FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKANS AFFAIRS
1. Toward Another “Red
2. NATO Preparing for New Military Strike
Serbia (by Gregory Elich)
3. Kostunica: Naïve or Stupid or Just
Acting? (by Mladen Vranjican)
Location of Milosevic’s Secret “Bunker Bolthole” Disclosed
Petlovo Bojiste 5.
Yugoslav Army Stages War Games Near Kosovo
Yugoslav Military Seized U.S. Ship in the Adriatic,
Released It Upon Payment of Fine
Belgrade 7. A TiM Reader from Serbia: “Unfortunately, You Are Right
About Kostunica”September 17, 2000
California 8. A TiM Reader from California: More Reasons Why
Kostunica Should Not Be SupportedSeptember 17, 2000
Toward Another “Red
Gearing Up for New Military Strike against Serbia? Or Just Saber-Rattling to Rattle Milosevic?
PHOENIX, Sep. 8 - Serbia may be facing another “Red October” (i.e., war) regardless of who wins the Sept. 24 presidential elections, some experts predict (see Items 2 and 3 of this TiM Bulletin). And good prospects for a total NATO occupation of the country, either by force, or through acquiescence of some Serb quisling.
There are indications that Bill Clinton wants his pound of Serb leaders’ flesh before he leaves office. Not only Radovan Karadzic’s, whose capture the U.S. president has just reordered (see “Clinton tells his generals: Get Karadzic”, the London Times, Sep. 2); but also Slobodan Milosevic’s. And what better time to try to get it than in the last month of the U.S. presidential campaign, when that can help both Al Gore’s and CNN’s ratings.
Serbia accused the
United States last Saturday of setting up intelligence centers in
countries surrounding the country to subvert Serbia's authority through
its non-governmental organizations, according to a Sept. 2 UPI newswire
In the first days
of September, special offices of the U.S. government in American embassies
in four neighboring countries will begin thoroughly planned and
synchronized activity of "tightening an intelligence and propaganda
ring around Serbia," with the aim of "undermining the legally
elected government in Yugoslavia," the UPI said, quoting the
state-owned Tanjug news agency.
Special offices were opened in rapid succession in Budapest, Sofia, Bucharest and Tirana by a mid-August order of the secretary of state, Madeleine Albright. They have so far engaged the services of nearly 120 experienced experts in espionage and psychological propaganda warfare, according to Tanjug.
Okay, so let’s assume the latest Clinton-Albright moves in the Balkans to run a ring around Serbia may be just a bunch of Milosevic government propaganda. But we have also received report from the “Monitor,” an independent Bulgarian paper, translated by Blagovesta Doncheva on Sept. 2, which not only seems to corroborate Tanjug, but provides additional details.
Such as that the American ambassador and some CIA people
met last year at the “Sheraton Hotel” in Sofia with some Serb
“Otpor” (“Resistance”) leaders.
And that, starting with Aug. 28, the CIA has been running a
special 10-day course in Sofia for them. “In that course, the USA spies
will lecture to Serb activists from "Otpor",” the
“Monitor” said in its Aug. 28 edition, citing BBC as source.
So much for “Otpor” being a spontaneous grassroots Serb movement!
Two weeks earlier, the CIA chief, George Tenet, paid a personal visit to Bulgaria (Aug. 13-15), as you can see in Item 2 of this TiM Bulletin. Tenet reportedly met with the Bulgarian president, Petur Stoyanov and with his prime minister, interior and defense ministers, among others. The upshot of the visit is that some NATO troops will start operating out of Bulgaria in early October. The U.S. military is also planning to lease the Shabla base in northeastern Bulgaria for “training exercises.”
Amid all this saber-rattling, there are some indications that the leading Serb not-so-united-opposition candidate, Vojislav Kostunica, is starting to suffer from the same “Trojan Horse” syndrome that had toppled the well-meaning, but gullible Bosnian Serb politicians (see "Jimmy Carter Is a Trojan Horse" (TiM Dec/94+The News, 1/05/95). Which should worry open-minded Serbs a lot more than what Tanjug says.
The Bosnian Serb leaders’ STRATEGIC mistakes (despite having received REPEATED advice to the contrary!) ultimate cost them their country and personal freedom. They eventually led to a total occupation of the Bosnian Serb Republic’s by NATO. Kostunica is now treading in their footsteps and repeating their errors of judgment. Such as his newfound collaboration with Washington’s European Union “Trojan Horses,” or Albright’s sheep in wolf’s clothing, if you prefer.
At a Friday (Sep. 1) rally in Serbia, Kostunica vowed to “defend Yugoslavia and bring it back into Europe,” according to a New York Times, Sep. 4 report.
What he didn’t say is on what terms?
But we can. The only
way Kostunica can “bring Serbia into Europe”
is with a vassal’s chain around her neck.
And it won’t be “back,” either.
Serbia has never been a part of Western Europe, except when
occupied by force, such as during WW I and WW II.
The European Union’s
actions in the last decade have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that
the EU is nothing but a stooge of the State Department (see Toward
a Globalist European Empire; Other Kosovo Stories, June 3, 2000) and
Bear in Sheep's Clothing, a Chronicles Dec. 1998 column).
If in doubt, Kostunica
should check with Joschka Fischer, Germany’s foreign minister.
Or read our report about it (see “The
Washington Big Brother”, S99-151,
KFOR "Peacefarce" 45 - Special TiM GW Bulletins, Oct. 14, 1999).
If even Europe’s most powerful country is nothing but an obedient vassal of the Washington Big Brother, what makes Kostunica think that he can be anything but? Or that he has not already become one, despite his self-delusions and rhetoric to the contrary?
Kostunica: Naïve or Stupid or Just
Is he naïve, stupid or just acting? - one TiM reader of Serbian descent from Florida recently asked us in reference to Kostunica (his letter is published as Item 3 below).
Stupid - no; naïve - definitely. As were the Bosnian Serb leaders. Which is why Kostunica has no excuse for his gullibility. All he needs to do is look at what happened to Biljana Plavsic, for example, the former Bosnian Serb president, to see what’s in store for him and Serbia.
If he is lucky that is. At least, Plavsic is still alive and not in prison - real or virtual, as are her compatriots and former bosses - Dr. Radovan Karadzic, Momcilo Krajisnik or the late Prof. Nikola Koljevic (see Krajisnik Abducted; Fr. Sava Jeered in Britain, Apr 5, 2000), An Exclusive Special: Krajisnik, Karadzic Wartime Stories, Apr 6, 2000 and TiM Editor's Bosnia Wartime Diaries (the latter are password-protected for qualified TiM subscribers only).
With friends like Washington’s EU whores, Kostunica and Serbia need no other enemies.
Which is why Kostunica’s endorsement of “Europe,” that happily participated in the 1999 bombing of Christian Serbia in 1999, in which more than 2,000 Serbs were killed, is an indication of both his naiveté and gullibility. Here is what he said, for example, at a Sept. 4 Belgrade press conference:
can neither do without Europe nor continue living under the sanctions. It
is important for Europe to realize that it cannot do without Serbia and
Yugoslavia either, that it is far from normal or natural.”
TiM Ed.: Really?
That “Europe” did quite nicely without Serbia and Yugoslavia
during the last eight years of the genocidal UN sanctions which that
“Europe” willingly enforced.
like it is not normal to imprison an entire people because of one single
man. Politics cannot be personalized in that manner, at least (not) in the
TiM Ed.: Pardon
me? It is “not normal?”
Where has Kostunica been in the last 10 years of the New World Order?
Not only it is “normal,” it is the norm for the genocidal NWO
that has ostracized and decimated entire nations using “one single
man” as pretext (Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Libya, Serbia, Cuba…).
in history has a personality cult been built but from within. Iraq and
Yugoslavia, that is Serbia, and Cuba to a degree, are the only examples
that it could have been built from the outside. And this is America's huge
mistake. Such a thing is not only unjust but extremely irrational as well.
Moreover, it is also a permanent source of regional instability.
I have to repeat that this hint of a change in Europe's attitude is very
important and may instill some hope in all of us. We can only hope that
Washington will see it too. I am certain that European capitals that
faithfully follow America's every move would accept the new attitude as
In short, Kostunica’s plan of “bringing Serbia back to Europe” seems based on his hope that the EU whores would turn on their pimp, and convince the Big Brother that from now on, he really ought to be a nice guy and behave like a Big Patsy!
Frankly, we’re not sure that this would pass even for a Hollywood fairy tale scenario, let alone be a platform for Serbia’s “national salvation,” or “rejuvenation” (“preporod” in Serbian). What we do know, however, is that many EU diplomats have been whispering in Kostunica’s ears lately, after which he changed his tune about Madam Halfbright’s Budapest move (see “Washington’s Move - “a Kiss of Death” to Democracy in Serbia, Says Serb Opposition Leader, Aug. 16).
Backpedaling on Criticism of Madam
Having at first (appropriately) condemned Washington’s
meddling in Serbia’s internal affairs when the State Dept. announced it
was setting up a special office in Budapest,
Kostunica proceeded to schmooze with various western envoys.
Five days later
(Aug. 21), Kostunica "had talks at the residence of Japanese
Ambassador Nariaki Owada with diplomatic representatives of the G8 and EU
countries. The lengthy and meaningful talks extensively focused on the
upcoming elections..." (an excerpt from his release).
the way, INCLUDES the U.S. and Britain, the two countries that Kostunica
claims to have been distancing himself from - for “tactical” reasons,
as the New York Times Sep. 4 article explains (i.e., not to be perceived
too soon for being a stooge of the sworn Serb enemies).
Two days later (Aug. 23),
Kostunica also met with ambassadors and charges de affairs of France,
Holland, Spain and Austria.
Now, what do you
suppose these all these G8 and EU NATO countries' diplomats were telling
Kostunica about his earlier tough, "kiss of death" comment re.
Albright/State Dept.? "Attaboy?"
Or "you'd better change your tone if you want our
erstwhile decent and honest Serb politician obediently did.
He changed his tune.
The following day (Aug. 24), Kostunica reversed himself from the previous “kiss of death” comment about the Washington’s supposed support for the Serb democratic parties. He said in a release that, “a recent statement by U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was important insomuch as it revealed a positive change in the U.S. attitude towards the developments in Yugoslavia, and should be termed as a good sign in that context.”
“All That’s Rotten in the West Is
Since his Aug. 24 reversal, Kostunica has also received several other “kiss of death” endorsements.
The first came
from Zoran Djindjic, a
proven Serb vassal (see Cavorting
with the Enemy (Albright) - Dec. 29, 1999), who said in an Aug. 26 article published by Belgrade’s “Danas”
daily that, “all that’s influential in the West is today behind
In other words, all that’s rotten in the West is behind Kostunica!
Second, came in the form of a flattering front page article on Sept. 4 in the most Serbophobic, leftist-liberal, rabidly anti-Orthodox Christian daily in America - the New York Times. The story was datelined on Sept. 2, but the editors saved it for maximum exposure for Labor Day, a signal that they are now also behind Kostunica.
Another hint of
who is really behind Kostunica was the State Department’s silence about
him. Notice the unusual
absence in the Times piece of any public comments by any State Dept.
spokesmen? If this were meant
to be an objective or a critical piece, rather than a piece of PR fluff
that it was, any self-respecting foreign correspondent would have run some
State Dept. comments. They
certainly always do when they need a negative quote about Serbia.
Yet the Times didn’t, even though the paper has a deep and well
used pipeline into the Foggy Bottom.
Back to “all
that’s rotten in the West is behind Kostunica”…
Finally, no Serbian nationalist, not even a "moderate nationalist," as the Times now depicts Kostunica (just as it described Biljana Plavsic three years ago, when she turned on Karadzic), would have EVER given an EXCLUSIVE interview to the enemy press. Unless he is either naïve or carefully stage-managed by Serb enemies “who are leading him thirsty over water” (a literal translation of a Serb proverb). Already! Before he has even touched the reigns of power.
Amusingly, Kostunica gave an approving crowd at a rally in Serbia last Friday (Sep. 1) his "word of honor" to "try to change this state of ours for the better in accordance with God's and human laws, and to never let power change me," according to the New York Times Sept. 4 story.
Yet it already has changed him, as you saw from the above
“kiss of death” examples. No
surprise there. As
Lord Acton noted more than 140 years ago, “power corrupts; and absolute
power corrupts absolutely.”
Once upon a time
(when this writer first met the Serb president in January 1990), Milosevic
like Kostunica, also lived in a modest apartment.
His approval rating among the Serbs was more than double that of
Kostunica’s and other opposition candidates today - combined.
Milosevic did not profess to be seeking any grandeur, either.
It found him anyway.
So, just look at Milosevic now… After 11 years of self-enrichment and state-sponsored corruption, Milosevic’s has become a scaled-down version of Tito’s self-aggrandizement (Yugoslavia’s communist dictator 1945-1980, who reportedly had over 30 residences scattered all over the country. Also check out Item 4 of this Bulletins about his secret hide-away near Pozarevac).
By the way,
Kostunica is someone this writer knows personally very well.
He is indeed a modest man. Up
until the time that he started to mingle with the likes of Draskovic and
Djindjic western quislings, Kostunica had been one of the few decent and
honest politicians in Serbia. He
split up with Djindjic in 1991 to form his own Democratic Party of Serbia
because of his old, and now ironically new, partner’s alleged corrupt
But everyone has
his price. We don't know what
Kostunica’s was. Maybe he
is not even be aware that he is being used by the Serb enemies.
Or that he has already changed.
Perhaps he is suffering from a massive attack of self-delusion
under the spell of Washington’s EU servants?
Whatever the case,
you know what they say - you judge a man by the company he keeps, not just
by the words he speaks. In
that respect, Kostunica has shown poor judgment.
And not only because of his frequent mid-summertime tête-à-têtes
with the EU diplomats.
Tactics over Strategy
When this writer
last met with Kostunica in Belgrade in late April, we asked him why he was
now cavorting with proven Serb quislings, such as Djindjic or Vuk
Draskovic, among others
with the Enemy (Albright) - Dec. 29, 1999). Kostunica
admitted to having to answer similar questions asked by many of his friends and
constituents in Dorcol, an old downtown Belgrade neighborhood where he
“And what do you
say to them?” we inquired.
there comes a time when tactics become more important than the
strategy,” Kostunica replied.
Pardon me? That’s like saying HOW you get there is more important than
WHERE you’re going.
But that’s been
exactly the path on which Kostunica has been traveling lately. Including
the embarrassing trek to Moscow he made in late May in the company of
Djindjic and Draskovic - to beg some low-level Russian officials for
support of the Serb opposition parties in their struggle with Milosevic
Rally Fizzles, as Belgrade Sizzles: "Three (Serb Opposition)
Musketeers" Snubbed in Moscow, May 28, 2000 ).
NATO’s and Serbia’s Strategic
Despite all this circumstantial evidence that Kostunica has now tied his navel to the folks who had bombed Serbia for 79 days last year (his rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding), the pollsters in Serbia say that he has a comfortable lead over Milosevic - about 35% to 23% at the present time.
So what’s going on? Are the pollsters lying? Or are the Serb voters perhaps “naïve or stupid,” to quote our befuddled Florida TiM reader?
Maybe they are. But mostly, they are desperate to get rid of Milosevic, the devil they do know. And “desperate people do desperate things,” as Shakespeare said. Such as bringing to power a devil the Serbs don’t know (NATO) sneaking behind a sheep in wolves clothing - Kostunica.
Are we suggesting that if Kostunica is elected president, the NATO troops will eventually enter Serbia? And that Montenegro will be allowed to secede from Yugoslavia?
Absolutely. Despite Kostunica’s current bout of self-delusion, which he has successfully shared with a large part of the Serb electorate. This will happen with or without him as the head of state. Whether Kostunica wins or loses is irrelevant (again, see Item 2 below, particularly the Holbrooke and Robertson’s comments about Montenegro being “a NATO’s vital interest”).
And what are these NATO “vital interests?”
There is actually a myriad of them (for details, see Blood for Oil, Drugs for Arms (Apr. 10, 2000), and , among many other TiM articles on that topic). From a geopolitical standpoint, the most important one is to deny Russia its presence and projection of power in the Balkans.
Which brings us to the key and the only STRATEGIC alternative the Serbian nation has if it is to survive in the long run under an unrelenting onslaught of the anti-Christian forces of the New World Order. It is to align itself STRATEGICALLY and PERMANENTLY with Russia and Belarus. Period! All else is delusion and postponement of the inevitable enslavement of Serbia by the West.
Whereupon Serbia can sheepishly succumb to the folks who
bombed her last year, and become another materialistic, brainless,
gutless, soulless - but immensely happy society, according to the CNN -
that loves and gulps all the junk food and culture that the New World
Order can dish out (see Djurdjevic's
speeches - English - Australia, Oct/99).
What’s to Be Done?
So what’s to be done?
First things first… Milosevic has got to go. Not because Clinton and Albright say so. Because the Serb leader has done as much harm to the national interests as did the country’s foreign enemies. He has betrayed the Serbs in the Krajina, Bosnia and Kosovo; is responsible for losses of those ancient Serbian lands; deaths of thousands; and displacements of hundreds of thousands of Serb civilians. Back home, has allowed a build-up of an oligarchy around him that’s been plundering the nation during its greatest (foreign imposed) ordeals.
Removing Milosevic, preferably by ballot, may turn out to be the easy part, judging by the current polls. The hard part is figuring out who should succeed him, and where the new leader should take the nation.
We’re not familiar with detailed platforms of the Serbian election campaign, but if any of other presidential candidate (besides Milosevic) is advocating that Serbia must ALIGN HERSELF STRATEGICALLY WITH RUSSIA, and deal with “Europe” only using Russia as a lever - that’s Serbia’s man! At least from a geopolitical standpoint.
Serbs with leadership qualities could also do a few other things. Such as quit whining or waiting for some Messiah to arrive and save the country, and run for president on such a “panslavic ticket.”
But if Kostunica is not the man because of his newly-minted ties to Washington's EU and the Serb quislings; and if Milosevic is not the man, because of his past transgressions; and if there is no other candidate in sight who sees the geopolitical necessity for Serbia to align herself with Russia - what then?
Well, the Serb voters who are in such a quandary should consider doing what 62% of the American electorate did in the last (November 1998) congressional elections - ABSTAIN! Refuse to participate in another “demo farce” which would legitimize either a despot or a western stooge (see “American vs. Serbian Demo Farce”). At least the Serbs who do that will be able to look themselves in the mirror and tell their children one day, “I did not help bring into power another despot or another quisling.”
Oh, but wouldn’t abstaining would only help Milosevic?
Says who? One of the western stooges, like Zoran Djindjic, who claims the higher the turnout, the better the chances of defeating Milosevic?
Why would a low turnout help Milosevic? We’ve challenged several intelligent and well informed Serbs to back up this theory with good arguments, and none have succeeded so far in convincing us that it holds water.
To be sure, there
are hardcore Milosevic supporters who will vote no matter what. But there are also hardcore Milosevic opponents who will vote
no matter what. We've never
seen a statistical survey proof that:
The former is a bigger number than the latter (in fact, common sense and
recent polls suggest otherwise - Kostunica is leading BECAUSE there is a
greater number of hardcore Milosevic OPPONENTS; which suggests that low
turnout would help Kostunica, not Milosevic);
(b) If the rest of the undecided electorate come out and vote in big numbers, that they will necessarily be anti-Milosevic; nor that even those who now say they would vote X, may end up changing their minds n-times between now and Sept. 24 and vote Y in the end anyway.
In short, suggesting that a NO VOTE would help Milosevic is an unproven theory about which we remain skeptical. The fact that the State Dept. and the EU are also backing it, should make every Serb doubly cautious.
What if this were a part of the continued western perfidy? Another “kiss of death?” What if they (the NWO Serb enemies) really do want Milosevic to win, and the naïve or corrupt Serb politicians are just parroting the Serb nemesis’ lines?
After all, as we’ve said many times before (see "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery'..." - TiM GW Bulletin 98/6-6, 6/22/98), for example, or "Kosovo: Why are we involved?" Washington Times column, 7/05/98), the genocidal NWO needs the bogeys like Milosevic or Saddam Hussein so as to be able to justify its demonization of the Serb or Iraqi PEOPLE.
Milosevic’s Unconstitutional Election
Supported by “Democrats,” the West
Just as important to us is the reason the Serb “opposition” candidates do not seem to be raising that that Milosevic imperiously changed the country’s constitution to give himself two more shots at the presidency. Which makes the Sept. 24 elections at the outset - legally flawed.
Equally perplexing to us is why Kostunica, and the EU and the State Dept. behind him, are urging the Serbs to come out and vote in big numbers despite such a clearly ILLEGAL election? Could it be that Kostunica’s comment about “tactics over strategy” really meant that gaining power by any means was more important than either legality or real democracy?
If so, it is a sad day when a constitutional lawyer agrees to participate in a “demo farce.” And an even sadder one when the self-proclaimed champions of democracy in the world are cheering him on. Or are they really the “pimps of democracy?”
Which is why this writer wrote in a recent piece (see "No Vote Is Better Than Fraud Vote"):
will pray to God that the nation from which I and my family have
descended, is wise enough to choose its future course wisely. And that
such a future is one of the God-fearing Orthodox Christian salvation,
rather than that of a materialistic New World Order pursuit of
"Earthly Kingdom" rewards of the CNN-Coca-Cola-McDonald's world.
24, 2000, I will pray for Serbia on that day. Prophetically, it is the
18-month anniversary of the start of NATO's bombing, the New Day of Infamy
(March 24, 1999). Which
happens to be Kostunica’s birthday, too.
Serbia need any greater omens from God?”
So each Serb voter should act according to his/her conscience on Sept. 24. No vote is better than fraud vote.
Kostunica: A Don Quixote in Bed with
Which is why it is amazing to us that the Serb “opposition leaders,” not to mention other intellectuals with above average intelligence, are allowing themselves to be manipulated by the West like a bunch of dumb puppets. Or are some Serb “opposition leaders” paid to “feel no pain” and “see no evil” in what they are doing?
A Jewish-American, who has proven himself to be a great friend of the Serbs throughout the 79 days of the NATO bombing, and during the subsequent Kosovo “peace farce” (he runs the www.emperors-clothes.com web site), wrote to us in response to our commentary about the violent takeover of the Kosovo Serb Trepca mine in early August (see British-led NATO Troops Seize Serb Mine in Kosovo, etc., Aug 15, 2000).
Here’s what Jared Israel said, in part, in his Aug. 17 comment:
(Kostunica’s) “demagogic denunciation of the US thing in Hungary; demagogic because what has he said about the $100 million given his allies (by the West)? Allies is too weak a word. For without them, he is Don Quixote - and they will control him, through parliamentary strength, if he does get elected. All this says he is now in bed with the scorpion.” (also see http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/kostunic.htm).
In other words, Serbia may be becoming another land where a common sense Spanish peasant, Sancho Panza, Don Quixote’s loyal servant, would feel right at home. This writer has a feeling that Sancho wouldn’t bother to vote, either. But his stupid boss would. And with gusto, just as when he charged the windmills four centuries ago.
All that’s missing in Serbia are the windmills and Lady Dulchinea, Don Quixote’s sweetheart. Sorry, Mira Markovic won’t do in that role despite the red rose in her hair. Not enough class. And also too much - in the ideological sense. J
But wait… The windmills may be also here, only in disguise. Haven’t Milosevic, Karadzic, Krajisnik, Plavsic… et. al. been swinging at the windmills created by the New World Order “Wag the Dog”-type virtual world productions for most of the last decade? And missing. Just as the latest Serb opposition “Don Quixotes” may be doing now?
Wish Miguel de Cervantes could be with us again to write a Serbian sequel to his marvelous Spanish novel. In which Sancho would tell us which end is really up in the world. As he had tried to point out repeatedly, though in vain, to his foolish master.
What Happens Next…
Okay. So now Sunday, Sept. 24 has come and gone. Let’s say Kostunica outpolls Milosevic in the first round, but ends up with less than 50% of the vote (meaning a second round is needed on Oct. 8 in which only Kostunica and Milosevic would be facing off). What happens next?
In two words, a “Red October.” But first, a historical perspective on the “Red Octobers” past - to help put this term in proper context…
The first “Red October” occurred actually on November 7, 1917, by the western calendar, in St. Petersburg, Russia. What followed was the so-called “Russian Revolution,” actually a western Bolshevik-Marxist import in which tens of millions of Russians ended up as victims.
The second “Red October” took place some 76 years later. It was "Yeltsin's 'Red October II'" (TiM GW Bulletin 98/3-10), staged live on CNN on October 3, 1993, though actually on September 20 by the Orthodox Christian calendar. Once again, thousands of Russians perished in yet another betrayal of their nation by a western quisling.
The third “Red October” also took place in November - by the western calendar. It was in October 1996, by the Orthodox Christian calendar, that Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic government refused to yield power after losing a number of local election races in Serbia, including in the capital Belgrade, Nis and Kragujevac - the third and fourth largest cities.
What followed was three months of, at times, bloody protests against the Milosevic regime, in which scores of pro-democracy Serbs were either killed or bludgeoned by the Milosevic’s police (see TiM’s “Supporting Serbia's Pro-Democracy Demonstrations”).
In the end, Milosevic yielded and the opposition took power in municipalities it had won in early 1997. Kostunica was himself AWOL from the streets and spoke out AGAINST the 1996-1997 pro-democracy protests.
Yet, the supposedly “pro-democracy” West, including Western Europe, watched the carnage in Belgrade streets without lifting a finger to help the demonstrators. No NATO bombers or tanks rushed to support the Serbian pro-democracy freedom fighters. Anymore than they did at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing seven years earlier (1989).
But two years later, NATO did just that - by bombing the very people who had bravely stood up to the Serb despot, marching for their democratic rights in the dead of winter for over 100 days in the Belgrade streets. And NATO did it in support of the Kosovo Albanian drug-pushing terrorists, the western-funded and created Kosovo Liberation Army.
The War Scenario
Back to the October 2000 reality… Is NATO about to do it again, as some pundits suggest? It might. But all this war talk could also be just Washington’s saber-rattling, a part of psychological warfare, designed to rattle the nerves of the Serb president. If the “Red October” does happen, however, the war scenario could be as follows…
Kostunica wins the first round. Milosevic refuses to yield power. Montenegro secedes from Yugoslavia in protest. (The Milo Djukanovic government is boycotting the elections anyway). The Yugoslav Army tries to take over the Montenegrin government functions by force. Clashes between Djukanovic’s 15,000-strong British SAS-trained special police and the Yugoslav Army troops ensue (see Big Brother Resurfaces in Britain Again, Aug 1, 2000). Scores of people die, as Serbs kill Serbs for the benefit of the New World Order.
Djukanovic sends a pre-arranged “SOS” message to his pal Albright (with whom he has again just conferred - Sep. 7), asking for NATO help. Milosevic is given an ultimatum by Washington: Get out of Montenegro or face total war again.
Milosevic doesn’t flinch. Fighting continues in Montenegro. Support for Djukanovic arrives - in the form of U.S. Marines landing in Montenegro, from the British aircraft carrier “Invincible” (which is already in the Adriatic), and from the sky, with NATO resuming the bombing of all of Serbia where it left off on June 10, 1999. Except for Kosovo and Montenegro, of course.
Al Gore’s and CNN’s ratings surge. Russia protests, but can do little to help Serbia without any troops on the ground. Meanwhile, a part of the Russian Northern Fleet sails into the Mediterranean, as previously scheduled but mostly to monitor the situation, just as it did during the 1999 bombing, when the ill-fated “Kursk,” among other Russian vessels, hovered around the Adriatic.
Ultimately, Milosevic is either killed, captured, surrenders or commits suicide. 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. 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.
Could this scenario really happen? It could. But there is also a chance that Milosevic might let go of the reigns if Kostunica grants him immunity from prosecution by, and extradition to, the UN kangaroo court in the Hague. Which Kostunica has already said he would do.
Regardless of HOW it happens, three things seem certain:
1. Montenegro’s secession
2. NATO moving into Montenegro
3. NATO eventually taking over Serbia, too
Unless Serbia enters into a strategic alliance with Russia and Belarus.
So there you have it. A complex puzzle reduced to a few simple choices. Hopefully now you can see what the Sept. 24 election in Serbia is about, at least from a geopolitical standpoint. The Serb voters among the TiM readers can now decide whether to vote with their feet or hands. At least their eyes and minds should now be wide open.
For those whose are not, well, as they say, “minds are like parachutes; they only function when they are open.” Guess such voters will have to do what a large part of the electorate also does in western “demo farces” - run to the polling station with their heads planted firmly in the sand. Just like that ostrich you saw earlier.
NATO Preparing for New Military Strike against Serbia (by Gregory Elich)
OHIO, Sep. 4 - We’ve received a lengthy essay on
the dim prospects for a lasting peace in the Balkans from Gregory Elich,
an Ohio-based anti-war activist and commentator. Mr.
Elich says that his anti-war work
reaches back to the Vietnam war. Since
then, he has been involved in working on Central American issues,
opposing the bombing of Iraq, the embargo against Cuba, and Clinton's
threats against North Korea in 1994.
however, Mr. Elich has been most heavily involved in publicizing the truth
about the western neo-colonial interventions in the Balkans.
In August 1999, for example, he was a member of a delegation which
traveled throughout Yugoslavia, documenting NATO war crimes.
Mr. Elich has had over 40 of his articles published, primarily on the Balkans and East Asia issues. His most recently published article in the United States was "Bringing Democracy to Bosnia-Herzegovina," Covert Action Quarterly, Spring-Summer 2000 (www.covertaction.org).
And now, with this brief introduction, here are excerpts from Mr. Elich’s latest essay about the possible future NATO actions in the Balkans:
NATO is laying plans for a new military strike against Yugoslavia. On August 13 through 15, CIA Director George Tenet visited
Bulgaria. In a series of
extraordinary meetings, Tenet met with Bulgarian President Petur Stoyanov,
as well as the Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Defense Minister.
Officially, the purpose of Tenet's visit was to discuss the problem
of organized crime and narcotics. However,
Tenet spent a combined total of only 20 minutes at the headquarters of the
National Security Service and the National Service for Combating Organized
Crime. Unnamed diplomatic sources revealed that the proposed oil transit
pipeline from the Caspian Sea was also topic of discussion.
motivation for Tenet's visit, though, was to discuss Yugoslavia. According to an unnamed diplomatic source, Montenegrin
secession from Yugoslavia topped the agenda.
Following the meeting between Tenet and Major General Dimo Gyaurov,
Director of the National Intelligence Service, a public statement was
issued which stressed their "commonality of interests."
Reports in the Bulgarian press revealed that various options were
discussed with Bulgaria's president and prime minister.
information from the meetings indicated that Tenet's preferred option is
the removal of the Yugoslav government, either as a result of that
country's election on September 24, or by a NATO military assault that
would install a puppet government. Another
scenario Tenet discussed was associated Montenegro's secession from
Yugoslavia. If open warfare breaks out over Montenegro's secession, then
the United States plans to wage a full-scale war against Yugoslavia, as it
did in spring 1999.
Monitor reported that the "CIA coup machine" is forming. "A strike against Belgrade is imminent," it adds,
and "Bulgaria will serve as a base."
Italian army recently signed a lease contract to conduct training
exercises beginning in October at the Koren training ground, near Kaskovo
in southeast Bulgaria. The
French army signed a similar agreement, in which French soldiers and tanks
will train at the Novo Selo grounds in central Bulgaria from October 11 to
are also underway for the U.S. military to lease the Shabla training
grounds in northeastern Bulgaria. Scheduled to take place following the
election in Yugoslavia, the training exercises could serve as a launching
pad for NATO's planned military strike. It was recently announced that the
British aircraft carrier HMS Invincible is to be redeployed to the
Adriatic over the next few months in support of a potential conflict over
force is only one component of the West's destabilization campaign against
Yugoslavia. NATO's plan for
military intervention emanates from a history of persistent Western
meddling. In November 1998,
President Clinton launched a plan for the overthrow of the government of
Yugoslavia. The initial emphasis of the plan centered on supporting
secessionist forces in Montenegro and the right-wing opposition in Serbia.
months later, during the bombing of Yugoslavia, Clinton signed a secret
paper instructing the CIA to topple the Yugoslav government.
The plan called for the CIA to secretly fund opposition groups and
the recruitment of moles in the Yugoslav government and military.
8, 1999, U.S. and British officials revealed that commando teams were
training snatch operations to seize alleged war criminals and Yugoslav
President Slobodan Milosevic. As
an encouragement to mercenaries, the U.S. State Department also announced
a $5 million bounty for President Milosevic.
Yugoslav government officials and prominent individuals, including Defense
Minister Pavle Bulatovic, have been gunned down.
Most of these crimes remain unsolved, as the assassins managed to
apprehended one assassin, Milivoje Gutovic, after he shot Vojvodina
Executive Council President Bosko Perosevic at an agricultural fair in
Novi Sad. During interrogations, Gutovic admitted to police that he
worked for the right-wing Serbian Renewal Movement.
TiM Ed.: The TiM editor has pointed out to Mr. Elich that the above Vuk Draskovic party is anything but “right-wing.” It’s one of the Serb opposition parties most closely aligned with the leftist-liberal State Dept. Draskovic has been even photographed as kissing Madeleine Albright’s hand.”
Zugic, security advisor to secessionist Montenegrin President Milo
Djukanovic, was murdered late on May 31, 2000.
The assassin escaped, allowing Western leaders to blame President
Milosevic. Coming just one
week before crucial local elections in Montenegro, forces opposing
President Milosevic stood to gain from the murder, as the effect would
tend to sway undecided voters in favor of secessionist parties.
A few days after the assassination, Yugoslav Minister of
Information Goran Matic held a press conference, at which he accused the
CIA of complicity in the murder.
first publicly known Western plan to assassinate President Milosevic was
drafted in 1992. Richard
Tomlinson, a former British MI6 employee, later disclosed the plan.
His task as an MI6 agent was to carry out undercover operations in
Eastern Europe posing as a businessman or journalist.
Tomlinson frequently met with MI6 officer Nick Fishwick. During one
their meetings, Fishwick showed Tomlinson a document entitled, "The
Need to Assassinate President Milosevic of Serbia." […]
November 1999, members of an assassination squad, code-named
"Spider," were arrested in Yugoslavia.
According to Minister Goran Matic, "French intelligence was
behind" the Spider group, whose aim was the assassination of
President Milosevic. Planned
scenarios included a sniper attack, planting an explosive device alongside
a route they expected Milosevic to travel, planting an explosive in his
car, and organizing 10 trained commandos to storm the presidential
leader of the group, Jugoslav Petrusic, had dual Yugoslav and French
citizenship. Matic claimed
that Petrusic worked for French intelligence for ten years.
During interrogations, Petrusic said that he had killed 50 men on
orders by French intelligence. Matic
announced that one of the members of Spider was a "specialist for
killings with a truck full of sand" - the same method used against
Draskovic the previous month. […]
secret service sources revealed that the Spider group trained at NATO
bases in Bosnia where "buildings resembling those where Milosevic
lives were constructed." Money
from the French intelligence service for Spider was brought to the border
between Hungary and Yugoslavia by a man named Serge Lazarevic.
month later, members of a second hit team, calling itself the Serbian
Liberation Army, was arrested.
Their aim was to assassinate President Milosevic and restore the
end of July 2000, a squad of four Dutch commandos was apprehended while
attempting to cross into Serbia from Montenegro.
During the investigation, they admitted that they intended to kill
or kidnap President Milosevic. The
four said that they were informed that $30 million had been offered for
"Milosevic's head," and that they intended to "claim a
the men said that the group planned to abduct Milosevic or former Bosnian
Serb President Radovan Karadzic and "surrender them to The
Hague." The group planned to put them atop a car "in a ski box
and transport them out of the country."
If the abduction failed, one of the men "had the idea to kill
the president, to decapitate his head, to put it in the box and to send it
home" to the Netherlands.
the arrested men, Gotfrides de Ri, belonged to the openly racist neo-nazi
Center Party. During the wars
in Croatia and Bosnia, the Center Party sent Dutch mercenaries to fight in
right-wing Croatian paramilitary units.
At the time of their arrest, the four were found with several
knives, including one with a swastika, and wires with hooks for
strangulation. All four admitted that they had trained under the
news conference on August 1, Goran Matic accused the U.S of being the
prime sponsor of assassinations and attempted assassinations.
"It is obvious that they are recruiting various terrorist
groups because they are frustrated with the fact that their military,
political and economic goals in southeastern Europe have not been
realized. [They are] trying to send them into the country so that they can
change our political and social environment."
Eyal, an advisor to the British government, commented recently, "I
can't say when it will happen, but I can guarantee that Milosevic will end
up dead, and he will be followed by a more pro-Western government." […]
leaders yearn to install a puppet government in Belgrade, and place their
hopes in the fragmented right-wing opposition parties in Serbia. In 1999,
American officials encouraged these parties to organize mass
demonstrations to overthrow the government, but these rallies quickly
fizzled due to lack of popular support.
When Yugoslav Federal and local elections were announced on July
24, 2000, American and Western European officials met with leaders of the
Serbian opposition parties, urging them to unite behind one presidential
President Milosevic is re-elected, then U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright expects street demonstrations to overturn the election results
and topple the government. In
meetings held in Banja Luka in spring 2000, Albright expressed
disappointment with the failure of past efforts to overthrow the legally
elected Yugoslav government. Albright said that she had hoped sanctions would lead people
to "blame Milosevic for this suffering." An exasperated Albright wondered, "What was stopping the
people from taking to the streets?"
Indicating that the U.S. was casting about for a pretext for
intervention, she added, "Something needs to happen in Serbia that
the West can support." […]
has moved steadily toward secession from Yugoslavia, indicating that he
will push for separation if the right-wing opposition loses the September
24 election. In a phone call
to Djukanovic in July 2000, Madeleine Albright promised that the U.S would
provide him with an additional $16.5 million.
That same week, Djukanovic blurted out that Montenegro "is no
longer part of Yugoslavia."
made the astonishing claim that he considered it a "priority"
for Montenegro to join NATO, the organization that had bombed his country
only the year before. The
next month, Albright announced that she and Djukanovic "try and talk
to each other and meet on a regular basis," and that the "United
States is supportive of the approach that President Djukanovic has taken
in terms of democratic development and his approach to the economic
support for secession extends beyond Albright meeting and talking with
Djukanovic. More than half of
the population of Montenegro opposes secession, and any such move is
likely to explode into violence. In
preparation for that rift, Djukanovic is building up a private army of
over 20,000 soldiers, the Special Police, including special forces armed
with anti-tank weapons. Sources
in Montenegro revealed that Western special forces are training this
private army. Djukanovic has requested that NATO establish an
"air shield over Montenegro" as he moves toward secession. […]
August, two armored vehicles bound for Montenegro were discovered in the
port of Ancona, Italy. One of the vehicles was fitted with a turret
suitable for mounting a machine gun or anti-tank weapon.
Italian customs officials, reports the Italian news service ANSA,
are "convinced" that arms trafficking to Montenegro "is of
far greater magnitude than this single episode might lead one to
in anticipation of armed conflict, Djukanovic bragged that "many will
tuck their tails between their legs and will soon have to flee
violent conflict in Montenegro would provide NATO with its long-desired
pretext for intervention. As
early as October 1999, General Wesley Clark drew up plans for a NATO
invasion of Montenegro. The
plan envisions an amphibious assault by more than 2,000 Marines storming
the port of Bar and securing the port as a beachhead for pushing inland.
Troops ferried by helicopters would seize the airport at Podgorica,
while NATO warplanes would bomb and strafe resisting Yugoslav forces.
According to U.S. officials, other Western countries have also
developed invasion plans.
Holbrooke, U.S. Ambassador to the UN declared, "We are in constant
touch with the leadership of Montenegro," and warned that a conflict
in Montenegro "would be directly affecting NATO's vital
General Secretary George Robertson was more explicit.
"I say to Milosevic: watch out, look what happened the last
time you miscalculated."
Milosevic and the ruling socialist-led coalition in Yugoslavia enjoy
considerable popular support, and many Western analysts admit they are
likely to emerge victorious in the September 24 election.
A socialist victory could precipitate a NATO strike, launched from
Bulgaria within months, to overthrow the legally elected government of
Yugoslavia. If the coup attempt fails, then Montenegro could declare
independence, setting in motion a chain of events that would lead to a
second all out war by NATO against Yugoslavia.
The war in 1999 brought immense suffering to the Balkans.
The next war promises to be catastrophic.”
Gregory Elich, Ohio
TiM Ed.: This version of Mr. Elich’s essay is abridged to the extent that we have removed some paragraphs dealing with topics with which the TiM readers should already be familiar from the TiM Bulletins. If you wish to read the full text of the article, however, including the numerous footnotes which back it up, you can request a copy directly from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kostunica: Naïve or Stupid or Just Acting? (by Mladen Vranjican)
FLORIDA, Sep. 4 - We’ve received the following letter from Mr. Mladen K. Vranjican, an American of Serbian descent who is based in Florida:
short time ago you and I had a brief discourse on Vojislav Kostunica whose
statements seemed to have been made ‘out of character,’ and thereby
raised some red flags regarding his integrity.
his position in the past has always been admirable, I am uneasy with his
current position as the choice of DOS. (TiM Ed.: An acronym used by Serbia not-so-united opposition parties).
If he is not one of ‘them,’ he is being used to do the dirty work
‘they’ couldn't get done: change the regime in Serbia and hand the
country over to their overlords in the West.
all, what "magic" did it take to get all the well known traitors
of Serbia to unite into an Unholy Alliance and hand the reins of
leadership to an independent, apparently uncorrupted Serbian nationalist?
And what would posses such an independent and apparently honest man to
accept the offer from an alliance of Serbia's leading traitors?
know Vojislav, and I would like to ask you a very simple question about
him: is he incredibly naive or is he just acting?
him to be quoted in an American newspaper (TiM Ed.: the New
York Times, Sep. 4 report)
as saying that despite the bombing he has not abandoned the ideal of the
West (i.e. democracy, blah, blah, blah), and that he is just reacting to
bad people who have come to power in the West. If correct, that that is just incredibly stupid! It's like
saying that there is nothing wrong with Socialism or Communism for that
matter; it's just that some bad people came to power!
takes an awful lot of competition to eliminate in order to come to power -
no matter which way - which is why the road to power is not paved for nice
is why I had to laugh when a U.S. Navy psychologist told me that he did a
personality profile study on Milosevic and came up with some "bad
which time I asked him if he had also done a sociopath study of the
current occupant in a well known house on Pennsylvania Avenue.
need to describe his reaction to that question.
bottom line is: there are no honest politicians because the competition is
too stiff. Seeking an honest politician is a contradiction in terms. (TiM
Ed.: Indeed, there is an old American saying that “the only honest
politician is the one who stays bought” - i.e., who doesn’t betray his
current master for a higher-paying one).
there is a place for stupid politicians. They serve a purpose as a smoke
screen, to be discarded as soon the goal is achieved. So, which one is
sight of Kostunica shaking hands with Zoran Djindjic is revolting. If he
were true to his writings, he would have never done this. Choosing between
not opposing Milosevic and shaking hands with Western lackeys, he chose
the latter. That makes him one as well.
have always disagreed with Kostunica's philosophy, especially the one
which says that Kosovo is a problem to be solved democratically. Rubbish!
Kosovo is not a democratic problem. It was not created in democratic
conditions, or through democratic institutions. And it cannot be resolved
with democratic means.
the Albanian population in Kosovo has practically doubled from the
pre-aggression period. And now the population is practically 99% Albanian.
Kosovo's demographics have been shaped, in succession, by force rather
than democracy; by force exercised by the Nazi Germany, Tito's
Serbophobia, and now NATO’s bombs.
victory in the election will hand Serbia to its enemies, to the very
people who brutally bombed it with impunity. To this very day, British
government sources claim that their cluster bombs have been used solely on
well-identified military targets. The residents of Nis know then that to
NATO, Serb civilians must be "well-identified military targets."
Kostunica says that power will not change him? Well, he needs to take a
second look because the metamorphosis has already begun!”
Mladen K. Vranjican, Florida
TiM Ed.: We did answer Mr. Vranjican’s questions briefly and contemporaneously, but we promised him an expanded answer which he now has - see Item 1 of this Bulletin.
POZAREVAC, Sep. 4 - The Sunday (London) Times
disclosed in its latest edition (Sep. 3) the location of what it called a
secret “bunker bolthole” that the Serb president, Slobodan Milosevic,
has started building for himself and his family near his erstwhile
hometown of Pozarevac, in eastern Serbia.
The Times said an underground bunker complex stretched underneath a
villa in eastern Serbia once used by Marshal Tito.
Extensive renovations of the former Yugoslav dictator's residence on a mountain known as Crni Vrh, near the town of Bor, come amid speculation in Belgrade about Milosevic's likely next move, the Times said.
News of the extensions under the villa - known to locals as "the forbidden city" - leaked out after Marko, Milosevic's freewheeling son, returned from a visit there, and told staff at his private Madonna discotheque in the Milosevic’s clan's home town of Pozarevac that his father feared the worst.
Only the villa's roof is visible from the nearest road,
but powerful lights illuminate the site at night. Villagers told the Times
that Milosevic normally travels there by helicopter, and he is said to
have spent much of the NATO air campaign in a command bunker there.
TiM Ed.: They say “loose lips sink ships.” Marko’s loose lips may give rise to another “extensive renovation” of the villa - this time by NATO. For the full story, check out - http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2000/09/03/stifgneur02003.html
Yugoslav Army Stages War Games Near Kosovo
PETLOVO BOJISTE, Serbia, Sep. 1 - An elite Yugoslav Army unit whose stated goal is to return to the NATO-controlled Kosovo staged war games with live ammunition in rain and fog before a group of Yugoslav generals and a dozen of foreign diplomats, the Associated Press reported on Sept. 1.
About 1,000 infantry, backed by 200 tanks, armored
vehicles and helicopters, conducted the exercises known as “Return
2000,” a clear reference to the army's desire to take up a clause in the
NATO military agreement for Kosovo that allows for a limited numbers of
Yugoslav soldiers back into the province.
The unit’s “sacred duty” is to return to Kosovo, said the top military commander of the Yugoslav Army, Gen. Nebojsa Pavkovic.
Asked after the exercise whether the Yugoslav Army would enter Kosovo by force, Gen. Pavkovic said that the YU military “did not wish to violate” the (June 11, 1999) peace agreement. But he warned that the “threshold of tolerance of the Serbian people has its limits.”
TiM Ed.: Well, here’s another Serb leader who is changing his tune. Just over a year ago, Gen. Pavkovic told NATO to leave Kosovo, because he would be soon returning with his army (see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/Peace/ps36.html). And he repeated that to this writer on Sept. 13, in a meeting at the Third Army headquarters in Nis (see TiM Editor's "Tour de Serbia" - Stage 2 - Nis).
As it turns out, that was an empty threat. Now, after NATO has violated just about every term of the peace agreement, the general is meekly saying he does not wish to be the one to do it.
So it looks like these war games were more a part of Milosevic’s presidential campaign, than a serious threat to NATO. In which case the name of the location where they were held is very appropriate (“Petlovo Bojiste” in Serbian stands for “Rooster’s Battlefield”).
Yugoslav Military Seized U.S. Ship in the Adriatic, Released It Upon
Payment of Fine
Aug. 30 - Yugoslav
military personnel armed with automatic rifles boarded a U.S. vessel
carrying humanitarian food supplies in the Adriatic Sea last weekend, and
allowed the ship to leave after payment of a $3,200 fee, the U.S.
government and shipping sources said Friday (Aug. 25), according to an
Aug. 30 Associated Press report. The shipment, consisting of grain, was earmarked for the
Yugoslav province of Kosovo.
There were moments
of high tension during the incident, said State Department spokesman
Philip Reeker. "This kind of harassment could impede future
humanitarian shipments" in the region, he said. The vessel, the
Delaware Bay, was seized in Yugoslav territorial waters off the coast of
Word of the
incident was first reported by the newsletter of the American Maritime
Congress, which said that the vessel also was carrying military cargo for
Israel and Egypt.
Reeker had no
comment on that report, but other officials said it is not uncommon for
Farrell Lines, which chartered the ship, to make such deliveries.
He said the Yugoslavs demanded that the ship be taken to a military
port, that communications be shut down, and that the bill of lading and
crew list be turned over.
Yugoslav authorities allowed the ship to dock at the Montenegrin port of
Bar, the destination of the vessel. The
cargo was apparently unloaded after the Yugoslavs demanded and received
payment of a fee. The newsletter said Farrell Lines paid $3,200.
TiM Ed.: Now, a U.S. ship carrying “humanitarian aid” for Kosovo enters the Yugoslav territorial waters, evidently unexpectedly, and is destined for the port of Bar, Montenegro’s busiest harbor, and the likely future battleground between the Yugoslav Army and NATO, as you saw from our earlier reports. The ship just happens to be also transporting unspecified military cargo, ostensibly for Israel and Egypt.
And the State Dept. expects us swallow such a shallow explanation - line, hook and sinker? Maybe the lamestream media would, but not the TiM. Consider the following facts…
First, shipping of supplies for Kosovo is normally done via the Greek or Albanian ports, and then by land transport to the final destination.
Second, why in the world would the State Dept. ever imagine that the Milosevic’s army, with which the U.S. is supposedly at odds, would allow it ship anything to Kosovo over its territory? More likely the unspecified military supplies might have been intended for the Milo Djukanovic government’s eventual insurrection against Milosevic.
Third, to us, it seems the U.S. vessel got off quite lightly with only $3,200 fine. Except, of course, if the Yugoslavs got to keep the grain, too. The AP report does not make it clear if the military supplies were also unloaded, and therefore kept by the Yugoslav Army.
Fourth, notice just a mild protest by the State Dept. spokesman, instead of the usual stern rebukes, admonitions and demands for restitution that one could have expected from the State Dept. - if what the U.S. ship was doing were really above board? Could it be because the State Dept. got caught with its hand Milosevic’s cookie jar, and wanted the matter hushed up quickly?
A TiM Reader from Serbia: “Unfortunately, You Are Right about
BELGRADE, Sep. 17 - A TiM reader of Serbian descent, who asked to remain anonymous, but whose identity is known to the TiM, has sent us (in response to our “Red October” article) the following letter to the editor about Vojislav Kostunica , the leader of the united Serb democratic opposition (DOS), and the main challenger to Slobodan Milosevic in the upcoming September 24 elections.
you are right about Vojislav Kostunica. He is giving us more proof of
being a disappointment by the day.
other day, during his stay in Sveti Stefan near Budva (Montenegro), he
held a press conference with a couple of Montenegrin officials, in which
he stated full support to their Platform for Redefinition of Relations in
you don't know, according to that document, Yugoslavia would no longer be
a federal state, only a "community of states". There would be no
federal parliament, no federal laws, a coordination board instead of a
federal government and the army will be under the command of the
Presidents of Serbia and Montenegro on their respective territories.
case he becomes president, Kostunica would, instead of preserving his
country, practically destroy it.
latest pearl of wisdom, however, is the statement of gratitude to the
government of Norway (needless to say, under full control of the NWO),
which promised a $35 million donation should the so-called
"democratic forces" win the elections, claiming that Norway will
be the first country he will visit when he becomes president.
the record, "quisling" is a word of Norwegian origin.
it seems to me you are over-emphasizing the presidential elections, and
neglecting the elections for both houses of the Federal Parliament. Let me
remind you that according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Yugoslavia, the president has very little authority. He is the
Commander-in-Chief of the army, gives decorations, posts ambassadors
and... Well that's about it!
that Slobodan Milosevic virtually rules the country is due to the majority
that his, and the parties supporting him have in both houses of the
Parliament. So those who control the Parliament will have the true power.
It will be interesting to see Milosevic losing, and his party the
strongest in the Federal Parliament? I wonder how they would cope with
rather long prologue brings me to my main point: you recommendation to
boycott the elections. Abstinence seems OK at first sight, but it hides
many dangers within itself.
Yugoslav law says that the elections are valid only if 50%+1 voter turns
out. If that doesn't happen the country would be without it's legal and
legitimate parliament, government and President. So Milosevic continues to
rule, perhaps indefinite.
that's not the worst that could happen. How so? Well, imagine this
is confirmed that there is a low turnout, the Montenegrin government
proclaims that Yugoslavia no longer exists and declares independence. It
causes an uproar among a good deal of Montenegrins who are against
secession, and soon clashes between them, Yugoslav army and the police of
Montenegro start. The government of Montenegro calls for the assistance of
the so-called "international community" and... well, Clinton and
Albright need only be asked once (TiM Ed.: Which is exactly the
“war scenario” we outlined in the “Red October” piece).
could simply say that Yugoslavia has no government, and that they are
"forced to stabilize the region".
and other anti-NATO countries would be reluctant to help because of fear
that they might be chasing a lost cause. And of course, western quislings
could arm their supporters and tell them to take over strategic spots in
Serbian cities and greet NATO troops. It would also enable the U.S. to
terminate Milosevic and other Yugoslav officials.
the other hand, the elections were valid, whoever is elected is the legal
and legitimate representative of Yugoslavia, and any actions described
above would be a serious international crime by all standards.”
M.L., Belgrade, Serbia (name withheld per author’s request, but known to the TiM editor)
TiM Ed.: Also see the following commentaries about Kostunica - http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/kostunic.htm, and http://www.politika.co.yu/2000/0917/01_25.htm (Serbian language only - published today in the state-owned, and pro-Milosevic Politika). So please take the crudely and maliciously written Politika story with a grain of salt. We only reference it here because it does contain some truthful comments about Kostunica, from the 1996-1997 timeframe).
8. A TiM Reader from California: More Reasons Why Kostunica Should Not Be SupportedSeptember 17, 2000
CALIFORNIA, Sep. 17 - We also received the following comment from Tika Jankovic, a TiM reader from California, who recently traveled to Kosovo, and reported about the desperate plight of the remaining Serbs in this Serbian province, now under the NATO/KFOR occupation:
would like to add another reason why KOSTUNICA SHOULD NOT BE SUPPORTED:
would LOSE Kosovo completely! As
it stands now, the UNSCR 1244 (resolution) recognizes "Yugoslav"
sovereignty over Kosovo. Kostunica
and many Diaspora Serbs want to "do away" with the label
"Yugoslavia," and "re-define" inter-republican
is exactly what the Clinton Administration wants, because as they've
argued -- once Montenegro goes, there is NO MORE YUGOSLAVIA, and thus 1244
doesn't apply!!!! Then they
can simply implement the Landsdowne Declaration (a blue print for Kosovo's
eventual independence drafted by the State Dep. after the bombing).
and the opposition’s SERBIA consists of the “Pashaluk of Belgrade”
(the “Borough of Belgrade,” loosely translated), the old Ottoman
province which consisted of Belgrade and its immediate environs.
the goal of the West, and (some) leaders the Serb Diaspora and opposition
are advocating will make this happen.
in power, during the first "transition year," the Kostunica
government will seek to eradicate the party machinery of the SPS/JUL (TiM
Ed.: the Serb socialist-communist parties), and
perhaps even the SRS (TiM Ed.: the Serb Radical Party - nationalist
at its essence).
This will be done to neutralize any organized opposition to reforms
in the country, and to ensure that when "new elections" are
slated for next year, an alternative to WESTERN parties will NO LONGER
exist in YUGOSLAVIA!!!!!!!!
opposition believes that the only solution for Serbia (b/c it has already
given up Kosovo and Montenegro in its program, in accordance with official
State Department and Albanian foreign policy, which considers those two
provinces and republics as separate countries), is to divide the country
into 100 administrative areas; to prevent any centralized control of the
country; and they would extend considerable autonomy to Hungarian areas in
the Vojvodina (more so than the Hungarians enjoy at the moment) -- perhaps
as a present for Djindjic's neo-fascist friend Viktor Orban who leads the
Tika Jankovic, California
Also, check out... Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Christianity Under Siege," "Silence Over Persecuted Christians", "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"