The American Interest

Balkan Blowback

On May 1, at a hearing on the future of Kosovo, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Democrat Tom Lantos of California, made a truly remarkable statement:

Just a reminder to the predominantly Muslim-led governments in this world that here is yet another example that the United States leads the way for the creation of a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe.  This should be noted by both responsible leaders of Islamic governments, such as Indonesia, and also by jihadists of all color and hue.  The United States’ principles are universal, and in this instance, the United States stands foursquare for the creation of an overwhelmingly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe.

“Yet another example” means that, before Kosovo, we created Bosnia—and America is paying the price on both accounts.  Mr. Lantos’ jihadist friends are, indeed, taking note and expressing their gratitude in predictable ways.

On May 8, four Albanian Muslims from Kosovo, one Turk, and one Jordanian were arrested for conspiring to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey with AK-47s and “to kill as many soldiers as possible,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

It was not easy to discern their identity from media reports, however.  The word Albanian was nowhere to be found.  “Four of them were born in...

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