Truth in Media Global Watch Bulletins

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May 3, 1999

Special Truth in Media Global Watch Bulletins on NATO's War on Serbia

Issue S99-63, Day 41

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May 3, 1999; 3:00PM EDT - DAY 41

HEADLINES

Belgrade                 1. NATO Knocks Out Electricity in Serbia

Pec                          2. NATO Hits Another Bus Near Pec, 30 Civilians Perish;

                                  Woman Killed in Srem. Mitrovica While Hanging Laundry

New York              3. Another "Albright Story:" Gen. Wesley Clark, Grandson of

                                  Russian Jew, A Mass Murderer with Personal Vendetta

Minnesota              4. The Real Agenda of a Foreign Cabal

Jerusalem              5. Jackson's CFR Mission (By Barry Chamish)

New York              6. Journalist: Standing in Solidarity with Serbs

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1. NATO Knocks Out Electricity in Serbia

BELGRADE, May 3 - One day after Belgrade released the three American POWs Washington and Brussels said "thank you" by bombing much of Serbia practically into stone age. NATO air strikes hit Kostolac and Obrenovac gigantic electric power plants on the 40th day of bombing, leaving Belgrade, Vojvodina and much of Serbia without power.

Last night's bombing has caused a complete breakdown in power supply to about 65% of Serbia, 80% of Republika Srpska in the neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, TiM sources estimate. Some parts of Croatia and Macedonia, who also receive power from Obrenovac.

"Civilians are left without water supply, bakeries don't work, hospitals cannot treat patients etc.," a TiM correspondent from Belgrade reports. Which means that the TV and Internet services have now also been cut off. Except for those using laptops, whose batteries are also going to run out in a few hours.

"Whose capacity to fight were they (NATO) trying to disable - of pensioners, kids, bakers, kidney patients?" our outraged correspondent asks, adding that, "THIS IS CLEARLY A WAR CRIME! Atilla the Hun and Hitler had far more sensitivity for human suffering than (Bill) Clinton, (Gen. Wesley) Clark and their bunch."

Other TiM sources in Serbia also report severe hardships in coping with a life without electrical power at the end of the 20th century, which has made so many people dependent on electricity. But NATO's savagery is also bringing the best in the people of Serbia, as families and strangers bond together in a quest for survival.

One family in Vojvodina, for example, has cooked its main meal today using an old propane camping stove. Others are bringing out of their sheds, garages or barns the long-forgotten wood burning stoves. And families who have either gas or wood burning stoves are sharing them with those who don't.

Fortunately, with temperatures in the low 80s (Fahrenheit; 28 Celsius), God has once again intervened on behalf of the Serbs enabling them also to use outdoor barbecues in lieu of kitchen stoves.

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2. NATO Hits Another Bus Near Pec, 30 Civilians Perish; Woman Killed in Srem. Mitrovica While Hanging Laundry

PEC, May 3 - Escalating its war on Serb and Albanian civiliapec-bus3.jpg (28455 bytes)ns, NATO hit today a bus traveling from the western Kosovo city of Pec to Rozaje in neighboring Montenegro, killing 20 people, according to an Associate Press report, which cited the Montenegrin Montena-fax news agency.

Three civilian and two police cars also were destroyed in the attack, which took place 12 miles north of Pec. Many Albanian civilians on board the bus were also killed, according to Serb sources.

SREM MITROVICA, May 3 - Elsewhere in Serbia, a 39-year old woman was killed yesterday as she was hanging out her laundry to dry in Srem. Mitrovica, a mid-size town some 40 miles west of Belgrade. The mother of a small child was hit by a shrapnel as NATO bombed again the nearby empty and long ago-abandoned YU Army barracks. The same site had been struck many times before, damaging the nearby civilian homes. But this was the first civilian casualty which resulted from such senseless bombing.

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3. Another "Albright Story:" Gen. Wesley Clark, Grandson of Russian Jew, A Mass Murderer with Personal Vendetta

NEW YORK, May 3 - A story in today's New York Times revealed that Gen. Wesley Clark is a mass murderer with a personal vendetta against the Serbian Orthodox Christians, co-religionists of the Russians, who had supposedly persecuted Clark's grandfather, a Russian Jew.

With one big difference, however. The Serbs, more than 700,000 of whom were also victims of fascism during WW II, have saved many Jews from Croatian and Nazi pogroms, risking their own lives in the process.

Of course, the New York Times put a different spin on the general's thirsting for Christian blood. "Some say General Clark's roots give him empathy for Kosovo's victims," read the article's sub-title.

In a way, what the Times revealed today is another "Albright Story" (see "Da Bull," a TiM column about Albright's "discovery" of her Jewishness, available at our Web site). Just like the secretary of state, Clark supposedly didn't learn of his Jewish heritage until later in life. And just like Albright, he has changed his religious adherence the way other people change their mailing addresses. During his service in Vietnam, he converted to Roman Catholicism, abandoning the Southern Baptist faith of his mother.

Here are some excerpts from the Times story, titled, "His Family's Refugee Past Is Said to Inspire NATO's Commander:"

"The American general who is leading NATO's military operation... discovered as an adult that he is the grandson of a Russian Jew who fled his country to escape the pogroms there a century ago. Gen. Wesley Kanne Clark was raised as a Protestant in Little Rock, Ark., where he was brought up by his mother and stepfather, Victor Clark. He was ignorant of his ancestry, which disappeared from his life with the death of his father, Benjamin Jacob Kanne, when Wesley was five years old. He learned of his ethnic background when he was in his 20's and embraced the discovery, according to several family members.

General Clark has not discussed his heritage with many people, sharing his belated discovery of his biological father's family and background with only a few close friends and his immediate family. He declined to be interviewed for this article.

Since President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia began the forced exodus of Albanians from Kosovo, many have drawn parallels with the expulsion of Jews from Russia and the Nazi mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust in Europe. But in interviews, some of his relatives and friends say that General Clark was inspired by the story of his grandfather's persecution and escape from his native land, and that his determination to defeat Milosevic is fed in part by his empathy for the victims of Serbian ethnic purges."

In the late 1890's, Jacob Nemerovsky, the general's grandfather, fled Russia in fear for his life during one of the episodic pogroms against Jews, the Times also said. According to the family, Nemerovsky found safety in Switzerland where he obtained a false passport under the family name of Kanne, which he used to immigrate to the United States.

By the way, Clark's middle name is Kanne, the surname of his biological grandfather.

For the full story, check out http://www.nytimes.com/library/world/europe/050399kosovo-clark.html . But you'll have to do it, today, if you want to avoid paying for retrieval of the Times' archives.

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4. The Real Agenda of a Foreign Cabal

MINNESOTA, May 3 - We received the following reaction to the escalation of NATO's war on Serb civilians from Heli North of Minnesota:

"I believe that the antics of the current administration with regard to Serbia/Yugoslavia are best understood when one realizes just whose agenda is being promoted and by whom. Here are some clues:

'You have not begun to appreciate the depth of our guilt. We are intruders. We are subverters. We have taken your natural world, your ideals, your destiny, and played havoc with them. We have been at the bottom of not merely the latest great war, but of every other major revolution in your history. We have brought discord and confusion and frustration into your personal and public life. We are still doing it. No one can tell how long we shall go on doing it. Who knows what great and glorious destiny might have been yours if we had left you alone.'

Marcus Eli Ravage

Century Magazine, February, 1928

Now, it is time to realize just who is promoting this war in Yugoslavia: Madeleine Korbel Albright, William Cohen, Strobe Talbot, Sandy Berger, etc., ad nauseum. It is time to realize that the US has been seized and its government is now occupied by a foreign cabal whose interests are in diametric opposition to those of main street America. Exposing them is the only solution."

Heli North, Minnesota

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5. Jackson's CFR Mission (By Barry Chamish)

JERUSALEM, May 3 - Barry Chamish, an Israeli journalist and an occasional contributor to TiM Bulletins, echoes our sentiments about the Jesse Jackson's "unofficial" mission to Belgrade. Here is a comment which he has just sent us:

"So Jesse Jackson just unilaterally flew to Yugoslavia? No one asked him too, he just decided to go? Look at your Council On Foreign Relations (CFR) membership list and lo and behold, you'll find the name Jesse Jackson, one of about ten blacks on the 3,000 name registry.

Of course, every American involved in this war is from the CFR. Look again at the same CFR membership list and you will find the names William Jefferson Clinton, Strobe Talbott, Madeleine Albright, James Rubin, Samuel Berger, William Cohen: everyone in Washington making war on the Serbs, be they politician, general or spokesperson seems to be on the CFR membership list.

With that fact in mind, we can be sure Jackson's mission was no more unilateral than Jimmy Carter's (a founding member of the CFR's daughter organization, the Trilateral Commission) "unilateral" peacemaking mission to Belgrade a few years ago. [Also, like Bill Clinton, Carter is a CFR member. TiM Ed.]

Jackson had a message to deliver and a mission to fulfill. And if sure is certain, it was on behalf of the warmakers, the CFR."

Barry Chamish, Jerusalem

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TiM Ed.: Barry Chamish's comparison of Jackson's with Jimmy Carter's also "unofficial" mission in 1994 is spot on. Except that the former U.S. president did not travel to Belgrade; he traveled to Pale, the capital of Republika Srpska (RS - Bosnian Serb Republic) during the Bosnian war. Carter's job was to con the Bosnian Serb leaders, who were winning the war at the time, into stalling and negotiating for peace.

In other words, to buy time for the Clinton administration to arm and train the Serb enemies. The TiM version of the column even contained a cartoon depicting Carter as the Trojan Horse (available at our Web site - see the "Trojan Hourse" URL below).

As Carter met with Radovan Karadzic, then President of the RS, Gen. Ratko Mladic, the RS Army chief, and other Serb leaders on Dec. 19, 1994, TiM immediately saw him as a "Trojan Horse," and published a column by that title. The piece was subsequently also run by Mexico City's "The News" publication, reportedly the most influential English-language paper in Latin America (see "Jimmy Carter Is A Trojan Horse," The News, Jan. 5, 1995, available at our site).

"(Carter's) Bosnia trip will go down in history as a "Trojan Horse"-type diversion for the benefit of the devious, rather than a mission by a real peacemaker for good of the humanity," we said in the concluding paragraph of that December 1994 column. Alas, the message obvious fell on deaf ears in Pale.

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6. Journalist: Standing in Solidarity with Serbs

NEW YORK, May 3 - Anne Williamson is a New York-based journalist, and a former Wall Street Journal correspondent from Moscow (check out the TiM Bulletins about her work in the E. Europe/Russia section of our Web site). Here is an excerpt from a message which we have just received from her:

"Your speech at the rally was outstanding. I wish I'd have known about your visiting St. Sava - I'd have liked to have stood in solidarity with NY Serbs and you. And thanks for pointing out in your report today that Chernomyrdin is Al Gore's tainted errand boy.

God bless, and may the Serbs soon have peace again in their land!"

Anne Williamson, New York

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