FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKANS AFFAIRS
Kostunica Likens Himself to Lenin!
Belgrade 2. Yugoslavia’s UN Membership: A Mistake Worse
Than Crime (By Milan Tepavac)
3. Double-talking “Dubya” Backtracks on
(By Justin Raimondo)
4. Kosovo Elections - Close Up and Personal
Serb Prisoners Riot for Amnesty
A Stunning Comment by Yugoslavia’s New President
Kostunica Likens Himself to Lenin!
Foreign Minister - an Old Commie Turncoat, Now an NWO Liberal - Invites UN
War Crimes Tribunal to Set Up Shop in Belgrade
BELGRADE, Nov. 6 - Yugoslavia's
new 38-year old foreign minister, Goran Svilanovic, said that the new
Yugoslav government would allow the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal to set up
shop in Belgrade, and should set up the South Africa-style “truth
commissions” to determine responsibility for the war crimes of its
and should not, avoid facing the consequences of war and responsibility
for crimes," Svilanovic said, according to today’s New York Times,
for example (see http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/06/world/06YUGO.html).
The news was
immediately greeted with protest from all sorts of quarters. Here’s an
excerpt from a letter we received today from William Spring, for example,
director of the U.K-based Christians Against NATO Aggression (CANA)
was distressed to learn this evening that the new Yugoslav Foreign
Minister has agreed that Carla del Ponte's infamous kangaroo Court
(otherwise known as 'The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former
Yugoslavia') should be able to open an office in Belgrade, with the
co-operation of the Yugoslav Government.
sincerely hope that the people of Belgrade, who displayed such heroic
qualities in resisting the NATO bombing and in storming the Parliament
Building etc, will display the same determination to shut down any office
opened up by that corrupt Judge Carla del Ponte.
But rather than have disorder in the streets of Belgrade, it would
I think be wiser for the Yugoslav to think again about this idea…
FRY should not entertain the idea of a foreign prosecutor, court and
tribunal operating from the sovereign Yugoslav territory. Wasn't it the demand of the Austrians in 1914 that they
appoint judges in Serbia to investigate the June 28th (Archduke Ferdinand)
murder (in Sarajevo) which caused the breakdown of negotiations between
Serbia and Austria, and led on to World War I? What were we fighting about
then, if the new Yugoslav government is to give away the legal and
jurisdictional integrity of Yugoslavia now?
demand of the Yugoslav foreign minister should instead be that NATO hand
over its war criminals for prosecution to Serbia, in accordance with the
terms of the indictment already handed down by the Serbian Public
Prosecutor's Office (ref: KT - 420/99 - 29th August 2000).”
And what of the new Yugoslav president’s well known opposition to the work and legitimacy of the UN War Crimes Tribunal, often cited by Vojislav Kostunica’s supporters during the recent election campaign? Swept under the rug obviously, along many other promises that the new Yugoslav president has broken in his first month on the job (he was sworn in as president exactly one month ago today).
But that’s the good news.
That’s the good news?
So what’s the bad news then?
It’s what Kostunica reportedly has said himself in a meeting on the same topic (the UN War Crimes Tribunal setting up shop in Belgrade) with the Austrian foreign minister, Mrs. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who is also the head of the Vienna-based OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe).
And what was that?
He likened himself to Lenin.
Kostunica, the Serb “nationalist,” the God-fearing Christian who won the backing of the Serbian Orthodox Church even before the Oct. 5 “revolution;” the “first non-communist president of Yugoslavia in over 50 years?” That Kostunica likened himself to Vladimir Ilich Lenin, the leader of the Communist Revolution in Russia?
Well, that Kostunica has evidently passed away. But the one who talked to that Austrian lady on Nov. 5 did compare the challenges he faces to those Lenin had to overcome in 1917.
How do you know that?
First, from a well-connected EU source in Brussels (who also provided to us a year ago the information about the EU issuing a news “Lenin Stamp in Belgium”,” Nov. 24, 1999). Second, from today’s (Nov. 6) Agence France Presse (French language) report that quoted Madam Ferrero-Waldner to that effect. Here is an excerpt from it:
Yugoslav president made a parallel between his own situation and that of
Lenin, who, after having taken power in 1917, made his first priority the
industrialization and electrification of Russia, as was added by the
diplomat who was present at the meeting [of Kostunica] with Mme
(This translation of
Kostunica’s stunning comment courtesy of J.P. Maher, Professor Emeritus
of the Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago)
Our EU source commented from Brussels: “To take Lenin as an example for reconstruction is rather striking,
knowing the results 80 years later... Well now, for sure, we know WHO
Actually, Kostunica has spoken to this writer personally on many occasions in the past about the difficulties he had had in the 1970s and early 1980s because of his anti-Communist stance. But people change. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton, 1864).
Or if they don’t change voluntarily, the New World Order crowd sees to it that they are surrounded, muffled and eventually changed by the leftist-liberal globalist ideologues. Such as Svilanovic, for example, Yugoslavia’s new foreign minister. The New York Times referred to him today as “a shrewd, liberal-minded politician who was Mr. Kostunica’s own choice for foreign minister.”
If true, Kostunica is a bigger fool and a worse quisling than if Svilanovic were picked for the job by Washington, which to us seems like a more likely scenario.
Why a bigger fool and a worse quisling?
Because everybody who is anybody in Yugoslav politics knows that the tiny Civic Alliance party, of which Svilanovic is president, has no other claim to fame except for its Washington connections. Svilanovic took over the party leadership from Vesna Pesic, a proven Washington lackey, whom this writer has met personally in Washington on one of her order-taking trips.
Svilanovic was also in the U.S. as recently as last Thursday (Nov. 2, before he was officially appointed Yugoslavia’s foreign minister on Saturday, Nov. 4), ostensibly to attend the (re)induction of Yugoslavia into the United Nations. But probably mainly to get some fresh marching orders and scripts from Washington. Which he evidently mouthed off in Belgrade over the weekend after he had been sworn in as foreign minister. Such as that stuff about the “truth commission” (remember how Bill Clinton praised Nelson Mandela for that?), and about the UN War Crimes Tribunal, for example.
By the way, neither issue would normally fall under the purview of the foreign ministry. Both would typically be matters with which the justice minister would handle, upon request by the prime minister. Since both of those Yugoslav officials remained mum on the Tribual issue, Svilanovic’s usurping their prerogatives is another indication that Kostunica’s Yugoslavia has turned into another Washington banana republic. And even if bananas are missing, there is evidently no shortage of monkey-see-monkey-do turncoats, quislings and collaborators.
Speaking of turncoats, a TiM source in Serbia has provided to us an interesting biographical detail about Svilanovic. Here is an excerpt, in our translation from Serbian:
in 1962, Svilanovic graduated from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, where
he has been working as a lecturer. In
late 1980s (i.e., during the waning years of the Communist Yugoslavia), he
was a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia in charge of its
ideological-legal platform. Later
on, he replaced Vesna Pesic as the head of the Civic Alliance, an
insignificant political organization whose membership could fill a single
So a former Communist ideologue turns his coat and becomes the New World Order’s “liberal-minded” lackey and “democratic” Yugoslavia’s foreign minister. Whom Kostunica was supposed to have personally picked for the job, according to the Times.
Do you now see why we were wondering if Yugoslavia’s new president was a bigger fool or a worse quisling than we had originally thought?
“The king is dead; long live the king!” - used to be what the medieval masses chanted, unwittingly celebrating the perpetuity of monarchy and their own oppression. A slightly modified version of this refrain seems to fit the New Yugoslav president. “(Old) Kostunica is dead; long live the Kvizling!” (Kvizling is the Serbian spelling of Quisling).
Which is still also good news.
“Also good news?” How can that be good news?
Because he may also go down in history as the “Serb Lenin.” By his own comparison.
Yugoslavia’s UN Membership: A Mistake Worse Than a Crime (By Milan Tepavac)
BELGRADE, Oct. 28 - We received the following
comment from Mr. Milan Tepavac, a Belgrade attorney who specializes in
international law. His
comment was made on the eve of Yugoslavia’s (re)admission to the United
Nations, but is every bit as timely today:
textbooks of history of diplomacy it is claimed that Napoleon's minister
of foreign affairs Talleyrand once remarked in connection with an
assassination of a political opponent: "That is, Sire, worse than
crime - it is a mistake".
the question who first made such an observation, it was confirmed
innumerable times in history. Mistakes made by the rulers and their
consequences are worse that individual crimes. We who live here know it
better than anybody else. In a series of mistakes committed, the one made
by Vojislav Kostunica yesterday is one of the most devastating for
Yugoslavia, Serbia and the entire Serbian people.
Kostunica had no right, under the Constitution of the FRY (Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia) to do
such a thing (this question is in competence of the federal government and
parliament). Second - which is much more important - that request is
tantamount to the AMNESTY not only of secessionist criminals who are
responsible and guilty for all crimes against the Serbian people committed
within last 10 years, but also amnesty of all their foreign accomplices
who instigated, helped and financed their crimes. Yet it was done on
behalf of Yugoslavia and Serbian people.
and his regime, it is known, committed many mistakes "worse than a crime". Those mistakes were in a way logical because he had dispersed
all his aids and advisers who were qualified for the job (or they just
left him) and surrounded himself with ignoramuses. Kostunica cannot excuse
himself with such justification, because he, as a man of academic
training, was quite aware what he was doing and did it all the same, no
matter how much he was under pressure, particularly in Skopje the day
before yesterday, by the greatest Serbophobe and racist Richard Holbrooke.
secessionist criminals could not expect a bigger gift than this one. No
wonder that they are celebrating the event in ecstasy.”
Tepavac, Belgrade, Serbia
Double-talking “Dubya” Backtracks on Kosovo (By Justin Raimondo)
CALIFORNIA, Nov. 3 - The following are excerpts from the latest piece by Justin Raimondo, a columnist for the Antiwar.com web site. As in Kostunica’s case, the globalist tactics here in the U.S. are to neutralize and reverse out an unfavorable political position by surrounding the claimant with advisors loyal to the New World Order bosses. Even if such a person is the future president of the United States, like George W. Bush, let alone the president of a tiny Yugoslavia.
They’ve done it to Ronald Reagan, the only American
president in the last three+ decades who was not a member of
the Council on Foreign Relations. So
why not to Dubya or Kostunica?
W. Bush hasn't even been elected yet and already he's breaking his
campaign promises! During the second presidential debate, in answer to Jim
Lehrer's question on what he would do in the Balkans, Bush answered:
"I'd very much like to get our troops out of there. Our military is
made to fight and win a war" not baby-sit the Kosovars.
what was an obvious attempt to reassure his conservative Republican base
which has persistently opposed the Kosovo intervention and cash in
on public skepticism of our interventionist foreign policy, his chief
foreign policy advisor, Condolezza Rice, told the New York Times that a
Bush administration would leave the Balkan quagmire for our allies to sink
into, and that the US would seek to pull out its troops.
storm of criticism that followed, from Gore to Albright to anonymous
"diplomatic sources," has obviously had an effect, because now,
a mere six days before Election Day, Dubya's advisors are falling all over
themselves trying to deny that they ever said it, or meant it.
a highly unusual announcement, Lord Robertson, NATO secretary general,
disclosed that he has been in touch with the Bushies and "received
reassurances" from George W. Bush's campaign team not to take Boy
Dubya too seriously. After all, as one analyst put it, everyone knows
that, "If the Republican candidate wins, [Bush's] seasoned foreign
policy team will talk him out of his stated plans to pull U.S. troops out
of the Balkans and press ahead with an extended anti-missile shield
regardless of international opposition."
Lordship went on to say "I am not taking sides in this election
campaign," His Lordship went on to say, "but I am concerned that
no ally would want to unilaterally pull out of what is a common mission in
Bosnia and Kosovo."
We're all in this quagmire together, and don't you Americans forget it.
Robertson, meanwhile, was determined to forcefully remind the Bush camp by
going public with his fears.
into a corner, the Bushies were forced to admit that Lord Robertson had
indeed called Bush security policy advisor Stephen Hadley, and, as the
Reuters story put it, "Lord Robertson apparently found his words
reassuring." I'll bet. After getting an earful from His Lordship,
can't you just imagine Hadley's end of the conversation?
your Lordship, don't worry about Dubya. He's dumb as a doornail, and,
besides, he'll do anything we say. And don't forget, we can always bring
in the father."
to His Lordship, Hadley, who served the senior Bush as assistant secretary
of defense with special responsibility for the European front, assured him
that "there will be no unilateral action taken in relation to
peacekeeping forces by a President Bush administration, if that is the
other words: if the choice is to withdraw from the Balkans without the
sanction of our NATO "allies," or stay in, then we're in to
no one has taken notice of this outrageous intervention in American
politics by a top official of the NATO alliance, and a British Lord to
boot, is the measure of how decadent and basically spineless our ruling
elites have become. How dare this Blairite s.o.b. presume to pontificate
on American politics and try to get his two cents in a week before the
Bush reply to the Brits should have consisted of two words: bug off!
Instead, they cravenly "reassured" London not to worry, it
wasn't going to happen immediately in effect pushing the prospect of a
US withdrawal into the far distant future.
is truly indicative of the ordeal we face if Bush is elected President is
that the Bushies are still maintaining that they haven't changed their
position. The Clintonization of the Republican party proceeds apace:
Clinton's "legacy," if it can be called that, will be to
enshrine "spin" and weasel words as the official language of the
American presidency. […]
Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan has made our disastrous Balkan policy an issue
in his campaign. Buchanan's address to the 1999 Antiwar.com conference
received a lot of coverage, and Pat has continually pounded the point
home: We attacked a country that had never attacked us or threatened our
legitimate interests, and we ought to pull out now.
Bush, ever sensitive to the threat posed by Buchanan in what looks like a
real horse race, tried to cover their flank with a sop to any conservative
"isolationists" thinking of straying from the Republican herd.
That's what the Condolezza Rice Dog & Pony Show was all about. Lord
Robertson did us all a favor by exposing the Bushies for what they are:
indistinguishable from their Democratic opponents not only
programmatically, but also stylistically. Team Bush, like the Gore camp,
will say and do practically anything to win the White House, and the lies
won't stop when Clinton cleans out his Oval Office desk. Condolezza Rice's
proposal had all the solidity and reality of a soap bubble or a hot-air
balloon, and the Brits did us a good turn without meaning to, of course
by pricking it…”
For the full
Raimondo column, check out the www.Antiwar.com
Kosovo Elections - Close Up and Personal
PRISTINA, Nov. 4 - The following are excerpts from
a report filed by Anthony Daniels,
an observer of this weekend’s Kosovo elections on behalf of the British
Helsinki Human Rights Group, as reported in the (UK) Spectator on Nov. 4.
Mr. Daniels’ comments complement a similarly damning report by
Mark Ames, an American journalist who spent six weeks in Kosovo prior to
the election, and whom TiM had quoted in our recent letter to the New York
Times (see A
Hell Hole Called Kosovo: Get Us Outta Here!):
freedom is proportional to the number of political parties competing for
power, then Kosovo is now one of the freest countries in the world. In
Pristina, at the Electoral Commission office of the Organisation for
Security and Co-opera-tion in Europe (OSCE), there was a seating plan for
representatives of the political parties to meet around the table under
the chairmanship of the OSCE. The parties represented inter alia were: the
PLDK, the QRSH, the PNDSH, the LPK, the LKCK, the USHDK, the UNIKOMB, the
AAK, the PPK, the BSDAK, the USD, the LNDSH, the PGJK, the PDK, the KTHP,
the PD, the PRK, the PQLK, the LDK, the PSHDK, the PSDK, the PLK, the
PDASHH, the DRSM, the SDA, the TDB, the PLSH and the LBC.
OSCE created most of these parties, of course, organized and funded them,
and decided their political outlook. It was a triumph of bureaucratic
pluralism. Not surprisingly, therefore, the leader of the Liberal party of
Kosova was very proud of the fact that his party had actually existed
before the arrival of the OSCE and that it had close links with the
Liberal Democrats in Britain. Poor man; he had not yet realized that
liberalism in Britain is now a matter of wheelchair access to taxis, speed
bumps, bicycle lanes and the right of Royal Marines to change their sex -
concerns that will soon be foisted upon him if he wants to retain good
relations with the Liberal International.
imperialism is, of course, the order of the day. The OSCE, which organized
and supervised the municipal elections in Kosovo, required that 30 per
cent of the candidates be women, irrespective of local custom or feeling.
In other words, you can have any culture you like, as long as it's ours.
polling stations had two prohibitions: no guns and no smoking. It is well
known that cigarette smoke poses the same threat to the free expression of
political will during elections as AK-47s wielded by supporters of one of
the parties, which is why the prohibitions were given equivalent weight;
indeed, one Czech supervisor said that his main problem was in getting the
voters to stop smoking. Needless to say, the prohibitions were published
in English, the new language of Kosovo.
it not be said that the ban on smoking applied only to Albanians, however
the OSCE does not allow smoking in any of its thousands of vehicles or in
any of its buildings. And, for the purposes of the elections, it
considered the schools in which the polling took place to be its property:
ergo, there was to be no smoking during the elections. Kosovo is the
OSCE's and the fullness thereof: Kosovo, and they that dwell therein.
conduct of the elections was impeccable - on the part of the people, who
queued for many hours in good humor and without complaint, as the
officials floundered in their morass of incomprehensible regulations. For
sheer disorganization, for unadulterated incompetence, however, it would
have been difficult to surpass the OSCE's way of proceeding. By the end of
polling day, the OSCE had broken every electoral rule for the infringement
of which it has ever condemned as invalid an election in a country of
whose government it disapproved and wished to see replaced.
is nevertheless my patriotic duty to report that of all OSCE officials the
British were by far the worst. They had a quality of blithering idiocy
quite unmatched by citizens of lesser nations. I shall not soon forget the
mustached man shouting irritably at the bemused Albanians, 'Look at the
notices, look at the notices!' which, incidentally, conveyed no useful
information whatsoever, and were in English. I tried to imagine a Kosovar
official shouting, 'Look at the notices, look at the notices!' in
irritated Albanian at the voters in my local church hall, but, alas, the
faculty of imagination is too weak fully to envision it.
was, of course, another side to British officialdom: hard-bitten cynicism.
The supervisor of one polling station, for example, allowed people with a
doubtful right to vote to do so, having first marked their papers with a
sign to render them invalid. In that way, he said, they would benefit from
the civic education that the elections provided, but it would save the
time and effort needed to establish whether or not they really had the
right to vote according to the complex rules for such cases.
the other hand, it was impossible to beat American officialdom for
invincible ignorance. The American supervisor of one polling station, for
example, was under the impression that the people were voting for
president. Although he was in charge of the counting, he had not the
faintest idea how to do it, or how the system was supposed to work.
this, at least, he was absolutely typical of the OSCE staff I met, none of
whom was able to explain the voting system to me. I was asked by OSCE
staff my opinion during the counting about the validity of votes, and
after reading a couple of paragraphs in the OSCE election manual (182
pages long), readers will be pleased to know that I allowed the votes, in
part because they were all for the peaceable Dr Rugova and not for the
thuggish Mr Thaci.
is a tribute to tertiary education in the Western world that none of the
OSCE's staff anticipated problems when ten polling stations (with about
750 voters registered at each) were located in a school with a single
door. Outside the school, hundreds of people had been waiting for several
hours to vote; but, inside, in the polling stations themselves, a monastic
calm reigned. I asked to speak to one of the OSCE supervisors, and was
told that she had gone to look for voters, several hundreds of whom were
clamoring to enter.
chaos outside the doors eased somewhat when those traditional guarantors
of institutional democracy, the Spanish Guardia Civil, who were stationed
nearby, were called. It took up to 20 minutes to scrutinize the right of a
single voter to cast his vote. Not only did he have to appear on a list of
voters, but he also had to prove his identity by being matched with a
photograph taken digitally on prior registration to vote. Unhappily, the
OSCE had omitted to put their photographs in any particular order. That is
to say, each of 750 people had to be compared with up to 750 mug shots.
OSCE blamed the Albanians for the chaos. As one supervisor put it, 'We
have no problem - only the people.' They blamed the Albanians for being so
many and for coming to vote at the same time: that is to say, between
seven in the morning and one in the afternoon. They blamed the chaos on
the fact that the Albanians had never voted before, though this (had it
been true, which it isn't) might have been an argument for as simple an
electoral system as possible, rather than one of Byzantine complexity. An
Egyptian supervisor suggested that the people waiting at his polling
station should go away for lunch and return in strict alphabetical order.
was one unanticipated advantage of the chaotic arrangements of the
municipal elections on Kosovo: it would have been very difficult for any
of the parties to arrange fraud had they wished to do so. Only the OSCE
itself could have done that.
the elections, the OSCE congratulated itself fulsomely (though, in fact,
it had declared the elections to be free and fair weeks in advance of
their having taken place). That any faith can be put in the result is,
however, more attributable to the good behavior of the Kosovars than to
the conduct of the OSCE itself. All Kosovars are agreed that they want
independence, and so they all - even the thugs -agreed to behave
impeccably during these elections, to demonstrate their maturity and
worthiness of independence. They are already very nervous about the West's
rapprochement with Serbia, regarding Kostunica as more dangerous than
Milosevic (he was, after all, photographed brandishing a Kalashnikov at a
rally in Kosovo in 1998). The last thing they wanted was a violent
election to give the West an excuse to betray them.
the moment they are happy to be subjects of the Emperor Bernard Kuchner,
UN administrator in Kosovo. They need the West, after all, to keep the
Serbs out. But if the international aspect of the problem is ever settled,
they will soon fight among themselves, and the thugs will win.”
TiM Ed.: Same
conclusion at which Mr. Ames, the Ameircan journalist, arrived.
5. Serb Prisoners Riot for Amnesty
MITROVICA, Serbia, Nov. 6
- More than 100 Serb inmates in the Srem. Mitrovica infamous penitentiary
demanded that they be included in any amnesty for ethnic Albanian
political prisoners which the new Yugoslav government is planning.
Prisoners drove off the guards on Monday (Nov. 6), as inmates in a
second prison went on a hunger strike asking for reduced terms.
In rioting that
began Sunday night, prisoners set fire to cells and took up positions on
the roof with iron bars at one of Yugoslavia's largest prisons at Sremska
Mitrovica, about 50 miles northwest of Belgrade (see the photos at our web
site - courtesy of Beograd.com).
one of three Serbian justice ministers negotiating with inmates, said
three people were hospitalized for slight injuries suffered during the
riots at the prison, which houses 1,300 inmates including 50 foreigners
and six prisoners on death row, according to an Associated Press report.
Subasic said the
inmates were angered by the possibility that an amnesty law under
discussion would free ethnic Albanian inmates - mostly political prisoners
- but not Serbs convicted of other crimes. He told the Tanjug state news
agency Monday that the inmates were demanding the law be broadened to some
The Beta news
agency reported that ethnic Albanian inmates, said to number about 150,
were evacuated from the prison Monday evening and taken by buses to an
undisclosed location. Most of their cells were destroyed in the fire, Beta
In the southern
Serbian city of Nis, about 1,000 inmates, including 300 ethnic Albanians,
went on hunger strike demanding that their sentences be reduced by 30
percent and that prison management be replaced by Wednesday (Nov. 8). A
Nis prisoner reached by phone told the Associated Press that the inmates
banged pots and other items to make noise. He said the guards stood by
The prisoner, who
identified himself as Miomir Radosavljevic-Musa, said inmates had taken
over the keys from the wardens and had climbed on the rooftops, demanding
the justice ministers come to negotiate with them.
Footage from the
prison riot at the prison at Sremska Mitrovica showed two inmates,
surrounded by hundreds of other cheering prisoners, complaining of severe
beatings since 1994.
“They used to beat us like horses,” an unidentified prisoner with head bandages said. “People have been destroyed physically, psychologically and morally. They were left with no desire to live.” Others displayed a baseball bat allegedly used by prison guards to beat the inmates.
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