Actually, Osama bin Laden was Bosnia’s Osama bin Laden, given that he laid a still-operating network there. But get a load of these “Bosnian-Americans”; they just won’t quit. As Geoff, who’s from the area and sent me the item below, put it: “The St Louis Bosnian refugees can do no wrong…they are like royalty here as you can tell from the story.”
For many Bosnians living in St. Louis, he is the epitome of evil.
Mladic was in command on July 11, 1995, when nationalist Serb police and military forces attacked the United Nations-declared ’safe haven” town of Srebrenica and began the massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
More like 700. Which I guess can be “about 8,000″ if you compare it to, say, a billion.
The attack, considered the worst act of genocide in Europe since World War II [victory!], prompted the flood of refugees that in time would lead St. Louis to become home to one of the largest Bosnian communities outside of Europe. [Congratulations, St. Louis!] An estimated 70,000 Bosnians now live in the metro area. Within that population are 4,000 to 5,000 survivors of Srebrenica (sreh-breh-NEET-sah), the largest such concentration anywhere outside of Bosnia.
Oh boy — this is the first time I’m seeing the St. Louis press include an actual language legend for how to pronounce the word. They’re getting serious about their Bosnification.
“What happened today will give a lot of peace to the families whose relatives were killed and whose lives have been destroyed,” said Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, an assistant professor at St. Louis University.
Mladic was the last of three Serbian leaders wanted for war crimes. Former Yugoslav and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic died in 2006 while on trial in The Hague. Ultra-nationalist Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was captured in 2008 after a decade on the run and is currently on trial.
I guess they haven’t heard about the latest last Serbian leader added to the list — Goran Hadzic. Or about whoever will be the last one after him. (It reminds me of the way Kosovo is referred to in news reports as “the last stage of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia,” which ignores the other last stages to come, such as Presevo, Sandzak, Vojvodina…)
“It’s very safe to say that Milosevic and Mladic together are Bosnians’ Osama bin Laden,” Karamehic-Muratovic said.
So Osama bin Laden wasn’t Osama bin Laden for Bosnians? She’s saying he wasn’t an enemy to Bosniaks? Given that her president at the time — the fundamentalist whom she clearly objects the Serb leaders having fought back against — issued bin Laden a Bosnian passport, and given that bin Laden and his mujahedeen were (and are) nestled in Bosnia, she’s admitting he was on their side. And so she’s practicing a wee bit of projection here.
Just hours before the 1995 attack, Mladic appeared in a now infamous video stroking the cheek of a terrified child and telling the crowd, “Don’t be afraid, no one will hurt you.”
After women and children were loaded onto buses and transported out of the area, the killing began. It went on for days.
(The above paragraphs appear to come from an almost identically worded AP report: “Just hours before the massacre, Mladic handed out candy to Muslim children in the town’s square, assuring them everything would be fine and patting one child on the head. Then the shootings began and the bodies of the victims were bulldozed into mass graves.”)
So, in other words, the kid got on the bus with his candy.
(And, yeah right — “the killing” began — just like that! One-way killing being implied, of course.)
Rusmin Topalovic, whose wife lost several family members in the massacre, said, “Finally, justice has come to where it belongs.”
“It’s not just important to me,” he said. “It’s important to the whole world.”
Yeah, I’ve been lying awake thinking about it. As for the rest of the world to which it really is important that we got him, that’s because they hope it means Muslims will be generally less pissed off, and kill us less often.
Like many Bosnians here, Topalovic, who lives in St. Louis County and operates a cleaning business, believes the Serbian government sheltered Mladic and is angry that he remained free so long.
Mirza Bajric, who fled Bosnia in 1994, is angry that a man alleged to have slaughtered thousands would now get free medical care while he awaits trial. Mladic is reported to be in poor health and unable to communicate.
Oh shit, they’re still angry.
“I wish the Navy Seals took care of them like they took care of Osama,” said Bajric, who owns South City Meats and Deli in St. Louis. [Today’s Special: Pickled Serb (No SerbRoast substitutions.)]
Zuhrizt Dzananovic, 47, lost three brothers at the hands of Mladic’s forces.
“It’s a big day for Europe,” said Dzananovic, who immigrated in 2005 and does janitorial work at St. Mary’s High School in south St. Louis. “This is a big day for me. … For 15 years, I waited for this.”
Aziz Salohovic, 46, fled his home near Srebrenica just before the killing began. [There’s that poetic “the killing began” bit again — are we in an M. Night Shyamalan movie?] Among the dead were his father and brother-in-law. He now lives with his wife and children in south St. Louis and works as a machine operator. […]
A new book titled Nazis on the Run asks “Who enabled Nazi war criminals to escape Europe?”
In addition to the Vatican and Red Cross — which Mr. Steinacher mentions — the other major culprit, which he tactfully omits (at least in the video below) is of course the U.S., as has been documented, with more evidence coming out by the day. “The Soviet Union” and “Communism” were being — and continue to be today — obsessively cited by defenders of the Vatican and of U.S. policy alike, allowing themselves to remain deaf to the reality of what was going on, and what has been coming back to haunt us ever since as the world is being reordered very close to Hitler’s vision. (Only this time with George Soros at the helm.)
And I’m a lifelong anti-Communist saying this. One can be anti-Communist without being pro-Nazi. Apparently, the U.S., the Vatican as well as Hungary and a reunified Germany never bothered to try.
Harvard researcher’s new book claims that Catholic authorities helped SS men find exile, avoid trial, in years following World War II.
A new book by Harvard Research Fellow Gerald Steinacher has claimed that thousands of Nazis were able to evade justice following the Holocaust thanks to the complicity of the Vatican.
Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Henchmen Fled Europe, published this month by Oxford University Press, claims that Catholic authorities helped SS men including Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele avoid detection, travel safely out of Europe, and live comfortably in exile after the end of World War II.
According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Steinacher examined a trove of unpublished Red Cross documents, which showed that understaffed and overwhelmed European human rights workers attempting to resettle the millions of displaced victims of World War II unwittingly created a network that was exploited by Nazis evading justice.
Using papers they were issued by the Red Cross through fraud, Steinacher writes, some 8,000 former SS men managed to find exile in Britain and Canada in the years following 1945.
But while the Red Cross may have inadvertently aided these former Nazis, the Vatican was well aware of the role they played.
The Telegraph wrote, “‘Owing to a desire to revive a Christian Europe or out of a morbid fear of the Soviet Union, the Vatican, through its refugee commission,’ said Mr. Steinacher, ‘provided leading war criminals with false identity papers.’”
…[In Srebrenica] beheadings of Serbian civilians were commonplace, and in some villages the mujahedeen would dynamite homes with the inhabitants trapped inside.
No attempt was made to hide such atrocities. In fact, Gen. Oric would often address the media at the site of the massacres. On one such occasion, while standing in front of mujahedeen displaying decapitated human heads as trophies, Gen. Oric pointed to a smouldering building in ruins and proudly announced to reporters, “We blew those Serbs to the moon.”
Alija Izetbegovic was also proud to display the fighting prowess of his mujahedeen volunteers. Following a successful attack against Serbian positions around Vozuce on Sept. 10, 1995, the Bosnian president held a televised medal presentation. Mujahedeen warriors had served as the vanguard of the assault force, and were awarded 11 decorations for valour, including the Golden Crescent, Bosnia’s highest honour.
According to Miroslav Lazanski, author of the new book, Osama bin Laden Against America, al-Qaeda members still maintain two bases in Bosnia, one of them reserved for top fighters.
Following the Sept. 11 attacks, FBI and CIA agents uncovered evidence that two of the suicide hijackers had originated from this Bosnian camp…The U.S. military has taken a keen interest in mujahedeen activities in the Balkans since Sept. 11. Late last month, U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers visited NATO troops in Bosnia to warn them against a possible al-Qaeda retaliation attack. And on Dec. 4, the White House added two Albanian terrorist groups operating in Macedonia and Kosovo to its list of outlawed organizations…
– Scott Taylor, of Canada’s Esprit de Corps magazine, writing for Ottawa Citizen in December 2001
We’ll all be able to sleep more soundly, won’t we, now that Ratko Mladic is caught. I feel so much safer now that another Serbian general is behind bars!
As jubilation over the latest Serbian catch proceeds for the next several weeks — by Muslims, media, Washington and Brussels — the merrymakers should understand that others of us are also elated, but for a very different reason. For the reason that the cameras go dark once these trials actually start. (As they’ve done in the inconvenient Karadzic and Milosevic cases.) As Hague observer Andy Wilcoxson warned upon Karadzic’s arrest three years ago: Be careful what you wish for. In fact, in the coming weeks I’ll be checking in on the past year of revelations from the Karadzic trial, and give us a flavor of the beans Mladic will be spilling. (This is of course IF the Tribunal gives him the chance — its judgestend to cut offmicrophoneswhen an inconvenient truth comes out in court.)
Whatever proof will be shown of executions by Mladic’s forces of Muslim POWs (and there were a few hundred — though not 8000), it’s important to understand the main reason he has been sought with such universal zeal, as was Karadzic and the abducted-by-night Milosevic, not to mention all the lesser-known Serbs currently serving multi-decade terms. The crime they are all morally charged with — above and beyond anything legal or technical — is daring to fight back when Muslims attacked. They are guilty of being Serbian officials during war. Of daring to answer war with war.
Anyone care for a roasted Serb?
photo credit: Yasunari Mizuguchi
Because if we’re on the subject of POWs, let it be known what your Western governments have kept from you. The Serbian POW in the photo above had been roasted, allegedly alive, by mujahedeen forces serving in the Bosnia-Herzegovina Army. An excerpt from a too-little-too-late effort in 1998 by American Serbs to catch up to their enemies (and designated victims) in the image war reads:
The castration and forced circumcision of hundreds of Serb POWs ranks among the most repugnant of war crimes — these physical mutilations of Serb victims were never made public by CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, nor any major U.S. newspaper. If the American people had been told the truth from the beginning, American GI’s would not be in Bosnia today…
There’s more — much more — where the image above came from, here. As well, we have documentary video evidence (which I am in the process of downloading and creating a location for).
Graphic details of what Srebrenica Muslims did to Srebrenica Serbs even appear in the book Planned Chaos by a wartime MP named Ibran Mustafic. (Also from the horse’s mouth, let’s not forget about these two raped Bosnian-Muslim girls who escaped from Muslim Srebrenica to Bosnian-Serb authorities for safety.)
The Serbs by no means have a monopoly on atrocities. Just like the Muslims, thousands upon thousands of Serbian civilians were driven from their homes in Bosnia. During the war, Serbia hosted more Bosnian war refugees [Serb, Muslim and Croat] than any other country. Just like the Muslims, Serb civilians were rounded up and held in camps under inhumane conditions. Just like the Muslims, Serbian civilians were subjected to gruesome massacres. In fact, in the region around Srebrenica between 1992 and 1995, many Serbian villages were massacred by the Muslims from Srebrenica under the command of Nasir Oric and some of proof is in this horribly gruesome video — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8o7ozy3fMz [removed by youtube as a “violation” — note: why do Serb victims need to be hidden from public view, but not Muslim victims? A brief but informative alternative video appears at this youtube link.]
Everybody involved in the Bosnian War is guilty of ethnic cleansing. Before the war, Muslims made up almost a third of the population in what is now Republika Srpska — after the war their share of the population was just shy of 2%. Likewise, in what is now the B-H Federation, Serbs had comprised about a third of the population before the war, and after the war they were just over 3%. Those people didn’t just voluntarily decide to walk away from their homes, their property, and all of their possessions in order to be refugees. The Bosnian-Muslims have no right to point fingers at the Serbs, because they themselves did a lot of the same things they’re accusing the Serbs of doing [and started the war in the first place]. There won’t be reconciliation in that part of the world until everybody admits their guilt.
Meanwhile, an update from the other front of the Balkan jihad. Mladic may be captured (whew!), but this guy and his cohorts? Still in office:
This apt picture, starring our good friend the terrorist “prime minister” of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci (flanked by his other Western protectors Bernard Kouchner and Javier Solana), is a reference to the murder-for-organsstory that broke a few months ago. Make no mistake about the timing of the Mladic capture. Terror collaborators (a.k.a. bureaucrats) in Washington and Brussels need very much for this other story to recede even deeper into oblivion than it already has. (And who even remembers that it was a Kosovo Albanian that killed two U.S. servicemen in Frankfurt just two months ago?) And so the Mladic arrest is meant to overshadow all the bad news coming from our Great Islamic Hope in Kosovo. As if Mladic did anything approaching the crimes that the ‘legitimate’ rulers of Kosovo committed against non-Albanians and Albanians alike — and by their own hand. As if 1500 Muslim soldiers — not “8000″ — dying from a combination of combat, landmines, infighting and — yes — criminal execution of POWs compares to kidnapping and torturing civilians and selling their organs, to name just one slice of what these apparently more ‘kosher’ butchers are guilty of.
Indeed, given such macabre revelations, the U.S. needs to re-justify a looming NATO operation that will bring Kosovo’s north under Albanian control — by reminding the world of WHAT THE SERBS DID, via a Mladic capture. And so the quisling regime in Serbia — desperate to join the club of “humanity” and that promised-land European future — obliged.
Nor does the West seem to have a problem with those in power in Bosnia. Never mind that some of them helped fund the 9/11 attacks, that another (the son of wartime president Izetbegovic) is a major weapons smuggler, and that a third fosters fundamentalism, issued the mujahedeen passports, and is essentially the top rung of the Bosnian leg of al-Qaeda. Nope, no problems for us there. Not nearly the priority that Mladic was. Flashback to December 2001, again from Canadian military reporter Scott Taylor:
Osama bin Laden — stripped of his Saudi citizenship in 1994 — is alleged to have retained the Bosnian passport he was issued in Vienna in 1993. According to a Sept. 1999 report in Dani, a Bosnian Muslim weekly paper, Alija Izetbegovic, then president of Bosnia, granted Mr. bin Laden a passport in recognition of his followers’ contributions to Mr. Izetbegovic’s quest to create a “fundamentalist Islamic republic” in the Balkans.
Dani also reported that al-Qaeda terrorist Mehrez Aodouni had been arrested in Istanbul while carrying a Bosnian passport. Like Mr. bin Laden, his citizenship had been granted “because he was a member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina army.”
Lest we forget, the people still in power in Bosnia also issued a passport (and citizenship) to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Again, nothing to see here. Keep moving toward the Orthodox Serbs.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any richer, Reuters brings us this:
The Muslim member of Bosnia’s three-person inter-ethnic presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, welcomed the news of Ratko Mladic’s arrest on Thursday and said it was conducted in cooperation with Bosnian security agencies.
So Bosnia’s security agencies kicked right into gear on this one, while being “unable” to secure certain other aspects of Bosnian society.
On the Russia Today network, historian Srdja Trifkovic yesterday warned that in the coming days and weeks, rather than commendations for Serbia’s turning Mladic in, we can expect to see and hear a renewed orgy of Serbophobia, a recycling of all the old tales of the heinous things the dastardly Serbs supposedly did.
“A difficult period of our history is over and Serbia’s reputation is no longer tarnished,” Tadić underscored. “I believe that this operation has proved that the services of the Republic of Serbia have made this country safe and have secured the rule of law, and that our work on the search for war crime suspects will increase Serbia’s moral credibility in the international arena and raise all security capacities to a higher level…” Tadić said.
“It is good for Serbia that it has closed [i.e. reopened] this chapter of history,” Tadić said, and explained that the extradition process was already underway.
Asked whether he expected unrest in the country, the president said that he did not expect the country to enter a political crisis, and that “anyone who tries anything of the kind will be arrested and prosecuted”. […]
Well, after all this, who’s going to jump to defend Serbia from any aggressors again when needed? No one. And that’s the whole idea. Welcome to the EU of small, castrated, prostrate, states — where only nodding will be tolerated.
Here’s how Robert Leifels, an American cop who served as UN police in Bosnia, put it to me yesterday morning: “I guess you heard about the arrest of General Ratko Mladic. People in trouble always turn to guys like him when they need help, then turn against them when they are no longer needed. He served his country and now he is being used once again, to pay for EU membership. Did you ever watch the old movie HIGH NOON starring Gary Cooper? Tells it all.”
Speaking of Tadic’s anticipated rehabilitation of Serbia, the opposite is already in full swing — just like last time. But he will not be deterred:
…Tadić said that the arrest has “opened” all doors to EU membership. “Today we cleared our name and the name of all Serbs,” he said.
Tadić said that Serbia would now do everything in its power to arrest Goran Hadžić, a former leader of Croatia’s Serbs who now is the last remaining indictee wanted by the ICTY.
The arrest came just days after Serge Brammertz, the ICTY’s chief prosecutor, filed a negative report about Serbia’s co-operation with the ICTY with the UN Security Council. Brammertz’ report made it less likely that the EU member states would have given the green light to Serbia’s candidacy this year, threatening Tadić’s chances of re-election next year.
So we’re ALL GO for EU membership, right? But wait a second — this just in:
The European Union wants Serbia [to] show evidence it is making progress in regional cooperation, including with the breakaway province of Kosovo, to boost the chance of becoming an entry candidate by year’s end.
[EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Catherine] Ashton…said in the statement that talks between Belgrade and Kosovo are “fundamental for removing obstacles on the road towards the EU.”
Serbia and Kosovo launched a series of talks under the EU auspices in March, trying to resolve non-political issues such as customs procedures, communications and land registries.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso last week told Serbia that time was running out and it had to do more by the end of June to convince the EU it is ready to become a candidate.
So there will be no ‘unblocking’ for Serbia anytime soon, as the bar keeps getting reset higher. Whatever Serbs do — including during the Balkan wars when they repeatedly laid down their weapons at Western behest and got slaughtered — is not enough.
Goran Hadzic is the last remaining official of the Republic of Serb Krajina, destroyed by Croatia in 1995. All the other Serb officials, whether from Serbia or from Bosnia and “Croatia” are either dead, or have been convicted of BWS (Breathing While Serb). They need him to complete the set, so to speak.
[In February], they convicted the head of Serbia’s police in 1999 for “joint criminal enterprise” to murder and expel poor “Kosovars”. The verdict stated that Milosevic was the mastermind of the conspiracy, and all the coverage noted that he “died while on trial for genocide.” (As in, it was proven and all). Sickening.
Dr. Trifkovic reminds us that the Hague’s tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia “is a highly politicized institution that has been used over the years to provide retroactive quasi-judicial [justification] of the political position of the Western powers that the Serbs are indeed the main culprits for all that came to pass in the former Yugoslavia.” He adds that the Serbian press today is more government-controlled than it ever was under Slobodan Milosevic, and is consistently pushing EU membership as a panacea for all that ails the country — much like Communism had been, he points out. “If Serbia does join the EU,” he says, “it will be the first time in history that a rat has jumped onto a sinking ship.”
Last week I blogged about the Otpor Serbs who advised Egyptian groups on how to cast off dictatorship and thereby Islamicize the country more freely. So since we’re on the subject of self-loathing young Serbs, I’ll bring up two equally idiotic older Serbs: Edmonton’s “poet-in-exile” Goran Simic and Alberta University adjunct professor Srdja Pavlovic, both of whom cheered Canadian censorship in March. Simic is inspired by the current changes in the Arab world:
…Simic was a well-known and well-read author, and no friend of the nationalist cause…The bookstore he owned, as well as his family home, [in Sarajevo] were shelled and destroyed. [By whom, we’re not told — we’re supposed to assume.] His mother and brother, and many friends, were killed…First, [Serb-hater] Susan Sontag helped get him out of Sarajevo. Then PEN Canada, an organization committed to protecting freedom of expression [except in February] brought Simic to Toronto in 1996….He has been, for much of his career since the siege [sic] of Sarajevo, a “war poet,” interpreting what he had seen and heard and smelled during and after the siege [sic] of Sarajevo….It has been his job to ensure, in some small way, that what happened is not forgotten. “They’re still digging up bones,” he said. [I think that’s because there was a war there.]
He has been thinking about his experiences as a persecuted writer and as a war survivor, as he watches the demonstrations in the Arab world. “It’s a great victory for freedom of speech,” he said. “It’s proof that people can change history.”
The idiocy of Simic’s fellow Serbian anti-Serb, Pavlovic, manifests itself in a different subject. He “corrects” a writer named Lorne Gunter, who wrote negatively about the 1999 war against the Serbs in a piece titled “Libyan conflict Kosovo war all over again” (My own, rather opposite, correction of the Gunter piece appears here.) From Pavlovic’s rebuttal piece “NATO effective in 1999 “:
Lorne Gunter was wrong when he claimed that the 1999 bombing of Kosovo was useless in ending suffering of civilians.
Prior to the bombing, the conflict had devastating consequences for the populations of Kosovo. The joint report by the Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights and the Columbia University Program on Forced Migration and Health, stated that the Kosovo crisis resulted in the largest population displacement in Europe since the Second World War.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced the former Serbian police chief, Vlastimir Djordjevic, to 27 years in prison for his role in the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo Albanians.
Nine former members of the paramilitary units known as Jackals are currently on trial in Belgrade for the killing of at least 44 Albanian civilians in the village of Cuska in May 1999. In 2007, two former policemen from the Serbian city of Pozarevac were put on trial for the crimes committed in the village of Orahovac in Kosovo. Similar trials took place in the Serbian cities of Novi Sad (2006) and Nis (2007).
Gunter claims that no mass graves of “innocent Kosovars” were ever found. That claim flies in the face of overwhelming evidence. While fewer human remains than estimated before the NATO bombing had been found in Kosovo, mass graves of Albanian civilians are still being unearthed in Serbia. In May 2001, the government of Serbia confirmed that, during the Kosovo conflict, a truck carrying the bodies of 86 Albanian civilians was dumped in the Danube River. In July 2001, the Serbian authorities discovered four mass graves totalling 1,000 bodies of Albanian civilians.
According to the 2010 statement by the Serbian chief prosecutor for war crimes, Vladimir Vukcevic, the authorities are yet to begin the gruesome task of unearthing human remains from a mass grave near Raska, which is the sixth such mass grave discovered in Serbia since 2001.
The authorities estimate that the bodies of some 250 Kosovo Albanians were dumped there during the fighting in 1999. In terms of its size, the Raska mass grave is second only to the one found in the Belgrade suburb of Batajnica, where 700 bodies of Albanian civilians had been unearthed.
It is both unfortunate and puzzling that a journalist of Gunter’s calibre failed to do basic research before attempting to compare the two conflicts.
Talk about not doing basic research. “Prior to the bombing, the conflict had devastating consequences for the populations of Kosovo,” Mr. Pavlovic? Every war crime that any Serb defendant was ever convicted of by the ICTY, including Djordjevic, was alleged without exception to have happened DURING — not before — the NATO bombing. Additionally, in all of the evidence related to ICTY trials of Serb defendants for war crimes in Kosovo, no military, political, or police official is on record in any of the transcripts, documents, or trial exhibits discussing or referring to any kind of a plan, policy, or conspiracy to terrorize, kill, or expel the Kosovo Albanian population. (Though notice Pavlovic isn’t worried about the very real plan by Albanians fromDayOne to drive out the Serbian and Roma populations.)
As for the joint report stating that the Kosovo crisis resulted in the largest population displacement in Europe since the Second World War, that massive displacement was confirmed by the report itself to have happened after the commencement of the NATO bombing — not “prior to the bombing” as alleged by Pavlovic. (Unless, of course, you count the forced exodus that NATO and KLA staged together in advance, for the cameras. Or the general persecution by KLA, causing Albanians to flee to Belgrade.)
Pavlovic also mentions the Jackals as if their crimes were somehow condoned by Milosevic’s government. But trial watcher Andy Wilcoxson is in possession of a Serbian police report dated June 1999 that plainly states the Jackals killed civilians and were involved in bank robberies. “They were criminals and were regarded as such by the authorities,” says Wilcoxson, adding, “The Serbian government has been putting people like this on trial for war crimes since Milosevic was in power. This is nothing new. Serbia didn’t need NATO to bomb them in order to prosecute this kind of thing.”
But let’s get to those mass graves, Mr. Pavlovic. “Authorities estimate” 250 bodies in a not-yet-excavated grave? We know how accurate all those official estimates have been throughout the Balkan wars, don’t we? The Trepca zinc mine “mass grave”; the stadium-concentration-camp; the “500,000 missing and feared dead”; “100,000″ killed and “up to a million displaced”; Operation Horseshoe; 567 bodies in an Orahovac mass grave; “60,000″ Muslim women raped; “300,000″ Bosnians killed, and so on. In Kosovo, the 100,000 became 44,000, then 22,000 and soon “more than 11,000 killed in 529 reported mass grave and killing sites.” Then, forensic pathologist Emilio Perez Pujol was told to expect 2,000 bodies for autopsies in Istok — supposedly “the worst part” and darkest corner of the Kosovo war — but in the end got 187, several of them having died from natural or “strange” and unexplained causes, with even Western officials saying plenty had died from fighting and from NATO bombs. (About 100 of the 187 were prison inmates killed by NATO.) None of which fazes Pavlovic or causes him to take “official” estimates or pronouncements with a grain of salt.
And so now we’re down to 250 potential bodies which have been hard to find for four years because it turns out they’re going to be found under a building at the site. But Pavlovic wants you to think that the bodies have already been found and counted. Perhaps he is going by this May, 2010 item, which actually claimed to have “unearthed” possibly 250 bodies. By August, however:
Serbia’s war crimes prosecutor yesterday said he would continue the search for a mass grave containing the bodies of Kosovo Albanians amid reports that a first probe yielded nothing.
“The prosecutor’s office together with EULEX (the EU mission in Kosovo) will continue its investigation to determine the existence of a mass grave as there is a well-founded suspicion that a mass grave is on the Raska-Rudnica site,” the prosecutor said in a statement.
The statement added that the prosecution had received the results of the analysis of the first soil samples taken in front of the building which is the suspected site of the mass grave. A source close to the probe said the samples tested negative for evidence of human remains, but added they were taken in the wrong place as the bodies are thought to be buried under the building…
In Pristina, the head of Kosovo government’s commission for missing persons Prenk Gjetaj agreed that the mass grave “suspicion is not related only to the yard that belongs to that road maintenance company, but exactly to the building and its basement which were built after the war.”
The Serbian authorities in May announced the discovery of the site at Rudnica, near the southwestern town of Raska, 3km from the border with Kosovo. It is believed to contain the remains of some 250 Kosovo Albanians killed in the 1998-99 conflict with Serbian forces.
Pavlovic is engaging in the same old dynamic described by historian Jared Israel more than 10 years ago:
…The discovery or even the rumor of a grave is cited (often in a press conference by some authority figure) as proof of Serbian atrocities…The supposed mass grave is discovered…The grave has not been opened, or perhaps it has been opened but the only evidence is a few scraps of clothing. Nevertheless we are told that dead bodies will be found; the bodies will be Albanians; they will be civilians; they will have been killed by Serbs; the Serbs will have been soldiers or policemen. The reporter does not probe, does not investigate, does not test these speculations against fact and nobody complains because the speculations are not presented as speculations. Once uttered, they have the authority of Revealed Truth. They become part of the Record, to be cited in later news reports as Proven Fact.
Indeed, Pavlovic joins quite the tradition, a diligent and noble effort that even included NATO doctoring aerial photos of mass graves. (This recalls Madeleine Albright waving a photo of a supposed mass grave in Bosnia that never had any follow-up to it — sure enough, the photo is sealed for “national security reasons.”) For his part, Pavlovic isn’t too embarrassed to cite the infamous freezer truck hoax as part of the “overwhelming evidence” that Gunter supposedly flies in the face of.
The “Serbian government” that Pavlovic cites as admitting to the freezer truck non-incident is the Western-quisling Democratic Opposition of Serbia, which took over after Milosevic and which habitually lied about things to gain Western favor and seal its power, built on the premise of Serbian guilt. It also blackmailed witnesses into testifying against Milosevic, whom it illegally extradited in the first place. This is where Pavlovic gets most of his information from. A government that also made a false confession of responsibility for the Srebrenica non-genocide and would admit to killing OJ Simpson’s wife if it meant Serbia could stop being a pariah and finally be allowed into the club.
We’re of course familiar with the overzealous official-story-peddling type of Serb. Who can forget this Belgrade official who was so enthusiastic for there to be countless mass graves in Kosovo (a friend of Pavlovic’s?) that UNMIK had to reproach him in 2004:
PRISTINA – Some media reports have quoted a senior Belgrade official as stating that there are 198 mass graves in Kosovo. The Office on Missing Persons and Forensics (OMPF) would like to categorically state that no evidence has been provided to OMPF regarding existence of any mass graves in Kosovo. Such unfounded statements reflect a lack of sensitivity to an issue that is extremely emotive and causes considerable anguish for all affected families. […]
One also must ask why Pavlovic refers to the “700 unearthed” Albanian bodies in Serbia as “civilians.” How does he know those corpses aren’t the most likely scenario: KLA fighters either killed in battle or captured and killed illegally, such as the bodies found at a couple of police bases, including the Bytyqi Brother terrorists exported by America in the “Atlantic Brigade.” But then, to propagandists like Pavlovic every supposed victim of alleged Serbian atrocities is an innocent civilian, while every dead Serb was an armed-to-the-teeth baby-rapist and mass murderer. (Meanwhile, any actual civilians among the dead, as we know, were by and large killed by NATO bombs — the prison example above being just one example.)
As Mr. Israel also wrote in the above-cited 1999 piece:
Aside from those who died in the fighting, we have credible evidence that the KLA executed many pro-Yugoslav Albanians, as well as non-Albanians (who do not necessarily differ from Albanians in appearance) not to mention Yugoslav soldiers and policemen.
So, thousands of people died and were buried. The KLA has had a free hand in Kosovo since early June, plenty of time to move bodies around, to dress dead soldiers as civilians and to tutor ‘grieving relatives’ until their stories sound believable. And despite all that, the Spanish scientists, sent to the zone of the worst Serbian atrocities, came back virtually empty-handed.
These were the empty-handed Spanish forensics investigators, who were tasked with finding evidence of “Serbian atrocities” in the 187 bodies they were assigned, but who found many of them in individual, not mass, graves and oriented to face Mecca.
Meanwhile, the 24 members of the Krasniqi clan who were killed by the KLA are just one example of the KLA killing their own. Many similar deaths were palmed off on the Serbs.
But I’m sure the Albanians appreciate Pavlovic’s efforts on their behalf, and will refine their general view of Serbs thanks to him (or Montenegrins or Macedonians or whatever other kind of Slav Mr. Pavlovic becomes when politically expedient). In addition to Pavlovic’s “facts” being problematic, notice the typical gravity and reverence with which he cites the judgments of vested, conflicted and corrupt “institutions” such as the ICTY, as if its pronouncements are legitimately official and soundly arrived at. He also lists approvingly the draconian sentences issued to its disproportionately Serbian targets, as proof of Serbian culpability to the levels popularly believed. Not only does he not mention the growing Pandora’s Box of revelations about how the KLA’s crimes and reign of terror demonstrate the two-sided nature of the conflict, but the reason that Albanian war criminals are not as listable as Pavlovic’s Serbian list is that the Albanian side has been too dangerous to prosecute, its perpetrators’ crimes going vastly unpunished because of a lack of cooperation, a culture of denial, threats against investigators and judiciaries, violence against internationals, and the killing and intimidation of witnesses. All this bothers Pavlovic, safe in Canada, not at all. Nor is he bothered that Albania won’t even allow exhumations of mass graves of Serbs, just as he isn’t bothered that all of Europe is too terrified to even conduct a proper investigation into his fellow Serbs having been murdered for their organs to help fund the KLA war effort. Where are all of Pavlovic’s articles condemning the impunity of Albanian crime and the purposeful, blatant ethnic discrimination practiced by judicial bodies? It seems he only speaks up when the dogma of Serbian guilt is questioned.
As the lid is being blown off all the Kosovo lies, this good little slave still tries to drill home the over-drilled obsolete propaganda. Never mind that Serbia has prosecuted paramilitaries, reservists, and active-duty personnel for murder, looting and rape without any prompting from anyone — nobody ever mentions that — while the KLA mass murderers go on to become “prime ministers” and “presidents.” To the apparent approval of the likes of Pavlovic.
It goes without saying that Pavlovic’s grip clinging to his black-and-white understanding of the war isn’t being loosed byallthemassgraves ofSerbs, whichaccount for several of the “mass graves found throughout Kosovo” that have been reported over the years without mentioning who’s in them, leaving you to assume that it’s Albanian civilians.
As Czech-Slovak KFOR press officer Pavel Loeffler put it in May 2003 when a month earlier UN units had discovered a mass grave containing dozens of bodies:
“Two busloads of Serbians came in, but only a few were able to identify some family members.”
He said he thought there were many more such graves in the territory, but the chances of finding them are slim.
“The locals aren’t going to lead us to them,” he said. “It would hurt their image as the only victims.”
In the end, what we have is a death toll of 5,000 people on all sides, but every — every — news report continues to cite the disproved 10,000. As a 2007 Defense & Foreign Affairs special analysis puts it:
…[T]he original 2,108 bodies found by ICTY investigators did not translate into the 6,000 anticipated by the State Department. War crimes investigators checked the largest gravesites first, so when the ICTY wrapped-up exhumations in the Summer of 2000, the total number of bodies found was 2,788.
Although the State Department’s estimate of “about 6,000 bodies in mass graves in Kosovo” was off by almost 115 percent, the Department never bothered to revise its overall estimate of 10,000 [deaths]. As for the other categories of victims mentioned in their report, even if someone did try to conceal evidence of killings, the victims would still be recorded as missing persons regardless of whether their remains were found or not.
Further, some of those whose deaths were a matter of public record — and who were issued death certificates in 1998 and ‘99 — were in unknown mass graves. Yet when the graves containing them are eventually located, their remains are sometimes “discovered” as new.
Some weeks before this attempt by this Pavlov(ic)ian dog, conditioned to Serbian self-flagellation, to ingratiate himself to his Western masters and the Albanian world that prefers him dead, both he and Goran Simic had written letters to Edmonton Journal in support of censoring a Serb who is less embarrassed to be a Serb — Srdja Trifkovic — who was therefore barred from Canada. An excerpt from Simic’s reads:
…I believe every nation proves its maturity when it admits its own mistakes and cleans its own house. [Still waiting on Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo — but Simic apparently isn’t.] At present, many Serbian hard-core nationalists are preventing the process of reconciliation[,] by denying the Srebrenica genocide [translation: by wanting to investigate what really happened — never a good thing for Balkan reconciliation, which requires that the more even-handed truth be suppressed and the lies be kept alive]…
During my stay in Bosnia last year I was present at the discovery of new mass graves and the unearthing of human remains. [I think that’s because there was a war there.]
Or was [Trifkovic’s] lecture tour designed to breathe life into the dark forces that wish to stop reconciliation in the Balkans? [As opposed to the bright forces that want a ‘reconciliation’ built on a yarn of exclusive Serb guilt]
As a Serb and a Bosnian as well as a Canadian, I will gladly organize a lecture for Trifkovic on these subjects if he is willing to speak to thousands of people from Srebrenica who lost their entire families in the genocide.
I will make sure he is granted the visa for Srebrenica.
But he’s still perfectly OK with Trifkovic not getting a visa for Canada.
Why should anyone listen to what this Simic says? Like a parade of Western journalists, this traitorous Serb has built a career on the myth of Serbian culpability.
In response to his and Pavlovic’s letters supporting censorship in Edmonton Journal, professor George Thompson of Washington, D.C., wrote the following letter:
Re: “Universities often misused as platforms for hate speech,” Letters, March 10.
While mouthing support for academic autonomy and freedom to travel, the posse of professors who favour Srdja Trifkovic’s exclusion from Canada in fact seeks to suppress such virtues of civil society.
These Guardians of Official Thought can brook no disagreement with their version of what happened during the Bosnian war, specifically at Srebrenica. If their version is unimpeachably correct, however, why is it so important to them to censor those who disagree?
It’s sad but not surprising that a small group of academics with an ugly agenda cheers the use of state power to silence dissenters. It’s quite worrisome that the state used its power in this manner. Canada has done its university students, and itself, a disservice by excluding Trifkovic from the country.
But I’ll keep calling him “Serb” since it’s apparently such an insult.
Clearly, Pavlovic wants to be a hero to the likes of fourth-year International Relations major Ana Komnenic, of the University of British Columbia, who was glad to hear that Trifkovic would not be speaking at her school. She is a “Bosnian-Canadian” (i.e. ethnically a Serb who is possibly descended from Byzantine nobility), and according to her Facebook page she’s a fan of another brainwashed Serbian boy — Rastko Pocesta — praised for his anti-Serbian views. (Hence why he is called a “human rights activist.”) Accoring to this item, Ms. Komnenic — whose weak genes folded to the Ottomans and so today she is “Bosnian” — has a boyfriend who is a “member of the school’s Arab Students Association and has been very active in promoting Islamic-fundamentalist interests on UBC and in Vancouver, BC.” Not too Muslimy of this Bosnian chick at all, as we were told they weren’t in the 90s. Also opposed to Trifkovic’s appearance? “Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights.” So Pavlovic, Komnenic, and the Intifadah have much in common after all.
Wait — I mean Obama got Osama! At least I thought he did. But given Obama’s endorsement of pre-1967 Israeli borders, I’m not sure who won.
At first, the timing of the raid seemed clearly to shift focus from the photo-shopped birth certificate he finally released after pressure from Donald Trump (the raid happened within four days of the release, just as the public started to notice the certificate and ask questions; within a day, all that was forgotten). Now I’m wondering if the timing of the raid might not have been even more deliberate, giving him the political capital and anti-terror creds to let him give terror a leg up in the Middle East. (That should get his fallen Muslim cred back up.)
And here I was, left wondering after the raid how we’d make it up to the Muslim world — by allowing a little more Sharia here and there, or some additional privileged status or some other acceleration of the Islamization going on. With or without our pro-terror policies in Israel (and boy has Obama been laying it on thick this week), I’m sure the political class soon enough will find a way to squander and counteract the risk our boys took.
So, really, who needs Osama when you’ve got Obama? Maybe the most persistent typo of 2007-08 — oh, and 2011 — didn’t require correction. Was he just removing a rival?
Osama’s triumph — I mean, Obama’s triumph — also means less opposition when we do the next, less high-profile and smaller military operation — against Serbs in northern Mitrovica, Kosovo, on behalf of Albanian Muslims. The man has a mandate now. Americans will follow him to the ends of the earth, so certainly to the ends of Kosovo, which Americans don’t know or care about anyway — despite its being the site of our most recent pre-9/11 jihad. (Yes, our jihad.)
The twist is that we killed our best friend in the Balkans when we killed bin Laden. He’d only be a bad guy to us when he’d leave that region. Sort of like drinking, prostitution and sodomy isn’t allowed for Saudi sheiks when they’re in Saudi. But when they’re not, Allah apparently has no clue what they’re up to. (”Where’s Abdullah?! I could have sworn I just saw him boarding a plane a minute ago!”)
As for that “treasure trove of information” that’s been bandied about since the raid, I think the protocol on what to do with that is put it in storage or recycle it. Just like we did with the boxes of information that were recovered from the investigation of the Meir Kahane assassination. Those boxes had the 1993 and 2001 WTC plans and players right there — so we filed them. Then there’s all the evidence from the Oklahoma City bombing — oh wait, the FBI destroyed half of that and classified the rest. The USS Cole bombing also reaped a treasure trove of information that was promptly locked away and forgotten while bin Laden was reciting poetry about it. And those are just the ones we know about. I’m sure the Feds are using the Osama treasure trove for toilet paper as we speak.
But hey, as long as it helps Osama’s numbers, that’s all that counts, right? I mean Obama’s numbers.
I’m glad that Jeffrey Kuhner has finally noticed after 18 years of the Yugoslavia tribunal’s existence that this Hague court is a sham. (“The Coming Balkan War,” April 19) Unfortunately, he does so thanks only to his own ethnic kin finally getting burned by it. Kuhner’s indignation at the court’s attempt at ethnic parity via the conviction of Croatian general Ante Gotovina (after years of prosecuting mainly Serbian war crimes) rests largely on the debunked 1990s myths about the Balkans and the design for a “Greater Serbia” — which the Hague itself reluctantly proved to have been a figment of Western imaginations, including Kuhner’s.
Kuhner inverts aggressor and defender in the Croatian war, ignoring chronology. The Serbs woke up one day to find themselves no longer citizens of the country they’d been citizens of the day before, and reacted to an illegal secession that the international community scandalously backed after pressure from a resurgent Germany and, regrettably, from the Vatican. The Serbian federalists were promptly branded the “rebels” — and needed to be put down. This with no regard for the fact that all the old symbols, heroes, currency, slogans and songs from the WWII Croatian-Nazi (“Ustasha”) era were being resurrected all around the Serbs, who had been its victims before and were ominously finding themselves fired from government jobs and reduced in constitutional status. Soon enough 1990s Croatia became “a place where killing Serbs was normal,” as put by Zarko Puhovski, president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Croatia.
Kuhner credits convicted war criminal Gotovina with ‘putting a stop to’ the war via Operation Storm, which has been described even by Serb-unfriendly international bureaucrats as the largest ethnic cleansing of the Balkan wars. Kuhner calls the operation a “stunning success,” in effect hailing the ethnic purification of Croatia which “took just three days” and is still celebrated as a national holiday.
Kuhner states that the “moral equivalence” of the Gotovina verdict hands “Serbian ultranationalists”™ a victory, as this is exactly what Serbia has been “demanding” all along. Actually, moral equivalence is what the Serbs are settling for, since the actual aggressors in the Balkan wars will never be named as such — given that foreign policy and careers have been built on the official narrative. As for the moral equivalence being desirable to “cover [Serbia’s] genocidal culpability and national shame,” how’s that apology and national shame for the WWII liquidation of Serbs coming along, Mr. Kuhner? It’s only been 70 years.
Croatia has been described by the AP as “a country that long overlooked or justified [war] crimes committed by its own people” and “for years [declining] to prosecute its own, claiming that only Serbs committed crimes in the war.” In 2006 Amnesty International noted that “ethnic bias continued to affect the investigation and prosecution by the Croatian judiciary of wartime human rights violations. There continued to be widespread impunity for…the Croatian Army and police forces.” Kuhner’s article openly calls for more of the same and demands an even more nationalist option for Croatian voters than the party that started it all (the ruling HDZ), as well as an end to cooperation with the Hague — and for cases to be transferred to the problematic, ethnic-partial Croatian judiciary.
Cleverly, as he fans the winds of war over the Gotovina verdict, Kuhner disguises it as a warning that Serbs are again on the march. If the staff at Washington Times could understand what is in their house, their blood would freeze.
This is just to announce that Dr. David Yeagley, whom I revisited two weeks ago in an item about Serbia and Soros, has a newer, more active blog than his “Bad Eagle” blog, this one devoted to the scariest palindrome in the world, Soros: The Soros Sundance blog.
Among the many news items about the “democratic” uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and elsewhere in the Arab world are a few about the Serbian revolution-consulting group “Otpor,” which came about to overthrow Milosevic. (As we know, it was actually externally fueled, funded and tutored, by Western governments, individuals, and NGOs.)
Anyone with even the shallowest sense of history, however, will note the perversity that young Serbs should be advising not just Muslim (a.k.a. Serb-slaying and -colonizing) activists, but ones that go by the name “April 6″:
Some of the members of the April 6 Youth Movement, which spearheaded the Egyptian revolution, were trained by members of Otpor!, a Serbian-based group that was responsible for the fall of the Milosevic regime in 2000.
The organisation dubbed by some commentators as “Revolution Ltd” has trained activists and non-violent resistants who have struggled to overthrow most of the world’s dictatorial regimes. Its methods have served as “weapons” almost everywhere: from the Rose Revolution in Georgia  to the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan , and more recently in the revolt that has swept across the Arab world.
“Yes, it’s true. We did train members of the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt,” remarks Srdja Popovic, who now runs the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade, whose senior members are veterans of the Otpor! civil resistance movement.
However, Srdja Popovic has no intention of hogging the limelight and appears exasperated when we ask him if Otpor! is an exporter of revolutions. “We do not descend on countries with revolution in a suitcase. It is their revolution and the foreign consultants should not take credit for it. These people risked their lives for freedom, and their victory is 100% of their own making. No question about it!”
Srdja Popovic is long-standing authority on civil disobedience and non-violent resistance. In 1998, when he was a 25-year old biology student, he and a dozen of his friends founded Otpor!. At the time, Milosevic had been in power for almost ten years and was preparing to wage war Kosovo.
In a student canteen in Belgrade University, they devised a plan for a new resistance movement, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and the campaign against apartheid, with a fresh and trendy image that even succeeded in attracting their apolitical peers.
Highly imaginative initiatives, which brought them increasing attention in the media, became their signature. As always the emphasis was on non-violence: they challenged and ridiculed the regime, but confronted soldiers and police carrying flowers. Otpor! had understood that Milosevic would fall when he could no longer rely on the unquestioning support of the police and the army.
“They were the methods and the message that we are now teaching to activists in other countries,” explains Srdja Popovic. “In our courses, we ask them to identify the pillars of the regime. Then we tell them: ‘Do not attack them, because that will only lead to violence. Try to win them over to your side’”.
From the start of the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, members of the April 6 Youth Movement brandishing the Otpor! symbol of a clenched white fist on a black background were a visible presence in Tahrir Square and the streets of Cairo. In an interview with Al-Jazeera, one of their number, 22-year-old blogger Mohammed Adel explained: “I was in Serbia where I learned about the organisation of non-violent demonstrations and the best methods to counter security service brutality.”
When he returned to Egypt at the end of 2009, he brought with him a guide to subversive activities, which he distributed to other members of the April 6 and Kefaya movements. A little more than a year later, this document was put to good use. […]
It was carried through the streets of Cairo during the revolution that ousted president Hosni Mubarak: a black flag emblazoned with a clenched white fist.
The symbol of resistance originated in the most unlikely of places for an Arab uprising - the Serbian pro-democracy movement that overthrew dictator Slobodan Milosevic.
The peaceful sometimes fun-loving tactics of the Balkan student revolutionaries were so successful that they opened up shop mentoring other protest movements in eastern Europe, plotting strategy for successful uprisings in Georgia and Ukraine.
Now, they’re becoming a force in the Middle East. [That is, in all the countries that sent mujahedeen to slaughter Serbs throughout the 90s.]
The Serbian movement Otpor evolved into Canvas - a kind of consultancy for would-be revolutionaries. In 2009, in Belgrade, Canvas gave Egyptian youth group April 6 lessons in peaceful protest…
“It makes us Serbs proud that they were inspired by what we have done but it is actually their own thing,” said Srdja Popovic, a former Otpor leader who now runs Canvas, which stands for Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies. [Note: They’re not just inspired by what Popovic’s crowd has done; they’re fortified by it for future use against the infidel world including Serbs.]
“The young people of the Arab world have awakened and understood that they are powerful and that is what is happening now.” [Idiot.]
Popovic spoke in his office in a drab communist-style neighborhood of Belgrade where youth activists from around the world take five-day workshops on how to topple their autocrats.
On a wall-mounted drawing board are diagrams with arrows describing peaceful tactics by demonstrators that feature in lectures by the Serb instructors, all former members of Otpor, which means resistance in Serbian.
April 6 displayed the clenched fist symbol in its Cairo headquarters and waved it at rallies, until the opposition decided to use only the Egyptian flag as a symbol of unity.
Canvas teachings are available in a documentary, “Bringing Down a Dictator,” featuring Otpor strategies to topple Milosevic and its manual “Nonviolent Struggle, 50 Crucial Points” which was translated in 16 languages, including Farsi and Arabic, and downloaded 17,000 times from Iran during that country’s 2009 protests. [At least there’s that.]
“We don’t tell them what to do, but give them tools on how it can be done,” Popovic said. “When they come to us, the first rule we tell them is never use violence. The second is never use foreigners to lead your uprisings.”
…Popovic says Middle Eastern nations are young societies - and that bodes well for successful revolution. In Egypt, the average age is 24… [I believe that age group fits a certain “profile” — and that’s what Popovic is loosening; in fact, that’s also the average age in Kosovo.]
Popovic praised Egypt’s 19-day protests as “impressive.” He said the demonstrations were well-planned, that the leaders managed to maintain political and religious unity [imagine that!] and remained peaceful, despite repeated attempts by Mubarak’s regime to create bloodshed…”Once the fear disperses, enthusiasm rises. Everything is possible.”
Helping an Egyptian group called April 6. While that date may have a significance in an Egyptian context, the pathetic irony of it is that it happens to be the date that Adolf Hitler launched his blitz against Yugoslavia as the only European nation that required bombing before occupation, thanks to the suicidal Serbian resistance to the Nazis:
“As soon as sufficient forces are available and the weather allows, the ground installations of the Yugoslav Air Force and the City of Belgrade will be destroyed from the air by continual day and night bombardment. When that is completed we will subdue Yugoslavia.” –Adolf Hitler, 1941
These stupid young Serbs are helping empower the same Islamic element (does “democracy” in the Middle East lead anywhere else?), which helped get Serbian eyes gouged out in Bosnia, and Serbian kidneys extracted in Kosovo. They helped the West topple the Milosevic government for finally cracking down on Albanian violence in Kosovo and for helping root out Islamist elements in Bosnia, where Hitler’s Handzar division had been reconstituted by these elements and a “hip” Muslim youth magazine cover depicted a Handzar stepping on the severed heads of Serbian leaders. Thus inspired has been the Muslim youth that these Serbs have helped in the long run while also helping the West swarm Serbia’s shores with jihadists. Not only have they infested their region with a heightened and more fervent Islamic presence, they are empowering the similarly-susceptible hordes elsewhere, who cheered Serbia’s destruction in the name of Muslim solidarity.
Needless to say, as the young Serbs have accomplished against themselves, so are they accomplishing against Israel ultimately by empowering Muslims in the Middle East; after all, keep in mind that the Egyptian public resented its governments for signing and holding to a peace treaty with Israel.
So that which the Otpor crowd enabled in their own backyard, they are enabling in the Middle East, since the void is filled by shariacrats. Young socialist-prones are always on autopilot, always against “the power” regardless of its nature, and always for “the people” regardless of the nature of the people. These are the useful young idiots who shouldn’t be driving the political landscape. Next they’ll be hired by Albanian young people in Kosovo trying to oust their corrupt leadership — which Otpor helped the Albanians’ Western sponsors entrench. Before long, Otpor will enable the more popular and, if you can imagine, more radical movement Self-determination to take over Kosovo and expedite the seizure of Presevo Valley and Sandjak to form the Greater Albania that Milosevic and numerous Albanian Yugoslavs had warned about.
It’s a demented reality to see Muslims going to the otherwise reviled Serbs, who are serving a similar purpose to the reviled but useful Jew (e.g. when Jews’ enemies need to know how something is done — maintaining greenhouses, anti-terror policing, scientific or medical stuff etc)
Little surprise, meanwhile, that Albanians support U.S. actions in Libya now, which will facilitate the radicals to take over, and Islamization:
On March 24th, Kosovo will mark the twelfth anniversary of the 1999 NATO air strikes against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic. This year, however, the occasion has new significance.
Just days ago, the EU and NATO launched attacks against Muammar Gaddafi’s air defence systems in an effort to protect civilians in Libya. Many in Kosovo were reminded of the 1999 events.
“Waiting in the house basement for long periods of time is something which still today I cannot describe,” recalls Rafet Beqiri, 59.
He describes how Serbian police came to expel his family from his house in Pristina during the night of March 24th.
“The Serbian police said, ‘Do you see NATO? They are coming, but when they come, you will not be here’,” he recalled. [Notice how his family are here today to tell of the encounter; had the tables been turned — as they later were — the Serbian family would not have lived to tell about it.]
During their first night of exile, he and his family left Pristina with many others, walking to the station to catch the first train to the border with Macedonia.
Nezir Berisha, 73, is a former Yugoslav diplomat — one of the few Kosovo Albanians who worked for the former communist country’s Foreign Service. He was posted in Tripoli for three years.
“I’m happy that the international community is acting faster in Libya than in Kosovo. The people need help there, as we needed it in 1999,” says Berisha. “We in Kosovo understand such actions, and more, we understand what the Libyans are facing.”
International affairs usually do not get front page coverage in Kosovo media, but Libya has made headlines on all main TV stations and in newspapers for days.
“Kosovo understands the importance of such interventions from 1999, and supports the efforts of the Libyan people for freedom and democracy, in becoming an important country of the Arab world,” Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said.
I got the following note from Nebojsa Malic after the above blog ran:
I liked the piece about “Otpor” (Canvas, whatever), but there’s one thing that it sorta missed.
These ain’t Serbs. Well, they are SINO - Serbs In Name Only.
Back in the late 1990s, there was a bona fide student movement campaigning for democracy and against what they saw as a corrupt tyranny under Milosevic. Then, just prior to the 1999 NATO attack, this Popovic guy and a gaggle of newcomers join up, and take over the organization, which soon starts taking marching orders straight from the U.S. embassy. [Related — my link] They don’t even bother denying the claims that they were a tool of the CIA and the NED [National Endowment for Democracy]. Otpor eventually merged with the (now ruling) Democratic Party (DS), which runs Serbia as basically a puppet state of Washington and Brussels. The DS core is made up of old Communist commissars (such as Dragoljub Micunovic, who in his youth once famously rode an Orthodox priest, to show the proper place of religion in the Brave New World of socialism). Their partners in the government are the somewhat newer Communist commissars (Milosevic’s Socialists, who ousted the old guard in 1988, but repented in 2008 — after Milosevic died — and decided to become “democratic”). And then there is the “Liberal Democrats” (LDP), whose ideological guru is the ancient 1974s Communist culture commissar, a woman who got sacked by Tito for being on the lunatic fringe. They don’t poll above single digits, but their sole function is to steer the DS to the lunatic left. (More on them here.)
What all these parties (and Otpor) have in common is that they hate and fear everything that even slightly whiffs of Serbian identity, tradition, culture or faith. They see it as “primitive, backwards, uncivilized, retrograde, etc.” and seek to “change the code” of the Serbian people, so they become something else. Back in Stalin’s days, that was called the New Soviet Man; now it’s the New European, or whatnot. Same difference.
In essence, Serbia is ruled by a quisling, Communist Revival government, aided by the U.S.-funded “NGOs” like Otpor, the Helsinki Committee (led by [Croat] Sonja Biserko, who advocated military occupation of Serbia in 1999), Humanitarian Law Fund (purveyors of atrocity porn, whose head, Natasa Kandic, was a guest of honor at the “Kosovian” independence declaration).
Yet further testament that, for all the excuses for ensuring Yugoslavia’s violent disintegration (”Well, they were communists…”), it’s communists that we love, and are helping to cover the globe with. This is, after all, a Sorosian project we’re pursuing. Regarding the political scene in Serbia, one can only say: Imagine America being ruled by self-hating latte liberals. (Oh wait!) Nebojsa closes:
Another thing to consider is that the [recent] activity of these [Otpor] “Serbs” was pretty prominently reported in the mainstream media. That sends several messages out there: 1. the only good Serb is a self-hating, pro-Imperial mercenary Serb; and 2. Look, Muslims of the world, it wasn’t us, it was the SERBS who should be blamed for your revolutions (if anything goes wrong and you end up with, say, pro-American quisling regimes that you don’t like). From the Empire’s standpoint, it’s a win-win.
It’s as if this very confused Arabic writer inverted my blog above. His criticism in the first half below is consistent with mine above, but then he devolves into ignorant confusion.
CAIRO – Members of the April 6th Movement have confessed to receiving training in Serbia and this should raise many questions. This Serbian tour opened divisions in the movement and led several of its pioneers to break away in October 2010.
In its 69th statement, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces bluntly accused the political movement of trying to drive a wedge between ordinary Egyptian citizens and the Army.
The SCAF’s statement also accused the movement of receiving money from overseas and training there.
They chanted slogans, which insulted the Egyptian Army and cast doubts on its post-Mubarak loyalties…There have been allegations that the movement’s members received ‘military’ training, to help them overpower riot police during the mass demonstrations.
Partially confessing to these accusations, the movement’s spokesman, Mohamed Adel, said that he had travelled to Serbia and received training in ‘non-violence’, the manipulation of the masses and how to mobilise and control them.
The instructors in the Serbia-based training camps did a good job. The movement’s spokesman proudly attributed their success in leading the mass demonstrations that ousted Mubarak to the instructions and advice they received in Serbia.
…The movement’s spokesman strongly denied that they were traitors or agents paid to cause instability in their country.
One of the movement’s secessionists said that he had declined the invitation to travel to Serbia for training there.
Tareq el-Kholi, the coordinator-general of the 6th of April Movement’s Democratic Movement (a breakaway movement from the 6th April Movement), also denounced his former colleagues for allowing foreign agencies to grease their palms with US dollars and euros as a reward for their participation in the Serb-based training camp.
Serbia has a long way to go before it will be given the ticket to join the European club of democracy-exporting countries. Its hands are stained with the blood of tens of thousands of innocent Muslim women, children and young men in Serbia-controlled areas.
Serbia has desperately been trying to remove these big, indelible stains from its history by collaborating with the massive hunt for the perpetrators of this ethnic cleansing of Muslim minorities in the old Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
This horrendous genocide has been described as the most brutal since the First World War. Dozens of the Serb leaders of these large-scale massacres went into hiding to avoid the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The suspects included late Serb President Slobodan Milosevich, who died on March 11 in his prison cell in The Hague. He was charged by the International Criminal Court with Bosnian genocide when he led Bosnian Serb forces [?????] in Srebrenica from 1992 to 1995 to massacre Muslims under his army’s control.
The ethnic cleansing throughout areas controlled by the Bosnian Serb Army targeted Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats.
How can a country, whose majority are connected, religiously, to the war victims in areas that used to be controlled by Serbian Army, give lessons about the peaceful transfer of power? [Clearly, he doesn’t know about the very foundations of Otpor.]
We do not know whether Serb war veterans led the training classes for these young Egyptians. [Uh, doubtful.] The Serbians should revive at home the nightmarish memory of the young Muslim men, who travelled to Afghanistan to fight the old Soviet Army in this Muslim country.
Returning to Egypt after learning the art of war, these young people described themselves as the Mujahidin (Holy Warriors) and formed militant groups, responsible for terrorist attacks in Egypt in the 1980s and the 1990s.
The comparison here should ignite fears that, after the war of terror launched by Muslim radicals in September 2001, the world community, including Egypt, could witness a war of terror launched, this time, by Christian radicals. [He’s calling the U.S.-paid secularists of Otpor “Christian radicals.”]
The random killing of young people by an ultra-Christian extremist in Norway should substantiate these fears.
The last week of April was Shoah commemoration week, and Professor Peter Maher forwarded this disturbing little item from the Simon Wiesenthal Center:
This Yom Hashoah and during this week of Holocaust commemorations, the Simon Wiesenthal Center will again be involved in extensive worldwide Holocaust programing [sic] including honoring Albanian Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust as well as keynoting Yom Hashoah programs in the US, Canada and in Europe.
As the leading Jewish organization fighting against Holocaust denial, educating and preserving the memory of the Shoah named after Simon Wiesenthal, we ask you to support us during this week of Yom Hashoah.
Since my only connection to the Simon Wiesenthal Center is the good Dr. Efraim Zuroff, I sent him the following letter, but he confirmed my sense that he has no connection to those kinds of decisions and no power to stop the honoring of the Albanian Righteous in furtherance of today’s Albanian Nazi agenda (my words):
So SWC is promoting the very timely and politically-motivated exhibit about Albanians helping Jews during WWII. I don’t know how far-removed from all this you are, but I’ve tried to explain in at least five articles what’s wrong with doing this now. While I give credit to the Albanian Righteous, I explain that the point of doing this now is to gain Jewish favor — again — against the Serbs, who it should be noted saved more Jews than the Albanians did. They just didn’t turn it into PR, as always.
Is there any way for the SWC to not be involved in helping this propaganda? It’s not untrue propaganda, but it’s out of context and it’s aimed at a land grab from Serbia, which will be made easier with a suicidal recognition from Israel. Which is what the Albanians are ultimately after. Below are links to what I’ve been trying to explain about this for the past four years — apparently futilely.
As I make clear throughout these works, the Albanian Righteous should be honored, but they are being used by the modern-day Albanian Nazis — and to restore Hitler’s borders for Greater Albania. If one objects to my “Not Now” suggestion (because right now the use of the Righteous at this moment has a very clear and ethnically pure geopolitical goal), it should be noted that timing has been a consideration in the past — naturally only when the Serbs suffered for that consideration. An example — in addition to the most awful example of excluding the Serbs’ WWII genocide from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum when it opened in 1993 — is when author Gregory Freeman (”The Forgotten 500″) said he’d wanted to publish the book about how Serbs rescued 512 Americans a decade earlier, in 1999, but “it wasn’t a good time.” That is, we were set on bombing Serbs, so exculpatory considerations were to be blacked out. I love Freeman for writing the book, but his silence at a crucial time helped assure all the wrong, violent, and one-sided policies of the 90s. A touch of cognitive dissonance is exactly what was called for, and what might have helped give more Americans some pause.
But I’m straying from the topic, which is that “Not Now” has certainly been considered a valid consideration in the past, and so it should be when it comes to the Albanian Righteous. Jews are falling for all the same 90s ploys all over again — and post-9/11, no less.
Muslim family values. Check out this sweet 92-year-old Palestinian granny gloating about how her family and friends slaughtered the Jews in Hebron who had been their neighbors for 20 years before the big “catastrophe” of Israeli statehood ever happened.
As the world is subjected to a hail of propaganda from Arabs regarding the 1948 “disaster” inflicted upon them by the creation of the state of Israel, Arab press watchdog MEMRI has released a video that places the Arab claims in perspective.
In the video, a 92-year-old Arab woman, originally from Hevron, glowingly recalls on Hamas-Gaza TV how the Arabs of Hevron, including her father, without provocation, massacred the peaceful Jewish neighbors they had lived beside for years in 1929 – almost 20 years before the 1948 War of Independence. Needless to say, there was no State of Israel then, no IDF, no “occupation” etc.
In an orgy of sadistic violence on August 24, 1929, 67 of Hevron’s Jews were murdered. The Arabs murdered children in front of their parents, severed limbs, raped and burned people alive.
The British High Commissioner in the Land of Israel, Sir John Chancellor, published a statement following the massacre, saying,
I have learned with horror of the atrocious acts committed by bodies of ruthless and bloodthirsty evil-doers, of savage murders perpetrated upon defenseless members of the Jewish population regardless of age or sex, accompanied as at Hebron, by acts of unspeakable savagery, of the burning of farms and houses in town and country and of the looting and destruction of property.
These crimes have brought upon their authors the execration of all civilized peoples throughout the world.
In our dreams!
Here’s my video response to Granny. I actually made it in 2002:
Israel National News/Arutz Sheva provides some “Photos of the victims of the massacre, which eventually led to the evacuation of all Jews from Hevron, until their return in 1967″: