Bosnia: Sarajevo almost fully Muslim

From Islam in Europe:

This was apparently true already a decade ago.

* Jihad in Kosovo: a Response to Critics

* “We are Muslims, but not really”

The Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, once a symbol of ethnic diversity, has become an entirely Muslim city, a Croat deputy in the Bosnian Parliament, Branko Zrno, said on Wednesday.
“Sarajevo definitely isn’t a multi-ethnic city, but the city of one group, the Bosniacs (Muslims), ” Zrno told local media. He pointed out that Serbs and Croats in Sarajevo have no institutional protection, and continue to leave the capital. 

* Continue reading

*  Yep. And there are those who will not see. Like here: Julia Gorin takes on bloggers who call the Kosovo Jihad by another name. Full story next page thanks to Atlas

* Here we have the rather blue-eyed Michael Totten painting an overly optimistic, simplistic picture of the Balkans. 

* Additional links: Fitzgerald: Independent Kosovo

* Fitzgerald: The jihad in Serbia





Road trip! Well sometimes the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Michael Totten in a sweet, unstudied fashion, has decided to weigh in on the Kosovo controversy by taking a road trip through Kosovo and Bosnia. Eating his way through chocolate chip cookies and bad twinkies he counts bullets in Kosovo (not a lot) and Bosnia (many more!) and goes on to anecdotally deduce and draw his own conclusions. It’s silly and cute but it don’t fly. Sorry. It’s dangerous because Totten has done excellent work on Iraq. Lending his credibility to a fallacious argument will drive what little thoughtful discourse there is on this complicated controversy further down the rabbit hole. Totten has clearly become what Gorin coins “another Western propagandist for Albania and for the “continued, recycled demonization of the ‘anti-American’ Serbs. The response by Serbs to America feeding them to Muslims and Nazis is not a cemented, blood-embedded “anti-Americanism” as these types portray”.

Here is the first in a series of rebuttals that I am going to publish by Julia Gorin, a leading expert in the matter of Kosovo and Bosnia. 

Julia Gorin exclusively at Atlas: 

In some conservatives’ goodly but naïve quest to find pro-American and truly moderate Muslims, many are sticking their noses into Albanian-dominated Kosovo, a region and situation to which they are imposters, as they have not been following developments there for the nine years since our bombing of Belgrade on behalf of Muslims claiming nothing less than genocide, later downgraded to “ethnic cleansing” which later–when no one was looking–was further downgraded by major newspapers (including the Wall St. Journal’s Daniel Pearl) to what it actually was: a counter-terrorist operation rooting out KLA insurgents in a turf war between ethnic Albanians and their host society of Yugoslavia.

One imposter is the otherwise reputable blogger Michael J. Totten who, like the rest of the herd (in a case of the blogosphere being strangely indistinguishable from the mainstream media it polices), started his foray into Kosovo with a blog post on Commentary magazine’s website. I responded on, with an article that I reproduce below.

Since my response to Totten’s sudden interest in Kosovo (which coincided with Kosovo’s very recent reemergence in the headlines) Totten has jumped into Kosovo with both feet–literally and figuratively–perhaps spurred by the controversy that I am vitally stirring. In a desperate search of the universe for signs of pro-American life, Totten, like other simplistic patriots, believes he has found it in Albanians. And he seems to have cemented his resolve to add his name to the long list of Western dupes for Greater Albania and for the continued, recycled demonization of the “anti-American” Serbs.

But what Totten’s and others’ recent reintroduction to the region and therefore shallow knowledge prevents them from understanding is that “anti-Americanism” is not in the Serbian blood. The current climate is a response by Serbs to America feeding them to Muslims in Kosovo and Bosnia (and earlier to Croatian Nazi revivalists). Serbian anger at the U.S. is a recent and reluctant development, a direct reaction to geopolitical intrigues we’ve been playing at their expense. These intrigues are not something that can be learned in the few months since Kosovo reentered the headlines. I have been studying the region for nine years and have only scratched the surface myself. But I am happy to share what I know with Atlas Shrugs readers.

I will start with my responses to Totten’s increasingly regular hack jobs on Serbs and Kosovo–an important undertaking, given that Totten is something of a demi-god in the blogosphere. And yet here he is, post-9/11, taking the “moderate” Muslim side–like the Clinton policy that has now been institutionalized–against Christians in the Balkans. The Balkans is where a different set of rules applies when it comes to recognizing and classifying jihad and the nationalist supremacy that ushers it in–despite Serbia’s being the second country (after Israel) targeted by resurgent Islam on a macro scale.

In the case of Israel, a different set of rules likewise applies when it comes to recognizing and classifying jihad. The problem is that the conservatives who do apply rules fairly to Israel have singled out Serbia to which to apply double standards. Herewith is the opening post:

Julia Gorin: This is a Kosovar Muslim?

In my fellow conservatives’ desperation to find a country that doesn’t hate America, and in the universal struggle to find a truly moderate Muslim population, articles and blog posts such as this one by Michael Totten, shamefully in Commentary magazine online, become ubiquitous.

It’s titled “This is a Kosovar Muslim” and has a picture of an elderly Albanian man wearing a “USA” sweatshirt with an American flag on it:

I’m writing this from the capital of Kosovo, the least “scary” Muslim country on Earth…Kosovo is surprising even to me. Islam in this country is so thoroughly liberal (“moderate” doesn’t quite cover it) that, if it weren’t for the mosques, there would be no visible evidence that Kosovo is a Muslim country at all…Bosnia notoriously welcomed thousands of Salafist mujahideen fighters from the Arab world during Yugoslavia’s violent demise. But the Kosovo Liberation Army brusquely told them to stay the hell out of their country–even while they faced an ethnic cleansing campaign directed from Belgrade. [They didn’t.]

American flags are on sale at kiosks everywhere. They fly in front of government buildings. The world’s second largest replica of the Statue of Liberty sits atop the five star Hotel Victory. The largest street downtown was renamed Bill Clinton Boulevard…Clinton is rightly hailed as a liberator, but one resident told me “We are Republicans here in Kosovo.” They want a strong American President who won’t back down from commitments. Just a few short blocks from Bill Clinton Boulevard is the Israeli Odyssea Bakery. It is not just a Jewish bakery, but an Israeli bakery owned and operated by an actual Israeli.

As with everyone else who has deigned to finally write about Kosovo now that it’s back in the headlines, Totten sees only what’s on the surface, because he didn’t bother following Kosovo from 1999 on (not to mention pre-1999). Yes, Albanians are pro-American, thanks to our distinctly un-American operation on their behalf. The last time someone expanded Albania for them, Albanians were so grateful that they formed two Nazi divisions to show their appreciation, rounding up Jews for Bergen-Belsen, and killing Serbs. Before that, they converted to Islam to benefit from Ottoman patronage, get higher status and get the upper hand over the Slavs. Albanians will be whatever they have to be, and the love is always conditional.

As I wrote in an article titled “The Pro-American Terrorists” and in another titled “Why Do They Love Us?”: Whoever secures more land for Albanians–in the current case a second country (while Jews still struggle for just one)–that’s whom they’ll love. So now we’re their patrons. Ottomans. Nazis. USA (along with Saudi Arabia and UAE). Which means that just as there is a Clinton mural in Kosovo, there is also a Hitler diner and a “bin Laden Mosque” (dubbed as such because of all the photos of bin Laden that adorned its walls until the Americans complained).

Totten further reveals his credentials as an imposter to this issue when he writes that the “Kosovo Liberation Army brusquely told [mujahedeen] to stay the hell out of their country–even while they faced an ethnic cleansing campaign directed from Belgrade.”

The ever-present use of State Department-issued language concerning “ethnic cleansing directed from Belgrade” aside (and please note that when it comes to any discussion of Kosovo, there is no variation from government to media to art), the KLA did in fact have Islamist help. Bin Laden co-financed,co-trained and co-fought with the KLA. Even the Brooklyn-based gun smuggler Florin Krasniqilisted al Qaeda as among those helping his KLA in a PBS-aired documentary (2005), saying that he would have worked “with the devil” too. Just as Totten’s article was being published the other day, al Qaeda-linked Kuwaitis were admitting that they were also fighting in Kosovo, in addition to every other kind of mujahed—one of whom told a journalist in 1999, “This is my eighth jihad.” As one National Guard source recently told me, the jihadists come and go as they please.

But I would certainly be interested in seeing some documentation for the notion that Totten conjured up of KLA telling the mujahedeen to “stay the hell out of their country.” I’d like to see even something quoting an Albanian leader, an “ex” KLA fighter or international administrator making this up, but Totten naturally offers zero documentation in his Commentary blog post, which reads like a ventriloquist act to anyone who has heard it all before—from Albanians.

To understand how things work in Kosovo and surrounding areas, Totten needs a heavy dose of Chris Deliso’s book The Coming Balkan Caliphate, from which he would glean that the Albanians have an “arrangement” with the fundamentalists that goes like this: If your boys touch the internationals here–who are giving us what we need–we will kill them. Tell them to keep their heads low, and they can continue to operate in the region.

While Albanians are slowly reawakening to Islam after a communist slumber, Kosovo is filling with mosques and is the center of al Qaeda heroin-trafficking. In case anyone ever seeks to question why U.S. leaders and the State Dept. sabotaged Serbian-Albanian negotiations at every turn, using absolutist language throughout (e.g. “Independence is the only option”), he or she will find that we were responding to the perpetual threat of violence by the Albanian leadership, our new “friend”. Of course, the Albanian leadership does not mean all Albanians, but even those Albanians who don’t have blood on their hands are all too happy to accept their independent Kosovo/Greater Albania however the KLA managed and bludgeoned to win it. They take their goodies from whoever is handing them out, and however they can get them.

Meanwhile, the receptiveness that the jihadists have found among young Albanians (like young Bosnians) to fundamentalism isn’t unlike the void that Islam is filling in millions of young people everywhere. But the point is that our intervention opened that floodgate, and we continue down the same road even post-9/11. Instead of promoting multi-culturalism, we promoted the most radical elements, ethnic supremacy and a victim mentality that ultimately seeks out the old faith. And that faith is making inroads in Kosovo with access it didn’t have before 1999. (Just look at how surprised the famous shill for Balkan Muslims, Stephen Schwartz, was on this bus trip.)

Totten goes on to assert not only Albanians’ pro-Americanism, but their pro-Semitism:

Accomplished businessman and practicing Muslim Luan Berisha told me that 90 percent of Kosovars support Israel in the Arab-Israeli conflict. I don’t know if that’s really true. But if so it means Kosovo is more pro-Israel than even the United States…No one in any Arabic country would say such a thing. Kosovo sharply contrasts also with nearby Serbia on this question, where General Wesley Clark is seen as a sinister Jewish figure who plotted Belgrade’s destruction, and where Saddam Hussein was considered an ally.

Forced into dealing with countries that weren’t part of the Western-led sanctions, boycotts and bombings against it, Serbia was isolated and had few options. Hence the dealings with Saddam Hussein, who was our ally as well when we needed him. While Wesley Clark is rightfully hated in Serbia, Israel is supported and, as Yohanan Ramati, Chairman of Jerusalem Institute for Western Defense, wrote in the Jerusalem Post in 1995, “Israelis are still liked and welcomed.” There wasgoodreason that Israel was against the bombing of Serbia and was providing covert assistance to Belgrade even while providing humanitarian aid to “Kosovars”.

For years, Serbia continued to face Westward despite our crimes against it, even offering troops for Afghanistan and Iraq. But having dug ourselves into a hole, we continued to dig—and continued to kick Serbia’s teeth in. Whatever geo-strategic advantages and goals we’ve managed to carve out of our disastrous 1990s errors (quietly admitted to here and there), at least as much could have been accomplished working with our WWI and WWII ally, Serbia, which also has an incredible intelligence apparatus and had good border security in Kosovo until we dismantled it. (Recall it was Serbia that caught a key suspect in the Madrid bombings 16 months after the attack–as he transited untouched through Europe, most likely on his way to Kosovo or Bosnia, writes Deliso.)

While Totten is in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, he should look around and ask himself why it’s so pristinely Albanian. And while showing us “This is a Kosovar Muslim,” he should remember that so was one of the Fort Dix Six planning to massacre American soldiers—and three others were Albanian Muslims from western Macedonia, a.k.a. Greater Kosovo. Indeed, Totten’s timing on this post couldn’t be better, as today is the one-year anniversary of the arrests that should have been America’s red light on Kosovo independence.

Too bad conservatives can’t distinguish themselves from the Democrats and other appeasers on this front.

UPDATE: China Confidential reports Nazis, Islamists flourish in AlbanialAlbaniannazi

Al Qaeda-associated Islamists and Nazis are thriving in Muslim Albania and Kosovo, as shown on the left by the recent photograph of the insignia on a Pristina wall of Bali i Kombetar, the Albanian Nazi party. It was a volunteer Kosovo Albanian Nazi organization formed in 1939. Himmler described it to Hitler as the most elite of Kosovo Albanian Nazis responsible for slaughtering thousands of Serbs and Jews in WWII. Today, the revived Albanian Nazi organization is freely flourishing under the protection of NATO troops.


Sharia bank makes deal with Bosnia

The Islamic Development Bank of Saudi Arabia explains its mission this way: “The purpose of the Bank is to foster the economic development and social progress of member countries and Muslim communities individually as well as jointly in accordance with the principles of Shari’ah i.e., Islamic Law.”

What’s the big deal about Saudi-sponsored Sharia finance? See here.

Isn’t it grand how Bosnia — as the learned analysts assured us — was a secular state that was going to shine as a beacon of Islamic moderation in Europe and the world, and have nothing — nothing! — to do with the global jihad or Islamic supremacism?

“Islamic Development Bank’s delegation visits Bosnia,” from Bosnian News via Emportal, November 11 (thanks to Europe News):

The delegation signed the launch of a USD 5 million USD worth credit line for Bosnia’s exporting enterprises yesterday with Bosna Bank International, which is seen by both sides as the beginning of a successful financial collaboration.The FBiH Entity Prime MinisterM Nedzad Brankovic met last Friday in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo with a delegation of the Islamic Bank for Development from Saudi Arabia, led by Ahmad M. Al-Ghannam.

The delegation signed the launch of a USD 5 million USD worth credit line for Bosnia’s exporting enterprises yesterday with Bosna Bank International, which is seen by both sides as the beginning of a successful financial collaboration….

7 thoughts on “Bosnia: Sarajevo almost fully Muslim”

  1. Congrats to the UN on a job well done. The Koranists couldn’t have achieved this without you.

  2. Things are rotten all over.

    Have you seen this?:

    Can’t Think For Yourself?

    Want to impress your easily impressionable friends?

    Sartre and Derrida aren’t doing it for you any more?

    Chomsky passé? Gore embarrassingly common?

    Looking for some unreadable books to lay strategically on your coffee table or conspicuously pretend to read at Starbucks or the organic coffee-bean cooperative?

    Prospect, a British “centre-left” magazine has come up with a list of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals

    1. Fethullah Gülen: The main “intellectual” and “spiritual” inspiration for Turkey’s Islamic reconquista movement. He wants to Islamize the government. He uses science for ‘religious purposes.’ He’s at the center of a gigantic organization, whose goal it is to transform Muslim societies, with Turkey as the center and leader of the reformed Caliphate. Has written that atheists and terrorists are equally despicable. Told supporters who work for the government, that they should persevere in order to establish an Islamic state. Advocates Sharia rule . On 18 June 1999, a Turkish network aired a video of Gülen in which he told his supporters to wait for the right moment “to take over Turkey.” He wants to Islamize Turkish nationalism. Gülen argues that “Turkish” really means “Islamic”, and that only a Muslim Turk is a Turk: “the identity of Turks is Islam, a Turk who does not accept Islam is not a real Turk.”

    2. Muhammad Yunus: Bangladeshi Muslim banker who advocates sex discrimination in the awarding of loans. Formed “Global Elders”, a group of “world leaders” (Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Li Zhaoxing, Mary Robinson; funded by Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel, other luminaries, and The UN (i.e. Western Tax-Payers)) who will contribute their wisdom and integrity to saving the world.

    3. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi: Egyptian Muslim. One of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. Co-founder of Islam Online, a site full of ahistorical nonsense like, “the Jews suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Byzantines in AD 70.” Host of the Al Jazeera TV show, Ash-Shariah wal-Hayat (”Shariah and Life”). Author of Islam: The Future Civilization.

    4. Orhan Pamuk: Turkish Muslim. Rich socialist anti-American. Novelist and essayist.

    5. Aitzaz Ahsan: Pakistani Muslim politician and lawyer. Rich socialist. As Pakistani Federal Minister for Law, appointed 20 of his party workers as judges, even though they had never appeared in court.

    6. Amr Khaled: Egyptian Muslim. Tele-Islamist. Muslim Brotherhood. Author of The Honor and Might of Muslims.

    7. Abdolkarim Soroush: Iranian Muslim. Supporter of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. Former Islamic Republic bureaucrat. Author of The Theoretical Contraction and Expansion of Shari’a.

    8. Tariq Ramadan Egyptian-Swiss Muslim. His father was deported from Egypt for terror activities. His grandfather founded the Muslim Brotherhood. Fired from Swiss school for advocating Sharia and lapidation [stoning criminals to death]. Denied entry to the U.S. for financial support of Hamas. Believes that Muslims in Europe have to establish a new “European Islam”, which would include a “moratorium” in Europe on Muslim habits such as stoning adulterers to death. Author of In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad.

    9. Mahmood Mamdani: Ugandan Muslim. Advocate for the Sudanese Janjaweed. Author of Good Muslim Bad Muslim: America, The Cold War, and the Roots of Terror.

    10. Shirin Ebadi: Iranian Muslim. Supporter of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. Former Islamic Republic bureaucrat. Lawyer.

  3. People like Totten learn very quickly in places like Iraq to never say anything bad about Islam, then they keep that slavish attitude for life.

    Stockholm Syndrome? They should call it Dhimmi Syndrome.

    I read an especially stupid post from him in Macedonia (Ex-Yugo) about how the Big Bad Wahabbis were muscling out the Good moderate Muslims. I wonder if people like him ever realize how offensive they are coming in and saying, “These are good Muslims, because they appear to live by some Christian vlaues (peace, tolerance), and these guys are bad Muslims because they follow the Koran.”

    Totten really annoys me because he appears reasonable in that he seems to be seeking the truth without an axe to grind, BUT he just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    For example,


    “The Macedonian church has a problem with their Pope,” Mahmudi explained. “This Pope, Jovan Vranishkovski, is under Serbian and Greek influence. He is paid by the Serbs. Because he is preaching at his church in Serbian. The Macedonian church is not recognized by the Serbs or the Greeks. … The Macedonian Orthodox Church is against preaching in Serbian in Macedonian territory,” he later added.

    “Are the Greeks and the Serbs working together on this?” I said.

    “Oh yes,” he said. “Because the Serbian church is supporting the Greek church against recognizing the Macedonian church as independent. The Greek church can recognize the Macedonian church as independent, but not under this name. They are not recognizing the name of the state and they are not recognizing the language, plus they are not recognizing the church. The Muslim community is supporting the Orthodox church against this Pope, and saying You should be independent, and this Pope should have his own church in Macedonia. The Muslim community is supporting the Orthodox church, so the Orthodox church is supporting the Muslim community against us. And the Macedonian government is under the influence of the Orthodox church. Plus, this political party – the national political party – they are investing a lot of money in the church building process, mosques also, etc. So you see, this government is sacrificing Bektashism because of the problem of the Orthodox Church with the Pope.”

    Got that? The Balkans wouldn’t be the Balkans without this kind of convoluted political intrigue. It really is like the Middle East when it comes to this stuff.


    What he’s trying to do is portray Serb Christians as intolerant because the Serb Church won’t recognize the Macedonian Church as autocephalous. Then he contrasts that with the wonderfully tolerant Macedonian Muslims who are taking the side of the Macedonian Orthodox Church against the Serb Church.

    Get it? Serbs bad, Muslims good.

    What he doesn’t understand is that the Macedonian Church is autonomous but not autocephalous. If you’re not an orthodox Christian you might be getting a headache now. The point is that an Orthodox Church is only in communion with other Orthodox Churches if those Churches recognize it as truly Orthodox. It’s not Tottens business, or his Muslim’s friend’s business what the status of an Orthodox Church should be.

    His use of the term “independent” sows how his thinking about the Church is polluted by Western liberal ideas that are not applicable to the Church. [E.g. The Church is not a democracy! It’s the role of the bishops to lead the Church.] He uses the terms of national liberation. There’s no such thing as “an independent Ortodox Church”. The terms is autocephapous, meaning that it has its own head RECOGNIZED as genuinely Orthodox Christian by all the other Bishops. It’s the opposite of independence. But Totten will never get that. He’s as clueless in the Balkans as Blair or Ashdown or Albright are.

    Anyway, of course the Macedonian Muslims would support the Macedonian Church. Totten sees that as a sign of how tolerant and patriotic they are. No. They do so in order to weaken Orthodox Christian unity. Divide and conquer.

    Check out his last line: “The Balkans wouldn’t be the Balkans without this kind of convoluted political intrigue. It really is like the Middle East”

    Exactly, you fool. The Balkans have been subject to enforced Islamization for centuries.

    Just like formerly Christian Syria, formerly Christian Egypt, formerly Christian Lebanon, formerly Christian Albania, formerly Christian Mesapotamia, formerly Christian Sudan (Nubia). Now all basket-cases. I wonder why…?

  4. >>’Zrno told local media. He pointed out that Serbs and Croats in Sarajevo have no institutional protection, and continue to leave the capital.

    Joe Grey>> Governments in Muslim countries always say that their terrorist citizens’ actions abroad are out of their hands, what’s the excuse now? Freakin’ dogs!


    More substantiation and documentation of the big hoax concerning Bosnia and the one sided pro-Islamic narrative. Everything we have been force-fed by an agenda-driven media and a political elite with twisted priorities has been a lie.

    Srebrenica was an Inside Job The Balkan Report via Atlas

    How Alija Izetbegovic’s regime held the civilian population of Srebrenica hostage, goaded the [Bosnian]-Serbs into attacking the enclave, and then abandoned the civilian population to the mercy of the attacking enemy.

    by Andy Wilcoxson [a libertarian] Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    In the wake of the July 1995 fall of the Srebrenica enclave, thousands of Muslim soldiers and draft eligible men were killed or went missing. Some were captured and summarily executed by Bosnian-Serb forces, and others died in combat.

    Western governments, news media, and the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague have assiduously misled the public about the nature of the massacre, at the same time they have remained conspicuously silent about the role U.N. officials and the Muslim regime in Sarajevo played in orchestrating the massacre.

    Srebrenica’s Fall Could Have Been Prevented

    …[T]he Dutch battalion of U.N. peacekeepers who were deployed in Srebrenica…were authorized to call in air strikes if the enclave was attacked, and when it was attacked they did indeed call in air strikes, but they were blocked by the U.N. until it was too late.

    According to the debriefing of Dutch Battalion personnel, “The battalion was counting on massive air support … air support was requested around 10.30 hrs. [on July 11, 1995] Then, despite all of its promises, the U.N. still failed to release air power.”

    …Even without the U.N.’s help, Bosnian-Muslim president Alija Izetbegovic’s regime could have intervened to stop the fall of the enclave and subsequent massacre, but they chose not to act either.

    Sefer Halilovic…was the most senior officer in Izetbegovic’s military and he testified under oath at the UN war crimes Tribunal in The Hague that “the command of the 2nd Corps and the General Staff knew when the operation on Srebrenica started, but from a series of testimonies, the people who were in Srebrenica, both from military and political structures, we can clearly see that they asked for help, both of the command of the 2nd Corps and the command of the General Staff and President Izetbegovic, but that they did not receive that assistance…[3]

    Even though Srebrenica was abandoned by its supposed protectors at the U.N. and by its own government in Sarajevo, the Muslim forces based in Srebrenica should have been able to defend the enclave themselves. Instead, on July 12, 1995, they fled the enclave with the rest of the able-bodied men and abandoned Srebrenica’s women, children, and elderly to the mercy of the attacking Bosnian-Serb forces.

    Although UN Military Observers (UNMOs) were uncertain of the exact number of Muslim military personnel in Srebrenica, they believed “that at least half had side arms as well as heavy machine guns, light mortars, and anti-tank weapons including rocket propelled grenades and more modern ones.”[4]

    The Command of the 2nd Corps of the Army of Bosnia Herzegovina (ABiH) prepared a report detailing the operation Srebrenica’s men undertook to flee Srebrenica across Bosnian-Serb territory to Tuzla. Their report said, “Numbers were not established when the column was formed, but some estimates put the number in the column at 10,000 to 15,000 people, including approximately 6,000 armed soldiers, not counting soldiers from Zepa.”[5]

    According to UN Military Observers, at the time of the attack the Bosnian-Serb Army’s “Drina Corps was known to be stretched in terms of resources” and the strength of the Bosnian-Serb units surrounding Srebrenica was “1,000 to 3,000 infantry with up to 20 tanks as well as artillery and multiple launch rocket systems.” When Srebrenica fell, the UNMOs estimated that the local Bosnian-Serb brigades “probably have around 1,500 infantry in total” and together with reinforcements from units stationed in adjacent areas, the total strength of the Bosnian-Serb forces around Srebrenica was “probably no less than 2,000 infantry.”[6]

    Even if they hadn’t been abandoned by the UN and by their own government, 6,000 armed Muslim soldiers should have been able to fight off 1,000 to 3,000 Serb infantry men.

    When the Bosnian-Serbs attacked the enclave, UN Military Observers were stunned that the Muslim army didn’t attempt to defend it. In their report they state: “The ABiH had the force ratios to defend the enclave particularly considering its hilly, wooded nature.” They went on to write, “The advantages militarily seem to have been with the [Muslim] defenders to at least hold out for longer and have inflicted greater losses on the Bosnian-Serb Army than believed. However, the ABiH leadership seems to have actually acted against their own interests to carryout a successful defense.” [7]

    Dutch Battalion personnel in Srebrenica were surprised when Muslim troops in the enclave did not avail themselves of the weapons they were offered. On the morning of July 6th 1995 battalion personnel “Informed the Bosnian government forces that, if the Bosnian-Serb Army crossed the enclave boundary, the arms in the weapon collection point in Srebrenica would be released. Later, when this situation did indeed occur, the Bosnian government forces did not avail themselves of this opportunity.”[8]

    Foreknowledge of the Massacre

    Izetbegovic’s decision to refuse Srebrenica’s pleas for help and to abandon it to the mercy of the Bosnian-Serb Army is all the more shocking in light of the fact that his regime knew what would happen if Srebrenica fell. They were fully aware of what was at stake. Two years before the massacre, Bosnian vice-premiere Zlatko Lagumdjija told reporters from the London Times that “We shall be witnesses of a big massacre if Srebrenica falls.”[9]

    The U.N. also had foreknowledge of what would happen. The U.N. chose not to act in 1995 even though it knew as far back as 1993 what kind of massacre would ensue if Srebrenica fell.

    Testifying at the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, the former commander of the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, French General Philippe Morillon told the court that “Naser Oric [the commander of the Bosnian-Muslim military forces in Srebrenica] engaged in attacks during Orthodox [Christian] holidays and destroyed villages, massacring all the inhabitants. This created a degree of hatred that was quite extraordinary in the region.”

    He said, “Naser Oric was a warlord who reigned by terror in his area and over the population itself. I think that he realized that those were the rules of this horrific war, that he could not allow himself to take prisoners. According to my recollection, he didn’t even look for an excuse. It was simply a statement: One can’t be bothered with prisoners.”

    Morillon testified, “I wasn’t surprised when the Serbs took me to a village to show me the evacuation of the bodies of the inhabitants that had been thrown into a hole, a village close to Bratunac. And this made me understand the degree to which this infernal situation of blood and vengeance led to a situation when I personally feared that the worst would happen if the Serbs of Bosnia managed to enter the enclaves and Srebrenica.” He said, “I saw, a degree of absolute misery with a real risk of tens of thousands being killed.

    “I feared that the Serbs, the local Serbs, the Serbs of Bratunac, these militiamen, they wanted to take their revenge for everything that they attributed to Naser Oric. It wasn’t just Naser Oric that they wanted to revenge, take their revenge on, they wanted to revenge their dead on Orthodox Christmas…”

    After listening to his testimony the Presiding judge asked Morillon, “Are you saying, then, General, that what happened in 1995 was a direct reaction to what Naser Oric did to the Serbs two years before?” And the witness answered, “Yes. Yes, Your Honour. I am convinced of that.”

    According to the Dutch Battalion’s report, the Bosnian-Serb military units surrounding Srebrenica in 1995 “were manned chiefly by Bosnian-Serb refugees who had formerly lived in the enclave.”[10]

    The soldiers who ultimately perpetrated the July 1995 massacre had been victimized themselves beforehand.

    Because Gen. Morillon knew what would happen if the Bosnian-Serbs entered Srebrenica, he tried to have the civilian population evacuated to safety, but he was prevented from doing that by the Bosnian-Muslim authorities.

    On April 19, 1993– two years before the massacre – Reuters and the New York Times reported that:

    “Authorities in Srebrenica refused today to allow civilians to be evacuated from the besieged Muslim town, a United Nations official said.

    “‘We have just received confirmation that the Bosnian authorities in Srebrenica will not permit any evacuation’, a UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokeswoman said in Belgrade.

    “She said the Muslim authorities didn’t give a reason for blocking the operation.”[11]

    During his testimony Morillon noted that “Had I been able to evacuate all those who had wanted me to do so at the time that I intervened in Srebrenica, we could certainly have saved a number of human lives.”

    He said, “the Bosniaks used the presence of their population to keep the attention of the world focused on their situation, they prevented the evacuation from Srebrenica …the authorities of Izetbegovic were the ones who stood up against the evacuation of those towards Tuzla for all those who wanted to, and there were many of them who wanted to.”[12]

    Concurrent with Morillon’s failed efforts to evacuate the civilian population from Srebrenica, the Security Council designated it a “UN Safe Area” in April 1993.

    As a so-called “Safe area”, Srebrenica was supposed to be demilitarized. On May 8th 1993 Ratko Mladic on behalf of the Serbs, and Sefer Halilovic on behalf of the Muslims, signed an agreement on the demilitarization of Srebrenica in the presence of Gen. Morillon.[13]

    Under the terms of the agreement, all of the weapons in the enclave were to be placed under the control of the UN; in turn the UN was responsible for the security of the enclave. That was how things were on paper, but real life was different.

    The Muslims did not demilitarize Srebrenica; instead they used the so-called “safe area” as a base from which to attack the Bosnian-Serb army and the surrounding Serbian villages.

    Two weeks before the enclave fell, Muslim troops from Srebrenica attacked an undefended Serbian village. At 4:30 AM on June 26, 1995 they attacked the hamlet of Visnjica near Srebrenica, burning houses, killing livestock, and sending Serb civilians fleeing for their lives.[14]

    Conspiracies seldom remain secret, and Srebrenica is no exception. Although the Western news media refuses to discuss the role played by anyone other than the Serbs, some Bosnian-Muslim officials have spoken out.

    Ibran Mustafic was a founding member of Alija Izetbegovic’s political party, a member of the Bosnian parliament, and a resident of Srebrenica. In 1996 he told Sarajevo’s Slobodna Bosna newspaper that “The betrayal of Srebrenica was consciously prepared. Unfortunately, the Bosnian presidency and the Army command were involved in this business; if you want the names, figure it out yourself. I understood the situation in Srebrenica and, you can trust me on this, had I not been prevented by a group of criminals, many more inhabitants of Srebrenica would be alive today. Had I received an order to attack the Serb army from the demilitarized zone, I would have rejected to carry out that order without thinking and would have asked the person who had issued that order to bring his family to Srebrenica so that I can give him a gun and let him stage attacks from the demilitarized zone. I knew that such shameful, calculated moves were leading my people to a catastrophe.”[15]

    The Motive to Betray One’s Own People

    In 1998, Srebrenica’s wartime chief of police, Hakija Meholjic told the Sarajevo newspaper Dani that in September 1993 Izetbegovic told him: “You know, I was offered by [Bill] Clinton in April that the Chetnik [Serbian] forces enter Srebrenica, carry out a slaughter of 5,000 Muslims, and then there will be a [NATO] military intervention.”[16]

    Meholjic’s statement is corroborated by the UN Secretary General’s report on the fall of Srebrenica, which says “Representatives of the Bosniac community gathered in Sarajevo on 28 and 29 September [1993] to vote on the [Invincible] peace package. A delegation of Bosniacs from Srebrenica was transported to Sarajevo by UNPROFOR helicopter to participate in the debate. Prior to the meeting, the delegation met in private with President Izetbegovic, who told them that there were Serb proposals to exchange Srebrenica and Zepa for territories around Sarajevo. The delegation opposed the idea, and the subject was not discussed further. Some surviving members of the Srebrenica delegation have stated that President Izetbegovic also told them he had learned that a NATO intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina was possible, but could only occur if the Serbs were to break into Srebrenica, killing at least 5,000 of its people. President Izetbegovic has flatly denied making such a statement.”[17] [SEE THE DUTCH TV DOCUMENTARY CLIP WITH MEHOLJIC HERE.]

    It certainly appears that Alija Izetbegovic incited a massacre against his own people in Srebrenica because he wanted NATO to intervene in the Bosnian war on his behalf.

    Izetbegovic’s regime provoked the Serbs by perpetrating massacres against them, blocked the evacuation of the civilian population, staged attacks from the safe area, and when the anticipated Serb retaliation finally came, his regime abandoned Srebrenica with full knowledge of what the consequences would be.

    The truth is ugly. The Serbs executed enemy POWs in violation of the Geneva Conventions, the Muslims deliberately goaded them into it for propaganda purposes, the U.N. allowed all of it to happen even though they had the means to stop it, NATO got conned into being the Muslim air force, and Western governments and news media lied about the whole thing. The end result of all of it is that thousands of people died needlessly.

    Criminal Liability

    In 2004, the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal inThe Hague convicted Bosnian-Serb general Radislav Krstic of aiding and abetting “genocide” (sic) in Srebrenica and sentenced him to 35 years in prison.

    Krstic did not participate in, order, or even know the massacre was happening. In fact, Krstic specifically ordered that no harm was to befall the Bosnian Muslim civilians.[18]

    The Tribunal ruled that “It was unnecessary for the Trial Chamber to conclude that Radislav Krstic was actually aware that those other criminal acts were being committed; it was sufficient that their occurrence was foreseeable to him and that those other crimes did in fact occur.”[19]

    The Srebrenica massacre was foreseeable to the Bosnian-Muslim authorities and to the U.N. as well. They too had the ability and the obligation to prevent the massacre, and they didn’t do it either. One has to wonder about the integrity of the judicial process surrounding Srebrenica, when someone like Krstic is held responsible and they’re not.

    One also has to wonder whether a conflict of interest arises when a UN Tribunal conducts the investigations, makes factual findings, and determines criminal liability with regard to events where the UN was as deeply involved as it was in Srebrenica. The UN’s failure to demilitarize the enclave or prevent its collapse and subsequent massacre, when it had the ability to do so, certainly begs the question of whether those failures were deliberate or not. [END]


    So that the reader isn’t left with the impression that ALL THOSE CIVILIANS TRAPPED inside Srebrenica mentioned above were massacred along with the “Muslim men and boys” (indeed, if they were, we wouldn’t be hearing the qualifier “men and boys” ad nauseum), note that Ratko Mladic’s forces organized buses to take the civilians to Muslim-held territory, as the civilians had wanted from the start. He saw them off, talking to those seated on the bus and assuring them safety. There’s video of this. But the press uses these assurances to paint an even more sinister picture. For example, look at the insidious, malevolent writing that St. Louis Post-Dispatch writers Phillip O’Connor and Stephen Deere used in this article they co-wrote upon Mladic’s capture:

    Just hours before the 1995 attack, Mladic appeared in a now infamous video stroking the cheek of a terrified child and telling the crowd, “Don’t be afraid, no one will hurt you.”

    After women and children were loaded onto buses and transported out of the area, the killing began. It went on for days.

    This is supposed to stick in the reader’s mind as if the child didn’t make it to safety; the writers are conflating the subsequent deaths of escaping soldiers with the children Mladic gave candy and safe passage to. The “candy” mention comes from similarly insidious wording in this AP report, which the above article copies almost verbatim at some points (which is how Balkans reporting has always been done anyway):

    Just hours before the massacre, Mladic handed out candy to Muslim children in the town’s square, assuring them everything would be fine and patting one child on the head. Then the shootings began and the bodies of the victims were bulldozed into mass graves.

    I think that the aforementioned “infamous video” of Mladic “stroking the cheek of a terrified child and telling the crowd, ‘Don’t be afraid, no one will hurt you’”—may be this one, viewable to those with a Facebook account:

    It’s basically him hopping onto each bus and saying “Hi, I’m Ratko Mladic, you are all going to be safely evacuated.” The monster!

    Meanwhile, the evactuation that the Serbs did–which the Bosnian government refused to do in order to keep the civilians in danger—is of course being referred to in media and government as ethnic cleansing. Just one example—and a more mild one at that—comes from that same AP report:

    “In early July that year, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed by Serbian forces, and the town’s women and children were driven out of the area.”

    (This recalls how a Serbian bishop was threatened by the internationals with a war crimes indictent for ethnic cleansing for obliging to help put together buses to clear Muslim women and children out of the crossfire in a Herzegovina town.)

    What else they’re doing in the media now is adding the phrase “including women and children” with regard to who was killed in Srebrenica. This is perhaps a conflation of Srebrenica and Sarajevo, or perhaps they’re seizing on the fact that, among all the remains at the identification office, exactly 5 are female so far. (Here I must emphasize that most of the remains are indeterminate re the potential cause, manner, place and time of death over the course of living through three years of war. But you’re just supposed to think they were “executed,” and by Serbs.)

    In an email from Nebojsa Malic, we get a broader picture of what happened (emphasis mine):

    Upon taking Srebrenica, the Serbs find it empty. Muslim soldiers had gone off towards Tuzla. The Serbs find the Muslim civilians overflowing the UN camp in the nearby hamlet of Potocari. They detain SOME men, and SOME of those are MIA presumed dead – but neither the Dutch nor ANYONE else who was there actually witnessed them die. The civilians are told they can stay if they want to, or be evacuated to Muslim territory. They choose evacuation. Gen. Mladic organizes buses and trucks (at a time when fuel was incredibly difficult to come by, no less) and sees them off personally. There are videos of him talking to the civilians in the buses (you can see clearly there are a few men in there as well, and boys aplenty), and guarantees them safety. They are bused to Kladanj and handed over to the Muslims.

    (NOTE: It’s not surprising that plenty of males survived as well, since the Serbs were weeding people out in order to find the perpetrators of the raids on their villages. Indeed, the majority of Srebrenica’s 40,000 population survived, with 35,632 registering with the World Health Organization and Bosnian government by the first week of August ’95.)

    If Mladic had used the same standard the Croats applied to Serbs a month later [Operation Storm], he’d have made them walk on their own, and shot them up every so often, just for LOLs. Instead, the Serbs WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY to AVOID harming civilians.

    Or as Emil Vlajki (half-Croat, half-Jewish VP of the Serb Republic currently) said on TV recently, “Had the Nazis acted the way the Serbs are accused of acting, 4 million more Jews would have been alive today.” (Many of his own relatives perished in the Shoah.)

    One thing to keep in mind about Srebrenica is that it didn’t start out as an enclave. Starting in March 1992, Oric actually marauded up and down the Drina valley, until his defeat in the spring of 1993. Oric then retreated to Srebrenica, where the Serbs had him cornered. The UN commander at the time, French general Morillon, led a convoy through Serb territory to get food into the town Muslim propaganda claimed was starving to the point of cannibalism. Once there, he tried to get some civilians out, but Oric prevented him – suffering civilians were a key element of the Muslims’ war strategy; without them, there was no CNN Effect, and no chance of an outside intervention. Morillon did eventually manage to evacuate some seriously injured people and kids and set up food convoys into the town.

    Kosovo: Muslims turn church into public toilet, waste dump

    It sure is great that the U.S. fought to “liberate” these people! Perhaps they will build another statue for Slick Willie, who bombed the Christians and helped the Muslims to establish several Narco-Jihad fiefdoms smack in the middle of EUrabia!

    Islamic Tolerance Alert from modern, moderate, pro-American Kosovo: “Church in Smodreza turned into public toilet again,” from, June 11 (thanks to JW):

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