This panel discussion was held on December 13, 2013 at the Heritage Foundation with the 75th Attorney General of the United States, Hon. Edwin Meese III; Judge Henry Saad, Michigan Court of Appeals; Hon. Becky Norton Dunlop, VP, The Heritage Foundation; Joel Anand Samy, Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit, Senior Advisor, Heritage Fondation and Natasha Srdoc, Co-Founder and Chairman of Adriatic Institute for Public Policy.
Today, there is a void of US principled leadership that Ronald Reagan exemplified in dealing with communism; and that lack of US leadership allows the rogue states of Austria and Liechtenstein and mafia states of the Balkans to flourish without the rule of law, independent judiciaries, protection of property rights, freedom of speech, and media freedom. With political leaders on the European continent being complicit, the situation can only get worse.
The Adriatic Institute provides a detailed analysis of the coexistence of organized crime, terrorist groups, and political colossal corruption in the Balkan region, facilitated through money laundry by the Liechtenstein royal family, Prince Michael von Liechtenstein, and Austria’s financial institutions. How does this affect us in America?
The most recent US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2013 for Croatia states: “Women and girls from the United States, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other parts of Eastern Europe are subjected to sex trafficking in Croatia.” “Children are exploited in prostitution on the Adriatic Coast, particularly during the peak tourist season. “
While our soldiers have been dying in Afghanistan and Iraq, the perilous Balkan route with heroin, arms, and human and organ trafficking has been flourishing. The Balkan route originates in Afghanistan, where 75% of the world opium is produced (and trafficked via Iran, Turkey, and the countries of the Balkans to Western Europe). Reports reveal that Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas are financed by proceeds from drug trafficking.
Yet another victim of the coexistence of organized crime and political corruption in the Balkans – a female journalist was brutally assaulted with a baseball bat in Montenegro on January 4, 2014. Journalist Lidija Nikcevic suffered serious head injuries. On December 26, 2013, Vijesti’s office (that of a newspaper in Montenegro) was damaged by a bomb explosion. Media persecution in NATO member states Albania and Croatia, an aspirant NATO member state–Montenegro–and the rest of the Balkans continues. The Balkan mafia states cannot be dismantled from within.