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June 3, 1999

Special Truth in Media Global Watch Bulletins on NATO's War on Serbia

Issue S99-99, Day 72, Update 2

FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA explosion.gif (16495 bytes)  Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS

June 3, 1999; 8:30PM EDT - DAY 72, UPDATE 2


Phoenix                   1. Milosevic Is No Prince Lazar;

                                    More Like Vuk Brankovic

London                    2. When Others Converted, the Serbs Didn't

Belgrade                 3. "The Night Will Always Belong to Us"

Phoenix                   4. Who Won and Who Lost?


1. Milosevic Is No Prince Lazar; More Like Vuk Brankovic

PHOENIX, June 3 - "Capitulation!" With this single word, a Belgrade resident summed up the "peace agreement" reached today, after the discussions between the Russian envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin, and the Finnish president, Martti Ahtisaari, with the Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic.

Yugoslav parliament approved the agreement by a 136-74 vote in a special closed session this morning, as the Radical Party pulled out of the coalition government with Milosevic's Socialist Party. "We shall not sit in the government and await the arrival of NATO troops in Kosovo," said Vojislav Seselj, the Radical Party's leader.

"Chernomyrdin stabbed us in the back," the above Belgrade resident added. Predictably... as he had done to Russia in Chechnya. As we have said several times before, "no friend of Al Gore can be a friend of the Serbs" (see S99-69, Day 45, Update 1, Item 1, May 7; S99-73, Day 49, Update 1, Item 1, May 11 and S99-79, Day 53, Update 1, Item 3, May 15).

"You were right all the time about 'Chernobill'," was the reaction of a Serbian-American theology professor from Indiana. "Weep Serbdom!"

"Why did it take him so long to betray us?", another Serb resident told us, referring to Milosevic. "We could have had the same result with far fewer lives lost."

Belgrade and much of Serbia was appropriately in darkness this evening, its lack of electricity, due to earlier NATO strikes, symbolizing this moment of darkness in Serb history.

Almost 610 years ago, the Serb Prince Lazar faced similar choices. Unlike Milosevic, however, Prince Lazar chose the heavenly, over the earthly kingdom. Here's a poem about it from the epic cycle of Kosovo:

"Prince Lazar of noble ancestry!

Which kingdom will you choose?

Will you choose the earthly kingdom?

Or you will choose the heavenly kingdom?

If you choose the heavenly kingdom…

All your army will perish,

And you, Oh Prince, will die with them."


After the Prince heard these words,

He pondered all sorts of thoughts:

"Dear God, what shall I do and how shall I?

Which kingdom shall I choose?

Shall I choose the earthly kingdom?

Or shall I choose the heavenly kingdom?

The earthly kingdom lasts only a brief time,

But the heavenly kingdom always and forever."


So the Prince chose the heavenly kingdom.

Then the Turks mounted their attack against Lazar,

And the Serbian Prince Lazar perished,

Together with his entire army,

Seventy-seven thousand a number,

And all was holy and honorable

And acceptable to gracious God…

So Milosevic is no Prince Lazar. This turncoat communist is more akin to Vuk Brankovic, a traitor who failed to heed Prince Lazar's call to Battle of Kosovo in June 1389, heralded here through the famous curse of Stefan Musich:

If any Serb, or man of Serbian birth,

Or any man of Serbian kith or kin,

If any such a man comes not with me

To battle on the field of Kosovo -

Never shall he know a son or daughter;

Whatsoever he may touch shall wither;

Vineyard, field of wheat - his sweat and labor fruitless;

And his generations barren!

Milosevic's betrayal was unfortunately all too predictable. It was just a matter of time and circumstances. Here is, for example, an excerpt from a column which this writer wrote on Oct. 11, 1998. It was published by the Washington Times on Oct. 25, 1998 under the title, "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict:"

"...Ever since the summer of 1994, Milosevic has been playing the role of a "designated bogey," thus facilitating the realization of the U.S. government's geopolitical aims in the Balkans, and the dismemberment of his own country. In return for Milosevic's being such a good "bad guy," Washington has repeatedly propped him up when the Serbian people rose up against this former communist.

But if, in the end, NATO does end up waging war against Serbia, even if only to absolve Milosevic from the responsibility of giving up Kosovo, the action will set a dangerous precedent. It will mean nothing less than the end of national sovereignty and all inherent rights which sovereign nations have enjoyed for centuries world over. As a result, any nation will now have reasons to fear the capricious wrath of the "world's only remaining superpower," the new neo-colonial Big Brother. Capricious, because the new Big Brother's power is only based on a "might makes right" legal principle.

For example, even if the Serbian government did do what the West is accusing it of having done, and even if the protection of supposedly endangered minorities is the overriding legal principle which outweighs the issues of national sovereignty, how can one explain the fact that this only applies to Serbia? The U.S./NATO never bombed Turkey over its atrocities against the Kurds; or China over Tibet; or Indonesia over East Timor; or Israel over its various enemies, including even extra-territorial military assaults on neighboring countries; or Russia over Chechnya; or Great Britain over Northern Ireland; or Spain over its treatment of the Basques; etc.

In short, NATO's involvement in the Balkans is NOT about protection of civilians - Albanian or any other kind. It is about projection of power into a political vacuum created by the end of the Cold War. And about connecting NATO East (Turkey) with NATO West (Bosnia) - over the backs of a small predominantly Orthodox Christian nation whose territory unfortunately happens to intersect these NATO strategic interests.

If the Serb leader had been smart, he would have realized all this, and would have worked for his country to become a part of NATO, just as the predominantly Orthodox Christian Greece is, for example. As it were, Milosevic totally misread the geopolitical tea leaves around the end of the Cold War. This former communist counted on the backing of the Soviet Union as he chose to snub the world's biggest superpower (in the 1989-1990 period). When the Evil Empire collapsed, Milosevic was left stark naked, without a friend in the world. And the Serbian people have been paying the price for his arrogance and stupidity ever since.

In August 1994, Milosevic finally realized his error, turned coat, and turned on the Bosnian Serbs, too (whom he had been supporting prior to that). He became a western vassal, a "designated bogey," and a facilitator of the destruction of his own people. What followed was NATO's bombing of the Bosnian Serbs in August-September 1995; expulsion of some 250,000 Serbs from Croatia; the Dayton "Peace Accords" - actually the terms of surrender which Milosevic had signed in November 1995; and NATO's occupation of the Serbian territories in Bosnia in early 1996.

And now, the next (Kosovo) phase of NATO's expansion in the Balkans is about to unfold - with or without the bombing of Serbia. The "perpetual war for perpetual commerce" globalist principle is being affirmed once again in Kosovo. Which means that the U.S. and other western taxpayers can now start playing an "eeney, meeney, miney, mo…" game of their own: How much money and how many human lives will this overseas troops deployment cost us? Americans can also ask why we don't zip out of office - PERMANENTLY - the U.S. "Zippergate" officials who preach the virtue of chastity while chastising virtue the world over?"


2. When Others Converted, the Serbs Didn't

LONDON, June 3 - Early this morning, we received by fax from the U.K. a copy of an article written by a Briton of Polish descent, headlined "Serbia's Art and Soul." The following excerpt from it may help you understand why the Serbs fought and died for Kosovo:

"Gracanica? A strange church, as I remember it, with too many domes crowded above too small a nave, located a few miles outside Pristina, and started in 1313. The Turks burnt it down a few decades later. So the Serbs rebuilt it. Burnt down and rebuilt, burnt down and rebuilt-the famous ecclesiastical sites of Kosovo kept the Serbian embers glowing, for century after century, with remarkable success.

So. When the Bosnians converted to Islam, the Serbs didn't. When the Albanians converted to Islam, the Serbs didn't. For 500 years they believed themselves to be fighting a Christian jihad on behalf of civilised West against the invading eastern Muslims. When the Turks were finally expelled, in the false dawn that preceded the Great War, in came the Bulgarians. And the Austrians. And the Italians. Then the Nazis. Even more clearly than my people, the Poles, the Serbs have had to define themselves through their opposition to their neighbours. And their churches, packed to the rafters with so much stern and rousing and ancient religious propaganda, have been the chief artistic focus of that opposition.

So. When the Croats sided with Hitler, the Serbs didn't. When the Albanians sided with Hitler, the Serbs didn't. Until, finally, in about 1960, under the wonky tarpaulin of Tito's communism, the Muslim population of Kosovo, swollen by wholesale illegal immigration from the mightily poor and pseudo-Maoist Albania, and fattened by the strict Muslim forbidding of birth control, finally overtook and out numbered the indigenous Serb population. And 40 years of recent history began the process of attempting to outweigh 700 years of historic struggle. Monasteries had stones thrown through their windows (many had already been converted into mosques.) Graves were desecrated. Churches were torched. It is to the defense of those churches that the Serbs clearly believed they were rushing when they invaded, so brutally and quickly, Kosovo and Metohija.

The coverage of the Kosovo conflict has, time after time, struck me with its high-tech ignorance of these powerful low-tech causes. Not a word is ever mentioned about the great Church art of Serbia. Not enough has been devoted to the deep historical roots of the war. A few brief references have been made to the historic Battle of Kosovo of 1389, but not with any deep ambition to take it seriously. Not a line, that I have read, has been quoted from the marvelous cycle of epic Kosovo poems with which the Serbs, "a nation of (black)birds," have been indoctrinating their children, from birth, since the victory of the Turks."


3. "The Night Will Always Belong to Us"

BELGRADE, June 3 - So now you know, too, why all those Serb men fought and died on the Field of Blackbirds - Kosovo, 610 years ago, as well as in the last 72 days. Thanks to Milosevic's and Chernomyrdin's betrayals, NATO may eventually rule Kosovo in the daytime. "But the night will always belong to us," one normally mild-mannered Serb "city slicker," vowing to take his revenge on the occupying forces.

One can understand the reasons for such deep anger. Over 1,500 civilians killed; 30% of them children, according to today's Tanjug news release. Over 5,000 civilians wounded. God only knows how many Serb soldiers have been killed or injured by NATO during the last 72 days. The entire urban Serbia is in ruins... no electricity; no water this evening, as on many recent days.

Still people were prepared to endure all that, and then some, as long as they felt united with their government and their army in opposition to the foreign aggressor.

Milosevic may be prepared to forgive and forget such NATO barbarism in the hope of spending a few more days in his earthly kingdom. But the Serb people never will. Most of all, they will never forgive him - the new Vuk Brankovic. From this day forward, another Day of Infamy in this needless war, the old Kosovo curse will be on Milosevic's head:

Whatsoever he may touch shall wither;

Vineyard, field of wheat - his sweat and labor fruitless;

And his generations barren!

Today, June 3, is St. Constantin's Day. May these verses from this day forward also be known as St. Constantin's Curse on Milosevic. And may the Serb people have the courage to indict him and try him for triple treason - of the Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia, and now in Kosovo - before the NATO hyenas get their hands on someone who is so much like themselves. And then, may the night belong to the souls of those vanquished by the NATO war criminals...


4. Who Won and Who Lost?

PHOENIX, June 3 - This is the 99th Special TiM GW Bulletin published since the start of NATO's war on Serbia. And the war is still officially on. But the main protagonists are already jockeying for positions during the upcoming "peace process." Or better make that the "piss process," if we may borrow a phrase which Prof. J.P. Maher of Chicago uses in reference to the Irish "piss process."

It is at times like this that we are usually asked the perennial question which follows every war - who won?

Did NATO win?

Of course, not. Its reputation is in shreds, as is its credibility, both militarily and politically. As is Washington's and London's. As long as decent citizens of the world live and breathe, some will be pursuing the NATO war criminals until justice is served, and they are prosecuted for their war crimes in Serbia. The presence of the Russian and other non-NATO troops in Kosovo will also ensure that this terrorist organization will have to share the spoils in Kosovo with other countries.

Did Milosevic win?

Of course, not. He may have bought himself some extra time on this earth or out of prison, but he is unlikely to stay in power for much longer, as he did when he betrayed the Serbs of Bosnia in Dayton. It's now a toss up as to who will get to him faster - some outraged Serbs or NATO. Even if he is a self-professed atheist, Milosevic should be praying to God as he did when holding hands with Jesse Jackson that NATO wins this particular race. For, if the Serb people get a hold of him and his communist wife now, they are likely to end up as Romania's Ceausescu couple did in December 1989.

As if reinforcing this notion, the European Parliament President, Jose Maria Gil-Robles, said today in Cologne, Germany, that the European Union will not support any reconstruction program in Yugoslavia after the Kosovo war as long as Milosevic remains in power.

Did Russia win?

Of course, not. At least not the "real Russia," whose outrage against NATO the New World Order quislings, such as Boris Yeltsin and Viktor Chernomyrdin, simply ignored. Our Russian sources report that the Russian delegation at the Belgrade talks was split down the middle, with the military contingent strongly opposed to Chernomyrdin's betrayal of both the Serb and the Russian interests. Should Russia's military leaders one day decide to do a little more than just verbally oppose the Yeltsin-Chernomyrdin subservience to NATO, chances are that the Kosovo "piss process" may explode right back into the NATO leaders' faces.

And obviously, neither the Serb nor the Albanian people won. Both have been victimized by their leaders as well as by NATO.

So is there anyone that won?

Yes. The folks who planned and started the war - America's "death merchants" and other multinational industrials, bankers and media outfits, represented in the globalist organizations, such as Bilderbergers, the CFR, the Trilateralists...

In other words, the money behind the NATO war criminals (see S99-83, Day 57, Item 1, May 19 and many earlier TIM GW Bulletins and Djurdjevic's columns/speeches).

And even their victory may be short-lived. For, the American and other western taxpayers have now seen their ugly faces. They know their names.  And what their money can do to humanity. Make that - our money, extorted from us, the taxpayers, by their proxies, like Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Jean Chretien... and our lame Congress or parliamentarians. All we need to do is turn off that tax tap, and we can start saving lives.  And our money, too.

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Also, check out... Truth in Media Statement on Kosovo Crisis, "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?", "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"

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"