HIS SAY: THE ABJECT FAILURE OF THE BALKAN ISLAM POLICY…..
ANDREW BOSTOM WRITES:
The abject failure of our Balkan Islam policy was based on the same flaws we have seen repeated over and over again since, most notably, disregarding what our jihadist allies’ write and say in their own words.
One needed only read Izetbegovic’s jihadist Islamic Declaration (originally written in 1970; and summarized in my 2008 blog) to see that such a leader’s hopes and dreams–and those of his ardent Muslim followers–could never be compatible with Western aspirations and interests. Our main “regional ally”, pseudo-secular Turkey, also made its aspirations known at an OIC conference in Istanbul in June, 1992: direct military intervention against Serbia, lifting the arms embargo on the Bosnian Muslims, blockading and ultimately dismantling Yugoslovia. Simultaneously, Turkey provided maximal support and aid to Muslim Albania, which became the first European member of the OIC. A Turco-Albanian friendship agreement was signed and Turkey gave unreserved support for the Kosovo separatists and their unabashed ambition to merge with the Albanian “fatherland.” Indeed it was “secular” Turkish President Ozal who openly proclaimed a policy of not only “fencing in the Serbs”, but also made it clear. “..that the Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina are to Turkey what the Palestinians are to the Arabs.”
It is well past time for the architects of this failed policy to offer a mea culpa, acknowledge what they have learned since about Islamic goals, and pledge not to advocate similar jihad-abetting, OIC-orchestrated policies in the future
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