A missile fired from a hand-held launcher damaged a mosque in the southern Bosnian town of Mostar on Tuesday just before worshippers were due to gather for a pre-dawn Ramadan meal, officials said.

The mosque is in the Jasenica area, a Croat-majority suburb of the town which is split evenly between Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats. It was built last year on the ruins of an Islamic building destroyed in the fighting in 1993-1994 between the two groups.

The missile was fired from a “Zolja” hand-held grenade launcher at around 4:30 a.m. (0230 GMT), local police said. Nobody was hurt.

3 thoughts on “Tinderbox

  1. I visited Mostar during the summer while on a two-week tour of the Balkans. It’s a beautiful charming place with the rebuilt old bridge and quaint bazaar-style market place. It seemed calm and peaceful despite the obvious scars of war which lie all around. The front line of the war, one of the city’s main thoroughfare is lined on either side with bombed-out building pockmarked with bullet holes, yet the local people have demonstrated an amazing resilience. Life has got back to normal in Mostar and the Balkans in general. Tourism seems to have taken off. For the sake of the people of Bosnia of whatever religion or ethnicity, who have suffered unimaginable horrors I sincerely hope this is a one-off incident and not the start of something bigger.

  2. The basic question hasn’t been answered. How do you set up a democratic sovereign state if you are not sure you’ll get a majority for its existence among the citizens?

  3. Good Question Oliver.

    Obviously the EU/EC/US answer is to chop them up into multiple mono-ethnic mini-states. Just have the overall minority have a vote, sometimes secret and illegal, that omits the majority and declare independence. Germany will surely follow, like Croatia and Kosovo. As Germany goes, so does the rest of Europe. The U.S., incapable of any real thought, will have the group with the best lobbiest (with money)and media spin tell them what to think.

    Goebels is very proud of what he taught Europe and the U.S….just as Jamie Shea.

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