in Media Activism: Letters to Editors
July 30, 1999
|To: The Wall Street Journal
Albright's "Foster Thugs"
Re. "Who Will Lead the
Balkans?," a WSJ editorial, July 29, 1999
Ned Crabb, Letters Editor
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
New York, NY
So George Orwell has now joined the Journals editorial staff? Congratulations!
(For performing a miracle of bringing a dead writer back to life, not for adopting his
tongue-in-cheek style as if it were real life).
Your editorial, "Who Will Lead the Balkans?" (July 29, 1999) fits
Orwells Big Brother slogans from his masterpiece book, "1984," to a tee:
"War is peace"
"Freedom is slavery"
You say the Montenegrin president, Milo Djukanovic, is an "intelligent
moderate." In fact, he is a corrupt turncoat communist, worse than Serbias
president, Slobodan Milosevic, whom Djukanovic has betrayed. Heres, for example, an
excerpt from an article by John Laughland, published in the June 14-18 edition of the
London-based The European, which makes that point:
"In July of last year (1997), the ruling Democratic
Socialist Party - the former Communist party - underwent an internal split. Using
classic Bolshevik tactics, one faction ruthlessly expelled the other from the party. The
leader of the ascendant faction, the then prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, had been a
close ally of the Serb (now Yugoslav) president, Slobodan Milosevic. He ousted his former
friend, Momir Bulatovic, then president, even though Bulatovic's mandate should have
lasted until 1998, and took with him, as the new president, control of all the main levers
of power, from the television station and the press to the secret police.
Even though Djukanovic had been a member of the Federal Yugoslav
government which prosecuted Milosevic's war against Croatia in 1991, and even though he
had led the sanctions-busting organization which kept the Bosnian Serb Republic afloat
during the war against the Muslim-led Sarajevo government after 1992, Djukanovic started
to pretend he was an anti-war, pro-Western and anti-Milosevic candidate.
Nicknamed "Mr. 10%", he had also, since his student
days, been constantly dogged by malicious rumors about his penchant for shady business
transactions. According to the rumors - which he denies - he has been seen depositing cash
in Cyprus, Vienna and London; he is in cahoots with the Cosa Nostra; and is involved in
drug and cigarette smuggling.
By the time of the parliamentary elections held last Sunday,
Djukanovic had consolidated his hold over the country. As during the presidential election
in 1997, one could drive for hours around the Southern part of the country, and throughout
the capital, without seeing a single poster for his rival Bulatovic, whereas his own face
was to be seen everywhere.
In 1997, the Director of Montenegrin TV had happily handed out
Djukanovic election rosettes; by 1998, even all television broadcasts from Serbia had been
closed down - as if Scotland were to jam all BBC broadcasts from London - because they
were hostile to Djukanovic's take-over of power.
Indeed, there is now more opposition press in Milosevic's Serbia
than in Djukanovic's Montenegro. The key foreign correspondents in Montenegro had local
"interpreters" who are in reality secret police minders.
During the run-up to last Sunday's election, Bulatovic supporters
complained at length to the OSCE about police harassment of their meetings, and about
personal harassment directed against them. They also complained about severe anomalies in
the electoral lists (over 4,000 voters were registered twice, while over 30,000 did not
have the required proof of identity)."
Now, doesnt that make such a "fine fellow" a perfect bedfellow for the
likes of Bill Clinton? And doesnt it make Serbias Milosevic a model of a
politician with integrity by comparison? (Remember the old saying, "the only honest
politician is the one who stays bought!" Djukanovic didnt even have enough
morals to do that).
You also say that Djukanovic "isnt listening to Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright." Djukanovic is Madam Halfbrights creation! You should have checked
the State department visitors' log since Dayton (late 1995), before making such a
ludicrous assertion. You might have found that Djukanovic has been one of the most
frequent guests of our Secretary of Hate, exceeding even the number of visits of some NATO
In fact, just like the KLA Albanian terrorist leader, Hashim Thaci, Djukanovic has
become one of Albrights "Foster thugs." And now evidently the
Journals, too. For, you also lament, "its incomprehensible that he (the
Djukanovic thug) has not gotten it" (more western support).
Did it ever occur to you that the reason for that is that perhaps not all Americans, or
other western nations, are the godless, heartless, ruthless, duplicitous, unscrupulous
"closet reds," who support one set of former communist thugs (e.g., Djukanovic,
), while demonizing others (e.g., Milosevic, Lukashenko, Kim Jong
)? And that many of us may not approve of the Washington thugs pitting the various
Balkan, Russian or Asian thugs against each other on behalf of their Wall Street
Thug-in-Chiefs, while innocent people are getting killed in the crossfire?
P.S. Heres another excerpt from that story from The European (14-18 Jun 1998) by
"Nowhere, however, now includes the West. For however
bizarre political life in Balkan countries, its surrealism is as nothing compared to the
insane perception of it peddled by Western journalists and governments.
Take the case of Montenegro. Here is an archetypal Balkan
country, with beautiful scenery, a mixture of different alphabets, churches and mosques,
and an unhappy history of Ottoman domination interrupted only by a few brief decades of
Ruritanian independence before the First World War. Now the country lives a suitably crazy
post-Communist present, in which the dusty Communist capital Podgorica - the former
Titograd - is populated mainly by sinister-looking young men in dark glasses, who spend
their day conducting deals over their mobile phones, while their heavily made-up trophy
girlfriends look on poutingly." [
The OSCE never answered their letters. For in the looking-glass
world of post-Communist politics, the West operates with the same extraordinary nihilist
relativism with which the Montenegrins themselves happily slide into believing Djukanovic
when he says he is hostile to Milosevic and his war, having waged it with him in the first
place. It now presents him as a man of "reform" and "democracy".
So when the police suddenly cordoned off the opposition party HQ
as the results of the Djukanovic victory came through on Sunday night, and when the
"pro-Western" Djukanovic's supporters - the men in dark glasses - fired off
their semi-automatic rifles into the air in celebration, the OSCE's election observing
mission welcomed the elections as having been "well conducted". Its statement of
approval had in fact been drafted the day before the vote. [
Whenever accused of double standards, as it was on Monday, the
OSCE gives a reply which would have made (Romanias) Eugene Ionesco gag. The OSCE has
standards, it says, but it never compares one country to another
And because, in the
Balkan theatre of the Absurd, the one-eyed West is king
the gun-toting Montenegrins
have made a step towards 'Europe'."
Also check out... "Debt
Is Good! Really?," "Kosovo:
Another Vietnam?", "Banality of
Bombings", "Greek Archbishop: Stop This NATO
Attack," "You Were Wrong About Gen.
Perisic", "New York Times' Kosovo News
Another Kosovo News Cover-up", "Embarrassed
About Such 'Serbs'," "Put the UN
Justice on Trial", "Another
Wall Street Bailout, Another Main Street Sellout", "Does WSJ Dance to Wall St. Bankers' Tunes?",
"Clinton Fiddles While Milosevic Burns",
"Let the Bombing Begin? Not!"
, "What's Good for the Goose..."
and "Journal's Rotten Apples"
(Wall Street Journal); and "Stock buybacks: Wall
St.'s Duping of Main St.", Business Week).