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Attorney, writer and president of the Washington chapter of the Serbian Unity Congress John Bosnitch posted the following comment under an article about the capture this weekend of Bosnian-Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic:

Those of us who personally know Radovan Karadzic to be innocent both of genocide and of fomenting the civil war in Bosnia will at first be disappointed by his arrest.

However, take heart, there is no point in arguing with destiny. The trial of this defender of Serbs promises to bring to light the role of al Qaeda in Bosnia, the Muslim government’s willing sacrifice of its youth for fanatical Islam, the U.S. support for the same international terrorists it blames for the 9-11 attacks, and the true root of the recent Bosnian conflict in the absolutely real genocide perpetrated against Serbs, Jews and Gypsies during World War Two. The holocaust visited upon them by their Croat and Muslim neighbours will finally come to light and the entire world will have the chance to weigh on the scales of justice the over 700,000 victims of the Croatian and Muslim butchers against the alleged 7,000 Muslim fighting-age males who fell with Srebrenica. Soon, the public will be seeing the photos of the thousands of Serbian civilians slaughtered by Muslim death squads striking out from within that so-called “safe area” that was nothing more than a staging ground for mass murder against the Serbs.

After this arrest it will become increasingly difficult for the Muslims and Croats to keep playing their false role as innocent lambs.

Radovan Karadzic never fled justice, he merely refused to submit to the biased court of victor’s injustice disguised in a Kangaroo suit at the Hague.

I had the pleasure of being present in person when President Karadzic very convincingly explained the Bosnian Serb position of self-defence against insurgent illegal secessionists and their aggressive foreign weapons suppliers. I look forward to seeing him tell the entire world what the Western media has tried to suppress and misrepresent ever since the fall of Srebrenica. I also look forward to seeing the U.S. government face the fact that it not only gave the Muslims the carte blanche that started the Bosnian war, but then also invited the Iranians to arm its local pawns in a twisted Clintonian repeat of Iran-Contra that proves that the difference between America’s Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum political parties is nothing more than the minor variations in the way that they pursued their common criminal foreign policy in the Balkans.

Radovan Karadzic will cut through the lies about Bosnia at the Hague and show the world why the Serbian national anthem calls on the “God of Justice” to protect the Serbs. The real guilty parties will then become obvious to all fair-minded people, no matter what undeserved demonization and tortures the U.S.-EU lynch mob inflicts on Karadzic and, by extension, the entire Serbian nation.

So, the evil sheriff and his lackeys have brought our Robin Hood to trial… but the truth will now condemn them, and make him (Karadzic) the Dreyfus of this era.

Please note that the arrest of Karadzic has happened in the same month that Bosnian-Muslim war criminal/Serb-killer Naser Oric had his conviction overturned, and the very weekend that Bush and Rice welcomed Albanian war criminals/Serb-killers to the White House.

These parallel photos — from 1999 and this month in 2008 — literally illustrate Bosnitch’s point about the two political parties when it comes to Balkans policies:


From left: Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, President Fatmir Seijdu and President Bush at the White House, 21 Jul 2008


Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Hashim Thaci, 1999


Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Hashim Thaci (and Fatmir Sejdiu)

When will Americans finally ask what is happening when the U.S. is embracing China, North Korea, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, “Palestine”, “Kosova” — while isolating Serbia?

And why the emphasis on the capture of a supposed Serbian killer of Bosnians amid a dozen or more Bosnian plots and attempted attacks against U.S. and other Western targets, including a Bosnian jihadist on our soil just last year in Salt Lake City — and at least as many attacks and would-be attacks on Americans by Albanians, including one foiled plot on our soil just last year (Ft. Dix)? The Bosnian plots, incidentally, were foiled at least three times by the Serbs or Bosnian-Serbs.

When actors and politicians go to the same rock concerts where people scream “Kill, kill the Serb,” you can be in only one place on earth: Only in Croatia, Kids. Only in Croatia.

100,000 flock to pro-Ustasha singer’s concert (May 31)

ZAGREB — Last night’s concert by Marko Perković, a.k.a. Tompson in Zagreb, dedicated to the capital’s defenders, was attended by a crowd of over 100,000, media say.

Even though the Croatian Helsinki Committee, Jewish associations, and even President Stjepan Mesić all objected to the concert because of the preponderance of Ustasha and fascist insignia, he was welcomed on stage with chants of “Kill, kill the Serb”.

Several members of Croatia’s political and acting community were also in attendance.

Despite police warnings prior to the concert that anyone carrying Ustasha or fascist insignia would be arrested, caps and scarves with ustasha iconography were scattered all around, particularly on the heads and around the necks of euphoric teenagers, while one Tompson fan even turned up with a swastika flag in his hands.

The most vocal were a group of young fans going through their regular repertoire of chants, including “Anyone sitting down is Orthodox”.

In spite of the fact he and his army of fans greet each other with raised right fists, the controversial singer claims that his fans are big anti-fascists.

After the concert, Perković was unable to explain why he had been banned from holding concerts in Austria and Switzerland.

The president of the Association of Disabled Croat Soldiers of the Homeland War called on the media to be objective, and to write that there had been no outlawed insignia or songs.

You see, it’s not enough that the Croatians have gotten all they wanted and more, that their bloody victory over the Serbs was a complete one, abetted by the entire world that ganged up with them against their Orthodox rivals. They still lament that it didn’t come with a permanent license to kill Serbs. If only they could come up with a new excuse to kill even more Serbs and revive the lost art of making necklaces of Serbian fingers and home decor of Serbian ears, only then will Croatia’s greatness truly be restored.

Two more reports:

60,000 attend concert of controversial Croatian singer: police

ZAGREB (AFP) - Some 60,000 people attended a concert Friday in central Zagreb by a controversial Croatian singer known for his sympathies with the country’s World War II pro-Nazi regime, police said.

The Croatian branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights issued a complaint ahead of the concert by Marko Perkovic “Thompson”, especially over a song which starts with a verse used as the salute during the pro-Nazi regime. [”I never do the Nazi salute!” Perkovic protests to every interviewer. Indeed, he’s craftier than that.]

Despite the complaint, the concert in Zagreb’s main square, organised by veterans of Croatia’s 1991-1995 war of independence from the former Yugoslavia, attracted an enthusiastic crowd and Perkovic performed the controversial song.

As usual, Perkovic, 41, was dressed all in black, like the uniform of Croatia’s fascist Ustasha regime.

He urged the crowd pray for Mirko Norac, a former general sentenced Friday to seven years in jail over his role in the wartime massacre of Serb civilians and prisoners of war.

Police said there were no incidents during the concert and they noted no displays of banned symbols.

The news website Indixe reported that before the concert a group of youths shouted anti-Serb slogans and songs glorifying the Ustasha regime.

Human rights group protests against Croatian singer’s concert (European Jewish Press by: AFP)

ZAGREB (AFP)—A human rights group protested on Thursday against a concert planned in Zagreb by a controversial Croatian singer known for his sympathies with the country’s World War II pro-Nazi regime.

The Croatian branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights voiced dissatisfaction over the concert of Marko Perkovic ‘Thompson,’ due in Zagreb on Friday, especially over a song which starts with a verse used as the salute during the pro-Nazi regime.

“It is impossible for this slogan, similar to other messages that Thompson is repeatedly stressing, to be stripped of its dominantly pro-fascist and criminal meaning,” a committee statement said.

Perkovic argued earlier that the slogan was an “integral part of the song which is not forbidden.”

The concert, to be held on the capital’s main square, is organised by veterans of Croatia’s 1991-1995 war of independence from the former Yugoslavia.

The singer gained popularity with patriotic songs during the 1991-1995 war.

In the past Perkovic was known for glorifying Croatia’s fascist Ustasha regime at his concerts where, dressed in black, he gave a Hitler-style salute and shouted Ustasha slogans.

However, he gave up such behavior and has repeatedly denied that he is a fascist or anti-Semite.

But at his concerts part of the audience always wear uniforms or symbols belonging to the Ustasha regime that ran Croatia during World War II.

Earlier this month Perkovic had two concerts cancelled in Switzerland because his lyrics breach anti-racism laws. Another concert due in June in Austria was also cancelled for the same reasons.

The Ustasha killed hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, anti-fascist Croatians, gypsies and others in Croatia’s concentration camps.

Croatian nationalists and right-wing politicians see the 41-year-old singer as an icon.

Some background on that war criminal/hero whom the rocker urged the crowd to pray for:

2 Croatian generals go on trial charged with 1993 crimes against Serbs (AP, June 18, 2007):

An 84-year-old blind woman sprayed with bullets on her porch, a man set on fire, Serb-populated villages indiscriminately shelled: all are war crimes that two Croatian army generals are charged with failing to prevent…Mirko Norac and Rahim Ademi are charged with responsibility for the September 1993 killings of about 30 Serb civilians following Zagreb’s offensive to retake part of the land seized by rebel Serbs in the 1991 war.

Ademi and Norac, local commanders at the time in the central Croatian area known as the Medak Pocket, are the highest-ranking Croatian officers being tried for wartime atrocities against the Serbs. For years, Croatia declined to prosecute its own, claiming that only Serbs committed crimes in the war.

It is the second war crimes trial for Norac, who already is serving a 12-year sentence for orchestrating the killing of Serb civilians in the central area of Gospic in 1991.

The Croatian indictment charges Ademi and Norac with ordering “indiscriminate shelling” of Serb villages and with failing to prevent the killings.

It cites the killing of an 84-year-old blind Bosiljka Bjegovic in the village of Citluk, where another villager, Djuro Krajnovic, was killed with 24 bullets. In another village, Croatian troops allegedly tied a 31-year-old mentally retarded man to a car and dragged him around before incinerating him…

UN policeman recalls Medak carnage (from February):

A former UN policeman described seeing corpses after the Croatian Army had withdrawn from the Medak Pocket.

At the trial of Croatian Generals Rahim Ademi and Mirko Norac, Steve Marishink told the District Court in Zagreb that all the buildings had been destroyed, some were still on fire, and that the UN civil police had found no survivors.

“The destruction was fresh, and there was a smell of death around the whole area,” added the witness, recalling the moment the UN civil police had entered the Medak Pocket, recently vacated by the Croatian Army.

He remembered seeing two charred female bodies in a henhouse in the village of Čitluk. Their faces were unrecognizable, and worms were crawling in and out of two holes in their skulls.

Marishink concluded that the women had been killed a day or two before their arrival, and that their bodies had been burnt subsequently. He added that he had also come across the bodies of dead soldiers, one of whose ears had been cut off.

During his testimony, the witness, who had been part of a reconnaisance team, described an encounter with a group of Croatian troops who, he said, looked different from their other ragged, dirty-looking colleagues.

“They were smartly dressed, and I think they were carry[ing] Heckler and Koch guns. When I approached them, they had yellow lightning insignia on their shoulders, and it said that they were policemen. It seemed as though they were controlling what we were doing. They just looked at us, but the way they looked gave me the creeps, I can even say I was afraid,” he recalled. …

Croatian general convicted of war crimes for soldiers’ atrocities against Serbs

Norac and Ademi are the highest-ranking officers to be tried by the local court on war crimes charges — a sensitive issue in a country that long overlooked or justified crimes committed by its own people in the 1991-95 Serbo-Croat war. [Of course, this is always helped by media overlooking crimes by non-Serbs for the past two decades — including the AP that printed that line.]

Both Norac and Ademi had pleaded not guilty and claimed throughout the yearlong trial that the other had been in charge.

But the judge said he acquitted Ademi after learning that, though he was formally a commander, his real authority had been “reduced” at the time.

At least five of the victims were tortured, including an 84-year-old blind woman sprayed with bullets on her porch and a 31-year-old man dragged behind a car before being set on fire, the prosecutor said. About 300 Serb homes were robbed and burned.

“It was his duty to prevent” the crimes, the judge said of Norac. “By not taking legal actions against the soldiers after learning that they committed war crimes, a commander (Norac) in fact provided a pattern on how soldiers should behave,” Mrcela said in the ruling.

He said Norac received less than the maximum 20-year sentence because he was not convicted of ordering the atrocities.

Croatia began prosecuting war crimes committed by Croats a few years ago, after long maintaining that only Serbs — who rebelled against Croatia’s independence in 1991, triggering the war — were to be blamed for atrocities.

Now, if a Croatian is saying that only Serbs are to be blamed for atrocities, it’s not exactly a lie, since common Croatian understanding holds that killing a Serb is no crime — indeed it’s a duty. So the only war crimes and atrocities even possible are those committed against non-Serbs, by Serbs.

In addition to the International Herald Tribune, the above AP report was also carried by CNN, demonstrating that the truth can slip into that news organization when it’s not looking.

So why are Croatian courts suddenly convicting Croatian generals/commanders as opposed to convicting only Serb commanders and a handful of Muslim ones: “Correspondents said the trial was seen as a test of Croatia’s readiness to join the European Union.”

Just a note on language. Notice how the Serbian civilian victims in the report below (and in several of those I excerpted above) are referred to as Serb “rebels” — a designation one doesn’t see in the countless reports about the “ethnic Albanians” who were ostensibly Serbia’s victims:

Croatian general sentenced in war crimes case

Croatian general Mirko Norac was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for crimes against rebel Serbs in the 1991-95 war at the end of a year-long trial seen as a test case for the European Union candidate country.

The trial, which started in June last year, has been closely watched by the EU and human rights officials for indications of how Croatia is dealing with atrocities committed by some of its military leaders in the war of independence from Yugoslavia. [Illegal secession — apparently not an act by rebels.]

Reading the sentence, judge Marin Mrcela said Norac had breached the Geneva convention on the protection of civilians and treatment of war prisoners.”As the commander of sector 1, Norac failed to prevent his subordinates from killing and torturing civilians and from destroying and ransacking their properties and killing their cattle, both during and after the operation.”

There were no protests outside the courthouse in downtown Zagreb, in contrast to violent demonstrations by thousands of war veterans and nationalists after the arrest of Norac for another war crime in 2001…

Just to repeat a sentence from the second-to-last report above:

Croatia began prosecuting war crimes committed by Croats a few years ago, after long maintaining that only Serbs — who rebelled against Croatia’s independence in 1991, triggering the war — were to be blamed for atrocities.

The writer would have you understand that wanting to remain in the country you’ve been a citizen of for 60 years by rejecting an illegal secession by one of its territories (dominated by folks who killed your entire family in WWII) is what triggered the war — and not the secession itself. Pretty nifty.

At least this August 2005 report from Deutsche Presse-Agentur got the cause-and-effect in the right order:

At least 200 ethnic Serb civilians were murdered by Croatian forces in 1991…Croatia’s Globus weekly said in its Wednesday edition. Murders of civilians took place shortly after the beginning of the war which broke out after Croatia declared its independence from the former Yugoslavia.

Globus, Croatia’s most influential weekly, said the 200 Serbs murdered by Croat troops had lived in the territory still under Croatian government control. Most of them were not involved in the rebellion.

The figures are believed to be much higher than the 200 victims mentioned in Wednesday’s article, Globus warned.

In compiling the article, Globus researchers spoke with human rights organizations, survivors of the atrocities, members of the victims’ families, non-governmental organizations and others.

“They stayed in their homes, convinced that nothing bad would happen to them as loyal citizens of Croatia. Some of them paid for that decision with their lives,” the report said.

In Gospic, at least 50 Serb civilians were believed to have been kidnapped from their homes and executed by Croatian armed forces.

Because of this, in 2003 Mirko Norac became the first and so far the only Croatian army general to be sentenced for war crimes. He is currently serving a 12-year jail sentence.

Two other lower-ranking soldiers were sentenced as well…Prosecutions for war crimes were always difficult in Croatia. Many ordinary people believe that “our boys” could not have committed war crimes, and therefore should not be put on trial.

During last week’s celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the “Operation Storm” offensive in which Zagreb regained its territory from Serbian insurgents, nationalists even booed Croatian President Stipe Mesic during his speech when he said that war crimes must be prosecuted.

It is believed that up 700 civilians were killed during the operation [Storm].

Our Medak vets deserve justice

…As well as experiencing vicious firefights and enduring concentrated artillery bombardments, the men of 2PPCLI were forced to witness the grotesque aftermath of one of the worst atrocities committed during the vicious civil war. Some 200 ethnic Serbian inhabitants “disappeared” in the wake of the Croatian offensive, while the raped and burned bodies of teenage girls and elderly women bore testimony to the Croatian brutality.

The Canadian force suffered four wounded in this battle and claimed 26 Croats killed. The unseen psychological wounds our troops suffered as they witnessed and recorded the slaughter of civilians has yet to be fully determined.

At the time, 2PPCLI commander Jim Calvin told his battalion that justice would be served and the perpetrators punished for their crimes. But it was not until 1996 that Canada first learned of this battle, when David Pugliese broke the story in the Ottawa Citizen.

Amazingly, no Croatian commander was ever brought before The Hague Tribunal for these crimes. In fact, no formal legal action was undertaken until last June, when generals Rahim Ademi and Mirko Norac were finally put on trial in Zagreb, at a specially convened Croatian war crimes tribunal.

Testifying this month in defence of his accused colleagues, Croatian Gen. Davor Domazet-Loso told the panel of judges that the whole affair simply never happened and accused the Canadians of committing the atrocities against the Serbian victims.

While two Croatian commanders have been charged in the Medak massacre, one of the principal participants remains unindicted. Agim Ceku, an ethnic Albanian, has thus far managed to avoid any responsibility for the criminal actions of his troops in September 1993. He is presently the prime minister of Kosovo.

From a September piece by the above-referenced Ottawa Citizen writer Pugliese:

A 1993 battle in the Balkans, which earned Canadian troops top honours from the governor general and credit for standing up to Croat forces intent on killing innocent civilians, never took place, claims a former Croatian senior officer.

“We knew who we were firing at,” retired colonel Jim Calvin said. “And the Croats knew exactly where we were. They’re just trying to re-create history. I have no control over that.”

The dead, including elderly residents, had been shot in the back of the head, had their throats slit or were bludgeoned to death.

“We’re talking about Croatian citizens of Serbian descent that were ethnically cleansed,” Mr. Calvin pointed out. “Some of them had that land in their families for as much as 300 years.”

Mr. Calvin also said it was the Croatian media that reported UN forces had killed or wounded 26 Croatian soldiers…

Medak survivors: People were burned alive

The trial of Rahim Ademi and Mirko Norac continued in Zagreb today with protected witness testimonies.

Both witnesses today testified under protective measures to hide their identities. Both are survivors of the massacres that took place in the vicinity of Gospić.

Protected witness 18 was called to identify the bodies after the Croatian army took over the area, killing some civilians, and forcing others to flee.

He arrived to the village of Medak to identify several of his neighbors from another village, Čitluk, mostly elderly, whose bodies were burned.

Another of his neighbors, who later died, told him that the Croatian soldiers found two women hidden in a basement, to slit one’s throat, and shoot the other.

The Serbs in Čitluk were unarmed and were not resisting the troops in any way, the witness told the court.

Protected witness 22, a woman from the area, said that she saw some elderly residents burned alive by Croatian soldiers, who also pillaged the villages, taking livestock and furniture from households.

She described a scene for the court when her neighbor Boja Vujinović, over 70 years of age, was taken out of her house by the soldiers, who then set her on fire while she was still alive, watching and jumping around her as the woman screamed in agony.

The witness saw the crimes committed, she told the courts, after she managed to crawl out of her house, after a bomb thrown inside exploded. Although she sustained injuries, she managed to hide. But the Croatian soldiers took her invalid son with them.

The witness described the shouts from the troops, who were saying that “all needs to be destroyed, not even a dog must be left alive.”

After she walk[ed] through the woods for the next ten days, the witness stumbled into Serb-controlled territory, where she was told her son was murdered, with only his charred bones recovered.

Joint RFE and IWPR report finds local judiciaries are making progress, despite being fraught with problems. (From February):

The Hague tribunal must close within two years, and observers are anxiously watching courts in the ex-Yugoslav states to see if they are capable of processing the thousands of 1990s war crimes cases still untried.

CROATIA: UNEQUAL TREATEMENT FOR SERB AND CROAT DEFENDANTS

So far, the Hague tribunal has referred only one case to a Croatian court – that of the Croatian Generals Mirko Norac and Rahim Ademi, who are accused of war crimes against Serb civilians in the Medak pocket in 1993. Local courts have processed hundreds of their own cases, however, since the end of the 1991-95 war, and observers claim Serb and Croatian defendants have not been treated equally.

“I witnessed two or three trials against Serbs in Vukovar. One defendant was a policeman and worked in some prison as a guard during the war. It was proved in court that he slapped somebody two or three times, or pulled somebody’s ear, and he was sentenced to 11 years in prison,” said Zagreb lawyer Anto Nobilo.

On the other hand, he recalled cases in which the accused were Croats and received only nine or ten years “for real war crimes, crimes which involved killings and torture”.

He was supported in his assessment by fellow Lawyer Cedo Prodanovic. “Trials against Serbs have been very short, without judges insisting on a lot of evidence and with punishments that were much more drastic compared to those handed down to Croats,” he said. “There have been only a few trials against Croats until now.”

The prevailing feeling in Croatia is that Croats were the victims in the war, and that the crimes were committed by the Serbs. The trial of Ademi and Norac, which started a few months ago in Zagreb, might change that, however…

To close is an excerpt from author William Dorich’s 1994 book The Suppressed Serbian Voice And The Free Press In America:

In battles between Croatian HVO forces and the Serbian Chetniks in the Krajina region on September 1, 1991, both sides took 3 prisoners each from their opponents. On September 3, 1991, in a trade of prisoners, the Serbians returned three captured Croatian HVO troops in exchange for three Serbian Chetnik troops. Little did the Serbians know that the three live Croatians were being traded for three dead Serbs. [Something else that the Serbs have in common with the Israelis.] One of the bodies was brutally beaten, stabbed dozens of times, the toes cut off, the left leg broken. Evidence obtained in autopsy indicated that vital organs were missing, [possibly] corroborating the Serbian claim that vital organs of victims were being sold on the black market in Germany. Video footage of one of the three victims was shown on German and Zagreb television during the first week of September, as ‘conclusive evidence’ of the brutal torture and death of Croatian victims at the hands of the Serbs. The English translation of this video footage was allegedly narrated by the American actor, Martin Sheen, and copies of the video were sent to representatives in the American congress and senate. Dusan Markovich however, was not a Croatian victim. He was a thirty two year old Serb, father of one child with a pregnant wife. These photographs show the recovered body of Dusan Markovich being identified by his grieving father. The use of the tortured body of Dusan Markovich for propaganda purposes, indicates the depth to which the Croats and Muslims will stoop to gain international sympathy.

My friend Karol, who runs the blog AlarmingNews.com, last week alerted me to a post she had a year ago this month concerning the would-be Fort Dix terrorists, the Duka Brothers:

A little too small a world

When Elvis and Dritan Duka, two of the three brothers arrested on terrorism charges in Fort Dix, were kids, they were neighborhood bullies. When they got a little older, they became drug dealers.

How do I know? They grew up in my neighborhood, my brother and his friends used to brawl with them on a fairly regular basis. My brother’s best friend’s mom was friends with their mom. Then they moved to New Jersey and became Jihadis. Of all possible paths for the Duka kids, that one didn’t seem the most likely.

They’ve been here since they were kids, illegally it turns out, lived American lives, went to our public schools, and then decided to try and kill some of our troops. I don’t know that I’ll ever get used to this world.

A few surprisingly clueful comments that appeared below the post:

by Gerard:

I forget what part of Bensonhurst they’re supposed to be from-I was reading a story in the Post yesterday about the gullible cujine one of these hajjis married-but the neighborhood definitely has changed since the time I lived there.

There are a lot more Albanians who own-or at least operate-pizzerias in places like Brooklyn, unfortunately.

Yet another reason to detest the La Cosa Nostra, since very frequently they are the ones responsible for training them.

Organized crime is bad enough, but dealing with Albanian jihadis is an entirely different category of trouble.

Thank goodness we had Bill Clinton to bombe all those nasty Serbs.

*sarcasm implicit*

from Stan LS:

I grew up around 65th street in brooklyn, and yea, those albanians loooooooooooove to fight.

by Sean:

Does anyone have any “good Albanian” stories? I sure have plenty of bad ones, as does pretty much anyone who has lived in non-premiere sections of Brooklyn at one time or another.

There’s one family across the street from my aunt (the family, not just the kids) who has basically terrorized the block for about 30 years.

It’s not a muslim thing either. They terrorize the nice Bangladeshi muslims the worst, because the Bangledeshis (on this block) are a very peaceful group…I still don’t know why, to this day, we took (and continue to take) their [Albanians’] side in anything.

by Former Bay Ridger:

…seems like there’s a whole contingent of Muslim/Arab/Albanian pseudo-Jihadi angry teenagers now in that part of Bay Ridge, roughly between 4th and 8th avenues in the 60s - but beginning to stretch down to the higher streets.

by Kent Gordis:

The Swiss government boasts that it has admitted 250,000 Albanian refugees. Based on population, this is equivalent to admitting about 12 million Albanians to the U.S.

Just a few hours after I explained on Jihad Watch what was wrong with Michael Totten’s pro-Albanian-supremacist post on Commentary magazine’s website, the following item was posted on the site. It concerns an article that came out in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle last week on the one-year anniversary of the Ft. Dix arrests of four Albanians, the significance of which becomes clear if you notice that the woman’s name is Albanian. Introductory comment by JW director Robert Spencer:

She says she’s just being singled out because she is a Muslim. And I’m sure that’s true. I’m sure there are plenty of 911 operators illegally searching the terror watch list, and they’re getting off scot-free. It’s Islamophobia, I tell you, and I’m not going to take it anymore!

Ex-911 operator accused of illegal database searches“, May 8:

A former city 911 operator faces multiple felony counts for illegally searching state driving records and state police databases that included the FBI’s terrorist watch list, officials said Wednesday.

The fired employee, Nadire P. Zenelaj, 32, of Rochester insists she did nothing wrong and is being singled out because she is Muslim.

“I feel they targeted me because of my religion,” said Zenelaj, who worked at the 911 center for nearly six years. “I have no criminal history. I have never gone against the law.”

Richard Vega, director of the city’s Office of Public Integrity, said Zenelaj was “running personal information on herself, on her family and on friends. I think it went beyond curiosity. … We think she was accessing this information to pass it on to others.”

What the above paragraph means is that she was checking on whether the names of fellow Albanians appear on any criminal or terrorist watch lists yet. Perhaps friends and relatives asked for this information, perhaps not. Either way, this behavior fits the context of the Albanian red flag that my Jihad Watch piece tried to raise, and what I was correcting Michael Totten about. After all, if anyone should be far removed from any such activity, it’s a young Albanian woman born and raised in America, as Zenelaj was. Furthermore, imagine how different the scene in Greater Albania would be if the U.S., NATO and UN started cracking down on crime and actually enforced laws in and around Kosovo; if instead of turning a blind eye to the weapons going into Macedonia and Serbia proper, they were confiscated. Imagine if Albanians were held accountable for the people they kill and brutalize — and one by one the Albanians’ KLA heroes ended up in jail. How pro-American would Albanians be then? How quickly would Albanian terror against Serbs, Macedonians, Montenegrins and other locals turn into terror against the U.S.? (For a clue, count the number of UN vehicles blown up in Kosovo over the past nine years.) But no one is enforcing any laws in or near Kosovo, so there is very little anti-American sentiment or activity that we hear of.

Even here, imagine if instead of treating gun smuggler and law breaker Florin Krasniqi as a friend of the U.S. and giving him a pass on his criminal activities and fundraising for the KLA — which operates here with impunity — how pro-American would he be then? All of a sudden you would hear from Albanians, as you do from Zenelaj, that they are being discriminated against as Muslims, and the crutch of jihad would start to loom larger in Albanian life.

At least one of the 227 names that Zenelaj searched for was on the terrorist watch list, according to police. She was fired in December, arrested Tuesday and pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor official misconduct and 232 felony counts of computer trespass — one for each allegedly illegal search.

The databases, according to the city, include “highly sensitive” confidential information, such as outstanding arrest warrants and restricted law enforcement records…Vega said the investigation of Zenelaj was triggered after an employee saw something that looked suspicious and went to a supervisor. The police complaint states that all or most of the allegedly illegal searches occurred on Jan. 2, 2006, and on Oct. 26, 2007. Zenelaj did not have the ability to add to or delete information from the records, Vega said.

She was fired in December for various violations regarding unauthorized access of computer information and violations of the City of Rochester Ethical Standards of Conduct. Since then, local authorities have been working with state officials to build a criminal case, Vega said. No additional arrests or charges are expected.

Vega said misconduct was the sole reason for Zenelaj’s termination. He added that the city even went back through training materials and records to try to find any support for Zenelaj’s claims [in her defense]. However, anyone who went through the training signed a document agreeing not to search personal information, he said.

Trainees also had to take a test, which included a question that specifically addressed the prohibition against personal searches. “She got that question right,” Vega said.

Zenelaj was sent home on pre-trial release Wednesday, and is due to return to City Court at 9:30 a.m. May 21.

Corroborating her national origin — naturally avoided in the article above — was this local news site, which mentions that Zenelaj is of Albanian descent and born in NY City.

Now we just have to ask why, if Albanians are not defined by their religion — and they’re not– an Albanian would play the Muslim victim card. Answer: They learn quickly.

Now let’s ponder the irony of Muslims working for 911.

Kosovo Albanians still shooting at Serb police…in Serbia

Kosovo Albanians steal timber, fire at MUP

A group of armed Kosovo Albanians today crossed the administrative line in the south and attacked police officers patrolling the area.

Policemen noticed a group of three to five people they identified as Kosovo Albanians who has crossed from the province, “carrying tools for cutting trees”.

They opened fire at officers, who did not shoot back, the news agency reported.

The automatic fire, police said, lasted for half an hour. It is unclear whether the officers from MUP’s [Serbian Ministry of the Interior Police] Kuršumlija department were the ones that came under attack.

The Kosovo Albanians then withdrew to the Podujevo village of Metojia, on a tractor loaded with timber.

Police said that there was no investigation of the location “for security reasons” — KFOR must first secure the area. But officers did recover one chainsaw left behind at the scene by the attackers.

So stealing trees is worth a 30-minute gun battle. Then again, if you’re Albanian, anything is worth a gun battle. Indeed, there’s a whole lot of stealing going on. We steal Kosovo from Serbia, Kosovo Albanians steal trees from Serbia, and Albanian Albanians steal trees from Kosovo. More on tree-stealing, from an interview with Canadian journalist Scott Taylor:

I have seen that the southern border (to Albania) does not exist, that it’s completely open. I went down to the place where one should be able to see it (the border), but KFOR, who should be acting as border police behave like traffic conductors, just as one of them a German, joked, himself. He says that every vehicle goes through freely, and their only concern is to avoid traffic congestion. The roads are open wide, drugs pass through freely. We were in Albanian villages, in Korcus, for example, where we were unsuccessful in trying to find any kind of border limit. There is nothing, no line, no fence, nothing, just one German soldier who went to the place where there should be a border gestured in plain air where the border (Kosovo province’s border with Albania) should be.

Q: What did the Gorani (Slavic Muslims) say? Are they loyal citizen of the southernmost tip of Serbia or are they in the middle part of a Greater Albania? How does UNMIK treat them?

ST: Yes, they are loyal to Serbia and they get their pensions from Belgrade, but it is obvious that Kosovo and Albania are one country. Albanians, from Albania mind you, not only steal their stock from Kosovo, cows, horses, and what is very significant, they freely cut forests.

If Kosovo regarded Albania as an adjoining country, not the same country, they would protect their resources, but I saw for myself that the Albanians have no problem freely taking the Gorani’s forests and destroying the region. It tells me that this is Greater Albania.

NATO knows what is happening and they said that they have vehicles that can go up hills where they can see those that steal well enough to see the color of their eyes. We could stop this, but nobody will — that’s what they told me. NATO, if it wanted, could but it cannot act independently of Kosovo parliament — that is, the Albanian leadership. Everybody knows there are no borders, but nobody will close them. We have the same information in secret documents we have received from our sources in UNMIK.

All this tree-cutting, meanwhile, reminds me of the most famous Albanian family in the country, the Duka brothers — and masterminds of the foiled Ft. Dix plot that was revealed a year ago this month. As Srdja Trifkovic wrote at the time:

Because of the Dukas’ behavior at least two families decided to move from the tree-lined street. According to the Inquirer… “Patty, 35, said the Duka family moved into the four-bedroom Colonial next to them in 1999. ‘First, they cut down all the trees for firewood,’ she said. Then came the barnyard animals and the watermelon vines growing between their houses. On weekends, dozens of visitors would arrive in vans with New York license plates, the couple said. ‘The straw that broke the camel’s back was when I looked out my kitchen window and saw the women slit a lamb’s throat with a kitchen knife.’”

NOTE: The Washington Times today published the article that appears below. However, all original punctuation was excluded, even quotation marks, most likely because of systemic glitches. These glitches now give the impression that I am genuinely calling the Kosovo war a war “against genocide”, and in other places where quotation marks are missing, the result is just plain plagiarism. The piece on The Times‘ website currently reads incomprehensibly, and in places seems to contradict the point of the article, starting with the title it was given, “Silence is Golden”. All documenting links were removed as well. How a piece could have been published in such condition by a professional outfit is beyond me. Below is the professional version of the piece, as I’d handed it in to The Times.

Penn State’s student newspaper The Daily Collegian reported on Ann Coulter’s hour-long speech there this month:

For possibly the first time in her career as a conservative commentator, Ann Coulter had nothing to say about a political issue.

“I have no opinion,” she told a student who asked her about Kosovo and Ukraine. “That may be the first time those words have passed my lips.”

During her hour-long speech to a crowd of more than a thousand last night in HUB Alumni Hall, though, Coulter spoke candidly about her opinions on a variety of controversial subjects ranging from the war in Iraq to global warming to terrorism.

The usual, in other words. The easy stuff. And on the easy, day-to-day stuff, every conservative loudmouth in the country has a strong and ready opinion. But on the fact that in the Kosovo giveaway of 2008 we’ve just repeated the Munich surrender of 1938 — nothing.

While Americans can’t be expected to have strong opinions on whether the Ukraine gets an invitation to NATO or not, the Kosovo question is a different story. So let me see if I have this non-opinion on Kosovo straight: The U.S. is aggressively creating another Muslim state in Europe, openly calling for a heightened Islamic presence on the continent, and Ann Coulter has no opinion.

In the case of Kosovo, it’s a Muslim state whose leaders and inhabitants have killed or cleansed most of the Christians (and Muslims who didn’t mind being part of a larger Christian nation) from its borders. But Coulter has no opinion.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, investigators flew to Albania after discovering a cell there that was connected to the hijackers — and she has no opinion.

In the weeks before 9/11, six Albanian-American fundamentalists arrived in the Kosovo village of Skenderaj, telling locals that the U.S. would soon be attacked. And Ann Coulter has nothing to say about it. (Not coincidentally, Skenderaj was a stronghold during the 1998-99 war of America’s past and present ally, the KLA.)

Less than a year ago, four out of six jihadists arrested for planning to massacre American soldiers at Ft. Dix were Albanian — the weapons provider among them (Agron Abdullahu) having been sheltered at Ft. Dix during the 1999 resettlement process. And still Ann Coulter has no opinion on whether this kind of behavior deserves American-enforced independence for Abdullahu’s horde. That we fought alongside this former Kosovo sniper in Bill Clinton’s war of aggression is for some reason insignificant to this and all other pundits.

We’re well post-9/11, and George W. Bush has been replicating and completing a strong-arm war of might-makes-right started by Bill Clinton — whom Ann Coulter distrusts and despises — and it elicits a shrug from this opinionist.

After we helped the ultranationalist Albanians with the Kosovo leg of their jihad, they moved on like clockwork to destabilize Macedonia and southern Serbia using the same terrorist provocations they employed in Kosovo, in Macedonia winning U.S. support — but Ann has no opinion.

Bin Laden set his sights on, and traveled throughout, the Balkans in the 90s, meeting with Albanian leaders (as he did with Bosnian ones), and assigning al Qaeda capos to different areas there, including Ayman al-Zawahiri’s brother Mohammed. Today, America solidifies this radical base for bin Laden, while presiding over the construction of 400 new Saudi- and UAE-financed mosques amid systematic church destruction. But this isn’t significant enough for Ann Coulter to have an opinion on.

The U.S. is redefining the concept of the nation-state along ethnic boundaries, with implications for every region of the globe including Southern California and every other state of the Union that has majority ethnic enclaves, but don’t look to Ann Coulter to have an opinion on that.

The U.S. is dismantling principles of the international order that have guided and protected statecraft for sixty years, which is CURRENTLY being used as a precedent from India to Sri Lanka to Catalonia in Spain to the Galilee in Israel to Quebec to Vermont, but this isn’t opinion-worthy, apparently.

The American-backed “prime minister” of Kosovo oversaw the butchering of civilians for their organs during this war for “independence” and against “genocide” — among countless other creatively brutal exploits by the U.S.-anointed KLA — but Ann Coulter doesn’t have an opinion on that either.

Of course, “I have no opinion on that” sums up the negligence of the whole of American punditry, and explains why we’ve arrived at this staggering but ignored precipice in history. If even the intelligentsia — both Right and Left — has no opinion on a matter of such grave consequence to the free world, on issues as vital as “the sovereignty of countries with minority populations and the challenges to a basic principle of international law,” what hope is there for the rest of the country?

Busy trying to out-clever one another on the election-oriented petty issue du jour, the commentators haven’t noticed that the bottom has just fallen out from under Western civilization before their very eyes, as the international order is dismantled under their noses.

Once again, as in 2001 when we decided to back Albanian rebels against the Westward-facing, multi-ethnic nation of Macedonia — which took in 400,000 Albanian “refugees” from Kosovo — we see that it’s possible for America to be at war without its public or the public’s “hard-nosed” messengers noticing. Indeed, if our war on behalf of Muslims is against the expendable Slavs. it’s more than possible. It’s applauded.

Never do our “thinkers” stop to ask: Why all the sweating by world powers — foremost by the U.S. — over such a small, seemingly insignificant Balkan province? Why the absolutist approach (e.g. Condi Rice: “Kosovo must be independent”; Nicholas Burns: “Independence is the only solution…”)? After all, everyone seemed to get the joke last June when George W. Bush found his only friend on the planet in Albania. The answer is that the United States of America is being blackmailed in Kosovo. The U.S., bitten by the Balkan bug, today serves as a mafia enforcer for the criminal gang that is Greater Albania. Such is the position we have allowed ourselves to be placed in.

Whether you like her or not, Ann Coulter is considered an informed American. Her “no opinion” on Kosovo speaks volumes about how much the rest of our populace knows or cares about this underappreciated catalyst for the demise of Western values and civilization. I’m reminded of the time I pitched a book project to a conservative imprint at a major publishing house, about the fallout and implications of America’s taking all the wrong sides in the Yugoslav wars. The editor replied, “Try a European publisher. Americans aren’t interested in other countries.”

Reform “rabbi” Eric Yoffie opened his trap again last week to criticize Zionist John Hagee, who today led several hundred flag-waving followers across Jerusalem and pledged his unconditional support for the Jewish state, along with $6 million in donations. The group is also planning a large march “to Washington in July to call on the Bush administration not to pressure Israel into making any concessions to the Palestinians.

Last week Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, had called Hagee an “extremist” on Israeli policy, who disparages other faiths, reported the AP. “Rabbi Eric Yoffie called on synagogues in the movement not to work with the evangelist.”

That’s all because this Jew prefers to work with Muslim extremists, whose terror he prefers to the non-deadly defenders of the Jews who have had enough. In fact, in January he had to be admonished by less deadly Muslims to stop empowering the more deadly ones (in October Yoffie told the Hamas- and Hezbollah-supporting Islamic Society of North America that he hoped they would help fight anti-Semitism):

Attention Rabbi Yoffie: Please Speak To Moderate Muslims

As adherents of moderate religious and intellectual trends within the Islamic global community, the signatories of this column view with dismay a report in The Washington Post of Dec. 16, 2007, on a “partnership” between the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). This new alliance was announced by the URJ’s president, Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, at his organization’s biennial convention in San Diego.

We do not presume to judge the political or theological outlook of Rabbi Yoffie or his organization, except with regard to his and their comments about Islam. We, however, know the Muslim community, worldwide and in North America, and we do not recognize or otherwise support ISNA as a legitimate representative of mainstream Islamic believers in the West.

Rabbi Yoffie was cited by the Post in a number of statements with which we disagree. He said, “As a once-persecuted minority in countries where anti-Semitism is still a force, we [Reform Jews] understand the plight of Muslims in North America today.”

We are Muslims concerned to protect the rights of our communities in non-Muslim societies, but we consider absurd any attempt to equate the situation of Muslims in Western Europe and North America today with historic anti-Jewish prejudice and oppression. Muslims in Western Europe and North America have not been subjected, in recent times, to wholesale denial of civil rights.

Free discourse about Islam in the Western democracies is occasionally abrasive, but has never resembled the wholesale libels directed against Jews — including by latter-day Islamists — and has not been embraced by or institutionalized by any government in Western Europe or North America.

Rabbi Yoffie continued, “Islamic extremists constitute a profound threat. For some, this is a reason to flee from dialogue, but in fact the opposite is true.”

We do not understand the intent of this statement. It appears that Rabbi Yoffie believes dialogue is possible with extremists. We do not agree. We believe that dialogue between mainstream Muslims, Jews, and Christians is necessary, but that the defeat of Islamist extremists is necessary for such interfaith efforts to succeed. We do not support “dialogue” with Islamist and other apologists for violence, or proponents of restrictions on freedom under the pretext of religion.

We also disagree with Rabbi Yoffie’s statement, “There exists in [the Jewish] community a profound ignorance about Islam, along with a real desire to learn about what moves and motivates Muslims today. We must respond to this desire with serious programs of education.”

If Rabbi Yoffie believes that Jews are ignorant about Islam, he should be recognized as speaking only for himself….[N]umerous Jewish community leaders and public intellectuals have commented soberly on the problems of Islamic extremism, in a manner we wish were more commonly visible in the ranks of Muslim believers.

ISNA, which URJ has accepted, apparently uncritically, as a “partner,” has a long history of association with extremist trends in Islam…

Many Islamic mosque congregations, Sufi orders, and Muslim personalities have called for intelligent and sincere discussion with Jewish individuals and groups, to further interfaith civility and cooperation. This noble goal, to which we as Muslims are called by our revelation and our traditions, cannot be served by flattery toward groups like ISNA, in which radicals are camouflaged as moderates.

We therefore appeal to Rabbi Yoffie and other Jewish leaders to conduct a serious and thorough survey of the situation in Western Islam, identifying authentic moderates, and enabling them as interlocutors with Jews and other non-Muslims. We do not believe that ISNA qualifies for such a role. We fear that heedless acceptance of ISNA as an ally of URJ does harm to both our communities, by legitimizing a radicalism that, regardless of ISNA’s rhetorical claims, is fundamentally hostile to Jews and suppresses the intellectual and social development of Muslims.

Nawab Agha, president, American Muslim Congress
Omran Salman, director, Aafaq Foundation
Kemal Silay, president, Center for Islamic Pluralism
*Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, executive director, Center for Islamic Pluralism
Salim Mansur, Canadian director, Center for Islamic Pluralism
Jalal Zuberi, Southern U.S. director, Center for Islamic Pluralism
Imaad Malik, fellow, Center for Islamic Pluralism
M. Zuhdi Jasser, president, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Sheikh Ahmed Subhy Mansour, president, International Quranic Center

(Just one name in the above list, at least to my knowledge, doesn’t fit — that of former Jew and current Muslim Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, who shills for Balkan-based Muslim terror by Bosnians and Albanians. Which means that he, like Yoffie, is another Jewish terrorist working for Muslim ones.)

Yoffie’s position on Hagee was bolstered by some Dumb Jews in Israel this week. From the AP report that opened this post:

“It’s all very nice,” said David Yom-Tov, another shopkeeper, “until Jesus comes back again.”

Indeed, many Israelis and Jews are troubled by what they suspect is the source of the unbridled support – a belief by some evangelical groups in an apocalyptic battle between good and evil in which Jesus returns and Jews either accept Christianity or perish…

Hagee’s followers say their main inspiration is not the Armageddon, but rather, rectifying what they view as a historical Christian wrong — silence during the Nazi Holocaust, when 6 million Jews were killed. “Our motto is: ‘Never again, not on our watch,” said Iris Dixon, of Texas.

And if it is about Jesus coming back, so what? If Jesus shows up and tells me to convert, guess what — I’m converting.

This past week, a well-circulated article titled “Kosovo Catastrophe” in Human Events magazine, written by a Martin Sieff, included the following:

It is hardly a conservative policy to support the establishment of an Islamist state on the European continent, turn a blind eye to the well-documented persecution of an ancient Christian community, engage in a Woodrow Wilson-style passion for nation building and follow in the footsteps of Bill Clinton. Yet that is what the United States has done by recognizing the independence of Kosovo.

Kosovo is the ancient heartland of the Serbian people going back to the dawn of their history. It certainly had a Muslim ethnic Albanian majority before Clinton and his Secretary of State Madeline Albright bombed Belgrade back in 1999 in order to force the Serbs to cede its autonomy. Since then the Albanian Muslim majority has become overwhelming and had has run rampant over the ancient Christian Serb community.

Clinton and Albright’s policy had other far-reaching consequences. They established a very novel and dangerous principle whereby long-established borders could be redrawn and long-established nations dismembered with U.S. support on the principle that a disaffected national minority in a single province refused to accept the overall rule of the state. These were the same Clinton policymakers…who could not pay any attention to the rise of al-Qaeda as a serious threat to American national security and lives around the world…

Like the rest of the mainstream, alternative and blog media alike, Human Events doesn’t generally pay attention to the Balkans, but when it has done so, it’s been the rare publication to be on the correct side of the Kosovo issue. I first noticed this with a 2006 article titled “Will U.S. Back Islamo-Fascist State in Europe?

In addition to the unequivocal tone which Sieff is to be commended for using in the article, I bring up the piece for two reasons. First, and most important, is a comment picked up by the always sharp Nebojsa Malic, posted by a soldier who had done two tours in Kosovo:

“One comment,” writes Malic, “on the bottom of the first page, caught my eye. I reproduce it here, because there is no direct link to it. It is from PaulAndrewKirk of Redmond, Wa.”:

I have served two tours in Kosovo with the US Military and I can tell you the following as factual:

1. Almost all facets and levels of the provisional government in Kosovo are corrupt. In fact its the worst I’ve ever seen and I’ve had to deal with some pretty corrupt governments during my career.

2. Supervised independence or even full independence will not improve the miserable lives of the ordinary people of Kosovo. Partly because of what I’ve listed as fact “1″., and partly because it will take decades of imense amounts of foreign aid throughout economy in order to bring Kosovo into a functioning state that wouldn’t need foreign assistance for its survival.

3. Ethnic cleansing is still a common occurence in Kosovo but, this time [sic: always been] its the ethnic Albanians ethnically cleansing the Serbs, Roma, Ashkali, Croatians, and Turk minorities through intimidation and at times outright force. I have personally witnessed this on many occasions.

4. No amount of foreign investment will provide enough jobs for the amount of unemployed people in Kosovo. The only way for Kosovo to maintain stability is for the EU to open its borders for an influx of foreign workers from Kosovo.

5. Islamic extremism is on the rise in Kosovo. KFOR soldiers have been attacked in Gjilan [sic: Gnjilane], Ferizaj, [sic: Urosevac] 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 santitation project combined. Compliments of Muslim charities from the Middle East.

6. Mass graves of Kosovo Serbs and Roma have been found during my rotation and reported to the UN. Yet nothing has been done. Why? When we posed the question to our UN contacts in Pristina they replied: “During the transitional stage of Kosovo this would be destablizing. We’ll wait until there is a final resolution before we proceed.” All those journalists interested in a real story…start looking in around Novo Brdo.

7. The US Government along with key EU allies never had any intention of allowing Serbia a fair opportunity to negotiate with the Kosovar provisional government on the possibilities of a workable settlement that might have been permanent. I was party to a couple of meetings where US Government officials point blank told the Kosovar representatives that no matter what, the US will support independence and that going to these conferences in Vienna were just to give a favorable impression on the world opinion.

These are the facts. Some people might be outraged and some might be supprised however it really doesn’t matter in the final analysis of all things considered. Superpowers will do what they want.

Kosovo independence will do nothing for stability of the region, in fact, the opposite will occur.

The Kosovar Albanians are now joyous they will have a new nation but, when all the partying ends and the dust clears, all that will exist is another backward, poverty stricken, underdeveloped, internationally protected country in an area of hostile neighbors thats todays news story and tomorrows breeding ground for extremism and resentment.

It’s worth re-reading that comment a few times for anyone who is on the fence about which side of jihad he or she is on in this particular region.

The second reason I bring up the article by UPI “defense editor” Sieff is to say that it’s a refreshing, relieving change from an article that appeared on Sieff’s United Press International in the wake of the Fort Dix plot discovery in May, titled “No Balkan Nexus to Fort Dix Plot” and written by Sieff’s colleague Shaun Waterman, though troublingly carrying Sieff’s byline for a day before suddenly changing to Waterman’s. The piece was one of those standard dismiss-the-Balkan-connection jobs that were dominating the papers at the time, and it singled out for ridicule one “Julie Gorin” writing for a “right-wing Web site” titled “FrontPage.com”, for stating that Ft. Dix was blowback for our Balkans policies. (Whoever this Julie Gorin is, and whatever the publication FrontPage.com is, I admire them both.) The writer, whether Sieff or Waterman, also faulted those complaining that media were using the term “Yugoslavs” instead of naming the would-be culprits for what they were — Albanians whose cause we’d furthered.

The byline confusion may have been a simple mistake, or the two editors may have collaborated on the piece and there was an issue over who got the byline. Regardless, Sieff may want to have a chat with his colleague, who is supposed to be UPI’s “Homeland and National Security Editor” but who laughably tried to attribute significance to the fact that the three Albanian Duka brothers came from Macedonia rather than Kosovo. Which means that the “security editor” isn’t aware of the Kosovo-Macedonia connection, nor of the fact that our Kosovo action radicalized not only the Albanians of Kosovo, but of neighboring Sandzak, Montenegro and particularly Macedonia. (Albanians moved on like clockwork to destabilize Macedonia once they’d gotten Kosovo going, so that a country that had sheltered 400,000 Albanian refugees from Kosovo erupted into full-fledged civil war by 2001.) Quite simply, this “national security editor” isn’t aware of the pan-Albanian nature of the Balkan threat. Then again, that makes him eligible for a Cabinet position.

Whichever of the two men was the actual author of the piece, he also played up the secular nature of Albanian Muslims, and pointed the finger where many American friends of Albanians did: they were homegrown jihadists like any others, radicalized like anyone else via internet and other materials; after all, the piece pointed out, the three brothers had lived in the U.S. since childhood.

Sulejman Talovic, the Bosnian in Utah who shot nine Americans for Valentine’s Day 2007, also lived here since childhood. The point is: we were sold that Bosnians and Albanians aren’t nearly as susceptible to what their Arabic Muslim brothers are susceptible to, and that there isn’t a tradition or history of “that” kind of Islam in the Balkans (though check out the pre-Communist garb in Bosnia and Albania).

Even more bizarrely, the piece had the following sentence: “As Jane’s [Terrorism and Insurgency Monitor] points out, the affidavit does not mention any religious figure or other outside inspiration, and the men — according to a report in the International Herald Tribune — met in high school, not in a mosque.”

For some reason, the men meeting at school rather than a mosque appears significant to the UPI writer(s). Though the only thing this would emphasize to a logical person is that these people don’t even need the benefit of a mosque to be radicalized. But the writer persisted along these lines, going on to quote author and Naval College professor John Schindler to “[recall] an aphorism of Albania’s now-deceased communist dictator Enver Hoxha, to the effect that ‘the true religion of Albanians is Albanianism.’”

A bit of trivia about the anti-religious, Stalinist former dictator Hoxha: In Albanian, his last name means “imam”.

It’s probably time that Americans started to familiarize themselves with the nature of “Albanianism”, and I plan to have a blog post on “Albanianism vs. Islam” sometime. But one important point that the confused imposters to this issue miss is what Chris Deliso has written: radicals are radicals, and their radicalism is easily manipulated:

In Kosovo, the Wahhabis have cleverly concentrated on those areas historically most susceptible to radicalization and rugged individualism, areas such as Drenica, Skenderaj, Djakovica, and Decani, all strongholds of the former KLA. By concentrating on these centers of Albanian nationalism, the foreign Islamists are banking on the idea that any sort of extremism is just extremism and can simpy be redirected, like a stream, as and when needed. Indeed, as one active global charity, the Birmingham, UK-based Islamic Relief makes a point of noting, Skenderaj is “a place with a long history of Albanian defiance of Serbian authority.” Eventually, hopes the foreign Islamic movement, that defiance can be redirected toward the West.

Media and policymakers in the West, however, have always blindly assumed that since the KLA and its supporters were once “pro-American” any Albanian extremists remaining among them will always remain eminently controllable nationalists. However, as has been noted, the end of the national question in Kosovo is the beginning of the religious one…

So former KLA strongholds are emerging as, and morphing into, fundamentalist havens (which means ultimately al Qaeda havens). This is what happens when radicalism of any kind, even if benignly rooted in Serb-hatred, is supported and encouraged by the West. The following development, reported this past fall, was an apt illustration of such a phenomenon:

Fatmire Jashari, 18, was suspended [for wearing a headscarf] from her high school in the central Kosovar town of Srbica — a former stronghold of the now-disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, the guerrilla group that fought Serb forces in the 1998-1999 war… “I hope I won’t be pushed to choose between the two,” she said. “But if I am, I will choose the headscarf.”… “It was easy to proclaim adherence to the democratic principles of the West in during the repression of the Serb regime,” said Dukagjin Gorani, an ethnic Albanian commentator. “But when the West actually came to Kosovo, people started going to mosques. This will not necessarily make Kosovo a religious state, but it will certainly start a heated debate on what it should be.”

I’ll close with another illustration of the symbiotic relationship between the greater Islamic threat and that harmless “secular” “Albanianism”, again from Deliso’s The Coming Balkan Caliphate:

The terrified Macedonian and Serbian residents of these [Macedonian] villages, mostly elderly people, were forced to flee south to the city of Kumanovo. Some stated afterwards that long-bearded, non-Albanian foreign fighters had tortured them…Throughout the fighting, jihadis were also penetrating Macedonia from the other, western front in Tetovo and reportedly had connections with Kosovo Albanian officials such as Daut Haradinaj, chief of general staff of the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) and brother of ex-KLA leader Ramush Haradinaj, according to other Macedonian military sources. On April 28, 2001, a Macedonian Army patrol of nine soldiers was ambushed and massacred near the Tetovo-area village of Vejce. The only survivor attested that mjuahedin “with long beards and knives…conducted the massacre to its gruesome end, killing only one person by shooting, and cut to pieces or burned alive the rest.” An NLA [the Albanian National Liberation Army] commander confirmed this to Canadian war reporter Scott Taylor….This commander and other NLA fighters had fought in Chechnya and Bosnia, and attested the presence of mujahedin in Macedonia.

Tasked with raising war funds from Muslims in Europe was a well-traveled, 50-year-old Albanian imam, Jakup Asipi, who hailed from the capital of the so-called “free zone,” muddy Slupcane. Beloved by Albanians as a fatherly moral authority, and feared by Macedonians who considered him a radical Islamist, Asipi had received clerical training in Egypt and developed strong contacts with Albanian Islamic communities in Europe, especially in Switzerland and in German cities such as Leverkusen. While the Macedonian media soon linked Asipi with the mujahedin, his friends and family would later deny that he had anything to do with Islamic fundamentalism, but was rather a nationalist who also happened to be a very devout Muslim. On January 7, 2006, Asipi, then head of the Kumanovo Islamic Community and candidte for the national leadership, died in a tragic car accident. Some 15,000 Albanians from around Europe, among them both NLA/KLA leaders and Islamic clerics, attended the funeral, held at a new NLA war memorial center above Slupcane.

In a New York Times series which closed out 2007 and which outlined the lives and careers of the presidential contenders, one section on the Hillary page was titled “Know Your Enemy” and opened with:

Mrs. Clinton has disagreed with Mr. Obama’s support for presidential-level talks with leaders of nations like Iran and North Korea, but she said that the Balkans had taught her another lesson: know your enemy.

The reference is to Slobodan Milosevic as leader of the Serbs, who had never killed any Americans and historically have behaved as the opposite of what one would consider an enemy. In contrast, those whom we allied ourselves with during the Clinton years — namely the Albanians, Bosnians and Croats — have all committed and/or planned terrorist acts against Americans.

So there you have it — the Clintonian definition of “enemy” is 1) someone who has never killed Americans; 2) someone who has sheltered and organized a rescue of Americans during a war (e.g. Draza Mihailovic’s anti-Nazi guerrillas). In contrast, a “friend” or “ally” is someone who does commit or intend to commit terrorism against Americans.

It’s a good thing the Clintons are finally openly admitting their level of regard for America. In honor of these revelations, we have some new Clintonisms:

After Supporting Kosovo’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence (following Bill Clinton’s Congressionally Unauthorized Unilateral Bombing paving the way for Unilateral Declaration)…

I want to send a very clear message to the rest of the world that the era of unilateralism, preemption and arrogance of the Bush administration is over.

– Hillary Clinton, Austin Democratic Debate, Feb. 21, 2008

And Still it was in Better Condition than She Left the White House

You know, just this week…we have had our embassy set on fire in Serbia.

– Hillary Clinton, Austin Democratic Debate, Feb. 21, 2008

And What International Law Provides for Amputating Territory from Other Countries (e.g. Serbia)?

I would be moving very aggressively to hold the Serbian government responsible with their security forces to protect our embassy. Under international law they should be doing that.

– Hillary Clinton, Austin Democratic Debate, Feb. 21, 2008

She’s “Moved Aggressively” Before

Clinton doesn’t bring this one up now, but in a 1999 interview published in Talk magazine, the first lady was quoted as saying that she…called the president on March 21, 1999, from her travels in North Africa. “I urged him to bomb…What do we have NATO for if not to defend our way of life?” NATO airstrikes began March 24.

AP, March 8, 2008

Translation: What do we have NATO for if not to Defend our Perverted Way of Life?

Hillary Clinton biographer Gail Sheehy tells NBC’S DATELINE…that after the Monica Lewinsky affair was revealed, Hillary Clinton refused to speak to the President for eight months. According to Sheehy, the standoff did not end until one day in March, 1999 when Hillary called the president telling him to begin bombing Kosovo. Sheehy tells DATELINE’S Stone Phillips: “The day after she said that, he [Bill Clinton] announced that he was informing his NATO allies that he was recommending a bombing campaign.”

– Matt Drudge, November 24, 1999, regarding a November 29th broadcast of “Dateline”

At Least The Clintons didn’t Alienate Europe…They Bombed It

We act to prevent a wider war…Let a fire burn here in this area and the flames will spread. Eventually, key U.S. allies could be drawn into a wider conflict, a war we would be forced to confront later — only at far greater risk and greater cost.

– Bill Clinton, March 25, 1999 Statement to the American People explaining why NATO is bombing European Christians

The Contained Conflict…Spreads

[D]espite the presence of U.S. and NATO peacekeepers, once Yugoslav forces left Kosovo the KLA began a…campaign of ethnic cleansing…Meanwhile, across the border from Kosovo in Serbia proper, the KLA — as part of its effort to carve out a greater Albania — is waging guerrilla war in the Presevo Valley region…

– Christopher Layne and Benjamin Schwarz, Washington Post, March 26, 2000

…and Spreads

Nato troops could be sucked into combating the ethnic Albanian insurgency in Macedonia…The border has grown increasingly tense amid warnings from Macedonia that ethnic Albanians pose a threat to the stability of the entire Balkans region.

– BBC, March 7, 2001

Thanks a Lot!

Melanne Verveer, a Clinton aide who accompanied the first lady on the trip to Macedonia, said…Clinton was forceful in urging the leaders to keep the border open, and in assuring the Macedonians that the U.S. would support them in coping with the influx of [Albanian] refugees.

– AP, March 2008

Support

Macedonia took in over 400,000 Kosovo Albanian refugees. However, when the country was no longer needed for Clinton’s military adventures, it was forgotten, and the long-term consequences of Kosovo — an emboldened pan-Albanian Balkan insurgency — were ignored…[America] began secretly supporting the NLA [(Albanian) National Liberation Army] from its Kosovo base, Camp Bondsteel, through logistical and communications support as well as secret arms airdrops to Albanian-held mountain villages in northwestern Macedonia.

For Macedonians, the nadir was reached in June [2001, post-Clinton], during a three-day battle at the Skopje-area village of Aracinovo, where NATO ordered the Macedonian Army to stop its operations and then spirited the heavily armed Albanian fighters off to freedom…[T]he public was shocked when it was reported that Islamic fighters and 17 American military contractors from the Virginia-based Military Professional Resources Incorporated (MPRI) had been found amongst the NLA’s ranks…From that moment, the humiliated and disappointed Macedonian public’s worst suspicions seemed to have been confirmed: America and NATO were in full favor of the Albanian guerrillas.

– Chris Deliso, The Coming Balkan Caliphate

Mission Accomplished

I can report to the American people that we have achieved a victory for a safer world, for our democratic values and for a stronger America.

– Bill Clinton, address to the nation at the end of the bombing, June 10, 1999

Pay no Attention to the Men Behind the Rocket-Propelled Grenade

[F]ederal authorities busted the so-called Fort Dix Six before the alleged Muslim terrorists launched their murderous attack on the military installation. Four of the six are ethnic Albanians. Three of the four are brothers [from Macedonia]. And the fourth, according to authorities, was a sniper in Kosovo.

– John David Powell, EtherZone.com, May 14, 2007

Clinton Lied, People Died

In fact, the death toll from NATO bombings — estimated at more than 6,000 — exceeded 2,108 confirmed killed in the fighting, a total that includes Serbian combatants. This was a far cry from the 100,000 dead Albanians Clinton warned of in the run-up to war.

– Christopher A. Roach, Orlando Sentinel, March 3, 2008

Wild Horses — or B-52 Bombers — Couldn’t Keep him Away

Mr. President, have some respect for the men and women risking their lives to follow your orders. I ask you to have the decency to suspend your relentless foraging for campaign cash while our troops are in harm’s way.

– Jim Nicholson, then chairman of the Republican National Committee, in reference to Clinton’s attendance of two Democratic fund-raisers the day that airstrikes began, March 24, 1999

Lay off! Bill Clinton is not our Moral Compass!

On the day the [Juanita] Broaddrick story broke in the Journal, the most interesting, and appalling, item on the evening news broadcast was a report by David Martin, the CBS Pentagon correspondent. The White House, he said, wanted to bomb Serbia, even though our NATO allies opposed it. It is to think the unthinkable that the proposed bombing had anything to do with diverting attention from Juanita Broaddrick, of course. The thought is too overwhelming. But it is also unthinkable that we have a rapist in the White House. Who could possibly believe that, either?

– John Corry, American Spectator, April 1999

The Other Socks: Sandy “Socks” Berger, the Cat Burglar

Mr. Berger… folded documents in his clothes, snuck them out of the Archives building, and stashed them under a construction trailer nearby until he could return, retrieve them, and later cut them up…What could have been important enough for a lawyer of his distinction to risk disgrace, disbarment, and prison? At President Clinton’s request, he reviewed highly confidential material… Mr. Berger’s willingness to risk everything to suppress the information goes well beyond ordinary concerns against excessive disclosure.

– Ronald A. Cass, RealClearPolitics.com, January 15, 2007

Kosovo Docs in Berger’s Socks?

WABC’s John Batchelor’s regular guest, John Loftus has just reported this evening that the documents stolen by Berger would have revealed that Bill Clinton and the Clinton administration hired al-Qaeda terrorists to fight for the Muslims in Kosovo. Loftus stated the Clinton administration provided documents and facilitated travel for the al-Qaeda terrorists from Afghanistan to Kosovo to help the Islamists fighting for a foothold back into Europe.

– Mary Mostert, LibertyPost.com, July 20, 2004

BONUS CLINTONISMS (for getting through the Kosovo Clintonisms):

Or My Husband’s

Well, I think that if your candidacy is going to be about words, then they should be your own words.

– Hillary Clinton on Barack Obama’s “borrowed” recent speech, Austin Democratic Debate, Feb. 21, 2008

Bill Clinton, January 20, 1993 Inauguration Speech:

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.

Hillary Clinton, April 2007, Premature Inauguration Speech:

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by what is right about America.

If I can’t Suppress the Press, have a Command Economy, or put my Political Enemies in Jail, No One Can!

This gives the Cuban government, under Raul Castro, a chance to change direction from the one that was set for 50 years by his brother. I’m going to be looking for some of those changes: releasing political prisoners, ending some of the oppressive practices on the press, opening up the economy.

– Hillary Clinton, Feb. 21, 2008, Democratic Debate in Austin, TX

People, There are Cheaper Ways to Get Rid of a Dog; I did it Twice

We’re also going to put much tougher standards in place so that people cannot import toys with lead paint [or] contaminated pet food…into our market.

– Austin Democratic Debate, Feb. 21, 2008

Probably Because you Forgot to Tip Her Again

Everywhere I go, I meet people who either have been or are about to lose their home — 85,000 homes in foreclosure in Texas, 90,000 in Ohio. I’ve met the families: the hairdresser, the single mom who’s going to lose her home…

– Austin Democratic Debate, Feb. 21, 2008

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“Kosovo will be a weak state susceptible to radical Islamist influence from outside the region, with the support from some Albanians, in other words, a potential gate for radicalism to enter Europe.” — John Bolton

“If allowed to consolidate, an independent Kosovo would become a way station toward an anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-Christian ‘Eurabia’.” — James Jatras

Excerpts from a Kosovo primer by former Senate Republican Policy Committee analyst James George Jatras, titled “Kosovo a Threat, Not a Country”:

…Several countries, disgracefully led by the United States, have recognized Kosovo. Major media have hailed creation of the “world’s newest country.” But calling Kosovo a country doesn’t make it one.

…Now under way is a sharp global competition to see which governments will recognize Kosovo and which will not. Under heavy pressure from the U.S. State Department, most European countries will meekly comply. Some, like Cyprus with its Turkish-occupied north and Spain with its Basque separatist movement, will not.

Any sovereign state with restive ethnic or religious minorities would recognize Kosovo at its own peril. What Washington seeks to inflict on Serbia today could be the fate of the American southwest tomorrow. Israel, in particular, is closely pondering its next move. While loath to anger Washington, Jerusalem must consider that a Kosovo precedent could, absent any negotiated agreement, prompt proclamation of a Palestinian state, to be recognized by Arab and Muslim regimes. The same precedent could apply to heavily Muslim areas such as Galilee and the Negev within Israel’s formal borders.

At a special press briefing, outgoing Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns – who is often mentioned as a possible secretary of state under a Democratic administration – hailed support for Kosovo from the Organization of the Islamic Conference and Muslim governments. Happily claiming that a “vastly majority Muslim state” has been carved out of Serbia, a European Christian country, Burns said: “We think it is a very positive step that this Muslim state, Muslim majority state, has been created today.”

Burns’ remarks reflect a desperate hope by the Bush administration that displays of American pro-Islamic favoritism in the Balkans and support for a Palestinian state (its domination by Hamas notwithstanding) will buy the good will of hostile devotees of the “religion of peace and tolerance.” Their gratitude is manifest in the jihad terror plot to attack Fort Dix, N.J., where four of the six defendants are Albanian Muslims from the Kosovo region. The offenders’ presence in the United States – three of them illegal aliens and one brought to the U.S. by the Clinton administration as a refugee, another example of “gratitude” – stems from the fact that a broadly based support network for the terrorist “Kosovo Liberation Army,” KLA, has been allowed to operate with impunity in the New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania area, raising funds and collecting weapons, not to mention peddling influence with American politicians.

Over 150 churches and monasteries have been destroyed, with crosses and icons of Christ attracting particular vandalistic rage, a testament to Kosovo Albanians’ supposed secularism and pro-Western orientation.

Hundreds of new Saudi-funded mosques fomenting the extreme Wahhabi doctrine have sprung up. Kosovo is visibly morphing from part of Europe into part of the Middle East. In contrast to Under Secretary Burns’ cheerleading, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton has warned: “Kosovo will be a weak state susceptible to radical Islamist influence from outside the region, with the support from some Albanians, in other words, a potential gate for radicalism to enter Europe.” If allowed to consolidate, an independent Kosovo would become a way station toward an anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-Christian “Eurabia.”

Around the world, jihad terror usually goes hand-in-hand with organized crime. Kosovo is the perfect case in point. The supposed authorities of the would-be state are themselves kingpins in the Albanians Mafia, whose network extends throughout Europe and has a significant presence in New York City. Besides all the international aid dumped down the Kosovo rat hole, or carted off by corrupt officials, the only real “industry” is crime: drugs (heroin from Afghan opium), slaves (kidnapped women and children from Moldova, Ukraine and other countries brought in for local “service” – there are lot of lonely international bureaucrats in Kosovo – or shipped off into Europe), and weapons (the missile that hit the U.S. Embassy in Athens in 2006 and the explosives used in the London and Madrid train bombings came through Kosovo).

What will happen now in Kosovo? It would be up to the KLA and their supporters to decide whether to kick off a new cycle of violence by attacking Serbs who refuse to submit to their “authority.” Serbia in fact has been beefing up its legitimate state institutions in areas where Serbs are concentrated, which the Albanians have threatened to shut down as — believe it or not — illegal separatist structures. We will see if the political violence unleashed by the act of recognition will be matched by physical violence on the ground. Meanwhile, Serbia will undertake undisclosed countermeasures to undermine the illegally declared KLA- and Mafia-ruled entity and force resumption of negotiations to achieve a valid settlement. Let us hope they succeed.

With a stoke of his pen, President Bush, by heeding the State Department’s bad advice to recognize a supposedly independent Kosovo, has triggered the perfect international storm: shattering the principle of the territorial integrity of sovereign nations, encouraging violent separatists worldwide, provoking a needless confrontation with Russia and other countries, boosting the jihad terrorist and organized crime threat to Europe and America, and creating conditions for a human rights and religious freedom nightmare. In terms of far-reaching consequences, it may the worst blunder of his presidency. Which is saying a lot.