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I must have been looking for a distraction and had the bad fortune to read an “article” by a Vietnam vet for a senior citizen newspaper insert in El Paso, Texas. It was called “Kosovo: Our Forgotten Conflict,” and for some reason I proceeded to waste the next hour writing the following letter to the author of the piece, A.C. Sanders:

Mr. Sanders,

You’re very confused in your article “Kosovo: Our Forgotten Conflict.” And that’s the whole point of withholding information from the very troops who are to serve in Kosovo (you mentioned the scant information made available to them).

I’ll never forget how in 2007, after writing the real story of Kosovo for American Legion magazine, I was contacted by a National Guard soldier serving there. He was floored that someone was paying attention to Kosovo, or knew that we’d be paying for our misguided policy there, driven by Albanian violence, for decades to come.

He told me how he’d have to dig for information himself, to find out what the Command wasn’t telling the troops, and he questioned why the orders were always to “not engage” when encountering armed Albanian hostiles, but to engage when encountering the (much more rare) Serbian ones.

He knew that the guys coming in after him—the ones who would be imposing the “Final Solution” on Kosovo’s Serbs (currently underway) — would be walking in blind to a dangerous situation, made more dangerous because its full dimensions were being suppressed. What they’re also walking into is a more hostile climate by the last of the resisting Serbs, who after complying with international directives while getting picked off over the past 13 years, understandably refuse to bite the last bullet and live under the rule of their slaughterers. But all that the soldiers will see is American-flag-waving Albanians and hostile Serbs, making the latter much easier to shoot at (which has been happening intermittently over the past year).

Mr. Sanders, there is no equivalence between Albanian and Serbian violence in Kosovo. This has been a one-way street for the past several decades, and with you and your acquaintances checking in on the scene only now, naturally it looks like more of a back-and-forth. Only after a decade have the Serbs finally started to lob back. I was particularly appalled by your paragraph about the Ibar River. KFOR was stationed on the Ibar bridge to halt the frequent Albanian attempts to cross it to get to the Serbs in the last part of Kosovo where you can still speak Serbian without being stabbed. I was embarrassed for you when I read your inversion that it was the Serbs being kept from crossing to the Albanian side (though in the past two years, we may have finally had a couple such incidents).

Lucky for you, Americans don’t know any better about Kosovo — despite its being the first NATO war and our most recent pre-9/11 war in which we again helped Muslims — and so you’ll have nothing to be embarrassed about.

What our soldiers, along with the Germans, Austrians, Hungarians, Croatians and the rest of the “former” Axis now dressed as NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR), are doing in Kosovo will be to the eternal shame of our National Guard, and to America itself. Foreseeing this in 1999, when we turned a dark corner under Clinton to help the people bin Laden was also helping (there is much documentation for that), I allowed this issue to hijack my life. And for that I’m now called a “pro-Serb propagandist” by cheerleaders of this U.S. policy, and by its beneficiaries. “U.S. policy” being an insulting term in itself, given that the policy was driven by a handful of Washington bureaucrats who were Clinton holdovers even during the Bush administration, which itself was led down the same course. (And so, unlike with every other issue, you’ll find no Left-Right divide on this one. That’s right, no arguments from Americans on this policy, interestingly.)

In Kosovo, in what is a recognized (but just as often denied) precedent for Israel and Jerusalem itself, we have dismantled a Christian Jerusalem that has stood as a bulwark, with much Serb blood shed, against the barbarians at the gate. The Ottomans, the Austro-Hungarians, then Hitler (the Serbs having pushed his forces off long enough that they had to fight at Stalingrad during the Russian winter and lost).

People who were killed in the course of harboring 512 U.S. airmen from the Germans do not suddenly become monsters, Mr. Sanders. That’s where you need to have a little skepticism about the media that brought you the story of “the butcher Milosevic” and his “ethnic cleansing.” We did not go into Kosovo to halt ethnic cleansing or genocide, as the beheaded Jewish reporter Daniel Pearl learned in 1999, and wrote about it. The fact that we’re still subjected to a recycling of the debunked myth of a huge anti-Albanian plan by the Serbs is insulting.

I’m an American Jew, who has been watching our most un-American actions against our allies of two world wars in shock and horror. For our (initially) German-led crimes against the Serbs (payback for WWII resistance which we’ve for some reason signed onto), our entire civilization will pay. It already is paying, and yet we continue to expand the Caliphate in the Balkans. And you continue to equate the Christians that never did us any harm — and who had more experience living with Muslims than we ever did — you equate them with the Islamic monsters that have now come for the rest of us too. (The Albanian subset of them having killed U.S. servicemen last year in Frankfurt; planned the foiled Ft. Dix attack; undertook to explode Tampa before being stopped this year, and I could go on. That’s not to mention the Bosnian-born attackers against the U.S. We’ve imported the Serbs’ enemies in the course of doing their bidding in the region, and advancing their conquest.)

You ask readers if they even remember our Kosovo war. I remember it every day for the past 13 years, Mr. Sanders. It seems that you are the one who hasn’t given it much thought. And now you’ve unimpressively joined the ranks of the majority of the world, which owes the Serbs an apology. An apology that is not forthcoming in this lifetime, except by an occasional, regretful NATO soldier who did more than “do or die,” but indeed questioned why. As for me, today I wear the Scarlet Letter meant to marginalize the whistleblowers — “pro-Serb propagandist” — proudly.

With apologies for my hostile tone (but I am exasperated).
Yours,
Julia Gorin

I emailed author Peter Brock about the article, who then enlightened me about “Southwest Senior”:

Oh, goody.

I’m a lifelong El Pasoan. I’m a “senior”! And, I’ve been to Kosovo without being brainwashed! I even wrote a book about Yugoslavia!

…That “newspaper” is a throw-away used to shake down local medical suppliers with “fill” to go around competing ads for hospices and other elder community crapola. It’s a pathetic little insert that a local weekly stuffs every other week or so. Not even worth the sports pages used to carpet a canary cage.

Finally, since it was too trivial to address in the letter, I didn’t respond to the part of Mr. Sanders’ article where he mentions that Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds” was filmed in Kosovo. I looked it up and couldn’t find corroboration for this, so I emailed Nebojsa Malic, asking him if he knew anything about it. All he could say was: “This guy is so ignorant, it makes my head hurt.”

To contact the writer and his paper, email acsanders@acsandersiii.com and web@elpasoinc.com .

Why should we be the only ones with headaches?

I didn’t even know about this at the time, but here is a two-paragraph CNN item about those non-Muslimy Albanians in 1999:

Fort Dix speeds up relocation of Kosovo refugees

From Reporter Deborah Feyerick

FORT DIX, New Jersey CNN The sounds of Islamic calls to prayer echo across Fort Dix, temporary host to thousands of ethnic Albanians who fled war ravaged Kosovo. But the U.S. Army base will soon play final taps for the refugee resettlement program that should end this month.

I feel like I’m in a paradise, one Kosovar explained, as she described the base that has been a haven for about 4,000 refugees.

You think there was a connection between the sounds of the call to prayer and speeding up the refugees’ relocation?

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

A Fort Dix epilogue that I neglected. From March 2009: Fort Dix jihad convictions upheld, jihadists respond, “Allahu akbar!” (That’s most un-Albanian of them. Or should we assume it was just the relatives of the Turk and the “Palestinian”?)

Robert Spencer: They yelled “Allahu akbar” not because they approved of the upholding of their own convictions, but because they accept all events as manifestations of Allah’s perfect will, and probably also because they subscribe to Muhammad Atta’s view: “Shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”

Also, this is noteworthy because many commentators, as might be expected, denied at the time of the trial that there was any actual jihad aspect to this plot.

Fort Dix Jihad Update: “Judge upholds convictions in Fort Dix plot case,” from AP, March 5 (thanks to all who sent this in):

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A judge in New Jersey has upheld guilty verdicts against five Muslim immigrants convicted last year of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers.

The men’s lawyers argued that the federal government’s claims against their clients were not supported by evidence.
But a federal judge in Camden disagreed and has ruled the jury was right to convict them in December. He said the men received a fair trial.

Relatives and several of the men yelled, “Allah akbar” (AH’-lah AHK’-bar) — Arabic for “God is great” — in the courtroom after Thursday’s ruling….

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!

I didn’t even hear about this at the time, but apparently in 2010 an Albanian in England beheaded a Brit. The update is that he was sentenced last week:

Golf club beheading man Jonathan Limani jailed for life (March 19)

A man who beheaded a restaurant manager at a golf club has been jailed for life.

The body of Christopher Varian, 32, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was discovered by colleagues at The Oxfordshire in Thame in August 2010.

Jonathan Limani, 34, formerly of Rycote Lane, Thame, pleaded guilty to manslaughter with diminished responsibility at Oxford Crown Court.

Limani, a waiter at the hotel, was told he would serve at least 19 years.

Judge Anthony King said Limani, who is currently at Broadmoor Hospital, may never be released.

The court heard how staff had found the killer sitting near Mr Varian’s decapitated body after attacking him with a knife.

Limani was said to have a lengthy history of mental ill health and paranoid schizophrenia.

He also had a criminal conviction for supplying heroin in Switzerland.

Limani, an Albanian with a Swedish passport, had previously denied all charges when he appeared in court, last November.

Notice how the word “Albanian” follows the words “heroin” and “Switzerland.” We just got finished talking about the whole Swiss connection to Albanian criminals, and of course Albanians are the heroin kings, so there was that red flag too. (Sensible Sweden and Switzerland, meanwhile, were both proud early recognizers of stolen Kosovo.) One must also give props to the BBC in this report for not mincing words about the killer’s ethnic identity by using the more comfortable “former Yugoslav” (so as to diminish embarrassment over our clients’ true natures; as I recently wrote, accounting for this shift toward more accurate Balkan identifications may be Western exasperation with those clients). But let’s not overlook something else that’s just been revealed, specifically in the sentence “Limani was said to have a lengthy history of mental ill health….”

We’re repeatedly told that Albanian Muslims are nothing like “those” Muslims, one of the supposed key rationales for a U.S.-created Muslim state in Kosovo. But notice that with every new case of a lone Islamic terrorist striking, we get a “mental problems” explanation. And so here we are getting the same explanation for a violent Albanian. And this isn’t the first time. I’ve pointed out before that media and governments, by their own accounts and analyses, are defining Islam as a mental illness, which I agree with. It would appear that Albanians, like Muslims in general, have a disproportionate incidence of mental health issues that cause them to be violent (yet another of the countless consistencies between Islam and Albanianism). Same, apparently, with Bosnian Muslims, so it would seem that the “not like that” Muslims of the Balkans have yet something else in common with the “like that” Muslims.

And then of course one must ask — again — what is this Albanian affinity for beheading? It sounds almost…Islamic. But since we’re told that can’t be it — and especially since this person wasn’t necessarily a religious Muslim or Muslim at all — we’re left only with the Julia explanation: Muslims and Albanians are very similar. Islam on an Albanian is redundant. And so with Albanian-Muslim males in particular, you can end up with double your Muslim. Or double your Albanian, take your pick.

The victim’s father Nigel Varian, who runs a bed and breakfast with wife Sue in France, told the BBC about the day the couple learnt of their son’s death.

“It was a terrible, terrible day, because we were on our way over to our other son’s wedding,” he said.

“That Chris had been killed by this guy who worked for him, and that he was beheaded at the scene, was just impossible to get to grips with.

“It was just after lunchtime and when a break came up Chris went out to the staff smoking area to take a cigarette and while he was there this man Limani, who was a server, followed him out there and assaulted him with a knife.

“Chris didn’t appear to have time to even cry out.

“When he was on the ground Limani then proceeded to decapitate him in the most gruesome manner.

“It was just a total shock to us when we heard this. This is probably the most shocking aspect of the whole case.”

Mr Varian said they still thought about their son almost all the time.

Mrs Varian said: “It’s still hard to come to terms with his loss and the horrendous manner in which he died.

“It’s left me with a bed and breakfast business that I no longer want to be in. My heart’s gone out of hospitality.

“We are now trying to sell and I don’t know where we will go from here except that we want to be with our family and keep strong together.”

Det Ch Insp Steve Tolmie, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crimes Unit, said it was one of the most violent crimes he had seen in a 30-year career.

“Any murder investigation is by its very nature violent and traumatic for the family,” he said.

“This one was at the very high end of the scale and was certainly brutal and savage.”

That’s right. It took an Albanian to provide this detective with the most savage case of his 30-year career.

In an earlier statement the Varian family had questioned how Limani came to be living and working in the UK and said they thought there had been “a catalogue of errors”.

Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for South East England, said: “This is a dreadful crime but it’s very difficult to see how that could have been prevented.

“It’s always easier after the fact.

“I’m working with my colleagues across Europe to increase cross-border co-operation with police forces.”

Det Ch Insp Tolmie said Limani applied for dual nationality when he was in Sweden.

“Because that was in place he then managed to enter the country, which he did legitimately.

“He didn’t disclose the fact that he had previous convictions so he therefore managed to come in and find employment at The Oxfordshire hotel.”

A criminal record? Really? Nothing Albanian about that. Just like criminality and Islam don’t go hand in hand, right? And, an Albanian not disclosing something to his Western patrons? Couldn’t be.

As for how Limani came to be living and working in the UK and the MEP’s response that “it’s very difficult to see how that could have been prevented” and “it’s always easier after the fact”: No, my clueless cosmopolitan cog. This one was easy enough to get before the fact. But it seems the whole point of having a backwards foreign policy in the Balkans (pro-Albanian, anti-Serb) — which maximizes the dangers to the citizenry — is to then have an excuse to maximize policing of that citizenry. If the policy from the start hadn’t been pro-criminal and pro-terrorist, then we might have had a healthy suspicion of the aggressive side that now turns its aggressions in new directions, beyond the Serbs.

But recall that the same question came up in Finland in 2010 (as did the mental illness): Flashback:

Finns are asking why Shkupolli, who had a job in a warehousing company, was not kept under closer surveillance by the police after his former girlfriend lodged formal complaints against him…The troubled relationship seems to have been regarded by the police as a domestic affair and Shkupolli’s criminal record or state of mental health was not taken fully into consideration.

The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm conducted a large-scale survey of the mental health of Kosovo Albanians living in Sweden and found that many suffered from clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Similar findings have been made in other countries that took large numbers of Bosnian or Kosovan refugees during and after the Balkan wars. There seems to have been no follow-up study in Finland, which has been one of the strongest champions of an independent Kosovan statehood.

And recall this headline, which may go a long way to answer the perpetual question about how dangerous Albanians are getting free run of Europe: “80 foreign murderers welcomed to Britain: Albanian killers allowed to stay despite being on Interpol ‘wanted’ list” (Indeed, who can forget about this classic: “NatWest handed [Albanian] Al Qaeda terrorist 100% mortgage to buy £93,000 home he turned into a bomb factory“)

Closing up with the current item now, about Mr. Varian:

In a statement, The Oxfordshire said staff were glad the court had reached a verdict.

“Christopher was a much-loved member of staff and is greatly missed by all of us,” it said.

Indeed, thanks to the U.S.- and German-led — and UK-supported — Balkans policies, this was taken away from us:

Leaving us with this:

I’ve been meaning to do an update on Sami Osmakac, the Albanian would-be Tampa bomber. Of course, now we know that the name “Osmakac,” which caused me to question whether the offender was Albanian at all, is actually “Osmankaj,” as this caption makes clear: “A general view of the house where naturalized American citizen Sami Osmakac, 25, was born, in the Osmankaj family compound in the village of Lubizde, Kosovo.” As we learn in the article below, “U.S. officials are using a different spelling for his last name.” Hmm.

Alleged bomb plotter’s kin shocked

(Alternate headlines used: ‘No better kid around,’ relative says of terror suspect; and Relatives react with dismay as Kosovo-born man charged with plotting US attack)

The 25-year-old Kosovo-born American suspected of plotting an Islamist-inspired attack in Florida came from a “very good family” that moved from place to place in search of economic opportunity and respite from conflict in the former Yugoslavia, an aunt said Tuesday.

The allegations against her nephew, Sami Osmakac, have left her in shock and disbelief, the aunt told The Associated Press in an interview.

“It felt very strange to hear what he was being accused of,” Time Osmankaj said. “I don’t believe he did what they accuse him of doing. There was no better kid around here.”

Then that ain’t saying much for Albanian kids.

…U.S. officials are using a different spelling for his last name — Osmakac — than what his relatives use here in Kosovo.

(One wonders why U.S. officials are using a different spelling. Is it a coincidence that the latter sounds less Albanian and more Slavic? One is impressed, however, that the article actually discloses this information, thanks most likely to the reporter not realizing the potential significance.)

Osmakac’s aunt lives in a two-story house in a remote hillside in Kosovo’s southwest bordering Albania. She said her nephew’s family left the secluded hamlet of Lubizde in the early 1990s for Bosnia where Sami’s father ran a bakery…

The family was caught in the whirlwind of Yugoslavia’s violent breakup during the 1990’s. They moved initially to Germany and then to the United States…

A police official in Kosovo told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Osmakac was “known to Kosovo authorities” and that “security agents were aware of his whereabouts during his last visit in Kosovo.”

He declined to disclose other details, including whether authorities tracked Osmakac at the request of the United States…

Drumroll for this next, requisite, insert-stock-Albanian pro-Americanism paragraph:

Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians are predominantly Muslim, while a small minority is Roman Catholic. The population is a staunch supporter of the U.S. because of America’s lead role in NATO’s 1999 bombing of Serb forces that drove them out of Kosovo and ended a brutal crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanians.

Spoken like a true Albanian press release. (See from the 2007 Ft. Dix plot: “…as Albanians, we remain the most pro-American people in the world,” NAAC Executive Director Avni Mustafaj said in an official statement. )

But maybe, worded this way ( “…because of America’s lead role in NATO’s 1999 bombing of Serb forces”), the paragraph can help the journalists parroting it to notice they’re actually putting their finger on a very specific, non U.S.-centric, reason as to WHY someone likes us. Then they can ponder the question whether it’s a lasting reason for liking us.

FLASHBACK to the same, requisite Albanian shock-and-pro-Americanism paragraphs in Western news reports in the wake of the Ft. Dix arrests:

3 in Dix Plot From Pro-U.S. Balkans Area

Three Muslim brothers who allegedly helped plot to kill soldiers at a U.S. Army base have roots in one of Europe’s most pro-American corners — a region that remains grateful to the United States for ending the Kosovo war.

Dritan Duka, 28, Shain Duka, 26, and Eljvir Duka, 23, who were arrested in New Jersey this week in what U.S. authorities said was a bungled scheme to blow up and gun down soldiers at Fort Dix, were born in Debar, a remote town on Macedonia’s rugged border with Serbia’s Kosovo province.

Relatives…expressed disbelief Wednesday that the three would attack the United States.

In Pristina…U.S. flags are commonplace. The main avenue is Bill Clinton Boulevard, renamed to honor the president who ordered airstrikes that halted former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic’s brutal crackdown in the province.

Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku wrote a letter to the U.S. mission in Pristina on Wednesday expressing the “extraordinary feeling that Kosovo’s people have for the U.S.” Ceku also denounced what he called “the disgusting idea” that Albanians could be involved in an attack “against a nation that has been very generous so far.”

The Duka brothers’ grandmother, Naze Duka, was visibly upset as word of their arrests spread….“America is good — you work, you earn money there,” the 88-year-old said. “I have no idea where this all came from. How did this happen?”

Even those in Debar who described themselves as devout Muslims denounced the Fort Dix plot.

“They must have been crazy. They shouldn’t dare throw a stone at America,” said Rrahmi Duka, 70, a distant relative of the brothers, as a loudspeaker blared Muslim prayers in Debar’s main square…

And here’s a FLASHBACK to the 2009 North Carolina Eight arrests:

…Sherifi’s grandfather and his neighbors said they could not believe the 24 year old could have been plotting terrorism in the United States, a country that is loved in Kosovo for leading the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia that ended its rule in Kosovo.

“I do not believe he is one of them,” Baki Sherifi, the suspect’s grandfather, told AP Television News. “This is something unbelievable. We live in this neighborhood for centuries, and the whole family never expected such news. We are all shocked. What more can I say?,” the tearful 70 year old said outside his mosque in Gnjilane, 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.

“Everybody in the neighborhood is shocked. We feel sorry for the family. We cannot believe that has happened,” said Hakim Rasimi, who lives near Baki Sherifi in Gnjilane.

(As I wrote at the time, they live in Gnjilane — where the Gnjilane Group gave “How to Kill Serbs” lessons and abducted elderly peasants to be pulled apart by cars and others had their nails pulled out — and these ones are “shocked” by their kin’s behavior elsewhere.)

Another FLASHBACK from 2009:

[Betim Kaziu] was charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists…The allegations shocked Mr. Kaziu’s family in Brooklyn. “This is totally unlike him,” said a sister, Sihana Kaziu, who added that he was never violent and had a “big heart.” Ms. Kaziu said her brother, a Muslim, did not grow up particularly religious.

One of four siblings, he played football in high school before dropping out, she said. He later got his high school equivalency diploma and around age 18 became interested in the Koran and said he wanted to dedicate his life to God, a prospect that pleased his parents, she said. He told his family that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, and kept in touch regularly by e-mail.

Now FLASHBACK to last year’s Frankfurt military killings:

…German police said [Arid Uka] was born in Kosovo…A cousin, Behxhet Uka…said he would be shocked if Arid Uka was behind the shooting, saying that like the vast majority of Kosovo Albanians, the family is pro-American.

The northern town of Mitrovica is best known for the ethnic division between majority ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs. The former mining town has also been the focus of reports that it breeds Islamic extremists.

[And this of course had nothing to do with Serb-Albanian “tensions.”]

…Relatives of the alleged Kosovar gunman who killed two US soldiers in an attack in Frankfurt on Thursday said they were astonished about his reported extremist views.

“He himself only knows what he has done. I would never believe that he could do something like that,” the suspect’s grandfather, Avdullah Bejta, an imam in Mitrovica told Kosovo radio.

And this:

…Shock, anger, and dismay are palpable in the streets of Kosovo’s capital against the backdrop of today’s headlines: “Kosovar Kills Two U.S. Army Men At Frankfurt Airport.”

What is clear, though, is the anger and revulsion that Kosovars felt and continue to feel.

Candles were lit in Mitrovica, too, Arid Uka’s city of origin, where young people gathered and expressed their condolences to the American people.

The authorities were quick to react, claiming it was “a macabre act against the values of civilization and against the tradition of Kosovo people, to endlessly show gratitude toward the U.S. for its role in freedom of Kosovo.”

The president of the Albanian-American Democratic Club in New York, Alban Dega, wrote an open letter to Kosovo’s highest authorities…. “We are the most pro-American and most pro-Western nation on Earth. The Albanian Pro-Americanism is not only a value, but a national cult….”

Maybe I missed it with the Tampa plot, but unlike in the previous cases, I didn’t see one of those standard shocked-and-outraged-isolated-incident press releases from the Albanian American Civic League or National Albanian American Council. Did their wrists get tired from the last six times they had to write it?

The Osmakac article continues:

Kosovo authorities say they work closely with U.S. officials in tracking down potential Islamic radicals but are puzzled as to what has led some individuals to target Americans.

As always. Albanians puzzled about Albanians. They were also puzzled in 2007:

Kosovo Shocked at Arrests of Albanian Terror Suspects: “Kosovo has been shocked by the arrest of four Islamic radicals of Albanian origin who were allegedly plotting to attack the US military base at Fort Dix, close to New Jersey…News of the arrests has caused something of a furore in Kosovo, with politicians and institutions strongly condemning the alleged plotters and offering to help the US government with their enquiries.”

Of course, Albanians are used to feigning shock over their own terrorism:

Kosovo officials arrested after huge weapons haul (December 2006)

PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) - Two officials of Kosovo’s governing coalition have been arrested after police found a minibus packed with heavy weapons and ammunition.

A police source said the haul included a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft gun and more than 100 rocket-propelled grenades.

Local media reports said the find, made late on Wednesday in the Drenica region of central Kosovo, was the largest in Kosovo since the 1998-99 war and the deployment of NATO peacekeepers.

Three men were arrested, including a senior adviser to the Kosovo labor minister and a member of the governing Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), which emerged from the guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army.

The Kosovo government issued a statement expressing regret for what it said was an isolated case. The AAK, a junior member of the governing coalition, said it was “surprised” that two of its members were involved.

Don’t even try squaring all the shock and outrage with the fact that, elsewhere, Albanians protest the arrests of Albanian terrorists (and of course war criminals) — and recruit American politicians to free them. Then they act surprised when an Albanian is caught being a terrorist in America.

But back to the current Albanian-terrorist-against-America story. The opening item about Osmakac had the following closing paragraphs:

A 21-year-old ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, Arid Uka, is on trial in Germany for killing two and wounding two more U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt airport last year.

Another Kosovo-born man, Hysen Sherifi, faces up to 15 years in jail in the U.S. for allegedly being part of a group that raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks against American military targets and others they deemed enemies of Islam.

A FIRST. LET THE RECORD SHOW IT. As lacking as this standard report is, it’s the first mainstream news article to reference other specifically Albanian-related attacks or plots against Americans. Usually, you get just some scribble about the current episode and that’s it — no one puts any of it together. As perfunctory and incomplete as this list is, it’s a first. Maybe one day others will see that these particular Muslims (from the Balkans) are deserving of their own category, given that it’s blowback.

One must also add: Thanks to all the Albanian attackers and would-be attackers, I’m rather getting a kick out of Americans having to read obscure, hard-to-pronounce location names like Lubidze, Gnjilane, Mitrovica, Drenica, Pec and Urosevac/Ferizaj, considering they didn’t even remember hearing the word “Kosovo” after bombing it. Before we’re through, we’ll have learned Kosovo geography in detail, 13 years after we infiltrated it with jihadists, organized crime, and Saudi “charities.” It reminds me of a corollary situation: Like other Americans, I only started learning Israeli geography because of Muslim genocide bombings introducing the place names to us one by one as they were blown up.

Pamela Geller wrote on the Tampa/Osmakac matter last month:

And the U.S. still supports an independent Kosovo state, a militant Islamic state, in the heart of Europe. That is our policy. America refuses to own up to the terrible mistake we made in Europe — worse still, we continue to prosecute the Christian Serbs.

Media reports said that Osmakac, a devout Muslim, was “self-radicalized.” You have to wonder if Western dhimmis stay up nights thinking up new terms for jihad. Pathetic. Soon after his arrest, video emerged that showed how pious and violent Sami Osmakac really was, as he attacked and bloodied Christian street preachers. The pious Osmakac, who was completely the aggressor, then cried victim to the police, saying that he had been “insulted”…

The police, in what has become standard practice in dealing with Islamic supremacists, treated the perpetrator and the victim with equal contempt, actually charging the bloodied Christian with battery. This was in the same town, Tampa, that classified what was obviously an honor killing of a Muslim woman, Fatima Abdallah, as a “suicide.”

Even worse, after the terrorism arrest, Hassan Shibly, director of the Florida chapter of CAIR, cried “entrapment.” This is, of course, typical of jihadis, but what is really outrageous is that the FBI briefed Shibly prior to Osmakac’s arrest. Hamas-CAIR was briefed? Was Qaradawi briefed, too?

“The weapons and explosives were provided by the government. Was he just a troubled individual, or did he pose a real threat?” Shibly asked. Hey, Shibly, he was a devout Muslim. […]

The news item where Shibly said this went as follows:

Leaders in the local Muslim community urge caution, saying it is important for the courts to determine if Osmakac posed a real threat or was just a big talker entrapped by the FBI.

“Would there have been any real plot without the support and assistance of the FBI?” asked Hassan Shibly…who had been briefed by authorities before the arrest was announced.

Avni Osmakac told Bay News 9 that his brother is not a terrorist and wouldn’t have had money to put toward buying any such weapons…

So now Shibly is defending Osmakac, whom on the previous day this same CAIR professional had called “very disturbed” and “very angry” and encouraged area Muslims calling in about him to “contact the authorities as soon as possible.”

In answer to Shibly’s question — from another update:

“When a person’s got an AK-47 which he believes is operable, when he has explosives which he believes are real, and when he has an explosive pack and a car bomb which … he is going to utilize against Americans, that makes it a crime,” Robert O’Neill, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, told reporters. “Was it real? It was very real.”

Two law enforcement officials…said the suspect does not appear to have any ties to al Qaeda, and early information indicated he was “self-radicalized.”

“We arrested him when the attack was imminent,” O’Neill said. […]

Let’s pause a moment, however, on the brother’s denial, which is like being in the movie “Groundhog Day,” where we get the same thing over and over: an Albanian Muslim loner growing increasingly pious, eventually “shocking” his relatives by trying to kill Americans now instead of mere Serbs. FLASHBACK to 2007:

Eljvir Duka’s lawyer stood in U.S. District Court in Camden this morning and told the judge his client wanted a Koran.

All six of the [Ft. Dix] suspects are immigrants in their 20s. And by most accounts they had been typical teenagers. But at some point between high school and adulthood, the men became radicalized and adopted the violent and extreme philosophy of jihad, authorities said.

Some of their relatives differ, saying the men are victims of religious persecution.

Also:

“We all have been supporters of America. We were always thankful to America for its support during the wars in Kosovo and Macedonia,” a cousin, Elez Duka, 29, told The Associated Press.

“These are simple, ordinary people and they’ve got nothing to do with terrorism. I expect their release and I expect an apology,” [cousin Elez Duka] said, waving his hands. “I see injustice. These are ridiculous charges.”

His indignation captured the mood among Muslims in Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania — places that have repeatedly expressed gratitude to the United States for intervening in the 1998-99 Kosovo war and a 2001 ethnic conflict that pushed Macedonia to the brink of civil war.

…Elez Duka [said] his cousins told him they had grown long beards and had become more devoted to Islam, but he insisted they were incapable of involvement in a terrorist plot. “They live in America and grew up in the American culture. How can you say they are anti-American? These accusations are totally unfounded,” he said.

Compare with today’s case: Friends: Fla. bomb plot suspect was radical, loner (AP, Jan. 15)

The Kosovo-born American citizen accused of plotting bomb attacks around Tampa was a loner who had grown increasingly radical in his Muslim faith and publicly railed against Jews and Christians in videos he posted on the Internet, according to relatives and friends.

Sami Osmakac’s life in the U.S. began about a dozen years ago, when he was 13 and his family immigrated to the U.S., according to a video he posted on YouTube. Those who know Osmakac said he mostly kept to himself as a high school student who loved rap music and rapped about bombs and killing in a song he made with a friend. As he grew older, they said, he grew increasingly confrontational: One Tampa-area activist said Osmakac physically threatened him, and Osmakac was jailed on charges that he head-butted a Christian preacher as the two argued over religion outside a Lady Gaga concert.

His family in Florida has said the charges are untrue.

Now FLASHBACK to this guy in February 2011, just days before the Frankfurt attack:

…Lajqi used racial slurs in describing Jews and talked of wanting to “slaughter the enemies of Islam.” He also discussed getting a D.C. hotel room where he could watch the landmarks blow up, the prosecutor said.

Three of Lajqi’s siblings were in the courtroom Monday, telling The Washington Examiner after the hearing that Lajqi is not a terrorist but instead a garrulous man who never intended to carry out attacks.

“He’s a dreamer,” said Richard Sica, a friend of Lajqi’s from New York. “He’s a talker.”

Now back once more to the current Albanian terrorist:

Family members told The AP that Osmakac was born in the village of Lubizde in Kosovo, a tiny hamlet of scattered houses near the Cursed Mountains, a row of snowcapped peaks that divide Kosovo from Albania…

Osmakac spent his early years in a home shared by his father and two uncles, but difficult living conditions and simmering ethnic intolerance sent the family searching for prosperity elsewhere…

Osmakac’s family was in Bosnia during the bloodiest of the ethnic wars of the 1990s, which left more than 100,000 dead, and eventually fled to Germany and then the U.S. [Read between the lines to see this for the trace-the-crime-back-to-Serbs caveat that it is.]

As a child, Osmakac was “a quiet and fun boy,” said his aunt, Time Osmankaj. She said his family regularly sent money home to relatives trying to eke out a living as the wars left those who remained extremely poor.

Osmankaj said the family returned to Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, for visits during the summer months. But in recent years they noticed a change in Sami, who grew a beard, donned religious garments, and was frequently accompanied by two devout Muslims from Albania and two from Bosnia. He also began to shun his relatives during his trips to Kosovo.

His aunt said she learned of his last visit in October 2011 through neighbors and that she did not meet with him. Authorities in Kosovo have said he used those visits to meet with Islamic radicals there.

Islam came to Kosovo with the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans in the 15th century, but it had not grown political until more recently. For instance, hundreds of Muslims have taken to the streets to protest a ban imposed by Kosovo authorities on wearing headscarves in schools. Protesters also have demanded that new mosques be built to accommodate a growing number of faithful after a Roman Catholic cathedral was built last year in the center of the capital, Pristina.

The increase in religious tensions has raised concerns that U.S. soldiers serving as part of a NATO-led peacekeeping force could be targeted in attacks.

REALLY? Gee, this eminently foreseeable scenario when one is playing for the enemy’s team isn’t what I’ve been warning about for 13 years at all, is it? And yet when I brought the issue up in 2007 in American Legion magazine, I was accused by two National Guard “information officers” of “trying to scare the troops’ loved ones.” But here we have a mainstream AP writer finally connecting Islam to Kosovo and, gee, twying to scare the twoops and their famiwies.

The mainstream is finally catching up to what a Kosovo vet warned about in 2008, letting us know that saying “soldiers could be targeted” ain’t exactly the whole story:

Islamic extremism is on the rise in Kosovo. KFOR soldiers have been attacked in Gjilan [Gnjilane], Ferizaj, and Prizren when I was there. You just won’t see or hear about it in the news. More Mosques have been built in Kosovo in the last five years than schools, roads, health clinics, and all other [sanitation] projects combined. Compliments of Muslim charities from the Middle East.

So now the question is: Are they finally going to use the body armor that the Command previously had them boasting they patrolled without? (Incidentally, mentioning the no-armor factoid got me compared by the same PR duo to a New York Times reporter who publicized our problematic armor in Iraq — despite this DoD press release advertising in 2005 that our troops patrol Kosovo without armor.)

Back again to Osmakac:

Avni Osmakac told WTVT-TV in Tampa that his brother had tried to travel to Saudi Arabia last year so he could study Islam, but that he had problems with his visa and never got farther than Turkey. Sami Osmakac wanted to become an imam and teach Islam in the Middle East, his brother said.

Osmakac’s family had settled in Pinellas Park, Fla., where his father opened a bakery and bought a home. There, Osmakac attended at least two high schools and was mostly a loner, classmate Alan Stokling wrote in an email to The AP.

Stokling said the two did have something in common: a love of rap music… “Sami’s part came on and he was talking about murder and bombing and stuff,” Stokling recalled. “I wasn’t surprised by that. It wasn’t anything different from regular hip-hop songs.”

What was different was the song’s ending: Stokling said Osmakac rapped about killing Jews.

“The weirdest ad libs I’d ever heard,” Stokling said. “They were so beyond the realm of what was accepted back then as far as what was a consistency in the realm of a rap song that it was comical.”

The two discussed religion only once, when Osmakac asked about Stokling’s religion. Stokling recalled that when he said he was a Christian, Osmakac “got kind of quiet then started laughing to himself under his breath in a smug fashion. In his own mind he seemed to be an elitist. That’s the vibe I got from him.”

Osmakac’s run-in with the preacher outside the Lady Gaga concert in April 2011 was far less subtle. According to police accounts of the fight, which the preacher recorded on video, Osmakac said, thumping his heart with his fist for emphasis: “My message is, if you all don’t accept Islam, you’re going to hell.”

At the mosque where Osmakac began worshipping in 2010, he mostly kept to himself. However, he occasionally had run-ins with other area Muslims. At the mosque, he and another man were cited for trespassing in November of that year after a heated discussion with Ahmed Batrawy, vice president of the Islamic Society of Pinellas County.

In another instance, he accused the Council on American-Islamic Relations of being an “infidel organization,” said Hassan Shibly, executive director of the council’s Tampa office. And Ahmed Bedier, a Muslim community activist and radio host, said Osmakac had threatened him because Bedier’s organization encourages minorities to get involved in politics.

“He thought I was taking people out of the faith,” Bedier said. “On at least one time, he got very close as if he was going to hit me, and someone held him back.”

Bedier reported Osmakac’s behavior to authorities more than a year and a half ago. However, he said Osmakac’s hatred was so overt that many people suspected he may have been a government informant.

Bedier asked: “What terrorist goes on YouTube?”

A lot. And this one went on “Canadian Idol.”

Some details about the youtube videos:

…In the first video clip, a man who appears to be Osmakac, confronted Christian protesters and assaulted one outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum - leaving the man bleeding from the mouth…In the second video with the title ‘Convert to Islam NOW! To all Atheist Christian (Non-Muslims)‘ a man who looks and sounds like Osmakac threatened members of other religions.

The message from Abdul Samia, believed to be one of Osmakac’s aliases, warns viewers to convert to Islam ‘before it is too late’. The YouTube videos were posted in December 2010 and in April last year…In the eight-minute video he is seen cross-legged on the floor with a pistol in his hand and an AK-47 gun behind him. […]

Another interesting Osmakac report — and note the caption under the photo conveniently reverting, as usual, to the resurrected-when-Kosovo-or-Bosnia-proves-embarrassing: “former Yugoslavia”:


Sami Osmakac, 25, from the former Yugoslavia, was charged in a plot to attack crowded locations in the Tampa area with a bomb, assault rifle and other explosives, federal authorities said Jan. 9.

Official: Alleged Florida bomb-plotter met radical Islamists during visits to Kosovo (Jan. 11)

PRISTINA, Kosovo — The man accused by U.S. authorities of plotting to bomb Florida nightclubs and a sheriff’s office met with radical Islamists during visits to his native Kosovo, a senior official in the country said Wednesday.

International agencies had alerted Kosovo authorities that Sami Osmakac could be linked to Islamist extremists, the official told The Associated Press. He said the 25-year-old, an ethnic Albanian and naturalized U.S. citizen, discussed “issues in support of radical elements” with the individuals he met.

So one goes to Kosovo to meet with Islamists? So Kosovo IS a jihad destination? That is, it IS what our officials say it isn’t and promised it wouldn’t be? The article continues:

…Some 1,000 American soldiers serve as part of the NATO-led peacekeeping force that is in charge of security in the country, where tensions persist because Serbia has refused to accept Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence.

So THAT’S why there are tensions. In case you didn’t know, the AP has explained it all to you. In case you had any doubt, it’s because of something Serbia isn’t doing. And not because Albanians terrorized Serbia into the position it finds itself in today: being pressured by the West to recognize our criminal-led narco-terrorist “pro-American” jihad-exploitable mafia state, to the world’s unanimous criticism when Serbia “stubbornly” refuses to.

…Osmakac arrived in the U.S. around 2000, when he as 13, according to a video he posted online.

That’s just after the war, making him one of the Clintons’ goodwill refugees — another “rescuee” from the Serbs, like the KLA sniper Agron Abdullahu, who provided the guns for the three Albanian brothers who wanted to kill “as many American soldiers as possible” at Ft. Dix.

…In Sept. 2003, he had his first brush with the law. According to a police report, Osmakac got into a fight with some other students and punched a teacher at Pinellas Park High School during the melee…

Really? An Albanian having brushes with the law before becoming a terrorist? That doesn’t sound familiar at all from this FLASHBACK:

Prior to their arrest on terror charges, the Duka brothers ran into trouble with the law on numerous occasions. Shain Duka has been arrested on charges of making physical threats, obstruction of justice, and hindering apprehension. He has also been cited for traffic violations five times. Eljvir Duka has been arrested on drug charges and amassed two motor vehicles citations. And, Dritan Duka was arrested for disorderly conduct, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moreover, he was ticketed for speeding or driving with a suspended license a total of six times.

Back to today:

At some point, Osmakac became deeply religious. In 2010, Osmakac began worshipping at a local mosque. [Again and again and again: If you’re not getting away with straight-up crime, give it a higher, religious purpose.]

In November 2010, Osmakac and another young man — an American convert to Islam — had a heated discussion with Batrawy at the mosque. The American convert, Batrawy said, was the one “radicalizing things.” Osmakac later started to “trash talk,” Batrawy said.

“We don’t condone that in our place of worship,” Batrawy said he told the young men. When they wouldn’t calm down, Batrawy called police, who cited Osmakac and the other man for trespassing.

A month later, Osmakac posted his first video on YouTube, ranting about Christians and Western life. It was titled “A Question For All Christians: What Are You Worshipping???” …CAIR said Osmakac was banned at two Tampa-area mosques.

Indeed. He was too volatile and risked blowing Jihad’s cover vis-a-vis the long-term goal. (Imagine, though: a non-Muslimy Albanian blowing the cover.)

Earlier in this post I mentioned Hysen Sherifi, one of the two Albanians in the 2009 North Carolina plot. There have been two updates on him. Last month he was “convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism and conspiracy to carry out attacks overseas,” plus “two counts of firearms possession, and conspiracy to kill federal officers or employees by discussing an attack on the Quantico, Va., Marine Corps base with ringleader Daniel Boyd, who had lived on the base as a child with his Marine officer father.” The other update, which many readers have already seen, was on Jan. 24th:

[Hysen Sherifi] has been accused in a federal court document of plotting to kill witnesses who testified against him at trial.

An affidavit unsealed in federal court Monday accuses Hysen Sherifi of plotting against the witnesses from his jail cell. Authorities say an FBI informant posing as a hit man met with Sherifi’s brother and a female friend and accepted $5,000 and a photo of an intended victim.

FBI agents have arrested the brother, Shkumbin Sherifi, and Nevine Aly Elshiekh, a school teacher. Now in federal custody at the New Hanover County Jail, each is charged with a felony count of use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.

The informant soon befriended Sherifi, who requested help in hiring someone to kill three people who had testified against him at his trial, according to the affidavit. Sherifi specified that he wanted the witnesses beheaded and that he would be provided photos of the severed heads as confirmation of the deaths, according to the document.

FBI agents said in the document that they arranged for a second informant to pose as a hit man and monitored Sherifi during a series of jailhouse visits with Elshiekh.

Following a Dec. 21 visit at the jail, Elshiekh left a voicemail on the fake hit man’s cell phone, identifying herself as “Hysen Sherifi’s friend,” according to the affidavit. It added that the FBI observed and recorded subsequent meetings between Elshiekh and the fake hit man, during which she provided names, addresses and photos of those targeted and $750 in cash toward the first murder.

Agents also observed Elshiekh meeting with Shkumbin Sherifi, who met with the FBI’s fake hitman on Jan. 8, the court document said. According to the affidavit, the brother traveled from Raleigh to Wilmington to provide the hit man another $4,250 in cash.

The Sherifi brothers and other family members emigrated from Kosovo following the wars that ravaged the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. A call to the Sherifi family home in Raleigh on Tuesday was not returned.

DEAR AMERICANS,
What we have here is a Kosovo Albanian importing — at our invitation — the way Kosovo justice goes down. Witnesses are the ones who go down. This is why former “prime minister” Ramush Haradinaj is being re-tried at The Hague. His 2007 trial was plagued with witness deaths. The only difference between that documented criminal-slash-Kosovo leader and the current documented criminal-slash-Kosovo leader is American muscle keeping the latter (Hashim Thaci) out of The Hague. Witness death and intimidation are why Albanians are used to not going to jail. No wonder Sherifi’s family are in shock over his arrest. (Incidentally, witness safety is also a big stumbling block for Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty in the Albanians’ organ-harvesting operation.) I’ve been warning that America would be Kosovized, which is why it’s important to pay attention to America’s Kosovo. So now the U.S. is getting a taste of the beast it “saved.”

Note that Sherifi wanted the witnesses’ heads. The first point about this is, gee that’s strange for non-Muslimy Muslims like the “Kosovars,” no? (And note that his brother and the woman who was going to help him accomplish this didn’t even require radicalization themselves to get it done.)

Second point: We were told that the Albanian beef with Serbs was Serb-specific. We were told that this would not be happening in America or to Americans by our friends the Albanians. This was just a “Serbian problem”:


1998-99

Enjoy, America. You’ve worked hard for it.

A few FLASHBACKs:


Kosovar Albanian ultra-nationalists decapitated a Kosovo Serb in Pec, who is prepared for burial. Only the head was found. Pec, Kosovo, late 1800s.


Metropolitan Amphilohije of Montenegro serves the funeral for three murdered Serbian men of the village of Belo Polje, near Pec, June 1999

The body of Fr. Chariton Lukic found near Prizren, Aug 2000. Fr. Chariton was kidnapped by the KLA Albanian extremists on June 14th 1999 in the streets of Prizren. His body was found one year later on August 8th 2000 near Prizren. According to the post mortem report Fr. Chariton’s body was decapitated and severely mutilated. He was stabbed several times by knife. The perpertrators of this murder have not yet been found.

An Orthodox priest killed by an Albanian Nazi in WW2, Kosovo. Dozens of priests and monks were killed by Albanian Nazis including the Bishop of Raska and Prizren Rt. Rev Vladimir who was sent to prison in Albania and killed in a prison.


In 1912, Kosovar political leader Isa Boletini, front and to the right: “In the spring, we will manure the plains of Kosovo with the bones of Serbs.”

And so they did yet again in 1999, this time backed by the Red, White and Blue.

“The Serbian population of Kosovo should be removed as soon as possible. Serbian settlers should be killed.” — Mustafa Kruja, Nazi-fascist Prime Minister of Greater Albania, June, 1942

“The time has come to exterminate the Serbs. There will be no Serbs under the Kosovo sun.” — Ferat-bey Draga, Nazi-fascist Kosovar Muslim political leader, 1943

Mission just about accomplished.

An update to the update on Sherifi trying to behead witnesses: Man must stand trial in plot to hire hit man (Jan. 27)

A North Carolina man must stand trial in a plot to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses from his brother’s terrorism case, a federal magistrate judge ruled on Friday….

Sherifi, 21, was arrested last weekend after FBI agents tracked him to a Jan. 8 meeting in the parking lot of a Wilmington Food Lion grocery store with a government informant posing as the representative of a hit man. He is accused of paying the informant $4,250 toward the first killing while his mother waited nearby in a Honda minivan.

On Jan. 22, prosecutors said Sherifi met with the informant again, this time receiving fake photos that showed the blood-covered witnesses lying in a shallow grave and what appeared to be the man’s severed head.

Those targeted for death, according to the government, were three confidential informants who testified against Hysen Sherifi and his co-defendants….

The Sherifis are naturalized U.S. citizens who emigrated from Kosovo in 1999 following a bloody sectarian war. On Friday, one of their three sisters took the stand as a character witness and asked the judge to let her brother go home. Hylja Sherifi, 24, said her younger sibling was a primary caregiver to their ailing father, who has lung cancer.

Shkumbin Sherifi has also volunteered as a youth soccer coach and is an aspiring songwriter, she said. Several of his rap songs are available online on a website intended to promote his music.

“He has a lot of passion,” Hylja Sherifi said, a college student. She added that her family loves the United States. [THERE IT IS! Never mind the terrorism, Albanians are pro-American!]

“I have hope in the American government and support America,” she said. “I supported my boyfriend when he was fighting in Iraq for 13 months.” [And there’s the ubiquitous served-in-the-armed-forces card that’s supposed to be a conversation stopper in all cases.]

The soldier she spoke of sat with the family in the courtroom, along with about 25 other people who made the two-hour drive from Raleigh to show their support for the defendant. Many were members of the Islamic Association of Raleigh, the city’s largest mosque. [Similarly, see in the Jan. 13th AP report: “Dozens of members of Raleigh’s Muslim community made the five-hour drive to coastal New Bern to witness the fate of men their supporters believe were unjustly convicted.”]

Farris Barakat, a 21-year-old college student who attended the hearing, said Elshiekh was his second-grade teacher at the mosque’s school. At the time of her arrest, she was also teaching at a secular Montessori academy in suburban Morrisville. Elshiekh is charged with using interstate facilities for murder for hire.

Barakat stressed that he did not in any way support the type of violence of which the Sherifis are accused of plotting. Islam is a religion of peace, he said.

However, he questioned whether an overzealous government was seeking to prosecute Muslims for terror offenses using questionable tactics, such as using paid informants with criminal records.

Hylja Sherifi echoed those sentiments, suggesting the full story had not been told in the courtroom.

Asked on the witness stand if any of the evidence presented Friday changed her positive view of her younger brother, she replied: “Not at all.”

Closing with an update on Arid Uka, the Albanian from Kosovo who killed two U.S. servicemen in Frankfurt this time last year:

Germany jails Kosovo man for life for murder of US airmen (Feb. 10)

FRANKFURT — A German court sentenced a Kosovo man to life on Friday for killing two US soldiers and attempting to kill three more at Frankfurt airport last March in Germany’s first deadly jihadist attack.

[Again, note that Germany’s FIRST deadly jihadist attack was committed by a supposedly non-Muslimy Albanian from Kosovo. Germany having of course provided a Serb-killing training base in 1996 for the Kosovo Liberation Army.]

Presiding judge Thomas Sagebiel said 22-year-old Arid Uka — who was born in Kosovo but brought up in Germany — was found guilty on two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder when he opened fire on March 2 last year on a group of US soldiers on their way to serve in Afghanistan.

“The degree of guilt is particularly grave,” Sagebiel said, which means Uka is unlikely to be released early after 15 years.

“Yes, this is indeed the first Islamic-motivated terror strike to have happened in Germany,” the judge said.

US soldiers Nicholas Alden, 25, and Zachary Ryan Cuddeback, 21, were killed in the shooting. Two other soldiers were wounded. [One of whom lost an eye.]

Sagebiel told the court: “He would have shot at a third, but the weapon got jammed.”

The verdict had already been postponed twice since the trial opened with Uka apologising to his victims and their families.

[OK, that’s non-Muslimy, I’ll admit.]

“On March 2, I killed two people and opened fire on three others. Today I can’t understand myself how I could have acted this way,” he said.

He said he had been influenced by “lies” and “propaganda” after seeing a video on the Internet purporting to show US soldiers in Afghanistan raping a local woman.

[Notice that his Serbian-Orthodox enemy, which we grafted as our enemy, has yet to be influenced by any lies or propaganda leading to dead Americans.]

Defence lawyer Michaela Roth had not contested Uka’s guilt but argued that extenuating circumstances should allow him to be eligible for release after 15 years in jail.

“A jihadist would never have asked for forgiveness as Arid Uka has done from the first day of his trial. On the contrary he would have been proud of himself,” Roth told the court earlier.

Sagebiel also said the court had found no evidence that suggested he had accomplices or had been to ideological and military training camps.

The brother of one of the murdered soldiers was present for the verdict and the judge concluded his statement by addressing the court’s “commiseration” to the victims’ families.

“The attack was not only cowardly and perfidious, but also damaged Germany’s reputation,” Sagebiel said.

[So Germany’s reputation, such as it is, has been damaged by an Albanian Muslim, of all things.]

The court “hoped that by our bringing the perpetrator to justice swiftly, you can find some comfort… and will not harbour any rancour towards Germany,” he said.

A “saddened and outraged” US President Barack Obama said the day of the killings that Washington would “spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place.”

[How about: by marking the wrong enemy in 1999, and not regarding our new ‘friends’ with a tad bit of suspicion.]

…The September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States were planned in part in the German port city of Hamburg by an Al-Qaeda cell led by Mohammed Atta, the hijacker of the first plane to strike New York’s World Trade Centre. […]

Note: In the course of doing research for his book Revenge of the Prophet, author Vojin Joksimovich learned that German investigators had discovered that Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-German citizen who was a senior commander of the Al Mujahid unit in central Bosnia, was assigned by Osama bin Laden to recruit the Hamburg cell consisting of Atta et al.

Note also that the sentencing had been delayed in light of possible new evidence by German reporter Franz Feyder, who testified that Uka had been recognized by several people as having attended a terror training camp in Zenica, Bosnia in the summer of 2010, under the name Abu Reyyan, the same name that Uka used on Facebook. Ultimately, there wasn’t sufficient evidence to satisfy either the defense or the prosecutors and the last-minute testimony was dismissed.

But what we do know is this:

Under his Islamist handle he spread jihadist hymns on YouTube online, professed hatred of Jews and Shiite Muslims and took part in violent computer games. Within just four or five weeks, Uka is thought to have established contact to radical Islamist preachers including the Moroccan Sheik Abdellatif and German Muslim extremist Pierre Vogel.

So yet another Albanian jihadist who doesn’t like Jews (See the aforementioned Lajqi who wanted to blow up Washington landmarks but was arrested in Maryland last March for visa fraud; see also the Albanian in Britain who had a bomb factory in his apartment; and of course see our Tampa guy, whose fondness for Jews is mentioned earlier in this post. Relatedly, let’s not forget that Jewish-cemetery-desecration business in December in Kosovo’s capital, which clueless Jewish students from Dartmouth had just cleaned up over the summer.) On this point, I would direct readers to note the names of Uka’s defense attorneys: Michaela Roth and Jens Joerg Hoffman. Roth and Hoffman. I guess Uka made the same exception that other Jew-haters make for lawyers and doctors.

In the Jihad Watch item citing the article about Sherifi having his brother and Elshiekh behead witnesses, were these two opening paragraphs by Robert Spencer about an unrelated case:

According to former Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Green, Kifah Jayyousi was “a great guy, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.” While Green was superintendent, Jayyousi oversaw the Detroit school district’s capital improvement program.

Jayyousi was charged, according to the Detroit Free Press, with “conspiring to kidnap, maim and murder by providing money, recruits and equipment for Islamic struggles in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya from 1993 to 2001.”

WHAT Islamic struggles in Bosnia and Kosovo?!?! We were told these conflicts had nothing to do with Islam beyond the Serbs targeting people allegedly for nothing more than being Muslim. Kind of like we and our judicial system are now targeting all these innocent Muslims like Sherifi, Osmakac, Uka and Duka. And in the years 1993-2001, no less! When jihad in the Balkans was perfectly OK — and often funded — by the West? Most confusing! Sounds like someone is being prosecuted ex post facto. Or at least ex post 20/20-hindsighto.

******And Huffington Post had this Feb. 10th update on the Uka case******

Arid Uka, Frankfurt Airport Shooter, Sentenced To Life

…Uka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, killed Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, from South Carolina, and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, from Virginia in the March 2 attack on the Afghanistan-bound servicemen as they were boarding a bus at the airport.

Judge Thomas Sagebiel ruled that Uka bears “particularly severe guilt,” citing the nature of his ambush on the soldiers, the fact he shot unarmed people from behind and the severity of the injuries he inflicted.

That means he won’t immediately be eligible for parole after 15 years as is usual in Germany.

“I’m satisfied. I’m at peace. There’s a huge weight off our shoulders,” Nicholas Alden’s brother, Joe, said in the courthouse after the ruling.

“I think justice has been served – I think he got what he deserved and I think the court did a great job,” said Alden, of Indianapolis. “I wish there was more they could do but he got the maximum.”

Prosecutors said Uka was an example of a lone-wolf extremist who became radicalized on his own by reading and watching jihadist propaganda on the Internet. During the trial, they introduced as evidence dozens of files containing songs and written material pulled from his cell phone, music player and computer.

Although Germany has experienced scores of terrorist attacks in past decades, largely from leftist groups like the Red Army Faction, the airport attack was the first attributed to an Islamic extremist.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, there have been about a half-dozen other jihadist plots that were either thwarted or failed – including a 2007 plan to kill Americans at the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base.

The airmen at Frankfurt airport were part of a security team traveling from an air base at Lakenheath in Britain.

As they loaded their bus in front of the airport, Uka approached the soldiers and asked for a cigarette, then asked if the group was headed for Afghanistan. Told that it was, Uka pulled a pistol from his backpack and shot the unarmed Alden point blank in the back of the head.

He then boarded the bus and fatally shot Cuddeback, the driver, before turning the gun on two more airmen, Staff Sgt. Kristoffer Schneider and Edgar Veguilla. The weapon jammed as he pointed it at Staff Sgt. Trevor Brewer, who testified that Uka had “hate in his eyes” and said “Allahu akbar” – Arabic for “God is great.”

Schneider, who testified by video link from an Air Force base in Grand Forks, North Dakota, was shot in the right temple and lost the sight in one eye. The right side of his face had to be rebuilt with titanium and titanium mesh, and he testified he suffers continuing eye and head pain and has had a seizure. Part of his skull had to be removed after an infection.

Veguilla was hit in the jaw and arm and testified he has numb fingers because of nerve damage.

Kosovar akbar!

Sending this letter last Monday was probably too late for something that was responding to a January 19th article, and so I unsurprisingly didn’t hear back. But I at least wanted to have it in print for the record, so I’m reproducing it here (and will email a copy to the reporter). The letter concerns the “Albanian Anne Frank” play by a Bronx-based Muslim immigrant from Montenegro. (It’s similar to my original blog post on the subject, but makes a few additional points and has some new links.)

Tasteless Anne Frank Analogy in Your Paper

Dear Editor:

As a Jewish person, I was offended by the comparison your paper allowed between Anne Frank and the Kosovo-Albanian protagonist in a play you covered (“New play by Bronx writer/director tells haunting story of one family’s suffering in the Kosovo war,” Jan. 19).

“‘Why Did You Kill My Parents’ is ‘our version of Anne Frank’s diary,’” reporter Tanyanika Samuels uncritically quoted her subject, writer Roko Markolovic. Like most, Ms. Samuels never questioned some fantastic Balkan assertions. Instead, she repeated what was repeatedly disproved at The Hague and by independent investigations, regressing to the outlandish claim which other media have since abandoned—that Serbian troops engaged in an ethnic cleansing campaign of Albanian civilians in 1998-99, when in fact they were rooting out KLA terrorists.

When the KLA ordered Albanians to leave Kosovo, for benefit of Western cameras, and the Serbs were duly blamed for “ethnic cleansing” and even “genocide,” humanitarian assistance came from all over Serbia. Further, Serbs and Albanians fled together to Serbia proper to escape the war the KLA duped us into fighting. It’s lost on Ms. Samuels that she herself couldn’t avoid the word “evacuated” to describe what the Serbian army did with the protagonist’s father.

KLA members have laughingly admitted that the war was “not over some human rights problem,” but for territorypart of a plan for Greater Albania, which Belgrade warned us about and we dismissed as “Serbian propaganda,” then reversed the accusation. Suffice it to say that Jews in 1930s Europe weren’t terrorizing their neighbors and ambushing police, postmen and officials—or supporting those who were—in the name of secession and expansion.

“Why Did You Kill My Parents”? The Serb side could pose such questions back to the accusers: “Why Did You Drown My Grandma in the Bathtub?”; “Why Did You Blow Up My Bus?”; “Why Are You Pottying on my Church?”; “Why Did You Rape Me?”; and “Where Did You Put my Kidney?”

For all the slander that’s been printed about the Serbs with impunity, very little is said about Albanians even though Albanian violence is legendary in Europe, a fact Americans can’t block out much longer after an Albanian from Kosovo killed two U.S. servicemen in Frankfurt last year; after another wanted to blow up Tampa last month; after four Albanians planned “to kill as many Ft. Dix soldiers as possible” in 2007; and after law enforcement declared Albanian Mafia the biggest mafia threat, arresting often New York-based mobsters by the dozen annually, the most recent convictions coming in December.

The following item caught my eye in a newsletter sent out by Libertas, the Los Angeles-based group that runs the conservative-minded Liberty Film Festival along with the online Libertas Film Magazine:

And here are a few Libertas posts from this week for your reading enjoyment:

David Ross’ witty review of Matt Damon’s “We Bought A Zoo”. Joe Bendel’s compelling reviews of official submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Italy’s Oscar submission “Terraferma” and Serbia’s Oscar submission “Montevideo.”

I was happy to see something Serbian mentioned in America in a positive and creative — non-political — context. Nonetheless, I braced myself for the inevitable which, in an otherwise nice review, came in the form of the following sentence:

Still, given recent history in the Balkans, the occasional flash of nationalism remains a little scary, as when the crowd spontaneously bursts into the Serbian anthem after a pivotal game.

It’s not as bad as what we’re used to, but it was still enough to tick me off, and so I left the following comment (still awaiting approval since last night):

God forbid that Serbs should sing their national anthem after a game, or in any other context. Lord knows we don’t sing our national anthem, much less at sports events, right? What was billed to gullible Western audiences by the 1990s pro-Muslim media as “nationalism” was self-defense against a jihad and worse. It’s a bit past time that at least conservatives figured that much out. You should also stop confusing identity with nationalism. That confusion has made it easy to smear those still fighting the David-and-Goliath battle for Christian Kosovo…as “nationalists” or “pro-nationalists.” The same thing being done to those still trying to hold onto Jerusalem. It’s a parallel situation, and my fellow Jews would have been wise to pay a little more attention to the world’s coordinated effort to strip the Serbian identity while doing Islamic bidding in the Balkans.

But one certainly isn’t surprised to see yet another American with scant knowledge of the Balkans — rather, with exclusively the propagandized “knowledge” that we swallowed whole by a media which conservatives otherwise don’t trust — unable to bring himself to write a positive piece concerning Serbia without injecting the obligatory, ubiquitous mention of that mythical menace of “serbianationalism.” The threat just keeps us all awake at night, don’t it? Unlike the Serbs’ Bosnian and Albanian tormentors, who have long since moved on to Western targets. (Or did the folks at Libertas not hear about the Kosovo-born Albanian who shot 5 American servicemen in Frankfurt in March, killing two? Or the Bosnian Muslim who shot at the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo a couple months ago? How about the Albanians and Bosnians involved in Daniel Boyd’s North Carolina Eight? Or the four Albanian Muslims who were part of the 2007 Ft. Dix plot “to kill as many American soldiers as possible”? Might Sulejman Talovic be a familiar name to a conservative outfit like this? Of course not. They’re hawks except, as always, when the Balkans are concerned. But that’s the Bosnian Muslim teenager who shot nine Americans for Valentine’s Day in 2007, killing 5. Now tell me how many Christian Serb ‘nationalists’ have targeted Americans since we bombed them back to the stone age? Even in retaliation. So far zero.)

If serbianationalism is/was disturbing, good god what shall we call the Croatians who by 1991 had renamed their streets for Croatian Nazis, re-appointed the still living ones to government and military posts, revived their Nazi-era currency and flag, started selling swastikas on the streets, unilaterally seceded and told the Serbs living there for four centuries that they were suddenly citizens of Croatia and not Yugoslavia, with an official second-class constitutional status? (The Croatian-Nazi regime, by the way, was called “Ustasha,” and this is probably the first time Libertas is hearing it.) Sorry, but without an army they would have been killed overnight as they were in WWII; instead, they were just ethnically cleansed. But apparently that’s not nationalist. Nor, it seems, is our ally the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which during its war for ethnic purification was cutting throats of Serbs, Roma, Montenegrins, Croats and Albanian “collaborators” (e.g. federal postal workers) in Kosovo before Belgrade finally came in to root them out, which we called “racism, nationalism, butchery, ethnic cleansing and genocide.” Just wait ’til it starts happening all around us here. And if and when Washington grudgingly responds, maybe Russia can get all of NATO to bomb our asses after a carefully crafted media campaign that Washington was the aggressor.

Three relevant quotes for you:

NYT, July 12, 1982 —

“The nationalists have a two-point platform,” according to Becir Hoti, an executive secretary of the Communist Party of Kosovo, “first to establish what they call an ethnically clean Albanian republic and then the merger with Albania to form a greater Albania.” Mr. Hoti, an Albanian, expressed concern over political pressures that were forcing Serbs to leave Kosovo…The migration of Serbs is no ordinary problem because Kosovo is the heartland of Serbian history, culture and religion.

NYT, Nov. 9, 1982 —

[A] young Albanian had splashed gasoline in the face of a 12-year-old Serbian boy and ignited it with a match…Such incidents have prompted many of Kosovo’s Slavic inhabitants to flee the province, thereby helping to fulfill a nationalist demand for an ethnically “pure” Albanian Kosovo.

NYT, Nov. 28, 1982 —

In violence growing out of the Pristina University riots of March 1981, a score of people have been killed and hundreds injured. There have been almost weekly incidents of rape, arson, pillage and industrial sabotage, most seemingly designed to drive Kosovo’s remaining indigenous Slavs — Serbs and Montenegrins — out of the province.

And yes, The NY Times was careful to not dredge up its own 1980s articles when it came time to support Clinton’s war.

Joe, if you ever decide it’s important to think fairly about the Former Yugoslavia, peruse my blog, even minimally. If not, no worries. It’s a rare American soul who figures out that the whole thing was a giant inversion of facts, villains, victims, and chronology.

This year brought the Council of Europe’s report on the murder-for-organs scandal involving top echelons of the Kosovo Liberation Army, now wearing suits as Kosovo’s “legitimate” rulers. While top Albanian and Kosovo officials are being indicted for corruption, war crimes, illegal weapons hauling, and deep mob ties, a Brooklyn man from Albania was arraigned last week on charges of providing material support to terrorists and planning to join a radical group in Pakistan — just months after an Albanian Kosovar shot five American servicemen in Frankfurt, killing two. (Which hearkens back not only to last year’s “North Carolina Eight” that included two Kosovo Albanians and targeted a Marine base, but also to the 2007 Ft. Dix plot in which three Albanian-Americans wanted to “kill as many American soldiers as possible”.)

And so one is almost tempted to the fanciful hope that The Wall St. Journal might finally feel a tinge of reservation if not shame about unequivocally following the Foggy Bottom line on the Balkans, which unconditionally implements the maximal Albanian agenda.

Instead, the newspaper publishes the terrorists who won the Balkans, this time “Prime Minister” Hashim Thaci — criminal alias “The Snake.” With no irony whatsoever, on August 29th The Journal treated us to “A Better Future for the Western Balkans,” by Thaci. This is despite his internationally long-known connection to drug- and organ-trafficking, his notoriety in Greater Albania for running every kind of racket, not to mention his intimidating witnesses in the organs affair and ordering untold murders. ( “Cadavers have never been an obstacle to Thaci’s career,” explained Bujar Bukoshi, of the late Ibrahim Rugova’s 1990s government-in-exile.)

Take it from a narco-terrorist prime minister now suppressing the press in “liberated” Kosovo on what constitutes “a better future.” And yet it’s the “rampant criminality” of Kosovo’s Serb-populated north that Thaci wants to bring under his “rule of law” (the “rampant criminality” being a resistance to rule by the criminality of the rest of Kosovo). This is a gangster solidifying his turf.

North Mitrovica is the last part of Kosovo that we’re trying to submit to the thugocracy, and it’s also one of Kosovo’s last multi-ethnic remnants, where a non-Albanian can leave his immediate vicinity without risking dismemberment. Ergo the Serbian “stubbornness” that our bureaucrats — and The Journal — regularly scold.

The 2008 Italian documentary “Infinite War” shows a Serbian monk serving liturgy surrounded by NATO tanks and troops. “In liberated Kosovo, this is the maximal possible freedom for Christians to profess their faith,” narrates journalist Riccardo Iacona, adding that 223,409 Serbs were cleansed after the 1999 war (the number has grown since).

It was done with the help of the never-disbanded KLA, which answers directly to high-level Kosovo politicians. “And this is how they finance themselves,” Iacona summarizes a classified UN report, “by trafficking of drugs and arms, and by extortion…They smuggle oil and practice destruction…Then, there is a list of the superiors of this organization, and the links between this military structure and politicians in PDK, Thaci’s party.”

Albanian journalist Bardulaj Ajeti was writing for the daily Bota Sot, investigating “the relations between the ex-KLA fighters and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. He was shot in the head on June 7, 2005…[One Ajeti article] speaks about a shadow government, controlled by Thaci, giving names of those who comprise it. All of them are ex-KLA commanders. Then there is one incredible interview with Mr. Ymer Ymeri…whose brother was killed by the UCK (KLA)…[He says] the UCK erected dozens of prisons in Albania where Rugova’s men were being tortured and killed, and Thaci, the current prime minister, knew about it…”

Iacona asks Ymeri’s wife (Ymeri had fled to Germany after giving the interview), “Do all the opponents of Thaci’s UCK get killed?” She replies, “Yes, it’s like a mafia.”

According to a 2007 Institute for European Policy report, Kosovo “‘is a Mafia society’ based on ‘capture of the state’ by criminal elements…[The authors] quote a German intelligence service report of ‘closest ties between leading political decision makers and the dominant criminal class’ and name Ramush Haradinaj, Hashim Thaci and Xhavit Haliti as compromised leaders…”

Leading up to the war crimes trial of Haradinaj, Thaci’s predecessor and also a former KLA commander, witnesses started dropping dead, going missing, or dropping out to prevent either fate. In 2003 two Kosovo police officers who insisted on investigating the murder of witness Tahir Zemaj (found in a well with his father and cousin) were likewise killed and a third wounded.

The U.S. has systematically blocked international investigations and prosecutions of our favored mobsters and has tampered with evidence from their crime scenes, such as when officials from Camp Bondsteel removed bullets from the walls at the scene of a Haradinaj gunfight and then helicoptered him to Germany, denying UN investigators access to him. A British ex-soldier who described our Haradinaj as ‘a psychopath’ terrorizing his own men and locals into loyalty told the UK Sunday Observer in September 2000, “Someone would pass him some information and he would disappear for two hours. The end result would be several bodies in a ditch.” The charred remains of Suad Qorraj, “who had operated a satellite telephone for a rival KLA commander…were found in a nearby forest. The burial notice said he had been ‘killed by Serbs.’”

In 2001, detective Stu Kellock asked for a special task force on a bus bombing of Serbs visiting a cemetery (11 dead, 40 injured). Instead, “‘evidence from the scene was suppressed and destroyed,’” Kellock said in an interview which also quoted Washington Post: “‘NATO paved over the crater on the Nis highway within hours.’ Furthermore, NATO did not share intelligence with the UN police, phone logs of suspects’ calls were hidden in Monaco, where Kosovo’s main mobile operator is based, and the main suspect miraculously escaped from the most secure location in all of Kosovo — the American Camp Bondsteel.”

(Indeed, the European Policy study called the U.S. out for “‘abetting the escape of criminals’ in Kosovo as well as ‘preventing European investigators from working.’ This has made Americans ‘vulnerable to blackmail.’”)

The Italian documentary offers a post-script on the escaped suspect in question, Florim Ejupi — known in organized crime circles connected to KLA and its U.S.-sponsored successor KPC. “For three years Florim remained at large. And then in 2004 he reappeared on this road that leads toward Pristina, wearing a Serbian uniform, in the company of three other Albanians. They wanted to commit an attack and ascribe it to the Serbs. In the end, they killed a police officer of the United Nations. Now Florim is in prison. He was sentenced to 40 years, but he never spoke. So we don’t know who the others were, and above all who gave him the orders to blow up the bus.”

Ejupi served just a year or two of that sentence when in March 2009, as its very first ruling, a EULEX (EU rule of law mission) appeals court released him. The only explanation offered was the Kosovo usual: “not enough evidence.”

Hashim Thaci, whom The Journal sees fit to print (as it did his equally ruthless predecessor and war crimes indictee Agim Ceku) is among Kosovo’s “elite that operates above the law,” as a February Foreign Policy article titled “Thug Life” summed up, adding:

Kosovo’s thugocrats owe their rise and continued impunity to the toleration or outright support of the international community — particularly the United States…In 1999, the U.S. endorsement of Thaci as hero was sealed with a kiss planted on his cheek by then Secretary of State Madeline Albright…In 2004, every American staffer at the U.S. Embassy was invited to attend Haradinaj’s wedding — and, despite his links to organized crime and impending indictment on war crimes, they went. Most recently, the night after the raid on [Transportation Minister Fatmir] Limaj’s home and offices, U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Christopher Dell was seen laughing and chatting with the minister at a well-attended party in Pristina. [Limaj was also twice indicted but not yet convicted of “inhumane acts during the war.”]

It is difficult to see how democracy or respect [for] the rule of law could develop and flourish amid such overt displays of American support for a corrupt and criminal leadership…The war crimes taking place throughout the 1998-1999 conflict and in the immediate aftermath have never been fully investigated — in fact, in some cases they have been covered up…UNMIK (UN Mission in Kosovo) ran an incomplete investigation into the organ trafficking case brought to light by [Council of Europe rapporteur Dick] Marty in late 2010. The documents date from 2003 — when UNMIK was in full control of the internal war crimes investigations and prosecutions.

As the Italian journalist Iacona speaks with locals who won’t tell him or investigators anything they know about the “unsolved” murders whose perpetrators boast of their crimes, he realizes that “liberated” and “democratic” Kosovo is ruled by fear.

When Thaci writes about the still Serbian north as “the creation of a sort of state-within-a-state…evident trafficking of drugs, people and arms, and daily intimidation of both Albanians and Serbs by private armies who are the only ones benefiting from the absence of the rule of law,” the man is writing about how Kosovo itself was won. A classic case of projection.

He also has a bit of a Freudian slip when he refers to an internal issue “that once again pitted Serbs against Kosovars.” Clearly, by “Kosovars” he means Albanians, tacitly admitting not only that he — a leader ostensibly representing all citizens — does not consider Serbs Kosovars, but that the nationality the U.S. concocted to help wage the KLA’s war for independence is just another word for “Albanian.” It is also an admission of what Serbs and Albanians alike have been telling us: that Kosovo is just one leg of the plan to consolidate parts of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Greece into a Greater Albania.

Just two more updates/items regarding Arid Uka, the Albanian from Kosovo who killed two American servicemen in Frankfurt in March:

Frankfurt shooter radicalized long before attack by Claudia Isabel Rittel, AP, Sept. 14

A man on trial for killing two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt Airport harbored anti-American feelings and spoke of violence about a year before the attacks, according to evidence presented at his trial Wednesday.

Arid Uka is charged with two counts of murder for the March 2 slayings of Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, from South Carolina, and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, from Virginia.

The 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian also faces three counts of attempted murder for wounding two more airmen and taking aim at a third before his gun jammed.

In around a dozen pages of Internet chats collected by investigators, Uka talked at times about violence and criticized American patriotism…

On April 13, 2010, for example, Uka talked to fellow gamers about having “the Quran in the right hand and an AK-47 in the left,” according to one chat read aloud by Judge Christoph Koller.

In another message from October, he criticized U.S. reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks, saying “they have killed more people than any terrorist organization.” […]

In contrast, the U.S. killing thousands of people in the Balkans — in response to no attack or threat whatsoever — apparently did not bother Uka.

Killing in the service of Islam was OK, but as we can see the gratitude didn’t last too long.

In this next item, please note that out of the four attacks and would-be attacks cited in the second paragraph of this mainstream, Miami Herald report, two had Albanian planners:

‘Lone wolf’ terror seen as biggest threat by David Rising, AP, Sept. 4)

HAMBURG, Germany — After 9/11, it was the men who went to radicalized mosques or terror boot camps who were seen as the biggest terror threat. Today, that picture’s changed: Authorities are increasingly focusing on the lone wolf living next door, radicalized on the Internet - and plotting strikes in a vacuum.

The March fatal shooting of two American airmen in Frankfurt by a Kosovo Albanian. The bomb plot on Fort Hood, Texas, soldiers - possibly inspired by the 2009 shooting rampage on the Texas Army post. The foiled attack on Fort Dix, New Jersey, by a tiny cell of homegrown terrorists.

These Islamic terror plots share something in common with Anders Behring Breivik, the Norway killer who hated Muslims. They are the work of extremists who are confoundingly difficult to track because they hardly leave a trace.

In today’s transformed security landscape, authorities and experts say, the 9/11 plotters would surely have been caught…lone wolves or small homegrown cells that blend into the general population present a more slippery challenge.

“The ability to self-indoctrinate online is a big concern, because not being in a group complicates our task of surveillance,” he said. A terrorist group, he said, “is easier to monitor, moves around and has meetings.”

That’s what led to the first successful attack on German soil by an Islamic extremist, in which a 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian allegedly gunned down two American airmen outside the Frankfurt airport in March.

Arid Uka, a 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian who grew up in Frankfurt is accused of opening fire at the city’s airport on a busload of U.S. airmen on their way to Afghanistan, killing two and injuring two others.

According to the indictment, Uka was radicalized over time by jihadist propaganda he saw on the Internet, and the night before the act had watched a video that purported to show American atrocities in Afghanistan; it was actually a clip from a film. The investigation turned up no connections with any terrorist organization.

“He was a single person acting alone radicalized through jihadi Internet propaganda,” prosecutors’ spokesman Marcus Koehler told the AP at the time of the indictment. “That shows, in the opinion of the federal prosecutors office, how dangerous jihadist propaganda on the Internet is.”

In recent years, al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations have been increasingly targeting people like Uka - using radicals who grew up in Western countries to make videos in their native languages urging people in their home or adoptive countries to take up jihad.

…U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki’s sermons have turned up on the computers of nearly every homegrown terror suspect in the United States.

Al-Awlaki allegedly exchanged e-mails with the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused of carrying out the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood military post in Texas. Prosecutors also say an al-Awlaki sermon on jihad was among the materials - including videos of beheadings - found on the computers of five men convicted in December of plotting attacks on the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey.

Last month, another U.S. serviceman was arrested for allegedly plotting to detonate bombs at restaurants frequented by soldiers in Killeen, Texas, next to Fort Hood…Pfc. Naser Abdo was caught only when a Texas gun shop clerk alerted authorities after finding the suspect acting strangely in his store.

In the 2007 Fort Dix case, wiretaps helped authorities find out about the deadly plot to attack the base. Suspects Mohamad Shnewer, Serdar Tatar, and brothers Dritan, Eljvir and Shain Duka, were convicted in December 2008 of conspiring to kill U.S. military personnel. […]

Russian Ambassador Konuzin to Neutered Serbs: “ARE THERE SERBS IN THIS ROOM?”

“Do you care about the [fate] of your compatriots?”

Konuzin angrily left the Forum (Sept. 16)

Russian Ambassador Alexander Konuzin sharply criticized the Belgrade Security Forum participants from Serbia for not defending the interests of their country in relation to Kosovo.

The UN Security Council debate on Kosovo today at the meeting convened at the request of Serbia and Russia. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said on the eve of the meeting that the plans of government of Kosovo Albanians in northern Kosovo is very dangerous and “far from democratic.”

Russian ambassador leaves Belgrade forum over Kosovo

BELGRADE, Sept 15 (Reuters) - The Russian ambassador in Belgrade told Serbia on Friday… “NATO and the European Union will be against your national interests and it appears you could not care less,” Konuzin said…

Here he gets the axe from our Euro-facing Serbian quislings whom he was addressing.

If you’re just tuning in and are confused about the violence that may be taking place this weekend, here’s what’s going on, with more in-depth background to come.

Kosovo Set to Take 2 Key Border Posts (Matthew Brunwasser, Sept. 15)

BELGRADE — The [Disputed] Republic of Kosovo is preparing to take control Friday over the last two posts along its border with Serbia that are beyond its authority, an event that threatens to reignite tensions between the two adversaries.

While the two countries have recently made significant progress during talks on issues like property registry and trade, the planned takeover Friday is seen in Serbia, and by the Serbs who dominate in the northern part of Kosovo as a repeat of the events of July 25, when Kosovo sent police forces to take control over the border posts…

“The people there will not accept it — Serbia cannot accept it,” Borko Stefanovic, Serbia’s lead negotiator in talks with Kosovo, said… “We have a crisis coming up.”

“It can cripple the dialogue and have disastrous influence on the stability of the region,” he added.

Officials in Pristina, the capital of the mainly ethnic Albanian Kosovo government, are seeking to extend the nation’s authority over all Kosovo territory 12 years after a NATO bombing campaign drove Serbian forces from the province, and three years after declaring independence. Kosovo became an international protectorate after the war, and taking control over the border posts — now run by the European Union’s Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, known as Eulex — is seen as an important step toward becoming a normal [criminal] country.

But Kosovo north of the Ibar River remains de facto Serbian territory, populated mainly by Serbs who still live under the laws and institutions of [internationally long-recognized] Serbia. Local Serbs and the government of Serbia remain committed to thwarting Kosovo’s attempts to extend its influence there.

In anticipation of the change of border guards, local news media have reported that groups of angry local Serbs in the north had already started setting up roadblocks on Tuesday night and dumped four truckloads of gravel on the Mitrovica bridge Wednesday night, enough to stop traffic between the southern and northern parts of the divided city.

The two posts at issue are the most sensitive of Kosovo’s crossings, controlling the trade with Serbia on which Kosovo Serbs live.

The Republic of Kosovo is recognized by all its neighbors except for Serbia — Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania — and 81 countries worldwide, including 22 of 27 European Union member states. [That’s 81 countries out of 193. Do the math — it’s less than half.]

Leaders on both sides have also expressed optimism about the talks between Pristina and Belgrade, which have led to agreements on civil registry, property registry, freedom of movement and most recently customs stamps.

This week, Western officials called on the Serbian government to do more to calm tensions in northern Kosovo. [For a parallel, see: Western officials call on Israeli government to do more about ‘those damned settlers.’ (Though unlike the Israeli settlers and their strong case, Serbs have been in Kosovo for centuries.)]

“We think it’s entirely within Kosovo’s interest, authority and right to govern its entire country [sic],” the American ambassador to Serbia, Mary Warlick, said in an interview at the American Embassy in Belgrade on Tuesday. “This step should not become a flash point in relations between Serbia and Kosovo.” [i.e. Grin and bear it.]

Mr. Stefanovic said that Serbia seeks to resolve problems between the two “entities,” while vowing never to recognize Kosovo statehood…

The visit of Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, to Belgrade three weeks ago dashed Serbian hopes that Kosovo could be partitioned between the north and south. Ms. Merkel went further by saying that Serbia would not join the European Union until it “dismantles the parallel structures” it maintains among Serb communities in the north. [Always the next demand: “Not until you get Karadzic…Not until you give us Mladic…Not until you cough up Hadzic…Not until you give up Kosovo…No, all of Kosovo…”]

In Pristina, the international shifts are seen as a gift to the political fortunes of the beleaguered Kosovo prime minister, Hashim Thaci, after the failed attempt to take the border posts in July. [Backgrounder on that incident — and take it from longtime Albanian supporter CFRnik David Phillips: “Kosovo Albanians have a track record of using violence to advance their political goals. Thaci’s bid to seize Kosovo’s border crossings with Serbia fits the pattern: create a crisis, get the international community involved, and enlist foreign mediators in service of Kosovo’s agenda…to end the de-facto partition of Kosovo.]

More about Friday: Peacekeepers Take Serbia-Kosovo Border Posts (Brunwasser, Sept. 16)

RASKA, SERBIA — On the day Kosovo promised that it would take full control of its borders for the first time since its declaration of independence in 2008, an international force instead took over the final two border posts Friday morning, seeking to prevent violence and calm the highly tense atmosphere in the Serb-dominated north of Kosovo.

…Eulex flew in by helicopter new international teams of police and customs officers to the two disputed border crossings on the Serbia-Kosovo border, flying past roads blocked by protesting Serbs…There were no serious incidents as of Friday. Protests remained peaceful.

The multilateral operation…seeks to prevent a repeat of the violence in July, when angry Serbs burned the border post in Jarinje after Kosovo unilaterally tried to take control of the two crossings. One Kosovo police officer was killed in the violence.

No border operations had yet gone into effect on Friday, as the border crossings remained closed…

A Serbian government spokesman, Milivoje Mihajlovioc, told Reuters: “I am hoping Kosovo Serbs will preserve wisdom and avoid almost certain provocations. Any violent response will aid the Pristina government and its intentions.”

Nicholas Hawton, a spokesman for Eulex, said all the operational work at both crossings would be carried out by Eulex.

Teams of three officers have been deployed at each crossing — two members of the Kosovo police force and one Kosovo customs officer. The ethnicity of each team is mixed between Albanians and Serbs.

“They are there in a symbolic way rather than in an executive function,” Mr. Hawton said.

[Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram] Rexhepi said he was satisfied with the agreement between the Kosovo government and international actors to leave control of the border in the hands of Eulex.

“It is for an interim period of six months,” he said. “After that we will probably take over completely.”

Mr. Rexhepi said that the border crossings should open by the weekend if the situation becomes calm.

NATO calming tensions:


Dimitar Dilkoff, AFP/Getty Images

Our “humanitarian mission” continues:

Take note of these signs in case you have any plans on resisting when they come for your country’s land.

Coming soon to coveted land near you. It’ll be your own soldiers against you. (See also Gaza withdrawal.)

These young German soldiers may not know it, but this all started out as payback for WWII. First on the agenda of a newly reunified Germany was the breakup of Yugoslavia. It’s been ongoing for 20 years and here it is at its most current, literal stage.

Kosovo, EU take control of disputed borders with Serbia (Sept. 16)

Kosovo and EU police and customs officers…took over from NATO peacekeepers in the latest move by Pristina to assert control over northern Kosovo….

Friday’s developments came two months after clashes that left one dead when Pristina dispatched special police to take over the Jarinje and Brnjak posts to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia.

Serbia’s Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic, who visited the protesters, called for calm, insisting that Friday “is not a D-day for us.”

“We can defend our interests only peacefully…Difficult days and a backbreaking fight is ahead of us, because Pristina and those supporting it know that they can satisfy their goals only by exhausting our people here,” Serbia’s Tanjug news agency quoted Bogdanovic as saying.

“We have neither arms, nor the army and the police, but only people who are ready to defend their homes and families,” Bogdanovic said.

Shortly after 8.30 am (0630 GMT) reporters saw EULEX helicopters landing near both crossings, with teams of police and customs officials heading to the posts. […]

Violence looms in Kosovo - UNSC buries head in the sand (Russia Today, Sept. 16)

NATO-backed forces will overstep their mandate amid Kosovo border tension, and the UN will ignore this. That’s according to top Russian diplomats furious that the US and EU paralysed a UNSC meeting on Kosovo.

After debating for hours behind closed doors, the Council came out with only a rather timid call for “restraint” by all parties.

Russia’s representative at the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told journalists after the meeting that Russia proposed a brief, to-the-point statement that basically called on “Belgrade, Pristina and all other sides involved to resolve all outstanding problems through dialogue.” To Churkin’s surprise, Security Council members could not even agree on that.

In July 2011, Kosovar officials attempted to send police to border posts in the north to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia…NATO peacekeepers were deployed to prevent further violence.

Despite the incident, officials in Pristina took the decision to take over two border crossing points on September 16. The Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations urged both sides to use dialogue instead of force – and most importantly, to stay away from unilateral action.

“We are very concerned that the implementation of the announced plans could lead to a hardening of positions on the ground, threaten stability and lead to another outbreak of violence,” said Edmond Mullet.

[Churkin] told RT that Russia is concerned with the fact that international peacekeeping forces in the region appear to be siding with the Albanian authorities. [Understatement of the century.] “…[T]his sudden departure from the path of dialogue at the moment when it was beginning to show some promise, in our view, is completely unjustified, unwarranted and very dangerous.”

Serbs in the North of Kosovo are acutely aware that they are in a life or death situation, stresses Boris Malagurski, a Serbian film maker who has made several documentaries on Kosovo….international forces in the region are simply pushing their own polices under the banner of promoting peace and stability.

Malagurski told RT that “Thaci is merely fulfilling his task and it is very naïve to think that his mentors will stop him.”

The current Serbian establishment is striving to gain entry to the EU and would not jeopardize that aspiration, “even if that means giving up 100,000-plus Serbs left to fend for themselves in breakaway Kosovo.”

But today, Northern Kosovo is in turn breaking away from Albanian-run Kosovo[, he said.] […]

EULEX customs and police at crossings, Serbs at barricades (Sept. 16)

[Rexhepi] stated for Tanjug on Friday that members of Kosovo police and customs and EULEX officers took over the crossings in northern Kosovo as of this morning.

He stressed that the operation was conducted without any problems.

The members of the German contingent of KFOR, who are deployed at the Jarinje crossing, said that only the members of EULEX customs and police, and not the members of Kosovo customs and border police, arrived at the crossing.

The crossing will not open until the citizens who spent the night on the nearby barricade disperse.

KFOR members are securing the crossing in full combat gear, and a warning notice was placed on the barbed wire saying ‘Stop, I will shoot’ in two languages.

The UN Security Council confirmed late Thursday that any operation carried out by Pristina with the goal of taking over crossings in northern Kosovo cannot be based on the agreement reached in Brussels on September 2, because there was no agreement on the deployment of customs officials at the Jarinje and Brnjak crossings.

Churkin: Plan of Kosovo authorities is highly dangerous (Sept. 16)

…Churkin cautioned that the Kosovo Albanian authorities’ announcements about their readiness to use force show that they know what they are doing and that it could lead to conflicts and a crisis in the region.

The Kosovo Albanian authorities announced their intention to seize north Kosovo by force, Churkin said, adding that Pristina claims its decision is based on the talks with Belgrade about customs issues, but at the same time voices readiness to use force to carry out its plan on the deployment of Kosovo customs officers at the administrative line.

Churkin qualified as disturbing the fact that all forces, which were stationed there to support peace, are now backing the dangerous plan of Kosovo Albanians.

Official Moscow voiced major concern over the information about Pristina’s intentions to take unilateral violent actions against Serbs in the north of Kosovo…We are of the opinion that [KFOR] which are responsible for security in the province, should resolutely prevent the provocations, the release adds.

All issues relating to the stability and security in Kosovo should be discussed based on fundamental principles of international law and UN decisions, particularly UN SC Resolution 1244, as well as within the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Moscow stated.

Unilateral moves in Kosovo dangerous for whole world” (Sept. 15)

President Boris Tadić says that in the era of globalization, legitimizing Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence would destabilize the entire world.

Tadić stated in his opening address that Kosovo could become a positive precedent only if the international community insisted on a dialogue and compromise between Belgrade and Priština.

“I must here express my grave concern: Unilateral action announced to happen tomorrow concerning an attempt of Priština with EULEX to impose customs control at the administrative line in north Kosovo would seriously endanger peace and stability of the whole region. This solution has not been agreed between Belgrade and Priština and therefore it must be prevented,” Tadić stated.

The Serbian president recalled that the international system is predicated on a set of rules that apply to everyone without exception, and that its binding principles include the sovereign equality of states, the respect for the territorial integrity and the inviolability of internationally recognized borders. However, Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence fundamentally violates these basic norms of global governance, he noted.

Tadić warned that legitimizing the Kosovo precedent would be followed by numerous conflicts across the world. […]

Getting back to what I opened this post with. A source tells me the Serbian public overwhelmingly supports Konuzin, and hates the traitorous Euro-desperate Serbs he was addressing, as the title of this Vesti article implies: “Except for the government, in Serbia no one is happy about Kosovo

In the video, Konuzin makes reference to a UN Security Council decision of November 2008. This refers to the transfer of authority from UN to EULEX, basically giving EULEX a mandate under the provisions of the 1999 UNSCR 1244. (A slippery deal, since EULEX was set up to support the Ahtisaari Plan for Kosovo independence, which was never approved by the UNSC and was in contravention of 1244.) So this week EULEX is again violating its mandate and its “officially” status-neutral position. A dynamic that was explained by Gerard Gallucci, the American former UN regional rep in Mitrovica, who has a pretty good idea about what’s legal and what isn’t.

(Note that Gallucci isn’t against a KLAlbanian-run Kosovo in principle, but just can’t understand why the New World Order won’t let the Serbs keep at least a piece of it. I explain that here.)

In a dispatch from the region by Iseult Henry, the Irish author of Hiding Genocide in Kosovo: A Crime Against God and Humanity, she writes:

Kosovo is a very dirty word in certain circles in Belgrade, when I try and carry out research to tell the truth about the genocide of Serbs in Kosovo. I am told I am working against state interests of Serbia, and threatened by people close to the president and foreign minister, so I sympathise with the Russian ambassador trying to find Serbs to defend Serbia, especially in such a forum. They would all have been handpicked if [President] Tadic was there — and would have to have been pro-NATO and of the belief that all Kosovo Serbs are war criminals. I was told this by a Belgrader recently — that all KiM [Kosovo-Metohija] Serbs were such. Can you believe that? … And also by UN staff in Beirut, in May, by people who had worked in KiM for years. Worrying thing is that some Serbs believe this. People who have never set foot in KiM. And God help anyone who tries to defend Kosovo Serbs! They will be admonished. Yours in a very depressed state…[Iseult]

Closing with some quotes:

“Not a shining moment for anyone but the northerners trying to peacefully make their rejection of independent Kosovo clear. The EU response to that was more or less, take down your barricades or starve.” — Gerard Gallucci

“KFOR helicopters are flying around as if NATO was tracking down the Taliban.” — Gallucci

“This is anti-peacekeeping.” — Gallucci

“You may be willing to give in to Albanian blackmail, but we are not.” — Vitaly Churkin to his Western counterparts in December 2006

“[Kosovo] is our greatest shame.” — John Ranz, Holocaust survivor

Yet doggedly do we pursue it.

Keep in mind that this aggressive enforcement of Albanian demands happens amid several investigations involving the top echelons of Kosovo’s leadership, and despite the fact that fewer than half the world’s nations have recognized the breakaway “state,” — and therefore, as Konuzin said, IN VIOLATION OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL REJECTION OF UNILATERAL INDEPENDENCE.

The daily Albanian terror aside, in 2007 four of their fine specimens in America were indicted for wanting to kill “as many American soldiers as possible” at Ft. Dix (three convicted and one on a lesser gun-procuring charge). That didn’t hurt them in keeping our backing of their unilateral statehood the following year. In 2010, the world got a glimmer of the ghouls we handed Kosovo to when the murder-for-organs scandal came to light, but that has deterred us not at all in 2011 in securing the last piece of land they demand.

At what point will Americans finally ask: What is driving this un-American U.S. policy?

If there are NATO casualties in Serbian Mitrovica — the last place where a non-Albanian can take a step without risking dismemberment — understand that subjugation always meets with at least a little resistance. (Futile and suicidal as it may be. The Serbs have been here before.)

Before Americans judge the Serb reaction, they should keep in mind that the same fate awaits them. We’ve always had a crystal ball at our disposal, which we’ve aggressively ignored. It’s called the Balkans.

Note that the Russian Konuzin spoke to the Serbs, and the Serbs spoke to Konuzin — in English. Not Russian. Not Arabic. Not German. Not Chinese. Because sights were once set Westward, and despite our rejection of our Slavic fellow Christians, they saw themselves as having something in common with us and were hoping to communicate with us. But somewhere, America went terribly wrong. And wrote its future and all its “common values” rhetoric in Arabic.