A setup to make us look extremist
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Croatian intelligence agents have been caught trying to plant weapons in Bosnian mosques, said Avdo Avdic. The aim was to lend some semblance of truth to the baseless accusations of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, who has called Muslim-majority Bosnia and Herzegovina “a hotbed of terrorism” and claimed that thousands of ISIS fighters would be returning here from the Middle East to cause trouble. The plot, foiled by Bosnian intelligence, was concocted at the highest political and diplomatic levels and “coordinated by the Croatian consul” in the Bosnian city of Tuzla. The Croats recruited Bosnian Serbs, as well, using influential reporter Mato Dakovic to act as go-between with Bosnian Serb officials, who are also eager to exploit fear of Islamic radicals and intensify ethnic tensions. Together, the Croats and Bosnian Serbs blackmailed a Bosnian Muslim man who lives in the European Union, telling him that if he did not transport weapons for them, they would out him as a Salafist—a believer in a puritanical form of Islam—and he would lose his job. The Croatian Foreign Ministry calls our accusations “entirely groundless.” But we’d like to know why its Tuzla consul, Ivan Bandic, refuses to answer any of our questions—including why his diplomatic car was seen driving around known Salafist neighborhoods.