FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKAN AFFAIRS
1. Opposition Rally Fizzles as Belgrade
"Three (Serb Opposition) Musketeers"
Snubbed in Moscow
2. Yugoslavia’s Second Army on Heightened State of Alert
Decani Monastery Land Confiscated by UNMIK
Kosovo 4. Kosovo “Peace Farce” Continues…
Three Serbs Killed Including 4-Year
5. Balkan Adventures Cost U.S. Taxpayers
$21 Billion So Far
Opposition Rally Fizzles as Belgrade Sizzles
BELGRADE, May 27 – As Belgrade streets sizzled in summertime heat, another pro-western opposition rally fizzled this weekend. Only “some 10,000 people showed up today for an anti-government rally, a relatively low turnout reflecting popular disappointment with the leaders of the political opposition here,” even the sympathetic New York Times reporter admitted in today’s report.
And no wonder. The TiM editor has now had a chance to listen to some of the speeches the same opposition leaders gave at the May 15 protest in Belgrade. All of them had only one thing in common - hatred for the Slobodan Milosevic’s regime, fueled in part by funding and political support of the U.S. and NATO leaders who were bombing Serbia a year ago. None of the opposition politicians had anything positive to offer the people as an alternative national program.
Vuk Draskovic, for example, leader of the Serbian Renewal Movement, and a former member of the Milosevic coalition government at the time of NATO’s bombing, sounded the most militant, calling for an uprising against the Belgrade regime. “We all must rebel against the murderers… who are ruling Serbia,” he said. And just in case the crowd didn’t get the significance the first time, Draskovic repeated it a few minutes later. “We must all rebel; we must all rise up against them,” Draskovic added.
The opposition media, such as Belgrade’s Studio B that heralds Draskovic’s party’s positions, broadcast such calls for insurrection. Which is all the Milosevic regime needed as an excuse to shut them down last week. What followed was two days of street rioting, coupled with some incidents of police brutality.
And then it all died down almost as quickly as the tempers flared up. Clearly, the people are fed up with aimless and endless opposition rallies as much they are fed up with the regime. The opposition has expended most of its political capital, having failed to tap into whatever positive energy may have existed last year among the Serbs seeking a change in the country’s leadership.
And now, after the latest regime crackdown, perhaps the most militant among the opposition leaders, the fearless rebel who less than two weeks ago called for an uprising against the regime, yes - the very same Vuk Draskovic - sounded like an entirely different person yesterday. It was a meek and mild lamb, not a ferocious wolf (Vuk means wolf in Serbian), that addressed the opposition crowd on May 27. Draskovic called on his followers to show “non-violent resistance to lawlessness and terror of the government.”
Which is what any sensible and responsible opposition leader would have done in the first place. Only irresponsible vassals of the Serb enemies, such as Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright and others, would have said what Draskovic shouted on May 15 - essentially calling for a start of a civil war in Serbia.
“But Mr. Draskovic, in a wandering speech, seemed unable to articulate a clear strategy to alleviate that paralysis, other than a united push for early democratic elections,” the New York Times reported.
A student resistance movement “Otpor” speaker, named Nemanja Nikolic, from Krusevac, criticized the opposition politicians for disunity and squabbling, Times said. "For seven days, dear leaders," Nikolic railed at the opposition, "you were wasting time on useless meetings." He said “Otpor” had drawn up a plan for hunger strikes, then tried to give it to Mr. Draskovic, who kept his hands to his side. Mr. Djindjic finally took it.
And what did he do with it. Evidently nothing. Djindjic, another pro-western opposition vassal, also pulled in his horns (if he ever had any). But in doing so, he showed the Serbian nation what kind of a leader he would be - one who would lead them from the rear.
Like Draskovic, Djindjic also called on the people of Serbia to “individually defend themselves” from “the lawlessness and the terror of the government.” He then added, “(by all means), do fight with the police if you want to protect your television (stations), and only after that call us (the opposition) to help you.”
Well, with that kind of “help” from such brave leaders, the Serbian people might as well just continue to do what most of them are already doing - minding their own business, leaving the fools to follow the fools in the street riots.
“With declining numbers - a rally in mid-April drew more than 100,000 people, but one on May 15 drew only about 25,000, this rally is likely to be the last of its kind for now,” the Times concluded.
So what’s then the “Plan B” of the Serbian opposition? Begging the Russian government for help. Draskovic said to the media today upon arrival at the Moscow airport that the Serbian opposition group has come to seek Russia’s support for “democratization of Serbia.” The Serb delegation will ask the Russian officials “to exert pressure upon the Yugoslav leaders to cease their policy of terror toward the Serbian opposition.”
But as we’ve already reported on May 25, no one among the senior Russian officials knew anything about the unexpected visit. And no wonder. For, we have since discovered that, what Draskovic and Djindjic had misrepresented to the Serbian public and to the western media as an invitation from the Russian government, was in fact their plea for help with the Russian government to Yabloko, a “liberal” party that is itself struggling to be heard in the “new Russia” under Vladimir Putin, according to our Russian sources.
Nevertheless, Belgrade’s Beta news agency reported yesterday (May 27), that Russia’s foreign minister, Igor Ivanov, would also receive the three Serb opposition leaders (the third being Vojislav Kostunica of the Serbian Democratic Party). And today’s Serb news media reported from Moscow that the opposition threesome, plus the editor-in-chief of the Studio B, Dragan Kojadinovic, were also planning to meet with Dmitri Rogazin, chairman of the Duma’s (Russian parliament) foreign relations committee. All that in addition to their apparent host, of course, Yabloko’s Sergei Ivanyenko.
Stand by and check our Web site for possible updates to this story, after the much-heralded Moscow meetings actually take place on Monday.
MOSCOW, May 29 - If any would-be politicians need a recipe for how to make fools of themselves, he/she should consider what happened today in Moscow with the "Three (Serb opposition) Musketeers" as a case in point. Not only did they come and leave the Russian capital empty-handed, they (and Vuk Draskovic in particular) left with large eggs on their faces. As for the muskets, these "musketeers" evidently never had any to begin with.
As late as 4PM today Moscow time, for example, the hour at which Draskovic had claimed to the media to have had an appointment set up with the Russian foreign minister, Igor Ivanov, this Serbian opposition leader still insisted that the meeting would take place. It didn't, of course. As we reported to you on May 22, no one in the "official" Russia knew anything about it:
What did take place was a meeting between the Three Musketeers and Alexander Avdeev, one of the deputies in the Russian Foreign Ministry, to whom Draskovic complained about the closing down of Studio B and a radio station in Belgrade. Avdeev did agree that these media outlets should be returned to their owners, but beyond that gave the three Serb politicians no additional comfort.
"Russia's main objective now is to completely extricate Yugoslavia from international isolation and ensure territorial integrity and sovereignty of Yugoslavia", Avdeev told them according to our Russian sources.
That, of course, is an objective that should have been lauded by any well-meaning politician who has the best long-term interests of the Serbian nation at heart. Not so in Draskovic's case. After the meeting, Draskovic reportedly railed that, if Moscow "continues to support the Belgrade regime, Russia will lose its influence in the Balkans." Draskovic added that would be "bad for us, and bad for Russia." (see http://www.smi.ru/2000/05/29/959625351.html).
True. This would be VERY bad for "us," if "us" are the Serb pro-western quislings who are only interested in gaining power, rather than offering the nation a chance for a long-term survival, and freedom from the genocidal New World Order shackles that have been gripping Serbia for eight years now (the U.N. sanctions which went into effect on May 28, 1992). But conversely, the above turn of events is great news for the rest of the Serbs.
As for the first part of Draskovic's "sour grapes" comment, that Russia would supposedly "lose its influence in the Balkans," Russia has not had a greater influence in the Balkans since the end of WW II. It's just that this may not be visible to the pro-western quislings in Serbia, nor be to their liking.
The Russian media have reported, for example, that even if Ivanov wanted to meet with the Three Serb Musketeers he couldn't do it because "all Yugoslav affairs today in Russia are being run by the General Staff of the Ministry of Defense, not by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."
Which means that "Draskovic et. al." were barking up the wrong tree even by attempting to see Ivanov, or get support from a newly assertive Russia that is emerging under Vladimir Putin. Had they done some homework about "who's who" in Moscow (even by reading TiM Bulletins, if nothing else), the Three Musketeers might have saved themselves such a high-profile public embarrassment as that they suffered today in Russia. But then, if they had done such homework, they would be working for the Serbian people, not for the western imperialists who were bombing them a year ago, and who are now trying to enslave Serbia through such opposition stooges..
To the TiM editor, the only big surprise about all this was that Vojislav Kostunica, the leader of the Serbian Democratic Party, and until now the only genuinely patriotic major Serb opposition leader, allowed himself to be in the company of the pro-western quislings, such as Draskovic and Djindjic.
When asked by the TiM editor in a meeting last month at his office in Belgrade why he was doing it, Kostunica offered a vague explanation. "Sometimes there comes a time when tactics become more important than the strategy," he replied.
Well then, sometimes there comes a time when such "tactics" can bury a good politician. For, people judge the politicians not just by what they say, but also by the company they keep.
Yugoslavia’s Second Army on Heightened State of Alert
PODGORICA, May 27 - The Second Army of Yugoslavia, which covers the southwestern part of the country, including Montenegro, has been placed on heightened state of alert due to increased foreign terrorist threat, according to a May 27 report by the Podgorica “Vijesti,” a daily newspaper. Citing an order issued by the commanding Gen. Milorad Obradovic, the Vijesti headlined its report, “General Obradovic Orders Arrests of Citizens and Fight Against Separatists.”
Which, as it turns out, is not only a bombastic headline, but also a misleading one. For, after having read Gen. Obradovic’s order in full, nowhere did we see anything that would warrant such a headline. Indeed, Gen. Obradovic did say that military police should be on guard and should arrest deserters or people who agitate desertion within the YU Army troops.
But which normal army commander anywhere in the world would not have done the same thing?
Of more interest to us, however, were the sections of Gen. Obradovic’s order dealing with increased threat of foreign infiltration, particularly from the NATO-occupied Bosnia, and especially “on the territory of Montenegro and Raska” (southwesterern Serbia), which is where the next western-sponsored separatist movement is supposed to take place (see our 1996 TiM Bulletin “The End Game Is Near”).
Here is an excerpt from Gen. Obradovic’s order in our translation from Serbian:
“5. Despite a
heightened state of security along the national borders with Republika
Srpska (Bosnian Serb Republic), there have been incidents of infiltration
of terrorist groups from the territory of Republika Srpska into
Yugoslavia… (you must) take all necessary measures to prevent such
(In addition), you must not allow access to Yugoslavia from Republika Srpska of any aircraft without prior permission (by the Second Army HQ).”
In short, while the Serb quislings, including their media, are creating a diversion by mischaracterizing Gen. Obradovic’s order as an assault on peaceful Serbian citizens, the spooks working for the western three-letter agencies seem to be pouring into Montenegro, setting the stage for the next stage of Serbia’s dismemberment - Montenegro’s secession.
But, of course, that’s not what we will be told. The western leaders and the NWO lapdog media will once again accuse the Yugoslav Army of brutality against the local civilians (as they did in the case of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo). Which will be then used as another pretext for the NATO troops to come to the “rescue” of Montenegro from the “bad Serbs.”
The only trouble with this NWO scenario, however, is that Montenegrins are also Serbs. Wonder how the NWO “lie and deny” news spinners will spin themselves out of this kind of a dichotomy?
They’ll think of something, we can be sure… And since most Westerners hardly know where Montenegro is, whatever they think of will be probably gulped down as gospel truth by the dumbed-down masses.
Except if Russia joins the Yugoslav Army in saying “nyet” to this NATO land grab. In which case even the dumbed-down western masses may quickly sit up and take notice of where Montenegro is, and why is has been foolhardy to listen to CNN’s and other NWO lies.
3. Decani Monastery Land Confiscated by UNMIK
DECANI, May 27 - In several prior TiM articles, we were critical of Bishop Artemije, Fr. Sava Janjic of Decani, and other KFOR/UNMIK Serb collaborators on the territory of Kosovo for cavorting with the enemy while doing no good for the local population. Well, the latest developments at the Decani monastery are the case in point. They show the rewards that appeasers sow - derision and loss of respect from friend and foe alike.
Here’s an English translation by S. Lazovic of a report published by Glas Javnosti in Belgrade on May 27 about the confiscation of church property authorized by UNMIK (the acronym for United Nations civilian administration in Kosovo):
administrator of UN for Decani, Helina Cacarinen, has advised the monks of
the Monastery of Decani that the local administrator of UNMIK for the Pec
district, headed by Alan Leroux (sp?), has decided to forbid the use of
the land which was returned to the Monastery by the Government of the
Republic of Serbia, we have learned from Father Sava Janjic, a monk at the
Monastery of Decani and a member of the Serbian National Council of Kosovo
Namely, on one
parcel of monastery land which was, together with another 805 hectares,
confiscated by the post-World War II Communist government in Decani, in
the mid-1970's a bee-keeping cooperative was established with a modern
plant for the packaging of honey.
As this was the
most fertile parcel of monastery land, the brotherhood of the monastery
determinedly sought to have this parcel returned to it for its use and
this finally occurred in 1997.
However, after the
war in Kosovo and Metohija and the arrival of the UN mission, the local
Albanians, who forcibly expelled all Serbs not only from the Decani
municipality but from the entire Pec district, resolved to take away the
land and take over the cooperative. The brotherhood of the monastery
proposed that the machines and the entire processing plant be given to the
Albanians so that they could transfer it elsewhere, and that the land and
the building remain in the ownership of the monastery.
Albanians rejected this constructive proposal, applying great pressure on
the UN mission to take away the land from the monastery because "it
decision which forbids the use of already sown monastery land, great harm
has been inflicted on the monastery and the brotherhood which is slowly
being forced behind the very walls of this shrine. The Diocese of Raska
and Prizren considers this unjust decision to be a clear sign of the
weakness of the UN mission which is making concessions to the Albanians
who obviously want to ethnically cleanse one of the last remaining oases
in the region of Metohija. The Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian
National Council of Kosmet firmly demand that the UN mission withdraw this
decision and that it does not allow the usurpation of monastery land which
is essential to the survival of this monastic community," emphasizes
TiM Ed.: Well, as a member of the National Council of Kosovo (a decision that we have also criticized) why doesn’t Fr. Sava exercise his “power” and “democratic” rights to overturn this unjust decision? Or better still, how come we’re not hearing him scream bloody murder about this travesty, and demand that UNMIK, KFOR etc. leave Kosovo immediately, as he and Bishop Artemije have often demanded publicly and loudly of the legally elected Serbian government?
Guess we should not hold our breath for that. Not if the two clerics have opted to appease the enemy before, during and after its “ethnic cleansing” of more than 200,000 Serbs from Kosovo, and the murders of more than 1,000 other Serbs.
Meanwhile, the Kosovo “peace farce” continues, as can be seen from the next news report.
Kosovo “Peace Farce” Continues…
KOSOVO, May 27 - Meanwhile, with the arrival of warmer weather, the Kosovo “peace farce” continues under the watchful eyes of KFOR and UNMIK. Here’s a selection of the latest reports by the Serb media from Kosovo:
NOVO BRDO, May
27(Tanjug) - Continuing to burn Serbian houses and other property in Novo
Brdo district, Albanian terrorists burnt down three days the house of
Zivko Jovanovic, radio amateurs from Kosmet (Kosovo and Metohija) areas of
crisis reported today. Ten
days days before that, their targets were four houses of Rade Arsic in the
as radio amateurs report, first robbed all Arsic`s houses, and then burnt
two of them and took tiles and carpentry from the third one. When they
started demolishing the fourth house, KFOR soldiers prevented them from
it, but small number of Serbian population which remained in that village
have no doubts that the same fate is awaiting for that one, too.
OBILIC, May 27
(Tanjug) - Albanian terrorists attacked a Serbian house with bombs this
evening. The report, received through radio amateurs, said that at 9:05
PM, two hand grenades were thrown on the house of Natasa Todorovic, the
first of which exploded by the main entrance, and the other was thrown in
through the window.
The Serbs who
witnessed the terrorist attack, said to the UNMIK police that the
attackers were two Albanians, Gazmed and Kadrija Suleimani, neighbors of
KOSOVO POLJE, May
26th - In the center of the village Bresje near Kosovo Polje, tonight
around 8p.m., near the house of the president of the Serbian National
Assembly for Kosovo Polje, Svetislav Grujic, ethnic Albanian terrorists
threw a grenade at a café bar seriously injuring five Serbs.
(69), Zvonko Grujic (40), Momcilo Lazic (54), Stanoje Milosevic (59) and
Mita Grujic (64), all from Bresje, were injured. According to the doctor
on duty in Kosovo Polje, where the injured were surgically treated with
the assistance of Russian doctors, their lives are not in danger although
they have multiple injuries from bomb fragments.
According to the
words of eyewitnesses, the dark colored VW "Golf" with two
terrorists went and returned two times through Bresje in the direction of
Ugljari. Terrorists threw a grenade on Serbs out of the moving vehicle and
then ran away in the unknown direction.
DOBROTIN, May 27th
- Ethnic Albanians racing in three cars through village Dobrotin ran into
a crowd of Serbs, injuring three who did not manage to get out of the way,
radio amateurs reported today. KFOR troops allowed the speeding cars race
through the village.
gathered in the village of Dobrotin protesting because a gang of ethnic
Albanians had brutally beaten up a villager, Milorad Gudjic (64).
The cars, two
Opels and a Mercedes, driven according to the reports of radio amateurs,
by members of the so-called terrorist KLA from the neighbouring village of
Slovinje, streaked through the village and out again, unchecked by Finnish
(35), who was displaced from Slovinje, broke legs, Jorda Curcic (65), from
Dobrotin, broke both arms and Vladica Trajkovic (20) injured his legs.
This act and
behavior of Finnish troops who refused to allow the injured Serbs to be
taken to the Russian KFOR field hospital, just increased tension among the
Serbs, giving rise to an altercation and then to blows between the unarmed
Serbs and the heavily armed Finnish KFOR troops.
The KFOR troops
used batons and baseball bats against the assembled Serbs, severely
beating them up and then arresting one, Zivorad Curcic (40), whom they
released only on the locals' insistence and after their threats they would
no longer consider KFOR a peace force.
This was the ninth
attack and conflict provoked by ethnic Albanians in Dobrotin, and KFOR
troops have not yet found a single perpetrator. Last night, KFOR cut the
bell rope in the belfry of the local Serbian church, probably fearing the
Serbs might ring it to summon compatriots from adjacent villages, amateur
radio operators said.
BELGRADE, May 26th
- Ethnic Albanian extremists attacked and beat up a shepherd Milorad
Gudjic (64) while he was watching over his cattle in a place called
Zavrcence at the outskirts of Dobrotin, radio amateurs from Kosmet report
A group of
Albanians, who were returning from their field on a tractor, saw Gudjic
watching over his cattle alone, jumped from the tractor and caused severe
injuries of his head and body beating him up with long sticks. Gudjic was
transferred to health center, where he received first aid and he will
probably have to be transferred to Russian field hospital because his
injuries are severe.
extremists fled towards the neighboring village Slovinje, and KFOR troops
blocked the road through Dobrotin because of the possible escalation of
the Serb - Albanian conflict, radio amateurs report.
TiM Ed.: And so on, and so forth… And not a word about any of that in the western media, especially the likes of the New York Times, whose front page motto is “all the news that’s fit to print.” Make that, “all the news that fits our opinions,” as we’ve said many times before.
Three Serbs Killed, Including 4-Year Old Child May 29, 2000
killed three Serbs, including a four-year-old child, and seriously wounded two others in an ethnically mixed village in Kosovo, an officer of the NATO-led peacekeeping force said Monday, according to a May 29 Agence France Presse (AFP) report.
The gunman opened fire late Sunday on a group of Serbs standing outside ashop in the village of Cernica, a village in the southeast of the province, said Captain Russell Berg. It was the deadliest in a series of recent attacks on Serbs in Kosovo. Berg said the gunman, believed to be a local ethnic Albanian, fled in a car after the attack, possibly with other persons, and was being hunted by peacekeeping troops.
Dead were a four-year-old boy, his uncle and a 60-year-old man, he said.Two men aged between 25 and 35 were seriously wounded and underwent surgery overnight at Camp Bondsteel, the main US military base in Kosovo, he said. They were expected to survive, he said.
Balkan Adventures Cost U.S. Taxpayers $21 Billion So Far
WASHINGTON, May 19
- American military endeavors in the Balkans cost the U.S. taxpayers more
than $21 billion in the 1990s, the General Accounting Office said on May
18. Spending for maintaining
the U.S. forces - currently numbering 12,400 in Bosnia and Kosovo, has
totaled $21.176 billion, with $10 billion spent in the past two years,
according to a Gannett News report, carried by the Seattle
The GAO report concludes that
the forces on station in five Balkan states or provinces - Croatia,
Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania - are ensuring "the absence of
war" but not much else. "The
vast majority of local political leaders and people of their respective
ethnic groups have failed to embrace the political and social
reconciliation considered necessary to build multiethnic, democratic
societies, and institutions," the report says.
TiM Ed.: That was never the
point of these neo-colonial invasions by the New World Order anyway.
Except for the naïve. The
point was “perpetual commerce through perpetual war.”
Which means that while the $21 billion may be upsetting the U.S.
taxpayers, its music to the ears of America’s “death merchants” and
their partners in crimes against humanity committed in the Balkans.
Also, check out... Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"