Thursday, October 21, 2004

John Kerry and terrorist money? 

I reserve my judgment on this one - the Dems are, after all, notoriously sloppy about accepting money from questionable sources - but you owe it to yourself to check out this story from an Australian blogger, the House of Wheels, who investigates donations accepted by the Kerry campaign from individuals associated with the Kosovo Liberation Army.

The KLA's links to al Qaeda - albeit generally rather tenuous - were always going to get the United States in an awkward position, as both have otherwise shared a common enemy in Slobodan Milosevic and both had fought to stop Serbia's ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Still, the KLA has traditionally been in a spotlight more as a quasi-organised crime syndicate (involved in
drug trade and prostitution) than a jihadi organisation.

It might bear reminding that one of the two Australian citizens currently held at Guantanamo Bay,
David Hicks, has started off his private jihad while fighting with the KLA against the Serbs, before graduating into the Taliban ranks, and eventually into captivity.


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