by 1389 on August 6, 2007

in 1389 (blog admin), blogging, Bush family, censorship, counterjihad, cyberwars, Digg, Germany, Kosovo, mainstream media, politics, Serbia, the Clintons

This article by Julia Gorin is a must read for everyone:

Ending the Balkan Quagmire at American Thinker

Julia Gorin‘s article is all about how US and EU counterterrorism foreign policy went so horribly wrong. It explains how jihadist terrorism has succeeded in overrunning Europe and in attacking the US. It’s particularly important for Americans to read this article, because it cites news stories from reputable sources that have had some exposure in Europe, but haven’t made it into the US media.

So why am I asking for a blog swarm?

Exactly because this information isn’t getting around in the US, and I want this story to get some exposure!

Why is this story being kept off the radar screen in the US?

Simple: It’s a catalogue of errors and misdeeds that makes the US media conglomerates look bad, and the US government (i.e., nearly everyone on both sides of the aisle) look even worse. It reveals an ongoing foreign policy fiasco that makes the Bay of Pigs Invasion look like a victory by comparison. And it isn’t just a fiasco for the government, it’s a fiasco for the American and European public, because it has greatly increased everyone’s vulnerability to jihadist terrorism.

What to do?

  • Link to the original story on your blog.
  • Ask everyone else you know to do the same.
  • Publicize the story in any other legitimate way that you can think of.
  • If you wish, post a comment here indicating where else this article is being publicized.

Have I seen this somewhere else?

This blog swarm request is ongoing. It was originally posted at COUNTERTERRORIST BLOG SWARM WANTED! at the former site for this blog, 1389 Mobile Blog. At its very beginning stages, the blog post at that location was submitted to Digg as How US and EU counterterrorism foreign policy went so horribly wrong. Despite the fact that Digg’s censors and bury brigade always target on these stories (also see Digg vs. Anvil), the Digg submission was helpful to some extent in gaining participation and awareness.

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Blogs and Websites that have Posted or Linked to:
Ending the Balkan Quagmire at American Thinker:

  1. Gray Falcon
  3. Byzantine Sacred Art Blog
  4. Ft. Hard Knox
  5. Erik with a “K”
  6. Intergalactic Source of Truth™
  7. Orthodoxy Today
  8. Eastern European Forum
  9. Jillosophy
  10. SerbBlog
  11. Allah’s Willing Executioners
  12. Israpundit
  13. JBlog Central
  14. New Serbian Optimism
  15. Right Wing News
  16. Fiery Spirited Zionist
  17. Liberty Post
  18. Free Republic
  19. Sulekha
  20. US Political Opinions (UK)
  21. Icerocket Blogs
  22. The Black Kettle
  23. American Council for Kosovo
  24. The Lighthouse
  25. Phanari
  26. 2nd Anagennesis – A Blog of
  27. Our Children are the Guarantors
  28. Vigilant Freedom/910 Group Blog
  29. Brucified
  30. EagleSpeak
  31. The Conservative Razor
  32. Atlas Shrugs
  33. Noisy Room
  34. Dumb Ox
  35. Geek
  36. Ironic Surrealism
  37. Panhandle Poetry and Other Thoughts
  38. View from Minas Morgul
  39. Open thread on The Pirate’s Cove
  40. Political Mavens
  41. Giltner Review
  42. Sokotica (full text of article)
  43. pjungwir at
  44. The Outraged Spleen of Zion
  45. Strategic Board
  46. Noblesse Oblige
  47. Field of Blackbirds
  48. Open thread at Little Green Footballs

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 July 7, 2007 at 7:38 pm

I think the information presented in the article is very important, but it’s almost impossible to read. It’s way too long and difficult to put together a common theme. Somone or the author needs to do a much more concise version of this article in order for it have any impact.

I have a degree in Russian and East European Studies and I couldn’t even begin to follow the logic train. It’s too muddy. This isn’t meant to be critical in a negative way, but you can’t expect “average” Americans or Europeans to even “get” it from this scholarly-leaning article.

Maybe it’s assuming too much from the reader in that the reader would need a basic understanding of the history and culture of the Balkans. I’m not sure.

Clearly this is important information. If Al Qaeda has a foothold in Europe, they need to be squashed. I really don’t want to go and fight in a warzone – again. The desert was tough, but I don’t look forward to fighting in the forests and mountains of the Balkans routing out terrorists.

2 July 7, 2007 at 9:47 pm


Thanks very much for taking the time to read this article.

Yes, I am aware that the original article is long, and it will take some time to read for any person who is not already knowledgeable about the situation. However, if the article were shorter, people who have a vested interested in attempting to discredit the article would claim that the author’s claims are not well enough substantiated, and they’d pick it apart.

3 July 8, 2007 at 11:06 am

Thank you for starting the Blog Swarm on Julia Gorin’s invaluable article – excellent idea! Hopefully, more people will get better informed (or informed to begin with) about the crucial Balkan issues before it’s too late.

4 July 9, 2007 at 8:16 am
5 July 9, 2007 at 12:03 pm

From email I received from author Julia Gorin:

“The only thing I can say regarding a shorter article (and it was to my own dismay that the other one turned into such a tome), is that you can direct people to a piece I just had in American Legion Magazine. In order to make that one viewable online, I had to scan it in—and so it’s scanned in as four pages, which is cumbersome as well.

The pages are linked at:

My Article in American Legion Magazine

Dear Readers,
I wrote an article titled “The ‘Successful War’ we Lost in Kosovo” for American Legion Magazine, the publication of America’s largest veterans organization. Because its articles aren’t available online, I’ve scanned it in…”

6 July 9, 2007 at 3:27 pm

I have been happy to oblige here:
Never mind if Gorin’s article is long! It’s about time somebody made a comprehensive update. People will read the short post and if they’re really interested they’ll read the article inside out.
Good luck and God bless!

7 July 9, 2007 at 7:19 pm

Thanks! (Just fix the link to my blog–it points to American Thinker instead.) I also posted the blog swarm request on Gates of Vienna and on Little Green Footballs.

OK, I now have to sign out. HaShem be in your help.

8 July 9, 2007 at 8:32 pm


OK…it’s fixed…sorry about that!

Thanks for linking to this article!

9 July 11, 2007 at 2:14 am

I’m posted and linked. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

10 July 11, 2007 at 3:07 am
11 July 11, 2007 at 6:37 pm

I posted an entry about the article as well.

12 July 13, 2007 at 12:29 pm

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