Rising young Serbian journo-political star Jovan Tripkovic — who interviewed me in August — recently conducted and published the following interview with Islamic scholar Robert Spencer. It appeared in Serbia’s largest daily, Novosti in November. Below is the English version of the interview, which Jovan sent me so that an online record would exist.


Robert Spencer: CIA and Saudis Covered up Truth of Serb Suffering (Nov. 5, 2018)

What is the American interest in military interventions in secular Muslim countries and, in the same vein, support for Saudi Arabia?

The US is guided by realpolitik in its alliance with Saudi Arabia. It needs the Saudis, or thinks it does, for oil, and for leverage against Iran. I hope that this sham alliance will one day be ended, although I do see its utility in checking Iran aggression.

What is behind the privilege treatment of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC?

Oil, money, and leverage against Iran.

Were Iran and Saudi Arabia involved in the 9/11 events, and why was Bosnia so significant in this major terrorist attack?

The notorious 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission report, which were kept secret for years, reveal high-level Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks. And a federal judge found evidence of Iranian involvement in those attacks so compelling that he awarded a multi-million-dollar judgment against Iran to relatives of 9/11 victims. Al-Qaeda made Bosnia a major base of its operations in the 1990s, and the 9/11 plotters worked from Bosnia for some of their operations.

Before the civil war in Bosnia, the influence there of Saudi Arabia and Iran was negligible. Now, their presence is stronger than ever before. Why did former President Bill Clinton allow jihadists to come to Bosnia and establish their foothold in Europe?

Bill Clinton made the disastrous decision to side with the Muslims during the civil war in the Balkans, and enabled the establishment of a jihadi beachhead there, in the name of “democracy” and “self-determination.” It is hard not to conclude that he was guided by the Saudis in this.

Do American politicians regret this decision, considering the rise of Islamic terrorism in recent years?

To my knowledge, no, but they should.

Novosti discovered a hidden report, presented to the CIA in 1993, about a massacre in which more than a thousand Serbs were killed. Who had the power to influence the decision to keep it secret?

The Saudis have massive influence over the American government.

Is it possible for America to change its position on Bosnia and take the Serbian side due to concern over the rise of radical Islam in the region?

Yes, but only if there is a revolution in the US stance regarding the Saudis.

Do you think that the Bosnian version of Islam is more peaceful and tolerant than the Middle Eastern version of that religion?

No, it is all the same, especially since Wahhabis have targeted Bosnia and flooded into it for 20 years now.

Can Bosnia survive as a democratic, multiethnic state despite the growing influence of some Middle Eastern countries there?

No, Sharia is incompatible with democracy. Bosnia will ultimately choose one or the other.