FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKANS AFFAIRS
1. How Washington Bought Yugoslav
NATO Tells Serbs to Stay Put, Adds Insult to Injury
Bosnian “Demo Farce:” West Reject Serb Party’s Victory
Pristina 4. Kosovo Heating Up Again: Albanians Fire at Americans,
Russians; Two Serb Civilians Die in Clash with BelgiansDec. 18, 2000
Brussels 5. Kostunica-Djindjic About to Commit “Mother of All Betrayals?”Dec. 18, 2000
Belgrade 6. Serbia Sinks into Darkness Following DOS’s Electoral VictoryDec. 26, 2000
Belgrade 7. DOS Claims Landslide Victory in Serbian Parliamentary ElectionsDec. 26, 2000
Belgrade 8. Outraged Serbs Protest Power OutagesDec. 28, 2000
9. NATO Knocks Out
Electricity in Serbia
(REPRINTED) May 3,
How Washington Bought Yugoslav Presidency
Once a Serb “Nationalist,” Now a $41 Million-Washington Puppet
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 - Good speechwriters
follow the classical speaking rule - tell them what you’re going to tell
them; tell them; and then tell them what you’ve told them.
Well, we told you in July the
September 24 Yugoslav elections would be a Serb
“demo farce,” with Vojislav Kostunica starring as a naïve Don
Quixote, while, in fact, being a Trojan Horse bought
and paid for by Washington. We
told you as the Serb “Ostrich
Revolution” was unfolding, complete with destruction of electoral
ballots, that it was a foreign-orchestrated coup d’etat. And we repeated that when Kostunica
started to reverse himself following his electoral “victory.”
And now, with less
than two weeks to go before the Dec. 23 Serbian elections, just as we were
about to sum up what we’ve been telling you all along about DOS and
Kostunica, lo and behold the Washington Post did it for us.
Yes, that “liberal” establishment mouthpiece; the nation’s
penultimate authority on the imbroglio at the DC bordello, told the truth
about how Washington bought the Yugoslav presidency for $41 million.
The innocuous sounding headline of the Post’s Dec. 11 article, “U.S. Advice Guided Milosevic Opposition,” was a guise for its devastating content. Devastating for Kostunica, an erstwhile Serb “nationalist,” now a mere Washington puppet. Devastating for DOS - the Washington-funded and organized Democratic Opposition of Serbia, now the new Yugoslav regime. Devastating for “Otpor” (Resistance), an ostensible “student” movement, also financed and run by the U.S. government.
In short, the Post confirmed all our suspicions, and put a very explicit price on the Yugoslav presidency and Kostunica’s betrayal of his erstwhile ideals:
“The U.S. democracy-building effort in Serbia was a curious mixture of secrecy and openness. In principle, it was an overt operation, funded by congressional appropriations of around $10 million for fiscal 1999 and $31 million for 2000.”
The Post also paints a picture of Kostunica, DOS and Otpor as nothing more than U.S. marionettes. Even the very lines they mouthed off during the election campaign were scripted by their Washington puppeteers:
to Stevanovic, the (DOS) coalition marketing expert, EVERY
WORD of the opposition's one-minute and five-minute core political
messages used by opposition spokesmen
across the country was discussed with U.S.
CONSULTANTS and tested by opinion poll.
Coalition candidates running for the Yugoslav parliament and tens of
thousands of local government positions received extensive training on how
to stay "on message," answer journalists' questions and rebut
the arguments of Milosevic supporters.” (emphasis added).
Here are some other excerpts from the Post report:
in a luxury hotel in Budapest, the Hungarian capital, in October 1999, the
closed-door briefing by (Doug) Schoen, a Democrat (pollster), turned out
to be a seminal event, pointing the way to the electoral revolution that
brought down Milosevic a year later. It also marked the start of an
extraordinary U.S. effort to unseat a foreign head of state, not through
covert action of the kind the CIA once employed in such places as Iran and
Guatemala, but by modern election campaign techniques. […]
Yugoslavia been a totalitarian state
like Iraq or North Korea, the strategy would have stood little chance. But
while Milosevic ran a repressive police state, he was
never a dictator in the style of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.”
TiM Ed.: It’s rather amusing to see the Post attempting now to rewrite history, as if in passing. Never mind that the preceding contradicts its own past stories, among other western media’s. Lest we forget, one of the most popular anti-Milosevic slogans has been for years “Sloba-Saddam” - a clear attempt to equate the Milosevic regime with that of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. And the eight-year long U.N. sanctions against Serbia for being allegedly an aggressive “totalitarian state,” are only exceeded by the still on-going sanctions against Iraq. Because unlike Milosevic, Hussein hasn’t thrown in the towel.
(Serb) opposition leaders accepted an invitation from the Washington-based
National Democratic Institute (NDI) in October 1999 to a seminar at the
Marriott Hotel in Budapest, overlooking the Danube River. The key item on
the agenda: an opinion poll commissioned by the U.S. polling firm Penn,
Schoen & Berland Associates.
reported that Milosevic had a 70 percent unfavorable rating among Serbian
voters. But it also showed that the big names in the opposition--men such
as Zoran Djindjic and Vuk Draskovic--were burdened with negative poll
ratings almost as high as Milosevic's.
Among the candidates best placed to challenge Milosevic, the poll
suggested, was a moderate Serbian nationalist named Vojislav Kostunica,
who had a favorable rating of 49 percent and an unfavorable rating of only
29 percent. […]
Kostunica's selection as the opposition presidential candidate in August was shaped, in large measure, by the opinion polls. "The polls showed that Kostunica could defeat Milosevic in the easiest possible way," recalled Dusan Mihajlovic, leader of the New Democracy party, one of 18 political parties that made up the coalition. Part of Kostunica's APPEAL, the polls showed, was that he was widely perceived as ANTI-AMERICAN. Because he was an outspoken critic of the NATO bombing of Serbia, it was difficult for the Milosevic government to label him a Western stooge or a traitor to Serbian interests. (emphasis added).
was also the one opposition leader strongly opposed to accepting U.S.
campaign assistance. "I was against it, never got any myself, and
thought it was unnecessary," he said in an interview.
opposition activists, KOSTUNICA’S DENIALS
RING A LITTLE HOLLOW. While it is true
that his own party, the Democratic Party of Serbia, rejected anything that
smacked of U.S. aid, his presidential campaign
BENEFITED ENORMOUSLY from the advice and
financial support the opposition coalition received from abroad, and
particularly from the UNITED STATES.
[…] (emphasis added).
Americans involved in the anti-Milosevic effort said they were aware of
CIA activity at the fringes of the campaign, but had trouble finding out
what the agency was up to. Whatever it was, they concluded it was not
particularly effective. The lead role was taken by the State Department
and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the government's
foreign assistance agency, which channeled the funds through commercial
contractors and nonprofit groups such as NDI and its Republican
counterpart, the International Republican Institute (IRI).
NDI worked closely with Serbian opposition parties, IRI
focused its attention on Otpor, which
served as the revolution's ideological and organizational backbone. In
March, IRI paid for two dozen Otpor leaders to attend a seminar on
nonviolent resistance at the Hilton Hotel in Budapest, a few hundreds
yards along the Danube from the NDI-favored Marriott. […]
next three months, millions of "Gotov je" stickers were printed
on 80 tons of imported adhesive paper--paid for by USAID and delivered by
the Washington-based Ronco Consulting Corp.--and plastered all over Serbia
on walls, inside elevators and across Milosevic's campaign posters.
Printed in black and white and accompanied by Otpor's clenched-fist
emblem, they became the symbol of the revolution. […]
rule for both the coalition and Otpor was never to talk about Western
financial or logistical support. To have done so would have played
straight into the hands of the Milosevic propaganda machine, which
routinely depicted opposition leaders as "traitors" or
TiM Ed.: Which
helps explain virulent verbal attacks on anyone telling the truth during
the Serb election campaign, including the TiM editor, who publicly and
frequently called Kostunica, DOS and Otpor by their real names -
Washington “lackeys” or “quislings.”
(For the rest of the Post story, go to the TiM web site and click
So as you can see,
despite our own “demo farce” unfolding in Florida and Washington, we,
Americans, are relatively lucky. At
least we are cooking in our own stew, rather than one prepared by an
adversarial foreign power.
To put the Serb
“Ostrich Revolution” in U.S. perspective, imagine Red China, for
example, fielding its own candidate in the American presidential race (we
know, some may argue they already have - in the person of Al Gore, of
course. But humor us on this for a moment, will you, for the sake of
allowing us to make a bigger point?).
Beijing sets up its election command center in, say, Cuba, from where it
disperses funds and masterminds the U.S. presidential campaign.
To make sure their
candidate comes out on top, Beijing hucksters and pollsters paint him as
an American patriot and anti-communist. And
in the final stretch, they orchestrate a media campaign that pronounces
the Chinese quisling the winner before the official counting was even over
(any similarities with the real life Florida scenario, and the U.S.
national media, is, of course, coincidental J).
In the end, when
if even that’s not enough to get their man into the White House, Beijing
imports its mercenaries from the countryside to storm the Capitol Hill,
set it on fire and destroy some of the electoral ballots in the process.
Finally, after the frightened sitting American president concedes
defeat, Beijing sends its goons to various Washington federal departments
to kick butt (literally) and kick out the current administration heads,
replacing them with its own lackeys.
And then the Red
Chinese proclaim that they have done all that, of course, in the name of
in doubt, just ask the Washington Post.
You saw that even in its today’s electoral post-mortem the Post
called what happened in Serbia a “U.S. democracy-building effort.”
Now, if this were
to happen in our country, how would you feel about such foreign-imposed
“democracy,” my fellow-Americans?
How would you feel about its symbol - a clenched fist (a communist
symbol) painted on a black shirt (a fascist symbol)?
One would hope
that any American, except perhaps a red commie or a fascist (or both,
meaning a New World Order elitist), would be outraged, right?
surprise… Guess how a majority of Serbs felt about all that? They were elated!
In fact, even
today, as the masks are slowly starting to drop from Kostunica’s and
other DOS leaders’ faces, pollsters tell us that Washington’s
bought-and-paid-for Yugoslav president still enjoys about a 70% approval
rating in Serbia.
So what does that
First, you CAN
fool some people ALL of the time, as Teddy Roosevelt also noted.
isn’t the only nation dumbed down by the New World Order, especially
considering that Serbs are now cheering the Washington lackeys after the
U.S. led the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia.
should feel lucky by comparison. Not
only because what happened in Serbia makes our little Florida shenanigans
look like a storm in a teacup. Also
because the NWO’s dumbing down of America has been under way for
decades. Yet now, after our own Election 2000 brush with infamy, many
Americans are waking up to that fact.
And are beginning to fight back.
How long will it
be before most Serbs realize they’ve been duped (again - see
Serbia Is in Love,
Again), and start to
fight back (again)? Probably
a lot longer that it will take them to get used to the Wall
Street-financed and Madison Avenue-designed “democracy” chains they
are now wearing around their necks (like the rest of the NWO slaves).
Otpor’s clenched fist on a black shirt, a cross between communism and
fascism, is a perfect symbol of the New World Order.
And no wonder, since it was created in Washington, the capital of
the NWO Evil Empire. Perhaps
the truth and liberty-loving Americans and other people around the world
should paint a TARGET sign right over top of it. At
least that’s a symbol of genuine resistance to foreign aggression that
originated in Belgrade, and spread like wildfire around the globe last
year, inspiring patriots world over into action in defense of the truth
A P.S.:TiM readers can now have a “sneak preview” of a two-part series of Bob Djurdjevic’s comments on Yugoslav affairs, written for Beograd.com within his New World Order series, by clicking on the following URLs: “How Washington Bought Yugoslav Presidency,” Part 1 of 2, and “Listen Not to What They SAY, Watch What They DO,” Part 2 of 2.
NATO Tells Serbs to Stay Put, Adds Insult to Injury
Diplomat Slights Yugoslav Army’s Capability
Dec. 15 - In our
Dec. 4 update about the situation in Kosovo, “Serb
Wimps Kiss Up to NATO Pimps,” we quoted Zoran Djindjic as saying
that, “Yugoslav government was seeking NATO acceptance of the plan
to drive the Kosovo Albanian rebels from the 80-square mile contested
Presevo Valley buffer zone between Kosovo province and the rest of
permission from a foreign occupying force if you can be allowed to
defend your own land from terrorists who have killed and massacred
your troops makes the label “wimps” fairly benign.
Yet to the new Yugoslav president, Vojislav Kostunica, the
remark by the man who is widely expected to become Serbia’s prime
minister after the Dec. 23 vote was not wimpy enough.
Speaking last week after Djindjic's comments, Kostunica said
that, "this is not the time for war drums."
Belgrade’s appeasing attitude toward the aggressors drew protests and demonstrations by the Serbs from Presevo Valley on Dec. 13. Thousands of angry Serbs blocked key roads near Kosovo today, demanding that the authorities drive out the ethnic Albanian militants entrenched in the area, the New York Times reported on Dec. 14. Some 3,000 people used cars, trucks and tractors to close roads into and out of Bujanovac and the rail line, and all roads that link Serbia to Macedonia and Greece.
So now Kostunica and Djindjic have their own people
rising up against them with no Slobodan Milosevic around any more to
take the blame.
Kostunica’s willingness to prostrate himself and his country before
NATO lower than even Djindjic was prepared to do was not lost on the
KFOR leaders. Yesterday,
they told Belgrade what its leaders’ meekness asked for - butt out!
Brig. Gen. Dennis E. Hardy, the American who commands
peacekeepers, including 6,000 American troops, in the eastern part of
Kosovo, said in an interview published Dec.
15 by the New York Times that, NATO “would not tolerate Serbian
police or army use of force to reassert control of a three-mile-wide
buffer zone along Kosovo's eastern border that ethnic Albanian rebels
there. As eyewitnesses in
the area have already reported to TiM, the U.S. troops are virtual
accomplices of the Albanian terrorists, having been seen to provide
logistical support for the rebel operations (see “Kosovo
Eyewitness: American Troops Aided Albanian Rebels Who Killed Four Serb
Policemen,” Nov. 29, 2000).
take our word for it. Here’s
what the Kosovo Albanian recently-elected leader, Ibrahim Rugova, said
in a Dec. 11 interview with the German Der Spiegel (The Mirror)
“Thanks to the presence of KFOR peacekeeping troops,
NATO's support and the UN's reconstruction assistance Kosovo today is
de facto independent.” Later
in the interview, Rugova also added, “NATO is already our (Albanian)
private army. But in the future we will share responsibility and also
develop an army of our own as a protective power.”
So the new
Serb leaders are appealing for help from the foreign troops that the
Kosovo Albanian leader calls their “private army!”
Is there any wonder the Serbs of the Presevo Valley are rising
up against such Belgrade “leaders?”
As if that was
not demeaning enough, asked by the Times whether the Serb forces could
flush out the Albanian in a quick clean operation, a Western diplomat
added insult to injury by replying, "I don't think the Serbian
forces are capable of that."
Or was it realism? Because the Albanian rebels are certainly
treating the Serb posturing as empty threats.
flared anew on Friday (Dec. 15). NATO
spokesman said two cars in the southern (Bujanovac) part of the zone
carrying Serbs were raked with gunfire Friday (Dec. 15), leaving one
of the occupants wounded in the arm.
The two targeted cars then drove to a crossing into Kosovo and
the wounded man was treated by U.S. soldiers, a spokesman for the
American peacekeepers, Maj. Jim Marshall, said in a statement.
And in a
report suggesting tensions might be spreading, locals in the northern
part of the zone, near Kursumlija, said Albanian militants shot at a
Serb-populated village late Friday (Dec. 15). It was the first such
incident reported in the north. The villagers told police they had
seen Albanian rebels digging trenches in the region. The
shootings occurred even as Serbs lifted their barricades on roads
along the tense border with Kosovo after a personal appeal by
governments of Yugoslavia and of Serbia, its main republic, met today
(Dec 16) in Bujanovac - on the edge of the tense region - and
threatened tough action unless NATO peacekeepers and U.N. officials
running Kosovo clamp down on the insurgents, according to a Dec. 16
Associated Press report.
of the Serb Third Army reported that ethnic Albanian militants are
seeking to export their independence war from Kosovo into a
neighboring Serbian area are assembling military hardware for a major
offensive later this month, according to a Dec. 16 Associated Press
report. Speaking before
the meeting, Lt. Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic said his military
intelligence was reporting a rebel offensive planned for Dec. 27 by
“several thousand terrorists.”
fixing up bridges, improving their communications, and bringing in ...
mortars and howitzers,” said Lazarevic.
Security Council is to meet Tuesday to discuss the latest Balkan
flashpoint. If it fails to produce an efficient plan and action,
Yugoslavia will “invoke its legitimate right to solve the problem
itself, with the use of all internationally permitted measures to
fight terrorism,” the Bujanovac declaration said.
Bosnian “Demo Farce:” West Rejects Serb Party’s Victory
SARAJEVO, Dec. 12 - Bosnian Serbs were warned last week that the West could cut off vital aid to them if they give a major role in government to the winning Serb party in last month’s elections, according to a Dec. 12 Reuters’ report. The Serb Democratic Party (SDS) won the largest number of seats in the assembly of the Serb Republic in the elections, and its deputy president, Mirko Sarovic, won the presidential vote.
Luke Zahner, spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which organized the general elections in Bosnia last month, said Bosnia's Serb Republic needed to appoint an apolitical government of experts if it wanted to survive a serious economic crisis.
He was clearly referring to the nationalist Serb Democratic Party (SDS) founded by Bosnian Serb wartime leader Dr. Radovan Karadzic, which has reportedly demanded a significant number of posts in the future government.
And what about the will of the people? Never mind that. Since when has that mattered in the western rendition of the “demo farce?” So in comes the blackmail, just as the Austrians found out when they chose the “wrong” leader (Joerg Haider) last February (see “Haiderbash Is On, Democracy Is Off”).
As if trying to confirm this impression, the U.S. officials called for a ban on the SDS before the vote, charging that it had not broken links with indicted war criminals like Karadzic. After the vote, the U.S. government said it would not give any financial assistance to a government that included the SDS.
U.S. Ambassador, Thomas Miller, on Tuesday (Dec. 12) reiterated his government's stance at a news conference in the Bosnian Serb de facto capital Banja Luka. "We have no interest in putting assistance into support of a government which includes the SDS," said Miller.
The SDS has a poor international reputation, the Reuters said, once having been called by the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, a "criminal organization".
Now, isn’t that a pot calling a kettle black?
Kosovo Heating Up Again: Albanians Fire at Americans, Russians;
Two Serb Civilians Die, Third Is Wounded in Clash with BelgiansDec.
PRISTINA, LEPOSAVIC, Dec. 18 - The Kosovo “peace farce” is heating up again. Two unrelated incidents this weekend, one in the southern, another in the northern part of this nominally Serbian province, have escalated tensions in the area close to a breaking point.
In the southern Presevo Valley, a
joint patrol of U.S. and Russian soldiers serving within KFOR came
under fire from a group of Albanian gunmen inside the three-mile (five
kilometer) wide buffer zone within Serbia.
In the northern Serb town of Leposavic, two Serb civilians died
and a third was wounded in clashes with Belgian troops, seven of whom
were taken hostage in retaliation by the angry crowd.
The captured KFOR soldiers were disarmed and then released.
Back in the
southern Presevo Valley, the American and Russian troops returned fire
and did not sustain any injuries.
NATO has sent 150 British infantry troops from the Princess of
Wales Royal Regiment to back up the U.S. and Russian in the area.
It is believed
to be the first time since World War II that American and Russian
soldiers, former Cold War foes, have fired jointly in anger at a
common enemy, the Agence France Presse reported today (Dec. 18).
“Common enemy?” The AFP must be joking. As the TiM has reported recently, the U.S. troops were seen by eyewitnesses to be providing logistical support for the Albanian rebels operating in the Presevo Valley buffer zone. So brazen has been KFOR’s collaboration with the local Albanians, that the recently elected Kosovo Albanian leader, Ibrahim Rugova, has said in an interview that, “NATO is already our (Albanian) private army” (see Item 2 of this TiM Bulletin).
The AFP might have come to the same conclusion if the
French news agency had bothered to read what it had reported in the
very same news story. The
AFP also said that, “the gun
battle broke out when KFOR patrol was demolishing a road leading to
the village of Muhovac, which is held by ethnic Albanian guerrillas,
inside a buffer zone separating the NATO-led forces from the Yugoslav
Why would this
KFOR patrol be demolishing a road leading to an Albanian village?
Logical explanation is to make it more difficult for the
Yugoslav Army to reach it using mechanized transport, should the Serbs
decide to flush out the Albanian insurgents from the buffer zone?
If so, then that’s yet another example of the KFOR
collaboration with the Albanian terrorists - provided by the AFP
newswire this time.
So why would
these Albanians do such a thing like fire on their allies?
Well, one explanation is they may be stupid and a renegade
group of rebels had acted on its own.
But another scenario is that, now that NATO has helped Albanians cleanse Kosovo of some 300,000 Serbs, they don’t want KFOR there, either. After all, Rugova, the Albanian leader, also said in that interview that, “in the future we will share responsibility and also develop an army of our own as a protective power.”
So firing at the American and Russian troops may have
been the Albanian way of saying “thank you and goodbye.”
at Leposavic (see the map), a DEM 50 ($23) traffic ticket the Belgian
troops were reportedly trying to collect on Saturday (Dec. 16) from a
Serb for not wearing a seat belt turned into an ugly confrontation.
civilians lost their lives, another was wounded, seven Belgians had
been briefly taken hostage, three Belgian KFOR vehicles were burned,
and a U.N. police station was destroyed, according to an AFP report.
The Serb whose arrest sparked the disturbance, Vladimir Tomovic,
is expected to be charged with “reckless driving,” according to
the U.N. spokeswoman Susan Manuel.
KFOR troops and a civilian employee were surrounded by about 200 Serb
protesters who forced them from their vehicles, and held them for
about three hours, Major Steven Shappell, chief spokesman for the KFOR
were disarmed by the crowd, and were released after negotiations
between local Serb leaders and the commander of the Belgian
peacekeeping battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Rik Koumans, Shappell said.
Two Serb civilians suffered gunshot wounds (one to his back). One of the injured, Bojan Jokovic (20), later died at the hospital. The other, Mladen Obradovic (19), is seriously wounded. The third victim, Trifun Milenkovic (42), died of an apparent heart attack during the mêlée.
The United Nations has pulled its civilian police - both international staff and Serb officers - out of the town of Leposavic, thus virually abandoning control of that part of Kosovo.
Defence Minister, Andre Flahout, called a crisis meeting of senior
commanders in Brussels following the incident, the AFP reported on
Dec. 18. The Belgian
military is extremely sensitive over the safety of its troops, the AFP
said, after 10 of its peacekeepers were captured, tortured and killed
in April 1994 during a United Nations mission to Rwanda.
But what the
AFP did not say is that unprotected civilians have good reasons to
fear any time Belgian and other U.N. “peacekeeping” troops give
them “protection.” Here’s
an excerpt from the TiM Bulletin “Put
the UN Justice on Trial,” published in August 1998:
Belgian paratroopers serving within the U.N. forces in Somalia in
1993, were photographed roasting a Somali boy over a flaming brazier.
They were sentenced to only a month in jail, and fined £200 (about
$333) after admitting the atrocity in a military court in Brussels on
June 23, 1997, according to a June 24, 1997 report by the London Telegraph.
A third Belgian soldier accused of atrocities during the United
Nations "Restore Hope" mission five years ago was said to
have forced a young Somali to eat pork, drink salt water, and then eat
his vomit. A fourth member of the 3rd battalion of the Parachute
Regiment, based at Tielen in Flanders, was photographed urinating on a
Somali whom he had allegedly murdered.
was the third country involved in the U.N. "Restore Hope"
mission whose soldiers were charged with serious misdemeanors against
the Somali civilians, including rape, torture and murder. In 1995, a
group of Canadian paratroopers were investigated for torturing a
Somali to death and killing three others. The charges of disobedience,
racism, and the rituals for new members of the unit led to the
Canadian Airborne Regiment being disbanded in 1996.
in early June 1997, gruesome photographs of Italian soldiers torturing
a Somali youth, and abusing and raping a young Somali girl, were
published in a Milan magazine. As a result, the U.N. "Restore
Hope" mission will be best remembered by its "Destroy
despite their confessions and/or indisputable evidence, none of these
western U.N. soldiers were ever charged under the War Crimes
Tribunal's jurisdiction. Why not? Especially considering that the
Hague Tribunal has been also given the duty of prosecuting atrocities
committed by the Rwandans in that African country's civil war.
what is good for the (Serb) goose is obviously not good for the (U.N.)
gander? Or as Solon (a Greek philosopher - c.630-c.555 BC) noted some
27 centuries ago: "Laws are like spider webs. If some poor weak
creature comes up against them - it is caught. But the bigger one can
break through and get away."
Well, the two
dead Serb civilians should probably consider themselves lucky by
comparison to that Somali boy. At
least they died without being roasted first.
The worst part
of it is, however, that the various western soldiers who have
committed heinous crimes against innocent civilians while serving as
U.N. “peacekeepers,” got off with only a slap on the wrist by
their governments. Way to
show the world examples of the western “civilization” at work.
Kostunica-Djindjic About to Commit “Mother of All Betrayals?”Dec.
$100+ Billion of Former Yugoslavia Assets to Be Given Up
BRUSSELS, Dec. 18 - A fairly routine-sounding Dec. 18 Reuters news report put in perspective the staggering price on the succession rights that the new Yugoslav president, Vojislav Kostunica, has reportedly indicated is willing to give up. The former Yugoslav assets are estimated at $220 billion by Belgrade, and at $100 billion by the other republics that had seceded from it.
Either way, these are staggering amounts for a tiny country like Serbia, economically and physically devastated by eight years of U.N. sanctions, and the NATO bombing.
Never mind that internationally recognized legal scholars, such as Dr. Milan Tepavac, for example, have argued that the parts of the former Yugoslavia that have seceded from it, all by force except for Macedonia, aren’t entitled to any succession rights anyway (see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2000/tim2000-11-2.html).
That’s like someone running away from a marriage, leaving the spouse in a lurch, or even shooting at him/her and their children, and then coming back years later to claim its share of remaining joint assets. All under the protection of NATO and other international goons, of course.
The “so-called succession talks being held in Brussels are also an imperative for Belgrade to rejoin the International Monetary Fund,” the Reuters said. In other words, it’s international blackmail before the so-called “outer sanctions” are lifted, just as we said would happen in our series of pre-Yugoslav election TiM Bulletins and columns (just run a search at our web site using “outer sanction” as keywords).
A TiM reader who has sent us this Reuters report, but who wishes to remain anonymous, had this to say about it:
have already abandoned claims to SFRY (acronym for the former
Yugoslavia) - gold, cash, and foreign bank holdings.
Now, they have agreed in principle to giving away the SFRY
fixed assets. In doing
so, Kostunica-Djindjic are merely fulfilling one of their campaign
pledges publicized in the DOS party platform.
agreeing to the Holbrooke-Albright formula regarding SFRY assets,
Kostunica-Djindjic are giving away roughly $100 billion (that's
"B" for billion) of their people's assets.
This works about to be more than $10,000 per man, woman, and
child living in Serbia (TiM Ed.: where average wage is about
$70 per month - see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2000/tim2000-10-7.html).
exchange for giving up $100 billion of SFRY assets, Kostunica-Djindjic
have received pledges of some $425 million ( that "M" for
million) worth of (very expensive) loans. As they would say in New
York, a “sweetheart of a deal.”
way of comparison, last year, Peking gave Belgrade $300 million to buy
oil and nearly $100 million of loans to buy other equipment
for a total of $400 million.
sincerely would like to understand why giving up $100 Billion worth of
SFRY assets is a good thing. Would any Kostunica-Djindjic supporters
care to explain the benefits of their action?”
TiM Ed.: That’s easy to explain. The benefits will accrue to those who put Kostunica-Djindjic/DOS into power, namely Washington and Wall Street bankers. Liabilities will go to those who cheered Kostunica-Djindjic/DOS on their way - the Serb taxpayers.
But perhaps the greatest example of the new regime's betrayal of the Serb national interests is that one hears not a peep from any of the Belgrade leaders about reparations for damages caused by the NATO bombing last year, which is estimated to be in excess of $30 billion. Not including, of course, the 2,000 or so human casualties.
6. Serbia Sinks into Darkness Following DOS’s Electoral VictoryDec.26, 2000
BELGRADE, Dec. 26 - Serbia sank into darkness (literally) Tuesday following Saturday’s (Dec. 23) electoral victory by DOS (Democratic Opposition of Serbia - now a misnomer, since this erstwhile opposition has become the “position” in both federal and Serbian parliaments).
“We had electricity all day Saturday (the election day), but the power outages started on Sunday, then worsened in the last two days,” one Serb resident told TiM today. Meanwhile, the temperatures had sunk to as low as -10C (14F). More cold weather is forecast for this weekend.
This resident said they had their power turned on and off every eight hours. But the BBC World News reported today that most households in Serbia have had only six hours of electricity a day. In addition to the power cuts, many other heating plants reduced production due to insufficient gas deliveries from Russia, the BBC said.
Which seems to be a vicious circle. Shortages of Russian gas fail to ignite electrical plants, while even households with gas heating are unable to use it during blackouts since most heat pumps are powered by electricity.
Authorities in Cacak in central Serbia, for example, whose mayor was a prominent figure in the storming of the Yugoslav parliament on Oct. 5, introduced a state of emergency after a major relay station broke down, leaving about 80,000 people in darkness for more than 24 hours.
Protestors also blocked a road in the southern city of Nis to complain about the blackouts, amid warnings that some kindergartens will be forced to close. Shops and cafes throughout Serbia have been told to shut early.
“It’s really awful and spooky to be walking through the dark streets at night,” complained one Serb resident. “Even during NATO’s bombing we had no such problems” (to which this writer can attest from personal experience in April 1999).
But the subsequent NATO strikes, carried out in late May against Serbia’s power grid, are one of the major reasons for the hardships the Serbian people are suffering today, despite having voted in a pro-western government.
Another is international sanctions. Serbia's power grid is also poorly maintained due to financial hardships caused by the sanctions. Serb officials admit that only about a third of the necessary maintenance was conducted on the network this year.
Serbia’s power company had received warnings from Bosnia, Romania and Greece to stop skimming electricity from their grids, and reduce the amount of water being taken for hydro-electric power, the BBC reported. Recent cold weather, plus low water levels in rivers caused by summer droughts have also created problems for hydro-electric stations.
"Although the cuts are drastic, they make sense and are the only way to stabilise the system," Dragan Batalo, an EPS official, told the BBC (see “Serbs face blackout misery”).
Three-hour power cuts were also introduced in neighboring Montenegro on Monday following supply problems in Albania, Greece, and Macedonia.
And what of the promised aid by the “international community,” not to mention war reparations that Serbia should be entitled to? Looks like they are AWOL. At least for the time being. Interesting how quickly the masks have fallen.
7. DOS Claims Landslide Victory in Serbian Parliamentary ElectionsDec.
BELGRADE, Dec. 26 - With 93% of the votes counted, the DOS coalition has claimed a landslide victory in the Dec. 23 Serbian parliamentary elections. Here are the latest results, according to a report by Vojislav Kostunica’s Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS):
Based on the 5% legal threshold for a party to be awarded seats in the parliament, the following will be the number of seats allocated to the four leading parties:
If DOS does win 177 seats as it stands now, then the following will be the allocation of seats to the individual parties that had entered into the DOS coalition:
As we have previously reported, the voter turnout has dropped off considerably since the Sept. 24 federal elections, when 75% of eligible voters cast their votes. According to the latest results, 3,547,123 people voted on Dec. 23, or 59.43% of the total eligible to vote. However, when the tallies from some polling stations in Kosovo are added, where the turnout was very low, the total Dec. 23 voter turnout percentage drops to 58.5%.
BELGRADE, Dec. 28 - Only four days after voting the pro-western DOS coalition into power in Serbia’s Dec. 23 parliamentary elections, outraged citizens staged a series of spontaneous protests against power outages which hit them like a ton of bricks in the dead of winter.
lights failing, frozen foods thawing in grocery stores and people
struggling to keep warm, Yugoslavia's worst-ever energy crisis is
prompting many people to question whether the new democratic leadership
can't at least keep the lights on,” the Associated Press reported in a
Dec. 27 dispatch from Belgrade.
At a clinic for paraplegics on Mount Gucevo in western
Serbia, nurses piled up blankets trying to keep their 70 patients warm,
the independent Beta news agency reported. Only one of four water boilers
was working, chief nurse Vida Ivanovic said.
By evening (Dec. 27), dozens of angry Belgrade residents
overturned garbage containers across tram lines, blocking a main road
opposite the well-lit Hyatt hotel. The crowd then stood in silent protest.
"I knew that
we couldn't expect a fast improvement after Oct. 5," Milovan Radisic,
57, a retired factory worker, told the AP. "But I didn't expect
things would get worse."
The long power
cuts have affected virtually everyone in the country, the AP said. Traffic lights weren’t working.
Long lines formed in front of supermarkets and department stores in
the capital as harried cashiers were scrambling to tally customers' bills
by hand, with only the dim light of candles. A crowd in the southern city
of Nis burned tires in protest.
'democracy,' now you got it," Dragoljub Matic, a self-described
Milosevic supporter, grumbled as he waited at a crowded bus stop,
according to the AP.
deputy prime minister, Nebojsa Covic, tried to cast blame on the
Milosevic's regime, which wielded power for 13 years. Covic
told Belgrade radio and TV stations that the Milosevic government had
failed to maintain the power grid and keep up repairs on power stations.
Far be it from
anyone shielding Milosevic and his cronies from the blame for ruining the
Serbian economy, but to put all, or even most, of the blame for the power
outages on the old regime is just cheap politicking by the Serb lackeys
who have now been installed in Belgrade as western puppets.
years of genocidal international sanctions and a crumbling economy, the
Serbs had ample electrical power until such time that the NATO war
criminals bombed the country’s power grid in May 1999. That
is a crucial detail that the western quislings, like Covic and others in
the ruling DOS coalition, are neglecting to stress (see “NATO
Knocks Out Electricity in Serbia,” May 3, 1999,
for example, also reproduced below as the next item of this TiM Bulletin).
But many angry
Serbs want solutions, not more scapegoats. "I've heard enough of
that... Milosevic also used to blame others for everything," said
Tamara Blazic, fuming because a blackout left her stranded in an elevator
for three hours. "It's time somebody takes responsibility."
Exactly. So may we remind Covic, Vojislav Kostunica, Zoran Djindjic
and other kow-towing DOS Serb leaders of the boastful comment made on May
4, 1999 by the NATO spokesman, Jamie Shea, at a news conference in
Brussels: "We can turn the power off (to Serbia) whenever we
need to, and whenever we want to" (see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/War/day43.html).
So why not ask Mr.
Shea and his bosses to turn the power back on now that Serbia is a
Evidently, it didn't take long for the Serbs to wake up and get angry at the (DOS) devil they chose and cheered - not so long ago. But a TiM reader from Novi Sad, Serbia, also warned Wednesday that not all Serbs are to blame, though all Serb are now suffering. "As for the elections, I hope that Djindjic and his revolutionaries realize that 4.5 million people did not vote for them, either by voting against or by abstaining," this Serb said.
Andre Huzsvai, a TiM reader from Massachusetts, sent us the following letter he received on Dec. 27 from a friend in Serbia:
did not have the electricity yesterday the whole day here, so we did not
work. Yesterday, majority of people in our country had the electricity for
three hours only, then they were cut off for 9 hours, then again they had
the electricity for three hours and were cut off again.
get the picture? Everybody is nervous, angry, furious.
friends are telling me: why are you so impatient? Things cannot go for the
better immediately. You have to be patient. You have been patient for the
last ten years, and now suddenly you do not have patience any more.
do not have patience any more. Enough is enough. I have had enough of this
country and, I lost my patience long ago.
I do not want to sound so negative. But I believe you can understand me,
because you know the situation here pretty well."
To which Mr.
Huzsvai adds that his friend “was/is anti-Milosevic. Covic is full of
Yet there are some
foreigners in Serbia who are standing up for the “Covic’s” in the
new DOS government. We
received today the following comment from Charles Alverson, an American
now living in Serbia, whose contributions to the TiM Bulletins may be
found in some of our past editions:
what do you want, Bob? Milosevic
back? You are not helping with this bullshit TiM is handing out.
never promised miracles. Do
you know anyone who could do better? I hate these bloody outages, too, but
they're the price we have to pay for ten years of sanctions, 78 days of
bombing and a whole lot of looting of the country.
don't you concentrate on getting a flag or a gun in every hand and
mandatory hourly prayers?”
To which we replied:
this was an "AP bullshit" - as you can see, not TiM's. But you'd better believe it, more of it will be coming from
TiM, too. Mostly about the
ostriches whose rear ends are now freezing as they are being plucked, too.
name for what you think is "bullshit" is the TRUTH.
Which happens to be what the T in TiM stands for.
What do you want? Censorship of the truth?
goes out to those 4.5 million Serbs who did NOT support DOS.
Because they are now also having to pay for the stupidity and
gullibility of their fellow-citizens.
the rest, they've made their beds, now they have to sleep in them. Judging by the venom in your response, guess that would have
counted you, too, had you been able to vote?
disregard a clearly malicious last paragraph of your comment, and will try
to answer your question about I would have done if anyone had asked me. If I were the pre-election Kostunica, and if I were being
wooed by the West to help them unseat Milosevic.
So stand by for that.”
And now, here it is. Picture a scene at the downtown Budapest Marriott hotel, circa October 1999 (see “How Washington Bought Yugoslav Presidency,” Dec 26, 2000). Western pollsters and politicos have just finished presenting their charts and analyses to an assembly of about 20 Serb opposition leaders before concluding that the only Serb politician who has a chance of unseating Milosevic is Vojislav Kostunica.
“So how about it, Vojo? Will you accept the nomination?”, Kostunica is being asked by the European Union representatives and the other Serb opposition leaders.
Now picture yours truly in the role of Kostunica, answering this question.
you working girls at Washington's Euro-bordello.
Listen up, and listen carefully.
ago, you tried to bomb me and my people into the stone age.
A military alliance of 19 nations and 780 million people; with over
half of the world's gross economic product, possessing two-thirds of the
global military power, ganged up on a tiny nation of 10 million. For
79 days, NATO terrorized the people of Serbia, dropping 23,000 bombs and
missiles on us in 36,000 sorties.
savage attacks killed 576 Serb soldiers and more than 2,000 Serb
civilians, 79 of them children. Your
bombs have deliberately destroyed our most valuable industrial assets that
had nothing to do with our conduct of war. You
have attacked our bridges, factories, hospitals, schools, churches...
You have tried to destroy our entire civilian power grid. In other words, you tried to deny 10 million people the right
citizens and the army of Serbia remained unbowed and unkowed.
Despite your pompous 'superiority,' you - NATO - would have lost
the war were it not for Milosevic's and Yeltsin’s week-kneed betrayal of
come to me and want me to help you unseat the man whom you weren't men
enough to remove from power with all your supposed military might.
Now you want me to help you save face, to protect you and your
Washington bosses from being prosecuted for war crimes against civilians.
to tell you… it is against every fiber in my body even to be sitting in
the same room and talking to the likes of yourselves.
(Then turning to the Serb politicians, and looking Vuk Draskovic
and Zoran Djindjic straight in the eyes…) Or to cavort with some of your
disgraceful vassals among my fellow-Serb politicians.
came here prepared to swallow my pride, and suspend my better judgment for
the sake of my people’s salvation - IF and only IF you agree to the
following six conditions:
will stay out of the Yugoslav elections as far as the public in Serbia is
concerned, and will refrain from making any public comments about it
regardless of the harshness of my public statements during the campaign
against NATO or the West. The
only public comments you are free to make is to criticize me for saying
things like that, but that you will accept the election outcome as the
will of the people.
Should I be so fortunate to win, immediately upon my swearing in as
president, you will lift all sanctions, including the outer sanctions, and
will restore Yugoslavia’s membership in all international organizations
from which our country was either ejected or suspended.
will publicly apologize to all innocent Serb civilians whom you terrorized
for 79 days while pretending to be punishing one man - Slobodan Milosevic,
and to the families of all victims of the NATO bombing.
will pay as war reparations, not as loans or “investments,” for the
reconstruction of all facilities destroyed or damaged during NATO’s
bombing, the amount of which is currently estimated at about $30 billion.
addition,you will also pay damages to families of the bombing victims in
accordance with the formula established as your compensation to the
victims of NATO’s bombing of the Chinese embassy on May 7, 1999 ($4.5
million for the three people killed and 27 injured - see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/Peace/ps26.html),
the amount of which is currently estimated at about $2 billion.
will publicly reiterate your commitment to maintaining the territorial
integrity of Kosovo as a part of Serbia, and will work with my future
government on creating a political solution which would facilitate an
expedient and safe return to Kosovo of the Serb and other residents
expelled during NATO’s occupation of this Serbian province since June
will agree to do the same with respect to enabling other Serb refugees
from Croatia and Bosnia to return to, and live safely in, their homesteads
or other safe areas, as provided by the Dayton agreement, but never
actually fully implemented.
agree to these six conditions, I promise to deliver to you Milosevic’s
political scalp, but not his body. Only
Serb people, his greatest victims, can sit in judgment of Milosevic’s
crimes, not your kangaroo court at the Hague.
furthermore pledge to you that if I am elected president, my country will
never engage in any wars of aggression against any of its neighbors, and
will fully respect the rights of all minorities living within its
boundaries as equal citizens, including granting a reasonable amount of
autonomy for minorities to run their local governments.
my answer to your question about whether or not I would accept the
nomination to lead the Serb democratic opposition parties in the next
election. Now, what is your
answer to my conditions?”
Of course, had Kostunica ever replied to the West’s offer as such, chances are he would never have become the opposition coalition candidate, much less president. But he would have continued to be the man he once was, instead of the puppet he now is.
That’s a somber thought Kostunica and his fellow countrymen can contemplate as they await the arrival of the third Millennium under flickering candle lights, while the rest of Europe toasts them as the new “champions of democracy.” Maybe the freezing Serbs should reply to such “friends” and “leaders” with:
“DOS(ta)!” (Enough already!)
REPRINTED from the Special Wartime TiM Bulletin
S99-63, Day 41, May 3, 1999
NATO Knocks Out Electricity in Serbia
BELGRADE, May 3, 1999 - One day after Belgrade
released the three American POWs, Washington and Brussels said "thank
you" by bombing much of Serbia practically into stone age. NATO air
strikes hit Kostolac and Obrenovac gigantic electric power plants on the
40th day of bombing, leaving Belgrade, Vojvodina and much of
Serbia without power.
Last night's bombing has caused a complete breakdown in
power supply to about 65% of Serbia, 80% of Republika Srpska in the
neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, TiM sources estimate. Some parts of
Croatia and Macedonia, who also receive power from Obrenovac.
"Civilians are left without water supply, bakeries
don't work, hospitals cannot treat patients etc.," a TiM
correspondent from Belgrade reports. Which means that the TV and Internet
services have now also been cut off. Except for those using laptops, whose
batteries are also going to run out in a few hours.
"Whose capacity to fight were they (NATO) trying to
disable - of pensioners, kids, bakers, kidney patients?" our outraged
correspondent asks, adding that, "THIS IS CLEARLY A WAR CRIME! Atilla
the Hun and Hitler had far more sensitivity for human suffering than
(Bill) Clinton, (Gen. Wesley) Clark and their bunch."
Other TiM sources in Serbia also report severe hardships
in coping with a life without electrical power at the end of the 20th
century, which has made so many people dependent on electricity. But
NATO's savagery is also bringing the best in the people of Serbia, as
families and strangers bond together in a quest for survival.
One family in Vojvodina, for example, has cooked its main
meal today using an old propane camping stove. Others are bringing out of
their sheds, garages or barns the long-forgotten wood burning stoves. And
families who have either gas or wood burning stoves are sharing them with
those who don't.
Fortunately, with temperatures in the low 80s (Fahrenheit; 28 Celsius), God has once again intervened on behalf of the Serbs enabling them also to use outdoor barbecues in lieu of kitchen stoves.
TiM Ed.: Also see some contemporaneous photos of
“graphite bombs” used in May 1999 to knock out the electricity in
Serbia - http://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/War/PhotoAlbum/photos-war-5.html,
and other civilian targets - http://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/War/PhotoAlbum/photos-war-index.html).
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