in Media Global Watch Bulletins
April 5, 1999
Truth in Media Global Watch
Issue S99-28, Day 13, Update 1
FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
Apr. 5, 1999; 00:10AM EST - DAY 13, UPDATE
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I don't fear our government anymore
because I already know what they are all about."
Darren G. Sarvis, an American who is wide awake, and
the TiM reader who offered us his comments about Henry Kissinger (see Day 12, Update 2, Item 6), as he said he didn't mind being quoted
by his full name.
1. An NWO Murder Triangle: Two Goliaths Turn on David;
CIA Refused to Back an Anti-Milosevic Coup
2. U.S./NATO Violating a Slew of International Laws
3. RAF to Use Cluster Bombs against the Serbs
4. A War Too Far (By Julie Burchill)
1. An NWO Murder Triangle: Two Goliaths
Turn on David; CIA Refused to Back an Anti-Milosevic Coup
NEW YORK, Apr. 4 - Picture a little David battling the Goliath (A) - bringing him
almost to his knees at least three times in the last eight years. Each time, another
bigger Goliath (B) to whom David turned for help to finish off their mutual enemy, refused
it. And so the Goliath (A) kept surviving, and David kept getting more and more depressed.
And then one day, the Goliath (B) decided to taken on the Goliath (A) - by beating up on
the little David and killing his offspring!
By now you've probably figured out who the characters in this murder triangle are. The
Goliath (A) is Slobodan Milosevic; the Goliath (B) is Bill Clinton; and the little David,
of course, are the Serbian people.
You've heard us say many times that the NWO needs the "bad guys," like
Milosevic or Saddam Hussein. For, how else could they justify going to war? (see "An ugly double standard in Kosovo conflict,"
this writer's Washington Times column, Oct. 25, 1998 - available at our Web site).
Well, now a source within CIA has confirmed what we have been saying all along. That
the U.S. government has been secretly propping up Milosevic while demonizing him publicly
at the same time. And now, the Goliath (B) is bombing Serbia and killing innocent Davids
while supposedly fighting the Goliath (A).
Things don't get more stupid than that.
"Several Serbian officials plotted to oust Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic
in the early 1990s, but abandoned the plan after failing to win support from the United
States," Reuters reported today, crediting the Newsweek magazine as the source.
The magazine reported that the CIA penetrated Milosevic's government. One agency
veteran was quoted as saying that prior to the 1995 Dayton peace accord, "we were
doing all kinds of dicey things, covertly."
The Newsweek said the CIA was contacted by a Milosevic insider who said he had the
backing of key Yugoslav military leaders to overthrow the president. The plotters sought
U.S. financing and a pledge from Washington to lift economic sanctions if the plot
succeeded, but the CIA declined to approve the plan. The source said the U.S.
administration considered Milosevic indispensable to negotiations aimed at ending the
fighting in Bosnia.
Just as they did when they turned their backs on hundreds of thousands of Serb
pro-democracy demonstrators in the winter of 1996-1997.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal's Friday (Apr. 2) editorial noted that, "the
political establishment in Washington is beginning to criticize President Clinton severely
for ignoring the advice of the military and CIA that ground troops would be necessary,
that air power alone would not deter Milosevic and the Serbs. There is now talk of a
The Journal then offered a "remedy:" Get rid of Milosevic!
"Having made this mess, the only thing that can redeem
it is the removal from power of Milosevic. The crucial step is to declare removal as a
goal. Currently we are slipping toward exactly the wrong way to try to compel this
outcome, using escalating air power to attack civilian targets such as power grids.
After all, just over two years ago, these Serbian civilians
took to Belgrade's streets to demonstrate against Milosevic. Before that, in 1991, some
200,000 of them demonstrated against Milosevic's war policies, which have been utterly
devastating for the Serbs themselves. Indeed, once the goal of removal is in place, the
U.S. could announce a pause in the bombing to see whether there are in fact dissidents in
the Serbian military who might move against him."
Once again, things don't get more stupid than that. Except that this time, it is the
Clinton "conservative" opposition that's proposing a pipe dream.
Apart from a few "trivial" logistical problems, such as how to get to
Milosevic in the middle of a war, the Journal's idea is stupid because it betrays an utter
lack of understanding of the Serb psyche. Whatever divisions among the various Serb
factions had existed prior to Mar. 24, and indeed there were many, after the first NATO
bombs fell, 10 million hearts started to beat like one.
So Clinton has only boosted Milosevic with his bombing campaign. With enemies like
that, Milosevic must be smiling ear-to-ear. It's not hard to guess which Goliath is worse.
As for little Davids, they keep paying the price. Again, and again. First killed and
beaten by Milosevic's police; now by Clinton's bombs.
Things don't get more tragic than that.
2. U.S./NATO Violating a Slew of International
MILWAUKEE, Apr. 4 - The US and NATO are violating a number of international laws in
attacking Serbia over Kosovo which is part of a sovereign independent state, writes Dr.
Raju G. C. Thomas, professor of political sciences at the Marquette University in
Milwaukee. Here are some examples:
"(1) It is a violation of Article 2 of the UN Charter
that prohibits the use of force against a sovereign state where it has not committed
aggression on other states. Serbia did not attack any neighboring states outside its
sovereign borders. The Security Council did not sanction the use of force here. If the
issue had been submitted to the Security Council, it would certainly have been vetoed by
Russia and China. NATO knows it and therefore bypassed it. Efforts to justify these
actions through earlier resolutions or Chapter 7 of the Charter are acts of distortion and
(2) It is a violation of NATO's own charter which claims it
is a defensive organizations and is only committed to force if one of its members is
attacked. No member of NATO was attacked.
(3) The so-called Rambouillet "Agreement" (not
signed by Serbia ) is a violation of Articles 51 and 52 of the 1980 Vienna Convention on
the Law of Treaties which forbids coercion and force to compel any state to sign a treaty
or agreement. Serbia is being asked to sign this "Agreement" through NATO bombs
(4) It is a violation of the Helsinki Accords Final Act of
1975 which guarantees the territorial frontiers of the states of Europe. What this
so-called peace plan offers is (a) the severance of Kosovo through NATO bombing with
immediate effect; or (b) the severance of Kosovo through NATO occupation three years
later. The Serbs chose (a).
(5) If the sequel to the bombing is recognition of Kosovo as
an independent state, this will violate international law that prohibits recognition of
provinces that unilaterally declare independence against the wishes of the federal
Contradicting my claim that NATO had violated at least five
accepted norms of international law, several respondents argued that the NATO's attack on
Serbia was justified under the 1948 Genocide Convention and/or other general humanitarian
(1) NATO cannot unilaterally invoke the Genocide Convention
and authorize such attacks. Only the Security Council can do so which was deliberately
bypassed by NATO because it knew that Russia and China would veto such an attack.
(2) There was no genocide going on in Kosovo when the attack
was launched. Cries of Serbian aggression and genocide within its own province were being
made in the US Congress in April 1998 when only 80 people had died and less than 100,000
internally displaced. At the time of the attack, 2,000 had died on all sides and 250,000
Albanians had been displaced. It was the threat of NATO attack and the subsequent terror
bombing that parallels the fire bombing of Tokyo and Yokohama during the Second World War,
that triggered the Serbian retaliation and humanitarian catastrophe in Kosovo.
(3) There was no humanitarian intervention by the US and the
West when the Nigerian authorities crushed the Biafra separatist movement between 1967 and
1970, causing the deaths of one million Ibos; when Pakistani forces killed one million and
drove out 10 million Bengalis during the East Pakistani secessionist struggle in 1971;
when the Pol Pot regime killed one million Cambodians, to name just a few cases. In the
latter two cases, the US condemned India and Vietnam for their interventions, and
threatened military action against them.
(4) Ethnic cleansing is not genocide. If it were, the Allied
powers were guilty of genocide for the expulsion of some 12 million Germans from Poland,
Czechoslavkia and elsewhere at the end of the Second World War. And surely European Jews
committed genocide when they drove out nearly a million Palestinians to carve out the
state of Israel in 1948.
(5) There is now an ethnically pure Greater Croatia. There
are almost 900,000 Serbian refugees ethnically cleansed from Croatia and the (Bosnian)
federation - 300,000 in Republika Srpska, and 600,000 in Serbia. This is more than any
other ethnic group. Croatia conducted the largest single ethnic cleansing of the war with
American military support.
For the record, the Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute determined that about 35-50,000 people died on all sides during the Bosnian
civil war, not 250,000. The investigative team for the Hague Tribunal interviewed only 223
Bosnian women claiming to be raped, and collected another 575 affidavits. Allegations of
20-60,000 rapes were guesses.
Russia, China and India, representing half the human race,
got it right about the Kosovo crisis. NATO, the only alliance left in this galaxy,
committed aggression on Serbia. This is all about saving NATO's face at a very heavy price
for the Serbs. If NATO is above international law, then so is every other state and
organization. It has set a terrible precedent."
Raju G. C. Thomas, Prof., Marquette University
3. RAF to Use Cluster Bombs against the Serbs
LONDON, Apr. 4 - The London Sunday Times reported today that, frustrated by their lack
of success against the Serb defenses, the RAF Harrier pilots based in southern Italy are
preparing to drop cluster bombs on Serbian targets. Pilots will face greatly increased
dangers from anti-aircraft fire because the new munitions are delivered from a height of
about 100 feet.
Similar bombs were used early in the Gulf war when, in the first week, British pilots
flew 4% of the missions but suffered a quarter of the casualties. At one stage during the
Gulf war, there was a furious dispute between senior commanders in the field and the
Ministry of Defense over whether low-level bombing was worth the cost in aircrews, the
A consignment of the 600-pound bombs - which contain 147 "bomblets" designed
to scatter over an area as large as a football field - was flown in last week to the Gioia
del Colle base near Bari, in southern Italy, where 12 British GR7 Harriers from 1(F)
Squadron are deployed. The BL755 bombs have specially shaped charges which can penetrate
the armor of military vehicles.
Their broad use against troop and tank formations will also heighten the risk of
civilian casualties, the Times said.
TiM Ed.: Here we go again... No matter how you slice it, civilians seem to get it on
4. A War Too Far (By Julie Burchill)
LONDON, Apr. 3 - "A War Too Far," was the headline of a column by Julie
Burchill published by the London Guardian on Apr. 3. Here are some excerpts:
"Well, hand me down that white feather, baby, and call
me 'Conshie' - I've finally found a British military engagement I'm violently opposed to.
When it came to the conflicts against Iraq (invading peaceful little Kuwait), or Argentina
(invading peaceful little penguins), I practically had to be restrained from handing out
white feathers to all apparently healthy men over 16 whom I saw walking down the street.
This time, I feel like I'm behind enemy lines. [...]
What is wrong with Tony Blair? Is he in love with Bill
Clinton? Is there literally no mess he would not willingly follow him into? I can't help
but think that if Blair was sitting in the bath, and Clinton asked him if he could just
try this thing out - with this electric fire, dropping it into the bath and seeing, uh,
what happened - Blair would beam and say, 'Be my guest!' [...]
Yugoslavia; we're bombing Yugoslavia. Gorgeous, integrated,
independent Yugoslavia, where the rich kids at school always used to go on holiday while
the rest of us sizzled on the Costa del Sol. And which the West always congratulated on
Standing Up To Stalin and staying out of the Warsaw Pact. It was a country that fought off
the Nazis, held off the Soviets, and bent the knee to no one: it was the Cuba of the
Balkans - a holiday in the sun that didn't leave a bitter taste in the mouth because it
was neither a puppet of the USA or the USSR. Maybe that's what we can't stand; a country
that shows us you can do it alone, without sucking off a superpower for survival. [...]
What are the Serbs supposed to be doing to the Kosovars? Are
they putting electrodes on their genitals? Dropping them out of helicopters? Torturing
children in front of their parents? Like all those Latin American regimes, the US has been
installing and maintaining since the Year Dot? Ah, but that was US's backyard; that was
different. They have a right to feel secure. Funny, isn't it, how the US gets to have a
whole continent as its backyard, but Serbia's not even allowed to have a province as
For the full text of the Guardian's article, check out: http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,3847968,00.html
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
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
If the Shoe Were on the Other Foot?", "Green Interstate - Not Worth American
Lives", 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"