FROM WASHINGTON, DC Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
May 1, 1999; 8:30PM EDT - DAY 39
Washington 1. An Arizonan at the 'March on Washington '99:'
Drop 'Bubba,' Not Bombs!
Washington 2. The Aftermath (of the Speech)
1. An Arizonan at the 'March on Washington '99:' Drop 'Bubba,' Not Bombs!
WASHINGTON, May 1 - The weather here, in DC, today was perfect for kicking ass. Especially if the target were large as the political posterior of "Bubba" Clinton. Clear skies; temps in the low 70s (F); the Draftdodger-President in residence; gawking tourists seemingly oblivious to a far-away war being waged; the "firefly girls" in action (as if from the "Wag the Dog" movie) but actually high school marching bands - the future Clinton's cannon fodder.
All these real life "props" contributed to an "only God could have created it"-type setting for the "March on Washington '99" rally at the White House Ellipse, a patch of green lawn stretching between the Washington Memorial and the south lawn of the White House.
The first two hours of the March on Washington '99 rally, including the TiM editor's speech (see below), were also broadcast live on the American Freedom Network radio stations (www.amerifree.com), and on World Web Talk radio network (www.worldwebtalk.com).
After the "usual" harassment by the DC Parks Police (yes, the same folks who handled the Vince Foster "suicide"), which included a complaint that the sticks supporting a Truth in Media banner, hammered into the lawn at no more than a two-inch depth, may damage the DC water supply and sprinkler system, the show got on the road, shortly after noon today. The TiM editor spoke at about 1PM. Here is the text of his 30-minute speech, along with subsequently added crowd reactions:
Five Weeks of American Infamy: Let's Drop "Bubba," Not Bombs
A Speech by Bob Djurdjevic, Founder of the Truth in Media, Phoenix, Arizona - www.truthinmedia.org
Delivered at the "March on Washington '99" Rally - the White House Ellipse
(the south lawn, between the White House and the Washington Memorial)
Washington, DC, May 1, 1999
[NOTE: crowd reactions are described in italicized square brackets]
Ladies and gentlemen, fellow-patriots, friends of the truth and liberty,
I come to Washington from the Grand Canyon state of Arizona to join you in your righteous protest against an American government which has become so un-American. This is no longer a government "OF the people, BY the people, FOR the people." This is a government OF and FOR a group of bankers, "death merchants" and other industrialists, run BY corrupt politicians, like Bill Clinton. And it is a government AGAINST the interests of the American people.
Is it in our interest to have a $5.6 trillion national debt?
Is it in our interest to maintain a huge federal bureaucracy?
Is it in our interest to pay for the IMF bailouts of Wall Street bankers [interruped: "No!"] in Mexico, Asia, Russia or Brazil?
Is it in our interest to pay for the massive United Nations bureaucracy?
Is it in our interest to have American troops stationed in over 100 countries around the world?
I agree, it is not. And it is certainly not in our interest to have our sons and daughters killed in needless "Clinton wars," such as the one he is now waging against Yugoslavia.
We must stop that! We must stop the illegal NATO war!
March 24, the day the first NATO bombs struck Yugoslavia, a sovereign country which has done us no harm, will be remembered in history as the new Day of Infamy. Except that this time, it is the U.S. missiles and the NATO pilots that are doing to Yugoslavia what the Japanese did to us at Pearl Harbor.
Because NATO has been bombing civilian targets, including private residences, schools, hospitals, factories, bridges, railroads, and yes, even TV stations, killing journalists and media workers, like the Truth in Media staff.
Less than two weeks ago, I traveled to Serbia, where I spent five days under NATO's bombardment. What I saw was wanton and senseless devastation. As I left Belgrade, the civilian death toll stood at over 500, including 51 children. After the NATO bombings this week, it is now much higher than that.
If you pick up a pamphlet at the Truth in Media table over there, you can see for yourself - the 11-month old Bojana, for example, killed by NATO's bombs on Apr. 11 at her home near Podujevo, along with her father.
You can see the rubble into which NATO has turned a residential neighborhood in the southern Serbian town of Aleksinac on Apr. 6.
You can see an international passenger train gutted after being hit by NATO bombers on a bridge near Leskovac on Apr. 12.
You can see the collapsed bridges over the Danube near Novi Sad which NATO destroyed, blocking Europe's longest waterway, and cutting off fresh water supply to half of the population of Serbia's second largest city.
You've also heard, I am sure, that on Wednesday of this week, NATO killed 18 civilians, including 12 children, in the southern Serbian town of Surdulica. That on Friday, one of NATO missiles even hit a suburb of Sofia, Bulgaria. And that last night, downtown Belgrade was attacked again, with scores of civilians killed or injured. A fashionable street, Belgrade's "embassy row," like the Massachusetts Avenue in Washington [pointing toward it], was practically carpet-bombed by the NATO madmen.
Ladies and gentlemen, Clinton is not waging war on Milosevic; he is waging war on Serb civilians. A cowardly war. Bombs being dropped on Serb citizens - men, women and children from a height of 10,000 to 30,000 ft.
And then there are human tragedies I came across during my trip which never get reported in the media - Serb or American. Like that of the four-year old Mina. A young Serb doctor treating this little girl told me that that this four-year was losing her hair. From the constant trauma caused by air raid sirens and bombs. Asked by the doctor what she feared more - the sirens or the bombs - the little Mina said the dreaded the sirens more.
And now, YOU will have a chance to find out why. What you're about to hear is no Hollywood soundstage product. It is a live recording of an air raid siren made on a Belgrade balcony less than two weeks ago.
What usually follows is this sound of anti-aircraft artillery fire; then the bombs (CLICK HERE ); then fire truck sirens. And then, the silence of the dead
Now, imagine having to live through that for 39 days in a row; mostly at night, but sometimes in also daytime hours - such as when I was meeting with the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, for example. Imagine that, and then you may understand why a four-year old is losing her hair. And why 10 million civilians are being traumatized, not just those already killed or maimed.
No wonder most Americans who write to us say that they are outraged by such Clinton crimes. No wonder some of them write to us and say that they want to volunteer to help the Serbs.
Like the decorated Vietnam veteran from Texas who said he was in awe of the Serb citizens' bravery who are guarding the Belgrade bridges as "human shields," night after night. "Save me a spot on the bridge," he wrote to me.
"I'd be honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Serbs," said a 36-year Army veteran from Oregon, a German-American, by the way.
"We're all Serbs now," wrote a Scottish-American from Arizona.
But perhaps the most touching note came from a Pennsylvania lady. After having heard that I had also taken a spell at the Brankov bridge one night, she pleaded: "Please say my name on the bridge."
Other Americans write to us to apologize for Clinton's crimes. Some say they are ashamed of being Americans. To which I say: "Don't be!"
We should only be ashamed of our un-American government, led by a liar-in-chief, a draftdodger, and now - a mass murderer!
He is the one who has besmirched the honor of the nation. He is the one who has brought disgrace to the highest office in the land [pointing behind at the White House, visible behind the soundstage].
That is what I also told the Serbian people, both in person and through the Serb media, that they should not hate all Americans.
Nor burn American flags. That CNN and others in the media are lying through their teeth [interrupted loud applause] when they say that a majority of Americans support NATO's illegal war on Serbia.
I told them that everywhere I go across the United States, I meet Americans who are as outraged with Washington as the Serbs are.
I told the Serbs that Americans are also denouncing Clinton's partners in crime, like his Secretary of Hate, Madeleine Albright.
And those on the Hill, including the Republicans, like John McCain, the "fraud hero" [interrupted by loud applause and cheers] unfortunately from my home state, who has egged on, and supported Clinton in his crimes.
They are the politicians who, by association, have brought shame to all decent, God-fearing Americans.
Along with Gen. Wesley Clark and the leaders of other NATO countries, these people and their media accomplices deserve front row seats at their own "Nuremberg."
Did I tell the Serbs the truth about how Americans feel?
Is that how you feel?
"But why are all these western leaders acting so irrationally?," [interrupting "Because they are criminals," the crowd shouted] many Serbs and others, among the millions of Truth in Media readers from 80 countries around the world, have been asking us.
Actually, Clinton and his cohorts are acting QUITE rationally, if you consider the interests of the military-industrial-financial complex which bought them, lock, stock and barrel, and sent them to Washington to do their bidding.
Already Clinton has asked Congress for a $6 billion of emergency funding for his war on Serbia. Already we are hearing figures double that from Congress. A prolonged war could quickly escalate into tens of billions of dollars of additional costs, experts say.
You and I, the American taxpayers, see such amounts as additional COSTS. But the "death merchants," bankers, oil companies, transportation outfits, and the establishment media - all see them as new REVENUES and PROFITS.
It is for the sake of these multinational buzzards that American soldiers are dying today, as well as Serb and Albanian civilians.
Which is a travesty! But not a surprise
I have been saying for years the real motto of the New World Order globalists is not "world peace through world trade," as its leaders claim; it is "perpetual commerce through perpetual war."
But don't take my word for it. Just ask Bubba Clinton [again, pointing at the White House].
Right here at the White House, on Apr. 24, Bill Clinton "unexpectedly" dropped in on a meeting between some National Security Council staff and a group of Serbian-Americans. While continuing to bomb the daylights out of Serbia, Clinton actually had the audacity to make a sales pitch for Washington's help in rebuilding the country.
First you knock them down; then you build them up. More cost to the taxpayer-paupers; more revenues and profits to the multinational companies, the "Princes of the 20th Century.
Plus we have to replenish our own military arsenals.
Which kind of puts a "black humor" spin on an old one-liner:
QUESTION: What's the difference between mechanical and civil engineers?
ANSWER: Mechanical engineers build the weapons; civil engineers build the targets.
Bottom line? War is good business. As it has been through centuries
What we are seeing at work in the Balkans, therefore, is the latest example of an evil, genocidal, parasitic, Machiavellian military-industrial-financial complex enriching itself on the backs of other fellow-humans' pain and suffering. It's just that the weapons and the targets; the engineers and the victims; the countries and the causes... bear different names in various cycles of death and destruction.
Not that long ago, in 1983, President Reagan justifiably called the Soviet Union an Evil Empire.
Now, Washington is the seat of an Evil Empire; [interrupted cheers and applause], and Belgrade is the capital of the Free World!
If Winston Churchill were to deliver his famous "Iron Curtain" speech today, he might say:
President Dwight Eisenhower similarly warned Americans in his 1961 farewell speech to the nation, delivered right here in Washington:
And yet here we are, 38 years later... we are witnessing our liberties endangered. We are seeing our democratic process turned into a "demo farce." We are watching our Constitution trampled by the New World Order stooges, like Clinton, McCain and others in Washington, who whose job is to protect them.
This has got to stop!
Now [Interrupting louder applause and cheers]. And we are taking the first step right here today.
It is time for all decent, God-fearing Americans to sound the alarm and join together. We still have the legal means at our disposal to throw off the New World Order yoke.
All we need to do is apply the Constitution.
Rigorously and vigorously.
All we need to do is kick out of office the 57 Senators and the 219 Representatives who voted in March for Clinton's bombing of Serbia.
And give our full support to the lawsuit which 17 brave and honorable Congressmen filed yesterday against the Clinton administration.
All we need to do is cut off the blood supply to the Evil Empire - the bloodsucker IRS tax vacuum attached to our pay checks.
All we need to do is "just say no" to a government which uses our money to kill innocent people.
All we need to do is throw out of office the rascals who abuse the good faith service our sons and daughters in the armed forces. [Interrupting loud applause and cheers] Our men and women in uniform have sworn to protect our country, not Wall Street wallets!
Which is why we must DEMAND that the Commander-in-Chief provide to the American people a FULL ACCOUNTING of OUR losses in HIS and Wall Street's war on Serbia.
"How many Americans have you already killed or maimed in a needless war, Mr. Draftdodger-President?"
In short, all we need to do is exercise our rights. But do we have the courage to do it?
Do our men and women in uniform have the guts to say, "hell no, I won't go?"
Not when a man who would not qualify even for the lowest security clearance - were he not president - issues unlawful orders to kill innocent people in an undeclared and illegal war.
An American soldier in the European Theater of Operations during WW II, and a member of the 45th Infantry Division in the Far East Command in the Korean War, wrote to me on March 28:
Another active duty American soldier wrote to us on Apr. 16:
But even if Clinton somehow dodges a war crimes trial, as he dodged the military service to his country, he and all other NATO leaders will face a trial, sooner or later, in a higher court.
"Don't be afraid of anything except of sin," the Serb Patriarch Pavle once told me, asking me to pass this message to the faithful ones among the Serbian-Americans. For, in the end, he said, God "will weigh everything precisely and fairly."
Including the sins of the NATO leaders and pilots. And of our Liar-in-Chief!
Stop NATO's war!
Drop Bubba, Not Bombs!
Thank you, and God bless!
2. The Aftermath (of the Speech)
WASHINGTON, May 1 - Following his speech, the TiM editor was surrounded by all sorts of well-wishers. Some of them wanted to just shake his hand; others wanted to have autographs "for my brother who could not make it;" others yet wanted to have pictures taken "for our folks back home who wish they were here." Such people spanned Americans from California, to Texas, to Minnesota, to Michigan, to Ohio, to Pennsylvania; to New York and yes, even some Canadians who had traveled from Ontario to join the rally.
TiM editor also gave interviews to some of the local DC media, including the Washington Times (see the May 2 story in the Times, which along with the photo of TiM's editor saluting the crowd). He also taped an interview for a documentary being filmed by Jeremiah Films, producers of the widely circulated "Clinton Chronicles," among other films.
And then, after all the hoopla and cheering had subsided, having changed at his hotel into the uniform of an ordinary DC jogger, your editor headed down to the Potomac for some badly needed exercise, after having spent 39 days in a virtual information bunker.
Yet even there, politics would not yield to fitness. At the bottom of Virginia Avenue; the western foot of the Watergate building complex, this writer noticed a middle-aged man, standing alone with a hand-made sign, facing the traffic at the busy intersection. His red-painted sign read: "Stop Bombing" on one side; and "Bring 'R' Troops Home" on the other. And he kept flipping it around, so that the motorists driving by could read both messages.
"Good for you!" the TiM editor yelled, as he jogged by this solitary anti-war protester. The man waved back and gave me a pamphlet. Who says most Americans are lethargic and don't care?
About half a mile or so down the Potomac, this writer veered off to the left, passed the Lincoln Memorial, and jogged toward the Vietnam War Memorial. For the umpteenth time, the visit to the Wall brought tears to this writer's cheeks. But for the first time, it also reinforced some of his old fears.
During the Bosnian war, we feared that the U.S. government's meddling may lead to a new Bosnian Wall of Tears. Make that a new Balkan Wall of Tears, in which Clinton and his warmongering partners-in-crime have already laid the cornerstone and the initial foundation. And which threatens to overshadow the Vietnam Memorial by a considerable margin, if Washington stays on its current disastrous course.
On the way back to the hotel, your editor also stopped to spit at the doorstep of the State Department building, home of our Secretary of Hate, Madeleine Albright., "Madam Halbright," according to some who know her well.
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"