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Interview with LIZ MILANOVICH about Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Balkans

 

INTERVIEW WITH LIZ MILANOVICH about Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Balkans

Lee Jay Walker -  THE MODERN TOKYO TIMES

Liz:   Lee Jay, thank you for agreeing to this interview.  No doubt you have a very busy schedule, so it’s doubly appreciated.  

Lee Jay:   Hello Liz, you are more than welcome.  In truth, the honor is mine because I know you care deeply about important issues and the role of the mass media. So thank you for your invite.

Liz:  I believe you’re a freelance journalist based in Tokyo, and that you’re a correspondent for Seoul Times.  Is that correct?

Lee Jay:  Yes, I am a freelance journalist and I have been based in Tokyo for several years.  I was a correspondent for The Seoul Times but now I  send my articles to other agencies and recently my articles have been put on www.serbianna.com, www.aina.org, www.pakistanchristianpost.com, www.faithfreedom.org, and many others.  I also get quoted on important think tanks and help other journalists when possible.

Liz:  Perhaps tell us a bit about your background and when you became interested in happenings in the Balkans, specifically ex-Yugoslavia?    

Lee Jay: You have many factors to this question because this applies to my visits to the former Yugoslavia, the rich history of Serbia, and sadly the recent conflicts in the former Yugoslavia meant that this nation was often in the news.    

I would like to add that my interests began prior to the convulsions that erupted throughout the former Yugoslavia.  However, during the numerous conflicts that engulfed the former Yugoslavia, it was abundantly clear that the media on a whole distorted the real facts. 

I also would like to add that the current situation in Kosovo is also being hidden by many news agencies and this also applies to the role of Albanian nationalism and radical Sunni Islam in Bosnia.

Liz:  Seems to me that very few Westerners have cared enough to get an accurate read on events there.  Obviously you’re not in that category.   What set off your radar in the direction of the Balkans? 

Lee Jay:   I remember people like Paddy Ashdown on television in the United Kingdom and he, and countless others, were clearly distorting the reality of Bosnia.  Yet no lessons were learned because the same media machine manipulated the reality of Kosovo.

The New York Times, for instance, tells us all about the numbers game because the article states that The State Department also gave the highest estimate of dead Albanians. The New York Times reported, “On April 19, 1999, the State Department said that up to 500,000 Kosovar Albanians were missing and feared dead” Erlanger, Steven (November 11, 1999). “Early Count Hints at Fewer Kosovo Deaths”. The New York Times, p. A6…”

Also, ex-President Bill Clinton used very emotional words and clearly he was manipulating the crisis for other reasons and he openly distorted the truth on May 13, 1999.  For on this day Clinton stated that “there are 100,000 people [in Kosovo] who are still missing” — clearly implying that Serbian armed forces were slaughtering Kosovo Albanians. Clinton further used more emotional language by stating that 600,000 ethnic Albanians could be “trapped within Kosovo itself, lacking shelter, short of food, afraid to go home, or buried in mass graves dug by their executioners.”

These are just some reasons because you have so many other factors, but clearly the lies that were being told were not only “big” but they were “a clear fabrication.” 

Again, the same lies are still going on and clearly Clinton and NATO, and many others, should be held accountable for what they did.  At the same time other questions should be asked, for example why did America and others support radical Islam in Bosnia and just how did the KLA grow from zero into a trained terrorist unit?

Also, which side destroyed a possible agreement at Rambouillet?  If you read the article by David N. Gibbs called Was Kosovo A Good War? Then just like past actions in Bosnia and Croatia, you get a complete different picture. 

David N. Gibbs, the author of First Do No Harm: Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia (Vanderbilt University Press, June 2009), states that The available information suggests that a full settlement of the Kosovo conflict was within reach and could have been achieved at Rambouillet. What caused the agreement to break down was a new development that occurred late in the negotiation process. Specifically, the Western mediators now proposed that a “Military Annex” be added to the final agreement. The proposed addition affirmed that NATO peacekeeping forces would be deployed, and that these forces would have “free and unrestricted passage and unimpeded access throughout the FRY [Federal Republic of Yugoslavia].” This section was highly significant; it meant that not only would Kosovo be occupied by a NATO peacekeeping force, but potentially all of Serbia and all that remained of Yugoslavia would be occupied as well. After the Military Annex appeared, the Serb delegation appeared to lose all confidence in the negotiation process, and the peace talks broke down.” 

“The suspicious wording of the Military Annex was originally noted by British journalist John Pilger in 1999, during the course of the NATO bombing campaign. In response, U.S. officials have insisted that the Annex was a harmless detail, and deny that there was any effort to sabotage the peace talks.”

“The truth telling was left to the British. In a post-war parliamentary hearing, former Defense Minister of State John Gilbert affirmed that key negotiators were in fact seeking to sabotage the conference. Gilbert was the number two figure in the British Defense Ministry, with a specific responsibility for intelligence gathering, and he supported the war. He is surely a credible source. With regard to the motives of the negotiators, he offered this observation: “I think certain people were spoiling for a fight in NATO at that time … we were at a point when some people felt that something had to be done [against Serbia], so you just provoked a fight.” With regard to the peace terms themselves, he said, “I think the terms put to Milosevic at Rambouillet were absolutely intolerable: How could he possibly accept them? It was quite deliberate” (emphasis added).”

I apologize for my long reply to this question but you have so many factors that it is impossible to answer quickly.  Yet these facts, and others, have led to innocents being killed and even today radical Islam is still a threat in Bosnia and in modern day Kosovo the de-Christianization of this land is ongoing.  Therefore, the past is responsible for many misdeeds and sadly the consequences are still being felt by Serbians and other minorities in Kosovo.

Liz:   What are your views about the close friendship USA and allies continue to pursue with the extremist Muslims of Bosnia and Kosovo, while at the same time supposedly waging a war against Muslim terrorism elsewhere in the world?  What is your opinion on this apparent dichotomy?   What is really behind all of the political maneuvering?

Lee Jay:   This is a very challenging question and it is not easy to find a start or an ending because America’s foreign policy keeps on changing, however, certain linkages can be found.

For example, in the Balkans you have had three flashpoints involving mainly Orthodox Christians and Muslims since World War Two and this applies to Bosnia, Cyprus, and Kosovo, respectively.  Yet America supported the side of Islam every time and some people could argue that it was just a coincidence but for myself, and others who dig deeply, you must have a bigger issue and it can’t just come down to self interests or geopolitics?

After all, India is a democratic nation but once more America was closer to Pakistan and Islamists have used Pakistan in order to destabilize both Afghanistan and Kashmir.  So why did America support a military general called Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq in the late 1970s and 1980s over democratic leaders in India?

If we add this question to the reality of Afghanistan and Iraq then it becomes even more confusing, after all, both Afghanistan and Iraq were ruled by secular leaders.  However, the USA supported the implementation of Islamic Sharia law in both nations, and for non-Muslims in Iraq this is unbelievable because Christians, Shabaks, Mandaeans, and Yazidis, are all suffering from Islamization.

Therefore, America had been supporting radical Islam and Islamic terrorism prior to the crisis which engulfed Yugoslavia.  Yet the fact that America had supported radical Islam in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and other parts of the world, meant that it was easy for Clinton’s administration to do a deal with radical Islamists in Bosnia.

For the same networks which funded Osama Bin Laden and other Islamic terrorists were easy to use because it was second nature for the security forces of America and others, for example the British. 

People should read the book by Richard J Aldrich called ‘The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence.’  This book highlights the reality of radical Islam throughout the wider world and what role America and others have played in using Islamists and allowing this ideology to expand.

Therefore, this question is very complex but it is clear that Clinton played the “Islamic terrorist card” in order to further his foreign policy objectives.  However, you have divisions within the security services in America and Clinton merely overruled everybody and took an independent decision.

Also, America will claim that they supported radical Islam against Najibullah in Afghanistan because they were fighting communism.  Yet events in Yugoslavia had nothing to do with the Cold War and they happened after the demise of the Soviet Union and America continued to have good relations with The Taliban well after the ending of the Cold War.

Added to this is September 11th and since this event many directions have changed in some parts of the world.  For example past Islamists who were allies of America in Afghanistan then became enemies and this complicates everything because the new changes were not consistent. 

After all, America is still a staunch ally of Saudi Arabia and this nation or individuals or organizations within this nation, are spreading radical Islam within many parts of the former Yugoslavia.  Therefore, the situation remains cloudy to say the least and the Bosnian Islamic card is still a potent force for Saudi Arabia in order to spread radical Islam throughout Bosnia and other parts of Europe.

Liz:  Former ‘Clintonites’ are now President Obama’s key advisers.    Therefore, do you foresee the Obama administration exerting its influence further in the region? 

Lee Jay:   I think that President Obama is in appeasement mode towards Islam and despotic nations, therefore, deals are “on the table” for all and sundry at the moment.  Yet when it comes to the Balkans then I believe that he will follow a similar policy and it must be remembered that America is already overstretched in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

America will also turn “a blind eye” to the de-Christianization of Kosovo and the same applies to other nations who supported the disintegration of Yugoslavia.  However, events in Bosnia and Macedonia are more complex because the so-called allies of America have internal divisions. This applies to Croat and Bosnian Muslim tensions and ongoing ethnic and religious tensions in Macedonian between Macedonians and Albanians.  Added to this, it is clear that radical Islam is also growing in both Bosnia and Macedonia and the political nature of Islam means that forced alliances may collapse and new dimensions may errupt?

Given this, America will want to shore up her allies and maintain peace within the region.  Yet America will also be open to Serbia if this nation bows down to more pressure but clearly it will be on the terms of America. 

In saying that, the current political leaders in Serbia are very different and times have moved on.  Also, if Islamists continue to destabilize the region then they may just push America into a different direction or being neutral?  

I don’t believe that the current leader of America is intent on being anti-Serbian but when it comes to Kosovo then America’s policy will remain the same.

In that sense, Obama is tied to past administrations and the future remains bleak for Serbians and all minorities in Kosovo.  Yet the clear divisions of the past are not so striking in modern times when it comes to possible courses of action?  Despite this, divisions will remain between both nations over the status of Kosovo and America will continue to favor the Muslim/Croat side in Bosnia and given this reality, America is still anti-Serbian but now in a political sense and not military because it is difficult to see both nations clashing on the battlefield.

However, twenty four hours is a long time in politics and it is difficult to predict such a delicate region because many convulsions could still happen in the near future.

Liz:  In your pursuit of going after the facts, you must have encountered criticisms from those to whom the truth about ex-Yugoslavia is not palatable.  Can you recall vividly any negative reactions you have received to what you’ve written in the past? 

Lee Jay:  I have had many people who have thanked me for writing about the former Yugoslavia, therefore, I have been very lucky.

However, I have had some very strong emails the other way, including death threats but when this happens then it merely proves to me that I must be challenging people.  

I do know that an official from the Embassy of Kosovo in London tried to put pressure on The Seoul Times and he refused to speak to me directly.  However, I told him that my article, KOSOVO & Systematic Persecution by KLA, was based on my findings and my editor, Mr. Joseph Joh, supported me and my article and The Seoul Times refused to debate the issue openly.

Liz:    Is there anything further you’d like to tell us? 

Lee Jay:  I apologize for the long wording of my replies but the questions were difficult to answer because of the complex nature of events.

I would like to add that people should do their best to tell the world about the ongoing crisis in Kosovo and support people like Ninoslav Randjelovic and check his work at http://www.daysmadeoffear.com/about.html.  He and others need to be supported because the “voiceless” have been ignored and marginalized and people like Ninoslav Randjelovic are trying to inform the world about the current reality and the ongoing crisis in Kosovo.

At the same time, it is up to individuals to inform people about past events and to re-educate people about the other point of view.

Liz:   Lee Jay, thanks for taking time to do this interview. 

Lee Jay:   You are most welcome and thank you for giving me your time.

I hope people have not switched off by my long replies and I wish everyone well and I would like to thank you once more for inviting me to share my thinking and opinions.

LEE JAY WALKER

leejayteach@hotmail.com

http://www.leejaywalker.wordpress.com

 

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PAKISTAN and ongoing Christian persecution

Pakistan and Ongoing Christian Persecution

 

By Lee Jay Walker
Tokyo Correspondent  -  THE SEOUL TIMES 

 

Christians in Pakistan

Christians and other minorities in Pakistan continue to face enormous discrimination and persecution, and in extreme cases, but not rare cases, many Christians have been killed by either Muslim mobs or by state sanctioned policies. Therefore, the endless suffering and discrimination in Pakistan must come to light and the international community must put more pressure on the government of Pakistan to act, and to rescind brutal laws.

Pakistan is currently in crisis and much of the current crisis in self induced because it is clear that Pakistan supported radical Sunni Islam in Afghanistan and Kashmir for decades. Now the very same Sunni Islamic radicals who were supported by the security services in Pakistan have decided to turn Pakistan into another radical Sunni Islamic nightmare. Therefore, the ongoing “year zero Islamization” is leading to more hatred and this hatred is also being aimed at all minorities.

Even worse, for Christians, and other minorities like the Ahmadiyya Muslims and Hindus; they are suffering at the hands of radical Sunni Islamists, institutionalized laws which discriminate against minorities, government indifference, police bias, and every day discrimination where individual Muslims can abuse their power.

Emmanuel Y. Mani wrote an article on 11/10/2009 which was published on http://www.asianews.it and he stated that the “Blasphemy laws include Article 295, Sections B and C, and Article 298, Sections A, B and C, of the Pakistan Penal Code. These laws were incorporated into the criminal justice system between 1980 and 1986 by then President of Pakistan Zia-ul-Haq, supposedly to ensure respect for the Prophet Mohammed, his Companions and the Holy Qur‘an. These laws are unique in the contemporary world because they allow dubious charges to be brought against people who have been subjected to extra judicial killings, arson and destruction of their property.”

“From 1986 to October 2009, at least 966 persons were accused under the blasphemy laws, 50% were Muslims, 35% Ahmadis, 13% Christians, 1% Hindus and 1% with no known religious background. At least 33 persons have been killed extra judicially after allegations were made against them; 15 were Muslims, 15 Christians, two Ahmadis and one Hindu.”

This law is not only being used against Christians, Hindus, and Ahmadiyya Muslims, but it is also being used by the dominant Sunni Islamic sect in Pakistan in order to crush all alternative voices or the law is being manipulated on any grounds in order to bypass real justice.

Last year on September 15th a young Christian male called Robert Fanish was found dead in his cell. Of course, the usual mantra was stated and a cover up was started from the start but clearly he had been tortured and victimized. The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) which is a Catholic-led advocacy group, however, stated that the brutal death of Robert Fanish was an “extra-judicial murder.”

Therefore, in modern day Pakistan this Sunni Islamic madness continues and now they are killing each other in the north of the nation, while causing mayhem in Afghanistan. At the same time, they are killing minority Christians, Shia Muslims and Ahmadiyya Muslims. It is like a state of madness with no end game apart from complete Sunni Islamization and then an internal Sunni Islamic war on the grounds of who is the most radical.

This madness led to 6 Christians being burnt alive last year and numerous other attacks. More recently, we have a 12 year old Christian girl called Shazia Bashir who was raped and tortured to death according to local Christians and advocacy groups.

Shazia Bashir was employed in the household of a wealthy Muslim lawyer and like many poor Christian domestic workers in Pakistan, she suffered abuse, however, her abuse would lead to her death but will justice be done in Pakistan?

A Protestant NGO, Sharing Life Ministry Life (SLMP), gave details about the young Christian girl. They stated that she had been working for eight months and that she had suffered constant stress and had been treated harshly before her death. This applied to ill treatment, verbal abuse and other forms of mistreatment.

SLMP chief coordinator Sohail Johnson commented “….that 99 per cent of Christian girls from poor families are hired by wealthy Muslims, and are often physically, psychologically and sexually abused.” He continued by stating that “In some cases, their employers marry them off to Muslim servants, and forcibly convert them to Islam.”

Sohail Johnson also mentioned about the failings of the government of Pakistan in protecting Christian girls. He states that “These vulnerable Christian girls do not have any state protection. We urge the government to ensure protection of these disadvantaged girls.”

Therefore, in 2009 we heard about Christians being burnt alive in Pakistan and many other cases of violence which was aimed at Christians and other minorities. Sadly, the same pattern is continuing but this time it is the brutal murder of a young Christian girl and many Christians doubt that justice will be done.

In Pakistan it is clear that Christians, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Hindus, and others, face an uphill struggle and death and persecution is never far away. However, what makes the situation worse is that it is not only radical Islamists who are persecuting all minorities but it is also the state apparatus of Pakistan.

The cycle of violence, intimidation, and persecution, can only be imagined from a distance. Yet the daily terror caused by Islamists and the betrayal of the institutions of Pakistan means that this nightmare is ongoing. However, will the international community just “turn a blind eye” or will outside pressure be put on Pakistan?

LEE JAY WALKER

http://www.leejaywalker.wordpress.com

leejayteach@hotmail.com

 

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Dr. Vojin Joksimovich praises Bosnian article by Lee Jay Walker

Lee Jay Walker’s Bosnia Column                            -  THE SEOUL TIMES

 

 

 

Osama bin Laden

Dear Editor!

I am writing to congratulate you and Mr. Lee Jay Walker on the outstanding column Bosnia and Clinton’s Radical Islamists.

I have written the book: The Revenge of the Prophet: How Clinton and His Predecessors Empowered Radical Islam in which I have offered an explanation for the rise of radical Islam, including 9/11, due to flawed U.S. foreign policies. In the book there is a chapter dealing with the war in Bosnia in which president Clinton allowed Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda to establish the beach head in Europe. Bin Laden has used that opportunity to initiate planning of 9/11.

Mr. Walker has correctly analyzed President Clinton’s involvement in Bosnia siding with the radical Islam against the Christian Serbs, which amounted to supporting the Serbian adversaries in order to win over the Muslim street. He has appropriately referenced the findings of the U.S. congressional committees as well as the recent Sky News report containing gruesome photos of bestial mujahideen crimes over the Serbian civilians.

The U.S. media has played a major role in propagating the Clinton administration lies, which portrayed the Muslims as the victims and the Serbs as the victimizors. This included one the worst hoaxes of our time—the Srebrenica massacre invention which enabled the Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia to indict the Serbian political and military leaders not only for the war crimes but even for the genocide which never took place. Mr. Walker’s investigative reporting helps to establish the truth about what happened in Bosnia.

Respectfully,Dr. Vojin Joksimovich
406, Hidden Hills Ln
Escondido, CA 92029-6827
Vojin Joksimovich

 

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