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How Radical Islam Infiltrates Kosovo

8:35 AM, Aug 30, 2012 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
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Unfortunately, anti-Islamist action by the Kosovo authorities has been blocked by the international community. Trials of Islamist conspirators by the Kosovo judiciary are quashed by the foreign administration. Bajram Rexhepi, the republic’s current interior minister, recalls that in 2003-04, when he was prime minister and “new and radical currents controlled no mosques and had no influence,” he proposed a draft law against religious extremism.

But, Rexhepi told the reporters plaintively, “I was told by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg we could be sued for denial of religious freedom. . . . I asked [the Europeans] ‘if your states were to consider their national security at risk because of this problem, would you maintain such abstract respect for human rights? Probably not. Then why experiment on us in Kosovo?’”

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