Alija Izetbegovic, who led Bosnia from 1990 to 2000, died in 2003, hailed worldwide as a moderate Muslim leader. In my book Onward Muslim Soldiers, I discussed his 1970 Islamic Declaration, which got him jailed by the Communists, and which he was widely believed to have repudiated, or if not actually repudiated, then at least to have moved beyond.
In it, he declares that the only path to “dignity and enlightenment” for Muslims is “the implementation of Islam in all fields of individuals’ personal lives, in family and in society, by renewal of the Islamic religious thought and creating a uniform Muslim community from Morocco to Indonesia.” He advocates “a struggle for creating a great Islamic federation from Morocco to Indonesia, from the tropical Africa to the Central Asia.”
There is, of course, little if any difference between this and the calls of the mujahedin for the restoration of the caliphate and the unification of Muslim political power. Izetbegovic also said: “Islam is not a nationality, it is above nationalities....Muslim nations will never accept anything that is explicitly against Islam, because Islam here is not merely a faith and the law, Islam has become love and compassion. He who rises against Islam will reap nothing but hate and resistance.”
What, then, about one’s non-Muslim neighbors, who don’t live by Islamic law? They must live under Islamic rule: “An Islamic society without Islamic power is incomplete and weak; Islamic power without an Islamic society is either a utopia or violence. . . . History knows of no true Islamic movement which was not at the same time a political movement as well. This is because Islam is a faith, but also a philosophy, a set of moral codes, an order of things, a style, an atmosphere — in a nutshell, an integral way of life.”
Elaborating on these assertions, Izetbegovic emphasizes “the incompatibility of Islam and non-Islamic systems. There can be no peace or coexistence between the ‘Islamic faith’ and non- Islamic societies and political institutions. . . . Islam clearly excludes the right and possibility of activity of any strange ideology on its own turf. Therefore, there is no question of any laicistic principles, and the state should be an expression and should support the moral concepts of the religion. . . . Islamic renewal cannot be initiated without a religious, and cannot be successfully continued and concluded without a political revolution.”
In accordance with Islamic law, he notes that “Islamic order may be implemented only in countries where Muslims represent the majority of the population. . . . The Islamic movement should and must start taking over the power as soon as it is morally and numerically strong enough to not only overthrow the existing non-Islamic, but also to build up a new Islamic authority.”
But surely he is just cloaking his nationalism in religious dress, no? He takes pains to rule out this possibility: “Panislamism always came from the very heart of the Muslim peoples, nationalism was always imported stuff.”
And now come charges that he was linked to Al-Qaeda: "Terrorism: Weekly Claims Wartime Bosnian President Linked To Al-Qaeda," from AKI, with thanks to Twostellas:
Sarajevo, 8 Sept. (AKI) - Bosnia's wartime president, the late Alija Izetbegovic received money from a Saudi businessman, Yassin al-Kadi - who has been designated by the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union as a financier of al-Qaeda - Sarajevo weekly Slobodna Bosna (Free Bosnia) has reported, quoting local and foreign sources.
Izetbegovic, a Muslim, who died in 2003, received 195,000 dollars in 1996 from al-Kadi, Slobodna Bosna alleges. Al-Kadi's bank accounts were frozen in 2001 by the United States authorities for money laundering and financing al-Qaeda....
Under the guise of humanitarian aid, Mufavak channelled 15-20 million dollars to various organisations, which at least three million dollars went straight into the bank accounts of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Slobodna Bosna said, quoting unnamed Saudi sources.
Izetbegovic led Bosnia to independence from the former Yugoslavia, and thousands of foreign fighters or 'mujahadeen' from Islamic countries came to Bosnia to fight on the side of local Muslims in bloody 1992-1995 civil war. The war effort was partly financed under the cover of 'humanitarian' organisations from Islamic countries, according to intelligence sources.
Many mujahadeen remained in Bosnia after the war, and some have been operating terrorist training camps and indoctrinating local youths with radical Islam, intelligence reports have claimed. The Bosnian authorities are currently reviewing the citizenship Izetbegovic’s government granted to 1,500 individuals from Islamic countries. So far, 50 people have been stripped of their Bosnian citenship as a result.