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 Naslov: Catholics Flee Bosnia Amid Discrimination, Islamization’
PostPostano: pet lis 19, 2012 7:47 pm 

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Source: www.wnd.com/2012/10/about-that-big-nato ... in-bosnia/


About that big NATO success in Bosnia ...

Christians now fleeing Islam, organized crime, radical groups

Bosnia’s embattled Christians are leaving the country, and their exodus is being blamed on the Muslim majority and the increasing influence of Islamic law.

BosNewsLife reports Christians are fleeing to escape discrimination and the Islamization of their home country.

Atlas Shrugs publisher and Islam analyst Pamela Geller says the problem is simple: Bosnia is rapidly becoming an Islamic state.

“What is going on there is the creation of a Shariah state and a base for the jihadists in Europe,” Geller said.

“Persecution of Christians is escalating, and the Islamic supremacists are crowding out the cultural Muslims,” Geller said. “Sarajevo used to be one of the most diverse cities in Europe. Now it’s almost entirely Muslim.”

The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies Analyst Steve Bucci says he’s not so sure the reports of widespread persecution are accurate.

“The Bosnians were nominal Muslims, but some foreign Islamists settled there. Even so, the Bosnian government did a good job of corralling them,” Bucci said.

Read about Christian martyrs through history, in the updated “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.

“They weren’t invited into the fight. When I was on the ground over there in 2000-2001, there were no jihadists in power,” Bucci said. “If this has happened, it’s only been in the last two to three years.”

But Adriatic Institute for Public Policy Co-Founder Joel Anand Samy says “not so.”

He believes the threat the anti-Christian climate has been developing for years.

“There is a prevailing tide of discrimination toward Bosnian Croatian Catholics. Most disconcerting is that individuals’ properties have not been returned – specifically those belonging to Bosnian Catholics,” Samy said.

Yet, the situation is deeper than just surface-level prejudices. Samy says a disregard for religious freedom is only the first of many issues.

“Discarding individual liberty, undermining freedom of speech and subverting religious liberty are serious issues which must be addressed from within and also through principled external pressures,” Samy said.

Samy said the underlying issues are corruption and even human trafficking.

“There are also underlying problems including rampant corruption, the perilous Balkan Route trafficking humans (mainly children and women), illicit drugs and weapons,” Samy said.

He said there are the serious concerns about the rise of radical Islam in Bosnia.

“Moreover, entities and corrupt politicians and their cronies within Bosnia Herzegovina are actively blocking reforms in the country through their illicit enrichment gained from confiscating private properties and channeling proceeds through the West’s financial institutions in the region,” he said.

Samy also pointed to corruption in the financial sector.

“Organized crime and radical Islamic groups … flourish in Bosnia and the Balkan region.”

He cited Austria’s Hypo Alpe Adria Bank scandal, in which more than 8 billion euros are unaccounted for in the Balkan region, as an example.

Austrian taxpayers have been forced to pick up the tab.

Samy noted the scandal has not been fully investigated by authorities in Europe.

“Herein, lies the greater challenge of Western financial institutions,” Samy said. “It is vital for the authorities in Sarajevo and Banja Luka to establish the rule of law, protect private property, [restore] confiscated property and firmly support human rights – individual liberty.”

He pointed out that 17 years after the signing of the Dayton Peace accords, “citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina live in a divided nation which does not have an independent judiciary and lacks dependable democratic institutions.”

The economy is still in shambles, with high unemployment, especially among the youth.

He suggested the backlogged cases in the court system “can be easily resolved through visiting judges from strong rule-of-law nations working with honest local judicial experts focusing on property rights cases.”

He said the country’s condition shouldn’t be a surprise, as Catholic and European authorities have been making the issues known.

Cardinal Vinko Puljic, for example, has communicated to Herman Achille Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, that the Catholic Church’s properties in Bosnia were confiscated under communism.

“Even after the recent Balkan war, the lands and properties have not been returned,” Samy said.

The West has known about these issues, Samy said, but “there is a void of principled leadership to address this growing problems.”

He asserted the West “can no longer ignore these fundamental issues which marginalize one group and relegate them to poverty due to employment discrimination and not returning their private properties.”

Geller said that while the U. S. nobly has attempted to help the Bosnians, its military intervention set the stage for Muslim advancement.

“We certainly made things worse for the Christians. Clinton didn’t understand Islam or jihad any more than mainstream politicians do now,” Geller said.

Bucci disagrees and says the Bosnians and others were helped greatly by the U. S. intervention.

“There’s been no widespread raping and pillaging for 20 years,” Bucci said. “The kids are in school and the battling factions were actually separated.”

“We put people in three zones. The Serbs were in the north; the Croats in the south. The Bosnians were in the center,” Bucci said.

He said the Catholic Christians were in the best shape when the U. S. ended its campaign.

“The Catholic area was by far the most prosperous. I’m not aware of any outright persecution. That would be surprising,” Bucci said.

Yet, Samy said the persecution is happening, and he believes the flow of Catholics from the region will continue.

“The factors I’ve listed will lead to a further exodus of Bosnian Croat Catholics from their homeland,” Samy said.

“For a region which experienced brutal ethnic extermination and now [is] experiencing economic turmoil and significant judicial problems, the targeted discrimination faced by Bosnia’s Catholics amounts to a return to a sophisticated form of cleansing – removing a people from their place of birth for their faith and ethnic identity,” he said.

 Naslov: Re: Catholics Flee Bosnia Amid Discrimination, Islamization’
PostPostano: pet lis 19, 2012 7:50 pm 

Pridružen/a: uto kol 18, 2009 4:38 pm
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Source: http://www.bosnewslife.com/24019-report ... lamization

Report: ‘Christians Flee Bosnia Amid Discrimination, Islamization’
Friday, October 12, 2012 (8:12 pm)

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians are massively leaving post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina amid mounting discrimination and Islamization, according to a new report released Friday, October 12.

"Many believers leave the country since war raged 20 years ago," said Netherlands-based advocacy and aid group Kerk in Nood, or 'Church in Need', in the report obtained by BosNewsLife.

There are just 440,000 Catholics left in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure, the group said.

The report came on the heels of talks between the cardinal of Sarajevo, Vinko Puljic,and European Council President Herman van Rompuy about difficulties faced by Bosnia's Christians.


Puljic reportedly complained that while dozens of mosques were build in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, no building permissions were given for Christian churches.

"The cardinal already waits 13 years on permission to build just a small church," Church in Need said. Authorities so far refused to return hundreds of nationalized church buildings, despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to do so, according to Christian officials.

Additionally tens of thousands of people, many of them Catholic Croats, have been prevented from returning home following the war, Church in Need said. These obstacles violate the Dayton peace accords that ended the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, which split the nation between a Serb republic and a Muslim-Croat federation.

"Time is running out as there is a worrisome rise in radicalism," Puljic said, who added that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were "persecuted for centuries" after European powers "failed to support them in their struggle against the Ottoman Empire."


Puljic has made clear however that despite the "discrimination" of the Catholic community, his denomination wants reconciliation with Muslims and Orthodox Serb Christians.

In published remarks, Van Rompuy made clear that giving Bosnia-Herzegovina a "European perspective", the code word for eventual European Union membership, "is the only way to overcome the crisis".

He said a condition for closer ties with the EU is building a democratic nation that respects human rights for all faiths and the rule of law, according to a statement distributed by Church in Need.

Last week's meeting with Van Rompuy and European legislators, organized by Church in Need, also included talks on reconciliation projects in the troubled Balkan nation where the wounds of recent history have not yet healed completely.

Over 100,000 people died and 2 million were displaced by the war that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia.

 Naslov: Re: Catholics Flee Bosnia Amid Discrimination, Islamization’
PostPostano: sub lis 20, 2012 10:33 pm 

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It's nice to get some positive press but unfortunately the lead piece is from WND and quotes trash like Pamela "If Europe doesn't support Israel it should be nuked by Israel" Geller.

These people that float in those circles like to constantly praise Serbs, invoke the Holocaust, and charge us in 'guilt by association' tactics.

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