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Kosovo police detain 3 terrorism suspects (AP, June 26, 2014)

Kosovo police say they have detained three people for allegedly forming a terrorist group and recruiting followers.

In a statement Thursday police said they found military uniforms and propaganda material when they searched the suspects’ homes in southern Kosovo.

A police officer, who was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing, said the three allegedly plotted to carry out an attack inspired by radical Islamist teachings.

Local media reported the suspects were ethnic Albanians with suspected links to radicals in Syria, where at least one of them allegedly fought alongside Sunni rebels.

Prompted by the surge of volunteers joining militants in Syria, Kosovo lawmakers recently passed legislation [after criticism for being silent on the issue] with prison sentences of up to 15 years for those joining armed groups abroad.

I guess they just didn’t see that trend coming when they tore away from the host society to be all on their Muslim own.

It seems it’s time for an update on Balkans jihadists in Syria, where as of January this year, 15 “Bosniaks” (11 from Bosnia and four from Serbia’s Sandzak) have been killed. In addition to Albania’s arrest of eight people in March for Syrian and other jihad recruitment, there was this from May:

Another Macedonian Albanian Reported Killed in Syria (Balkan Insight, May 14, 2014)

A 31-year-old man formerly convicted of planting a bomb in Kumanovo has reportedly been killed fighting in Syria, increasing the number of Macedonian citizens killed in the violence there to at least six.

Thirty-one-year-old Adnan Rexhepi from Kumanovo, northern Macedonia, died on Saturday while fighting with a rebel group against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Albanian-language media in Macedonia have reported.

“We have received the news that our brother Adnan died as a martyr in Sham, Allah have mercy on him, we feel proud that we had him,” friends were cited writing on Facebook by the Albanian-language INA news agency.

Rexhepi was a former insurgent of the now defunct National Liberation Army, NLA, which fought the Macedonian security forces during the conflict in the country in 2001. [NLA being as “defunct” as the KLA, wink-wink. Yet another example of Albanian terrorists who cut their teeth as our allies (NLA is an offshoot of our KLA buddies), predictably moving on to other jihads.]

In 2003, Rexhepi was arrested by Macedonian police and sentenced to four years in prison for placing a bomb in the centre of Kumanovo along with several other acomplices. The explosion caused by the bomb injured three people.

Rexhepi is the sixth Macedonian citizen who has reportedly been killed in Syria. Some unofficial reports say that more than 300 Albanians from Macedonia might have already joined Syrian rebels…Addressing this issue in January, the head of the Islamic Religious Community in Macedonia, IVZ, Sulejman Rexhepi, warned Muslims not to get involved in the sectarian conflict raging in Syria.

Macedonian law forbids citizens from taking part in foreign paramilitary groups…Local ethnic Albanian analysts say the Macedonian citizens fighting in Syria are not mercenaries…

(Unlike our own military which, as the dreaded Patrick Buchanan correctly pointed out in September, is doing the bidding of “sheiks, sultans and emirs” — and Turkey. A letter to the editor in New Hampshire’s Foster’s Daily Democrat echoed the sentiment: “Kerry now publicly says the Arab world will pay for the U.S. military excursion against Syria. I am a veteran, and to see the U.S. military reduced to being mercenaries for Saudi Arabia and other Mideast nations…makes me angry…” Of course, the U.S. as Muslim mercenary is nothing new. Kuwait 1991. Bosnia 1995. Kosovo 1999. Iraq 2003. Libya 2011.)

This past March, meanwhile, we had some Syria-connected Albanians biting one of the countless hands that feed them, Turkey:

Third assailant captured after suspected Al-Qaeda attack on gendarmerie in central Turkey (Daily Hurriyet, March 21, 2014)

…Two of the assailants, 18-year-old E.S. and E.A, were Albanian citizens, while 23-year-old Ç.R was a citizen of Kosovo, although all were speaking Arabic…Police seized seven grenades, three kalashnikovs, two mufflers and three bayonets…A gendarmerie soldier, police officer and truck driver were killed in the attack, while five others were wounded.

‘I did a good deed by killing a Turkish gendarme,’ Niğde assailant says (Hurriyet Daily News, March 21, 2014)

… “I did a good deed by killing the Turkish gendarmerie soldier,” the perpetrator identified as Ç.R., a Swiss national who was first reported as being from Kosovo, told police…All of the assailants, captured within hours, are suspected of being members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which is linked with al-Qaeda.

“I don’t render an account to anyone but Allah. I will not give any testimony. You are all pagans,” he was also quoted as saying. He also reportedly said Turkey was considered an “enemy” for being a NATO member.

A third assailant M.Z., a national of Macedonia, was also arrested by the court. Following the attack, Turkish officers said the information they received pointed to Syrian links…


ISIL CONNECTION IN ATTACK AGAINST TURKISH SECURITY FORCES
(Daily Sabah, March 25, 2014)

…Çendrim Ramadani, Benjamin Xu…along with the third suspect, Macedonian national Muhammed Zakiri, who was captured one day after the attack at a mosque where he was hiding, were interrogated by prosecutors. They face charges of murdering public officials and smuggling firearms. The suspects of Albanian and Kosovar origin, entered Turkey through the Syrian border.

The suspects were travelling from Hatay, the Turkish province on the Syrian border, to Istanbul when they were stopped at a checkpoint. They fired shots at the officers at the checkpoint, killing military officer Adil Kozanoğlu and policeman Adem Çoban. They also killed a driver whose truck they hijacked to flee the scene.

In their initial interrogation, Benjamin Xu said he was a German citizen with a Chinese mother and resided in Berlin. Ramadani said he was a Swiss citizen.

Benjamin Xu told the prosecutor they were returning home after fighting in Syria. “I don’t know Ramadani well. He offered to travel to Kosovo with me and I accepted. I wasn’t aware of any weapons. I later found out he secretly placed weapons in my bag. When he saw the soldiers at the checkpoint, he drew his gun and started firing. He also shot me in the foot during the shooting and said it was an accident. I don’t remember what happened next because I had taken drugs,” Xu said. Xu said he was not a member of any terrorist organization and pleaded for his release.

Turkey, a staunch critic of the Assad regime and host of the Syrian opposition, is accused of arming and helping ISIL militants in Syria. […]

In addition to all the Balkans volunteers to Syria previously noted here, new reports streamed in steadily last summer. In August, news portal InSerbia found “another clip of Wahhabis, allegedly from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are participating in the clashes in Syria…In the video Wahhabis call youth to join them in ‘jihad in Allah’s path’…”

Also in August came this AFP roundup of Balkans jihadists in Syria:

Balkan former guerrillas join Syria rebels (AFP, Aug. 7, 2013)


File - A former sniper in the Kosovo Liberation Army, who also fought with rebels in Syria, plays video games at his home near the town of Pristina on June 11, 2013. (AFP Armend Nimani) Proving that violence can lead to video games.

Some fought as guerrillas during the bloody Balkans wars of the 1990s, battling powerful tanks and artillery.

Others grew up under the influence of radical Islam that has gained ground in poverty-hit areas in the Balkan countries and regions populated by Muslims. [A phenomenon that, coincidentally, grew after the West’s 90s interventions.]

Today, both experienced fighters and their younger followers are leaving the Balkans to join Syrian rebels on the front line…Migena Maliqaj, an Albanian, had not heard from her husband Halil since November, when he told her he was leaving their home in Prush, outside the capital Tirana, to try to find work in Turkey. In June, she received a text message from an unknown number saying that Halil had been killed in Syria.

The first Ermal Xhelo’s mother knew of her son’s involvement in Syria was when the 35-year-old’s remains were brought home to her in Albania’s southern city of Vlora. He too had said he was going to work in Turkey.

The Xhelo family also refused to talk. “My son had nothing to do with extremists,” the mother told AFP, abruptly ending the phone call.

[Of course not. Albanians aren’t ‘like that,’ so this is shocking to Albanians.]

Illir Kulla, a security expert from Albania, estimates that “at least 300 Albanians from Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia have left for Syria to fight in the name of a ’sacred war’” over the past months. Their conviction comes from their Islamic faith, Kulla stressed.

“They are not mercenaries, but volunteers convinced that they are fighting for a good cause…prone to religious manipulation that the war in Syria is truly a sacred war,” Kulla said.

A classified intelligence report by Kosovan security services described “Islamic extremists” going to Syria in small groups “claiming they are helping out their brothers.”

In May, street signs in Novi Pazar, the main town in Serbia’s Muslim-majority southern region of Sandzak, were covered with obituaries for Eldar Kudakovic, a 27-year-old [’Bosniak’] killed in Syria during a raid by rebels on a prison near the key city of Aleppo, reportedly with another man from the area.

“All of us are with them. And all of us are Mujahideen,” read a message posted on a Sandzak radical Islam web portal, praising the victims as “martyrs.”

Reports of jihadists dying in Syria have not deterred Balkans fighters. One father-of-three from Podujevo, a small town in northern Kosovo, was making the final preparations for his journey to Syria, which he was to enter illegally…His words muffled by the call for noon prayer from a nearby mosque, he was nevertheless adamant his decision was final.

“Once I am gone, I will not return until the end of the war,” he told AFP, adding that his wife and young children would be taken care of by his two brothers.

Also planning to depart for Syria was a former sniper in the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army….along “with about a dozen war comrades, experts in different weaponry if peace talks fail.”

Religious expert Visar Duriqi said recruitment of future fighters has been taking place in Kosovo through a set-up allegedly run by a Salafi sect….Recruitment is voluntary, experts agree, with Salafists meeting far from the eyes of the community, and often late at night. The Islamic Community of Kosovo, a body representing Muslims, denies any involvement in the Syria recruitment.

“I am all for helping the (Syrian) people to escape from this bloody mess, not individually, but as it was done in Libya” with help from the international community, its representative Resul Rexhepi said. [In other words, the way it was done in Libya, the foundation for which was laid in Kosovo and Bosnia: get the infidels to fight your jihad for you.]

Observers say that the worsening economic crisis in the Balkans…has contributed to the radicalization of youth. Experts believe that the Salafist presence is strongest in Bosnia, as many foreign fighters joined Muslim forces against Bosnian Serb troops and settled there after the bloody 1992-1995 war.

Esad Hecimovic, a Bosnian security expert, told AFP that volunteers for the war in Syria said they were motivated by the fight for what they describe as a single “Islamic homeland.”

[Oh. So in 1995 we weren’t helping establish an ‘independent, democratic, multi-ethnic, Westward-facing Bosnia,” but a caliphate? Golly.]

“This is the original motive, the same one which motivated some foreigners to come and fight in Bosnia, and now motivates Bosnians to go to Syria,” Hecimovic said.


Kosovo Muslims attend Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Pristina. Gee, life looks so much more pleasant than rule from Belgrade.

“I absolutely don’t care what becomes of my children”

The IPS wire service carried a similar piece:

Balkans Feed the Syria Battle (Inter Press Service, Aug. 2, 2013)

…Muaz Sabic (41) died near Aleppo two months ago…[His brother] Ilijas said his brother left Sarajevo for Istanbul in March. Muaz travelled with a couple of young men from Zenica and nearby Kakanj. According to the local reports, Muaz is one of 52 Bosniak Salafis who left for Syria. Volunteers from Bosnia reportedly gather in the Turkish town Antakya and cross into Syria illegally at the Bab el Hawa crossing…Most [volunteers] join the Al-Nusra unit, labelled by the U.S., the United Nations and Britain a terrorist organisation “with links to Al-Qaeda.”

Bosnian Muslims are Sunnis. Many have re-invented their religion after the 1992-1995 war…According to a former top official of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bajro Ikanovic (37) is among those taking Bosniak Muslims to Syria. In 2007, he was sentenced to eight years in prison by a Sarajevo court on charges of terrorism. His home in Hadzici near Sarajevo was found to be a storage for explosives…Ikanovic was freed after four years, and began to organise volunteers for Syria.

Ikanovic told the religious [jihadist] site www.putvjernika.com in an interview that “…I absolutely don’t care what becomes of my children, we leave them to the law of Allah and we’ll be proud of our deeds and our lives the way we lived them.”

…Two young men from the southern Serbian town Novi Pazar died in Syria in May. Their deaths were praised on the local www.sandzakhaber.net site. Known under their battle names Abu Bera and Abu Merdia, Eldar Kundakovic and Adis Salihovic died in an effort to free prisoners from the Al-Safira jail near Aleppo. [And in January, 19-year-old Mirza Ganic was the third from Novi Pazar to die in Syria. Now there’s an apropos last name.]

The SIPA official told IPS that “the war in Bosnia opened the doors for re-invention of Islam; jihad fighters who came here to fight along their Muslim brethren against Serbs or Croats brought their ideology, customs and enthusiasm. For some young men that was a revelation, a kind of missing link being revealed…”

“It is no secret that people are being paid to go to Syria or other fronts for that matter,” a local resident told IPS. “Mosques are places where people gather more than ever in the past…they hear their imams calling for solidarity, explaining the sufferings of fellow Muslims in Syria and all over the world…” The monthly income for jihadis paid through organisations disguised as ‘humanitarian agencies’, can be about 600 dollars…

And Then There Were None

Below is an excerpt from a piece last July, subheaded with this common disclaimer: “Even though conservative Islam is not much appreciated among the liberal and secular Bosniak and Albanian communities, radical groups show an increasing online and real-life presence.” Which as usual misses the point: Many of those “nominal” Muslims wanted what they wanted, and caused what they caused; now they must live with the consequences, as must their neighbors and now the rest of us.

From YouTube to Jihad – Balkan volunteers in Syria (TransConflict, July 18, 2013, By Vladimir Ninković)

The alleged popular uprising in Syria has quickly turned into a predominantly religious conflict, if it had ever been anything else…there might be over one thousand European jihadists fighting with the rebels in Syria…In Holland, for instance, the national terrorism threat level has recently been raised to substantial, given that around one hundred Dutch nationals are currently in Syria, whilst a dozen who have already returned are now subject to government surveillance…

With respect to the Balkans, media outlets suggest that around 300 local Islamists went to fight for the Sunni cause in Syria, primarily from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia (from its Southwestern part, called ‘Raska oblast’ by Serbs, and ‘Sandzak’ by Bosniaks). [Where’s Kosovo in that list? Is the writer considering it one with Serbia, or with Albania?] Two Serbian citizens – Eldar Kundakovic from Novi Pazar and Adis Salihovic from Rozaje – recently lost their lives…Another young man, Muaz Ahmeti – a 23-year old student of the Islamic Cairo University, from…Bujanovac – was killed in Syria in May. The death of Naman Demoli from Pristina last year, meanwhile, figured prominently in the Kosovo media. [Oh, there’s Kosovo.]

In neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Salafists and Mujjahadins were settled in several locations after the tragic [not strategic?] war of the nineties, the situation is even more alarming. According to various sources, some 52 volunteers left Bosnia and joined the Al Nusrah front, widely-recognized as Al Qaida associates. The media recently reported that their recruitment was organized by the extremist leader of the Salafi community in the village of Gornja Maoca in northern Bosnia [Gornja Maoca popped up on the radar just a month after 9/11], Nusret Imamovic, and Dzevad Golos, from Mostar, who runs the Daru-l-Quran Foundation for Kur’an studies.

Another factor contributing to the influx of Balkan Muslims is the extensive media coverage of Syria, echoing the nineties wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, in which Muslim Bosniaks and Albanians were represented as victims by the Western media [which itself contributed to the influx of nastier Muslims to those regions], as it is currently the case with the rebels. The question posed by the Dutch media resonates – what will the veterans be capable of doing once they return?

Kosovo in particular has had at least a five-part role in this whole Syria thing: In addition to contributing fighters, weapons have been funneled through it; Syrian rebels have trained there; Kosovo’s ex-terrorist “leadership” has politically mentored both Libyan and Syrian oppositions (though Doug Saunders of Canada’s Globe & Mail felt reassured by Kosovo officials that Syrian rebels weren’t “actually training in Kosovo [perhaps those plans were scrapped because Russia urged against turning Kosovo into a training ground for militants, using reopened KLA bases, after an April 2012 guerrilla warfare experience-share attempted to make such a deal]; rather, their leaders…held numerous meetings with leaders of Kosovo and former fighters from the KLA…[D]eputy foreign minister Petrit Selimi…described Kosovo as ‘a quiet meeting place away from the spotlight that comes with gathering in larger capitals such as Istanbul or Cairo.’”); finally, Kosovo also has been extensively cited as an inspiration, road map, and precedent for both Libya and Syria.

That’s right — the political establishment that brought you the 15-year “Kosovo Is Not a Precedent” mantra/instruction, spent 2013 pointing to Kosovo as a precedent. (So, when they want it to be one.) Applying the precedent in every which way but how it fits, the political and media classes were justifying a Syria intervention by pointing to our Kosovo one (no sooner than they’d done the same for Libya).

Perpetual war-stoking early bird and Bosnia relic Christiane Amanpour’s April 2012 piece “Bosnia’s Lesson for Syrian Slaughter” (as well as “Syria must not become new Bosnia: U.N. rights boss” and “UN repeating mistakes of Bosnia, says Turkish PM“) foreshadowed the following slew of Syria-Kosovo analogies based on the same kind of original fiction as Amanpour’s Bosnia one, though the analogies were apt in ways unintended (i.e., ‘let’s again side with the greater evil and wreak havoc’):

Intervention Lessons from Kosovo for Syria; Obama Aides See Kosovo as Precedent for Attacking Syria; Looking Back at Kosovo Can Move the Syria Conflict Forward; It’s 1999 in Syria; Kosovo Offers United States a Roadmap for Syria; Air War in Kosovo Seen as Precedent in Possible Response to Syria Chemical Attack; John McCain: ‘Syrian Rebels Do Not Understand Why We Won’t Help Them’; Learning Lessons About Syria from our Experience in Kosovo and Libya; To deter extremists in Syria, Obama must heed lessons of Kosovo intervention; and, for good measure, a piece by the Turkish and Bosnian foreign ministers, titled “Syria Proves Nothing has Changed Since Bosnia,” including, apparently, the inflated, now corrected for almost a decade, figure of “more than 300,000″ war dead — like I’ve said, no fact-checking for Balkans material even if you’re Washington Post; and “Syria is President Obama’s Kosovo.”

In fact, Kosovo is a precedent in every way that they don’t want you to notice. In addition to the biggest one — as a separatism domino — we were again seeing:

* U.S. backing radicals, emboldening multinational jihadists (Washington backed jihadist elements in Kosovo, now in Syria — “The Western media’s coverage of the Syrian conflict has drawn comparisons to how it covered…the disintegration of Yugoslavia… ‘taking a complex situation involving atrocities and violence committed on both sides of the conflict, and attributing them only to one side. What you do is come up with a concept, and you fit the facts into the concept…’ [former Senate policy adviser James] Jatras noted… ‘Why is it that in the name of fighting terrorism and promoting democracy, the United States always seems to find itself on the side of jihadist elements engaging in terrorism…?’”);

* Christians and other non-Muslims and semi-Muslims being mowed down;

* The U.S. Constitution and international law being flouted ( “Pentagon is working on a Kosovo-type intervention in Syria even in the absence of a mandate from the UN Security Council…military intervention cloaked as providing security for the humanitarian mission….Ankara ha[s] also begun echoing the same idea… But it is hard to imagine that without a UN mandate of some sort, Turkey or NATO would have the audacity to intervene militarily in Syria… [ “Imagine” it in 1999.] The Western ploy would be to cast Russia and China as blocking the international community’s noble mission to render humanitarian help to the Syrian people in distress.” Meanwhile, Madeleine Albright finally made a half-admission this year: “What we did in Kosovo wasn’t legal, but it was right.” It was “right,” of course, because Serbs are “Disgusting!” Maybe in another 15 years she’ll admit it also wasn’t right. And of course, Hillary Clinton: “‘Faced with a neutered Security Council, we have to redouble our efforts outside of the United Nations.’ [I]t was Mrs Clinton’s husband who took action in Kosovo without direct UN authorisation.”);

* Which reminds me: Turkey agitating for action: in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Syria alike (“Erdogan lashed out at the United Nations’ inaction, saying world powers are repeating the mistakes they made in Bosnia…He also called for a change in the structure of the UN Security Council, where reluctance by any member…can stymie action.” Erdogan had “been calling for Assad’s ouster for two years and transships weapons to the rebels….[T]hough he has a 400,000-man NATO-equipped army, three times Syria’s population, and a 550-mile border to attack across, Erdogan wants us, the ‘international community,’ to bring Assad down.”);

* “Limited airstrikes” not being called an act of war (again, an undeclared war);

* The West and rebels co-staging atrocities (During the Bosnian war, every time a critical decision was pending at the UN or Congress, there would be a “Serb mortar attack” in a Muslim civilian area; that’s not mentioning the staged atrocities by KLA-CIA in Kosovo. Notably, anti-terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky called this one out last August, even catching Rush Limbaugh’s attention: Could the Chemical Attack in Ghouta be the Markale of the Syrian War? — “In August 1995…negotiations with the Serbs were going well as Pres. Slobodan Milosevic was demonstrating unprecedented flexibility and accepting virtually all the demands… Hence, it was becoming politically and legally impossible for the US-led West to launch the NATO military intervention which Pres. Clinton had promised Bosnia-Herzegovina leader Alija Izetbegovic….Then, on August 28, 1995, a mortar shell appeared to hit the Markale market-place in Sarajevo, killing 38 people and wounding another 90. Russian Col. Andrei Demurenko, then the commander of UN Forces in Sarajevo, immediately rushed with an UNPROFOR team to the supposed Bosnian-Serb mortar positions and ascertained that none of them could have been used… Nevertheless, NATO launched the air campaign against Bosnian-Serb forces and shortly afterwards decided the war in favor of the Bosnian-Muslims. On August 31, 1995, Jean Daniel, then Editor of the magazine Le Nouvel Observateur…recounted an exchange he had just had with French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur…. ‘They [the Muslims] have committed this carnage on their own people?’ Daniel asked. ‘Yes,’ confirmed Balladur without hesitation, ‘but at least they forced NATO to intervene.’” It all certainly gives deeper resonance to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s words in October 2012: “It appears that every time hope for progress in the Syrian situation arises, somebody…deliberately fuels the continuation of the bloodshed…” Lavrov cited some unspecified opposition groups as telling Russia that Western countries urge them to continue the resistance.”);

* NATO as air force for KLA/al-Q;

(On the four counts immediately above, this time we heard some American trepidation: Aug. 28, 2013 — “‘So what, we’re about to become Al-Qaeda’s air force now?’ said Kucinich… ‘And to try to minimize it by saying we’re just going to have a “targeted strike”‘ …[H]e doubted the allegations that President Assad had used chemical weapons… ‘This is being used as a pretext,’ he said. ‘The verdict is in before the facts have been gathered. What does that tell you?’ … [Further,] ‘Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution,” says the letter [to Obama from Kucinich and 21 Republicans]…The Syrian government has warned that an assault on the country would not be easy for Western powers. ‘We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves…’ Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told a televised news conference.” (Defending itself was something Serbia was condemned for as “anti-Western” and branded as “the enemy.”)) Continuing now with the Kosovo-as-precedent bullet points:

* U.S. tying hands of sovereigns dealing with domestic terror;

* Victorious rebel forces not disarming, then instituting lawlessness with “revenge killings, detention, ethnic cleansing and torture continu[ing] unabated” and “rather than being grateful for NATO helping drive out Gadhafi [or Insert Strongman Here], the al-Qaida elements have begun targeting British, American and UN facilities”;

* Again the bizarre logic that worked out so well for us in Kosovo and Bosnia, of “We’re helping the rebels so they don’t turn to the bigger radicals ( “Mr. Kerry said one reason for sending money to the Syrian coalition is to try to counter the influence of extremists.” And similar words from “Jihad John” Mc thank-god-for-the-Saudis Cain, who early on said it was shameful we weren’t helping the Syrian rebels: “McCain called Monday for the United States to lead a military coalition… ‘Inaction denies us the opportunity to have influence with forces in Syria who will one day inherit the country, ceding that to foreign states that may not always share our values….the longer this conflict drags on, the more radicalized it becomes.’ [So support the more radical side?]…Failure to act could result in Syria becoming a failed state, riven by extremist violence and sectarian conflict, he said… ‘It’s not a civil war, because all the military strength is on one side, and not the other,’ he said. ‘At least we ought to give them a chance to have a fair fight.’”);

* Which reminds me: Again the “we have to even out the playing field” mentality, which prolongs the conflict and increases the chaos and casualties. (To wit, The NY Times‘ Malcolm Rifkind, in “A Call to Arm Syria’s Rebels (Aug. 2012),” wrote: “In September 1991, as violence spread through the Balkans, Yugoslavia’s helpless foreign minister, Budimir Loncar, requested that the UN Security Council establish a global arms embargo that would apply to all parties in the conflict….the only example of a government demanding sanctions be imposed on its own country…In fact, the embargo — which I supported at the time — consolidated the Bosnian Serbs’ overwhelming superiority of arms due to their access to the stockpiles of the Yugoslav National Army…And we are now making the same mistake in Syria….”);

* And again the “we have to do something” mentality — which actually creates the “failed state, riven by extremist violence and sectarian conflict” (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in October 2012,”It should not take something as drastic as Srebrenica to shake the world into taking serious action to stop this type of conflict”; and Angelina Jolie, belated discoverer of the debunked version of Bosnia and director of a movie recycling it, had her “do something” moment for Syria in Feb. 2012, from Bosnia itself: “Angelina Jolie said [to Al Jazeera Balkans] the world should intervene to stop the violent crackdown in Syria, and condemned powers that have vetoed a UN resolution against the regime…[Her] wartime love story in Bosnia…she has called a ‘wake-up call’ to prevent atrocities like those now happening in Syria.”);

* Last and most, the Holocaust analogies (Brendan O’Neill in September: “Holocaust relativism is rampant…usually as a form of moral blackmail to get people to support military action against some tinpot tyrant said to be ‘the new Hitler’, [which] has the effect of making the Holocaust mundane, unexceptional, an event that happens again and again…[John Kerry] says America’s stand-off with Assad is ‘our Munich moment’ [after our last not-so-Munique moment, Albright’s in 1999]. He describes the…chemical-weapons attacks in Syria as being reminiscent of those who “lost their lives…to German gas” …Harry Reid likewise… ‘”Never again”, swore the world.’ …[C]ommentators have gone into Holocaust-milking overdrive, arguing that ‘the gassing of Syrians with vaporised sarin’ is on a par with the Nazis’ ‘gassing of Jews with Zyklon B 70 years ago’. [See this whopper from American University’s Lori Handrahan.]…The Muslim Council of Britain once boycotted Holocaust Memorial Day on the basis that it failed to commemorate conflicts in Bosnia and Chechnya, which apparently were Holocausts too….[T]he Serbs were frequently referred to by liberal observers as Nazis….It took Elie Wiesel to point out the difference…: ‘The Holocaust was conceived to annihilate the last Jew on the planet. Does anyone believe that Milosevic…seriously planned to exterminate all the Bosnians, all the Albanians…?’”)

* Which leads us to that other great Balkans-era hallmark: recruiting the Jews. Because it’s hard to help out the most radical Muslim side without enlisting a Jew. (AIPAC was practically blackmailed, though not by all accounts, by the Obama administration to support limited airstrikes against Syria. “Obama ordered AIPAC to go to Capitol Hill to lobby for the Syria strikes,” Caroline Glick wrote last September. “He did so knowing that its involvement would weaken public support for AIPAC and Israel. Both would be widely perceived as pushing the US to send military forces into harm’s way to defend Israel.” On cue, Patrick Buchanan (and worse Israel-unfriendlies) had a field day, though not an easily dismissible one, complete with a photo of Obama with a Jewish star in his face:

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has joined the Israeli lobby AIPAC in an all-out public campaign for a U.S. war on Syria. Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League have invoked the Holocaust…The Republican Jewish Coalition, too, bankrolled by Sheldon Adelson…whose solicitude for the suffering children of Syria is the stuff of legend, is also backing Obama’s war…Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have saluted and enlisted…is it really wise for Jewish organizations to put a Jewish stamp on a campaign to drag America into another war that a majority of their countrymen do not want to fight? …Does the U.S. Jewish community really want to be responsible for starting a war that ends with two million Christian Syrians facing a fate not unlike that of Poland’s Jews?

Balkans: the Ultimate Gateway Drug

And still, despite all these parallels, we’re not supposed to believe that Bosnia and Kosovo were a gateway drug. Specifically: In the context of a 20/20-hindsight-on-1980s-Afghanistan world, our again helping in the early 90s — this time less excusably — Muslims against infidels, seems to have opened the door to additional and more dangerous addictions.

Last August, former Senate policy adviser Jim Jatras sent out the following email about the ironic Syria-Kosovo analogies being made by those who instructed us that Kosovo was no precedent:

I routinely check news searches for “Syria” and “Kosovo.” Up til a few days, ago, you only saw a handful of hits. Now the news is full of gleeful advocates of the “Kosovo precedent.”

The bottom line is always the same:

• frame the issue of “stopping” the designated former client now turned Hitler-of-the-month (Milosevic, Saddam, Qaddafi, Assad, whoever’s next);

• provoke or invent the casus belli (as we define it, a “red line” massacre, gas attack, WMDs, impending “humanitarian crisis” in Benghazi [again, check out CNN, Sept. 2, 2013: Free Syrian Army general Salim Idris tells Wolf Blitzer that “in the coming days” — right around when Congress was to vote on war authorization — Assad’s forces would use chemical weapons to kill 20,000 or 30,000 people. How would he know that and how could he already have the figure of victims? Unless the rebels already had a plan in place for a “government strike” designed to influence the vote. The video has been pulled, but here’s another example and another. Perhaps the “chemical attack” was scrapped in light of the general giving the world a heads-up, or maybe because the Russians and Turks traced chemical weapons to the rebels, Patrick Buchanan wrote that September, and suggested, “Why not tell the Russians to meet us in the Security Council where we will prove our ’slam-dunk’ case?…The idea of launching missiles based on evidence we will not reveal….]);

• bully or entice at least some of our satellites (starting with the London poodle) into joining in so we can cite the opinion of the “international community”;

• make sure the designated Muslim client (always Sunni except in Iraq) comes out on top, so they’ll love us ( “Six times in the past decade, U.S. military men and women have risked their lives to help Muslims in Kuwait, northern Iraq, Somalia, Kosovo, Bosnia, and now, Afghanistan, Wolfowitz noted.” – feel the love?);

• show the Russians and Chinese their vetoes on the Security Council don’t count, only ours does (and those of our puppets, London and Paris): international law is what we say it is.

It’s pretty much tried and true – the lies of the past are the gift that keeps on giving:

Balkan Peace and Prosperity Will Remain Elusive Unless Freed of Dead Hand of the 1990s (Diplomatic Courier, Aug. 9, 2013, By James George Jatras)

…Fresh and constructive approaches to current problems and future prospects are smothered when the dead hand of the past continues to exert a tenacious grip on the present. Unfortunately, that remains the case with the Balkans, where outsiders — notably the American and European foreign policy establishments — insist that the future must be strictly confined by reverence for past idols. Two such idols stand out:

First, that the United States and NATO intervened in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995 to rescue European failures, and brought “peace” by imposing the Dayton Agreement. In fact, in 1992 Washington played a key role in touching off the Bosnian war and was instrumental in prolonging it, notably through the April 1994 “green light” for Iranian arms shipments in violation of a U.N. embargo.

Second, that in Kosovo in 1999 the U.S.-led NATO war was the textbook example of a successful “humanitarian intervention.” In fact, far from stopping a claimed “genocide” of Albanians in Kosovo…intervention precipitated a genuine eradication of most of the province’s Serbian community, along with Roma and others. Worse, the “Kosovo precedent” became the template for actions elsewhere in contravention of the international legal order — notably the authority of the Security Council — in Iraq, Libya, and now in Syria.

On the global level, these idols established the dangerous notion that “American exceptionalism” means that the rules of international conduct do not apply to us, and that whatever we do is right because we claim as our goals promotion of “democracy” and “human rights.”

On the local level, they established in the Balkans two simple identity-based rules and one corollary, where right and wrong are determined not by actions but by the identities of the actors and of those acted upon. These continue in force today, including disparate treatment of accused war criminals, and include:

Rule One: The Serbs are always wrong.
Rule Two: The Muslims are always right.
The Corollary: Other actors (notably, the Croats) are right when opposing the Serbs (for example, clearing them from the Krajina with U.S. assistance in 1995), but wrong when opposing Muslims (for example, expendable Croats massacred by mujahedin in central Bosnia in 1993).

“Rule Two” …remains a pillar of U.S. policy, despite abundant evidence that such favoritism leads not to the expected gratitude but to blowback, starting with the birth of al-Qaeda itself, and most recently in the conflict in Mali and the Algerian hostage crisis as fallout from NATO’s intervention in Libya.

In applying “Rule Two” in the Balkans, the U.S. has been explicit in its subjective intention to help Muslim communities and movements because they are Muslim…In contrast, objective reality starts with the fact that Bosnia is not a “Muslim country” but has a Christian majority, if one adds Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats together. No matter: as recently as November 2012, Washington supported a plan for greater centralization of Bosnia and further marginalizing of Serbs and Croats.

Similarly, American and European policymakers can think of no better solution to Kosovo than pressing for more recognitions of the separatist administration in Pristina while hammering away at Belgrade’s already feeble resistance to amputation of its province.

Today, such simplistic approaches serve only to keep alight fond memories of the idolized “successes” of the 1990s. They do little to promote good governance in post-Yugoslav states…papered-over communal tensions will continue to smolder.

In a similar, shorter note Jatras sent out that May, he explained how a mountain of lies about the Balkans interventions are being used to get us into ever more disastrous interventions:

Bosnia and Kosovo have become a kind of “can-do” antidote to an Iraq or Vietnam syndrome. Indeed, it was the claim of success “without too much difficulty” (meaning no Americans lost) that fed the expectation that Iraq would be a “cakewalk” and that we could build democracy in Afghanistan. Those latter fantasies died in Mesopotamia and the Hind Kush but the Balkan illusions that fed them remain.

…As in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Afghanistan, in Bosnia and Kosovo the US was on the side of militant Muslims — including al-Qaeda — against the Christians. The result was a disaster for the local Christians (especially in Kosovo) and empowerment of jihadists, recrudescence of the Ottoman Empire, and blowback against Americans, including in the United States.

As for “genocide” in Bosnia or Kosovo, that’s parked somewhere near Saddam’s WMDs. The only “genocide” likely to occur in Syria is if we help the jihadists to win…Until the story is set straight of what really happened in the Balkans in the 1990s, and of the results that reverberate there to this day, the lies told then and elevated to the status of truism ever after will keep exerting their poisonous legacy and undermine a sound perception of the choices before us.

(This just in: Yugoslavia offers Iraq hope — “The winds of sectarian war in Iraq uncannily echo Yugoslavia’s. Not only is Kurdish Iraq pushing a referendum on independence, as Slovenia did. Sunni fundamentalists have seized swaths of northern Iraq and are massacring Shiites — as Serb militants once swept into towns and villages to ‘ethnically cleanse’ non-Serbs. The U.S. helped end Yugoslavia’s wars with airstrikes, peacekeepers and peace accords.” … Author and journalist Louise Branson is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors. She was a foreign correspondent in…the former Yugoslavia. [Well that explains it — a veteran of Balkans pack journalism that built its careers on inversions and uncorroborated tales of horror.] In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions [???] from outside writers…)

Parting with Themselves

While the Clintons and their resurrected cabal were still trying to use their fictitious Kosovo and Bosnia capital for Syria, interestingly other Balkans interventionists turned non-interventionist on Syria. In calling to set straight Balkans history before applying it elsewhere, UNLV professor Dr. Michael Pravica wrote a letter to Malaysia’s Daily Sun in September, cleverly supporting writer Eric Margolis’s anti-Syria-war argument — with facts from the war that Margolis did — and does — support:

…Serbia was bombed, destroying the Pancevo chemical complex, releasing thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals into the Danube river, Europe’s longest waterway. Many tons of depleted but still highly radioactive and toxic uranium…were unleashed into the picturesque Serbian countryside, creating an enormous uptick in cancers in the indigenous Serbian and Albanian populations as well as the Nato ground troops who illegally occupied Kosovo, including very rare eye cancers….the US administration now has the chutzpah to criticise the Syrian government for allegedly doing the same? Citizens of the world need to learn the truth of what we did in Kosovo to better understand that what we are doing in Syria…is the standard protocol for naked aggression against a sovereign nation, disguised as “humanitarian” intervention.

Another Balkans warmonger but anti-Syria-interventionst was the English former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown. In late June 2013,

Lord Ashdown, the former [Bosnia high representative]…described the rebels as “not a fit and proper collection of people for us to be providing arms to…It is an unchallenged figure that 3,500 tons of arms have been shipped in by way of Croatia with the assistance of the CIA, funded by the Saudis, funded by the Qataris, going almost exclusively to the more jihadist groups…weapons left over from the Bosnian war….making vast sums for corrupt forces in the Balkans.” …He said Syria was the “front line in a wider conflict” involving an attempt to build up a radicalised jihadist Sunni population….

Unlike the jihads that Ashdown did support in Bosnia and Kosovo? A 2002 article reminds us:

In April 1999 Ashdown said Milosevic was the “central problem” in Yugoslavia….[Yet] Ashdown was the first [Hague] witness to admit that [the KLA was a terrorist organization]. Ashdown also admitted having seen substantial quantities of small arms being smuggled across the border from neighbouring Albania. Last year he wrote that the “KLA rebellion in 1998” lit “the fuse which led to war and NATO’s intervention” …Although he poses as protector of the Kosovars and a humanitarian envoy — he gave evidence to The Hague with tears in his eyes — Ashdown will be remembered as the most bellicose and consistent advocate of a full-scale ground war and occupation in the Balkans. A recent Economist article…described Ashdown’s calls for a stronger military presence in the early 1990s in the Balkans when European governments “dithered”…Last summer — as the threat of civil war grew in Macedonia — Ashdown said, “If the West is to extract peace out of this witches brew, it will only be by taking the initiative.” He called for a “third major NATO deployment.”

Commenting on the Syrian “Balkans Redux,” libertarian blogger Nebojsa Malic wrote in July 2012:

The Bosnia intervention was promoted by “advocacy journalists”, who uncritically accepted propaganda accounts of atrocities, then inflated them for good measure. Syria has denied access to these vultures [so] Western mainstream media simply skipped the expense of sending correspondents, uncritically airing propaganda from the rebel “activists” instead. Facts are nowhere in the picture; it is all about the narrative. One part of the Bosnia narrative that hasn’t worked well in Syria is the massacre story. Every time a major escalation of Imperial involvement [in Bosnia] was to happen, a tragedy of some kind would helpfully occur….This was taken to the next level in 1999, when the Empire claimed a “massacre of civilians” took place at the village of Racak, after a battle between the Albanian terrorist KLA and Serbian police…[I]t took years for the truth about Racak to emerge: the CSI team was pressured to declare it a massacre. In contrast, the massacre stories coming out of Syria have been debunked within weeks or even days.

…The “lesbian blogger” that captivated the Western public for months turned out to be a middle-aged American man. The “massacres” turned out to be the work of the rebels (Houla) and legitimate fighting deaths (Tremseh)…Allegations of “systematic and mass rape” were a key component of the propaganda narrative in Bosnia. Even today, entirely unsubstantiated claims…are repeated as established fact. The newest reports out of Syria accuse the government of — you’ve guessed it — mass rape …Now that the rebels have been routed from Damascus and are battling for Aleppo, the Empire has announced it fears a “massacre.”

Consequences of the hysterical propaganda about the Bosnian War still linger….It took a decade just to establish an accurate death toll, which ended up being two to three times less than what the mainstream media had claimed. Yet the basic myth of the noble Empire swooping in to save the helpless “Bosnians” from genocide — the ultimate weaponization of human rights — continues to power the virtual reality in Washington. Without it, the Empire has no purpose. This is why it [is] so dead set on a war in Syria – and after Syria, somewhere else.

Witness Ukraine-Russia. Like clockwork.

Closing with a refreshing page from the school of apt Syria-Kosovo analogies, appreciable by those who correctly have called foul on both treacheries: ISIS fighter from Kosovo praises jihad in Syria (Long War Journal, By Bill Roggio, Oct. 21, 2013) How do you like that — it’s a jihad in Syria, after all, but only according to the horse’s mouth. Like the jihad in Kosovo which we also were eager to sign up for.


Abu Abdullah al Kosovi. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group.

A jihadist from Kosovo recently appeared on a video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or Levant), one of al Qaeda’s two main branches in Syria, to praise jihad and encourage others to fight in the country.

The Kosovo jihadist’s statement was released just one week prior to news that more than 1,000 Europeans, including 150 from Kosovo, are now thought to be fighting inside Syria.

[So 15% of European Muslims who have joined the rebels’ fight in Syria are from America’s Kosovo. How unexpected.]

The Kosovan jihadist, known as Abu Abdullah al Kosovi, “speaks in his native tongue” from the city of Azaz in Aleppo province in northern Syria, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which obtained and translated the statement.

“The most pleasurable thing in life is jihad,” al Kosovi says, while imploring Muslims in Europe and throughout the world to put aside their Western comforts and fight in the trenches in Syria…US intelligence officials have told The Long War Journal that the majority of them do indeed flock to the Islamists. […]

(An aside: Like The Weakly Standard’s Balkans “expert,” Stephen Suleyman Ahmad al-Kosovi Schwartz — who spent the 90s getting us to sign on to the Bosnia and Kosovo jihads — this jihadist’s name also includes “al Kosovi.”)

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In a roundup of Balkans terrorism, extremism, and “militant Islamism,” a painstakingly researched article this past February by Gordon Bardos, former assistant director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, included some interesting details (excerpted below) about Our-Friends-the-Docile-Balkans-Muslims. The headline “Our Goal is Jerusalem,” is a reference to the earlier-mentioned Bajram Ikanović cited in Serbia’s Politika magazine last July after an interview he gave to the Bosnian website Source.ba (thanks to Serbianna.com’s Mickey Bozinovich for tracking down the original). This Bosnian Muslim recruiter — and by some newspaper accounts a rebel leader — had gone to Syria “to establish Allah’s law on Earth,” adding that he and his compatriots “have as a goal to die ‘especially in battle against Jews…Syria absolutely does not matter to us, our goal is Jerusalem. I am not viewed as citizen of Bosnia, we think the same from Kazakhstan to Iceland.’”


The blue-eyed ‘White al Qaeda” they told us they’d activate. This could have been an ad for trail mix, but that just wasn’t austere enough for Bajro.

“Our Goal is Jerusalem” – Militant Islamists in Southeast Europe (Feb. 8, 2014, Gordon N. Bardos)

…[L]arge numbers of individuals from the Balkans have joined the Syrian jihad. According to one estimate, Bosnia has provided more Syrian jihad volunteers than any other country in Europe per capita,[v] with several hundred citizens of Bosnia & Herzegovina now reported to be fighting in Syria,[vi] along with a large number of Bosnian émigrés.[vii] It has also been reported that Bosnia and Romania are sources of weapons for the Syrian jihad [as are Kosovo; Croatia — whose media bragged that its role in the Balkans supply operation showed they were “reliable partners” and a “faithful ally” of the U.S.; and eager-to-please-Washington’s-Saudi-friends Serbia (on the heels of signing a “cooperation protocol” with the U.S. military)]…In addition, reports suggest up to 140 ethnic Albanians are now fighting alongside Islamist groups in Syria,[ix] as well as some thirty individuals from the Sandzak.[x] Priština media have reported that some 30 individuals from Kosovo went to Syria in January 2014 alone, and that six Albanians have already died in the fighting there.[xi]

…[Bosnia’s former ambassador to Turkey, Hajrudin Somun] has noted that more individuals from the Balkans have joined the Syrian jihad than from Central Asia or the Caucasus.[xii] An indication of the degree to which the threat of violent Balkan extremists joining the Syrian jihad has become, and the danger they pose to their native states and societies upon their eventual return, is the January 2014 dispatch of a large, multiagency US government delegation (including individuals from the FBI, the NSA, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice) on a fact-finding mission to the region [with an emphasis on Albania].[xiii]

You know things have gotten bad, if the U.S. Government notices. An excerpt about that “counter-terrorism mission,” wherein the U.S. embassy doth protest too much: “‘The visit is occurring in the framework of continuing close cooperation and consultation with Albania, our NATO Ally…’ The International Center for the Study of Radicalization, ISRA…believes some 300 Albanian fighters, from Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania, have joined….Calls for Albanians…are being made also by some local preachers including one, Abdurrahim Balla, who heads a mosque in a Tirana suburb. A 33-year-old Albanian, Anri Maliqi, who died fighting in Syria, used to attend the mosque…Security experts warn that although the number of Albanians being drawn into the ranks of Islamic militants is small, they still pose a serious threat to national security.” Back to Bardos:

The Balkan blowback from the Syrian jihad is already being felt. In November 2013, six suspected terrorists (two of whom are believed to have fought in Syria) were arrested in Kosovo on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks using cell-phone activated explosive devices. The group was also believed to have been involved in an attack on two American Mormon missionaries in Priština on November 3rd.[xiv] Subsequently, a group called “Xhemati i [Teuhidit dhe Xhihadit ne Kosove]” warned police of “painful attacks” if their comrades were not released…[xv] [Another four from this group had been arrested for “activities related to Syria, according to Kosovo daily Koha Ditore,” and one of the arrested six — Genc Selimi, aka Ebu Hafs Al Albani — associates himself with al-Qaeda, plus the brother of suspect Bekim Mulolli was currently fighting in Syria.] The continuing threat from militant Islamist groups in the region was further on evidence in Bosnia, when at the beginning of the month the largest illegal arms cache discovered in postwar Bosnia was found near the central Bosnian town of Tešanj, in the heart of territory where foreign mujahedin and their local Bosnian allies operate. The weapons [arrived] in the area about 1999 [hmm, just as we were busy engaging in Bosnia Redux a little to the south]…


Bosnian jihad veteran Sulaiman abu-Ghaith with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, October 2001

Indeed, almost every major terrorist action against the US and other western countries and interests over the past two decades has had Balkan ties or connections — including the 9/11 attacks, the August 1998 US African embassy bombings, the December 1999 Millenium Bomb Plot targeting Los Angeles’ LAX Airport, the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Aden Harbor, the November 2003 Istanbul bombings, the March 2004 Madrid Train bombings, the 7/7 London Underground bombing, the May 2007 Fort Dix bomb plot, the July 2009 Raleigh Group conspiracy, and the January 2010 conspiracy to attack the New York subway system…


Bosnian jihad veteran Khaled al-Harbi, November 2001

…Balkan allies and sympathizers [made it] easy for Al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to extend their reach throughout Europe. After the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, Bosnia, according to one study, became “[a] new refuge, close to both the heart of Europe and the Middle East . . . an excellent tactical base for espionage, fundraising, and terrorist activities . . . a major center for terrorist recruitment. . .where recruits could train, coalesce into cells, and seek shelter from prosecution by foreign law enforcement.”[xxiv] The former NATO commander in Bosnia, US Army Major General Virgil Packett, has claimed that “Bosnia has moved from being a sanctuary for terrorism to a gateway for terrorism.”[xxv] …[T]he existence of an extensive network of individuals sympathetic to militant Islamism makes Bosnia a command and control center for various groups of regional militants.[xxvi]…

… In February 1996, NATO forces raided an Iranian-operated terrorist training camp in Bosnia where they found plans to [destroy] NATO installations, booby-trapped children’s toys [changed to “Serbian” booby-trapped toys in the film “The Rock”], and essays on how to assassinate political opponents and critical journalists. The camp’s director was the personal intelligence advisor to Bosnia’s late Islamist president, Alija Izetbegović [whom we made our “partner” against the Serbs].[xxviii] His son, Bakir Izetbegović (currently a member of the Bosnian state presidency) has admitted to personally being in touch with leading mujahedin figures in Bosnia such as Imad al-Husin, a.k.a Abu Hamza, and offering “to help in any way.”[xxix]


Alija Izetbogic with Abu el Malli (second from left), aka “the little Osama bin Laden”


Bakir Izetbegovic with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Cairo, 7 February 2013

…By one count the Izetbegović [Sr.] regime distributed some 12,000 Bosnian passports to international jihadis.[xxxi] Osama Bin Laden himself was the owner of a Bosnian passport,[xxxii] and Western reporters even saw him [in] Izetbegović’s office during the war.[xxxiii] When Italian police discovered a plot to kill Pope John Paul II in Bologna in 1997, all fourteen men arrested were travelling on passports issued by Izetbegović’s foreign ministry.[xxxiv] (In April earlier in the year, another attempt to assassinate the Pope had been made in Sarajevo.)[xxxv] In the 1990s, Al Qaeda operative Safet Abid Catovic was given cover as a diplomat at Bosnia’s Mission to the UN in New York.[xxxvi] In 1998, just days before the bombing of the US embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, the mastermind of the attacks, visited Bosnia on a “business trip” on a visa issued to him by the Bosnian consulate in Ankara.[xxxvii]…As of January 2014, the chairman of the security committee in Izetbegović’s Islamist party is a man on the US government’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, and who is otherwise widely considered to be the leading Iranian agent in Bosnia.[xxxix]

[The] central Bosnian village of Bočinja Donja, inhabited by some 600 people, has been associated with numerous international terrorists, including Karim Said Atmani, the document forger for the Millenium Bomb plot; Khalil Deek, arrested in December 1999 for his involvement in a plot to blow up Jordanian tourist sites; and Omar Saeed Sheikh, involved in the murder/beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.[xlii] Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman al Zawahiri, is known to have visited the village in 1997[xliii]….

Another Bosnian village, Gornja Maoča, is the headquarters of Bosnia’s main Wahhabi leader, Nusret Imamović. In 2005, Italian investigators discovered [thanks to Bosnian-Serb intelligence] a Gornja Maoča-based plot to attack the funeral of Pope John Paul II and assassinate the assembled world leaders.[xliv] …[R]esidents claim to personally know the editor of Inspire (Al Qaeda’s online publication)….The village is frequently used as a way station for extremists joining jihads in Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Yemen…The Wahhabis are also known to cache weapons in local forests surrounding the village.[xlv] In October 2011, the Sandžak Wahhabi Mevlid Jašarević left the village with two other residents on the day he attacked the US Embassy in Sarajevo.[xlvi] [Related: Serbs selling their property near Wahhabi training centers]


Bosnian jihad veteran Omar Ahmed Saeed Sheik, participant in the murder/beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl

…In March 2007, Serbian police raided [a] camp in the mountainous Sandžak region straddling the border between Serbia and Montenegro….[xlviii] The group was allegedly planning to attack western embassies in Belgrade. Similarly, in July 2013, a raid near the village of Kalošević…uncovered the largest stash of undeclared weaponry and explosives found since the end of the Bosnian war….hidden there on the order of a high-ranking member of Izetbegović’s party Bosnian media cite as one of the main local liaisons with Al Qaeda operatives in the country.[xlix]

…A focal point for Wahhabi extremists in Bosnia is the Saudi-funded King Fahd Mosque and Cultural Center in Sarajevo, “the epicenter of the spreading of radical ideas” in Bosnia,[l] which for a number of years functioned autonomously under the direct supervision of the Saudi embassy in Bosnia. The White Mosque in Sarajevo is the headquarters of Sulejman Bugari, a Kosovo Albanian-born imam whom some reports have described as a go-between and point-of-contact for Albanian and Bosnian extremists.[li] In Kosovo, the Makowitz mosque on the outskirts of Priština and the Mitrovica mosque are reportedly recruiting militants to fight alongside Islamist groups in Syria.[lii]…The CIA has estimated that one third of the Bosnian NGO’s operating worldwide have terrorist connections or employ people with terrorist links,[liv] and various NGO’s with known ties to Al Qaeda funneled several hundreds of millions of dollars to Izetbegović’s war effort.[lv] Izetbegović himself was on the Iranian payroll….[lvi]


al Qaeda’s donors’ list, “The Golden Chain,” discovered in Sarajevo in March 2002

…In the aftermath of 9/11, a raid on the Saudi High Commission for Aid to Bosnia netted “maps of Washington, material for making false State Department identity cards and anti-American manuals designed for children.”[lix]…Also found in Sarajevo in March 2002 was Al Qaeda’s donor’s list, the so-called “Golden Chain.” Bin Laden’s organization apparently felt so comfortable in Bosnia at this time that some 70 Al Qaeda members reportedly planned to flee there from Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 [as they’d done in the wake of WTC-1993].[lx] Among the Al Qaeda-linked organizations working in the Balkans have been the Benevolence International Foundation (which had offices and personnel in Chicago), the “Taibah Foundation,” the “Global Relief Foundation,” which operated in Bosnia and Kosovo, and al Haramain, which was active in Albania.[lxi] The Turkish-based IHH…which was involved in the Mavi Marmara incident off the Israeli coast in May 2010, began its activities in Bosnia in the 1990s. In June 2010, Turkish authorities began an investigation of the group’s founder, Bűlent Yildirim, for funding Al Qaeda.[lxii] [Recall also the Bosnian origins of the Oklahoma-City-style bomb blueprint found in a Kabul mansion in 2001.]

Members of the Al Qaeda cell in Albania, for instance, working under the cover of various Middle-East based charities, were required to contribute 26 percent of their salaries to support the global jihad. [Awful similar to the mandatory tax on Albanians to support the KLA.]…[Bin Laden-connected Third World Relief Agency] alone collected $400 million for Izetbegović’s war effort.[lxvi] TWRA, among other things, has been revealed to have provided some of the operational funding for the first group of World Trade Center bombers in 1993. [lxvii] Most of Izetbegović’s inner circle was involved in the organization.[lxviii]…

Militant Islamists in the Balkans have developed an extensive array of print periodicals, websites, and YouTube spots…[that] promote jihad, suicide bombings, and the killing of non-Muslims.[lxx]…the Put vjernika website recently carried “A New Order from Zawahiri: Focus on Attacks on American Interests.”[lxxi] …The Facebook page Krenaria Islame (Albanian for “Islamic Pride”), which posts pictures and stories of Albanians fighting in Syria, has 2,[8]00 followers. [Interesting that we went to war over that exact number of mutually-sided deaths in ‘99.] According to the Tirana-based security expert Arjan Dyrmishi, “If all the followers of this page were identified as terrorists, they would make a small army and pose a major problem…even if these people were to be identified only as supporters of political Islam.”[lxxiii]

The US State Department has reported that the Bosnia-based “Active Islamic Youth” (Bosnian acronym AIO) spreads extremist views and has links with radical groups in Western Europe and the US.[lxxiv] ..In Kosovo, a radical preacher, Zahir Naik, has established a 12-hour daily Albanian-language, hardline-Wahhabi TV channel ironically called “Peace TV” which “insults, in aggressive terms, spiritual Sufis, Shia Muslims, non-fundamentalist Sunnis, Jews, Christians, and Hindus, among others.” In his sermons Naik has praised Osama bin Laden and supported terrorism.[lxxvi] …As Esad Hećimović, a leading expert on the jihadi movement in Bosnia has noted, “There is now a new generation of Islamic preachers in Bosnia who were educated after the war at Islamic universities in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and other countries . . . Thus, it is no longer possible to distinguish between ‘imported’ and ‘local’ versions of Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina anymore.”[lxxix]

…In 2010, a Bosnian security official estimated that there are 3000 potential terrorists in Bosnia,[lxxxiii] and a former Al Qaeda operative in Bosnia, the Bahraini-born Ali Hamad, has claimed there are some 800 individuals of local origin making up a “white Al Qaeda”.[lxxxiv]… In Kosovo, security experts suggest about 50,000 people adhere to the more conservative, Middle-Eastern forms of Islam,[lxxxvi] and one specialist on Balkan Islam has claimed that, “Exponents of Saudi-financed Wahhabism and of the Muslim Brotherhood have penetrated the highest levels of the official Kosovo Islamic apparatus.”[lxxxvii] …[S]ecurity specialists believe up to 3000 Wahhabis are active in Macedonia….[lxxxix] …[T]he leader of the Islamic Community in Sandžak, Muamer Zukorlić, has close ties to the movement and receives funds from Wahhabi sources in Rome and Vienna.[xci]

…Remarkably, western officials prefer to deny that any problem exists; for instance, the current High Representative in Bosnia, Valentin Inzko, claims that the Wahhabis in Bosnia are not a threat to Europe.[xcii] […]

As we know, Facebook is a place — nay, a world — where people make just a little more of themselves than what they really are. Where they’re something other, something greater, something better. Quite often, it’s also the epicenter of ‘Thou Dost Protest Too Much.’

Take one Facebook friend of a friend, who posts things like, “At least my kids know they have a mother who loves them more than anything else in this world.” This being a mother who, when the kids were just out of kindergarten, found a new love more exciting than their father, bringing on divorce and lost custody, and now makes the kids commute between states every month to see her. Sounds like there’s something she loved, or at least chose, over the kids.

Or how about another acquaintance who, every time her husband does something else stupid, takes to Facebook to reaffirm how happy she is to have found him, and professes her undying love.

Or take my dad, the dog lover. He’s always posting heart-warming doggy pictures and writing things like, “I’d have a hundred if I could.” This is a man who said that the deaf blue-eyed terrier I adopted doesn’t know how to behave and has strange eyes; who sent my mother’s adopted beagle mix to the shelter after two months because he couldn’t be bothered to keep an eye on the dog so it wouldn’t bite the furniture (”He has angry eyes, anyway.”); who more recently, when my mom said she wouldn’t mind getting one more dog, said, “I already have a dog, but do what you want since I won’t have anything to do with that dog”; and who randomly hurls insults at family but is prone to posting Rockwellian scenes of blissful family life.

On Facebook, you are what you’d like to be, and would like to be perceived as being. And so, if Kosovo is a country on Facebook, that probably means it’s not a country.

Then again, Facebook recognition could make it official, despite the social network’s protestations of modesty:

Kosovo Gets A Facebook ‘Like’ (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Nov. 20, 2013)

The world’s largest social network, Facebook, has finally listed Kosovo as its own country — more than five years after the breakaway territory proclaimed independence from Serbia and after more than 100 countries…have extended formal recognition.

…Kosovars who wanted to create or promote a Facebook account would now have the option of choosing “Kosovo” as their location. Until now most users simply had the option of “Serbia.”

Kosovo’s prime minister, Hashim Thaci, welcomed the move, saying that senior Facebook executives had informed him earlier in the week about the company’s decision…Kosovo’s minister for EU integration, Vlora Citaku, went even further in her enthusiasm, stating on her Twitter account that Facebook now “recognizes Kosovo as a state.” She included the hashtag #digitaldiplomacy with the tweet, underscoring the increasing importance that social-media websites have for smaller, emerging countries like Kosovo.

Facebook confirmed the move to RFE/RL, though was quick to tamp down any suggestion that Facebook had the power to “recognize” Kosovo (or indeed any other country)… “Companies have clearly no role to play in the formal recognition of countries as this is a matter for the international community to decide. We do try to ensure that our service meets the needs of our users….”

The move appeared to validate the activities of groups like DigitalKosovo and others who have tried to raise public awareness of the importance to the economy of being correctly identified by websites like Facebook (as well as other e-commerce sites like hotel-bookers, car-rental agencies, and internet retailers).

In addition to helping Kosovo, the move underscores the overwhelming — and sometimes uncomfortable — importance of Facebook with its approximately 1.2 billion monthly active users.

Facebook did not comment on what prompted it in this instance to identify Kosovo as a location, but clearly the move has vast implications — and not just for Kosovo’s relatively small user base. […]

Here’s what may have prompted it:

[A] Group of Facebook users recently launched an online campaign to gather signatures for the letter addressed to Mark Zuckerberg, founder and the owner, asking him to recognize Kosovo.

“Asking” appears to be a subjective term. I did a search to find this appeal, this ‘letter’ that surely must have been an effective piece of digital diplomacy and political sophistry to have achieved such swift and defined results. Here is what I found:

Kosovo is not Serbia Mark Zuckerberg: We want from Facebook to recognize Kosovo as an independent state

Luard Kullolli

Petition by

Luard Kullolli

clinton twp, MI

Kosovo is recognized the world over 100 countries and is an independent state, we regret that still qualifies facebook.com Kosovo as Serbian province. As every country in the world and Albanians in Kosovo have the right to be represented at Facebook.com them as citizens of Kosovo.

To:
Kosovo is not Serbia Mark Zuckerberg
We want from Facebook to recognize Kosovo as an independent state

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Indeed, the “letter,” and the “asking,” come across more like an order, to the extent they come across at all. This is the sort of thing that Facebook high-ups respond to? Meanwhile, do they have any clue that in a few years they’ll have to change the Kosovo designation again, from Kosovo to Kosova, the usurper pronunciation. (Already by 2010, the ‘Kosovo passport’ accepted by EU countries was marked “Republic of Kosova.”) Then, a few years later when the full Albanian jig is revealed, Facebook will have to change the designation yet again, to Albania, after the temporary ‘country’ merges with the fatherland then adds pieces of Macedonia, Montenegro, more Serbia, Greece and maybe Bulgaria.

Thank You, or Else. From “Europe’s Youngest State.” (So Young, it’s Not Even a State .)

The tone of the Albanian ‘request’ is reminiscent of something in a July email from Canadian military reporter Scott Taylor:

Just a heads up. The ‘Kosova’ Foreign Minister is in Ottawa today. He did an interview with my colleague at Embassy magazine and then demanded that he be allowed to see the copy before it goes to press. When she advised him that is not the magazine’s policy, he berated and verbally threatened her [raised voice, insults, menacing presence]. She was reduced to tears and very frightened! These guys are total thugs. And his reason for being in Ottawa? To thank Canada for recognizing ‘Kosova’ and all of our past support. Unbelievable.

The foreign minister was there also to get — as with all things Kosova — a little ahead of himself, and of his not-yet-country: to seek “Canada’s support for Kosovo’s eventual bid to join NATO.”

Ah, but this is all too inside-baseball for the blind leaders of the blind, the American media who give Kosovo’s thugs (’leaders’) carte blanche ink, without caring to know the nature of those they’re promoting in toe with the State Department. Huffington Post, for example, knew only to publish the minister’s seemingly humble thanks:

“Thank You, Canada!” From Europe’s Youngest State (Enver Hoxhaj, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kosovo, July 22, 2013)

On my official visit to Canada this week, I want to thank Canadians for all that you have done to support the sovereignty and security of the youngest state in Europe and a new member of the worldwide family of multi-ethnic democracies. [Or, at least, the illusion of such. See also “Young Albanians Reject Serb Friendship.”]

Shortly after Kosovo declared independence on February 17, 2008, Canada recognized Kosovo on March 18 [incidentally, the fourth anniversary of the 2004 pogroms against non-Albanians], and now our nations have full diplomatic relations. Earlier, Canada sent some 1,300 troops to NATO’s Kosovo Force peacekeeping mission, and 20 Canadians gave their lives in the former Yugoslavia. Additionally, Canada contributed $135-million in development assistance to Kosovo from 1992 through 2010.

Today, there are few if any excuses for countries not to recognize Kosovo’s statehood. We ask that they do so to cement our region’s Euro-Atlantic integration on a durable foundation of peace and democracy.

Thank you, Canada.

Facebook got the message, apparently, and laid some of that cement. As always, exceptions are made for Albanians and they get what they want. But really, what Jewish C.E.O. could resist an appeal from Michigan (that ‘letter’ from Luard Kullolli), where the ever so eloquent petition originated? Keffiyeh Central, with its Greater Dearborn headquarters of Hizbullah rallies that bring the Muslim community closer together. Particularly during Israel’s 60th birthday in 2008, the same year Muslim Kosovo declared its own birth (again). Which brings up an interesting inconsistency by Facebook: Unlike Kosovo, if one tries to fill in “Palestine” as the country option, that still doesn’t work. And yet, all things being relative, Palestinian terror has gone about achieving statehood over the decades far more ‘legitimately’ and patiently.

The Albanian-Jewish Paradox

A December follow-up on the Facebook recognition somewhat illuminated “what prompted” it, bringing little surprise to those who have been following the aftermath of the least discussed and least analyzed war in American history, the little war that happened just when Americans decided that what a president does in his private life doesn’t affect how he runs the country (or ruins others). And so, as ever, the name Eliot Engel popped up, the wide-smiling congressman whose job description is to please his dangerous constituency in the Bronx (links added):

Kosovo’s independence is Facebook-official (Boston Globe, Dec. 26, 2013)

The small Balkan country of Kosovo might not have a seat at the United Nations, but it has won recognition from an organization that may be more influential: Facebook…Facebook generally only lists UN-recognized countries, but a lobbying campaign by Kosovars and by New York Representative Eliot L. Engel, a steadfast supporter of the country, convinced Facebook to make the change.

Recognition by Facebook is just one entry on Kosovo’s wish list. The government also wants a slot in the ever-popular Eurovision song contest [especially after the dreaded Serbs won it on their first go] and the right to field an international soccer team. And who knows? In light of how Tonibler — an Albanian-language rendering of Tony Blair — has become a popular boys’ name in honor of the former British prime minister’s role in the NATO air strikes, it’s possible that the first Kosovar winner of the Eurovision song contest will be named after Mark Zuckerberg.

Or, perhaps, after Simon Wiesenthal. In a microcosm symptomatic of, and embodying all, the Kosovo dilemmas, contradictions, and historical blasphemies, a month ago the Simon Wiesenthal Center proudly announced: “Wiesenthal Centre Partners Yom HaShoah in Kosova.” The press release:

SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE - EUROPE
Tel. +33-147237637 - Fax: +33-147208401
E-mail: csweurope@gmail.com
For further information contact Shimon Samuels on 0033609770158

Pristina, Kosova, 28 April 2014

By invitation of the The Kosova-Israel Friendship Association - Dr. Haim Abravanel, and its President Leke Rezniqi, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre-Europe co-sponsored its 2014 Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Day) commemoration.

This followed an October 2013 visit by the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels who stated:

“I travelled through Kosovo to meet with children and grandchildren of the rescuers of Jewish fugitives from the Nazis who were escaping from other regions of the ex-Yugoslavia”, adding, “I visited, with the KIFA, the mountain passes through which the refugees were taken to safety in neighboring Albania, where they survived the Holocaust”.

Samuels continued, “I was greatly moved by the story of ‘the 100 White Hats’ — the egg-shaped headgear worn by Kosovar peasantry — purchased by Leke’s grandfather, Arsilan Mustafa Rezniqi, to disguise the fleeing Jews.

For this, Arsilan was recognized by Yad Vashem as a ‘Righteous among the Nations’”[.]

The ceremony was held on 24 April and featured the opening of the exhibition: “Rescue of Jews in Kosovo during the Holocaust - Uncovering a Hidden Legacy”

Samuels stressed that “this exhibition sets a remarkable example by Muslim Kosovo to the Muslim world”, continuing, “the naming of your Kosovo-Israel Friendship Association for Dr. Haim Abravanel is testimony to our interdependent humanity. Leke’s Muslim grandfather who was his rescuer, was, in turn to be saved by this Jewish physician”.

The Centre congratulated KIFA for the essay contest it is launching in Kosovo’s schools and universities, in association with Verbe et Lumiere — Vigilance — on “The Holocaust and Jews in Kosovo”.

“These initiatives have brought together three heroic figures who overcame ethnic and religious boundaries to care for ‘the other’: Arsilan Mustafa Rezniqi, Dr. Haim Abravanel and Simon Wiesenthal. May they be our guides through the dark passages of contemporary hate”, concluded Samuels.

So much for that.

Apparently, there’s a lesson that organized Jewry still hasn’t learned. A monster who favors Jews is still a monster. He’s just more interesting than most. Put another way, just because someone likes or saves Jews, it doesn’t mean he gets to kill Serbs. Therein lies the Albanian-Jewish contradiction. If one cares to notice it. The Wiesenthal people can be assured that if it were Jewish lands that neighboring Albanians were after, they’d redefine the word anti-Semitism.

One might also care to notice that, for all the de-Jewifying of the Holocaust lesson, diluted to general messages of “tolerance” and applied to every aggrieved group, here is one case where the application would actually serve, given the very direct Jewish-Serb Holocaust connection. But sure enough, here one finds the aggrieved group’s case being callously ignored and even quashed.

Meanwhile, the blatant historical perversion of such high-minded blather as “overcoming ethnic and religious boundaries to care for ‘the other’” almost goes without saying. The sentence is being uttered, after all, in a state founded on ethnic, religious, cultural and linguistic cleansing, and murderous racism of ‘the other’, morphing into a current state of apartheid. In March 2004, National Review deigned to publish the fact that “A pogrom started in Europe on Wednesday. A U.N. official is quoted as saying that ‘Kristallnacht is under way in Kosovo.’ Serbs are being murdered and their 800-year-old churches are aflame…[T]oo many of Kosovo’s Albanians have shown that all the speeches about democracy and multi-ethnicity…are false.”

It’s also really something to see Simon Wiesenthal Center using the terro-Fascist pronunciation “Kosova.” Then again, who ever heard of Jewish escapees from the Nazis being described as “fugitives”?

Pogrom of the Dead

The Wiesenthal-’Kosova’ partnership ceremony came just two days after one of those ‘responsible’ and ‘mature’ officials — as we’re constantly assured Kosovo’s governorship is — threatened to demolish an Orthodox church going up in Pristina (and to turn it into a “war crimes museum” in memory of Albanians); it came a week before the Kosovo prime minister himself called the church a “Milosevic monument,” a tag used for 15 years now to cleanse everything non-Albanian; it came days before a (supposedlydismantled‘) KLA commander announced to a local TV station his intention to destroy the UNESCO-listed Decani Monastery, which was built in 1327 and which sheltered Albanian women and children during the 1999 war, and which last year was forced to shut its doors (despite our NATO’s “protection”), as Albanian terror celebrated five years of independence by trying to take land that churches are “occupying” (the plan being to then hijack the landmarks asKosovo history” so as to remove evidence that anyone predated Albanians there) — and by smashing or desecrating any Serbian headstones still standing, this time ostensibly because a monument to Serb-killers was disallowed in Serbia proper. Just some scenes from what Reuters saw as “signs of a thaw with Serbia as Kosovo turns five“:

This is all without mentioning the KLA (”UCK”) graffiti that was going up on Decani’s walls in April while the Wiesenthal people were en route back to Israel and Los Angeles.

The Judeo-Albanian lovey-doveys capped a month that opened with continued unlawful seizure of monastic land by Albanians, this time near Orahovac, another town that has been almost entirely cleansed of Serbs (with early help from the UN, OSCE and KFOR, which “supported the KLA’s violence most openly, on the principles that ‘every Serb is a war criminal’ and that anyone has the right to accuse, try and sentence a Serb,” as the otherwise Serb-unfriendly Humanitarian Law Center laid out in February 2000). Orahovac became a sort of “barbed wire-enclosed concentration camp for Serbs,” whose “freedom of movement was limited to a circumference of 500 meters,” outside of which they needed an armed KFOR escort, even for ambulances. The monastic land seizure there in April involved the Saints Cosmas and Damian Monastery, which is being threatened by local Albanians while it undergoes restoration after being blown up in 1999 and its flock driven out. (What we in the West called — and still call — ethnic cleansing of Albanians.)

The previous month, amid graffiti reading “The only good Serb is a dead Serb” on the Church of the Dormition in Djakovica (which had been burned to its foundations during the March 2004 anti-Serb riots and where four elderly nuns are what remain of the Serbian community), a group of Serbs was prevented by Kosovo police from visiting the convent and a nearby graveyard on the Saturday of the Reposed; and on Orthodox Christmas Eve this past January, “Albanians held mass rallies in front of the convent, stoning two buses of Serb pilgrims, preventing them from visiting the convent and preventing the sisters from attending a Divine Liturgy on Christmas.

After creating this environment for Christians, the American embassy had the courtesy to post the following advisory this Easter:

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Pristina (Kosovo), Easter Holidays

The upcoming Easter holidays are of particular religious significance for Catholic and Orthodox Christian communities, and it is expected that their places of religious worship will likely be significantly more crowded than normal. Given occasional threats against religious institutions in Kosovo, particularly the more prominent churches located in urban centers, the U.S. Embassy would like to remind all U.S. citizens in Kosovo to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Kosovo Police.

Funny thing, Easter was never a dangerous time in the Yugoslav region under communism; the West has really outdone everyone, not least of all when we bombed right through that “religiously significant” Easter, both in ‘99 and ‘95. We take only Ramadan off from that sort of thing.

Someone Please Fire the Incompetent Minister of Genocide

Jewish Albanian-appreciation is complicated further by the glaring Serbo-Israeli parallels that are swept under the rug: Everything that Albanians have done to the Serbs successfully — including the image war that turned the world against them — has been right out of the Palestinian playbook, as blogger Pamela Geller recently nailed it. Particularly nasty is the similarity wherein Palestinians are trying to achieve a Jew-free Middle East while claiming ethnic cleansing and genocide — and while growing in population.

Likewise, the ever-growing Albanian population shouted ‘ethnic cleansing’ and ‘genocide’ in pursuit of a Serb-free Kosovo.

U.S.-NATO Alliance with Extremists and Fascists Spawns Vicious Web of Deceit

“Kosova” is founded on torture, slaughter and remnants of WWII Fascism. It is with the architects of such a ’state’ that Simon Wiesenthal Center and too many other Jewish organizations and institutions are bonding — while the remnants of a people whose Jerusalem this was are under siege. Never mind the additional fact that the besieged belong to a nation that was first to endorse the Balfour Declaration, breaking the icy international silence and referring to “Israel” 30 years before the name was adopted. And never mind the words of Israeli ambassador Yossi Levi last year upon the 14th anniversary of the NATO bombing: “We Jews will never forget the incredible human and heroic role of many Serbs who saved Jews during the Holocaust…[T]he Serbs provided arms to the Jews…and were often killed together in the same pits.”

Similarly, Serbia provided one of the first loans to America, whose independence it recognized as fast as America recognized against Serbia’s sovereignty in 2008. Washington may be too deep in a moral abyss as regards these people, but Jerusalem and those who love it are not.


Albanian Nazi slaying a Serb Orthodox priest in Devic, Kosovo in WWII


1944. The Kosovo-Albanian SS Skanderbeg division, which rounded up Kosovo Jews later killed at Bergen-Belsen


Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig, commander of the Nazi SS Division Handzar in Bosnia. He is shown wearing the Albanerfez, or national Albanian skull cap made by the SS for the [300] Nazi Albanian Kosovar Muslims in the division.


Xhafer Deva…interior minister of the Nazi-created Greater Albania…helped form [Skanderbeg].


Troops of the fascist Balli Kombetar (’balists’), a volunteer Kosovo Albanian Nazi organization formed in 1939


Balists murdering Serb civilians in the road, 1941.


The Balli Kombetar (also spelled Bali i Kombetar) insignia on a Pristina wall in 2006.


Gjon Marka Gjoni, the fascist leader of the Albanian Roman Catholics, whose followers were in the Skanderbeg SS Division.


Kosovar Albanian Skanderbeg Nazi SS Division on the move in Kosovo, 1944.


Kosovar Albanian political leaders with German and Italian occupation officials.

And the images below are from the 80s. Like WWII, the 80s came before the 90s, the decade that supposedly caused all the Serbs’ ills:


Serbian gravestones destroyed…in Srbica in 1985.


Kosovo Serbs flee en masse from Kosovo, June 20, 1986.

But hey, the perpetrators of all this have nothing against Jews (historically and for now). Congratulations, Wiesenthal folks. What a ringing endorsement.

They’re not entirely out of order, of course. Between killing Serbs in WWII, Albanians did save Jews. (Though not the Jews of Kosovo).

But Pope Pius XII also saved Jews. And yet the Jewish community repeatedly has asked the Vatican to hold off on canonization until more information could be learned, for a fuller picture of Pius’s role during WWII. Why isn’t the same analysis required for the full “Kosovar” story, and the same prudence exercised? As ever, the Albanians get a pass on their hasty path to the next prize.

It goes without saying that the Alba-Judeo humanity fest did not end with an appeal to the victorious-but-still-punching Albanians that they put into practice the ideals they were being honored for demonstrating in WWII, by showing the pummeled Serbs even a fraction of the non-barbaric side they once showed Jews.

And it goes without saying that the 2013 Facebook recognition, which on November 20th came just in time for Albania’s independence day of November 28th, was bestowed with nary a raised eyebrow over the way that year opened: with a pogrom of the dead that was kept out of the presses, their bones scattered in honor of Kosovo’s fifth anniversary. As with the “letter” to Zuckerberg itself, primitiveness gets rewarded.

Now to determine if Kosovo statehood is to be celebrated on February 17th, when it immaculately self-birthed in 2008; on November 28th, as ‘Kosvoars’ have been celebrating Albania’s holiday all along; or on November 20th, when the Albanians’ latest Jewish sucker made the unilateral declaration “official.”

And you thought Facebook was a dangerous place before.

APPEAL

The May rains in Serbia and Bosnia poured for days before there was any coverage of the floods in the West, prompting tennis star Novak Djokovic to implore media to raise awareness, and to accuse CNN and BBC of “virtually ignoring a ‘total catastrophe of biblical proportions’,” as The Guardian deigned to report five days in. He added, “Half the country is in danger of not having any electricity, there is total immobilisation, evacuations…I see that on CNN, the BBC and other big networks there is a lot about the miners in Turkey, and so forth. This is another disaster, but there is no broadcast [about] Serbia and Bosnia, nothing about the biggest floods that we have ever seen, that maybe Europe has ever seen. This is incredible. I just hope that people can find [some] common sense and broadcast this….We need help.” (Djokovic pledged his $750,000 Rome Masters prize to aid, and is asking everyone to help through his foundation.)

Three days into the flooding, Canada’s Globe and Mail finally started reporting (though the government hasn’t issued so much as a press release or any aid, a pattern among Western governments, prompting a petition that leaders speak publicly about the events, and one that they send aid). Another three days later, Reuters relented and reported that Russia and the EU were helping, the latter somewhat reluctantly at first: “The European Union has been half-hearted, even cold, asserting its bullying posture over admitting Serbia to the club but indifferent to its times of need. In the words of Svetlana Maksovic, writing for the Serbian monthly Geopolitika, “many Serbian people are upset by the…lack of reaction…especially after EU Foreign Policy Head Catherine Ashton did nothing more than send her condolences.” And while a massive Macedonian charity drive collected $165,000 just over the first weekend after the flood, U.S. ambassador Michael Kirby offered $100,000 from the embassy, after first lecturing Serbia about gay rights. Pretty pathetic, considering we didn’t help rebuild after the NATO-assisted terrorism against a country that, unlike some under the Marshall Plan and more recent examples in the Middle East, did not declare war or attack us first.

Such a natural disaster and state of emergency occurring anywhere else in the world would be headline news, and every American celebrity would be doing a telethon (on that point, thank god for Billy Idol and Russell Crowe; Angelina Jolie also pitched in). However, since the floods happened where Serbs live, and humanity had sympathy for them surgically removed, only Russia took notice in the early days, sending food, water, rescuers, boats and diving equipment. Only once landslides started dislodging landmines, it appears the wrathful flooding was finally newsworthy. That, and the sappy stories they realized they could write about former belligerents — Serbs, Bosnian Muslims, Croats, and Abanians — reaching out to help one another, something that UNLV professor Dr. Michael Pravica wrote about from a more intimate perspective in his Pravda.com op-ed this week, adding a few other important observations from his visit to the region:

Doctors, nurses, and other aid workers from a variety of [Slavic] nations were working in Hotel Slavija, rushing to and fro….and I found very few (if any) citizens from Western nations. [M]y government (USA) gave next to nothing in aid…and neither did Canada (roughly $30,000 CAD). In two days of fundraising, Serbian-Americans in Las Vegas collected some $50,000, to give some comparison….[T]he West and NATO squandered billions of dollars illegally arming combatants…and illegally bombing Serbia, [under the guise of] “humanitarian concern” …This demonstrates that the “humanitarian” intervention in the former Yugoslavia then was really political and regime-changing in nature…and that Western governments could[n’t] care less about helping these peoples when they really need it unless there is something in it for Western leaders.

(Note that he wrote “Western leaders,” not “Western countries,” for which there is no national interest in the “help” we’ve been raining on the Balkans.)

Americans shouldn’t let Russia be the only good guy in the region yet again, and should help the victims even if they’re the politically incorrect Orthodox Christians and not, for example, our kindred Muslims (sarc). Though to be sure, Muslims were affected, with the AP reporting that almost a third of Bosnia “resembled a huge muddy, lake,” so there’s at least hope for that region, the only one that NY Times seems to be mentioning. As Nebojsa Malic wrote me, “I get the ‘Serbs aren’t people, so their suffering can’t be human interest’ mentality of the Western press, but Muslims have died and lost property in the flooding too.” As for the Serb part of Bosnia, consider that it’s Israel’s best friend in the Balkans, and Israel has been delivering aid to Serbia. The region has not seen such a catastrophe since the last time we “helped” it, in 1999.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (incidentally which in 2012 also made the usual unusual move of accepting Kosovo membership despite its not being a country) so far estimated the damage at $4 billion. Here is a list of needed items, and here are additional instructions. British-Serb publication “eBritic” also has a helpful Flood Issue and update, this weekend adding a Red Cross SMS number at this full directory of how to help. Three other donation sites, with the last two being most reliable are http://brussels.mfa.gov.rs/cir/, International Orthodox Christian Charities in Baltimore (already on the ground), and lifeline.org. There are also the good people at the Serbian diaspora organization 28June, whose efforts can be helped via PayPal at 28jun.org@gmail.com. And this accidental Serbia-lover on Huffington Post recommends this site.


25-year-old Kosovo refugee Slobodan “Jumbo” Nedeljkovic, who lost his entire family in 1999 and is now looking for his wife and two-year-old son, has been on the front lines of flood rescue

Albanians, meanwhile, demonstrated the depth of their humanity:


While Albania sent five search and rescue units (to Bosnia), and Pristina took the opportunity to help Serbia, giving the appearance of good faith as it seals the Kosovo deal this year, Albanian fans of Kosovo’s Drenica football club went to a recent Sunday match with Pristina.


And fans at a basketball match in Pristina.


Shefqet Krasniqi, imam of Pristina’s Grand Mosque: “What is happening in Serbia is undoubtedly God’s punishment for all the…injustice against the Albanian people. NATO stopped but did not condemn Serbia for all the crimes and genocide against the innocent population in Kosovo. I am sorry for the children who got born after 1999 because they have the least guilt.”


SMS 1003, http://t.co/EqIhQfxkK3, serb.in/my, #SerbiaFloods, #SerbiaNeedsHelp

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

Israel Approves Extradition of Serb Wanted for Srebrenica Massacre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Muslims Who Admire Israel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Under what circumstances, we’re not told.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

‘Sarajevo Jews Arrested’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No sporting event, pet adoption day, bake sale, or balloon ascension would be complete without an anti-Serb exhibit.

And so it is that in the heart of London during the Olympics, we have a photographic display delivering the 1,654,789,425,378th recycling of “What The Serbs Did.” By some douche named Tom Stoddart.

And these artist types purport to be “original.” Check it out (with thanks to Vaseljenska.com, and to Draga for letting people know):

(OK, now that IS original. We’ve somehow gone from the widely disseminated figure of 800,000 camera-ready refugees that the KLA and the bombings forced to leave (Tom was told by his government that the Serbs forced them to leave, and he believed it) — to 1.5 million. And gee, yet another case of an Albanian family separated on the road by Serb forces, who lived to tell about it. Amazing how often that happened, isn’t it. In contrast, few Serbs or Albanians survived encounters with the KLA.)

Worst case of genocide since World War II took place at Srebrenica? Khmer Rouge, anyone? This bozo couldn’t even get the staple journalistic sentence right. People who have to actually set the lie to paper are at least careful to qualify the stock phrase with “worst…IN EUROPE.”


I wonder if that’s the refugee kid in Macedonia who was thrown into the mud by a news crew because he otherwise wasn’t crying about anything.

(Fleeing Serb atrocities on Serb-organized buses, no less. Which their Muslim warlords hosed them away from the last time the UN tried to evacuate them. Fleeing Serb atrocities that wouldn’t even be invented until weeks after the refugees fled.)

By whom?

Proud and defiant is she, in the face of the war that her side began. “You will never defeat us,” Tom ascribes to her approvingly. He’s happy about the Islamic “Green Corridor” which the Bosnian war laid the foundation for. And since we’re on the Olympics, isn’t it interesting that when Sarajevo was being hailed as a “modern, cosmopolitan Western-style city” as it hosted the 1984 Olympics — showing off its state-of-the art arena “Zetra” — no one bothered to ask what Zetra meant? It’s short for Zelena Transversala. Green Corridor.

On a page announcing the exhibit appears the following caption:

Photographer Tom Stoddart stands at his Perspectives photographic exhibition at More London on July 25, 2012 in London, England. Seventy-eight of Stoddart’s signature black and white pictures form a free, open-air display at More London Riverside, between City Hall and HMS Belfast. During his distinguished career Stoddart has travelled to more than 50 countries and documented such historic events as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Siege of Sarajevo and the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first black president…

So everything that’s supposed to capture our imaginations, he’s swept away by. All the pop-historical markers that we’re supposed to celebrate or be infuriated by, he’s there. To deliver a visual representation from the same perspective already served up. He reviles, and honors, everything he’s meant to. Just another swine at the feeding frenzy.

Artists’ talents are always and only intended and welcomed if they’re of service to existing narratives. So, as people of mere talent, they’re not to question the official story behind what they’re depicting; they’re just to be the artistic leg of the allowed narrative. It’s voluntary servitude and it’s been with us in the free world a long time.

The rest of that paragraph reads:

The exhibition is in participation with The International Committee of The Red Cross for whom Stoddart has worked on their Healthcare in Danger campaign initiative that aims to address the widespread and severe impact of illegal and sometimes violent acts that obstruct the delivery of health care, damage or destroy facilities and vehicles, and injure or kill health-care workers and patients, in armed conflicts and other emergencies.

Of course, only in the war zones he’s supposed to know about. Which is why you won’t hear from Tom about the Kosovo Albanian government cutting off water supply to the hospital in one of the last Serbian parts of otherwise terror-run Kosovo, nor any of the times that the same Kosovo Albanian government blocked or held up medicine to the Serb parts of Kosovo, including oxygen for infants. (Or when Elizabeth Dole behaved the same way toward Serbs as president of Red Cross.) But what would Tom know of these things? When the media cued us, “War’s over — nothing to see here,” Tom moved on like everyone else.

Tom Stoddart Perspectives? We’re still waiting for “your” perspective, hack.

Any shots of Serbs or other infidels after being decapitated by Muslims? Didn’t think so, Brave One.

The only thing more disgusting than public diarrhea is expelling someone else’s diarrhea.

Look, he even does that typical dignified/solitary/journalisty/photographery stance with the crossed arms.

A 2008 UK Guardian interview by Leo Benedictus, titled “Tom Stoddart’s Best Shot” read:

I shot this picture in 1992, when the siege of Sarajevo was just beginning. It was one of the rare opportunities when the Serbian forces were allowing children to be bussed out by their parents to escape the shelling…

(Gee, yet another “rare” case of Serbs giving safe passage to Muslims, allowing kids to escape the havoc their parents wreak.)

I saw the woman - who was very striking, with blue eyes - fighting back her tears…There was also tension in the air; the Serbian forces were not averse to lobbing grenades into crowds. [Unlike the Muslims do?] I shot a few frames up close and the picture was used around the world.

Atta boy, Tommy! He does everything as he’s supposed to, a well-behaved boy. He’ll never risk being labeled Enemy of the State or anything. If I were Goebbels, I would totally hire this guy. It doesn’t seem like you’d get any trouble from him.

Two and half years ago, I got an email from a woman living in Perth in Australia saying: “I know who that woman is; she’s my neighbour.” So I went to Perth and tracked her down. Her name is Gordana Burazor, and Andre, the little boy, is now a teenager, and about 6ft 2in tall. Through all that time, I had always thought she just put the child on the bus, but in fact she managed to bribe her way on board as well.

She first saw the picture a few weeks after it was taken, and then periodically over the years, but never wanted to contact me. She said she hates it because she was trying to be completely dignified. And the one moment she did what she was trying to avoid - crying - was captured in this frame.

Does she look like she’s crying? I thought that was a wart.

(UPDATE: I’ve been advised that the woman whose blue eyes Stoddart was so struck by is most likely Croatian, as neither “Gordana” nor “Andre” (Andrej, presumably) is a Muslim name. So Stoddart used a picture of Croats leaving Sarajevo, letting consumers believe they’re Muslim victims of Serbs. Though Croatian victims of Serbs would have sufficed.)

The interview closes with a “Curriculum vitae” segment at the bottom of the article:

…High point: “Having a ringside seat for historic moments. I was on the Berlin Wall the night it came down, and later spent six weeks with Nelson Mandela.”

Low point: “Just after I took this picture, when I was badly injured in Bosnia. An explosion knocked me over a wall. I was off work for a year.” [Good. Nothing like instant karma.]

Pet hate: “Pompous photographers and subjects. It’s not brain surgery we do.”

Indeed. You can be a complete idiot.

So here we are again: The Serbs and the Jews. No moment of silence for 11 Israeli athletes slaughtered at the Olympics itself. And anti-Serb artistry next door. And that’s why the Brits deserve being eaten by Muslims.

Finally, no Olympics would be complete without a Croatian athlete or coach wistfully recalling the good old days when the sport was Serb-killing. This year it was the Croatian Men’s Handball team head coach Slavko Goluza, who said that their win over Serbia reminded him of “the film” Storm, a depiction of the much celebrated deadly Serb-cleansing military operation by Croatia in 1995, ridding the country of Serbs, many of the dead never receiving a proper burial. “Nothing will spoil this day for us. We showed that we are better than Serbia on neutral ground. I can’t help but feel that this victory reminds me of the film ‘Storm.’”

He was clever enough to refer to the “film” Storm rather than the actual killing and cleansing it was celebrating, putting it on a movie in case of any backlash.

But what backlash? There was no mention in media of what he said except in regional news, because you can say anything you want about Serbs. Even though it was Croatians who blew up the Statue of Liberty. (How about a movie on that, director Jack Baric? Instead of one blaming the UN for any unpleasantness such as your war-criminal-hero Gen. Gotovina’s brigades hacking 80-year-old fellow Slavs to pieces? ( “But, Your Honor, you know a Croat can’t control himself when there’s a Serb in his path — and we’ve never been asked to before, so what’s the problem?”) So, even though there was a double meaning to the coach’s words and he tried to pass it off as a film reference, he was saying the victory was like Operation Storm in that the Serbs were crushed. And he alludes to a movie that defends a man responsible for so much blood, Ante Gotovina. (Though, admittedly, even if Gotovina had tried to restrain them, he wouldn’t have succeeded. Croats eat Serbs. Can you keep a cheetah from eating a gazelle?)

Only an actress cared enough to comment — if it really is Angelina Jolie who tweets at “JolieProjects,” which isn’t certain, given that there are fewer than 5,000 followers (and given that only a Croatian and a Romanian site reported the tweet). On the premise that it is she, or someone who speaks for her (and most of the tweets sound air-headed enough to be hers), then her condemnation of the coach means that Jolie by now has enough superficial familiarity with the region that she can catch nationalism when she hears it:

Jolie reacted to the statement on Twitter writing “I am shocked by the comments Croatian handball coach made after the game vs. Serbia. Some people miss entirely the point of the Olympic Games. Nationalism is not to be confused with Patriotism.”

It’s amazing what someone can pick up about the others while exacting her pound of Serbian flesh. And she’s more honest about it than politicians and media, who are loath to call out a non-Serb on nationalism, nor even recognize Serb-baiting as such, conditioned as they are to the “normality” of attacking Serbs, physically or verbally.

Admonishing on patriotism vs. nationalism means that whoever wrote the tweet is at least somewhat clued in to what little criticism has made it out about Croats. ( “But, Your Honor, our favorite rocker’s concentration camp rhapsodies are an expression of Croatian patriotism, not fascism. Why are you trying to take away our identity?”)

And it certainly makes sense Jolie would have some sensitivity on Serb behalf, given that she worked with Serb actors and crew. One also can’t forget that, unlike the rest of the world, she didn’t ignore the trampled then overlooked then demonized Serb victims of the wars, visiting with Bosnian-Serb refugee women and getting them financial assistance, though it felt more like buying a free conscience to do even more damage to the Serb image by way of her anti-Serb film.

The coach’s comment harkens back to what Croatian tennis star Goran Ivanisevic said in 1993, The New York Times quoting him without batting an eyelash:

Then he discovered that, when he won, he was asked questions about the war. In answering them, he felt better - attacking the Serbs, defending Croatia. He was doing something. “My racket is my gun,” he said, over and over.

In Paris, his warmup suit read, “Stop Aggression Against Croatia.” Before his country was recognized in January 1992 by the European Community, he convinced the ATP Tour to list him not as a Yugoslav, but as a Croat. He returned home each time to find more fans, more kids playing tennis.

In January 1992, the tournament at Adelaide, Australia, received death threats against Ivanisevic. Policemen escorted him into the stadium… “I wasn’t worried,” he says. “The two policemen, I go to the practicing range with them. They show me how to shoot, just for fun. They let me shoot machine gun. It was tough to control, but, oh, nice feeling. All the bullets coming out. I was thinking it nice to have some Serbs standing in front of me.”

One Letter to the Editor cogently responded, “…Maybe this makes it more understandable why Serbs do not wish to live in an independent Croatian state. If an educated, young Croatian athlete, described by you as an ambassador for the Croatian cause, makes statements like this, we can only guess what he privately says or thinks about the Serbian people. Worse, what are the plans and thoughts of his less educated and more aggressive countrymen? With such appalling remarks, Ivanisevic is certainly not helping the cause of his people…”

On the contrary. If international Croatian terrorism in the 70s and 80s — in pursuit of the same nationalist cause and killing a New York cop — didn’t hurt, what could Ivanisevic’s words do? Indeed, the terrorism was ultimately rewarded by the world joining Croatia against non-terrorist Yugoslavia. ( “Aggression,” anyone?) The West has been backing radicals ever since backing radicals in all three sides of the Yugoslav civil wars.

(For a particularly intriguing entry on Croatian terror, see the “March 17, 1980″ header on this page. It turns out that the Oregon-born wife of the Croatian cop-killer was hired by the Croatian Embassy in Washington after her release in 1989, and her Wiki page lists her as a “writer” and “activist.” While, as the Croatia ambassador’s “adviser,” she was influencing American reporters on how to view the Bosnian conflict (unfavorably to Serbs), the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association wrote, “For the Croatian Government to literally condone murder and terrorism is appalling. Our Government should sever diplomatic relations.” You would think. But as we’ve seen, there’s no level of insult or act of war that won’t be tolerated by Washington if committed by an enemy of the Serbs.)

You can complain about coach Goluza — or, I suppose, about the exhibit — to complaints@enquiries.london2012.com.

I’ve been meaning to get back to the Ratko Mladic media frenzy over a supposed throat-cutting gesture that he may or may not have made at the largely Muslim pubic gallery in May — the same gesture that a year earlier was mis-attributed to him by the AP. Within a day of this year’s “gesture” news, it came out that the Prosecution failed to hand over tens of thousands of documents to the Defense. What didn’t come out was that presiding judge Alphons Orie knew about it. But he was in such a rush to start the media orgy that the Mladic trial would bring, that he betrayed the legal profession in favor of media attention (which is par for the course at The Hague anyway). Meanwhile, thanks to the media’s zeal to have another Mladic lynching, by the end of the trial’s opening, the story ended up being something else, bringing unwanted attention to the Prosecution and the tribunal, rather than the Defendant.

Below is a news item about the suspicious “omission” of documents — one of those rare Hague stories that makes it into the mainstream, offering the smallest glimpse of the shadiness upon which the entire edifice is based. Following the short news item is an excerpt from Peter Brock’s article implicating Orie.

Ratko Mladic war crimes trial plunged into confusion
Lawyers prosecuting Bosnian Serb commander failed to provide documents to defence, causing judge to announce delay
(by Julian Borger in The Hague, May 17)

The Hague war crimes tribunal, already under fire for its slow pace in dealing with Balkan war crimes cases, was thrown into confusion on Thursday by the revelation that lawyers prosecuting the Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic had failed to turn over hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence to the defence.

The Dutch judge, Alphons Orie, said the mistake would lead to a delay in the trial, which lawyers were already predicting would last four years or more.

The fiasco drew outrage from Bosnian survivors and bereaved families who had made the trip to The Hague to see Mladic face trial.

“We don’t agree with this. We ask to speed up the trial and to speed up the judgment, because it is important for the past, for Bosnia and the whole region, and it’s important for the future, [and because we Muslims care little for legality]” said Hatidza Mehmedovic, whose husband and two sons, one still a teenager, were among over 7,000 men and boys massacred by Mladic’s forces in Srebrenica.

It was unclear how the debacle at The Hague had come about. The prosecution declared in November that it had handed the documentation over and only realised last Friday that it had failed to do so. The defence says a million pages were involved. Prosecutors admit that more than 37,000 documents could be missing. […]

The prosecution’s claim that it only realized “last Friday” that not all the documents had been turned over is questionable. According to the Daily Telegraph, “The deadline for disclosure was last November and despite complaints from the defence in February, the UN prosecutors had failed to hand over the documents by last Friday.”

And now, Peter Brock’s article, emphasis added, and with the following disclaimer by Brock for his referring to Judge Orie as Orie-Freisler:

Since it is fashionable to invoke Nazi-era names and symbolisms for Serbs whenever they are dragged through courtrooms at The Hague, it is only fair to apply similar treatment all around, including the applicable legacy of the late Judge Roland Freisler, State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice and President of the People’s Court (Volksgerichtshof). He was the master orchestrator of the notorious German show trials.

Hague’s ‘Judge Orie-Freisler’ in contempt of his own court!
Add obstruction of justice, conspiracy and evidence tampering to judicial misconduct

THE HAGUE (May 21, 2012) - Alphonsus Martinus Maria Orie-Freisler, the 64-year-old presiding judge in the trial of Ratko Mladic, should hold himself in contempt for violating the Rules of Procedure and Evidence governing the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Rule 77, Section A, Subsection iii, was breached by Orie-Freisler five days ago (May 17, 2012) when he imposed an indefinite suspension of proceedings after just three hours into the second trial-day for the 70-year-old Mladic….

Sitting Judge Orie-Freisler grievously exceeded his privilege of judicial discretion by suspending proceedings and obstructing justice in a cover-up for prosecutors who had attempted to conceal “millions of pages” among “hundreds of thousands” of missing documents which prosecutors failed to turn over to Mladic’s defense team. Orie-Freisler and others had known about it for almost a week. Add to this, conspiracy and evidence tampering.

He could have delayed the sensational start of the trial the previous day instead of pandering to the prosecution’s gory rehearsal of genocide charges. But, Orie-Freisler simply wanted to publicly re-ignite the pack media — even if only for a day or two — and had ignored the cardinal rule that requires the disclosure of all prosecution evidence.

As a result, the grandstanding Dutch judge and the rest of the ICTY found themselves held up to unprecedented international ridicule on just about every television news program aired that evening in the known world.

“The Tribunal in the exercise of its inherent power,” stipulates Rule 77, “may hold in contempt those who knowingly and willfully interfere with its administration of justice, including any person who… (iii) without just excuse fails to comply with an order to… produce documents before a Chamber…”

Gladstone’s famous tenet — “justice delayed is justice denied” — cannot be more aptly offended than by wayward judges who abuse their privilege of procedural discretion and instead collude with prosecutors to conceal evidence from the defense. In most civilized Western countries the offense amounts to judicial misconduct.

The prosecution, headed by two Americans, Peter McCloskey (son of former California Republican congressman Pete McCloskey), and Dermot Groome (a little-heralded former Manhattan prosecutor and law school instructor) well understood the elementary statute about evidence disclosure — and even announced seven months ago they had complied!

But after all, it was Orie-Freisler’s responsibility, and he could have summoned lawyers to a less inflammatory pre-trial hearing to determine the extent of the prosecution’s “mistake” without the courtroom carnival…

Even the near-institutional bias of the media could not shield Orie-Freisler’s circus from its indictments the next day with headlines that the caricature “was thrown into confusion” by an “apparent clerical error” which “cast a shadow over one of the court’s biggest cases — and over the reputation of the court itself.” (Associated Press)

How serious is the issue?

Orie-Freisler clownishly referred to it as a minor denouement of only “significant disclosure errors.”

But, despite the forgone prediction about Mladic’s waning mortality, not to mention any lingering vapor of hope for a declared mistrial, the defense pegs the missing documents at “a million pages” while prosecutors admit that, yes, “more than 37,000 documents could be missing.”

…The tribunal itself rushed out a letter from prosecutors to defense lawyers, which attempted to head off a motion for mistrial, offering that the “missing documents were not uploaded onto an electronic database accessible to defense lawyers. ‘We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,’ it read.”

The usually friendly reporters impugned the blunder as the latest ICTY “fiasco” and “debacle” (The Guardian).

As expected, The New York Times’ ICTY-protector, Marlise Simons composed a soft-pedaled two-paragraph litany for the top of her report, beginning with the standard reference to the 1995 “massacre” at Srebrenica….Obviously, Simons wanted to clinically sanitize Orie-Freisler, the ICTY, the prosecutors and to get in her own apology for them all, beginning in the third paragraph:

“…Frederick Swinnen, an adviser to the prosecutor, said that the prosecution had reviewed more than a million pages from other trials to check for material that it must share with Mr. Mladic’s defense. ‘But there was a technical error,’ Mr. Swinnen said, ‘and several thousand pages were not accurately uploaded when they were sent. We recently learnt of this, and we are trying to correct it as fast as possible’.”

The New York Post withheld any Murdochian sensation and reported without tabloid sarcasm that “evidence errors” had caused the suspended proceedings. Its cross-town rival The New York Daily News unsheathed its 200-word verdict (hacked from the Agence France-Presse service), death sentence, and banishment from the planet:

“To see 70-year-old Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic hauled before a war crimes tribunal is to witness a man of evil called to account for the blood on his hands…That blood collected in immeasurable quantities during the 1992-95 war that followed Yugoslavia’s dissolution…On this Earth, he can never pay enough for his crimes.”

Anthem-like, Jasmina Tesanovic [on Huffington Post], “feminist author and political activist”, according to her byline — although coming across more like another self-hating Serb” — bemoaned the defiant image of Mladic, alluding to his baldness, and her dissatisfaction with proceedings at The Hague, generally…Tesanovic’s own third paragraph recited from a Serbian proverb that “The wolf loses his hair but not his character.”

“There is little going [on] in The Hague courtroom that wasn’t described by Hannah Arendt during Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem in 1963.

“It outdoes Hollywood, though. Angelina Jolie’s recent movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey, is a pale replica of this horror reality show, live from The Hague…

“The Serbian population is still living in denial, and other nations have learned to let this new nation do that…”

Mike Corder, of the Associated Press and the “dean” of correspondents covering the war crimes trials at The Hague for the past seventeen years, did his usual job — all sizzle, no steak. He consistently knows more than he tells and will never encounter a shriek of protest from the Mothers of Srebrenica.

Orie-Freisler’s boss, Tribunal president Theodor Meron, an 82-year-old American and an Holocaust survivor, likewise cannot be happy that the prosecution had much earlier informed Orie-Freisler about the missing evidence. Meron was ensconced behind his chamber doors as ICTY apologists scurried around to come up with a reasonable explanation for Orie-Freisler’s exhibition of incompetent trial management in the headlong rush to start the Mladic show the day before…

Meron had just 48 hours earlier denied a defense motion to remove Orie-Freisler from presiding in the case because of his tangled impartiality in previous sentencing of several former subordinates of Mladic.

Perceived as a Dutch favorite-son at The Hague, Orie-Freisler bragged to Deutsche Presse-Agentur in 2008 that he and two-dozen other trial court judges enjoyed “very nice” annual salaries and perks worth almost $250,000 — including “official” travel and lodgings, generous holidays, etc.

Meron, an avid Shakespearean, and author of several prohibitively expensive volumes that deal with the obscure (to general readerships) minutiae of international law….[has a new] collection on the subject of the international tribunals, The Making of International Criminal Justice — A View from the Bench: Selected Speeches.

The “making” of laws without the use of democratic legislatures and parliaments used to worry such organizations as the American Bar Association in the ICTY’s formative beginnings in the 1990s. But no longer. […]

In an article following up on the trial’s postponement, the World Socialist Web Site offered some interesting revelations, or rather confirmations of what we already knew:

Mladic trial postponed indefinitely (By Paul Mitchell, May 28, 2012)

…Orie made his announcement after the defence called for a six month delay, claiming that it had “repeatedly complained of lack of full and timely disclosures” from the prosecution and criticised “the inaction of the Chamber to timely respond to the verified complaints of the Defence made previously (and since last year).”

Prosecutors Dermot Groome and Peter McCloskey insisted that they only became aware of the problem on April 24, three weeks before the start of the trial. They blamed a computer “operator error” for failing to disclose witness statements, photos, maps and other evidence but claimed that they were largely “technical” in nature, and that “an adjournment should be of a limited duration.”

Besides Serbia’s reluctance to capture Mladic, there has been covert opposition to his arrest on the part of the United States, Britain and France. This was revealed following the capture of former RS president Radovan Karadzic….The prosecution finished its case against Karadzic earlier this month and the defence case is scheduled for a few months time. Like Mladic, Karadzic also disappeared following the signing of the November 1995 Dayton Accord….When he was captured, Karadzic claimed that he had been offered immunity by the US in return for stepping down from office and disappearing from public life.

Del Ponte acknowledged that this claim was true. Her spokeswoman, Florence Hartmann, said, “Information about the fugitives’ whereabouts was abundant, however, it would always turn out that one of the three countries — the US, Britain or France — would block arrests.”

“Sometimes arrest operations were halted by [former French President Jacques] Chirac personally, other times by [former President Bill] Clinton,” she added.

Hartmann said that “the reasons why Western powers don’t want to see Karadzic and Mladic on trial is . . . their very likely intent to put the blame for the crimes they have committed on the international community by saying that they have been given a green or orange light to take over the Srebrenica enclave.”

“Western powers created the conditions for mass killings to happen”, she added. From the day the ICTY was created, “there was an effort to steer justice to justify the actions of the big powers in their response to the war, the genocide. . . . They consistently tried to overlook who was indicted, and then selectively provided evidence and even altered it depending if the Tribunal mandate to establish the truth would harm them or not”. […]

Angelina Jolie Bosnia Film: Wesley Clark Says “Absolutely Truthful”

From Roger Friedman’s “Showbiz 411″ on January 2:

Our LA reporter LEAH SYDNEY taking note in December: With the kudos of a Golden Globe Nomination, Angelina Jolie’s moving new film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” the movie also got a thumbs up from General Wesley Clark, a retired General who also ran for President in 2004. At the premiere in Hollywood The General told us, “I was there during that war, and this film was hard to watch but totally truthful. Extremely realistic and terribly moving.” The General then had a chat with Angelina.

We then asked Angelina if the heaviness of the scenes ever go to her.

Angelina: “It was a kind and gentle set. Both sides came together, especially during the heavy scenes. My cast and crew were just amazing.”

Who knew? Angelina Jolie gets Bosnia right — on her first attempt!

And here I’ve been working so hard to figure it out for over a decade. A case of an airhead actress knowing and understanding the world better? “Amazing”!

And when you have the endorsement of America’s most air-headed “perfumed” general in history, well that just says it all.

(By the way, I’d always hoped that Wesley would finally come out with his own fragrance. Or at least that he’d come out.)

*****UPDATE*****

Historian Carl Savich underscores the following about the writer of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty report below:

Regarding your current analysis of Nenad Pejic’s nonsensical screed in the CIA’s RFE/RL, are you familiar with Mr. Pejic’s background?

He was the director of Sarajevo Television for twenty years. He worked for CNN during the Bosnian Civil War. CNN was at the forefront of anti-Serbian media reporting. And now he works for the CIA. He is a media whore, a journalistic prostitute. He writes to satisfy his CIA paymasters. Follow the money trail. Is bias an issue here? Can you even imagine the CIA being objective and unbiased?…If you examine his output of articles for the CIA, they all have one element in common. They are all predictably anti-Serbian. They all espouse a party line, the CIA line or position…And it is a subtle touch that the CIA propaganda mouthpiece is actually from the Balkans, from Yugoslavia, from Serbia. Pejic is a graduate of Belgrade University. He is also a former Yugoslav. This adds a certain verisimilitude to his mindless propaganda outburts. But check out his track record. He is as predictable as it gets…

He is like Sonja Biserko and Natasha Kandic…Of course, CNN would not hire him if he was not anti-Serbian. And then he works for RFE/RL, which is a front organization originally formed and funded by the CIA. Due to criticism, it is now run and funded by the US government. Same difference…Now it is a front for a front…[Pejic] is an employee of the US government. His screeds tell us what the US government position is. Easy enough.

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

Earlier this week we saw some examples of efforts to identify with Serbia the Bosnian-Muslim jihadist who opened fire on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo last Friday. Here, from Monday, is another. Courtesy of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:

The Results Of Hate Speech And Inaction In Bosnia (by Nenad Pejic, Oct. 31)

…[H]is journey began several hours earlier that morning, when he crossed the border from Serbia into Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jasarevic is a Serbian citizen.
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Stepping from tram No. 3, Jasarevic reportedly yelled “Run! Run away!” at passersby as he pulled an AK-47 from his backpack and began to fire. He continued to shoot for some 20 minutes before a police sniper shot him in the leg. It was later revealed that he had two explosives on him, but he apparently made no attempt to activate them. In fact, he stood calmly at the tram stop throughout the incident, making no effort to leave or to take cover.

It was a strange incident. Terrorists more commonly seek to maximize civilian casualties. Spreading fear is, after all, the definition of terrorism.

[So already we have a comparatively “good” Muslim terrorist here.]

But nothing like this happened in Sarajevo. It is unclear whether Jasarevic expected to die in the attack. And he warned citizens to run away. One police officer was wounded in the initial moments of the attack, but there were no other casualties except the gunman himself. Instead of being afraid, citizens of Bosnia have spoken out loudly and often to denounce the violence. [Even better Muslims distancing themselves.]

As the details of the incident emerged, it became clear that Jasarevic was an easy recruit. His few visits to the Wahhabist village of Maoca in Bosnia hardly qualify him as an Islamic fundamentalist or a radical. But he has a criminal record, including a robbery three years ago in Austria. Late last year, he was spotted by police in the Serbian city of Novi Pazar during a visit there by ambassadors from the United States, Japan, and eight EU countries. He refused to show his identification, and a large knife was found in his pocket. He was detained but not arrested.

The main result of Jasarevic’s attack so far has been to provoke a long-overdue discussion about the ability of Bosnia-Herzegovina to cope with radicalism.

The reactions of politicians across Bosnia have been predictable. Leaders in Sarajevo say the attack was targeted “against Bosnia.” And, indeed, it was — but these same leaders are forgetting their responsibility for increasingly imposing Islamic practices on all citizens of the country. They haven’t been commenting on why they tolerate the implementation of a parallel legal system (Shari’a law) in Maoca. [He gets points for this point.]

They don’t talk about why they took little action in June 2010 when a terrorist attack in the village of Bugojino left one police officer dead and six others wounded. “After the Bugojino attack, we proposed several measures, but half of them were refused by parliament and condemned by the Islamic community of Bosnia,” Sadik Ahmetovic, head of the Bosnian Security Agency, told RFE/RL’s Balkan Service…

Bosnian Serb leaders point their fingers at their Muslim counterparts and accuse them of tolerating Wahhabism. But they don’t talk about how they tolerate — even sponsor — Serbian organizations that recruit Serbs to go to Kosovo to “defend Serbian lands” against NATO-led KFOR forces…One part of Bosnia’s leadership is radicalizing Muslims with hate speech, while another part does the same by tolerating radical behavior.

Just three weeks ago, the Atlantic Initiative wrote in a security-risk analysis:

‘Unsubstantiated allegations of an increased terrorism threat in Bosnia, based on the preposterous claim that some 100,000 Wahhabis reside in the country, are not aimed at deterring such a threat but rather at pigeonholing Bosniaks as terrorists and delegitimizing their political aims. In response, the Bosniak side, and particularly the official Islamic community, has descended into default denial of any security threat that may be posed by the presence of dangerous individuals and ideologies associated with Islam, calling all such references hostile and Islamophobic. Consequently, law enforcement officials have been left to balance between two opposing, and equally flawed, perceptions and they have adjusted their analysis and reaction to the terrorism threat to suit the outcomes desired by their respective political elite.” […]

Some responses to the commentary, which appeared below it:

by: Billy

Going by this article, Jasarevic is merely a misunderstood nice-guy, whilst Dodik is the real problem and no doubt Serbs are to be blamed for the attack. A common theme on RFERL.

by: Schlomo from: Canada

Here we go again. A Muslim extremist attacks US embassy and somehow this is tied back to Serbia and the problems Bosniaks have with Serbs. Give me a brake. Call spade a spade. This is a Bosniak problem for having allowed and continuing to allow these muslim groups to thrive in their country. They may or may not support them, but certainly they allow them to spread their culture within what once were moderate muslims. Now with Sharia laws and other strange habits, they get to see what can happen if Bosnia falls to the Muslim hands. As for Serbia defending its land in Kosovo - please tell me what that has to do with Islamic mad man in Sarajevo?!!? Concentrate please! Serbia defending its land is a completely different story. Whoever wrote this is surely not a journalist.

by: john from: melbourne

So a muslim terrorist that the serbs have been fighting since the break up of Yugoslavia, re kosovo and Bosnia AlQaeda’s children, is Serbias fault.
Figure that.
Imagine a Serb actually did something like this, Nato would bomb Belgrade and Banjaluka immediately!
Nato bombs Serbs to carve a muslim country, muslims bomb America to thank them, nice!

by: George Arvanitis Bouas from: Melbourne

I cannot believe this article passed for serious journalism. There have been 15,000+ jihadists attacks globally since 9/11 - are Serbs to blame for this? This jihadist was inspired by the Koran to do what he did and he did not shoot (Muslim) civilians because that is “haram” forbidden by the Koran. The influence of jihadists grew when during the war the US, NATO etc supported the Islamists against the Orthodox Christian Serbs. Iran and Saudi Arabia did so and continue to do so. As for Kosovo, UN resolution 1244 and international law says Kosovo is Serbia. When will the US wake up and see that its Balkans policy has been fundamentally flawed. The US, Germany, NATO etc bombed and killed Serb civilians, the Yugoslav army which was defending Yugoslavia and violated international law. Time to wake up and realise your mistakes.

by: Fred from: USA

The real problem is that the politicians focusing on ethnic politics are preventing the country from functioning. Major blame for that lies with Dodik. All those that blame Bosnia need to remember that this guy lives in Serbia. Serbian police had him on their radar. It remains to be seen if they shared this information with Bosnia or if this guy was not a sufficient threat at the time to do so. The Serbian area of Sandzak has more such people there and they should be monitored and arrested if a threat. Also the border police should cooperate more to share information about potential threats.
I also guarantee that the previous three comments are from Serbian diaspora.

(Ah, so this decade the problem is Serbia not clamping down enough on Muslims!)

by: steve from: USA

The last post by Fred seems perplexing. If the real problem is that politicians are focusing on their constituents, then the real problem seems to be representative democracy. Perhaps…Would Fred also guarantee that anyone who writes a post in support of Israel is Jewish? What nonsense?

by: Sergey from: Chicago, USA

“One part of Bosnia’s leadership is radicalizing Muslims with hate speech, while another part does the same by tolerating radical behavior”

Well, Mr Pejic. Let’s try to see your reasoning. Dodik and Bosnian Serb nationalists, by saying “hate speeches” against Bosnian and other Balkan Muslims, are “radicalizing” them into attacking the United States embassy — the embassy of the country that actually went to WAR against Serbia and Bosnian Serbs to make Muslim states of Bosnia and Kosovo possible.

Just think about it .If you have an enemy or adversary who say bad things about you, why would you attack your friend who seeks to protect you and defend your interests ?

This is really a line of reasoning that can be roughly translated into: “No matter what X does, blame it on Y. Even if Y is not at fault, find a reason to blame it on Y too”.

Now let’s look at another example of “brilliant” reasoning - Atlantic Initiative Report that you cited.

“Unsubstantiated allegations of an increased terrorism threat in Bosnia, based on the preposterous claim that some 100,000 Wahhabis reside in the country, are not aimed at deterring such a threat but rather at pigeonholing Bosniaks as terrorists and delegitimizing their political aims.

In response, the Bosniak side, and particularly the official Islamic community, has descended into default denial of any security threat that may be posed by the presence of dangerous individuals and ideologies associated with Islam, calling all such references hostile and Islamophobic.”

If allegations are unsubstantiated, why wouldn’t Bosniak leadership side want to prove them wrong by INCREASING security cooperation with NATO, EU, etc. ? Why would Bosnian Muslim leadership be so super sensitive to allegations made by adversarial Bosnian Serb leadership to such an extent that they would REFUSE cooperating with the ALLIES of Bosnian Muslims ?

Sorry Mr. Pejic, but all these lines of reasoning look like an utter nonsense to me and another lame attempt to whitewash Jihadists in the Balkans and elsewhere.

by: Wim from: Voorhout

It is the West that is radicalizing Bosnia. In the war by encouraging the Muslims to ask support amongst Al Qaeda types and now by encouraging the Bosniaks to undermine Dayton by filling the positions reserved for Croats - including the Croat seat in the presidency - with their own stooges.

Regarding the comment that “All those that blame Bosnia need to remember that this guy lives in Serbia. Serbian police had him on their radar. It remains to be seen if they shared this information with Bosnia or if this guy was not a sufficient threat at the time to do so…” :

Serbia asked before 9 months for the arrest of Jasarevic

Serbia and the Interpol headquarters in Lyon nine months ago, asked for warrants for Mevlida Jašarević, a Wahhabi, but the Ministry of Security of BiH Interpol asked the panel to reject the request of Belgrade, writes “Evening News”.

Citing multiple sources of intelligence and security circles, the paper says that in Sarajevo Belgrade’s intention that the terrorists be stopped [was] described as “another attempt to arrest Bosnian, which is not based on evidence.”

Serbia…characterized [Jasarevic] as a very dangerous person, a member of the radical Wahhabi movement.

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a decision today that Dino Pečenković and Munib Ahmetspahić sets one-month detention. The two are suspected of 28th October Mevlida Jašaraviću helped during the attack on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo.

Pečenković was born in 1987 in Bihac, lives in Maoca and Ahmetspahić was born in 1990 in Zenica, where he resides…[there are] contacts [between] Wahhabis from Novi Pazar and those in Kosovo and Bosnia.

Special attention will be devoted to information about groups with whom they associated in Europe, as well as their cooperation with international terrorist organizations.

It is assumed that the FBI was interested in the number of Wahhabis in the Sandzak, its organization, methods of operation and compatibility with other Wahhabi centers outside Serbia…All of this information…Serbian police and BIA have already and are ready to make them available to the FBI…FBI agents investigating Serbian Wahhabis are especially interested in the seized discs, where [there are] images [of] killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Russian troops in Chechnya.

Getting back to the point about associating the Muslim attacker with Serbia. Serbia’s interior minister, Ivica Dacic, said, “Now, in order to disguise the word Bosniak or Muslim, they say that he is a citizen of Serbia. Well, he is a citizen of Serbia, but he belongs to the extreme Bosniak Wahhabi and radical Islam, and we all know it…the entire world knows that they risk absolutely no threat of terrorism from Serbia or from Serbs, except in the cheapest movies.”

On that closing truism, here are some updates from the anti-Serb movie industry:

“Killing Season” is an action movie set in the Appalachian Mountains about an American military veteran (De Niro) who has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods. When a rare visitor, a European tourist (Travolta), appears on the scene, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. But in fact the visitor is a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge. What follows is a tense, action packed battle across some of America’s most forbidding landscape that proves the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.

Well they finally did it — the ultimate Hollywood fantasy: combining the “scariness” of an American hillbilly landscape with an even lesser threat: a Serb. And De Niro is a Serb-lover. Go figure. Then again, I hear that mental coherence isn’t his strongsuit.

And check out this update on Angelina’s safe-Serb-villain project: “Why couldn’t you have been born a Serb?” (It would have to take someone who doesn’t know Serbs to put a line like that into a character’s mouth — with help, of course, from a crew stacked with Serbs’ enemies, engaging in the usual projections.) More “chilling” lines from the Serbian soldier character are cited here. And a lovely blurb:

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, the story of a Serbian rape camp administrator and a Bosnian-Muslim woman and war victim set in Bosnia in the 90s, has arrived.

So now it’s a Serbian “rape camp.”

Angelina Jolie has some sick fantasies. Worse, unoriginal ones.

At least once in a while movies and reality do collide. From Cinemax’s “Strike Back 07″:

A Section 20 mission in Vienna is diverted when the team learns that four European Union officials — including MI6 agent John Allen, who has firsthand knowledge of Latif and Project Dawn — have been kidnapped in Kosovo. Behind the abduction is a Kosovo heroin overlord, Fatmir Hasani, who seeks the release of his cousin Agim Rama, an imprisoned terrorist involved in multiple international attacks. Under the auspices of Kosovo peacekeeping forces (KFOR) led by U.S. Major Donoghue, Scott and Stonebridge are airlifted with Rama into a Kosovo forest in an attempt to make an exchange.

But an unforeseen firefight turns the site into chaos, and Scott and Stonebridge’s efforts to escape with the hostages are derailed when they reach the KFOR recovery site — and find it abandoned. Charging sexy hostage Dana Van Rijn to look after her companions, Scott and Stonebridge trek to a Hasani heroin facility, where they hope to hijack a truck to transport the group to safety. But dozens of hostile guards, not to mention some unexpected intruders, pose formidable obstacles for the intrepid duo.

A subsequent episode:

Burned by the duplicity of Major Donoghue, Scott and Stonebridge find themselves held captive with the four EU hostages in the wilderness of Kosovo. As Grant and her team in Vienna work feverishly to locate the group, the local drug overlord Hasani sets in motion his plan to eliminate everyone but Dana, who will fetch a good price as a sex slave, and Allen, the double agent who has been providing information to Latif. With an assist from an unexpected ally, Scott and Stonebridge extricate the group from captivity, but find even more perilous encounters on the road to freedom. As the body count inexorably rises, another twisted facet of Latif’s dark empire surfaces: a human “organ farm” whose next harvest may come from a Section 20 agent.

Kosovo kidnapping. Heroin. Albanian terrorists. Sex slavery. Organ harvesting. Finally someone has been doing his/her Balkans research.

*****UPDATE*****
And here it is…again, with thanks to Dragan Rakic for pointing this out and writing the note below it:

Bosnia: Imams Condemn Violence (Nov. 5): “A 23-year-old gunman, a Muslim from neighboring Serbia, fired at the embassy, wounding one police officer before he was shot in the leg and arrested.”

Dear editor,

Although you might already know it, the sentence quoted from your Nov 5 edition, is an approximation for many reasons.

First, Muslims “from neighboring Serbia”, call themselves “Bosniaks” and not Serbs. If it is their democratic choice, why would any media call them “Serbs”. They claim their “human rights” as “Bosniaks”, but when they commit a terrorist acts, then they become automatically “Serbs”. Bosnian imams know perfectly well who is who and who does what, so the hypocrisy should be stopped there.

Dragan Rakic, [France]

(See Nebojsa Malic’s analysis precisely to this effect.)

I’ve been meaning to check in on Angelina Jolie and how this friend of Bosnian-Muslims is doing with her pro-Bosnian-Muslim film project. So I’m a little late with the update below.

One thing that passed without notice is the fact that, to her great credit, among the refugees that Jolie visited with were in fact Serbian refugees of the Bosnian war — the ones you just don’t hear about. I suspected that she had met with some Serbs in my original post on her April 2010 visit to Bosnia, based on this report which carefully does not identify them as such, since the words “Serb” and “refugee” must stay divorced. But this update confirms that Jolie had in fact met with 15 Serbian refugees: Bosnian Refugees Get Donation After Jolie’s Visit

The Serbs, still unable to return to their homes in Bosnia 15 years later, are grateful for the attention that Jolie’s visit called to their plight, which resulted in the U.S. quietly (guiltily) giving a $500,000 donation so that an apartment building can be built for them.

Especially given the contrast between the Bosnian-Serb women she visited with and the Bosnian-Muslim women whose propaganda her film furthers, I would totally be loving on the Serbs over the Muslims.

Because as we know, no matter how much or how often you do for Muslims, it’ll backfire in the end:

Rape victims tell Jolie to leave stories untold (Nov. 1)

…The ordeal of the Bosniak women has been thrust into the spotlight again, after it was announced recently that Angelina Jolie is to make a film which will allegedly tell of the love between a Serb rapist and his Muslim victim…

But for victims of mass rapes in Bosnia, the idea of their stories being retold is almost torture. Their faces offer horrified expressions, their hands shake and bodies tremble as they speak, in tears, about events that changed their lives forever.

For Bakira Hasecic, the 55-year-old head of the Women Victims of War (WVW) association, there is no way anyone can turn the trauma of Bosniak women into film.

“What we have gone through cannot be filmed,” says Ms Hasecic in Sarajevo. Originally from Visegrad in Bosnia, she is also victim of repeated rape and has dedicated her life to finding the perpetrators and bringing them to justice…

The international war crimes tribunal in The Hague, along with domestic courts in Sarajevo, have so far passed sentences totalling 500 years against the perpetrators of the mass rape of Bosniak women.

“It’s for us to tell the truth,” says Jasmina, a survivor and a prosecution witness in several cases. She and her young daughter were raped in Foca in 1992. “But I’m not satisfied [with the prison sentences], a couple of years and that’s it. And every statement I give opens up the old wounds that can never go away.”

Angelina Jolie forced to cut short filming in Bosnia (Nov. 18)

Angelina Jolie has cut short the shooting of her first film in Bosnia after rumours that it portrayed a relationship between a rapist and his victim sparked protests from women who were raped during the civil war.

Jolie had originally planned to spend 10 days shooting scenes in Bosnia, but now filming will be completed in just three or four days, said Edin Sarkic, her Bosnian producer. Jolie herself will only briefly visit the set, he said.

Angelina Jolie is unfit ambassador, Bosnian activists tell United Nations (Nov. 30)

…Bosnian victims of sexual violence during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s have written to the United Nations suggesting the actor and film-maker does not deserve her “goodwill ambassador” status because she ignored their concerns over a forthcoming film.

Jolie started shooting her directorial debut – a love story between a Muslim woman and a Serb man set during the country’s civil war in the early 90s – in Bosnia in October…Jolie soon came in for criticism from Bosnia’s Association of Women Victims of War after she failed to meet members to discuss the stories.

…[T]he Association remains angry at what it sees as Jolie’s “ignorant” attitude and has now written to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), for which Jolie is a goodwill ambassador.

“Angelina Jolie’s ignorant attitude towards victims says enough about the scenario and gives us the right to continue having doubts about it,” the group wrote.

“We have insisted [on meeting] Angelina Jolie since we don’t want to be wrongly presented in the world … Our voices are worthwhile and we should have got much more respect. Angelina made a big mistake. We feel that she did not act like a real UNHCR ambassador and we believe that she has no more credibility to remain the ambassador.”

Jolie said in a statement in October that it would be a shame if “unfair pressure based on wrong information” prevented her from shooting her movie. According to her synopsis, the movie is a wartime love story between a Serb guard in a prison camp and his former girlfriend, a Bosnian Muslim detainee. It does not contain any rape scenes.

Jolie asked her crew to shoot a few panoramic scenes in Bosnia earlier this year, but did not herself travel to the country. The rest of the filming has reportedly been completed in Hungary.

Bakira Hasečić, the Association’s head, told news agency AFP Jolie had invited the victims to meet her in Hungary, but they had refused the invitation.

“Crimes were committed here, in Bosnia, and we want to meet her here,” she said. “We wanted to talk woman to woman. She should have asked after the victims, come [to Bosnia] before the shooting to hear our voice. As far as we are concerned a love story could not have existed in a camp. Such an interpretation is causing us mental suffering.”

A similar report reveals that the number of Bosnian-Muslim rape victims is down from 60,000 to 20,000:

Bosnian wartime rape victims slam ‘ignorant’ Jolie

After initial problems with the permission to shoot a part of the movie in Bosnia, due to complaints by victims’ associations to local authorities, Jolie eventually had her team film only a few panoramic views earlier this month without being present herself in the Balkan country.

The 1992-1995 war between Bosnia’s Croats, Muslims and Serbs claimed some 100,000 lives.
Government officials estimate that at least 20,000 mostly Muslim women were raped during the conflict.

The most recent report is here (Dec. 2), and a Huffington Post blogger weighed in here:

Smoke, but No Fire: Bosnian Activist Group ‘Women Victims of War’ Attacks Angelina Jolie Over Made-up Concerns Regarding Her New Film (Dec. 2)

The headlines scream “Jolie called insensitive to Bosnian rape victims!” and “Angelina Jolie called ignorant by Women Victims of War.” But if you read the story, and read their statement, it becomes quite clear that this group (however noble their work is up to this point) has used the media’s obsession with smacking down big celebrities as a way to get their name in the newspapers.

The statement released seriously trashes Jolie (calling her ignorant and asking for her goodwill UN ambassadorship to be stripped) for making a movie that COULD contain insensitive and/or inflammatory material and COULD “make light” of the plight of Bosnian rape victims. This may just be an attempt for the group to gain free attention and/or get a donation from Jolie or the studio funding her picture.

…The crux of their protests is that Jolie should have been expected to keep this specific group informed in every part of the filmmaking process, from screenwriting to casting to location scouting. Never mind that Jolie tried to set up a meeting in Hungary, but the group refused, wanting the meeting to take place in Bosnia (which is ironic, since such earlier “controversy” prevented the film from actually shooting first-unit footage in Bosnia). Furthermore, even if the script does not contain a “rapist and rape victim fall in love” subplot (which it allegedly does not), the group is still adamant that simply presenting a film involving a romantic narrative set in such a camp is unacceptable and has caused the group “mental suffering.”

…It’s tough to criticize something called “Women Victims of War” and the work they theoretically do, but the group is playing dirty pool.

I think this group, or at least its spokeswoman, wants a movie in which a Serb rapes no less than 50,000 women.

Unfortunately for them (or fortunately, if we’re speaking retroactively), it looks like out of the 50-60,000 supposedly raped women — I mean 40,000 — I mean 30,000 — I mean 20,000 — only 12 cases have been prosecuted. Which means that the above-mentioned, whopping 500 years-worth of sentences passed were passed for a mere 12 cases:

UN official: Bosnia war rapes must be prosecuted (Nov. 26)

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A U.N. official said Friday that a better job needs to be done in prosecuting rape cases that occurred during the Bosnian war nearly two decades ago, and in other armed conflicts worldwide.

U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallstroem, said only 12 cases have been prosecuted out of an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 victims in Bosnia, which shows “the magnitude of the problem.” She called it a “painfully slow” process.

And I guess she didn’t get the memo that the 50-60,000 figure has been updated to 20,000.

Another bit of Balkan rape trivia, which I happened to catch this week. From a 2003 item by Andy Wilcoxson, concerning the Muslim women and girls of Srebrenica when they didn’t feel like getting raped by the Muslim “men and boys” of Srebrenica:

Naser Oric’s men raped underage civilian girls from their own side, forcing Muslim women trapped in Srebrenica to cross the battle field and seek the protection of the Army of the Republika Srpska.

(Please note in the 1994 article linked in the paragraph above, the number “8,000″ referencing the number of soldiers in Srebrenica. Then begin to understand where the figure of “8,000 men and boys” came from.)

As I ended my last Jolie update, so I’ll end this one: If you’re among the masses still under the Islamo-Western-produced impression that there were tens of thousands of specifically Muslim women raped by specifically Serbs, please educate yourself via the preceding links.

I’ve been loosely following developments concerning Angelina Jolie’s Bosnian flick, a directorial debut for which she significantly has chosen the safe concept of Serb-vilification. This past week saw some very high-profile updates to the story.

Bosnia’s culture minister revoked the rights for Jolie to shoot in the country “after objections from an association of female victims of the Bosnian war. The untitled film project reportedly tells the story of a Serbian man and Bosnian woman who fall in love in the middle of the 1992-1995 war,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

AFP reported:

“They no longer have the authorisation to shoot in Bosnia. They will have it if they send us the scenario with a story which will be different from what we have been told by people who read it,” [Gavrilo] Grahovac told the radio…[R]evoking the filming license was a way to “express our disapproval for the shooting of a movie which does not tell the truth and hurts a large number of victims”.

Last week, Grahovac reversed his decision after he saw the script, which apparently complied with the order that it be “different from what we have been told” so far. Indeed, it seems he found it most acceptable. Let’s see if we can figure out what made it so acceptable.

To reassure the Bosnian-Muslim public, the following tidbit was released:

A Serbian soldier, the hero [protagonist] of Angelina’s story, at the end of the film kills his big love — a young Muslim girl — who he previously rescues from captivity.

Serb to play villain in Angelina’s flick

…According to the claims from a crew member based in Hungary, the screenplay is deemed to shock cinema-goers.

“It is true the story is about Bosnian girl who falls in love with her rapist. The plot involves the male character’s urge – fuelled by love – to put her away somewhere safe and she follows him. He then places her in a remote place far away from other prisoners, whom she had previously been with. He brings her food and other necessities,” says the unnamed source.

Next on in the film’s storyline, the girl falls in love with her Samaritan, which is followed by a twist to the plot.

“Facing a fierce bombing raid both of them take shelter in a nearby church, with a great number of Serbian soldiers dying. That is when he suspects it was she who disclosed the location to the aggressors and hatred grows into the most dominant emotion. Eventually he kills the girl and surrenders to foreign soldiers – the peace-keeping forces – and admits to being a war criminal. […]

Well that certainly simplifies things. All you have to do is reveal that the “good” Serb is a villain like “the rest”…Problem solved.

(Note: Gavrilo Grahovac is probably not a Muslim himself — perhaps Croatian or of “mixed Yugoslav” background — but he has Muslim masters to serve in the government, and naturally the Croats and Muslims are both interested in maintaining the official truth about the lone villain of the Bosnian war: the Serb.)

There is still some question over whether the romance starts with the Serb raping the girl or not. The leaked information above seems to suggest that they do meet through the traditional Serb-raping-Muslim notion, but last week Jolie denied this (perhaps she recently amended the script for the ministry’s benefit):

Angelina Jolie refutes ‘nasty rumor’ about her Bosnia film

…”It’s very simple,” she says during a break in shooting Friday. “There was a nasty rumor that it was about a relationship that started with a rape and torture — and it’s not.”

More than 100,000 died in the 1992 war that exploded between ethnic groups in the former Yugoslavia after the collapse of Communism. Serbian soldiers raped tens of thousands of Bosnian-Muslim women ™*, leading to war-crimes trials, and wounds that remain painful today.

“It’s a relationship that starts in the scene we’re shooting today — in a club, before the war. The main characters begin with lovely, happy, beautiful singing and dancing. It’s a normal relationship in that way, how it begins.”

The idyllic prelude shatters. “The film is about the experience that a lot of different people, on all different sides, have as war takes its toll,” Jolie says. “A couple that maybe would have lived a certain life, had the war not begun, end up having a very different story because of the war.”

Jolie doesn’t blame war survivors for being concerned. “Everything is to be expected when you do films about heavy subject matters that have to do with something so sensitive and so recent,” she says. “It’s absolutely to be handled as delicately as possible.”

As delicately as possible indeed. There certainly won’t be any Muslim bomb threats on movie theaters over this one. For a long time, Serb-demonization has kept us safer than we otherwise might be.

Saying pretty much this exact thing last week was a Bosnian-Muslim actor in the movie, according to an LA Times blogger named Zoran Cirjakovic, who agreed:

…The controversy over the film has yet to fade from the headlines in Bosnia. But local newspapers this week published some accounts of the script that seemed likely to lessen the outrage of Bosnian Muslims.

On Monday Dnevni Avaz, the largest Bosnian daily, ran an article under the headline: “We disclose: The rapist kills the [Bosnian Muslim] woman at the end of Angelina’s film and admits that he is war criminal.”

The article quoted an unnamed source “who had the opportunity to read the whole script” and who “stressed that Jolie portrayed the army that carried out aggression on Bosnia in an exceptionally authentic way.”

The paper also said that Fedja Stukan, a Bosnian actor who is in the film, confirmed “that according to the script, the Serb man kills the Bosniak women at the end.” (Bosniak refers to Bosnian Muslims.) It quoted him as saying “I don’t know what the problem is if a Serb kills a Bosniak. That is what everybody wants to see.”

While that may sound odd, in the complex environment of postwar Bosnia, that is actually what Bosnian Muslims want to see…Bosnian Muslims see the conflict as a war of Serbian aggression; Serbs view it as a civil war. If Serbs are portrayed as aggressors or war criminals in the film, Bosnian Muslims will likely see it as in harmony with their view of the conflict.

So there you have it. Though I must amend the writer’s comment that it’s what they want to see in “postwar” Bosnia — to the fact that it was also what they wanted to see (and the reality they created) in during-war Bosnia. After all, the Bosnian-Muslim government had its snipers shooting into civilian populations, firing on their own people (as well as on Serb civilians), and blaming it on the Serbs so as to win an international intervention. It’s also why they orchestrated the so-calledgenocide” in Srebrenica.

And here we thought Grahovac disapproved “the shooting of a movie which does not tell the truth and hurts a large number of victims.” Go figure.

Nor was that Grahovac’s only lie in all this. According to The Hollywood Reporter story cited earlier, he “said the permit has been rejected, because no screenplay had been attached to the application, as required by law.” But here is what the LA Times blog had high up:

Edin Sarkic of Scout Film, who’s serving as executive producer and location manager for the Bosnian part…said that Jolie’s film was being subjected to intense scrutiny and that it was highly unusual to be asked to submit a full script for review. “At no other place in the world they would ask for the script. One is required to give a synopsis, not a script,” he said. “The script is a work in progress. One can change it during the filming, one can change it during the editing. By the premiere, a script can be changed 13,000 times. But they wanted the script and we gave them the script.”

So at least Hollywood productions are now more openly Muslim-compliant.

* If you’re among the masses still under the Islamo-Western-produced impression that there were tens of thousands of specifically Muslim women raped by specifically Serbs, please educate yourself via the preceding links.

For this follow-up to Angelina Jolie’s Big Bosnian Adventure, as Nebojsa Malic aptly mocked it in an email, Nebojsa informs me that “the whole star-and-crescent-crossed-lovers thing had actually been done already, first in Emir Kusturica’s “Life is a Miracle” (2004) and then in Ahmed Imamovic’s “Go West” (2005), in which the lovers were homosexual. So Jolie’s movie would be typically Hollywood - steal an idea from elsewhere, season with focus-group tropes and cliches, add explosions, sex and violence, and serve to audiences whose taste in film has been neutered by decades of pabulum.”

But here comes the important part concerning the Serb and Bosnian couple killed while crossing out of Sarajevo:

I recall reading somewhere that it was “Celo” (whose nickname means “Baldy”) who had them killed. Though he guaranteed them safe passage, the moment they started to cross, his men began to fire at the Serbs across the river. However much Bosko may have paid him (and it must have been a lot), the sheer propaganda value of having him and Admira killed (supposedly) by the evil Serbs was priceless. If only I could find the damned source for this…I am almost certain it was a Bosnian-Muslim magazine, but I can’t swear on it.

Nebojsa also points out that it was mighty interesting that Celo was in charge of the sector where the couple tried to cross, and that a major firefight broke out right then. “It’s a perfect (non)crime: an honor killing and a propaganda coup, paid for by the victims themselves! What’s not to like?”

Meanwhile, I heard from a source in response to the Sarajevo Romeo and Juliet blog, someone who worked in the Balkans for 10 years, five of them for the UN Office of the High Representative. He wrote:

I have many friends who served in the Bosnian army. Those who know told me on several occasions that their orders were to stop people from leaving the city, with deadly force if necessary. One specifically told me that when spotting civilians trying to cross on the frontline his orders were to order them to halt twice and shoot if they did not heed by then. By contrast on the other side, I was told if they made it, more often than not they were let through by presenting their “old” SFRY [Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia] passports which almost anyone had, and allowed to travel through regardless of nationality, though I would imagine it had it’s risks as well.

The myth was about the “siege” but in fact it was BiH Government that was keeping people in, as much as anything. In fact, with the UN controlling the airport Sarajevo was not surrounded for the majority of the war (though the UN did not let people pass either.. one wonders why the UN was not pushed at all too hard to change this policy).

Incidentally, the real name of the commander Celo was Ramiz Delalic, the man who it can be said fired the shot heard ’round the world when he killed a Serbian groom’s father at a wedding in front of an Orthodox Church in Bosnia in March 1992. He was murdered in 2007 by an Albanian criminal clan.

Now, please note that the Delalic “Celo” is different from another Bosnian army commander/crime boss who helped start the war and was called “Celo.” That Celo was Ismet Bajramovic, who together with other Bosnian then-paramilitiaries shot on a withdrawing convoy of Yugoslav soldiers in 1992, also considered by informed circles to be the shot heard ’round the world in the Bosnian war.

Once again, let’s pause to notice the easy fluidity between Muslim soldiers/jihadists/commanders/terrorists supposedly fighting for a cause, and general criminality. As with Albanian and more Muslimy Muslims, the Bosnian Muslims often start with criminal records, make easy recruits for nationalist and then jihadist struggles, and then go back to their criminal activities, whether still actively engaged in jihad or not. Is it any surprise that we signed on to the Albanians’ nationalist war, and ended up protecting their heroin factories?

So I’m actually going to segue into that subject for the rest of the post. A revelation on this subject for one small-town municipal judge-turned-terrorist-nabber:

One day on the bench, she has an epiphany: The criminal mind-set is like jihadi thinking. It makes sense.

The toughest people in court are in for assault, fueled by drugs and alcohol. The jihadists are like those assailants, Rossmiller decides. Their intoxicant isn’t crystal meth but fundamentalist Islam….

And so below is just a snapshot demonstrating precisely this appeal of Islam:

Ex-cons who converted to Islam in NY have turned up in Yemen as Al Qaeda recruits: Senate report (Jan. 20, 2010)

Ex-cons who converted to Islam in New York and other state prison systems have turned up in Yemen as Al Qaeda terror recruits, a new Senate report says.

The focus on ex-cons was part of an intensified effort by Al Qaeda to involve Americans who could more easily slip through security and pose a “significant threat” to carry out attacks in the U.S., said Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

“These Americans are not necessarily of Arab or South Asian descent” but “include individuals who converted to Islam in prison,” Kerry said in a foreword to the report by his committee.

As many as 36 of the ex-cons, nearly half from New York, were believed to be in Yemen, and U.S. counterterror officials were on “heightened alert because of the potential threat from extremists carrying American passports,” the report said…

L.A. gang member-turned-author gets 6 years for carjacking (May 6, 2008)

…Kody “Monster” Scott, 44…arrested last year, was accused of taking a silver Jaguar that belonged to a friend whom he beat so badly the man needed facial surgery.

Scott, who also goes by the name Sanyika Sakura, was in prison when he wrote “Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member.” He wrote that he killed, robbed and committed other crimes since being inducted into a street gang at age 11. The 1993 book is the basis for a planned movie.

Scott previously served four years in state prison for armed robbery and possession of an AK-47 assault rifle, and had shorter terms for other crimes.

Police contend that he retains gang ties despite a professed conversion to Islam and a renunciation of violence. He was on a list of the 10 most-wanted gang members issued by the Los Angeles Police Department last year.

Foiled Robber Begs For Mercy, Asks To Join Islam (June 3, 2009)

When a baseball bat burglar threatened bodily harm, deli owner-victim Mohammed Sohail unexpectedly turned the tables and pulled out a shotgun.

The would-be thief suddenly surrendered, got down on his knees, blubbering and sobbing like a baby.

“He was begging, crying ‘I’m sorry. I have no money, no food, no job. My family’s hungry,’” Sohail said. “He’s really crying, ‘please don’t call police.’”

Sohail has a soft heart for a man down on his luck and he’d struggled in the past, too. So he struck a deal with the crying crook. He told him to promise he’d never rob anyone again.

With that, Sohail pulled $40 out of his cash register and threw it at the thief.

And then something even more remarkable happened.

“He said he wanted to convert to Islam, that he wanted to be Muslim like me,” Sohail said, pointing to the video. “See? He is raising hand here, and taking oath.”

They shook hands on the oath. […]

The criminal predisposition of those who gravitate to Islam and/or jihad also manifests itself in a taste for child porn:

Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists discovered in police raids (Oct. 17, 2008)

A link between terrorism plots and hardcore child pornography is becoming clear after a string of police raids in Britain and across the Continent, an investigation by The Times has discovered. Images of child abuse have been found during Scotland Yard antiterrorism swoops and in big inquiries in Italy and Spain.

(See also Report: Islamic radicals use child porn to exchange info; Police say secret codes embedded in images)

Along these lines, recruitment for the growing Wahhabi movement in Bosnia and Kosovo has been targeting people with criminal records:

After recruiting people with a criminal past, whose additional motive to join the Wahhabi community were monthly donations, they have begun recruiting followers in the intellectual stratum, targeting particularly the students.

Another Wahhabi centre is located on the outskirts of Sarajevo, in the Hadzici settlement of Kopisanj. This settlement is on a slope of Mount Igman, alongside the Hadzici-Igman road, where Serbs were the majority population before the war. As early as 1999 Hadzici was identified as a place of residence of followers of the conservative interpretation of Islam. That year Kalil Jaraj, a “world-class” terrorist,” was arrested in the Hadzici Municipality over the suspicion of being involved in the plotting of terrorist acts. Mirsad Bektasevic, leader of a group subsequently convicted of terrorism, was also arrested in Hadzici in 1999. One of Hadzici residents in Bektasevic’s group was Amir Bajric, former criminal and drug addict convicted of car theft before he started socializing with the Wahhabis.

Here I have to veer off onto a tangent within a tangent. This drug-addicted, criminal character who found appeal in Wahhabism reminds me of a not-quite-Muslim British ‘journalist’ who went to fight on the Bosnian-Muslim side, ironically classing the Serbs as “a cruel lot.”

I’d written about him in 2007, and dubbed him a Bridiot. Since then, Nebojsa informed me that what this Bridiot — named Anthony Loyd — essentially is, is a “former ‘post-western’ druggie who tried to find himself by flirting with Jihad. So, another druggie looking for a high by killing Serbs, the chief infidel of that region. After the war, he so missed killing Serbs that he wrote a book titled My War Gone By, I Miss It So

Nebojsa read the book and told me, “He doesn’t even pretend to be objective. He likes the Muslims, hates the Serbs and the Russians. Doesn’t bother to hide it. Or the fact that he’s a junkie who got his thrills from being a reporter (well, propagandist) for the mujahedeen.”

A reader responding to my earlier post about Loyd confirmed this characterization, saying, “Anthony Loyd was a ‘reporter’ on [the] Bosnian Muslim front during [the]war. He is a heroin addict and a Muslim apologist. He states as much in his book. This is one of the previous nobodies who made a career out of his anti-Serb ‘reporting.’ Amazing that people like this become credible journalists from the bullshit they write against Serbs.”

Indeed, you can gain employment, credibility and respectability just by hating Serbs.

A similarly crazed character — driven by the same romantic impulse to kill Serbs — came to my attention last year, in this April 20th essay for the UK Telegraph by Philip Sherwell:

I encountered Eduardo Rozsa Flores in the killing fields of eastern Croatia on a bleak day just after Christmas 1991. The flamboyant part-Bolivian, part-Hungarian polyglot journalist-turned-fighter was one of those characters that flourished in the anarchy of that brutal war.

Flores had founded the Croatian army’s grandly-named First International Platoon [Croatian acronym “PIV”], a motley collection of nationalities, including a handful of Britons, fighting for the independence of the breakaway from the old Serb-dominated Yugoslavia.

Different motives brought the volunteers here - love of adventure, obsession with killing, romantic attachment to an underdog [how about that: fascist underdogs], hatred of the Serbs, loathing of communism. Flores, a former Leftist journalist who swapped his keyboard for a rifle and Marxism for the far-Right after covering the early days of the conflict, seemed to be driven by them all.

Nearly two decades later, Flores was one of three members of an alleged assassination plot against Bolivia’s left-wing president Evo Morales, who were gunned down in their underwear in a police raid on their hotel rooms in the South American country on Thursday.

Back on that late December day in 1991…the Union flag fluttered beside the colours of five other nations outside the last building in a small near-deserted village just outside Osijek, the eastern Croatian capital which daily shelling had turned into a ghost town…Flores greeted us but he was busy in his commander duties and left it to others to talk to us.

There was a sinister air to the place, however, and his subordinate seemed subdued or intimidated. Flores was already building quite a reputation - a hero among many Croats for his platoon’s audacious operations behind enemy lines; but feared by others for his rants and ruthlessness.

There was also plenty of talk that the PIV was linked to the neo-fascist elements within the Croatian independence movement that proudly traced their roots to the Nazi puppet Ustashe regime of World War II…I spent most of my time that day with a Swiss man called Christian Wurtemberg who had signed up for the PIV a month earlier…His was an intelligent and articulate voice amid the mayhem. So a chill went down my spine when I heard a few days later that he had been killed.

More chilling was the subsequent news that he had been dispatched by strangling - an unusual end in a conflict that claimed tens of thousands of lives. Various witnesses have since come forward to say that he was tortured and garroted on Flores’ orders as a suspected spy, although the commander claimed he was killed in an ambush.

Two weeks later, Paul Jenks, a freelance British photographer, was shot dead in the same fields that I had stared out at during my visit to Flores’ headquarters. A single sniper’s bullet to the back of his neck felled him. The initial report was that the shot had been fired from Serb positions, even though they were some 1,000 yards away.

That would have been quite a hit in its own right. But the story got much murkier - for at the time of his death, according to another photographer with him, he was facing Serb lines. The back of his head was exposed to the closer positions of Flores’ forces. And Jenks had reportedly been investigating Wurtemberg’s death when he met his own.

After his Croatian exploits, where he had dubbed himself a “conservative, anarchist world revolutionary” and earned the rank of major from President Franjo Tudjman, he returned to Budapest where he wrote books, poems and established close ties with the country’s far-Right.

Yet at some stage, he had also converted to Islam and in 2003 emerged as a spokesman for an Iraqi splinter group calling itself the Iraqi Independent Government and also became deputy-president of the Hungarian Islamic Community. […]

A Marxist-turned-fascist-turned-Muslim. Who, apparently, easily killed his own men — and fellow journalists. (Meanwhile, see here for other examples of western fascists who discover Islam.)

While we’re on the Balkans — and getting back to our theme — below we see the criminal background of Anes Subasic, the Bosnian involved in the North Carolina plot that was disrupted last year:

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.

And let’s not forget this bit about Bosnia from Chris Deliso in The Coming Balkan Caliphate:

The mujahedin indulged in some of the most horrific atrocities ever witnessed in war, as they rampaged unchecked across Christian Serb and Croat villages. Decapitations, amputations, and “non-surgical circumcisions” were standard procedure, as were electrical shock, sexual abuse, and other forms of torture. Serbian prisoners were starved to death or thrown into pits and ordered to attack one another with knives; if they did not die, the jihadis would move in with chainsaws. Their cruelty knew no limits and sometimes shocked the native Bosnian fighters. Most incredibly, the holy warriors on at least one occasion even impaled and roasted people alive on spits. Today, the markets and mosques of Bosnia and other Balkan countries do a brisk business in commemorative videos and DVDs that capture the mujahedin in action.

In other words, this kind of criminality is given free rein by Islam. As I’ve written before, why call it crime when you can call it religion? Islam gives crime a higher purpose. Basically, you can keep doing what you’ve been doing, only now you’re doing it for Allah, and against the infidel, so any and all actions are justifiable.

Futhermore, traditionally in war the method has been to inflict more casualties on the enemy than the enemy inflicts on you. But clearly the Balkans and every other front of jihad are satisfying an appetite for the sadistic. Keep in mind that in the jihadists’ native countries, Sharia-mandated amputations and other gruesome punishments are spectator sports, the whole town coming out to watch.

As for those videos of the mujahedeen’s handiwork in the Balkans, consumers don’t have to feel bad about themselves for watching, because these snuff films and gore-fests are shrouded in Islamic purpose. Besides, American horror films probably aren’t allowed. Islam is basically the movie “Hostel,” sanctioned by Sharia.

No wonder Islam appeals to atheists more than other religions do; it’s not a religion. It’s an umbrella organization for all manner of degenerates, con artists and cut-throats. Have you ever wanted to torture someone? Ever wanted something for nothing? Well we’ve got a way to make it OK. Islam is an international crime syndicate, a joint criminal enterprise. It’s also a terrorist organization, as radio talk show host Michael Graham in 2005 was fired for saying. And so terrorism’s symbiotic relationship with organized crime, drug trafficking and human trafficking is even more symbiotic than meets the eye. Terrorism is in business with every kind of mafia and gangster, just like any other criminal enterprise.

The many members of this terro-criminal organization who “aren’t like that” can be compared to Mafia wives. They act like they don’t know what’s going on, but they’re still part of the family. Often, they try to know as little as possible about what’s going on — and what they’re ultimately the beneficiaries of — and live in a state of denial. They even defend their husbands and curse law enforcement when it asks questions.

Anyway, to sum up the larger intent of this post: The next time you hear someone reporting how “Islam is the fastest growing relgion in the world,” add “Especially among convicts.” One last item to that effect:

One in 10 inmates behind bars turns to Islam

…Lawrence Mamiya, a professor at Vassar College who has studied Muslim prison ministries…estimates that about 10 percent of all prison inmates have converted to Islam.

For most men behind bars, their conversion is temporary. Just one in five who convert to Islam while in prison continue on in that faith once they are released, Mamiya said.

That makes experts wonder whether “Prison Islam” isn’t a religious movement but a convenient infrastructure for a prison gang that affords members special privileges, including rugs and sticks of incense for their cells.

Chaplains who supervise Muslim services say most men are genuine in their faith.

A 2006 report by George Washington University and the University of Virginia found that tight-knit communities of Muslims in prison are ripe for radicalization, and could easily become terrorist cells.

Most of the inmates who convert to Islam are African-American, and are attracted to Islam for its discipline and belief in equality, said Faheem Siddiq, a longtime planner for the city of Everett who has acted as a Muslim chaplain in state prisons for more than five years.

Muslim communities in prisons also provide some of the same benefits of gangs, Mamiya said. They protect one another, but they don’t “demand extortion in order to be initiated,” he said.

“Many of the men don’t like the idea of the Christian ‘turning the other cheek,’ ” Mamiya said. “Islam emphasizes self-defense as an ethic, so they prefer that.”

On the point of Islam’s “belief in equality,” let’s remember that communism appealed to many Africans and African-Americans for reasons of equality too: as long as everyone is equally oppressed, poor and miserable, it’s a better society to American capitalism. (This is yet another confluence that falls into my “Communislam” category.) Islam, however, offers something more to certain kinds of black men than communism did; it feeds and reinforces the sense of anger and entitlement that they already indulge in.

This reminds me how after 9/11 I wondered whether all the little hoodlums that New Yorkers are used to encountering on subway trains and elsewhere didn’t feel a bit emasculated. These bad-asses were totally upstaged by the Muslims, and indeed they were keeping their heads lower than normal for about a year after the attack on the WTC, uncharacteristically not trying to intimidate or get a rise out of anyone, and even lowering their iPod volume and not rapping aloud in our faces. I sensed an identity crisis, and wondered if and how they would reclaim their bad-assness. The obvious hadn’t occurred to me: they would simply discover Islam. To wit, in a video posted on Youtube in October of 2008 — since removed — “it looks like a bunch of teenage punks have stolen their parents’ firearms, and are waving them around in front of a camcorder, while making tough-sounding noise,” as one comment-poster described it. The description by the video read, “Muslim niggaz from Hunters Point…..We stay strapped biiiiatch!”

Another since-removed video had one “muslim nigga” telling other “niggaz” to come to Islam.

It all makes the new trend of robbing banks while wearing a burqa a bit apropos. One wonders whether this is done because of the practical benefits of a burqa for such a task, or for the impunity of crime under the star-and-crescent banner.