This was a completely stunning piece earlier this month in something called The National Interest in terms of the way it encapsulates how “America” deals with the Balkans. The National Interest was described to me by one reader/source thus: “‘Realist’ conservatives (as opposed to neoconservatives) mag with Kissinger as top poobah - it’s all about balance of power and nation-states for these guys. Has some Ok stuff sometimes even though self-hating SoB Morton Abramowitz is on the Board.”
TERROR IN THE BALKANS by Gordon N. Bardos, Sep. 7:
As the debate over what to do in Bosnia & Herzegovina after the country’s October elections resurfaces and the Kosovo issue again moves to the UN General Assembly, the Obama Administration will be increasingly called upon to provide American leadership in the Balkans. Yet a serious observer of U.S. Balkan policy might be forgiven for questioning whether the US has an intellectually or politically coherent policy in the Balkans, or whether our approach to the region is simply an ad-hoc collection of prejudices and biases. The very same diplomats and pundits who tell you that ethnic vetoes are bad in Bosnia will say they are needed in Macedonia, or that international supervision should be eliminated in Kosovo but increased in Bosnia, or that Helsinki principles do not apply to a universally recognized member state of the United Nations, but they should apply to an entity which two-thirds of the international community hasn’t recognized.
And it gets worse. In the somewhat intellectually perverse foreign policy salons of New York and Washington, the more ties a Balkan politician has to drug smuggling, human trafficking, and al-Qaeda, the bigger their fan club is likely to be. Get yourself indicted for murder and torture, and a celebrity journalist will even write a glowing portrait of you for Vanity Fair. One of Washington’s now-deceased Balkan darlings was a member of a Nazi-collaborationist organization in the 1940s, a fan of the Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s, and a host to Osama Bin Laden in the 1990s. [Fundamentalist wartime Bosnian president and “Western Democrat” Alija Izetbegovic.] On the other hand, spend your career writing a book criticizing the communist monopoly on power (while the communists are in power), or translating de Toqueville and the Federalist Papers into your native language, and people will call you Slobodan Milosevic’s reincarnation. [Former Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica.] Go figure.
In reality, much of what passes for a debate over “Balkan policy” in both Europe and the US is based on wishful thinking, illusions about what is important, and an exaggerated sense of what we can accomplish. Sometimes it is even worse—a not-so-thinly veiled belief that some ethnic groups or peoples have no legitimate rights or interests. Such a view of the world, of course, was unfortunately common among several political movements popular in Europe in the 1930s and 40s. It should certainly not be the basis for U.S. policy today.
Meanwhile, how many people in Washington are discussing the one real issue emerging from the Balkans that does affect vital US national security interests? Consider the following: The 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The USS Cole. The LAX bomb plot. The Fort Dix bomb plot. The 2008 attempted attack on the New York City subway system which Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most serious terrorist cases since the 9/11 attacks. A 2009 plot “to engage in violent jihad” in Gaza, Israel, Jordan and Kosovo. Another 2009 attempt by a Brooklyn resident to attack US targets in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans. September 11th. The organized crime gangs who have taken over heroin distribution along the eastern seaboard. The terrorists who beheaded Daniel Pearl . . .
What is the common denominator here? All were carried out or planned by individuals who had fought in the Balkans, or who come from the region. For more than a decade, Saudi-sponsored Wahhabists have been infiltrating Bosnia, Kosovo, the Sandzak, and Macedonia. The overwhelming majority of southeastern Europe’s Muslims want nothing to do with them. But as we found out on 9/11, it only takes a few small extremist cells to kill thousands. Yet despite the grave, direct nature of this threat, it is practically ignored in Washington.
By sponsoring terror in the Balkans, Western nations became the architects of terror against their own citizens, which is what all this blowback is about.
To close, a relevant quote from James Bissett, Canadian former ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania:
The heart of the problem has been what appears to be a determination of the United States policy makers, whether Democrat or Republican, to look upon the Western Balkans as their special fiefdom where international rules of conduct do not apply. It is as if they regard these Slavic lands as lesser breeds without the law, and therefore can do with them whatever they deem desirable. This hubris has led the United States and the obedient but morally bankrupt leaders of Germany, France and Great Britain to follow wrong-headed policies such as the bombing of Serbs and the recognition of Kosovo independence — and to do so without scruples.
The Christian Broadcasting Network recently aired an interview with a Frenchman who made a videotape of the occupation-like scene in Paris during Muslim prayer time on Fridays. The video is below, followed by a transcript, which mentions a highly significant book by a Russian author — a book that is entirely unknown to Americans:
‘Islamization’ of Paris a Warning to the West
Friday in Paris. A hidden camera shows streets blocked by huge crowds of Muslim worshippers and enforced by a private security force.
This is all illegal in France: the public worship, the blocked streets, and the private security. But the police have been ordered not to intervene.
It shows that even though some in the French government want to get tough with Muslims and ban the burqa, other parts of the French government continue to give Islam a privileged status.
An ordinary French citizen who has been watching the Islamization of Paris decided that the world needed to see what was happening to his city. He used a hidden camera to start posting videos on YouTube. His life has been threatened and so he uses the alias of “Maxime Lepante. ”
His camera shows that Muslims “are blocking the streets with barriers. They are praying on the ground. And the inhabitants of this district cannot leave their homes, nor go into their homes during those prayers.”
“The Muslims taking over those streets do not have any authorization. They do not go to the police headquarters, so it’s completely illegal,” he says.
The Muslims in the street have been granted unofficial rights that no Christian group is likely to get under France’s Laicite’, or secularism law.
“It says people have the right to share any belief they want, any religion,” Lepante explained. “But they have to practice at home or in the mosque, synagogues, churches and so on.”
Some say Muslims must pray in the street because they need a larger mosque. But Lepante has observed cars coming from other parts of Paris, and he believes it is a weekly display of growing Muslim power.
“They are coming there to show that they can take over some French streets to show that they can conquer a part of the French territory,” he said.
If France faces an Islamic future, a Russian author has already written about it. The novel is called “The Mosque of Notre Dame, 2048,” a bestseller in Russia, not in France.
French publisher Jean Robin said the French media ignored the book because it was politically incorrect.
“Islam is seen as the religion of the poor people, so you can’t say to the poor people, ‘You’re wrong,’ otherwise, you’re a fascist,” Robin explained.
The book lays out a dark future when France has become a Muslim nation, and the famous cathedral has been turned into a mosque.
From the 1980s until recently, criticizing or opposing Islam was considered a social taboo, and so the government and media effectively helped Islam spread throughout France.
“We were expecting Islam to adapt to France and it is France adapting to Islam,” Robin said.
Jean-Francois Cope, president of the Union for a Popular Movement political party, has a warning for the West and for America.
“We cannot accept the development of such practice because it’s not compatible with the life in a modern society, you see,” he said. “And this question is not only a French question. You will all have to face this challenge. “
What the broadcast did not mention about the book The Mosque of Notre Dame, 2048 is the historical event which the author recognized as pivotal for Western civilization and for creating a future in which the Cathedral of Notre Dame is the Mosque of Notre Dame: Kosovo.
It’s certainly understandable that a Russian would ‘get’ what Kosovo was all about. All the more so since Moscow today is 15% Muslim and this was the scene in the capital city earlier this month during the Uraza-Bairam holiday.
Now, it’s my understanding that so far there are only Serbian and French translations of the Russian book, but below is an excerpt which has been translated into English:
Excerpt from “Notre Dame Mosque in Paris: 2048″ by Yelena Chudinova (2005), translated from Russian to Serbian by Ljubinka Milicevic (2006), translated from Serbian to English by Marie-Louis Marti
Chapter 3 - Slobodan [”Sloboda” is Serbian for “freedom.”]
… It was cold standing on the balcony of the twentieth floor but he didn’t feel like going in to the warm, brightly lit rooms. Paris lay below him, silently sleeping, like always except during Ramadan when the fires in the streets flashed and fluctuated: believers admiring the view of the Seine with Al Fraconi Mosque, which was once Notre Dame, sat until dawn in the luxurious Monde Arabe restaurant, in Maxim’s or Procope….Luckily, Ramadan was over. Paris nights were unpopulated.
How pleasant the silence was and what a good thing he had chosen an apartment on a high floor, far above the ones where you couldn’t have a window looking out on the street.
He wasn’t sleepy; the few remaining hours were too precious. Soon the loudspeakers would be filled with the voices of muezzins, and the devil would set out on patrol through Paris to piss in the ears of believers insufficiently devout to get up for early morning prayers.
It’s what you deserve, Frenchmen; good God, didn’t you see it coming? Weren’t you the ones who shaped today with your very own hands? Now you live in what you have created because there is a God.
You didn’t know anything about the history of Serbia; you didn’t know anything about Kosovo. You didn’t know how the Serbs died gloriously on the battlefield of Kosovo Polje when the soldiers of Prince Lazarus, defending their cradle, stood on the path of the foul army of Sultan Murad. You didn’t know that Bayazit arrived like a mortal plague, and that the Muslim Albanians followed in his tracks.
Five hundred years under the Ottoman Empire! You didn’t know what a scourge the Ottoman Empire was; you didn’t know how much Serb blood was shed to vanquish it. And very few years after the Serbs returned to the banks of the Sitnica River, they were again expelled! Adolf Hitler was the new Bayazit; did you humane Europeans forget about him? Who among those of you that applauded the bombing of Belgrade [in 1999] so much as heard in school that it was none other than Hitler who toppled Serb Peter II and pushed Kosovo into the hands of Albanian Zog I as a gift? And the Albanians descended into Serbian lands like new Bayazits, like hyenas trailing the scent of blood, once again occupying the abandoned homes, once again reaping the crops sown in Serbian fields. And how many armies did Hitler and Mussolini have to keep there in order to make Kosovo Albanian? You Europeans, who make such a big deal of the fact that you founded the Second Front after it was long overdue, did you even bother to thank the Serbs because Draza Mihailovic’s Chetniks began their attack on Hitler’s supporters long before you? [Chetniks were the monarchist anti-Nazi and anti-Communist guerrillas.]
What inspired you to help the Albanians establish borders that had been drawn by Hitler; what convinced you to believe so easily the stupidest of lies about Serb bestialities?
Yes, obviously, the question is not “what” but “who”. You were poisoned; you were led around on a leash by the Muslim diaspora – and while you, mere toys in the hands of puppeteers, called yourself fighters for something called “human rights” and enlightened humanists – you were nothing more than traitors of Christian civilization.
Although you could still read Dostoevsky then; you could have remembered his verses. But today you’ve never heard of Dostoevsky. And it serves you right.
Milosevic was a mangy old wolf but you prodded him with red flags, forcing him to retreat over and over again. His soul bears the responsibility for the shameful peace of Dayton but even that was not enough for you. When he finally understood that there was no more room to retreat, war broke out.
Oh, how carefully your “peacekeepers” watched to make sure that no Serb dared raise his head! They saw to that but what they didn’t see in 1997 was what was happening under their very noses. And when the KLA snake hatched in their shadow and began to ethnically cleanse Kosovo, not fictionally this time but for real, you were blind, more than blind. Your television channels ran footage of Kosovo Albanians covering the coffins of their fallen comrades with a red flag with a black eagle, the thunder of the honorary gun salutes, the wild peonies swaying over freshly dug graves. While away from the cameras your “heroes” slaughtered Christian families, murdered teachers and priests. And when Milosevic tried to stop it, the bombs flew at Serbia.
Churches that existed for almost a thousand years were transformed into ruins under your bombs. Of course, they were not your holy shrines. But what makes you different then from the Afghan Talibans that blow up statues?
Milosevic betrayed the Serbs more than once and ultimately, the Serbs betrayed Milosevic. The twentieth century was a brutal one. To our parents who confronted the entire West, Milosevic looked like a paw one could afford to gnaw off in order to escape from bondage. Funny.
But your precious, super-civilized Albanians needed Kosovo for their drug trafficking. The amount of money involved was too big; the Serbs didn’t stand a chance.
And so peace came at last to the hub of European drug trafficking - Kosovo - when the last Serb was expelled or slaughtered, when the last Orthodox church was destroyed or desecrated. And then the peacekeepers left the region because they were no longer needed there.
But the poison was still brewing in the kettle, the filthy foam rose to the surface until it finally boiled over and contaminated the entire region. Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja followed the fate of Kosovo. [Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja are areas in southern Serbia that the Albanians have been eyeing and staging attacks in for some time, and for which a KLA extension exists, UCPMB.]
The Serbs were held back, always held in check. When Belgrade became the capital of Greater Albania, the European Union began to be afraid. And then it continued to grant out of fear what it had earlier given out of stupidity.
So now it is only just that Parisian women dress in [hijabs] - after their grandmothers swooned over roses on the graves of Kosovo Albanians on TV.
Slobodan Vukovic was fifty years old but he remembered the events of his childhood with unbelievable precision.
It was their last Christmas in the house of his birth in Pristina. Later, they celebrated Easter in the same house but it was a war-time Easter, it was without joy. War. If one could even call bombs falling out of the sky and the presence of an unpunishable, invisible, inaccessible enemy a war.
There were other enemies, too, besides those who were sure that the day would come when there would be no more ethnic conflicts in Kosovo - after the last Serb left feet first.
He didn’t know, couldn’t remember, where and when his child’s eyes had seen the scene he remembered in the minutest detail: the nuns dressed in robes red with their own blood, their throats all slit, lying on the white ground among bits of shattered icons and the smashed doors of a church. Was the exact time and place really so important? There were so many such martyrs and such churches!
[Note: Ms. Chudinova’s book is a work of speculative fiction, but it’s based on living history and some very real current events. The fictionalized paragraph above is inspired by events such as the following: Kosovo Albanian Insurgents Shoot at Serb Abbess and Nun; KLA accused of terrorizing Serb monastery in Kosovo (and raping nun); Destroyed and Desecrated Sanctuaries; The Destruction of the Churches of Kosovo; Albanians Killed a Nun; Decapitated body of Serb monk found near Prizren on August 8, 2000; Serb Nuns Attacked in Pec; Testimony of Joseph K. Grieboski, Founder and President, Institute on Religion and Public Policy, Hearing on Kosovo Before the International Relations Committee of the United States House of Representatives; Kosovo Pogrom Coverage, March 19, 2004; Kosovo Pogrom Coverage, March 22, 2004; NATO is a Bad Policeman ; The Literal-ness of Satire in Kosovo ; Orthodox Nuns Under Siege in Kosovo; Behind Kosovo’s Facade; Kosovo in the 1980s: Murders, Rapes, and Expulsions; Kosovo: Key Dates in the Century Long Goal to Create Greater Albania ; Kosovo in the New Yugoslavia; Kosovo’s Nazi Past: The Untold Story; Diary of a Monk: Kosovo, the Serbian Archipelago; KLA Attacks Monasteries (1998)]
And then the flight from Kosovo to Belgrade when he was three, his mother praying for hours as she clutched the child to her breast in dumb fear as the old car rolled down the ravaged road…
Their emigration from Belgrade was less terrifying but even more hopeless. Their departure from Belgrade and their departure from Serbia.
This was followed by his youth in Belgrade-on-the-Amur, a completely new city that grew in height like mushrooms after the rain. What mighty mind had conceived this plan – to offer the 300,000 remaining Serbs autonomy near China?
His youth, in short, was not a pampered one. Nevertheless, many of his peers as they matured fell into the groove of a “Cossack” but peaceful way of life and started their own families, striving to rear the first generation of Serbs after Serbia. Slobodan could not. As a nineteen year-old youth he left for Moscow by train because he did not have enough money for the plane. At that time Serbian young men were not conscripted into the army; they were, however, required to attend regular military exercises from the age of 16 to 25 for one month each year. Young Slobodan excelled as a marksman; he had a good number of parachute jumps behind him, driver’s and pilot’s licenses, sniping and mining skills. He also had an innate knowledge of the Muslims, like something dirty that could not be washed away: partially genetic, partially from the days of his childhood, eagerly absorbed from the stories of old people and read in books. He desired only one thing. To return to Kosovo.
But instead of Kosovo, seven years later they offered him France, one of the three main countries of the Islamic bloc. Moreover, his childish thirst for revenge had already been balanced by the ambitions of an adult intellectual; it was clear to him that the French arena was more interesting and broader in scope…
…[B]y the nature of things he contacted far more often with Muslims who were very different – intellectuals gifted with a large number of quite human qualities…For many, very many of them, he could not suppose in his wildest imagination that they would take pleasure in human agony or be capable of slitting the throat of a living man with their hands! They were too cultured, too normal for that; they were Muslims of the third or fourth generation born in France. Educated in good French or English schools, they did not spend every day of their childhood reminding themselves who they were and what they had brought into this hospitable environment.
The French resistance movement enjoyed neither Slobodan’s sympathies nor his support. He was merely aware of its existence but there is no way he would have worked for them without a very good reason. Let them fend for themselves. He was living the third decade of his life in France for the good of the Christian world. And the personal price that he, Kosovo Serb Slobodan Vukovic, had paid for that good deed was admittedly rather high. Not every Orthodox Christian would have been as generous.
Perhaps in his old age, if he lived to see it, he would succeed in obtaining forgiveness for his sins. It would be best to seek it on the Holy Mountain in one of the most distant cells. Ah, Greeks, you, of course, paid a lower price than the Italians. Greece stayed a Christian country. But what national humiliation you had to endure because of your pride! At the end of the twentieth century, the Greek diaspora blossomed like a flower in all the wealthy countries, and everywhere the Greeks lived according to European customs. A microcosm within a macrocosm, helping each other out but never even thinking of witnessing the truth. The Greeks had grown accustomed to considering Orthodoxy a national privilege they obtained at birth, and other Orthodox people who were not Greeks, an unnecessary, lower class. And see what you have now, Hellenes! The Greek parishes did not upset anyone anywhere – because they were not involved in missionary work. The only thing they managed to do in the end was save themselves. When Euroislam drew close to Greece, Greek millionaires in every country of the world reached an agreement and proposed a ransom. The sum was such that the joint government of France, Germany and England could not refuse. And thus the Greeks were now Islamic subjects, paying for the inviolability of their homeland as the Russians formerly paid the Tatars. With one exception, and there was nothing the Greeks could do about it because they would not accept money. Euroislam wanted to destroy Mt. Athos at any price.
Athos successfully defended itself but Europe didn’t even know it. Television and newspapers had already been censured for a long time; Internet use was limited with the help of information filters first used long ago in China and Korea.
What could be done, Athos was not only Greek; Athos belonged to everyone. The vices of the nation, it turned out, came back to haunt the Greeks in the form of shame but the Poles, on the other hand, actually profited from their shortcomings.
They were always irrational nationalists, those stingy Lachs…After World War II, while humanity still reeled from Hitler and feared accusations of anti-Semitism more than the plague, the Poles were the only nation not subject to such accusations. For over the course of ten years they had slowly pushed all the Jews out of the country; the moment was painfully right, the fascists had already completed a good part of the job. Such a favorable opportunity would not come again.
The Poles have always been loners, and they have always done things their way…In earlier times they had intrigued all of Europe with their desire to profit from their location, which they had deduced, of course, with the help of their former Jews. Unrefined, almost incapable of magnanimity, petty pragmatists but nevertheless very, very deeply religious. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the Poles had set out on their own. They were the first from the former Soviet bloc to comprehend that they did not want rivers of Muslims from the Third World.
During the first years of Polish membership in the EU there were no large influxes because the living standard was lower than in old Europe, which made Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania and Letonia less attractive to the unfortunate migrants. However, as the differences gradually diminished, the migrants piled up at the doors of the former socialist countries. Still disoriented by their newness, most of these countries hesitated out of fear of insufficiently demonstrating their support for the ideals of democracy. But the Poles immediately opposed it. First through silent bureaucratic sabotage but soon that was not enough. And then they made the great horse’s jump: then Polish president Marek Stasinsky explained that his country was withdrawing from the EU and NATO! That it was voluntarily pulling out after making so much effort over the years to get in! And President Stasinsky was celebrated as a national hero.
Since he was now freezing on the balcony, Slobodan returned into the apartment and went to the kitchen. Ah, the Russian habit of drinking cup after cup of tea during sleepless nights and thinking about the fate of humanity! But what could be done. He would have been far more happy to honor another Russian tradition and have a juniper brandy instead of tea…And with it he would nibble on pink wedges of smoked bacon, sliced wafer-thin and interlaced with meat…No, he must not even think of juniper brandy or smoked bacon. Although the Poles ate smoked bacon and pork chops and sausages; what did they care?
They paid dearly for it! The opposition proclaimed Stasinsky insane: to share a border with a Germany whose army was comprised of three-fourths Muslims and not to play by the general European rules! But the people believed in their president and their confidence was not in vain. The second Polish ploy was even madder than the first. The famous pact of May 5, 2034 caused a frenzy among the former socialist camp. In all honesty, not even old Europe could believe it when it awoke one beautiful morning to find the Russian Army on the German border.
Of course, Poland did not suddenly learn to love Russia but had simply acted realistically once more. Without a Russian military presence the armed incursion of Euroislam into Poland was only a question of time. And Russia, for its part, wanted to push the borders of Euroislam as far as possible from its own borders. Better a buffer state between it and them than a common border. Basically, it was a move in the best interests of two countries bound by a thousand years of annexing each other’s territory.
The Poles stayed Catholic. When the ill-fated year of 2031 began and the Roman pope surrendered, exactly one month later white smoke appeared above Holy Trinity Monastery in Krakow. A new papal see was established in Poland, although its borders were, at the same time, the borders of the Catholic world. The Polish clergy began to speak ardently in favor of the old mass; however, it did not go as far as reverting to the use of Latin. No one knew the language anymore nor, strictly speaking, how to serve the Tridentine mass…
That’s how matters stood. Poland was the alpha and omega of modern Catholicism. Who could imagine at the end of the twentieth century that Catholicism would be the religion of a single country! History advanced with unpredictable steps while in Poland, like before, the sides of the streets remained decorated with the simple bulbs of small chapels and statues that looked as if they had been colored by children.
After rejoicing over the Poles’ liberation from halal smoked horsemeat sausage, Slobodan dejectedly opened the refrigerator. Despite everything, he could not bring himself to eat the meat of the livestock they slaughtered according to their practices. He remembered all too well from his childhood that their faces had the same expression whether they were slitting the throat of a ram or a man. They even used the same words, “bismillah allahu akbar.” In the former case they were obligatory but it also happened that they would use them in the latter, too. This disgusted him. He had to excuse himself by claiming his stomach reacted badly to meat…
Some things could be changed. That is what Paris at night whispered through the windows of the luxurious apartment….The status quo could be undermined.
Since the Cathedral of Notre Dame, which in Ms. Chudinova’s apocalyptic future becomes the Mosque of Notre Dame, is a Catholic cathedral, I’ll end with the following news item from January of 2009:
Vatican alarmed by Muslims burning Israeli flags outside cathedrals
The Vatican has expressed alarm over the burning of Israeli flags by Muslims protesting against Israeli actions in Gaza during Muslim prayers staged outside Italian cathedrals.
Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace, said he was not disturbed “by prayer as such.” If Muslims wished to come to St Peter’s to pray, he would not object, the cardinal said. “Prayer always does good”.
However prayers held recently outside the Duomo in Milan and the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna, with thousands of prostrate Muslims facing Mecca, had been accompanied by flag burning which was not only anti Israeli but anti Semitic, with protesters carrying banners depicting the Star of David alongside the Nazi swastika. “What matters is the spirit in which one prays - and prayer excludes hate” Cardinal Martino said.
Bishop Ernesto Vecchi, vicar general of the Bologna diocese, said the Muslim prayers were “not just prayers but a challenge, not so much to the basilica itself as to our democratic system and culture”.
Bishop Vecchi suggested the staging of mass prayers outside Christian churches in Italy was a deliberate move “on orders from afar” as part of a strategy of “Islamisation” of Europe.
Monsignor Luigi Manganini, archpriest of Milan cathedral, said he could imagine the Islamic reaction if Christians prayed en masse outside a mosque…Abu Imad, the imam of the main Milan mosque, said the demonstration had ended up on the cathedral square “by chance” at the hour of prayer, “so we prayed. There was no provocation or insult intended.”
He said that as for the flag burning, “You have to understand the deep anger and sadness of Muslims over what is happening in Gaza”. However Mario Borghezio, a Euro MP for the anti immigrant Northern League, which is part of the ruling centre Right coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi, said “The fact that Muslim extremists transformed the cathedral square in Milan into an outdoor mosque constitutes an incredible provocation. The prayer to Allah recited by thousands of fanatical Muslims is an act of intimidation, a slap in the face for the city of Milan, which must remain Christian”. […]
Europe is headed for Muslim future, says Czech Cardinal
…Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, is adamant that behind the failure to adopt the euro-treaty is the absence of what Europe feels natural about - Christian values.
“When the Irish said No to the Lisbon Treaty, they said it because the European Union and Lisbon Treaty have dropped the Christian roots,” said Cardinal Vlk in an interview for Aktuálně.cz.
In the interview Vlk links the European Union’s flag to Christian values. The flag consisting of twelve stars on a blue background was admittedly inspired by the Bible. In Vlk’s view the circle of stars refers to the twelve-star halo of the Virgin Mary.
Cardinal Vlk was quick to mention the flag was adopted on December 8, a day which celebrates the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary.
He believes in the dialogue between Christians and Muslims but “in terms of culture and opinions Islam is medieval”.
“I do not want to sound negative… but in Islam a religion assumes the position of the state power and rules the people. Our European Christian experience proved that it is not the right way,” said Cardinal Vlk.
While European Muslims are living their religion, Europeans are “pagans, as they do not respect their religion”. To face the danger of dying out, Europe needs to install a program of spiritual rehabilitation.
“If we do not restore Europe in terms of Christian values, we will surely die out,” Cardinal Vlk said.
This summer we found out that Coalition troops in Afghanistan have been observing a lot of older men running around with young boys. Meanwhile, the troops were wondering why they themselves have been getting felt up by young Afghani men. Ironically, the story broke in The San Francisco Chronicle. (Well, is it ironic — or apropos?)
I remember in the weeks and months after 9/11 Western reporters were having the same problems whenever they went to mosques to interview imams or whoever else was relevant to a story — and the young boys in the mosques were all over the reporters’ private parts.
Below is an excerpt from the recent Chronicle story, followed by some typically merciless comments from me:
Afghanistan’s dirty little secret by Joel Brinkley, Aug. 29, 2010
Western forces fighting in southern Afghanistan had a problem. Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy’s father. Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to “touch and fondle them,” military investigator AnnaMaria Cardinalli told me. “The soldiers didn’t understand.”
All of this was so disconcerting that the Defense Department hired Cardinalli, a social scientist, to examine this mystery. Her report, “Pashtun Sexuality,” startled not even one Afghan. But Western forces were shocked - and repulsed.
For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers. Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are bacha baz, the term for an older man with a boy lover. Literally it means “boy player.” The men like to boast about it.
“Having a boy has become a custom for us,” Enayatullah, a 42-year-old in Baghlan province, told a Reuters reporter. “Whoever wants to show off should have a boy.”
As for [President Hamid] Karzai, an American who worked in and around his palace in an official capacity for many months told me that homosexual behavior “was rampant” among “soldiers and guys on the security detail. They talked about boys all the time.” He added, “I didn’t see Karzai with anyone. He was in his palace most of the time.”
In Kandahar, population about 500,000, and other towns, dance parties are a popular, often weekly, pastime. Young boys dress up as girls, wearing makeup and bells on their feet, and dance for a dozen or more leering middle-aged men who throw money at them and then take them home. A recent State Department report called “dancing boys” a “widespread, culturally sanctioned form of male rape.”
So, why are American and NATO forces fighting and dying to defend tens of thousands of proud pedophiles, certainly more per capita than any other place on Earth? And how did Afghanistan become the pedophilia capital of Asia?
…Women are simply unapproachable…they can’t even look at a woman….”How can you fall in love if you can’t see her face,” 29-year-old Mohammed Daud told reporters. “We can see the boys, so we can tell which are beautiful.”
Even after marriage, many men keep their boys, suggesting a loveless life at home. A favored Afghan expression goes: “Women are for children, boys are for pleasure.” Fundamentalist imams, exaggerating a biblical passage on menstruation, teach that women are “unclean” and therefore distasteful. One married man even asked Cardinalli’s team “how his wife could become pregnant,” her report said. When that was explained, he “reacted with disgust” and asked, “How could one feel desire to be with a woman, who God has made unclean?”
That helps explain why women are hidden away - and stoned to death if they are perceived to have misbehaved. Islamic law also forbids homosexuality. But the pedophiles explain that away. It’s not homosexuality, they aver, because they aren’t in love with their boys. […]
Well, if they’re not in love with the boys, whom are they in love with? (Correct answer: no one. There is no love in much of Muslim culture.)
OK, so now we know why women have to cover up. It’s not to avoid temptation by the men; it’s to avoid jealousy. Kind of like in Greenwich Village.
But the reason is apparently two-fold, since at the same time these Muslim males are genuinely disgusted by women, who are “unclean.” So that explains why girls and women are punished for dating or being raped — the men are disgusted by the thought. And again, probably jealous.
Meanwhile, if women are unclean (the Koran tells Muslims to be grossed out by the period), why would any martyr want 72 virgins in paradise? I actually do believe he gets his 72 virgins. But what they’re not telling the martyr is that in the afterlife he is their tampon.
Wow. Afghanistan. CAN WE PLEASE GET SOME SHARIA UP IN HERE?! Apparently, half the male population is in need of death by wall-crushing.
Separately, I’ve often wondered why the gay community doesn’t have a healthy fear or antipathy toward the Islamic takeover, given that gays are essentially illegal in Muslim societies, their sexual orientation carrying a mandatory death sentence. Well, if Afghanistan is any indication (and it is), it seems Islam has a place for gays after all.
And — look — they seem to be on the same page:
Britain’s Leading Gay Activist Calls for Lowering of Age of Consent to 14 (Sep. 1)
One of Britain’s leading homosexualist activists has called again for the lowering of the age of sexual consent from 16 to 14, saying that this will reduce incidents of sexual abuse of young people. Peter Tatchell, founder of the group OutRage!, wrote on the website Big Think, “Whether we like it or not, many teenagers have their first sexual experience around the ages of 14 or 15.”
“If we want to protect young people, and I do, the best way to do this is not by threatening them with arrest, but by giving them frank, high quality sex and relationship education from an early age.
“This includes empowering them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to say no to unwanted sexual advances and to report sex abusers. Compared to the blanket criminalization of sexually-active under-age youth, this empowerment strategy is a more effective way to protect young people from peer pressure and pedophiles.”
A higher age of consent actually puts young teens at greater risk of abuse by “reinforcing the idea that young people under 16 have no sexual rights,” Tatchell said. “They signal that a young person is not capable of making a rational, moral choice about when to have sex.”
OutRage! has long lobbied for the lowering of the age of consent in Britain, which was already lowered for homosexual acts from age 21 in 1994 and again in 2000 to 16, after heavy lobbying by homosexualist activists.
In contrast to Serbia, which has animal welfare programs and whose president tried to set an example for adopting animals a few years ago, here is how life looks for animals in Muslim Bosnia:
Balkans Remain Harsh Even To Animals (Sep. 22)
All Voices | By Ljubica Vujadinovic
Walking down the streets of Sarajevo it seems like stray dogs are everywhere. Some of them are injured, some merely scared and exhausted.
No longer sure they are man’s best friend, they try to panhandle some food or charm a little cuddle out of the people passing by.
According to the latest data, from several years ago, between 7000 and 10,000 dogs are killed in Sarajevo on a yearly basis. Today, no one knows how many strays are at the streets of Sarajevo, or any other city in most of the former Yugoslavian republics.
“To make the long story short: If there are no dogs at the streets, then there are no problems and no money is allocated for solving them.” Velimir Ivanisevic of the Association of Citizens for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals “SOS” explained for Allvoices.
The uncontrolled breeding of dogs was intentionally allowed, as the sterilization is not required by the law. It was planned that such high number of strays at the streets would cause the rage of the citizens, and create a climate where the killings would be welcomed again, he said.
In the BIH’s capital, Sarajevo, there are no real shelters for animals despite the law regulation which called for them to have been formed in all local communities by April 2010.
The program of the city’s yearly budget, which Ivanisevic showed Allvoices, shows that in 2010 the city has allocated more than half-million dollars (800,000 KM) to the communal animal control unit, which picks up dogs from the streets and kills them. Sometimes the hunting clubs are also deployed for the dogs shooting. The same document shows the finances allocated to animals’ shelter are none.
Under the new Bosnian law the animal killings and abuse is punishable and anyone who kills or injures an animal is to pay a fine ranging from €15 to €5,000.
“Our main challenge now is how to make the government and its officials start putting this law in practice”, Ivanisevic said, adding that despite the law no one has ever paid a penny for such acts.
In the meantime, SOS and other animal rights organizations in the BIH depend mostly on private donations. But when the author of this story tried to send a small donation through the Pay Pal link on the SOS website, the Pay Pal stated it doesn’t provide money sending to Bosnia.
It seems that both those dogs and the animals activist Ivanisevic have found themselves in the wrong time and the wrong place.
As a passionate fighter for animal rights, he has often been threatened and attacked.
His wife had to leave their home in Sarajevo, and he sleeps in the organization’s office. The decades of his struggle for animal rights brought him a nickname Velja Pas, which means Velja The Dog.
Inspired by his passionate life-long struggle for animals, a young director Damir Janecek made a documentary called Kinofil.
Now, considering that genetically most “Bosnian” Muslims were once Serbs, this is just another example of what Islam does to a people. It’s the degradation that Geert Wilders talks about.
Ah, so even rapper Snoop Dogg knows which Kosovo national flag to wave in Kosovo — the Albanian one. From one dumb American’s article in Ohio State University’s student paper The Lantern:
People in Kosovo love America, especially Snoop Dogg
If I learned anything from my time in Kosovo this summer, it was that Kosovars have a great affinity for American culture. Therefore, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that they love Snoop Dogg.
From the larger-than-life golden statue of Bill Clinton that waves at drivers as they merge onto the Bill Clinton Memorial Highway, to the Fourth of July celebrations that took place on the main street, Kosovars have a long-standing and deep respect for America.
If Kosovars love all things American, then music certainly is no exception. Kosovars love American music, especially hip-hop and pop music. Hip-hop and top-40 songs can be heard everywhere in Kosovo - from dance clubs to coffee shops to bootlegged CD stores.
…There were three opening acts, all of which were Albanian and Kosovar rap and pop groups. After a few hours of opening acts, the crowd began to get restless until one of the opening acts started a pro-Albania chant. The majority of Kosovars are ethnic Albanians, so the cheer got everyone excited.
Snoop Dogg himself was late, typical of rap concerts. He came straight from the airport and walked on stage chanting, “Are you ready, Kosovo?”
The crowd went wild as the star took the stage and performed hits like “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Gin and Juice” and “Ups and Downs.”
…[T]he highlight of the night by far was when he waved the Albanian flag. Kosovars across Pristina were reportedly able to hear the screams and cheers, and YouTube videos of that celebratory moment sprung up almost immediately.
I had the opportunity to be interviewed for an Albanian newscast, along with Alex Jendrek, one of the other students I was with, and some of our local friends. Though we found it funny at the time, looking back, it was a great moment to be a part of an entire nation’s celebration, a nation I grew to love while spending my summer there.
My advice to Snoop Dogg on Kosovo: Drop it like it’s hot.
As for Albanians having a “longstanding and deep respect for America”, if college students were actually taught how to think, they might consider that post-1999 isn’t very “long,” and that loving a place for what it’s done for your ethnic wars isn’t “deep.” Do the scenes the writer describes not strike her even a little as over-the-top? Perhaps the America-fest is about something other than loving America for what it is?
(Meanwhile, I notice that both the blogger and her friend have Slavic-sounding last names; hopefully neither of them speaks a word of his/her grandparents’ language, so that they made it through their beloved Kosovo adventure alive.)
…[E]xperts are now seeing an increasing radicalization in pockets of the country’s Islamic community, particularly after armed groups from the ethnic Albanian minority, which forms a quarter of the population of 2.1 million, fought a brief war against Macedonian government forces in 2001.
If we actually waited for the experts to figure things out before doing some thinking on our own, this wouldn’t read like decade-old news:
Radical Islam on rise in Balkans
By KONSTANTIN TESTORIDES (AP) – Sept. 18, 2010
SKOPJE, Macedonia — An online music video praising Osama bin Laden has driven home a troubling new reality: A radical brand of Islam embraced by al-Qaida and the Taliban is gaining a foothold in the Balkans.
“Oh Osama, annihilate the American army. Oh Osama, raise the Muslims’ honor,” a group of Macedonian men sing in Albanian, in video posted on YouTube last year and picked up by Macedonian media this August. “In September 2001 you conquered a power. We all pray for you.”
Although most of Macedonia’s ethnic Albanian minority are Muslims, they have generally been secular. But experts are now seeing an increasing radicalization in pockets of the country’s Islamic community, particularly after armed groups from the ethnic Albanian minority, which forms a quarter of the population of 2.1 million, fought a brief war against Macedonian government forces in 2001.
It’s a trend seen across the Balkans and has raised concerns that the region, which includes new European Union member Bulgaria, could become a breeding ground for terrorists with easy access to Western Europe. Many fear that radicalized European Muslims with EU passports could slip across borders and blend into society.
Naw, really? We hadn’t thought of that a million times, have we. Say, could the EU hurry up with expanding that visa-liberalization program to Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia? Really, what’s that hold-up about?
…”Wahhabism in Macedonia, the Balkans and in Europe has become more aggressive in the last 10 years,” said Jakub Selimovski, head of religious education in Macedonia’s Islamic community. He said Wahhabis were establishing a permanent presence in Macedonia where none existed before, and that “they are in Bosnia, here, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia and lately they have appeared in Bulgaria.”
It is the first time a high-ranking official in the former Yugoslav republic’s Islamic community has agreed to speak openly about the presence and threat of radical Islam.
In neighboring Serbia last year, 12 Muslims — allegedly Wahhabis — from the tense southern Sandzak region were sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for planning terrorist attacks, including on the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade. The presence of radical Muslims in Sandzak, the poorest region of Serbia, is linked to the advent of mujahedeen foreign fighters who joined Bosnian Muslims in their battle against the Serbs in Bosnia’s 1992-95 independence war.
In Bosnia, the issue of Wahhabi influence is one of the most politically charged debates, with Bosnian Serbs maintaining there is a huge presence of Wahhabis in the country and Muslim Bosniaks downplaying the issue and at times claiming it does not exist.
Juan Carlos Antunez, a Spanish military specialist in religious extremism with years of experience in Bosnia, estimates there are about 3,000 people in Bosnia who have embraced this interpretation of Islam and only a small fraction of them are a potential security threat.
In a study prepared for the Sarajevo-based Center for Advanced Studies in May, Antunez argued that Bosnia’s official Islamic Community has been successful in curbing Wahhabi influence. Although it did not aggressively ostracize the Wahhabis, it strictly controls the appointments of imams in mosques and lecturers in Islamic educational institutions in the country.
Ahmet Alibasic, a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo, said most Wahhabis in Bosnia refrain from criticizing the Islamic Community and were even calling for unity among Muslims.
“Their influence reached its peak in 2000, but it has since started falling and it continues to fall,” Alibasic said, adding that measures taken by Bosnian authorities [upon U.S. urging and teeth-pulling] after 9/11 had a significant effect as the movement began to lose power after the closure and banning of several Islamic, mostly Saudi-backed, charities which funded the movement.
But in Macedonia, the increasing clout of radical Islam is causing a rift in the country’s Muslim community, with a power struggle developing within the country’s official Islamic Religious Community between the moderate mainstream and the emerging Wahhabi wing.
Authorities in Macedonia are reluctant to confirm any threat of radical Islam in the country. But a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic, did acknowledge that “radical groups and their followers are being closely observed.” [Except in some mountainous no-go areas where authorities are not allowed.]
Last year, three ethnic Albanian brothers originally from Macedonia were implicated — along with a Jordanian, a Turk and a Kosovo Albanian living in the U.S. — in an alleged plot to attack the U.S. Army’s Fort Dix military base in New Jersey. No attack was ever staged on the base, which is used largely to train U.S. reservists bound for Iraq.
Moderate Muslims say the Wahhabi sect now controls five mosques in Skopje even though the Islamic Religious Community has suspended the man they claim is the sect’s leader, Ramadan Ramadani, as imam of the Isa Beg mosque in Skopje, and prohibited him from organizing prayers.
But Ramadani, who has launched a petition seeking supporters to overturn the current Community leadership, rejects any accusation of radicalism, saying his opponents are scaremongering.
Ramadani insisted that Macedonia’s Islamic community had nothing to do with the online song supporting bin Laden, and denied Macedonian media reports that it had been played in mosques there. “Bin Laden is nothing for the Muslims in Macedonia,” Ramadani said. “He is not our hero.”
In case you started getting any ideas from the content that’s in the bulk of the article, that closing sentence is there to be the last word on this — and your last impression to take away from this grudgingly, belatedly reported trend.
Again, all this was unleashed by those who are now being targeted. As Chris Deliso warned in his 2007 book The Coming Balkan Caliphate, the real targets of the Balkan wars against Christians which we helped wage were the area’s Muslims.
And now, as I mentioned just this week, they’re crying for those they convinced to abet their radical-unleashing war (U.S. and EU) to do something about it.
Further to my recent post about Bill Clinton’s support for the Mosque de Triomphe, Srdja Trifkovic reminds us that Bill Clinton’s M.O. and Jihad’s M.O. are strikingly similar. Please see original source for internal text links, which were too numerous to reproduce for this excerpt:
Bill Clinton and the Ground Zero Mosque: A Perfect Fit by Srdja Trifkovic (Sep. 23, 2010)
Former President Bill Clinton declared his strong support for the Ground Zero mosque in an interview broadcast on September 12. He also suggested a clever new spin to the promoters of the project. Much or even most of the controversy, he said, “could have been avoided, and perhaps still can be, if the people who want to build the center were to simply say, We are dedicating this center to all the Muslims who were killed on 9/11.” Dedicating the mosque to the Muslim victims, he claims, would show that not all Muslims are terrorists: “We’ve all forgotten: There were a lot of Muslims killed on 9/11.”
First a trivial point: according to the Islamic activist sources, which are certain not to offer an underestimate, the number of Muslims killed on 9-11 in all three locations was 31, or about one percent of the total…Thirty one innocent lives is inherently “a lot,” but it is significantly less than three percent, which Islamic activists routinely claim is the share of their coreligionists in the overall population of the United States…The gap is even more striking if we consider that the Muslim population of the Tri-State Region is at least twice the national average.
The substantive point concerns a key theological consideration regarding Muslim victims of Jihadist attacks, which Bill Clinton decided to omit from his pitch…According to Muhammad, any Muslims killed in the course of indiscriminate attacks on “infidel” settlements are to be viewed strictly as collateral damage:
It is no objection to shooting arrows or other missiles against the infidels that there may chance to be among them a Muslim … because the shooting of arrows and so forth among the infidels remedies a general evil in the repulsion thereof from the whole body of Muslims, whereas the slaying of a Muslim … is only a particular evil, and to repel a general evil a particular evil must be adopted… [I]t seldom happens that the strongholds of the infidels are destitute of Muslims … and hence, if the use of missile weapons were prohibited on account of these Muslims, war would be obstructed. If the infidels in time of battle should make shields of Muslim children, or of Muslims, who are prisoners in their hands, yet there is no need on that account to refrain from the use of missile weapons, for the reason already mentioned … There is also neither fine nor expiation upon the warriors on account of such of their arrows or other missiles as happen to hit the children or the Muslims, because the war is in observance of a divine ordinance, and atonement is not due for anything which may happen in the fulfillment of a divine ordinance, for otherwise men would neglect the fulfillment of the ordinance …
So why did Clinton decide not to mention Muhammad’s significant views on the subject? The answer seems clear: it would have destroyed his claim that dedicating the Ground Zero Mosque to the Muslim victims would “show that not all Muslims are terrorists.” Muhammad’s opinion proves that such dedication would show nothing of the kind: if those 31 victims of 9-11 were true Muslims, they necessarily accepted the Traditions of the Prophet as inviolable and supremely authoritative guidance in their personal lives. As any orthodox qadi may confirm, they would have been obliged to accept willingly their own status as collateral damage in the attacks of 9-11—just as they would have been obliged to risk the lives of other Muslims in a Jihadist attack carried out by themselves.
…Muhammad condoned the use of the weapons of mass destruction, specifically the catapult, during the siege of the city of Ta’if. Civilians were killed and maimed by these machines that hurled heavy rocks at the fortified city, just as hundreds of Serb civilians were killed during Clinton’s air war against Serbia in 1999.
Both Bill Clinton and the followers of Muhammad subscribe to a moral philosophy and a legal code that in principle allows terrorist acts, including mass murder of innocent women and children. A good Muslim knows that a thing is right simply because Allah says so, or because the prophet of Islam has thus said or done. Bill Clinton knows a thing is right because it serves his ends, whatever they may be. There is no “spirit of the law” in Clinton’s or Muhammad’s world, no rationality behind it for human reason to discover. Neither of them needs any other standard of good and evil, least of all a notion of “natural” justice such as that assumed by the founding fathers of the United States.
It is right and proper for Bill Clinton to be a supporter of the Ground Zero Mosque.
Note from Julia:
Indeed, I’ve often wondered whether for this modern, reactivated jihad, Muslims might have gotten some of their methods from the example set by the Clintons. The shamelessness — and the ability to act like what was happening WASN’T happening (thereby making every day feel like the movie “Groundhog Day,” in which yesterday didn’t happen) often seems like something out of the Clinton playbook.
Think about it:
The proclaimed victimology while assaulting others, portraying the aggressor as victim and the victim as aggressor.
The excusing of one crime after another, so that the transgressions got more and more numerous and intense until the public was numb to the badness. We let the Clintons get away with more and more, so much so that it infected the next administration, which took over the cover-ups even as Clinton crimes continued (see Sandy Berger’s capers at the National Archives).
Could our experience with the Clintons have built up our tolerance for what Islam is doing, and the tricks it’s using to do it?
Maybe the Muslims didn’t need to learn from the Clintons how to always change the story; maybe the Clintons learned from the Muslims, since they’ve been at it longer. But in terms of why the public is letting Muslims get away with so much, I believe we may have been conditioned by the Clintons. We became so used to the assault that we forgave and shrugged off each new Clinton crime — almost before it even happened.
Then there’s the constant, shameless lying. Also very much like the Clintons, the Muslims themselves often have a hard time sorting out their own lies, and no longer know what’s true and what isn’t — much like the Clintons and their defenders.
Another similarity is the way the Clintons or Muslims react when you challenge them. They go nuts; after all, you’re supposed to be their dupe, so this kind of insolence is unheard of! Indeed, to the defenders of Muslims and Clintons, you can only be a hater.
The Clintons pioneered the intimidating, shaming and silencing of dissenters, then going on the attack against them just the way CAIR does. Back when Newsmax was still Newsmax, it caught this very phenomenon:
For Some Muslims, Osama Video Prompts Clintonesque Reaction (Dec. 14, 2001)
Devotees of Osama bin Laden around the world borrowed a page from ex-President Clinton’s damage control handbook on Thursday, when they dismissed as “doctored” a smoking gun videotape featuring the al-Qaeda leader bragging about the 9/11 attacks.
“This is shameful,” said Abdul Latif Arabiat, head of Jordan’s mainstream Islamist party the Islamic Action Front, in an interview with Reuters. “Do the Americans really think the world is that stupid to think that they would believe that this tape is evidence?”
“In my view this tape has been fabricated by Washington to condemn bin Laden and conceal America’s ugly crimes in Afghanistan. I don’t see it as an indictment or proof against bin Laden,” said Yousef Abdul Hamid, an Amman taxi driver.
In Egypt, terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta’s father dismissed the tape as a “forgery.”
While there may be no comparison between the crimes committed by bin Laden and the disgraced former occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., clearly fans of the terrorist mastermind have learned a thing or two from Clinton spinmeisters.
Ten years ago next month, when Gennifer Flowers released audiotapes proving that she and the then-Democratic presidential candidate had been romantically involved, Clinton operatives George Stephanopoulos and James Carville insisted to reporters her tapes had been doctored.
Hardened reporters who now scoff at Arab skepticism over the bin Laden video took to referring to Flowers’ evidence as “the alleged tapes.”
Six years later, when another set of audiotapes emerged featuring Monica Lewinsky discussing her Clinton affair with Linda Tripp, his defenders sounded like the disgruntled Arabs quoted above.
Rather than admit what she and everybody else knew, Hillary Clinton used “The Today Show” to charge that a vast right wing conspiracy had fabricated the story, much the same way some in the Mideast now blame 9/11 on a global Zionist cabal.
Stephanopoulos popped up again, this time as a “journalist,” and actually became the first to mention impeachment from his then-new perch on ABC’s “This Week.” But like extremists who can’t accept the bin Laden smoking gun, the former Clinton operative was still in denial over Flowers, so much so that he repeated during one radio interview the old canard that her tapes had been doctored.
At least Mideast disbelievers can hang their hats on the bin Laden video’s extremely muddy audio and the possibility that his Arabic may have been mistranslated.
Bin Laden tape skeptics can also take comfort in the words of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Ak., who reportedly told prosecutors during Clinton’s impeachment trial, “I don’t care if you’ve got video of him raping a woman then shooting her dead, we’re not going to vote to convict.”
In both Islam and Clintonism, one relies upon the stupidity of the world and the easy manipulation of people, who don’t have much of a stomach for a fight anyway. (Mind you, it’s not that Clintons or Muslims are so smart, clever, or “tricky,” but they simply rely on the willingness of the masses to be stupid for their benefit. So far, most of the public has complied.)
As well, whether you’re a Muslim or a Clinton, notice how when the media aren’t actively pursuing your talking points and campaigning more openly for your cause than they already are, the media are biased against you.
It was the Clintons who laid the foundations for what we are allowing to happen to our world. They made us immune, built up our tolerance, conditioned us to this frog-in-the-boiling-pot scenario.
To reiterate Trifkovic’s closing point: Like Islam with its own goals, Clinton ambition and its power-hunger mania are single-minded in their determination, a highly focused machine. (Which reminds us of another similarity between Muslims and Clintons — the common aspiration of world domination.)
Other similarities between Islam and Clintonism is the way the feminists abandoned their own principles, seeing a possible ally in bringing down the real enemy — Republicans, and America as we know it. Some even found ways to twist Clinton or Islam into something consistent with feminist principles.
Another phenomenon: With both Muslims and Clintons, the more crimes they commit, the less OK it became to bash them or even have a joke at their expense.
Finally, in both cases there were many points along the path of their ascendance when they could have been stopped. But they weren’t. And so it became that the only palatable place to be was on their side, with the masses mostly just supporting their continued ascendance.
“I believe people should be free to practice their faith.”
He also has some too-late advice for how the Muslims could have gotten away with it…if only they’d been a little slicker:
Former President Bill Clinton offered a suggestion to the builders of Park51 to help defuse the controversy.
Former President Bill Clinton strongly supports Park51, the mosque and community center planned near Ground Zero, he said in an interview posted on YouTube Sunday.
“Much or even most of the controversy…could have been avoided, and perhaps still can be, if the people who want to build the center were to simply say, ‘We are dedicating this center to all the Muslims who were killed on 9/11,’” Clinton said.
Dedicating the center to the Muslim victims would show that “not all Muslims are terrorists,” Clinton said….”We’ve all forgotten: There were a lot of Muslims killed on 9/11,” Clinton said. […]
How can we forget? We’re reminded of it every day. It’s the collateral damage that comes with pursuing a cause. But yes, let’s show that not all Muslims use terrorism to actualize the Caliphate; some build shrines to the site of the terrorists’ attacks; others sue passengers who “see something and say something” (as in the Flying Imams lawsuit); others proliferate sharia financing; others give money to academia to keep it beholden to the Saudi view of things; and still others sue writers warning about their terrorist friends.
But yes indeed, Bill certainly had BETTER reassure the Muslim world that he’s with them, via this mosque controversy — especially after all those front-page pictures of his daughter marrying a guy in a yarmulke.
(Incidentally a “lot” of Muslims were not killed on 9/11. A very few were. Unless, of course, you’re counting the hijackers themselves. This is the only way one can come up with “a lot of Muslims,” which means that Clinton is lumping the terrorists with the Muslims they killed, undermining his original point. And that’s because he’s such a genius.)