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Bosnia, 1992. The war just started...
Excerpts from different sources.
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ISLAM'S LEGION SEEKS BLOOD IN BOSNIA
The Oserver (London)
Sunday, October 18, 1992
Colin Smith finds an Afghan-style fanaticism on the road from Split
"Why is the West taking Muslim children from Sarajevo to Rome, Germany,
even to England?"
My questioner was a young man with a full, long beard and
darker-skinned than is the norm for the Bosnian mountains. He was
squatting with toes and heels on the ground in the manner that
most European men, from Balkans to Scandinavia, find painful to emulate.
One of his two companions had the African hair and features not
uncommon in the old slave-raiding states of the Gulf, who introduced the
word 'kaffir', meaning unbeliever, to Africa. The other was an older man,
a bit roly-poly, with a fuller, friendlier-looking face.
We met on a dirt road in the mountains of western Herzegovina waiting
for a Croat bulldozer to clear a pile of newly blasted rock and earth
from the bend ahead. This is a new route from Split on the Dalmatian coast
to the hills west of Sarajevo that avoids pockets of hostile Serbs.
They turned out to be Saudi Arabian volunteers working for the Ibrahim
bin Abdul Aziz al Ibrahim foundation, a Saudi charity which now has an
office with a brass plate on the door on the second floor of the Inter-
Continental Hotel in Zagreb.
Behind them, in a line of vehicles held up by the bulldozer, were the
lorries in which, they said, they had delivered food and blankets to
Travnik, frontline town swamped with Muslim refugees.
The older man was from Dhahran where he had an administrative job in the
oil-fields. He said he had been in Bosnia for a month and was looking
forward to going home to his family.
Surely it was better children were taken out of Sarajevo whenever possible?
"No", he said, with vehemance."They must stay. They all must
stay! They must not go away to become Christians."
But what if they were killed?
"It doesn't matter. What this land needs is more blood!"
By now, a fair-haired militia-men with the HOS
flashes of Bosnia's Croatian militia was crouched beside us, taking the weight on his
Kalashnikov. To my amazement he nodded in agreement at his lunacy.
"How many died in Afghanistan?" demanded the oil worker,
warming to his theme. "One million? Two million? It doesn't matter.
If we die, we go to paradise. If they die, they go to hell."
The younger Saudi wanted to know why America, Britain and France had failed
to come to the aid of the Bosnian Muslims. After all, they had helped Kuwait.
They had not hesitated to massacre those Iraqi soldiers when they were
running away. Could it be, he suggested, that you do not feel able to kill
Christian Serbs in the same fashion, even when they are murdering Muslim Women
The Saudis encountered on the way down to Split appeared to be unarmed.
Near Travnik, a Reuter reporter met an Islamic warrior
with a hennaed beard who
called himself Abu Abdul Aziz and said he was a veteran of the wars in
Afghanistan and Kashmir. He would not say where he was from, but he
appeared to be an Arab, possibly a Palestinian or Saudi.
||This photograph of Abu Abdel Aziz is taken from
Newsweek, October 5, 1992, page 52 (Photo by Pascal le Segretain - Sygma).|
Abdul Aziz is said to command between 400 and 500 men, most of them Arabs,
who drift in and out of Bosnia as the mood takes them. "Some come for
a week" he admitted." Others say they are here until victory
or shaheed (martyrdom)."
All this is music to the ears of men like Dr Radovan Karadzic, [sic!]
who has led the Bosnian Serbs... For months, he has been telling anybody
who would listen that his Orthodox Christians are
engaged in a crusade against Islamic fundamentalists who have launched
a jihad to carve out their firsy European colony.
For anybody who has ever met the Slav Muslims of Bosnia, this has always
appeared ludicrous. It is true that Bosnian President
Alija Izetbegovic is a
devout man who was imprisoned by Tito, but he has never been a fundamentalist
in the accepted sense. Most Muslims in Bosnia are descendants of Christians
who converted to Islam during 500 years of Ottoman occupation. During the 40
years of Communist rule, they became as secular as most Yugoslavs. Their
women are usually as emancipated as any other Western women. Six months
ago, they seemed unlikely material for a jihad.
But the growing clamour in the Islamic world about the state of Bosnia's
Muslims seem to indicate that Karadzic's wild slanders might yet turn out
to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
To date the only nation caught breaking the UN arms embargo on all
of former Yugoslavia is Iran.
UN officials at Zagreb airport found weapons
in an Iranian aircraft that was supposed to be bringing relief supplies.
A few days after the Iranian arms find I met Ajup Ganic, Izetbegovic's
deputy in Sarajevo. "When you are drowning," he said, "you
don't ask the name of the man who puts out his hand."
Muslim chief hints at use of chemicals
The New York Times
Saturday, October 31, 1992
TEHRAN- The president of Bosnia-Herzegovina said yesterday
that his Bosnian Muslim forces had poison-gas weapons and
might use them as a defensive measure against Serbian
"Bosnian Muslims live under very difficult
conditions," the Bosnian leader, Alija
Iranian television at the end of a two-day official
visit to Tehran.
" If the current situation continue, the people
Bosnia will be forced to use poison gas to defend themselves
and end the crimes committed by the Serbs, even though
this may be against their true wishes."
Izetbegovic did not specify how the poison gas had
been obtained, but added that his forces had the chemicals
At a ceremony in which senior Bosnian leaders
placed a wreath on the tomb of the leader of Iran's
Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,
Izetbegovic thanked Iran
for its "over-all support" to
Bosnia and stressed the need for fuel and food, with the
approach of winter.
President Hashemi Rafsanjani of Iran assured
Izetbegovic that "more significant aid" would be
forthcoming and urged other Islamic countries to "take
serious action and rush to the help of struggling
Muslims in Bosnia."
Senior Iranian officials who have repeatedly
denounced Serbian attacks on Muslims as a genocide
and "a new Crusade of Christians against the Serbs
by Muslims across the world."
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme religious
leader, said two weeks ago that Iran was prepared to
send "volunteers" to fight alongside Bosnian
[Serbian] BISHOP VASILIJE WARNS:
"THIRTY ORTHODOX TEMPLES
RAZED TO THE GROUND"
Saturday, October 31, 1992
Reverend Vasilije, Bishop of the Zvornik-Tuzla eparchy [Eastern Bosnia],
informed the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church that 30
orthodox temples in his eparchy were razed to the ground, two of
them only recently completed and not yet consecrated.
"Temples in the eparchy,"
reports Bishop Vasilije, "outside
combat areas were deliberately blown up and disappeared from the
face of the earth in the following localities: Pribojevici,
Krnici, Srebrenica (cathedral church and
the graveyard chapel built after World War Two), Derventa, Bosanski
Luzani (both the old and new church), Polje, Zboriste, Bosanski Sijekovac,
Lijesce, Visnak, Vrelo, Svilaj, Gnionica, Podgajevi, Kladanj,
Pozarnica, Jeginov Lug (not yet consecrated), Jasenica, Dubnica,
Bosanska Bijela, Cerik, Modrica, Gradacac, Krecane, Maglaj and
Kostres (the village church and the graveyard chapel not yet
consecrated)." Bishop Vasilije informs the Holy Synod that, in
addition to the said 30 churches that have been razed to the
ground, another 7 churches in his eparchy have been so damaged
that service in them is impossible, while in 13 churches service
is possible despite substantial damage. 14 parochial homes have
been levelled and 6 damaged, reports the Bishop of the Zvornik-
Tuzla Eparchy, adding that both Orthodox temples in Tuzla have
been damaged, as well as the episcopal seat which was also looted
on two occasions, while the central church community building was
IRAN PLEDGES TO SUPPORT BOSNIA
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
November 6, 1992
By Milan Andrejevich, RFE/RL, Inc.
Sarajevo Radio reported on 5
November that the general headquarters of Iran's armed forces
issued a statement pledging their readiness to provide "any kind of
material or moral assistance" to the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina
if ordered to do so by Iran's leaders. In an interview broadcast by
Tehran TV on 5 November Alija Izetbegovic,
President of Bosnia-Herzegovina, said Bosnia's Muslims and government were
grateful to Ayatollah Khamene'i, President Hashemi-Rafsanjani, and
the government and people of Iran, for declaring their support for
the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Last week Izetbegovic paid an
official visit to Teheran.
Pro-Iran guerilla groups send fighters to Bosnia
November 9, 1992
By Nadim Ladki
Beirut, Nov 9, 1992 - Pro-Iranian Lebanese groups
have sent more
than 50 guerillas to train Moslem forces fighting in Bosnia, Moslem
sources in Lebanon said on Monday. They said veteran guerillas from
the Shiits Moslem Hizbollah (party of God) and the Suuni Moslem
Islamic Tawheed group recently arrived in the former Yugoslav
republic, torn by ethnic fighting between Moslems and Serbs. 'the
men were dispatched to help train and organise the Bosnian fighters',
one Moslem security source told Reuters. 'They have left in the
past weeks and more might be sent soon'. The source said most of the
guerillas reached Yugoslavia by sea from the port of Tripoli, 70 km
north of Beirut. Other Moslem sources said more then 50 fighters
Asked if the Iranian-trained guerillas took any weapons with
them, the sources: 'They only took their expertise'. A pro-Iranian
political source said the move was 'aimed at stressing solidarity
among the Moslem peoples. Our brothers in Bosnia are being
slaughtered and Europe is merely watching'. 'We want to make sure
that the Bosnians are not left alone and we will do all that is in
our capacity to help them', he said. There was no immediate comment
on the report from Hizbollah, waging a guerilla group war against
Israeli forces in South Lebanon.
Hizbollah, which is funded by Iran and is the most active
anti-Israeli guerrilla group, was set up during Israel's 1982
Lebanon. Its fighters are trained by Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Hizbollah has specialised in suicide bombings and hit-and-run
attacks, relying on small highly mobile groups of fighters.
Pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon have established a "Committee for the
support of Bosnia's Moslems" and launched a publicity drive to
collect many and clothes to be sent to Bosnia and refugees. walls
in most areas of Beirut are plastered with posters highlighting the
plight of Bosnian Moslems. One shows victims of an alleged massacre
by Serbian forces at a Bosnian village. The Committee organised a
sitting on Monday near the United Nations headquarters in Beirut in
support of Moslems and to urge international intervention "to stop
the slaughter of Bosnians." (Reuter)
Wall St. Journal
December 3, 1992
Excerpts (of a long article):
The Saudis, however, say they have quietly funneled $70 million to $100
million in food and cash to Bosnia. And they say much more aid will flood in
if the West ignores the conference. (THE FINAL DECLARATION IMPLIES THAT IF THE
U.N. HASN'T TAKEN CONCERTED ACTION BY JAN. 15, ISLAMIC NATIONS WILL TAKE IT
UPON THEMSELVES TO ARM THE BOSNIANS.)
There Bosnians, notable for their relaxed attitude towards Islam, were shown
in modest headscarves or standing near shattered minarets or graveyards with
captions such as: 'From the barbaric Serbian invasion, only with a gun can a
mosque be saved.'
In fact Somalia's famine is largely the result of civil war. The real
difference, a Saudi official concedes, is that Somalia 'doesn't echo on the
streets and in the mosques the way Bosnia does. When a war is perceived as
Christians killing Musims, no government in the Islamic world can just sit
still and do nothing.'
On My Mind
By: A. M. ROSENTHAL
The New York Times
OpEd, Friday, December 4, 1992,
Full-scale military intervention by
the West to save Bosnia will not happen.
The West is not willing to try what Hitler
and his puppet Croatian Fascist Government
failed to accomplish in World War II:
destroy the Serbs in their own mountains.
OUR COMMENT: The West did exactly that and was somewhat
more successful than Hitler.
Hitler also tried to enlist support of Islam fundamentalists. The West was
better at that too. Soon, United States will start (not so) covert operations
to arm, train and equip mujahedin. The mujahedin will gather from all over
the globe. The US will ship them to Bosnia.
[ Islamic Conference orders war against infadels ]
[ Devil's Triangle: America helps Jihad in Bosnia ]
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October 15, 2003