There are plenty of good reasons to be suspicious
when the Empire announces something, be that the "mission accomplished"
in Iraq or a revelation the FBI had stopped a terrorist plot. Over the past
several years, the American public has been fed a diet of lies, which though
barely edible provided the illusion of nourishment: Iraqi WMDs, Niger yellowcake,
Jessica Lynch, Pat Tillman…
So when news came that the FBI had arrested six men allegedly plotting an attack
on Fort Dix in New Jersey, it was reasonable to
suspect this was yet another propaganda stunt. Except for one thing – the
amount of effort by the media and the government to obfuscate the identity of
the alleged terrorists.
It is now known that of the six
suspects, three were in the US illegally. One was Jordanian, another Turkish,
and four were Albanians. But not just any Albanians – ethnic Albanians from
Kosovo, commonly referred to as "Kosovars" when the mainstream media
spins a tale of their suffering at the hands of evil, genocidal Serbs, or makes
a case for secession of that Serbian province, occupied by NATO since 1999.
They were not "Kosovars" this week, though; instead, the four Fort
Dix suspects were "Yugoslavs" or "from former Yugoslavia,"
and even now are described as "Albanians," as if someone, somewhere
decided that under no circumstances would their connection to Kosovo be allowed
Rewind for a moment to Valentine's Day 2007, in
Salt Lake City, Utah. Shots are fired in a busy shopping center. Five people
die and four are wounded before the assailant is killed by an off-duty police
officer who happened to carry his weapon. The moment the shooter was identified
as Sulejman Talovic, a Bosnian immigrant, coverage
of the rampage changed dramatically. Instead of the victims' names and features
about lives cut short, the public was treated to an onslaught of tear-jerking
drivel about Talovic, painting him as a victim of the Bosnian war. Within a
day, the Trolley Square massacre was being blamed on Serbs, because Talovic
was from an area affected by the 1995 "genocide." Of course, he was
long gone from Bosnia by then – but facts can never be allowed to interfere
with a good sob story. When it comes to the Balkans, lies will get you awards,
and truth will get you fired.
On Wednesday, the Washington Times published an unusually straightforward
criticizing the coverage of Ft. Dix suspects. Perhaps with Talovic in mind,
the Times editors called the transformation of the suspects' identities
"familiar," and continued:
"Surely some leeway is warranted when the facts are up in the air,
and a news organization's first priority is to get it right and get it right
first. One day's worth of confusion is not so terrible in the grand scheme of
things. But when a fact – "Albanian" – emerges, report it. The public
has a right to know. The sanitization of language is at war with the public's
right to an understanding of the facts. […] 'Yugoslav' is a sanitizer. […] As
long as our news organizations fail to report the facts they know to be true,
they are failing to do their job. They should not engage in 'perception management.'"
However, all Balkans
coverage since the very first shots fired in 1991 has been "perception
management," whether by reporters themselves, their editors, or paid
PR agencies contracted by various governments.
Connecting the Dots
A New York Times feature describing
the Ft. Dix Six was titled "Six Ordinary Lives That Took a Detour to a
World of Terror." But was it really a "detour"? One of the men,
Agron Abdullahu, was a member
of the KLA; he would know about terror first-hand. The three Duka brothers
were described as "roofers." Oddly enough, that is the listed occupation
of Florin Krasniqi,
a major KLA weapons supplier and Democratic campaign contributor. Krasniqi,
an illegal immigrant living in Brooklyn, was a major
persona in a book about the Albanian diaspora, and was filmed
hobnobbing with Richard Holbrooke and Gen. Wesley Clark.
Fort Dix also has an Albanian connection – it was the place where Albanian
refugees from the 1999 Kosovo war first arrived
into the U.S.
Finally, the specific method of attack alleged by the Federal prosecutors
is chillingly familiar to those who recall terrorism by Kosovo Albanian separatists.
In 1987, the New York Times reported
that Aziz Kelmendi, a young Albanian conscript in the Yugoslav Army, had shot
up a dormitory in his barracks in Paracin, killing six other soldiers and injuring
many others. Kelmendi's act prompted an internal investigation, and the Army
discovered other Albanian separatist cells plotting similar attacks.
Not surprisingly, little of this has been mentioned in the mainstream media.
have been busy for days.
Pandering to Jihad
On April 15, the House Foreign Affairs Committee
held a hearing dedicated
to "independence of Kosova" (sic), chaired by Albanian separatist
supporter Tom Lantos (D-Ca.). The special witness at the hearing was Nicholas
Burns, Deputy Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs. At one moment,
"Just a reminder to the predominantly Muslim-led government[s] in this
world that here is yet another example that the United States leads the way
for the creation of a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe.
This should be noted by both responsible leaders of Islamic governments, such
as Indonesia, and also for jihadists of all color and hue. The United
States' principles are universal, and in this instance, the United States
stands foursquare for the creation of an overwhelmingly Muslim country in the
very heart of Europe." (emphasis added)
Had it not been for the bloggers again, the American public would have never
known about this remark. All that the mainstream media chose to report from
the hearing was Undersecretary Burns's commitment
to the separation of Kosovo from Serbia.
Empire's officials have revealed more
than once that part of what motivated Washington's actions in the Balkans
has been a desire to assure the world's Muslims of America's fairness and impartiality.
But the expected gratitude
of Empire's Balkans wards turned out as ephemeral as that of the "liberated"
Iraqis – who are now "liberating" U.S. troops of their lives on a
Of course, given the mixed messages the Empire is sending its populace (Kill
the Muslim terrorists! Love the Muslims!), it won't do to trumpet the support
for Muslims and "jihadists of all color and hue" so publicly. Thus
Albanians are always described as "secular" and "moderate"
when critics try to point out the systematic destruction
of Serb churches and construction of Saudi mosques, but suddenly become
Muslim when it is convenient to pander to jihad. Same with the Muslims
of Bosnia – one day they are "moderate" and "secular," the
next they are "Muslims in the heart of Europe."
What does it take for the lies to stop? There are volumes of reports on al-Qaeda
presence in the Balkans, facilitated and indeed encouraged by U.S. support
for Bosnian Muslims and Kosovo Albanians in their efforts to achieve "national
liberation" by becoming
more Islamic and subjugating or expelling their Christian neighbors. In
the Muslim world, Kosovo and Bosnia are considered parts of the jihad. Only
the West, completely compromised by attempting to disguise naked aggression
as a "humanitarian" and "human rights" cause, refuses to
admit the truth. Not even when it delivers a punch in the face.
For years, the Empire has insisted that Balkans
Muslims – be they Bosnian, Albanian or some other kind – absolutely loved America
and were the living proof of Imperial fairness, having been "rescued from
genocide" at the hands of the evil Serbs. All attempts to present a growing
body of factual evidence about terrorist camps, smuggling routes, recruitment
efforts and support in "multiethnic" Bosnia and "liberated"
Kosovo were dismissed
as "Serb propaganda." But Florin Krasniqi was not Serbian propaganda.
Neither were the photos of KLA terrorists holding severed
Serb heads, or the Pristina café owner who poses
as Hitler, or the militant imams and Saudi mosques all over the region,
or the four men who plotted to go Kelmendi on Fort Dix. To no avail. All this
belongs firmly in the "reality-based
community." The Empire cannot be bothered with the facts; it is too
busy making up its own.
By mid-day Wednesday, the train of denial had already begun: AP
reported that the suspects' relatives (found in Western Macedonia) dismissed
the charges as bogus and declared their love and admiration for their "liberator,"