FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
June 1, 1999; 10:30PM EDT - DAY 70
Varvarin 1. NATO Barbarians' Varvarin Carnage
Prizren 2. Unexpected Double Encounters with the "Enemy"
Belgrade 3. Beasts' War on Beasts, Not Just Civilians
Toronto 4. NATO Leaders Have Taken Us Back to
Barbarism (a former Canadian ambassador)
Brussels 5. Broken Promises: "Declaration of
Belgrade 6. A Serb Farmer Teaches "Marketing 101"
1. NATO Barbarians' Varvarin Carnage
VARVARIN, May 31 - In our Special TiM GW Bulletin S99-94, Day 68, Item 1, May 30, we brought you an initial report about the carnage on a bridge struck on Sunday by the NATO barbarians in a small Serb town Varvarin, whose name happens to mean Barbarian in Serbian. The following day, a group of reporters visited the scene of devastation. Here are some excerpts from a story filed by an Irish reporter, Lara Marlowe, published by the Irish Times on May 31. But we have to warn you, the text is not for the faint of heart:
TiM Ed.: Of course, we can choose to believe the people like Jamie Shea. Or we can choose to trust an independent eyewitness report by a western journalist, like Ms. Marlowe. Or we can choose to keep our heads in the sand.
Whatever our choices, the Serbs and God know that this was a case of premeditated murder of innocent civilians. Twice over. Including that of a brave and unselfish priest, trying to help his parishioners injured during the first strike. Not only was the old, narrow bridge of no value to the Yugoslav military, the local hotel, church and the town hall were also damaged in the strike, as you saw from our initial report.
Anyone who saw Jamie Shea this Sunday practically gloat on TV over this NATO strike, arrogantly saying "tough luck" to all people killed and injured in Varvarin, has got to feel sorry for this NATO spokesman and the dogs of war he serves. For, even if somehow they manage to escape miraculously the gallows or dungeons on this earth, they should start reading Dante's "Inferno" to see what awaits them after that.
2. Unexpected Double Encounters with the "Enemy"
PRIZREN, May 31 - A group of foreign journalists in Kosovo had two unexpected encounters with the "enemy." First, they were bombed by the people they thought were friends (as you saw in one of our weekend reports - see S99-94, Day 68, Item 3, May 30). Then, they were saved and treated like royalty by the folks they thought were the enemy - the Serb Army.
One of the two injured reporters in the bombing incident in which one of the drivers, Nebojsa Radojevic, was killed, was the London Times correspondent, Eve-Ann Prentice. Today (June 1), she wrote her own account published by the Times.
In the aftermath of the strike, "most of us were shouting and screaming - trying to find the safest place to go. There was simply nowhere. The second bomb hit and that was the moment I thought I was dead," Prentice wrote.
She said she hid with a Portuguese colleague in a water culvert about six feet in diameter. "The sound of four explosions was hideously menacing. It seemed then as if the attack would never stop," she wrote.
Twenty minutes after silence finally descended, "two enormous Yugoslav army soldiers popped their heads over the edge of the culvert, held out their hands and scooped me up in a second. One smiled a big grin and hugged me like a father."
She said they were taken to a nearby village, where "Serbs and Muslims paraded out of their homes, and swarmed over us, proferring sweet drinks and chairs to sit on in the street."
Later they were driven several miles to an army base, where "we were given some of the most royal treatment I have ever experienced."
"In this bizarre world, minutes after being almost killed by NATO, we were being pampered and calmed and fed by the very people who the alliance are trying to destroy," she said.
An army doctor treated her "miraculously light" injuries, she said, adding that she suffered cuts and grazes to her legs, right arm and forehead.
TiM Ed.: NATO had confirmed that one of its aircraft attacked a target near the road where Prentice and other journalists were wounded, but had denied attacking vehicles. And so, the "lie and deny" beat goes on...
Remember how they had also told us, for example, that the foreign journalists had been kicked out of Serbia, Kosovo? Guess, they must have been referring to the spies on their payrolls masquerading as journalists. No wonder they are so furious (or stupid?), to start attacking now even the civilian vehicles, such as this convoy of journalists.
3. Beasts' War on Beasts, Not Just Civilians
BELGRADE, May 31 - Remember a story from our trip to Serbia, in late April, headlined "Man's Best Friend Proves Its Worth as Dog of War?" (Day 30, Update 1, Item 2, Apr. 22). The article described how the dogs in Serbia have now volunteered for extra duty of warning their owners about impending NATO bombs - ahead of the air raid sirens. This is especially valuable on blackout nights, when NATO's bombing of power stations cuts of electricity, thus disabling the sirens.
Well, we've just received a story about the Belgrade Zoo, which shows that wild animals have joined the Serb dogs in their defense of humanity. Unfortunately, it also indicates that the NATO beasts, as they are being called by civilized Serbs these days (see S99-87, Day 61, Item 1, May. 23), are killing and traumatizing the animal world, too, not only the Belgrade residents.
The source who sent us the story, a well known Belgrade radio personality, scribbled a note: "Since 'they' (Americans, the West) evidently aren't fans of humanity, but say that they adore the animals, let them read this:"
4. NATO Leaders Have Taken Us Back to Barbarism (a former Canadian ambassador)
PHOENIX, June 1 - The former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia, James Bissett, has just launched a scathing attack on NATO, of which his country is a member. In an article published by the National Post on May 31 in the National Post, Bissett said the bombing of Yugoslavia was a "colossal failure," he called for an immediate end to this "war of annihilation against the Serbian people."
When this writer first met Bissett at his office in Belgrade in September 1991, the civil war raging in Croatia, after this former Yugoslav republic had seceded, along with Slovenia. The Canadian ambassador, a native of Winnipeg married to a Ukrainian-Canadian, was wearing three hats at the time. He was Canada's envoy to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albanian - not an unusual situation back then, when many countries "economized" their diplomatic representation in this, heretofore quiet part of the world.
And Bissett was just as prophetic back then, as he is vociferous in his criticism of NATO today. Here is an excerpt from this writer's diary for Sept. 24, 1991:
TiM Ed.: In other words, what the preceding incident illustrates, is that there was no "natural" animosity between the Albanians and the Serbs; only the ethnic troubles being stirred up by the Washington crises factory, through its backing of the Kosovo Albanian terrorists, now known as the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army).
Wonder how many of today's KLA leaders were at that Tirana restaurant nearly eight years ago?
Meanwhile, back to the present time and war, here are some of the things Amb. Bissett has said in his National Post piece:
For the full text of Ambassador Bissett's column, check out: http://www.nationalpost.com/commentary.asp?f=990531/2661631
5. Broken Promises: "Declaration of Brussels"(1983)
BRUSSELS, Dec. 9, 1983 - The world was still in the midst of the Cold War, less than three months after a Korean 747 jetliner was shot down, prompting President Ronald Reagan to call the Soviet Union an "Evil Empire." Yet, here was a declaration issued by the NATO countries' foreign ministers, following their Dec. 9, 1983 meeting in Brussels, which meekly said that NATO would "never attack anyone."
The Serb and Albanian civilians especially may cringe when they read the kiss-Soviet ass NATO "Declaration of Brussels." For, this communiqué sounds as if NATO leaders were quaking in their boots at the time.
Which was probably true at the time. The Russian people should contemplate how so few of their leaders managed to lose so much so fast for so many... And then get rid of their current crop of NATO quislings, before what's happening to Serbia today, starts occurring in the country which had once instilled such fear in Brussels:
Brussels, Dec. 9, 1983
TiM Ed.: The rest of the "Declaration of Brussels" is available at NATO's own Web site. Read it and weep... For the good old times of the Cold War.
6. A Serb Farmer Teaches "Marketing 101"
BELGRADE, June 1 - So NATO thinks that its air strikes against the supposedly "communist Serbia" will teach this small Balkan country how to become more capitalist? More likely, the NATO red socialist neo-fascists can learn a trick or two about real capitalism from the simple Serb farmers.
Like the guy from the village of Lestana, south of Belgrade, who tried to sell two crates of his cherries at the Bajloni Pijaca, one of the farmers' markets in the Serb capital. He brought along with him a "stealth" piece of a shot-down NATO plane. Which he picked out of his meadow.
Which, of course, is an impossibility, we know, according to the "lie and deny" Washington-Brussels news spinsters. Nevertheless, such "miracles" do attract attention at the Belgrade farmers markets these days. And some interested buyers.
"How much do you want for this piece of NATO trash?" one interested Belgrade buyer asked, overlooking the fresh cherries next to it.
"100 DM," replied the farmer (about $60, or a third of most people's monthly salary these days in Serbia).
That's when the would-be buyer of the NATO souvenir realized he had just attended this Serb farmer's "Marketing 101" class. Having attracted everyone's attention to his piece of NATO trash, the farmer had sold out of his cherries at a price 50% higher than that of anyone else at the Bajloni market! Using the overpriced "NATO souvenir" as the bait.
TiM Ed.: And those are the kinds of people the NATO bureaucrats are hoping to rule?
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"