in Media Global Watch Bulletins
May 4, 1999
Truth in Media Global Watch
Bulletins on NATO's War on Serbia
Issue S99-65, Day 42, Update 2
FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
May 4, 1999; 2:30PM EDT - DAY 42, UPDATE 2
Serbs Take Foreign Media to Bombed Out Bus,
Still Denying Responsibility
2. Novi Sad
TV Also Hit by NATO: An Attack on
Mad and Madder: Besting NATO Leaders' Madness,
Historian Urges Nuclear Attack on Serbia
4. Is U.S.
Committing War Crimes (By Bill Ramsey)
5. Stop the Bombing, Read Thoreau (By Col. Alex Vardamis)
German Public Support for War Rapidly Eroding
7. Serb Black
Humor Thriving Under Bombs II
1. Serbs Take Foreign Media to Bombed Out Bus,
NATO Still Denying Responsibility
PEC, May 4 - The Yugoslav government took some foreign journalists to the
"horrific scene" (per a New York Times report) 12 miles
north of Pec (Kosovo) where NATO hit yesterday at about 2PM local time a bus and several
private cars on a road to Montenegro (see S99-63, Day 41, Update
1, Item 2, May 3). Yet, despite the eyewitness and photographic evidence (available at
our Web site - check out the Photo
Album section), the "lie and deny" NATO news spinners continue to deny
responsibility for this bombing attack. The New York Times reported even cited the
physical evidence pointing to NATO - the unexploded cluster bombs on the crime scene.
Here's an excerpt from today's New York Times report about this murder of civilians,
including many Albanians. We find especially interesting the statement by an Albanian
woman from Prizren which confirms what the Serbs have been saying all along - that she was
fleeing the NATO bombs, not the alleged Serb "ethnic cleansing:"
"A NATO warplane rocketed and strafed a bus and some cars
at a police checkpoint Monday, high in the soul-stirring mountains that lead to
Montenegro. NATO spokesmen said they had no information about such an attack.
Yugoslav officials who accompanied reporters to the scene Monday
said that at least 17 people were killed and 40 wounded. The scene was horrific in the
increasingly familiar way in which frail human bodies are ripped apart by explosive blast
A bureaucratic paper giving Zoran Mihajlovic the right to get
gasoline for his white Ford Sierra, plate DJ 173-70, from April 29 to May 3 to secure food
for his restaurant, lay soaked in his blood by his car. His Ford was holed with shrapnel,
its glass burst, its white paint burned away.
It was hard enough for reporters who arrived after the event.
They noted the smear of blood by the woman's black-strapped shoe; the two blasted civilian
cars and two police cars; the buzzing flies; the scraps of flesh; the unexploded cluster
bombs; the meager belongings in the rice-bag suitcases of the refugees and travelers,
still crammed into the shattered bus, its faded blue polyester curtains ragged from broken
glass and shrapnel.
But Miss Buzshila and her family were there when it happened
Monday, at about 2 p.m., in a second bus behind the first, trying to flee to Montenegro.
Asked what she saw, she cupped her hands to her face, covering her eyes and twisting her
head violently away.
The Buzshila family is from Prizren, the lovely old Turkish town
deep in southern Kosovo where ethnic groups had lived peacefully together. Four days ago,
while the Serbs intensified their expulsions of Albanians from Prizren and NATO
intensified its air campaign, a bomb fell on a house just behind theirs, and the Buzshilas
decided to flee.
It was not the Serbs so much, she said in
English -- unprompted and untranslated -- that set the family to flight. It was
the (NATO) bomb(ing) that made life in Kosovo seem impossible. That she should
have been where a bomb fell again Monday seemed so utterly implausible that even she could
not take it in. [emphasis added by TiM].
NATO denies that its bombs cause anyone to flee, but that is a
dubious notion to anyone who has had one land nearby, when it feels as if one's head is
coming off and one's stomach is so clenched it strains a muscle."
For the full New York Times report, go to:
http://www.nytimes.com/library/world/europe/050499kosovo.html. But you'll have to do it
today if you want to avoid having to pay the paper's archives' retrieval fee.
2. Novi Sad TV Also Hit by NATO: An Attack on
NOVI SAD, May 3 - The Novi Sad TV station was bombed by NATO at 9:50PM last night (local time, May
3 - see the photo) in what the local viewers describe was an attack on multiculuralism.
That's because the Novi Sad TV station that used to broadcast programs in six languages
spoken by ethnic communities in Vojvodina, a northern Serbian province: Serbian,
Hungarian, Slovakian, Ruthenian, Romanian and Roma (the Gypsy language).
Here is a comment by Ben Works, a Vietnam veteran and a commentator for Fox News and
CBS Radio in New York:
"NATO hardliners (Albright, Blair, Strobe Talbott),
desperate to hang onto their reputations in the face of a failing campaign, still insist
that NATO must police the province and only after all Yugoslav military and special police
units withdraw --an act of surrender that Yugoslavia will not make. Nor should Belgrade,
the pluralist society (consisting of 26 ethnic groups -
the most multicultural country in Europe - TiM Ed.) ,
accept giving the Serb heartland to a racist, drug-running conspiracy, which is what the
KLA remains, despite all Albanian-American and NATO spin control to the contrary:
'Let's not forget what the origin of the problem is. There is no
place in modern Europe for ethnically pure states. That's a 19th century idea and we are
trying to transition into the 21st century, and we are going to do it with multi-ethnic
states.'--Gen. Wesley Clark, USA; Supreme Commander, NATO -- via CNN, April 24-25, 1999.
The above quote betrays the fundamental intellectual dishonesty
at every level in this ongoing and increasingly criminal NATO bombing campaign. Yugoslavia
is the most multi-ethnic state in Europe; it is the KLA and its ethnocentric supporters
who seek an ethnically pure 'Greater Albania' at the expense of NATO troops and taxpayers,
as well as other ethnic communities in Kosovo.
Reading Clark's statement, one also wonders how much longer Scots
in kilts will be suffered by the Wholly-Socialist Empire's enlightened despots. We'll get
further into the matter of the Wholly-Socialist Empire on another day.
So NATO bombing continues, getting more malicious each day; more
directly aimed at degrading the 'quality of life' for Yugoslavia's Serbs and 25 other
ethnic groups, though spokesmen all assert the target is Milosevic, and not the people.
That sophistry falls on deaf ears as bombs continue to impose 'Censorship by Terror' and
as carbon-ribbon canisters crash the power grid.
NATO vainly hopes to turn the people, in their increasing misery,
against Milosevic. But on Monday, both ABC and CBS's Dan Rather (in Belgrade), confirmed
the vast majority of the people stand solidly behind the government as long as the attacks
persist. Each bomb makes the people hate NATO more and makes it harder for Clinton to
insist that NATO man the peacekeeping mission.
Oh, Wesley Clark, in his personal spin-campaign, admitted a
Jewish grandfather as the root of his personal commitment to justice in the Balkans. It
seems he has not explored his Holocaust connection sufficiently to uncover the Nazi
connections of his Albanian client-allies, and like the whole
Albright-Cohen-Berger-Rubin-Holbrooke team, is ignorant about the Croat-Ustasha
concentration camp at Jasenovac."
3. Mad and Madder: Besting NATO Leaders'
Madness, British Historian Urges Nuclear Attack on Serbia
LONDON, May 4 - Few sane people would argue against an assertion that the NATO have
gone completely mad. Now a TiM reader from Britain has pointed out an example of an even
madder would-be bomber - the British conservative historian, Andrew Roberts, who is trying
to best the NATO lunatics at their madness.
In an article published by London's Sunday Telegraph (May 2), Roberts suggests that the
bombing campaign against Yugoslavia is not working as intended, and that therefore the
simplest and most painless resolution to the conflict is for NATO to threaten, and if
necessary use, a small nuclear bomb in Yugoslavia.
TiM Ed.: Shades of Dr. Strangelove, a.k.a. Henry Kissinger (check out Day 12, Update 2, Item 6, Apr. 4 at our Web site).
Roberts claims the technology exists to minimize the effect of this bomb to a very
small area which presumably the Yugoslav authorities would evacuate beforehand. The threat
or actual bombing would have the same effect as in 1945 Japan and lead rapidly to
unconditional acceptance of NATO demands, he says.
He acknowledges that there would be some international opposition, and that NATO would
have to head off a Russian "overreaction" to the decision to use nuclear weapons
to win a war.
"I would suggest this, probably isolated, article is an example that NATO
desperation to win the military war which they are patently losing (even if they are
winning the propaganda war) is coming to override all other considerations," our TiM
4. Is U.S. Committing War Crimes (By Bill
St. LOUIS, May 3 - "Is U.S. Committing War Crimes from on High?" asks Bill
Ramsey in a column published by the St. Louis-Post Dispatch on May 3. "If one knows
that dropping bombs on targets that have both civilian and military functions will
inevitably take or harm civilian lives, can one claim that one does not intend to kill and
therefore is not responsible for those who die in the attack?" the author asks. Here
is an excerpt from Mr. Ramsey's column:
"The 1949 Geneva Conventions and their 1977 Protocols
define crimes against humanity as attacks on civilian populations or civilian objects.
Civilian objects are defined as those indispensable to the survival of a population; and
drinking water installations are designated as a civilian objects. Those water pipes in
Belgrade are not legitimate targets under international standards.
The Geneva Conventions and Protocols prohibit indiscriminate
attacks. An attack is "indiscriminate" when its effect cannot be limited and
thus harms military and civilian targets without distinction. Indiscriminate attacks
include those that may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life or injury to
civilians. Where there is doubt, a potential target must presumed to be civilian.
Does Clinton's decision to use an air-war strategy that he knows
will kill civilians amount to a violation of the Geneva Conventions? Is our government
committing war crimes in a futile attempt to halt Milosevic's horrendous war crimes?
The 1945 the Nuremberg Charter declares that the "wanton
destruction of cities, towns or villages, or devastation not justified by military
necessity" is punishable as a war crime. NATO said its target in Surdulica was an
army barracks. Surdulica is near Serbia border with Bulgaria, not Kosovo. Can NATO
identify a "military necessity" that warranted the risk of destroying homes and
killing civilians in Surdulica? If not, did it commit a war crime? Are "war-related
factories" now to include "word factories" like that Serbian television
station struck on April 23, killing 15 civilian journalists?
Amnesty International reminded NATO that international
humanitarian law not only prohibits attacks on civilians and civilian sites. It also
requires stringent safeguards when carrying out attacks against "military
objectives," including giving effective advance warning of attacks that may affect
the civilian population.
International law also sets conditions on decisions to wage war.
If they are not met, then another category of war crime called a crime against peace is
committed. Under the U.N. Charter, collective military action by member states to prevent
crimes against humanity requires Security Council approval. By what authority is NATO
making war? All diplomatic options must be exhausted and negotiations cannot proceed under
the threat of force. Does "Sign or we bomb" meet to these conditions? [...]
How many mornings will we have to hear "regrettable but
inevitable" from places like Serbia, Iraq, Sudan and Panama before we realize that
modern air war is a blunt and deadly instrument that cannot confine itself within even the
minimum humanitarian standards that arose from the ashes of WW II?"
5. Stop the Bombing, Read Thoreau (By
Col. Alex Vardamis)
SAN FRANCISCO, May 3 - Alex Vardamis, a retired U.S. Army colonel and former director
of European Affairs at the at the Army War College, argues in an OpEd piece published by
the San Francisco Chronicle on May 3 that our nation's moral credibility is in jeopardy.
Here is an excerpt:
"President Clinton gave Monica a copy of Walt Whitman's
'Leaves of Grass.' Too bad she did not reciprocate with another key 19th century text,
Henry David Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience.' At this point in America's protracted aerial
war in the Balkans, President Clinton needs to read it.
One wonders why this erstwhile admirer of romantic poetry now
charts a policy of death and destruction. We are told that Clinton authorizes bombing to
save the Kosovars, but surely their fate has worsened since the war began. Does Clinton
bomb to improve his image? Or is he convinced by hawks, like Madeleine Albright, Bob Dole
and John McCain, that he must win at all costs in order to preserve American military and
political credibility? Somebody should warn the president that his, and the nation's,
moral credibility is in jeopardy. In 'winning,' Clinton reflects the worst features of the
Thoreau foresaw that the General Wesley Clarks of this world,
once unleashed, would blithely drop bombs and fire cruise missiles, with little regard for
the death, dismemberment and destruction that they cause. Clearly, Clinton cannot rely on
the military for ethical council.
Do politicians show a keener moral sensibility? Thoreau thought
otherwise. He wrote that 'most legislators, politicians . . . serve the state chiefly with
their heads; and as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve
the devil, without intending it, as God.' The Albrights, Doles and McCains are not
reliable moral agents. They see the world in geopolitical terms.
To whom can Clinton turn for moral advice? Thoreau would say he
should seek out the 'heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers, who serve the state with their
consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly
treated as enemies by it.' [...]
In the meantime, as we wait for Clinton to do the right thing, we
citizens, too, should follow Thoreau's advice and listen to the small, still voice of
conscience. According to Thoreau, the only way to react to an immoral policy is to oppose
it. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. took his advice and, through nonviolent protest,
changed the world. The American public should demand, first of all, that the United States
stop bombing. It is the policy of an immoral nation. [...]
Clinton should muzzle the bombastic dogs of war and rechart a new
course with Henry David Thoreau. In that direction lies moral and presidential
6. German Public Support for War Rapidly
BONN, May 3 - The German "Chancellor of war," Gerhard Schroeder, faces a tide
of dissent, today's London Times reports from Germany. The tide of German opinion is
shifting rapidly against the NATO war on Yugoslavia. Popular opponents have now found a
new voice in the form of Oskar Lafontaine, the former Finance Minister, who this weekend
re-launched his political career with a scathing attack on the NATO campaign.
"We are stuck in a dead-end street," Lafontaine told a May Day rally.
"More and more innocent people are becoming victims of this bombing. I urge those
responsible to work towards ending the bombing, to return to the negotiating table."
Before the speech, Herr Lafontaine was urged by nervous Social Democratic colleagues to
curb any direct attack on Gerhard Schroeder, the Chancellor, the Time says. Yet the target
was clear; Lafontaine, a former Social Democratic chairman, is convinced that he can feel
the pulse of his party better than anyone.
"Oskar," said a friend of the difficult, often edgy Saarlander, "regards
it as his duty to alert the Chancellor to the public discontent about the war."
Herr Lafontaine could well be reading the mood correctly. Rudolf Scharping, Defense
Minister, hailed by the media, was greeted with chants of "Killer, killer". At
the Lafontaine rally, somebody hoisted a placard showing Herr Schroerder as Adolf Hitler.
A section of the crowd shouted abuse at the "war Chancellor".
Growing legions of German critics accept the Serb propaganda that Kosovans are fleeing
NATO bombs rather than ethnic cleansers, the Times says. The Forsa Opinion Poll Institute
shows 52 per cent now favor an immediate unilateral interruption of the NATO campaign.
"The consensus machine is beginning to break down," says Ernst-Otto Czempiel,
7. Serb Black Humor Thriving Under Bombs II
BELGRADE, May 4 - In our Special TiM GW Bulletin S99-60, Day
38, Update 1, Item 3, Apr. 30, we provided some examples of the continued high spirits
of the Serb population despite the escalating NATO bombings. Here is the second edition of
the Serb "black humor" which seems to be thriving under NATO's bombs:
"When you cross a street in Belgrade, you look
left, right and up."
"Do you know what a Serb feels like when he wakes up
in the morning? Like a missed target."
"A classified ad in a Belgrade paper: 'Willing to
trade two Montenegrins with a mobile (phone) for one Macedonian with a stick'."
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
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
Or Djurdjevic's NEW DAWN magazine columns: "Washington's
Crisis Factory," and "A New Iron Curtain Over Europe"