The manufactured international incident which Crazy Joe Biden alluded to a few months ago could well be Kosovo or Bosnia or both. Especially given that Obama is under Clintonian tutelage, the new Clinton administration is setting its sights on the Balkans again, and readying to reengage the Christian Serbs. The first order of business will be a long-anticipated staged attack on Albanians by Albanians — stage managed by Western intelligence — to be blamed on the Serbs ala the 1994 Markale marketplace bombings in Sarajevo and the breadline massacre there in ‘92.

Preparing Staged Terrorist Attacks in Kosovo Province North

According to [a] Serbian intelligence report, Priština-based Albanian secret service ŠIK [SHIK] is preparing a series of staged terrorist attacks in Bošnjačka Mahala settlement in Kosovska Mitrovica, aimed at generating sharp reaction from international institutions and thus insuring deployment of the Albanian special troops, consisting of former members of [the] terrorist KLA.

[The] prepared scenario involves bombing attacks against ethnic Albanian families residing in this part of town, for which the Serbs will be blamed….

Provisional president of Kosovo province Fatmir Sejdiu already announced that “special forces” designated to be deployed in Bošnjačka Mahala part of Mitrovica are being formed, and that this settlement “will in future be entrusted to the Kosovo Protection Corps” — a militant formation consisting entirely of hardened terrorists and war criminals, members of the KLA.

At the same time, spokesman for the Kosovo Albanian-run police Besim Hoti told Belgrade media that “Kosovo police in Mitrovica region is preparing the common police units’ plan in order to respond to the requests by the Bošnjačka Mahala residents to raise security level within the settlement”.

According to the reports, meeting of the “security structures” was held on Thursday in Albanian-populated southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, where the further moves for Albanian takeover of Bošnjačka Mahala were decided.

Bajram Rexhepi, municipal president of the southern, Albanian part of Kosovska Mitrovica, briefly commented that “settlement residents are disturbed by the lack of security and they are requesting to be provided with the institutional safety”.

“Bošnjačka Mahala Albanians have requested stationing of the security forces in the buildings of Kosovo Ministry of Internal Affairs in that part of town,” Rexhepi said.

Kosovo Serbs Aware of the Planned Frame-Up

Milan Ivanović, leader of Kosovo and Metohija Serbs in the north of the province, reminded of the explosion in the unoccupied house of Albanian Etem Peci, assessing the series of provocations staged by Kosovo Albanians are pointing to a “Markale scenario” for Bošnjačka Mahala.

“All the latest incidents in Bošnjačka Mahala are perpetrated exclusively by the Albanians. Peci hasn’t been living in that house for the past 9 years and Mitrovica residents are well aware of this. The reason Albanians are stepping up attacks is to impose the fake independence in the north of the province, and because of the recent arrest of the KLA members in Preševo,” Ivanovic said, adding that “Albanians have a plan to stage Markale massacre in Bošnjačka Mahala, for which the Serbs would be automatically blamed.”

“We are well aware of that scenario, just as we were in the case of [the] Račak setup, which was used as a pretext for NATO aggression against Serbia”, Ivanović said.

In addition to the plotting of Albanian officials, he charged two of the local Serbian politicians, Rada Trajković and Oliver Ivanović, of working directly for the British secret service and against the interests of Kosovo and Metohija Serbs.

See if this sounds familiar: Where else but the Balkans can a president clueless and/or backwards on foreign policy gain his foreign policy chops? Where else is there foreign policy and military intervention to execute without it being against Muslims, but in fact for them? Where else can such intervention happen without it being a response to any actual threats but rather an assistance to those threats? With that, the second order of Balkan business for the incoming/returning administration will be Bosnia:

Bosnia, Hillary’s Playground

by Srdja Trifkovic

At a time when the U.S. power and authority are increasingly challenged around the world, the incoming team sees the Balkans as the last geopolitically significant area where they can assert their “credibility” by postulating a maximalist set of objectives as the only outcome acceptable to the United States, and duly insisting on their fulfilment. We have already seen this pattern with Kosovo, and it is to be expected that we’ll see its replay in Bosnia under the new team.

Now that intervention is “an American tradition,” Hillary Clinton is getting ready to practice some more in the Balkans – as if her husband’s contribution in the 1990s had not brought sufficient misery to the former Yugoslavia. She wants to place the Balkans, and specifically Bosnia, near the top of her list of foreign priorities. Barack Obama’s foreign policy and national security team includes a number of influential figures, and notably Vice-President-elect Joseph Biden, who are committed to the establishment of a centralized, unitary Bosnian state dominated by Muslims. Mrs. Clinton’s commitment to that goal is of an altogether different order of magnitude, however.

There have been strong pressures from the West, ever since the signing of the Dayton Accords 13 years ago, to reduce the authority of the Republika Srpska, to question its legitimacy and to label it a “genocidal creation” unworthy of existence. Prime Minister Milorad Dodik was able to weather the latest storm – caused by the pro-Muslim slant of the “international high representative” (i.e. unelected governor, jointly appointed by Brussels and Washington) Miroslav Lajcak and his crew – but the political momentum in Washington has taken an alarming turn for the Serbs in general and for the Republika Srpska (RS) in particular.

Her “framework for peace” in the Balkans is the same as her husband’s and that applied by her friend and role-model, Dr. Albight: unqualified U.S. support for Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo against their Christian neighbors. During the primaries Mrs. Clinton listed a number of fact-free, Balkan-related foreign-policy “accomplishments” based on her husband’s legacy…Her exact reasons for wanting to abolish the Bosnian Serb Republic are likely personal and psychological rather than rational, but her motives are less important than the fact that this is indeed what she wants.

A hint of what is to come was provided by the Clinton family confidante Richard Holbrooke, slated for a key role at State under new management. Together with the former Bosnian “high representative” Paddy Ashdown, he authored an alarming article, “The Bosnian Powder Keg,” published in several key daily newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic on 22 October 2008. Anticipating Obama’s victory, Holbrooke and Ashdown presented a plea that “the new US administration gets engaged” and renews its pledge “to Bosnia’s survival as a state, by maintaining an effective troop presence and … finding ways to untie Bosnia’s constitutional knot.” This last phrase is a clear code word for the liquidation of the entities.

Holbrooke was the chief U.S. negotiator at Dayton in 1995. He boasted a year later: “We are re-engaged in the world, and Bosnia was the test.” This “we” meant the United States, not “the West” or “the international community.” The interventionists prevailed then, their narrative dominates the public commentary now, and they are coming back to the White House tomorrow.

Heralding the new spirit, the New York Times pompously headlined “Fears of new ethnic conflict in Bosnia” on December 13. Presented as an analytical feature, the article was in fact a pro-Muslim plea for more American intervention to “unify” Bosnia-Herzegovina as the only way to avoid another war. The article further claimed that “leaders across Bosnia expressed hope that Mr. Obama would be more engaged in Bosnia than President Bush has been,” whereas in reality such hopes are entertained only in the Muslim camp. Its clear purpose was to start preparing the political and ideological ground for the new Administration’s policy of “untying Bosnia’s constitutional knot.”

Hillary Clinton’s commitment to cutting that knot should not be doubted. The U.S. mainstream media is doing its bit, maintaining an almost daily feed of largely fact-free stories on how, “once again, Bosnia is in deep crisis, with tensions running high … There is even talk of a new war. Might this be a sudden test for the new Obama Administration?”

Every time people like Ashdown and Holbrooke regurgitate the old mantra about disruptive Serbs and virtuous “Bosniaks,” it is necessary to reassert that the RS is an essential factor of stability in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Western Balkan region, and that those calling for its liquidation (under whatever name) are effectively aiding and abetting the forces of global jihad.

All along, an old question remains unanswered by the unitary Bosnia partisans: If Yugoslavia was untenable and eventually collapsed under the weight of the supposedly insurmountable differences among its constituent nations, how can Bosnia – the Yugoslav microcosm par excellence – develop and sustain the dynamics of a viable polity? Mrs. Clinton may go on supposing ex hypothesi that if there is a “Bosnia” there must be a nation of “Bosnians,” and she may even try to impose her vision on that long-suffering corner of the Balkans. That she will fail goes without saying. The only question concerns the price of that failure, and the identity of those footing the bill.

Even Time Magazine predicts: Will Bosnia Test the Obama Administration?

By Dejan Anastasijevic Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

…If there’s one foreign policy achievement that Clintonites are proud of, it’s Bosnia…[A] U.S.-led military intervention stopped the carnage in the former Yugoslav republic, followed by a peace deal forged by then Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke and signed in Dayton, Ohio. The deal…carved Bosnia into two ethnically based statelets while retaining a weak common government….

But, once again, Bosnia is in deep crisis, with tensions running high between ethnic Serbs, Croats and Muslims (now officially called Bosniaks). There is even talk of a new war. Might this be a sudden test for the new Obama Administration?

The rhetoric out of the country is alarming. Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik publicly declared that he doesn’t believe the common state has a future, and occasionally hints that his Serb-dominated statelet may secede from Bosnia. From the other side of the ethnic divide, leading Bosniak politician Haris Silajdzic repeatedly calls for the abolishment of the Serbian Republic….

Even Holbrooke, the chief architect of the Dayton peace agreement, is worried. “It’s time to pay attention to Bosnia again, if we don’t want things to get nasty very quickly,” Holbrooke said in a letter co-signed by Paddy Ashdown, the former chief of Office of High Representative (OHR), the international supervising and administrative body in Bosnia. Both Holbrooke and Ashdown claim that Bosnia is regressing, and that the Western powers should swiftly and strongly engage to prevent a renewed conflict and ensure Bosnia’s evolution into “a functional and E.U.-compatible state.”

Meanwhile, insults are flying across the ethnic divide, spurred by tabloid media and populist politicians from both sides. Two weeks ago, Dodik’s government decided to remove the adjective “Bosnian” from the names of several towns in the Serbian Republic. Meanwhile, in once multi-ethnic Sarajevo, a decree by Bosniak officials introducing compulsory lessons in the Koran to kindergarteners prompted remaining Serbs and Croats to pull their children out of school. […]

A related piece from Nebojsa Malic:

Empire to Return to Bosnia?

“Fears of new ethnic conflict in Bosnia,” declared the New York Times on December 13, in an article that may yet be one of the most curious cases of the dog that did not bark. Authored by Dan Bilefsky, what is supposed to be a news feature ends up being a somewhat subtle editorial promoting more American intervention in this bloodied corner of Europe.

A paragraph that might explain the story’s actual purpose is, naturally, buried halfway down:

“Leaders across Bosnia expressed hope that Mr. Obama would be more engaged in Bosnia than President Bush has been, while emphasizing that the president-elect’s multicultural background made him ideally suited to mediate here.”

Who are these phantom “leaders”, Bilefsky doesn’t say. Just as he doesn’t name any of the “analysts” or “Bosnians” or just about anyone he invokes as the source of baseless speculation and trite propaganda that fill up the rest of the article. In reality, only a handful of politicians in Bosnia wants more external involvement, and only as a way to achieve an agenda that could never become reality otherwise.

Even so, it’s not Barack Obama who will be meddling in Bosnia come January, but his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Not only does she not have a “multicultural background,” she brings with her the legacy of a government whose meddling in Bosnia is to a great degree responsible for the country’s misfortune in the first place!

As Mick Hume observed this July, following the arrest and rendition of Radovan Karadzic, the West had “loaded” the Bosnian conflict with all sorts of subtext designed to give meaning to both liberal and conservative interventionists left disoriented at the end of the Cold War. His colleague Brendan O’Neill further argued that the Bosnian War was a transformative experience for both the West and the Islamic jihadists similarly searching for meaning after Afghanistan:

“It was the conflict that made many in the West pro-interventionist, convincing them that the “international community” must ignore sovereign norms and intervene around the world to save people from tyranny. And it transformed the Mujahideen from religious nationalists – who during the Afghan-Soviet war possessed “no global blueprint transcending their individual countries” – into global warriors against “evil,” who also, like their humanitarian paymasters, began to care little for old-fashioned ideas about sovereignty. It is after Bosnia that we see the emergence of international networks of Islamic militants.”

In effect, the Empire was built on the myth of Bosnia: that the Bosnian Muslims (often simply “Bosnians”) were pure, innocent, defenseless victims of deliberate, genocidal aggression by the evil Serbs, whose depravity was on par with Hitler’s. The effect of this was that the Serbs became everyone’s favorite villain, the one group in the world anyone could demonize, insult, slander or abuse with impunity. Muslims, on the other hand, became immune to criticism; anything that challenged the Official Truth promoted by the regime in Sarajevo…would instantly be labeled “genocide denial.”

Ironically, the “advocacy journalists” that peddle[d] outlandish stories about Bosnian atrocities – from inflating casualty figures to flat-out making things up – were too successful in their task; the notion that the West “stood idly by” and “intervened too late” while the innocent Muslims were being slaughtered has resonated in the Islamic world beyond anyone’s expectations, helping recruit new martyrs for the global jihad.

Just last month, the leading Croat, Serb and Muslim politicians – not including Silajdzic, whose actual support among the electorate is less than George W. Bush’s at the moment – met and agreed on a common interest in amending the country’s constitution and abolishing excess bureaucracy. They did so without being forced by the international viceroy. Not only was this development a threat to Silajdzic – who has been a U.S. protégé for years – but also to the entire international bureaucracy in Bosnia, and perhaps even the Empire itself.

For, if the peoples of Bosnia could actually come to an agreement and live together in precarious peace, what would be the point of the legions of well-paid foreign bureaucrats, police and soldiery? The entire lucrative job placement program for disgraced Eurocrats would be imperiled.

The popular myth…was that America and the West “stood idly by” while Bosnia burned, only to be shamed into intervening in 1995 and “ending the war.” In reality, Washington has had its fingers in the Bosnian mess from the very beginning. It was after meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to then-Yugoslavia, Warren Zimmerman, in March 1992 that Bosnian Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic decided to renege on a deal he had just signed, which would have guaranteed peace in Bosnia by decentralizing the government. Within days, the country was consumed by civil war. Over the next three years, Washington’s carte-blanche support for the Izetbegovic regime scuttled at least three peace initiatives.

In the aforementioned NY Times article, towards the end, there is a quote by the Bosnian Serb PM Milorad Dodik, who wonders: “If Silajdzic doesn’t like Dayton, then why did he sign it?”

It is a legitimate question. The answer for it is available straight from the horse’s mouth, as the case may be; reading through the Dayton chapters of Richard Holbrooke’s 1998 memoir reveals that the Muslim delegation in Ohio mostly sat back and complained, while Holbrooke and his team did all the work for them. Especially significant is the account of how Izetbegovic’s nonchalant rejection of the Americans’ late-night efforts to obtain a deal from the Serbs launched the normally sanguine Warren Cristopher into near-apoplectic rage. Here was the man who knew he could yank the Empire around, because, having fabricated a myth about him and his people as the noble, innocent victims of genocide, the Empire had no leverage over him at all.

In fact, as Holbrooke’s account clearly reveals, Izetbegovic signed off on the plan only when it became obvious that he would have been held responsible for the conference’s failure.

…One is left to wonder…whether that war and the horrors [it] unleashed…could have been avoided, or at least been lessened somehow had Washington not been such a staunch supporter of an uncompromising regime run by an Islamic fanatic.

Now that the people who exploited and stoked the Balkans tragedy are sweeping back into power on the promise of “change,” they are about to do it all over again.