Friday, 9 July 2010

What I've learned from the Srebrenica massacre

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre when 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were murdered by Serbian forces. This was one of the very few ethnic conflicts where there was unalloyed good on one side, unalloyed bad on the other.

The goodness was personified by the Bosnian Muslim leader Alija "Grandpa" Izetbegovic. I'm sure most of you will recall that he was lionised by the western media and political elite. For example:

Newsweek magazine: "The government of Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic…has always been committed to a multiethnic society."

. Knight-Ridder: " [Izetbegovic is] struggling for democracy, human rights, and a multiethnic country."
Warren Zimmerman, former US Ambassador to Yugoslavia "Izetbegovic was…A devout Muslim but no extremist, he consistently advocated the preservation of a multinational Bosnia."
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He was such a good moderate tolerant inclusive guy that NATO intervened on his behalf, repeatedly and massively bombed the Bosnian Serbs, allowed Iranian weapons reach Izetbegovic's army and facilitated the import foreign mujahideen into Bosnia.
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And of course such help ensured that the good guys, the moderates, won. Which is just as well. For example, could you just imagine if the nutcase responsible for the following ravings had seized power instead?
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The Islamic Order is the union of religion and politics and [means] the impossibility of confusing the Islamic Order with the non-Islamic systems, the unity of religion and law, education and force, ideals and interests, spiritual society and State…the Muslim does not exist at all as an independent individual. There is no secular principle, and the State must be for Muslims the scrupulous expression of the moral and conceptual pillar of the religion."
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"It is not in fact possible for there to be any peace or coexistence between ‘the Islamic Religion’ and non-Islamic social and political institutions…"

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This same raving fundamentalist quotes approvingly from Mein Kampf the Koran to the effect that “the killing of an infidel pleases Allah and association with them is a graver sin than murder."
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And finally, on taking power “the Islamic movement may, or rather should, begin by seizing power as soon as it possesses a good measure of moral and numerical strength, allowing it not only to overthrow the non-Islamic power, but also to establish the new Islamic power."
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Ok, you can probably see where I'm going with this. And yes, the nutcase in question is the same moderate democratic tolerant Alija Izetbegovic. All the extracts are from his Islamic Manifesto, which was reissued in the early 1990s just before Bosnia was about to explode. So he made no secret of his views and plans. They were there for everyone to see.
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Yet the western MSM outdid themselves in grovelling dhimmitude to explain it all away. The Financial Times informed its readers that the Manifesto was “a political tract which sought to reconcile European democratic principles with (Sunni) Islamic teaching.”
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The Hero of Sarajevo

Another myth constructed by the MSM was that of The Hero of Sarajevo. This fantasy had Izetbegovic remaining in Sarajevo throughout the brutal Serbian siege, risking his life and those of his family daily. Agence France-Presses claimed Izetbegovic as a “hero of Muslim resistance…who led his country to independence, won worldwide sympathy by running the government from sandbagged buildings during the … siege of Sarajevo, and “walked to his office through the bombardment… under constant threat from artillery and sniper attacks.”
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But Bosnia became only a ruined protectorate, and Izetbegovic’s alleged heroics were a media ploy. In reality, Izetbegovic ordered thousands of Sarajevo residents to work and live under constant threat, allowing only those with special government permits to leave the city, while his family was sent to safety and he himself retreated into a bunker. If the city was the Serbs’ hostage, its residents were Izetbegovic’s.
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The old bastard finally croaked in 2003, to much joyous acclaim from his Croatian and Serbian fellow countrymen. The death was the occasion for the MSM to get off on another orgy of adulation, with a reprise of all the earlier bullshit. We had Reuters assuring us that “Izetbegovic never wanted war as the price of Bosnia’s independence”, while the BBC, on cue, that he had “worked desperately to preserve [Yugoslavia]”. This latter comment was so grotesquely and demonstrably inaccurate, such a monstrous reversal of the truth, that it must be attributed solely to malign intent.
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The lesson I take from the Izetbegovic myth has little to do with him or his so-called country. It is that the messages we get from the MSM and the political elites are not just useless and unreliable, they are for the most part deliberate distortions. In further reinforces my commitment, and hopefully yours, to continue to seek the truth from less conventional sources.

20 comments:

Henry IX said...

You shouldn't have been surprised at this Savant.

Anonymous said...

The opponents of this hero of democracy also had a habit of permanently disappearing.

Anonymous said...

Bosnia/Kosovo - coming to a country near you soon

Anonymous said...

we went to yugoslavia croatia 15 years back to visit medjgorie and found that the croations were not that friendly to americans at all or for that matter to anyone, the serbs we met were friendly and had a sense of humour, lest we forget that serbs were our allies in ww11 and hid downed us and brit airmen whereas the croats would turn them over to their german handlers for a reward.remember the utasche and the butcher ante pavolac the croat butcher who collected human eyes in a wicker basket.the list goes on what the croats did along with their muslim brethren who they then turned on and murdered when time was ripe.

George said...

Savant, Izetbegovic's screed first appeared in 1970. Another little-publicized fact about "the Hero of Sarajevo" was his WWII affiliation with a Bosnian Muslim Waffen SS unit. Yes, our "hero" fought against, and killed, American and other Allied soldiers. After the war he was given a light (5 years!)sentence for war crimes under a Tito reconcilition court. If he was executed then,(as he should have been), the Balkans would arguably have dismembered a little more peacefully

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Serbs are always seen as the bad guys. In my view this is because they were seen as too close to the Russians culturally. Therefore they're bad.

And yes, the Croats were, and are, bastards.

Anonymous said...

Hi there.

The Bosnian/Serb thing is something I know very little about. My most vivid memory of it was an image of a dark-haired twelve-year-old girl -- in little plaid skirt and white blouse -- shot by a sniper and lying dead in the rubble, eyes open and looking amazingly peaceful.

One of the most tragic images I've ever seen, which is probably why it has stuck with me for all these years.

Met quite a few Yugo/Bosnia refugees in South Africa in the nineties as the war was winding down. Every one I met was a great person. Very reticent to talk about the war, though. Guess you can't blame them.

Any recommended reading on the real history of the breakup?

Needless to say, I do not mean anything from the arsewipe MSM.

Cheers to all.

Uncle Nasty

Anonymous said...

Absolutely spot-on, Savant. Anything from the MSM has to be checked and double-checked.

Potgieter

Anonymous said...

Uncle Nasty,

Here's an interesting one I read the other day

http://www.alternativeright.com/main/the-magazine/the-genocide-myth/

Michael said...

I have always looked upon Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic as heroes!
They wisely recognized the writing on the wall of the multicultural delusion and simply did what needed to be done to preserve their culture and way of life. As another poster pointed out "Bosnia/Kosovo - coming to a country near you soon"
This applies especially to Europe as hordes of the religion of peace are welcomed into her midst.

George said...

Uncle Nasty, here is an interesting, recent, article that is interesting and informative. From there you can link to other authors, particularlt Diana West, who has done much research into the Yugoslav issue.

http://www.alternativeright.com/main/the-magazine/the-genocide-myth/

Anonymous said...

http://survivalblog.com/

Anonymous said...

had a neighbors kid who was on a carrier in the Adriactic sea while blow job clinton was us pres,they had orders to fly off and bomb serb targets of opportunity and one sat morning they saw a local commuter trai crosing a bridge and l et go with air to ground missilesand after the hit they came back exillarated with much talk of how it must of been troops, supplies etc etc,it came out the following monday that the train was taking kids home from a outing in the next town and 90 percent were doa.someone got hold of the photos of rescuers and victims and posted them in ships ready room. captain was outraged but the damage was done, two pilots atemmpted suicide and 3 requested to resign commisions and a near mutiny ensued when pilots refused to fly anymore sorties against serbs without 100 percent factual knowledge,if the serbs once loved us they sure hated us after that,bosnia was a ethnic cultural religious war we shouldnt have got involved in in the ist place.

blueboy said...

anon said "bosnia was a ethnic cultural religious war we shouldnt have got involved in in the ist place."

EXACTLY!

kulak said...

The Hero of Sarajevo

RW: Speaking of "High Noon," that was the one you won the Oscar for, along with Harry Gerstad.

EW: All Harry did on the film was carry the film from my cutting room up to Stanley Kramer’s house. That’s his entire contribution. That is all he did.

RW: Really!

EW: What happened is…he knew I had been the editor on the film. With no help at all. Kramer had moved to Columbia and was left with "High Noon" at Motion Picture Center. Harry had a contract with Kramer as the head of his editorial department. Part of his contract was that every film Kramer made, he would get screen credit. I went to the Academy to protest in this case, because he had nothing to do with it. But he walked up and shared the Academy Award. But the Academy said that anyone who gets screen credit, as far as they were concerned was eligible. They admitted that there are a lot of people in the industry who get Academy Awards who have nothing to do with the films. Probably the biggest demonstration of that is Cedric Gibbons. He was the head of the art department at MGM. This was in the days when MGM was making all of the best pictures. Gibbons used to get screen credit. When I left Hollywood he had about sixteen Oscars, just because he was the head of the art department. But, that’s the way things are.

Otto said...

Funny, my experience with those from the former Yugoslavia has been the exact opposite. Surly, easily, take offence, a very bad attitude to women and extreme violence lurking unbder the surface.

Anonymous said...

Otto all the violence at the Australian Open Tennis has been between ...?

Otto said...

anon 17.18......between Serbs and Croats, bringing their ancient squabbles into the New World!

Anonymous said...

It burns me up to this day what we (Americans) inflicted on Serbia. The Muslims sought the help of top US public relations firms from the beginning. There is too much evidence suggesting Muslims shelled their own people (breadline massacre) and blamed the Serbs. The media pumped this crap through the televisions endlessly, and most Americans bought it. Then we ran some 70-80 days of air strikes against Serbian MILITARY ASSETS ? Get real - No; we were hitting Civilian targets, period.

No doubt people on all sides died miserable deaths, but the Serbs were absolutely demonized in this one.

Mike

SAVANT said...

Uncle N. I found 'The Serbs" by T Judah pretty good. main focus obviously was on the Serbs, but just as obviously it had to cover the whole region.