Bosnia and global jihad

Christopher Deliso, The Coming Balkan Caliphate:  The Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West.  (Westport, CT:  Praeger Security International, 213 pp., 2007)Schindler, John R. Unholy Terror:  Bosnia, Al-Qa'ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad. (St. Paul, MN: Zenith Press, 368 pp., 2007)These two books document the steady advance of radical Islam in Bosnia and the Balkans.  They explain its role during and after the Bosnian war and argue that Bosnia was a key way station in the development of globalized jihad.   They offer a welcome corrective to the usual narrative of a disintegrating Yugoslavia in which the primary danger came from Serbian aggression -- and one in which the international community's interventions, particularly in Bosnia, produced multiethnic democracy.  The nomination of Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State brings back memories of the time when Bosnia represented the primary foreign policy success of her husband's...(Read Full Article)

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