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M. Bozinovich | Columns | Serbianna.com Kerry’s Dogs of War

By M. Bozinovich

Recent Albanian violence against the Serbs in Kosovo appears to have been a screaming success. Aside that UNMIK has made no convictions of the arrested Albanian suspects, the fact that NATO inflicted no reprisal to counter its exposed military impotence leaves the Albanian militants in a confident position that, if repeated again, the violence will drive NATO out of Kosovo.

In fact, it appears that the Albanian militants have also set the NATO drive-out date. "I'm not a fan of setting dates,” said Hasim Taci, the leader of the Albanian paramilitary in Kosovo “but if I win elections in October I will implement my vision of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state."

Albanians for Kerry Button
While violence against NATO may be only a component of Taci’s vision of Kosovo, to make it a successful political tool a whole string of conditions would have to be met prior. Nationalist victory in Serbian presidential election would indeed help his cause. Yet the most significant one is that the Albanian militants require a sympathetic sugar-daddy in the political office in Washington that will order the Serbian army to stay on the side lest they be bombed again while cynically claiming that the Albanian militants, that are replacing NATO, are well suited to protect the Serbian minority in Kosovo.

Albanian endorsement of the Kerry campaign indicates that this duplicitous Senator has accepted the left’s coveted position of a selfless dispenser of favors to Muslim separatists all over the world. Kerry’s prospective foreign policy team is packed with resumes that fume with disrespect for sovereignty of nations, wanton global militarism and a sympathetic prior relationship with Muslim separatists in the Balkans that are now providing safe-havens for al Qaeda terrorists.

The Choice Pool

The choice of the Secretary of State and staffing of the bureaucrats in the State Department will be influenced, in a large measure, by Kerry’s foreign policy adviser Rand Beers.

Rand Beers
Political loyalties of Rand Beers have already been tested when in 2002 he deserted George Bush and suddenly resurfaced as his loudest critic of the Iraq war. Although Beers never came clean why he lied under oath to protect the DynCorp in a suit brought by Ecuadorian villagers that were sprayed by deadly toxins, in a distinctive Balkan flavor to the conspiracies of Rand Beers, the employees of his beloved DynCorp have been implicated in running a sex slave operations in Bosnia and Kosovo. Moreover, on the eve of the Albanian violence against Serbs in Kosovo in March, it was reported that Beers was having a dinner with the Albanian militant Hasim Taci in Washington.

Marc Ginsberg
More of an experienced pragmatic, Marc Ginsberg brings to Kerry his diplomatic experience acquired in a Muslim country (Morocco) and because of that has already testified in the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee along with Kosovo Albanian separatist Veton Surroi (in 2002). Speaking to the presiding Senator Biden, himself a recipient of Albanian lobby money, Ginsberg indicated that the US can “begin [to turn the tide in the war of ideas with the Muslim world] by opening up lines of communication that have until now been off limits and out of bounds by our diplomats." Presumably then, US should grant independence to Kosovo because, there, next to Ginsberg, sat Surroi pleading for independence by prostituting his experience with oppressive regimes: "an independent media is crucial to building democratic institutions where there were none.” Said Surroi. “I do think that some lessons we learned in Kosova can be applied in the Middle East, Central and South Asia. ... We know how to operate within a repressive system and what kind of support is needed."

Will Marshall
Kerry has already tapped Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute to craft his general foreign policy contours towards “progressive internationalism”. As the author of “Democratic Realism: the Third Way” Marshall argues that the “U.S.-led intervention in Kosovo” is good because it is “a policy consciously based on a mix of moral values and security interests with the parallel goals of halting a humanitarian tragedy and ensuring NATO's credibility as an effective force for regional stability.” Marshall’s wanton global militarism seeking to transpose the military business of killing into an altruistic moral value is then polished and marketed as an enlightened political selling point. Chants Kerry: “We are Americans, trustees of a vision and a heritage that commit us to the values of democracy and the universal cause of human rights.”

Michael O’Hanlon
Another on Kerry’s short list for a possible chair at his foreign policy table is Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in foreign-policy studies at the Brookings Institution. Along with the ethnic Croatian Ivo Daalder, O’Hanlon has a long anti-Serbian animus veiled into an intellectual prose and dogmatic sophistry. Claiming that the pundits of humanitarian intervention will be disappointed, O’Hanlon argues that NATOs 1999 attack on a sovereign country, Serbia, without a UN mandate, was a good thing and it worked because of a threat of ground forces. “Clinton has made an important decision in reopening the door to ground forces. We need to give the policy teeth.” Giving teeth made Belgrade cave in and “Once Belgrade gave in, the U.N. was given political control over Kosovo… [UN] will have the decisive role in determining the territory’s political future [and]… the United Nations has emerged strengthened from the war”. O’Hanlon appears to believe that the diplomatic language of raw military power is an important catalyst for moral virtue that also strengthens international institutions.

James Steinberg
On the insistence of Gephardt, O’Hanlon contacted his fellow at the Brookings Institution, James Steinberg, who as the deputy national security adviser for Clinton defended Wesley Clark’s insistence on attacking Serbian civilian targets. “I did not think [Clark] was being insubordinate," declared Steinberg although Gen. Shelton and then Defense Secretary Cohen relieved Clark from his military post due to such Clark’s acts of insubordination. Steinberg’s affinity to cruelty was, in fact, rather obvious when on the eve of attack on Serbia he spoke to reporters: “I want to see the rapid economic death of Serbia” then gave a cynically grim prospects of the Serbian democrats that ousted Milosevic from power on October of 2000. Serbia is a “badly fractured and demoralized society facing a tough road," exclaimed Steinberg, never mind his contribution to that.

Leon Fuerth

Another possible Kerry foreign policy appointee is Leon Fuerth, who served as national-security adviser to vice-president Al Gore. Perhaps the most vocal in attributing all Balkan ills to Serbia, Fuerth is also a throwback to Berzezinski’s foreign policy school arguing for American wanton global militarism that will exploit ethnic conflicts as a pretexts for imperial takeovers. Fuerth was a member of the 1992 Carnegie study group created by Ambassador Abramowitz that formulated the new left-liberal foreign policy consensus for the post Cold War that guided Clinton in the Balkans. Titled "Self-Determination in the New World Order” the publication set criteria and guidelines for diplomats to use in deciding when to support separatist ethnic groups seeking independence, and advocated military force for that purpose. The book explicitly advocated American takeover of OSCE and NATO as tools for escalation of regional ethnic conflicts, as creators of military pretexts and the institutions of American military presence aftermath. Incidentally, it was William Walker of the OSCE that set off NATO attack on Serbia by certifying claims of the Albanian militants that Serb police massacred Albanian civilians in Racak.

Jonathan Winer
Perhaps the most sober among possible Kerry foreign policy appointees may be Jonathan Winer, Kerry’s former staff counsel that investigated Bank of Credit and Commerce International, an international bank implicated in money laundering and support for terrorism. Testifying before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Winer provided details to his claims made for the Voice of America: “Affluent Muslims all over the world were giving money for [separatist] causes… A lot of that money went to charitable reconstruction, but a lot of that money also went for military resistance, and there were terrorists who were recruited out of Chechnya and Kosovo and a lot of that was funded by charitable donations.”

List of Islamic charities Kerry’s potential foreign policy wonks helped establish in the Balkans:

Muslim Brotherhood - central role in providing ideological and technical capacities for supporting terrorist finance in Bosnia

Muwafaq - millions of dollars to Al Qaeda for terrorist training and resistance in Bosnia

Khalid bin Mahfouz charities - support for Islamic resistance in Albania and Bosnia

World Muslim League - personnel worked for or with Al Qaeda in Bosnia

Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation – funneled money to al Qaeda terrorist group by pretending the funds were going to build orphanages, Islamic schools and mosques, had its assets seized

Benevolence International – in a Sarajevo (Bosnia) raid, FBI found a handwritten list of 20 wealthy donors to Al Qaida, including "the bin Laden brothers

Mohamed Galeb Kalaje Zouaydi, wealthy Muslim businessman charged with financing the September 11 terrorist attacks, channeled 670,000 Euros to Al Qaeda that purchased weapons from Kosovo Albanian guerrillas for bin Laden's operations in Afghanistan

Speaking with Tony Snow for the FOX News, Winer characterized Albanian-dominated Kosovo as an Islamic charity case where donated “money has been diverted. It was diverted in Kosovo to support the soldiers in Kosovo, and from there it went to Al Qaeda. Now that happened. There's no question that it happened.”

Balkans Under Kerry

The problem with Kerry’s foreign policy prospects is not so much that virtually all of them have had an antagonistic relationship with Serbia, but rather that they never question what their very own, Winer, is suggesting their policies did in the Balkans.

Between all of moralizing and exhilarating rhetoric, it is still a fact that only after lending support to Islamic separatists in the Balkans in the early 1990s the terrorist threat began to emanate out of there. Spanish have been the first victims of those gruesome policies.

Meanwhile, it is also a no surprise that the Albanian militant Taci has set the date for NATOs expulsion out of Kosovo for times when Kerry may replace George Bush. Albanian lobby in the US has dully endorsed Kerry perhaps out of confidence that Kerry’s foreign policy team will advise this Vietnam veteran to look the other way while the resurrected terrorist outfit, Kosovo Protection Corps, cleanses the province of NATO, of Christianity, of all non-Albanians, and plants a firmer terrorist seed in the region.

M. Bozinovich 
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