Wednesday, September 27, 2006
President Bill Clinton lost control of not only his temper during his interview with FOX News’ Chris Wallace, but also some facts about American national security.
The former President was right to criticize the Bush Administration for paying considerable attention to Iraq at the expense of Afghanistan and the war against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other terrorist groups. Yet, Mr. Clinton was wrong to claim that he gave the struggle against al Qaeda and the Taliban sufficient priority during his own tenure.
One of Mr. Clinton’s most striking claims was only indirectly related to the war on terror, in his comment contrasting his years in the White House with his current role. Discussing the differences, he argued that as the president he could “simultaneously be trying to stop a genocide in Kosovo and, you know, make peace in the Middle East, pass a budget.” As far as the Middle East is concerned, Mr. Clinton indeed made a valiant, if unsuccessful, effort to reach a major Israeli-Palestinian accord. But that was about diplomacy, of course, not waging a war. And in dealing with the Taliban and al Qaeda, it is now clear that Kosovo proved to be a serious and perhaps a fatal distraction.
But first, Mr. Clinton should not try to rewrite history. There was no genocide in Kosovo at the time that his administration orchestrated the NATO attack against Yugoslavia. There was a rebellion by Kosovar Albanians, who were clearly inspired by NATO’s intervention in Bosnia against the Serbs. On the ground, the Kosovo Liberation Army regularly attacked Yugoslav police units and civilian officials. Unsurprisingly, the Milosevic regime responded with particular ruthlessness, often not hesitating in launching indiscriminate attacks on villages where KLA elements were hiding and had considerable support.
There was much to criticize in Milosevic’s answer to the Albanian uprising in Kosovo. But if it was genocide, then the Israelis in Lebanon—and, conceivably, U.S. troops in Iraq—could be vulnerable to similar charges. Yugoslav forces began their “ethnic cleansing” only after NATO decided to attack Yugoslavia. Thus, Mr. Clinton notwithstanding, there was no moral imperative for the United States to go to war when even some masterminds of the operation, including Richard Holbrooke, later acknowledged that it was a technical violation of international law. Kosovo was clearly a war of choice, and even more so than Iraq because Yugoslavia was not an enemy of the United States, had not been accused of harboring international terrorists, and was not suspected of developing weapons of mass destruction.
Yet, just like the Bush Administration’s preoccupation with Iraq, the Clinton Administration decision to focus on Yugoslavia had a heavy price for U.S. national security.
In his interview with Chris Wallace, Mr. Clinton excused his administration’s inability to mount major operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban by saying that the United States “needed basing rights in Uzbekistan, which we got after 9/11.” This implies that it would not have been possible to obtain access to bases before the September 11 attacks rallied global sympathy for the U.S. and opened new doors. But America had a real chance to get bases in Uzbekistan, or at least a military presence, much earlier.
As I have written in The National Interest, then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed U.S.-Russian cooperation against the Taliban and al Qaeda in 1999. Frustrated with Moscow’s opposition to the NATO attack on Yugoslavia earlier that year—and, more generally, increasingly concerned by Russia’s newly assertive foreign policy—the Clinton Administration dismissed Mr. Putin’s overtures out of fear that cooperation with the Kremlin would legitimize Russia’s own presence in Central Asia. So, even after the al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998, the Clinton team’s focus was on containing Russia, not on working with Moscow against al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Even the 2000 al Qaeda bombing of the U.S.S. Cole did not persuade Mr. Clinton or his advisors that working with Russia in defeating the common threat was more important than curbing Russian influence in Central Asia. By that time, Russia was explicitly suggesting using its links to the Northern Alliance in order to defeat the Taliban. Later, President Putin acknowledged in an interview with Barbara Walters that he did not “know whether it would have been possible to prevent these strikes on the United States by the terrorists,” but added that “at that time, we certainly were counting on more active cooperation in combating international terrorism.” Both U.S. and Russian sources confirm that Russian approaches to the United States on joint counter-terrorism action in Afghanistan were largely ignored by the Clinton Administration.
Cooperation with China was also a casualty of the U.S.-led attack against Yugoslavia. Milosevic led the last self-proclaimed socialist regime in Europe and the Chinese leadership could not be expected to approve an attack on Yugoslavia any more than the United States would have been expected to endorse a Chinese attack on some democratic state, even one that had committed human rights violations in the course of a civil war. The accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade did not help either, since Beijing took the view that even if it was accidental, it occurred during a bombing campaign that was both bad policy and, because it had not been approved by the United Nations Security Council, in violation of international law. China was another key player in central and south Asia and had considerable influence over Afghanistan’s neighbor Pakistan.
If Russia and China were in America’s corner in 1999 and 2000, the U.S. could have taken action against the Taliban and either driven them from power or at least severed their links to al Qaeda. This would have made the September 11 attacks much more difficult to organize.
From: The National Interest
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Since I started posting to Serb Blog nine months ago, I have done my best to simply bring you the news relevant to Serbs in the US and overseas, and not to harrangue you with my personal opinions and ranting. But sadly, I can keep silent on this no longer. Christian Kosovo is dying, and I --as an American and a Christian --cannot simply stand by and say nothing while my country sells my Christian brothers and sisters in Kosovo down the river in the name of European & UN dirty politics.
These photos represent the real Kosovo for Serbs, not the sanitized UN version of Kosovo's "progress on human rights" and forged reports of "reductions in ethnic violence" designed to excuse the fact that under NATO & the UN's watch, more than 150 ancient Christian churches have been destroyed and thousands of Christians in Kosovo have been attacked, wounded, killed or ethnically cleansed in just 7 years and right under the useless noses of the international peacekeepers!
An explosion in western Kosovo injured four Serbs late Tuesday, the fourth bombing in the last five days, police said....Tuesday, September 19, 2006 4:36 PM
One of injured Serbs - Jela Pavlovic (80), photo KIM-info service
PRISTINA, Serbia-An explosion in western Kosovo injured four Serbs late Tuesday, the fourth bombing in the last five days, police said.
Another injured Serb woman - Dragica Pavlovic (54)
photo KIM-info service.
But this is all you hear from the mainstream media:
The blasts have raised tensions amid ongoing U.N.-led negotiations on whether Kosovo should become independent, which the province's ethnic Albanian leadership wants, or have broad autonomy but remain a part of Serb territory, as Belgrade insists.
Martti Ahtisaari, the chief U.N. envoy for Kosovo, is due to brief the U.N. Security Council on Friday. The latest round of U.N.-brokered talks on Kosovo's future status ended in stalemate last week in Vienna, Austria and Ahtisaari is expected to give in to (Muslim) Albanian demands for independence. The US and European representatives are expected to back Ahtasaari's recommendation for Kosovo independence.
An estimated 200,000 Christian Serbs fled Kosovo after the 1988-99 conflict, fearing revenge attacks. Today, only about 100,000 remain, most living in small, isolated enclaves scattered around the province.
Wounded Serbs hospitalized in Pec hospital after yesterday's bomb attack
The wounded Serbs have been visited by the Serbian
Orthodox Bishop Teodosije and monks from Decani Monastery
If President Bush & Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice continue to back "Kosovo independence", then "Kosovo" -- the "Field of Blackbirds" where thousands of Christians stood up to Islam and sacrificed their blood and lives six hundred years ago so that Europe could grow and prosper -- will simply cease to exist. Kosovo will have been crucified by European and American politicians, in our name, and in its place will be a Golgotha called "Kosova". The aberation called "Kosova" -- which by international law should not even exist -- will be nothing more than a dead land of shame, where it would be forever remembered that the US & Europe sold out the descendants of those Christian martyrs, signing their death warrants, and granted a glorious victory to Islamic jihad without even uttering a single word or firing a single shot in the Christians' defense. America will be capitulating to Islam without ever having attempted to defend our Christian values and heritage, meanwhile allowing corrupt European & US politicians to declare some sort of warped "victory for democracy" that we all know is a lie!
In a little time, America would easily forget Kosovo (indeed she probably already has), but God Forgets nothing. And while we can as a country continue to ask God for His Protection, His Mercy and His Justice against Islamic jihadists bent on America's destruction, we shouldn't be surprised if God one day answers us with, "Why are you bothering me by asking for things you yourselves refused to give when you could? Where was your offer of protection, justice and mercy to my Christian children of Kosovo when they called out to you and you turned away and pretended not to hear their cries! Where are you America, "home of the brave", who claim that I "shed my grace on thee" when you are trading my land and my people to narco-terrorist Islamists for a few more gallons of gas to feed your SUVs? Are you so vain, self-centered and oblivious to all but your own needs that you don't know what I am talking about? Or is it that you just don't care because it is not about you and your little world? To Christians, you know that I sent my only Begotten Son to save you; you killed Him, yet I Forgave you because He Asked Me to. But now you are letting the same thing happen again to more of my children in Kosovo with your dirty politics? Truly, I don't know you. Don't call my name again!"
I hope that this conversation with God never happens to us, because we do the right thing and stand up to these land-grabbing, death-dealing Islamists in Kosovo. It is still not yet too late to turn this terrible mistake around and save those who desperately need our support, saving our own souls in the process. But will we?
The American Council for Kosovo is giving it their best but they desperately need help spreading the word fast. Christian Solidarity International and The Institute on Religious Policy, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, writer & comedian Julia Gorin and many other people of conscience are literally risking their lives by speaking for those children of Kosovo who have no other voice to the outside world except theirs.
On Thursday, September 28th, 2006, these people and organizations, along with several others will be offering a presentation on the future of Kosovo, to Washington policy analysts and decision-makers, called "Reconsidering Kosovo"
And there are three things you can do to help them:
1. Write or email President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and your senators and representatives in Washington ASAP telling them that you are opposed to "Kosovo independence" and to handing Kosovo over to Albanian terrorists. You can copy & paste the invitiation to this seminar into your email to your senators and representatives, asking your representatives to attend this presentation on your behalf. Your letter or email should be short and to the point (hints below), but it must contain your name and physical address to be taken into consideration.
2. And, secondly, you can pass this message on to as many Christians, churches and people of conscience as you can think, so that they write President Bush and their senators and congressional reps, too, to save Christian Kosovo. Time is of the essence because very soon it will be too late, so please do it now.
3. Thirdly, you can: pray for God's help in convincing our lawmakers that we are not willing to sell out our fellow human beings for a few pieces of silver (or a few gallons of oil); pray for God's protection & mercy for the suffering of Kosovo Christians; and pray for our own souls that we never be made to answer for those things that we could have done to save these helpless people and didn't.
There is no guarantee of success in this or in anything in life but to do your absolute best and leave the rest in God's Hands. Please do your best! The civilization you save may be your own.
Sample Letter (Feel free to use your own words or borrow mine to save you time!)
12345 Center Street
Hometown, USA 12345
Dear President Bush:
Seven years ago President Clinton made a disastrous error in the Balkans and supported jihadist narco-terrorists known as the Albanian KLA in Kosovo. For 78 days, including Sundays and Easter, we bombed the Christian Serbs on the Albanians' behalf. And now these same Albanians have taken over territory and are forcing the Christian population of Kosovo to their knees. They have destroyed hundreds of Christian churches and forced the remaining Kosovo Christians to live like prisoners in their own homes.
Please do not sign the death warrants of the last remaining Christians in Kosovo on America's behalf and forfeit the Christian legacy of Kosovo forever. Please vote NO on Kosovo independence!
Ms. Serb Blog
You can use the same letter with Secretary of State and add the Kosovo Revisited invitation, also to the Senators and Representatives by adding a paragraph:
I also ask you, as my representative in Washington, to please attend Kosovo Revisited", a seminar offered by the American Council on Kosovo who views represent my own.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
As we have previously noted, Al Qaeda is celebrating the fifth anniversary of 9/11 by releasing previously unaired video of Bin Laden's meeting and preparations with some of the hijackers.
Here Aljazeera, which has aired some of the footage, provides some more information about the video's contents -- including some surprising details which our one party media will surely ignore:
Al-Qaeda video takes credit for 9/11
Friday 08 September 2006
A new videotape aired on Aljazeera television has shown Osama bin Laden and senior al-Qaeda members meeting some of the men who carried out the September 11 attacks against the US in 2001. The 90-minute video apparently shows bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, taking part in the planning and preparation of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people...
The footage, first aired on Thursday, also shows Abu Hafsa al-Masri, al-Qaeda's then military leader, and Ramzi bin al-Shaiba, co-ordinator of the 9/11 attacks, meeting in al-Qaeda's training camps in Taliban controlled Afghanistan. The tape also says that a previous unknown Arab Islamist, Abu al-Turab al-Urduni, supervised the training for the attacks.
The video said the preparation for the attacks included not only flight training but also lessons in street-fighting and how to forge official documents.
The video also showed two of the 19 Islamists who took part in the attacks, Saudi nationals Hamza al-Ramdi and Wael el-Shemari. The men said that their actions were inspired by an urge to avenge the suffering of Muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya.
Ramzi bin al-Shaiba was captured by the US in 2002. He is now reportedly being held in Guantanamo Bay. Aljazeera has aired only three minutes of the tape.
Afghanistan training camp Parts of the tape show bin Laden - wearing a dark robe and white head gear - strolling through an Afghan training camp, greeting dozens of followers, some masked, some barefaced, many carrying automatic weapons. Aljazeera said that among those he greeted in the footage were several of the 9/11 hijackers but their faces were not clear, and it was not immediately known which ones were shown.
In one scene, bin Laden addresses the camera, calling on Muslims to support the hijackers. "I ask you to pray for them and to ask God to make them successful, aim their shots well, set their feet strong and strengthen their hearts," bin Laden said.
The comments were apparently filmed before the attacks but never before released. The footage also shows scenes of training at the camp.
Excerpt, read the rest at Sweetness & Light
Izetbegovic, a Muslim, who died in 2003, received 195,000 dollars in 1996 from al-Kadi, Slobodna Bosna alleges. Al-Kadi's bank accounts were frozen in 2001 by the United States authorities for money laundering and financing al-Qaeda.
The weekly said that Bosnian authorities obtained the information on this transaction from a British bank in the process of investigation of activities of al-Kadi’s humanitarian organisation, Mufavak, which was outlawed four years ago and which began operating in Bosnia under the name 'Blessed relief’.
Under the guise of humanitarian aid, Mufavak channelled 15-20 million dollars to various organisations, which at least three million dollars went straight into the bank accounts of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Slobodna Bosna said, quoting unnamed Saudi sources.
Izetbegovic led Bosnia to independence from the former Yugoslavia, and thousands of foreign fighters or 'mujahadeen' from Islamic countries came to Bosnia to fight on the side of local Muslims in bloody 1992-1995 civil war. The war effort was partly financed under the cover of 'humanitarian' organisations from Islamic countries, according to intelligence sources.
Many mujahadeen remained in Bosnia after the war, and some have been operating terrorist training camps and indoctrinating local youths with radical Islam, intelligence reports have claimed. The Bosnian authorities are currently reviewing the citizenship Izetbegovic’s government granted to 1,500 individuals from Islamic countries. So far, 50 people have been stripped of their Bosnian citenship as a result.