November 30th 2011 11:48:54 PM
Clearly, this long-time Albanian purchase (Republican California congressman and chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, Dana Rohrabacher) has had no idea about the nature of the side he took in Kosovo. He actually thinks he can utter the word “partition” vis-a-vis Kosovo.
And so he did, albeit including the requisite “swap” option that suggests an ‘exchange’ of Presevo Valley for northern Kosovo: Presevo Valley would be annexed to Kosovo in exchange for northern Kosovo to “become part of” Serbia (i.e. to stay part of Serbia, remaining within the internationally recognized borders of Serbia.)
He still doesn’t understand that we are to deliver ALL the land to our Albanian masters, not just most of it. Nor, apparently, does he understand that they plan on annexing Presevo eventually anyway, so what “swap” is there to consider? Meanwhile, as always, please note that this “exchange” is essentially what a childhood friend once tried to pull on me: In return for my favorite Wags ‘n Whiskers sticker that she stole, Helena demanded my Barbie armoir. I was floored by the gall of an attempt to barter with someone using their own merchandise.
But the Albanians have no such gall: They want both. (And we’ll help them get it.)
U.S. Congress voices different views on Kosovo issue (Tanjug, Nov. 16)
WASHINGTON — A hearing on the situation in the Balkans held Tuesday in the U.S. Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs included different views on the Kosovo crisis.
Speaking about the resolution of the Kosovo issue, California Representative in the Congress Dana Rohrabacher, who was once the most prominent supporter of Kosovo’s independence, now proposed the partition of Kosovo.
“We have recognized Kosovo’s independence as people who live there did not want to live in Serbia any more, and now we have north Kosovo Serbs who obviously do not want to be part of Kosovo,” Rohrabacher noted.
He said that northern Kosovo Serbs should become part of Serbia, while ethnic Albanians in the Presevo Valley, southern Serbia, should be part of Kosovo.
The issue of borders was also raised by Poe, who said that the internal borders in former Yugoslavia were set by President Josip Broz Tito, and that it was strange that the U.S. had accepted that. [Nice to see that someone in Congress finally noticed.]
He also posed a question what would happen if north Kosovo Serbs said that they did not want to live in Kosovo any more.
Harsh criticism over Serbia’s policy came from Ohio’s’ representative Jean Schmidt and New York Congressman Eliot Engel.
They said that Serbia was responsible for the situation in north Kosovo and that the EU integration process should be stopped until this issue was resolved.
Retired U.S. diplomat Gerard Gallucci stated that the NATO troops and EU police had been acting [against the Serbs] outside their UN peacekeeping mandate by trying to impose Kosovo customs in the north without any prior political agreement. […]
Note: Unlike Rohrabacher, Engel and this Schmidt character haven’t forgotten who butters their bread, so the Serbs are — as ever — the ones to blame. (For resisting our clients’ continued usurpation.) Rohrabacher falters by having even the most minimal consideration for the Serbs’ position.
November 27th 2011 05:25:27 AM
Libya: Nato to be investigated by ICC for war crimes (Nov. 2)
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the court’s chief prosecutor, told the United Nations yesterday that Nato troops would be investigated alongside rebel soldiers and regime forces for alleged breaches of the laws of war during the battle to overthrow Col Muammar Gaddafi.
As well as the original charges that Gaddafi and his close family perpetrated attacks on Libyan civilians, there are a series of complaints about the Western alliance and its allies in the National Transitional Council (NTC) under consideration.
“There are allegations of crimes committed by Nato forces, allegations of crimes committed by NTC-related forces … as well as allegations of additional crimes committed by pro-Gaddafi forces,” said Mr Moreno-Ocampo. “These allegations will be examined impartially and independently by the prosecution.”
In the last weeks of the war, the Gaddafi regime alleged that 85 civilians were killed in a Nato air strike near the front line town of Ziltan. Khaled Hemidi, a regime general, filed a lawsuit before a Belgian civil court in Brussels accusing Nato of killing his wife and three children in an air strike on June 20 near the town of Surman. […]
Interesting how the idea to prosecute NATO only comes up once it potentially has Muslim victims, but not when it targets Christians as in 1999 Kosovo.
November 27th 2011 01:09:10 AM
Below is an imperfect Google translation from the Greek American News Agency. (See here for past references to the Greek leg of the bloody, ongoing imperial Albanian siege to recreate Greater Albania — Northern Epirus, or “Chameria/Tsamouria”.)
DISCLOSURE OF SHOCK! Albanians in New York raise question of Tsamouri! Where is the organized Greek community??
…As we reveal today, the day that Americans celebrate at the federal level every second Monday in October, the days of Christopher Columbus (Columbus Day) and accurately Monday, October 10 (2011) Albanians and Kosovars of America belonging to the so-called “Black-Red Alliance ” (Red and Black Alliance) made a highly provocative act against Greece.
During the magnificent parade in 5th avenue in NY, which includes almost all the ethnic communities…and displayed throughout America, the Kosovar Albanians and supporters of the idea of “greater Albania” circulated with flags that included the “Great Albania” and the Greek Tsamouria.
The involvement of this challenging group dynamic presence fanatics Kosovar Albanians and the most popular holiday for Americans and run largely by Italians and Spaniards, Albanians and Kosovars to pioneer and leader in America fanatic Kreshnik Spahiu participated in this great parade with a central huge banner that read “Chameria is Albanian!” The banner was at the center of the parade and held [by a] group of young Albanians and Kosovar Albanian groups followed 100s and Kosovars who danced and chanted slogans and great Albania and enslaved Greek Tsamouria!
Indeed the previous day in promotional TV spot on local Albanian channel called the world to participate in the parade on the Avenue 5 with slogans like “Come to shout about our Tsamouria”, “Patriots come to show who owns the Tsamouria” and other equally provocative slogans like speaks Albanian to Albanian language in the rhythmic sounds of rap music. See and listen carefully to what the announcer says in the video documentary that reveals today. You do not need to know Albanian clear what he says. Give only a little attention to the speaker and watch the images on video.
During the grand parade to celebrate honor and commemorating Christopher Columbus, the 5th Avenue, which is considered one of the largest in America and especially in NY Albanians caused by slogans against Greece waving the Albanian flag with the map of greater Albania and focused point of Tsamouri the Greek Thessaly. Here another great quote from the great parade on the day of Christopher Columbus.
These images are snapshots not only saw the thousands of spectators and tourists who watched the parade in honor of Christopher Columbus saw a sizable portion of the American public of the major American television networks.
November 23rd 2011 10:32:09 PM
Items like this just underscore the rationality and desirability of Albanians living under Albanian rule and justice. And the rationality and desirability of forming a bigger, unified Albania — so they can all live under one happy Albanian roof. It really sucks that Albanians don’t know Albanians very well.
Kosovo Police Beating Complaints Pile Up (Balkan Insight, via Eurasia Review, Nov. 15, by Petrit Kryeziu)
When police in Gjakova picked up Agim Domgjoni and accused him of stealing from a factory three years ago, Officer Sejfedin Shkreli beat him so badly that he had to be sent to hospital, he told a court last month.
“Sejfefin ‘Sefa’ came to my home at 11pm,” Domgjoni told Balkan Insight. “He took me to the police station and beat me as hard as he could with punches and kicks to my stomach and then opened a drawer and showed me three wooden and plastic canes and asked me to ‘pick one’” he added.
“He then continued to beat me until I ended up in hospital.”
Domgjoni’s complaint is standard fare in Gjakova, where Balkan Insight has obtained similar allegations from 16 other witnesses who also said they experienced beatings at the station.
A report by the Council of Europe last month described beatings by Kosovo Police during arrests and at stations as a serious problem.
“The allegations concerned in the main punches, kicks and blows with batons at the time of apprehension, as well as slaps, punches, kicks [including to the genital], striking the person with hard objects, or squeezing of the hand with a pencil being placed between two fingers, and beating on the soles of the feet by police officers attempting to obtain confessions during questioning,” it added.
“In some cases, the severity of the alleged ill-treatment was such that it could easily be described as torture,” it continued.
“Overall, it would appear that the situation as regards to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the KP has stagnated if not deteriorated since the 2007 [Council of Europe] visit.”
Agim Domgjoni was found not guilty of theft at the municipal court in Gjakova in October 2011, after which he decided to speak out on BIRN’s Justice in Kosovo show, which was aired a fortnight ago.
But instead of launching an investigation into police misconduct following the broadcast, Gjakova police last week arrested him again, accusing him of having “threatened” a police officer in one of the quotes he gave to Justice in Kosovo.
Pjeter Ndrecaj, another crime suspect who was later released, was also beaten at the police station in Gjakova, he said.
“They grabbed my hair and punched and kicked my face until my lips were cut and my nose broken,” he recalled.
Balkan Insight visited the regional hospital of Gjakova to secure the medical reports of persons who said they had been beaten by the police.
But the search was in vain; different departments at the hospital each claimed that another had the relevant documents.
Some of those claiming to have endured violent and unprovoked police beatings in the western Kosovo town were teens.
In spite of the number of accusations of police beatings aired in court, prosecutors in the town have yet to take action.
The Chief Prosecutor of Gjakova, Shpresa Bakija, said she had now “requested all records from courts where defendants have complained of the use of force by the police.
“I will also ask prosecutors to explain why investigations have not begun on time,” Bakija said.
[P]olice regularly questioned defendants without the presence of a lawyer, which is illegal.
The Municipal Court of Gjakova has declined to comment on allegations that they use evidence obtained under duress.
The commander of the police station of Gjakova, Bekim Avdija, told Balkan Insight that he required permission from the police spokesperson in Pristina to comment on the claims.
The spokesperson in Pristina then referred us to the regional police HQ in Peja, while police in Peja directed us back to Gjakova.
November 08th 2011 03:47:06 PM
Albanian PM: Kosovo idyllic place, Marty report fiction (Tanjug, Sept. 25)
NEW YORK — Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha said in his speech at the UN General Assembly…that the crisis in northern Kosovo had occurred because criminals were resisting Priština’s alleged attempt to introduce the rule of law.
The Albanian prime minister almost idyllically described the situation in Kosovo. He said that it was a place with the highest standards in protection of freedom and minority rights in the region, where the Serbian cultural heritage was more protected than ever.
“The biggest problem for Kosovo Serbs today is that tensions were caused and orchestrated with a nationalist aim…”
“Belgrade’s efforts to keep the parallel structures in those three communities show that it still believes in the change of borders in our region based on a failed and long outdated idea of ethnic clean territories of Greater Serbia,” Berisha said in his speech.
Pointing out that respect of the existing borders in the Balkans was a fundamental condition for permanent peace and stability, the Albanian president called on the UN members to recognize unilaterally declared independence of the southern Serbian province.
Kosovo, according to him, represents a significant factor of peace, stability and cooperation in the region. […]
As Liz, who circulated the item above put it, “Apparently we’ve had it all wrong. It’s the Albanians who have ‘the highest standards’ and they’re ‘very protective’ of Serbs. And, it’s the Serbs who ‘ethnically cleansed’ themselves out of Kosovo in pursuit of a ‘Greater Serbia’. Who knew?”
And it’s multi-ethnic Serbia that believes in ethnic purification, as opposed to the pristinely Albanian Pristina and just about all of Kosovo. Berisha, however, sounds very steadfast in his affirmations of Kosovo idyllicism. Why would the prime minister of Albania find Kosovo idyllic? Maybe this is why:
“Before and during the war, Kosovars kept assuring me that Kosova would not be like Albania: corrupt, anarchic, ruled by the gun and the gang. Increasingly, it is. The Albanization of Kosova is taking place in a way no ordinary Kosova Albanian wanted.” — Timothy Garton Ash, Hoover Institute
In related news, Project Greater Albania — that great Serbian myth — proceeds apace:
Kosovo: Albania, Kosovo to merge consular services to cut bureaucracy (AKI, Oct. 24)
The Albanian government approved an agreement to merge consular services abroad with those of Kosovo in order to cut “bureaucratic costs”, the government said on its web site on Monday.
“Albanians should feel the same way in Tirana and in Pristina,” Albanian prime minister Sali Berisha said last week. Similar practices should be applied to other areas, like customs, culture and education to reduce costs and to draw closer “two sister states,” he added.
(But they do feel the same way in Tirana and Pristina. They feel like killing Serbs.)
“We have to strengthen cooperation within the same legal framework and practices in order to reduce bureaucratic barriers between citizens of Albania and Kosovo,” Berisha said.
Serbian officials claim Kosovo independence was just the first step towards unification with Albania and the creation of “Greater Albania”, which would incorporate ethnic Albanians living in Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and northern Greece.
(I love the way Albanian announcements are still somehow “Serbian claims.”)
Albanian and Kosovo officials have denied such intentions and the idea is opposed by the international community, including big powers which recognized Kosovo, for fears it would destabilize the entire region.
Until it isn’t opposed by the international community, and they announce that it won’t destabilize the region, calling the destabilization “stabilization.” Which, come to think of it, has already been happening. Looks like someone didn’t get the memo.
And a similar item:
Albania-Kosovo agreement rekindles old suspicions (Southeastern European Times, Oct. 31)
A deal to unify consular services abroad, to be followed by similar moves in all other sectors, is a source of concern for some about potential Albanian territorial aggression.
…An agreement to merge the Albanian and Kosovo consular services abroad has sparked concerns in parts of the Balkans that the deal is a step towards realising “Greater Albania “.
The accord was approved by Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha’s cabinet on October 20th. It would halve the two countries’ consular costs, the government said.
Kosovo analyst Seb Bytyci heading the Pristina-based Balkan Policy Institute echoed Tirana’s arguments.
“Kosovo and Albania are small countries without resources to have consulates everywhere,” he told SETimes. “This deal enables them to provide better services to their citizens. Similar deals are common even among richer countries, who still feel the need to cut costs.”
Macedonian diplomacy expert Lazar Lazarov cautioned there is more to this kind of agreements than meets the eye.
“In the first phase you have rapprochement, joint customs and economy, but the second phase in this process usually is unification,” Lazarov told SETimes. “It will be difficult for Kosovo to maintain its statehood in these circumstances. Both Albania and Kosovo seem to work on the ‘Greater Albania’ project, mentioned first in 1878.”
Lazarov referred to the plan promoted by Albanian political organisation Prizren League, which aimed to unify in one state Albanians scattered across Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece in the 19th century.
Kosovo pledged in its 2008 independence declaration full respect for its neighbours’ territorial integrity and for the borders assigned on Martti Ahtisaari’s plan for a settlement to the Kosovo status issue, approved by the UN. [sic: Ahtisaari may have been the UN envoy, but his plan was never approved by the UN.]
Ian Bancroft, co-founder of the Belgrade-based TransConflict, argues the Ahtisaari Plan clearly states Kosovo can not seek to unite with another state, hence Berisha’s intent should be treated with a great deal of concern.
“If the government in Pristina will not uphold this important element of the Ahtisaari Plan, then it is hard to expect that it will uphold the other safeguards provided, which will breed further mistrust amongst Kosovo’s Serbs and other non-Albanian populations. The EU, in particular, therefore needs to be more explicit in its criticism of such steps,” Bancroft told SETimes.
He added the agreement adds to existing concerns across the region about the assertion of Albanian ethno-national identity. “[It] has motivated, in part, the boycott of the census in south Serbia, the abandonment of Macedonia’s census and tensions within Albania over the number of ethnic minorities, likely to provoke further mistrust in neighbouring countries such as Montenegro and Greece.”
Insisting that Kosovo is still a UN protectorate, Serbian government spokesman Milivoje Mihajlovic said in comments for SETimes that Belgrade could not support any initiative that is not in accordance to UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
According to Bytyci, the consular agreement could fan “the paranoia about ‘Greater Albania’”, particularly among “fringe politicians in countries neighbouring Albania and Kosovo”. […]
Or it could fan Greater Albania.
FLASHBACK to August 2007:
Many people across the world are saying that the archaic idea of a “Greater Albania” is dead…European officials now are thinking that the “Greater Albania” saga is a closed chapter too…Apparently, the Ahtisaari package…[does] not allow Kosova to join Albania or, for that matter, Macedonia…
Those who think that the Albanians have “forgotten” the idea of the unification of their territories or the idea of a Greater Albania are mistaken. Only those who do not know the Albanians well as a Balkan people may think like that. Those, however, who know the Albanians well think differently. And those who know the Albanians well are first and foremost their neighbours.
This time, however, when they saw that they were being denied their desire for “reunification”, the Albanians kept silent because they knew that the Ahtisaari package had a thousand and one loopholes through which they may slip to achieve the unification of their territories, that is, to establish a Greater Albania…Only the ingenuousness — and the sincerity — of a cool-headed diplomat from a cold country working on cold diplomatic dossiers my jump to the conclusion that Kosova will not join Albania following the establishment of its status.
For their part, another category of people and intellectuals — especially those who live close to Albania — people with the same political mentality and political ethnography as the Albanians, considered all this to be a mere “self-induced deception.” There is no reason to doubt that, shortly after the establishment of “independent” status, or a status that does not rule out independence, a Greater Albania will be formed in the Balkans. Attentive analysts and specialists in Balkan affairs consider this a reality that will happen soon.
One cannot think that Kosova’s joining Albania is far off as long [as] “immediately after the establishment of the status there will be joint markets and joint beaches,” as the Albanians say. It cannot be imagined that a Greater Albania can be prohibited by a phrase contained in the Ahtisaari package. The Balkan people only smile at these phrases. Throughout their history, they have learned how to ignore the phrases of the great powers a thousand times a day. At the same time, the Balkan peoples have learned that protectorates imposed by the great powers are short-lived…They know that the West soon tires of the problems of their area, just as they know that the mills of time work very quickly in the mountains that have given their name to their peninsula. A little change would be enough for the West to desist from maintaining by armed force its ban on the unification of Albanian territories.
Deep down, the Albanians do not think that a long time will pass between the recognition of Kosova’s status and its joining Albania. Not only ordinary Albanians who spend much of their time talking nationalist politics, but also their senior politicians want that. This time, however, it was the politicians who came out with the idea of a Greater Albania. Just take up the letters of greetings they sent to Ahtisaari on 3 February , and you will clearly see what senior Albanian politicians — both in the government and in the opposition — really think. They greet the Ahtisaari package “with rejoicing” and add that “this is a victory for the Albanians wherever they happen to be.” Do you not see the hidden idea rearing its head?!
…Indeed, the Balkan states are like communicating vessels: if one of them is reformatted as a greater state, other states must necessarily become smaller. Will Serbia allow itself to become “smaller” just because Albania wants to be “greater”? Or, for that matter, will Macedonia allow that? Especially as Macedonia would have to cede some chunks of its territory to a Greater Albania. A chain reaction of transformation from smaller to greater would follow its Balkan course, as the world’s senior politicians are warning.
November 06th 2011 08:43:52 PM
A Radio Free Europe internal report on Yugoslavia in 1978. It was not so long ago…
…On December 19  the Central Committee of the LCY held its second session in Belgrade under the chairmanship of Branko Mikulic. The major report was read by Dr. Vladimir Bakaric who…attacked “anti-Yugoslav [migrant] terrorists” being helped by “certain reactionary circles” in the West. Mikulic also delivered a speech which was then followed by a general debate during which the Kosovo leader Mahmut Bakalli discussed “a number of new and very harsh attacks on Yugoslavia by most responsible leaders of Albania” (Politika, 20 December 1978).
The United States. A high degree of official cordiality marked relations between the US and Yugoslavia in 1978, disturbed occasionally by the terroristic activities of the extremist Croatian exiles…In February, a US State Department report on human rights said that Yugoslavia’s citizens, unlike those in other East European countries, enjoyed “broad” freedom of movement and access to foreign publications and broadcasts…
President Carter gave an interview to the Belgrade daily Borba (March 5) in which he appraised American-Yugoslav relations as “very good” and stressed the joint efforts being made to improve them. He also said that “the nonaligned countries can play a very important role in world affairs” and emphasized that members of his administration “have often pointed out our support for Yugoslavia’s independence and territorial integrity, as well as its nonaligned role and its leadership in the nonalignment movement.” Zbigniew Brzezinski, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, said in his interview with Belgrade TV that…Washington attached “great importance” to the independence and nonalignment of Yugoslavia. When asked to comment on terrorist actions harming Yugoslav-American relations, Brzezinski called such acts “completely unacceptable” (Borba, 6 March 1978). In his official welcoming remarks on March 7, President Carter assured Tito that “the independence and the territorial integrity of Yugoslavia is one of the basic foundations of world peace now and in the future” (The New York Times, 8 March 1978).
In [a] joint statement issued on March 9, [the two presidents] also affirmed “that the right of all states to determine their own social systems without outside interference must be respected,” and that “nonalignment is a very significant factor in world affairs.” …In conclusion, they condemned any kind of terrorism and agreed that “effective measures must be taken to eliminate this senseless threat to people throughout the world,” especially “the violence directed against Yugoslavia.” President Carter “reiterated the continuing support of the United States for the independence, territorial integrity, and unity of Yugoslavia” (The New York Times, 10 March 1978).
November 06th 2011 01:42:22 AM
****UPDATE AT BOTTOM****
Libya has one dictator but Kosovo has many Gaddafis (by Fatos Bytyci, June 3)
* Over 100 Kosovars named Gaddafi after Libyan leader
* Kosovars also named after Clinton, Blair
PRISTINA - During the socialist era of the 1970s and 1980s, dozens of parents in Kosovo named their sons after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, someone they admired for his non-aligned stance and devotion to Islam.
With NATO, a supporter of mainly Muslim Kosovo’s independence, now fighting Gaddafi’s regime and calling for him to leave office, these are awkward times for such children.
“My mother liked the name Gaddafi as she thought he was the leader of all Muslims,” said economics student Gadaf Abdyli, 22.
“I consider him as a dictator… the battle for power is everything for him. He is a dictator that belongs to the last century.”
A foreign ministry official said Kosovo was home to more than 100 people named Gadaf, an Albanian language adaptation of the Arabic name Gaddafi. Several dozen of them have Facebook pages.
“In my view it is not good to have the names of leaders because things may change as it is now the case,” said Gadaf Latifi, 25, an architect from the capital Pristina.
The name may seem unusual today, but under Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia carved out a socialist path within the Non-Aligned Movement. Kosovo was part of Yugoslavia until the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Libya was also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, making Gaddafi a figure of great admiration for some.
“Gaddafi was a personality that had close ties with the Yugoslav leader at that time, it was a country that opened its doors to our workers, a charismatic leader and, above all, he was Muslim and all these things made him a good example of a person for many families in Kosovo,” said Anton Berishaj, a sociology professor at Pristina University.
In recent years, Kosovar parents have also turned to other political leaders for naming inspiration, again adapting the monikers to the Albanian tongue.
Today there are children named “Klinton” after former U.S. President Bill Clinton, “Tonibler” after former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and “Ollbrajt” after U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
All are politicians who played a role in the 1999 NATO intervention against Serbia, which paved the way for Kosovo’s eventual independence…
(Let’s not miss the part about these non-Muslimy Balkans Muslims pining for their Islam under Communism.)
In an inversely related college newspaper item from Oct. 25th, it is confirmed that Americans have no clue what they did to earn the great and meaningful Albanian-American friendship that is such a geopolitical priority for the superpower:
Feelings of euphoria may be what many students who study abroad experience when their opportunities to interact in a different culture arrive. However, after Missouri Western international student Saranda Halili landed in the United States, she quickly became frustrated that most of the Americans she met were unable to pinpoint Kosovo, her native land, on a map.
“When I came, I expected Americans to know where Kosovo is since the United States fought a war for us,” Halili said. “I was so disappointed!”
[Indeed, 99 percent of Americans have no idea we were ever there, or that we still are. And they need to be reintroduced to the word ‘Kosovo” every time it comes up. Clearly, this was a very important war for us to fight.]
…Halili spoke to approximately 40 students and community members and outlined Kosovo’s history and political issues, making an identification of its geographic location one of her first priorities.
An international migration and ethnic relations major at Sweden’s Malmo University, Halili began by saying that she and her family fled to Sweden during the tumultuous disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1992…
“Even though the war is over, there is a lot of tension and conflict in Kosovo,” Halili said. “Hopefully, I will go back one day and try to solve it. There is hope.”
Halili, who came to Western through a foreign exchange program with Malmo University, was asked about the significance of Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 . She said that the people of Kosovo are very grateful to the United States for its hand in their long-awaited liberation, sometimes even viewing Americans as heroes.
“It meant so much,” Halili said, in reference to the declaration. “That’s what they fought for. But now, they’re very skeptical because the situation isn’t improving.”
For Kosovo to endure its hardships, Halili believes there’s still a need for an international presence and a global awareness.
“Our government isn’t strong enough,” Halili said.” There are a lot of issues with corruption. Until we can solve these issues, we need the international community.” […]
I am of course aware that Serbia has had the more prominent friendship with Libya and Gaddafi, which is partly why I posted the first item above. Because the point is that a) only Serbs have been called on it when it turns out that Albanians have named their kids after the man, and b) in this, Gaddafi is in the same company as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Tony Blair and others who have had streets and squares in Pristina and Tirana named after them, including Eliot Engel, William Walker, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and others. All of whom, incidentally, are the same sorts that use the Gaddafi tag against Serbs.
Point being: Albanians don’t make distinctions between people and systems as long as they’re sponsoring Albanian ambitions.
As for the second item above, Nebojsa Malic adds a good point:
She’s studying “international migration and ethnic relations” at Malmo. What does the program teach - how to invade a country through illegal immigration, artificially high birth rates and welfare leeching, culminating in a faked genocide and external intervention? And if what I recall hearing about Malmo and the Muslim immigrants there is true, they don’t need a degree to put this into practice.
Here is what Nebojsa is talking about:
Hollywood cancels shooting of film about Jews in Malmö: Area too hostile toward Jews…[from] The South Swedish, July 12 2011 “Malmö’s reputation scares Hollywood“:
Malmö. Hollywood wanted to shoot a feature film in Skåne [South Sweden, where the principal city is Malmö], based on a best-seller. But the company got cold feet. The reason: threats against Jews in the region. In January of this year, a meeting was held in Los Angeles between Hollywood companies and Mikael Svensson from Øresund Film Commission, a Swedish-Danish cooperation agency that helps foreign film companies who want to shoot in the region.
The film company said they were interested in finding potential film locations in Malmö and Skåne for a film based on a bestseller with a Jewish theme.
But the delegation from Hollywood never showed up. Instead, Mikael Svensson received an email in February stating that the shooting in Skåne had been scrapped…Here is the email sent from Hollywood to the Swedish film commissioner:
“The only problem I see with this project, as well conceived as it is, being based on a best seller, is the huge problem that this is a Jewish story and that the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the USA called the south of Sweden a VERY unsafe place for the Jewish community, due to the large and increasingly hostile community of Muslims.”
And check out this transcript of a recent French video: Leaving Malmo
…In certain European countries, we see a new kind of antisemitism appearing.
0:04 With Muslim immigrants, that are extremely aggressive towards the Jews.
0:08 The city of Malmö in Sweden…
0:12 offers an example. While walking on the street…
0:16 the Orthodox Jews was called “A dirty Jews that we had forgotten…
0:20 to gas”. The hostility is such…
0:24 that they do not dare show their religious identity in public.
0:28 They trade the kippah for baseball caps. Others do not tolerate…
0:32 this situation and turn their backs on Europe.
0:36 Nina Troisner is spending her last few days in Malmö.
0:40 …This 21 year old Jew…
0:44 abandoned her job as a teacher for preschoolers to go to…
0:48 live in Israel.
0:56 …Here Jews are not accepted…
1:12 Everything you do here, you take a risk.
1:16 Nina and her family are afraid of the Muslims of Malmö, that they perceive as violent.
1:20 At first glance, this may appear as excessive in a country as tolerant as Sweden
1:24 2 years ago, during this event, related to the war in Gaza, the young girl…
1:28 was witness to a scene that profoundly marked her. Muslims attacked the Jews…
1:32 the police told us that we had to abort the demonstration …
1:36 “we cannot protect you. Disperse yourselves”
1:40 It should have been the others that should have been dispersed, not us.
1:44 That was the last straw…
2:12 We do not find fundamentalists that hunt Jews…
2:56 [Muslims] represent 1/6th of the population of Malmö which is 50,000 people…
3:01 against a Jewish community that has 700 members.
3:05 Their president, Fred Kam, shows us a full security arsenal
3:09 The entry of the neighborhood that has a peaceful image is watched by …
3:13 camera. All these are financed by the Jewish community…
3:33 Our political people do not take risks
3:37 they are clearly on the Muslim side.
3:41 …on this matter.
3:45 There was antisemitism in my youth but when an incident…
3:49 happens, all society supported us.
3:53 and this is what Nina is displeased with. She does not accept that the Mayor of Malmö…
3:57 by saying, “the Jews should take distance from Israeli politics…”
4:01 …this would attenuate the anger of the antisemite aggressors.
4:09 Nina says goodbye to her friends.
4:13 “I will never come back to Malmö”…
4:21 The fact is, many Jews no longer feel safe in Europe.
4:25 They want to emigrate…
5:21 Today Europe shelters only…
5:25 1.5M Jews…
5:45 Everywhere in Europe …
5:49 the Jewish communities are shrinking…
Such are the Muslim-Jewish “tensions,” as an AP report last year called the situation in Malmo (”Muslim-Jewish tensions roil Swedish city“). Just as the same, one-sided Albanian-Serbian “tensions” have been over the past 13 years in Kosovo. (Except it’s been far gorier there.)
Interestingly, that 2010 AP article has the following sentence: “…7 percent of [Malmo’s] 285,000 people were born in the Middle East, according to city statistics, and it has large numbers of [Muslims] from the Balkans, including the Macedonian who heads the city’s largest mosque. [”Macedonian” in this case implies Albanian.]
And so the question about Malmo becomes: Giving a leaping benefit of the doubt to its large population of Balkan Muslims — by assuming that these particular Muslims are *not* part of the aggression against Jews — what are they doing to influence their co-religionists to be less hateful and dangerous toward Jews? Surely they must be speaking out on a daily basis against this violence in their own neighborhoods? Or else what was it that was of such great political consequence to Jews that they were told by commentators, world leaders and foremost by the Albanian lobby that their place was to support the Albanians in their “liberation” and territorial claims? (Not to mention that their place was to defend Bosnian Muslims.)
November 04th 2011 04:07:04 AM
Historian Carl Savich underscores the following about the writer of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty report below:
Regarding your current analysis of Nenad Pejic’s nonsensical screed in the CIA’s RFE/RL, are you familiar with Mr. Pejic’s background?
He was the director of Sarajevo Television for twenty years. He worked for CNN during the Bosnian Civil War. CNN was at the forefront of anti-Serbian media reporting. And now he works for the CIA. He is a media whore, a journalistic prostitute. He writes to satisfy his CIA paymasters. Follow the money trail. Is bias an issue here? Can you even imagine the CIA being objective and unbiased?…If you examine his output of articles for the CIA, they all have one element in common. They are all predictably anti-Serbian. They all espouse a party line, the CIA line or position…And it is a subtle touch that the CIA propaganda mouthpiece is actually from the Balkans, from Yugoslavia, from Serbia. Pejic is a graduate of Belgrade University. He is also a former Yugoslav. This adds a certain verisimilitude to his mindless propaganda outburts. But check out his track record. He is as predictable as it gets…
He is like Sonja Biserko and Natasha Kandic…Of course, CNN would not hire him if he was not anti-Serbian. And then he works for RFE/RL, which is a front organization originally formed and funded by the CIA. Due to criticism, it is now run and funded by the US government. Same difference…Now it is a front for a front…[Pejic] is an employee of the US government. His screeds tell us what the US government position is. Easy enough.
*****ADDITIONAL UPDATE AT BOTTOM*****
Earlier this week we saw some examples of efforts to identify with Serbia the Bosnian-Muslim jihadist who opened fire on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo last Friday. Here, from Monday, is another. Courtesy of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
The Results Of Hate Speech And Inaction In Bosnia (by Nenad Pejic, Oct. 31)
…[H]is journey began several hours earlier that morning, when he crossed the border from Serbia into Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jasarevic is a Serbian citizen.
Stepping from tram No. 3, Jasarevic reportedly yelled “Run! Run away!” at passersby as he pulled an AK-47 from his backpack and began to fire. He continued to shoot for some 20 minutes before a police sniper shot him in the leg. It was later revealed that he had two explosives on him, but he apparently made no attempt to activate them. In fact, he stood calmly at the tram stop throughout the incident, making no effort to leave or to take cover.
It was a strange incident. Terrorists more commonly seek to maximize civilian casualties. Spreading fear is, after all, the definition of terrorism.
[So already we have a comparatively “good” Muslim terrorist here.]
But nothing like this happened in Sarajevo. It is unclear whether Jasarevic expected to die in the attack. And he warned citizens to run away. One police officer was wounded in the initial moments of the attack, but there were no other casualties except the gunman himself. Instead of being afraid, citizens of Bosnia have spoken out loudly and often to denounce the violence. [Even better Muslims distancing themselves.]
As the details of the incident emerged, it became clear that Jasarevic was an easy recruit. His few visits to the Wahhabist village of Maoca in Bosnia hardly qualify him as an Islamic fundamentalist or a radical. But he has a criminal record, including a robbery three years ago in Austria. Late last year, he was spotted by police in the Serbian city of Novi Pazar during a visit there by ambassadors from the United States, Japan, and eight EU countries. He refused to show his identification, and a large knife was found in his pocket. He was detained but not arrested.
The main result of Jasarevic’s attack so far has been to provoke a long-overdue discussion about the ability of Bosnia-Herzegovina to cope with radicalism.
The reactions of politicians across Bosnia have been predictable. Leaders in Sarajevo say the attack was targeted “against Bosnia.” And, indeed, it was — but these same leaders are forgetting their responsibility for increasingly imposing Islamic practices on all citizens of the country. They haven’t been commenting on why they tolerate the implementation of a parallel legal system (Shari’a law) in Maoca. [He gets points for this point.]
They don’t talk about why they took little action in June 2010 when a terrorist attack in the village of Bugojino left one police officer dead and six others wounded. “After the Bugojino attack, we proposed several measures, but half of them were refused by parliament and condemned by the Islamic community of Bosnia,” Sadik Ahmetovic, head of the Bosnian Security Agency, told RFE/RL’s Balkan Service…
Bosnian Serb leaders point their fingers at their Muslim counterparts and accuse them of tolerating Wahhabism. But they don’t talk about how they tolerate — even sponsor — Serbian organizations that recruit Serbs to go to Kosovo to “defend Serbian lands” against NATO-led KFOR forces…One part of Bosnia’s leadership is radicalizing Muslims with hate speech, while another part does the same by tolerating radical behavior.
Just three weeks ago, the Atlantic Initiative wrote in a security-risk analysis:
‘Unsubstantiated allegations of an increased terrorism threat in Bosnia, based on the preposterous claim that some 100,000 Wahhabis reside in the country, are not aimed at deterring such a threat but rather at pigeonholing Bosniaks as terrorists and delegitimizing their political aims. In response, the Bosniak side, and particularly the official Islamic community, has descended into default denial of any security threat that may be posed by the presence of dangerous individuals and ideologies associated with Islam, calling all such references hostile and Islamophobic. Consequently, law enforcement officials have been left to balance between two opposing, and equally flawed, perceptions and they have adjusted their analysis and reaction to the terrorism threat to suit the outcomes desired by their respective political elite.” […]
Some responses to the commentary, which appeared below it:
Going by this article, Jasarevic is merely a misunderstood nice-guy, whilst Dodik is the real problem and no doubt Serbs are to be blamed for the attack. A common theme on RFERL.
by: Schlomo from: Canada
Here we go again. A Muslim extremist attacks US embassy and somehow this is tied back to Serbia and the problems Bosniaks have with Serbs. Give me a brake. Call spade a spade. This is a Bosniak problem for having allowed and continuing to allow these muslim groups to thrive in their country. They may or may not support them, but certainly they allow them to spread their culture within what once were moderate muslims. Now with Sharia laws and other strange habits, they get to see what can happen if Bosnia falls to the Muslim hands. As for Serbia defending its land in Kosovo - please tell me what that has to do with Islamic mad man in Sarajevo?!!? Concentrate please! Serbia defending its land is a completely different story. Whoever wrote this is surely not a journalist.
by: john from: melbourne
So a muslim terrorist that the serbs have been fighting since the break up of Yugoslavia, re kosovo and Bosnia AlQaeda’s children, is Serbias fault.
Imagine a Serb actually did something like this, Nato would bomb Belgrade and Banjaluka immediately!
Nato bombs Serbs to carve a muslim country, muslims bomb America to thank them, nice!
by: George Arvanitis Bouas from: Melbourne
I cannot believe this article passed for serious journalism. There have been 15,000+ jihadists attacks globally since 9/11 - are Serbs to blame for this? This jihadist was inspired by the Koran to do what he did and he did not shoot (Muslim) civilians because that is “haram” forbidden by the Koran. The influence of jihadists grew when during the war the US, NATO etc supported the Islamists against the Orthodox Christian Serbs. Iran and Saudi Arabia did so and continue to do so. As for Kosovo, UN resolution 1244 and international law says Kosovo is Serbia. When will the US wake up and see that its Balkans policy has been fundamentally flawed. The US, Germany, NATO etc bombed and killed Serb civilians, the Yugoslav army which was defending Yugoslavia and violated international law. Time to wake up and realise your mistakes.
by: Fred from: USA
The real problem is that the politicians focusing on ethnic politics are preventing the country from functioning. Major blame for that lies with Dodik. All those that blame Bosnia need to remember that this guy lives in Serbia. Serbian police had him on their radar. It remains to be seen if they shared this information with Bosnia or if this guy was not a sufficient threat at the time to do so. The Serbian area of Sandzak has more such people there and they should be monitored and arrested if a threat. Also the border police should cooperate more to share information about potential threats.
I also guarantee that the previous three comments are from Serbian diaspora.
(Ah, so this decade the problem is Serbia not clamping down enough on Muslims!)
by: steve from: USA
The last post by Fred seems perplexing. If the real problem is that politicians are focusing on their constituents, then the real problem seems to be representative democracy. Perhaps…Would Fred also guarantee that anyone who writes a post in support of Israel is Jewish? What nonsense?
by: Sergey from: Chicago, USA
“One part of Bosnia’s leadership is radicalizing Muslims with hate speech, while another part does the same by tolerating radical behavior”
Well, Mr Pejic. Let’s try to see your reasoning. Dodik and Bosnian Serb nationalists, by saying “hate speeches” against Bosnian and other Balkan Muslims, are “radicalizing” them into attacking the United States embassy — the embassy of the country that actually went to WAR against Serbia and Bosnian Serbs to make Muslim states of Bosnia and Kosovo possible.
Just think about it .If you have an enemy or adversary who say bad things about you, why would you attack your friend who seeks to protect you and defend your interests ?
This is really a line of reasoning that can be roughly translated into: “No matter what X does, blame it on Y. Even if Y is not at fault, find a reason to blame it on Y too”.
Now let’s look at another example of “brilliant” reasoning - Atlantic Initiative Report that you cited.
“Unsubstantiated allegations of an increased terrorism threat in Bosnia, based on the preposterous claim that some 100,000 Wahhabis reside in the country, are not aimed at deterring such a threat but rather at pigeonholing Bosniaks as terrorists and delegitimizing their political aims.
In response, the Bosniak side, and particularly the official Islamic community, has descended into default denial of any security threat that may be posed by the presence of dangerous individuals and ideologies associated with Islam, calling all such references hostile and Islamophobic.”
If allegations are unsubstantiated, why wouldn’t Bosniak leadership side want to prove them wrong by INCREASING security cooperation with NATO, EU, etc. ? Why would Bosnian Muslim leadership be so super sensitive to allegations made by adversarial Bosnian Serb leadership to such an extent that they would REFUSE cooperating with the ALLIES of Bosnian Muslims ?
Sorry Mr. Pejic, but all these lines of reasoning look like an utter nonsense to me and another lame attempt to whitewash Jihadists in the Balkans and elsewhere.
by: Wim from: Voorhout
It is the West that is radicalizing Bosnia. In the war by encouraging the Muslims to ask support amongst Al Qaeda types and now by encouraging the Bosniaks to undermine Dayton by filling the positions reserved for Croats - including the Croat seat in the presidency - with their own stooges.
Regarding the comment that “All those that blame Bosnia need to remember that this guy lives in Serbia. Serbian police had him on their radar. It remains to be seen if they shared this information with Bosnia or if this guy was not a sufficient threat at the time to do so…” :
Serbia asked before 9 months for the arrest of Jasarevic
Serbia and the Interpol headquarters in Lyon nine months ago, asked for warrants for Mevlida Jašarević, a Wahhabi, but the Ministry of Security of BiH Interpol asked the panel to reject the request of Belgrade, writes “Evening News”.
Citing multiple sources of intelligence and security circles, the paper says that in Sarajevo Belgrade’s intention that the terrorists be stopped [was] described as “another attempt to arrest Bosnian, which is not based on evidence.”
Serbia…characterized [Jasarevic] as a very dangerous person, a member of the radical Wahhabi movement.
The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a decision today that Dino Pečenković and Munib Ahmetspahić sets one-month detention. The two are suspected of 28th October Mevlida Jašaraviću helped during the attack on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo.
Pečenković was born in 1987 in Bihac, lives in Maoca and Ahmetspahić was born in 1990 in Zenica, where he resides…[there are] contacts [between] Wahhabis from Novi Pazar and those in Kosovo and Bosnia.
Special attention will be devoted to information about groups with whom they associated in Europe, as well as their cooperation with international terrorist organizations.
It is assumed that the FBI was interested in the number of Wahhabis in the Sandzak, its organization, methods of operation and compatibility with other Wahhabi centers outside Serbia…All of this information…Serbian police and BIA have already and are ready to make them available to the FBI…FBI agents investigating Serbian Wahhabis are especially interested in the seized discs, where [there are] images [of] killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Russian troops in Chechnya.
Getting back to the point about associating the Muslim attacker with Serbia. Serbia’s interior minister, Ivica Dacic, said, “Now, in order to disguise the word Bosniak or Muslim, they say that he is a citizen of Serbia. Well, he is a citizen of Serbia, but he belongs to the extreme Bosniak Wahhabi and radical Islam, and we all know it…the entire world knows that they risk absolutely no threat of terrorism from Serbia or from Serbs, except in the cheapest movies.”
On that closing truism, here are some updates from the anti-Serb movie industry:
“Killing Season” is an action movie set in the Appalachian Mountains about an American military veteran (De Niro) who has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods. When a rare visitor, a European tourist (Travolta), appears on the scene, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. But in fact the visitor is a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge. What follows is a tense, action packed battle across some of America’s most forbidding landscape that proves the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.
Well they finally did it — the ultimate Hollywood fantasy: combining the “scariness” of an American hillbilly landscape with an even lesser threat: a Serb. And De Niro is a Serb-lover. Go figure. Then again, I hear that mental coherence isn’t his strongsuit.
And check out this update on Angelina’s safe-Serb-villain project: “Why couldn’t you have been born a Serb?” (It would have to take someone who doesn’t know Serbs to put a line like that into a character’s mouth — with help, of course, from a crew stacked with Serbs’ enemies, engaging in the usual projections.) More “chilling” lines from the Serbian soldier character are cited here. And a lovely blurb:
Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, the story of a Serbian rape camp administrator and a Bosnian-Muslim woman and war victim set in Bosnia in the 90s, has arrived.
So now it’s a Serbian “rape camp.”
Angelina Jolie has some sick fantasies. Worse, unoriginal ones.
At least once in a while movies and reality do collide. From Cinemax’s “Strike Back 07″:
A Section 20 mission in Vienna is diverted when the team learns that four European Union officials — including MI6 agent John Allen, who has firsthand knowledge of Latif and Project Dawn — have been kidnapped in Kosovo. Behind the abduction is a Kosovo heroin overlord, Fatmir Hasani, who seeks the release of his cousin Agim Rama, an imprisoned terrorist involved in multiple international attacks. Under the auspices of Kosovo peacekeeping forces (KFOR) led by U.S. Major Donoghue, Scott and Stonebridge are airlifted with Rama into a Kosovo forest in an attempt to make an exchange.
But an unforeseen firefight turns the site into chaos, and Scott and Stonebridge’s efforts to escape with the hostages are derailed when they reach the KFOR recovery site — and find it abandoned. Charging sexy hostage Dana Van Rijn to look after her companions, Scott and Stonebridge trek to a Hasani heroin facility, where they hope to hijack a truck to transport the group to safety. But dozens of hostile guards, not to mention some unexpected intruders, pose formidable obstacles for the intrepid duo.
A subsequent episode:
Burned by the duplicity of Major Donoghue, Scott and Stonebridge find themselves held captive with the four EU hostages in the wilderness of Kosovo. As Grant and her team in Vienna work feverishly to locate the group, the local drug overlord Hasani sets in motion his plan to eliminate everyone but Dana, who will fetch a good price as a sex slave, and Allen, the double agent who has been providing information to Latif. With an assist from an unexpected ally, Scott and Stonebridge extricate the group from captivity, but find even more perilous encounters on the road to freedom. As the body count inexorably rises, another twisted facet of Latif’s dark empire surfaces: a human “organ farm” whose next harvest may come from a Section 20 agent.
Kosovo kidnapping. Heroin. Albanian terrorists. Sex slavery. Organ harvesting. Finally someone has been doing his/her Balkans research.
And here it is…again, with thanks to Dragan Rakic for pointing this out and writing the note below it:
Bosnia: Imams Condemn Violence (Nov. 5): “A 23-year-old gunman, a Muslim from neighboring Serbia, fired at the embassy, wounding one police officer before he was shot in the leg and arrested.”
Although you might already know it, the sentence quoted from your Nov 5 edition, is an approximation for many reasons.
First, Muslims “from neighboring Serbia”, call themselves “Bosniaks” and not Serbs. If it is their democratic choice, why would any media call them “Serbs”. They claim their “human rights” as “Bosniaks”, but when they commit a terrorist acts, then they become automatically “Serbs”. Bosnian imams know perfectly well who is who and who does what, so the hypocrisy should be stopped there.
Dragan Rakic, [France]
(See Nebojsa Malic’s analysis precisely to this effect.)