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Amid a tumultuous year of, among other things, migrants-gone-wild and Britain having the sanity to leave the EU, two names belonging to overpaid human waste have reared their heads.

Balkans-watchers will recall the Miocene names Alastair Campbell and Paddy Ashdown. The former was British former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s communications director during the West’s 1999 assault on Yugoslavia, and spent 2013 promoting to Albanians his memoirs boasting of the disinformation campaign he helped run on their behalf. (While he was at it, he hustled a lucrative consulting deal from that poorest of countries for his old boss.)

Paddy Ashdown, meanwhile, is the Israel-hating, Serb-hating British former Liberal MP who was the UN’s High Rep for Bosnia and who helped force a fabricated report on the Srebrenica “genocide,” not to mention perjured himself as a prosecution witness at the Milosevic trial. He’s been criticized by former colleagues for his unequivocal acceptance of Islamic propaganda, and bears responsibility for the earliest swamping of Europe with Muslims, via Kosovo and Bosnia. He’s also been known to make absurd WWII analogies, and this week he graces us with another one:

[Remainer] Paddy Ashdown ludicrously claims Brexit is ’similar’ to rise of Hitler (UK Express, Jan. 2, 2017)

The peer and former Liberal Dem leader branded Brexiteers as “dispossessed and voiceless” as he compared the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany in the 1930s to the referendum result.

He made the outrageous claims during an interview on the BBC’s Pienaar’s Politics show.

Speaking alongside Vote Leave and key Brexit campaigner Iain Duncan Smith, Lord Ashdown said: “I’m deep into the 1930s and boy does this age remind me of the 1930s.

“All the things are there, the revolt against the establishment, the retreat from multilateralism to unilateralism.

“The beginning of protectionism, with those who shout loudest getting heard and the small voice of reason doesn’t.”

Despite 17.4m voters opting for Britain to leave the crumbling European Union, the 75-year-old suggested the country was now retreating away from democracy.

“The reason why the 1930s produced such an apocalyptic end was because the progressive centre was fractured, broken and voiceless,” he continued.

“What we heard in the Brexit debate, Trump too for that matter, was that scream of rage from the dispossessed and voiceless.”

Lord Ashdown’s remarks were quickly shot down by Mr Duncan Smith who said the Remain backer was offering a “complete misreading as to what has happened”.

“People who felt left behind have actually said ‘we’re tried of the kind of system that is being imposed on us and we want to change it’,” he said.

“I think this is the real voice of democracy.” […]

And this was Alastair Campbell just before Christmas:

Sky News viewers slam Alastair Campbell after he defends free movement and attacks Farage (UK Express, Dec. 23, 2016)

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL has taken a swipe at Nigel Farage after he said Angela Merkel was to blame for the Berlin terror attack.

Tony Blair’s former spin chief said the Brexiteer’s comments were setting a dangerous precedent across the Continent.

In the wake of the Berlin terror attack, which killed 12 and injured many more, Mr Farage said the German Chancellor had made the “worst policy decision” in the last 70 when she openly welcomed almost a million asylum seekers into Germany in 2015.

Speaking on LBC, Mr Farage warned over a lack of vetting and said: “We should not let our compassion imperil our safety and indeed our civilisation.”

“Mrs Merkel has directly caused a whole number of social and terrorist problems in Germany and it’s about time we confronted the truth.”

Mr Campbell told Sky News on Friday: “I think you’ve got to be really careful not to say it’s his fault or her fault.

“I thought Nigel Farage the other day suggesting Angela Merkel was responsible for this killing we’ve been talking about because of her tolerant – if you like – attitude to immigration and the refugee crisis [–] I think we’ve got to be very careful….”

He added: “My worry at the moment is the sort of leadership we are seeing in the world – particularly following the election of Donald Trump – is not the leadership that is going to solve this problem but probably exacerbate it.”

Following the shooting of Anis Amri, the suspected Berlin terrorist, in Milan, Mr Campbell tweeted to say it was a victory for “co-operation between EU security forces”.

However in response several users argued the more concerning aspect was how Amri was able to move between Germany, France and Italy.

“He was found by accident according to Italian police,” one said. “Nice to see you still spinning all the same.”

Don Murray said: What cooperation Alastair? The Germans were convinced he was still in Berlin? Porous borders, easy for terrorists to cross.”

A third said: “Someone wanted and dangerous was able to cross borders with no trouble at all, that’s the actual reality.”

Mr Campbell did admit during the Sky News discussion that immigration was central to the Brexit vote.

“…London has very much benefited from immigration. Other parts of the country – the north and the midlands – MPs say, ‘look, we’re getting it all the time, immigration is what made us vote for Brexit…’ You have to accept peoples’ concerns without necessarily reaching the wrong policy conclusions. That is afraid what I think we’ve done as a country with Brexit.”

In case there was any question as to the sanity of those who have been running our world, these two old dolts leave no room for further question.

A surprisingly decent and thorough report on Bosnia-related terror and “Islamism,” from a year ago, forwarded to me recently by Mickey a Serbianna.com. Written by an establishmentarian, no less — Leslie S. Lebl, who had been “Political Advisor to the Commander of Stabilization Forces (SFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the late 1990s.”

Put out by Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, and available in paperback. It’s only a little disconcerting that she thinks the ICTY and The Hague are in the Czech Republic. (If I understood correctly.) I reduced the report to its more salient parts, bolding the most salient parts. Lebl’s third paragraph below is especially noteworthy, given the familiar balking at the suggestion that Balkan Muslims have the potential to be anything but secular. Her response recalls that of author Christopher Deliso, whom she mentions a few times and whose 2007 book The Coming Balkan Caliphate Lebl cites in her endnotes.

ISLAMISM AND SECURITY IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (By Leslie S. Lebl, May 2014)

SUMMARY

…Although the levels of Islamist terrorism and separatist movements are comparable to those elsewhere in Europe, they are particularly troublesome in Bosnia for two reasons. First, senior political and religious Bosniak (Muslim) leaders have long-standing ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist terrorism, including al-Qaeda and Iran, that they are very reluctant to abandon. Second, Islamism contributes significantly to Bosnia’s dysfunction as a country. Calls to re-impose traditional Islamic law, or sharia, arouse opposition from Bosnian Serbs and Croats, as does the nostalgia for the Ottoman Empire and Islamic Caliphate shared by key Bosniak leaders, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the Turkish government.

…The European Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense should alert Washington policymakers to the danger to NATO policymaking and day-to-day operations arising from the Islamist ties of some Bosniak leaders and representatives.

ISLAMISM AND SECURITY IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Most Western observers dismiss warnings about the dangers of Islamism as crude Serb or Croat propaganda intended to undermine the Bosnian state. In so doing, they usually note that Islamism is unlikely to become a significant force because most Bosniaks continue to adhere to their traditionally moderate and relatively secular version of Islam. However, evidence drawn primarily from Bosniak and Western sources reveals a more nuanced and alarming picture…

Islamism first appeared in Bosnia in 1941 when Alija Izetbegović and others formed the Young Muslims, a group patterned after the Muslim Brotherhood. Izetbegović’s famous political tract from the early 1970s, the Islamic Declaration, contained many Islamist concepts, confirming his personal attraction to the ideology.

This ancient history suddenly sprang to life when Izetbegović founded a political party with former Young Muslims as its inner core, outmaneuvered his more moderate rivals, and became president of Bosnia in 1990. He filled that position during and after the Bosnian war, from 1990-96, and then became a member of the joint presidency (which rotates between a Serb, a Croat, and a Bosniak) from 1996-2000. He died in 2003, but his legacy lives on, as his long-time associate, Haris Silajdzić, and son, Bakir, follow in his footsteps, both as presidents of Bosnia and as Islamist sympathizers.

Brotherhood ties today are very important to another senior Bosniak, Mustafa Cerić. Cerić served for years as Grand Mufti of Sarajevo and the head of the official Islamic Community. In addition, he is considered to be a leading Bosniak political figure in his own right.

Thus, while little is said or written about Muslim Brotherhood activities in Bosnia, the most senior Bosniak leaders — viewed by Westerners as representing moderate, relatively secular Muslims — are, in fact, closely connected to, or deeply sympathetic with, that organization. [In 1997, “Cornell University stated that ‘Silajdzic today represents the forces for an integrated, secular and multinational Bosnia. He…is a proponent of multiethnicity, political pluralism and parliamentary democracy in the country.’” — From Lebl’s Endnotes] Their views and their relationships steer Bosnia toward Islamism and the Muslim world, while alienating Bosniaks from Bosnian Serbs and Croats, their fellow citizens.

Islamism received a tremendous boost with the arrival of Islamic fighters, or mujahideen, to fight on the Bosniak side during the 1992-95 war. Their military value has been disputed, but the accompanying financial and military support from Saudi Arabia and Iran was vital to the Bosniak war effort. While those two countries are rivals, they arrived at an accommodation in Bosnia to support the mujahideen. Saudi Arabia focused on financing and logistical supplies, and Iran on importing the fighters and on military aid.

The war in Bosnia definitely gave al-Qaeda a huge boost, both in terms of organization and recruitment, and helped radicalize European Muslims…Many jihadists later directed their fighting skills against European and American targets. Since the war ended in 1995, Bosnian veterans from various countries have figured in terrorist activities in countries around the globe, among them France, Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Yemen.

The best-known initiatives to combat Islamist terrorism were the 1996 IFOR raid on an Iranian-run terrorist training camp in Pogorelica and numerous steps taken after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11), on the United States. At that time, SFOR interrupted terrorist plots aimed at NATO and other Western targets and raided the Saudi High Commission and other Saudi charities [in Bosnia] that were funding terrorist organizations.

By 2004, terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann, in a book warning about the Afghan-Bosnian terrorist connection, concluded that al-Qaeda had largely failed to take root in Bosnia. He noted the progress made in shutting down various terrorist operations and expressed the opinion that al-Qaeda had failed because moderate Bosniaks rejected its extremist ideology. However, Kohlmann may have spoken too soon. Box 1 shows a continuum from 1996 through 2006 in which Bosnia served as an active link in the al-Qaeda network.

Box 1
The “Bosnian Connection” in International Islamist Terror.

• Starting in 1996, senior mujahideen leaders such as Abu el-Ma’ali and Abu Sulaimann al-Makki, then living as “civilians” in Bocinja Donja, oversaw plots in France, Italy, and Jordan designed to avenge the deaths of other leaders.

• In 2008, the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Sarajevo reportedly uncovered evidence that senior Bosniak politician Hasan Čengić signed off on a money transfer intended to finance the attacks of 9/11.

• Karim Said Atmani, the document forger for the group plotting the 2000 Millenium [sic] plot bombing, was a frequent visitor to Bosnia. He obtained his first Bosnian passport in 1995 and subsequently was allowed to stay without a valid passport after he was deported by Canada in 1998.

• In late October 2001, Algerians with Bosnian citizenship were arrested by the Bosnian authorities on charges of plotting to fly small aircraft from Visoko and crash them into SFOR bases in Tuzla and Bratunac. [All of the Algerians were released after some years spent at Guantanamo Bay; it is unclear whether these charges stuck or not.]

• The 2005 plot to bomb the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Croatia reportedly originated in Gornja Maoča. The plot involved smuggling rocket launchers, explosives, and detonators into Italy.

• Also in 2005, Bosnian police raided an apartment connected to a group seeking to blow up the British Embassy in Sarajevo, seizing explosives, rifles, other arms, and a video pledging vengeance for jihadists killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. One of those arrested, a Swedish citizen of Bosnian origin, ran a website on behalf of Abu Musab Zarqawi, head of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

• In 2006, a group of Bosnians and Macedonians [usually code word for Macedonia’s majority-Albanian Muslims] linked to al-Qaeda were arrested in northern Italy after smuggling some 1,800 guns into that country from Istanbul.

Nor were the Iranians routed after the 1996 raid in Pogorelica. Today, both the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and National Security (VEVAK) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have a presence in Bosnia…An Israeli expert, cited by Christopher Deliso, concluded that Bosnia posed the biggest danger in the region because “There remain pro-Iranian elements in the government, and Iran is active through the embassy in Sarajevo and charities.”

Today, Islamist terrorism persists in Bosnia, whether involving al-Qaeda, Iran, or home-grown sources…. Many Western analysts largely have dismissed this terrorism as not being a major issue. The 2013 Congressional Research Service report on Bosnia, for example, makes only a brief mention of terrorism, and recent State Department and EU terrorism reports suggest that the level of terrorism in Bosnia is no greater than elsewhere in Europe.

On the other hand, a leading Bosnian law enforcement official said that the only reason there have not been more terrorist attacks was that “We’ve had more luck than brains.” The actual number of individuals involved is not trivial; Almir Džuvo, the director of the Intelligence and Security Agency of BiH (OSA), estimated in July 2010 that there were 3,000 potential terrorists in Bosnia, out of a population of just under four million people.

…[J]ust because the terrorist threat is not unusual does not [necessarily mean] it is unimportant. Comparisons with Western Europe can be misleading, as terrorism is much more dangerous to a fragile state than to a robust democracy.

One mujahideen leader predicted in 1996 that “[f]oreign fighters will not be a problem for Bosnia. They will move on. But we planted a seed here and you will have more and more Bosnian Muslims practicing traditional Islam.”

…Estimates of the numbers of Wahhabis or members of similar sects vary widely. Observers were surprised by the crowd of more than 3,000 people, half of them Bosnians, who attended the funeral of a Wahhabist leader in 2007, as well as by a 2013 conference in Tuzla that drew 500 participants, mostly young men. Given that an estimated 4,000 people gather each Friday to hear radical sermons preached at the Saudi-backed King Fahd Mosque in Sarajevo, the number of Wahhabis could be quite high. But the most likely figure is that given by Federation police (not the police of the Serb Republic), who estimated in 2009 that there were up to 5,000 practicing Bosnian Wahhabis.

Unsurprisingly, the Wahhabis recruit followers from the least privileged classes…There have been cases in which new members are paid several hundred euros per month for their loyalty…[and] for convincing their wives to wear the hijab in public, among other things.

The Saudi role in this process is extensive. The Saudis financed an extensive mosque-building program after the war, of which the $30-million King Fahd Mosque is only the most visible and influential, and built a parallel religious educational structure to that offered by the official Islamic Community. The Saudis are also believed to fund various Wahhabi groups, to educate young Bosnians in Saudi Arabia, and to send operatives to Bosnia who typically marry Bosnian women and blend into local society.

As the Wahhabi movement has gained momentum, militants have engaged in violent clashes with traditional Bosniaks and sought to impose their standards of behavior on the public…

Some Bosniaks have always been anti-American, but the vast majority were openly grateful to the United States for intervening to stop the war and then to keep the peace. No recent polls appear to have measured how these views may have changed. It is, however, unrealistic to expect young people born during or after the war to share that sense of gratitude, or indeed, to expect older people to continue to feel gratitude as the political system imposed at Dayton fails to deliver results.

While Wahhabi violence and proselytization are quite visible, these Islamists are even better known for their separatist enclaves, which function as “no-go-zones.” …The first such enclave was in the village of Bocinja Donja, formerly a Bosnian Serb village, where the Bosniak government settled former mujahideen after the war.

The mujahideen married Bosnian women and so acquired Bosnian citizenship. The village provided them a safe haven in which to maintain their terrorist contacts under the guise of simple farmers. In the 1990s, the hostility of the inhabitants of Bocinja Donja to outsiders, including SFOR, was palpable, undermining their claims of innocence. Eventually the enclave was closed down, and the village returned to its original owners. Now the best-known enclave is in Gornja Maoča, a remote village where native Bosnians reside along with foreign-born former mujahideen.

While the Bosnian Serbs continue to insist that these enclaves pose a significant security risk, Bosniak policy has been bifurcated. [On] one hand, there has been pressure to isolate and marginalize the Wahhabis….Analyst Stephen Schwartz speculates that Bosniak political leaders have “pursued a strategy of trying to confine the Wahhabi agitators to remote locations, rather than settling the problem by consequential legal proceedings.” Not all Bosniak officials are willing to settle for this approach, however. The authorities have made numerous arrests, including a massive 2010 raid on Gornja Maoča and the arrests of two of the enclave’s leaders following the 2011 attack on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo. Up to now, though, they have failed to obtain an indictment, let alone a conviction. As a result, a cloud of mystery is likely to cloak Gornja Maoča and other similar enclaves for some time to come, making it difficult to determine the degree of danger they pose to Bosnia’s internal security or their potential links to international terrorism.

Some observers caution that many Wahhabis are peaceful and should not be classified as terrorists, for fear of driving them into the arms of groups espousing violence. The Islamic Community, the official Muslim religious organization in Bosnia, has refused to condemn the Wahhabis, and attacks those who criticize them. But the Bosniak public remains unpersuaded; when last asked, 71 percent rejected Wahhabism, suggesting that this form of Islam remains for them both distinct from traditional Bosnian Islam and unwelcome.

The Wahhabis do not yet appear to have gained control of any significant governmental or official religious offices. Nor, although actual numbers are hard to estimate, have they created no-go zones in urban areas, as has happened in Western Europe. This lack of progress is most likely due to visceral opposition from local Bosniaks. Attempts to take over mosques have ended in violence; in one instance, a resident commented: “They should shave their beards and use deodorant instead of coming here like dogs. For me, they are wolf-dogs, they will attack our children. I have female children and do not dare to send them to [the religious school] at all.” These locals’ contempt of the Wahhabis is unmistakable.

Yet, current descriptions of the Federation suggest it is much more radicalized than was the case in the late 1990s. Given that the trend is pointing in the wrong direction, it would be foolish to regard Wahhabism as purely marginal, especially when an expert like Sarajevo professor Rešid Hafizović describes it as a “potentially deadly virus” for Bosnian Muslims. When times are hard and the future is bleak, such movements can gain momentum quickly.

ISLAMIST TIES OF SENIOR BOSNIAK LEADERS

…One factor that makes [Islamists] a greater danger in Bosnia than elsewhere, though, is their close connection to Bosniak leaders, in particularly three men (Bakir Izetbegović, Haris Silajdžić, and Alija Izetbegović). These men have occupied the Bosniak chair of the central state’s rotating presidency since its establishment. The danger of the Islamists in Bosnia has also been increased by their closeness to Mustafa Cerić, the mufti who until recently headed Bosnia’s official Islamic Community.

Those men, along with their associates and subordinates, have pursued policies inimical to the views and goals of moderate Muslims, and those of Bosnian Serbs and Croats. They have supported Islamist terrorism and Wahhabism, encouraged alienation between Bosniaks and other Bosnians, and sought closer ties with Islamist countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Bakir Izetbegović.

The most prominent Bosniak official today is Bakir Izetbegović, the current Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bakir served during the war as personal assistant and advisor to his father, Alija Izetbegović, who was then President of Bosnia. After the war, from 1999 to 2003, Bakir was a member of the managing board of the humanitarian Islamic charity, Merhamet. Like other Islamic charities, Merhamet used its humanitarian work as a cover during the war to deliver weapons to Bosnia.

It is unlikely that Izetbegović, as a personal assistant to the President, would have been unaware of these activities. Nor could he have been unaware of the initiative to bring mujahideen into Bosnia. In fact, Dževad Galijašević, a former Party of Democratic Action (SDA) official, in 2008, accused Izetbegović of being one of the chief protectors of the mujahideen who remained in Bosnia after the war.

Bakir, who for years directed the Construction Bureau of Sarajevo Canton, was involved in the construction of the King Fahd Mosque and reportedly arranged for the land on which the complex was built, previously owned by Serbs, to be donated to the Saudis. This mosque, the largest house of worship for Muslims in the Balkans, is also known for its key role as the center of Wahhabi influence and power in Bosnia…

Another indication of Bakir’s ideological orientation comes from his involvement in a secular initiative to advance the observance of sharia….He was responsible for coordinating the construction of the Bosna Bank International (BBI) Center in Sarajevo, described as “the only commercial shopping mall in Bosnia and Herzegovina that has prohibited sales of pork and alcohol.” The BBI Center was built by the BBI, the only bank in Bosnia to offer sharia-compliant finance. Among the principal goals of sharia-compliant finance is enhancing the appeal of an Islamic political order. Another is to generate funds that can be used to advance Islamist goals.

Finally, Bakir Izetbegović is known for his sympathies toward Iran. During his tenure in the BiH presidency, bilateral ties between Bosnia and Iran have expanded, including in trade and investment. Izetbegović called for even closer Iranian-Bosnian ties during a meeting with then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in February 2013 in Cairo, Egypt, on the margins of an [OIC] meeting. While a small country like Bosnia naturally seeks to maintain good ties with powerful countries, these initiatives stand out, coming as they did at a time when the UN, the United States, and the EU have put sanctions in place to isolate the regime in Tehran.

Some of those connections are particularly controversial. The Sarajevo weekly Slobodna Bosna reported that, according to the Iranian opposition, the Iranian Ibn Sina Institute in Sarajevo, described as a scientific research institute, is, in fact, the IRGC’s headquarters in the Balkans. The magazine also questioned the bona fides of some 200 Iranian “businessmen” who entered Bosnia in the first half of 2012, noting that they appeared to lack business contacts.

…In the spring of 2013, Bakir became embroiled in a dispute with Bosniak political rival Fahrudin Radončić, a former businessman who is currently the state-level minister of security. Bakir reportedly intervened to oppose expelling two Iranian diplomats whom Radončić had accused of improper activities and declared personae non grata. The diplomats eventually left, and a third was expelled in June 2013. Two of the three had reportedly made contact with the Wahhabist leader in Gornja Maoča. While no one has alleged any direct contact between Izetbegović and the Iranian diplomats, or between him and the enclave of Gornja Maoča, the reports do raise questions about whether Bosnia’s most senior Bosniak politician is opening the door to Iranian intelligence services and terrorist operatives.

Haris Silajdzić.

Izetbegović’s predecessor in the tri-presidency was Haris Silajdzić. A prominent SDA politician, Silajdzić was a former close associate of Alija Izetbegović and a senior member of his wartime cabinet, serving first as foreign minister and then as prime minister. During that time, he also oversaw directly the effort to bring mujahideen to Bosnia. Silajdzić was an effective spokesman for the Bosniak cause, making the case that his side was Western, secular, and democratic. However, his true convictions apparently lay with the mujahideen: In July 1995, he declared an Islamic holy war on Sarajevo TV and invited all Islamic states to fight on the side of Bosnia’s Muslims.

After the war…he continued to hold high government positions, but in 1997 he left the SDA to form the Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He resigned his government and party positions abruptly on September 21, 2001, reportedly because of his radical connections, but reemerged 5 years later to win the election to the tri-presidency.

In 2006, Silajdzić ran on a platform to abolish the Federation and the Serb Republic entities and strengthen the central Bosnian state — an unacceptable proposal for any official of the Serb Republic. In office, he engaged in a very public and polarizing dispute with Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, thereby contributing to the radicalization of Bosnian society. In the opinion of analyst Steven Oluic, Silajdzić took Bosnian society and politics back to the painful days of 1995. It is also noteworthy that the Iranian government not only expressed pleasure at his election but pledged him its continuing support. In 2008, Silajdzić was among those identified by Galijašević as one of the chief Bosnian protectors of the mujahideen since the war…

Neither of those men, however, has had as lasting an impact on Bosnian politics and society as Alija Izetbegović, Bakir’s father. Izetbegović, the man affectionately called “Dedo” (Grandpa) by many Bosniaks, was Bosnia’s president during the war and then the first Bosniak member of the tri-presidency. Throughout, he became the embodiment and symbol of embattled Muslims. Many U.S. policymakers considered him a leading proponent of multiethnic democracy and tolerance. Yet, Izetbegović left numerous signs pointing to his Islamist ideology. Even more importantly, he succeeded in forming an Islamist cadre of insiders, including Haris Silajdzić and Bakir Izetbegović, which remains highly influential today and has done much to shape Bosnia’s post-war history.

Izetbegović’s Islamist ideology is laid out in his famous political manifesto, The Islamic Declaration….Simply put, Muslims living in a non-Muslim majority country should play by the rules of that country — until they are strong enough to overthrow the system and install an Islamic government. Nothing in the Declaration suggested any compromise toward this goal.

Most Westerners ignored the Declaration or dismissed its contents on the assumption that it had been attacked by the Yugoslav government simply because it was an anti-communist tract. [NOTE: Similarly, they dressed up Croatian fascism — and especially one of its clerical heads (Aloysius Stepinac) — as anti-communist heroism/protest/freedom-fighting/pro-Westernism/pro-democracy.] But the Declaration was much more than that — and it was politically relevant after the fall of Yugoslavia. It was published in 1990 (before that, it was distributed secretly only) and later distributed to the troops of the Bosniak army…Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzić and Milorad Dodik have both testified before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Czech Republic [???? sic: Netherlands], that Izetbegović intended to build an Islamic state in Bosnia based on the concepts set out in the Declaration.

Accusations of Izetbegović’s continued commitment to the ideology of the Declaration were consistent with his marked preference for the Islamist regime in Iran. That preference first surfaced in 1983, when he was accused of seeking Iranian support for his cause. Izetbegović visited Iran in May 1991 as president of Bosnia and obtained assurances of Iranian support a year prior to the outbreak of hostilities…

Ideology is, of course, of little impact without an organization to implement it. Izetbegović created such an organization in the late 1980s: the SDA. Although the SDA gave the impression of being a moderate Muslim party in order to win Bosniak votes and garner Western sympathy, its inner core was comprised of former Young Muslims…[which] based its operations and program on Islamism, and one of its main principles was the unification of the Muslim world through the creation of a large Muslim state.

Although the Yugoslav government did its best to stamp out the group, it survived underground for decades. Some of its leading members (Hasan Čengić, Omer Behmen, Edhem Bičakčić, Huso Zivalj, and Ismet Kasumagic), imprisoned with Izetbegović in 1983, were assigned the most sensitive and important tasks during the war…Muhammed Sacirbey, Izetbegović’s wartime ambassador to the UN, was the son of Nedžib Šaeirbegović who had been imprisoned with Izetbegović after World War II [for terrorist activities related to Young Muslims]…

Several Young Muslims continued their political careers in the post-war period: Zivalj became Bosnia’s ambassador to the UN, and Bičakčić became prime minister of the Federation. After the war, Čengić served as Federation deputy defense minister until the United States forced his dismissal. Behmen focused on ideology, working actively with Islamist youth organizations and educational institutions on a so-called “third offensive” of the Young Muslims movement.

The fortunes of most of these individuals have attracted little attention from U.S. policymakers, but the same cannot be said for the activity that first drew Western attention to Izetbegović’s Islamist connections: his decision to bring mujahideen to Bosnia. His personal connections reached the very top of al-Qaeda: during the war Osama Bin Laden, who had been issued a Bosnian passport, reportedly met Izetbegović in his Sarajevo office.

After the war, all foreign fighters were required to leave Bosnia under the terms of the Dayton Peace Accords. Despite the best efforts of IFOR and the U.S. Government, many still remained in the country — and Izetbegović protected them. He openly supported supposedly disbanded mujahideen military units, while numerous murders and other acts of violence, particularly against Bosnian Croats living in the Federation, were carried out by those same mujahideen and their Bosnian accomplices.

These were not just random acts of violence in a lawless post-war period. Rather, the SDA was using the mujahideen “as powerful leverage in a struggle to maintain an ethnic majority in previously mixed regions of Central Bosnia and Sarajevo. . . .”

During the same period, more than 200 Iranian agents reportedly infiltrated Bosniak political and social circles as well as the U.S. “Train and Equip” military program, collaborating closely with a pro-Iranian faction within the Bosniak intelligence service. These agents aimed to gather information, sow dissension between Bosniak and Croat participants in “Train and Equip,” and turn Bosniak leaders against the West. It is highly unlikely that Izetbegović was unaware of this activity, as the Bosniak intelligence service at that time reported directly to him.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a number of terrorists were apprehended, and the charities funding them were closed. Then moderate political parties won a national election, and Munir Alibabić, a senior Bosniak security expert known for opposing al-Qaeda and the Iranian influence, was appointed head of the Federation Intelligence and Security Service.

In May 2002, Alibabić arrested five senior Bosniak officials connected to the SDA on suspicion of terrorism and espionage. The officials were allegedly linked to the murders of Croats, bomb blasts at Catholic sites, and two high-profile assassinations. [”He reportedly said that the Bosniak secret police ‘had been infected by al-Qaida….’” — From Lebel’s Endnotes] The SDA protested; all were released in October 2002, and no indictment was ever brought. Instead, Alibabić was dismissed by OHR’s High Representative Paddy Ashdown for mishandling intelligence information.

The SDA soon returned to power, making revelations of its misdeeds even more unlikely, while at the same time, the accusations fester and suspicions remain regarding their Islamist sympathies. As one analyst wrote, “There are countless examples of local authorities in Bosnia failing to act properly against Islamic extremism. The majority of these criminal cases have not been resolved and when the terrorists are identified the trials take years.”

…Much about Izetbegović’s wartime activities might have become known had he lived longer: At the time of his death in 2003, the ICTY was investigating him for alleged war crimes. However, after he died, the ICTY closed its investigation, thus shutting off a major avenue of inquiry that might have illuminated some of these murky postwar terrorist activities. [Perish the thought.]

Mustafa Cerić.

Much of the support for Bosniak nationalist parties and policies comes from former Grand Mufti of Sarajevo Mustafa Cerić. For years, he led the Islamic Community, the official Muslim organization in BosniaLike Silajdzić, Cerić set himself up in opposition to Dodik, continuing wartime rhetoric by portraying Bosniaks as victims in mortal danger from the Serbs.

Feted in Western Europe as a moderate Muslim, Cerić enjoys a different reputation at home, where he is known as “homo duplex,” the man with two faces. This nickname arises from numerous indications that he is anything but “moderate” — a judgment based on his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, his view regarding the imposition of sharia, and his positions on Wahhabism. These range from refusing to condemn it to hurling accusations of Islamophobia at anyone who criticizes it.

Cerić’s current ties to the Muslim Brotherhood arise from his membership in two pan-European organizations: the European Council for Research and Fatwa, a Brotherhood-linked group chaired by Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood, and the UK-based “Radical Middle Way,” which includes a wide range of scholars associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood.

On several occasions, Cerić has publicly advocated positions consistent with Brotherhood ideology. For example, in 2006, he issued the document, “A Declaration of European Muslims,” in which he declared European Muslims (including Bosniaks) fully committed to the values of democracy and human rights but called, among other things, for the partial implementation of sharia. Several years later he argued, in a speech in Berlin, Germany, that implementing sharia would not be contrary to Bosnia’s constitution — a position that would probably surprise most Bosniaks.

Over the years, Cerić has refused to condemn Wahhabism. His position stands in stark contrast to that of representatives and leaders of the Islamic Community in Montenegro, who did not hesitate to condemn Wahhabist activities…When asked if Saudi funding was deleterious, Cerić replied that Bosnia was in no position to turn down money from Saudi Arabia, which, after all, was an ally of the West. [Excellent point for the West to mull.]

But Cerić goes far beyond what would be required if he were simply bowing to a stronger player. He attacks critics of Wahhabism for being “Islamophobes” …and has led the way in developing the concept of “good” versus “bad” Bosniaks…Indeed, in 2010 and 2011, the Islamic Community issued reports on Islamophobia, cataloguing all the statements and actions that it believes express intolerance, hate, and hostility against Islam and Muslims. The definition deliberately obscures any differences among Muslims.

In 2012, Cerić was replaced as Grand Mufti by Hussein Effendi Kavazović, the mufti of Tuzla who is considered close to Cerić…

[T]he long-term impact of the Islamism of these men and their colleagues, subordinates, and supporters will most likely be extremely detrimental to the future of the country. Bosniak terror expert Dževad Galijašević describes the danger vividly:

“Active Islamism is pushing one’s own nation in the whirlpool of problems of other Islamic countries. It is getting Bosnian Muslims interested in events in the Arab world, in the Iranian revolution, in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is bringing Bosnia closer to Palestine. It is turning Muslims’ true historical brothers, Serbs and Croats, into eternal and irreconcilable enemies, and turning Arabs into the only and actual brothers who look, behave, and talk differently and have a completely different view of the family, the state, and themselves.”

Analysts often blame the failure to build a Bosnian state on the Serbs and Croats…It is wrong, however, to disregard the “push” factors….One very important factor is embedded in Balkan history during the period when the Ottoman Empire enforced sharia…Bosnian Serbs and Croats have not forgotten this system of dhimmitude. When Bosniak politicians talk about tolerance, Serbs and Croats suspect that they really mean a political system in which Muslims dominate. Similarly, Serbs and Croats dismiss Bosniak leaders’ affirmations of their commitment to multi-ethnicity, since under sharia, “multiethnic” means that many different ethnicities co-exist peacefully — but only under Muslim domination and according to strict rules.

These tensions would exist to some degree, regardless of which political ideology was dominant among Bosniaks. As historian Aleksa Djilas described the problem in 1992:

“Muslims imagined Bosnia as an independent state in which they would predominate. Although it was only Muslim extremists who thought non-Muslims should be expelled from Bosnia, most Muslim leaders believed only a Muslim should be allowed full citizenship. Religious Muslims based their demand for supremacy on the traditional belief that the rule of non-Muslims over Muslims was blasphemous. But most Muslims were typical nationalists. They wanted more for their group. . . .”

The influence that Islamists hold in Bosnia is also key with regard to their publicly stated goal of establishing a global Caliphate…While talking about it may baffle or bemuse Westerners, the reference is all too clear to inhabitants of the Balkans. This Islamist goal is dangerous because it also appeals to non-Islamist Muslims and because it is shared by two increasingly important foreign players: Turkey and the OIC.

In recent years, Turkey has used its relative economic strength to build influence in the Balkans. Its trade with those countries has increased, as has its investment in Bosnia. On the cultural side, Turkish companies have built the largest university campus in the Balkans in Ilidža, a suburb of Sarajevo…Turkish diplomats have also been very active in seeking to promote reconciliation among the Balkan countries…The nostalgia of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu for the Ottoman Empire, however, is more likely to raise the hackles of non-Muslims… Were the Bosniak leadership genuinely committed to reconciling Bosnia’s ethnic groups, it would presumably find some diplomatic way to cushion or rebut such statements.

In addition to its bilateral ties to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, Bosnia has observer status at the OIC…During an April 2013 visit to Sarajevo, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu urged Bosnia to upgrade to full membership. Bakir Izetbegović suggested that full membership would be useful to Bosnia by giving it access to OIC development funding. Were this to occur, Bosnia would presumably have to adopt any existing OIC agreements or conventions, including the 1990 Cairo Declaration on Human Rights. The Cairo Declaration rules out any rights incompatible with the Koran. That principle negates much of Western human rights, such as equality for religious minorities and freedom of speech, including the right to criticize Islam.

The OIC reinforces the tenets of the Cairo Declaration by means of annual reports on Islamophobia in Western countries, similar to the reports on Bosnia prepared by the Islamic Community. Bosnian OIC membership would probably give added impetus to this exercise, making it ever more difficult to criticize Islamist policies or groups. The OIC could be expected to show an active interest in Bosnian internal developments, as it recently resuscitated its Bosnia Contact Group from the early-1990s. There is little chance that the OIC would remain neutral regarding disputes between Bosniaks and Bosnian Serbs and Croats.

Given all these factors, Bakir Izetbegović’s comments in favor of full OIC membership were hardly designed to improve inter-ethnic relations…

Were Bosnia to split into three parts, the Bosniak rump state would come under strong pressure to join the OIC and could, in so doing, set a decidedly non-Western course.

Nor is the EU equipped to resolve Bosnia’s inter-ethnic tensions. On such issues, fuzzy rhetoric prevails, not constructive policies or actions. For example, EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, in response to a complaint by Bosnian Croat Cardinal Vinko Puljić that Bosnian Muslim discrimination was driving out Catholics, countered that a “European perspective” (e.g., EU membership) “is the only way to overcome the crisis.” Exactly how this transformation would work is unclear, especially since the European Commission, in its 2012 annual report on Bosnia, devoted one short paragraph out of 60 pages to the issue of religious discrimination — and offered a high-level interfaith meeting as a remedy.

Were U.S. policymakers at some point to contemplate a mission involving U.S. forces, they would need to factor in the increased danger from Islamism…. IFOR/SFOR enjoyed only limited success in combating terrorism — unsurprisingly, as it was tasked primarily with maintaining a safe and secure environment. The list of high-profile international plots hatched during and after SFOR’s tenure (see Box 1) shows the difficulty a military force with only limited counterterrorist capabilities has in deterring such activity, especially when local officials shield the terrorists from outside pressure.

Today’s NATO presence is no better equipped to deal with a terrorist threat. Counterterrorism is not even among the top three missions of the current NATO headquarters in Sarajevo. Nor would preparing Bosnia for NATO membership help, as the accession requirements revolve primarily around issues of democratic legitimacy and defense-sector capabilities.

In addition, Islamist anti-Americanism has now had a chance to put down roots. How deep those roots are is hard to determine, but the possibility of jihadist violence against U.S. or Western troops is probably greater than it was previously. Some terrorists would likely be homegrown and able to blend more easily into the native population…

Shortly before the Dayton Peace Accords and the start of IFOR, General Charles G. Boyd, USAF (Ret.), former deputy commander of the European Command, argued that the United States should give equal weight to the fears and aspirations of Serbs as well as to those of Muslims and Croats [Imagine that!] …Eighteen years later, his analysis remains relevant. Political disputes are at the base of Bosnia’s problems, some of which reflect the destabilizing and deleterious impact of Islamism…

Balkan expert Edward P. Joseph wants the United States to refocus on achieving Bosnian membership in NATO rather than the EU, as it is more obtainable. He predicts that accelerated NATO membership would transform the political climate in Bosnia, ending any debate over changes to its territorial integrity. In a similar vein, military expert Steven Oluic writes that “Bosnia’s ability to resist extremism and radical Islam depends on continued Western engagement in the region and the recent phenomena of moderate Bosniaks challenging the radical Islamists and their ideologies.” Unfortunately, if the West pushes Bosnian Serbs to transfer military facilities to the central state without acknowledging or countering their concerns about Islamism or Muslim dominance, this move is unlikely to succeed and may only increase opposition to NATO.

Bosnia’s eventual NATO membership would raise other issues, not only because part of the Bosniak political elite has ties to Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, but also because Bosnia is openly cultivating closer ties with Iran at a time when the Western world is united in applying sanctions to that country. It is also difficult to predict how Bosnia and other Balkan countries with large Muslim populations and growing Islamist influence will react to future NATO crisis operations in Muslim countries. […]

Kosovo police detain 3 terrorism suspects (AP, June 26, 2014)

Kosovo police say they have detained three people for allegedly forming a terrorist group and recruiting followers.

In a statement Thursday police said they found military uniforms and propaganda material when they searched the suspects’ homes in southern Kosovo.

A police officer, who was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing, said the three allegedly plotted to carry out an attack inspired by radical Islamist teachings.

Local media reported the suspects were ethnic Albanians with suspected links to radicals in Syria, where at least one of them allegedly fought alongside Sunni rebels.

Prompted by the surge of volunteers joining militants in Syria, Kosovo lawmakers recently passed legislation [after criticism for being silent on the issue] with prison sentences of up to 15 years for those joining armed groups abroad.

I guess they just didn’t see that trend coming when they tore away from the host society to be all on their Muslim own.

It seems it’s time for an update on Balkans jihadists in Syria, where as of January this year, 15 “Bosniaks” (11 from Bosnia and four from Serbia’s Sandzak) have been killed. In addition to Albania’s arrest of eight people in March for Syrian and other jihad recruitment, there was this from May:

Another Macedonian Albanian Reported Killed in Syria (Balkan Insight, May 14, 2014)

A 31-year-old man formerly convicted of planting a bomb in Kumanovo has reportedly been killed fighting in Syria, increasing the number of Macedonian citizens killed in the violence there to at least six.

Thirty-one-year-old Adnan Rexhepi from Kumanovo, northern Macedonia, died on Saturday while fighting with a rebel group against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Albanian-language media in Macedonia have reported.

“We have received the news that our brother Adnan died as a martyr in Sham, Allah have mercy on him, we feel proud that we had him,” friends were cited writing on Facebook by the Albanian-language INA news agency.

Rexhepi was a former insurgent of the now defunct National Liberation Army, NLA, which fought the Macedonian security forces during the conflict in the country in 2001. [NLA being as “defunct” as the KLA, wink-wink. Yet another example of Albanian terrorists who cut their teeth as our allies (NLA is an offshoot of our KLA buddies), predictably moving on to other jihads.]

In 2003, Rexhepi was arrested by Macedonian police and sentenced to four years in prison for placing a bomb in the centre of Kumanovo along with several other acomplices. The explosion caused by the bomb injured three people.

Rexhepi is the sixth Macedonian citizen who has reportedly been killed in Syria. Some unofficial reports say that more than 300 Albanians from Macedonia might have already joined Syrian rebels…Addressing this issue in January, the head of the Islamic Religious Community in Macedonia, IVZ, Sulejman Rexhepi, warned Muslims not to get involved in the sectarian conflict raging in Syria.

Macedonian law forbids citizens from taking part in foreign paramilitary groups…Local ethnic Albanian analysts say the Macedonian citizens fighting in Syria are not mercenaries…

(Unlike our own military which, as the dreaded Patrick Buchanan correctly pointed out in September, is doing the bidding of “sheiks, sultans and emirs” — and Turkey. A letter to the editor in New Hampshire’s Foster’s Daily Democrat echoed the sentiment: “Kerry now publicly says the Arab world will pay for the U.S. military excursion against Syria. I am a veteran, and to see the U.S. military reduced to being mercenaries for Saudi Arabia and other Mideast nations…makes me angry…” Of course, the U.S. as Muslim mercenary is nothing new. Kuwait 1991. Bosnia 1995. Kosovo 1999. Iraq 2003. Libya 2011.)

This past March, meanwhile, we had some Syria-connected Albanians biting one of the countless hands that feed them, Turkey:

Third assailant captured after suspected Al-Qaeda attack on gendarmerie in central Turkey (Daily Hurriyet, March 21, 2014)

…Two of the assailants, 18-year-old E.S. and E.A, were Albanian citizens, while 23-year-old Ç.R was a citizen of Kosovo, although all were speaking Arabic…Police seized seven grenades, three kalashnikovs, two mufflers and three bayonets…A gendarmerie soldier, police officer and truck driver were killed in the attack, while five others were wounded.

‘I did a good deed by killing a Turkish gendarme,’ Niğde assailant says (Hurriyet Daily News, March 21, 2014)

… “I did a good deed by killing the Turkish gendarmerie soldier,” the perpetrator identified as Ç.R., a Swiss national who was first reported as being from Kosovo, told police…All of the assailants, captured within hours, are suspected of being members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which is linked with al-Qaeda.

“I don’t render an account to anyone but Allah. I will not give any testimony. You are all pagans,” he was also quoted as saying. He also reportedly said Turkey was considered an “enemy” for being a NATO member.

A third assailant M.Z., a national of Macedonia, was also arrested by the court. Following the attack, Turkish officers said the information they received pointed to Syrian links…


ISIL CONNECTION IN ATTACK AGAINST TURKISH SECURITY FORCES
(Daily Sabah, March 25, 2014)

…Çendrim Ramadani, Benjamin Xu…along with the third suspect, Macedonian national Muhammed Zakiri, who was captured one day after the attack at a mosque where he was hiding, were interrogated by prosecutors. They face charges of murdering public officials and smuggling firearms. The suspects of Albanian and Kosovar origin, entered Turkey through the Syrian border.

The suspects were travelling from Hatay, the Turkish province on the Syrian border, to Istanbul when they were stopped at a checkpoint. They fired shots at the officers at the checkpoint, killing military officer Adil Kozanoğlu and policeman Adem Çoban. They also killed a driver whose truck they hijacked to flee the scene.

In their initial interrogation, Benjamin Xu said he was a German citizen with a Chinese mother and resided in Berlin. Ramadani said he was a Swiss citizen.

Benjamin Xu told the prosecutor they were returning home after fighting in Syria. “I don’t know Ramadani well. He offered to travel to Kosovo with me and I accepted. I wasn’t aware of any weapons. I later found out he secretly placed weapons in my bag. When he saw the soldiers at the checkpoint, he drew his gun and started firing. He also shot me in the foot during the shooting and said it was an accident. I don’t remember what happened next because I had taken drugs,” Xu said. Xu said he was not a member of any terrorist organization and pleaded for his release.

Turkey, a staunch critic of the Assad regime and host of the Syrian opposition, is accused of arming and helping ISIL militants in Syria. […]

In addition to all the Balkans volunteers to Syria previously noted here, new reports streamed in steadily last summer. In August, news portal InSerbia found “another clip of Wahhabis, allegedly from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are participating in the clashes in Syria…In the video Wahhabis call youth to join them in ‘jihad in Allah’s path’…”

Also in August came this AFP roundup of Balkans jihadists in Syria:

Balkan former guerrillas join Syria rebels (AFP, Aug. 7, 2013)


File - A former sniper in the Kosovo Liberation Army, who also fought with rebels in Syria, plays video games at his home near the town of Pristina on June 11, 2013. (AFP Armend Nimani) Proving that violence can lead to video games.

Some fought as guerrillas during the bloody Balkans wars of the 1990s, battling powerful tanks and artillery.

Others grew up under the influence of radical Islam that has gained ground in poverty-hit areas in the Balkan countries and regions populated by Muslims. [A phenomenon that, coincidentally, grew after the West’s 90s interventions.]

Today, both experienced fighters and their younger followers are leaving the Balkans to join Syrian rebels on the front line…Migena Maliqaj, an Albanian, had not heard from her husband Halil since November, when he told her he was leaving their home in Prush, outside the capital Tirana, to try to find work in Turkey. In June, she received a text message from an unknown number saying that Halil had been killed in Syria.

The first Ermal Xhelo’s mother knew of her son’s involvement in Syria was when the 35-year-old’s remains were brought home to her in Albania’s southern city of Vlora. He too had said he was going to work in Turkey.

The Xhelo family also refused to talk. “My son had nothing to do with extremists,” the mother told AFP, abruptly ending the phone call.

[Of course not. Albanians aren’t ‘like that,’ so this is shocking to Albanians.]

Illir Kulla, a security expert from Albania, estimates that “at least 300 Albanians from Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia have left for Syria to fight in the name of a ’sacred war’” over the past months. Their conviction comes from their Islamic faith, Kulla stressed.

“They are not mercenaries, but volunteers convinced that they are fighting for a good cause…prone to religious manipulation that the war in Syria is truly a sacred war,” Kulla said.

A classified intelligence report by Kosovan security services described “Islamic extremists” going to Syria in small groups “claiming they are helping out their brothers.”

In May, street signs in Novi Pazar, the main town in Serbia’s Muslim-majority southern region of Sandzak, were covered with obituaries for Eldar Kudakovic, a 27-year-old [’Bosniak’] killed in Syria during a raid by rebels on a prison near the key city of Aleppo, reportedly with another man from the area.

“All of us are with them. And all of us are Mujahideen,” read a message posted on a Sandzak radical Islam web portal, praising the victims as “martyrs.”

Reports of jihadists dying in Syria have not deterred Balkans fighters. One father-of-three from Podujevo, a small town in northern Kosovo, was making the final preparations for his journey to Syria, which he was to enter illegally…His words muffled by the call for noon prayer from a nearby mosque, he was nevertheless adamant his decision was final.

“Once I am gone, I will not return until the end of the war,” he told AFP, adding that his wife and young children would be taken care of by his two brothers.

Also planning to depart for Syria was a former sniper in the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army….along “with about a dozen war comrades, experts in different weaponry if peace talks fail.”

Religious expert Visar Duriqi said recruitment of future fighters has been taking place in Kosovo through a set-up allegedly run by a Salafi sect….Recruitment is voluntary, experts agree, with Salafists meeting far from the eyes of the community, and often late at night. The Islamic Community of Kosovo, a body representing Muslims, denies any involvement in the Syria recruitment.

“I am all for helping the (Syrian) people to escape from this bloody mess, not individually, but as it was done in Libya” with help from the international community, its representative Resul Rexhepi said. [In other words, the way it was done in Libya, the foundation for which was laid in Kosovo and Bosnia: get the infidels to fight your jihad for you.]

Observers say that the worsening economic crisis in the Balkans…has contributed to the radicalization of youth. Experts believe that the Salafist presence is strongest in Bosnia, as many foreign fighters joined Muslim forces against Bosnian Serb troops and settled there after the bloody 1992-1995 war.

Esad Hecimovic, a Bosnian security expert, told AFP that volunteers for the war in Syria said they were motivated by the fight for what they describe as a single “Islamic homeland.”

[Oh. So in 1995 we weren’t helping establish an ‘independent, democratic, multi-ethnic, Westward-facing Bosnia,” but a caliphate? Golly.]

“This is the original motive, the same one which motivated some foreigners to come and fight in Bosnia, and now motivates Bosnians to go to Syria,” Hecimovic said.


Kosovo Muslims attend Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Pristina. Gee, life looks so much more pleasant than rule from Belgrade.

“I absolutely don’t care what becomes of my children”

The IPS wire service carried a similar piece:

Balkans Feed the Syria Battle (Inter Press Service, Aug. 2, 2013)

…Muaz Sabic (41) died near Aleppo two months ago…[His brother] Ilijas said his brother left Sarajevo for Istanbul in March. Muaz travelled with a couple of young men from Zenica and nearby Kakanj. According to the local reports, Muaz is one of 52 Bosniak Salafis who left for Syria. Volunteers from Bosnia reportedly gather in the Turkish town Antakya and cross into Syria illegally at the Bab el Hawa crossing…Most [volunteers] join the Al-Nusra unit, labelled by the U.S., the United Nations and Britain a terrorist organisation “with links to Al-Qaeda.”

Bosnian Muslims are Sunnis. Many have re-invented their religion after the 1992-1995 war…According to a former top official of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bajro Ikanovic (37) is among those taking Bosniak Muslims to Syria. In 2007, he was sentenced to eight years in prison by a Sarajevo court on charges of terrorism. His home in Hadzici near Sarajevo was found to be a storage for explosives…Ikanovic was freed after four years, and began to organise volunteers for Syria.

Ikanovic told the religious [jihadist] site www.putvjernika.com in an interview that “…I absolutely don’t care what becomes of my children, we leave them to the law of Allah and we’ll be proud of our deeds and our lives the way we lived them.”

…Two young men from the southern Serbian town Novi Pazar died in Syria in May. Their deaths were praised on the local www.sandzakhaber.net site. Known under their battle names Abu Bera and Abu Merdia, Eldar Kundakovic and Adis Salihovic died in an effort to free prisoners from the Al-Safira jail near Aleppo. [And in January, 19-year-old Mirza Ganic was the third from Novi Pazar to die in Syria. Now there’s an apropos last name.]

The SIPA official told IPS that “the war in Bosnia opened the doors for re-invention of Islam; jihad fighters who came here to fight along their Muslim brethren against Serbs or Croats brought their ideology, customs and enthusiasm. For some young men that was a revelation, a kind of missing link being revealed…”

“It is no secret that people are being paid to go to Syria or other fronts for that matter,” a local resident told IPS. “Mosques are places where people gather more than ever in the past…they hear their imams calling for solidarity, explaining the sufferings of fellow Muslims in Syria and all over the world…” The monthly income for jihadis paid through organisations disguised as ‘humanitarian agencies’, can be about 600 dollars…

And Then There Were None

Below is an excerpt from a piece last July, subheaded with this common disclaimer: “Even though conservative Islam is not much appreciated among the liberal and secular Bosniak and Albanian communities, radical groups show an increasing online and real-life presence.” Which as usual misses the point: Many of those “nominal” Muslims wanted what they wanted, and caused what they caused; now they must live with the consequences, as must their neighbors and now the rest of us.

From YouTube to Jihad – Balkan volunteers in Syria (TransConflict, July 18, 2013, By Vladimir Ninković)

The alleged popular uprising in Syria has quickly turned into a predominantly religious conflict, if it had ever been anything else…there might be over one thousand European jihadists fighting with the rebels in Syria…In Holland, for instance, the national terrorism threat level has recently been raised to substantial, given that around one hundred Dutch nationals are currently in Syria, whilst a dozen who have already returned are now subject to government surveillance…

With respect to the Balkans, media outlets suggest that around 300 local Islamists went to fight for the Sunni cause in Syria, primarily from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia (from its Southwestern part, called ‘Raska oblast’ by Serbs, and ‘Sandzak’ by Bosniaks). [Where’s Kosovo in that list? Is the writer considering it one with Serbia, or with Albania?] Two Serbian citizens – Eldar Kundakovic from Novi Pazar and Adis Salihovic from Rozaje – recently lost their lives…Another young man, Muaz Ahmeti – a 23-year old student of the Islamic Cairo University, from…Bujanovac – was killed in Syria in May. The death of Naman Demoli from Pristina last year, meanwhile, figured prominently in the Kosovo media. [Oh, there’s Kosovo.]

In neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Salafists and Mujjahadins were settled in several locations after the tragic [not strategic?] war of the nineties, the situation is even more alarming. According to various sources, some 52 volunteers left Bosnia and joined the Al Nusrah front, widely-recognized as Al Qaida associates. The media recently reported that their recruitment was organized by the extremist leader of the Salafi community in the village of Gornja Maoca in northern Bosnia [Gornja Maoca popped up on the radar just a month after 9/11], Nusret Imamovic, and Dzevad Golos, from Mostar, who runs the Daru-l-Quran Foundation for Kur’an studies.

Another factor contributing to the influx of Balkan Muslims is the extensive media coverage of Syria, echoing the nineties wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, in which Muslim Bosniaks and Albanians were represented as victims by the Western media [which itself contributed to the influx of nastier Muslims to those regions], as it is currently the case with the rebels. The question posed by the Dutch media resonates – what will the veterans be capable of doing once they return?

Kosovo in particular has had at least a five-part role in this whole Syria thing: In addition to contributing fighters, weapons have been funneled through it; Syrian rebels have trained there; Kosovo’s ex-terrorist “leadership” has politically mentored both Libyan and Syrian oppositions (though Doug Saunders of Canada’s Globe & Mail felt reassured by Kosovo officials that Syrian rebels weren’t “actually training in Kosovo [perhaps those plans were scrapped because Russia urged against turning Kosovo into a training ground for militants, using reopened KLA bases, after an April 2012 guerrilla warfare experience-share attempted to make such a deal]; rather, their leaders…held numerous meetings with leaders of Kosovo and former fighters from the KLA…[D]eputy foreign minister Petrit Selimi…described Kosovo as ‘a quiet meeting place away from the spotlight that comes with gathering in larger capitals such as Istanbul or Cairo.’”); finally, Kosovo also has been extensively cited as an inspiration, road map, and precedent for both Libya and Syria.

That’s right — the political establishment that brought you the 15-year “Kosovo Is Not a Precedent” mantra/instruction, spent 2013 pointing to Kosovo as a precedent. (So, when they want it to be one.) Applying the precedent in every which way but how it fits, the political and media classes were justifying a Syria intervention by pointing to our Kosovo one (no sooner than they’d done the same for Libya).

Perpetual war-stoking early bird and Bosnia relic Christiane Amanpour’s April 2012 piece “Bosnia’s Lesson for Syrian Slaughter” (as well as “Syria must not become new Bosnia: U.N. rights boss” and “UN repeating mistakes of Bosnia, says Turkish PM“) foreshadowed the following slew of Syria-Kosovo analogies based on the same kind of original fiction as Amanpour’s Bosnia one, though the analogies were apt in ways unintended (i.e., ‘let’s again side with the greater evil and wreak havoc’):

Intervention Lessons from Kosovo for Syria; Obama Aides See Kosovo as Precedent for Attacking Syria; Looking Back at Kosovo Can Move the Syria Conflict Forward; It’s 1999 in Syria; Kosovo Offers United States a Roadmap for Syria; Air War in Kosovo Seen as Precedent in Possible Response to Syria Chemical Attack; John McCain: ‘Syrian Rebels Do Not Understand Why We Won’t Help Them’; Learning Lessons About Syria from our Experience in Kosovo and Libya; To deter extremists in Syria, Obama must heed lessons of Kosovo intervention; and, for good measure, a piece by the Turkish and Bosnian foreign ministers, titled “Syria Proves Nothing has Changed Since Bosnia,” including, apparently, the inflated, now corrected for almost a decade, figure of “more than 300,000″ war dead — like I’ve said, no fact-checking for Balkans material even if you’re Washington Post; and “Syria is President Obama’s Kosovo.”

In fact, Kosovo is a precedent in every way that they don’t want you to notice. In addition to the biggest one — as a separatism domino — we were again seeing:

* U.S. backing radicals, emboldening multinational jihadists (Washington backed jihadist elements in Kosovo, now in Syria — “The Western media’s coverage of the Syrian conflict has drawn comparisons to how it covered…the disintegration of Yugoslavia… ‘taking a complex situation involving atrocities and violence committed on both sides of the conflict, and attributing them only to one side. What you do is come up with a concept, and you fit the facts into the concept…’ [former Senate policy adviser James] Jatras noted… ‘Why is it that in the name of fighting terrorism and promoting democracy, the United States always seems to find itself on the side of jihadist elements engaging in terrorism…?’”);

* Christians and other non-Muslims and semi-Muslims being mowed down;

* The U.S. Constitution and international law being flouted ( “Pentagon is working on a Kosovo-type intervention in Syria even in the absence of a mandate from the UN Security Council…military intervention cloaked as providing security for the humanitarian mission….Ankara ha[s] also begun echoing the same idea… But it is hard to imagine that without a UN mandate of some sort, Turkey or NATO would have the audacity to intervene militarily in Syria… [ “Imagine” it in 1999.] The Western ploy would be to cast Russia and China as blocking the international community’s noble mission to render humanitarian help to the Syrian people in distress.” Meanwhile, Madeleine Albright finally made a half-admission this year: “What we did in Kosovo wasn’t legal, but it was right.” It was “right,” of course, because Serbs are “Disgusting!” Maybe in another 15 years she’ll admit it also wasn’t right. And of course, Hillary Clinton: “‘Faced with a neutered Security Council, we have to redouble our efforts outside of the United Nations.’ [I]t was Mrs Clinton’s husband who took action in Kosovo without direct UN authorisation.”);

* Which reminds me: Turkey agitating for action: in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Syria alike (“Erdogan lashed out at the United Nations’ inaction, saying world powers are repeating the mistakes they made in Bosnia…He also called for a change in the structure of the UN Security Council, where reluctance by any member…can stymie action.” Erdogan had “been calling for Assad’s ouster for two years and transships weapons to the rebels….[T]hough he has a 400,000-man NATO-equipped army, three times Syria’s population, and a 550-mile border to attack across, Erdogan wants us, the ‘international community,’ to bring Assad down.”);

* “Limited airstrikes” not being called an act of war (again, an undeclared war);

* The West and rebels co-staging atrocities (During the Bosnian war, every time a critical decision was pending at the UN or Congress, there would be a “Serb mortar attack” in a Muslim civilian area; that’s not mentioning the staged atrocities by KLA-CIA in Kosovo. Notably, anti-terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky called this one out last August, even catching Rush Limbaugh’s attention: Could the Chemical Attack in Ghouta be the Markale of the Syrian War? — “In August 1995…negotiations with the Serbs were going well as Pres. Slobodan Milosevic was demonstrating unprecedented flexibility and accepting virtually all the demands… Hence, it was becoming politically and legally impossible for the US-led West to launch the NATO military intervention which Pres. Clinton had promised Bosnia-Herzegovina leader Alija Izetbegovic….Then, on August 28, 1995, a mortar shell appeared to hit the Markale market-place in Sarajevo, killing 38 people and wounding another 90. Russian Col. Andrei Demurenko, then the commander of UN Forces in Sarajevo, immediately rushed with an UNPROFOR team to the supposed Bosnian-Serb mortar positions and ascertained that none of them could have been used… Nevertheless, NATO launched the air campaign against Bosnian-Serb forces and shortly afterwards decided the war in favor of the Bosnian-Muslims. On August 31, 1995, Jean Daniel, then Editor of the magazine Le Nouvel Observateur…recounted an exchange he had just had with French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur…. ‘They [the Muslims] have committed this carnage on their own people?’ Daniel asked. ‘Yes,’ confirmed Balladur without hesitation, ‘but at least they forced NATO to intervene.’” It all certainly gives deeper resonance to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s words in October 2012: “It appears that every time hope for progress in the Syrian situation arises, somebody…deliberately fuels the continuation of the bloodshed…” Lavrov cited some unspecified opposition groups as telling Russia that Western countries urge them to continue the resistance.”);

* NATO as air force for KLA/al-Q;

(On the four counts immediately above, this time we heard some American trepidation: Aug. 28, 2013 — “‘So what, we’re about to become Al-Qaeda’s air force now?’ said Kucinich… ‘And to try to minimize it by saying we’re just going to have a “targeted strike”‘ …[H]e doubted the allegations that President Assad had used chemical weapons… ‘This is being used as a pretext,’ he said. ‘The verdict is in before the facts have been gathered. What does that tell you?’ … [Further,] ‘Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution,” says the letter [to Obama from Kucinich and 21 Republicans]…The Syrian government has warned that an assault on the country would not be easy for Western powers. ‘We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves…’ Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told a televised news conference.” (Defending itself was something Serbia was condemned for as “anti-Western” and branded as “the enemy.”)) Continuing now with the Kosovo-as-precedent bullet points:

* U.S. tying hands of sovereigns dealing with domestic terror;

* Victorious rebel forces not disarming, then instituting lawlessness with “revenge killings, detention, ethnic cleansing and torture continu[ing] unabated” and “rather than being grateful for NATO helping drive out Gadhafi [or Insert Strongman Here], the al-Qaida elements have begun targeting British, American and UN facilities”;

* Again the bizarre logic that worked out so well for us in Kosovo and Bosnia, of “We’re helping the rebels so they don’t turn to the bigger radicals ( “Mr. Kerry said one reason for sending money to the Syrian coalition is to try to counter the influence of extremists.” And similar words from “Jihad John” Mc thank-god-for-the-Saudis Cain, who early on said it was shameful we weren’t helping the Syrian rebels: “McCain called Monday for the United States to lead a military coalition… ‘Inaction denies us the opportunity to have influence with forces in Syria who will one day inherit the country, ceding that to foreign states that may not always share our values….the longer this conflict drags on, the more radicalized it becomes.’ [So support the more radical side?]…Failure to act could result in Syria becoming a failed state, riven by extremist violence and sectarian conflict, he said… ‘It’s not a civil war, because all the military strength is on one side, and not the other,’ he said. ‘At least we ought to give them a chance to have a fair fight.’”);

* Which reminds me: Again the “we have to even out the playing field” mentality, which prolongs the conflict and increases the chaos and casualties. (To wit, The NY Times‘ Malcolm Rifkind, in “A Call to Arm Syria’s Rebels (Aug. 2012),” wrote: “In September 1991, as violence spread through the Balkans, Yugoslavia’s helpless foreign minister, Budimir Loncar, requested that the UN Security Council establish a global arms embargo that would apply to all parties in the conflict….the only example of a government demanding sanctions be imposed on its own country…In fact, the embargo — which I supported at the time — consolidated the Bosnian Serbs’ overwhelming superiority of arms due to their access to the stockpiles of the Yugoslav National Army…And we are now making the same mistake in Syria….”);

* And again the “we have to do something” mentality — which actually creates the “failed state, riven by extremist violence and sectarian conflict” (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in October 2012,”It should not take something as drastic as Srebrenica to shake the world into taking serious action to stop this type of conflict”; and Angelina Jolie, belated discoverer of the debunked version of Bosnia and director of a movie recycling it, had her “do something” moment for Syria in Feb. 2012, from Bosnia itself: “Angelina Jolie said [to Al Jazeera Balkans] the world should intervene to stop the violent crackdown in Syria, and condemned powers that have vetoed a UN resolution against the regime…[Her] wartime love story in Bosnia…she has called a ‘wake-up call’ to prevent atrocities like those now happening in Syria.”);

* Last and most, the Holocaust analogies (Brendan O’Neill in September: “Holocaust relativism is rampant…usually as a form of moral blackmail to get people to support military action against some tinpot tyrant said to be ‘the new Hitler’, [which] has the effect of making the Holocaust mundane, unexceptional, an event that happens again and again…[John Kerry] says America’s stand-off with Assad is ‘our Munich moment’ [after our last not-so-Munique moment, Albright’s in 1999]. He describes the…chemical-weapons attacks in Syria as being reminiscent of those who “lost their lives…to German gas” …Harry Reid likewise… ‘”Never again”, swore the world.’ …[C]ommentators have gone into Holocaust-milking overdrive, arguing that ‘the gassing of Syrians with vaporised sarin’ is on a par with the Nazis’ ‘gassing of Jews with Zyklon B 70 years ago’. [See this whopper from American University’s Lori Handrahan.]…The Muslim Council of Britain once boycotted Holocaust Memorial Day on the basis that it failed to commemorate conflicts in Bosnia and Chechnya, which apparently were Holocausts too….[T]he Serbs were frequently referred to by liberal observers as Nazis….It took Elie Wiesel to point out the difference…: ‘The Holocaust was conceived to annihilate the last Jew on the planet. Does anyone believe that Milosevic…seriously planned to exterminate all the Bosnians, all the Albanians…?’”)

* Which leads us to that other great Balkans-era hallmark: recruiting the Jews. Because it’s hard to help out the most radical Muslim side without enlisting a Jew. (AIPAC was practically blackmailed, though not by all accounts, by the Obama administration to support limited airstrikes against Syria. “Obama ordered AIPAC to go to Capitol Hill to lobby for the Syria strikes,” Caroline Glick wrote last September. “He did so knowing that its involvement would weaken public support for AIPAC and Israel. Both would be widely perceived as pushing the US to send military forces into harm’s way to defend Israel.” On cue, Patrick Buchanan (and worse Israel-unfriendlies) had a field day, though not an easily dismissible one, complete with a photo of Obama with a Jewish star in his face:

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has joined the Israeli lobby AIPAC in an all-out public campaign for a U.S. war on Syria. Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League have invoked the Holocaust…The Republican Jewish Coalition, too, bankrolled by Sheldon Adelson…whose solicitude for the suffering children of Syria is the stuff of legend, is also backing Obama’s war…Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have saluted and enlisted…is it really wise for Jewish organizations to put a Jewish stamp on a campaign to drag America into another war that a majority of their countrymen do not want to fight? …Does the U.S. Jewish community really want to be responsible for starting a war that ends with two million Christian Syrians facing a fate not unlike that of Poland’s Jews?

Balkans: the Ultimate Gateway Drug

And still, despite all these parallels, we’re not supposed to believe that Bosnia and Kosovo were a gateway drug. Specifically: In the context of a 20/20-hindsight-on-1980s-Afghanistan world, our again helping in the early 90s — this time less excusably — Muslims against infidels, seems to have opened the door to additional and more dangerous addictions.

Last August, former Senate policy adviser Jim Jatras sent out the following email about the ironic Syria-Kosovo analogies being made by those who instructed us that Kosovo was no precedent:

I routinely check news searches for “Syria” and “Kosovo.” Up til a few days, ago, you only saw a handful of hits. Now the news is full of gleeful advocates of the “Kosovo precedent.”

The bottom line is always the same:

• frame the issue of “stopping” the designated former client now turned Hitler-of-the-month (Milosevic, Saddam, Qaddafi, Assad, whoever’s next);

• provoke or invent the casus belli (as we define it, a “red line” massacre, gas attack, WMDs, impending “humanitarian crisis” in Benghazi [again, check out CNN, Sept. 2, 2013: Free Syrian Army general Salim Idris tells Wolf Blitzer that “in the coming days” — right around when Congress was to vote on war authorization — Assad’s forces would use chemical weapons to kill 20,000 or 30,000 people. How would he know that and how could he already have the figure of victims? Unless the rebels already had a plan in place for a “government strike” designed to influence the vote. The video has been pulled, but here’s another example and another. Perhaps the “chemical attack” was scrapped in light of the general giving the world a heads-up, or maybe because the Russians and Turks traced chemical weapons to the rebels, Patrick Buchanan wrote that September, and suggested, “Why not tell the Russians to meet us in the Security Council where we will prove our ’slam-dunk’ case?…The idea of launching missiles based on evidence we will not reveal….]);

• bully or entice at least some of our satellites (starting with the London poodle) into joining in so we can cite the opinion of the “international community”;

• make sure the designated Muslim client (always Sunni except in Iraq) comes out on top, so they’ll love us ( “Six times in the past decade, U.S. military men and women have risked their lives to help Muslims in Kuwait, northern Iraq, Somalia, Kosovo, Bosnia, and now, Afghanistan, Wolfowitz noted.” – feel the love?);

• show the Russians and Chinese their vetoes on the Security Council don’t count, only ours does (and those of our puppets, London and Paris): international law is what we say it is.

It’s pretty much tried and true – the lies of the past are the gift that keeps on giving:

Balkan Peace and Prosperity Will Remain Elusive Unless Freed of Dead Hand of the 1990s (Diplomatic Courier, Aug. 9, 2013, By James George Jatras)

…Fresh and constructive approaches to current problems and future prospects are smothered when the dead hand of the past continues to exert a tenacious grip on the present. Unfortunately, that remains the case with the Balkans, where outsiders — notably the American and European foreign policy establishments — insist that the future must be strictly confined by reverence for past idols. Two such idols stand out:

First, that the United States and NATO intervened in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995 to rescue European failures, and brought “peace” by imposing the Dayton Agreement. In fact, in 1992 Washington played a key role in touching off the Bosnian war and was instrumental in prolonging it, notably through the April 1994 “green light” for Iranian arms shipments in violation of a U.N. embargo.

Second, that in Kosovo in 1999 the U.S.-led NATO war was the textbook example of a successful “humanitarian intervention.” In fact, far from stopping a claimed “genocide” of Albanians in Kosovo…intervention precipitated a genuine eradication of most of the province’s Serbian community, along with Roma and others. Worse, the “Kosovo precedent” became the template for actions elsewhere in contravention of the international legal order — notably the authority of the Security Council — in Iraq, Libya, and now in Syria.

On the global level, these idols established the dangerous notion that “American exceptionalism” means that the rules of international conduct do not apply to us, and that whatever we do is right because we claim as our goals promotion of “democracy” and “human rights.”

On the local level, they established in the Balkans two simple identity-based rules and one corollary, where right and wrong are determined not by actions but by the identities of the actors and of those acted upon. These continue in force today, including disparate treatment of accused war criminals, and include:

Rule One: The Serbs are always wrong.
Rule Two: The Muslims are always right.
The Corollary: Other actors (notably, the Croats) are right when opposing the Serbs (for example, clearing them from the Krajina with U.S. assistance in 1995), but wrong when opposing Muslims (for example, expendable Croats massacred by mujahedin in central Bosnia in 1993).

“Rule Two” …remains a pillar of U.S. policy, despite abundant evidence that such favoritism leads not to the expected gratitude but to blowback, starting with the birth of al-Qaeda itself, and most recently in the conflict in Mali and the Algerian hostage crisis as fallout from NATO’s intervention in Libya.

In applying “Rule Two” in the Balkans, the U.S. has been explicit in its subjective intention to help Muslim communities and movements because they are Muslim…In contrast, objective reality starts with the fact that Bosnia is not a “Muslim country” but has a Christian majority, if one adds Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats together. No matter: as recently as November 2012, Washington supported a plan for greater centralization of Bosnia and further marginalizing of Serbs and Croats.

Similarly, American and European policymakers can think of no better solution to Kosovo than pressing for more recognitions of the separatist administration in Pristina while hammering away at Belgrade’s already feeble resistance to amputation of its province.

Today, such simplistic approaches serve only to keep alight fond memories of the idolized “successes” of the 1990s. They do little to promote good governance in post-Yugoslav states…papered-over communal tensions will continue to smolder.

In a similar, shorter note Jatras sent out that May, he explained how a mountain of lies about the Balkans interventions are being used to get us into ever more disastrous interventions:

Bosnia and Kosovo have become a kind of “can-do” antidote to an Iraq or Vietnam syndrome. Indeed, it was the claim of success “without too much difficulty” (meaning no Americans lost) that fed the expectation that Iraq would be a “cakewalk” and that we could build democracy in Afghanistan. Those latter fantasies died in Mesopotamia and the Hind Kush but the Balkan illusions that fed them remain.

…As in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Afghanistan, in Bosnia and Kosovo the US was on the side of militant Muslims — including al-Qaeda — against the Christians. The result was a disaster for the local Christians (especially in Kosovo) and empowerment of jihadists, recrudescence of the Ottoman Empire, and blowback against Americans, including in the United States.

As for “genocide” in Bosnia or Kosovo, that’s parked somewhere near Saddam’s WMDs. The only “genocide” likely to occur in Syria is if we help the jihadists to win…Until the story is set straight of what really happened in the Balkans in the 1990s, and of the results that reverberate there to this day, the lies told then and elevated to the status of truism ever after will keep exerting their poisonous legacy and undermine a sound perception of the choices before us.

(This just in: Yugoslavia offers Iraq hope — “The winds of sectarian war in Iraq uncannily echo Yugoslavia’s. Not only is Kurdish Iraq pushing a referendum on independence, as Slovenia did. Sunni fundamentalists have seized swaths of northern Iraq and are massacring Shiites — as Serb militants once swept into towns and villages to ‘ethnically cleanse’ non-Serbs. The U.S. helped end Yugoslavia’s wars with airstrikes, peacekeepers and peace accords.” … Author and journalist Louise Branson is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors. She was a foreign correspondent in…the former Yugoslavia. [Well that explains it — a veteran of Balkans pack journalism that built its careers on inversions and uncorroborated tales of horror.] In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions [???] from outside writers…)

Parting with Themselves

While the Clintons and their resurrected cabal were still trying to use their fictitious Kosovo and Bosnia capital for Syria, interestingly other Balkans interventionists turned non-interventionist on Syria. In calling to set straight Balkans history before applying it elsewhere, UNLV professor Dr. Michael Pravica wrote a letter to Malaysia’s Daily Sun in September, cleverly supporting writer Eric Margolis’s anti-Syria-war argument — with facts from the war that Margolis did — and does — support:

…Serbia was bombed, destroying the Pancevo chemical complex, releasing thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals into the Danube river, Europe’s longest waterway. Many tons of depleted but still highly radioactive and toxic uranium…were unleashed into the picturesque Serbian countryside, creating an enormous uptick in cancers in the indigenous Serbian and Albanian populations as well as the Nato ground troops who illegally occupied Kosovo, including very rare eye cancers….the US administration now has the chutzpah to criticise the Syrian government for allegedly doing the same? Citizens of the world need to learn the truth of what we did in Kosovo to better understand that what we are doing in Syria…is the standard protocol for naked aggression against a sovereign nation, disguised as “humanitarian” intervention.

Another Balkans warmonger but anti-Syria-interventionst was the English former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown. In late June 2013,

Lord Ashdown, the former [Bosnia high representative]…described the rebels as “not a fit and proper collection of people for us to be providing arms to…It is an unchallenged figure that 3,500 tons of arms have been shipped in by way of Croatia with the assistance of the CIA, funded by the Saudis, funded by the Qataris, going almost exclusively to the more jihadist groups…weapons left over from the Bosnian war….making vast sums for corrupt forces in the Balkans.” …He said Syria was the “front line in a wider conflict” involving an attempt to build up a radicalised jihadist Sunni population….

Unlike the jihads that Ashdown did support in Bosnia and Kosovo? A 2002 article reminds us:

In April 1999 Ashdown said Milosevic was the “central problem” in Yugoslavia….[Yet] Ashdown was the first [Hague] witness to admit that [the KLA was a terrorist organization]. Ashdown also admitted having seen substantial quantities of small arms being smuggled across the border from neighbouring Albania. Last year he wrote that the “KLA rebellion in 1998” lit “the fuse which led to war and NATO’s intervention” …Although he poses as protector of the Kosovars and a humanitarian envoy — he gave evidence to The Hague with tears in his eyes — Ashdown will be remembered as the most bellicose and consistent advocate of a full-scale ground war and occupation in the Balkans. A recent Economist article…described Ashdown’s calls for a stronger military presence in the early 1990s in the Balkans when European governments “dithered”…Last summer — as the threat of civil war grew in Macedonia — Ashdown said, “If the West is to extract peace out of this witches brew, it will only be by taking the initiative.” He called for a “third major NATO deployment.”

Commenting on the Syrian “Balkans Redux,” libertarian blogger Nebojsa Malic wrote in July 2012:

The Bosnia intervention was promoted by “advocacy journalists”, who uncritically accepted propaganda accounts of atrocities, then inflated them for good measure. Syria has denied access to these vultures [so] Western mainstream media simply skipped the expense of sending correspondents, uncritically airing propaganda from the rebel “activists” instead. Facts are nowhere in the picture; it is all about the narrative. One part of the Bosnia narrative that hasn’t worked well in Syria is the massacre story. Every time a major escalation of Imperial involvement [in Bosnia] was to happen, a tragedy of some kind would helpfully occur….This was taken to the next level in 1999, when the Empire claimed a “massacre of civilians” took place at the village of Racak, after a battle between the Albanian terrorist KLA and Serbian police…[I]t took years for the truth about Racak to emerge: the CSI team was pressured to declare it a massacre. In contrast, the massacre stories coming out of Syria have been debunked within weeks or even days.

…The “lesbian blogger” that captivated the Western public for months turned out to be a middle-aged American man. The “massacres” turned out to be the work of the rebels (Houla) and legitimate fighting deaths (Tremseh)…Allegations of “systematic and mass rape” were a key component of the propaganda narrative in Bosnia. Even today, entirely unsubstantiated claims…are repeated as established fact. The newest reports out of Syria accuse the government of — you’ve guessed it — mass rape …Now that the rebels have been routed from Damascus and are battling for Aleppo, the Empire has announced it fears a “massacre.”

Consequences of the hysterical propaganda about the Bosnian War still linger….It took a decade just to establish an accurate death toll, which ended up being two to three times less than what the mainstream media had claimed. Yet the basic myth of the noble Empire swooping in to save the helpless “Bosnians” from genocide — the ultimate weaponization of human rights — continues to power the virtual reality in Washington. Without it, the Empire has no purpose. This is why it [is] so dead set on a war in Syria – and after Syria, somewhere else.

Witness Ukraine-Russia. Like clockwork.

Closing with a refreshing page from the school of apt Syria-Kosovo analogies, appreciable by those who correctly have called foul on both treacheries: ISIS fighter from Kosovo praises jihad in Syria (Long War Journal, By Bill Roggio, Oct. 21, 2013) How do you like that — it’s a jihad in Syria, after all, but only according to the horse’s mouth. Like the jihad in Kosovo which we also were eager to sign up for.


Abu Abdullah al Kosovi. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group.

A jihadist from Kosovo recently appeared on a video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or Levant), one of al Qaeda’s two main branches in Syria, to praise jihad and encourage others to fight in the country.

The Kosovo jihadist’s statement was released just one week prior to news that more than 1,000 Europeans, including 150 from Kosovo, are now thought to be fighting inside Syria.

[So 15% of European Muslims who have joined the rebels’ fight in Syria are from America’s Kosovo. How unexpected.]

The Kosovan jihadist, known as Abu Abdullah al Kosovi, “speaks in his native tongue” from the city of Azaz in Aleppo province in northern Syria, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which obtained and translated the statement.

“The most pleasurable thing in life is jihad,” al Kosovi says, while imploring Muslims in Europe and throughout the world to put aside their Western comforts and fight in the trenches in Syria…US intelligence officials have told The Long War Journal that the majority of them do indeed flock to the Islamists. […]

(An aside: Like The Weakly Standard’s Balkans “expert,” Stephen Suleyman Ahmad al-Kosovi Schwartz — who spent the 90s getting us to sign on to the Bosnia and Kosovo jihads — this jihadist’s name also includes “al Kosovi.”)

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In a roundup of Balkans terrorism, extremism, and “militant Islamism,” a painstakingly researched article this past February by Gordon Bardos, former assistant director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, included some interesting details (excerpted below) about Our-Friends-the-Docile-Balkans-Muslims. The headline “Our Goal is Jerusalem,” is a reference to the earlier-mentioned Bajram Ikanović cited in Serbia’s Politika magazine last July after an interview he gave to the Bosnian website Source.ba (thanks to Serbianna.com’s Mickey Bozinovich for tracking down the original). This Bosnian Muslim recruiter — and by some newspaper accounts a rebel leader — had gone to Syria “to establish Allah’s law on Earth,” adding that he and his compatriots “have as a goal to die ‘especially in battle against Jews…Syria absolutely does not matter to us, our goal is Jerusalem. I am not viewed as citizen of Bosnia, we think the same from Kazakhstan to Iceland.’”


The blue-eyed ‘White al Qaeda” they told us they’d activate. This could have been an ad for trail mix, but that just wasn’t austere enough for Bajro.

“Our Goal is Jerusalem” – Militant Islamists in Southeast Europe (Feb. 8, 2014, Gordon N. Bardos)

…[L]arge numbers of individuals from the Balkans have joined the Syrian jihad. According to one estimate, Bosnia has provided more Syrian jihad volunteers than any other country in Europe per capita,[v] with several hundred citizens of Bosnia & Herzegovina now reported to be fighting in Syria,[vi] along with a large number of Bosnian émigrés.[vii] It has also been reported that Bosnia and Romania are sources of weapons for the Syrian jihad [as are Kosovo; Croatia — whose media bragged that its role in the Balkans supply operation showed they were “reliable partners” and a “faithful ally” of the U.S.; and eager-to-please-Washington’s-Saudi-friends Serbia (on the heels of signing a “cooperation protocol” with the U.S. military)]…In addition, reports suggest up to 140 ethnic Albanians are now fighting alongside Islamist groups in Syria,[ix] as well as some thirty individuals from the Sandzak.[x] Priština media have reported that some 30 individuals from Kosovo went to Syria in January 2014 alone, and that six Albanians have already died in the fighting there.[xi]

…[Bosnia’s former ambassador to Turkey, Hajrudin Somun] has noted that more individuals from the Balkans have joined the Syrian jihad than from Central Asia or the Caucasus.[xii] An indication of the degree to which the threat of violent Balkan extremists joining the Syrian jihad has become, and the danger they pose to their native states and societies upon their eventual return, is the January 2014 dispatch of a large, multiagency US government delegation (including individuals from the FBI, the NSA, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice) on a fact-finding mission to the region [with an emphasis on Albania].[xiii]

You know things have gotten bad, if the U.S. Government notices. An excerpt about that “counter-terrorism mission,” wherein the U.S. embassy doth protest too much: “‘The visit is occurring in the framework of continuing close cooperation and consultation with Albania, our NATO Ally…’ The International Center for the Study of Radicalization, ISRA…believes some 300 Albanian fighters, from Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania, have joined….Calls for Albanians…are being made also by some local preachers including one, Abdurrahim Balla, who heads a mosque in a Tirana suburb. A 33-year-old Albanian, Anri Maliqi, who died fighting in Syria, used to attend the mosque…Security experts warn that although the number of Albanians being drawn into the ranks of Islamic militants is small, they still pose a serious threat to national security.” Back to Bardos:

The Balkan blowback from the Syrian jihad is already being felt. In November 2013, six suspected terrorists (two of whom are believed to have fought in Syria) were arrested in Kosovo on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks using cell-phone activated explosive devices. The group was also believed to have been involved in an attack on two American Mormon missionaries in Priština on November 3rd.[xiv] Subsequently, a group called “Xhemati i [Teuhidit dhe Xhihadit ne Kosove]” warned police of “painful attacks” if their comrades were not released…[xv] [Another four from this group had been arrested for “activities related to Syria, according to Kosovo daily Koha Ditore,” and one of the arrested six — Genc Selimi, aka Ebu Hafs Al Albani — associates himself with al-Qaeda, plus the brother of suspect Bekim Mulolli was currently fighting in Syria.] The continuing threat from militant Islamist groups in the region was further on evidence in Bosnia, when at the beginning of the month the largest illegal arms cache discovered in postwar Bosnia was found near the central Bosnian town of Tešanj, in the heart of territory where foreign mujahedin and their local Bosnian allies operate. The weapons [arrived] in the area about 1999 [hmm, just as we were busy engaging in Bosnia Redux a little to the south]…


Bosnian jihad veteran Sulaiman abu-Ghaith with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, October 2001

Indeed, almost every major terrorist action against the US and other western countries and interests over the past two decades has had Balkan ties or connections — including the 9/11 attacks, the August 1998 US African embassy bombings, the December 1999 Millenium Bomb Plot targeting Los Angeles’ LAX Airport, the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Aden Harbor, the November 2003 Istanbul bombings, the March 2004 Madrid Train bombings, the 7/7 London Underground bombing, the May 2007 Fort Dix bomb plot, the July 2009 Raleigh Group conspiracy, and the January 2010 conspiracy to attack the New York subway system…


Bosnian jihad veteran Khaled al-Harbi, November 2001

…Balkan allies and sympathizers [made it] easy for Al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to extend their reach throughout Europe. After the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, Bosnia, according to one study, became “[a] new refuge, close to both the heart of Europe and the Middle East . . . an excellent tactical base for espionage, fundraising, and terrorist activities . . . a major center for terrorist recruitment. . .where recruits could train, coalesce into cells, and seek shelter from prosecution by foreign law enforcement.”[xxiv] The former NATO commander in Bosnia, US Army Major General Virgil Packett, has claimed that “Bosnia has moved from being a sanctuary for terrorism to a gateway for terrorism.”[xxv] …[T]he existence of an extensive network of individuals sympathetic to militant Islamism makes Bosnia a command and control center for various groups of regional militants.[xxvi]…

… In February 1996, NATO forces raided an Iranian-operated terrorist training camp in Bosnia where they found plans to [destroy] NATO installations, booby-trapped children’s toys [changed to “Serbian” booby-trapped toys in the film “The Rock”], and essays on how to assassinate political opponents and critical journalists. The camp’s director was the personal intelligence advisor to Bosnia’s late Islamist president, Alija Izetbegović [whom we made our “partner” against the Serbs].[xxviii] His son, Bakir Izetbegović (currently a member of the Bosnian state presidency) has admitted to personally being in touch with leading mujahedin figures in Bosnia such as Imad al-Husin, a.k.a Abu Hamza, and offering “to help in any way.”[xxix]


Alija Izetbogic with Abu el Malli (second from left), aka “the little Osama bin Laden”


Bakir Izetbegovic with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Cairo, 7 February 2013

…By one count the Izetbegović [Sr.] regime distributed some 12,000 Bosnian passports to international jihadis.[xxxi] Osama Bin Laden himself was the owner of a Bosnian passport,[xxxii] and Western reporters even saw him [in] Izetbegović’s office during the war.[xxxiii] When Italian police discovered a plot to kill Pope John Paul II in Bologna in 1997, all fourteen men arrested were travelling on passports issued by Izetbegović’s foreign ministry.[xxxiv] (In April earlier in the year, another attempt to assassinate the Pope had been made in Sarajevo.)[xxxv] In the 1990s, Al Qaeda operative Safet Abid Catovic was given cover as a diplomat at Bosnia’s Mission to the UN in New York.[xxxvi] In 1998, just days before the bombing of the US embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, the mastermind of the attacks, visited Bosnia on a “business trip” on a visa issued to him by the Bosnian consulate in Ankara.[xxxvii]…As of January 2014, the chairman of the security committee in Izetbegović’s Islamist party is a man on the US government’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, and who is otherwise widely considered to be the leading Iranian agent in Bosnia.[xxxix]

[The] central Bosnian village of Bočinja Donja, inhabited by some 600 people, has been associated with numerous international terrorists, including Karim Said Atmani, the document forger for the Millenium Bomb plot; Khalil Deek, arrested in December 1999 for his involvement in a plot to blow up Jordanian tourist sites; and Omar Saeed Sheikh, involved in the murder/beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.[xlii] Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman al Zawahiri, is known to have visited the village in 1997[xliii]….

Another Bosnian village, Gornja Maoča, is the headquarters of Bosnia’s main Wahhabi leader, Nusret Imamović. In 2005, Italian investigators discovered [thanks to Bosnian-Serb intelligence] a Gornja Maoča-based plot to attack the funeral of Pope John Paul II and assassinate the assembled world leaders.[xliv] …[R]esidents claim to personally know the editor of Inspire (Al Qaeda’s online publication)….The village is frequently used as a way station for extremists joining jihads in Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Yemen…The Wahhabis are also known to cache weapons in local forests surrounding the village.[xlv] In October 2011, the Sandžak Wahhabi Mevlid Jašarević left the village with two other residents on the day he attacked the US Embassy in Sarajevo.[xlvi] [Related: Serbs selling their property near Wahhabi training centers]


Bosnian jihad veteran Omar Ahmed Saeed Sheik, participant in the murder/beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl

…In March 2007, Serbian police raided [a] camp in the mountainous Sandžak region straddling the border between Serbia and Montenegro….[xlviii] The group was allegedly planning to attack western embassies in Belgrade. Similarly, in July 2013, a raid near the village of Kalošević…uncovered the largest stash of undeclared weaponry and explosives found since the end of the Bosnian war….hidden there on the order of a high-ranking member of Izetbegović’s party Bosnian media cite as one of the main local liaisons with Al Qaeda operatives in the country.[xlix]

…A focal point for Wahhabi extremists in Bosnia is the Saudi-funded King Fahd Mosque and Cultural Center in Sarajevo, “the epicenter of the spreading of radical ideas” in Bosnia,[l] which for a number of years functioned autonomously under the direct supervision of the Saudi embassy in Bosnia. The White Mosque in Sarajevo is the headquarters of Sulejman Bugari, a Kosovo Albanian-born imam whom some reports have described as a go-between and point-of-contact for Albanian and Bosnian extremists.[li] In Kosovo, the Makowitz mosque on the outskirts of Priština and the Mitrovica mosque are reportedly recruiting militants to fight alongside Islamist groups in Syria.[lii]…The CIA has estimated that one third of the Bosnian NGO’s operating worldwide have terrorist connections or employ people with terrorist links,[liv] and various NGO’s with known ties to Al Qaeda funneled several hundreds of millions of dollars to Izetbegović’s war effort.[lv] Izetbegović himself was on the Iranian payroll….[lvi]


al Qaeda’s donors’ list, “The Golden Chain,” discovered in Sarajevo in March 2002

…In the aftermath of 9/11, a raid on the Saudi High Commission for Aid to Bosnia netted “maps of Washington, material for making false State Department identity cards and anti-American manuals designed for children.”[lix]…Also found in Sarajevo in March 2002 was Al Qaeda’s donor’s list, the so-called “Golden Chain.” Bin Laden’s organization apparently felt so comfortable in Bosnia at this time that some 70 Al Qaeda members reportedly planned to flee there from Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 [as they’d done in the wake of WTC-1993].[lx] Among the Al Qaeda-linked organizations working in the Balkans have been the Benevolence International Foundation (which had offices and personnel in Chicago), the “Taibah Foundation,” the “Global Relief Foundation,” which operated in Bosnia and Kosovo, and al Haramain, which was active in Albania.[lxi] The Turkish-based IHH…which was involved in the Mavi Marmara incident off the Israeli coast in May 2010, began its activities in Bosnia in the 1990s. In June 2010, Turkish authorities began an investigation of the group’s founder, Bűlent Yildirim, for funding Al Qaeda.[lxii] [Recall also the Bosnian origins of the Oklahoma-City-style bomb blueprint found in a Kabul mansion in 2001.]

Members of the Al Qaeda cell in Albania, for instance, working under the cover of various Middle-East based charities, were required to contribute 26 percent of their salaries to support the global jihad. [Awful similar to the mandatory tax on Albanians to support the KLA.]…[Bin Laden-connected Third World Relief Agency] alone collected $400 million for Izetbegović’s war effort.[lxvi] TWRA, among other things, has been revealed to have provided some of the operational funding for the first group of World Trade Center bombers in 1993. [lxvii] Most of Izetbegović’s inner circle was involved in the organization.[lxviii]…

Militant Islamists in the Balkans have developed an extensive array of print periodicals, websites, and YouTube spots…[that] promote jihad, suicide bombings, and the killing of non-Muslims.[lxx]…the Put vjernika website recently carried “A New Order from Zawahiri: Focus on Attacks on American Interests.”[lxxi] …The Facebook page Krenaria Islame (Albanian for “Islamic Pride”), which posts pictures and stories of Albanians fighting in Syria, has 2,[8]00 followers. [Interesting that we went to war over that exact number of mutually-sided deaths in ‘99.] According to the Tirana-based security expert Arjan Dyrmishi, “If all the followers of this page were identified as terrorists, they would make a small army and pose a major problem…even if these people were to be identified only as supporters of political Islam.”[lxxiii]

The US State Department has reported that the Bosnia-based “Active Islamic Youth” (Bosnian acronym AIO) spreads extremist views and has links with radical groups in Western Europe and the US.[lxxiv] ..In Kosovo, a radical preacher, Zahir Naik, has established a 12-hour daily Albanian-language, hardline-Wahhabi TV channel ironically called “Peace TV” which “insults, in aggressive terms, spiritual Sufis, Shia Muslims, non-fundamentalist Sunnis, Jews, Christians, and Hindus, among others.” In his sermons Naik has praised Osama bin Laden and supported terrorism.[lxxvi] …As Esad Hećimović, a leading expert on the jihadi movement in Bosnia has noted, “There is now a new generation of Islamic preachers in Bosnia who were educated after the war at Islamic universities in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and other countries . . . Thus, it is no longer possible to distinguish between ‘imported’ and ‘local’ versions of Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina anymore.”[lxxix]

…In 2010, a Bosnian security official estimated that there are 3000 potential terrorists in Bosnia,[lxxxiii] and a former Al Qaeda operative in Bosnia, the Bahraini-born Ali Hamad, has claimed there are some 800 individuals of local origin making up a “white Al Qaeda”.[lxxxiv]… In Kosovo, security experts suggest about 50,000 people adhere to the more conservative, Middle-Eastern forms of Islam,[lxxxvi] and one specialist on Balkan Islam has claimed that, “Exponents of Saudi-financed Wahhabism and of the Muslim Brotherhood have penetrated the highest levels of the official Kosovo Islamic apparatus.”[lxxxvii] …[S]ecurity specialists believe up to 3000 Wahhabis are active in Macedonia….[lxxxix] …[T]he leader of the Islamic Community in Sandžak, Muamer Zukorlić, has close ties to the movement and receives funds from Wahhabi sources in Rome and Vienna.[xci]

…Remarkably, western officials prefer to deny that any problem exists; for instance, the current High Representative in Bosnia, Valentin Inzko, claims that the Wahhabis in Bosnia are not a threat to Europe.[xcii] […]

Check out this headline and byline from this past November:

Radical Islam in the heart of Europe:
Wahhabis unsheath terror in campaign to impose Shariah
By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
The Washington Times
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Belated though it is, my snide commentary is required. So here it is:

Well. Well. Well. Thanks for finally noticing, Kuhner. But let’s take a moment to appreciate how this Croatia-defender is able to see Bosnia for what it is, but resents anyone seeing Croatia for what it is. ( “I saw the hit job you did on Croatia,” he told me after my 2007 piece “When Will the World Confront the Undead of Croatia” ran in Baltimore Sun. “I wasn’t very impressed.” To which I responded — after realizing whom, or what, I’d accidentally gotten on the phone at Insight magazine which I used to write for: “Well you haven’t had a problem with over 15 years of hit pieces on Serbs, so that’s pretty standard. Have a nice day.”)

Shouldn’t The Washington Times’ Kuhner have started a conversation by now with The Weakly Standard’s Stephen Suleyman Ahmad Schwartz? A fine pair. The conservative press’s resident Ustasha and its resident Balkans-Muslim promoter.

Schwartz wouldn’t appreciate Kuhner’s recent observations about Bosnia (indeed, he threatened a CNSNews.com reporter’s career when she asked him to comment on the growing post-war Islamist and terrorist threat in Bosnia; on the other hand, only a few years later — seeing the writing on the wall and to cover his behind — he was already styling himself as the alarm-sounder on rising radicalism in Bosnia, albeit redirecting attention to usual suspects such as Pakistan and Afghanistan). Conversely, Kuhner surely wouldn’t appreciate Schwartz’s likely resentments toward Croatia’s doings during the Bosnian war, which undermined the ambitions for an Islamic Bosnia when the two republics turned on each other. If you pick on Croatia, Kuhner isn’t happy, and if you pick on Bosnia, Schwartz isn’t happy.

So when Croatia isn’t the target, Kuhner ‘gets’ it. But he certainly wasn’t worried about the eminently foreseeable progression (regression) of Bosnia when the Bosnian Muslims and Croatian Catholics were repeating history together and slaughtering Orthodox Serbs while the U.S. and Iran were flying in weapons, mujahedeen and Iranian Revolutionary Guard trainers to Bosnia.

As welcome as Kuhner’s remedial piece on Bosnia is, you nonetheless get to that inevitable point where, as with all evil souls who write on this topic, the heavily invested Serb-hater stops ‘getting it.’ Observe:

Is Bosnia-Herzegovina doomed? The small Balkan nation is being subverted by powerful internal forces that threaten its existence. The West must wake up before the former Yugoslav republic descends once again into sectarian bloodshed.

Last month, an Islamic terrorist from neighboring Serbia, Mevlid Jasarevic, opened fire on the U.S. embassy in Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo…Mr. Jasarevic was protesting American policy toward the Muslim world…Police also raided a northern Bosnian village, Gornja Maoca, which is a hotbed of Wahhabist activity and a place Mr. Jasarevic often visited. The terrorist attack shocked both Sarajevo’s political establishment and the U.S. State Department. It shouldn’t have. In Bosnia, radical Islam has been growing for years. In fact, America and the West have deliberately turned a blind eye to its dangerous rise. [Not unlike the blind eye that we — including Kuhner — turned to 1990s Croatia’s resurgent Nazism.]

From 1992 to 1995, Bosnia was ravaged by a war pitting Muslims (known as Bosniaks), Serbs and Croats against each other. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the conflict was not - and never was - a civil war driven by “ancient ethnic hatreds.” Instead, the country was a victim of outside aggression. Serbia’s late strongman, Slobodan Milosevic, waged a genocidal campaign to annex large chunks of Croatia first and then Bosnia in order to erect a Greater Serbian Empire.

Here we see that Kuhner is still on-program, still blindly blaming Serbia for the war Bosnia started — despite Bosnia’s true colors now being on view for more than just the besieged Serbs. He remains immune to his own evidence and unwilling to extrapolate backwards or benefit from hindsight. So we’re left with the predictable, common reason for Kuhner’s learning-disabled pace of understanding: he, like everyone else on the planet, is still trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, to contort and hammer the outgrowths and repercussions of a war we inflamed and took the wrong sides on, into the flawed premise that he stubbornly clings to as his framework for the conflict. He even still cites the outdated figure of dead as he continues “enlightening” his readers:

More than 200,000 were murdered and nearly 2 million ethnically cleansed. To counter Serbia’s expansionist [sic] ambitions [sic], Islamic countries sought to help the besieged Bosniaks.

OH YES. They came to Bosnia tohelp.”

In particular, Saudi Arabia and Iran [always pure of motive!] offered extensive financial and military assistance. Thousands of foreign Mujahedeen guerrillas entered the country to battle rampaging Serb forces.

[Rampaging were they! With Islamic knives protruding through their eyes.]… Yet, after the war, many jihadists did not leave. [Imagine!] The Saudi government has spent millions funding the construction of mosques and religious education centers. More ominously, Saudi-backed clerics have vigorously promoted Wahhabism….In pamphlets, books and sermons, Wahhabis demand an Islamist Bosnia where Orthodox Christian Serbs and Catholic Croats are subjugated under Shariah law. [Gee, didn’t see that coming; you think maybe the Serbs might have figured that out 20 years before we did?] The goal is also to drive out Western, especially American, influence. It’s no accident that Mr. Jasarevic is a Wahhabi. Militant Islam has regained a foothold in the Balkans.

For the past decade, anti-American sentiment has intensified among segments of Bosniaks. Following the toppling of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, U.S. troops found more than 1,000 dead jihadists on the battlefield possessing Bosnian passports. The Saudis have supported several Bosnian charities serving as front groups for al Qaeda cells. Radical organizations, such as the Young Muslims, have proliferated. During the Iraq war, some Bosnian Muslim fighters joined the insurgency against American forces. At one of Sarajevo’s main mosques, the second-highest-ranking cleric in the country, Ismet Spahic, publicly denounced the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq as “genocide.” Western intelligence reports say Bosnia has become fertile soil for recruiting “white al Qaeda”…

Western public officials, however, have refused even to acknowledge the Islamist problem. [He’s faulting them for taking a few years longer than it took him?] For example, from 2002 through 2006, the international high representative for Bosnia, Paddy Ashdown, repeatedly downplayed the rise of Wahhabism under his watch. Mr. Ashdown acted as the viceroy of Bosnia. [Sounds like someone belatedly has been reading some Serb-American commentary; didn’t hear the words “Ashdown” or “viceroy” from Kuhner’s lips previously.] He preferred to preside over pompous ceremonies, amass administrative power and gorge at elaborate banquets. He refused to speak out against incidents of Islamic extremism, such as vandalism against Catholic churches, the harassment of priests and nuns, and the growing persecution of Bosnian Croatians. He feared offending Muslim sensibilities.

Ah, so now that Catholic Croats are today’s Orthodox Serbs of the 90s, the roles of victim and aggressor are exceedingly apparent to Kuhner. He could apply the lesson to the 90s, but perhaps he fears offending Muslim sensibilities.

Muslims persecuting Bosnian Croatians is a no-no, but when Muslims were picking off Bosnian Serbs, that wasn’t yet a problem. (Incidentally, Ashdown was among the Westerners who openly said that going against the Serbs would help us be on better terms with Muslim nations; Schwartz’s boss at Weakly Standard, William Kristol, was another. But god forbid Kuhner should put admissions like this in context and deduce that maybe such an agenda skewed the information we were being fed about victim and aggressor.)

The result is that Bosnia has become a safe haven for Islamic militants. They remain a minority but increasingly pose a mortal danger to a unified Bosnian state. The government in Sarajevo rightly condemned the terror attack. [Gee, that’s hard.] The majority of Bosniaks remain secular or moderate. For too long, however, they have tolerated the Wahhabis in their midst. This must change. Radical mosques must be shut down; fundamentalist clerics must be confronted and marginalized; videos sold on the streets of Sarajevo glorifying jihadists must be outlawed; and outside Saudi money must be banned. [Then again, it’s not banned in the U.S.]

Otherwise, Bosnia will disintegrate. The country’s ethnic Croatians are chafing under Sarajevo’s centralized rule. Yet the bigger danger is the Bosnian Serb Republic.

Bwaaaaaah ha ha ha ha! That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it! One step forward and 20 years back…to 1991. An Orthodox-hating fanatic to the end.

It is led by a bellicose nationalist, Milorad Dodik. [Remember when Dodik was a “reasonable” “moderate” while we needed Milosevic as the bellicose nationalist? Really, click on those brief preceding links to read all about Serbs electing Dodik, with Croat and Muslim backing — just two months before Wesley Clark was dispatched to Kosovo to prepare to bomb the Serbs the following year.]

He is a vulgar liar. He has denied the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, [INSERT STOCK PARAGRAPH HERE:] where about 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces(TM) - the worst atrocity on European soil since the end of World War II(TM).

More ominously, Mr. Dodik has called for secession. [Oh no! Not like Bosnia’s Croatians who are freaking out over what Kuhner himself just finished describing: The Muslim component’s increasing radicalism. But again, he’s immune to his own evidence and believes this is a good situation, a Bosnia worth keeping unified.] He wants the Bosnian Serbs to form a common homeland with Serbia. He is Milosevic’s ideological heir, championing a Greater Serbia. [Didn’t Kuhner just write, “The country’s ethnic Croatians are chafing under Sarajevo’s centralized rule,” which relates to the Croats’ growing demand to secede as well?] There is only one problem: The Bosnian Serb Republic is founded upon genocide and mass ethnic cleansing. [This comes right out of the Bosnian-Muslim talking points.] It is morally illegitimate. To this day, the Bosnian Serbs have not allowed most of the Bosniaks and Croatians expelled during the war to return to their homes. [And that’s different from the policy toward Serbs by Croatia and Muslim Bosnia — how?] An independence bid almost certainly would trigger another war with Sarajevo - drowning the Balkans in blood once again.

Kuhner is an illustration of the Croatian diaspora being more fanatical even than the Croats still living in the region. Compare his word-for-word propaganda with this Bosnian-Croat deputy:

Bosnia: Muslims dominate capital, claims Croatian MP (Aug. 6, 2008)

The Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, once a symbol of ethnic diversity, has become an entirely Muslim city, a Croat deputy in the Bosnian Parliament, Branko Zrno, said on Wednesday.

“Sarajevo definitely isn’t a multi-ethnic city, but the city of one group, the Bosniacs (Muslims), ” Zrno told local media.

He pointed out that Serbs and Croats in Sarajevo have no institutional protection, and continue to leave the capital.

Zrno echoed allegations from Bosnian Serb leaders, including Serb entity Prime Minister Milorad Dodik, that non-Muslims in Sarajevo suffered discrimination and were denied their rights.

Zrno said that the Croatian presence in the city had been halved and that neither Croats nor Serbs held any important posts in local government.

Serbs claim that in the city of 400,000 only 7,000 Serbs have remained, compared to 160,000 before the 1992-1995 civil war.

The Serb claims have been supported by the Muslim President of the Bosnian Helsinki committee for human rights, Srdjan Dizdarevic, who said in a recent interview that Sarajevo had become a “monoethnic” city.

“Over 90 percent of Sarajevo inhabitants belong to only one group, the Bosniacs,” Dizdarevic told weekly Fokus.

“Ethnic cleansing in this city has, unfortunately, been successfully completed. If the will exists to reconstruct Bosnia on multiethnic principles, one should start with Sarajevo,” he concluded.

But as ethnic tensions deepened, the Muslim chairman of a three-man rotating state presidency, Haris Silajdzic, on Wednesday launched a fresh attack on the Serb entity.

Silajdzic repeated earlier claims that the Serb entity is a “symbol of genocide” allegedly perpetrated by its first president, Radovan Karadzic.

“Karadzic has been arrested, but his project continues to live,” Silajdzic said… “The international community is obliged to remove consequences of the genocide,” Silajdzic added, referring to the Serb entity.

The statement prompted the top international representative in Bosnia, Slovak diplomat Miroslav Lajcak, to state that it is Karadzic who faces prosecution in The Hague, not the Serb entity.

“The Serb entity is not a creation of Karadzic’s, but of the Dayton peace accord,” Lajcak said.

Bosnia’s majority Muslim leaders have continued to call the Serb entity a “genocidal creature” that should be abolished - a move strongly opposed by Serbs.

Finishing up that Sour Croat’s WT article:

The irony is that it was American air power that finally brought the Bosnian Serbs to heel and saved countless Bosniak lives. [Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! But it was the Serbs who brought the Serbs to “heel,” along with the Croatians and Muslims — all of whom also brought the Croats and Muslims to heel by reluctantly signing the Cutileiro Plan; it was Washington that insisted on war, via Ambassador Warren Zimmerman who had called outright for Yugoslavia’s dissolution as early as 1992.] And still, jihadists such as Mr. Jasarevic are eager to wage holy war. This reveals the moral depravity and spiritual darkness at the heart of Islamic fundamentalism. The fundamentalists cannot be appeased. The West — including the peoples of the Balkans — must awaken to this evil force lurking in the heart of Europe.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute. [Too bad for them.]

So, in the end, all that Kuhner is willing to understand is the evil of Islamic fundamentalism. What a genius. I guess he and Schwartz could be best friends after all.

(But the accompanying illustration was kind of cool, along with the caption which told you that this is what a Bosnian Wahhabi looks like:

Bosnian Wahhabis by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times)

No doubt, both Kuhner and his kindred spirit Schwartz missed the following, related news item. Or if not, met it with a shrug. After all, the guy below made a name for himself by killing mere Serbs. And Serb-killers just aren’t an issue until they become a danger to the rest of us. As the person who distributed this item put it, “While the ‘useful idiot’ West scrambles to recognize non-existent genocides of Muslims, the Muslims allow their worst mass murders to walk free:

Bosnian Federation president pardons Orić
Source: Tanjug

Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina President Živko Budimir pardoned Naser Orić, the former commander of the Muslim forces in Srebrenica.

Orić was sentenced to fours years of probation for carrying illegal arms and ammunition.

Budimir, who heads the Muslim-Croat entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, has thus enabled Orić to carry weapons without fear of ending up behind bars once again, since a repeated offense would have landed him in prison immediately under the conditional sentence.

Along with Orić, Budimir pardoned several other convicts, including murderers, robbers and sex offenders, daily Press writes. [Muslim heroes are always in good company!]

Explaining his decision, Budimir said that all those pardoned were fully rehabilitated and “present no danger to society.”

Interesting. That’s what our officials keep telling us about Muslims, often a synonym or religious cover for murderers, robbers, and sex offenders. Again, notice how here we have the “hero of the Bosnian war” mentioned in the same breath as “murderers, robbers and sex offenders” who were pardoned with him. Further, it seems, after being acquitted for his most heinous crimes, Oric is now pardoned for any subsequent crimes, demonstrating the criminal he always was.

Closing with the rest of that item:

The wartime Bosnian Muslim commander in the Srebrenica region, who was tried and acquitted before the Hague Tribunal for war crimes, was sentenced in June 2009 by the Sarajevo Municipal Court to two years in prison. A year later, the sentence was converted to four years of probation.

At least 1,300 Serbs were killed during the war in the municipalities of Srebrenica, Zvornik, Milići, Bratunac, while 3,267 Serb civilians and soldiers were killed in the wider area of middle Podrinje and Birač.

The Hague Tribunal sentenced Orić to two years in prison for failing to prevent crimes, but the judgment was overturned on appeal in 2008.

The Hague Tribunal Appeals Chamber concluded that “it had no doubt that grave crimes were committed against Serbs detained in Srebrenica” but that “proof that crimes had occurred was not sufficient to sustain a conviction of an individual for these crimes.”

Hmm, The Hague certainly doesn’t see it that way when it comes to convicting Serb individuals for crimes — often of undefined nature — that are known only to have occurred. And the media have long convicted Ratko Mladic of being “responsible” for the still undefined crimes in Srebrenica.

P.S. Please note that Kuhner is not too embarrassed to parrot Islamic propaganda even while warning about Islam in Bosnia…despite having been preemptively corrected years earlier. For example, John Laughland’s 2008 piece:

The arrest of Radovan Karadzic in Serbia has provided yet another occasion for all the tired old propaganda about the Balkans wars to be taken out of the cupboard and given one last [sic] airing. In particular, the war is presented as one between a Serb aggressor and an innocent victim, the Bosnian Muslims, and the former is accused of practising genocide against the latter. Even if one accepts that crimes against humanity were committed during the Balkan wars, it should be obvious that both these claims are absurd.

First, the Serbs were no more the aggressors in the Bosnian civil war than Abraham Lincoln was an aggressor in the American Civil War. The Yugoslav army was in place all over Bosnia-Herzegovina because that republic was part of Yugoslavia. Bosnian Muslims (like Croats) left the army in droves and set up their own militia instead, as part of their drive for independence from Belgrade. This meant that the Yugoslav army lost its previous strongly multiethnic character and became largely Serb. It did not mean that Serb forces entered the territory of Bosnia, or even that the Serbs attacked the hapless Bosnian Muslims.

The accusation of aggression is intended to introduce by the back door an allegation which in fact has vanished from modern international criminal justice. Although the crime of waging an aggressive war was pronounced to be the supreme international crime at Nuremberg, it has been dropped from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia which will presumably try Karadzic once he is extradited to The Hague, and even the new International Criminal Court (also in The Hague) does not for the time being have jurisdiction over it.

The accusation has the effect of condemning the Bosnian Serb war effort at its very origins (in terms of ius ad bellum) independently of any condemnation for the way the war was fought (ius in bello). In fact, the Bosnian Serb war effort was no more or less legitimate than the Bosnian Muslim war effort. The Muslims wanted to secede from Yugoslavia (and were egged on to do this by the Americans and the Europeans) while the Bosnian Serbs wanted to stay in Yugoslavia. It was as simple as that.

In my view, it is not possible to adjudicate such matters using the criminal law since, as political questions, they transcend it. But the fact that the Muslims blatantly cheated by holding the vote on an independence referendum at 3 a.m. after the Bosnian Serb deputies in the Bosnian parliament had all been told to go home, and the fact that the Bosnian Muslim president, Alija Izetbegovic, remained in office throughout 1992 long after his term had expired and long after he should have handed over to a Serb, meant that the Bosnian Serbs had excellent grounds for believing that the Bosnian Muslim secession was quite simply a coup d’état.

In any case, once the Muslims had seized power in Sarajevo, the Bosnian Serbs sought not to conquer the whole republic but instead simply to fight for the secession of their territories from Muslim control. [Greater Serbia indeed, Kuhner!] Of course atrocities were committed against civilians during this period, especially ethnic cleansing. But the same phenomenon is observed, I believe, and by definition, in every single war in which a new state is created, whether it is the creation of Pakistan in 1947 or the creation in 1974 of what later became the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. If the Muslims had the right unilaterally to secede from Yugoslavia, why should the Bosnian Serbs not have had the right unilaterally to secede from the new state of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which had never before existed as a state, and to which the Bosnian Serbs had no loyalty whatever?

Second, the Bosnian Serbs are accused (and two have been convicted) of committing genocide against the Bosnian Muslims in the massacre perpetrated at Srebrenica. Let us leave aside for a moment the Serb claims that the numbers of people killed in that summer of 1995 has been artificially inflated for propaganda purposes; let us also leave aside the undoubted fact that the Bosnian Muslims were using…Srebrenica as a safe haven from which to conduct constant attacks against the Serb villages surrounding the town, during which many atrocities were committed against Serb civilians. (The commander of the Muslim forces, Nasir Oric, was released by the ICTY in February.)

What is clear is that the Srebrenica massacre cannot possibly be described as genocide. Even the most ardent pro-Muslim propagandists agree that the victims of the massacre there were all men. The Bosnian Serbs claim that they were combatants (although that is certainly not an excuse for killing them) but the point is that an army bent on genocide would precisely not have singled out men for execution but would have killed women too. The Srebrenica massacre may well have been a crime against humanity but it is impossible to see how it can be categorised as genocide.

Unfortunately, there is a very clear political reason why it has been so categorised. The Muslim president of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Haris Silaijdzic, said carefully on CNN the day Karadzic was captured that Karadzic’s trial was only the beginning of the process by which justice would be done in Bosnia. He said that there were hundreds of thousands of Muslims who had been ethnically cleansed by “Karadzic and Milosevic” and that their project therefore remained in force. The clear implication of what he was saying was this: if the very existence of the Bosnian Serb republic…is found, in a court of law, to have had as its president a man, Karadzic, who is convicted of genocide in the process of creating it, then its status would be illegitimate and it should be abolished. The Muslims continue to claim control over the whole of the territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina, while the Serbs merely want the preservation of their considerable autonomy within it.

In other words, far from bringing peace to the Balkans, it is quite possible that a conviction of Karadzic for genocide will reopen the Dayton settlement and egg the Muslims on to claim control over the Serb republic too. Under such circumstances, it is inevitable that the Bosnian Serbs would try to proclaim formal secession from Bosnia, just as the Kosovo Albanians did from Serbia.

From the horse’s mouth, via a summary of wartime Bosnian MP Ibran Mustafic’s 1996 book Planned Chaos:

However, it turned out that the “problem” Bosnian Muslim leaders and their foreign sponsors wanted solved was far more profound than the issue of one town in Bosnia-Herzegovina [Srebrenica], and that is how to take over the rule over the entire Bosnian republic after the destruction of Yugoslavia, even though Bosnian Muslims are just one of three large nations living in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and even today not a majority. The only way they thought this could be done, was if Bosnian Serbs were entirely exterminated or, failing that, if the entire Serbian nation is pinned with charges of “genocide”, which would enable the complete assimilation of all the Serb-owned land and property in state.

Ibran Mustafic confirmed this claim back in July 1996:

“According to our [Bosnian Muslim] custom, when someone finishes the foundation for a house, an animal must be slaughtered on top of it. It seems that Srebrenica was a sacrificial lamb for the foundation of this [Muslim] state.”

Last Thursday, Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs was good enough to post the following new article by Andy Wilcoxson, along with my note at the bottom:

Srebrenica was an Inside Job (June 15)

How Alija Izetbegovic’s regime held the civilian population of Srebrenica hostage, goaded the [Bosnian]-Serbs into attacking the enclave, and then abandoned the civilian population to the mercy of the attacking enemy.

In the wake of the July 1995 fall of the Srebrenica enclave, thousands of Muslim soldiers and draft eligible men were killed or went missing. Some were captured and summarily executed by Bosnian-Serb forces, and others died in combat.

Western governments, news media, and the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague have assiduously misled the public about the nature of the [deaths], at the same time they have remained conspicuously silent about the role U.N. officials and the Muslim regime in Sarajevo played in orchestrating the massacre.

Srebrenica’s Fall Could Have Been Prevented

…[T]he Dutch battalion of U.N. peacekeepers who were deployed in Srebrenica…were authorized to call in air strikes if the enclave was attacked, and when it was attacked they did indeed call in air strikes, but they were blocked by the U.N. until it was too late.

According to the debriefing of Dutch Battalion personnel, “The battalion was counting on massive air support … air support was requested around 10.30 hrs. [on July 11, 1995] Then, despite all of its promises, the U.N. still failed to release air power.”

…Even without the U.N.’s help, Bosnian-Muslim president Alija Izetbegovic’s regime could have intervened to stop the fall of the enclave and subsequent massacre, but they chose not to act either.

Sefer Halilovic…was the most senior officer in Izetbegovic’s military and he testified under oath at the UN war crimes Tribunal in The Hague that “the command of the 2nd Corps and the General Staff knew when the operation on Srebrenica started, but from a series of testimonies, the people who were in Srebrenica, both from military and political structures, we can clearly see that they asked for help, both of the command of the 2nd Corps and the command of the General Staff and President Izetbegovic, but that they did not receive that assistance…[3]

Even though Srebrenica was abandoned by its supposed protectors at the U.N. and by its own government in Sarajevo, the Muslim forces based in Srebrenica should have been able to defend the enclave themselves. Instead, on July 12, 1995, they fled the enclave with the rest of the able-bodied men and abandoned Srebrenica’s women, children, and elderly to the mercy of the attacking Bosnian-Serb forces.

Although UN Military Observers (UNMOs) were uncertain of the exact number of Muslim military personnel in Srebrenica, they believed “that at least half had side arms as well as heavy machine guns, light mortars, and anti-tank weapons including rocket propelled grenades and more modern ones.”[4]

The Command of the 2nd Corps of the Army of Bosnia Herzegovina (ABiH) prepared a report detailing the operation Srebrenica’s men undertook to flee Srebrenica across Bosnian-Serb territory to Tuzla. Their report said, “Numbers were not established when the column was formed, but some estimates put the number in the column at 10,000 to 15,000 people, including approximately 6,000 armed soldiers, not counting soldiers from Zepa.”[5]

According to UN Military Observers, at the time of the attack the Bosnian-Serb Army’s “Drina Corps was known to be stretched in terms of resources” and the strength of the Bosnian-Serb units surrounding Srebrenica was “1,000 to 3,000 infantry with up to 20 tanks as well as artillery and multiple launch rocket systems.” When Srebrenica fell, the UNMOs estimated that the local Bosnian-Serb brigades “probably have around 1,500 infantry in total” and together with reinforcements from units stationed in adjacent areas, the total strength of the Bosnian-Serb forces around Srebrenica was “probably no less than 2,000 infantry.”[6]

Even if they hadn’t been abandoned by the UN and by their own government, 6,000 armed Muslim soldiers should have been able to fight off 1,000 to 3,000 Serb infantry men.

When the Bosnian-Serbs attacked the enclave, UN Military Observers were stunned that the Muslim army didn’t attempt to defend it. In their report they state: “The ABiH had the force ratios to defend the enclave particularly considering its hilly, wooded nature.” They went on to write, “The advantages militarily seem to have been with the [Muslim] defenders to at least hold out for longer and have inflicted greater losses on the Bosnian-Serb Army than believed. However, the ABiH leadership seems to have actually acted against their own interests to carryout a successful defense.” [7]

Dutch Battalion personnel in Srebrenica were surprised when Muslim troops in the enclave did not avail themselves of the weapons they were offered. On the morning of July 6th 1995 battalion personnel “Informed the Bosnian government forces that, if the Bosnian-Serb Army crossed the enclave boundary, the arms in the weapon collection point in Srebrenica would be released. Later, when this situation did indeed occur, the Bosnian government forces did not avail themselves of this opportunity.”[8]

Foreknowledge of the Massacre

Izetbegovic’s decision to refuse Srebrenica’s pleas for help and to abandon it to the mercy of the Bosnian-Serb Army is all the more shocking in light of the fact that his regime knew what would happen if Srebrenica fell. They were fully aware of what was at stake. Two years before the massacre, Bosnian vice-premiere Zlatko Lagumdjija told reporters from the London Times that “We shall be witnesses of a big massacre if Srebrenica falls.”[9]

The U.N. also had foreknowledge of what would happen. The U.N. chose not to act in 1995 even though it knew as far back as 1993 what kind of massacre would ensue if Srebrenica fell.

Testifying at the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, the former commander of the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, French General Philippe Morillon told the court that “Naser Oric [the commander of the Bosnian-Muslim military forces in Srebrenica] engaged in attacks during Orthodox [Christian] holidays and destroyed villages, massacring all the inhabitants. This created a degree of hatred that was quite extraordinary in the region.”

He said, “Naser Oric was a warlord who reigned by terror in his area and over the population itself. I think that he realized that those were the rules of this horrific war, that he could not allow himself to take prisoners. According to my recollection, he didn’t even look for an excuse. It was simply a statement: One can’t be bothered with prisoners.”

Morillon testified, “I wasn’t surprised when the Serbs took me to a village to show me the evacuation of the bodies of the inhabitants that had been thrown into a hole, a village close to Bratunac. And this made me understand the degree to which this infernal situation of blood and vengeance led to a situation when I personally feared that the worst would happen if the Serbs of Bosnia managed to enter the enclaves and Srebrenica.” He said, “I saw, a degree of absolute misery with a real risk of tens of thousands being killed.

“I feared that the Serbs, the local Serbs, the Serbs of Bratunac, these militiamen, they wanted to take their revenge for everything that they attributed to Naser Oric. It wasn’t just Naser Oric that they wanted to revenge, take their revenge on, they wanted to revenge their [500] dead on Orthodox Christmas…”

After listening to his testimony the Presiding judge asked Morillon, “Are you saying, then, General, that what happened in 1995 was a direct reaction to what Naser Oric did to the Serbs two years before?” And the witness answered, “Yes. Yes, Your Honour. I am convinced of that.”

According to the Dutch Battalion’s report, the Bosnian-Serb military units surrounding Srebrenica in 1995 “were manned chiefly by Bosnian-Serb refugees who had formerly lived in the enclave.”[10]

The soldiers who ultimately perpetrated the July 1995 [executions] had been victimized themselves beforehand.

Because Gen. Morillon knew what would happen if the Bosnian-Serbs entered Srebrenica, he tried to have the civilian population evacuated to safety, but he was prevented from doing that by the Bosnian-Muslim authorities.

On April 19, 1993– two years before the massacre – Reuters and the New York Times reported that:

“Authorities in Srebrenica refused today to allow civilians to be evacuated from the besieged Muslim town, a United Nations official said.

“‘We have just received confirmation that the Bosnian authorities in Srebrenica will not permit any evacuation’, a UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokeswoman said in Belgrade.

“She said the Muslim authorities didn’t give a reason for blocking the operation.”[11]

(Note: It’s important to note in Morillon’s testimony that he predicted Serb reprisals as early as 1993, based on what Oric and his men had wrought thus far; the fact that they continued raiding out of the “safe area” for the next two years only made things that much worse in the end.)

During his testimony Morillon noted that “Had I been able to evacuate all those who had wanted me to do so at the time that I intervened in Srebrenica, we could certainly have saved a number of human lives.”

He said, “the Bosniaks used the presence of their population to keep the attention of the world focused on their situation, they prevented the evacuation from Srebrenica …the authorities of Izetbegovic were the ones who stood up against the evacuation of those towards Tuzla for all those who wanted to, and there were many of them who wanted to.”[12]

(Note: I asked Andy Wilcoxson whether, by Morillon saying that if he’d been allowed to evacuate civilians he would have saved many lives, Morillon seems to be taking at face value both the number of ‘8000′ and the claim that they were civilians. Andy replied: “Morillion certainly would have saved at least hundreds of lives if he had been able to get the civilians out of Srebrenica in 1993. Boys aged 14 and 15 in 1993 would have been at least 16 by 1995 and the ABiH was drafting 16-year-olds in Srebrenica. If Morillon had gotten those boys out of there in 1993 they wouldn’t have been soldiers in Srebrenica in 1995…[A]nd there’s no telling if the army would have left after the civilians were evacuated and Srebrenica’s propaganda value was decimated. [Additionally,] some civilians were among the executed and others, like you said, got caught in the cross-fire. Nobody knows with any degree of precision how many people were executed and how many died in combat or were collateral damage. Just because we know that a person is dead it doesn’t mean that we know how they died.”)

Concurrent with Morillon’s failed efforts to evacuate the civilian population from Srebrenica, the Security Council designated it a “UN Safe Area” in April 1993.

As a so-called “Safe area”, Srebrenica was supposed to be demilitarized. On May 8th 1993 Ratko Mladic on behalf of the Serbs, and Sefer Halilovic on behalf of the Muslims, signed an agreement on the demilitarization of Srebrenica in the presence of Gen. Morillon.[13]

Under the terms of the agreement, all of the weapons in the enclave were to be placed under the control of the UN; in turn the UN was responsible for the security of the enclave. That was how things were on paper, but real life was different.

The Muslims did not demilitarize Srebrenica; instead they used the so-called “safe area” as a base from which to attack the Bosnian-Serb army and the surrounding Serbian villages.

Two weeks before the enclave fell, Muslim troops from Srebrenica attacked an undefended Serbian village. At 4:30 AM on June 26, 1995 they attacked the hamlet of Visnjica near Srebrenica, burning houses, killing livestock, and sending Serb civilians fleeing for their lives.[14]

Conspiracies seldom remain secret, and Srebrenica is no exception. Although the Western news media refuses to discuss the role played by anyone other than the Serbs, some Bosnian-Muslim officials have spoken out.

Ibran Mustafic was a founding member of Alija Izetbegovic’s political party, a member of the Bosnian parliament, and a resident of Srebrenica. In 1996 he told Sarajevo’s Slobodna Bosna newspaper that “The betrayal of Srebrenica was consciously prepared. Unfortunately, the Bosnian presidency and the Army command were involved in this business; if you want the names, figure it out yourself. I understood the situation in Srebrenica and, you can trust me on this, had I not been prevented by a group of criminals, many more inhabitants of Srebrenica would be alive today. Had I received an order to attack the Serb army from the demilitarized zone, I would have rejected to carry out that order without thinking and would have asked the person who had issued that order to bring his family to Srebrenica so that I can give him a gun and let him stage attacks from the demilitarized zone. I knew that such shameful, calculated moves were leading my people to a catastrophe.”[15]

The Motive to Betray One’s Own People

In 1998, Srebrenica’s wartime chief of police, Hakija Meholjic told the Sarajevo newspaper Dani that in September 1993 Izetbegovic told him: “You know, I was offered by [Bill] Clinton in April that the Chetnik [Serbian] forces enter Srebrenica, carry out a slaughter of 5,000 Muslims, and then there will be a [NATO] military intervention.”[16]

Meholjic’s statement is corroborated by the UN Secretary General’s report on the fall of Srebrenica, which says “Representatives of the Bosniac community gathered in Sarajevo on 28 and 29 September [1993] to vote on the [Invincible] peace package. A delegation of Bosniacs from Srebrenica was transported to Sarajevo by UNPROFOR helicopter to participate in the debate. Prior to the meeting, the delegation met in private with President Izetbegovic, who told them that there were Serb proposals to exchange Srebrenica and Zepa for territories around Sarajevo. The delegation opposed the idea, and the subject was not discussed further. Some surviving members of the Srebrenica delegation have stated that President Izetbegovic also told them he had learned that a NATO intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina was possible, but could only occur if the Serbs were to break into Srebrenica, killing at least 5,000 of its people. President Izetbegovic has flatly denied making such a statement.”[17] [SEE THE DUTCH TV DOCUMENTARY CLIP WITH MEHOLJIC HERE.]

It certainly appears that Alija Izetbegovic incited a massacre against his own people in Srebrenica because he wanted NATO to intervene in the Bosnian war on his behalf.

Izetbegovic’s regime provoked the Serbs by perpetrating massacres against them, blocked the evacuation of the civilian population, staged attacks from the safe area, and when the anticipated Serb retaliation finally came, his regime abandoned Srebrenica with full knowledge of what the consequences would be.

The truth is ugly. The Serbs executed enemy POWs in violation of the Geneva Conventions, the Muslims deliberately goaded them into it for propaganda purposes, the U.N. allowed all of it to happen even though they had the means to stop it, NATO got conned into being the Muslim air force, and Western governments and news media lied about the whole thing. The end result of all of it is that thousands of people died needlessly.

Criminal Liability

In 2004, the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal inThe Hague convicted Bosnian-Serb general Radislav Krstic of aiding and abetting “genocide” (sic) in Srebrenica and sentenced him to 35 years in prison.

Krstic did not participate in, order, or even know the massacre was happening. In fact, Krstic specifically ordered that no harm was to befall the Bosnian Muslim civilians.[18]

The Tribunal ruled that “It was unnecessary for the Trial Chamber to conclude that Radislav Krstic was actually aware that those other criminal acts were being committed; it was sufficient that their occurrence was foreseeable to him and that those other crimes did in fact occur.”[19]

The Srebrenica massacre was foreseeable to the Bosnian-Muslim authorities and to the U.N. as well. They too had the ability and the obligation to prevent the massacre, and they didn’t do it either. One has to wonder about the integrity of the judicial process surrounding Srebrenica, when someone like Krstic is held responsible and they’re not.

One also has to wonder whether a conflict of interest arises when a UN Tribunal conducts the investigations, makes factual findings, and determines criminal liability with regard to events where the UN was as deeply involved as it was in Srebrenica. The UN’s failure to demilitarize the enclave or prevent its collapse and subsequent massacre, when it had the ability to do so, certainly begs the question of whether those failures were deliberate or not.

So that the reader isn’t left with the impression that ALL THOSE CIVILIANS TRAPPED inside Srebrenica mentioned above were killed along with the “Muslim men and boys” (indeed, if they were, we wouldn’t be hearing the qualifier “men and boys” ad nauseum), note that Ratko Mladic’s forces organized buses to take the civilians to Muslim-held territory, as the civilians had wanted from the start. He saw them off, talking to those seated on the bus and assuring them safety. There’s video of this. But the press uses these assurances to paint an even more sinister picture. For example, look at the insidious, malevolent writing that St. Louis Post-Dispatch writers Phillip O’Connor and Stephen Deere used in this article they co-wrote upon Mladic’s capture:

Just hours before the 1995 attack, Mladic appeared in a now infamous video stroking the cheek of a terrified child and telling the crowd, “Don’t be afraid, no one will hurt you.”

After women and children were loaded onto buses and transported out of the area, the killing began. It went on for days.

This is supposed to stick in the reader’s mind as if the child didn’t make it to safety; the writers are conflating the subsequent deaths of escaping soldiers with the children Mladic gave candy and safe passage to. The “candy” mention comes from similarly insidious wording in this AP report, which the above article copies almost verbatim at some points (which is how Balkans reporting has always been done anyway):

Just hours before the massacre, Mladic handed out candy to Muslim children in the town’s square, assuring them everything would be fine and patting one child on the head. Then the shootings began and the bodies of the victims were bulldozed into mass graves.

I think that the aforementioned “infamous video” of Mladic “stroking the cheek of a terrified child and telling the crowd, ‘Don’t be afraid, no one will hurt you’” — may be this one, viewable to those with a Facebook account.

It’s basically him hopping onto each bus and saying “Hi, I’m Ratko Mladic, you are all going to be safely evacuated.” The monster!

Meanwhile, the evacuation that the Serbs did — which the Bosnian government refused to do in order to keep the civilians in danger — is of course being referred to in media and government as ethnic cleansing. Just one example — and a more mild one at that — comes from that same AP report:

In early July that year, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed by Serbian forces, and the town’s women and children were driven out of the area.

(This recalls how a Serbian bishop was threatened by the internationals with a war crimes indictment for ethnic cleansing for obliging to help put together buses to clear Muslim women and children out of the crossfire in a Herzegovina town.)

What else they’re doing in the media now is adding the phrase “including women and children” with regard to who was killed in Srebrenica. This is perhaps a conflation of Srebrenica and Sarajevo, or perhaps they’re seizing on the fact that, among all the remains at the identification office, exactly 5 are female so far. (Here I must emphasize that most of the remains are indeterminate re the potential cause, manner, place and time of death over the course of living through three years of war. But you’re just supposed to think they were “executed,” and by Serbs.)

In an email from Nebojsa Malic, we get a broader picture of what happened (emphasis mine):

Upon taking Srebrenica, the Serbs find it empty. Muslim soldiers had gone off towards Tuzla. The Serbs find the Muslim civilians overflowing the UN camp in the nearby hamlet of Potocari. They detain SOME men, and SOME of those are MIA presumed dead - but neither the Dutch nor ANYONE else who was there actually witnessed them die. The civilians are told they can stay if they want to, or be evacuated to Muslim territory. They choose evacuation. Gen. Mladic organizes buses and trucks (at a time when fuel was incredibly difficult to come by, no less) and sees them off personally. There are videos of him talking to the civilians in the buses (you can see clearly there are a few men in there as well, and boys aplenty), and guarantees them safety. They are bused to Kladanj and handed over to the Muslims.

(NOTE: It’s not surprising that plenty of males survived as well, since the Serbs were weeding people out in order to find the perpetrators of the raids on their villages. Indeed, the majority of Srebrenica’s 40,000 population survived, with 35,632 registering with the World Health Organization and Bosnian government by the first week of August ’95. See actual documents here, pp. 313-315)

If Mladic had used the same standard the Croats applied to Serbs a month later [in Operation Storm], he’d have made them walk on their own, and shot them up every so often, just for LOLs. Instead, the Serbs WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY to AVOID harming civilians.

Or as Emil Vlajki (half-Croat, half-Jewish VP of the Serb Republic currently) said on TV recently, “Had the Nazis acted the way the Serbs are accused of acting, 4 million more Jews would have been alive today.” (Many of his own relatives perished in the Shoah.)

One thing to keep in mind about Srebrenica is that it didn’t start out as an enclave. Starting in March 1992, Oric actually marauded up and down the Drina valley, until his defeat in the spring of 1993. Oric then retreated to Srebrenica, where the Serbs had him cornered. The UN commander at the time, French general Morillon, led a convoy through Serb territory to get food into the town Muslim propaganda claimed was starving to the point of cannibalism. Once there, he tried to get some civilians out, but Oric prevented him - suffering civilians were a key element of the Muslims’ war strategy; without them, there was no CNN Effect, and no chance of an outside intervention. Morillon did eventually manage to evacuate some seriously injured people and kids and set up food convoys into the town.

There were some comments at Atlas Shrugs that I’d like to paste below:

John P said…

Nobody has denied that Summary Justice occured [sic] during the war. Germans soldiers caught in US uniforms during the Battle of the Bulge, were shot by impromtu firing squads. Procedural Rights may not have been respected but there was no Serb interest in wholesale slaugther. No uncovered grave in all of Bosnia contained more than 20 bodies, and it cannot be determined who interred the corpses and under what conditions persons died. Ergo: nothing can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. What can be proven is: the Srebrinica muslim leader, Naser Oric, showed a Toronto Star reporter videos of his slaughters of Serbs, and laughed at their deaths.

Why did Serbs support their own in Sarajevo and the jihad-enclaves? Because EVERY European state signed the Helsinki Accords (CSCE 1975) which commited respect for “self determination,” and “territorial integrality.” Yah, those are contradictory, but the Bosnian muslim leaders decided same by issuing his “islamic declaration” against minority religions. Under Serb protection, local Serbs pulled back in face of FIRST use of ethnic cleansing by bosmuz. The jihad “enclaves” protected by NATO, were territorial anomolies, which should have been retained under Serb sovereignty. Instead, NATO allowed use of same as bases for Oric’s Genocides against Serbs. NATO aided and abetted bosmuz aggression. Now they protect an entity that denies renovation permits to Christian churches. Don’t think that this started under Hussein O; Bush jr - the saudi slave - went further than the Clinton-gang in dhimming up to bosmuz terrorists. […]

Felixquigley6 said…

“…Even without the U.N.’s help, Bosnian-Muslim president Alija Izetbegovic’s regime could have intervened to stop the fall of the enclave and subsequent massacre, but they chose not to act either.”

I refer in the above to the words “subsequent massacre”

THERE WAS NO MASSACRE. THAT IS A BIG LIE.

There are many references to a massacre, in the Media I estimated perhaps a million major articles, give or take a few hundred thousands

All that Julia Gorin says is the absolute truth and all that has come out about this “event” from the Media and from Islam directed taqqiya is lies

I did not myself prove this, I did not have to, it was all well and truly proven in the famous “Dutch Report” of 2002, which in the vital section of that Report (It was a massive work) covered in great detail what was going on in the few weeks after the supposed “massacre”

THE “MASSACRE” DID NOT HAPPEN IN THE VILLAGE OF SREBRENICA. IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN VIRTUAL form (lies) IN TUZLA IN THE 3 WEEKS FOLLOWING. THAT IS WHEN AND WHERE THE LIE WAS CONSTRUCTED AND THE MEDIA HAD A BIG PART IN IT

All I have done in my article is to bring the vital work of the Dutch Report out of the cobwebbed cupbolard where it has been dumped by this very corrupt contemporary Media we are currently “enjoying”

This vital section of the Dutch Report actually scripts in great detail, and with the ultimate in Dutch Reserve, this “Massacre” Myth being assembled.

If you have the stomach for it visit this article, republished just yesterday, on

SREBRENICA HOAX…THE OFFICIAL “DUTCH REPORT” HAS BEEN OVERLOOKED

http://4international.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/srebrenica-hoax%e2%80%a6the-official-%e2%80%9cdutch-report%e2%80%9d-has-been-overlooked/

John P said…

FQ:

The ICTY toilet-paper indictments of Mladic and Karadzic were signed on 14 Nov 1995 at The Hague (ICJ) by the notorious Richard Goldstone, who has worked with the UN for the destruction of Israel.

Was Serbia acting within CSCE recognition of “self determination” and “territorial integrality”? Yes. In fact, after Oric released his “Srebrenica Fiction” to NATO, Serbs soon affirmed the “Dayton Accord” process. Removal of the jihad-enclaves ensured same, and this was followed by Serb withdrawl from the Sarejevo hills (out of NATO’s dhimmi-reach). You don’t have to refer to Euro reports; UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, released this summary declaration on the effect of the just capture of the terror enclave from Oric’s Genocide band. “There is no doubt that the capture of Srebrenica and Zepa by the Serbs made it easier for the bosniaks and Serbs to agree on the territorial basis of a peace settlement;” (Report by Kofi Annan “pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 53/55 (1998).

As for the ICTY indictments, those are toilet-paper charges accepted only by parties to a worthless “statute of the tribunal.” And these were based on muslim propaganda considered without examination. Usually when someone gets same, they treat it with suspicion. (Especially when issued by taqiyah governed savages). Yet Judge Riad summarized, “..thousands of men executed and buried in mass graves, hundreds of men buried alive, men and women mutilated and slaughtered, children killed before their mothers, a grandfather forced to eat the liver of his own grandson.” That idiot said that even after videos of muslim beheadings of Christians were sent to him. The judge presented everything from lying muslim mouths [as] if same was already proven. How can Mladic’s Rights be respected when he has clearly been prejudged?

I believe that Serbs likely adapted to Oric terror, but a fair trial is impossible in context of ICTY/ICJ prejudgment. Serbs didn’t want dead muslims; they wanted defensible Serb borders, and territorial integrality of Serb areas that were under “islamic declaration” Genocide threat.
http://www.slobodan-milosevic.org/documents/islamic-declaration.pdf

Note - not a single permission for renovation of a Christian church has been issued, in Euro-jihad’s (bosnia) existence. It exists as a forward base for the 1400 year muslim war against humanity. It is time that we fought back.

Demon said…

http://www.slobodan-milosevic.org/news/smorg-sreb101604.htm

THE FORBIDDEN SREBRENICA REPORT
www.slobodan-milosevic.org - October 16, 2004

In September of 2002 the Republika Srpska Bureau for Cooperation with the ICTY issued a report about the alleged massacre in Srebrenica. The report relied on UN documents, International Red Cross documents, BH Army documents, and photographic documentation. The report, which had been destined to be part of a larger final report, exposed the official Srebrenica story as a fraud.

Needless to say, the Muslims and the so-called “international community” were furious that the Srebrenica story had been debunked. The Serbs weren’t supposed to expose the story as a fraud, they were supposed to confess so that nobody would have to try and prove the Srebrenica story with evidence. The Serbian confession was supposed to be the proof, and by debunking the story those dastardly Serbs messed-up everything.

Paddy Ashdown, who is for all intents and purposes Bosnia’s dictator, was furious at the Serbian disobedience. He condemned the report without even reading it. He sacked the leadership of the commission that wrote the report, and he demanded that another report be written.

According to a report issued by the International Strategic Studies Association, Ashdown and his cronies at the OHR demanded that a fabricated report be issued in which Serbs blindly accepted the all blame for everything that the Muslims accused them of at Srebrenica.

After hand picking a new commission, and firing everybody who would dare to question the Muslim version of the Srebrenica story; Ashdown, not surprisingly, recently got the report that he wanted.

But for Ashdown one problem exists. The original report of September 2002 still exists, and it still proves that the Srebrenica story is a fraud, and no amount of phony extorted “confessions” can change that.

Ashdown has been lucky so-far, because only 500 copies of the original report were ever printed. This makes it a very hard document to find, and keeps it largely inaccessible to the general public.

But Mr. Ashdown’s luck has ran out. We have managed to obtain a copy of the forbidden 139-page report. We have scanned it, and now we are making it available for you to download and distribute all over the internet!

SREBRENICA REPORT, September 2002 (15 Mb) PDF File
To Download to your computer right click on link and select “save target as”

URL of the Srebrenica report is: http://www.slobodan-milosevic.org/documents/srebrenica.pdf

A few weeks ago, the following news item caught my attention:

Visiting French general expelled from Bosnian memorial center

Controversial French General Philippe Morillon was expelled from the Memorial Center in Potocari, outside of Srebrenica when on Friday he went to pay his respects to the Bosnian Muslims killed during the civil war that engulfed Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s, reported the Bosnian news agency Fena.

“Morillon knew he was not welcome here,” said Hatidza Mehmedovic, president of the Srebrenica Mothers Association. “He wouldn’t have dared to meet with us and he came here before it (the visit) was announced.”

“When we saw him at the memorial center, we expelled him. This is our pilgrimage, a place where those responsible for genocide should not come,” Mehmedovic stated.

Now, the obvious question here is: How can those responsible for genocide not come, when they’re the ones who are buried there? That is, the Muslims buried at the memorial center are the ones who allowed themselves to be used to create the appearance of the much longed-for Muslim “genocide,” which the Bosnian-Muslim government organized with help from its commanders inside Srebrenica.

I mean, there’s a reason that every Muslim who died in the Bosnian war was buried as a martyr. And there’s a reason that the wartime Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic asked to be buried “next to the shahids.”

Mehmedovic said she considers Morillon responsible for not preventing the massacre of an estimated 8,000 men and boys when Bosnian Serb forces overran Srebrenica in 1995. Prior to the fall of the town, Morillon, who was responsible for delivering United Nations aid, was quoted as having said he would “never abandon you. ”

“We consider him responsible and that is why we acted this way towards him,” said Mehmedovic. “Basically, he cannot come here; neither can others who perpetrated this crime against the Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) of Srebrenica and BiH.”

Again, they’re already there. Not only that, but aren’t Bosnian-Muslim government officials always present at these ceremonies? Including those who served under the chief organizer of the “genocide” — Izetbegovic — and are still in power? Why were they allowed in, when they are far more responsible for the orchestration of this deliberate “massacre” than the UN folks who didn’t feel it was incumbent upon them to actually start shooting at the Muslims’ designated infidel enemy in that separatist, supremacist war of Islamic aggression? Or, alternately, didn’t feel it incumbent upon them to prolong the current situation in which the Srebrenica Muslims were raiding Serb villages and killing civilians while being kept safe from consequences by running back behind the UN’s skirts. The Bosniaks had their cake, ate it too — but wanted it ala mode. In fact, they did get their ice cream on top of it, except only vanilla was available, and that’s what they’re sore about.

Meanwhile, Morillon has been condemned by Bosnian Serbs for covering up details about how Bosnian Muslim forces provoked an attack on the Kosevo hospital in Sarajevo for television cameras, which resulted in the condemnation of the Serbs.

When asked by British politician Lord David Owen at the time why he failed to expose the actual perpetrators of the incident, Morillon was quoted as having said “We have to live here (Sarajevo) .”

So you see, General Morillon did make a valiant effort to do his part for the taqqiyah (Muslim deception of the infidel) — he did try to help build the Bosnian lie on the blood of Serbs — but it backfired when, rather than just withholding information and helping the cover-up, he didn’t take it to the next level and help to actually kill Serbs. Even worse, he subsequently misstepped again, by testifying honestly at the Milosevic trial and exposing the farce of the Bosnian-Muslim cause. He admitted that he never demilitarized Srebrenica, and that this is what allowed the Srebrenica Muslims to engage in their homicidal raids on Serb villages.

Apparently, all you need to do to be a “controversial” figure in the Balkans is stray just an inch and just once or twice from the Muslim agenda, by answering questions truthfully and relating what you actually observed in the events of that war. Just pointing out — even in the most morally-equivalent tones — that Srebrenica was a “circle of revenge” and that the fall of the enclave was actually a reaction to something, is enough to get you branded a Serbian apologist, which is the least of the slanders that Morillon has been subjected to. He even had his residence shelled by the Bosniaks to express their opposition to the UN-brokered agreements that were going on (though Morillon didn’t take the attempt on his life personally and seemed to still be cheering for the Muslim side).

Anyway, thanks to Morillon’s early acquiesence to playing the Bosnia game, he’s not in the good graces of the Serbs. More consequentially — as often happens to internationals when they hit their limit as to how much suppression of “pro-Serb” information and dissemination of false anti-Serb information they’re capable of — the old friends they made by initially playing the game turn on them. This is happening to the anti - Serb - accredited former chief ICTY prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, and it happened to former US special envoyDaniel Serwer, as well as to former UN High Representative Paddy Ashdown and UN Deputy High Rep. Raffi Gregorian, and to Canadian UN General Lewis MacKenzie, who despite blaming Karadzic for the bombing of Sarajevo and saving Bosniak lives, one fine day discovered from the Bosnian press and public that not only was he Serbian and/or being paid by Serbs but he had raped Muslim women (this was after he uttered the Bosnian government’s admitted role in the “siege” of Sarajevo. And here it is happening to Serb-killer Richard Holbrooke.

Now, Holbrooke’s only crime was saying that if not for ‘his’ Dayton Agreement, 9/11 would have been planned from Bosnia instead of Afghanistan. I guess he didn’t get the memo that, in addition to five of the 19 hijackers having trained or fought in Bosnia, Bosnia did have a little something more to do with 9/11 than our officials lead on. But as for the rest, they were part of the cover-up that led to the one-sidedness of how the region was viewed and dealt with, but they didn’t know how far they were meant to take the cover-up so when they veered off-course, occasionally answering something to the best of their knowledge and not how they’re supposed to, these people expose themselves along with the cover-up that they were initially part of.

Nebojsa Malic put it well in this sentence: Even the most outspoken pro-Muslim officials “are denounced as ‘Karadzic’s propagandists’ if they so much as suggest that the Muslims may not have been absolutely right about everything, always.”

About using the Kosevo Hospital in Sarajevo as a shield, here is the letter Morillon sent to Izetbegovic, reminding him that this was against the Geneva Conventions. When Morillion testified in the Milosevic trial, he said the Muslims “very frequently used mortars at Kosevo for provocation purposes.” (Feb. 12, 2004 transcript, Pg. 32047)

Fortuitously, just May of this year saw some testimony at the Karadzic trial about this very hospital. Andy Wilcoxson has an enormously entertaining read about it, in which a Muslim nurse “testifies.” It’s called Kosevo Hospital Nurse Has Selective Memory about Bosnian War, and here is what you’re missing, America (I swear, there should be a reality comedy series documenting The Hague):

On Wednesday, May 5, 2010 the trial of Radovan Karadzic heard testimony from Mrs. Fatima Zaimovic. Mrs. Zaimovic is a life-long Sarajevo resident and she was the head nurse at the Children’s Surgery Department of the Kosevo Hospital in Sarajevo from 1979 until she retired in 2007.

Testimony for the Prosecution

Mrs. Zaimovic kept a diary (exhibit P819) about the patients wounded during the war. Her diary contains a list of 331 wounded children treated in the Children’s Surgery Department of the Kosevo Hospital.

She said, “All children that were brought in and recorded in this diary were injured by shrapnel or sniper fire. A very small number of children were also injured by phosphorous shells, those that cause burns, and some were injured by gas explosions.”

Most of the children wounded in Sarajevo during the war came to Mrs. Zaimovic’s department…She described the effect of the war on the children saying, “All the children who came to our clinic were traumatized, first of all, because of the injuries they had sustained. After that, they were hospitalized. Shelling went on in town, and whenever a shell fell, they would jump out of bed, they would start screaming so hard, and they’d flee to the nurses, asking them for protection.”

Mrs. Zaimovic testified that the Kosevo Hospital buildings were shelled throughout the war and that a number of hospital staff were killed as a result of shelling. She said, “Shells were falling all over the place. Whenever you’d go to the hospital or wherever, you didn’t dare look. Somehow you’d keep your head down, and you’d be thinking that your turn had come, that you’d be the victim of such a shell or of a sniper. I was terribly frightened. I have to tell you that in all sincerity.”

The witness also described the shortage of utilities and medical supplies and conditions under which she and her colleagues operated in the hospital during the war, in particular the problems related to the lack of electricity and sufficient water.

Karadzic Lays Out His Case

For his part Radovan Karadzic set out to “prove and show that Sarajevo was a fortress and fulcrum, a military stronghold, and not a peaceful town that was attacked by some wild men.” He told the witness, “Mrs. Zaimovic, you said several times here that Serbs were firing at the city. So now we have to see whether they were firing at legitimate targets or whether they were randomly shooting all over town…”

A Personal Vendetta against the Accused

Mrs. Zaimovic clearly hated Radovan Karadzic. It was clear from her testimony that she harbored a great deal of personal animosity towards him. At one point she said, “Mr. Karadzic, you know full well what you did. You killed people whenever you wanted to.”

She told him, “You destroyed the city that provided you with your education and your life. Why don’t you repent and tell the truth before this Trial Chamber? You destroyed thousands of people and lives. Your people, our people, our ethnicities, you destroyed everyone.”

Mrs. Zaimovic’s personal hatred of Radovan Karadzic was obvious. She asked him, “Do you have a conscience, because you destroyed the Muslim children and the Croatian children and the Serbian children. That’s what you did. You destroyed them all.” She said, “You are a doctor and you killed patients. You took the oath and you did horrible things.”

When a witness is as obviously consumed with hatred [as] Mrs. Zaimovic, one can not discount the possibility that they would give false or misleading testimony in order to disadvantage the Accused. Throughout her testimony, Mrs. Zaimovic had a highly selective memory of events.

Muslims Used Hospital as Firing Position

When Karadzic began his cross-examination he asked the witness, “Now in the hospital, there were no soldiers or military installations or artillery or mortars or anything of that sort; isn’t that right?”

Mrs. Zaimovic answered saying, “Yes, that’s right.”

When Karadzic [asked] whether mortars had been fired at the Bosnian-Serbs from the Hospital grounds Mrs. Zaimovic said, “I’m sure that’s not true, I think that you’re making it all up, big time.”

It is a well known fact, confirmed by UN Military Observers on the ground in Sarajevo that the Bosnian-Muslims did fire at the Serbs from the Kosevo Hospital.

In his book Balkan Odyssey (Slobodan Milosevic trial exhibit C18), former British Foreign Secretary, David Owen described the Muslim artillery attacks emanating from the Kosevo Hospital as “the most flagrant and best-documented episode of Muslim army units provoking the Serbs to fire on their fellow Muslims.” He wrote that “An UNMO (United Nations Military Observer) team near Kosevo hospital in Sarajevo had witnessed a Bosnian government mortar crew set up in the grounds of the hospital and fire over the hospital into a Serb area. They had quickly packed up and gone, only for the UNMOs to see a television crew arrive and then record the retaliatory Serb shelling of the hospital.” (See page 112 of the book)

When Philippe Morillion, the French general commanding the UN force in Bosnia from 1992 to 1993, testified in the Slobodan Milosevic trial he said the Muslims “very frequently used mortars at Kosevo for provocation purposes” (See Milosevic trial transcript, February 12, 2004, Pg. 32047)

In fact Morillion was so outraged by the practice that he wrote a letter of protest to Alija Izetbegovic about it. (Slobodan Milosevic trial exhibit D147)

The fact that the Kosevo Hospital was shelled because the Bosnian-Muslims were using it as a base to attack the Bosnian-Serbs from greatly undermines the prosecution’s case that it was shelled in order to instill terror in the civilian population. Undoubtedly, the civilian population and the children in the hospital were terrorized, but the question is whether that was the Serbian goal or the unfortunate consequence of the Muslim decision to use the hospital as a firing position.

Playing Dumb: Military, What Military?

Karadzic asked Mrs. Zaimovic whether she had heard of the 105th Mountain Brigade of the ABiH [Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina], and her answer was “I have no knowledge of that.”

Karadzic later asked her, “Was your son in the army?” and the witness answered saying, “Yes, my son was in the army.” Karadzic asked, “In what unit?” and her answer was, “The 105th.” The very unit that she claimed not to have any knowledge of.

An astonished Karadzic asked her, “And you weren’t interested in the 105th Brigade at all? In the 105th Brigade of which your son was a member? Where was the brigade deployed?”

The witness answered, “I really don’t know that. I really don’t.”

Karadzic asked, “You don’t know that its area of responsibility was Breka (the very neighborhood in Sarajevo where she lived and where the Kosevo Hospital is located)?”

Zaimovic answered saying, “No.”

When asked about the soldiers she saw in her neighborhood during the war she said, “I have no idea about any of this. I have no idea about any of this. You have to realize that I don’t know anything about that. You know that. I have no idea.”

Karadzic showed Mrs. Zaimovic an intelligence document (exhibit D122) about the strength and composition of the 105th Mountain Brigade and said, “Well, see, Ms. Zaimovic, it says here number of men 5,500 to 6,000. That’s the number of soldiers that are in your neighborhood and around your neighborhood with all of the necessary infrastructure, logistics, with a rear command post, and you are saying that there was nothing there and that you don’t know anything about it? And your own son is on that unit … you see that it is written here that that’s where the command posts are, in day care centers, kindergartens, schools, and your son is fighting in that same unit. They are in uniform. They are passing by there, and you do not know anything about this very strong unit consisting of 6,000 men, a brigade, a proper brigade that is guarding your own neighborhood, and you are trying to say that you don’t know anything about that?”

The witness answered saying, “I don’t.” She said, “I don’t know about these military targets at all. I don’t know about this kind of thing at all.”

Playing Dumb Some More: Murder, What Murder? … Oh, that Murder!

Mrs. Zaimovic continued to play dumb when Karadzic asked her about the notorious murder of one of her colleagues at the Kosevo Hospital Dr. Milutin Najdanovic.

Dr. Najdanovic was a member of parliament before the war and a member of the Serbian Democratic Party. The last time he was seen alive he had been taken for questioning by the Muslim police in Sarajevo. His dead body was found in a dumpster on the grounds of the Kosevo sports stadium (within walking distance of the hospital). It was written up in the media throughout the Balkans and it was even reported in the July 29, 1993 edition of the New York Times. It was a very well known event involving a person the witness knew, one of her co-workers, in the very neighborhood where she lived and worked.

Karadzic asked her, “Did you know Professor Najdanovic, who was also at the thoracic surgery ward?” and she answered “Yes.” He asked, “Do you know what happened to him?” and she said, “No, I don’t.” – Which is a lie; because she later admitted that she knew he had been murdered.

Karadzic prodded the witness saying, “Mrs. Zaimovic, I have to doubt that, because it’s common knowledge what happened to him. So I can’t believe it when you say you don’t know what happened to him.”

Eventually she broke-down and confessed, “I don’t know what happened to him. All I know is that he was killed. That’s all I know, but I don’t know what actually happened to him.”

It seems difficult to believe that it wouldn’t be a topic of conversation among her co-workers that one of their colleagues was taken away by the police and the next time anyone saw him was when they found his bullet-riddled corpse in a dumpster a couple of blocks away from the hospital. If that happened at your workplace, don’t you think people would be talking about it? It got the New York Times’ attention over a thousand miles away, but it didn’t get hers? It’s difficult to believe that this witness was sincere in her testimony and living up to the oath she swore to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

…A transcript of this hearing is available at: http://www.icty.org/x/cases/karadzic/trans/en/100505ED.htm.

And here is the following day’s conclusion of her testimony:


Fatima Zaimovic’s Cross-Examination Continues: An Invisible Sniper Nest at the Hospital

When Radovan Karadzic continued his cross examination Kosevo hospital nurse Fatima Zaimovic[, he] asked the witness, “Are you denying that Muslim soldiers sometimes used shells and sometimes sniper fire to kill people in Sarajevo, including children?”

The witness responded by saying, “I think that that did not happen, because their dignity would not allow them to do that kind of thing.”

Karadzic then [read out] a document issued by the BiH Ministry of the Interior of the Sarajevo Security Services Centre and sent to the 1st Corps of the BiH Army…There was a heading on the document which said “information about activities in the base of the 2nd Independent Battalion of the BiH Army.”

The document identified the headquarters of the so-called “Independent Battalion of the BiH Army” as being on Mosa Pijade Street on the ground floor at the Hospital. It said that the commander of the unit was Adnan Solakovic, and that Musan Topalovic AKA “Caco” (known to Serbs and Muslims alike as a notorious criminal) was frequently present at the headquarters.

The document said that Solakovic established a checkpoint at the entrance of Mesa Sademovic Road at the Kosevo Hospital and it gives detailed information about a bunker and two sniper nests that were located in the upper floors of one of the hospital buildings.

The document literally says, “At all these sentry points, there are mostly two men deployed in full combat gear. At the very entrance into the hospital, we noticed guards in blue flak-jackets, and we learned from some sources that on the third floor of the stomatology ward, there are temporarily two or three sniper nests which are distributed in such a way as to cover the plateau in front of the Kosevo gas station … members of the aforementioned units are bragging that they have 15 machine-guns, a ‘death sower’ and nitroglycerine rifles.”

Mrs. Zaimovic reacted to the document saying, “This was probably done by your own people, who were probably spies in our own units.”

Karadzic retorted by saying, “This was signed by Munir Alibabic, a high official and the chief in the Security Services Centre in Sarajevo; a Muslim, as you know.”

Whose Snipers Shot At You?

Again Mrs. Zaimovic reacted angrily: “You targeted everything; houses, hospitals,” she said, “I don’t know who made bunkers, who did this or that. What was done in the city, I really don’t know. My job for four years was to go from my house to my hospital. I rarely went into town. I was afraid of shelling and sniper fire and everything else. And that was my range, that’s what I did. I went to work and back home, and very often I did that under sniper fire and bullets.”

This comment of hers leads to an interesting observation. If she didn’t know what was going on in the city, and she didn’t know where the military targets were located, how can she comment on the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the shelling? Her comment also led to an interesting back-and-forth between her and Karadzic:

KARADZIC: Did you just say that you passed under sniper fire and through bullets?

ZAIMOVIC: Yes.

KARADZIC: Ms. Zaimovic, do you know what the sniper range is?

ZAIMOVIC: I don’t know any ranges. I don’t know what the shell range is. I don’t know what a sniper range is.

KARADZIC: Do you know what the range of a rifle is?

ZAIMOVIC: No.

KARADZIC: Will you accept if I told you that the range of an automatic rifle is less than a kilometer; of a sniper [rifle], a kilometer and a half at the most; and that the Serbian positions were never any closer than two to three kilometers from the area that you just described?

ZAIMOVIC: What do you want me to say?

KARADZIC: Whose bullets were those, if you had to pass through a torrent of bullets in the area where the Serb rifles couldn’t reach? And you see that there were snipers and there are bunkers in the middle of the town, and they were not turned towards the Serbs, but towards the citizens of Sarajevo! The bunkers were made in order to secure the gang from either the citizens or the police, and the police reported to the authorities that in the center of the town there was a bunker which was not within their control, there were sniper nests, there were APCs, and, madam, that was in the street. It was in Bolnicka Street or, rather, Mosa Pijade Street (at the very entrance to the hospital). How is it possible that you didn’t see that?

ZAIMOVIC: Of course I didn’t, and it is crazy — it would have been crazy for people living in town to open fire on their own people.

KARADZIC: Madam, you say that the entrance into the hospital, you were shot at from a sniper; is that correct?

ZAIMOVIC: Yes.

KARADZIC: Who was it who could open fire at you, since the Serbs were more than two and a half kilometers away from that place? Who could it have been that opened fire on you?

ZAIMOVIC: You armed all your Serbs in Sarajevo, and you gave all of them weapons. You know that. I suppose that somebody opened fire from their own window, and you know that also. I don’t know where, from, and how.

KARADZIC: Are you saying that there were Serb units in Sarajevo, within Sarajevo, which was under the control of the Muslim Army, the Muslim police?

In addition to testifying that she had been targeted by snipers at the hospital, the witness said she saw a “Serbian tank” 50 meters away from her house firing at civilian apartments, but the Serb lines were more than 3 kilometers away from her apartment.

Karadzic showed her the frontlines on a map and told her, “If you had seen a tank at a 50-metre distance [from your house], then [you] have to accept that it was a Muslim tank.” And the witness insisted, “No, it was not.”

Serb and Croat Doctors Attacked at Kosevo Hospital

According to Ms. Zaimovic, Serbian and Croatian doctors were treated better than Muslim doctors at the Kosevo Hospital. She said, “We took such good care of them. I think I can really say that we were so gentle to them that our own doctors were jealous because we took such care of them.”

Karadzic however, came to court armed with depositions from Croatian and Serbian doctors who fled from Sarajevo and the Kosevo Hospital in fear for their lives.

The first deposition was in the form of a video tape. Dr. Mirko Sosic, a Serbian doctor who had a practice at the Kosevo Hosptial said: “It was in December 1991. While I was entering the hospital, some beardless man in berets, armed with Klashnikovs pointed the gun into me, and they asked me, Who are you? I said that I was a doctor and that I worked there. What are you carrying? I said that I was carrying my purse, my things. They started to search me. That was December, much before the war. It was a few months before the war. Then I came in and asked my colleagues, the doctors, what had happened over the night. I asked who it was who was terrorizing the doctors. And they told me that some measures of caution had to be put in place because the well-known leader of one paramilitary unit had been wounded and put on trauma, and his forces were controlling the whole hospital, who entered, who exited. But that was much before the war, you know. And we, the doctors, we were infuriated. We decided to call the police. We called the police, the commander of the police, Bjelave, and the police told us, there’s not anything we can do, and they hung up. The war actually started much before we could hear the first shots.

“[My decision] to leave the town happened on August the 14th when I came to work, two nurses told me that one of our colleagues was [found] dead and massacred that night. That man was Professor Dr. Milutin Najdanovic.

“His body was deformed. He had about 14 knife stabs. He was fired in the mouth, and he was found on the pavement in front of the Zetra [stadium] during the night. And because of all that, his body was not recognizable. They called one of the paramedics who were on duty that night, and that person identified him. That was the crucial moment when I realized that nothing was left for me there, that maybe I would be the next victim.

“This is just an example, illustrating that these men, these 400 doctors, were not fleeing because they thought that they were faring well, but because their lives were threatened. We as civilians couldn’t do anything.”

After seeing the videotape Zaimovic said, “What Professor Sosic is saying here, I really don’t know anything about that. He was a very nice gentleman. His wife worked at my ward. She had retired before the war started. And I have to tell you, honestly, that I was very surprised when he had left our country.”

Another statement came from Dr. Vladimir Simunovic, an ethnic Croat who worked as a neurosurgeon at the Kosevo Hospital. His statement was contemporaneous and it said: “Doctors in hospital are being closely observed, and often they are being threatened with weapons, saying that they have to save some patients who had been brought in half dead. It is particularly difficult for doctors who are ethnic Serbs, and Croats as of late as well. We have also been informed that within the compound of the Kosevo Hospital, in the old laundry room and the restaurant above the ear department, there is the military police, consisting of about 200 men. They are commanded by Almir Husic, and he’s using the pseudonym ‘Kinez.’ Near the Civil Engineering Faculty, there are some artillery weapons that are often firing, and in the tunnel of Ciglane, two armored vehicles can be seen.

“Out of the doctors who are ethnic Muslim who are too extreme, the following should be mentioned: Dr. Faruk Kulenovic, Dr. Mufid Lazovic, Dr. Faris Gavrankapetanovic, Dr. Goran Dzinic, who are underrating Serbs in any way, and they are prepared to exchange for the ideas of Alija Izetbegovic their doctors’ clothes for military uniforms.”

Again, Zaimovic reacted with anger saying, “I say that these are lies, and I’m sure that a doctor who wanted to leave town under the pressure exerted by your machinery said all of this so that you would let him leave Bosnia. This is such a lie. I wish I could see him myself and tell him that to the face. This is a pure lie.” And because Zaimovic disagreed with the document it could not be admitted because of the new rules [described early on in this report by Wilcoxson, see link].

Karadzic asked her, “Do you know that all those people left their apartments and all of their property in Sarajevo, and you’re still saying that it was because of me? Croats, Jews, everybody left their jobs, salaries, and apartments?”

Zaimovic said, “What are material things? Material things are nothing. During the war, the only thing that mattered was life. You destroyed everything. You expelled thousands upon thousands of people. You confiscated everything they had. Your warriors took gold from our women. You killed anybody, anywhere.”

Karadzic dismissed the witness saying, “Madam, you are saying that 15 professors lied, 400 doctors left everything they had in Sarajevo because they loved me and my political ideas, and you’re the only person telling the truth.”

The prosecutor did not have any re-examination and the witness left. […]

While American politicians almost across the board have either stayed silent or endorsed the erection of Le Mosque de Triomphe just yards away from where Muslims recently killed thousands of Americans, in a little-noticed development this summer, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper became the first Western leader to stand up to what is generally considered less insidious Islamic dogma: that coming from Bosnian Muslims. Here is what happened.

For some time now, Bosnian Muslims have been pushing their campaign to get the world’s governments — from the international level to the national level to the local level — to turn July 11 into an almost compulsory “genocide commemoration” day on behalf of the “8,000″ Muslims supposedly executed by Serbian forces in 1995. (This figure includes the 3,000 Srebrenica soldiers who were redeployed without their families being informed.)

They have had dominoe-like success, getting not only the EU and UN to officially mark the day every year, but getting the U.S. Congress in 2005 to actually pass a resolution condemning the “genocide” at Srebrenica.

The International Tribunal at the Hague felt adequately compelled by its own servility to Islamic demands that the same year, it expanded the definition of the word “genocide” just so that Muslims didn’t feel left out of history’s victimized populations, whose tragedies they’ve always sickly envied and whose world reverence and sympathy they covet. (Who can forget the famous “Muslim Anne Frank,” who wrote her best-selling diary from the comfort of Paris and later graduated college, none of which caused any skepticism from the Holocaust Memorial Day website, which published excerpts to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2007.)

In addition to suiting Islamic victim-mongering, expanding the definition also served the purpose of making the crime fit the expected punishments for Serbian generals and soldiers. Meanwhile, the International Court of Justice, rather than doing its own investigation into the Srebrenica matter, simply grafted the Tribunal’s “genocide” ruling as its own.

And so recently, the Muslim genocide industry tried to get the Canadian Parliament to pass a resolution similar to the one that our servile, pusilanimous, ignorant, and buyable Congress did, but going a step further to establish a national day of remembrance called Srebrenica Remembrance Day. Dutifully, Liberal Party of Canada MP Robert Oliphant introduced Bill C-533 into the House of Commons, and the rest of Parliament dutifully obliged in passing it. But conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper vetoed it. Good on him.

In a response letter to a constituent concerned with facts, Oliphant explained his motivation. Part of the motivation appears to be that other world bodies and governments have done what the Muslims asked, and so that lends the Muslim claims legitimacy. Here is an excerpt:

…[T]he genocidal nature of the particular incident at Srebrenica in the summer of 1995 has been internationally recognized…As you are no doubt aware, both the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice have ruled that what occurred in July 1995, when 8000 Bosniak men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb Forces in the region of Srebrenica, was genocide. These judgments were the thoughtful results of fair and independent investigation and testimony.

[Not. The MP assumes this to be the case, because he clearly hasn’t had the time to observe the Hague in action.]

Internationally, nations have stepped forward with resolutions regarding the massacre and calls for a day of remembrance. This includes both the European Parliament and the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States of America. Most recently, on March 31st of this year, the Government of Serbia, led by President Boris Tadic, issued a full state apology for the Srebrenica massacre, providing tacit recognition of the genocidal nature of the crime, and endorsing the prior ruling of the International Court of Justice.

Note: The Government of Serbia will admit to killing OJ Simpson’s wife, if only you’d just let them join the party already.

On June 10, the day I introduced this Bill, it was announced that two Bosnian Serbs, convicted for committing genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, were sentenced to life in prison. These are the first individuals to be definitively convicted for genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

As opposed to Radislav Krstic (to name just one) who in 2001 got 46 years for Srebrenica just because. It was during Krstic’s appeal that the court widened the definition of genocide, to make it even easier to throw the book at Serbian defendants. And so that Oliphant could proudly continue:

Both men were found guilty of genocide, extermination, murder and persecution. The court jailed five other defendants, army and police officers, for between five and 35 years for their involvement in the genocide…I hope that this bill…will ultimately provide a small degree of comfort to the survivors of this genocide and to the Bosnian Muslim community here in Canada…

It sounds like the “comfort” he hopes to offer the Bosnian-Muslim community is more like appeasement. After all, Oliphant is a Western politician and therefore terrified of Muslims. But his efforts will backfire. Such a resolution will only serve to reinforce the Islamic sense of grievance and victimhood. By establishing the Muslim version of events as reality, we are providing tangible “proof” that Muslims can point to and say they were being wantonly slaughtered while the world — Canadians included — “stood by and did nothing.”

Westerners are admitting to their role in something that didn’t happen, and digging their own graves. That’s not to mention the UN-suing lawsuits that admitting to lies invites. Similarly, by admitting to what it didn’t do, Serbia has opened the door to lawsuits against it. Conversely, when Bosnia sued Serbia-Montenegro for genocide, the goal was “to force the Serb authorities to ‘confess’ to the mainstream propaganda version of what happened in Srebrenica,” as Nebojsa Malic wrote me. “The payoff and the subsequent report by the infamous Srebrenica Commission were predictably used as ‘proof’ of Serb guilt.”

Just like in the “genocide” ruling by the ICTY: the court overhauls jurisprudence in order to affirm a false reality, then the world that was clamoring for it to do so cites the court’s ruling establishing the demanded reality.

As president of the NGO “Srebrenica Historical Project,” Stefan Karganovic, told the Serbian newspaper Vesti, Harper made the right decision to veto Parliament’s initiative, stating, “Prime Minister Harper showed the courage to resist the political pressures, which is rarely seen in today’s world. Besides his personal integrity, his decision also shows the West is becoming tired of the requests to follow the agenda of the one aggressive and well organized interest group in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Karganovic added that the group pushing for the resolution — the Congress of North American Bosniaks — uses the human tragedy in Srebrenica to undermine the suffering and losses of others in the conflict.

This correct view was seconded by Bojan Ratkovic, Founder and President of the Serbian Youth League of Canada, whose open letter to the Canadian Public read in part:

…Robert Oliphant ignores completely the full context of the Srebrenica Massacre and the countless brutal war crimes committed by Bosnian Muslim forces and their Al-Qaeda-linked Mujahedeen allies [including some who were present in Srebrenica] against Serbian civilians and other ethnic minorities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina…In fact, many of those killed met their end at the hands of Bosnian Muslim soldiers and paramilitaries [including those present in Srebrenica].

The letter goes on to list the historical genocides suffered by Serbs — the implicit question being one that I’ve asked before with regard to Srebrenica vis-a-vis the Armenian genocide by Muslim Turks: Why the pressure to mark a “genocide” of Muslims, but not those of non-Muslims, often committed by Muslims? As I’ve answered before: If Muslims are killed, it’s a genocide. If Muslims do the killing, it’s not a genocide. This alone should lay bare the spineless motivations of Western governments submitting to this genocide shake-down. But here’s that list by Ratkovic:

The Serbian people were the victims of not one but three genocides during the 20th century:

– Hundreds of thousands of Serbian civilians were brutally massacred by Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Bulgarian forces during the First World War. Many of these crimes were committed by Bosnian Muslim forces fighting on the side of Austria-Hungary against the Serbs, a fact well documented by such war crime investigation pioneers as Dr. Archibald Rudolph Reiss.

– During the Second World War, many Bosnian Muslims joined the Nazi puppet Independent State of Croatia and contributed to the extermination of hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Roma peoples….

– Throughout the Yugoslav Civil Wars of the 1990s, the Serbs were the victims of multiple campaigns of genocide and ethnic cleansing on the territories of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina orchestrated in large part by the direct descendents of the SS Handschar, who attempted to realize [fundamentalist wartime Bosnian president] Alija Izetbegovic’s dream of an ethnically and religiously pure Islamic Bosnia as outlined in his supremacist manifesto, The Islamic Declaration, which was first published as early as 1970. [Re-released in 1990.]

Regrettably, the honourable Robert Oliphant makes no attempt to properly analyze the full context of the Srebrenica Massacre. I wish to inform him that prior to the Serbian forces taking the Srebrenica enclave in July of 1995, the enclave itself was being used as a staging area for military operations by Bosnian Muslim paramilitaries led by [the government-assisted] Bosnian warlord Naser Oric. These paramilitaries, aided by Mujahedeen terrorists from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, committed countless unspeakable war crimes in and around the towns of Srebrenica and Bratunac from 1992 all the way up to July of 1995. In fact, entire Serbian villages were [razed], Christian churches destroyed, graveyards desecrated, and over three and a half thousand Serbian civilians were mercilessly butchered during those three years. Due to the fact that most Serb men of the region were conscripted into the Serbian army, Naser Oric and his paramilitaries almost exclusively targeted innocent civilians, including women, children, and elderly Serbs who had no ability or opportunity to flee the carnage.

Once the Serbian forces entered the Srebrenica enclave in July of 1995, war crimes were undoubtedly committed and the Geneva Convention was violated. This is inexcusable and reprehensible, regardless of the circumstances. Nonetheless, many of the Serbian soldiers who entered Srebrenica had their families slaughtered by Bosnian Muslim paramilitaries, and to portray the Srebrenica Massacre as an isolated incident without a proper context is a direct affront to truth and justice.

[T]he Serbian Community of Canada and all Canadians who value truth and justice demand a clear answer from the honourable Robert Oliphant as to why he believes that the lives of Serbian civilian victims who were murdered by Bosnian Muslim forces are worth less than the lives of Bosnian Muslims? Furthermore, we demand that he justify to the Canadian public why he does not feel that all the innocent victims of the Yugoslav Civil War deserve to be properly remembered, and why he is insisting that only Bosnian Muslims deserve a remembrance day? […]

Back to Stephen Harper, whose forthrightness on this issue — which is what one hopes this is — puts America’s so-called conservative politicians to shame. In response to Harper’s stand, the fury of “the world community” came swiftly, revealing the pressure he’s up against:

MPs demand Harper recognize the Srebrenica Genocide June 9, 2010

PM must join the world community and his Foreign Affairs Minister and pass the motion

OTTAWA - Today, NDP MP Brian Masse, along with Emir Ramic, President of the Congress of North American Bosniaks, Dr. Zijad Delic, National Director of the Islamic Congress of Canada, and other leaders from the Canadian Bosniak community and a survivor of the Srebrenica Genocide, were joined by Liberal MP Rob Oliphant and Bloc MP Francine Lalonde, to demand the Prime Minister rescind his veto of a House of Commons motion, agreed to by the Foreign Affairs Minister’s office and all opposition parties, which recognizes the Srebrenica genocide with a Remembrance Day.

“This is an embarrassment and shameful. As the only western country to have not passed a motion or resolution recognizing the Srebrenica genocide, the Prime Minister has diminished Canada’s position in the world on the eve of the G-8 and G-20 Summits,” Masse stated. “What is humiliating and outrageous is the Prime Minister has vetoed what his own Foreign Affairs Minister agreed to. Even the Serbian parliament has passed a resolution. This is appalling.”

On the contrary, Canada’s position in the world has just been elevated 10-fold, at least in my (and the Judeo-Christian god’s) eye. The writers of the press release are appalled that Canada hasn’t joined the world in the outrageous self-humiliation it’s imposing on itself, an omission that is being termed “humiliating and outrageous.” Then we get into the usual fairy tale:

After the fall of Srebrenica on July 11th, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces, commanded by General Ratko Mladic (an indicted war criminal), and paramilitary units rapidly executed more than 8,000 Bosniak (Muslim) men, boys, and seniors, who had sought safety in the area. Moreover, approximately 30,000 people were forcibly deported in a UN-assisted ethnic cleansing.

“UN-assisted ethnic cleansing” is what the writers, like several international organizations, are calling the Serb-assisted UN busing to safety of women, children and elderly. Then the writers get into citing the “opinions” of all the bodies that they’ve successfully bullied into accepting their uninvestigated “truths”:

The European Parliament resolution referred to the Srebrenica Massacre as “the biggest war crime in Europe since the end of WWII.” This atrocity has been declared an act of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice.

The U.S. House, U.S. Senate and the European Parliament have all passed resolutions or motions that use the word genocide to describe the Srebrenica Massacre, which is the only event during the war in Bosnia (1992-1995) to have been declared a genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

…Lejla Handanovic, speaking on behalf of the victims, declared, “many people in Canada are not aware of the events that took place in Srebrenica….having this resolution will help raise awareness of the genocide and let us actually put meaning to the words, ‘Never again.’” […]

She is worried that “many people in Canada” haven’t yet been reached by the Islamic propaganda, leaving them up for grabs by the truth. There was also this anti-Harper statement issued by the group that’s been shoving the resolution down Canadians’ throats:

CNAB disappointed with Prime Minister Harper’s shameful veto of the motion to remember the Srebrenica Genocide

Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB) strongly condemns the shameful decision of the Canadian prime minister to veto a House of Commons motion M-416, agreed to by the Foreign Affairs Minister’s office and all opposition parties…It is incomprehensible that the prime minister continues to ignore the voices of reason and insists on questioning the facts surrounding the Srebrenica Genocide which have been established on many occasions by the International [Court] of Justice [and] the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia. In addition, the U.S. and the EU have both passed the Srebrenica Genocide resolutions…Many cities in the United States and state governments in the US have started issuing resolutions and proclamation[s]recognizing the importance of this day.

We call upon all the MPs of Canada to continue to push for justice for the victims…If Canada does not recognize the Srebrenica genocide as defined by the United Nations Charter it will…send a clear signal to Canadian Bosniaks that despite their best efforts as citizens, the country they now call home is unwilling to support their loved ones who lost their lives in the worst atrocity in Europe since the Holocaust.

On behalf of CNAB Board of Directors
Hamdija Custovic,
CNAB Spokespeson

Indeed, as defined by the UN Charter, genocide is precisely what Srebrenica was not. And that’s why the Court adjusted the definition.

The best analysis of the Harper-Srebrenica phenomenon came from Nebojsa Malic, in a blog post last month titled “Pushing the Myth“:

…After Mr. Harper put the kibosh on the resolution, the CNAB and the Institute [for the Research of Genocide] raised a ruckus. Their initial protest, on June 23, included a long list of people identified as an “international team of experts” and claiming illustrious academic titles. The post with the list, however, has since been taken down from the Institute website.

Here are just some of the names from the list:
• M. Cherif Bassiouni (former UN rapporteur on the events in Bosnia, who endorsed the ridiculously inflated casualty figures and the “mass rape” hoax)
• Francis A. Boyle (international ambulance-chaser and author of the “genocide” lawsuit by the Izetbegovic government against Serbia, rejected before an actual court)
• Florence Hartmann (once spokesperson for Carla Del Ponte at the ICTY)
• Marko Attila Hoare (a world-renowned Serbophobe-cum-historian)
• Daniel Toljaga (listed as member of the Board of Directors at the Congress of North American Bosniaks, but better known as proprietor of the Srebrenica Genocide Blog)
• Dzemaludin Latic and Fatmir Alispahic, champions of militant Islam and Serbophobia considered even in Bosnia to be the lunatic fringe.

Suffice to say that the list was a veritable who’s who of professional victims, genocide entrepreneurs, and people who have built their careers on the myth of Bosnia. So, these folks have taken upon themselves to have the Canadian Parliament endorse their version of history by government fiat — i.e. by force, since they can’t actually prove it in court. It is as if they don’t believe their argument good enough to just persuade people, even though it has enjoyed almost uncontested dominance in the media for the past 15 years!

The much less organized Canadian Serbs have protested this proposal with letters. The response they got was pretty much a set of talking points reminiscent of the content found on the SGB, Hoare’s blog, or the CNAB site.

The letter…specifically mentions the ICTY and ICJ verdicts, claiming they were “thoughtful results of fair and independent investigation and testimony.”

Yet the ICJ verdict specifically said it had not considered the Srebrenica events itself, but simply accepted the ICTY rulings at face value. To call the ICTY’s verdicts “thoughtful”, their investigations “independent” and the testimonies of serial perjurers “fair” — that’s just rich. Let’s see: their crown witness, on which the entire case hangs, is a liar. They have conducted sloppy forensic work and later destroyed much of the evidence. They refuse to show the DNA evidence, then claim it proves something that is physically impossible for DNA evidence to prove (i.e. manner of death). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The ICTY verdicts have more holes in them than a kitchen sieve.

Another argument in the response is that others have done this — the European Parliament, the US House and Senate, and hey, even the (quisling) government of Boris Tadic in Serbia! — so why not the Canadian legislature? Well, since when did “everyone is doing it” become a valid argument? Just because some lawmakers in Europe and the US have voted with their hearts for a well-prepared piece of propaganda does not have the magical power to transform that propaganda into fact. Truth is not a matter of majority vote — or even consensus.

From the first days of the Bosnian War, the Izetbegovic regime’s weapon of choice was propaganda. They aimed to win the war by getting outside forces to do the fighting for them, based on heart-rending stories of massacres, mass rape, concentration camps and genocide. One after another, those stories have been exposed as fabrications and deliberate distortions of the already horrifying reality, while the full horrors of the war were never reported, so as not to interfere with the mythical narrative. The Srebrenica “genocide” is the last lie that remains, the one myth that was built up and reinforced more than any of the others. By now, Srebrenica has become a post facto justification for everything: the ethnic cleansing of Serbs, the foreign mujahedin, the rise of Wahhabism and terrorism, the re-Islamization of Bosnia’s Muslims (a goal Izetbegovic set for himself in the 1970s, mind you), the ongoing refusal of Muslim politicians to abide by the country’s Constitution, and the equally ongoing attempts to fulfill their wartime objectives politically, by overturning the Dayton Accords.

All of this rests on the foundation of a myth that what happened in July 1995 in Srebrenica was “genocide”. Even though the women and children were safely evacuated. Even though the column that refused to surrender and set off across the mountains and minefields to Tuzla was a military formation. Even though the actual number of people who died on that march was never established (the “8,000″ figure is equally arbitrary as the “300,000″ [Bosnia war dead] we’d heard for a decade, before facts became impossible to ignore), and the actual evidence suggests that the number of people actually murdered (as in executed, which indeed is a war crime) is several hundred. Even though nothing was ever produced to demonstrate intent on part of the Bosnian Serbs to actually exterminate the Muslims as a people — apart from the very strong belief by the Muslims that this was the case.

[Note: By now the Muslims do strongly believe their own lies, but I contend that it did not start out this way; the Muslims were driven more by their desperate Holocaust envy.]

Yet in a proper court of law, it doesn’t matter what one believes — only what one can prove. Fully aware that the ICTY judgments are based on belief and conjecture rather than actual facts, the believers in the Srebrenica Genocide Myth are now trying to impose it by force, by getting governments to pass resolutions. Next up will probably be demands that anyone questioning their myth be prosecuted as a “holocaust denier.” So, not only are they disparaging the actual Holocaust by declaring Srebrenica a “genocide,” they are also exploiting and abusing the mechanisms established so no one could strive to rehabilitate the Nazis and deny the suffering of the Jews. When you consider the fact that the ancestors of many of those Muslims actually helped the Nazis in their ghastly “Endloesung”, it becomes obvious that Srebrenica is not just about the present and the future, but also about whitewashing the past.

I understand why it is in the interest of the Bosnian Muslims’ religious, political and propaganda leadership (and their associates, fellow-travelers and useful idiots in the West and elsewhere) to promote the Srebrenica Genocide Myth. How that would serve Canada’s interests, however, is beyond me. Stephen Harper appears to have reached a similar conclusion — and for that he deserves thanks, not just of the Serbs living in Canada, but all Canadians who care about their own country.

Before Stephen Harper, there was in fact one other Western politician who rejected the Srebrenica-kowtowing fetish, making him the first-ever Western politician to stand up to Bosnian-Muslim dogma. Ironically, it was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as the International Strategic Studies Association reported in 2003:

Recent information emerging from Bosnia-Herzegovina, and particularly from the RS [Republika Srpska] investigations into the Srebrenica affair and other aspects of terrorism in the region, have highlighted the fact that the Clinton Administration had, during the war, facilitated the Islamist terrorist activities because of the Clinton Administration’s need to demonize the Serbs in order to provide a casus belli for US-led military actions in the area to distract from domestic US political problems. Significantly, when the Muslim representatives involved in building the “shrine” in Srebrenica approached New York Mayor Michael Blumberg [sic] to establish a sister-city relationship with New York, the Mayor refused, based on intelligence showing the link between the Bosnian Islamists and the al-Qaida attacks on his city.

Of course, today Bloomberg is a proud supporter of the 9/11 Mosque — and his MTA censors protest ads by us infidels — so we see the direction things have gone in.

Since earlier I mentioned that the genocide-mongers point to Serbia’s recent “admission” to the genocide, it is relevant that this ISSA report was titled “US Official Implicated With Bosnian High Representative Ashdown in Attempting to Force Fabricated Report on Srebrenica.” In this case it was Bosnia’s Serb Republica that was being bullied. Here is an excerpt:

Very reliable sources within the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other sources in Sarajevo, have told GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily that…Amb. Donald S. Hays, the Deputy High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been actively engaged in attempts to force a fabricated report to be published on the controversial wartime fighting at the city of Srebrenica.

Amb. Hays, presumably at the insistence of High Representative Paddy Ashdown, the former British politician, has demanded the publication of a so-called “final report” on an alleged mass-killing of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995…In essence, Amb. Hays and Lord Ashdown are attempting to force the Government of Republica Srpska (RS) to admit that Serbs were responsible for killing thousands of Muslims at Srebrenica.

The Government of Republica Srpska’s leadership — indeed any of the elected officials of the state — can be summarily dismissed immediately by the High Representative at any time should they refuse to obey his orders, regardless of whether or not the officials were democratically elected or whether the High Representative’s own actions violate the Dayton Accords, which he was put in office to sustain. This threat was implicit in the ultimatum delivered by Amb. Hays in a series of meetings he held with the Republica Srpska Prime Minister, Mladen Ivanic, in late August and early September 2003 in Banja Luka, the RS capital.

Amb. Hays presented the Prime Minister with a document — on the letterhead of the Office of the High Representative (OHR) — which the Government of Republica Srpska was “advised” to accept as à fait accompli…The content of the two-page document was to be re-issued by the Government of Republica Srpska…as though it represented the RS “final report” on the Srebrenica issue. Significantly, the RS has been conducting a detailed and thorough investigation of the issue and has already issued some material which acknowledged Serbian responsibility for some actions but which also contained a wide range of other information which showed the conflict in a much more detailed light. The RS office was established specifically to assist the International Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia….

It appeared that the OHR wanted the statement issued before the opening of a Muslim monument — essentially a shrine which was being promoted as a site for annual Muslim pilgrimages from around the world — memorializing the radical Islamist allegations about events in Srebrenica, to occur on September 19, 2003.

[Note: This is a memorial and burial site at which Bosnian Muslims themselves have said that soldiers from other parts of Bosnia are buried; adding insult to injury, the Serb Republic was made to help fund this million-dollar monument to the killers of Serb civilians. The majority of the funding, however, came from US taxpayers.]

The unveiling of the monument would be attended by former US Pres. William Clinton, and “finalizing” the Srebrenica case would help stop the ongoing wave of allegations of illegal Clinton Administration activity in supporting radical Islamist activities in Bosnia during the 1990s. This is particularly critical given the fact that a significant number of the Islamist terrorists involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States had strong links into the Bosnian Muslims whom Clinton had supported.

The US Embassy in Sarajevo donated $1-million to the construction of the “shrine”, even though all proper investigations of the Srebrenica affair in fact showed the Islamists’ claims to be unsubstantiated and, in many respects, without foundation at all.

Amb. Hays’ two-page document was expected to lead to a statement, possibly as early as September 8, 2003, by RS officials, which would not only serve to protect the Clinton Administration officials, including the former US President, but would also serve as an admission of guilt of Serbs for killing thousands of Muslims who, in fact, were not known to have been killed.

The document which Hays has been pushing essentially forces the RS Government to state that:

1. Nothing is unclear in the Srebrenica investigation except the number of victims. In other words, the Islamist propaganda, supported by Ashdown — who has long been disavowed in the UK by his former colleagues in the Royal Marines because of his unequivocal acceptance of Islamist propaganda — is accepted as fact by the RS Government, thereby admitting guilt for crimes never committed;

2. The RS apologizes to the Muslims for earlier RS statements which disputed the Islamist propaganda….

One moderate Muslim source in Sarajevo told GIS: “If the Bush Administration does not act soon, terrorism against US and Western interests will erupt soon across much of the Balkans, and from the Balkans into the rest of the world. And all of this seems to be just to allow the old US Administration of Clinton to cover their tracks. The radicals not only destroyed the Serbs, they also destroyed the lives of moderate Muslims. Now they will start another war. Why is the Bush Administration following the policies of the Clinton Administration? Why are Clinton people still running all the key posts in American embassies in the region?” […]

When the ICJ re-issued the ICTY’s “genocide” label in 2007, the Bosnian-Muslim leadership used the “ruling” to call for the abolition of the Dayton-created Serb Republic all together, and has been calling for the liquidation of the republic ever since.

When the European Parliament resolution in January 2009 called on all EU countries to proclaim July 11th a day of commemoration — followed by similar resolutions in Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro — the Bosnian Serbs rejected being part of it. Prime Minister Milorad Dodik said the resolution “leaves ‘a bitter taste’ because it ‘underlines only one event’ while ignoring many other atrocities committed during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war. However, according to the above-linked report, “Dodik and other Bosnian Serb leaders didn’t question the fact [sic] that genocide took place during and after the fall of Srebrenica. Yet they…expressed concerns that the EU resolution…may be misused in Bosnian political games.”

If true, it was unwise of the Serb Republic to not contest the genocide point.

What we are witnessing is an unprecedented, coerced mourning — of an enemy people. As an observer named Dragan Rakic in Strasbourg, France noted:

According to some media sources the CE [European Community] adopted the 11 [July] as a “remembrance day of Srebrenica”, the Slovenian representative, Mr. Jelko Kacin (strange that one of the member of the former Yugoslavia has such an influence), suggested to celebrate that day by “all the west Balkan countries”. Allow me to notice that the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is [commemorated] by the Jewish communities all around the world, is limited to those communities and was never imposed to [any] EU country as a compulsory celebration. Mr. Jelko Kacin is trying to place Srebrenica above the German nazi holocaust where 6 millions of innocent Jews were annihilated by Hitler’s regime. It is most indecent to compare Srebrenica to German nazi crimes and put most probably jihadist victims above millions who perished in other odious wars.

Yet we have a supposed Jew in the Bosnian government, Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj, who is so down with the jihad that in July 2009 he called for the Srebrenica memorials to be held every month, not just once a year.

At the same time, no sooner did the EU pass the mandatory Srebrenica commemoration resolution in January 2009 than the same month Israel found itself rebuked by two of the Bosniaks Malic lists above, for underscoring the singularity of the Jewish Holocaust — and for supposedly committing an equivalent genocide against Palestinians:

Bosnian Muslim authors slam Israel for “denying Bosniak genocide”
BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - January 29, 2009 Thursday; Text of report by Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation official news agency FENA

Sarajevo, 29 January: Authors Dzemaludin Latic and Fatmir Alispahic today condemned Israel’s denial of the genocide against Bosniaks and other peoples subjected to genocide.

Latic and Alispahic said in a statement for the public that they were “raising their voices in protest against Israeli officials’ attacks on the sanctity of the Bosniak victims, and by extension the Bosniak people who are blamed for inflicting pain and suffering on the Bosnian Serbs from the position of ‘terrorism and extremist fundamentalism’”.

They believe that in his correspondence with [Serb] entity Premier Milorad Dodik Israeli President Shimon Peres brazenly violated the sovereignty of the state of Bosnia-Hercegovina, because he “communicates with someone who does not represent our state, but only an entity which does not carry the attributes of a state”.

They also condemned the insult to all victims of genocide uttered by senior Israeli diplomat Pinhas Avivi, who said that “for his country the Holocaust is the only genocide”.

Latic and Alispahic stressed that the Holocaust was the worst genocide in history, whose dimensions are only comparable to Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians, which has been going on for decades with the support of America and silence of many western and Islamic countries.

“Respect for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust does not exclude our respect for Palestinian victims,” they said.

Deputy chairman of the Bosnia-Hercegovina Council of Ministers, Tarik Sadovic, expressed the same view earlier that month.

Notice that, all the while, the real genocide of Serbs and Jews by Croatian and Bosnian Muslims during WWII is still not commemorated by anyone, nor even mentioned, allowing for it to be celebrated instead of mourned and its perpetrators hailed as heroes. Just one example, from April 2008: Melbourne eatery hails leader of Nazi-allied Croatia

Melbourne’s Katarina Zrinski restaurant held a celebration this past weekend to honor World War II Croatian leader Ante Pavelic….The restaurant is attached to the local Croatian club…a large photograph of Pavelic was hung in the restaurant, T-shirts with his picture and that of two other [Ustasha] commanders…for sale at the bar, and the establishment of the [WWII] “Independent State of Croatia” was celebrated….this was not the first time that Croatian émigrés in Australia had openly defended Croatian Nazi war criminals.

I’ll close with some snippets of actual reporting from the days, weeks and months following July 11, 1995 — so that readers can judge for themselves what did and didn’t happen. From the chronology, one realizes that while the Bosnian government was trying to spin a tale of massacre, we largely ignored the ploy until the deadly ethnic cleansing operation “Storm” against Serbs in Croatia began a month later. It was an operation that the U.S. assisted, but it risked confusing the tidy “good guys” and “bad guys” narrative. Hence, we set our sights on, and turned everyone’s attention to, Srebrenica.

With that, here is the real-time reporting, brought to us by Peter Brock’s book Media Cleansing:

NY Times, July 16, 1995:

[Brock: “Thousands of Muslim women and children refugees began arriving at Tuzla from Srebrenica hours after (the) Serb takeover.”] They said that most of the men among them had fled into forests in the hope of making their way to Muslim-held territory…

NY Times, July 18, 1995:

Some 3,000 to 4,000 Bosnian Muslims who were considered by UN officials to be missing after the fall of Srebrenica have made their way through enemy lines to Bosnian government territory. The group, which included wounded refugees, sneaked past Serb lines under fire and crossed some 30 miles through forests to safety.

The Daily Telegraph, July 24, 1995:

[In the absence of a single retrieved or verified Muslim body from Srebrenica, a report from Tuzla said that] after five days of interviews the United Nations chief investigator into alleged human rights abuses during the fall of Srebrenica has not found any first-hand witnesses of atrocities. [Emphasis added by Brock]

NY Times, July 27, 1995:

[Brock: The stories of mass (anti-)Muslim atrocities at Srebrenica were inconsistent with accounts from Muslim refugees who arrived from nearby Zepa a few days later:] “They brought tales of two weeks of living in caves in the wooded hills during the heavy bombardment of the U.N.-designated ’safe haven,’ but did not recount atrocities like those people brought out of Srebrenica after the Serbs overran that ’safe area’ on July 11… ‘We were treated well by the Serbian soldiers,’ said Ms. (Ramiza) Kolovac, a law student in Sarajevo who was visiting her parents in Zepa…” [Brock: The surprising reports from refugees and aid agencies about “no evidence of systematic abuses of the Zepa civilians” (were) desperately disputed by Bosnian government officials in Sarajevo who decided to bar journalists from camps holding Zepa refugees…]

Times of London, Aug. 2, 1995:

Thousands of the “missing” Bosnian Muslim soldiers from Srebrenica who have been at the center of reports of possible mass executions by the Serbs, are believed to be safe to the northeast of Tuzla…For the first time…the Red Cross in Geneva said it had heard from sources in Bosnia that up to 2,000 Bosnian Government troops were in an area north of Tuzla.

They had made their way there from Srebrenica “without their families being informed,” a spokesman said, adding that it had not been possible to verify the reports because the Bosnian Government refused to allow the Red Cross into the area.

Associated Press, Aug. 10, 1995:

[Brock, citing an Aug. 10 NY Times article: Madeleine Albright showed spy photos to the U.N. Security Council and claimed 2,000 to 2,700 missing Bosnians from Srebrenica may have been shot by Bosnian Serbs. An unidentified] 63-year-old Bosnian refugee told a team led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State John Shattuck that Gen. Ratko Mladic…had promised safety to a group of refugees being held at a soccer field, a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. But men and boys were later loaded onto trucks and driven to a site half-mile (sic) from the soccer field, where they were lined up in groups of 20 to 25 and machine-gunned, the official said.” Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s daily intelligence briefings have not disclosed “any intelligence imagery that could confirm massacres.” [Brock: But within a week after the Croat government unleashed a vicious campaign to cleanse hundreds of thousands of Serbs from the Krajina, Madeleine Albright diverted media attention by waving eight satellite photos of mounds of dirt which, she said, were mass graves containing Muslims at Srebrenica.]

NY Times, Aug. 11, 1995 (”U.S. Seeks to Prove Mass Killings”):

Ms. Albright’s presentation today came as thousands of Serbian refugees fled their homes after a Croatian military offensive, carried out with tacit American approval, overran an area of Croatia previously held by rebel Serbs.

Significantly, Operation Storm — carried out with massive US support including from Military Professional Resources, Inc., “a Pentagon contractor made up of retired US generals and combat experts [who] trained the Croats” — was referred to by the ICTY as the most brutal event in the Balkans since World War II, as related in a March 21, 1999 NY Times article. But notice how since that time, that distinction has been shifted to the very event that Albright sought to displace Storm with. So that today, there is no phrase repeated more often, more loudly or in more places than “Srebrenica, the worst atrocity since WWII.” And so the lie has become the truth.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, August 15, 1995:

[Brock: The International Committee of the Red Cross reports that 5,000 Muslim soldiers escaped and were secretly assigned to other units. Family members were not even notified about the reassignments by the Bosnian government, said ICRC Report No. 37.]

NY Times, October 7, 1995

[On July 11-12,] Bosnian Serbs marched into Srebrenica and captured it without firing a shot… “As peackeepers saw the bodies of freshly killed Muslims in Srebrenica, they raised no alarm,” according to Bert Kreemers, Dutch Defense Ministry spokesman…On July 17, as Dutch peacekeepers were preparing to leave Srebrenica, one of their senior officers, Maj. Robert Franken, signed an agreement with Bosnian Serb authorities certifying that “the evacuation was carried out by the Serb side correctly.” Later that week, as the peacekeepers were arriving in Zagreb, Croatia, the commander of the Dutch ground forces, Lt. Gen. Hans Couzy, who had flown from Amsterdam to meet them, said he knew of no evidence suggesting that the Bosnian Serbs in Srebrenica had committed crimes akin to genocide. At a news conference the next day in Zagreb, Lt. Col. Tom Karremans, who had commanded the Dutch battalion in Srebrenica, asserted that the Bosnian Serbs’ “militarily correct operation” had been carried out “in the right way.”

(Brock footnote: “The inaction by the Dutch, although later chastised by dutch politicians who were embarrassed because of the contradictory deluge of media reports about the massive slaughter, appeared to give credence to the Bosnian Serb claims that a number of oposing Muslim factions had shot it out with each other over disagreement on whether to fight or run. Muslims fighting Muslims, after all, was no Balkan phenomenon when compared to the conflicts among Muslims at Bihac and elsewhere.”)

A 2001 Radio Netherlands report revealed why the Bosnian government never produced any records of individual soldier names, identity of their units and dates of deployment, possible troop absorptions by other units, or “comparative casualty tallies of all units before and after the Srebrenica takeover to establish or disprove allegations of massacre,” writes Brock.

Radio Netherlands, July 13, 2001, “Srebrenica: the Questions that Remain”:

…The Bosnian troops were known as the government army’s 28th Mountain Division, thought to number up to 8,000 troops. They were under the command of the Tuzla-based Second Army Corps, which in turn was led by Commander-in-Chief Rezim Delic. On the eve of the fall of Srebrenica, the 28th Mountain Division received orders to withdraw to Tuzla, moving through the Serbian lines.

According to the then army chief of staff, General Sefer Halilovic, some 6,000 troops arrived in Tuzla. A Red Cross official told Radio Netherlands at the time that he had seen “a few thousand troops from Srebrenica near Tuzla, with whom he wasn’t allowed to talk. In August 1995, a month after the enclave’s fall, Commander in Chief Delic reported to parliament in Sarajevo that “the withdrawal of the 28th Division had been largely successful.” [Emphasis added by Brock.]

International Strategic Studies Association, Sept. 18, 2003, “Srebrenica Casualty Numbers Challenged by Experts as Politicized and Ethnically Divisive”:

Former BBC journalist Jonathan Rooper, who has researched the events in Srebrenica since 1995, says that the region was a graveyard for Serbs as well as Muslis and that a monument to inflated casualties on one side “serves neither truth nor the goal of reconciliation.”

Phillip Corwin, former UN Civilian Affairs Coordinator in Bosnia during the 1990s, said: “What happened in Srebrenica was not a single large massacre of Muslims by Serbs, but rather a series of very bloody attacks and counterattacks over a three-year period which reached a crescendo in July of 1995. …I was the United Nations’ chief political officer in Bosnia the day that Srebrenica fell. Coincidentally, it was the same day that the Bosnian government tried to assassinate me as I drove over Mount Igman on the way to Sarajevo.”

Corwin mentions this incident in his book Dubious Mandate: A Memoir of the UN in Bosnia, Summer 1995:

Phillip Corwin…recounts, incidentally, how a Bosnian government official “threatened his life” when he proposed to visit Srebrenica following its fall to Serb forces in July 1995. Shortly after the meeting in question, Corwin would be the target of sniper fire that, he claims, came from Bosnian government positions.

Back to the ISSA analysis:

…Yossef Bodansky, who has written several books on the war in Yugoslvia and also serves as Research Director of ISSA, calls the 7,000 figure “disinformation” and notes that “all independent forensic evidence points to Muslim casualties in the hundreds, possibly the low hundreds. Continued emphasis on such allegedly high numbers of Muslim deaths at Srebrenica obfuscates the Muslim [killings] in that city, earlier, of Serb civilians.”

Rooper says that at least 1,000 Serbs, mostly civilians, were killed by forces led by Oric who did not bother to hide his crimes, even showing videotapes of slaughtered Serbs to Western journalists…Rooper points out that the 40,000 inhabitants the UN used in July of 1995 before the capture of Srebrenica roughly matches the number of former residents accounted for in the aftermath. A commander of the Muslim-dominated Army of BiH (Bosnia-Herzegovina) later confirmed to parliament in Sarajevo that 5,000 BiH troops escaped largely intact to Tuzla while the UN registered some 35,632 civilian survivors.

By 1998, thousands of bodies excavated from all across Bosnia were stored at the Tuzla airport. Despite state of the art DNA testing, only 200 bodies have been linked to Srebrenica. Around 3,000 names on a list of Srebrenica victims compiled by the Red Cross matched voters in the Bosnian election in 1996. “I pointed out to the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) that there had either been massive election fraud or almost half the people on the ICRC missing list were still alive,” says Rooper. “The OSCE finally responded that the voting lists had been locked away in warehouses and it would not be possible for them to investigate.” [Emphasis added by Brock.]

As Brock summarizes in his opening to the chapter containing the preceding out-takes from the summer of 1995:

“[B]y the end of the decade, cadavers from various regions of Bosnia were being quietly transported around the country and, U.N. officials and others suspected, were being lumped together as “Srebrenica victims”!…[T]he grisly inventory at Tuzla likely included other corpses that pre-dated the July 1995 killings and bore enough signs that they were not Muslims — but local Serbs murdered earlier by Bosnian Muslim troops and mercenaries…On the eve of the trial of indicted Bosnian Muslim commander [of Srebrenica] Nasir Oric, forensic scientists from The Hague were noticeably silent about any exhumations of the nearly 1,000 Serb civilians killed at Bratunac and at nearby Serb villages.

Oric ended up walking away with time served (two years), later appealing for a full acquittal, which he got. After all, when did killing Serbs become a crime?

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.

Chris Deliso’s book The Coming Balkan Caliphate describes the ordeal of former OSCE official and Kosovo whistle-blower Tom Gambill as he tried to sound the warning about terror groups operating in the Balkans. In the process, Deliso sheds light on the difference between the type of soldier my erstwhile KFOR source is and the types of military hacks who muzzled him are:

[Gambill] knew from police reports and photos that the group [Revival of Islamic Heritage Society] was active in the central Kosovo village of Malisevo and was presumed to be dangerous. The security officer made a point of bringing it up at security meetings and in written correspondence with the U.S. Department of State throughout 2003. However, he ran up against a brick wall. “I had this info [about the charities] all the way back in 2001,” says Gambill. “But the State Department didn’t want to hear about it.” He recalls:

“I brought it up at every meeting I went to that included [the U.S.] military, but nada. Many of the American KFOR guys were there for their six months — you know, get the ribbon, do a few good deeds, and go home. And those who confided in me didn’t want to rock the boat with their superiors…the thinking was, ‘hey, we’re here for only six months — let’s get the job done as assigned and get home.’

Cases such as that of the RIHS attracted attention, says Gambill, from a handful of “motivated” American security officials….However, he says, “they were held back in some cases by orders from those higher up in the pecking order. This was much to the disappointment of the lower echelons — lieutenants, captains, some majors…the same thing with the CivPol [UN Police].” When Gambill presented photographic evidence of the RIHS presence in Kosovo, and waved the UN decree outlawing the group, the FBI representative at the time was “somewhat peeved.” Later, he claims, “I was verbally attacked via e-mail by an American major…He said that I was not qualified to make comments, and that neither my information nor comments were accurate…After forwarding his comments to my point of contact on the American base, he (another major) was taken back at this kind of behavior.”

Yet most who dismissed Gambill’s concerns, he contends, only claimed to be experts — though they visited Kosovo once or twice a year:

“The ones who did not believe my reports were many internationals who argued that these things [Wahhabi penetration, etc.] didn’t occur in Bosnia, and that therefore the Islamic fundamentalists were not a threat. They claimed that there were no organized efforts on the part of the Islamic fundamentalists and that the [Albanian] rebel groups causing trouble were not a significant concern. That line came from many of the U.S. military commanders who came through the region once every six months. There was no continuity in the passing of intelligence from one unit to another — ever.”

These realities have been only too evident throughout the Bosnian and Kosovo peacekeeping missions, where arrogant, careerist diplomats and military men claim to know the situation on the ground better than do those working there. Yet these were the people shaping policy — by listening to the underlings who said what they wanted to hear and ignoring those who, like Gambill, had a less flattering story to tell about the aftereffects of the Western intervention.

Quietly, however, some of the whistle-blower’s colleagues were thanking him for his contributions: “In several meetings of the combined group (U.S. military, UN, and CivPol), just as many commended me for the information that I brought to the table,” he recalls. “I was told that my sources and reports were 90 percent accurate and were appreciated. In one case, a commander came to me after a meeting and commended me on my participation in all his meetings and gave me a unit coin for my contributions. It was done quietly, of course.”

The chronic changeover of civil and military staff meant that whereas the locals had learned early on how to understand and manipulate the internationals, the latter were always starting from square one… “The UN didn’t really understand what was going on — and they didn’t want to know,” he charges, citing cases such as higher-ups’ apparent disinterest in investigating six Albanian-American radicals with stated foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks. “There was no continuity of mission, or pass-on intel.” The endless stream of fresh-faced, ignorant personnel posed no threat to Kosovo’s powerful criminals and extremists. Peacekeeping in Kosovo became a thankless and truly Sisyphysian labor.

But it actually gets more sinister than a Sisyphysian labor, as Deliso continues:

One American special police investigator recalls how, in early 2006, several wanted men — North African Islamists — with passports from a Western European country were sheltered in a Kosovo apartment belonging to local Islamic fundamentalists. “A police buddy and I staked out this building, and interviewed some people,” he said. “We had photos and good information that showed these guys should be dealt with. You think anyone [in UNMIK] cared? No chance. Why do you think I’m leaving?”

Further, the officer charged that the Kosovo Albanian government leaders — the same ones that, according to Jane’s [Intelligence Review], are supplying the United States with “intelligence” on Islamic extremists in the province — have blocked investigations and staffed the civil administration with the often underqualified friends and relatives of known Islamists. “The Kosovo Department of Justice won’t act on [counterterrorist information], because the people inside the institution are from the ‘other side.’ It’s very frustrating — and a very dangerous thing for the future.” Michael Harrison [UNMIK Field Coordinator for Protection of Minorities] refers to another case later in 2006, in which an undercover investigator from a Central European country posed as a mafia figure interested in buying rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) from an Albanian Islamist. “No one cared. No one [in UNMIK] gives a shit. We have terrorists here, and the Wahhabis coming in from everywhere. Instead of doing something about it, you have the Germans donating 30 tons of weapons for Kosovo’s future army, the TMK, now in storage.” Tom Gambill added in the fall of 2006 that a NATO internal map from 2003 listing some 17 illegal paramilitary and terrorist training camps was “still currently valid, to the best of my knowledge.”

There are jihadists even among the multinational peacekeeping force in Kosovo, who are there to keep an eye on the internationals more than on the locals, as witnessable from the April 2004 incident (just a month after the orchestrated riots and attacks on churches in Kosovo) in which a Jordanian CivPol officer opened fire on American ones, killing two female American peacekeepers and leaving 10 others injured — a story that disappeared from the news almost sooner than it appeared. I recently heard from a KFOR criminal intel analyst who helped load the women’s bodies onto helicopters. Apparently, the State Department suppressed information that the Jordanian peacekeeper had Hamas and Hezbollah literature in his dorm; as well, the source reports that “after this incident, there were other weird things that happened — mostly threats/waving of guns at American CIVPOL by foreign CIVPOL.” He too paints a grim picture of our “progress” in the region:

March ‘04 riots, Wahhabis and Salafis, Nationalists, Islamist[s], training grounds for paramilitary stuff, it goes on…KLA begat Kosovo Police Service and PDK [Democratic Party of Kosovo]…These two REMF’s (OK, intrepid journalists!) are completely unaware. [He is referring to the Fellenzer-Staggs duo; REMFs stands for “Rear Echelon Mother F–kers” — those who do not venture outside the wire — known in Iraq as FOBBITs.]…The place is a snake pit…Anyway, glad to see that someone is on it. The whole existential threat thing just isn’t catching on here in the US.

Some have suggested that the Greater Albania that is forming will be more like a Greater Kosovo, which is an even scarier creature. Here it is in action, from Deliso:

The danger of Kosovo becoming a terrorist transfer zone has been increased since the internationals handed over border control duties to the local Albanian authorities. What this means, in essence, is that there is no longer a border with Albania itself. While border policing was hardly stellar during the period of UNMIK’s direct control, it has now effectively vanished. For the United Nations, relinquishing control of Kosovo’s borders is just another of the scheduled “transfer of competencies” from international to local rule. In Macedonia, too, where an experiment in ethnic coexistence has left the western third of the country largely in the hands of former NLA [National Liberation Army, Macedonia] leader Ali Ahmeti’s men, there is no appreciable border with Albania either. According to one Macedonian military intelligence officer, even though small militant groups are “smuggling heavy weapons in every day from Albania,” there is no will to stop the trade, “because all the local police are Albanian, they are in it together, and they don’t talk [to outsiders].” The officer feared that the well armed groups could act to destabilize the country in the case of any failure to make Kosovo independent — indicating the complex trap the West has made of the region through its interventions.

Which brings us to last week’s news reflecting precisely this reality:

Macedonia: Ethnic Albanian Leader Calls for Village to Join Kosovo

Macedonian TV Views Security Situation in Ethnic Albanian Village

Tanusevci wants annexation to Kosovo

“Tanusevci — Village of Blackberries, Potatoes and AK-47″

Two More Albanian Villages to Organize Referendums for Separating from Macedonia

Albanian Commentary: Give us Kosovo or We will Create a Greater Albania

Secretary of Macedonia’s Organization of the Veterans of the Army for the Liberation of Kosovo ( “AOK”) Faton Klinaku: “Albanians in Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Greece Live Under Occupation”

Separation of Kosovo will mean separation of Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece: AOK veteran

ANA [Albanian National Army] Sends Threats to all Albanian Politicians in Macedonia

But the Albanian Threat of the Week award goes to Klinaku:

If the international community fails to recognize the right of the Albanian people for self-definition, and the status is defined on the basis of compromises, we would naturally resume the fight…Every other decision different from [independence] would lead to violence for which both the politicians and the international community would be guilty.

Serblog’s Melana Pejakovich paraphrases: “If we have to make any compromises, there will be a war and it will be the international community’s fault…Give us exactly what we want or we will start killing people, and YOU will have made us do it!”

Pejakovich further breaks down the Klinaku interview thus:

1. Albanians consider wherever they live (or have ever lived) to automatically be “Albania” and the non-Albanian governments of wherever they live — including the governments of the sovereign countries of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Greece — to simply be “Occupiers”. If Albanians live in a place in significant numbers, they consider it to be “theirs”, independent of any international borders — and they consider the non-Albanian governments of those countries to be “the enemy”…

2. If Kosovo is granted independence, then that automatically justifies “the right of self-determination” (and secession) for Albanians in Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece.

In other words, “Kosovo Independence” is just the beginning of a series of conquests in the “Greater Albania Project” and to grant Kosovo independence, is to encourage the conquest of the rest…So much for the delusion that granting Kosovo independence will “bring peace and stability to the Balkans”…

3. According to Klinaku, Albanians believe that they fought “a war of liberation” for Kosovo and part of Macedonia, and they won, so there is no need for them to compromise with Serbs or anyone else. Albanians were “the victors” so there is no need to consult anyone else re their “self-determination” or to “discuss anything in Vienna”. The 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia appears to be perceived as irrelevant to Albanians, because Albanians did it all.

Here we are faced with the consequences of letting Albanians believe they can have it all — and for the most part delivering it to them — sans legality or any kind of established norms of statecraft, while holding them to none of the agreements governing the region. In fact, just yesterday we saw what happens when you do something uncharacteristic and crazy, such as say the words “UN Resolution” to Albanians:

Kosovo Albanian daily slams UNMIK head for saying UN resolution 1244 still valid

[Commentary by Express Chief Editor Berat Buzhala: “This Is Provocation, Mr. Ruecker“]

At a time when an entire nation is desperately waiting to hear what will happen to the final status of Kosova [sic], the Kosova [sic] chief administrator [Joachim Ruecker] returned from holidays and provoked us openly by saying that no one should be hasty by setting dates for declaration of independence because the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 is still valid.

We have waited beyond every limit. Besides, I can say that we are about to burst into tears and it is regrettable that we are being provoked, because we might now easily fall prey to this provocation. I recall a press statement made by the Israeli defence minister on the very first day when this country began the war against Hezbollah troops operating in Lebanese territory. He has said, “If someone meant to provoke us by kidnapping two of our soldiers, then they have managed to do so.”

That’s right. To Albanians, rule of law is provocation. On par with kidnapping.

…Leaving all these things aside, tell me, Mr. Ruecker: What happened inside you that made you issue such a surprising threat? Will this mean that in the days to come you will say that, based on that resolution, Kosova territory is part of Serbia’s sovereignty? Or perhaps, reading carefully the text of the resolution, will you mention the possibility of the return of a limited number of Serb forces based on a request made by Belgrade?

Do you believe that that resolution, which you mention so improperly, will be implemented one day? Perhaps it may be, but only through a new war that would be bloodier and less controllable and have more consequences for the region. Mr. Ruecker, we have become used to living in freedom [impunity] — something for which you, your country, and all Western countries deserve credit — therefore, it will be a very big problem to convince us to go [back].

Where have we seen this before? Oh yes — in Bosnia, as Balkans analyst Nebojsa Malic aptly illustrated when writing about the departure of UN High Representative Paddy Ashdown in 2005 (emphasis added):

So used were they to Ashdown’s support, Izetbegovic’s heirs found it shocking when last month the viceroy quashed their plan to rename the Sarajevo international airport after the departed First Bosniak [wartime Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic]. Leaders of Izetbegovic’s SDA party howled in protest and denounced Ashdown, forgetting instantly his support for their agenda, or that his decision didn’t say “no,” so much as “not yet.” Ashdown thus found himself sharing the fate of every foreign official who came to Bosnia sympathetic to the Muslim cause, only to end up an object of invective as soon as he deviated even slightly from the SDA dogma of Muslim innocence and victimhood.

And now for the Kosovo punch line of the week. Because it comes from the kings of secession and border-redrawing, the Albanians: “We can never approve of partition [of Kosovo]. It is unacceptable. If we start redrawing borders, who knows when and where it will stop.” — Kosovo “Prime Minister” Agim Ceku

Summing up the Kosovo Effect is Deliso:

Indeed, longtime UNMIK employees in Kosovo who have watched the process disintegrate over the years express disbelief at how the Western Media and politicians can get away with calling the intervention a success. As has been recounted, the direct link between Kosovo Albanians and terrorist plots, up to and including the London July 2005 attacks, has materialized in the form of arrests…

For the American special police investigator in Kosovo, a formidable ex-military man with long experience in the Balkans, the sluggish response of Western security services in the Balkans to the terrorist threat is vexing. “I saw some of the same shit in Bosnia, not going after the terrorists, letting ‘em hang out and stay comfortable,” he says. “But seeing this stuff here in Kosovo — it really ripped me out of the old red-white-and-blue, you know what I mean?

The picture gets more disturbing still, especially when one realizes that Kosovo’s future is a window into our own. Deliso:

The small semblance of order remaining in Kosovo owes to the fact that the UN has allowed former KLA leaders and the mafia to control society…Today, this chaotic situation has moved from the unfortunate to the scandalous, with the CIA, MI6, BND, and others eager to build “special relationships” with Islamic extremists bent on killing Christians, attacking Western targets, and creating a fundamentalist caliphate.

Western officials currying favor with extremists, perhaps in subconscious preparation for a future with Muslims as our masters, is by now a familiar phenomenon even on our shores. When it interferes with terror investigations, I call it the Kosovizing of police work in America, and it’s something that first hit home for me when Debbie Schlussel wrote about lasers being pointed from Dearborn, Michigan at commercial airline pilots in flight, and the reluctance of our authorities to do much about it. She specifically cites the terrorist-friendly Brian Moskowitz, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge for Michigan and Ohio:

[W]e’ve heard from several of Abu Moskowitz’s agents, who tell us they’ve brought to his and his top lieutenants’ attention Arab Muslim smuggling rings and restaurants in the same Dearborn and Dearborn Heights areas (from which the laser pointers emanated), which routinely employ illegal alien Muslims and launder funds from their all-cash businesses, sending the money “back home.” Mr. Moskowitz and his top underlings have repeatedly said they are “not interested” in pursuing those cases.

[B]oth Moskowitz and Murphy were in fawning attendance at the Hezbollah mosque, where they gushed over an Islamic cleric who openly praised terrorists, and they joked with him about why Hezbollah is on the State Department terrorist list…

We also note that Murphy, the chief U.S. Justice Department official in the heart of Islamic America, sought a very light sentence for Nemr Ali Rahal, a member of the mosque who is a member of Hezbollah and committed fraud and money laundering to send the money “back home”. Explosive material was found on the man’s and his young son’s passports. Where was Abu Moskowitz’s investigation into where the money was going (which is under his purview at ICE)? Where was Murphy’s press conference on that? (No charges on the explosives or even money laundering were ever filed — and won’t be.)…[Y]ou have a giant, radicalized, concentrated Muslim population located in one single armpit of America, and yet authorities not only kowtow to it, but put investigations into that community off limits to law enforcement…

Welcome to Kosovo, USA.

Heather Robinson’s excellent opinion piece yesterday in the New York Sun, “Queen of Stereotype,” describes Christiane Amanpour’s obsessive referencing of Jewish money in her recent three-part CNN documentary “God’s Warriors”:

Ms. Amanpour reserves her most naked disdain for the settlers’ U.S. supporters, such as Shani and Dov Hikind, who fundraise to build parks and endow schools. Presented as “The Power Couple,” shots of them posing for photos and dancing are accompanied by Ms. Amanpour’s narration, “6,000 miles from Israel’s settlements, in the heart of Manhattan, defiance of international law comes dressed in diamonds. … Here Shani and Dov Hikind, two of God’s Jewish American warriors, are a whirlwind of shmooze…For the Hikinds … house hunting in the occupied territories is more than a real estate investment.”

The rich-Jew stereotypes were the least of Amanpour’s latest journalistic crimes. In addition to showcasing Carter’s anti-Semitic tract that led to the protest resignations of 14 of the Carter Center board’s Dumb Jews who didn’t figure Carter out until this book, Robinson writes:

[H]er real venom is reserved for Jewish settlers on the West Bank and their supporters…who are depicted as lawbreakers and wreckers of world traquility…Since a significant portion of the segment is devoted to Jewish terrorism, one could get the impression that it is somewhat common, instead of a freakishly rare phenomenon that, when it occurs, is almost universally condemned by Jews worldwide.

Surely she would never depict Arab-Americans who care about ordinary Palestinians as a unified bloc of terror-supporters. So why does she depict settlers and their supporters as a bloc of people who undermine world peace?

Now recall the criticism earlier this year of Wesley Clark’s references to “New York money people” influencing American policy on Iran. Here’s what I wrote at the time:

Surprised that Wesley Clark is against bombing a terrorist regime in Iran and is blaming the Jews for a military response being a real possibility? Too bad no one paid attention when Clark’s ethnic target was the Serbs…if the Jews are the canary in the mine, the Serbs have been the canary’s canary.

Working to ensure a mono-ethnic Kosovo, Clark warned that “a violent collision may occur by year-end” if we don’t give the Albanians what they want (independence without standards ala Palestine). And this four-star general advocated doing just that.

Similarly, Judeophobe Amanpour demonstrated her propensity for journalism that borders on the criminal early on at the expense of the Serbs, when she hauled her manly butt to the Balkans at first opportunity — and was among the first to plant the image of the “genocidal Serb” in the public mind while shilling for Bosnia’s fundamentalist agenda and Croatia’s Nazi revivalism. As Balkans author Bill Dorich writes:

“CNN’s Ms. Amanpour was at the top of the list of those correspondents who parked their backsides at the Holiday Inn in Sarajevo and relied on Muslim runners to collect the data for their stories. Nearly all journalists who went to Bosnia could not communicate in the language of the country and the vast majority relied on Muslim translators for their so-called facts.

This is vividly demonstrated, along with Amanpour’s crimes against humanity in the Balkans, in Peter Brock’s book Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting . When it was time for the West’s Kosovo leg of Serb slaughter, Amanpour befriended Muslim-Albanian terrorist and current Western-backed leader Hashim Thaci.

In the 2005 ZMAG article “The Politics of the Srebrenica Massacre“, writer Edward Herman wrote:

Describing the reporting of Christi[a]ne Amanpour and others on a battle around Goradze [Gorazde], U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel John Sray wrote back in October 1995 that these news reports “were devoid of any semblance of truth,” that Americans were suffering from “a cornucopia of disinformation,”…and that popular perceptions of Bosnia “have been forged by a prolific propaganda machine..[that has] managed to manipulate illusions to further Muslim goals.”

A 1994 article in the New York Times Magazine by Stephen Kinzer quotes a longtime TV associate of Ms. Amanpour:

“I have winced at some of what she’s done, at what used to be called advocacy journalism,” he said. “She was sitting in Belgrade when that marketplace massacre happened, and she went on the air to say that the Serbs had probably done it. There was no way she could have known that. She was assuming an omniscience which no journalist has.”

The magazine quote comes by way of a 1999 commentary by Stella Jatras in the Washington Times, which goes on to read:

The fact that a U.N. classified report concluded that Bosnian Muslim forces had committed the Markale marketplace massacre seems of no consequence to Ms. Amanpour. Deutsche Presse-Agentur of June 6, 1996, wrote: “For the first time, a senior U.N. official had admitted the existence of a secret U.N. report that blames the Bosnian Muslims for the Feb. 1994 massacre of Muslims at the Sarajevo market.”

Christiane Amanpour has yet to inform her viewers of this fact, but continues to allow them to believe the massacre was a Serbian atrocity which United States and NATO used as an excuse to drop more than 6,000 tons of bombs on the Bosnian Serbs.

Another big CNN story early in the Bosnian conflict was the killing, allegedly by Serb snipers of two “Muslim babies” on a bus. Who could not have been horrified by the tragic sight of the funeral service for those innocent Muslim babies? Where were Ms. Amanpour and CNN to set the record straight? If it had not been for French 2 TV that covered the funeral, this writer would never have known that the babies were Serbian (not Muslim) killed by a Muslim sniper, as was made painfully clear by the presence of a Serbian Orthodox priest conducting the funeral service. . . before it was interrupted by a grenade attack. However, in the CNN coverage the priest had been cropped out, leaving the American audience to believe that Serbs were not only the assassins, but were also responsible for the grenade attack.

But there’s a third prominent individual worth mentioning, another proud member of the Serbo-Judeo-Phobia Club. He is former British MP Lord Jeremy “Paddy” Ashdown, whose documentary “Battle for the Holy Land - Jerusalem” aired in May on British Channel 4. Here’s what commentator Carol Gould had to say about it:

Had I known nothing or even very little about Jewish, Zionist and Israeli history I would have come away from former MP Paddy Ashdown’s two-hour documentary on British Channel Four’s primetime Saturday slot thinking the Jews are just about the most disagreeable race on this planet. Were I an Arab or Muslim I would believe the Jews of the Holy City are the scum of the earth.

In this film he managed to label the Jewish authorities of Jerusalem ‘racism masquerading as bureaucracy,’ ‘discriminatory and inhumane’ and ‘waging a forty-year war over the Haram al Sharif.’

Once again a British television programme has taken the complex and tragic story of Israel and turned it into a polemic about the endlessly victimised Palestinians and those brutal, hate-filled, despicable Jews….

As Israel watchers may or may not know, Ashdown was the UN High Representative overseeing Bosnia from 2003 to 2005, during which he worked toward wiping Bosnia’s Serb Republic off the map. Like Israel, which is surrounded by monstrosities that pass for states, “Republica Srpska is the only part of Bosnia-Herzegovina where the rule of law applies, and where there is productivity, ethnic and religious tolerance,” as Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily put it in 2004.

From the UK-based Freenations.com website:

In an interview in the International Herald Tribune Ashdown compares the administration of peace in Bosnia to the occupation of Germany and Japan after 1945…Ashdown thus compares the Serbs (who were our allies against German Imperialism and European fascism in two world wars) with the Nazis. He equates the Bosnians, Croatians and Albanians (who were fascist and Nazi allies) with peace loving democracies!…Most dangerous of all…Ashdown sees Muslim revolutionary fanaticism as the vanguard of democratic nationhood and world peace! No wonder he and his ignorant British and American sponsors have ushered into Europe via Albania and Kosovo some of the most dangerous and violent Islamic movements in history.

Balkans analyst Nebojsa Malic quotes a UK Guardian interview in which Ashdown said:

“This country [Bosnia] is about history, and unless the Serbs in particular — although terrible things were done by the Bosniaks and Croats too — come to some understanding of this history, we cannot build a stable state. The major burden of guilt is on them, and they have to acknowledge it, just as the Germans acknowledged it.”

Creation of “a stable state” in Bosnia depends on the Serbs accepting their assigned role as Nazis. That the “Bosniaks” and Croats were the actual Nazis, back in WWII, is the kind of history that does not interest Ashdown.

WWII inversions such as these should ring familiar to Israel watchers. And so should the following tricks. In 2002, Ashdown was a prosecution witness at the Milosevic trial. As the Freenations website reported, based on some first-hand accounts by trial observer Andy Wilcoxson, one of which was titled “[Ashdown] Seen Inspecting KLA Weapons and Promising Assistance to Terrorists“:

He gave evidence about his four day visit to Kosovo in 1998 and claimed he was a witness to atrocities allegedly carried out by the Yugoslav Army. He claimed he had witnessed these events from a position above the village of Gegaj in Albania overlooking Kosovo. But when he was told that from his observation point it was impossible to observe the area he claimed, he changed his story and said in fact he was somewhere else!

After it was proved in court that Ashdown could not possibly have seen anything from the position he had previously claimed, above the Albanian village of Gegaj, he supplied the court with grid co-ordinates different from his original testimony, and these new co-ordinates put him inside Kosovo and not in Albania…Moreover, on the map the prosecution supplied to try and verify Ashdown’s testimony the village of Gegaj had been moved! When challenged on this point the prosecution reluctantly admitted it may be a faulty map!

At the October, 2003 funeral of wartime Bosnian Muslim President Alija Izetbegovic — who in his youth had been a recruiter for the Waffen SS; who asked to be buried “with the martyrs”; and who wrote that “there can be no peace or coexistence between ‘the Islamic faith’ and non-Islamic social and political institutions” — Ashdown eulogized:

He became the father of his people — the person who did more than any other to ensure the survival of the modern state of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Ashdown gazing out onto his handiwork in Bosnia from his lakeside home, a minaret visible in the distance.


Ashdown overlooking the Holy Land, the Islamic Dome of the Rock visible in the distance.

The Jewish state’s Western enemies have a history of enmity toward the Serbs. If they’re not already doing so, Israel watchers must pay close attention to what has happened, and continues to happen, to the Serbs — and choose sides.