FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A Kosovo Albanian man confessed Wednesday to killing two U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt airport, saying in emotional testimony at the opening of his trial that he had been influenced by radical Islamic propaganda online.
Arid Uka is charged with two counts of murder for the March 2 slaying of Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, from South Carolina, and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, from Virginia.
The 21-year-old Uka also faces three counts of attempted murder for wounding two more airmen and taking aim at a third before his gun jammed.
Although Germany has experienced scores of terrorist attacks in past decades, largely from leftist groups like the Red Army Faction, the airport attack was the first attributed to an Islamic extremist.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, there have been about a half-dozen other jihadist plots that were either thwarted or failed — including a 2007 plan to kill Americans at the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base.
Uka went to the airport with the intent “to kill an indeterminate number of American soldiers, but if possible a large number,” prosecutor Herbert Diemer told a state court in Frankfurt.
No pleas are entered in the German system, and Uka confessed to the killings after the indictment was read, telling the court “what I did was wrong but I cannot undo what I did.” He went on to urge other radical Muslims not to seek inspiration in his attack, urging them not to be taken in by “lying propaganda” on the Internet.
Cooperating with authorities and confessing can help reduce a defendant’s sentence — but Uka refused to tell the court where he obtained the 9mm semi-automatic pistol he used, which Presiding Judge Thomas Sagebiel said meant his confession was incomplete.
Uka described becoming increasingly introverted in the months before the attack, staying at home and playing computer games and watching Islamic extremist propaganda on the Internet.
The night before the crime, Uka said, he followed a link to a video posted on Facebook that purported to show American soldiers raping a teenage Muslim girl. It turned out to be a scene from the 2007 anti-war Brian De Palma film “Redacted,” taken out of context.
He said he then decided he should do anything possible to prevent more American soldiers from going to Afghanistan.
“I thought what I saw in that video, these people would do in Afghanistan,” he told the court, his voice choking with emotion as he wiped away tears.
Prosecutors introduced evidence from Uka’s laptop, cell phone and iPod, which included hundreds of files containing jihadist videos, literature, sermons and songs.
One song went, “Mother be strong, your son is on jihad,” and “do not mourn for me.” A video showed rifle-toting Islamic fighters in Pakistan, and a bullet-holed target with “Obama” scrawled on it. […]
It’s interesting that in this first successful attack in Germany by a Muslim, the Muslim happens to be one of those ‘non-Muslimy’ Balkanites we were sold on. It’s also interesting because Germany was arming and training this boy’s fellow Albanian terrorists, the KLA, as early as 1996. So Germany’s first jihadist attack is actually blowback.
Third, Germany was training this boy’s people to kill Slavs. Not just any Slavs, but the Serbs who gave Nazi Germany a run for its money in WWII. And so it also becomes interesting that this is in fact the first successful attack in Germany in the post-9/11 jihad era, with only half a dozen plots requiring disruption — one of them against U.S. interests, not German ones.
Indeed, why has Germany stayed relatively so immune from attacks by Islamofascists? Could it be professional courtesy between fascists? Could many of Allah’s warriors still harbor a grudging respect for Germany, causing them to draw the line at violence and pursue only legal jihad for now?
The day that the news broke I got the following two emails:
name = Besi
email = email@example.com
comments = How do you feel that your propaganda and the “serbiana” propoganda inspired the Oslo murders.
name = Anders Behring Breivik
email = AndersBehring@Breivik.com
comments = Dumb bitch, you and your sick ilk killed 90 innocent people in Norway. I’m calling the FBI today
That’s one call the FBI would have had an easy time fielding that day and filing into the crackpot folder. But let me see if I have this straight, given that some more “respectable” crackpots weighed in, breathlessly pouncing on the rare morsel that could help their perpetual pursuit of retroactively justifying the West’s war against…Serbs (and of justifying the organized crime and jihad nest that our interventions on behalf of Bosnians and Albanians have turned the Balkans into):
Twenty years into our walloping of the Serbs, an indirect “connection” is managed to be assembled between an attack in Norway and a Serb.
Never mind that an Albanian was “connected” to the Frankfurt shooting of five American servicemen earlier this year — by actually being the shooter — killing two, wounding another, and partially blinding a fourth. (He “may have” been set off by “Islamism,” according to more-candid-than-usual authorities; anupdate on him popped up just weeks before the Norway massacre: “An immigrant from Kosovo was formally charged Thursday in Germany with the murder of two U.S. Air Force men at Frankfurt Airport.” There have been furtherupdatesthis week.)
And just nevermindtheBosnianconnectiontotheTrolleySquareshooting of nine Americans inSaltLakeCity for Valentine’s 2007 — the “connection” being that the shooter was a Bosnian Muslim. Never mind the direct Albanian “connection” to the self-described “militant extremist” who was arrested in Maryland just days before his co-Kosovar opened fire in Frankfurt; he was angry at U.S. military involvement in Kosovo, was trained by Bosnian-Muslims (another Bosnian connection there), and also hoped to target Jews.
Never mind the Bosnianconnection to five of the 9/11 hijackers who had either trained or fought in Bosnia, or the Bosnia-hatched and Serb-disrupted plot to attack world leaders at the pope’s funeral in 2005. Never mind the Bosnian and two Albanians of the NorthCarolinaEight who were targeting a Marine base and countries including Israel, and just never mind that four of the six Ft. Dixplotters/facilitators were Albanian. Never mind the very direct Bosnian connection to a Georgia man convicted in 2009 of aiding terror groups, or the Bosnian arrested last year for his role in the plan to bomb NYC commuters. Never mind the Bosnian “connection” to an international Bosnia-based terror plot thwarted in 2008. Don’t ask how a program to recruit and train Muslims to kill Serbs in Bosnia could morph into a plan to blow up New York’s Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the UN and FBI buildings, “embroiling U.S. military veterans in a jihadist circle with links to al-Qaeda and to a stunningly ambitious homegrown plot to kill thousands of innocent victims in New York City.”
Never mind the Bosnian Muslim who made an apparent dry run intothe U.S. embassy in Vienna in 2007, or the Bosnian Muslims arrested for plans to blow up Catholic churches and internationals in Bosnia (a suicide bomb belt was found along with guns and 20 kg of explosives), or the ones caught targeting European embassies to protest the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Don’t trouble yourself about the Kosovo connection to the missilefired at the U.S. embassy in Athens in 2007, or the foiled plots against Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, one disrupted by a polygraph administered to an Albanian terrorist and another with its nexus in Serbia’s Bosniak-inhabited Sandzak region.
Pay no attention to Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitungpointing out that the man who was to detonate two bombs in Montenegro’sparliamentin2006 was an al Qaeda-connected Kosovo Albanian (17 otherAlbanians were indicted and/or convicted in connection). Don’t let that remind you of the KLA fighter whose application turned up in an al Qaeda office in Afghanistan in 2001. Block out the Albanian mafia-boss name Princ Dobrosi, who was helping one of the jihadists arrested for the 2006 Oslo synagogue attack — to plan attacks against Prague. And don’t worry about the 15 Bosnians and Albanians that Serbia charged in 2007 with a planned attack on the U.S. embassy in Belgrade — one of many collaborativeefforts between Albanian and Bosnian Muslims to carve the Sandzak out of Montenegro and Serbia for Greater Islam.
Nope, no real connections to be made anywhere there, apparently. Give the loudest play to that which the media and political establishments want to seep into the public consciousness, to keep them anchored to the Serb as villain. That way, who cares when NATO starts shooting them any day now to bring in line the last part of Kosovo resisting to live under the rule of Albanian terrorists.
And never mind that above are listed only the attacks and plots that come immediately to mind, or that every time one hears about any such attacks or arrests — for only a minute before the media blackout ensues — one is instructed to draw no conclusions about the “they’re not all like that” peoplehood the culprits hail from, even if they’re much more representative of those people than the wanted Serb in Liberia is of Serbs. Who himself is not known to have committed any terrorism so far. (A STRATFOR analysis noted, “It is interesting that [Breivik] did not contact the Serbian member of the PCCTS for assistance in making contact with Balkan arms dealers.”)
Indeed, after two decades of crying “nationalists” and “extremists” about Serbs, and warning of “Serbian terrorists,” look how excited everyone gets when we finally find a live one. One. Twenty years later. Who wasn’t behind the attack. But when it comes to Serbs, even the lesson of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” doesn’t apply. As blogger Nebojsa Malic put it in an email the day after the Norway attacks (links added):
Oh, they’ve already started bleating about the “evil Serbs” and the yellow media in Serbia are picking it up and amplifying the bleat. Thing is, [Breivik] was WRONG about whathappened in Kosovo — SerbiadidnottrytoexpeltheAlbanians, itwasAlbanianswhowanted to expelthe Serbs…Correct me if I’m wrong but so far, despite being demonized and bombed (twice) and occupied and, frankly, mind-fucked like no one else in recent history, the Serbs have not committed ONE SINGLE ACT of terrorism, whether in self-defense or in impotent rage. Worth noting.
Furthermore, over the past two decades of vilest demonization in the Western media — worse by far than the cartoon depictions of Muslims over which there have been riots, death threats and even murders — as well as not one, but two bombing campaigns, there has not been a single Serbian terrorist attack in the West. Not one. As a result of Imperial meddling, Serb populations in today’s Croatia, large parts of Bosnia and Kosovo have become extinct, yet no Serb has ever resorted to terrorism against NATO countries. Let alone shot up a summer camp full of children.
There certainly was a lot of talk in the ’90s about “Serbian terrorists,” including a federal investigator at the scene of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, quoted in a news magazine caption as “Yep, looks like the Serbs to me.” I can no longer find the item to recall which periodical carried the caption, but the assessment was repeated by radio legend Paul Harvey who never did give us “The Rest of the Story” on that one. The false rumor was helped by a bogus claim of responsibility by someone posing as a member of the “Serbian Liberation Front,” though there is no online record of such a group. Even then, Bosnian-Serb president Radovan Karadzic, while denying his people were behind the 1993 attack (yetanother one ofthosecasesof “Serbianpropaganda” provingtrue), warned of possible terrorism by Serbs in response to Western involvement in the Balkans, according to an AP article scanned by this Bosniak propaganda site. (Speaking of which, pay no attention to the Bosnian-Muslim connection that the 1993 WTC attack did have.)
The Serb-caused WTC terror never materialized. “Serbian terrorism” was a manufactured but ubiquitous faux concern that author Diana Johnstone mentioned in a 1999 article:
A few liberals timidly criticized the NATO bombing on the imaginary grounds that it might provoke Serbian “terrorism”. In reality, throughout the air strikes there was never the slightest hint of any propensity on the part of Serbs to take up terrorism. On the contrary, Serbs were notably shocked by the flagrant violations of the legal order constructed primarily by the very Western powers who were now violating it, and a number of Yugoslavs both in Serbia and in the Diaspora, have tried to seek legal redress.
We so wanted Serbian terrorists. Western hunger for the so-far mythical Serbian terrorist to rear its head was so effective in creating the semblance of a real threat that even as late as 2007 comedian Bill Maher and the editor at Human Eventsreferred to the Albanian-American plotters of the foiled massacre at Ft. Dix as “Serbs…or something.” Similarly, a British paper called a Kosovo Albanian who went on a killing spree at a mall in Finland last year — a “Kosovo Serb.” More intentionally, initial reports linked the London Tube attacks to “eastern Europe” and “Serbia” (the explosives came from Kosovo, and Bosnia served as a coordinating point). It was this hunger — never satiated — that nonetheless provided almost two decades of movies and TV showscapitalizing on the tall tale of Serbian villainy, causing the legend to grow ever larger even as the Serbs’ enemies have been the ones doing all the projected attacking. (In what may be the most egregious example of this kind of projection, a 2010 Frenchhorrorfilm has Serbs kidnapping people to steal their organs — apparently timed to be released just weeks ahead of the Council of Europe’s revelations on the very real Albanian murder-for-organs scandal currently under investigation. According to Serbia’s Press, the film had been commissioned by Bernard Kouchner, UN mission chief in Kosovo at the time of the vivisections in which he ishimselfimplicated, at the very least for depraved indifference and obstructing discovery of the operation.)
But the “Serbian connection” to the Utoya camp attack was to be milked for all it’s worth. What could be politically safer? As a reader named Justin wrote, “Once again, the Serbs are the bogeyman in the Western news media….They are going to use it to smear anyone who supports the Serbian cause against Islamic Fundamentalists and Croatian Nazi fascists in Yugoslavia…to silence all criticism of the wars in Yugoslavia [and] to suggest that people like us are obsessed nuts when in fact we just want the facts straight…God help us all. The movement to stop Sharia law from making us all Islamic will [suffer] because of this stupid clown….”
Another one of us “radicals” who were against the ’99 NATO bombing and Kosovo separatism, Andy Wilcoxson, wrote in an email:
This Norwegian guy is no friend of the Serbs…He’s also pro-Croat. I’ve looked at his manifesto and he totally misses the boat on the Balkans. Here’s what he says in his Manifesto about Radovan Karadzic:
“[Radovan Karadzic] even went as far as offering the Muslims certain enclaves. When they refused he wanted to deport them by force. When this was made impossible by NATO he gave the order to fight the people who refused which was his sovereign right and responsibility as one of the primary leaders of Serb forces. This was never about ethnicity but about ridding the country of the genocidal hate ideology known as Islam. I do condemn any atrocities committed against Croats and vice versa but for his efforts to rid Serbia of Islam he will always be considered and remembered as an honourable Crusader and a European war hero.”
The guy is off his nut. Radovan Karadzic wasn’t trying to rid Serbia of Islam, he just didn’t want his people to be governed by Islamic fundamentalists. The only reason he likes Karadzic is because he thinks the allegations against him are true…In addition to supporting Radovan Karadzic for all the wrong reasons, his manifesto characterizes Slobodan Milosevic’s “regime” as “brutal”…he thinks the allegations against the Serbs are actually points in their favor.
In that exchange, Malic added, “He’s also dead-wrong in most of his assertions…Izetbegovic’s faction of Muslims wanted to control Bosnia, while the Serbs wanted to control a PART of it, not the entirety. The other day I argued that Breivik admired an IMAGE of the Serbs — the one created by Western propaganda. THAT is why it is fuzzy and confused.” In that argument, Malic stated (some links added):
…If Breivik saw the 1999 war in the way described above [as directed against “our Serbian brothers (who) wanted to drive Islam out by deporting the Albanian Muslims back to Albania”], he was factually wrong. While Islam is a powerful factor that has shaped and driven Albanian chauvinism for over a century (and certainly underpins the destructive rage against the Serbian Orthodox churches), the Albanian regime controlling Kosovo today systematically oppresses not only the remaining Serbs, but also the Gorani - Muslims by faith, Serbs by language - which indicates that its bigotry is ethno-cultural as well as religious.
If anything, it was NATO - and the U.S. - who saw the war in terms of helping the “good Muslims” against the evil Orthodox Serbs.
The Serbian government fought to defeat a terrorist insurgency seeking to make Kosovo part of an enlarged Albanian state. There was no plan of persecution and deportation - unless one believes the sordid German fiction called “Operation Horseshoe“. Serbia is actually the most multi-ethnic Yugoslav successor state, and home to a substantial Muslim population. These days, Belgrade is entirely too tolerant of a militant Muslim cleric who seeks to foment a rebellion in its southwestern parts [Sandzak]. To argue that Serbia sought to expel the Albanians in 1999 due to their Muslim faith is to accept NATO’s excuse for the bombing. That claim was wrong then, and it is wrong now.
In the previous email exchange, reader Svetlana added that Breivik “exhibits a typical fascist mindset, where the Serbs are accepted into his Aryan clique only by the assumed ‘virtue’ of allegedly committing a genocide over Muslims, in an alleged effort to ‘ethnically cleanse’ that part of Europe of Muslims. When it comes to Balkans, he obviously bought all the propaganda and has no idea what really went on.”
An assessment that was echoed by reader Justin in a separate exchange (internal link added):
[He is] playing on the image of Serbs as violent, racist, genocidal Nazi “ethnic cleansers” and “deporting all Muslims,” which is totally incorrect because Serbia was always a multi-ethnic Balkan republic. Many Albanians escaped north into Serbia, with a large community living in Belgrade. This clown knows NOTHING about the Balkans or Serbia or the 1990s wars. He just believes what he heard from the media and uses media attention to further himself…I bet he doesn’t know that Serbs and Muslims lived side by side or that Milosevic only wanted to crack down on Albanian separatists in Kosovo…[His depiction of the Serbs] more resembles Ante Pavelic and his Ustase group [Croatian fascists] that were ‘chosen by God’ to be the ’saviors from foreign Serbian and Jewish influences’ as part of a crusade against non-Croats to establish a pure Croatian society.
In addition to being pro-Serb as he understands it, Breivik is also pro-Israel. STRATFOR noted, “Breivik did not express any anti-Semitism in his manifesto (something he has been heavily criticized for on U.S. anti-Semitic websites).” Just the opposite, in fact. A couple of Breivik’s passages:
It will be extremely hard to cooperate with anyone who views our primary ally (the Jews/Israel) as their primary enemy. Their Jew obsession and support to Islamic regimes will severely hinder any direct cooperation. They are blinded by their Jew hate to a degree where they fail to see the imminent threat to Europe represented by Islam…
Western Journalists again and again systematically ignore serious Muslim attacks and rather focus on the Jews…So let us fight together with Israel, with our Zionist brothers against all anti-Zionists…
Jerusalem Post reported that Breivik also “expressed his disgust at his government’s awarding of ‘the Nobel peace prize to an Islamic terrorist [Arafat] and appeasers of Islam.’”
So now is pro-Israelism to be discredited by the Breivik massacre? Not likely. Just as the media’s attempts to taint the entire conservative outlook with Breivik’s act flopped. Equally negligible, then, are attempts to discredit those who support the Serbian side in the Balkans and who oppose the West’s violently punitive attitude toward the region’s Orthodox Slavs in favor of its Islamic and Catholic Nazi heirs. (Notice, incidentally, that while Breivik is supposed to reflect on all conservatives and pro-Serbs, every time another Muslim adds to the 18,000 Muslim terror attacks since 9/11, “it has nothing to do with” Islam.) Fortunately, as with the character assassination attempted on conservatives, the attempt on Serbs and pro-Serbs hasn’t gotten much mileage either.
But one fanatical usual suspect really, really tried, devoting almost 2,000 rhapsodic words to a pathetically transparent attempt to use the Norway massacre to reinforce and recycle all the old conclusions about Serbs and our wars against Serbia in promotion of Islam and fascism in Europe. On cue, latching onto the above-mentioned Serbian extremist in Liberia, this die-hard who is buttressed by the institutional prestige of The Weakly Standard was among the loudest proponents of bombing Christians in Europe on behalf of Muslims, which of course unleashed jihadists throughout the region along with rampant organized crime and heroin- and slave-trafficking. He was an activist for getting us into the hole — which we’re digging deeper and deeper to his applause, even while he himself raisesperiodicalarm bells that Balkans Islam is under threat from more radical forms. (Of course when it was mere Christians who were under threat from those Balkan Muslims, he sided with the moreradical side.)
His name is Stephen Schwartz — at least, that’s the name his Jewish mother gave him. In his preemptive surrender to the latest great threat, he became Stephen Suleyman Ahmad Schwartz, leading one to guess when his mother might have killed herself. This reinvention came after a previous reinvention in homage to the previous great threat — communism — to which he bowed by becoming “Comrade Sandalio.” This is his pattern: he identifies the threat, learns its language, changes his name, converts to the religion, buys a costume and becomes a spokesman.
And so now he runs an outfit called Center for Islamic Pluralism. But as we can see, there is no pluralistic thinking to be found when the targeted infidel is Serbian:
The source of Breivik’s horrific act is…intoxication with Serbian propaganda…While reporters and pundits have tried to identify its inspiration in American polemics against Islam or criticism of Islamist ideology, British anti-Muslim agitation, admiration for Israel, Hindu nationalism, and other “easy” explanations, it makes much more sense to look in the direction of Belgrade. [Of course!]
…Worldwide opinion still fails to grasp the political consequences of Serbian aggression [sic] in the former Yugoslavia…Breivik, with his apocalyptic visions and schemes, his fixations on long-vanished secret societies and uniforms, and his hatred of globalism [Note: the fascists were globalist], represents the same fascist politics that emerged in Europe during the similar economic downturn of the 1930s. Its reappearance was a logical and predictable effect of the deep anxieties and increase in conspiratorial beliefs that have accompanied the current global economic difficulties. But as Breivik himself repeatedly states, the seed of this new fascism was sown by Serbia. [ “The Serbs made him do it.” ™]
Breivik’s convoluted, bloated manifesto reveals that he hates the globalization represented by the U.S. and the EU…But Serbia remains the key to Breivik’s convoluted anxieties and plotting, and Serbia followed a similar path in cohabiting with Arab nationalism after its attacks on its Muslim and Catholic neighbors in Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, and Kosovo. After the Kosovo war, Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic received an invitation from the Palestinian Authority to attend an Orthodox Christmas celebration in Bethlehem; the visit could not be made because Israel threatened to arrest Milosevic as a war criminal indicted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Serbia received military and energy assistance from the dictatorships of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Mu’ammar al-Qadhdhafi in Libya. Indeed, Serbian media defended the Libyan tyrant when the NATO powers commenced planning military intervention in earlier this year. And an Iranian delegation visited Belgrade, expressing Tehran’s support for Serbia’s refusal to recognize the independence of Kosovo, in July.
Serbia, Arab dictators, Iran. These factors have fascist ideology in common. And that explains the horror in Norway.
Actually, Serbia also received military assistance from Israel. And its presses weren’t the only ones opposing the intervention against Quadhafi on behalf of al Qaeda-connected “freedom fighters.” But shall we go into another isolated, desperate, demonized, de-legitimized state’s “dubious” deals and diplomacies when fighting for survival? Israel’s maintaining a relationship with apartheid South Africa, as well as its weapons deals with China — not to mention its little known request to accept an overture from Saddam Hussein to normalize relations during Bush I (we didn’t allow it) — don’t occur in a vacuum. Nor does the fact thatIsraelcovertlyaided Serbia during the NATO bombings. And we can certainly add to Iran a whole list of other Islamic or otherwise unholy states that support Serbia over the “Kosovars,” because they have their own restive separatists, some justified and some not. As if there is anything still holy to contrast them with in a world where America has sold its soul for Caliphate gold and an Islamic future, and where our prophesized betrayal of the Holy Land is upon us. But what fine standards we’ve set for future behavior by bad states with our uniquely criminal manipulation and circumvention of international laws and norms — all for a place that most Americans have never even heard of (Kosovo), despite having waged a recent war there. It is, however, entertaining that Schwartz compares the region’s Christians to Iran and Arab dictators instead of comparing the region’s Muslims to them, given that the latter were supplied with mujahideen, money, weapons and training against those Christians by Iran and several Arab countries. This strained, desperate comparison between Orthodox Slavs and Muslims rather than between Muslims and Muslims was attempted last year in an embarrassing piece by Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin.
Getting back to the point: After toiling through the ’90s to make Europe a more dangerous place than it needed to be, Stephen-Sandalio-Suleyman-Schwartz is one of those scoundrels most interested in covering his tracks. Notice that, unlike in the Norway massacre — where a Serbian connection can finally be wrenched — he offers no dissertations about the much more frequent and direct terrorism and criminal acts involving his beloved Albanian and Bosnian thugs. Like every last politician who filled his campaign coffers with KLA heroin money from the Albanian lobby, and like the very raison d’etre of the international tribunal at the Hague, Schwartz seeks to retroactively justify the West’s clearly unjustifiable — and increasingly questioned — actions. The typically Serb-fixated Schwartz piece above attests to his desperation.
If tenuous connections and inverted labeling of “fascists” are the order of the day, here is a less than tenuous connection: In 1991, six months before the Bosnian civil war started, the cover article of a glossy Bosnian-Muslim youth magazine named Novi VOX ( “New Voice”) was titled “The Handzar Division is Ready…The Fourth Reich is Coming; Wilkomen!” and showed a drawing of a Muslim in a Nazi SS uniform and a fez, with his boot on the blood-dripping, severed head of Karadzic, next to three other severed Serb-leaders’ heads:
No wonder Stephen Ahmad Schwartz still wants us to believe that the side fighting against fascists was the fascist one. And if one wants to seize on the Liberian-Serb “connection,” here’s another Liberian connection: Swede on trial for war crimes in Bosnia
STOCKHOLM — Proceedings opened against a Swedish national for war crimes committed when he served as a Bosnian army volunteer…In interviews on the eve of the trial, [Jackie] Arklov has admitted to many of the alleged crimes including threatening and assaulting victims when he served as a volunteer with Bosnian-Croatian forces in 1993.
Although Liberian-born — as a boy he was adopted by Swedish parents — he was part of a neo-Nazi group that [in] 1999 robbed a bank in southern Sweden, and shot two police officers who had set up a road block.
The war crimes probe was re-opened in May 2004 after one of his former victims who lives in Sweden approached authorities.
(Incidentally — like Schwartz — Sweden’s neo-Nazis also oppose the Serb cause and support Kosovo independence: “A group of 20 neo-Nazis were detained by police in Stockholm [in March 2008]. The neo-Nazis were on their way to disrupt a demonstration by 400 Serbs protesting Kosovo’s independence… ‘They were behaving badly and were armed with golf-clubs and stones,’ said police spokesperson Ann-Charlotte Wejnäs to TT.”)
Anti-Semitism also happens to be a central feature of the Left, the international establishment, and the globalizing world — all those who point the finger at Serbia after blitzkrieging it. In contrast to the more tortured “common thread” that SS Schwartz pretends to discern in order to buttress his perpetual anti-Serb agenda, the real connection that is truly dangerous is: Nazism, jihad, and Europe (a measure of which istheveryanti-SemiticNorway).
Nor should one leave out the U.S. establishment that idolizes such a Europe. (As SS Schwartz himself put it positively: “the globalization represented by the U.S. and EU.”) There’s a reason that whenJoe Biden cameto the Balkans in 2009, he was greeted by some in Serbia with signs calling him a fascist, or reading, “Biden, you Nazi scum, go home.” One didn’t have to be a “Serb hardliner” or “ultranationalist” to know that this is precisely what Biden — and the “new” Europe — represent. This is the case even if Biden had never calledforplacing the entire Serb population into concentration camps.
Indeed, the “fascist” inversion that Schwartz engages in is exactly the grand scheme of the international establishment. Rodney Atkinson — author and former British Ministerial Adviser who outlined the Fascist and Nazi foundations of the European Union — called out the inversion being made by the mainstream between itself and the conservative thinkers cited by Breivik: “What is Fascism? The Left’s (Deliberate?) Confusion”:
The totalitarian left (now very much part of the British political class) are trying to associate the lunatic Norwegian mass murderer with “the right” — which they term “fascist”. The history of Nazism and fascism tells a rather different story, where it is quite clear that it is the left which needs to hang its head in shame.
Nazism (the National Socialist German Workers Party) and Fascism are not right wing nationalist movements, although fascists and some extreme nationalists have some attitudes in common. But the right wing nationalist in France, Jean Marie Le Pen joined the resistance to French fascism and fought against the Nazis in the Second World War. The socialist Francois Mitterand on the other hand was a member of the Nazi-collaborating Vichy Government — and received an award “La Francisque” for his loyalty to the cause. Jacques Delors, that other founder of the present European Union and on the left of French politics was in the French equivalent of the Hitler Youth!
In Britain Oswald Mosley, who was at one time in the Conservative Party and became a Labour Minister was later to become the leader of the British Union of Fascists (invited by the young embryo euro-federalist Kenneth Clarke to speak at the Cambridge University Conservative Association!) The Fascist leader of Italy from 1925 to 1945, Benito Mussolini, had previously edited the newsletter of the Italian Socialist Party. “Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism as it is a merging of state and corporate power,” wrote Mussolini, “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” He doesn’t exactly sound like Margaret Thatcher or Norman Tebbit, does he? But he does rather sound like the Advocate General of the left’s favourite empire, the European Union: “Criticism of the EU is akin to blasphemy and could be restrained without affecting freedom of speech”. [Opinion No. C6274/99 P issued by the Advocate-General at the European Court of Justice (The Telegraph, 18 October 2000)]
Fascism, whose principal enemies are communism and liberal democracy, is in fact of the left, the right and the centre, just as its opponents are also to be found on the left, right and centre. It is this very apolitical confusion and its ruthless desire for power and action, which makes Fascism so dangerous. Indeed, fascism appeals particularly to the so-called centre, the “third way” politicians, those who seek a half-baked mixture of left and right, of capitalism and socialism and who seek nothing more than to wield power through the State. No wonder that Tony Blair fits so well into the European fascist tradition — third way, supranationalist, eurofederalist and corporatist — sustained by the donations of big business and big unions. Having sacrificed so much British democracy on the altar of European corporatism Blair has, on retirement, obtained lucrative jobs in large supranational corporate institutions. It was of course the Liberal Lloyd George who said in 1936 that “Hitler is the greatest living German. It is a pity there are not more like him in England”.
[ “Supranationalism” is anti nation-state, Atkinson explains, “and because the large corporations which push such supranational aims to further their interests at the expense of democratic nationhood, supranationalism is the international version of corporatism and collectivism.”]
The opponents of Fascism include communism and democratic socialism and liberal conservatism — the latter promoting free trade and enterprise capitalism. Left-wing socialists (a minority in the Labour Party) share the liberal conservative support for popular sovereignty, the authority of Parliament, common law, democratic nationhood and, nearly always, Protestantism. Orthodox Christianity, with no Pope-like figure, is also based on pluralism and nation states — i.e. Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Serb Orthodox etc…
Ex-police captain Sandor Kepiro, 97, was found not guilty of ordering the rounding up and execution of more than 30 Jews and Serbs in Serbia in 1942…Many of the dozens of people attending the court session cheered and clapped after Judge Bela Varga read out the verdict of the three-judge tribunal…More than 1,200 Jewish, Serb and Roma civilians were murdered over three days by Hungarian forces in a notorious massacre in the city of Novi Sad in 1942…[Kepiro] was convicted of involvement in the killings in Hungary in 1944 but his conviction was quashed by the fascist government…[Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Efraim Zuroff] said… “This is a joke.” Serbian chief prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said… “I was shocked at the behaviour in the court and the fact that the verdict was greeted with applause,” he said. “It was a nauseating scene.”
…“It is not unexpected from a Hungarian society which is not yet mature enough to face its past,” said Ana Frenkel of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and a leader of the Novi Sad Jewish community…The defence had insisted there was no tangible evidence that Kepiro had carried out war crimes….
“The evidence went down the Danube to the Black Sea…The Hungarian army had to use dynamite to blow holes in the ice in order to drown the Jews and Serbs.” — John Peter Maher, Professor Emeritus
…Applause and cheers broke out in the courtroom Monday as Judge Bela Varga announced the verdict…Kepiro also was suspected of being involved in and responsible for the death of about 30 other civilians who were executed on the banks of the Danube River in Novi Sad, shot through holes cut into the frozen river.
Kepiro had been found guilty of involvement in the massacre twice: once by the pre-Nazi Hungarian courts in 1944, and again after the war, in 1946. By then he allegedly had fled via Austria to Argentina. He returned to Budapest in 1996, where he was located by Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office.
[Zuroff said,] “This verdict contradicts what we know about the events in Novi Sad on Jan. 23, 1942. It is an insult to the victims, an insult to the Jewish community, to the Serbian community, and it’s a very sad day for Hungary.”
Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said in a statement that “Holocaust survivors view this verdict as a betrayal by Hungarian judicial authorities of the demands of justice and memory. Hungary has turned its back on history in failing to come to grips with its collaborationist policies with the Nazi regime during World War II.
“At a time when extremist elements compromise present day Hungarian politics, this verdict is particularly unsettling.”
Closing with a note on Hungary, member in good standing of the Nazi-founded EU. First, an email I received from a reader earlier this year, who is a senior analyst at Hicks & Associates (parent company SAIC).
I was actually going to mention the ugly things going on in Hungary. Even though Hungary sacrificed hundreds of thousands of its citizens to German racist policies, because they were Jews, theHungarian government claims to be very concerned about ethnic Hungarian populations in Austria, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia. They have gone so far as to issue them Hungarian passports and documents.
Hungary is going to attempt to use these ethnic pretenses to reverse their territorial losses. With the Hungarian Prime Minister having successfully defended the press restrictions and other nationalistic, almost neo-fascist policies of his government, my guess is that Hungary is going to be making territorial claims at least against Serbia and Slovakia, and they are going to do it with the support of the German right-wing press — along with a lot of conservatives within the German government and military. In that case, Serbia will be facing a prospect of losing about another third — and a very valuable third at that [Vojvodina]. Serbia was granted certain territories after World War One, as reparations from the Central Powers. We have to make sure that this does not get reversed through more German, Hungarian and US propaganda. The Germans are strongly behind the Hungarian and Ukrainian demands for territorial restitution because they still have a gleam in their eye for Sudetenland, Pomerania and even East Prussia. The East Germans have slowly been building power in Germany and they want it all back. Even the aristocratic von und zu German Minister of Defence talks longingly about the extensive lands which his family once owned in Bohemia, Poland and German East Africa…
Why is it that the international media isn’t making any fuss at all about the fact that Hungary has effectively eliminated all of the short-lived freedoms of their press? … [T]here are a lot of Israelis buying up land in Hungary — in some cases it’s the same land that was taken from their grandparents. I guess a little insurance never hurts, but they are definitely getting their policies from the wrong insurer.
Another email this year in which Hungary came up, this time from a Russian-Jewish reader who moved to Hungary after 15 years in America (because his family roots are there): “I can’t say anything good about Hungary. It’s a complete mini-USSR. Though today they are all ‘businessmen’.”
Below I’ve transcribed some of the most compelling parts from this clip of the documentary “Sarajevo Ricochet” by journalist J.M. Berger, which aired in Norway in April.
UN peace negotiator in Bosnia Thorvald Stoltenberg witnessed the arms smuggling and claims the United States directly supplied the Bosnians. “We saw Iranian planes and American planes coming in with arms and military equipment…I saw it myself, the planes.”
Every American official interviewed by Berger denies that the United States directly provided weapons to the Bosnians, but most admitted that all other arms suppliers were welcome.
By 1995 some 2000 jihadists had traveled to Bosnia according to the research of Esad Hasimovich. Soon, the jihadists also started to kidnap and kill soldiers and civilians serving in the UN peacekeeping mission to Bosnia. They created gruesome propaganda videos executing prisoners of war….
[Galbraith: Mujahedeen atrocities not a big issue.]
But Esad’s investigation shows that mujahedeen war crimes rose to new levels in Bosnia during the last year of the war. Serb prisoners were tortured and executed in public places then buried in mass graves.
For Esad, this is not just a Bosnian story. This is a story about the spread of global jihad. “It was something different from the war, because the Bosnian war was over in December of 95. But it was my mistake. For these groups, war was not over.”
[Former NSA Bosnia intelligence chief John R. Schindler:] “By 1995 there were already European governments that were very concerned about some of the al Qaida footprints in Bosnia that was [sic] now spreading out across Europe. It’s not an accident that after 911, many of these governments quietly told Washington, ‘We told you, we were warning you about this a half decade ago and you called us crazy, not a team player, being difficult, paranoid.’ But the reality is it was several European governments who in the mid to late 1990s were far more proactive than the U.S. government in fighting al Qaeda and in my mind they’re allowed to say ‘Hey, we’ve been in this fight longer than you have, we got it long before you did. It was your policies that — certainly didn’t cause it — but facilitated a lot of this badness.”
On December 14th, 1995, the same day as the Dayton accord was to be signed, a key leader of the mujahideen was conveniently killed. The Egyptian Anwar Shaban, commander of the mujahedeen forces and an ally of Osama bin Laden, was ambushed near the Bosnian border. In his bullet-ridden car, a notebook was found. Esad Hasimovic got a copy of the notebook and it reveals the discussions and postwar plans of the mujahedeen. It says they were prepared to attack the NATO forces that were coming into Bosnia to replace the UN peacekeepers. The mujahedeen wanted to use the country as a new European base for the global jihad. For president Alija Izetbegovic this notebook would have been a devastating political scandal. Shaban had invited the president to several meetings with the mujahedeen shortly before the Dayton accord was signed. Shaban filmed the meetings and made detailed transcripts. In defiance of the terms he agreed to during the Dayton negotiations, Izetbegovic continued to promise the mujahedeen fighters they could stay in Bosnia. The record of these meetings was a nightmare for the Bosnian intelligence service. They knew Shaban planned to use the transcripts and photos to blackmail the Bosnian leadership. They also had another reason to be worried. Propaganda videos that included footage from one of the meetings carefully edited out the face of a man sitting next to the president. But the original picture reveals the man was Abu Mali, one of Osama bin Laden’s top allies in Europe. And Bosnian intelligence documents showed that the leaders of the mujahedeen, Shaban and Mali, were in close telephone contact with al Qaeda operatives and with Osama bin Laden personally.
Closing with some quotes:
[Kosovo] is reminiscent of the situation in Bosnia a few years earlier where, according to the Jerusalem Post, the Clinton administration had sought “to keep the lid on the pot at all costs” regarding its role in abetting the Iranian infiltration of the country with mujahedin, military trainers and heavy weapons during the 1992-1995 civil war.
Western journalists failed to note that the (Bosnia) Muslim ruling party, while portraying itself as thoroughly democratic and impressively multicultural, in fact was run by and for Islamists of a radical bent, whose ideal society was revolutionary Iran. … That the Bosnian jihad was considered a major success by al-Qaida was something no journalist uttered…[Bosnia] has continued its seemingly relentless slide into crime, corruption and extremism. Radical Islam has a stronger hold there than ever before, and it remains a mystery to me why Western governments continue to not give this problem, in the heart of Europe, the attention it deserves.”
– John R. Schindler, professor of Strategy at U.S. Naval War College and former NSA analyst, Town Hall, Oct. 18, 2007
“If you read President Izetbegovic’s writings, as I have, there is no doubt that he is an Islamic fundamentalist,” said a senior Western diplomat with long experience in the region… “This has not changed. His goal is to establish a Muslim state in Bosnia, and the Serbs and Croats understand this better than the rest of us.”
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.
…While no exact numbers exist, it is estimated that between 1,500 and 3,500 Arab volunteers participated in the Bosnian civil war…According to reports, it was the mujahedeen who committed some of the worst atrocities of the war, under Gen. Nasir Oric in the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica. Beheadings of Serbian civilians were commonplace, and in some villages the mujahedeen would dynamite homes with the inhabitants trapped inside.
Alija Izetbegovic was also proud to display the fighting prowess of his mujahedeen volunteers… 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.
Yugoslav intelligence estimates that citizenship was granted to more than 1,500 mujahedeen, including al-Qaeda members, following the Dayton Peace Accord in 1995…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 commander of the camp, an Algerian named Abu Mali, was subsequently arrested while travelling in Istanbul on a Bosnian passport.
[There is a] call to Jihad at the beginning [of Izetbegovic’s Islamic Declaration]…Political Islam was the foundation of the Bosnian Government, and the Serbs were right to be concerned…[The Declaration] shows, beyond dispute, that his aim was an Islamic state in which minorities would only be tolerated in so far as they adopted Islamic values and lifestyle (i.e., became dhimmis). In his Unholy Terror, John Schindler quotes a Bosnian newspaper (early 90s) in which a high-up Bosnian Government official also talks of the aim of establishing an Islamist state. Importantly, the tone is very much that of the Islamic Declaration.
– A. Millar, editor of European Son website and contributor to Hudson NY
The “Islamic Declaration” can and should be compared to Marx’s “Communist Manifesto”, a pamphlet that not only defines the objectives of “Islamic revival” (i.e. return to the basics, or fundamentalism) but also lays out the strategy and tactics of waging jihad wherever there are Muslims. The world’s Muslims are normally a fractious lot, so it is important to note that Izetbegovic was honored from Morocco to Malaysia, and by any and all “flavors” of Islam in between. Nobody else on the planet is thought of as highly in Rabat, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Tehran, Islamabad and Jakarta alike. Also note that the awards and recognitions he received were for contributions to Islam as such, rather than some supposed heroism in the Bosnian War. Though one could argue that getting the “Great Satan” to fight his jihad for him is no small feat.
Every Muslim male soldier was [buried as a “martyr”]. Even today, when Muslims talk of their war dead, they speak of “shaheed and fallen fighters” (the latter being the few non-Muslims who joined the “Bosnian Army”). But the clear implication is that all the Muslims who fought and died were martyrs in the jihad. They never call it a jihad, of course (bad press and all) but it is written on every tombstone that it was.
Back in March, there was a story on Bosnian Serb TV of a Muslim woman from Srebrenica (Hasa Omerovic), who refused to have her husband buried under the “path of Allah” sign in Potocari [where the Srebrenica memorial is], and insisted instead to have him buried in Tuzla, under a secular tombstone.
She couldn’t afford this, mind you, so the Bosnian Serb authorities pitched in. She was simply VILIFIED by the Muslim public (”Chetnik whore”, etc.), while the “Mothers of Srebrenica” argued she was defiling their “holy place, their pilgrimage.” (Incidentally, proving correct my thesis from the Bleiburg article.)
[Commentary by Hassan Haidar Diab: “Footage of Mujahidin Will Find Fertile Ground in B-H”; all Arabic proper names are as published pp16,17]
Although the B-H public was genuinely shocked by the broadcast of a half an hour of film footage showing US soldiers being killed in Iraq by sniper shots to the head, anyone who has closely tracked events in that country in recent years should not be surprised by the existence of footage of this sort, which is ultimately intended to speed up the recruitment of young generations of mujahidin and demoralize the US military and its allies in Iraq.
Specifically, even though such footage will find unparalleled fertile ground in B-H, it will be nothing more than the seed of an ideology that has long reaped ripe fruit in B-H, planted back in that country during the war by many mujahidin, including high-ranking Al-Qa’idah officers. For that very reason, the exaggerated shock over the latest footage, and the astonishment at its “quiet” intrigues, are simply yet another indicator of how B-H has a hard time recognizing its own flaws and that it has an even harder time withstanding them. After all, we do not have to delve into the distant past - we need go back only 15 years - to draw an easy parallel between this era and that one and to recall all the “imported” victims of the B-H war who left their ideologically spilled blood as a legacy for some of the Muslims there. Although a majority of the surviving mujahidin, together with the members of Al-Qa’idah, led by the Algerian Abu al-Maali, left B-H after the war ended in 1995 and dispersed to Iraq and Afghanistan, their ideology was permanently instilled in some Muslims in B-H, as evidenced most vividly by the Taleban community of Wahhabis in the village of Gornja Maoca.
Another clear indicator of why B-H should not be “shocked” by the increasingly common presence of men with long thick beards and women hidden in burkas is a statement by Enes Mujkanovic, the self-proclaimed leader of the Wahhabi community in Gornja Maoca, that when God’s army enters Rome it will defeat all crusaders, which is entirely in keeping with a statement by [Palestinian] Usama Abu Dazana, one of the most wanted terrorists in the Middle East today, who said in a 2006 interview with Vecernji List that there will be no peace in the world until the Vatican - the stronghold of Satan - is razed.
… As a man who, after the liberation of Kabul, spent time on every battleground in B-H from 1992 all the way to 1995, and as the right-hand man of the late leader of Al-Qa’idah in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Abu Dazana - who now wears the crown of the military wing of the terrorist organization Denad Al Saham (Army of Damascus), responsible for the murder of Lebanese soldiers in the city of Tripoli and for the deaths of around 20 people killed in a bomb blast in Damascus, and for many other terrorist activities - unquestionably constitutes an exalted authority both among like-minded people in the Middle East and among a certain population of Muslims in B-H.
While Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and many other countries want Usama Abu Dazana dead or alive, B-H should not forget that it was precisely that man and many similar to him who sowed the seed of radicalism in Bosnia-Hercegovina 15 years ago, a seed that over the years has grown into an extended tree on which nothing other than many more “shocking” images and truths will grow.
Among those who shed their ideological blood and are remembered and honoured to this day are the veterans of the war in Afghanistan, Shayk Anwar Shaban, who was killed after the war, Abu Haris Libija, who died during the war in central Bosnia, Abu al-Moataz, the former commander in the defence of Jalalabad, who was killed near Zavidovici, and Abu Abdalla Libi, whose nickname was the mountain lion and who was known as the best fighter against the Russians in Afghanistan, as well as many other Al-Qa’idah officers who arrived in 1992 and whose bodies remain in B-H cemeteries to this day.
A few days before that commentary ran, Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation TV’s “60 Minutes” program ran the following report:
[Video shows excerpt from an article published by the Sarajevo-based Islamist biweekly Saff: “When a well-paid, armed and well-fed American soldier goes to defend Bosnians, this is considered a humane act. When a Bosniak uses his own money to buy a gun and makes arrangements for his family so he can fight for the Muslims of Chechnya, this is portrayed as a criminal act”]
[Reporter Damir Kaletovic] This media outlet which supports the most radical and potentially most dangerous part of the Bosnian society, Wahhabis who have radical religious beliefs, has used these words to justify Bosnian Muslim participation in the Chechen war. Several years later, things have changed and those who publicly urged volunteers to go to Chechnya and fight the despised Russians, now urge the volunteers to go to Iraq to fight the equally despised Americans.
According to information we received from certain foreign agencies and our field investigations, radical Bosnian Islamists have already experienced the hell of Iraq, fighting against the Allied forces in that country. Instead of US soldiers’ scalps, these volunteers are returning to Bosnia with propaganda material which shows horrific and perfidious murders of US soldiers. We obtained one DVD [video showing US soldiers killed by sniper Juba in Iraq] with this material from our informants who are active in the Zenica-Doboj and Central Bosnia Canton.
To make things even worse, this 30-minute film has been translated into Bosnian, as you can see in this footage, which shows that the authors have done their best in order for the indoctrination to bear concrete results as soon as possible. Be warned that the following [video] excerpts are very shocking and those of you with health problems should switch off their TVs for a moment [video footage of US soldiers being killed and commander of sniping unit explaining the tactics used]
The DVD with this horrific footage is being handed out to selected cadres in the central Bosnia canton from where further distribution is organized. At the same, certain groups from abroad, mainly from Austria and Germany, are paying periodical visits to the Central Bosnia, Una-Sana and Zenica-Doboj cantons where they meet sympathizers.
According to our information, it is not ruled out that at their secret meetings all options are being discussed, including attacks on US Army representatives and members deployed with NATO in our country.
It is indicative that recently numerous visits have been registered in the Central Bosnia-Canton by radical Islamists of B-H [Bosnia-Hercegovina] origin who live and work abroad. They are joined there by sympathizers from other Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation cantons….
After this story, it is much clearer why B-H is mentioned in almost every relevant international report dealing with potential terrorist threats…
Since my father (Serbian, now passed) was from Croatia, escaped in 1941, I sympathise with the cause of at least making Croatia admit its fascist past. The country had not done so, even trying to downplay Jasenovac concentration camp, the 3rd biggest in WW2.
The Catholic NAZI Pope (he was in the Hitler Youth! so it is a correct nomenclature) on his recent trip to Croatia said to the EU “let Croatia join” and it was done. [This] bodes darker days for Europe, both Jews and Orthodox Christians when the Pope is so politically influential.
We also have the NAZI Cardinal of Croatia Stepinac on the verge of beatification. Will the [Pope] make Hitler a saint? After all, he was good for Germans, and a Catholic…
After my reply, Namaan further wrote:
Unfortunately, this is never black and white, and many people on all the sides have blood on their hands, yet only Serbs are blamed. Look at the ICTY, most indictees have been Serbs, yet Serbs have suffered most, including murder, detention, persecution, expulsion, genocide, theft of land and property, etc.. The last time I checked it was not a “war crime” to defend your country against terrorism, yet this applies to Serbs, and in the last 20 years, there have been mass exoduses from Croatia, KosMet, and even form Serbia into the Diaspora.
There are many parallels between Hebrews and Serbs, although the Serbian history is only known from the 6th century AD, not for 4,000 years: a large Diaspora, constant war and fight against Islam. This is not because we hate Muslims (Yugoslavia was a very tolerant country with many minorities), but because Muslims have become polarised by external influences like, for example, Mujahadeen fighters in Bosnia. The U.S. ignored this until it became an issue after 9/11 when they turned on Americans.
I am British of Serbian heritage, living in Germany, working for a US company. My mother is also Serbian, but from Bosnia.
I just wanted to say if it were not for WW2, I would probably have been born in Yugoslavia, and so would many others whose parents were forced to flee. A war in the Balkans is only ever a generation or two away.
My uncle (father’s brother) had his house attacked in 1995 during Operation Storm and his only tractor was destroyed, luckily no-one was hurt, but the animosity is still there. We drove through the village and area in 2004, and it still looked like a war zone, with many houses destroyed.
Croatia never really had to admit its NAZI past (as you know, many Jews were also slaughtered in Jasenovac, as well as the children’s (!) death camp in Sisak), and the denial and revisionism going on there now, like naming city squares after NAZI’s and downgrading the numbers murdered, would be called “Holocaust Denial” in most western countries. In fact, if Jews were not murdered in Croatia in WW2, there would probably never have been any admittance of Serbs murdered there, too (we are despised by people who do not know us, know nothing about our history and traditions, including our uneasy existence with European Islam).
But, Islam is another matter; if Germany or France used the same “democratic” rules they forced on Kosovo and Metohija, then there would be a Turkish part of Germany and an Arab part of France, both these groups being about 10% of the population (and growing). The rule of Democracy is being, and will be, tested here too.
Note: While it may be unfair to recall the current pope’s early years in the Hitler Youth, it is of extraordinarily symbolic significance, given that we are in an era when Jews and Serbs are again targeted minorities — and “politically incorrect” nations — and in an era that is seeing the realization of the Nazi-laid dream of a united Europe, with Germany at the top and including a Croatia that was openlyfascist when the Vatican led support for it in the 90s. In such an era — when every state including the Vatican and every leader large and small bends over backwards to appease the new horror sweeping the lands, zealously eschewing all the WWII lessons about appeasement — would it have been too much to ask the College of Cardinals to pick a candidate who was not in the Hitler Youth? But no, we must believe that this pope’s poor record of performance on Jewishissues is purelycoincidental.
UPDATE: Kahrs is closing his Serbtrade.no site, and so the Serbian Whitepaper on organized crime and terrorism in Kosovo mentioned here will redirect here and here, and the relevant links for his apology are now available here.
I received this a few months ago and have been meaning to post it. It relates to this earlier blog.
I can get into some of the points you raise later on, but I have some updated links you can use. For my English apology, I made it available on http://serbtrade.no/2011/apology/. I have edited the text and added the following:
However, it is not clear to what extent Albanian leaders influenced their own people to seek refuge in Albania and Macedonia to make the bombing continue.
The Serbian version is available on http://serbtrade.no/2011/izvinjenje/. Here the Serbian readers can read the foreword for my upcoming book and a table of contents how I am planning it today.
The brothel, in Harrow, north-west London, was raided a few weeks after she arrived. She was arrested, but she did not reveal the full details of her enslavement to the police because the Kosovan Albanian man who had bought her told her that her family would be in danger if she said anything.
Because officials did not realise Katya had been intimidated by her trafficker, they allowed him to visit her nine times when she was in detention, visits he used to intimidate her further.
Rome: Italian police arrested three suspected Albanian drug traffickers and seized 170kg of heroin on Tuesday in one of the biggest anti-drug operations in recent years, officials said.
The criminal gang had allegedly been trafficking heroin from Pakistan and Afghanistan, through the Balkans and into Italy. Traffickers were taken by surprise as they were refining heroin, the police said.
Durim Vishkurti, 31 years old, Sokol Cota, 35 and Ermal Dorda, 25, were arrested in an operation launched in the provinces of Verona and Padova in an operation led by the Venice anti-mafia squad.
Investigators had put the suspected North African and Italian drug-pushers under surveillance which led them to two houses in northeast Italy, one of which acted as a laboratory.
The investigation has lasted a year and four other Albanian suspected drug traffickers had already been arrested by customs in the preceding months.
In a note to Liz Milanovich, who circulated the item above, Dragan in Strasbourg wrote:
Before I was retired, I experienced such sort of arrests of Albanian drug dealers; they were arrested by the French police, they were kept in custody for 24 hours, then either released because they presented themselves like “refugees” from Kosovo, and sent back to Serbia, or they had former Yugoslav passports, and again they were sent to Serbia, because the Kosovo authorities would not accept them.
Once again, Serbia signed the agreement of extradition of criminals and illegal emigrants, [some]thing that Kosovo’s Albanians did not do. I would not be surprised if these Albanians finish somewhere in Serbia…
This reminds me of something that a retired NYC cop friend told me recently about the 1999 immigration of Albanian “refugees” under the Clintons. At the time, his friend was working the immigration customs desk at JFK airport, and he related how he would frequently try to turn back a “refugee” because of a criminal record. One after another, the immigration officer got the go-ahead from a superior to let the Albanian criminal through anyway. Until — because of the frequency of such interruptions — an order came down from the heights of Washington to just let them all through and ignore the criminal records. A policy was in place, and appearances had to be kept up.
It’s embarrassing that, without really thinking about it, I’d assumed the powers in Washington — given their notorious stupidity — might have been surprised by the subsequent criminal pursuits of their 1999 Albanian proteges. Indeed, they knew all along. One might have assumed.
PRIŠTINA — Kosovo’s independence will soon be recognized by more African states, Kosovo Deputy PM Behgjet Pacolli said after visiting Guinea, Tunisia and Mali.
“During his visit to Guinea, Pacolli met with President Alpha Conde and was given strong guarantees that recognition of Kosovo was expected soon,” the Kosovo deputy PM’s office said in a release.
During his visit to Tunisia Pacolli had a meeting with Islamist Renaissance Party founder Rashid al-Ghannushi, who “guaranteed Tunisia would recognize Kosovo if his party won the elections”. [But those Albanians aren’t really Islamic!!!]
The Kosovo deputy prime minister was also promised by Mali President Amadou Toumani Toure that “Mali will seriously consider recognizing Kosovo”.
This was Pacolli’s third visit to African nations in three months. […]
The Senate was unanimous. UNANIMOUS. That should give Americans a clue as to what is going on. Russia remains a useful decoy for the American public’s attention. As military wife Stella Jatras wrote when she sent this email: “The US policy towards Russia has not changed since WWII. It has been hostile towards Russia….” Where’s that “Restart” button Hillary promised? Nowhere in sight.
Russia has expressed surprise over the resolution on Georgia approved recently by the US Senate, saying that it demonstrated either a lack of awareness, or a deliberate misreading of the facts.
The Russian Foreign Ministry released an official statement on Monday in which it sharply criticized the resolution on Georgia passed unanimously by the US Senate on July 29. The US resolution supported Georgia’s territorial integrity, and recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia as regions “occupied by the Russian Federation”.
“Statements that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are reportedly occupied by the Russian Federation lack both factual and legal grounds. The resolution of the US senators in this regard testifies either to a poor background in the international law or to a total disregard for the real facts,” reads the statement signed by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich. “Such statements are not harmless at all. They feed the revanchist moods inherent in Tbilisi’s policies, and support the Georgian side’s refusal to speak to Sukhum and Tskhinval with mutual respect on a basis of parity. Meanwhile, such dialogue is the key to peace, stability and prosperity in the region, and it is good to remember this for the US side as well,” the Russian ministry’s statement reads.
Lukashevich said that the US resolution contained the full set of well-used clichés that have been voiced by Washington for several years now, including the statement on the so called “occupation”. “We have repeatedly given our explanations on the absurdity of the usage of this term in the given context. There is not a single Russian military serviceman on Georgian soil. There are Russian military contingents in the region, but they are on the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are recognized by Russia as sovereign states,” the Russian diplomat said.
The Russian official also mentioned that from a strictly legal point of view, the term occupation means the effective control over another state’s territory and population coupled with the actual displacement of the local authorities by an occupational administration. Neither of these criteria are applicable to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as these nations are ruled by their own governments, not Russian military units.
The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Abkhazia also disagreed with the US Senate’s opinion that Russia’s military presence in Abkhazia is an occupation. The ministry went on to state that the United States cannot act as an impartial mediator in the negotiations as it is a party to the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia.
At the same time, the Abkhazian diplomats said that their country was open to any representative from the US authorities who would like to personally make sure that Abkhazia is an independent, democratic state that follows its own internal and international policy. Abkhazia also expressed regret over the continual anti-Abkhazian activities of the US administration, which has manifested in the form of political and economic sanctions.
It should be noted that the US Senate made an amendment to the initial text of the resolution on Georgia, replacing the term “de facto” in reference to the authorities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia with “the authorities in control in the regions” – the formula used by the Georgian government in its own documents.