FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
May 27, 1999; 5:00PM EDT - DAY 65
The Hague 1. Milosevic Indicted! Clinton, Blair... Next?
Moscow 2. Chernomyrdin Stiffens His Back
Beijing 3. Russian, Chinese Military Leaders Meet,
Denounce NATO's Brutality
Atlanta 4. Jimmy Carter: "How Did We End Up in
London 5. British Helsinki Human Rights Group
Reports from Belgrade on NATO's War
1. Milosevic Indicted! Clinton, Blair... Next?
THE HAGUE, May 27 - Judge Louise Arbour, chief prosecutor of the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague (ICTY), announced today that Yugoslavia's president, Slobodan Milosevic, along with four other senior officials have been indicted for war crimes.
Five down, 70 to go? If this court were about serving justice, that's exactly what should follow - indictments against all NATO leaders for mass murder of over 1,200 Yugoslav civilians, and the maiming of more than 5,000 others (see S99-73, Day 49, Update 1, Item 4, May 11). But, given ICTY's track record of persecution of Serbs, rather than prosecution of justice, we are not holding our breath, despite Judge Arbour's recent allusions to such a possibility (see S99-87, Day 61, Item 3, May 23 and "Put U.N. Justice on Trial," TiM GW Bulletin 98/8-5, Aug. 17, 1998).
In her today's statement, Arbour said that an independent review by a judge of this Tribunal had confirmed that there is a credible basis to believe that these accused are criminally responsible for the deportation of 740,000 Kosovo Albanians from Kosovo, and for the murder of over 340 identified Kosovo Albanians.
She added that "this indictment is directed against the five named accused. It is not directed against the State of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, nor against its people."
TiM Ed.: Sounds like something right out of NATO's "lie and deny" PR kitchen. For, it echos the statement which the NATO secretary general, Javier Solana, made at the outset of the attack on Serbia - that NATO is supposedly NOT waging war on Yugoslavia, only on Milosevic. Arbour and Solana should try selling such "snake oil" PR to the families of thousands of dead Yugoslav citizens whose souls are crying out for justice.
2. Chernomyrdin Stiffens His Back
MOSCOW, May 27 - Just as aids are having to prop up Boris Yeltsin in public as if he were a wax museum figure, the Russian military leaders seem to have helped stiffen Viktor Chernomyrdin's back. In an OpEd piece published today by the Washington Post, Chernomyrdin sounded more like an angry Russian bear, than a New World Order lapdog that he has been so far. Moscow's special envoy to the Balkans said he felt compelled to respond to "certain ideas put forward by President Clinton in his contribution of May 16 to the New York Times."
Here are some excerpts:
TiM Ed.: The last three paragraphs are particularly ominous. What Chernomyrdin is basically saying to Clinton (or those in Russia who speak through Chernomyrdin while helping him stiffen his back), "stop the bombing or face WW III," as Russia, China and India form a new "triangle plan," a nuclear military alliance against the U.S. and the NATO countries. Which is, of course, a consequence of which we have been also warning (see S99-76, Day 51, Update 1, Item 2, May 13).
For the full text of Chernomyrdin's article, check out: http://www.WashingtonPost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/balkans/stories/chernomyrdin052799.htm
Meanwhile, in another sign that a diplomatic solution is becoming ever more elusive, Chernomyrdin again postponed his planned trip to Belgrade, where he was expected today. This is the second time this week that the Russian envoy has put off his meeting with Milosevic. Chernomyrdin is reportedly continuing to meet in Moscow with the U.S. deputy secretary of state, Strobe Talbott, and the Finnish president, Martti Ahtisaari.
3. Russian, Chinese Military Leaders Meet, Denounce NATO's Brutality
BEIJING, May 24 - As if adding an exclamation mark to Viktor Chernomyrdin's newfound tough talk, the Chinese Defense Minister General Chi Haotian, and Russian Navy chief, Vladimir Kuroyedov, met in Beijing this week. After the meeting, both condemned NATO's bombing campaign in Yugoslavia, calling it "brutal" and an "eastern expansion," the Chinese Xinhua news agency reported on May 24.
Chi, who is also vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission, said President Jiang Zemin and Russian President Boris Yeltsin had talked by phone, and "both denounced NATO's brutal act and reached common ground on the settlement of the Kosovo issue."
Kuroyedov also "strongly denounced NATO's brutal act" and noted "the government, people and military forces of Russia firmly oppose NATO's eastern expansion," it said. The two military chiefs also discussed ties between their two navies, and expanded cooperation between the two, Xinhua said.
Last week, China barred the U.S. Navy from one of its favorite ports of call - the Hong Kong harbor (see S99-86, Day 60, Item 5, May 22).
4. Jimmy Carter: "How Did We End Up in This Quagmire?"
ATLANTA, May 27 - Former president, Jimmy Carter, still a member of the New World Order's inner circle (CFR, TLC, Bilderbergers), added his own voice to a chorus of protests against NATO's war on Serbia. In an OpEd piece published today by the New York Times, Carter said that, "even the most severe military or economic punishment of oppressed citizens is unlikely to force their oppressors to yield to American demands."
Carter also spoke out against the use of cluster bombs by the Pentagon. "The United States' insistence on the use of cluster bombs, designed to kill or maim humans, is condemned almost universally and brings discredit on our nation (as does our refusal to support a ban on land mines). Even for the world's only superpower, the ends don't always justify the means."
There, the international community has admirable goals... But the decision to attack the entire nation has been counterproductive, and our destruction of civilian life has now become senseless and excessively brutal," Carter said. "There is little indication of success after more than 25,000 sorties and 14,000 missiles and bombs, 4,000 of which were not precision guided."
"Instead of focusing on Serbian military forces, missiles and bombs are now concentrating on the destruction of bridges, railways, roads, electric power, and fuel and fresh water supplies. Serbian citizens report that they are living like cavemen, and their torment increases daily."
Concluding that NATO's decision to amass 50,000 troops at Kosovo's border is a signal of an impending ground assault on Serbia which will lead to more casualties, Carter asks, "How did we end up in this quagmire?" And answers his own question: "We have ignored some basic principles that should be applied to the prevention or resolution of all conflicts." He put the "short-circuiting the long-established principles of patient negotiation leads to war, not peace" at the top of the list.
5. British Helsinki Human Rights Group Reports from Belgrade on NATO's War
LONDON, May 22 - The British Helsinki Human Rights Group (BHHRG), a non-governmental organization which has been involved in a variety of activities in the Balkans, such as monitoring civil elections in the last several years, has just issued a report about NATO's war on Serbia. The report is based, in part, on a May 10-13 visit to Belgrade by a delegation of the group.
Here are some of BHHRG's conclusions:
For the full report, check out the BHHRG Web site: http://www.bhhrg.org/serbia/serbia1999/serbia1999.htm
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"