November 2010

See ***UPDATE*** at bottom of Ethoman comment.

A few weeks ago, under a posting on titled “Bosnia: Muslims ‘wanted to draw NATO into war,’” one comment in particular caught my attention. Posted by “ethoman,” with emphasis added:

ethoman | October 11, 2010 2:29 PM

There is a lot that can be learned by understanding the recent history of Bosnia. I looked at the break-up of Yugoslavia a few years ago…First of all, Alija Izetbegovic was arrested and imprisoned for publishing his “Islamic Declaration”. In this work you can see Mr. Izetbegovic was inspired by the writings of Sayyid Qutb, the modern day father of what many would term “radical” Islam. I have read much of what both men have added to this potent ideological soup. It is said by some that Bosnian Muslims can serve as a link between east and west due to their European culture. At first that may seem like a good thing, but upon review one will draw different conclusions.

Izetbegovic desired a move toward the west due to his incarceration at the hands of Tito for his writings, he desired the political tolerance, and ignorance of the west in regards to his over all agenda, to serve as a means to spread his ideology, not because he shared our sense of social structures, tendency to allow any ideology free [rein]. If you couple this with the fact that western governments simply wanted to spread political and economic influence into the region, and were willing to accept whatever platitudes which were offered by Izetbegovic to allay western concerns over his writings, you will understand how easily swayed western leaders were, and still are by people of Izetbegovic’s ilk.

Now on to the relevant points for us, what did Izetbegovic believe. He wanted Islamic Sharia for all of his nation, he sought western tolerance/ignorance to help him in his cause. It was a Bosnian Muslim whom created the playbook which folks like Imam Rauf, and other westernized Islamosupremacists operate under. This notion of creating parallel societies within our borders, demographic conquest, the use of democratic/legal means to destroy the fabric of our societies from within. These are all the ideological spoils of a European, a Bosnian Muslim. It is no boon to us that Izetbegovic understood the inner workings of western culture, he simply used his knowledge to further his own agenda, which is directly at odds with pretty much everything we stand for. He wanted an Islamic social structure where non-Muslims would be denied full citizenship, this is in his writings. He wanted a theocracy much like Iran etc. Most Bosnian Muslims will tell you that he was fighting for Bosnian unity, which is only half of the full answer, and is therefore a lie.

Bosnia is now playing out on a much larger scale in almost every western nation on earth. It is hard to read the tea leaves as it were, but if you look at what [Bosnia’s Serb Republic president] Milorad Dodik has been saying about the political make-up of Bosnia, which is that it can only be realized through a very loose republic. Look at the Philippines, the Muslims there insist that they can only live under a very loose republic as well. You can see these schisms cropping up all over the world, from Thailand, to Nigeria, to the Sudan, to the Caucuses [sic], to Indonesia and beyond. It is more important for us to realize the connection and understand our mistakes than it is to dwell upon the past.

The first thing we need to do is adjust our immigration policies away from a lottery system, to a system that recognizes religion and nations of origin. We need to realize that our ideas around multiculturalism and Islamic populations are wrong and have very little historical precedent to back them up. Be tolerant of Muslims that live here, but do not allow them to create a parallel society with the use of our legal systems, or our democratic values. Otherwise it is only a matter of time before these schisms, which are already brewing, will blow up in our faces. We also need to support nations like Republika Srpska, and Serbia as a link between Russia and the west, rather than allying with those we have been allying with in the name of avarice, and short-term political gains. If we don’t wake up and realize the significance of our mistakes, we will in time come to realize our own destruction through them. It starts with education of the American and western public, then up through our government.

Ethoman adds the following point in a comment further down:

Muslims should not elect leaders [who] threaten to force their non-Muslim subjects to live under Sharia (especially if they can defend themselves), it is a great motivator for us non-Muslims to react violently.

Nebojsa Malic emailed this morning with the following encapsulation of the above:

The “Islamic Declaration” can and should be compared to Marx’s “Communist Manifesto”, a pamphlet that not only defines the objectives of “Islamic revival” (i.e. return to the basics, or fundamentalism) but also lays out the strategy and tactics of waging jihad wherever there are Muslims. The world’s Muslims are normally a fractious lot, so it is important to note that Izetbegovic was honored from Morocco to Malaysia, and by any and all “flavors” of Islam in between. Nobody else on the planet is thought of as highly in Rabat, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Tehran, Islamabad and Jakarta alike. Also note that the awards and recognitions he received were for contributions to Islam as such, rather than some supposed heroism in the Bosnian War. Though one could argue that getting the “Great Satan” to fight his jihad for him is no small feat.

Separately, after I blogged Israeli professor Mordechai Nisan’s article demonstrating how the United States for the past 30 years has consistently supported Muslims in their wars against Christians, it was linked by yesterday, and I found the following comment by “Bokababe” to be poignant. She was responding to another comment poster who wrote, “This is very important stuff (though the Greeks and Armenians have been far from pro-American in the past)…”

I was in Greece ten years ago, and I think that most Americans misunderstand Greeks.

Greece was the country that fought the Nazis and communists longer and harder than any other country in Europe — only to get sold out by the US to their lifelong enemies, the Turks, not 20 years later. Greeks love the idea and ideals of America, but not what the American government has become and has done to them — and I don’t blame them. Greeks are a tough independent people who don’t suffer fools lightly. When the 1999 NATO bombing started, Greeks took to the streets in protest. Then Madeline Albright, who knew that the Greek economy was almost solely dependent on tourism, threatened Greece with a State Dept Travel Warning to make them shut up. It worked, but the Greeks retaliated in their own way — they turned around all the signs that led North toward Albania and Kosovo, back toward Athens to screw up the NATO visitors.

The difference between Greeks and Muslims, is when Greeks (or Serbs) don’t like you they don’t mass murder American civilians. Unfortunately, in the current atmosphere of American politics, that does not work in their favor.

This item is actually from last year, but I only found it now. As we know, in 2006 Albania was the only country that agreed to take in five of the Uighurs whom America needed to unload from Gitmo but who couldn’t be released to China, where they’d be tortured or executed.

One of the five Chinese Muslims seems to be Albanizing particularly well: he’s learning to make pizza! (Like any self-respecting KLA member knows how to do.)

Restarting life in Albania after Guantanamo Bay (Feb 10, 2009)

Abu Bakkr Qassim, a Uighur from far western China, has seen a number of the world’s more remote corners for a middle aged fruit vendor who is now learning how to make pizzas for a living. He is one of four Uighurs living in Albania since 2006 because they could not stay in the United States nor go to China which sees them as terrorists.

Found innocent of terrorism after three and a half years in the U.S. jail in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he feels vindicated by President Barack Obama’s decision to close down the notorious prison eventually. “I was happy. First of all, President Obama understood the mistake that happened to us in Guantanamo. We want him to repair the mistake although it is not easy,” said Qassim, 39.

Last month, Obama ordered that the Guantanamo military prison close within a year. It has become a symbol of the harsh U.S. treatment of terrorism suspects in a murky system of international prisons under ex-President George W. Bush. Qassim has not talked to 17 fellow Uighurs still at Guantanamo but said they tell their families they are living under much better conditions now. “They have a big garden and can open the doors themselves,” he told Reuters.

These other men are in limbo at Guantanamo although they have been cleared for release as no country, including Albania, is willing to take them. Although he said he was not tortured — in contrast [supposedly] to some who have been released from Guantanamo — Qassim described very difficult conditions during his time at Guantanamo.

“Even for an animal it is bad to be shut in a cage of two square metres. What I had thought about America, with all my admiration, was not the cage at Guantanamo,” he added. “I told the U.S. soldier: ‘You are not America’. The commander told him other things, but he threw the Koran in the toilet. No one can do that. It means going to extremes.” [Note yet another example of a non-terrorist Muslim being impervious to reality and evidence, such as that the Koran-toilet-flushing thing was a hoax story which Newsweek magazine apologized for. And yet we’re supposed to find an understanding, and even common ground, with these delusionals.]

A native of Ghulja, a city of one million in China’s Xinjiang province, Qassim spent seven months in jail in 1998 for what the Chinese termed religious propaganda. He said he was later found innocent, but was kept under watch. Many Muslim Uighurs, who are from far western China, seek greater autonomy for the region. Beijing has waged a campaign against what it calls their violent separatist activities.

Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang province

On December 31, 2000, Qassim left his wife and toddler son seeking opportunity abroad. He ended up with other Uighurs in an Afghan village where they were eventually captured and handed over to American forces. Qassim said they rejoiced to hear they were being handed over to the Americans because the U.S. had backed the Uighurs. “They told us not to worry because they had come for the Arabs and they would not hand us over to the Chinese,” he said. “After six months, were were flown to Guantanamo. For three and a half years there, they kept repeating they had made a mistake with us but we had to stay there.”

After his release, Albania agreed to take in five Uighurs, agreeing to pay their their rent and food through 2009. Qassin is learning how to make pizzas. One of his fellow former inmates is studying electronics, the others are learning Albanian; the fifth left for Sweden to join his sister. […]

Radical Islam Uses Balkan Poor To Wield Influence
by Sylvia Poggioli, National Public Radio, October 25, 2010

A decade after wars redesigned the political map of the Balkans, there is mounting concern over the growing influence of radical Islam in the region.

From Bosnia to Kosovo, large amounts of money have poured in from Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf states and missionaries of Wahhabi Islam, targeting young populations mired in poverty, unemployment and corruption.

In the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, the huge King Fahd mosque soars over a working class district.

It was built after the Bosnian war with Saudi funds at a cost of $30 million.

It is 8,800 square feet of shiny white marble — a Middle Eastern style that clashes with the more modest stone structures left by Ottoman architects.

Numerous Saudi-inspired charities settled in Bosnia, and helped build 150 mosques for an ultra-conservative strain of Islam

But after the Sept. 11 attacks, Sarajevo authorities cracked down and 14 charities were shut down.
Western intelligence sources say, step by step, the Bosnian Islamic community — which has always practiced a more moderate form of religion — retook control of the mosques.

In Bosnia, the influence of politicized, foreign Islam is waning, says Ahmed Alibasic, a professor at Sarajevo’s Faculty of Islamic Studies.

Today, in Sarajevo’s old Bascarsija quarter, the prayer call echoes over cafes and restaurants where beer and wine flow freely, and where only a few women are veiled.

But Western intelligence sources warn that continuing economic and social instability could lead to increasing extremism.

This fear runs throughout the Balkans, a region reeling from the pains of post-communist transition and the global economic crisis.

One of the countries most at risk is Kosovo, where unemployment is running at 45 percent.

“What I saw during the past 10 years was a strong infiltration of Saudi money,” says Flaka Surroi, owner of the independent Koha Media. “They brought in the mosques, they brought in their dogma and ideology at the same time. They identified the poorest people in the communities, they offered them a steady salary every month just so they take over the ideology and start wearing the veil.”

The Hasan Beg mosque in Kosovo’s capital Pristina is brand new and Saudi-financed.

At midday Friday prayers, there’s an overflow crowd of mainly young people — both bearded men and veiled women. They are reluctant to talk to foreign reporters.

Traditionally in Kosovo, religion was not very important.

But the dire state of the economy combined with growing poverty and corruption is inspiring many people to turn to religion.

Kosovo authorities were caught by surprise by a recent demonstration in which thousands of people protested against the education ministry’s ban on headscarves in public schools.

Ilir Deda is one of the co-founders of a new reformist political party that aims to fight corruption and impose rule of law.

“The institutions have not dealt with this issue,” he says. “Radical Islam is mid- to long-term one of the biggest dangers for Kosovo, because they are aiming to change our social fabric.”

Deda says that in the past decade, Middle Eastern charities have invested some $800 million in Kosovo. For his country to go forward, he adds, these links must be broken.

Of course, those links were utilized to get him a country in the first place.

But more to the point — hmm — what is it about the past decade that’s put Kosovo especially so much at risk? What was it that all those Saudi charities didn’t see in it before the past decade — what potential was it that caught their attention only in the past decade? What was it that happened a decade ago to make the area more of a target than it had been for decades previously? I wonder what that could have been and if Western interference had anything to do with it…

Here is the relevant part of an interview by The Journal of Turkish Weekly, with some Turkish-Albanian intellectual named Erdoan Shipoli, “a teaching assistant at Fatih University, in Istanbul and a senior researcher at “Praxis” think-tank in Kosovo”:

Q: It can be said there is a cultural connection between Turkish people and Kosovo when the history of the country is considered. Moreover, it is observable that Turkish investors have a significant effect on the development of Kosovo. What do you think about for Turkish enterprisers?

Erdoan Shipoli: Turkey and Kosovo were part of the Ottoman Empire, this is crucial when we speak of the relations of these two. So, of course there are historical, cultural, emotional bounds between these two countries. But beside that I think that there is something else that characterizes this part of the world; maybe the temper of the people, the mentality, or something else, but it is a characteristic that makes the people of this region alike. Kosovo is a newborn country, so Turkey has an obligation to help the Kosovo, and Turkish people have an obligation to invest and try to rebuild the country. Turkey is not sufficient for the trade and production capacity it has, so it needs places where to produce goods and services, and market it around the world. Kosovo, on the other hand, has no production, and it needs production. So this is a win-win game.

Despite the economic significance of the Turkish enterprises, in Kosovo and the region, it also owns the significance of breaking the incorrect and constructed myths about the enmity of Turkey and these countries. These investments encourage the people to travel and know the other nations that lived together for more than 500 years. Nevertheless I expect more investments of Turkish businessmen, in Kosovo and the Balkans as a whole. For one reason is that there are good opportunities there, and for the second that the Turkish businessmen are more risk-takers than the westerners, so they are the ones who shall step in the wilds of the Balkan market and production, otherwise no one will.

Q: Recently, Turkey seems to adopt a “Zero-Problem Neighborhood” foreign policy. Within this framework, it is discussed that peace and security should be taken as a basis in the Balkan policy of Turkey. As a strategist, what do you think about the policy of Turkey on Balkans?

Erdoan Shipoli:…What Turkey does in the Middle East is very important, and crucial, for the peace in Middle East. But, I think that it is time for Turkey to focus in Balkans. Having problems in Middle East stays there, whereas the problems, conflicts, in the Balkans defuse, and they affect the whole globe. Recent Turkish focus in Balkans seemed to play a very constructive role. I think that Turkey shall continuously increase this politics of engagement. I don’t recommend that Turkey leaves Middle East, but I suggest that the constructive role of Turkey in the Middle East shall be extended to Balkans also. Turkey has a very strategic importance, as it can be seen in the Middle East, without Turkey solution is difficult. So is the situation in Balkans; with Turkish help the situation there can be improved, without Turkish help the stability initiatives will be unsuccessful in the long term.


Kosovo’s Fatih Mosque, re-constructed by Turkey, opened
World Bulletin, 05 November 2010

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday put Fatih Mosque, re-constructed by Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), into service again in Kosovo.

Fatih Mosque, one of the 800 mosques in Kosovo, was constructed in 1461.

Speaking at the ceremony held to re-open the mosque, Erdogan said the Ottoman heritage only in Kosovo was almost more than the cultural heritage in Anatolia, except Istanbul. “The mosques, bridges, hostels and alms houses are the indelible marks of the interest shown by our ancestors to this region,” he added.

Erdogan said, “such works are the signs of our brotherhood. We will boost together and continue to progress on our path.”

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, who also addressed the opening ceremony, stated that the services strengthened hope, belief and togetherness between the two countries.

He said friendship between the peoples of Turkey and Kosovo would be continuous.

Erdogan later opened Sultan Murat Hudavendigar Tomb Culture and Promotion House into service in Kosovo. “We want to see this tomb as a symbol for peace, justice, brotherhood and solidarity not only for the region but also for the whole world,” Erdogan said speaking at the opening ceremony.

To close, since we’re on the subject again of more Turkeying around in the Balkans:

Turkey says it’s ready to mediate Kosovo-Serbia talks (Nov. 4)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday that Turkey is ready to mediate Kosovo-Serbian peace talks if his country is invited.

Erdoğan met with Thaci on Wednesday during his two-day visit to Kosovo to discuss bilateral ties and the recent developments in the country.

Thaci said Kosovo will be pleased if Turkey is involved in the process.

Erdoğan stressed the comprehensive, historical, cultural and social relations the two countries enjoy and said ethnic Turkish people living in Kosovo constitute a strong cultural brigade.

Noting that Turkey has been one of the first countries that recognized the independence of Kosovo, Erdoğan said Turkey has always continued to support the nascent country both before and after the independence, adding that Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) continues to make serious investments in Kosovo, particularly in preserving historical and cultural heritage.

Erdoğan said Turkey wishes for a multicultural, democratic, prosperous and stable Kosovo and that Turkey continues to support Kosovo as much as possible. He added that there are 530 Turkish troops serving in the NATO peacekeeping mission, and he is also considering visiting them.

Wake me up when Obama is bombing Israel. That’s what I told my husband the night Obama won the presidency. I essentially tuned out of politics that day, having little interest in charting every step along the path to the destruction that we non-Obama voters predicted.

Of course, I thought I was yet engaging in hyperbole, but the conclusion to be drawn from this remarkable article by Middle East Studies professor Mordechai Nisan, of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, can be only that my hyperbole was hardly that. His commentary was published all too quietly by Newsmax a few weeks ago, and deserves a wider audience. In case any Americans out there still think it’s merely a coincidence that everything we touch turns to Islam, think again. Anyone who finds it strange that 9/11 led not to increased restrictions on people, money and influence flowing into America from the Middle East but to increased openness to these will be interested to know that in 9/11 our government saw not a formidable enemy to be dealt with, but a new market to be tapped. In fact, recall this paraphrase from a 1996 NY Times article by a Dr. Ron Hatchett, titled “The Third American Empire”:

In a recent opinion piece in The New York Times, Jacob Heilbrunn and Michael Lind of the New Republic editorial staff argue that the American commitment to the Islamic connection is so strong that the US design is to make the Islamic world part of a new American empire and that American support of the Bosnian Muslims is part of the implementation of this plan.

And so here we are today, emphasis added by me:

Commentary: U.S. Has Long Sided with Arab [Muslim] World by Mordechai Nisan
October 11, 2010

On three formidable major speech-making occasions since his election – in Ankara, Cairo, and Washington – President Obama stated that America ‘is not and never will be at war with Islam’.

This definitive affirmation ignores the fact that America has been at war with Christians who are at war with Muslims, while the United States has accepted the defeat and death of Christians at the hands of Muslims. Obama actually gave voice to what has been characteristic of U.S. policy in religiously-defined conflicts, for American-Islamic compatibility was a pillar in Washington’s conduct long before Obama made it central to the American political creed.

The history of America’s special relationship with Saudi Arabia, the heart of Islam and its global campaign to reach and preach in the four corners of the world, is well-documented and central in the strategic calculations of the United States for over 70 years. Incorporating Turkey into the NATO alliance in 1952 was also a step toward U.S.-Muslim consolidation, as is the decades-long alliance with Pakistan.

But our concern here is a particular aspect of Washington’s pro-Muslim inclination involving Muslim-Christian rivalries and America’s decision of supporting the Muslim side.

The swath of territory running from south-eastern Europe across Asia Minor and toward the eastern Mediterranean basin was historically conquered and ruled by the Turkish Ottoman Empire for many centuries until WWI. A state system emerged, peoples dotted the map, and Western hegemony dominated the political arena. Islam as a religious-political concept appeared to have been replaced by nationalism and secularism, but it never really collapsed; it mutated, radicalized and politicized, and reasserted the ‘Green Belt’ momentum with American consent and cooperation.

We can capture the pattern of U.S. policy in areas which Samuel Huntington aptly labeled “Islam’s bloody borders” by drawing upon four illuminating political cases that confirm President Obama’s view when he declared, that America is not a Christian country.


In 1974, Turkish armed forces invaded Cyprus, capturing 36 percent of its territory, partitioning the island, and leading to the declaration of the northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus in 1983. This act of war and premeditated aggression was taken by an American ally and NATO member-country. At the time of the invasion the United States, whose foreign policy was considerably under Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s stewardship, supplied Turkey with arms and perhaps funding. In supporting Turkey, the Nixon administration was sending a message of enmity to Archbishop Makarios’s government that directed Cyprus along non-aligned lines in the Cold War conflict between the two superpowers. Kissinger punished Makarios, demonstrated Soviet impotence, and sent a message of friendship to the Muslim world.

At the time, only about 20 percent of the population in Cyprus was Turkish Muslim. Fearing a Greek takeover of the island which could harm the Muslim minority, Turkey acted with deliberate military force. In the succeeding years, Turkish forces implemented a policy of “ethnic cleansing” that sent close to 200,000 Greek Cypriots southward as refugees who lost their property; churches and cemeteries were desecrated by Muslim hooligans. Over time the small remaining Greek population of 20,000 people in the northern Turkish republic drastically dwindled, and Turkey transferred thousands of her Anatolian peasants to populate the island.

The 2006 Annan Plan to resolve the political issue of de facto partition and reunite the island foundered on Greek Cypriot opposition to a proposal which did not guarantee the withdrawal of the Turkish army from the north. Washington had come to terms with Turkey’s occupation of Cyprus and with the ignoble and defeated condition of the dispirited Christian community.


The outbreak of war in Lebanon in 1975 between the native Maronite Christians and the alien Palestinians later expanded into a large-scale Muslim/Syrian/Palestinian assault on Christian Lebanon as a whole. Maronite villages and urban neighborhoods were mercilessly targeted, with enormous civilian fatalities, slaughter and devastation. The United States under President Carter sought to accommodate the Palestinians, dealing secretly with PLO operatives, while proposing in 1976 to save the Lebanese Christians, not by defending or arming them, but through their mass evacuation and emigration abroad.

The Taif Accord in 1989 was designed to end the ‘Lebanese War’ misrepresented as a civil war. Arranged by the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Syria, this political orchestration of Lebanese political affairs dealt a severe blow to the Christians, by demoting the office of the Maronite-held presidency, and elevating the Muslim-held offices of Prime Minister and Speaker of the Legislature. Particularly insidious was the formula in the Accord that defined Lebanon as an Arab country in brotherly relations with Syria. The United States collaborated with Muslim groups and Arab states, and abandoned the ancient Christians of Lebanon.


The war in Bosnia and Croatia from 1992-95 and that in Kosovo from 1996-99 pitted various ethnic/religious communities against each other within the boundaries of Yugoslavia, which dissolved in the 1990s. Serbian hegemony in the former federated state was shattered in each territory. Orthodox Christian Serbs were forced to flee as refugees from what became the independent countries of Catholic Croatia, Muslim-dominated Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the fledgling state of Albanian-ethnic Muslim Kosovo. In addition to the propaganda aspect of the wars that portrayed the Serbs as aggressors, murderers, and rapists, the compelling Serb loss of life and territory, stature and power, constituted the harsh political dénouement of the Balkan wars.

The United States supported the adversaries and enemies of the Serb people, offering them moral sanction and military advice, arms and money; by contrast, the Serbs were defamed, ultimately charged with war crimes and “ethnic cleansing” at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The sweeping obliteration of Serbian religious history and life in Kosovo was consummated with the destruction of monasteries and the desecration of churches, as Serbs ran for their lives.

In 1995 the Americans formulated the Dayton Agreement designed to end the fighting in Bosnia between the majority Muslims and the minority Serbs. But this came about after NATO/U.S. bomber aircraft attacked Serb civilian targets and subdued Serb resistance to Bosnian-Muslim forces. American bombers also strafed Belgrade, the capital of the independent Serbian Republic. While the Saudis and Iranians assisted the Muslim jihad forces, America also chose Islam over Christianity in the Balkans, perhaps to mollify Arab allies in the Middle East, or to deny Russia a Serb victory in the name of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. All this contributed to the strengthening and expansion of Islam in Europe.


Although there is compelling evidence to substantiate the idea that America has been ‘Israel’s best friend’, and that the two countries enjoy a strategic relationship, the United States has been a great adversary of Israel’s national interests and rights. Since 1967, Washington has opposed Israel’s retention of territories captured in the Six Day War; and since 1993, with the Clinton presidency and the Oslo Accord process, and especially thereafter with the Bush presidency and the Road Map two-state plan from 2002, the U.S. has advocated Palestinian national rights and independence. Israel’s survival will be existentially endangered if the Palestinians have a state on the mountains above Israel, while the gushing thrust of hatred and hostility from neighboring Arab and Muslim countries, along with sedition galvanizing Arabs within the Green Line borders of Israel, threaten the foundations of the Jewish state.

America has been pressing Israel at all political turns, arming her enemies, and relentlessly seeking ways and formulae that will coax and clobber Israel into submission. America is the great friend of the Arab world and the political and military patron of the PLO whose ultimate goal of Israel’s elimination is etched into the fabric of the philosophy and policy of the Palestinian campaign against Zionism and Jewish national sovereignty.

In the eyes of Washington, the Arabs are never expected to accept responsibility for bellicosity and terrorism, mendacity and anti-Semitic propaganda. Concurrently, U.S. General Keith Dayton has supervised the military training and arming of Palestinian Authority army units whose final antagonist is Israel, not Hamas. Supporting Muslims against Jews, the United States actually foments war while brandishing the goal and fruits of peace.

Moreover, the idea of a ‘Palestinian people’ conceals the reality of the majority Muslim element oppressing, persecuting, and intimidating the weaker Christian sector of Palestinian society. Christians have been run out of Bethlehem; Muslim converts to Christianity have been murdered; Christian-owned properties have been ransacked and set aflame. This is the Islam in Palestine of which America finds no fault or flaw.

In conclusion, the media war has cast the Christians and the Jews as malevolent agents of violence against innocent Muslim civilian victims. Everyone heard about the 1982 Christian Lebanese massacre of Palestinian Muslims in Sabra and Shatila in Beirut, and the Serb massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995. But who has heard about the Turkish Cypriot Muslim massacre of Greek Christian Cypriots in Palekythro and the Turkish bombing of Kyrenian civilians in 1974, or the Palestinian massacre of Lebanese Christians in Damour and Ayshiyyah in 1976? Or the 1992 Bosnian Muslim slaughter of withdrawing Serb Christian soldiers in Dobrovoljacka Street in Sarajevo? And while the 2003 Palestinian terrorist bomb-attack murdering 21 Israelis at the Maxim Restaurant in Haifa is consigned to oblivion, Israeli warfare against Palestinians in Jenin in 2002 and Gaza in 2009 created headlines and an international outcry. Only Muslim blood is valued and enshrined in the book of commemoration and glory.

The major modern victims of ethnic cleansing have been Christian populations, highlighted by genocidal campaigns that struck the Armenians in Turkey in 1915-16 and African Christians in Sudan since the 1950s. Paralyzed was America’s power and morality; even her voice was mute.

The sub-text of this historical review identifies the vicious role and expansionist ambitions of Turkey that paralleled the American umbrella of denial of Muslim guilt, demonization of non-Muslim victims, and the demoralization of Western countries facing the amplification of Muslim political assertiveness and demographic proliferation.

The Turks have acted as instigators and aggressors in the Balkans and Cyprus, and recently assumed the role of patron of the Palestinian people’s war against Israel. In the Mavi Marmara naval imbroglio from May 2010, the Turks led the provocative campaign on behalf of Free Gaza. Once a friend of Israel, radical Islamic Turkey recently allied with Islamic Iran has become her slanderous enemy.

As for the Jews, when American jet bombers will zoom over the Galilee, Israel shouldn’t assume they are there to save her from the Arabs and Iranians as it is far more likely they will be coming to save the Palestinians from the Israelis. This scenario fits the pattern and purpose of U.S. strategic preferences, as in the past when Muslim/non-Muslim confrontations exploded.

America is indeed walking hand-in-hand with Islam. This alliance preceded Obama, but became more explicit and more ‘spiritually’ expansive after he entered the White House. The future looks very dark in this twilight era of world affairs.

Cemetery in Kosovo desecrated
6 November 2010 | 19:38 | Source: Tanjug

DEČANI — Serbs who visited the cemetery in Dečani, western Kosovo, to mark the All Souls’ Day on Saturday found that the Orthodox graves have been desecrated.

This is according to official of the Dečani municipal assembly Snežana Paunović.

“The previous visit to the Orthodox cemetery was organized on August 28, 2010. The cemetery was found overgrown with weeds, but no visible damage was done to the tombstones. But today, two months later, we found tombs violated and human remains scattered around the cemetery,” Paunović told Tanjug. [Note previous documentation of Albanians digging up Serbian remains, as well as the phenomenon of risking life and limb to visit dead relatives in Kosovo.]

She noted that during the day, a problem occurred with regard to organizing the Kosovo police (KPS) escort, although the KPS was notified in advance about the visit to the cemetery.

Other Serb IDPs who visited the graves of their loved ones today reported incidents. [See below.]

Kosovo: Automatic gunfire near cemetary

6 November 2010 | 11:57 -> 18:22 | Source: Beta, Tanjug

BELGRADE — Shots from automatic weapons were fired in close proximity of a cemetery in the village of Mušutište while Serbs were visiting the graves of their loved ones.

Serb IDPs are seen on site of the destroyed church stood (Beta)

The incident happened as the internally displaced Serbs, now residing in central Serbia, visited the cemetery near Suva Reka, to mark the Orthodox All Souls Day.

The persons who opened fire remain unknown, while reports said that Kosovo police, KPS, members went to “suspicious locations”, with an investigation under way.

KFOR troops, which “oversaw the visit of the Serbs”, said that police were investigating the scene, and that should they find any evidence, they will send it to KFOR.

However, KPS in Prizren said during the day that they received no reports about any shooting incidents.

Meanwhile a representative of the Serb confirmed the incident and said about 50 people ventured from central Serbia to their native village today, from which they were driven out by ethnic Albanians.

“Unfortunately we were welcomed by automatic gunfire. It’s not pleasant, but the shooting did not scare us,” said Dragoljub Milošević, and added that the IDPs “still wish to return” and that they expect their homes to be rebuilt in the spring.

Some of the Serbs in Muštište today managed to light candles at the graves of their loved ones, while those who could not reach the graves lit candles on the ruins of an Orthodox church, which was destroyed in an explosion.

Escorted by KPS and KFOR, other Serbs today visited cemeteries in the villages of Sopina and Rečan.

[NOTE by Gorin: Recall from 2008:

…Serb Orthodox cemeteries and chapels located at the grounds are regularly vandalized, with tombstones broken and crosses ripped out, while those visiting the graves are escorted by UNMIK police.

The divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica is one such example – while the northern majority-Serb part has some Albanian and Bosniak inhabitants, no Serbs live in the southern, Albanian part.

But the Serb cemetery is located south of the Ibar River, which divides the troubled town. Yesterday, UNMIK and Kosovo police escorted some 400 Serbs from the north to the graveyard. As has been the case in the past eight years, they found it desecrated and derelict.

Reports said that approximately 80 percent of the Orthodox tombstones there have been vandalized.

“Albanian gravestones look brand new compared to ours, which are almost all destroyed, especially lately. The only reason why a tombstone can bother someone is if they mean to destroy any sign that we ever existed here,” Nenad Milenković, a Serb from northern Kosovska Mitrovica, said after visiting the graves of his parents.

Bisenija Kovačević, who lost her husband 12 years ago, said that while she used to be able to go to his grave each week, this is now only possible when armed escort is organized.

“What hurts the most is that I can’t visit his grave freely when I feel the need to. There’s nothing worse than arriving to find a grave that no longer has a headstone,” she said.

More that 500 Serb graves have been desecrated since 1999, when the new burials there stopped. The Albanian cemetery in the northern part of the town, agencies reported, is not damaged.

A similar scene is reported in the Serb graveyard in Priština. Some Serbs are considering moving the remains of their family members out of the Priština cemetery and to the places where they can be properly protected.

Only around 20 Serbs yesterday braved visiting the graveyard, to quickly light candles and remove the grass and weed from the neglected graves.

Ilija Trajković of Priština, now displaced and living in the Serb enclave of Gračanica, came to the cemetery in a UN vehicle Saturday. He says the scene he and his wife find each time they arrive is “more and more horrible”.

“This here looks horrible. Each time we find new tombstones broken. If you wish to see the degree of a society’s development, come to a graveyard, and it will be obvious,” he was bitter. […]]

In making cuts to my already too-long exposé about the friend of terrorists, Republican Senate candidate Joe DioGuardi who on Tuesday deservedly lost 37% to 61%, one of the items that was cut appears below.

In addition to his other separatist, supremacist activities against the various regions of the former Yugoslavia, which I described in my piece this week, DioGuardi had been agitating on behalf of Albanian separatism in Macedonia since the early to mid 90s.

In 1995 the Macedonian constitution already provided for Albanian-language instruction in primary and secondary schools. As well, the government subsidized Albanian-language newspapers and TV. And in the city of Tetovo, for example, the mayor and police chief were ethnic Albanians. Nonetheless, in January 1995 an Albanian-language university opened in the city. The International Helsinki Federation of Human Rights noted at the time that “a map depicting ‘Greater Albania’ appears on the wall of the Dean’s office,” according to a 2001 analysis of the Macedonia conflict by historian Carl Savich. The Federation also found “that an academic curriculum at the school is non-existent. Instead, the university is a ‘parallel institution,’ based on the model or M.O. established in Kosovo with the University of Pristina.”

And yet, organizing rallies in New York in support of the university that February was none other than Joe DioGuardi. He was called out by then government spokesman Gjuner Ismail, who “stated that the creation of the Albanian-language university in Tetovo violated the Macedonian constitution and was politically motivated,” continued Savich, and that DioGuardi was “supporting and sponsoring Albanian separatism and secession, [which] constituted ‘a direct interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.’” (DioGuardi tried to influence the Macedonian government to allow the university, with promises of good reports to Capitol Hill.)

Here he is in 1996 protesting in support of the rebel university, caption by his Albanian-American Civic League:

“The Civic League leads several delegations to Tetova in Western Macedonia to support the Albanian university there.” (The woman on the left holding the sign is his wife and co-propagandist, Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi; she appears in several of the photos in my main piece. Meanwhile, “Tetova” must be the usurpist pronunciation of Tetovo, just as “Kosovo” is “Kosova.” The DioGuardis also use insurrectionist geographic vocabulary for Greek Epirus, calling it “Chameria”.)

During the 2001 Albanian aggression on Macedonia, former State Dept. spokesman James Rubin — who along with his wife Christiane Amanpour had been major cheerleaders, eggers-on, and propaganda craftsmen of the Kosovo war — “conceded that the Albanian minority in Macedonia had adequate minority rights,” wrote Savich. Rubin also reminded the Albanian minority that any rights they perceived to be lacking could be achieved through democratic methods rather than guerrilla warfare every time. On CNN he acknowledged that the NLA (National Liberation Army) separatists were trying to create “a sort of Greater Albania.”

Among countless other provocations, by 2007 Albanians in Macedonia were demanding to fly the Albanian flag alone on public buildings and to have the 2001 insurgents receive government benefits. (Yes, you read that correctly. They wanted to be compensated for making war on the state.) And all this was with the Democratic Party of Albanians being part of Macedonia’s ruling coalition.

But let’s go back to 1999 and Kosovo for a moment. You can still view crisp Fox News Channel videos from that year, of DioGuardi and his wife making the case for American troops on the ground in Kosovo and/or arming the KLA. There is the pair, on camera — on “Hannity & Colmes,” for example — saying that Slobodan Milosevic is the contemporary Adolf Hitler, “sweeping through Europe” and not intending to stop with “exterminating” Kosovo Albanians but to continue on to Montenegro. (For what mission, we’re not told, but we’re to assume it’s the fictional, reluctantly-disproved-by-the-Hague “Greater Serbia” objective, which the DioGuardis would frequently cite as causing the problem.)

With 11 years of hindsight since these appearances, today one sees that what happened was the opposite of everything the Dynamic DioGuardi Duo said was happening or was going to happen. It is the Albanians who are sweeping through Europe; it is the Albanians who seek a Greater Albania; it is the Albanians who were and are ethnically cleansing and exterminating; and it is the Albanians who supported the Third Reich and are pursuing Hitler-era borders, devouring his and their enemy, the Serbs, to accomplish it.

That is, the DioGuardis accused Milosevic of doing everything that their clients were in the process of doing. In the 1973 book Propaganda, author Jacques Ellul defines the propagandist’s M.O.:

Propaganda of agitation succeeds each time it designates someone as the source of all misery, provided that he is not too powerful…The propagandist will not accuse his enemy of just any misdeed; he will accuse him of the very intention that he himself has, and trying to commit the very crime that he himself is about to commit.

At least twice in one of the videos, while denying that the KLA are funded by drugs and other unsavory endeavors and associations, DioGuardi chirps, “Where are you getting that? Tanjug? Have you been reading Tanjug?”

He doesn’t get an answer from Hannity, Colmes, or their other guest, Col. David Hackworth — who most likely got their information from that day’s Washington Times, which was reporting on the KLA’s drug and terror ties — he doesn’t get an answer because they have no idea what he’s talking about, or what he’s trying to say. He is trying to attribute the accusations against the KLA to Serbian propaganda, since Tanjug was the Yugoslavian state news agency. He’s accusing the Yugoslavian government of disseminating false information about the KLA. Which is actually what the KLA was doing to the Yugoslav government.

Indeed, it’s a marvel how precisely the propagadist glove, as defined by Ellul, fits the DioGuardis and their criminal clients. Even before the end of the year that we were successfully duped by the DioGuardis, the late reporter Daniel Pearl wrote that “Ethnic-Albanian militants, humanitarian organizations, NATO and the news media fed off each other to give genocide rumors credibility. Now, a different picture is emerging.”

As for Tanjug, which so had DioGuardi’s panties in a bunch, here is a glimpse of this Yugoslavian state news organ in the 1990s, from a reader named Alex:

In 1992 I spent the summer working at [Yugoslavia’s] national press agency Tanjug, thinking that I could see what is going on firsthand, and help translate articles and send articles to the American-Serbian paper. Julia, I was stumped by all of the Croats, Moslems, Slovenes, you name it, working at Tanjug — about half of the work force (for all the hype about Serbs being anti-Moslem and anti-Catholic). It was a huge fifth column in the heart of Belgrade while the Serbs were being slandered as the butchers of the Balkans. I figured that there was no way the Serbs could win the PR war with that attitude.

The reports in The States were that the Moslems were being slaughtered left and right by the Serbs, but there they were, free and earning a paycheck and eating popcorn and flaunting their political views and enjoying their lives in the center of Serbia, with the Serbs not wanting to let them go because they prided themselves on their multi-culturalism, and thought it would be unfair for the non-Serbs to lose their income and pensions!

Don’t you think the Serbs would have put people friendly to them in their national press agency during the worst propaganda campaign against Belgrade and the Serbs?

This isn’t to say that the news agency wasn’t also capable of disseminating false information. After all, if the United States government could successfully convince its public in 1991 that Saddam Hussein’s troops were tossing Kuwaiti babies out of incubators to die on the cold floor, then certainly a communist government was capable of false propaganda as well. However, most of the news coverage I’ve gotten over the years from Tanjug (usually made available via the BBC Monitoring service) has checked out, either against other sources, or after time has borne the case out. Just this month saw another example, thanks to Andy Wilcoxson’s monitoring of the Karadzic trial. He cites the prosecution’s protected witness KDZ185 on the subject of how Serbs were trying to relieve the humanitarian crisis in Sarajevo while the Bosnian Muslims were doing everything to exacerbate it:

The witness confirmed the accuracy of a Tanjug News report (exhibit D352) that said on March 5, 1993 the Muslims attacked a humanitarian aid convoy that had been organized by the Serbian Orthodox church, and that the aid on the convoy was intended for the residents of Sarajevo regardless of their ethnicity.

But back to DioGuardi. A final point: Some of the same people who had DioGuardi on Fox News to let him make the case for his war (and who didn’t buy his case), had him on again last week to promote his candidacy for Senate. It goes without saying that they — and by ‘they’ I mean Sean Hannity — never made DioGuardi answer for the fact that everything he told viewers 11 years earlier had been a lie, that the opposite was true — including everything he denied about the KLA — and that we’re much worse off for it. Eleven years of hindsight about the true aggressors in that conflict, 11 years of revelations about the Albanian agenda and the Albanian danger to this country, and no questions were asked. Not on Hannity’s show, not on “Fox ‘n Friends,” where this charlatan also appeared, and not on “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC. Instead, DioGuardi was presented as a fit candidate for Senate.

Self-immolation. That’s what Hebrew University professor Rafael Israeli called what DioGuardi had us do in Kosovo. From a March 1999 op-ed in The Jerusalem Post:

If this new form of international piracy is allowed to continue, more foci of unrest will arise at the heart of the West. Instead of focusing the struggle against the the rising threat of fundamentalist Islam (in which the Serbs have stood in the forefront, first in Bosnia and now in Kosovo), the West will make a grave error if it weakened itself in this exercise of self-immolation that is hard to understand, much less to condone.

The lawmakers who pushed for this and for facilitating subsequent Albanian misadventures, the lawmakers whom my piece listed as having been, essentially, bought by the DioGuadi mafia, sold off American security when they sold off themselves. The earliest Albanian purchase — after DioGuardi himself — was of course Bob Dole. There was a quote about Dole by Benjamin Works — the military affairs analyst who had written the article “Buying an Intervention: Kosovo and Albanian PAC Money in Congress” — which I wasn’t able to include in the DioGuardi article. So I’ll end with it below:

[A]ll along it has been the ethnic nationalist fascist losers of World War II in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo who have been exploiting the political process in Germany and the United States. Their goal has been to effect the division of Yugoslavia and the cleansing of Serbian populations from their territories, while purporting that “Greater Serbia” was the menace to European security and not the post-fascist “Greater Croatia” and “Greater Albania.”

Mr. Dole incessantly “waves the bloody shirt” with the wound he received under honorable conditions during his brief combat service with the 10th Mountain Division in northern Italy. But, since at least the mid-1980s (and likely back to his 1976 Presidential campaign), Mr. Dole has been in league with the fascist enemies of the US and their children in abetting the erection of a neo-fascist state in Croatia and a state headed by an identified Nazi youth leader, Alija Izetbegovic, in Bosnia. Dole has also attempted to steal Kosovo for the heirs of the Albanians who served in the SS Skanderbeg Mountain Division. In this scheming, Mr. Dole has betrayed his own military service and broken faith with all American and Allied veterans of World War II. It was not for this easy campaign money and twisted policy that my father and uncles fought the Germans and Japanese.

New York Republicans chose Joseph DioGuardi to be their candidate against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in this week’s Senate elections, but post-primary polls showed they know nothing about their candidate. “What’s really noteworthy about this [primary win],” read an NPR election blog, “is that…DioGuardi is more of a blank slate…Sixty one percent [of those surveyed] didn’t know enough about him to form an opinion.”

The same day, Newsmax reported, “A new Quinnipiac poll shows Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand leading her Republican rival, virtually unknown Joe DioGuardi, by just 48 percent to 42 percent….‘DioGuardi makes a race of it against her, even though three-fifths of New Yorkers don’t know much about him.’”

DioGuardi benefits from his being unknown, something that is pretty odd for a former Congressman and ethnic lobbyist about whom tons of information is available on the internet, along with information about his criminal and terrorist friends from the al Qaeda-supported Kosovo Liberation Army.

And yet a recent press release boasted, “DioGuardi Senate Campaign Gaining Momentum With PAC Support; California-based conservative PAC will air ads in key NY Markets,” and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa headlined a DioGuardi fundraiser.

Joe DioGuardi is masquerading as an off-the-shelf, GOP, pro-life, small-government conservative. But what he also is — and the typical Tea Party candidate is not — is a supporter of a radical terrorist organization tied to Albanian organized crime, which is rampant in New York. (”Top Albanian Aide Arrested in NYC Crime Ring Bust“; “Ethnic Albanian Thugs…So Violent Prosecutors [including Giuliani] Need Guards”; “FBI: Albanian mobsters ‘new Mafia’”; “Feds bust Albanian mobsters’ Astoria gambling ring.”)

Is this a cynical and discriminatory ploy to taint Joe DioGuardi, and an entire nationality, with the criminal element that every ethnic group is entitled to? If only. The sad fact is that the Albanian mafia and DioGuardi’s’s KLA are inextricably intertwined. And thanks to him, the United States is now intertwined with them both.

The short version of the sordid DioGuardi tale appears on what seems to be an entirely accurate attack ad (youtube has a visually censored version):

Joe DioGuardi Tied to Muslim Terror Group, Albania… - MyVideo

But the longer story of Joe DioGuardi is worse.

As founder and president of the Albanian American Civic League, DioGuardi has been lobbying Capitol Hill since the 1980s to promote the Greater Albania agenda, starting with the “liberation” of Kosovo. A Feb. 1998 statement on the AACL website reads: “The Civic League issues a public declaration, ‘In Defense of the Albanian National Cause,’ in which it announces its support for the Kosova Liberation Army….”

The KLA is a narco-terrorist crime syndicate that traffics internationally in heroin, humans, weapons, cars, etc. — and has ties to a slew of garden-variety terrorists and radicals. A month after the “Kosovars” unilaterally declared Kosovo theirs in Feb. 2008, a Washington Times editorial titled “Europe’s New Jihadist Statelet?” reminded readers, “The KLA was among the first international terrorist groups linked to al Qaeda in the late 1990s.” It’s a warning bell that was sounded in the months after 9/11 by Wall St. Journal-Europe, in a piece titled “Al Qaeda’s Balkan Links.”

The equation is simple. Joe DioGuardi supports the KLA. The KLA is a criminal and terrorist organization. Therefore, Joe DioGuardi supports crime and terror. There is no easy way around it.

In May 1999, at the height of our bombing Europe on the KLA’s behalf, former counter-narcotics agent Michael Levine made the following comments in an interview with The New American magazine’s William Norman Grigg:

Backing the KLA is simply insane. My contacts within the DEA are quite frankly terrified, but there’s not much they can say without risking their jobs. These guys [the KLA] have a network that’s active on the streets of this country. The Albanian mob is a scary operation. In fact, the Mafia relied on Albanian hit-men to carry out a lot of their contracts. They’re the worst elements of society that you can imagine, and now, according to my sources in drug enforcement, they are politically protected.

It’s the same old story. Ten years ago we were arming and equipping the worst elements of the mujahideen in Afghanistan — drug traffickers, arms smugglers, anti-American terrorists. We later paid the price when the World Trade Center was bombed, and we learned that some of those responsible had been trained by us. Now we’re doing the same thing with the KLA, which is tied in with every known Middle and Far Eastern drug cartel. Interpol, Europol, and nearly every European intelligence and counter-narcotics agency has files open on drug syndicates that lead right to the KLA, and right to Albanian gangs in this country.

In his piece last February explaining the Islamic “Green Corridor” (or “Green Route”) that is to infiltrate Europe via the Balkans (dismissed, like all Serbian warnings, as “propaganda” even as it takes shape before our eyes), author Srdja Trifkovic wrote, “By the end of 1998 U.S. DEA officials complained that the transformation of the KLA from terrorists into freedom fighters hampered their ability to stem the flow of Albanian-peddled heroin into America.” (Footnotes in the article include The Washington Times from May 4, 1999: “KLA Rebels Train in Terrorist Camps; bin Laden offers Financing Too,” preceded the day before by “KLA Finances Fight with Heroin Sales – Terror Group Linked to Crime Network.”)

A London Daily News article last year titled “Albanian hit men on hire in London for £5,000” read:

In an undercover investigation into criminal gangs operating in north London Albanians who fought in the KLA during the bloody Balkans conflict against Serbia, now have established themselves as formidable figures in [London’s] underworld. Experienced users of guns and knives the Albanians are one of the most able assassins in London. The war in Kosovo fuelled the spread of the Albanian Mafia after numerous gangsters disguised as Kosovar ‘refugees’ found their way into European countries….

Similarly, a few years earlier in an item titled “FBI: Albanian mobsters ‘new Mafia’,” reported, “Thousands of Albanians and others who fled the Balkans for the United States in recent years have emerged as a serious organized crime problem….”

This reality was intimated by reporter Grigg back in another May 1999 article:

U.S. soldiers called upon to enforce a “peace” accord that turns Kosovo over to the KLA might be interested to know that they are risking their lives on behalf of a criminal syndicate that for years has pumped heroin into the U.S. and threatened the lives of American law enforcement officials…Unlike other ethnic criminal syndicates…the Albanian narco-mafia was willing to make war directly on U.S. law enforcement officials. One U.S. Attorney active in prosecuting “Balkan connection” gangsters learned that a contract had been taken out on his life by an ethnic Albanian defendant, as well as upon Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan M. Cohen and Drug Enforcement Administration agent Jack Delmore.

As for the Kosovo that DioGuardi’s “freedom fighters” had us wrest, former chief prosecutor of mostly Serbian defendants at the Yugoslavia tribunal, Carla Del Ponte, agrees with the characterization of it by international human rights organizations, UN workers and countless of others, describing it as “a land with no laws or institutions, a land of blood feuds ruled by the thugs who present themselves as heroes of the alleged suffering Albanian people.” The Sunday Times of London put it more bluntly in an April 2006 headline reading “Albanian Gangs Running Kosovo.”

Even during the KLA’s fight for “freedom,” a May 1999 London Times article read, “Reports from Macedonia and Albania confirm that KLA ‘minders’ ensure that all refugees peddle the same line when speaking to Western journalists. KLA gangsters rob them of any remaining cash. And KLA pimps driving Mercedes kidnap refugee girls for prostitution in Italy.”

In her 2008 book The Hunt: War Criminals and Me, Del Ponte mentions what law enforcement personnel refer to as “the Albanian reach.” Serbian newspaper Glas Javnosti reported:

She claims that UNMIK [UN Mission in Kosovo] and KFOR [NATO in Kosovo] officials and even some ICTY [International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia] judges in the Hague tribunal are fearful for their lives if connected to the KLA crime investigations, and feel threatened by the so-called Albanian reach. In her book, Del Ponte says that those few and far between investigations of the terrorist KLA were the hardest during her appointment as the ICTY chief prosecutor, that her researchers were confronted by the clans, vendettas and political pressures, and that “policemen from Bern and Brussels and all the way to Bronx” are well aware about the insurmountable difficulties when it comes to the attempts to investigate Albanian organized crime.

A site monitoring the criminal activity of the KLA and its variously-monikered affiliates (which employ plenty of the same fighters) — and monitoring the 2001 Albanian insurgency in Macedonia, which Americans missed despite opening that door — relates the following about our new best friends, who moved on like clockwork to terrorize that neighboring country and southern Serbia:

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that “Albanian clans are funnelling the [sex trade] profits into the coffers of former Kosovo Liberation Army strongmen who are fighting Serbs in the Presevo Valley and attacking their Slavic neighbours in Macedonia.” …The Financial Times reported that “diplomats said the [Albanian] diaspora, which has a significant presence in drugs and prostitution rackets, particularly in Switzerland, Belgium and Germany, is providing financing and weapons to the rebels.”…Business AM reported that “there was ample evidence available two summers ago about the ties of the so-called Albanian national liberation struggle to organised crime, and how intertwined the Albanian mafia was — and still is — with the political militants.”

It is somewhat surprising that DioGuardi doesn’t want voters to know all this, considering how proud he is of his lobby’s achievement in getting us to train and arm the Albanian insurgents while bin Laden and Iran were doing the same in order “to turn the region into their main base for Islamic armed activity in Europe,” as The London Times reported in March 1998. And in an October 2004 bulletin, World Net Daily’s Joseph Farah noted, “Credible intelligence indicates that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps…[had] been training KLA members and funneling millions of dollars through Bosnia and Albania to buy arms for the KLA…corroborated by Director of the U.S. House Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare Yossef Bodansky…” Meanwhile, Grigg had it as early as 1999: “Iran is actively arming and supporting the KLA, and Iran’s terrorist network has extended its reach into Italy by way of KLA-aligned ethnic Albanians residing there.”

Nonetheless, in his 2008 endorsement of John McCain, an early Albanian purchase who introduced a resolution calling for U.S. ground troops to further the KLA insurrection (defeated by fellow Republicans), DioGuardi gushed, “McCain did everything that we asked of him to the benefit of the Albanian people, including arming the KLA.”

Also in 2008, in an article titled “Group Tied to al-Qaida Backs McCain for Prez,” World Net Daily quoted DioGuardi saying, “We support any politician, Republican or Democrat, who understands the problems of the Balkans the way we do.”

This should give Republicans some pause. DioGuardi reveals that his priorities aren’t ideological but tribal, and he flaunts them heavily. Similar sentiments were expressed by other Albanians when asked whom they were rooting for, McCain or Obama, with one replying, “Kosovars will love either candidate as long as they continue to love us.” There is your Albanian “pro-Americanism” in a nutshell. Highly conditional.

Lest the McCain connection cause too much cognitive dissonance in conservative minds and hearts, remember that the KLA is impartial: “Kerry Campaign Financed by Terrorists;” indeed, the group is as bipartisan as its congressional supporters.

Futilely trying to warn New York Republicans before the primaries with his article “Joseph DioGuardi, Terrorist Enabler,” writer Eugene Girin noted:

During NATO’s assault on Serbia, DioGuardi was pictured burning a Yugoslav flag at a pro-KLA demonstration…DioGuardi’s noxious activism also extended to Macedonia. During that country’s September 2001 offensive against the NLA [KLA extension] insurgents in the Tetovo region, DioGuardi and his wife demanded that President Bush intervene on the insurgents’ behalf and warned that “massive human rights violations” are taking place. What the duo really demanded was American help in the dismemberment of Macedonia and the creation of another Kosovo-like enclave in the Tetovo region of Macedonia…The DioGuardis had the gall to release their report on September 12, 2001….

Similarly, in a late 2001 article, Chris Deliso — author of the 2007 book The Coming Balkan Caliphatewrote the following (internal documentation added):

The AACL has been a major fundraiser for Albanian ventures abroad, and has contacts with other, less peaceful, Albanian groups: for example, the AACL was involved in a 1999 rally in Washington, where it marched with the KLA and the militant “Homeland Calling” group. This organization sent fighters to Kosovo in 1999, and more recently it sent volunteers to fight for the NLA. A New York Times article (March 19, 2001) chronicled a typical Albanian fundraising event. At a bar in New York, $500,000 was raised in one night at a private party. The newspaper quoted Dervish Jahjaga, editor of the Albanian-American newspaper (Bota Sot), as supporting a war on Macedonia. In attendance were representatives of the NLA, who recruited several [Albanian-]Americans to fight for them…

Ethnic Albanians in Macedonia burn the Macedonian flag.

[The Albanians] became a potential threat to their former allies. And so in Kosovo, US troops cowered in the relative luxury of Camp Bondsteel, rather than chase down the gun-runners and guerrillas trying to cross the Macedonian border. In Macedonia, the new fear of the Albanians has caused the US to go along with all of their demands — lest they might perhaps open fire on NATO.

This position was stated way back in March, in an article in London’s Guardian ( “Why NATO is ignoring Macedonia,” by Simon Tisdall, 22 March, 2001). The author maintained that the NLA had the upper hand — and knew it — because of the perceived American fear of casualties…Quite simply, they know no one is going to stop them…The Albanian-American lobbyist groups are both well-organized and well-funded, and they have the ear of influential lawmakers…Macedonia, unfortunately, does not have similar legislative influence in the US.

Indeed, if anyone thought our alliance with the KLA and its criminal partners ended with Kosovo, note that as the drug-funded expansionist terror continues, we’re being dragged along for the ride. This is how the U.S. military came to be obstructing European investigators and protecting KLA heroin factories and even transporting their narcotics and weapons.

The previously cited 2008 World Net Daily article reported that DioGuardi dismissed a 1999 U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee white paper warning “that the KLA was closely associated with ‘the extensive Albanian crime network that extends throughout Europe and into North America, including allegations that a major portion of the KLA finances are derived from that network, mainly proceeds from drug trafficking; and Terrorist organizations motivated by the ideology of radical Islam, including assets of Iran and of the notorious Osama bin-Laden….’”

Attributing the concerns in the Senate committee report to “Serbs and Greeks,” and reinforcing the utter distaste he helped plant on the American palate for at least one of those national origins, he added, “The Serbs and the Orthodox Christian church are fighting a medieval battle. To them, anybody who is a Muslim is a problem.”

In other words, when confronted with the potential threat to Americans of the KLA and its associations, DioGuardi deflects attention to Serbs and Greeks. So concerned is this Tea Party-endorsed candidate with American security that when someone raises a red flag, he wants Americans to dismiss the warning as an ethnic rivalry that’s trying to turn them against Albanians, a case of projection if ever there was one.

In a June 2006 Legal Times article — between cursing that took reporter Andy Metzger by surprise when it was let loose “barely two minutes into [the] interview” — DioGuardi called Orthodox Christians “some of the most fundamentalist people in the world.”

So amid increasing Albanian criminality and terror recruitment, and amid the constant threat of Albanian violence (which, make no mistake, is what has been driving our pro-independence policy since 1999), “Republican” Joe DioGuardi wants to shift your focus to Serbs and Greeks who have never attacked us, nor been a threat to us, and are not expansionist societies. DioGuardi sees Belgrade, Skopje and Athens as the enemy, and anyone who has paid the slightest attention to American behavior in the region will discern that at some point, we began to as well.

But it wasn’t Greeks and Serbs who were behind the Fort Dix plot that was interrupted in May 2007. Out of six co-conspirators, four were ethnic Albanians. The man who supplied the guns, Agron Abdullahu, had been a sniper in Kosovo and, despite being “rescued” by the US — entering through the makeshift refugee camp at Ft. Dix in 1999 — at work he would refer to bin Laden as “Uncle Benny”. While in jail in 2007 he etched “UCK” in his cell (Albanian for “KLA,” which prosecutors explained to reporters as “a paramilitary organization with a history of war crimes”). He also drew a gun pointing toward the letters “FBI.” It came out during the trial that the gang had been deciding between hitting Ft. Dix and firing on the White House.

Ft. Dix was just the most high-profile Albanian-involved terror news in America. Skipping all the regional terrorism they’ve been engaging in in the Balkans — incidents too numerous to recount — KLA veterans have turned up in jihad theaters beyond the Balkans, as Damir Bajrami’s application at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan showed. “I have Kosovo Liberation Army combat experience against Serb and American forces. I need no further training. I recommend (suicide) operations against (amusement) parks like Disney,” USA Today quoted in 2001.

In September of last year, Brooklyn-born Betim Kaziu was indicted for “conspiring to commit murder overseas and helping terrorists…[He] traveled abroad to try to join several terrorist groups….He also allegedly tried to travel to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans to fight against U.S. armed forces.” (Indictment here.) In August 2009 four men, one of them a U.S. citizen, were arrested in Kosovo “for illegal possession of weapons and endangerment….police found two Kalashnikov rifles and five hand grenades….” And a month earlier we all heard about the North Carolina crew led by Daniel Patrick Boyd, which included two Albanians and meant to target the Marine base in Quantico and to wage terror abroad.

There have been some disrupted plots against our Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, at least one that was exposed through a polygraph administered to a local Albanian terrorist.

In the foiled 2006 bomb plot against Montenegro’s parliament, the Austrian newspaper that broke the story — Kronen Zeitung – reported that the man who was to detonate two bombs in the building was an al Qaeda-connected Kosovo Albanian named Dodu Ljucaj. Following the Zeitung story was Mickey Bozinovich, proprietor of a Serbian news site, who learned that Ljucaj had been extra nervous upon arrest, as he’d just been “turned” by the CIA to be a mole in al Qaeda.

Similarly, Deliso writes in his Caliphate book, “One Kosovo jihadist in particular, Samedin Xhezairi, worked for the CIA and Austrian and German intelligence when those countries were helping train the KLA for war against the Serbs in the late 90s — all while acting as an intermediary between Albanian extremists and al Qaeda.” (Much like the way London tube co-conspirator Haroon Rashid Aswat and Daniel Pearl kidnap-mastermind Omar Sheikh had been utilized by British intelligence to stir up protests and terror against Serbia in the 90s.)

In late 2007 Serbia charged 15 people with a planned attack on the U.S. embassy in Belgrade, the names being mostly Bosnian, but with at least two Albanian ones among them — one of many collaborative efforts between Albanian and Bosnian Muslims to carve out the Sandzak (or Sanjak) region from Montenegro and southern Serbia. (“Suspected terrorists, members of the Sandzak Liberation Army (SLA) were hiding in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia this [2007] spring, Tirana’s daily Korrieri said.”)

And to cite just one of a multitude of such associations, it came out that an Albanian mafia boss named Princ Dobrsi (or Dobroshi) had been helping one of the jihadists arrested for the 2006 Oslo synagogue attack, to plan attacks against Prague.

One hazy incident that went unreported involved six Albanian-American fundamentalists who arrived in the village of Skenderaj in the weeks before 9/11, according to the Caliphate book. Says Tom Gambill — a former OSCE security chief who in 2005 blew the whistle on the Kosovo mission in an interview with Cybercast News Service — the men had “spread anti-American slogans and stated, one week before 9/11, that the US would soon be attacked.”

According to Gambill, the radicals were “linked to a wealthy Mafioso in Mitrovica” — a shock admission linking Islamic radicals and the Albanian mafia. More shocking, however, was the utter disinterest with which UN authorities greeted this apparent “smoking gun” case. While investigators elsewhere were racing furiously to track down anyone and everyone with foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks, the CivPol [UN police] officer who identified the agitators, according to Gambill, “was frustrated that no one above him [in rank] was interested, and no one above him really pushed [for this investigation] — there was little said about it — and no follow-up.

Specific plots and attacks aside, Kosovo has become a useful den for Wahhabi and terror activity, a point of transit, organization, explosives-procurement (video here), and refuge for terrorists. Kosovo was eyed as the possible origin of the weapons used in both the 2007 attack on the U.S. embassy in Athens and the 7/7 attacks in London. As well, evidence entered in the trial of would-be dirty bomber Jose Padilla included some itemized spending in Kosovo (see items 56, 58, 59, 60, 63, 70, and 71 of link). Indeed, Greater Albania is an ideal zone for hiding or operating in the shadows, given the triple advantage of the Western powers not wanting the region exposed, the media not trying to expose it, and the public not being interested anyway.

According to one memorable exposé by the UK Sunday Mirror in 2003:

Posing as members of the Real IRA, we…made our deal in Kosovo, a breeding ground for fanatics with al-Qaeda links. Our contact was the deputy commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army Niam Behljulji….Hulji is said to supply terrorists across Europe and has been accused of massacring Serbian women and children during the war. He even posed grinning for a photograph, holding the severed head of one of his victims…Hulji said: “The plastics (Semtex) is the old type. No metal strips inside. It cannot be detected at airports.”

Until recently, an otherwise blacklisted “charity” was functioning freely in Kosovo, and an Albanian in a suicide vest was arrested last year in Kosovo.

Assistant Director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, Gordon N. Bardos, put it well over the summer:

…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…The Fort Dix bomb plot….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…Yet despite the grave, direct nature of this threat, it is practically ignored in Washington.

Joe DioGuardi made sure of that. In a 1999 article titled “Buying an Intervention: Kosovo and Albanian PAC Money in Congress,” military affairs analyst and then director of the Strategic Research Institute of the United States, Benjamin Works, recalled DioGuardi sponsoring a House resolution, which had a companion Senate resolution proposed by Bob Dole, in 1986 — a time when American newspapers were reporting the stated Albanian goal of a Greater Albania, and reporting the exodus of Serbs and other non-Albanians. Yet DioGuardi’s and Dole’s resolutions decried “Yugoslavian official oppression of the Albanian population of Kosovo,” writes Works, which is what we called the boycott of Yugoslav institutions by Albanians building a parallel system in preparation for war. (A parallel system which banned Serbian books, the Serbian language and the Cyrillic alphabet, and fired Serbian workers while killing non-racist Albanian “collaborators” with the host society such as police and postmen.)

Works emphasized, “That’s 1986, when the Albanian Autonomous government was still fully operational [and Slobodan Milosevic wasn’t yet in power]….both of [the resolutions] never emerged from committee.”

But DioGuardi stayed busy. He convinced Dole and other legislators to visit Kosovo in 1990, and when Clinton’s special Balkans envoy Robert Gelbard in Feb. 1998 said about the KLA that “I know a terrorist when I see one, and these men are terrorists,” DioGuardi pushed for a House International Relations Committee hearing “in which now retired Democratic representative Lee Hamilton hammered Robert Gelbard,’” according to a 1999 Village Voice article titled “New York’s Kosovo Kingpin.” Afterwards, Gelbard allowed that the KLA had never been “classified legally” by the U.S. as a terrorist organization, and started referring to them simply as “guerilla rebels.”

The same phenomenon was transplanted to Macedonia, as Deliso wrote in 2001:

[A]n increasingly ominous pattern has been visible in the Western media’s Macedonia coverage. What began as a cautious position of neutrality towards the NLA became, by August, downright cheerleading. While in the beginning of the war the NLA had been called “terrorists” by EU security chief Javier Solana, and “murderous thugs” by NATO boss Lord [Robertson], these appellations were quickly forgotten in favor of more romantic names like “ethnic rebels” and “freedom fighters.” The Macedonians, on the other hand, became known as “angry Slavs,” or worse. Amazingly, after each and every outrage against Macedonia…the bombing of Leshok Monastery…and others, each ensuing Macedonian protest was dealt with more and more harshly by the media and Western diplomats.

This is Macedonia we’re talking about, Deliso wrote in his book, which

took in over 400,000 Kosovo Albanian refugees. However, when the country was no longer needed for Clinton’s military adventures, it was forgotten, and the long-term consequences of Kosovo — an emboldened pan-Albanian Balkan insurgency — were ignored…[America] began secretly supporting the NLA from its Kosovo base, Camp Bondsteel, through logistical and communications support as well as secret arms airdrops to Albanian-held mountain villages in northwestern Macedonia.

For Macedonians, the nadir was reached in June [2001], during a three-day battle at the Skopje-area village of Aracinovo, where NATO ordered the Macedonian Army to stop its operations and then spirited the heavily armed Albanian fighters off to freedom…[T]he public was shocked when it was reported that Islamic fighters and 17 American military contractors from the Virginia-based Military Professional Resources Incorporated (MPRI) had been found amongst the NLA’s ranks.

In another analysis by SIRIUS’s Ben Works, Works cited New York-based reporter Marko Lopusina, writing for the Yugoslav magazine Interview and describing

a May 1987 Dole-DioGuardi Albanian-American fund-raiser in New York City that collected some $1.25 million: ‘In their speeches, Dole and Dioguardi acknowledged those present for their contributions of $1.2 million for Dole and $50,000 for Dioguardi’s campaign.’

Joseph DioGuardi must be given credit for a sustained campaign to influence Congress beginning in the mid-1970s. DioGuardi, an Albanian American whose ancestors came from an Albanian transplant community in the heel of Italy, sat in Congress for several years in the mid-1980s as a Conservative Republican from New York’s Westchester County, but creating a Greater Albania was his agenda as a map on his website shows [since removed]. His Political Action Committee (PAC) activities are easy to follow from 1988 on.

What makes the PAC and individual contributions to campaigns more interesting is the demonstrated connection between the Kosovo Heroin Mafia, its “pizza connection” distribution (”inherited” from the Gambino crime family) and money-laundering networks, and the number of pizzeria owner-contributors listed in DioGuardi’s filings. The Croats and Albanians came up with big pots of laundered money, then spread it around selectively, with American politicians helping to persuade other members in Congress.

…[F]oreign policy, in a democracy, can be “bought”–that is precisely what happened in the case of the Kosovo Air War…In particular, most of the Congressmen speaking loudest against Serbia and Serbs are those receiving money from DioGuardi’s PAC. Some have simply been beguiled, others may be more disingenuous. Recipients come from both sides of the aisle but are mostly members of the House or Senate foreign relations committees: Joseph Lieberman and Jesse Helms, Benjamin Gillman [sic] and Tom Lantos. [The] records do not reveal monster sums of money, but demonstrate the tip of the iceberg, where “soft money,” individual declared contributions and bags full of $100 bills also find their way to select candidates.

The author of the aforementioned Village Voice article was impressed:

While reports have appeared in the Times of London and elsewhere linking members of the Albanian Mafia to the KLA, as Stacy Sullivan demonstrated in her examination of the group in the November 22, 1998, New York Times Magazine, a substantial amount of the KLA’s money comes from the worldwide Albanian diaspora…Indeed, New York is a KLA cash cow. “The KLA keeps getting more money,” says DioGuardi, noting that contributions from New York’s Albanian community have run into the millions. “Albanians work hard, work together, and are good at raising capital,” he adds, noting that recently $385,000 was collected in one night in Dallas.

Hard work and other things. Citing the infamous Johnny Chung on fundraising, as well as an unnamed Dole aide, Works wrote:

Albanian Mafiosi, meanwhile, were dealing heroin from communities in New York’s Brooklyn and Bronx boroughs, from Boston, Detroit and Chicago. From 1991 Albanian Mafia “crews” were also robbing supermarkets, ATMs and check cashing services in New York and other cities around the nation to raise campaign money and to buy arms for what became the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Scenes like those the Village Voice described were on display in a documentary — based on a book by the aforementioned Stacey Sullivan — titled “The Brooklyn Connection,” which PBS aired in 2005. It profiled Brooklyn-based roofing contractor Florin Krasniqi, who admits on camera to working with al Qaeda, and who is filmed smuggling American sniper rifles to Kosovo. (In 1998 he was buying weapons in Pakistan.) This promotional PBS page describes DioGuardi as “a politician with whom Florin Krasniqi worked closely during the build-up to the Kosovo War.”

As does another pro-KLA book by a Chicago professor:

Congressmen David Bonior and Joseph Dioguardi worked tirelessly to build support in the U.S. Congress, as did Senator Robert Dole. They were consistently encouraged by such leaders of the Albanian American Diaspora as Florin Krasniqi, Hary Bajraktari, and Dino Asanaj. At one point, Krasniqi took Dioguardi to visit KLA resupply camps in Tropoja.

Tropoja was a KLA stronghold, and hailing DioGuardi’s primary victory as “shaking up the Republican Party” was a Wall St. Journal blog post by a businessman named Sahit Muja, “President of Albanian Minerals & BYTYCI SHPK, Tropoje, Albania.” A village along the Kosovo-Albanian border, Tropoja (or Tropoje) was a common staging area for bin Laden’s network and the KLA, as WND’s Joseph Farah revealed in his aforementioned bulletin, citing intelligence documents obtained by The Washington Times in 1999. (The Times also called it “a center for Islamic terrorists.”) The place was identified in 1994 as the Kosovo headquarters of the Albanian drug network by European Commission investigators at the France-based Observatire Geopolitique Des Drogues.

“United Nations doesn’t know what we are capable of,” DioGuardi’s pal Krasniqi tells the documentary’s director. “If we were capable of getting NATO to help us, I think we are capable of throwing the UN out of there also. And we will throw the UN out if we have to.”

When the director asks Krasniqi if there will be war, he replies, “If Kosova does not get its independence there will be a war.” Which led Balkans observer Andy Wilcoxson to wonder whom it was the Albanians would have their war with, since “the Serbs all withdrew in 1999 after the NATO bombing,” adding, “These terrorists have already shown that they are not afraid to attack the UN. In September [2004], UCK [KLA] sniper attacks on UN vehicles forced the UN to stop using the Kosovska Mitrovica-Leposavic road between 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM. [This was just one of scores of attacks or threats of attack on UN property and/or personnel, causing UNMIK to issue at least one memo for staff to check under their cars before starting the engines.]

Krasniqi raised $30 million from the Albanian-American community for the Kosovo war. He also contributed to the political campaigns of John Kerry, Wesley Clark, John McCain, the late Henry Hyde and Tom Lantos, the last one subsequently hailing the American creation of a Muslim state in the heart of Europe. In the film, the Krasniqi family attends a party at an Albanian catering hall, where Florin is reminded to write a check to “Hyde for Congress” and the guests dance on dollar bills strewn about the dance floor like confetti, to a song about Kosovo and the KLA. Later they are seen writing out thousand-dollar checks at a 2003 Kerry fundraiser, where they share a few laughs with Wesley Clark and ambassador Richard Holbrooke after Krasniqi calls Clark over to come shake hands with “your KLA.”

Holbrooke, Krasniqi and Clark

Clark with then KLA commander and now former “prime minister” and indicted war criminal Agim Ceku to his right, and the current “prime minister” Hashim ‘The Snake’ Thaci on the left

Richard Holbrooke with his terrorist pals

Krasniqi was giving money to Lantos to the very end, as well as to Lantos’s daughter Katrina Swett for her 2008 Senate campaign in New Hampshire. (The money also continued flowing to McCain, Biden and Lieberman.) And so it was that DioGuardi’s wife, Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi, could boast Tom Lantos’s “‘commitment, and that of his daughter, Katrina Swett, to help Albanians wherever they live in the Balkans,’” proprietor of the Serbian-American website Mickey Bozinovich quoted Cloyes. “‘Just as he played a critical role in internationalizing the Albanian issue in Kosova, Tom Lantos is now prepared to do the same for Albanians in Montenegro.’”

It was no surprise, then, that Montenegro — whose government was known to have good relations with the Albanian minority — started hearing from American lawmakers such as Tom Lantos and Carl Levin, expressing concern for the human rights of 18 Albanian men who were arrested in the 2006 bomb plot against the Montenegro parliament. Levin pledged to continue “efforts to ensure that Montenegro follows all domestic and international laws with those under arrest, while his nephew Sander met the protesting Albanians in Washington assuring them that [the] Levins will seek ways to prove that Montenegro is violating human rights of the arrested terrorists and on basis of that violation get them free.”

One of the four U.S. citizens rounded up in that plot was named Kola Dedvukaj, who along with a relative and co-conspirator named [Rrok] were campaign contributors to Lantos and his daughter. According to Bozinovich, in October 2003 Lantos had organized a hearing to make recommendations to the Bush administration regarding human rights in Montenegro; presenting testimony that Montenegro was made up partly of “annexed Albanian lands” and that Albanians there suffered genocidal discrimination was Lantos’s star witness Kola Dedvukaj.

“On August 24, 2005,” continued Bozinovich, “Congressman Dana Rohrabacher also went to Montenegro on a fact-finding mission and Kola Dedvukaj was the man in his delegation as well…In Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington the author Paul Sperry uncovers that radical Muslim groups have contributed substantial amounts of money to Rohrabacher in order to have him support anti-Jewish groups including Hamas, as well as violent Albanian groups across the the Balkans.” (Note : After being exposed, Rohrabacher did a one-eighty vis-à-vis Israel; as for Hamas’s Albanian counterparts who have been giving Rohrabacher all kinds of goodies for his loyalty, well who’s going to complain about that? Where is that dastardly Serbian lobby?)

DioGuardi has openly advocated carving out a Greater Albania. The Christian Science Monitor reported in 1998, “The league not only supports the KLA and its goal of independence for Kosovo, but advocates the ‘liberation’ of areas of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Greece…a recipe for a regional cataclysm.” In the early 2000s, DioGuardi’s AACL website still blatantly exhibited “a picture of an idealized ‘Greater Albania,’ incorporating parts of Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece,” wrote Caliphate author Deliso. The map has since been removed and today the site sports two eagles — American and Albanian — above the Capitol dome.

Obviously, the map was not demonstrating a commitment to “freedom and democracy,” as the Albanian claim has been, but something else altogether. To that end, Shirley Cloyes has been writing about “human rights violations” in southern Serbia’s Presevo (or Presheva) Valley, stoking the Albanian-separatist fires to start a Kosovo-style war there. There, where Serbian — and again “collaborator” Albanianpolice are being targeted (including at stations shared by KFOR). Just as it began in Kosovo and Macedonia. (Albanians had tried to seize this “East Kosovo,” as some call it, in 2000 on the heels of the Kosovo conflict, but NATO brokered a peace deal with Belgrade.) Imagine Presevo Valley and Montenegro separatism being put on the Senate’s agenda, as they surely will if DioGuardi is allowed back inside the Capitol Building. Will he again push for ground troops, which reporter Grigg characterized correctly the first time: “The KLA gets U.S. arms to continue its irredentist campaign, and U.S. servicemen get the dubious privilege of dying on behalf of ‘Greater Albania.’” We’re seeing again, what coexistence the Serbs and Albanians have managed there can’t be allowed to stand.

Grigg had interviewed Cloyes for that May 1999 article which quoted the former DEA agent Levine, and revealed:

When the conversation turned to the question of the KLA’s larger designs, Cloyes stuck close to her scripted talking points. “I have no time for talk about ‘Greater Albania,’” Cloyes emphatically told The New American. “The only quest for hegemony in the Balkans is Milosevic’s quest for a ‘Greater Serbia….’” When asked if it is the KLA’s intention to change existing borders in the Balkans, as the map distributed by the group suggests, Cloyes once again parried the inquiry by condemning “Serb aggression”: “There are no borders to change. The only borders that have been changed were changed by Serbia.” It will be interesting to see how this line of reasoning plays with those residents of Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, and Greece who live within the KLA-defined boundaries of “Greater Albania.”

(Note the technique of bringing every question about the Albanian side back to “Milosevic” or “Serbs,” a habit that U.S. officials also picked up, as Cato Institute’s Gary Dempsey noticed in 2000, when Albanian snipers shot two French peacekeepers and State Dept. spokesman James Rubin was asked about it. “‘When things go bad,’ explains Rubin, Milosevic ‘feels like he had a good day.’”)

Grigg hit another brick wall in his interview with Cloyes as she stunningly attributed what every law enforcement agency in the world knows to be true about the KLA — to “Serbian propaganda”:

Asked by The New American about accusations that the KLA is implicated in drug smuggling and terrorism, Shirley Cloyes…dismissed the charges as “absolutely preposterous” products of “Serb propaganda.”…”As the atrocities of Milosevic’s regime have been exposed to the public, the Serb propaganda machine has stepped up its rhetoric about the supposed connections between the KLA and drug traffickers and Islamic fundamentalists. There is simply no merit to any of these charges.”

(Here is DioGuardi also in denial, on Fox News Channel in 1999.)

As for the “Albanian National Cause” that the non-Muslim DioGuardis trumpet, like so many other national causes it predictably has long since been hijacked by jihad, whose elements were involved from the beginning and whose handiwork can be seen in the 400 mosques that have gone up in Kosovo since 1999, with funding from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey. While 150 churches have been destroyed.

The Wall St. Journal-Europe article “Al Qaeda’s Balkan Links” noted that “Albanian separatism in Kosovo and Metohija was formally characterized as a ‘jihad’ in October 1998 at an annual international Islamic conference in Pakistan.” In his 2006 memoir, then Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf casually referred to “the Kosovo jihad,” and in November 1998 The London Times mentioned a KLA volunteer from Saudi Arabia telling a Dutch interviewer that Kosovo was his “eighth jihad.” Aussie terrorist David Hicks also trained with the KLA. So it doesn’t really matter how we insist on seeing Kosovo, the Islamic world sees it for what it effectively was.

But despite being Catholic, DioGuardi is undeterred. Being Albanian for a living has made him a lot of money and besides, almost all Albanians share the same nationalist goals (well, the ones still living do; the others have been done away with). You’ll rarely find one without an Albanian flag either in hand or affixed to his car, clothes, or business.

The bigger picture is of course that DioGuardi’s still predominately moderate Muslims (though they weren’t moderate nationalists, an extremism that is easily channeled in new directions) were the long-term target of the radicals who “helped” them in their territorial war against Balkan Christians (and are still helping).

Chris Deliso explained it succinctly shortly after the unilateral secession (internal link added):

Kosovo’s Albanian leaders have sought to reassure the West, and especially Israel, that an independent Kosovo will present no threat of Islamic radicalism. And with the past couple weeks of constant cameras panning over a province awash in American flags, while helpful Western journalists make a point of witnessing Muslim Albanians drinking beer, the average reader might be forgiven for believing them. The reality, however, is more complex…In every case, it only takes a radicalized minority to present a problem. To claim that Kosovo does not have such a population, let alone to deny that it is slowly increasing, is simply whistling in the dark…The establishment of strong cross-border logistical networks, ‘safe houses’ and propaganda channels blossomed after August 1999, when the United Nations began administering Kosovo following NATO’s bombing campaign. At that point, Wahhabi proselytizers from the Arab world descended on Kosovo in force.

…American and European police investigators and advisors within Kosovo’s UN administration have noted a slow yet steady increase in the number of committed Islamists being inserted into positions of influence within the Kosovo governmental bureaucracy…Indeed, regardless of what its leaders may say, the Islamist internationale sees a definite opportunity in the new Kosovo.

Even its original “national” struggle bore uncanny resemblances to violent jihad. To win its Kosovo turf, in addition to the intimidation and ambushing of an ethnic array of Yugoslav officials, the KLA was involved in torture, in rape, beheadings, organ-harvesting, and church-burning. In 2001 Human Rights Watch reported:

…abductions and murders of Serbs and ethnic Albanians considered collaborators with the state. Elements of the KLA are also responsible for post-conflict attacks on Serbs, Roma, and other non-Albanians, as well as ethnic Albanian political rivals… widespread and systematic burning and looting of homes belonging to Serbs, Roma, and other minorities and the destruction of Orthodox churches and monasteries.

Church-destruction and cemetery-desecration continued into the present. The orchestrated March 2004 riots only spurred our leaders to agitate more intensely for Kosovo independence.

“In the name of supporting a convoluted and hypocritical interventionist policy,” Deliso wrote in his book, “…the West has ironically created all the conditions for radical Islam…to take root. In short, Western interventionists in the Balkans have become desperately wedded to a policy of disaster.”

Deliso then asks the ultimate question: How will America compel the world to stand against terrorists when it in fact coaxed the world into sponsoring them — and continues to do so?

A case in point is another DioGuardi pal, the U.S.-backed former “prime minister” of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, currently being retried at the Hague after some witnesses started dropping dead the first time around and others backed out — resulting in an “insufficient evidence” acquittal. (Upon Haradinaj’s re-incarceration over the summer, DioGuardi’s KLA “veterans” threatened war.) Haradinaj has been an honored guest at AACL events and DioGuardi made an appearance at his friend’s trial in March 2007.

As a KLA commander, Haradinaj ordered the murder of 40 Serb civilians in Glodan, Kosovo, including six whom he killed with his own hands. His atrocities are too numerous to name, but one in particular was when he stopped a bus in 1998 to look for two Albanians — because they had Serbian wives. The men were never seen again. Haradinaj was also involved with the KLA’s kidnapping-and-organ-removal slaughter which, according to former prosecutor Del Ponte, was overseen by current U.S.-backed “prime minister” Hashim Thaci. The site of the operation was near Tropoja. As author Trifkovic wrote after the primaries, “The horrors of Tropoja and the KLA are light years away from DioGuardi’s New York State audiences and his usual sales pitch: standard fiscal conservatism, family values. No mention of the KLA anywhere, of course…a sad testimony on the decrepitude of the GOP and on the state of this country’s politics.”

Biden, DioGuardi and indicted war criminal/terrorist Ramush Haradinaj, whom Biden publicly saluted in 2007 (In this video Biden lays it on thick, earning his narco-dollars; his son Bo gets in on the act with a fiery, oh-so-risky anti-Serb performance at the 2008 Democratic Convention)

Such are the friends we’ve made through Joe DioGuardi, with the U.S. and UN exerting heavy pressure on the tribunal to not try Haradinaj at all, and U.S. NATO soldiers being ordered to remove evidence from the scene of one of his crimes. Nor should we forget U.S.-backed former Kosovo prime minister Agim Ceku. From Chris Deliso’s Caliphate:

Embarrassingly for Ceku, two of his KPC (Kosovo Protection Corps) men were involved in an ANA (Albanian National Army) bridge bombing attempt on April 12, 2003, near the northern Kosovo town of Zvecin…[UNMIK Chief] Harri Holkeri, had infuriated Agim Ceku on December 3 [2004] by ordering the suspension of [the] two KPC generals….Ceku darkly intoned that “this decision is unacceptable for us.”

And what was this “leader” in our “multi-ethnic” Kosovo doing during the March 2004 pogroms?

Most embarrassing for the UNMIK authorities, Agim Ceku’s KPC officers actively aided the mobs. The suspicious complicity of leading Kosovo Albanian politicians and KPC commanders was attested to by other internationals, such as the Greek policeman who pondered, “Why did Thaci and Ceku not say ‘stop’ until three days into the riots?…And why, once they did say ‘stop,’ did everything suddenly stop?”

Condoleezza Rice with Agim Ceku on the right and then president Fatmir Sejdiu on the left

DioGuardi with Ceku

Cindy McCain visits with “prime minister” Thaci in 2008

Madeleine “the-Serbs-need-some-bombing-and-that’s-what-they’re-gonna-get” Albright reaches for a smooch from then KLA commander and spokesman Hashim Thaci in 1999, shortly after he executed six of his lieutenants

The UN folks caught on quickly, adds Deliso:

The international administration that set up shop in July 1999 had to deal with the hardened fighters of the KLA, most of whom were dangerous and some of whom controlled powerful, clan-based organized crime networks, while moonlighting as politicians. Since such men had the capability of causing everything from political liquidations to mass armed resistance at the snap of a finger, UNMIK officials quickly realized it was better to come to an understanding with the ex-KLA than to cross it; “the deal was, you leave us alone, we leave you alone,” a former Swedish OSCE official in Kosovo sums up. “It had its benefits, mainly, that we were allowed to live.”

This helps explain why we see all these disparate names — Engel, Dole, Bush, Albright, Rice, Biden, Clinton, Helms, Hyde, Schumer, Lantos, Gilman, McConnell, Wexler, Kyl, Rohrabacher, Clark, (George) Mitchell, Traficant, Lieberman, etc — patting one another on the back in agreement on Kosovo, with no partisan distinctions. Every one of them has been an ardent supporter of independence and will tell you that this is the “mainstream” and “American” position when it’s rather the only position to be found or heard on the subject. (Most have a boulevard, building, square, street, store, statue, or children named after them in Albania/Kosovo.) Republican objections in 1999 are long forgotten, and like a mantra every one of them repeats that full statehood is “the only solution.”

DioGuardi with the late Henry Hyde, and Dana Rohrabacher smiling on

Essentially, our trusted lawmakers got us bought into a kidnapping. Explains Deliso:

By the time the West realizes that Albanian demands will never end, it may be too late. Like spoiled children, the Albanian negotiators will keep complaining that their “rights” are being denied them- and they will have the firepower of the NLA/ANA as leverage. The general trend with Western diplomacy is to avoid embarrassment at all costs, and indeed, to completely deny making any mistakes. In this sense, Macedonia suffers because of Kosovo. Western leaders do not want to admit that supporting the KLA/NLA has been a disaster–because it implies that all of the actions leading up it, including the Kosovo campaign, and the earlier anti-Serbian interventions, were fundamentally flawed. Pulling one thread would indeed unravel the whole cloak; but the emperor does not wish to be seen standing naked.

Our leaders were roped in by foreign interests and when they didn’t know how to extricate us from it, they got us roped in deeper and called it a “success.” So complete has the graft of Albanian interests been onto American “interests” despite that being a direct conflict of interests — so entrenched is this policy by now — that even squeaking up that there is another, more sober view, one that’s more in synch with a post-9/11 world, is branded as promoting “foreign interests.” If you should question or object to the official “American” policy, then you’re the propagandist, you’re the fringe — and you’re hijacking American policy! (As DioGuardi accused a belated and underfunded effort at a counter-lobby of doing.)

Certainly complicating these otherwise straight-forward accusations is the fact that the US government made the KLA out as ‘pro-American freedom fighters’ and whitewashed their record because of foreign policy considerations at the time. While it is naive to suppose that the US has not embraced terrorists and mobsters for policy considerations before — the wisdom of which we can differ on — that does not mean that terrorists and mobsters are not terrorists and mobsters. Nor does it grant DioGuardi immunity for his ties to them. One doesn’t whitewash his ties just because we made use of them at one point. In WWII the Italian mob facilitated our entry into Italy, but that didn’t make it immune from future scrutiny.

Why should DioGuardi’s associations not be of interest? Why are Christine O’Donnell’s high school Wicca dabblings a bigger story than DioGuardi’s connections to the greater Albanian crime syndicate? Which of course begs the next question: With all the Albanian mafia money sloshing around New York and making its way to lawmakers for decades, it would take a great leap of faith to think that it hasn’t been fueling his campaign. But again, no one has bothered to check.

Given the bipartisan nature of our lawmakers’ treachery, a Gillibrand win won’t change our policies in the Balkans, as she will no doubt toe the same line the rest do. But we’re talking about electing the very genesis of America’s self-destructive, pro-crime, pro-narcotic, and pro-jihad orientation there, now spanning four presidential administrations. It can all be traced back to Joe DioGuardi, who nonetheless has the gall to run for office. Letting this KLA public relations organ, this terror financier and lobbyist, this gangster back into the Capitol Building where he first started America down a disastrous road will help ensure that ever new tasks at Albanian bidding, will receive greater priority than they otherwise might. And with the KLA’s American godfather in Washington, there’d be even more string-pulling on their behalf, and more protection. Republican New Yorkers essentially would be directly placing the KLA, whose ethnic supremacy has come to guide U.S. foreign policy in the region and has been endangering American lives for more than a decade, into the Capitol.

If one can’t bring oneself to vote for a sharia-compliant Democrat instead of DioGuardi, feeling that choosing one over the other is like choosing typhoid fever over a bullet, write in a friend’s name. But anyone who still plans to vote DioGuardi should at least know who and what the man is. Consider that if he does win, at some point his ties are going to come out. How will Republicans look then?

It would really be something if conservative New Yorkers, who want politicians to take a stronger stand against the Islamic sprawl, vote in a terrorist like Joe DioGuardi. Indeed, one fears that all he’ll have to do from here is object to the Ground Zero mosque to win favor. As a French anti-jihad activist I met recently put it: “Ah, so ze Repooblicans who are against ze Gwound Zero Mosque voted for a man who helps spread ze terror?” Exactly.

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