September 30th 2012 10:49:51 PM
Bosnia Thanked Iran for Help in its War, Iran Looks Forward to Bosnia’s EU Membership; Americans Still Don’t Care about the 9/11 Connection to Clinton’s BosniaPosted by Julia Gorin
*****SEE UPDATE AT BOTTOM****
Two tangentially related items, one from 2008 and one from this year. In the case of the first, I just wanted to make a mental note of the following:
Tihic and Hosseini Discussed Cooperation between Bosnia and Iran (Aug. 22, 2008)
The President of the largest Bosnian political party…Sulejman Tihic met with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Bosnia Ahmad Fard Hosseini yesterday. They discussed cooperation between the two friendly countries….Ambassador Hosseini expressed his hope that Bosnian politicians would succeed in reaching a consensus and meet the conditions of…the European Union.
Tihic thanked the Iranian people and leadership for their support and generous assistance to the Bosnian people during the 1992-1995 Serbian, Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions [sic] against Bosnia.
The second item is one I wanted to excerpt because it mentions some of the 9/11 hijackers’ Bosnia-fighting backgrounds
Bosnia Connection: Bill Clinton and Islamist ratlines in Bosnia assisted September 11 (July 12, 2012, by Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker)
…September 11 and international terrorism – why no investigation into Bill Clinton and his administration?
The Bill Clinton administration gave the “green light” for international Islamists to enter Bosnia and Kosovo. In time this would manifest itself with the brutal September 11 attacks against America and other international terrorist attacks like Madrid…
Abu Zubair al-Haili (Mohammed Haydar Zammar) entered Bosnia in order to kill Orthodox Christians….Abu Zubair al-Haili was instrumental in the Hamburg al-Qaeda cell that helped the September 11 network to flourish…Abu Zubair al-Haili was also instrumental in bringing Mohammed Atta into the al-Qaeda network…Atta rewarded America’s support of Islamic terrorist networks from “a convenient distance” by blowing up the World Trade Center.
American Airlines Flight 77 also had a powerful Bosnian connection because two Islamists on board had also gone to Bosnia to kill Orthodox Christians. Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon…Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar had served in Bosnia…
Indeed, it is remarkable that [the] connection between the policies of Bill Clinton in the Balkans and September 11 [hasn’t] resulted in arrests or at least an open Senate hearing whereby he should testify to the American public. Surely, with 13 out of 19 terrorists of September 11 being connected to Bosnia and Kosovo [sic: not sure about this figure; only five are confirmed as Bosnia vets or trainees] …this must raise eyebrows? Apparently, the American public must be “extremely forgiving” because despite the thousands of American people who died on September 11 the connection between Bosnia, Kosovo and the “green light” by the Bill Clinton administration, appears to not be on the agenda.
French Intelligence documents [show] that Mohammed Atta visited Bosnia on three different occasions between 1994 and 1999…
The “update” comes from four years ago, but it goes to the point about how the moronic West is as happy about the same things Iran is happy about when it comes to the Balkans:
From AP WorldStream Wire, July 24, 2008
Iran welcomes arrest of Karadzic as ‘historic moment’
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi says Iran welcomes the arrest of former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic on genocide charges.
The official news agency IRNA is quoting Qashqavi as saying the arrest is a “historic and unforgettable moment” … Iran supported Bosnian Muslims during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. It is thought to have supplied Bosnian Muslims with weapons, but the government says it only gave them political and logistical support.
IT IS THOUGHT, AP??? It is thought? It’s amazing how, when it comes to the Former Yugoslavia, what was once known inevitably becomes unknown:
L.A. Times: Clinton OK’d Iran-Bosnia Arms Sales, Report Says (April 5, 1996)
President Clinton secretly gave a green light to covert Iranian arms shipments into Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994 despite a United Nations arms embargo that the United States was pledged to uphold, according to senior administration officials and other sources.
Two top U.S. diplomats, acting on instructions from the White House and the State Department, told Croatian President Franjo Tudjman in early 1994 that the United States would not object to the creation of an arms pipeline that would channel the weapons through Croatia and into Bosnia for the Muslim forces fighting in the bloody civil war.
According to the U.S. sources, Tudjman raised the idea of the secret shipments and asked what the American response would be. At the time, the United States was publicly committed to the arms embargo, and its allies in Europe were concerned that a weapons influx would escalate the conflict and lead to revenge attacks against their peacekeeping troops in the region.
But after consultations with national-security adviser Anthony Lake and Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, the two U.S. diplomats, Charles Redman and Peter Galbraith, relayed to Tudjman that there would be no U.S. protest to the smuggling operation.
Specifically, the U.S. officials were told to say they had “no instructions” concerning Iranian arms shipments - a diplomatic way of saying the United States would not object.
Clinton directly participated in the decision, a senior administration official said.
Thus opened a new chapter in the U.S. policy toward Bosnia, one that has remained secret until now….
After the decision, Tudjman was free to allow the Iranians to launch large-scale arms transfers through Croatia. That effort continued until January of this year, even after 20,000 American troops began to be deployed as peacekeepers in Bosnia, administration officials said.
The support also increased Iran’s links with the Bosnians, which continue ominously to this day. Some Islamic fighters slipped in with the weapons and established operations.
Meanwhile, U.S. government officials not in on the secret policy shift were left in confusion. With its spy satellites trained on the region, the CIA discovered the smuggling and came to wonder whether certain State Department and National Security Council officials were running an illegal covert operation, reminiscent of the Iran-contra affair, sources said.
Then-CIA Director R. James Woolsey took the evidence to the White House, prompting a top-secret, six-month investigation by the Intelligence Oversight Board, the small White House panel responsible for probing wrongdoing in the intelligence community. It delivered a secret verdict of no law violations.
Elsewhere, speculation and grumbling spread, particularly in Europe, that the United States was somehow violating the embargo and reneging on its pledge to uphold it. The White House repeatedly denied facilitating arms shipments to the Bosnian Muslims but never acknowledged its real role.
Clinton-administration officials insist that the decision on the arms shipments was justified. The United States was always sympathetic to the Muslims, who bore the brunt of Serbian territorial aggression [sic: defense — see Kissinger], and amenable to easing their plight short of violating the embargo.
At the time the White House was giving the green light to the Iranian arms shipments, the Clinton administration was putting pressure on its allies to isolate Iran globally as a supporter of terrorism and calling on them to participate in trade and economic sanctions.
With the tacit U.S. approval, U.S. officials said, the arms pipeline grew into a large and well-organized airlift operating through Turkey and Croatia, supplying thousands of tons of small arms, mortars, anti-tank weapons and other light equipment.
The Croatian government took a large cut - an estimated 30 percent - for its cooperation, U.S. officials said. The weapons not only helped the ill-equipped Bosnian-Muslim army to stay in the field despite the U.N. embargo, but also aided the Croatian military in the months leading up to its 1995 invasion of the Croatian region of Krajina and its subsequent defeat of Serb forces [and ethnic slaughter] there, administration officials acknowledged.
The Iranian link that grew with the shipments is now an obstacle to the implementation of the 4-month-old peace accords, acknowledged U.S. officials, who are relying on that plan to bring about a permanent end to the conflict. The Clinton administration has demanded repeatedly that the Bosnian government expel the Iranian military advisers who helped the Muslim government when the West would not, and Bosnia is dragging its feet on complying.
In fact, at the time Clinton was fighting strenuously to defeat congressional efforts to unilaterally lift the U.N. arms embargo so that the Muslims could be armed openly and allowed to defend themselves.
But the Clinton administration asserted that the negative effects were too great and that it would abide by the embargo.
By November 1994, Clinton, under pressure from Congress to lift the embargo, publicly announced that the U.S. would no longer enforce the arms ban. He did not mention that that had been the secret policy for months, or that it was a carefully orchestrated element of an ongoing Iranian arms-smuggling operation.
Closing with Madeleine Albright echoing the Iranian Foreign Ministry:
…Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tells NPR that Karadzic’s arrest is “extremely significant.”
“He really is the person who was behind the systematic ethnic cleansing — murder — of several hundred thousand Bosnians,” she says. “It does show that justice will prevail.” […]
SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND BOSNIANS, the lady says. Four years after the deaths were conclusively counted at 100,000 on all sides. Her male counterpart/clone, Richard Holbrooke, used the same false figure when Karadzic was arrested. Only he was more specific, with “300,000.”
And to add a little richness:
What Madeleine Albright learned from her father (The Colorado Independent, May 28, 2008)
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says the world is in dire need of realistic, idealistic leaders…made her remarks during a brief ceremony Wednesday morning celebrating the renaming of the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies in honor of her father. It will be known as the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
“I do think the world needs more and more graduates of the Josef Korbel School, because the world is a mess,” Albright told the crowd of about 300 that gathered on the steps of the school.
“Let me say, one of the things I learned from my father was not to let evil stand” Albright said. […]
One hopes she was sitting.
Well, it isn’t so much an update as it is an attempt to keep relevant information handy. So below is a cross-posting of a relevant Carl Savich piece from July 2008:
Iranian Arms and Bosnia (July 26, 2008)
Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani met Alija Izetbegovic at the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran in 1993 during an official state visit by Izetbegovic to procure Iranian weapons and arms in contravention of the UN arms embargo.
Iran was the main arms supplier to the Bosnian Muslim military forces during the 1992-1995 civil war, in violation of the United Nations arms embargo. Needless to say, this was a criminal act and illegal. But because Iran had U.S. support and backing in this illegal operation through U.S. Ambassador in proxy state Croatia, Peter Galbraith, nothing was ever done about it. The U.S. media censored it and covered it up…
Iran supplied two-thirds of the total received in weapons and ammunition by the Bosnian Muslim forces during the 1992-95 civil war. From May, 1994 to January, 1996, Iran transported over 5,000 tons of weapons and military equipment to Bosnia. The U.S. government gave the infamous “green light” to Tehran through Peter Galbraith. A U.S. Senate sub-committee that investigated this “green light” policy, a clear criminal act and an illegal act in violation of the UN arms embargo, concluded that it had strengthened the Iranian strategic position in Europe and had endangered the lives of U.S. civilians and troops. Why did the U.S. engage in this criminal and illegal activity exposing the hypocrisy of the U.S. that only made Iran stronger and which increased Iranian influence in Europe? Was the criminal and illegal U.S. policy…Croatia and the Bosnian Muslim faction were U.S. proxies and surrogates that acted as puppets for the U.S., NATO, and the EU…
Iran sent to Bosnia members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Pasdaran, 2,000 by 1995, who supervised the illegal arms shipments and who were incorporated into the Bosnian Muslim Army of Alija Izetbegovic, who made official state visits to Tehran in 1992 and 1993 to secure Iranian arms shipments and military and diplomatic support. Needless to say, these official visits by Izetbegovic, illegal and criminal actions because in violation of the UN arms embargo, were censored and suppressed in the U.S. and Western media….
American involvement and collusion and duplicity in the illegal Iranian arms shipments was apparent from the start. In May, 1994 and September, 1995, the U.S. directly intervened to allow illegal Iranian shipments to get to their destinations with the Bosnian Muslim Army. By September, 1994, the U.S. Army was “assisting and advising” the proxy and surrogate Bosnian Muslim military forces.
The Iranian Intelligence Agency (VEVAK) established branches and infrastructure in Bosnia. VEVAK had established links to Alija Izetbegovic’s radical, militant, and ultra-nationalist Islamic SDA party before the civil war started in 1992. Once the war started, VEVAK strengthened and expanded its ties to the Bosnian Muslim political leadership and the Bosnian Muslim secret police apparatus. Mohammed Taherian, a top Iranian intelligence agent who had armed the Taliban and was suspected of arming Shiite guerrillas, was sent to Sarajevo as the Iranian Ambassador to Bosnia. Taherian had been the former Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey offered to provide weapons and ammunition to the Bosnian Muslim forces even though they were illegal under the UN. Why did Izetbegovic choose Iran as the principal arms supplier for the Bosnian Muslim Army? A Bosnian Muslim journalist concluded that Izetbegovic “played his cards on the Iranian connection”. This was because Izetbegovic and the ultra-nationalist Islamic SDA party were ideologically closer to Iran than to Saudi Arabia or Turkey. Izetbegvic had rejected the Ataturk model of a secular and moderate Islamic political approach, although U.S. and Western pundits and analysts missed this fact. Izetbegovic and the SDA since 1979 had demonstrated respect, admiration, and sympathy for the Iranian Islamic Revolution. Izetbegovic saw the Iranian Islamic Republic as a model for Bosnia to follow. Needless to say, the U.S. media, government, pundits, and experts censored and covered-up this obvious fact. Moreover, the Tehran arms shipments to the Bosnian Muslims was not much of a secret. The illegal arms from Iran arrived weekly on a Iranian Boeing 747 to Zagreb in open view. U.S. and Western journalists and intelligence was fully aware of what was going on but kept silent. It was vital to suppress, censor, and cover-up these illegal arms shipments because U.S. and Western propaganda was supporting the Bosnian Msulim faction in a massive and unprecedented propaganda and infowar campaign. The U.S. strategic presence in Southeastern Europe depended on the success of the Bosnian Muslim and Croat proxies and surrogates. The future of NATO and the EU depended on it…