FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA BALKANS AFFAIRS
1. From Poster Boy to “Wanted” Poster
The Hague 2. From Communist Apparatchik to NWO Bogeyman to
3. Milosevic Seen as Scapegoat
4. View from London: Victors Justice
Sacirbey: From Poster Boy to “Wanted” Poster
PHOENIX, Feb. 13 - An erstwhile New World Order (NWO) poster boy - a frequent guest and darling of the U.S. establishment media talk shows - is making his first appearance on Interpol “wanted” posters (see the image on the right). At the same time, a former NWO bogeyman - a communist apparatchik-turned-statesman/dictator - is being transformed by a show trial at a kangaroo court into a nationalist martyr.
Both stories contain an element of irony. Both attest to the moral corruption of the NWO crowd and its quasi-judicial system.
NWO Poster Boy Accused of Financial Fraud,
His Extradition Sought
SARAJEVO, Jan. 7 - Former Bosnian foreign minister, the UN ambassador and the Bosnian Muslims’ voice to the world during the 1992-1995 war, has been accused by his government of financial fraud to the tune of $610,982. The Bosnian Foreign Ministry filed criminal charges last March against Muhamed Sacirbey, its former head (1996-1998), and has requested through Interpol that the U.S. extradite him (see the New York Times, Jan. 8, 2002).
Sacirbey, who is also an American citizen, is believed to be living in the U.S. He served as Bosnia’s UN ambassador in 1992-1996 and again in 1998-2000 (BTW - when you click on “Ambassador’s Biography” page at the Bosnia UN web site, you get an error message!?). There has been no immediate response by the Bush administration to the extradition request. But the Bosnian authorities said they did not have this address.
That’s pretty funny. For, the Washington Post did. In a telephone interview with the Post, published on Sep. 6, 2001, Sacirbey denied wrongdoing, saying that because of the difficulties of governing in postwar chaos, money was sometimes moved without full authorization but was always spent on official Bosnian government business. "Nowhere did I profit personally," he said.
Sacirbey was a frequent presence on American television news during the war, the Post noted, "speaking eloquently of the suffering of Bosnian Muslims at the hands of Serb paramilitary forces and helping to raise foreign donations." He was replaced as U.N. ambassador in December after a change of government in Bosnia, and now works for ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. in New York, a Milan Panic (Serb-American!?)-run firm.
Authorities in Bosnia have not accepted Sacirbey’s explanations. The financial police concluded that some of the missing funds were transferred to Sacirbey's personal bank account at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. When confronted, he provided a "confused and contradictory" explanation of the transfers, according to a copy of the audit.
In an undated letter to former Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic after the audit, Sacirbey acknowledged using $609,253 from consular fees collected at the mission to pay expenses not approved by the Foreign Ministry. He also said, "Mr. President I remind you that for these expenses I could not, nor was I allowed, to ask the consent from anyone but you." Izetbegovic tartly replied in a letter that Sacirbey's explanations were "absolutely unacceptable" and denied approving Sacirbey's claimed payments of $292,000 in cash to lawyers representing Bosnia at the International Court of Justice in The Hague -- payments for which the auditors said Sacirbey never presented receipts.
Sacirbey said that he not only made unapproved payments for Bosnia's lawsuit against Yugoslavia at The Hague, but traveled there repeatedly between 1998 and 2000 at a total cost of $112,000. The auditors rejected this claim, noting that "there were no major activities concerning this lawsuit in 2000" and that Sacirbey had not presented evidence to back up his claims.
This is not the first time Sacirbey has been accused of wrongdoings. The London Observer, for example, reported on October 17, 1999, that Sacirbey and the son of Wesley Clark, the NATO supreme commander who led allied forces in the air raids against Serbia and Kosovo earlier that year, were caught up in an embarrassing financial scandal involving the Bosnian government's attempts to make an epic film of the siege of Sarajevo.
Wesley Clark Junior and Sacirbey were being asked to explain how Bosnian government money provided to fund the troubled film was spent. At the center of the row was Veljko Bulajic - the former Yugoslavia's most famous film director - who was demanding a government inquiry into the expenditure of money provided to produce the film, entitled Sarajevo.
Wesley Clark's name emerged amid inquiries by the Bosnian media into claims that the production was unable to account for 500,000 Deutschmarks (about $250,000). While there is no suggestion that Clark or Sacirbey had misappropriated the funds, they have come under the spotlight following claims that both men exaggerated Clark's Hollywood experience and that he was overpaid for his work, the Observer said.
Sacirbey had brought Clark into the production on the basis of claims that he was an already established movie-maker 'with a working relationship with Danny DeVito's production company Jersey Films'.
Furthermore, the U.S. News & World Report reported in its “Whispers” section on May 15, 2000, that Sacirbey was also accused of cheating at a New Orleans casino. Louisiana State Police told the U.S. News us that Sacirbey was suspected of doping the dice:
Nice guy, this Bosnian “diplomat!” Deny, deny, deny... Where have we seen such tactics before? (for an answer, click here).
Muhamed Sacirbey was born in Sarajevo in 1956, but left in 1963 with his parents for Turkey and North Africa. Four years later, he moved to the U.S. Describing himself as an "all-American boy," he toyed with the idea of West Point and passed up Harvard and Yale to take a football scholarship at Tulane University.
In Sarajevo, both of Sacirbey’s parents had been active members of the Young Muslim group, according to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA). He cites his mother as someone who was devout but tolerant Muslim, observing prayers and fasts, but strong on women's rights. Many members of Bosnia's present government were in the same group, so he was well-connected, the WRMEA said.
When the Bosnians elected to pull out of the former Yugoslavia, Sacirbey was an investment banker in the U.S. He believed he could best contribute to his former homeland's initial development as an independent nation by helping it to secure foreign investment. When Bosnia became independent, he worked on its admission to the U.N.
"This new world order has proven to be the 'new selective application world order,' so there is no world order," he told the WRMEA. "The U.N. hierarchy should act independently of the countries that make up the Security Council and the General Assembly, in the sense that they have an obligation to promote ideas that are ultimately going to create some new world order. Instead they are reacting to the wishes and the manipulation of the most powerful."
Spoken like a true NWO turncoat?
Milosevic: From Communist Apparatchik to NWO Bogeyman to Nationalist Martyr
to Be on Trial at the Hague?
THE HAGUE, Feb. 13 - Speaking of turncoats, believe it or not, the former communist apparatchik-turned-Serbia’s strongman, Slobodan Milosevic, was also once trying out for the role of a New World Order poster boy.
In a November 1993 article titled "Plutocracy Is Alive and Well in America," I quoted something Milosevic said to me during our first meeting at his office in Belgrade in January 1990. Here's an excerpt (see “Stitching Together the New World Order Flag,” November 1999):
"I remember meeting (David) Rockefeller as well as (Larry) Eagleburger (the former U.S. Secretary of State) at a gala party to mark the opening of our New York branch," this former Belgrade banker told me nearly four years ago (i.e., in Jan/90). "And even though Eagleburger was an important government official, while Rockefeller was 'only' a businessman, I noticed that Eagleburger called Rockefeller 'Sir,' while Rockefeller called Eagleburger 'Larry.'" […]
takes one to know one," goes the old saw. Maybe the power-thirsty
Communist banker, who bullied his way into Serbian presidency, figured out
who really runs the American plutocracy masquerading as democracy - the
men and women from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral
Commission (TLC)." […]
If Milosevic had figured all this out (in the 1980s), it could help explain why he treated the U.S. government representatives, like Warren Zimmermann, the former U.S. ambassador to Yugoslavia, for example, or Lawrence Eagleburger, the former Secretary of State, with such disdain. Unlike most Americans, Milosevic may have realized that he was dealing with mere minions, not with men of power," I said in that November 1993 article.
Ultimately, Milosevic committed the worst sin for a would-be poster boy. He bit the hand that fed him. This communist apparatchik demonstrated the strategic vision of an ant when he gambled on the backing of the Soviet Union against the U.S.-led NWO. As the USSR bit the dust in 1991, the former poster boy’s posterior was left bare for punishment. Which came in the form of U.N. sanctions, the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, and finally, the imprisonment and trial for genocide at the U.N. Tribunal at the Hague.
But that’s where the NWO powers that be made their own strategic blunder. By affording Milosevic a chance of a highly publicized public trial, they will have put themselves on trial, too. Already, Milosevic has said that he would call as witnesses the likes of Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and other unindicted NATO war criminals.
More importantly, the NWO leaders will have elevated a clever political tactician, but an incompetent strategist, to the position of a nationalist martyr. Even before his trial commenced, Milosevic had gathered support not just from the leftist and socialists world over, but also from the nationalists who (mistakenly) see him as a symbol of resistance to the NWO globalism.
In her opening statements at the Milosevic trial (Feb. 12), the chief prosecuting “kangaress,” Carla Del Ponte, said that he was a brilliant tactician, but a mediocre strategist, who used nationalism as means to achieve his own power grab.
For once, the above comment by this legal stooge of the NWO is something with which even this writer can agree. Except that Del Ponte is perhaps flattering Milosevic by calling him a “mediocre” instead of a “lousy” strategist.
He was also an easily impressionable man. Recently released tapes of the Croatian intelligence services revealed that Milosevic was - believe it or not (!?) - a not-so-secret Bill Clinton admirer. His talk with Clinton on January 13, 1996, opened with warm greetings before the two leaders discussed the Dayton peace plan for Bosnia, and the importance of normalizing relations between the United States and Yugoslavia, which was then under international sanctions (see the Sydney Morning Herald and the London Telegraph, Feb. 8, 2002):
the end of their conversation, Mr Clinton, aboard Air Force One, told
Milosevic: "I think I can count on you." After this chat,
Milosevic called the then Serbian president, Milan Milutinovic now, like
Milosevic, an indicted war criminal to boast of his friendly talk.
responded with a swipe at Madeleine Albright, then secretary of state. Mr
Clinton "must have hid in the plane toilet" so that she could
not overhear his talk, Milutinovic quipped. "You think he's scared of
Albright?" asked Milosevic. "She's a hag, man. You don't know
what she's like," insisted Milutinovic.
Milosevic was furious when an editorial in Politika, a Belgrade daily, attacked Mr Clinton.” [under Milosevic’s pressure, Politika later published a favorable view of Clinton/America].
Milosevic was not the only Serb leader who was suffering
from excess gullibility. Former
Bosnian Serb president, Radovan Karadzic, and the top military commander,
Gen. Ratko Mladic - both now also indicted by the
kangaroo court at the Hague - were similarly wowed by Jimmy Carter in
December 1994. At the time, this writer warned them that the smooth-talking and
broadly-smiling Carter was on a Trojan Horse mission for the NWO (see "Jimmy
Carter Is a Trojan Horse" - TiM Dec/94+The News, 1/05/95).
To no avail. Warnings fell on deaf ears as the two leaders fell for Carter’s charm. The result was tragic for the Serbs. The Bosnian Serb leaders managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. On the eve of an imminent and total military triumph over the Muslim forces in Western Bosnia (Bihac), they ordered the Serb Gen. M. Manojlovic to halt the advance. Upon receiving the order, the general is supposed to have slammed his cap to the ground in disgust, and yelled: “F… them all!”
After that, the Serbs lost the military initiative. Less than a year later, they were militarily defeated. The Dayton “peace agreement” sealed their fate politically in late November 1995. That is why it is also more than a bit ironic that the Bosnian Serb people are still revering their wartime leaders. Take a look at the photo at the right of this year’s Orthodox New Year celebrations in Banja Luka, the Bosnian Serb capital. Large posters of Karadzic and Mladic can be seen alongside various religious symbols and icons.
But while falling for the treacherous smiles and promises of the NWO leaders, Milosevic had managed to fool many “good Serbs,” including the wartime Bosnian Serb leaders, into believing that he was also “a good Serb.” Maybe he even believed it himself? Maybe he still does? But his policies have proven to be disastrous for the Serbs. Especially for the really “good Serbs” - the innocent Serb civilians - who have had to suffer the wrath of genocidal sanctions imposed by the NWO for over eight years, and the NATO bombings in 1995 (Bosnian Serbs) and 1999 (Serbia, Kosovo). Here's what we said about that in June 1998:
sold out Serbia's national interests for the same reason the globalist
U.S. government has been selling out America's national interests - to
stay in power. Why do you suppose the U.S. government refused to back
openly the massive pro-democracy demonstrators' calls for Milosevic's
resignation last winter? Because Milosevic has now learned when to wag his
tail or bare his teeth, depending on what his NWO masters need in a given
situation. Without him as a villain, the U.S. anti-Serbian policy would be
shown for what it is - a genocide against an entire people, which is what
the old and the new proposed sanctions are.
vile NWO-pariah relationship is symbiotic in reverse, too. Every time a
new crisis is manufactured, it enables local ruler to usurp more powers
from his people on account of a national emergency. For the same reason,
manufactured crises, such as the current Kosovo one, or the February one
in Iraq, actually benefit the dictators like Milosevic or Saddam Hussein.
They give them a chance to consolidate or increase their power over their
Which is why Milosevic should have been tried in Serbia - first and foremost for his abuses of the Serb national interests, and for the moral, political and economic corruption that was endemic in his regime (see “How Milosevic Sold Out Kosovo,” Sep. 1, 1999). And, of course, he should have been also charged with crimes committed in his name by various government and paramilitary groups against other Yugoslav ethnic groups, as this writer warned Milosevic exactly 10 years ago, almost to the day (I met with him at his office in Belgrade on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1992):
next time we met, in February 1992, just before the Bosnian war broke out,
I warned Milosevic that he himself may face charges as a war criminal one
day unless he condemned such crimes by the Serbs. He said he already had,
grinning and making some notes about my comment in his pad. He evidently
either didn't think he'd be prosecuted, or didn't care.”
Had Milosevic been tried in Serbia, the country would have had a chance to exorcise the demons from the past; to clear the slate, and to start fresh. But alas, that’s NOT in the interests of the NWO leaders. Continuing to oppress the Serbs, only by other means - using the equally morally, politically and economically corrupt Washington stooges who hide under the label of DOS (Democratic Opposition of Serbia) - is what’s going on in Serbia today (see the image DOSOVO on the left, a cover from the Serb Bre! magazine). One slate of leaches has replaced another. This time, the other end of the bloodsucking tube feeds the NWO coffers. Last month, for example, four largest Yugoslav banks were closed, putting 6,000 people out of work.
Meanwhile, the NWO has committed a major faux pas. It has allowed its hatred of the pesky Milosevic to prevail over its better judgment. For the next two years, the NWO will be on trial at the Hague, the kangaroo court and its legally flawed process notwithstanding. If Milosevic lives to tell his story, that is… (see "International Justice 'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder", July 1998).
If he does, it will be a lose-lose proposition for the NWO. If Milosevic is convicted, many will see it as “victors justice” (see Item 4, an opinion column bearing that title). If he is found not guilty as charged (admittedly an unlikely scenario), the NWO will lose by definition.
Either way, the NWO will lose face. Which, of course, will be no great loss. In a world ruled by greed and power, being faceless is a normal state of state.
3. Milosevic Seen as Scapegoat
BOSTON, Feb. 12 - The Boston-based Andre Huzsvai is a longtime TiM reader who has contributed several comments to our TiM reader forums over the years. This time, he has sent us a short article that he and Marko Lopusina co-wrote. The piece was also published as an OpEd column by the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 12:
Milosevic Is the Scapegoat in a Show Trial
LOPUSINA and ANDRE HUZSVAI
Balkans is a strange place: Nothing is what it seems to be.
2001, after nearly a decade of bloodshed and related media frenzy,
Slobodan Milosevic was arrested and transferred to The Hague for trial.
Thus ended the public relations phase of the hunt, giving way to
indictments for war crimes in Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Milosevic, as a scapegoat in a show trial with a predestined outcome,
would be a perfect medium to exorcise the guilt of those who are trying to
obliterate their complicity in provoking and expanding the Balkan wars.
be voodoo justice: a desperate and dishonest attempt to close the 1990s
chapter of the Balkan history. Milosevic is gone from the Balkan stage,
but his departure gives additional credence to some inconvenient facts.
The careful reading of the last 10 years suggests that the trial will be
Milosevic's final act, designed, timed and scripted by higher powers to
neatly wrap up the cautionary tale of the "butcher of the
Balkans." Former Assistant Secretary of State John Shattuck wrote in
a 2001 article in the Boston Globe that, if the 1995 Dayton agreement
"prolonged Milosevic's rule ... it also sealed his fate." In it,
Milosevic agreed to the tribunal that is now putting him on trial. When he
was arrested in 2001, "the trap that had been set in 1995 at last
slammed shut," wrote Shattuck. This confirmed a long-held suspicion
that the U.S. manipulated Milosevic and world opinion.
allegations of Milosevic's "war crimes" in Bosnia and Croatia
true, he would have been indicted in 1995, instead of rubbing elbows with
U.S. politicos at the Dayton peace talks. Were Washington serious about
toppling him, it could have done so in 1996 by supporting the Serb
opposition movement, Zajedno. Yet the U.S. seems to have been more
interested in keeping Milosevic in power until the last part of the Pax
Americana scenario in the Balkans played out with the NATO occupation of
Balkans boogeyman on whom anything could be blamed, Milosevic was an
invaluable public relations asset to NATO politicians who have been
conveniently advancing their own geopolitical agenda in the region in
tandem with Albanian secessionists.
individual charges against Milosevic are a double-edged sword: Every one
of them could be applied to the wartime deeds of Croats and Bosnian
Muslims, with regard to the Serbs and each other in a string of nasty
three-way armed conflicts. From the overblown issues of "rape
camps" to "concentration camps" to the true culprits in
market bombings to provocations and setups in Srebrenica to Racak, the
long list of myths conflicting with facts may prove to be embarrassing.
current war on terrorism brought to the limelight the ties between the
Bosnian war effort and Osama bin Laden's network. The issue of
simultaneous support from the CIA and Al Qaeda for the Kosovo Liberation
Army in the 1990s will gain attention as well.
As someone who has nothing to lose, Milosevic may well take the stand and turn the tables on his accusers. It may be only a matter of time before someone cries out that the emperor is naked.
Marko Lopusina and Andre Huzsvai are the writer and English editor, respectively, of "Spies, Lies, and Videotapes. The CIA Against Yugoslavia, 1947-2000" and "Balkan Death: The Albanian Narco-Mafia," both from Eurasia Communications, 2001.
LONDON, Feb. 9 - John Laughland, a London Spectator columnist, thinks that the Milosevic trial is already legally tainted as the prosecution has shifted gears from Kosovo to Bosnia for lack of evidence, and in order to improve its chances of getting a conviction. Here’s an excerpt from his column published on Feb. 9 (we’ve left the British spelling intact):
John Laughland says that the trial of Slobodan Milosevic has been rigged to
justify Nato s war against Serbia
the outcome of the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, which begins on 12
February and may last for several years, the International Criminal
Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has already condemned itself. For it is
difficult to imagine a more perfect paradigm of injustice than the
sequence of events which has led to the proceedings that get underway next
us leave aside for a moment the manner in which Milosevic was brought to
The Hague. His transfer there in exchange for the promise of millions of
dollars in aid, and in direct defiance of a ruling by the Yugoslav
constitutional court, was the very quintessence of illegality. Far worse
is the behaviour of the prosecutor and the judges, who now betray such a
harmony of institutional interests that it is impossible for anyone to
receive a fair trial at The Hague.
judges, indeed, have behaved as if they were just another arm of the
prosecution; the prosecution, in turn, behaves in a brazenly politicised
manner. On 1 February, the Appeal Chamber ruled in favour of a prosecution
motion that all three indictments against Milosevic for Kosovo, Bosnia and
Croatia should be bundled together into one single trial. Yet there is
only one conceivable explanation for this judicial shenanigan: that the
indictment of Milosevic for Kosovo is irredeemably flawed the very
indictment which constitutes the moral justification for the 78-day war
that Nato fought against Yugoslavia in 1999.
American-led bombing was justified by the claim that genocide was being
planned and executed against the ethnic Albanian population of Kosovo.
Throughout 1999 and 2000, the tribunal and various self-appointed Balkan
experts alleged that more than 11,000 Albanian civilians had been
murdered, and that a plan existed, called Operation Horseshoe, to drive
out half the population. These claims have now been formally discarded by
the tribunal. The indictment issued in July 2001 against Milosevic and his
colleagues, which was amended following the exhumation over two years of
more than 2,000 bodies, now accuses them of complicity in the deaths of
hundreds of Kosovo Albanian civilians . It lists the names of 577 dead
people, mostly men of fighting age.
asked by Le Monde last year why no charge had been brought for genocide in
Kosovo, the chief prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, replied, Because there
is no evidence for it. Yet if, as Nato claimed at the time, the
Yugoslav authorities had really intended to destroy the ethnic Albanian
population of Kosovo, there would be no difficulty at all in proving
genocide. Instead, the ICTY indictment makes no reference to Operation
Horseshoe, no doubt because it was rumbled in 2000 as a pure invention of
Nato war propaganda. […]
1995, Milosevic s Western opponents alleged that an indictment against him
was suppressed for political reasons, because he was the West s favourite
peacemaker at Dayton. The fact that the political wind has now changed
does not make the decision taken last Friday any more justifiable, or the
Hague tribunal any less of a political plaything.
To read the rest of the Spectator article, click on… http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old§ion=current&issue=2002-02-09&id=1564.
For additional stories in Balkans affairs, also see… “Milosevic at the Hague: A Mockery of Justice” (June 2001), “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), “How Milosevic Sold Out Kosovo,” Sep. 1, 1999, "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery'..." - TiM GW Bulletin 98/6-6 (6/22/98), “Toward Another ‘Red October,’” (Sep. 8, 2000), "Biting the Hand That Feeds You" (November 1998), "A Balkan Affairs Potpourri" (October 1998), "Put the U.N. Justice on Trial" (August 1998), "International Justice 'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder" (July 1998), "Jimmy Carter Is a Trojan Horse" (TiM Dec/94+The News, 1/05/95), and other stories in the The Balkans Affairs section of the TiM web site.
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"
Or Djurdjevic's NEW DAWN (Australia) magazine columns: "Macedonia: Another Farcical American Oil War," "Anti-Christian Crusades," "Blood for Oil, Drugs for Arms", "Washington's Crisis Factory," and "New Iron Curtain Over Europe"