FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
May 28, 1999; 1:30AM EDT - DAY 66
Belgrade 1. Two Serb Children, 29-year Old Are Killed, as
Tribunal Judge Accuses Serbs of War Crimes
Brussels 2. Are Serb Phones, Computers Next NATO Target?
Clinton Shows This Is a War between Two Mafias
Zurich 3. Why Ayatollah Khomeini Was Too Kind to
Be a Western Leader
Auckland 4. Top Secret Serb Document Revealed
1. Two Serb Children, 29-year Old Are Killed, as Tribunal Judge Accuses Serbs of War Crimes
BELGRADE, May 27 - Two Serb children, Dejana (4) and her brother Stefan (7) Pavlovic lay dead alongside the 29-year old Biljana Momcilovic (see the photos at our Web site) - victims of NATO's May 26-27 bombing of the Belgrade suburb of Ralja. All three were killed, and the Pavlovic children's parents badly injured, just as Judge Louise Arbour, chief prosecutor of the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague (ICTY), was announcing war crimes indictments of the five Serb leaders.
"If Hitler had such an 'International Tribunal' in 1939, the Polish government and president Moscicki would (also) be indicted as 'war criminals'," commented a Polish-American TiM reader from California today.
"The family moved here just yesterday from New Belgrade, seeking safety," a neighbor told Reuters. Other neighbors were wandering among the debris where belongings were scattered on the ground. One man was reading some old letters, trying to gather the pieces together. A pile of clothes and bed linen lay among the ruins.
In its 65th day of bombing, NATO launched 53 missiles on Belgrade and its suburbs during the night. Reuters television filmed intense anti aircraft fire lighting up the skies above Belgrade, with planes dropping flares. One anti-aircraft missile could be seen seeking its target.
The Belgrade-based Beta news agency said two people were killed and two wounded when a bridge over the Jablanica river in Lebane district in southern Serbia was attacked during the day on Thursday.
NATO aircraft also fired eight missiles into the Leskovac suburb of Donje Sinkovce and the Arap valley, Beta said.
2. Are Serb Phones, Computers Next NATO Target? Clinton Shows This Is a War between Two Mafias
BRUSSELS, May 26 - By ordering the CIA this weekend to hack into the bank accounts of the Yugoslav officials, Bill Clinton continued to show that NATO's war on Serbia is a battle between the two "Mafia" gangs. One big-time criminal operation - in Washington; one small-time dictatorship - in Belgrade. With the drug-dealing KLA terrorists as the sideshow in Albania, pitching in as fall guys for the Big Boss from Washington.
By showing the same, if not worse, disrespect for the law as the Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic had displayed, the American president ordered a U.S. government agency to commit the kinds of crimes for which any other citizen in this country would end up in jail. If not in a coffin. Clinton ordered our civil servants to rob the banks in which the Belgrade officials supposedly keep their cash.
Of course, nowadays, you don't have to wield the Bonnie-and-Clyde-style guns to be a bank robber. All you need to do is know how to use computers, in lieu of the Colts. The crime is nonetheless just as heinous.
Things are getting worse, though, in this war of the thugs. NATO military commanders won political approval on May 26 to attack some of Yugoslavia's civilian telephone and computer networks, the Washington Post reported.
Ostensibly, this is so as to cut communications between the Belgrade government and its military forces in Kosovo, unnamed senior NATO sources told the Post.
TiM Ed.: Which is total BS, as anyone who knows anything about military communications could attest. Take a look at this writer's diary notes, following a May 25, 1994 meeting in Belgrade with Gen. Momcilo Perisic, the head of the Yugoslav Army at the time.
So the general saw to it - by means far gentler than NATO's bullying today - that the Croatian postmaster in Zadar restored the lines for his soldiers. Which the postmaster did. All too happy to oblige after receiving 'an offer they could not refuse,' the Zadar 'ustashi' even packed the Yugoslav soldiers' bags, Gen. Perisic told this writer (see TiM GW Bulletin 94-06, June 1994).
Meanwhile, back to the war of the rival Washington-Belgrade gangs, over the back of the innocent civilians, and the gullible American troops - now accessories to murder, at a closed-door meeting of alliance ambassadors, NATO's supreme commander, Gen. Wesley Kanne Clark, admitted that attacks on the country's telephone system also would cause hardship for millions of civilians. But allied officials say they also will serve an important military purpose by severing telephone connections that have been largely immune from western surveillance.
"The plan is to cut off the main telephone system, drive their computer systems crazy, and make sure the Serbs can only use cellular phones that are most vulnerable to eavesdropping by satellite," a senior alliance official said. "There is agreement [among NATO governments] that this is the moment to apply maximum pressure."
TiM Ed.: And is there an agreement among the NATO governments about how to avoid being charged with war crimes worse than that committed by Hitler? We suspect not anymore than there was a consensus about that among the Nazi brass in 1941. Yet...
3. Why Ayatollah Khomeini Was Too Kind to Be a Western Leader
ZURICH, May 21 - We received the following letter from Gregory Kozlovsky, a TiM reader from Zurich, Switzerland. It speaks for itself:
Gregory Kozlovsky, Zurich, Switzerland
4. Top Secret Serb Document Revealed
AUCKLAND, May 24 - Serbian forces have stunned the world with their determination to defend Kosovo, the Internet Express News correspondent, Pedro Kurdo, reports from Auckland, New Zealand:
This is Pedro Kurdo, the business correspondent for the Internet Express News, reporting from Auckland, New Zealand.
TiM Ed.: With a smirk on his his face, as the preceding "secret Serb document" leak was a spoof, of course.
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"