Is Bosnia a “radical Muslim haven” or not?

‘Large increase in anti-Bosnian, anti-Muslim bigotry’

Here we go again: al Jizz is using resistance to the Islamic expansion project in Bosnia to accuse the victims of Mohammedan aggression  of being “anti-Muslim bigots”,  “Islamophobes” etc. In reality the remaining Serbs & Croats live in fear of jihad attacks every day of their lives.

Serb and Croat politicians are increasingly using Islamophobic rhetoric with aim of dividing Bosnia, says new report.

Bosnian Muslims gather in front of the city's main mosque for morning prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 11, 2019 [Fehim Demir/EPA-EFE]

Bosnian Muslims gather in front of the city’s main mosque for morning prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 11, 2019 [Fehim Demir/EPA-EFE]


Dodik, who has consistently claimed that Bosniaks are planning to create an Islamic state, has accused Bosniak politicians of planning to give 150,000 Muslim migrants citizenship, thereby changing the country’s ethnic composition.

That means Dodik is savvy. He knows what they are planning.

Earlier this month, Dodik claimed that the conservative Bosniak SDA party wanted to set up an Islamic state and introduce shariah, or Islamic law, after the party embraced liberal-secular reforms.

The whole purpose of any Islamic movement is to rule the whole world under the sharia. Vehement denial is just another tactic in the arsenal of jihad to deceive unbelievers.

“To suggest that they’re advocating for liberal-secular reforms to create an ‘Islamist state’ involves ridiculous, mental gymnastics,” political scientist Jasmin Mujanovic told Al Jazeera.

“Liberal, secular reforms” means nothing since no such thing is considered Islamic. These things will be discarded as soon as Islam gets the upper hand.

“By equating the mere idea of constitutional reform, even explicitly liberal-civic-secular reforms, with ‘Islamism’, an idea that has never been anywhere near the mainstream Bosniak political activity, Serb nationalists like Dodik and [Serbian foreign minister Ivica] Dacic are trying to ensure that Bosnia remains a permanently dysfunctional state, and one which they will never have to actually compete in free and fair elections.”

There will never be “free & fair elections” in an Islamic state.

Bosnia as the new ‘battleground’ between NATO and Russia

Serbia’s foreign minister Dacic has issued similar “warnings”.

In June, during an interview on the Good Morning Serbia talk show, he said: “[Bosniaks] are waiting to pass 50 percent [in population] so they can create the first Islamic state in the middle of Europe.”

“We won’t ever allow Bosnia to become an Islamic state.”

That would mean they would have to stop the Mohammedans from breeding. That won’t happen.

These statements coincide with secession attempts; Dodik regularly advocates for the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina to break away and eventually join Serbia.

The only way to stay safe from jihad.

Dodik has admitted to spending tens of billions of dollars lobbying for Republika Srpska in Washington, DC.

Where would Dodik get “tens of billions of dollars” from?

The entity was the eighth largest in a 2013 list of foreign governments which pay most to influence US politics – the UAE, Germany and Canada were the top three.

Women break their fast during Ramadan in the central Bosnian town of Zenica [File: Dado Ruvic/Reuters]

Elsewhere, a lobbying document from late last year signed by Dodik and addressed to Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, demonstrates how the entity has been attempting to frame Bosnia as a European “safe haven for terrorists”.

“The SDA party’s policies and actions during and since the 1990s war have turned BiH into a sanctuary for jihadists,” one of the documents read.

Political scientist Mujanovic explained that these moves aimed to remove the idea of progress in Bosnia, and therefore make Republika Srpska’s secession more possible.

“They’ve carved out an extremist position and are refusing to budge from it, and framing any alternative attempts of imagining Bosnia as a threat,” Mujanovic said.

Croatian attempts to undermine Bosnia

In late July, the Jerusalem Post reported that during Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic’s meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, Grabar-Kitarovic claimed that Bosnia is under the control of “militant Islam” due to the refugee and migrant situation.

“While nearly all claim to be Syrian refugees, most are actually African or Pakistani migrants who try to break through the border from Bosnia-Herzegovina, which Grabar-Kitarovic said was very unstable, and had in some respects been taken over by people who have connections with Iran and terrorist organisations,” journalist Greer Fay Cashman wrote. “The country is now controlled by militant Islam, which is dominant in setting the agenda, she said, adding that some are “very violent and break into people’s homes”.

Those are the facts on the ground.

Grabar-Kitarovic’s statement led to outrage in Bosnia, and she later denied making the claims.

Why deny it when it is the truth?

According to Heather Conley and Matthew Melino at the Washington, DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, Croatian ethnonationalism is being directed against Bosniaks through blame for Bosnia’s failure as a state.

Is Croatia undermining Bosnia’s sovereignty?

Noting the scandal in Jerusalem, they wrote in a report last month: “Questioning the security of the federation [entity] and implying that Bosniak officials are the cause of such insecurity deepens the narrative that there is a growing need to create a separate Croat entity in Bosnia.”

Although Grabar-Kitarovic of the nationalist Croatian HDZ party, denied making the claims, many were left unconvinced because she has developed a reputation for making similar unfounded claims.

In 2017, Croatian media reported that Grabar-Kitarovic’s office warned that Bosnia was harbouring “5,000 Salafists, who along with their supporters make up 10,000 people with very radical rhetoric and intentions”.

A year earlier, she warned of “radical Islamism”, claiming that a couple of thousand of ISIL fighters had returned to Bosnia.

Bosnia’s minister of security said he had no idea how she came up with this number.

According to official data cited in a 2016 European Commission report, 188 men and 61 women are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq from Bosnia between 2012 and 2015.

Last year, the then Croatian MEP Marijana Petir expressed concern at the European Parliament, citing “radicalisation” in Bosnia due to money allegedly sent from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other Muslim countries.

“Foreign fighters are returning to Wahhabi settlements that have sprouted right along the Croatian border, radicalising the Muslim population in Bosnia,” she said, falsely claiming female students who receive scholarships from certain countries must wear the hijab, while men must grow a beard and attend daily prayers.

Karcic, the report author, told Al Jazeera that these statements highlight Croatian nationalist aspirations towards Bosnia.

“By showing Bosnia as an unstable country, they seek justification in future possible carving up of Croat-majority areas in Bosnia,” Karcic said.

Mujanovic said by painting the Bosniak community in Bosnia as “latent radicals”, they can “justify in the eyes of the international community the HDZ’s appeals for greater autonomy”.

Bosnians, meanwhile, said they were concerned for their safety as rhetoric intensifies.

In Sanski Most, western Bosnia, 25-year-old Haris Kvrgic, said he feared far-right groups worldwide might be inspired to carry out attacks.

We’ll see a hundred jihad attacks before that happens.

Western far-right groups and individuals idolise wartime Bosnian Serb military commanders, often hailing figures such as Radovan Karadzic, a convicted war criminal.

Really. You can count such people on on one hand. On the other hand, you have a billion & a half of Muselmaniacs who are waiting to cut your throat. But you’re not supposed to know that.

“Evidence of this could be seen during the attacks in Norway [in 2011] or New Zealand when attackers used motives from the aggression on Bosnia,” Kvrgic said.




One thought on “Is Bosnia a “radical Muslim haven” or not?”

Comments are closed.