*****UPDATE*****

Historian Carl Savich underscores the following about the writer of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty report below:

Regarding your current analysis of Nenad Pejic’s nonsensical screed in the CIA’s RFE/RL, are you familiar with Mr. Pejic’s background?

He was the director of Sarajevo Television for twenty years. He worked for CNN during the Bosnian Civil War. CNN was at the forefront of anti-Serbian media reporting. And now he works for the CIA. He is a media whore, a journalistic prostitute. He writes to satisfy his CIA paymasters. Follow the money trail. Is bias an issue here? Can you even imagine the CIA being objective and unbiased?…If you examine his output of articles for the CIA, they all have one element in common. They are all predictably anti-Serbian. They all espouse a party line, the CIA line or position…And it is a subtle touch that the CIA propaganda mouthpiece is actually from the Balkans, from Yugoslavia, from Serbia. Pejic is a graduate of Belgrade University. He is also a former Yugoslav. This adds a certain verisimilitude to his mindless propaganda outburts. But check out his track record. He is as predictable as it gets…

He is like Sonja Biserko and Natasha Kandic…Of course, CNN would not hire him if he was not anti-Serbian. And then he works for RFE/RL, which is a front organization originally formed and funded by the CIA. Due to criticism, it is now run and funded by the US government. Same difference…Now it is a front for a front…[Pejic] is an employee of the US government. His screeds tell us what the US government position is. Easy enough.

*****ADDITIONAL UPDATE AT BOTTOM*****

Earlier this week we saw some examples of efforts to identify with Serbia the Bosnian-Muslim jihadist who opened fire on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo last Friday. Here, from Monday, is another. Courtesy of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:

The Results Of Hate Speech And Inaction In Bosnia (by Nenad Pejic, Oct. 31)

…[H]is journey began several hours earlier that morning, when he crossed the border from Serbia into Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jasarevic is a Serbian citizen.
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Stepping from tram No. 3, Jasarevic reportedly yelled “Run! Run away!” at passersby as he pulled an AK-47 from his backpack and began to fire. He continued to shoot for some 20 minutes before a police sniper shot him in the leg. It was later revealed that he had two explosives on him, but he apparently made no attempt to activate them. In fact, he stood calmly at the tram stop throughout the incident, making no effort to leave or to take cover.

It was a strange incident. Terrorists more commonly seek to maximize civilian casualties. Spreading fear is, after all, the definition of terrorism.

[So already we have a comparatively “good” Muslim terrorist here.]

But nothing like this happened in Sarajevo. It is unclear whether Jasarevic expected to die in the attack. And he warned citizens to run away. One police officer was wounded in the initial moments of the attack, but there were no other casualties except the gunman himself. Instead of being afraid, citizens of Bosnia have spoken out loudly and often to denounce the violence. [Even better Muslims distancing themselves.]

As the details of the incident emerged, it became clear that Jasarevic was an easy recruit. His few visits to the Wahhabist village of Maoca in Bosnia hardly qualify him as an Islamic fundamentalist or a radical. But he has a criminal record, including a robbery three years ago in Austria. Late last year, he was spotted by police in the Serbian city of Novi Pazar during a visit there by ambassadors from the United States, Japan, and eight EU countries. He refused to show his identification, and a large knife was found in his pocket. He was detained but not arrested.

The main result of Jasarevic’s attack so far has been to provoke a long-overdue discussion about the ability of Bosnia-Herzegovina to cope with radicalism.

The reactions of politicians across Bosnia have been predictable. Leaders in Sarajevo say the attack was targeted “against Bosnia.” And, indeed, it was — but these same leaders are forgetting their responsibility for increasingly imposing Islamic practices on all citizens of the country. They haven’t been commenting on why they tolerate the implementation of a parallel legal system (Shari’a law) in Maoca. [He gets points for this point.]

They don’t talk about why they took little action in June 2010 when a terrorist attack in the village of Bugojino left one police officer dead and six others wounded. “After the Bugojino attack, we proposed several measures, but half of them were refused by parliament and condemned by the Islamic community of Bosnia,” Sadik Ahmetovic, head of the Bosnian Security Agency, told RFE/RL’s Balkan Service…

Bosnian Serb leaders point their fingers at their Muslim counterparts and accuse them of tolerating Wahhabism. But they don’t talk about how they tolerate — even sponsor — Serbian organizations that recruit Serbs to go to Kosovo to “defend Serbian lands” against NATO-led KFOR forces…One part of Bosnia’s leadership is radicalizing Muslims with hate speech, while another part does the same by tolerating radical behavior.

Just three weeks ago, the Atlantic Initiative wrote in a security-risk analysis:

‘Unsubstantiated allegations of an increased terrorism threat in Bosnia, based on the preposterous claim that some 100,000 Wahhabis reside in the country, are not aimed at deterring such a threat but rather at pigeonholing Bosniaks as terrorists and delegitimizing their political aims. In response, the Bosniak side, and particularly the official Islamic community, has descended into default denial of any security threat that may be posed by the presence of dangerous individuals and ideologies associated with Islam, calling all such references hostile and Islamophobic. Consequently, law enforcement officials have been left to balance between two opposing, and equally flawed, perceptions and they have adjusted their analysis and reaction to the terrorism threat to suit the outcomes desired by their respective political elite.” […]

Some responses to the commentary, which appeared below it:

by: Billy

Going by this article, Jasarevic is merely a misunderstood nice-guy, whilst Dodik is the real problem and no doubt Serbs are to be blamed for the attack. A common theme on RFERL.

by: Schlomo from: Canada

Here we go again. A Muslim extremist attacks US embassy and somehow this is tied back to Serbia and the problems Bosniaks have with Serbs. Give me a brake. Call spade a spade. This is a Bosniak problem for having allowed and continuing to allow these muslim groups to thrive in their country. They may or may not support them, but certainly they allow them to spread their culture within what once were moderate muslims. Now with Sharia laws and other strange habits, they get to see what can happen if Bosnia falls to the Muslim hands. As for Serbia defending its land in Kosovo - please tell me what that has to do with Islamic mad man in Sarajevo?!!? Concentrate please! Serbia defending its land is a completely different story. Whoever wrote this is surely not a journalist.

by: john from: melbourne

So a muslim terrorist that the serbs have been fighting since the break up of Yugoslavia, re kosovo and Bosnia AlQaeda’s children, is Serbias fault.
Figure that.
Imagine a Serb actually did something like this, Nato would bomb Belgrade and Banjaluka immediately!
Nato bombs Serbs to carve a muslim country, muslims bomb America to thank them, nice!

by: George Arvanitis Bouas from: Melbourne

I cannot believe this article passed for serious journalism. There have been 15,000+ jihadists attacks globally since 9/11 - are Serbs to blame for this? This jihadist was inspired by the Koran to do what he did and he did not shoot (Muslim) civilians because that is “haram” forbidden by the Koran. The influence of jihadists grew when during the war the US, NATO etc supported the Islamists against the Orthodox Christian Serbs. Iran and Saudi Arabia did so and continue to do so. As for Kosovo, UN resolution 1244 and international law says Kosovo is Serbia. When will the US wake up and see that its Balkans policy has been fundamentally flawed. The US, Germany, NATO etc bombed and killed Serb civilians, the Yugoslav army which was defending Yugoslavia and violated international law. Time to wake up and realise your mistakes.

by: Fred from: USA

The real problem is that the politicians focusing on ethnic politics are preventing the country from functioning. Major blame for that lies with Dodik. All those that blame Bosnia need to remember that this guy lives in Serbia. Serbian police had him on their radar. It remains to be seen if they shared this information with Bosnia or if this guy was not a sufficient threat at the time to do so. The Serbian area of Sandzak has more such people there and they should be monitored and arrested if a threat. Also the border police should cooperate more to share information about potential threats.
I also guarantee that the previous three comments are from Serbian diaspora.

(Ah, so this decade the problem is Serbia not clamping down enough on Muslims!)

by: steve from: USA

The last post by Fred seems perplexing. If the real problem is that politicians are focusing on their constituents, then the real problem seems to be representative democracy. Perhaps…Would Fred also guarantee that anyone who writes a post in support of Israel is Jewish? What nonsense?

by: Sergey from: Chicago, USA

“One part of Bosnia’s leadership is radicalizing Muslims with hate speech, while another part does the same by tolerating radical behavior”

Well, Mr Pejic. Let’s try to see your reasoning. Dodik and Bosnian Serb nationalists, by saying “hate speeches” against Bosnian and other Balkan Muslims, are “radicalizing” them into attacking the United States embassy — the embassy of the country that actually went to WAR against Serbia and Bosnian Serbs to make Muslim states of Bosnia and Kosovo possible.

Just think about it .If you have an enemy or adversary who say bad things about you, why would you attack your friend who seeks to protect you and defend your interests ?

This is really a line of reasoning that can be roughly translated into: “No matter what X does, blame it on Y. Even if Y is not at fault, find a reason to blame it on Y too”.

Now let’s look at another example of “brilliant” reasoning - Atlantic Initiative Report that you cited.

“Unsubstantiated allegations of an increased terrorism threat in Bosnia, based on the preposterous claim that some 100,000 Wahhabis reside in the country, are not aimed at deterring such a threat but rather at pigeonholing Bosniaks as terrorists and delegitimizing their political aims.

In response, the Bosniak side, and particularly the official Islamic community, has descended into default denial of any security threat that may be posed by the presence of dangerous individuals and ideologies associated with Islam, calling all such references hostile and Islamophobic.”

If allegations are unsubstantiated, why wouldn’t Bosniak leadership side want to prove them wrong by INCREASING security cooperation with NATO, EU, etc. ? Why would Bosnian Muslim leadership be so super sensitive to allegations made by adversarial Bosnian Serb leadership to such an extent that they would REFUSE cooperating with the ALLIES of Bosnian Muslims ?

Sorry Mr. Pejic, but all these lines of reasoning look like an utter nonsense to me and another lame attempt to whitewash Jihadists in the Balkans and elsewhere.

by: Wim from: Voorhout

It is the West that is radicalizing Bosnia. In the war by encouraging the Muslims to ask support amongst Al Qaeda types and now by encouraging the Bosniaks to undermine Dayton by filling the positions reserved for Croats - including the Croat seat in the presidency - with their own stooges.

Regarding the comment that “All those that blame Bosnia need to remember that this guy lives in Serbia. Serbian police had him on their radar. It remains to be seen if they shared this information with Bosnia or if this guy was not a sufficient threat at the time to do so…” :

Serbia asked before 9 months for the arrest of Jasarevic

Serbia and the Interpol headquarters in Lyon nine months ago, asked for warrants for Mevlida Jašarević, a Wahhabi, but the Ministry of Security of BiH Interpol asked the panel to reject the request of Belgrade, writes “Evening News”.

Citing multiple sources of intelligence and security circles, the paper says that in Sarajevo Belgrade’s intention that the terrorists be stopped [was] described as “another attempt to arrest Bosnian, which is not based on evidence.”

Serbia…characterized [Jasarevic] as a very dangerous person, a member of the radical Wahhabi movement.

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a decision today that Dino Pečenković and Munib Ahmetspahić sets one-month detention. The two are suspected of 28th October Mevlida Jašaraviću helped during the attack on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo.

Pečenković was born in 1987 in Bihac, lives in Maoca and Ahmetspahić was born in 1990 in Zenica, where he resides…[there are] contacts [between] Wahhabis from Novi Pazar and those in Kosovo and Bosnia.

Special attention will be devoted to information about groups with whom they associated in Europe, as well as their cooperation with international terrorist organizations.

It is assumed that the FBI was interested in the number of Wahhabis in the Sandzak, its organization, methods of operation and compatibility with other Wahhabi centers outside Serbia…All of this information…Serbian police and BIA have already and are ready to make them available to the FBI…FBI agents investigating Serbian Wahhabis are especially interested in the seized discs, where [there are] images [of] killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Russian troops in Chechnya.

Getting back to the point about associating the Muslim attacker with Serbia. Serbia’s interior minister, Ivica Dacic, said, “Now, in order to disguise the word Bosniak or Muslim, they say that he is a citizen of Serbia. Well, he is a citizen of Serbia, but he belongs to the extreme Bosniak Wahhabi and radical Islam, and we all know it…the entire world knows that they risk absolutely no threat of terrorism from Serbia or from Serbs, except in the cheapest movies.”

On that closing truism, here are some updates from the anti-Serb movie industry:

“Killing Season” is an action movie set in the Appalachian Mountains about an American military veteran (De Niro) who has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods. When a rare visitor, a European tourist (Travolta), appears on the scene, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. But in fact the visitor is a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge. What follows is a tense, action packed battle across some of America’s most forbidding landscape that proves the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.

Well they finally did it — the ultimate Hollywood fantasy: combining the “scariness” of an American hillbilly landscape with an even lesser threat: a Serb. And De Niro is a Serb-lover. Go figure. Then again, I hear that mental coherence isn’t his strongsuit.

And check out this update on Angelina’s safe-Serb-villain project: “Why couldn’t you have been born a Serb?” (It would have to take someone who doesn’t know Serbs to put a line like that into a character’s mouth — with help, of course, from a crew stacked with Serbs’ enemies, engaging in the usual projections.) More “chilling” lines from the Serbian soldier character are cited here. And a lovely blurb:

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, the story of a Serbian rape camp administrator and a Bosnian-Muslim woman and war victim set in Bosnia in the 90s, has arrived.

So now it’s a Serbian “rape camp.”

Angelina Jolie has some sick fantasies. Worse, unoriginal ones.

At least once in a while movies and reality do collide. From Cinemax’s “Strike Back 07″:

A Section 20 mission in Vienna is diverted when the team learns that four European Union officials — including MI6 agent John Allen, who has firsthand knowledge of Latif and Project Dawn — have been kidnapped in Kosovo. Behind the abduction is a Kosovo heroin overlord, Fatmir Hasani, who seeks the release of his cousin Agim Rama, an imprisoned terrorist involved in multiple international attacks. Under the auspices of Kosovo peacekeeping forces (KFOR) led by U.S. Major Donoghue, Scott and Stonebridge are airlifted with Rama into a Kosovo forest in an attempt to make an exchange.

But an unforeseen firefight turns the site into chaos, and Scott and Stonebridge’s efforts to escape with the hostages are derailed when they reach the KFOR recovery site — and find it abandoned. Charging sexy hostage Dana Van Rijn to look after her companions, Scott and Stonebridge trek to a Hasani heroin facility, where they hope to hijack a truck to transport the group to safety. But dozens of hostile guards, not to mention some unexpected intruders, pose formidable obstacles for the intrepid duo.

A subsequent episode:

Burned by the duplicity of Major Donoghue, Scott and Stonebridge find themselves held captive with the four EU hostages in the wilderness of Kosovo. As Grant and her team in Vienna work feverishly to locate the group, the local drug overlord Hasani sets in motion his plan to eliminate everyone but Dana, who will fetch a good price as a sex slave, and Allen, the double agent who has been providing information to Latif. With an assist from an unexpected ally, Scott and Stonebridge extricate the group from captivity, but find even more perilous encounters on the road to freedom. As the body count inexorably rises, another twisted facet of Latif’s dark empire surfaces: a human “organ farm” whose next harvest may come from a Section 20 agent.

Kosovo kidnapping. Heroin. Albanian terrorists. Sex slavery. Organ harvesting. Finally someone has been doing his/her Balkans research.

*****UPDATE*****
And here it is…again, with thanks to Dragan Rakic for pointing this out and writing the note below it:

Bosnia: Imams Condemn Violence (Nov. 5): “A 23-year-old gunman, a Muslim from neighboring Serbia, fired at the embassy, wounding one police officer before he was shot in the leg and arrested.”

Dear editor,

Although you might already know it, the sentence quoted from your Nov 5 edition, is an approximation for many reasons.

First, Muslims “from neighboring Serbia”, call themselves “Bosniaks” and not Serbs. If it is their democratic choice, why would any media call them “Serbs”. They claim their “human rights” as “Bosniaks”, but when they commit a terrorist acts, then they become automatically “Serbs”. Bosnian imams know perfectly well who is who and who does what, so the hypocrisy should be stopped there.

Dragan Rakic, [France]

(See Nebojsa Malic’s analysis precisely to this effect.)