The recent arrest of Kosovar Albanian Islamic radicals living in the US and intent on killing American soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey should be a wake up call for all Americans. These "friends," who were given asylum during the Kosovo war, have now seen fit to return American goodwill by plotting to kill Americans. This mess is brought to you by the misguided and incompetent American policy in the Balkans, a product of career Department of State diplomats who wanted to protect Muslims from Serbian genocide." It has resulted instead, in radical Islam establishing a beach head on the doorstep of Europe. Lest their be any doubt about US objectives as envisioned by the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, read what Tom Lantos, D-California, had to say on April 17th:
"Just a reminder to the predominantly Muslim-led governments in this world that here is yet another example that the United States leads the way for the creation of a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe. This should be noted by both responsible leaders of Islamic governments, such as Indonesia, and also for jihadists of all color and hue. The United States' principles are universal, and, in this instance, the United States stands four square for the creation of an overwhelmingly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe."
Perhaps it would helpful if Congressman Lantos would read some of his own Congressional research. Some excerpts from a recent article in the Washington Times:
"A Congressional Research Service report produced in 2005 said instability in Albania during the 1990s gave al Qaeda a "foothold" there. "Poor internal security, lax border controls, and high rates of crime produced an environment conducive to terrorist activity," said the report by CRS specialist Steven Woehrel. "Some foreign Islamic extremists used Albania as a safe haven and gained Albanian citizenship."
Balkan Muslims also have been targets of al Qaeda recruitment efforts because they have an easier time blending in or evading U.S. and European security measures and border controls, which often are geared to identifying Middle Eastern extremists. Bosnia also has a large Muslim community that in the past has provided a base of support for al Qaeda and other terrorists. "It is estimated that several hundred former fighters stayed behind in Bosnia after the war and became Bosnian citizens by marrying Bosnian women," the CRS report said. "Some al Qaeda operatives in Bosnia reportedly had connections to members of Bosnia's intelligence service."
White House spokesman Tony Snow quickly reassured the American people that there is “no direct evidence” that the men arrested in the Fort Dix plot have ties to "international terrorism." In fact, Americans have been assured over the years by successive U.S. administrations that Kosovo’s Albanians are not really serious about their Islam, that even when they desecrate Christian churches and kill Serbian priests and monks that it is for nationalist rather than jihadist reasons. What does this mean for a future, first Muslim state in Europe? Shouldn't we be asking questions about major Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) figures’ documented links to jihad terrorism (including to Osama bin Laden personally) and organized crime? In the meantime, personnel, money and weapons linked to jihadist outrages all over Europe have been traced back to Kosovo, including the bombings in Madrid (March 2004) and London (July 2005), and a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Athens last year.
Ted Laskaris also has written about it here.
I also recommend reading a newly discovered blog, called Tao of Defiance. A very sobering post on the Kosovo Albanian Mafia.