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Oct. 14, 1999

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S99-151, KFOR "Peacefarce" 45

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Oct. 14, 1999 - KFOR "Peacefarce" 45


Belgrade                          1. "We've Shortened the War by Three Days;" How Washington,

                                             Bonn Used Multiple Channels to Get to Milosevic

Rome                               2. Clark Ridicules Milosevic for Failures in Kosovo

                                            Gets Pentagon Citation for Prosecution of War

W. Australia                    3. News of U.S. Helicopter Crash in Bosnia during NATO's

                                            War on Serbia Was Suppressed: Why?

Belgrade                          4. A BEOGRAD.COM Poll: Serb Diaspora Favor

                                            Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia

W. Australia                    5. First of Djurdjevic's "New World Order and the Serbs"

                                            Columns Now Available at BEOGRAD.COM: What Is the New World Order?


1. "We've Shortened the War by Three Days;" How Washington, Bonn Used Multiple Channels to Get to Milosevic

BELGRADE, Sept. 16 - "We've shortened the war by three days," a staff member of a Belgrade academic institution (let's call him Dragan) proudly told the TiM editor in a July telephone conversation. At the time, this mysterious boast did not mean much to us. But Dragan promised to elaborate on it when we next got together face-to-face in Belgrade. Which we did during TiM editor's "Tour de Serbia."

It was late May, and both sides in NATO's war with Serbia were getting tired and exasperated. It was a classic case of "I'd let go of him, but he won't let go of me"-battle fatigue syndrome. Yet without a face-saving solution in sight, NATO's bombing of civilian targets in Serbia continued relentlessly. The Memorial Day weekend, for example, produced what was probably the greatest carnage of the war (see "Memorial Day Weekend Slaughter" - S99-95, Day 69, Item 1, May 31).

At the same time, both Washington and Bonn were desperately trying to find a way to end the bombing while saving face for NATO and themselves. This meant engaging in backdoor diplomacy through third parties who operated outside of any governments, and whose role in negotiations, especially in case of a failure, could be easily and plausibly denied.

You saw in "How Milosevic Sold Out Kosovo" (S99-144, "Peacefarce" 38, Item 1, Sept. 1), for example, how a mysterious Swedish businessman, Peter Castenfelt, a pal of Viktor Chernomyrdin and a "trustworthy contact of the German government," according to "Welt am Sonntag" (World on Sunday), was dispatched to Belgrade via Sofia on May 29. Castenfelt, who once worked for the Dillon Reed investment banking firm, and now owns a London financial company, Archipelago Enterprise, stayed in Belgrade stayed through June 4, negotiating the terms of Kosovo surrender with the Yugoslav president.

But Washington and Bonn were too eager to end the war quickly, and too experienced in matters of coercion to put all their eggs in one basket, even the basket of Castenfelt's considerable size. So they started working on another track at the same time.

On Friday night, May 28, our Belgrade source to whom we shall refer as Professor Kolya, received a mysterious call from a State Department diplomat (whose name is known to TiM). Prof. Kolya wasn't available at the time, so the caller left his name and home telephone number (a Virginia area code), and asked that the professor return his call urgently even if it is over the weekend.

After some consultations with his friends and associates about whether or not calling back a person who is a member of the government which was bombing Serbia at the time would be a wise move, Prof. Kolya made the call. "It was clear that they (Washington) were starting to panic, and were trying desperately to find a way out of the quagmire," Prof. Kolya told the TiM editor.

But why a call to Prof. Kolya, of all people? Because the professor apparently met Joschka Fischer, now Germany's foreign minister, at a conference in 1984. And the two have maintained a cordial relationship ever since.

In other words, Prof. Kolya was well suited for the role of éminence grise (gray eminence), just as was Peter Castenfelt. To carry out such secret assignments, it takes someone the Washington or Bonn officials are close to, but not too close; someone they can praise if he succeeds in his go-between mission; and someone of whom Washington and Bonn can easily wash their hands if he did not.

After a few more phone calls, Prof. Kolya and another Serb, similarly not a member of the Yugoslav government, yet a prominent and influential person (whose identity is known to TiM), were off to Bonn. They were greeted warmly by Joschka Fischer as they entered the German foreign minister's cabinet (also see "German Greens Paint Leader Red" - S99-77, Day 51, Update 2, Item 1, May 13).

The first meeting, which was scheduled for half an hour, ended up lasting 90 minutes. Fischer wanted Belgrade to make a gesture, any gesture however symbolic that its troops may withdraw from Kosovo. "You've got to give me something to work with," said an excited and animated Fischer. "We do want you to join Europe. But we don't want a Serbia turned into ashes. Which is what the Big Brother in Washington is prepared to do."

In fact, throughout the conversation, Fischer kept fearfully referring to Washington as the Big Brother, Prof. Kolya said. So much for the most powerful nation in Europe!

The three agreed to meet again, after the two Serbs had a chance to consult with Belgrade. And did. In between the two Bonn meetings, the two man-Serb private delegation was treated with suspicion and distrust by the official Belgrade. But since they were basically delivering the same message as Castenfelt (though apparently unbeknownst to the two Serbs, not only at the time, but all the way up until TiM editor's September visit to Belgrade), Milosevic eventually relented.

And the rest is history, as they say. As for Dragan's "we've shortened the war by three days"-comment, "we've received a message of appreciation from Washington," Prof. Kolya said with a sardonic smile. "But nothing from our government here."

Later the same afternoon, this writer asked his driver to take him past the bombed out Chinese Embassy. The blackened hull of the once handsome marble-lined building stood gloomily as yet another monument to NATO's arrogance or stupidity, take your pick. There were no signs of any renovation work, either. "Shortening the war by three days may have saved some lives, somewhere... But the war's end came about a month too late for those who died here," the TiM editor thought, as he gazed silently at another NATO crime scene, now an unofficial Chinese shrine.


TiM Ed.: By the way, Joschka Fischer is NOT a Jew from Novi Sad, as some TiM sources had alleged during the war. The German foreign minister hails from Sudatenland, Prof. Kolya told us, when we asked him to clarify that point.


2. Clark Ridicules Milosevic for Failures in Kosovo Gets Pentagon Citation for Prosecution of War

ROME, Oct. 7 - NATO's supreme commander in Europe, while on a visit to Italy last week, ridiculed Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic over his failures in Kosovo.

General Wesley Kanne Clark, told the media at the launch of, what Reuters termed, "a book-length interview with Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema on Italy's role in the conflict," that, "in January this year, Milosevic told me that Kosovo was more important to him than his own head." Clark recalled

D'Alema and United Nations civilian administrator for Kosovo Bernard Kouchner were also present at the interview, which was clearly staged in order to puff up Gen. Clark's and NATO's dismal performance in the air war, despite the alliance's overwhelming technological and numerical superiority (see "How Serb 'Dummies' Fooled NATO Dummies" - S99-114, "Peacefarce" 8, Item 1, June 24).

"(Milosevic) failed to shoot down NATO aircraft in any significant numbers, he failed to destabilize neighboring countries and he failed to intimidate and fracture the alliance," Clark said.


TiM Ed.: A slip of the tongue? A morsel of truth out of the "Clinton General's" mouth? Until now, the only aircraft loss the Pentagon and NATO brass has admitted was that of the F-117A "stealth" plane which the Serbs shot down on Mar. 27 (see S99-08, Day 4, Update 2, Item 1, Mar. 27). Yet here we now have Clark referring to shot down NATO aircraft in plural! ("any significant numbers"). Thank you, Gen. Clark, for this contribution to spreading the truth about NATO's war on Serbia, however involuntary it may have been.


"He failed to defeat the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army), and he failed to enlist Russian materiel support to achieve his aims. He had to give up either Kosovo or his head, and he gave up Kosovo. Now he is fighting to save his own head," he added.


TiM Ed.: Maybe. But Gen. Clark has already lost his (headship of NATO). This lame duck general been told he has to step down as the military head of NATO in April (see "The 'Clinton General,' Our 'Victorious' NATO Commander, Gets the Boot" - S99-130, "Peacefarce" 24, Item 1, July 29). And based on Gen. Clark's ensuing comments, he seems to be losing his marbles, too.


Clark also said Italy's Adriatic air bases were vital to the alliance's 36,000 sorties, which dumped 23,000 bombs and missiles on Yugoslavia during the three-month battle. "Italy did a magnificent job during the war, starting with the use of its air base at Aviano right through to the outstanding participation of Italian airmen," he said. "It was Italy's leadership that allowed NATO's strategic theory to be transformed into strategic practice."


TiM Ed.: Hm... Is Clark now trying to rewrite history? Maybe the long days and nights at the NATO command bunker where Clark spent most of the war have clouded the general's memory? So let us try to refresh it. Italy's leaders were on the forefront among the alliance members with their frequent calls for NATO to halt the bombing of Serbia. And Italy's parliament was openly against the war, practically from the get-go. Here are some examples from our wartime reports:


TiM Ed.: Yet now, D'Alema, now a book peddler (his book "Kosovo - The Italians and the War" is based on an interview with the prime minister by an Italian journalist), declared in that press conference with Clark last week that the Kosovo conflict had been an important test which Italy had passed.


Meanwhile, back in Washington, the defense secretary, William Cohen, apparently tried to soothe Clark's ruffled feathers to soften some of the humiliation which the "Clinton General" suffered when he was told he'd be relieved of duty next April, three months early. In a private ceremony, Cohen awarded Clark a "surprise citation," according to the Pentagon spokesman - a Defense Distinguished Service Medal.

The medal is the Pentagon's highest non-combat award. Norman Schwarzkopf, the retired Army general, received one for commanding allied forces in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, as did Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Henry H. Shelton for leading American troops in the near-invasion of Haiti in 1994.


TiM Ed.: So if this Distinguished Service Medal is really so "distinguished," why then present it in a private ceremony? Because attracting public attention to the "Clinton General" who distinguished himself by shooting Serb wooden MiG-29 "dummies;" by bombing the Chinese embassy; and by murdering four times as many civilians, women and children included, as he killed the Serb soldiers - might prove embarrassing even to America's Draftdodger-in-Chief?


3. News of U.S. Helicopter Crash in Bosnia during NATO's War on Serbia Was Suppressed: Why?

WESTERN AUSTRALIA, Oct. 15 - The pseudonym "Venik" ought to be familiar to the regular TiM readers. We first published Venik's data on NATO losses during our visit to wartime Serbia (see S99-48, Day 29, Update 1, Item 5, Apr. 21). And we updated his findings in some of our "peace farce" TiM GW Bulletins (see S99-112, "Peacefarce" 6, Item 1, June 21, for example, or S99-139, KFOR "Peacefarce" 33, Item 2, Aug. 24).

Although "Venik" is this TiM source's chosen pseudonym, his real identity is known to TiM. For those who may try to discredit Venik's views on account of his proximity to the Serbs, let us point out that this person is neither a Serb, nor is even based in Europe. Guess you can (accurately) surmise that he is a man. Which ought to suffice by way of introduction to his latest contribution, sent to TiM in late September:

"People often e-mail me in regard to the NATO losses claims on my Web site. Their main question is, of course, whether or not I can present any proof to support such claims. I found out that it doesn't help explaining to these people that the claims of NATO losses they find on my Web site are not my own. I simply collect information from a variety of sources, and organize this information for easy access.

Do I personally believe these claims? Do I believe that NATO is hiding its losses? Absolutely, otherwise I would have never invested so much time into collecting such information. I do this because I find it extremely important that American public is familiar with every detail of the operation "Allied Force", before it lends its support to another illegal and immoral war against a sovereign nation.

In this brief article I will present information available to me regarding a crash of a U.S. Army OH-58C Kiowa Scout armed observation helicopter in Bosnia-Herzegovina on May 26 of 1999. This crash has a direct connection to the NATO operation in Kosovo and the preparation of a NATO ground invasion of Yugoslavia, which was underway during the late stage of the conflict (see

What makes this incident even more interesting and relevant to the subject of my web site is the fact that this crash was never reported or even admitted by either the US or NATO officials. But first, I would like to briefly describe the incident involving the OH-58C reconnaissance helicopter, which was officially assigned to the United Nations SFOR troops in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

An American SFOR OH-58C Scout Kiowa reconnaissance helicopter crashed on 05-26-99 at 23:20, about 7km south-east of Brcko in the area of Ristici, Bosnia (map). SFOR, IPTF and LP (troops) responded to the scene. Two pilots on board suffered injuries. One first pilot suffered minor injuries and was treated at SFOR base in Tuzla. The second pilot sustained head and leg injuries, and on 05-27-99 he was still being treated at the Tuzla SFOR base.

Where does this information come from? It comes directly from two United Nations International Police Task Force (IPTF) daily reports. The two reports cover a period of time from May the 26th to May the 28th of 1999. The first report from May 26 - 27 states:

"FLASH REPORT (Helicopter crash) On 26.05.99 at 23.20 hrs an SFOR helicopter crashed in the area of Ristici (CQ 319-677), 7 km south-east of Brcko. SFOR, IPTF and LP responded to the scene. Subsequent information reveals the aircraft was an American Scout the crew was recovered uninjured. No further action required by IPTF or LP. "

The second report from May 27 - 28 has the following entry:

"Log entry No: 16 of Log 26th/27th May refers. Mission LNO to SFOR confirms that a US Scout KIOWA Helicopter - generally used for reconnaissance purposes - crashed approx 7km south-east of Brcko in the area of RISTICI (CQ.319-677) at about 23.20hrs. It is uncertain at this time what caused the engine malfunction which forced down the craft. It is confirmed that no outside forces were involved in causing the helicopter to crash. On board were 2 pilots. Both were rescued - though injured. No.1 suffered minor injuries for which he received treatment at Tuzla SFOR base and was later released. No.2 sustained head and leg injuries - he continues to receive medical attention at Tuzla base. Experts commenced investigations at 08.00hrs to day. A definite cause for the crash may take several days to determine."

The two reports are not classified, although they're not publicly available. They were e-mailed to me by an anonymous source. Once again, I would like to remind you that this accident, which involved a U.S. military helicopter and two injured U.S. servicemen, was NEVER reported by U.S. military or government officials.

This was not a very remarkable incident by itself. It did not involve an expensive attack helicopter, nor did it result in any casualties. This immediately made me curious as to why this accident was not officially reported. I looked back at the U.N. report from May the 26th and noticed a log entry No. 15, which states:

"Log entry No: 15 of 25/26.05.99 refers LNO to SFOR clarifies that at 01.55hrs on May 26th, the Allied Military Intelligence Battalion (AMIB) house sustained 4 impacts from Rocket Grenades. This property is positioned close to Zvornik (a town in Bosnian Serb territory, right across the river Drina, its border with Serbia - CQ.481-212).

At 02.03hrs on the same date, the Joint Commission Observer (JCO) house at KARAKAJ (CQ.510-208) sustained 3 impacts from Rocket Grenades while 1 Rocket Grenade hit the outer fence of the building. This property is positioned approx 4kms north of Zvornik. Two M80 launchers have been recovered in the vicinity of the AMIB house.

Two Magazines with ammunition from a Scorpion Pistol were also recovered. The motive for the attack is not known at this time. The individuals responsible have not been identified. There were no injuries to persons. The assessment of the damage to property is being carried out. The attacks would appear to be coordinated. SFOR in conjunction with LP and IPTF are investigating. A more detailed assessment should be available later today (26.05.99).

ZVORNIK: Incident Report # 99/ZVO/045 (RPG ATTACK ON AMIB) Incident Report # 99/ZVO/046 (RPG ATTACK ON JCO). On 26.05.99 two simultaneous RPG grenade attacks occurred on SFOR properties in Zvornik AOR (These cases were reported on dailylog 25/26.05.99 # 15). IPTF, SFOR along with LP CID visited the scenes of attacks and the following was revealed there: 1) At the accommodation of AMIB in CELOPEK it was noticed that all the glass windows from the right side of the building were damaged and three holes were found each by a diameter 20 cm. The investigating SFOR team had found 04 rocket RPG shells, two RPG launchers and two loaded magazines. 2) At the JCO building, the inspection found that all the windows from the right side of building were damaged. In total two rockets of five fired actually hit the building. The whole attack has been taped by a video camera belonging to the JCO."

Looking at the U.N. report from May the 27th I found the following entry:

"SFOR PATROL CAPTURED BY SERB SOLDIERS. Message from IPTF MHQ LNO to SFOR: At 16.00hrs May 26th a French Patrol (6 soldiers) were taken hostage by approx 20 VJ (Yugoslavian Army) soldiers. The capture took place at Rudo (CP 68-30). The Recce patrol noticed a Serb manned checkpoint, located in BiH. After reporting, the patrol was ordered to bypass the obstacle. As the patrol attempted to pass they were taken hostage. The 20 strong VJ soldiers took the 6 French soldiers into Serbia and seized their weapons and some equipment.

The patrol was released around 03.00hrs on May 27th and returned to Rajlovac - arriving there at 08.30hrs. The VJ soldiers confiscated a MAC 50 machine pistol, all their ammunition, blank maps and optical assets - including two pair of binoculars."

As you can see, the three incidents happened on the same date near the border between Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The two incidents involving an attack on NATO intelligence unit and the capture of SFOR soldiers coincided with several reports I received from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina on the same date regarding a heightened activity of Yugoslav soldiers in the border region.

I do not have sufficient evidence to connect the three incidents described above, however, it is a fact that OH-58C reconnaissance helicopters in Bosnia are employed by the Allied Military Intelligence Battalion stationed at Zvornik, the same unit that was subjected to a grenade attack on the date of the helicopter crash.

The helicopter can also be linked to U.S. Army intelligence operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Macedonia. A similar crash also involving a Kiowa reconnaissance helicopter (either an OH-58C or a more advanced OH-58D) was reported from Macedonia, where U.S. Army intelligence units were stationed. It is believed that the reconnaissance helicopters were used by the U.S. and NATO from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia in preparation of a ground invasion of Yugoslavia in May of 1999. It is also believed that the Yugoslav forces launched preemptive strikes against the bases of NATO intelligence operations in Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Whether or not you find my explanation plausible, the fact remains that a U.S. military helicopter crashed injuring two American servicemen and the information regarding this crash was suppressed by the U.S. military and NATO command. I am not necessarily saying that the OH-58C helicopter that crashed in Bosnia was shot down. For all that I know it could have been a technical malfunction or pilot error. However, this would not explain all the secrecy surrounding this crash.

A number of OH-58C helicopters have crashed in the past, some under very intriguing circumstances, such as the 1994 crash of a Kiowa Scout on a reconnaissance mission in North Korean part of the demilitarized zone. Two US servicemen were killed in that crash (or after it). But none of such incidents received the kind of silent treatment from the US military and government officials as did the seemingly routine accident in Bosnia on May the 26th.

Just about every piece of information you can find in the two United Nations reports on this page was suppressed by the military and never made news. And these are only two reports covering a period of only a few days. I find this disturbing and suspicious. Events like these form the basis of my skepticism toward NATO's accounts of the war in Yugoslavia."

Venik, September, 1999


4. A BEOGRAD.COM Poll: Serb Diaspora Favor Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia

BELGRADE, Sept. 30 - In late September, a popular Serb Web site, BEOGRAD.COM, conducted an Internet survey of political opinions by the Serbs in the Diaspora. And a vast majority of the Serb emigrants favored the two Serb Democratic Parties (which once were united).















Over 23% of the 1,044 respondents from 54 countries said that they would vote for Vojislav Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia. About 21% said they would support Zoran Djindjic's Democratic Party. All other parties scored in the single digit percentage figures, with Slobodan Milosevic's ruling Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) garnering less than 2% of the popular vote.

Among other major Serb parties by the domestic standards, the Serbian Renewal Movement (Vuk Draskovic) got only 7% of the votes, while the Serbian Radical Party (Vojislav Seselj), Milosevic's partner in coalition government, got only 4%.

Interestingly, the Movement for Democratic Serbia (Gen. Momcilo Perisic), a new party formed by the head of the Yugoslav Army whom Milosevic fired last December (see "Seven Senators Call for Ouster of Milosevic"), collected about 9% of the vote - more than any other Serbian "establishment" parties, except for the top two (democratic) opposition parties.


TiM Ed.: No wonder no one in the present Belgrade political "establishment" is rushing to push through a legislation through the Yugoslav Parliament which would actually give the Serb Diaspora the right to vote in the country's elections (a proposal which has been on the table for some years now). For, most of those who hold the keys to political power today would likely be turfed out of office, if the Serb emigrants around the world had their say.


Here is a summary of the Serb Diaspora vote, cast in September 1999:

1.90% SPS - Socialist Party of Serbia (Slobodan Milosevic)

0.48% JUL - Yugoslav Left (Mirjana Markovic)

7.14% SPO - Serbian Renewal Movement (Vuk Draskovic)

4.13% SRS - Serbian Radical Party (Vojislav Seselj)

20.63% DS - Democratic Party (Zoran Djindjic)

23.33% DSS - Democratic Party of Serbia (Vojislav Kostunica)

11.27% Other Parties

5.56% GSS - Citizens Association of Serbia (Goran Svilanovic)

0.32% ND - New Democracy (Dusan Mihajlovic)

3.33% SD - Social-Democratic Party (gen.Vuk Obradovic)

1.90% DA - Democratic Alternative (Nebojsa Covic)

7.30% SZP - Association for Change (Vladan Batic)

9.21% PDS - Movement for Democratic Serbia (Gen. Momcilo Perisic)

1.11% KV - Vojvodina Coalition (Dragan Veselinov)

0.48% DSZV - Democratic Union of Vojvodina Hungarians (Jozef Kasa)

1.27% LSDV - Social-Democratic League of Vojvodina (Nenad Canak)

0.63% SANDZAK - Bosnian National of Congress Sandzak (Sulejman Ugljanin)


5. First of Djurdjevic's "New World Order and the Serbs" Columns Now Available at BEOGRAD.COM: What Is the New World Order?

BELGRADE, Oct. 14 - We are pleased to announce, that starting today, you can also follow the TiM editor's weekly columns on the subject of the "New World Order" at the BEOGRAD.COM Web site.

In English:

In Serbian:


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