Wherefore this stark warning? What grave injustice could have been visited upon the Bosnian-Muslims NOW, which would warrant such fightin’ words?

Bosnia: International envoy and chief mufti clash over religious education

Sarajevo, 24 May (AKI) - The top international envoy in Bosnia, Valentin Inzko, and Muslim spiritual leader Reiss-ul-Ulema Mustafa Ceric have been plunged into row over religious education with each accusing the other of intolerance and religious incitement, local media reported on Tuesday.

The controversy was sparked by the resignation last week of Sarajevo canton minister for education Emir Suljagic after his proposal that religious education should be optional and not included in overall rating of students’ success was rejected.

Ceric accused Suljagic, himself a Muslim, of “hating Muslims and Islam”. The cleric called on Suljagic to resign and warned a “Sarajevo summer could happen” similar to the violent unrest that topped Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak in February.

Inzko, who has broad powers in Bosnia, said in a statement he was “personally disappointed by such a statement from a person obliged to promote peace and understanding”.

Ceric’s statement was “contrary to human dignity”, he added. “Such rhetoric can have only negative consequences for peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” Inzko said.

“If this country can’t find the humanity to reject hatred and mistrust, then it can’t offer a future for its children,” Inzko was quotee as saying by Sarajevo daily Dnevni avaz.

The Austrian diplomat’s remarks drew a sharp reaction from Ceric. “I’m deeply disappointed at the biased and inflammatory statement by high representative Valentin Inzko,” he stated.

He accused Inzko of “anti-Islamist phobia and rhetoric to which nothing is sacred, including the will of parents and their children to have religious education in schools”.

Sixteen years after the 1992-1995 war, Bosnia is still under a sort of international protectorate and animosities between majority Muslims and the other two groups, Serbs and Croats, continue to run high.

The country is facing its worst crisis since the end of the war because of Serb secessionist policies aimed at paralysing the country, Inzko warned in an April interview with Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

Ah, so disregard the first nine-tenths of the article. INZKO WON’T BE FOOLED! It’s the Serbs that are causing the problems for Bosnia — as always. I mean, did you think something else for a minute? Those nutty Serbs want to secede from such a country! (No mention that Croats want to do the same.)

By the way, yes, this is the same mufti from the interfaith event at a synagogue in Birmingham, Alabama in 2006. (Though that event and place are just one of hundreds he’s been invited to.) And it would appear that the truth about the Muslim Brotherhood-connected mufti has gone only downhill from there. But one might have gotten a clue as early as 2005:

Those Ungrateful Bosnians: We liberated them. Why are they still against us? (Slate, May 23, 2005)

…In a Friday sermon at Sarajevo’s Begova Mosque, the second most senior cleric in the country, Ismet Spahic, decried American actions in Iraq as “genocide.”

Near that mosque I bought a glossy magazine called Saff, the favorite publication of Bosnian Islamists—a once-tiny group that has gained strength in postwar years thanks to Saudi proselytizing. The editor, Kemal Bakovic [was] an Arabic-speaker [who] had studied in Zarqa, in Jordan—the hometown, he was pleased to remind me, of the man described by the United States as al-Qaida’s chieftain in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

In a Sarajevo mosque, I met Mustafa Ceric, the reis ul-ulema, or chief religious leader, of Bosnia’s Muslims. A former ambassador with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, he is known as a rare voice of sober, European Islam. But, as our conversation drifted to Iraq, he abandoned the detached professorial tone with which he had greeted me.

Muslims everywhere, Ceric said, are losing the ability to think rationally. “You see every day the scenes of your relatives being killed, and no one is doing anything about it. … Why Abu Ghraib could happen? Why Srebrenica could happen? Your mind is getting stretched. The Muslims feel that they are threatened, that the West is trying to enslave them, literally.”

I asked Ceric whether he shared his deputy’s description of American actions in Iraq as genocide—a loaded word for Bosnia, which itself experienced the real thing so recently. Ceric wouldn’t endorse or disavow the imam. Nor would he condemn those Bosnians who head off to join the Iraqi insurgents.

In early 2003, he said by way of explanation, Bosnia’s Islamic hierarchy issued a statement against the looming Iraq invasion—while at the same time cautioning the believers not to mistake the Iraq war for a religious clash between Christian and Muslim civilizations. “But now people are beginning to change their views,” Ceric said, looking at me. “People are questioning [Western] motivations — and of course including the factor of Islam.”