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Balkan jihad

"Balkan jihad" Continued...

Issue: "Survivors," Sept. 29, 2007

WORLD: You write that following the Dayton agreement's supposed bringing of peace to the Balkans, "the Clinton administration was uninterested in bad news from Bosnia. Dayton was their diplomatic triumph, and no amount of Islamist criminality was going to undo it." Which journalists tried to break through that ignoring of the facts?

SCHINDLER: Unfortunately, very few reported bad news. That the Bosnian jihad was considered a major success by al-Qaida was something no journalist uttered. When Chris Hedges of The New York Times, an experienced correspondent, reported accurately about extensive SDA crime and corruption in 2000, the story got little attention in the U.S., though quite a bit in Bosnia.

WORLD: What was the connection of the Bosnian jihad to 9/11 terrorism?

SCHINDLER: Thousands of mujahedeen who fought in Bosnia went on to perpetrate murder and mayhem in many countries in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia-and the United States. Khalid Sheikh Muhammad-the infamous KSM, the senior al-Qaida operative who planned the 9/11 attacks-was a seasoned veteran of the Bosnian jihad, as were two of the hijackers. It should be noted that the Millennium Plot at the end of December 1999, the narrowly averted al-Qaida attempt to blow up Los Angeles International Airport, was planned by a cell of mujahedeen operating in Montreal, most of them veterans of the Bosnian war, and the operation was controlled out of central Bosnia.

WORLD: What's happened in Bosnia over the past few years, away from the media spotlight?

SCHINDLER: I'm afraid that the last few years have seen little political and economic progress in that unfortunate country. It remains deeply troubled and divided. Since 9/11, as U.S. attention has understandably focused elsewhere, Bosnia has continued its seemingly relentless slide into crime, corruption, and extremism. Radical Islam has a stronger hold there than ever before, and it remains a mystery to me why Western governments continue not to give this problem, in the heart of Europe, the attention it deserves.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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