in Media Global Watch Bulletins
July 16, 1999
Truth in Media Reports on NATO's
Kosovo War and "Peace"
S99-124, "Peace" 18
July 16, 1999 -
1. Killing and Pillaging Continues Under
KFORs Watchful Eyes
2. Revenge of the Rats
3. The Last Straw: Bill Designed to Kill
Serb Children (by Mary Mostert)
4. Buckleys National Review Libels Serbs, Then
Apologizes for Slanderous Comment
5. Dozens of NATO Bombs Found in Italy
1. Killing and Pillaging Continues Under
KFORs Watchful Eyes
PRISTINA, July 16 - Killing of Kosovo Serb civilians and pillaging of their property
continues under KFORs watchful eyes, our sources within the Serbian Orthodox Church
(SOC) report. Under the cover of the western media headlines filled with stories about the
alleged Serb atrocities during the war, there is an open season on Serb civilians who are
being slaughtered every day by the Kosovo Albanians.
Serb priests have become the only reliable source of information about whats
really going on in Kosovo these days. And based on the dispatches which we have been
getting from the SOC sources this week, every day several Serbs are murdered in cold
blood, while their property is taken away or destroyed. As a result, the World Food
Program officials estimate that there are now about 146,000 Serb refugees in Serbia who
have fled their homes in Kosovo.
Heres just a small sampling of crimes being committed against the Serbs during
NATOs Kosovo "peace," excerpted from todays SOC news dispatch:
"Tonight, Albanians have smashed the windows on
Metropolis building in Pristina. This is an ancient residence of bishops and a place for
gathering of the faithful. In the conversation with the priests from Pristina, we have
been informed today that the Serbian houses in Pristina are continuously on fire, so the
smell of smoke is always in the air.
Yesterday, at 17:00, Bozidar Davcetovic, a Serb from Pristina,
was shot and killed by Albanians while in the town on some business. His corpse was buried
today by the priest Milorad Cvetkovic. Only three persons attended the funeral.
Albanians have set fire to the church in Samodreza village, eight
kilometers away from Vucitrn, today. The church has been significantly damaged, especially
its altar and other valuables.
Albanians have damaged the Holy Trinity church, built 4 years
ago, in the refugee settlement in Velika Reka, near Vucitrn.
Yesterday, in Slovinje village, Albanians blew up an Orthodox
church which dates back to the 16th century, located only 70m (80 yards) in front of the
KFOR military base.
Yesterday, in Gornji Livac village, near Gnjilane, Albanians
wounded Zivorad Jankovic and his son Zoran, at the time when they went out to their farm
to feed the cattle.
In Klina, the church situated at the Serbian Orthodox graveyard
was demolished. In Petric village, the church was blown up, and completely destroyed. The
Karic brothers erected this church 7-8 years ago. In Dolac village the church was burned
to ashes. The church in Drsnik village was completely destroyed too.
The church in Urekovac was demolished, the parish center was
partly burned down and partly demolished. In Pecka Banja, the altar in the church was
partly charred and partly demolished. Reliable sources have reported that the Orthodox
church in Urosevac has also been set on fire, but this has not been confirmed.
Milovan Kojic, priest from Lipljan, and Ljubisa Crvenkovic,
member of the Human Rights Protection Board, have given us additional information on the
situation of the Serbs in Lipljan, on the Holy Day dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul
July 12. In the main streets of Lipljan, in which the Serbs form 95% of the population, a
huge number of Albanians, mainly from the other parts of the province, gathered and
started their rampaging against the local Serbs: setting of the Serbian houses on fire,
throwing Molotov cocktails and tossing hand grenades.
About 11:00, Serbian houses in Aca Marovic Street were hurled
stones at. Molotov cocktails were hurled at four Serbian houses and at Ljubinko
Andjelkovics business premises. Three houses were mostly burned due to that, but the
Serbs managed to extinguish the fire in the mentioned business premises.
At 13:30, Albanians tossed a grenade at Miladin Mladenovics
house, and thereat Miladins son Zoran, aged 32, and Zorans friend Sorde
Kosinac, aged 33, refugee from Stimlje, were wounded. KFOR drove both of them into the
English military hospital located in the ex correctional institution in Lipljan, where
they were detained for medical treatment.
Albanians tossed a grenade at Ognjen Todics house too, and
thereat Milutin Kostic, aged 44, was badly injured. KFOR took Milutin, too, to the
mentioned military hospital in Lipljan, and afterwards transferred him by helicopter in
Skoplje. A grenade was also tossed at Ljubomir Smiljics house, but, fortunately, it
did not explode and KFOR disarmed it.
Albanians attacked Miladin Mladenovic, aged 53, from Lipljan,
when he went to visit his wounded son and sons friend. Miladin was seriously injured
by knife in the neck and ear parts of the body. He, too, was brought into the military
hospital in Lipljan.
We have also been informed that one Serb, while being under
temporary arrest in correctional institution in Lipljan, heard from the imprisoned
Albanians that Serb Zoran Stanic from Slovinje village, who had disappeared on June 22,
was killed by Albanians and buried so, that no one could find him."
Albanians also beat Novica Savic, aged 70, at the farm near his
house in Novo Toplicane village, near Lipljan. Novica was seriously injured being stabbed
below throat. He also took treatment in the military hospital. However, KFOR soldiers told
Novica they should have arrested him, claiming that he had used firearms in self-defense,
which he did not do.
TiM Ed.: So what even if he had done so? Have the Serbs now even lost the right of self
defense, under NATOs "piss process" laws? It certainly seems that the
Ottoman-style persecution has returned to Kosovo, only now in the form of KFOR.
At 18:00 on the same day, to the great disappointment of the
Serbs, KFOR gathered the Serbs from Lipljan in Novo Naselje and ordered them to hand over
the weapons until 9:00 next day.
This tragic event that happened to the Serbs, insufficient KFOR
protection of the Serbs, as well as KFORs unwillingness to take into consideration
the full gravity of the Serbian populations predicament, have greatly disturbed the
Serbian population majority in Lipljan. All that adds to their feelings of insecurity and
induces the to move out."
Rt. Rev. Atanasije (Rakita) the Bishop of Hvosno, July 16, 1999
2. Revenge of the Rats
BELGRADE, July 16 - Lawlessness appears to be spreading to the rest of Serbia, too.
Weve just received a news report from a Belgrade source, titled "Revenge of the
Rats." According to this dispatch, Velimir Pavlovic, an editor of the Studio B in
Belgrade, one of the rare TV stations in Serbia controlled by the opposition (Vuk
Draskovics SPO party), was savagely beaten at the studios restaurant by two
Studio B executives and the waiter. Pavlovic was taken to the emergency center of the
Belgrade University Clinic, where he was treated and kept overnight.
Motives for the attack on Pavlovic are unclear, though our Belgrade source speculated
that it may have been an act of revenge by the "mobsters and spies who presently
occupy executive positions of the Studio B." The source said that Pavlovic was a
quiet and unassuming host of the TV talk shows who usually attracted top Serb
intellectuals as his guests.
3. The Last Straw: Bill Designed to Kill Serb
Children (by Mary Mostert)
REDDING, CA, July 16 - Here is an excerpt from a thought-provoking piece by Mary
Mostert, an author whose name should be familiar to the regular TiM readers (check out her
two other Kosovo stories written during NATOs War on Serbia - S99-34, Day 17, Update 1, Item 2, Apr. 9 and S99-55, Day 33, Item 3, Apr. 25):
"In 1996, I was a very active supporter of the Bob Dole
for President, although I thought he was really wrong in some of his statements about the
Bosnian war at the time.
As I delved into the problems, reading material from both
Albanian and Serb sources, I kept running into articles which claimed that my hero, Bob
Dole, was a lobbyist for the Albanians. I dismissed the charge as
unsubstantiated and unlikely. Bob Dole, I believed sincerely, would not be involved with a
terrorist group like the KLA which, it appeared quite early on, to be financed in large
measure by the sale of heroin. Illyria, an Albanian publication, wrote admiringly of Bob
Dole in an editorial on March 4, 1999:
At the start of this decade, one man, then a powerful senator,
stood on the steps of the Capitol and vowed to fight for the rights of the Albanians in
Kosovo. Through the loud cheers of thousands of demonstrators, Bob Dole promised he would
visit Kosovo and see at first hand the brutality of the Serb regime, which aimed at the
ethnic cleansing of the Albanian population. Serb dictator Slobodan Milosevic, who later
would win himself the deserved nickname of the Butcher of the Balkans, had just launched a
vicious attack on the Albanian people and their institutions. The move marked the
beginning of the breakup of Yugoslavia. [
President Clinton ASKED Bob Dole to try to persuade the Albanians
that U.S. intentions are good and that the White House is serious about the issue.
Not that the Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is not a respected U.S. official among
the Albanians (her dedication on the issue is to be admired), but Bob Dole brings to
Kosovo a familiar face -- the face of a man who has fought for their rights in the past
and continues to do so. (Albanian Telegraphic Agency
What I did not know until the last few days was just how much
campaign money had gone into Bob Dole's, and other congressional leaders', campaigns from
the Albanian lobby. But, what has been the final straw for me was the passage of S 1234
Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2000 which
was passed 97-2 on June 30, 1999. Bob Smith, who just this week left the Republican party
over matters of principle, and Robert Byrd were the only Senators to vote against the
Tucked away in the depths of the bill, totally undiscussed on the
Senate Floor, is a provision which is clearly intended to kill as many Serb children this
winter as possible. And 97 American Senators, Democrats and Republicans, voted in favor of
I called the office of a Republican senator who shall be
temporarily nameless, and inquired if the Senator knew of a provision recently voted on
which, according to an e-mail I received, names Yugoslavia a 'terrorist state'. The
aide, who had a Croatian name, said without hesitation that I was referring to S 1234,
Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2000,
section 525 of the bill which did indeed list Yugoslavia as a terrorist state, along with
Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, or Syria. [
] (also see S99-113, "Peace" 7, Item 3, June
I also found, reading the bill, that Section 578 of S 1234 called
for draconian sanctions against Yugoslavia
which are guaranteed to kill hundreds of
thousands of people in a nation which is now about 90% unemployed because American bombers
destroyed most of its means of production, will remain in place, according to the bill,
until the President certifies that:
1. The representatives of the successor states to the Socialist
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia have successfully negotiated the division of assets and
liabilities and all other succession issues following the dissolution of the Socialist
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia;
2. The government of Serbia-Montenegro is fully complying with
its obligations as a signatory to the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and
3. The government of Serbia-Montenegro is fully cooperating with
and providing unrestricted access to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia, including surrendering persons indicted for war crimes who are within the
jurisdiction of the territory of Serbia-Montenegro, and with the investigations concerning
the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Kosovo;
4.The government of Serbia-Montenegro is implementing internal
5. Serbian, Serbian-Montenegrin federal governmental officials,
and representatives of the ethnic Albanian community in Kosovo have agreed on, signed, and
begun implementation of a negotiated settlement on the future status of Kosovo.
In effect these provisions destroy totally the G-8 agreement that
Milosevic and the NATO nations signed in early June. It provides for the Yugoslavia's
assets to be totally under the control of NATO - since they are the ones occupying Kosovo,
and apparently intend to occupy the rest of Yugoslavia, which is exactly what the
Rambouillet agreement required of Milosevic - uncontrolled access not only to Kosovo, but
ALL of Yugoslavia by NATO troops.
Recently in an interview on 60 minutes, Leslie Stahl asked
Madeleine Albright: I understand that 500,000 Iraqi children have died due to our
sanctions...was it worth it? Albright replied, It was worth it.
I asked the Senator's aide almost exactly the same question:
This will cause hundreds of thousands of Serb and other children in Yugoslavia to
die, just like in Iraq! I said. Surely the Senator is not approving
that? The aide said, That's what they deserve for choosing a man like
I was dumbfounded. The children have chosen NO ONE! Apparently
this whole war IS about money - just as many Serbs have been trying to tell me for weeks -
but I didn't believe it. Now I find that the Senate of the United States has passed an
appropriations bill that spells it out in detail - and the threat is in effect: Give up
your assets to us or we kill your children. [
What will this mean on the ground in Yugoslavia? (William) Doric
noted, As a 'terrorist state', there will be no travel in or out of Yugoslavia. Mail
will be stopped and all of us will be subject to government restrictions on communications
with Serbia. Speaking out will carry a price that might be considered subversion. There
will be no reconstruction by any nation and no medical assistance and tens of thousands of
Serbs will die right before our eyes - just like 1.8 million Iraqi people have died in the
last 5 years. The stupidity of this bill is that without rebuilding Serbia, where 60% of
Europe's trade flows down the Danube River, the trade will permanently stop. Serbia's
neighbors will be punished right along with the Serbs. Mitch McConnell has just shown how
much hate can drive a person to immoral conduct and hate speech.
Can anything be done about it? It is not yet law. Call, write,
telephone and fax your representative in Congress! (see
http://originalsources.com/PLobby/ContactCongress.shtml) Write letters, or send this
article, to your local newspaper. For national news sources, go to:
Back in 1962, I was one of 52 American women who flew to Geneva,
Switzerland in an effort to stop the testing of nuclear bombs in the atmosphere because,
as a young mother of four little children, I was concerned about the sharp increase in
child cancer and leukemia from cancer-causing Strontium 90 that children all over the
world were drinking along with their milk. Although the Senate was almost solidly behind
the nuclear testing, after six months of work by a small group of women, organized in a
loose confederation called Women's Strike for Peace the testing of bombs in
the atmosphere was stopped - by a vote of 94-6 in the Senate - saving the lives of
hundreds of thousands of children worldwide.
It's time for those who care about the children - whether they be
women or men - to speak up and demand a halt to US policies which are killing children. We
can stop this madness."
Mary Mostert, Redding, California (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
4. Buckleys National Review Libels Serbs,
Then Apologizes for Slanderous Comment
NEW YORK, July 16 - In the current issue of the National Review (July 12, 1999, Vol. 51
Issue 13), a publication edited by William F. Buckley, an article written by David
Pryce-Jones, who is described as a historian, alleged that the Serbs ran the Jasenovac
death camp in Croatia. Actually, Jasenovac was a WW II death camp in which some 700,000
Serbs, 30,000 to 35,000 Jews, and 25,000 Gypsies were murdered by the pro-Nazi Croat
As protests started to pour in, the embarrassed National Review editorial staff started
to send out, what it turns out to be, a form letter retracting the claim and apologizing
to the readers. Here is the text of the National Reviews letter of apology which
several TiM readers have received, and then forwarded on to us:
"Thank you for your letter. Mr. Pryce-Jones addressed the
issue in our July 26 issue. Kosovo, from Scratch did indeed contain a factual
error, missed by both the author and our proofreaders prior to publication. As Mr.
Pryce-Jones writes in National Review's July 26 issue, My purpose in mentioning
Jasenovac was to illustrate how mass-murdering has conditioned political life in that
unhappy region of the Balkans. Recent events in Kosovo confirm the persistent reality of
this general point. But, as he continues, The Croat Ustashe ran Jasenovac, and
Serbs were murdered there along with Jews and gypsies.
National Review apologies for the error, has corrected it, and
assures our readers there was nothing deliberate involved in the mistake."
Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review
5. Dozens of NATO Bombs Found in Italy
ROME, July 17 - Italian minesweepers trolling the Gulf of Venice found 34 bombs during
the past eight weeks, nearly all of them dropped by NATO jets on bombing runs on
Yugoslavia, the Italian navy said, according to an Associated Press report filed from
All the bombs were destroyed, the navy said, reporting that the mine-hunting operation
was winding down. Some of the 10 minesweepers being used will stay in the Adriatic to
check out sites where fishing boat crews reported seeing suspicious objects.
In May, an explosion wounded a fishing crew in the waters off Venice, and Italian
investigators said the bomb was apparently part of a cluster bomb (see "NATO Calamari," S99-79, Day 53, Item 2, May 15).
In early June, a week before the last air strikes, Italy's defense minister reported
NATO-allied planes had dropped 161 bombs, including seven cluster bombs, into the Adriatic
on their way back to Italian air bases. Pilots commonly unload bombs before landing to
avoid accidental explosions on the ground.
Also, check out... Truth in Media Statement on the Kosovo War, "Wither Dayton, Sprout New War?",
"On the Brink of Madness", "Tragic Deja Vu's," "Seven U.S. Senators Suggest Ouster of
Milosevic", "Biting the Hand That Feeds You", "A Balkan Affairs
Potpourri", "Put the U.N. Justice on Trial", "International Justice
'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a
Mystery'...", "Kosovo Lie Allowed
to Stand", "New World Order's
Inquisition in Bosnia", "Kosovo
Heating Up", "Decani
Monastery Under Siege?", "Murder
on Wall Street", "Kosovo:
'Bosnia II', Serbia's Aztlan", "What If the Shoe Were on the Other Foot?",
"Serb WW II General Exhonerated by British
Archives," "Green Interstate - Not Worth American
Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the Year?" (A June '95
TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les
musulmans bosniaques", "Kocevje:
Tito's Greatest Crime?", "Perfidious
Albion Strikes Again, Aided by Uncle Sam"
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese
Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's
Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning
Up Another Crisis"
Or Djurdjevic's NEW DAWN magazine columns: "Washington's
Crisis Factory," and "A New Iron Curtain Over Europe"