The Kumanovo shooting perpetrated by an Albanian armed group on May 9th and the recent FYROM political crisis have brought to surface an extremely serious problem that could progressively deteriorate the stability of the western Balkans and that is the infiltration of religious and ethno-nationalist extremist groups for subversive purposes.
A mechanism that does not just rely on the infiltration of violent armed groups through some of the porous borders of Bosnia and Kosovo, but also on the presence of various NGO’s and charities with activities that go far beyond the humanitarian objectives that they claim to have.
A CIA report on charities from the late 90’s is clear on the issue:
“Islamic activists dominate the leadership of the largest charities, and prominent members of some smaller organizations have been identified as extremists. The main objectives of these organizations include proselytizing, helping the needy, and defending Muslim communities from enemies. Where Muslims are engaged in armed conflict, some Islamic organizations provide military aid as part of a "humanitarian" package”.