UPDATE: Donevski received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Hero Robert Donevski was the son of a cousin of a Serbian source named Danny, who sent me the following story:
Soldier from Sun City dies in Afghanistan
The Defense Department says a 19-year-old soldier from Sun City has been killed in Afghanistan.
Robert Donevski died Saturday of gunshot wounds he suffered when a small band of Taliban insurgents ambushed his unit in Abad, his father said Wednesday.
Ganko Donevski, a Vietnam veteran, said his son died defending other members of his unit and will receive the Bronze Star.
He said Robert always longed to serve in the military like his father and vowed to enlist after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“He said, ‘Daddy, I’ll make them pay for this 9-11,’ ” Ganko Donevski remembers.
He said [his] son had recently been promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Donevski was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
He joined the Army in July 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009. He was based in Fort Carson, Colo. and is the 39th soldier from Fort Carson to be killed in Afghanistan. An additional 255 have been killed in Iraq, the Army said.
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Alleged Albanian Mobster Nabbed
Toronto detectives arrested a reputed Albanian mobster wanted in New Jersey for peddling everything from stolen loot to heroin.
While Myfit “Mike” Dika, 45, was arrested Monday without incident on The Queensway, a co-accused wanted by the FBI in Newark, N.J., Kujitim “Timmy” Lika, also 45, remained at large and possibly living in Canada.
A third suspect, Gazmir Gjoka, 56, was arrested in Albania last November.
Det.-Const. Bob Grewal of the Toronto fugitive squad said the unit has been “working the case” since last August.
During a sweep last year in the U.S., FBI agents arrested 17 of 26 suspects in the Albanian mob ring. U.S. media reports about the sweep indicated FBI undercover agents were in Toronto allegedly buying drugs from the group.
The trio of alleged mobsters fled the U.S. after the FBI shut down Project Black Eagle, named after the double-headed eagle on the Albanian flag in March 2009.
The investigation focused on money laundering, drug and firearms trafficking and stolen property.
Police seized heroin, Oxycodone and Ecstasy in the sweep.
The FBI alleged Dika and Lika are prominent members of the loosely knit organization that linked Europe and North America. Police were reluctant to call the men leaders because Albania organized crime groups don’t have a hierarchy that’s similar to traditional crime groups.
They’re accused of planning to ship about 100 kilograms of heroin to the U.S.
The FBI reported they also have surveillance video of Lika and Dika selling 1.5 kilograms of what’s believed to be Afghan heroin to an undercover agent. They also showed the agent how to cut the drug to maximize profits on the streets.
The group intended on smuggling the shipment by sea with furniture originating in either Albania or the Republic of Macedonia, the FBI said in a release last year. A spokesman from the Newark FBI office refused to comment.
Call it Subdivision “Al-Al-Qaeda.”
I would have missed this if I hadn’t clicked on De-Construct.net, which linked to the following tale about yet another non-terrorist, non-Muslimy, “pro-American” Albanian:
NatWest handed Al Qaeda terrorist 100% mortgage to buy £93,000 home he turned into a bomb factory (Dec. 16):
A bank has sparked outrage by handing over a 100 per cent mortgage to an Al Qaeda terrorist who smuggled himself into Britain.
Albanian Krenar Lusha, 30, was given £93,000 after NatWest failed to complete full checks on his UK status.
He used the cash to buy a house in Derby, where he stored bomb-making equipment and information on how to carry out attacks.
The illegal immigrant also managed to get a UK driving licence, secure a £30,000-a-year engineering job and was even offered a second mortgage - which he declined.
Lusha opened a NatWest bank account in 2000, soon after he sneaked into Britain on the back of a lorry.
Yesterday Lusha was jailed for seven years after he was convicted of five out of 10 terror charges following a three-week trial.
…A jury heard how he boasted to a string of women on dating websites of being a ‘terrorist’ and a ’sniper’ and how he ‘loved’ to see Jews and Americans killed.
Lusha denied 10 counts of possessing articles which gave rise to a reasonable suspicion that they were for a terror-related purpose. However, the jury of six men and six women convicted him on five counts after deliberating for four days.
Lusha was convicted of possessing 71.8 litres of petrol, computer documents called Ragnar’s Detonators and The Bomb Book, and video films called the Hezbollah Military Instructions Manual and Mobile Detonators.
The jury heard that he was in the process of downloading the Hezbollah videos when police visited his home in Derby on August 26 last year .
Prosecutor Nigel Godsmark QC told the court that the Hezbollah instructional videos were in Arabic and advised how to make detonators, explosives, a missile and a suicide bomber belt.
Gallons of petrol found inside the Derby home of Lusha: Police said it was to be used in explosive devices
Instructions: Officers found bomb manuals on Lusha’s computer
Some also contained instructions on landmine placement and how to field-strip an AK-47 automatic rifle.
The petrol was found in the cellar of his terrace home in Moore Street, Normanton, a multicultural area of Derby.
Lusha told the jury some of the fuel belonged to his brother and that he was also stockpiling it because of price hikes.
He was cleared of possessing nearly 4.5lb of potassium nitrate, and documents entitled The Car Bomb Recognition Guide, Middle Eastern Terrorist Bomb Design, Improvised Radio Detonation Techniques, and The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook.
The Mobile Detonators video gave instructions on how to turn a mobile phone into a bomb trigger, the jury heard.
Lusha had 14 mobile phones at his address when police called at about 7.30am and found him in bed.
Mr Godsmark told the court there was also gruesome footage of live beheadings by extreme Islamic groups.
Lusha told the jury that he studied Islam and Arabic in Qatar as a youth and that it was not possible to discuss religion in Communist Albania when he was a teen.
So contrary to what we hear from Albanian defenders — namely, that they are like anyone else: victims of the current, worldwide Islamic wave — this Arabic-speaker was one of the many Albanians who was all up in the Islam even in the early 90s.
He also admitted possessing fake identification documents, including bogus Italian and Yugoslavian driving licences.
Lusha revealed he paid thousands of dollars to a gang to smuggle him into Britain, but went it alone after they deserted him in Italy.
He settled in Derby and worked long shifts as a factory machinist at HL Plastics in nearby Denby, which enabled him to send money back to his parents in Puke, Albania. [How perfect is “Puke, Albania”!!!]
He also obtained a mortgage and bought a £93,000 home. Derby City Council confirmed he was paid benefits up until 2003, while his asylum claim was processed.
Police described him as a ‘lone wolf’ who ‘was off everybody’s radar’ who only came to their attention when they were investigating another matter.
Potassium Nitrate that was found inside the Derby home of Lusha
When detectives knocked on his door last year he was living and working illegally in the UK.
Police sources said his claim for asylum, on the grounds that he was a Kosovan in fear of persecution by the Serbian authorities, was rejected by the UK authorities.
Recall that the Albanian network advises Albanians to say exactly this in order to get into Western countries: “Tell them you’re from Kosovo.” Here’s what the result looks like:
After losing an appeal he absconded from immigration control.
Lusha also told police that because he and his four brothers didn’t fight in the Balkans war he was persecuted by those that did.
So first he was fleeing imaginary Serbian pursuers, and then he was fleeing Albanians. So, then, where was he a “sniper,” as he presented himself to the girls on the dating sites?
Mr Justice Butterfield…imposed concurrent seven-year sentences for each of the five guilty verdicts, and warned Lusha he would be returned to Albania after his sentence.
Lusha had faced a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. […]
This is part of the phenomenon described last January in “80 foreign murderers welcomed to Britain: Albanian killers allowed to stay despite being on Interpol ‘wanted’ list“
Kosovo Police and KFOR Dog Handlers Make a Great Team in Joint Training
116th Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Sgt. Jill Fischer
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – K9 forces from all areas of Kosovo conducted Joint Action Training here recently to share experiences, information and ideas.
Joint Action Training creates bridges between different countries’ K9 handlers and also their dogs. This training is important to develop the dog handlers’ skills in detection of explosives, some that may not be readily available within their own countries.
It’s also important that the Kosovo Police K9 units be trained alongside KFOR in order to improve proficiencies so that they can take the lead on explosive detection missions.
Warrant Officer Lars Persson, a member of the European Rule of Law in Kosovo K9 Unit, has been training K9 handlers and their dogs in Kosovo for 11 months. He’ll be heading back to Sweden in early January.
During his time in Kosovo, he has worked with handlers from many nations, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Finnish Advisors, Kosovo Police, and other EULEX members.
Persson shares his knowledge with K9 handlers, while, at the same time, learning form them. He finds and develops new ways to train the K9 handlers and their dogs.
The training, which has been conducted every week since Persson arrived, is set up by the handlers. The training locations are rotated between different camps of participating NATO countries. […]
See here and here re Albanians running down dogs with cars and otherwise killing them off in Kosovo. Of course, now that the barbarians require the service of these more civilized beasts…
When I first heard that Carter was “apologizing” to Jews, I knew that this cynical bastard was just trying to have his cake and eat it too. His anti-Jewish screeds are still out there influencing opinion and making money, so any apology would have to begin with him publicly taking apart all his anti-Israel books and op-eds and his anti-Jewish statements, and pointing out the passages where he lied, where he omitted, where he distorted—and why. He might also consider returning some of the terrorist money that finances The Carter Center.
Of course, thanks to a piece this week by Ed Koch, we now know that Carter’s spawn’s sperm is running for office in a Jewish-heavy area, so the not-too-apologetic apology means nothing from the get-go. Koch makes reference to “Carter’s Baptist faith,” which “tells him that he will be held accountable by God for his statements and actions here on earth.” But the point about Carter is that he is the opposite of faithful.
After I wrote the article “Jimmy Carter: Recovering Racist, Still a Bigot” in March of 2006 — before Carter released his then latest version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion — I received a letter from an Iowa reader named Lee, who grew up in a small Georgia town called Tifton, about 40 miles from Plains. Her family is all too familiar with the reality of Jimmy Carter rather than the “humanitarian” and “best ex-president,” as she related to me in a letter at the time:
Carter is everything that is bad about ‘religion’ as apposed to faith.
He uses his religion to advance his social position.
He uses his supposed religious scholarship as a way of oppressing others within his congregation and anywhere else he can.
He uses his ‘good works’ as a form of currency to buy his way into arenas he would be kept out of otherwise.
He uses his hate as a form of ‘wisdom’, an easy way to accrue followers, his true goal. (The racist is always working to convince others of the ‘wisdom’ of their point of view, they package it as not hate, just practical wisdom.)
He uses his ‘good works’ as a way of stifling critics of his past or present.
He found life at the top of the celebrity heap irresistible, and will do anything to stay there. Both he and Clinton love the Celebrity Life. Both he and Clinton were never exposed to the heady life of power politics until they were elected president. Both lusted after it and were unable to focus on anything else once they attained it.
We should take a lesson from this: Never elect a person President who has not been exposed to this social environment before, and shown they can retain humility and perspective. Someone who has shown that being part of that social whirl is not their core motivation.
The fact that both the Carters and the Clintons move to states just to be able to move into Washington politics should be a first water disqualifier. The sad part of celebrity is that it is fed by people who will do anything to be associated with it, even if it is only having one as their Rep. or Sen. The pathetic history of the Kennedy family should dissuade them from biting on that worm, but it hasn’t so far. Now that we are a ‘mature’ nation the states should pass laws making it a requirement that anyone running for congress from that state must have been a fulltime resident of that state for at least 10 years…Any celebrity glow is dulled and eroded by this law, and the merits of the person have to be their only running strength. It also forces people who want to do this kind of thing to display something they usually lack: Patience.
The advantage the Bush family has over the current crop of Kennedy wannabes is this: They were part of the higher levels of society and power long before this generation. They don’t show signs of ‘pushing’ their kids. If a child doesn’t want to go into politics, that’s just fine with them. It isn’t the prime force behind the family’s social status or wealth. Once they are there, they better show they are SERVING, not grandstanding. Before the family will back them, they better BE WORTHY. Barb and George were never boosters for their eldest son until he straightened up. Part of the American Puritan Ethic is: Be worthy first, then serve others in your family, then your community: Then GO HOME and shut up. The Bushes are Puritans from way back. The Kennedys, Clintons, and Carters are not.
This reinforces the part of the American Idea that people who lust for power should never be given it. Sometimes we mess up and do, though.
Can you imagine ‘Shrub’ taking over his church when he moves back to Texas? I can’t. Mom would be utterly revolted. Dad would be ’saddened’. The kiss of familial death in the Bush Clan.
The comparison between the two motivations is clear: Bush Sr. has “kept to the code” of shut-up and sit down, Carter and Clinton have not.
In his eternal cynicism, Carter also may be finding motivation to apologize by the contemplation of his own mortality, as Ed Koch suggests. So again, he wants to have his cake and eat it too, in the event that he did offend God by egging on Jew-killers. (Koch quotes Psalms 129: “They will be humiliated and will fall backwards, all enemies of Zion.”) So in case this is all a sign that Carter is nearing the grave, I think it’s worth reproducing the eulogy I wrote for him earlier this year:
O Jimmy Carter,
Upon this world were you a farter.
Things were tough enough, and you made them harder,
Iran was never sweet, but you made it tarter.
Did you know you’d be such a fire-starter?
You thought yourself a uniter, instead you were a parter,
For jihad were you a happy martyr.
And when, despite the words in his own Charter,
You nonetheless slipped off Arafat’s garter,
With the Devil did this “Christian” barter.
In the end, even the Dumb Jews from you did finally departer.
You think you’re going to Heaven, but God is smarter,
For Hell will make you a fire-darter.