February 25th 2007 12:00:45 AM
Reuters recently reported this disturbing but predictable persecution of an American minority: Across the country, over the past 15 months,
US authorities have arrested 26 Bosnian Serbs….The suspects had allegedly concealed their service in the Bosnian Serb military when they applied for refugee status. They were…and were charged with visa fraud, perjury or making false statements, the [Washington Post] said.
It said the arrests were part of an intensified effort by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to root out unacknowledged members of the Bosnian Serb military using data supplied by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, located in The Hague.
“Only a few of those arrested here are accused by the Justice Department of directly taking part in the Srebrenica killings, but all allegedly were in units that did,” the Post said.
Previous immigration roundups led to the arrests of 24 Bosnian Serbs in Phoenix and Salt Lake City, Utah, in September 2005 and June 2006.
Julie Myers, assistant secretary of homeland security for ICE, told the Post in a statement that her office “will not allow the United States to be a safe haven for those who failed to disclose their service in military forces that were known to commit atrocities.”
Hmmmm! Now that makes a lot of sense: The U.S. will NOT be a safe haven for those who failed to disclose their service in military forces that were known to commit atrocities. So has anyone checked the visa application of Sulejman Talovic’s father? You know — Sulejman — the guy who just gunned down nine Americans in our heartland? The guy whose father separated from his family in Bosnia to “hide in the hills with the other men”? Which means he was a fighter in the Bosnian-Muslim army that committed unspeakable atrocities against Serbian and Croatian civilians.
Can somene please remind me — because I keep forgetting the exact count: how many Americans have Serbs killed? I can’t seem to recall if it’s zero, or slightly less than that? Can someone help me out?
So it seems that the U.S. will NOT serve as a haven for those who fail to disclose their military service — unless those people and/or their spawn also kill Americans. Then it’s OK. Good thing they’re cleaning the Bosnian Serbs out of Salt Lake City, and leaving about 10,000 Bosnian Muslims.
A group called the Serbian Bar Association of America issued a statement indicating that many more Serbs will be facing immigration-related deportation charges on similar grounds and that, “by way of example, one woman was arrested for omitting ‘military service’ due to her position as a cook for local military personnel.”
Hey, Sulejman Talovic may have been a jihadi terrorist, but at least he wasn’t a Serbian cook!
Also disturbing is the fact that, no matter of ethnicity, all refugees from Bosnia were conscriptive soldiers during the war, yet only Serbs are being singled out in what appears to be a discriminatory purge of Serbian refugees.
…In almost all instances, U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents made early morning raids of individual homes and made arrests at gunpoint frightening innocent women and children, where communication and notice to individuals would have sufficed.
Meanwhile, government officials are holding lunches with Bosnian Muslims, assuring them that, just because they’re shooting at us, it doesn’t mean that we mean them any harm. More from the Serbian Bar:
While the U.S. Governmental agencies purport the premise for these arrests was to capture those in this country “known to commit atrocities”, no such charges are leveled against any of these individuals. Moreover, no indictment carries war crimes charges yet these individuals are being treated like terroists.
(They’re forgetting: Serb=Atrocity.)
It is of grave concern that the U.S. government is targeting Serbian refugees from the former Yugoslavia while other ethnic groups from the same region with ties to terrorist organizations are not being investigated. “These poor people fled the wrath and oppression of a fascist mujahadeen and relied upon the counsel of US appointed immigration officials in order to seek refuge and legal entry into the United States. Unfortunately, they again find themselves inappropriately targeted by authorities simply because of their ethnic background,” says Metropolitan Christopher, the senior Serbian Orthodox Bishop in North America.
As I’ve pointed out before, when governments or media worry about being accused of “selectively targeting a particular ethnic group (meaning Middle Easterners),” they know they can always make up for it by also targeting Serbs.
Maybe if they bothered to check everyone’s background as thoroughly as they check the Serbs’, then the Salt Lake City attack could have been prevented.