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Which Terrorists Are Worse?
Al Qaeda? Or the KLA?
by Jared Israel
[Posted 12 December 2001]
Slobodan Milosevic, the kidnapped former President of
Yugoslavia, appeared before The Hague
'Tribunal' yesterday. (1)
"Asked how he pleaded to the charges, guilty
or not guilty, Mr. Milosevic reacted like his old
defiant self and said: 'This miserable text is the
ultimate absurdity. I should be given credit for
peace in Bosnia, not war.' Responsibility for the
Bosnian war, he went on, 'lies with the Western
powers that broke up Yugoslavia and their Yugoslav
agents.' Because he failed to respond with a plea, the
court entered a plea of not guilty... (1)
"The charges against him in Kosovo, he said,
'will inevitably open up the issue of the Clinton
administration's cooperation with the terrorists in
Kosovo, including the bin Laden organization.' He was
referring to ethnic Albanian rebels of the Kosovo
Liberation Army who, he contends, attacked Serbian
forces with help from foreign Islamic militants."
('N.Y. Times,' 12/12/01 * Note: the 'Times' uses the
term Islamic, meaning Muslim, when it should use
'Islamist,' meaning Muslim clerical-fascists.)
charge for which Milosevic has been tried and convicted
in the Western press is that he suppressed a popular
movement using brutal methods. (2)
But what if they lied to us about Kosovo and
Milosevic, just as they lied to us about the bombing
of the Red Cross, or that bin
Laden was fighting the CIA throughout the 1990s? What
if in fact Yugoslavia used relatively humane methods to
fight the U.S.-supported secessionists in Kosovo - which
by the way is the oldest part of Serbia. What if this
contrasts favorably with the tactics employed by the U.S.
in Afghanistan - which is not part of the U.S.A.? (3)
What if the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) is a
terrorist organization, created by the USA and Germany,
trained by U.S. and British covert forces, installed in
power in Kosovo as a proxy force for NATO?
What if hundreds of thousands of Serbs, 'Gypsies,'
Slavic Muslims, Turks, non-fascist Albanians and Jews
have been driven from the province by the KLA - with
NATO's apparent approval? (4)
These are the issues Milosevic promises to expose.
We have posted evidence of the KLA's ties to
Osama bin Laden's terrorists. (5)
New evidence emerged today. We are informed that an
Australian, captured in Afghanistan, had previously
fought for the KLA, then went for training with al Qaeda
in Pakistan, and ended up a Taliban soldier. (http://au.news.yahoo.com/011212/2/1onh.html
But the KLA is terrorist regardless of its links to al
Qaeda. The evidence is overwhelming. Consider, for
example, the case of Mr. Ramush Haradinaj.
According to a December 4th BBC report, Mr. Haradinaj,
who leads the so-called Democratic League of Kosova (sic!)
or LDK, has been meeting with leaders of the Alliance for
the Future of Kosova (also sic!) to plan a 'broad based'
government in the province. (Why did I put 'sic!' after
'Kosova'? See footnote 6 )
Who is Ramush Haradinaj?
"COOK HELD TALKS WITH WAR
by Tom Walker
"THE 'ethical dimension' of Robin Cook's
foreign policy has come under renewed attack after it
emerged that a Kosovo Albanian leader whom the
foreign secretary met last week may be linked with
"On his return from Kosovo, Cook promised
that 'a principled defence of democracy and human
rights' would remain a cornerstone of his foreign
policy should he retain his portfolio after the
"However, Francis Maude, the shadow foreign
secretary, accused him of "encouraging a culture
of impunity" by holding talks with Ramush
Haradinaj, 32, a former nightclub bouncer and
guerrilla commander suspected by United Nations
officials of possible involvement in the murder of
civilians, and of helping to run smuggling rackets
across the province.
"A French official said last week he was
amazed that Haradinaj, leader of the Alliance for the
Future of Kosovo, had been invited to the British
residence in Pristina, the capital, during Cook's
visit...Haradinaj could face charges over what may be
the biggest atrocity carried out by the Kosovo
Liberation Army (KLA). Forty civilians were killed
during several months in 1998 in the village of
Glodjane in western Kosovo, where Haradinaj was then
the KLA commander. Many of the bodies - of Serbs,
Albanians and gypsies - bore marks of torture.
"Moderate Albanians in the Democratic League
of Kosovo have implicated Haradinaj in the murders of
civilians suspected of collaborating with Serbian
forces. But Haradinaj has dismissed accusations of
war crimes and treats talk of indictment at The Hague
as 'propaganda by political opponents.'
"...In common with other senior KLA
commanders, he was equipped with a satellite phone
during Nato airstrikes in 1999, helping the alliance
to pinpoint targets.
"...When the KLA emerged, he... established
himself as commander of the western Decane region,
basing himself in Glodjane, one of his clan's
"When the UN took charge of the province's
administration, he became second-in-command of the
Kosovo Protection Corps, the KLA's peacetime
"Diplomats in Pristina said Haradinaj entered
politics last year at the behest of Britain and
America, which wanted to see the KLA's support base
split. 'He said it was too early for independence,'
said a European official introduced to Haradinaj. 'He
was coached to say what was needed.' Last April
Haradinaj made a fundraising trip to Washington..."
('Sunday Times,' (London) of 29 April 2001: April 29,
A few quick points about this article:
First, note that the 'Times' articles quotes some
nameless "Diplomats" to the effect that "Britain
and America wanted to see the KLA's support base split."
Thus the 'Times' prettifies the ugly fact that the U.S.
and British governments coached Haradinaj and funded him,
thereby thrusting him into politics, instead of jail,
where he belonged.
Second, note that Mr. Haradinaj is a leader of the
Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) . The KPC was set up by the
UN mission in Kosovo, at Washington's behest. It is
composed of former KLA terrorists.
A special UN report accused the KPC of:
"Murder, torture and extortion: these are the
extraordinary charges made against the UN's own
Kosovo Protection Corps in a confidential United
Nations report written for Secretary-General Kofi
"The KPC stands accused in the document,
drawn up on 29 February, of 'criminal activities -
killings, ill-treatment/torture, illegal policing,
abuse of authority, intimidation, breaches of
political neutrality and hate-speech'." ('The
Observer,' 12 March 2000, quoted in http://emperors-clothes.com/news/howwill.htm
Many if not most of
the terrorists fighting to destroy Macedonia are
members of the KPC. These terrorists are paid by NATO! (7)
Ramush Haradinaj is not any ordinary terrorist.
On December 14, 1998, masked gunmen sprayed bullets
into the Panda Cafe in the Kosovo city of Pec. Six
children were murdered.
The act of terror was so horrific, even U.S. Balkans
envoy Richard Holbrooke denounced it.
'"Because of its cruelty and its cowardice,
this crime stands above all crimes,' said Mirko
Simonovic, principal of the slain teenagers' school."
('Agence France Presse,' 16 December 1998)
The KLA was responsible. But what part of the KLA?
"...His [Ramush Haradinaj's] men already are
suspected of carrying out the Panda Cafe murders,
when masked rebels opened fire in December on a
restaurant the city of Pec, killing six Serbian
youths. His men also are suspected of shooting at U.S.
diplomatic monitors..." ('AP,' 8 March 1999)
As mentioned earlier, Haradinaj was implicated in the
slaughter of civilians in the town of Glodjane. These
"...Serbian farmers, some gypsies and
Albanians suspected of being collaborators."('Sunday
Times', (London) 3 September 2000)
How could Ramush Haradinaj be sure that a Kosovo
Albanian or a 'Gypsy' was a 'collaborator'? One way was
if he or she refused to support the secessionist-organized
boycott of Public schools (taught in the Albanian
language!) Another sure clue was that he or she worked
for the government, as a forester for example. (8)
When Washington officials met with Haradinaj to
discuss funding his political campaign last year, they
were of course violating Yugoslav sovereignty and
therefore international law (e.g., the Helsinki Final Act).
But aside from that, is it possible they didn't know who
Haradinaj was and what he stood for?
"'Washington knows what we want,' he [Ramush
Haradinaj] added with a smile. 'We've been clear from
the very beginning.'" (Kosovo Rebels Won't Give
Up Guns By ANNE THOMPSON, 'Associated Press,' 8 March
Haradinaj has been competing with another KLA thug,
Hashim Thaci, who has also been transformed into a proper
politician. Thaci's group is called the Democratic Party
of Kosova (sic!) or PKK. Isn't it nice
that both these terrorists have the adjective
'democratic' stuck onto their party names? (6)
Thaci and Haradinaj have been fighting over who gets
the graft in impoverished Kosovo - for example, over the
"control of certain petrol stations." (See
'Daily Telegraph', June 12, 2000)
The 'Telegraph' does not come right out and say that
Haradinaj and Thaci are gangsters. But 'Jane's Defense
Review' is quite forthright:
"[Thaci's] PDK has good links with Albanian
exile groups in America, Switzerland and Germany,
although the bulk of Thaci's funding is now believed
to come from racketeering and other crime-generated
sources." ('Jane's Intelligence Review'
September 1, 2000)
Note that 'Jane's Defense' calls the money that Thaci
gets from racketeering 'funding,' as if he had applied
for a grant for a community orchestra or for a home for
Apparently gangsterism is now routine in Kosovo.
Last year, Washington gave Hashim Thaci a bigger
reception than his competitor, Ramush Haradinaj.
Here's how 'Voice of America' described it:
"Hashim Thaci, who leads the Democratic Party
of Kosovo (PDK)... spoke at a press conference at UN
headquarters. He is concluding a trip to the United
States, during which he met with U.S. State
Department and congressional officials. He also
attended the convention in Los Angeles last week at
which the U.S. Democratic Party chose Vice President
Al Gore to be its candidate for president.
"In response to questions, Thaci repeatedly
said he saw democracy progressing in Kosovo. He said
local elections would help provide a basis for
general elections in the province and contribute to
what he called the democratization of the Balkans.
"Thaci pointed to democratic changes in
Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Macedonia and said
he believed pro-democracy forces would eventually win
out in Montenegro. He also said he considered the
general elections planned for Yugoslavia next month
as "elections in a neighboring country." (From
'Radio Free Europe,' 22 August 2000)
Thaci's tour was barely mentioned in the US press. But
'Voice of America' (VOA) broadcast the story far and wide
in the Balkans. By doing so, VOA made it perfectly clear
that the US government was behind this terrorist.
Thaci became a KLA media star during the so-called
peace negotiations at Rambouillet in the winter of 1999.
Before that he was the main KLA leader in the Kosovo town
of Klecka, which had been seized by the KLA. When
Yugoslav forces liberated the town in August, 1998, they
made some gruesome discoveries.
[Start Quote] "Captured KLA
Men Say Serbs Were Executed
"...Police escorted journalists into the area
on Friday after three days of fierce fighting to
dislodge its KLA defenders. [Note that 'Reuters' uses
the word 'defenders' to describe these KLA terrorists.]
"Reporters for Western media said two
captured KLA men showed them a spot in Klecka where
10 Serbs-- including three women and two children -
were shot by a KLA firing squad.
"Pristina country court investigating
magistrate Danica Marinkovic said four burned bodies
found in the village were believed to be those of
victims of the shootings. There was no trace of the
other corpses." ('Reuters' 28 August 1998) [End
[Start Quote] "Domestic and foreign
reporters, residing in Pristina, were allowed to
follow questioning of a witness, at the site of the
crime. The arrested Bekim Mazreku was answering to
questions of Ms. Danica Marinkovic, an investigation
officer. In presence of police, translator and the
journalists, Mr. Murzeku said the following:
"Mr. Bekim Mazreku: We executed ten here. Two
were children, three women, two young boys and three
"Ms. Marinkovic: Could you tell us the age of
Mr. Bekim Mazreku: From seven or eight to eleven.
"Ms. Marinkovic: "And women?"
"Mr. Bekim Mazreku: From 28 to 32.
"Ms. Marinkovic: Who was executing them?
"Mr. Bekim Mazreku: The Kosovo Liberation
"Twenty one year old Mr. Bekim Mazreku was
then returned to jail. Journalists were then shown
the fence and trees where the execution bullets
landed. Also we saw the mentioned pit with chlorine
as well as few semi-burned skulls and numerous bones
belonging to victims of this crime. The police have
also shown to us photographs of a dead man with head
chopped off and mutilated body. The police told us
that the photographs were found in a basement of a
house in Klecka.
"The village of Klecka has a dozen of houses
on few acres of land. It had been turned into a
military camp by KLA." [End Quote]
(From 'Radio B92,' 29 August 1998. You should know
that in the fall of 1998, 'Radio B92' was fiercely
anti-Yugoslav government. It was funded by Western
government and related sources. Regarding this, see
the Emperor's Clothes interview with the news editor
and Webmaster from Radio B92 at http://www.emperors-clothes.com/interviews/emperor.htm
As the interview shows, B92 did not have a pro-Yugoslav
Army bias; quite the contrary.)
[Start Quote] "The killings in Klecka have
been linked to Thaci, who now heads the Democratic
party of Kosovo." ('Sunday Times' (London)
September 3, 2000, Sunday) [End Quote]
We who labor to expose media lies about Yugoslavia
have argued that the KLA's links to al Qaeda prove that
the KLA is a terrorist group.
Maybe we've got it wrong. Maybe we ought to be arguing
that the KLA's links to al Quaida prove that al Quaida is
a terrorist group.
-- Jared Israel
1) Milosevic was literally kidnapped
from Yugoslavia and taken to The Hague 'Tribunal,' about
which see 'NATO's
Tribunal: Straight From the Horse's Mouth'. Includes
some amazing facts about this institution. Can be read at
Attacks Everyone; Media Attacks...Miloshevich?' by
Jared Israel. Challenges much of what you have been told
about the man. Can be read at http://www.emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/expan.htm
3) * For our interview with people at Red Cross
headquarters concerning the bombing of their warehouses
in Kabul, go to http://emperors-clothes.com/interviews/redcross.htm
* For the evidence the bin Laden is still, in some
form, a CIA asset, go to http://emperors-clothes.com/news/probestop-i.htm
4) "What NATO Takeover Would Mean
for Macedonia: The Lesson of Orahovac in Kosovo."
Eye-witness accounts of NATO's occupation of a Serbian
5) 'Bin Laden in the Balkans' includes several mainstream media accounts of
the link between the KLA and al Quaida. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/news/binl.htm
6) To understand
why there's a sic! after 'Kosova,'
see Linguistics Professor Peter Maher's 'KosovO/KosovA
- What's in a Name?' at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/maher/inaname.htm
VIRGINIA BUT THEY ARE NATO TROOPS, NOT 'REBELS'' by
Jared Israel, can be read at http://www.emperors-clothes.com/mac/times.htm
8) For a discussion of the attempts by the ethnic
Albanian secessionists in Kosovo to intimidate non-secessionist
Albanians, see http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/Johnstone/1yugo.htm#kspring
Ms. Johnstone's article is filled with mind-stretching
observations about Yugoslavia. Worth reading twice.
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