Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Bush has say on Kosovo


BELGRADE -- US President George Bush announced that Vojislav Koštunica will soon make a trip to the US.

Bush also called on Serbian Prime Minister Koštunica to listen to the needs of the Albanian majority in Kosovo. During a roundtable discussion with students in Vienna, Bush said that he will work with Koštunica on confirming the needs of the people of Kosovo, and that America’s politics are also interested in guaranteeing the rights of all minorities.

“We believe that dialogue between Serbia and those who aspire for an independent country in Kosovo need to be ongoing, in such a way that there is a resolution that meets the needs of the majority, and at the same time, enhances minority rights inside Kosovo. To this end, we're working with our European partners to try to just bring a sense of stability and a sense of calm so that a rational solution can be worked out, and so that the people, the Kosovars can realize dreams.” Bush said.

“The ultimate political solution is going to require a buy-in by both sides. And I think the proper role of the United States is to encourage this kind of dialogue. The Prime Minister of Serbia will be coming to the United States shortly and we will work with him to urge him to listen to the needs of the Kosovars, and at the same time, assure him that our policy is to guarantee minority rights.” the US President added. This is the first time that a trip by Koštunica to the US has been mentioned. Several days ago, US Senator George Vojinović called on Bush to invite Koštunica and Serbian President Boris Tadić to Washington.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Peter Handke: Send my award to the Serbs


Peter Handke has once again shocked the German public but this time in such a way that not even the most extreme do not dare criticize him for it. He has given up the alternative Heinrich Heine award that the actors and intellectuals of Berlin wished to bestow upon him in favor of the Serbs of Kosovo, who live "surrounded by barbed wire and tanks".

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Vecernje Novosti daily, Belgrade

June 24, 2006
By D. Sekulic, June 23, 2006

Peter Handke has once again shocked the German public but this time in such a way that not even the most extreme do not dare criticize him for it. He has given up the alternative Heinrich Heine award that the actors and intellectuals of Berlin wished to bestow upon him in favor of the Serbs of Kosovo, who live "surrounded by barbed wire and tanks".

The Berlin Ensemble, headed by the also frequently controversial Klaus Peymann, the famous former head of the Vienna Burgtheater, recently organized donations with the help of numerous actors to award Handke an alternative Heinrich Heine award in the amount of 50,000 euros. The highly prestigious German language award was awarded to Peter Handke by an expert jury in Dusseldorf but the city council refused to accept its decision, stating quite literally that the award could not go to a writer who is of pro-Serb orientation!

The case provoked spirited discussion and many concluded that it represented an instance of brutal political censure of literature. Local politicians are judging one of the greatest living writers in the German language, warned eminent intellectuals, among them some, like Nobel laureate Gunther Grass who at one time advocated the bombing of Serbia.

At the same time Handke informed Peymann and his friends that he is renouncing the alternative award as well because, as he had previously stated, he did not wish his work to be the subject of meddling by local politicians. The money that they collect should be sent to the Serb enclaves in Kosovo and Metohija to people who are living under impossible conditions thanks to the supporters of "freedom" imposed upon them by NATO bombs.

Grass dismisses jury

In Dusseldorf it has now been openly admitted that the decision really was of a political nature and that the Heinrich Heine award allegedly has a clearly political character. In response to this, Grass, who is highly influential, has sent a request that in the future the city council be stripped of the right to approve or reject the decision of the expert jury.



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Disputed Author Handke Awarded German Literary Prize
DEUTSCE WELLE
25.05.2006

Großansict des Bildes mit der Bildunterscrift: Austrian writer Peter Handke is controversial because of his stance on Serbia

Controversial Austrian playwright and novelist Peter Handke was awarded the city of Düseldorf's Heine Prize for literature.

The Heine Prize, endowed for 50,000 euros ($64,000), is one of the three highest-paying literature prizes in Germany. The jury said Handke -- like Heinric Heine, the German poet after whom the prize is named -- obstinately follows the way to an "open truth." He puts forth his own poetic world view, in contrast to broader public opinion, they said. The prize will be awared on Dec. 13.

Handke wrote the groundbreaking experimental play "Offending the Audience" and the novel "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick", but may be best know for writing the novel "Wings of Desire", whic was turned into a film by Wim Wenders.

Pro-Serbian stance
He is controversial because of his pro-Serbian stance during the Balkan wars, and his support for the Serbian regime.

Recently, French national theatre Comédie-Française removed the play "Voyage to the Sonorous Land or the Art of Asking" from its 2007 season lineup, after Handke spoke at the burial of former Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic in Marc.

Handke, who lives in France, said in an esay in the French newspaper Libération: "Let's stop laying the masacre on the backs of the Serbian military and paramilitary. And listen -- at last -- to the survivors of the Muslim masacres in numerous Serbian villages around Srebrenica."

'Glad' aceptance

Last year, Handke's publisher, Suhrkamp Verlag, said the author would categorically refuse any more literature prizes; in Paris, however, Handke said he would "gladly" acept the Heine Prize.

Up to now, winners of the Heine Prize have included Walter Jens, Günter Kunert, Max Frisc, Wolf Biermann, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Elfriede Jelinek und Robert Gernhardt.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Serbian Military Pilots To Be Trained in U.S.

The United States will enable Serbian pilots to get training by or in U.S. military academies, U.S. ambassador in Belgrade Michael Polt said June 23.

”U.S. forces in Europe will sponsor the training for Serbian air force officers here and in the U.S. Our air force academy is now open for your candidates and we hope that the attendance of the first Serbian pilots will be in 2007,” Polt said.

The ambassador was speaking at a meeting of U.S. pilots visiting their Serbian counterparts, the day after their two F-16 fighter jets landed for the first time at a military airbase in Serbia, seven years after similar planes took part in a NATO-led bombing campaign on the country.

Serbia’s defense ministry said the two jets had touched down at the Batajnica military airport on a “visit that is a part of the process of increasing military cooperation between Serbia and the United States.”

”During the two world wars we were on the same side and many American pilots owe their lives to their Serb allies... The U.S. is hoping for a collaboration with Serbia and we are ready to go as far as you are,” Polt said.

Serbia-U.S. relations have gradually improved following the ouster of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Adnkronos: KOSOVO TERROR ON RISE AHEAD OF SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING, SERBS WARN

Belgrade, 19 June (AKI) - Ahead of a United Nations Security Council session on Kosovo, local Serbs warned on Monday of growing “ethnic Albanian terrorism” in the province which has been under UN administration since 1999. The warnings came the same day as Kosovan police told the SRNA news agency they had found a powerful explosive device on a road some 2.5 kilometres from the Kosovan capital, Pristina, near the building housing offices of a number of international organisations and a Serb police office.


Security for Serbs and other non-Albanians has worsened in the last few months as the international community neared a decision on the final status of the province whose overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian majority demands independence, Milan Ivanovic, a Kosovo Serb leader, told a press conference in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

In the northern district of Kosovska Mitrovica alone, there have been 70 incidents directed against Serbs, including several murders and woundings, as well as bombings, said Ivanovic, ascribing these to "Albanian terrorism."

Ivanovic accused the departing UN chief in Kosovo, Soren Jessen Petersen, of lobbying for the Albanian cause and of misinforming UN secretary general Kofi Annan on the situation in the province.

Petersen, a Danish diplomat who leaves his post this month, will submit his final report to the UN Security Council - the UN's top decision-making body - on Tuesday. Serbian officials, who oppose Kosovo's independence, suspect that Petersen will present what they see as a false picture of the situation in the province in order to enhance the case for independence. Annan has already submitted his report to the Security Council, saying that the situation in Kosovo has improved, Ivanovic told reporters. Annan's report was based on a "false report by Jessen Petersen," said Ivanovic.

Another Kosovo Serb leader, Marko Jaksic, said two-thirds of Kosovan Serbs have left the province since 1999, with just 100,000 having remained in the province, living in isolated enclaves without basic security and freedom of movement. Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo live in conditions that are "ten times worse than those of Albanians during the rule of (late Serbian president) Slobodan Milosevic,” Jaksic said.

Serbian Orthodox Church Kosovo bishop Artemije pointed out that 150 Orthodox churches have been damaged and destroyed since 1999, and the "Serbian church heritage in Kosovo has been endangered to the point of destroying all traces."

The influential German daily Die Welt also criticised Petersen in an article on Monday, saying he has become increasingly aggressive in supporting the ethnic Albanian cause before his departure at the end of June.

Belgrade has disputed Petersen's claim that great progress has been made in the Kosovo in last two years, saying that barely 10,000 Serbs of the 230,000 who have fled the province since 1999 have returned there. In a strongly worded letter to Jessen Petersen earlier this month, the Serbian government's coordinator for Kosovo, Sanda Raskovic Ivic, told him the province is a 'black hole' for Serb human rights and that Serbs there risk annihilation.

Since the continuing talks on Kosovo's final status started last October, more than 180 ethnically motivated incidents against Serbs have taken place. Some 3,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians have been killed or listed as missing since UN took control of the province.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

BOSNIA: MUSLIM LEADER ACCUSES CHRISTIANS OF UNDERMINING STATE

Sarajevo, 8 June (AKI) - Bosnian Muslim religious leader Reiss ul-Ulema Mustafa Ceric has accused the country's Catholic and Orthodox Christians of undermining the country and advocating the partitioning of Bosnia. Ceric was quoted by the Sarajevo daily, Dnevni Avaz, as saying that former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and Croatia's Franjo Tudjman deal, allegedly made in the early nineties to divide Bosnia, had been taken over by the Serbian Orthodox and Croatian Catholic Church.

As a proof of an alleged conspiracy, Ceric said that the bishops of the two churches have been meeting without Muslim representatives.

"It is well known that when in Bosnia the two meet and talk without the third, it means trouble and a call to war," said Ceric.

In a lecture to the students of the Islamic pedagogic faculty in the northern city of Zenica, Ceric predicted that his statement might trigger "bitter reactions", but he called on Catholic bishops to allow him to hold sermons in their churches, inviting them to do the same in the mosques.

Ceric also demanded an apology from Dan Brown, the author of the best-seller The Da Vinci Code, saying the book was promoting atheism among Bosnian youths. The Muslim religious leader also reproached local television for saying that the Bosnian "Islamic community was turning Sarajevo into another Tehran". He appealed to his followers to "raise their voice against the fire of secular Kalashnikovs".

In a related development, the parliament of the Muslim-Croat federation on Wednesday passed a declaration demanding that the high international representative in Bosnia Christian Schwarz Schilling, sanction the Prime Minister of the Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS) for suggesting that Bosnian Serbs should hold a referendum on independence, just like Montenegro did on May 21, to separate from Serbia.

Dodik said his suggestion was made as a reaction to Muslim pressure and calls for the abolition of the RS. He added that if Schilling, who has wide arbitrary powers, "tries anything, it would only show that he has been instrumentalised by the [pro-Muslim] policy conducted from Sarajevo".



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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

KOSOVO: PROVINCE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS "BLACK HOLE" FOR SERBS, OFFICIAL WARNS

Belgrade, 6 June (AKI) - The ethnic Albanian majority southern province of Kosovo's tiny Serb minority is facing annihilation, a senior Serb official on Tuesday warned the UN chief representative in Kosovo, Soren Jessen Petersen. The Serbian government's coordinator for Kosovo, Sanda Raskovic Ivic told Jessen Petersen that Kosovo is a ‘black hole’ when it comes to human rights, blaming the international community for not doing its job there. Since the continuing talks on Kosovo's final status started last October, 186 ethnically motivated incidents against Serbs have taken place, including two murders and 20 serious injuries.

There will soon be no Serbs in Kosovo if the present situation continues, Raskovic Ivic told Jessen Petersen in a letter. She pointed out that 140,000 remaining Serbs in Kosovo live in isolated ghettos, without freedom of movement and basic human rights, including the “right to live”. Serb officials have previously accused Petersen of bias in his support for the ethnic Albanian drive for independence.

Serbs in Kosovo were the victims of constant harassment and even murders by the majority ethnic Albanians, Raskovic Ivic stated. “Today, Kosovo and Metohija (the Serbian name for the province) is a ‘black hole’ when it comes to human rights, and many democratic countries keep assaulting the territorial integrity of Serbia through their officials and lobbyists,” said Raskovic.

"Serbs are the most endangered ethnic group in Europe. Today an ethnocide is being carried out on its soil front of the international police force, which simply looks the other way, not wishing to see the reality,” she said.

Raskovic Ivic blamed the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) for "killing even the Serbian word" by censuring its press. "Only this time the gunshot did not come from an Albanian sniper, it was fired from UNMIK’s office,” Raskovic concluded.

The dramatic letter, distributed to the press, was written on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Kosovo being put under UN control in June 1999 and ahead of Petersen’s imminent report to the UN Security Council on the situation in Kosovo. Over 3,000 Serbs have been killed or listed as missing since the province was put under United Nations control in 1999.

Belgrade and local Serbs oppose Kosovo's independence, which they regard as the birthplace of their state, preferring a form of broad autonomy for the province. According to signals from world powers, the international community is now moving towards granting Kosovo independence - wanted by most of its 1.7 million ethnic Albanians.


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Kosovo: The emerging terror state

Back in February, we spoke with Julia Gorin, a contributing commentator for the Jewish World Report and Front Page Magazine, about Kosovo and its links with the Islamic terror. The conversation eventually lended a front page cover for the Belgrade independent Weekly Telegraph, abut here we are transmitting it in its original, long format.
Why does the US have an ambiguous position on the Kosovo status: it publicly supports a negotiated solution, while privately numerous individuals involved in those negotiations support independence? What does that mean?

Bush does want a negotiated solution, but he also has to choose his battles carefully these days. In Congress, there are Democrats and Republicans who have been supporting an independent Kosovo, for whatever reasons, since 1999 and they aren't about to admit that they were/are wrong. The rest, including the old Clinton cronies pushing for independence, as well as the State Dept., would like to take the path of least resistance--namely, sweep Clinton's screw-up (Kosovo) under the rug and get it out of our hair. After all, it's a lot safer to screw over the Serbs than to anger the Muslims. So our policy is two-faced

How much is the question of Kosovo's status the reflection of relations between the US and EU and the American desire to dominate the Balkans?

Despite how it may appear, the United States is not seeking to dominate the Balkans. The corrupt Clinton administration involved us in Kosovo mostly because they didn't want Monica Lewinsky to be the last thing people remembered about his presidency. If anyone lied to get us into a war, it was Clinton who claimed that the Serbs had killed 100,000 Albanians and expelled another million. (The American public is of course culpable for going along with it.) The Bush administration's interests in the Balkans have mostly to do with the war on terror. As for Europe-which usually creates its own problems-Clinton's America defecated in the middle of it and made it Europe's problem to clean up. Now, of course, the situation is so far gone that it's very difficult to straighten out or turn back. On top of that, the Balkans are a mystery to almost every American, including the intelligentsia, who stay away from the subject like a plague. Even conservatives, who support the war on terror and the war in Iraq, have a blind spot and an apathy when it comes to the Balkans, as well as to the fact that a lot of the terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere are connected to the Balkans. The lack of commentary, due to the culpable media's blackout on this topic, is largely responsible for the ambivalence you're observing.

Do you think US is supporting the policy of Greater Albania in the Balkans?


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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

UNMIK preparing its departure

PRIŠTINA -- UNMIK is planning to leave Kosovo once the region’s status is confirmed.

According to UNMIK Chief Soeren Jessen Petersen, once the status of the region is confirmed and a new resolution is adopted by the UN Security Council, the UN’s civil mission will leave Kosovo.

After meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku, Petersen said that he has been working for a full year on lessening the amount of responsibilities UNMIK has in the region.

“This is a logical thing, because we are preparing to leave Kosovo once the status is defined.” Petersen said.

He explained that the UN’s Resolution 1244 will lose its relevance once the UN adopts a new resolution that confirms the future status of Kosovo.

“You have probably noticed that the prime minister has the last say at the meetings. This also goes for the president, and that is the way it should remain.” Petersen said.

The UNMIK mission in Kosovo was established with the adoption of Resolution 1244 by the UN Security Council on June 10, 1999.

Kosovo Serbs break ties with UN, declare emergency

PRISTINA, Serbia: A “state of emergency” was proclaimed in Serb enclaves in northern Kosovo on Monday as the embattled minority cut relations with the UN mission (UNMIK) over a wave of ethnic violence.

“The state of emergency is proclaimed from today on the territory of four municipalities in northern Kosovo,” said Dragisa Milovic, an ethnic-Serb official in the town of Zvecan. “All contacts with Kosovo institutions, in particular with UNMIK, are now being cut off, until those who have committed numerous crimes against the Serbs are caught.”

Several thousand Serbs gathered in Zvecan to protest the violence, allegedly committed by extremists from Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority despite the presence of Nato peacekeepers throughout the province. In a series of attacks against Serbs in the past 10 days, one man has been killed and two have been seriously injured.

But UN police commissioner Kai Vittrup said the latest “incidents involving Kosovo Serb victims do not appear to be ethnically motivated crimes”. “At the moment, we are putting in place additional security procedures to ensure the safety of all Kosovo citizens,” Vittrup said in Pristina, the capital of the southern Serbian province which is under UN oversight.

UNMIK officials rarely describe violent attacks against Serbs as ethnically motivated crimes, citing a lack of evidence to determine a motive. Since the end of Kosovo’s 1998-1999 conflicts, some 200,000 Serbs have fled the province fearing reprisals by ethnic Albanian extremists, while the remaining roughly 100,000 live in constant fear for their lives and property.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Bosnian-based Jihadists Stir

Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy, April 2006

Highly reliable sources from within the Islamist movements in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) said that a group of jihadists had left BiH in late March 2006 for the United States, and that it was assumed - from the tenor of preparations - that their purpose was to stage a terrorist attack in the US.

The group which was dispatched to the US had been the subject of a major meeting of Islamists and jihadists at the King Fahd Mosque in the Mojmilo area of Sarajevo in December 2005, a meeting attended by known associates of al-Qaida, Wahhabist religious figures based in BiH, Hod a Nezim Halilovic (extremist Wahhabist in charge of the King Fahd Mosque, and former commander of the Fourth Muslim Brigade in the civil war), Ekrem Abdiju (Kosovo Albanian, long associated with jihadist operations), leaders of the Islamic college in the BiH city of Zenica, members of the terrorist group Kvadrat, AID (Agencija za Istrazivanje Dokumentaciju BiH: Agency for Documentation and Investigation, the Bosnian Muslim intelligence service), OSA (domestic security; the Intelligence & Security Agency of BiH: Obavjestajno Sigurnosne / Bezbjednosne Agencije BiH), and SIPA (State-level intelligence; the BiH State Investigation and Protection Agency, heavily dominated by Islamists).

The sources said that they believed that the meeting agreed on an attack plan for targets in Europe and the US, as well as agreeing on plans to infiltrate "foreignservices" [eg: possibly Iranian intelligence officials and others] into the Bosnian Serb republic, Republika Srpska (RS), within BiH, in order to accuse the RS Government and the ruling SDS party of collaborating with terrorists.

Part of the long-term objectives agreed at the King Fahd Mosque meeting were that:

- Most trained terrorists were to be sent to France, Italy and Germany;
- Those men should marry local women and have as many children as possible; and
- All extremists would be under the age 30 and "look normal."

Local al-Qaida-linked groups and the Wahhabis were already working on the implementation of this plan, the Defense & Foreign Affairs sources confirmed. AID and OSA were, according to the sources, already infiltrating their cadres into the DGS [BiH State Border Service] to facilitate smuggling of men and matériel across the borders. One of the AID employees in the DGS is Mehmed "Meho" Mehic, a former lieutenant of Bosnian Muslim warlord Naser Oric.

Meanwhile, the sources noted that Wahhabis from Sjenica, Novi Pazar and Tutin in the Raska region of Serbia were closely cooperating with the Wahhabis and al-Qaida in BiH. At the same time, the sources noted that one of the main terrorist camps in BiH, funded by HAMAS, was near Bihac and that instructors at the camp were all foreigners, veterans of wars from the BiH civil war and Chechnya. More significantly, the sources reported that trained jihadist suicide bombers were now present in BiH and Serbia, and that the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (VEVAK) was running three-man hit squads in BiH.

The information takes on a growing significance as cooperation between Iran, al-Qaida-related groups, and HAMAS intensities during the current Iranian confrontation with the US and the West generally. The sources said that during the BiH civil war in the mid-1990s, 700 lightly-injured fighters were sent from BiH to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and were listed as dead; in fact they underwent terrorist training and were transferred to Europe. Iranian intelligence assisted with this transfer. They formed part of al-Qaida and related Wahhabist operations for the creation of an "Islamic Europe," codenamed Catapult and Europe 3000.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Christians Under Siege in Kosovo

By Cliff Kincaid | June 1, 2006

There is no question about the reason for the destruction.

While the U.S. fights Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. and the United Nations are helping allies of Muslim terrorists come to power in Kosovo, a province of Serbia. This is a foreign policy disaster in the making that you should hope and pray gets some immediate attention from the media. To illustrate the dimensions of the problem, Father Keith Roderick of Christian Solidarity International has testified that Albanian Muslims in Kosovo have been systematically destroying Christian churches and other sites in Kosovo and the Serbian Christian population in the province is being "squeezed down to oblivion." The evidence is on display in a new DVD, "Days Made Of Fear", directed, produced and distributed by Ninoslav Randjelovic.

At the same time, Father Roderick also says that hundreds of new Mosques have been built in Kosovo over the last several years, financed mostly by Gulf Arab money.

The excellent DVD consists of 8 different films, but the most explosive is "Notes About the Rock," on the destroyed and vandalized churches and monasteries in Kosovo. Many of the scenes captured on film are considered the only video documentation on this subject available.

There is no question about the reason for the destruction. The churches were targeted by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), also known by the acronym UCK. These initials are visible on the ruins, like a calling card. They openly advertise their anti-Christian Jihad, but our media pay no attention.

Writing for the Byzantine Cultural Project and reviewing the DVD, Theodoros Georgiou Karakostas comments, "The footage of ravaged and destroyed Serbian Churches and Monasteries is appalling. The DVD is a shocking affirmation that the American television Networks such as CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, and the others are all lined up with the foreign policy establishment and are active practitioners of official censorship. I cannot recall seeing any of the horrifying footage on this DVD on American television."

He adds, "The same U.S. media which continues to attack the Bush administration for lying about the Iraq war, continues to give Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Richard Holbrooke, Wesley Clark, and Samuel Berger a pass for their destructive war on Yugoslavia. We should remember also that at the last Democratic National Convention in Boston two years ago, one of the top KLA men was an honored guest of John Kerry.

"The same U.S. media which was appalled by the Taliban's destruction of the 2,000-year-old Buddhist statues has nothing to say about the remarkable Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries which have stood since the period preceding the Ottoman conquests, and which are being systematically destroyed."

Why are the media ignoring what is happening in Kosovo?

One reason, as explained in the book, Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting, is that the media reported the war wrong and now refuse to report who has really been victimized by it. Another factor is that the much-vilified neoconservatives got Kosovo wrong, too. As I noted in a Media Monitor, "In 1999 the neocons supported the NATO war on Yugoslavia launched by President Clinton. That benefited a Muslim terrorist group, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), with links to Osama bin Laden." The neocons thought they were supporting a tougher and a new NATO.

To compound this tragedy, the Bush Administration has continued the misguided Clinton policy on Kosovo.

Let's remember that Clinton ordered U.S. military intervention in the Balkans against the Christian Serbs on the grounds that "ethnic cleansing" and even "genocide" were being waged against Serbia's neighbors. Most of that was hokum. Serbia, a U.S. ally in World War II, was being ruled by the communist Slobodan Milosevic, who was desperate to hold on to power in the former Yugoslavia, which included Serbia. While Milosevic was a problem, the Clinton "solution" made the problem worse. Clinton gave the green light to military aggression against the Serbs and even ordered the CIA to provide support to the Kosovo Liberation Army, which was allied with Osama bin Laden and radical Islamists. The U.S. bombed Serbia and forced Milosevic, who was later turned over to a U.N. court, to capitulate. Milosevic recently died in a U.N. prison.

Kosovo, like the American southwest, has been deluged by outsiders, who now want political power. In Kosovo they are Albanian Muslims, many of them illegal aliens from neighboring Albania. They want, with U.S. and U.N. support, to turn Kosovo into an independent Muslim state. The Bush Administration should stop-not accelerate-this madness.

If the Albanian Muslims succeed in taking over a province of Serbia, with U.S. and U.N. support, and establishing their own independent and sovereign state, then why should Mexicans balk at taking over the U.S. southwest? They must figure, with good reason, that the U.N. can be counted on to help them.

The cover-up of the persecution of Christians in Kosovo is another scandal for the media. It shows that when they agree with the Bush foreign policy, which in this case involves the establishment of a Muslim state in Europe and is a continuation of the Clinton foreign policy, they will utter NOT one word of criticism.


Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of the AIM Report and can be reached at cliff.kincaid@aim.org