October 2009


Bill Clinton finally reacts to Obama’s Nobel Prize:


Am I misinterpreting a sentence about Gore Vidal? I mean, is there any other way to read it?

Here is the relevant part of a September 30th interview he gave to The London Times about his regret in switching his support from Hillary to Obama the way everyone else did:

US under Obama could slide into military dictatorship, says Gore Vidal

Barack Obama is failing as President and the US is in danger of sliding into a military dictatorship, says Gore Vidal, the American essayist and intellectual.

In an exclusive interview with The Times, Vidal, 83, reveals that he regrets switching his allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Mr Obama during last year’s campaign to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.

America should leave Afghanistan, Vidal said. “We’ve failed in every other aspect of our effort of conquering the Middle East or whatever you want to call it.” Vidal, a friend of President John F. Kennedy, became an Obama backer because he [Vidal] “grew up in a black city” (Washington) and was impressed by Obama’s intelligence.

Excuse me? Can someone explain to me what else that sentence could possibly mean other than Vidal is saying he spent a lot of time around black people — and Obama stood out because he was intelligent? Otherwise, how do those two thoughts go together?

The rest of the interview is Vidal lamenting the non-passage of healthcare reform, and every other hackneyed thought we’ve heard a thousand times:

On Mr Obama’s plan to reform healthcare, he said: “He f***** it up. I don’t know how, because the country wanted it. We’ll never see it happen.”

He also predicted Obama may be assassinated: “Just one lone gunman lurking in the shadows of the capital.”

Wow. What an original. What a singular “prediction.” Did this great “intellectual” come up with that one all on his own? Never heard that one before, have we? Not even from 50 Cent.

America has no intellectual class and is rotting away at a funereal pace, he believes. “We’ll have a military dictatorship soon, on the basis nobody else can hold everything together. Obama would have been better off focusing on educating the American people…He doesn’t realise how dim-witted and ignorant his audience is.”

That is, ‘Americans are stupid.’ A hack like this is a “great writer”?

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum reopened this month after a major renovation that shifted emphasis to his post-presidency, since those were the years when he accomplished the most. After he dies there will be another renovation, to highlight how much more good he’ll be accomplishing than when he was alive.

Let’s start with two recent news items that reinforce the official story of Bosnia, which happens to coincide with the Muslim version of the story:

Protesters burn photos of UN judges in Sarajevo

Protesters have set photos of several U.N. war crimes tribunal judges on fire in Sarajevo to oppose the shortening of the genocide indictment against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

About 150 members of war victim associations demonstrated in front of the U.N. office in the Bosnian capital on Wednesday.

Prosecutors have trimmed the indictment against Karadzic by cutting the number of crime sites from 45 to 27, and the U.N. tribunal judges in The Hague, Netherlands, want that done further to speed up the trial.

Karadzic is accused of masterminding Bosnian Serb atrocities during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, including the siege of Sarajevo and the 1996 slaying of 8,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica, Europe’s worst massacre since World War II.

The same week saw Bosnians going crazy over a rare case of a Serb getting a sentence reduced instead of getting the book thrown at him/her as usual:

Victims outraged by Bosnian Serb ex-president early release (AFP | Sept. 15, 2009)

Muslim victims of Bosnia’s war voiced outrage Tuesday at the UN war crimes court’s decision to grant early release to a Bosnian Serb ex-president convicted of crimes against humanity.

The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Tuesday that Biljana Plavsic should be granted early release from her 11-year jail term for good behaviour and apparent rehabilitation.

The 79-year-old is serving her sentence in a Swedish prison and under Sweden’s law becomes eligible for release from October 27, after serving two-thirds of her term. The tribunal has the final say in the matter.

Plavsic was sentenced in February 2003 after she admitted playing a leading role in a campaign of persecution against Croats and Muslims during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.

She is the highest ranking official of the former Yugoslavia to have acknowledged responsibility for atrocities committed in the 1990s wars that accompanied the former federation’s break up. […]

Now, as readers of this blog know, the oft-cited “Siege of Sarajevo” and “massacre” at Srebrenica were neither a siege nor a massacre, much less the “worst atrocity since WWII,” as the oft-parroted cliche goes.

The second obvious point is this: When Bosnian Muslim war criminals are let off the hook at the Hague — or, more often, not even put on trial — you don’t see Serbs going crazy and turning to pyromania, even when they should. But if the Hague dares to attempt some truth, accuracy or actual justice in a case against a Serb — making the indictment or verdict less in accordance with the Muslim propaganda that has so far guided the world’s view of events in Bosnia-Hercegovina — the Muslims won’t stand for it. Of course, whether Karadzic did or didn’t do anything that’s worthy of the longer indictment called for by Muslims is completely immaterial.

At the same time, the Bosnian Muslims don’t stand for their own being put on trial for war crimes, even when the defendant is ultimately the architect of the deaths of their loved ones. And let’s not even get into the hero’s welcomes that Bosnian Muslims give to their war criminals when they get off for killing Serbs.

Nor do Bosnian Muslims skip a beat in their We-Are-Pure-Victims drumbeat when one after another Bosnian war criminals is arrested (which, incidentally, is only a post-2002 practice by the International Tribunal, which was opened in 1993 to try exclusively Serbs). Just the latest:

Police arrest 4 Bosnian Muslims for war crimes

Police have arrested four former Bosnian Army soldiers suspected of having killed 19 civilians and three soldiers during an attack on a Bosnian Croat village during the country’s 1992-95 war.

The state prosecutor’s office in Sarajevo said Wednesday that Nedzad Hodzic, Mensur Memic, Dzevad Salcin and Senad Hakalovic were arrested in four different cities in Bosnia.

They were allegedly part of a Muslim-dominated Bosnian Army unit that attacked the village of Trusina, 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Sarajevo, in April 1993. Nineteen civilians and three Bosnian Croat soldiers who had surrendered there were killed.

Four civilians, including two young children, were injured.

Police also raided the homes and offices of 17 people throughout the country searching for evidence in the case.

Anyway, the burning of symbols of Western institutions that were set up to make Muslims happy and then predictably backfired as soon as those institutions tried to retain some semblance of modern-day justice — causing them to veer off the Muslim agenda — gives us just the slightest glimpse into why the Court very much needed Milosevic to die and the case to be “closed.”

Since the evidence “against” Milosevic was pointing to an opposite truth from what the world set out to prove — but since an acquittal or light sentence would make the Muhammad cartoon riots look like a pep rally — there was only one possible outcome for the Milosevic trial: death of the defendant.

While there are credible analyses of his being poisoned, I won’t get into that. What is indisputable is that the Hague did facilitate Milosevic’s demise by denying him leave for a needed operation. Imagine, now, what’s in store for Karadzic as some very discomforting, unsettling truths about the West’s devious roles in the Balkan wars emerge in the course of his trial.

Karadzic has already gone on record that ambassador and war criminal Richard Holbrooke wants him dead. This was not Karadzic’s opinion or paranoia, but concerned a plot that he’d learned of. And now at the Hague he is of course a sitting duck for Holbrooke’s long tentacles.

Andy Wilcoxson went into this brilliantly last year:

Murdering Radovan Karadzic
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Does Radovan Karadzic have evidence linking high-level U.S. officials to Islamic terror groups? Will he live long enough to present his defense at The Hague, or will he die in the UN Detention Unit like Slobodan Milosevic and Milan Babic before him?
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by Andy Wilcoxson
(Libertarian)
Monday, August 11, 2008

Former Bosnian-Serb president Radovan Karadzic claims to have made a secret deal with American diplomat Richard Holbrooke in 1996. Under the terms of the agreement, Karadzic would completely withdraw from public life and in return the United States guaranteed his safety and his immunity from prosecution at the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

Holbrooke vehemently denies making a deal with Karadzic. He said, “That is a total fabrication. It would have been not only immoral, but illegal.”

In spite of Holbrooke’s denials, former Bosnian-Serb foreign minister Aleksa Buha told Belgrade radio that he was present when the agreement was signed. He said the deal was made “in the night between 18 and 19 July 1996″ and that “Holbrooke strongly promised that The Hague tribunal would be history for Karadzic if he withdrew from politics forever.”

The Serbian news media has also published copies of the document signed by Holbrooke and Karadzic.

Confirmation of Karadzic’s claims of a secret deal also comes from a less likely source. Karadzic’s sworn enemy Muhamed Sacirbey, the former Bosnian-Muslim envoy to the UN, claims that he learned about the agreement from US diplomat Robert Frowick on the day it was signed.

Former Hague prosecutor Carla del Ponte also believes that a deal was struck. In a meeting with Dragan Kalinic, the former speaker of the Bosnian-Serb parliament, Del Ponte said, “I am investigating the story of an agreement between Karadzic and Holbrooke.” Kalinic asked “Do you believe that the agreement exists?” and Del Ponte replied, “Yes”.

Former Tribunal spokeswoman Florence Hartmann echoed those claims. She said the deal would explain how Karadzic was able to live for years on Bosnian-Serb territory and be ignored by more than 60,000 NATO troops.

She told Belgrade’s FoNet news agency, “Information about his whereabouts was abundant, however, it would always turn out that one of the three countries - the U.S., Britain or France - would block arrests. Sometimes arrest operations were halted by Chirac personally, other times by Clinton,” she said adding that she spoke “based on authentic statements and documents”.

William Stuebner, an American advisor to former UN war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone, told reporters after Karadzic was indicted that he “personally witnessed a group of Italian peacekeepers at a checkpoint literally turn their backs as a convoy carrying Radovan Karadzic came by with lights flashing, just so they wouldn’t ‘encounter’ him.”

Stuebner claims to have met with Karadzic in May 1996, shortly before the deal with Holbrooke was signed. He described the meeting with Karadzic to the Christian Science Monitor saying: “He was scared to death, he was really sure they were coming to get him and was seriously looking to turn himself in.”

In an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel, Del Ponte said that at one point Karadzic sent a message to the Tribunal “saying that he would turn himself in voluntarily. But then he suddenly changed his mind.”

It would appear that Karadzic wanted to surrender to the Tribunal, but the United States convinced him to sign the agreement with Holbrooke and withdraw from public life instead. One could certainly speculate that the United States was more interested in keeping Radovan Karadzic quiet than in putting him on trial for his alleged crimes.

Eventually, Karadzic’s deal with Holbrooke turned sour. The Belgrade daily Blic reported that in November 2000 the CIA tapped Karadzic’s phone and discovered that he was still controlling his political party from behind the scenes. The unnamed source, who claimed to be an official from a Western intelligence agency, said “In America they went crazy realizing Karadzic was making a fool of them.” At that point the protection was withdrawn.

Not only was Karadzic’s protection withdrawn, Del Ponte believed that he was in danger of being killed. In her meeting with Kalinic she said, “Karadzic knows very well that he is in danger because if they find him he will not be transferred to The Hague alive.”

In an interview with the Bosnian newspaper Slobodna Bosna, Radovan Karadzic’s wife said the U.S. ambassador for war crimes, Pierre-Richard Prosper, “told my mother-in-law that she would never see her son alive again and that they would kill him when they find him.”

Again, the determination to kill rather than arrest Radovan Karadzic suggests that the United States was more interested in keeping him quiet than in bringing him to justice for his alleged crimes. The question is why. The answer may be that he has evidence incriminating U.S. officials.

The United States and NATO supported the Muslim war effort in Bosnia. So did the Iranian Government, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other Islamic radical groups. As the wartime leader of the Bosnian-Serbs, Radovan Karadzic may be in a position to prove that there was high-level collaboration between U.S. officials and certain Islamic terror groups in Bosnia.

Imagine the political ramifications if Karadzic were to present strong evidence linking high-level U.S. officials with terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, both of whom were active in Bosnia before masterminding the 9/11 terrorist attacks. If something like that were shown to be true, it would explain the U.S. determination to keep Radovan Karadzic quiet.

At his initial appearance before the Tribunal, Karadzic expressed concern for his safety. He said, “I must say that this is a matter of life and death. If Mr. Holbrooke still wants my death and regrets that there is no death sentence here, I wonder if his arm is long enough to reach me here.”

The fact that high-level Serbian leaders have died suspicious deaths at the UN Detention Unit in the past should give Karadzic reason to question his safety.

On March 5, 2006 the Tribunal claimed that former Krajina-Serb leader Milan Babic hung himself with his belt. During the autopsy The Netherlands Forensic Institute noted that it was “exceptionally uncommon” that the ligature mark found on Babic’s neck was narrower than the belt he supposedly hung himself with. Generally in a hanging, they would expect the mark to be roughly the same width or slightly wider than the belt.

In spite of the fact that the marks on his neck didn’t match the belt he supposedly hung himself with, no criminal investigation was carried out. His death was declared a suicide and the books were closed.

Less than a week after Babic’s death, former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic also died in the UN Detention Unit. Less than 72 hours before having a fatal heart attack, Milosevic wrote a letter to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs claiming to have been poisoned with a powerful drug that negated the effect of his high-blood pressure medication. His letter said, “In order to verify my allegations, I am presenting you a simple example which you can find in the attachment. This document, which I received on March 7, shows that on January 12th (i.e. two months ago), an extremely strong drug was found in my blood … the fact that doctors needed 2 months to report [it] to me, can’t have any other explanation than we are facing manipulation.”

In its report on Milosevic’s death, the Tribunal confirmed that Milosevic was given a blood test on January 12, 2006 and that the suspicious drug was found. However, according to the Tribunal’s report, “Mr. Milosevic was not told of the results until 3 March 2006 because of the difficult legal position in which Dr Falke found himself by virtue of the Dutch legal provisions concerning medical confidentiality.”

Clearly the Tribunal is covering-up something, because there is absolutely no Dutch legal provision that prevents a doctor from telling his patient the results of their own blood test. Nonetheless, no criminal investigation was launched. The death was deemed “natural” and that was the end of that.

If Karadzic dies in the UN Detention Unit, he will be the third high-level Serbian leader to do so. If he has incriminating evidence against U.S. officials he would be well advised to get it out in the open as soon as possible, otherwise that information might go to the grave with him.

A piece by Wilcoxson just a week earlier also offers some invaluable insight:

Radovan Karadzic’s arrest…promises to shed light on our news media’s misrepresentation of the Bosnian civil war
by Andy Wilcoxson
(Libertarian)
Monday, August 4, 2008

After evading capture for thirteen years, former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic made his first appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague last Thursday.

Our media and our political establishment have portrayed his arrest and extradition to the Tribunal as a great triumph. They have spent the last sixteen years promoting the thesis of Serbian guilt and Muslim victimization in the Bosnian war and in their minds Karadzic’s arrest validates their politics and their policies.

Ever since Karadzic’s arrest was announced our political establishment has been engaged in an orgy of childish name-calling. Karadzic has been portrayed as evil incarnate; various journalists and public figures have called him a “monster”, a “demon”, and a “butcher”. Former Assistant Secretary of State, Richard Holbrooke called him “Europe’s Bin Laden”. While this kind of name-calling might give self-important journalists and politicians the opportunity to portray themselves as virtuous crusaders for international justice, it does very little to shed light on what actually happened in Bosnia.

The people who cheer Karadzic’s capture today might regret it tomorrow. These people built their professional careers on the premise of saving “innocent” Bosnian-Muslims from Karadzic’s “genocidal Serb aggression”. Their credibility and professional reputation depend on his guilt. Until now, they’ve been able to accuse him with impunity because he was in hiding and couldn’t defend himself. Now that he’s in the Tribunal’s custody, he will be given a high-profile public trial where he will have the opportunity to challenge their accusations and present his own evidence.

One of the most famous “crimes” that Karadzic is accused of is the Siege of Sarajevo. Most of us can remember the scenes of pockmarked apartment blocks in Sarajevo and the images of Muslim civilians maimed and killed by Serbian artillery fire. Karadzic’s trial promises to give much-needed context to that imagery.

Without a doubt, the Serbs shelled Sarajevo several times during the war. The Karadzic trial will reveal why they did it. The evidence has already been presented during other trials at the Tribunal, but the Karadzic trial will be the highest profile presentation of that evidence.

The Serbs fired on Sarajevo because the Muslims were in the city shooting at them. The so-called “siege” began as an operation to rescue soldiers that the Muslims were holding hostage in the Marshal Tito Barracks. It continued because the Muslims wouldn’t agree to a cease-fire and they wouldn’t stop shooting at the Serbs.

Muslim troops in Sarajevo deliberately attacked the Serbs from built-up civilian areas of the city in order to increase the likelihood that civilians would be hit when the Serbs returned fire. UN military observers stationed in Sarajevo have already testified at the Tribunal that they witnessed this practice many times.

David Harland, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping in Bosnia, is on record testifying at the Tribunal. He said, “The Muslims certainly understood that when they fired out of the city that [it] would provoke incoming Serb fire, which would make normal life in the city impossible.” According to his testimony the Muslims violated 514 attempts by the UN to implement a cease-fire.

Philippe Morillion, the French general who commanded the UN force in Bosnia from 1992 to 1993, is on record testifying that the Muslims “very frequently used mortars at Kosevo (the main hospital in Sarajevo) for provocation purposes”.

Morillion’s protest letters to the Bosnian-Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic are already exhibits on file at the Tribunal. One letter dated January 11, 1993 reads: “[an] 82-milimeter mortar had been set up on the western side of the Kosevo Hospital within the hospital grounds. This mortar and its crew then proceeded to fire nine rounds using the hospital as a screen. The direct consequence of this disreputable and cowardly act was that shortly afterward the hospital came under fire from anti-aircraft gunfire, artillery fire, and mortar fire … You will, I’m sure, be aware that the firing of weapons from the hospital is against the Geneva Convention.”

The siege of Sarajevo wasn’t a genocidal Serb attack on defenseless peace loving Muslims like our news media led us to believe. The Muslims deliberately put their civilian population in the crossfire so that NATO would intervene against the Serbs on “humanitarian” grounds.

NATO took the bait because our news media shamelessly shilled for the Islamic cause. Our journalists dutifully reported that Muslim civilians were killed in Sarajevo by Serb artillery fire, but they failed to report that the Serbs were provoked by Muslim artillery fire emanating from the city.

The story of Srebrenica is similar. We’ve been told the half-truth that the Serbs over-ran a UN safe area and killed thousands of Muslims, but we weren’t told that the Muslims of Nasir Oric’s 28th Infantry Division used that safe area as a base to launch attacks from. They massacred the Serbian villages surrounding Srebrenica and they fled back into the warm bosom of the UN Safe Area when they were done, safely behind the UN’s skirts and out of reach of Serb retaliation.

In July 1995, when a column of 15,000 Muslim men from Srebrenica ventured out of the safe area to attack the Bosnian-Serb frontlines in an operation to break through to Tuzla, the Serbs weren’t inclined to be friendly. The Serbs shot and managed to kill thousands of their Muslim attackers, and now we’re being told that they committed a so-called “genocide”.

One has to wonder what kind of “genocide” it was when most of the bodies being pulled from the mass graves around Srebrenica are military-aged men. Thousands of bodies have been exhumed and there isn’t a single woman among them. Can you think of any other “genocide” that spared women and children? If exterminating Muslims was the goal, why not kill the women and children? The story of Srebrenica doesn’t make a lot of sense until you realize that it wasn’t genocide at all. What happened in Srebrenica is simple: the Muslims attacked the Serbs so the Serbs shot and killed them, some died in battle and others were executed. It might not have been pretty, but it’s ridiculous to call it “genocide”.

Only a fool would believe that the Muslims were striving for a democratic and multi-ethnic Bosnia. Alija Izetbegovic, the leader of the Bosnian Muslims, was seen in the company of Osama bin Laden by Der Spiegel’s Balkan correspondent Renate Flottau and by London Time’s war correspondent Eve-Ann Prentice in 1994. According to the 9/11 Commission report, four of the 9/11 hijackers, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, were veterans of the Bosnian jihad against Radovan Karadzic and the Serbs.

A report published in 1996 by the US House Committee on International Relations says, “Iran ordered senior members of its Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (”IRGC”), the elite force used to advance militant Islam, to travel to Bosnia to survey the military needs of the [Izetbegovic] government. IRGC trainers taught the Muslims how to use anti-tank missiles and helped with troop logistics and weapons factories. The IRGC also incorporated religious indoctrination into military training. Iran used this leverage to urge Hizballah to send foreign fighters to the region as members of the Mujahideen. The effort was successful and a force of thousands drawn from several pro-Iranian groups and other Islamic Opposition movements assembled in Bosnia.”

Radovan Karadzic was fighting the good fight in Bosnia. He was fighting to keep his people from being subjugated by an Islamic regime in Sarajevo that had ties to Osama bin Laden and the Iranian government. Anybody who believes that the Muslims enlisted the help of Osama bin Laden and the Iranians for the sake of multi-ethnic democracy is hopelessly delusional.

Radical Islamic groups supported Izetbegovic’s regime because he shared their fundamentalist views. In 1990, two years before the war started, Izetbegovic published his book “The Islamic Declaration” in Sarajevo. In that book Izetbegovic advocates Sharia law and the establishment of “a united Islamic community from Morocco to Indonesia”. He wrote that the establishment of an Islamic order was his “incontrovertible and invincible aim”. In Izetbegovic’s view “the Islamic movement should and can, take over political power as soon as it is morally and numerically so strong that it can not only overturn the existing non-Islamic power, but also build up a new Islamic one”. He branded Western feminists “a depraved element of the female sex” and said, “There can be neither peace nor coexistence between the Islamic faith and non-Islamic social and political institutions”.

Under the circumstances, the Bosnian-Serbs had every right to break away from Bosnia and re-join what was left of Yugoslavia. To call the Serbian war effort an aggression for “Greater Serbia” is grossly dishonest. The Bosnian-Serbs had the same right to leave Bosnia and re-join Yugoslavia that West Virginia had to break away from Confederate Virginia and re-join the Union during the civil war.

The rhetoric that our media and our political establishment have used to describe the Bosnian civil war is some of the most malicious propaganda ever conceived. To illustrate the point I’ll use their “Bosnia rhetoric” to describe the American civil war: “In 1861 Abraham Lincoln committed an aggression against the Confederate States of America. Over the course of the war, Lincoln’s thugs systematically seized Confederate territory in a genocidal quest for Greater America’. Lincoln’s war killed more than 600,000 people and left millions homeless. Lincoln, better known as the butcher of Gettysburg’, was not brought to justice for his crimes until he was slain by a Confederate loyalist named John Wilkes Booth in 1865.”

Obviously, that tendentious description of the civil war is one of the most intellectually dishonest things ever written. Unfortunately, our news media and our political establishment describe what happened in Bosnia in precisely that fashion. It is time to call these people out, the next bleeding heart that bemoans “Karadzic’s genocide in Bosnia” and smugly applauds his capture as “a victory for international justice” needs to be put in their place.

No matter what you’ve been told, there was nothing especially evil about the 1992-95 war in Bosnia compared to any other war. The war killed about 100,000 people including the civilians and soldiers from each side. While that’s a lot of people it’s not a remarkable death toll for a war. It certainly isn’t indicative of genocide or anything even close.

When the United States firebombed Tokyo on the night of March 9-10, 1945 we killed 100,000 Japanese civilians in that one night of bombing alone. Does that mean Franklin Roosevelt was a genocidal monster? Coalition forces estimate that they killed 100,000 Iraqi troops during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91. Does that make George H.W. Bush guilty of genocide? If it’s absurd to accuse Bush and Roosevelt of genocide, then it’s equally absurd to accuse Radovan Karadzic.

Radovan Karadzic’s fight to keep his people from being ruled by Islamic extremists is no less valid than the U.S. war against Imperial Japan or the U.S. campaign to liberate Kuwait from Saddam Hussein. If anything, Karadzic had more of a right to stand and fight on the territory where his people lived than the United States had to take the fight halfway around the world to Japan and Iraq.

If Radovan Karadzic marshals the evidence already on record at the Tribunal, and if he supplements it with the documents and evidence that undoubtedly came into his possession as the President of the Bosnian Serbs he will bury his opposition. The people who are pointing their self-righteous fingers at him today could very well regret the day they ever put him on trial. Then again, his accusers have been dishonest from day one. They will probably keep repeating their story no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary. They’ve been lying for sixteen years and there’s no reason to think they’ll stop now. It is time to call these people out and start applying some common sense to our understanding of the Bosnian war.

On the point of the deal, which Holbrooke continues to deny, we’ve got former U.S. officials confirming that Holbrooke did offer Karadzic immunity from prosecution during 1996 peace negotiations in Bosnia. Then we’ve got no less than Carla Del Ponte supporting the claim. Even better, we’ve got the Bosnian former foreign minister, Muhammad Sacirbey, saying the deal was made unambiguously. We also have the AFP quoting a U.S. intelligence source that Karadzic was protected until he broke the terms of the agreement.

A copy of the signed pact was published by Serb Republic newspaper Fokus, and its existence was confirmed by Vladimir Nadezdin, former aid of Serbian foreign minister Milan Milutinovic, though Nadezdin couldn’t authenticate the document published by Fokus. He did, however, tell the Italian news site, AKI that “I’ve seen it [the document] with my own eyes.” Karadzic’s brother Luka also confirmed the existence of the deal, and wrote a letter appealing to Holbrooke futilely asking him to be honorable and stop lying about it.

More on the U.S. cart-before-the-horse policy insinuating the narco-terrorist non-state of Kosovo into international organizations before it’s even recognized as a country by one-third of the world’s nations. Apparently, the lawless non-state is already “on the road” to EU and NATO.

U.S. ambassador: Kosovo on road to EU, NATO (From September)

PRIŠTINA — U.S. ambassador to Kosovo Christopher Dell said that Kosovo will become a member of the EU and NATO once it fulfills all conditions for doing so.

According to media in Priština, Dell said at a press conference of the Euro-Atlantic Club of Kosovo on Friday, that democracy, stabilization, and economic development must be priorities in the work of Priština’s institutions.

“The republic of Kosovo, as a democratic, prosperous and multi-ethnic state, in which everyone is equal under law, will receive a place in Europe and become a full-fledged member of the North Atlantic Alliance,” Dell said.

He added that all prerequisites must be met in order for this to occur, however.

“The construction of state institutions, then the integration of the community and its protection, economic development, rule of law, all should come before European integration,” Dell said.

All the other farcical aspects of this aside, how is a place that cleansed as much of its non-Albanian populations as possible going to be a “multi-ethnic state” with “protections for minorities” when it’s constantly building monuments to the killers of those minorities?

As for the more modest and less conspicuous monuments built for the Serbian victims of these Albanian “heroes,” here’s how that goes (from Sept 11):

On Thursday night, Kosovo police turned back a group of 80 Serbs who were heading to Velika Hoca/Hoca e Madhe, Kosovo to attend the unveiling of a monument to Kosovo Serbs who have been killed or kidnapped.

Veljko Odalovic, from the Serbian government’s Missing Persons’ Commission, says Kosovo police spent three hours checking everyone’s personal identification documents and information before requesting that the bus, van and three accompanying cars return to the administrative crossing in Merdare.

He claimed in an interview with KIM radio station on Thursday night that there was no reason to turn back the convoy, other than the presumed receipt of orders to do so from the Kosovo government.

The unveiling of the monument is scheduled to take place on Friday in the municipality of Orahovac/Rahovec, a date chosen to correspond with Friday’s Orthodox holiday marking the beheading of John the Baptist.

While the U.S. tries to sneak Kosovo into NATO and the EU — and has already snuck it into the IMF — before it’s even a country, Kosovo’s leaders managed to sneak themselves into the UN last week:

Serbia protests Kosovo leader’s UN visit

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Serbia has formally protested to the U.N. over a visit to the building by the leader of Kosovo…”We have lodged a sharp protest to the U.N. Secretariat and demanded an immediate inquiry into how this happened,” [Serb Foreign Minister Vuk] Jeremic told The Associated Press.

Jeremic said that Kosovo’s President Fatmir Sejdiu and members of his delegation are private citizens and therefore cannot be allowed to attend the current General Assembly session.

Sejdiu and his delegation had passes that allowed them to visit parts of the U.N. headquarters building that are normally off limits to visitors and journalists, but did not enter the General Assembly chamber. It was not
immediately known how they had obtained the passes.

The Kosovo delegation was not immediately available for comment.

Most governments are said to be waiting for the International Court of Justice to rule on Serbia’s complaint about the legality of Kosovo’s independence before deciding whether to extend recognition.

The 15-member International Court of Justice was created with the founding of the United Nations in 1945, and is the only international court with general jurisdiction. It has scheduled a public debate on Kosovo later this year and is expected to issue a nonbinding opinion before the end of 2010.

In a rare move highlighting international interest in the issue, all five members of the Security Council have indicated they will take part in the debate, as have numerous other countries. Serbia is asking the court to rule on whether under international law a region can unilaterally break away from a nation with a democratic system. […]

Albania “Smuggled” Kosovo into UN Session

FM Vuk Jeremić told B92 that the Kosovo delegation presence at the UN General Assembly violated the world organization’s code of ethics.

After Serbia lodged a protest to the UN, its General Secretariat conducted an investigation and announced that Fatmir Sejdiu was most likely taken to the UN building “by Albania”.

“The United Nations did not issue passes to the Kosovo representatives to enter the General Assembly hall,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Brenden Varma has stated.

He also explained that all UN GA participants have at their disposal a number of passes that they can “give to whomever they want, allowing them to observe the session from a special room”.

Such a move, Jeremić commented, violates the UN rules.

He also commented on the statement that came from Swedish FM Carl Bildt [a Western Islamist who couldn’t wait to recognize Muslim Kosovo], whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, who said that as the EU integration process continued, Serbia would be expected to exhibit “a pragmatic position on Kosovo”.

Jeremić claims that recognizing Kosovo is not a condition that will be put before the government in Belgrade [sic: that’s not a “claim”; it’s a fact that EU leaders have repeatedly guaranteed Serbia that Kosovo recognition would not be a prerequisite for membership — but as with all international guarantees to Serbia, it is already in the process of being broken].

“Such a condition would not be accepted by Serbia under any circumstances,” the foreign minister explained.

He also told B92 that Serbia’s representatives met with over 70 foreign officials during the UN GA session in New York, to call on other countries as well not to recognize the ethnic Albanian unilateral independence declaration. […]

UN responds to Serbia’s protest about Kosovo

… “The United Nations did not give permission to the Kosovo representatives to enter the room of the General Assembly,” Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s spokesperson Brandon Varma said.

“Kosovo Albanian representative were present in the hall only on Saturday during the speech of Albanian premier Sali Berisha at the invitation of the Albanian delegation, and not the Secretariat General,” Varma said, as quoted by Serbian news agency Tanjug.

Kosovo had a delegation headed by its president Fatmir Sejdiu in New York at the time that Kosovo was debated by leaders participating in the annual General Assembly opening session.

In a September 25 speech to the General Assembly, Serbian president Boris Tadic thanked all UN states that had not recognised Kosovo as independent and, underlining that the International Court of Justice proceedings on the question were still underway, urged that there be no further recognitions.

First group of Roma sent back to Kosovo

29 September 2009 | 10:58 | Source: Tanjug

PRIŠTINA — Several dozen refugees that arrived in Germany prior to, during, and after the 1999 conflict have been returned to Kosovo and Metohija.

Most of the refugees are Roma who have been living in Germany without having their status regulated, according to Albanian language media in Priština, though there are people of other ethnicities in the group as well.

With this reparation, the return of Kosovo resident[s] from various European countries has officially begun, according to the agreement signed between the Kosovo government and European Union.

There are an estimated 50,000 Roma from Kosovo living in Western European countries, most in Germany. They are all expected to return by the end of 2010.

Priština-based human rights organizations point out that the return process “could increase social problems in Kosovo” and that the social situation in Kosovo “does not offer any guarantees of this process succeeding”.

The pace of the return will “only increase the already high levels of poverty, unemployment and crime in Kosovo”, they say.

Albanian extradited from Ireland for Sikh’s murder
October 3rd, 2009

LONDON - An Albanian wanted for the allegedly racist murder of a Sikh father of two has been extradited to Britain after being found working as a chef in Ireland.

Artan Hysaj was arrested in the town of Malahide in August and now faces a murder trial in connection with a fatal racist attack on Kalvinder ‘Bob’ Singh in Manchester.

Hysaj, 32, is alleged to have been part of a gang that attacked Singh because he had white friends.

In the attack at the Burning Balti curry house in Manchester in April 2004, Singh’s head was stamped on and he was beaten with sticks and a bottle.

He suffered a fractured skull and died two weeks later.

According to British media reports, Singh, 31, was attacked by the gang for being in the company of white people.

Hysaj, who was arrested in a chef’s attire at a restaurant in Malahide, near Dublin, was flown to Manchester last week and is expected to be produced in court soon.

He faces charges of murder, intent to cause grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.

The case was featured on British television in 2004 and, a year later, another Albanian, Marjan Semaj, 22, was jailed for life for murder.

In April this year, a third Albanian, Emirjan Hisaj, was charged with murder. Police are still looking for a fourth man, Alfred Kurti, also an Albanian.

Vanessa Redgrave: Kosovo makes me happy

New Kosova Report | 23 September 2009

Famous British actress, Oscar and Golden Globe winner, Vanessa Redgrave has kept her promise. She reached Prishtina, where she will host the “PriFilm” festival on Tuesday night. “If my mother was alive, she would be extremely happy to know that I came back to Kosovo. She always said that she never saw me happier than in Kosovo. I am really happy, ” expressed Redgrave.

It’s not the first time Redgrave comes to Kosovo. She has extended her hand of aid for Albanians in Kosovo in moments of difficult times during the war. Besides visiting hospitals in Prishtina in 1997, Redgrave travelled to Albania and the FYROM [Macedonia] the following year to visit Albanian refugees of Kosovo, conducting drama workshops for children in several of the refugee camps. In London, she organized a concert, For the Children of Kosovo, on behalf of the United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF.

This time, she was sent to Prishtina for another purpose. She is the President of the Board of PriFilmFest- Prishtina International Film Festival- whose mission is to open doors of the newest country in the world, Kosovo, to welcome different cultures of the world through cinema, using it as a medium to promote open dialog between cultures and nations. She will be hosting the opening event of PriFilmFest on Tuesday night.

She is equally well known as a passionate activist in the cause of children and as an advocate of peace, tolerance and reconciliation. In June 1995, she was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She called for peace in Kosovo during a rally in Trafalgar Square in 1998 where thousands gathered to demonstrate against the atrocities commited against Kosovar Albanians by Serbia’s occupation and colonialist forces.

I didn’t know it was possible to “occupy” territory in one’s own country. But thank you for the dubious use of the term “occupation.” It helps underscore the flippant misuse of it with regard to Israel as well. And it shows that Redgrave seems to be as confused about “occupation” in Kosovo as she is about “occupation” in the West Bank.

Secondly, even the mainstream dummies have been moving away in recent years from the ethnic cleansing charge when they wrap up their reports with a summary of what went down in ‘99, admitting now that Serbian forces were cracking down on “Albanian insurgents,” and not trying to remove a province’s entire population, as we were supposed to believe. (Since 2008 AP reports have been closing with “Kosovo came under U.N. and NATO administration after a NATO-led air war halted former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic’s crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists in 1999.”)

But the Redgrave dispatch was written by an Albanian, so what can we expect?

So let’s just note the main point here: The woman who was an early supporter of the terror group Palestinian Liberation Organization is also a supporter of the bloody mess that the terror group Kosovo Liberation Army has accomplished. When your targets are Jews and Serbs, there’s no hiding that you are a Nazi.

Especially if you do this:

In December 2007, Redgrave was named as one of the possible suretors who paid the £50,000 bail for Jamil al-Banna, one of three British residents arrested after landing back in the UK following four years’ captivity at Guantanamo Bay. Al-Banna is alleged to have run a terrorist cell called the Islamic Alliance which recruited people to fight jihad in Afghanistan and Indonesia. He also is accused of distributing extremist propaganda produced by Osama bin Laden. Redgrave has declined to be specific about her financial involvement but said she was “very happy” to be of “some small assistance for Jamil and his wife”, adding, “It is a profound honour and I am glad to be alive to be able to do this. Guantanamo Bay is a concentration camp.”[27]

As for those drama workshops she was conducting at the refugee camps in Albania and Macedonia, that could help explain this:

Goran Stojcik, a Macedonian ambulance driver who worked in the refugee camps during the war, testified under oath at the Hague Tribunal that he had eye-witnessed Western news crews stage-managing fake news footage in the refugee camps…In one example, he said a news crew threw a refugee child into the mud to make him cry for the camera.

On another occasion, he said his colleague’s medical supplies were stolen so a perfectly healthy man could be wrapped in bandages and placed on a stretcher to be portrayed as wounded in front of the TV cameras.

The lady is instrumental indeed!

Political Memoirs Often Ghost-written

With the announcement that Sarah Palin’s memoir is coming out in November, it emerged that modern political memoirs are usually written by ghostwriters. That includes Bill Clinton’s monotonous 1000-page tome, roundly panned by critics and ever so originally titled "My Life." 

This means that there is actually someone more boring and long-winded than Bill Clinton.

Polanski and Victim on the Same Page

 

Director Roman Polanski was arrested in Zurich last week. Interestingly, his victim Samantha Geimer, who successfully sued him years ago, supports Polanski’s bid to have the case dismissed, saying she just wants to put the whole thing behind her.

 

I thought he already put it behind her. Isn’t that how this whole thing started?

Degenerate Hollywood Flocks to Polanski’s Defense

Hollywood has come to the defense of Roman Polanski.Whoopi Goldberg said that what he did wasn’t “rape-rape”; Anjelica Huston said the 13-year-old he molested seemed like “one of those little chicks” who could be 25; and Debra Winger said the whole thing is ancient history and “we stand by him and await his release and his next masterpiece.”

How about if for his next masterpiece he sticks it in your ass this time, Bitches? How’d that be for a release? Go frame that.

Ahmadinejad a Jew? Who Knew?!

It appears that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be Jewish.

I guess this means the Anti-Christ is a Jew after all.

(He was just a crafty enough Jew to figure out that it’s a lot easier to get away with shit if you’re Muslim.)

I was reading a friend’s October issue of Newsmax Magazine, and came across yet another apparently paid-for PR spread for Bill Clinton. Some excerpts from “Bill Clinton Gets His Groove Back”:

One person President Obama might want to add to his BlackBerry speed dial soon is Bill Clinton…[who] has regained momentum. In a big way.

In early August, Clinton’s success in negotiating the release of two U.S. journalists from imprisonment in North Korea spotlighted his role as global elder statesman.

For Clinton, the meeting was also a personal triumph. It reminded Americans of his stellar role as international statesman, an important one he played during the George W. Bush years when world opinion had turned against the United States.

Unlike former President Jimmy Carter, Clinton had used his global goodwill to serve as intermediary between heads of state and the Bush administration…Today, Clinton is doing best what he has done since he left office: serving as an ambassador of goodwill for the United States.

Once again, Newsmax is allowing itself to be a forum for recycling and propagating the perception of Bill Clinton that was cultivated for consumption by the brain-dead masses, with buzz words like “global elder statesman” and “goodwill ambassador.” It also buys into the notion of world opinion turning against the U.S. during Bush for legitimate reasons, as opposed to the timeless distaste for America strong-arming evil. At the same time, the magazine is forgetting that the U.S. turned into nothing short of a laughing stock under Clinton and his Chicken Diplomacy.

Even if the Bushes eventually succumbed to Clinton’s tutelage, the magazine wants readers to willingly forget that these “intermediary” roles Clinton played between states started out as rogue, backdoor meetings and negotiations with international leaders to undermine current U.S. policy, which was then in the hands of the enemy, as Clinton saw it. In one case, he preempted a meeting that the Bushes were to have with the Canadian prime minister, who immediately canceled the next day’s lunch with the sitting president. In another case, Clinton had a secret mystery meeting with Saudi Prince Abdullah at a hotel in Houston in 2002, and the next day the prince was spouting all the Democratic anti-Bush talking points and insults. Clinton was meeting with world leaders one by one, as if assuring them that the 2000 Republican victory was an aberration and that in a short four years the Democrats would be back in control and so there was no need to cooperate with the current administration. He wasn’t being a “goodwill ambassador”; he was running a parallel government and undermining the sitting president.

For some reason, Newsmax has been at the forefront of Clinton-presidency revisionism as it tries to demonstrate just how bad Obama is. Missing the point, of course, that the Clinton presidency paved the way to an Obama presidency. (Compare their teflon-ism and race-war stirring.) As for the North Korea “mission,” even a bum on the street recognizes that as a pre-arranged publicity stunt for North Korea, with the two journalists’ release never being in question.

In the second half of the two-page, loving, photo-lined spread, we get an update on the (s)ex-president’s latest activities and the requisite plug for his foundation:

…Just days after his return from the mission, he joined drug company executives to announce a deal to provide lower-cost AIDS and tuberculosis medications to patients in developing nations. He also joined two Obama administration Cabinet secretaries in Las Vegas to express support for a clean energy policy. On Aug. 9, he announced plans to lead an international trade mission of private investors to Haiti to pursue energy and other development projects…

“Bill Clinton still has the juice,” Democratic strategist Donna Brazile has said. “People trust him, and he has an important role to play.”

While most modern presidents have faded into relative obscurity after leaving the White House, Clinton chose another path, reinventing the concept of the post-presidency…The [William J. Clinton Foundation] has been Clinton’s base of operations since he established it in 2001, with a focus on seeking private and corporate help in major global initiatives ranging from fighting AIDS to alleviating poverty in the Third World. […]

So now Clinton’s well-known pathological need for the spotlight has turned into “reinventing the concept of the post-presidency” — meaning that a publication which was once a principled leader of the “vast Rightwing conspiracy” against the Clintons has succumbed to the Clintonian spin for framing what Clinton is.

Here’s how Bill Clinton expressed his appreciation the other day for this pro-Clinton change of heart:

Bill Clinton speaks of vast, right-wing conspiracy

Bill Clinton says a vast, right-wing conspiracy that once targeted him is now focusing on President Barack Obama.

The ex-president made the comment in a television interview when he was asked about one of the signature moments of the Monica Lewinsky affair over a decade ago. Back then, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton used the term “vast, right-wing conspiracy” to describe how her husband’s political enemies were out to destroy his presidency.

Bill Clinton was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether the conspiracy is still there. He replied: “You bet. Sure it is. It’s not as strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it’s as virulent as it was.”

Clinton said that this time around, the focus is on Obama and “their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail.”

In other words, Newsmax is happily Bushifying itself. Meaning that even while it kisses Clinton’s prostate as the Bushes had done, he trashes it at every turn.

But enough about Bill Clinton. Check out Bill Clinton lately:

Bill Clinton basks in role of world savior (Sept. 23)

NEW YORK (AFP) – World leaders gathering in New York to resolve global problems? Sounds like the UN General Assembly — well, except when they’re all across town with Bill Clinton.

The Democratic Party legend basked Tuesday in his unofficial role of world problem solver as he opened the fifth annual session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), timed to coincide with the huge UN meeting a few blocks away.

Swelling, movie-style music accompanied the white-haired Clinton as he took the stage at the Sheraton hotel….President Barack Obama gave the keynote speech, saying “Bill Clinton has helped improve and save the lives of millions.”

In the audience sat another 60 current and former heads of state, along with the chief executives of Coca-Cola, Nissan, ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs, while Hollywood stars like Matt Damon and Demi Moore added the sort of pizazz the United Nations rarely enjoys.

The annual four-day networking, brain-storming and fundraising session also gives Clinton an extraordinarily high-profile platform eight years after leaving the White House.

His wife Hillary may be secretary of state, but the 42nd president remains as famous, if not more so — a status boosted by his successful mission to Pyongyang in August to bring back two US journalists arrested in North Korea.

As Obama said, Clinton could “have settled for a life of quiet, a life of ease, a life of improved golf scores [not really]…but he chose a different path.” […]

Not much difference between this mainstream pabulum from the AFP and today’s Newsmax, when it comes to Bill Clinton.

It’s thanks to this kind of vigilance by our once “alternative” media that, 10 years later, Bill Clinton and the rest of his administration are still able to get away with bombshells like this one that he delivered at his confab across from the UN General Assembly:

“Clinton continued, discussing the war in Kosovo, on which he said there was ‘never a more righteous cause…’”

The “cause,” of course, being to secure a legacy beyond the word ‘Lewinsky’.

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