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A NEWLY “REVIVED” ISLAMIC BOSNIA

Check this out in, of all places, the paper of the jihad, the New York Times. The article employs the same pathetic dhimmi excuses that the NY Times if infamous for, but read between the lines.The facts are all there.  Clinton’s war – no national security at stake, no nothing, essentially a  war against the Christians. Imagine all that blood and treasure to expand Islam. And now Bush supports an independent Kosovo? Suicide!

An Islamic Revival in Bosnia Tests a Fragile Nation’s Secular Cast …

More than half a dozen new madrasas, or religious high schools, have
been built in recent years, while dozens of mosques have sprouted,
including the King Fahd, a sprawling $28 million complex with a sports and cultural center.

Before the war, fully covered women and men with long beards were almost unheard of. Today, they are common.

Many
here welcome the Muslim revival as a healthy assertion of identity in a
multiethnic country where Muslims make up close to half the population.

Healthy for whom? Not women, children and other living things.

But others warn of a growing culture clash between conservative
Islam and Bosnia’s avowed secularism in an already fragile state.

Two months ago, men in hoods attacked participants at a gay festival in
Sarajevo, dragging some people from vehicles and beating others while
they chanted, “Kill the gays!” and “Allahu Akbar!” Eight people were
injured.

Muslim religious leaders complained that the event, which coincided with the holy month of Ramadan, was a provocation. The organizers said they had sought to promote minority rights and meant no offense.

In this cosmopolitan capital, where bars have long outnumbered
mosques, Muslim religious education was recently introduced in state
kindergartens, prompting some secular Muslim parents to complain that
the separation between mosque and state was being breached.

Sounds oh so cosmo!

Bosnia’s
Muslims have practiced a moderate Islam that stretches back to the
Ottoman conquest in the 15th century. Sociologists and political
leaders say the religious awakening is partly an outgrowth of the war
and the American-brokered Dayton agreement that ended it, dividing the
country into a Muslim-Croat Federation and a Serb Republic.

Blame Bush for centuries of Islamic jihad!

“The
Serbs committed genocide against us, raped our women, made us refugees
in our own country,” said Mustafa Efendi Ceric, the grand mufti and
main spiritual leader of Bosnia’s Muslim community.

“And now we
have a tribal constitution that says we have to share political power
and land with our killers,” he said. “We Bosnian Muslims still feel
besieged in the city of Sarajevo.”

Muslims besieged, now that’s rich.

That resentment is evident.
As several thousand worshipers streamed into the imposing King Fahd
mosque on a recent Friday, a young man sat outside selling a popular
conservative Muslim magazine with President-elect Barack Obama on the cover.

"Hussein,
Will Your America Kill Muslims?" the headline asked, using Mr. Obama’s
middle name, a source of pride for many Muslims here.

Religious and national identity have long been fused in multifaith Bosnia.

It
was tradition in villages to refer to neighbors by their religion —
Muslim, Orthodox, Catholic, rather than as Bosniak, Serb or Croat.

In the nation-building that followed Dayton, that practice has become stronger.

In
Sarajevo, a predominantly Muslim city, dozens of streets named after
Communist revolutionaries were renamed after Muslim heroes,
and
political parties stressing Muslim identity gained large
constituencies.

Osama Bin Laden, perhaps?

Catholic Croats and Orthodox Serbs, meanwhile,
cleave to their own religious and cultural identities. Church
attendance is on the rise; in the Serb Republic, even ministries and
police departments have their own Orthodox patron saints.

Muharem
Bazdulj, deputy editor of the daily Oslobodenje, the voice of liberal,
secular Bosnia, said he feared the growth of Wahhabism, the
conservative Sunni movement originating in Saudi Arabia that aims to
strip away foreign and corrupting influences.

Analysts say Saudi-financed organizations have invested about $700 million in Bosnia since the war, often in mosques.

[…]

Still, violent episodes have occurred. Earlier this year, after an
explosion at a shopping mall in the town of Vitez killed one person and
wounded seven, Zlatko Miletic, head of uniformed police of the
Muslim-Croat Federation Interior Ministry, warned that a group in
Bosnia linked to Salafism, an ultraconservative Sunni Islamic movement,
was bent on terrorism.

[…]

“Children are fasting on Ramadan, going to the mosque more than their
parents,”
he said. “We had de-Islamification for 40 years during Tito’s
time, so it is natural that people are now embracing the freedom to
express their religion.”

Children going on their own? Sans parents? They think we are idiots.

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