8:25 AM, Mar 16, 2013 • By KEN JENSEN
There’s every prospect for greater operational activity on the continent. Insufficient attention has been given to the presence of Iran in Bosnia and Balkan jihadism in general in Kosovo, Macedonia, the Sanjak, and other places that have long since been “softened up” for the toleration of holy terror by the Wahhabis.
According to independent researcher Gordon Bardos, the American and British ambassadors to Sarajevo warned Bosnian officials last August to cut their ties to Iran. Reporting on the recent convergence of Islamism and desperate Bosnian nationalism, Bardos claims that “Iran's Revolutionary Guard has eaten up much of the country's political and economic power. In September, the Sarajevo newspaper Dnevni Avaz claimed that pro-Iranian factions in the Bosnian government were “re-activating para-intelligence cells tied to the Islamist regime of the late Bosnian leader Alija Izetbegovic.” In October, Slobodna Bosna reported that 200 Iranian “businessmen” had been granted entry visas during the first half of 2012. Reportedly, one Iranian diplomat seen in Bosnia had been tracked by Israeli intelligence officials in Thailand, Georgia and India, that is, the places where Hezbollah/Iran has attacked Israeli citizens.
Can the European Union continue to humor Hezbollah if it shows up just outside (or just inside) the Gates of Vienna? Given that European governments surely know about Iran’s subversion in Bosnia and their lack of real response to the Burgas bus bombing, the signs are not good for a change of direction on Europe’s part regarding Hezbollah. With an end to the Syrian debacle, Hezbollah may considerably speed up Europe’s slow suicide in the face of Islamism.
Ken Jensen is associate director of the American Center for Democracy for its Economic Warfare Institute. The views expressed above are his own.