried out by Serb forces who rounded the group up on Friday night…The Kosovar Albanian political leader, Ibrahim Rugova, has declared Sunday a day of mourning in Kosovo.

Germany, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union, said the international community would not accept such acts of persecution and murder.

In Paris, the French Foreign Ministry expressed disgust at the massacre and called for a meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to investigate who was responsible.

UK Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, said: “Those responsible for the crimes must be held to account before international justice.”…The US special envoy, Richard Holbrooke, condemned the killings, saying they were the most serious offence since the outbreak of the violence which has plagued the province in recent months.

So notorious is the architect of the Racak incident, William Walker, that his name is known even to non-watchers of the Balkans, as a 1999 piece titled “Meet Mr. Massacre” by Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi, currently of Rolling Stone magazine, shows:

…After a brief review of the town’s 40-odd bullet-ridden corpses, Walker searched out the nearest television camera and essentially fired the starting gun for the war. “From what I saw, I do not hesitate to describe the crime as a massacre, a crime against humanity,” he said. “Nor do I hesitate to accuse the government security forces of responsibility.”

We all know how Washington responded to Walker’s verdict; it quickly set its military machine in motion, and started sending out menacing invitations to its NATO friends to join the upcoming war party.

How Russia responded is less well-known…It probably sent a chill up the community’s collective spine, and pushed its generals into rapid preparations for a new cold war with the United States. As connoisseurs in the art of propaganda and the use of provacateurs [sic], they recognized a good job when they saw one.

…Walker was in Latin America virtually throughout his entire career, until he arrived in Kosovo. He had no experience in the region which qualified him to head the verification team in Yugoslavia….There is a widespread belief not only in Russia, but in other countries, that Walker’s role in Racak was to assist the KLA in fabricating a Serb massacre that could be used as an excuse for military action. Already, two major mainstream French newspapers — Le Monde and Le Figaro — as well as French national television have run exposes on the Racak incident. These stories cited a number of inconsistencies in Walker’s version of events, including an absence of shell casings and blood in the trench where the bodies were found, and the absence of eyewitnesses despite the presence of journalists and observers in the town during the KLA-Serb fighting.

Eventually, even the Los Angeles Times joined in, running a story entitled “Racak Massacre Questions: Were Atrocities Faked?”

Not that any of this might give U.S. media any pause before bestowing prime print space upon the likes of Walker, as the Washington Times did recently, so he could “refute” articles debunking his war. Walker used the space to re-bunk all the disproved propaganda. Despite the American terrorist’s sordid history, Washington Times editors allowed him a free hand in responding to a piece by Serbian President Boris Tadic.

As with all things Balkans-related — wherein media and politicians embellish upon old facts even as new ones discredit them — this goes on simultaneously while the woman at the heart of the Racak matter is spilling the beans, or at least some of them. And no one notices. Ten years of proof that Racak wasn’t a slaughter went duly unnoticed by Reuters, which last September 30th printed a photo with a caption reading, “The graves of people that were killed by Serbian forces in January 1999 are visited by relatives during the religious holiday of Eid-al-Fitr in the village of Racak, south of the Kosovo capital Pristina.”

It’s all part of the pattern in which Balkan-Muslim myths from the 90s are perpetuated by media, politicians, military, NGOs, Holocaust museums, filmmakers and artists even while the Muslims themselves admit to the farce. (Upon Karadzic’s capture last year, Richard Holbrooke cited “300,000 deaths” in the Bosnian war — three years after Sarajevo’s Investigation and Documentation Centre reduced the original inflated 250,000 figure to less than 100,000.) This is without even questioning why the supposedly secular Balkan Muslims would be visiting the Racak graves on a religious holiday, particularly since the KLA’s was a “national” struggle, not a religious one, as we’re repeatedly told. U.S. leaders have yet to admit what the KLA themselves have admitted, thereby out-KLAing the KLA itself.

Thaci, meanwhile, has never apologized for the KLA’s crimes, while one apology after another is demanded, and extracted, from the Serbian side for what it did and didn’t do to counter the terrorist attacks. In fact, the year before the staged Racak massacre — that is, in 1998 alone –Thaci killed 40 Serbs and Albanians, including six of his own lieutenants. Why wasn’t this a green light for the world to bomb Albanians?

And given that 1990s Serbian crimes against Albanians, real or imagined, are the basis of the consensus that states Serbia lost all right to Kosovo, why haven’t the Albanians who have been terrorizing the province’s non-Albanians for the past 10 years (not to mention in preceding decades) lost any right to Kosovo? Perhaps for the same reason that Slobodan Milosevic remains “guilty” despite not having ordered a single crime while Kosovo’s leaders are “innocent” despite having committed crimes with their own hands, in addition to ordering them directly.

Meanwhile, the decaying Walker marches on. Shortly after meeting with Walker last June, “opposition leader” Ramush Haradinaj told the UN to get out of Kosovo to make way for the EULEX law and order mission. Walker of course seconded his dangerous clients’ motion, telling UNMIK to end the mission once Kosovo’s constitution comes into effect.

For his dutifulness William Walker has been rewarded with, among other things, honorary Albanian citizenship. And like Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Eliot Engel, George W. Bush, and Wesley Clark, Walker has a street named after him in Kosovo — like so many other KLA members to whom monuments have gone up all over Kosovo.

When he’s not lying in newspapers about his last hoax, Walker is preparing the next one. He has been making frequent trips to Kosovo, where he has met with his old KLA contacts to make a plan for taking Kosovo’s more ornery Serb parts by force. Walker’s return to the region in March 2007 alarmed French intelligence, the newspaper Novosti reported at the time, in an item titled “William Walker Gives Tasks to Albanian Extremists for an Attack on Northern Kosovo”:

The information of French intelligence officers is that [two weeks ago] Walker met with many former KLA members that he had personally trained for special operations against the Serbian forces. The goal of his arrival is the preparation of a scenario and ordering of guidelines to Albanian terrorists for taking measures to seize northern Kosovo…In Pec in the hotel “Metohija” he met with ex-members of [Ramush] Haradinaj’s special unit which in 1999 conducted the [harshest] crimes against the Serbs and other non-Albanians…He also met with all of his old spies which he recruited during his Kosovo stay as leader of the UN Verification mission prior to the NATO bombardment.

…According to what the intelligence services of the big powers had informed their governments, Walker was on a mission of preparing terrorists and extremists for performing the final phase in the realization of the project on an independent Kosovo in case plans are not resolved “peacefully.”

…The Americans are afraid that the French will give out such plans to the Serbs in northern Kosovo…Certain KFOR contingents that have forces in northern Kosovo received the task of systematically provoking the Serbs everywhere and causing their reactions…Certain KFOR contingents openly fear a sudden operation of Albanian terrorists towards the north, which is possible in the coming months…The plan is to provoke the Serbian security forces to react in the protection of Serb convoys and to then urgently request the intervention of international forces in the protection of the “jeopardized Albanian population in the Presevo Valley from Serbian security forces that are revenging over the loss of Kosovo.”

No sooner did Walker have his meetings than Tanjug reported the following:

International representatives have observed, over the recent days, intensified regrouping of armed groups in black uniforms with insignia of the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in the territory of Drenica, Pec and Djakovica in Kosovo and Metohija province, the Belgrade daily Vecernje novosti [Evening News] said on Saturday…Forces of the local United Nations (UN) administration UNMIK and the peacekeeping force KFOR have been given strict orders “not to engage in conflict or discussion with the armed groups, and, upon sighting them, to abandon their mission and immediately return to base,” Vecernje novosti [“Evening News”] said.

In March 2008, that plan was put into effect when UN and NATO arrested and paraded the mostly female Serbian squatters who wanted their jobs back at the Mitrovica courthouse — in front of cameras and through an Albanian neighborhood. More recently, Albanian houses in Northern Kosovo were set ablaze, with news reports promptly attributing the explosions to Serbs. Since the Albanians haven’t yet secured Northern Mitrovica as part of breakaway Kosovo, the completion of the Walker-KLA directive is still ahead for the Kosovo war, now in its tenth year.

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A footnote on the threat by the British general to ship chief investigator Marinkovic off to the Hague if she conducted her investigation. Here, according to Prof. Dobricanin’s testimony, was how that conversation went:

Ten minutes after our arrival to the police station in Štimlje, a general who introduced himself as British General John Drewienkiewicz…introduced himself saying: “I am the famous General John Drewienkiewicz”, and I have never heard of him before. He was very arrogant in his conduct towards all of us at the time. Personally, I felt very uncomfortable when he started ordering us around and saying we can’t go to Račak, that only an investigative judge can enter Račak, that perhaps only I can accompany the investigative judge, without an armed escort — without policemen — that he guarantees our security and that, if anyone were to shoot at the Račak inhabitants, he will personally take Mrs. Danica Marinković to the Hague.

When she asked him: “And what will happen, General, if they should start shooting at us?”, he answered, “The same thing will happen, because you provoked them, and I will detain you and take you to the Hague in that case too.”

After hearing those words, Mrs. Danica Marinkovic stopped talking to him and ordered us to set off towards the village of Račak.

Recall that it is par for the course for Serbs to be arrested when they’re attacked.

Schumer on torture: ‘Do what you have to do’

…Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 8, 2004, Schumer stated:

“…Take the hypothetical: If we knew that there was a nuclear bomb hidden in an American city and we believed that some kind of torture, fairly severe maybe, would give us a chance of finding that bomb before it went off, my guess is most Americans and most senators, maybe all, would say, ‘Do what you have to do.’

“So it’s easy to sit back in the armchair and say that torture can never be used. But when you’re in the foxhole, it’s a very different deal.”

Schmuck is right. I agree we should torture terrorists. But what if the terrorist’s last name is Schumer?

Some intersting findings were published last month in the L.A. Times:

Jewish legacy inscribed on genes?


“Gregory Cochran…[proposes] that the presence of many lethal genetic diseases affecting the brain among Ashkenazi Jews may also be responsible for increased intelligence in the population.”

“Ashkenazi Jews have a higher rate of some deadly genetic diseases — and of high IQs. Scientists Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending say that’s no coincidence.”

Gregory Cochran has always been drawn to puzzles. This one had been gnawing at him for several years: Why are European Jews prone to so many deadly genetic diseases?

Tay-Sachs disease. Canavan disease. More than a dozen more.

It offended Cochran’s sense of logic. Natural selection, the self-taught genetics buff knew, should flush dangerous DNA from the gene pool. Perhaps the mutations causing these diseases had some other, beneficial purpose. But what?

At 3:17 one morning, after a long night searching a database of scientific journals from his disheveled home office in Albuquerque, Cochran fired off an e-mail to his collaborator Henry Harpending, a distinguished professor of anthropology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

“I’ve figured it out, I think,” Cochran typed. “Pardon my crazed excitement.”

The “faulty” genes, Cochran concluded, make Jews smarter.

That provocative — some would say inflammatory — hypothesis has landed Cochran and Harpending in the middle of a charged debate about the link between IQ and DNA.

They have been sneered at by colleagues and excoriated on Internet forums. They have been welcomed to speak at a synagogue and a Jewish medical society. They were asked to write a book; that effort, “The 10,000 Year Explosion,” was published early this year.

Scientists are increasingly finding that propensities for human behaviors — for addiction, aggression, risk-taking and more — are written in our genes. But the idea that some groups of people are inherently smarter is troubling to many. Some scientists say it has such racist implications it’s unworthy of consideration.

The biological basis for intelligence can be a thankless arena of inquiry. The authors of “The Bell Curve” were vilified 15 years ago for suggesting genes played a role in IQ differences among racial groups.

But Cochran, 55, and Harpending, 65, say there’s no question that as a whole, Ashkenazi Jews — those of European descent — have an abundance of brain power. (Neither man is Jewish.)

Psychologists and educational researchers have pegged their average IQ at 107.5 to 115. That’s only modestly higher than the overall European average of 100, but the gap is large enough to produce a huge difference in the proportion of geniuses…Though Jews make up less than 3% of the U.S. population, they have won more than 25% of the Nobel Prizes awarded to American scientists since 1950, account for 20% of this country’s chief executives and make up 22% of Ivy League students, the pair write.

“People are perfectly willing to admit that some people are taller or some people are shorter,” Cochran said. “But no one wants to say ‘This group is smarter.’ ”

Cochran read more than 15 genetics textbooks and became intrigued by the deadly diseases that disproportionately afflict Ashkenazi Jews…He was struck by the fact that so many of the diseases involved problems with processing sphingolipids, the fat molecules that transmit nerve signals.

This seemed an unlikely coincidence. Genetically isolated groups often have higher rates of certain diseases. But of the more than 20,000 human genes, only 108 are known to be involved in sphingolipid metabolism. The odds of Ashkenazi Jews having four sphingolipid storage disorders by random chance are less than 1 in 100,000, he calculated.

He talked it over with Harpending, an expert in human population genetics. They came to believe this was an example of heterozygote advantage — where having two copies of a mutated gene can mean disaster but one copy is helpful.

The most famous example of this is sickle cell anemia, which strikes people of African descent who have two defective copies of the hemoglobin B gene. As a result, they make red blood cells that are too curvy to carry oxygen to critical organs.

People who have only one bad copy make useful red blood cells that are deformed just enough to protect them from the malaria parasite, insulating them against the disease.

Instead of sickle cell anemia, Ashkenazi Jews had to contend with Tay-Sachs, Niemann-Pick and other diseases.

Instead of malaria resistance, Cochran and Harpending reasoned, Jews got an IQ boost.

The idea didn’t come out of nowhere. Researchers have been drawn to the question of Jewish intelligence and genetic diseases at least since the 1920s, when some of the disorders were first being studied. Many physicians remarked on the unusual intelligence of their patients. […]

So now I have to explain the title of this post. What we’ve learned from the foregoing is that the same genes that give Jews a disproportionate amount of deadly diseases, also account for their higher I.Q. So essentially, we Jews were designed to get used by the world for our brains and then killed off.

To the deadly diseases we suffer from disproportionately, add the disproportionate killing of Jews by other means (the biggest example of which was losing one-third of world Jewry in WW2 thanks to the plague of anti-Semitism). But even today, look at the dying that goes on regularly by Jews — until the security wall was built, weekly suicide bombings taking three to twenty Jewish lives each were yawned at, since dead Jews are par for the course; the public is desensitized to it, because getting killed is just part of being Jewish.

This helps explain the fury that the security wall has caused throughout the world, since it reduces the number of dead Jews, which in turn makes us less Jewish. So really, the media and the masses are just trying to preserve our identity. Note the difference in headlines between, for example, “Israelis Kill Six Palestinians in West Bank,” and “Bus Explodes in Central Jerusalem.” In one case, actual people — Israelis — are purportedly responsible for dead Arabs, but in the latter case we have Jews seeming to suffer from spontaneous combustion. Which we can add to our list of deadly conditions.

Taken together — the deadly genetic diseases we suffer from disproportionately, and the death by other means that we suffer from disproportionately — the theory that we were made to be used and discarded holds up. What I mean by our being “useful” is, as the article above intimates, the medical, scientific, mathematic and other breakthroughs that Jews have contributed to the world — plus our uncommon skills in handling post-terror emergency response (Israeli experts were called to Kenya and Tanzania after the 1998 bombings); our skills with greenhouses (after the Palestinians destroyed the greenhouses we left them in Gaza, the Arabs called up the Israelis to come in and show them how to build them); when one Palestinian faction is having trouble with an even more lawless one, Israeli police experts are asked to advise; when a Palestinian child needs a kidney, an Israeli suicide-bombing victim’s kidney is implanted; and of course when the Arab world gets nervous about Iran, Israel is invited to the table to help figure out how to deal with it.

Stalin dealt with Jews exactly the same way: utilize Jewish brain power, then kill it off.

So at least after we’re gone, we’ll have left a lot of healthy anti-Semites to dominate the earth.

Our high Jewish IQ hasn’t done us much good in regards to our own survival. What other group gets itself exterminated every three generations? The current Jewish responsibility for such an outcome lies in the fact that most Jews still fear Christians more than they do Muslims and, for example, that 78% of American Jews continue to support an anti-Semitic Democratic party (just the latest: 32% of Democrats Blame Jews for Financial Crisis).

ERGO, what makes Jews smarter and deader appears to also make them dumber — and more deader. The same genes that give us deadly diseases account for both our higher IQs and our higher stupidity. Or, I should say, our high-minded stupidity. The genes that give us deadly diseases give us our suicidal intelligence.

According to Maxim’s Hot 100:

For the first time, a First Lady makes the cut: Michelle Obama debuts at No. 93. Says Maxim, “[President Obama] may be dealing with two wars, an economic meltdown, and a rapidly graying dome, but at least our Commander-in-Chief gets to come home to the hottest First Lady in the history of these United States.”

I totally agree that Michelle Obama is hot. She reminds me of a guy I dated when I was 15.

No wonder our less than masculine president is attracted to her.

Say, why did the Obamas have only two kids? Because Michelle Obama had a vasectomy.

The Maxim quote underscores my previous point that it’s as if “Before Obama, there was nothing.” Everyone has always known that Jackie Kennedy was (and is) the hottest first lady, but now it’s as if she never existed.

Pope Benedict visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem this week, inserting a note between its ancient crevices asking for peace.

I saw the wall myself when I was in Jerusalem in 2007. It’s a beautiful structure, a work of art really. I’m not talking about the Western Wall, I’m talking about the security wall. It’s gorgeous, and a work of art shouldn’t be criticized until it’s finished — and there are still more kilometers to go.

I too wrote a message on a tiny piece of paper, rolled it up and put it in a crack that went through to the terrorist side. It said, “F.U.”

Pope’s address disappoints Muslim leaders

Jordanian clerics expressed disappointment that Pope Benedict XVI in an address to Muslim leaders on Saturday failed to offer a new apology for remarks seen as targeting Islam.

“We wanted him to clearly apologise,” Sheikh Yusef Abu Hussein, mufti of the southern city of Karak, told AFP after the pope’s address in Amman’s huge Al-Hussein Mosque.

The pope had in 2006 quoted a medieval Christian emperor who criticised some teachings of the Prophet Mohammed as “evil and inhuman.”

The pontiff apologised at the time for the “unfortunate misunderstanding” but ahead of his visit to Jordan the kingdom’s main opposition party, the Islamic Action Front, said the pope was not welcome unless he again apologised.

“What the pope said was not an apology,” said Hammam Said, the overall leader of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood and University of Jordan professor.

“We want the apology to be clear just like the insults to Islam were clear. He should acknowledge his mistakes. That’s our position and the position of all Jordanians.”

…Sheikh Jamal Jumaah of the city of Madaba…[said,] “He is a guest of the Muslims and we expected him to say one word. It’s not too late. He can still apologise.” […]

In other words, any speech by a Westerner has to start like a famous standup routine: “Hello, I’m an infidel and I’m sorry.”

Related to this recent post about Obama not exactly being an “American” president is this development:

ObamAmerica has won a seat on the UN’s Human Rights Council, notorious for consisting of the world’s biggest human rights violators but keeping attention fixed on the Jewish state instead. Obviously, the international community now sees some “potential” in the U.S., which claims to be joining so as to moderate those views, but in all likelihood will join in on the gang rape of Israel, the truly lone star state.

US wins first seat on UN rights council

The United States won a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council for the first time Tuesday along with four countries accused of serious human rights violations — Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia.

Former President George W. Bush’s administration boycotted the council over its repeated criticism of Israel and its refusal to cite flagrant rights abuses in Sudan and elsewhere.

But the U.S. announced in late March that it would seek to join the council to help make it more effective, reflecting President Barack Obama’s desire to create a “new era of engagement” with the international community.

Even though the U.S. did not face competition in its regional group for a seat on the 47-member council, it needed to get at least 97 votes….It did far better, winning 167 votes. [… ]

RELATED: ****UPDATE ON JIHADWATCH DEUTSCHLAND LAWSUIT: German Judge Cites Barack Obama as Justification for Pro-Hamas, Pro-Hezbollah Views****

The news is good — and bad. Proprietor of Allah’s Willing Executioners blog and Jihad Watch Deutschland blog, Fred Alan Medforth, wrote me last night with the following:

The district court of Gelsenkirchen stays the “Jihad Watch Deutschland” lawsuit because of so-called low guilt. The fact that JWD-operator Fred Alan Medforth must pay, nevertheless, 300 € is because of Mr Barak [sic] Obama. Such lawsuits are ordinarily stayed without payment. But the judge stated that the political views of the German pro-Hamas and pro-Hizbollah politician and MP, Niels Annen (Social Democratic Party), are not so bad because Obama represents the same politics. And, therefore, the criticism of Annens politics was interpreted by the judge as insults towards this guy.

So there you have it, from an official German judge: You can’t insult anyone for wanting Jews dead since the “American” president himself doesn’t have anything against that. Second point: Obama is already costing people money directly — as far away as Germany!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to the good people at the website Muslims Against Sharia, whom I’ve emailed some goodwill to in the past and who picked up on this Deutschland item after seeing it posted on JihadWatch.org.

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