Act of God, Albanians, arson, China, Easter, EU, former Yugoslavia, France, Holy Week, Kosovard flag, Kosovo, Macron, NATO, Notre Dame de Paris fire, Paris, Putin, Russia, Russian terrorists, Serbia, Serbian tabloid, terror, Vucic, World War I, Yugoslavia
The risks of fire during the repairs of Notre Dame de Paris were apparently well known. Thus, it would be possible to intentionally cause a fire, which looks like an accident. So, plausibly deniable arson is a possible cause of the Notre Dame de Paris fire, especially since it is Holy Week before Easter.
Is this a tacit admission of guilt? “The Alo and Informer tabloids — which are closely linked to the Serbian government — posted reports on their websites on April 15 saying the tragic fire was “God’s punishment” for the flying of the Kosovar flag along with several others during a November ceremony at the cathedral to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.” (RFE/RL-Crosby) They later walked back, in what we now know to be the typical style of plausible deniability. Or shall we call it Janus faced/two faced? “The Informer website later withdrew the report without explanation… Alo later also took down its story without explaining why.,” and Serbia’s president tweeted support of France. Tweets are cheap.
From RFERL: https://www.rferl.org/a/god-s-punishment-serbian-tabloids-say-notre-dame-fire-result-of-flying-kosovo-s-flag/29884431.html
“God’s Punishment’: Serbian Tabloids Say Notre Dame Fire Result Of Flying Kosovo’s Flag April 16, 2019 14:42 GMT By Alan Crosby
As investigators comb through the debris to find the cause of the fire that gutted the world-famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, two Serbian tabloids claim to know the real cause of the blaze in the 12th century Gothic church: a fluttering Kosovar flag.
The Alo and Informer tabloids — which are closely linked to the Serbian government — posted reports on their websites on April 15 saying the tragic fire was “God’s punishment” for the flying of the Kosovar flag along with several others during a November ceremony at the cathedral to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Notre Dame displayed the “fake state Kosovo’s” flag and therefore “is now being destroyed by a disastrous fire,” a report on the Informer website said, showing a photo with smoke billowing from the cathedral along with an inset photo of the vestibule with several flags, including Kosovo’s, hanging from it.
The Informer website later withdrew the report without explanation.
The Alo website added that the flag display last year at Notre Dame was like “spitting on Serbian victims” from the brutal war in Kosovo during the 1990s’ breakup of Yugoslavia — thus the fire was punishment for flying Kosovo’s flag. Alo later also took down its story without explaining why. A former province of Serbia, Kosovo declared independence in 2008, nearly a decade after the 1998-99 war that ended with NATO air strikes on Serbia that forced Belgrade to withdraw its troops from Kosovo — ending a conflict that killed some 13,000 people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.
Kosovo’s 1.8 million population is more than 90 percent ethnic Albanian with about 5 percent ethnic Serbs, and parts of the country are deeply divided along ethnic lines.
Western powers are hoping Kosovo can mature into a stable, multiethnic state. To that end, there are some 5,000 NATO troops still stationed in Kosovo, which is recognized by more than 115 countries but not Serbia, Russia, China, or six of the European Union’s 28 members.
At the time of the flag furor, officials at Notre Dame said the choice of flags that were flown at the ceremony was based on a list of invited officials drawn up by the French government. Many Serbs were further enraged by the commemoration when Kosovar President Hashim Thaci was seated near Russian President Vladimir Putin, while Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic was positioned far away on the opposite side in a less prominent position.
Russia is a traditional ally of Serbia and refuses to acknowledge Kosovo’s independence.
Vucic himself tweeted support for France as the fire raged on April 15, saying all Serbs are saddened by what happened at the church, which is visited by an estimated 13 million people each year.
”We are with our French friends and we are ready to help the renewal of this symbol of French and world civilization,” he wrote.
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the monument described as the soul of the nation and voiced relief that “the worst had been avoided” in a blaze that had at one point threatened the entire building.
Although the spire and much of the roof of the 850-year-old medieval structure — one of the world’s most visited landmarks — collapsed, the main structure, including the two bell towers, was saved, and most of the treasured artwork and religious artifacts were safely taken away from the fire.
With reporting by RFE/RL’s Balkan Service Copyright (c) 2019. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.”
https://www.rferl.org/a/god-s-punishment-serbian-tabloids-say-notre-dame-fire-result-of-flying-kosovo-s-flag/29884431.html Screen shot of tabloid at original.
Similar language came out of Russia, according to the Moscow Times: “Notre Dame Fire Symbolizes Europe’s Decline, Russian Commentators Say” http://web.archive.org/web/20190416105227/https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/16/notre-dame-fire-symbolizes-europes-decline-russian-commentators-say-a65246
The Russian government’s RT news seems to be putting focuse on the company itself: “Police probe workers of third-generation roofing firm tasked with Notre Dame spire restoration” Published time: 16 Apr, 2019 10:00 Edited time: 16 Apr, 2019 10:36 https://archive.li/https://www.rt.com/news/456681-notre-dame-restoration-firm/
Since RT is a disinfo news station, we need to ask why Russia wants us to look at the company. Is it to distract from something else? Or is it a partial spin? By the way, there are still unnamed subcontractors.
“Putin gets puppy and hero’s welcome on Serbia trip: Visiting president says Serbia being forced to make ‘artificial choice’ between EU and Russia“, Thu 17 Jan 2019 16.57 GMT https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/17/putin-attacks-west-role-in-balkans-ahead-of-lavish-serbia-visit
World War I: “The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the trigger that set off the Great War. Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. He was assassinated on 28 June 1914 by terrorists from one of Austria-Hungary’s rival powers, Serbia. Austria-Hungary blamed Serbia, even though the terrorists were not connected to the Serbian government. On 31 July 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia./ At this point, the alliances came into play. Russia mobilised its army ready to help the Serbs against Austria-Hungary. Everyone knew that if Russia attacked Austria-Hungary, then the alliance system meant that Germany and France could be pulled into the war as well…” http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/greatwar/g2/backgroundcs1.htm
“Germany Charges Russian With Plotting Attack March 05, 2019 19:51 GMT https://www.rferl.org/a/germany-charges-russian-with-plotting-attack/29805293.html
“Germany detains man suspected of planning terror attack: Police in Berlin have arrested a 31-year-old Russian citizen accused of plotting to carry out a bomb attack somewhere in Germany. Prosecutors allege he is a radical Islamist“. Date 22.08.2018 https://www.dw.com/en/germany-detains-man-suspected-of-planning-terror-attack/a-45175359
“Chechnya: Islamic State’s fertile Russian recruiting ground Of all the countries from which the Islamic State recruits its fighters, Russia tops the list. Most come from the republic of Chechnya, DW’s Juri Rescheto reports” Date 25.01.2018 https://www.dw.com/en/chechnya-islamic-states-fertile-russian-recruiting-ground/a-42311816
This was alway suspicious. How did immigrants suddenly find a new way into Europe via Russia’s ally Serbia? “Migrants Find a Safer Route Into Europe via the Balkans BY REBECCA COLLARD / BELGRADE MAY 22, 2015 https://archive.li/http://time.com/3893925/serbia-hungary-migration/
“Serbia Ends Visa-Free Travel For Iranians, Citing ‘Abuses’ By Some October 12, 2018 01:14 GMT By RFE/RL Serbia has scrapped visa-free entry for Iranians little more than year after it was introduced out of concern that some Iranians were using the system as an avenue to permanently relocate to Europe… More than 650,000 people, many of them fleeing war and poverty, passed through Serbia in 2015 on their way to the West before the route was largely shut down in 2016 through a toughening of EU borders…” Read the entire article here: https://www.rferl.org/a/serbia-abolishes-visa-free-travel-iranians-citing-abuses-by-some-migrants-to-eu-/29539329.html
Stewart Kidd explained, regarding Notre Dame de Paris, that “What we know is that any kind of hot work, effectively any form of heat application during construction, is dangerous. So not just welding, not just brazing, it is also cutting, it is also grinding, it is also soldering and it is particularly lead work on roofs.” (Reported by Mark Brown in the Guardian. See more here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/apr/16/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-paris-france-macron-live-updates ) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre-Dame_de_Paris_fire
“The architect or contractor should warn the owner of any precautions to be taken against the specific hazards in installing the roofing material. Soldering of sheet metals, for instance, can be a fire hazard, either from the open flame or from overheating and undetected smoldering of the wooden substrate materials.” https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/4-roofing.htm#historic
Macron wisely forced Proglio to choose between France and Russia. Proglio chose Russia. Thus, by all appearances, Putin lost a main man in France, thanks to Macron. Proglio is proof that there were traitors even among earlier generations of immigrants. And, in the case of Proglio suspected mafia. “Thales chairman-elect Proglio quits in spat over Russian interests MAY 12, 2015 / 7:34 AM by Jean-Baptiste Vey, Jean-Michel Belot PARIS (Reuters) – Henri Proglio gave up the chairmanship of defense group Thales (TCFP.PA) on Tuesday, bringing into the open a simmering row with Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron over the veteran French businessman’s Russian interests.” https://archive.li/https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-thales-managementchanges/proglio-gives-up-chairmanship-of-french-defense-group-thales-le-monde-idUKKBN0NX0KB20150512 Proglio apparently objects to being considered a traitor, but the shoe certainly fits him.
“La Descente du Saint-Esprit (The Right Hand of God Protecting the Faithful against the Demons). Heures d’Étienne Chevalier, enluminées par Jean Fouquet ca 1420 ” https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Descente_du_Saint-Esprit.jpg