Monday, March 31, 2008

Bosnia - a Radically Different Prospective

For most of us who witnessed the Bosnian war in the early 1990s from a safe distance, the fault lines appeared fairly straight forward. The analysis, such as it went, read like this: Serbians bad, Croats quite bad but not as bad as the Serbs, Bosnians innocent victims.

This simplistic analysis, versions of which which informed the policy making of western governments and the editorial viewpoint of many media outlets, has been fundamentally challenged in a new book by former NSA advisor John R. Schlinder, a field agent in the former Yugoslavia at the time of the war.

An in-depth review of the book, Unholy Terror: Bosnia, Al-Qa’ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad, is available here. It's a lengthy review, but worth it for the light it sheds on the book's central thesis: that the Bosnian government of the early 90s, far from being a model of modern multi-culturalism, was Islamist in nature, committed to global jihad and linked with terror networks across the Muslim world.

Strong stuff.

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