in Media Global Watch Bulletins
July 11, 1999
Truth in Media Reports on NATO's
Kosovo War and "Peace"
S99-122, "Peace" 16
July 11, 1999 -
1. Brave But Naïve Serb Bishop Again Appeals for
Reason to Unreasonable (NATO, KLA)
2. New York Albanian Dispossesses Serb Hotel Owners
With U.S. Troops Acquiescence
3. Former KLA Soldier Held in Dublin Stabbings
4. Former British Army Chiefs Demand Public Inquiry
1. Brave But Naïve Serb Bishop Again Appeals
for Reason to Unreasonable (NATO, KLA)
GRACANICA, July 4 - Bishop Artemije, the Serb Bishop of Kosovo (with the official title
of Bishop of Prizren and Raska), distinguished himself in the last several years by his
unceasing attempts to reason with unreasonable anti-Christians who are the New World Order
leaders (if you search our Web site using his name as keyword, you'll find a number of
references to his meetings in Washington, Paris, Berlin and elsewhere with, what
subsequent events have proven, turned out to be the western war criminals who butchered
innocent Serb civilians).
Even before that, Bishop Artemije, had distinguished himself by his unceasing
opposition to Serbia's turncoat-communist dictator, Slobodan Milosevic.
And now, during NATO's Kosovo "piss process," Bishop Artemije is
distinguishing himself by a combination of unceasing courage and unceasing naivete.
Courage, because he remained in Kosovo despite the threats he and the other Serb clergy
from Prizren had received (see S99-110, "Peace" 4, Item 1,
June 16). Naivete, because he keeps talking and trusting the enemy.
Here is one example - excerpts from a letter which Bishop Artemije sent on July 4 to the U.N./NATO commanders in Pristina - Mr. Sergio De Mello, and
the British General Michael Jackson, KFOR HQ (also see a very distressing photo, just
posted at our Web site, of the funeral services to three Serb victims murdered by the
Kosovo Albanians in cold blood - see the bullet holes in their foreheads - in Pec, Kosovo,
which Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro, and two unidentified Serb priests gave on
"With great distress and utmost concern we are forced to
write to you again after the violence committed against the Serbian people in Kosovo and
Metohija in the last few days.
Only two hours after the signing of our common Statement with the
leaders of Kosovo Albanians, in which both sides expressed their sincere commitment to
work on peace and reconciliation, we experienced unprecedented violence and provocations
which were directly organized by the very same Kosovo Albanian leaders.
The Kosovo Albanian 'celebration,' which was followed with
intense shooting, disorder, violence and provocative behavior, in the very presence of the
KFOR troops and UN authorities in the city of Pristina, has manifested that the true goal
of the Albanian political leaders does not seem to be democratic and multiethnic Kosovo,
but rather an ethnically cleansed region in which everything belonging to the Serbian
people is despised and exposed to destruction and humiliation.
During the night between 2nd and 3rd of July the monuments of Vuk
Karadzic and Njegos (the famous Serb writers), in the very center of the city were
destroyed. The pulled down statues were trailed by tractors through the streets of
Pristina, while the enraged Albanian crowd was yelling and spitting on them."
TiM Ed.: Shades of the jubilant Somali crowds in Mogadishu dragging the bodies of the
dead American Rangers in 1993?
"At the same time intensive shooting by weapons of
different caliber spread around city and its surrounding that it seemed that the real war
had just begun. Such provocative use of weapons, which is a direct violation of the recent
Undertaking between KFOR and UCK, clearly manifests that the international community
worked on one track only, forcing the Serb troops to withdraw, while on the other hand
hundreds of gangs were allowed to return to Kosovo with new weapons ready to spread death
and destruction against all non-Albanians.
There is no need to say what symbolic and psychological meaning
the destruction of these two monuments has for our people. Their destruction is a clear
message to Serbs that there is no place for them and their culture in Kosovo.
Regrettably, Pristina is not an isolated example. Several days
ago a statue of the Serb Medieval Emperor Uros in Urosevac was destroyed, while the
monuments to Emperor Dusan and Consul Yastre-bov in Prizren were desecrated and destroyed
as well. All around Kosovo everything which belongs to the Serbian people is exposed to
merciless destruction. In fact beside many outrageous murders, looting, expulsions, rapes,
burning of homes, we are experiencing a 'culturocide' of our people.
We have reliable reports that on the head of the celebration and
disorder in Pristina was no one else but Mr. Hashim Thaci, the leader of UCK (the KLA),
who just a few hours before had signed the joint Statement in which he agreed to appeal on
his people to restrain and live in peace with their neighbors.
Only a few hours later Albanian crowd, inflamed with nationalism
and ethnic hatred 'celebrated' their freedom by burning additional few Serbian homes in
Pristina and destroying the Serbian cultural heritage.
But this is not the end. The Albanian leaders not only failed to
speak openly to their people in the line of our mutual agreement but the crimes against
Serbs were continued with greater vigor.
All Serbs from Orlovac village near Pristina had to leave their
homes (41 families altogether). Several Serbs were kidnapped. Yesterday, (the) Djordjevic
family in Gnjilanska street in Pristina were attacked by a group of armed Albanians.
Miroslav Djordjevic was seriously wounded and had to be operated for 3.5 hours in the
hospital. Ratko Djordjevic, his brother, was beaten and wounded in his leg. The family was
forced to leave their home.
We have just received a report from the Gnjilane area (the
American sector), that the monastery of Binac near Vitina was desecrated and burned to the
ground. The monks from the monastery were forced to leave and hardly managed to save their
lives. A Serb Milan Ljusic was kidnapped by three armed Albanians with UCK insignia from
Gorioc Monastery near Istok yesterday afternoon, while the nuns were threatened to leave
the monastery or otherwise they would be slaughtered. Five carbonated Serb bodies have
been found in Istok. We still do not know their identity.
Gentlemen, our delegation made a very important step forward
towards peaceful coexistence of all national communities and restoration of peace and
stability in Kosovo. We clearly condemned crimes by Milosevic's regime although the
Albanian delegation refused to mention and condemn crimes against Serbs at all. We think
that we have manifested more than our sincere readiness and wish to cooperate. But we are
not going to continue doing so under any condition. Therefore we strongly demand from
UNMIK and KFOR:
- To publicly condemn the violence which occurred during the
"Albanian celebration" two days ago. - to energetically urge Kosovo Albanian
leaders, especially Mr. Thaci to distance himself publicly from the latest violence and
address openly his people and call them to live in peace and tolerance. Words without
clear actions are useless. The authority which Mr. Thaci enjoys among Kosovo Albanians
makes him very responsible for their present and future behavior.
- To restore both monuments in Pristina to their previous positions
and to insist that the same is done in Urosevac and Prizren. The presence of KFOR must not
be abused by Kosovo Albanians for destruction of the Serbian cultural heritage. The
Albanians are free to build their monuments as well but not to destroy what belongs to
other communities and cultures.
- To urge UCK (KLA) officials to urgently offer detailed information
about all Serbs who are arrested or kidnapped by their members. We have clear indications
that camps for Serbs still exist in Kosovo. Who is running them and how long they will
exist more is the answer for KFOR authorities. The crimes committed against Kosovo Serbs
by various Albanian military formations must thoroughly be investigated by ICTY and not by
local Kosovo courts. We must have in mind that in the course of last two years many Serb
civilians were killed by UCK, many kidnapped, all Serbs who lived on the Albanian
controlled territory were completely expelled from their homes and their property looted
or destroyed. The crimes against Serbs have not begun two weeks ago only. Publicly
acknowledged investigation of the crimes against Serbs and other non-Albanians will very
much prevent further crimes and atrocities for which some extremist Albanian think that
they have no responsibility.
Fulfillment of these demands will give us sincere encouragement
to continue our further cooperation. However, if Albanian leaders, especially from UCK
(KLA), continue ignoring or minimizing crimes against non-Albanians, especially the Serbs,
and put all blame on the Serbs in general, we must say that we cannot take part and
cooperate in any joint commission envisaged by the latest Statement.
Our will to work together, despite severe criticism of
Milosevic's media and individual protests from some of the suffering Kosovo Serbs, must
not be understood as a green light for continuation of crimes against our people and
Church. Unless the Albanian leadership not only condemns the latest crimes but also makes
first verifiable steps to stop terror and free the arrested and kidnapped Serbs, we will
not be in position any longer to meet them and work together again.
We sincerely believe that you fully understand our position. We
are also taking opportunity to express our gravest surprise how KFOR could not have
prevented such violence in the streets of Pristina and the destruction of our two
monuments. That is why we expect that this failure will be improved and the monuments be
restored to their place in the nearest future.
Despite of these latest incidents we must say that we appreciate
the efforts which KFOR has made in the course of the last week. Actions in which KFOR
soldiers confiscated weapons, arrested various criminals, and in several cases prevented
major crimes show true commitment of the KFOR and UNMIK to work on creation of better
security conditions for all communities in Kosovo and Metohija and fully implement the UN
Security Council Resolution 1224, for which we remain grateful."
Sincerely Yours, Bishop of Raska and Prizren, Kyr ARTEMIJE
TiM Ed.: See what we mean? Bishop Artemije is a good man; a brave priest; a devout
Christian, but is unceasingly naïve when it comes to trusting the NATO war criminals. And
their proteges, such an ordinary Albanian thug, KLA's Hashim Thaci (also see "Thugs of the World Unite," S99-117, "Peace" 11, Item
1, July 1). That Thaci went back on his solemn commitment only two hours after signing
his name to it only suggests that this Albanian is even a more brazen war criminal than
our own Arkansan Liar-in-Chief.
2. New York Albanian Dispossesses Serb Hotel
Owners With U.S. Troops Acquiescence
PRISTINA, July 7 - Let's send an Al Capone clone to Pristina, Kosovo. Capone's ruthless
rule of the prohibition era Chicago neighborhoods was nothing compared to the lawlessness
into which the Kosovo "piss process" has evolved (see S99-108, "Peace"
2, Item 1, June 13). The Kosovo "peace" became a murderous farce the moment the
NATO and the KLA war criminals joined hands in "liberating" this ancient Serb
land from the Serbs.
Here's an excerpt from one example of it, published in the British media (the Morning
Star, July 7):
"SERB civilians who ran the Grand Hotel restaurant in
Kosovo's provincial capital Pristina were 'ethnically cleansed' by a group of joint
Albanian-US citizens recently. The Grand Hotel has been made a base for KFOR troops,
western journalists and other camp followers who provide services for the occupation force
Under the protection of NATO troops, the group, led by New York
restaurant manager Arber Muriqi, ignored Serb protests and simply took over. 'I saw the
opportunity and grabbed it,' Mr Muriqi is reported to have said.
US soldiers made clear that they would not intervene and told the
Serbs to complain to the military occupying force about the Albanian takeover."
TiM Ed.: In other words, to stuff it!
"Serbs have also been driven out of towns and villages,
such as Novake, Bellopoje and Grace by the Kosovo Liberation Army and under the gaze of
German troops in their sector in the south.
Of course, Western-backed mass expulsions are not new. Over
600,000 Serbs were ethnically cleansed from Krajina in Croatia in the early 1990s with the
help of US personnel, while the Dayton accords imposed ethnically pure zones to divide and
Those Serbs who did not leave Krajina were massacred by the
Croatian army, while western advisers stood by and did nothing. The expulsion of Serbs has
been deliberately played down by the press and western governments have conspicuously lost
their missionary zeal to out a moral (military) crusade to halt them.
It is now clear that the Western-backed KLA wants an ethnically
pure Kosovo as part of a greater Albania and also has designs on parts of neighboring
countries such as Macedonia. Albania expects its place in the sun for faithfully carrying
out NATO diktats during its aggression against Yugoslavia.
Hungary, a new NATO member, is also expecting its just desserts
for supporting the aggression, by winning control of the strategically important northern
Serbian province of Vojvodina. Budapest is encouraging the large ethnic Hungarian
population to demand independence as a precursor to annexation.
Turning ethnic diversity into ethnic division has been an old
trick of imperialism for hundreds of years, arming one ethnic or religious group against
another, encouraging conflict and, then, marching in to act as colonial dictators in the
name of humanity. [...]
The fact that what is left of Yugoslavia remains one of the most
ethnically diverse areas in the region is testament to the huge role that media
manipulation has played in portraying Belgrade as 'fascist' and NATO countries as
It is becoming increasingly clear that the opposite is
3. Former KLA Soldier Held in Dublin Stabbings
DUBLIN, July 6 - Ireland is getting its own taste of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
"A former KLA soldier who stabbed his wife and a man waiting for a taxi in two events
on the same night has been remanded in custody for sentence next January by Dublin Circuit
Criminal Court," the Examiner, an Irish newspaper reported on July 6.
Hasan Abazi stabbed the man for no apparent reason and attacked his wife with a
scissors when he returned home. Judge Frank ODonnell read from written statements
made by Abazis wife, Sabrina, in which she said she was bitten all over her body and
was knocked against a wall before being stabbed in the face. He ordered a probation report
on Abazi and remanded him in custody until January 2000.
Here's an excerpt from the Examiner's story:
"Sergeant Mary Diskin told prosecuting counsel Pauline Walley BL that earlier that
night, a Derek Shaw had been waiting to get a taxi with his girlfriend when Abazi shouted
at them from his window. He followed them down the road and shouted "Hey You"
before stabbing Shaw in the lower abdomen. Sgt. Diskin said Mr. Shaw worked in
construction for Dublin Corporation and has since found it difficult to use heavy
equipment such as an industrial hammer drill.
She added that when Abazi was asked by gardaí (police) if he had stabbed Shaw, he
replied: "Might have stabbed one or two, none of your business, f**k off."
TiM Ed.: Nice guys, these "KLA soldiers," NATO's allies, huh? (check out "Thugs of the World Unite," S99-117, "Peace" 11, Item
1, July 1).
4. Former British Army Chiefs Demand Public
LONDON, July 7 - Two former British Army Chiefs of the Defense Staff, and two senior
British commanders involved in the Bosnia conflict, are supporting calls for an
independent inquiry into the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the London Times reported in July
Field Marshal Lord Bramall, Chief of Staff 1982-85, and Lord Craig of Radley, Chief of
Staff 1988-91, have backed the Conservative Party in seeking a review of the effectiveness
of the military operation. Colonel Bob Stewart, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion
Cheshire Regiment in Bosnia 1991-93, and Lieutenant-General Sir Roderick Cordy-Simpson,
the United Nations Chief of Staff in Bosnia 1992-93, have also supported the demand for an
investigation, the Times said.
TiM Ed.: No, don't hold your breath... These senior British officers are not demanding
a review out of compassion for the over 2,000 innocent Serb civilians who perished in
NATO's bombing raids. They are doing it because NATO didn't kill enough. At least not
enough of the Serb military.
"The bombing raids, which involved some of the most
sophisticated precision weapons, damaged only 13 of the Serbs' 300 battle tanks, despite
alliance claims of large-scale destruction of Belgrade's heavy armor," the Times
The Ministry of Defense, in a written answer yesterday to Iain
Duncan Smith, the Tory Defense spokesman, admitted it had not conducted an assessment of
the biggest military offensive in Europe since 1945.
General Cordy-Simpson said last night: "You cannot possibly
conduct an operation like this, of such dramatic importance, without mounting an
examination to see how we can do it better next time. This is not about laying blame. But
we need to examine the political process which led us into the war situation, right
through to the military outcome. I think the inquiry should be held in public."
The general said that the Serb forces still posed a threat to
Montenegro and surrounding countries. 'We were told by NATO they had inflicted massive
damage on the Serbian military capability. But that simply was not the case,' he said.
The influential military backing for a public inquiry will
intensify pressure on the Ministry of Defense to act.
The leaders of NATO were embarrassed by the disclosure that the
Serbs had used Russian camouflage techniques. They placed dummy vehicles around the
countryside, with strips of black plastic sheeting running across fields masquerading as
roads to delude the bombers into thinking that they were prime targets.' [...]
Mr Duncan Smith (the Tory spokesman) said: 'It now appears
the Serbian forces withdrew from Kosovo virtually unscathed with the vast majority of
their weapons intact. The NATO military action fell short of its objectives'."
TiM Ed.: Tisk, tisk... Imagine that. The NATO high-tech "Empire Struck
Again." And it struck out! Except against the peasants, plows and tractors. And
hospitals, embassies, trains and bridges.
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?",
Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the
Year?" (A June '95 TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les
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"