July 2014

The remains of over 175 men and boys, found in mass graves and identified through DNA analysis recently, were buried in Srebrenica during the event, bringing the total of identified victims to 6241. A 14-year-old boy is the youngest identified victim of the Srebrenica massacre.

– “Bosnians bury 175 Srebrenica massacre victims,” Press TV, Iran, July 12, 2014

A 14-year–old boy is the youngest.

Not a 10-year-old boy. No dead six-year-olds either. Not even a 12-year-old boy, 12 being the earliest ‘legitimate’ fighting age for Islamic warriors in some parts of the world, but in Bosnia the age was…er…14.

No eight-year-old boys. No four-year-old toddlers. But “a” (singular) 14-year-old boy.

Not a 14-year-old girl. Nor any other girls, for that matter. Just men and boys. That is, soldiers and makeshift fighters.

But this is the Balkans, and so you’re supposed to have the good taste to suspend all critical thinking skills. Because, commands the article in typical fashion:

An international court later labeled the killings as genocide.

And so it’s irrefutably genocide, because The Hague said so. And if The Hague ruled that Cheetos burn fat, then you’d better not be oafish enough to deny that either.

One is transported back to 2010, to about a month before the 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica “genocide.” To a certain event at which was honored former Hague prosecution spokeswoman Florence Hartmann, as later related by Serbianna.com:

Florence Hartmann was an honorary guest at the Bosnian Muslim North American Conference held in St Louis. Hartmann was praised for her effort to declare Bosnian Muslim mass-murderer Naser Oric innocent at the Hague court while Bosnian Muslims, seen in the photo below happily surrounding Hartmann…

Indeed, it was a festive get-together by the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), celebrating more than a decade of existence and “work” just in time for the 15th anniversary of the ‘genocide’ itself, and covered by CNAB board member Semir Dulic:

As an established tradition long ago, the Meetings of North American Bosniaks are a special symbiosis of socialization and festive expression of Bosniak values, but also of organized and planned premeditation and trailblazing of the future of Bosniak diaspora on the North American continent…

The entire region and the park had the feel of Bosnian-Herzegovinian tradition and culture, folk dances and costumes of our members’ Cultural Societies, and the smells of traditional Bosnian cuisine. Congratulations to the organizers for the successful organization of this extraordinary event, which in the brightest possible way celebrated the anniversary of CNAB.

On this occasion we will focus on the festive part, because these Meetings were dedicated to a worthy anniversary, ten years of work and development of the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB)… The central event of the 10-year anniversary celebration was the Gala Dinner at the most beautiful hall of the Hyatt hotel near the Gateway Arch, which symbolizes the expansion of the USA to the West, the connection between the east and the west coast, but also the open gate which to us Bosniaks could symbolize the openness with which the American citizens have shown us in the most difficult moments of our recent history… Having mentioned the symbolism of the Arch, it needs to be said it is also a symbol of the city with the largest Bosniak diaspora, and the CNAB is the biggest organization representing that diaspora…

One of the principles and program objectives of CNAB is the preservation and presentation of the truth about the genocide against the Bosniaks and the aggression against Bosnia. The French journalist and writer Florence Hartmann can rightly be called a symbol of objective and investigative journalism, and she has sacrificed her work to the struggle for truth and justice for the victims of genocide and aggression in Bosnia-Herzegovina. So it is no surprise that CNAB invited Ms. Hartmann to their anniversary celebration, and her presence and address at the Gala Dinner, as well as signing and promotion of her book, drew much interest from the people present.

Many years of cooperation and mutual support between CNAB and Ms. Hartmann were crowned by the awarding of the CNAB Plaque, handed to her by Mr. Haris Alibašić, president of the CNAB Board… It is Ms. Florence Hartmann, along with the other winner of the CNAB Plaque, mister Dr Marko Attila Hoare and his journalism, research and writing work, that are the best examples and signposts on how to fight for justice and truth. Of course, it is also worth mentioning here the presence of Ms. Sanja Drnovšek and Mr. Emir Ramić, whose work through the Institutes for research of genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the US and Canada give their contribution in establishing the true picture of events from the recent, tragic, but also indestructible and immediate history of Bosnia and Bosniaks.

… On behalf of the inmates, soldiers of the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the CNAB, the present were greeted by Sejad Muhić and Mr. Haris Alibašić. In the breaks between the guest speeches, the present were entertained by members of the cultural societies, and everything was recorded by cameras of Bostel TV. The atmosphere of cheer and celebratory pride moved from the Hyatt hotel to the nearby park the following day…

Some pictures from the Srebrenica-related festivities:

Here’s Florence signing her book reinforcing and proliferating the Muslim version of the Bosnian war:

‘Look how Muslims love me. I must have done something right.’

Honored for agreeing with Muslims (’Would you disagree with the guy to my left?’):

Check out his Oppressed Muslim Award:

‘I was at the Srebrenica genocide and the only evidence I got was this lousy T-shirt.’

Did you know there was a genocide dance?

“Congress dinner with a rich cultural arts program” (Key word “rich.” There’s lots of money in the genocide industry. One might even call it a mass gravey train.)

A popular thesis amongst Bosnian Muslim scholars today is that they have been the victims of “eleven genocides” over the past several hundred years. And if this is the historic memory of the population that was politically, militarily and economically dominant in Bosnia for centuries, then perhaps we should forgive Croats and Serbs for having a somewhat dimmer view of Bosnian history.

Economically, as late as 1911 over 90 percent of Bosnia’s landowners were Muslim, and over 90 percent of the tenant farmers working the land were Croat or Serb Christians.

Bosnia’s leading Islamic cleric has called interethnic marriage “just another form of genocide” against the Bosnian Muslims (and he is not very fond of Santa Claus either).

– “Fetishes and Fantasies” by Gordon Bardos, The National Interest, Aug. 11, 2011

Imagine what the festivities will look like next July, when it’ll be the 20th anniversary of the “genocide.” They’ll probably have fireworks.

And if all the Madeleines, Hillaries, Bills, Wesleys and Toniblers among the Bosniaks’ Albanian “thanks god we have plenty of real tragedies” counterparts are any indication, we should eventually meet Bosnian Muslim kids named for the big event, maybe even a Genny or two.

Re-reading a September article in Foreign Policy by Jeremy Hammond (about the inverted way the establishment was applying the Kosovo “non-precedent” as a precedent for Syria intervention), I learned that the name Richard Goldstone — the UN judge who signed the Mladic and Karadzic indictments in 1995; who indicted a fictional Serb character; who refused to view dossiers on crimes against Serbs or exculpatory evidence of the Serb side; and who most famously tried to accuse Israel of war crimes in Gaza — came up in a big way also in the Balkans chapter of Kosovo:

Returning to the U.S./NATO bombing of Kosovo, the reason it is hailed as a model for Obama to follow in Syria is that it gave rise to the concept of “illegal but legitimate”, invented by the Independent International Commission on Kosovo (headed up by one Mr. Richard Goldstone, perhaps more well known for co-chairing the U.N. fact-finding mission into Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip…) to try to ex post facto justify the bombing.

Kosovo: Several injured, cars torched at Kosovska Mitrovica (InSerbia.com, June 22)

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA – Several people have been injured and a number of cars set on fire in the riots that broke out during the protest of ethnic Albanians at the southern side of the main bridge in Kosovska Mitrovica on Sunday, over the Peace Park being built at the bridge.

Ethnic Albanians gathered…chanting “U-C-K” [KLA] and waving Albanian and U.S. flags, but soon after clashed with the police in the security cordon.

The protesters threw rocks and bottles at members of the Kosovo police and EULEX, who responded by firing tear gas and shock bombs to break up the riots. Two vehicles of the Kosovo police and one UN vehicle were torched and according to unofficial sources two police officers were injured.

Guarding the main bridge over the Ibar are the U.S. KFOR troops, Kosovo police intervention units and members of the EULEX mission. Several armed vehicles of EULEX are placed near the bridge on the northern side.

Serbs from the northern Kosovska Mitrovica gathered at the intersection near the bridge to see how the situation will unfold in the southern part of the city.

Ethnic Albanians from southern Kosovska Mitrovica used social networks to organize and stage a protest at the Ibar bridge over the construction of Peace Park, which was built on the city’s main bridge several days ago, after the concrete roadblock had been removed.

The mayor of southern Kosovska Mitrovica Agim Bahtiri said Saturday that patience is wearing thin, and that the new Ibar bridge barricade, in the form of a park, must be removed immediately. […]

Now notice how BBC reported on the same controversy:

Clashes in Kosovo’s Mitrovica over bridge blockade
The bridge in Mitrovica has often been the focus of ethnic clashes (BBC, June 22)

Demonstrators in Kosovo have clashed with police at a bridge between the local Albanian and Serb communities in the northern city of Mitrovica.

Police used tear gas against hundreds of ethnic Albanian protesters, who threw rocks and set police cars alight. Some officers and civilians were hurt.

The riot came after local minority Serbs rebuilt a barricade at the key bridge straddling the River Ibar.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008. Serbia rejects Kosovo’s independence, although the two sides normalised relations in 2013.

Many ethnic Serbs in Kosovo are reluctant to integrate with the Albanian communities.

Local Serbs had blockaded the north side of the Mitrovica bridge for the past three years.

The rubble was removed last week. [By Belgrade, it doesn’t mention, causing the Albanians to initially rejoice, thinking the way would be open for the rest of their conquest; then when things momentarily stopped going their way, a tantrum was launched as usual.] However, it was quickly blocked again with flower pots and earth - described by some Serb residents as a “peace park”.

The long-standing blockade was a symbol of the Serb community’s rejection of Kosovo’s self-declared independence - and the authority of the government in Pristina, the BBC’s Balkans correspondent Guy Delauney reports.

Kosovo police spokesman Avni Zahiti said 13 policemen and 10 civilians were injured.

In 1998, Serbia responded to separatist pressure from Kosovo by launching a crackdown on the territory’s Albanian population, which was brought to an end by Nato military intervention in 1999.

After the second sentence — which mentions that the rioters being subdued are Albanian — all action and responsibility shift to “Serbs,” starting with the very next sentence. If one goes to the link, the captions under the photos don’t give anything away either, reading simply: “Police said at least six cars were set alight and many more were damaged”; “A Kosovo Albanian man held an Albanian flag during the clashes”; “Riot police used tear gas to stop protesters from crossing the bridge.”

Everything taken together, the reader leaves with the usual sense that the troublemakers are Serbs.

Notice in particular the line about the Serbs being the ones reluctant to integrate with the Albanians. Never mind “Young Albanians Reject Serb Friendship.” Or maybe the writers missed the Albanian feces smeared on the walls of houses intended for Serb returnees. Or maybe they missed the past 15 years of just how deadly it is for a Serb trying to integrate with the “Albanian community” and why they’ve had to live in enclosed enclaves, sometimes only 500 meters around.

Notice also the innovative way the BBC team has fused the two different ways that MSM traditionally closes an article, that is with a short summary of the 1999 conflict. Whereas it initially was that Belgrade was trying to cleanse the Albanian population, later switching to it having been a ‘counteroffensive’ or ‘crackdown’ on ‘rebels’ or ’separatists,’ now what we have is a ‘crackdown’ on the ‘Albanian population.’

Here I notice in an article from last November, that Reuters found the least problematic, most accurate-sounding way to say it all: “Kosovo broke away from Serbia in 1999, when NATO bombed for 11 weeks to halt the killing and expulsion of Albanian civilians by Serbian forces trying to crush a guerrilla insurgency.”

Dear Editor:

Hal Foster reported from a memorial service for pro-Russian activists killed in a fire set by Ukraine’s pro-EU/US camp: “The woman’s vehemence stunned me…I’ve met hundreds of Russia-leaning Ukrainians over the past 12 years…I had never encountered outright hostility until this day.” (“Anti-Americanism Bubbling up in Ukraine,” June 17.)

So. A journalist — a breed perpetually befuddled by predictable consequences and reactions — was surprised. As if, out of the blue, a people who had always been friendly to Americans “suddenly” resent America. One is certainly mystified as to what they might resent. Surely not the civil war we’ve stoked in their country, ala Yugoslavia, and which has now come to a head?

I realize, as many Americans do, that the job of journalists is to flaunt their cluelessness by way of “informing” us, but really we’re observing these overeducated sorts grope their way through the obvious, as if in darkness, and finally bring us a diluted version of a conclusion we knew before we started reading. However, in this case, rather than conclude that the U.S. has poked a finger in Russia’s eye one too many times, Mr. Foster ends: “I walked away concluding that the United States has a lot of work to do to win the hearts and minds of the millions of Ukraine’s Russia-leaning population.”

So. We just have to explain better our wonderful intentions, to win ‘em over? Having concluded thus, Mr. Foster considers himself “sobered.” My summary of his slow observations: If the U.S. is propping up fascists in your country and you’re opposed to it, then you’re “anti-American.”

No doubt the folks Mr. Foster spoke with will be written off as ‘victims of Russian propaganda.’ But unlike what we did to Serbia, where the West’s aggression was direct and visible yet where anti-Americanism has been slow to take hold, in Ukraine our culpability requires a little elementary math. Evidently, there are people in Odessa who can still put two and two together. Now if only Mr. Foster could.