July 25, 1999 - "Peace" 21
Gracko 1. Fourteen Serb Farmers Gunned Down and Mutilated by
Albanians While Harvesting Wheat
Prizren 2. Serb Patriarch Meets German Prime Minister,
But Murders Continue
Pancevo 3. Chemical Warfare: NATO Missiles Leave Permanent
Legacy in Serb Town, But U.N. Frets About NATO Vassals
1. Fourteen Serb Farmers Gunned Down and Mutilated by Albanians While Harvesting Wheat
GRACKO, July 24 - A North Atlantic Treaty Organization patrol found the bodies of 14 Serb men shot dead in central Kosovo in the worst single act of violence since peacekeepers entered the province in mid-June, officials said Saturday (July 24).
The victims were found Friday evening by a British NATO patrol after automatic weapons fire was heard in a field near Gracko, 10 miles south of Pristina. Thirteen Serb farm workers were lying in a circle next to their combine harvester; another man was slumped over his tractor 150 yards away, said Maj. Ian Seraph, the British contingent spokesman.
Surviving villagers blamed ethnic Albanians for the attack. They said the killing field was close to an ethnic Albanian village, Bujance, a KLA stronghold. The residents accused peacekeepers of failing to heed their pleas for protection in the fields when the harvest began seven days ago.
British Lt. Gen. Mike Jackson, head of peacekeeping forces, called it "a cowardly act of brutal and cold murder," according to an Associated Press report. NATO and United Nations officials swiftly condemned the violence and appealed for calm.
TiM Ed.: Appealed for calm? After the same British general (Jackson) turned a blind eye this week to the fact that the KLA had not disarmed by July 21, as provided in its June 21 agreement with NATO. And after the same British general meekly extended the deadline so as not to upset these Albanian terrorists, while turning down the Serbs plea for protection? (see S99-126, "Peace" 20, Item 1, July 23).
In The Hague, Netherlands, the chief prosecutor of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal ordered an immediate investigation. "The scale of this massacre is very alarming and suggests that the strongest deterrent message must be sent to those who are inclined to perpetuate the cycle of violence that has shattered Kosovo in the last year," the prosecutor, Louise Arbour, said in a statement.
TiM Ed.: So the main thing which is of concern to this kangaroo court is the "scale of this massacre?" Had these 14 Serbs been murdered one at a time, as hundreds already have been by the marauding Albanians across Kosovo, then Madam Kangaroo would not be as alarmed? Because it would be easier to look the other way?
Most pathetically, in Belgrade, Yugoslavias president, Slobodan Milosevic, blamed the massacre on NATO and the U.N., and demanded the return of some Yugoslav soldiers and Serbian police to Kosovo.
"Demanded?" From whom? From the U.N.? Or from NATO, which has just obliterated his country? Whose permission does an elected president of a sovereign nation need to send the police or the troops in protect its citizens, who are being shot like rabbits while KFOR and the U.N. "appeal for calm?"
Even if Milosevic somehow manages to dodge the war crimes charges by war criminals worse than himself (Bill Clinton and the other NATO leaders), this modern day Serb Vuk Brankovic (a traitor) should be tried by the Serbian people not only for treason, but for dereliction of his duties as the countrys president.
British troops who were at the muder site said that the killers, not content with
gunning down their victims, had run over some with the farm vehicles, and repeatedly
thrust blunt objects into the faces to disfigure them, according to Serbs who viewed the
The 14 Serbs shot dead while harvesting wheat on Stanimir Djekic's land in the village of Gracko, near a pheasant farm in Lipljan, were: Andreja Odalovic (30), Jovica Zivic (29), Rade Zivic (33), Novica Janicijevic (15), Momir Janicijevic (50), Mile Janicijevic (42), Slobodan Janicijevic (35), Bosko Djekic (50), Miodrag Tepsic (45) - all of Gracko, Stanimir Djekic (45) of Veliki Alas, Sasa Cvejic (25) of Krajiste, Nikola Sojanovic (60) of Krajiste, Ljubisa Cvejic (50) of Veliki Alas, and Milovan Jovanovic (25) of Toplicane.
The villagers said they intend to move out after the funerals. More than 100,000 Serbs are believed to have fled the province after NATO entered, and fewer than 50,000 remain, the U.N. refugee officials told the Associated Press.
2. Serb Patriarch Meets German Prime Minister, But Murders Continue
PRIZREN, July 23 - Serb Patriarch Pavle, and a number of other Serbian Orthodox church officials in Kosovo, met July 23 with the German prime minister, Gerhard Schroeder, in the southern Kosovo town Prizren, which is under German KFOR occupation.
During the conversation with Mr. Schroeder, Bishop Artemije (the naïve one - see S99-123, "Peace" 17, July 13, and S99-122, "Peace" 16, July 11) has pointed out that the Serbs have been being killed, maltreated, kidnapped, that their houses have been being set on fire, and that they have been being expelled from their centuries-long hearths, according to a report weve just received from the SOC sources in Belgrade.
Many Serbian churches, several centuries old, have been blown up with mine, demolished and violated. Bishop Artemije has requested of Mr. Schroeder "to urge an end to such insane violence."
Bishop Artemije especially asked the German prime minister to enable the normal functioning of the Theological School in Prizren, reminding him that this Seminary functioned even in the period of the Turkish Empire. So that it would be really incomprehensible that today, in the town under UN protection, this Seminary should be closed.
TiM Ed.: No word as yet about what action, if any, the German prime minister took upon hearing this appeal by the Serbian religious leaders.
Meanwhile, Father Sava, a pro-western monk, ostensibly based in Decani, has reported that he saw from a (KFOR) helicopter the Serbian village of Novake completely burned down, our Belgrade SOC sources reported.
TiM Ed.: Guess now that some of the Serb clergy are evidently being flown around in KFOR helicopters, they can claim that they are closer to God. But the Serb people can just as rightfully allege that such clergy are farther away from them than ever before.
Meanwhile, the priests from Pristina have reported to the SOC that Svetislav Protic from Susice village, near Gracanica, disappeared on Wednesday, July 21, and is presumed to have been kidnapped by the Albanians.
This afternoon (July 23), Milorad Cvetkovic, aged 70, has been stabbed in the street in Pristina. His condition is stable now, our sources report.
At 18:45, in Ulpijana, a Pristina suburb, Tomislav Kasic, aged 65 was wounded. Today, several Albanians have shot through the closed door at Suncica Brnzevs apartment. "Thanks to God only, she is alive, since the bullet passed only couple of millimeters from her," the SOC sources reported. Brnzev lives with two little girls in the apartment.
This evening Milica Cistelic's corpse has been found. According to physician's opinion, she was probably killed on Sunday, July 18. The decaying corpse has been found in her apartment. Fleeing from Albanian terror, a large number of Serbs has moved out of Pristina today, too, the SOC sources reported.
3. Chemical Warfare: NATO Missiles Leave Permanent Legacy in Serb Town, But U.N. Frets About NATO Vassals
PANCEVO, July 23 - In one of the reports this writer filed from his late-April trip to Serbia, at the height of NATOs bombing, we told you about an ecologically devastating hit which the Serb town of Pancevo took (just northeast of Belgrade, across the Danube - see "A Huge Toxic Cloud Unleashed by NATO Bombs, S99-45, Day 26, Item 1, Apr. 18).
Now, three months later, the aftermath of that, and other NATO attacks on the Serb chemical factories, is slowly starting to trickle out. Heres an excerpt from a July 23 Associated Press report from Pancevo:
TiM Ed.: In other words, never mind about the little Serb Anas. The U.N. is more concerned about the Danube carrying the ecological disaster unleashed by NATOs bombs to the NATO vassal countries east of Serbia (Romania and Bulgaria).
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"