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There’s more news on Bosnia’s former grand mufti, reis-ul-ulema Mustafa Ceric, currently president of the World Bosniak Congress. The Bosnian-Serb news agency RTRS (Radio Televizija Republike Srpske) reported last week that Austria’s secret services have published some documents revealing that Ceric — whom I first heard of in 2006 from an “interfaith dialogue” at a Birmingham synagogue, of all things — founded the terrorist network that our NATO allied itself with in 1990s Bosnia and then Kosovo (where some of the foreign fighters were reassigned).

Below is a not very good Google translation from Bosnia’s Kurir. In the meantime, thanks, Austria. It’s long past time you started coming clean.

PUBLISHED DOCUMENTS OF AUSTRIAN SERVICES: Mufti Ceric created terrorist network in Bosnia and Herzegovina
BiH 05/24/2016

The main Bosnian Mufti Mustafa Ceric [was] the creator of the terrorist network in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the documents [of] Intelligence Service of Austria.

Banja Luka media published portions of documents of the Austrian Association for the Protection of the constitutional order in which as the creator of the terrorist network in BiH Mustafa Ceric [was] marked….

It was stated, namely, that in November 1992 [was] launched a project to stamp Serbs as a genocidal nation, which is Ceric, informed Alija Izetbegovic, who is from Saudi King Fahd received 400 million US dollars, reports RTRS who published the list of phone calls between members of the “El Mujahedin” with leading international terrorists.

Ceric, it is said, even in November 1992 an international conference on the protection of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the secretariat in Vienna. It brings together about a hundred representatives from more than thirty Islamic countries led by prominent figures of the Islamic world, after the leaders of extremist Islamist organizations.

The report furnished to the then President of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegovic, whose facsimile was published on the portal RTRS, states that the aim of this conference was that the Muslim world is familiar with the destructions of war, especially Muslims, and investment effort to urgently help the “right thing to BiH “. And in this regard is, as mentioned, the conference passed a 13 decision.

The Conference elected the Executive Committee and the Secretariat, and the first president of that board is elected Ceric.

Expert in the fight against terrorism Dzevad Galijašević …said that Ceric using the power of these organizations became reis-ul-ulema, or that can be directly linked to the first terrorist attacks in BiH.

“Shortly after the organization of this international conference we will have [had] virtually the first terrorist attack on the Council of the Islamic community, the murder of four persons, wounding Secretary Omerdić, killing former in-law and unika Reis Hadžiavdić, of course, since that time, the war will all be attributed to Serbian stray shells,” says Galijašević.

The Executive Board of the newly established Islamist organizations after the first meeting in Zagreb, again [met] in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. With Ceric [leading], Salih Sabic [the] personal representative of Muslim leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina[,] Alija Izetbegovic and renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Mohammed al-Ghazali, it was agreed that the goal of this organization is spreading the truth about the genocide against Bosnian Muslims.

Saudi King Fahd supported [the] Ceric project with 400 million US dollars, with 20 million [from] Qatar and the Emirates. “It is important to point out that in October 1992 the three cities mentioned genocide against Bosnian Muslims, although by then we did not have any serious war conflicts. Even then [it could be seen] that the project stamping Serbs [had] started and that it is pushed to the highest level [of the] Islamist [elite,]” says Galijašević.

The Islamist elite, in his words, launched a strong chain of support and pressure on terrorist groups during the war [and they] began to come in[to] BiH. The first one, [he] recalls, came Sheikh Abdelaziz[,] called Barbarossa - the first commander of the mujahideen in Bosnia.

The document [shows phone calls of the] military intelligence war administration [of the] BH Army…[T]here are phone numbers and faxes to members of the “El Mujahedin” [regarding] sending items. Among them are the phone numbers of Abu Musab al - Zarqawi and Osama Bin Laden. Communication is conducted over the phone registered in the UK, Italy and the United States, said the RTRS.

This information comes on the heels of another Ceric revelation, which many may not have seen because I added it to the bottom of an earlier blog as an “update.” So I’ll reprint it here:

******UPDATE******

It seems that just this past December another witness — a protected witness in the Mladic trial — testified that the marketplace bombing, specifically in February 1994, was not only perpetrated by the Muslim side, but ordered by President Izetbegovic himself. The item below is from Balkan Insight, Dec. 16, 2015, and notice the word choice in the headline “Mladic Witness Claims,” as opposed to the more commonly used (when reporting from judicial settings) “testifies.” Notice also the integral role played by a certain West-beloved cleric named Ceric. And for the first time, we have names offered up of the actual men behind the attack: Mladic Witness Claims Bosniaks Staged Market Attack

Protected witness GRM-116, who testified in Mladic’s defence at the Hague Tribunal on Tuesday, claimed that the attack on the market that killed 66 civilians in February 1994 was approved by the then Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic.

The witness said that as a member of the Biseri special security unit from 1992 to 1994, he worked on security at the Bosnian presidency building.

He said that during that time he could hear what Izetbegovic and others said during meetings.

According to the witness, Izetbegovic’s main goal was to ensure Western intervention to help the Bosniaks “by creating mass suffering in Sarajevo and Srebrenica”.

He said that Izetbegovic was heavily influenced by Islamic community leader Mustafa Ceric. According to the witness, Ceric convinced Izetbegovic that “losses must be suffered”.

Speaking about the attack on the Markale market, GRM-116 testified that was “Ceric’s idea, which was carried out by generals Sefer Halilovic and Mustafa Hajrulahovic, alias ‘the Italian’”.

“I was there when Alija [Izetbegovic] approved this,” he said.

At the next meeting, the witness said that Halilovic reported the first attempt was a failure because the mortar hit the roof of the market.

“Alija told them to try again. They went and soon we heard what happened with Markale,” he said.

Izetbegovic, who died in 2003, said after the attack that it was a “black and terrible day for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

As commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, Ratko Mladic is charged with terrorising the population of Sarajevo during wartime with a campaign of shelling and sniping.

According to the charges, the mortar which killed 66 citizens at the Markale market on February 5, 1994 was fired from Bosnian Serb positions. […]

******UPDATE******

Not really an update, but since we’re on Austria, I wanted to add this other Austria/Balkans item, which you don’t exactly hear every day:

“I believe that admitting Kosovo to international organizations at this point would create more problems than it would solve.”

– Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofe, from the far-right Freedom Party FPO, to Tanjug, May 20th.

“My permanent fight to preserve the peace, prevent the war and decrease the sufferings of everyone regardless of religion were an exemplary effort deserving respect rather than persecution.”

–Radovan Karadzic to Balkan Insight, ahead of his March 24, 2016 Guilty verdict

“Through relentless propaganda efforts, “Srebrenica” has become a synonym for “genocide,” as Serbs stand accused of killing some 7,000 Muslim men – military personnel who refused to surrender – who fled the town. The fact that they gave safe passage, food, and water to the women and children left behind – hardly a hallmark of “genocide” – is ignored.”

Nebojsa Malic, 2005

If one thinks that the 40-year sentence handed down last month to former Bosnian-Serb president Radovan Karadzic has nothing to do with oneself or with our collective future, then one hasn’t been paying attention. Not that anyone thinks about it one way or the other. Certainly not Americans in the throes of a presidential election year, and so who would bother paying attention to the fate of some former president, from some other, unthought-about country, for something that happened 20 years ago? Never mind that the American co-president from that era may be our president again next year.

Fact is, the American election pales in relevance to what just happened, yet again, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The Karadzic verdict in March was preceded in February by the death from “unknown causes” of yet another Serb in Hague custody. (Belgrade’s requests for treatment leave for the ailing Zdravko Tolimir — whose trial saw two judges go off the reservation with dissenting opinions that devastate the evidence of “genocide” in Srebrenica — were ignored.) Three months earlier, in October, a defense witness for Ratko Mladic died suddenly at a Hague hotel. That’s without mentioning the other six, starting with Croatian-Serb mayor Slavko Dokmanovic in 1998 and the back-to-back deaths of Milan Babic and Slobodan Milosevic in 2006. If these events all seem somehow marginal, then one has somehow missed that we are all Serbs now. No less for finding ourselves at the mercy of the “migrants” in our midst, whom our governments are intent on risking our hides to make welcome.

For the Serbs were the designated white man, and the designated Christian, to be sacrificed for the greater Muslim good. And, we thought, for the greater Western good, given the appreciation that would surely come our way from the Muslim world for punishing the infidels who dared fight back. Symbiotically, while Yugoslavia was being targeted by jihad, it was also targeted by the New World Order, as a test case, with the Serbian nation marked for extinction as an identity. The death of the “nation-state” as such would follow, as we are now seeing.

There is a reason that America exempts itself from the jurisdiction of an international court (at least until Hillary Clinton becomes president again). The U.S. is concerned about the potential for political prosecutions. That is, show trials. Of American leaders, generals, servicemen, and so on. That’s understandable. But it is more than a little vile to exempt oneself from such an Orwellian institution — while exploiting those very characteristics of it against others, something that not one American politician speaks out against.

But back to Karadzic. A few headlines, for background:

Radovan Karadzic found guilty of genocide, sentenced to 40 years

Radovan Karadzic, nicknamed the “Butcher of Bosnia,” was sentenced to 40 years….over his responsibility for the Srebrenica massacre, in which more than 7,000 [sic] Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed [sic] by Bosnian Serb forces under his command…Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said in a statement that the verdict and sentence “will stand against continuing attempts at denying the suffering of thousands and the crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia.”

Note here that the prosecutor has let slip the real, political purpose of the trial: to preclude “genocide denial” vis-a-vis the still-not-established facts of Srebrenica. And he has carefully worded the much bandied-about “genocide” as general “suffering of thousands,” something no one has ever denied. The rest of the CNN excerpt:

…In a statement, the tribunal said it found Karadzic had committed the crimes through his participation in four “joint criminal enterprises,” including an overarching plot from October 1991 to November 1995 “to permanently remove Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from Bosnian Serb-claimed territory.”

The Croatian government hailed the verdicts Thursday — which came at the end of an eight-year trial — as welcome but long overdue, calling them “the minimum, for which the victims and their families unfortunately waited too long.” […]

In contrast, a verdict that wasn’t so hailed by Croatia came a week later, when Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj was uncharacteristically acquitted — after a 13-year stint in Hague custody during the proceedings — in a sort of balancing act the Court started practicing in recent years (when it noticed that people started noticing its Serb hunt). BBC on the Seselj verdict:

[P]residing Judge Jean-Claude Antonetti said the prosecution “had failed to prove…that there was a widespread and systematic attack against the non-Serb civilian population in large areas of Croatia and Bosnia. The evidence tendered and considered establishes instead that there was an armed conflict between enemy military forces with civilian components.”

Prosecutors had argued Mr Seselj was criminally responsible for the murder, torture and deportation of non-Serbs as part of his project to create a “Greater Serbia”. They had accused him of raising an army of volunteers who committed “unspeakable crimes”. But the trial chamber found that there was no “criminal purpose in sending volunteers” — and, moreover, they had not been under Mr Seselj’s command.

“The majority simply notes that it is not satisfied that the recruitment and subsequent deployment of volunteers implies that Vojislav Seselj knew of these crimes on the ground, or that he instructed or endorsed them,” it said.

The verdict also concluded that the “Greater Serbia” plan Mr Seselj had supported was not a “criminal”, but “political”, project.

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic criticised the outcome as “a defeat for the Hague tribunal and the prosecution”.

More:

“This verdict is an embarrassment for the Hague Tribunal…” Oreskovic told media in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar… “He’s the man who is burning the flags of Croatia and the EU,” Oreskovic said. [Said, mind you, without a hint of irony given not only the Yugo- and Serb-flag-burning that adorned Croatia’s secession, but also the sumptuous headlines that have been coming out of this “model EU member” in the past year alone (Wiesenthal Centre urges Croatia to end pensions to Nazi [veterans]; Wiesenthal Center Shocked by Appointment of Fascist Culture Minister Hasanbegovic; Croatia’s ‘Banal’ Fascism on Display at Israel Match; Croatia faces hardline sanctions over swastika etched on pitch; Croatians chant “Kill a Serb” at concert; and just this weekend: Monument to fascism victims [at site of biggest mass crime in Zagreb, Dotrscina forest] desecrated with fascist graffiti)]

[And] Bosnian lawyer Senad Pecanin called the verdict “scandalous”. […]

Not scandalous to Bosniaks, meanwhile — never mind their own butchers going free — was the guilty verdict in 2012 for the now dead Tolimir: “This is what we expected and we feel better now,” Srebrenica widow Rejha Avdic said. “We hope the court will continue to conduct fair trials.” One supposes the Not Guilty verdict in Seselj makes that trial “unfair.” (See Nebojsa Malic on the verdict: “Prisca Matimba Nyambe, a Zambian judge…calls out the other ‘judges’ for failing to prove even a single charge in the indictment. ‘Without a single piece of evidence adduced during this trial of a written [or stated] plan of a [Joint Criminal Enterprise] to Murder…the Majority relies upon circumstantial evidence to draw conclusions…I am wholly unpersuaded that the Accused is guilty of any of the charges alleged in the Indictment,’ she concluded…[T]he prosecutors — and the judges who sided with them — failed to prove that many of the things in the indictment actually happened, Nyambe argued.”)

More:

Croatia on Thursday banned Šešelj from entering the country after prime minister Tihomir Orešković labelled the verdict “shameful” during a visit to Vukovar, scene of some of the alleged atrocities, where he laid wreaths in memory of war dead.

Šešelj was not at the courtroom in The Hague to hear the verdict…He had been allowed to return to Serbia because of his deteriorating health [which prompted a bizarre letter to the UN Secretary-General from Croatia’s incoming president, saying the humanitarian release undermined the entire purpose of the tribunal]…[T]he ICTY judgment said the prosecution’s case had been full of “confusion” and that “a lot of the evidence shows that [his] collaboration was aimed at defending the Serbs and the traditionally Serb territories or at preserving Yugoslavia, not at committing the alleged crimes”. [Imagine that!]

In the majority ruling, the ICTY’s presiding judge, Jean-Claude Antonetti, said… “The totality of the evidence substantiates the fact that the purpose of sending volunteers was not to commit crimes, but to support the war effort…The [court] by a majority…was unable to find…that, in calling upon the Serbs to “cleanse” Bosnia…Vojislav Šešelj was calling for ethnic cleansing of Bosnia’s non-Serbs. […]

The fairer fate of this least likeable of Serb defendants is interesting. Seselj is an actual nationalist and actually was interested in a “Greater Serbia” — which none of the convicted or dead bigger fish (Karadzic, Milosevic etc) had been. It’s possible Seselj was earmarked for a counterweight purpose. Unlike Milosevic, he was a) allowed health leave; b) the judges acknowledged the prosecution was “full of confusion,” something that judges in the Milosevic trial never acknowledged despite the schizophrenic prosecution there, which had international journalists laughing in the aisles and the judges calling for order; c) the judges chose to also acknowledge here that the evidence pointed not to murderous intent but to war-related aims and preserving the union, despite this defendant actually using the word “cleanse” — which less fortunate Serb defendants never did; and d) here we finally get the ‘bombshell’ admission that, in any case, “Greater Serbia” isn’t a criminal project, but a political one.

Or perhaps Seselj just wasn’t high-profile enough for the crowd-pleasing purposes that other Serb convictions serve, and so the Court felt it could give this one to the Serbs, to show that this too can happen. I asked former Senate Republican foreign policy analyst Jim Jatras for his take on the Seselj acquittal that came a week after the Karadzic conviction. He replied:

My own guess:

1. Springing Seselj shows ICTY’s fairness and impartiality, so that convicting other Serbs (notably Mladic and Karadzic) and exonerating Muslims (Oric, Ceku, Haradinaj, Thaci) is all the more “credible.”
2. Seselj is the perfect candidate to be the “Exhibit A” of “fairness towards Serbs,” since (a) there’s no evidence against him anyway, (b) he’s already “served” many years of a non-sentence for not doing anything, and (c) releasing him “back into the wild” in Serbia will make life difficult and interesting for other politicians, rendering them even more pliable (if that’s possible) [to Brussels and Washington demands].

An even more soberly cynical take came in an email from longtime Hague observer Andy Wilcoxson (links added):

[Serbian state security chiefs Jovica] Stanisic and [Franko] Simatovic were acquitted too, then the prosecutor appealed the verdict — and now the Tribunal is going to put them on trial all over again (double jeopardy). The same thing could happen to Seselj; they could drag this out forever.

If the Tribunal had convicted Seselj, it’s unlikely that they could have sentenced him to more than time served. By acquitting him, they open the door for the prosecutor to appeal the verdict and conduct a double jeopardy trial…I’m not a big fan of Seselj. He describes himself as a Serbian nationalist and he openly espouses the idea of greater Serbia. His party published the “Protocols of Zion,” which was banned by Slobodan Milosevic’s government because it promotes antisemitism.

That said, the charges against him were idiotic. The Serbian Radical Party was in the opposition for the duration of the wars in Croatia and Bosnia. Seselj and the Serbian Radical Party recruited volunteers to join the Bosnian-Serb and Krajina-Serb armed forces….As the president of an opposition political party, Seselj didn’t have the authority to issue orders to anyone. Nor did he he have the responsibility or power to punish anyone who committed war crimes…because the police and the courts didn’t answer to him.

He did make nationalistic speeches and he did make inflammatory statements during the war. He continues to do that to this very day, but that isn’t a crime nor should it be one. Freedom of speech is a fundamental right.

Wilcoxson also allows for the possibility that some sort of deal was struck between Washington/Brussels and the West-subordinated Serbian government. “A deal is possible,” he continued in a follow-up email. “The ICTY would have convicted Seselj if that was what they wanted to do. Not having sufficient evidence to convict has never stopped them from convicting anyone before — especially not a Serb. If he doesn’t hold up his end of the deal they can always grant the prosecutor’s appeal.”

(Or even if he does hold up his end of the deal, as Milosevic and Karadzic found out.)

Malic foreshadowed as much in 2013 (second link added):

The indictment and conviction [e.g. of Croatian, Bosniak, and Kosovo-Albanian defendants] are supposed to create the impression the ICTY is a real, impartial, legitimate court of law — which is then followed by a release on appeal. …Furthermore, as a fellow blogger pointed out, the ICTY has a habit of prosecuting only the alleged crimes against the designated victim groups. Hence, Serbs and (Bosnian) Croats get the (ICTY-written) book thrown at them for killing (Bosnian) Muslims, the few KLA are punished only for killing fellow Albanians, while no one ever gets punished for killing Serbs.

Back to Karadzic, and another telling choice of words, from Reuters:

“[T]hese harrowing images reveal the reasons why he was found guilty of the 1995 massacre and nine other war crimes.” –Gemma Mullin, UK Mirror, March 24, 2016

Think about that sentence a moment. There’s not even an attempt to disguise how international “justice” for the Balkans has worked. The judicial standard is, ‘Why was he convicted? Just look at the pictures.’ Images say he’s guilty, the evidence is irrelevant. A blatant, undisguised appeal to emotion. And they’re saying it themselves: It’s all an image war, Folks, a PR war. The court of public opinion is what counts here, based on inflammatory images devoid of context including the other belligerent’s suffering. Just as they did to secure the war itself, media shoved images in the public’ face to “explain” the verdict, and reinforce what we were told originally.

The images that The Mirror wanted you to base your opinion on, (from the above excerpted article), without mentioning that the trial found some of this bloodshed came from the victims’ own Muslim ranks:





Apparently, we’re still supposed to be moved and even outraged by Muslim suffering. Or, at the very least, be more understanding of their violence directed at us. (Indeed, who is more fanatical — Muslims, or the Westerners who, even as Muslims mow them down, are determined to put Serbs away for life?)

Below, some images you’re *not* supposed to see. Of dead Serbs, which would have only confused the tidy picture being peddled:

Tangentially, here was one of the “read more” links in that Mirror article: “Read more: Taunt of the ‘Butcher’: Former Bosnian Serb general makes throat-slit gesture at his war crimes trial“. It’s another illustration of the West’s immunity to correction when it comes to the Balkans; that the hazy incident happened at all was questionable enough that the AP issued a correction, at my prompting, when it could find no documentation that it took place.

That the ICTY is a political rather than judicial construct is illustrated by a decision that was timed as breathtakingly as the March 24th date of the Karadzic verdict. After a genocide charge (in a set of seven municipalities) was dropped from Karadzic’s trial in the summer of 2012 (”a setback for reconciliation!” the chorus repeated), it was reinstated a year later — announced on July 11, the same date that Srebrenica is commemorated. So dates are sometimes chosen as much to please Muslims as they are to beat up Serbs:

Radovan Karadžić genocide charge reinstated by UN judges (The Guardian, July 11, 2013)

Appeals judges at the United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal have reinstated a genocide charge against Radovan Karadžić linked to a campaign of killing and mistreating non-Serbs at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. The decision reversed the former Bosnian Serb president’s acquittal last year on one of the two genocide charges he faces, but it does not amount to a conviction.

The ruling in The Hague came on the day survivors gathered in Srebrenica to mark the 18th anniversary of the massacre by reburying 409 recently identified sets of remains exhumed from mass graves. […]

In the end, Karadzic was acquitted of, very specifically, “genocide” in the seven municipalities, and only on that count. Srebrenica, on the other hand, is still being asserted as genocide. Without any evidence of intent (in fact, plenty of evidence to the contrary, from the evacuation itself to the explicit orders to not harm civilians and to observe all the laws), and without even a precise number of victims and their causes of death. It’s easy to get confused, however, especially with sentences like this one from an October 2012 Toronto Sun article (emphasis added): “During the trial of Bosnian Serb General Stanislav Galic, the tribunal established that Bosnian Serb forces were responsible for shelling the market place.”

The key word there is that the tribunal “established.” In fact, as with a “genocide” per se happening in Srebrenica, what the tribunal does is not ‘establish’ anything so much as ‘assert’ (Western media consistently dodge the distinction). After the ICTY asserts, the other UN court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), adopts the assertions, and the institutions are then cited by the Bosniak lobby and wider Muslim mafia as having both “found,” for example, that genocide took place. The “findings” are then duly parroted by governments and media.

There are yet more strands to the M.O. of the Hague-Media-Government Axis. Retired Canadian ambassador James Bissett — who, before Karadzic ever said it, said that Karadzic “did his damnedest to prevent the war” — told me years ago that at the Milosevic trial (2002-2005), he observed NY Times correspondent Marlise Simons lifting her pen only when testimony correlated with the approved version of events. That is, not during the countless bombshells that came out in that trial chamber. And so it has gone with the media in general, something I got a taste of in the early 2000s, when the new New York Sun — revived ostensibly as a thinking “alternative” to The Times — deigned to broach the Balkans. It did so exactly when a set of inflammatory images of dead Muslims was being circulated to coincide with some narrative-reinforcing development in the Milosevic trial. Much the way the Court circulated a video of the execution of six Bosniak soldiers in 2005 (timed to the 10th anniversary of Srebrenica), something that all media including the “alternative” Fox News obliged in looping, no less as supposed “proof” of “genocide,” of “8,000.”

Below is an excerpt from Diana Johnstone, author of the new Hillary Clinton book Queen of Chaos, from her recent take on the seven-year Karadzic trial. It rounds out several aforementioned points:

The media stayed away from the marathon, and only showed up to report the inevitable “guilty” verdict condemning the bad guy. The verdict reads a bit like, “they said, he said, and we believe them not him.”

The most amazing passage in the rambling verdict by Judge O-Gon Kwan consists of these throw-away lines:

“With respect to the Accused’s argument that the Bosnian Muslim side targeted its own civilians, the Chamber accepts that the Bosnian Muslim side was intent on provoking the international community to act on its behalf and, as a result, at times, engaged in targeting UN personnel in the city or opening fire on territory under its control in order to lay blame on the Bosnian Serbs.”

This is quite extraordinary. The ICTY judges are actually acknowledging that the Bosnian Muslim side engaged in “false flag” operations, not only targeting UN personnel but actually “opening fire on territory under its control”. Except that that should read, “opening fire on civilians under its control”. UN peace keeping officers have insisted for years that the notorious Sarajevo “marketplace massacres”, which were blamed on the Serbs and used to gain condemnation of the Serbs in the United Nations [which led to bombing them], were actually carried out by the Muslim side in order to gain international support.

This is extremely treacherous behavior. The Muslim side was, as stated, “intent on provoking the international community to act on its behalf”, and it succeeded! The ICTY is living proof of that success: a tribunal set up to punish Serbs. But there has been no move to expose and put on trial Muslim leaders responsible for their false flag operations.

The Judge quickly brushed this off: “However, the evidence indicates that the occasions on which this happened pale in significance when compared to the evidence relating to [Bosnian Serb] fire on the city” (Sarajevo).

How can such deceitful attacks “pale in significance” when they cast doubt precisely on the extent of Bosnian Serb “fire on the city”?

[The ICTY] imported from US criminal justice the concept of a “Joint Criminal Enterprise (JCE)”, used originally as a means to indict gangsters. The trick is to identify the side we are against as a JCE, which makes it possible to accuse anyone on that side of being a member of the JCE.

After Slovenia and Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia, the Muslims and Croats of Bosnia voted to secede from Yugoslavia, but this was opposed by Bosnian Serbs who claimed it was unconstitutional. The European Union devised a compromise that would allow each of the three people self-rule in its own territory. However, the Muslim leader, Alija Izetbegovic, was encouraged by the United States to renege on the compromise deal, in the hope that Muslims, as the largest group, could control the whole territory. War thus broke out in April 1992.

Now, if you asked the Bosnian Serbs what their war aims were, they would answer that they wanted to preserve the independence of Serb territory within Bosnia rather than become a minority in a State ruled by the Muslim majority…However, according to ICTY the objective of the Serbian mini-republic was to “permanently remove Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from Serb-claimed territory … through the crimes charged”, described as the “Overarching Joint Criminal Enterprise”, leading to several subsidiary JCEs…The problem here is not that such crimes [expulsions] did not take place – they did – but that they were part of an “overarching civil war” with crimes committed by the forces of all three sides. If anything is a “joint criminal enterprise”, I should think that plotting and carrying out false flag operations should qualify…One of the subsidiary JCEs attributed to Karadzic was the fact that between late May and mid-June of 1995, Bosnian Serb troops fended off threatened NATO air strikes by taking some 200 UN peacekeepers and military observers hostage. It is hard to see why this temporary defensive move, which caused no physical harm, is more of a “Joint Criminal Enterprise” than the fact of having “[lethally] targeted UN personnel”, as the Muslim side did.

Many well informed Western and Muslim witnesses testify to the fact that the Serb takeover [of Srebrenica] was the unexpected result of finding the town undefended. This makes the claim that this was a well planned crime highly doubtful…ICTY’s constant bias (it refused to investigate NATO bombing of civilian targets in Serbia in 1999, and acquitted notorious anti-Serb Bosnian and Kosovo Albanian killers) drastically reduces its credibility.

ICTY reiterated its earlier judgment that the “killings demonstrate a clear intent to kill every able-bodied Bosnian Muslim male from Srebrenica. Noting that killing every able-bodied male of a group results in severe procreative implications that may lead to the group’s extinction, the Chamber finds that the only reasonable inference is that members of the Bosnian Serb Forces orchestrating this operation intended to destroy the Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica as such.” In other words, even though women and children were spared, Srebrenica was a unique genocide, due to the “severe procreative implications” of a lack of men…This judgment is widely accepted without being critically examined. Since wars have traditionally involved deliberately killing men on the enemy side, with this definition, “genocide” comes close to being synonymous with war.

As if to make a point, the verdict was announced on the 17th anniversary of the start of NATO bombing of what was left of Yugoslavia, in order to detach Kosovo from Serbia. Just a reminder that it’s not enough for the Serbs to lose the war, they must be criminalized as well.

The verdict is political and its effects are political. First of all, it helps dim the prospects of future peace and reconciliation in the Balkans. Serbs readily admit that war crimes were committed when Bosnian Serb forces killed prisoners in Srebrenica. If Muslims had to face the fact that crimes were also committed by men fighting on their side, this could be a basis for the two peoples to deplore the past and seek a better future together. As it is, the Muslims are encouraged to see themselves as pure victims, while the Serbs feel resentment at the constant double standards. Muslim groups constantly stress that no verdict can possibly assuage their suffering – an attitude that actually feeds international anti-Western sentiment among Muslims. […]

The final recurring theme that I’ll mention here seems to be prosecution documents that don’t make their way to Serb defendants. On March 23rd, the day before the verdict was due, Karadzic defense attorney Peter Robinson tweeted:

@PeterRobinICTY
Just rec’d 208 pages of exculpatory material in #Karadzic case from #ICTY prosecution this afternoon. Seriously, prosecutors?

This recalls a May 17, 2012 item, which the UK Mirror headlined “War Crimes Trial Blunder: Butcher of Bosnia’s genocide case halted after prosecutors’ error“:

The man dubbed the Butcher of Bosnia Ratko Mladic had his war crimes trial dramatically suspended today…because prosecutors failed to disclose thousands of documents to his defence.

Just another “blunder.” And notice how they still can’t seem to decide which one — Mladic or Karadzic — to dub “Butcher of Bosnia,” and so they split it between the two, sometimes calling one “Butcher of the Balkans” and the other “Butcher of Bosnia,” and sometimes applying one or both titles to Milosevic as well, when they remember about him. Also be on the lookout for facts eventually admitted by the Court (such as the Muslim side shelling its own civilians), to continue being reported as outlandish ravings by a desperate despot in denial. (For example, Reuters reporter Thomas Escritt’s “Karadzic denies Bosnia war crimes as he starts defence” was written in 2012, but the Islamic self-bombing that Karadzic claims and the report scoffs at will continue to be attributed to the mere defendants and not as the (reluctant) findings in his case.)

In addition to the Karadzic conviction doing its part for the general goal of justifying the 1990s Western policies and NATO operations that catalyzed worldwide jihad, it also had a more specific endgame, as outlined by Dr. Srdja Trifkovic last month:

Karadzic Sentencing Designed to ‘Delegitimize’ Republika Srpska (SputnikNews.com, Chronicles Magazine, March 26, 2016)

We are going to see the use of this verdict as another building bloc in the political case for the dismantling of the Dayton Agreement, signed in the fall of 1995, which recognized the Republika Srpska as a semi-autonomous entity within Bosnia-Herzegovina. This will be used, together with some previous verdicts, as justification for a sustained attempt to delegitimize its existence and to claim that — having verified the guilt of Karadzic — it is now time to look for another arrangement for the future of Bosnia-Herzegovina as a more or less unitarized state — in which, by virtue of their members, the Muslims will have predominance.

…The whole show at The Hague Tribunal has the task of providing legal justification for the decisions made by the Western powers in the 1990’s…a tribunal with a clear brief to prove Serbian guilt, as retroactive justification for political decisions made at the time.

…It is up to the Russians in particular to consider the implications of the quasi-legal proceedings at The Hague as a sword of Damocles that can be used against anyone who is politically inconvenient to the powers-that-be, such as the Donbas leaders today or Bashar al-Assad tomorrow.

… For as long as we have [a] political agenda, and in particular the pernicious doctrine of collective command responsibility — the so-called “joint criminal conspiracy [enterprise]” — anyone connected with a political structure that is inconvenient to the Western powers can be criminalized.

It is not a matter of committing real war crimes; it is a matter of collective guilt because you do not belong to the right side of history. In that sense, The Hague is even more politicized than the Moscow processes of 1936-1938.

Attesting to this dynamic was the Nov. 2012 conviction-reversal of two top Croatian generals who had led a homicidal and stated ethnic cleansing campaign against the Serbs of Krajina — just in time to clear NATO member Croatia’s legal slate for its 2013 EU entry. Jatras in November 2012:

[T]o claim guilt on the basis of a “joint criminal enterprise” (JCE) where there is no direct evidence of the accused’s personal participation in a crime does have its legal problems. That said, the fact that the clearing of the Krajinas was a JCE — that its intention was precisely to uproot the Serbian population — is well attested, including by [Croatian wartime president Franjo] Tudjman’s own words. Certainly far better attested than anything that can be demonstrated regarding, say, Srebrenica or Kosovo, where the proof of the JCE is entirely lacking….In short, there’s no way decently to dismiss JCE basis for Croat defendants (much less Muslims and the oh-so-righteous jihad) while rubber-stamping Serb convictions based on JCE.

This only shows that the purpose of ICTY was to criminalize the Serbs and their aspirations as such, netting such individuals as needed…while legitimating those of the Croats and, especially, Muslims (including Albanians).

So the merry game of rock, paper, scissors continues. Serbs are uniformly guilty. Muslims are uniformly innocent. Croats are guilty if their victims are Muslim, innocent if their victims are Serbs.

And this is all without even mentioning the tribunal’s legitimacy to begin with, as Nebojsa Malic reminded us the day after the Karadzic verdict:

The Hague is not bringing peace, reconciliation or closure — but a cynical victor’s justice, an endorsement of ‘might makes right.’ …The very purpose of the ad-hoc tribunal, a brainchild of the Clinton administration’s “human rights interventionists,” was to deny any legal legitimacy to the Serbs, while bestowing it on the US and its regional clients and proxies.

… Yes, [the tribunal] was established…under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, allowing the creation of “measures to maintain or restore international peace and security.” The very inception of the ICTY required stretching the definition of “measures” to include judicial power the UNSC clearly lacked — and therefore could not delegate.

Even if the tribunal were perfectly legitimate to begin with, its pattern of indictments should have been a signal something was amiss. The ICTY and its backers clearly believed any Serb atrocities were systematic and deliberate, while those committed by anyone else were random or incidental. While every single senior Serb official in present-day Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia was hauled before the court, only a few lower-level Croat, Bosnian Muslim or Albanian officials were even indicted — and most of them were acquitted outright, or on appeal. Only Serbs were charged with genocide — by definition, a systematic crime. Only Serbs were accused of a “joint criminal enterprise,” a category specifically constructed for the tribunal by a US jurist. [The gracious contribution of Pittsburgh law professor John Cencich, a Croat-American.]

“NATO countries are those that have provided the finance to set up the Tribunal, we are amongst the majority financiers… so let me assure that we and the Tribunal are all one on this, we want to see war criminals brought to justice and I am certain that when Justice [Louise] Arbour goes to Kosovo and looks at the facts, she will be indicting people of Yugoslav nationality and I don’t anticipate any others at this stage,” NATO spokesman Jamie Shea told reporters on May 17, 1999. Telling enough?

The Dayton-dismantling tool that the Court provides, meanwhile, is understood well enough by Serbian politicians — even those who play ball with the West and shamefully, finally acquiesced this year to formal NATO cooperation:

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic — who organised a protest rally in 2008 when Karadzic was sent to The Hague — warned on Thursday prior to the verdict that he will not allow the UN court’s verdict to be used to undermine Republika Srpska.

“I warn those who think they can use today’s verdict against the former president of Repubika Srpska for a political or any other kind of attack on Republika Srpska, that in line with Dayton agreement, Serbia cannot, should not and will not allow that,” Vucic said.

A mouse warning a snake. So far, it’s only ever ended one way.

The quote came from a Balkan Insight article titled “Serbian Nationalists Rally Against NATO, Karadzic Verdict“:

Commenting on the verdict, Seselj said that Karadzic “was convicted…because he is [a] Serb who found himself at a decisive and historic moment at the head of Republika Srpska”.

Seselj slammed the Serbian government for agreeing to cooperate with NATO’s Support and Procurement Organisation.

“Those who were bombing us in 1999, who were killing our children, those criminals from NATO, have now got the right voted in by parliament to walk freely across Serbia,” Seselj said.

The cooperation agreement with NATO “guarantees diplomatic immunity and freedom of movement through Serbia for NATO troops,” RT explained. “The troops are to uphold peace and stability in the region in exchange.” That part of the agreement is surely a punch line, as one protester’s words illustrate:

“We think it is hypocrisy to say that NATO will guarantee stability and security to our people in Kosovo and Metohija,” Milica Djurdjevic, spokeswoman for Zavetnici (Oath Keepers), the right-wing Serbian party that organized Sunday’s protest, said.

“Kosovo has had a NATO base for years now. And despite their presence, Serbs were persecuted, some [most] of our holiest and oldest monasteries were burnt, our houses were burnt and people were expelled from their homes.”

She also accused the alliance of breeding global problems [e.g. terrorism and migration] instead of solving them.

“I think what Nato did by bombing Serbia actually precipitated the exodus of the Kosovo Albanians into Macedonia and Montenegro. I think the bombing did cause ethnic cleansing. The whole business in the Balkans has been mismanaged from the start. It was obvious it was going to blow up.”

–Former British Foreign Secretary and NATO Secretary-General Lord (Peter) Carrington, Saga Magazine, Aug. 27, 1999

“Never before have so few lied so thoroughly to so many, as in connection with the Kosovo war.”

–Former Bundestag Member Willy Wimmer, 1999

“I was just a child in 1999 when NATO was destroying my country without any real basis. I swore to myself that I would defeat that same world in my own way and here I am today. That destruction did not destroy me, nor my people. They did not break our soul and we are yet joyful despite our problems. That is victory.”

–Novak Djokovic, March 24, 2016, via Opanak (Facebook)

“Some Serb paramilitary groups caused many sleepless nights to both Mladić and Karadžić. Not all of them were helpful and welcome. Some of them included even criminal elements, psychopaths. The others treated the Croat or Muslim civilians too heavy-handedly, but it could be understood to some extent, but not permitted, [particularly] if some of them had seen their families assassinated by the Muslims or the Croats. President Karadžić issued many orders to protect Muslims from those irregulars. I have seen many relevant documents about it. On the other [hand], some Serb paramilitaries helped a lot the unprepared and undefended Serb settlements that had been at the beginning an easy prey to the organized and trained Croat and Muslim bands, e.g., in northern and eastern Bosnia.”

–Czech university professor Rajko Dolecek, in an account of some conversations with Ratko Mladic, posted Dec. 16, 2009

“I did everything in human power to avoid the war. I succeeded in reducing the suffering of all civilians. I proclaimed numerous unilateral ceasefires and military containment. And I stopped our army many times when they were close to victory.”

–Radovan Karadzic, Opening Defense Statement, Oct. 16, 2012

******UPDATE******

It seems that just this past December another witness — a protected witness in the Mladic trial — testified that the marketplace bombing, specifically in February 1994, was not only perpetrated by the Muslim side, but ordered by President Izetbegovic himself. The item below is from Balkan Insight, Dec. 16, 2015, and notice the word choice in the headline “Mladic Witness Claims,” as opposed to the more commonly used (when reporting from judicial settings) “testifies.” Notice also the integral role played by a certain West-beloved cleric named Ceric. And for the first time, we have names offered up of the actual men behind the attack: Mladic Witness Claims Bosniaks Staged Market Attack

Protected witness GRM-116, who testified in Mladic’s defence at the Hague Tribunal on Tuesday, claimed that the attack on the market that killed 66 civilians in February 1994 was approved by the then Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic.

The witness said that as a member of the Biseri special security unit from 1992 to 1994, he worked on security at the Bosnian presidency building.

He said that during that time he could hear what Izetbegovic and others said during meetings.

According to the witness, Izetbegovic’s main goal was to ensure Western intervention to help the Bosniaks “by creating mass suffering in Sarajevo and Srebrenica”.

He said that Izetbegovic was heavily influenced by Islamic community leader Mustafa Ceric. According to the witness, Ceric convinced Izetbegovic that “losses must be suffered”.

Speaking about the attack on the Markale market, GRM-116 testified that was “Ceric’s idea, which was carried out by generals Sefer Halilovic and Mustafa Hajrulahovic, alias ‘the Italian’”.

“I was there when Alija [Izetbegovic] approved this,” he said.

At the next meeting, the witness said that Halilovic reported the first attempt was a failure because the mortar hit the roof of the market.

“Alija told them to try again. They went and soon we heard what happened with Markale,” he said.

Izetbegovic, who died in 2003, said after the attack that it was a “black and terrible day for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

As commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, Ratko Mladic is charged with terrorising the population of Sarajevo during wartime with a campaign of shelling and sniping.

According to the charges, the mortar which killed 66 citizens at the Markale market on February 5, 1994 was fired from Bosnian Serb positions. […]

******UPDATE******

In another recent example of categorizing things that go the Bosniaks’ way as “fair,” professional Srebrenica widow Munira Subasic reacted last June when Switzerland gave precedence to a Bosnian warrant over a Serbian one for Srebrenica warlord Naser Oric, tormentor of fellow Muslims and killer of Serbs: “This is the only fair decision.” (In the Reuters item that carried it, one couldn’t help noticing that Oric was referred to with the innocuous word “defender” of the town, in an all too Balkans-typical grafting by Western press of one side’s self-serving terminology.)

I had a recent update to the Bosniran phenomenon, but didn’t include a few relevant parts from this August 2012 Jerusalem Post article by Gordon Bardos. The article is helpful also because of the impressive cataloging that Bardos does of Bosnia-connected major terrorist operations, including September 11, 2001:

The Balkans: Militant Islamism’s new front (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 20, 2012)

…In 2010, Serbian police broke up a terrorist cell in the mountainous Sandzak region straddling the border between Serbia and Montenegro planning to attack western embassies in Belgrade.

Long ignored or downplayed by western countries, al- Qaida and Hezbollah surrogates in the Balkans are increasingly important, thanks primarily to Saudi and Iranian financial support and the influence and power it buys. From Skopje to Sarajevo to Novi Pazar, Islamists and Wahhabis are attempting to take over mosques and building their own network of almost extra-territorial, sharia-run villages in remote Balkan areas. According to Malcolm Hoenlein, for radical Islamists Sarajevo, home to the largest Iranian embassy in Europe, is becoming “a jumping-off place, a radicalization place, a crossroads, something like Berlin during the Cold War.”

I have to pause there for a second, to point out the irony that the two interesting factoids in that sentence are coming from Malcolm Hoenlein, vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Who, if readers recall, looked at me like I had two heads sometime in 2000 or 2001, when I said that the poor reception his delegation of Americans concerned about rogue nukes got in Russia could have to do with America’s reduced credibility after what we’d done in Kosovo. But moving on…

The origins of the Islamist/Wahhabi threat to southeastern Europe go back to the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, when the late Islamist president of Bosnia, Alija Izetbegovic, invited militants from the Middle East and Central Asia to join his war effort. In August 1993, Izetbegovic ordered the formation of the Kateebat el-Mujahidin, his own personal al-Qaida “Battalion of Holy Warriors.”

The roster of veterans of Izetbegovic’s Bosnian jihad reads like a who’s who of terrorist all-stars. On September 11, 2001, three of Izetbegovic’s holy warriors – Khalid Sheik Muhammed, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mindhar – planned and participated in the greatest mass murder in American history. Another Izetbegovic jihadi, Juma al-Dosari, was involved in the June 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Riyadh which killed sixteen US citizens.

In August 1998, Izetbegovic jihadi Abdul Rashim al- Nashiri participated in the bombing of the US embassies in Dar es Saalam and Nairobi in which over 400 people were killed; the mastermind of the plot, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, visited Bosnia shortly before the embassy bombings for a three-day “business trip” on a visa issued by the Bosnian consulate in Turkey.

IN DECEMBER 1999, Bosnian jihadi Ahmed Ressam was apprehended attempting to bomb LAX airport as part of the failed Millenium [sic] Bomb Plot; the document forger for the plot, Karim Said Atmani, was a resident of the Bosnian mujahedeen village of Bocinja Donja.

In October 2000, Izetbegovic army veterans Juma al- Dosari, Ahmed Zuhair, Jamal al-Badawi, Abu Asim al- Makki, and Abd al-Rahim Hussein Mohammed al-Nashiri attacked the USS Cole in Aden Harbor, killing 17 US servicemen.

In February 2002, Izetbegovic jihadi Omar Saeed Sheik was involved in the murder/ritual beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Amer Azizi, the key go-between for al-Qaida’s top leadership and the March 2004 Madrid Train bombers, trained in terrorist camps near the central Bosnian town of Zenica. The list goes on….

[Right. It includes Khalid Sheikh Muhammad’s and Mohamed Atta’s Bosnia connections.]

Moreover, while it is true that Bosnia is not unique in having al-Qaida cells, what does make Bosnia unique is that it is the only country in Europe in which sympathizers, surrogates and collaborators of radical Islamism are in the highest levels of government.

In February 1996, plans to attack NATO installations in Bosnia were discovered at a terrorist training camp near Sarajevo staffed by Iranian instructors. The commandant of the camp was Alija Izetbegovic’s personal intelligence chief. In October 2001, a plot to use aerial suicide bombers to attack US Camp Eagle Base in Bosnia was disrupted.

The airport planned for the operation was controlled by Izetbegovic’s closest political confidant.

During the 1990s, the leading Islamic cleric in Bosnia, Mustafa Ceric, controlled a bank account with, among others, Fatih el Hassanein, a Sudanese national with close ties to Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, the convicted mastermind of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.

Even today, the head of the security affairs committee in Izetbegovic’s Islamist party is considered one of the main Iranian agents in Bosnia, despite the fact that he is on the US black list of individuals with ties to terrorist groups.

…[Radicals] are also having a severely negative effect on efforts to stabilize inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations in the region. [Didn’t see that coming out of Western intervention!] Catholic nuns in Sarajevo report that they now only go out in pairs for fear of being attacked by Wahhabis, and that Wahhabi-run bakeries refuse to sell them bread – even when it is in plain sight.

Misogyny and anti-Semitism are of course the Islamists’ and Wahhabis’ other favorite pastimes. A few years ago, after Grand Mufti Ceric announced on television that Israeli actions in Gaza were “genocide,” graffiti appeared around Bosnia equating the Star of David with a swastika.

As a correspondent from Der Spiegel reported when visiting the Saudi-funded King Fahd Mosque in Sarajevo run by one of Izetbegovic’s wartime commanders, the obliteration of Israel is heralded in a torrent of words.

“Zionist terrorists,” the imam thunders from the glass-enclosed pulpit at the end of the mosque. “Animals in human form” have transformed the Gaza Strip into a “concentration camp,” and this marks “the beginning of the end” for the Jewish pseudo-state… .

Currently, the Bosnian security minister estimates there are 3,000 potential terrorists in Bosnia alone. Hundreds of others can be found in Kosovo, Macedonia and the Sandzak…Western policymakers have ignored this problem for far too long….

Just a footnote reminder on Ceric. No one noticed that in 2012, this “Balkan-Muslim moderate,” this U.S.-touring “interfaith dialoguer,” was on a short list to lead the Muslim Brotherhood. As Mickey Bozinovich wrote me in October 2012:

Well, our dear friend Mustafa Ceric, chief Imam of Bosnia, is retiring from that position and is being talked of getting a promotion to lead the Islamic Brotherhood! Since Ceric has been proclaimed a “moderate” Muslim, I guess it is the moderates that will lead the vanguard of Jihad.

Saudis and Kuwaitis have been opening Ceric’s doors for a long time, schooling him, and placing him at Harvard and other schools in the US so as to appear a “moderate” and establish a network of friendly media and political figures who need an example of a “moderate” Muslim in order to shield themselves from being accused of anti-Islamic policies. Talk of a Manchurian figure!

In the end, Ceric was not chosen and instead now serves as the head of the World Bosniak Congress. Naturally, on his wikipedia page there is no mention that he was being considered for the Muslim Brotherhood position, but there is mention of all the awards he’s been given by the endless supply of Western suckers who populate and lead this earth. Just two examples: “He was the co-recipient of the 2003 UNESCO Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize[10] and recipient of the International Council of Christians and Jews Annual Sternberg Award ‘for exceptional contribution to interfaith understanding.’[11]..In 2008, Cerić accepted the invitation of Tony Blair to be on the advisory council of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.[15]”



Bosnian Army gathers in Zenica. (The main white guy surveying the “troops” is President Izetbegovic, our “Western-facing democrat trying to build a multi-ethnic Bosnia.”)

“It is no coincidence that since the mid-1990s a distressing number of the most wanted terrorists around the globe turned out to have cut their teeth in the Bosnian crucible.”

[Two] out of the 19 hijackers on the 9/11 airplanes are veterans of the Bosnian Jihad and served as soldiers in the Bosnian Muslim army.

“Disillusioned and embittered by the gross shortcomings of our ‘best and brightest’ and nearly everything they said about Bosnia, I swore to tell the real story someday, when I was free to do so…

“I don’t think it’s coincidental that during the 1992-95 war, the SDA-run government in Sarajevo hired some big-name PR firms in Washington DC, which proved successful at selling the pro-Sarajevo view of the conflict to the U.S. public, particularly via CNN.

Aug. 2007 interview with former NSA intelligence officer John Schindler

Years later, long after 9/11 had changed the world and the war in Bosnia was all but forgotten, I found myself at a drinks reception at a London think tank. I fell into conversation with a war crimes lawyer who worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia in the Hague. I related this story to him [of being held by al Qaeda in Bosnia].

“When was this?” he asked. “In November 1993,” I said.

His eyes widened. “Do you have any idea how much trouble you were in?” he said.

“It was a few months after the first attack on the World Trade Centre in New York which killed six people,” he added.

“Some of those guys were already on the run.

“No wonder they didn’t like your cameras around.”

“I was Put on Trial by al Qaeda,” Allan Little, BBC.com, Feb. 7, 2009

And now let’s check in on how our multi-ethnic Bosnia is doing:

Christians flee Bosnia amid discrimination, Islamization

But, but the Muslims in the Balkans are all supposed to be “moderates” who love America and abhor Islamic supremacism! “Report: ‘Christians Flee Bosnia Amid Discrimination, Islamization,’” by Stefan J. Bos for BosNewsLife, October 12 (thanks to Lachlan):

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (BosNewsLife)– Christians are massively leaving post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina amid mounting discrimination and Islamization, according to a new report released Friday, October 12.

“Many believers leave the country since war raged 20 years ago,” said Netherlands-based advocacy and aid group Kerk in Nood, or ‘Church in Need’, in the report obtained by BosNewsLife.

There are just 440,000 Catholics left in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure, the group said.

The report came on the heels of talks between the cardinal of Sarajevo, Vinko Puljic,and European Council President Herman van Rompuy about difficulties faced by Bosnia’s Christians.

Puljic reportedly complained that while dozens of mosques were build in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, no building permissions were given for Christian churches.

“The cardinal already waits 13 years on permission to build just a small church,” Church in Need said. Authorities so far refused to return hundreds of nationalized church buildings, despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to do so, according to Christian officials.

Additionally tens of thousands of people, many of them Catholic Croats, have been prevented from returning home following the war, Church in Need said. These obstacles violate the Dayton peace accords that ended the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, which split the nation between a Serb republic and a Muslim-Croat federation.

“Time is running out as there is a worrisome rise in radicalism,” Puljic said, who added that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were “persecuted for centuries” after European powers “failed to support them in their struggle against the Ottoman Empire.”…

As Jim Jatras commented, “Article about Catholic Croats’ difficulties in increasingly Islamized ‘Federation of BiH’?…What did they think was going to happen when they allied with the Muslims?”

THE ITEM GOES HAND IN HAND WITH THIS ONE, FROM JUST LAST MONTH:

Bosnia’s Catholic leaders say real dialogue impeded by injustices (By Jonathan Luxmoore, Catholic News Service, Sept. 19)

WARSAW, Poland — Catholic leaders in Bosnia-Herzegovina said real ethnic and religious dialogue is not occurring and not all religions have equal rights.

“Real dialogue” is being impeded by “legalized war crimes and injustices,” as well as by failure to implement the peace accord that ended the country’s 1992-95 war, said Msgr. Ivo Tomasevic, secretary-general of Bosnian bishops’ conference.

Tomasevic welcomed a September interfaith peace appeal, issued in Sarajevo after an international peace meeting sponsored by the Rome-based Sant’Egidio Community….

However, in an interview Wednesday with Catholic News Service, he said the country still lacks a firm foundation for religious and ethnic coexistence.

“…our Catholic population has almost halved and the Catholic presence in Sarajevo is dwindling year by year.”

Earlier, the president of the Bosnian bishops’ conference told the Croatian daily Vecernji List that he had questioned claims at the meeting that his country offered an example of religious and ethnic reconciliation.

“In no other European country has the plight of Catholics been as dramatic as here — at least half have left, and those who remain have problems finding a roof over their heads, food, jobs and conditions for life,” Bosnian Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka said in the interview, published Sunday.

“I pointed this out many times during the meeting and was warned participants knew nothing about these things,” he added. “I accepted this, although I don’t know whether people are uninformed, or rather uninterested.”

Bosnian newspapers said Bosnia’s Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric had rejected complaints by Catholic and Orthodox leaders at the meeting that growing Muslim domination had left Christians with no future in Sarajevo.

WELL, the retiring Grand Mufti of Bosnia doesn’t see a problem, so there must not be a problem. Perhaps that’s why he may be in the running for a leading position with the Muslim Brotherhood. So far, this is the only report, via Google Translate: “Ceric, Head of the Muslim Brotherhood?

The outgoing head of the Islamic Community, Mustafa Ceric, the most serious candidate to succeed Yusuf Qaradawi, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood…

“Ceric is no different from other extremist Muslim Brotherhood officials, radical views but hides, presenting ambiguous talk”, according to an analysis [by] Bera Millard, a former USAID Coordinator for Sudan and the author of several books that examine issues of contemporary terrorism.

Ber states that Kardavi in ​​later years, and that the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood actively looking for his successor, and Ceric, the door is wide open, because after 19 years he went from the head of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and the Muslim Brotherhood for decades has strong ties, according to “The Voice of Serbian”.

The analysis, published by the Institute for Economic Affairs, said that Ceric associated with the Muslim Brotherhood almost as much as Kardavi, and to participate in the work of the British organization “Radical Middle Way”, which brings together scholars and theologians associated with the Brotherhood.

“Ceric messages in English are peaceful and full of tolerance, while sermons dedicated [to] Muslims and Arabs, hateful. Within our own country Ceric promotes anything but peace. It calls Muslims to hate “ungodly” who publicly and directly threatened violence. His speeches exacerbate tensions and reduce any possibility of reconciliation. Ceric [threatens] non-governmental organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina for alleged Islamophobia, according to the analysis.

Baer adds that Ceric played an important role in the war in the former Yugoslavia, whose collapse the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, ayatollahs in Iran, the Islamists in Sudan, the royal family of Saudi Arabia and mujaheddin wanted to use for the creation of an Islamic state in the Balkans.

Ceric in 1987…served as imam at the [Islamic] Center of Zagreb, and among his friends [was] a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Fatih Hasanein, who is originally from Sudan [and] educated in Yugoslavia. Al-Hasanein is co-founder of the Third World [Relief Agency], fake charities that [helped in] arming the mujahideen in the Balkans, said Baer.

He adds that Ceric, and shortly after that time [wartime president Alija] Izetbegovic directly participated in the National Arab-Islamic Conference founded in Sudan, which is considered a terrorist organization by the international TA.

“In addition, there were members [of] CIRKL, an organization that served to finance terrorist activities. […]

Yes, this is the leader of those “non-religious-secular-European-pork-eating-alcohol-consuming-Muslims” that we helped so they wouldn’t go in the direction that Muslims go in. Yes, this is the guy who gets invited to all those interfaith dialogues, including at synagogues in Birmingham. Since Ceric has been proclaimed a “moderate” Muslim, one supposes it’s the moderates who will lead the vanguard of Jihad. According to Serbianna.com proprietor Mickey Bozinovich, who emailed me the Ceric-Brotherhood item, “Saudis and Kuwaities have been opening Ceric’s doors for a long time, schooling him, and placing him at Harvard and other schools in the US so as to appear like a ‘moderate’ and establish a network of friendly media and political figures who need an example of a moderate Muslim in order to shield themselves from accusations of Islamophobia.”

Earlier this year, Mickey informed me that Ceric is also friends with the Saudi Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah — who in April decreed that all churches be destroyed. “The Bosnian Ceric and the Saudi Abdul are fixtures at some dialogue of cultures where Muslims want to foist their rule over Jews and Christians,” Mickey wrote. “This particular Saudi Abdul is powerful because lots of Muslims listen to him….Keep in mind, Saudis have the largest mosques in Bosnia, most of the money funding their Imam and lots of sway.”

Now, the name Hasanein (or Hassanein) coming up in a Ceric context recalls this revealing 2008 writing by a Bosnian-Muslim apologist:

COMMENTARY DETAILS ROLE OF NGO IN SPREADING WAHHABI ISLAM IN BOSNIA

BBC Monitoring International Reports - January 10, 2008

Text of commentary by Adi Halvo: “I witnessed establishment and work of TWRA organization,” published by Bosnian Serb privately-owned centrist newspaper Nezavisne Novine, on 5 January

The statement by the Hague tribunal’s chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, to the German Der Spiegel of 18 October 2007, that the tribunal could prove that the president of the B-H Presidency, Alija Izetbegovic, was paying mojahedin to come to Bosnia-Hercegovina, is really dangerous for the position of the Bosnian Muslims amid the current anti-Islamic paranoia.

The closest relatives of the wartime president of the B-H Presidency requested that Carla Del Ponte deny this statement publicly, which she did by saying that Alija Izetbegovic did not pay the mojahedin, but the TWRA [Third World Relief Agency]…

As someone who witnessed what happened in Vienna, where I have lived since 1991, and in Zagreb, where I owned a company and an apartment in which I accommodated family members, refugees from Sarajevo, I can testify the following:

Elfatih Ali Hassanein, a close friend of Alija Izetbegovic’s and a former student in Belgrade, founded the TWRA “humanitarian organization” in Vienna on 12 February 1987. However, during the war, the TWRA’s main activities were carried out at this organization’s address in Zagreb, on Mandalicina Street, where Elfatih Ali Hassanein, Hasan Cengic [former B-H defence minister who was involved in arming the B-H Army] and Mustafa Ceric [then imam in Zagreb, currently reis ul ulema of the B-H Islamic Community] had their offices, and where Alija Izetbegovic stayed from time to time.

At the same time, the TWRA managed a news agency in Zagreb; this agency was broadcasting reports, video recordings, and television reports every day, thus contributing to spreading the truth [sic] in the Islamic world about the suffering and the persecution of the Bosnian Muslims. The TWRA was also publishing the Al Sahid monthly magazine in Arabic. This magazine, among other things, glorified the Bosniaks with similar views to those of Elfatih Ali Hassanein, that is, Alija Izetbegovic, Mustafa Ceric, and Hasan Cengic, as the most prominent leaders of jihad in Bosnia. The best illustration of the kind of friendly-ideological relationship that existed between the TWRA’s founder and chairman and Alija Izetbegovic is the statement by Elfatih’s brother, Sukarno Ali Hassanein, to the Sabrana Bosnia newspaper of 20 September 1995: “…Elfatih Ali Hassanein, PhD, has been an old friend of Mr Alija Izetbegovic’s since 1964. He is now an adviser to His Excellency Izetbegovic.”

…[I]t is another question how much…harm [TWRA] inflicted on Bosnia-Hercegovina (pronounced Islamism at the expense of the Bosniak identity, the spreading of the ideology of the Wahhabi Islam, the mobilization of the mercenary mojahedin in the Islamic countries.) One thing is certain: the Muslim, Bosniak, and the Bosnian interests, which are not necessarily always identical, got mixed up in this process, and religion was misused for political purposes during the war and in the post-war period.

…[T]he decisions were made in the TWRA organization in 1993 about a putsch within the Islamic Community, about forming an Islamic army….Alija Izetbegovic was…the engine of the TWRA organization, so, he was legally in the position, by his signature, to authorize and enable Elfatih Ali Hassanein and Hasan Cengic to collect donations for years, and thereby make unimaginable wealth. As the supreme head of the Army, he was also in a position to order General Rasim Delic to integrate the mojahedin unit into the B-H Army. Owing to Izetbegovic’s policy and tolerating the invasion by the Islamic ideologists and “benefactors” of the territory controlled by the Bosniaks, he contributed to the formation of dozens of Islamic “humanitarian organizations” with suspicious intentions (it has been proved that some of them were linked with Al-Qa’idah.)

What remains to be seen is whether the Bosniaks, by acting through the political parties and by electing good, European-oriented politicians in the next election, will solve their problems….The future will show if the Bosniak people…are capable of identifying the enemy within. This enemy is a corrupt, war-profiteering group, consisting of the disguised mentors of Islamic Wahhabism, which has been imposed on the Bosniaks by the ideologist[s] of the TWRA organization.

Reports about Bosnia’s dwindling Catholic population, meanwhile, were already coming out in 2006 and earlier. I blogged in 2010 on this painfully predictable result of Western interloping:

Bosnia’s Catholics nearly all gone (The Catholic Leader, July, 2009)

The Muslim population is growing in Bosnia to such an extent that Sarajevo is a “practically Muslim city”, Cardinal Franc Rodé said.

He said there were only 17,000 Catholics in Sarajevo, a city of 600,000.

Meanwhile, more than 100 mosques have been built in recent years, the prelate said.

“There is, in fact, the will to Islamise the region of Sarajevo.” […]

Bosnia: Muslims dominate capital, claims Croatian MP (AKI, 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. [Except when Dodik says it, it’s called “Serb propaganda” aimed at sowing divisions and pandering to “nationalists.”]

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”…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.

“Catholics Continue to Flee Bosnia a Decade After War Ended” (Universe Catholic weekly newspaper, Nov. 19, 2006)

Hopes have been dashed of an end to the exodus of Catholics from Bosnia-Herzegovina after the collapse of talks to amend the country’s post-war constitution.

That was the bleak picture painted by the country’s Franciscan provincial, Fr Mijo Dzolan… “Catholics are still discriminated against by the constitution of Dayton [the Balkans peace agreement reached in 1995].”

“Catholics do not have a good political or cultural frame to live in. They feel helpless. They have no confidence there will be an improvement and psychologically now they have no wish to participate in any improvement.”

Nor were refugees who fled their Bosnian homes during the conflict returning, added Fr Dzolan. “The reasons to leave were simple — fear and danger…”

There was also this in April, 2008: Bosnia: Catholic Church targeted for terror — with implications for Western Europe by World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission

Closing with a good, and rather all-encompassing, comment posted by Ruslan Tokhchukov, “EnragedSince1999,” triggered by the fleeing-Catholics item:

…As for the Nazi Croats, they worked glove-in-hand with the Muslims, US and NATO in the crucifiction of Serbia. Serves them right.

Contrary to the lies of our repugnant US, English, Swedish and other Western media, the Bosnian war was started by the Bosnian Muslims, not the Serbs. As early as January 1992, the Bosnian Serb leaders met with the Islamist Bosnian leader Izetbegovich in Lisbon and agreed to Bosnian independence on the condition they will have an autonomy within it. They just wanted control over their destiny. Having suffered for 500 years under the heel of the Muslims, they were loath to go back under the heel. Izetbegovich “agreed”, in keeping with the Muslim taqiyya deception practices, and then, 1 day later, backed out of this agreement. The Serbs warned that if Bosnia secedes from Yugoslavia without giving them cantonal self-rule, they will secede from Bosnia. The Muslims and Croats reacted with contempt.

Meeting in Graz, Austria, they decided to ride roughshod over the Serbs, calling a referendum on secession, which they were certain to win, because together they outnumbered the Serbs in Bosnia. In another desperate protest, the Serbs boycotted the referendum, but the Muslims and Croats pushed ahead with it anyway, on Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday Mar. 1, 1992. On Sunday, a Bosnian Muslim sniper shot at a Serb wedding in Downtown Sarajevo and murdered Nikola Gardovic, the father of the groom. This had greatly disturbed the Serb community. And STILL the Serbs did not attack! So the Muslims and Croats decided to push the knife deeper. On March 26, 1992, Bosnian Muslim jihadis had massacred 11 Serb civilians in the Serb village Sijekovac outside Bosanski Brod, and the war was on, started by the Bosnian Muslims.

When our Western media vermin arrived in Bosanski Brod, they found there hordes of Islamic jihadis, foreign and domestic, with “Allahu Akbar” stiched to their arm flashes, vowing to conquer all of Serbia for Islam. Nazi Croats crossed the bridge from the Croat side of the Sava river and joined them, Sieg-Heiling and Heil-Hitlering. Suddenly, it was back to 1942! They were back to their Nazi alliance! Only this time, instead of Nazi SS, they were backed by the NATO and the US. Immediatelly, they had hearded thousands of Serb civilians into a rape-torture-murder camp in Celebici whose horrors exceded those of Auschwitz. Fathers forced to have sex with their daughters, and brothers with one another, under the threat of horrible torture, then horribly tortured and murdered anyway.

In Srebrenica, more than 3 years before the so-called “massacre of Bosnian men and boys” by the Serbs, an all-out torture-massacre of all Serb civilians was carried out by the Bosnian Muslims. Srebrenica officially was a “UN-designated safe haven” for civilians, where no combatants were allowed. And yet, NATO, the US and UN had maliciously allowed the deployment of the 28th division (DIVISION!) of the Bosnian Muslim army there, commanded by Gen. Naser Oric.

Using the UN “peacekeepers” as willing “human shields”, the Muslims attacked from behind their backs and destroyed ALL Serb villages around Srebrenica, more than 50 of them! They torture-murdered thousands of Serb men, women and children. In Feb. 1994, still more than a year before the massacre, Oric boasted about his exploits to the Christian Science Monitor reporter John Pomphret, playing HVS videotapes for him, showing bloody piles of mutilated bodies of murdered Serb civilians. Who had committed those atrocities? Oric and his 28th division, and also “mujaheddin” volunteers, including teenage cutthroats. It is they [whom] our abominable media still refer to as “Muslim men and boys” “massacred” by “the Serbs”.

And FROM THE START of the war, our media Goebbelses were lying about “200,000″ Muslims “murdered” by “the Sebs”. Sometimes, the figure would rise to “250,000″, then inexplicably drop down to 200,000 again. Now, even some of the media liars privately concede that the “200,000″ figure was “made up at a press-conference”….Indeed, out of the “8,000 Muslim men and boys” supposedly killed in Srebrenica, 3,000 have been already discovered alive and well in Srebrenica, registered on voter rolls, as reported by Mary [Mostert] in her blog “[Banner] of Freedom”. Our democratically elected governments of the US, England and other Western countries, and our so-called “free” Western media lied just about everything on the Bosnian war. Google “I ACCUSE;Professor Rajko Dolecek” that documents hundreds of those lies. This publication was never challenged, and is unchallengeable, because the author provides the names of our well-known “news-stars”, the dates, and the names of the publications or TV broadcasts, with exact quotes. And those are only a small part of lies.

It got even worse during the Kosovo war, when our media and government allegations of “Serb atrocities in Kosovo” turned out to be 100% lies…The only thing the Serbs were guilty of was that they tried to defend themselves and their families in their own country from the rabidly racist, sadistic, genocidal Kosovar Albanian KLA terrorists, after suffering the totally one-sided murderous terror campaign on them for over a decade.

And for that, our United States of America, England and other Western democracies bombed and destroyed Serbia, murdering Serb Christians, burning them and their children alive. They forced the Serb military and law enforcement out of Kosovo, and then let the KLA loose on the defenseless Serb citizens left without police protection. Kidnapping, rape, torture, mutilation, murder. Horrid destruction of almost the entire Serb community. Looting and destruction of 150 of the holiest ancient Serb Christian churches and monasteries, 100 of them on UNESCO World Heritage List! Mass butchery of captive young Serb men and women for organs, as acknowledged even by the anti-Serb UN procesutor Carla del Ponte in her memoires “The Hunt”. Sex slavery, including that of underage girls on a scale unheard since the time of the Ottoman Turkish conquest.

All that evil toward the Serb people, NOT ONE of whom had ever spilled one drop of blood of even one American, or Englishman in their entire history. Who had never done ANTYTHING to the United States or England except being their loyal allies in both world wars, and who had suffered horribly in both wars for their loyalty. They did not even fight back! Their only response to the American and English abusers were bitter words: “Otolye slezy” (”Our tears will rain on you”).

Indeed, this kind of pure evil does not go unpunished. And when I woke up to September 11, 2001, I knew: those are the hot tears of grieving Serbs raigning down on America.

Too bad, it was not Bill Clinton who was killed, or Hillary Clinton, or Al Gore, or Madeline Albright, or Tony Blair, or Jamie Shea, or George Robertson, or David Wiglby, or Robin Cook, or Gen. Wesley Clark, or Gen. Michael Short, or Morton Abramowitz, or William Kristol, or Bob Dole, or Joseph Lieberman, or John McCain, but nearly 3,000 of our regular American folks who, out of ignorance or apathy, let those criminals do evil in their name.

And who were the main actors in the 9/11 attacks? Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, the mastermind of 9/11. He was also one of those jihad volunteers the US and NATO aided and abetted in murdering Serb Christians in Bosnia.

9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Khazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, who were aided by the US in jihad both in Bosnia AND Afghanistan!

Bin Laden’s al-Qaida, who, with the US aid, had a “big brotherly reunion” in Bosnia, getting back together after their US-backed jihad in Afghanistan. In Bosnia, they regrouped, reorganized, and got all fired-up for the Global Jihad. The fire our United States of America had set to the Balkans flared up right into her own face.

Out of nowhere, on Aug. 1st appeared a seemingly out-of-place news item in the UK Jewish Chronicle, delivering a stale and inaccurate bit of information concerning Alex Cvetkovic, the subject of my Algemeiner article this week:

Israel Approves Extradition of Serb Wanted for Srebrenica Massacre

An Israeli court has ruled that a Bosnian Serb should be extradited to face trial for war crimes during the Srebrenica massacre.

Aleksandar Cvetkovic is wanted for his involvement in the 1995 atrocity, which saw more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by the Serbian Republic Army.

Cvetkovic has a Jewish wife and gained Israeli citizenship after he moved to the country five years ago.

But in January the 42-year-old was arrested following an extradition request from the Bosnia and Herzegovina government. He has until the end of the month to appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court.

Small things first: Serbian Republic Army? It’s actually the Bosnian-Serb Army. And it’s “Serb Republic,” not Serbian Republic, which would imply that something is of or within Serbia.

Stranger, though, was this outdated update suddenly appearing at this time. Observe the last line: “But in January the 42-year-old was arrested…He has until the end of the month to appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court.”

The January that Cvetkovic was arrested in was January 2011. And it was after his August 2011 hearing that he had “until the end of the month to appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court.” As we know, his appeal is already in progress, and the Supreme Court is poised to rule on it.

Knowing now that whoever is behind this Jewish Chronicle lacks basic journalistic skills, I was intrigued and looked found and found the following Aug. 2nd article:

The Muslims Who Admire Israel

There are not many Muslim politicians in the world who openly admire Israel. In fact, Emir Suljagic, an author and former member of the Bosnian Social Democratic party, may just be in a minority of one.

To understand why, one word helps above all others: survival. Mr Suljagic evaded death during the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in July 1992 thanks to a piece of good fortune that echoes many near-miss tales from the Holocaust.

Well the first reason he may have evaded it in 1992 is that the supposed massacre didn’t happen until 1995. So again, these people can’t even get the year right. And notice that no editor or reader caught the error. One merely had to go back to the previous inaccurate article — from just the day before — and compare years, as that one did have “1995.”

When he was 17, he fled the ethnic cleansing taking place in the Drina Valley and took refuge in Srebrenica. As the town fell to Serb forces and the round-up of Bosniaks began, Mr Suljagic encountered none other than the Serb general, Ratko Mladic.

Mladic asked Mr Suljagic who he was, upon which he produced his identity card. The general looked at the card and let him go, only because was a UN-employed translator.

Yes, let’s take Mr. Suljagic at his assumption that this was the “only” reason Mladic didn’t just snuff him out right there. (Though one wonders what the reasons are for the thousands of other Muslims Mladic didn’t kill. They couldn’t all have been 17-year-old translators.)

In his book, Postcards from the Grave, Mr Suljagic wrote of his bemusement at having been spared, a clear case of survivor’s guilt and one that can be found in the accounts of many who lived through the Holocaust. Most other members of Mr Suljagic’s family were killed.

Under what circumstances, we’re not told.

Today, Mr Suljagic speaks with the lexicon of a survivor. While he stresses that what happened to the Jews during the Second World War was on a scale far beyond the attempt to wipe out Bosnia’s Muslims [which, if that had happened, would have been on a scale far beyond a few thousand dead Muslim soldiers, which is what “Srebrenica” actually was], Srebrenica has become the symbol of a long battle for the survival of a people and, just as that struggle is not over for Israelis, nor is it over for Bosniaks.

“Like Israel, we are a small group in a hostile environment. Like Israel, our neighbours would be happy if we ceased to exist. We are still fighting. Look at the recent comments of the Serbian president, Tomislav Nikolic, who denied that a genocide was committed in Srebrenica,” he said.

Projection, anyone? Bosnia’s Muslims are the at-risk group even as they breach the Dayton agreement and impose their religion on the Catholic Croats and Christian Serbs? [See links below about education curricula in Sarajevo, and Sir Alfred Sherman’s piece.] It’s the Bosnian-Muslim hostility that has Croats and Serbs alike wanting to secede from fast-Islamicizing Bosnia. And no one is talking about the Muslims ceasing to exist, or else Muslims and Serbs wouldn’t be bringing Ramadan and Christmas trays over each other’s houses — as many more were doing before the West ‘helped.’

…The relevance of the Holocaust for the Bosnian Muslim public was apparent at last month’s memorial to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

New York Rabbi Arthur Schneier, whose entire family was murdered at Auschwitz, was invited by the Grand Mufti of Sarajevo to speak at the event.

When I wrote about this tool’s visit to the memorial last month, I hadn’t realized he’d been invited by the Islamo-supremacist Mufti Mustafa Ceric himself. I would have spent an extra page making fun of this “rabbi” if I had known that. Ceric is friends with the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah — who in March issued a fatwa that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The two are fixtures at “interfaith” and “cultural” “dialogues” that Muslims use to further their ambitions over infidels. It’s significant that the chief imam of the “moderate” Bosnian Muslims has such friends, all the while being welcomed by gullible Westerners on his tours visiting synagogues and churches here.

“I personally know the pain that you have endured and that you continue to suffer. I am a survivor of the Holocaust,” he told the audience.

“The reaction was unbelievable,” he said, adding that the Muslim crowd mobbed him after the speech.

Of course they did. He just gave them what they’ve been hankering for: equating the deaths of their Islamic fighters with the Jewish Holocaust.

For those who are having difficulties understanding Israel, the story of Bosnia’s Muslims should be recommended reading.

Yes, take it from a publication that doesn’t know its ass from its elbow in the Balkans, on how to view Israel vis-a-vis Bosnia. Self-hating Jews much?

Then again, they’re also Brits. So they’re predisposed to Muslim-love and self-destruction.

The judgment of the Jews behind this rag is seriously in question before we even start, given their fascination with Bosniaks — and their credulousness toward Balkan-Muslim shills. It’s precisely when there’s such a historical and intellectual void that Islam rushes in to fill it. And so we have the next set of duped Jews.

Here’s where things get even stranger. The mufti whom Suljagic stumps for here — Ceric — is the same man who forced Suljagic out of his job as provincial minister of education in March. Having tried to make religious instruction classes optional (thus endangering the sinecures of hundreds of imams), he resigned after his mother got a live bullet in the mail, from the peace-loving, multi-culti Bosnian Muslims. Gee, Suljagic, whatever you need to tell yourself about Mladic and Serbs to make bearable the cognitive dissonance of your existence. Here is an item about the threat:

A bullet for Suljagić, an award for Cerić (Osservatorio balcani e caucaso, Andrea Rossini, March 20)

After a death threat last month, the Minister of Education in the Sarajevo canton resigned. Emir Suljagić’s offence was to have proposed that the mark for religion should not count (towards the average) in the schools of the canton, so as not to discriminate against those students choosing not to study it at school. His proposal set off furious reactions….One of his chief antagonists was the powerful head of the Islamic community in Bosnia Herzegovina, the Reis-Ulema Mustafa Cerić who today in Rome will receive an important award for his contribution to Peace.

Emir Suljagić is one of the few [sic: many] Bosnian Muslims to survive the siege and fall of Srebrenica. Having taken refuge in that town in Eastern Bosnia at the start of the war, he became an interpreter for the UN forces, thanks to the fact that he spoke English. He was the youth seen in the film at the Hague tribunal as he translated for the meeting between Mladic and the leader of the Dutch forces after the town had fallen…The author writes of the ferocity of the siege, of the crimes committed by the Bosnian Serb army and of the genocide. But Suljagić does not avert his gaze from the crimes committed by his “own people” — he describes the exploitation, misappropriations and corruption which prevailed in a town subject to the discretion of its military leaders…After the war, as a journalist, Suljagić covered the trials in the Hague Tribunal. Finally he entered politics, with the Social Democrats, becoming a Minister in January 2011.

“Leave Allah and his religion alone, or the hand of the faithful will strike you.” This was the message Suljagić found in an envelope in his letter box last February 8. Inside there was a 7.32 calibre bullet. Already the previous year his proposal to reduce the weight given to religion in schools had roused strong reactions leading him to offer his resignation. His Party (SDP) colleagues, however, at the head of the Sarajevo Canton, had given him their support and convinced him to remain. This time, though, he was alone and, after such a serious threat, decided to give up.

Criticism of his position came mainly from the leader of the Bosnian Islamic community, Reis-ulema Mustafa Cerić. In May last year, in a particularly biting speech to 30,000 faithful at Blagaj, Cerić attacked the Minister’s proposals, warning that the Muslims would take to the streets and create a “Sarajevo summer”…affirming that “the schools are ours” and condemning “those who want to do in Sarajevo what had been done in Srebrenica”, that is genocide. [NOTE: So a non-privileged, non-supreme status for Muslims in education is equivalent to the Srebrenica “genocide.”] In the same speech Cerić accused Vera Jovanović, President of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bosnia Herzegovina, who had backed Suljagić, of “hatred” towards Muslims. [NOTE: Being anything but Muslim is considered hatred toward Muslims. We learn further down that his objection to Jovanovic is that she’s Serb, not that she’s “anti-Muslim.”]

Following this, the Minister and his family had started to receive threats and hate mail. The episode of the bullet was the last of a long series. In his letter of resignation published on the Canton government website, Suljagić wrote, “those who hide behind religion to threaten me and my family use (religion) to keep the power and privileges they illegitimately acquired.”

After his resignation was announced, slogans appeared on the walls of the capital in favour of the Minister. The most frequent phrases, reported in the local newspapers, were, “We are all Emir”, “Dignity instead of ministerial posts” and “Beware of bullets”. A large banner stated that Suljagić was not “Minister for Obscurity” as he had been defined by a well-known Bosnian daily paper, but “the Minister for the teachers and their pupils” (Oslobodjenje, 14 February). In mid February in Sarajevo, some hundreds of people, including many teachers, took part in a demonstration in support of Suljagić. But the Minister did not go back on his steps. Some say he had already left the country.

…The signatories of the petition [against giving Ceric the Italian award]…describe Cerić as “a person who spreads hatred and intolerance on the basis of religion and one of those responsible for the radicalisation of believers in Bosnia Herzegovina”.

The President of the Foundation, Paolo Ducci, has however declared to OBC that “arguments and diatribes concerning the internal situation in Bosnia do not come into, and must not come into, the evaluation by the scientific committee (of the Foundation) which is restricted to the contribution made by Cerić at the international level as the promoter of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue”. President Ducci also recalled the considerable recognition already awarded to Cerić in an international context and his participation in important initiatives like the International Commission for Peace Research and the World Council of Religions for Peace.

In other words, when we have the luxury of local evidence demonstrating that a Muslim leader is fooling us Westerners, classify it as “irrelevant,” since it gets in the way of our being fooled. Then cite other useful idiots he’s fooled, to justify the continuing charade.

Earlier that March, a few days before Ceric’s friend Mufti Aziz issued his anti-church fatwa, this item related to the above appeared in the Italian newspaper Il Piccolo:

Bosnian Grand Mufti Ceric is No Peacemaker and Should Not receive Ducci Foundation Peace Prize (by Stefano Giantin, March 6)

The decision by Italy’s Ducci Foundation to award Grand Mufti Cerić its peace prize for his contribution to reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina has sparked a wave of protests from those opposed to his divisive and provocative statements.

…A prominent Italian institution, the Ducci Foundation, has decided to honour him for his “contribution to peace and reconciliation” by granting him its peace prize next March, at Rome’s Campidoglio. But there is a setback – according to some Bosnian human rights activists, Cerić is nothing less [than] a fundamentalist, hidden under a fake image of tolerance.

This was repeated for Il Piccolo by Refik Hodžić, an influential activist for human rights and a leading documentary film-maker. Cerić “has been and is playing an increasingly important political role among Bosniaks, that often surpasses that of any politician”, explains Hodžić. “He is perfectly aware of that power and uses it often…in the continuation of wartime-like discourse of division and mistrust between Serbs and Bosniaks. Cerić…[portrays] Bosniaks as constantly under threat of repression and physical elimination, drawing on the suffering they endured during the nineties, and the Islamic Community and himself as their sole defenders”, illustrates the activist.

The actor, Fedja Stukan – one of the performers in Angelina Jolie’s latest movie, “In the Land of Blood and Honey” – is also fighting against the decision of the Ducci Foundation. Stukan, a Bosniak like Hodžić, is promoting an online petition to ask for the award to be revoked. Why? “Cerić has two opposite faces. One is his foreign policy, where he is a peace-preaching, and a peace-prize-winning Muslim leader. But in his own country, he is promoting everything but peace. He invites Muslims to hate the “godless”, and threatens them, very directly and publicly, with violence…

According to Stukan, several NGOs were threatened by Cerić, “such as the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, and the CNA (Center for Non-Violent Action), that put a real effort into reconciling war veterans from all three sides. These NGOs were publicly marked as ‘Islamophobic’”, continues Stukan. In this way, Cerić “gives an open hand to his followers to attack, and that is exactly what happened a few years ago, when there was an attempt to organize a Gay pride parade in Sarajevo. All guest[s] and organizers were brutally beaten”.

Cerić is surely not the only culprit for increasing ethnic tensions in the country, “but his public statements around the issue of religious education in Sarajevo Canton – a decision was made by the cantonal government to make religious education a non-binding subject in primary school, currently it is on par with maths, language and science – overstepped the mark”, clarifies Hodžić. “He publicly threatened violence unless the decision was withdrawn, saying that the government will have a ‘Sarajevo Spring’ on its hands unless it backtracks, and publicly berating the head of Helsinki Committee of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Vera Jovanovic”. She was speaking about the government’s decision in the context of human rights, but according to Cerić, “she had no business interpreting what Bosniak human rights are, as she serves the interests of Belgrade and those intent on destroying Bosniaks. This supposedly because she has a Serb name”. Although complaints about hate speech were made by several NGOs, no measures were taken against him at the time.

But who is Cerić really? A “radical”, as many activists state, or “the most liberal Grand Mufti in the world”, as his supporters depict him? “Grand Mufti Cerić’s call for Islamic Sharia law to be incorporated into Bosnia and Herzegovina’s constitution is one of the most divisive and illiberal statements of recent times; drawing sharp criticism, even from many moderate Bosniaks. In addition, prior to the terrorist attack against the US Embassy in Sarajevo last October, Cerić had failed to take sufficient steps to stem the growing influence of Wahhabism in Bosnia. Such instances severely weaken Cerić’s supposed liberal credentials”, explains Ian Bancroft, a commentator for The Guardian on Balkans and co-founder of TransConflict, an organization undertaking conflict transformation projects and research.

In relation to the peace award, Bancroft’s opinion is unambiguous: “As with Mufti Zukorlic in neighbouring Serbia, Cerić has too often undermined the separation of politics and religion. The latter has a key role to play in bridging inter-ethnic divides, but has instead often been employed for political ends. The influence of religion over Bosnia’s governing institutions continues to blight the prospects of sustainable peace. Rewarding [Cerić] will therefore be interpreted as a victory for those opposed to secularism”.

In the meantime, in Rome, an echo of the controversy reached the Ducci Foundation. “We based our decision for conferring the Peace prize on the judgment of our Scientific Committee…” declared Ambassador Paolo Ducci… “Grand Mufti Cerić is otherwise a member of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, and last year received the UNESCO Felix Houphouet-Boigny peace prize, together with Cardinal Etchegaray”, he adds.

[Stukan] promises…he will not give up in his fight, despite the heavy daily threats he is receiving.


“WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2009 - DAVOS-KLOSTERS/SWITZERLAND, 30 JAN ‘09 - Lord Carey of Clifton (VLTR), Archbishop of Canterbury (1991-2002), UK, Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, UK, Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jim Wallis, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer, Sojournes, USA, captured at the press conference ‘Religious leaders call for the peace in the middle east’…”

One can only shake her head that the Suljagic article and the Cvetkovic item come to us from supposedly the same London Jewish Chronicle that on September 2, 1994 knew at least this much:

‘Sarajevo Jews Arrested’

Sarajevo Jews have been hit by an apparent campaign to discredit the community and its leaders, the JC learned this week.

Communal leaders contacted by telephone said police had arrested and interrogated a number of Sarajevo Jews, some of whom hold dual Bosnian-Israeli citizenship. They were later released. Police also reportedly seized passports and communal documents.

Local Jewish leaders are viewing the police action with grave concern — especially since the Jewish community has strived to maintain the trust of all parties in the conflict, providing humanitarian assistance to whoever needed it.

The campaign reportedly began on July 14, when a car with four Jewish passengers was searched and its occupants detained for “informative talks.” Later, the vice-president of the community, Danilo Nikolic, was reportedly held for five days, during which he was interrogated 10 hours a day. Sonya Elazar, head of a Jewish women’s organisation in Sarajevo, and the niece of the late Lieutenant-General David “Dado” Elazar, the Israeli chief of staff during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, has also been questioned.

Ivan Ceresnjec, president of the Sarajevo community, said the police seemed intent upon establishing that Jews had been conniving with the enemy. “They are trying to discredit leading persons in the community. We are a totally unpolitical organisation,” he said.

Mr. Ceresnjec said allegations by Bosnian officials that Jews were acting against Bosnian national interest were “totally unfounded. We are helping civilians on all sides. All parties have expressed their gratitude for what we are doing. We have been literally risking our lives to save lives,” he said.

Is it really the same Jewish Chronicle that published the late Sir Alfred Sherman, close adviser to Margaret Thatcher, on Sept. 30, 1994 with this:

…Shortly before his trip to Washington in a bid to work out common policy with the US Administration, President Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia visited Zenica, de facto capital of Bosnia’s Muslim heartland.

His purpose was to carry forward arrangements for the re-imposition of sharia — Islamic law — in the republic. This would restore unified religious authority such as existed in Ottoman days.

Among measures proposed are the restoration of polygamy, which existed before Bosnia’s incorporation into the Yugoslav monarchy in 1918 (to be limited to a maximum of three wives per man); the criminialisation of marriage of Muslim women to non-Muslim men (the reverse is permitted); and the prohibition of alcohol.

Western media reports of the war in the former Yugoslavia have led us to believe that a majority of Bosnian Muslims were always enlightened and Westernised. Journalistic gullibility apart, this was a half-truth at best.

True, some middle-class Muslims wanted to fit into the secular-cum-Christian world of Yugoslavia. But Mr Izetbegovic’s minority government was backed by a fanatical and brutal militia, and thousands of militants from abroad, in alliance with that section of the old Communist Party which chose to stay put. Heterodox Muslims — or Yugoslavs of Muslim descent, as some put it — had the choice of joining the bandwagon, keeping their own counsel, or leaving, whether for Serbia, as thousands have done, or abroad. The changed world balance-of-power has meanwhile encouraged the Muslim leadership in Bosnia to press for a fully Muslim polity, and for maximalist territorial ambitions, now evidently supported in Washington and Bonn.

Discerning support in Washington for Muslim claims on the former Sanjak of Novi Pazar…Mr Izetbegovic is working actively to create a “Green Corridor” from Bosnia through the Sanjak to Kosovo. [As in Islamic green.]

This would separate Serbia from Montenegro and Greece and facilitate Albanian pressures on Montenegro and Macedonia, with their Albanian minorities, many of them illegally resident there.

With US support, Germany is in effect fostering this Islamistan, and developing increasingly close working relations with Iran, whose rulers are keen to establish a European base for their politico-religious activities.

By contrast, Washington is keen on involving its NATO ally Turkey, which has been moving away from Ataturk’s secularist and Western stance back to a more Ottomanist, pan-Muslim orientation, and is actively helping the Muslim forces.

Mr. Izetbegovic is mooting mass immigration of Turks into Bosnia from Anatolia. This would strengthen the new Muslim state’s demographic and military base for further rounds against the Serbs, and also against the Bosnian-Hercegovinan Croats.

Muslim-Croat collaboration suits Croatian President Tudjman, whose hatred of the Serbs virtually excludes other considerations.

In the opinion of Croats, and many Serbs, the root of the present conflict lies in the creation by the late Yugoslav leader, Tito, of a separate Muslim nationality, a regression to the system which had operated under Turkish rule.

So long as Islam is treated as a nationality in the former Yugoslavia, multi-faith, polyethnic entities are ruled out by the Muslim leadership’s drive to restore the sharia.

The Serbs and Croats, whether believers or not, wish for a more or less secular state in which religion is depoliticised and seen mainly as a private matter, permitting religious pluralism in areas where various religious groups cohabit.

In the Bosnians’ and world Muslim view, however, God’s hand is working on their behalf. Their diplomatic backing and their multi-million-dollar public relations campaign in America and Europe have left the Serbs as isolated as the Czechs at the time of Munich.

Why, oh why, is such historical amnesia — even of history as recent as the 90s — reserved for the Balkans, and always at the expense of the Serbs?

Even as early as 1992, London Jewish Chronicle was publishing Sherman’s warnings, as the Serb-American scholar Srdja Trifkovic reminded us in his Sherman obituary in August 2006:

As early as 1992, writing in London’s Jewish Chronicle, Sherman warned against the lapse of logic in confusing the present plight of Bosnian Muslims with that of European Jewry under Hitler. “It does us no good…when third parties in their own interests take the name of our martyrs in vain; Bosnia is not occupied Europe; the Muslims are not the Jews; the Serbs did not begin the civil war, but are predictably responding to a real threat”:

“Some years ago, I, among others, warned that, whatever the logic of establishing Yugoslavia in the first place, any attempt at hurried dismemberment, particularly along Tito’s internal demarcation lines, would lead to armed conflict, self-intensifying bloodshed and floods of refugees . . . Since 1990, the independent Croatian leadership — with its extreme chauvinist and clericalist colouring — and the Bosnian Muslim leadership — seeking, in its Islamic fundamentalist programme, to put the clock back to Ottoman days — have threatened to turn the Serbs back into persecuted minorities… The Serbs cannot forget that, in living memory, the ‘Independent Croatian State,’ set up by Hitler in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, massacred close on half of the Serbian population — which was then the largest of the three communities in Bosnia — and as many Jews as it could lay hands on . . . If there is any parallel with the Holocaust, it is the martyrdom of the Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, who account for a third of the Serbian nation.”

Both the Croatian and Muslim leaderships enjoy support and encouragement from Germany, Sherman noted, and from militantly Islamic governments of Iran and Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, though Serbian refugees from Croatia and Bosnia outnumbered Croatian and Muslim refugees combined, the media virtually ignore them:

“It reminds one of the late 1930’s, when most of the British press demonised the Czechs at Downing Street’s behest, denouncing them as a threat to European peace and for ill-treating their peaceful German Sudetenland minority; ‘Herr’ Hitler, by contrast was held up as a reasonable man . . . It is almost invariably the innocent who suffer in war. But that does not equate them with victims of the Holocaust, any more than being a Jew automatically qualifies one to pronounce on Yugoslavia. This needs to meet the Serbs’ legitimate claim to self-rule with religious and cultural freedoms, otherwise they will go on fighting even if the whole world is mobilised against them . . . This will not be achieved so long as European Community foreign policy is made in Bonn, whose agenda entails the reversal not only of Versailles, but also of the post-1945 settlement.”

Almost a decade ago, well before Iraq and 9-11, Sherman saw that Washington had “set up the cornerstone of a European Islamistan in Bosnia and a Greater Albania, thus paving the way for further three-sided conflict between Moslems, Serbs and Croats…Far from creating a new status quo it has simply intensified instability.” The U.S. may succeed in establishing its hegemony…“but it will also inherit long-standing ethno-religious conflicts and border disputes without the means for settling them.”

In last week’s blog excerpting a 1995 CNN interview with Ratko Mladic, the retired general mentioned how the Bosnian Muslims opened fire on a Yugoslav Army (JNA) convoy of unsuspecting soldiers who were in the midst of an agreed withdrawal from Sarajevo in May 1992. It happened on Dobrovoljacka Street which, if my poor Russian is any indicator, translates into Good Will St. [CORRECTION: I’ve just been told that while dobra volja does mean good will, dobrovoljac means “volunteer,” so it’s actually “Volunteer St.” But Good Will St. makes for more irony and a better title, so I’m leaving it.] Below are some aspects to this little-known early act of war — a war which, nonetheless, the attacked side is blamed for starting. First are two reports about the first-ever commemoration in Sarajevo for the slaughtered and injured multi-ethnic JNA soldiers.

Sarajevo tense on massacre anniversary (May 3, 2010)

SARAJEVO — Two gatherings were held in Sarajevo, Bosnia, to mark 18 years since the crime….[Serbs] carried white roses and candles through Dobrovoljačka Street, and honoring the victims of the crime for which no one has been held responsible to date.

The Green Beret Association…announced they would go to the same street today, “to honor the defenders of Sarajevo”…The so-called Green Berets were a Muslim paramilitary formation during the 1992-95 war, which was later integrated into the Bosnian Army.

Controversy Over Dobrovoljacka Street Gathering (April 29, 2010)

Sarajevo police have granted permission to a group from Republika Srpska to mark 18 years since [the incident] while the city’s mayor has protested the planned gathering…It is the first time ever since the end of the war that May 3 will be marked in this way in Sarajevo.

Alija Behmen, mayor of Sarajevo, sent an urgent request to the Sarajevo Cantonal Interior Ministry on April 28 asking the Ministry to ban the event over concerns that the gathering could cause violence.

On May 3, 1992, a column of the Yugoslav People’s Army, JNA, was attacked in Dobrovoljacka Street as it was leaving Sarajevo. According to existing reports, a number of JNA soldiers were killed and wounded. The exact number of injured and killed and the precise circumstances of the incident have still not been established.

Behmen cited the regulations…by which a public gathering can be prohibited if it “calls for and incites an armed conflict or use of violence, national, religious or other forms of hatred, that is, when there is a clear danger of large scale violence and breakdown of public order and peace.”

According to him, the announced event falls into this category.[…]

That is, commemorating non-Muslims is a call to arms and incitement to hatred.

The May 3, 1992 attack on the column was mentioned in the first chapter of Gen. Sir Michael Rose’s 1998 memoir Fighting for Peace: Lessons from Bosnia:

At the Presidency, our first meeting was with the Vice-President Ejup Ganic…A large, shambling man, Ganic spoke English with an American accent and adopted an earnest, evangelistic manner similar to religious broadcasters in the US, where he had spent many years. He was always surrounded by a group of depressed-looking officials who hung on his every word and smiled at every joke, while their eyes flickered nervously about the room.

Ruthless, without once demonstrating to me during my time in Bosnia a shred of human decency, Ganic seemed to use other people to advance his own wealth and power. He had been the person in charge of the Bosnian Government during the massacre of Serb officers who were leaving Sarajevo under UN safe passage. A Sanjak Muslim, he had abandoned his name and birthright early on and thrown in his lot with Tito, who had sent him to America to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. On his return, he entered politics, initially as the Yugoslav representative in the Bosnian Parliament, but before long he had once again switched allegiance and ended up heading an extreme political element within the ruling Muslim Party for Democratic Action (SDA). His oily charm and good English endeared him to the international media and as a result he acted as the chief propagandist and spokesman for the Bosnian Government. He was also in charge of military operations.

This arrangement enabled President Izetbegovic to distance himself from some of the more unacceptable things that happened under his regime. As the person in charge of the Bosnian Army, Ganic was responsible for implementing the Government’s strategy designed to drag the US and NATO into the war on the side of Bosnia. He seemed to be interested neither in peace, nor in the continued suffering of the Bosnian people. Instead he fed the media the political concept of the “victim State.” He once said that ultimately Muslims from Bosnia, Sanjak, Kosovo and Albania would form a single political entity. On one occasion he offered me what appeared to be a bribe, but, when he saw the look of utter contempt in my eyes, he swiftly turned the offer into what seemed to be a veiled threat against my life. By the time I left Bosnia a year later, I regarded him as a contemptible individual.

Ganic and the attack on the convoy were also mentioned in Canadian Maj. Gen. Lewis MacKenzie’s 1993 memoir, PEACEKEEPER: The Road to Sarajevo. MacKenzie served as chief of staff of UNPROFOR, commanding UN peacekeepers in Sarajevo in the summer of 1992, under Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar and deputy commander Maj. Gen. Phillipe Morillon.

Chapter 17 - The Convoy Incident:

MAY 3 [1992] Around mid-morning, Bosnian Vice-President Ejup Ganic came to my office and met with me and Colm Doyle of the EC [European Community]. Ganic explained that President Izetbegovic, on his return from Lisbon, had been kidnapped* at the Sarajevo airport; he was being detained by the JNA at their Lukavica camp, just east of the runway. Ganic said he was not a strong leader, and needed his President back in order to control the radical officers within the Bosnian TDF, who were rapidly getting out of control…

Our conversation was interrupted by one of our officers, who reported that the JNA Officers’ Club in downtown Sarajevo had just been attacked, and three JNA officers had been killed. The JNA was now retaliating with tank fire against the Presidency building and the Mayor’s office….

Once we reached the top of the hill looking down into Sarajevo from the south, we could see the city was…the scene of heavy fighting….We also started to see bodies, and body parts..

The heaviest shooting was about fifty metres away. I could see TDF soldiers sticking their rifles through the windows of civilian cars that were part of the convoy and shooting the occupants. As Steve and I ran by, we saw blood splattered over the windscreens of some of the cars.

When we reached a crowd of some twenty TDF soldiers, we realized they had driven a car across the road to split the convoy in half. The JNA soldiers were sitting helplessly in the back of their trucks; the TDF were demanding that they throw out their weapons and military equipment. To make the point, one of the TDF soldiers, who had two grenades hanging from his teeth, was threatening to throw a third into the back of the truck full of JNA soldiers if they didn’t hurry up and surrender their weapons. Weapons and kit were flying out the back of the truck and landing all around the TDF soldiers….

Thomas yelled back that he had just been told on his radio that the TDF had fired through the gun ports of a JNA armoured personnel carrier at the tail of the convoy, and everyone inside had been killed. The Swedish guards at that location were being threatened and shots were being fired all around them, so I told Thomas to have them break off and go back to the PTT. There was no sense having our people killed; they were outnumbered a hundred to one….

Izetbegovic explained to them [the TDF] that he had promised security to the JNA convoy, and that they should immediately stop the ambush and let the convoy past….

After five minutes of conversation with their President, the TDF leaders returned to their troops along the convoy; however, by now the damage had been done. Some 200 JNA soldiers had disappeared. At first I assumed they had bolted for the Serb-controlled area just south of the ambush site; later I discovered they had been taken prisoner. All of the JNA weapons and military equipment of any value had been confiscated by the TDF, and six to seven JNA officers had been killed in cold blood during the incident….

I stopped to bum a light from a sentry, who insisted I keep his lighter. He spoke English, so I asked him what had happened. He explained that the TDF soldiers had received an order from someone in the Presidency to attack the convoy. We never found out for sure who gave the order, but my suspicion was that Vice-President Ganic was a lot tougher than he wanted to admit, and had given the green light to carry out the attack. On the other hand, it could have been the result of some local commander’s initiative….

MAY 4 The next day, the Bosnian government was obviously feeling guilty about its soldiers’ actions in the ambush. I received an early-morning call from the Presidency to say that they were interested in negotiating a prisoner-of-war exchange…On arrival, we met with Bosnian Minister of Defence Jerko Doko, who wanted to do a large POW exchange with the JNA. “And who do you intend to exchange?” I asked.

“Why, the JNA soldiers we captured yesterday,” he replied.

“No deal,” I said. “You captured those soldiers by breaking a promise of safe passage, promised in front of witnesses by the President himself and the commander of your TDF. You have put the UN and myself in a very difficult position. I want those prisoners back without any matching concessions from the JNA….”

Minister Doko and I proceeded to the jail across the street, where we were shown approximately 180 JNA prisoners….All but thirteen of the 180-plus soldiers returned with us to Lukavica. There was a bit of firing at the convoy along the way, but nothing serious….

As I wrote last month, in 2010 the Bosnian government undertook a diplomatic campaign on behalf of Ganic when his extradition from Britain was sought by Serbia. Demonstrating the international servility to Muslim Bosnia were news reports at the time, with the UK dutifully blocking extradition and casting the usual anti-Serb aspersions that ethnic or political motivations underlay prosecution efforts — as happens whenever Serbia even thinks about going after Bosniak, Croatian or Albanian Yugoslav-killers the way Bosniaks, Croats and Albanians go after accused Serbs. Here was one of those reports:

British Court Blocks Extradition Of Bosnian Former Leader (July 27, 2010)

A British court has rejected a request by Serbia to extradite former Bosnian wartime leader Ejup Ganic to Belgrade to be tried for war crimes.

Judge Timothy Workman said his decision was based on his belief that a Serbian-run trial of Ganic would be politically motivated. He characterized Belgrade’s case against Ganic as “brought and…used for political purposes” and “an abuse of process of this court.”

He was arrested on March 1 at London’s Heathrow Airport on a provisional extradition request from Belgrade for alleged “conspiracy to murder with other named people and breach of the Geneva Convention, namely killing wounded soldiers.”

The incident in question involved the deaths of dozens of Yugoslav National Army (JNA) soldiers on May 3, 1992, while a truce was in effect and the soldiers were in retreat…Ganic is just one of 19 former Bosnian officials Belgrade wants to put on trial for the attack by Bosnian forces.

Outside the courthouse in London, Ganic hailed the decision as a vindication and told reporters that “the government of Serbia tried to undermine the judiciary” in Britain. “I was proud when I heard the closing arguments of the judge,” he told RFE/RL…

Sonja Biserko, the [Croat] head of Serbia’s Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, testified on Ganic’s behalf during the court hearing and told RFE/RL she wasn’t surprised by the ruling. “I expected the decision [to be] in favor of Dr. Ganic,” she said. “The whole case has been politicized, and the request for extradition had the aim to revise the [history of the] war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Bruno Vekaric, Serbia’s deputy war crimes prosecutor, said Belgrade will appeal. “…We want to get the answers through the next process…Is Ganic, or somebody else, responsible for the deaths of 60 victims in Dobrovoljacka Street?” [They weren’t given the chance, as the judge released Ganic immediately to Bosnia, and so an appeal was moot.]

The ruling will be welcomed in Sarajevo, where Bosnian authorities have been criticized for not launching their own investigation into Ganic’s role in the incident. The belief among many is that such a move could have preempted Serbia’s action.

Following Ganic’s arrest in Britain, thousands of Bosnians protested outside the British and Serbian embassies in Sarajevo and Bosnia’s main Muslim party, the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) collected signatures for a petition demanding his release.

The UN tribunal’s [former] chief prosecutor…[Carla] Del Ponte sent the case back to prosecutors in Bosnia on June 17, 2003, with the advice that it was their responsibility to further investigate the allegations against Ganic and determine whether there were grounds for a war crimes trial in Sarajevo.

One notes that Ganic, unlike the Israeli Serb wanted by Bosnia, was not kept in jail until his case was decided but was granted bail. That British judge Workman, meanwhile, is a real piece of work. We know that Brits are always groveling before Muslims, but this guy really went all out, lest any Muslim ever mistake him for a non-collaborator when killing time comes to the UK:

Extradition of former Bosnian president Ejup Ganic thrown out (July 27, 2010)

An attempt to extradite the former Bosnian president Ejup Ganic from Britain was thrown out of court after a judge accused Serbia of a politically-motivated abuse of international law.

Mr Workman, sitting at Westminster magistrates court, was damning in his verdict on the case, saying it attempted to rewrite history to equalise guilt between the Serbs and Bosnians. [Note the court parroting the Bosniak line — already seen earlier from Ganic and Biserko — that the Ganic allegations are “designed to minimise Serbia’s blame” in the war.]

“…These proceedings are brought and are being used for political purposes, and as such amount to the abuse of process of this court.”

Mr Ganic said the extradition attempt was a gross abuse that had cost him five months of his life. “They abused the system here, and kept me here for five months,” he said. “They are messing around in the international scene to cover up the war crimes they are responsible for.”

The 65-year old professor received support from Baroness Thatcher, who is a personal friend and Diana Jenkins, the Sarajevo-born British businesswoman, who provided £300,000 in bail money.

(Must be nice. You really get the royal treatment if you’re a non-Serb from Bosnia. For Thatcher’s atypically typical Balkan idiocies, see here.)

…Emina Ganic, the daughter of the former leader, who had burst into tears when the verdict was read out, asked for an apology to her father who said he had suffered attacks during his detention in the high security wing of Wandsworth prison.

Mr Workman said the Serbian government had offered to drop the prosecution if the current Bosnian government endorsed a resolution acknowledging the Srebrenica massacre by the Serbian parliament. Bosnia opposed the declaration because it failed to acknowledge the genocide. The resolution was an important plank of Serbia’s application to join the EU.

Edward Fitzgerald QC, who represented Mr Ganic, said the Serbian action would cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds after costs were awarded to the defence. “It’s a disgrace,” he said. “I’ve never heard of such a travesty.”

Obviously, he doesn’t follow The Hague Tribunal, nor the political show trials that Serbs are perpetually put through around the world, nor the reptilian bargaining that Serbia is forced into by the internationals. But it gets even richer: Former Bosnian president Ejup Ganic fears for his life if extradited to Serbian prison (July 10, 2010)

“If I go to a Belgrade prison I would be hanged, it would look like an accident or they would stage some kind of ’suicide’,” Dr Ganic told The Sunday Telegraph in his first newspaper interview since his arrest.

(Clearly, Ganic had heard of this happening to Serb leaders at The Hague, which still covers for the Bosnian-Muslim side of the war. Suspicion of others comes from knowledge of ourselves, and Ganic is sure that the Serbs are as vile as the Bosniaks. Note that this item came just weeks after a Muslim throat-slashing on Serb General Radovan Krstic in a British prison. And so yet again — like with the Srebrenica deflection from the biggest war crime of the Balkan wars (against the Serbs in Croatia’s Krajina) — here on the heels of British complicity in the near death of a Serb general, we have the Brits indulging projections onto Serbs of crimes that the Muslim-led international community is guilty of.)

“It would be impossible to have a fair trial there. None of our Bosnian witnesses could be called because they would fear being jailed themselves by the Serbians.

“Given the nationalistic mood in Serbia no judge or politician would ever release me. My children will never see me again if I am sent there.”

This week his lawyers argued at City of Westminster magistrates’ court against his extradition, on the grounds that the charges against him are politically motivated and because he would not get a fair trial in Belgrade. [Sounds an awful lot like what the judge ended up ruling.]

His Serbian enemies have sought to portray Mr Ganic as a former leader of hostile Muslim forces who were eager for revenge as fighting in Sarajevo escalated. [So the proudly hostile Muslim forces demonstrably waging war (a.k.a. “revenge”) on multi-ethnic Yugoslavia is merely something that “his Serbian enemies” have sought to portray, as is Ganic’s having been their leader.]

But he has always been known as a secular and pro-Western politician. [Gee, you don’t think that could have anything to do with his having endeared himself to the international media, as we’ve just learned from Gen. Rose that “his oily charm and good English” did.]

One of his strongest supporters in Britain was Baroness Thatcher, and some of the former Prime Minister’s advisers helped him find lawyers after he was arrested and jailed in HMP Wandsworth for 10 days.

Bosnian forces under Dr Ganic’s command attacked a convoy of Serbian soldiers who were leaving their compound under truce, allegedly killing dozens of them after they had surrendered. Dr Ganic was acting president at the time.

Belgrade prosecutors claim several other Serbian units were attacked including soldiers at a hospital, and canteen staff who were tortured and murdered.

Dr Ganic denies the charges, claiming Serbian losses have been exaggerated and insisting that generals under his command tried to stop armed Sarajevo citizens from firing on the soldiers.

His Oxford-educated daughter Emina Ganic, 29, the executive director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, said: “By arresting my father the Serbs are trying to create a symmetry of guilt.

Miss Ganic said: “This case is rekindling ethnic tensions. It is feeding the basest sentiments in our two countries. There is still an unresolved political issue about who is to blame for the war.” [The legal and physical free-for-all on Serbs never fuels ethnic tensions; only when the Serbs dare to pursue legal parity are “ethnic tensions” reignited.]

Dr Ganic said he has been impressed by British justice in the courtroom [impressed by sycophancy?] but not in prison.

“They put me in a cell with a convicted drug dealer, wouldn’t let me have access to a lawyer or a Bosnian diplomat for four days, and refused to give me the medication I need for blood pressure,” he said. [One is surprised even that much happened to a Bosniak in Britain. “Serb for a Week”?]

“The other prisoners were fine - they couldn’t believe that a former president was locked up with them. But the guards were very rude. When I asked for my medicine they told me to shut up.” [Better than being a former general among rapists and murderers and having his throat slit by Muslims. See Gen. Krstic.]

Dr Ganic said that his greatest wish is to return to normal life - stop reporting to a police station daily, a condition of his £300,000 bail, and get back to teaching duties at the University of Buckingham. […]

His chances of that were always better than any accused Serb’s. He was arrested, had his case decided, and was back in Bosnia to a hero’s welcome in the space of five months. Meanwhile, Alex Cvetkovic — a Serb wanted by Bosnia — has been sitting for almost two years in a prison in also-intimidated Israel while his extradition case is resolved, most likely not as pleasantly as the Muslim’s.


July 28, 2010 - “About 500 people turned out to welcome the 64-year-old Ganic at Sarajevo airport….Ganic told journalists that his five-month legal battle in Britain ‘was not in vain’ because he had returned with two victorious results — ‘a document confirming that aggression was committed against Bosnia-Herzegovina’ and a ruling that the proceedings against him ‘were politically motivated.’ …The crowd welcoming Ganic included Bosnia’s Grand Mufti Mustafa Efendi Ceric, Muslim politicians, and Bosnian war veterans….Damir Arnaut — the head of Ganic’s legal team and an adviser to [then Bosniak president and terror-supporter] Haris Silajdzic…[said,] ‘I expect that the Serbs will in the future think twice before it tried to chase any of our defenders at airports. I am sure that in any other country, like in Great Britain, their requests of this kind would simply not be considered.’ …[Judge Workman] said he could see only two explanations for the attempt to extradite Ganic: ‘That of incompetence by the Serbian prosecutors or a motive for prosecuting that is based upon politics, race, or religion.’ (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Only one other report at the time mentioned the bit about hospital and canteen staff being tortured and murdered, The UK Guardian of July 5, 2010:

Graphic images of the war in Bosnia were shown at a London court today….Video showing burned-out ambulances and the corpses of soldiers was played as Serbia sought to persuade City of Westminster magistrates court to hand over the engineering professor, detained at Heathrow in March after a degree ceremony at the University of Buckingham.

It is alleged that Ganic, 64, ordered attacks on a medical convoy and a military hospital, as well as on a military convoy that saw the massacre of more than 40 soldiers as they retreated from the Bosnian Muslim area of Sarajevo in May 1992…

The charges centre on the so-called Dobrovoljacka Street attack after Bosnia had declared independence from the Serb-led former Yugoslavia. James Lewis QC, for the Serbian authorities, said Ganic was the “person in command and control” when the attacks happened. They began with a raid on 2 May 1992 on a non-military Yugoslavian officers’ club in which catering staff were either tortured or shot. A medical convoy including ambulances sent to assist was “effectively ambushed” and came under fire from machine guns and missiles. A witness in a statement described unarmed soldiers being shot as they tried to surrender and their bodies left in the street for two days as a warning. The next day a military hospital was hit and a retreating military convoy attacked. […]

Ganic thanked Turkey for its help in his case, while praising Ottoman moves to buy back its occupation of the Balkans: Turkey’s gestures made me happy (The Anatolia News Agency - Sarajevo, July 30, 2010)

Former Vice President Ejup Ganic of Bosnia-Herzegovina said on Friday that he was pleased with the gestures and interest of Turkey during and after his custody…Ganic said that his arrestment in London five months ago was an insult, adding that he felt as if Bosnia was arrested too.

On July 27, a British court…blocked the extradition and freed Ganic immediately. Ganic said that while he was in London, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu paid a visit to him. Ganic noted that while he was returning to Bosnia, he first arrived in Istanbul, and Davutoglu welcomed him at the airport.

Ganic said that Turkey’s gestures made him very happy.

Regarding Turkey’s recent efforts for peace in the Balkans, Ganic said…that Turkey pursued a very wise politics, and it was a neutral actor which was exerting efforts for peace in the region.

Noting that Turkey’s economy was very strong, Ganic said that the country’s influence was increasing. He added that Turkey was one of the strongest countries of NATO which brought a great credibility to the country…

Less than a year after the failed Ganic extradition came a Serbian extradition request to Austria for Jovan Divjak, an ethnic-Serb general in the Bosnian-Muslim army, again with predictable results, since the West’s Islamic largesse extends to fellow-travelers and useful idiots:

Austria won’t send Bosnia general to Serbia (March 7, 2011)

Austria will not extradite to Serbia a former Bosnian army general arrested last week on a Serbian warrant demanding he face war crimes charges, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

“According to our international law experts, an extradition to Serbia is inconceivable,” Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger told the Kurier newspaper.

A ministry spokesman confirmed the comments, which he described as “a signal towards the people of Bosnia.” He said extradition requests had to take into account Austria’s foreign policy interests, international law and other factors. [Such as all the Bosnian-Muslim terrorists operating on Austrian soil, whose banks financed much of the gory anti-Serb jihad.]

The United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague has dropped the case due to lack of evidence[(TM)].

A British court, which last year arrested Bosnia’s wartime presidency member Ejup Ganic on the same warrant from Serbia, released him, saying the charges were unfounded.

Divjak, an ethnic Serb who defected from the former Yugoslav People’s Army after it bombed Sarajevo in April 1992 and joined Bosnian forces, is seen as a hero in Sarajevo, which Bosnian Serb forces besieged [sic] for 43 months.

On Saturday, around 5,000 people protested peacefully in the Bosnian capital demanding his release from Austrian custody.

Divjak is the third Bosnian high-ranking official arrested outside the country on Serbian warrants for crimes committed on Bosnian territory during the 1992-95 war. […]

On March 8, 2011, the U.S.-funded propaganda outfit Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty printed an indulgent interview with Divjak, who gave his account of events surrounding the May 3 attack on the surrendering convoy. Included with the interview is a short video demonstrating that Gen. Divjak did give orders that the convoy be allowed to pass, but that the hodgepodge of armed Muslims acted independently when they started shooting. (The caption reads: “Archive footage from Sarajevo on May 3, 1992, shows a JNA personnel vehicle carrying Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic and UN General Lewis MacKenzie. The vehicle is part of a convoy of JNA troops who had been guaranteed safe passage out of the city in return for the release of Izetbegovic. Jovan Divjak, a general with the Bosnian Territorial Defense forces, is seen attempting to negotiate safe passage.”)

It’s the sort of exculpatory video that exists aplenty of Serbs such as Mladic, Karadzic and Milosevic — but are never shown. Such as the video of Milosevic telling Kosovo Serbs that the police shouldn’t be beating them, rather than “thundering” in a prepared “nationalist” speech that “you will never be beaten again, as media and governments have decisively portrayed it. ” Then there’s the video of Mladic aboard a bus, reassuring Muslim refugees from Srebrenica that they won’t be harmed, with a refugee getting up to shake the general’s hand. The video of Mladic handing out candy to Muslim children, meanwhile, is shown but placed in a sinister context, wherein he supposedly proceeds to kill these children’s parents. There was even a rumor that he snatched the candy back later, but even the busiest of the Serbs’ Western haters was unable to find evidence of that. There were also tortured attempts to twist into a threat Karadzic’s impassioned warning against war that if the Muslim side insists on war, the Muslims will disappear from Bosnia, given the Serb advantage there. (Little did he know the world would line up to help the Muslims kill the Serbs.)

But now to return to the supposedly exculpatory evidence for Divjak and Ganic, which Western media went to pains to draw out on their behalf — juxtaposing everything back into the context of Serb “aggression,” which is supposedly what led to the “chaos” and “confusion” that ensued (see any of the above-linked Ganic items). The defense is that neither Ganic nor Divjak — nor presumably the other 17 people whose arrests Serbia was seeking for the incident — had given an order for the attack, but that it happened spontaneously, and that Divjak explicitly gave orders to let the convoy pass (and note that several Hague-convicted Serb generals ordered that no civilians be harmed in the course of operations, yet this didn’t keep them from getting the book thrown at them.) Still, we have a problem. If this were a single incident of a surrendering Yugoslav convoy coming under Bosnian-Muslim fire, one could consider the possibility that no particular military or political higher-up was to blame. But unfortunately it happened again 12 days later, on May 15th:


Tuzla Column Massacre

Bosnian jailed in Serbia for war crimes (Sept. 28, 2009)

A Serbian court on Monday convicted a wartime Bosnian security officer of ordering a 1992 attack on a Yugoslav army convoy that killed at least 50 soldiers, and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. The trial of [Bosnian Croat] Ilija Jurisic at the Serbian war crimes court has strained relations between Bosnia and Serbia. Bosnian officials had claimed the proceedings were staged and politically motivated and demanded his release.

(So, again, we have making non-Serbs pay for their crimes being a strain on relations, as opposed to the crimes themselves causing the strain, or impunity for those crimes causing the strain. And, of course, we also have the trial being “politically motivated” again.)

Jurisic was found guilty of ordering the attack against the Serb-led army convoy consisting of dozens of army trucks carrying some 100 soldiers withdrawing from the predominantly Muslim Bosnian town of Tuzla in May 1992.

The court said in its verdict that the Bosnian troops first killed the truck drivers with sniper fire, and then fired mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at the idled vehicles. At least 44 army soldiers were also injured in the clash.

Bosnian authorities have maintained that the Yugoslav soldiers fired first during the pullout arranged between Belgrade and Sarajevo. They said the Bosnian troops acted in self-defense in one of the bloodiest clashes during the opening days of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

The war in Bosnia started after the country’s Muslims and Croats voted to split from Serb-led Yugoslavia, triggering a rebellion by the Bosnian Serbs*…

Naturally, the Wikipedia page on the massacre also has the Yugoslav soldiers firing first: “Bosnian authorities, however, say that they acted in self-defense and that Yugoslav soldiers fired first…”

Because it’s perfectly logical for a retreating soft-skin vehicle convoy to open fire on hostiles that have it surrounded in easy ambush positions. The convoy was cut into pieces without the JNA troops knowing what hit them. Further, the Muslim side has increasingly stopped even pretending that the Yugoslav Army fired first. Sefer Halilovic, wartime president Alija Izetbegovic’s first top general, a few years ago described in the Federation TV documentary series “The Generals Speak” how the decision was made to attack the Army despite the treaty to let it withdraw — because the Muslims wanted its weapons and supplies. And STILL it was self-defense, rationalized Halilovic, because it was all in the name of fighting “back” against that anticipated/inevitable/advance-planned “aggression” by those Serbo-Chetniks (itself a projection, as Izetbegovic and Halilovic had planned a war as early as 1991). So he was bragging about attacking the JNA as something that had to be done. Indeed, why bother making excuses and hiding that the Muslims attacked first? Being the ever righteous victims, anything they did was “self-defense” and therefore legitimate, so what’s the problem?

The rest of the Wiki entry:

The [Jurisic] case was dismissed before Bosnian courts. [Of course.] He was arrested at the Belgrade Airport in May 2007 and was found guilty of improper battlefield conduct in 2009 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. In October 2010, an appeals court later overturned the sentence. The Belgrade Appeals Court ordered a re-trial and released him from detention.

The city of Tuzla celebrates 15th May as “City Liberation Day”. [Just like Croatia celebrates Serb-cleansing Day on Aug. 5 (Operation Storm) as well as its precursor Operation Flash, celebrated on May 1st as Day of Liberation of Western Slavonia, when over 15,000 Serbs under “UN protection” were cleansed from Western Slavonia.] Tuzla citizens have continued to express their support for Ilija Jurišić. Subsequently, Jurišić was welcomed by a large crown upon his return to Tuzla on 11 October 2010 after his sentence was overturned. [Of course.]

Below is a summary of the Jurisic indictment and proceedings, based on reports from the trial at the time:

Massacre of Yugoslav Army Conscripts Approved by Sarajevo (De-construct.net, Jan. 22, 2009)

On May 15, 1992, Bosnian Muslim paramilitary troops, aided by local officials, used snipers to ambush and attack [a] Yugoslav Army convoy while it was attempting to withdraw from the territory of then-Yugoslav republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina…

At the trial of Croat Ilija Jurišić…Deputy Chief of Military Security at the time, Marko Novaković, who testified on January 16, said that the attack “never could have been carried out without the express approval of the Bosnian Muslim supreme command in Sarajevo.”

According to the indictment, [the] JNA convoy, consisting mainly of unarmed 18-year-old conscripts from all parts of former Yugoslavia and of all nationalities, who were serving in the unified country in various military polygons throughout [the] state of Yugoslavia, obeyed a decision on peaceful withdrawal of troops from the territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in order not to [exacerbate] with their presence a tense atmosphere at the time one segment of the population, Bosnian Muslims, demanded secession of the republic from Yugoslavia.

The JNA convoy that attempted to withdraw from the town of Tuzla was given guarantees by [the] Muslim leadership that they will be allowed to retreat and provided a safe passage to Serbia through Bijeljina. Nevertheless, [the] convoy was ambushed and brutally attacked by Bosnian Muslim paramilitary troops, with the help of local officials headed by Jurišić, at the very start of [the] retreat. At least 92 conscripts and up to 200 members of the JNA were reportedly killed, 33 were wounded, 140 were taken prisoners and the majority of JNA’s military and sanitation vehicles were destroyed in this attack.

Jurišić, who at the time was a member of the Bosnian Interior Ministry police reserves and a senior officer in the Public Security Service operational HQ, is accused of issuing a direct order to attack [the] JNA convoy in retreat. On the basis of his orders, snipers in nearby buildings first shot and killed the drivers of the military vehicles, thus stopping the vehicles and blocking the way for the rest of the column. They then proceeded to target the conscripts in those vehicles, shooting and killing the young men who had not been equipped to fight or resist attack, the indictment states.

As the JNA conscripts were jumping out of the vehicles, they were being cut down by the snipers. [An] identical attack was also carried out against the visibly marked sanitation vehicles in the convoy.

…Tatomir Krušić, a conscript who was wounded in the attack, testified that on the afternoon of May 15, 1992, when the JNA convoy had set off…he had heard gunshots and seen that the driver of the truck he was in had been shot.

“The army convoy was coming under fire from all sides. Bora (the driver) was shot and I told everybody to get out of the truck. The four of us jumped out, and that’s when I was wounded,” Krušić recalled.

The brutal attack on the convoy of unarmed conscripts was being broadcast live on a local Bosnian Muslim television station [station FS-3], showing that the column was being shot at even from the Tuzla hospital building. Part of that footage, including abuse and murder of the conscripts by the Bosnian Muslims and Croats is shown in the documentary “Truth”. As local Muslim television was showing the burning column of Yugoslav Army vehicles, the commentator in studio asks for [a] cold beer and then informs the viewers they ought to go and “help out” one conscript he saw reaching the entrance of a nearby building, suggesting the wounded soldier should not be left alive.

Another survivor of the Tuzla Column atrocity described how one of his unarmed friends that was lightly wounded in the arm managed to hide in the entrance of a building, only to be handed over in a body bag six days later. Most of the 140 conscripts who were caught alive were subsequently abused, tortured and killed in the Bosnian Muslim and Croat camps.

President of Bijeljina’s Association of Missing, Imprisoned and Killed Bosnian Serb army members and civilians, Žarko Radić, said it is impossible to tell how many of the conscripts…have been buried in Spomen Kosturnica, [a] mass grave turned into memorial after the civil war. He said there are cases where remains of several soldiers and civilians killed in [the] Tuzla column were placed in the same casket. It is believed that remains of at least 80 JNA conscripts killed in Tuzla are buried as “unknown persons” in Bijeljina alone.

Jurišić pleaded not guilty to the charges when the trial began on February 22 [2008]. He was arrested [on an] international arrest warrant on May 2007, at Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla, while attempting to escape to Cologne, Germany.

Of the two JNA column massacres, the first on May 3rd is more famous because the attacked troops were under UN protection, and also it involved Ganic, Sarajevo, and Izetbegovic. The bloodier incident in Tuzla was also farther away from journalist eyes and therefore less well-known. Both incidents are considered opening salvos in the war by those who know about them, though they’ve been carefully kept from the public starting soon after they happened, making these the shots unheard ’round the world. Though the war was really already in progress, these attacks were a Muslim declaration of war on the Yugoslav Army, pushing the remaining officers and troops to join the newly formed VRS (Bosnian Serb Army), under the command of Ratko Mladic.

* Izetbegovic’s kidnapping: On May 2nd, while Izetbegovic was abroad at a conference, the militias loyal to him (”Patriotic League” and others) began an attack on Yugoslav Army facilities in Sarajevo, in direct violation of an agreement to let the Army peacefully withdraw from Bosnia and Macedonia. (The authorities in Macedonia, by contrast, kept their end of the bargain and as a result Macedonia seceded peacefully.) Following the May 2nd attacks, Izetbegovic was detained upon his return to Sarajevo on May 3rd, by the JNA forces in charge of the airport. Gen. MacKenzie successfully negotiated an exchange: Izetbegovic would be released in exchange for the Muslims allowing free passage to the JNA forces they had besieged. Once the vehicle carrying Izetbegovic had passed, however, the convoy retreating from the 2nd Army District Headquarters was ambushed and massacred. The remaining JNA facilities - the Marshal Tito barracks (site of the current U.S. embassy) couldn’t even be evacuated until June 6th and only through extensive negotiations with the UN, as they were under siege by Muslim forces who were after the heavy weapons stashed in the armory.

* One thing that was unique about the Ganic reports is that every one of them referred to the war being triggered by Bosnia’s secession, rather than by some guy named Milosevic who became Yugoslav president two years after the war started — which is who Western governments would have you believe started it.

Additional Note: I might have mentioned that Dobrovoljacka St. has since been renamed, after a decent-seeming Muslim scholar named Hamdija Kresevljakovic (who has probably converted since dying).

What is it about Birmingham, Alabama? First a synagogue there hosted the wily Bosnian chief mufti Mustafa Ceric, doing the interfaith song-and-dance while working to usurp Bosnia and parts of Serbia under Islam. And now there’s a Croatian woman that Birmingham residents are flocking to, because she claims to have been seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, Bosnia for the past 30 years:

Visions of Virgin Mary draw thousands to Alabama (July 6)

STERRETT, Ala. — A visit from a Croatian woman who says she sees the Virgin Mary on a daily basis drew thousands of people to a small Alabama town this week, many of them traveling long distances to be near the self-proclaimed visionary.

Despite skepticism of prominent Catholics, the faithful said they trekked to Sterrett, about 30 minutes south of Birmingham, with hopes of hearing a message from the mother of Jesus, witnessing miracles and receiving direction about how to follow their faith.

The woman at the center of the gathering, Marija Pavlovic Lunetti, said she saw the apparition or appearance of Mary in 1981 at age 16 with a group of five other youth in Medjugorje, then part of Yugoslavia.

That is where she later met Terry Colafrancesco, a Catholic and former landscape excavator from Alabama who runs Caritas of Birmingham, a Christian non-profit dedicated to spreading news about the visions of Our Lady of Medjugorje.

In 1988, Colafrancesco invited Lunetti to stay on his family farm after he helped arrange her kidney donation to her ailing brother at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.

Lunetti, now 47, has returned 11 times since and has attracted a large following…

“She is coming to bring the scriptures alive, to bring about the conversion of our country to Christ,” said Colafrancesco, whose organization is not connected to the Catholic church or charity groups with the Caritas name.

The Roman Catholic Church acknowledges historic appearances of Mary in Guadalupe, Mexico; Lourdes, France; and Fatima, Portugal - all of which were studied and authenticated by local bishops.

But the church continues to investigate the status of the apparitions in Medjugorje….That has not stopped 60 volunteers at Caritas of Birmingham from working year-round to organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje in Croatia [sic: Bosnia-Herzegovina] and run an extensive religious printing operation.

Colafrancesco has built a complex on his 130-acre (52.6-hectare) property that includes a new $8 million printing press and office building, as well as a chapel, gift shop and mobile homes for the community members.

Some detractors describe the group as a cult, saying it fosters isolation, family estrangement and control. A lawsuit filed by former residents and families of residents accused Colafrancesco of enticing devout Catholics to the complex, draining their assets and keeping them from their loved ones. The suit was settled privately.

There was no charge this week for those who came to be near Lunetti. Colafrancesco told local media that the five-day visit drew about 15,000 to 18,000 people by the time it ended on Thursday.

Gina Hall, 49, of Washington, D.C., said she sold her condo and most of her possessions to drive to Birmingham and begin a life of discipleship.

On Monday, the second day of Lunetti’s visit, she announced the Virgin had told her she would appear at 6:40 p.m. As about 2,500 people gathered to pray in a field decorated with a statue of Mary, a smaller group waited in Colafrancesco’s bedroom for the vision.

The faithful prayed the rosary as they kneeled around the bed, which was covered with roses and prayer requests. Lunetti entered the room and began to pray aloud in Croatian. Then she fell silent, still moving her lips and looking upward.

Some witnesses began to sob and wail as they awaited what they believed to be a message from the mother of Jesus.

“She blesses you all,” Lunetti announced in English. […]

As Liz, who circulated the item, asked: “Could it be that ‘Lunetti’ (lunatic) has visions of murderous Ustashe, Ante Pavelic and (Saint) Alojzije Stepinac dressed in drag, dancing in her Ustasha head? For anyone who may not know, the Medjugorje region is where Croatian Ustashe dumped thousands of Serbs into open pits, in WWII.”

Indeed, if Mary really does appear at Medjugorje, it’s probably to remind the Croatian Catholics of the Serbs they put under the ground there. (Mary is Jewish, as she herself reaffirms when appearing to America’s most credible medium, George Anderson.)

While I finally posted updates this week on Albanian killers and would-be killers of Americans (Arid Uka of the fatal Frankfurt shootings, Hysen Sherifi of the North Carolina Eight, and Sami Osmakac/Osmankaj of the Tampa plot), I never logged the updates on Mevlid Jasarevic, the Bosniak jihadi — or as media and governments would have you know him, “Serbian Muslim,” who in October opened fire on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo:

Bosnia court orders detention for U.S. Embassy attacker (Oct. 31)

A state court in Bosnia ordered…that Mevlid Jasarevic, a 23-year-old Serbian Muslim, be detained for a month to prevent him fleeing the country, influencing witnesses and hampering an inquiry into the shooting on the embassy on Friday.

“I do not recognize your court. It is worthless before Allah,” he told the judge during his first appearance in court.

Jasarevic’s lawyer Senad Dupovac told the court the defendant had wanted to become a “martyr.” “His goal was to get killed by the officers guarding the U.S. embassy in order to become a martyr and go to heaven.”

Dupovac had earlier said that Jasarevic had no accomplices and expressed concern over his mental state.

Many young Bosnian Muslims, particularly from rural areas, have in recent years adhered to Wahhabism under the influence of foreign fighters, most of whom left Bosnia after the 1992-95 war.

Gee, that wasn’t supposed to happen. Most unexpected!

In a Nov. 14th update, we learn that Jarasevic may have had accomplices after all:
Bosnia detains another suspect over US embassy attack

Bosnia’s state court has detained for one month a man suspected of assisting a gunman who fired at the US embassy in Sarajevo, wounding a police officer.

The court on Monday said Emrah Fojnica, 20, was suspected of a “criminal act of terrorism” over the Oct. 28 attack in which Mevlid Jasarevic paralyzed central Sarajevo for 30 minutes as he fired on the embassy.

The authorities have already detained two men, Dino Pecenkovic and Munib Ahmetsphaic, who they say helped Jasarevic.

Police officers arrested Fojnica during a raid last week on the northeastern village of Gornja Maoca.

The police found a large cache of weapons in sports bags during the raid including an automatic rifle and Fojnica’s identification card, local media said.

The assault revived questions over the threat from radical Islam in the Balkans.

NOTE: Saying “threat from radical Islam in the Balkans” even a few years ago earned a person censure and ridicule, including by some international troops who served there.

On the use of “Serbian Muslim” in favor of “Bosniak” or “Bosnian Muslim,” from Nebojsa Malic (Nov. 4):

This deliberate conundrum about identity helps explain a peculiarity about last week’s [Oct. 28] jihadist attack on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo. Both local and Western media have described the attacker as “Serbian” – that is, a citizen of Serbia. Yet those very same media vocally insist that the Muslims living in that region of Serbia are “Bosniaks”. So apparently, one can be a “Bosniak” when special privileges are about to be dispensed [and autonomy claimed], but magically becomes “Serbian” upon engaging in terrorism.

Early in October, Canadian daily The Globe and Mail published a feature on a Quebecois composer of Serbian origin, who explained that only in Canada did she become aware of her roots and the richness of her native culture. While she still lived in Serbia, she believed, along with many others, that traditional identity and culture were something to be despised and ashamed of, cast aside in favor of some higher, global, cosmopolitan identity.

This was in the 1980s, before the wars that broke up Yugoslavia, or the “democracy” brought by NATO bombs, boots and bribes. Back then the identity to aspire to was that of the socialist workers of the world. Today it is of global conspicuous consumers. Either way, it was at the expense of genuine identity, culture and traditions. Back then, it was the Yugoslav Communists who demanded this. Today it is the Euro-Atlantic “Democrats”. It makes one wonder what exactly is the difference.

Also noting the sly switching between “Serbian” and “Bosniak” to describe Muslims in Serbia was a Serbian citizen named Dragan Rakic, who had a question regarding the following development: Zukorlić the Muslim imam from Sandzak, “opens” embassy in Sweden (Nov. 14)

Mufti Muamer Zukorlić last weekend opened the first diplomatic mission of the Bosniak Muslims organization National Council of Sandzak (NVS) in the Swedish city of Gothenburg as part of a broader strategy aimed [at] internationalization of the status of this part of Serbia…. “We are asking in this proclamation to restore the autonomy of Sandzak” was said at the opening of representative offices in Brussels and Washington, “…but we are very pleased that the Scandinavia Bosniaks forestall our efforts and opened the first office here,” said Zukorlic adviser Sead Šaćirović, quoted the [Belgrade] daily “Hello.”

For all those Western guardians of democracy who, in their towering concern for what they were just sure was Serb “bigotry” and human rights violations, ensured a jihadist Bosnia, Dragan’s question is:

[How would they] react if something like this happened in their own countries: A Muslim Mufti, a “Bosniak” in Serbia, opens an “embassy” in Sweden in order to promote “current issues of Bosniaks in the Balkans…According to the Constitution of any sovereign country, he could be either a Serbian citizen or a foreigner. If he is a foreigner, then he cannot claim what he claims in the country in which he is a foreigner.

Sarajevo, which criticized the attack by the Muslim from a Serbian province, suddenly proudly announces that the “Bosniak” Mufti made a lecture in his “embassy” about the current issues of “Bosniaks” in Serbia.

The very same scenario we could observe in Kosovo. First there was a “human rights” question, then the “current issues of Albanians in the Balkans, looking for help by NATO, the taking of Serbian territory, then independence, and finally today the Ibrahim Rugova Highway, linking Pristina with Tirana in Albania. In other words, the making of Greater Albania.

In addition to the formerly Bosnia-friendly Croat at The Washington Times, Jeffrey Kuhner, the jihadist Jasarevic seems also to have jarred a research fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom into finally noticing what’s been going on in the West-remade Balkans. The alert to the piece, which appeared on National Review Online (NRO), came from the New English Review, which cross-posted it with the following introduction:

…A great deal of support was given to fundamentalist [sic: and non-fundamentalist] Bosnian and Kosovar Muslims by the Saudis, Al Qaeda and the Islamic Republic of Iran, during the conflict. Perhaps these Wahhabists have been trained and equipped by Al Qaeda and the IRGC? [YOU THINK? Perhaps?] That revelation could come in the wake of these latest attack on the US Embassy in Sarajevo in late October. That is, if the Obama Administration, the CIA and Gen. Petreaus come clean.

Uhhhh…that “revelation” DID come, well over a decade ago. And it was promptly ignored. Precisely because of the kind of American disinterest that causes the Hudson Institute and New English Review to only notice Bosnia now. They shouldn’t anticipate anything different after this attack. After all, bigger Bosnia-related plots and attacks couldn’t break the story. Maybe, just maybe, if one of these organizations did a little more than fart out a single article the day after a Balkans blowback attack and then move on to what everyone else is talking about, then someone in power might finally find him/herself in a position to come clean about something.

Meanwhile, if the Clinton and Bush administrations didn’t come clean — and New English Review never asked them to — why are they asking Obama to? It’s a little late to be turning the Western crime known as Former Yugoslavia into a partisan issue now. (It wasn’t too late in 2000, when I tried it myself, screaming from the rooftops, to no interest from any of these conservative outfits.)

Of course, if one of these news organizations does, for once, try a little follow-up and maybe even a partial investigation of the sort that Bush’s wars were subjected to (as opposed to Clinton’s), they’ll notice that their bombshell of a story lands with a thud as it gets aggressively ignored and dropped like a hot potato, and that their colleagues are suddenly eying them with suspicion, which could then cause them to notice that every Balkans-jihad news event dies within a week, and then they might start to finally wonder why that is. And maybe after we’re all dead, they’ll finally ask whether there wasn’t perhaps a bit of suppression going on with the Balkans, which like sheep they oblige with their disinterest. (Really, what more could the State Department, Pentagon, White House, Defense Department and CIA ask for? Could the assignment be any easier: suppress news from a region no one gives a damn about anyway.)

On to the Hudson article in question, though let me caution that the excerpt starts with the writer giving credit to “analysts such as Stephen Schwartz” for “warn[ing] of Wahhabi threats in the region for years.” See my very recent post on Schwartz, where I mention that he threatened a CNS News reporter’s career when she first asked him circa 2005 to comment on the growing Islamic threat in Bosnia. Always one to cover his hide and reinvent himself, however, Schwartz has since adjusted his take to reflect the current realities that he’d previously denied. So that the guy who spent the 90s pushing the U.S. to join the Bosnia and Kosovo jihads can now be credited with “warning” of the resulting dangers, now that he can no longer cover for his Balkan babies. (His mind, however, still manages to keep unconnected the war he supported and fanned, from its predictable negative developments — and he still manages to blame Serbs and love his Muslims there.)

Wahhabism: A Forgotten Legacy of the Bosnian War (by Sarah Schlesinger, Nov. 7)

[Forgotten? Forgotten by whom? By the writer, of course. And the rest of the conservative establishment clones. Or, more precisely, ignored. As for the liberal establishment, they ‘forgot’ on purpose. And conservatives simply took their cue rather than setting the terms of debate, as usual.]

…Analysts such as Stephen Schwartz, Esad Hecimovic, Anes Alic, and Vlado Azinovic have warned of Wahhabi threats in the region for years. Numerous attacks, including the murder of a Catholic Croat policeman in 1996, have been linked to Wahhabis. Several Wahhabis were arrested in 2008 and 2009 for plotting terror attacks on Christian sites and European Union Forces in Bosnia. In July 2010, a Wahhabi group was suspected in the bombing of a police station in Bugojno, killing one police officer and wounding several others.

Originally from the Muslim-majority city of Novi Pazar in the Sandzak region of Serbia, Jasarevic recently spent time in Wahhabi communities in Vienna and Gornja Maoca, a settlement in a remote part of Bosnia that has been the site of repeated anti-terror raids. He was imprisoned for armed robbery in Vienna in 2005 and arrested in his hometown in 2010 after brandishing a knife at an appearance by the American ambassador to Serbia .

The Wahhabi movement has taken hold among a small but vocal portion of the Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) population — the group is estimated to include a mere 3,000 out of 1.4 million Muslims. [a.k.a. A TINY MINORITY!] They largely live in isolated villages that they govern according to strict Islamic law. Men wear long beards and distinctive short pants and women are fully veiled, in sharp contrast to the majority of Bosniaks, who are moderate in practice.

But who nonetheless defend supporting a fundamentalist president’s war for an Islamic state carved out of another country, Ms. Schlesinger.

And now, here she goes. Try not to get nauseous from going ’round and ’round on the same ride over and over again:

The movement’s presence in Bosnia dates to the 1992–1995 civil war in Yugoslavia….The largely defenseless [DEFENSELESS!] Muslim community was unable to withstand the onslaught by well-armed Bosnian Serb militias. [MILITIAS! SERBS STILL THE AGGRESSORS! Ms. Schlesinger needs a paycheck, after all, so she’s not about to push sand against THAT tide and question whether we got the original story right. And, of course, god forbid the lesser evil and more civilized element should be better armed.] Their desperate [DESPERATE!] situation drew an influx of Wahhabis, such as veteran mujahideen and Islamic aid agencies, including the al-Qaeda front the Benevolence International Foundation. [YES, YES, they came TO HELP! Even the holy warriors themselves have boasted that they saw a vast “opportunity” via Bosnia. The repentant former al Qaeda officer Ali Hamad has repeated and repeated that this is what the fight was about. Is Ms. Schlesinger listening?] Many of these remained in Bosnia, where they provided material support to the devastated Muslim community [sic: self-devastated, and by Sarajevo’s design; they chose it, Ms. Schlesinger. Just like the “Kosovars” would a few years later], but also influenced it ideologically with Wahhabism. Leading the way was Saudi Arabia, which raised more than $373 million for the “Bosnian jihad” in the 1990s. The mujahideen, charity staff, and foreign-educated Bosniaks provided the vanguard of a local Wahhabi movement.

Thanks to this foreign support, Wahhabis have been able to aggressively challenge Bosnia ’s mainstream Islamic community. Two figures led early efforts: Jusuf Barcic and Muhamad Porca, both Bosnian imams who had studied in Saudi Arabia on Saudi-funded scholarships. In early 2007, Barcic and his followers gained national attention by (unsuccessfully) attempting to claim a number of mosques for their movement in Tuzla and Sarajevo. When Barcic died in a car accident two months later, more than 3,000 people attended his funeral.

Let’s pause on that for a moment. Ms. Schlesinger earlier used the “3,000″ tiny minority figure to estimate the extent of Bosnia’s Wahhabi community. Yet here we already have “more than 3,000 people” showing up to the funeral. (Though one allows for a foreign presence there as well.)

Barcic’s primary financial supporters, according to Bosnian authorities, had been Porca and Porca’s close friend Adnan Buzar, the Bosnian-born, Vienna-based son-in-law of Palestinian terrorist leader Abu Nidal. Reportedly, Porca has now been supplanted by Nedzad Balkan, a Vienna-based Wahhabi with openly violent views who gained power after his role in the Bugojno police station bombing.

Again, please note that the son-in-law of Abu Nidal, the terror leader who dumped a wheelchair-ridden old Jewish man into the ocean, is a Bosnian Muslim.

…Wahhabis in Bosnia have succeeded in demonstrating that even in small numbers, they present a threat, especially as Nedzad Balkan’s followers allegedly now promote armed jihad. Bosnian authorities and the international community would be wise to closely monitor links between Wahhabis in Bosnia, Sandzak, and Vienna and larger militant networks. Without closer attention to this growing threat in the region, the October 28 attack undoubtedly will not be the last.

Nor was it the first, Ms. Schlesinger. (Talk about the need to pay closer attention.)

Meanwhile, and again, I like that Americans finally have to learn words like Bugojno, Sandzak, Novi Pazar, and Gornja Maoca. It’s about time. And a little too late. [Gornja Maoca should have been noticed in October 2001, actually, when investigators descended on it right after 9/11, which should have had Americans asking questions about Bosnia and our stubbornly immovable position on it.)

I suppose I should be happy that at least some of these conservative buffoons are waking up to the backwardness of the Bosnia intervention (oh wait a second — they haven’t figured that part out yet). And at least this Schlesinger outed the Bosnia jihad to the conservative slowpokes at NRO. Hopefully it’ll do more good than the two articles I futilely wrote for them on the subject way back in 2004. But I doubt it.

Giving Ms. Schlesinger and other oblivious Westerners some context, for when the grand plan starts coming together and our government and media again cue us to blame the Serb side, is a November 11th interview with security and counter-terrorism expert Ioannis Michaletos, explaining the big picture so that Ms. Schlesinger doesn’t find herself again fooled as she was about the 90s:

…[Q:] The Wahhabi’s Green Corridor in the Balkans — [the] establishment of the Republic of Sandzak and its merging with the Bosniaks in BiH — are these the goals of the Wahhabi Movement?

[A:] These are exactly their main targets and they are using a two-way approach.

[1] It is the “soft power” approach by recruiting people to their sect, by providing charity to people of financial-social need, so as to have a “good name” and via buying land and businesses with the assistance of individuals and organizations from the Middle East. Moreover, soft power approach means that they use propaganda through media and especially websites and forums, plus trying to merge the concerned individuals in Sanzak, BiH, as well as in Muslim communities in Montenegro and in Balkan Muslim communities that live in other European countries such as in Austria. Therefore soft power means establishing a concrete political-social force that they believe in the future will be able to create a “Green corridor.”

[2] It is the “hard power” approach. That is terrorism of course, acts of violence against perceived enemies, criminality in order to raise money and gain influence and contact in the organized crime world, which of course is still strong in the Western Balkans. Hard power approach means also intimidation campaigns against moderate Muslims that are against Wahhabism and also against the local Christian population.

[Q:] What would encompass Republic of Sandzak?

[A:]Their aim, however farfetched it may seem, implies that the divisions between the Muslims and Christians in that area, will implode sometime in the future, and then they will seize the opportunity to raise their voice — gain support of other neighboring Muslim communities and thereafter place the whole issue into the international agenda, thus seek recognition for their “struggle” by other Muslim countries and especially those in the Middle East.

Therefore a hypothetical Republic of Sanzak would resemble the “Kosovo example” and it is highly likely that should a development like this occur, it will involve BiH as well.

[Q:] Do you believe that Wahhabi movement poses a security threat to the Balkans – Serbia and BiH?

[A:]It poses a threat, not so much [because] of the number of the people involved, but of their connections with international Islamic origin terrorism; the involvement of foreign powers and their connection with criminal groups. For the time being they can be considered as extremist elements capable of destabilizing the present day social consensus in the region. What they try to achieve in a second phase is to become destabilizers of the ethnic consensus in the region and drive Muslims apart from Christians similar to the early 90’s wars in the region.

[Q:] Where are the centers of Wahhabism in the Balkans and how they are connected in Europe, how would you describe their network?

[A:] Zenica is a traditional center; Sarajevo also hosts pro-Wahhabi elements and many other villages in Bosnia. Also Wahhabist elements are to be found in Kosovo in Prizren and also in localities in Montenegro, as well as in Novi Pazar and they have been noted as well in Tetovo [and] Skopje [Macedonia], [and] in the southern parts of Bulgaria and limited groups exist in Albania and Croatia.

Also in Europe they are mainly based in Vienna and also in Munich, Koln, Malmo, and Milan and in many small towns in Germany, Netherlands and Italy. Their hierarchy is decentralized in essence, they tend to communicate via the internet, especially the younger generations, they try in general not exposing themselves in the European cities and for the time being their interaction with other radical Islamist networks has not reached a maturity level, although they do of course cooperate both with Turkish and with Arabic groups.

[Q:] How would you describe the goal or mission of the Wahhabis in Serbia and BiH?

[A:]They reject societal values and norms and they seek to overthrow what exists now and form a new reality by imposing their will. Thus, they need to create their own territorial space in order to achieve their aims and at the same time to push forward plans made in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere that call for the Islamisation of European territories.

[Q:] [Given] foreign powers’ interference — [e.g.] the US, Germany — what countries might have financial benefits from that?

[A:] USA is systematically trying to please Middle Eastern powers and that is why many times in the past it has turned a blind eye in the situation we are discussing. Germany to a lesser extent follows the same policy and both of these countries resent the Serbian element in general in the Balkans for reasons relating to the struggle for hegemony in the Balkans since the early 90’s. In this perspective, sentimental approaches that demonize the “bad Serbs” vs. the “good Muslims” have blinded foreign policy makers in Washington and Berlin, although that has started to change gradually over the past few years, in relation to the Wahhabi issue.

Going back again to the “3,000 Wahhabis” figure, a Serbianna.com article from days after the embassy attack indicates that “3,000″ appears to be hopeful. (Nor, as we know, does one have to be a Wahhabi to be a jihadist):

Up to 5,000 Bosnian Muslims involved with Islamic terror, expert (Nov. 1)

Of 100,000 devout Bosnian Muslims, 3,000 to 5,000 are implicated in terrorism, says Dzevad Galijasevic LINK, member of the Expert Team against terrorism and organized crime for the Southeastern Europe. [Note: That’s up from “3,000″ in July 2010]

Referred by Galijasevic as [”Wahhabi”] sects, these terror cells, for those interested in geography, are located in villages Osvam and Bocinja near Maglaj, then in Zeljezno Polje, Serici, Babina Reka, Tetovo near Zenica, Lepenica, Miljanovci near Tesanj, Mehurici by Travnik, Rujnica near Zavidovici, Blagaja near Mostar, Buzima, Sanski Most, Sarajevo, Jablanica and Konjic. [Americans may have to learn even more new place names yet.]

Galijasevic expressed concern that Western media wants to portray these Islamic terror cells as “foreigners” either as Middle Easterner[s] or as in the case of the recent attacker on the US Embassy as “Serbian citizen”.

“That is minimization and undermining of this terror act,” Galijasevic said about this latest incident.

Prime Minister of the Serb Republic Milorad Dodik also noted Western efforts to use the media in order to portray the Muslim attacker on the US Embassy as a Serb.

“The attacker is portrayed as a Serb, and not a Muslim, or Bosniak or a [Wahhabi]. Most world media have shown it like this because to most they like the idea that ‘Serbs are the bad guys’,” said Dodik.

Dodik also said that Bosnia’s chief Imam, Mustafa Ceric is very much respected by these extremists and that Imam Ceric has direct contacts with them. Dodik says that Imam Ceric along with the son of the former Bosnian Muslim leader Izetbegovic, have direct contacts with the Iranian intelligence service which has its cells in Bosnia. “[This] creates an atmosphere in which radical Islamist circles can develop in Bosnia…”

Galijasevic is already on the record saying that Imam Ceric is the responsible party for the development of radical Islam in Bosnia. […]

Maybe because Western countries have been doing a good enough job of that as we out-Muslim the Muslim countries when it comes to the Balkans…

Ceric: Dodik should be declared undesirable

SARAJEVO - Reis-ul-ulema of the Islamic Community in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Mustafa Ceric has sent a letter to the embassies of Islamic countries in Sarajevo, BiH, in which he proposes that they should deny hospitality to Milorad Dodik and his protectors and mentors from Belgrade, the Information Service of the Islamic Community Rijashet released.

According to announcements, Ceric requested that Dodik and his mentors be declared undesirable persons in those countries due to their spread of Islamophobia, intolerance and hatred towards Muslims and the values of Islam.

The letter was sent to embassies of Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, Lybia, Malesia, Pakistan, Palestine and Saudi Arabia.

According to the letter, the religious intolerance displayed by Milorad Dodik towards the Bosniaks may result in a repeated genocide, and the governments of the aforementioned countries are proposed to declare Dodik and his protectors and mentors, particularly those from Belgrade, as undesirable persons, personnae non gratae. [As always, I must point out that in order to have a repeat genocide, there would have had to be one in the first place.]

The letter stresses that Muslim Bosniaks expect relevant political factors and Islamic countries to recognize, condemn and stop the dangerous and anti-humane policy of Milorad Dodik, and expresses belief that Islamic countries have an obligation to protect Islam and Islamic values from discreditation and insults, and show that protagonists of such acts are not welcome or acceptable partners, it is said in the statement reported by the Muslim Information Agency MINA.

Dodik came under attack of the Rijashet of the Islamic Community in BiH twice in two days, over abuse of Islamic terminology, particularly the term Sherijat.

Does anyone understand what this latest complaint against Dodik is?

A hearty Muslim “thanks” to the USA for setting up an Islamic state in the heart of Europe. What took so long? Other Bosnian Muslims were much more timely with their thanks.

Breaking News (but still not a breaking story that we fought for Jihad in 1990s Bosnia):

Terrorist Attack Outside US Embassy in Bosnia (Friday, Oct. - AP)

A man armed with hand grenades and an automatic weapon opened fire outside the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia Friday in what authorities called a terrorist attack. A policeman and the gunman were wounded, but the embassy said none of its employees was hurt.

Sarajevo Mayor Alija Behmen said the gunman “got off a tram with a Kalashnikov and started shooting at the American Embassy.” Witnesses told Bosnian television that the man urged pedestrians to move away, saying he was targeting only the embassy.

He wore a beard and was dressed in an outfit with short pants that reveal his ankles — typical for followers of the conservative Wahhabi branch of Islam.

One police officer guarding the building was wounded before police surrounded the gunman. After a 30-minute standoff, the sound of a single shot echoed and AP video showed the shooter slump to the ground.

Police arrested the wounded man — who one of Bosnia’s three presidents said is a foreigner — and took him away in an ambulance as pedestrians cowered behind buildings and vehicles. Hospital spokeswoman Biljana Jandric told The Associated Press the gunman had a minor wound to his leg, and would spend the night at the hospital before being released into police custody.

State Prosecutor Dubravko Campara identified the shooter as Mevlid Jasarevic, from Novi Pazar, the administrative capital of the southern Serbian region of Sandzak, who was tried in Austria for robbery in 2005.

Campara said Jasarevic had crossed the Serbian border into Bosnia Friday morning. He said Jasarevic had two hand grenades with him when he was arrested and is also currently under investigation by Serbian police, but did not detail why.

(It can only be because Serbs are racist, right? Why, any Serbian investigation is surely political rather than legitimate policing and a cautionary tale for the rest of us.)

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic confirmed his identity and said he is 23 years old. Bosnian TV said Jasarevic is a Wahhabi follower. [He’d been briefly arrested last November after being deemed a threat to visiting dignitaries.]

Western intelligence reports have alleged that the tense, impoverished area of Sandzak, along with Muslim-dominated regions in Bosnia, are rich ground for recruiting so-called “white al-Qaida” — Muslims with Western features who could easily blend into European or U.S. cities and carry out attacks.

The Islamic extremists joined Bosnia’s 1992-95 war for independence. They were largely tolerated by the U.S. and the West because of their opposition to late Serbia’s strongman Slobodan Milosevic’s quest to create “Greater Serbia” out of the former Yugoslav republics. [Which was a purposeful Western concoction, so the question remains: Why did the West support jihad in Bosnia?]

Bakir Izetbegovic, one of Bosnia’s three presidents, issued a statement condemning “the terrorist attack on the embassy of the United States.”

“The United States is a proven friend of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Its government and its people supported us in the most difficult moments in our history and nobody has the right to jeopardize our relations,” he said.

i.e. The spin is already beginning. Quoting Izetbegovic Jr. (son of the fundamentalist Bosnian president we supported) about how he just LOVES America. The next step should be identifying the shooter as a “Serbian citizen,” then the standard blaming of “Serbian aggression and genocide” for his deeds.

OH WAIT A SECOND, WAIT A SECOND…THIS JUST IN:

NY Daily News: “US Embassy in Bosnia Under Fire: Serbian Terrorist in Custody

(That’s a screen shot link since the headline has since been changed; it must have been too blatantly mendacious even for an MSM rag like the Daily News. Thanks to Gray Falcon comment poster “Bruce Canada” for picking it up.)

And how about this:

“Bosnia’s state prosecutor identified the bearded man, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle, as 23-year-old Mevludin Jasarevic, a Serbian citizen from the mainly Muslim town of Novi Pazar.”

Courtesy of Reuters: Gunman attacks U.S. embassy in Bosnia (Oct. 28)

A suspected radical Islamist fired on the U.S. embassy in the center of the Bosnian capital with an assault rifle on Friday in an attack that lasted 30 minutes.

Bosnia’s state prosecutor identified the bearded man, armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle, as 23-year-old Mevludin Jasarevic, a Serbian citizen from the mainly Muslim town of Novi Pazar…[Jasarevic] was convicted of robbery in Austria in 2005 and deported to Serbia…Campara said the prosecution had worked closely with Serbian security officials on the case. [IMAGINE! Working closely with a “war criminal” outfit!]

Almir Dzuvo, the director of Bosnia’s OSA information and security agency, said that Jasarevic had visited a community of hardline Wahhabi Islamists in northern Bosnia earlier this year.

“He crossed the border this morning, came into Bosnia and committed a terrorist act,” Dzuvo said. He declined to say whether Jasarevic had had accomplices in Bosnia. [Of course he declined to say. The official Bosnian line is that “there are no terrorists operating in Bosnia.” Just ask chief mufti Mustafa Ceric.]

Bosnia, which was torn apart by war between Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Serbs in 1992-95 as Yugoslavia collapsed, is a close ally of the United States in the turbulent Balkans.

Take note, Americans: Between Christian Serbs, Catholic Croats, and Muslims, America’s “close ally” in the Balkans is the third. Get this: The former two share intelligence to help fend off attacks on us from the latter, so we can pretend they’re our friends.

Bakir Izetbegovic, the Muslim member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, condemned the attack, saying the United States was a “proven friend” of Bosnia. [There that is again.]

“This is a shot at the friendship between America and Bosnia-Herzegovina, this is a shot at Bosnia,” Izetbegovic told reporters. “This is a great temptation for Bosnia.”

Police spokesman Irfan Nefic said one police officer had been seriously wounded and had been operated on.

The U.S. embassy in Sarajevo, a mainly Muslim city, closed briefly in March 2002 citing an unspecified threat, but the building has not come under attack before.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland thanked the Bosnian police for stopping the attack….

Yes, thanks to official Bosnia for keeping up a good show.

Below is some analysis from Nebojsa Malic (links added): Is It Jihad Yet?

…Because Jasarevic is from Novi Pazar, a town in Serbia, odds are the mainstream Western media will describe this as a “Serbian attack”, or at least identify him as “Serbian citizen.” This would be horribly misleading, of course, but that hasn’t stopped them before.

Here are some things to keep in mind here, before the spin distorts them:

* Salafi missionaries came to Bosnia during the war, with tacit approval and even assistance of the U.S., to get the “wayward” Bosnian Muslims in line and wage jihad against the Serb and Croat “infidels.”

* There are 150,000 or so Muslims in the Raska region of southwestern Serbia (which they call “Sanjak”, a term going back to Ottoman days). Their religious leader, mufti Muamer Zukorlic, was appointed by the top Islamic cleric of Bosnia and has been stirring up trouble and preaching violence and hate for several years. In this, he enjoys the support of many foreign governments ( “Friends of Sanjak”), including the U.S.

* Jasarevic may technically be a citizen of Serbia, but he is wanted there on charges of terrorism. He left Serbia last year, and settled in the Salafi commune of Gornja Maoca in northern Bosnia. Until it was ethnically cleansed during the Bosnian War, it used to be a Serb village called Karavlasi. [Bosnian and Serbian police have raided the village in the aftermath of the attack; the same village was raided soon after 9/11, and then again last year.]

In addition to terrorizing any Christians (Serbs or Croats) they may come across, the Salafi frequently harass ordinary Bosnian Muslims, who by and large follow the Hanafi school of Islam. The Hanafi approach accepts local customs and is what made coexistence with Christians in the past possible in the first place. Salafists dismiss this as heresy and preach absolute intolerance of any who do not follow their ways.

Anyway, just watch: Jasarevic will be described as a lone lunatic, his motives will be “unknown”, and there will be no mention of jihad or Islamic terrorism. The notion that the Salafists in Bosnia may be nurturing terrorists who threaten American lives runs counter to the mainstream narrative of innocent Muslims being victims of evil Serbs, and is therefore thoughtcrime.

WHY SOME AMERICANS (or at least one of us) FOLLOW THE BALKANS

Novi Pazar first hit my radar in 2006, when local Wahhabis violently broke up a concert there (since real Islam doesn’t allow music). It was the kind of obscure Balkans news item that only we Balkans observers deigned to hear about. But now, five years later, it seems the inevitable has happened yet again: Americans are being forced to learn some Balkans vocabulary, this time the words Novi Pazar and Sandzak. (Just like they have to re-learn the word “Kosovo” every time another Albanian from there tries to kill, or does kill, Americans.)

Or…I’m sorry…was the trouble in Sandzak not supposed to reach anything American — after America balkanized the Balkans? (See from 2008 “Bosnian Wahhabis Could Hit U.S., NATO“)

Anyway, since they’ll be hearing from Sandzak/Sanjak again and again, for the rest of their lives, Americans really should start to get a Balkans vocabulary. And 50 years later, we’ll still have the Clintons to thank for it. Along with almost 100% of the American reading public, who still stubbornly insist that our anti-Serb policies are correct and we did the right thing in Bosnia…only a little late. (We were “late” supporting the jihadists there.) An aside: Refreshingly, it seems one American — no less from the conservative punditry, which otherwise myopically swallows everything the liberal presses have fed it from the Balkans — seems to have finally figured Bosnia out. John Rosenthal’s June column is a must read.

One factoid that Americans might want to ask their government about is why the American ambassador has Ramadan dinner in Sandzak every year. Indeed, as Malic pointed out, that troubled little region in southwestern Serbia where Jasarevic is from is where U.S. and Co. are egging on Zukorlic, the protege ofmoderateBosnian Mufti Mustafa Ceric, to declare independence. (Kosovo being of course the “last” part of Yugoslavia’s dissolution, according to the media cheerleaders of that secession in 2008.)

Closing with a flashback to an August blog detailing previous installments of a little-watched drama that could be titled “From the Balkans, with Thanks”:

[Let’s just ignore] the Bosnian connection to [the London and Madrid attacks].

Don’t start asking what investigators were doing in Bosnia and Kosovo in the wake of the 7/7 Tube bombings, or what took U.S. investigators to Albania, out of which bin Laden was operating in 1998, and to Bosnia after 9/11. On which subject, never mind any Bosnian officialslinks to 9/11 or the Bosnia leg of the preparations for it. Ignore 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s connection to Bosnia (he was gifted citizenship), where he and Mohamed Atta lived prior to 9/11. (And where Hamas trained, incidentally.) Don’t try to deduce what it is about Bosnia which, according to the 9/11 Commission and others, globalized al Qaeda and which causes it to appear on almost every international report about terrorist threats.

Who cares why in October 2001 U.S. troops found, in a Kabul mansion hideout, Oklahoma City-style bomb instructions written by a Bosnian al Qaeda soldier. Or why at least one Bosnian passport was found in a Kabul house that had been used by fleeing Taliban. Shrug at why Bosnia is a thriving market for DVDs of American troops being killed in Iraq or why, according to Bosnian TV, “US Army members are threatened by local jihadists.”

Never mind the Bosnian connection to five of the 9/11 hijackers who had either trained or fought in Bosnia, or the Bosnia-hatched and Serb-disrupted plot to attack world leaders at the pope’s funeral in 2005. Never mind the Bosnian and two Albanians of the North Carolina Eight who were targeting a Marine base and countries including Israel….Never mind the very direct Bosnian connection to a Georgia man convicted in 2009 of aiding terror groups, or the Bosnian arrested last year for his role in the plan to bomb NYC commuters. Never mind the Bosnian “connection” to an international Bosnia-based terror plot thwarted in 2008. Don’t ask how a program to recruit and train Muslims to kill Serbs in Bosnia could morph into a plan to blow up New York’s Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the UN and FBI buildings, “embroiling U.S. military veterans in a jihadist circle with links to al-Qaeda and to a stunningly ambitious homegrown plot to kill thousands of innocent victims in New York City.”

And why take it from a former al Qaeda officer that Bosnian Muslims “play a significant role” in al Qaeda cells? Don’t listen when he talks about how official Bosnia was giving out passports like candy during the war it started (including to bin Laden, enabling him to travel to other countries and organize 9/11 and other attacks), and advising the mujahideen to marry Bosnian women so they could stay after the war…

Never mind the Bosnian Muslim who made an apparent dry run into the U.S. embassy in Vienna in 2007, or the Bosnian Muslims arrested for plans to blow up Catholic churches and internationals in Bosnia (a suicide bomb belt was found along with guns and 20 kg of explosives), or the ones caught targeting European embassies to protest the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Don’t trouble yourself about the…foiled plots against Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, one disrupted by a polygraph administered to an Albanian terrorist and another with its nexus in [Sandzak].

And don’t worry about the 15 Bosnians and Albanians that Serbia charged in 2007 with a planned attack on the U.S. embassy in Belgrade — one of many collaborative efforts between Albanian and Bosnian Muslims to carve the Sandzak out of Montenegro and Serbia for Greater Islam. [And] pay no attention to the American veteran of the Bosnia war, who pled guilty to helping train fellow al Qaeda agents to carry out bombings at European tourist resorts frequented by Americans, as well as at US military bases, embassies and consular offices in Europe.