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Montenegro Poised to Break Away?
From a Hero Serb Tribe to a Vassal Nation?
Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
A proud Montenegrin warrior
NWO/Djukanovic's role model for Montenegro
PHOENIX, Oct. 27, 1996 - Montengro is getting ready to
leave its union with Serbia (the two republics form the so-called "rump
Yugoslavia"), according to an Associated Press report filed from Budva,
The government has even hired (the German-born) model Claudia Schiffer to
advertise tourism in its efforts to create a "Western" image for Montenegro.
''Economic ties with the United States are our absolute priority,'' Montenegros
President, Momir Bulatovic told AP. ''We want American businessmen to come
and see if they can find an economic interest in Montenegro.''
''Schiffer is just the start,'' said Ratko Knezevic, the head of the
Washington trade mission. ''We want the world to know that we're not the same as Serbia.''
But there are also other signs of Montenegros getting ready to break away from
Serbia. Checkpoints have emerged at mutual borders between Serbia and Montenegro; local
police wear completely different
uniforms, with those of the Montenegrins being American-tailored; the
recently-introduced mobile phone systems in Serbia and Montenegro are incompatible; and
last but not least, last month, Montenegro opened its own trade mission in Washington,
despite the fact that Yugoslavia, a founding member of the United Nations, has maintained
an embassy in Washington since before WW II.
"Signs of Montenegro's dissatisfaction are everywhere and leaders of both nations
are quarreling over their shared economy," the AP report notes. Although
Montenegros leaders dont want to provoke an open fight with Slobodan
Milosevic, Serbias President, "the signs of gradual separation are
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The preceding should, of course, come as no surprise to you, the regular Truth in
Media readers. Heres an excerpt from the Truth in Media Bulletin 96-05,
May 27, 1996, written upon our return from a trip to Serbia and Bosnia. It may be helpful
to read the first part, "No New Capital for Serbia," in order to
understand the full context of our reasoning for an eventual Montenegrin secession in the
second, "Carrots and Sticks:"
No New Capital for Serbia
Talk to anyone in Belgrade, from cab drivers and shopkeepers,
to the top political, academic and artistic leaders, and youll hear the same story:
"Life sucks. Mafia rules." One taxi driver said indignantly that it would insult
his intelligence to vote for any politician under these circumstances. "The whole
system is corrupt," he said. "I dont want to be taken for a fool."
A small group of people, including Milosevic and the former
communist elite around him, have gotten enormously rich by smuggling "forbidden
goods" during the three and a half years of the U.N. sanctions. Most of the rest of
Serbias population, however, has had to fight for bare existence. And to support the
nearly one million refugees from Bosnia and Croatia, while being branded as
"aggressor" by the international community.
Meanwhile, by refusing to lift the so-called "outer
wall" of sanctions, the U.S. has ensured that no new capital is entering Serbia,
except for the payments from the Serbian "Gast Arbeiters" (guest workers) in
Europe. "Americans are blocking all the funds," a Western diplomat said.
So what more does Milosevic have to do before new Western money
starts coming in? The following three things, according to the State Department:
Demonstrate full co-operation regarding the implementation of the
Dayton agreement, specifically....
- Free elections in Bosnia, with another sub-point being his...
- Co-operation with the War Crimes Tribunal
Resolve all issues with the former YU republics (specifically
Croatia and Slovenia, as problems with Macedonia have been worked out) regarding the
rights and obligations resulting from the break-up of Yugoslavia.
But what specifically is he expected to do about Kosovo, for
"Its kind of like what they say about pornography: You
know it when you see it," replied a U.S. diplomat close to the situation.
In other words, even if Milosevic were to meet all these
conditions, the U.S. could still claim that his acting is not yet up to the American
"pornography" standards. (Which requires total nudity and immorality -
meaning giving up Kosovo). And it could send Milosevic back to try harder before
auditioning again for the role of the "Great Balkan Prostitute."
But even some NATO allies are balking at such a one-sided U.S.
power play. The British position on Kosovo, for example, is that Milosevic should extend
an olive branch to local Albanians, and make a "bona fide" offer for them to
gain some form of autonomy. "If the Albanians turn the offer down, why should we
continue to blame the Serbs?" wondered a senior British diplomat.
The British have a similar attitude vis-à-vis the outstanding
border and financial disputes between Serbia and Croatia. "Otherwise, the Croats
could hold us all up for ransom forever," the diplomat said.
Which may be actually the point of this anti-Serbian American
"Carrots" and "Sticks"
But if Serbia continues to get the "stick," even
after all Milosevics concessions, who gets the "carrot?"
The Muslims and the Croats, first and foremost, of course, but
also Montenegro, a junior partner in the new Yugoslav federation. Unlike Serbia,
Montenegro is getting some Western capital. Its Prime Minister and President (Milo
Djukanovic and Momir Bulatovic) have been wined and dined during the last six months in
all the right places (read top government and banking circles) in Washington, New York,
What did the tiny Montenegro (600,000 people) do to deserve all
Well, it is strategically located between Croatia, Bosnia and
Albania. And it provides Yugoslavias only access to the Adriatic Sea. If the current
U.S. "carrot" policy bears fruit, it will create an economic gap between Serbia
and Montenegro. Sooner or later, the wealthier Montenegrins may start to wonder why
they need Belgrade in the first place (emphasis added). If Montenegro were to
leave the Yugoslav federation, Serbia would become a land-locked country, starved of
capital, yet full of refugees and ethnic minorities (Albanians, Hungarians, Rumanians,
etc.) - a cesspool of internal trouble. If Milosevic/Serbia resisted the Montenegrin
secession, a civil war among the Serbs would not be out of the question.
Either way, such an outcome would be the fulfillment of the
"How to Defeat Serbia" scenario written by David Gompert and published in
the July/August 1994 issue of FOREIGN AFFAIRS, the voice of the Council for Foreign
Relations (CFR). The CFR globalists recipe which usually becomes U.S. policy,
advocated the "conduct of a cold war against Serbia - one of indefinite duration but
certain outcome." Gompert, the former director for Europe and Eurasia in George
Bushs National Security Council, also urged an "economic war in
perpetuity" and "unforgiving punishment" against "an unrepentant
Todays Serbia is anything but unrepentant, but the
globalists punishment is nonetheless still unforgiving... (one could second that
now, in August 1999, couldn't one?).
Well, after the November 3 (1996) Yugoslav elections, the secessionists political
position has only strengthened. The ruling Socialist Party won a huge majority in
parliament, while the pro-Serbia Peoples Party got only eight seats.
Also, check out..."US Euro Policy
Destroying Own Creations", "Do As I Say, Not As I
Do", "Like Watergate, Cover-up
Worse Than Original Crime" , "The
Great American Divide Widens", and "US
Senate Picks Up the NATO Hot Potato"
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES column: "Rekindling NATO to Fuel Cold War..." or
his CHRONICLES columns: "A Bear
in Sheep's Clothing", "Wiping
Out the Middle Class."