Written by Sasa Milosevic
According to a Maltese blog Malta CC, Serbian military pilots reportedly took part in the bombing of protesters in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi. This claim was made public after two Libyan pilots fled to Malta, refusing to bomb their fellow citizens participating in the Libya uprising.
Serbian daily Alo reminded readers that Muammar al-Gaddafi had hired Serbian pilots before: in the 90s, in combat operations against radical Islamists, but also in actions against civilians, in support of the ground forces.
In the same article, Alo revealed that Serbian mercenaries were allegedly killing protesters in the streets of Tripoli and Benghazi:
Serbian mercenaries earn tens of thousands dollars for this job… They come from Serbia, but Bosnian and Croatian agencies are involved in recruiting for this kind of work…”Serbian legionnaires” are veterans of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. In addition to former members of the military and police units, the bulk of these forces are the former [”Red Berets“]… Gaddafi pays them as much as they demand! A good number of them had great-paying jobs in various African countries, but this was an offer not to be rejected. It can be expected that in the near future a lot of our contractors go with Gaddafi, who has great confidence in Serbian soldiers.
It appears that Serbian netizens are not too surprised by these allegations and revelations. Krstarica forum is one of the venues rich in debate.
No wonder, people. Professionals are doing everything for money… No emotions, no morals… Kill for the one who offered more. In the wars in the former Yugoslavia they cooperated with the Croats, Muslims, why now would not work for Gaddafi. It doesn't matter to them at all who the boss is.
It is OK! Gaddafi has always been on the Serbian side…
It seems that he believes the Serbs most… Libya has not recognized Kosovo, yet another reason to support Gaddafi.
Neca 1977 asks:
How do I apply for Gaddafi's mercenaries?
Mika Egzekutor observes:
Bosniaks and Croats are today finding jobs for those who were shooting them yesterday.
Donald 1408, a Serbian military officer, recalls:
Hey, gentlemen, what is strange about it? I know personally, when I was in military schools, there were also Libyans, Iraqis, Zambians, Palestinians… I know that they were in Russian [military] schools also. Gaddafi's military experts appreciated the school in Yugoslavia… He knew to recruit the best ones to join the Libyan army… Many were coming to help Libyans under special contracts… […] Personally, I have had an offer to go there, and I know many colleagues who went…
Visitors on an ultra-right forum “Stormfront” also analyze the alleged involvement of the Serbian “dogs of war” in Libya.
Here are a few things that I've heard from a person who served in the Foreign Legion and later as a solo mercenary. Here is what you get if you're a mercenary in Libya:
1. $ 10,000-$ 20,000 monthly in cash
3. Wife and prostitutes
4. Gold medals
5. An opportunity to work at Gaddafi's security sector or for security of a Gaddafi family member
Allegations of Kosovo leadership’s wartime involvement in the trafficking of human organs were first made public in 2008 - and have re-surfaced now, in a report prepared by a Council of Europe investigator. Sinisa Boljanovic translates some of the netizens’ reactions, past and current.
Global Voices in English
By Veronica Khokhlova
Belgraded.com reports that “from January 1st 2011 there will be no more military conscription for Serbian citizens”: “Reaction of the general public is, as the case often is around here, mixed.”
Islamic Tolerance Alert from that bastion of Islamic moderation, the Balkans: “Muslims threaten ethnic Serb over prayer meeting,” from Serbianna, September 30 (thanks to George):
Ethnic Serb Darko Panovic received a death threat from an “unknown” source after announcing plans for a Christian prayer meeting in a city of Novi Pazar that hosts large number of Muslims
Panovic had plans to hold a prayer meeting on the corner of two streets during which time church music and prayers were to be played out of a car with speakers.
Panovic asked the police to provide security for his October 10 prayer in Novi Pazar.
Panovic said that death threats came after a Muslim web site sandzakpress.net published a “report” from Panovic’s group describing how Christian Serbs are planing a march in the “heart” of Novi Pazar which they deem as a Muslim capital of an independent state of Sandzak that some adherents in that area seek to make.
Sandzakpress.net claims that it’s aims are a “timely and truthful information for citizens of Sandzak, as to the northern so to the southern [Montenegrin] parts with goals to fight for elementary, individual and collective rights.”
The obvious Islamic green background and the moon suggests, indeed, what this group, with a deceptive name connoting journalism, is fighting for.
The group also has a YouTube SandzakPRESS’s Channel that is littered with Islamic extremist themes and interviews with their Imam Zukorlic and his right hand man Imam Plojevic who was recently involved in an attack on a school principal.
As with all islamist sites, this one also follows the established Islamic presentation of “qualified tolerance” where tolerance of Christians and Jews is presented first only to be qualified inside the paragraph….