Kosovo made a unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) today with recognition by Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany soon to follow under a plan of Slovenia, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union. Switzerland, Iceland and Norway will follow their lead along with Turkey, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and 56 Islamic nations. However, there is some opposition within the EU itself. Spain, Greece, Romania and Cyprus are opposed to Kosovo’s UDI fearing it will strengthen secessionist movements in their own countries. The strongest opponent to Kosovo independence remains Russia.

Russia and China have blocked approval of Kosovo’s UDI by the United Nations Security Council because they object to the loss of territory by a sovereign state without its consent. Kosovo makes up 15% of Serbian land. Russia has already indicated that they may change their
policy toward two breakaway regions in the former Soviet republic of Georgia if the West recognizes Kosovo's independence. Even Bill Clinton’s former U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke admits American policy towards Kosovo is heading for a train wreck with Russia.

But why has the Bush Administration pushed for
independence in Kosovo? How does an independent Kosovo serve American national security interests? Why are we further straining our relationship with Russia over Kosovo when we could be concentrating on Iran, Iraq and North Korea?

Kosovo not ready for statehood

United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has governed Kosovo since 1999. Kosovo has all the makings of a bankrupt, corrupt, failed regime. Unemployment in Kosovo ranges from 50% to 70%. 60% of its trade is dependent on Serbia, which is not a friendly partner at this point. In November, the European Commission concluded that corruption is still widespread and remains a major problem. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) has been involved in the drug trade, the sex trade and arms trade in Europe. There is also a huge backlog of war crimes cases.

Under UNMIK authority in Kosovo over 150 churches, many dating back to the 13th century, have been destroyed in Kosovo. At the same time, more than 300 Wahhabi mosques have been built, funded by nations such as Saudi Arabia. You can watch video of one desecration
here. These are not isolated incidents - the church desecration continues as part of the political strategy of the ethnic Albanians.

UNMIK efforts to suppress the Christian persecution in Kosovo have been a "complete failure," according to former diplomats. Over 200,000 Serbians have been expelled from Kosovo under UNMIK’s watch. Ethnic Albanians have committed over
7000 hate crimes, 581 Serbs have been killed (104 other minorities), 841 have been kidnapped and 960 wounded. 18,000 homes have been destroyed and 27,000 homes have been taken by ethnic Albanians. Mass graves of Serbs killed by Albanians were still being uncovered as late as 2005. Rewarding this kind of violence with full independence will only stoke the flames of ethnic separatism all over the world.

Serbian President
Boris Tadic, a moderate who favors a good relationship with the U.S. and the EU said, "Serbia will never recognize the independence of Kosovo. Serbia has reacted and will react with all peaceful, diplomatic and legal means to annul this act committed by Kosovo's institutions. I appeal to all our citizens in Serbia and in Kosovo to be led by reason." Tadic wants to defend Serbia’s sovereignty through democratic means and diplomacy and has dismissed reacting with violence or war. But Tadic barely won re-election this month, 51% to 47%, by defeating a former communist favoring a hard line with Kosovo. Had Kosovo’s UDI been declared prior to the Serbian elections Tadic surely would have been defeated.

Terrorist ties and their reach to America

Remember the foiled terrorist attack against soldiers in Fort Dix, NJ? The NY Times and the rest of the MSM are probably counting on the fact that you don’t. Six radical Muslim jihadists planned to kill as many soldiers as possible at Fort Dix. Four of the six men were ethnic Albanians from Kosovo.

One of the suspects said he knew the base
like the back of his hand and it would be easy form them to “get the most soldiers killed”. After the NATO bombing in 1999, the Clinton administration brought the ethnic Albanian refugees to Fort Dix. They were issued refugee status, immediately received green cards and were eligible to apply for citizenship in one year.

Investigators said that part of their planning was captured on tape. "Who is going to take care of my wife and kids?" one suspect asked. "Allah will take care of your wife and kids,” another suspect responded. Investigators described them as disciples of Osama Bin Laden.

Agron Abdullahu, an ethnic Albanian who was here “legally” and stands accused of arming the Fort Dix suspects, carved two things in his prison cell: the initials of the KLA and a drawing of a machine gun firing on the word “FBI”. Another Albanian suspect, Eljvir Duka, wrote a note passed to another inmate stating “Now you see why we are going to sacrifice all for the sake of Allah in jihad”.

The Clinton Administration fully supported the jihad in Kosovo, which was supported, financed and
co-opted by Al Qaeda. After the war, the U.S. welcomed the members of KLA and others to enter the country with few questions asked.

Kosovo’s new Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, was the leader of the
Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). They financed their war effort through one of the largest heroin smuggling operations in the world and were trained in terrorist camps run by Osama bin Laden according to intelligence reports. Members of the Mujahideen were smuggled into Kosovo to join the fighting. The U.S. State Department once classified the KLA as a terrorist organization, bankrolled by Osama Bin Laden, which used terrorist tactics against Serbian and ethnic Albanian civilians. Now the U.S. State Department advocates recognition of their unilateral declaration of independence.

A Multi-ethnic Kosovo?

Major General Lewis MacKenzie commanded UN Troops during the Bosnian war. He said, “The Kosovo-Albanians have played us like a Stradivarius. We have subsidized and indirectly supported their violent campaign for an ethnically pure and independent Kosovo. We have never blamed them for being the perpetrators of the violence in the early '90s and we continue to portray them as the designated victim today in spite of evidence to the contrary. When they achieve independence with the help of our tax dollars combined with those of bin Laden and al-Qaeda, just consider the message of encouragement this sends to other terrorist-supported independence movements around the world.”

I believe that history will judge President Bush kindly when it comes to the Global War on Terror. Unfortunately, his blind spot to the existing and potential dangers in Kosovo will be one of his grave missteps. What can we expect from our next President? I guess we have to Hope for the future, a future filled with Hope.
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6 Response to 'Welcome to Kosovo: The First Jihadist State in the Heart of Europe'
  1. Anonymous
    http://landofdafree.blogspot.com/2008/02/welcome-to-kosovo-first-jihadist-state.html?showComment=1203328800000#c3395636028577619476'> February 18, 2008 at 4:00 AM

    This article should have been in NY Times, the theme could have been in national American press. Lack of it means America is not the utopia it seems outwardly... There are dumb and vicious politically motivated idiots who have managed to influence USA.

    I used to be a 'temporary worker' in USA ( Right now almost unemployed 'high tech' person ) during kosovo war. Bill Clinton had no consistent logic on it...They sold the population about this war using words ( 'Thug' for milloslevic). The WSJ endorsed the war ! What? Yes, the news papers endorsed a war, as if they themselves were news makers or analysts. Later I found out, all newspapers are managed by people, more often by incompetent people who are rather loose and want to extract their pound of flesh, spread their dirt for mere act of reporting. WSJ was an eye opener, it endorsed a war !

    NY Times and all others were liberal ! I watched TV, read news papers... the only sensible American entity out there through those days was John McCain... ( Vote for him ! ).

    Until a day before the clinton attack, John McCain was the lone American who thought there may be a question on that war... why is that war ?

    Soon the war started and American patriotism was on display...a physically handicapped person from a network was in Kosovo to rally troop morales...no question on the war that was won by America.

    Back to Mr John MaCain... he was right to be asking reasons for the war...The major rational for war was late discovery of a mass grave with 30 odd albanians...( or KLA army?), unanswered questions on mass grave, its implication for America and the world..., in spite of that it was generalized into an epic by clinton. The logic would have been appropriate for friend clinton to have a fight with our friend milloslevic...But the most advanced nation was reigning bombs on the pretext of clintons child like assertion !

    What a loss of faith on the affairs of the world .

    John McCain agreed to the war just because Americans were fighting it ( Evaluate the CNN interview the day before the Kosovo war).

    Here in this blog, You are another American (?) who think the mythical stories fed by American press could be questionable ? A Bunch who survived on heroine smuggling and doing illegal massacres that NATO wouldn't do are the leaders of a country ?

    [Sorry for my english. I don't have time to review it. I liked your post... thank you].


  2. Eric Dondero
    http://landofdafree.blogspot.com/2008/02/welcome-to-kosovo-first-jihadist-state.html?showComment=1203335580000#c5321004491720569585'> February 18, 2008 at 5:53 AM

    Thanks for the info. This is greatly troubling. I had no idea that the Fort Dix Six were Kosovo-based. Funny how the liberal media has dropped that story.

    Eric Dondero, CEO


  3. StormWarning
    http://landofdafree.blogspot.com/2008/02/welcome-to-kosovo-first-jihadist-state.html?showComment=1203337500000#c6829444419422352185'> February 18, 2008 at 6:25 AM

    No, I don't think that history will judge President Bush "kindly" when it comes to the War on Terror. He lost focus, and as a result, terrorism is spreading, not abating. That is partially because we, as Americans, do not understand the reasons for the rise of jihad. Beyond Kosovo (which I await proof of your assertion that it is a jihadist state), this President has had a number of blind spots. He's had seven years to prove it (since Sept. 11th). Some of the advice he's been given (and followed) since that day has been good (like removing Hussein). Others of those decisions, I will leave to history to judge.


  4. StormWarning
    http://landofdafree.blogspot.com/2008/02/welcome-to-kosovo-first-jihadist-state.html?showComment=1203386880000#c2323908381185837121'> February 18, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Setting aside for the moment that I left a comment earlier this morning and it hasn't been approved (yet), I have a few questions.

    Kosovo, while largely Muslim, is acknowledged as pro-West. That, plus GWB came out in favor it its independence today. Many Kosovans are ethnic Albanians.

    Finally, I'm not sure where you got the information about the Ft. Dix Six. Yes, four of them came from the "former Yugoslavia" but actually from Macedonia, Albania - and Turkey and Jordan.

    I'll check back.


  5. Land of Da Free
    http://landofdafree.blogspot.com/2008/02/welcome-to-kosovo-first-jihadist-state.html?showComment=1203394440000#c4473927394302364824'> February 18, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Storm Warning, I think everything was laid out clearly and concisely in my post. Ethnic Albanians make up 95% of Kosovo. They are pro-West because the West bombed the Serbs into submission and stood by and did nothing as they went on to expel 200,000 Serbs and destroy 150 Christian churches.

    Four of the Ft. Dix suspects were ethnic Albanians. Agron Abdullah was a sniper in Kosovo and wrote "KLA" on his prison cell. The 3 Duka Brothers are ethnic Albanians, they were born in a town called Debar which is part of modern Macedonia - but Albanians believe it to be part of the Kosovo region and Greater Albania.

    Remember when George Bush visited Albania and had his watch stolen in the rope line? Even though it was caught on videotape, Bush's press secretary denied that Bush's watch was stolen. They didn't want Albania to receive bad press. It's the same reason the government refers to them as from the former Yugoslavia - they don't want Kosovo to get bad press.


  6. Anonymous
    http://landofdafree.blogspot.com/2008/02/welcome-to-kosovo-first-jihadist-state.html?showComment=1203429000000#c413023597068069882'> February 19, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    An article in washington post warns the dictators about the unintended consequence - No orthodox church is safe in Serbia. Compare this with the extreme concerns of proprietry and respect ( when KLA/albania was active) when the british , clinton and media, lunched a war.

    Today the serbs are driven out from their from their homeland, hundreds of serbian churches are vandalized, serbian homes are occupied.... and these hapless destruction of a nation serves as an righteous example...an example to be remembered as a fine punishment, as a law of unintended consequence.

    I am not Serbian, but due to some reason, it is painful to read Serbian exodus from Kosovo- You leave your house where your grand parents were born, just because it was unbearable and threatening.

    I would have the same feeling if villagers from Saddam's birth place are bombed, and driven out just because of their pride in their village. The comparison ends here... in spite of some Shia radicals in Iraq.

    Law of unintended consequence, as WP article mentions mayn't recognize the brits as a superior power. Fortunately there is a british priest who support sharia ! Let Sharia be unto Londonistan 20 years later.