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This was a completely stunning piece earlier this month in something called The National Interest in terms of the way it encapsulates how “America” deals with the Balkans. The National Interest was described to me by one reader/source thus: “‘Realist’ conservatives (as opposed to neoconservatives) mag with Kissinger as top poobah - it’s all about balance of power and nation-states for these guys. Has some Ok stuff sometimes even though self-hating SoB Morton Abramowitz is on the Board.”

TERROR IN THE BALKANS by Gordon N. Bardos, Sep. 7:

As the debate over what to do in Bosnia & Herzegovina after the country’s October elections resurfaces and the Kosovo issue again moves to the UN General Assembly, the Obama Administration will be increasingly called upon to provide American leadership in the Balkans. Yet a serious observer of U.S. Balkan policy might be forgiven for questioning whether the US has an intellectually or politically coherent policy in the Balkans, or whether our approach to the region is simply an ad-hoc collection of prejudices and biases. The very same diplomats and pundits who tell you that ethnic vetoes are bad in Bosnia will say they are needed in Macedonia, or that international supervision should be eliminated in Kosovo but increased in Bosnia, or that Helsinki principles do not apply to a universally recognized member state of the United Nations, but they should apply to an entity which two-thirds of the international community hasn’t recognized.

And it gets worse. In the somewhat intellectually perverse foreign policy salons of New York and Washington, the more ties a Balkan politician has to drug smuggling, human trafficking, and al-Qaeda, the bigger their fan club is likely to be. Get yourself indicted for murder and torture, and a celebrity journalist will even write a glowing portrait of you for Vanity Fair. One of Washington’s now-deceased Balkan darlings was a member of a Nazi-collaborationist organization in the 1940s, a fan of the Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s, and a host to Osama Bin Laden in the 1990s. [Fundamentalist wartime Bosnian president and “Western Democrat” Alija Izetbegovic.] On the other hand, spend your career writing a book criticizing the communist monopoly on power (while the communists are in power), or translating de Toqueville and the Federalist Papers into your native language, and people will call you Slobodan Milosevic’s reincarnation. [Former Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica.] Go figure.

In reality, much of what passes for a debate over “Balkan policy” in both Europe and the US is based on wishful thinking, illusions about what is important, and an exaggerated sense of what we can accomplish. Sometimes it is even worse—a not-so-thinly veiled belief that some ethnic groups or peoples have no legitimate rights or interests. Such a view of the world, of course, was unfortunately common among several political movements popular in Europe in the 1930s and 40s. It should certainly not be the basis for U.S. policy today.

Meanwhile, how many people in Washington are discussing the one real issue emerging from the Balkans that does affect vital US national security interests? Consider the following: The 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The USS Cole. The LAX bomb plot. The Fort Dix bomb plot. The 2008 attempted attack on the New York City subway system which Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most serious terrorist cases since the 9/11 attacks. A 2009 plot “to engage in violent jihad” in Gaza, Israel, Jordan and Kosovo. Another 2009 attempt by a Brooklyn resident to attack US targets in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans. September 11th. The organized crime gangs who have taken over heroin distribution along the eastern seaboard. The terrorists who beheaded Daniel Pearl . . .

What is the common denominator here? All were carried out or planned by individuals who had fought in the Balkans, or who come from the region. For more than a decade, Saudi-sponsored Wahhabists have been infiltrating Bosnia, Kosovo, the Sandzak, and Macedonia. The overwhelming majority of southeastern Europe’s Muslims want nothing to do with them. But as we found out on 9/11, it only takes a few small extremist cells to kill thousands. Yet despite the grave, direct nature of this threat, it is practically ignored in Washington.

By sponsoring terror in the Balkans, Western nations became the architects of terror against their own citizens, which is what all this blowback is about.

To close, a relevant quote from James Bissett, Canadian former ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania:

The heart of the problem has been what appears to be a determination of the United States policy makers, whether Democrat or Republican, to look upon the Western Balkans as their special fiefdom where international rules of conduct do not apply. It is as if they regard these Slavic lands as lesser breeds without the law, and therefore can do with them whatever they deem desirable. This hubris has led the United States and the obedient but morally bankrupt leaders of Germany, France and Great Britain to follow wrong-headed policies such as the bombing of Serbs and the recognition of Kosovo independence — and to do so without scruples.

…[E]xperts are now seeing an increasing radicalization in pockets of the country’s Islamic community, particularly after armed groups from the ethnic Albanian minority, which forms a quarter of the population of 2.1 million, fought a brief war against Macedonian government forces in 2001.

If we actually waited for the experts to figure things out before doing some thinking on our own, this wouldn’t read like decade-old news:

Radical Islam on rise in Balkans

SKOPJE, Macedonia — An online music video praising Osama bin Laden has driven home a troubling new reality: A radical brand of Islam embraced by al-Qaida and the Taliban is gaining a foothold in the Balkans.

“Oh Osama, annihilate the American army. Oh Osama, raise the Muslims’ honor,” a group of Macedonian men sing in Albanian, in video posted on YouTube last year and picked up by Macedonian media this August. “In September 2001 you conquered a power. We all pray for you.”

Although most of Macedonia’s ethnic Albanian minority are Muslims, they have generally been secular. But experts are now seeing an increasing radicalization in pockets of the country’s Islamic community, particularly after armed groups from the ethnic Albanian minority, which forms a quarter of the population of 2.1 million, fought a brief war against Macedonian government forces in 2001.

It’s a trend seen across the Balkans and has raised concerns that the region, which includes new European Union member Bulgaria, could become a breeding ground for terrorists with easy access to Western Europe. Many fear that radicalized European Muslims with EU passports could slip across borders and blend into society.

Naw, really? We hadn’t thought of that a million times, have we. Say, could the EU hurry up with expanding that visa-liberalization program to Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia? Really, what’s that hold-up about?

…”Wahhabism in Macedonia, the Balkans and in Europe has become more aggressive in the last 10 years,” said Jakub Selimovski, head of religious education in Macedonia’s Islamic community. He said Wahhabis were establishing a permanent presence in Macedonia where none existed before, and that “they are in Bosnia, here, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia and lately they have appeared in Bulgaria.”

It is the first time a high-ranking official in the former Yugoslav republic’s Islamic community has agreed to speak openly about the presence and threat of radical Islam.

In neighboring Serbia last year, 12 Muslims — allegedly Wahhabis — from the tense southern Sandzak region were sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for planning terrorist attacks, including on the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade. The presence of radical Muslims in Sandzak, the poorest region of Serbia, is linked to the advent of mujahedeen foreign fighters who joined Bosnian Muslims in their battle against the Serbs in Bosnia’s 1992-95 independence war.

In Bosnia, the issue of Wahhabi influence is one of the most politically charged debates, with Bosnian Serbs maintaining there is a huge presence of Wahhabis in the country and Muslim Bosniaks downplaying the issue and at times claiming it does not exist.

Juan Carlos Antunez, a Spanish military specialist in religious extremism with years of experience in Bosnia, estimates there are about 3,000 people in Bosnia who have embraced this interpretation of Islam and only a small fraction of them are a potential security threat.

In a study prepared for the Sarajevo-based Center for Advanced Studies in May, Antunez argued that Bosnia’s official Islamic Community has been successful in curbing Wahhabi influence. Although it did not aggressively ostracize the Wahhabis, it strictly controls the appointments of imams in mosques and lecturers in Islamic educational institutions in the country.

Ahmet Alibasic, a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo, said most Wahhabis in Bosnia refrain from criticizing the Islamic Community and were even calling for unity among Muslims.

“Their influence reached its peak in 2000, but it has since started falling and it continues to fall,” Alibasic said, adding that measures taken by Bosnian authorities [upon U.S. urging and teeth-pulling] after 9/11 had a significant effect as the movement began to lose power after the closure and banning of several Islamic, mostly Saudi-backed, charities which funded the movement.

But in Macedonia, the increasing clout of radical Islam is causing a rift in the country’s Muslim community, with a power struggle developing within the country’s official Islamic Religious Community between the moderate mainstream and the emerging Wahhabi wing.

Authorities in Macedonia are reluctant to confirm any threat of radical Islam in the country. But a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic, did acknowledge that “radical groups and their followers are being closely observed.” [Except in some mountainous no-go areas where authorities are not allowed.]

Last year, three ethnic Albanian brothers originally from Macedonia were implicated — along with a Jordanian, a Turk and a Kosovo Albanian living in the U.S. — in an alleged plot to attack the U.S. Army’s Fort Dix military base in New Jersey. No attack was ever staged on the base, which is used largely to train U.S. reservists bound for Iraq.

Moderate Muslims say the Wahhabi sect now controls five mosques in Skopje even though the Islamic Religious Community has suspended the man they claim is the sect’s leader, Ramadan Ramadani, as imam of the Isa Beg mosque in Skopje, and prohibited him from organizing prayers.

But Ramadani, who has launched a petition seeking supporters to overturn the current Community leadership, rejects any accusation of radicalism, saying his opponents are scaremongering.

Ramadani insisted that Macedonia’s Islamic community had nothing to do with the online song supporting bin Laden, and denied Macedonian media reports that it had been played in mosques there. “Bin Laden is nothing for the Muslims in Macedonia,” Ramadani said. “He is not our hero.”

In case you started getting any ideas from the content that’s in the bulk of the article, that closing sentence is there to be the last word on this — and your last impression to take away from this grudgingly, belatedly reported trend.

Again, all this was unleashed by those who are now being targeted. As Chris Deliso warned in his 2007 book The Coming Balkan Caliphate, the real targets of the Balkan wars against Christians which we helped wage were the area’s Muslims.

And now, as I mentioned just this week, they’re crying for those they convinced to abet their radical-unleashing war (U.S. and EU) to do something about it.

NEW YORK (AP) - An Albanian government aide has been arrested and charged with murder, kidnapping and racketeering for crimes in New York.

The charges were announced Tuesday after the unsealing of an indictment in federal court in Manhattan.

Prosecutors said Almir Rrapo was arrested by the Albanian National Police on July 2 at the request of the United States. They said he was the senior administrative assistant to the deputy prime minister of Albania. He was charged in a prosecution that has also been brought against 16 others.

Prosecutors said he was part of an international crime organization that engaged in murder, kidnapping, narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery, arson, and other crimes.

It was not immediately clear who represents the 27-year-old Rrapo.

This sort of reminds me of this from late ‘06: “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 [there it is!]. The AAK, a junior member of the governing coalition, said it was “surprised” that two of its members were involved.” (Remember how surprised all of Kosovo officialdom was that Albanians were involved in the Ft. Dix plot?)

Anyway, here is the FBI’s press release:

August 24, 2010 United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

Two Additional Arrests Made of Members of Violent International Organized Crime Group
Albanian Government Aide Arrested; Newly Unsealed Indictment Charges 17 Defendants with Murder, Kidnapping, and Other Racketeering Offenses

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (”FBI”), and RAYMOND W. KELLY, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York, announced the arrests of FLORIAN VESHI and ALMIR RRAPO for their roles in a racketeering enterprise that engaged in murder, kidnapping, narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery, arson, obstruction of justice, and interstate transportation of stolen goods. VESHI and RRAPO are charged in a new superseding 13-count indictment unsealed yesterday which supersedes charges previously filed against 15 other individuals, including charges of kidnapping, narcotics trafficking, robbery, and firearms crimes.

VESHI was arrested yesterday in New York City by members of the New York Joint Organized Crime Task Force, which includes agents of the FBI and detectives of the NYPD, and was detained following a court appearance in Manhattan federal court. ALMIR RRAPO was arrested by the Albanian National Police on July 2, 2010, at the request of the United States. At the time of his arrest, RRAPO was employed as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania.

Ten co-defendants—BRUNO KRASNIQI, SAIMIR KRASNIQI, ERKLIANT SULA, SKENDER CAKONI, a/k/a “Neri,” GJOVALIN BERISHA, a/k/a “Cuz,” NAZIH NASSER, a/k/a “Naz,” PLAURENT CELA, GENTIAN NIKOLLI, a/k/a “Genti,” SHKELZEN BALIDEMAJ, and ALBERT TAMALI, a/k/a “Berti,” a/k/a “Daniel Weiss”—were arrested in June 2010 on the prior indictment in this case. GENTIAN CARA, MARJAN TAMALI, and JOANNA PAKULSKI, each residents of Canada, were arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police based on requests for their provisional arrest in connection with a prior Indictment; CARA was extradited to the United States on August 6, 2010, and U.S. extradition requests for MARJAN TAMALI and PAKULSKI remain pending. Two other defendants—DUKAJIN NIKOLLAJ, a/k/a “Duke,” and VISI LNU—remain at large.

As alleged in the Indictment unsealed yesterday in Manhattan federal court and other documents filed in the case:

BRUNO KRASNIQI, SAIMIR KRASNIQI, ALMIR RRAPO, ERKLIANT SULA, FLORIAN VESHI, and others participated in a racketeering enterprise (the “Krasniqi Organization”) led by brothers BRUNO KRASNIQI and SAIMIR KRASNIQI, which operated in New York, Michigan, Connecticut, and elsewhere. The Krasniqi Organization sought to enrich its members through various criminal schemes, including the trafficking of more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana, and used firearms and violence to protect its power and territory, as well as to instill fear among rival drug dealers and victims.

Members of the Krasniqi Organization are charged with two separate homicides. First, as a result of a turf battle with a marijuana dealer whom the Krasniqi Organization had robbed, various members of the Organization, including BRUNO KRASNIQI, SAIMIR KRASNIQI, and ALMIR RRAPO, murdered ERION SHEHU in a drive by-shooting outside a Queens café on July 17, 2005.

Second, approximately six months later, while driving on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on January 14, 2006, BRUNO KRASNIQI and SAIMIR KRASNIQI shot ERENICK GREZDA twice in the head at point-blank range and dumped his body on the side of the highway. The shooting was the result of the KRASNIQIS’ belief that GREZDA had set up BRUNO KRASNIQI to be kidnapped by a group of Albanian marijuana dealers from whom the Krasniqi Organization had stolen approximately $250,000 worth of marijuana. Following the murder of GREZDA, FLORIAN VESHI and ERKLIANT SULA drove the SUV in which GREZDA was killed to New Jersey, where they set fire to it.

In addition to these murders, various members of the Krasniqi Organization are charged with two separate kidnappings. One kidnapping occurred in or about June 2005, when BRUNO KRASNIQI, SAIMIR KRASNIQI, ALMIR RRAPO, and other members of the Organization kidnapped a rival drug dealer (”Victim-2″) at gunpoint, pistol-whipped him, and placed the muzzle of a firearm in his mouth, threatening to kill him if he did not disclose the locations of other members of his narcotics crew. A second kidnapping occurred in Michigan in or about 2003, when members of the Krasniqi Organization kidnapped an individual (”Victim-3″) at gunpoint and threatened to kill him in a co-conspirator’s residence, because they believed that Victim-3 had disrespected another member of the Krasniqi Organization.

In addition to these charges, the defendants are also charged with having conspired to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, a drug robbery, extortions, firearms possession and use, and obstruction of justice, among other offenses.

FBI New York Assistant Director-in-Charge JANICE K. FEDARCYK stated: “Florian Veshi was arrested this morning for allegedly carrying out a laundry list of crimes. His co-conspirators were arrested months ago and this puts an end to the Krasniqi Organization’s criminal operations. The Brooklyn neighborhood where Veshi lived will now be a safer place with him off the streets.”

New York City Police Commissioner RAYMOND W. KELLY stated: “This case illustrates the nexus between marijuana trafficking and deadly violence, with rivals reverting to kidnapping and intimidation to control the market. I commend the NYPD detectives and FBI agents for their work in successfully apprehending these violent felons.”

This case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys AVI WEITZMAN and MICHAEL FERRARA are in charge of the prosecution.

May god protect them.

“‘Policemen from Bern and Brussels and all the way to Bronx’ are well aware about the insurmountable difficulties when it comes to the attempts to investigate Albanian organized crime.”

I never blogged about the January incident in which a Kosovo Albanian shot five people at a mall in Finland. The reason is that mass shootings are not uncommon and not ethnicity-specific. Similarly, I never blogged about the Albanian who while trying to hunt down his girlfriendkilled a cook and shot a waitress in Dearborn, MI in 2007, before leading police on a chase and crashing to death. Nor did I blog about the Albanian who killed a 24-year-old Brit because he slept with the man’s sister (who then helped her brother escape). Or the Albanian who was on the run between the U.S. and Canada, for having shot a policeman in Albania and killed the man’s father. Even though all of these incidents underscore my earlier point this week about Albanians killing easily, I did not dwell on them, since these are all things that go on everywhere and involving every ethnicity.

However, I am going to post about the January killing spree in Finland, because I remembered that the source who sent it to me wrote the following: “I noticed one of the British channels first announced that the killer was a ‘SERB KOSOVAN’ when the news just started to unfold.”

So it becomes relevant to mention that in the local Detroit news link above, about the Albanian who killed the cook and shot the waitress, nowhere do we get a clue to the perp’s ethnic or national identity mentioned. This practice, like the ethnic-inversion tactic by the British channel, has been so blatant over the years that when news of the Ft. Dix massacre plan by four Albanians and two others hit the media, even Washington Times noticed, and cried foul at the insistent use of words like “Yugoslav” as a means to avoid mentioning nationality.

Nonetheless, that year on “Larry King Live” comedian Bill Maher said: “But the people in Fort Dix, New Jersey — they were Serbian or Albanian or something.” Before we go chalking that up to being the domain of just some ignoramus comedian, consider that the same thing was said to me by the editor of “America’s oldest conservative journal” Human Events. On the phone in 2008, when we were discussing the kinds of pieces I could potentially contribute to his publication and I suggested some Balkans stuff, he expressed disinterest in the subject, nor did he see how it was directly relevant to Americans. When I brought up the Ft. Dix plot, he said, “Oh yeah, I remember that — I just figured that was Serbs.”

This kind of ignorant anti-Serb prejudice has been with us since even before the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, when investigators arriving on the scene were quoted as saying something to the effect of: “Yep, looks like the Serbs to me.” The accusation was repeated by trusted radio legend Paul Harvey who, even after it came out that it wasn’t Serbs, never followed through with “the rest of the story,” as his famous segment is worded. Even from Harvey, no apology to Serbs was forthcoming; they’re just Serbs, after all!

In an email from historian Carl Savich we get the rest of the story:

In 1993, Bosnian Muslims were part of the group led by Egyptian cleric Omar Rahman that tried to blow up the WTC. I was watching the ABC Evening News and they said that…It was COMMON KNOWLEDGE that the Bosnian Muslims were involved with Rahman. The media just never did anything with it and it disappeared from memory. The 9/11 bombers also had Bosnian passports but the media never did anything with this either or that a German reporter recalled seeing Osama Bin Laden in Sarajevo meeting with Izetbegovic or that Izetbegovic went to Tehran and his group placed a wreath on Khomeini’s grave, etc. […]

Anyway, below is the item about the January shooting spree by a Kosovo Albanian in Finland, illustrating the most common benefit to Western countries of accepting Albanian “refugees.”

Shopping centre gunman Ibrahim Shkupolli found dead after killing five (Jan. 1, 2010)

When a sharp crack interrupted the calm of a Finnish supermarket on New Year’s Eve it was assumed to be an exploding firework.

It turned out to be the starting signal for a massacre.

Six people died in the bloodbath, including 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli, whom police identified as the gunman.

The Kosovo Albanian, who had lived in Espoo, close to Helsinki, for 12 years, appears to have been driven by jealousy.

The town’s court had imposed a restraining order on him approaching the apartment or workplace of his former girlfriend, a 42-year-old Finnish supermarket worker, because of his violent threats.

He broke the order early on New Year’s Eve, crashed into the woman’s flat and shot her with the full magazine of his 9mm handgun.

“She seems to have been the gunman’s main target and the whole shooting is tied up with the relationship between her and the gunman,” said Chief Inspector Jukka Kaski.

Shkupolli, dressed all in black, then reloaded his gun and travelled to the Sello shopping centre, one of the biggest in the Nordic countries.

In Prisma, the supermarket where his former girlfriend worked, he shot four employees, three men and a woman, aged between 27 and 45. The female was shot in the stomach; one male was shot twice in the head.

The motivation may have been that Shkupolli suspected his former girlfriend of having a relationship with one of the staff. The killings began on the upper floor of the supermarket; the gunman then took the downward escalator and continued on another floor before fleeing.

The result was confusion and panic. “By the time the police came, everyone was being told to leave their purchases and head for a safe zone while they searched the building,” said a woman interviewed by the Finnish state broadcaster YLE.

Police had Shkupolli on record: for illegal gun possession, assault and involvement in a shooting incident. They knew his address and sent their anti-terror unit to the apartment. His body was found there.

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.

She had maintained an on-off relationship with him since he arrived from Kosovo in the 1990s. During that time he also married an Albanian woman but continued his affair.

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. [It’s also the country from which UN envoy Martii Ahtisaari, superfluously bribed for Kosovo independence, hails.]

Shkupolli had no licence for his gun — reinforcing Finnish suspicions that Balkan gangs are involved in the illegal gun market — and does not appear to have ever been seen by a mental health professional.

As for the clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorders of Bosnian and Kosovan refugees, let’s keep in mind that every time a Muslim kills, we hear about his poor “mental health” condition. As I’ve stated repeatedly, that mental health condition is called Islam, and the non-Muslimy Albanians and Bosnians seem to suffer from their own versions of it. The mental problem of Muslims and Albanians consists of a predilection for violence, and so it has nothing to do with a post-traumatic stress disorder for Balkans folk, but the pre-traumatic violence disorder that caused them to wage their wars in the first place.

And another report: Gunman kills 5, then self, in Finland (AP, Dec 31, 2009)

ESPOO, Finland – A lone gunman dressed in black killed five people, four in a crowded shopping mall, before returning home and taking his own life on Thursday. It was the third such massacre in Finland in about two years, and once again raised questions about gun control in a Nordic country where hunting is popular.

Police identified the killer as 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli, an ethnic Albanian immigrant from Kosovo who had been living for several years in Finland, and the national tragedy cast a pall over the nation’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Shkupolli killed his ex-girlfriend, a Finnish woman, at her home, and four employees of the Prisma grocery store at the Sello shopping mall in Espoo, six miles (10 kilometers) west of Helsinki, the capital.

The Finnish newspaper, Aamulehti, wrote that Shkupolli allegedly stalked the woman for years and that she had complained to police about how he used to show up at the Prisma grocery store to watch her.

Relatives in the Kosovo town of Mitrovica, where Ibrahim Shkupolli was born, expressed shock and grief at the news.

“Each time he came from Finland he came here,” said cousin Islam Shkupolli, his eyes red from crying. “I am very surprised by what has happened. I knew him to be a very kind man,” he said.

Relatives said Shkupolli had last visited in Kosovo in November.

“I can’t say a bad word about him, and I know no one else can,” said sister-in-law Nexhmije while standing on the porch of her home in Mitrovica, Kosovo. “There are no festivities for us tonight.”

“The police took action and found four victims in the shopping mall — two in the first floor, two in the second floor,” he said.

Hundreds of mall workers and shoppers were then evacuated to a nearby library and firehouse. Local train connections to the mall were halted, and helicopters whirled overhead as police launched a manhunt for the heavily armed killer.

The gunman reportedly worked at a company called Inex, part of the S-Kedjan group that supplies the Prisma grocery chain. Amos Soivio, a colleague and neighbor, said Shkopulli was a “normal man who acted normally.”

“Today I heard that he’d been on sick leave a lot lately,” Soivio told APTN.

The Finnish news agency STT reported that Shkupolli was arrested for carrying an unlicensed handgun in 2003.

The deaths prompted the city of Espoo to cancel a New Year’s Eve concert.

“He is of Swedish nationality but originally from Kosovo…”

Boy, it sure is a good thing that Sweden’s Carl Bildt rushed to be the first foreign minister to visit a newly “independent” Kosovo three weeks after the secession.

Then again, the poor man is terrified. Like the rest of the Western world, he was hoping that doing everything the Albanians wanted with Serbia would help assuage the many Albanian “refugees” that all these countries took in. The U.S. was hoping for the same thing ( ‘If we just keep feeding them Serbs, maybe they’ll leave us alone’). But then the plot against Ft. Dix was discovered, not to mention this more recent stuff. Oh well. It was a worth a try. Wasn’t it?

Two men arrested over fire at Vilks’ house

Two men, aged 19 and 21, have been arrested in connection with an arson attack at the home in southern Sweden of artist Lars Vilks.

The 21-year-old was arrested late on Saturday at his home in Landskrona, 40 kilometres from the house where Vilks lives. He is being held on suspicion of aggravated attempted arson.

A police spokesman said he was detained after personal items were found near Vilks’ house in the village of Nyhamnsläge, which was slightly damaged in the attack overnight Friday.

“He is of Swedish nationality but originally from Kosovo … He was unknown to the police so far,” Scania district police spokesman Calle Pärsson told AFP.

The suspect whose name was not made public “is still being detained and expected to see a judge to decide whether or not he will be charged, possibly tomorrow” (Monday), said Pärsson. […]

Say, wait a second. Weren’t we told that Albanians were the non-Muslimy kind of Muslims? Why is this guy all up in the Islam? Then again, if an Albanian is involved, surely the attack against the Muhammad cartoonist has nothing to do with Islam at all. That’s what was being hammered into us when that Bosnian kid killed five Americans in Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square for Valentine’s Day 2007. So perhaps there are “special circumstances” here too. After all, just think of all the “Serbian atrocities” the arsonist might have witnessed as a young boy during the Kosovo war, which could have affected him negatively. (This is called the “Blame the Serbs” defense, and it’s almost guaranteed be coming to a newspaper near you.)

No, this person is not representative of most Albanians. But he is representative of more Albanians than Serbs. So remind me why we supported the former against the latter?

According to comment poster Froken Sverige, the name of our latest Albanian Islamist is Alija Mentor, born 1989.

I’ll just close with one random tidbit that I wrote about from Chris Deliso’s devastating 2007 book The Coming Balkan Caliphate:

“In October 2006, [a special investigator for the UN Mission in Kosovo] pointed to a case from a couple of years earlier, in which UNMIK police arrested several Islamic extremists plotting terror in a village near Mitrovica: ‘They were all Albanians, and all of them had British passports,’ said the investigator. ‘Some were related to leading officials in the Kosovo government. It was all hushed up and never reported in the media.’ Other intelligence sources have drawn a connection between this group, civil administration appointees, and arrests made by the British government in the July 2005 bomb plots in London.”

We also learn of a murky and as yet unreported incident in which six Albanian-American fundamentalists arrived in the village of Skenderaj in the weeks before 9/11. Says Gambill — who in 2005 blew the whistle on the Kosovo mission in an interview with Cybercast News Service — the men had “spread anti-American slogans and stated, one week before 9/11, that the US would soon be attacked.”

“According to Gambill, the radicals were ‘linked to a wealthy Mafioso in Mitrovica’ — a shock admission linking Islamic radicals and the Albanian mafia. More shocking, however, was the utter disinterest with which UN authorities greeted this apparent ’smoking gun’ case. While investigators elsewhere were racing furiously to track down anyone and everyone with foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks, the CivPol [UN police] officer who identified the agitators, according to Gambill, ‘was frustrated that no one above him [in rank] was interested, and no one above him really pushed [for this investigation] — there was little said about it — and no follow-up.’”

We don’t yet know the whole story behind the two female suicide bombers who killed 38 people in Moscow and injured scores of others. Although their affiliation is unclear, the working assumption is that the bombers were tied to the Chechen rebel movement in the North Caucasus.

There is, however, something which we do know for sure, and which we paid no attention to despite its clear connection to the kind of terror Moscow witnessed yesterday morning.

There was a little-noted meeting that took place in December 2009, in Tbilisi, the capital of U.S. ally Georgia. That month Georgia hosted a conference of jihadists to plan “operations” against Russia. There was no news coverage of the event, and so it took a paid advertisement in the Washington Times to make it known. Stubbornly, still no news organization or blog picked up on it. And so here we are.

Below are the relevant parts of the paid-for article from last month, titled “The Georgian Imbroglio — And a Choice for the United States.” (Original emphasis preserved.) It was penned by James George Jatras, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer as well as foreign policy analyst for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Americans must be made aware of Saakashvili’s extending refuge to jihadists responsible for countless acts of terror in southern Russia and his regime’s extraordinary coordination efforts to permit them to step up attacks in the Caucasus region.

Specifically, according to reliable sources [with lines to two foreign intel services], in December 2009 a secret meeting took place in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, with representatives of numerous jihad groups based in various Islamic and European countries for the purpose of coordinating their activities on Russia’s southern flank. The meeting was organized under the auspices of high officials of the Georgian government; while Saakashvili himself was not present, officials of his ministry of internal affairs (allegedly G. Lordkipanidze) and others acted as hosts and coordinators. Georgian Ambassador to Kuwait Mayering-Mikadze purportedly facilitated travel for participants from the Middle East. In addition to “military” operations (i.e., attacks in southern Russia) special attention was given to ideological warfare, for example, the launching of the Russian-language TV station “First Caucasian.”

Are we to believe that U.S. intelligence agencies were unaware of this meeting and other similar actions? The question then is unavoidable: has Washington decided to turn a blind eye — or even worse, to encourage our “ally” Saakashvili to play the “jihad card” against Russia? Could such a thing be possible at a time when the world’s media are filled with reports of jihad attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Israel, Philippines, and other countries — not least the United States (Fort Hood, Fort Dix)? The threat comes from the same ideology that motivated the 9/11 attacks against our country and which seeks to create through violence a worldwide Islamic caliphate governed by Sharia law.

Every day American troops fight jihadists in Afghanistan, where prospects for cooperation between NATO and Russia are increasingly promising. But many in the West prefer to look the other way regarding attacks against Russia, or when an unstable politician masquerading as a Georgian reincarnation of Thomas Jefferson offers his country’s territory as a terrorist base.

We should have learned this lesson a long time ago. During the 1980s, American support for Afghan mujahidin fighting the Soviets seemed to make sense — but it eventually gave us Islamic “scholars” known as Taliban and the al-Qaeda group headed by one of our most adept proteges, Osama bin Laden. The 9/11 Commission Report is replete with references to U.S.-supported jihadist activity in the Balkans in the 1990s, allowing al-Qaeda to emerge from its birthplace in the Hindu Kush and morph into a global force capable of striking the American homeland. Will we now, having learned nothing, repeat the same mistake in the Caucasus — at the cost of scuttling improved ties with the world’s second most powerful country, which faces one and the same enemy we do?

In a brief email interview with Jatras, I asked if he was surprised that such a newsworthy item received virtually no attention. He replied:

“Newsworthy”? Why? We supported jihadists in Bosnia and Kosovo, and it was still the right thing to do, right? This meeting in Tbilisi wouldn’t have been hosted by Saakashvili without our knowledge and at least implicit green light.

The idea is, it’s ok to use jihadists against countries we don’t like. First, the USSR. Then Serbia. Is it ok to use jihad against Russia, if we can? China? Iran? North Korea? In principle, if we can do it, what would the objection be?

As we should have learned, we can’t turn them on and off like a spigot, and the monster we’ve been feeding has a mind of its own. I’d tend to think of supporting jihadists like poison gas or bio war: something you don’t do even when it might seem advantageous.

A March 23rd ad by Jatras appeared in the same space and appealed to the Obama administration to not host Saakashvili when he comes here in April, citing the Georgian president’s latest mischief:

Saakashvili’s newest expression of his provocative and obsessive hostility to Russia unfolded the evening of Saturday, March 13, when Georgia’s Imedi television station broadcast what was designed to look like live coverage of an actual Russian attack on Georgia. The “coverage” included file footage of the August 2008 fighting shown as current and the “report” that Saakashvili himself was missing and may even have been killed. President Obama is shown with a Georgian-language voice-over warning Russia to stop its military action.

Despite official denials, claims that the Saakashvili administration had nothing to do with the “mockumentary” are implausible. Imedi, formerly critical of Saakashvili, was shut down in 2007 and then reopened under strong government influence, if not direct control.

Most pressing for us as Americans, however, is to make sure we are not drawn into Saakashvili’s misadventures. It is now being reported that some officials of the former George W. Bush Administration favored U.S. military action (or at least the threat of it) against Russia in August 2008, risking a direct Washington-Moscow military confrontation that, thankfully, had been avoided during the Cold War. No American interest could possibly have justified such a hazard, nor can any American interest be served by helping to prop up Saakashvili’s sliding standing among his own people.

No matter how much lobbying money he spends — and given the level of U.S. assistance to Georgia, we can perhaps catch a glimpse of our own recycled tax dollars — Saakashvili needs to be told he is not welcome. Having wisely taken the initiative to begin resetting our ties with Russia, a natural American ally against global jihad ideology, President Obama should make it clear to Saakashvili that he’s worn out his welcome in Washington.

To ward off the puzzlingly cynical eye that some cast on those who today try to foster better relations between the U.S. and a post-Soviet Russia, it’s worth summarizing Jatras’s background, which I asked Jatras for. While working at the State Department in the time of Reagan, Jatras was close to a then-famous dissident named Vladimir Bukovsky. He elaborates:

In some ways, we [Bukovsky, Jatras, and their friends] were the heart of the Administration’s anti-communist line and the “fathers” of the National Endowment for Democracy. (As opposed to the prevailing view that communism was forever and we needed permanent detente with the Soviet regime. Looking back from today, it’s hard to believe how ingrained that view was). We never could have imagined that after the fall of communism the US would keep and even step up an anti-Russian line — in the name of “democracy”.

Vladimir has gone in the direction of Kasparov, Kasyanov, Limonov and those guys [State Dept. puppets], and we have not been in contact with him for years. But [my friends and I] (like those working in Ukraine with me) have taken the line that the US needs to take a positive and cooperative line with Russia against the jihadists, starting with no NATO expansion and no “color revolutions”. “Northern Civilization” (North America, Europe, Russia) needs to stick together. Pushing a new cold war (to what purpose?) is destructive and suicidal.

We’ve been working hard here in DC, with whatever support we can find, to try to build good relations between Washington and Moscow. That keeps getting harder as the US imperial line became stronger. We hope a change of course is possible under Obama. It can’t be worse than Bush, but we still have some big problems in this administration too: Biden, Hillary, and especially Richard Holbrooke (whose people are planted in key positions). But now that the US is almost bankrupt and losing two wars, that line — hopefully — has no place to go.

Indeed, most Americans would be shocked to realize that rather than worldwide jihad, our government is still fighting the Cold War. It continues to be our M.O. to use al Qaeda operatives and other jihadists as a stick against rival world powers, most notably Russia. We still believe that “our” jihadists can be controlled, as if they don’t have their own agendas. But the notion is continually contradicted, its counterproductive effects most recently illuminiated when in December India learned that David Headley, “the Chicagoan arrested in October for suspected involvement in the Mumbai terrorist siege and plots against other countries, may have been a double agent for the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Lashkar e-Taibe and US intelligence,” DEBKAfile reported Dec. 18. More:

This suspicion is severely straining relations between New Delhi and Washington. DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report New Delhi suspects the CIA knew in advance about the Mumbai attack, in which 177 people died and 500 were injured, and were aware of Headley’s links with its LeT perpetrators, al Qaeda’s operational arm in Pakistan, but omitted to forewarn Indian authorities for fear of touching off a military showdown between India and Pakistan.

Israel was not tipped off either although the Chabad Center of Mumbai, where six people were [tortured and] killed, was a special target.

An official at the Indian Ministry of the Interior confirmed Wednesday, Dec. 16, that his government “is looking into whether Headley worked as a double agent. The feeling in India,” he said, “is that the US has not been transparent.” The atmosphere between the two countries is not helped by the FBI’s refusal to let Indian anti-terror officers question Headley.

More Moscows and Mumbais to come, courtesy of The United States of America.

Over the years, in addition to hate mail, I’ve gotten letters from Albanians that were polite and even warm but bewildered and hurt in tone; hurt over my not being pro-Albanian the way everyone else is — especially when Albanians, they remind me, are pro-American and pro-Jewish. (Something that I’ve addressed here, here and here.) On these occasions I’ve written back that even though today they are convinced that they were the victims, their horrifying experiences during the war made them victims of something that their own people set in motion by virtue of their designs on the region and their ethnic separatism and supremacy — which, I allow, the particular letter-writer may or may not have shared. I also remind them that it was an ethnic separatism and supremacy that the United States empowered and made king, leaving individual-minded Albanians nowhere to go but the KLA. And so I have told them that we, the U.S., actually owe them an apology for taking their side in that war.

Then there are letters like this one, which was sent to the Political Mavens blog in July, 2007 :

You should be ashamed of yourselves for allowing that racist bitch Gorin to spew her anti-Albanian venum as one of your contributors. Especially since Albanians, while Albania was under Nazi occupation, risked their lives to save every Jew that sought refuge in Albania. Unlike Gorin’s Greek Orthodox cousins who turned 60,000 Jews over the Nazis on a silver platter so they could be shoved into gas chambers. But this is typical of Jews. Go f yourself.

Note: I don’t have any Greek cousins. But if he’s talking about the Serbs’ Greek cousins, let me be clear: When it comes to Jews, the Serbs and the Greeks are two very distinct creatures (as are the Serbs and the Russians), and I’d sooner cast my lot with the Serbs. But it’s interesting that the best this complainant could come up with in terms of painting negatively the Serbs during the Holocaust is telling me what the Greeks did. That’s more honest than what the Croatians try to get away with when they equate their enthusiastically Hitler-aligned, genocidal regime with the reluctantly Hitler-cooperative Nedic regime in Serbia.

I mentioned the other day that the only Albanians who are capable of thinking outside their skin are either dead or biting their tongues. Or they’re of mixed parentage. Here is a 2007 letter I’ve been meaning to post from Vic, who is of both Albanian and Montenegrin parentage, which apparently facilitates rational thinking. He also can tell that despite my deserved slamming of that tribe, I don’t do it because I have something against anyone’s blood — only against their actions and agendas. And, of course, against their culture when that culture considers itself above others:

I greatly enjoy your posts about the Balkans. You are one of the few people who writes the truth about what goes on there.

…I am actually of Montenegrin-Albanian background. My last name believe it or not is actually of Albanian origin. Having a background from both sides, I think I know both cultures very well, and the Albanian culture is a lot more nationalistic and fanatical, especially in Kosovo and Macedonia. I am actually Catholic while my mom is of Orthodox Christian background. Most Albanians I dare not talk to about this issue because they are so, well you know how most Albanians feel about the Kosovo issue. It’s hard to discuss this issue sensibly with them, and actually I fear sometimes ramifications from them if I discuss it with them. People of Serbian background you can discuss the issue intelligently with. Knowing both sides, I know that the Albanians are the more violent people. I know the history of Kosovo, and it’s historically always been Serbian. The whole 1999 bombing campaign was based on a bunch of lies, starting with Rambouillet, where Appendix B stated that NATO would in effect occupy all of Yugoslavia. Any sane country would have rejected being occupied. I could go on, but you know the whole story already anyway.

That was sad what you wrote about the Serb person who died because he was not allowed to be treated by an Albanian doctor. There is no question that NATO’s presence has exacerbated relations between the Serbs and Albanians. Of course one factor most people don’t mention is that Tito played a huge role in aggravating relations between Serbs and Albanians, and between Croats and Serbs. Tito did this to keep his grip on power solid. Unfortunately, Yugoslavia suffered as a result of this. Interestingly, one of Tito’s most devoted followers, Alexander Radosavljevic, said in 1971 that Tito made a historical mistake in worsening the relations betweens the Serbs, Croats, and Albanians, and that Yugoslavia would pay a heavy price for it.

Another thing Tito did in addition to letting illegal Albanian immigrants come into Kosovo was to forbid Serbs driven out of Kosovo during WWII from returning, and this also destroyed the balance in population. It is interesting that Tito gave autonomy to the Serbian provinces of Kosovo and Vojvodina in 1974 to limit Serb power, but not to the Serbs in Krajina, despite the fact they had been there for centuries and that Krajina had never been really Croatian historically.

Not sure if you are familiar about these old articles about Kosovo from the 1980’s. These were written when 99.9% of America never heard of Kosovo. It discusses things like the Serb exodus from Kosovo. Some of them are even from the New York Times, believe it or not. Check out this web site for the articles: [Title: “Articles Written when Kosovo was not Famous]

The reporting back then was much less biased. Now of course Bosnian Muslim terrorists that are arrested are referred to by Fox News as from the former Yugoslavia, just like the Fort Dix terrorists were.

…the mainstream news picks up on the boldness — and insolence toward our masters– and demands that the hero apologize and be “disciplined.” Below is some hack, grind, mainstream journalist’s report on this “shocking” video, in the Detroit News — with my translations.

Notice what the very tone of the title reveals: While a person from the community/ethnicity that Americans insist on being dumb about is TELLING us that these people were *not* the victims they claimed to be and that we’ve done something policy-wise that is not only self-destructive but destructive to the maturation of the Albanian community, here comes the mainstream media to *correct* the man about his fellow countrymen, and keep steering you wrong.

With video: Catholic priest called ethnic war victims ‘dogs’

Local religious leaders upset by videotaped remarks against Bosnia, Kosovo populations

by Oralandar Brand-Williams

Rochester Hills — A local Catholic priest is at the center of an international controversy after a tape of him calling victims of a massacre during President Slobodan Milosevic’s regime “dogs” went viral.

The Rev. Anton Kcira, pastor of St. Paul Albanian Catholic Church, is seen in a 2007 videotape making offensive remarks in Albanian about people killed during the reign of former Serbian and Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, who was accused of genocide of Bosnian Muslims and Albanians in Kosovo.

Accused of. And apparently still being accused, despite both charges being officially disproved as propaganda.

The videotape was recently released by an unidentified person who shot it at an event in Metro Detroit in 2007 attended by Albanian-Americans.

In the video, Kcira says, with English subtitles, “Milosevic should have done to the 1,900,000 dogs in Kosovo what he did to the 260,000 dogs in Srebrenica.”

Local Muslim activists say the remarks are references to crimes against the Muslim population of Bosnia and the majority Muslim population of Kosovo.

Well, the priest is Albanian, after all, and therefore wouldn’t have heard (i.e. would have blocked out) the fact that the 260,000 figure of Bosnian War dead has been reduced to 100,000, and it includes deaths on all sides. He’s using the word “Srebrenica” as short-hand for the overall war casualties, since Srebrenica only held 40,000 people to begin with. Eighty percent of whom survived, including the women and children who were bussed out to safety with Bosnian-Serb help. Now that’s a good deal for a “genocide.” Especially if you still get to vote after you’re dead, as 3,000 of the supposed “8,000 slaughtered men and boys” did. (The military records of 70% of the 8,000 “genocided civilians” survive as well.)

Kcira was recorded shortly after the arrests of three ethnic Albanian men who were charged with and later convicted in a plot to attack the military base in Fort Dix, N.J.

The baby journalist couldn’t even get this right! There were four Albanians arrested, not three. The one named Agron Abdullahu — who was not one of the three little filthy Duka brothers that my friend had the pleasure of growing up around — was ultimately brought up only on gun charges, since he *merely* provided the guns to the would-be Ft. Dix terrorists. (He also assured prosecutors and investigators that he did express some slight disapproval to the brothers about their plan to massacre U.S. soldiers at Ft. Dix, where he was given refuge after coming here in 1999. But apparently he didn’t disapprove enough to turn them in, even anonymously.)

In the tape Kcira appears frustrated that the three men have betrayed the United States by planning a terrorist attack on a U.S. military base.

The Archdiocese of Detroit was contacted recently by many in the Albanian community about Kcira’s remarks.

“The Archdiocese did look into the situation and Father Kcira himself took another look at the tape,” said Joe Kohn, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Detroit, which planned to release a videotaped apology by Kcira on Friday night to YouTube.

Kcira did not return phone calls from The Detroit News.

In a text of the archdiocese videotape, Kcira says he used “provocative names” to describe the massacre victims.

“That wasn’t right,” he says. “That was my anger talking … not my heart.”

Kcira further adds: “In expressing my anger, I used what an English teacher would call hyperbole, an exaggeration used for effect … to make my point.”

Kohn added that Kcira, who has been pastor of St. Paul’s Albanian Catholic Church for the past two decades, has done a lot of work in the Albanian community and has “earned the respect” of Albanians across interfaith lines.

Dawud Walid, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan said Kcira owes the Albanian- Muslim community in Metro Detroit an apology and that actions should be taken against the priest by his superiors.

“He should be sanctioned for this irreligious speech,” said Walid. “We’ve received complaints about him before going back to 2008.”

Walid added that “in no way do we think this one pastor represents the sentiments of the Archdiocese of Detroit.”

“We’ve always had good relations with them,” added Walid.

Of course the Muslims have good relations with the Catholic Church! The two have a longtime alliance in Slav-killing/Orthodox-killing, and of course Jew-killing, particularly in Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia (with regard to the former). This is a mere blip on the otherwise undisturbed continuum of solid relations and co-agendas, just as Pope Benedict’s 2006 “oops” was when he quoted a medi-eval text explaining what Islam really is. Such little blips soon fade into oblivion as the Catholic Church and Islam re-commit to good relations and cooperation. Until it’s time to turn on each other, of course.

Imam Shuaib Gerguri of the Albanian American Muslim Society of Detroit, based in Harper Woods, said, “People are angry (over Kcira’s remarks) and it’s not just Muslims.”

That’s right! Dhimmis are angry too! We won’t put up with unruly people spreading this kind of truth about our masters! String him up by the thumbs! May our bottomless indignation echo throughout the world, so our masters might see that we are behaving properly.

“I’m trying to understand myself what people did to him for him to call them dogs,” said Gerguri, who said he had close family members and friends who were killed by the Milosevic regime.

Translation: Gerguri’s relatives were KLA terrorists. And the reporter has no idea that this is what Gerguri has just revealed.

Gerguri urged Kcira to apologize as soon as possible.

“This kind of language is unaccepted by any religion,” Gerguri said.

UPDATE: In his written apology to our mutual Muslim masters, Father Kcira does express support for “our independence” — that is, the common dream of both Muslim and Catholic Albanians for Kosovo independence. So he thinks inside his skin after all, and this means that my interpretation of his words — “this is a tragedy, America with its ample heart…” — was not referring to the tragedy for Albanians (and the world) of Kosovo independence but to the Ft. Dix plot, which was a betrayal of America’s ample heart.

OK, then. Still looking for an Albanian with his/her own brain. Oh wait a second. Except for one very cool Christian Orthodox Albanian chick I know, and the Orthodox Albanian who comes to the Kosovo churches to pray with “my Serbian brothers” (featured in this DVD series), they’re all either dead or biting their tongues. But sometimes it only takes someone of mixed blood. An interesting letter from 2007 by a gentleman who is half-Albanian and half-Montenegrin to come…

It’s not an easy task for any ethnicity to do, and you may take offense at how he does it, but this Catholic Albanian priest in Detroit makes some important and difficult points for Albanians to take. Four days after a plot against soldiers at Ft. Dix was revealed in May, 2007 — one that included four Albanians — Father Anton Kcira said the following, in a video that only became available last week. Thanks to Mickey at Serbianna:

1. Kosovo Albanians do a disservice in representing Albanians.
2. Kosovo did not/does not deserve independence from Belgrade. (Here people start exiting the room immediately.)
3. “America, with its kind heart” was wrong to support this.
4. There are many more like the Ft. Dix jihadists, “including here in Detroit.”
5. Not enough Muslims or Albanians condemned the plot.
6. If you don’t like what you’re hearing, get out.

May God protect him.


The video below has been removed, no doubt because viewers weren’t taking it the way the person who posted it intended — that is, they weren’t coming away critical of the priest. Mickey managed to download the video in time, so his appears below the defunct youtube version:

I’ve been meaning to bring up something that was reawakened by a recent verdict at a Serbian war crimes trial. What most people are kept ignorant of is that the first shots of the Bosnian war were fired upon a retreating convoy of Yugoslav troops from Bosnia. As they were retreating, per the agreement between Belgrade and Sarajevo, the multi-ethnic soldiers of the JNA (Yugoslav National Army) were fired upon by the Muslims. It was a massacre, triggering the bloody war. That was the shot heard ’round the world if, of course, if you don’t count the Bosnian Muslim who in March 1992 killed the father of the groom in a Serbian wedding party in Sarajevo.

In a mainstream news source reporting on the verdict (AP), I was surprised to see the writer actually deign to consider the real chronology of the start of the war — rather than defer to the usual “Milosevic, the man who started three wars in the Balkans….”:

Bosnian jailed in Serbia for war crimes

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

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

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

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

The war in Bosnia started after the country’s Muslims and Croats voted to split from Serb-led Yugoslavia, triggering a rebellion by the Bosnian Serbs. The conflict — which saw Europe’s worst bloodshed since World War II — lasted until a U.S.-brokered peace deal was signed in 1995.

In January had a more detailed report on the security officer convicted above:

Massacre of Yugoslav Army Conscripts Approved by Sarajevo

On May 15, 1992, Bosnian Muslim paramilitary troops, aided by local officials, used snipers to ambush and attack [a] Yugoslav Army convoy while it was attempting to withdraw from the territory of then-Yugoslav republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a result, up to 200 JNA conscripts were killed, 33 were wounded, 140 were imprisoned and tortured, many of whom were handed back to their loved ones in the body bags later on. For some, this atrocious war crime signaled [the] actual start of the Bosnian civil war (1992-1995).

At the trial of [Bosnian] Croat Ilija Jurišić, indicted for ordering the attack on the convoy of Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) conscripts during their scheduled retreat from Tuzla in May 1992, Deputy Chief of Military Security at the time, Marko Novaković, who testified on January 16, said that the attack “never could have been carried out without the express approval of the Bosnian Muslim supreme command in Sarajevo.”

In a case known as the Tuzla Column massacre, [the] trial before the Belgrade District Court War Crimes Chamber [of] Ilija Jurišić continues to provide solid evidence that the cold-blooded massacre was ordered and coordinated at the very top of Bosnian Muslim leadership.

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

The JNA convoy that attempted to withdraw from the town of Tuzla was given guarantees by Muslim leadership that they will be allowed to retreat and provided a safe passage to Serbia through Bijeljina. Nevertheless, [the] convoy was ambushed and brutally attacked by the Bosnian Muslim paramilitary troops, with the help of local officials headed by Jurišić, at the very start of retreat…

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

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

Zoran Vukojević and Slobodan Radić, former reservists who survived the attack on the JNA column in Tuzla, testified that the convoy had been attacked after the second attempt to leave the army barracks. They confirmed that the drivers of the military and sanitation vehicles had come under fire first, and then everybody else in the convoy, as they were trying to to get away from the burning vehicles and find refuge in the nearby buildings. Witnesses claimed that explosions could be heard later.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a more general reminder of how it all started, here is Andy Wilcoxson’s short article from a few years ago BOSNIA: How the war started:

On March 18, 1992, Alija Izetbegovic (Bosnian-Muslim leader), Mate Boban (Bosnian-Croat leader), and Radovan Karadzic (Bosnian-Serb Leader) all reached an agreement on the peaceful succession of Bosnia & Herzegovina from Yugoslavia.

The Agreement was known as the Lisbon Agreement (it is also known as the Cutileiro Plan). The agreement called for an independent Bosnia divided into three constituent and geographically separate parts, each of which would be autonomous. Izetbegovic, Boban, and Karadzic all agreed to the plan, and signed the agreement.

The agreement was all set, internal and external borders, and the administrative functions of the central and autonomous governments had all been agreed upon. The threat of civil war had been removed from Bosnia, that is until the U.S. Ambassador Warren Zimmerman showed up.

On March 28, 1992, ten days after the agreement was reached that would have avoided war in Bosnia, Warren Zimmerman showed up in Sarajevo and met with the Bosnian-Muslim leader, Alija Izetbegovic. Upon finding that Izetbegovic was having second thoughts about the agreement he had signed in Lisbon, the Ambassador suggested that if he withdrew his signature, the United States would grant recognition to Bosnia as an independent state. Izetbegovic then withdrew his signature and renounced the agreement.

After Izetbegovic reneged on the Lisbon Agreement, he called a referendum on separation that was constitutionally illegal. On the second day of the referendum there was a Muslim-led attack on a Serb wedding. But the real trigger was Izetbegovic announcing a full mobilization on April 4, 1992. He could not legally do that without Serb & Croat consent, but he did it anyway. That night terror reigned in Sarajevo. The war was on.

The United States likes to point to Bosnia as a shining example of where it helped Muslims. It is true that the United States armed the Muslims in Bosnia. But, after many thousands of deaths and massive destruction throughout Bosnia, the Muslims were afforded by the terms of the Dayton Accords, less territory than they had been guaranteed by the Lisbon Agreement, which the United States urged the Muslim leader to reject.

The bottom line here is that this war didn’t have to happen at all. Nobody had to die in Bosnia. If Ambassador Zimmerman had just left Izetbegovic alone, then none of this would have happened to begin with. It’s that simple. The blame for all of the death and destruction associated with the Bosnian war lies exclusively with Alija Izetbegovic for starting the war, and with the U.S. President [Herbert Walker Bush] for sending that idiot Zimmerman to Bosnia in the first place.

In addition to journalism’s newfound/uncharacteristic/temporary respect for war chronology, as exemplified in the AP item above, I also recently stumbled on a Reuters report that casually mentions — as if this is how it was being reported all along — systematic rape on all sides, actually naming Croatians and Muslims as no less guilty than Serbs:

Amnesty urges justice for Bosnia war rape victims (Sep 30, 2009)

SARAJEVO, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Amnesty International urged Bosnia on Thursday to seek justice for up to 50,000 women and girls who were raped during the country’s 1992-95 war and to punish the perpetrators, many of whom still hold public posts.

During the war, Bosnian Croats, Serbs and Muslims all participated in systematic rape as part of widespread ethnic cleansing but the victims, most of them Muslims, have been denied reparations given to civilian war victims, the human rights watchdog said in a report. […]

The piece goes on to say that the estimate is actually between 20,000 and 50,000 victims (a 30,000-victim span!), and that most don’t come forward because of the stigma attached, as well as the fact that the culprits still occupy positions of power in officialdom and the police force. (As if the Muslim and Croatian soldiers who raped the 800 Serb women who did come forward aren’t freely walking around.)

Here’s just a related note on the man whose shooting at the Serbian wedding party was considered the opening shot of the Bosnian war. He died in 2007:

Bosnian crime boss killed (June 28, 2007):

SARAJEVO — Crime boss Ramiz Delalić was murdered late last night in Sarajevo.

The murder was not considered a surprise in Sarajevo, Delalić was known for problems with the law and a history of violent behavior. Delalić is best known for killing a Serbian man in front of a Serbian Orthodox Church in Sarajevo in 1992. He was not indicted for the crime until late 2004.

Police were unable to locate Dalalić until August 2004. During the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, [he] was the commander of the Ninth Motorized Brigade of the Bosnian Muslim Army.

Notice how in both Bosnia and Kosovo, the “freedom-lovers” whom we passed off as anti-communists in order to gain public approval for backing them are all crime bosses. Here’s more:

Bosnia: EUR 500,000 Found in Dead Crime Boss’s Apartment (B92, July 3, 2007)

SARAJEVO — Police found EUR 500,000 in the apartment rented by Ramiz Delalić, who was killed last week.

According to Dnevni Avaz, citing sources close to the police, ten to 15 kilograms of gold and platinum jewellery, ten pistols and two automatic weapons were found in the apartment as well.

Delalić was killed last Wednesday in front of the apartment, located in downtown Sarajevo.

He is best known to the public for being charged with killing a Serbian man at a Sarajevo wedding in May [sic] 1992, an event that sparked armed conflict in the city.

Delalić was familiar to Sarajevo police and was on different occasions charged for attacks on police officers, murder attempts, death threats, illegal possession of fire arms, violent behaviour and other crimes. […]

Kosovo Albanian suspect in Delalić murder (June 30, 2007)

SARAJEVO — Lirim Bytyqi, 29, native of Prizren, Kosovo, is suspected of murdering a Bosnian crime boss in Sarajevo Wednesday.

Police issued a warrant for Bytyqi’s arrest. He is also wanted on charges of inflicting severe gunshot wounds on Amir Faća, 36, in downtown Sarajevo on June 12.

Delalić was best known to the public for killing a Serbian man in front of a Serbian Orthodox Church in Sarajevo in 1992. […]

Indeed, it seems that every other jihadi — whether Middle Eastern or Eastern European or even black or white or any of the hundreds of thousands of all colors being converted while in jail — has a criminal background separate from jihad. As I’ve written before, it’s the inability to walk a straight path that draws them to jihad to begin with — criminality with a higher purpose.

In addition to the Duka brothers who were planning a massacre at Ft. Dix, and in addition to Kosovo’s leaders — all of whom started out as petty and not so petty crooks and continue their rackets today — we have this update on the Bosnian guy involved in the North Carolina-based plot disrupted over the summer:

…[Friend Jasmin] Smajic claims that the arrested Anes Subasic was a “refugee” from Bosnia who fled ethnic persecution by Serbian authorities during the Bosnian civil war that started in 1992. [Here we go again. Ah, how war traumatizes the violent people instigating it.]

The police in the Bosnian Serb city of Banja Luka say that the 33-year old Anes Subasic was born in a Banja Luka suburb of Laus, that his father went by a pseudonym Tutma, but that Anes is a man involved in criminal activities that include attempted murder, extortion and robbery.

The Bosnian Serb police say that in 1992, Anes changed his name to Mladen, an ethnic Serbian name, and that under both names Anes was charged 11 times on 16 counts of attempted murder, extortion and robbery.

The police in Banja Luka has also investigated Anes Subasic for an attempted murder of Stanslav Koljancic, an ethnic Serb and an owner of Banja Luka night club Kajak.

In my recent unpublished letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I tried to warn the zombies about the possible backgrounds of some of the paper’s celebrated, resettled “victims” of the Bosnian war, saying that Salt Lake City shooter Sulejman Talovic’s father wasn’t the only one who lied about his war record to get refugee status. I should have added that they can also lie about their criminal records to get that status:

Bosnian fighting extradition indicted on South Dakota charges (March 23, 2007):

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota-A Bosnian man was indicted on state charges of aggravated assault as he fights extradition for a 1995 slaying in his homeland.

Samir Avdic, who was found guilty in absentia in his home country of shooting and killing a man while they hid in a cave to escape the violence in Bosnia, has been fighting a federal complaint accusing him of being a fugitive from a foreign country.

Avdic, 40, is in the United States on a temporary visa and has been living in Sioux Falls with his family and working at the John Morrell & Co. meatpacking plant. He was arrested March 9 by Sioux Falls police after he
was accused of using his vehicle to ram into another vehicle carrying his stepdaughter’s boyfriend.

A grand jury on Thursday indicted him on two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault and reckless driving…In August 1995, Avdic and two other men were hiding in a cave while the nearby town of Srebrenica was under siege by Serbian forces, according to the federal complaint. The three men argued and Avdci fatally shot one of them in the back and, with the third man’s help, threw the body down a
ravine, according to the complaint.

A Bosnian court issued a warrant for Avdic’s arrest in November 1998 and he was convicted a month later.

Avdic was initially sentenced to 12 years in prison but an appeals court later reduced it to six years after re-evaluating mitigating factors, the complaint states.

So even when they’re not in battle, Bosniaks — like Albanians — have a propensity to kill. That must be the mitigating factor. Similarly, even Croatia’s heroes and top military commanders are ex-cons: Croat War Crimes General was Armed Robber (AP)