Sunday, July 6, 2008

Progress Report: Balkan Irredentism Unabated

Our regular OSINT contributor on Balkan affairs, Ioannis Michaletos has published a fresh report on the progress of irredentism and the ongoing push for a Balkans caliphate. We'll get back to it shortly.

By now much has been revealed about 'Bill's whim', the Clinton administrations' personal amities and predispositions for political engineering in the region. Details on the subject are compiled on the relevant Articles dossier.

In other posts we have commented on the almost traditional mistake made by Americans when - as a matter of course - they side with any independence movement whatever its revolutionary or separatist hue. It frequently lands American foreign policy in trouble, as was the case in the earlier stages of the Russian Revolution.

- Caption: BBC: "Deal done" (NATO with KLA/UCK) - Gen Clark (right), Gen Ceku (second right) and Mr Thaci (left) [UN administrator for Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner second left]-

Julia Gorin in "Shame on America: How the U.S. Bombed G.I. Joe" reminds us that events in living memory might have corrected postmodern moral inversions. Had they been remembered such stories might have told us where the West's natural allegiance actually lies: "God bless the America that was, as embodied in veteran Arthur Jibilian, the last surviving member of Operation Halyard, the biggest airlift rescue of World War II. It is also the most suppressed rescue mission, given that it was made possible by Serbs."

The root of the mistake lies in the altogether different natures of Locke and Rousseau type revolutions. The matter is addressed in some detail in "Radical Rousseau's Ravages." In the case of the carving up of the former Yugoslavia (see video material included in "Bill's Vista for a Better Balkan") Americans once again fell into the trap and they continue to do so, by supporting the irredentist drive for a Greater Albania. In some quarters its realization is already an inevitable fact.

Gorin is also on the Kosovo case: "Kosovo/Albania/America: No Merging into Greater Albania. (i.e. Greater Albania Confirmed)." The posting mentions an indictment against the Albanian National Army (AKSH) and the Front for Albanian National Unification (FBKSH), the AKSH’s political wing. The organizations seem to be related to the Information Agency United Albania, which made these pages earlier this year in "A Door in Kosovo" (see update) when we pasted a revealing image from the site, currently ditched as possibly too overtly spilling the Balkan beans.

Reverting to Michaletos' update we'll quote only the general developments. The entire 19th June article "Alert level rises for Jihadi attacks in the Balkans" can be accessed on the site of the International Analyst Network:

The Balkans were deemed as a safe territory for the Islamists for the past 15 years, and Albania was often named as “The safe hotel,” a place with lax control for the movements of these groups. The current developments bring to surface a wider campaign against the Islamic networks, although they have actually upgraded their capabilities since their former allies have reached positions of power, such as the case of Kosovo relates to.

More importantly it has to be noted that terrorism and organized crime are closely
interrelated in the Balkans; therefore any sudden change in the balance of powers signals a round of conflict between the oppositional crime rings.

Moreover sources related to the Homeland Security in the USA, have already reported that the 2007 catastrophic
wildfires in Greece were probably a form
“pyro-terrorism” by Jihadists, whilst Greek press often reports that up to 2,000 Muslims are being monitored 24/7 for extremist behavior and connections, mostly in the Athens region. Bulgaria last year unraveled its own Jihadi network, which was composed by proselytes and Serbia has managed to break up a radical group in the Sanjak Eparchy.

In addition to the above, the coming USA elections provide by definition an opportunity to Jihadists to strike against Western interests in order to create the psychological framework on which they seek to manipulate political events. The Russian-American antagonism in the Balkans is another factor that hinders international cooperation on security affairs and the increasing involvement of the Turkish intelligence; especially in FYROM is another x-factor in the wider picture.

In overall, it is important to stress the emergence of a deteriorating scene concerning Balkan security affairs and a fair estimation is that the 2008 summer period will have a high alert status and in particular in Kosovo, Albania and FYROM.

- Filed on Articles in "The Balkan Caliphate" -


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