September 21st 2007 09:35:20 PM
via the Halifax Chronicle (Nova Scotia, Canada):
Under a sniper’s glare
Woman honoured for service in Kosovo
“I was under sniper fire during the March 2004 riots in Pristina,” [Wanda Atwell], 43, recalled in an interview Thursday, two days after she received the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal from MP Bill Casey.
“Those riots caused a lot of death and destruction,” she said. “There were at least 27 people killed on the streets.”
HOLD EVERYTHING. The number she gives is 27. NOT 19, which was the officially “agreed” number, according to author Chris Deliso, who in his book The Coming Balkan Caliphate reports that the real number was actually over 30. (Who gave her permission to say it was more than 19?!) Indeed, recall that the early reports had the number of dead at 31. Only later, after everyone speaking to the press was “gotten to”, the number suddenly changed to 19. Here are the relevant paragraphs from the book:
All in all, over 1,000 people would be injured, and another 3,500 people displaced…An “agreed” number of 19 individuals died, including Albanians, Serbs, and internationals; however, the number was more likely over 30 dead.
Derek Chappell, a UN police spokesman, was “internally relocated” after stating that there was no evidence of Serbian involvement in the Albanian boys’ drowning deaths [which were used as the spark for the riots]…And other international officials claimed that UNMIK had deliberately deflated the casualty count, hushing up that six KFOR soldiers had been killed by the Albanian rioters. Most embarrassing for the UNMIK authorities, Agim Ceku’s KPC officers actively aided the mobs. The suspicious complicity of leading Kosovo Albanian politicians and KPC commanders was attested to by other internationals, such as the Greek policeman who pondered, “Why did [Hasim] Thaci and [Agim] Ceki not say ’stop’ until three days into the riots?…And why, once they did say ’stop,’ did everything suddenly stop?”
A former German soldier in Kosovo explains that the military’s inability to stop the rioters owed partially to a failure of nerve from the brigade’s commander — who was later fired due to this inaction — as he waited for an order that never came from UN higher-ups… “It also didn’t help that the Albanians put women and children in front of our barracks as ‘human shields’ so that our vehicles couldn’t get out.”
While the March 2004 riots were seemingly fueled only by ethnic hatred and general frustrations, evidence indicated an Islamist dimension to the violence. The Albanian Muslim rioters did everything from slashing the throats of Serbian farmers’ pigs…to the dynamiting, burning, or vandalizing of 35 churches.
The wiretapped conversations between the jihadi leaders had eerie similarities with those captured by the FBI before 9/11: “It was said, for example, that ‘in two or three weeks the party will begin’ and that ‘in Prizren everything is prepared for a hot party;’ then it was asked whether the interlocutor ‘can guarantee it will be a blast in Urosevac?’ Some of [Kosovo jihadi Saledin] Xhezairi’s interlocutors also complained that they still had not organized enough buses to transport the activists.
Back to the Halifax Chronicle article:
Among a group of UN officials barricaded in a detention centre in Kosovo’s capital city [during the riots], Ms. Atwell slept on a cement floor for four days as the military tried to quell the riots with tear gas that drifted into the building, gagging both prisoners and prison staff.
“We had no food, no water, no electricity. When we had to go through our offices to get things, we had to crawl on our hands and knees because the snipers had targeted the prison, prison officials and any UN personnel. They were intent on harming us.”
HUH? What? UN (and KFOR) being targeted by Albanians? I thought I was making this stuff up. Apparently, you can’t make this stuff up.
The UN team she led had to recruit and train new prison guards, while still maintaining security in the prisons…Getting local staff was challenging. “There was so much animosity between the Albanian and the Serb guards that they would fight each other every night on the back shift. They also had little respect for the women guards, even me because, as Muslims, they often didn’t have women who were in positions of authority.”
Huh? What? “As Muslims”? What does she mean? Balkan Muslims aren’t supposed to be Muslimy at all.
During her first stint that ended in 2005, she helped rebuild four prisons before taking over as the head of training. In a second tour, a seven-month sojourn that wrapped up earlier this month, she acted as an adviser to Kosovo prison officials.
While conditions in the prison system have improved, there are still problems, the biggest of which is corruption.
“It is rampant,” she said. “While I was there the last time, several war criminals were able to escape because they paid a guard to bring guns to them inside the prison.”
Could this be the famous August prison break, in which armed prisoners had armed cover but, miraculously, no one — including the UN guards — was injured? If so, who told her she could talk about that?
Still, she believes the system and the country will improve.
“You just have to look at the differences in the country. When I went there the first time, for instance, the only place to get food was a Norwegian-operated store. Now there are big grocery stores.
So, as expected, the “improved Kosovo” will culminate in a renovated, commercialized, shiny mono-ethnic narco-terrorist jihadist-harboring mafia state.