Saturday, September 30, 2006

Clinton's Kosovo Whopper

source: Accuracy In Media
By Cliff Kincaid
Of all the whoppers told by former President Clinton in his Chris Wallace interview, perhaps the most outrageous was his claim that he was involved in "trying to stop a genocide in Kosovo..." In fact, Clinton's bombing of the former Yugoslavia killed more people than died in this "genocide." And his policy benefited Osama bin Laden and the global Jihad.In the year before the bombing, some 2,000 people had been killed in a civil war in Kosovo. A conservative estimate is that 6,000 were killed by U.S. and NATO bombs.It's strange as well that Clinton complained to Wallace about the "neocons" attacking him when many of the same neocons in 1999 supported Clinton's war on Yugoslavia. The war was never approved by the U.N. or the U.S. Congress, and in fact violated the War Powers Act. The main beneficiary of the intervention was a Muslim terrorist group, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), with links to bin Laden, who had declared war on America in 1996, bombed our embassies in Africa in 1998, and would later, of course, orchestrate 9/11.When former CIA official Michael Scheuer says that the Clinton Administration "had eight to ten chances" to kill bin Laden and "they refused to try," he is making a statement that goes far beyond acknowledging Clinton Administration incompetence or a lack of will. The fact is that Clinton had a pro-Muslim foreign policy that actually benefited bin Laden and facilitated 9/11. Most Republicans don't mention this because too many of them were duped into backing Clinton's misguided policy in Kosovo. President Bush, then a candidate, even backed U.S. military intervention there through NATO.Scheuer's CIA also has a lot to answer for. It is noteworthy that the CIA issued a January 2000 report that essentially whitewashed the nature of the KLA and claimed it was pro-American. The only public release of this dubious report came through Rep. Elliot Engel, in a posting on the website of the National Albanian American Council, which supports an Albanian Muslim takeover of Kosovo.That report was prepared under CIA Director George Tenet, who on February 2, 1999, gave testimony referring to the Serb "massacre at Ra?ak," which provided the pretext for NATO intervention against Serbia but which turned out to be a hoax. Tenet was, of course, kept on by President Bush. Not only were Tenet's fingerprints all over the failed and deceptive policy in Kosovo, he told Bush that finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was a slam dunk.Interestingly, Al-Jazeera celebrated the fifth anniversary of 9/11 by airing several al-Qaeda videos, one of which showed two of the 9/11 hijackers saying their actions were designed to avenge the suffering of Muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya. Nothing demonstrates the bankruptcy of the Clinton policy more than that. Not only did Clinton order the CIA to help the KLA in Kosovo, he approved Iranian arms shipments to the Bosnian Muslims, in order to help them establish a Muslim state in Bosnia. Still, that wasn't good enough for the Jihadists. Nothing appeases them.The Clinton policy of supporting the same extremist Muslim forces in Europe that subsequently attacked us on 9/11 is far more controversial than the policy of regime change in Iraq, which was officially a policy of Clinton, Bush and the Congress. Kosovo was never a threat to the U.S., and Serbia didn't even pretend to have weapons of mass destruction.At least in Iraq, despite some questionable intelligence, the cause is just. The U.S. removed a dictator and is fighting for democracy and against the terrorists. The neocons got it right here. Such a policy may in the short term provoke a strong anti-American reaction, as Al-Jazeera rallies the foreign fighters to Iraq to kill Americans, but it is vastly preferable to the Clinton policy of helping Muslim radicals come to power in places like Bosnia or Kosovo. What's more, as the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) acknowledges, in a statement that has been curiously played down by most of the media, a victory in Iraq would deflate the forces of global Jihad.Our media like to talk about Iraq, because they think the issue will damage Bush, but Kosovo gets no mention, except when Clinton himself or former officials of his administration bring it up and claim it as a foreign policy success. There is no coverage of the anti-Christian Jihad underway there. But seven years after the illegal Kosovo intervention, the September 15 Washington Post reports on a new World Bank study on fragile or failing states that "can breed terrorism." One of them is listed as Kosovo, which is not a state—not yet. Actually, in the report itself, Kosovo is identified as a "territory," not a province of Serbia, but the point remains valid. Kosovo is identified as being "outside the control of a recognized and reputable government," offering "fertile soil on which terrorism could thrive." Terrorism is thriving there, of course, because it was Clinton's official policy to support the terrorist KLA and remove Kosovo from Serbian control.The result was captured by the summer 1999 U.N. Association newsletter, The Interdependent, which showed Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the cover with her thumb in the air. The headline was: "Kosovo: The U.N. Takes Charge."Seven years later, the U.N. is still in charge.The growing danger in Kosovo is compounded by the fact that the problem gets almost no attention in our media, which reported the false charges of genocide that provided the pretext for the military intervention in the first place but still refuse to correct the record and hold Clinton, Albright and then-NATO Commander, General Wesley Clark, responsible for what they have done.The media blackout is what enables Albright, in a lecture on religion and international affairs at Georgetown University on September 18, to declare, "Of all that we accomplished during my time in office, I'm proudest of what we did in Kosovo because we stopped the killing, and people are back in Kosovo living a free life."A free life when Christian Serbs are fleeing and their homes and churches in Kosovo are being destroyed? Albright's outrageous comments provide the answer in stark terms to the question: Whose side was the Clinton Administration on in the clash of civilizations between Islam and the West? All of the "missed opportunities" to kill bin Laden, and the interventions on behalf of Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo, didn't give us anything but more anti-American attacks, more terrorism, and finally, 9/11.Compounding the failure of the Clinton policy in Kosovo, the George Soros-funded International Crisis Group recently released a report saying that the international community "must avoid creating a weak state" and that the territory must have its own army. Left unsaid is that it would be an army dominated by former members of the KLA. That would be the ultimate reward for terrorism. The terrorists would become the official army of Kosovo.Buried in the report, on page 8, you will find an interesting piece of information. It states that "A tiny but growing minority is turning to Wahhabi Islam," the dangerous brand of Sunni Islam underwritten by Saudi Arabia, which is also financing the building of many mosques in Kosovo. But this should come as no surprise. That element was always there, nurtured by the Clinton policy. Now it gathers force again, just as it did before 9/11.Serbian President Boris Tadic was in the U.S. recently, on the eve of the anniversary of 9/11, but failed to make any public comments about the status of Kosovo in the context of the global war against radical Islam. That was a glaring oversight. He failed to educate the American people about the stakes involved in the proposed dismemberment of the Serbian Republic. His article in the Washington Post, "Justice for Serbia," was similarly flawed in this respect, focusing on the admittedly important issue of Serbian sovereignty but ignoring the religious dimensions of this conflict.It won't be enough to oppose independence for Kosovo. The terrorism problem will remain regardless of whether it is a province, territory or a state. But a U.S. position against independence will at least reflect belated recognition that the Clinton policy of encouraging terrorism in Kosovo has finally come to an end. The Bush Administration must side with Serbia in this important chapter in the clash of civilizations.

Drug boss denies plotting terrorist attack

source: Prague Monitor
Prague, Sept 27 (CTK) - Princ Dobrosi, a Kosovo Albanian and onetime drug kingpin, concedes that he knew one of the four men recently arrested in Norway on suspicion of terrorism and that they had met recently, the Czech daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) reported Wednesday."We got acquainted in the Ringerike prison in Norway a few years ago," Dobrosi told MfD by phone from his home in Peja, Kosovo.It was probably the suspicion that the Pakistani-born suspect was planning an attack in Prague with the assistance of Dobrosi that made the Czech police launch unprecedented security measures in the Czech capital on Saturday, MfD writes.Arfan Qaeder Bhatti, a Pakistani with a Norwegian passport, was arrested in Norway last week after allegedly attacking a synagogue in Oslo along with three accomplices.Bhatti is reportedly the leader of the group that is suspected of planning further terrorist attacks on the Israeli and US embassies in Oslo.Dobrosi told MfD that Bhatti had visited him in his Kosovo home this summer, but had neither asked him for money nor had they jointly planned any violent action.Czech Interior Minister Ivan Langer (Civic Democrats, ODS) declined to answer MfD's question whether Dobrosi is linked to the terrorist threat Prague is reportedly faced with.According to MfD, Dobrosi's possible plans might have been motivated by the fact that he was arrested in Prague and extradited to Norway in 1999.In the 1990s, Dobrosi headed one of the strongest Kosovo Albanian drug mafias which was in control of the northern branch of the "Balkan route" that served drugs transportation to Nordic countries via the Czech Republic.Dobrosi was arrested in Norway in 1993 and sentenced to 14 years in prison. He escaped from prison in 1996, underwent plastic surgery and hid in Prague. Czech police arrested him in February 1999 and he ended up in a Norwegian prison again.Last year, he was released from prison early and he has been moving around Europe since. His wife and two children live in Prague.

Friday, September 29, 2006

"Moderate Muslim" Applauds German Fear of Islam

The latest web edition of Newsweek has an article by “moderate Muslim” Akbar Ahmed on the cancellation of a Mozart opera out of fear of violence from the Religion of Peace™. He calls this fear “sensitivity.”
In this instance, “moderate Muslim” appears to mean: the one who shows up after the infidel surrenders, and tells him how smart and sensitive he was to comply with the killers’ demands: Mozart and Muslims: What Have We Learned? (Hat tip: ellum.)

Although I totally support free speech and freedom of expression, and have been saying so publicly, all of us need to be sensitive to the culture and traditions of other faiths. I am not talking of a purely academic or idealistic discussion but the possibility of people losing their lives as a result of some perceived attack on faith made across the world. I believe that the lives lost and the properties destroyed—including mosques and churches—after the Danish cartoons controversy erupted could have been avoided had there been people of greater wisdom and compassion at the start of the crisis.

Ahmed doesn’t specify what these “people of greater wisdom and compassion” would have done if they had been around at the start of the cartoon jihad, but I don’t think he means they would have urged Muslims to show tolerance.
Here’s how he describes the Islamic death sentence against Salman Rushdie, which forced Rushdie into hiding for many years and resulted in the murders of several people involved in publishing or translating his book.

The first crisis that acted as a catalyst in the context of our discussion was that of Salman Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses.” It appears that we did not learn any lessons from that controversy. The West continued to insist on freedom of expression and the Muslims continued to insist on their right to protest when the central figure of their religion, that is, the Prophet of Islam, was under attack. Lives were lost and property damaged across the world. From the Salman Rushdie controversy to that generated by the pope’s remarks, we have seen relations between the West and the Muslim world steadily deteriorating.

Muslim “right to protest” in this case obviously includes violence and murder, but notice Ahmed’s passive voice when describing the heinous acts that followed the publication of Rushdie’s novel: “lives were lost and property damaged,” and everyone is equally to blame.
He concludes this piece of smooth PR with a call to Muslims to “reciprocate”—and praises the German opera house managers for being “bold” enough to capitulate to the fear of Islamic violence. A masterpiece of turnspeak.

It is time for Muslims to reciprocate these gestures. As a Muslim committed to interfaith dialogue, I would appeal to the president of Iran not to make provocative remarks about the Holocaust nor to threaten the Jewish population with extermination. It is time for all of us to think about the boldness of the theater owners in Germany. They did, after all, stop a production of Mozart, the quintessential iconic Germanic figure, in order to express their belief in the dialogue of and understanding between civilizations.

BBC Forgets Their Place

The severed head of Mohammed, broadcast on the BBC: BBC shows Mo’s severed head!
Amazingly, no seething has yet been detected at Britain’s many radical Islamic front groups. The countdown begins now.

Thursday, September 28, 2006


David Letterman: “Top Signs Osama Bin Laden Isn’t Really Dead”: He’s appearing in Atlantic City this weekend with Tony Danza; He’s been updating his MySpace page all week; Called Mike and the Mad Dog this afternoon to complain about the Giants; He’s captain of the Muslim team on the all new “Survivor”; Empty case of Yoo-Hoo was recently discovered in lawless border region of Afghanistan; Spotted at al-Qa’ida’s annual “Lunatic Father-Son Cookout”; During Fashion Week, he unveiled his fall line of turbans; New tape featuring Osama declaring Jihad on tainted spinach.

Jay Leno: Radical Muslims are still angry at the Pope. They say the Pope insulted a whole people and their religion. Then they went back to calling for the destruction of Israel and killing everyone. ... President Clinton is still very upset that ABC did not pull the [“Path to 9/11”]. In fact, he told them that he was thinking about changing his mind about appearing on the show “Wife Swap.” ... President Clinton lost his temper in an interview with Chris Wallace. He might not be the pleasant and polite first lady Hillary needs after all. ... Even Muslims watching the interview were saying, “Take it easy!” ... President Bush, the president of Iran and the president of Venezuela all spoke at the United Nations, and they all made a point of not listening to each other’s speeches. Where would we be if world leaders didn’t have a place where they could all get together and ignore one another? ... The leader of Hezbollah appeared in public today for the first time since the cease-fire with Israel. He told the Lebanese people, “I feel your pain.” You know, that’s Bill Clinton’s line. You can’t call us the ‘Great Satan’ and then steal all of our president’s lines. ... Liquids can now be carried on flights again. However the liquids must be bought in airport gift shops. So basically you’ll have to buy a 3 ounce bottle of hair gel for $167. You know who thought of this? The airport gift shops. ... Starbucks has announced they are not happy with the 8,600 stores they have in the United States. Now they want to increase that number to 20,000. That’s smart business planning. See, with Al Gore getting ready to run for president again, people are going to need all the caffeine they can get.

Merkel warns against bowing to fear of Muslim violence

Anti-dhimmitude in Germany. The idea of needing to censor Mozart may well be a breaking point in German tolerance of the creeping Islamicization of their country. From Reuters:
BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans on Wednesday not to bow to fears of Islamic violence after a Berlin opera house canceled a Mozart work over concerns some scenes could enrage Muslims and pose a security risk."I think the cancellation was a mistake. I think self-censorship does not help us against people who want to practice violence in the name of Islam," she told reporters. "It makes no sense to retreat."Merkel's comments, which echoed those of other senior German politicians, fueled a row over the cancellation of Mozart's "Idomeneo" which overshadowed a government-sponsored conference to promote dialogue with the country's 3.2 million Muslims.Berlin's Deutsche Oper said on Monday it had pulled performances of the opera, which shows the severed heads of the Prophet Mohammad, Buddha and Jesus, after police warned that it could pose an "incalculable" security risk.Why did Hizballah News Agency, aka Reuters, only give Muhammad an honorific title?The row comes two weeks after Pope Benedict enraged some Muslims by quoting from a medieval text linking the spread of the Islamic faith to violence. Last year's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a Danish newspaper triggered violent Muslim protests.Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told reporters after the conference the participants were united in their call for the opera to restart performances of "Idomeneo.""I am glad that we all agreed we would like the production to resume," Schaeuble, who has no authority over the opera house, told reporters after the conference. "To send a signal, we could all go to the performance together," he said.Posted by Marisol

Berlin opera at center of free-speech debate

By David R. Sands
September 28, 2006
Europe found itself embroiled in yet another raging debate over faith and free speech yesterday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against "self-censorship" following the cancellation this week of a Mozart opera in Berlin that producers feared might offend Muslims. Mrs. Merkel, an avid opera-goer, joined in the near-universal condemnation of Monday's decision by the Deutsche Oper, one of Berlin's three main opera houses, to cancel a planned revival of Mozart's classic 1781 work "Idomeneo" because the production inserts a scene that displays the severed head of the prophet Muhammad. Opera officials, citing warnings from German security officials, called off the production for fear it would incite violence among the country's 3.2 million Muslims. "We should watch that we don't keep retreating for fear of radicals willing to employ violence," Mrs. Merkel told the Neue Presse, a Hanover, Germany, newspaper. "Self-censorship based on fear is indefensible." The opera incident is just the latest in a string of cultural clashes that have bedeviled Europe in recent years, as the Continent's liberal democracies have struggled to adjust politically and culturally to large and growing Muslim minorities in their midst. Incidents range from the death sentence issued by Iranian Islamic clerics in 1989 issued against British author Salman Rushdie for a novel said to mock Muhammad to the 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh on an Amsterdam street by a Dutch-born Muslim radical after he made a movie criticizing the treatment of women in Islam. London's Tate Britain museum last year removed sculptor John Latham's work "God is Great," which included a Bible and a Koran torn in half, citing the "sensitive climate" in the days after the July subway bombings by young radical Muslims. Rioting resulting in more than two dozen deaths broke out around the Islamic world earlier this year to protest the publication by a number of European newspapers of Danish caricatures of Muhammad. Germany itself has been roiled by the fallout from an address made by German-born Pope Benedict XVI earlier this month that quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor's charges that Muhammad supported violence as a way to spread the faith. The Danish editor who published the Muhammad cartoons a year ago told the Reuters news agency yesterday that the opera cancellation proved his point about Western self-censorship in the face of Islamist threats. Bowing to such threats "plays into the hands of radicals," said Flemming Rose of Copenhagen's Jyllands-Posten newspaper. "You are telling them, 'Your tactics are working.'" The Berlin opera house cited the Danish cartoon crisis as one reason behind its decision. Marcel Furstenau, political correspondent for Berlin's DW Radio, said in a column published yesterday, "If the Deutsche Oper decision is an indication of future behavior, then it spells the end of artistic freedom and freedom of expression in Germany."
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European Spine Watch

A Berlin opera house’s decision to preemptively cancel a Mozart opera out of fear of the Religion of Peace™ has triggered outrage in Europe: Fear of offending Islam spurs hot debate in Europe.
The controversy centered on a scene in which King Idomeneo is shown on stage with the severed heads of Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad and the sea god Poseidon.
“Here we go again. It’s like deja vu...This is exactly the kind of self-censorship I and my newspaper have been warning against,” said Flemming Rose, culture editor of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten paper, which met a storm of Muslim protest after publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad last year.
He said bowing to fears of a violent Muslim reaction would only worsen the problem: “You play into the hands of the radicals. You are telling them: your tactics are working. This is a victory for the radicals. It’s weakening the moderate Muslims who are our allies in this battle of ideas.” ...
Berlin security officials had warned that staging the opera “Idomeneo” would pose an “incalculable security risk.”
The decision to cancel the production even before any protests had materialized was singled out for criticism. “To do it in advance of any actual protest I think invokes the next protest, because the radicals in any community are aided and abetted by that,” said Lisa Appignanesi, a novelist and deputy president of the writers’ group PEN in England. “We don’t want to end up in a situation where we don’t dare to speak up. What we do not want is a society where one is constantly fearful about what the people holding the bombs or the guns might say.”
European countries, rocked by a series of events including Islamist bombings in Madrid and London and widespread rioting in French immigrant communities last year, are struggling to find better ways of integrating their Muslim minorities.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fat Lady Sings For Berlin Opera That Depicts Mohammed

How does the West lose the war against radical Islamists? One small surrender at a time. The lastest retreat comes from Germany's Deutsche Oper Berlin, which cancelled a performance of a Mozart opera due to its depiction of the decapitated heads of Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed. Guess which one caused the furor (via The Moderate Voice):
The Deutsche Oper Berlin yesterday said it had decided "with great regret" to cancel a planned production of Mozart's Idomeneo after city security officials warned of an "incalculable risk" because of scenes dealing with Islam, as well as other religions.
Kirsten Harms, the director of the Deutsche Oper, said that the Berlin state police had warned of a possible - but not certain - threat and that she decided it would be in the best interest of the safety of the opera house, its employees and patrons to cancel the production.
After its premiere in 2003, the production by Hans Neuenfels drew widespread criticism over a scene in which King Idomeneo presents the severed heads not only of the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon, but also of Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed.
We should note that Mozart didn't write the scene with the decapitated heads; that is a modern adaptation, although considering the predilection of modern radical Islamists in methods of executing hostages, perhaps not an outrageous one. It should also be noted that the decision to shut down the production did not come from the German government or even the city's leaders, but from the opera house director. In fact, the German government condemned the decision.
Nevertheless, the decision highlights the lack of fortitude and excessive sensitivity shown to Muslims, and by artists who would normally scream at any attempt by Western churches to even criticize their staging. No one suggested that showing a severed head of Jesus should get banned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, or Buddha, or Poseidon, although one doubts many Greeks would care about the latter. Had the Pope or the Archbishop of Canterbury demanded that Harms shut the doors rather than show Jesus beheaded, all of Europe would have arisen in righteous indignation -- and rightfully so.
So why shut the doors when Mohammed gets the Zarqawi treatment? Because Muslims kill people for this kind of speech. That's the only reason why -- and Harms' actions only embolden them to intimidate other artists into submission.
What does this portend for European artists? Theo Van Gogh could probably explain it to you, except that a Muslim assassinated him for filming a powerful criticism of radical Islam and its treatment of women. Ayaan Hirsi Ali could also inform you, but death threats from radical Islamists have kept the screenwriter of Van Gogh's film in hiding. Salman Rushdie has explained it many times over, but one can find him only because the Muslim death squads appear to have lost interest in collecting on Ayatollah Khomeini's hit contract on the Muslim author and critic.
This is the slow slide into dhimmitude. Radical Islamists demand that we treat Islam and Mohammed as sacred and above criticism as part of our agreement to live under their forbearance. We comply, and we endorse their supremacy through violence and intimidation. It isn't about sensitivity; it's about standing up for freedom and liberty and the right to speak our minds on any topic. My cultural sensitivity ends at the point where I have to refrain from honest criticism because of a threat on my life. That kind of impulse is exactly the kind that most needs criticism, but fewer of us appear capable of resisting.
Welcome to the ummah, and I hope you brought your jizya.
Posted by Captain Ed

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

House of Serb returnee in western Kosovo attacked with firearms

source: BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom
Istok, 25 September: This evening at around 1900 [1700 gmt], an unidentified person fired several rounds from an automatic gun at the house of Aleksa Ljusic in the district of Ljug in western Kosovo's Istok. No-one was injured.At the moment of the attack, there were 13 Serb returnees in the Ljusic home, says a statement by the information service of the Kosmet [Kosovo-Metohija] Coordination Centre, quoting Istok municipality coordinator Rados Vulic.Ljusic's house is one of 50 houses allocated for Serb returnees in Istok.Immediately after the attack was reported, the Kosovo Police Service launched an investigation.The reconstruction of 50 Serb houses in the urban parts of Istok started last May in the district of Ljug.
Source: SRNA news agency, Bijeljina, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 1932 gmt 25 Sep 06

German opera house dumps Mozart opera depicting Mohammed

Because it might offend Muslims, of course: who wants to get blown up for an opera? From the Violent-Intimidation-Works Department: "German opera house dumps Mozart opera depicting Mohammed," from DPA, with thanks to Sugiero:
Berlin- One of Germany's leading opera houses, Deutsche Oper Berlin, announced Monday that it was cancelling a controversial production because of the likelihood that it might offend Muslims. The original opera, Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, makes no reference to Islam, but director Hans Neuenfels introduced a scene to his production that depicts the decapitated heads of the Prophet Mohammed, Jesus Christ, the Buddha and the Greek god Poseidon.
It caused outrage at the premiere in 2003. The opera company said it was cancelling plans to revive the show next month after advice from security authorities in Berlin that the performances posed an "incalculable" security risk.
Posted by Robert

Monday, September 25, 2006

German Dhimmitude Watch

A Berlin opera house has canceled a performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo, after German police warned of possible Islamic attacks—because in the opera’s epilogue, the main character enters with a bloody bag and triumphantly pulls out the severed heads of Poseidon, Jesus, Buddha, and ... you guessed it ... Mohammed.
The opera house did not receive threats or demands to cancel the show; they did it preemptively, out of simple fear. Welcome to Mozart Year 2006.
The original article in German: Oper aus Angst vor Anschlägen abgesetzt. (Hat tip: DHH.)
UPDATE at 9/25/06 1:11:34 pm:
I should point out that the severed head scene is not in Mozart’s original opera; it’s an addition by the director of this production.
UPDATE at 9/25/06 1:15:37 pm:
Sugiero has more: Intimidation Through Violence Works.

German Police Memo: Masri a "Partisan of Military Jihad"

Several English-language media, including, for instance, the Financial Times, reported last week that German authorities have the names of at least three of the American agents involved in the alleged "kidnapping" of Khaled Al-Masri. Masri is the German citizen of Lebanese ancestry who is at the center of the controversy over the CIA "renditions" program. The 22 September Financial Times report was titled "Germany Pressed to Arrest CIA Team".

Just two days earlier, however, the German edition of the paper, the Financial Times Deutschland (FTD), published a report titled "German Police were Shadowing Al-Masri" [link in German], which gives reason to wonder whether it is not rather Al-Masri that Germany should be arresting. Citing an unpublished memorandum of Germany's Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BKA), it notes, among other things, that Masri had been kept under surveillance by the German police and at least since October 2003 was considered to be a "partisan of military jihad." Note that October 2003 was some three months before Masri's alleged "abduction" by the CIA in Macedonia. Here some translated excerpts:

According to a classified BKA-Memorandum in possession of the FTD, Al-Masri is supposed to maintain "numerous contacts to dangerous persons [Gefährdern] and accused suspects [Beschuldigten] in the domain of Islamist terrorism."...The BKA-Memorandum cites an internal document from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations of the state of Baden-Württemberg: "At the latest from October 2003, Al-Masri was known within his milieu as a representative of a fundamentalist line in Islam and partisan [Befürworter] of military jihad."

The FTD article notes only that Masri was placed under surveillance in Germany upon his return to the country in 2004, following his alleged abduction. But as the last cited detail suggests and as has previously been indicated elsewhere in the German press, he appears in fact to have already been under surveillance before his "disappearance." Thus an article in the current edition of the weekly Stern [resume; link in German] concludes that "already starting in Summer 2002 Al-Masri was under more intensive police surveillance than hitherto known." The Stern article likewise cites an unpublished BKA memo -- presumably the same one as the FTD.

Regular readers of Trans-Int will know that these are not the first revelations in the German media suggesting Masri's connections to Islamic extremism. Why did the Financial Times not consider such information to be of interest for its English-speaking readers? For earlier revelations on Masri that have gone unreported in the traditional English-language media, see the new Trans-Int dossier: the "Khaled Al-Masri File".

Iran subversion in Balkans

KLA support gives Tehran foothold in Europe
source: Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin
By F. Michael Maloof
Iran has been successful in supporting and extending its Shiite influence in Iraq and, most recently, in Lebanon. Now, the "Land of the Aryans" as the name Iran means has embarked on spreading its brand of Islamic radicalism into another region that threatens all of Europe: The Balkans. In the mid-1990s, Iran quietly began supporting the mujahadeen along side Osama bin Laden and Hezbollah in Bosnia. They succeeded in providing needed arms, financial support and other logistics to the Muslim militants fighting against the Serbs.Iran and bin Laden then provided support to the Kosovo Liberation Army, which the Clinton administration also supported. Today, Iran has successfully established a strong foothold in the Serbian-controlled region of Kosovo, a Muslim enclave. There even is talk that Kosovo could become independent, a development which is meeting strong Serb resistance.Serbia's pro-Western President, Boris Tadic, in early September 2006 visited the United States to take up this issue. Relations between the United States and Belgrade, however, remain strained due to former Bosnian-Serb president Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, his military chief, remaining at large. Both have been indicted for war crimes. Along with Bosnia, Islamic extremists in an independent Kosovo could create a base from which all of Europe could be threatened. Concern at this level was last realized when the Muslims unsuccessfully sought to sack Vienna, Austria, on September 11, 1683, the so-called first 9-11. Following this unsuccessful effort, the Muslims were forcibly pushed back into the area which today constitutes the Balkan countries. This threat of Kosovo becoming a radical Islamic base to attack the rest of Europe also is apparent to one observer who recently was in Kosovo. One activist trying to prevent Kosovo from falling into the hands of Muslim war lords told G2B: "Unfortunately, there are some in Congress who would like to see this -- even if it means creating another rogue terrorist state in the heart of the Balkans." He reported seeing a Saudi flag flying over a mosque alongside an Albanian flag. He also claims there is an Osama bin Laden mosque on Serbian soil. The spread of Iranian influence into the Balkans throughout the last decade in fact has received extensive U.S. assistance. This assistance was in the form of intelligence and logistical support which also went to Iranian and al-Qaida-backed militants. This development may have blinded U.S. policymakers to the threats of Jihad, or Holy War, that came from al-Qaida leader Usama bin Laden as early as 1998.U.S. support for the Muslims in Bosnia also came from the person who is the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael V. Hayden. At the time, he was director of the U.S. European Command Intelligence Directorate, based in Stuttgart, Germany. According to a Dutch government report, Hayden "had access to virtually all intelligence" from the United States, United Nations and NATO. As a result, Hayden used his intelligence unit to allow so-called "black flights" of arms to Muslim forces during the Bosnian campaign in 1995. General Hayden was aware that these arms were assisting many of the foreign mujahadeen, which also were receiving support from Iran and bin Laden. According to a Dutch intelligence report at the time, the shipments included "weapons, ammunition, uniforms, helmets, new anti-tank weapons and Stingers." These arms were said to have been dropped in Tuzla, shipped by land or air into Bosnia for the Bosnian Muslim army which included the al-Qaida-linked mujahadeen. After becoming the head of the National Security Agency in March 1999, Hayden then refused to clear the use of intelligence to halt continuing illegal shipments of arms to mujahadeen militants in the Balkans. Often, these arms were brought in discreetly by Muslim countries that were part of the United Nations peacekeeping forces sent in to prevent further violence. The arms then would go through Albania which had become a launch pad for Kosovo. The Clinton administration followed up by providing strong support to the KLA, even though it was known that the KLA supported the Muslim mujahadeen. Despite that knowledge, then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had the KLA removed from the State Department list of terrorists. This action paved the way for the United States to provide the KLA with needed logistical support. At the same time, the KLA also received support from Iran and Usama bin Laden, along with "Islamic holy warriors" who were jihad veterans from Bosnia, Chechnya and Afghanistan. Swiss journalist Richard Labeviere, in his book, "Dollars for Terror," said that the international Islamic networks linked to bin Laden received help from U.S. intelligence community. Indeed, Chechen sources claim that U.S. intelligence also aided them in their opposition to Russia. Given that U.S. policy in the post-Cold War period has not only been anti-Russian but anti-Iranian, the United States worked closely with Pakistan's predominantly Sunni Inter-Services Intelligence organization. Through ISI, the United States recruited Sunni mujahadeen by staging them in Chechnya to fight in Bosnia and later in Kosovo. The ISI also was instrumental in the creation of Afghanistan's Taliban which gave sanctuary to Osama bin Laden and had strong ties to al-Qaida itself.Iran and Saudi Arabia which supports many of the existing Islamic militant charities view Kosovo as pitting Islam against Christianity. Reuven Paz of Haifa University in Israel and a leading expert on radical Islamic movements said that "all of the Sunni Muslim groups as well as Iran" see Kosovo as a symbol. "As Europe tries to unite, there could be a lot more unity between the Muslims on the margins of Europe," Paz said. "There is potential that this unity could be used in a hostile way." Western officials saw the goal of the now disbanded KLA as severing Kosovo from the rest of Yugoslavia and merging it with Albania. They also saw that an Islamic Kosovo could become a bridge for an Iranian sphere of influence. It would extend from Albania to Bosnia and Macedonia which also has a significant Muslim population. The Clinton administration approach was to create an independent Muslim Kosovo. A March 22, 1998, Times of London story reported that bin Laden and Iran's Revolutionary Guards had signed a pact on Feb. 16, 1998, in Tehran consolidating their operations in Albania and Kosovo. The intention was "to turn the region into their main base for Islamic armed action in Europe." It now appears that the Bush administration is continuing the Clinton administration's approach of creating an independent Muslim Kosovo state. Following his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other U.S. officials in early September 2006, Serbian President Boris Tadic stated that there was an overall opinion that Kosovo should receive some kind of independence. If that turns out to be the case, the specter of an independent but Iranian-dominated Kosovo may not be far off.
F. Michael Maloof is a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Year That Fell to Earth

30th September, 2006
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 16:00
The Year That Fell to Earth: Contemporary German and Austrian Perspectives on 1968 and Its Consequences
Conference-Session with Stephan Grigat, Thomas von der Osten-Sacken, Michael Werz, Andrea Woeldike et alia.
German Studies Association

EU Commission President disappointed at lack of EU support for Pope

"The problem is not the statements of the Pope but the reaction of the extremists." It's amazing that this simple bit of common sense has dawned on so few people, and even more amazing that one of them is the European Commission President. Surprising anti-dhimmitude from Jose Manuel Barroso: "Barroso disappointed at lack of EU support for Pope," from Reuters:
BERLIN (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso was quoted as saying on Saturday that more European leaders should have spoken out in support of the Pope after he made his disputed comments on Islam.
"I was disappointed there were not more European leaders who said 'naturally the Pope has the right to express his views'," Barroso was quoted as saying to the Welt am Sonntag newspaper."The problem is not the statements of the Pope but the reaction of the extremists," the paper quoted him as saying in a preview of an article to appear on Sunday....
"We have to defend our values," he said. "We should also encourage the moderate leaders in the Muslim world -- and they're the majority -- to distance themselves from this extremism," Barroso was quoted as saying.
How strange that that doesn't seem to have occurred to most of them as a possibility.
Posted by Robert

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Sun Says

Silence him
RANTING lunatic Abu Izzadeen represents no one.
He speaks for no one. Except a tiny band of deluded nutters who fill the empty hours that state benefits provide by fostering hatred of the society in which they live.
So why did the BBC legitimise this repugnant deadbeat by allowing him 12 minutes of airtime on Today, its flagship radio programme?
Perhaps they thought that if they gave him enough rope he would hang himself. That he would say something so offensive that the Government could finally nail him under its new law which makes the glorification of terror illegal.
But Izzadeen is slippery enough to avoid the traps interviewers set for him, despite the best efforts of John Humphrys.
Besides which it’s more likely that the politically-correct BBC simply felt that Izzadeen’s views genuinely deserved the oxygen of publicity.
Make no mistake. Izzadeen is NOT a Muslim leader. He is derided by the mainstream Muslim community.
He is, in fact, nothing short of a maniac who would drag Britain back to the Middle Ages, with punishment by amputation and repression of women.
He jokes about the victims of 9/11 and praises London’s 7/7 bombers.
His sickening views no more deserve a platform on the BBC than do the vile racist outpourings of the BNP.

Friday, September 22, 2006

UN condemns Kosovo 'revolt' talk

source: BBC News
A top UN diplomat has warned Kosovo's ethnic Albanians to watch their words after one leader predicted a "revolt" if Kosovo was denied independence.Wednesday, 20 September 2006
Deputy head of the UN mission in Kosovo Steven Schook referred to comments made by the province's parliament speaker. Mr Schook also condemned a grenade attack on Serbs in Kosovo, that came just hours after the speaker's remarks. Serbia's province has been run by the UN since Nato forced Serb troops out of the province in 1999. Ethnic Albanians are pressing for Kosovo's independence, while Belgrade says it should remain part of Serbia. The UN-mediated talks between the Serbian and ethnic Albanian teams in Vienna have been going on for months. So far, no breakthrough has been achieved. Klina attack Kosovo's leaders should be "very careful with the phrases they use and the messages they direct to public opinion and the people right now", Mr Schook said after meeting the province's parliamentary speaker Kole Berisha on Wednesday. The US diplomat also warned that violence was "not in the interests of Kosovo". Mr Berisha said earlier this week that "if our aim of independence is not realised then citizen's revolts are expected". "We don't want revolts, but we cannot exclude them if our aim is not realised," he said. Hours after Mr Berisha spoke four Serbs were wounded in the grenade attack on their home in Kosovo's western town of Klina. The victims were former refugees who only returned home last year. The attack and Mr Berisha's remarks have drawn strong criticism in Serbia. Western pressure UN chief negotiator Martti Ahtisaari is under pressure from the Western powers to produce a deal by the end of the year, the BBC's South-east Europe analyst Gabriel Partos says. The West believes that uncertainty over Kosovo's future could lead to its destabilisation, he says. Earlier this year, the six-nation Contact Group made it clear that a deal should be in line with the wishes of Kosovo's people. Since the 90% ethnic-Albanian majority are insisting on independence, that has been seen as a possible pointer to the kind of settlement that may emerge from the diplomatic process, our analyst says. He says the Western powers in the Contact Group have hinted at independence, albeit under close international supervision, as a likely solution. Russia, on the other hand, has said it will not go along with a deal that is imposed on Serbia.

Serbian PM's party slates Kosovo Speaker's public advocacy of "violence, terror"

source: BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom
Text of report by Serbian independent news agency FoNet
Belgrade, 19 September: Democratic Party of Serbia [DSS, headed by Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica] today told FoNet that Albanian separatists had publicly proclaimed that violence and terror were their instruments to achieve Kosovo independence. Responding to Kosovo Assembly Speaker Kole Berisha's statement that postponing independence could lead to "an uprising by the people" in Kosovo, Mladenovic assessed that it would be fatal for the international community to succumb to separatists' blackmail and then "even reward them for making these threats". Did UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari forget what his mandate was or is he going to join threats by Albanian separatists - or is he, for the first time, going to assume the position of a neutral mediator, and most harshly respond to Berisha's call to arms, Mladenovic asked. One should recall that Berisha is also a member of the [Kosovo] Albanian negotiation team, Mladenovic said.
Source: FoNet news agency, Belgrade, in Serbian 1035 gmt 19 Sep 06 BBC Monitoring /BBC Monitoring/ © BBC.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A speech I'd like to hear

Alastair Gordon
National Post
Published: Thursday, September 21, 2006

When Stephen Harper addresses the UN today, Alastair Gordon hopes his remarks might sound something like this...

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here today. Where to start? Let's go to the Far East and work our way round the globe.

- Taiwan is a peaceful, self-made democracy with the world's 17th largest economy. Yet it has consistently been denied entry to the UN. Meanwhile, Iran, a wretched theocracy threatening the world with nuclear Armageddon, is a member not only of the UN General Assembly, but also of the Human Rights Council. Canada will now support Taiwan's full participation in the UN and its agencies. I am also taking this opportunity to announce Canada's withdrawal from the "One China" policy embraced by my predecessor.

- Across the Taiwan Strait, there is mainland China, the largest recipient of Canadian foreign aid. Tell me: Why does a $1-trillion economy send its tax dollars to an $8-trillion economy? Should a manufacturing colossus such as China enjoy the preferential tariffs normally reserved for a developing nation? Are we helping China buy the missiles it aims at Taiwan? Simply put, our aid for China is over.

- Moving south and west, we come to India. India has been independent for less than 60 years, yet has created the world's largest democracy with the world's largest middle class. Canada will sponsor a resolution proposing that India become the next permanent member of the UN Security Council.

- Next, Iran. Attention, Europe: The nuclear missiles Iran wants to build will be able to incinerate your cities. Yet many of you pander to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by demonizing Israel and America, while secretly praying that they neutralize Iran and save your hides. Smart people shouldn't appease an apocalyptic madman like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. If you insist on doing so again, you'll be on your own when Paris is reduced to radioactive rubble.

- Afghanistan. Here, the UN took a principled position. I am grateful to the men and women who make up the UN-authorized forces in that country. But I really do not understand this talk of a "traditional" peacekeeping and rebuilding mission as distinct from a combat mission. Rebuilding Afghanistan while the Taliban remain active is like building homes in the middle of a brush fire, while proclaiming that there is no need to first extinguish the flames. I am proud to tell you that Canada's army is staying the course in Afghanistan.

- And now we come to Israel. In its first 42 years, the UN tabled 370 resolutions condemning Israel and zero resolutions critical of the PLO or any Arab state. When Syria slaughtered 20,000 of its own citizens at Hama in 1982, or when it sponsored the destruction and occupation of Lebanon, or even when Iraq massacred its Kurdish citizens with poison gas ... nothing. So here's Canada's approach: We will vote no on every anti-Israel resolution until we see such reprimands applied even-handedly against all players in the Middle East according to the scale of their misdeeds.

Following the election of Hamas in Palestinian elections this year, Canada stopped funding the Palestinian Authority. Now a contrived "Unity Government" has its hand out for more Western aid. Should we really provide funding to parties whose goal is to obliterate Israel? Maybe if the Palestinians were forced to provide a real education to their children and build a real economy instead of living off Western welfare, they could become a fierce economic competitor, and pummel Israel in the marketplace of goods, services and ideas. (That would do more economic harm to Israel than, say, the United Church Womyns' Collective boycotting Jaffa oranges.)

- For decades, the world's refugee problems have been resolved through UNHCR. Only one group of refugees, the Palestinians, has its own refugee agency, UNRWA. Fifty-five years after its founding, the plight of Palestinian refugees is worse than ever. UNRWA is complicit in an education system that teaches children to hate Jews and glorify martyrdom, and provides Hamas with money for terror. Canada will end its funding of UNRWA, and direct those resources to UNHCR.

Finally, I would like to offer an invitation. There are a few members of the UN who recognize that a brutal global jihad is being waged against the free world, but more who are friends or appeasers of that jihad. Today, I am inviting the leaders of those democratic nations who have proven their commitment to defending freedom and tolerance to join me at a Conference of Free Nations to be held in Canada. There, we will take the historic first steps in forging a Western alliance to defeat this brutal common enemy.

Thank you.

Alastair Gordon is president of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies
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David Letterman: “Top Signs Osama bin Laden is in love with you”: He carved your initials in an infidel; Always gets the camel washed and waxed before he picks you up; Never forgets to release an Al-Jazeera video on your birthday; You say you enjoy Barry Manilow—next day he sends you Barry Manilow’s ear; Orders 1 goat milk, 2 straws; Says only thing hotter than your body is his scorching hatred for the Zionists; Get a romantic greeting card that reads, “You jihad me at ‘Hello”’; He lets you call him “Ossie”; New intelligence reports put his whereabouts at Zales.

Jay Leno: There’ve been huge protests in the Muslim world over anti-Muslim comments made by Pope Benedict. Today the pope apologized, saying he never should have gone drinking with Mel Gibson. ... The price of gas is supposed to be down to $2 per gallon by Thanksgiving. The bad news is that turkey will be $80 per pound. ... The new president of Mexico says that he wants to work with the United States to let people in Mexico work jobs that they want to in the United States. As opposed to creating new jobs in Mexico. ... Fox News is reporting that the two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for president are Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. One wants to prevent the melting of ice bergs and the other is an ice berg. ... Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the New York Senate race has been married three times and had two kids with his chief of staff while married to another woman. For the first time a Clinton is the family values candidate. ... Al Gore says he has not ruled out another run for the Oval Office. Have you seen Al Gore lately? He is the Oval Office. ... He also hasn’t ruled out a second run for pie, a second run for cake, a second run for cookies. ... For the first time ever there is now scientific proof that air travel can increase the spread of viruses. So now we may be able to stop the spread of some things, like bird flu. Does this mean I can no longer take my chicken on board? How can I now travel with my livestock? ... Jackie Chan is upset that he is only in martial arts movies. He wants other roles. Why doesn’t he do what normal people do and run for governor?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Kosovo: Mission Accomplished?

Condi shakes hands with yet another unsavory ally
source: Harper's Magazine
Ken Silverstein and Sebastian Sosman.
Any visitor to the Balkans knows that to sit down for coffee or throat-rasping raki with a person from any ethnicity in the region is to risk a not so quick, uninterruptible, vitriolic five-hundred-year history lesson so skewed that it doesn’t deserve the name of history . . . real history just about ceased to exist within Albanian and Serbian discourse. It has largely been replaced by monologues of myth and prejudice. It is now a weapon of survival.
So wrote Matthew McAllester in Beyond the Mountains of the Damned, a recounting of the late-1990s bloodshed in Kosovo. While Balkan history has lately lost its vogue in Washington, this is a good time for some brushing up. And since the conventional wisdom is so relentlessly romantic about the valiant Kosovars struggling against Serb oppression, I'll present here a side of the story that is rarely heard.
Seven years ago, an American-led NATO campaign drove Serbia out of Kosovo, which has since enjoyed semi-autonomy. Now the United Nations wants to broker an agreement over Kosovo's status. Independence for the majority-Albanian province seems to be the preferred position of most European governments and of the Bush Administration, though U.S. officials insist that no decision has been made.
The administration's tilt was evident last June, when Agim Ceku, who carries the title of Kosovar prime minister and who seeks to gain full independence from Serbia, made a quiet visit to Washington—so quiet that it was almost entirely unreported at the time. Ceku met with Condoleezza Rice, joining the growing list of thugs and crooks welcomed to town by the secretary of state.
Who is Ceku? As a brigadier general in the Croatian Army, he commanded Croat forces in the 1993 Medak offensive, in which the “Croatian Army perpetrated abuses against Serbian civilians and conducted a ‘scorched earth’ policy,” according to Human Rights Watch. In August 1995, Ceku was the organizational force behind “Operation Storm.” In the course of that campaign, which the New York Times described as “the largest single ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the war,” more than 100,000 Serbs were driven from the Krajina region of Croatia.
Ceku, who is a Kosovar Albanian, took command of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in 1999. He is widely credited with transforming it into a guerrilla group, and for drawing NATO into direct conflict with Serbia. After the war, the KLA morphed into the Kosovo Protection Force, still commanded by Ceku. This is a sort of first-responder outfit but any future army for an independent Kosovo would clearly be drawn from the ranks of the KPC. A leaked UN report, written in 2000 but not released (probably because it was too embarrassing) found that members of the Corps were involved in murder, torture, illegal detention, and extortion of local businesses.
The late writer Michael Kelly said at the time that former KLA leaders had formed a “criminal mobocracy” and “joined forces with former Serb paramilitary gangsters to establish themselves in drug peddling and prostitution.” Meanwhile, Kelly wrote, an “ongoing campaign to ethnically cleanse Kosovo of all but Kosovar Albanians” had forced more than 100,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians to flee the province; about 400 Serbs have been murdered, and many of those who remain live under constant, heavy guard.
Periodic violence has erupted in the succeeding years. Two years ago, anti-Serb riots across Kosovo—which occurred despite the presence of NATO and UN forces on the ground—left 19 Serbs dead and hundreds injured and displaced.
In recent years, Ceku has made public statements to the international community about guaranteeing the rights of Kosovar minorities, but many suspect that he remains a hard-nosed, thuggish Balkan commander whose constituent base remains dangerously nationalistic. Two months after meeting with Rice, Ceku paid a jailhouse visit to Selim Krasniqi , a KLA general who had just been convicted by an international tribunal of war crimes committed in 1998. “Kosovo,” Ceku remarked afterwards, “needs more men like Krasniqi.”
Ceku's visit and the Bush Administration's general pro-Kosovo tilt reinforces what Balkanists have maintained since the early 1990s, namely that the United States is not an evenhanded player. Instead, it has sought to shine a bright light on Serb atrocities—of which there have been many and which should be condemned—while applying different standards to Bosnian, Croat, and Kosovar Albanian thuggery. The White House subscribes to the same theories of history that can be heard in those Balkan cafes—theories that remain largely ungrounded in reality.

The Return of Hitlerjugend

By Joel Rubinfeld

BRUSSELS -- Is anti-Semitism, abhorred in the West, less reprehensible when it comes from the East? This is the question we Europeans ask ourselves as we watch the news on TV or scan the European newspapers, and find no acknowledgment of the anti-Semitic ideology underyling the terrorism of Hezbollah and Hamas.

There are definitely European journalists who call a terrorist a terrorist, and who denounce the anti-Semitism which the Islamists of the Middle East exalt. But many of their colleagues have given up doing so in order to resort to words like “militants” and “political movement,” or even “resistance” and “social organization”. The Hitlerjugend, one recalls, also had a social function.

The analogy is relevant. To a far greater extent than the skinheads we see here in Europe and the United States, it is the bearded Lebanese and Palestinians – these men whom we see proudly giving the Nazi salute during military parades in Gaza or Lebanon -- who have taken over the role of the Third Reich. And the war they are fighting against Israel is an anti-Semitic war, targeting Israeli Jews and all Jews worldwide.

Since an accusation this serious cannot be taken lightly, let’s hear what the leader of Hizbullah, Hassan Nasrallah, who has a reputation for doing what he says, has to say about it. On July 19, a Katyusha rocket struck the Israeli city of Nazareth, killing two brothers aged 3 and 7, Ravia and Mahmoud Taluzi. The next day, on Al Jazeera, Nasrallah apologized to the family of the two boys. Not because he was suddenly struck with remorse after seeing the pictures of dozens of lives annihilated by his missiles, but because the two Israeli boys, Ravia and Mahmoud, were not Jewish! Here the Islamist leader gives us a contemporary application of the selection which took place during World War II among other children who had to prove their “Aryan” lineage to save their lives. For Nasrallah, as for Hitler, only Jewish children must die.

Indeed, all Jews must die. The words of Hassan Nasrallah in 2002 couldn’t be any more explicit: “If they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide”[1]. This didn’t stop him, whilst waiting for a hypothetical mass immigration, from acting on his words in 1994, when Hizbullah terrorists blew up the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, killing 87 people.

We find the same ingredients in the charter of Hamas, which, should it be pointed out, is the party in power in Palestine:

With their money, they [Jews] took control of the world media (…). With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world (…). They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist Revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies (…). With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there. (…) There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it[2].

Barely aware of this rhetoric of sinister memories, the European general public would doubtless take offence at such ideas and would probably see the conflict that opposes Tsahal and the spiritual sons of Adolf Hitler from another perspective. So why this silence from some journalists who are not at a loss for words when it comes to criticizing Israel?

In itself, criticizing Israeli policy is certainly not reprehensible, neither legally nor morally. What is questionable is the singling out, the exceptional treatment to which the Jewish state is subjected. How can we explain that a nation covering a tiny fraction of the planet’s surface, whose inhabitants make up one thousandth of the world’s population, and which, according to the annual report by Freedom House[3], is one of the most democratic states in the world, has attracted so much critical media attention, whereas Darfur – but we could equally refer to Tibet, Chechnya, Burma and other graveyards of human rights – is all but ignored.

There are several explanations for this. The first is a persistent tendency to romanticize terrorism. A wealth of ideological reasons motivate some journalists who, well aware of the miserable conditions of the populations in the Middle-East, see fit to opt for the camp of the enemies of Israel, which in their eyes is a symbol of neo-colonialism and imperialism -- a perspective hard to understand when we consider the surface area of Israel, equal to that of New Jersey, is faced with an Arab bloc 676 times larger. For these media professionals, taking part in the fight justifies silencing or dressing up a certain number of painful truths. The death of Mohammed Al-Dura is one example; the “fauxtography” [4] by Reuters and the Associated Press during this summer's war in Lebanon are the latest manifestations of this.

The second explanation is anti-Semitism. For some, anti-Zionism is an accommodating cover-up for shameful anti-Semitism. The latter is a crime in many European countries, so they substitute the individual (the Jew) with the state (Israel). They will of course forcefully deny these allegations and it is not uncommon to see them pouring out their hearts over the victims of the Shoah with tears in their eyes. But the very idea of seeing the children of those who escaped death in World War II defending themselves with weapons against this same genocidal project is unbearable to them. There is an old joke about anti-Semites: “I am not anti-Semitic, some of my best friends are Jewish”. The new anti-Semite has six million Jewish friends.

The third explanation is conformism. For reasons of simplicity, ignorance or cowardice, many journalists, without sharing in any way the commitment of the former or the unhealthy passions of the latter, are content with obediently following the trail made by the “shepherds”.

These three attitudes are appalling. But while it may seem unrealistic to try reasoning with apologists for terrorism and anti-Semites, it is definitely worth trying to enlighten the conformists. Here we must call them to order, appeal to their conscience, invoke the professional code of ethics. Or, more simply, invite them to google the Hamas charter.


[1] Badih Chayban, “Nasrallah alleges ‘Christian Zionist’ plot”, The Daily Star, 23 October 2002.
[2] Excerpts from Article Twenty-Two of the Hamas charter.
[3]“Freedom in the World”, Freedom House, 2006.
[4] "Fauxtography, Little Green Footballs.

Joël Rubinfeld is President of the Brussels-based think tank Atlantis Institute. He regularly writes opinion pieces published in newspapers in Belgium and The Jerusalem Post. He is also the author of a study on the coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the Belgian media, published in L'antisémitisme après la Shoah (La Pensée et les Hommes, 2003).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Kosovo premier expresses full confidence in innocence of convicted UCK members

source: BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom and AP
Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLivePrishtina [Pristina], 11 August: Kosova [Kosovo]
Prime Minister Agim Ceku has welcomed the decision of the District Court in Gjilan to Gen Selim Krasniqi and other Kosova Liberation Army [UCK] members to be defended in freedom.Ceku voiced full confidence in the innocence of the former UCK and later on Kosova Protection Corps [TMK] members."This is a good thing for Kosova and I never stopped believing in their innocence," said Ceku.On the other hand, the UCK war associations evaluate this trial a politically motivated and directed by Belgrade."All this political war, conducted against the values of our people, has only one purpose: the denial of values," reads a statement released by the UCK war associations.UCK associations also called for the immediate release of all former UCK fighters which are being held in UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] prisons.Ethnic Albanians Convicted of War CrimesAn ethnic Albanian rebel commander and two of his wartime associates were convicted Thursday of war crimes against fellow ethnic Albanians during Kosovo's war.A panel of international judges convicted and sentenced Selim Krasniqi and two other former rebel fighters to seven years in prison for detaining and beating fellow ethnic Albanians who allegedly collaborated with Serb authorities, the U.N.-run justice department said.The crimes were committed between June and July 1998, when former rebels organized and ran a detention center in the basement of a school building in the central Kosovo village of Drenovac.One defendant in the case was acquitted, charges against two others were dropped and one suspect was not apprehended.The 11-month trial was adjourned several times and a witness in the case was shot to death in a market in central Kosovo.The case was handled by U.N.-appointed international judges and prosecutors who deal with sensitive cases in the province. Most of the prosecution witnesses had their identities withheld for fear of retribution.Krasniqi, the most senior former fighter in the group, was arrested in 2004 by U.N. special police units and NATO-led peacekeepers. At the time, he was serving as regional commander of the Kosovo Protection Corps, a civil emergency unit created after the disbanding of the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army.Since Kosovo came under U.N. administration in 1999, local courts have tried several former ethnic Albanian rebels for war crimes allegedly committed against Serbs and fellow ethnic Albanians suspected of collaborating with the Serb regime.The war in 1998-99 pitted ethnic Albanian rebels against Serb forces loyal to the former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. It ended in mid-1999 after NATO air strikes forced the Serb military to pull out of Kosovo, leaving United Nations and NATO in control.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, the Pope -- Who's Next?

Important observations about the Pope Rage in Der Spiegel:
The pope has apologized for the outrage amongst Muslims sparked by his recent comments. But the episode proves once again that criticizing Islam is dangerous.
Twenty years ago in the German city of Bremen, Dutch comedian Rudi Carrell's life depended on police protection. His offense? In a satirical program on German television, he let fly with a lewd joke about the then leader of the Iranian revolution Ayatollah Khomeini. Mass demonstrations in Iran -- orchestrated, no doubt, by the government -- were the result. The threats of violence led to an apology by Carrell, and he never again made a joke about any Muslim -- at least not on television.
In February 1989, the Ayatollah then released a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie for his novel "The Satanic Verses." The book, he and other Muslim leaders claimed, was a grave misrepresentation of Islam. Rushdie's Japanese translator lost his life as a result of the fatwa and Rushdie himself went into hiding, though the Iranian leadership distanced itself from the fatwa in 1998. There remain, however, a number of fanatical Muslims who yearn to see Rushdie dead.
Feminist and Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the former Dutch parliamentarian who recently left Holland, also lives under threat of murder. In addition to a number of interesting books about the oppression faced by women in the Muslim world, she also wrote the screenplay for the short film "Submission." In one scene, a verse from the Koran -- demanding that women bend to the will of their husbands -- is projected onto a woman's naked body. The film was provocative, and the filmmaker Theo van Gogh paid for it with his life. He was killed on the streets of Amsterdam by a Muslim fanatic.
And then there's Flemming Rose, the Danish editor who a year ago published a series of Muhammad caricatures in his newspaper. Months after they originally appeared, the Muslim world erupted in protest against the drawings. He too must fear for his life.
One thing should be kept in mind, however: The often violent protests that erupted in the Muslim world in the wake of the cartoon controversy have often been manipulated and fuelled by Islamists. The bile currently being flung at the pope is no different.
But the attacks against the pope are especially grotesque. The severe criticism -- often coupled with threats of violence -- directed at the speech held last Tuesday by Benedict XVI is not just an attack on the head of the Catholic Church. The malicious twisting of the pope's words and the absurd allegations made by representatives of Islam represent a frontal attack on open religious and philosophical dialogue.
That so many in the Muslim world joined the protests against the pope merely show just how influential Islamist extremist groups have become. The political goal of the Islamists is clear: any dispute between Christianity and Islam must obey the rules handed down by political Islamism.
Read it all.
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Serb politician: Recent bomb attack against minister shows mafia ruling Kosovo

source: BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom
Text of report by Serbian independent news agency FoNet
Gnjilane, 16 September: A member of the Serb List for Kosovo-Metohija [SLKM, headed by Oliver Ivanovic], Vesna Jovanovic, said today that the bomb thrown on the night from Thursday to Friday [14-15 September] outside the house of a police minister in the Kosovo government, "should primarily be a message to the international community to finally realize how far Standards have gone in the first place and who has the power in Kosovo".What can ordinary people expect if a bomb is thrown at the police minister, Jovanovic asked. She added that this incident created additional insecurity among the Serbs, who were "between a rock and a hard place "."On the one hand, there are Albanians who are hostile towards the Serbs, and on the other is the deeply rooted rule of the mafia in Kosovo, something which this bomb has demonstrated," Jovanovic explained.The international community should understand the Serb anxiety and fear for their own security and it should respond adequately, not only by issuing declarations, Jovanovic emphasized in a statement for FoNet."It is being claimed without any scruples that Standards are being fulfilled, while on the other hand the citizens of Kosovo, especially the Serbs, do not have any fundamental feeling of security," Jovanovic assessed.She said that "the international community should seriously take into account Serb proposals on how to achieve progress, and not ignore them for the most part".
Source: FoNet news agency, Belgrade, in Serbian 1057 gmt 16 Sep 06

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Iranian activists demand the arrest of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the violation of human rights in Iran

Sunday, September, 17th, 2006

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

Iranian activists demand the arrest of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the violation of human rights in Iran

Homa Arjomand calls Press Conference at Queen's Park, Toronto, on Monday September 18, 2:00 pm

Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada is calling a press conference where she and other Iranian activists will demand the arrest of President Ahmadinejad for crimes against humanity.

"We declare that President Ahmadinejad has violated Articles 9, 10, 11 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.", said Homa Arjomand. "We therefore call on the United Nations to arrest President Ahmadinejad for violating human rights in Iran".

The protestors claim President Ahmadinejad is responsible for the assassinations and executions of tens of Iranian activists both in Iran and abroad.

"It is a disgrace to the United Nations to permit this man, with his record on human rights, the privilege to speak at this assembly, especially when he has taken the same rights from people in Iran and in tens of cases he has also taken their lives", added Homa Arjomand.

Iranian refugees and exiles living in Canada will gather at Queen's Park in Toronto to demand that Canada extradite President Ahmadinejad and to have him stand trial in Canada for the death of Canadian photographer, Zahara Kazemi.

Friends and family of the following activists who have been killed by Iranian authorities in the past three months will speak at Queen's Park:

· Vali Faiz Mahdavi· Akbar Mohhammadi· Hojat Zamani

Location: Queen's Park, Toronto
Date: Monday, September 18, 2006, 2:00 pm

An open microphone will also be available for other Iranians attending the protest. They will be able to tell their personal stories and to expose the crimes and human rights abuses of this Iranian regime and the leading terrorist – President Ahmadinejad.

Hundreds of activists from Canada will join several thousands Iranians protesting at the United Nations to demand the arrest of President Ahmadinejad

After the press conference on Monday, Homa and several hundreds of Canadians will travel to New York City to protest at the United Nation where they will demand the arrest of the Iranian President Ahmadinejad.

Location: In front of the United Nations
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 10:00 AM

"We have three buses going to New York, as well many cars and minivans, said Homa, "please contact us if you want to join the protest of this terrorist from Iran".

About the Campaign

Homa Arjomand is the Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada. She started her campaign in Toronto in October 2003 with a handful of supporters, and today it has grown to a coalition of 87 organizations from 14 countries with over a thousand activists. In February 2006, the Ontario Government passed legislation which ended the use of religious laws for family arbitration. Since then, the Campaign has focused its efforts on stopping political Islam globally. Homa is now Coordinator of a campaign called “No to political Islam” and was a human rights activist in Iran until she was forced to flee in 1989.

Media Contact: Ms. Homa Arjomand 416-737-9500.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Will U.S. Back Islamo-Fascist State in Europe?

source: Human Events Online
John Gizzi
Recent signs are strong that Kosovo, which the Clinton Administration demanded the NATO-run bombing of Serbia in 1999, will soon declare itself an independent sovereign nation. The Bush Administration may extend U.S. recognition. Talks are now ongoing between the predominantly Muslim Kosovo and Serbia over Kosovo’s independence. The Serbian parliament was recently briefed on the progress of the negotiations. In June, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warmly welcomed to Washington Prime Minister Agim Ceku, a former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander. According to the Washington Post, there is a “firm Western consensus” that the Serbian province “should be granted independence before the end of this year,” when the United Nations Security Council is set to address the issue of Kosovo.Were Kosovo independence to occur, in the heart of Europe there would then exist an Islamic republic like Iran and a safe-haven for terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden. According to a 2003 report of the Serbian government, bin Laden visited neighboring Albania in 1995 “when bases for the logistic and financial support to the Al Queda organization were set up with cells in Kosovo and Metohija.”In addition, Kosovo has a long and well-documented history as a base for narcotics to fund worldwide terrorist activities. Eight months before 9/11, the Wall Street Journal-Europe reported (January 11, 2001): “The overnight use of heroin trafficking through Kosovo -- now the most important Balkan route between Southeast Asia and Europe after Turkey [italics added] -- helped also to fund terrorist activity directly associated with Al Qaeda and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.... Operatives of two Al Qaeda-sponsored Islamist cells who were arrested in Bosnia on October 23rd were linked to the heroin trade, underscoring the narco-jihad culture of today’s post-war Balkans.”A year after the U.S. State Department in 1998 removed Kosovo from its terrorism list and then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright shook hands with KLA leader Hasham Thaci at Rambouillet, France, NATO under General Wesley Clark went to war on Kosovo’s behalf against Serbia. The question of independence for Kosovo was never resolved after the 1999 war. In the seven years since, the predominantly Islamic Albanian nationalist state has become a European satellite for radical Islam and terrorism. Indeed, at the 16th Islamic Conference held in Pakistan in October 1998, Albanian separatism in Kosovo was defined as a jihad and the Islamic world was called on to help “this fight for freedom on the occupied Muslim territories.”German intelligence (BND) confirmed in ’05 that the terrorist bombings in London in July of that year and in the Madrid commuter railway on May 11, 2004 were organized in Kosovo.“The man at the center of the provision of the explosives in both instances,” reported Defense and Foreign Affairs Daily (October 25, 2005), “was an Albanian, operating mostly out of Kosovo (with links into Bosnia), who is a second ranking leader in the Kosovo Liberation Army...Niam Behzloulzi (phonetic spelling), also known as ‘Houlzi.’”“Houlzi,” report Maroevic and Williams, is considered the “Number Two man” in the KLA and “reportedly in charge of many of the KLA’s secret operations, including narco-trafficking and narcotics production, and controls Islamist cells. . .He is described by those who know him as a ‘fanatical Islamist,’ who was trained in Afghanistan. . .”The grisly combination of international narcotics dealing and militant Islam and terror in an independent European nation portends a future that is, at the very least, questionable. Granting Kosovo independence could well lead to a Greater Kosovo, one that is Muslim-ruled and could easily seize neighboring Macedonia and parts of Greece.Such a nation-state could change the political dynamics in Europe and change the scales in the war on terrorism to the forces of Islamo-Fascism. Writing on the prospects of an independent Kosovo in, veteran journalist Julie Gorin concluded: “We cannot fight terrorism with one hand while abetting it with another.”

Friday, September 15, 2006

Terrorists from Balkans could reach into Europe

source: © 2006
Congressional adviser increases volume on long-standing warning
Yossef Bodansky
A U.S. Congressional adviser is turning up the volume on his long-standing warnings that terrorists who have set up camps in the Balkans now easily can reach into Europe, telling reporters in Serbia that the idea now has a name – "Balkans 2020."
Congressional adviser Yossef Bodansky, director of the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare since 1988, told Slovenian Finance that the goal of the campaign is to set up terrorist camps in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sandzak and Croatia.
He said at least five intelligence agencies now are working to track people and arms arriving from Arab nations, in hopes of preventing that plan from becoming reality, according to a broadcast station report.
As early as the 1990s there were reports that Iranians were establishing themselves in the Balkans. The U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committer under Chairman Larry E. Craig concluded that it would be a "breathtaking understatement" to say the Bill Clinton administration erred in facilitating the penetration of Iranians into the Balkans.
Bodansky joined in the discussion shortly later, with an analysis that found Osama bin Laden was focusing on the Balkans for a new wave of anti-Western terrorism.
He confirmed then that radical Islamists decided to use the terrorism infrastructure of the Balkans as a "key facilitator" in the proposed escalation of conflict aimed at Europe, Israel and the United States.
A new terrorist recruiter, identified by Bodansky as Shahid Emir Mussa Ayzi, a veteran of Afghanistan who was close to the al-Qaida elite as well as Taliban leadership, was appointed to run special operations.
A followup report, according to Bodansky, noted that "persons of Slav ethnicity" were being added to the Islamist jihad, and Ayzi said some of these "white devils" already had been indoctrinated and trained to carry out martyrdom-strikes "in a number of European cities."
He reported that the training actually was done under the cover of the Albanian National Army, with many senior officers being al-Qaida affiliates.
Al-Qaida made use of the unsettled diplomatic aftermath of the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts, and for a decade already the most senior leaders in al-Qaida have been visiting the Balkans, the reports said.
A report in the Wall Street Journal Europe edition noted the U.S. was probably two years behind when it started expressing concern about Islamic terrorists in the Balkans, and by that time they already were established.
Reports also note that Clinton's administration allowed the shipment of arms to Muslim groups in the Balkans during the conflicts over Kosova, Bosnia and others.
Bodansky, who's also served as senior editor of "Defense & Foreign Affairs" publications, has authored five major books on strategic issues. His 1999 best seller was "Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America."
A House Subcommittee report also has found that the Clinton's Iranian policy gave Iran "an unprecedented foothold in Europe and has recklessly endangered American lives and US strategic interests."
According to the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Clinton's mistake in allowing the infiltration of the Balkans by Muslim extremists "calls to mind the similar mistake of the Carter Administration, which in 1979 began lavish aid to the new Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the hopes that (if the United States were friendly enough) the nine comandates would turn out to be democrats, not communists, despite abundant evidence to the contrary."
Even at this point, the development of unrest in those disputed regions is apparent. A spokesman said the Sandzak Intellectual circle will ask Serbian president Boris Tadic to ban all Bosniak parties in Serbia, since "these parties practice violence, use minors for political games and use hate speech and intolerance."
And in Kosovo, the issue of sovereignty remains undecided. Tadic has said he expects to adopt a report and plan to refer to Kosovo as a province enjoying essential autonomy within sovereign Serbia.

RIP, Oriana Fallaci

We’ve lost a powerful voice in the battle against Islamic supremacism: Italy’s controversial journalist Fallaci dies.
MILAN (Reuters) - Oriana Fallaci, one of Italy’s best-known journalists and war correspondents who shocked the literary world with a vitriolic assault on Islam after the September 11 attacks on the United States, died on Friday aged 77.Fallaci died in her home town of Florence after battling cancer for several years, a hospital official said.
Aggressive and provocative until the end, Fallaci made her name as a tenacious interviewer of some of the most famous leaders of the 20th century.
They included Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
She covered wars in Vietnam, the Middle East, and Latin America at a time when few women braved the front lines, and was shot and beaten in 1968 during student demonstrations in Mexico.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Turkish government cleric demands apology from Pope

"The church and the Western public, because they saw Islam as the enemy, went on crusades." No mention, of course, of the 450 years of jihad conquest that preceded that. "Turkish cleric attacks pope's remarks about Islam," from AP, with thanks to Andrew Bostom:
ISTANBUL, Turkey Turkey's top Islamic cleric asked Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday to take back recent remarks he made about Islam, and unleashed a string of counteraccusations against the Christian church, raising tensions before the pontiff's November visit - his first to a Muslim country.
Religious Affairs Directorate head Ali Bardakoglu, a cleric who sets the religious agenda for Turkey, said he was deeply offended by the pope's remarks Tuesday during his pilgrimage in Germany, about Islamic holy war, calling them "extraordinarily worrying, saddening and unfortunate."
Bardakoglu said that "if the pope was reflecting the spite, hatred and enmity" of others in the Christian church, then the situation was even worse....
The pope made his remarks on Islam in a speech in which he quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and an educated Persian on the truths of Christianity and Islam.
"The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war," the pope said.
"He said, I quote, 'Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached,'" he quoted the emperor as saying.
Clearly aware of the delicacy of the issue, Benedict added, "I quote," twice before pronouncing the phrases on Islam and described them as "brusque," while neither explicitly agreeing with nor repudiating them.
In remarks to Turkey's state-owned Anatolia news agency, Bardakoglu said Thursday that he expected an apology from the pope and said it was the Christian church, not Islam, that popularized conversion by the sword.
"The church and the Western public, because they saw Islam as the enemy, went on crusades. They occupied Istanbul, they killed thousands of people. Orthodox Christians and Jews were killed and tortured," he said....
"They (the Christians) saw war against those outside the Christian world as a holy duty," Bardakoglu continued. "That's why the Western clerics always have in the back of their minds a crusade mentality and the idea of holy war," he claimed.
Sure, Bardakoglu. That's why there's an organized movement of Christians committing violence worldwide in the name of Christianity today, and justifying it by reference to Christian texts.
Bardakoglu said he suspected Benedict had the same mentality and asked the pope to "look in the mirror" before making remarks against Islam.
"If there's a religious antagonism in the West, it's the responsibility of the logic-ignoring Christian church," he said....
Of course. It's never the responsibility of Islam or Muslims, no matter what.
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