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The Worst GOP Candidate in History
Chronicles Magazine ^ | 20 September 2010 | Srdja Trifkovic

Posted on 09/24/2010 4:27:26 AM PDT by Doctor13

“Conservative” Joseph DioGuardi’s “sensational” election as the GOP Senate candidate in New York has shaken up the Republican Party, gloats the Tropoja-based Albanian Minerals President M. Mujaj in the Wall Street Journal Blog. “The American people have spoken,” this self-styled compatriot of ours is telling us. “The American way of life needs to be rebalanced. Households need to stop spending what they don’t have. Local and state governments need to slash their budgets to live off whatever tax revenues they generate [...] The American people voted for change.”

What Mr. Mujaj does not mention is that former Congressman DioGuardi is the founder and well-endowed president of the Albanian American Civic League, a lobby group for the KLA-run “independent” province of “Kosova.” This is a significant fact, crucial to the funding of his candidacy, which he curiously does not mention on his campaign website. Even more curiously, the League’s aacl.com site —full of information on DioGuardi’s KLA connections —has been mysteriously dormant for weeks. There is, nevertheless, ample evidence out there that DioGuardi and his wife have been, for years, key fundraisers and apologists for the terrorist KLA in this country. It is unsurprising that he omits this aspect of his career from his pitch to the voters of New York, but it is curious that no one has called attention to the fact thus far.

As for Tropoja, it is a town in northern Albania best known not as a hub of mining in general, or as the HQ of DioGuardi’s friend Mr. Mujaj’s Albanian Minerals in particular, but as the gruesome site of a “clinic” known as ,a href = http://de-construct.net/?p=2904> The Yellow House in which hundreds of Serb civilians kidnapped in Kosovo by the KLA in 1999 were brought to be murdered for organ harvesting. As my friend Julia Gorin wrote two and a half years ago,

For perhaps the first time in history, the mainstream media have deemed the dismemberment of Serbs newsworthy. More accurately, they have deemed newsworthy the dismemberment of the Serb and non-Serb victims of our friends, and almost all living Albanians’ great heroes, the KLA … The new information is revealed in the forthcoming book The Hunt by Carla Del Ponte, former chief prosecutor for the Hague Tribunal. A few reports, starting with—gasp—the AP (which both the International Herald Tribune and Fox News deigned to carry), Albanian trafficking in organs of killed Kosovo Serbs investigated… Del Ponte said her investigators had been informed that some 300 Serbs were killed for organ trafficking.

Del Ponte—not known as a friend of the Serbs by any token—was the first to reveal that the imprisoned Serbs were taken to a camp in Tropoja where the younger ones were picked out, and their organs were later sold abroad. Even high KLA members were involved in the operation of smuggling of organs, Del Ponte explained. She attested that her investigators and UNMIK officials were made aware that in mid-1999 the KLA moved some 300 abducted non-Albanians to Tropoja’s “yellow house” where in one room that was used as an operating theater, the surgeons were removing organs from the victims. The organs were transported by air from Tirana to clinics abroad for clients and medical institutions that paid for them. The victims left with one kidney were kept locked, and later on killed for other organs. “Other prisoners in the barrack knew what was to happen to them,” Del Ponte added.

The horrors of Tropoja and the KLA are light years away from DioGuardi’s New York State audiences and his usual sales pitch … standard fiscal conservatism, family values. No mention of the KLA anywhere, of course.

Had another Joseph, Dr. Mengele, decided to run for the U.S. Senate sixty years ago, he too would have kept quiet about certain medical pursuits, and certain political affiliations, similar in kind and moral depravity to DioGuardi’s. But he did not, wisely preferring to stay in Brasil. DioGuardi’s ability to do so today is a sad testimony on the decrepitude of the GOP and on the state of this country’s politics.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: bloodharvesting; kla

1 posted on 09/24/2010 4:27:29 AM PDT by Doctor13
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To: Doctor13

I thought it was going to talk about McCain.


2 posted on 09/24/2010 4:29:59 AM PDT by gotribe (Time to partea)
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To: Doctor13

Funny...I didn’t see the name McCain mentioned anywhere.....


3 posted on 09/24/2010 4:30:55 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Doctor13

Yep, McCain.


4 posted on 09/24/2010 4:32:40 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Doctor13

Father of worst American Idol judge in history.


5 posted on 09/24/2010 4:33:44 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Doctor13

You guys are forgetting Bob Dole.


6 posted on 09/24/2010 4:34:49 AM PDT by mgpilot
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To: Doctor13

Organ harvesting and Nazi references in the same article about New York politics?

Oh my.


7 posted on 09/24/2010 4:37:48 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: mgpilot

McCain, Romney, Hucklebee,Dole, Gingrich...


8 posted on 09/24/2010 4:38:41 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Doctor13

blood diamonds, organ harvesting, mass murder...

this writer has it all going on.

so early in the day.


9 posted on 09/24/2010 4:38:59 AM PDT by mmercier
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To: Doctor13

Well, he had a anti-war stuff on his campaign website, calling the Afghan War a “war of choice”. In the primary debate he pledged to work across the isle and said he didn’t think creationism should be taught in public schools, among other things that gave a hint that he is just another one of those slimy guys who got us into this mess we’re in now.

I found that stuff out with less than an hour of research when it mattered — BEFORE the primary and voted for Blakeman instead. I also pointed it out here and got into an argument with one of his supporters. So we get what we got because people here in New York obviously haven’t been hurt bad enough to pay attention. As for me, I will not hold my nose and vote for him in the general election. I will be abstaining.


10 posted on 09/24/2010 4:40:35 AM PDT by dajeeps
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To: Doctor13

Just another Serbian screed. Move along. Nothing to see here.


11 posted on 09/24/2010 4:46:22 AM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: Doctor13

Knew all about DioGuardi nearly ejight months ago, when our Tea Party group had made him oneof the key speakers at a well attended BluePrint for CHange conference. Tried to tell them about him, but was met with a mixture of indifference and skepticism. Tried to offer a comparison between him and his Albanian groups desires to rollback the Balkans for the sake of a historic Greater Albania, as comparable to La Raza thinking it could take over the Southwest again.Mentioned the KLA connection. Unfortunately when you bring up stuff like this, it’s too much for other people to process if they didn’t *already* know it, and it winds up making them feel stupid for NOT knowing it, and you are resented. All my words met with hostility, so I left with 6 others,we formed another group and found another candidate.


12 posted on 09/24/2010 4:47:04 AM PDT by supremedoctrine (Come closer. I want to get a better look at you.)
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To: Doctor13

With such ties; is he a legal citizen?


13 posted on 09/24/2010 4:47:06 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: dajeeps

dajeeps, see my #11.
What I am referring to happened in Rockland County NY.
Where are you?


14 posted on 09/24/2010 4:50:20 AM PDT by supremedoctrine (Come closer. I want to get a better look at you.)
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To: Doctor13; All

Well-endowed candidate? TMI for me, thanks


15 posted on 09/24/2010 4:51:15 AM PDT by j.argese (Liberal thought process = oxymoron)
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To: Doctor13

Not one mention of Trent Lott?


16 posted on 09/24/2010 4:56:47 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: Doctor13
http://www.islamicpluralism.eu/articles_new/on_trial.html Milošević on Trial – A Documentary Film by Stephen Schwartz, Illyria [New York], 27 June 2008 On Tuesday, June 17, I attended a showing at the American Film Institute’s Silverdocs festival of documentary cinema, in Silver Spring, Md., of the film 'Milošević on Trial'. The work is a 2007 Danish production by director Michael Christopherson. As usual, when the film began, I had no idea what to expect. In the Satanic world created by Serbian imperialism, and the parallel world of European indifference to it, in which those who remain passive are complicit in Satan’s crimes, as well as in the glorious universe of human resistance to Satan, the images chosen to appear on a movie screen are almost never predictable. And not least in all of this, the American audience has become cynical about Milošević and his fate. But the drama of this Danish documentary begins not with the sneers of the Serbian troglodyte, but with the face of Shyhrete Berisha, a Kosovar woman, as she delivered testimony on July 10, 2002, at the Hague International Criminal Tribunal on Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), about the chetnik assault on her family at a café in Suharekë (Theranda). I watched her face as she said, “I solemnly declare that I will speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth… My name is Shyhrete Berisha.” And each word struck my heart like a razor-sharp arrowpoint. Shyhrete Berisha is a minor figure in the documentary film. Most attention is given to Milošević himself, the prosecutor Geoffrey Nice, the American diplomat William Walker who went to Reçak, the chetnik terrorist Dragan Vasiljković who changed his testimony at the ICTY, apparently after being threatened by his Serbian brethren, the chetnik Milan Babić who told the truth but then committed suicide, and to a clip from the infamous video of the chetnik unit called the Skorpions, executing Bosniaks from Srebrenica. The documentary also reveals the shock in Belgrade over the undeniable actions of the Skorpions, with the lying face of Vojislav Koštunica as he promises to bring the chetniks, whose guilt he shares, to justice. In a class similar to that of Koštunica, crazy Carla Del Ponte, formerly of the ICTY, appears. (The video 'The Skorpions' – not for those with weak stomachs – is now posted on the websites of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, mainly at http://www.islamicpluralism.eu, along with valuable documentaries on the 1999 massacre by the chetniks at Korenica near Gjakova in Kosova, and on the murder of two young men, Arben Xheladinaj and Mon Balaj, by the United Nations police at the demonstration by the Vetëvendosje Self-Determination movement, in Prishtina in 2007.) In "Silver Spring", watching Milošević on Trial, here and there the audience snickered, but then it was silent. The ICTY personnel, and the makers of the documentary, have never learned to correctly pronounce the names of the Balkan protagonists, of the monsters no less than of the victims. Perhaps, in the end, the names do not matter for them, or even the images, but only the opportunity for the ICTY bureaucrats to posture. Which returns me to thoughts of Del Ponte, who revealed her irresponsibility and imbalance with her recent hallucinated claim that the Kosova Liberation Army was involved in alleged commerce in human organs. I would specify, first, that the ICTY denied it had ever seen evidence of such activities; second, that as a U.S. government consultant and as a journalist I have thoroughly investigated what may best be described as “urban legends” about organ trafficking around the world, and third, that the idea that Albania in 1999, with its needy medical system, could sustain extensive organ transfer operations, even under normal and acceptable practice, is ridiculous. In 2004, the World Health Organization (www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/82/9/feature0904/en/index.html) made the revealing statement, “There are no reliable data on organ trafficking — or indeed transplantation activity in general — but it is widely believed to be on the increase.” Real journalists and serious authorities avoid the term “widely believed,” and it is silly to think that the WHO could not investigate and document such allegations. It is deeply unfortunate that the legacy of the ICTY will be grotesquely marred by the bizarre allegations of Del Ponte. But I remain concerned with Shyhrete Berisha, above all. In an article published in "The Weekly Standard" of August 6, 2001, I recalled how I first heard in June 2000 of the massacre of the Berishas, a Kosovar extended family, some 14 months after it happened. A colleague and friend, Shpresa Mulliqi, asked me to polish a rough English translation of her long interview with Shyhrete Berisha for publication in a bilingual magazine, "Kombi" (The Nation). Shyhrete Berisha had survived the events that left at least 22 of her relatives dead, and had escaped from a truck that was carrying the corpses away. Subsequently, those very corpses played a role in the full exposure of the Belgrade regime’s crimes when, in April 1999, a transport container loaded with dead Albanians surfaced in the Danube river. A number of the bodies were those of children; at least four of them were later shown by DNA matching to be murdered Berisha offspring. Serbian opposition journalists tracked the measures taken to conceal this grim evidence not only to the offices of top Serb security bosses but to Milošević himself. The documentary "Milošević on Trial" includes brief notice of this development. Shyhrete Berisha’s original account of the killings and their aftermath conveyed with horrible immediacy the cost of Milošević’s wars. The summary that follows is based on her original, full testimony. In December 1999, the Berisha family provoked the anger of the Serb authorities by renting a house in Suharekë to representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The latter had come to Kosova to verify “confidence-building measures” intended to assist a peaceful resolution of the fighting between the Serb rulers of the territory and the KLA. After only three months, the OSCE pulled out. When NATO began bombing Serbia on March 24, 1999, the Berishas knew they were in danger. The women gathered up their children—four of them under 2 years old—and took them to stay with Shyhrete’s brother-in-law, Faton. On March 25, Serb troops showed up at Faton Berisha’s house with an armored vehicle. They shouted demands like, “Give us the money the Americans gave you or we’re going to kill all of you!” They robbed the Albanians of all their money, whereupon 25 family members fled to the house of an uncle. The next morning, a crowd in paramilitary and police uniforms approached this house. The Berishas knew almost all of the Serbs by sight; most were civilians who apparently had donned uniforms only that day. One of them spoke Albanian and demanded that one of the younger men, Bujar Berisha, surrender himself. As soon as Bujar appeared, they shot him dead. All the Albanians were driven out into the street. The men were separated from the group, and the Serbs methodically executed them on the spot. When Shyhrete Berisha’s husband Nexhat was killed, she recalled her daughter Majlinda screaming, “Oh father!”— a scream she believed the whole town must have heard. Some of the women were shot down alongside their men. The rest of the women told the children to scatter. Shyhrete staggered, dazed, into the center of the town, where she saw a crowd at a restaurant and recognized among them some of her cousins. But police and paramilitaries arrived on the scene and ordered all Berisha family members into the restaurant, where the Serbs began firing machine guns into the group. Shyhrete recalled every detail of this nightmare. Infants were killed before their parents’ eyes. “I saw my [son] Redon,” she remembered. “I said to myself, in two months, he would have been two years old. He ... died. They shot him in the head ... Ismet [aged 2] died.” She herself was shot and injured by grenades. After agonizing hours, Shyhrete and at least 40 dead and half-dead people were thrown into a truck. Her son Altin remained alive, but when his body was moved the Serbs realized he was breathing and killed him. She said that in the truck, “we were covered by the lifeless bodies of our children.” In the tangle, Shyhrete heard a whisper from her uncle’s wife, Vjollca, who had feigned death with one of her sons, Gramos. The women disagreed about what they should do. Vjollca said they should wait until they were buried and then try to claw their way out. Shyhrete said no, Gramos would be suffocated; they should jump out of the truck. Shyhrete stuck her head out the back of the truck to see if they were being followed by police, and the wind blew her out. She struck her head and hung senseless by a foot while the truck dragged her. Then she fell free and lay unconscious on the highway. Some people from a nearby village saw her and, thinking she was dead or that it would be dangerous to approach her, left her there, until two villagers decided they should at least remove the body from the road. When she was found to be alive, she was given first aid, then treated at a KLA field hospital, but Serbs attacked the hospital. She fled to a house in the mountains, but the Serbs began bombing the area. She tried to cross the border to Albania but was turned back by Serbian police, who again separated men and boys from the group and killed them. Finally escaping to Albania, she was found by an American missionary, Rufus Dawkins, who had stayed in her house when it was rented by the OSCE. “Mr. Rufus” took charge of her case, secured treatment for her wounds, and arranged for her return to Kosova after NATO forces entered the territory. Later Shyhrete Berisha learned that Vjollca and Gramos had jumped from the truck and lived. But she had lost her entire immediate family in the massacre. Her husband Nexhat’s body was located and buried; as noted, the corpses of her four children were among those found in the container in the Danube. I recall that when Shpresa Mulliqi and I prepared Shyhrete Berisha’s narrative for publication in Kosova, the document was considered controversial. The international authorities in Kosova believed such materials to be harmful to relations between Albanians and Serbs, and they disliked the journal "Kombi" for its independence. But the Berisha massacre was added to the original indictment on June 29, 2001, the day after Milošević was arrested. Facts like these require no elaboration. They speak for themselves. Still, it was gratifying to see the narrative of Shyhrete Berisha gain the status of evidence at the ICTY, and to see her in the film at Silverdocs. Milošević on Trial is not a great work of documentary film, but I left the performance haltingly and quietly, my emotions shut down, with my thoughts filled with the face of Shyhrete Berisha. Suddenly I was inhabited by utter calm. Suddenly I had no anxieties about my future; suddenly I knew with absolute certainty the place God had made for me in the world, the place that will always be meaningful for me, the moment I will remember until my death as the defining experience in my life: that time when I contributed my small share to recording the story of Shyhrete Berisha and her family. Things that matter, that we should not forget, include the face, and the voice, of our mother and sister – a mother and sister of all humanity that claims or aspires to morality, my hero, Shyhrete Berisha. Our hero, like Shota Galica and Marie Shllaku, but, by the grace of God, a survivor. She feigned death, but she lived to testify against the servant of Satan. And in our memory, she will never die. As for her relatives, who like her were Muslim, let us recall the ayat of Qur’an, 2:154, “Do not say that those slain in the cause of God are dead; they are alive, but you are not aware of them.” Shyhrete Berisha’s face and voice are proof that we live in God’s world, not a world oppressed by Satan. For me, they are all that matters: they, and the scream the whole world should have heard
17 posted on 09/24/2010 4:58:55 AM PDT by Vincent Jappi (I like cats.)
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To: dajeeps

I didn’t vote for him either. Malpass was the Tea Party pick.


18 posted on 09/24/2010 5:00:08 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: supremedoctrine

I’m out in Rochester, Monroe County. I didn’t attend any events, but was sorry to see people buying the line that he’s a solid conservative when I knew better. I voted for Blakeman because he seemed like someone who’d be more in tune with what We the People want, rather than pursing his own agenda which DioGuardi will most certainly be doing. That man is dangerous to the point of making the general election more like choosing which poison to take. The fortunate thing about the seat he’ll get should he win, is that is only for two years. Perhaps by that time people will be a little wiser to him and we can get a better candidate.


19 posted on 09/24/2010 5:10:23 AM PDT by dajeeps
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To: Vincent Jappi
Paragraphs are our friends.

Without reading that jumbled mess let me add that Milosevic was entirely correct. Moslems are commanded by their religion (political system) to kill or enslave all others.

Kosova is the Serbian homeland and the Serbs were right in trying to reclaim it from the invaders. If it wasn't for the enemy we had in the whitehouse at that time (clinton) interfering in a matter that was none of our business and supporting the wrong side, that whole area would have been at peace years ago.

Every moslem is a terrorist and it is the duty of all free men to fight against them. The war on terror ends with the death of the last moslem.

20 posted on 09/24/2010 5:11:14 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Vincent Jappi

Help my eyes hurt! Paragraphs are your friend!


21 posted on 09/24/2010 5:12:49 AM PDT by 2001convSVT ("Repeal ObamaCare")
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To: gotribe

Me too. Surely there has been nobody worse than John S. McCain who actually threw the election and ran just to make sure a Democrat would win.


22 posted on 09/24/2010 5:14:32 AM PDT by apocalypto
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To: j.argese
Well-endowed candidate? TMI for me, thanks

I saw that too. Perhaps he is being examined a little too closely.


23 posted on 09/24/2010 5:16:30 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Obama, Pelosi and Reid - the Trio of Twits)
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To: dajeeps

I thought the video of him leading the cheers for Schumer
was a deal breaker?


24 posted on 09/24/2010 5:21:08 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: caver

Oh, but still good opportunity to tell mclame to go f himself.


25 posted on 09/24/2010 5:22:46 AM PDT by dusttoyou (Let the other side get all wee-wee'd up, Remember come November)
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To: Vincent Jappi

What happened to PUNCTUATION????????? Lazy to just copy and paste.


26 posted on 09/24/2010 5:24:54 AM PDT by dusttoyou (Let the other side get all wee-wee'd up, Remember come November)
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To: Bokababe

Interesting


27 posted on 09/24/2010 5:37:56 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: 2001convSVT
The originals are in strange alphabets with distinctive vowel shortages ~ and you complain about NO PARAGRAPHS?!

Can you imagine what it does to children to grow up under this sort of thing.

Oh, the horror.

Hey, if this guy is into organ sales and genocide he should find a good friend in Senator Leahy.

28 posted on 09/24/2010 6:06:01 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Doctor13

The Worst GOP Candidate in History

So many turkeys, so little time...
29 posted on 09/24/2010 6:12:29 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: COBOL2Java

I guess he’s lost the Serbian-American vote.


30 posted on 09/24/2010 6:51:04 AM PDT by liberlog
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To: gotribe
I thought it was going to talk about McCain

He might as well have.

31 posted on 09/24/2010 6:53:25 AM PDT by dfwgator (Rangers Magic Number - 4)
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To: Vincent Jappi
"Milošević on Trial –A Documentary Film by Stephen Schwartz..."

LOL! You mean Suleyman Ahmad Stephen Schwartz? He used to be a Freeper, Vincent, until he got revealed for the Islamic propagandist he is.

32 posted on 09/24/2010 11:28:03 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Doctor13
Tropoja

"We're all Marco from Tropoja."-

33 posted on 09/24/2010 11:39:26 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." Thomas Mann)
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To: Bokababe

He is not an Islamic propagandist and ad hominem fallacies will only get you so far.

The Serbian Nazis started their wars of conquest and extermination by attacking Croatia, a Christian nation, and all that you needed to know about them was on display at that time.

And you don’t have to be a 25-year expert on the region, like he is, to know that; only someone with a minimal concern for the facts.


34 posted on 10/24/2010 2:22:36 AM PDT by Vincent Jappi (I like cats.)
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To: dusttoyou

Milosevic on Trial – A Documentary Film
by Stephen Schwartz, Illyria [New York], June 27, 2008

On Tuesday, June 17, I attended a showing at the American Film Institute’s Silverdocs festival of documentary cinema, in Silver Spring, Md., of the film ‘Milosevic on Trial’. The work is a 2007 Danish production by director Michael Christopherson.

As usual, when the film began, I had no idea what to expect. In the Satanic world created by Serbian imperialism, and the parallel world of European indifference to it, in which those who remain passive are complicit in Satan’s crimes, as well as in the glorious universe of human resistance to Satan, the images chosen to appear on a movie screen are almost never predictable. And not least in all of this, the American audience has become cynical about Milosevic and his fate.

But the drama of this Danish documentary begins not with the sneers of the Serbian troglodyte, but with the face of Shyhrete Berisha, a Kosovar woman, as she delivered testimony on July 10, 2002, at the Hague International Criminal Tribunal on Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), about the chetnik assault on her family at a café in Suharekë (Theranda).

I watched her face as she said, “I solemnly declare that I will speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth… My name is Shyhrete Berisha.” And each word struck my heart like a razor-sharp arrowpoint.

Shyhrete Berisha is a minor figure in the documentary film. Most attention is given to Milosevic himself, the prosecutor Geoffrey Nice, the American diplomat William Walker who went to Raçak, the chetnik terrorist Dragan Vasiljkovic who changed his testimony at the ICTY, apparently after being threatened by his Serbian brethren, the chetnik Milan Babic who told the truth but then committed suicide, and to a clip from the infamous video of the chetnik unit called the Skorpions, executing Bosniaks from Srebrenica. The documentary also reveals the shock in Belgrade over the undeniable actions of the Skorpions, with the lying face of Vojislav Kostunica as he promises to bring the chetniks, whose guilt he shares, to justice. In a class similar to that of Kostunica, crazy Carla Del Ponte, formerly of the ICTY, appears. (The video ‘The Skorpions’ – not for those with weak stomachs – is now posted on the websites of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, mainly at www.islamicpluralism.eu, along with valuable documentaries on the 1999 massacre by the chetniks at Korenica near Gjakova in Kosova, and on the murder of two young men, Arben Xheladinaj and Mon Balaj, by the United Nations police at the demonstration by the Vetëvendosje Self-Determination movement, in Prishtina in 2007.)

In Silver Spring, watching Milosevic on Trial, here and there the audience snickered, but then it was silent.
The ICTY personnel, and the makers of the documentary, have never learned to correctly pronounce the names of the Balkan protagonists, of the monsters no less than of the victims. Perhaps, in the end, the names do not matter for them, or even the images, but only the opportunity for the ICTY bureaucrats to posture.

Which returns me to thoughts of Del Ponte, who revealed her irresponsibility and imbalance with her recent hallucinated claim that the Kosova Liberation Army was involved in alleged commerce in human organs. I would specify, first, that the ICTY denied it had ever seen evidence of such activities; second, that as a U.S. government consultant and as a journalist I have thoroughly investigated what may best be described as “urban legends” about organ trafficking around the world, and third, that the idea that Albania in 1999, with its needy medical system, could sustain extensive organ transfer operations, even under normal and acceptable practice, is ridiculous.
In 2004, the World Health Organization (www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/82/9/feature0904/en/index.html) made the revealing statement, “There are no reliable data on organ trafficking — or indeed transplantation activity in general — but it is widely believed to be on the increase.” Real journalists and serious authorities avoid the term “widely believed,” and it is silly to think that the WHO could not investigate and document such allegations. It is deeply unfortunate that the legacy of the ICTY will be grotesquely marred by the bizarre allegations of Del Ponte.

But I remain concerned with Shyhrete Berisha, above all. In an article published in The Weekly Standard of August 6, 2001, I recalled how I first heard in June 2000 of the massacre of the Berishas, a Kosovar extended family, some 14 months after it happened. A colleague and friend, Shpresa Mulliqi, asked me to polish a rough English translation of her long interview with Shyhrete Berisha for publication in a bilingual magazine, Kombi (The Nation). Shyhrete Berisha had survived the events that left at least 22 of her relatives dead, and had escaped from a truck that was carrying the corpses away.

Subsequently, those very corpses played a role in the full exposure of the Belgrade regime’s crimes when, in April 1999, a transport container loaded with dead Albanians surfaced in the Danube river. A number of the bodies were those of children; at least four of them were later shown by DNA matching to be murdered Berisha offspring. Serbian opposition journalists tracked the measures taken to conceal this grim evidence not only to the offices of top Serb security bosses but to Milosevic himself. The documentary Milosevic on Trial includes brief notice of this development.

Shyhrete Berisha’s original account of the killings and their aftermath conveyed with horrible immediacy the cost of Milosevic’s wars. The summary that follows is based on her original, full testimony.

In December 1999, the Berisha family provoked the anger of the Serb authorities by renting a house in Suharekë to representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The latter had come to Kosova to verify “confidence-building measures” intended to assist a peaceful resolution of the fighting between the Serb rulers of the territory and the KLA. After only three months, the OSCE pulled out. When NATO began bombing Serbia on March 24, 1999, the Berishas knew they were in danger. The women gathered up their children—four of them under 2 years old—and took them to stay with Shyhrete’s brother-in-law, Faton.

On March 25, Serb troops showed up at Faton Berisha’s house with an armored vehicle. They shouted demands like, “Give us the money the Americans gave you or we’re going to kill all of you!” They robbed the Albanians of all their money, whereupon 25 family members fled to the house of an uncle.

The next morning, a crowd in paramilitary and police uniforms approached this house. The Berishas knew almost all of the Serbs by sight; most were civilians who apparently had donned uniforms only that day. One of them spoke Albanian and demanded that one of the younger men, Bujar Berisha, surrender himself. As soon as Bujar appeared, they shot him dead.

All the Albanians were driven out into the street. The men were separated from the group, and the Serbs methodically executed them on the spot. When Shyhrete Berisha’s husband Nexhat was killed, she recalled her daughter Majlinda screaming, “Oh father!”— a scream she believed the whole town must have heard. Some of the women were shot down alongside their men.

The rest of the women told the children to scatter. Shyhrete staggered, dazed, into the center of the town, where she saw a crowd at a restaurant and recognized among them some of her cousins. But police and paramilitaries arrived on the scene and ordered all Berisha family members into the restaurant, where the Serbs began firing machine guns into the group.

Shyhrete recalled every detail of this nightmare. Infants were killed before their parents’ eyes. “I saw my [son] Redon,” she remembered. “I said to myself, in two months, he would have been two years old. He ... died. They shot him in the head ... Ismet [aged 2] died.” She herself was shot and injured by grenades.

After agonizing hours, Shyhrete and at least 40 dead and half-dead people were thrown into a truck. Her son Altin remained alive, but when his body was moved the Serbs realized he was breathing and killed him. She said that in the truck, “we were covered by the lifeless bodies of our children.” In the tangle, Shyhrete heard a whisper from her uncle’s wife, Vjollca, who had feigned death with one of her sons, Gramos. The women disagreed about what they should do. Vjollca said they should wait until they were buried and then try to claw their way out. Shyhrete said no, Gramos would be suffocated; they should jump out of the truck.

Shyhrete stuck her head out the back of the truck to see if they were being followed by police, and the wind blew her out. She struck her head and hung senseless by a foot while the truck dragged her. Then she fell free and lay unconscious on the highway. Some people from a nearby village saw her and, thinking she was dead or that it would be dangerous to approach her, left her there, until two villagers decided they should at least remove the body from the road.

When she was found to be alive, she was given first aid, then treated at a KLA field hospital, but Serbs attacked the hospital. She fled to a house in the mountains, but the Serbs began bombing the area. She tried to cross the border to Albania but was turned back by Serbian police, who again separated men and boys from the group and killed them. Finally escaping to Albania, she was found by an American missionary, Rufus Dawkins, who had stayed in her house when it was rented by the OSCE. “Mr. Rufus” took charge of her case, secured treatment for her wounds, and arranged for her return to Kosova after NATO forces entered the territory.
Later Shyhrete Berisha learned that Vjollca and Gramos had jumped from the truck and lived. But she had lost her entire immediate family in the massacre. Her husband Nexhat’s body was located and buried; as noted, the corpses of her four children were among those found in the container in the Danube.

I recall that when Shpresa Mulliqi and I prepared Shyhrete Berisha’s narrative for publication in Kosova, the document was considered controversial. The international authorities in Kosova believed such materials to be harmful to relations between Albanians and Serbs, and they disliked the journal Kombi for its independence. But the Berisha massacre was added to the original indictment on June 29, 2001, the day after Milosevic was arrested.

Facts like these require no elaboration. They speak for themselves. Still, it was gratifying to see the narrative of Shyhrete Berisha gain the status of evidence at the ICTY, and to see her in the film at Silverdocs.

Milosevic on Trial is not a great work of documentary film, but I left the performance haltingly and quietly, my emotions shut down, with my thoughts filled with the face of Shyhrete Berisha. Suddenly I was inhabited by utter calm. Suddenly I had no anxieties about my future; suddenly I knew with absolute certainty the place God had made for me in the world, the place that will always be meaningful for me, the moment I will remember until my death as the defining experience in my life: that time when I contributed my small share to recording the story of Shyhrete Berisha and her family.

Things that matter, that we should not forget, include the face, and the voice, of our mother and sister – a mother and sister of all humanity that claims or aspires to morality, my hero, Shyhrete Berisha. Our hero, like Shota Galica and Marie Shllaku, but, by the grace of God, a survivor. She feigned death, but she lived to testify against the servant of Satan. And in our memory, she will never die. As for her relatives, who like her were Muslim, let us recall the ayat of Qur’an, 2:154, “Do not say that those slain in the cause of God are dead; they are alive, but you are not aware of them.” Shyhrete Berisha’s face and voice are proof that we live in God’s world, not a world oppressed by Satan. For me, they are all that matters: they, and the scream the whole world should have heard


35 posted on 10/24/2010 2:27:59 AM PDT by Vincent Jappi (I like cats.)
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To: Vincent Jappi
"The Serbian Nazis started their wars of conquest and extermination......"

Great propaganda entry that unfortunately hits a brick wall when up against FACTS like these Serbs Saved 512 WWII US Airmen"

Serbs as a whole -- along with some Slovenes who joined them --were the only ones who WEREN'T as a whole, Nazis. Serbia had to be invaded from all sides for the Germans to take over, and even Ruth Mitchell, General Billy Mitchell's sister, fought along side of the Serb Chetniks against the Germans.

It was your beloved Croats, Bosnian Muslims and Albanian Muslims who allied themselves with Nazis during WWII, with the Bosnian Muslims and Kosovo Albanian Muslims each having their own SS Divisions.

They did round two in the 1990's Balkan wars when "your pets" teamed up with Germany and the Islamists to get their own States to ethnically cleanse of Serbs.

And Joe DioGuardi was their head cheerleader, stuffing the campaign coffers on both sides of the aisle, including supporting guys like Biden and Lantos.

This isn't the 1990's anymore, Vince. People are not the ignorant, trusting dupes they were back then -- whether it comes to foreign policy or trusting corrupt politicians just because they have and (R) beside their names.

Personally, I think that Joe really screwed the pooch with this Ponzi scheme and that's going to hurt him far worse than anything else.

And speaking of "Islamic shills", quoting Suleyman Ahmad Stephen Schwartz just makes you look silly and proves my point even further --Joe DioGuardi is an Islamic apologist.

36 posted on 10/24/2010 11:16:32 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe

Serbian Volunteer Corps
Serbian Volunteer Command

* Srpski Dobrovoljacki Korpus
* Serbisches Freilligen Korps
* Serbian SS Volunteer Corps

Formed on 15 September 1941, by Dimitrije Ljotic from Chetniks and his Zbor Movement activists. It had twelve 120-150 strong detachments. In January 1943, it become Serbian Volunteer Corps (Srpski Dobrovoljacki Korpus - SDK) with five 500 man battalions - four volunteer and one Chetnik Assault battalion and from 4 January 1943 it also had armored car battalion, cavalry squadron and 6 aircraft - strength is around 3,000 men. Formation was fully equipped by Germans who where impressed by its performance.

Armored car battalion (bornih kola) had some 20 different vehicles - some ex-YU which Germans considered obsolete, few French Renault tanks, Czech and maximum of three German half-tracks in very bad shape. Out of six aircraft, two were Breguet-XIX and one Fieseler Storch. Flights (when aircraft were in flight condition) were allowed only with German supervision.

In 1944 five 1200-man regiments with 500-man artillery battalion, under German tactical command but reporting to General Nedic. On 21 June another regiment was formed - 2nd Iron Regiment (2. gvozdeni puk), total strength has risen to around 9,000 men.

Strength of the Volunteer Corps in August 1944 according to Bundesarchiv, RH 19 XI/31 Militaerbefehlshaber Südost Ia, Gegenüberstellung der Feindstärken und der eigenen einsatzfähigen Kräfte im serbischen Raum (21.8.1944): 9.886 men.

On 8 October 1944 leaves Belgrade, moving to Syrmia and finally retreating to Slovenia. In November 1944 the Waffen-SS took over the job of supplying the SVC, and on paper naming it the Serbian SS Volunteer Corps. But the SVC never had German uniforms, only Yugoslav or Italian, and never donned SS patches or runes.
http://www.vojska.net/eng/world-war-2/serbia/serbian-volunteer-corps/


37 posted on 03/27/2011 4:02:36 AM PDT by Vincent Jappi (I love cats. Meeow!)
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