FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKAN AFFAIRS
Milosevic at the Hague: Mockery of Justice, Democracy
New York Times EditorialJuly 4, 2001
2. U.S. Troops Rescue Albanian
Causing Anti-American Riot in Macedonia
America’s Oil War in Macedonia
British Helsinki Human Rights Group: Anti-western
in Macedonia Are No Surprise
Waste-deep in the Balkans and Sinking
Terrorists Rescued by U.S. G.I.’s in MacedoniaJuly
7. Hackworth: Lying
Phoenix 8. Some TiM Reader Reactions…July 4, 2001
Defeated in May by Yugoslav ArmyJuly 6, 2001
Milosevic at the Hague: Mockery of Justice and Democracy
BELGRADE, June 30 - The DOS (Democratic Opposition of Serbia) “democratic”
masks fell on June 28, Vidovan 2001 (St. Vitus Day), when the Serbian
premier, Zoran Djindjic, broke his own country’s laws and violated its
Constitution by secretly sending Yugoslavia’s former president,
Slobodan Milosevic, to the International War Crimes Tribunal at the
Hague. He did it for one reason only - to please his Washington
masters. In one fell swoop,
Djindjic showed that DOS has little to with democracy and justice, and
much to do with money and subservience.
June 28, Yugoslavia’s prime minister has resigned, threatening to send
Yugoslavia into political chaos. The
kingpin DOS party, Vojislav Kostunica’s DSS, is reportedly considering
out of the coalition which it had led to victory over Milosevic last fall.
principles and honor aside, Djindjic got what he wanted for his betrayal
of democratic and
judicial principles. He got
western money. Serbia’s
prime minister told the New York Times (July 1) that he was prepared to
take any drop in his own popularity in the interest of securing $1.3
billion of international goodwill and aid.
“You cannot do anything with popularity,” he said.
“But you can with credits.”
more on this Serb politician’s longtime love affair with western money
and power, check out this writer’s Washington Times December 1996
Nothing Philosophy” and the December 1999 TiM Bulletin, “Cavorting
with the Enemy”).
the word “credits” that Djindjic used, NOT aid or donations, as the
June 29 “donors” conference’s name implies.
Despite the fact that Serbia was devastated by 78 days of
NATO’s bombing to the tune of over 2,000 lost lives and more than $30
billion in damages, all that the country will get from the West for
losing its sovereignty and selling out its pride is a golden noose -
more LOANS, not unconditional war reparations.
one of the TiM readers wryly noted, “Milosevic stole $4 billion from
us and transferred it to western banks.
Now the West is loaning us $1.3 billion of our own money, and
then collecting interest on it, too.”
Yugoslavia’s president, Kostunica, claimed that he had been left in
the dark about the secret transfer of Milosevic from Belgrade to the
Hague. Not so, says
Djindjic, in his Times
interview published on July 1.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Mr. Djindjic has said Mr. Kostunica was aware of his
determination to keep his word to the international community and above
all to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. He said Mr. Powell had told
him that the United States would take part in an important donor's
conference for Yugoslavia on Friday, if he promised to carry out a
decree issued last weekend that committed the government to sending Mr.
Milosevic to The Hague.
"At this moment, I said to Kostunica, should I promise,
and he said `yes,' " Mr. Djindjic said.”
(For the full Times story, check out http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/01/world/01BELG.html
other TiM sources in Serbia have also corroborated the Djindjic version
of what happened on June 28. What
they say makes the popular Yugoslav president seem as one who talks out
of both side of his mouth. Kostunica
is on the record for being supposedly against sending Milosevic to the
Hague. Playing for domestic
public consumption, he also pleaded ignorance about the Milosevic
transfer on Vidovdan. But
he obediently acquiesced, and wagged his tail to his western masters
when they threatened to withhold the $1.3 billion of credits.
way, Kostunica should resign, some of the TiM readers have urged in
their correspondence with us. If
the Milosevic’s transfer really took place without his knowledge,
Kostunica should quit because he is obviously incompetent and lacking
authority and control needed to run a country.
If he did know, as Djindjic claims, he should resign because he
has disgraced himself and his nation, and has broken both his pre- and
way, Serbia is now a full-fledged western vassal, just as its Eastern
European neighbors became a few years earlier.
And that is something we told last year the TiM readers that
would happen if DOS/Kostunica came to power.
And we said it not only after the October 6
“revolution,” but several weeks before the September 2000
election was held. For more
on this, just click on the TiM
Bulletin Index-Balkans button at our web site (http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins-Index/Balkans-2001-index.htm
to the Yugo Chief, Followed by Turn-about-Face” (Jan. 16, 2001), “How
Washington Bought the Yugoslav Presidency” (Dec. 12, 2000), “Kostunica
Snubs Albright; Serbia Is in Love, Again...,” (Nov. 28, 2000), “Fifth
Column,” Not Street “Revolutionaries,” Toppled Milosevic,”
(Oct. 25, 2000), “Serb
"Ostrich Revolution" Was Anything But Spontaneous,”
(Oct. 11, 2000), “Washington
Funds Serb Opposition Efforts,” (Sep. 19, 2000), “Toward
Another ‘Red October,’” (Sep. 8, 2000) - among some prior TiM
Bulletins on this topic.
Milosevic Faces the Court: Slightly Edited New York Times EditorialJuly
Double-crossed by Kostunica, Djindjic
NEW YORK, July 3 - Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic faced off today at the Hague court with the British judge Richard May, refusing to enter a plea and challenging the legitimacy of the U.N. war crimes tribunal. Milosevic told the judge who frequently kept interrupting the defendant that the “U.N. tribunal was merely a cover for the NATO crimes in Yugoslavia.”
The same day, the New York Times editors published an editorial titled “Mr. Milosevic Faces the Court.” The piece was written in a typical Serb demonization style with which this East Coast “liberal” paper has distinguished itself for over 12 years now. To illustrate just how little it takes to spin the news and change the context even of opinion pieces, we’ve take the liberty of slightly editing the Times editorial. Our changes are highlighted in red:
Mr. Milosevic Faces the Court
It took years of legal duplicity and international treachery to bring Slobodan Milosevic before the war crimes tribunal in The Hague today to answer charges of crimes against humanity involving the mass deportation and murder of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Securing his conviction will require a similarly determined effort. Prosecutors have dubious evidence showing that these brutal crimes were committed. To prove that Mr. Milosevic ordered them, prosecutors must reconstruct the chain of command through which specific orders and approvals were transmitted.
Establishing this will be easier if the court gains access to official documents now in the possession of the Serbian and Yugoslav authorities and intelligence intercepts and analysis from the United States and other NATO countries. Washington, Belgrade and other governments should help the tribunal by turning over as much of this material as possible. American intelligence agencies will argue that some of the information they possess cannot be disclosed without compromising undercover agents and collection methods. But President Bush should make clear to them that he considers cooperation with the Hague tribunal an important national security interest.
that he means business with respect to war crimes prosecution, President
Bush should follow the new Belgrade leaders’ example and extradite to
The Hague the former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President, Al
Gore, former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, and former Secretary
of Defense, William Cohen, among some U.S. government leaders who ordered
the illegal and unprovoked NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, which
resulted in the deaths of over 2,000 innocent Serb civilians, including 79
children, and tens of billions of dollars of economic damage.
A year or more could transpire between today's initial appearance by Mr. Milosevic and the start of his trial. Both sides need time to assemble their cases. Although the original indictment for war crimes in Kosovo was handed down two years ago, an expanded indictment on Kosovo was filed last week (the main change being that any references to the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia were deleted and relegated to the back appendix pages), and further charges are expected soon related to war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia.
One challenge for prosecutors will be to demonstrate that the massacres carried out by the Bosnian Serb government of Radovan Karadzic were approved and assisted by Mr. Milosevic in Belgrade. Mr. Milosevic, who is expected to appear before the tribunal today without a lawyer, may try to blame NATO for the bloodshed in Kosovo as well as for his indictment and trial. By appearing alone and refusing legal representation, he also challenged the legitimacy and the jurisdiction of The Hague court itself.
Beyond determining and punishing guilt, the Hague proceedings are an opportunity to brainwash the public, including the Serbian people, about the ethnic violence unleashed in the Balkan wars of the 1990's and Mr. Milosevic's role in instigating the conflicts. Although the prime minister of Serbia, Zoran Djindjic, cowardly and treasonously delivered Mr. Milosevic to The Hague, many of his countrymen still do not recognize Belgrade's responsibility for the wars.
Last week Western countries rightly conditioned their blackmail of more than $1 billion in international usury to Belgrade on the delivery of records about Mr. Milosevic's rule that are sought by the international tribunal. They ought to be equally willing to turn over material in their own secret archives bearing on this historic case.
Ed.: For the original New York Times’ editorial, check out http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/03/opinion/03TUE1.html.
some reports in the Belgrade media (e.g., “Blic”) indicate that
treachery and duplicity are not limited only to the western statesmen and
diplomats who have negotiated with the former Yugoslav president over the
years. According to Momo
Raicevic, one of Milosevic’s Belgrade lawyers, the Yugoslav president
Vojislav Kostunica, Serbia’s prime minister and president, Zoran
Djindjic and Milan Milutinovic respectively, had signed a document
guaranteeing that Milosevic would be tried at home, and would not be sent
to the Hague - prior to his surrender to the new Belgrade authorities on
Birds of a feather flock together…
Section of the “Green Interstate” under Construction
U.S. Troops Rescue Albanian Terrorists, Causing Anti-American Riot
Diplomat Shot and Wounded, Others Sent Out of the Country
SKOPJE, June 26 - The American president who said during his election campaign that he
would pull the U.S. troops out of the Balkans has just done a
turn-about-face. George W.
Bush pushed the U.S. deeper into the Balkans quagmire when an
unspecified number American G.I.’s were ordered Monday to rescue some
320 secession-minded Albanian terrorists from Aracinovo, a small town
only six miles northeast of Skopje, Macedonia’s capital.
The U.S. troops marshaled 15 buses, 3 trucks, 3 ambulances and 16
Humvees for an operation in which the Albanian rebels were whisked off
to safety of the NATO-occupied Kosovo (see the map).
news of the American G.I.’s coming to the aid of Albanian terrorists
spawned a huge riot in Skopje, during which the Macedonian Parliament
was occupied by some of the over 5,000 angry citizens for several hours.
Protesters fired guns in the air and shouted anti-western slogans
during the night of June 25-26. The
Jan. 26 New York Times carried a front page photo of the Macedonian
troops trying to prevent some citizens of the Umin Dol village from
attacking the 101st Airborne Division G.I.’s who were rescuing the
Aracinovo Albanian rebels. Outside
the capital, an American diplomat was slightly wounded, apparently
accidentally, by the Macedonian army soldiers.
It is especially ironic that the U.S. troops were ordered into action in Macedonia less than a week after George W. Bush and his senior foreign affairs officials declared that they did NOT want the U.S. troops involved in any NATO operations that were to follow an eventual ceasefire between the Macedonian government and the Albanian secessionist rebels. But saving Albanian terrorists was evidently a justified mission. Why? Because birds of a feather flock together. Albanian insurgents in Macedonia were doing Washington’s bidding just as they were three years ago in Kosovo (see “Kosovo: Bosnia II, Serbia’s Aztlan, Chechnya”, Mar. 6, 1998).
No wonder a top NATO official in Macedonia (Daniel Speckhard) defensively told the New York Times that the U.S. action was “a one-time offer (to save the rebels) aimed at bolstering peace.”
Really? If so, why did NATO, the Albanian terrorists’ air wing and bus company, let the terrorist leave Macedonia with their weapons, rather than disarm them first?
Details, details… The NATO “lie and deny” spokespeople have never been very strong on details or logic, as those who have followed the TiM reports during the 1999 bombing of Serbia know very well.
So what does this tell us about “Dubya,” the current American president, and his foreign policy team?
(1) Dubya’s “new way” theory: The best way of fighting international terrorism is to save the terrorists so we can fight them another day. Except for domestic terrorists, of course (McVeigh, Waco women and children; Ruby Ridge “rebels”…), who must be killed to set an example for other Americans who may be unhappy with the New World Order’s usurpation of the U.S. government.
(2) Words are cheap. Dubya’s actions speak louder than words. In Macedonia, however, they both stink.
(3) One can still take Dubya at his word. Just give him long enough to change his mind and the story enough times for his word to go a full circle.
(4) Any similarities with Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright are purely accidental.
No wonder Bush’s approval rating back home has now dropped to 50%, the lowest level for a sitting president in five years. What the American public seems to be saying is: Clinton was bad, but a Clinton look-alike is worse.
Meanwhile, back to Macedonia, why would the U.S. government not-so-secretly support the Albanian rebels? In a word, the answer is - OIL.
Note how the locations of the latest Albanian insurgency lie northeast of Skopje. In other words, trouble spots are AWAY from the Albanian ethnically-dominant areas. But they do lie along the route of the future oil corridor - the “Green Interstate,” as we put it (see the map). So much for the latest Albanian terrorist activity having anything to do with “liberation” or “secession” of this Macedonian minority from Macedonia.
We first pointed out in November 1995, right after the Dayton accords were signed which ended the Bosnian war, that the “Green Interstate” represents a confluence of NATO and Islamic interests. And we predicted that next conflagration point after Bosnia would be Kosovo, followed by Macedonia. We also explained why the former U.S. president, George Bush Sr., announced in December 1992 that he would the U.S. troops to this newly-formed country, and why his son is now following in his and Bill Clinton’s footsteps.
It is worthy of note that at the time these TiM articles were published, Macedonia was being hailed as a model multicultural country by the New World Order globalist elite. George Soros, for example, publicly praised Macedonia and often met with its former president Kiro Gligorov.
In April of last year, we also elaborated in more detail on the U.S. geopolitical interests in the Balkans. The TiM editor’s article “Blood for Oil, Drugs for Arms,” (April 2000) was published as a front-page story in the New Dawn magazine’s July-August 2000 issue.
Finally, we also bring you in this issue Prof. Michel Chossudovsky’s latest analysis, which draws similar conclusions (see the next story). And we also give you a fresh perspectives on Macedonia from the London-based British Helsinki Human Rights Watch (BHHRW), and the Washington-based Cato Institute.
3. America’s War in Macedonia (By Michel Chossudovsky)
PHOENIX, June 30 - The following is an article contributed to TiM by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky of the University of Ottawa in Canada. We’ve omitted the numerous footnotes which back up Prof. Chossudovsky’s analysis:
covert war in Macedonia purports to consolidate America's sphere of
influence in southeastern Europe. At stake is the strategic
Bulgaria-Macedonia-Albania transport, communications and oil pipeline
"corridor" which links the Black Sea to the Adriatic coast.
Macedonia stands at the strategic crossroads of the oil pipeline
protect these pipeline routes, Washington's goal is to install a
"patchwork of protectorates" along strategic corridors in the
Balkans. The promise of "Greater Albania" used by Washington to foment
Albanian nationalism is part of the military-intelligence ploy.
Amply documented, the latter consists in financing and equipping
the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and its National Liberation Army (NLA)
proxy to wage the terrorist assaults in Macedonia.
development of America's sphere of influence in Southeastern Europe --in
complicity with Britain-- supports the interests of the oil giants
including BP-Amoco-ARCO, Chevron and Texaco. Securing control and
"protecting" the pipeline routes is paramount to the success
of these multi-billion dollar ventures:
successful international oil regime is a combination of economic,
political, and military arrangements to support oil production and
transportation to markets.
Anglo-American consortium which controls the AMBO Trans-Balkan pipeline
project linking the Bulgarian port of Burgas to Vlore on the Albanian
Adriatic coastline largely excludes the participation of Europe's
competing oil giant Total-Fina-Elf.
In other words, US strategic control over the pipeline corridor
is intent upon weakening the role of the European Union and keeping
competing European business interests at arms' length.
IS BEHIND THE TRANS-BALKAN PIPELINE?
based AMBO pipeline consortium is directly linked to the seat of
political and military power in the United States and Vice President
Dick Cheney's firm Halliburton Energy.
feasibility study for AMBO's Trans-Balkan Oil Pipeline, conducted by the
international engineering company of Brown & Root Ltd.
[Halliburton's British subsidiary] has determined that this
pipeline…will become a part of the region's critical East-West
corridor infrastructure which includes highway, railway, gas and fiber
optic telecommunications lines.
upon completion of the feasibility study by Halliburton, a senior
executive of Halliburton was appointed CEO of AMBO.
Halliburton was also granted a contract to service US troops in
the Balkans and build "Bondsteel" in Kosovo, which now
constitutes "the largest American foreign military base constructed
since Vietnam".5 Coincidentally, White and Case LLT, the New York
law firm that President William J. Clinton joined when he left the White
House also has a stake in the AMBO pipeline deal.
OF THE PIPELINE CORRIDORS
AMBO Trans-Balkans pipeline project would link up with the pipeline
corridors between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea basin, which lies at
the hub of the World's largest unexplored oil reserves (see map of http://www.bsrec.bg/taskforce/SYNERGY/oilprojects2.html).
The militarization of these various corridors is an integral part of
policy of "protecting
the pipeline routes" out of the Caspian Sea basin (and across the
Balkans) was spelled out by Clinton's Energy Secretary Bill Richardson
barely a few months prior to the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia:
is about America's energy security… It's also about preventing
strategic inroads by those who don't share our values. We're trying to
move these newly independent countries toward the west… We would like
to see them reliant on western commercial and political interests rather
than going another way. We've made a substantial political investment in
the Caspian, and it's very important to us that both the pipeline map
and the politics come out right."
Anglo-American oil giants, including BP-Amoco-Arco, Texaco and Chevron
--supported by US military might-- are competing with Europe's oil giant
Total-Fina-Elf (associated with Italy's ENI) which is a big player in
Kazakhstan's wealthy North East Caspian Kashagan oil fields. The stakes
are high: Kashagan is
reported "so large as to even surpass the size of the North Sea oil
reserves."7 The competing EU based consortium, however, lacks a
significant stake and leverage in the main pipeline routes out of the
Caspian Sea basin and back (via the Black Sea and through the Balkans)
to Western Europe. The key pipeline corridor projects --including the AMBO project and the Baku-Cehyan project
through Turkey to the
Mediterranean-- are largely in the hands of their Anglo-American rivals,
which rely heavily on US political and military presence in both the
Caspian basin and the Balkans.
design is to eventually distance all three AMBO countries, namely
Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania from German-EU influence through the
installation of full-fledged US protectorates. In other words, US
militarization and geopolitical control over the projected pipeline
linking Burgas in Bulgaria to the Adriatic port of Vlore in Albania is
intent upon undermining EU influence as well as weakening competing
Franco-Belgian-Italian oil interests.
concerning the AMBO pipeline have been supported by US government
officials through the Trade and Development Agency's
(TDA) South Balkan Development Initiative (SBDI) "designed
to help Albania, Bulgaria and FYR Macedonia further develop and
integrate their transportation infrastructure along the east-west
corridor that connects them."
TDA points to the need for the three countries to "use regional
synergies to leverage new public and private capital [from US
companies]" while underscoring the responsibility of the US
implementing the initiative."
With regard to the AMBO pipeline, it would appear that the EU has
largely been excluded from the planning and negotiations.
"Memoranda of understanding" (MOU) have already been signed
with the governments of Albania, Bulgaria and Macedonia which strip the
countries' national sovereignty over both the pipeline and the transport
corridors by providing "exclusive rights" to the
…[The] MOU states that AMBO will be the only party allowed to build
the planned Burgas-Vlore oil pipeline. More specifically, it gives AMBO
the exclusive right to negotiate with investors in and creditors of the
project. It also obligates … [the governments of Bulgaria, Macedonia
and Albania] not to disclose certain confidential information on the
AMBO pipeline project is linked up with another strategic project
entitled "Corridor 8", initially proposed by the Clinton
Administration in the context of the "Balkans Stability Pact".
Of strategic importance to both the US and the European Union,
"Corridor 8" includes highway, railway, electricity and
telecommunications infrastructure. In turn, the existing infrastructure
in these sectors is slated for deregulation and privatization (at rock
bottom prices) under IMF-World Bank supervision.
rubber-stamped by EU transport ministers as part of the process of
European economic integration, "Corridor 8" feasibility
studies were conducted by US companies financed directly by the TDA. In
other words, Washington seems to have set the stage for the takeover of
the countries' transport and communications infrastructure. American
corporations including Bechtel, Enron and General Electric (with
financial backing from the US government) are competing with companies
from the European Union.
design is to open up the entire corridor to US multinationals in a
region situated in the European Union's "economic backyard",
where the power of the Deutschmark tends to dominate over that of the US
early 2000, the European Commission began negotiations on EU associate
membership status with Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania. And in April
2001, at the height of the terrorist assaults, Macedonia became the
first country in the Balkans to sign a so-called "stabilization and
association agreement" (SAA) constituting an important step towards
full EU membership. The agreement provides the basis for "trade
liberalization, political co-operation, economic and institutional
reform and transplantation of EU legislation." Under the SAA,
Macedonia would (de facto) be integrated into the European monetary
system, with full access to the EU market.
terrorist assaults coincided chronologically with the process of
"EU enlargement", gaining momentum barely a few weeks before
the signing of the historic "association agreement" with
Macedonia. Amply documented, the US has military advisers working with
the terrorists. Was this a
Robert Frowick, "a former US diplomat", was appointed to head
the OSCE mission in Macedonia in mid-March, again barely a few weeks
before the signing of the "association agreement." In close
liaison with Washington and the US embassy in Skopje, Frowick initiated
a "dialogue" with NLA rebel leader Ali Ahmeti. He was also
instrumental in brokering an agreement between Ahmeti and the leaders of
the Albanian parties, which form part of the government coalition.
agreement negotiated by Frowick has largely contributed to destabilizing
political institutions, while at the same time jeopardizing the process
of EU enlargement. Moreover, the deteriorating security situation in
Macedonia has provided a pretext for increased US political,
"humanitarian" and military interference, while contributing
to weakening Skopje's economic and political ties to Germany and the EU.
In this regard, one of the "binding conditions" of the
"association agreement" is that Macedonia conform to "EU
standards on democracy". Needless to say, without a
"functioning government" in Macedonia, the EU association
process with Brussels cannot proceed.
puppet governments installed in Tirana, Skopje and Sofia, while largely
responding to US diktats, are currently being swayed in the direction of
the European Union. Washington's intent is ultimately to curb Germany's
"Lebensraum" into Southeastern Europe.
While paying lip service to "EU enlargement", the US
has consistently favored "NATO enlargement" as a means to
pursuing its strategic interests in Eastern Europe and the Balkans,
while Germany and France have opposed it.
the tone of international diplomacy remains mannerly and polite, US
foreign policy under the Bush administration has become distinctly
to one observer:
the heart of the Bush team, Colin Powell is [considered] the friend of
the Europeans, while the other ministers and advisers are considered
arrogant, hard and indisposed to listen or to give the Europeans a
documented, the CIA is behind the KLA and the NLA rebels, who are waging
the terrorist assaults against the Macedonian security forces. While the
CIA's German counterpart the Bundes Nachrichten Dienst (BND)
collaborated with the CIA in overseeing and financing the KLA prior to
the 1999 war, recent developments suggest that the BND is not involved
in Washington's military-intelligence ploy in Macedonia.
a few weeks before the signing of the "association agreement"
with the European Union, German troops stationed in Macedonia in the
Tetovo region were (mid March 2001) "accidentally" targeted by
the NLA. While the Western
media --echoing in chorus the official statements-- maintains that
German troops were "caught in the cross-fire", reports from
Tetovo suggest that the NLA shelling "was deliberate." In any
event, the incident would not have occurred had Germany's BND been
working with the rebel army:
"Up to 600 German troops were forced to leave Tetovo
overnight after their barracks… were caught in crossfire… [They]
were too lightly armed to defend themselves against the Albanians. The
Germans will replace the departing troops with a Leopard tank squadron
[belonging to the Panzer-Artillerie-Batterie division stationed in
Nordrein-Westphalen]. …[T]he new [German] firepower may be used to
knock out Albanian positions now established around Tetovo,…"
bitter irony, two of the commanders responsible for the terrorist
assaults in the Tetovo region had been trained by British Special
for KFOR, it emerged that two of the Kosovo-based commanders leading the
Albanian push [into the Tetovo region] were trained by former British
SAS and Parachute Regiment officers in the days when NATO was more
comfortable with the fledgling Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
A former member of a European special forces unit who accompanied
the KLA during the Kosovo conflict said that a commander with the nom de
guerre of Bilal was organizing the flow of arms and men into Macedonia,
and that the veteran KLA commander Adem Bajrami was helping to
co-ordinate the assault on Tetovo. Both were taught by British soldiers
in the secretive training camps that operated above Bajram Curri in
northern Albania during 1998 and 1999."
same British trained rebel commanders view Germany as the
"enemy" because Bundeswehr troops stationed in Macedonia and
Kosovo --rather than providing
NLA "freedom fighters" in the same way as their British and
American KFOR counterparts-- frequently detain "suspected
terrorists" at the border:
"A spokesman for the Albanians' National Liberation Army
(NLA) in Pristina warned the Bundeswehr its involvement would constitute
'a declaration of war by the Federal Republic of Germany'".
response to NLA threats, the Bundeswehr sent in its own Special Forces,
the Fallschirmjäger (Parachutists) to work with its Panzer-Artillerie-Batterie
squadron. German Defence Minister Rudolf Scharping confirmed that
"he was ready to send more tanks and troops to bolster Bundeswehr
forces". Yet in recent developments, Berlin has chosen to withdraw
most of its troops from the Tetovo region and not in any way challenge
the US military-intelligence ploy in support of the NLA rebels.
Some of these German troops are now stationed on the Kosovo side
of the border.
the NLA received a shipment of brand new advanced weaponry "made in
America", Germany donated (mid-June) to the Macedonian Security
forces all terrain vehicles as well as weapons "for sophisticated
infrared tracing in the battlefield."
According to a report from Macedonia, the small contingent of
German troops which still remains in the Tetovo region "was under
heavy attack from the terrorists who attacked them with mortar from the
mountains above Tetovo. That is probably the response of yesterday's [14
June 2001] donation to our army made by the German government".
divisions between "NATO allies" are never made public,
Germany's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer --in a strongly worded
statement to the Bundestag directed against "the Albanian
extremists in Macedonia"-- has called for "a long-term
arrangement, aimed to make the whole region closer to Europe."
(i.e. free of US encroachment). The German position is in marked
contrast to that put forth by the US, which requires the Skopje
government to grant amnesty to the terrorists, modify the country's
constitution and incorporate the NLA rebels in civilian politics:
pact reportedly called for the rebels to stop their fight in exchange
guarantees. The rebels would also have the right to veto future
political decisions regarding ethnic Albanian rights. The accord was
reportedly mediated by Robert Frowick, a former U.S. envoy who currently
served as a Balkan representative for the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe."
the early 1990s, the US and Germany have acted jointly as NATO partners
in the Balkans, coordinating their respective military, intelligence and
foreign policy initiatives. While maintaining in their public statements
a semblance of political unity, serious divisions started to emerge in
the wake of the Dayton Accords (1995), as German banks scrambled to
impose the Deutschmark and take over the monetary system of Yugoslavia's
in the wake of the 1999 war in Yugoslavia, the US has reinforced its
strategic, military and intelligence ties with Britain, while Britain
has severed many of its ties (particularly in the area of defense and
aerospace production) with Germany and France.
in early 2000, U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen and his British
counterpart, Geoff Hoon, signed a “Declaration of Principles for
Defense Equipment and Industrial Cooperation''. Washington’s objective
was to encourage the formation of a “transatlantic bridge across which
the DoD [US Department of Defense] can take its globalization policy to
defence industry --which now includes British Aerospace Systems (BaeS)--
is clashing with the Franco-German defense consortium EADS
--a conglomerate composed of France's Aerospatiale Matra,
Deutsche Aerospace, which is part of the powerful Daimler group, and
Spain's CASA. In other words, a major split in the Western
military-industrial complex has occurred with the US and Britain on one
side and Germany and France on the other.
guns and the Western military alliance are intimately related processes.
Washington's design is to eventually ensure the dominance of the US
military-industrial complex in alliance with the Anglo-American oil
giants and Britain’s major defense contractors.
These developments evidently also have a bearing on the control
over strategic pipelines, transport and communications corridors in the
Balkans, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
turn, this Anglo-American axis is also matched by increased cooperation
between the CIA and Britain’s MI5 in the sphere of intelligence and
covert operations as evidenced by the role played by British SAS Special
Forces in training KLA rebels.
"DOLLARISATION" AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER
of the pipelines, covert activities and the recycling of drug money in
support of armed insurgencies, militarization of strategic corridors,
defense procurement to "Partnership for Peace" (PfP) countries
are all an integral part of the Anglo-American axis and its quest to
dominate oil and gas routes and transport corridors out of the Caspian
sea basin and from the Black sea across the Balkans.
generally, what is happening in the broader region linking Eastern
Europe and the Balkans to the former Soviet republics is a relentless
scramble for control over national economies by competing business
conglomerates. And behind this process is the quest by Wall Street's
financial establishment --in alliance with the defense and oil giants--
to destabilize and discredit the Deutschmark (and the Euro) with a view
to imposing the US dollar as the sole currency for the region.
over "money creation" --imposing
the rule of the US Federal Reserve system throughout the World-- has
become a central feature of US expansionism. In this regard,
Washington's military-intelligence ploy not only consists in undermining
"EU enlargement", it is also intent upon weakening and
displacing the dominion of Germany's largest banking institutions (e.g.
Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and WestDeutsche Landesbank) throughout the
other words, the New World Order is marked by the clash between Europe
and America for "colonial control" over national currencies.
And this conflict between "competing capitalist blocks" will
become increasingly acute when several hundred million people from
Eastern Europe and the Balkans to Central Asia start using the Euro as
their "de facto" national currency on January 1st 2002.
the map at http://www.bsrec.bg/taskforce/SYNERGY/oilprojects2.html
Prof. Michel Chossudovsky,
Ottawa (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
British Helsinki Human Rights Group: Anti-western Feelings in Macedonia
Are No Surprise
LONDON, June 26 - We received the following report from Daniel McAdams, a former member of the British Helsinki Human Rights Group, who has reported for TiM over the years from various election monitoring posts in the Balkans (run a Search using Mr. McAdams’ name as keyword for prior articles):
-Western Feeling - No Surprise
Group’s observers detected unprecedented hostility towards Westerners
on the part of ordinary ethnic Macedonians during their mission to
Macedonia before 20th June and so they were not surprised
when the angry crowds which stormed the Macedonian parliament in Skopje
on the night of June 25th after a group of Albanian rebels
had been escorted to freedom by Nato troops earlier in the day also
vented their frustration on Western journalists. The four month crisis
in Macedonia provoked by an Albanian guerrilla insurgency has led to
repeated calls in the West for the EU and Nato to act as “honest
brokers,” yet the widespread perception among Macedonians that the
insurrection has been facilitated at best by the failure of Western
troops to interdict weapons smuggling across the Kosovo-Macedonia border
and at worst that collusion between the Albanian guerrillas and Nato’s
Kfor contingent provoked the violence means that any Nato
“peacekeepers” could face a “rough ride” rather than a friendly
humiliated Macedonia by escorting armed guerrillas back to base
the sources of the conflict and however ill-advised the Macedonian
security forces’ response to it since 21st June, by
escorting armed guerrillas to safety from their Aracinovo base, US-KFOR
troops humiliated Macedonia and spurred the bitter resentment among
ethnic Macedonians against what they see as the abuse of their small and
fragile country by the great powers of the West who use it as a
logistical base and rest-and-recreation area with scant regard for its
intervention and mediation has made matters worse
Nato leaders have flip-flopped on the Macedonian crisis since it started
in March. Having condemned Albanian guerrillas in the strongest terms
then, now the same leaders denounce the Macedonian security forces with
equal intensity. Western meddling has kept the conflict simmering
instead of encouraging clear resolution. Now it may be about to explode.
that happens, it is doubtful if it will remain a two-way conflict
between ethnic Albanian rebels based in the hills that separate the
country from neighboring Kosovo and the Macedonian army. Leaving aside
the potential horrors of an inter-ethnic civil war, it would be naïve
to think that Nato could intervene as an honest broker without facing
is not Serbia, the Kosovo model will not work
Serbia which had faced a decade of sanctions and propaganda warfare for
Belgrade’s alleged complicity in the Croatian and Bosnian Wars, and
was bombed by Nato for its refusal to countenance self-rule for
Albanian-majority Kosovo, the suddenness of the crisis and the West’s
hostility has come as a great shock to Slav Macedonians. Their majority
bitterly resents EU/Nato pressure to concede the de facto partition of
their country and the abrogation of the norms of constitutional
democracy in favour of a Lebanese style ethnic constitution.
the widespread perception that the international community in the form
of the US, EU and Nato actually caused the violence in order to plunge
the country into ungovernability and provide a pretext for setting up an
international protectorate on the lines of Bosnia and Kosovo, the fact
that the EU has appointed a ‘resident’ envoy to the country can only
compound Macedonian suspicions. A Nato-run protectorate may not be
easily or peacefully installed.
or external causes?
isolated incidents of racial tension between Macedonians and Albanians
have taken place since the country’s independence in 1991 Macedonia
has been praised for its inclusive constitution and harmonious ethnic
relations. Ethnic Albanians are part of the governing coalition in
parliament. Only well-organized (and ill-intentioned) interference could
have damaged the status quo. Many Macedonians believe that this
interference comes from neighboring Kosovo where c.38,000 Nato troops
should the West want to take over the running of a small, poor country
like Macedonia with few natural resources? The answer is strategic. The
country lies on the route to be taken by oil pipelines set to run from
the Black Sea coast in the east to Albania’s Adriatic coast. Control
of the pipe-line is regarded as essential to the West’s long-term
representatives recently visited Macedonia. They went to Tetovo in the
West of the country, to the outskirts of then rebel-occupied village of
Aracinovo and nearby Kumanovo which has been without water for several
weeks. Other members of the group traveled to Bitola to investigate the
recent wave of violence against the small Albanian community in the
town. They talked to politicians, police and journalists and to ordinary
citizens – both Macedonian and Albanian – wherever they went.
Group has chronicled election fraud as the internal root of crisis
Group has published several reports since 1994 on Macedonia dealing with
general human rights issues as well as conducting several election
observation missions. They detailed the derailment of democracy by the
post-1998 coalition between the ostensibly Macedonian nationalist party,
VMRO, and the equally Albanian nationalist DPA. While Western-dominated
institutions like the OSCE blandly endorsed rigged elections based on
the manipulation of the ethnic Albanian vote in particular, this Group
feared the long-term consequences for Macedonian-Albanian relations of
basing power on votes provided in rigged circumstances primarily by one
ethnic group. This has left President Trajkovski’s government with
little democratic legitimacy. It is with great sadness that the
conclusions reached in this, its latest report, should be so
collusion with electoral fraud has been compounded by Kfor’s collusive
approach to policing the Kosovo-Macedonia frontier. This means that the
recent tragic events in the country are not the fault of the majority of
its citizens, both Macedonian and Albanian, who have found themselves
since March the latest pawns in yet another Balkan power-play decided by
forces out of their control.
full report is available at http://www.bhhrg.org/
. For more information, call +441865-439483; or contact Mark Almond (+44
07785-625415) or John Laughland (+44208 7419749).
5. Waste-deep in the Balkans and Sinking (By Ted Galen Carpenter)
WASHINGTON, Apr. 30 - Was the current “Macedonia Crisis” predictable. You betcha. Nor was the TiM editor the only one to see it coming. Here’s for example, an excerpt from a Cato Institute policy analysis paper, published on Apr. 30 of this year (you can read the full report by following the URL at the end of this excerpt):
Deep in the Balkans and Sinking: Washington Confronts the Crisis in
eruption of fighting in Macedonia and in Serbia's Presevo Valley has
underscored the bankruptcy of Washington's Balkan policy. NATO cited as
its principal reasons for intervening in Kosovo in 1999 the need to stop
ethnic cleansing and to prevent a wider war. Yet, since NATO assumed
control of Kosovo, there has been a massive reverse ethnic cleansing as
Albanian nationalists have driven nearly 90 percent of the province's
non-Albanian people from their homes. And now the Kosovo Liberation Army
and its offshoots have expanded armed conflict into southern Serbia and
as the current round of fighting fades, there are ample signs of trouble
ahead. By wresting Kosovo from Belgrade's control, the United States and
its NATO allies gave Albanian nationalists a base of operations from
which they can foment insurgencies across the borders. Their ultimate
goal is to create an ethnically pure "Greater Albania" that
includes not only Kosovo and Albania but large portions of Serbia,
Montenegro, Macedonia, and Greece.
than face that reality, proponents of current U.S. policy circulate
far-fetched myths about the nature of the struggle in the Balkans.
Having ignored the accurate warnings about the KLA issued by critics of
the original Kosovo mission, interventionists are repeating the same
kind of errors.
the United States insists on staying in Kosovo, it faces three
unpalatable options. Option 1 is passive accommodation looking the other
way while the KLA pursues its agenda. That approach might minimize the
danger to American military personnel, but it would virtually guarantee
a wider Balkan war in the long run. Option 2 is assertive mediation.
That approach risks getting the United States into the middle of the
dispute between Albanian nationalists and the governments of Serbia and
Macedonia. Option 3 is aggressive confrontation. The United States would
conclude that the KLA is now the enemy and would try to crush the
Albanian nationalist cause. That strategy would likely lead to serious
armed conflict and American casualties.
of trying to choose the least dreadful option, Washington should
extricate U.S. forces from Kosovo forthwith and transfer responsibility
to the European Union. America has no economic or strategic interests
that warrant the risks it is incurring. U.S. and European security
interests are separable. The United States should disengage and let the
Europeans grapple with making the hard decisions.
Ted Galen Carpenter is vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. For the full text of Policy Analysis No. 397, check out http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-397es.html .
Seventeen American “Advisors” Among Albanian Terrorists Rescued by
U.S. G.I.’s in MacedoniaJuly
HAMBURG, June 28 - Washington’s complicity in the Albanian terrorism in Macedonia was further exposed on June 28 by a story in the German evening paper Hamburger Abendblatt, which said that 17 Americans were among the Albanian rebels rescued by the American G.I.’s from Aracinovo on June 25 (see Item 2 of this TiM Bulletin).
Here’s a translation of this German story:
ABENDBLATT: U.S. ADVISORS WERE HELPING THE ALBANIAN REBELS
the Albanian rebels that were evacuated from Aracinovo under the
protection of the US soldiers from the KFOR contingent there were 17
Americans, states the German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt in its article
titled, “US Advisors Were Helping the Albanian Rebels.”
peacekeepers from Kosovo had a tricky task in neighboring Macedonia.
Firstly they were supposed to transfer 400 Albanian guerilla fighters
together with their arms and ammunition from Aracinovo. For two weeks the
NLA 113 Brigade was barricaded over there and was defending itself from
second port of their task was even trickier. Among the rebels that were
withdrawing there were 17 instructors - former US officers that provided
military training for the rebels. Not only that: the Macedonian security
forces claim that 70% of the equipment that the guerilla fighters took
with them are of US production among which most sophisticated third
generation night vision devices. “We cannot confirm that,” murmured in
a monotonous voice Spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Philip. Such diplomatic
statements the US journalists take as confirmation. If this is true than
the possible NATO operation for disarmament would be a complete farce -
states Hamburger Abendblatt.
article reads that Brussels definitely counts on a German contingent of
600 soldiers to be engaged in Macedonia. However, the Federal Defense
Ministry points out that until now there is no official request from NATO
. The newspaper still claims that since two weeks ago a ship is on its way
towards Thessalonica bearing German combat tanks Leopard 2 and other
armored combat vehicles. According to the official version they should
replace those which are currently used by the Bundeswehr in Kosovo.
However, it is not clear when would these tanks return , notes Hamburger
at: 6/28/2001 11:36:00 AM (GMT-8)
Hackworth: Lying about Ex-YugoslaviaJuly
GREENWICH, Connecticut, July 4 - The following is the latest column by
Col. David Hackworth, America’s most decorated living soldier, on the
subject of the former Yugoslavia:
powers-that-be lying to the American people about what we're up to in the
former Yugoslavia? If they are, "This is deja vu all over
again," as Yogi Berra used to say.
Thirty years ago,
Daniel Ellsberg blew the whistle on the Vietnam War when he released the
Pentagon Papers, proving that our government, from Truman to Nixon, had
been systematically lying to the American people. The papers showed a
generation-long conspiracy of deliberate concealment from both the people
and Congress concerning Vietnam policy.
Just one whopper
among thousands: In 1964, when LBJ was running against Barry Goldwater, he
promised "no escalation was needed in South Vietnam."
Meanwhile, as the
Pentagon Papers later showed, his advisers were telling him the ante had
to be kicked up. So LBJ lied and whipped Goldwater, whose sin was telling
the hard truth about what he thought needed to be done in Vietnam -- which
was pretty much what LBJ ended up doing!
Because of all the
fabrications, four million Southeast Asians lost their lives, we took
nearly a half-million casualties, and our nation was almost ripped
And now, for at least
a decade, we've been similarly deceived regarding U.S. policy in
ex-Yugoslavia -- about who's been receiving intelligence and arms from us,
and our real agenda.
The lies have ranged
from biggies, like Clinton saying in 1995 that our forces would be in
Bosnia for only one year, to the less consequential, such as what really
happened after so-called Air Force hero Scott O'Grady went down in flames.
As with Vietnam, the
American people are fast asleep, while many members of Congress seem
interested only in their post-Congress lobbying jobs. And the soldiers on
the ground who do the bleeding are all regulars, so no one cares what
happens to them except their families.
Since 1990, the
ex-Yugoslavian swamp's gotten wider, deeper and more costly in lives and
dollars. First we stepped into Croatia and Bosnia. Next came Kosovo. And
now there's the mess in Macedonia.
When Dubya was
running against Big Al, he used to talk about getting us out of the Balkan
bogs and bringing our boys back home. Now that he's in the presidential
saddle, he's completely changed his jingle -- just like LBJ. The latest
lyrics go, "We went in together, we'll come out together. "The
"we" refers to obsolete NATO, which only exists because it's
good for the U.S. arms business.
More recent lies:
* Last week, Sgt.
Richard Casini, a recon trooper in Kosovo, tangled with a rebel mine.
"Your boy is being flown to Germany on the general's jet," an
Army colonel assured his worried Dad. The dad thought: Wow. The Army
really takes care of their own. The general sent his jet!
Later that night,
Sgt. Casini, now of one foot, called from Germany and told his dad that
he'd been flown out in an old C-130 cargo plane, sandwiched between
pallets. "Dad, it was so hot, they had to put an oxygen mask on
me," Sgt. Casini said.
* A friend forwarded
an e-mail from his 101st Airborne Division sergeant son, who was in
Macedonia, giving exacting and shocking details on how his unit moved
formerly CIA-supported Kosovar rebels -- who were encircled by Macedonian
government forces -- out of harm's way. And how the rebels were allowed to
keep their weapons and then how his unit was almost taken out by angry,
armed Macedonians. An hour later, the sergeant wrote again: "Dad, I
sent you that e-mail exactly 1 hour before I was briefed that I was NOT to
give out ANY information on the mission at ALL to ANYONE. It could get me
in A LOT of trouble! I started sweating bullets ... they made it clear the
consequence of even breathing a few words to immediate family!"
Last week, President
Bush said he'd "not ruled out the possibility of sending U.S. troops
to Macedonia to help quell unrest there." But our troops were already
there -- and many more are either on the way or on alert to go.
Like Vietnam, we've
got a whole lot of lying and covering up going down. How many more feet,
legs and lives will be lost in ex-Yugoslavia before another brave Ellsberg
releases the Pentagon Papers Part II?
David Hackworth (http://www.hackworth.com is the address of Hackworth's home page)
Some TiM Reader Reactions…July
PHOENIX, July 3 - Here are TiM reader reactions to our recent stories re. Milosevic’s transfer to the Hague:
- Will Ariel Sharon Stand Trial for War Crimes?
Sharon, known as the butcher of Beirut and other massacres, has been
accused of War Crimes at the International Court of Justice.
Many witnesses are available. Not a word in our New Media. Will Ariel Sharon stand trial and be indicted like Milosevic?
case, the U.S. would be on the accused criminals side and will protect
(last name withheld but known to TiM), California
TiM Ed.: Actually, there are some rumblings in the European media, if not in the American press, about such a possibility. Here’s an excerpt from a July 2 article in the Belgian Le Soir (republished by the British Courier Mail), titled, “Will Milosevic soon have a cell mate?,” which we received from a TiM reader:
Milosevic soon have a cell mate?
BELGIAN judge has ruled that a complaint against Israel's Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon, accusing him of crimes against humanity, would be admissible
in a Brussels court, a Belgian newspaper reported yesterday.
court will now launch an investigation into events surrounding the killing
of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children at the Sabra and
Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982, Le Soir reported. The complaint
was filed under a 1993 law allowing Belgian courts to prosecute foreign
officials for human rights violations committed outside Belgium.
a complaint against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for alleged crimes
against humanity was ruled admissible in Belgium.
- Milosevic Showed More Dignity Than Serb
least Milosevic showed more dignity than all those traitors in Serbia who
embarrassed the Serbian nation in front of the whole world. In Romania,
there is only one cure for traitors. I hope they get it. Thanks a lot for the Bulletin.
- Shocked at Narrow-minded View
am shocked at this narrow-minded, lopsided view on things. The author of
this article is obviously completely unaware of the reality in the
Balkans, but seems to be an ultra democratic typically American do-gooder.
starters, the extradition of Slobodan Milosevic to the Tribunal in The
Hague did him a huge favor: Upon a trial in Yugoslavia he would inevitable
have been sentenced to the death penalty (something that must rather be
appealing to the US public). Thank god in civilizations like Europe this
penalty no longer exists. So if you want to see it that way Djindjic has
saved his life. The Hague tribunal does not have the death penalty as a
how can someone who has trodden every conceivable human right with his
feet like old dictator Slobodan Milosevic reserve for himself any form of
democratic or human treatment? In
principle he does not deserve this. But he is on the lucky side, he gets
it. He is being treated with more courtesy and respect for his human
rights than he has ever extended to anybody else. And again, it is for his
best, it saves his life to be in The Netherlands. In Yugoslavia, he would
have expected a fate similar to that of his former colleague Nicolae
due to the war and the embargo the Yugoslav industry is on the rocks and
the country bankrupt. If the badly needed western credits don't flow, the
country will collapse and millions of people will start suffering even
more than they have over the past years. Would the author rather see this
happen, for the sake of a war criminal to be kept in a dilapidated cell in
a Beograd prison until the day he is being tried and executed? In that
case, I suggest the author applies for membership in the North Korean
Communist Party, probably the only place he is likely to find
only way for Yugoslavia to get back to normal and hence for the Yugoslav
people to begin living a life worth living again, and the only way for the
Balkans to stand a chance for lasting peace was this extradition. And
given the power of the old ties, Slobo's old mates, still in high
positions, in the secret service, military, police etc. made it a
likelihood that someone would have staged a coup d'etat or attempted to
free him or to avoid that justice is being done. And the only way to help
democracy to get its due was this speedy extradition.
should be glad that now, after so many years, Yugoslavia is searching her
way back into the European Community and not slander their attempts by
mindless articles such as the one published, as it does create the feeling
that the author deems a punishment for a crime committed undemocratic.
This makes one wonder indeed......
Schmiegel, Netherlands (this TiM reader says he has majored in Eastern
European and Slavonic studies and thus knows the Balkans well)
- A 2:00AM Knock on Door: Australia’s
is a technique perfected during the Inquisitions, a knock on the door at
2.00am, announced the arrival of the secret police, and a victim was
spirited away most often to never see the family again.
This was the method used by Stalin to remove any and all opposition
to his Communist regime, and the method also used by Hitler during his
days of the Third Reich. Hitler
had argued that his was the only way to defeat the enemy, that being
communism, but there can be no argument that both sides used the same
methods, fear and suppression to create their totalitarian States.
We are also taught by history that both sides also planned for
2.00am, there was another knock on the door and the secret police, oops,
sorry NATO Troops arrested and spirited away the former Yugoslavia
President, Slobodan Milosevic, to be tried in The Hague, at a World Court
for Crimes against Humanity.
the criminal charge of “Crimes against Humanity” is a fairly new
concept, which was born in 1946 when the ‘Allies’ had a quandary over
just what they could charge the former Axis leaders with.
Murder of civilians, no, not really as the Allies had also
committed that crime. Bombing
of civilian targets, no, again the Allies had the biggest score on that
point. Genocide, again no as
the Jews were still too busy moving their refugees into Palestine, and
besides ‘Uncle Joe’ Stalin held the highest points on that charge, and
so someone thought up the vague notion of "crimes against
so the first leader of a country that dared oppose the New World Order has
been spirited away to The Hague, where he is to be tried by his enemy, in
a totalitarian manner, there is no other way of expressing the behavior of
this Politically Correct, illegitimate court.
There is no doubt that the mass murders of civilians did occur, but
they occurred on both sides, and one doesn’t see Milosevic’s opposing
leader also in the courtroom to face similar charges, nor will we see the
former American President, Bill Clinton and his cronies for similar
charges relating to the murder of 2000 civilians which occurred during the
NATO bombing in the Kosovo campaign.
what has this to do with Australia, especially as most Australians, have
accepted the version given to them by our controlled media.
Well Australia has it’s own version of a Slobodan Milosevic, and
his name is Konrads Kalejs, an 87 year old former Latvian, who was a
lieutenant of a guard platoon at a slave labour camp during the Second
you will notice that Kalejs was not involved in any ‘Concentration
Camp” but a labour camp. You
know, the same sort of thing the Governor Philip set up at Sydney in 1788,
in an attempt to remove some of the dregs of English society, along with
any Irish Fenian or otherwise who fell into their clutches.
So consider what the Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun journalist,
Michael Barnard wrote on the 1st of July, “A Melbourne
magistrate, acting under legislation which remarkably forbids a person
from effectively responding to allegations against him, has ordered Mr
Kalejs be extradited to Latvia.”
course such legislation is not open to Australians seeking the return of
Christopher Skase from Majorca, so that he may return the money that he
absconded with. This is the
first step towards the totalitarian state of the Inquisition, of Stalinist
Russia, and of Hitler’s Germany, the redefining of our laws.
is even more interesting is that another Herald Sun journalist, John
Masanauskas wrote, “Uldis Strelis a former deputy prosecutor-general
of Latvia claims Mr Kalejs was charged on suspect evidence following
international pressure.” “Mr
Strelis started investigating Mr Kalejs in 1995 when he was chief
prosecutor of totalitarian crimes at the Latvian prosecutor-general’s
office. Mr Strelis said his team searched government archives and
found Soviet KGB files on Mr Kalejs.
“He [Strelis] said the Soviets had also lied about the Salaspils
camp for propaganda purposes. ‘The
concentration camp Salaspils was not the same as Buchenwald, Auschwitz or
Treblinka,’ he said. ‘There
was no execution of Jews nor mass executions of other prisoners.”
“A Herald Sun investigation last year revealed that the United
States pressured Latvia into holding an international meeting of
prosecutors to discuss prosecution options.”
so the inquisition has started, the precedent set, and an Australian,
because, like it or not Mr Konrads Kalejs is an Australian, is to be
persecuted, not prosecuted, and the Australian governments have set up the
legislation for this type of persecution, oops, I meant prosecution. Australia has always operated under British law, where the
defendant has always had the right to a proper trial. We have now lost that right.
Australians have always had that legal tenet being “Innocent
until proven guilty”. We no
longer have that tenet, but rather another, that says, “The State is
like the Inquisition, and Stalinist Russia, and of course Hitler’s
Germany, the trial shall be held in a place far away, where Mr Kalejs will
not be permitted the family companionship, or any moral support. The State is foremost, the State is supreme, and we mere
humans must not interfere. All
Hail the State. What our
forebears fought and many died for, what we are told six million Jews died
for has finally been defeated. All
these deaths, all the suffering, the pain and the anguish of loved ones
have been in vain.
2.00am, there is a knock on the door.
Do not think about ignoring the knock for it is the secret police.
They have come to take their victim away to a far away place where
he or she will be tried for their thoughts or their words or actions, and
incarcerated, for everyone is guilty, and we have let them accomplish it.
S. MacGregor, Victoria, Australia
TiM Ed.:the author
of this letter is a former policeman.
- Letter from a Hague Prisoner
PHOENIX, July 3 - We received the following correspondence from the editors of Amselfeld.com in Netherlands:
topic of the day on this Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day) is the extradition of
former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to the Hague tribunal.
getting involved in fiery discussions with respect to this issue, we wish
to remind you that today there are more than thirty Orthodox Christians
who are Serbs imprisoned in The Hague and that what they require most of
all is communication with those closest to them and with their
you on behalf of the Hague prisoners of Orthodox faith.
Vidovdan (June 28), 2001
* * * *
Worse Than Imprisonment
what extent they are guilty is known only to God," says Father
Vojislav Bilbija, the priest of the Serbian Orthodox Church parish of
Rotterdam, and the spiritual pastor of the Orthodox Serbs imprisoned in
and the feeling that they have been forgotten by everyone is
\the most difficult thing of all for them," said Father Vojo
of the suffering of the Hague prisoners. While prisoners of Croatian and
Muslim nationality who are imprisoned with them are considered to be
national heroes by their respective environments, and receive abundant
legal and material assistance from their governments and bags of mail from
their compatriots every week, it appears that both their compatriots and
their state wants to forget about the Serbs in the Hague.
only connection with the world is "plastic". They spend all
their money on telephone calls to their families," says Father Voja.
"What is most necessary and significant for them is a warm word, a
letter, an indication that someone is thinking of and empathizes with
them," he says, refusing to comment on current political affairs. He
only mentions briefly that individual prisoners have told him that their
indictments are so unbelievable that the only thing left for them to do
during court trials is smile bitterly. "Those who live a spiritual
life endure everything more easily and find meaning in their
imprisonment," says Father Voja.
from a Hague Prisoner
former, current and future friends,
after 857 days spent in the most modern legal-psychological-political
laboratory, one continues to nurture a happy disposition, and the belief
that he is not alone and that good people exist. That one has friends. Far
fewer than in times when we pounded our chests and patted each other on
the shoulder... but, nevertheless, you do exist!”
prisoner Stevan J. Todorovic
Serbs imprisoned in The Hague will welcome all correspondence with joy.
You can write to them at the following address:
J. Todorovic, Penitentiary Complex Scheveningen, United Nations Detention
Unit, 2597 JW The Hague, NETHERLANDS
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of Prisoners of Orthodox faith at The Hague
of April 22 of the Year of Our Lord 2001):
name, given name, residence and comments (if any)
1. Brdjanin, Radoslav
2. Dosen, Damir
3. Galic, Stanislav
4. Jelisic, Goran (Bijeljina)
5. Kvocka, Miroslav
6. Kovac, Radomir (Srbinje)
7. Kolundzija, Radomir
8. Kos, Milojica
9. Krajisnik, Momcilo
Krnojelac, Milorad (Srbinje)
Krstic, Radislav (Sokolac)
Kunarac, Dragoljub (Srbinje)
Nikolic, Dragan (Vlasenica)
Obrenovic, Dragan (Zvornik)
Plavsic, Biljana (Sarajevo)
Prcac, Dragoljub (Prijedor)
Radic, Mladjo (Prijedor)
Sikirica, Dusko (Prijedor)
Simic, Blagoje (Samac)
Simic, Milan (Samac) - since April 19, 2000 defending himself while
Stakic, Milomir (Prijedor)
Tadic, Dusko (Prijedor) - serving his sentence in Germany
Tadic, Miroslav (Samac) - since April 19, 2000 defending himself
while at liberty
Talic, Momir (Banja Luka)
Todorovic, Stevan (Samac)
Vasiljevic, Mitar (Visegrad)
Vukovic, Zoran (Srbinje)
Zigic, Zoran (Prijedor)
Zaric, Simo (Samac) - since April 19, 2000 defending himself while
Justice at the Hague
If they tell us that everything that has happened in Yugoslavia is
the fault of one man, all the while hiding the maneuvering by the German
and subsequently the American Secret Services to blow to pieces this too
independent country, and remaining silent on the arms they furnished to
the enemies of the Serbs, long before these wars;
If they hide
the discreet but revealing words with which Clinton and other US and NATO
leaders admitted that they were carrying out this war on behalf of
Globalization, the Multinationals and the control of the oil supply lines;
If they admit today that public opinion was manipulated with regard
to the true reasons for past wars(Korea, Suez, Algeria, the Gulf) as well
as with regard to the crimes committed by the armies of the West during
those wars, but that in recent wars everything was better and the media
told the truth;
If the media Magnates persist in courageously refusing all debate
on the recent media lies;
If the Western leaders affirm in 1998 that the KLA is a terrorist
organization, in 1999 that it is not at all and that in 2001 it most
If they want to make us believe that justice will be done by a
tribunal that has no legal basis, largely funded from not disinterested
private finance (Soros, Rockefeller, Time Warner), a tribunal that has no
respect for any of the basic principles of law
(not least of which is the presumption of innocence until proved
guilty) a tribunal that changes the rules every time that it suits it to
do so and which refuses to try the crimes committed in ex-Yugoslavia by
Washington¹s protégés, not to mention NATO’s own crimes;
If they claim that it was right to wage war and kill thousands of
civilians to put in power a democratic and legalist president when the
deportation of Milosevic was carried out in violation of the laws of
Yugoslavia, of its government and of its judicial system;
If they claim that the criteria of what is democratic or not in the
world must be fixed by a United States President, elected by a quarter of
the population (without the vote of the poor), once billions of dollars
from the multi-nationals have limited the choice to two bought candidates
and once public opinion has been totally manipulated by the most
stupefying media in the world;
If they tell us that such a President can put in power, arm,
finance and protect Mobutu, Sharon and Pinochet and nearly all the
military dictators in the world for the last fifty years, while claiming
the right to condemn the Heads of State they do not like.
If they tell us that the United States leadership can assassinate
with immunity, legally elected Heads of State Allende, Lumumba, six
attempts on the life of Castro and many others while retaining the
right to kidnap any Third World leader who resists Globalization (of
course after skillfully orchestrated media demonization);
Then I say they are taking us for a bunch of idiots.
Michel Collon, Belgium, 1st July 2001
Gen. Lazarevic: Albanian Terrorists Were Militarily Defeated in May by
BELGRADE, June 26 - Commander of the Yugoslav Third Army, whose responsibility includes Kosovo, said that the Yugoslav Army militarily defeated the Albanian insurgents in the Presevo valley between May 13-16 of this year, according to an interview published by the Belgrade-based “Svedok” (“Witness”). Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic said the Serb public got a wrong impression from the media that the terrorists voluntarily and easily retreated from the south of Serbia (see the map).
Gen. Lazarevic also said that the Yugoslav troops encountered among the terrorists “our old acquaintances from Kosmet (Kosovo and Metohija), foreign mercenaries or ‘dogs of war’ from Albania, Holland, Saudi Arabia and God-only-knows what other countries in Europe and the world.”
Here’s our translation of an excerpt from that Svedok interview:
13th and 16th of May, there was heavy fighting
between our security forces and strong formations of terrorist troops in
and around Presevo. The
terrorists succeeded in blocking a part of our units and communications. This
was followed heavy fighting during which the (Yugoslav) Army exacted heavy
casualties among the terrorist troops, destroyed their concept and dream
to unite the Presevo Valley with their forces in Northern Macedonia.
They were forced to surrender and disarm and leave their positions.
This was followed by international and domestic political pressure
(forcing the terrorists to leave the supposedly demilitarized zone in
Presevo Valley). But I would
say that the readiness of our security forces played the deciding role in
preventing their (armed) withdrawal from the demilitarized zone.
(the terrorists) were militarily defeated.
They surrendered several hundred weapons of various calibers.
The greatest number of them retreated to the territory of Kosmet;
some to Northern and Western Macedonia, and a part of them were
also said that, prior to the intervention by the Yugoslav Army, the
Albanian terrorists “were killing our soldiers and officers.
Two of our captured non-commissioned officers were tortured by
tearing of their tendons and use of electric shock.
These are the same methods that members of the Yugoslav Army had
encountered earlier in Kosmet.”
Those among the TiM readers who can read Serbian can check out the original Svedok story at: http://www.svedok.co.yu/index.asp?show=25711 .
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"