Push for Kosovo independence reaches new low in credibility

Published on August 30, 2006

Category: News from the American Council for Kosovo

Terror bomb attack in Mitrovica; UNICEF deplores child trafficking; U.N. "mediator" betrays his anti-Serb bias; additional German intelligence revelations about criminal activities of Ceku, Thaci, Haradinaj

5. An August 29, 2006 Renew America column “Deception, Serbs, Islamic fascists, and a forgotten warning” by Mary Mostert. Mostert wrote: Orthodox Christian Serbs and Jews in Europe were slaughtered by the millions during the 20th century by Islamic, Christian and atheistic fascists and communists. Today Orthodox Christians and Jews, as a class or ethnic group, who survived the 20th century holocaust are portrayed in the media as the group that is responsible for ALL the problems in the former Yugoslavia or the Middle East while deceivers and murderers are treated as their victims…as millions follow self-proclaimed saviors of the media, in European capitols and the United Nations who proclaim world peace will somehow result if we only will placate and appease the masters of deceit who blow up their own children to kill Americans and Jews, behead Serbian monks, burn down Orthodox Christian Churches, put bombs in pizza parlors to kill teen-ager while claiming THEY are the ones being mistreated. While NATO and the European Union has not arrested any of the Islamic fascists in Kosovo who beheaded a monk and burned down over 150 Serbian churches, they seem to have convinced even many young Serbs that all will be well if they will only turn in Serb leaders who are accused of committing a genocide that strangely never produced dead bodies. Once those leaders are in the Hague, the promise is membership in the European Union — which is portrayed as the economic salvation for Serbs. Can world peace, be found through worldwide deception? I rather doubt it can.

4. A German Express article. Express reported: Express reports on its front page that an article published in Berliner Zeitung – based on information by the German Intelligence Service (BND) -- states that Agim Ceku, Hashim Thaci, Ramush Haradinaj and Xhavit Haliti are involved in criminal activities in Kosovo. Berliner Zeitung portrays the current situation and the future of Kosovo as grim, referring to a report developed by the BND in 2005. Based on this report, Kosovo’s senior local and international politicians are involved in organized crime and have no interest in a rule-of-law state. The goal of this organized crime network, the BND report says further, is to turn Kosovo into a “suitable political terrain” for their criminal activities. Seen from this perspective, according to the German newspaper, it will be difficult for the international community to “create genuine rule of law structures” in Kosovo. Even in the future, Kosovo “will have a key role as transition point of drugs towards Western Europe.”

3. Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica's Response to UN special envoy for Kosovo status talks Martti Ahtisaari's recent comments. Prime Minister Kostunica stated: Ahtisaari's statement that Serbs are guilty as a nation was quickly welcomed by the Kosovo Albanians who went along with it and threw an explosive device on innocent Serbian civilians in Kosovska Mitrovica. For this crime, the responsibility rests equally on Albanian terrorists and representatives of the international community who, by their doing or non-doing, support and encourage the Albanians. At the time when negotiations are taking place in a hope of finding a just and sustainable solution for the future status of Kosovo & Metohia, it is shocking and of great concern that Ahtisaari, special UN Envoy, should issue such statements. His mandate is to facilitate negotiations so that a compromise, a historically just and legally founded solution would be found. But, Ahtisaari seems to be doing everything the opposite.

2. An August 20, 2006 Adnkronos International article “Balkans: Chikd Trafficking on the Rise, UNICEF.” Adnkronos International reports: Child trafficking in the countries of southeast Europe, particularly in Serbia’s Kosovo province, has been on rise and is reaching worrying proportions, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday. In a report, Action to Prevent Child Trafficking in South-Eastern Europe, released in London, UNICEF stated that said that many children were smuggled from southeast Europe into west European countries, "to be used in the sex trade, slavery or for begging"…Kalavis praised Serbia's efforts in preventing child trafficking. “Serbia is a good example how to prevent child trafficking, because they are eliminating causes which make the children vulnerable,” Kalavis concluded.

1. An August 29, 2006 Accuracy in Media report, “The Real 9/11 Conspiracy” by Cliff Kincaid. Kincaid writes: the Clinton Administration was allied with radical Islam when it waged a war on Serbia and the CIA was ordered to assist the Kosovo Liberation Army, some of whose members were trained by bin Laden. That was 1999-two years before 9/11. One of many stories about such connections appeared in the Washington Times on May 4, 1999, and was written by Jerry Seper. It said, "Some members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which has financed its war effort through the sale of heroin, were trained in terrorist camps run by international fugitive Osama bin Laden...the KLA members, embraced by the Clinton administration in NATO's...bombing campaign to bring Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to the bargaining table, were trained in secret camps in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and elsewhere, according to newly obtained intelligence reports...The reports said bin Laden's organization, known as al-Qaeda, has both trained and financially supported the KLA. Many border crossings into Kosovo by 'foreign fighters' also have been documented and include veterans of the militant group Islamic Jihad from Bosnia, Chechnya and Afghanistan." After 9/11, Dollars for Terror, an important book by Swiss television journalist Richard Labeviere, explained in detail what was happening and how it had backfired on the U.S. He presented the thesis that the international Islamic networks linked to bin Laden were nurtured by elements of the U.S. intelligence community, especially during the Clinton years. This is a shocking view, but it puts other developments in perspective, such as Clinton support for radical Muslims in such places as Kosovo and Bosnia before that. The book also suggests that Islamic radicals, who were present in the U.S. in the 1990s and training to fly aircraft, were tolerated because it was believed that they were going to hit targets in other countries, not the United States. In other words, the CIA was actively assisting the bin Laden network, thinking it would serve U.S. interests. This background is necessary to consider the revelations about Able Danger, the secret military intelligence network that had apparent knowledge of the 9/11 hijackers being active in the U.S. Despite congressional hearings on this matter, much is still not known about Able Danger and who knew what about the presence of the 9/11 hijackers on American soil. But we do know that Rep. Curt Weldon, who has done the most in Congress to get to the bottom of this intriguing story, is being targeted for defeat by a number of former Clinton Administration officials and former CIA official Mary McCarthy. They have all contributed to his opponent Joseph Sestak. Do they have something to hide? In this context, 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 the Serbian province of Kosovo.

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Taken together, these items leave the already threadbare pro-independence justifications in tatters. The U.N. mediator stands revealed as an advocate for conferring state status on a gang of criminals and terrorists posing as leaders of a responsible civil administration. Meanwhile, the same "leaders" -- major figures in the supposedly disbanded "Kosovo Liberation Army" -- continue management of their criminal enterprises, which include the trafficking of children for sexual exploitation. To the extent feasible, ongoing terrorist attacks simply are ignored or explained away. The now-complete lack of credibility of the pro-independence agenda is attracting ever greater attention. In the short term, this will likely mean a renewed push for getting a predetermined "final status" through as soon as possible, to forestall further examination of what really is going on in Kosovo. That push will stall, however, as Serbia's democratic government continues to reject the illegal and immoral demand that Belgrade accede to the creation of an Islamic rogue state in Kosovo and the eradication of the remaining Christian Serbs. Meanwhile, as more people in the relevant countries, principally the United States, begin to catch on to what is happening in Kosovo, the supposedly "inevitable" result is looking less and less likely.

1. A terrorist bomb attack on Saturday August 26 in Mitrovica, the largest Christian Serbian enclave left in Kosovo, left nine people injured, including a British policeman serving with the international administration and a pregnant woman from the Netherlands. KLA leader Hashim "Snake" Thaci later met with a top U.S. diplomat in Pristina and minimized the significance of the attack, which is just the latest illustration of the terrorist and criminality rampant in the province. 2. UNICEF reports that child trafficking is on the rise in southeast Europe, particularly in Kosovo, while “Serbia is a good example how to prevent child trafficking, because they are eliminating causes which make the children vulnerable,” according to UNICEF regional director for southeast Europe, Maria Kalavis. UNICEF's regional director for South-Eastern Europe noted that the "traffickers themselves are very well organized, very flexible and very ruthless" -- and, it should be added, in Kosovo include leading figures in Muslim Albanian administration: Agim Ceku, Hashim Thaci, and Ramush Haradinaj. 3. The uproar in Serbia continues in Serbia regarding the biased, even racist, comment by UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Kosovo Marti Ahtisaari, to the effect that "the Serbs are guilty as a people" for the problems of Kosovo. The comment has provoked wide condemnation from all sectors of Serbian society, including the government and the Church, for assignment of ethnic collective blame. Mr. Ahtisaari's spokesman has sought to explain that the remark has been "taken out of context." So what would be the context -- except that Mr. Ahtisaari let slip his real agenda as a mediator in supposed negotiations over Kosovo's future? 4. The German newspaper Berliner Zeitung on August 7 revealed more details about last year's analysis by the German intelligence service BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) regarding the criminal activities of Kosovo's Muslim Albanian leadership. Among other revelations: that Ceku, Thaci, and Haradinaj meet regularly with other crimelords at Pristina's Grand Hotel to manage their joint criminal operations.

This week may have marked a new low in the vanishing credibility of the misguided effort to forcibly and illegally detach the province of Kosovo and Metohija from democratic Serbia. Among the key events and revelations:

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