Monday, May 15, 2006

Bosnian Defense Minister Denies Secret Shipment of Arms to Iraq/Fitzgerald: The jihad in Serbia

Bosnian Defense Minister Denies Secret Shipment of Arms to Iraq
Speaking of the jihad in the Balkans, here is a report from China's Xinhua news agency, with thanks to DFS:
BELGRADE (Xinhua)-- Bosnia's defense minister denied on Thursday any clandestine shipment of arms to Iraq, saying its weapons delivery to the country was legal and that they had gone into the possession of the new Iraqi government, according to newsreports from Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital Sarajevo.
The remarks came as a response to Amnesty International's claim that Bosnia had sold some 200,000 small arms to Iraq in a secret and non-transparent fashion, and that part of the shipment had not ended up with Iraqi security forces as intended.
In an official statement, Bosnia-Herzegovina's Defense Minister Nikola Radovanovic termed the claims as unfounded, insisting that all of the 200,000 guns had ended up with the new Iraqi government and their security forces.

Fitzgerald: The jihad in Serbia
Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald discusses why all anti-jihadists should support Serbia today:
The jihad in Serbia is one that is obscured in a particularly vexing way. Accordingly it must be emphasized that in alerting people to attacks on the Serbs, and to the destruction of ancient churches and monasteries, and on the infiltration into the area of Arabs bringing a brand of Islam quite different from the relaxed, syncretistic local version (not exactly full-bodied Islam in practice, because that local practice was affected by the centuries of proximity to non-Muslims, and to the effect of Communism), one is not endorsing any massacres by some Serbs. One can distance oneself -- most Serbs do, unfeignedly -- from Milosevic and those atrocities that were committed by some Serb forces.
One must keep in mind both the way in which some atrocities ascribed to Serbs were exaggerated, while the atrocities inflicted on them were minimized or ignored altogether. The role played by Arabs who came from outside never received the attention in the West it deserved. But what was most disturbing was that there was no context to anything: nothing about the centuries of Muslim rule, the ferocity of that Turkish rule, the role of the feared devshirme (which was not, as Bernard Lewis would have it, a kind of benign "recruitment" of Christian and in some cases Jewish children for the armies of the Sultan, but rather a forced levy of such children, snatched from their families to enter the armies of the Sultan).
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