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No sooner does USA Today treat us to a comparison of Serbs in the ’90s to the jihadists we flew in to slaughter them, than The Economist blog takes an opportunity to make the same kind of moral equivalence, this time about Serbs who have gone to Ukraine to defend the pro-Russian “rebel” side. Thanks to John Meinhold, via Liz:

Balkan fighters abroad (The Economist, Aug. 21, posted by T.J.)

IS LAVDRIM MUHAXHERI dead? At the end of July the leading Albanian jihadi fighting in Syria (pictured) was posting photos of himself on Facebook in which he appears to chop the head off a young man who he said was a spy. A few days ago the Balkan media were picking up reports from Kurdish television saying that the 24-year-old from Kosovo was dead. On social media however, a friend of his is denying it.

As the western world and its security agencies digest the murder of an American journalist, James Foley, apparently at the hands of a Briton, Balkan countries are getting to grips with their own versions of the problem. Hundreds of Muslim Albanians from Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania are reported to have gone to pursue jihad, along with Bosniak Muslims. A recent Islamic State video showed Mr Muhaxheri brandishing his Kosovo passport, [beside] other Albanians from Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. Mr Muhaxheri waves a sword, promises to conquer Rome and Spain and then the Albanians destroy their passports.

OK, so this confirms what I couldn’t originally — that not only was the jihadi to Muhaxheri’s right also Albanian, but apparently the whole group was. (It also confirms that Muhaxheri was fighting in Syria, not also in Iraq as initially reported.) But moving on to more salient points: Never ones to just worry about the actual threat to themselves — namely jihad — these MSMers jump at the chance to feign concern about what the Slavs are up to, so as to scary-up the Orthodox Christians while diminishing the ferocity of the Islamics:

But the phenomenon is not restricted to Muslims. In the past few weeks the issue of Orthodox Serbs going to fight in Ukraine has risen to the top of the political agenda. [The top!] According to Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s prime minister, they are all mercenaries and what they were doing is “very harmful” for Serbia. [As it tries to straddle the fence between eviscerating itself for Western carrots, and not alienating Russia.]

No one knows how many Serbs have gone to fight in Ukraine. Figures quoted in the media, attributed to intelligence sources, put the numbers at between 30 and 100. Mr Vucic says they are fighting on both sides; the vast majority are likely to be on the side of pro-Russian rebels.

On August 18th Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, announced that 14 Serbs had just turned up to fight. Kosovo Front, a Russian website, gives information to Serbs on how to help the rebels and how to join the “Jovan Sevic Unit”, named after an 18th-century Serb who fought in what is now eastern Ukraine at a time when there were Serbian settlements there.

The Kosovo Front linkman in Serbia, Zeljko Djurovic, gives his phone number and e-mail out here for anyone wanting to help. Kosovo Front is headed by Aleksandr Kravchenko, who says he fought on the Serbian side during the Bosnian war. The website also says that the only way to liberate Kosovo from its mainly Muslim-Albanian people is by liberating Novorossiya, as the pro-Russian rebels call their territory.

For many of the Serbs lured to fighting in Russia [lured! — notice the jihad semantics being applied here — as if a Serb’s decision is no different from that of non-self-thinking Muslims] there is a quasi-religious, Slavic brotherhood element, which mirrors the lure of religious war for Muslims to go to Syria and Iraq. [THERE IT IS!] Both fly eerily similar black and white flags, except that one is emblazoned with words from the Koran, whereas the Orthodox Serb one has a skull and crossbones, crosses and a declaration of Christian faith. [OH NO!] Many of the Serbs also sport big bushy beards like their jihadi counterparts.

Is he observing angled Wahhabi/skinhead-type beards, or Orthodox-priest-type beards? Regardless, maybe the Slavs are trying out some intimidation tactics since that seems to curry respect from dhimmis. Sort of the way non-Muslim fighters of various stripes wear the keffiyeh scarf so as to look like bad-assess too. But let’s see if we can’t figure this beard thing out. Here’s a picture of a Serbian “Chetnik” unit that’s helping the Ukraine defenders (named for the WWII Chetnik guerrilla fighters who uniquely struggled against both Nazis and Communists):

Those look more like Orthodox beards to me. Notice the moustaches. Their jihadi ‘counterparts’ generally don’t have those.

Both Serbia and Kosovo are now preparing legislation to ban their citizens fighting in foreign wars. Bosnia passed its own in April. On August 11th the Kosovo police arrested 40 people it linked to “terrorist groups operating in Iraq and Syria”. According to the police 16 Kosovars have been killed in Syria and Iraq.

In March the authorities in Albania arrested eight people linked to recruitment for jihad in Syria. Most Albanians are strongly pro-American and this week it was revealed that Albania, which has vast stocks of communist-era arms, will send millions of rounds of ammunition, including 32,000 artillery shells, to Iraq and 10,000 Kalashnikov rifles to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile the press in Kosovo have reported that an agent of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency was executed in Syria earlier this year after he had been caught as infiltrator among Albanian jihadis.

And so we end, of course, with an exonerating paragraph or three of the Yugo faction that is the U.S. client, emphasizing what legitimizing aspects can be scrounged up about its officialdom and at-large population, in order to elevate that most rotten Balkan lot above its more civilized and manageable ethnic rival that we designated oppositely.

Closing with the unsurprisingly unpublished letter I sent to USA Today in response to that August 3rd article comparing 1990s Serbs to jihadis:

Dear Editor:

Louise Branson’s bio states that your paper likes to publish diverse opinions, but Ms. Branson offers just more of the same (“Yugoslavia offers Iraq hope,” Aug. 3).

First, a reader has to get past proclamations such as “The U.S. helped end Yugoslavia’s wars.” (No, the U.S. ensured the Croatian war by jumping on the hasty-recognition bandwagon; it abetted domestic terrorism by the KLA in Kosovo; and restarted the Bosnian war by encouraging the Muslim side to renege on the Vance-Owen Plan.) The reader next encounters this embarrassing, scurrilous, low-blow comparison between Serbs and the jihadists that we and Iran flew in to slaughter Serbs: “Sunni fundamentalists have seized swaths of northern Iraq and are massacring Shiites — as Serb militants once swept into towns and villages to ‘ethnically cleanse’ non-Serbs.”

That kind of made-for-Americans version of Balkans history has been debunked by long-suppressed facts that have come to the surface in recent years: the ethnic cleansing was triple-sided, with the Serb side trying to avoid the wars that would cause it while the others insisted on wars of ethnic or religious purity. (Racial preferences were plainly written into the very constitutions of Slovenia and Croatia, and the mono-religious ambitions of Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic were openly proclaimed, while Albanian elders in Kosovo suggested Serb-rape as official policy.)

And yet the one side Ms. Branson mentions as culprit is the side that, interestingly, ended up with the most internally displaced persons. One is reminded of how so many inconvenient facts conveniently didn’t make it into reporters’ notebooks in 1990s Yugoslavia. Surprise — Ms. Branson was a correspondent in those very wars, a member of the pack journalists who built their careers and Pulitzers on uncorroborated tales of horror, half-truths, and outright inversions that helped them bring back the narrative they were assigned.

She goes on to advocate that Iraq carve out precisely the kinds of pure statelets we helped build in the Balkans, writing without an ounce of irony, “The parts of Yugoslavia that have best moved forward are the parts that are predominantly of one ‘tribe.’” It may be the solution for Iraq, though Ms. Branson might mention that the Western statesmen trying to prevent it are the same ones who rammed it through in Yugoslavia. Of Iraq’s disintegration, Ms. Branson writes, “One female journalist[‘s] husband was killed for belonging to the wrong sect…I heard identical anguish as Yugoslavia fell apart. A Serb friend didn’t want to fight for the Serb cause. He wanted to identify himself, as he always had, as a Yugoslav.”

That was the Serb cause, Ms. Branson. That’s who created multi-ethnic Yugoslavia in the first place. The Serbs were fighting back against those who were undoing it and seizing land, trapping Serbs and other minorities inside their minority-hostile slices. It’s not for nothing that retrospective comparisons have been written about Slobodan Milosevic as a less bloody Lincoln. Yet one is a villain, and the other a hero. Go figure.

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

I think the item below, from yesterday, refers to two Albanians that are in addition to these two.

Kosovo Albanian Jihadists Arrested in Tirana (InSerbia.info, Sept. 1)

Kosovo Albanian Mentor Zejnulahu was arrested at the airport in Tirana and was delivered to Kosovo on Friday. He is the second resident of Kosovo arrested in the last two months on suspicion of being a jihadist, Pristina-based daily Lajm reports. The police, according to Lajm, recorded his mobile phone conversations with jihadists in Syria. Zejnulahu subsequently entered Albania to reach Syria via Turkey, which caused suspicion that made controllers at the airport in Tirana act…The Kosovo authorities issued an international arrest warrant for Zejnulahu earlier.

******ADDITIONAL UPDATE******

The Economist article mentions an arrest of eight in March. Here are those news item, which I missed at the time:

7 arrested for recruiting Albanians to fight in Syria (Global Times, Xinhua, March 12, 2014)

Albania arrested seven Muslims on Tuesday on suspicion of being involved in recruitment of Albanian citizens to fight in Syria with rebel groups.

The head of Serious Crimes Prosecution Office Eugen Beci and State Police director Artan Didi reported at a news conference that the suspects are charged with recruiting people for terrorist acts, incitement, public appeal and propaganda about terrorist activities.

Beci informed that police forces found in two suspects’ house mobile phones, a series of bank account contracts, a number of religious books, camouflage backpacks,two grenades, a Kallashnikov-type machine gun, four cartridge clips, hundreds of bullets of 7.62 calibre, a knife as well as two hand-held radios.

The prosecution office stated that they are suspected of indoctrinating different people into radical ideology to later engage in fighting for extremist terrorist groups banned by the UN, and they are suspected of actions in recruitment and sending several Albanian citizens to Syria.

About two-thirds of Albania’s 3.2 million inhabitants are Muslims. Albanian government and religious leaders have appealed to believers not to join extremist terrorist groups in Syria.

Albanian arrested for alleged Syria recruitment (AP, Apr. 15, 2014)

Albanian police say they have arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly recruiting men to enlist with Muslim rebel groups fighting in Syria…Another seven Albanian Muslims, including two imams, were arrested following a crackdown a month ago and are facing similar charges…Scores of Albanians have gone to support Syrian rebels and at least two have died.

Global Post also published the following article, which was a good piece of PR for Albania in terms of fighting terrorism. Of course, the title — “Albania has an Al Qaeda problem. And it’s starting to fight back” — is telling. Albania has had an Al Qaeda problem since the early ’90s. Very nice of it to “start” fighting back. Albania isn’t Saudi Arabia, but let’s keep in mind that the Saudis, too, arrest terrorists, when not serving as a haven or exporter of them.

Albania has an Al Qaeda problem. And it’s starting to fight back (Global Post, March 26, 2014, By Besar Likmeta)

The authorities have arrested eight people on charges of recruiting militants to fight in Syria.

Police detained most of the suspects during dawn raids on two mosques in the Albanian capital earlier this month.

The eight people arrested included two radical imams, Genci Balla and Bujar Hysi, believed to be the spiritual leaders of an extremist Islamist group.

They’re suspected of recruiting dozens of militants for Al Qaeda-affiliated groups fighting in the Syrian civil war.

The authorities also issued international arrest warrants for five more suspects believed to be fighting in Syria.

Observers say radical Islamic groups have operated here for decades, living mainly on the fringes of society, using websites and social networks such as YouTube and Facebook to spread radical propaganda.

Although the majority of Albanians are Muslims — at least nominally — Albanian society is largely secular.

Genci Balla, also known as Abdurrahim Balla, had previously attracted attention for his fiery internet sermons promoting jihad and radical militant groups fighting in Syria.

“Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State [of Iraq and al-Sham] are the only groups that are fighting to create an Islamic state where Sharia law will rule,” he said in a sermon posted on YouTube. “The Syrian Free Army … don’t want Islam to rise up.”

It came amid growing concerns about the number of ethnic Albanians from Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo reported to have joined militant groups fighting in Syria.

Some 300 Albanian fighters have joined the militant groups Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, or ISIS, according to the International Center for the Study of Radicalization, a think tank based in London’s King’s College.

Edval Zoto, a Tirana-based counterterrorism expert, says the deaths of Albanian citizens fighting in Syria put the security services on alert.

However, prosecuting them will be difficult, he says. “It’s difficult to collect evidence that will stand up in court.”

The government boosted its counterterrorism operations after passing a number of amendments to its criminal code earlier this year. They included sentences of up to 10 years in prison for citizens who join conflicts abroad for political, ideological or religious reasons.

Kosovo has also passed a similar law, imposing sentences of up to 15 years in prison for those caught fighting abroad.

Although he supports the changes, Zoto says more must be done.

“Radicalization occurs among individuals who are sidelined from society or belong to small groups,” he says. “Having an open public debate about the phenomenon is a real deterrent.”

As the results of Bosnia’s census looms for mid-January, I wanted to post the following short item from the online British-Serb magazine eBritic:

Dayton’s Bosnia – Did it ever really make any census?
(By Aleks Simic, Oct. 17)

This month Bosnia began its first census as an independent nation, and the first since 1991. The 15 day long survey is designed to give a detailed picture of the results of the upheaval of the 1990′s Balkan wars in which some 100,000 people were killed and 2 million were driven from their homes…Preparations have been marred however by tension between…Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims). All of the ethnic elements that comprise Bosnia fear being weakened if the census proves that their numbers have dwindled, as this is the basis of their current role in government as enshrined in the system of ethnic quotas set out by the 1995 Dayton peace accord.

The Dayton deal created an unwieldy form of government that stopped the war but which has stifled development ever since. The results of the 1991 census showed the [above-illustrated] declaration of the then 4.4 million population…The run-up to the census has resembled an election campaign, with political and religious leaders calling on their followers to declare their ethnicity and faith as a matter of national duty. “Our religion is Islam,” Muslim clerics across Bosnia read in a message delivered during Friday prayers. “In the census, we shall say we are Bosniaks and our language is Bosnian.”

Roman Catholic priests told their worshippers, mainly Bosnian Croats, to encourage relatives living abroad to return and take part in the census. […]

There was one particularly striking example of this. A series of internet ads showing wrapped-up Muslim children at tea, professing stridently their group identification. which annoyed my friend Alyse (Jewish-American married to a Serb) so much that she told me she posted a “translation” on her facebook page:

Ads for the upcoming census in Bosnia: You know your nationality and language are fictitious when you need public service announcements to tell you what your nationality is and what language you speak.

Translation of instructions in Serbian/Croatian:

Nationality: “Bosniak” (A person whose Serb or Croat family accepted Islam - about half the population of Bosnia)
Faith: Islamic: (That much is accurate)
Language: “Bosnian” (Identical to Serbian/Croatian, the only difference is that the person speaking it is Muslim)

So they also pull quotes from the Bosnian website — cute ones, like:

“I believe that Bosniaks are conscious enough that every Bosniak who survived the genocide — each Bosniak who lived in Sarajevo and by Allah’s will dodged grenades and Chetnik’s bullets from the hills — is obliged to declare himself a Bosniak.”

Alyse closed a recent email to me with an ominous foreshadowing:

Do you know when the war will come in Bosnia? Everyone thinks it is soon but nobody knows when.. Okay, you can’t know because nobody knows, everybody just sits around and waits, I wonder if it was like that every time.

One of my husband’s relatives just went to a funeral for his Muslim friend – the Muslims ASKED him to go – and this is how bad it is. It was older guys who had worked together and they had been good friends during communist times and the family came to the Serb and PLEADED with him to come because it was the wishes of the dead guy to have his friend at the funeral – they promised in advance to KEEP HIM SAFE – that is how bad it has become in some areas (this must be in one or the other suburbs of Sarajevo) – so he goes to the funeral – no problem – nobody makes a fuss – nobody says anything [negative]. But the next day somebody burned the Muslims’ car, some other Muslims, burned the car of the Muslims who had taken a Serb to the funeral. It was punishment. Everybody knew that.

People really shouldn’t try to innovate on the doughnut. Not until someone can point me to a good doughnut.

Because there just aren’t any. I’ve tried Dunkin. I’ve tried Winchell’s. I’ve tried every supermarket’s. And you can tell I’m not lying by looking at me. I’ve even tried — several times — Krispy Kreme (whose national proliferation in 1996 everyone got so excited over for nothing; they can’t even get Boston Cream right).

The last time I had a good doughnut was in 1994, when I was working at PARADE magazine and downstairs was a no-name deli with a giant no-name doughnut. It was the first doughnut that had enough icing, and it was enormous. It was my breakfast every morning and would last me until lunch.

I’m sure that SOMEWHERE out there is a good doughnut that I’m overlooking. But clearly it’s not widely or easily available, or I would know about it. I’m a dessert expert, after all. You can tell by looking at me. (Which is why you haven’t seen me since 2008.)

So to hear about a craze, which can cost you up to $100 for a single one, over this new hybrid called Cronut, one loses respect for humanity.

Doughnuts are already too bready and dry, the icing almost an afterthought. (The Krispy Kreme factory in particular must have a permanent icing shortage.) So a doughnut crossed with a croissant? That just sounds like a diluted doughnut.

Until such time as someone comes up with a decent doughnut and I deem it ready for innovation, the word “Cronut” will continue to mean what it has always meant around here. It’s nothing more than the correct pronunciation of Croatian.

Speaking of which, here are some scenes from the EU’s newest member, minted 2013:


Zagreb, Croatia today. (Photo by Danas)

No wonder Croatia was in a panic when a report — bogus or not — came out over the summer about the Croats’ own family tree: they’re descendants of Serbs, their genes closer to those of the ancient Serbs than today’s Turk-mixed Serbs.

Meanwhile, if the subject is trees and Serbs in Croatia, who can forget the Croatian Serb who had to live up a tree:


(See “Return to Earth for Serb Tree Man.” His plight was improved after a flurry of media coverage was sparked by this photo in Canada’s National Post accompanying my 2007 article “When will the World Confront the Undead of Croatia?”)

But back to this, the year of Croatia’s EU entry. It opened with the vision of still another graffito in Vukovar, in February:


“If there aren’t enough willows for the Serbs, it doesn’t matter; [hang them] from the birch trees.” (This builds on the old Ustasha saying, “Hang the Serbs from the willows.”)

Such graffiti started appearing a few days after an anti-Cyrillic meeting in which participants demanded a 20-year moratorium on the introduction of Cyrillic as an official script, a legal obligation stemming from the 2011 Vukovar census which found that more than a third of inhabitants are Serb.

Last month, Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic pointed out that “in textbooks the Serbs are still occupiers and Chetniks, there are no Serbian schools, and there is not even an editorial program in Serbian language in Croatian Electronic Media.”

In the wake of the Cyrillic controversy this year, Croatian newspaper Novosti had the decency to do this:

The Croatian weekly Novosti has published an announcement issued by the Croatian Ustasha regime, banning the use of the Cyrillic alphabet. (Oct. 25)

The ban was enforced in the territory of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) - a fascist WW2 entity that operated Jasenovac and other death camps, places of mass murder of Serbs, Jews, and Roma.

The weekly decided to print the historic document at the peak of an anti-Cyrillic campaign in Croatia….The 1941 decree banned Cyrillic “in the entire territory of the NDH,” and said this was in particular valid for “the business of state and self-government bodies, offices of public institutions, trade and similar books, correspondence, and all public inscriptions.”

Reports from Vukovar on Friday said that another bilingual sign written in both Croatian and Serbian had been removed, this time from a court building.

Since the signs were put up in September they were removed on several occasions, while the police was placed in front of the building for a while to guard them.

But Croatian PM Zoran Milanović and the group organizing the protests, “the HQ for the Defense of Croatian Vukovar,” met last week and agreed that the police should be withdrawn.

After the meeting, Milanović said that the signs would remain in place “since the law must be respected” - but that the police would no longer guard them, and that it was “up to everybody’s consciousness and sense of responsibility (to decide) how to behave.” […]

That should turn out well.


A girl gestures during a protest against Cyrillic signs at Zagreb’s main square April 7, 2013. Around 20,000 Croats, mostly war veterans, rallied on Sunday on the central square in the capital Zagreb to protest against a plan to introduce signs in the Cyrillic alphabet used by Serbs. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (From Reuters, April 7: “Croat war veterans protest against Cyrillic signs” — Around 20,000 Croats, mostly war veterans, rallied on Sunday on the central square in the capital Zagreb to protest against a plan to introduce signs in the Cyrillic alphabet used by Serbs.”)

Croatia belongs to Europe,” indeed.

Croatia’s accession is a major step towards the full reunification of Europe,” indeed. (Beware the full reunification of Europe, particularly when it’s being hailed by a reunified Germany expanding its reunification.)

Back in April, we had this: Serbian Consulate in Rijeka, Croatia, Attacked (”An unknown perpetrator threw a Molotov cocktail at the Serbian consulate in the coastal city of Rijeka, but failed to inflict any damage… The mayor warned that ‘turning to nationalism, which we can see happening every day, could unfortunately lead to similar events like this’.”)

And July brought this:

Memorial to Croatia Concentration Camp Victims Destroyed

A memorial plaque honouring World War II concentration camp victims who died on the Croatian island of Pag has been vandalised again, just weeks after being restored.

The Serb National Council in Croatia announced on Monday that this was the third time that the memorial on Pag had been demolished since the early 1990s.

The attack came just weeks after the plaque was replaced at a commemoration in late June for the victims of the WWII concentration camp complex which included Slana and Metajna on Pag and Jadovno on the nearby Croatian mainland.

“It is unacceptable that for the third time there is no reaction from the authorities who are obliged to protect the legacy and memory of the victims of World War II and the legacy of anti-fascism,” the council said in a statement.

An estimated 40,000 people were exterminated at the camp complex during its brief period in operation between April and August 1941, mostly Serbs and Jews.

It was run by the Ustasha authorities who ruled part of the former Yugoslavia during WWII in alliance with Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

The plaque was installed by Coordination of Jewish Municipalities, the Jadovno 1941 Association, the League of Anti- Fascist Veterans and the Serb National Council in Croatia.

From a blog about the same incident:

…The memorial plaque to victims of Croatian Ustasha camps on the island of Pag was first set up in 1975 and destroyed 1991, when neo Nazi Croatia was reborn; it was rebuilt in 2010…and two days later it was destroyed.

…The [SNC] statement pointed out that it is almost unbelievable that the representatives of the people and victims, anti-fascists didn’t rise against revisionism in all the spheres of the Croatian society.

“Indifference doesn’t only insult the memory of the victims, but also opens [the] door to fascist behavior of young Croats who [celebrate] singing lyrics that glorify killing of Serbs on the streets of the capital or at the foot of the monument in Jasenovac,” noted the SNC [which] also stated that such a phenomena in Croatia today should not be a problem exclusively of representatives of minority groups, but should also be the subject of interest of the Croatian state politics.

Croatian NAZI Camp Slano on the island of Pag was established for Serbian men and Metajna for Serbian women and children. According to Italian documents and survivors’ testimonies a very large number of Serbian people [were] murdered and thrown into the sea.


Serbian children in Croatian concentration camp in Pag island

Thousands of tourists…visit Pag and its famous Zrće beach every year… “What people don’t know is that Zrće is about eight kilometres from the village of Metajna, where in June 1941 the first camp for Serbian and Jewish women and children in the Second World War was opened, and next to it was camp ‘Slano’, which received its first inmates on 24 June, 1941”.

The Serbs from the Slano were murdered by tying rocks around their necks and cutting open their belles so that they would not float out, and then they were thrown overboard into the sea where people today are partying and swim”, he stated and added that the attitude of the Croatian authorities towards [these] execution sites is devastating.

Besides the fact there is often no plaque there, there is not a single mark that 70 years ago Croatian nazi concentration camps ever existed.

All Croatian websites promote the whole [s]ite as a Croatian Ibiza, so one can only see invitations to tourists to have fun in Pag, Slano [and] Metajna concentration camps.

“One of them is… ‘Feel the mystical silence that dominates, disturbed only by cries of seagulls and eagles’, and they invite people to scuba dive and enjoy the depths of the sea off the coast where inmates were thrown in’, said Bastašić and added that there are photographs of people sunbathing on the location where Italians exhumed 793 bodies of inmates and 91 children.

According to the research conducted so far on the complex of Ustasha camps “Jadovno – Gospić 1941”, which also include the island of Pag, no fewer than 40,123 victims were murdered, 38,010 Serbs, 1999 Jews and the rest were ideological opponents of the Independent State of Croatia. […]

At least Muslims are happy in Croatia; nice to see that Croats and Muslims still love each other:

Position of Muslims in Croatia example for Europe, says Zagreb mufti (Dalje, Aug. 7)

The position of Muslims in Croatia is enviable when compared to the other states in the region and the contractual relationship between the Croatian government and the Meshihat of the Islamic Community in Croatia is an example that should be followed by all European countries, Zagreb Mufti Aziz Hasanovic was quoted as saying in Wednesday’s issue of Sarajevo’s Dnevni Avaz daily.

He said the contract signed in 2002 “is in line with the official recognition of Islam in 1916 and can serve as an example, but also as a model in seeking solutions for Muslim communities in European countries as well as a model in solving (the status) of Christian minorities in the Islamic world.”

Hasanovic said the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina was preparing a contract to legally strengthen its position in line with the solution in force in Croatia.

And if there’s one thing that Bosnia needs, it’s a stronger Muslim position.

New pastry idea: Musnut, a mushroom-flavored doughnut.

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

…the tribunal resorts to repackaging a Hitler-era policy against Serbs, as a Serbian policy against Hitler’s side. An astonishing paragraph appeared in The New York Times and Al Jazeera. Astonishing even from the tried and true Balkans tall-tellers who for 20 years have been doing the bidding of their Islamic and other anti-Serb masters. Indeed, this one outdoes the countless other outsize accusations against the Serb side that we’ve grown numb to by now.

That’s because the phrase is so familiar, so often recited by those whose families perished as a result of it. “Kill a third, convert a third, expel a third.” That was the stated and executed policy of Hitler’s Croatian Ustashe regime. And so if the victims’ descendants were to see the day that the dreaded phrase would be mis-attributed and even inverted, it would momentarily transport them into another dimension, one where such unimaginable gall was possible. And to a surreality where such a glaring historical perversion and subversion could actually go — as all astonishing things Balkan-related do — unnoticed by the entire third dimension. (Except for a handful of us ‘cranks’ who pay attention to the ongoing dissolution of Germany’s eternal target, the Former Yugoslavia, successor state Serbia.)

That day arrived on July 12th, the traditional day for articles commemorating the July 11th, 1995 Srebrenica “genocide.” Written by Western journalists who feel an ongoing compulsion to mourn the deaths of Allah’s soldiers.

Nebojsa Malic recently emailed me the following note:

The ultimate result of Ustasha crimes being suppressed, denied and excused is that the SERBS get blamed for them:

From Al-Jazeera:

“[Appeals judges] said there was evidence from meetings attended by Karadzic in the early 1990s ‘that it had been decided that one third Muslims would be killed, one third would be converted to the Orthodox religion and a third will leave on their own’.”

From NY Times:

“For example, the judge said, evidence presented during the trial showed that ‘in meetings with Karadzic “it had been decided that one-third of Muslims would be killed, one-third would be converted to the Orthodox religion and a third will leave on their own” and thus all Muslims would disappear from Bosnia.’”

Not only is this a lie, it is a word-for-word plagiarism of Ustasha minister Mile Budak’s assertion from 1941, that the objective of [Croatian fuehrer Ante] Pavelic’s state was “kill a third, convert a third, and expel a third” of the Serbs.

[Even] Wikipedia indicates that Budak said this at a speech on July 22, 1941 in Gospić — where Serbs were brutally murdered in 1941 as well as 1991: “The movement of the Ustashi is based on faith. For the minorities we have three million bullets. We shall kill one part of the Serbs, expel the second part, and convert to Catholicism the third part of them.”

What both present-day “Bosniaks” and Croats did in NDH [Hitler-bestowed Independent State of Croatia], and the Albanians did in occupied portions of Serbia, during the 1940s, clearly qualifies as genocide under Lemkin’s definition. So does [1990s Croatian president Franjo] Tudjman’s plan to eradicate Serbs from territories he claimed as Croatia, or the KLA’s pogroms of Serbs in occupied Kosovo, or the ethnic cleansing of Muslim- and Croat-controlled portions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yet it’s the victims of these atrocities that are being accused of “genocide” — and even falsely framed using the language of their very executioners!

Just on the face of it, the blatant juxtaposition of Eastern Orthodoxy today being an aggressive, expansionist, proselytizing belief lends laughability to the projective phrase. Even someone who has never heard of the Balkans would think it a strange charge. At the same time, we do know of at least two far more aggressive religions — Islam and Catholicism. Both, coincidentally, historically anti-Orthodox. On that point, I close with the article that Malic wrote while trying to recover from glimpsing the devil’s face in the pages of Jazeera-Times:

The Big Lie (Gray Falcon, July 14)

Two months ago, I wrote about a horrifying feature of Yugoslavia II (1945-1991): the moral equivalence the regime of Josip Broz Tito imposed between the royalist Serbs and the Nazi Croats (both Catholic and Muslim).

The very real genocide (entirely fitting Lemkin’s definition) of Serbs in the “Independent State of Croatia” (NDH) was thus systematically minimized and suppressed, while the royalists (”Chetniks”) were accused of massacring Croat and Muslim civilians and open collaboration with the Nazis. The West participated in this cover-up, partly to prop Tito’s regime as a wedge in the Eastern Bloc, but also to protect the Roman Catholic Church, whose clergy backed the NDH.

Thanks to the suppression of truth about the NDH, Croat exiles were able to impose the myth of their own suffering at Communist hands…as a foundation of an independent Croatia proclaimed in 1991 (and forcibly “cleansed” of Serbs by 1995, with [the West’s] help). Part and parcel of this was a media operation in the early 1990s, by which the heirs of NDH were presented as victims, and their intended victims as executioners:

“…the Croatian and Bosnian past was marked by a real and cruel anti-semitism. Tens of thousands of Jews perished in Croatian camps. So there was every reason for intellectuals and Jewish organizations to be hostile towards the Croats and Bosnians. Our challenge was to reverse this attitude. And we succeeded masterfully.” (James Harff or Ruder Finn, 1993 interview)

This went beyond “reversing the attitude” of Jewish organizations; through the legerdemain of perception management, the very real Nazi connections of Croats, “Bosnians” (i.e. Bosnian Muslims) and later Albanians — during the 1999 attack on Serbia — transformed into the entirely fabricated “Serb fascism” in the Western public opinion…


What you see vs. what happens (source unknown)

Not only did this whitewash the Holocaust, it manufactured a cover for its continuation, this time under [Allied] sanction. The outcome of NATO’s “Deliberate Force” (1995) and “Allied Force” (1999) was arguably worse than of Hitler’s “Strafgericht” (1941): there are hardly any Serbs left in today’s Croatia, while those that survived 14 years of ethnic cleansing, pogroms, murder, rape and worse in Albanian-occupied Kosovo are now being forced to submit to KLA rule. Serbia itself has a quisling government far worse than the puppet regime of [WWII] General Nedić. Only in Bosnia did the Serbs manage to defend their rights, though the political assault on them shows no sign of abating.

Part of that assault have been the “war crimes” trials of the entire political and military leadership of the Bosnian Serbs. The ICTY, a “court” conjured by the [West] for the purpose of legitimizing its Balkans meddling, is insisting that the Bosnian Serbs committed “genocide” against the Muslims. Not in a general sense, mind you, but in seven or so municipalities, cherry-picked by the prosecutors. Both this, and classifying what happened in (or rather, outside) Srebrenica in 1995 as genocide are patently absurd.

The actually legitimate ICJ ruled in 2007 against the claim of “municipal genocide”. Last year, the ICTY “judges” dropped that particular charge against wartime Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadžić. This week, an appeals panel led by ICTY president Theodor Meron, reinstated the charge — on July 11 no less, the date Muslims mark as the anniversary of “genocide” in Srebrenica.

Political symbolism? Marlise Simons (see here) of the New York Times thinks so:

“By scheduling the hearing on what has become a sacred date for Bosnian Muslims, the presiding judge, Theodor Meron, seemed to want to send a message to the war’s survivors as he recited an usually long and gruesome list of atrocities committed against Muslim civilians and prisoners of war.” (emphasis added)

However, among the “evidence” cited by Meron is the following:

“…there was evidence from meetings attended by Karadzic in the early 1990s ‘that it had been decided that one third Muslims would be killed, one third would be converted to the Orthodox religion and a third will leave on their own’.”

Lest you think this is Al-Jazeera editorializing, Simons cites the same passage in her NYT article. So does Carol Williams of the LA Times. And here it is, in the official ICTY press release:

“For example, the Appeals Chamber observed that the Trial Chamber received evidence that in meetings with Karadžić “it had been decided that one third of Muslims would be killed, one third would be converted to the Orthodox religion and a third will leave on their own” and thus all Muslims would disappear from Bosnia.”

If this is what it considers “evidence,” the ICTY ought to disband itself immediately, disbar all its judges and prosecutors, and sentence itself to whatever is appropriate for contempt of court and obstruction of justice. Because this particular claim is a word-for-word plagiarism (with names changed) of a statement made by Mile Budak, Nazi Croatia’s minister of culture, in a 1941 speech about Croatian plans for the Serbs.

Nor can ICTY “judges” claim ignorance of this fact, because the original statement by Budak was quoted in the Karadžić “trial” not two months ago, by Nenad Kecmanović (testifying on May 31 this year, official transcript, end of p. 7133).

Take a minute for this to sink in. Not only is a political court, acting on political instructions, fabricating a political accusation for political purposes, the false evidence it cites to accuse the Serbs of genocide is based on a Croatian Nazi plan to commit a genocide of Serbs. This isn’t just blaming the victim, this is blaming the victim in order to amnesty the culprit.

And not a single Western journalist covering the “trial” has noticed this.

Still think the media have anything to do with the truth? That ICTY has anything to do with either truth or justice? Why?

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

Reader Danny points out that in its own coverage of the reinstatement of the genocide charge against Karadzic, the AP doesn’t mention this “evidence” of a kill-convert-expel policy. That may be because, as Politika Online reported last week, the American judge Meron — whose push, in contrast, to acquit Croatian cleansers of Serbs last year finally baffled other judges on the panel — “relied on an anonymous witness” who came up with the kill-convert-expel projection. (Projected from WWII Croats-on-Serbs to 1990s Serbs-on-Bosniaks.) Via Google Translate:

…This kind of inversion of the famous Ustasha plan to eliminate Serbs from the territory of the Independent State of Croatia…shocked the public in Serbia… Petronijević Goran, a Belgrade lawyer team from Karadzic’s defense counsel, [said the defense was ’stunned’]: “We searched all possible evidence and documents from the trial before the trial chamber and responsibly claim that there is no proof, and no document to confirm that it ever existed in the Bosnian-Serb Republic a similar plan or decision.”

Petronijević said the defense team only found that there was a protected witness who said that “he knew someone who knew someone who was supposed to be at the meeting at which such a policy is agreed upon, ostensibly in the presence of Radovan Karadzic. The secret witness did not provide any evidence of the hearsay statement.”

“The Hague court allowed hearsay, but this is the criteria that’s impermissible — the president of judicial decisions relying on such gossip. That such a meeting took place there would have to be some clue, some paper, some evidence of a witness. None of this exists in any indictment against Radovan Karadzic, no other evidence,” said Petronijević.

[Citing “privacy,”] the prosecution failed to trace the source of the alleged inflammatory claims. Protected witness identified under the label KDZ 051 claimed to have heard of the plan of the Holy Veselinovića Rogatice, who during the war was one of the leaders of the local branch of the Serbian Democratic Party.

Danish judge Frederik Harhoff [has claimed] that “The Hague Tribunal does not dispense justice, but also implements policy decisions and Meron influenced acquittals….”

As corroboration, Appeals Chamber also admitted into evidence [an oft-used statement by] Karadzic on the eve of the war in Bosnia that Muslims would “disappear” if a conflict occurs. [We saw THAT coming. Recall upon Karadzic’s 2008 arrest how that phrase was plastered across newspapers, when in fact Karadzic said this in the course of trying to prevent war, warning that it would be madness for the Muslims to start a war, because they would be no match for the Serb militiamen around Sarajevo and would be seriously imperiling themselves.]

Apart from the political implications, the latest twist in the tribunal [broaches] cultural and historical revisionism, using known [historical] patterns, this time attributed to the Serbs. Particularly surprising[was the] assertion that the Serbian Orthodox Church [would] forcibly convert them [Muslims].

Archpriest Stavrophor Velibor Dzomic, an expert on church-state law, according to “policy,” the Church not only never in history has forcibly converted, but there is no such provision in the Church’s doctrine.

According to him, such argument was not even in the political programs of Serbian parties.

“[Such policies] were [stated and employed] by members of the Ustasha movement of Ante Pavelic. Therefore, bringing the Bosnian Serbs in connection with the Ustasha ideology is not the first planting [framing] of the Serbs by the ICTY, and unfortunately will not be the last,” says Archpriest Dzomic.

American law professor Robert Hayden, who testified as an expert at the first Hague trial of Bosnian Serb Dusko Tadic, points to the problem of anonymous authentication, protected witnesses whose credibility is difficult to test. Hayden recalls the famous case of false witnesses L with Tadic process, after which the court rules changed….The professor from the University of Pittsburgh warns that this very seriously raises the question of prosecution of ethical rules and legal principles.

My new friend Jerry Gordon, a senior editor at New English Review, in March posted a blurb about Professor Raphael Israeli’s new book:

Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Death Camps of Croatia Visions and Revisions 1941-1945

by Raphael Israeli

Transactions Publishers
ISBN :978-1-4128-4975-3
New Brunswick (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.)
201 p.

Blurb for Book Jacket

The Death Camps of Croatia — Visions and Revisions, 1941-1945 chronicles the virtually unknown Genocide committed in unspeakable ways by the Ustashi fascists, Catholic priests and Bosnian Muslims of 700,000 Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies and dissident Croatians in the Jadovno and Jasenovac death camps during the period from 1941 to 1945 in wartime Yugoslavia in the Nazi-supported [Independent State of Croatia]. Using recent archival research unveiled at the Jadovno Conference in 2011, the author reveals the catastrophic and grisly testimonies of how these atrocities were committed and the evidence destroyed. It is a masterful and scholarly expose of the hitherto revisionist history of the Holocaust committed in wartime Yugoslavia.

Review

…That genocide is now considered the worst per capita in Europe surpassing those of the SS death factories of Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Treblinka. The slaughter was even found to be despicable by the Nazis…Over 80 percent of Yugoslavia’s [sic: Croatia’s] pre-war Jewish population of over 86,000…lost their lives in the death camps…Marshal Josip Broz Tito, wartime Partisan leader immured knowledge of these Croatian Death Camps in postwar Yugoslavia. The book defeats the revisionist history of the genocide perpet[u]ated by contemporary Croatian leaders aimed at covering up what occurred…The author pays special attention to the insidious role of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the Haj Amin al Husseini, and Hitler’s guest in Berlin during WWII. The author connects the Grand Mufti to the Muslim Brotherhood, his intervention in pogroms against Jews in Iraq, recruitment of Bosnian Muslim SS Waffen troops and scuttling of Jewish Children transports to Palestine…

Jerome B. Gordon, author of The West Speaks and a senior editor of The New English Review.

One sentence in the review which I did not include has the book revealing a “hitherto unknown genocide by nationalist Serbs and Cetniks who during the Nazi occupation relentlessly tracked down and killed Jews.” This caused me to raise my eyebrows, and I supposed that perhaps Israeli — like every other journalist, scholar and historian who’s worried about making the Serbs look too much better than their enemies — felt compelled to include such a section in order to morally equalize WWII Serbs with WWII Croatians. While I’d be surprised if some tracking-down and turning-in of Jews didn’t go on in Serbia, as it did in almost every European country, it certainly wasn’t the case with the most famous Chetnik fighters — those of Draza Mihailovich — who had 2,000 Bulgarian Jews fighting alongside them.

It’s possible the moral equivalence came from Communist sources that the author may have used. Or perhaps from the notorious, paid-for screed by Philip Cohen Serbia’s Secret War. Mihailovich did specifically address anti-Semitism as unacceptable, which implies there was at least some of it among his forces. But that’s a very long way from “relentlessly tracked down and killed,” much less “genocide.” It’s possible also that Israeli is conflating Mihailovich’s men with the collaborationist Nedic government, which did help hunt down Jews for the Gestapo. (Mihailovich had moles within the Nedic regime, funneling money, food and supplies to the resistance.) Even in that case, though, it would be a bit like comparing Vichy France to the SS itself. (Worse, since it took a lot more Serb blood than French before collaborating.)

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).

It turns out that someone at the State Department knew all along that Croatia never answered for its Nazi past and shouldn’t just sail into the EU un-scrutinized and unreformed. Unfortunately, it’s a bit late. This former Under Secretary of State, Stuart Eizenstat, could have spoken up when Croatia was put on the fast-track in the mid-2000s, or even as late as last year, when the final stage of accession began; Croatia will be an EU member by mid next year.

Still, one is grateful for the following item from Thursday’s Haaretz (and please don’t be fooled by the paper’s — likely not Eizenstat’s — clumsy efforts at moral equivalence where there is none, via the strained insertion of Serbia):

EU should hold Croatia and Serbia accountable for Holocaust roles, says U.S. diplomat (June 21)

Former Under Secretary of State Stuart E. Eizenstat tells Haaretz in a wide-ranging interview that if Croatia wants to join the democratic body, it must follow rule of law and come to terms with its past.

By Mordechai I. Twersky

A leading U.S. diplomat and former ambassador to the European Union is calling on the EU to encourage Croatia and Serbia to take responsibility for their roles in the Holocaust before granting them EU membership.

“Now is the time for the European Union to exact the maximum amount of leverage,” said Stuart E. Eizenstat, a former U.S. under secretary of state, who served as the Clinton administration’s special representative on Holocaust-era issues. “Once they’re in, the leverage is lost.”

Eizenstat, who gave a wide-ranging interview to Haaretz while attending the President’s Conference in Jerusalem yesterday, noted that Croatia’s president, Ivo Josipovic, was also in attendance. He said Josipovic must go beyond his apology, issued last February, for his country’s role in the crimes committed against the Jews during the Second World War. He called on him to commence with a restitution program and the formation of an independent commission of international scholars to examine the country’s wartime past.

“Neither one of those is being done right now with respect to Croatia,” said Eizenstat, who has negotiated agreements with Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and other European countries with regard to restitution of property, compensation for slavery, recovery of looted art and bank accounts, and payment of insurance policies for Holocaust victims.

According to the Yad Vashem’s website, 30,000 of Croatia’s Jews died during the Holocaust - 80 percent of the country’s Jewish population.

Croatia is expected to gain EU membership next year.

Serbia applied for EU membership in 2009 and may be granted entry as early as 2014. Yad Vashem estimates that 14,500 Jews were exterminated in Serbia during the Holocaust.

“This is a time to say, ‘Look, if you’re going to get into a democratic organization with rules of law, you have to demonstrate that the rule of law applies to you as well, and that you’re going to find ways to deal with your past,’” said Eizenstat, America’s ambassador to the EU from 1993-1996, who accused the EU of not holding Central and Eastern European countries accountable.

“It’s never been on the EU’s agenda,” said the 69-year-old diplomat, a native of Atlanta, Georgia. “They need to take the lead, and they simply haven’t.”

Haaretz attempted to reach the Croatian delegation attending the Jerusalem Conference but did not receive a response before press time. […]

Perhaps “it’s never been on the EU’s agenda,” Mr. Eizenstat, because the EU was, after all, conceived by “former” Nazis in 1957, and modeled on a less malevolent version of Hitler’s vision.

The stats mentioned by Haaretz — 30,000 Jews killed by WWII Croatia — naturally neglect to mention the 750,000 Serbs that Croatia killed, many of them alongside Jews at the notorious but unknown-to-Westerners concentration complex of Jasenovac, WWII’s third-most efficient death camp and in fact its first, laying the blueprint for the rest.

Clearly, Haaretz knows there’s nothing politically incorrect about ignoring the always politically correct deaths of Serbs.

Now, that’s what wasn’t mentioned about Serbs. What was mentioned follows protocol as well: “…14,500 Jews were exterminated in Serbia during the Holocaust.”

But there is a world of difference between “in Serbia” and “by Serbia,” between Nazis doing the killing in occupied Serbia and Croats doing the killing in Axis-allied Croatia. Nor, again, can one help but notice that the two mentions of Serbia — just enough to equalize it with Croatia — seem shoehorned in. They are outside of quotation marks, that is, not attributed to Eizenstat, whose quotes mention only Croatia. Another clue pointing to a bit of editorial guidance is the part about attempts to get a comment from the Croatian delegation.

Closing with a bit of history: While some Serbs did turn Jews in to the Germans (without doing the actual killing) — as was happening all over Europe — Haaretz’s glaring insertions perplexed Hague analyst Andy Wilcoxson, who sent an email elaborating:

I think there were probably some Nazi collaborators among the Serbs, but I don’t think there was a single country occupied by the Nazis where there weren’t collaborators.

What I do know is that the Chetniks [Serbian guerrillas] raised a rebellion against the Nazi occupiers, and that the vast majority of Serbs were either Communist Partisans or Royalist Chetniks. I also know that Truman posthumously gave [Chetnik] General Mihailovic the Legion of Merit. The fact that Truman gave him the award *after* the Communists executed him for “collaborating with the Nazis” tells me that President Truman didn’t put any stock in the allegations of Nazi collaboration [by Mihailovic’s Chetniks], which he was certainly aware of when he decided to give him the award because the allegations were all over the media by then.

I also know that if you go to a library and search the microfilms of American newspapers for stories mentioning Chetniks during World War II, especially 1941 and 1942, it was reported at the time that the Chetniks were leading the rebellion against the Ustasha and Nazi occupation forces in Serbia.

Here is a movie produced by 20th Century Fox in 1943 about the Chetniks.

Amazing how they can re-write the history of the 2nd World War to turn the Serbs into the Nazis they fought against and get away with it, when it was obvious to EVERYONE during the war that the Serbs sided with the Allies.

(Similarly, last year a writer named Royston Jones wrote for WalesHome.org: “While a small number of Serbs collaborated, the vast majority reacted as Serbs always have when threatened or invaded. They fought. The courage and doggedness of Tito’s (mainly Serbian) Partisans and the royalist (and totally Serbian) Chetniks led by Draža Mihailovic is well documented. The vast numbers of German troops they tied down for years undoubtedly helped the Soviets achieve victory on the Eastern Front.”)

Look for this documentary about WWII’s Halyard Mission, the largest American air rescue from behind enemy lines that no one knows about. (Because it was made possible by Serbs, and by Serb-Americans in the U.S. military):

Appendix A

At least reunified Germany has had Croatia’s back all along:

MEPs wrestle over report on Croatia’s EU progress (March 1, 2007)

…The report says that the “effective prosecution of war crimes is still being undermined by hostility at local level against initiatives questioning Croatia’s role in the conflict.”

It urges Zagreb “actively to encourage and support the prosecution of war crimes.”

It also “deplores” the government’s offer to help pay the defence costs of General Ante Gotovina and its offer to act as amicus curiae for this and other cases….

“I am satisfied with Croatia’s progress. At the moment I do not see any problems on the Croatian side for EU entry before the European elections in 2009 if prime minister Sanader pushes on with his successful policies,” said centre-right German MEP Elmar Brok.

And once we became Germany’s foot soldier, not only did we assist militarily in the biggest ethnic cleansing of the Balkan wars — Croatia’s 1995 Operation Storm which expelled 250,000 Serbs while bludgeoning those too old to make it out — but the reasons for our initial objections no longer mattered, as these more recent rosy headlines demonstrate:

Cheney: US backs Croatia for joining NATO, EU (May 7, 2006)

Bush: Croatia a Good Example for the Region (March 27, 2008)

Bush hails Croatia’s NATO acceptance (April 5, 2008)

US and UK clash over Croatia’s EU membership bid (Jan. 1, 2009)

Bush praises Croatia, promise to work on visa waiver program (April 5, 2008)

U.S. President George W. Bush praised Croatians as hardworking, freedom-loving people on Saturday and promised that America and NATO would stand by Croatia if anyone should endanger it.

Washington did not initially support Croatia’s independence….It was not until April 1992 that the U.S. recognized Croatian independence — three months after the European Union did. In the 1990s, Washington also disapproved of Croatian nationalism.

Bush’s visit is seen by the government as a confirmation that Croatia is now fully embraced by the West.

History be damned.

Appendix B

After my Croatia article ran in Jerusalem Post in February 2010, a friend shared the following revelation, indicating that WWII Croatia was a precedent for more than just death camps, and leading to the question whether six million Jews died for the dream of an independent Catholic Croatia:

Interesting chapter [in The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, Indiana University Press]. Page 39:

“….The Croatian genocide is significant historically because of its timing and the circumstances surrounding it. By failing to speak out publicly against genocide in Croatia, the Holy See lost an opportunity to condemn it in 1941, just months before the Holocaust began. The circumstances are equally important. Since the main victims of Ustasha genocide were Orthodox Serbs, Pope Pius XII forfeited an opportunity to denounce a genocide that did not involve Hitler’s plans for Jews which had not yet been worked out in detail. Among the Axis powers, the Italians found the brutality of the Ustasha murderers horrifying and the Germans saw it as economically disruptive. The summer of 1941 would have been the right moment in time for the Holy See to exercise moral leadership.

“Why then did Pope Pius not address this moral issue? It was not because it did not occur to him. Cardinal Eugene Tisserant had smelled genocide in the air at the beginning of WWII and had suggested to Pius at that time that he address the issue in an encyclical. Rather, it was because the Holy See preferred to bring diplomatic pressure on the Ustasha government instead of challenging the fascists publicly on the immorality of genocide. [Croatian fuehrer] Pavelic’s diplomatic emissaries to the Holy See were scolded gently by Monsignors Tardini and Montini…”

The genocide of Serbs and Jews in Croatia happened first — before Hitler’s started The Final Solution — and the Vatican was intent on keeping Catholic Croatia as a state, so they didn’t want to rock the boat by “condemning genocide” as a moral issue because it would damn Croatia and might even reflect badly on the Catholic Church given how religiously motivated that the Ustashe were…Once Pius remained silent about genocide in Croatia, Hitler had him over a barrel: What kind of “moral high ground” could Pius have condemning Hitler killing Jews when he’d never opened his mouth on what was happening in Catholic Croatia?

Jasenovac, the only death camp in Europe not run by Nazi Germany but rather by the Croats themselves, was built almost a year before Auschwitz . I had always assumed that the Croats had seen Germans sending Jews to death camps so they joined in by building Jasenovac, but based on the timeline it was the other way around. Croatia’s Jasenovac was actually the model for Auschwitz, right down to having a railway close by to transport people…(It’s true that Dachau was built in 1933, before the war began, but Dachau began primarily as a concentration camp to house political prisoners — mostly Christians.)

But don’t ask a Croatian about any of this stuff. He’ll believe he has no idea what you’re talking about and will call you a Chetnik for bringing it up. Anyway, it’s all about the beautiful coastline, Dude. Welcome to the EU!

*****TWO UPDATES AT BOTTOM*****

In my blog responding to The Washington Times and its calumnist — I mean columnist — Jeffrey T. Kuhner, I made a couple references to the traumatized Canadian UN soldiers who witnessed the aftermath of the crimes by rampaging Croatian troops upon Serbian soldiers and civilians alike. I wanted to just illustrate some of what that was referring to, with a few random excerpts:

ASHAMED OF OUR INCOMPETENCE: Recollections of a Canadian Soldier
Translated interview with Peter Cochrane, by Ljiljana Mitrovic

…One evening while heatedly debating how politicians yet again stirred the ashes and reignited the embers in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, and how many Serbs died in this last war, a passerby (from Georgia – formerly in USSR), obviously not realizing his surroundings, took it upon himself to announce that the Croatians didn’t kill enough Serbs. Before the present, shocked Serbs could react, [the stranger slugged him].

“I didn’t have a choice; I had to knock him out,” begins Peter Cochrane, a Canadian soldier who served as a peacekeeper in Serbian Krajina and Slavonia from October 1992 to October 1993. An experience which he says will remain forever etched into his conscious and subconscious mind.

Massacre in Medak Pocket

“I was a witness to the endless lines of broken figures carrying what they could take away on their shoulders. And the fallen cities, burning villages, bloody sidewalks, mass graves - everything that is unimaginable in modern society” confesses Pete who, with his gesture towards the Georgian, awakened a trust in even the most skeptical among us.

Born September 4th, 1965 in Montreal, where his family still resides, at the age of 21 Pete decided to join the Canadian armed forces.

After his training in Quebec, Nova Scotia and Alberta, he was transferred to the Third Battalion PPCLI Division (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry)…In 1992 he was sent to the territories of the former Yugoslavia. There he spent the next six months in Krajina and Western Slavonia….

…”That breed of hate and resentment I simply couldn’t imagine. We, the UN soldiers, tried to help the poor locals on both sides of the conflict, but couldn’t do much due to political directives coming from New York. When I went into this mission I thought I was going there to help the people and to maintain peace with no regard towards nationality. Yet, because of orders coming from ‘above’ I was extremely frustrated and paralyzed to do anything as were the rest of the UNPROFOR soldiers whose hands were tied.”

“For example: It was well known to us that there were three mass graves in the vicinity of Uljanik, where Serbs were buried”, continues Pete in the same breath. “Given orders to go down there and investigate, we discovered bodies of massacred Serb civilians and sent our report to New York. They did absolutely nothing about the matter, nor did it in any way dawn on them to blame the Croatians. The same was seen, in an already witnessed scenario, around the villages in the area of Pakrac. Many knives were dragged across the throats of women, children, elderly and others… many more men were captured in a cursed ring of hate and revenge. I remember we patrolled for days around those villages. In one of the houses lived an old woman, as you would say, who had one foot in the grave. For days she greeted us with Turkish coffee and plum brandy (rakija). Then one day, she wasn’t there. Then the second, then the third… Being curious as to her whereabouts, we went into her open house and found her on the floor with her throat slit. We asked ourselves who she could have possibly crossed.

Then, there was a little Serbian boy who lost his family to a grenade explosion and was dramatically disturbed by the incident. Every day he greeted our patrol with an endless stream of “kako ste, kako ste” (how are you) which is why we dubbed him the ‘kakoste kid’. We gave him candies and food, then one day we found out he was killed. Again, why?

I even participated in the first big Canadian firefight in almost 40 years, on September 8th, 1993 in Medak Pocket.

At that time, while guarding the Serbian villages, we were attacked by the Croatian army. Upon our return to the demolished houses we came upon a scenario which cannot be forgotten. Slaughtered people, children and animals… a massacre unthinkable for civilization. I was ashamed of the political decisions of my superiors. Truth be told, I was ashamed of neither myself nor my friends since we were doing everything in our capacity to help civilians, especially children and the elderly. But, the effects of those memories I feel to this day.”

Could you understand what was going on there?

“At that time I couldn’t. Nobody could have understood that. But then, upon my return to Canada, I began to study the history of the former Yugoslavia and many things became clear. Only then did I comprehend what sorts of lies were being served through the “free” western media. There was a lot of shooting, and blood, especially at night. Fields were over-filled with mines in which many Canadian soldiers were injured including me. “

Pete does not wish to speak of injuries he sustained in just such a field, from which he almost went deaf and is frequently reminded of by the shrapnel in his leg…

“As a soldier you have to be strong, yet a stint in the battlefields of Yugoslavia will leave a lasting impression on the strongest of men. My friend who spent only six months in Croatia and was injured there a number of times, upon his return to Canada sought the help of numerous doctors and psychologists, but nobody could help him. He was found in his own apartment, having taken his own life, his pistol still in his hand.”

Hell in Kosovo

…During the 85th anniversary of the Canadian army [Pete] met Major General Lewis Mackenzie, with whom he is impressed primarily because of his objective political views.

“He is one of those rare leaders who always speaks the truth”, says Pete as he continues the story about his service, which eventually brought him to Kosovo and Metohija in July of 1999.

Right around the time when this Serbian region was a new hotbed around which all proven contributors and sub-contributors to the advanced Balkan crisis circled like vultures, Canadian troops had an assignment to protect Serbian Churches and other Serbian holy sites. Nothing personal against Pete and his objectives, but Archbishop Artemije at that time announced “churches and monasteries that survived 500 years of Turkish occupation, didn’t survive two months in the presence of 50,000 heavily armed international ‘peace keepers’.”

It is assumed that war is waged to prevent ethnic cleansing and genocide, to establish law and order.

“For me, it’s an astounding figure that out of the 80,000 Serbs in the region who we were supposedly protecting when we arrived in Kosovo, there were just 8,000 left only a few months later”, recalls Pete Cochrane.

This means that any living human being who wasn’t Albanian by descent was forced out of Kosovo and Metohija under the ‘watchful eye’ of heavily armed NATO soldiers.

“Those who stayed were attacked every day. And the properties of those who fled or were killed were pillaged and Serbian monuments were systematically defaced. Rule of law was - no law. We couldn’t do much nor did we know how to subdue the hordes of Albanians who rushed to destroy everything that lay in front of them. I’m ashamed that when I was in Kosovo I couldn’t do more for the innocent Serbian people.

Were you able to avoid your mission to Kosovo?

“Yes, but in that case I would have had to face the consequences - which goes without saying when you’re employed by the army. But, to be honest, before I left for Kosovo, I didn’t know what was waiting for me. Afterwards it was too late. During my time in the former Yugoslavia I didn’t do anything I regret. But, I do regret that I couldn’t do more.”

Croatian atrocities being forgotten: Cdn. officers (CBC News, July 21, 2003)

Canadian officers say they are frustrated by inaction over a 1995 ethnic cleansing operation by Croatians against Serbs – one in which the Croats may have had western help.

They documented numerous atrocities during Operation Storm, which was a four-day campaign by the Croats to recover land held in central and southern Croatia for four years by Serbian militias.

However, not one person has been arrested and brought before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

More than 200,000 Serbs were expelled, and thousands were killed.

“Just amazing. You can see the holes in the back of the head,” said Capt. Gerry Carron, showing pictures he took to document the killings.

“We found people in wells,” he said. “There was an old lady we found head-first in a well. Why did they do that?”

Some top military officers said the expertise required to plan and execute Operation Storm meant it couldn’t have been done by the Croats alone.

Croatia’s American consultant

Fingers have been pointed at Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), a U.S. consulting company based in Alexandria, Va. The company’s Web site points to an article in which the Croatian government praised the job MPRI has done for it – although MPRI has denied involvement in Operation Storm.

Croatia was getting assistance in other ways. Argentina [Nazi haven] supplied artillery used in Operation Storm – despite a UN ban and even though its own soldiers were working there as [ostensibly “neutral”] peacekeepers.

Looking back, Capt. Carron said peacekeepers may have made things worse by disarming the Serbs while the Croats re-armed.

Canadian officers say the involvement of the West could explain the foot-dragging on prosecution….

Embedding has been disabled for this documentary that interviews some of the Canadian soldiers — “The Ghosts of Medak Pocket” — but it is gripping. It includes some disturbing footage taken by the UN troops themselves. The introduction from the youtube account holder reads:

This is the story of brave men of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI) who put their lives on the line to protect Serbian civilians of Medak Pocket from Croat ethnic cleansing and whose noble cause and valiant actions were kept under wraps under the general pressure of anti-Serbian policy.

In 1993, Canadian peacekeepers in Croatia were plunged into the most significant fighting Canada had seen since the Korean War. Their extraordinary heroism was covered up and forgotten. The ghosts of that battlefield have haunted them ever since.

Canadian peacekeepers in Medak Pocket, Croatia, found no peace to keep in September 1993. They engaged the forces of ethnic cleansing in a deadly firefight and drove them from the area under United Nations protection. The soldiers should have returned home as heroes. Instead, they arrived under a cloud of suspicion and silence.

In Medak Pocket, members of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry did exactly the job they were trained — and ordered — to do. When attacked by the Croat army they returned fire and fought back valiantly to protect Serbian civilians and to save the UN mandate in Croatia. Then they confronted the horrors of the offensive’s aftermath — the annihilation by the Croat army of Serbian villages. The Canadians searched for survivors. There were none.

The soldiers came home haunted by these atrocities, but in the wake of the Somalia affair, Canada had no time for soldiers’ stories of the horrific compromises of battle — the peacekeepers were silenced. In time, the dark secrets of Medak’s horrors drove many of these soldiers to despair, to homelessness and even suicide.

Of course, no good Serb-slaughter goes unrewarded in the Balkans, and so it wasn’t long before an Albanian general with a prominent role in Medak and Storm was installed as “prime minister” of Kosovo, seen by Washington as a hardliner who could speed independence along:

General Who Ordered Attacks on Canadian Troops Becomes Prime Minister of the U.N.-Administered Serbian Province of Kosovo (Canada Newswire, March 13, 2006)

Agim Ceku, who is alleged to have led an unprovoked 1993 military attack on Canadian Peacekeepers in the Medak Pocket region of Croatia, has been chosen by Albanians [and facilitated by Washington] to replace the outgoing prime minister….

The Medak offensive, allegedly planned by Ceku, is also known as the “Medak massacre”. This name is entrenched in the minds of many Canadian Armed Forces personnel as Canada’s largest military battle since the Korean War. Four Canadians were wounded in the clash that left nearly 30 Croatian soldiers dead.

According to reputable sources, Agim Ceku was instrumental in the 1993 Croatian military offensive at Medak, and was one of the key planners of the 1995 ethnic cleansing operation ‘Storm’. Both of these operations involved the deliberate shelling of civilians, rape, torture, systematic arson, and the permanent expulsion of Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia.

It is an insult to Canada, and in particular the honourable and respected personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces, that Agim Ceku is not behind bars.

[He’s quite the opposite of being behind bars, actually. In 2007 at the joint American-German Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, which trains Eastern Europeans in Western military ways and takes pride in grads going on to attain general officer rank and cabinet appointments back home, the “Highest Ranking Graduate” being touted, with enlarged photo and all, was General — oops, Prime Minister — Ceku. “The only good part of this story,” according to author and Naval War College professor John R. Schindler, from whom I learned of this, “is that this was pointed out to me, last month in Garmisch, by a Muslim graduate of the Marshall Center, a senior minister from one of the -stans, who was every bit as horrified by this as I was, who called Ceku a ‘war criminal’ even before I did.”]

This recent appointment raises concern that a man who helped plan and execute two campaigns of ethnic cleansing has become the Prime Minister of Kosovo, a province where intolerance towards non-Albanians continues unchecked and unabated. […]

UNPROFOR footage shown at Croatian generals’ trial (Feb. 13, 2008)

Video footage of UNPROFOR entering the Medak Pocket was shown at the trial of Rahim Ademi and Mirko Norac.

The Croatian generals are on trial for war crimes carried out against civilians during the Medak Pocket operation. Croatian forces entered the region several days before UNPROFOR’s arrival.

On a number of videos, one can see villages razed to the ground, with UN soldiers picking up dead bodies and placing them in body bags. Footage of the identification of 50 bodies returned to the Serbs by Croatian forces in Korenica was also shown yesterday.

The video, filmed by the Reuters news agency, shows Croatian and UN officials meeting at the demarcation point after Croatian forces were obliged to leave the region under the terms of an agreement concluded between the two forces.

A Canadian battalion commander said in an interview that the Croatian forces had delayed their exit from the region, which was why UN forces had entered the territory several hours later than planned.

“We were fired on by the Croatian forces on several occasions. There were several incidents and we returned fire several times, but no one was killed,” UN officer Mark Rullo said in the video.

He said that Croatian forces had been issued a second ultimatum the next day in Ribnik that they should leave or risk being fired upon by UN forces.

Another UN officer, who did not give his name, said that the Serb homes in the occupied villages had been destroyed just before the arrival of the peacekeeping forces.

“They wanted to make sure that there was nothing left here when we arrived,” he added. […]

Canadian lieutenant-general in war criminals’ cross hairs
By SCOTT TAYLOR (Halifax Herald, May 5, 2008)

…The previous week, Lt.-Gen. Leslie had taken the witness stand at the Hague Tribunal to testify against a Croatian general accused of war crimes. The incident to which Leslie was an eyewitness occurred in August 1995 during the most violent episode of ethnic cleansing during the civil wars that heralded the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. At that juncture, a Canadian battalion and a large number of Canadian UN observers were located in the Krajina, an ethnic Serbian enclave in the newly declared independent republic of Croatia.

When the Croats seceded from Yugoslavia, the Krajina Serbs declared their own independence from Croatia. An armed standoff over this territory had existed from 1991 until the summer of 1995. When Croatian forces launched a major offensive to eliminate the Krajina pocket, the Canadian peacekeepers did not resist the Croatian attack, and the tiny Serbian army in the Krajina fled without much of a fight. Having already experienced the Croatian brand of ethnic cleansing, in particular the infamous massacre and rape of innocent Serbs in the Medak Pocket in 1993, the Serb civilians also fled the advancing Croats.

As the Serb soldiers fled into Bosnia, hundreds of thousands of Serbian refugees streamed into the Krajina capital of Knin. It was here that then-colonel Leslie was based with the UN mission. As the offensive approached Knin, the UN advised the Croatian troops that the city was devoid of Serbian military targets and should be regarded as an “open city.”

Despite the UN warnings, the Croatian gunners launched a devastating barrage that killed hundreds of defenceless Serb civilians. At that time, Leslie and other senior Canadian officers angrily denounced this as a war crime.

To his credit, Leslie, now army commander, was not dissuaded from testifying at the Hague by domestic political pressure….Predictably, the Croatian defendant, Gen. Ante Gotovina, wasted little time before unleashing his lawyers on a smear campaign against Leslie.

Last September a similar case occurred when two Croatian generals accused of war crimes in the Medak Pocket incident blamed the Canadian peacekeepers of having killed the innocent Serbs and committing the atrocities…What is noticeably absent on these occasions is any sort of supporting fire from the Canadian government.

Therefore, when Croatian war criminals accuse our soldiers of committing these atrocities and cast aspersions on our decorated generals, one would expect to see a purple-headed Peter MacKay kicking over garbage cans and demanding apologies on behalf of our maligned soldiers. Instead of meekly accepting Croatia’s membership into NATO last month, Canada should have demanded justice be brought upon the perpetrators of these heinous crimes as a prerequisite to Croatia’s entry into the alliance.

That is the kind of political support our soldiers deserve - not just red sweatshirts on Fridays and flag-waving rallies.

There is a good story to go with all of this as well, about another Canadian soldier, one that illustrates that in recent years Canada and Canadians have behaved more like what America is supposed to be, and once was (e.g. standing by Israel; the prime minister initially vetoing the Srebrenica resolution which, I think, Parliament eventually passed anyway).

‘King Marco’ left his legacy in Bosnia (The Canadian Press, April 20, 2002)

Major Shane Schreiber, who serves in another unit of the Canadian Forces in Kandahar, wrote this tribute the day after Sgt. Marc Leger’s death.

I had the pleasure of having worked with Sgt. Leger for two years when I commanded A Company (Parachute). He was a soldier of rare skill, compassion and intellect.

My most vivid memory of then-Master Cpl. Leger was during our tour in Bosnia in 2000. By that time, most of the international aid agencies had abandoned Bosnia for more exciting missions elsewhere, but the need was greater than ever because of the return of large numbers of displaced persons to their war — destroyed homes (and lives).

Master Cpl. Leger had been given a particularly difficult area of responsibility in a place called the Livno Valley. Here, Serbs who had been ethnically cleansed by their Croat neighbours were returning to shattered homes. Despite the fact it was beyond our mandate, Master Cpl. Leger felt he had to do something to help these people.

To him, it made no sense that he was enforcing a peace that kept these people living like refugees in their own homes.

He began by doing little things, like constantly harassing his company commander (me) for resources to help these people. He took leftover and thrown away building supplies and distributed these on patrol. He snuck food from the camp kitchen, and spirited off the camp water truck when no one was looking. The more he found to help with, the more he needed, as those villagers he was helping told their friends to return home, that the Canadians would help them. Soon, a shattered village began to rebuild.

The Livno valley became Master Cpl. Leger’s adopted home. He lived in the camp with the rest of us, but his heart and mind was always with ‘his’ people stuck in the bombed-out houses among mine-strewn fields. He could not accept that humanitarian aid agencies had simply left these people to fend for themselves. He began to badger the local UNHCR representative, and any aid agency that drove through the area was stopped by Master Cpl. Leger and given a lecture on the conditions and requirements for assistance.

Finally, I explained to Master Cpl. Leger that to get any resources from UNHCR or any other aid agency, he was going to have to get their attention, and the only way to get their attention was to get the locals to appoint a mayor to plead their case directly. Seizing on the idea, Master Cpl. Leger organized a “town hall” meeting with his people. He explained the realities and the requirements, and explained the need to choose a leader, a spokesperson. Unanimously, they chose him.

Amused, he explained that he could not act as their spokesperson; he was a Canadian soldier — not a Bosnian politician. He explained the foreign concept of an election, and they all agreed that this was an excellent way to choose a new mayor. Again, Master Cpl. Leger was the unanimous choice.

Less amused and more concerned, Master Cpl. Leger explained in detail that the mayor had to be one of them. Finally, after much good-natured teasing and a quick lesson on the concept of democratic elections theory done through a bemused translator, the locals chose their mayor. But they immediately became a constitutional monarchy when, again by unanimous decision, they named Master Cpl. Leger their king. ‘King Marco’ was to become Master Cpl. Leger’s lasting title, both in the Livno Valley, and within the parachute company.

In his advocacy for the plight of the Livno Valley, King Marco became the irresistible force that eventually wore away the immovable rocks of misunderstanding and apathy. Eventually, he became a spokesperson for returnees throughout the Canadian area of responsibility, and his passion and his commitment made him an eloquent representative.

I used to love to bring VIPs, like our British divisional commander, the American three-star commander of SFOR, or the Canadian ambassador to Radonovici in the Livno Valley for Master Cpl. Leger to brief. His forthright manner and common sense solutions made converts of them all, and I watched with pride as he stickhandled every question until even the most skeptical became his supporters.

Master Cpl. Leger’s proudest day of the tour was when the first red tile roof went up in the Livno Valley, reversing a 10-year cycle of destruction and despair. King Marco had brought hope back to the Livno Valley.

For his work in the Livno Valley, Sgt. Leger was deservedly awarded a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation last year…

What I find incredible is that Sgt. Leger was not all that different from every other trooper in my company. What I find even more surprising is how an institution as publicly maligned and neglected as the Canadian army can continue to consistently attract and retain guys like Marc Leger. As historian Jack Granatstein has said of another Canadian army at another time, it is probably a better organization than the people of Canada know or deserve. Marc Leger, and his fellow soldiers are, as the Prime Minister has already said, “the best face of Canada.”

He was a goddamned hero, and we should all take our lead from his spirit and his actions.

The King is Dead. Long Live the King.

Another nice article about Sgt. Leger seems to avoid mentioning that these were displaced Serbs he was helping:
Marc Leger’s widow continues his work in Bosnia (Canadian Press, May 10, 2003)

With a heavy heart, Marley Leger opened a community centre in eastern Bosnia on Saturday, carrying on the work begun by her husband, Sgt. Marc Leger, who was one of four Canadian soldiers killed by U.S. friendly fire last year in Afghanistan.

After his death, Leger launched a memorial fund to continue the restoration work he started while on a NATO mission in war-ravaged Bosnia. After a year of fundraising and with the help of the Canadian military, she travelled to Livno Valley to open the centre and unveil a plaque in his memory.

“It was like coming home to my long-lost relatives,” Leger said Saturday in an interview from Bosnia after the opening ceremony. “The people were so receptive. And it was very emotional.

“I had a really tough time leaving them today. I cried quite a bit.”

After he died in April 2002, the residents sent a letter of condolence to Marley Leger.

“He was the world to them and it wasn’t only because he brought aid back into the area,” Leger said. “It was because he gave so much of himself and he loved them and embraced them and he brought hope back into an area that was devastated.”

Most of the residents are elderly, Leger said, and she hopes that the rebuilding of the centre, along with much-needed restoration of power to the area, will bring young people back.

“I can’t thank Canadians enough for helping me with this project,” she said. “There were donations anywhere from $25 to thousands of dollars.

Leger’s next challenge is to raise enough money to put a roof on the church next to the community centre, which she estimates will cost $10,000 to $15,000. She said there is about $6,200 in the account now.

“They touched my heart just the way they touched Marc’s and I don’t know how they couldn’t do that to you. They’re such humble people but would give you anything. And the fact that you give them your friendship is the world to them. That’s what Marc stood for.”

Marc Leger of Lancaster, Ont., was one of four Canadians killed during a training exercise near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on April 17, 2002, when the U.S. pilots mistook them for enemy combatants. While Maj. William Umbach circled overhead, Maj. Harry Schmidt dropped a 225-kilogram bomb on his unsuspecting allies.

Also killed were Pte. Richard Green, 21, of Mill Cove, N.S., Pte. Nathan Smith, 26, of Ostrea Lake, N.S., and Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer of Montreal.

Another eight Canadians were injured.

An American officer, Col. Patrick Rosenow, said in March there was sufficient evidence to send the pilots to a court martial, but that the charges should be dismissed and their case should be handled outside a military court. […]

Apologies for being asinine enough to dwell on what I know is a mere, unrelated coincidence, but I can’t resist: Well no wonder the Serb-lover was killed by “friendly” fire. And by a National Guard pilot, no less (see below). This would be the same National Guard currently shooting up Serbs in Kosovo as we speak. The last item is from Canada’s “Fallen Heroes Project”:

Sgt. Marc Leger


Lancaster, Ontario, CAN
Army, SGT, Third Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI)
04/18/2002 Afghanistan, Kandahar

Sergeant Marc Leger died at the hands of an errant bomb unleashed by a ‘gung ho’ American National Guard pilot who thought he was under attack while patrolling in Afghanistan during the war there. It is not, however, Leger’s death in Afghanistan that puts him on the list. During an earlier time in Bosnia, Sergeant Marc Leger became known as ‘King Marco.’ During his time in Bosnia, Leger was exposed to the horrors of ‘ethnic cleansing.’ In the Livno Valley, Bosnia, ‘King Marco’ is hailed as a hero. While on his peacekeeping (a misnomer) tour of duty, Leger was charged with disarming potential insurgents and providing security for all ethnic groups. Additionally, he was given the responsibility of assisting returning Serb refugees as they settled back into their communities. Most of the farmhouses had been destroyed by a rampaging Croat army hell bent to ethnically cleanse the area of all Serbs. The Croats killed or drove off livestock, poisoned wells, destroyed Serb Orthodox churches and laid land mines. One Serb family that managed to survive by fleeing, returned to their homeland only to face a place of destruction. With their few possessions, the family of Miorad Kozomara began to rebuild their home; all that remained from before was their house with its partial roof but little else; no doors, no windows, no livestock, and no seed to plant a crop. One day, a jeep with some Canadian soldiers arrived and told the Kozomara family that they were there to help. Sergeant Marc Leger was their leader.

When he saw the desperate state that faced the Serb family, Canadian Leger “badgered the local United Nations High Commission of Refugees’ representative and any aid agency that drove through the area.” For six months, Leger hounded the UN representative and other officers for resources. [Canwest news service]

“He took leftover and thrown-away building supplies and distributed them while on patrol. He snuck food from the camp kitchen and spirited off the camp water truck when no one was looking.” [ibid.]

Leger managed to pry money from the Canadian International Development Agency to re-roof 28 local houses. One re-roofed house is emblazoned with the Canadian Maple Leaf and the CIDA logo. [ibid.]

Recently, when the Serbs in the Livno Valley learned of Sergeant Marc Leger’s death, they mourned. One said, “We never could have returned to this valley without the help of that big Canadian soldier.” [ibid.]

The Kozomara family learned of King Marc’s death through one of their sons who lives in Canada. The news of Sergeant Leger’s death shattered Mrs. Kozomara. “I got very nervous and started crying as if my son had died,” she said. [ibid.]

Sergeant Leger’s widow, Marley Leger, will take the proceeds of the ‘Sergeant Marc Leger Memorial Fund’ to local officials so that a gutted schoolhouse can be rebuilt as a community centre and medical clinic. A plaque will be attached to the building; the plaque dedicates the building to Sergeant Marc Leger’s memory. ‘King Marc’s’ memory lives on.

Of the aforementioned Canadian heroes, Sergeant Marc Leger is the one that stands out. His heroism truly qualifies as “a person who does great and brave deeds and is admired for them.”

I guess during those times that I’m going off about the vast quantity of German-origin last names operating in the world-coordinated undoing of Serbia and Serbs as Germany finally wins WWII, I need to remember that Leger is a German last name too. (I think.)

*****UPDATE*****
I’ve just been corrected. A reader informs me that “Leger,” while Germanic in origin, is now very French in Quebec. And Marc is the French spelling of Mark, of course.”The surname is quite common in Quebec – so any good French Canadian reading this would take exception!! Please don’t call him German!!”

*****SECOND UPDATE******

I came across a comment that’s tangentially related to this blog. It appeared in Feb. 2011 under an article titled “Serbia: The Shame of the West,” which was written by a Welshman named Royston Jones. The link doesn’t work anymore, but I believe that the comment below appeared in response to anti-Serb comments posted by an international affairs graduate student named Ard Morina:

Feb. 18, 2011 8:07 a.m.

Ard Morina, Canadian soldiers in Croatia WITNESSED Croats killing Serb civilians in the Medak Pocket massacre. The Croats were forcing the Serbs to carry looted belonging[s] for the Croats and when the Canadian soldiers would get close the Croats would start killing them [the Serbs]. Further the Canadian soldiers took pictures of some of these dead Serbs that the Croats didn’t get cleared away. They found raped and murdered teenage girls in a basement – their bodies still hot from being burned.

Many Serbian massacre victims were left as they lay and not in graves. I’ve seen pictures and autopsy reports – full identifications. If the Serbs retook a village after a Muslim attack they’d find these bodies and then give them a proper burial, and Croats were known to bury the dead Serbs at a certain number of inches apart so it wouldn’t always qualify as a “mass grave”. This was told to me by an American UN worker from Tennessee – Stephanie Bond – who was there during the Croatian war and worked there as a return officer for a few years later.

She said Croats were using German street cleaning machines to clear off the blood and gore and wrecked vehicles of a road which was bombed as strafed by Croat planes as the Serb refugees were fleeing.

I’ll also post the article itself, since it’s no longer findable online:

Serbia: The Shame of the West (WalesHome.org, Feb. 15, 2011)
A proud people of an unjustly vilified nation
By Royston Jones

TODAY, Serbs around the world are remembering the Serbian National Revolution; a somewhat protracted affair generally agreed to have started in 1804 and concluded by 1835. So radical was this arrangement – a constitutional monarchy, abolition of feudalism – that Serbia’s autocratic neighbours insisted the constitution be watered down lest these dangerous ideas spread.

This fear and loathing was not to be an isolated incident. In fact, few nations in recent decades have been so universally vilified. Why that should be so can only be understood by glimpsing into Serbia’s history and looking at the events that have shaped modern Serbian attitudes, about themselves, their neighbours, and the wider world.

In the mid 14th Century the Serbs had an empire, ruled by Stefan Uroš IV Dušan, but the empire did not outlast the man, with the nation suffering two catastrophic defeats to the Ottoman Turks at Maritsa (1371) and Kosovo Polje (1389). The latter battle is of course more poetically known as “The Field of Black Birds”, a seminal event in their history that Serbs regard as both the birth of the modern nation and the door on an era of oppression and suffering.

During those dark centuries the fragmented territories of the Serbs knew, at varying times, partial independence, suzerain status or direct Turkish rule, but the people always remained focused on unification and independence. As unforgiving opponents of the Sublime Porte, Serbs often allied themselves with the Kingdom of Hungary and other Christian powers. Serbian tenacity and willingness to fight became legendary, resulting in Serbs being recruited by neighbouring countries as soldiers, even being settled with their families in troubled border regions.

Following the revolution the remainder of the nineteenth century was relatively stable, apart from a few minor conflicts. Finally, at the Congress of Berlin in 1878, Serbia was recognised by the Great Powers as an independent state, and became a kingdom under Milan (Obrenovic) I in 1882. Although Serbia was now fully independent there remained outside the Kingdom many areas inhabited by Serbs. The inevitable irredentism that resulted led to strained relations with neighbouring states.

Then came Sarajevo. Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, and member of the Young Bosnia organisation, set out with a few comrades to assassinate the Austrian archduke, Franz Ferdinand. The attempt failed and Princip was returning to his lodgings when to his surprise he saw the royal car again – it had taken a wrong turn. Now there would be no mistake. The event that sparked the First World War happened by pure chance.

In that European tragedy Serbia suffered 450,000 dead, or 16.11% of her total population, more than any other combatant nation. By comparison, France lost 4.29%, Germany 3.82% and the UK 2.19%. Such were the losses that the Serbs often had to withdraw – even to Greece and Corfu – to recruit and regroup. But they always came back fighting. It’s easy to say, ‘Well, they started it!’. But Princip’s group included Bosnian Muslims and Croats. This unity didn’t suit the agenda of the Austrians or their ally, Germany; for them it was simple: Princip was a Serb and so the plot, via the Black Hand organisation, was traced back to Belgrade.

As one of the victors, Serbia was rewarded with a new country, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, ruled by Alexander I, of the old Karadordevic dynasty. A superstitious man, Alexander. As a result of three members of his family dying on a Tuesday he was reluctant to undertake official duties on that day, but on October 9, 1934 he had no choice. While being driven through the streets of Marseilles on a state visit to France he was assassinated by a Bulgarian member of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation (IMRO). According to many who have researched this (the first filmed assassination) IMRO was in league with the Ustaše, the Croatian fascist organisation, and both were secretly sponsored by Mussolini.

The Second World War was a time of yet more blood-letting. While a small number of Serbs collaborated the vast majority reacted as Serbs always have when threatened or invaded. They fought. The courage and doggedness of Tito’s (mainly Serbian) Partisans and the royalist (and totally Serbian) Chetniks led by Draža Mihailovic is well documented. The vast numbers of German troops they tied down for years undoubtedly helped the Soviets achieve victory on the Eastern Front. Yet, as ever, there was a price to be paid.

The Ustaše was well rewarded after the German invasion, ruling the Nazi puppet-state of Croatia (including Bosnia), with Croats providing recruits for a Croatian SS division. The Kosovo Albanians had their SS division and ethnically cleansed Serbs from Kosovo. Many Bosnian Muslims also sided with the Nazis. Bizarrely, Himmler showed quite a liking for Islam, regarding it, with its promise of paradise and maidens, as a good religion for a warrior. Surrounded by enemies the life of a Serb became very difficult.

The names of Auschwitz, Belsen and other Second World War extermination camps are familiar to us all, but few know the name Jasenovac. This camp, run by the Ustaše, did the Nazis’ bidding in exterminating Jews and Roma, but saved most places for Serbs. Overall, some 390,000 ethnic Serb residents of Croatia and Bosnia died at the hands of the Ustaše, though not all at Jasenovac, and in total well over half a million Serbs died.

The post-war history of Yugoslavia should be familiar to most readers. Under President Tito Yugoslavia achieved a certain amount of prosperity, and became a beacon for non-aligned countries during the Cold War. Yet in seeking to overcome the internal tensions of his country Tito came to be seen by many Serbs as favouring other nationalities above them, working for a “weak Serbia, for a strong Yugoslavia”. When he died in 1980 the stage was set for the next act in the Balkans tragedy. The only surprise was that it took so long for the curtain to rise.

There isn’t the space to deal with everything that happened between 1991 and 1999. The Western – in other words, the US – interpretation of this period runs as follows: Tired of Serbian oppression the other nations of Yugoslavia decided upon independence, but then found themselves subject to all manner of horrors inflicted, either by the regular Yugoslav army, police, or Serb irregulars. The Western media followed this line unquestioningly.

Here’s a different interpretation, for which we need to examine the general (and all too often unsubstantiated) claims of Serbian “brutality” in response to the break-up of their “empire”. The northernmost territory, Slovenia, and the southernmost, Macedonia, split with hardly any bloodshed. (In fact, the worst trouble in Macedonia came, post-independence, from secessionist Albanians.) The fighting was concentrated in Croatia, Bosnia and, finally, Kosovo – an Autonomous Province of Serbia. Why should Serbia, and Serbs generally, respond differently in different areas? Because Slovenia and Macedonia contained few ethnic Serbs. Whereas the other three areas contained large numbers of ethnic Serbs for whom anyone with a knowledge of recent Balkan history should have been very concerned.

Croatia was home [to] well over half a million ethnic Serbs, mainly in the Krajina region. Had you been a Krajina Serb in the country that had once been ruled by the Ustaše, and was now led by nationalist demagogue, Franjo Tudman, would you have felt safe? Wouldn’t you have sought help from fellow Serbs? When the 300,000 or more surviving Krajina Serbs were expelled in 1995, their homes burnt and the old people they had to leave behind killed, Western politicians and media referred to it as “an exodus” . . . for only Serbs can be guilty of ethnic cleansing.

As late as 1998 the US State Department had the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) listed as a terrorist organisation. The very same bunch of drug-traffickers and gun-runners whose leader Hashim Thaçi was then being lionised by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, with his gang promoted as freedom fighters, posing in front of the cameras and promising to go fight the Serbs. (Posing was what the KLA was best at, it did very little fighting.) And as we all know now, the KLA also ran a lucrative organ harvesting business from Serb civilians they kidnapped and butchered.

Why so many lies? Put quite simply, the West (again, mainly the US) had an agenda based on geopolitical considerations. The Soviet Union was breaking apart. The Cold War was over and Eastern Europe was in turmoil, with every Ivan and Istvan wanting to be a capitalist and to drive a Merc. The one remaining obstacle to the eastward advance of Western ideas (and goods) was perceived to be Yugoslavia led by Serbia, which despite the strained relationship under Tito, was now rediscovering older ties with its Orthodox cousins in Russia. Ergo Yugoslavia had to be dismembered and Serbia itself weakened.

This strategy became linked with the Gulf War. On February 23, 1991 a US-led force began the ground attack to “liberate” Kuwait. As we know, this was, militarily, successful, but there were unforeseen complications. Not least among those complications was the presence, post-conflict, of US military bases in Saudi Arabia. “Crusaders” so close to Mecca outraged many Muslims, not least, Osama bin Laden. It was this US military presence in his homeland that turned Osama bin Laden against the West. In a desperate attempt to placate the Islamic world the USA wanted to be seen defending Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo.

You may see this as an apologia for the Serbs. So be it. But it is not the work of a denier. In the various conflicts of the 1990s many crimes were committed by Serbs, none worse than the massacre at Srebrenica. But why did the politicians and the media take me, and you, for idiots in telling us that the other parties were all innocent victims? Doesn’t it worry you that in a democratic society we were lied to over such a lengthy period? Those lies are slowly unravelling, but time is passing and the belated truth will never have the same impact as the nightly television reports we all saw, with their strident and insistent message: ‘the Serbs are guilty’.

Yet if we are considering war crimes . . . It was significant that rather than put in ground troops to link up with the heroes of the KLA the USA chose to bomb Serb civilians in order to bring their government to the surrender table. In killing Serbian civilians and bombing Belgrade the USA committed war crimes. But of course the USA won, so no one will indict Uncle Sam, even though his war crimes were filmed and otherwise better documented than any of the ‘atrocities’ alleged to have been committed by the Serbs.

Given that on more than one occasion they have come close to total annihilation as a people, we should not be surprised that when threatened Serbs fight back with everything they’ve got. But their struggles have invariably been defensive. Whether fighting medieval Turks or 20th Century Germans the Serbs have fought in defence of their land and their people. It was the same in the 1990s when Yugoslavia was broken apart.

Why the West – yes, again the USA – chose to misrepresent the situation has been explained. The dismemberment of Yugoslavia, the support for Croat neo-fascists, Albanian gangsters, and possibly even foreign mujahideen who came to kill Serbs, is one of the most dishonourable chapters in recent Western history.

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

Well we knew it wouldn’t be long. If nationalists win a Serbian election, it follows that there will be an article in the Washington Times by Croatian-supremacist Jeffrey Kuhner, as usual angling for a new war against Serbia — by making the argument that Serbia wants it. As a typical rapist would.

Below is the letter I submitted to Washington Times, followed by a deconstruction of Kuhner’s latest excuse for Serbia needing another good bombing.

Dear Editor:

Are there no fact-checkers at the paper, or is Mr. Kuhner exempt from such rigors? (“Did Serbia Vote for War?” May 24.) Or perhaps Balkans facts are still expendable in America. Mr. Kuhner repeatedly references the “Greater Serbia project” that was reluctantly but repeatedly disproved at the Serb-hostile Hague, and brandishes the “neo-fascist” label that is so popular to use against Serbs. This from a champion of the nation that still reminisces about its Hitler-bestowed Independent State of Croatia, and still holds Mass for its fuehrer Ante Pavelic.

Nor is Mr. Kuhner concerned with the Albanian nationalism which not only started a terrorist insurgency to wrest 15% of Serbian land (is it “nationalist” to have a problem with that?), but which employed organ-harvesting, jihad, and human- and drug-trafficking in its service. He likewise isn’t bothered by the fundamentalist Muslim president of Bosnia who insisted on war to begin with. No, Mr. Kuhner wants to keep readers eternally fixed on Serbs. This is a man with a chip on his shoulder.

In time for Memorial Day Weekend, Mr. Kuhner gave a slap in the face to thousands of WWII vets, tracing Serbianationalism™ to “Drazen” (sic: Draza) Mihailovic and his Chetniks, the royalist guerrillas who fought not only the Nazis, but also the Communists after Tito’s Partisans attacked them. Something for which Ronald Reagan singled Serbian heroism out and for which President Truman bestowed a posthumous Legion of Merit upon Mihailovic. ( “The ultimate tragedy of Draza Mihailovich cannot erase the memory of his heroic and often lonely struggle against the twin tyrannies that afflicted his people, Nazism and Communism.” — Gov. Ronald Reagan, 1979)

It was articles like this, calling the Serbs and Chetniks “racist” and “far-right” — and inverting the documented, Axis-aligned fascism and continuing supremacy of Croats, Albanians and Bosniaks — that were so hard for American WWII vets like the aging Chetnik-rescued Richard Felman to take in the 90s, when the West was angling for the next betrayal of the Serbs. He was aghast to see Axis propaganda being printed in American newspapers at the turn of the millennium. And here we are more than a decade past, still repeating it.

Kuhner has the Chetniks “slaughtering tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims, Croatians and Kosovar Albanians.” As any Jewish library can show, one-third of Croatia’s Serb population was liquidated by the Croatians’ Ustasha regime which Mr. Kuhner is covering for with his inversions; and huge swaths of Kosovo’s Serbs (plus 400 Jews) were rounded up by those “Kosovar Albanians” in their fez-capped Nazi uniforms. I won’t go into Jewish Holocaust survivor Cadik Dannon’s experience with a Bosnian Muslim working at a Croatian concentration camp, but suffice it to say that it wasn’t the Croats, Albanians, or Bosniaks whom the Germans had to threaten to kill by the hundred for every dead German soldier; it was the Serbs. And this of course affected the attack plans of Mihailovic’s Chetniks. An obscure term to Americans, which the writer hisses like a true partisan of one of the sides in the Balkan wars.

By equating the recently victorious Serbian Radical Party with “Mihailovic’s Chetniks,” Kuhner elevates the object of his derision. That he means to do the opposite at Mihailovic’s expense the very month that Congress yet again praised Mihailovic and his Chetniks for helping execute the largest air rescue in American combat history (and two days after Bronze Star recipient George Vujnovich was inducted into the New York Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame for coordinating it), should have readers asking why The Times is allowing itself to be used as a mouthpiece, and lowered to the level of the Islamic and Nazi-heir propaganda websites where this ‘information’ comes from.

“No wonder nationalists celebrated [Tomislav Nikolic’s] victory, unfurling Chetnik flags and symbols,” continues Mr. Kuhner. Yes, take it from someone who has no problem with the chilling symbol of Croatian purity that is the checkered flag of Croatia, resuscitated during that country’s 1990s re-embrace of fascism, complete with Nazi and Ustasha symbolism and street names.

Mr. Kuhner doesn’t even bother with the veneer of accuracy for the paper’s sake, using the obsolete figure of “250,000” killed in the Balkan wars. Even if, to the 100,000 killed on all sides in Bosnia, you add the 20,000 in Croatia and the 3,000 in Kosovo before the NATO bombs and the 5,000 after, that still leaves us under 130,000. The mainstream media long ago, if imperfectly, corrected themselves on this, but here we have the generally more honest Times still latched onto the inflated propaganda figures that came from the MSM in the first place. Considering how widely cited the more accurate figures have been, including the very week before Mr. Kuhner’s article ran (upon the opening of the Mladic trial), one can only deduce a profound professional ignorance on Mr. Kuhner’s part, or an even more profound hatred. How else does one explain the right-leaning Kuhner continuing to propagate Amanpourite “facts”?

He further continues to peddle the debunked German-Bulgarian-cooked hoax about there being a Serbian plan to “annihilate ethnic Albanians in Kosovo,” referring to “Belgrade’s genocidal project,” which Hague prosecutors were at a loss to demonstrate. That he uses the term “final solution” to describe it is offensive, including to the memory of reporter Daniel Pearl, who in his December 1999 article found that the Serbs were engaging in nothing of the sort. Mr. Kuhner must have also missed the scores of other articles like it appearing in virtually every newspaper at the time, though they all subsequently opted for the original fiction over the findings. (I’d thought Washington Times to be better.)

To brazenly fly in the face of observable facts on the ground, namely a Kosovo almost devoid of non-Albanians (as per the original stated Albanian goals) takes a personality type that’s entirely alien to me. As does the hubris that enables one to recklessly abuse a prominent podium such as The Washington Times.

Kuhner makes sure to specify that Belgrade “launched” brutal wars “of aggression.” This is so readers have no idea these were actually defensive wars that neither the Bosnian nor the Croatian Serbs wanted, let alone Belgrade. “I don’t know if he is a war criminal,” Canadian former ambassador James Bissett said of Radovan Karadzic in 2008. “But I do know he did his damnedest to prevent the war.”

Kuhner also mentions Serb units in Croatia engaging “in systematic murder and destruction,” for he knows it’s unlikely readers will ever hear from the muzzled UN soldiers who are still in therapy and disability over the crimes they witnessed by Croatian troops against Serbs. The body of one charred teenage girl was still smoking when Canadian troops found her.

The Times should be ashamed, but it doesn’t know enough to be. And it cares even less.

DECONSTRUCTION: KUHNER: Did Serbia vote for war?
New ultranationalist president promotes instability (May 24)

Another war is brewing in the Balkans. Recently, Serbia’s voters elected a new president. Ultranationalist Tomislav Nikolic narrowly defeated the liberal, pro-European Union incumbent, Boris Tadic. Mr. Nikolic’s victory means the Balkans may be plunged into ethnic violence again.

[The above INSERT STOCK PARAGRAPH HERE is saying it’s not violence while only Serbs (and Roma) were being picked off (in Serbia’s Kosovo) or Serbs alone targeted for war crimes prosecution (which becomes persecution).]

The 60-year-old former cemetery manager is a neo-fascist, who wants to restore a “Great Serbia.”

[OF COURSE! That Greater Serbia project that didn’t exist last time and doesn’t exist this time. Coming to you from someone who internalized the truly fascist-spun version of the 1990s Balkans.]

Mr. Nikolic embodies the worst forms of Serbian nationalism, whose ideological roots go back to the “Chetniks” - the term for Serbian royalists - of World War II. Led by Drazen Mihailovic, the Chetniks formed a racist far-right-wing movement that sought to forge an ethnically pure Great Serb empire incorporating Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo,Macedonia, most of Bosnia and large chunks of Croatia. Allied to Benito Mussolini’s fascist Italy, the Chetniks engaged in murderous ethnic cleansing, slaughtering tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims, Croatians and Kosovar Albanians.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO NEWSPAPERS INFILTRATED BY BALKANITES FROM THE FASCIST SIDE. Almost every drop of the preceding paragraph is written in reverse of actual events, as the reams of documentation (including Jewish documentation) of WWII Balkans attest. While in Croatia the Italians found themselves having to prevent a wholesale genocide of Serbs, it’s true that both the Partisans and Chetniks dealt with the Italians and Germans in between fighting them, depending on what arrangements became necessary, each ganging up with the Fascists at least once against the other, as the Chetniks found themselves simultaneously under attack from the Communists in Tito’s power struggle.

The Partisans (and the Fascists) made sure that the Allies — and history — would remember it only one way, and in the most nefarious-possible context. Which is the way Kuhner continues to propagate it, engaging in purposeful obfuscation and oversimplification. Just to give a small sense of the intricacies of what has been simplistically construed as “Chetnik collaboration” with the Fascists (again, a laughable decoy given Croatia’s opportunist, Hitler-aligned clerical-fascist bloodbath in contrast to the Serbs’ multiple, suicidal attempts to fight the Nazis including a national revolt against Serbia’s first would-be collaborationist regime), below is a paragraph from British writer John Cripps, a contributor to a 2001 book titled Action This Day. He is none too kind to the Chetniks, while nonetheless criticizing Churchill’s ultimate decision to back the Partisans. In the course of disputing the widely (and correctly) perceived notion that Churchill’s decision to abandon Mihailovic and support the Partisans came from Communist spies advising Churchill (something that Churchill would later call his biggest mistake of WWII), Cripps has the following paragraph showing the complexity of the situation that’s been distorted for our (and the distorters’) convenience:

Decrypts showed that the Italians were supplying the Chetniks with weapons and transporting them in lorries to get into position against the Partisans. In fact, during March the Germans did not advance against the Partisans or attempt any action against the Chetniks. Many years later, it became clear that there had been a ceasefire between the Germans and the Partisans, initially for the exchange of prisoners, but also because the Partisans were negotiating with the Germans for recognition as combatants, and for possible joint action against the Chetniks. Hitler put an end to the negotiations. Two Abwehr decrypts had, however, revealed that one of their agents, a German who reported as Dr Baux, was in negotiation with the Partisans, although it was not clear what the negotiations were about.

The above context is in addition to the fact that not only were Tito’s Partisans taking credit for several of Mihailovic’s victories against the Germans, misreporting to London, but just as some Croatian fascists donned Partisan uniforms to save their skins toward the end, so was there a sort of corollary wherein some Chetniks ran for their lives from marauding Partisans, alongside retreating Nazis. Nor were they necessarily “Mihailovic’s Chetniks,” though there were some. But the game is to paint all ‘chetniks’ (i.e. guerrillas) in a monolithic way so as to lump Mihaiilovic and his men — the saviors of hundreds of American pilots — in with guerrilla factions and individuals who may have had more to do with the Germans. It’s an attempt as brazen as it is insidious, given that (to offer just one factoid) a top Mihailovic commander fell out with Mihailovic because the former wanted to “assist the Germans against the Partisans, a course of action Mihailovic refused to contemplate.

Back to Kuhner’s ongoing disinformation:

As Yugoslavia disintegrated in the 1990s, Belgrade launched brutal wars of aggression against Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. [He doesn’t even know who started the wars.] More than 250,000 were killed and nearly 2 million ethnically cleansed. Mr. Nikolic openly championed Serbia’s power grab and territorial annexations.

I had wanted to include the following sentence in my already too-long blog about the MSM’s “coverage” of the opening day of the Mladic trial: “At least now they’re printing “100,000″ Bosnia war deaths — and on all sides — rather than the “250-300,000″ they’d been reporting for a decade and a half.” But not Kuhner! He won’t be fooled by any deprogramming, and he’ll take his newspaper down with him.

In Croatia, he served in notorious Serbian volunteer units where, dressed in Chetnik uniforms and espousing ultranationalist[™] ideology, they engaged in systematic murder and destruction….

I won’t dwell on the reversals contained in that sentence, whose egregiousness can be ascertained just from the testimonies of the Canadian soldiers who witnessed the crimes by Croatians against Serbs. No, I’ll dwell on something else.

To see the regional term “Chetnik” — intended by most of its modern users as an anti-Serb slur — dripping from an American newspaper, no less from the otherwise anti-propagandistic Times, is surreal indeed. It’s an obscure, esoteric term virtually unknown to today’s Americans (who hardly even know what a Serb is except that it’s bad); a term which hasn’t really even entered the language lexicon — yet there it is in the Washington Times. With a definition thoughtfully provided for you. The only definition you need to trouble yourself with if you know what’s good for you: the one propagated by an unholy alliance of Fascists, Communists and Islamists (and originated by those who allied with the Germans to begin with). Again, it’s a testament to what can happen when someone from one of the warring sides implants himself at an American news outlet, think tank, business, film studio, institution or government office (see Capitol Hill in the 90s).

So, a term that general media are hardly familiar with is being vomited from the pages of The Washington Times, all because a speared tail wags a dog that’s obliviously allowing itself to be used as a mouthpiece. By someone who’s got a horse in a foreign race. It’s the cherry on top of the complete graft we’ve transplanted onto ourselves of the distant ethnic rivalries from, of all places, the utterly blocked-out and unsorted-out-by-Americans region called the Balkans. We don’t even realize we’re engaging in the kind of ethnic bias that runs so counter to what we fancy our values to be, still believing that here is where ethnic rivalries are forgotten.

…In short, [Nikolic] is not some flinty Serbian patriot but a radical nationalist whose election threatens the region’s security. Mr. Nikolic has not abandoned the dream of a Greater Serbia. [Never mind about the actualized dream of “a Kosovo without Serbs” as part of the now openly admitted Greater Albania project.] He claims, however, that he wants to achieve it “peacefully.” He demands that Kosovo be restored to Belgrade’s control [as I’ll demand that Jerusalem be to Israel’s when the world tries to gift it to the Arabs]; that the Bosnian Serb Republic secede from Sarajevo [as any rational being including Bosnia’s Croats want to do]; and that Croatia relinquish areas claimed by Serbian revanchists. [He means the areas that the Serbs living there for four centuries were violently cleansed from upon Croatia’s illegal secession.]

…Yet his policies will lead to only one outcome: war. He is challenging the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia’s neighbors. [Translation: Never mind about Albania, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, and Slovenia (and soon Hungary) successfully challenging their neighbor Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, causing these inevitable counter-claims.] Mr. Nikolic is a political thug with delusions of grandeur. Serbia is eerily reminiscent of Weimar Germany. Defeated, humiliated and sliding toward an economic abyss, Serbian voters have opted for a neo-Nazi. He is not their savior. Rather, he is leading the Serbs - again - to doom and disaster.

And Mr. Kuhner, like so many MSM “journalists” in the 90s, will do his part to make sure of it.

Only a few days after the Kuhner column appeared, another one followed, this time reprimanding Obama over his recent reference to “Polish concentration camps.” In it, Mr. Kuhner partially covered his tush by giving a single-phrase mention to the Croatian Ustashas in the midst of rattling off a dozen countries seized by Nazi fever during WWII. He then predictably — to satirical proportions — expended the rest of the paragraph re-fixating on Serbia (in case anyone thought it was any better than the rest for having resisted the Nazis the most), and made sure to include the standard anti-Serb propaganda sentence about German-occupied Serbia having become “Judenfrei” (Jew-free).

Without a touch of irony, he then gave the credit that Reagan gave to Serbs about fighting twin evils — to Croatia’s fellow Catholic Poland:

This is what makes the Poles so remarkable. Guided by their deep Catholic faith and unflinching patriotism, they stood up against the two seminal evil ideologies of the 20th century - Nazism and communism. Poland is a Christian nation. It has been crucified repeatedly throughout its long, tragic history.

Not to take anything away from Poland, but in addition to all of the above applying to Kuhner’s reviled Serbs, unlike Poland the latter have also had to contend with perpetually encroaching Islam, which they’ve historically staved off from the West. (They similarly tied up Hitler long enough to delay him in reaching Stalingrad until the Russian winter, which proved a decisive disadvantage to the Germans.)

It is often forgotten that Hitler’s victims also included millions of Slavs, Catholics, Gypsies, homosexuals and disabled people. According to Nazi racial doctrine, Slavs were deemed “subhuman” - fit only for slave labor. Hence, countless Poles and others perished at the hands of Nazi butchers.

Again, Kuhner’s hated Serbs can check off ‘All of the Above,’ and yet this list glaringly excludes “Orthodox Christians” — such as those whom his Catholic Slavs in Croatia liquidated. So he’s talking about the plight of Slavs as if the Slavs who had it worst weren’t the ones who were also under attack by their fellow Slavs.

Imagine, the subhead under the headline “Obama’s Holocaust revisionism” actually read “Pinning Nazi atrocities on Poland dishonors a loyal friend.” Again, no touch of irony about what Kuhner spends his professional life doing to our Serbian ally, to which we’ve done more than just insult.

As for that nationalist election victory in Serbia, here is just something to keep in mind when hearing or reading about “Serbianationalism™”. In addition to the fact that it’s nothing like the supremacist nationalism of those whom the West did buttress (count the non-Croats in Croatia, the non-Slovenians in Slovenia, the non-Albanians in Kosovo and the non-Muslims in Sarajevo, and compare those figures to multi-national Serbia’s ethnic minorities). What to keep in mind is that those who dare to preserve historical memory and identity are commonly called “nationalists” by a world in the process of extinguishing the nation-state as such. Nationalist is what they’ll call any American who objects when the same one-worlders come for our country too. After having practiced on Yugoslavia and Serbia.

Yet nationalism is simply the determination of a people to cultivate its own soul, to follow the customs bequeathed to it by its ancestors, to develop its traditions according to its own instincts. It is the national equivalent of the individual’s determination not to be a slave.” – Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, 1935

Now we know why it’s under attack.

********UPDATE*********
That paragraph from Kuhner’s second piece that listed willing Nazi collaborators then turned attention back to German-run Serbia went like this:

…Fascist regimes came to power in Italy, Spain, Vichy France, Norway, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Some of the most savage Quisling states were erected in the Balkans. Romania’s ruler, Marshal Ion Antonescu, unleashed a murderous rampage against Jews and Gypsies. In Croatia, the sadistic Ustashe led by Ante Pavelic slaughtered numerous Serbs, Jews, Gypsies and anti-fascist Croats. Contrary to myth, Serbia also had a genocidal collaborationist dictatorship. Led by Gen. Milan Nedic, Belgrade’s fascists engaged in the comprehensive extermination of the country’s Jewish population. By the summer of 1942, Serbia had become completely “Judenfrei.”

But here’s what’s wrong with lumping Nedic in with that lot, particularly with the likes of Pavelic, and Kuhner probably knows it (which is probably why he’s doing it). Reader Alex summarized the scenario in an email:

Nedic resigned from government prior to WWII because he hated how close Yugoslavia got to Germany (I read it in an American Encyclopedia yearbook from the 1930s in the library). When the war came someone had to take over the government or Germany was going to put all of Serbia under the fascist Hungarians, Bulgarians, and Albanians, so he took over to save at least rump Serbia. His government saved many Serbs and Slovenes who fled from the Nazis in Croatia, Bosnia, etc… (the Slovenes used to celebrate this in Serbia every year after the war – don’t know if they still have that annual celebration – it used to be televised), and his government secretly armed the anti-Nazi and anti-Communist Chetniks (my grandfather’s house was an arsenal where the Nedic police came to smuggle weapons to the resistance.)

Nedic hated the position he was in and said that Draza Mihailovic sacrificed his life for his people but that he (Nedic) sacrificed something that was even more important to the Serbs – his honor and his reputation – to try to save a remnant of his country. The Germans in Serbia rounded up Jews while the Serbs, like St. Nikolaj Velimirovic, hid them. (St. Nikolaj himself was later shipped to Dachau, along with the Serbian Orthodox Patriarch, while the head of the Catholic Church in neighboring Croatia was blessing the death camp overlords. Yet the Croats still like to say that St. Nikolaj was pro-German. Huh???)

After the war the Communists pushed Nedic out of a window and claimed that he committed suicide. A trial would have only embarrassed the Communists. There is no way that a willing Nazi mass murderer like Pavelic who declared war on the USA and Britain and said (to make no mistake about it) that Croatia was doing this on its own volition — and who was then rescued by the Catholic Church — with Milan Nedic, who hated the Germans and was stuck administering a government in Belgrade until war’s end, while saving refugees and arming the resistance, and then paying for it with his life. (Where was the Catholic Church to save people like him? Its help was reserved for murderers.) There were a handful of Croats who died in Jasenovac and they should be honored (I wish the rest of the Croat nation would honor their example of integrity and nobility), but to put Croats on the same level with hundreds of thousands of Serbs and tens of thousands of Jews, who were victims, while at the same time trying to equate the enthusiastic, Hitler-loving Croat Nazis with the bombed, betrayed, and beaten up Serbs in Belgrade — as equal criminals — is beyond belief. Honest to God, if he is not pathological or otherwise mentally deranged and gets a free pass because of that, you have to wonder where the souls of the ilk of Kuhner are heading.

A 2010 response to a video on a Jewish site attempting to simplify WWII Serbs and Serbia as Fascist, reads as follows. (It was posted on the Jewish Task Force website):

In this video Milan Nedic’s administration is portrayed as a Nazi-regime, which is a flagrant lie. The government of Milan Nedic was not a Nazi-government. It was a Serbian government during the Nazi-German occupation of Serbia.

There did not exist an independent Serbian state during the WW2. What was left of Serbia, was directly occupied by Germans. The other Serbian territories were annexed to Serbia’s fascist surrounding nations. The Germans were in charge of occupied Serbia. The government of Milan Nedic did not have much control in Serbia. The crimes against Serbs and Jews in occupied Serbia, were organized and perpetrated by Germans.

Milan Nedic tried to save as many as possible Serbian and Jewish lives, during the German occupation. He provided false documents to Jews to save them from [persecution]. Nedic was not a fascist. He could not beat the Germans, so he tried to save as much as possible people by closing agreements with the occupying forces.

In this film the soldiers of Milan Nedic who were royalists and not Nazis, are falsely presented as Nazis. This is funny because the soldiers are using monarchist, royal symbols and not Nazi symbols.

I think that a Jewish member should try to convince this man to stop with this propaganda. Nedic saved many Jews and this behavior is very immoral.

I couldn’t help noticing this news item a few weeks ago:
Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ to be reprinted in Germany for first time since 1945
By Klaus Tscharnke
April 24, 2012

BERLIN— dpa (MCT) Local authorities in Germany are to reprint “Mein Kampf'’ (”My Struggle'’), Adolf Hitler’s hate tract, for the first time since the death of the Nazi dictator in 1945.

Tuesday’s decision by the state of Bavaria, which controls the copyright, means the book will be available again in three years, when its German copyright expires, but with content warnings throughout.

It follows years of agonized debate about whether Germans remain susceptible to Nazi ideology and how to stop it reviving. The book is available in many other countries.

After meeting anti-Nazi activists in Nuremberg, the city that once hosted Nazi Party rallies, Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Soeder said a complete edition, with annotations throughout by historians warning against Hitler’s errors, would help demystify the book.

A separate edition for schools also would be issued, with historians already at work writing the commentary.

“In all the editions, we want to make clear what nonsense the book contains as well as its fatal consequences,” Soeder said.

Bavaria also will fund scholars to analyze Hitler’s speeches to the Nazi Party rallies in Nuremberg to see how he recycled his ideas.

Hitler published “Mein Kampf'’ in two volumes, in 1925 and 1926, seven years before he was elected German leader in 1933. The book set out race theories, claiming the Germans were superior Aryans, whereas Jews and others were inferior.

Nearly 10 million copies were printed in the Nazi period. A free copy was given to every German couple when they got married.

Bavaria took over all of Hitler’s assets, including his copyrights, after his 1945 suicide. It has since blocked all attempts to republish his writings.

A change of approach is necessary because copyright in Germany expires 70 years after an author’s death.

I can’t tell if this is harmless or ominous. Nonetheless it’s a sign of the times. I also couldn’t help noticing the date of the article, just four days after Hitler’s birthday on April 20th. Clearly, someone in Bavaria was reminiscing about the man on his birthday and realized his copyright would be in jeopardy in a few years.

What the hey — they might as well reprint it, since Germany has finally won WWII.

Aside from Hitler’s vision of a unified Europe under Germany having come to fruition, and aside from the Free World-enforced ascendance of Hitler’s Muslim accomplices, I must excerpt most of Nebojsa Malic’s May 9th article on this point, with emphasis added:

Victory Day

Sixty-seven years ago, Nazi Germany officially surrendered to the Soviet forces in the ruins of Berlin…The war that had devastated Europe for a second time in a generation was officially over.

But who won? Oh, we’re supposed to believe it was the “good guys,” the noble Allies who bravely sacrificed millions of lives to stop the unprecedented evil of Nazism and its genocidal plans. Yet the cold hard truth is that no one but the Jewish resistance fought Hitler because of what he was doing to the Jews. British, French, Soviet or American governments couldn’t have cared less. They all entered the war for entirely selfish reasons: London and Paris to keep their empires, Washington to make America into one, and Stalin to stay alive.

Of all the major Allied powers, only the people of the Soviet Union actually had a legitimate reason to fight: they were being invaded and murdered en masse. Perhaps that is why only the Russians still commemorate the victory today.

The West doesn’t dwell on the actual facts of WW2. It prefers useful myths, such as that D-Day and the campaign in France equaled the struggle on the Eastern Front (which was 90% of the actual war effort against Germany). Or that the war was about stopping the “Final Solution.” Or that the Nuremberg trials were about the genocide ([what] the Nazis were actually condemned for [was] starting the war)…Hypocritical cries of “Munich!” and reductio ad Hitlerum are used against the ruler of any country the American Empire wishes to invade.

Yet when you look at the EU, it resembles nothing so much as what Nazi slogans described as the “European family of nations” working together for the prosperity of all. The whole endeavor has roots in National-Socialism. Modern managerial state lives up to Mussolini’s definition of fascism…”Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.” All demands to retain national sovereignty, or stop social engineering through the flood of immigrants and the tyranny of diversity, are branded “fascist”…

Then there is the bizarre situation that the map of Europe today looks suspiciously like the one from 1942, and all of Hitler’s allies in the Balkans are now the staunchest allies of the American Empire. In that corner of Europe, at least, WW2 is still being fought. Only this time, the Luftwaffe and the panzers are supposedly the “good guys”.

In April 1941 Hitler made it a personal mission to obliterate a country called Yugoslavia. Partly to make an example of anyone attempting to weasel out of surrendering to his demands, and partly to indulge grudges from the previous war. Remember, WW1 started with an Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia. After two failures, the Austrians and their German and Bulgarian allies finally thought they’d crushed the Serbs, only to have them return in 1918 and win a decisive victory that collapsed the Central Powers’ southern flank.

So Hitler wiped Yugoslavia off the map. Parts of its territory were annexed directly to the Reich, others given to Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Albania (an Italian protectorate until 1943, a German ally thereafter). An “independent” Montenegro was set up as an Italian protectorate, while most of today’s Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina became the Independent State of Croatia (NDH). The remainder was dubbed Serbia and placed under German occupation.

While the Serbs in the NDH faced wholesale extermination (the visceral brutality of which appalled even the Nazis), the brutality of the occupation forces in “Serbia” rivaled that of the Eastern Front. In June 1941, royalist guerrillas (commonly mislabeled “chetniks”) launched an uprising against the Germans. With Germans executing up to 100 civilian hostages for every one of their soldiers killed, and 50 for every soldier wounded, the royalists were quickly compelled to adopt a lower profile. Soon they were engaged in a shooting war with the Communists, who launched their own insurrection in June, after Hitler invaded the USSR. While the royalists expected an Anglo-American landing, the Communist waited for the Soviets, meanwhile slaughtering each other and occasionally raiding German supplies.

In the end, the Communists prevailed. By 1944, they had secured British backing, and successfully lobbied the Allies for massive air strikes against cities in Serbia, which did little damage to the German war effort but caused great loss of civilian life in royalist strongholds. In September 1944, Soviet forces – reinforced by Bulgarian troops, who had switched their allegiance from Hitler to Stalin – entered Serbia and drove out the Germans.

Think about that for a second: the territory of Nazi-occupied Serbia had to deal with four years of brutal repression, a civil war [Royalists vs. Communists], tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Croatia’s genocide, heavy bombing by the Allies, and a Communist takeover. Having been thus despoiled, Serbia was then ground into dust by the Communists, who in the true tradition of victim politics claimed the principal problem had been the old kingdom’s alleged “Greater Serbian hegemony”, rather than alliances of other groups with Axis powers, and the atrocities they committed.*

After the war, the Communists made Hitler’s dismemberment [of Yugoslavia] more or less official. Parts annexed by Germany ended up the “republic” of Slovenia. The NDH was split into Croatia and Bosnia, with Croatia getting the entire Adriatic coast. Montenegro remained separate, while the territories held by Bulgaria became Macedonia. The stump Serbia created by Hitler became the “Republic of Serbia”, while the Hungarian- and Albanian-occupied areas in the north and the south became its “autonomous provinces” of Vojvodina and Kosovo. The borders didn’t correspond exactly, but the spirit of the division was what counted.

Future generations were taught that “Yugoslavia” had been among the victors in WW2. Official history claimed that Tito’s multiethnic Communist partisans were the only real resistance movement, fighting the very few Croatian Ustasha, the Albanian Balli Kombetar, and the worst of the lot - the bloodthirsty Greater Serbian nationalist “chetniks”. Any suggestion that the royalists had actually helped the Allied war effort was suppressed - and the West went along with it.

Ten years after Tito’s death, the myths collapsed under their own weight, no longer propped by Western credit and Eastern markets. The newly reunited Germany, the nascent European Union and the rising American Empire all saw an opportunity in dismembering Yugoslavia.

What followed was an eerie re-run of the 1940s carnage. Croatia’s “democratic” president, Franjo Tudjman, led [an] NDH revival - but because he was allied with the U.S. and not Hitler this time around, he succeeded where his predecessor [Croatian Fuehrer Ante Pavelic] failed. In Bosnia, Alija Izetbegovic had Washington’s support to make a bid for an Islamic state, causing a bloodbath when both Serbs and Croats objected. Albanians were likewise armed and supported to re-establish the “Natural Albania” of 1941-45.

But the cruelest twist was that these Imperial allies accused the Serbs of Nazism - and their PR flacks used Communist propaganda to do so. And they are still at it, even today. The Serbs, for their part, reacted with utter confusion. They didn’t create a grievance lobby, as is common in modern politics. Rather, they followed their instinct and history and reached for their guns - fighting first for Yugoslavia, then for independence, then for survival, but all the while unable to understand what was happening. That confusion is also an enduring condition, unfortunately.

Even though they were the principal victims of Nazi aggression, and the overwhelming majority in both the Communist and the royalist resistance movements, the Serbs first became second-class citizens in Yugoslavia (which they allegedly “dominated”) and then got smeared as Nazis reborn - by actual Nazi heirs, people who had their own Waffen-SS, two-time winners of WW2. Who would have ever thought to see American bombers, German tanks and Communist propaganda working together towards a goal Hitler once had: to crush Serbia as an example to others.

When Hitler invaded, Yugoslavia had been rotten already. Croats actually greeted the Wehrmacht with flowers. Few have dared ask how Tito could have put Yugoslavia back together, after all that. Yet the answer is very simple: he allowed many of the Nazi collaborators to change their uniforms at the last moment, defecting to the winning team, while smearing the Serb royalists as traitors and quislings, thus imposing moral equivalence. The laundering process was completed in the 1990s, by projecting the stigma of Nazism onto the Serbs.

No wonder only Russia still celebrates Victory Day. In the rest of Europe, it’s Hitler’s ghost that rejoices.

* I asked for clarification on a few points, and Nebojsa added the following:

The Communists, arguing from the standpoint of victim/identity politics, claimed that Yugoslavia’s problem (in general) was the alleged “Serbian hegemony”, in effect absolving everyone else for their WW2 behavior (as it would be a “reaction” to the Evil Serbs). The same script was recycled in the early 1990s, with blaming everything on Milosevic. So the breakup of Titoslavia was blamed on the phantom “Greater Serbian hegemony” of the Kingdom, rather than the unchecked chauvinism of groups that were allied with Hitler in the 1940s, and with the Atlantic Empire today.

You know how to liberals everything is ultimately about “racism”? To Communists, everything was ultimately about how evil Serbs evilly oppressed everyone else. Even when that oppression was largely fantasy, and the horrific atrocities perpetrated against Serbs were very real. But no — the Ustasha state and its extermination policy that predated the “Final Solution”; the pogroms in Kosovo and Metohija; the butchery in Montenegro; the Hungarians throwing Serbs and Jews into icy rivers; the Waffen-SS — NONE of that was important, or rather got mentioned solely as the backdrop for the glorious goodness of Tito.

The point I was trying to make is that the Communists KEPT the Nazi partition of Yugoslavia, in principle if not exactly in lines on the map.