Here we go again. Isn’t this how it all started in Kosovo? Letting the Albanians have their own institutions and letting them make their language dominant? And isn’t Medvedja among the three municipalities represented by a separatist army? Hello?
Serbian University to Teach in Albanian
Medvedja | 13 October 2009 | Nikola Lazic
A new university department, situated in the southern Serbian town of Medvedja, will teach in the Albanian language.
A combined department of the Nis University’s Faculties of Economics and Law opened in Medvedja on Monday, with an initial intake of 33 students of ethnic Albanian and Serbian nationality, who will learn in their native languages in classes that kick off later this week.
The US Agency for International Development and OSCE Mission to Serbia financed the opening of the department, which is located in a local high school building.
“The Serbian government has fulfilled its promise to open a university department in Medvedja, where classes will be held in both the Serbian and Albanian languages. This is a sign that the government is working on resolving issues [in] southern Serbia,” Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic said at the opening.
The vice-president of the Coordination Body for South Serbia, Sima Gazikalovic, told Balkan Insight that the opening of the university department, teaching in the Albanian language, was one of the state’s “strategic priorities”.
“Now parents of the students will have less expenses, while youths from both national communities in southern Serbia will have more job opportunities once they finish their studies,” Gazikalovic said.
He announced that, at the beginning of next year, the university’s Law and Economics Departments should open a branch in Presevo and Bujanovac as well.
The speaker of the Presevo local parliament, Skender Destani, told Balkan Insight that the opening of the university department in Medvedja is of considerable importance to ethnic Albanians in the area.
“I expect that local Albanians in Presevo and Bujanovac will also get such an institution in their native language soon […] it will resolve at least part of the problems we face in the education system,” he said.
Young ethnic Albanians from Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac municipalities were forced to study in their language in Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania.
Since Kosovo declared independence, on February 17 last year, Serbia does not recognise Kosovo university degrees. Thus, most recent ethnic Albanian graduates cannot apply for jobs in Serbia that they are qualified for.
And of course Serbia’s Vojvodina region is inching closer to neighboring Hungary.
Kosovo, “the final leg of the breakup of Yugoslavia” indeed!
I submitted a letter to the editor at Miami Herald about the writer’s insertion of the adjective “Jewish” to describe the concentration camps at Jasenovac, but in the meantime there is another point to make about the same article, which appeared last month:
Nazi hunter, speaking in Miami, chronicles his triumphs and frustrations
Minutes after a judge in Croatia condemned Dinko Sakic in 1999 to 20 years in prison for crimes committed during World War II, a man came up to Efraim Zuroff and told him he only had two words for him: “Thank You.'’
Zuroff, 61, a Nazi hunter from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, had captured Sakic in Argentina, where the head of Jasenovac, the largest Jewish extermination camp in Croatia, had been living for years.
The man who approached Zuroff in court was the brother of Milan Boskovic, who Sakic was believed to have executed with his own hands.
“That was one of the happiest moments of my career,'’ Zuroff said during a three-day visit to Miami to promote his book Operation Last Chance, which chronicles his quest to bring Nazi criminals to justice during three decades.
Zuroff appeared Monday night at Florida International University…Zuroff, the last of a small legion of men who hunted down Nazis through five continents, is working against the clock, well aware that almost seven decades since the Holocaust, few Nazis remain alive.
That’s why in 2002, Zuroff launched an offensive called Operation Last Chance, which offers financial rewards up to $10,000 for information that leads to the conviction and punishment of Nazi war criminals. The project has led to the names of 520 suspected Nazi officials, 100 of which have been submitted to local prosecutors.
One of the most frustrating setbacks of Zuroff’s career occurred last summer, he said.
For more than two years, he had been following leads on the whereabouts of Aribert Heim — an Austrian doctor nicknamed “Dr. Death'’ because he removed the organs of Jewish prisoners without using anesthesia. The Wiesenthal Center offered a $500,000 reward for Heim’s capture.
But relatives of Heim’s and other witnesses told The New York Times that in 1992, he had died of rectal cancer in Cairo, where he had lived and converted to Islam — and also changed his name to Tarek Hussein Farid.
German police confirmed that a suitcase found at the Hotel Kasr el-Madina, in Cairo, where Heim lived, contained letters and legal and financial records that linked Heim to the suitcase.
Zuroff refuses to close the case because he doubts any information provided by relatives of Nazi officials. […]
So let’s make a note of yet another Nazi who converted to Islam. What did he see in Islam that was of a kindred spirit for a Jew-hater/killer?
Indeed, it is well known that in addition to Latin America, the Middle East was also a destination for fleeing Nazis. In the now virulently anti-Semitic regions of Latin America and the Middle East, the Nazis had set about indoctrinating the local populations into the National Socialist ideology, and grooming new leaders. At the same time, according to Chuck Morse, it wasn’t until Hitler met with the Jerusalem mufti that his plan to exile the Jews became a plan to exterminate the Jews. Leading to the question: Who’s been converting whom?
I opened the post by saying that I submitted a letter to the Miami Herald about the writer’s description of Jasenovac as a “Jewish concentration camp.” It’s been a month since I sent that later and so it’s probably safe to say that it will not be published. So I’ll reproduce it here for the paper’s embarrassment:
Daniel Shoer Roth’s piece (“Nazi hunter, speaking in Miami, chronicles his triumphs and frustrations,” Nov. 16) included the sentence “Zuroff…had captured [Dinko] Sakic in Argentina, where the head of Jasenovac, the largest Jewish extermination camp in Croatia, had been living for years.”
Jasenovac, the third-largest concentration camp system of WW2 — and conspicuously the least known — was not a “Jewish” camp. It was set up by the Croatians to liquidate Serbs, more than 500,000 of whom perished there in methods so barbaric that the comparatively humanitarian Germans had to put an end to the madness of their Croatian allies — the Ustashe, as the Croatian regime was called. (The Germans did so because the stories were causing revolts in Yugoslavia’s countryside.) The 40,000 Jews and 10,000 gypsies plus many anti-fascist Croats who died at Jasenovac were mere garnish around the main platter — Serbs. The Croatians were assisted not only by Croatian-Catholic clergy acting as guards and executioners, but by Bosnian Muslims serving at the camps and in their own Nazi divisions, set up by Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin el-Husseini.
As a Jew, I take exception to the widespread and concerted effort to cover up the Holocaust of the Serbian people in WWII — a genocide that led directly to the 1990s Balkan wars when, upon Croatia’s and Bosnia’s illegal secessions and border usurpations from Yugoslavia, Serbs living there suddenly found themselves under the rule of the very people who slaughtered their families. Survival dictated seceding from the secessionists. This is what caused the wars, and not some guy named Milosevic, as the thorough indoctrination goes.
One has to wonder about the insertion of the adjective “Jewish” before the words “concentration camp” to begin with, particularly when its absence would have rendered the sentence entirely inconspicuous. Call it an error, but please note that it’s thanks to the diligent placement of inaccuracies and omissions like this over the past 20 years of Balkans coverage that we arrived at the very surreal point of wartime Croatian president Franjo Tudjman and Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic being invited to the 1993 dedication ceremony of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The latter was a recruiter for Hitler in his youth and wrote a supremacist tract titled “The Islamic Declaration.” The former was a Holocaust minimizer who in his book The Wastelands of Historical Reality blamed Jews for their fates at Jasenovac, and who as president praised the Ustashe and tried to re-bury their remains at a memorial where Jewish victims lay. (He also called Jews “Judeo-Nazis” for their “genocidal” policies toward Palestinians.) At the Holocaust Museum itself, none of the Croatians’ or Bosniaks’ handiwork — either against Jews or Serbs — was visible among the extensive displays. Instead, the museum’s walls depicted Croatians and Bosniaks as the exclusive victims of the current wars in their region, and Serbs as the exclusive culprits. Imagine: a Holocaust museum promoting a contemporary agenda.
But Mr. Roth deserves credit for not shying away from mentioning that the Nazi whom the hunter still seeks — the possibly deceased Austrian doctor who removed Jewish organs without anesthesia — moved to Cairo and converted to Islam. Indeed, it was shortly after his meeting with the Jerusalem mufti that Hitler’s plan to exile the Jews transformed into a plan to exterminate them instead.
I keep a haphazard log of supporting evidence for my 2007 article “Unborn Activists,” which chronicled examples of fetuses making known their happiness or displeasure over their parents’ actions, and sometimes operating on a reward-and-punishment system based on their parents’ decisions. There were at least two examples of a fetus kicking loose its mother’s tumor after she refused a doctor-recommended abortion. In a more recent, and more subtle, example of fetuses asserting themselves, I caught something in an article about a woman who felt her 18-week-old fetus kicking for the first or second time while she was performing an abortion on someone else’s 18-week-old fetus:
Abortionist Reflects on Dismembering One Baby While Feeling Her Own Flutter in Her Womb By Kathleen Gilbert
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 15, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - “There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a ‘thump, thump’ in my abdomen. Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes.” So writes abortionist Lisa Harris in a disturbing article relating her experiences as an abortionist, particularly her anguished and “brutally visceral” experience of dismembering an 18 week gestation unborn child, while 18 weeks pregnant herself.
In the article, entitled “Second Trimester Abortion Provision: Breaking the Silence and Changing the Discourse,” Harris, an abortionist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan, explains the ethical position that she says helps her and other abortionists continue practicing despite the moral and psychological hurdles involved in what she describes as an undoubtedly “violent” procedure. The article was originally published in “Reproductive Health Matters” in May 2008.
Harris then describes how she once performed an abortion on a woman whose fetus was at 18 weeks gestation. Ironically, Harris herself was pregnant at the time, and her baby was also at 18 weeks gestation.
Consequently, she explains how she was “more interested than usual in seeing the fetal parts when I was done, since they would so closely resemble those of my own fetus.”
“I went about doing the procedure as usual,” she writes. “I used electrical suction to remove the amniotic fluid, picked up my forceps and began to remove the fetus in parts, as I always did. I felt lucky that this one was already in the breech position - it would make grasping small parts (legs and arms) a little easier.”
With my first pass of the forceps, I grasped an extremity and began to pull it down. I could see a small foot hanging from the teeth of my forceps. With a quick tug, I separated the leg. Precisely at that moment, I felt a kick - a fluttery “thump, thump” in my own uterus. It was one of the first times I felt fetal movement. There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a “thump, thump” in my abdomen. Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes - without me - meaning my conscious brain - even being aware of what was going on. I felt as if my response had come entirely from my body, bypassing my usual cognitive processing completely. A message seemed to travel from my hand and my uterus to my tear ducts. It was an overwhelming feeling - a brutally visceral response - heartfelt and unmediated by my training or my feminist pro-choice politics. It was one of the more raw moments in my life. Doing second trimester abortions did not get easier after my pregnancy; in fact, dealing with little infant parts of my born baby only made dealing with dismembered fetal parts sadder.
Harris concludes that the “visually and viscerally different” component of a second-trimester abortion, as opposed to a first-trimester one, leads to questions such as: “What kind of dissociative process inside us allows us to do this routinely? What normal person does this kind of work?”
To answer the questions, Harris notes that the “violence” of abortion must be acknowledged, and relates a “bizarre” experience she once had of observing a premature baby struggling to survive immediately after dismembering an unborn child the same age:
The last patient I saw one day was 23 weeks pregnant. I performed an uncomplicated D&E procedure. Dutifully, I went through the task of reassembling the fetal parts in the metal tray. It is an odd ritual that abortion providers perform - required as a clinical safety measure to ensure that nothing is left behind in the uterus to cause a complication - but it also permits us in an odd way to pay respect to the fetus (feelings of awe are not uncommon when looking at miniature fingers and fingernails, heart, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands), even as we simultaneously have complete disregard for it. Then I rushed upstairs to take overnight call on labour and delivery. The first patient that came in was prematurely delivering at 23-24 weeks. As her exact gestational age was in question, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) team resuscitated the premature newborn and brought it to the NICU. Later, along with the distraught parents, I watched the neonate on the ventilator. I thought to myself how bizarre it was that I could have legally dismembered this fetus-now-newborn if it were inside its mother’s uterus - but that the same kind of violence against it now would be illegal, and unspeakable. […]
A more blatant example of fetuses or babies making their displeasure known happened in May: Crying Baby Interrupted Obama as He Justified His Abortion Position at Notre Dame By Edwin Mora
(CNSNews.com) - The distinct sound of a baby crying broke out in the capacious basketball arena where the Notre Dame commencement exercise was being held on Sunday when President Obama — who was giving the commencement address — began talking about abortion.
Fr. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, had followed through on his decision to have Obama speak and to honor him with an honorary degree at the ceremony even though that decision was criticized by more than 70 American Catholic bishops and was called a “source of the greatest scandal” by Archbishop Raymond Burke, head of the highest court of the Roman Catholic Church.
The baby’s cry was clearly heard in television broadcasts of Obama’s speech during that part of the address where the president spoke about abortion….Obama is staunchly in favor of legalized abortion. He has said he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act (which would eliminate virtually all existing legal restrictions on abortion), has ordered that federal tax dollars can be used to fund organizations that perform and promote abortions in foreign nations, and has ordered that federal tax dollars can be used to fund embryonic stem cell research that requires the destruction of human embryos. […]
In another case that I never logged — from 2007 — we have a fetus that simply refused to be aborted: We’re twinseparable! Happy with his brother, the boy who refused to die By LUCY LAING
They say twins share a strong bond - but the one between Gabriel and Ieuan Jones was unbreakable.
When doctors found that Gabriel was weaker than his brother, with an enlarged heart, and believed he was going to die in the womb, his mother Rebecca Jones had to make a heartbreaking decision.
Doctors told her his death could cause his twin brother to die too before they were born, and that it would be better to end Gabriel’s suffering sooner rather than later.
Firstly they tried to sever his umbilical cord to cut off his blood supply, but the cord was too strong.
They then cut Mrs Jones’s placenta in half so that when Gabriel died, it would not affect his twin brother.
But after the operation which was meant to end his life, tiny Gabriel had other ideas.
Although he weighed less than a pound, he put up such a fight for survival that doctors called him Rocky.
Astonishingly, he managed to carry on living in his mother’s womb for another five weeks - until the babies were delivered by caesarean section.
Now he and Ieuan are back at home in Stoke - and are so close they are always holding each other’s hand.
Mrs Jones, 35, a financial adviser whose husband Mark, 36, is a car salesman, said: “It really is a miracle. Doctors carried out an operation to let Gabriel die - yet he hung on.
“It was unbelievable.”
“When I felt him kicking madly the morning after the operation, I suddenly knew that he was going to hang on.
“The doctors couldn’t believe it when they could still hear his heartbeat the next morning.”
Gabriel hung on, and his enlarged heart started to reduce in size. He also gained weight.
Mrs Jones said: “They thought it may be because the placenta had been divided. Inadvertently, it had evened out the distribution of nutrition between them, allowing Gabriel to survive.’
Mrs Jones said: “The boys are so healthy, they have huge appetites too. Ieuan is the noisy one, while Gabriel is always laughing, it’s like he’s just so happy to be here.
“There is such a strong bond between them.
“They are always holding hands and if one cries, the other reaches out to comfort him.”
“Doctors tried to break their bond in the womb, but they just proved it couldn’t be broken.”
This kid’s heart mended itself too:
Mother has healthy baby boy despite abortion warning by doctor
By Paul Stokes (Dec 2008)
Gaynor Purdy was warned her first child could have a fatal chromosome defect and a life threatening heart condition.
But she rejected two suggestions to terminate the pregnancy and she and her husband Lee are celebrating life with their “perfect” ten-month-old son.
Mrs Purdy, 28, a quality control inspector, said: “We refused to give up on him, and decided throughout the pregnancy that as long as he was fighting, we would continue fighting with him.”
The couple from Scunthorpe, Lincs, were delighted when they discovered they had conceived shortly before their first wedding anniversary.
Four months into the pregnancy doctors told them that part of their unborn child’s heart was narrow and underdeveloped and would mean open heart surgery if the baby was born.
They were warned the condition could worsen and around Christmas last year, an immediate termination should be considered.
Further tests conducted a few days later on New Year’s Eve suggested the baby could also have Edwards Syndrome - the presence of an 18th chromosome - with a life expectancy of only up to four months if birth is survived.
Consultants again recommended the couple consider aborting the baby, fearing he would [have] little to no quality of life once he was born.
For the second time, Mrs Purdy and her husband, a 29 year old forklift driver, declined the suggestion.
Kai was born six weeks premature on March 5 at Scunthorpe General Hospital weighing just 2lb 6oz and immediately admitted to intensive care, but was discharged within six weeks.
One side of his heart was slightly bigger than the other which may need an operation to correct in the future, but regular tests have been showing the condition is constantly improving.
The chromosome disorder, which affects growth, is also being closely monitored and he is due to undergo some corrective cosmetic surgery in the New Year.
Mrs Purdy added: “Doctors told us he was a little miracle baby. They said his heart must have been mending itself. […]
I previously blogged about the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in the context of how dangerous it is when honest businessmen like Jim Casey, who founded UPS and wasn’t particularly liberal or leftist, pass away and leave a foundation behind them. It is almost always hijacked by the Left, and then inevitably used to promote jihad as was the case in the post linked above. One other example is that of Teresa Heinz Kerry, whose Republican business-man husband died, leaving her all his money. She, of course, is a leftist who then married leftist John Kerry. And so all that Republican-earned money is now going to the most atrocious left-wing causes.
So the latest on the tragic trajectory of the Casey Foundation is this:
Official at ACORN Funder to Head Corporation for National and Community Service (from Oct. 6):
President Obama announced he plans to nominate Patrick Corvington to be chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. Big Government readers will remember that “the Corporation” assumed a prominent role on the infamous NEA Conference call, where ”the Corporation’s” Nell Abernathy joined White House and NEA officials to nudge artists to produce works supporting the Obama Administration’s legislative priorities.
Although the charity Corvington works for, Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland, has granted funding to ACORN during his tenure, it is unclear if Corvington has ties to ACORN.
Nonetheless, Corvington is part of the same cluster of organizations that provides financial and other support for ACORN which is a longtime fixture in the activist community.
Since 2001 the Annie E. Casey Foundation has pumped at least $1,705,500 into the ACORN network, according to philanthropy database information.
Of the $1,705,500, at least $850,500 was earmarked for ACORN operations in Baltimore, Maryland, home of the ACORN branch office first shown in the recent undercover videos that debuted on BigGovernment.com. Those videos show James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles pretending to be a pimp and a prostitute and receiving mountains of advice on evading laws pertaining to tax evasion and prostitution (among other things).
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a major funder of other groups on the left.
Looking at just the first letter of the alphabet, its grant recipients are labor federation AFL-CIO, abortion rights think tank Alan Guttmacher Institute, and liberal policy shop the Aspen Institute.
Although most of its grants go to groups on the political left, the foundation has funded at least one think tank on the political right. It has provided a few grants to the American Enterprise Institute.
I’ve been meaning to bring up something that was reawakened by a recent verdict at a Serbian war crimes trial. What most people are kept ignorant of is that the first shots of the Bosnian war were fired upon a retreating convoy of Yugoslav troops from Bosnia. As they were retreating, per the agreement between Belgrade and Sarajevo, the multi-ethnic soldiers of the JNA (Yugoslav National Army) were fired upon by the Muslims. It was a massacre, triggering the bloody war. That was the shot heard ’round the world if, of course, if you don’t count the Bosnian Muslim who in March 1992 killed the father of the groom in a Serbian wedding party in Sarajevo.
In a mainstream news source reporting on the verdict (AP), I was surprised to see the writer actually deign to consider the real chronology of the start of the war — rather than defer to the usual “Milosevic, the man who started three wars in the Balkans….”:
Bosnian jailed in Serbia for war crimes
BELGRADE, Serbia — A Serbian court on Monday convicted a wartime Bosnian security officer of ordering a 1992 attack on a Yugoslav army convoy that killed at least 50 soldiers, and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. The trial of [Bosnian Croat] Ilija Jurisic at the Serbian war crimes court has strained relations between Bosnia and Serbia. Bosnian officials had claimed the proceedings were staged and politically motivated and demanded his release.
Jurisic was found guilty of ordering the attack against the Serb-led army convoy consisting of dozens of army trucks carrying some 100 soldiers withdrawing from the predominantly Muslim Bosnian town of Tuzla in May 1992.
The court said in its verdict that the Bosnian troops first killed the truck drivers with sniper fire, and then fired mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at the idled vehicles. At least 44 army soldiers were also injured in the clash.
Bosnian authorities have maintained that the Yugoslav soldiers fired first during the pullout arranged between Belgrade and Sarajevo. They said the Bosnian troops acted in self-defense in one of the bloodiest clashes during the opening days of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
The war in Bosnia started after the country’s Muslims and Croats voted to split from Serb-led Yugoslavia, triggering a rebellion by the Bosnian Serbs. The conflict — which saw Europe’s worst bloodshed since World War II — lasted until a U.S.-brokered peace deal was signed in 1995.
In January De-Construct.net had a more detailed report on the security officer convicted above:
Massacre of Yugoslav Army Conscripts Approved by Sarajevo
On May 15, 1992, Bosnian Muslim paramilitary troops, aided by local officials, used snipers to ambush and attack [a] Yugoslav Army convoy while it was attempting to withdraw from the territory of then-Yugoslav republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a result, up to 200 JNA conscripts were killed, 33 were wounded, 140 were imprisoned and tortured, many of whom were handed back to their loved ones in the body bags later on. For some, this atrocious war crime signaled [the] actual start of the Bosnian civil war (1992-1995).
At the trial of [Bosnian] Croat Ilija Jurišić, indicted for ordering the attack on the convoy of Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) conscripts during their scheduled retreat from Tuzla in May 1992, Deputy Chief of Military Security at the time, Marko Novaković, who testified on January 16, said that the attack “never could have been carried out without the express approval of the Bosnian Muslim supreme command in Sarajevo.”
In a case known as the Tuzla Column massacre, [the] trial before the Belgrade District Court War Crimes Chamber [of] Ilija Jurišić continues to provide solid evidence that the cold-blooded massacre was ordered and coordinated at the very top of Bosnian Muslim leadership.
According to the indictment, [a] JNA convoy, consisting mainly of unarmed 18-year-old conscripts from all parts of former Yugoslavia and of all nationalities, who were serving in the unified country in various military polygons throughout state of Yugoslavia, obeyed a decision on [the] peaceful withdrawal of troops from the territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in order not to [exacerbate] with their presence a tense atmosphere at the time one segment of the population, Bosnian Muslims, demanded secession of the republic from Yugoslavia.
The JNA convoy that attempted to withdraw from the town of Tuzla was given guarantees by Muslim leadership that they will be allowed to retreat and provided a safe passage to Serbia through Bijeljina. Nevertheless, [the] convoy was ambushed and brutally attacked by the Bosnian Muslim paramilitary troops, with the help of local officials headed by Jurišić, at the very start of retreat…
Jurišić, who at the time was a member of the Bosnian Interior Ministry police reserves and a senior officer in the Public Security Service operational HQ, is accused of issuing a direct order to attack JNA convoy in retreat. On the basis of his orders, snipers in nearby buildings first shot and killed the drivers of the military vehicles, thus stopping the vehicles and blocking the way for the rest of the column. They then proceeded to target the conscripts in those vehicles, shooting and killing the young men who had not been equipped to fight or resist attack, the indictment states.
As the JNA conscripts were jumping out of the vehicles, they were being cut down by the snipers. [An] identical attack was also carried out against the visibly marked sanitation vehicles in the convoy.
Zoran Vukojević and Slobodan Radić, former reservists who survived the attack on the JNA column in Tuzla, testified that the convoy had been attacked after the second attempt to leave the army barracks. They confirmed that the drivers of the military and sanitation vehicles had come under fire first, and then everybody else in the convoy, as they were trying to to get away from the burning vehicles and find refuge in the nearby buildings. Witnesses claimed that explosions could be heard later.
Tatomir Krušić, a conscript who was wounded in the attack, testified that on the afternoon of May 15, 1992, when the JNA convoy had set off to leave Tuzla in Bosnia-Herzegovina, he had heard gunshots and seen that the driver of the truck he was in had been shot.
“The army convoy was coming under fire from all sides. Bora (the driver) was shot and I told everybody to get out of the truck. The four of us jumped out, and that’s when I was wounded,” Krušić recalled.
The brutal attack on the convoy of unarmed conscripts was being broadcast live on a local Bosnian Muslim television station, showing that the column was being shot at even from the Tuzla hospital building. Part of that footage, including abuse and murder of the conscripts by the Bosnian Muslims and Croats is shown in the documentary “Truth.” As the local Muslim television was showing the burning column of Yugoslav Army vehicles, the commentator in studio asks for [a] cold beer and then informs the viewers they ought to go and “help out” [with] one conscript he saw reaching the entrance of a nearby building, suggesting the wounded soldier should not be left alive.
Another survivor of the Tuzla Column atrocity described how one of his unarmed friends that was lightly wounded in the arm managed to hide in the entrance of a building, only to be handed over in a body bag six days later. Most of the 140 conscripts who were caught alive were subsequently abused, tortured and killed in the Bosnian Muslim and Croat camps.
President of Bijeljina’s Association of Missing, Imprisoned and Killed Bosnian Serb army members and civilians, Žarko Radić said it is impossible to tell how many of the conscripts killed in [the] Tuzla Column massacre have been buried in Spomen Kosturnica, [a] mass grave turned into [a] memorial after the civil war. He said there are cases where remains of several soldiers and civilians killed in [the] Tuzla column were placed in the same casket. It is believed that remains of at least 80 JNA conscripts killed in Tuzla are buried as “unknown persons” in Bijeljina alone.
Jurišić pleaded not guilty to the charges when the trial began on February 22. He was arrested upon the international arrest warrant on May 2007, at Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla, while attempting to escape to Cologne, Germany.
For a more general reminder of how it all started, here is Andy Wilcoxson’s short article from a few years ago BOSNIA: How the war started:
On March 18, 1992, Alija Izetbegovic (Bosnian-Muslim leader), Mate Boban (Bosnian-Croat leader), and Radovan Karadzic (Bosnian-Serb Leader) all reached an agreement on the peaceful succession of Bosnia & Herzegovina from Yugoslavia.
The Agreement was known as the Lisbon Agreement (it is also known as the Cutileiro Plan). The agreement called for an independent Bosnia divided into three constituent and geographically separate parts, each of which would be autonomous. Izetbegovic, Boban, and Karadzic all agreed to the plan, and signed the agreement.
The agreement was all set, internal and external borders, and the administrative functions of the central and autonomous governments had all been agreed upon. The threat of civil war had been removed from Bosnia, that is until the U.S. Ambassador Warren Zimmerman showed up.
On March 28, 1992, ten days after the agreement was reached that would have avoided war in Bosnia, Warren Zimmerman showed up in Sarajevo and met with the Bosnian-Muslim leader, Alija Izetbegovic. Upon finding that Izetbegovic was having second thoughts about the agreement he had signed in Lisbon, the Ambassador suggested that if he withdrew his signature, the United States would grant recognition to Bosnia as an independent state. Izetbegovic then withdrew his signature and renounced the agreement.
After Izetbegovic reneged on the Lisbon Agreement, he called a referendum on separation that was constitutionally illegal. On the second day of the referendum there was a Muslim-led attack on a Serb wedding. But the real trigger was Izetbegovic announcing a full mobilization on April 4, 1992. He could not legally do that without Serb & Croat consent, but he did it anyway. That night terror reigned in Sarajevo. The war was on.
The United States likes to point to Bosnia as a shining example of where it helped Muslims. It is true that the United States armed the Muslims in Bosnia. But, after many thousands of deaths and massive destruction throughout Bosnia, the Muslims were afforded by the terms of the Dayton Accords, less territory than they had been guaranteed by the Lisbon Agreement, which the United States urged the Muslim leader to reject.
The bottom line here is that this war didn’t have to happen at all. Nobody had to die in Bosnia. If Ambassador Zimmerman had just left Izetbegovic alone, then none of this would have happened to begin with. It’s that simple. The blame for all of the death and destruction associated with the Bosnian war lies exclusively with Alija Izetbegovic for starting the war, and with the U.S. President [Herbert Walker Bush] for sending that idiot Zimmerman to Bosnia in the first place.
In addition to journalism’s newfound/uncharacteristic/temporary respect for war chronology, as exemplified in the AP item above, I also recently stumbled on a Reuters report that casually mentions — as if this is how it was being reported all along — systematic rape on all sides, actually naming Croatians and Muslims as no less guilty than Serbs:
Amnesty urges justice for Bosnia war rape victims (Sep 30, 2009)
SARAJEVO, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Amnesty International urged Bosnia on Thursday to seek justice for up to 50,000 women and girls who were raped during the country’s 1992-95 war and to punish the perpetrators, many of whom still hold public posts.
During the war, Bosnian Croats, Serbs and Muslims all participated in systematic rape as part of widespread ethnic cleansing but the victims, most of them Muslims, have been denied reparations given to civilian war victims, the human rights watchdog said in a report. […]
The piece goes on to say that the estimate is actually between 20,000 and 50,000 victims (a 30,000-victim span!), and that most don’t come forward because of the stigma attached, as well as the fact that the culprits still occupy positions of power in officialdom and the police force. (As if the Muslim and Croatian soldiers who raped the 800 Serb women who did come forward aren’t freely walking around.)
Here’s just a related note on the man whose shooting at the Serbian wedding party was considered the opening shot of the Bosnian war. He died in 2007:
Bosnian crime boss killed (June 28, 2007):
SARAJEVO — Crime boss Ramiz Delalić was murdered late last night in Sarajevo.
The murder was not considered a surprise in Sarajevo, Delalić was known for problems with the law and a history of violent behavior. Delalić is best known for killing a Serbian man in front of a Serbian Orthodox Church in Sarajevo in 1992. He was not indicted for the crime until late 2004.
Police were unable to locate Dalalić until August 2004. During the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, [he] was the commander of the Ninth Motorized Brigade of the Bosnian Muslim Army.
Notice how in both Bosnia and Kosovo, the “freedom-lovers” whom we passed off as anti-communists in order to gain public approval for backing them are all crime bosses. Here’s more:
Bosnia: EUR 500,000 Found in Dead Crime Boss’s Apartment (B92, July 3, 2007)
SARAJEVO — Police found EUR 500,000 in the apartment rented by Ramiz Delalić, who was killed last week.
According to Dnevni Avaz, citing sources close to the police, ten to 15 kilograms of gold and platinum jewellery, ten pistols and two automatic weapons were found in the apartment as well.
Delalić was killed last Wednesday in front of the apartment, located in downtown Sarajevo.
He is best known to the public for being charged with killing a Serbian man at a Sarajevo wedding in May [sic] 1992, an event that sparked armed conflict in the city.
Delalić was familiar to Sarajevo police and was on different occasions charged for attacks on police officers, murder attempts, death threats, illegal possession of fire arms, violent behaviour and other crimes. […]
Kosovo Albanian suspect in Delalić murder (June 30, 2007)
SARAJEVO — Lirim Bytyqi, 29, native of Prizren, Kosovo, is suspected of murdering a Bosnian crime boss in Sarajevo Wednesday.
Police issued a warrant for Bytyqi’s arrest. He is also wanted on charges of inflicting severe gunshot wounds on Amir Faća, 36, in downtown Sarajevo on June 12.
Delalić was best known to the public for killing a Serbian man in front of a Serbian Orthodox Church in Sarajevo in 1992. […]
Indeed, it seems that every other jihadi — whether Middle Eastern or Eastern European or even black or white or any of the hundreds of thousands of all colors being converted while in jail — has a criminal background separate from jihad. As I’ve written before, it’s the inability to walk a straight path that draws them to jihad to begin with — criminality with a higher purpose.
In addition to the Duka brothers who were planning a massacre at Ft. Dix, and in addition to Kosovo’s leaders — all of whom started out as petty and not so petty crooks and continue their rackets today — we have this update on the Bosnian guy involved in the North Carolina-based plot disrupted over the summer:
…[Friend Jasmin] Smajic claims that the arrested Anes Subasic was a “refugee” from Bosnia who fled ethnic persecution by Serbian authorities during the Bosnian civil war that started in 1992. [Here we go again. Ah, how war traumatizes the violent people instigating it.]
The police in the Bosnian Serb city of Banja Luka say that the 33-year old Anes Subasic was born in a Banja Luka suburb of Laus, that his father went by a pseudonym Tutma, but that Anes is a man involved in criminal activities that include attempted murder, extortion and robbery.
The Bosnian Serb police say that in 1992, Anes changed his name to Mladen, an ethnic Serbian name, and that under both names Anes was charged 11 times on 16 counts of attempted murder, extortion and robbery.
The police in Banja Luka has also investigated Anes Subasic for an attempted murder of Stanslav Koljancic, an ethnic Serb and an owner of Banja Luka night club Kajak.
In my recent unpublished letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I tried to warn the zombies about the possible backgrounds of some of the paper’s celebrated, resettled “victims” of the Bosnian war, saying that Salt Lake City shooter Sulejman Talovic’s father wasn’t the only one who lied about his war record to get refugee status. I should have added that they can also lie about their criminal records to get that status:
Bosnian fighting extradition indicted on South Dakota charges (March 23, 2007):
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota-A Bosnian man was indicted on state charges of aggravated assault as he fights extradition for a 1995 slaying in his homeland.
Samir Avdic, who was found guilty in absentia in his home country of shooting and killing a man while they hid in a cave to escape the violence in Bosnia, has been fighting a federal complaint accusing him of being a fugitive from a foreign country.
Avdic, 40, is in the United States on a temporary visa and has been living in Sioux Falls with his family and working at the John Morrell & Co. meatpacking plant. He was arrested March 9 by Sioux Falls police after he
was accused of using his vehicle to ram into another vehicle carrying his stepdaughter’s boyfriend.
A grand jury on Thursday indicted him on two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault and reckless driving…In August 1995, Avdic and two other men were hiding in a cave while the nearby town of Srebrenica was under siege by Serbian forces, according to the federal complaint. The three men argued and Avdci fatally shot one of them in the back and, with the third man’s help, threw the body down a
ravine, according to the complaint.
A Bosnian court issued a warrant for Avdic’s arrest in November 1998 and he was convicted a month later.
Avdic was initially sentenced to 12 years in prison but an appeals court later reduced it to six years after re-evaluating mitigating factors, the complaint states.
So even when they’re not in battle, Bosniaks — like Albanians — have a propensity to kill. That must be the mitigating factor. Similarly, even Croatia’s heroes and top military commanders are ex-cons: Croat War Crimes General was Armed Robber (AP)
Wouldn’t you think that even a dime of all that rock star money that pours into the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative might get to the three-year-olds who are having heart attacks and epileptic spells because of the lead-heavy areas his war displaced them to? Instead of helping where he has caused suffering, he looks far far away, toward Africa and even obesity, to look for causes to help. Meanwhile, he is killing hundreds of Roma children like Sara:
UN saved us from war…and left us to die of poisoning (See my note on this unfortunate title at bottom.)
By BRIAN FLYNN
LITTLE Sara Jahirovic is dying a slow, painful death.
Staring up with big, haunting brown eyes, Sara is a victim of broken promises by United Nations charity chiefs more than a decade after British troops helped free Kosovo.
Her desperate father - he has eight other children - explains that at the age of three she has already had three heart attacks and, as she now suffers daily fainting fits, this Christmas may well be her last.
Sara is just one of hundreds of forgotten children abandoned to suffer brain damage and await death in an international scandal exposed today by The Sun.
The youngsters are being poisoned by dust blowing into a stinking refugee camp from a mountain of toxic lead waste towering above them.
They were packed into the contaminated site by the UN ten years ago after British soldiers went in with our allies to rescue Kosovo from Serbian tyrant Slobodan Milosevic.
Their families, burned from their own homes by ethnic cleansing as the conflict ended, were assured it would be for just a few months until a safer place could be found.
But the UN High Commission For Refugees and sister agency UNMIK - the UN Mission in Kosovo - abandoned them behind the barbed wire of the filthy Osterode camp in Mitrovica when they pulled out two years ago and left the Kosovo government with the problem.
The World Health Organisation and humanitarian campaigners say only immediate evacuation and medical treatment will save the children.
Yet the UN and its agencies STILL refuse to act.
Last night British scientists and humanitarian campaigners called on Foreign Secretary David Miliband to intervene.
Leading toxicologist Professor Alastair Hay, a UK Government adviser, said: “I have never encountered a situation in all the years I have been looking at lead where the situation is so catastrophic as it is for these children.
“I think this is absolutely criminal. It is such a disgrace that these children are exposed.”
So far, at least 84 refugees have died in the camp - many of them children whose organs simply packed up.
Sara’s father Feruz, 38, wipes away a tear as he watches her play in the filthy, crumbling former army barracks and says he expects her to join them soon.
Feruz, his own skin tainted with a dull, grey film of the deadly dust, said: “We do not know how long Sara will be with us.
“She has had three heart attacks and she is only three. She has regular fainting fits and epileptic attacks, yet she is a lovely, happy child. The only grace is that she does not understand what is happening to her.
“If she gets too excited, she collapses with an attack. At night she is screaming and my wife and I take turns to be awake with her because at any second she could die. We are exhausted…The United Nations moved us here and told us it would be for a few months. We believed them and were grateful. Now they have gone but we are still here.”
When the World Health Organisation first tested the childrens’ blood for lead five years ago, the readings for 90 per cent of the children went off the scale.
The levels were the highest they had ever recorded in any area, with many children poisoned by more than four times the amount that triggers brain damage.
Three months ago, after repeated pleas for help were ignored, outraged WHO bosses called for the camp’s “immediate and urgent” closure.
Standing on top of the 200 metre high mountain of 100 million tons of lead waste, you can see the air thick with the fine, grey dust that blows on to the camp.
The colossal slag heap that dominates the skyline was formed by Europe’s biggest mining and smelting complex, which has lain derelict since the Kosovo war. Below, children play in skips of human excrement and drink water from communal taps on land contaminated with the lead waste.
British human rights campaigner Bernard Sullivan…said: “The UN has left these people high and dry. They have a moral responsibility to clean up the mess they have made.”
Both UN organisations claim they are still committed to helping the families even though they are no longer in charge.
But Kosovo government spokesman Memli Krasniqi said: “The UN did not do anything to move these people. We don’t know why.
“They have done their job badly. Now we are trying to deal with it but a lot of time has been lost.”
Meanwhile, only one thing is certain this winter in the camp - even more children will die.
This has been just the latest report to start coming out on the poisoned Roma of Kosovo, about a decade late of course, as with all things Kosovo-related. But a point on the title “UN saved us from war…and left us to die of poisoning”: The U.S.-led NATO operation in Kosovo did not save from war; it brought war, after years of Western escalation of the otherwise low-scale conflict.
The article repeatedly lays blame at the feet of the Useless Nations, a.k.a the UN, but although it was tasked with administering the province, this was NOT the UN’s war. The UN did NOT approve of the NATO blitzkrieg. This was a U.S.-led aggression, and the responsibility to help the poisoned generation of Kosovo lies with the U.S. And especially with some rich folks named Bill and Hillary Clinton, Richard Holbrooke, Madeleine Albright and Wesley Clark.
Now, pay attention also to this sentence: “Their families, burned from their own homes by ethnic cleansing as the conflict ended, were assured it would be for just a few months until a safer place could be found.”
Here the writer has engaged in the usual Balkans-reporting ploy that was handily chronicled in Peter Brock’s masterpiece “Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting“: the writer leaves the reader to assume that the burning of homes “by ethnic cleansing” was done by Serbs, when in fact Albanians were the ones burning all non-Albanian homes and cleansing non-Albanians, with particular ferocity at the end of the “official” end of the war in mid-June, 1999.
Another sentence that warrants clarification: “But the UN High Commission For Refugees and sister agency UNMIK - the UN Mission in Kosovo - abandoned them behind the barbed wire of the filthy Osterode camp in Mitrovica when they pulled out two years ago and left the Kosovo government with the problem.”
Aw, the poor Kosovo “government.” Got its war of ethnic cleansing but didn’t manage to clear out all the non-Albanians and is now saddled with a problem it created. Of course, the Albanians who run Kosovo never wanted to be in power in order to deal with the province’s “problems” as a legitimate government. The whole point was to set up a mafia empire.
Here we have another gem:
But Kosovo government spokesman Memli Krasniqi said: “The UN did not do anything to move these people. We don’t know why. They have done their job badly. Now we are trying to deal with it but a lot of time has been lost.”
This is simply a classic Albanianism: As with the terrorism and wahhabism taking root in Kosovo since our intervention on behalf of Albanian land-grabbers, taking care of their backyard is always someone else’s responsibility. Until, of course, that responsibility gets in the way of their criminal enterprises, at which point it’s time to “Get out!”
Finally, British troops did not help to “free” Kosovo from any tyrants. They helped to detach it.
From “Munich” author George Jonas:
Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo were never being oppressed or cleansed because of how they worshipped or who their parents were. Whenever examples of atrocities against ethnic Albanians occurred, they occurred because they’ve been fighting the Serbs for the mastery of a region.
The conflict in that unhappy land was always sparked by the resolve of one group, the Albanians, to be masters in what they view as their own house, colliding with the resolve of another group, the Serbians, to be masters in the same house — which they also regard as their own.
Here’s what goes through the mind of someone who wants to be effective in his or her job, but has been assigned to Kosovo — from a letter I got in late October:
…For the most part the people in the military just do as little as possible as far as their duties, so coming to this “friendly Muslim nation” is to most easy money. But I’m from Southern California in the rat race where if you’re not working your ass off every day, you lose — meaning I’m geared mentally to accomplish things every day. Here, our job is to “patrol”. It’s really so the people who are waiting to take this weird country over can report back that Nato is still here and still carrying weapons.
The thing that bothers me here is the Albanian Mafia. 75% unemployment and the Mercedes and BMW’s are newer than mine. The KLA financed by smuggling was getting way too strong, that’s the way I see it. And it’s happening again. Apparently, Serbia is now sharing intelligence with the Eulex, a move that was protested and got about 20 Eulex vehicles torched. In any case, Eulex has been busting some low level smugglers, dragging the KPS along with them in the raids.
While doing a rotation at the Serbian border at around midnight, the commercial traffic coming into Kosovo starts to become very heavy, like a traffic jam of Semi Trucks. After the sun came up and I asked the Eulex guy who I think was from Finland when they were going to start looking in, or searching these trucks. He said in a thick accent, “Ehhh maybe later.” I looked at my watch and said, “When, at like noon?” He said laughing, “No no, maybe next year.”
Are you kidding me? Turns out, this is the only border in the Continent of Europe that doesn’t search its vehicles entering the country. Which is why 80% of the Heroin in all of Europe is controlled by Albanians. It’s actually so stupid that Poppies are grown in Afghanistan fueling terrorism, smuggled through Turkey along the Balkan route and stockpiled in Macedonia and Gnjilane, Kosovo 10 minutes from our base. It makes you think, “Why even bother getting worked up?”…[A Eulex officer] told me that in Gnjilane even with the 75% unemployment, there is an average of 1500 cash deposits over 10,000 Euros monthly.
…Did you hear about the American contractor they found with no organs face down in a field 3 weeks ago?
A subsequent letter, after I wrote back that I had not heard about the dismembered contractor and asked what had happened, read:
What happened with the contractor was this: An Albainian speaking gibberish holding an ID of an American walked up to the main entrance of Camp Bonsteel. The guards at the gate detained him and brought down an interpreter to figure out what was going on. That’s when he led the MP’s to a body that had been de-organed.
The body was that of a former ITT security contractor (gate guards) who apparently came back to Kosovo on his own? That’s what came down the pipe anyway. Could be true, but why would he come back? Those guards have a ton of freedom. They go out and drink and live it up; you’d figure they’d have it out of their system by the time they were ready to go home. I never saw it published anywhere in the news anywhere.
…I was talking to a KPS officer with an interpreter who was frustrated with the level of corruption within the Police. He said “what would you suggest to fix the problem of corruption?” I told him we need to enforce the borders and not let the reason for crime to enter this country. He said ahhh yes, that is the best idea. And me, wanting so desperately to make a bust started plugging him for information about corruption. He said that in the past he would give info and KFOR would just tell him they would pass it up the chain of command. I promised him if he told me, I would use other avenues…I told him without custom border laws in place yet, the black market here will always remain strong…I asked him if he knew of any current situations he would like us to handle. He then went on to saying that in the past when KFOR would try and handle local known situations, it would go up KFOR’s chain of command and then end up back in the lap of the KPS who he says now is also riddled with corruption…I looked at the U.N. website. The only enforcement they are doing is in the 3rd world areas of Asia. But I’ll find some means of fixing this place.
At least one can take heart that there are KPS people who aren’t criminalized. Must be hard, when the guys at the top are the ones running the rackets.
Bosnia Arrests 3 on Terrorism Charges
Sarajevo | 05 November 2009 |
Three Bosnian Islamists were arrested in Sarajevo on Thursday on charges of terrorism and illegal weapons trafficking, prosecutors said.
Rijad Rustempasic, Edis Velic and Abdulah Handzic were arrested on charges of terrorism, the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina said in a statement.
Rustempasic was also suspected of illegal weapons trafficking, the statement added.
The arrest follows an intense investigation including interviews with “nearly 70 different witnesses and several suspects, and collected over 1000 pieces of evidence from here in Bosnia, as well as from Germany and Austria, and elsewhere,” prosecutors said.
Germany and Austria? Really? Austria? Nah. Couldn’t be.
I’ll repeat a Deliso quote from a previous post:
The weapons had come via Sudan. This confirmed that the African country, run by the radical National Islamic Front and then hosting Osama bin Laden, was playing a major role in the Bosnian jihad. At the same time, the discovery also “implicated members of the Slovenian secret service and indirectly the Austrian Ministry of Interior…both Slovenian security agents and the Austrian Ministry of Interior were providing funds for the Muslim government of Alija Izetbegovic in Sarajevo.” Austria’s long historical relations with Bosnia included the annexation of the province from the Ottoman Empire by the Austro-Hapsburg Empire in the dying days of both poweers, in 1908, a move that provoked Serbia and Turkey and indirectly led to the First World War.
Back to the article:
All three suspects were previously detained by Bosnian authorities in March last year, but were released after three months in detention for the lack of evidence.
Prosecutors refused to provide specific information, but Bosnian media previously reported the three were linked with terrorist groups in Austria and Germany and were planning to attack European Union peacekeepers and Catholic shrines in Bosnia.
Their specific targets were planned to include soldiers of the EU countries with forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as a Franciscan Monastery in Fojnica, central Bosnia. […]
You mean they were targeting Catholics? That means their fellow Nazi Croatian friends?? Where did the love go? You mean anti-Serbian bonding doesn’t last? It seemed like such a solid foundation for friendship. Just look at the Albanians.
And why on earth would Bosnians want to kill the kindly Western peacekeepers who “saved” them? It’s all so puzzling…
It’s amazing that it took this long to get Rustempasic, meanwhile. He’s already been connected to Mirsad Bektasevic, who was arrested in that 2005 raid on a Sarajevo apartment that yielded a “suicide bomb belt, nearly 20 kilograms of explosives, guns and a bomb-making video” and who was aiming for European targets to make foreign troops withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan. That Bektasevic character really got around. Here’s part of an item about a young Georgia guy who was convicted on terrorism charges in August:
Georgia man convicted of aiding terrorism groups (LA Times, Aug 13)
An Atlanta jury on Wednesday found a 23-year-old man guilty of aiding terrorist groups….Ehsanul Sadequee, the U.S.-born son of Bangladeshi immigrants, faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to materially support terrorists. The jury found that he had discussed attacks with accused militants in Toronto and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Along with another Georgia man convicted in June, Sadequee drove to Washington in 2005 to film the Pentagon and other potential targets, then e-mailed the scouting videos to British citizens who since have been convicted of terrorism charges.
The jury heard testimony from Bosnian and British investigators and weighed evidence from six cases that have involved several dozen defendants and years of complex international cooperation. Defendants in those cases have been convicted in Sarajevo, Copenhagen, London and Toledo, Ohio. There also were several acquittals in Copenhagen. A group remains on trial in Toronto, accused of plotting to attack the Canadian Parliament.
Sadequee’s extremist activity intensified when he met Syed Ahmed, a Pakistani American student at Georgia Tech, at a mosque in Atlanta. The two made contact in Islamic chat rooms with an extremist constellation including the Toronto group; a Bosnian named Mirsad Bektasevic, who lived in Sweden; and Younis Tsouli, a Moroccan diplomat’s son living in London whose computer expertise made him a hub of the network.
In October 2005, he communicated from Bangladesh with Tsouli in London and Bektasevic in Sarajevo as the Bosnian obtained explosives and weapons. They discussed a propaganda video that Bektasevic was preparing that would announce the formation of a group they called Al Qaeda in Northern Europe.
Within days, police arrested Tsouli and Bektasevic, subduing the latter as he assembled a suicide vest attached to a detonator. Both now are serving prison sentences after being convicted on terrorism-related charges.
The FBI tracked down Sadequee in Bangladesh and arrested him in April 2006. […]
The sentencing for Sadequee and his accomplice was just announced yesterday at this update, which mentions “Mirsad Bektasevic, a Balkan-born Swede.”
Meanwhile, Rijad Rustempasic’s name came up again just last month — in connection with his equally bad-ass brother Muhamed:
Bosnia: Catching Up with ‘Terrorists’
…Muhamed Rustempasic was arrested on 24 September while attempting to leave Bosnia at the Bosanska Gradiska border and return to Austria where he lives with his family on a temporary residency permit. The Bosnian Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for Rustempasic’s arrest after he ignored a summons.
The anti-terror unit of the Bosnian Federation police began investigating Rustempasic, who has prior convictions for manslaughter and robbery, soon after the March 2008 arrest of a group of radical Muslims. The alleged group leader was Rijad Rustempasic, Muhamed Rustempasic’s brother.
Rijad Rustempasic and the three members of his group - Muhamed Meco, Abdulah Handzic and Edis Velic - were arrested last year after Federal anti-terror police and the Bosnian State Intelligence Agency (OSA) discovered the group was plotting attacks on Catholic churches and international forces in Bosnia during the Christian Easter holidays.
In the house in Sarajevo rented by Rijad Rustempasic and his parents’ house in Bugojno, police last year seized anti-tank mines, laser sights, electronic equipment, topographic maps and bomb-making manuals. In Rijad Rustempasic’s apartment, police seized a hand-made explosive device hidden in a book, set to explode when opened. Several days after the arrest, police raided two abandoned summer cottages in Barice, just outside Sarajevo, finding more explosives and munitions.
However, after three months spent in custody, the Prosecutor’s Office failed to win a terrorism indictment against them due to lack of evidence, and all members of the alleged group were released.
Federal police and OSA continued the investigation, focusing particularly on the group’s contacts in Germany and Austria, in an attempt to nail down the supply and financing chain. And that is where Muhamed Rustempasic fits in, according to ISN Security Watch’s source from the Prosecutor’s Office.
During the Bosnian 1992-1995 war, Rustempasic was a member of the El-Mujahid unit, headquartered in central Bosnia. The unit was under the official jurisdiction of the Bosnian army during the war, though it operated autonomously and was comprised of foreign fighters from Islamic countries. It was during this time that Rustempasic developed his bomb-making skills, officials say.
Federal police suspect that Rustempasic was responsible for mining the tower of the Catholic church in the village of Humci, near Bugojno, in July 1996. No suspects were ever arrested in connection with the attack. Police also suspect that Rustempasic was behind numerous threats against Bosnian Croat returnees to Bugojno and other central Bosnian cities where there is a Bosniak majority.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office and the OSA, in 2001 Rustempasic spent time in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, but the reasons for his travel are not known. Also, the OSA registered that in 2000 he attempted to go to Chechnya as a volunteer, but failed.
In 2004, Rustempasic was arrested by NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) troops in Bosnia for illegal possession of weapons and suspicion of terrorist-related activities. SFOR had found nearly five kilograms of explosives in his possession. For that crime, the court in Bugojno sentenced him to five months parole, during which time he relocated to Sarajevo. […]
*****LATEST UPDATE on RUSTEMPASIC*****
Three Bosnian Islamists Charged with Terrorism
Sarajevo | 22 December 2009 |
Three Bosnian Islamists have been charged with terrorism offences and illegal weapons trafficking, a Bosnian court said on Tuesday.
Rijad Rustempasic, Abdulah Handzic and Edis Velic have been charged with criminal offences of “terrorism, associating for the purpose of the perpetration of criminal offences and illegal trafficking in weapons,
military equipment and products of dual use,” the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina said in a statement.
The three were arrested in November following an intense investigation which prosecutors said involved interviews with nearly 70 different witnesses and several suspects, as well as the collection of over 1000 pieces of evidence in Bosnia, Germany, Austria, and elsewhere.
As part of the same indictment, the court charged Rustempasic’s brother Muhamed and another man, Edis Strol, with trafficking in weapons and military equipment and being part of a criminal association.
Both men were arrested by police earlier this year and have remained in detention since their capture.
Bosnian media previously reported that the indicted men were linked to terrorist groups in Austria and Germany and were planning to attack European Union peacekeepers and Catholic shrines in Bosnia.
Their specific targets included soldiers of the EU countries with forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as a Franciscan Monastery in Fojnica, Bosnia, local media said. […]
Next to baseball, the favorite American pastime is to ignore the Balkans. Despite its being the genesis of the first world war, a key player in the second world war and the pivotal and defining point in the current world war. And despite the fact that the biggest overseas U.S. military installation since Vietnam is situated in what Americans continue to wishfully think is a small, insignificant and obscure land called Kosovo.
Despite that place being the site of America’s most recent war until 9/11.
The name of the base, of course, is Camp Bondsteel. As is my favorite pastime, I was recently going through some old files on the Balkans, and only just noticed that attacks on Bondsteel have been planned since as early as the year after our 1999 war carrying out Albanian bidding. Here is a BBC Monitoring translation of a March, 2007 article which mentions a 2007 plot:
BBC MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS
NATO said considering Serbia’s Wahhabis as Mujahidin, Al-Qa’idah “offshoot”
Text of report by Serbian newspaper Vecernje novosti on 20 March
[Report by “M.A.”: “Al-Qa’idah Preparing for Jihad”]
Five members of a terrorist Wahhabi group arrested in the Novi Pazar area [in Southern Serbia, near Kosovo] are just an offshoot of the Mujahidin and Al-Qa’idah, which are preparing concurrent conflagrations in Kosmet [Kosovo-Metohija] and the Raska [Sandzak] region.
Vecernje novosti has learned from diplomatic sources close to the international peacekeeping forces in Kosmet that Kfor [NATO’s Kosovo Force] and UNMIK intelligence services informed their governments and the NATO head office to this effect back in late February. They especially stressed that the command of the “New Army of Kosovo” has instructed its followers in Sandzak to prepare for a “decisive battle” and to provoke violence in Sandzak at the same time as an offensive against Serbs is launched in Kosmet and so prevent any interference by Serbia in Kosmet.
How much terrorist groups of the former OVK [Kosovo Liberation Army - KLA; UCK in Albanian] are counting on armed support from Sandzak is evident from a Kfor intelligence report that literally says that “terrorist groups in Kosmet have begun intensively to transfer armaments and military equipment from the territory of Kosmet to Sandzak.” It quotes the fact that depots with armament for the extremists in Sandzak are situated on Mt Bajgora in the north of Kosovo (it stretches from Vucitrn to Leposavic). A terrorist organization known as the Bajgora Storm is active in this mountain.
The channel for transferring armament to Mujahidin and Wahhabis goes through Mt Rogozna, along the stretch between Vucja Lokva and the village of Kaljin.
A major arms delivery was made by way of this channel in early March. It all happened between the hours of midnight [2300 gmt] and 0300 [0200 gmt]. Under cover of darkness, eight trucks laden with all kinds of armament and explosives and covered with wool carried their cargo from Kaljin village, by way of Batnjak, to Novopazarska Banja spa. There, the cargo was taken over by an Al-Qa’idah group that then transported it through special channels to its bases in Sandzak. Part of the armament and explosives reached its cell on Mt Ninija, where the first group of Islamic warriors was captured.
Kfor intelligence operatives said in their report that the arms cargo was smuggled into Sandzak “with the help of corrupt Serb policemen” and that the Al-Qa’idah cell in Novi Pazar had planned to use the same convoy of trucks to send chemical weaponry - nerve paralysing gases - in the opposite direction, allegedly to be used in an attack on US Camp Bondsteel outside Vitina.
According to this report, Mujahidin and Wahhabis have at least 10 training camps on Sandzak territory and hundreds of followers “prepared to contribute to the struggle of the Muslims in the Balkans.”
[Box] ‘Islamic Salvation Front’ Arrives, too
The Islamic Salvation Front terrorist group was infiltrated into Sandzak two months ago. According to the Kfor intelligence report, this is a religious terrorist organization made up of Arabs from Sudan, Algeria, Palestine, Turkey, and Egypt. It is under the command of a Turkish national and two Bosnian nationals. Active parallel with it is a 20-member group of Islamistsfrom Turkey that have entered Sandzak illegally. They are specialists in chemical warfare.
In my digging, I also came upon this 2006 email from Kosovo whistleblower Tom Gambill:
More proof that Al [Qaeda] is and has been operating in the Balkans and specifically in Kosovo. The planned attack against Bondsteel in 2004 or it could [have] been in 2005…it was going to be a suicide attack planned in the dining facility…it was thwarted by a polygrapher, interviewing an Albanian Terrorist[.]
What was it that the Camp Bondsteel job advertisement was saying about hiring only Albanians rather than Serbs because of fear of infiltration?
Quoting Gambill in his book The Coming Balkan Caliphate, Chris Deliso mentions what sounds like yet another attempt that was planned:
After 9/11, the Saudi charity organizations not only became more secretive; they also became more hostile, at times showing classic signs of organized intelligence activity. According to Gambill, who a year earlier had personally witnessed soldiers from the United Arab Emirates filming the U.S. military base, Camp Bondsteel, by the fall of 2001 the [Saudi Joint Committee for the Relief of Kosovo and Chechnya] had begun conducting “aggressive surveillance of US personnel and property…[Saudi Red Crescent Society] ambulances were thought to be transporting weapons and explosives — they had never been seen transporting sick or injured locals.”
Indeed, things are in place all around Kosovo to provoke incidents and restart a war, in the event of a partition or of international recognitions grinding to a halt and Kosovo not gaining UN membership. Former UN rep for Mitrovica Gerard Gallucci warns of precisely such a scenario still ahead in his Kosovo blog:
…Serbia rejects independence but is trying to pursue a pragmatic policy of rapprochement with Brussels, offering cooperation even at some cost to Kosovo Serbs. Kosovo Serbs are split between north and south – with the latter having little choice but to try to co-exist with the Albanian reality surrounding them – but both wishing for more outside help in preserving their communal existence than they get from either Belgrade or the internationals. The Kosovo Albanians are pushing for more international recognition while also using all means to press the Serbs – north and south – into accepting their subordinate place under the Pristina institutions. The countries supporting Kosovo’s independence – led by the EU and US – are seeking to help the Albanians by replacing the UN and adding to the pressures on the Serbs. The Russians continue to support Belgrade and to insist on the UN’s lead role.
Logically, there can be only three outcomes: Kosovo’s status is settled through force, if not outright war then perhaps through targeted provocations or violence to further “clean-up” the ethnic map of Kosovo (and possibly southern Serbia); status is settled through new negotiations; or the current status quo becomes more or less entrenched for some indeterminate period (perhaps until the whole region merges into the EU). Of course in reality, the actual result may include all three, either at once or ad seriatum. But possible elements of a negotiation scenario can be discerned.
Or, it may be that after a [International Court of Justice] ruling, the issue could be framed as one of defining Kosovo’s borders. The legality of these borders cannot be justified on the basis of an UDI. Pristina and friends cannot have their cake and eat it too. They cannot on one hand claim that Kosovo’s current borders are legal because they were established under Yugoslavia while also unilaterally declaring independence from the legal successor state.
The other element for a possible negotiation is “who” might facilitate and play the role of honest broker. As it now stands, the two candidates seem to be the Contact Group – again uniting the Quint and Russia – or the UN. Both have a legitimate mandate and the political responsibility to finish resolving Kosovo’s status…But the EU currently has no credibility with Kosovo Serbs. It has done nothing to intervene in Albanian efforts to press the southern Serbs to surrender and has supported Albanian efforts to take territory in north Mitrovica and to push Pristina institutions – customs, courts, KEK – into the north whilst squeezing Serbs everywhere to participate in the November local elections called by Pristina. The EU has repeatedly made clear that it is not neutral, with its role being instead to help spread Pristina institutions everywhere.