…I just read your commentary on Thaci getting to ring the bell at NASDAQ, and I agree with you that the press release text was prepared by none other than Thaci’s propaganda squad back in Pristina. The main reason I believe this, besides the use of the Albanian usurpation of the Serbian toponym “Kosovo”, is the listing of his birthplace being in “Skenderaj” municipality. As you may know, Fuhrer Thaci was actually born in the municipality of SRBICA. I am quite sure that the Albanians wish to erase this name from Thaci’s bio as it is obviously derived from “Srb” or “Srbi”. How could the “Prime Minister” of the so-called “Republic of “Kosova” have been born in an area named after the rightful owners of the land who gave their name to it, the people who he helped to forcibly remove through terrorism and the help of the US/NATO?
Crazy revisionist, history-bending Albanians do not know when to quit. I think they should take a closer look at the toponym “Skenderaj” and realize that their beloved Gjergj Kastriot a.k.a. Iskander or Skanderbeg himself converted back to Christianity [Catholicism] from Islam and fought against the Ottomans along with the Balsici and others in order to throw off their yokes. Maybe Thaci and his delusional followers can follow Skenderbeg’s example and revert to their original faith and reach a conciliation with the Serbs, but I know this to be an impossible task because of the status they derive from being “poor and oppressed” Muslims in the midst of a “hostile” Orthodox region. I also know that a welcome change could not happen because it does not matter if an Albanian is Muslim, Catholic, or even Orthodox; to them their greatest centripetal association is being Albanian, religious affiliation being but mere window dressing. Take the case of the loser Catholic Joseph DioGuardi who hates Serbs, has burned the Serbian flag in front of the Serbian Embassy in DC, and who has been the Albanians’ man in American political circles for decades. You just know that the American politicians who support the Albanians are bought because there seems to be no logical reason why a so-called “freedom-loving” nation as America would support such thugs.
Indeed, I’ve often thought: If Skenderbeg is such a hero to Albanians, then they should follow his example and convert back from what the Ottomans he fought had foisted on them. But who wants to lose all that Ottoman gold flowing into the region, or to piss off America, which needs Albanians to stay majority Muslim — so that “jihadists everywhere take note” of our good will.
Besides, it’s easier said than done. As Chris Deliso reminds us:
Rallying a decade ago under the nationalist banner of “one nation, three religions,” the paramilitary KLA claimed support from Muslim, Catholic, and Orthodox Albanians during its war in Kosovo. Today, while most Albanians still do feel their ethnicity strongly, religious tensions have nevertheless been growing. In october 2003, police arrested author Kastriot Myftari, charging him with inciting religious hatred against Muslims for writing that Albanian Muslims should convert to Catholicism.
A month after Wall St. Journalpublished Kosovo’s terrorist prime minister Hashim Thaci, the Heroin-Trafficker-in-Chief got to ring the opening bell at NASDAQ on Thursday.
In a year when he fixed elections, was implicated in his KLA murder-for-organs scheme, and was outed by various media watchdogs to be suppressing the press, mobster/torturer/murderer Thaci — occasionally wanted by Interpol and almost barred from entering this country save for diplomatic immunity — is here with bells on. These photos of beaming American ignoramuses flanking the Witness-Intimidator-in-Chief who rules by corruption and fear are a metaphor for what the “free world” has become:
Now check out the summary article about the “prime minister” which NASDAQ printed below the pictures. Not a word about any of the myriad investigations connected to him, just the hero version of Thaci. That’s because the summary comes directly from Thaci’s office:
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square to officially ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell.
Following the victory of the Democratic Party of Kosova in the parliamentary elections of 17 November 2007, Hashim Thaci was elected Prime Minister of the Government of Kosova on 9 January 2008.
On 17 February 2008, Prime Minister Thaci, in the Assembly of Kosova, declared Kosova as an independent, sovereign and democratic state. Mr. Hashim Thaci is the first Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Kosova.
Mr. Hashim Thaci is one of the main founders of the Kosova Liberation Army (1992). During the war (1998-1999), Mr. Thaci was the political chief of the Kosova Liberation Army. From March 1999 until January 2000, Mr. Hashim Thaci was Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of Kosova (Unity Government). During this period, he was active in intensive political and diplomatic activities in the major world centers in the U.S. and the Western Europe.
Following the conclusion of the war in 1999, as a Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of Kosova, Mr. Thaci led the negotiations with the international community which resulted in the signing of the Agreement on the Transformation of the KLA into a Kosova Protection Corps (TMK).
Mr. Thaci was elected member of the Assembly of Kosova on three consecutive terms. He is the political leader with the biggest number of votes won in the last parliamentary elections in Kosova.
Since 1999, Mr. Hashim Thaci promoted and defended the Kosovar cause through numerous lectures and speeches given in dozens of prestigious universities and institutions in the West. He also published many editorials and articles in the local, regional and international press.
He speaks English and German. He was born on 24 April 1968 in Buroj village of Skenderaj.
Several giveaways that this article was printed word-for-word, without any editing by NASDAQ, directly from Thaci’s staff: First, a phrase: “the Western Europe.” The superfluous article in front of “Western Europe” is a well-known Eastern Europeanism. Second, the folks at NASDAQ didn’t even bother to Americanize the date: from “24 April 1968″ to “April 24th, 1968.” Third, and most blatantly, you will notice that even the State Department has been pacing itself in its fulfillment of the full Albanian agenda by being careful to not yet change “Kosovo” to “Kosova” in its official literature and dealings. I’ve set my internal DVR to record the moment that this changes and we start seeing “Kosova” enter the American language lexicon and make its way into our officials’ speeches and our media’s pages. NASDAQ has the distinction of being the first media organ to formally condition us to the terrorist pronunciation.
Caveat: While Bill Clinton told us in 1999 that the “correct” pronunciation of this Serbian word was the Albanian one — Kosova (because he had been “reading up on the region”) — our government had not formally switched to the “correct” pronunciation, so as to maintain the semblance of a “process” to bestowing this piece of land upon Albanians. And so in our media, it’s still been “Kosovo.” (The only exception being, to my knowledge, The New York Review of Books, which was on-program as early as 2000, even if somewhat critical.)
Interestingly, on Thursday when Lurch rang the bell, the stock market lurched downward. As well it should.
“If the Minister wants to visit U.S. again could not get any visa other than diplomatic visa, which gives him immunity,” a source told Global government office.
The United States does not permit foreign nationals to enter the country if they have outstanding charges related to human rights.
“Thaci told people close to him that now he is anxious to travel abroad because of fear that can be arrested in any foreign country.”
Like a penny stock, “Kosova” is small, volatile, unpredictable, and may come and go — whether it’s absorbed into Greater Albania, or its recognitions are rescinded, or its status stays frozen. The problems with penny stocks, according to NASDAQ — which doesn’t trade in them– are:
1. Lack of information available to the public.
2. Much of the information available is typically not from credible sources.
3. The companies are newly formed or approaching bankruptcy or both.
4. They have a poor track record or none at all.
5. They do not fulfill the minimum standards to remain on the exchange.
Kosovo is a penny state and does not qualify to be present at NASDAQ.
But thanks to the summary about the godfather of the mafia society and criminal state soon to be officially known by the terrorist pronunciation “Kosova,” something occurred to me that hadn’t previously. Other than Albanian, “he speaks English and German.”
As the son of Cuban exiles, junior Florida senator Marco Rubio should be particularly sensitive to attempts at painting a people as crazed criminals, often done in service of an underlying political agenda. But in his speech last week at the Jesse Helms Center in North Carolina, Senator Rubio said, “The American armed forces have been one of the greatest forces of good….They stopped Nazism and Communism and other evils such as Serbian ethnic cleansing.”
In the Elian Gonzalez saga, the Cuban community was depicted as wild extremists and the Gonzalez family as “kidnappers” who were breaking the law, when they merely expected us to follow our own laws and give Elian due process. But the larger agenda was to deliver the boy back into Castro’s clutches, for reasons that remain mysterious to this day.
As with the Balkan wars, no one paid attention when, once the agenda was fulfilled, the truth came out. In the Gonzalez case, not only did Elian’s father Juan call ahead to tell the Miami relatives that Elian and his mother were coming, but he was speaking under duress when saying he wanted his son back in Cuba. He had also made his own attempts to leave Cuba. What caused the Cuban-Americas to go so “wild” was that word got out (but not to the wider American public) that Juan Gonzalez was seeking asylum for both himself and the boy. Most of this came out in a belatedly revealed INS memo that could have changed Elian’s fate but was ordered destroyed by then INS Commissioner Doris Meissner.
As appalling as a senator singling out one of the warring nationalities to perpetuate a longdebunkedlieabout it, is the fact that by equalizing the fictitious ethnic cleansing with the Nazis, he reinforces the WWII inversions that we’ve been fed by the Serbs’ enemies — Croatians, Albanians and Bosniaks — all of whomsidedwith the Axis powers. (This of course made it doubly important to paint the Serbs as the modern-day Nazis in the 90s, since it was their stubborn WWII resistance that delayed Hitler’s attack on Stalingrad, with decisive consequences.)
The Balkans are precisely an example of where America and its military were the opposite of “a force for good,” giving wings — and continued support today — to a state ruled by fear, with an elite that is above the law and where prosecution witnesses drop out or drop dead. A “Mafia society based on ‘capture of the state’ by criminal elements,” is how the Institute for European Policy put it in 2007. This was seconded by a Foreign Policy magazine article last February titled “Thug Life”: “It is difficult to see how democracy or respect [for] the rule of law could develop and flourish amid such overt displays of American support for a corrupt and criminal leadership…The [ethnic Albanian] war crimes…have never been fully investigated — in fact, in some cases they have been covered up.”
So it’s rather rich when Rubio cites Jesse Helms and Ronald Reagan as introducing a “‘morality in foreign policy’ plank to the 1976 Republican platform [which stated,] ‘The goal of Republican foreign policy is the achievement of liberty under law….’” This, while applauding a war which was achieved by the breaking or ignoring of every international law (and also without UN or even Congressional approval). A gratuitous war whose criminal spawn was born in likewise criminal fashion, without regard for the international order or any existing norms of state craft.
There are two iconic harbingers of the force against liberty that America risked becoming, and they came in back-to-back symbolic years at the turn of the millennium: the surreal sight in 1999 of the U.S. Air Force bombing Yugoslavian children in their beds, and in 2000 the image of a Federal agent’s machine gun fixed on a six-year-old boy in the arms of the fisherman who rescued him.
The free world was not there for Elian or his father, and it was downright murderous to the Orthodox Serbs. Some might even draw the connection that in one case, we betrayed a Catholic community on Easter in service to communism, and in the other we betrayed Orthodox Christians in favor of Islamic propaganda traceable to the Bosnian Ministry of Information and Albanian disseminators. (And no, we didn’t hold the bombs on Easter in that case either, though we do so on Ramadan.)
As a Jewish conservative who vigorously defended Cuban-Americans during the Elian siege (and was offended by the mainstream defamation of them), I am sickened that Senator Rubio would turn the same kind of spear — though far more elaborate and psychologically entrenched — onto another maligned people. I was always of the hope that if ever there were a swath of Americans who could be convinced of the disinformation campaign perpetrated against the truly besieged Serbs, it was Cubans. Shame on you, Senator Rubio.
Below are some relevant items about the Free World attacking Christians on Easter. Bombing Serbs on Easter had its precedent in history. Hitler bombed Serbia on Easter 1941. Germans wrote “Frohe Ostern” (”Happy Easter”) on the bombs they dropped on Serbian women and children.
This fact was not lost on our victims. Fast-forward to 1999:
Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister, Vuk Draskovic, condemned the Nato attack as “a crime against the Serbian nation'’.
“Downtown Belgrade is on fire on the biggest Christian day of Easter,'’ he told the British satellite station Sky. ‘’The last time Belgrade was on fire [over] Easter was in 1941 when Hitler bombed it.”
It is interesting to note that the Clinton administration in the winter of 1998-1999 stopped its brief bombing campaign on Iraq due to the period of Ramadan on the Islamic calendar. However, both English and American warplanes continued to bomb the Serbian Christians throughout the Christian Holy Week and especially on Easter Sunday of the Orthodox Christian calendar. Some of the bombs that were dropped by English pilots had the message painted on them, “Happy Easter.”
The other grievance was who Nato was targeting. From the foreign broadcasts (CNN, SKY, BBC) the message came across loud and clear — we have no quarrel with the people of Serbia, only with the president and the army. So why, asked the people of Serbia, did you have to bomb over Easter, one of the most holy periods in the Serb calendar, as the Nazis had done in 1941? Why did we find an unexploded bomb with the words “Happy Easter” engraved, if you were on the side of the “people?”
– Unknown Questioner
Throughout May, Nato repeatedly targeted the town of Kraljevo, destroying its school and a hospital clinic. More than 20 civilians have been injured. A message on one of the bomb casings found at Kraljevo read, “Do You Still Want to Be a Serb Now?”
– “Who NATO Killed,” by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, June 15, 1999
It is one of the most underreported aspects of the bloody wars that have taken place in the Balkans: the same Clinton administration that now professes concern about the Kosovo refugee crisis promoted a similar crisis almost four years ago. In August 1995, the Clinton administration supported the Croatian Army when it drove hundreds of thousands of Serbs from Krajina…?
A major war was averted when Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, who is now demonized as a new Hitler, failed to send his army to defend the Krajina Serbs, who had set up an independent mini-state. The U.N. says the Croatian attack included the shelling and burning of Serb villages and the bombing of refugees. The War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague is gathering evidence to determine if the Croats should be charged with war crimes. The U.S. has been slow to supply satellite images that have been requested by the prosecutors.
Walter Roberts, a retired foreign service officer, said in an April 10 column in the Washington Post, “The pictures from the borders of Kosovo have outraged the whole world. But where was the outrage when more than 300,000 Serbs were evicted by the Croatian government from the Krajina, a Croatian land inhabited by Serbs for centuries?”
Footage of Krajina Serbs loading what possessions they could onto wagons had been shown on TV, but there were no touching interviews with pathetic Serb refugees telling tales of woe in the refugee camps where many of them have lived for nearly five years. On May 5, President Clinton, addressing our troops in Germany, declared, “We have no quarrel with the Serb people….Our quarrel is with ethnic cleansing.” That was not the position he took when the Serbs were driven from Krajina.
– Reed Irvine, Accuracy in Media, May 1999
“What the former communist Vuk Draskovic was not telling the truth about,” wrote “Serbstvo,” whose research most of this last segment is, “was the last time Serbia was bombed on Easter. It was in fact Serbia’s own allies that carpet-bombed her in service to Communism, and they chose to do it on Easter Sunday of 1944. The Nazis and Allies bombed Belgrade over Easter, which is regarded as the holiest day by Orthodox Christians. Serbs would gather in greater numbers for Easter Sunday Mass than they would on any other day of the year. The Germans, British and Americans took advantage of knowing that bombing Serbs over Easter would inflict the maximum amount of civilian casualties. The Allies showed they were as cynical as the Nazis and also wrote ‘Happy Easter’ on the bombs.”
The city of Belgrade was bombed during two campaigns in World War II, the first undertaken by the Luftwaffe in 1941, and the latter by Allied air forces in 1944…Belgrade was bombed by Anglo-American air forces on April 16 and 17, 1944, which was Orthodox Easter Day. The most important unit that took part was American 15th Air Force, based in Foggia in the south of Italy. This carpet bombing raid was executed by 600 bombers flying at high altitude.
[The] bombing of Belgrade on Easter Sunday 1944 was deliberate — UXO was found with [the] inscription “Happy Easter” written in Serbian. According to flight documents, bombers were heading to Romania, but UXO shows otherwise. [Belgrade’s] city core was deliberately targeted, more than
2000 civilians were killed while the damage to occupying Wehrmacht forces was negligent (several dead and wounded)
The Allies claimed Serbia was bombed for the purpose of destroying German occupying troops, but what association did Germans have with an Orthodox holiday and why were only several Germans killed compared to the thousands of Serbian civilians? How was bombing churches filled with Christian believers in Easter Mass supposed to harm the Nazis? How were they killing Germans if they were targeting churches, schools and hospitals?
It was supposed to break down the Germans but actually had destroyed Belgrade more than the German bombs. On some found bombs, it was written in Serbian Cyrillic “Happy Easter.”
[The] campaign of bombing civilian buildings, hospitals, bridges and residential quarters was carried out without permission of the UN Security Council and is one of the major crimes at the end of the XX century. Belgrade was bombed three times more during the same century: in 1914 by Austrians and Germans, in 1941 by Hitler and in 1944 by the British Royal Air Force (on Easter day) - Serbia forgives but will never forget.
Serbstvo closes with a note on Allied support for the communist takeover of Yugoslavia:
Churchill promised Tito would rule over a communist Yugoslavia. He was aware that Tito’s communist movement was not popular in Serbia (as far as Serbs went, his army was mostly composed of Bosnian and Krajina Serbs) as [those] in Serbia mostly favored Draza’s Chetniks, who were both anti-fascist and anti-communist in defense of the Monarchy. The Allies realized that the only way they could bring Tito to seize power in Yugoslavia was by crushing the Ravna Gora Movement and terrorizing civilians through carpet-bombing.
The Allies ensured that Yugoslavia would be communist after WWII, and once we defeated the Nazis we adopted many of them and proceeded to actualize parts of Hitler’s vision of the world — ostensibly to defeat Communism. So when Rubio invokes American opposition to Nazism, Communism and Serbs, let’s keep in mind that only one of those oppositions by us was full-hearted — and it wasn’t either of the first two. Unless we’re talking specifically about Ronald Reagan who — incidentally — knew the value of a Serb. Also while pondering that list — Nazism, Communism, and Serbs — let’s keep in mind that, heartbreakingly, the U.S. and her NATO allies have more in common with Nazi Germany than most would be willing to admit.
This year brought the Council of Europe’s report on the murder-for-organs scandal involving top echelons of the Kosovo Liberation Army, now wearing suits as Kosovo’s “legitimate” rulers. While top Albanian and Kosovo officialsarebeing indicted for corruption, war crimes, illegal weapons hauling, and deep mob ties, a Brooklyn man from Albania was arraigned last week on charges of providing material support to terrorists and planning to join a radical group in Pakistan — just months after an Albanian Kosovar shot five American servicemen in Frankfurt, killing two. (Which hearkens back not only to last year’s “NorthCarolinaEight” that included two Kosovo Albanians and targeted a Marine base, but also to the 2007 Ft. Dix plot in which three Albanian-Americans wanted to “kill as many American soldiers as possible”.)
And so one is almost tempted to the fanciful hope that The Wall St. Journal might finally feel a tinge of reservation if not shame about unequivocally following the Foggy Bottom line on the Balkans, which unconditionally implements the maximal Albanian agenda.
Instead, the newspaper publishes the terrorists who won the Balkans, this time “Prime Minister” Hashim Thaci — criminal alias “The Snake.” With no irony whatsoever, on August 29th The Journal treated us to “A Better Future for the Western Balkans,” by Thaci. This is despite his internationally long-known connection to drug- and organ-trafficking, his notoriety in Greater Albania for running every kind of racket, not to mention his intimidatingwitnessesin the organs affair and ordering untold murders. ( “Cadavers have never been an obstacle to Thaci’s career,” explained Bujar Bukoshi, of the late Ibrahim Rugova’s 1990s government-in-exile.)
Take it from a narco-terrorist prime minister nowsuppressingthepressin “liberated” Kosovo on what constitutes “a better future.” And yet it’s the “rampant criminality” of Kosovo’s Serb-populated north that Thaci wants to bring under his “rule of law” (the “rampant criminality” being a resistance to rule by the criminality of the rest of Kosovo). This is a gangster solidifying his turf.
North Mitrovica is the last part of Kosovo that we’re trying to submit to the thugocracy, and it’s also one of Kosovo’s last multi-ethnic remnants, where a non-Albanian can leave his immediate vicinity without risking dismemberment. Ergo the Serbian “stubbornness” that our bureaucrats — and The Journal — regularly scold.
The 2008 Italian documentary “Infinite War” shows a Serbian monk serving liturgy surrounded by NATO tanks and troops. “In liberated Kosovo, this is the maximal possible freedom for Christians to profess their faith,” narrates journalist Riccardo Iacona, adding that 223,409 Serbs were cleansed after the 1999 war (the number has grown since).
It was done with the help of the never-disbanded KLA, which answers directly to high-level Kosovo politicians. “And this is how they finance themselves,” Iacona summarizes a classified UN report, “by trafficking of drugs and arms, and by extortion…They smuggle oil and practice destruction…Then, there is a list of the superiors of this organization, and the links between this military structure and politicians in PDK, Thaci’s party.”
Albanian journalist Bardulaj Ajeti was writing for the daily Bota Sot, investigating “the relations between the ex-KLA fighters and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. He was shot in the head on June 7, 2005…[One Ajeti article] speaks about a shadow government, controlled by Thaci, giving names of those who comprise it. All of them are ex-KLA commanders. Then there is one incredible interview with Mr. Ymer Ymeri…whose brother was killed by the UCK (KLA)…[He says] the UCK erected dozens of prisons in Albania where Rugova’s men were being tortured and killed, and Thaci, the current prime minister, knew about it…”
Iacona asks Ymeri’s wife (Ymeri had fled to Germany after giving the interview), “Do all the opponents of Thaci’s UCK get killed?” She replies, “Yes, it’s like a mafia.”
According to a 2007 Institute for European Policy report, Kosovo “‘is a Mafia society’ based on ‘capture of the state’ by criminal elements…[The authors] quote a German intelligence service report of ‘closest ties between leading political decision makers and the dominant criminal class’ and name Ramush Haradinaj, Hashim Thaci and Xhavit Haliti as compromised leaders…”
Leading up to the war crimes trial of Haradinaj, Thaci’s predecessor and also a former KLA commander, witnesses started dropping dead, going missing, or dropping out to prevent either fate. In 2003 two Kosovo police officers who insisted on investigating the murder of witness Tahir Zemaj (found in a well with his father and cousin) were likewise killed and a third wounded.
The U.S. has systematically blocked international investigations and prosecutions of our favored mobsters and has tampered with evidence from their crime scenes, such as when officials from Camp Bondsteel removed bullets from the walls at the scene of a Haradinaj gunfight and then helicoptered him to Germany, denying UN investigators access to him. A British ex-soldier who described our Haradinaj as ‘a psychopath’ terrorizing his own men and locals into loyalty told the UK Sunday Observer in September 2000, “Someone would pass him some information and he would disappear for two hours. The end result would be several bodies in a ditch.” The charred remains of Suad Qorraj, “who had operated a satellite telephone for a rival KLA commander…were found in a nearby forest. The burial notice said he had been ‘killed by Serbs.’”
In 2001, detective Stu Kellock asked for a special task force on a bus bombing of Serbs visiting a cemetery (11 dead, 40 injured). Instead, “‘evidence from the scene was suppressed and destroyed,’” Kellock said in an interview which also quoted Washington Post: “‘NATO paved over the crater on the Nis highway within hours.’ Furthermore, NATO did not share intelligence with the UN police, phone logs of suspects’ calls were hidden in Monaco, where Kosovo’s main mobile operator is based, and the main suspect miraculously escaped from the most secure location in all of Kosovo — the American Camp Bondsteel.”
(Indeed, the European Policy study called the U.S. out for “‘abetting the escape of criminals’ in Kosovo as well as ‘preventing European investigators from working.’ This has made Americans ‘vulnerable to blackmail.’”)
The Italian documentary offers a post-script on the escaped suspect in question, Florim Ejupi — known in organized crime circles connected to KLA and its U.S.-sponsored successor KPC. “For three years Florim remained at large. And then in 2004 he reappeared on this road that leads toward Pristina, wearing a Serbian uniform, in the company of three other Albanians. They wanted to commit an attack and ascribe it to the Serbs. In the end, they killed a police officer of the United Nations. Now Florim is in prison. He was sentenced to 40 years, but he never spoke. So we don’t know who the others were, and above all who gave him the orders to blow up the bus.”
Ejupi served just a year or two of that sentence when in March 2009, as its very first ruling, a EULEX (EU rule of law mission) appeals court released him. The only explanation offered was the Kosovo usual: “not enough evidence.”
Hashim Thaci, whom The Journal sees fit to print (as it did his equally ruthless predecessor and war crimes indictee Agim Ceku) is among Kosovo’s “elite that operates above the law,” as a February Foreign Policy article titled “Thug Life” summed up, adding:
Kosovo’s thugocrats owe their rise and continued impunity to the toleration or outright support of the international community — particularly the United States…In 1999, the U.S. endorsement of Thaci as hero was sealed with a kiss planted on his cheek by then Secretary of State Madeline Albright…In 2004, every American staffer at the U.S. Embassy was invited to attend Haradinaj’s wedding — and, despite his links to organized crime and impending indictment on war crimes, they went. Most recently, the night after the raid on [Transportation Minister Fatmir] Limaj’s home and offices, U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Christopher Dell was seen laughing and chatting with the minister at a well-attended party in Pristina. [Limaj was also twice indicted but not yet convicted of “inhumane acts during the war.”]
It is difficult to see how democracy or respect [for] the rule of law could develop and flourish amid such overt displays of American support for a corrupt and criminal leadership…The war crimes taking place throughout the 1998-1999 conflict and in the immediate aftermath have never been fully investigated — in fact, in some cases they have been covered up…UNMIK (UN Mission in Kosovo) ran an incomplete investigation into the organ trafficking case brought to light by [Council of Europe rapporteur Dick] Marty in late 2010. The documents date from 2003 — when UNMIK was in full control of the internal war crimes investigations and prosecutions.
As the Italian journalist Iacona speaks with locals who won’t tell him or investigators anything they know about the “unsolved” murders whose perpetrators boast of their crimes, he realizes that “liberated” and “democratic” Kosovo is ruled by fear.
When Thaci writes about the still Serbian north as “the creation of a sort of state-within-a-state…evident trafficking of drugs, people and arms, and daily intimidation of both Albanians and Serbs by private armies who are the only ones benefiting from the absence of the rule of law,” the man is writing about how Kosovo itself was won. A classic case of projection.
He also has a bit of a Freudian slip when he refers to an internal issue “that once again pitted Serbs against Kosovars.” Clearly, by “Kosovars” he means Albanians, tacitly admitting not only that he — a leader ostensibly representing all citizens — does not consider Serbs Kosovars, but that the nationality the U.S. concocted to help wage the KLA’s war for independence is just another word for “Albanian.” It is also an admission of what Serbs and Albanians alike have been telling us: that Kosovo is just one leg of the plan to consolidate parts of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Greece into a Greater Albania.
A man on trial for killing two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt Airport harbored anti-American feelings and spoke of violence about a year before the attacks, according to evidence presented at his trial Wednesday.
Arid Uka is charged with two counts of murder for the March 2 slayings of Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, from South Carolina, and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, from Virginia.
The 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian also faces three counts of attempted murder for wounding two more airmen and taking aim at a third before his gun jammed.
In around a dozen pages of Internet chats collected by investigators, Uka talked at times about violence and criticized American patriotism…
On April 13, 2010, for example, Uka talked to fellow gamers about having “the Quran in the right hand and an AK-47 in the left,” according to one chat read aloud by Judge Christoph Koller.
In another message from October, he criticized U.S. reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks, saying “they have killed more people than any terrorist organization.” […]
In contrast, the U.S. killing thousands of people in the Balkans — in response to no attack or threat whatsoever — apparently did not bother Uka.
Killing in the service of Islam was OK, but as we can see the gratitude didn’t last too long.
In this next item, please note that out of the four attacks and would-be attacks cited in the second paragraph of this mainstream, Miami Herald report, two had Albanian planners:
HAMBURG, Germany — After 9/11, it was the men who went to radicalized mosques or terror boot camps who were seen as the biggest terror threat. Today, that picture’s changed: Authorities are increasingly focusing on the lone wolf living next door, radicalized on the Internet - and plotting strikes in a vacuum.
The March fatal shooting of two American airmen in Frankfurt by a Kosovo Albanian. The bomb plot on Fort Hood, Texas, soldiers - possibly inspired by the 2009 shooting rampage on the Texas Army post. The foiled attack on Fort Dix, New Jersey, by a tiny cell of homegrown terrorists.
These Islamic terror plots share something in common with Anders Behring Breivik, the Norway killer who hated Muslims. They are the work of extremists who are confoundingly difficult to track because they hardly leave a trace.
In today’s transformed security landscape, authorities and experts say, the 9/11 plotters would surely have been caught…lone wolves or small homegrown cells that blend into the general population present a more slippery challenge.
“The ability to self-indoctrinate online is a big concern, because not being in a group complicates our task of surveillance,” he said. A terrorist group, he said, “is easier to monitor, moves around and has meetings.”
That’s what led to the first successful attack on German soil by an Islamic extremist, in which a 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian allegedly gunned down two American airmen outside the Frankfurt airport in March.
Arid Uka, a 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian who grew up in Frankfurt is accused of opening fire at the city’s airport on a busload of U.S. airmen on their way to Afghanistan, killing two and injuring two others.
According to the indictment, Uka was radicalized over time by jihadist propaganda he saw on the Internet, and the night before the act had watched a video that purported to show American atrocities in Afghanistan; it was actually a clip from a film. The investigation turned up no connections with any terrorist organization.
“He was a single person acting alone radicalized through jihadi Internet propaganda,” prosecutors’ spokesman Marcus Koehler told the AP at the time of the indictment. “That shows, in the opinion of the federal prosecutors office, how dangerous jihadist propaganda on the Internet is.”
In recent years, al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations have been increasingly targeting people like Uka - using radicals who grew up in Western countries to make videos in their native languages urging people in their home or adoptive countries to take up jihad.
…U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki’s sermons have turned up on the computers of nearly every homegrown terror suspect in the United States.
Al-Awlaki allegedly exchanged e-mails with the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused of carrying out the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood military post in Texas. Prosecutors also say an al-Awlaki sermon on jihad was among the materials - including videos of beheadings - found on the computers of five men convicted in December of plotting attacks on the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey.
Last month, another U.S. serviceman was arrested for allegedly plotting to detonate bombs at restaurants frequented by soldiers in Killeen, Texas, next to Fort Hood…Pfc. Naser Abdo was caught only when a Texas gun shop clerk alerted authorities after finding the suspect acting strangely in his store.
In the 2007 Fort Dix case, wiretaps helped authorities find out about the deadly plot to attack the base. Suspects Mohamad Shnewer, Serdar Tatar, and brothers Dritan, Eljvir and Shain Duka, were convicted in December 2008 of conspiring to kill U.S. military personnel. […]
A 27-year-old man living in Brooklyn was arraigned in federal court on Friday on charges that he provided material support to terrorists and had been planning to join a radical Islamic group in Pakistan.
The man, Agron Hasbajrami, an Albanian citizen who had been living legally in Brooklyn since 2008, had sent more than $1,000 to a contact in Pakistan over the past year for the purpose of financing terrorist activities abroad, authorities said in a federal detention order unsealed Friday.
Mr. Hasbajrami, had told his contact that he wanted to “marry with the girls in paradise,” a common reference to dying as a martyr while fighting jihad.
Mr. Hasbajrami, according to the documents released today, understood that the individual’s group he wanted to join in Pakistan had been fighting, and had killed, American soldiers.
Mr. Hasbajrami had been about to get on a plane to Istanbul, with a one-way ticket, at Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday when he was arrested. A grand jury indicted him on Thursday, and he was arraigned before Judge Lois Bloom of United States District Court in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon.
Mr. Hasbarjami’s contact told him that he needed to bring enough money for food and a weapon, and had given him instructions for his travel that would take him from Turkey to Iran to Pakistan…A confidential source for the F.B.I. then contacted him “on or around Sept. 3,” according to the detention order, and told him he could assist him in joining a different radical jihadist group.
Mr. Hasbajrami was persuaded to do so, but before boarding a plane for Turkey, he was arrested at Kennedy Airport carrying a tent, boots and cold weather gear, the detention order said.
Shortly after his arrest, F.B.I. agents conducted a search of his home, where they found some handwritten notes, according to the detention order.
One note stated simply: “Do not wait for invasion, the time is martyrdom time.”
Mr. Hasbajrami, wore a full beard, navy t-shirt and jeans. He acknowledged that he understood the charges to an Albanian translator who stood next to him…
A man accused of seeking to travel to Pakistan so he could die as a martyr by fighting against U.S. forces pleaded not guilty Friday.
Federal agents had arrested Agron Hasbajrami on Tuesday after he showed up at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a one-way ticket to Turkey. Hasbajrami, who lives in Brooklyn, was ordered held without bail Friday at his arraignment on a charge of providing material support to terrorists.
Prosecutors and defense attorney Nancy Ennis told a federal magistrate in Brooklyn that they expected to resolve the case through plea negotiations. Ennis declined to comment afterward.
The government alleges that since 2010, Hasbajrami — an Albania citizen and legal U.S. resident — gave more than $1,000 to an unidentified terrorist group fighting American soldiers in Afghanistan.
…[H]e bought a one-way plane ticket to Istanbul and told the source he was on his way, they say.
Investigators say when they intercepted Hasbajrami at Kennedy Airport he was carrying his Albanian passport, a tent, boots and cold-weather gear. He told them “he had intended to travel to Pakistan to fight,” court papers say.
If convicted, Hasbajrami could face up to 15 years in prison.
Russian Ambassador Alexander Konuzin sharply criticized the Belgrade Security Forum participants from Serbia for not defending the interests of their country in relation to Kosovo.
The UN Security Council debate on Kosovo today at the meeting convened at the request of Serbia and Russia. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said on the eve of the meeting that the plans of government of Kosovo Albanians in northern Kosovo is very dangerous and “far from democratic.”
BELGRADE, Sept 15 (Reuters) - The Russian ambassador in Belgrade told Serbia on Friday… “NATO and the European Union will be against your national interests and it appears you could not care less,” Konuzin said…
BELGRADE — The [Disputed] Republic of Kosovo is preparing to take control Friday over the last two posts along its border with Serbia that are beyond its authority, an event that threatens to reignite tensions between the two adversaries.
While the two countries have recently made significant progress during talks on issues like property registry and trade, the planned takeover Friday is seen in Serbia, and by the Serbs who dominate in the northern part of Kosovo as a repeat of the events of July 25, when Kosovo sent police forces to take control over the border posts…
“The people there will not accept it — Serbia cannot accept it,” Borko Stefanovic, Serbia’s lead negotiator in talks with Kosovo, said… “We have a crisis coming up.”
“It can cripple the dialogue and have disastrous influence on the stability of the region,” he added.
Officials in Pristina, the capital of the mainly ethnic Albanian Kosovo government, are seeking to extend the nation’s authority over all Kosovo territory 12 years after a NATO bombing campaign drove Serbian forces from the province, and three years after declaring independence. Kosovo became an international protectorate after the war, and taking control over the border posts — now run by the European Union’s Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, known as Eulex — is seen as an important step toward becoming a normal [criminal] country.
But Kosovo north of the Ibar River remains de facto Serbian territory, populated mainly by Serbs who still live under the laws and institutions of [internationally long-recognized] Serbia. Local Serbs and the government of Serbia remain committed to thwarting Kosovo’s attempts to extend its influence there.
In anticipation of the change of border guards, local news media have reported that groups of angry local Serbs in the north had already started setting up roadblocks on Tuesday night and dumped four truckloads of gravel on the Mitrovica bridge Wednesday night, enough to stop traffic between the southern and northern parts of the divided city.
The two posts at issue are the most sensitive of Kosovo’s crossings, controlling the trade with Serbia on which Kosovo Serbs live.
The Republic of Kosovo is recognized by all its neighbors except for Serbia — Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania — and 81 countries worldwide, including 22 of 27 European Union member states. [That’s 81 countries out of 193. Do the math — it’s less than half.]
Leaders on both sides have also expressed optimism about the talks between Pristina and Belgrade, which have led to agreements on civil registry, property registry, freedom of movement and most recently customs stamps.
This week, Western officials called on the Serbian government to do more to calm tensions in northern Kosovo. [For a parallel, see: Western officials call on Israeli government to do more about ‘those damned settlers.’ (Though unlike the Israeli settlers and their strong case, Serbs have been in Kosovo for centuries.)]
“We think it’s entirely within Kosovo’s interest, authority and right to govern its entire country [sic],” the American ambassador to Serbia, Mary Warlick, said in an interview at the American Embassy in Belgrade on Tuesday. “This step should not become a flash point in relations between Serbia and Kosovo.” [i.e. Grin and bear it.]
Mr. Stefanovic said that Serbia seeks to resolve problems between the two “entities,” while vowing never to recognize Kosovo statehood…
The visit of Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, to Belgrade three weeks ago dashed Serbian hopes that Kosovo could be partitioned between the north and south. Ms. Merkel went further by saying that Serbia would not join the European Union until it “dismantles the parallel structures” it maintains among Serb communities in the north. [Always the next demand: “Not until you get Karadzic…Not until you give us Mladic…Not until you cough up Hadzic…Not until you give up Kosovo…No, all of Kosovo…”]
In Pristina, the international shifts are seen as a gift to the political fortunes of the beleaguered Kosovo prime minister, Hashim Thaci, after the failed attempt to take the border posts in July. [Backgrounder on that incident — and take it from longtime Albanian supporter CFRnik David Phillips: “Kosovo Albanians have a track record of using violence to advance their political goals. Thaci’s bid to seize Kosovo’s border crossings with Serbia fits the pattern: create a crisis, get the international community involved, and enlist foreign mediators in service of Kosovo’s agenda…to end the de-facto partition of Kosovo.]
RASKA, SERBIA — On the day Kosovo promised that it would take full control of its borders for the first time since its declaration of independence in 2008, an international force instead took over the final two border posts Friday morning, seeking to prevent violence and calm the highly tense atmosphere in the Serb-dominated north of Kosovo.
…Eulex flew in by helicopter new international teams of police and customs officers to the two disputed border crossings on the Serbia-Kosovo border, flying past roads blocked by protesting Serbs…There were no serious incidents as of Friday. Protests remained peaceful.
The multilateral operation…seeks to prevent a repeat of the violence in July, when angry Serbs burned the border post in Jarinje after Kosovo unilaterally tried to take control of the two crossings. One Kosovo police officer was killed in the violence.
No border operations had yet gone into effect on Friday, as the border crossings remained closed…
A Serbian government spokesman, Milivoje Mihajlovioc, told Reuters: “I am hoping Kosovo Serbs will preserve wisdom and avoid almost certain provocations. Any violent response will aid the Pristina government and its intentions.”
Nicholas Hawton, a spokesman for Eulex, said all the operational work at both crossings would be carried out by Eulex.
Teams of three officers have been deployed at each crossing — two members of the Kosovo police force and one Kosovo customs officer. The ethnicity of each team is mixed between Albanians and Serbs.
“They are there in a symbolic way rather than in an executive function,” Mr. Hawton said.
[Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram] Rexhepi said he was satisfied with the agreement between the Kosovo government and international actors to leave control of the border in the hands of Eulex.
“It is for an interim period of six months,” he said. “After that we will probably take over completely.”
Mr. Rexhepi said that the border crossings should open by the weekend if the situation becomes calm.
NATO calming tensions:
Dimitar Dilkoff, AFP/Getty Images
Our “humanitarian mission” continues:
Take note of these signs in case you have any plans on resisting when they come for your country’s land.
Coming soon to coveted land near you. It’ll be your own soldiers against you. (See also Gaza withdrawal.)
These young German soldiers may not know it, but this all started out as payback for WWII. First on the agenda of a newly reunified Germany was the breakup of Yugoslavia. It’s been ongoing for 20 years and here it is at its most current, literal stage.
Kosovo and EU police and customs officers…took over from NATO peacekeepers in the latest move by Pristina to assert control over northern Kosovo….
Friday’s developments came two months after clashes that left one dead when Pristina dispatched special police to take over the Jarinje and Brnjak posts to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia.
Serbia’s Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic, who visited the protesters, called for calm, insisting that Friday “is not a D-day for us.”
“We can defend our interests only peacefully…Difficult days and a backbreaking fight is ahead of us, because Pristina and those supporting it know that they can satisfy their goals only by exhausting our people here,” Serbia’s Tanjug news agency quoted Bogdanovic as saying.
“We have neither arms, nor the army and the police, but only people who are ready to defend their homes and families,” Bogdanovic said.
Shortly after 8.30 am (0630 GMT) reporters saw EULEX helicopters landing near both crossings, with teams of police and customs officials heading to the posts. […]
NATO-backed forces will overstep their mandate amid Kosovo border tension, and the UN will ignore this. That’s according to top Russian diplomats furious that the US and EU paralysed a UNSC meeting on Kosovo.
After debating for hours behind closed doors, the Council came out with only a rather timid call for “restraint” by all parties.
Russia’s representative at the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told journalists after the meeting that Russia proposed a brief, to-the-point statement that basically called on “Belgrade, Pristina and all other sides involved to resolve all outstanding problems through dialogue.” To Churkin’s surprise, Security Council members could not even agree on that.
In July 2011, Kosovar officials attempted to send police to border posts in the north to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia…NATO peacekeepers were deployed to prevent further violence.
Despite the incident, officials in Pristina took the decision to take over two border crossing points on September 16. The Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations urged both sides to use dialogue instead of force – and most importantly, to stay away from unilateral action.
“We are very concerned that the implementation of the announced plans could lead to a hardening of positions on the ground, threaten stability and lead to another outbreak of violence,” said Edmond Mullet.
[Churkin] told RT that Russia is concerned with the fact that international peacekeeping forces in the region appear to be siding with the Albanian authorities. [Understatement of the century.] “…[T]his sudden departure from the path of dialogue at the moment when it was beginning to show some promise, in our view, is completely unjustified, unwarranted and very dangerous.”
Serbs in the North of Kosovo are acutely aware that they are in a life or death situation, stresses Boris Malagurski, a Serbian film maker who has made several documentaries on Kosovo….international forces in the region are simply pushing their own polices under the banner of promoting peace and stability.
Malagurski told RT that “Thaci is merely fulfilling his task and it is very naïve to think that his mentors will stop him.”
The current Serbian establishment is striving to gain entry to the EU and would not jeopardize that aspiration, “even if that means giving up 100,000-plus Serbs left to fend for themselves in breakaway Kosovo.”
But today, Northern Kosovo is in turn breaking away from Albanian-run Kosovo[, he said.] […]
[Rexhepi] stated for Tanjug on Friday that members of Kosovo police and customs and EULEX officers took over the crossings in northern Kosovo as of this morning.
He stressed that the operation was conducted without any problems.
The members of the German contingent of KFOR, who are deployed at the Jarinje crossing, said that only the members of EULEX customs and police, and not the members of Kosovo customs and border police, arrived at the crossing.
The crossing will not open until the citizens who spent the night on the nearby barricade disperse.
KFOR members are securing the crossing in full combat gear, and a warning notice was placed on the barbed wire saying ‘Stop, I will shoot’ in two languages.
The UN Security Council confirmed late Thursday that any operation carried out by Pristina with the goal of taking over crossings in northern Kosovo cannot be based on the agreement reached in Brussels on September 2, because there was no agreement on the deployment of customs officials at the Jarinje and Brnjak crossings.
…Churkin cautioned that the Kosovo Albanian authorities’ announcements about their readiness to use force show that they know what they are doing and that it could lead to conflicts and a crisis in the region.
The Kosovo Albanian authorities announced their intention to seize north Kosovo by force, Churkin said, adding that Pristina claims its decision is based on the talks with Belgrade about customs issues, but at the same time voices readiness to use force to carry out its plan on the deployment of Kosovo customs officers at the administrative line.
Churkin qualified as disturbing the fact that all forces, which were stationed there to support peace, are now backing the dangerous plan of Kosovo Albanians.
Official Moscow voiced major concern over the information about Pristina’s intentions to take unilateral violent actions against Serbs in the north of Kosovo…We are of the opinion that [KFOR] which are responsible for security in the province, should resolutely prevent the provocations, the release adds.
All issues relating to the stability and security in Kosovo should be discussed based on fundamental principles of international law and UN decisions, particularly UN SC Resolution 1244, as well as within the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Moscow stated.
President Boris Tadić says that in the era of globalization, legitimizing Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence would destabilize the entire world.
Tadić stated in his opening address that Kosovo could become a positive precedent only if the international community insisted on a dialogue and compromise between Belgrade and Priština.
“I must here express my grave concern: Unilateral action announced to happen tomorrow concerning an attempt of Priština with EULEX to impose customs control at the administrative line in north Kosovo would seriously endanger peace and stability of the whole region. This solution has not been agreed between Belgrade and Priština and therefore it must be prevented,” Tadić stated.
The Serbian president recalled that the international system is predicated on a set of rules that apply to everyone without exception, and that its binding principles include the sovereign equality of states, the respect for the territorial integrity and the inviolability of internationally recognized borders. However, Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence fundamentally violates these basic norms of global governance, he noted.
Tadić warned that legitimizing the Kosovo precedent would be followed by numerous conflicts across the world. […]
In the video, Konuzin makes reference to a UN Security Council decision of November 2008. This refers to the transfer of authority from UN to EULEX, basically giving EULEX a mandate under the provisions of the 1999 UNSCR 1244. (A slippery deal, since EULEX was set up to support the Ahtisaari Plan for Kosovo independence, which was never approved by the UNSC and was in contravention of 1244.) So this week EULEX is again violating its mandate and its “officially” status-neutral position. A dynamic that was explained by GerardGallucci, the American former UN regional rep in Mitrovica, who has a pretty good idea about what’s legal and what isn’t.
In a dispatch from the region by Iseult Henry, the Irish author of Hiding Genocide in Kosovo: A Crime Against God and Humanity, she writes:
Kosovo is a very dirty word in certain circles in Belgrade, when I try and carry out research to tell the truth about the genocide of Serbs in Kosovo. I am told I am working against state interests of Serbia, and threatened by people close to the president and foreign minister, so I sympathise with the Russian ambassador trying to find Serbs to defend Serbia, especially in such a forum. They would all have been handpicked if [President] Tadic was there — and would have to have been pro-NATO and of the belief that all Kosovo Serbs are war criminals. I was told this by a Belgrader recently — that all KiM [Kosovo-Metohija] Serbs were such. Can you believe that? … And also by UN staff in Beirut, in May, by people who had worked in KiM for years. Worrying thing is that some Serbs believe this. People who have never set foot in KiM. And God help anyone who tries to defend Kosovo Serbs! They will be admonished. Yours in a very depressed state…[Iseult]
Closing with some quotes:
“Not a shining moment for anyone but the northerners trying to peacefully make their rejection of independent Kosovo clear. The EU response to that was more or less, take down your barricades or starve.” — Gerard Gallucci
“KFOR helicopters are flying around as if NATO was tracking down the Taliban.” — Gallucci
“You may be willing to give in to Albanian blackmail, but we are not.” — Vitaly Churkin to his Western counterparts in December 2006
“[Kosovo] is our greatest shame.” — John Ranz, Holocaust survivor
Yet doggedly do we pursue it.
Keep in mind that this aggressive enforcement of Albanian demands happens amid several investigations involving the top echelons of Kosovo’s leadership, and despite the fact that fewer than half the world’s nations have recognized the breakaway “state,” — and therefore, as Konuzin said, IN VIOLATION OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL REJECTION OF UNILATERAL INDEPENDENCE.
The daily Albanian terroraside, in 2007 four of their fine specimens in America were indicted for wanting to kill “as many American soldiers as possible” at Ft. Dix (three convicted and one on a lesser gun-procuring charge). That didn’t hurt them in keeping our backing of their unilateral statehood the following year. In 2010, the world got a glimmer of the ghouls we handed Kosovo to when the murder-for-organs scandal came to light, but that has deterred us not at all in 2011 in securing the last piece of land they demand.
At what point will Americans finally ask: What is driving this un-American U.S. policy?
If there are NATO casualties in Serbian Mitrovica — the last place where a non-Albanian can take a step without risking dismemberment — understand that subjugation always meets with at least a little resistance. (Futile and suicidal as it may be. The Serbs have been here before.)
Before Americans judge the Serb reaction, they should keep in mind that the same fate awaits them. We’ve always had a crystal ball at our disposal, which we’ve aggressively ignored. It’s called the Balkans.
Note that the Russian Konuzin spoke to the Serbs, and the Serbs spoke to Konuzin — in English. Not Russian. Not Arabic. Not German. Not Chinese. Because sights were once set Westward, and despite our rejection of our Slavic fellow Christians, they saw themselves as having something in common with us and were hoping to communicate with us. But somewhere, America went terribly wrong. And wrote its future and all its “common values” rhetoric in Arabic.
1389 Blog picked up on a segment of a bold recent speech by Swiss MP Oskar Freysinger, the man behind the referendum to ban minarets in Switzerland (thanks to Sheikyermami for posting):
The Islamic doctrine is intended to creep into our everyday life bit by bit and make Fortress Europe crumble from within.
Just think of how the Serbs lost Kosovo.
Through demographic development and the help of NATO, which aided the founding of the first Islamic state on European soil.
What a suicidal undertaking.
What an ominous sign.
And kudos again to Daniel Greenfield, for never forgetting what happened in and to Yugoslavia. The opening paragraph of his Tuesday post, which 1389 Blog zeroed in on:
Anyone who cared to dig through the graveyards of Sudan already knew that Muslims mattered more than Africans to us. The sky full of jets that we dispatched to bomb Yugoslavia on behalf of Muslim terrorists never clouded the skies of Khartoum. But they did show up to bomb Tripoli so that Islamist thugs could begin torturing and murdering Africans.
…Two weeks ago [Ari] Goldman, formerly a religion writer for The New York Times, publicly confessed to having remained silent for 20 years about his paper’s distorted coverage of the Crown Heights riots. For Goldman, it was up close and personal. He was on the phone, right there in Brooklyn, calling in reports from the streets where black mobs were attacking Jews, yelling “Heil Hitler” and “Kill the Jews!” But, he now tells us, his Times editor found this news not fit to print. There was to be no black anti-Semitism, and no anti-Jewish pogrom in the nation’s “paper of record.”
Instead, Goldman explained, the Times doctored the news by forcing inconvenient facts into story lines it preferred. In Crown Heights, a Hasidic Jewish driver mistakenly killed a black boy, [Gavin] Cato, in a car accident, and then blacks rampaged and murdered a Jew, Yankel Rosenbaum. The paper, unhappy with these clear and simple facts, instead told a tall tale: “Blacks and Jews clashed,” it reported, implying there was blame on both sides, though neither Goldman – nor anyone else – saw any Jew attacking a black. “Clashed” was simply a lie that enabled the Times to treat the accident that killed Cato and the murder of Rosenbaum as morally equivalent tragedies.
On Thursday, Arab/Muslim terrorists from Gaza (merely “militants” in Times speak) crossed into southern Israel from Egypt and carried out a carefully laid plot that murdered Israeli men, women and children. The Israelis retaliated and, while killing some terrorist leaders, unfortunately hit and killed Palestinian civilians.
Channeling Crown Heights, the Times worked hard to shift blame to the Jews for the now widening violence. In a story [on] August 21, the Times reported that the Israeli airstrike “ignited cross-border exchanges after months of relative quiet under an informal cease-fire with Hamas.” As the media watchdog HonestReporting.com aptly put it, it was as though the clock only started when the Jews responded to attacks…
Earlier this month, the Times, channeling the old USSR, actually began airbrushing facts it no longer has use for. Last year, the whole world saw dramatic footage of Israeli soldiers, set upon and beaten with staves and pipes, as they slid down on ropes from helicopters onto a flotilla “peace” boat dispatched from Turkey. Even the Times reported it as it happened. But now as it covers Turkey’s efforts to extract an apology from Israel, the Times transforms the thuggish attack from a clearly established matter of fact to that of one side’s allegation.
CAMERA caught the Times in flagrante delicto: “Isabel Kershner recounted the incident as if it is unknown what happened. ‘By Israel’s account, the Israeli soldiers met with violent resistance as they landed on the deck,’ she wrote.” The New York Times,” CAMERA explains, “is now “telling readers that maybe the soldiers were met with violence, or maybe they were not.” CAMERA notes that even Kershner herself previously reported that “video images… showed Israeli commandos being set upon as they rappelled onto the ship’s deck.”
I’m reminded of the old joke: a man’s wife catches him in bed with another woman. Without missing a beat, the adulterer screams: “I didn’t do it! Who you gonna believe? Me, or your lying eyes?!” The Times adulterates the truth. Jews should get a divorce.
This is precisely the phenomenon I’ve written about again and again, with Serbs — like Israelis — always being written about as “claiming” this or that even if the incident was caught on film and shown to the world and even if the facts were established through simple chronology of historical events that can easily be looked up. (The phenomenon was encapsulated in the 2007 John Kerry incident where he advised young people to get an education, or else they’ll “end up in Iraq” (implying: like the dummies in the military). Even though he said this on camera, within weeks the insult was merely a “Republican claim.”)
And where else have we heard of “starting the clock” only upon the response of the assaulted party? Yugoslavia, perhaps? I’m a fan of HonestReporting.com, yet I clearly recall that in 2006 they had sent a dispatch which casually restated the same disinformation about the Balkan wars that HR struggles to debunk about Israel’s conflicts.
The truth that Gaddafi had no “adopted daughter” has been known since before the 1986 raid. But our media went forward with the propaganda and disinformation anyway. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell repeated the lie in a February NBC Nightly News report this year.
However, many in the media are now publicly starting to have second thoughts because documents obtained from the Gaddafi family compound in Libya show that Gaddafi did have a daughter and that she did not die but lived and studied to be a doctor. This is “Hanna” or “Hana,” depending on the spelling.
The strange turn of events suggests that Gaddafi, after using the dead “adopted daughter” story for anti-American propaganda purposes in 1986, raised a real daughter by the same name…[H]e almost did [get away with it] — until his regime began crumbling and the secrets started leaking out.
The big loser in all of this is not only Gaddafi but his dupes in the media, led by Andrea Mitchell of NBC news.
Another big loser is Charlie Rose, who in 2001 interviewed Gaddafi for the CBS News’ “60 Minutes” show and prominently mentioned that “it was reported that his 15-month-old adopted daughter was killed”…in the 1986 strike. Author Milton Viorst said that Gaddafi had been psychologically “wounded” by the death of his daughter…
As we noted at the time, Barbara Slavin of USA Today offered an insight into how the lie was concocted during a public appearance in 2004. I was there to record her observations. She said, “His adopted daughter was not killed,” adding, “An infant girl was killed. I actually saw her body. She was adopted posthumously by Gaddafi. She was not related to Gaddafi.”
Slavin’s comments have been on the record for about seven years. Mitchell and others ignored them. Why? The stories made Reagan, who ordered the raid, out to be a cold-blooded child-killer…
Increasing doubts about the “adopted daughter” death story have surfaced only recently as the Gaddafi regime was falling and the media have wondered what happened to his family members.
An August 22 Guardian article said , “After the 1986 US bombing of the Gaddafi compound in Tripoli, Libyan state media reported that Muammar Gaddafi’s adopted infant daughter, Hanna, had been killed. Prior to that point she had never been mentioned, leading to speculation the story might have been concocted for propaganda reasons…
But it wasn’t just the Libyan “state media” which had reported her death. Many in the U.S. media had done so as well. And the “speculation” that the story was propaganda was obvious from the time of the 1986 raid when it was clear, based on the evidence, that Gaddafi did not have a daughter.
A breakthrough occurred in an August 26 blog post by Elizabeth Flock at The Washington Post which was headlined, “Gaddafi’s daughter Hana’s death in 1986 all a hoax?”…
Any good reporter would have recognized it as propaganda from the get-go. But in the confrontation between Gaddafi and Reagan, the media chose Gaddafi…
Flock added, “Now, an investigation by the Irish Times in Gaddafi’s compound…found documents and photographs that show it’s likely Hana is alive and working as a doctor in Tripoli.”
The paper went on, “Many Libyans have long doubted the story of Hana’s death, which Gadafy used to bolster the notion that he was a victim of western military aggression.”
But if “many Libyans” in Libya were doubting it, why did Andrea Mitchell repeat it as fact in February of this year, even to the point of showing film footage of Gaddafi visiting a hospital?
Andrea Mitchell, who took the bait, should now have the decency to resign.
So let’s see. 1986 to 2011 is 25 years that it took for the media to “discover” and admit that the Ghadafi daughter death was a hoax. This means that perhaps sometime between 2017 and 2020, the media will finally “discover” and admit that the Bosnia and Kosovo wars were a hoax. And that, as with the Libyan state media’s report of the death which was picked up and printed directly by Western journalists, we may one day finally realize that Balkans “journalists” likewise got their information directly from the Bosnian, Croatian, and Albanian ministries of information, not to mention their hired Western PR agencies.