Sunday, April 22, 2007

"USA: Proud Supporter of the Kosovo Piss Process" by Julia Gorin


With "UCK" (KLA) spray-painted on a church, an Albanian Muslim in Kosovo snaps a photo of his fellow tribesman urinating on a burned-out remnant of this formerly Christian land. These are our murderous "allies", whose terrorism we will reward in the coming weeks and months with independence -- which they will unilaterally declare in any case, along with war against NATO, UN and the EU if necessary.

Below is an exclusive report from Tuesday's open hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

At the hearing, titled "The Outlook for the Independence of Kosova" (the Islamic and dhimmi spelling of the province), Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) -- Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee -- said the following:

"Just a reminder to the predominantly Muslim-led government[s] in this world that here is yet another example that the United States leads the way for the creation of a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe. This should be noted by both responsible leaders of Islamic governments, such as Indonesia, and also for jihadists of all color and hue. The United States' principles are universal, and in this instance, the United States stands foursquare for the creation of an overwhelmingly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe.

In other words, all this time, al Qaeda was just looking for us to create an Islamic state in Europe, and so after such a gesture, jihadists should be at peace with us...... Read the Rest at Huffington Post

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The inconvenient Serbs

by Spengler

When the outcome of a tragedy is known in advance, it finds ways of occurring earlier than expected. In this case, the fate of 100,000 Serbian Christians who remain in Kosovo may pre-empt the debate over Europe's eventual absorption into the Muslim world.

A new book on the Islamification of Europe appears almost weekly, adding to the efforts of Ben Wattenberg, Oriana Fallaci, Bat Ye'or, George Weigel, Mark Steyn, Philip Jenkins and a host of others. Scholars debate whether the decline and fall of Europe will occur by mid-century, or might be postponed until 2100.

The inconvenient Serbs may force the issue on Europe a great deal sooner. If Serbia and Russia draw a line in the sand over the independence of Kosovo, we may observe the second occasion in history when a Muslim advance on Europe halted on Serbian soil. The first occurred in 1456, three years after the fall of Constantinople, when Sultan Mehmed II was thrown back from the walls of Belgrade, "The White City", by Hungarian and Serb defenders. The Siege of Belgrade "decided the fate of Christendom", wrote the then Pope Calixtus III. Not for nothing did J R R Tolkien name his fictional stronghold of Minas Tirith "The White City".

While America's attention is riveted on Iraq, Russia is outraged at the American-backed plan for Kosovo's independence, proposed by UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari. Kosovo comprised the historic Serbian heartland, Christian Serbs comprise less than a tenth of the present population. Perhaps 200,000 Serbs have left the province since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) made Kosovo a protectorate in 2000. The Bill Clinton administration, in this writer's considered view, provoked NATO's 1999 bombing war against Serbia with malice of forethought, as a gesture to the Muslim world. The United States in effect was willing to bomb Christians in order to protect Muslims, in this case the Albanian Kosovo majority whom it accused the Serbs of mistreating. That is precisely what the Democrats say. In a January 3 article in the Financial Times, Democratic Senator Joseph Biden contended that Kosovo independence would constitute a "victory for Muslim democracy", and "a much-need example of US-Muslim partnership".

Contrary to American propaganda at the time, no massacres had occurred; the Serbs had shot a few thousand Muslim militants in their efforts to pacify the province. Clinton, then secretary of state Madeleine Albright and UN ambassador Richard Holbrooke deluded themselves that they could cash in the chips earned in Kosovo at the negotiating table in the Middle East. The neo-conservatives cheered the Clinton bombing campaign, believing perhaps that any American show of force was better than no show of force.

Once again Washington's attention is directed toward the Middle East. Washington proposes to sacrifice the remaining Christians in Kosovo in order to earn Muslim support. Serbia has earned little sympathy; its brutality against Bosnian Muslims during the 1990s left an image of Serbian barbarity etched on the mind of the Western public.

Without apologizing for past Serbian misbehavior, I believe that Serbia and Russia are correct to offer partition rather than independence for Kosovo, that is, breaking off the Christian-majority municipalities of the north and attaching them to Serbia proper, while permitting the Muslim majority to determine its own fate.

This is the obvious, humane and commonsense solution; the fact that the State Department refuses to consider it inflames Russia's worst fears about America's intent. To broad Russian opinion, the sacrifice of the Kosovo Serbs seems like yet another prospective humiliation, on top of the deployment of anti-missile systems on Russia's border and the buildup of American forces in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

I cannot penetrate the cloud of confusion at Foggy Bottom (aka the State Department) , but I suspect that American policy in Kosovo has nothing to do with the encirclement of Russia, and everything to do with America's failing effort to hold together a coalition of friendly Sunni Arab states against Iran's challenge in the Persian Gulf.

Washington does not care about Kosovo. It simply wants to put the issue to rest by the most expeditious means possible, the better to deal with its urgent business at hand. No matter that Washington's objective is chimerical, as M K Bhadrakumar explained April 11 on this site (The chimera of Arab solidarity.)

Former ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the stage-manager of the 1999 war against Serbia, warned in the March 13 Washington Post that war would erupt if Russia attempted to "water down" the Kosovo independence plan. "The Bush administration and the public have paid too little attention to a series of Russian challenges to the stability of Europe ... If [there is] a Russian veto in the Security Council, or an effort to water down or delay Ahtisaari's plan, the fragile peace in Kosovo will evaporate within days, and a new wave of violence - possibly even another war - will erupt."

Holbrooke added, "Moscow 's point about protecting fraternal Slav-Serb feelings is nonsense; everyone who has dealt with the Russians on the Balkans, as I did for several years, knows that their leadership has no feelings whatsoever for the Serbs."

In this instance, Holbrooke is as wrong as one can be. Never mind that Russia entered World War I to defend Serbia against Austria and fought alongside Serbia against Germany in the Second World War. Sentiment is not the only issue. Russia, as I reported in Russia's hudna with the Muslim world (Asia Times Online February 21, 2007) must face the prospect of Islamification far sooner than Western Europe.

There can be no doubt that Europe is resigned to gradual absorption into the umma. Father Richard John Neuhaus, the conservative Catholic writer, quotes an "influential French archbishop" saying, "We hope for [assimilation of Muslim immigrants], while we work at reducing immigration and prepare ourselves for soft Islamicization." Western Europe is a beaten, deracinated rabble with no will to fight. Russia is a different sort of beast. The Kosovo question for Russia is not a sentimental, but an existential matter.

No modern people have proven a greater inconvenience than the Serbs. They threw off two foreign yokes unaided - the Ottomans during the 19th century, and the Germans during the World War II. Out of pride and pig-headedness, Serbia refused to give up the Muslim-majority province of Bosnia to Austria, and the murder of the Austrian Crown Prince Ferdinand by extremists supported by Serbian intelligence sparked World War I.

After initial reverses, Serbia marched its army and a large part of its population over the mountains in mid-winter and regrouped, eventually throwing out the Austrian and German armies, at the cost of 28% of its total population and 58% of its men.

I do not wish to glorify Serbia's history. John Keegan in his History of the First World War argues that if Austria had crushed Serbia immediately after the murder of the heir to its throne, world war might not have been the outcome. The broader interests of humanity might have been served by smacking down the Serbs on other occasions. This is not one of them.

Serbia has had a brutal history which has made its leaders brutal, as the world observed during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. But Serbian demands in the case of Kosovo today are limited and reasonable, namely a partition that serves the interests of the small Christian minority. I do not think Russia will let Washington make a horrible example of them in order to create an example of "US-Muslim partnership".

If Washington does not modify its support for independence, the most likely outcome is a Russian veto of the Ahtisaari plan in the UN Security Council, followed, perhaps, by a unilateral declaration of independence by the Albanian Muslim majority in Kosovo. The aftermath could be quite messy, namely a small shooting war between Christians and Muslims on European soil. "Soft Islamification," in the words of Father Neuhaus' French archbishop, may turn out to be no option at all.

It would be foolish to try to guess the outcome. After all, no one expected the inconvenient Serbs to become the casus belli of 1914. No one wanted the war; the generation of leaders that guided Europe in 1914 had spent a whole generation avoiding a general European war. No-one, least of all Russia, wants an open conflict with Muslims. But there are limits to what the Orthodox Christian world will tolerate, and they may have been reached in Kosovo.

Friday, April 06, 2007

The sweetest step


By Sara Cardine
Record Staff Writer
April 03, 2007 6:00 AM


Wars end, but their potential for human destruction endures.


Consider Daniel Ivic. One afternoon in May 1999, the 11-year-old was running through a field in his hometown in the Kosovo region of Serbia when an object caught his attention. It was part of a deadly cluster bomb and, when it exploded, it obliterated his legs, right eye and embedded shrapnel in his back.


Ivic would remain wheelchair bound, his family unable to afford quality medical care. His outlook was bleak until last year, when two Stockton groups helped him walk again.


The 18-year-old took his first steps in years Monday on legs designed and donated by Stockton's Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics. Ivic's visit was sponsored by Save Serbian Children, a nonprofit organization founded by local resident Milos Supica. He has spent the past 16 years providing aid and medical care to people in need, not only in Serbia but around the world.


"I'm more than excited and honored to help these people," Supica said. "They need this now, just as much as when (Serbia) was in the news."


Ivic has been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of Americans, particularly the Stocktonians who have helped him.


"Something I never expected was (to learn) how very thoughtful and nice people are here in the U.S." Ivic said with Supica translating. "I'd heard a different story, so that's something new to me."


Save Serbian Children partners with local hospitals to provide care for young people and their families. When Supica learns of someone in need, he goes to work.


He heard about Ivic from a relative who was visiting the town of Smederevo, where Ivic was living with his parents. Supica worked closely with prosthetic expert Chuck Stockert of Hanger to fit Ivic with two prostheses, a below-the-knee piece for his right leg and a fully-jointed prosthetic for his left leg.


Stockert chose low-maintenance pieces that would not give Ivic too much trouble. Taking stock of what patients need and want in a prosthesis is an important part of making them whole again, he said.


"The big challenge is not making plastic or metal legs," Stockert said. "It's rebuilding the whole person."


But Ivic, whose limited English was derived from dubbed Hollywood films, had a much simpler take on his experience these past few weeks.


"It's great," he said, gripping his crutches and muffling a smile.


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Save Serbian Children
• Founded 1991
• This nonprofit organization provides help, in the form of medical treatment and supplies, clothing, food eyeglasses and toys to the young, elderly and war refugees living in Serbia.
• Founder: Milos Supica, longtime Stockton resident and owner of European Motors in Stockton
To learn more information or make a donation, visit http://saveserbianchildren.org, call (209) 952-3797 or e-mail saveserbianchildren@comcast.net