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War Child 'charity' co- founded by member of royal family involved in arms lobby for Bosnian muslims in 2001 shuts down Chechen operations
July 4, 2006
MIM: War Child - the 'charity' (whose Dutch branch founder Mabel Wisse Smit,(employed by George Soros), went from being the lover of jailed Bosnian foreign minister Muhammed Sacirbey, to the wife of Prince Friso of Holland,) has announced they 'have decided to stop all support to their partner organisation in Chechnya ...euphemistically saying that they 'could no longer guarantee the effective and controlled managing of War Child project activities' .Translation: the money was 'finding it's way' into the hands of terrorists.
Mabel- as she is referred to in Holland, was the subject of a book by the investigative journalist Peter Siebelt- who detailed how her network of international drug and Islamofacist connections, and work in the Brussels office of George Soro's Open Society Institute in Brussels, laid the ground work for the massacre of Muslims in Srebrenica, exploiting the event to lobby for the establishment of an Islamist state in Bosnia. In an excerpt from his book "Mabel - Koninklijkje Bal Masque", Dutch investigative journalist Pieter Siebelt writes that Mabel is partly responsible for the killings that took place at Sebrenica. (See excerpt from Siebelt's book below 'Mabel medeverantwordelijk voor Sebrenica). According to a 'royal family' website biography:
The Bosnian terror supporting network which Mabel and the Open Society Institute promoted also included the American based jailed head of the American Muslim Council Abdulrahman Alamoudi, whose various Bosnian 'charitable' initiatives channeled funding to Al Qaeda linked Muhajideen. The now defunct American Muslim Council (which dissapeared at about the same time Alamoudi went to jail ) created the American Task Force for Bosnia. (AMBTF).
The American connection was further explained by William Mayer the editor of Pipeline News :
One reason (for American support for Bosnian Muslims) certainly is naiveté, the belief by administration officials that efforts to aid Muslims in Bosnia would result in a dampening of Islamic rage then being directed against the United States. In this theory, the Muslim world would perceive the help that the Americans were lending to the Bosnians as being indicative of a "new even-handedness," thus signaling an opportunity for accommodation and a moderation of jihad.
American naiveté was greatly augmented by an intense lobbying effort, led by people like Khaled Saffuri and Grover Norquist [who has been allowed to masquerade for years as a conservative and deserves investigation in his own right].
Saffuri is now the director of the Islamic Institute an Islamist think tank. Previously he directed the American Task Force for Bosnia [AFFB], which he established in1992 with the expressed purpose of influencing American foreign policy to support the Muslim minority in Bosnia during the Balkan wars. During the mid 1990s Saffuri seemed to be constantly in Bosnia, at a time when Iranian and other Islamic terrorists wandered the landscape unchecked and with Washington's blessing.
MIM: The results of Saffuri's and others lobbying efforts as it appeared on an Islamist notice board.
MIM: First president of Bosnia -Herzogovina ,Alija Ali Itzetbekovic a Nazi supporter made no secret of the Bosnian Muslims agenda.
Mabel Wisse Smit
The Dutch Royal Family both celebrated and bemoaned the wedding of the queen's second son, Prince Johan Friso, which took place on Saturday, April 24, 2004.
In the moment of speaking two words, "I do," to his bride, Mabel Wisse Smit, the prince simultaneously committed himself to marriage and rejected the Dutch throne.
By law, the Dutch government must approve marriages proposed by royals in the line of succession. To receive approval, the engaged couple must disclose details from their past, including the extent of personal relationships.
Last October, the government announced that it believed "The couple had provided information that was not complete and not correct, which has harmed the confidence (of the government)." At issue was the bride-to-be's relationship with a known, now deceased, drug lord, which the government says was more extensive than she admitted.
Following that announcement, Prince Johan Friso and his bride decided to get married anyway. Although he is no longer in line for the throne, he will keep his title as prince and his children will be dukes and duchesses. His wife will remain a commoner.
MIM: Biographical information on Mabel Wisse Smit and her work as director of George Soro's Open Society Institute in Brussels and co founder of the War Child Netherlands 'charity'.
Mabel Wisse Smit
Mabel Martine Los was born in Pijnacker on 11 August 1968, daughter of Hendrik Los and Florence Kooman. Sister Nicoline was born on November 27th, 1970. Henk Los was killed in a tragic speed skating accident on the Loosdrechtse plassen on February 18th, 1978. Her mother then married Peter Wisse Wisse Smit, with whom she got another daughter: Eveline in March 7th, 1981. In 1984 Mabel officially changed her name from Mabel Los to Mabel Wisse Smit.
Young Mabel grew up in het Gooi in the central Netherlands. In 1986 she gained her VWO degree at the Gemeentelijk Gymnasium in Hilversum. She studied economics and political science at the University of Amsterdam, and graduated cum laude in 1993. While still at university, she gained work experience at the United Nations Secretariat in New York, Shell in Malaysia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague and ABN AMRO Bank in Barcelona.
In early 1994, Mabel Wisse Smit founded and became director of the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans, a non-governmental organisation working towards peace, democracy and stability in the Balkans. In 1997 she became director of the Open Society Institute in Brussels. This institute represents the Soros Foundations Network in Western Europe, which promotes democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Mabel Wisse Smit has been director of EU affairs at the Open Society Institute since 2003. She co-founded War Child Netherlands in 1995.
Mabel was introduced to Johan Friso by her good friend, Laurentien Brinkhorst, now wife of Prince Constantijn.
partly taken from the official site of the Royal Family
War Child Holland stops support to partner in Chechnya and Ingushetia
War Child Holland has decided to immediately stop all support to the CPCD, her partnerorganisation in Chechnya and Ingushetia. The partnerorganisation could no longer guarantee the effective and controlled managing of the War Child project activities.
Unfortunately this also means that the War Child's unique programmes for thousands of children in refugee camps and schools in Chechnya and Ingushetia will be suspended. War Child Holland hopes to find alternative ways of providing these children with psychosocial aid and leisure activities as soon as possible.
War Child Holland stops support to partner in Chechnya and Ingushetia
War Child Holland has decided to immediately stop all support to the CPCD, her partnerorganisation in Chechnya and Ingushetia. The partnerorganisation could no longer guarantee the effective and controlled managing of the War Child project activities. Unfortunately this also means that the War Child's unique programmes for thousands of children in refugee camps and schools in Chechnya and Ingushetia will be suspended. War Child Holland hopes to find alternative ways of providing these children with psychosocial aid and leisure activities as soon as possible.
De oorlog in Bosnië-Herzegovina is al sinds 1995 voorbij. Toch dragen talloze kinderen littekens van gewelddadigheden met zich mee. Het land is opgedeeld in etnische gebieden en de verschillende bevolkingsgroepen hebben nog steeds weinig contact met elkaar. De stad Mostar bijvoorbeeld, is nog steeds verdeeld in een Moslim en een Kroatisch deel. De kinderen groeien op in een omgeving waar nationalisme, haat en vooroordelen hoogtij vieren.
War Child Nederland heeft in Bosnië diverse programma's gesteund. De afgelopen jaren financierde War Child vanuit het Pavarotti Music Center (PMC) in Mostar drie projecten: The Schools Music Project, The Blind School Project en The Music Therapy Department. Deze projecten bereikten jaarlijks duizenden kinderen met psychosociale programma's, waarin muziek centraal stond.
'War Child' involved with arms lobby
- | 27.10.2003 12:24Dutch royal scandal sheds light on former 'Bosnia lobby'
The 'charity' War Child was used a a cover for arms lobbying during the Bosnia war. War Child was always a politically dubious organisation, and was involved in financial scandals before. The current scandal in the Netherlands about the fiancee of Prince Friso - Mabel Wisse Smit - has unexpectedly given an insight into War Child. Mabel was a co-founder of War Child Netherlands, and that is not as admirable as it seems.
The scandal has been misreported outside the Netherlands as a sort of romantic tragedy. Even in the Netherlands, attention concentrated on Mabel's affair with gangster Klaas Bruinsma while she was at university.
But the later period is much more interesting. The truth is that Mabel Wisse Smit was thoroughly involved in the international pro-Bosnia lobby, including its illegal arms lobby activities. She worked at the United Nations in 1993: there was an all-out war in Croatia, and the Bosnian war was starting. See the chronology
There she met the charismatic Bosnian ambassador to the UN, Mohammed Sacirbey, and began an affair with him which lasted several years. He later became Foreign Minister - he is now in an American jail awaiting extradition to Bosnia, on charges of embezzlement during that time.
Mabel helped him with his lobby work on behalf of Bosnia, her role was largely behind the scenes. The Dutch inquiry into the Srebrenica massacre later confirmed that the two of them had direct access to the Foreign Ministry, and influenced Dutch policy, in the run-up to the massacre (1995).
In 1994 Mabel set up the 'European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans', she did that together with Willemijn Verloop en the lawyer Phon van den Biesen. Van den Biesen represented Bosnia at the International Court in The Hague, when Bosnia charged rump 'Yugoslavia' (= Serbia) with genocide. He made the opening speech together with Sacirbey. The EACPB operated from his office. It is very unclear what exactly it did at the time, or since. Two meetings in the last 8 years are all that show on internet searches. But it's clear that the founders defined 'peace' as Bosnian success in the war - not as the absence of fighting.
By mid-1995 the war had reached a critical phase. The Croatians went on the offensive with American-trained troops, and captured the Serb-inhabited Krajina region in August. In July, Serb forces had captured Srebrenica, which was protected by Dutch troops, they abandoned the enclave. Details of the subsequent killings there emerged during the following months.
During 1995 the same three people set up a Dutch branch of the existing English 'charity' War Child. Willemijn Verloop was paid by the EACPB - its funding is also unclear - to organise its activities. So War Child Netherlands was being run by the Bosnian Foreign Minister's girlfriend, the Bosnian governments lawyer, and its organiser was in paid service of a separate political organisation - of which all three were directors.
The Bosnian forces were under severe pressure in 1995. They were geographically isolated and badly armed, and Sarajevo was surrounded. Officially no-one could help them militarily, because there was an arms embargo. UN Resolution 713, adopted in 1991, states:
"...all States shall, for the purposes of establishing peace and stability in Yugoslavia, immediately implement a general and complete embargo on all deliveries of weapons and military equipment to Yugoslavia until the Security Council decides otherwise following consultation between the Secretary-General and the Government of Yugoslavia".
Bosnia had four strategies:
1. to seek secret arms supplies from western powers. That meant they would break their own arms embargo, but they had already done that to aid the Croatians.
2. to campaign to get the arms embargo lifted. Pro-Bosnia campaigners in the west supported this option.
3. to encourage a NATO invasion of Bosnia, which would be a de facto war against the Serb militias.
4. to seek illegal arms supplies from others, mainly Muslim states. Bosnia certainly got arms, and money to buy arms, from a network of Islamic sympathisers, including the then little-known Osama bin Laden. Supplies through Croatia in 1995 were tacitly approved by President Clinton. For the Iran-Bosnia connection, see
Sacirbey would have been involved with all of these strategies. He certainly tried openly to break the arms embargo, see this Reuters item for instance...
NICOSIA, July 24 1995 (Reuter) - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati was quoted on Monday as saying defence ministers and military chiefs from eight Moslem states will meet soon to discuss ways of helping Bosnia's beleaguered Moslems. Veleyati, quoted by IRNA in an interview with the Tehran daily Iran, said the military chiefs would 'discuss practical ways to help Bosnian Moslems." Bosnian Foreign Minister Mohammed Sacirbey, who attended the Geneva meeting, told a news conference later that he had been given pledges of weaponry and that OIC military chiefs and IRNA said Velayati stressed in his remarks to the newspaper that 'according to the article 51 of the United Nations charter, the Bosnian government has the right to conclude bilateral defensive contracts with other countries.
The founders of War Child in Britain, Bill Leeson and David Wilson, must have known what they were doing, when they let Mabel Wisse Smit use their organisation's name and logo. They must have known that the EACPB was a pro-Bosnian group, and that she had links to Sacirbey. But in any case, War Child was funded from the start by the British government: it was never a neutral aid organisation, and they would not have got funding if they did not serve British policy. And it was not as squeaky-clean as its stated aims imply. Leeson left War Child after taking a bribe from contractors for its prestige Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar, see
Celebrity charity denies corruption (BBC, 2001)
Stars quit charity in corruption scandal (Guardian, 2001)
A charity caught up in chaos (Guardian, 2001)
Primarily, War Child serves as a long-term and indirect propaganda campaign for western intervention. All the places where it works have been named as future targets of western intervention, or have already been the target. War Child says:
"The severe psychological wounds that war inflicts on children can scar them for life, crippling the very generations that must one day re-build their devastated countries."
Then why support western intervention, and why provide cover for the arms lobbyists of nationalist movements?
[DOC] Mabel is medeverantwoordelijk voor Srebrenica' Onderzoeker Peter ...
‘ Mabel is medeverantwoordelijk voor Srebrenica'
Onderzoeker Peter Siebelt schreef een boek over de Bosnische connectie van Mabel Wisse Smit, de aanstaande van prins Johan Friso. ‘Grof gezegd: she's a lying bitch.'
E r is een heuse Mabel-hausse. Onlangs kwam Bert van der Veer met een boekje. Tomas Ross en Theo van Gogh zijn druk aan het schrijven. En nu u dus. "Mabel is een naam die, sinds de toestand met Klaas Bruinsma, miljoenen Nederlanders intrigeert. Maar de volledige waarheid hebben ze nog niet leren kennen – vooral niet over haar duistere rol in Bosnië."
Voor we het daarover hebben: wat is uw algemene indruk van haar?
"Een intelligente, ambitieuze vrouw. Ik begrijp goed waarom Beatrix zo verzot op haar is en haar niet laat vallen. Ze is met haar internationale contacten en charme geknipt voor het behartigen van de belangen van de Oranjes, en valt ook ideologisch binnen het plaatje."
Wat bedoelt u?
"Sinds de Tweede Wereldoorlog is het koningshuis bewust de progressief-linkse gemeenschap gaan inpalmen. Wilhelmina had aan den lijve ondervonden dat de monarchie gevaar liep. Na de bevrijding besloot ze het roer om te gooien. Een van haar eerste daden was het benoemen van Willem Schermerhorn tot informateur – een politicus met extreem-linkse sympathieën. Wilhelmina's opvolgers hebben dezelfde tactiek gevolgd, met het verschil dat zij er ook in zijn gaan gelóven. Juliana deed haar dochters op de school van Kees Boeke, een beruchte anarchist en pacifist, die door de Binnenlandse Veiligheidsdienst in de gaten werd gehouden. Zo werd Beatrix al jong in de rode grondverf gezet. Haar huwelijk met Claus deed de rest: die was de lieveling van de progressieve intelligentsia."
Terug naar Mabel. Zit zij ook in die hoek?
"Ja, hoewel ze uit een liberaal nest komt, is ze gevormd door progressieve hoogleraren aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Ze is mede-oprichter van War Child in Nederland, werkt voor de Soros Foundation, die fel campagne voert tegen Bush, en was oprichter van het European Action Council for Peace on the Balkans (EACPB) – in feite een lobbyclub voor de Bosnische Moslims."
Was dat een links stokpaardje dan?
"Absoluut. Het waren Mient Jan Faber, Jan Pronk, Relus ter Beek en op de achtergrond prins Claus die met het desastreuze concept van de safe havens kwamen, omdat ze per se een multi-etnisch Bosnië wilden behouden. Dat paste namelijk in hun ideaal van een multiculturele samenleving. Daarbij werden de Bosnische Moslims ten onrechte gezien als de slachtoffers. Door dit beleid heeft de oorlog jaren langer geduurd."
W as de rol van Mabel in wat u de ‘Bosnië-lobby' noemt belangrijk?
"Ze was de rechterhand en het liefje van de invloedrijke Mohamed Sacirbey, de Bosnische VN-ambassadeur die nu in New York vastzit op verdenking van corruptie. Effectief wisten die twee hun nationale en internationale contacten te bespelen. Iedereen die weleens in dat wereldje van de humanitaire hulpverlening heeft rondgelopen, weet dat je daar vooral meisjes in soepjurken aantreft. Als dan ineens zo'n blonde vrouw van de wereld met diep uitgesneden decolleté voor je staat – tja, dan wil je als diplomaat of politicus wel luisteren of de buidel trekken."
Heeft Mabel gelogen over haar verhouding met ‘Mo' Sacirbey?
"Ja, het is hetzelfde verhaal als met Bruinsma. Mabel heeft niet de waarheid gesproken over de intensiteit van de relatie, niet over de duur ervan en niet over haar pogingen haar voormalige minnaar uit de gevangenis te krijgen. Grof gezegd: She's a lying bitch."
Volgens Mabel zou ze slechts hebben gepleit voor ‘een eerlijk proces'.
"Vaststaat dat Mabel ambassadeurs en andere prominenten uit haar internationale netwerk heeft bewerkt. Sacirbey is een kat in het nauw. Hij zal niet schuwen zijn medeplichtigen onder druk te zetten door te dreigen een boekje over hen open te doen. Het is een man zonder scrupules, een intrigant."
Als VN-ambassadeur wordt Sacirbey ervan verdacht 610.000 dollar te hebben verduisterd. Heeft Mabel daar weet van gehad?
"Laten we het omdraaien: waarom zou zij er niet van op de hoogte zijn geweest? Ze was niet alleen zijn geliefde, ze knokten jarenlang zij aan zij voor de Bosnische zaak – tot aan het inzamelen van geld voor de Moslims toe. Sacirbey heeft zelf gezegd: ‘Ik vertrouw haar mijn leven toe.'"
Volgens de ‘friends of Mo' is er geen bewijs voor corruptie want het geld is onvindbaar.
"Wat een drogreden! Misschien is het geld wel opgemaakt in het casino. Sacirbey is een fervent gokker. Volgens zijn pleitbezorgers zou hij een deel van het geld hebben gebruikt voor reizen naar het Joegoslavië-tribunaal in Den Haag. Maar accountants hebben uitgezocht dat gedurende die periode niets van belang gebeurde. Wat deed hij dan in Nederland? Zeker is dat hij geregeld langswipte bij Mabel in Amsterdam. Wie weet gingen ze dan naar het casino."
Een andere affaire rond Sacirbey zijn de illegale wapenleveranties aan de moslimstrijders in Bosnië. Was Mabel daarbij betrokken?
"Haar organisatie wierp zich op als adviseur van mogelijke wapenleveranciers. Zo verschafte zij onder anderen de Amerikaanse senator Bob Dole gedetailleerde informatie over wapens die effectief zouden kunnen zijn tegen de Serviërs, en over de wijze waarop de Moslims zichzelf konden bevoorraden. Kennelijk gaf Mabel ook de routes aan!
"Sacirbey heeft er nooit een geheim van gemaakt dat hij het embargo onzin vond – de Moslims moesten zich ‘verdedigen'. Als Moslim kan ik me dat in zijn geval voorstellen. Maar een jonge Hollandse vrouw? Nu is Mabel medeverantwoordelijk voor het drama in Srebrenica."
U gaat wel heel snel.
"Ten tijde van het wapenembargo werden moslimrebellen van wapens voorzien. Ze organiseerden roof- en moordtochten in Servische dorpen buiten de enclave. Ik beweer niet dat de Serven niet sowieso Srebrenica zouden hebben gezuiverd, maar zeker is dat hun bloed hierdoor nog sneller aan de kook is geraakt."
U legt ook een link tussen de Bosnië-lobby en het islamterrorisme.
"Een van de bommenleggers in Madrid had zijn opleiding in Bosnië genoten. Wat altijd is onderbelicht, is dat de Bosnische leiders, zoals president Izetbegovic, een ideaal koesterden: het creëren van een moslimstaat op fundamentalistische grondslag. Om die reden werkte Izetbegovic in de Tweede Wereldoorlog samen met de nazi's – hij was lid van een SS-divisie. Zijn bloedbroeder was de vader van Mo Sacirbey. Mensen als Claus en Mabel moeten dit hebben geweten. Maar ja, het koningshuis is aan één oog blind – het linker wel te verstaan."
U noemt zichzelf monarchist. Ik kan me niet voorstellen dat het Oranjehuis erg blij is met uw boek.
"Ik ben een voorstander van de monarchie, maar dan moet die wel boven de partijen staan. Dat is al heel lang niet meer het geval. Het huis van Oranje profileert zich als de belangenbehartiger van progressief-links." |
Peter Siebelt: Mabel – ‘Koninklijk' Bal Masqué. Aspekt. €22,95.
Peter Siebelt'Koninklijk' Bal Masque
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Onderzoeksjournalist Peter Siebelt heeft Nederland tweemaal verrast met onthullende boeken over brandende kwesties. De eerste keer over Fortuyn-moordenaar Volkert van der Graaf en de tweede keer over het activistische verleden van het Groen-Links Tweede Kamerlid Wijnand Duyvendak in Rara wie ben ik?
Ditmaal richt hij zich tot die ene vrouw waarvan heel Nederland zich verbijsterd afvraagt wie zij is en waar zij vandaan komt: Mabel Wisse Smit. Peter Siebelt laat in dit onthullende boek zien hoe goed de wereld van de toekomstige echtgenote van Prins Friso door de Nederlandse overheid is afgeschermd.
Het onderzoek naar Mabel richt zich dan ook vooral op het netwerk dat rond haar bestaat en dat niet te verhullen is. Er ontstaat hierdoor een beeld van een super-ambitieuze jongedame - Mient-Jan Faber noemde haar de 'golden girl' - die er niet voor schroomde op het hoogste podium van de internationale politiek te schitteren.
Zij was een spilfiguur in de Bosnische kwestie welke in de zaak Srebrenica voor Nederland een zwarte bladzijde vormde. Terwijl Mabel, als minnares en assistente van de Bosnische Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Sacirbey, meehielp de voorwaarde tot deze tragedie te scheppen bracht de bloedige uitkomst de Bosnische politiek defacto de eigen onafhankelijke islamitisch georganiseerde staat.
Via haar door de miljardair Soros gesteunde niet-gouvernementele pressiegroepen ontfermde Mabel zich vervolgens over de slachtoffers; een zeer berekenende win-win situatie. Peter Siebelt laat zien dat achter deze 'humanitaire' argumentatie machtspolitiek plaatsvond. Mabels loopbaan is een wonderlijke wisselwerking tussen utopistische ideeën en keiharde 'Realpolitik'.
Voor ons vorstenhuis, dat op dezelfde wijze opereert, vertegenwoordigden deze 'skills' van Mabel het beste gereedschap voor de toekomst van het Huis van Oranje.
Dutch Liberals scared of QueenOfficially the Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy. Many years of state and media propaganda have lead many Dutch people to believe that the Queen has no political power. But the last decades Queen Beatrix has steadily worked to enlarge her political powers. In a recent speech at the university of Leiden she praised the politicians that she that the last decades they have given her much more freedom.
There have been many incidents. Not a long a go it became public that the royal family gave direct orders to the intelligence service, without the responsible minister even knowing about it. Not generally know but a long time practice is that the Queen even has her own shadow cabinet and every Monday prime Minister Balkenende goes to her "working" palace to speak through the current affairs of the country. She also can order any minister to her palace to let him or her explain his or her actions. There is much more to tell, but I think this shows that she is certainly not only ceremonially figure. Queen Beatrix and her son Willem Alexander the heir to the thrown, have already said several times that they are not interested in a pure ceremonial role.
After the murder on Theo van Gogh the royal family wrote in a letter to the family of Theo van Gogh that they did not had time to attend the funeral. But a day after the funeral they could be seen at all kind of multi culture events. That same week, the queen was even giving rewards to ‘liberal' Muslims. Who in the press blamed Dutch sociaty for the circumstances that lead to the murder of Theo van Gogh. The royals seem to be one of the staunchest supporters of the multicultural society (See also: Royal Support for Muslims)
The queen does not change her political agenda, but the Dutch politicians do not feel comfortable with the low legitimacy the have. Trust in the government has never been so low. Many political parties are rewriting their manifesto's. Also the Dutch liberal party (VVD) recently wrote a new liberal manifest. But now newspaper AD reports that the writers of the new liberal manifest wanted to propose the removal of the political power of the Queen. But they did not include it in the manifesto, because they where afraid it would get to much media attention.
"They did not dare to touch the monarchy. About god, the Queen and the tax deduction for house owners you don't talk as politician" says a prominent liberal (VVD) parliamentary. The liberal (VVD) has always supported the monarchy for practical reasons, does it sound within the liberal leadership.
In parliament there has always been a large majority of political parties who say they are against the monarchy, but in practice they support it for political reasons. Traditionally the more leftwing parties always said they were against the monarchy. Take for example the social-liberal D66, they always made a big point about constitutional reforms and their former leader, Thom de Graaf, proposed 6 years ago to make the queens role purely ceremonial. But now they are in the government they stay silent. Although, Thom de Graaf, is now special minister for constitutional reform in the current administration. The tiny D66 has only a few minister posts in the administration, but made Brinkhorst whose daughter married a Royal prince (3th in-line), minister again. Not surprisingly Brinkhorst said after the murder on Theo van Gogh that Hirsi Ali her movie Submission was a provocation.
At the time of the 2002 election the poles indicated that Pim Fortuyn was, with more than 25% of the votes, to become the biggest political party and that would most likely make him the next prime minister of The Netherlands. Fortuyn had already promised that he as Prime Minister would give Queen Beatrix a pure ceremonial role. But that is all history now, he was assassinated a week before the elections.
MIM: Prince Friso's grandfather Prince Bernhard was married to his grandmother Queen Wilhemina. Both she and her consort fled Holland before the German invasion and spent the war years in Canada and Britain. Bernhard and was known to have been a member of Hitler youth and is a descendant of the House of Hohenzollern. Two Dutch writers produced a cartoon version of his life story - which is described as having taken some license with the facts. Prince Friso's mother Queen Beatrix also married a German, Prince Claus. The marriage which took place more then two decades after the war still aroused anger in Holland because Claus van Amsberg was a German. In 1985 riots broke out during Beatrix's coronation day instigated by the left wing squatter movement under the slogan - Geen Kroning- Geen Woning - No crowning - No housing.http://www.anno.nl/anno/anno/i001697.html
MIM:The true face of the Bosnian Muslims /Muhajideen
7th Bosnian Muslim Brigade, based in Zenica - the international Islamic mercenary force known as the mujahedeen
Alija Izetbegovic with memebrs of 7th Brigade
In preparing the ground for the conflicts between Bosnian Cristians (Croats and Serbs) and Bosnian Muslims, residents of different Arab countries who in the B&H had recognized the elements and challenge of "a holy war" - jihad. Coming from different Arab countries, most of them were from Yemen, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Afghanistan, and bringing with them experience from a war from some of the Islamic trouble spots.
Mujahedin, or «holy warriors», is a generic term for Muslim volunteers fighting in the former Yugoslavia. Many Mujahedin originate from Muslim countries outside the former Yugoslavia. It was reported that the Mujahedin began arriving in BiH as early as June 1992. (Tom Post & Joel Brand, «Help from the Holy Warriors», Newsweek, 5 October 1992, at 52). Reports on the number of Mujahedin forces operating in BiH vary, but it is unlikely that the Mujahedin forces have made a significant military contribution to the BiH Government's war effort (Christopher Lockwood, «Muslim Nations Offer Troops», Daily Telegraph, 14 July 1993, at 14. According to Lockwood, Muslim nations depended on Western logistical support to deliver troops to BiH. He concludes that the same logistical troubles which kept the Muslim troops promised in July of 1993 from joining UN forces in the UN declared «safe havens» also limited the number of Muslim volunteers in the BiH armed forces. He states that the number of Mujahedin in BiH never exceeded three or four hundred. See also Mohamed Sid-Ahmad, «Muslim World Between Two Fires», War Report, January 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 63744. However, the Belgrade Daily, Vecernje Novosti, reported that as many as 30,000 Mujahedin were operating in BiH. «Other Reports in Brief: Muslims from Abroad Settling in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgrade Daily Claims», BBC, Summary of World Broadcasts, 19 September 1992. )
The Mujahedin forces came from several Muslim states and many of them were veterans of the Afghan war. (Andrew Hogg, «Arabs Join in Bosnia Battle», Sunday Times, 30 August 1992)
Reports submitted to the Commission of Experts alleged that the Mujahedin have been responsible for the mutilation and killing of civilians, rape, looting, the destruction of property, and the expulsion of non-Muslim populations. The deputy commander of the BiH Army, Colonel Stjepan Siber, has said, «it was a mistake to let them [the Mujahedin] here . . . They commit most of the atrocities and work against the interests of the Muslim people. They have been killing, looting and stealing.» Andrew Hogg, «Terror Trail of the Mujahedin», Sunday Times, 27 June 1993.
Several reports indicate that the Mujahedin were placed under the command of the BiH Army.(See «Some 400 Mujahedin Volunteers Fighting with Bosnian Muslims», Agence France Presse, 22 September 1992; Andrew Hogg, «Arabs Join in Bosnia Battle», Sunday Times, 30 August 1992; see also Charles McLoed, ECMM, «Report on Inter-Ethnic Violence in Vitez, Busovaca and Zenica», April 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 20178- 20546, at 20207; Croatian Information Centre, Weekly Bulletin, No. 9, 4 October 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 36434-36438, at 36435; US Department of State, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 62612-62877, at 62648, 62724, 62730, and 62756)
The Mujahedin forces were closely associated with the 5th Corps, the 6th and 7th Zenica Brigades, the 7th Travnik Brigade, and the 45th Muslim Brigade which belongs to the 6th Corps in Konjic of the Army of BiH (US Department of State, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 62612-62877, at 62648; see also Croatian Information Centre, Weekly Bulletin, No. 9, 4 October 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 36434-36438, at 36435; «Continuing Clashes in Northwestern Enclave Reported from Both Sides», BBC, Summary of World Broadcasts, 14 December 1993.)
They also allegedly fought alongside the Muslim Police, the Krajiska Brigade from Travnik, units of Kosovo Muslims, Albanian soldiers, and paramilitary groups such as the «Green Legion» and the «Black Swans».(Charles McLoed, ECMM, Report on Inter-Ethnic Violence in Vitez, Busovaca and Zenica, April 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 20178-20546, at 20207; Croatian Information Centre, Weekly Bulletin, No. 9, 4 October 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 36434-36438, at 36435; US Department of State, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 62612-62877, at 62648, 62724, 62730, and 62756.)
Reports also indicate that the Mujahedin had the support of President Izetbegovic and his government. *57 This was demonstrated in the Bihac pocket, where the Mujahedin joined BiH forces loyal to Izetbegovic. Together, these forces battled separatist forces who entered into a separate peace treaty with Bosnian Serbs («Continuing Clashes in Northwestern Enclave Reported form Both Sides», BBC, Summary of World Broadcasts, 14 December 1993)
In Zenica, between 31 August and 2 September 1992, 250 Mujahedin troops allegedly come to BiH from Turkey, Qatar, Bahrain and Iran. These troops worked alongside the Green Legion and HOS paramilitary groups stationed in Zenica. The Mujahedin allegedly also operated a camp at Arnauti.(Charles McLeod, ECMM, Report on Inter-Ethnic Violence in Vitez, Buscovaca and Zenica, April 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 29043-29131, at 29064; Biljaja Plavsic, Republic of Serbia Presidency, To Serbs All Over the World, 30 September 1992, IHRLI Doc. No. 48072- 48093, at 48081)
It was reported that a unit of the Mujahedin, called the «Guerilla», participated in the 16 April 1993 attack on Vitez and attempted to exchange 10 HVO hostages for foreign prisoners held in HVO prisons. (US Department of State, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 62612-62877, at 62629; see also Charles McLeod, ECMM, Report on Inter-Ethnic Violence in Vitez, Busovaca and Zenica, April 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 29043-29131, at 29072 (attack on Vitez).
The Croatian Ministry of Defence is reported to have provided information about an event occurring in June 1993 -- a joint BiH/Mujahedin unit reportedly attacked Travnik, allegedly forcing 4,000 Croatian civilians and military personnel out of the town. (US Department of State, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 62612-62877, at 62650. Media reports however claim that Croats left Travnik voluntarily. The incident was investigated by an organization, which reported that the forceful eviction did not take place)
The Mujahedin allegedly fought alongside the 6th Muslim Brigade from Zenica and the Krajiska Brigade from Travnik. Witnesses stated that they saw Mujahedin operating in small patrols ahead of the approaching BiH troops.
According to HVO intelligence, Mujahedin forces arrived in Travnik sometime before June 1993 and came from Algeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. The Mujahedin trained at a camp at Mehurici, where they were allegedly financed and equipped by a man named Abdulah, the owner of the «Palma» video store in Travnik. Once in town, the Mujahedin were linked to the Seventh Brigade of the BiH Army, and were reportedly assembled into units of 10 to 15 men, and moved about on regular patrols. The Mujahedin created tension in Travnik in the days prior to the attack on 3 June. One witness stated that the Mujahedin directed their actions towards the HVO personnel in town. They allegedly demonstrated, shouted slogans and fired their rifles in the air.
Mujahedin allegedly participated in the attack on Maljine in Novi Travnik on 8 June 1993, killing 20 to 30 HVO members and transporting Croatian women and children to the training centre at Mehurici.(Croatian Information Centre, Weekly Bulletin, No. 1, 9 August 1993)
In Konjic, the Mujahedin were part of a 100 member force stationed at Liscioi and led by Haso Hakalovic. The unit was assembled in February 1993 and included some Kosovo Muslims and members of the Black Swans from the Igman mountain region. (US Department of State, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 62612-62877, at 62756)
Allegedly, Mujahedin troops killed and expelled villagers, and looted and burned homes, when they moved against the Jablanica- Konjic area. The Mujahedin troops and members of the Black Swans reportedly conducted occasional raids without members of BiH forces. (at IHRLI Doc. No. 62752 and 62756. The village of Vrci was attacked on 25 May, and the village of Radesine was attacked on 10 June. See also Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Fifth Periodic Report on the Situation of Human Rights in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1994/47, 17 November 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 52399-52435, at 52405 (alleging that the Mujahedin were involved in attacks at Kopjari on 21 October, Doljani on 27 and 28 June, and Maljane on 8 June). UN Special Rapporteur Mazowiecki claims that corpses of Mujahedin victims displayed evidence of protracted cruelty and mutilation. )
Reportedly, the Mujahedin volunteers arrived in Konjic in small groups. It was reported that they were from Afghanistan and that they claimed to be students. They were allegedly armed with Hekleri automatic weapons and former JNA equipment. Some Mujahedin were reportedly former students with no military experience.
Mujahedin forces were present in Mostar since early June 1993. They were reportedly stationed in the Santica neighbourhood on the Muslim/HVO front, where they manned bunkers, usually in groups of six or seven, armed with 7.62 millimetre semi-automatic weapons, machine-guns, and Zolja anti-tank weapons. They were billeted in a building they shared with the Muslim military police on the east bank of the Neretva River. The Mujahedin forces apparently left Mostar on 15 August. (US Department of State, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 62612-62877, at 62742 and 62677. For more details on the location of the Neretva living quarters, see Id. at 62739)
FRY reported that the Mujahedin began operations near Teslic in July and August of 1992. Troops from Saudi Arabia allegedly killed three Serbian Territorial Defence members and placed the victims' severed heads on poles near the «Tesanj turret». (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Second Report Submitted to the Commission of Experts, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 28401-29019, at 28533)
Beheadings of Serbs by Mujahedin forces have also been reported in other areas.
The Mujahedin were also alleged to be part of the forces that invaded the village of Trusina near Foca on 15 April 1993. According to the report, attackers wore white ribbons on their arms and fought beside Albanian Muslim troops. Twenty-two civilians reportedly died in the attack. (US Department of State, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 62612-62877, at 62648; Croatian Information Centre, Weekly Bulletin, No. 9, 4 October 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 36434-36438, at 36435)
The Mujahedin allegedly performed crude circumcisions upon Serbian police forces, who were later treated by an American surgeon at the Kosevo hospital in Sarajevo. (Letter dated 7 December 1992 from the Deputy Representative of the US to U.N. Secretary-General, U.N. Doc. S/24918, 8 December 1992, IHRLI Doc. No. 3160-3177, at 3173; Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Second Report Submitted to the Commission of Experts, 1993, IHRLI Doc. No. 28401-29019, at 28566)
This photograph was seized from Saudi Arabian fighters captured in Crni Vrh near Teslic, Bosnia. A Muslim solder displays the severed head of Blagoje Blagojevic, a Serb from the village of Jasenovo near Teslic.
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark Oct 28, 2005 - The arrest of four young Muslims suspected of belonging to a network planning an imminent suicide attack in Europe stemmed from a terror investigation in Bosnia, Danish police said Friday.
In the Bosnian case, a Turk living in Denmark and a Swede originally from Serbia-Montenegro are under arrest in Sarajevo, and Bosnian police said they found explosives, firearms and other military equipment in connection with those arrests.
The Bosnian paper Slobodna Bosna said police also found a video cassette showing three masked men praying and asking God to forgive them for their self-sacrifice.
"We had a very short period to investigate but our information indicated that their action was imminent," said Danish police spokesman Joern Bro said, adding that investigators have asked Bosnian police about the alleged video recording.
"We don't know exactly what kind of terror (attack) they were planning but our information indicates that it could have been a suicide bomb," Bro said of the arrests in Bosnia, adding that the weapons found could also be used in a "sniper murder."
The four arrested Thursday at their homes in and around Copenhagen are aged 16 to 20. The suspects in Bosnia also are teenagers, the Swede, 19, and the Turk, 18. The four were in "close contact" with the two arrested in Bosnia; the Turk lived in Denmark, Bro said.
According to Sarajevo's Dnevni Avaz daily newspaper, one of the suspects detained in Bosnia was an 18-year-old preparing a suicide attack on the Sarajevo embassy of a European Union country.
Bro said one of the four men arrested in Denmark was a Danish citizen and the others were of Middle Eastern origin but police did not know their exact nationalities.
The three older suspects appealed the detention order Friday. Their lawyers did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.
In raiding the suspects' homes, Danish police seized computers, computer discs, books with radical Muslim literature and cellular phones. Police also found $32,400 in cash.
Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen, a terrorism expert with the Danish Institute for International Studies, said early information "indicates that these are people that have been inspired by the al-Qaida movement."
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen called the arrests "shocking."
Terrorists have not hit Denmark in 20 years, but the London bombings in July sparked fears that the Scandinavian country could be targeted for its participation in the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, where Denmark has about 500 troops.
In 1985, a bomb exploded outside the offices of North West Orient airlines in Copenhagen, killing one person and wounding 16.
A series of bombs devasted London; the number of casualties numbered more than 40, 13 of whom died in a bus attack. An al-Qaeda group is linked to the London blasts: AP reports, "A group calling itself 'Secret Organization — al-Qaeda in Europe' has posted a claim of responsibility for the series of blasts in London according to a report in Der Spiegel."
"On Wednesday, [UN Spokesman] Eckhard confirmed for the first time that the information included material related to 'one of the named terrorists said to have been on one of the hijacked aircraft' on Sept. 11. Eckhard refused to name the hijacker but said the information was also shared with the French and Dutch governments."