A new beginning? Or the continuation of the 1000 year old jihad that has ravaged the Balkans ever since? I say pull the UN out, arm the Serbs to the hilt and give them carte blanche…….
As is so often the case with the Balkans, analysts are quick to attribute the problem of jihadist activity to the influence of “Wahhabism,” though without accounting for why the Wahhabists’ teachings resonate so readily with what we were told were peaceful, secularized, tolerant Muslims. To suppose otherwise, of course, raises the specter of there being something about Islam, even among our modern, moderate “friends and allies” that is not of the Wahhabists’ invention, but nonetheless generates acts like the one described below.
In any event, however, the West in general, andÂ NATOÂ countries in particular, are dismally willing to stand idly by while Saudi petrodollars fund an Islamic revival, complete with its inherent problems of Sharia law and jihadist doctrine, in the Western pet project comprised by the Muslim components of the former Yugoslavia. At the root of that inaction are two issues: the economic blackmail of dependence on oil, and the politically correct article of faith that Islam must be a “Religion of Peace”… if people would just stop “misunderstanding” it.
“Bosnia: Suspected Islamist bombing ‘the beginning’ say experts,” fromÂ AdnKronos International, via JW
Sarajevo and Belgrade, 28 June (AKI) – Sunday’s bloody bombing of a police station in Bosnia in a suspected radical Islamist attack is only the beginning of a wave of violence in Bosnia, terrorism experts said on Monday.
Police have arrested at least five people over the attack in the central town of Bugojno, in which one person was killed and six wounded.
Among those arrested was Haris Causevic, who admitted planting the explosive device near a police station in the town 75 kilometres northwest of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.
Causevic is believed to be a member of the fundamentalist Islamic Wahabi Islamist movement. Benevolence towards Wahabism by Bosnian authorities have allowed it to radicalise supporters and plot violence, according to Galijasevic and other terrorism experts.
Local politicians have for too long treated Wahabi groups propagating violent Islam with excessive tolerance, Bosnian terrorism expert Dzevad Galijasevic, told Adnkronos International (AKI).
“This (attack) was to be expected and it is just the beginning,” Galijasevic, who is a Muslim, toldÂ AKI.
“Bosnia has a very stormy period ahead,” he warned.
Galijasevic said about five percent of Bosnia’s 1.5 million Muslims had been indoctrinated by Wahabi ideology, but the number of their supporters may be about 12 per cent of the population.
Though Wahabism is considered a radical religious movement in Bosnia, Wahabis are playing a central role in terrorist activities in the Musim-majority country, according to Galijasevic.
“Their activities have nothing to do with religion,” he said.
There had been scores of murders and terrorist activities in Bosnia, but local authorities have played these down as “isolated incidents and ordinary crime,” Galijasevic said.
“Bosnia-Herzegovina simply isn’t ready to explicitly call it terrorism, although western intelligence agencies are pefectly aware of what’s going on,” he stated.
Galijasevic claimed radical Islam had a strong supporter in wartime Bosnian Muslim president Alija Izetbegovic and current Muslim member of the joint state presidency Haris Silajdzic, who condemned Sunday’s bombing as an attack on the state.
Galijasevic heads a non-governmental southeast European counter-terrorist organisation with Serbian expert on terrorism Darko Trifunovic and a Croatian Domagoj Margetic.
They have frequently warned that Bosnia has become a European hotbed of radical Islam and Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist activities.
Trifunovic agreed thatÂ most of Bosnian Muslim leaders have ignored the activities of radical Islamists and played down their terrorist activities.
Not to mention playing down their having anything to do with “religion.”
“We have been highlighting this problem for years, but no one paid attention,” he toldÂ AKI.
Attacks such as the one in Bugojno were the “logical consequence” of ignoring the security threat posed by Wahabism, he said.
“I’m afraid this is not the end,” Trifunovic said.
The central question here is: do the “moderates” here have the political will, support of the population, and is it their own genuine intention, to prevent the outright Islamization of Bosnia? Time will tell.
And a follow-up question: do said “moderates” have a better defense than to glibly insist the chapters and verses quoted by the “radicals” were “taken out of context?”
We get that one a lot, of course, when we report on jihadists’ own reliance on Islamic texts and teachings to motivate and defend their acts. Oddly, enough, such bland pronouncements just never seem to halt the jihad. It keeps happening, and we keep reporting on it. “Bosnia: Radical Muslims urge boycott of security forces,” fromAdnKronos International. August 17:
Sarajevo, 17 August (AKI) -Â Radical Wahabi fundamentalists have been leafleting mosques throughout Bosnia Herzegovina urging Muslims not to join the country’s police and army.
AdnKronos is frequently a useful source, but one can’t help but note what amounts to a George Carlin-esque attempt at softening the blow of a succinct term like “jihadist” by stretching it out over more syllables. By the year 2020, they should be up to a good paragraph or so in the mainstream media.
“Those are forces devoted to a fake god who we should fight against with all of our powers,” read the leaflets, which Wahabis have been putting in mosque collection boxes.
Members of Bosnia’s Muslim community dismissed the leaflets as a “desperate and insane appeal”.
The leaflets also contained several passages from the Koran which had been “misinterpreted” and “used out of context”, they said.
Funny how that keeps happening.
Similar leaflets were found in mosque contribution boxes just beforeÂ the bombing of a police station in the central Bosnian town of Bugojno on 27 June that killed one policeman and injured six others.
Wahabi leaflets first appeared in Bosnia when the government decided to contribute toÂ NATOÂ forces in Afganistan and Iraq. The leaflets accused the government of “betraying our Islamic brothers” in these countries.
Bosnia’s imams are said to be deeply concerned by the bombing in Bugojno and the reappearance of wahabi pamphlets. Bosnian mosques are not well protected and it is impossible to monitor people entering them, according to the imams.
The Wahabi movement first appeared in the Balkans during the 1990s wars, when ‘mujahadeen’ from Islamic countries came to Bosnia to fight on the side of local Muslims.
Wahabi cells have been radicalising supporters, running training camps and plotting violence in recent years, according to a number of terrorism experts
Bosnia state security agencyÂ OSAÂ director Almir Dzuvo said in July there were some 3,000 well equipped radical Islamist militants in Bosnia, who posed a serious terrorism threat to the country.
Of course, when people point out the activities of jihadists in the Balkans, theCommentary crowd accuses them of supporting the enormities and crimes, real and/or trumped-up, of the local opposition to that jihad. Of course, that accusation neither logically follows nor accords with fact. “Bosnia: Muslims ‘wanted to draw NATO into war,’” fromÂ AKI, October 7 (thanks to JW):
The Hague, 7 Oct. (AKI) – Bosnian Muslims wanted to draw NATO into their country’s 1992-1995 war to help them against the Serbs, British general Michael Rose told the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Thursday.Serbs deliberately targeted civilians with sniper fire in the capital Sarajevo in order to intimidate them, said Rose, who served as chief of the UN peacekeepers in Bosnia in 1994.
He was testifying at the trial of wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who is conducting his own defence.
But cross-examined by Karadzic,Â Rose conceded that there had been some cases in which Muslims fired at their own people to blame the Serbs and trigger foreign intervention.
He also said that reports in western media on Serb attacks on eastern town of Gorazde were often exaggerated.
Karadzic is being tried on eleven counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The indictment is focusing on the shelling of Sarajevo and a massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern town of Srebrenica in July 1995….