Friday, March 31, 2006

Hispanics in Los Angeles and Abanians in Kosovo Demand Legalization of their Crimes

By: Mary Mostert, Analyst, Banner of Liberty

March 31, 2006

Townhall columnist Michelle Malkin noted in her column this week that “an estimated 500,000 to 2 million people, untold numbers of them here illegally, took to the streets of Los Angeles to protest strict immigration enforcement and to demand blanket amnesty for border violators, visa overstayers, deportation fugitives, immigration document fraud artists and other lawbreakers. Mexican flags and signs advocating ethnic separatism and supremacy filled the landscape. Demonstrators gleefully defaced posters of President Bush and urged supporters to ‘Stop the Nazis!’ Los Angeles talk show host Tammy Bruce reported that protesters burned American flags and waved placards of the North American continent with America crossed out.”

“One of the largest, boldest banners visible from aerial shots of the rally read: 'THIS IS STOLEN LAND' Others blared: 'CHICANO POWER' and 'BROWN IS BEAUTIFUL!'

Malkin quoted Sandra Molina, 16, a junior from L.A.'s Downtown Magnet High School, who complained: "This is unjust. This land used to belong to us and now they're trying to kick us out."

And, that sentiment was not limited to Los Angeles. In Wisconsin marchers held signs that said: "If you think I'm 'illegal' because I'm a Mexican, learn the true history because I'm in my HOMELAND."

Technically and logically Malkin is absolutely correct in pointing out that those who “came here illegally” or who stayed in the country after their visa documents expired or with fraudulent documents are criminals and lawbreakers. Yet as recently as 7 years ago this week the might and power of the United States Air Force was used to bomb a nation who tried, unsuccessfully, to defend one of its states against the same kind of massive influx of illegals that has occurred in California.

I've written about this for years. Just last year in an article titled, "Illegal aliens' use of terrorism to get a seat in the United Nations” I wrote, shortly after the London railway was bombed:

“For some reason for years the West has urged victims of terrorist attacks in Tel Aviv and Belgrade to placate and appease the terrorists in their midst. Governments in London, Washington and the United Nations have pressured both Jews and Serbs to surrender their lands to placate the terrorists who blow up their citizens, their police and, in Kosovo, 135 of their churches.

“In a province of about 2 million people, which is approximately the population of Utah, in the years between 1991-1998, there were 1126 terrorist attacks in Kosovo which killed or wounded 616 policemen, 16 refugees in refugee shelters and 494 citizens. To address this problem, President Clinton decided to bomb the Serbs for not being nice enough to the Albanian population in Kosovo and for insisting that the illegal Albanians go home.

“In Israel, in a population of about 4.5 million Jews, during the same period of time, the terrorists killed 390 people. The terror attacks increased between September 2000 and October 2003 with 884 people killed and 5932 injured in Israel bv terrorist bombers. In 2004, another 117 people were killed in Israel by Palestinian terrorists in 2004, and most of those attacks were not even mentioned by the media in the West.

“However, when 50 people were killed a week ago in of Britain’s 60 million people, it was front page news in every country in the world. Although Britain helped bomb the Serbs when they tried to send illegal aliens home to Albania, there were instant demands that illegals be rounded up and exported when the public thought illegal aliens had bombed London trains. That has quieted down now that it appears the bombers were British citizens.

“For years we have supported the notion that the Jews and the Serbs should negotiate with the terrorists, and give them land to stop the slaughter of citizens on the streets in Israel or Serbia. I’ve been writing about this for years. People forget that Yasser Arafat, who until his death was the leader of the Palestinians, was not born on the West Bank, but in Egypt. He began smuggling weapons into Jerusalem as a teenager to kill British soldiers. Many other so-called “Palestinians” are also citizens of other countries. Likewise, nearly a million Albanian Muslims, over 25% of its working age population, left Albania following the 1990 collapse of the Communist government and economy in Albania, and illegally entered Kosovo, Greece, Italy and other European nations. During the 1990s those Albanians used terrorism and crime to drive out 250,000 Serbs.

“After his election in 1989 Slobodan Milosevic, tried to reverse the incoming hordes of Albanians. Nearly one third of the Albanians fleeing their country’s economic collapse simply walked across the border into Kosovo province of the disintegrating Yugoslavia and stayed there. They are now demanding independent status and the property of Serbs, Jews, and others as their “right” to possess.”

“In late 1997, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), funded largely with illegal drug money from the Albanian mafia, (with weapons supplied by Osama bin Laden and Iran) began a series of attacks on Serbian police forces, government officials, and Serbian refugees in Kosovo. The Milosevic Government responded by sending the Yugoslav army into Kosovo to stop the attacks. Note that some Americans today are demanding that the US Army be sent to the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration into the USA.”

In trying to stop illegal aliens from seizing a portion of his nation, Slobodan Milosevic was arrested as a war criminal, spent the last 4 years defending himself in a trial composed of judges selected by those who bombed his nation, and died under strange circumstances as the trial was supposedly coming to an end.

Could the same thing happen to an American President? After all, it is true that California and Texas once actually had an Hispanic government, while Kosovo NEVER was controlled by an Albanian government, but was Serbian occupied for over 1000 years – and there were hundreds of historic Serbian Christian churches, monasteries and landmarks to prove it – until the Albanians began blowing them up.

Both the Albanians and the Hispanics believe they can seize land, create a country, get a seat at the United Nations and make you believe they are the victims. It seems to be working for the Albanians who expect to get Kosovo as their “independent” nation. Why shouldn’t it work for the Mexicans in Los Angeles County?

Croatia, Serbia race to honour 'wizard' inventor

March 30, 2006 Thursday 4:34 AM GMT
Agence France Presse

He was an ethnic Serb born in a Croatian province in the old Austro-Hungarian
empire who went on to win fame in the United States as one of the world's
greatest inventors.

Now 150 years after the birth of Nikola Tesla, a race is on to secure
bragging rights to the legacy of this scientist dubbed by his biographers as a
"wizard" and "the man who invented the 20th Century".

A pioneer of the days when electricity was changing everyday life, Tesla was
touted last year as one of the 100 greatest Americans by Discovery Channel, the
US cable TV science and nature network.

But his Balkan homeland is reasserting its right to this native son in the
run-up to the July anniversary -- in what some suggest might encourage post-war
reconciliation and boost tourism.

"We believe that Tesla's anniversary can, in a sense, be an occasion for a
further rebuilding of trust between Croatia and Serbia," Croatian Serb MP
Milorad Pupovac told AFP, "especially since he does not belong only to one side.

The competition began late last year when the Croatian government declared
2006 "The Year of Nikola Tesla".

The move sparked a scramble in the Serbian capital Belgrade, Zagreb's
traditional rival and erstwhile enemy during their war in the early 1990s, to
organise its own year of tributes.

On the surface, the governments are cooperating to mark the sesquicentennial
of a man they say symbolises their shared past before the bloody breakup of the
old Yugoslav federation.

After years of neglect, Croatia announced plans to restore a war-damaged
memorial complex -- now nearing completion -- in the south-central village of
Smiljan where Tesla was born in 1856, and to reopen a Tesla museum in nearby

In a bitter reminder of the conflict, red flags and signs still dot the
snow-covered terrain warning of land mines near Tesla's childhood home and the
nearby church where his father, a Serb Orthodox minister, used to preach.

Once the area is de-mined, Croatia's main event will be the reopening of the
Gospic museum on July 10. Exhibits will focus on the early years and first
inventions of this gifted child who defied his father's wish he follow in his
footsteps and become a priest, according to the museum's curator Vesna Buncic.

She said the complex will include a new multimedia centre connected to the
Niagara Falls power plant in the United States, which was designed by Tesla, and
the Tesla Museum in Belgrade.

In Serbia, Mining and Energy Minister Radomir Naumov conceded that Belgrade
reacted "at the last moment", according to a recent interview.

But it one-upped Croatia by last month renaming Belgrade's international
airport after Tesla, who also devoted a large part of his life to trying to
create what he called the "perfect flying machine".

Belgrade will also sponsor its own series of tributes to a man Serbians
consider their most famous son, according to an ongoing opinion poll of more
than 40,000 respondents in the weekly NIN magazine.

But a key concession was a decision by Belgrade's own Nikola Tesla Museum to
provide copies of his original documents to the rebuilt complex in Smiljan.

Along with an urn containing his ashes, the Belgrade museum houses Tesla's
personal archive including manuscripts, drawings and correspondence, though they
have been kept under lock and key for years, fueling mystery about the scope of
his work which, at one point, was said to include a "death ray" system to shield
against military aircraft and weapons.

For unknown reasons, researchers have now been granted limited access to the
archive of around 160,000 documents brought to Belgrade in 1949 by Tesla's sole
inheritor, his nephew Sava Kosanovic, a former Yugoslav ambassador to the United

"We have contacted the Belgrade museum and asked for copies of some exhibits,
which will be displayed in Smiljan," Buncic said.

The two states will also cooperate in restoring a statue of Tesla that was
partly destroyed during Croatia's war, using a similar bust in Belgrade as the

"It is hard to understand that in 1991 his monument was dynamited out of
revenge, and that people of his native region renounced such a great man only
because of his Serb origins," Pupovac said.

"It speaks of the scale of irrational hatred that reigned then and still
exists," he added, though the inventor himself once said he was equally proud of
both his Croatian homeland and Serb descent.

Legend has it that Tesla was born during a thunder storm at the stroke of
midnight on July 10, 1856.

After his early schooling in Gospic, he studied in the Austrian town of Graz,
then Prague before working in Budapest and Paris.

At the age of 28, the scientist moved to the United States where he found a
job working for another famous inventor who later became a fierce rival, Thomas
Alva Edison.

Tesla's eccentric genius blossomed as he churned out a vast of array
inventions, the most famous of which was the alternating current (AC) motor that
enabled the sort of generation and transmission of power used the world over

He patented more than 700 inventions over the years including wireless
communication, remote control and fluorescent lighting.

Though he made the cover of Time magazine in 1931, Tesla, by then a
naturalised American who saw himself as a citizen of the world, died alone in a
New York hotel 12 years later at the age of 86.

MP Pupovac noted with irony that some rural, war-damaged areas near Tesla's
birthplace -- notably those fled by ethnic Serbs who are now slowly returning --
have still not had electricity restored.

"We would like that these villages ... do not see the end of another year, a
year in which we remember Nikola Tesla, without electricity," he stressed.

Gospic, meanwhile, is hoping the prodigal son will attract some of the
thousands of tourists who flock every summer to Croatia's Adriatic seaside, only
a 50-minute drive away.

"Even now, people often come to us and ask if we can show them Tesla's house,
and that is why we are certain that once it is open to the public we will be
seeing many more tourists," Buncic said.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

An Independent Kosovo Will Explode -- Here

By Julia Gorin
Jewish World Review

The War on Terror suffered a major blow three years before it was ever announced. It happened on this day in 1999, when the people of this democracy were misled into attacking the sovereign, emerging post-Communist democracy of Yugoslavia — over rumors of genocide and ethnic cleansing that proved false. In so doing, we put the final touch on delivering the Balkans to al Qaeda. .... (Read the rest by clicking the link above)

"Insincere Kosovo"

Song on the loss of Kosovo by American Serb Ben Vukicevich.

It's about a Serb living in Kosovo talking to UN Envoy Marti Ahtisaari. I love
the hook he has in there.."you get a fix from the hole in our soul." because
Kosovo is the soul of Serbian Orthodoxy.

Click on title and hit play button on the website.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Netscape News: Serbs warn of partition if Kosovo wins statehood

ZVECAN, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Serbs in northern Kosovo warned the United Nations on Wednesday the province would split in two if the Albanian majority clinches independence in talks this year.

"Serbs are not in favor of partition but it will come to that if the international community accepts the Albanian ultimatum and Kosovo becomes independent," Serb mayor Slavisa Ristic told reporters after meeting U.N. envoy Albert Rohan in the northern town of Zvecan.

Rohan is the Austrian deputy to Martti Ahtisaari, who is leading negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo Albanians in Vienna on the fate of the disputed province, run by the United Nations since the 1998-99 war.

The major powers setting international policy on Kosovo have ruled out partition, but as the West makes increasingly clear its preference for independence, the 100,000 remaining Serbs are pushing to distance themselves as far as possible
from the Albanian-dominated authorities in the capital Pristina.

"No one can force us to accept institutions in Pristina that are unfriendly toward the Serb people," said Ristic, mayor of Zubin Potok, one of three Serb-dominated municipalities in the north bordering Serbia proper.

Asked if the north could win some form of autonomy in the future, Rohan replied: "No."

Serbia lost control of Kosovo in 1999, when NATO bombed to drive out Serb forces accused of atrocities against ethnic Albanian civilians in a 2-year war with separatist guerrillas. The United Nations took control, but about half the Serb population fled a wave of revenge attacks.

Seven years later, Serbs and Albanians remain divided, watched over by 17,500 NATO-led peacekeepers.

Hours before Rohan's visit, U.N. police closed the bridge in the nearby town of Mitrovica after a group of Albanians on Tuesday made a rare foray across the river into the Serb-dominated north and stabbed a Serb man.

Of the Serbs who stayed after the war, those in the north enjoy a natural land link to central Serbia. The rest live in scattered enclaves, targeted by sporadic violence.

Serbia wants the creation of a Serb entity, if possible within an autonomous Kosovo.

But partition is a taboo concept among Western powers, with the threat of forced population movements or a repeat of the dysfunctional ethnic carve-up seen in Bosnia.

In negotiations which resume on April 3, Ahtisaari is pushing the Albanians to give Serbs enough local powers for a viable future in an independent Kosovo, stopping short of autonomy or partition.

Contributed by LL

Saturday, March 25, 2006

MEMRI: "The Clash of Civilizations"

Impressive 5 minute debate between Arab-American female psychologist Wafa Sultan and Muslim cleric on the "Clash of Civilizations" between Islam and the Western World. (Click on title above or go to address below)

Submitted by LL and AL

Friday, March 24, 2006

Ex-Security Chief Blows Whistle on UN's Kosovo Mission

(Not a new article, but one worth reading!)

Ex-Security Chief Blows Whistle on UN's Kosovo Mission
By Sherrie Gossett Staff Writer
September 27, 2005

(Correction: Changes reference from OSCE to KFOR in 21st paragraph)

( - Following five years of United Nations control and billions of dollars of international aid, Kosovo is a lawless region "owned" by the Albanian mafia, characterized by continuing ethnic cleansing and subject to increasing infiltration by al Qaeda-linked Muslim jihadists, according to a whistleblower interviewed by Cybercast News Service.

The U.N.'s repeated failure to act on received intelligence has allowed illegal paramilitary groups to flourish and engage in terrorist attacks aimed at destabilizing regional governments in the Balkans, said Thomas Gambill, a former security chief with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), self-described as the world's largest regional security agency.

Gambill was responsible for overseeing the eastern region of Gjilane in Kosovo from 1999 until 2004 under the authority of the U.N. His criticism comes as the United Nations prepares to launch final status talks on the troubled province of Kosovo, which has been a U.N. protectorate since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces bombed Yugoslavia between March and May of 1999 to compel the Serb-dominated government of Slobodan Milosovic to withdraw its forces from Kosovo.

The U.S. mission in Kosovo alone cost $5.2 billion between June 1999 and the end of 2001, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

NATO bombing leads to Muslim retaliation

The NATO bombings were also launched in response to reports of large-scale ethnic cleansing of Kosovar Albanians by the Serbs. But as soon as the bombing campaign ended, ferocious, retaliatory ethnic cleansing allegedly took place with Albanians, who are predominantly Muslim, targeting Christian Serbs. The violence was witnessed and documented by the U.N. and OSCE.

Gambill shared hundreds of pages of U.N. and OSCE documents with Cybercast News Service, showing how the Serbs and other minorities were systematically and successfully targeted for removal from Kosovo.

Following the NATO bombing of Kosovo, American troops under NATO command were stationed in neighboring Macedonia and Albania while then-President Bill Clinton decided on the size of the U.S. contingent to be deployed in Kosovo. When U.S. troops entered the province in June 1999, the alleged retaliatory ethnic cleansing was already underway.

Incidents of sexual violence, torture, arson, murder, kidnapping, and verbal threats were allegedly widespread as part of an organized and successful campaign conducted "right under the U.N.'s nose," said Gambill.

Minorities targeted by ethnic Albanian extremists for expulsion or death included Serbs, Roma, Muslim Slavs, Turks and Croats.

Reports filed by the OSCE indicate that the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which had been trained and supported by the Clinton administration, was predominantly responsible for the ethnic cleansing. In April 1999, congressional Republicans also promoted legislation seeking U.S. military aid for the KLA, causing Michael Radu of the Foreign Policy Institute to warn of the consequences of such a move.

Other armed extremist groups also participated in the ethnic cleansing, said Gambill.

The overall goal of the groups was the creation of an ethnically pure state that included Albania, Kosovo and parts of Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia "They will push for more. That is the plan. It's called Greater Albania," said Gambill.

OSCE documents reveal that elderly Serbs who were unable to flee were threatened and women were thrown down staircases. Others were tortured, beaten and murdered. Some elderly Serbs fled to monasteries for protection, but the monasteries were later attacked as well, including as recently as March of 2004, according to the OSCE documents

Entire villages emptied in the wake of large-scale arson and looting. OSCE documents describe "massive population movements" by displaced minorities after so many of their homes were set on fire, that one region of Kosovo resembled "a war zone."

An OSCE report notes that in one particular month of 1999 ethnic-related crimes dipped, but the report adds that it is unclear if that was due to the success of NATO's KFOR (Kosovo Force) or simply because there were relatively few Serbs left.

After six months of NATO presence, the violence aimed at the Serbs became less frequent, though grenade attacks, drive-by shootings and abductions continued as weekly occurrences for the next five years, according to Gambill. "Even as of a couple of weeks ago, it hasn't stopped," he added.

The perpetrators of ethnic violence were emboldened by a lack of functioning local police or a judiciary system, Gambill said. Even now, the "good cops" are threatened by former KLA members, who are also on the police forces. "One female cop, she was a real Serpico," recalls Gambill. "She wouldn't give up an investigation after being threatened. She was killed soon after being warned."

Minorities are still being denied health care by Albanian medical professionals who quickly dominated the health care profession following the NATO bombing, Gambill said. He recounted an incident in which a Serb doctor was taken behind a building and shot in the back of the head. "Sometimes they had to take wounded Kosovar Serbs all the way to Serbia for medical aid," said Gambill.

'Don't Rock the Boat'

Gambill told Cybercast News Service that he was most frustrated by what he saw as apathy on the part of the U.N. Mission in Kosovo and OSCE, despite what he described as lower-level officials who "worked really hard and cared about the mission.

"There was a don't-rock-the-boat atmosphere," Gambill explained. "Many people deployed to the region simply wanted to make their hefty pay and have a good time vacationing in Greece. They didn't want any 'problems' on their watch."

Aggressive patrols were discouraged, Gambill said, for fear that any ensuing firefights would give the appearance that KFOR forces did not have control of the area.

"It was all P.C. (politically correct). People were afraid to say anything," said Gambill, adding that those who spoke out on serious issues were subjected to transfers or other reprisals. "No one seems to want to listen or make waves. They said 'I can't do anything to change the system, so why speak out?'"

The result of such an attitude, Gambill said, is that "every time there is an attack against a Serb, it's always described as an 'isolated case' -- an event swept under the rug, so to speak."

Gambill said his warnings and reports on grave security threats were often met with a condescending attitude and even laughter. During a briefing given at the end of 2000 to OSCE delegates from Vienna, Austria, Gambill identified illegal paramilitary groups operating in the Balkans in violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1244.

Albanian mafia flourishes

At the same briefing, Gambill said he tried to explain the regional mafia structure, however, U.S. and Russian delegates in the audience complained about the content of Gambill's speech. As a result, he said, OSCE headquarters in Pristina sent a message to Gambill's regional superiors with the message, "Shut Tom up."
"You couldn't get up in front of meetings and say, 'We've lost control of [Kosovo], the mafia controls it,'" said Gambill. "But they do. They run the damn place."

Gambill cited OSCE data that showed 42 mafia leaders had moved into Kosovo in the wake of the NATO bombing in order to set up criminal organizations. They continued to thrive despite efforts to establish mature law enforcement operations in the province, he said.

"Drug smuggling, counterfeiting, weapons, human trafficking were all booming when I was there," said Gambill. He also alleged that high-level mafia leaders are in senior political positions.

"Good cops," who want to target the corruption are "under threat," said Gambill, adding that the Albanian mafia maintains ties with Russian, Serbian, Croatian and Italian mafia organizations to further their common agendas.

Gambill also warned his U.N. superiors that the newly formed paramilitary group, the Albanian National Army, was "highly dangerous and skilled" and operating in Kosovo as well as northwestern Macedonia. But those warnings, he said, were also met with disbelief.

Within months, the Albanian National Army was taking credit for terrorist attacks, prompting the U.N. to acknowledge the group's existence.

Now Kosovo has entered what Gambill calls "The Fifth Phase," characterized by attacks against the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) itself. A September warning from UNMIK to staff members warns, "Before you turn on your vehicle, inspect it all around, to see if anything is unusual or suspicious." The warning followed the blowing up of an UNMIK vehicle.

"UNMIK Out!" reads the graffiti seen on many buildings in Kosovo.

A field officer currently working with the U.N. Mission in the Kosovo area spoke with Cybercast News Service on condition of anonymity. After noting that the explosives used by al Qaeda terrorists in the March 2004 Madrid bombing attacks had come from the Balkans, he stated: "I sit here watching special patrol groups surveying and doing nothing. How many more people will die; whilst terrorists rest and recuperate here in the not so moderate Muslim regions of the Balkans theatre?"

"The cat and mouse game is coming to an end," the field officer noted. "Kosovo is saturated with extremists so NATO [may] pull out before it all blows up in their faces. War on Terror! [It's] more like support [of] terror!"

"My biggest concern has always been the incursion of radical Islam into the area," said Gambill. "They're making preparations in Macedonia for terrorist attacks against internationals if Kosovo is not granted independence."

If the United Nations recommends against independence, Gambill said, it will spur the Saudis to increase their involvement in the region. "They've got the money, they've got the power. They'll remind Kosovars that they are their true friends. And they'll help the extremists fight and prepare terrorist attacks against internationals and even NATO troops stationed there," Gambill told Cybercast News Service.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

How to Survive 600 Years of Terrorism and 60 Years of Communism

How to Survive 600 Years of Terrorism and 60 Years of Communism
By: Mary Mostert, Analyst, Banner of Liberty (

March 20, 2006

For the past 10 years I have been writing, off and on, about the disintegration of Yugoslavia and that has led to me having a large and growing number of Serb readers. I got interested in the Serb part of the story because I noticed, during the Bosnian war, that CNN never, NOT ONCE, ever had a Serb spokesman on any news program. That struck me as rather odd, since it was the Serbs who were our ONLY allies in the Balkans during World War 1, when approximately half the Serbian male population was killed, and World War II, when, according to the Holocaust Museum, over a million Serbs, Jews and Roma (gypsies) were slaughtered in Croatian concentration camps, such as Jasenovac.

The cruelty of the Ustashe guards horrified even the Germans, who used the more humane killing method of poison gas than was used on the Serbs. After the war German domination was merely traded for Soviet domination. This happened largely because a British double agent fed lies about who was REALLY on the Allied side to Winston Churchill. At Yalta Churchill insisted on the Allies supporting Josip Broz Tito, a communist, in spite of eye-witness accounts by hundreds of American Air Force pilots and crewmen who knew which group was really supporting the Americans and British. When shot down over Yugoslavia during WWII, over 500 American airmen were saved by the Serbs under General Mihailovich.

Muslims ruled the area for more than 600 years under the Ottoman Turkish Empire, while often trying to force the Serbian Orthodox population to convert to Islam. The rulers of the Austrian Empire often tried to force the Serbs to recognize the Pope. Yet, most of the Serbs maintained their loyalty to the Serbian Orthodox Church throughout hundreds of years of persecution, without trying to force others into their religion when they came to power.

In 1996, the latest chapter in the misinformation about Serbs was being written when President Bill Clinton, OK'ed Terrorist Financed Weapons to Bosnia Muslims. Our media was bombarding us with stories about how the Serbs were killing Albanians – but never told the Americans that the Kosovo Liberation Army, (KLA) until 1998 when Clinton took it off, was on the U.S. State Department list of the major terrorist organizations in the world.

By 1999, the KLA, which was trained and armed by Iran and Osama bin Laden was the source of the stories that Milosevic, and the Serbs, were committing genocide. Also the Albanian lobby in Washington, which appears to have been financed largely by the drug trade in Kosovo and some wealthy Albanian-Americans, was circulating false stories to the media about the “Serbs killing 100,000” Albanians in Kosovo. Based on those reports, American airplanes bombed Belgrade and Kosovo for 78 days.

After the bombing, scores of forensic experts were sent to Kosovo to unearth mass graves containing the bodies of those 100,000 to 200,000 Albanians were buried in. No mass graves were found. The leader of the Spanish forensic team reported after a thorough investigation: "I calculate that the final figure of dead in Kosovo will be 2,500 at the most, including lots of strange deaths that can't be blamed on anyone."

Yet, with the death of Slobodan Milosevic we still are getting cartoons and stories about the “200,000 people” that Milosevic supposedly killed. Only - no one could find the bodies. On the other hand, in Iraq, where the media never even TALKED about genocide, so far 300,000 bodies HAVE been found in mass graves. Meanwhile the media tells us Saddam Hussein wasn't all that bad because he didn’t have “weapons of mass destruction” and the Democrats want to impeach President Bush because there was no reason to invade Iraq. It was a good thing that we bombed Belgrade for 78 days over 2500 deaths but 300,000 bodies in mass graves in Iraq is no big deal?

In ten years of communicating with Serbs from all over the world, I have often tried to get them to give me more background to try to figure out how they have managed to hold fast to their faith during 600 years of Muslim persecution, the Holocaust and 60 years of Communism. Most of them seem puzzled by my questions. But, from their answers it appears that their faith in both their God and their nation has been nurtured and has survived within their strong family units, in SPITE of what was happening in their country. Except for a brief period of time between the fall of Turkish domination and the rise of communism, they have never lived in a nation that had freedom of religion. Yet, their churches and their faith have survived.

Finally, this week, following the death of their last communist president, Slobodan Milosevic, one of my readers, Alex, who lives in Belgrade, wrote a succinct history of Serb experience in living with terrorism for hundreds of years. In this time of rising worldwide terrorism, this is a story the American people need to hear. Neither Alex or any of the other Serbs I've communicated with in the past 10 years EVER seemed to cast themselves in the role of "victim" which has become so common among minorities and special interest groups in the USA and among Bosnian Muslims and Albanians who have e-mailed me. Yet, no group of Americans or the Albanians and Bosnian Muslims who claim to be "victims" of persecution EVER had to face the kind of persecution the Serbs have experienced, from both radical Muslims and radical Christians, and even from America when we destroyed most of the infrastructure of their country based on misinformation and outright lies. Would we be so calm about it if we lost OUR freedom of religion? Alex wrote:

“Serbs have had plenty of experience in dealing with radical Islam, what Americans now call Islamic Terror. Americans tragically lost some 3,000 lives and several buildings on Sept. 11, and promptly wanted to turn the world upside down and intervene in other countries, in pursuit of justice.

“Yet, the Serbs - who have suffered a million times more, for centuries, have not been allowed to fight the same type of terror in their own country.

“For almost 500 years the Turks had beheaded our best men, raped our prettiest women, taken our male babies and young boys and raised them as Turks - these were the yanissaries, they were even more brutal than the ordinary Turks; taken our girls to the sultan's harem, taken our lands, our harvest, our livestock, our food, burned our churches and turned them into mosques or horse stables, placed our men on sticks so that they die a suffering death...

“To give you an idea of how horrific the Turks were, here is a photo of the Cele-kula located in the southern Serbian city of Nis - Serbia's second biggest city after Belgrade. The Turks had beheaded (decapitated) our men after a battle in 1809, and had made a tower out of 952 of their skulls, as a warning to the Serbs to end their rebellion. Some of the sculls had fallen out over time, but some still remain, to date. This is now a historic, cultural and sacred monument protected by the state, but also a brutal reminder of what Serbia had gone through.

“And, instead of America understanding us and supporting us, what does it do? It punishes us in every way possible and then rewards our enemies - Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo, who have ties with the very Al Qaeda the Americans are fighting. Isn't that a bit strange? Yes, very.

Cele Kula in Nis (pronounced as Chele Kula, Nish)

”Unfortunately, our Catholic and other Christian neighbors did things just as bad as the Islamists. The Croats had performed genocide of Serbs during WW 1, WW 2 (especially WW 2, for example, the death camp at Jasenovac) and again in the 1990s (for example: Operation Storm). Hitler had no better ally, than the Croatian Ustashi. The Hungarians killed us, tortured us, hanged us and mutulated us (in Macva) and placed our people under a freezing river (in the city of Novi Sad, 1942). The Germans had put us in forced labor camps, prisons, death camps, and in front of firing squads (one example: in the city of Kragujevac as many as 7,000 residents were shot in a single day).

“We also suffered greatly under the atheists - communists. It's no secret that Soviet troops had raped many women when they and Tito's partisans liberated Serbia in 1945, only to introduce us to communist terror in which the highest price was paid by Serbs.

“Serbia has had the misfortune to be placed right at the place where Europe meets the Middle East, where two Christian religions clash (Roman Catholic and Orthodox) and where Christianity in general and Islam clash. And we have survived it all, including the betrayal and attacks by what were supposed to be our historical allies.”

Distribute this among your friends and neighbors and especially to your members of Congress. It is time that we begin to learn some of the history of past terrorism experienced by other people and other places. The Serbs have survived – but their numbers have been cut dramatically by hundreds of years of terrorism. When you read media stories about Kosovo being given to the Albanians who lied to America about a "genocide" - think about what that would really mean. Do we really want to strip Kosovo, the Serb Jerusalem, from the Serbs and give it to a group of people who have poured into Kosovo, from across the border, and used terrorism to kill or drive out its Serb population over the past 60 years? That seems to be about where the Kosovo talks are headed.


Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Former NY Times Reporter: '93 Pulitzer Should be Revoked

By Sherrie Gossett Staff Writer
March 22, 2006

Washington ( - Castigating the press for "journalistic crimes" committed during its reporting on the Balkans wars of the 1990s, retired New York Times reporter David Binder claims the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting awarded to both the Times and New York's Newsday "should, in all fairness and honesty, be revoked."

Binder was speaking at a press conference for the release of a new book criticizing the war reporting. Binder wrote the foreword to the book by Peter Brock, titled "Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting, Journalism and Tragedy in Yugoslavia."

"What we're looking at here is a series catalogued by Peter Brock of journalistic crimes," said Binder. Before mentioning the reporting of the Times' John F. Burns and Newsday's Roy Gutman, Binder evoked the memory of what he called Walter Duranty's "phony reporting" for the New York Times in the 1930s as an example of an undeserved Pulitzer. Duranty was criticized for having been too deferential to Joseph Stalin and his plan to industrialize the Soviet Union.

"What Peter [Brock] has unraveled and disclosed in this book involves at least a couple of Pulitzer prizes that should in all fairness and honesty be revoked." Binder confirmed to Cybercast News Service that he was referring to the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, awarded to Burns of the New York Times and Gutman of Newsday for their reporting in the Balkans. Brock devotes considerable space in his book to criticizing the reporting of Burns and Gutman.

Binder noted that the Times has gone through "agony" in recent years over the "terrible professional behavior of its staff members" and with "what has gone on under its masthead."

"[E]xposure is the best remedy," said Binder.

"I think Peter Brock's book helps a great deal to confront these egregious crimes of journalism. I think it should be shoved under the noses of editors all across the press, at least the editors who are dealing with foreign news ..." said Binder.

The Pulitzer Board at first voted to award the prize solely to Gutman, according to Binder. "The New York Times got so agitated that John Burns was passed over that they started lobbying the board. The Pulitzer is an extremely political award in many if not all cases. There are all kinds of backstage manipulations that go on."

The centerpiece of Burns' Pulitzer entry was a seven-hour interview with a captured Bosnian Serb -- Borislav Herak -- who in graphic statements to Burns, confessed to dozens of murders, including eight involving rape. Burns' Nov. 27, 1992, article was described by the New York Times as offering "insight into the way thousands of others have died in Bosnia."

However, more than three years after the publication of Burns' story, the Times on Jan. 31, 1996, described Herak as "slightly retarded" and reported that Herak had retracted his confession and claimed it had been beaten out of him by guards.

"I was tortured, forced to confess," said Herak. By that time his testimony already had been used to convict Sretko Damjanovic for the killing of two Muslim brothers who were later found alive. Both Herak and Damjanovic, who also said he had been "tortured" into providing a false confession, were sentenced to death by firing squad.

Author Peter Brock described Burns' interview with Herak as "a manipulated confession and interrogation in which Burns was the key participant." Brock faults Burns for failing to tell readers that the interview took place with a Sarajevo video production crew present and that "interrogations were conducted by [government] investigators and by Sarajevo film director Ademir Kenovic."

He also argues that "vital pieces" of Herak's story were missing. "[T]here was no evidence, corpses or victims, or eyewitnesses to implicate Herak, except for hearsay from Bosnian government 'investigators,'" Brock writes.

Brock also faults Newsday's Roy Gutman for being unduly influenced by government propagandists including one source who operated under four different aliases. Gutman was criticized for not exercising enough scrutiny before repeating allegations of atrocities and statistics of the dead and tortured.

Gutman won his Pulitzer partly for "electrifying stories about 'concentration camps'," notes Brock, who criticizes the reporter for the prominence of "hearsay" and "double hearsay" in his stories, as well as gratuitous use of the language of the Nazi Holocaust.

Gutman's first five stories about the alleged Omarska concentration camp in Bosnia were actually filed from Zagreb, in Croatia, Brock complains. It was Gutman's sixth story on the subject that finally carried an Omarska dateline, Brock wrote, and that was after the prison had been shut down.

Both Binder and Brock accuse the press of falling into "pack journalism" and playing the role of "co-belligerent." The reliance on Croat and Bosnian Muslim propaganda resulted in distorted reporting that exaggerated the Serb role in the three-sided conflict and ignored ethnic cleansing of Serbs, according to Binder and Brock.

Brock went so far as to say the $3,000 Pulitzer Prize money awarded to Burns and Gutman was "blood money."

"What we're talking about in terms of what I call crimes of journalism was only ten years ago," said Binder. "It wasn't so long ago that these, I think revolting things, were happening -- revolting bias, revolting suppression of other sides of the story."

During his recent appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Binder said it would take "at least a decade" before historians "clear out that wretched underbrush of lies and concoctions" from "despicable" politicians "like Richard Holbrooke," an international negotiator during the administration of former President Bill Clinton and "certainly the journalists" criticized in Brock's book. The rise of blogs and media watchdog groups offers a "corrective" for the public now, Binder contended.

In his call for the revocation of the Pulitzer Prize Peter Brock said that "in all fairness, if [the Pulitzer board] is not going to revoke the prize, they ought to give Janet Cooke's Pulitzer back." Cooke was a Washington Post reporter who won a Pulitzer for a fabricated 1980 story about an eight-year old heroin addict.

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Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting, Journalism and Tragedy in Yugoslavia

SerbBlog going to do the unusual here.

The following was not a news article, but rather was a speech given by William Dorich at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on March 17, 2006 introducing Peter Brock, author of the new book "Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting, Journalism and Tragedy in Yugoslavia". SerbBlog is publishing the speech here because it has relevance to both Serb Americans and anyone interested in what really happened during the Yugoslav wars. It is worth noting that Greg R. Copley, Editor of Foreign Policy Magazine said that this book "should be the basis for both Congressional and independent media enquiries". If you are interested, this book can be purchased at

National Press Club Introduction

Good afternoon, my name is William Dorich, I am the publisher of GMBooks, established in Los Angeles in 1985. I am also the author of 5 books on Balkan history and religion including my 1992 book Kosovo.

When Peter Brock came to me to publish Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting, I was thrilled but I was fully aware that this manuscript was submitted and rejected by every major publisher in the United States, revealing an ugly truth that dissenting views are not always welcome in the media or in the American publishing industry.

In the entire decade of the 1990s during the dismemberment wars of Yugoslavia not one single article was printed in the New York Times that was written by a Serbian journalist, author, scholar or political leader. The same can be said of numerous major newspapers across the nation including the Los Angeles Times in my city. Serbs were simply muzzled into silence. Thanks to Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrook Serbs were also made Persona non grata here on The Hill and denied the right to appear before any House and Senate hearings on Bosnia including the Foreign Relations Committee.

The result, the word Serb has become synonymous with evil. I should know as I was the victim of two hate crimes and received numerous death threats for daring to defend, write and publish Serbian views.

Dr. Alex Dragnich, a Serb, is the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Outstanding Scholarship at Vanderbilt University where he taught for several decades. Dr. Dragnich is the author of ten books on Balkan history and politics and was a member of the diplomatic corp in Belgrade after the Holocaust. At the height of the Bosnian Civil War Dr. Dragnich submitted 42 OpEd articles to the New York Times... not one was reproduced yet lie after lie was published by the Times from instant Balkan “experts.” Few of whom had credentials on the Balkan region.

David Binder who graces our book with a profound foreword was a member of the Washington bureau of The New York Times from June 1973 to his retirement in 1996. He continued reporting until 2004, producing numerous articles on Central and Eastern European affairs with outstanding reports that afforded unique insights into foreign policy and the Yugoslav breakup. His assignments for The Times, included posts in Germany, Belgrade (as East European correspondent) and in Washington as diplomatic correspondent. He reported on the building and fall of the Berlin wall and the collapse of Communist systems in East Germany, Romania, Albania and Yugoslavia.

The admiration and respect for Mr. Binder’s reporting and reputation as a journalist of our times – almost five decades – is without equal during what is fast becoming an era in which most journalist seem to strive to be mediocre at their craft, too many are simply recklessly irresponsible.

Who can forget Binder’s opening line to the essay he wrote for The South Slav Journal in late 1995.

Quote: “A widely noted oxymoron for the last four years has been the phrase ‘United States Policy Towards Yugoslavia.’” End quote.

Mr. Binder graduated from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Cologne. He has lectured and published articles mainly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the former Yugoslavia, Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Hungary, Finland, Japan, Canada and throughout the United States.

He is the author of Berlin East and West (1962) and The Other German – The Life and Times of Willy Brandt (1976); and co-author of New York Times books on Project Apollo, the Fall of Communism and Scientists at Work.

He lives in suburban Maryland and he speaks fluent Serbo-Croatian. Can you imagine that when the war broke out in former Yugoslavia his editors sent John Burns to cover the story, a journalist who relied on Muslim translators?

Burns won half a Pulitzer for writing about the confession of an alleged Serbian rapist and killer. This Serb was found guilty by his own confession without a single victim of rape or a body of an alleged murder victim presented as evidence at his trial. It was later proven his confession was tortured out of him. John Burns claimed there was not a mark on his body.

However, John Burns and the NYT never published an article about Dr. Ljubica Toholj, gynecology professor at Belgrade University who did the physical exams of thousands of Serbian prisoners of war in which sexual torture techniques did irreparable damage to internal organs or electrical shock used on the male genitals of these prisoners which also leave no marks on the body.

Was the American public duped about Bosnia? We should be asking what kind of justice is this at The Hague that cases against Serbs are not over tuned when Muslim witnesses have admitted that they were coached by Bosnian authorities to lie on the witness stand? What kind of justice is Carla dela Ponte promoting by keeping Serbs imprisoned for killing numerous Bosnian Muslims who turned up alive and well in Sarajevo?

The U.S. blackout of court coverage of the Hague Tribunal conveniently hides what has turned out to be lynch mob style tactics of judicial abuse yet we are told that this tribunal is the lunch pin of future international court cases involving war and genocide.

Ambassador Bissett of Canada said it best in his attack of the media and I quote: “It is not the media responsibility to influence governments to make unwise policy decisions affecting the very course of history.” end quote. But that is exactly what the media did in Yugoslavia.

If Osama bin Laden and Muslim terrorism is this nation’s number one enemy, then the invasion of Bosnia by thousands of bin Laden trained terrorists was surely Serbia’s enemies and they had every right to defend themselves. Hundreds of those Muslim terrorists remain in Bosnia and Kosovo today.

Since the end of the war in 1999 and the arrival of KFOR troops in Kosovo over 150 ancient Serbian churches have been destroyed. For the most part the press has remained silent. The same press that demanded human rights and religious tolerance for Bosnian Muslims continue to deny the Serbs equal justice as Serbs have been made nearly extinct in Kosovo where they were a majority of the population in 1939 the year in which I was born.

The media tells us that Albanians are a majority of Kosovo but never publish the fact that 40% are illegal aliens who cross the border into Serbia as easily as Mexicans cross our borders each night in San Diego.

In the preface to his book “A Witness to Genocide” which is truly an oxymoron. Roy Gutman wrote, and I quote: “Having set such lofty standards, I immediately make an exception and wrote about the Omarska camp which I had not visited, based on secondhand witness accounts.” end quote.

Gutman wrote to my author refusing permission for Peter to quote from A Witness to Genocide, so we paraphrased his quotes. Meanwhile his publisher, Simon and Schuster said we could quote from their book then charged us $450.00 for the privilege.

Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting documents how many journalists covering the Balkan Civil Wars also made exceptions to their lofty standards they, lied, fabricated, and distorted the truth. They repeated the propaganda of other journalists ad nasuam. Like Gutman they trampled on journalistic ethics, integrity and morality for their bylines.

The recent SkyNews release of Bosnian Muslim video footage of Serbs being rounded up, tortured and shot at point blank range has not gotten the attention of the media nor Carla Dela Ponte who dismisses all the crimes committed against Serbs guaranteeing that Muslim war criminals will all go free. Just like the 20,000 Nazi Hanjar troops did in Bosnia in WWII after they liquidated tens of thousands of Sebs, Jews and Gypsies. Have we not learned any lessons?

On March 15th, 1993 French journalist Jerome Bony, reporting from the Muslim stronghold of Tuzla said: and I quote: “When I was at 50 kilometers from Tuzla, I was told go to the Tuzla gymnasium, there you will find 4,000 raped women.” “At 20 kilometers, this figure dropped to 400. At 10 kilometers, only 40 were left. Once at the sight, I found only four women to testify.” End Quote.

And this is the sort of evidence that gave us headlines screaming 60,000 rape victims in Bosnia, an absurd claim that to this day has never been exposed as a fraud by the American media.

I attended a panel discussion at Long Beach State in California on April 15th that year in which Jacques Merlino, Deputy Chief Editor on Antenna 2 in Paris told his audience: And I quote:

“All journalists in Bosnia are required to submit their articles to Bosnian censors in Sarajevo.” “Notice that any reference to conflicts between Croatians and Muslim forces are heavily edited, visual images of these conflicts are forbidden. Any journalist breaking these rules is expelled from Bosnia.” End Quote.

In other words John Burns accepted half a Pulitzer and never told his readers that he abided by this kind of censorship. It also makes me wonder what kind of Bosnian democracy did Madeleine Albright built on such deceptions.

In his December 1993 editorial in Strategic Policy Gregory Copley wrote: I quote: “The big lie technique is alive and well. Croatia has used the media and skillful image manipulation to hide its renewed genocide against the Serbs while at the same time ensuring that Serbs are themselves wrongly accused of the same type of crime, and more. Pictures of dead, wounded (or raped) Serbs often fill the screens of the world’s television and print media, only to be re-labelled as dead, wounded or raped Croats or Muslims. Serbs—not only suffer the indignity of defeat in death; they also are used in death as models in the macabre image manipulation operations of the Croatians and Muslim Bosnians.” End quote.

Mr. Brock’s career as a newspaper journalist for more than 30 years is highlighted by 17 professional awards – including being named a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize competition for Public Service.

Recognized as a political and environmental writer and investigative reporter, Mr. Brock holds the Southern Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting (Duke University), the Thomas L. Stokes Award for Environmental Reporting of the Washington Journalism Center, and 15 other distinctions.

He has widely traveled the Balkans, Western Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and other regions since 1976.
A specialist in the role of the Western media in the Balkan wars, Mr. Brock’s controversial articles and reports were reprinted in major newspapers worldwide. He appeared on nationally-televised panel discussions that focused on the Yugoslav wars, and he was interviewed by numerous domestic and international newspapers, television and radio. During his career, he has covered organized crime, drug-trafficking, and the unique politics along the U.S.-Mexican border as well as critical water issues in that desert climate.

His “Dateline Yugoslavia: The Partisan Press”, published 13 years ago in the journal Foreign Policy set off shock waves in Washington and the media that are still rippling. The publisher was regaled into organizing a virtual accountability session at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Brock appeared with David Binder, facing a roomful of media “pit bulls,” and restated his findings about the co-belligerent Western pack journalism maneuvering and manipulating for NATO intervention, incouraging NATO to violate it own defensive treaty.

But, that wasn’t enough for his critics who harangued Brock as a “holocaust denier” until they ran out of breath.

In preparation of Media Cleansing…, Peter confronted his colleagues about their professional lapses and collusion with the secessionist Yugoslav governments – and our own State Department.

He did what any good investigative reporter does. He searched for information and waited patiently as the story developed, talking with scores of professionals and eventually tracking down the offending correspondents one-by-one, some of whom refused to answer questions.

They complained to his superiors at his newspaper, and even threatened him with lawsuits. He caught up with one Pulitzer Prize winner at an international Balkan conference in Sweden and unrelentingly questioned him from the audience.

One of the best lines in his book is from the editor of a top supermarket tabloid who, when asked about the shrill and surreal war-coverage by the American media flagships, answered: and I quote: “They’re doing a better job of it than we could!” end quote.

Peter Brock began his newspaper career at The Philadelphia Inquirer, served for 20 years with The El Paso (Texas) Herald-Post, and wrote/reported/edited for newspapers in New Mexico, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to introduce a true professional, an expert at his craft and my friend, Peter Brock.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Because They Hate

[Note: Below are selected excerpts from Brigitte Gabriel's speech delivered at the Intelligence Summit in Washington DC, Saturday February 18, 2006].

We gather here today to share information and knowledge. Intelligence is not merely cold hard data about numerical strength or armament or disposition of military forces. The most important element of intelligence has to be understanding the mindset and intention of the enemy. The West has been wallowing in a state of ignorance and denial for thirty years as Muslim extremist perpetrated evil against innocent victims in the name of Allah.

I was ten years old when my home exploded around me, burying me under the rubble and leaving me to drink my blood to survive, as the perpetrators shouted “Allah Akbar!” My only crime was that I was a Christian living in a Christian town. At 10 years old, I learned the meaning of the word "infidel."

I had a crash course in survival. Not in the Girl Scouts, but in a bomb shelter where I lived for seven years in pitch darkness, freezing cold, drinking stale water and eating grass to live. At the age of 13 I dressed in my burial clothes going to bed at night, waiting to be slaughtered. By the age of 20, I had buried most of my friends--killed by Muslims. We were not Americans living in New York, or Britons in London. We were Arab Christians living in Lebanon.

As a victim of Islamic terror, I was amazed when I saw Americans waking up on September 12, 2001, and asking themselves "Why do they hate us?" The psychoanalyst experts were coming up with all sort of excuses as to what did we do to offend the Muslim World. But if America and the West were paying attention to the Middle East they would not have had to ask the question. Simply put, they hate us because we are defined in their eyes by one simple word: "infidels."

Under the banner of Islam "la, ilaha illa allah, muhammad rasoulu allah," (None is god except Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah) they murdered Jewish children in Israel, massacred Christians in Lebanon, killed Copts in Egypt, Assyrians in Syria, Hindus in India, and expelled almost 900,000 Jews from Muslim lands. We Middle Eastern infidels paid the price then. Now infidels worldwide are paying the price for indifference and shortsightedness.

Tolerating evil is a crime. Appeasing murderers doesn't buy protection. It earns one disrespect and loathing in the enemy's eyes. Yet apathy is the weapon by which the West is committing suicide. Political correctness forms the shackles around our ankles, by which Islamists are leading us to our demise.

America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam. You hear about Wahabbi and Salafi Islam as the only extreme form of Islam. All the other Muslims, supposedly, are wonderful moderates. Closer to the truth are the pictures of the irrational eruption of violence in reaction to the cartoons of Mohammed printed by a Danish newspaper. From burning embassies, to calls to butcher those who mock Islam, to warnings that the West be prepared for another holocaust, those pictures have given us a glimpse into the real face of the enemy. News pictures and video of these events represent a canvas of hate decorated by different nationalities who share one common ideology of hate, bigotry and intolerance derived from one source: authentic Islam. An Islam that is awakening from centuries of slumber to re-ignite its wrath against the infidel and dominate the world. An Islam which has declared "Intifada" on the West.

America and the West can no longer afford to lay in their lazy state of overweight ignorance. The consequences of this mental disease are starting to attack the body, and if they don't take the necessary steps now to control it, death will be knocking soon. If you want to understand the nature of the enemy we face, visualize a tapestry of snakes. They slither and they hiss, and they would eat each other alive, but they will unite in a hideous mass to achieve their common goal of imposing Islam on the world.

This is the ugly face of the enemy we are fighting. We are fighting a powerful ideology that is capable of altering basic human instincts. An ideology that can turn a mother into a launching pad of death. A perfect example is a recently elected Hamas official in the Palestinian Territories who raves in heavenly joy about sending her three sons to death and offering the ones who are still alive for the cause. It is an ideology that is capable of offering highly educated individuals such as doctors and lawyers far more joy in attaining death than any respect and stature, life in society is ever capable of giving them.

The United States has been a prime target for radical Islamic hatred and terror. Every Friday, mosques in the Middle East ring with shrill prayers and monotonous chants calling death, destruction and damnation down on America and its people. The radical Islamists’ deeds have been as vile as their words. Since the Iran hostage crisis, more than three thousand Americans have died in a terror campaign almost unprecedented in its calculated cruelty along with thousands of other citizens worldwide. Even the Nazis did not turn their own children into human bombs, and then rejoice at their deaths as well the deaths of their victims. This intentional, indiscriminate and wholesale murder of innocent American citizens is justified and glorified in the name of Islam.

America cannot effectively defend itself in this war unless and until the American people understand the nature of the enemy that we face. Even after 9/11 there are those who say that we must “engage” our terrorist enemies, that we must “address their grievances”. Their grievance is our freedom of religion. Their grievance is our freedom of speech. Their grievance is our democratic process where the rule of law comes from the voices of many not that of just one prophet. It is the respect we instill in our children towards all religions. It is the equality we grant each other as human beings sharing a planet and striving to make the world a better place for all humanity. Their grievance is the kindness and respect a man shows a woman, the justice we practice as equals under the law, and the mercy we grant our enemy. Their grievance cannot be answered by an apology for who or what we are.

Our mediocre attitude of not confronting Islamic forces of bigotry and hatred wherever they raised their ugly head in the last 30 years, has empowered and strengthened our enemy to launch a full scale attack on the very freedoms we cherish in their effort to impose their values and way of life on our civilization.

If we don't wake up and challenge our Muslim community to take action against the terrorists within it, if we don't believe in ourselves as Americans and in the standards we should hold every patriotic American to, we are going to pay a price for our delusion. For the sake of our children and our country, we must wake up and take action. In the face of a torrent of hateful invective and terrorist murder, America’s learning curve since the Iran hostage crisis is so shallow that it is almost flat. The longer we lay supine, the more difficult it will be to stand erect.


Belgrade, 20 March. (AKI) - The funeral of former Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, who was buried in his hometown of Pozarevac, 70 kilometers east of Belgrade, on Saturday, turned into a huge political rally which has polarized the country and divided even his own family, political analysts say. After he died of heart attack on 11 March, in a prison cell of the International Tribunal for War Crimes in Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where he was being tried for war crimes and genocide, Milosevic’s body was flown to Belgrade for burial, but his last journey turned into a week-long drama which at times assumed the aspects of a burlesque.

First, a sharp controversy developed over his burial place, putting the government of Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica in an awkward position. On the one hand, Kostunica’s minority government depends in parliament on the support of Milosevic’s Socialist Party of Serbia, on the other he couldn’t have afforded state honors to someone who was accused of crimes and genocide, as this would have been unacceptable to the international community.

The socialists wanted to have Milosevic’s casket exposed in a public place where his followers could come and pay their respects, but no Belgrade institutions, which are controlled by President Boris Tadic’s opposition Democrats, would agree. Finally, Kostunica’s aides secured a place at a museum, which harbors souvenirs and gifts of the late Yugoslav communist president Tito, near the “House of Flowers”, where Tito was buried in 1980.

Kostunica was subject to sharp criticism from Milosevic’s bitterest opponents, but he said everyone had the right to a decent funeral. On the other hand, foreign minister Vuk Draskovic, who sits in the government supported by the socialists, said that Milosevic was a criminal who deserved no funeral and “should burn in hell”. Draskovic said he was shocked and ashamed by the public display of sympathies for the dead Milosevic, as tens of thousands of people filed past his coffin and paid respects.

Less than six years ago, in October 2000, Milosevic was toppled from power by a popular revolt and analysts were bewildered in a search of an answer as to what contributed to his sudden posthumous revival of popularity.

Prominent Belgrade political analyst Djordje Vukadinovic said that, apart from traditional Milosevic’s supporters, people came to pay their resects as a sort of “protest against what has been going on in Serbia over the past five years, particularly because of the Hague Tribunal and the policy of double standards of the international community”.

Milosevic has put up a staunch defence in televised trials before the Tribunal, presenting himself and Serbs as victims of the last decade's Balkan wars, and he has become something of a hero, or at least a martyr, in the eyes of many who had earlier opposed him.

Serbs by far outnumber members of other nationalities of the former Yugoslavia indicted by the Tribunal and Milosevic was the fifth victim to have died in the Sheveningen jail. Two other Serbs, including prosecution’s main witness Milan Babic, have killed themselves. Members of Milosevic’s family and defence team have accused the Tribunal of having killed Milosevic becuase they refused to let him go to Moscow for a medical treatement. They said that the doctors had found in his blood the traces of “rifampicin”, a medication for which he had no prescription and which is used as a cure against leprosy and tuberculosis, but that could annul the effects of the other medicine Milosevic was taking against blood pressure, thereby contributing to his death.

But ICTY president Fausto Pocar said on Friday that preliminary toxicological analyses showed no traces of such elements in Milosevic’s blood at the autopsy.

Political analysts agreed that Milosevic’s death was a serious blow to the Tribunal. In fact, the ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte has consented that the Tribunal was “in coma” after Milosevic’s unexpected death. She has pledged to increase the pressure on Belgrade to arrest and extradite the remaining six indictees, including former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his general Ratko Mladic, to give a new breath of life to the Tribunal. Meanwhile, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has called for the abolition of the Tribunal before 2010, when it has planned to close.

Kostunica’s government has managed to convince a score of indictees over the past year to a “voluntary surrender”, but after Milosevic and Babic’s death it was unlikely that any of the indictees would surrender voluntarily. On the other hand, the socialists have threatened to withdraw the government support if it forcibly handed any of the indictees to the Tribunal. The government meanwhile claims it has no knowledge of their whereabouts.

The biggest surprise was awaiting Milosevic’s opponents on Saturday, when at least 100.000 people gathered in front of the federal parliament building in the heart of Belgrade to see off his remnants being sent to Pozarevac, where he was ultimately buried in the courtyard of his family home.

A crowd of several thousand joined the funeral procession there. In fact estimates of the Belgrade crowd varied from 50.000, as reported by foreign agencies, through “several hundred thousand” as seen by Belgrade papers, to half a million as claimed by the socialist party.

In any case, as daily Politika summed it up, “Milosevic would have been pleased with such a turnout even at the peak of his power”. Vlajko Senic, an official of Draskovic’s Serbian Renewal Movement has said that it was “unfortunately the first time since October 2000 that the people who had ruled until then, seemed to be close to having the majority public support again”.

Political analysts agreed that the Socialists have proven to be great funeral organizers, despite political overtones which dominated the event, but few believed that they could capitalize on Milosevic’s death to make a major come back. According to some analysts, the Socialists are now facing an internal power struggle for Milosevic’s heritage and were unlikely to withdraw from government and force early elections.

Others think that they may come out victorious in coalition with the right wing Serbian Radical Party, which is currently the biggest single group in parliament. But there is widespread belief that neither the Socialists nor the Radicals want the “hot potato” of power at the moment when the cooperation with ICTY still hovers over Serbia’s future, when it’s about to lose the southern Kosovo province to ethnic Albanians, and while Montenegro might opt for independence at May referendum.

Finally, Milosevic’s death has split even his own family. His wife Mirjana and son Marko, who have been hiding in Moscow since 2001, didn’t attend the funeral, fearing arrest if they returned to Serbia. His daughter Marija, who lives in Montenegro, disapproved of his burial in Pozarevac, saying it was “scandalous”. She said she has broken off all contacts with the family and would demand Milosevic’s exhumation and burial in a Montenegro village of Lijeva Rijeka, where his father was born and buried. Controversy, which characterized Milosevic’s entire life, persists even after his death, leaving his own family and Serbia itself in shambles.


Monday, March 13, 2006

A Premature Death

For five hours in mid-August 2004, I met with Slobodan Milosevic in a cramped, improvised office, cluttered with papers and books, in a UN detention area within the huge Dutch prison at Scheveningen, a seaside suburb of the Hague. Outside, spotless townhouses provide normality; cyclists blithely cruise the flats past the prison's gates. Always known for posh mansions, a favorite of foreign diplomats, today Scheveningen's boardwalk and casinos are its big draws, elbowing aside the glittering sea.

I'd told you in the wrap-up of my March 9 podcast conversation with Linda Schade that I was standing by to return to the Hague imminently, to be a witness for the defense in Milosevic's trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). With his death this morning in his cell that's not going to happen. So here are a few ramblings:

Casual, somewhat rumpled, Milosevic talked more than I did, chain smoking the entire time. Since he'd battled indictments for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for over two years I'd expected a chastened, worn out man but found him full of vinegar, determined to turn the tables on the court. "I will ruin them!" he told me.

When Milosevic's team asked me to be a defense witness I was of two minds. On the one hand I figured he should probably be in jail in Serbia (and I told him so), on the other the prosecution at the ICTY had never been able to provide a 'smoking gun' implicating Milosevic in any particular crime. Indeed, the prosecution saw ordinary grounds for dismissal as a plus: it cleared away facts and gave the court a chance to convict on a theory of history, thereby fulfilling its informal mandate to legitimize Nato's interventions in Yugoslavia's collapse. The prosecution alleged Milosevic had 'command responsibility' in a 'joint criminal enterprise' to start a civil war, wreck the Yugoslav state, and create a 'greater Serbia' from the rubble. Conviction would have applied in principle to Serbia as a whole, making its policy stance during the civil war illegal after the fact.

At least up through 1995—whether we liked him or not—Milosevic had been an indispensable partner in negotiating a settlement and indeed was a signatory to the Dayton agreement that ended the war. Setting the later Kosovo indictments aside (which I was not in a position to testify about), to chase after Milosevic for pre-Dayton activities seems to me illogical and would, in some substantive way, make all the negotiating partners complicit in the alleged crimes. Moreover, if the ICTY wanted to go after Milosevic in such a manner then fairness dictates that leaders from the top echalons on all sides should be indicted for similar 'command responsibility' for identical crimes. They were not.

Milosevic asked me, "Why did the US and Nato do this to us?" He was genuinely puzzled. I have thought a lot about the "whys" and ventured that in post-Cold War Europe no place remained for a large, independent-minded, socialist state that resisted globalization. He'd had such ideas too, and fell silent, slowly nodding his head with a wry smile. "We were too good," he said, and after a pause, "and too independent." I offered one further insight: How could it be that western elites coalesced so early, so easily, upon a narrative for Yugoslavia's civil war so at variance with known facts, and so impermeable to correction? The elite's ability to get things wrong still does not speak clearly for itself. A predisposition existed, I told him, that ascribes infallibility to claims of genocide if they were repeated often and loudly enough. Milosevic slouched over, listening, staring at the desk. When I finished he shook his head, 'no.' Perish the thought he should have added to his troubles yet for me it remains a worthy question.

The ICTY's maximum penalty is a life sentence. We didn't talk about the difficulties of coping with prison but I sensed he walked a fine line. "I am not a nationalist," he explained, in a digression that took over an hour. Or, on the subject of why Serbia kept paying Serbs fighting outside Serbia, "It was natural," "an obligation," and only "a minor matter." As the trial moved forward the drama of those conflicting priorities only partially played out.

Ex post facto justice never makes sense. Milosevic may have been guilty of something—indeed, he probably was—but it wasn't genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. Nor can any court determine the true history of a civil war, no matter its power. With such intellectual fallacies we make a poor exchange, replacing rational human relationships with arbitrary authority—something, in all its guises, genuinely to be feared.

The decent thing would have been to give Milosevic back to Serbia. The prudent thing now would be to pull the plug on the ICTY, before its tainted processes do permanent damage to our sense of justice.

Posted by George Kenney on March 11, 2006 08:56 AM

Sunday, March 12, 2006

BBC: Few Serb tears for Milosevic

By Matt Prodger
BBC News, Belgrade

Sunday morning in Belgrade was cold, bleak and wet.

It was a typical winter's day, with very little to distinguish it from any other.

The most famous leader of the former Yugoslavia may have just died, but there is little to suggest his passing will be much missed here.

There is no outpouring of grief, no protests, no tears.

The only sign that something had happened was a gathering of die-hard loyalists outside the headquarters of his once all-powerful Socialist Party. They lit candles beside his portrait and scowled at the media.

Outside the federal parliament building people walked their dogs, hurried through the drizzle and got on with life as usual.

Five years ago this area was swamped with hundreds of thousands of protesters.

They stormed the parliament, finally deposing Slobodan Milosevic after a decade at the helm.

Today the Serbian flag flies above the building, but - notably - not at half-mast. He may have been a former president, but he is no longer respected.

Spotlight on The Hague

State broadcaster Radio Television Serbia began its morning news bulletin not with Mr Milosevic, but a different former leader.

Sunday is the third anniversary of the assassination of Zoran Djindjic, the reformist prime minister who helped to topple Mr Milosevic.
It is clear which former leader the state would rather its people remember.

Serbia's tabloid press has meanwhile worked itself into a frenzy over claims by Mr Milosevic's Serbian lawyer that he may have been poisoned at The Hague tribunal.

"Murdered!" screamed the headline on one newspaper. "The Hague killed Milosevic" said two more.

They are tapping into a deep-seated resentment within Serbia against the UN war crimes tribunal.

There is a belief that it is biased against Serbs, and the news that another one has died in its custody has fuelled suspicions in a country which is fertile ground for the conspiracy theory.

Any suggestion of incompetence on the part of The Hague will be seized upon.

Serbia is under intense pressure to hand over the last of the fugitives accused of war crimes, in particular Ratko Mladic, the former head of the Bosnian Serb army.

The European Union has warned if he is not arrested by the end of this month, it will disrupt negotiations which Serbia hopes could eventually result in membership.

Now nationalists in Belgrade are saying once more that Serbs cannot be entrusted to The Hague.

Fugitive family

And what of Mr Milosevic's funeral?

Will it be here in Serbia and Montenegro, and if so what kind of send-off will he get?

His wife, son and daughter all have criminal charges outstanding against them here.

Two are in Russia, another in Montenegro.

They won't come to Belgrade without guarantees they'll be left alone. But if the government caves in, what message will that send to the outside world and the thousands of Serbs who hate the Milosevic family?

The family says it has made no decision, but his body may well end up in Russia.

Few here will resent that. He may have cast himself as saviour of the Serbs, but he led them to defeat and poverty.

And his death has reminded them of a chapter in their history that the vast majority would rather forget.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Milosevic carried his defiance to the end

Intelligent, ruthless and compulsively defiant, Slobodan Milosevic carried his momentous gambles to the brink of disaster and beyond during a decade of useless wars, vainly resisting the breakup of Yugoslavia.

When they landed him in The Hague, accused of masterminding ethnic cleansing in the Balkans in the 1990s, Milosevic snarled like a beast at bay. "That's your problem," he rasped at the judges vainly trying to persuade him to enter a plea.

The former Serbian and Yugoslav president dismissed the UN war crimes tribunal as a venue for "victor's justice." But that did not stop him jousting with witnesses and prosecutors.

It was rather like his first love, politics. Stubbornly conducting his own case he grew more and more ill. After frequent bouts of high blood pressure and heart problems, his doctors tried to have him moved to Moscow for treatment, but the Hague tribunal last month turned down the request.

On Saturday it said Milosevic, 64, had been found dead in his detention cell.


As his trial got under way in February 2002, Milosevic gazed disdainfully at spectators behind a wall of bullet-proof glass then settled back, dressed in boardroom sobriety, for what was to become a marathon of dogged argument in his own defense.

Square-jawed and white-haired, Milosevic tirelessly and verbosely protested his innocence. He never once referred to the court or the bench, but sniffed always of "the other side."

"All right, Mr May, I know, I know. You can rule this is Tuesday if that's what you like," the gravel-voiced grandfather once told Chief Justice Richard May, whom he outlived.

May endured interminable monologues by a Milosevic who was convinced of his legal finesse yet often seemed to outsmart himself by missing the obvious challenge. The chief justice stepped down in 2004, exhausted, and later died.


When Croatian President Stipe Mesic warned Milosevic in 1991 that he could be lynched by his own people, Mesic said: "He just sat back, puffed his cigar and said 'We'll see who'll be hanged."'

Ten years later, in detention and listening to Frank Sinatra ballads, he spoke regularly by telephone with the high-school sweetheart who became his powerful wife.

But his harsh, combative edge was never far below the surface. The trial was halted often by bouts of hypertension blamed on the heavy workload of conducting his own defense.

Milosevic had lined up a list of some 1,600 witnesses.

In March 2003, he reportedly ignored fellow Serb inmates who celebrated when assassins killed reformist prime minister Zoran Djindjic, who sent them to The Hague. That murder triggered a police dragnet and Milosevic's wife fled to exile in Russia.

Former Balkans envoy David Owen told the tribunal Milosevic was not "fundamentally racist" and no supremacist either. He even wore his nationalism pretty lightly, Owen said.

He failed to stop a bloodbath and his grand plan to carve a Greater Serbia from the ruins of Yugoslavia failed disastrously. Yet his brilliance as tactician and manipulator were admitted by those who dealt with him as "peacemaker" in a decade of war.

U.S. Balkans envoy Richard Holbrooke grudgingly admired how he could wrong-foot opponents. But former NATO supreme commander General Wesley Clark ignored the clever moves and bombed Serbia for 11 weeks to end Milosevic's crackdown on Kosovo Albanians.

Until then in foreign eyes, Milosevic had been a Jekyll and Hyde character, with his useful, presentable side. But when he crossed the West over Kosovo he was consigned to the ranks of the "rogue-state" monsters.

A propaganda drive in 1998-99 made him the West's undisputed Public Enemy Number One. Yet unlike his successor Osama Bin Laden, he had never directly attacked Western interests.


In transcripts of wiretapped telephone conversations, Milosevic comes across as a run-of-the-mill despot, harassed by a spoiled family, dogged by incompetent yes-men, gratified by a polite call from Bill Clinton aboard Air Force One.

There are, as yet, no tapes to show his reaction as Serb guns strafed helpless civilians in Sarajevo or Kosovo villages. Whatever he thought, prosecutors and the victims they represent aimed to prove that his deeds led ruthlessly to war crimes.

He insists he acted to defend Serbs. Some believe all he ever really wanted was to keep power at any cost.

Milosevic put Serbia on the map in the worst way, giving his people the reputation of a ruthless bunch addicted to violent nationalism. Mastery of the political scene gave him a supreme grip on power for years under a veneer of democracy.

Kosovo was where he raised his colors in 1989, setting up apartheid-style rule to "protect" Serbs from Albanians.

In the Croatian and Bosnian wars from 1991 to 1995 he played the nationalist card, but left the dirty work to others like Bosnian Serbs Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic. When such links became too burdensome, he threw them to the lions in the West.

His most prominent role on the world stage was the Paris signing of the 1995 Dayton peace accord that ended the Bosnian war. It was a high point for Milosevic who, said one observer, "seemed to view himself as the equal of" major leaders.

But he misread the West, miscalculated how far he could go and ultimately misjudged his own people, losing his bid for an unprecedented second term in 2000 as Yugoslav president.

On October 5 that year, still resisting, he was brought down by a popular revolt in the streets. Six months later, after a 36-hour siege of his Belgrade villa, Milosevic surrendered and was taken to prison in the early hours of April 1.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

BBC: Milosevic found dead in his cell

Milosevic found dead in his cell

A look back at his life
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has died in the detention centre at The Hague tribunal.
The tribunal said he was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning and that although the cause was not yet clear, there was no indication of suicide.

Mr Milosevic, 64, had been on trial at the UN war crimes tribunal for genocide and other war crimes since 2001.

A full autopsy will now be carried out on Mr Milosevic, who had high blood pressure and a heart condition.

Treatment dispute

Last month the tribunal rejected a request by the former president to go to Russia for medical treatment.

"Russian doctors were prepared to give him the necessary aid and the Russian authorities guaranteed to meet all the demands of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia," a spokesman from Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, in spite of our guarantees, the tribunal did not agree to give Slobodan Milosevic the possibility of being treated in Russia," he added.

The tribunal has ordered an inquiry into the death.

Damage to tribunal

"Milosevic was found lifeless on his bed in his cell at the United Nations detention unit," the tribunal said in a statement.

"The guard immediately alerted the detention unit officer in command and the medical officer. The latter confirmed that Slobodan Milosevic was dead."

The BBC's Geraldine Coughlan at The Hague says Mr Milosevic's death is a blow to prosecutors, who had been hoping to convict him as being part of a joint criminal enterprise that operated across the former Yugoslavia, intent on setting up a greater Serbian state.

Mr Milosevic faced charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged central role in the wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo during the 1990s.

He also faced genocide charges over the 1992-95 Bosnia war, in which 100,000 people died.

'Punished already'

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he hoped his death would help Serbia to come to terms with its past and allow it to look to the future.

The news was met with joy by survivors of Srebrenica

Mothers and widows of Muslims killed in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war said they regretted that Mr Milosevic's death meant he would never face justice for the killings.

"However, it seems that God punished him already," said Hajra Catic of the Association of Srebrenica mothers.

Serbia-Montenegro's Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic, who accused Mr Milosevic of organising the assassinations of many of his colleagues and family, said it was a pity the former president had not faced justice in Belgrade.

Brother's anger

Mr Milosevic's brother Borislav was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying the war crimes court was "entirely responsible" for his death and that the UN could not be trusted to carry out an autopsy.

However, the tribunal has rejected the criticism, saying it "has nothing to be blamed for".

"The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia takes the utmost care of its indictees and of (Milosevic) in particular," spokesman Christian Chartier said. "We cannot be blamed for negligence."

The BBC's Matt Prodger in Belgrade says that Mr Milosevic was not particularly popular at home, but many Serbs are intensely suspicious of The Hague tribunal and do not believe Serb defendants are fairly treated there.

The Serbian government says it also wants answers on how Mr Milosevic died and whether anything could have been done to prevent it.

Second death

The former president had been ill for some time, and his trial was interrupted last year because of health problems.

His lawyer told BBC News 24 that Mr Milosevic would not have committed suicide because he wanted to complete his trial, which had been due to restart on 14th March and was scheduled to end in May this year.

"In fact he said to me a few weeks ago. 'I hadn't fought this case for as long as I have with any intention of to do any harm to myself, Mr Kay'. And that is why he wanted medical treatment," Steven Kay said.

Both the former Serbian leader's parents committed suicide.

Mr Milosevic's death comes just six days after a fellow Serb prisoner at The Hague, Milan Babic, committed suicide.

The Croatian Serb leader, who was serving a 13-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity carried out during the 1991-95 war in Croatia, testified against Mr Milosevic in 2002.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Serbia Challenges U.N. Court's Authority

By ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer

Serbia on Wednesday challenged the right of the U.N.'s highest court to hear a suit by Bosnia accusing the former Yugoslav republic of genocide, in the first case of a country standing trial for humanity's worst crime.

Opening their defense, lawyers for Serbia-Montenegro, the successor state for the defunct Yugoslavia, also argued to the International Court of Justice that the Balkan wars were waged by ethnic groups — Serbs, Muslims and Croats — not countries.

"This dispute is between two sovereign states, neither of which existed when the conflict began," Tibor Varady said. "It was an ethnic conflict, and the dividing lines between the warring parties were ethnic lines" that did not coincide with the states carved in the aftermath, he said.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is seeking a precedent-setting decision from the 16 justices that would hold a state — Serbia — responsible for genocide for the first time, rather than individuals. Bosnia concluded 10 days of arguments on Tuesday, and Serbia will now have equal time to respond.

A ruling in Bosnia's favor could open the way for claims of billions of dollars in compensation. Croatia has a similar case pending before the U.N. tribunal, also known as the world court.

Serbia tried to distance itself from the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, which orchestrated the wars in the early 1990s that killed an estimated 200,000 people.

Milosevic was ousted in 2000 and extradited to the U.N. war crimes tribunal, a separate court that also sits in The Hague. His trial for genocide and other war crimes in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo has gone on for four years.

"I find myself in a paradox. I must defend a regime to which I was opposed," said Radoslav Stojanovic, the head of the legal team, repeatedly referring to his country as "democratic Serbia."

Stojanovic said the court, which adjudicates disputes between U.N. member states, is not empowered to hear Bosnia's suit because Serbia was not a U.N. member at the time.

The United Nations suspended Yugoslavia in 1992, and Serbia-Montenegro regained entry in 2001.

Bosnia submitted its suit to the world court in 1993. In a preliminary ruling three years later, the court struck down Serbia's challenge to its jurisdiction, but said Belgrade could raise the issue again at a later date.

Stojanovic urged the parties to abandon the legal proceedings and seek a "diplomatic solution," arguing that any ruling by the court would inflame tensions.

"I fear this will result in an increase of political extremism," no matter what the court decides, he said.

Varady told the judges in the century-old Peace Palace that the case brought by the government in Sarajevo did not represent all of Bosnia, which comprises a Muslim-Croat federation and an autonomous Serbian Republic. The Serbian Republic opposes the suit.

Serbia's lawyers also began chipping away at many of Bosnia's allegations of mass murders, calling them exaggerations and reports based on unreliable witnesses, although they acknowledged that crimes were committed.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia already has ruled that genocide occurred in Bosnia. Two army officers have been convicted of complicity in genocide for the massacre of 8,000 Muslims at the U.N.-declared safe zone at Srebrenica in July 1995.

The world court, however, is not bound by the rulings of other courts and must decide the genocide issues for itself.

Summing up Bosnia's case on Tuesday, Thomas Franck told the court his country was not seeking collective punishment for the people of Serbia.

But "when the state commits a great evil, it cannot be allowed to escape responsibility by the punishment of a few leaders," he said.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Why is a bombed mosque major news, while bombed churches are ignored?

Mary Mostert
February 26, 2006

The front page of my local paper last Thursday was taken up with color pictures and the Los Angeles Time article about the bombing of the Shiite Golden Dome Mosque of Samarra, Iraq and the repercussions of that bombing — presumably by radical Sunni Muslims.

According to the media, this battle between Muslim sects may lead to civil war. I haven't written about it because I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out why the bombing of one mosque in Iraq in 2006 is a worldwide news event, but the bombing of more than 150 Serbian Christian Churches and monasteries in Kosovo by Albanian Muslims didn't even make it to the back pages of most American and European newspapers?

FAR more is being reported about the bombing of this one Shiite Mosque in Samarra than has been reported in US and European media about the Albanian Muslim attacks on 150 Serbian Orthodox Christian Churches that have been bombed, or set afire and vandalized in Kosovo?

Kosovo has been under the governmental control of NATO since the 1999 bombing of Kosovo and Belgrade ordered by President Clinton. In 2004, under the watchful eyes of NATO troops, from March 17-20, Albanian Muslims totally destroyed or badly vandalized 30 Christian Churches in Kosovo. Twelve Christian Churches in Prizren, the only ones that had not been destroyed by Albanian Muslims in the previous 4 year of NATO control, were blown up or torn down during those 4 days.

In Samarra, the fire was still smoldering at the Muslim Shiite Mosque when President Bush led the Western nations in condemning the attack on the Shiite Mosque and promised to provide funds to rebuild it. In Kosovo, not only have those Serb Churches, many of which contained historic art, not been rebuilt, the international community seems to be getting ready to reward the Albanians for their vandalism by taking Kosovo away from the Serbs and GIVING it to the Albanians, although most of them are actually from Albania — not Kosovo. Over a million Albanians fled their country when its economy collapsed in the early 1990s.

What will happen to the remaining Serbs in Kosovo if the Albanians who burned down their churches are in control and NATO withdraws? Rev. Archimandrite, a Greek Orthodox priest in Boise, Idaho who is President of the Relief Fund for the Decani Monastery in Kosovo, predicts the following after a visit to Kosovo:

"If Kosovo and Metohija becomes independent and the UN withdraws it's shall then be end of the lives of the Serbian people, as all property including homes, land, and farms, as well as hospitals and schools, all will be lost. Apparently all the blame is put on the Serbians and no one else! Why are the Serbian people all to blame and who told the world that it's the fault of the Serbian people? When shall the hour of truth be revealed? The reality is that Kosovo and Metohija is falling before our eyes and we pay no attention to this fact, but we judge just the Serbians and no one else. Enough! Let the Serbian people be free too! Let the Serbian people live among their brothers! Serbia within the Providence of Kosovo and Methojia desires not to hear the words of Independence.

"When we speak of the losses of Kosovo we must include the Serbian Orthodox monasteries (for both nuns and monks), churches, and cemeteries. Martyrdom is rampart and bodies are not found, as was the situation with the Hieromartyr Hariton the New Martyr of Serbia, who himself was buried in the sacred grounds of Kosovo without his head.

"Everything Serbian will be excluded in this new call for independence. All Serbian language and culture will be extinguished from Kosovo. Already we are finding blacked out signs written in Serbian along the road sides, even those directing the faithful to the Decani Monastery?

"Death will be rampart, the loss of lives will be too high to count and no one will pay attention to this factor in the media. ...This independence is not for the Serbians but for the non-Serbian, Albanian Muslims, intent on taking over the sacred fields as they continue to pressure the free world.

"It is unbelievable to me that so many people talk about how Kosovo and Metohija should live. Even today some think that the best way to accomplish independence for Kosovo and Metohija is simply to banish the Serbian population from the region. To this day it is well known that more than 250,000 Kosovo Serbians have left the region, being forced out by the atrocities perpetrated upon them by the ethnic Albanian populations. Yet even in light of this forced exile so many western politicians and religious leaders lend their groundless opinions and keep offering their ideas, but they never realize that Kosovo and Metohija are simply Serbia!

"Why are we hearing every day that Serbians better leave now or that it's their last hour?

"Why are we hearing every day that even the electricity is shut off, does anyone really realize how freezing it is in Kosovo and Metohija in winter!

"Why is there barbed wire surrounding towns and villages to protect Serbians, because if these barbed wires come down it's the last hour for the Serbians!

"Why have we seen constantly UN Peace Keeping forces in these same said regions, because if they leave at the hour, again it's the last hour for the Serbians!

"Why have soup kitchens been set up in these regions? Because the Serbians cannot go about getting food, because once they go beyond a certain border, rocks and gun fire occurs at the hour, and the lost of lives which no one really hears about in the media.

"Why does no one care or pay attention to the fact that more then 150 Serbian Orthodox Churches and Monasteries have been destroyed, and that one or two are repaired just to make someone look good?

"Why is it that the Serbian population has pre-fabricated homes, while other non-Serbian homes have beautiful three story brick houses!

"Why is it that the Serbian population cannot simply come home, and live in their homes, and on their farms that belonged to them in the first place?

"Why is that so many refuse to hear the truth of the Serbian Orthodox Cemeteries that have been destroyed? Is it because of how truly tearful we would be reeling in shock as the number keeps rising and rising? I saw these graves myself. The number I was quoted by a local Bishop was 126 cemeteries."

..."Is this the type of independent Kosovo that should currently exist?"

Is it, indeed? Why, indeed, have we so shabbily treated our valiant World War II ally, the Serbian people, who saved the lives of more than 500 American pilots who were shot down when Yugoslavia was occupied by the Nazis? Who are we listening to? Could it be we are listening to the wrong people — those who burn down churches and behead Christians?

How can we get so upset over one Shiite Mosque and totally ignore 150 Serbian Christian Churches and monasteries that have been bombed?

For pictures of some of the destroyed churches, which never appeared in the US media, go to


Mary Mostert is a nationally-respected political writer. She was one of the first female political commentators to be published in a major metropolitan newspaper in the 1960s. After working in President Lyndon Johnson's failed War on Poverty programs in New York state, she became a Republican. She ran, unsuccessfully, for the New York State Senate and became campaign manager for a number of candidates. She once served as the secretary of "Positive Action NOW!"--a South African women's group that sought to reduce the hostility among South Africa's various racial, religious, and political groups.

In recent years, Mary has researched, written, and edited articles for national talk show host Michael Reagan's Information Interchange on the Internet, and for The REAGAN MONITOR, a monthly newsletter that provides in-depth information on key issues. Her book, COMING HOME - Families Can Stop the Unraveling of America," was published in 1996 by Gold Leaf Press. Mary maintains a political media site, Banner of Liberty. She can be contacted at mary@