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The Coming Balkan Caliphate: The Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West Hardcover – Jun 30 2007
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"[T]ells the most terrifying story never told in the War on Terror….And yet anyone reading this book--indeed anyone who has been following the region and its increasingly far reach since our interventions there--will have a hard time taking the War on Terror seriously, and will be left with a sense that with their investigations of this cell or that, our intelligence agents and police are busily plugging holes in a boat that is already submerged….[T]he book makes for a damning read and a troubled sleep." - Islam Watch
"An American journalist and travel writing based in the Balkans, Deliso does not contend that Muslims in the Balkans are about to cast off their centuries of liberal thought and behavior. Rather he argues that small groups of local but globally connected fundamentalists could gravitate toward existing terrorist organizations, and introduce a new dimension to political issues and social policy that will impact the Christian as well as Muslim populations of the peninsula." - Reference & Research Book News
"The Coming Balkan Caliphate traces the spread of radical Islam throughout the Balkans, a process greatly stimulated by the Bosnian war… for any serious analysis of the threat posed by radical Islam, Deliso's regional perspective is essential." - American Thinker
"Anyone imagining that Moslem extremists must be seen as a threat only east of Suez should read Chris Deliso's alarming accounts of their activities in parts of the Balkans made vulnerable by wars and poverty." (David Binder, New York Times Central and Eastern European correspondent, 1961-2004.)
"Chris Deliso is a veteran field reporter and one of the foremost experts on the Balkans. Unlike many of the mainstream 'parachute' journalists who drop in every time a new violent crisis erupts, Deliso lives in the region and therefore better understands the dynamics and political intrigues. This book presents a compelling glimpse into the much overlooked spread of radical Islam throughout the former Yugoslavia. A must-read for those who have prematurely declared the international intervention in the Balkans a success story." (Scott Taylor, award-winning Canadian war reporter and publisher, Esprit de Corps Magazine)
"Christopher Deliso provides critical insight into the hypocrisy of Western policy towards the Balkans, now an epicenter for European heroin distribution and processing and a conduit for illegal arms sales, both of which provide financing that sustains global terrorism. This book should be required reading for all members of the U.S. foreign policy establishment." (Sibel Edmonds, Former FBI translator and founder, National Security Whistleblowers Coalition)
"Incisive, well-researched and thought-provoking, Christopher Deliso presents a must-read account of how Islamic fundamentalism arrived in the Balkans, and the threat it portends for the future." (Nebojsa Malic, Balkan Affairs columnist, Antiwar.com)
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With years of experience in the Balkans and a journalist's eye for detail, Deliso takes readers through Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and Sandzak and explains who the radicals are, how they got there, what they are currently doing and what they intend to do. Tying it all together with history, failed and failing interventions and the growth of organized crime, Deliso warns us that "...it is, of course, the case that foreign Islamic groups, terrorists included, look first to partially or fully Muslim-dominated areas of the Balkans for their radical operations and social colonization projects." He makes a clear distinction between the moderate Islam that has been practiced for centuries in the Balkans and the encroaching danger of the imported Saudi-style Wahhabi-sect reminding us that "Fundamentalist Islam, unlike Western society, is not predicated on the ideals of progress and an ever-brighter future."
Expertly researched and written, this is a clear warning to ignoring the threat of radical and extreme Islam in the Balkans today. While the world focuses on Iraq and Afghanistan, as we should, we ignore the Balkans and the threat emanating from it at our own peril.
We also learn of a murky incident in which six Albanian-American fundamentalists arrived in the village of Skenderaj in the weeks before 9/11, saying that the U.S. would be attacked soon--and yet it sparked no interest or follow-up from UN or U.S. authorities in Kosovo.
From Caliphate, a reader begins to understand that in Kosovo everyone alternates roles between gangster and hostage: Albanian leaders/gangsters threaten the Islamists should they target the internationals; al Qaeda threatens Albanians with cutting off their heroin supply if they touch the Islamists; and the internationals are threatened with the understanding that the well-armed Albanians have a virtual gun pointed at our NATO troops should we embark on any unwelcome law enforcement.
As the Islamist cancer is allowed to quietly spread in the Balkans, a reader will be left with a sense that with their investigations of this cell or that, our agents and police are busily plugging holes in a boat that is already submerged.
Demonstrating an understanding of the complexity of the Albanian community, whose nationalism got them more than they'd bargained for, Deliso points to the Big Duh of the Bosnian and Kosovo civil wars: they were "just the prelude" to a longer battle, one that would be conducted against the region's Muslims themselves.
Without armed conflict or revolution "a silent transition" is taking place in the Balkans, a.k.a. "the new Middle East." The book makes for a damning read and a troubled sleep.
THE COMING BALKAN CALIPHATE is a professional investigator's prime reference tool for getting up to speed on what's happening in the Balkans in regard to the scams being run there and is the Who's Who for who is operating them. On my return to my home city, New York, I felt relieved to be safe in the good old U.S.A. That is until I was driving to work on September 11, 2001 in Manhattan. Chris will tell you in detail just who was responsible for that atrocity. I am tired of 9/11 being referred to as a tragedy. It was an atrocity and a war crime. For those of you who are politically correct neurotics-take a hike.
After you read Chris' book you will see that "it" is not the oil as is the usual war protestor's cry but the junk, skag, white powder or what ever you want to call it. The politicians are making deals with whomever will accommodate their mad dash for wealth and more and more power. The oil piplines and military bases are going up while the pushers are being given a pass to move their white death through Europe and into the veins of our American youth. So while many of our youth are fighting for their lives in the Middle East the rest of them are dying on our streets.
If you want to really know what's going on behind the scenes read this book. Then put in on your shelf and see what happens next.
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