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October 21, 2006

Bosnians express solidarity with Palestinians by commemorating Khomeini Propaganda

Filed under: Balkan, Global Jihad, Islam, Mellemøsten, Terror — limewoody @ 6:21 am

Bosnians express solidarity with Palestinians by commemorating Quds Day

SARAJEVO, Oct 20 (KUNA) — Bosnians expressed Friday overall solidarity with Palestinians by commemorating Quds (Jerusalem) Day.

In a joint press release, Bosnian civic organizations stressed the necessity of supporting Palestine’s people who have suffered for the past 70 years.

They said Bosnians truly recognize the suffering of the Palestinians because they all faced tragedies and hostilities.

They urged the international community’s immediate interference to ensure implementation of relevant UN resolutions and accords, as well as Israel’s withdrawal from Occupied Palestinian Territories as a preliminary step to establish an independent Palestinian state.

The groups organized a rally that included displaying documentary films about the suffering of Palestinians.

The idea of Quds Day was established by Iran’s former leader Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. It takes place every year on last Friday during the month of Ramadhan.

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http://www.kuna.net.kw/home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=914820

October 20, 2006

Serbs take Germany to court over NATO attack

Filed under: Balkan, Germany — limewoody @ 7:26 am

Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) – The families of civilians killed and wounded in a NATO airstrike on a Serbian village 17 years ago sought compensation from a German court on Thursday.

Ten people died and 30 were injured in the May 1999 attack on a bridge in Varvarin at the height of the Kosovo war.

Although no German planes took part in the raid, the plaintiffs are seeking 3.5 million euros (4.1 million dollars) in damages from the German government.

They claim German troops serving with NATO helped select the target and Germany therefore shared responsibility for the NATO action.

Three of the 35 plaintiffs appeared before the High Court to present their case on Thursday.

 

Vavarian a town of 4,000, is located 200 kilometres from the province of Kosovo where Slobodon Milosevic’s Serbian army was suppressing ethnic Albanians.

Lawyers for the German government called the attack a “tragedy,” but said they could not see why damages should be paid because the bridge was a military target.

NATO has defended the bombing and said the bridge was a “legitimate” target that served as infrastructure for the Serbian army fighting in Kosovo.

Varvarin Mayor Zoran Milenkovic, who lost his daughter Sanja in the air strike, said before the hearing that “the town was not defended and could not defend itself against a NATO strike.”

Two lower courts had previously rejected claims for compensation.

DPA

October 17, 2006

Kosovo and the “Global War on Terrorism

Filed under: Balkan, Global Jihad, Islam, Multi Kulti, Terror — limewoody @ 11:17 am

Why is the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija—until two decades ago an obscure corner of the former Yugoslavia—relevant to “the War on Terror”? There are several valid answers to this pressing question, but let me start with the one that is often overlooked or unthinkingly discarded as either propagandistic or paranoid: Kosovo is a key link in the “Green Corridor,” or the Green Transverse, an Islamic belt anchored in Asia Minor and extending north-westward across the Balkans into the heart of Central Europe.

Over a decade ago a friend of mine, an Orientalist who was at that time a diplomat in Ankara, came across an interesting little brochure in a second-hand book shop in Istanbul. It was an old propaganda pamphlet issued by an Albanian émigré organization some decades previously, and it contained a simplified colored map of the Balkans. The map showed a mighty green arrow, emanating from Turkey, thrusting through the Muslim-populated parts of the Balkans (Thrace, Macedonia, Kosovo, Sanjak, Bosnia) all the way to Bihac and Cazin—an hour’s drive from Slovenia. It was depicted severing the links of the unbelievers’ defensive chain and victoriously heading to the north-west, towards the heartland of Europe. This geopolitical idea, known for decades as the Green Route or Green Corridor (“Zelena transverzala”) both by the advocates and opponents of Islamic inroads into Europe was simple and suggestive. It was the earliest known explicit depiction of a design harking back to Sultan Murat and his successors, an idea that was interrupted, rather than permanently defeated, at the gates of Vienna in 1683.

As Yugoslavia started disintegrating in the early 1990s, most Western analysts of world affairs promptly categorized the Green Route thesis as a crude, anti-Muslim conspiracy theory, mainly propagated by nationalist Serbian academics. But it has gained fresh credence, in continental Europe at least (and notably in Italy), after 9-11. It is by now hard to dispute that the radicalisation of Islam in the Balkans—deliberate or not—turned out to be the net result of the actions of the “international community” during the Yugoslav crisis. In fact, if Western policy in the Balkans was not meant to facilitate the Green Route, the issue is not why but how its effects paradoxically coincided with the enduring aspirations and goals of pan-Islamism, including its extremist and even terrorist manifestations.

After 9-11, nothing was supposed to be as before, but the U.S. policy in the Balkans has inexplicably retained its Islamophile bias, so remarkably persistent during the Clinton years. In the meantime, the Green Route has morphed from an allegedly paranoid Islamophobic propaganda ploy into a demographic, social and political reality. The absurdity of this ad hoc regional alliance between global enemies is demonstrated by its end result, namely the further undermining of the weakest geopolitical link in the war on terrorism.

The American benign attitude towards Jihad in the Balkans is not a consequence of ignorance: within the U.S. policy-making community, there have been voices for many years warning that those regions in the Balkans where Muslims are in a majority are prime entry points and transit routes for terrorists. And yet, when questioned about the existence and the magnitude of the threat in the Balkans, U.S. policy makers are typically evasive, sometimes aggressively so. They do not deny the existence of various activities that point to Islamic extremism and terrorist infiltration in the Balkans, but, as a rule, almost immediately relativize it by saying that it is unlikely to undermine the social, political and security balance in the region, or to threaten American vital interests. Then follows the reassuring mantra about the supposedly pro-European and pro-“Western” orientation of secularised Balkan Muslims—and the alleged pro-Americanism of Kosovo’s Albanians in particular—with the optimistic conclusion that the accelerated process of the Euro-Atlantic integration of the whole region would narrow the space for radical Islamism until such tendencies will finally disappear.

The problem with such rhetoric—detectable during Donald Rumsfeld’s recent visit to Tirana—is not that it is absolutely wrong, but that it had never been right, and that it becomes less right with each passing year. A majority of the Muslims in the Balkans may still be nominally “pro-Western,” but the question is how they perceive their vocation. Are they likely to remain so if “the West” stops pandering to their demands as a matter of course, and starts judging them on their intrinsic merits? Yes, a majority of Kosovo Albanians may be 19th-century-style nationalists who treat religion as an element of their core identity, but there are a growing number of those who insist that a return to authentic Islam is the key to their national aspirations; and then there are their leaders who have well documented and long-stablished links with various Islamic terrorist networks.

The principal defect of the American approach is in

(1) A visceral faith in the attractive powers of secularisation and soft-porn consumerism; and

(2) The cynical expectation that feeding local Muslims with the morsels of Balkan Christendom will keep the global beast at bay.

On this latter part of the equation in particular, the involvement of the Clinton administration in the wars of Yugoslav succession was an excellent example of the failed expectation that pandering to Muslim ambitions in a secondary theater will improve the U.S. standing in the Muslim world as a whole. That notion matured in the final months of George H.W. Bush’s presidency, when his Acting Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger said that a goal in Bosnia was to mollify the Muslim world and to counter any perception of an anti-Muslim bias regarding American policies in Iraq in the period leading up to Gulf War I. The result of years of policies thus inspired is a terrorist base the heart of Europe, a moral and political debacle most visible vis-à-vis Moscow and Peking, and the absence of any positive payoff to the United States.

The state of Yugoslavia, a multi-ethnic, decentralized, and increasingly dysfunctional polity, was slow to reform following Tito’s death in 1980. By 1990 its survival was in doubt. In 1991 its disintegration was given a major boost when the European Community declared under German pressure that Yugoslavia was untenable and its constituent republics were encouraged to seek independence on the basis of self-determination. At the same time the boundaries of those republics were declared inviolable, even though they did not correspond to the ethnic map and although they had been arbitrarily fixed by a communist dictator whose objective was to cut down in size the most numerous of the country’s constituent nations.

The pattern of Washingtonian responses was established in, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a microcosm of Yugoslavia itself. When it disintegrated in 1992 into three ethno-religious units, under the pressure of those same centrifugal forces that had been deemed irresistible in Yugoslavia’s case, the administration of Bush-father declared that it had to be put together again in the name of “multiethnicity.” This played right into the hands of the Muslim side, which on the strength of its numeric plurality expected to have the upper hand in a centralized Bosnian state. In the name of “multiethnicity” and respect for the Communist-drawn internal boundaries of Yugoslavia’s constituent republics, both democracy and self-determination were denied to the Christian majority of Bosnian citizens—i.e. Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats—who did not want to be Bosnified under Alija Izetbegovic, the fundamentalist leader of Bosnia’s Muslims and author of The Islamic Declaration. In that name Bosnia has been run for the past decade by a series of European administrators as an international protectorate, with the Muslims as the favored party and the key Jihadist base in Europe effectively inviolable.

Now all along it was obvious to any sober Westerner that Muslims did not want a multiethnic liberal democratic society: An astute American military officer warned in 1995 that “President Izetbegovic and his cabal appear to harbor much different private intentions and goals.” But the demonization of the Serbs proceeded nevertheless, a schooltext case of media-induced pseudo-reality in the service of a flawed strategy. An orchestrated campaign soon followed, to contextualize the brutalities of the former Yugoslavia with the horrors of the Holocaust.

Once the paradigm was successfully planted in Bosnia, the possibilities for Kosovo were limitless. The Albanians are supported in their bid to secede (“self-determination”) although that violated the borders of Serbia, but the Krajina Serbs were expelled in the biggest act of post-1945 ethnic cleansing in Europe, rather than allowed to secede from Croatia (“inviolability of borders”). Macedonia was effectively partitioned between Slavs and Albanians in 2001, but no such arrangement is allowed in Kosovo, where under NATO occupation three-quarters of Christians were expelled and over a hundred of their shrines put to torch. While The Hague Tribunal continues its frenzied quest for the remaining two alleged war criminals from Pale, three war criminals par excellence, Agim Ceku, Ramush Haradinaj, and Hashim Thaci, run Kosovo as their criminal little fiefdom with the blessing of the “international community.”

The result of Clinton’s Balkan policy is a vibrant jihadist base in the heart of Europe. The collusion between Muslim terrorist groups and criminal gangs in the Balkans has also spawned a criminal network with jihadist sympathies that currently supplies Western Europe with tens of thousands of smuggled humans (most of them Muslims) and with the bulk of its top-quality heroin, mostly of Afghan origin. The Interpol and European security agencies know, and occasionally are allowed to warn, that the trade is controlled mainly by Albanian Muslims from Kosovo—with the mujahedeen providing the logistics.

The denial of this reality is continuing, as we’ve seen in the remarkable Clinton interview with Mike Wallace on Fox News (September 24). Succumbing to tantrums worthy of a schoolyard bully, Clinton indignantly stressed that he could “simultaneously be trying to stop a genocide in Kosovo and, you know, make peace in the Middle East, pass a budget.” He’ll never admit that Kosovo was a serious and perhaps a fatal detraction. In the words of Dimitri Simes, not only is Clinton trying to rewrite history—there was no genocide in Kosovo to justify the NATO attack—but he continues to gloss over the heavy price of his aggression for U.S. national security. Thanks to his war America squandered a real chance to get bases in Uzbekistan by cooperating with Russia, and its cooperation with China—another key player in central and south Asia with considerable influence over Afghanistan’s neighbor Pakistan—suffered another heavy blow. Concludes Simes, “If Russia and China were in America’s corner in 1999 and 2000, the U.S. could have taken action against the Taliban and either driven them from power or at least severed their links to al Qaeda. This would have made the September 11 attacks much more difficult to organize.”

The war was ostensibly waged for human rights, but—judged by any rational standard—even on that front the NATO-UN mission in Kosovo has been and still is an utter, unmitigated disaster. Under a string of Euro-Gauleiters (Kouchner, Haekkerup, Steiner, Holkeri, Petersen…) the pretense of progress is still maintained, amidst murders, unreversed ethnic cleansing, rampant crime, prostitution, drug-smuggling, and general dysfunctionality of a thoroughly failed, violent, and dysfunctional polity devoid of a single redeeming feature. The former commander of UN forces in Bosnia, Canadian Gen. Lewis McKenzie, knows the score in the Balkans better than any think-tank “expert.” He notes that, back in 1999, “those of us who warned that the West was being sucked in on the side of an extremist, militant, Kosovo-Albanian independence movement were dismissed as appeasers”—while the fact that the KLA was universally designated a terrorist organization and known to be linked to al-Qaeda was conveniently ignored. And yet, the Albanians “have played us like a Stradivarius,” he says. If the Albanians achieve their independence with the help of our tax dollars combined with those of bin Laden and al-Qaeda, McKenzie warns, “just consider the message of encouragement this sends to other terrorist-supported movements around the world.”

Yes, do. It is high time for the realists with no axes to grind in this conflict to resist the curiously undead Clinton model of the new Balkan order—known to its proponents as “the unfinished business”—that seeks to satisfy the aspirations of all ethnic groups in former Yugoslavia, all, that is, except those of the Serbs. A Carthaginian peace may be imposed on Serbia today, but the Radicals will be in power in Belgrade next year as a consequence, and the resulting upheaval will merely contribute to chronic regional imbalance and strife for decades to come. That is not in America’s interest. It is in the interest of Islamists in general and Islamic terrorists in particular, and therefore it should not be condoned.

The short-to-medium-term model for the future of a fully autonomous, but certainly not sovereign, Kosovo and Metohija should be based on the Cyprus precedent; those who lament the “boundary” on the Ibar in Mitrovica should recall that it was acceptable for an ethnically divided Cyprus to join the EU in 2004, and that its de facto ethnic partition into two self-governing entities has been effectively condoned by the UN and the US. The status of Serbian shrines surrounded by the Albanian-controlled territory—Decani, Prizren, Gracanica, Pec etc.—should follow the model of exterritoriality of the Vatican, Castel Gandolfo, and St. John in Lateran vis-à-vis Italy. And finally, the status of Kosovo itself vis-à-vis Belgrade should be based on the status of the Åland Islands vis-à-vis Finland. The precedents exist, and the problem of Kosovo is neither so unique nor so intractable as to warrant a solution outside the parameters of established practices in other places where different ethnic and religious communities vie for the same space.

No effective anti-terrorist strategy is possible today without recognizing past mistakes of U.S. policy that have helped breed terrorism. Eight years of the Clinton team’s covert and overt support for the Islamist camp in the Balkans have been a moral disaster and a foreign policy debacle of the first order. Its fruits are visible in the world-wide threat that America faces today. Its chief beneficiaries were the upholders of global Jihad and their co-religionists in Sarajevo, Novi Pazar, Tetovo, Tuzi, and Pristina. The problem of Islamic terrorism may not be resolved short of a major restructuring of the current Balkan architecture that would entail splitting Bosnia-Herzegovina into three ethnically-based cantons, decentralizing Kosovo and Metohija on the basis of pre-ethnic-cleansing population patterns, and vetoing its independence. The alternative is to create a lawless black hole, centered in Pristina, that would destabilize not only Serbia but also Macedonia and Montenegro, as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina by providing the Republika Srpska with a valid precedent for secession from the Dayton edifice.

If the Bush Administration is half-serious about the GWOT, it should

(1) Fire Nicholas Burns,

(2) Reverse its current support for Bosnia’s centralization, and

(3) Accept that Kosovo should be autonomous but not independent.

To continue encouraging the global Muslim sense of righteous victimhood partly embodied in the myth of the “genocide” in Kosovo—as Bill Clinton tried doing last Sunday in his memorable interview with Mike Wallace—is to feed would-be suicide bombers with a political pap that nourishes their hate. If the war on terrorism is to be meaningful, that idiocy must stop. Pandering to Islam’s geopolitical designs—in the Balkans, or anywhere else—is not only bad, it is counterproductive. To deal with the terrorist threat effectively and on the basis of leadership willingly accepted, the United States should discard the pernicious notion of its exceptionalism. This will be resisted by the advocates of “benevolent global hegemony,” of America’s open-ended and self-justifying world mission and its supposedly unfinished business in the Balkans. They need to be confronted, because their mindset and their policies are contrary to the American interest in general, and detrimental to the specific goal of defeating jihad.

The cultural context of that policy needs to be changed, too. As the shadow of global Jihad grows darker, that elite class is following in the footsteps that are 800 years old. When they sacked Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade, the Franks did not understand, or care, that the New Rome on the Bosphorus was the guardian and protector of the West against the same enemy we all face today. Their treachery opened the way for the Jihadist onslaught against Europe that did not stop until it reached Vienna in 1683. Replicating the same folly with Serbia today, by condoning the creation of an independent Muslim statelet that embodies everything that America does not stand for, brings to mind Talleyrand’s comment on Napoleon’s execution of the Duc d’Enghien: “It is worse than a crime; it is a mistake.”

This article was first presented as a paper at the international conference “Reconsidering Kosovo” organized by Christian Solidarity International and the American Councuil on Kosovo, at the Capitol Hill Club, Washington D.C., on September 28, 2006.

http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/cgi-bin/newsviews.cgi/The%20Balkans/Kosovo/Kosovo_and_the_Glob.html?seemore=y

September 10, 2006

Jihate in Bosnia

Filed under: Balkan, Global Jihad, Islam, Multi Kulti, Terror, Uncategorized — limewoody @ 2:15 pm

Alija Izetbegovic, who led Bosnia from 1990 to 2000, died in 2003, hailed worldwide as a moderate Muslim leader. In my book Onward Muslim Soldiers, I discussed his 1970 Islamic Declaration, which got him jailed by the Communists, and which he was widely believed to have repudiated, or if not actually repudiated, then at least to have moved beyond.

In it, he declares that the only path to “dignity and enlightenment” for Muslims is “the implementation of Islam in all fields of individuals’ personal lives, in family and in society, by renewal of the Islamic religious thought and creating a uniform Muslim community from Morocco to Indonesia.” He advocates “a struggle for creating a great Islamic federation from Morocco to Indonesia, from the tropical Africa to the Central Asia.”

There is, of course, little if any difference between this and the calls of the mujahedin for the restoration of the caliphate and the unification of Muslim political power. Izetbegovic also said: “Islam is not a nationality, it is above nationalities….Muslim nations will never accept anything that is explicitly against Islam, because Islam here is not merely a faith and the law, Islam has become love and compassion. He who rises against Islam will reap nothing but hate and resistance.”

What, then, about one’s non-Muslim neighbors, who don’t live by Islamic law? They must live under Islamic rule: “An Islamic society without Islamic power is incomplete and weak; Islamic power without an Islamic society is either a utopia or violence. . . . History knows of no true Islamic movement which was not at the same time a political movement as well. This is because Islam is a faith, but also a philosophy, a set of moral codes, an order of things, a style, an atmosphere — in a nutshell, an integral way of life.”

Elaborating on these assertions, Izetbegovic emphasizes “the incompatibility of Islam and non-Islamic systems. There can be no peace or coexistence between the ‘Islamic faith’ and non- Islamic societies and political institutions. . . . Islam clearly excludes the right and possibility of activity of any strange ideology on its own turf. Therefore, there is no question of any laicistic principles, and the state should be an expression and should support the moral concepts of the religion. . . . Islamic renewal cannot be initiated without a religious, and cannot be successfully continued and concluded without a political revolution.”

In accordance with Islamic law, he notes that “Islamic order may be implemented only in countries where Muslims represent the majority of the population. . . . The Islamic movement should and must start taking over the power as soon as it is morally and numerically strong enough to not only overthrow the existing non-Islamic, but also to build up a new Islamic authority.”

But surely he is just cloaking his nationalism in religious dress, no? He takes pains to rule out this possibility: “Panislamism always came from the very heart of the Muslim peoples, nationalism was always imported stuff.”

And now come charges that he was linked to Al-Qaeda: “Terrorism: Weekly Claims Wartime Bosnian President Linked To Al-Qaeda,” from AKI, with thanks to Twostellas:

Sarajevo, 8 Sept. (AKI) – Bosnia’s wartime president, the late Alija Izetbegovic received money from a Saudi businessman, Yassin al-Kadi – who has been designated by the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union as a financier of al-Qaeda – Sarajevo weekly Slobodna Bosna (Free Bosnia) has reported, quoting local and foreign sources.Izetbegovic, a Muslim, who died in 2003, received 195,000 dollars in 1996 from al-Kadi, Slobodna Bosna alleges. Al-Kadi’s bank accounts were frozen in 2001 by the United States authorities for money laundering and financing al-Qaeda….

Under the guise of humanitarian aid, Mufavak channelled 15-20 million dollars to various organisations, which at least three million dollars went straight into the bank accounts of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Slobodna Bosna said, quoting unnamed Saudi sources.

Izetbegovic led Bosnia to independence from the former Yugoslavia, and thousands of foreign fighters or ‘mujahadeen’ from Islamic countries came to Bosnia to fight on the side of local Muslims in bloody 1992-1995 civil war. The war effort was partly financed under the cover of ‘humanitarian’ organisations from Islamic countries, according to intelligence sources.

Many mujahadeen remained in Bosnia after the war, and some have been operating terrorist training camps and indoctrinating local youths with radical Islam, intelligence reports have claimed. The Bosnian authorities are currently reviewing the citizenship Izetbegovic’s government granted to 1,500 individuals from Islamic countries. So far, 50 people have been stripped of their Bosnian citenship as a result.

Posted at September 9, 2006 06:19 PM
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/2006/09/013044print.html

see also:

http://www.balkanpeace.org/hed/archive/nov01/hed4304.shtml

August 12, 2006

News From the Multi Kulti Balkans

Filed under: Balkan — limewoody @ 6:39 am

Sarajevo, 11 August (AKI) – The grave of Bosnia’s wartime president and top Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic in the capital, Sarajevo’s Kovaci cemetery was bombed early on Friday, amid raising ethnic tensions between the country’s Muslims, Serbs and Croats, police said. The powerful explosion, which took place at 3.04 am, damaged Izetbegovic’s tombstone and several other graves, and shattered windows in nearby buildings, police spokesman, Jusuf Zornic, told journalists.
 
“More details will be known after the ongoing investigation is completed,” he added. Police cordoned off the Muslim cemetery where Bosnian army soliders killed during the 1992-1995 siege of Sarajevo had been buried, state radio reported.

The incident took place amid renewed bickering, notably between local Muslims and Serbs, over war crimes and the future composition of Bosnia. Under the Dayton peace accord that ended Bosnia’s civil war in 1995, the country was divided into two entities: a Muslim-Croat federation, and the Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS).

Each entity has its own government, parliament, police and army. But the international community, which safeguards peace in Bosnia, has been gradually stripping the entities of state prerogatives to strengthen the powers of the country’s central authorities. Muslim leaders are openly demanding the RS’s abolition.
 
Some 150 individuals have been indicted by the United Nations’ Hague war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, most of them Serbs. But video clips have recently appeared to show crimes committed against Serb civilians, implicating Bosnian general Atif Dudakovic and sparking bitter controversy in the region.
 
A Muslim member of the three-man rotating Bosnian state presidency, Sulejman Tihic, on Thursday indirectly defended Dudakovic, saying that Muslims honourably defended the country, and that Serb “lies will not cast shadow on the defenders of Bosnia-Herzegovina”. Tihic claimed that the RS was funded “by genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing,” and that it cannot survive in its present form in the long run.

Bosnian Muslims claim that Serbia perpetrated aggression against Bosnia and have sued it for war damages before the International Court of Justice in the Hague. Bosnian Serbs, who make up over 30 per cent of Bosnia’s four million population, on the other hand, claim that they only defended their homes and families against domination by majority Muslims.

Serbs blame Izetbegovic for having brought into the country thousands of mujahadeen or fighters from Islamic countries, who fought on the side of local Muslims and committed some of the worst crimes.
 
RS prime minister, Milorad Dodik, hit back at Tihic, saying that his (Dodik’s) birth certificate clearly showed that he was born in Bosnia. “How could I, or someone else who was born here, carry out an act of aggression against myself?” Dodik asked.

Dodik warned Tihic that his pleas for the abolition of RS were counterproductive. “To any demand for the abolition of the RS, we will respond a demand for a referendum on independence”, said Dodik, adding that it this would mean the end of Bosnia.

August 9, 2006

SERBIA: VIDEO PROMPTS REQUEST FOR ARREST OF BOSNIAN GENERAL

Filed under: Balkan — limewoody @ 8:48 pm

Belgrade, 9 August (AKI) – The government of Serbia has urged Bosnian authorities to arrest General Atif Dudakovic for crimes allegedly committed against Serb civilians in a military operation “Storm” in August 1995. Dudakovic was the commander of the Fifth corps of the Bosnian Muslim army, which helped Croatian forces in crushing Serb rebellion in Croatia’s Krajina region in August 1995.

Last Friday Belgrade television station B92 broadcast a video showing members of a military unit “Hamza”, under Dudakovic’s command, killing a Serb civilian after he had thrown his arms up in surrender and the burning of Serbian villages.

The video caused a commotion among the Serbian public, which generally believes that the International Tribunal for War Crimes in Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has neglected Serbian victims of last decade’s Balkan wars which were triggered by the disintegration of former Yugoslavia. Out of some 150 people indicted by the Tribunal most were Serbs, and of the 22 sentenced so far, 18 are Serbs.

A Serbian war crimes prosecutor, Vladimir Vukcevic, has sent the video to The Hague, but also to his Croatian and Bosnian colleagues, demanding punishment of the culprits.

The ICTY has concluded its list of indictees and all new cases are being turned to local courts.

Vukcevic’s spokesman Bruno Vekaric has proposed a creation of a regional body for coordinating the new indictments and trials, suggesting that local courts might obstruct justice.

Belgrade television on Monday night showed another video, showing Dudakovic commanding his forces in the field near the town of Bosanski Petrovac and ordering them to burn Serbian villages.

“It is all Serbian, burn it,” the video showed Dudakovic ordering his forces.

“Atif Dudakovic and other war criminals who committed crimes against Serbs must be arrested and face justice for their crimes,” the Serbian government said in a sharply worded statement Tuesday night.

Dudakovic said that the video presented “construed lies of Serbian television” and that neither him nor his soldiers committed crimes. “If there were any crimes, it is a matter of personal responsibility,” he added.   

The video’s showing has promtped Milorad Dodik, Prime Minister of Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska, demanded that Bosnian authorities press criminal charges against Dudakovic and others responsible.

“Everything but a quick investigation and arrest of those responsible will be a proof that the crimes committed during the war were measured by two different yardsticks,” Dodik said. “These crimes unambiguously crumble the aura of a hero that Dudakovic has built about himself and put him were he belongs – among those responsible for war crimes.”

http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Politics&loid=8.0.329078520&par=0

August 3, 2006

Bridge Jihate in the Balkans

Filed under: Balkan, Global Jihad, Islam, Uncategorized — limewoody @ 7:08 am

Sarajevo, 2 August (AKI) – The newly signed agreement between Serbia and the Bosnian Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS) to build a new bridge linking the two has become a bone of contention between Bosnian Muslim and Serb leaders. Muslim member of Bosnia-Hezegovina’s three-man rotating state presidency, Sulejman Tihic. has slammed the deal terming it illegitimate and a conspiracy against Muslims. It was signed last week by RS prime minister, Milorad Dodik, and Serbian premier Vojislav Kostunica.
 
Tihic said Dodik had no right to sign the agreement to build a modern bridge over the Sava River near the town of Sremska Raca northwest of Belgrade. The new bridge, which Serbia has offered to construct at its own expense, is intended to facilitate the flow of people and goods between the two countries, and clear a decades-old bottleneck that causes long tailbacks of vehicles at the border crossing.

Dodik has dismissed Tihic’s allegations of an anti-Muslim plot and claims the RS received clearance to sign the Sava bridge agreement from the central Bosnian authorities. He has accused Tihic of using the bridge as political tool to coalesce the Muslim vote ahead October parliamentary elections.

“Instead of touring Arab countries and collecting money to build mosques, Tihic would do better if he collected money for at least one bridge,” Dodik commented.

Bosnian transport minister Branko Dokic, a Serb, said his ministry backs the deal, claiming that it is in the best interest of Serbia and the RS. “Bosnia-Herzegovina should be grateful to Serbia for such an important donation, because even in Andric’s stories, bridges brought people together rather than dividing them,” said Dokic.

He was referring to Yugolslav Nobel laureate Ivo Andric (1892-1975), who claimed that bridges best symbolised closeness and brought people closer. His novel ‘The Bridge on the Drina’, for which he won the 1961 Nobel prize for literature, describes relations between Serbs and Muslims over four centuries of occupation under the Ottoman Empire. The Drina River is in Visegrad, now eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 
Under the Dayton peace accord which ended the 1992-1995 civil war, Bosnia was divided into two entities, a Muslim-Croat federation and the RS. Animosities between Serbs, Croats and Muslims still run high in Bosnia and can surface over such apparently benign issues as the building of a bridge.

August 1, 2006

Eurabias own Lebanon: Bosnia is still simmering

Filed under: Balkan, Eurabia, Global Jihad, Iran, Islam, Multi Kulti, Terror — limewoody @ 10:50 am

 Via: http://pubphilosopher.blogs.com/pub_philosopher/

To date Iranian intelligence maintains a huge apparatus in Bosnia and several dozen, if not hundreds, of trainers with the elite units of the Bosnian military. In addition, several hundred mujahadeen who fought in Afghanistan and then Bosnia remain scattered around Bosnia, many of them still with the elite Bosnia units or in the intelligence apparatus.

Given Iran’s ongoing desire to push a pan-Islamist agenda and the advantages it gains from ongoing turmoil-not only in terms of oil revenues, but in terms of being able to build alliances, move agents and set a pan-Islamist agenda-its leaders could well feel the need to use another arrow from its quiver. But it could be that no one is watching Bosnia as it prepares to burn.

July 24, 2006

Bosnia discrimates against dhimmis

Filed under: Balkan, Global Jihad, Islam, Multi Kulti, Terror — limewoody @ 9:55 pm

Once again, the Muslim world treats non-Muslims as second class citiznes or worse. So much for gratitutde for the help NATO (mostly the USA) provided against Serbia. From Ummah News Links:

… a new property restitution law in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina that officially discriminates in favor of the country’s Muslims.

A law passed earlier this month allows people living in state-owned apartments that were nationalized under the former Yugoslavia’s socialist regime to purchase the dwellings. But the law – backed by lawmakers from the country’s Muslim majority – provides that any apartment previously owned by the Muslim community cannot be purchased if the community objects to the sale.

“Holders of tenant’s tenure for apartments whose formal owners are wakfs can not buy up those apartments without previous written approval of the apartment’s owner,” the law states, using the Arabic word for a Muslim community endowment.

The Jewish community, as well as the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, was not given the same veto power. [….]

The law would mean that Holocaust survivors or their heirs wouldn’t obtain fair compensation for their former property, according to Jakub Finci, chairman of the country’s small Jewish community.

“I think it’s another injustice done not only to Jews but all other former owners who waited 50 years to get back their property,” Finci said.

The Inter-Religious Council, which includes Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Orthodox representatives, says the legislation would leave people whose apartments were nationalized with little possibility of regaining their property.

Andrew Bostom adds:

Formally trained as an historian (receiving his Ph.D. in 1924), Serb writer Ivo Andric was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature for historical novels (including “The Bridge on the Drina”), short stories, and essays. Andric’s scholarly analysis (i.e., his Ph.D. thesis) “The Development of Spiritual Life in Bosnia under the Influence of Turkish Rule”, was a detailed examination of dhimmitude during five centuries of Ottoman rule. His assessment of the plight of the Jews in Ottoman Bosnia, governed essentially under the ancient, discriminatory “Pact of Umar”, which was valid for the entire Ottoman Empire, included these specific observations:

 “..The Jews, though fewer in number [i.e. than the Christian communities], were well-to-do businessmen and profitable targets for extortion. {Andric includes this footnote from, Levy, Moritz, Die Sephardim in Bosnien, 1911, pp. 28,35: ‘..Acts of violence and extortion by the Pashas against the Jews plunged them into the depths of darkest night…There were many unpleasant run-ins with the authorities from time to time, which however were susceptible to settlement by means of money’.}… The Pinakes, mentioned above as the account books of the Sarajevo Jews, offer a true picture in many ways of conditions as they were then. The year 1730 saw a disbursement of ‘720 puli for the mutesilim, so as to be spared working Saturdays on the fortification [note: i.e., in unpaid, forced labor ‘corvees’. Andric further indicates that Christians were deployed in such corvees on Sundays]. It was an outlay repeated in the years to come.” 1

“…In the year 1794 the Jews of Sarajevo won permission through an imperial firman to rebuild their synagogue, which had recently burned down. It hardly need be said that the usual stipulations applied. ‘No more than any of the confessions are they allowed to enlarge such a structure by so much as a jot or a title in the process of reerecting it’. And to the imperial firman were attached the usual formalities- permission of the vizier, permission of the kadi, two separate commissions, and so on. All this took more than two years and cost a tidy sum.” 2

1. Andric, Ivo  “The Development of Spiritual Life in Bosnia under the Influence of Turkish Rule” 1924, English translation by Zelimir B. Juricic sand John F. Loud, Duke University Press, 1990, p. 37

2. Andric, “Spiritual Life in Bosnia”, p. 29

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July 19, 2006

Filed under: Balkan, Global Jihad, Islam — limewoody @ 10:33 pm

It is always very hard to focus on broad pictures when so many fires are in need of being put out. But it is imperative to keep in mind in the ongoing conflict Iran’s long-standing ties not only to Hezbollah, but to Islamists in Bosnia, a relationship that spans more than a decade.

There is concern among Bosnian contacts that, if Iran feels things are going badly in Lebanon and that the war needs another front, it would take little to ignite Bosnia. It would not be hard to do and the international presence in Bosnia is greatly reduced. So is the intelligence capacity developed in the late 1990s. Several key intelligence-gathering units have been dissolved in Bosnia in the past six months, meaning the West is more blind there than any time since the mid-1990s.

To date Iranian intelligence maintains a huge apparatus in Bosnia and several dozen, if not hundreds, of trainers with the elite units of the Bosnian military. In addition, several hundred mujahadeen who fought in Afghanistan and then Bosnia remain scattered around Bosnia, many of them still with the elite Bosnia units or in the intelligence apparatus.

It is worth remembering this heavy Iranian involvement in the Bosnian conflict because it was in Bosnia that al Qaeda developed its template for future operations. One of the most interesting things is that, while the mujahadeen and Bosnian Muslims were supported by Saudi Arabia and many others, much of the aid flowed through Iran, despite the Shi’ite-Sunni divide. The bridge was Hasan Cengic, an Iranian intelligence agent and later Bosnia’s deputy defense minister who has been designated by the U.S. Treasury Department. Cengic did some of his earliest weapons deals through Viktor Bout, who flew in hundreds of tons of weapons for the Bosnian Muslims in 1992. He later “sold” Cengic at least one aircraft, and perhaps more.

Cengic, although working on behalf of Iran, coordinated the Saudi’s multi-hundred million dollar financial support for the Bosnian Muslims as well. There are concrete examples of this. During one period in the late 1990s, Wa’el Julaidan, now designated by both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia as a terrorist financier, received $8 millon from a Cengic-controlled account of the Third World Relief Agency. Julaidan later repaid the money to the TWRA account in a series of smaller payments.

Given Iran’s ongoing desire to push a pan-Islamist agenda and the advantages it gains from ongoing turmoil-not only in terms of oil revenues, but in terms of being able to build alliances, move agents and set a pan-Islamist agenda-its leaders could well feel the need to use another arrow from its quiver. But it could be that no one is watching Bosnia as it prepares to burn.

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