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October 02, 2008

Posted by Max Bergmann

Umm... Bosniaks is the name for Bosnian Muslims. The good people at the Swamp got this wrong when they wrote:

Joe Biden has just created a new class of people, the "Bosniacs.''

There are three major ethnic groups in Bosnia, Croats, Serbs, and Bosniaks. It is the It is in the Dayton Accords -- for those at the Swamp -- that is the agreement that ended the Bosnian war. Here it is in the preamble:

Bosniacs, Croats, and Serbs, as constituent peoples (along with Others), and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina hereby determine...

Here it is in the CIA Factbook:

Bosniak 48%, Serb 37.1%, Croat 14.3%, other 0.6% (2000)
note: Bosniak has replaced Muslim as an ethnic term in part to avoid confusion with the religious term Muslim - an adherent of Islam

Update: After first posting this last night, Josh Marshall discovered more examples of the msm not knowing the term "Bosniak." Who is gaffe prone now, Cokie?

This is classic. From Red State:

Of course, Joe Biden referred to "Bosniacs" so the gaffes were not one-sided and for a Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to refer to "Bosniacs" . . . well, it's kinda interesting, to say the least. I wonder if people will make an issue of it. They should and they most certainly would if Sarah Palin made that comment. Again, it is kind of silly that we are penalizing candidates for innocent verbal flubs that have little to nothing to do with how they would govern, but fair is fair and this gaffe deserves a fair amount of ridicule. Wonder what the Bosnians thought about this statement.

Wonder what the Bosnians thought? Probably that it was impressive that Biden knew that Bosnian Muslims are called Bosniaks. But I could not agree more with the red state post, this gaffe does deserve much ridicule.


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I say not only should the "genius" go back to school, she should have the testicular fortitude to apologize on TV to Senator Biden.

Kudos to Biden for knowing this and saying it with confidence ("Bosniacs" does sound weird). Perhaps they were hoping Palin would take the bait and correct him?

has cokey made a statement about her misstatement?

Cokie Roberts must be braindead to comment on world media about something she didn't know anything about. I wonder if she's ever been wrong before?

Please check out my own web page about the Bosniak people, who live not just in Bosnia/Herzegovina but in neighboring Balkan countries:

Or check out:
The home page of the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB)

Bottom line: There were Bosniaks before there was a USA! Joe Biden didn't invent anything but rather spoke from real knowledge and experience.

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