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Report blames Bosnia Muslims as terrorists.

ROSLINDALE, Mass. -- Human rights yield once more to political expediency in a 6,000-word report on the war in Bosnia distributed to policy-markers last September by the Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare of the House Republican Research Committee.

With total contempt for the facts, the report presents the besieged Muslims in Sarajevo as terrorists who are waging an armed struggle against the Serbs and Croats. It further presents them as being used by Iran and its allies as "a springboard for the launching of a jihad," or holy war, in Europe.

Bosnia's Muslims "have long been considered by the Islamic leadership in the Middle East to be ripe as a vehicle for the expansion of Islamic militancy into Europe," the report states. Already during the 1970s, the report adds, they were providing volunteers to join Palestinian torrorist organizations such as the PLO.

As propaganda ploy to win world sympathy and military intervention, a special group of Bosnian Muslim forces, "many of whom had served with Islamic terrorist organizations," and alleged to have begun in May 1992 to commit a series of atrocities against Muslim civilians in Sarajevo, the report continues.

When this failed to win Western intervention, Sarajevo turned to Ira, which quickly increased both humanitarian and military aid, defining the situation in Bosnia in terms of a global struggle against Islam.

Subsequently, "massive quantities of weapons needed to create a larger army capable of waging mid-intensity wars have been shipped from Iran, Turkey and Pakistan." And "in answer to Tehran's call to fight the jihad, " 1,000 highly trained and combat-proven volunteers have come from Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon and other Arab countries.

Completely ignoring the rights and wrongs of the Serbian invasion of Bosnia, the report presents the issue, in terms of realpolitik, as a threat to the survival of Europe. It claims that Muslim communities in Western Europe will constitute 20 percent of the population seven years from now and that the emigre Muslims, and especially the younger Muslims born in Europe, are "rapidly becoming militant Islamist in outlook."

Many of these young Muslims "were provided with a advanced terrorist and clandestine activity training in Iran."

The basic problem is "the irreconcilable difference between Muslim society and the West European environment," including the belief that democracy is "the worst scourge the West inflicted on Muslim society in order to destroy it from the inside and annihilate its ancestral values."

The resulting tension "may very well result in... armed rebellion," the reports says. Clandestine organizations, offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood, are alleged to be organized under the umbrella of the Islamic Liberation Party, with headquarters near Hamburg, Germany.

All of this adds up to "a comprehensive terrorist infrastructure controlled by Syria and Iran and serving the organizations they sponsor. Between the local assets and the newly inserted detachments, the Islamic radical organizations associated with Iran and Syria have a vibrant system of activists and supporters that constitutes a ready base for operations. They alo have large caches of weaspons and explosives safely hidden all over Europe."

Yossef Bodansky and Vaughn S. Forrest, director and chief of staff respectively of the Task Force on Terrorism, who prepared the report, describe it as "intended to provoke discussion and debte." From its contents it is also clear that, in addition to its blatant racism, it is intended to identify a new evil empire to replace the Soviet Union as a threat to our way of life.

It is consequently calculated to support the Pentagon's resistance to reducing our armed forces to the level reasonably needed to defend our national interests.

And there is, of course, the further subliminal message that, regardless of the level of rape and ethnic cleansing, we should not interfere to protect Bosnia from the Serbian aggressors.
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Title Annotation:U.S. House Republican Research Committee
Author:MacEoin, Gary
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Date:Mar 19, 1993
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