From Islam in Europe:
This was apparently true already a decade ago.
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.Â He pointed out that Serbs and Croats in Sarajevo have no institutional protection, and continue to leave the capital.Â
ATLAS EXCLUSIVE: JULIA GORIN TAKES ON CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS WHO CALL THE KOSOVO JIHAD BY ANOTHER NAME
Road trip! Well sometimes the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Michael Totten in a sweet, unstudied fashion, hasÂ decided to weigh in on the Kosovo controversyÂ 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.Â
Julia Gorin exclusively at Atlas:Â
In some conservatives’ goodly but naÃ¯ve 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–wasÂ furtherÂ downgradedÂ byÂ majorÂ newspapersÂ (includingÂ the Wall St. Journal’s Daniel Pearl) to what it actually was: a counter-terrorist operationÂ rooting outÂ KLA insurgents in aÂ turf warÂ 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 JihadWatch.com, 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:
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 asÂ this oneÂ 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. [TheyÂ 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 distinctlyÂ un-AmericanÂ operation on their behalf. The last time someone expanded Albania for them, Albanians were so grateful that theyÂ formedÂ 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 aÂ Hitler dinerÂ 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 LadenÂ co-financed,co-trainedÂ and co-fought with the KLA. Even the Brooklyn-based gun smugglerÂ 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 wereÂ also fighting in Kosovo, in addition to every other kind of mujahedâ€”one of whomÂ toldÂ a journalist in 1999, “This is my eighth jihad.” As one National Guard source recently told me, the jihadistsÂ come and goÂ 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 beforeâ€”from Albanians.
To understandÂ how things work in KosovoÂ and surrounding areas, Totten needs a heavy dose of Chris Deliso’s bookÂ 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 theÂ perpetual threat of violenceÂ 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 makingÂ inroadsÂ in Kosovo with access it didn’t have before 1999. (Just look at how surprised the famous shill for Balkan Muslims, Stephen Schwartz, was onÂ 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 isÂ supportedÂ and, as Yohanan Ramati, Chairman of Jerusalem Institute for Western Defense,Â wroteÂ in the Jerusalem Post in 1995, “Israelis are still liked and welcomed.” There wasgoodreasonÂ 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 digâ€”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 thatÂ caughtÂ 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 soldiersâ€”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 reportsÂ Nazis, Islamists flourish in Albanial
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 ArabiaÂ 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 jointlyÂ in accordance with the principles of Shari’ah i.e., Islamic Law.”
What’s the big deal about Saudi-sponsored Sharia finance? SeeÂ 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?
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….