June 2010


Bremner fears joke about Islam would mean death

The political satirist Rory Bremner has claimed that the “chilling” effect of fundamentalism means that every time he writes a sketch about Islam he fears that he is signing his own death warrant.

Did he only just notice? Or did it take him 20 years into blatant jihad before he thought of knocking Muslims?

Speaking to Sir David Frost in a BBC documentary about the future of satire, Bremner argued that self-censorship was the biggest problem for practitioners of topical comedy today.

Bremner’s views are echoed by other comedians including Ben Elton, who has accused the BBC of being “scared” to allow jokes about Islam. But Bremner went further by speaking about fears for his own personal safety.

“The greatest danger now is that one of the toughest issues of our time is religion,” Bremner told Sir David in the BBC4 programme Frost on Satire, which will be broadcast on Thursday. “When [I’m] writing a sketch about Islam, I’m writing a line and I think, ‘If this goes down badly, I’m writing my own death warrant there.’…

Uh, even if it doesn’t go down badly, Sir.

Because there are people who will say, ‘Not only do I not think that’s funny but I’m going to kill you’ – and that’s chilling.”

Sir David said he was “surprised” that Bremner felt that his life could be placed in danger by telling a joke.

About Sir David’s “surprise”: Don’t you just love the way one day the British prototype — necessarily Muslim-loving — is sure to express indignation and outrage over any “insensitive” remarks about Muslims, under the guise of being offended, when really he’s terrified but won’t acknowledge it. And the next day, he expresses surprise that one could fear for one’s life and therefore censor oneself when it comes to knocking Muslims.

Does Sir David Frost really think that he hasn’t been self-censoring? Indeed, how much poking fun at Islam or Muslims has Frost been doing on Al-Jazeera, which airs his weekly show? He knows the threat to life and limb all too well, and acts accordingly.

What a liar Frost is, but good for Bremner for finally calling a spade a spade. My tip for him feeling safer: now that he’s on board (i.e. noticed that Muslims are censoring him), perhaps he can convince his fellow frightened comedians to SPREAD THE RISK, damnit. Precisely the point of Facebook’s “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day.”

Duh.

So what did it for her? Was it the smashing of airplanes into buildings, or the beheadings? Which of those things spoke to her and screamed, “Islam is the way!”

Why One Woman Converted to Islam by Zosia Bielski for Canada’s Globe and Mail

Although she’d cultivated an academic interest in Islam at university, Willow Wilson’s religious awakening really came in the hospital. She was suffering from adrenal distress, and its symptoms – including insomnia and hair loss – would last for a year and a half.

“Being ill had shaken something loose in my head,” the 27-year-old writes in her new memoir The Butterfly Mosque.

She can say THAT again!

…After she recovered, Ms. Wilson accepted a teaching position in Cairo: Her decision to convert to Islam came mid-flight, over the Mediterranean. Days later, she would meet her future husband Omar, a pious Muslim and heavy-metal aficionado, at their English-language school. He showed her markets and cafés free of Westerners, and later steered her through her first Ramadan.

Ms. Wilson, a first-time author, spoke with The Globe and Mail from Seattle, where she relocated to with her husband nearly three years ago.

Oh great. She brought us another Muslim.

Your memoir is punctuated by people asking why you converted to Islam. You tell your roommate you tried to be an atheist but that “it didn’t work.” What do you tell people now?

Let’s pause there for a moment. Keep in mind that atheists turning to Islam is a phenomenon I’ve noticed before. Is it not coincidental that people who tried to go the religiously rule-free, or amoral, way are drawn toward the religion that is immoral — whose prophet adjusted the rules to suit his basest instincts when he couldn’t resist acting on them.

It really depends on why the person is asking and on what our relationship is. I was searching for a religion that spoke to me and Islam did that in a more complete way than anything else I had studied…”

If I ever convert to Islam, it won’t be because I’m searching for a religion that speaks to me. It’ll be because I’m searching for a criminal life in which I still get to be loved and defended by all at the end of the day.

“…There was a pull for me in the words of the Koran that seemed very personal. […]

But the Muslim does not exist outside the Ummah. So there’s nothing personal about it; Ms. Wilson’s soul now is not her own. It’s all about the collective, Babe. (See the late Bosnian-Muslim President Alija Izetbegovic’s 1970 “Islamic Declaration,” which states: “A Muslim generally does not exist as an individual.”)

A comment poster named Pauly, summed up the entire thing best: “Sorry, where’s the actual story in this? There’s flakes throughout the world. Why are we paying attention to this one?

Now, unlike the rest of us, Ms. Wilson has the luxury of a crystal ball to glimpse what the rest of her life will look like. She doesn’t even have to spend money on a psychic. Although the following, one-size-fits-all experience can be gleaned from any number of dumb-broad accounts out there, this particular one comes from a former dingbat named Jutta from Germany, from a chapter titled “Escape from Turkey” in the book Why We Left Islam.

It ends with a female German embassy worker in Turkey asking her what I’ll ask Ms. Wilson: “When will you learn to listen to the news, stupid hens?”

…The religious atmosphere in my family was getting on my nerves. I was having heated arguments with my parents all the time because of my disagreement with some Christian teachings. They pressed me to be a better Christian; I rebelled and did the opposite.

Soon after my graduation from university, I met a young Muslim man of Turkish origin. We fell in love and soon got married. He was not a religious fanatic — he was absolutely secular, although he did observe some Islamic obligations (he fasted and prayed). He didn’t ask me to convert to his religion but he made it clear that he would like his children to be Muslims. I myself took great interest in his religion and customs. I expressed willingness to learn more about Islam.

He brought me some deceptive (as I now understand) books about the glory of Islam and benefits of being a Muslim woman. I read the books and grasped the “beauty” of this religion.

I was taught by my Christian parents that a woman had to submit to her husband and thus find God. My Muslim husband seemed to be so close to God without any help from priests and I was told that I didn’t have to get married and submit to my husband to find peace of mind and faith in God. I looked at my husband and blindly believed all those lies because he was such a nice man who was the living example of a decent Muslim man. When I prayed behind him, I felt I was getting closer to God and Heaven.

Looking back on those days, I see that I was just a stupid kid who drummed into herself that Islam was an ideal religion for all humankind. Perhaps I simply wanted to vex my pious parents, whom I considered to be repressive monsters.

After I had converted, I was given some other books that were not as wonderful as the previous ones. I learned that I could be beaten by my husband if he wasn’t satisfied with me. But in my addled mind I tried to find justification for that commandment. Moreover, I was sure that my husband was incapable of hitting a woman.

I gave birth to our children, who were sent to a kind of kindergarten for Muslim children. I kept on working and didn’t want to give up my job. My husband supported me and told me that Islam encouraged women to work and have their own lives…A few years later he decided to perform Hajj. I was very excited and proud of him because, in fact, I was much more religious than my secular husband.

When he came back, I couldn’t recognize him. His behavior changed dramatically and he was no longer secular. I didn’t like wearing a veil and usually put it on only when I went to mosque. Now my husband told me that I had to wear a veil outside all the time. When I opened my mouth to object to his horrible behavior, he hit me in the face and told me to shut up. I was forced to quit my job and become a housewife.

He brought some books from Saudi Arabia which “reformed” him and saved him from “perishing in Hell.” I read those books on Islam, the real Islam that my husband started to practice. Suddenly the scales fell from my eyes and I realized that I had never been a Muslim. But it was too late, as we were moving to Turkey. He feared that Germany would have an adverse effect on our children’s upbringing.

My life in rural Turkey, with his parents, was a nightmare. I was no longer a liberated Muslimah, a wife of a liberal Muslim; I was a real Muslimah, just a commodity of my husband. I used to enjoy praying but now I started to detest prayers led by my husband. I no longer felt close to God. When I finished reading a real, not spurious, biography of the Prophet, I felt sick. I had been lied to all the time. How could I believe that Mohammad was the prophet of God?

I wondered what had happened to my husband. He told me he had had conversations with fellow Muslims from “moral” countries like Saudi Arabia and they had opened his eyes. I put the blame for my husband’s change of behavior on them, but then it occurred to me that he had always been a Muslim, although a secular one. What could I possibly expect from him? I had read dozens of articles about women married to Muslims and their hardship. I had been warned by my best friends that I was playing with fire. However, my unreasonable hatred for Christianity, my love for my husband, and the blatant lies deceived me and made me immune to reason and logic.

After such a rude awakening to the horrors of Islam and its treatment of women, I decided to review the Qur’an. My first feeling was anger at my blindness to reality. It is apparent from the Qur’an that men are given total control over women. “The Holy Book” abounds with discriminatory teachings on women, which are quite obvious from the context of the book. Only a blind woman in love like me could overlook them.

When my husband realized that I was no longer a docile wife and a pious Muslimah, he became a real savage. He showed his true colors and exclaimed that German whores could never become modest women.

I couldn’t believe that my humble hubby was now a faithful Wahabbi[sic]. I hoped I was asleep and dreaming, but I was not.

I managed to run away and get to the German embassy. My conversation with a female worker was another eye-opener — she asked me, “When will you learn to listen to the news, stupid hens?” She meant that all women knew that dating a Muslim, let alone marrying one, was a dangerous affair, yet we didn’t pay attention to all the warnings. Why do we keep on dating them?

In a new paper by Cato Institute’s Ted Galen Carpenter, he discourages NATO expansion. The following excerpts were of particular interest:

It is mystery why NATO supporters cling to the notion that adding small, militarily insignificant allies makes the alliance stronger and more capable. It is an even greater mystery why opinion leaders in the U.S. foreign policy community believe that such allies benefit the security and well being of America. The opposite is true. Such NATO members are strategic liabilities, not assets, and many of them bring with them political, diplomatic, and military baggage that could prove very troublesome for the United States.

The combined annual defense outlays of all of those countries [Croatia, Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Montenegro] are less than the United States spends in Afghanistan in one week. Why American political leaders believe that such military pygmies augment the vast power of the United States is inexplicable.

NATO’s new and prospective Balkan members are not just militarily insignificant, they create the prospect of entangling the alliance — and its leader, the United States — in a variety of messy problems. Albania is likely to prove to be an embarrassment, or worse, for its NATO partners. The country is notorious for being under the influence of organized crime. Indeed, the Albanian mafia is legendary throughout southeastern Europe, controlling the bulk of gambling, prostitution, and drug trafficking.

There are even more troubling aspects if the alliance were foolish enough to add FYROM to its roster of members. FYROM has a huge problem with its Albanian minority in the north and west of the country. The Albanian inhabitants there have sought a degree of political autonomy that amounts to independence in everything but name. Indeed, serious questions remain about the proper location of the border between FYROM and predominantly Albanian Kosovo — now a nominally independent country thanks to its unilateral declaration in February 2008, which occurred thanks to the instigation of the United States and the leading powers in the European Union.

An independent Kosovo is already exacerbating problems with several neighboring countries, especially FYROM. There is scant evidence that advocates of a “Greater Albania” have relinquished their territorial ambitions in the Balkans. It was an ominous development that less than a month after Pristina’s declaration of independence, the leading ethnic Albanian party in FYROM threatened to withdraw its support and bring down the government because of what party leaders described as a failure to support minority rights or to recognize Kosovo’s independence. Among that party’s demands were greater use of the Albanian language and flag in the increasingly autonomous northwestern region of FYROM and increased benefits to veterans of the 2000-2001 Albanian guerrilla insurgency. [Yes, you read that correctly: Albanians expect benefits from countries for waging insurgencies against those countries.]

The situation has not noticeably improved over the past two years. Indeed, there was an especially alarming incident in early May 2010. Four individuals were killed in shootout with FYROM police near the northwest border hamlet of Radusa. They were driving a van transporting illegal arms from Kosovo. Unless we assume that the FYROM police are exceptionally competent at their interdiction efforts, it is highly probable that there have been other shipments and that this is part of an ongoing campaign to foment a new insurgency.

If FYROM ever becomes a member of NATO, that nasty ethnic separatist problem becomes a matter of direct concern to the alliance. One would think that the United States has enough foreign policy headaches around the world without adding that one to the list. […]

In a post last week about an Albanian mass killer at a Finnish shopping mall, I mentioned that a British news channel (whose identity I’m trying to ascertain) referred to the perpetrator as a “Serb Kosovan.” Thanks to my source on this, “Serbstvo,” we have the actual video of the reporter saying this. Not the anchorwoman, but the male reporter in the field (whose name I could only discern as Roger Thomas) made the “mistake” even though the shooter’s name is clearly Ibrahim Shkupolli. Thomas isn’t even tipped off by the very next frame of his package after his mis-identification, which goes to a Shkupolli cousin in Kosovo, whose first name is “Islam.”

Yet these not-quite-subtle clues did not help the clueless/brainwashed dhimmi dummy Thomas with properly identifying the ethnicity of the shooter. Nor did anyone at the network pick up on the glaring error before airing.


****UPDATE****

With thanks to Danny: The British news station responsible is Channel 4, and the broadcast can still be viewed at this direct link. Isn’t British Channel 4 the same one that has broadcast a Muslim woman in a Niqab giving the annual alternative Christmas message, as well as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doing the same? The reporter’s name is Andrew Thomas.

Last week I blogged about the radical Islam that, thanks to our interventions in the Balkans, has entrenched itself in Kosovo and is now proceeding according to plan. That is, targeting not the Christians whom we helped them target originally, but the ultimately intended victims: the area’s non-radicalized Muslims. I also mentioned the connection of this trend to the participation of Albanians on the Gaza Flotilla.

The very day that I posted these items, there was a new blog acknowledging the same problem — from none other than the Weekly Standard’s Stephen “Suleyman Ahmad al-Kosovi” Schwartz. Schwartz spent the 1990s making radicalization of the Balkans inevitable by shilling for the “national” interests of the nominal Muslims there — who surely would be immune to the radicals we were infesting the region with!

An excerpt:

From Kosovo to Gaza
BY Stephen Schwartz, June 9, 2010

Kosovo media have reported that an Islamist ideologue from that country, Fuad Ramiqi, was among the participants in the ill-fated attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade at Gaza. Ramiqi was joined by three Albanian Muslims from Macedonia — Sami Emini, Jasmin Rexhepi, and Sead Asipi.

Fuad Ramiqi is the representative in Kosovo of the European Muslim Network, a fundamentalist organization…Ramiqi, a soldier in the Yugoslav army who joined the Bosnian army during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, runs his own Brotherhood franchise, the Muslim Forum of Kosovo (MFK), created in 2006.

Late in May, local police rounded up five Wahhabis…in the environs of the Kosovo city of Prizren. The Islamist suspects included three Bosnian Muslims…and two Kosovars…According to a Bosnian Islamist web report, the police action was officially described as a response to an assault by the five Wahhabis on a Kosovo government employee who distributed the Bible to his neighbors during his off hours…Wahhabi attacks on individuals, including another Christian, have made headlines across Kosovo throughout the past two years.

Confrontations between Wahhabi intruders and local Muslims have been visible in all the Western Balkan countries, including Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania. The presence of three Macedonian Albanians at the scene of the Gaza bloodshed is unsurprising to observers of Islam in the Balkans, since Macedonian Muslims have succumbed almost totally to the influence of Arab money. The pattern of unwanted radical immigration into the Balkans continues. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty last month reported…that Wahhabis have disrupted Islamic religious life in the resort town of Ulcinj, on the Montenegrin coast near the northern border of Albania…Leaders of the official and moderate Islamic religious community in the town complained to local media as well as RFE/RL that Wahhabis had threatened and physically attacked local imams, and invaded administrative meetings…

Mustafa Canka, a Muslim journalist from Ulcinj, blamed Islamic officials for “institutional weakness, idleness and neglect, based on personal interests and selfishness.” He described the local Muslims as afflicted by “disorientation, inadequate response to contemporary problems, and ignorance.”…He said the radicals now have many supporters, but that their influence will not endure. He repeated his criticism of local Muslim religious functionaries, who he said were trained in the local form of Islam and did not recognize the danger when they “opened the door wide” to radical newcomers. […]

In response to this Jewish Muslim and patron saint of Balkans Islam, Jim Jatras questioned why radical Islam only becomes a problem when the local Muslims start suffering from it — but not while we’re helping to put the local non-Muslims under the rule of the Muslims? Indeed, what we were doing to Balkans Christians while furthering the Muslim causes in the region was never of any concern to the shameless al-Kosovi Schwartz.

Jatras added:

What’s amazing is that he can peddle this swill to dumb-ass Americanos who will read it, nod their heads about all this worrying “Islamism” (imported, mind you) without ever asking:

1. How come nobody worries about importing “Islamism”…among non-Muslims — just Muslims?

2. Might this be less of a problem if the West (mainly the US) had not placed Muslims in political power in Bosnia and Kosovo, at the expense of their Christian neighbors?

3. [Weren’t] people like Mr Schwartz, now gravely warning of the “Islamist” danger, enthusiastic advocates of Item 2, above?

Even more richly, in a Tuesday debate about the Ground Zero mosque on “Russia Today,” Stephen Schwartz was listed as a moderate Muslim who has publicly voiced his opposition to the mosque. Opponents of the Ground Zero mosque view it as a sort of flag marking an area of conquest.

Ah. So as usual, it’s good for the Serbs but not good for Americans.

Because if the subject is monuments to conquest — and on sacred ground — please consider the countless statues, monuments and street names dotting the landscape of the conquered Serbian holy land of Kosovo — tributes to the killers of Serb civilians and Albanian “collaborators” who merely sold groceries to Serbs or were married to them. These fallen KLA “heroes” and fathers of a Muslim Albanian Kosovo are memorialized everywhere, along with international politicians who helped make it happen (streets are named after Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Bob Dole, Eliot Engel, Wesley Clark, George W. Bush, Madeleine Albright, Tony Blair, and ex-ambassador/CIA operative William Walker).

Such are the indignities to be suffered by the conquered non-Albanians, with the ominous red and black double-headed eagle flag of Albania being flown all over Kosovo, and KLA insignias everywhere. Such is the land where minorities are to feel “safe,” as an independent analysis by some rogue UN observers warned in 2007, concluding that granting independence would be an irresponsible act (the recommendation was superseded by the unilateral declaration a few months later):

…[T]he international community has failed to protect non-Albanian language rights and [has] allowed the flag of the Republic of Albania to fly on most public institutions since 1999. In their report’s conclusion, the UN officers point out that the Pristina sports stadium is emblazoned with “an enormous picture of an armed, bearded, combat-uniformed KLA leader.” Such an image, they argue, runs counter to the UN’s original mission of making Kosovo a secure environment for all residents. Failure to remove the provocative poster demonstrates that the international community is in fact “bowing to the dictates of extremists and warlords.”

That comes from a 2008 interview with Canadian military reporter Scott Taylor, who in a subsequent article underscored that the KLA’s “dubious martial accomplishments include the widespread murder of Serbian civilians and Albanian collaborators after NATO entered the province and became responsible for security. Nevertheless, there are innumerable monuments all over Kosovo to honour these ‘heroes’ and ‘martyrs.’ Given that this conflict in Kosovo was a bloody inter-ethnic civil war, and the fact that the original NATO mandate was to provide a safe environment for all Kovoso minorities, many international observers recognize that these monuments to KLA fighters only serve to intimidate non-Albanians.”

Intimidation. Precisely the point of the Ground Zero mosque. Yet what could Americans expect to happen when they raised no concerted objection — and continue to raise no objection — to our leaders doing this very thing to other Christian nations? Remember, what we’re doing with Kosovo is still reversible, with only 69 recognitions out of 192 UN members (35.94%) so far approving of the independence that would enshrine and legitimize this international crime engineered to win over Greater Islam.

Like many others, even while fretting about the Islamization that has been the result of supporting the violent Albanian national cause, Schwartz continues to support that cause.

As Peter Worthington, an early detector of the Kosovo fraud, wrote last year in the Edmonton Sun, supporters of the Kosovo war should be embarrassed. Instead, they shamelessly continue talking and writing about this issue. Suleyman al-Kosovi Schwartz is in no position to still be flapping his gums instead of feeling like the useful idiot that he is.

Does the Weakly Standard have any idea that the man whose Balkans writings it promotes is a fraud? I realize that the term “neocon,” at least in my interpretation of it, means one who takes a longer time to appreciate reality, but this is ridiculous.

But then, we’re always in a vacuum when the subject concerns Serbs. Why, that wasn’t Islamism — merely Albaniansism, and necessarily the result of something the Serbs themselves must have caused. Much like the way people view the so-called Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (And never mind that Islam and Albanianism have innumberable uncanny similarities.)

If the Ground Zero mosque goes ahead, Americans will get the slightest sense of what it feels like to be a Serb living on Serbian land, occupied by one’s tormentors. Some might call it poetic justice. I call it the logical conclusion of Western policies in the Balkans, where the demise of the Free World was sealed by our own hand. What we did to Balkans Christianity when we joined the jihad against it on five fronts was the beginning of the end for all of us.

In a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the five Wahhabis (mixed Albanian and Bosnian) who were arrested two weeks ago in Prizren, Kosovo, we have this cry for help from an Albanian pastor in Kosovo:

Radical Muslim Influence on the Increase in Kosovo

Within the last couple of months, Christians in Kosovo have been victims of what has been described as the increasing influence of radical Muslim groups.

In an e-mail obtained by ASSIST News Service, Pastor Artur Krasniqi said a church member from a town in the western part of the country was recently brutally beaten. [He’s a tax collector who, the Wahhabis found out, gave out bibles.]

In addition, Krasniqi added, one of his church’s buildings in Prishtina was recently vandalized.

In addition to the attacks, Krasniqi said, he is worried about Islamic influence. He said, “Muslim radicalization of our country has become our serious concern, as it will impact not only our democratic values and freedoms but our safety and well being too.”

Krasniqi asked that those concerned about the plight faced by his fellow believers write to both the Prime Minister and President of Kosovo expressing their concerns.

A lot of good that’ll do, as Chris Deliso wrote in his book The Coming Balkan Caliphate:

One American special police investigator recalls how, in early 2006, several wanted men — North African Islamists — with passports from a Western European country were sheltered in a Kosovo apartment belonging to local Islamic fundamentalists. “A police buddy and I staked out this building, and interviewed some people,” he said. “We had photos and good information that showed these guys should be dealt with. You think anyone [in UN Mission in Kosovo] cared? No chance. Why do you think I’m leaving?”

Further, the officer charged that the Kosovo Albanian government leaders — the same ones that, according to Jane’s [Intelligence Review], are supplying the United States with “intelligence” on Islamic extremists in the province — have blocked investigations and staffed the civil administration with the often underqualified friends and relatives of known Islamists. “The Kosovo Department of Justice won’t act on [counterterrorist information], because the people inside the institution are from the ‘other side.’ It’s very frustrating — and a very dangerous thing for the future.” Michael Harrison [UNMIK Field Coordinator for Protection of Minorities] refers to another case later in 2006, in which an undercover investigator from a Central European country posed as a mafia figure interested in buying rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) from an Albanian Islamist. “No one cared. No one [in UNMIK] gives a shit. We have terrorists here, and the Wahhabis coming in from everywhere. Instead of doing something about it, you have the Germans donating 30 tons of weapons for Kosovo’s future army, the TMK, now in storage.” Tom Gambill [ex-security chief for OSCE] added in the fall of 2006 that a NATO internal map from 2003 listing some 17 illegal paramilitary and terrorist training camps was “still currently valid, to the best of my knowledge.”

Anyway, here’s that picture again of the Albanian Christian who was beat up by the Kosovo Wahhabis. Gee, none of us saw this coming on on March 24, 1999, did we!

Shall we make a wager on whether this church member, and his pastor, were supporters of Kosovo’s illegal and violent separation from Serbia? Then again, perhaps they were members of the silent Albanian minority that knew what was coming but was rendered powerless to speak out after the “freedom” we brought to their province under the stewardship of the KLA.

For the most part, however, all were on board willingly. Certainly the Albanian diaspora waving American and Albanian flags on Feb. 17, 2008 in Times Square, and cheering the KLA from a seemingly luxurious distance, were on board. But since we’re on the subject of Protestant pastors, let me say that I’ve often wondered why the Pat Robertsons, Jerry Falwells and Pastor Hagees of the world dropped the ball on Kosovo. Why was the safety of the Christians there not on the agenda of the evangelicals and other Christian sects?

So in 2005 I asked about it. I asked a reader/fan of mine at JewishWorldReview.com, named Drew Parkhill, who worked for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network and whom I was in touch with via email. I asked whether Kosovo, in danger of impending independence, could be brought to the attention of Pat Robertson, what with the annihilation that Christians faced there. I promptly never heard from the otherwise chatty fellow again.

But the following year there was an unexpected ray of hope (perhaps my plea hadn’t fallen on deaf ears after all?), when this Financial Times article came out in October 2006: “US Evangelists “join campaign to keep Kosovo within Serbia’.” However, yesterday I found out from Jim Jatras what it was that, predictably, happened with all that:

After Bishop Artemije visited with Pat Robertson and with Jerry Falwell’s operation, there were some news stories about American evengelicals taking a pro-Serbian view on Kosovo. This resulted in some evangelicals claiming to work in Kosovo writing to Robertson and ciruculating blogs that our info was wrong, that Christians are free to evengelize in Kosovo, that Kosovo Albanians love Americans, are tolerant, blah blah blah. Even to the extent they were lying then, now the truth comes out.

So, as usual, the prevailing propaganda prevailed again, this time upon the otherwise propaganda-immune Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, whose help Kosovo really could have benefited from. And, from the looks of it, whose help some Albanians are going to wish they had, even if at the time it would have seemed like the opposite of help.

So now, according to Pastor Krisniqi, Albanian churches are being vandalized. It’s not just those medieval “symbols of Serbian repression during the Milosevic era” that are vulnerable in the New Kosovo? Who could have seen THAT coming!

Enjoy your “independent” “Kosova,” Albanian supremacists.

But just to be clear. This incident, like other Wahhabi “nuicances” in the Kosovo we helped win, is not an intentional function of the Albanian supremacists that stole Serbian land via terror. Indeed, the vast majority of Albanians are NOT happy with these developments. But as I’ve said before, when you make a deal with the devil, he will collect his due. And as Jim Jatras has said before, “national” movements are almost always hijacked by jihad — regardless of how “moderate” or “nominal” the area’s Muslims are. WE ALREADY KNEW THIS AT THE TIME WE SIGNED ON TO “HELP.” That ‘help,’ meanwhile, is what opened the floodgates.

For those still laughing at the notion of an independent Kosovo becoming an extremist foothold in Europe, Chris Deliso underscores repeatedly in his book that the Wahhabis don’t care what the Balkan Muslims’ conception of Islam is or what their conception of themselves is. How these secular Muslims dress and eat today is of no consequence. Tomorrow will be different. Their opinion “is not important to the movement’s deep-pocketed foreign funders, who can, and do, throw around millions without a second thought,” Deliso writes, adding:

Albanians, whether from Albania, Kosovo, or Macedonia, have scoffed at the idea of a major religious fundamentalist incursion in their midst. So have their Western yes-men. The West heavily backed the Kosovo Liberation Army during the NATO bombing, despite the presence of mujahedin in its ranks, and for Western publics to suspect that this cause has been muddled up with an Islamist one would amount to a public relations disaster for both Clinton-era political veterans and for the Albanians themselves. Indeed, it would call into question the entire rationale for Western intervention in Kosovo.

Although both then and now the vast majority of Muslim Albanians are neither radical nor pro-Arab, as in Bosnia, a small but stubborn Wahhabi movement was being established. This, the unsurprising result of a decade of Islamist infiltration of the economic and religious spheres of society, would eventually become powerful enough to challenge the mainstream Islamic leadership — a trend that has been noted in every single Balkan country that has been penetrated by foreign Islamist interests.

[W]hile most Balkan residents feel their countries are hardly worth the trouble for Islamic radicals, this view ignores the reality that the Islamists are simply biding their time and cleverly adapting to the prevailing social conditions, in order to strengthen their position. Then, when the demographics and other salient factors are in place, the real battle for dominance will begin.

So that’s what Albanians are dealing with now. A September 30, 2007 headline by writer Tejinder Singh encapsulates the connection:

“Wahhabism tightening grip over Kosovo”
Ahtisaari’s plan for independence may help terrorism flourish:

…[O]ver the last decade, especially now with the talk of Kosovo independence, there are questions being raised about the external influence in once-tranquil religious relations…[Wahhabism]has been rearing its ugly head of intolerance in the Balkans starting from Bosnia a decade ago. With the recent manifestation of its hardcore modus operandi in Kosovo, which has more than a 90 percent Muslim population, the ongoing impact of Wahhabism demands serious attention.

It will not be long after the “independence” of Kosovo that the Kosovoan version, of “Muttawa,” the religious police since 1926 of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia that enforces prayer five times a day, monitors mobile SMS and arrests women for failing to cover themselves completely, will be a reality on the streets of Kosovo. One look at the local media reports in Kosovo and neighbouring arena will suffice to convince any sceptic about the dangers of Wahhabism form of Islam. The UN and Kosovo police in the southern part of the divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica on September 19 arrested one of the leaders of the Wahhabite movement in southern Serbia and Kosovo, according to local media reports.

According to these reports the arrested man was Bajram Aslani, allegedly the main Kosovo connection with the recently arrested Wahhabi group in Novi Pazar, Southern Serbia. The local reports suggested that the Belgrade Special prosecution for Organised crime on September 14 pressed charges against a group of 15 Wahhabites from Novi Pazar for terrorism and unlawful possession of arms.

Some of the defendants were arrested near Novi Pazar on March 16 and large quantities of weapons, ammunition and explosives were found during the operation. Moreover, in late April reports stated that in the village of Donja Trnava near Novi Pazar, the police had a clash with two Wahhabis, which resulted in the killing of one of them, Ismail Prentic, and the wounding of one police officer.

Two recent explicit cases involving Wahhabis in Kosovo can be put forward in addition to everyday media reports of Wahhabis being arrested, exchanging fire with law-enforcing agencies or simply taking over mosques that have been there for hundreds of years in Turkish style and converting them to conform to Wahhabi way of architecture and worship. The first case is in the Gazimestan area which has historic values with a famous medieval battlefield dating back to 1389, stretching from Pristina to Mitrovica. In addition to the remains of Serbian Prince Lazar and Ottoman Sultan Murad, there in the vicinity are two shrines called “Turbe” existing for hundreds of years and have never got disturbed until recently when these were vandalised.

According to local reliable sources who wanted to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, it was allegedly the work of Wahhabis as they believe tombs should not be kept as shrines.

Another important case that did stir strong local resentment happened in Prizren…[with] a Mosque, more than 350 years old from the days of Ottoman Empire. According to local sources, the mosque was getting refurbished with Saudi money and the new Imam allegedly preaches Wahhabism. The local Muslim population is disgruntled with the actions of the new Imam who without consultations first made living quarters for himself as an extension of the ancient Mosque and then replaced “irreplaceable” decorative wooden work on the inside ceiling and other parts with new aluminium frames thus the Mosque lost forever its historic heritage.

Another practice that is prevalent in Kosovo today is Wahhabis allegedly paying poor people to wear visible signs of Islam. According to local sources the alleged rate today varies from 100 Euro to 300 Euro per month depending on how much of face or body is covered in Islamic clothing.

Money talks and it sure does as is evident with its contribution to the replacement of moderate Islam in Kosovo with the financing of “Islamic studies” trips for youngsters. After a stint of such religious learning abroad in Saudi Arabia or Egypt, lasting around six to 12 months, the youngsters upon returning back in Kosovo sport Islamic beards and robes instead of their jeans.

Watching those alarming signs in Kosovo, socio-religious pundits and political observers warn that slow but steady moderate Islam with its Turkish roots is on its way out and with the talk of independence in Kosovo picking up, soon the days when girls sport western clothes will be history.

It’s time to rethink Kosovo independence: another Taliban in the making and this time right in the heart of European Continent from where it will be easier not only to strike in Europe but also travel across the Atlantic.

Finally, lest we lay blame exclusively at the feet of the Wahhabi phenomenon, we must ask what trend it is among Albanians themselves — particularly those in Macedonia — which these Albanian intellectuals were referring to when they (refreshingly) ambushed the Macedonian-Albanian party leader Menduh/Mendux Taci in October:

Albanian intellectuals attacked the leader of Macedonia’s DPA party in last night’s political debate on Tirana’s popular TV channel Klan…Thaci unexpectedly received a major slap for the behavior of Albanians and ethnic Albanian parties in Macedonia.

Hatred towards their own country, extreme Islamism, extremely low culture”. These were the quali[ties] which several Albanian intellectuals used in attacking Thaci….According to [writer Maks] Velo, there is a frightening, extreme Islamism among the Albanian parties in Macedonia and it is not a coincidence that DPA’s leader Mendux Thaci is on the U.S. blacklist for years.

The mosques in the villages in Macedonia seem like Iranian missiles. If the Albanians there can not climb to a higher cultural level of social life, not to discriminate against women, to build civil society, you will never be able to go up against the Macedonians in any way, especially not intellectually. With minarets you are not going in Europe. We must achieve greater cultural and economic level,” said Velo to Thaci who clearly wished he wasn’t there.

Unfortunately, Mr. Velo has the trend backwards. With minarets and low culture, Europe is exactly where they’ll be welcome.

Apparently, Helen Thomas’s apology the other day wasn’t enough to save her job, so the Islamo-Christian Arab “resigned” earlier today.

She was last seen boarding a vessel for the next Gaza flotilla.

Now I’ll ask you to study the image above. This is the face of Jew-hatred. It’s what the ugly little Jew-hater inside all of us looks like. If you’re an anti-Zionist, this is how you look on the inside.

But I must say, I’m pleasantly surprised by the refreshing outrage to Thomas’s rather typical sentiment about Jews leaving Israel. I’d thought that by now it was a rather standard view to Western ears. Especially given our being conditioned to Israelis being blown up regularly.

But apparently, killing Jews is one thing. Insulting them is another.

Unlike Thomas’s kindred spirits in the territories, whose suicide bombs and weapons smuggling garner international sympathy, Thomas must have crossed some sort of line.

Let me finish by again calling readers’ attention to the Thomas photo above. Remember it the next time an Arabic newspaper does one of those Jewish caricatures so popular in the Arab and Muslim worlds — exaggerating the large Semitic features so as to make the Jew look as sinister as possible. Think about the fact that no matter how talented the cartoonist, he will never be able to top the caricature above.

Ever notice how whenever the Arab papers do one of those caricatures, they always have to label it with a Jewish star — so that you don’t mistake it for an Arab? That’s because Jews and Arabs look very similar. Physically, a Jew is essentially an Arab except without the murderous intent behind the eyes.

Unless we’re talking about this Jew:

According to a Kosovo newspaper, around May 21st, five Wahhabis were arrested in Prizren — five Bosnians and two Albanians. They had beat up a tax inspector because he was giving out bibles. In the end they got slap-on-the-wrist 30-day sentences each.

Flashback to 2006 (just eight years into the infiltration and entrenchment of radical Islamic activities in Kosovo):

Independent academic experts on Kosovo are highly sceptical of the notion that a new state would provide Islamist extremists with a foothold on the edge of Europe. — Financial Times, Oct. 2006

In a related update, Chris Deliso, who covers the Balkans, says “the participation, albeit small, of some local Muslims in the recent attempt to break the Gaza sea blockade is an item of concern among some Western security services.

According to Deliso, “part of the concern is that these numbers might increase if further promised blockade-busting voyages occur. However, thus far there has been little stated concern among Western officials, perhaps partially because the event is low on the radar as of now.”

The chaotic-sounding news reports about the participation last week in local elections by Kosovo Serbs gave the impression that these Serbian citizens were doing something illegal by acting like they lived in the internationally recognized state of Serbia instead of the still not internationally recognized rogue “state” of Kosovo:

Thousands of ethnic Albanians and Serbs in standoff in Kosovo’s ethnically divided town

MITROVICA, Kosovo - Riot police are using tear gas and pepper spray to separate hundreds of ethnic Albanian and Serb protesters in the divided town of Mitrovica.

About 2,000 ethnic Albanians are demonstrating against Serbia’s local elections held in the Serb-dominated part of the town.

The protesters, led by veterans of the 1998-1999 war against Serbia, see Sunday’s vote as a breach of Kosovo’s sovereignty. Serbia doesn’t recognize Kosovo’s independence. [Like the majority of UN member states.]

Hundreds of Serb counter-demonstrators threw stones and fireworks as police struggled to keep the two sides apart.

Police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse Serb protesters trying to charge across a bridge splitting the town into a Serb north and Albanian south. NATO peacekeepers were also deployed on the bridge.

Albanians and Serbs clash in Mitrovica

Kosovo-Albanians and Kosovo-Serbs have clashed in the divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica/Mitrovicë, Kosovo today in what has been the worst ethnic unrest in this flashpoint town in the past two years…The Albanian side of the city was protesting the local elections that were taking place today in the northern Serb side, as well as elections in Novo Brdo which were organized by Belgrade.

“The conflicts began at about 12:30 CET on the main bridge across the Ibar River, where EULEX police were stationed. Before the incidents occurred, there were some 2,000 ethnic Albanians protesting the Serb elections in the north on the southern side of the bridge, calling for a ‘defense of Kosovo’s sovereignty.’ The Albanians moved towards the bridge later, where local Serbs were gathering.” KFOR peacekeepers and EULEX police officers in full riot gear were deployed onto Mitrovica Bridge, that spans the Ibar River and divides the city into two ethnically separate halves.

Southern Mitrovicë Municipal President Avdi Kastrati has stated that the Belgrade-backed election that took place today were “…’illegal’…” and that the Serbs must “…’turn towards the future and prepare for the elections that would be organized by the Kosovo leadership in September.’” […]

Provisional results in Serb elections in northern Kosovo

Serbian authorities and media announced provisional results of the Serbian local elections held on May 30 2010 in Kosovo that sparked protests against Belgrade holding polls on Kosovo territory [sic].

Media in Pristina reported that Serbs who started to attack Albanian journalists also targeted Kosovo police north station commander Milija Milosevic while he was protecting an Albanian cameraman.

According to Serbian news agency Tanjug, preliminary incomplete results gave the Serbian Progressive Party a narrow victory in Mitrovica, while the parties of the ruling coalition said that they had enough votes to form a municipal government. Media reports said that voter turnout in Mitrovica was about 25 per cent. […]

So to straighten out what’s really going on here, we have a statement from Kosovo’s exiled head bishop Vladika Artemije:

Bishop Artemije Condemns Violent Provocations Against Serbian Elections in Kosovo, Calls on International Authorities for Protection

June 1 — Bishop Artemije, spiritual leader of Orthodox Christian Serbs in the Province of Kosovo and Metohija condemned violent attacks on Serbs excercising their legitimate democratic rights in local elections held on Sunday, May 30. He called on the United Nations authority and foreign military forces present in Kosovo under UN authority to protect Serbs from violent provocations. He also praised actions by local Serbs and called for the Serbian government to support them.

In an exclusive statement to the American Council for Kosovo, Bishop Artemije said:

“It is clear [to] anyone what is the nature of these attacks. According to media, these ‘demonstrations’ were launched by so-called ‘Kosovo Liberation Army veterans’ protesting Serbian local elections to ‘protect Kosovo’s sovereignty.’ We must translate this into normal human language: members of [an] Islamic terrorist organization headed by mafia figures Thaçi, Haradinaj, and Çeku, have organized attacks on Christian Serbs holding legitimate democratic elections in their own country for the supposed purpose of ‘protecting’ the nonexistent ’sovereignty’ of an illegal, lawless separatist entity.

“I categorically condemn these attacks and call on all persons in any position of authority to do likewise. When the United Nations and various foreign countries undertook civil administration in Kosovo and Metohija following the illegal NATO war against our country, they also undertook, under UNSC 1244, the moral obligation to protect peaceful people engaged in legitimate pursuits. What can be more legitimate than Serbs voting in Serbian elections in Serbia? Yet this is used as a pretext for violent attacks! The UN and foreign military forces must not allow what are clearly intended as a practice run for a violent seizure of those small parts of Kosovo and Metohija where Serbs still enjoy a minimum degree of security.

“It is important for the Serbian local administration resulting from these elections to be formed as soon as possible, and for it to receive the fullest possible support from authorities in Belgrade. I commend the Serbs of Kosovo and Metohija for the restrained but steadfast manner in which they have resisted these latest provocations.”

This photo was taken around May 30th in Pristina:

Written in Albanian, it announces the protest by KLA war veterans in Mitrovica. More significantly, the map being shown is that of the aspired-for “Greater Albania,” which includes large parts of Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia (including the capital Skoplje) and parts of Greece.

By occasional reader and California resident Avi Zirler:

Dear Ms. Thomas:

I saw the clip where you told the Jews of Israel to get the hell out of Palestine and go back to Poland and Germany.

Really?

Ms. Thomas, one could expect a renowned journalist of your caliber to know that about half of the population of Israel consists of Middle Eastern Jews who where forced to flee Arab countries like Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, and North Africa. The number of those Jewish refugees far exceeded the number of the so-called Palestinian refugees. Some of them, particularly the Jews of Iraq who were extremely wealthy, were brutally forced to leave their wealth behind, and their assets were confiscated by the government.

Are you suggesting that those Jews should return to the countries who tormented them? Are your Arab friends ready to take them back?

Ms. Thomas, I heard that you are an American of Lebanese descent. I am not exactly sure what gives you the right to live on a land which was taken from the Native Americans. Who gave you the permission to live here?

Thus, Ms. Thomas, I believe that you should give these damn Jews a personal example. I therefore suggest that you get the hell out of America and go back to the Middle East, where you and your anti-Semitic ideas belong and fit in.

Yours,
Avi Zirler
La Canada, CA

My only correction for Helen Thomas is that, again, it’s not “Palestine” — it’s Palestein.

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