FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
Washington: n Mission Creep or Creepy Mission
Mission Creep or Creepy Mission
Secret Aug. 10 Memo Laid Out Plan for NATO Attack; Deceit and Treachery
1995 - “With the
ever-increasing air strikes and now use of Cruise missiles, there’s no
doubt we’re experiencing ‘Mission Creep’,” Sen. John McCain of
Arizona, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said on September 12.
former navy pilot in the Vietnam war is right in more ways than one.
Not only are we being sucked deeper into somebody else’s civil
war from which America faces no national security threats whatsoever.
But the NATO bombing may be also a “Creepy Mission” because of
the sly, underhanded and deceitful way in which it was prepared.
Its treachery ranks right up there with the Gulf of Tonkin incident
in 1964, and Hitler’s ruse in 1939.
In the former, the U.S. staged bogus assaults on its own ships for
which it blamed North Vietnam, so as to justify an air campaign against
it. In the latter, German
soldiers dressed as Poles “attacked” the Nazi troops in Germany - a
pretext which Hitler used to wage war on Poland.
Bosnia, a secret five-page memo signed by the UN commander in the former
Yugoslavia, Gen. Bertrand Janvier, and the top NATO officer in the region,
Adm. Leighton Smith, on August 10 at the Pleso airport in Croatia, set the
stage for the air attack. The
existence of a hush-hush deal, which turned the UN peacekeepers into NATO
spies, came to light on September 12, when Itar-TASS
and REUTER news wires
filed reports about it. The
UN-NATO confidential memorandum made it clear that the massive bombing
attacks would continue “until the military potential of the Bosnian
Serbs is fully destroyed,” Itar-TASS
reported. The ink was barely
dry on the August 10 document when Clinton dispatched Anthony Lake, his
National Security Advisor, to European capitals ostensibly to sell a
“secret new US peace plan.” As
we now know, the plan was, in fact, a declaration of war by NATO on the
there were three hurdles.
some UN troops were still in Gorazde and could be taken hostage by the
Serbs in case of NATO strikes, as was the case last May.
So to fool the Serbs, the US leaked the news that its new peace
plan would award Gorazde to the Serbs in exchange for their concessions
around Sarajevo. Once the UN
troops were out, however, the US denied that Gorazde was ever a part of
its proposals. After all, it was only a “rumor,” remember?
second problem was that the Serbs had to be made to look as if they had
provoked NATO’s “retaliation.”
So some Western intelligence agencies helped the Muslim government
forces plan and execute the “Markale II” massacre on August 28,
according to several media sources, and Gen. Ratko Mladic’s September 4
letter to Gen. Janvier. With
the British and the Ukrainian troops out of Gorazde by then, and the US
aircraft carrier in position in the Adriatic, the first NATO bombs started
to rain on the Serbs shortly after midnight on August 30.
third hurdle was the Russians. When
Lake met the Russian foreign minister, Andrei Kozyrev at the Soca resort
on August 13, he failed to get Russia’s agreement for punitive NATO
strikes against the Serbs. Now
it appears that Lake also neglected to tell the Russians about the secret
agreement to destroy the Bosnian Serbs’ military capability which Gen.
Janvier and Adm. Smith signed three days earlier.
problem,” Clinton’s schemers must have reasoned.
“Sooner or later we have to teach the Russians a lesson who’s
boss these days. So it might
as well be in the Balkans. Just
jump over this hurdle.” And
off the bombs went...
would think that Bill Clinton and his “Mission Creep” advisors would
have learned from history, wouldn’t you?
would hope that at least someone in Congress would have warned them that
Machiavellian schemes tend to backfire, wouldn’t you?
you would think, that even if the Clinton administration officials and our
Capitol Hill reps were all bumbling idiots who have contracted the
Alzheimer’s disease, the U.S. media would be anxious to expose the ruse,
and thus prevent our young men and women from risking their lives
needlessly, wouldn’t you?
finally, you would think that all those naive liberals who wept for the
victims of the many made-for-TV Sarajevo massacres carried out by the
Muslims in the last three years with a single-minded purpose - getting
America to fight their war for them - would now be shedding tears for the
hundreds of Serbian civilians who are dying daily in the NATO bombings?
think again, on all four counts...
et. al.” is following right in Lyndon B. Johnson’s footsteps.
Capital Hill politicians, with some honorable exceptions (e.g., McCain),
are giving Clinton tacit support for the bombing, figuring that wars with
no American casualties are good for reelections.
national media are too busy basking in self-righteousness and arrogance to
print the truth about the Clinton-Lake ruse.
weeping liberals are nowhere to be seen now that the Serbian children are
being maimed and killed by NATO’s bombs.
for that “Partnership for Peace”
euphemism, its remaining shreds look more and more like the 1990s fig leaf
for NATO’s version of the century-old German “Drang
Nach Osten” strategy. Such
a US/NATO treachery could end - as most deceptions do - in tragedy.
War II followed the German prank on the Poles.
America’s Vietnam nightmare started after the Gulf of Tonkin
deception. What will
“Markale II” lead to?
mood in Russia is getting uglier every day.
Someone has already fired a grenade at the US embassy in Moscow.
“From nationalists and communists to democrats and liberals, Russians
appear unusually united in their outrage” over NATO’s bombing of the
Serbs, Timothy Heritage, REUTER’s Moscow correspondent reported on September 13.
Congress wait for Clinton to start World War III as a part of his
say, hell no - Clinton must go!
do you say? r
Impeach the Baby Boomer!
Sept. 3 - Margaret
Thatcher had her war victory in the Falklands.
Ronald Reagan had his in Grenada.
Not to be outdone, George Bush, who earned the epithet of a
“wimp” while Reagan’s vice president, launched two wars during his
presidency (Panama and the Gulf War).
But he got us into the Somalia mess, too.
Bill Clinton, the Vietnam draft-evader who had never served in the armed
forces, the un-Jimmy Dean - “a cause without a rebel,” America’s
first “Baby Boomer” in the White House, is feverishly trying to prove
that he can be tough, too. And
what better way to do it than to get us into another war which is none of
Bosnia, the latest U.S. show of force - the NATO bombing of the Serbs. But rather than help him in a pre-election year - the true
motive for this misadventure - should the truth come out, Pres. Clinton
should be impeached:
because Clinton lied to the American people when he said that the NATO
raids were launched in response to a Serbian shell which killed 37
people on August 28 near the “Markale” market.
because he involved the U.S. forces in an undeclared and unconstitutional
war (without the Congress’ prior approval) taking sides in a foreign civil
because he abused his power as the chief commander of our armed forces and
risked the lives of our soldiers needlessly (without a serious threat to
our national security) - so as to advance his personal political
because our bombs killed more innocent (Serb) civilians in Bosnia
during just the first day (August 30) of NATO bombing than had died either
in the Sarajevo August 28 incident, or in the Oklahoma City blast! In fact, this Baby Boomer gave a whole new meaning to that
expression (Baby Boomer=Baby Killer).
do I think that Pres. Clinton lied?
because a senior U.N. officer in Sarajevo, Col. Andrei Demorenko, said
that the U.N. investigation was flawed, and the 120mm mortar shell which
killed 37 people “could not have come from Bosnian Serb military
positions,” the International Herald Tribune reported on Sept. 4.
because Susan Woodworth, of the Brookings Institution, stated in a CNN
interview on Aug. 30 that the decision to bomb the Serbs had been made before
the Aug. 28 shell hit Sarajevo.
the assistant secretary of state for Europe, Richard Holbrooke, threatened
the Serbs with the NATO strikes on national TV - before he ever
left for Europe on August 27. Lest
we forget, that was also before the “Markale II” shelling.
the Bosnian Serb military commander, Gen. Ratko Mladic, said on August 30
that he was “absolutely certain” the shell “was not the work of the
every crime has to have a motive. The
Bosnian Serbs had none to precipitate the NATO bombing.
Their enemies, on the other hand, had everything to gain from it.
They include Bill Clinton, and the French President Chirac, among
did “Clinton et. al.” manage to frame the Serbs for a cold-bloodied
murder? Easy. “Practice
makes perfect,” they say. The
Bosnian Muslims have been shelling their own civilians ever since May 1992
in the hopes of getting the U.S. involved in this civil war on their side.
people close to the situation also speculated that a French Foreign Legion
commando unit from Mount Igman might have snuck through the Serb lines,
fired the deadly shell and then departed.
yet suggested a much simpler, and perhaps a more believable explanation -
that the U.N. plain and simple - lied!
Eyal, for example, a columnist for the London TIMES,
wrote in his August 31 piece, “it would be wrong to assume that finding
the culprits was a triumph of forensic science.”
rather than speculate, if the Congress were really interested in finding
the truth about this scam, it should commence immediate hearings on the
subject. And subpoena the Clinton administration officials to testify
about their role in this morbid affair.
Chances are that, if the word leaked around the Beltway about it,
there would be the greatest run on shredding machines in Washington since
Oliver North’s days there!
question which “Clinton et. al.” should be made to answer is, “if
this were indeed a retaliation indended to protect the civilians in
Sarajevo, why did NATO fly over 500 sorties in two and a half days,
hitting 25 targets hundreds of miles away, only five of which were in the
proximity of Sarajevo? A
related one is, “what threat did the Serb air-defense system, or the
Pale telephone system and the university building, represent to Sarajevo
is, “if this were indeed an effort to bomb the Bosnian Serbs to the
negotiating table, why did the NATO bombing proceed after they had
already signed an agreement with the Serbian President, Slobodan
Milosevic, empowering him to negotiate on their behalf?”
course, even if the U.N. officials in Sarajevo lied about the August 28
shelling to please the U.S., the Congress cannot impeach them.
But it can our President. And
the Congress can and should cut off the funds for the U.N., this wholly
undemocratic fig leaf for the global neo-colonialists who sent the likes
of Bill Clinton and George Bush to the White House.
And who dispatched Cyrus Vance, a former U.N. negotiator, to
“protect” the rights of the Krajina Serbs.
than 200,000 Serbian refugees later, whom will the U.S. send next to
guarantee the rights of the Bosnian Serb civilians - if and when a peace
treaty is ever signed? The
German “SS?” The “Ku-Klux-Klan?”
The “Hamas?” Or
the L.A. Police Dept.?
NATO will do. It’s just as
An abbreviated version of the above column was published on Sept. 14, 1995 in the PHOENIX GAZETTEENIX GAZETTE.
A Requiem for Republika Srpska: The Bad and the Ugly Win This Round
Sept. 2 - “There is
no God,” a 68-year old Serb wrote to me on Aug. 30, the day NATO
launched the most massive air strikes in Europe since World War II -
against the Bosnian Serbs. “If
there is one, He must be either a Catholic or a Muslim.”
“Why are all the world’s ‘toughies’ ganging up against
us?,” asked an 85-year old Serb woman who had been a refugee herself in
both 20th century world wars.
“This is a gang rape of an entire nation,” a Belgrade medical
“What have you done to my country?” a Bosnian Serb officer
screamed at a group of foreign journalists in Pale, following the NATO
raids. “What do you want
“I am very pleased” with the progress of the NATO bombing
operation, declared a jubilant Bill Clinton, a liberal “cause without a
rebel,” as he shifted his foreign policy hub from a Jackson Hole,
Wyoming, golf course, to another one in Hawaii. The operation he was “very pleased” with had just killed
more innocent civilians in one day than did the Oklahoma City blast.
we don’t talk about the “collateral damage” which our “smart”
bombs cause? “Out of sight;
out of mind,” as in the Gulf War? Are
we supposed to be dumb enough to believe that only “dumb” terrorists
kill innocent civilians?).
“There is still plenty of sting left in the tail of the Serb
scorpion,” said a U.N. official in Sarajevo who asked not to be
identified. He argued for
continued NATO toughness against the Serbs.
“Count Serbia out!” gloated a WALL
STREET JOURNAL editorial on Aug. 31.
Even the Vatican, that self-appointed bastion of the world’s
“pro-life” movement, didn’t mind the Christian Serbs being bombed by
NATO, or being “ethnically cleansed” by the hundreds of thousands at
the hands of the (“little more Christian?”) Catholic Croats.
was the second time in this century that St. Peter’s descendant, the
infallible “pro-life” pontiff, condoned genocide.
Some 50+ years ago, another Pope sanctioned the Nazis’
and their Croatian puppet-state’s extermination of hundreds of thousands
of Serbs and Jews.
course, you’d never get that idea if you followed the Vatican or most of
the Western propaganda. The
Serbs have been unabashedly branded as the “scorpions” or the
“neo-Niggers” by the “neo-Arians” from Washington, Bonn, Paris and
London. Such racist talk by
the “civilized West” makes even the detective Fuhrman of the O.J.
Simpson trial sound like a civil rights activist!
Unlike the Third Reich’s Arians, who also bombed the Serbs, the
latter day hatemongers have a zip code and an Internet e-mail address.
In this country, the former starts with 20....
The latter ends at the Foggy Bottom.
Or does the trail really lead to the Council for Foreign Relations?
the end, “Republika Srpska” - the Bosnian Serb Republic - the only
truly democratic, Christian embryo to have emerged from the ruins of the
former Yugoslavia, has been aborted in a most un-Christ-like manner by the
democratic, Christian, “civilized West.”
Aided, of course, by the local anti-Christ, Serbia’s communist
president Slobodan Milosevic.
is a victory of the Bad and the Ugly over the Good - to borrow the terms
from the classic Western, “The
Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
there is hope, albeit not for the impatient.
And there is God, although His moves may not be obvious.
As an ancient Chinese proverb says, “the greatest gift a parent
can give the child is roots and wings.”
The “roots” - to respect the family homestead and traditions;
the “wings” to soar to greater heights than the parents could.
Good may be weeping now. But
their children, born or unborn, will wipe away the tears, if the Good
invest in and nurture them. Especially
those outside Serbia, as many of “the best and the brightest” are now
scattered around the world.
the Good will have to wait for new generations to grow and mature.
And to return to their roots, spread their wings, and soar with the
Phoenix Rally: "Clinton Must Go!"
do we go about impeaching the President? (I
explained the process to them).
(must have) heard us in Pale this time!”, said a coarse-voiced Serbian.
was with Draza (Mihajlovich), and helped save the US flyers in WW II.
Now I am so disgusted, I wish I’d killed them!”
(I replied that he did the
right thing the first time).
you for asking me to speak at this historic event.
say historic - because we’ve never gathered here before - at the Arizona
State Capitol to protest against anything, not even taxes.
say historic - because never before has the destiny of the entire Serbian
nation depended so much on what we, the Serbs in the Diaspora, can do to
say historic, because never before has the unity among the Serbs been more
important; and never before have those who sew divisiveness, and advance
personal agendas done more harm to the common good.
me pass on to you the blessing and the message to us from the Serbian
Patriarch Pavle, with whom I spoke yesterday morning:
also say this is a historic rally - because we join our hands and our
minds today with thousands of other Americans across the country,
including those protesting in front of the White House, who are equally as
outraged with the brutal, unjust aggression of the world’s superpowers
against a small, but fiercely proud, people in the “Republika Srpska”
(Bosnian Serb Republic).
I have traveled through Bosnia several times in the last two years - I’ve been to Serb Sarajevo; I’ve been to Pale; I’ve been to Rogatica; I’ve been to Gorazde; I’ve been to Han Pijesak; I’ve been to Bijeljina... And I can tell you that Republika Srpska is the only truly democratic, truly Christian, embryo to have emerged from the ruins of the former Yugoslavia.
that why the supposedly “civilized and democratic international
community” is raining bombs on this fledgling embryo - so that it
doesn’t remind the New World Order creators of their own wickedness and
On that note, let me read to you the message to us from Metropolitan Irinej, of New Gracanica, in Chicago, with whom I also spoke yesterday:
wonder, the Serbs in the homeland, America’s friends and allies in two
world wars, are simply bewildered by our and other Western governments’
belligerence toward them.
are all the world’s ‘toughies’ ganging up on us?,” an 85-year old
Serb woman, who had been a refugee herself in both 20th century world
wars, asked me last week.
is a gang rape of an entire nation,” a Belgrade medical doctor
have you done to my country?” a Bosnian Serb officer screamed at a group
of foreign journalists in Pale on August 30, following the first NATO
raids. “What do you want
am very pleased” with the progress of the NATO bombing operation,
declared a jubilant Bill Clinton, that draft-evading
liberal; that un-Jimmy Dean - the “cause without a rebel,” as
he shifted his foreign policy hub last week from a Jackson Hole, Wyoming,
golf course, to another one in Hawaii.
the operation with which our President was “very pleased” had killed
more innocent Serb civilians than the Oklahoma City blast!
Thursday, for example, far away from CNN cameras, 16 civilians, including
4 children died in a Doboj bombing. And
today, even the CNN reported that 10 Serb civilians were killed by the
French RRF artillery fire at a hospital in Serb Sarajevo.
this point, some one from the crowd yelle:“Death to the French
murderers!” But no one else
reacted to it].
But that’s not the only reason why Bill Clinton should be impeached. There are at least three others:
he lied when he said that the NATO raids were launched in response to a Serbian
shell which killed 37 people on August 28 near the “Markale” market.
Several UN experts and foreign intelligence agencies have disputed
he involved the U.S. forces in an undeclared and unconstitutional war
(without the prior congressional approval) taking sides in a foreign civil
he abused his power as the chief commander of our armed forces and risked
the lives of our pilots needlessly (without a serious threat to our
national security) - but so as to advance his personal political
agenda in a pre-election year.
for the “Markale II” massacre, in 1939, the Nazis staged a similar
ruse. They accused the Poles
of “aggression” against Germany, so as to justify the Nazis’ own
assault on Poland - planned well in advance, just like Clinton’s war on
the Serbs. This kicked off WW
the Gulf of Tonkin crisis, another democratic administration also lied to
us. Eventually it sucked us
into the Vietnam nightmare. Some
30 years and 58,000 lives later, Robert McNamara finally fessed up about
we going to have to wait another 30 years for someone to tell the truth
about the Sarajevo “Markale II” mass murder?
do you say?
[applause and loud cheers]
[a louder reply]
say - let’s impeach Clinton now - before he gets a chance to start WW
III as a part of his re-election campaign.
a September 4 letter to the Arizona congressional delegation, I urged them
to call for public hearings to determine the culpability of President
Clinton and his officials for this shameful war.
are we alone in demanding that Clinton be impeached.
You had heard earlier the call for it from San Diego.
Here’s another one from Maryland.
what Prof. Alex Dragnich said in his message to our rally which he FAX-ed
me last night. For those of
you that don’t know Prof. Dragnich, he is one of the nicest, most
mild-mannered gentlemen you’ll ever meet.
But he had the courage to criticize the Tito regime in his many
books at the time the West was supporting this communist dictator.
Born and raised in the American Northwest, Dragnich served as the
cultural attaché at the American Embassy in Belgrade in the late 1940s
and early 1950s.
Here’s what he wrote:
Alex, you need not. But we do
I say again - impeach Clinton!
What do you say?
[“Impeach Clinton!” shouts]
I can’t hear you.
[louder shouts - “Impeach Clinton!”]
can’t hear you in Pale!
[thunderous shouts - “Impeach Clinton!”]
they did. Thank you.
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