By Julia Gorin
In breach of multiple U.S. federal laws, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is overseeing the financing and support of international terrorism. Her department’s actions have resulted in civilian deaths, and its continued perpetuation of terrorism is bound to kill many more.
Precisely. But is he talking about Israel, or Kosovo? It could be either, as this fact applies to both current Munichs — as does the rest of the article:
…Rice requested Congress [to] boost aid to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization by another $400 million on top of a $59 million grant she pushed through last April and about $100 million per year provided to Abbas’ forces in unregulated shipments of ammunition and high-powered American assault rifles.
A bulk of the proposed new aid package is slated to fund and train Abbas’ security forces, particularly his Force 17 presidential guard units and the Preventative Security Services, which serve as Palestinian police officers.
The only problem with this is Fatah’s security forces have statistically carried out more terror attacks than any other West Bank terror group.
U.S. policy has long considered Fatah moderate even though its declared military wing, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, is responsible for more terrorism than Hamas.
The Brigades, labeled a terrorist organization by the State Department, took credit along with the Islamic Jihad terror group for every suicide bombing in Israel the past three years and for thousands of shootings and rocket attacks against Jewish population centers.
So in other words, the U.S. is funding an organization whose military wing is labeled a terror group by our government.
Just days before Abbas departed to last week’s U.S.-sponsored Annapolis summit, two members of his American-sponsored police forces who double as Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members reportedly shot and killed a Jew in the northern West Bank, with Fatah militants declaring they will continue their “resistance” until “all territories” are liberated.
This is the norm. At the time of my book’s printing, an estimated 85 percent of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorists, including most of the group’s senior leaders, served in Abbas’ security forces, according to information I obtained.
“Embarrassingly for Ceku, two of his KPC (Kosovo Protection Corps) men were involved in an ANA (Albanian National Army) bridge bombing attempt on April 12, 2003, near the northern Kosovo town of Zvecin. For the stated goal of making Kosovo a multiethnic society based on rule of law, having members of the civil police moonlighting as terrorists was not auspicious. …[UN Mission in Kosovo Chief] Harri Holkeri, had infuriated Agim Ceku on December 3  by ordering the suspension of [the] two KPC generals…over the April bridge bombing debacle. Ceku darkly intoned that “this decision is unacceptable for us.”
In writing about the March, 2004 riots throughout Kosovo by the majority-Muslim Albanians, which injured a thousand people and killed over 30 including six NATO troops, according to UN officials in Kosovo whom Deliso interviewed (though not according to mainstream sources, which list 19 civilian deaths and zero NATO deaths), Deliso mentions that:
“Most embarrassing for the UNMIK authorities, Agim Ceku’s KPC officers actively aided the mobs. The suspicious complicity of leading Kosovo Albanian politicians and KPC commanders was attested to by other internationals, such as the Greek policeman who pondered, ‘Why did [Hasim] Thaci and [Agim] Ceku not say “stop” until three days into the riots?…And why, once they did say “stop,” did everything suddenly stop?’”
The rest of the Klein article is likewise a mirror image of what the U.S. did in Kosovo, only the death of Serbs was a slightly more intended consequence than the death of Jews:
Believe it or not, the U.S. has been running bases in the West Bank city of Jericho to train Fatah militias since the late 1990s.
In August, the State Department announced the U.S. will begin new training courses for Fatah militias in an effort to bolster Abbas against Hamas, which took over the Gaza Strip in June when the terror group easily defeated American-backed Fatah forces in the territory.
In “Schmoozing,” I document how much of the current senior leadership of the Brigades told me they received U.S. training as Fatah militia members, with some up for future U.S. training.
One Force 17 officer described to me how the U.S. training aided in his group’s ability to kill Jews.
“All the methods and techniques that we studied in these trainings, we applied them against the Israelis,” said Abu Yousuf, chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Ramallah and a Force 17 senior officer.
Another difference between these two otherwise parallel situations is that, unlike the strategy of bolstering Fatah against Hamas, there wasn’t a more militant outfit we were training the KLA against. The KLA was the most militant, and that’s whom we chose to support — to the peril of moderate Albanian factions such as the Kosovo Democratic Initiative, whose members fled to Serbia.
Just to reiterate here, Rice’s State Department is shipping weapons to a Palestinian compound in which known terrorists live. It’s insanity.
Yousuf boasted to me: “I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance would have been so successful and would have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without [American] trainings.”
Similarly, our operatives are still in Kosovo, arming and organizing “former” KLA against the Serbs in the event that the Serbs don’t roll over and bear their necks the way we’re used to them doing. As for the KLA’s chances for success without the U.S. stepping in, UK writer Neil Clark lays it out in a Monday article titled “A Crisis of the West’s Own Making“:
Ten years ago, Kosovo was at relative peace. Albanian demands for independence from Belgrade were being channeled through the peaceful Democratic League party of Ibrahim Rugova, while the small groups of Albanian paramilitaries that did exist were isolated and had little public support.
According to a report by Jane’s intelligence agency in 1996, the Kosovo Liberation Army, the most extreme of Albanian paramilitary groups, [did] not take into consideration the political or economic importance of its victims, nor [did] it seem at all capable of hurting its enemy.
It ha[d] not come close to challenging the region’s balance of military power. As late as November 1997, the KLA, officially classified by the US as a terrorist organisation, could, it has been estimated, call on the services of only 200 men.
Then, in a policy shift whose repercussions we are witnessing today, the West started to interfere big time. The US, Germany and Britain increasingly saw the KLA as a proxy force which could help them achieve their goal of destabilising and eventually removing from power the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, which showed no inclination to join Euro-Atlantic structures.
Over the following year, the KLA underwent a drastic makeover. The group was taken off the US State Department’s list of terrorist organisations…. Large-scale assistance was given to the KLA by Western security forces. Britain organised secret training camps in northern Albania. The German secret service provided uniforms, weapons and instructors.
The Sunday Times in Britain published a report stating that American intelligence agents admitted they helped to train the KLA before NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, Rugova’s Democratic League, which supported negotiations with Belgrade, was given the cold shoulder.
When the KLA’s campaign of violence, directed not only against Yugoslav state officials, Serb civilians and Albanian collaborators who did not support their extremist agenda, led to a military response from Belgrade, the British and Americans were ready to hand out the ultimatums.
During the 79-day NATO bombing of Yugoslavia that followed, the West made promises of independence to the KLA which, eight years on, are coming back to haunt them.
Had it not intervened in Yugoslav internal affairs 10 years ago, it is likely a peaceful compromise to the Kosovan problem would eventually have been found between the government in Belgrade and the Democratic League. Rugova’s goal was independence for Kosovo from Serbia, but only with the agreement of all parties.
What is certain is that without Western patronage the KLA would never have grown to the force it eventually became.
By championing the most hardline force in Kosovo, the West not only helped precipitate war, but made the issue of Kosovo much harder to solve.
Back to Klein:
How directly does Rice’s State Department perpetuate terrorism?
It was widely reported that in May 2006 America sent to Fatah militias a cache of 3,000 M-16 assault rifles and over 1 million rounds of ammunition. Olmert told reporters he approved the shipment to aid Abbas.
A few days after the American weapons were received in the Muqata, there was an unusually high number of shootings against Israeli motorists in and near the West Bank carried out by Al Aqsa Brigades terrorists.
The third attack was carried out by Abu Yousuf himself against a busload of Israeli schoolgirls. No one was hurt because the bus was armored.
“It is no coincidence that as soon as these American weapons arrived, we were able to carry out these accurate shootings,” Abu Yousuf said.
Abu Yousuf told me the U.S. sent weapons to Fatah “for its own political purposes and as part of a conspiracy to generate a civil war between us and Hamas. We are not concerned with the reasons. The weapons will not be used against our brothers, only [against] Israelis.”
Indeed, U.S. policy dictates backing Fatah, secular terrorists who kill Jews but who also talk with America and negotiate with Israel for the takeover of strategic territory, against Hamas, religious Islamist terrorists who kill Jews but will not talk to the U.S. or negotiate with Israel.
Similarly, in Kosovo we are relying on secular terrorists to help us against the Islamists and Wahhabis who have now infiltrated the area, again with much thanks to our interventions. But the secular terrorists will do so only to the extent that suits them, and they’ve been playing a double game with us.
A recent CNS News item further illuminates the many Israel-Kosovo parallels:
American-born Pastor Isa Bajalia, whose parents come from Ramallah, told Cybercast News Service that his life has been threatened by a low-level P.A. official.
That official told him he would end up like Rami Ayyad, a Palestinian Bible Society worker who was stabbed and shot to death by unknown assailants in Gaza earlier this month, reportedly for refusing to convert to Islam.
The trouble started when some of the expatriate medical workers prayed for several Palestinians about two months ago. Since then, he has been under surveillance and received numerous threats, he said.
Bajalia thinks the threats may also be related to his attempts to sell a piece of family property.
Some Christians in the West Bank have complained that because they are a minority, Muslims feel free to encroach on their property and businesses without fear of recourse.
When the Christians approach the P.A. to complain, they receive no protection, they say.
Bajalia said that the American Consulate has not been forthcoming in dealing with the threats or even responding to his complaints, which he made more than a week ago.
A climate of fear prevails in Letnica just like all the other enclaves in Kosovo. It does not matter that they are Catholic Croats. Someone wants their land and their property and therefore they are legitimate targets. Some families in the village have suffered almost daily harassment and intimidation.
An Albanian man Haki Ahmeti from the village Komo Glava in Urosevac municipality bought a small piece of land from a Croat neighbour of Froka’s who had decided to leave. The land was on the bank of the river which ran under Froka’s house. Haki cut off part of the water to Froka’s mill. Froka took Haki to court. In November 2003 when Haki got the summons to go to court he attacked Froka in the street near his home and rammed the summons into Froka’s mouth. He called him vulgar names saying he would cut off his private parts. Froka reported the assault to the Kosovo Police Service who took statements and prepared a case for court. Two others from Letnica were witnesses. These were Marian Nikolic and Marko Kolic, who both told Froka that they were threatened by Haki to keep quiet. In court the judge said the case would be resolved if they shook hands and kept the peace in future. They did so but upon leaving the court only a few hundred metres from the court house Haki and his son attacked Froka and beat him up. Then and there, Froka decided to drop the case because of the threats. His friend Marko used to work in the mill but he is afraid to go there alone now. The Croat community is now afraid to report incidents and has no faith in the court system to defend their rights.
Haki Ahmeti wants Froka’s house, mill and the land…The court case did not dampen Haki’s enthusiam for intimidating and harassing Froka and the other Croats. In fact he has stepped up his campaign, as now his son helps him to intimidate the Croats. Haki always tells Froka that it does not matter what the court says, “We will get the mill in the end.”
Haki is now using the land that he bought from Froka’s neighbour to re-direct the course of the river. Froka took a second court case against him, this time because he was affecting the water supply to the mill. Haki beat up Froka in the street outside the court and warned Froka that he was not to sell the property to anyone, not even other Albanians as he, Haki, is the only one with the right to it Haki is using all of Froka’s land and the land of the other Croats who have left; they asked Froka to look after their land for them while they were gone.
The remaining Croats are afraid to work their land as Albanians both here and from across the border in Macedonia threaten them on a daily basis…The village has lost hope. More than 100 reports of harassment have been lodged with the authorities but not one case has been resolved and the reports make the Albanians even more angry. Albanians come to see Milorad every day to see if he will sell his house in Vitina. The Albanians graze their cattle on Froka’s land as if it is already theirs.
Kosovo Polje also witnessed another Albanian tactic to take over areas in towns. They would buy a house at either end of a street that they wanted to take over. The price could be astronomical. Soon after the owners of the houses between the two that had been sold would be bombarded with offers to sell up, usually at prices far below what they were worth. Those that did not take the offer were usually encouraged to sell through intimidation, harassment and midnight firebomb or grenade attacks. It was an effective way to clear the town of Serbs and anyone else who did not fit in. Today in 2007 the same pattern of cleansing is being played out and is very visible in the village of Novo Nasilije in Lipljan municipality. Novo Nasilije is a Serbian village; however the first large house at the entrance of the village is sporting a large Albanian flag which means that it has been sold. The pattern is that another similar type of house will be sold to Albanians at the other end of the street and then all the houses in between will end up selling for a much reduced sum. So are we to anticipate that the village of Novo Nasilije will go the same way as Kosovo Polje?
The agricultural land on both sides of the town of Kosovo Polje which was owned by Serbs was all sold between 1999 and 2007. In the face of the terrorist campaign against them they had no protection and were left with no choice but to leave under extreme pressure. This land has now been turned into an industrial zone with warehouses and workshops. After eight years, this once fertile agricultural land is unrecognisable, having being transformed into a major industrial complex. One UN source informed me that the majority of the properties were bought by Albanians from Bujanovac, Medvedja and Presevo, which is ironically classed as one of the poorest areas in south Serbia. No one ever asks where the money comes from. This area of south Serbia which is populated mainly by Albanians is renowned as the narcotics centre in the Balkans.
Now almost eight years after the terror began most of the housing and the land has been sold to Albanians. The Serbs were left with no choice but to sell. They lived a life of sheer hell. They were not protected by anybody.
In an area like Bresje on the edge of Kosovo Polje which until 1999 was virtually all Serbian, now there are very few Serbs. They do not feel safe and the young have left, only the elderly remain on the off chance that things might improve and they may be able to hold onto their property. They receive no protection. They only have a few shops where they can go to. They no longer have access to their green market. The Serbian population has been eradicated from Kosovo Polje. The few remaining Serbs lack most of all freedom of movement, economic opportunity, access to public services such as health or education; they even lack cultural freedom. What kind of peace is it that means you cannot feel safe to speak your own language in the street outside your own front door; that you cannot practice your own religion because the church is surrounded by barbed wire or burned down?
What choice have you but to leave when you cannot bring your children to school? What freedom have you when all traces of your culture has been wiped out in the space of a few years and you are told that you are the guilty? In Kosovo Polje not one murder has been solved. Incidents are still happening although of course, there are not so many Serbs or Roma to get rid of. KFOR is also gone or at least they are not as visible. The Kosovo Police Service (KPS) is now in charge but they are not trusted and in many cases it is clear to the victims that things happen with the assistance of some of the KPS. Between June 1999 and April 2004 seventeen Serbs were murdered in Kosovo Polje. A witness of the 17 March progrom in 2004 saw with his own eyes a KPS policeman taking part in the arson. One Slovenian policeman is still supposed to be investigating the events of the 17 March 2004 but no one has heard anything. The above mentioned witness was attacked that day by a mob but managed to escape to the Health Centre like others. His house was burned down the same day. There was a five thousand-strong mob which came to Kosovo Polje but no one from the “authorities” saw it.
[M]any previous citizens of Kosovo Polje live in nearby Ugljare village, in containers donated by the Russian government as Internally Displaced Persons, just several hundred meters away from their own homes. However, they do not feel safe moving back into their houses. The same is true of the Serbs in the nearby town of Obilic. Their houses are nearby but they cannot sleep there at night, it is not safe. The remaining Serbs of Obilic live in containers and are protected by the Slovak army.
Palestinians and Albanians. Just two secular Muslim societies.
From here the plan of the State Department-run U.S. is simple: When the Kosovo Albanians unilaterally declare independence in February, the U.S. will ask its friends to recognize the new “country.” Israel will be among those friends, and America will ask Israel to betray Serbia. Despite Israel’s currently firm stance in Serbia’s corner, Israel doesn’t often risk going against America, so there’s a chance it will fold and recognize Kosovo. If and when Israel betrays Serbia, America will betray Israel.
During the Holocaust, the Jews and the Serbs died together in concentration camps. It wasn’t caused by the world “doing nothing,” as we are often told. It was caused by decisions that the world made, and it’s making the same choices today. As I wrote last week, we are not in World War III or IV. We are in WWII.