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TiM GW Bulletin 2000/11-7

Nov. 28, 2000

Yugoslav President Changing His Tune, Now Considers Russia as Part of "Europe"

Kostunica Snubs Albright

NATO R.I.P.?; Serbia Is in Love Again... Watch Out!; Nationalist Places Second in Romania's Vote; Serb Wimps Kiss Up to NATO Pimps

FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKANS AFFAIRS


HEADLINES

Vienna                      1. Kostunica Snubs Albright

Israel                        2. Kostunica Changing His Tune, Now

                                       Considers Russia as Part of “Europe”

California                 3. NATO R.I.P.?  

Phoenix                          3a. Newly Assertive Russia Nov. 29, 2000

Phoenix                    4. Serbia Is in Love Again… Watch Out!

Bucharest                5. Nationalist Places Second in Romania’s Vote

                                     Romania 2000 - Bulgaria 2001 and Serbia 2004?Nov. 29, 2000

Phoenix                    6. TiM Florida Supreme Court Poll Results  

San Francisco          7. Kosovo Eyewitness: American Troops Aided Albanian 

                                      Rebels Who Killed Four Serb PolicemenNov. 29, 2000

Serbia                       8. Yugoslav Special Police Retake Kosovo Border VillageNov. 29, 2000

Belgrade                   9. Serb Wimps Kiss Up to NATO PimpsDec. 4, 2000

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1. Kostunica Snubs Albright

Mixed Signals from Vienna and Belgrade about New Violence Near Kosovo

VIENNA, Nov. 28 - Perhaps chastened by criticisms over his photo-op and a private meeting with one of the greatest Serbophobes in American government (Richard Holbrooke - see "Fifth Column," Not Street "Revolutionaries" Toppled Milosevic, Oct 25, 2000), Yugoslav president Vojislav Kostunica showed some newfound backbone in Vienna on Monday (Nov. 27), when he snubbed the U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright’s request for a private audience. 

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Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner of Austria handed documents to Vojislav Kostunica marking Yugoslavia's re-entry into OSCE. Madeleine Albright is at far left. 
A handshake and a short exchange of words were all that Yugoslavia's new leader granted Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a meeting Monday of foreign ministers of Europe's leading security organization,” the Associated Press reported on Nov. 27. 

Indeed, a group photo of the OSCE membership presentation to Kostunica shows the Yugoslav president with his back (appropriately) turned to Albright (see our web site), one of the loudest cheerleaders of the NATO bombing of Serbia last year, which the Time magazine called in its May 1999 cover story, “Madeleine’s War” (see Item 2 in Special TiM Bulletin S99-81, Day 55).

The “official” explanation offered by both sides was that Kostunica did not have time to meet with Albright because he was cutting his Vienna visit short to return to Serbia because of the latest outbreak of violence in the Kosovo region.  But he did find the time to attend a luncheon given in his honor by Austrian President Thomas Klestil, the AP pointed out. Guests included Austria's controversial right-wing politician, Joerg Haider.

Some American officials said Kostunica “was being unnecessarily rude to her (Albright) as a senior official from a country offering Belgrade $100 million in aid this year,” according to today’s (Nov. 28) New York Times. 

Really?  Compare $100 million in aid this year to over $30 billion of Serb assets last year (destroyed during NATO’s bombing).  Kostunica should have demanded full war reparations.  And he should never have even shaken hands with Albright, one of the NATO leaders condemned by a Belgrade court for war crimes.

Nevertheless, there were some Belgrade patsies who were happy to extend a grateful hand and meet privately with the Serb nemesis-in-chief, now pretending to be a “friend.”  American officials stressed that Albright had a short meeting with the Yugoslav foreign minister, Goran Svilanovic, mostly dealing with the problems in the Kosovo border region (for more on Svilanovic, a turn-coat former communist who became a Washington lackey - check out Item 1 in “Kostunica Likens Himself to Lenin and Other Balkans Stories,” Nov. 7, 2000).

Albright kept a low profile in her final visit as secretary of state to a meeting of the European security organization (OSCE), praising the group for helping spread democracy to southeastern Europe and singling out Kostunica.

"I congratulate President Kostunica on his election and I congratulate the Serbian people for being able to call him president," she said. Albright, however, did not mention the recent ethnic Albanian attacks along the boundary between Kosovo and the rest of Serbia, Yugoslavia's main republic.

Four Serb policemen were killed last week by Albanian terrorists who penetrated the buffer zone in Presevo Valley under the watchful noses of the KFOR American troops (see the map).  The Yugoslav government gave KFOR 72 hours (till 7PM, Monday, Nov. 27) to bring the Albanian insurgents under control before sending in its own troops to do it.  And to back it up, there have been reports of Serb T-55 tanks and the special forces of the Yugoslav Army massing in the border area over the weekend.

Speaking about it in Vienna, Kostunica did not mince his words.  He lashed out at the West, warning that violence spilling over from Kosovo "could easily set the entire region ablaze." Kostunica said that the United Nations and Western powers "have failed to do their part of the job" and stop armed Albanian attacks on the Serbian police and citizens.

But Kostunica’s tough talk in Vienna was in stark contrast to appeasing messages emanating from some of his officials in Belgrade.  Yugoslav government postponed indefinitely the Monday deadline, saying it wanted to give diplomacy a chance before launching a counterattack to drive out rebels who have killed four Serb policemen.

And what is the reason for such a meek turn-about-face?  Because KFOR asked for it.  Yugoslav deputy prime minister, Nebojsa Covic, said that the deadline was extended after the NATO-led Kosovo Force “demanded that we not use the language of deadlines and ultimatums, but that of diplomacy and agreements.”

NATO-led peacekeepers said they had been aiding negotiations between the militants and the Serb police. U.S. Staff Sgt. Patrick McGuire, a NATO spokesman, said both sides had agreed to a cease-fire until Friday.  KFOR said that more patrols were planned and that U.S. forces had made several arrests last week. But it's hard to catch the rebels in the sparsely populated forest region and weapons are everywhere in Kosovo. 

Peter Deck of the U.N. refugee agency in Kosovo said that more than 2,000 people, mostly ethnic Albanians, have trickled out of troubled region since the crisis started, according to a Nov. 27 Wall Street Journal report.

The Yugoslav interior ministry estimates that about 1,000 ethnic Albanians were involved in the recent attacks and were receiving support from ethnic Albanian sympathizers in nine villages on Serb-controlled territory.  Yugoslav officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Journal that the militants had smuggled small artillery pieces and more than 100 small mortars across the U.S.-patrolled boundary into positions on the Serb side.

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2. Kostunica Changing His Tune, Now Considers Russia as Part of “Europe”

ISRAEL, Nov. 26 - Regular TiM readers will recall that in the weeks leading up to the Sep. 24 Yugoslav elections, we were critical of Vojislav Kostunica’s stated strategic goal - to “take Serbia back to Europe” (see the “Red October,” for example).  

“Kostunica’s endorsement of ‘Europe’ that happily participated in the 1999 bombing of Christian Serbia, in which more than 2,000 Serbs were killed, is an indication of both his naiveté and gullibility,” we wrote.  Instead of trying to appease the Washington EU lackeys, we argued that Serbia should work on becoming a part of the Russia-Belarus union.

Well, it now appears that Kostunica is coming around to that point of view, however circuitously.  The new Yugoslav president broadened his definition of “Europe” to include Russia.  Here’s an excerpt from an interview with the Israeli daily, Ha'aretz, published on Nov. 26:

Ha'aretz: “Yugoslavia is already faced with a foreign policy choice between the European Union and NATO. Vuk Draskovic has just proposed that Yugoslavia should join NATO, while you are more in favor of Europe. Why such a choice?”

Kostunica: "Cooperation with Europe suits Yugoslavia. Our policy should be pro-European and it should rely on cooperation with Russia, which is, broadly taken, a part of Europe - in the sense in which the great French president De Gaulle placed the boundary of Europe on the Urals.

The Russian Federation is important due to our traditional relations, and in this part of the European expanse it can represent a counterweight to the American monopoly. Taking into account that America has a predominant influence in NATO, our foreign policy priority should be cooperation with Europe. An equal sign cannot be placed between Europe and NATO, and joining the "Partnership for Peace" would be a direction of a kind for us, a compromise solution within which our country should move, to be 'East to the West, and West to the East.'

What I am saying is my deepest political and personal conviction, but this is more than a major question on which assemblies have to state their views, and Yugoslavia's army has also to be asked. Both the political and the financial aspects of joining NATO have to be considered. I, for one, am very much disinclined to such an alliance with NATO."

Other than the fact that Kostunica now includes Russia as part of his “Europe,” the rest of the Yugoslav president’s foreign policy vision is about as clear as mud.  He says, for example, the “Russian Federation is important… (and) it can represent a counterweight to the American monopoly.” 

Which is true.  That’s one of the reasons we said what we did about Serbia’s strategic imperative to enter into an alliance with Russia.  That’s also one of the things Vladimir Putin has been trying to do - drive a wedge between the European and North American NATO members, as predicted in this writer’s 1998 Chronicles column - A Bear in Sheep's Clothing - written when Boris Yeltsin was still Russia’s president (also see Toward a Globalist European Empire, June 3, 2000).

So far so good.  But then Kostunica goes on to say that, given that “America has a predominant influence in NATO, our foreign policy priority should be cooperation with Europe.” 

What?  The way to avoid becoming another American lackey is to become a lackey of America’s European lackeys?  A head of state reasoning like that?  Any college student of foreign affairs would have shown a better understanding of geopolitical implications of these two contradictory positions.

Kostunica even waffles on the question of Yugoslavia’s membership in NATO.  On the one hand, he says he is personally opposed to it (as every sane Serb ought to be; joining NATO now would be like embracing Hitler after he had bombed Belgrade in 1941).  But on the other hand, he - the country’s president (!) - would conduct a poll of the Yugoslav Army’s opinions, and would need to consider “political and financial aspects of joining.” 

Will the real Kostunica please stand up?  Luckily for the Yugoslav president, recent developments involving the Euro Force and Russia’s backing thereof may bale him out of his geopolitical ambivalence and quandary (see the next story).

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3. NATO R.I.P.?

CALIFORNIA, Nov. 27 - Just as we were about to write an editorial on a strategic shift taking place in Europe, and about the budding Russo-European linkage, a TiM reader from California has sent us a piece on that very topic.  So here it is, D. Jennifer Hewitt’s analysis about “about NATO going down,” as she put it:

Creating monsters and selling fear

“The EU's plan to form its own military force consisting of recruits from EU member nations seems to reflect a rejection of US-dominated NATO.  Russia has made a bid to join this endeavor.  As the EU forms its own army, NATO and its armed forces will dwindle, ending the US bully-boy diplomacy and agendas in the name of EU 'shared' interests.  The EU nations just may have a greater degree of cohesiveness because of the US-led NATO debacle in Yugoslavia.  If for no other reason, population limitations and individual restraints will diminish NATO for lack of personnel, along with UN and EU competition for troops.

William Cohen (Secretary of Defense), Madeleine Albright (Secretary of State), et. al. showed their true colors in Yugoslavia, leaving behind economic and political chaos, and an ecologically desolate landscape which negatively impacts all Europe.  Concerns of European nations necessarily include the conditions of their neighbors, which geographically are in a position to have a great effect upon them all.  Most Europeans were horrified, not only at the extreme methods that were employed, but also at the prospect of future 'interventions' at the hands of these high-tech slash and burn artists.

The 'might is right' paradigm of this current administration's foreign policy is a failure and has managed to alienate potential European cohorts as well as China and Russia.  South American countries are also increasingly aware of autonomy sapping, heavy-handed American intervention and will find allies in the disillusioned nations of Europe.

If Russia succeeds in becoming a part of the new EU army, the balance of power will have shifted considerably, and hopefully for the better, where we will see the old global NWO plans reduced to a memory.

Meanwhile, the resources of the US and its citizens are being diverted and drained to create a tyrannical corporate global government that has no respect for the wishes of it US citizens, dismissing their legitimate concerns with false assurances, denial, ridicule and intimidation.  Yet these are concerns that all Americans share, regardless of partisan politics.  And we are beginning to see increased overt manifestation of this in the US, much more so than in Western European nations, whose citizens are more accurately and fairly represented by coalition government representation of diverse views; therefore more politically empowered to oppose the inhumane and profit-driven agendas of attempts of corporate dominance. 

Our two-party system is a joke, mere theater, offering no representation for other than two barely differing canned NWO/corporate backed platforms — based upon a false dividing lines between the two with mindless 'battles' promulgated and fomented by corporate media, diverting the attention of gullible citizens from serious issues of common concern.  Yet the unaccountable corporate bureaucrats will continue to employ their strategies to further their agendas for absolute power and control over this country, its resources, its population.

Our federal leadership has failed to represent the will of the people, instead favoring the objectives of the military/industrial/chemical/pharmaceutical/media complex, creating chaos, if necessary, to further the goals of faceless, unaccountable NWO bureaucrats who lurk in the shadows behind their investments — those who do their bidding.  And while our national leaders create international chaos in their misrepresentation of the nature and the will of the populace of the United States of America, 'we the people' have no formal allies, only enemies made by our leadership and their manipulations for global control.  'We the people 'are the commodities for the corporate nation.  We are also the conscience of this nation.  We are a nation under siege from our own 'leadership'.”

D. Jennifer Hewitt, Danville, California

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3a. Newly Assertive Russia Nov. 29, 2000

PHOENIX, Nov. 29 -  Vladimir Putin's Russia has certainly been asserting herself recently, often in defiance of Washington. And not only in Europe. 

Perhaps you recall how the Clinton administration snubbed Russia in early October, preferring to broker one of its many Middle East "peace agreements" during a summit in Cairo, Egypt?  Well, Moscow has now given Washington a taste of its own medicine.  With American mediation efforts in tatters as the violence in the Middle East continued unabated, Russia stepped in this weekend as the only superpower trusted by both the Palestinians and Israelis. It welcomed the Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat at the Kremlin, and it arranged for a first meaningful telephone dialogue between him and the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak.  The conversation took place during Arafat's brief visit to Moscow.  A diplomatic coup for Putin; a diplomatic snub for Clinton.

Furthermore, during Putin's mid-November meeting with Clinton at the APEC summit in Brunei, the Russian president told his American counterpart that Russia would no honor the not-so-secret-anymore 1995 Gore-Chernomyrdin deal, which dealt with Russia's weapons sales to Iran. That sent the American diplomats into apoplexy.  The subject dominated the Monday's discussions in Vienna between Madeleine Albright and Igor Ivanov, her Russian counterpart, who tried to assure the Secretary of State that the Russian shipments to Iran did not involve the weapons of mass destruction.  At the end, the two sides were at an impasse, with Russia saying it would  continue to deliver to Iran the contracted arms.

Russia has also been flexing its military muscles.  In October and again in November, just as the APEC summit was getting under way, Russian fighter planes managed to sneak up on and buzz the US aircraft carrier Kittyhawk in the Sea of Japan.  And at the end of November Russia has been probing the North American Air Defense (NORAD) system in the vicinity of Alaska with its TU-95 bombers based on Siberia.

In a domestic push to restore in Russia the old sense of national pride, Putin is urging the Russian Duma to pass a legislation that will restore the old Soviet anthem, but with new lyrics, thus distancing it from the Stalin rule during which it was first adopted.  The Duma is expected to pass such a law easily and soon.

Finally, Russia's multi-billion dollar shipments of its top-flight military technology to China also continue unabated, as does Moscow's stroking of the Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.  

So strip away the "partnership for peace" veneer, and you'll see that a Cold Peace (a Boris Yeltsin phrase) has already replaced the Cold War.

Also check out... Putin Putting Russia Back on World Powers Map, WSJ Letter re. Putin's Christianity, Clinton Snubbed by Russian Duma, Toward a New Multipolar World in the New Millennium.

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4. Serbia Is in Love Again… Watch Out!

PHOENIX, Nov. 25 - While most Americans were resting after their Thanksgiving turkey dinners, this writer (who happens to dislike turkey, or turkeys of all kinds J, for that matter) was digging through his archives for something he wrote more than 10 years ago.  That’s because parallels and similarities between the current situation in Serbia and that in 1989-1990 are inescapable.  Serbia is again in love, but with a different man and for different ("liberal") reasons.  So watch out!

In late May 1989, the TiM editor went back to his native Belgrade for the first time after a 20 year-voluntary exile from Yugoslavia’s communist government.  He returned to the U.S. from a weeklong trip with mixed emotions about the “progress” being made in what was back then still a communist society. 

What follows are excerpts from the TiM editor’s original reports about Slobodan Milosevic, written in 1989 and 1990 respectively.  It was then that he first compared the then beloved Serb leader to Tito, Hitler and Stalin.  Here is, for example, what he wrote on July 23, 1989:

“It seems to me as if the Serbs in Yugoslavia are now living in a time capsule.  As if they are frantically trying to make up for the last 45 years of their history of which Tito’s (communist) anti-Serbian policies have deprived them…

In other words, the Serbs are in love; in love with their heritage, and in love with their new leader - (Slobodan) Milosevic. 

That’s wonderful.  And dangerous, too.  Just ask a teenage girl…

By the way, that’s also how Americans felt about George Washington after the Treaty of Paris (1783) restored our own hard-fought-for rights of which a British dictator (George III, the king) had deprived them.

Indeed, euphoria that follows liberation can be as intoxicating as the first love.  But ‘love is blind,’ as they say.  And (without intending any harm to the handicapped) - who wants to follow a blind person?

Now fast-forward to October 2000 and substitute Vojislav Kostunica for Slobodan Milosevic.  Then rewind and replay the above tape.  Amazing similarity, isn’t it?

At the time (back in 1989-1990), Milosevic was so popular in Serbia (much more than Kostunica is today) that this writer suffered the wrath of even his own family over the above comments.  Thus he felt the need to explain and defend his stance in the Aug. 6, 1990 and Sep. 22, 1990 letters that follow:

ONE YEAR LATER…

PHOENIX, July 31, 1990 - During the 12 months since my “Marketing of Serbia” essay was written (on July 23, 1989 - see above), I have been trying to figure out if Slobodan Milosevic was a. was a Communist masquerading as a Serbian nationalist, or a Serbian nationalist masquerading as a Communist. 

After my meeting with him last January (1990), I was leaning toward the latter possibility.  But after my visit to Belgrade in June (1990), during which I saw what was billed as “the first opposition parties’ rally in 45 years” - after Milosevic’s sudden call for a referendum in late June; after his Hitler-like dissolution of the Kosovo parliament; and after his election as president of the ‘new’ Socialist Party of Serbia - I don’t think that there is much room for doubt left.  He may be a genuine Serbian nationalist. But so was Hitler - a genuine German nationalist!

In other words, Milosevic seems to be first and foremost a dictator, now masquerading as a democracy-loving socialist - so as to keep his job!

“Serbia is still led by retreads from the Communist Party who have neither moral nor practical authority to carve ‘a place under the sun,’ for our people,” agreed (the late) Dr. Milorad Draskovic of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

[…] But the game is far from over.  For one thing, Milosevic et. al. still control the media.  Which gives them a powerful edge over the opposition.  I witnessed myself a lack of objective reporting on Belgrade TV and in the daily newspapers about what happened on June 13 (1990).  I was there, at the opposition rally.  The main challenge that the opposition parties face, as I see it, is to get the media to tell their side of the story.  Which will be difficult…

Second, we are yet to see a credible opposition leader in Serbia. If the right-wing extremists and the thugs they brought along to Trg Republike (a Belgrade square where the rally was held) on June 13 were to take over the government, we, the Serb émigrés, would stand to lose our homeland twice.  Once to the Communists, the second time to the white Serbian supremacists.  There are only two places where such people belong - in (the civilized) opposition, or in jail.  Most of them probably the latter (TiM Ed.: Arkan and his gang were among them, if my memory serves me right).  For, if they were to be elected, we would have one gang of hooligans replacing the other. […]

ONE WEEK AFTER THAT…

Excerpts from a fax to a potential employee from Serbia

PHOENIX, August 6, 1990 - Earlier today, I had a long telephone conversation with BJ (TiM editor’s ‘brother’ in Serbia).  He told me that I stood alone in the family with my views about Serbian politics.  Even my sister, he said, was supportive of what Slobodan Milosevic has done.  [Later on, my late father also chastised me verbally over the same issues].

As my “employee-to-be,” you should know that “standing alone” - is not an unfamiliar position for me.  Just ask Jon, Nancy, Doug… etc.  In fact, that’s how the people who are ahead of the trends are perceived - by definition!

[requoted the above July 1989 excerpt here]

Upon hearing me object to Slobodan Milosevic’s closing down some Albanian newspapers (in Kosovo), BJ asked me today I would approve of certain California papers’ right to continue publishing their views if they were advocating their state’s secession from the U.S.?  Or that of Ireland from the U.K.?

“Of course, I would,” I replied.  (I would not necessarily agree with them but) “what do you think that ‘freedom of speech’ means?”

“Well, not in the Balkans, it doesn’t,” BJ said.

Speaking for myself, I am getting a little tired of hearing that democracy is just fine “except for the Balkans”- the theme of some of my Serbian friends and relatives.  Either you’re pregnant or you’re not.  Either you’re civilized, or you’re not. 

If Serbia were not (civilized), it would not matter one iota if Slobodan Milosevic, or Brana Crncevic (back then a close aid to, and supporter of, Milosevic), or some other turkey was its leader, would it?  They would not, and should not, deserve support of any democracy-loving people. […]

“Democracy is the worst political system,” said Winston Churchill, “except for all other political systems.”

P.S.  By the way, I do not think much of the anti-“non-Serbian” hatred propaganda which the Slobodan Milosevic/Communist-controlled “Politika” (Serbia’s biggest daily paper) seems to be whipping up day after day, either.  In fact, it makes me sick… Have the Serbs not learned yet that it is in wisdom, not in emotion, that their salvation will be found?

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TiM Ed.: Well, 10 years later, have the Serbs found wisdom, or are they in love again?

By the way, I have found my relative naiveté back then about the U.S. “democracy” rather amusing.  Upon rereading my original comments more than 10 years later, I’d probably use today the terms such as “freedom” or “liberty” in lieu of “democracy” (which has mutated into a “demo farce,” as we are discovering day by day, country by country, state by state). 

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5. Nationalist Places Second in Romania’s Vote  

Romania 2000 - Bulgaria 2001 and Serbia 2004?Nov. 29, 2000

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Corneliu Vadim Tudor
BUCHAREST, Nov 27 - Romania’s nationalist leader stunned western observers and the liberal media by placing second in this weekend’s first round of the presidential election held in that Eastern European country, impoverished by the New World Order globalist “reforms.”  Corneliu Vadim Tudor, an outspoken poet and publisher, won 29% of the vote, behind the former communist president, Ion Iliescu, who had 36.5% of the vote.  The two top candidates will now face off in a run-off election on Dec. 10.

Naturally, the liberal western media immediately went into its default response to any sign of nationalism anywhere in the world, labeling Tudor as a “far-rightist” and “anti-Semite,” and comparing him to Russia’s Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Austria’s Joerg Haider and France's Jean Marie Le Pen.

By the way, Tudor denies being an anti-Semite, but who is listening among the pre-programmed “independent” western media?  And he appears to have done well among the young, and in the relatively prosperous western part of the country, where most of Romania's large ethnic Hungarian population lives.  That fact also did not seem to faze the western media that accused Tudor of being anti-Hungarian, too.

Tudor’s strong showing came as a sudden surge in opinion polls just before the Sunday's vote.  His party got only 2.2% of the vote nationally in local elections in June,  according to a Nov. 27 Reuters newswire report.  

"Romania has entered a new era on Monday," said the “independent” (read liberal) Evenimentul Zilei daily newspaper. "It becomes a European country suspected of nationalist excesses without a democratic opposition on which people can count."

The incumbent centrists (read liberal “reformers”), who had ruled in chaotic fashion for the past four years, suffered a complete rout.  Liberal Theodor Stolojan was a distant third on 12%, three percentage points AHEAD (!) of prime minister, Mugur Isarescu.

The vote for Tudor also made ripples in Brussels, where the European Union has been trying to negotiate terms with 12 accession countries, of which Romania comes in dead last in most categories of economic and social performance. "The results of the first round don't exactly enhance Romania's accession chances."

Romania 2000 - Bulgaria 2001 and Serbia 2004?Nov. 29, 2000

PHOENIX, Nov. 29 - It is now certain - the pro-western liberal “reformist” government in Romania has been trashed by the voters.  Either a former communist or a nationalist will be the new president of this Balkan country after the Dec. 10 presidential run-off.

So what goes around comes around?  The turn of events in Romania could be a sign of things to come in Bulgaria and Serbia, now also countries in the grip of pro-western “reformers.”  So Romania 2000 - Bulgaria 2001 and Serbia 2004? (for reasons why, check out, Washington Funds Serb Opposition Efforts and other Balkans stories, Sep. 19, 2000).

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6. TiM Florida Supreme Court Poll Results

PHOENIX, Nov. 28 - The following are results of the TiM poll about what to do with the Florida Supreme Court:

Q: What do you think Florida should do with its Supreme Court?
(of 126 respondents)
  3%   Hail it as fair and unbiased.
42%   FL Legislators/Governor should fire them.
33%   People should demand their resignations.
18%   Send them to Castro's Cuba.
  3%   Don't know.

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7. Kosovo Eyewitness: American Troops Aided Albanian Rebels Who Killed Four Serb PolicemenNov. 29, 2000

One American Soldier Killed, Another Commits Suicide - 45 KFOR Troops Killed, 296 Injured Since Start of Kosovo “Peace Farce”

CALIFORNIA, Nov. 29 - Right after we had published the Item 1 of this TiM Bulletin - about Yugoslav president Vojislav Kostunica blaming the NATO-led KFOR troops for the latest outbreak of violence near Kosovo, in which four Serb policeman were killed and 13 injured, we received word that American troops serving within KFOR allegedly aided and abetted the Albanian rebels who are responsible for these deaths and injuries.

If that’s true, it is absolutely incomprehensible that the Yugoslav president could shake hands with the Secretary of State at the OSCE meeting in Vienna with fresh Serb blood on them, not just her past war crimes against civilians.  It is even less understandable why Belgrade suddenly backed down on its Monday deadline to KFOR to lay down the law to the Albanians (for details see Item 1 of this Bulletin). 

To use an American analogy, imagine some Mexican guerillas, for example, crossing the U.S. border with the complicity of the Mexican government, bringing along 100 mortars and other artillery weapons, not just small arms, and then killing and wounding American border guards.  Can you imagine then Washington meekly looking the other way, and leaving it to the Mexican government to control its rebels with which it tacitly collaborated?

(We know, sadly, it’s all too easy to imagine something like that, given the abysmal track record of the Clinton administration.  But let us imagine, for the sake of this analogy at least, that we have a real American government in Washington, instead of an anti-American globalist administration that’s been selling out our national interests left right and center).

If the government of a country shows such disregard for the lives of those who serve their nation, as Kostunica’s Yugoslav government has just shown, and if it bows cowardly before those who are responsible for the killings of their men in uniform, as Belgrade has just done, how can the people of such a country expect any self-respecting policemen or soldiers to serve them in the future?  Kostunica’s government owes an apology to the families of those Serb policemen - not only because their loved ones were killed or injured, but because some were posthumously betrayed by their government.

Meanwhile, as ABC News put it in a dramatic lead to a Nov. 27 story about the American “peacekeepers” serving within KFOR:

“The Serbs own it, the Kosovars want it and American men and women are trying to protect it. It’s called the Presevo valley in Yugoslavia - and it’s rapidly becoming another Balkan battlefield.”

Well, here’s an eyewitness report from that battlefield.  It was sent to us by Tika Jankovic, a Serbian-American from the San Francisco area and a long time TiM reader, who witnessed the recent Presevo valley firefight:

American Troops Aided Kosovo Albanian Rebels

"I landed at the San Francisco airport just a few hours ago. I came back from my trip to Serbia and its turbulent southern Presevo valley, bordering on Macedonia to the south, Serbian Province of Kosovo and Metohija to the west, and reaching to the Serbian border with Bulgaria to the east (TiM Ed.: see the map in Item 1 of this Bulletin).  This stretch of land is of utmost geo-strategic importance for the NATO eastern expansion.  It is a land bridge from Serbia to Macedonia that lies on the Belgrade-Skopje-Thessaloniki highway, a land communication artery between Central Europe and the Aegean Sea.

This region is abundant with world renowned hot and cold water spas, several production facilities of bubbly mineral water, and is the center of textile, tobacco, furniture and other industry complexes, in addition to several mineral mines in this region.

The rich soil in the Morava river valley lends itself to growing corn, wheat, vegetable and cattle farming.  Farming provides a living for a population of about half a million people.

On the day of my arrival to Bujanovac, Wednesday, Nov. 22, a small town in the Presevo Valley, about 10 miles south from the city of Vranje in southern Serbia, the KLA-Albanian bands intensified their attack on the Serbian police forces, that started the day before. (One should remember that the KLA raids on this valley started from day one the US troops took control of the Eastern Sector of Kosovo and Metohija, bordering on the Presevo Valley).

The battle was raging in the hills, about two miles away from Bujanovac (a small town south of Vranje), where Serb police, armed with rifles only, were repulsing attacks by the KLA battalions, heavily armed and supported by the mortar and artillery fire.

In the afternoon of the previous day, the Albanian raiders were also backed up by the heavy artillery fire, apparently coming from the US troops position in the west. A canopy of the US helicopter gun ships protected the Albanian raiders from an eventual use of the appropriate weapons by the Serbian defenders(the NATO Secretary cautioned the Serbs not to use heavy guns in defense against the Albanian storm troopers, or the NATO troops will take the action!).

These gun ships also provided intelligence to and guided the Albanian attackers in action. One American military officer was reported killed, "in East Kosovo, in the line of daily duty", as goes the NATO official dispatch.”

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TiM Ed.: We don’t know if this news items is about the same soldier, but KFOR said on Nov. 25 that, “a U.S. soldier from NATO's international peacekeeping force in Kosovo died in an accident.”  The death was not a result of hostile action, KFOR said. "It is an accident. It is related to his daily duties," Sergeant Pat McGuire, a KFOR spokesperson said. “U.S. forces are in charge of the buffer zone between Kosovo and Serbia, the same area where violent confrontations between separatist Albanians and Serbian police have taken place in recent days,” KFOR said.

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“The 13 wounded Serb police officers suffered mortar and artillery shell injuries, as did the four Serbs killed. The three missing officers were returned in body bags by the US military. Their bodies were tortured and badly disfigured - the handiwork of the US war buddies, the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) monsters."

These KLA raids on the Serbian territory, five miles beyond the three-mile demilitarized zone (TiM Ed.: The Ground Safety Zone - per the military-technical agreement signed on June 11, 1999) that runs along the Kosovo and Metohija border with Serbia proper, and the evident US military involvement in these actions, speak volumes of the US/NATO’s true agenda in the region.

As for the ultimatum of 72 hours given by the Serb authorities to the Albanian terrorists to retreat, NATO extended it and left it open-ended, thereby buying time for the US-led Albanian gangs to fortify the conquered positions and bring in enforcements. The whole KLA campaign in the Presevo Valley of these days is run on behalf of and supported by the US."

Tika Jankovic, San Francisco, California

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TiM Ed.: Since June 12, 1999, the day we said that Kosovo war may be over, but a Kosovo “peace farce” is only starting, 45 KFOR soldiers have been killed, and 296 have been injured in various accidents. Two other KFOR soldiers have committed suicide, one French and one Italian.  On Nov. 18, an American soldier serving in Kosovo also committed suicide. The soldier was identified as Donald Heatherly, a signal specialist in the American KFOR peacekeeping contingent. Heatherly left behind a wife and daughter.

As you can see, just because you don’t hear about it on the dimple-ballot-and-chad-infatuated CNN, MSNBC… etc., it doesn’t mean that American soldiers aren’t getting a lot more than chad punched out of them in Kosovo.  Thanks to the trigger-happy foreign “policy” of the Clinton administration.

Nor are only the media silent about it.  Ever heard about these KFOR casualties from either of the two establishment presidential candidates?  Ever heard anyone question the Washington politicians publicly why all these “peacekeeping” soldiers died if they were really “keeping peace?”  

If you haven’t heard anyone, ever wondered why not?  If not, maybe you ought to.  Because the next “peacekeeping” casualty may be someone you know or love.  And here’s why… (see the next story).

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8. Yugoslav Special Police Retake Kosovo Border VillageNov. 29, 2000

LUCANE, Serbia, Nov. 29 - Serbian special police units regained control on Wednesday of a village close to the border with Kosovo that had been partly occupied by ethnic Albanian guerrillas last week, the Reuters newswire reported today (Nov. 27).  Police in camouflage uniforms with blackened faces and armed with sub-machineguns met no resistance as they moved into the small village of Lucane, although a couple of shots were heard and a few explosions rumbled in the far distance.

A spokesman for the political wing of the Albanian guerrilla group alleged the police action was a violation of a ceasefire deal but the rebels had decided to show restraint this time. Belgrade maintains the guerrilla group, called the Liberation Army of Presevo Medvedja and Bujanovac, and known by its Albanian initials UCPMB, are terrorists intent on joining the boundary region to ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo.  

"The UCPMB did not resist but if the positions of the UCPMB are at risk, then we will be forced to defend them," Shaqir Shaqiri told Reuters by telephone.  

Serbian police had withdrawn from the village after an upsurge in fighting last week in which four Serb policemen were killed, prompting fears in Belgrade of a new Balkan war and setting alarm bells ringing in Western capitals.

The police moved quickly and cautiously through the village, taking cover behind walls and buildings as they advanced. Several dozen police headed for the center of the mainly ethnic Albanian village and their commander spoke to a community elder, assuring him people would be safe.

Around 200 people from Lucane, frightened by last week's fighting, crossed into Kosovo last Thursday (Nov. 23), the U.N. refugee agency reported. The Serb police said they could now return home.  Police also said Lucane was the only village outside the five km (three mile) wide buffer zone which had been occupied by the rebels.

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9. Serb Wimps Kiss Up to NATO PimpsDec. 4, 2000

BELGRADE, Dec. 3 - A year and a half ago, they were shooting at NATO, hailed world over as perhaps man’s last hope against the globalist tyranny called the New World Order.  Now they are kow-towing to NATO, shamefully asking the foreign occupier its permission to defend their own land against terrorist aggression.  But they haven’t yet begged NATO with a “pretty please.”  That may be coming… after the Dec. 23 elections.

Who are “they?”  The Serbs.  Or more accurately, SOME Serbs - those in power in Belgrade now.  The wimps are kissing up to the pimps[1].  

“Yugoslav government was seeking NATO acceptance of the plan to drive the rebels from the 80-square mile contested Presevo Valley buffer zone between Kosovo province and the rest of Serbia,” the Associated Press reported on Dec. 3, citing Zoran Djindjic as source. 

The story described the man who spent the 1999 war cowardly hiding in Montenegro as “a top aide to President Vojislav Kostunica.”  The AP also said Djindjic was “favored to become Serbia’s new prime minister” after the Dec. 23 Serbian elections (as opposed to the Sep. 24 elections for Yugoslavia’s federal government and president).

·        Never mind that eyewitnesses have reported to TiM directly from the Presevo valley about NATO’s complicity with the Albanian rebels (see Item 7 above, plus similar reports that have been subsequently published by several independent Belgrade media). 

·        Never mind that Muhamet Xhemaili, a leader of the Albanian Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac (UCPMB), sporting the name and insignia of the officially disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) on his uniform, told the Agence France Presse his men had attended meetings with KFOR soldiers to discuss the situation in the Presevo valley.  (TiM Ed.: Meaning to coordinate their actions?).

·        Never mind that Xhemaili also told the AFP that he wanted “the international community to provide political and if necessary military help to resolve the situation.” (TiM Ed.: Note the term “military help”).

A spokesman for the NATO peacekeeping force said he could not confirm the rebel claims that the Serb police had supposedly violated the ceasefire, but he said that shots had been heard in the area Saturday (Dec. 2).  "Fifteen rounds of shots were heard in the Presevo valley," said Flight Lieutenant Mark Whitty, adding that he did not know who had fired them.

Fifteen rounds?  That must have been some shootout - half a magazine!  Fired obviously in semi-automatic mode, if NATO had the chance to count the individual rounds. 

Now, get this by contrast…

Albanian terrorists haul over 100 pieces of artillery into the buffer zone last month right through the NATO/KFOR lines.  No one at NATO says anything.  They proceed to attack Serb police, killing four, massacring three, and wounding 13 of them.  No one at NATO says anything.  Yugoslav government threatens to take action, and gives NATO 72 hours to bring the Albanian rebels under control.  Then NATO speaks up.  It tells Belgrade to cool it.  Or else.  Belgrade obediently cancels its ultimatum, wagging its tail like a good NWO puppy (see Item 1 of this TiM Bulletin).

And what did the Yugoslav president do - that “Serb nationalist,” according to the western media - besides leaving the OSCE summit in Vienna early on Monday (Nov. 27) to “deal with the situation?”  Nothing of substance that we could see. 

Well, not quite nothing.  Like NATO, he also told the Serbs to cool it.  Yes, the Serbs!  Kostunica “urged politicians in the Balkan country to refrain from calls for war in southern Serbia,” AFP also reported on Dec. 3. “This is not the time for war, but for wise diplomatic action.”

“Wise diplomatic action?”  Is that what the Yugoslav president promised the families of the slain Serb policemen, if he had talked to them at all?

So despite the supposed differences between Djindjic and Kostunica, which are being played up by the western media, the two of them have struck identical positions on the current Presevo valley crisis.  A proven western lackey and a “Serb nationalist” singing the same tune.  A coincidence?  A happenstance?  Or enemy action? (to borrow the lines from the James Bond movie, “Goldfinger”).  You choose…

What’s even more peculiar is that Djindjic is now talking like a hawk.  But with a caveat, of course, as befits an opportunistic “dovish hawk” (an intentional oxymoron, of course, just like “Levi Desnic” - the Djindjic character in this writer’s 1996 Washington Times column on “liberal” nihilism, “The Nothing Philosophy”). 

“This territory (Presevo valley) is our top priority,” Djindjic told the AP while touring southern Serbia.  “Serbia has the right and the strength to defend its territory.  We should react as soon as possible… one day after the elections.”

“After the elections?” (i.e., after Dec. 23).  That’s “as soon as possible?”  Why not yesterday?  Or last week?  Why wait till the dead of winter when serious military action in this mountainous region would be much more difficult, if not impossible? 

Well, since the AP reporter didn’t ask Djindjic to explain that, we can only speculate. 

Maybe Djindjic and Kostunica are afraid of spooking their (DOS) “liberal,” pro-western supporters in Serbia by looking just like the deposed Slobodan Milosevic if they were to defend the Serb territory and sovereignty?  Maybe it was just a pre-election tough talk, something that the likes of Djindjic can easily repudiate after they are elected? 

Even the generally sympathetic New York Times spoke of Djindjic in a disparaging tone.  The Sunday Times said (Dec. 3) that the difference between Kostunica and Djindjic is that the former regards the parliament as a cathedral, the latter as a casino. 

In other words, to Kostunica, an institution of democracy is a hallowed ground; to Djindjic, it is a hollow chamber.  To be used for self-enrichment, of course.  Washington’s EU whores, who have been perfidiously propping up Kostunica till now, seem to agree. 

“The battle to come is still Djindjic-Kostunica,” a senior EU diplomat in Belgrade told the Times.  After the Dec. 23 elections, “Kostunica and the federal government are going to look very pale.  A lot of the donor community, including governments, might prefer to deal with Djindjic.”

The Times predicted that the Djindjic-Kostunica coalition would break “within a year.”  This should come as no surprise to TiM readers.  Except perhaps to the ostriches, sheep and sardines among the Serb voters…  Here’s a concluding excerpt from our Sep. 8, 2000 “Red October” piece, in which we compared Kostunica with Don Quixote:

“Kostunica is installed as president.  Washington gets its puppet government.  Sanctions are lifted.   Serbia becomes another McDonalds-Coke-CNN NWO banana republic.  Ostriches, sheep and sardines rejoice world over.

A massive World Bank, EBRD and IMF-financed ‘Serbia Reconstruction Program’ begins.  NATO wants to move into Serbia, but Kostunica initially objects to it.  So he either relents, or suffers the fate of Biljana Plavsic (former Bosnian Serb Republic western vassal president).  He is used for a while by the West, and then discarded like a used diaper.  NATO moves in anyway.  Now all of Europe is under a New Iron Curtain.”

“He is used for a while by the West, and then discarded like a used diaper.”  Such is the fate of former “nationalists” who cavort with enemy whores. 

Who was it that said, “a man is known by the company he keeps?”  Obviously an author who must have escaped the learned, but naïve, Yugoslav president’s reading list.


[1]  Just in case you think the term “pimps” may be too strong for NATO, check out our earlier reports about the sex and drug trade in and around Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, the largest U.S. military facility built in Europe since WW II (see “Sex Slaves in Kosovo” and  TiM Bulletin 2000/8-4).

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