Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Balkan Wars Loom on the Horizon

Strategic Culture Foundation
February 3, 2010

New Balkan Wars Loom on the Horizon
Pyotr Iskenderov

-[T]he plan for a final solution for North Kosovo is similar to the one Georgian President M. Saakashvili had in mind launching an attack against South Ossetia in August, 2008. Even the stated objectives – the restoration of the constitutional jurisdiction in Saakashvili's wording – is the same in both cases.

The contours of the Kosovo separatists' plan to suppress the Serbian resistance in the northern part of the province with the help of the US and the EU are becoming increasingly visible.

The statements emanating from Pristina and the intensifying international debates over the Kosovo theme do not only show that the Albanian separatists are preparing an attack against their opponents but also give an idea of its potential scenario, the distribution of roles in it, and the extent to which Hashim Thaci and other former leaders of the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army are relying on international support in the process.

The debates at the January 22 open session of the UN Security Council on Kosovo were unprecedentedly heated. It was the first time since the summer of 2007 (when Russia managed to derail the Resolution recognizing Kosovo independence, proposed by the West on the basis of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari's plan) that the parties to the dispute over Kosovo defined their positions with such utmost clarity.

There was an impression that the world's major powers were speaking different languages. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the US, and West European countries “urged flexibility” in admitting Kosovo to regional and international mechanisms and forums, whereas Russia and Serbia regarded the approach as an attempt to dilute the role of the UN in the province and to legitimize its independent status.

The discussions were centered around Pristina's so-called final solution plan for North Kosovo, which Thaci inadvertently unveiled several days prior to the session. He said the plan was being drafted jointly with international representatives and was aimed at strengthening what he called Kosovo sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Thaci said 2010 would be the year of consolidation for Kosovo. The priorities in the framework of the plan include the elimination of Serbian self-government established in Kosovska Mitrovica and nearby Serbian communities based on the May, 2008 elections held in accordance with the laws of Serbia. Another blow will be dealt to Serbian police forces and the custom service, which at the moment are maintaining at least partial control over the traffic across the administrative border between Kosovo and the rest of Serbia.

NATO's KFOR deployed in Kosovo will render military assistance to Albanians. There is information that on the whole the corresponding decision was made during Commander of Joint Force Command Naples, Admiral Mark Fitzgerald's January visit to Kosovo, after which he described the Serbian self-government as... a threat to the security of Kosovo. “All violations of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 pose a threat to security. Since the resolution does not approve of parallel institutions, they are cause for concern”, said Fitzgerald.

Pristina's priority is international support for the operation, which the US and the EU are supposed to ensure. The US will be blocking attempts by Russia and China to have a response resolution passed by the UN Security Council. At the same time Brussels will be exerting ever greater pressure on Serbia to make it deny support to the Serbs of Kosovo and seal off the border with the province so as not let Serbian volunteers reach Albania.

Chances are that the operation will be launched already this April after the International Court of Justice issues an indefinite verdict on the Kosovo independence and the establishment of the Mitrovica municipality headed by Albanians and the few Serbs ready to cooperate with them.

Serbia's pro-Western President Boris Tadic spoke with great caution of the anti-Serbian plan harbored by Pristina, NATO, and the EU, essentially saying little more than that the “final solution” promised nothing good to the Kosovo population. Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to UN I. Shcherbak was much more outspoken. He said that from Russia's standpoint it is necessary to stop decisively any attempts to float concepts harmful to Kosovo regardless of their source, as they do not only breach UN Security Council Resolution 1244 but also destabilize the province and provoke tensions.

There is information that the plan was co-authored by EU Special Representative and UN Civil Administration head Peter Feith. The Administration was established in the spring of 2008, shortly after the declaration of Kosovo independence and its recognition by the US and major EU counties.

The Administration that no UN documents regulate comprises representatives of 14 EU and NATO countries and Switzerland, which are implementing the Ahtisaari plan, a EU brainchild the UN Security Council never approved.

It is noteworthy that Kosovo separatist government foreign minister Skender Hyseni who represented Kosovo at the UN Security Council session made no comments concerning the plan for the northern part of Kosovo. Speaking to the media after the session, he claimed without elaborating that the EU mission and the Civic Administration were not promoting any final solution for North Kosovo.

A survey of recent developments leads to the conclusion that the blueprint for suppressing the Serbian resistance in Kosovo is being drafted at a level much higher than that of the province. Given its basic parameters (a snap offensive supported by the NATO and EU pseudo-peacekeepers with international political backing plus the installation of a puppet administration), the plan for a final solution for North Kosovo is similar to the one Georgian President M. Saakashvili had in mind launching an attack against South Ossetia in August, 2008. Even the stated objectives – the restoration of the constitutional jurisdiction in Saakashvili's wording – is the same in both cases.

Even earlier, in August, 1995, a similar scenario was imposed on the Serbs of Krajina when Croatia sent regular army forces to attack them while the US and the EU backed the operation diplomatically. Actually, at that time the diplomatic support played no practical role as neither Yugoslavia nor the Russian leadership demonstrated any will to help Serbian Krajina in its tragedy....

It is hard to predict the outcome of the current developments as the Bosnian front, no less important to Serbs, Russia, and the Orthodoxy, is likely to gain a place on the map of the new Balkan war alongside the Kosovo one. Outgoing Croatian President Stipe Mesic said the Republic's army should launch an offensive against the Bosnian Serb Republic in case it holds a Kosovo-style self-determination referendum.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Another Nazi Who Converted to Islam

Another Nazi Who Converted to Islam

Posted by Julia Gorin

I submitted a letter to the editor at Miami Herald about the writer’s insertion of the adjective “Jewish” to describe the concentration camps at Jasenovac, but in the meantime there is another point to make about the same article, which appeared last month:

Nazi hunter, speaking in Miami, chronicles his triumphs and frustrations

Minutes after a judge in Croatia condemned Dinko Sakic in 1999 to 20 years in prison for crimes committed during World War II, a man came up to Efraim Zuroff and told him he only had two words for him: “Thank You.'’

Zuroff, 61, a Nazi hunter from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, had captured Sakic in Argentina, where the head of Jasenovac, the largest Jewish extermination camp in Croatia, had been living for years.

The man who approached Zuroff in court was the brother of Milan Boskovic, who Sakic was believed to have executed with his own hands.

“That was one of the happiest moments of my career,'’ Zuroff said during a three-day visit to Miami to promote his book Operation Last Chance, which chronicles his quest to bring Nazi criminals to justice during three decades.

Zuroff appeared Monday night at Florida International University…Zuroff, the last of a small legion of men who hunted down Nazis through five continents, is working against the clock, well aware that almost seven decades since the Holocaust, few Nazis remain alive.

That’s why in 2002, Zuroff launched an offensive called Operation Last Chance, which offers financial rewards up to $10,000 for information that leads to the conviction and punishment of Nazi war criminals. The project has led to the names of 520 suspected Nazi officials, 100 of which have been submitted to local prosecutors.

One of the most frustrating setbacks of Zuroff’s career occurred last summer, he said.

For more than two years, he had been following leads on the whereabouts of Aribert Heim — an Austrian doctor nicknamed “Dr. Death'’ because he removed the organs of Jewish prisoners without using anesthesia. The Wiesenthal Center offered a $500,000 reward for Heim’s capture.

But relatives of Heim’s and other witnesses told The New York Times that in 1992, he had died of rectal cancer in Cairo, where he had lived and converted to Islam — and also changed his name to Tarek Hussein Farid.

German police confirmed that a suitcase found at the Hotel Kasr el-Madina, in Cairo, where Heim lived, contained letters and legal and financial records that linked Heim to the suitcase.

Zuroff refuses to close the case because he doubts any information provided by relatives of Nazi officials. […]

So let’s make a note of yet another Nazi who converted to Islam. What did he see in Islam that was of a kindred spirit for a Jew-hater/killer?

Indeed, it is well known that in addition to Latin America, the Middle East was also a destination for fleeing Nazis. In the now virulently anti-Semitic regions of Latin America and the Middle East, the Nazis had set about indoctrinating the local populations into the National Socialist ideology, and grooming new leaders. At the same time, according to Chuck Morse, it wasn’t until Hitler met with the Jerusalem mufti that his plan to exile the Jews became a plan to exterminate the Jews. Leading to the question: Who’s been converting whom?

I opened the post by saying that I submitted a letter to the Miami Herald about the writer’s description of Jasenovac as a “Jewish concentration camp.” It’s been a month since I sent that later and so it’s probably safe to say that it will not be published. So I’ll reproduce it here for the paper’s embarrassment:

Dear Editor:

Daniel Shoer Roth’s piece (“Nazi hunter, speaking in Miami, chronicles his triumphs and frustrations,” Nov. 16) included the sentence “Zuroff…had captured [Dinko] Sakic in Argentina, where the head of Jasenovac, the largest Jewish extermination camp in Croatia, had been living for years.”

Jasenovac, the third-largest concentration camp system of WW2 — and conspicuously the least known — was not a “Jewish” camp. It was set up by the Croatians to liquidate Serbs, more than 500,000 of whom perished there in methods so barbaric that the comparatively humanitarian Germans had to put an end to the madness of their Croatian allies — the Ustashe, as the Croatian regime was called. (The Germans did so because the stories were causing revolts in Yugoslavia’s countryside.) The 40,000 Jews and 10,000 gypsies plus many anti-fascist Croats who died at Jasenovac were mere garnish around the main platter — Serbs. The Croatians were assisted not only by Croatian-Catholic clergy acting as guards and executioners, but by Bosnian Muslims serving at the camps and in their own Nazi divisions, set up by Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin el-Husseini.

As a Jew, I take exception to the widespread and concerted effort to cover up the Holocaust of the Serbian people in WWII — a genocide that led directly to the 1990s Balkan wars when, upon Croatia’s and Bosnia’s illegal secessions and border usurpations from Yugoslavia, Serbs living there suddenly found themselves under the rule of the very people who slaughtered their families. Survival dictated seceding from the secessionists. This is what caused the wars, and not some guy named Milosevic, as the thorough indoctrination goes.

One has to wonder about the insertion of the adjective “Jewish” before the words “concentration camp” to begin with, particularly when its absence would have rendered the sentence entirely inconspicuous. Call it an error, but please note that it’s thanks to the diligent placement of inaccuracies and omissions like this over the past 20 years of Balkans coverage that we arrived at the very surreal point of wartime Croatian president Franjo Tudjman and Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic being invited to the 1993 dedication ceremony of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The latter was a recruiter for Hitler in his youth and wrote a supremacist tract titled “The Islamic Declaration.” The former was a Holocaust minimizer who in his book The Wastelands of Historical Reality blamed Jews for their fates at Jasenovac, and who as president praised the Ustashe and tried to re-bury their remains at a memorial where Jewish victims lay. (He also called Jews “Judeo-Nazis” for their “genocidal” policies toward Palestinians.) At the Holocaust Museum itself, none of the Croatians’ or Bosniaks’ handiwork — either against Jews or Serbs — was visible among the extensive displays. Instead, the museum’s walls depicted Croatians and Bosniaks as the exclusive victims of the current wars in their region, and Serbs as the exclusive culprits. Imagine: a Holocaust museum promoting a contemporary agenda.

But Mr. Roth deserves credit for not shying away from mentioning that the Nazi whom the hunter still seeks — the possibly deceased Austrian doctor who removed Jewish organs without anesthesia — moved to Cairo and converted to Islam. Indeed, it was shortly after his meeting with the Jerusalem mufti that Hitler’s plan to exile the Jews transformed into a plan to exterminate them instead.