September 2010


Further to my post last week about the reestablishment of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans:

Bosnian immigrants feel at home in Turkey’s Bursa: Envoy

Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Ankara Dragoljub Ljepoja visited the Governor of the north-western province of Bursa Harput. (World Bulletin, Sep. 18, 2010)

Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Ankara Dragoljub Ljepoja visited the Governor of the north-western province of Bursa, Sahabettin Harput, on Friday.

Bursa has a special place in our hearts as the people of Bursa made great contributions to my country, Ambassador Ljepoja said.

There are very good political, economic and cultural relations between Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina. We want to develop economic cooperation with Turkey, Ljepoja said.

Bosnia-Herzegovina has an embassy in Ankara and a consulate general in Istanbul.

We have three honorary consulates general in Turkey, including one in Bursa. We want to strengthen relations by opening new honorary consulates general in various corners of Turkey, Ljepoja stressed.

Expressing happiness over Ambassador Ljepoja’s visit to Bursa, Governor Harput said that Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina were two friendly countries with historic and cultural ties.

Bursa has hundreds of immigrants and the people of Bursa love Bosnians. Feel at home in Bursa. There are 73 million Bosnians in Turkey, Harput also said.

(Note: I think the “73 million” figure must be a misprint; perhaps the intended word was “thousand”.)

We also have a rough Google translation of a Vesti interview with Srdja Trifkovic:

Serbs Again Under the Turks (Sep. 17, 2010 by R. LONČAR)

Can you connect with neo-osmanizmom [neo-Ottomanism, I think] Muslim demands for autonomy in the Raska region?

- to 500,000 square kilometers of the Balkans today, there are about 60 million people. Orthodox Christians - Greeks , Bulgarians , Serbs , Macedonians and Slovenia have a slim majority, barely above 50 percent. Muslims - 12 million of them in the European part of Turkey, and nearly that many more Albanians, Slavic Muslims and ethnic Turks outside of Turkey - account for about 40 percent , while Catholics ( mostly Croats ) has only seven percent.

These communities do not live today, nor have they ever lived in a multicultural harmony. Most of the Balkan Muslims live in compact zones of the territory along the transversal. There are only two significant gaps in the chain. One is in eastern Macedonia and the other in a triangle Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Pljevlja in the Raska region, along the road and the railway Belgrade-Bar. Thus, the Sandzak is one of the most critical geopolitical points in the Balkans. For Islamists, the key demographic split along the green chain exists in three municipalities in Serbia - Priboj, Nova Varos and blocks. In Sjenica Tutin and Serbs are still only in traces, in Novi Pazar is rapidly disappearing.

Where is that Turkey’s role ?

- Turkey is actively involved in bridging the critical missing link in the green corridor Transversal, incomprehensible to the willingness of official Belgrade…In relation to Zukorlic [an imam trying to usurp power over the Muslims of Serbia, from the official main imam], Turkey now slyly plays “good cop”: just leave us your problem, is Erdogan’s message to Tadic, we will keep it under control…

And what to say to Belgrade?
- Acceptance of the institutionalized presence of Turkey as a legitimate participant in national and regional political processes, and an arbitrator in them, by official Belgrade is a phenomenon without precedent. It can be compared with the role of the Soviet Union’s Eastern European satellite countries, ” the Society,” before Gorbachev. Serbia thus became, de facto, a state with limited sovereignty, not only [by virtue of] western mentors and protectors of the ruling coalition, but also in relation to neoosmanlijsku [neo-Ottoman] government in Ankara…

Chain to Cazin

What is the objective of the concept of Green Transversal ?

- To mark the long-term goal of Islamic ideologues, the Balkans and beyond, creating a geographically unbroken chain of majority Muslim communities or communities under the domination of Muslims who will be provided by Turkey in the southeast to Cazin BiH in the northwest, as well as to strengthen the consciousness of the traditional ethno-religious Muslim communities in the Balkans.

Soon the majority in the Balkans will be Muslims. Is this an Islamic revival?

- The rate of demographic growth is negative in all countries of the region with a Christian majority, in some catastrophic. By contrast , Muslims have the highest rate of population growth in Europe, and Albanians are at the top of the list. If the trend continues , Muslims will have a simple majority in the Balkans by the end of next decade.

***Update***
My source “JK” below adds the following metaphor to his point below: “The shovel that was broken across the back of Serbia is the same one being used to bury the U.S. bit by bit.”
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Two recent letters paint a picture of what the world — America included, regardless of its constitution or protestations of “American sovereignty” — can look forward to. The first comes from Rosa, in Munich:

…I was born 1963 in Banat, but lived until 1970 with my parents in Kosovo, where I started going to school. We also were exposed to Albanian-Muslim violence, for instance an Albanian shopkeeper who had a shop in the basement of our building threatened me — then 5-6 years old — with a knife. I went home screaming and after my parents went down he told them with a smile that I was lying.

My mother was nearly beaten up by Albanians on the street, because she picked up a Yugoslav flag they previously threw to [the] mud. There was nothing my parents or other Serbs could do to change this, the authorities did not want to protect us, they gave in to Albanian violence (in and outside Kosovo), because they were indoctrinated with the official Yugoslav “brotherhood and unity” ideology (an early verson of today’s multiculturalism), and partially they were simply afraid of this brute violence, so we had to leave Kosovo.

I’ve been living for 21 years in Germany now and, yes, the whole West — Europe, including even Russia, far more than USA — is indeed being Islamicized and this [is] not because Moslems are strong (they are not), much more because this is [the] declared will of the EU political elites.

I will give you just one small example: Aygül Özgan, an ethnic Turk and a declared Muslim (which is why she was appointed), became recently a minister in Niedersachsen (a [state] within the German Federation) in the Christian Democratic government. Within only two months this 38 years old woman (grown and educated in Germany, a lawyer) launched two initiatives: to forbid crosses in public institutions and to establish some kind of glossary of allowed expressions journalists must use when writing about the topic of “integration” and Islam (even though there aren’t any mainstream media writing really critically about Islam, immigration, let alone what EU/USA have done to Serbia). I realized long ago it is not Germans or Americans doing this to us, but their elites and they are doing it to their own people too. (Though I had some really ugly experiences in 1999: American business people knowing or not that I am a Serb, being really happy and enthusiastic about Serbia being bombed “to the stone age”, even saying they wish “all Serbs dead”; or others more sensible, trying to comfort me by saying that whatever has been destroyed in Serbia wasn’t of any particular value, so not a big deal anyway.)

Charming. But back to the part about the reluctance of law enforcement to do anything about the brute force of Serbia’s Albanian minority (most of them illegal aliens, incidentally). This should sound familiar. Between the increasing violence of South American drug cartels/gangs, and the Muslims, we’re going to start hearing, “That’s just the way it is.” After all, law enforcement doesn’t want firings, discrimination lawsuits, or bad PR on its hands — and who wants to “make them even angrier”? Rosa’s experience with Albanians is similar to the West’s increasing experiences with Muslims and illegals in general. And the whole commie multi-culti parallel is compelling.

The second, related letter comes from JK, who worked in the Balkans for ten years, five of them at the Office of the High Representative (OHR):

I’m alarmed but not surprised to see the methods that the “International Community” (George Soros and the Council on Foreign Relations) [which was] tested out there, now in regular use in the effort to destroy a sovereign USA.

I understood this to mean that Yugoslavia was not only a testing ground for a similar offensive against our ultimate target (Russia), but a testing ground for dismantling all national sovereignty, including America’s. Still I asked JK to elaborate, and he obliged:

Please forgive the haphazard form of this response. I’m more or less just rattling things off as they come to mind. It’s far from a complete picture…Some things I will never get. Like how it’s possible for international and UN workers and journalists to pass by burned-out Serbian villages every day on the Mostar or Sarajevo Visoko-Zenica roads and not for once stop and question what happened there for fear of disturbing the misconceptions they brought with them…

As far as Soros and the Council on Foreign Relations go, a lot of what I believe is based upon witnessing first-hand attitudes and secular dogma of what people like Holbrooke, Bildt and others (an army of aspirant careerists) have said on and off the record — sober and drunk. I can afford to be subjective in my conclusions, unlike yourself who may be asked to back up her opinions ,but I’ll do my best. Soros has been funding “civil society” NGO efforts in the area since 1994, with the profits he made off the sterling crisis. CFR via it’s publicity organ Human Rights Watch has been fairly instrumental in the creation of the Serbian-monster myth not to mention showing an obvious bias in their reporting as far as what constitutes an atrocity.

I think the state department with their policy of keeping officers willfully ignorant of local realities (Foreign Service Officers are moved every 12-24 months) is fertile breeding ground for the elitist/globalist ideology. Far too often presidents just take whatever line they offer hook, line and sinker even when they operate off of second-hand information such as they did in the early 90’s when they depended on information from Germany and the ECMM (European Community Monitor Mission) to guide their decision-making process. This had grave results in the early recognition of Croatia as well as the sabotage of the Lisbon talks. Or that’s to say: anyone who does not swallow this paradigm does not last very long.

Here in the US, what better example of the same tactics being applied than the situation in AZ? Most of the press blatantly lies about the law while AZ seeks to defend itself against a de facto insurrection, where the narco-mafia places bounties on US law enforcement officers and raids homes and ranches. How long will it be before car bombs are going off? The Soros connection to this is in perpetuation and funding of dedicated leftist propaganda organs.

The UN Tribunal for former YU, aside from its primary purpose of whitewashing the International Community’s role as the fourth protagonist, is being made permanent in the form of the ICC (International Criminal Court) and gradually insinuating authority and acceptance by default and for lack of any challenge.

And then of course there is [Soros’] work with IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms), which is working to subvert the US Constitution by setting up international laws that would overrule our second amendments.

Here, JK offers links about Soros getting congressional Democrats to try to get UN monitors for the 2004 presidential election, and trying to put U.S. soldiers under UN authority and making the U.S. submit to the International Court, as well as implementing the aforementioned international gun laws.

Soros funds the terminally Serbophobic ICG and has reincarnated that effort here with MoveOn.org [now targeting Americans].

I could go on and on. You probably are well aware of most of this already. I do honestly believe there is a lot to fear from a group of powerful people who are incredibly impressed with their wealth and influence to the point where they’re sure they can bring about a humanist paradise, be worshiped in place of god and grant rights and privileges in it as He once did — and view the Republic as a nuisance and unwarranted vehicle by which us serfs may occasionally and quite in spite of our obvious inferiority wield some power whenever it is that the manufactured “Civil Society’s” permission to indulge our every impulse does not adequately distract us.

Relatedly, I stumbled onto an online posting of a response to what appears to be a June 1996 email with subject line “FEMA-BOSNIA connection,” by a Frank T. Brady. The email anticipated a transpanting of the Bosnia model to other areas in other countries, including here. Specifically, he related a radio interview he heard on The Peter Ford Show on ‘KIEV’ in Pasadena, CA, with a mercenary named Giles Pace, who said that when a government — national or international — wants to take over an area, the method employed in Bosnia was for the blue-helmeted peacekeeping forces to evacuate people from their homes, watching them carefully to make sure they took no weapons with them. He surmised, “It seems there is more than one strategic value in frightening armed citizens into unarmed evacuation of their homes — so much easier than the time consuming and casualty prone house-to-house combat it would otherwise cost to take control of an area.”

This was done all over the former Yugoslavia as it was being dismantled by the international community, including especially to the Serbs of Kosovo, who were disarmed and relocated to, essentially, internment camps, still guarded today by international troops but increasingly local, Albanian-led police, which is like the fox guarding the henhouse. A comment poster named “Monte” responded to the posted email affirmatively:

Sounds about right. Our troops are out of the country, under foreign command -or- sick and/or dying from Gulf War Syndrome.

Foreign troops are here in America, training in counter-insurgency ops such as door-to-door arms confiscation and close-quarters combat. And there are apparently a *lot* of them here. And *our* troops are having the older, more patriotic officers weeded out. As the younger soldiers are trained to follow globalist UN orders without question.

Folks, we’re being set up. Big time. I don’t know if it’s coming tomorrow, next month or next year, but it’s coming. Mark my words well, and call me any kind of conspiracy wacko you want to, but it’s coming.

- - Monte

Monte’s sign-off was quite apropos to what is happpening:

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. — Samuel Adams

On the subject of tranquility, distraction, and fulfilling our impulses, it has increasingly felt to me that this is what iPhones, texting and televised talent shows are all about — toys and diversions to distract us from the fact that we are increasingly living not on solid ground but in a mere holograph of what used to be. I enjoy watching the singing and dancing competitions as much as the next person; I even vote for contestants on “America’s Got Talent.” There is something deceptively soothing about watching the wide-eyed excitement of hopefuls who still think it will be in “America” that their dreams and ambitions will be actualized. They have no idea that the American Dream from now on will be, quite literally, just that.

DioGuardi Wins Republican Nod to Challenge Senator Gillibrand in New York

By Jonathan D. Salant - Wed Sep 15 04:28:33 GMT 2010

Former U.S. Representative Joseph DioGuardi of New York won the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Novermber’s election.

With 85 percent of the precincts counted in yesterday’s primary, DioGuardi had 42 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press. David Malpass, a former Bear Stearns Cos. chief economist, had 38 percent and Bruce Blakeman, a lawyer, had 20 percent.

DioGuardi, 69, represented the northern New York City suburbs in the House from 1985 to 1989. He and Gillibrand, 43, are running to serve the two years remaining in the term won in 2006 by Hillary Clinton, who President Barack Obama named in 2009 to serve as U.S. secretary of state.

DioGuardi also is the nominee of New York’s Conservative Party. His daughter Kara, a singer-songwriter, was a judge on the “American Idol” television show. […]

Below is an anecdote from my new pal Alyssa Lappen — who today voted Republican for the first time in her life. Here is what happened to her; it reads like something straight out of a 2004 article that The Washington Post asked me to write, an excerpt from which follows Alyssa’s own ‘voting malfunction’.

You cannot believe what a nightmare it was to vote this a.m. in Brooklyn Heights! My District election officials at first insisted there was no Republican primary, and sent me to another polling station in the area. That was the wrong place, of course. The first one to which I’d gone had been correct.

THEN, they could not find my name in the registration book, and I had to vote by affidavit.

Then they were yelling out loud for “Republican forms, this one is Republican.” “No not that Card, the Republican one.”

So in case I had any right to privacy of ballot, well, guess what? Now all my neighbors know about my political registration — which is none of their damned business and I am sure at some future date will be used to smear my good name.

Anyhow, I was “No. 1″ in the Republican column at 10:45 a.m. in the 104th Assembly District in Brooklyn.

And Malpass got my hard-won first Republican Primary Ever vote!

Live From N.Y.: A Republican!

By Julia Gorin
Sunday, October 10, 2004; Page B01

I watch the forty-something couple survey our outdoor table from three feet away. The woman shakes her head and covers her mouth with one hand. The man speaks quietly into her ear. I imagine he’s telling her not to be afraid, that everything will be okay. Even after I ask her to share her thoughts, she can’t find her voice. The cause of her shock and awe? (Okay, “awe” may not be the mot juste here.) It’s a “Bush-Cheney 2004″ table that graced a street corner near Madison Square Garden for a dozen Saturdays recently.

The man finally harrumps, “Not very informative.”

“It’s a support table,” I respond. “Surely you’ve seen some for Kerry-Edwards?” Naturally he has. The difference, of course, is that here in the capital of blue America…”Rah-rah Kerry!” needs no explanation — or justification.

I ask how many other tables like ours he’s seen around town. In Manhattan, this is a rhetorical question, but the man answers it anyway. None, of course. So I lend him some friendly words: “So . . . it could be worse?” He scowls, grants me that, then pulls his speechless companion along on their way.

To be a real live Republican here is to invite pointed put-downs (”How can you live with yourself?”), or at least concerned condescension (”You’re a Republican? But you seem so intelligent.”). Yes, people really have said those things to me, with perfect artlessness. But that’s okay. Everybody knows Republicans don’t have feelings.

Lately, though, I’ve been emboldened by a small but growing community of out-of-the-closet New York conservatives…I’ve also been exchanging war stories with other members of this sapphire city’s silent minority.

My favorite belongs to 26-year-old John Fitzgerald, who as a college senior in 2000 went to cast his presidential primary vote on the Upper West Side. The other night at a local bar, he told me his tale of travail. He tried to pull the knob for his preferred candidate, he said, but it wouldn’t budge. After several unsuccessful attempts, he exited the booth to report that the machine wasn’t working. This apparently confounded everyone, since no one had complained about the machine all day. The poll workers conferred, until finally a light bulb went off. “Are you a Republican?” someone asked.

The room fell silent. All eyes turned toward the extraterrestrial in their midst. Fitzgerald fessed up. Yes, he was trying to cast his ballot for a GOP candidate. And therein lay the malfunction: After checking voters’ affiliations all day, the poll workers had found the task superfluous and had overlooked Fitzgerald’s party. The machine, like all the others in the polling place, was set for the Democratic primary and had to be reset before he could vote. “I’ve heard about the Democratic machine in New York,” Fitzgerald chuckled, “but I didn’t know it was an actual one.” […]

I wrote two other, similar articles that election season, one for Christian Science Monitor and one for Newsday (link no longer available).

(Disclaimer: Today I no longer consider myself Republican, given the dhimmi behavior of that mere club in recent years. I now just call myself ‘conservative’ or ‘right-wing’.)

Bosnia’s former ambassador to Turkey — who, surprise-surprise, now lives in Turkey — is further stoking Turks (and anyone else who’ll listen) against Israel.

In what might be the mother of all hypocrisies, former ambassador Hajrudin Somun — who served under the fundamentalist wartime Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic — tries to cast suspicion on Israel for turning its diplomatic attentions to the Balkans, where Turkey has been operating unimpeded for decades.

After Turkey’s and Syria’s joint act of war against Israel this summer — which prompted Israel to make an overdue reassessment of, and shift in, its alliances in the Balkans — this Bosnian transplant to Turkey is deflecting attention from Turkish provocations against Israel and some Balkan entities, and directing it to Israel’s diplomatically sound reactions to those provocations, as well as to its warnings to the region and its standard diplomatic visits. In Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman, Somun paints Israeli visits with Balkans leaders as conniving and underhanded, and demands to know Israel’s “designs” on the region. In fact, Israel is discussing common security concerns given Islamic designs on the region, albeit with precious little attention paid to specifically Turkish designs. After all, the Balkans is the Ottomans’ to reclaim!

What is Israel aiming for in the Balkans? by Hajrudin Somun (Aug. 17)

Something strange has been going on in the course of events that have been unfolding over more than half a year in Israel’s policy and position in the Balkans, from its Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warning that the Balkans are the next target in a global jihad to the Israeli attack on a flotilla carrying peace activists [sic] in international waters off the coast of Gaza.

If we cannot make a clear correlation between these events, we could at least ask about Israel’s aims in the Balkans. The flotilla episode was just the latest, but also a sure sign that a breaking up of relations established decades earlier in the region wider than the Middle East is going on and that Israel is having a hard time [acclimating] to such developments.

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s visit to Israel in the first days of 2010 was marked by a warning he was given by Foreign Minister Lieberman in Jerusalem. Gruevski was cautioned that Macedonia must be “suitably prepared” in order to prevent what happened in Africa and South America from happening in the Balkans. Lieberman learned that “current data testify to the fact” that the Balkan region is “global jihad’s next destination for creating an infrastructure and recruiting activists.” He added that “jihad in the Balkans is funded by Iran and radical Saudi Arabian elements” and that “they recruited Bosnian Muslims and Albanians in Kosovo and Macedonia to wage terror.”

[Lieberman] did not retreat from using Islamic jihad’s “encroaching threat” to persuade Macedonia and other countries in the region to improve their relations with Israel.

Israel’s relations with most countries in the Balkans were determined by the so-called Middle East crisis for almost half a century. Of all states ruled by communists, only Romania did not break diplomatic relations with Israel after the wars in the Middle East. Although not communist, Greece was a good example in that regard. Contrary to its reservations about Israeli policy and its traditionally good relations with Arabs, and in particular its great sympathy for the Palestinian cause, Greece has over the past few years improved its relations and cooperation with Israel, even in the military sphere.

Bulgaria is an even better example of such improvement. Its prime minister, Boyko Borisov, visited Tel Aviv last January, only a week after his Macedonian colleague. There he met with President Shimon Peres, who recalled how Bulgaria had prevented the deportation of its Jews to Nazi concentration camps during World War II and praised cooperation between the two countries “in all fields, including fighting terrorism and climate change.” After signing an agreement on military cooperation, Prime Minister Borisov discussed the possibility of Israeli aircraft using Bulgarian bases in training exercises.

The improvement of relations between Israel and Serbia and the establishment of special ties with Bosnian Serbs have its roots in the Slobodan Milosevic regime’s aggression [sic] against Croatia and Bosnia in the 1990s and was explained best by Igor Primoratz, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “From the outset,” he wrote, “Israel’s stand on the Balkan conflict has been quite different from that of most of the world, including the Jewish Diaspora: it has been clearly and consistently pro-Serbian.” He found the explanation of such an approach in Israel’s history. “Israel was [created],” he says, “at the price of turning the larger part of the native Palestinian population into expellees of refugees. Its continued existence as an ethnic, Jewish state is predicated on not readmitting the exiled Palestinians.”

During Israel’s offensive against Gaza at the end of 2009…[w]hile Serbian President Boris Tadic was more restrained, and Bosnian Foreign Minister Alkalaj urged Israel to stop its attacks on Gaza, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik went so far as to send a letter of support to President Peres. He offered full support to Israeli efforts to “ensure security and peace” for the Israeli people.

Croatia, Montenegro and even Kosovo are also included in Israel’s diplomatic efforts to enhance its relations with the region. High-ranking officials from Israel and most Balkan states exchanged visits in 2009 and 2010. These visits were more frequent than in previous decades. Apart from the abolition of visa restrictions, military cooperation and the “fight against terrorism” were the most frequent subjects of talks and agreements.

The May 31 flotilla raid was, apart from other repercussions, a second “Gaza indicator” of Israel setting its sights on the Balkans. The immediate regional reaction was more that of surprise than condemning the Israeli attack on the aid ships. Some countries treaded cautiously due to their national interests, while others did not want to harm their already improved relations with Israel.

Relying on earlier sympathies and similarities that led some observers to call it the “Israel of the Balkans,” Kosovo still hopes it will be recognized by Israel. Greek officials did condemn Israel’s use of “deadly force on an aid flotilla” and scrapped the Greek-Israeli air force exercise “Minas 2010” short[ly] after the raid, but relations between the two countries were not interrupted. President George Papandreou visited Israel already in July, where he said that “the strengthening of bilateral relations is our steadfast policy.”

Due to their particular interests, Bulgarian officials did not even hide their sympathies for the Israeli military’s action. First, Israeli Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog went to Sofia at the beginning of June to inform his hosts that “Israel is ready to divert up to 400,000 tourists to Bulgaria from Turkey.” Then Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov in July went to Tel Aviv, where he spoke about the “strong, emotional connection and responsibility on our part to ensure Israel’s safety and its future.” He also said that Turkey had reacted to the Israeli raid of the flotilla “a little bit too strongly.”

By mentioning Turkey, I am finally reaching the most sensitive point of Israel’s sudden and keen interest in the Balkans.

First, losing Turkey as the main regional strategic ally, Israel was forced to search for whatever alternative — if not a country, then at least a region. There was no other direction to go in than towards Southeast Europe. Israel found itself isolated in the region, having only a weak partner in Egypt and facing small, but dangerous, enemies in Hamas and Hezbullah. By trampling and devastating Gaza, Israel also became more isolated in the world and more criticized by its main ally, the United States. The deterioration of its relations with Turkey was perhaps the major political consequence of Israel’s military adventure in Gaza.

… Israel is urging some Balkan countries, including Bulgaria, Romania and Greece, to improve their military cooperation with Israel and open their airspace to Israeli aircraft. In that sense Israel perhaps hopes that Kosovo will become a military substitute for Turkey because there is already a heavy US military presence there.

Trying to [make neutral-seeming] its main aims in the Balkans, Israel is putting them not only in an economic, but also a historical, religious and “terrorist” context as well…Being aware that they will have the support of many Christians in the region, Israeli politicians are also stressing the religious factor. When they speak about the threat of terrorism, they mean “Islamic terrorism.” During the Gaza events, a Bosnian Serb website, “Serbian Cetnik,” offered “full support to the Israeli people from Republika Srpska” and stressed, “We have the same enemies!” In Serbia [sic], Serbiana.com [sic] made known that “during the raid on the Muslim terror ship, Israeli commandos arrested a Bosnian Muslim national of Syrian origin.” There was a reflection of such an approach even in Russia. During the attack on Gaza, Moscow’s Pravda, under the headline “Israel, you are Serbia now!” called on Israel “to grow up and face reality.” “You already have the double advantage, having one in three of your citizens of Russian background,” so that “there is only one block of nations with whom you have any chance: the Orthodox nations.”

Getting back to Lieberman’s warning to the Macedonians about the threat of a global jihad recruiting “Bosnian Muslims and Albanians in Kosovo and Macedonia,” it reminded me of the so-called “Green Transversal,” almost the same geographic line invented in Belgrade before the wars of the 1990s. It was the direction from which all dangers emanate and come to the Balkans and further towards Europe — namely, from Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. Reading between the lines, I saw that his intention was to say that terrorism is somewhere other than in Israel and that it is perpetuated by someone other than the Israeli administration.

(In that last paragraph Zomun is comparing Israel’s warnings to Macedonia about the jihad against it — in progress for more than a decade now — to the “outlandish” notion of there being an Islamic “Green Corridor,” which he is calling Belgrade-spun propaganda. He is drawing a parallel between Israeli “propaganda” and Serbian “propaganda,” and implying that both countries’ troubles with Muslim terror originated with themselves. Apparently, this Bosnian former ambassador is unaware of what the state-of-the-art arena Sarajevo built for the 1984 Olympics was called: Zetra, short for the very real and very deliberate Zelena Transverzala, or Green Corridor running through the Balkans.)

But the upshot is this: While Turkey has been actively reestablishing its caliphate in the Balkans for years — not to mention everything that Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran and others of that sort have been up to in the Balkans — this Bosnian Muslim feigns suspicion over Israel warning that this and worse is going on. So you see it’s the Jews who are being underhanded with their warnings to the other infidels, sneakily discerning common infidel concerns with other countries.

Turkey has been maneuvering aggressively in the Balkans for years, not only stoking hostility against Bosnia’s Serb Republic and joining the Islamo-Western chorus mischaracterizing RS’s fears of Islamic usurpations in the region, but also acting hostilely against Serbia vis-a-vis an independent Muslim Kosovo, plus — as we shall see — giving terror a leg up in the region. All the while helping Serbia compromise itself (as it does with other infidel states), by increasing cooperative agreements, as Turkey knows Serbia is in great need since the Islamo-Western devastation of its economy in the 90s, from which it still hasn’t recovered.

As put by Nebojsa Malic — who has written an introduction and two columns about the Ottoman resurgence in the Balkans: Turkey, among other things, “is also the principal champion of the ‘Independent State of Kosova’ among the Islamic countries. The Serbs know all this by now (the government collaborates with the Turks because it’s composed of craven quislings)…”

Please observe below a small sampling of headlines pertaining to Turkish involvement in the region in recent years (some pieces are by Somun himself).

Turkish Cultural Week In Kosovo (May 25, 2005)

Kοsovo: Turkey’s edgy Balkan link; Deceptively quiet Prizren, Kosovo is home to 30,000 ethnic Turks and a sizable Turkish military presence (Kathimerini English Edition, June 21, 2005)

Turkish art festival kicks off in Kosovo (Turkish Daily News, May 10, 2006)

Turkish Becomes Official Language in Kosovo (Sep. 23, 2006)

Turkey blocking NATO-EU cooperation on Kosovo (May 24, 2007)

Turkey blocks Greek Cypriot police presence in Kosovo (May 25, 2007)

Turkey Expands Role in Kosovo as Bush Prepares to Visit Albania (June 5, 2007)

Turkish Troops, Kosovans Hand in Hand (Today’s Zaman, Oct. 22, 2006)

Once ruler of Serbia, Turkey hopes Kosovo goes independent (Turkish Daily News, April 11, 2007)

Turks back in Kosovo via education (June 3, 2008)

Kosovo wants Turkey’s effort on Islamic recognition (Jan 6, 2009)

Turkey has hidden Balkan agenda (Aug. 24, 2010)

Bosnia: Srebrenica Muslims Demand Special District and Abolition of Serb Entity (supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian territories, Libya) (March 15, 2007)

Bosnian Official Welcomes Turkey’s Policy In Balkans (Aug 30, 2010)

Turkey sets stage for Serbian apology over Srebrenica (April 2, 2010)

Turkish President Abdullah Gul…who is currently visiting Bosnia-Herzegovina, addressed the parliamentarians…Turkey attached a great interest in Balkan countries due to historical and cultural [i.e. colonialist] reasons, he said.

Turkey’s Gul Denies Pro-Muslim Bias Towards Balkans (Sep. 3, 2010)

Turkish President Abduallah Gul has dismissed as “tendentious” Bosnian Serb claims that Turkey has a secret agenda that includes ensuring the dominance of Bosnia’s Muslim population over the country’s Serb and Croat peoples in the Balkans.

He made his comments in a speech to the Bosnian parliament in Sarajevo on Thursday amid a boycott by Bosnian Serb lawmakers, who view growing Turkish influence in the Balkans with suspicion, accusing Ankara of pro-Bosniak bias.

Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Milorad Dodik said Serbs “should not be naïve” in believing Turkey had good intentions.

Speaking to journalists in Jahorina, he added that Turkey was playing an important role in international affairs, but that “does not mean that we in the Republika Srpska should applaud their hidden political agenda [for the Balkans]”. […]

Radmanovic: [Bosnian Presidency Member] Silajdzic misused visit of Turkish President (Google translation from Croatian to English, Sep. 3, 2010)

…[T]he program visit of the President of Turkey Abdullah Gul [to] Bosnia and Herzegovina has not been [approved] by the prescribed and appropriate representatives of the BiH, but on its own initiative…

So, among other things, the gala dinner…organized for the high guests from abroad, [was] renamed the “festive iftar”, thus transforming it into a religious event. […]

Welcome to Sarajevo: When Turkey came to town last month, the home team’s largely Muslim fans bonded with the visitors over shared enemies. (July 1, 2007)

NATO finances reconstruction of 50 bridges in Macedonia: The contractor is a Turkish firm (May 31, 2007)

Albania: The last Ottoman outpost in the Balkans (Sep. 11, 2008)

‘Turkish university to be among best in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ (Dec. 8, 2009)

DEİK to establish Turkey Kosovo business council (March 11, 2008)

Turkey lobbying for stronger Muslim support for Kosovo (March 11, 2008)

Alkalaj Describes Turkish - Bosnian Political Relations As Perfect (May 2, 2008)

The attempted satelization of FYROM by Turkey (Jul 25, 2009)

Turkey blocks NATO effort in Kosovo (June 9, 2008)

Turkey Win Sparks Violence In Bosnia (June 20, 2008)

Turkey, Serbia agree to open Islamic culture center in Belgrade (January 16, 2010)

Kosovar leader Sejdiu hails Turkey (July 8, 2009)

Albania, Kosovo hail first highway, built by Turkish-US venture (June 1, 2009)

Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina ink arms production deal (Aug. 10, 2009)

“Ramadan convoy” from Turkey heads to Bosnian Mostar Bridge (Aug. 18, 2009)

Bosnia’s Alija remembered in Turkey (Oct. 14, 2008)

Turkey to open religious service offices in Balkans, Caucasus (Jan. 2, 2009)

Former Bosnian leader[/war criminal] Ganic: Turkey’s gestures made me happy (July 30, 2010)

First Turkish-Croatian-Bosnian meeting takes place in Zagreb (Jan. 14, 2010)

Turkish schools boost mutual relations between Kosovo, Turkey (May 23, 2010)

Turkey, Kosovo sign four agreements (May 20, 2010)

Turkey’s PM visits tomb of Bosnia’s Alija (April 6, 2010)

Kosovo PM Thaci wants active Turkish role in Balkans (May 21, 2010)

Ankara reaffirms support for Pristina (Feb 03 2010)

Turkish company to build Kosovo’s new gateway to the world (Aug. 13, 2010)

Turkish hospital chain invests in Balkans (Aug. 18, 2010)

Kosovo calls on Turks to invest in Balkans (Aug. 16, 2010)

Now, you’ll recall that after the “Flotilla” incident this summer, in which Turkey sent a war convoy to Israel, the name Mohamad Sabbagh came up. Sabbagh is a Bosnian citizen of Syrian origin who has been operating in Bosnia for years, including in affiliation with the Turkish “charity” IHH that organized the convoy. IHH burst onto the scene in 1992 Bosnia to support the separatist regime. It was one of the “humanitarian” organizations “keeping alive the Bosnian jihad and enabling it to succeed against the Serbs,” as retired Indian cabinet secretary B. Raman noted in the Sri Lankan Guardian earlier this summer. Also working through IHH in Bosnia (under the joint auspieces of Britain’s MI6) was Omar Sheikh, who organized journalist Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping.

So sure enough, the Turkish IHH is repeating its anti-Serb model against Israel now. But this goes deeper, with the involvement of Sabbagh being key, which could explain the Bosnian urgency to get him out of Israeli custody after the flotilla arrests. According to the two Defense & Foreign Affairs extracts below, the flotilla incident was a joint Syrian-Turkish war provocation against Israel, hatched in Bosnia — facts that remain unknown to the public, partly because the Balkans is precisely the place where one can operate in the shadows, thanks to public and media disinterest in, and ignorance of, the region. (Little wonder that it was the choice haven for an unknown number of fugitives from the 1993 WTC bombing.)

Did Turkey Declare War on Israel … and the West?
Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, Global Information System/Defense & Foreign Affairs. June 7, 2010

…The Turkish Government has increasingly, over the past two decades, taken an active role in facilitating and supporting jihadist groups based out of the former Ottoman Empire territories of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo (and elsewhere in Serbia, as well as Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the like). This has not only meant working with Iranian and Saudi elements in financing, and providing logistical support to, terrorist groups aimed at the West, but more importantly — from Ankara’s viewpoint — facilitating the movement and support of jihadist terrorists out of the Balkans (groups such as Kvadrat, which Defense & Foreign Affairs was first to identify) via safe havens in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, to fight the Russians in Chechnya and elsewhere in the Caucasus. This could not have occurred without official Turkish Government involvement, and included the group which organized — again with Turkish Government participation — the “Gaza flotilla” which appeared in late May 2010.

Now, finally, the Turkish Government has admitted that it supports and has worked closely with the terrorist support organization, Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), which sponsored the Gaza flotilla. IHH has a long history of involvement with the jihadist movement, including those linked to al-Qaida, in the Balkans. This means that Ankara has admitted, finally, that it has been supporting the international jihadist movement against the West, and Russia.

Still, there is always one party at a divorce which observes: “So, you‟ve hated me for years.”

New Evidence Points to Syrian Intelligence Involvement in the “Gaza Flotilla” Incident; Links to Bosnian/Viennese Jihadi Networks Emerging
Analysis. By Jason Fuchs, UN Correspondent, and Gregory Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign
Affairs. June 15

GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources in Croatia confirmed on June 14, 2010, that a key Syrian intelligence officer had been onboard the Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, during its attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip on May 31, 2010. The agent, named Jaser Mohamed Sabag, was a Syrian native and naturalized Bosnian citizen.

It is understood that Sabag works directly for the Syrian Military Intelligence Service, Shu’bat al-Mukhabarat al-’Askariyya.

According to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources, Sabag had worked in the Balkans liaising with regional Iranian intelligence (Vezarat-e Ettela’at va Amniat-e Keshvar: VEVAK) networks to coordinate support for Balkan jihadist networks, including the Turkish IHH (İnsan Hak ve Hürriyetleri ve İnsani Yardım Vakfı), which purchased the Marmara for $800,000 in April 2010 and — ostensibly — spearheaded the so-called Gaza flotilla.

This had, as outlined in the Defense & Foreign Affairs report of June 7, 2010, confirmed the Turkish Government’s linkage to the terrorist support work of IHH in the Balkans, during which time the jihadist terrorist groups there, using the IHH links, had been used against Western targets. But more importantly, it highlighted the links between the Turkish Government — via the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı: MİT) — with the Syrian Mukhabarat for many years in jihadist support operations, pre-dating the break-up in Turkish-Israeli relations. [FOOTNOTE: As well, (MIT) was clearly linked to the Bosnian terrorist/jihadist movement through the Kvadrat movement, which operated terrorist training in Bosnia, moving its operatives into the Russian Caucasus, to Chechnya, via safe-havens in Northern Cyprus, controlled by the Turkish Armed Forces, and then into the Russian Federation via Turkey…]

The presence of Sabag onboard the Marmara raised a number of questions about the true nature of how the flotilla had been organized, funded and directed. It indicated, at a minimum, Syrian Government involvement, and, at most, that unwittingly many of the flotilla’s passengers had been used as cover in the intelligence gambit by Damascus and Ankara.

By the first week of June 2010, Sabag had already been deported by Israeli authorities to Turkey and GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources reported that by June 12, 2010, Sabag had left Turkey and returned to Sarajevo, along with Mukadera Tankok-Tanovic, a Turkish national and IHH “coordinator”. The daily newspaper Fokus, published in Banja Luka, Republica Srpska, Bosnia & Herzegovina, further reported that before working with jihadist networks in the Balkans, Sabag had been in charge of “intelligence affairs” for the Abu Nidal Organization (ANO) where he established an effective working relationship with Halil Badia, the daughter of Abu Nidal (born Sabri Khalil al-Banna). Halil Badia, the report continues, assumed control of the ANO following her father’s death in Baghdad on August 16, 2002, and has since become “a main financier of the Wahabbist [sic] movement in B-H (Bosnia & Herzegovina)”.

GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources confirmed that while Badia had been unable to access her late father’s Swiss bank accounts — which had been blocked several years ago as part of Western counterterrorism efforts — she and her family “managed to withdraw a substantial part of the money from Austrian banks”. It was believed that a significant portion of this money had been redirected to Balkan-based networks.

That the money had flowed through Austria was not merely a coincidence: the Viennese Islamist community had, for some time, played a central support role in organizing jihadist activities in Bosnia.

The still emerging evidence of connections between Syrian intelligence operations in the Balkans, Bosnian jihadists, and the voyage of the Marmara raised serious questions for the West and particularly for NATO of which Turkey is a member about the extent to which the Turkish Erdogan Administration had been aware of these linkages when it gave permission for the Gaza flotilla to set sail. If, in fact, Prime Minister Reçep Tayyip Erdogan had known about the presence on the Marmara of a Syrian intelligence agent with deep, long-standing ties to the global jihad movement, further questions would be raised about the extent to which Istanbul has chosen to reorient its strategic posture.

However, there can be no doubt that the long-standing relationships between MIT, IHH, and the Shu’bat
al-Mukhabarat al-’Askariyya — along with the relationships which all three have had with the various Saudi and Iranian organizations in the Balkans — facilitated, or at least led to, the Marmara provocation.

And so, in very recent news we see the shifting and/or tightening of Israel’s alliances in the Balkans. While Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting Greece a couple weeks ago to discuss matters of the two countries’ military alliances, these were some of the other Israel-Balkans headlines:

“Israel understands Serbs in Bosnia”
17 August 2010 | Source: Tanjug

BANJA LUKA — Republic of Srpska (RS) Prime Minister Milorad Dodik stated that Israeli President Shimon Peres understands the position of the Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Dodik, who is on a visit to Israel, said that the Israeli president had said that the wish and aspirations of the peoples in Bosnia-Herzegovina have to be respected and that stability and peace have to be preserved.

Dodik also said that he discussed the situation in the Balkans, and that he was informed about the situation Israel is being faced with in its efforts to preserve stability and its state identity.

“This was an opportunity for me to underscore that it is evident that the international community and its high representative had carried out political and legal violence in the RS and that it had altered the Dayton Agreement,” said Dodik.

Dodik reiterated that he and President Peres had a lot in common on all issues, particularly those relating to Turkey’s growing engagement in the Balkans, noting that Turkey is being engaged on the side of a the Bosniak people alone.

Bosnia “Increasingly Can’t Survive”

…Dodik said that his recent visit to Israel, where he met with the country’s top officials, was one of the most important trips he has had lately, in view of the fact that Jerusalem conducted a “balanced policy in the complex conditions of the Middle East relations”.

He also noted that Bosnia-Herzegovina on several occasions voted in favor of UN Security Council resolution that “put Israel in a complex position”, and that this came as a result of activities by Muslim and Croat members of the Bosnian presidency Haris Sijaldžić and Željko Komšić, and FM Sven Alkalaj [a Jewish Bosnian].

Dodik once again accused Turkey of meddling in Bosnian affairs, and to support only the Muslim (Bosniak) side.

Dodik Condemns Turkey’s Activities In Bosnia (AFP, Aug 16, 2010)

…“We resent the fact that Turkey wants a unified and centralized Bosnia, favoring only one of the peoples” living in the country, Dodik told Bosnian state radio from Israel, following talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Dodik said he had told Lieberman that the Bosnian Serb community “resented Turkey’s strong presence in Bosnia motivated only by support for the Bosnian Muslims, without any willingness to comprehend the context in which Bosnia exists.”

“I told the minister that it is not possible to accept an intermediary role by Turkey,” he said, without elaborating.

Bosnian Serb leaders have constantly opposed further centralization, as demanded by the Muslims–who are a majority in Bosnia as a whole and seek to dominate. Serbs say such a process would reduce their autonomy. […]

Israel supportive of Bosnian Serbs
Aug 17, 2010

Bosnian Serb Prime Minister, Milorad Dodik, said that Israel has expressed its full support and understanding of the Bosnian Serb Republic and its efforts to fully implement the Dayton Peace Accords that are to govern Bosnia.

“We feel that Turkey desires to create a unitary and centralized Bosnia for one ethnic group only. We cannot accept such role of Turkey in Bosnia, especially because of its biased position,” said Dodik.


Dodik, on the right, in a meeting with the Israeli delegation.

…Dodik said that he explained to Israel that recent Bosnian anti-Israeli votes in the UN do not reflect the opinion of Bosnian Serbs whose foreign policy is constrained and dominated by Bosnian Muslims.

“How is it possible for Bosnia to vote against the interests of Serbs, first of all, when we are not seeking to vote for anything that would impede on the Israel’s security,” said Dodik.

Bosnia consists of three “constitutive” ethnic communities but Bosnian Muslims desire to dominate them.
Dodik invited Israeli investors to come to the Serb Republic.

“We told them to invest in Serb Republic, despite the crisis that dominates in all countries,” Dodik said.

The Prime Minister specified that Israel expressed its greatest understanding on the dangers of terrorism in Bosnia.

Earlier this year, Israel warned that Islamic terrorists are actively recruiting Bosnian Muslims and ethnic Albanians in the Balkans for terror. Israel also warned that the Balkans is the next area that Islamic terrorists have set their sights to.

Days ago, authorities in the Serb Republic [arrested] 5 Islamic extremists of whom one was an ethnic Albanian. The arrested men had weapons and machetes used for Islamic ritual of beheading.

Dodik said that a visit by the Israeli delegation to the Serb Republic is possible because both sides have expressed desire to expand economic activities.

Dodik said that the Serb Republic and Israel will continue to cooperate and keep in contact on various diplomatic levels.

Republika Srpska Premier Dodik Discusses Position of Serbs in Bosnia with Israeli President Peres

…Dodik reported that the Israeli president had declared Bosnia-Herzegovina must respect the will and desires of the people and preserve stability and peace.

Dodik pointed out that he and Israeli president Peres saw eye to eye on many issues, especially in connection with Turkey’s engagement in the Balkans, which is evidently growing…

“We agreed that Turkey had likely drawn up an action plan in order to allegedly preserve Bosnia-Herzegovina’s territorial integrity, but actually promoting the principle of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s centralized government, which Turkey believes should be strengthening and creating a unitary state in this region,” Dodik said.

“This was a good opportunity for me to explain that the Serb side was not behind [the UN vote against Israel]. It transpired once again that Bosnia-Herzegovina is not well coordinated, in view of the fact that voting in the UN is conducted without an agreed procedure and coordination of policy…”

Related: Cyprus says will not allow Gaza-bound aid ship (Aug. 20, 2010)

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus will not allow a ship carrying women activists and aid for the blockaded Palestinian territory of Gaza to sail from its ports, the island’s police said on Friday.

Women activists said they planned to take aid to Gaza next week and their vessel, the Mariam, would set sail from Lebanon for Cyprus on Sunday.

“Our position is clear. The arrival and departure of vessels to or from Gaza via Cyprus ports is prohibited and we will implement that decision,” Cypriot police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos told Reuters.

In New York, Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Gabriela Shalev sent a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and her Russian counterpart Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, president of the Security Council this month, complaining about the aid ship and the reported approval of its departure by Lebanon.

Shalev said the organizers were “individuals with suspected ties to the Hezbollah terrorist organization” who intended to break through the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“Such confrontational actions by the organizers of these vessels, as well as those that offer their consent, is deeply troubling and requires the attention of the international community,” Shalev added.

Cyprus was used as a launch pad for activists to reach Gaza by sea from 2008 until mid-2009. Authorities introduced a ban last year, citing the island’s national interests.

To close up this post about the resurgent Ottomans in the Balkans, we have a revealing 2006 text from author Srdja Trifkovic, demonstrating that before our eyes is unfolding the fruition of a plan long in the making:

…A decade ago an Orientalist who was at that time Yugoslavia’s ambassador in Ankara, Darko Tanaskovic, came across an interesting little brochure in a second-hand book shop in Istanbul. It was a very old propaganda pamphlet issued by an Albanian émigré organization, and it contained a simplified colored map of the Balkans. The map showed a green arrow emanating from Turkey, thrusting through the Muslim-populated parts of the Balkans (Thrace, Macedonia, Kosovo, Sanjak, Bosnia), severing the links of the unbelievers’ defensive steel chain, and victoriously heading to the north-west, towards the heartland of Europe. This geopolitical idea, known for decades as the Green Route (“Zelena transverzala”) both by the advocates and opponents of Islamic inroads into Europe, was simple but very suggestive…

As Yugoslavia started disintegrating in the early 1990s, most Western analysts of world affairs promptly categorized the Green Route thesis as a crude, anti-Muslim conspiracy theory, mainly propagated by nationalist Serbian academics. Then along came Huntington’s Clash of Civilisations and his subsequent book of the same name. The supporters of the Green Route thesis welcomed Huntington’s work because he used the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-95) as a key illustration of the Christian-Muslim “fault-line wars.” The proponents of a pro-Bosnian Muslim, pro-Kosovo Albanian policy in Washington, by contrast, insisted that helping Muslims in the Balkans was the best way of courting favor for the United States in the Islamic world.

The Green Route theory has gained fresh credence, in Europe at least, after 9-11. It is by now hard to dispute that the radicalisation of Islam in the Balkans — deliberate or not — turned out to be the net result of the actions of the “international community” during the Yugoslav crisis. In fact, “If Western policy in the Balkans was not meant to facilitate the Green Route, the issue is not why but how its effects paradoxically coincided with the enduring aspirations and goals of pan-Islamism, including its extremist and even terrorist manifestations.”

After 9-11, nothing was supposed to be as before, but the U.S. policy in the Balkans has inexplicably retained its Islamophile bias, so remarkably persistent during the Clinton years. In the meantime, the Green Route has morphed from an allegedly paranoid Islamophobic propaganda ploy into a demographic, social and political reality…

Some related insights came in 2008 from a reader named Theodore, a Navy vet who the same year removed the Kosovo medals from his retired uniform:

…Why the Bush admin is playing along with the Islamists I can not figure out. The theory that comes to mind — now — is that we owe the Muslims something for their alliance during the Cold War — and Bush et al are paying up?

This is also where the Turks fit into the picture: payback for Cold War alliance as well as the Islamists’ goal of renewed caliphate. I am no scholar — and particularly not of Turkey. What I know to be much more truthful than anything one can read in the mainstream is based on first-hand experience (due to legal binding, pain of imprisonment, etc. I can’t go into any details other than to say “first hand experience” of a number of years) that about 2% of the population of Turkey runs that nation and this 2% enjoys its status/power/wealth — therefore do anything to maintain it — including playing the “we are a moderate Muslim nation” game to the infidels (mostly the gullible dhimmi leadership of the West). In reality, they know that most of the population of Turkey is not made of Islamic moderates…It is from this significant portion of Turkey that there is a powerful movement to establish Islam in a globally dominant position in the world…An example: Turks moved very very quickly into the “Muslim regions” of former Soviet Union (the -stan nations…), with all types of influence (Turk TV, news, money, techonolgy and assistance plans) — the main goal to reestablish Turk Muslim ties…

Specifically regarding Turks and Kosovo — you may recall, or may be able to find via research — that the Turks threatened to ignite the 3rd World War if some kind of intervention into the Kosovo situation was not taken at that time. (And if I recall correctly, the Turks were also threatening — and would have liked nothing better than — to go into the region themselves, so actually it was “better” that we and UN/NATO went in to keep the Turks out lest the travesty would have surely been even worse.)…The Turks are one force that is operating below radar regarding the Serbia/Kosovo situation.

While I take my time digging up documentation for Theodore’s recollection that Turks were itching to get into Kosovo in 1999, for now I can offer an interesting related letter from a Turk, which I got in response to my unrelated January 2007 Baltimore Sun article about Croatia’s Nazi problem:

[I] Read your article in one of the local papers this morning and found your article a little disconcerting. As an urbane professional I normally [don’t] get caught up in discussing ethnic strife and banal topics surrounding nationalism; however, being both a proud Turk and Tatar from Turkey (or as we prefer to call it Turkiye), I am offended at your last strand of reporting.

The Croats may be Nazi-like, however it is the bastard Serb thugs, paramilitaries and faceless animals that slaughtered Muslims (7000 in one camp alone by my count) while the West filmed the slow starvation of these innocents at the behest of the hegemonic, genocidial maniac called Milosevic.

That bastard literally gave the orders to wipe out the Muslims at any turn and at any time. My only regret is that my beloved country called Turkey did not send in their fiecely proud soldiers to clean out those rats and ferrets who used the former Yougoslav army equipment against innocent peoples.

There were atrocities on all sides but no worse than that sons of bitches that tormented the Muslim peoples in that torn land. After all, if they were murdering your family wouldn’t you fight back and ferociously? I know I would! If Turkey entered the fray, we would have ensured that Milosevic would have been personally held responsible and would have met his fate a lot sooner than what he got away with by having a mere measly little heart attack at the Hague, given the power and ferocity of our troops. If only we were allowed in, there would not have been the stain of genocide that those fucking Serbs maggots unleashed on our muslim peoples.

After all, it was the Serbs that caused and fomented the war. perhaps next time, you’d do all of us some justice and point out that glaring factoid. Finally, the Serbs deserve no more credit for obfuscating the facts and still to this day finding a way to continually hide their most notorious war criminals including the infamous and sickening pseudo psychiatrist and his two bit rag tag fat general(Radzic?) in the mountains of Serbia.

If they were really to be given credit for anything, then they should find these bastard animals and bring them to justice either in their country with a hanging or the other more arduous option of going to the Hague and keeping them fed like guests for the rest of their natural lives in clean cages.

Rafail Veli, MBA,FCIS,ACIS,P.ADM,P.MGR,CMC,LL.B-07

A closing bit of Turkish-Balkans history, from reader “Putnik”:

When I was studying law in Belgrade, I went for a little trip to my aunt’s house in Nis. While there, I visited a place called Ćele kuli (Tower of Skulls). This was a little reminder of just how ‘pleasant’ the Turks were to their Serbian ’slaves’. It was constructed of the skulls of the Serbs killed at the Battle of Čegra during the Serbian Uprising of 1809. When the highly outnumbered Serbs at the stronghold of Čegra, who were fighting the Turks all day awaiting reinforcements, were overrun by the Turkish Army, the Serbian commander, Stevan Sindjelić, rather than surrender his command, fired his pistol into the gunpowder magazine, killing himself, his remaining commands and hundreds of Turks. In retribution, the Turks cut the heads off the Serbian defenders and constructed a tower with their skulls. In a way, Battle of Čegra was the Serbs’ Alamo during the 1809 uprising.

And Nebojsa Malic has a concise history, and contemporary significance, of Skull Tower here.

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Croatian Ambassador to Kosovo transferred to Skopje
11. September 2010

Express reports that Croatian President Ivo Josipovic has decided to transfer, from Kosovo, his ambassador Zlatko Kramaric over criticism the latter made against the Kosovo leadership regarding involvement in corruption.

Kramaric will be replaced by another career diplomat. Meanwhile, Kramaric will continue his career in the Croatian Embassy in Skopje.

Did somebody forget the rules of the game? Did somebody forget what this whole exercise was about? Was somebody so taken aback by the brazen corruption of the instantly-recognized-by-Croatia gangster state that he forgot himself — and gasped? Well, this’ll teach him to notice things!

Meanwhile, a Kosovo political analyst is very “concerned” over the UN criminal tribunal’s decision this week to not let Ramush Haradinaj out on bail:

War crimes court denies former Kosovo PM release

Fri, Sep 10 2010
By Greg Roumeliotis

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A war crimes tribunal in The Hague Friday denied a request by Kosovo’s former prime minister to be provisionally freed before a new trial, saying this could encourage his supporters to intimidate witnesses.

Ramush Haradinaj, a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and considered a hero by Kosovo Albanians, was acquitted two years ago of torture, murder, rape and deportation. Judges said prosecutors had failed to prove there was a deliberate campaign to kill and expel Serb civilians from Kosovo.

But appeals judges in July granted prosecutors’ demands to have his 2008 acquittal by the Yugoslav tribunal overturned and Haradinaj has since been detained in The Hague.

In its decision Friday, the tribunal said Haradinaj did not pose a personal risk to the safety of witnesses or victims.

But it accepted the prosecution’s argument that his release would draw more media attention, adding to a threatening atmosphere for witnesses, and that such publicity may encourage Haradinaj’s supporters to engage in acts of intimidation.

The tribunal said in its decision that witness intimidation was prevalent in Kosovo and there was an atmosphere of widespread intimidation surrounding the trial.

Mufail Limani, a Kosovo political analyst, said he was very concerned with the Tribunal’s decision.

“Haradinaj has a lot of supporters in Kosovo, especially among former KLA soldiers. This (decision) will be a challenge for security in Kosovo,” he said.

Haradinaj, a former nightclub bouncer, was prime minister for only a matter of months before he resigned in 2005 after being indicted by the U.N. tribunal. […]

Recall that in July, on the eve of the ICJ decision that would necessarily find “nothing illegal about Kosovo or anything else declaring itself independent,” the other UN court, the above-mentioned ICTY, announced that — almost as if in exchange — it would re-try Haradinaj. At which point the KLA Veterans threatened war. Another plausible theory as to the motivation behind the UN court’s unprecedented actions against witness intimidation postulates that Haradinaj must have become too much of a pest to our boy Thaci, the equally corrupt and murderous “prime minister” of Kosovo.

I’m one of many people who have been waiting for the day that The People’s Cube website, a spoof of “progressive” ideology, could be held in one’s hand, in the form of a book. That day is finally here. People’s Cube proprietor Oleg Atbashian has released his first book, Shakedown Socialism.

To give a sense of The Cube’s sensibilities, just consider the site’s empowering logo:

Oleg gave me one of these a few years ago and it was the first time I was able to solve a Rubic’s Cube! (Though I couldn’t do it a second time.)

The author is a New York-based writer and graphic artist from the Ukraine, where he was “a teacher, a translator, a worker, a freelance journalist, and at one time a propaganda artist, creating visual agitprop for the local Party committee in a Siberian town.” As his bio continues, he “moved to the United States in 1994, hoping to forget about politics and enjoy life in a country that was ruled by reason and common sense, whose citizens were appreciative of constitutional rights, the rule of law, and the prosperity of free market capitalism. But what he found was a society deeply infected by the leftist disease of ‘progressivism’ that was jeopardizing real societal progress.”


A sculpture by Alexander Kosolapov

Below is an excerpt from Chapter 7, “Joyriding the Gravy Train of Material Inequality,” taken from the book’s web page here.

Let us imagine a utopian country named Sovdepia, whose people love the children so much that they voluntarily agreed to redistribute all their material wealth equally to level the playing field for future generations. Let’s further imagine that a few years later we visit Sovdepia on a taxpayer-funded fact-finding mission.

Upon arrival, we are surprised to see how little material equality is left, especially among the children. We find local social scientists and ask them what happened. They sadly point at the differences in the Sovdepians’ habits, virtues and vices, ambitions, health, and plain dumb luck. But the most powerful reason for inequality, they tell us with dismay, turns out to be the highest Sovdepian virtue - the unconditional love of the parents for their children and the desire to do the best for them.

The truth is, even the most hardnosed Soviet ideologues still cheated the system when it came to their offspring. Having risked life and limb fighting for universal equality, they all ended up inventing creative workarounds to make their own children “more equal” than others. Who can blame them? They were human, even if they denied humanity to everyone else. And who can blame Barack Obama for sending his two daughters to an expensive private school? He only wants the best for his children, even if he is promoting the inferior public school system for everyone else’s.

No parent, including the politicians who are forcing economic equality on Americans, will deny their own children added privileges that come with government positions. Anything less would be heartless and uncaring, even if it would contradict their life-long battle against the “heartless and uncaring” opponents of economic equality, which they themselves will be now violating. Given that parents will always be in different positions to endow their offspring, the next generation following any hypothetical Great Redistribution of Wealth will grow up economically unequal. Only this time, in the absence of freedom and opportunities, their wealth and privileges will be largely unearned. And that will finally give the “yearning after equality” the moral validity it badly lacked before.

But until such time, while equal freedom and opportunity still exists, the only justification for the forced redistribution of wealth is class envy - an emotion based on a subjective perception of other people’s wealth regardless of how it was earned. And the relative and subjective nature of wealth makes the case for its redistribution even flimsier.

Consider the fact that the Soviet apparatchiks, smugly driving their Volgas past the average Soviet pedestrians, themselves looked pathetic next to American middle-class families, with Chevrolets in the front and swimming pools in the back of their suburban houses.

The apparatchiks liked to be called “people’s servants.” Unlike their less equal “masters,” they were allowed to travel to the West. The striking material contrast must have caused many of them to entertain a criminal thought that, were they to discard their own system of government redistribution and give people the opportunity to earn real income without government obstruction, everyone’s living standard would quadruple - including their own. But since in a free and competitive society they wouldn’t be the ones with the most power and privilege, the certainty of smaller unearned rewards outweighed for them the opportunity to earn greater rewards with honest efforts. So they continued to “serve” the people by keeping them down and staying on top.

Observing the class-envy mentality on both continents, I noticed a recurring pattern: other people’s wealth always appears larger and irritates more forcefully at a closer distance. Since envy is based on emotion rather than reason, one’s personal perception of a wealthier neighbor is more unsettling than some distant, greater wealth measured on an abstract absolute scale, which can only be perceived by reason.

The reverse side of the class-envy mentality is the notion that being better off than your neighbor is more satisfying than being wealthy by absolute standards while knowing that your neighbor still has more. The folk wisdom of my home country put this in a story: a king promised a peasant that he would grant him any wish on condition that his neighbor would get twice as much. The peasant laughed and asked the king to poke him in one eye. In another tale a man who could wish for anything, wished that his neighbor’s cow were dead. And so on.

An historical comparison makes the relative nature of wealth even more obvious. While today’s poor people may seem poor compared to their middle-class neighbors, on an absolute scale they are better off than the rich people in the days of William Graham Sumner. Not only do they have better medicine, longer life expectancy, running hot and cold water, electricity, gas stoves, and indoor plumbing - they have what even the richest and the most powerful people on earth couldn’t dream of - camera cell phones, digital players, air conditioners, refrigerators, microwaves, TVs with hundreds of channels for entertainment, video games, DVD players, fast and comfortable cars with music and AC, air travel, and computers that can instantly connect them with anyone in the world.

Consider the possibility of never having progressed to this level.

For instance, if today’s labor laws were to be enforced prior to the Industrial Revolution, machines would not be allowed to replace the workers, and so most of them would be until this day engaged in mind-numbing manual labor. We would still be living in a pre-industrial society, with a handful of aristocrats and the vast majority of poor people toiling with hammers and sickles, living in filth, losing half of their children at birth, and dying at 40 because there would be no medical equipment and mass-produced drugs.

The Soviet Union’s backwardness was caused, not by the lack of ingenuity of its people, but by the counterproductive economy of state-regulated socialism. Without capitalist achievements to learn from and copy, the USSR would have remained perpetually stuck in the 1930s. And so would the United States, if the American “progressives” who opposed Sumner were to get the upper hand a century ago and halt the development of capitalist entrepreneurship. In that case, the few remaining rich people in America would be living blissfully unaware of the unfulfilled possibilities of the 21st century, where even the poor could have had a better quality of life.

Likewise, today’s rich people, with all their combined wealth, can’t buy the material goods and the quality of life that will likely be available to the poor of the next century. Technological progress is known to have that democratizing effect. And the poor - whatever this word will mean a century from now - are likely to continue to enjoy free rides on the gravy train of capitalist innovation and mass production, unless the current trend towards class envy and forced economic equality stops this train in its tracks. That would bring everyone down, but the poor - to borrow a “progressive” media cliché - the poor will be hit the hardest.

Thus, class envy is an unmistakably irrational impulse. And since the demands for economic equality and redistribution of wealth are the derivatives of this impulse, they are just as irrational, unsupported by reality, harmful, and immoral as class envy itself.

The very notion of economic equality implies that our lives are determined solely by material factors and that nothing spiritual matters. Granted, human dignity requires a certain minimum of material comfort. But once we are above that threshold and still continue to measure our dignity and our entire existence by the level of material comfort, we are, by implication, degrading free will, intellect, liberty, opportunity, and the greatness of the human spirit. This is an ugly distortion of human nature, to put it mildly.

The only kind of equality that can be realistically achieved among humans is equality before the law, meaning equal rights and opportunities for all. Despite some historical setbacks, such equality has already been achieved in the Western world, and its beneficial results are obvious. Equality before the law is incompatible with forced economic equality, which rigs the game by infringing on the rights of the more productive in favor of the less productive, limiting opportunities for some to benefit others, and taking by force from one select group only to give unearned material gains to another select group.

The only real choice before us, therefore, is not between economic inequality and economic equality, but between two types of economic inequality.

One is the transparent, volunteer economic inequality of laissez-faire capitalism, where people are free to choose opportunities that they like - but that also lead to predictably different compensation. Whether it’s the intense life of a CEO taking risky decisions, or the safe but uneventful existence of a government clerk, or the relaxed bohemian lifestyle of an artist - these are free choices based on what best suits people’s character and makes them happy, taken with full knowledge of the potential risks and rewards. The CEO, the clerk, and the artist receive different compensation for their work, yet they are all equal before the law, which protects their contracts with society and with each other.

These are not rigid classes; people can change their lives if they want to, and their children do not have to follow in their footsteps if a certain lifestyle or profession does not match their idea of happiness. Their material rewards are just, since they are determined by the free market and the differences motivate everyone to be more creative and productive. This system has brought prosperity, opportunity, and happiness to most people, making them equal beneficiaries of liberty and human dignity, as long as they don’t succumb to crime, drugs, or class envy.

The other type of economic inequality is the state-enforced redistribution of wealth, which is never transparent. The only successful career in such a system can be made inside the state hierarchy, which sooner or later becomes a snake pit ruled by cronyism, nepotism, kickbacks, and backstabbing.

Given the existence of two distinct and unequal classes, the citizens face only two basic choices: to be a silent slave of the corrupt establishment, or to join the establishment and climb up the career ladder towards the unearned rewards and further away from the faceless, “less equal” masses below. Equality before the law ceases to exist, along with individual choices, aspirations, dignity, opportunity, and liberty - all sacrificed to the utopian illusion of “fairness.” As a result, neither the masses nor their rulers are happy with their lives.

Some years ago I escaped from the shipwreck of the Soviet “workers’ paradise” and moved to the United States, making a conscious choice between the forced inequality of socialism and the volunteer material inequality of capitalism. I didn’t expect to be rich; I only wanted an opportunity to earn an honest income without sacrificing my dignity. I wanted the freedom to pursue my own choices and aspirations, not the ones prescribed by the state. I wanted to live in a country where my success or failure would depend on my own honest effort, not on the whim of a bureaucrat. I wanted my relations with people to be based on voluntary agreements, not mandatory requirements. And finally, I wanted my earnings to be protected by law from wanton expropriation.

America deserves credit for living up to the ideas of liberty and fighting off the redistributionist utopia for as long as it has. As crippling as the hosting of two opposing economic systems can be, it still remains a free country. But the balance is rapidly changing. Like many immigrants seeking freedom and opportunity in America, I find this change not simply misguided but personally painful. And so do all freedom-loving people elsewhere in the unfree world, for whom the mere existence of this country still gives hope and validates their belief in liberty and individual rights.

To give some idea of Oleg’s comedic sensibilities, I couldn’t resist pasting his own promo for the book:

True to the title, our marketing efforts were exclusively focused on lobbying the government to grant this book a “must-buy” status. As a result, all of you now MUST BUY this book. We repeat - BUY - as opposed to a five-finger discount, spontaneous redistribution into your pocket, or waiting for the government to do all that for you. Neither should you wait for the DVD. This book requires immediate action. You must act now: reach into your pocket and pay $12.95 plus shipping and handling. Immediately.

Our lobbying efforts have also resulted in the government categorization of this book as a “must-read.” Not a “must-leaf-through” or a “must-look-at-the-pictures-only” mind you! Those categories are assigned to authors with no useful connections, shaky ideological standing, and weak writing skills while contacting important people. The official “must-read” status means that you must read it and you must like it.

In addition to “must-buy” and “must-read,” this is also a “must-ask-for-it-in-the-store” book. Having spent all our budget on lobbying, we had barely enough cash left to get the book up on Amazon. So don’t expect to see it in the stores. Therefore, whenever you happen near a bookstore - even if you already have this book - stop by and ask the manager to show you Shakedown Socialism on the shelf. And if he can’t do that, that capitalist running dog will have to look it up in the national online book catalog and order some copies due to the unrelenting popular demand.

Rest assured that once our book is on the shelf, the book-buying masses of workers and peasants will be attracted by its gloriously yellow, glossy cover. They will put down their shovels, hammers, and sickles - or sacks with beets and potatoes if they are toiling intelligentsia - and, with leathery, callused fingers, leaf through its truth-filled pages, admire the illustrations, and read a few sentences, slowly muttering words under the vodka breath. Before you know it, they’ll be making the right consumer choice and checking if they have $12.95 American rubles left in their frayed pockets.

In other words, this is a “must-promote-yourself” book. Your help is expected.

In a press conference today, Dove World Outreach pastor Terry Jones revealed that he got a phone call from a Green Beret who had served in “Yugoslavia.” Here is what the soldier told him, as related by Jones in this MSNBC video:

Just yesterday we got a phone call from a retired Special Force Green Beret, Delta Force. It was his opinion that the people that are on the field, the special forces, he told us, are 100% behind us. He said he has seen — he was there in Yugoslavia when the radical Moslems, and that is the element we are aiming at, that is the element that we want for them to back down — said he was there in Yugoslavia when they burnt down 150 churches. He said he was there as a three-story building that was a hospital, a three-story building full with Christians was burnt to the ground. And they were allowed to do nothing, because of international pressure. Because of policies, they were allowed to do nothing. Our military, our military men who are trained to rescue lives, to save lives, to protect our country, stood in front of a three-story hospital filled with Christians and watched it burn to the ground, watched those people scream for their life. And because of our policies, whatever they may be called, because of our polices we were not allowed to do anything.

Our burning of the Koran is to call the attention that something is wrong. Something is wrong. It is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up [and] confront terrorism. There is something very much wrong with our policies when we stand there and we watch a building full of people die because our so-called policies do not allow us to do anything. So as of right now we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. So on September the 11th we shall continue with our planned event.

So for the pastor’s explanation of the importance of the Koran-burning event, he employed the example of…Kosovo. Specifically, the ‘non-Muslimy’ Muslims of Kosovo, known as Albanians. Our great friends and allies — as long as we don’t interfere with their killing of Christians and burning of churches.

What his speech also reveals is that, as some of us suspected, there is a whole load of military folks who have been keeping mum and/or biting their tongues about what they were witness to, and party to, in Kosovo (as in Bosnia) — and just what kinds of orders they had to follow from the Command.

It also shows that our military people seem to understand something that our leaderships are in aggressive denial about, and have been lying to us about: Albanians are Muslims. More accurately, Muslim behavior and Albanian-Muslim behavior are often indistinguishable.

It is very apropos that Jones used Kosovo to make his point. Because, as I’ve been screaming from the rooftops, the malaise has gone from there to here. We thought we were only subjugating those Christians, those peasant types, to Islam. But by doing so we’ve helped subjugate ourselves. Because, as I’ve also been saying, Kosovo was the nexus. It was the official beginning of the end. The beginning of the demise of Western civilization, by our own hand.

Separately, the pastor makes another important point when he says, “It is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up [and] confront terrorism.”

What he’s saying is that it is not just the responsibility of men and women in uniform to preserve our liberties. WE ALL HAVE TO STICK OUR NECKS OUT. We will all have to risk our lives at one point or another, in order for our lives to still mean anything. This is not just our soldiers’ war. It is OUR war. It will be fought differently from anything ever before, and every one of us will be called upon to fight.

Is Pastor Jones an extremist, as he’s being called in circles that range from the mainstream to, more surprisingly, anti-jihad quarters? Perhaps he is. But have we forgotten? Have we forgotten that “extremism in the name of liberty is no vice?” Why is there so much more tolerance of extremism in the name of tyranny than in the name of liberty? Why is tyranny more politically correct than liberty?

Relatedly, a pathetic Yahoo! News write-up mentioned the following:

Quran burning flap a distraction from Obama agenda

Obama was asked in the interview if he felt angry or helpless at having to deal with the fallout from the potential actions of the pastor of one tiny church.

“Well, it is frustrating,” he allowed, adding that the law didn’t offer much recourse.

Did anyone else notice that it sounds like the president yearns for a “recourse” against the First Amendment?

When Communism was the big threat, Americans knew they had the support of their presidents against it. In particular, Ronald Reagan unequivocally called the Soviet Union “Evil Empire.” So when a far bigger threat comes along and Americans are left without leaders to call a spade a spade — leaders who instead do all they can to not define the enemy — people feel forced into taking matters into their own hands as best they know how, and turn to things like Koran-burning exercises to show the free world what it’s up against.

Please note that this is not the first test of our rights and freedoms that Pastor Jones has engaged in. Last year it was his church that erected a sign reading “Islam is of the Devil.”

A church in Gainesville, Florida will be marking this September 11th with the ultimate test of whether free speech is still safe in America: Koran-burning.

Pastor Terry Jones has come under criticism from all quarters: Democrats, Republicans, and their Islamic masters.

All of whom are completely right to be upset. This is the Muslims’ holy book, after all. I mean, can you imagine burning a German’s copy of Mein Kampf?

*****UPDATE*****

I meant to remind readers that this is the same church, and the same pastor, who last year erected a sign in front of the church, reading “Islam is of the Devil.” Given that even our favorite anti-jihad blogs are expressing disapproval of the Koran-burning to take place there, this means that the Gainesville church is the bravest of us all.

Bosnia bomb probe finds weapons, Islamist link seen

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Bosnian police have uncovered a large cache of weapons and detained a new suspect in the course of their inquiry into a June bomb attack that killed one policeman and injured six others, the prosecutor’s office said.

The attack, outside a police station in the town of Bugojno, was one of the most serious security incidents in the Balkan country since an ethnic war ended in 1995.

Shortly after the blast, police arrested the suspected mastermind and his helper — both believed to be followers of the radical Sunni Muslim Wahhabi sect.

In a statement on Monday, the prosecutor’s office gave an update on the state of the investigation.

“A major quantity of weapons, military equipment and explosives found in the wider area of Bugojno, is believed to have been designated for criminal or terrorist acts,” it said.

A new suspect was being questioned by police and would be handed over to the state prosecutor, the statement added.

The prosecutor’s office delined to provide details on when the weapons were discovered and the additional arrest made, but local media reported that it happened last week.

The Wahhabi sect has taken root in Bosnia under the influence of Islamists from abroad, some of whom stayed on after fighting alongside Bosnian Muslims during the 1992-95 war.

Police have stepped up efforts to curtail the small but vocal Wahhabi groups. In February they raided a community in the northern village of Gornja Maoca and arrested several men accused of trying to destabilise the fragile country.

The fight against militancy and organised crime is a requirement for visa-free travel for Bosnians in the European Union and for closer ties with the bloc.

Otherwise, why bother?

More Bugojno connections here.

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