July 12, 2005

Revenge for Srebrenica?

As police sources within the London terrorist bombing investigation indicated yesterday that the bombs were constructed with military grade explosives thought to come from the Balkans, U.S. and European leaders attended a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the execution of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War in 1995.

In July of 1995, Bosnian Serbs overwhelmed the unprepared Dutch peacekeepers and massacred every Muslim man or boy they found.

The British foreign secretary, Jack Straw, made the most direct statement, saying it was "a shame on the international community that this evil took place under our noses."

"I particularly regret this," Straw said. "And I am deeply sorry for it."

It could be that the London bombings using explosives traced to the region ten years to the month of the anniversary of the massacre was just a coincidence. It could just as well point to international collusion between various Islamic terrorist groups.

Time will tell, as the investigation continues

UPDATE: According to the Guardian, experts are now saying the Balkan bomb thery is a dud:

A senior anti-terrorist official also denied claims that the explosives originated from the Balkans, and said it was far from clear that they were of military grade - claims made by French anti-terrorist officials earlier this week.

British anti-terrorist officials have consistently said that the explosives were of "high grade", but could be acquired on the commercial market in the UK if the bombers knew where to look.

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Posted by: salt1907 at July 12, 2005 06:57 PM


I see where you are going, and I have to tell you this time it is a dead end.

I had the privilege of serving in Bosnia. (1998-1999, about the time Kosovo Kicked off) and this time it wasn't an office job per se. I got to meet and talk with Bosnian Muslims. They are great people and as far away from Islamo-terrorist as you can be. They are folk that Drink and Smoke and the Women don't cover themselves. They are very people who what nothing but peace and prosperity. they were sick of war when I was there and DEATHLY afraid of Miliosovic starting up crap again.

This once I think you are barking up the wrong tree.

Posted by: Mustang 23 at July 13, 2005 11:39 AM

I very well may be incorrect and I readily admit that the use of Bosnian explsoives may very well have been just a coincidence.

That said, the fact remains that mujahedin left the Middle East for Bosnia to fight the infidel, and several hundred stayed there. Some seem to have gone legit (or at least underground), and others have been linked to foiled attacks against the American and British embassies in Sarajevo.

I don't think it too much of a stretch to think that perhaps if the explosives are traced to the Balkans, that these people would be among the first people investigated.

I do not mean a blanket indictment against Bosnian Muslims--Lord knows, they've suffered enough--but the same massacres that made most war weary could also inspire some to revenge against a West they felt did nothing to stop the slaughter of July, 1995.

I have no personal issues with Bosnian Muslims, but the fact that explosives from the region were used in the London suicide bombing, and the fact that the bombing happened around the tenth anniversary of the massacre was at the very least a coincidence that needed to be explored.

We now know that the suicide bombers, all British nationals, were of Pakistani, not Bosnian background.

The bomb builder and mastermind of the terrorist attack are still on the loose, however, and until the government provides evidence of just how the military explosives made it from the Balkan region to England, Islamic terroists with connections to the area are simply the most logical choice.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at July 13, 2005 12:44 PM