In this short piece written after the shootings of four U.S. soldiers in Frankfurt by an Albanian, Srdja Trifkovic sorts out the ‘types’ of Albanians we have to deal with, and accurately outlines how the usual, predictable damage control will have gone down (and it did) — something we can again look forward to when the next Albanian kills Americans:
Kosovo’s Albanians we know from the news fall into two categories. One group consists of “Kosova’s” pro-Western, secular, democratic leaders with whom Hillary Clinton feels “honored to be friends and partners.” They are also, as the Western powers have known all along, mass murderers and organ harvesters, starting with “Prime Minister” Hashim Thaci. They are Europe’s leading drug smugglers, arms and people traffickers. They are among the world’s richest Mafia bosses — er, “controversial tycoons” — like “President” Behgjet Pacolli. They run the most lawless, violent, depraved entity in today’s Europe.
Another group of media-visible Kosovo Albanians are Islamic terrorists like Arif Uka (21) who was shouting Allahu Akbar! and Jihad, Jihad! as he opened fire in Frankfurt. This was an act of Islamic terrorism, of course, but the German authorities tried to pretend, at first, that this episode of Sudden Jihad Syndrome had nothing to do with terrorism.
It is to be expected that, in the same spirit, Frankfurt will be spinned by the mainstream media and Thaci’s friends and enablers — such as Mrs. Clinton — as follows:
• Lone gunman, perhaps deranged, or traumatized by “Serbian crimes against his people.”
• Kosovo Albanians are shocked, express grief and horror, eternal love for America.
• CAIR & Co. condemn the attack, warn against Islamophobia and hasty conclusions.
• This isolated incident does not reflect in any way on the nature of the “Kosovar” society.
• Even less does it justify questioning Kosovo’s “right to independence,” which is absolute.
We have been assured by successive U.S. administrations that Kosovo’s Albanians are largely secular. Thaci’s enablers insist that even when they desecrate and destroy Christian churches, they do it for reasons of “revenge” against the Serbs rather than Islam. When these Albanian “secularists” reveal themselves as Islamic terrorists, the episode is dismissed as untypical. Asking what this transformation bodes for a new Muslim state in the heart of Europe is still verboten in America, but no longer in Europe.
Dick Marty’s revelations about Thaci’s gory criminality and the latest instance of his émigré compatriots’ Jihadism should help unmask the web of lies and distortions that has guided U.S. policy in the Balkans for years. Should, but won’t. This is America, AD 2011.
In this Part 8 of a recent Italian documentary titled “The Truth about Kosovo: The Infinite War,” we see the two Albanian “types” coming together as one, with the narrator/journalist observing that “the drug paths are the same ones as those used by the Kosovo Albanian terrorists who are trying to destabilize the region.” As the narrator says this, you see and hear the Albanians shooting their guns and shouting “Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar!”
But also note in the film that it takes an Italian journalist to finally bring us the phrase “Kosovo Albanian terrorists,” a term still proscribed in the U.S. A bit more of the narration from this part:
We will see them while they are training with their weapons. And these are military arsenals at their disposal. All these are arms that come through Kosovo passing by the inattentive [sic] eyes of NATO soldiers…Then we will see hundreds of mosques that emerged in Kosovo at places of destroyed churches. [Again, the foreign journalist seems to discern a ‘mystifying’ connection.] And, for the first time, we will document that al Qaeda training camps exist in the Balkans, in the heart of Europe, just an hour flight from Rome.
In a p.s. to this post from earlier in the month, about the plight of a non-criminal Albanian law enforcer, the documentary also mentions the killing of two Albanian police officers, including a woman, in 2003 — because they were tasked with investigating the murders of witnesses against Ramush Haradinaj, one of the former war criminal-prime ministers of Kosovo. In an interesting factoid in this documentary, we discover that the female Albanian cop — Sabate Tolaj — prior to enrolling as a cop, “was the first woman pilot of a fighter jet in the military air forces of ex Yugoslavia.”
Things were so bad for Albanians? Much better to be dead, or living under threat of being hunted down should you dare try to expose the criminals who led the campaign for your independence and now run this “free” Kosova.
On that point, and related to a blog post earlier this week, Kosovo did not always have its over-the-top trash problem that I have so much fun ragging on.
When Kosovo was administered by Yugoslavia, it was fundamentally functional. The trash problem became out of hand after Kosovo kicked out the host society. Now it resembles neighboring Albania, where waste isn’t properly dealt with. What could the connection be?
From a fellow blogger:
I remember reading, back in 2000 or thereabouts, that there was a major brouhaha about the very same thing. KFOR did a (short-lived) cleanup on the trash, on account of the fact that all of the garbage in Kosovo was creating a massive breeding ground for rats.
It seems to me that the promiscuous disposal of garbage and litter is the outward sign of a spiritual problem.
I believe that the murdered police officer Sabate Tolaj is the one that former OSCE security chief Tom Gambill was referring to here:
After six months of NATO presence, the violence aimed at the Serbs became less frequent, though grenade attacks, drive-by shootings and abductions continued as weekly occurrences for the next five years, according to Gambill. “Even as of a couple of weeks ago, it hasn’t stopped,” he added.
The perpetrators of ethnic violence were emboldened by a lack of functioning local police or a judiciary system, Gambill said. Even now, the “good cops” are threatened by former KLA members who are also on the police force. “One female cop, she was a real Serpico,” recalls Gambill. “She wouldn’t give up an investigation after being threatened. She was killed soon after being warned.”
Minorities are still denied health care by Albanian medical professionals, who quickly dominated the health care profession following the NATO bombing, Gambill said. He recounted an incident in which a Serb doctor was taken behind a building and shot in the back of the head. “Sometimes they had to take wounded Kosovar Serbs all the way to Serbia for medical aid,” said Gambill.
“Good cops,” who want to target the corruption are “under threat,” said Gambill, adding that the Albanian mafia maintains ties with Russian, Serbian, Croatian and Italian mafia organizations to further their common agendas.
I realized that I’ve blogged about Sabate Tolaj before, and that her name is actually spelled Sabahate. In this post, a Minnesota judge who had been working with her in Kosovo remembers her and mentions that Sabahate had been (predictably) a member of the KLA. So, predictably, she got swallowed up by the monster she helped create. I guess she paid the price of her KLA crimes and was her own victim. And I do have to add with a touch of sarcasm: True to Albanian form, it was real classy of her to take up arms against the state that gave her wings.
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Last Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Arthur “Jibby” Jibilian, the WWII O.S.S. radioman who risked his life in Operation Halyard to help rescue more than 500 U.S. pilots who were shot down over Yugoslavia. This was done with brave assistance from the Tuskegee Airmen. The operation was part of the largest WWII rescue from behind enemy lines, and since it couldn’t have happened without the Serbs, the story has been suppressed and remains largely unknown to Americans.
Few people can boast Jibby’s patriotic credentials, yet when our fighting men and women were sent on a mission in 1999 to bomb Serbs, he didn’t shy away from exclaiming, “I love the Serbs!”
In a 2008 mention of Jibby, I attempted to shame America for bombing G.I. Joe when it bombed the Serbs, as the Marine Corps action figure in a series honoring Medal of Honor recipients was based on Mitchell Paige, son of Serbian immigrants. In the Battle of Guadalcanal on the Solomon Islands, Paige had operated four machine guns to single-handedly stop an entire Japanese regiment after the rest of the platoon had been killed or wounded.
But it turns out that not only did the Americans and Brits lead the way to bombing G.I. Joe in the 90s — they also bombed James Bond. Because, as Bond creator Ian Fleming himself told newspapers in the early 60s, James Bond is actually Dusan Popov.
In this old TV special detailing the parallels between James Bond and real-life spy Dusan Popov, we see Popov on “The Mike Douglas Show” (1961-1982) telling us how he — born in a part of Serbia that belonged to Austro-Hungary, and growing up in Germany — was approached by the Nazis to become a spy. He agreed, and went immediately to the British to become a double agent, ultimately helping implement a key deception called the Doublecross which was decisive in the Allies winning the war. Popov and Fleming knew each other well, because the latter was working at a high level in British Naval Intelligence, with whom Popov was cooperating (making it more likely MI5 than MI6 that he worked for).
Though Popov constantly downplayed the connection, a number of Bond scenarios had their origins in missions performed by Popov who, unlike other spies with inconspicuous covers, was a suave playboy who dated, among others, actress Simone Simon.
What most people don’t know about James Bond — I mean Dusan Popov — is that in 1941 he warned the FBI about an impending attack on Pearl Harbor. His German handler told him that Germany wanted intelligence about Britain’s successful air bombing of the port city of Taranto, Italy, and Popov learned that Japan, not yet in the war, wanted to repeat the success on another seaport base. “I was then asked very urgently to go to Pearl Harbor and find out certain information to pass to the Germans so they would pass it to the Japanese,” Popov told host Mike Douglas.
The Germans had given him a Japanese questionnaire to fill out, asking a series of detailed questions about the nature of the port facilities, supply and fuel dumps, ammo dumps, air fields, ships and where they were berthed at Pearl Harbor. In other words, the questions revealed detailed operational planning.
Popov handed the information to the FBI on August 12, 1941, almost four months before the attack, and flew to America to carry out the mission. But unlike the Brits, who had so much confidence in Popov that he was the only spy allowed to meet with his German handlers, the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover didn’t trust the flashy playboy — and Popov found his apartment bugged.
He was frustrated that his warning about Pearl Harbor wasn’t being taken seriously. Not only did the FBI fail to act on it, it stymied him by refusing him permission to go to Hawaii to build up his legend for the Germans as an agent with access.
This, of course, could have something to do with the increasingly likely possibility that the U.S. government didn’t act on the intelligence precisely because the president was looking for an excuse to bring Americans into a war he had promised not to involve them in.
The fact that James Bond was an ethnic Serb trying to save American lives adds some subtext to this 2009 L.A. Times article:
Serbian spy’s trial lifts cloak on his CIA alliance March 1, 2009
As Milosevic’s intelligence chief, Jovica Stanisic is accused of setting up genocidal death squads. But as a valuable source for the CIA, an agency veteran says, he also ‘did a whole lot of good.’
By Greg Miller
…It was here in 1992, as the former Yugoslavia was erupting in ethnic violence, that a wary CIA agent made his way toward the park’s gazebo and shook hands with a Serbian intelligence officer.
Jovica Stanisic had a cold gaze and a sinister reputation. He was the intelligence chief for Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, and regarded by many as the brains of a regime that gave the world a chilling new [sic] term: “ethnic cleansing.”
For eight years, Stanisic was the CIA’s main man in Belgrade…he shared details on the inner workings of the Milosevic regime. He provided information on the locations of NATO hostages, aided CIA operatives in their search for grave sites and helped the agency set up a network of secret bases in Bosnia.
At the same time, Stanisic was setting up death squads for Milosevic that carried out a genocidal [sic] campaign…Now facing a trial at The Hague that could send him to prison for life, Stanisic has called in a marker with his American allies. In an exceedingly rare move, the CIA has submitted a classified document to the court that lists Stanisic’s contributions and attests to his helpful role…
Stanisic has pleaded not guilty, and denies any role in creating the squads or even being aware of the crimes they committed. [Probably because there weren’t any such “death squads.”]
In that memo, Stanisic portrays himself as someone who sought to moderate Milosevic, and who worked extensively with the CIA to contain the crisis.
…He wore dark suits and sunglasses, a Balkan James Bond.
That’s funny, since James Bond was a Balkan James Bond.
…Vlado Dragicevic, who served for years as Stanisic’s deputy. “We never committed acts of genocide. On the contrary, we were trying to stop that.”
CIA officers who served in the region said that they had assumed Stanisic was no choirboy, but they never saw evidence that he was involved in war crimes. Instead, they viewed him as a key ally in a situation spinning rapidly out of control.
But Stanisic also drew boundaries. He never took payment from the CIA, worked with the agency on operations or took steps that he would have considered a blatant betrayal of his boss.
…Well after his secret meetings had started, Stanisic persuaded Milosevic to let him open contacts with the CIA as a back channel to the West.
In the letter to The Hague, submitted in 2004, the CIA describes Stanisic’s efforts to defuse some of the most explosive events of the Bosnian war.
In spring 1993, at CIA prodding, Stanisic pressured Ratko Mladic, military commander of the breakaway Serb republic in Bosnia, to briefly stop the shelling of Sarajevo. [Notice here the familiar unwitting admissions that these Serbian monsters aren’t quite monsters.]
By then, the Clinton administration was engaged in an all-out diplomatic push to end the war. Stanisic accompanied Milosevic to Dayton, Ohio, for peace talks, then returned to Serbia to carry out key pieces of the accord.
It was left to Stanisic to get the president of Bosnia’s Serb republic, Radovan Karadzic, to sign a document pledging to leave office. And Stanisic helped the CIA establish a network of bases in Bosnia to monitor the cease-fire.
Asked whether Stanisic was capable of committing war crimes, [CIA Bosnia station chief Doug] Smith replied, “I think he would do as little bad as he could.”
At the time, CIA Director John M. Deutch was trying to clean up the agency’s image by cracking down on contacts with human rights violators. Years later, the “Deutch rules” were cited as a reason the agency hadn’t done better penetrating groups such as Al Qaeda.
But Deutch had no problems with Stanisic. He invited the Serbian to CIA headquarters in 1996, and an itinerary of the visit indicates that Stanisic got a warm welcome.
The Serbian spy chief was taken to hear jazz at the Blues Alley club in Georgetown, Va., and driven to Maryland’s eastern shore for a bird hunt. Deutch even presented Stanisic with a 1937 Parker shotgun, a classic weapon admired by collectors.
When Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic — who had sent Milosevic to The Hague — was assassinated in 2003, Stanisic was arrested and detained for three months. Then, without explanation, he too was sent to The Hague. […]
Back to the ironies, insults and betrayals relevant to James Bond being Serbian. Adding to the irony, as well as insult to injury, Camp Bondsteel occupying Serbian land — the largest U.S. military base on foreign soil since Vietnam and the ex post facto ‘benefit’ of savaging the region and swarming it with jihadists — is named after Sergeant James Bondsteel. (That is, after stealing James Bond’s historic heartland and killing his people, we’ve occupied it with a James Bondsteel base.)
The next ironic insult comes as a factoid I found in a eulogy for Arthur Jibilian, published a few weeks after his passing a year ago this month. Remember the recurring Bond villain “Jaws,” played by Richard Kiel? Well, the same actor was cast as another “villain”: as Serbian “Nazi collaborator” general “Drazak,” based on Draza Mihailovich who helped Jibilian rescue hundreds of U.S. airmen at the price of Germans burning down the Serbian villages under his command. It is to Mihailovich’s public rehabilitation that Jibby dedicated his life. The 1978 film in question, “Force 10 from Navarone,” fits in with the anti-Serb movie motif which I’ve chronicled occasionally — and which, it’s safe to assume, is influenced by a large number of real WWII Nazis who have planted themselves in Hollywood, also known as Croatians. For good measure, Bond babe Barbara Bach — who rose to fame thanks to Bond/Popov (she was the lead femme in “The Spy Who Loved Me”) — was also cast in “Force 10.” That is, the year after we met her in a Bond film — without, of course, knowing that the whole series is based on Serbian heroism — she was in a film demonizing a Serbian hero.
The Jibilian eulogy from which I gleaned the “Force 10″ information reads as follows:
“ME AND JIBBY” by Sam Subotich
Well, how do I begin? My father, Bozidar (”Robert”) Subotich was in the U.S. Navy in WWII and always talked about General Mihailovich and the gallant Chetniks. He saved many articles, bought books, and, in general, was always looking for answers as to the truth of what really happened back in his country of birth. He instilled that in me, and there started my lifelong quest for answers.
When the communists took control of Yugoslavia after WWII, their lies never seemed to end. I was mystified. These lies continued on all fronts. One prime example was the 1978 movie “Force 10 from Navarone” starring Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford and Richard Kiel. This movie was based on a book by Alistair MacLean. It showed the “collaborationist Chetniks” as being under German control and led by “General Drazak” (note the “k”) portrayed by Richard Kiel (aka: “Jaws” from the James Bond movies), and this really boiled my blood, as this movie even portrayed Chetniks killing American airmen! How could this lie [and inversion] be allowed?!
The “Freedom of Information Act” and the release of previously classified information regarding General Mihailovich’s Legion of Merit Medal, which was posthumously awarded him in 1948 by President Truman, along with the continued outreach by the rescued airmen of “Operation Halyard”, especially Major Richard L. Felman, whom I was proud to call my friend, fueled and aided my quest. It wasn’t until Aleksandra Rebic and her father had an outstanding event in April 1993, at the Congress Hotel in Chicago to honor the 100th birthday of General Mihailovich, that my quest gained a permanent foothold. This is when I knew it was going to be a lifelong goal to pursue the truth and make it known. Even historians with Masters Degrees are not aware of the “Halyard Mission”, the remarkable event in our history which was the essence of this quest for truth and justice. Since then, I have written hundreds of letters to various groups, politicians, and publications in support of the truth and to inspire the establishment of a monument to General Mihailovich in Washington D.C. as a reflection of American gratitude for all that Mihailovich did for the Allies in WWII. The late Senator Strom Thurmond was one of our Senators who really gave his support to the House Bill which was initiated on behalf of this effort, only to be told “No, we already have too many statues.” Bills were initiated on behalf of this cause in both the House and the Senate, but the effort never came to fruition due to “political considerations”.
It was really in these times that I sought out my heroes such as Major Richard L. Felman, Captain Nick Lalich, local Ravna Gora Chetniks, and especially OSS radio man Arthur “Jibby” Jibilian who lived in nearby Fremont, Ohio. Though Art did not attend the Chicago celebration, I knew that nothing was going to stop me from meeting him and welcoming him to the Serbian community here in America. Arthur had a story to tell, and I was going to make sure it was told. So, in the spring of 1993, Art and I corresponded via letters and telephone calls numerous times, but it wasn’t until we met several times at my sister’s restaurant, “Tommy’s”, in nearby Sylvania, Ohio with his lovely wife Jo, that this smiling, gentle man, and my American hero, would be embedded in my heart forever. Later, I know I was in his heart too, as he presented me with 2 gold coins that he received during his trip to Serbia in 2005 to honor General Mihailovich. It was then that they presented the General’s daughter “Gordana” with the “Legion of Merit” Medal that had been awarded to General Mihailovich posthumously and “secretly” in 1948. Unfortunately, influenced by our State Department, there was little media attention given to this historical event in 2005 as they did not want to compromise the current talks [betrayal] on Kosovo.
My wife Susan, who is Armenian like Arthur, has a grandmother who knew the Jibilians and thinks her sister dated Art. Grandma is 97 years old. It was then that our Serbian-Armenian ties got even stronger, and the man I had called “Jibby” became “Uncle Arthur”…During these “early years” in our friendship, I told Arthur about the Tuskegee Airmen and their contributions to the Halyard Mission Rescue Operation in 1944 Yugoslavia. I also met with one of them, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, author of “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free”. As a WWII P-51 pilot, Lt. Col. Jefferson was not even aware of the extent of these escort missions, or their assistance in the massive evacuations conducted by the Serbs loyal to General Mihailovich.
I wrote about Uncle Arthur to both of our church publications and wrote to numerous historical societies, aviation groups and magazines with limited success. Most of the politicians I wrote to responded quite similarly with, “Thank you for your letters, as we are all for helping our Vets.” It was the Serbian community who really supported, and fell in love with Arthur. Our “Jibilian Legions” grew through the years, but I would like to especially thank two of them: Aleksandra Rebic and Mim Bizic, who are relentless and tireless in their efforts to make the truth known.
One of the biggest highs and also the biggest lows for “Me and Jibby” was in July 2005, when I met Lt. Col. Oliver North at the USS Indianapolis (CA35) reunion. I told him all about the Halyard Mission, Uncle Arthur’s photo collection and his documentations. Lt. Col. North not only contacted Arthur but flew him and a couple of other rescued airmen to the FOX studios in New York to film a documentary segment to be aired on his famous TV show: “Oliver North’s War Stories”. Could this be our big break? We got word of the date that the show would air. How exciting! Both “Uncle Arthur” and I told everyone we could think of! Friends, family, historical groups, etc… As we set our recorders and watched with eager excitement and anticipation, nothing about the Halyard Mission was presented. Art was bitterly disappointed. They said it was a “scheduling problem”, and that the Halyard Mission presentation would possibly be shown that fall. It never was. My guess was that Lt. Col. North was just following the State Department’s wishes like a good soldier…
One of my favorite memories of Uncle Arthur was on Flag Day, June 14th, 2008, at Ohio’s Metcalf Field near Toledo. The Toledo chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Yankee Air Force, (of whom I’m a life member #2151WR), honored our dear Arthur with a fly-in aboard our beautifully restored B-17 bomber called “Yankee Lady”. With honor guards present and 512 American Flags on the ground for each of “Halyard’s” rescued American airmen who were evacuated from Yugoslavia in 1944, a fitting tribute was given to Arthur with speeches and awards…
As letters turned into emails, Uncle Arthur and I continued our mutual fight to honor General Draza Mihailovich. In 2009, in one of the great highlights of his long, incredible life, Arthur Jibilian was nominated for the coveted Congressional Medal of Honor, and we were ecstatic! As Art would often say: “Sam, this is not about me; this is about General Mihailovich and the Serbian people, and if I can get the Congressional Medal of Honor, think of the weight this would bring, although I must admit, I am absolutely thrilled to have even been nominated.” Arthur died on March 21, 2010 with the quest for the medal still pending…
I’m proud of Uncle Arthur for all his efforts and persistence to promote his story and this EPIC adventure called The Halyard Mission. Whether he was speaking at VFW halls, American Legion halls, Air Shows, Reunions, Parades, Radio Shows or the many Veteran events that he participated in, he spoke eloquently, first hand, and always with a smile. I will really miss all his emails informing me of his latest quests, yet, aside from his family and us, his friends, it is the proponents of the Halyard Mission and the Serbian people who will really feel the loss.
I’m going to close with what has been perhaps the most unpleasant learning experience in looking into U.S. behavior and betrayals in the Balkans. Whereas Pearl Harbor was an attack that was allowed to happen, the U.S. has also engaged in the made-famous-by-Muslims art of staged atrocity. Reading the paragraph below, one wonders about potential U.S. involvement in the notorious Sarajevo Breadline Massacre that Muslims and therefore the West blamed on Serbs (like the subsequent marketplace massacres of 1994 and 1995):
Posted Sept. 17, 2010: Alpha Bravo Delta Guide to American Airborne Forces (foreword by Colonel Jeffery Bearor) - NY, Alpha-Penguin, 2004
… The CIA also had an expert sniper and trainer of snipers and bombers in Bosnia in 1992, when the war broke out[,] M/Sgt Lawrence Freedman…Do you think he might just have known Sarajevo’s market places and bread queues? Market place bombs and soft civilian targets are a modus operandi of Hezb’ollah’s “War of the Weak”…According to W. Thomas Smith[,] Freedman as a teen-ager was reported to have exhibited sociopathic traits. He is said to have terrified his high school teachers. He is even said, armed with bow and arrow, to have robbed a grocery store. In Somalia [in December 1992] Freedman’s 4×4 ran over a landmine, the official CIA story goes. (At first the Agency denied that Old Sarge was their man.)
Part of a Jan. 1993 Chicago Tribune obituary for Freedman — known to friends, family and cohorts as “Super Jew” — is viewable here.
Of course, we know that Bosnia was repeated in Kosovo, where the CIA helped KLA terrorists stage the Racak “massacre” to trigger a U.S.-led NATO war ultimatum for Serbia, as well as an exodus of refugees. Similarly, we helped put together a media blitz for the Albanian “Freezer Truck Hoax,” and reading a piece titled “CIA Trains Contras to Kill Civilians,” I’m reminded of an item I read last year (but would have to dig to find it again), which surprised me when I read that U.S. minders suggested that the KLA maximize Albanian civilian casualties. The tactic was employed throughout the 1998-99 war, and seemed attempted again during the March 2004 riots when “the Albanians put women and children in front of our barracks as ‘human shields’ so that our vehicles couldn’t get out,” as a former German soldier in Kosovo explained.
British spy agency MI6, meanwhile, joined German and American intelligence agencies in assisting the KLA, in the mid-90s even sending Muslim terrorist operatives to engage in protests and terrorism in Bosnia and Kosovo. In other words, MI6 betrayed 007.
In 1964, Ian Fleming died on August 12, the same date that his Serb spy hero warned us of the Japanese invasion 23 years earlier. Ever since Popov tried to save American lives and Mihailovich succeeded in doing so, all we can do in return is take Serbian ones.
A few more details about Force 10 From Navarone, and more. I stumbled upon a June 2009 email from a young reader named Justin, which I’d forgotten about when writing this blog:
The 1978 movie Force 10 from Navarone, starring, ironically, Harrison Ford, Carl Weathers, (Apollo Creed from the Rocky movie series) and Robert Shaw, depicts the Chetniks as racists and Nazi collaborators. The Captain Drazak character in the film, (played by Richard Kiel) is depicted as a “racist” in the movie. He uses a racist term against the black soldier. It wasn’t the n word of course. He says to the black soldier, “Hello blackie.” Then the black character punches him in the face, has a fight with him and wins. This quickly earns him respect among the “partisans.” Then the “partisan” soldier, Drazak, pulls on his hat insignia and reveals his Chetnik insignia while trying to hide his partisan red star communist insignia then says, “We are Chetniks, not stinking Partisans! The Germans, they are our friends!” while speaking in a psuedo-Serbian accent.
The main characters were Allied commandos who were parachuted over Yugoslavia and went on a commando mission to destroy a bridge in Yugoslavia. The movie ends when the dam a few hundred yards down the river is blown up by the Allied commandos. There was also a scene, were a boy wearing a Chetnik subara hat thumbs his nose at the Allied commandos. It was an awful potrayal of the Serb Chetniks, but I assume the producers had to do that in order for the film to be filmed in Yugoslavia at that time…The armed forces were segregated at the time, so I wonder how a black man could be in a commando team, while being in the Medical Corps, which was a rear area behind the lines, logistics job…I mean just look at Ustasha, for example. In reality, they were everything the movie said about the Chetniks and more…
Behind Enemy Lines was awful to say the least. It was another negative Hollywood potrayal of the Serbs. It depicts them as genocidal Nazi-like maniacs with concentration camps like in World War II and arbitrarily murdering Bosnian Muslims because they were Muslims. I am ashamed to say that, until I found out about Muslim atrocities against Serbs, that I thought that it was a great movie. [In the movie,] Miroslav Lokar and his men herded Bosnian Muslims by the side of the road and massacred them all and buried them in mass graves. It was awful, I had seen…Bosnian Muslims doing the same to the Serbs, with Naser Oric having a beheading video in which he beheaded many civilians and talking about it as if on a hunting trip. This was from the Toronto Star newspaper. I saw a video clip where a Serb soldier was herded into the woods, murdered, shot in the back of the head, I assume, and beheaded. I heard of Muslims who beheaded people in droves and they have photos all over the intenet of them doing it, with one taking place around, ironically, Jasenovac, in Croatia. The victims’s name was Blagoje Blagojevic. The photograph depicted a Bosnian Mujahideen fighter from Saudi Arabia holding his severed head like a hunting trophy with him smiling for the camera. It was just plain awful.
The potrayals of Serbs I got from TV and movies were negative, awful, and stereotypical. I saw them frequently when I was a kid. It wasn’t until I found your blog and many others, like Srpska Mreza, and Francisco Gil-White, and others that I realized that Serbs were victims and not “aggressors.” They had lived there in Bosnia for 1,400 years and were called “aggressors” by the media, ironically at a time when The Prophet Mohammed was starting to implement Islam, the very religion that would drive them off their land….They were depicted as being “aggressors” for defending Kosovo, too, which is land they own and is part of their territory. So, how they be called aggressors?
Well Julia, this is what I know about the Balkans and depictions of the Serbs and Chetniks in popular culture from what I’ve seen in the TV and movies. All of it’s mostly negative of course. How Hollywood loves Islam and bashes Christianity, including the Serbs. This very attitude of our politicians and media was thrust upon them and was the reason, main reason, I believe the Serbs were bombed twice by Democrat and European politicians who hate Christianity and love Islam. The left has an insatiable and sickening love of Islam and of course they were going to bomb the Serbs. Of course, they’d bomb Israel if they could get away with it….
Last week a Croatian war criminal named Azra Basic was arrested in Kentucky for torturing and murdering Serbian civilians taken prisoner by her army brigade in Bosnia, where she was some sort of commander.
It’s not clear whether Azra was a Muslim Croat, or a regular Catholic Croat, though getting to the bottom of that is like splitting hairs, since the difference boils down to a technicality when the task at hand is Serb-killing. “Azra” is a Muslim name, and in 1994 she married a man named Nedzad, also a Muslim name.
Nebojsa Malic explains the way the whole Croatian/Muslim dynamic works, and it’s not unlike the way that Middle Eastern Muslims work together when it’s Jew-killing time, but otherwise are at each other’s throats:
Well, Azra means “maiden” in Arabic, so it is a Muslim name. “Basic” (Bashich) is derived from the Turkish word “bashi” (literally “head”, usually denotes leadership), and is a traditionally Muslim surname, though there’s an occasional Christian with it as well.
…[This] wouldn’t be the first time Muslims consider themselves “Croats” and fight in Croatian units (the Ustasha Black Legion in WW2 was founded by a Muslim, and the notorious Sarajevo crime lord Juka Prazina ended up a “General” in the HOS, a neo-Ustasha militia, to mention just two examples).
Point is, the only common ground that really exists between Muslims and Croats is their Nazi history of atrocities against the Serbs [and Jews as a side dish]. They fight bitterly about everything else (which is why the [Bosnian Muslim-Croat] Federation doesn’t work), but when it comes to hating Serbs, they are in agreement. It is a fascinating phenomenon that I haven’t seen anyone explore, really (would be horribly un-PC, I guess), that descendants of converts absolutely loathe their ex-kinsmen (most Croats and Muslims come from Serbs who converted to Catholicism or Islam, and even a good portion of the Albanians in Kosovo are converted Serbs, the “Arnautash”).
On the point of Croats and Muslims, meanwhile, recall that in WWII, the Croatian Ustasha Nazis took the Muslims to be “the purest Croats, precious stones which we must put in the structure of our Independent Croatian State.” To the Catholic Ustashe, mosques were a good thing.
Srdja Trifkovic expands on this relationship:
The claim that Bosnian Muslims were “Croats of Islamic faith,” however tenuous, was a key pillar of Pavelić’s Ustaša ideology. It was also a prerequisite of practical politics, as only by asserting those Islamized Slavs’ “purest Croatness”…could Pavelić lay a viable claim to Bosnia-Herzegovina, in which the Croats accounted for only one-sixth of the population.
Most Bosnian Muslims saw themselves as members of a distinct community, however, and avoided commitment, although some saw themselves as Croats and others as Serbs…Many Muslims joined the Ustaše in 1941 and participated in the atrocities against the Serbs, but the majority stayed aloof, especially in the areas with a large Serb population.
The assertion about the “Croatian” character of Bosnian Muslims had never been taken seriously by the Germans, however. As the German Plenipotentiary General in Zagreb, Edmind Glaise von Horstenau, remarked in 1941, “Bosnian Muslims would follow the Croats because they have the power… but at all times they would certainly seek to protect their special Muslim interests…
On the other hand…the desire to cultivate Bosnian Muslims as a pillar of the autonomous SS power structure in the Balkans was a typically Himmlerian idiosyncrasy. In the head of the SS, Islam had found its most ardent admirer and promoter in the pre-multicultural Europe. Himmler’s hatred of “soft and Judaizing” Christianity was matched by his admiration for the faith of the Prophet, which he saw as a masculine, martial religion based on the pure SS qualities of blind obedience and readiness for self-sacrifice, untainted by compassion for one’s enemies.
By creating an SS division composed of Bosnian Muslims Himmler hoped to enhance the links between the SS and the Islamic world. He believed that all Islamic nations were potentially sympathetic to Nazism, and that among the Bosnian Muslims this sentiment would be enhanced if Germany accepted and encouraged “Bosniak” particularism…
Himmler recognized in Bosnian Muslims potentially good soldiers who hate “the common Jewish- Bolshevik enemy” and are unreservedly pro-Nazi. His plans had the objective of creating an autonomous and undisputed SS foothold in Bosnia, which he eventually intended to turn into the new SS military frontier.
In his drive to recruit Bosnian Muslims Himmler enlisted the support of Haj Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem….The Mufti heaped praise on the Germans because they “know how to get rid of the Jews, and that brings us close to the Germans and sets us in their camp.” He pledged to help solve the Jewish problem in the Muslim lands “in the same way as the Jewish question in the Axis lands is being solved.”
…The total number of Bosnian Muslim volunteers in Himmler’s units, including Kammerhofer’s special police, reached 46,000 by September 1943. This vastly exceeded – by more than two-to-one – the number of Bosnian Muslims with Tito’s Partisans and even prompted some of them to leave the Ustaša for the SS. Proportionate to their numbers, the Muslims of Bosnia were the most enthusiastic volunteers for Himmler’s SS in the whole of occupied Europe. […]
Historian Carl Savich adds the following factoids:
Himmler was influenced by the service of Bosnian Muslims in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I. The Bosnian Muslims had fought loyally and fanatically for the German side in World War I. Himmler wanted to revive the German cooperation and solidarity with Bosnian Muslims.
Himmler also requested: “I expect that in the troop units of the Croatian Army, which consist predominantly of Moslems, we can [transfer them to the Waffen SS.]”
The 13th Waffen Gebirgs Division der SS Handzar was formed in 1943 and saw combat in eastern Bosnia in 1944. Himmler had to compromise with the Pavelic NDH regime to allow token Croatian Roman Catholic troops in the division. The division was also referred to as a “Croatian” formation although Himmler referred to it as a “Bosniak” or Bosnian Muslim formation.
On a tangential matter to the historic Croatian-Nazi affinity for Muslims — as well as to the related phenomenon of Nazis converting to Islam and Muslims being the heirs of the Third Reich — is yet another Nazi/Islam parallel: the gay thing.
Thanks to stories out of Afgaynistan last year about the dancing-boy parties and the phenomenon wherein one’s status is measured by how many “boys” one has, we recently learned that an even greater proportion of the Muslim male population than we thought, is gay. (And of course the Koran repeatedly encourages pedophilia, with an emphasis on young boys.) And yet, open homosexuality is proscribed and punishable by death in Muslim societies — while the majority (or at least a disproportionate minority) is homosexual, albeit not in name.
It appears that the same was the case with the Nazis, according to a book that World Net Daily has re-released:
Were Nazis a homosexual, pagan cult?
That’s the conclusion of updated classic ‘The Pink Swastika’
It’s a book that has been shunned from libraries.
It’s a book that is disturbing, compelling and persuasive on its major point – that homosexuals dominated the German Nazi Party from its birth through its catastrophic demise.
It’s a book that is vilified by America’s “gay” activist establishment.
But it’s also a highly footnoted, meticulously documented book whose primary sources include the best historical work on the rise and fall of the Third Reich.
“The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party” by Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams challenges the notion that homosexuals were victimized during the Holocaust in ways comparable to the Jews. But it does much more than that. It also makes the case that the Nazi Party is best understood as a neo-pagan, homosexual cult.
From the party’s founding in a homosexual bar, “The Pink Swastika” introduces the reader to all the household names of Nazism – from Goebbels to Goering and Himmler to Hess – and their secrets of sexual perversion, one of the driving forces of their genocidal sadism.
“This is a deeply disturbing book,” said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, who recently added a new 4th edition of the book to the WND Superstore. “Perhaps not until very recently, with the mandating of open homosexuality in the military and the widespread promotion of same-sex marriage, could Americans have been expected to see the relevance of this remarkable work to their own society. We say, ‘never again.’ But do we mean it? Do we even understand what actually happened? I didn’t – until I read this book.”
“The Pink Swastika” also offers revealing quotations from Nazi leaders themselves that explain their religious bent, putting to the lie the notion that Hitler and his coterie had anything but contempt for Christianity.
It seems the Nazis sought first to destroy the Jews, but Christianity was next on the agenda.
The real target of the homosexual pagan cult of Nazism was Judeo-Christian morality, the book finds.
A widely circulated German publication, “Defilement of Race,” laid out the plan:
“Through the German soul and through unadulterated German blood, the world will be able to return to a state of health, but only after it has been freed from the curse of Judaism and of Christianity. … The mission of German nationality in the world is to free this world of Jews and Christians. … It is the very essence of Christianity … for all people to become ‘united in brotherhood.’ To achieve this, all barriers of race must fall. The maintenance of such barriers means the preservation of national individuality, which is essentially irreconcilable with the Christian aim of universal brotherhood. … Because this disintegration of racial culture has been consciously and systematically pursued by Christianity, and is still being pursued today, it is race defilement.”
Dietrich Hutton, the author of that screed, explained Nazis saw Judaism as the source of the wider problem that involved all the world’s Christians, too.
“The way in which Christianity is directed in the interests of world Jewry and its attitude toward Judaism is traceable to the undeniable fact that the founders and proclaimers of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth were full-blooded Jews,” he wrote. “It cannot therefore be coincidence, or negligence or ignorance that consciously makes Christians … deviate from the fundamental tenets of conservating nationality and cultivating race. The reason for this is to defile non-Jewish races, weaken and destroy them so that Judaism, as the ‘chosen people,’ can … [erect] a world sovereignty on the ruins of the non-Jewish races, which Christianity has destroyed.”
“You will never look at Nazism or homosexuality the same way again after reading ‘The Pink Swastika,’” concludes Farah.
Already, only a few days after introducing this new edition of the book into the WND Superstore, Farah says homosexual bloggers and commentators have taken notice and “are pulling out the long knives of invective and abuse.”
“They say this book has been discredited,” Farah says. “But I’ve read the book and I’ve read all the criticism. The book more than stands up to all the attacks I’ve seen, most of which are completely baseless.”
In addition to Christianity being the common enemy of both Nazism and Islam, we also know that large elements within the gay community have a pathological hatred of Christianity. So again, this fits.
But dare I mention that other abettor of the Nazi world order — that other homosexuality-plagued entity that feels threatened by outside Christian denominations? That would be the Catholic Church. The same one which designated Jesus’s birthday Dec. 25th, which had until that point been a pagan holiday.
No, I dare not.
Well, not exactly an update as this item is from 2008. But it underscores my repeated point about jihadists and Nazis having a mutual affinity: German neo-Nazis view jihadists as allies (Oct. 11, 2008)
The organizers of the controversial anti-Islamization rally in Cologne last month have been widely described as neo-Nazis. However, in “German Neo-Nazis View Islamists as Allies,” at Pajamas Media, October 10 (thanks to all who sent this in), John Rosenthal discusses a recently revealed report from the domestic intelligence service of the German city-state of Hamburg that shows that genuine, open National Socialists actually despise the pro-Cologne group for being pro-Israel. They also don’t mind Islamic supremacism and the pending Islamization of Europe….A pro-Israel, anti-Islamization Nazi group? It doesn’t seem to add up — according to the Nazis themselves. There has been far too much superficial and polemical analysis of the “far-right” parties in Europe — with even people who are skeptical that a given group is neo-Nazi, neofascist, or white supremacist being tarred with those labels themselves, simply because of their skepticism. But here is something more solid to go on.
“When protesters in Cologne last month managed, with the blessing of the city government, to prevent the holding of an ‘Anti-Islamification Congress,’ the cancellation of the event was widely hailed in the German and international media as a victory against ‘right-wing extremists’ or, more simply put, ‘Nazis.’ (See here, for instance, from the English-language site of the German weekly Der Spiegel.)
“A new report from the domestic intelligence service of the German city-state of Hamburg shows, however, that actual neo-Nazi groups in Germany — i.e., groups that themselves embrace this description — in fact likewise opposed the ‘Anti-Islamification Congress’ and are notably hostile to its sponsor, the ‘citizens’ movement’ Pro-Cologne [Pro-Köln].
“While the neo-Nazis agitate against what they describe as Germany’s ‘flooding by foreigners’ — or ‘Überfremdung’ — they take precautions against criticizing Islamic influences or Islam as such, since the latter is rather ‘to be seen as an ally.’
“The report of the Hamburg intelligence service — known as the Office for the Protection of the Constitution [Verfassungsschutz] — points in particular to the hostility of the neo-Nazi North German Action Office to Pro-Cologne’s ‘Anti-Islamification’ campaign.
“As the report notes, for the North German Action Office [Aktionsbüro Norddeutschland], Islam, ‘globally considered,’ is to be regarded as ‘an ally against the mammonistic dominance of the American east coast.’ Allusions to the American ‘east coast’ are commonplace in Nazi discourse, with the expression meant to connote ‘Jewish’ domination of America and, by extension, the world.
“In a statement published on its website (German link) on September 25, five days after the ‘Anti-Islamification Congress’ was banned by Cologne municipal authorities, the North German Action Office writes more fully on the subject as follows: ‘Pro-Cologne’s superficial populism against Islam sends a completely wrong signal, about which only pro-Israeli circles could be happy. Whoever thinks things out more completely than the niche-populists of Pro-Cologne will clearly differentiate between the “Anti-Islamism” that is fostered by the establishment parties at the behest of the USA and the necessary fight against the policy of flooding Germany with foreigners [Überfremdungspolitik], whose authors are likewise the establishment parties. Islam is not the cause of the flood of foreigners, but only a particularly visible symptom. … The problem is the system, not the mosques. Inasmuch as it is a determined opponent of the western-plutocratic one-world policy, we regard Islam, globally considered, as an ally against the mammonistic dominance of the American east coast. The freedom of nations is not threatened by Islam, but rather by the imperialism of the USA and its vassals from Jerusalem to Berlin.’”
Kentucky woman accused of Bosnian war crimes
By Jennifer Hewlett / McClatchy Newspapers (MCT), March 17, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. — U.S. authorities have arrested a 51-year-old Croatian-born woman in Kentucky who is accused of war crimes against civilians during the Bosnian civil war in the 1990s.
Azra Basic, who was living in Stanton, Ky., is accused of torturing and murdering ethnic Serbs at prison camps from April to June 1992. Bosnia and Herzegovina officials want Basic returned to that country to stand trial.
Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington detail gruesome acts of torture and murder alleged to have been committed by Basic while she was apparently a commander in a Croatian army brigade.
Eyewitnesses Radojica Garic and Dragan Kovacevic said Basic murdered Blagoje Djuras, who had been beaten to unconsciousness by Croatian police and soldiers, by slitting his throat with a knife, according to a court document.
“After that, Azra took us by the hair and dragged us to the wound on the neck from which the blood ran and made us drink that blood,” Garic said.
Sreten Jovanovic testified he was forced to drink gasoline, beaten into unconsciousness, and had his hands and face set on fire by Basic, according to the court document.
Mile Kuzmanovic said Basic ordered him and others to swallow a handful of salt and eat Yugoslav money, then hit him with boots, weapon butts, metal bars, electrical cables and batons, the court document said.
Kuzmanovic said Basic and other soldiers forced him to lick blood off of floors covered in broken glass and to crawl on those floors with a knotted rope in his mouth, which soldiers used to pull out prisoners’ teeth. Kuzmanovic said his fingernails were pulled out with pliers and that “Azra herself, made a cut on my left auricle with some kind of pliers.”
Another witness said that, in addition to cutting off Kuzmanovic’s ear, Basic carved a cross and four S’s on Kuzmanovic’s forehead.
Mormir Lazic said Basic carved crosses into the foreheads and backs of various prisoners.
The International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as Interpol, located Basic in Kentucky in 2004. A district court in Bosnia and Herzegovina issued an international arrest warrant for Basic in October 2006. The U.S. received a formal request to extradite Basic to Bosnia and Herzegovina in February 2007.
The U.S. government requested more evidence pertaining to the alleged offenses, which Bosnian prosecutors provided in February and April 2010, according to federal court records.
Lexington attorney Patrick Nash, who is representing Basic, said he was not aware of any previous international extradition cases in the Eastern District of Kentucky.
“These are extraordinarily serious charges, so it requires an extraordinary level of care on my part,” he said. “The allegation is that she was a participant in this war. By all accounts this war was very complicated, with religious elements in it. I’m not sure that present-day historians even have a handle on it as to what happened during that war,” Nash said. […]
HE CAN SAY THAT AGAIN!
Meet your neighbors, Americans! In fact, whenever one watches horror movies about the hillbilly mutilators of Kentucky, West Virginia, or the backwoods of Louisiana or Mississippi, keep in mind that there’s a good chance these people may be Croatians. At the very least, instead of calling them “sadistic,” we can just call them Croatian.
Meanwhile, the four S’s, which none of these mainstream news reports saw fit to explain (did the reporters even bother asking or looking it up?), are the four C’s (Cyrillic for ‘S’) that appear on the Serbian coat of arms, one in each of the quadrants of the cross. The symbol appears on the Serbian flag, though not on the Serb Republic’s flag since the Bosnian Muslims wouldn’t allow it. The S’s stand for “Samo Sloga Srbina Spasava,” or “Only Unity will Save the Serbs.” So she was marking Kumanovic as a Serb, the equivalent of carving a Star of David into a Jew’s face.
An AP report had a few additional details:
…The Croatian-born Basic is wanted in Bosnia on charges of committing war crimes against ethnic Serb civilians in 1992. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Arehart wrote in a complaint requesting extradition that Basic is wanted in Europe on charges of murder and torture.
Arehart says Basic, a one-time member of the Croatian Army, is accused of killing at least one person and torturing others at three camps from April to June 1992. Witnesses said Basic forced one man to drink gasoline, another to drink human blood and carved crosses into the flesh of a third man.
It is unclear why Basic was in Kentucky. Court records list her as having lived at two addresses in in the town of Stanton.
Bosnian authorities charged Basic in January 1993 as an unknown, using witness statements, medical examinations and forensic experts between 1992 and 2001 to identify her. Interpol traced Basic to Kentucky in 2004 and an international arrest warrant went out in 2006.
Arehart’s complaint says Basic’s alleged crimes took place at three camps near the majority-Serbian settlement of Cardak in Derventa. Witness[es] said the Croatian military took ethnic Serbs from the Cardak settlement around April 26, 1992 and subsequently tortured them.
Radojic Garic, listed in the complaint as a witness, said Blagoje Djuras was beaten unconscious. Garic said Basic then stabbed him in the neck, killing him, and dragged other Serbs to the body “and made us drink that blood.”
…Arehart said Kovacevic identified a picture of Basic in December 2009. Another man, Sreten Jovanovic, told investigators in September 1992 that he was forced to drink gasoline, beaten unconscious and his hands and face were set on fire by Basic, who was wearing a military police uniform from a brigade in Rijeka, a port city in Croatia.
Arehart wrote that a subsequent medical examination concluded that Jovanovic suffered “torture in captivity.”
Other witnesses listed in the complaint said Basic and other soldiers beat and burned them and pulled their nails out with pliers.
In August 1992, witness Cedo Maric told Bosnian investigators that Basic cut a cross and four “S'’ letters into his forehead before hacking his neck below the Adam’s apple. […]
“But — wait! wait! wait! — what’s going on here? I was just torturing Serbs. I thought the world wasn’t supposed to care! What the f—?”
Liz, who circulated this item, quipped, “If the arrests of other Croat barbarians are any lesson, there’ll be huge demonstrations and vigils on the streets of Zagreb, Rijeka, etc. demanding the release of their ‘war veteran who fought valiantly for her homeland.’”
Indeed, one by now recognizable pattern among Croatian generals and other Croats on trial for war crimes is that when questioned about Serbs with missing ears or fingers, or Serbs found drowned with their hands tied behind their backs, the answer is always the same: I did what I had to do to defend the country.
That is, in the urgency and split-moment life-threatening situations of war, one can’t very well kill the enemy efficiently without first carving stuff into him for three hours while making him crawl on glass or watching him drown for five minutes. Anything else would simply be unprofessional, behavior unbecoming of a Croatian soldier.
Drinking blood is another Croatian motif. In this case, we have Croatians forcing Serbs to drink Serbian blood, and while Croatians did at least this much in WWII as well, they also licked blood from knives used to slaughter Serbs.
Another pattern that this story revisits is the particular cruelty and sadism of female Croat Nazis. The female concentration camp guards had quite the reputation in WWII Croatia. Consider how young this bitch was when she entertained herself thus in 1992: about 30.
Basic. Just your basic Croatian.
Maybe I’ve watched “Wrong Turn” and “The Hills Have Eyes” too many times, but this looks exactly like the kind of person whose hands I don’t want to fall into when visiting Kentucky.
Meanwhile, I might mention here that I recently watched a video in which Croatian POWs were interviewed — along with mercenaries fighting in their war — and what they said was revealing. A lot of people who went to fight in the Croatian (and Bosnian) war were people fulfilling a need to kill. “I want to kill. I am merciless,” one says outright. There are men who seek out legalized murder wherever they can find it, i.e. war. Surely none was as satisfying as the Croatian and Bosnian wars.
UPDATE: Another AP report: Neighbours: Croatian woman charged with war crimes cared for elderly, friendly
STANTON, Ky. - If Azra Basic needed a place to run from the bloody aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia, her small-town Kentucky neighbours said she found it.
The Croatian woman locals knew as “Issabella” settled years ago in this rural, hilly area and took jobs bathing elderly nursing home patients and working at a sandwich factory.
This week, acquaintances were shocked to hear the secret that Bosnian war crimes investigators said Basic has been hiding for two decades. As a soldier in the Croatian army, she killed a prisoner and tortured others by forcing them to drink human blood and gasoline, authorities said. She was arrested on Tuesday by federal agents.
“She’s a lovely person, very diligent in her work,” said 88-year-old Henrietta Kirchner, who was one of Basic’s patients at the Stanton Nursing Center for about a week when she was recovering from a broken leg.
According to court documents, the 52-year-old Basic is charged with fatally stabbing a prisoner in the neck in 1992 during the bloody conflict in eastern Europe. Court documents accuse her of numerous other atrocities, including: setting a prisoner ablaze, pulling out prisoners’ fingernails with pliers, ripping off a man’s ear with pliers and carving crosses and the letter “S'’ into another man’s flesh.
The accusations were “very shocking” to 44-year-old former neighbour Brian Rice.
“She’s a pretty nice person,” said Rice, who lived near her for about two years until she moved in November. “If I was standing here right now and … she drove by, she would throw her hand up and if the window was down, she would speak and say ‘hi’ by my name.”
It’s unclear why Basic chose to settle down in Stanton, a town about 45 miles (72 kilometres) east of Lexington known for its annual corn festival. But Rice said if she was looking for a place to get away from her past, she had found it.
“Everybody sticks to themselves around here,” he said. “We don’t have no neighbourly get-togethers. We speak if we know you.”
Basic was an employee at the Nestle Prepared Foods plant that makes Hot Pockets-brand sandwiches, the company said, declining to provide additional details.
Jo Epperson, a clerk at the local smoke shop where she said Basic bought a carton of Kentucky-made 24/7 Menthol cigarettes once a week, said she once asked Basic what brought her to the area.
Epperson said Basic responded vaguely that “she was part of the war,” but didn’t elaborate.
Bosnian authorities have been building a case against her for years, taking statements from witnesses, forensic experts and doctors between 1992 and 2001 to identify her…The complaint filed by U.S. Attorney James Arehart accuses Basic of committing crimes at three camps near the majority-Serbian settlement of Cardak in Derventa. Witnesses said the Croatian military took ethnic Serbs from the Cardak settlement in late April of 1992 and tortured them.
What’s this now? A casual mention of CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN BOSNIA THAT WERE NOT RUN BY SERBS AND KILLING MUSLIMS? Doesn’t this need to be explained to Americans? How are they going to get their minds around this possibility, which has been carefully kept from their awareness? More to the point, how are journalists and politicians going to keep Americans on program vis-a-vis the Balkan wars if this sort of thing can so casually find its way into the pages of a metro daily? The article closes with this paragraph:
…Court records show that during Basic’s arrest, federal marshals arrested Theodore S. Loman, 63, who was also listed as living at the residence, on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. A federal affidavit said marshals found several pistols and rifles in the house when they arrived to arrest Basic, who they found in the doorway of the kitchen.
Like I said, Basic fit right in.
The good thing about retired diplomats, press secretaries and other high-level drones or operatives serving seditious Western leaders is that they eventually publish memoirs. What happens in the telling, as they glorify their quiet but powerful roles behind the scenes, is that they casually expose their lies, sometimes without even realizing that’s what they’re doing. For example, after telling the world that the Serbs were the problem, in his book the belatedly late Richard Assholbrooke directly contradicts that notion when he describes Bosnian wartime president Izetbegovic’s nasty disposition and war-making in contrast to Slobodan Milosevic’s affable peace-making. That’s not my assessment; it’s Assholbrooke’s. In his book To End a War, which should have been called To End a War After Starting It.
Now, released on Jan. 20th, we have a new delight. It comes from Tony Blair’s 1999 press secretary, Alastair Campbell, who was otherwise a journalist. The UK Guardian recently published an edited extract from The Alastair Campbell Diaries Volume Two: Power and the People 1997-1999:
Friday 2 April…We were losing the propaganda battle with the Serbs. TB [Tony Blair] called early on, and wanted a real sense of urgency injected into things. He had spoken to Clinton about the timidity of the military strategy. He had spoken to Thatcher last night who was appalled that the NAC and Nato ambassadors discussed [with each other] targeting plans. He wanted the message out that we were intensifying attacks. I said we said that on Wednesday.
Tuesday 6 April Family holiday France
The rightwing commentators were in full cry and we agreed to try to get Thatcher and [Thatcher foreign policy adviser] Charles Powell out saying the right hate the left fighting wars but they should be supporting what we are doing. Nato might balk but we were going to have to get a grip of their communications and make sure capitals were more tightly drawn in to what they were saying and doing.
Thursday 8 April…Militarily, Nato is overwhelmingly more powerful than Belgrade. But Milosevic has total control of his media and our media is vulnerable to their output. So we can lose the public opinion battle and if we lose hands down in some of the Nato countries, we have a problem sustaining this.
Friday 16 April…[Nato communications director Jamie] Shea said he had been fascinated how we had changed our approach to the media…[Nato secretary general Javier] Solana…said he loved the way we had “tamed” the media. I said we hadn’t, we’d just made them think we had.
[Nato supreme allied commander, US General Wesley] Clark…said “Well, I like a lot of what you’re saying. And I kid you not, we have to get something done, because we are on the brink of a disaster.” It was pretty alarming to hear him say it so bluntly, just as I found it alarming when, as I was leaving, he took me by the arm and said “Good luck, Alastair, we’re all counting on you!” I said “Shouldn’t I be saying that to you?”
I found it a bit scary that at the height of a military campaign, I was sitting down telling a general how to run it, or at least run the media side, and complaining that the media campaign lacked the discipline we expected of a military campaign. I also assured him I was no Freedom of Information freak, and indeed felt they were sometimes giving out too much. I said I would not have shown the bombing of the train. It did not benefit us at all. If you are fighting a war, it has to be fought like a war at every level.
Recall that Blair’s and Campbell’s media campaign reached new levels indeed, including the mass murder of 16 civilians (and the mutilation of 16 others) working at the Radio-Television-Serbia studios on April 23, 1999:
Once you kill people because you don’t like what they say, you change the rules of war (UK Independent, Apr. 24, 1999, by Robert Fisk):
HANGING upside-down from the wreckage was a dead man, in his fifties perhaps, although a benevolent grey dust had covered his face. Not far away, also upside-down — his legs trapped between tons of concrete and steel — was a younger man in a pullover, face grey, blood dribbling from his head on to the rubble beneath.
Deep inside the tangle of cement and plastic and iron, in what had once been the make-up room next to the broadcasting studio of Serb Television, was all that was left of a young woman, burnt alive when Nato’s missile exploded in the radio control room. Within six hours, the Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short declared the place a “legitimate target”.
It wasn’t an argument worth debating with the wounded — one of them a young technician who could only be extracted from the hundreds of tons of concrete in which he was encased by amputating both his legs. Nor with the silent hundreds who gathered in front of the still-smoking ruin at dawn yesterday, lost for words as they stood in the little glade of trees beside St Marko’s Cathedral, where Belgrade’s red and cream trams turn round. A Belgrade fireman pulled at one of the bodies for all of 30 seconds before he realised that the man, swinging back and forth amid the wreckage, was dead.
By dusk last night, 10 crushed bodies - two of them women - had been tugged from beneath the concrete, another man had died in hospital and 15 other technicians and secretaries still lay buried. A fireman reported hearing a voice from the depths as the heavens opened, turning into mud the muck and dust of a building that Ms Short had declared to be a “propaganda machine”.
A June 5, 2000 Amnesty International report that unequivocally classified the bombing of the TV headquarters a war crime, pointed to an interview that Blair gave which hinted at the real reason the station was hit:
In an interview for a BBC television documentary, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair reflected on the bombing of RTS and appeared to be hinting that one of the reasons the station was targeted was because its video footage of the human toll of NATO mistakes, such as the bombing of the civilian convoy at Djakovica, was being re-broadcast by Western media outlets and was thereby undermining support for the war within the alliance. “This is one of the problems about waging a conflict in a modern communications and news world…We were aware that those pictures would come back and there would be an instinctive sympathy for the victims of the campaign.”
Under the requirements of Article 52(2) of Protocol I [of the Geneva Conventions], the RTS headquarters cannot be considered a military objective. As such, the attack on the RTS headquarters violated the prohibition to attack civilian objects contained in Article 52 (I) and therefore constitutes a war crime.
“The bombing of the headquarters of Serbian state radio and television was a deliberate attack on a civilian object and as such constitutes a war crime,” Sian Jones, Amnesty International’s Balkans expert said…”Ten years on, no public investigation has ever been conducted by NATO or its member states into these incidents.”
Actually, the bombing was even a touch more sinister, according to Amnesty:
Although NATO claimed RTS was attacked “because it was spreading propaganda”, the real reason for this assault was revealed by their earlier threat that they will bomb Serbian TV stations if Serbia refuses to broadcast reports by the Western TV stations (CNN, BBC et al) for [six] hours each day. NATO insisted that if President Milošević ensured reports by the Western media and their programs are broadcast daily, during three hours midday — between 12 and 3 p.m. and three hours in the evening, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. — “his” television would become an acceptable instrument of public information.
When Belgrade offered to accept the six hours in exchange for six minutes of Serbian news on Western networks, NATO backtracked, saying it had only meant it would bomb transmitters also used for military communications. Soon after, Belgrade TV headquarters, subsequently declared a “legitimate military target” by NATO, was bombarded.
And see Wesley Clark’s admission here.
Back to Campbell’s complacent memoirs:
…Wednesday 21 April The White House
TB said we have to generate more uncertainty in Milosevic’s mind re whether we would use ground troops. Bill [Clinton] said he was not as negative as Sandy [Berger, US national security adviser]. He said it would be irresponsible not to do some planning, but in a way that doesn’t split the alliance.
Thursday 22 April [TB said] if Bill is unsure, and I go all out to persuade him, as this cannot be done without the US, how much are we putting our relations at risk? Jonathan [Powell] reminded him of the time Thatcher told Bush [Sr.] this was not the time to go wobbly. [They had been discussing the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990.]
The difference, TB pointed out, was that “she had been PM a long time, and I have only been here two years”. But he said he wanted to see BC [Bill Clinton] again and emphasise we could not live with a messy deal. He felt strongly that there was a fresh place in history for BC here that blew away all the rubbish about his personal life. He said repeatedly it was a moral question. He was really fired up and even though he was wearing just socks and underpants, it was hard not to take seriously what he was saying, though I was constantly chivvying him to get dressed.
Blair flew to Chicago to deliver one of the most important foreign policy speeches of his premiership in which he established the principle of liberal interventionism. The speech laid down the conditions under which one sovereign state could attack another.
TB was getting more and more steamed up at the idea that we were asked to help in an operation that may end in just such a messy deal. If it did, he said he would never again lend our troops to such an operation.
Sunday 25 April Third Way seminar
[German chancellor Gerhard] Schröder asked me how my disinformation campaign was going. I said it would go a lot better if we had a few more Germans in it. TB took Bill into a private room, just the two of them, where he pressed him again on ground troops, saying we really needed a proper fix on where we were heading, that it could only be done if the US were clear they would be there when the time came. He said afterwards Bill was much more amenable.
He also said I should basically run the whole media operation.
Tuesday 27 April Car journey and then dinner at chateau outside Brussels used by Nato supreme allied commander General Wes Clark He told me of a bomb they were intending to use that could destroy an area the size of four football fields, and then grenades would go off, and spread further. He said the Serbs don’t know we have it. The question is do we warn them or just use it?
Not easy. I said if you do end up using it, make sure we have enough time before you do to have a proper explanation for its use. […]
So, distraction from the Lewinsky affair was officially spoken of as having a role in the Kosovo war; and there was a “disinformation” campaign going on. While the Schroeder/Campbell reference to the latter may be limited to ‘disinforming’ the public about how well the war is going, there is no reason to think it wouldn’t extend to disinformation about the supposed crimes of the designated enemy. And since we know that is precisely what happened, one can take the reference as an admission that applies to the larger picture.
Of course, it doesn’t matter what these high-level bureaucrats reveal; the media and public continue to cling to their original lies.
It’s also worth mentioning the recently leaked, but as yet unpublished, memoirs of Chinese former president Jiang Zemin, which further expose NATO’s lies, including the real reason that we bombed the Chinese embassy (killing 17 people). The NY Post article about it — which idiotically defends the bombing of the embassy since it was harboring Serb officials — ends with one of the other grand NATO lies of that era: “I would like to remind the people of Yugoslavia that we carefully select targets that are directly related to President Milosevic’s political and leadership apparatus.”
Meanwhile, no sooner did I see Margaret Thatcher’s name mentioned in the Campbell diaries than the very same week my attention was called to a little-noted obituary from December. An email titled “Ustasha Banker’s Son Lauded” came from reader Tim Fenton, who has been writing letters to editors since the early 90s objecting to “the appalling treatment meted out to Serbs both in word and in deed,” as he wrote me a few months ago. Here was the obituary, preceded by his note:
“I missed this until I came to start a fire recently and spotted the name and sinister face on the old newspaper I was about to scrumple.
“This is appalling in many ways but probably mostly because the son of a prominent member of the Ustashe should be so obviously following in their bloody footsteps but be lauded with such fulsome praise for fomenting hatred and causing so much suffering through his propagandising.
“The only point on which I have any sympathy is his love of PG Wodehouse - nevertheless I think my original act was right: to send him up in flames!”
Christopher Cviic, who died on December 11 aged 80, was a distinguished London-based journalist and commentator on south-eastern Europe.
28 Dec 2010
A Croat, Cviic spent more than half a century in England, working at the BBC, The Economist, the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and finally the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He also spent a short unhappy spell as editor of a new journal, Tjednik (“Weekly”), in Zagreb, an experience which convinced him that he was better suited to life in Britain than Croatia.
Speaking and writing perfect English, and an Anglophile by affection and conviction, he fitted easily into British institutions and mixed effortlessly with British public figures. He was well read in the literature of many countries, but his favourite poet was TS Eliot and his favourite entertainment the novels of PG Wodehouse, one of which he carried wherever went.
Cviic’s depth of loyalty towards Croatia and his scorn for communism were wisely concealed behind a wall of professional objectivity and natural caution. But his shrewdness and his position probably allowed him to do more for Croatia and Bosnia behind the scenes in the 1990s than any other expatriate from the region.
Note that the media folks always neglect to explain that most Croatians’ scorn for communism is in the context of it as an enemy and rival of fascism, which they are NOT scornful of.
At the time of the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, Cviic was working at Chatham House, where he edited the monthly magazine, The World Today, and appeared regularly on television and radio. He avoided polemic, but also avoided equivocation about who was the aggressor.
At this time he also became a regular adviser to – and soon friend of – Margaret Thatcher [of course!], who had embarked on a lonely crusade to challenge Western complicity in the crimes of Slobodan Milosevic. Enraged by some news report of what she considered Western (and usually British) feebleness, she would cry: “Send for Chris Cviic!”, and in he would come. Defying his reputation for amiable pliancy, he, like her, thought that Belgrade must be stopped, not appeased.
Sure, that had nothing to do with his being Croatian at all.
So we see here that, sure enough, like Bob Dole and other lawmakers/leaders, Thatcher had Croatians whispering in her ear.
Krsto Cviic was born in 1930 near Nova Gradiska in northern Croatia. He was an only child, and his childhood was difficult. In 1937 his father walked out, later becoming governor of the National Bank under the NDH (fascist) war-time regime, which provided an excuse for ill-treatment of his family by the communists.
Sort of like I’d use the Holocaust as an “excuse” to maltreat Hitler’s henchmen.
From his teens it was left to Krsto, now in Zagreb, to earn enough to keep himself and his mother, who was too ill to work. He taught himself English, and then taught others. Imprudently, he often visited the British Council library. Still less prudently, he was a devout Roman Catholic and was denounced as a “clericalist”. He joined an underground group of students influenced by the philosophy of “personalism”, first propagated by the philosopher Alfred Mounier, which emphasised secular engagement and was much less hostile to liberalism than the Catholic nationalism traditional to Croatia.
OK, so he was slightly less Croatian than some Croatians. Though that didn’t help him want to kill Serbs any less, nor see straight on the 90s wars.
Cviic’s anti-communism was also unusual. It did not spring primarily from the mistreatment of Croats at the hands of the Party, but from a radical dislike of communism as such, which he had imbibed from a lodger in his family’s flat, a White Russian later shot by the Partisans.
OK, that is unusual. But something tells me it would have happened anyway — whether by definition or by Croatianism.
In 1954 Cviic applied for a job in the BBC World Service’s Yugoslav Section. He was denied permission to leave Yugoslavia until Vladimir Bakaric, head of the Croatian Communist Party, was informed that the alternative candidate was an ex-fascist Serb émigré. Permission was immediately granted.
During Cviic’s years at the BBC he was under constant observation by a colleague who reported back on him to the embassy. Then and later, he avoided public expressions of Croatian nationalism, while privately assisting the cause.
In his years at The Economist, as Eastern Europe correspondent, he practised the same cautious tactics. Sometimes the mask slipped. He criticised the crackdown launched by Tito against the reformers of the “Croatian Spring”, and an article in December 1971 was given the provocative title: “An Old Man in a Panic”. The Yugoslav government launched a formal protest, and the British Foreign Office also signalled its displeasure.
Ooh, how provocative: an old man in a panic. Is that considered risque by British standards? As for 1971, sure, that’s all the Croats wanted — to be free of the communist yoke.
…Cviic published three books: Remaking the Balkans (1991), in which he argued for a re-creation of a “Lesser Central Europe” to which Slovenia, Croatia and (significantly) Bosnia should adhere [hmm, what do those three purified or purifying states have in common?]; a collection of essays in Croatian, Pogled Izvana (“The View from Outside”, 1994); and In Search of Balkan Recovery (2010), a study written with Peter Sanfey of the region’s economic prospects.
He is survived by his widow, Celia, and a son and a daughter.
Yayyyy! More little Ustashas running rampant in the West.
Nah, doesn’t look like an old Nazi at all.
But you see how they implant themselves wherever they are? Cviic was very much an example of that busy, effective, powerful — and paying — Croatian diaspora that drove and stage-managed Western government policy in Yugoslavia.
As this 2008 letter to the Emperors Clothes website about fighting Croatian fascism attests:
To Emperor’s Clothes,
From 1967 to 1970 I was Commander of the Central Crime Intelligence Bureau of the Commonwealth, now Australian, Federal Police. In 1973 I was security adviser to Senator Lionel Murphy, Attorney-General under the newly elected ALP (Australian Labor party) government.
It is true that until 1972 the Croatian extremist groups received a significant measure of protection from Liberal Party governments. I believe that this was primarily due to the government’s need for support from an extreme right wing Catholic party – the so-called Democratic Labor Party (DLP). The Liberals and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) had the misguided belief that the Croats could help in the identification of communists in Australia, who in the 1960s were factionalized, ineffective and posed no threat to national security. (Australian communists are now anachronistic.)
As you note in your Newsletter, bombings [by Croatian fascists] were a regular occurrence, and appropriate counter-measures were not permitted. 
On 15 and 16 March 1973 I accompanied Attorney General Murphy and the Commonwealth Police on Murphy’s visits to ASIO, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, in Canberra and in Melbourne.
The visits (not the ‘raid,’ as the New York Times article that you posted called it ) were precipitated by the upcoming 20 March arrival of Yugoslav Prime Minister Djemal Bijedic in Australia. Attorney General Murphy had intelligence information relating to a planned attempt on Bijedic’s life. That this intelligence was impeccable was demonstrated by the fact that police did seize explosives on Prime Minister Bijedic’s planned route to Canberra. It was a desperate time, and Murphy had the courage to take an extreme but necessary step.
An ASIO officer subsequently told me that ASIO had scant knowledge of the Croatian groups but plenty on the ragtag communists, on homosexuals in the public service, and on suspected Eastern Bloc spies thought to be in Australia.
Needless to say Murphy and I created powerful enemies amongst those who chose not to accept the truth. The ‘old’ ASIO professed to believe that Murphy was a Soviet spy, and that fallacy has endured in some quarters until this very day. Murphy was worn down and died in 1986.
The 1973 visits to ASIO might be regarded as extreme, but the consequences of Bijedic and perhaps even Prime Minister Whitlam being assassinated would have been worse than a few bruised egos in ASIO.
Following the upheaval, and significantly greater police and ASIO attention, the Croatian extremists were literally flabbergasted…The Croats then changed tack and targeted the ALP [Australian Labor Party] as their primary support base. An article in the December 1972 issue of Nova Hrvatska [New Croatia, a Ustasha publication] on the Australian situation, recommended the taking of a new approach, suggesting the idea of a Croatian radio station and the standing of Croats for elections.
They ‘stacked’ key ALP branches with Croats and donated money to the ALP. Gradually over the years they became a powerful lobby group and now even have members and sympathizers in parliaments (state and federal).
Hence, Immigration Minister Chris Evans’ reluctance to do anything about Marko Perkovic’s band “Thompson” or the Croatian fascists generally in Australia – they are now ‘off the radar’.
At the moment Australia is engaged in the ‘war on terror’ – sic! Whilst so heavily occupied with investigating Muslims, the Ustasha expatriates remain active, assisting the corrupt Croatian government and aiding the spread of fascism. In this regard, it is interesting to note where the Albanian celebration for Kosovo’s so called ‘independence’ was held – in Melbourne’s Croatian Centre. 
I am not denying the threat posed by Muslim fundamentalists; however, it is incumbent on governments not to lose track of the ideologies that caused the Holocaust and which still persist amongst groups within the extreme Right.
The Croatian extremists still run church schools in Australia teaching hatred of the Serbs and the virtues of [Croatian Ustasha fuehrer] Pavelic and the Ustashe.
A parting thought: whereas the CIA’s late Director of Counter Terrorism James Jesus Angleton was livid over the ASIO visits [the “raid”] and the reversal in policy regarding Croatian terror, curiously, Murphy got strong support from MI5 [the UK security intelligence agency], whose Australian liaison officer described the expatriate Croatian Ustasha ‘revolutionaries’ (HRB, UHNj, HOP etc.)  as “thugs and murderers”. [Recall the distinction between the U.S. and UK attitudes regarding Croatia in this WikiLeak.]
– Kerry L. Milte
And a parting thought on Margaret Thatcher — mentioned in the Cviic obituary and the Campbell diaries — who did not distinguish herself on the Balkans front, but fell easy prey — like the rest — to Croatian-spun anti-Yugoslav/anti-Serb propaganda. (Perversely, she even asked the Board of British Jews to support the Muslims and the Croatians.) I’ve excerpted before writings by her late adviser Sir Alfred Sherman, who had a little more class and a lot more background on the Balkans. Below is a 2006 eulogy for him by Srdja Trifkovic:
Sir Alfred Sherman: Witness to a Century (Aug. 30, 2006)
Sir Alfred Sherman, a friend and long-time political associate who died in London on August 26, started his political life as a Stalinist and ended it as one of the few “paleoconservative” thinkers in today’s Britain…
Born in 1919 to recent immigrants from Russia, Sherman joined the Young Communist League in his first year at Chelsea Plytechnic; as he later explained, “to be a Jew in 1930s Britain was to be alienated. The world proletariat offered us a home.” Within months he was a machine gunner with the Major Attlee battalion of the International Brigades in Spain. A gifted linguist, he translated the orders of the battalion’s Red Army instructor into English, French and Spanish.
During the Second World War Sherman served with the British Army as a Field Security Officer in the Middle East, became fluent in Hebrew and Arabic, and embarked on a life-long study of Islam. After the war he continued his studies at the London School of Economics and became president of the Communist Party student cell.
In that capacity he visited Yugoslavia, at that time one of Moscow’s staunchest allies, and upon his return prepared a favorably intoned report. As he was about to deliver it to his comrades in the summer of 1948, news came of Stalin’s break with Tito. The Party asked Sherman to rewrite his report accordingly. He refused and was duly expelled for “Titoist deviationism.” Sherman promptly left for Belgrade and offering his services to Tito’s authorities in their dispute with Moscow. He assumed his talents as an intellectual would be of value, but to his surprise when he arrived he was put to work helping to build a railway in Bosnia. Despite his small stature and obvious unsuitability for physical labour, he never complained. He carried on, learned the language, and developed a long lasting emotional tie to the former Yugoslavia.
In the early 1950s Sherman — by that time an ex-Communist but still a man of the Left — returned to Belgrade as an Observer correspondent. Unlike most of his Western colleagues, then and now, he was fluent in the language known as Serbo-Croatian at that time and possessed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history, culture and politics of the South Slavs. He developed a strong, life-long affinity for the Serbs, in many ways comparable to that of Dame Rebecca West. That affinity was rekindled in the 1990s when Sherman became a leading critic of the Western policy in the Balkans.
After a few years in Israel, during which time he advised the government on economic affairs, Sherman returned to London. Thoroughly disillusioned in Socialism in all its forms he joined the staff of The Daily Telegraph in 1965, rising to become the Tory flagship’s leader writer (1977-86). In 1974 he co-founded, with the late Sir Keith Joseph, the conservative think-tank, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), and became its first director…The CPS was the launching pad for Margaret Thatcher, gradually transforming her from the untried party leader of 1974 into a prime-minister-in-waiting. More than any one man, Sherman provided her with the strategy for capturing the leadership of the Party and winning the historic general election of 1979.
Sherman’s forte was economics but he was acutely aware of the importance of a coherent cultural basis on which the economic superstructure rests. It behove a Jew deeply worried about the condition of our civilization to advocate the revival of Christianity in general, and particularly to stress that British political history was largely that of religion: church and state were inseparable. As Margaret Thatcher argued in a lecture, Dimensions of Conservatism, in 1977, which Sherman wrote for her two years before she became Britain’s Prime Minister,
“To describe us as a party of free enterprise as opposed to State ownership would be misleading, although we have good cause to fear the deadening effect of State ownership and control . . . The Tories began as a Church party, concerned with the Church and State in that order, before our concern extended to the economy and many other fields which politics now touches.”
Sherman’s star shone briefly after Mrs. Thatcher became prime minister. As the Telegraph’s obituarist has noted, during those years when his star was in the ascendant, Sherman…provided a vital stimulus to “the Leaderin,” giving her the intellectual confidence to proclaim her radical free-market vision in her early years at the helm….
In her memoirs, Lady Thatcher…credits him with a central role in her achievements….In the last decade and a half of his life, Sherman was tireless in exposing the stupidity and malovelence of the Western policy in the Balkans. In 1994 we joined forces to establish The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies, with the help of Michael Stenton and Ronald Hatchett, as a non-partisan research institute. In Sherman’s words, it was “designed to correct the current trend of public commentary, which tends, systematically, not to understand events but to construct a propagandistic version of Balkan rivalries, designed to facilitate the involvement of outside powers.” He chose the name of a great Western poet who gave his life in the fight to free Balkan peoples from Mohammedan rule, which reflected his belief in “the essential unity of our civilization, of which the Orthodox nations are an inseparable and essential ingredient.” As Michael Stenton wrote when Sherman retired as LBF Chairman in 2001, “Alfred has known Yugoslavia since the days the Muslim ladies were still wearing veils. Long decades before the talk of a ‘clash of civilizations’ he understood the Balkans in this sense. Where the average journalist sees the wars in Yugoslavia through some ‘worst since World War Two’ lens, Alfred sees precise parallels: between the Anglo-French reluctance to recognize Nazi malice and ‘Western’ courtesies and concessions to Islam today; between the fashionable denunciation of the Czechs for their treatment of the Sudeten Germans in 1938 and the recent excoriation of the Serbs in Kosovo and elsewhere…”
As early as 1992, writing in London’s Jewish Chronicle, Sherman warned against the lapse of logic in confusing the present plight of Bosnian Muslims with that of European Jewry under Hitler. “It does us no good…when third parties in their own interests take the name of our martyrs in vain; Bosnia is not occupied Europe; the Muslims are not the Jews; the Serbs did not begin the civil war, but are predictably responding to a real threat”:
“Some years ago, I, among others, warned that, whatever the logic of establishing Yugoslavia in the first place, any attempt at hurried dismemberment, particularly along Tito’s internal demarcation lines, would lead to armed conflict, self-intensifying bloodshed and floods of refugees . . . Since 1990, the independent Croatian leadership — with its extreme chauvinist and clericalist colouring — and the Bosnian Muslim leadership — seeking, in its Islamic fundamentalist programme, to put the clock back to Ottoman days — have threatened to turn the Serbs back into persecuted minorities… The Serbs cannot forget that, in living memory, the ‘Independent Croatian State,’ set up by Hitler in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, massacred close on half of the Serbian population—which was then the largest of the three communities in Bosnia — and as many Jews as it could lay hands on . . . If there is any parallel with the Holocaust, it is the martyrdom of the Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, who account for a third of the Serbian nation.”
Both the Croatian and Muslim leaderships enjoy support and encouragement from Germany, Sherman noted, and from militantly Islamic governments of Iran and Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, though Serbian refugees from Croatia and Bosnia outnumbered Croatian and Muslim refugees combined, the media virtually ignore them:
“It reminds one of the late 1930’s, when most of the British press demonised the Czechs at Downing Street’s behest, denouncing them as a threat to European peace and for ill-treating their peaceful German Sudetenland minority; ‘Herr’ Hitler, by contrast was held up as a reasonable man . . . It is almost invariably the innocent who suffer in war. But that does not equate them with victims of the Holocaust, any more than being a Jew automatically qualifies one to pronounce on Yugoslavia. This needs to meet the Serbs’ legitimate claim to self-rule with religious and cultural freedoms, otherwise they will go on fighting even if the whole world is mobilised against them . . . This will not be achieved so long as European Community foreign policy is made in Bonn, whose agenda entails the reversal not only of Versailles, but also of the post-1945 settlement.”
Almost a decade ago, well before Iraq and 9-11, Sherman saw that Washington had “set up the cornerstone of a European Islamistan in Bosnia and a Greater Albania, thus paving the way for further three-sided conflict between Moslems, Serbs and Croats…Far from creating a new status quo it has simply intensified instability.” The U.S. may succeed in establishing its hegemony, in the Balkans-Danubia-Carpathia and elsewhere, “but it will also inherit long-standing ethno-religious conflicts and border disputes without the means for settling them.” His 1997 warning…:
“At the time of writing, the USA is uniquely powerful. It will not always be so. In the course of time, Russia may gain its potential strength, and there is very little the USA can do about Chinese developments one way or the other . . . A law of history is that power tends to generate countervailing power. It is not for me to trace how this will come about. We can do little more than guard against arrogance and over-extension and minimize the pointless sacrifices they usually entail. I am proud to have taken part in this struggle, the struggle to bring the powerful to their senses before they plunge into reckless, ruthless folly…”
His realization that Western intervention in Yugoslavia has come as a result of Western crisis and not of Balkan tragedies, stemmed directly from his key insight that Washington’s “Benevolent Global Hegemony” is based on a new cultural paradigm, materialistic and anti-traditional. This megalomania is a form of madness, he would add, and nothing new in world history, but, as he wrote for Chronicles’ website in May 2000,
“The power and prestige of America is in the hands of people who will not resist the temptation to invent new missions, lay down new embargoes, throw new bombs, and fabricate new courts. For the time being, they control the United Nations, the World Bank, most of the world’s high-tech weapons, and the vast majority of the satellites that watch us from every quadrant of the skies. This is the opportunity they sense, and we must ask what ambitions they will declare next . . . Instead of rediscovering the virtues of traditionally defined, enlightened self-interest in the aftermath of its hands-down cold war victory, America’s foreign policy elites are more intoxicated than ever by their own concoction of benevolent global hegemony and indispensable power.” […]
I was distraught to read the inverted letter by Alberta University’s Dr. Srdja Pavlovic (”Denying genocide should not be called freedom of speech,” Feb. 28), supporting Dr. Srdja Trifkovic’s being barred from Canada. While the basis of the ban was that Trifkovic had a high position in the Karadzic government (he did not), Pavlovic supported the ban on the astounding basis that Srebrenica genocide denial does not constitute free speech.
If genocide denial isn’t freedom of speech, what is? Nazis marching in a Jewish neighborhood in Illinois is freedom of speech, but denying a genocide — even one that saw children and the child-bearing population bused to safety by the accused before the male-on-male gun battles began — isn’t? And why does Pavlovic presume to be the arbiter of what does or doesn’t constitute freedom of speech?
Even though I’m Jewish, it sends shudders down my spine when I hear of yet another arrest or trial in Europe of a Holocaust denier. More so than when I hear the denier speak. For, the revisionists are a type I’m familiar with. But this strange, Orwellian world that’s burgeoning is new to my experience, and disturbing. Kafka and Rand foretold of it too.
But Pavlovic doesn’t mind the dystopia, as long as he thrives in it. And never becomes a target. Good luck. That isn’t how it works.
Endorsing the arbitrary tyranny of a world court, Pavlovic continues, “The judgment of the [ICTY] in The Hague had clearly categorized Srebrenica as the crime of genocide. Such a decision was supported by the overwhelming evidence.”
Pavlovic writes as if he were involved in the Hague’s investigations, or as someone who bothered to follow the proceedings there. Unless he represents .0000000000000000000000000001% of the world’s small intelligentsia and academic community, he did neither. In other words, he has no clue whether the Hague’s decision was supported by “overwhelming evidence” or not. He’s simply saying it was, without knowing if that’s the case.
What he is blissfully ignorant of is that the Hague’s judgment on Srebrenica is not a ‘finding,’ or a judgment based on professional investigation — but merely a proclamation. He also seems unaware of the unique ability by the Hague’s experts to defy all forensic science, determining manner of death (”Execution!”) from a single bone fragment, which often is all that’s found of someone deemed a “massacre victim” in order to fulfill the “8,000″ quota.
As readers of this blog know, evidence is precisely what is lacking as concerns Srebrenica; it is despite the underwhelming evidence that the Court has declared “genocide.” Such was the foregone conclusion that needed to be arrived at by the end of any investigations, in order for lengthy sentences to be issued to Serbian officials and generals — who were condemned long before their trials ever began. For the crime of being Serbian officials during war. It’s an appeasement tactic designed to avoid Muslim protests that, in the event of any contrary verdicts, could make the Muhammed Cartoon Riots look like pep rallies.
Andy Wilcoxson — someone who, unlike Pavlovic, has followed the proceedings — wrote last year:
…Forensic investigators had only exhumed 2,028 bodies when the judgment was handed down. The judges could not have known how the remaining 5,000 to 6,000 persons whose remains had not been found, and for whom no post-mortem forensic investigation had been done, had died or even if they were all dead at all.
…The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is doing DNA analysis to determine the identity of the victims, but they’re doing absolutely nothing to determine how any of them died, which makes it impossible to say how many of them were victims of a war crime and how many were simply victims of the war or belligerents killed in combat.
By affixing the “genocide” label to Srebrenica the Tribunal has undermined the will to do any further investigation into the cause of death of the bodies still being exhumed. Every corpse that is exhumed is assumed to have been executed by the Bosnian-Serbs during the so-called “genocide” even though there is a distinct possibility that they weren’t.
Ah, but then we hear that it’s Trifkovic’s alleged “manner” of denying Srebrenica that Pavlovic finds criminal: “While calling for a dialogue they shout at their critics, rather than talk to them and then have the audacity to call such shouting the expression of the freedom of speech.”
Only someone who has never heard Trifkovic speak can think the man a yeller. One wonders if he’s capable of raising his voice at all. It’s the cold, quiet meticulousness of his facts and delivery that is enough to make any opponent feel shouted down. Interestingly, the response to him is often emotional, invested, and high-pitched, shutting down the dialogue.
We have a case of projection as Pavlovic does his part to protect the carefully guarded, undebatable — and mostly undebated — official truth of Bosnia. His projection is preceded by an inversion: “Dr. Trifkovic and his supporters do not want to have a dialogue…they see their version of the past as true and valid, and demand that others believe it, too.”
This is precisely the specialty of those who won’t hear of calling the Srebrenica crime anything other than “genocide.” No, Mr. Pavlovic, you demonstrably are not “in favour of a dialogue and a critical evaluation of evidence.”
It is clear that Pavlovic is trying to distance himself as a Serb from this other Serb whose first name he shares. He doesn’t want to be kicked out of the intellectual In crowd, and he wants to ensure that his job as an adjunct professor at University of Alberta remains intact. I’m reminded of a letter that appeared on the front page of NY Times during the 1999 Kosovo war, by a Serbian woman who proclaimed that even if one Albanian was gratuitously killed during Belgrade’s counter-insurgency (after years of fatal Albanian brutality and terror which cleansed non-Albanians from the province — see 1980s Washington Post, NY Times and Financial Times), then Serbia deserved war to rain down on it by 19 NATO states, removing all policing structures and handing the region over to a crime syndicate, and establishing a now notorious haven for heroin-trafficking, organ-trafficking, slave-trafficking, jihadists and explosives dealers.
As with that writer, Pavlovic’s approach is as brainless and hypocritical as it is transparent.