Skip to comments.TERRORISM: AL-QAEDA THREATENS EUROPE FROM BALKANS, SAY EXPERTS
Posted on 04/28/2005 7:38:01 AM PDT by Destro
TERRORISM: AL-QAEDA THREATENS EUROPE FROM BALKANS, SAY EXPERTS
Belgrade, 28 April (AKI) A group of prominent right-wing American analysts, supported by several Serbian academics, have claimed that the greatest terrorist threat to Europe comes from the Balkans, particularly from Bosnia and Kosovo which still maintain links to al-Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist organisations. The experts were delegates at a two day conference, sponsored by the Belgrade University, that attracted terrorism specialists from the region, the United States and Europe.
Yosef Bodansky, the director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Conventional Warfare in Washington, said that the Balkans was a springboard for Islamic extremism in Europe and that Iran was the main driving force behind it.
According to Bodansky, Iran was among leading countries that finance and support Islamic terrorism directed against the United States and Europe. The final goal of Islamic terrorist groups and organizations is to turn America into an Islamic republic and to secure world domination through it, Bodansky told the meeting.
Gregory Copley, director of the Washington Institute for Strategic Studies, a leading neo-conservative think-tank which many oberservers say reflects the position of some of President George W. Bush's top officials, also attended the conference. Copely argued that Americans had demonstrated the shortsightedness of their foreign policy in the Balkans by supporting local Muslims during the civil war in Bosnia and ethnic Albanians, who are also Muslims, in Serbias southern province of Kosovo. In 1999, Bush's predecessor, Bill Clinton, won NATO support for a bombing campaign against Belgrade to halt the "ethnic cleansing" of Albanians by Serbs in Kosovo.
Copley, and some other participants, said they believed that al-Qaeda still had dormant cells in Bosnia and among Kosovo's ethnic Albanians.
Evan Coleman, a consultant on terrorism for the American Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), said that Al Qaeda still has camps for recruiting and training terrorists in the area of Zenica in Bosnia and that it was happening before the eyes of NATO soldiers stationed there. He said that no one in the American administration paid attention to the intelligence reports and the government of the United States sometimes acts like a gorilla without a brain.
Zoran Dragisic of the Faculty for Civil Defence at the University of Belgrade argued that Al Qaeda, Kosovo Albanians and organized crime groups were the main source of terrorism in the Balkans. Serbia could potentially fall prey to their attacks, Dragisic said, but he pointed out that the Balkans were just an oasis for organising and planning, while Western Europe was really the main target of terrorist attacks.
Clinton and Albright again on the wrong side.
And nobody deserves the Religon of Peace invading their countries, eating their children and raping their pets more than the Eurotrash.
Let them reap what they have sewn.
We repeaed what we sowed - 9/11 was carried out by Arab veterans of the Bonsnian Muslim army.
Oh, I hate the new spell/grammar check.
I'm happy to make my own mistakes.
You only have to look at a map to understand this.
Yes, but the point is we showed the Muslims we are fair and mean them no harm. IMO Clinton will ultimately prove to be the most incompetent president in history.
Thanks to Clinton for an utterly stupid war. If Bush had waged that utterly stupid war, the libs would be howling.
It was a side they chose long before they took power.
Of course, they see it as the "right" side for promoting "worldwide social justice".
International Socialists by choice, Americans by regret.
"Shortsightedness". Right. Incompetence somewhere else and bureaucratic SNAFUs in other places.
I'm sure neither Clinton nor any of their people MEANT to do any harm. Jamie Gorelick couldn't have helped the 9/11 terrorists more if she were on their ground squad with her special "wall". But I'm certain she didn't mean to help them. I'm also sure she didn't want to help al Qaeda when she told investigators to "kill it" WRT to OKC bombing and yet another killing phone call on TWA #800 investigation.
No, it was shortsightedness, incompetence and bureaucratic SNAFUs. All of it. Spread out over 8 awful years. In 8 awful years wouldn't you think they'd have a mistake in OUR favor? Not even one or two?
Yes, but certainly they don't have a PLAN to turn America. That would be conspiratorial and there are no conspiracies. Yes, a distinct pattern of damaging America has come into focus, but it's all the result of bumbling. I'm pretty sure.
source? Would love to be able to through that out there at the dems!
Even before Clinton went into Bosnia I was also among the first to say that we were about to fight on the wrong side and help the bad guys. What has happened since was totally predictable from the start.
Clinton helped the Muslim terrorists take over Bosnia and Kosovo much as Carter helped the Mullahs take over Iran, and we will pay a heavy price for both these instances of leftist stupidity and corruption.
There was a bit of confusion about Yugoslavia at first, because most conservatives have an instinctive reaction to support their country in a time of war. But it didn't last long. The majority of freepers agreed that we went in on the wrong side in Yugoslavia and that clinton, as usual, worked against the national security interests of our country and the civilized world.
I don't fault our military except at the top levels--Cohen, Shelton, and Clark. But I do fault our Democrat leadership and the MSM, which continues to lie about that whole misadventure even today.
The Republican dominated Congress REFUSED authorization for the Kosovo war - the first time such a thing ever happened. Clinton ignored congress and continued to fight the war - a violation of the Constitution which Clinton got away with.
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