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Islamic terror in Bosnia – follow-up and some background

On September I wrote here an article “Radical islamist network spreading in Balkans” describing some actual events in Bosnia-Herzegivina. Now a Croatian NGO Libertas made public statement in which it says that Croatians in Bosnia are victims of Bosnian Muslim terror and are asking Bosnian Croat political leadership to initiate a plan that will break up the Bosnian Federation entity and form a Croatian one.

Serbianna news headline on 11th Oct.2008 is quite informative – Islamic terror victimizing Bosnian Croats”. The statement of Libertas claims that “After several denary terror attacks on Croatian returnees in central Bosnia, after several murders of children of which the last was in Sarajevo and after the latest murder of Croats in FIS Vitez and relentless attacks on Croatian property in Bosnia, why hasn’t anyone been held accountable,”.

Some background

The Former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia James Bissett told in his article  “War on terrorism skipped the KLA” (look it from my Document library) that Bin Laden and radical Muslim groups had been deeply involved in the Balkans since the civil wars in Bosnia from 1992 to 1995. It was reported that Muslim authorities had issued a Bosnian passport to Osama bin Laden at the Bosnian embassy in Vienna in 1993.

Shaul Shay, an officer in the military Late intelligence of the Israeli Defense Forces and expert on international and fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, analyzes in his book “Islamic Terror and the Balkans” the growth of radical Islam in the Balkans. He shows how the war in Bosnia and the war in Kosovo provided the historical opportunity for radical Islam to penetrate the Balkans.

“After 9/11, when the US started examining the financing of terror organizations, it discovered that many of the Islamic charities that operated during and after the war in the Balkans were channeling “terror” money . A big chunk of that money that was supposed to be used for humanitarian purposes went to finance those  [Islamic terror] infrastructures, ” Shay stated.

For background information I could also recommend book “Unholy Terror: Bosnia, Al-Qa’ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad” by John R. Schindler.

Lessons learned

Western mainstream media (MSM) and reports of international organizations and NGOs have told many stories about capacity building of new multi-ethnic state with European perspective. The events now and earlier are forcing to ask if the picture created by MSM is the right one. I do not have that kind of illusion. Few remarks for future:

  • Are recent events describing wider ethnic intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and maybe Kosovo too where Islamic terror has some potential?
  • Can this situation give new perspective to one-sided (Serbs bad, others good ones) picture of Balkan wars?
  • Has international community right priorities while making capacity building and police operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina?
  • Has the artificial creature Bosnia-Herzegovina came to end of its road as federation?
  • Do possible three entities have any reason to hang together in same state or are more alluring prospects other side of the borders?



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7 thoughts on “Islamic terror in Bosnia – follow-up and some background

  1. zooropa says:

    Yeah you make some sense but it is too political for my taste if i could say.
    Look at bosnian local newspaper and read how many people are killed weekly or monthly basis,please do it…
    You’ll see all three religions are involved,but for some reason(it’s up to media)they make one killing more importent over another one.
    And also i don’t belive you wrote about people that are killed in Srebrenica but just to make my point straight…
    Those thing (read genocid – massive graves)are creating terorists and giving the reason for hate in this world.
    It is alright to have an opinion but it’s not alright to accuse and do nothing to prevent the same…
    We all should more involved helping and preventing another Bosnia,Ruwanda ,Somalia,Irak and etc by doing something not accusing or only talking about…

    Peace

  2. ida says:

    zooropa said: “Look at bosnian local newspaper and read how many people are killed weekly or monthly basis”

    Are there any online and in English? Fact is there were street gangs, drugs, and murderers in Bosnia long BEFORE the Bosnian war started. As a matter of fact the Bosnian Muslims used some hardened criminals, rapists and murderers in charge of their paramilitary/army – especially at first.

    The Bosnian Muslim commander in Srebrenica started off killing a Serbian judge by knifing him through the eye and then started a scorched earth policy on Serbian villages all around Srebrenica. The Bosnian Muslims even killed Serbian livestock to ethnically cleanse them.

    Naser Oric, the Muslim commander of Srebrenica, showed video tapes of what the Muslims did to Serbs and Serbian villages starting in spring 1992 – decapitated Serbs, burned villages, killings with explosives, knives, etc.

    They weren’t innocent, they weren’t disarmed and the killers like Oric went to Tuzla and Sarajevo after the fall. Nowadays you can find them in Austria and the U.S. as well as Bosnia.

    The media greatly exaggerated their death and uses those who died in combat and skimishes to up the total. They include those who died in Zepa too. Zepa was a nearby town with an army base as well.

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  5. learnquranonline1 says:

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    Islam is the religion of peace and The word “Islam” itself means “Submission to Allah.” The religion of Islam is not named after a person as in the case of “Christianity” which was named after Jesus Christ, “Buddhism” after Gutama Buddha , “Marxism” after Karl Marx, and “Confucianism” after Confucius.
    Similarly, Islam is not named after a tribe like “Judaism” after the tribe of Judah and “Hinduism” after the Hindus. The Arabic word “Islam” means the submission or surrender of one’s will to the will of the only true god worthy of worship, “Allah” (known as God “the Father” in Christianity).
    And Mosks are the place where we do our prayers
    “Whoever builds a Masjid, seeking Allah’s pleasure; Allah will build for him a similar place in Paradise.” (Al-Bukhari)
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    • Nellie says:

      “The Arabic word “Islam” means the submission or surrender of one’s will to the will of the only true god worthy of worship, “Allah” (known as God “the Father” in Christianity).”

      Anyone who believes this puke is an ignorant imbecile. There is no big guy in the sky, a.k.a. Allah. All religions are false, because they are all fiction invented by human beings. Not one religion in the world is the truth. Not one of them can explain the mysteries of the universe. Science comes the closest. Science is the only true religion. Yes, there are unknown and unknowable things in the universe, but trust me, Allah has NOTHING to do with it. So quit this ignorant nonsense and stop banging your head on the floor.

  6. Melisa Muslimovic says:

    from what i have read – yes, many Islamic countries assisted and helped Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Bosnian war, due to the fact that NO ONE OUT THERE IN THE WORLD WAS READY TO HELP. Europe just sat there, only a 1hour flight to most major cities to Europe is Bosnia and nothing came from them… Maybe due to the fact that Bosnia-Herzegovina was largely a Muslim country…

    In Bosnia you are Bosnian if you live in Bosnia-Herzegovina or in the ‘mistaken serbian republic’ of BiH. more needs to be done for coexistence in Bosnia, however how is this possible to control a country when there is serbia an Croatia involved in the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    pardon my french but serbia an croatia need to get the fcuk out of BiH and work on their own countries rather than trying to split Bosnia. Furthermore, Bosnia is not a Islamic state yet a country with a large Muslim presence and with rich Islamic history.

    Please tell me then why Europe an the rest of the world watched Bosnia-Herzegovina fall apart….. Cause they saw Bosnia as a Muslim country an no one cared… and thats the truth.

    for this to have happened in the 90’s an in Europe makes me sick an disgusted of World Leaders an World Wankers from America an Serbia.

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