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TiM GW Bulletin 2001/6-1

June 30, 2001

Milosevic at the Hague:

Mockery of Justice, Democracy

America's Oil War in Macedonia: U.S. Troops Rescue Albanian Terrorists Causing Anti-American Riots; 17 American "Advisors" Among Albanian Rebels; YU Army Militarily Defeated Albanian Terrorists in May

FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKAN AFFAIRS


HEADLINES

Belgrade                   1. Milosevic at the Hague: Mockery of Justice, Democracy  

New York                  1-a. Milosevic Faces the Court: Slightly Edited

                                      New York Times EditorialJuly 4, 2001

Skopje                       2. U.S. Troops Rescue Albanian Terrorists,

                                      Causing Anti-American Riot in Macedonia

Ottawa                      3. America’s Oil War in Macedonia

London                     4. British Helsinki Human Rights Group: Anti-western

                                       Feelings in Macedonia Are No Surprise

Washington              5. Waste-deep in the Balkans and Sinking  

Hamburg                  6. Seventeen American “Advisors” Among Albanian

                                      Terrorists Rescued by U.S. G.I.’s in MacedoniaJuly 4, 2001  

Greenwich               7. Hackworth: Lying about Ex-YugoslaviaJuly 4, 2001

Phoenix                    8. Some TiM Reader Reactions…July 4, 2001

Belgrade                  9. Gen. Lazarevic: Albanian Terrorists Were Militarily

                                        Defeated in May by Yugoslav ArmyJuly 6, 2001

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1. 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.

Since 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 dropping out of the coalition which it had led to victory over Milosevic last fall.

Legal 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.” 

(For more on this Serb politician’s longtime love affair with western money and power, check out this writer’s Washington Times December 1996 column, “The Nothing Philosophy” and the December 1999 TiM Bulletin, “Cavorting with the Enemy”).

Note 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. 

As 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.”

Meanwhile, 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 ).

Some 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.

Either 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 post-election promises.

Either 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 ):

Hail 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.

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1-a. Milosevic Faces the Court: Slightly Edited New York Times EditorialJuly 4, 2001

Milosevic Double-crossed by Kostunica, Djindjic

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Milosevic at the Hague, July 3, 2001
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:

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Mr. Milosevic Faces the Court (slightly edited)

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.

As proof 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.

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TiM Ed.: For the original New York Times’ editorial, check out http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/03/opinion/03TUE1.html.

Meanwhile, 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 April 1. 

Birds of a feather flock together…

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Macedonia Section of the “Green Interstate” under Construction

2. U.S. Troops Rescue Albanian Terrorists, Causing Anti-American Riot in Macedonia

U.S. 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). 

 

The 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.

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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:

“Washington's 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 corridor.

To 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.

The 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:

AA successful international oil regime is a combination of economic, political, and military arrangements to support oil production and transportation to markets.

The 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.

WHO IS BEHIND THE TRANS-BALKAN PIPELINE?

The US 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.

The 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.

And 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.

MILITARISATION OF THE PIPELINE CORRIDORS

The 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 Washington's design.

The US 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:

"This 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."

The 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.

Washington's 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.

Negotiations 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."

The 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 government  "for 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 Anglo-American consortium:

" …[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 pipeline project.

"EAST-WEST CORRIDOR 8"

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.

Although 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.

Washington's 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 dollar. 

"EU ENLARGEMENT"

In 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.

The 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 mere coincidence?

Also, 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.

This 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.

The 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.

While the tone of international diplomacy remains mannerly and polite, US foreign policy under the Bush administration has become distinctly "anti-European".  According to one observer:

"At 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 place."

GERMANY AND AMERICA

 Amply 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.

Barely 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,…" 

In a bitter irony, two of the commanders responsible for the terrorist assaults in the Tetovo region had been trained by British Special Forces: 

"Embarrassingly 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."

These same British trained rebel commanders view Germany as the "enemy" because Bundeswehr troops stationed in Macedonia and Kosovo --rather than  providing "protection"  to 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'". 

In 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.

While 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".

While 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:

"The pact reportedly called for the rebels to stop their fight in exchange for  amnesty  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 ANGLO-AMERICAN AXIS

The clash between Germany and America in the Balkans is part of a much broader process which affects the heart of the Western military-industrial complex and defense establishment.

From 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 successor states.

Moreover, 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.

Launched 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 Europe."

The US 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.

Oil, 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.

In 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.

WAR, "DOLLARISATION" AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER

"Protection" 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. 

More 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.

Control 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 Balkans.

In 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. 

(See the map at http://www.bsrec.bg/taskforce/SYNERGY/oilprojects2.html ).

Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Ottawa (e-mail: chossudovsky@videotron.ca)

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4. 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):

Anti -Western Feeling - No Surprise

This 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 reception.

West humiliated Macedonia by escorting armed guerrillas back to base

Whatever 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 majority population.

Western intervention and mediation has made matters worse

EU and 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.

If 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 resistance.

Macedonia is not Serbia, the Kosovo model will not work

Unlike 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.

Given 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.

Internal or external causes?

Although 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 are based.

Why 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 energy plans.

BHHRG 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.

This Group has chronicled election fraud as the internal root of crisis

The 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 pessimistic.

Western 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.

The 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).

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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):

Waist Deep in the Balkans and Sinking: Washington Confronts the Crisis in Macedonia

Executive Summary

The 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 Macedonia.

Even 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.

Rather 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.

If 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.

Instead 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 .

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6. Seventeen American “Advisors” Among Albanian Terrorists Rescued by U.S. G.I.’s in MacedoniaJuly 4, 2001

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:

HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT: U.S. ADVISORS WERE HELPING THE ALBANIAN REBELS

Among 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.”

The US 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 fierce attacks.

The 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.

The 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 Abendblatt.

Posted at: 6/28/2001 11:36:00 AM (GMT-8)

For the English version of this article check out http://www.ok.mk/news/story.asp?id=1631 ; for original German text, see http://www.abendblatt.de/.

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7. Hackworth: Lying about Ex-YugoslaviaJuly 4, 2001

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:

Are the 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 asunder.

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)

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8. Some TiM Reader Reactions…July 4, 2001

PHOENIX, July 3 - Here are TiM reader reactions to our recent stories re. Milosevic’s transfer to the Hague:

CALIFORNIA - Will Ariel Sharon Stand Trial for War Crimes?

Ariel 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?

In this case, the U.S. would be on the accused criminals side and will protect Sharon.

Heinz (last name withheld but known to TiM), California

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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:

Will Milosevic soon have a cell mate?

A 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.

The 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.

Also a complaint against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for alleged crimes against humanity was ruled admissible in Belgium.

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ROMANIA - Milosevic Showed More Dignity Than Serb Traitors

At 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.

Ioan Tirlui, Romania

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NETHERLANDS - Shocked at Narrow-minded View

I 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.

For 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 sentence.

Second, 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 Ceausescu.

Thirdly, 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 contemporaries.

The 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.

We 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......

Alex Schmiegel, Netherlands (this TiM reader says he has majored in Eastern European and Slavonic studies and thus knows the Balkans well)

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AUSTRALIA - A 2:00AM Knock on Door: Australia’s “Milosevic”

It 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 world domination.

At 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.

Now 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 humanity."

And 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.

But 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 World War. 

Now 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.” 

Of 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.

What 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.”

And 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 always right”.

And 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.

At 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.

Andrew S. MacGregor, Victoria, Australia

TiM Ed.:the author of this letter is a former policeman.

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NETHERLANDS - Letter from a Hague Prisoner

Text Box:  
Scheveningen prison at The Hague 
PHOENIX, July 3 - We received the following correspondence from the editors of Amselfeld.com in Netherlands:

The topic of the day on this Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day) is the extradition of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to the Hague tribunal.

Without 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 compatriots.

Thank you on behalf of the Hague prisoners of Orthodox faith.

Editors of Amselfeld.com

On Vidovdan (June 28), 2001

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Loneliness Worse Than Imprisonment

"To 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 The Hague.

"Loneliness 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.

"Their 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.

Letter from a Hague Prisoner

“Respected former, current and future friends,

Even 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!”

Hague prisoner Stevan J. Todorovic

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The Serbs imprisoned in The Hague will welcome all correspondence with joy.  You can write to them at the following address:

Stevan J. Todorovic, Penitentiary Complex Scheveningen, United Nations Detention Unit, 2597 JW The Hague, NETHERLANDS

Stevan Todorovic will gladly share your letter with his fellow prisoners. You can also send your correspondence to the following fax: +31-70-358-5375

NOTE: The prison administration reviews all correspondence.

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List of Prisoners of Orthodox faith at The Hague

(as of April 22 of the Year of Our Lord 2001):

Family name, given name, residence and comments (if any)

  1.  Brdjanin, Radoslav (Banja Luka)

  2.  Dosen, Damir (Prijedor)

  3.  Galic, Stanislav (Banja Luka)

  4.  Jelisic, Goran (Bijeljina)

  5.  Kvocka, Miroslav (Prijedor)

  6.  Kovac, Radomir (Srbinje)

  7.  Kolundzija, Radomir (Srbinje)

  8.  Kos, Milojica (Prijedor)

  9.  Krajisnik, Momcilo (Serbian Sarajevo)

10.  Krnojelac, Milorad (Srbinje)

11.  Krstic, Radislav (Sokolac)

12.  Kunarac, Dragoljub (Srbinje)

13.  Nikolic, Dragan (Vlasenica)

14.  Obrenovic, Dragan (Zvornik)

15.  Plavsic, Biljana (Sarajevo)

16.  Prcac, Dragoljub (Prijedor)

17.  Radic, Mladjo (Prijedor)

18.  Sikirica, Dusko (Prijedor)

19.  Simic, Blagoje (Samac)

20.  Simic, Milan (Samac) - since April 19, 2000 defending himself while at liberty

21.  Stakic, Milomir (Prijedor)

22.  Tadic, Dusko (Prijedor) - serving his sentence in Germany

23.  Tadic, Miroslav (Samac) - since April 19, 2000 defending himself while at liberty

24.  Talic, Momir (Banja Luka)

25.  Todorovic, Stevan (Samac)

26.  Vasiljevic, Mitar (Visegrad)

27.  Vukovic, Zoran (Srbinje)

28.  Zigic, Zoran (Prijedor)

29.  Zaric, Simo (Samac) - since April 19, 2000 defending himself while at liberty  

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BELGIUM: 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 certainly is,

    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

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9. Gen. Lazarevic: Albanian Terrorists Were Militarily Defeated in May by Yugoslav Army

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:

“Between 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. 

They (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 demilitarized.”

Gen. Lazarevic 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 .

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