November 2012


1. Obama gets reelected.
(Shouldn’t he get a second Nobel?)

2. Palestinians vow to take their case to the UN unilaterally.

3. Hostess closes shop.

4. Hamas launches rockets at Israel.

5. The Palestinians become UN non-member observer state.

6. Croatian and Albanian Nazis are acquitted at The Hague.

Given these achievements — and all in a single month — where’s that Nobel?

Background on one of the items above, from a Simon Wiesenthal Center email:

UN VOTES TO ADMIT ‘PALESTINE’

Campaign to Deny Jewish People Historic Link to Land of Israel Continues Unabated

November 29, 2012

“Today’s vote in the UN has nothing to do with reality. Peace in the Middle East will only come when the Palestinians sit down with the Israelis and negotiate. There is no other way to achieve peace in the Middle East.” — Rabbi Marvin Hier

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has once again shown he never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity for peace. Instead of pursuing direct negotiations with Israel for a Two-State solution, and in violation of the 1993 Oslo Accords, Abbas unilaterally pressed the UN General Assembly to upgrade Palestine to a Non Member Observer State.

(I’m afraid Abbas isn’t “missing an opportunity.” He’s simply found a different opportunity, one that worked in Kosovo, a precedent that he’s cited himself.)

Today, he got his wish and continues the insidious campaign to erase a deep and abiding truth: the Jewish people have a profound history in the Holy Land dating back over 3,500 years. Abbas himself recently declared, “[The Jews] claim that 2,000 years ago they had a Temple. I challenge the claim that this is so.”

This slander echoes the lies spread by official Palestinian TV which, according to Palestinian Media Watch recently aired an interview stating, “No trace of Jewish history in ‘our land’ … Temple exists on the minds of radical organizations.”

Tragically, the NGO world and most world leaders, including many churches, have not uttered a word as Palestinian propaganda infers that the prophetic writings of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel – revered by Jews and Christians alike – were never uttered in the Holy Land.

And this is what today has become the new ‘Big Lie’ - that the Jewish people are intruders in their own land.

Intruders in their own land. Like mere Serbs. “‘Myth’ of the Serbian Claim to Kosovo,” anyone?

Palestinians certain to win recognition as a state (By EDITH M. LEDERER, AP)

The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state Thursday in a General Assembly vote that Israel and the United States warn could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian homeland through peace talks with Israel.

The United States, Israel’s closest ally, mounted an aggressive campaign to head off the General Assembly vote, which the Palestinians view as a historic step in their quest for global recognition.

In a last-ditch move Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns made a personal appeal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promising that President Barack Obama would re-engage as a mediator in 2013 if Abbas abandoned the effort to seek statehood. The Palestinian leader refused, said Abbas aide Saeb Erekat.

With most of the 193 General Assembly member states sympathetic to the Palestinians, the vote is certain to succeed. Several key countries, including France, have recently announced they would support the move to elevate the Palestinians from the status of U.N. observer to nonmember observer state. However, a country’s vote in favor of the status change does not automatically imply its individual recognition of a Palestine state, something that must be done bilaterally.

The Palestinians say they need U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the lands Israel captured in 1967, to be able to resume negotiations with Israel. They say global recognition of the 1967 lines as the borders of Palestine is meant to salvage a peace deal, not sabotage it, as Israel claims.

The non-member observer state status could also open the way for possible war crimes charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday the recognition of an independent state of Palestine in the U.N. General Assembly will not advance the Palestinians’ quest for a homeland. He said the Palestinians will not win a state until they recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland, declare an end to their conflict with the Jewish state and agree to security arrangements that protect Israel.

While Israel argues that Abbas is trying to dictate the outcome of border talks by going to the U.N., the recognition request presented to the world body in fact calls for a quick resumption of negotiations on all core issues of the conflict, including borders.

Netanyahu’s predecessors accepted the 1967 lines as a basis for border talks. Netanyahu has rejected the idea, while pressing ahead with Jewish settlement building on war-won land, giving Abbas little incentive to negotiate.

For Abbas, the U.N. bid is crucial if he wants to maintain his leadership and relevance, especially following the recent conflict between his Hamas rivals in Gaza and Israel. The conflict saw the Islamic militant group claim victory and raise its standing in the Arab world, while Abbas’ Fatah movement was sidelined and marginalized.

The Palestinians chose the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” for the vote…

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that the U.N. vote will not fulfill the goal of independent Palestinian and Israeli states living side by side in peace, which the U.S. strongly supports because that requires direct negotiations.

“We need an environment conducive to that,” she told reporters in Washington. “And we’ve urged both parties to refrain from actions that might in any way make a return to meaningful negotiations that focus on getting to a resolution more difficult.”

Now THAT’S irony, Folks. She’s warning against everything she did re Kosovo/Serbia.

The U.S. Congress has threatened financial sanctions if the Palestinians improve their status at the United Nations.

Ahead of the vote, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch filed an amendment to a defense bill Wednesday that would eliminate funding for the United Nations if the General Assembly changes Palestine’s status.

“Increasing the Palestinians’ role in the United Nations is absolutely the wrong approach, especially in light of recent military developments in the Middle East,” he said in a statement. “Israel is one of America’s closest allies, and any movement to strengthen one of its fiercest enemies must not be tolerated.”

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said that by going to the U.N., the Palestinians violate “both the spirit and the word of signed agreements to solve issues through negotiations,” which broke down four years ago.

Kosovo, anyone?

But Israeli officials appeared to back away from threats of drastic measures if the Palestinians get U.N. approval, with officials suggesting the government would take steps only if the Palestinians use their new status to act against Israel.

Regev, meanwhile, affirmed that Israel is willing to resume talks without preconditions.

U.N. diplomats said they will be listening closely to Abbas’ speech to the General Assembly on Thursday afternoon before the vote to see if he makes an offer of fresh negotiations with no strings, which could lead to new talks. The Palestinians have been demanding a freeze on Israeli settlements as a precondition.

As a sign of the importance Israel attaches to the vote, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman flew to New York and was scheduled to meet Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before the vote…

Unlike the Security Council, there are no vetoes in the General Assembly. The world body is dominated by countries sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and the resolution to raise its status from an observer to a nonmember observer state only requires a majority vote for approval. To date, 132 countries — over two-thirds of the U.N. member states — have recognized the state of Palestine.

But, like, that’s more than the “state” of Kosovo.

The Palestinians have been courting Western nations, especially the Europeans, seen as critical to enhancing their international standing. A number have announced they will vote “yes” including France, Spain, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland. Those opposed or abstaining include the U.S., Israel, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia.

The Palestinians turned to the General Assembly after the United States announced it would veto their bid last fall for full U.N. membership until there is a peace deal with Israel.

Following last year’s move by the Palestinians to join the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO, the United States withheld funds from the organization, which amount to 22 percent of its budget. The U.S. also withheld money from the Palestinians.

Laying claim to cultural heritage of a region is part of the land seizure strategy, so UNESCO membership is key for the Palestinians. As it is for the Albanian “Kosovars,” who are recasting Serbian history as “Kosovo” history, to eventually be, simply, Albanian history. While the U.S. has a problem with these methods when Palestinians are doing it to the Israelis, it doesn’t have a problem as Albanians do it to the Serbs.

OH, and one can’t help notice that International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is the very next day after Albanian Independence Day, a.k.a. Albanian Flag Day, a.k.a. Greater Albania Day, a.k.a. Shoot-a-Serb Day:


An Ethnic Albanian boy waves an Albanian flag during a rally marking the Albanian Flag Day on November 28, 2012 in Presevo, southern Serbia. At least 2,000 ethnic Albanians, who form a majority in this region bordering Kosovo, gathered today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albania’s independence. Albania marks 100 years of modern statehood by commemorating the November 28,1912 declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Oh, it’s “marking” a lot more than that. It’s marking future territory.

In addition to Serbia’s Presevo region, Albanians have also marked Greece. (Remember last year’s Flag Day on that point. And check out 2010’s.)

And here they marked Macedonia this week, where the central ceremony — the main event — was held:

The ceremony in Skopje, Macedonia was attended by both Albania’s president Sali Berisha and Kosovo’s “prime minister” Thaci. Why?

Gray Falcon’s Nebojsa Malic remarked:

Imagine Mexico had its central national day ceremony in San Antonio. I imagine it would go rather well with the Texans?

There is no Macedonia. No country can be this humiliated and still considered existing.

Balkan Insight, meanwhile, blamed Macedonians for “offending Albanians” by not coming to the Tirana ceremony.

See his short blog on the matter “Monument to Evil.”

Air Arabia takes off to Prishtina, Kosovo (Nov. 29)

Air Arabia, the low-cost pioneer in the Middle East and North Africa, today officially inaugurated its service to Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo, and became the first UAE airline to operate scheduled flights to the country.

Flight G90241 took off from Sharjah International Airport today at 09:30am. Arabia will offer two weekly services between Sharjah and Prishtina, with flights operating on Mondays and Thursdays.

“Air Arabia is delighted to touch down in Prishtina and became the first UAE carrier to offer s scheduled service to Kosovo,” said Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia. “We are confident that our service to Prishtina will further contribute to the ever growing ties between the Republic of Kosovo and the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, the launch of two direct flights from Sharjah will offer customers a unique value driven product, while rapidly expanding our network in Eastern Europe.”

With an average age of 25, Kosovo has one of the youngest populations in Europe.

[Like I always point out, that’s called a profile.]

Prishtina, the nation’s capital and largest city, is located near to the Shar Mountains and is famed for its cafes, markets and historical landmarks. [Which until a few years ago, were historically Serbian landmarks.]

Crisis in Europe echoes split in Balkan states (Nov. 28)

Instead of the Europeanization of the Balkans, are we now witnessing the start of the Balkanisation of Europe? On Sunday, Catalans voted for a new regional parliament, and regardless of how the vote split among parties, one thing is immediately clear from the result: A majority of the electorate wants a referendum on whether to declare independence from Spain.

Whether and how Catalonia secedes will now unfold. But it is no longer in the realm of fiction that we may in a few years find ourselves talking about “rump-Spain,” “the former Belgium” and “the former UK.”

All this should sound familiar to anyone who followed the breakup of Yugoslavia. [INDEED!] The similarities, with the collapse of Josip Broz Tito’s multinational state [THERE WAS A MULTINATIONAL STATE BEFORE TITO, as everyone conveniently forgets to mention] and the current stirrings of separatism around Europe, are evident on two levels. First, there is the north-south split of the European Union; and second, there is the north-south split within countries - think of Scotland versus Wallonia in Belgium.

At both the European level and in the three country cases, the northerners are fed up with subsidising, as they see it, the lazy and spendthrift southerners. That animus is all too clear when Germans talk about Greeks, Catalans about the rest of the Spain, the Flemish about the Walloons and, in the case of the UK, the Scots about London taking Scotland’s oil.

Olaf Tempelman, the former Eastern Europe correspondent of the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, recently summed up the parallel between the Balkans of the 1990s and the current rift between southern and northern Europe.

He argued that Croatia and Slovenia put up with contributing toward the development of the poorer parts of Yugoslavia, such as Kosovo and Bosnia, “as long as prosperity continued, and as long as the inhabitants failed to notice much of their further entwinement with the other regions.”

When the money ran out, however, heavily indebted Yugoslavia began to lurch from one economic crisis to another and things began to change. “The current northern European slogan ‘Not one more cent to the garlic nations’ is eerily similar to the Slovenian one of that time: ‘No more funds for the biftek (beefsteak) zone,”‘ Tempelman wrote.

The Dutchman went further, pointing to similarities between the nationalist and far-right leaders who are making headlines in the economically stricken Europe of today, and the men who came to power in Yugoslavia in the late 1980s, such as Slobodan Milosevic [sic: he was a socialist, so not exactly “far right”] in Serbia and Franjo Tudjman [demonstrably fascist] in Croatia.

…As Yugoslavia broke up, many Serbs said the drive for secession that began as a cancer in their country would spread elsewhere in Europe, if not checked.

Now some Serbs feel vindicated, even if this particular argument is false - Milosevic aimed to carve out a Greater Serbia and Tudjman wanted a Greater Croatia, but Catalonia and Flanders have no such ambitions.

Neither did Milosevic, but we bombed him anyway. So this means that we should soon see Europe bombing itself.

The general point of the article is well-taken, but rather than making lazy comparisons and ham-fisted generalizations, while reinforcing Balkan fictions, one should stick to accurate comparisons — and we should judge the right-wing leaders that crop up on their own merits or demerits.

******UPDATE******

I meant to also include this earlier story on the planned Catalonia referendum:

Catalonia plans secession “a la Kosovo” (Beta, Oct. 18)

BRUSSELS — Catalonia is planning to secede from Spain following the example of Kosovo, European media are reporting this week.

This comes after the province’s authorities said they would call a referendum on self-determination.

Catalan politicians want a new state of the European Union to be “Greater Catalonia” which would include the Balearic Islands, the Valencia region - and perhaps also some border regions toward France.

This policy will be put to the test in a referendum planned for 2014.

Italian newspaper La Stampa writes under the headline “Catalonia like Kosovo” that this Spanish province wants to unilaterally declare independence.

The authorities in Barcelona, especially after a demonstration held by half a million Catalans in favor of independence, and the football derby Barcelona-Real Madrid, during which Catalan fans waved flags and carried a large banner reading, “Independence,” also seeks five billion euros in aid from Madrid to cope with a huge debt of 42 billion euros and a growing budget deficit.

Barcelona is also demanding that in the future, Catalonia, Spain’s wealthiest region, should collect its own taxes, after they calculated that eight percent of Catalonia’s GDP is now being distributed to help other Spanish provinces.

Some commentators are now wondering whether many European and western countries would move to recognize Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence - something impermissible under Spain’s Constitution - just as they recognized “the right of Kosovo” to unilaterally declare independence from Serbia.

The conclusion was unanimous - that they will not - because those countries that have recognized Kosovo insist that it is “a unique case” - although some commentators have noted that this is in fact a policy of double standards and “boomerangs that come back”.

A unilateral declaration of independence of Catalonia is contrary to the provisions of the European Union and the European Commission has made it clear that the secession of Catalonia would mean that the new state would have to apply to be admitted to the EU, which requires a unanimous approval of all member states - and therefore the government in Madrid.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has recently requested that in that case, the European Commission must enforce a fundamental article of the founding act of the EU, the Lisbon Treaty, which prohibits unilateral secessions of regions of full-fledged EU member-states.

The political leader and president of the Catalan government, Arthur Mas, however, said that the referendum question would be, “Do you wish for Catalonia to become a new state of the European Union?”. According to him, this means that Catalonia would not be leaving the EU, but only separating from Spain to became a new state in the organization.

Some commentators suggest that the examples of Catalonia, Scotland, and Flanders could further encourage the always powerful, party violent Basque separatism in Spain, but also similar tendencies in other regions in the EU, such as South Tyrol-Alto Adige in Italy, Corsica in France, and a part of Romania where ethnic Hungarians are a majority.

For a moment, I got excited. I thought perhaps a European government managed to hijack back the U.S.-hijacked KLA organs-harvesting “investigation,” which Washington’s dirty hands are busy burying.

Instead the report below is about the general, apolitical, ongoing illegal organs trade. So there is concern for the current and future victims of this underworld business. Still waiting for concern for 300 kidnapped, mostly Serb, victims — who, unlike the apolitical victims, never sought to sell an organ, and who were killed. But the world shits on Serb vital signs, and trembles at Albanian threats, and so it would rather roll up its sleeves for the usual — and yes, easier — stuff:

Organ trafficking: Dutch to lead international inquiry (Nov. 16)

A Dutch medical research centre is to lead an international investigation into the trafficking of human organs.

The Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam says the project will be funded by the European Commission and will run for three years.

Researchers in Romania, Sweden, Bulgaria and Spain will also take part, as will the EU police agency Europol.

[Look how they all come together firmly to do something concrete when no government-connected Albanian culprits, nor largely Serbian victims, are involved.]

EU prosecutors are investigating organ transplants allegedly carried out illegally in Kosovo in 2008. [But not those carried out systematically in 1999 to fund Our Friends the KLA.]

In May several suspects were arrested in Israel.

Separately, a Council of Europe report released in December 2010 accused Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci - a former leader of the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) - of involvement in organ trafficking. He has denied the allegations.

[And the Europeans are letting Washington make them go away.]

Organs were allegedly taken from prisoners killed by the KLA after the 1999 war against Serb forces.

[But if you want to gather evidence on that, you’ll have to look in the incinerator, where the UN court filed it.]

There have been high-profile cases of illegal organ trafficking in the US and South Africa. Poverty has driven some people to sell one of their kidneys to illegal traders in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.[Whereas Albanians had driven Serb people to holding pens.]

“Donors, whether forced or not, often become victims of human trafficking. However, little is known about how often it occurs and how criminal organisations, physicians and others involved operate.”

[Perhaps we might have known more by now if in 1999 NATO troops hadn’t been directed away from the holding pens whenever they got close, by Bernard Kouchner’s UN in Kosovo — Doctor Without Borders, or Boundaries, indeed.]

The findings will be discussed at an international conference in 2014. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime is also involved in the project.

“Palestinians and Bosniaks see Erdogan as their leader” (B92, Nov. 6)


Bakir Izetbegoivić (Tanjug, file)

…The chair of the Bosnian Presidency and representative of the country’s Bosniaks (Muslims) in that body explained that he had canceled a meeting with Nikolić last month because the Serbian leader had stated that Bosnia-Herzegovina was “slowly dying out”, and that “genocide was not perpetrated in Srebrenica”.

Turkey’s Anatolia agency is reporting that [Bakir] Izetbegović at the same time expressed his regret at “not having a chance to talk with leaders such as Boris Tadić”. [i.e. sellouts.]

Speaking for the Sarajevo-based Federal TV, he described Turks as “a calming factor in Bosnia-Herzegovina”.

[Calming, as in subduing, the infidel.]

Asked to explain his statement that Turkish PM Recep Erdogan was “also a Bosniak leader”, he once again stated that “many Muslims see Erdogan as their leader, including Palestinians and Bosniaks”:

“Muslims are the Ummet, that has global problems, and they seek global leaders. One of those global leaders who can connect Muslim and secular values is without a doubt Erdogan. Muslims most certainly feel him as a man who articulates their interests, says the words [they] take pride in, stands behind their feelings. Many Muslims in the world think that way. For example, Palestinians, and even Bosniaks.”

Izetbegović noted that his father Alija “could not have left Bosnia to Erdogan in a testament”, but that he “did leave the care for Bosnia to him in a testament”:

“My father also left the Americans the care for Bosnia in a testament, that is to say, for wars to not happen again in Bosnia-Herzegovina.”

[i.e. Izetbegovic Sr. was a visionary. He knew America would come around to doing Islamic bidding, and that Bosnia was the proving grounds.]

Izetbegović went on to say that as Serbs in Bosnia cooperate with Serbia and Croats with Croatia, “hairs are being split only when it comes to us (Bosniaks)” [as if that’s not because of Bosnian-Muslim usurpations to begin with!], and continued:

“We all have some nations who stand behind us. Turks stand behind Bosnia-Herzegovina and behind Bosniaks, but in an intelligent manner. They will not support us in conflict, but they will support us in reconciliation, a renewal of the economy and inter-personal relations, in the integration processes toward the EU and NATO.”

[Really? They wouldn’t support them in conflict? They’ve just threatened military support to “Kosovars” for their territorial aspirations.]

He described Turks as “now the world’s no. 16 power” that can bring in capital, investments, and reconciliation, while at the same time - “asking for nothing in return”. [Of course not! Islamic unity can be expected; asking for it would be redundant.]

Once they realize that, Izetbegović was confident, Serbs in the Serb Republic (RS) will change its position regarding Turks and Turkey.

Izetbegović denied that he had insisted that Bosniak parties in neighboring Montenegro should join that country’s new government, and confirmed that he had met with their representatives, “because if Belgrade is gathering all Serbs, I’m free to visit Bosniaks in Montenegro”.

He announced that the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) “will use all democratic means” to block the recently announced deal between the parties led by Milorad Dodik (SNSD) and Zlatko Lagumdžija (SDP), and spoke against Dodik’s initiative to demilitarize Bosnia, “under the circumstances when two neighboring countries are armed”.

As for his alleged involvement in criminal activities, Izetbegović said that he would withdraw from the Presidency and leave politics if accusations of his illegal activities and “public or secret business ties” were to be proved.

Boy, he’s really confident about “America caring for Bosnia” including continuing to block investigations of our Muslim clients in the Balkans.

Good catch by Diana West: The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting:

Saudi Arabia’s [Prince] Turki al Faisal addressing Bill Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative shindig, September 25, 2012:

“Muslims will never forget your deliverance of Bosnia-Herzogovenia and Kosovo, and near-deliverance, within 100 meters, of Palestine from occupation.”

There by a smiling Chelsea’s side, in a room full of people who warmly approve of the term Israeli “occupation”: her sellout Jewish husband.

Grandma: Bosnia is cold, bleak and bullet-riddled Published: November 11, 2012

By MATTHEW LEVI AAMOT — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Dear Grandma Charlotte,

Well, have been deployed to the Balkans for almost a month. It has sure been an interesting experience to come to a part of the world that has been part of the “enemy” for so long. …

We crossed the river and headed into Bosnia, south to Tuzla. Then to our present location at a town called Olovo Luke, about 76 kilometers south of Tuzla, 56 k’s north of Sarajevo. …

We are the furthest south American forces in the Muslim sector. The zone of separation is to the east. It tries to keep apart the Serbs and Muslims, so they don’t keep up any of the wanton destruction they have perpetuated so far.

One thing that bothers me here is all the kids who stand out at the road and beg food. Thing is, most of these kids so far are well fed and clothed, and are just trying to get something for nothing. … Suspect that the kids are being paid by the Bosnian army to get ahold of our MREs (meals) to use for themselves.

I also think that these people are just using this year to rearm and recruit more troops. After we leave they will fight again. Maybe we can help get peace established, but somehow, I don’t think that us being here will make a lasting impact.

Well, love from your grandson.

- Excerpts from a March 1996 letter from Matthew Levi Aamot to his grandmother, Charlotte Aamot, in Bellingham. A private first class in the Army from 1994 to 1998, Aamot served in Bosnia for eight months in 1996.

Nebojsa Malic excerpted the same letter on his blog, adding, “[O]ne of the things I learned in Bosnia, while having the honor to work with retired Army colonel David Hackworth, was that one should always trust the grunts, not the ‘perfumed princes’ with fruit salads on their uniforms. I’ve heard from the grunts - much, much later - it was a near run thing that Bosnia did not relapse into war by the end of 1996.”

A site called Inquisitr.com picked up on the story last week about Thaci owning a harem.

Kosovo PM Thaci Owns A Harem With Female Slaves, Traffics Drugs and Organs, According To Reports (Nov. 20)

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci is facing a wide range of criminal allegations, including owning a harem with 52 female sex slaves, drug trafficking and the sale of human organs. The Prime Minister has been accused of criminal activity in several major European news sources; among them are Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel, The Guardian, and MINA.

…The accusations against Thaci have been under investigation for several years [sic: his criminality has been documented, but not investigated], dating back to his days as the head of the Kosovo Liberation Army. The Washington Times accused Thaci of financing his militia through the sale of heroin and cocaine in Western Europe.

A leaked confidential report from the German BND security agency in 2008 made several serious allegations against the Prime Minister.

“The key players (including [Xhavit] Haliti, [Ramush] Haradinaj, and Thaçi) are intimately involved in inter-linkages between politics, business, and organised crime structures in Kosovo. The BND report also accuses Thaci of contacts to the Czech and Albanian mafias. In addition, it accuses him, together with Haliti, of ordering killings through the professional hit man ‘Afrimi’, who is allegedly responsible for at least 11 contract murders.”

The leader of Kosovo’s self-determination movement, Florin Krasniqi, believes that anyone who examines Thaci’s luxurious lifestyle will realize he couldn’t maintain it on the salary of a government minister.

“Thaci comes to Kosovo assembly sessions wearing Hermes ties that cost EUR 300 to 500. Only a criminal or a billionaire businessman can afford such ties. I think that Thaci belongs to the first category and the whole world knows that he is a [plain] criminal.”

[It’s good that Inquisitr quoted Krasniqi on Thaci’s criminality. Because it takes one to know one.]

Serbia also condemned Thaci and questioned if he is suitable to be Kosovo’s leader. Serbia’s foreign minister, Vuk Jeremic, called the reports “a signal for the civilized world community to stop turning their backs to the terrible situation in Kosovo; this report shows what Kosovo is and who is leading it.”

[Indeed. This is whom Serbs are expected to shake hands with and have meetings with in full seriousness. And are decried as “obstinate nationalists” when they protest. Wow, Washington really thought it could keep the lid on Thaci et al.]

These are serious allegations that have been unresolved for almost 5 years. It is certainly time for the UN Human Rights Commission to do something besides constantly condemning Israel for defending itself against terrorist rockets, and conduct an honest investigation of Prime Minister Thaci and his associates in Kosovo.


Thaci associates

Closing with the original item about the harem:

Kosovo Prime Minister owns Harem with 52 slaves (Macedonian Intl News Agency, Nov. 13)

A Ukrainian woman who managed to escape from what she called “World’s hell hole” gave an interview with details about Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hasim Thaci and his harem in which 52 slaves ‘worked’ day and night serving the prime minister as well as other politicians and businessmen.

According to her, the building has several VIP areas where Thaci and his friends have orgys [sic].

“Most of the people who arrive here are older, very few are younger. Many of them are foreign diplomats, including officers from EULEX and KFOR. The girls are not allowed to say “No”. One of the girls called Dolores from Colombia protested the conditions during our lunch time in the cafeteria. She was shot dead by Thaci’s bodyguards” says the Ukrainian witness, who went by her initials N.M.

N.M. stated she was ‘involved’ with Thaci only once when he came to the harem heavily intoxicated and drugged.

The Ukrainian gave an interview for multiple Balkan newspapers. She claimed it is virtually impossible to escape Thaci’s harem as there are always at least five armed bodyguards securing the area. Out of the five, there is always one from Chechnya. It was the man from Chechnya who eventually agreed to help her escape, after she bribed him with money as well as sexual favors.

The following article appeared in New Serbian Political Thought on Nov. 4th, one of the Serb holy days for honoring the dead. This year on the same day, the Canadian minister of immigration, who worships the archbishop presiding over the genocide of Serbs in WWII, was being honored. As if the 750,000 Serbs erased under the archbishop’s watch never existed.

Orthodox Cemetery as “parallel institution” by Aleksandar Djikić

The first Saturday before the Feast of St. Demetrios. The popular name for it is St. Demetrios’ All Souls Day….On that day, the Serbs visit their [loved ones’] graves, have memorial services sung for their relatives and friends and return home….Visiting the cemetery is not a particularly hard thing to do, unless that visit takes place in Kosovo and Metohija, where such a visit becomes feat.

It is no secret that all Kosovo and Metohija Orthodox cemeteries, except for those in the northern part of the province and in some Serbian enclaves, have all been devastated. Until now, such a primitive and savage urge to take revenge upon the dead has not been recorded in history. So much hatred…destroying tombstones and digging up and scattering the earthly remains of the dead, has not been known thus far in this world, which is certainly no stranger to hatred…

The Serbs did experience instances of desecration of cemeteries in Kosovo and Metohija in the seventies and eighties of the past century, but the culmination of this form of violence began only after the [Western] occupation which started in 1999. There is, however, something new and different about this St. Demetrius’ All Souls Day. The difference is that this time the police refused to escort and give protection to organized groups of exiled Serbs returning to visit their family graves. This protection was particularly needed by the Serbs who went to the cemetery in Djakovica. These were the groups who were stoned during these visits every preceding year, and it was pure luck that no one was hurt so far.

[Note: Already we’re seeing how well independent-er Kosovo is holding to its constitutional promises of “protecting minorities” as the internationals continue to leave.]

…Fully aware of these dangers, one group of Djakovica Serbs, without any protection, set off on its visit to the cemetery. (…The old cemetery was the subject of a diplomatic scandal a few years ago, when an effort to convert it into a building site was thwarted by France because, together with the Serbs, the French soldiers were buried there in WWI.) This group of Serbs, 20 to 80 years of age, returned to its native land…to visit their dead. An attempt by the Kosovo police to deter them by refusing to escort them failed…

On their way to the cemetery, the travelers become aware of one phenomenon. Namely, inscriptions on signposts are “bilingual” or supposedly so, as none is written in Cyrillic. Yet they are bilingual — Albanian and Croatian, in fact. The part of the signpost bearing the non-Albanian inscription on it is often painted over….[W]here the albanization of the toponym was successfully achieved, both inscriptions are visible….However, where the albanization of the toponym is not successful (yet), that is to say in those cases where the Serbian origin of the name is undeniable, we have only the Albanian version. For instance, the signpost for the village of Kijevo originally bore the inscription Kieva-Kijevo but only Kieva is left visible, while Kijevo is painted over. The same is the case of such places as Dragobilje, Klina, Crnobreg and others…

Finally, these sixty-some Serbs reach the local cemetery. And there a dreadful sight greets them. The gate is chained and pad-locked, as if indeed no one expected them. The church and chapel dedicated to St. Sava are razed to the ground; tomb stones are broken up and scattered all over the place; here and there bones or fragments of coffins are visible; the entire cemetery is overgrown with wild vegetation as it is slowly being reclaimed by the surrounding woods…

Silently the visitors step on the ruins of the destroyed church. A memorial service is served. At appropriate moments, the mourners intone the names of their dead in low whispers so as not to disturb the priest. The local Albanians begin to gather around the cemetery, but they only watch. After the service, the visitors make their separate ways to their family graves, or to what is left of them…The mourners then visit the one remaining town church, which itself was badly damaged on March 17, 2004 [during the organized anti-Serb riots that secured independence], before returning to their temporary place of residence — temporary, but increasingly long in duration.

There are comments such as : “Look! The Albanian has hung up his laundry to dry in my yard!” or “Look at this street! It no longer bears the name of my father but of some KLA brigade,” or “At least you know where the bones of your dear ones are. I don’t know where the bones of my son are. He vanished in 1999 and never came back. But still, I feel better after coming here.” Such comments are spoken in low voices — as low as only impotence can make them.

They may be spoken low, but they must be loud in being heard…by the interpreters of our European path [who should] explain to those making them what possible connection [the words] have with the standards advertised as the basis for our “membership in the European family of nations,” when we shall all be rich, tall, handsome and blond.

Is it possible that only in the eyes of our Euro-promoters…the world-wide principle of the sanctity of private property is not valid? Is it possible that only [Euro-promoters] fail to understand that it is not acceptable for someone to vanish in 1999 and never come back, particularly when in 1999 the members of the occupying forces…and the upper echelons of the [establishers] of Greater Albania were together on a joint mission?

Who can trust our Euro-promoters when they [say] that by getting rid of “parallel institutions” — our only legal institutions in Kosovo and Metohija…they have in mind only “some” parallel institutions, not “all of them?” No one can and no one does trust them. They have in mind all Serbian institutions. If [Albanians] cannot tolerate even our cemeteries, which they are mercilessly destroying, what do you think they would do to our schools, which do not teach that Adem Jašari was a hero but a bandit? How long would they tolerate the Serbian physician to whom Albanian patients go secretly because they don’t trust their compatriot’s qualifications? (Their compatriot didn’t have much time for studying; he was too busy [being a KLA fighter]).

Considering the dead are so intolerable to them, maybe it would not be out of place here to put this question to our Euro-promoters: According to European standards, how many times must a Serb be killed for the road to Europe to be open to us? …I don’t know the answer, but they surely must. After all, they are the experts.

And so, the November dusk descends upon Metohija….The bus carrying our braves — who are indeed very brave — slowly leaves. Its lights slowly fade in the distance and are lost to sight just as the consciousness of Serbian Metohija fades within us with every step we take towards the darkness of Europe.


The Serb-Orthodox cemetery in Albanian-occupied Djakovica. These graves once had proper headstones, covers, flower vases, candle-holders, etc. And a chapel. Now there’s just ruins. And, no doubt, Albanian droppings, which are a staple sight at church sites.


The Albanian-Muslim cemetery in Serb-controlled northern Mitrovica, undisturbed

Two Kosovo Albanian security officers held over war crimes (Reuters, Nov. 15)

The European Union police and justice mission in Kosovo (EULEX) arrested three ethnic Albanians, two of them officers in a NATO-trained security force, on Thursday on suspicion of war crimes.

The EU mission did not detail the charges but Tahir Rrecaj, a lawyer for one of the arrested, said they were suspected of killing two Albanian civilians in June 1999, just days after the war ended and NATO troops took control of Kosovo.

During and after the war there were many political killings of Kosovo Albanians by their own kin, sometimes over allegations of collaboration with Serbian authorities.

[Notice the casual, fluid way that’s inserted. As if the press knew it all along — and as if they let us know about it — begging the question how it was so easy for Washington to get Kosovo from one undeserved stage of statehood to the next.]

The suspects were once KLA fighters, Krasniqi said. Two are now members of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), trained by NATO. The 2,500-strong KSF is lightly armed and its main tasks are crisis response, civil protection and ordnance disposal.

Kosovo, which gained independence from Serbia in 2008, expects to transform KSF into its own army in the future but no dates have been set. […]

(Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; editing by Zoran Radosavljevic and Mark Heinrich)

Yes, the KLA-turned-KPC-turned-KSF is just a “lightly armed” disaster-response civilian-helper organization staffed by the most violent men this side of Hell. At least there was a subtle after-mention that it “expects” to transform into an army — oh but this is all abstract as “no dates have been set.”

Never mind that an army is exactly what the agreement we signed in 1999 said Kosovo couldn’t have. In addition to that omitted factoid, the reporters — a Serb and his ethnic German and Albanian Reich overseers — conveniently fail to mention that the plan isn’t so abstract, and the KSF not so lightly armed — anymore. Recall Russia’s solitary outrage when Bush shipped arms for the KPC:

U.S. arming ‘former terrorists’ in Kosovo, Russia says (March 20, 2008)

Moscow will meet NATO to discuss Washington’s authorization for arms supplies to Kosovo….

By supplying weapons to Kosovo’s government, the United States was arming “former terrorists” and the move could stoke violence in the region, Tass quoted Russia’s ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin as saying.

U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday authorized arms supplies to Kosovo, saying it would “strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace”, according to a document on the White House Web site.

“They [Washington] say the weapons will help fight terrorism. At the same time, it is namely former terrorists who are in power in Kosovo right now,” Itar-Tass quoted Rogozin as saying in Brussels.

“How can you fight terrorism, supplying weapons to former terrorists?”

“[UN Security Council Resolution 1244] does not allow Kosovo to create its own army and allows no arms supplies to Kosovo, except for equipping an international contingent deployed there,” Russia’s Vesti-24 channel showed [Sergei] Lavrov saying during a news conference in Israel.

“Any other [arms] supplies are illegitimate.”

Kosovo’s ethnic Serbs, who want to remain part of Serbia, clashed this week with U.N. and NATO security forces… [Look how the MSM used to know that Kosovo Serbs wanted to remain part of Serbia, as opposed to the usual pretense we get from them about Serbs wanting to “secede” and “join” Serbia.]

“I would hate to think that these arms supplies aim to coerce Serbs and other ethnic minorities by force to stay within the borders of an illegally proclaimed state,” Lavrov said.

“I don’t believe this will add stability to the Balkans — probably, just the other way round.”

In an item a week later, from Russia’s RIA Novosti but also published in Canada’s Edmonton Journal, one learns that Bush armed the terrorists two days after Rice urged Moscow to be more cooperative:

Supply of weapons will make peace impossible (By Tamara Zamyatina, March 31, 2008)

…Bush issued this order two days after the Moscow visit of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who urged Moscow to promote co-operation, expand consultations and display more openness in general.

The haste with which the Pentagon is trying to take the fledgling Kosovo under its wing demonstrates the West’s lack of confidence that peace will come to the Balkans after Kosovo’s [secession]. But the West was actively using this rhetoric — the need to put an end to the Yugoslav crisis — in order to justify its support for the Kosovo separatists.

There can be no peace when one side is being equipped with weapons against the other. This means pouring more fuel on the fire.

The Serbs have already got the message. In the city of Kosovska Mitrovica (in northern Kosovo), they desperately rushed to defend their last shelter — a courthouse. Previously, it was the venue of Serbian justice, but now it is occupied by international lawyers who will turn it over to their Albanian colleagues. Blood was spilled there during clashes with peacekeepers…

One of the reasons behind Washington’s decision to supply Kosovo with arms is its intention to keep Kosovska Mitrovica in Kosovo…. But the main goal is to give Kosovars carte blanche to suppress the protests in Serbian enclaves on Kosovo’s entire territory.

…Arms shipments to Kosovars are designed to legalize future Albanian efforts to oust the Serbian minority from the province. In other words, the Kosovars are given a chance to complete what they have started — drive non-Albanians out of the province, but with their own hands so as not to cast a shadow on the NATO-led KFOR peacekeepers, not to mention the United States.

…[I]nitially Washington will supply Kosovo with small arms and armoured vehicles without heavy equipment. Subsequently the Albanians will be trained for air force and tank units. […]

Next stage of the evolution: Kosovo’s new armed forces take control of security (Jan. 21, 2009)

Kosovo armed forces took over security duties on Wednesday, less than a year after the territory declared independence and in the face of strong protests from Serbia.

The Kosovo Security Force replaces a 3,000-strong civilian emergency organization formed out of the disbanded ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army, which fought Serbia in a 1998-99 war.

Serbia — which insists Kosovo remains a part of its territory — said it would file a protest with the United Nations against the new force, which it says is designed to intimidate the Serb minority in Kosovo.

New commander Lt. Gen. Sylejman Selimi, a former rebel fighter, said the 2,500 lightly armed troops would fulfill security duties in Kosovo, but would remain under the supervision of NATO’s 15,000 peacekeepers in charge of overall security. [The 15,000 that are now down to 6,000 and will eventually not be there at all.]

The force will be trained by British NATO officers, wear uniforms provided by United States and drive vehicles secured by the German government. Initially it will not have tanks, heavy artillery or airplanes.

[Ah, it’s lovely to see the Allies and Axis working so nicely together. New motto for 21st Century America: If you can beat ‘em, join ‘em anyway.]

An official in Brussels confirmed that the new force had been officially launched on Wednesday and that training had started.

The Kosovo Security Force replaces the Kosovo Protection Corps, a civil emergency organization mainly consisting of former ethnic Albanian rebels.

And a BBC report on the arrest last week of the KLA/KSF men:

EU police arrest ex-KLA fighters for Kosovo war crimes (Nov. 16)


KLA fighters in training in Albania, May 1999

Three former KLA rebel fighters have been arrested in Kosovo by EU police over war crimes committed against civilians in 1999.

A spokesman for the EU’s rule of law mission Eulex said two of the men were current members of the Nato-trained Kosovo Security Force (KSF).

But reports suggest the case relates to the murder of two supporters of moderate politician Ibrahim Rugova.

The KSF is a lightly armed force of 2,500 tasked with responding to crises, which was established in 2009.

Its predecessor, the Kosovo Protection Corps, absorbed many former KLA fighters.

That BBC item linked to a March 13, 2007 BBC article titled “Kosovo Cadets Forge Ahead.” It was revealing, particularly about the onset of Greater Albania:


Cadets lower the Albanian flag at the end of the academy day

“The future starts here,” reads the sign above the entrance to the academy, based in the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) training centre on a hill above the once Serbian-run city.

Judging by the Albanian national flags around the site, the future at Pristina’s two-year-old military academy is distinctly Albanian but the 23 cadets within are training for Kosovo, says Maj Valon Ahmeti, one of its officers.

Of the 23 enrolled, 22 are ethnic Albanians and one a Bosnian Muslim from Pristina - hardly the multi-ethnic mix advocated by the international community for tomorrow’s Kosovo.

“We don’t talk politics at the academy,” says Capt Berat Shala, head of the academy.

Blerand Hasanaj, 21, is one of those putting in four years of intensive study and training in uniform under the sharp eyes of Capt Shala and Maj Ahmeti, who are both Albanian graduates of the United States’ Citadel military college in South Carolina. [This recalls how, also in 2007, the “Highest Ranking Graduate” being touted by the joint American-German Marshall Center, was the terrorist then-prime-minister Agim Ceku, now Security Forces Minister.]

The academy’s programme is based on the US Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) course….The school’s concept appears to be injecting professionalism into the KPC, a force which is part-paramilitary and part-regular army.

KPC officers have until now been largely either former KLA field commanders or ex-Yugoslav Army officers.

If the final status process is held up, theoretically the cadets will graduate as KPC lieutenants.

Otherwise, they will serve in a Kosovo Security Force, planned to have up to 3,300 members under the UN final status plans.

KSF tasks are defined as “crisis response, explosive ordinance disposal and civil protection”, suggesting it too will function much like a National Guard.

However, the atmosphere at the training centre, which occupies the former technical faculty of Pristina University, is decidedly martial. [Hmm.] [And, indeed, what is the National Guard doing at this moment? Shooting at Serbs.]

Albanian double-headed black plaster eagles with red eyes decorate the perimeter while a mural of a KLA leader, Hamez Jashari, looks down on the staircase up to the academy.

While nobody mentions the KLA in conversation at the academy, a strong current of nationalism is palpable at the academy where the school day ends with the lowering of the Albanian flag.

It has always been Blerand’s dream to be an officer and serve his country, going to the very top “if I deserve it”.

The question is, which country?

Which neatly brings us to this week’s news:

12-meter Albanian national flag raised over Pristina (FOCUS Information Agency, Nov. 20)

On Monday, at 10 a.m., in accordance with the program for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Albania’s independence, a 12-meter silk Albanian national flag was hoisted replacing the Kosovo national flag on a special pole at the main south gates of Pristina, Preportr informs.

The national flags of Albania and Kosovo are raised side by side over governmental, public and private buildings, over streets and shops, decorating public transport vehicles, taxis and private automobiles.

By decision of the Kosovo Assembly, November 28 - the national holiday of Albania and former Flag Day of Kosovo, was declared a non-business day in Kosovo.


Albanian Flag, a.k.a. Darkness over Spilled Blood

Tirana conference on Kosovo’s role in the foundation of the Albanian state (FOCUS, Nov. 20)

At a conference organised by the Kosovo Embassy in Tirana, in the framework of the 100th anniversary of Albania’s independence, PM Sali Berisha and opposition leader Edi Rama praised the historical role of Kosovo in the foundation of the Albanian state, Albanian media report, as quoted by Preportr.

In his speech delivered at the conference, Albanian PM Sali Berisha emphasised on the role of Kosovo in the history of the Albanian nation. “Without Kosovo the 100th anniversary celebrations would be incomplete. It is time to reveal the historical truths, because Albania’s history has been manipulated and Kosovo extracted from it and prohibited”, Berisha stated and stressed that “Kosovo’s role in the foundation of the Albanian state and its follow up has been great. The Albanian national idea was born in Prizren and Kosovo became the cradle of the consolidation and development of the Albanian national ideal and effort. The Berlin Congress left a nation with a large geographical coverage in the Balkans without a state, but the national movements in Kosovo responded deservedly to the attitudes of The Porte and the Balkan monarchies”, the Albanian PM concluded his emotional speech.

The Chairman of the Socialist Party, Edi Rama, emphasised that today Kosovo and Albania have an opportunity to establish a national strategy that transcends borders, will serve to heal the wounds from the past and cope with the challenges that will follow from the unification of the two countries within the EU.

Unification “within the EU,” of course, not being the only unification they mean when they say “unification.” Recall this coded-language interference coming from the Albanian capital with regard to elections in Serbia:

Berisha: Tirana to support legitimate requests of the Albanians in South Serbia (Macedonia Information Agency, April 2, 2008)

Albanian PM Sali Berisha late Monday in Tirana encouraged the representatives of the political parties of the Albanians in South Serbia that they will have support from the Albanian government for their legitimate requests.

Previously representatives of these parties discussed with Berisha the political situation in Serbia prior to early parliamentary elections in Serbia on May 11 and expressed need of respect of fundamental rights of the Albanians in Serbia.

Prior to this, Albanian FM Ljuljzim Basha assessed Monday that Albanians from Presevo Valley should vote massively in elections in Serbia on May 11. […]

And of course there’s this from Nov. 16:

INA: The Albanians in Macedonia have the right to Revolt

Albanian news agency INA days ago published a special article, which called Albanians in Macedonia to revolution.

Citing the American writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, [writer Valbona Vardari] pays particular attention to his book “On civil disobedience.”

…Vardari believe[s] that Albanian people in Macedonia [are] “in a state of endless misery under colonial occupation in FYROM [Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia] and aggravated by political elites must take their fate into their own hands and stop in obedience to the government that is tyranny.”

“This resistance against colonialism, and the antialbanic terrorist state is vital for the realization of freedom, so everyone has to work against the slavonic Government, so finally there can be achieved decolonization, self-determination and the right to a referendum on the establishment of a single nation-state called Albania,” the author writes.

The material finally ends with a call - ‘act and fight against the colonial slavonic-macedonic power for the freedom of your children.’

A word last month on the reality of Greater Albania, from Serbia: “Greater Albania poses threat to all of Balkans” (Blic, Oct. 23)

Serbia’s Ambassador to France Dušan Bataković says that the Greater Albania project is seriously endangering the fragile stability in the Balkans.

This diplomat, a historian by trade, noted that the term “Natural Albania” was but another name for “Greater Albania”, and added:

“For a number of years this project has had a significant support of Albanian elites in all the countries where Albanian live, and it is, as has been announced, gradually becoming a reality.”

“This process has advanced a long way, and it threatens our vital national interests in an essential manner, and seriously endangering the fragile stability in the Balkans,” Bataković told the Belgrade-based tabloid Blic.

As a historian, Bataković has been studying the Kosovo problem for decades, to recently publish a book on the subject entitled, “Serbia’s Kosovo drama: A historical perspective”. In it, he points out to the neglected aspects of the Serb-Albanian relations from the era of the Yugoslav Communist dictator Josip Broz Tito, and the roots of the conflicts after 1945, especially the methods used to drive Serbs and other non-Albanian ethnic groups out of Kosovo.

“There was a scientific need for a comprehensive study to take into account the whole Kosovo drama, and especially its dominant, Serb dimension, as opposed to books published in English based on a one-sided concept, which treat the one thousand years of history of Old Serbia’s central region as exclusively a part of the Albanian question,” he told the newspaper.

Bataković also stressed that it was “a great ideological misconception that the Kosovo legend was our grand illusion”, and added that as a nation, we are at this point undergoing “a great identity crisis, shaken at the foundations by the negative aspects of Yugoslavism and Titoism”.

“A return to the tried-and-tested values offered by our heritage, aerated by modern sensibilities, is a big task ahead of our elites,” the ambassador concluded.

“Our grand illusion” is a reference to the constant depictions by media and governments of it being a figment of subjective Serb thinking that Kosovo is the Serbs’ birthplace. Until the West decided it could detach land from one country and gift it to a third party, references to Kosovo as the “Serbian Jerusalem” were not attributed by media, historians, or American politicians to Serbs, but were stated as historical, contextualizing fact.

Finally, no Islamic pretensions on land or dominance in the Balkans would be complete without Turkey stepping in to help make it happen:

Turkey Pledges Military Aid For Kosovo (Balkan Insight, Sept. 20)

A senior Turkish General on a visit to Kosovo said Ankara will help strengthen the capacities of the Kosovo Security Forces, the KSF.

A senior Turkish General on a visit to Kosovo said Ankara will help strengthen the capacities of the Kosovo Security Forces, the KSF.

Turkey has pledged to help Kosovo raise its military capacity, by aiding the Kosovo Security Forces, KSF, to reach its full operational potential.

The Commander of Turkish Ground Forces, General Hayri Kivrikoglu, who is visiting Kosovo, conveyed the message to the KSF Commander, General Kadri Kastrati.

On Wednesday he went to visit the teaching facilities of the KSF in Ferizaj [Serbian Urosevac]. In a statement after visiting KSF headquarters and the teaching facilities on Wednesday, General Hivrikoglu was quoted as saying that “the Turkish Army will support the further development of Kosovo’s Security Forces”.

Turkey has recently increased its economic presence in Kosovo, investing in a wide range of concerns.

Turkish companies have bought the power distribution company and the country’s only airport and are currently building the highway from Kosovo to Albania. [Name suggestion: Highway to Hell]

Turks are also present in the banking sector. A Turkish firm has also pre-qualified, along with four other companies, to buy 75 per cent of the shares of Kosovo’s state owned post and telecom company, PTK.

By the end of the year, Kosovo expects to hear from the North Atlantic Council whether its security forces have reached their full operational potential.

After that decision, parliament will have to debate the mandate of the force, and whether it wants to transform the security forces into a conventional army. [Ah, there it is: As with all things West-vs.-Serbia, the original, limited, agreed-to-or-bullied-into mandates become open to interpretation and evolution.]

NATO’s Kosovo Force, KFOR, has supported the creation of KSF, which replaced the former Kosovo Protection Corps, KPC.

The territory’s first quasi-military body was set up after the end of the 1998-99 war between ethnic Albanians and the Serbian police and military, and overwhelmingly comprised ethnic Albanian war veterans.

One is reminded that in 1999 Turkey likewise threatened military intervention on Albanians’ behalf, if the West didn’t do it. And so, following the tried and failed logic of, “So that they don’t turn to the Muslims, let’s do Islamic bidding in place of the Muslims,” NATO implemented Turkey’s intervention. The motto again: If you can’t stop ‘em from doing what they’re doing — or even if you can — just do it for them.

An even more audacious Turkish item was this overlooked Serbian-language bit from May, when PM Erdogan visited Kosovo capital Pristina:

Erdogan: Turkey Will Give Military Help to Albanian Brethren in Kosovo (New Serbian Political Thought, May 7, 2012)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would help the Albanian brethren, even militarily, if necessary, and said that Albanians have the right to self-determination and the establishment of the State Council, wrote today [Albanian newspaper] Bota Sot…He said that it is possible disintegration of Macedonia unless they were respected the rights of Albanians.

That’s tantamount to saying either that “we will invade Serbia again,” and/or that Macedonia and Greece are next. The reader sending me the item above reminded:

The creation of Albania was Turkey’s only victory from the series of liberation wars fought against them by the Balkans people — that too was thanks to foreign help…There’s one big mistake the Orthodox nation in Balkans made: they gave in to Western pressure, and decided not to proceed with the plan to drive Turks from Europe ENTIRELY, and liberate Greek-inhabited areas of Asia Minor.

They were certainly able at the time — it’s a well known fact that the Turks would have stood no chance, if it weren’t for the French (the Serbs, during the First Uprising, were faced with Napoleon’s artillery), and later the English (who twisted the arms of Balkans nations, and talked them out of taking Constantinople).

Now it’s too late. The enemy is again at the gates. But this enemy is nothing compared to the danger the West poses. After all, no problem is unsolvable until America (led by interest of the few) decided to step in, and “fix” things.

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* The reason I call them fall guys is that the entire Kosovo political and military establishment is composed of war criminals. Some are just more protected than others, and when a sacrifice is needed for the appearance of balance between how Serbs and Albanians are treated by the internationals, a few are plucked out.

******UPDATE*******

I came across this article by Professor Michel Chossudovsky from 2000, which relates to the KPC phenomenon and Washington’s nefarious support of it:

The United Nations Contributed to the Establishment of a Mafia-State in Kosovo (June 10, 2000)

The United Nations in a recent report submitted to Secretary General Kofi Annan now concedes that the Kosovo Protection Force (KPC) (inaugurated under UN auspices in September 1999) has been involved in “criminal activities-killings, ill-treatment/torture, illegal policing, abuse of authority, intimidation, breaches of political neutrality and hate speech”1.

And in a cruel irony, “the United Nations is paying the salaries of many of the gangsters.”2 The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) –known for its connections to organized crime and the Balkans narcotics traffic was officially dissolved and transformed into the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) modelled on the US National Guard. Funded by US military aid, the KPC is trained by Military Professional Resources Inc (MPRI), a mercenary outfit based in Alexandria, Virginia.

The KPC was slated by the United Nations to become –in the words of UNMIK Special Representative Bernard Kouchner [now France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs] “a civilian, disciplined, uniformed and multi-ethnic emergency response… with a mandate to “providing humanitarian assistance… and contributing to rebuilding infrastructure and communities….”3

Shift in military labels. KLA Commander Agim Ceku was appointed Chief of Staff of Kosovo’s newly created Armed Forces. In the words of Bernard Kouchner during the inauguration ceremony: I look to him [Agim Ceku] to lead the new members of the Corps in the footsteps of Cincinnatus, the model citizen-soldier of ancient Rome — who left his plow standing in the field to answer the call to arms and at the end of the war refused all honors in order to return to his civic duties.4

Barely a few weeks later, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced it was “investigating Ceku for alleged war crimes committed against ethnic Serbs in Croatia between 1993 and 1995.” 5 The information, however, was known to military and intelligence analysts well in advance of Ceku’s appointment. It had been withheld from public opinion by the ICTY during the mandate of Chief Prosecutor Louise Arbour. Jane Defence Weekly (10 May 1999) had confirmed that Ceku had “masterminded the successful HV [Croatian] offensive at Medak [in 1993] and in 1995 was one of the key planners of the successful Operation ‘Storm “. United Nations Special Representative Dr. Bernard Kouchner (who is a 1999 Nobel Peace Laureate for his role as co-founder of Doctors without Borders) must have known.

The UN and NATO had access to the files of the ICTY. The Tribunal’s Chief Prosecutor knew and had the responsibility under the statutes of the ICTY of reporting the matter to the UN Secretary General. In a cruel irony, the United Nations had casually proceeded with the appointment of an individual who according to the files of a United Nations body (namely the ICTY) was an alleged war criminal. Surely some questions should have been asked.

When the information was released barely a few weeks after Ceku’s appointment: “a diplomat close to Bernard Kouchner the UN special representative [declared] “If we lose him {Agim Ceku] it will be a disaster,” … “When you get to the second level of the TMK [Kosovo Protection Corps], you’re down to a bunch of local thugs.”… 6 “American diplomats… have suggested any indictment of Ceku would most likely be “sealed” and thereby kept out of the public domain… “[T]he NATO-led peacekeeping force, could not contemplate a public relations disaster with the Albanians by arresting Ceku”.7 According to the Sunday Times (London), “[t]he possibility that Ceku, a respected figure in Kosovo, could be accused of war crimes, [had] sent shivers through the international community… “8.

Meanwhile, the ICTY had reassured public opinion that the “[T]he court’s inquiries … relate[d] to atrocities committed in Krajina, … between 1993 and 1995″… Ceku’s record in Kosovo itself is not thought to be in question, although the office of Carla del Ponte, the new chief prosecutor, said an investigation into his activities with the KLA could not be ruled out…”9

In Kosovo, the conduct of senior military officers conforms to the Croatian and Bosnian patterns, the same key individuals were reassigned to “peace-keeping” roles in Kosovo. While General Jackson displayed token efforts to protect Serb and Roma civilians, those who fled Kosovo during his mandate were not encouraged to return under UN protection… In post-war Kosovo, the massacres of civilians was carried out by the KLA (and subsequently by the KPC) under the auspices of NATO and the UN. It was accepted by the “international community” as a “fait accompli”.

While calling for the installation of democracy based on “transparency” and “good governance”, the US and its allies have installed in Kosovo a self proclaimed civilian paramilitary government with links to organised crime. The outcome is the outright “criminalisation” of State institutions in Kosovo and the establishment of what is best described as a “Mafia State”. The complicity of NATO and the Alliance governments (namely their relentless support to the KLA provisional government) points to the de facto “criminalisation” of KFOR and of the UN peace-keeping apparatus in Kosovo.

The donor agencies, the United Nations and Western governments in providing financial support to the KPC are, in this regard, also “accessories” to this criminalisation of State institutions. Through the intermediation of a paramilitary group (created and financed by Washington and Bonn), NATO and the UN bear the burden of responsibility for the massacres of civilians and the prevailing reign of terror in Kosovo.

1. Quoted in John Sweeney and Jen Holsoe, Kosovo Disaster Response Service Stands Accused of Murder and Torture, the Observer, 12 March 2000.
2. Ibid.
3. Statement by Bernard Kouchner, 21 September 1999 on the occasion of the inauguration of the KPC, see http://www.un.org/peace/kosovo/pages/kosovo5.htm )
4. Ibid
5, AFP, 13 October 1999
6. Tom Walker, “Kosovo Defence Chief Accused of War Crimes, Sunday Times, 10 October 1999.
7. Ibid
8. Ibid
9. Ibid

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