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Op-Ed: Serbian Condolences for the Life of Arafat

In eulogizing Arafat, Milosevic does not represent the Serbian people, not even the relatively small number who, like myself, have actively defended him against the fabricated charges at The Hague Tribunal.
Published: Friday, November 19, 2004 12:03 AM


Slobodan Milosevic issued a statement of "deepest condolences" for the "loss" of Yasser Arafat, whom he called "one of the most important symbols of the struggle for the rights of peoples in our times" and the "President of Palestine."

In eulogizing Arafat, Milosevic does not represent the Serbian people, not even the relatively small number who, like myself, have actively defended him against the fabricated charges at The Hague Tribunal. If Milosevic were sincere about defending the Serbs against oppression, why would he endorse Arafat, the latest incarnation of the Islamic fanatics who have been murdering Serbs for centuries?

I can find no mention of any 'nation of Palestine' in history books. The creation of this mythical state, complete with a 'people' called 'the Palestinians', has been a project of the NATO governments, the media and Arab leaders. We saw the same thing in the Balkans. There, Western and Muslim leaders created two imaginary peoples. One, called 'Kosovars', were ordinary Albanians living in Kosovo, the cradle of Serbian national culture (the Jerusalem of Serbia). The other, called 'Bosniaks', were Muslims living in the Yugoslav administrative unit called Bosnia-Herzegovina, where they were not a majority and where Serbian Christian peasants farmed most of the land.

The Western media transformed these Muslims into 'peoples' and gave them brand names, marketing them as rightful owners of the false nations of Bosnia and Kosovo. In this way, Serbs could be portrayed as occupying a supposedly foreign land. When NATO mobilized the 'Bosniaks' and 'Kosovars' to destroy a real country - Yugoslavia - Western citizens were sold the lie that this was national liberation.[1]

This is the pattern for NATO nation-destroying. The media portrays a local ethnic population with a weakness for racism as an 'oppressed nation'. This group is mobilized against a real nation that has been the historic object of its hatred. It is encouraged to launch terrorist attacks against the real nation. The media portrays this terror as a tragically violent attempt to win justified demands. NATO and the UN intervene, aiding and abetting the terrorists to destroy the target nation.

Cases in point: Albanians in Macedonia and Kosovo; Muslims in Bosnia; and 'Palestinian' Arabs living in Israel and the disputed territories, ethnically identical to Arabs in Jordan, Egypt and Syria (Arafat, the 'Palestinian' symbol, is from Egypt). By constantly referring to them as 'Palestinians', the media has imbued them with national status. This was aided by the refusal of Arab governments to let 'Palestinian' refugees become citizens in the Arab states; by the UN, which has given them a fortune in aid on condition that they remain 'Palestinians' and refugees; and by the US government, which coerced Israel to accept a 'Palestinian state'.

The 'Palestinians' are defined by their purpose, stated in the constitution of Arafat's group, Fatah. Their 'liberation' requires the "eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence." Peace negotiations may be a useful ploy, but "[a]rmed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic... and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished..."[2]

Milosevic called Arafat "one of the most important symbols of the struggle for the rights of peoples in our times." He can make this preposterous statement because the mainstream media routinely portrays Arafat as a secular progressive. In fact, Arafat's Fatah is heir to the deadliest scourge of the 20th century, the wedding of Islam and Nazism, which slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies, and played a key role in the Holocaust.

Arafat - Progressive? Or Nazi?

The British-appointed Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, was Arafat's mentor in the 'Palestinian' movement until he died in 1974. For example, veterans of the Mufti's Arab Higher Committee set up the terrorist group Fatah, putting Arafat in charge.

In 2002, when Arafat was asked whether he was worried that he might be replaced, he answered by invoking his mentor, the Mufti:

"Were they able to replace our hero Haj Amin Al-Husseini? ...There were a number of attempts to get rid of Haj Amin, whom they considered an ally of the Nazis. But even so, he lived in Cairo, and participated in the 1948 war, and I was one of his troops."[3]

To understand Arafat, one must understand the Mufti. That requires understanding why fanatical Muslims hate Israel and Serbia.

For 400 years, Christians and Jews in the Balkans lived under the terror of the Islamic Ottoman Empire.[4] They were known as dhimmi people. So were Christians and Jews in the Middle East. 'Dhimmitude' means that Muslims don't kill Christians and Jews as long as they accept the Dhimma, an agreement of surrender under which these 'people of the book' are semi-slaves of the Muslims. If they violate the humiliating and abusive Dhimma by resisting, Islamic authorities may issue a fatwa for holy war (jihad) against them. [5]

Thus, in modern times, when Christians and Jews in the Balkans and the Middle East defend their rights, Muslim fanatics see them as proper targets for jihad.

Perhaps this explains why Haj Amin Al-Husseini has so much appeal to Muslims. Look at his history. In 1920, he organized a slaughter of Jews in Jerusalem. This was three years after Zionists secured British approval for the creation of a Jewish homeland, thus violating the Dhimma.[6]

The next year, the British government rewarded this fanatical terrorist by appointing him Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Following that, he organized more pogroms, including the 1929 Hebron massacre, during which the murderers chanted, "The [British] government is with us!" and "Palestine is our land and the Jews are our dogs!" These chants express the essence of Haj Amin Al-Husseini's movement, passed down to Arafat and his followers: not a national liberation movement, but a movement dependent on great power sponsors, with a goal of crushing the 'dogs' - "our dogs" - who violated the Dhimma by acting as free people.[7]

By 1936, Haj Amin had a new Great Power sponsor: Nazi Germany. During World War II, he was Hitler's top Nazi in charge of Muslim affairs. In a personal meeting, Hitler promised to put Haj Amin in charge of wiping out Middle Eastern Jewry as soon as the Nazis consolidated the Russian front.[8]

In the meantime, Haj Amin pushed Nazi officials to finish the Holocaust quickly in Europe. The following is testimony from the trial of Holocaust chief Adolph Eichmann, concerning his relationship with the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini:

State Attorney Bach: This is our document No. 281. Mr. Steiner first tells us that [Eichmann's deputy, Dieter] Wisliceny described his talks with Eichmann, why Palestine cannot be considered as the destination for [Jewish] emigration: "When I asked him why, he laughed and asked whether I had never heard of the Grand Mufti Husseini. He explained that the Mufti has very close contact and cooperation with Eichmann, and therefore Germany cannot agree to Palestine being the final destination, as this would be a blow to Germany's prestige in the Mufti's eyes." Then he goes on: "At this further conversation Wisliceny gave me more details about the cooperation between Eichmann and the Mufti. The Mufti is a sworn enemy of the Jews and has always fought for the idea of annihilating the Jews... The Mufti is one of the originators of the systematic destruction of European Jewry by the Germans, and he has become a permanent colleague, partner and adviser to Eichmann? in the implementation of this programme." [?][9]

At the same time, the Mufti organized Bosnian Muslims into the Nazi SS Handzar Division. They fought at Stalingrad and hunted down thousands of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies. Understanding the power of Muslim fanaticism, Hitler ordered the German officers in charge of Handzar to wear the fez, which had become a symbol of jihad. (Later, during the 1990s, the Bosnian Muslim extremists, whom NATO supported, would fondly recall Haj Amin's Handzar SS Division.[10])

After the war, Haj Amin returned to the Middle East, shamefully under State Department protection.[11] There, he once again terrorized Arabs willing to live in peace with the Jews and incited Arabs to slaughter Jews in 1948, when the Arab armies tried to crush Israel in the cradle.

This is the man who fashioned the post-war 'Palestinian' movement, born of the wedding of fanatical Islam and German Nazism, complete with an imaginary 'Palestinian people' that was designed to create world support for the destruction of Israel by depicting this destruction as an act of national liberation. By calling Arafat a symbol of the fight for justice, Milosevic is in fact endorsing the line of the Western Establishment. It is not the first time.

The Western media image of Milosevic as a militant defender of the Serbs is pure fiction. The now-destroyed state of Yugoslavia was first and foremost a creation of the Serbs, so that the Balkans could be protected from the Muslim conquerors who terrorized Serbs - and also Jews - for 400 years, as well as from the Austro-Hungarians and Germans, who killed over two million Serbs, Jews and Gypsies during the past century. Yugoslavia was also created so that the entire Serbian people could live in a common state. When fascists and Islamic extremists, backed by Germans, the UK and the US, tried to break up Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Milosevic's government adopted the Western line that the attacks on Serbs in Bosnian and Croatian areas of Yugoslavia were a purely local affair, and Serbia proper should keep hands off.

Thus, at the start - when united resistance might have derailed the destruction of Yugoslavia - Milosevic atomized the Serbs, preventing unified action and demoralizing many who wanted to fight back. But even as he said the State of Serbia had no responsibility for defending Serbs in Bosnia and the Krajina territory (near Croatia), Milosevic also tried to prevent these 'local' Serbs from defending themselves. He said the Krajina Serbs should rely for their defense on the UN. When Arab states and Iran, working under Pentagon coordination, shipped Middle Eastern terrorists into Bosnia to crush the Serbs, and the Serbs in Bosnia fought back, Milosevic slapped an embargo on them.[12]

By falsely accusing Milosevic of atrocities against Muslims, NATO's Tribunal has made it necessary for those who would defend the truth about Yugoslavia to defend Milosevic. I shall continue to oppose the charges against Milosevic, because these charges are lies. Milosevic is not guilty of war crimes against Bosnian Muslims, against Croats or against Albanians in Kosovo. Rather, he is guilty of facilitating the NATO onslaught against his own people. The Hague Tribunal's attacks on him are attempts to demonize the Serbs. But the Serbian people are in a desperate position today in large part because Milosevic sabotaged unified action.

Notes:
[1] For a fact-based refutation of the usual Western media 'information' about Kosovo, see Prof. Francisco-Gil-White's, "The Serbs Were Not Oppressing the Kosovo Albanians... Quite the Opposite" at emperors-clothes.com/gilwhite/talk.htm.

[2] For the introduction to the Fatah (or Fateh) constitution, go to www.fateh.net/e_public/constitution.htm

[3] www.pmw.org.il/bulletins-050802.html

[4] To learn more about the history of Muslim oppression of Serbs during and after the Ottoman Empire, go to www.srpska-mreza.com/History/pre-wwOne/Muslims.html.

[5] www.dhimmitude.org/archive/by_lecture_10oct2002.htm.

[6] For the Balfour Declaration, see www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/balfour.htm. For the League of Nations document creating the British-governed Palestine Mandate for the purpose of creating a Jewish homeland, see www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/palmanda.htm.

[7] For eyewitness accounts of the events of 1929 in Hebron, see "'The Government is With Us'" at www.professors.org.il/docs/eye.htm#Hersh. See especially reporter Pierre Van Paassen's account of the British official who was apparently under orders to permit the slaughter of Jews (scroll slightly more than half-way down the page).

[8] emperors-clothes.com/gilwhite/Israel.htm#meet

[9] See, "The Trial of Adolph Eichmann, Session 50" at tinyurl.com/4c25f.

[10] See "Himmler was their Defender: The SS Handzar Division Lives on in Bosnia" at emperors-clothes.com/bosnia/svijet.htm

[11] See the New York Post, 23 February 1948, Editorial by Observer, "Ex-Mufti, Criminal Ally" at www.varchive.org/obs/480223.htm.

[12] See "Dutch report: Pentagon secret service directed Iran's Bosnian terror" at emperors-clothes.com/analysis/deja.htm#dutch. Regarding the destruction of the Krajina Serbs, see www.srpska-mreza.com/Krajina/index.html.