Friday, October 19, 2007

State Capture, Part 3 of 3

From an article in The Washington Times entitled Kosovo's grim future by David Binder, August 29, 2007, via American Council for Kosovo - Organized Crime in Kosovo

I have done minor editing for typos, and to make the two lists stand out a little more.

Forget about status negotiations for a moment. The near-term outlook for Kosovo is unalterably grim: An economy stuck in misery; a bursting population of young people with "criminality as the sole career choice;" an insupportably high birthrate; a society imbued with corruption and a state dominated by organized crime figures.

These are the conclusions of "Operationalizing of the Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans," a 124-page investigation by the Institute for European Policy commissioned by the German Bundeswehr and issued in January. This month the text turned up on a Web log. It is labeled "solely for internal use." Provided one can plow through the appallingly dense Amtsdeutsch — "German officialese" — that is already evident in the ponderous title, a reader is rewarded with sharp insights about Kosovo.

It's funny how the truth shows up in the blogosphere first.

The authors point out a "grotesque denial of reality by the international community" about Kosovo, coupling that with the warning of "a new wave of unrest that could greatly exceed the level of escalation seen up to now," The institute authors, Mathias Jopp and Sammi Sandawi, spent six months interviewing 70 experts and mining current literature on Kosovo in preparing the study.

In their analysis, political unrest and guerrilla fighting in the 1990s led to basic changes which they call a "turnabout in Kosovo-Albanian social structures." The result is a "civil war society in which those inclined to violence, ill-educated and easily influenced people could make huge social leaps in a rapidly constructed soldateska."

Burma took decades to develop into the mess it is. Colombia, Venezuela and other countries in Latin America similarly took decades to develop into corrupt nations where narcotraffickers and terrorists have disproportionate power.

But here the Clinton and Bush Adminsitrations, with their Serbophobic policies that favor narcotrafficking Islamic-flavored militants over the lawful governments in the region, have been engineering a failed state in a key part of Europe.

Have the problems there been a secret to the US intelligence community for all these years?

Since they obviously haven't, we are left wondering why this situation has been encouraged, militarily as well as politically, by two US administrations.

They continued: "It is a Mafia society" based on "capture of the state" by criminal elements. ("State capture" is a term coined in 2000 by a group of World Bank analysts to describe countries where government structures have been seized by corrupt financial oligarchies.)

That's nice. This is so common that in some circles they have a name for it -- and I have a name for this series of posts.

In the authors' definition, Kosovan organized crime "consists of multimillion-Euro organizations with guerrilla experience and espionage expertise." They quote a German intelligence service report of "closest ties between leading political decision makers and the dominant criminal class" and name Ramush Haradinaj, Hashim Thachi and Xhavit Haliti as compromised leaders who are "internally protected by parliamentary immunity and abroad by international law."

"Kosovan organized crime 'consists of multimillion-Euro organizations with guerrilla experience and espionage expertise.'" In a word, terrorists. These mafiosos are terrorists. This is exactly what so many of my recent posts have been about, especially as we follow Makarenko's work. Makarenko calls it a "crime-terror nexus", and that is likely the most apt description for Kosovo, but I wonder if that Kosovan "crime-terror nexus" isn't part of a larger shadow realm that has been working deliberately in the interests of terrorists and organized crime.

The U.N. Mission in Kosovo, they add, "is in many respects an element of the local problem scene." They describe both UNMIK and KFOR as infiltrated by agents of organized crime who forewarn their ringleaders of any impending raids.

Among the negative findings listed are:

- The justice system's 40,000 uncompleted criminal cases.

- The paucity of corruption-crime investigations: 10-15 annually.

- 400 gas stations (where 150 would suffice), many of which serve as fronts for brothels and money-changing depots.

The UN is part of the problem.

In a world full of problems, there are a great many decent people working for the UN who try very hard to be part of the solution. But, their efforts get undermined by the actions of some corrupt people, including those that I wrote about in a recent post about UN contract workers who owned sex slaves.

If corrupt UN functionaries (and it is a few, not the majority) are patronizing establishments where women are forced to be prostitutes, if these corrupt functionaries are themselves buying sex slaves and tipping off the brothel owners about actions by the authorities to shut the brothels down and free the girls, then the UN has, despite the best efforts of its many dedicated people, become part of the problem.

The study sharply criticizes the United States for "abetting the escape of criminals" in Kosovo as well as "preventing European investigators from working." This has made Americans "vulnerable to blackmail." It notes "secret CIA detention centers" at Camp Bondsteel and assails American military training for Kosovo (Albanian) police authorized by the Pentagon.

Obstruction of justice! This has to be deliberate US policy, coordinated by some key people, in favor of the terrorists, narcotraffickers and slave-runners.

Concerning the crime scene the authors conclude that "with resolution of the status issue and the successive withdrawal of international forces the criminal figures will come closer than ever to their goal of total control of Kosovo." Among the dismal findings of the German study are those on the economy:

- Sinking remissions of money from Kosovans working abroad, a primary source of income for many Kosovo families pegged now at 560 million Euros per annum.

- 88 percent of the land now in private ownership, meaning ever more subdividing of plots, usually among brothers, leading to less efficient agriculture.

- A hostile climate for foreign investors, frightened by political instability and the power of Mafia structures.

That is the problem developing in Kosovo: it is fueling itself.

A central issue in Kosovo is an "inexhaustible supply of young people without a future and therefore ready for violence," the study says. The only remedy for dealing with this "youth bulge" is to open Northern Europe's gates to young Kosovans seeking jobs, the authors say.

No, the remedy is not to let them go and pollute the rest of Europe with their organized crime and terrorist connections.

This lefty-PC attitude of "let's let them come here and mess up our place" will only result in the rest of Europe being brought down to a common level of misery.

They need to be contained in Kosovo until they learn how to conduct themselves. Otherwise, the only thing they will do is spread their organized crime ties throughout the continent, even worse than is now the situation.

In anticipation of a transfer of oversight from the UN to the European Union, the authors warn: "[The] EU is in danger of following too strongly in the wake of a failed UN and [disintegrating] under the inherited burden unless they make an open break with practices and methods of UNMIK."

One of the experts they interviewed put it more bluntly: "EU is inheriting from UNMIK a fireworks store filled with pyromaniacs." But in their depiction, Kosovans appear beholden to their legend of historic exploitation — such that if they finally achieve independence, all will suddenly be well. In the past Kosovans could and did always blame somebody else for their troubles: Ottomans, Yugoslavs, Serbs.

Now they have begun to blame UNMIK. But what will happen if they have only themselves to blame?

This is where the policies of the Clinton Administration and now the Bush Administration have taken us.


Did they not see this coming?

As demonstrated in this series of posts, everyone else has been able to see this developing.

What interests did Clinton then and does Bush now have to want to promote the establishment of a state run by terrorists and narcotics- and human-traffickers in the heart of the Balkans?


Aurora said...

Yankee, it certainly is a cesspool you've uncovered here. Nice investigative and detailed analysis. In answer to your question, I would say the interest is in keeping the area unstable so that a power vacuum is maintained and this is just one more place crying out for centralized interventionist government down the track. Much like the lawless mess that exists in Africa and was, perhaps, either orchestrated or encouraged by western countries.

pela68 said...

Great findings and analyzis! Keep on doing the good thing!

WomanHonorThyself said...

hiya YD!..ah more controversy...I will email ya my thoughts eh..grinz!

Yankee Doodle said...

Well, Aurora, if I've uncovered a cesspool, I just hope none of my readers falls in! ;)

Thanks, Pela! Long time no comments. ;)

I'm looking forward to it, Angel! :)