Academic journal article Military Review

UNHOLY TERROR: Bosnia, Al-Qa'ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad

Academic journal article Military Review

UNHOLY TERROR: Bosnia, Al-Qa'ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad

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UNHOLY TERROR: Bosnia, Al-Qa'ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad, John R. Schindler, Zenith Press, St. Paul, MN, 2007, 368 pages, $27.95.

Former intelligence analyst John Schindler has written the book about the Bosnian war that other analysts only talked about writing. Schindler's detailed expose recounts the tragedy of the Muslim-dominated Party of Democratic Action (SDA) and highlights its links with the world of terrorism.

Many analysts were frustrated by a perceived anti-Serb bias in the upper ranks of President Bill Clinton's administration. From my vantage point, I could see the disparity between the reporting being sent to U.S. leaders and how they described the war to the American public. Even when situations were murky at best, they would often point at the Serbs to keep the story simple. In fairness to Richard Holbrooke and others, keeping the narrative simple helped to maintain an interest in the subject, which was a peripheral concern for most Americans. Still, analysts often remarked that mere were few good people among the parties involved and plenty of blood on everyone's hands.

Unholy Terror challenges those who support the idea that Bosniacs were only innocent victims of religious hatred stirred by Slobodan Milosevic. Schindler describes the beliefs and actions of SDA leader Alija Izetbegovic, beginning with Izetbegovic's membership in the Young Muslims. When Izetbegovic declared Bosnian independence in 1992, he was a gambler desperate for support. …

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