FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKANS AFFAIRS
1. Kostunica Snubs Albright
Kostunica Changing His Tune, Now
Considers Russia as Part of “Europe”
3. NATO R.I.P.?
3a. Newly Assertive Russia
4. Serbia Is in Love Again…
Bucharest 5. Nationalist Places Second in Romania’s Vote;
Romania 2000 - Bulgaria 2001 and Serbia 2004?Nov. 29, 2000
TiM Florida Supreme Court Poll Results
San Francisco 7. Kosovo Eyewitness: American Troops Aided Albanian
Rebels Who Killed Four Serb PolicemenNov. 29, 2000
Serbia 8. Yugoslav Special Police Retake Kosovo Border VillageNov. 29, 2000
9. Serb Wimps Kiss Up to
Kostunica Snubs Albright
Signals from Vienna and Belgrade about New Violence Near Kosovo
VIENNA, Nov. 28 - Perhaps chastened by criticisms over his photo-op and a private meeting with one of the greatest Serbophobes in American government (Richard Holbrooke - see "Fifth Column," Not Street "Revolutionaries" Toppled Milosevic, Oct 25, 2000), Yugoslav president Vojislav Kostunica showed some newfound backbone in Vienna on Monday (Nov. 27), when he snubbed the U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright’s request for a private audience.
and a short exchange of words were all that Yugoslavia's new leader
granted Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a meeting Monday of
foreign ministers of Europe's leading security organization,” the
Associated Press reported on Nov. 27.
Indeed, a group
photo of the OSCE membership presentation to Kostunica shows the
Yugoslav president with his back (appropriately) turned to Albright (see
our web site), one of the loudest cheerleaders of the NATO bombing of
Serbia last year, which the Time magazine called in its May 1999 cover
story, “Madeleine’s War” (see Item
2 in Special TiM Bulletin S99-81, Day 55).
“official” explanation offered by both sides was that Kostunica did
not have time to meet with Albright because he was cutting his Vienna
visit short to return to Serbia because of the latest outbreak of
violence in the Kosovo region. But he did find the time to attend a luncheon given in his
honor by Austrian President Thomas Klestil, the AP pointed out. Guests
included Austria's controversial right-wing politician, Joerg Haider.
Some American officials said Kostunica “was being
unnecessarily rude to her (Albright) as a senior official from a country
offering Belgrade $100 million in aid this year,” according to
today’s (Nov. 28) New York Times.
Really? Compare $100 million in aid this year to over $30 billion of Serb assets last year (destroyed during NATO’s bombing). Kostunica should have demanded full war reparations. And he should never have even shaken hands with Albright, one of the NATO leaders condemned by a Belgrade court for war crimes.
Nevertheless, there were some Belgrade patsies who were
happy to extend a grateful hand and meet privately with the Serb
nemesis-in-chief, now pretending to be a “friend.”
American officials stressed that Albright had a short meeting
with the Yugoslav foreign minister, Goran Svilanovic, mostly dealing
with the problems in the Kosovo border region (for more on Svilanovic, a
turn-coat former communist who became a Washington lackey - check out Item
1 in “Kostunica Likens Himself to Lenin and Other Balkans Stories,”
Nov. 7, 2000).
Albright kept a
low profile in her final visit as secretary of state to a meeting of the
European security organization (OSCE), praising the group for helping
spread democracy to southeastern Europe and singling out Kostunica.
congratulate President Kostunica on his election and I congratulate the
Serbian people for being able to call him president," she said.
Albright, however, did not mention the recent ethnic Albanian attacks
along the boundary between Kosovo and the rest of Serbia, Yugoslavia's
policemen were killed last week by Albanian terrorists who penetrated
the buffer zone in Presevo Valley under the watchful noses of the KFOR
American troops (see the map). The
Yugoslav government gave KFOR 72 hours (till 7PM, Monday, Nov. 27) to
bring the Albanian insurgents under control before sending in its own
troops to do it. And to
back it up, there have been reports of Serb T-55 tanks and the special
forces of the Yugoslav Army massing in the border area over the weekend.
it in Vienna, Kostunica did not mince his words.
He lashed out at the West, warning that violence spilling
over from Kosovo "could easily set the entire region ablaze."
Kostunica said that the United Nations and Western powers "have
failed to do their part of the job" and stop armed Albanian attacks
on the Serbian police and citizens.
Kostunica’s tough talk in Vienna was in stark contrast to appeasing
messages emanating from some of his officials in Belgrade.
Yugoslav government postponed indefinitely the Monday
deadline, saying it wanted to give diplomacy a chance before launching a
counterattack to drive out rebels who have killed four Serb policemen.
And what is the reason for such a meek turn-about-face?
Because KFOR asked for it. Yugoslav
deputy prime minister, Nebojsa Covic, said that the deadline was
extended after the NATO-led Kosovo Force “demanded that we not use the
language of deadlines and ultimatums, but that of diplomacy and
NATO-led peacekeepers said they had been aiding negotiations between the militants and the Serb police. U.S. Staff Sgt. Patrick McGuire, a NATO spokesman, said both sides had agreed to a cease-fire until Friday. KFOR said that more patrols were planned and that U.S. forces had made several arrests last week. But it's hard to catch the rebels in the sparsely populated forest region and weapons are everywhere in Kosovo.
Peter Deck of the U.N. refugee agency in Kosovo said
that more than 2,000 people, mostly ethnic Albanians, have trickled out
of troubled region since the crisis started, according to a Nov. 27 Wall
Street Journal report.
The Yugoslav interior ministry estimates that about
1,000 ethnic Albanians were involved in the recent attacks and were
receiving support from ethnic Albanian sympathizers in nine villages on
Serb-controlled territory. Yugoslav
officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Journal that the
militants had smuggled small artillery pieces and more than 100 small
mortars across the U.S.-patrolled boundary into positions on the Serb
Kostunica Changing His Tune, Now Considers Russia as Part of “Europe”
ISRAEL, Nov. 26 - Regular TiM readers will recall
that in the weeks leading up to the Sep. 24 Yugoslav elections, we were
critical of Vojislav Kostunica’s stated strategic goal - to “take
Serbia back to Europe” (see the “Red
October,” for example).
“Kostunica’s endorsement of ‘Europe’ that happily participated in the 1999 bombing of Christian Serbia, in which more than 2,000 Serbs were killed, is an indication of both his naiveté and gullibility,” we wrote. Instead of trying to appease the Washington EU lackeys, we argued that Serbia should work on becoming a part of the Russia-Belarus union.
Well, it now appears that Kostunica is coming around to that point of view, however circuitously. The new Yugoslav president broadened his definition of “Europe” to include Russia. Here’s an excerpt from an interview with the Israeli daily, Ha'aretz, published on Nov. 26:
“Yugoslavia is already faced with a foreign policy choice between the
European Union and NATO. Vuk Draskovic has just proposed that Yugoslavia
should join NATO, while you are more in favor of Europe. Why such a
"Cooperation with Europe suits Yugoslavia. Our policy should be
pro-European and it should rely on cooperation with Russia, which is,
broadly taken, a part of Europe - in the sense in which the great French
president De Gaulle placed the boundary of Europe on the Urals.
Russian Federation is important due to our traditional relations, and in
this part of the European expanse it can represent a counterweight to
the American monopoly. Taking into account that America has a
predominant influence in NATO, our foreign policy priority should be
cooperation with Europe. An equal sign cannot be placed between Europe
and NATO, and joining the "Partnership for Peace" would be a
direction of a kind for us, a compromise solution within which our
country should move, to be 'East to the West, and West to the East.'
am saying is my deepest political and personal conviction, but this is
more than a major question on which assemblies have to state their
views, and Yugoslavia's army has also to be asked. Both the political
and the financial aspects of joining NATO have to be considered. I, for
one, am very much disinclined to such an alliance with NATO."
Other than the fact that Kostunica now includes Russia as part of his “Europe,” the rest of the Yugoslav president’s foreign policy vision is about as clear as mud. He says, for example, the “Russian Federation is important… (and) it can represent a counterweight to the American monopoly.”
Which is true. That’s one of the reasons we said what we did about Serbia’s strategic imperative to enter into an alliance with Russia. That’s also one of the things Vladimir Putin has been trying to do - drive a wedge between the European and North American NATO members, as predicted in this writer’s 1998 Chronicles column - A Bear in Sheep's Clothing - written when Boris Yeltsin was still Russia’s president (also see Toward a Globalist European Empire, June 3, 2000).
So far so good. But then Kostunica goes on to say that, given that “America has a predominant influence in NATO, our foreign policy priority should be cooperation with Europe.”
What? The way to avoid becoming another American lackey is to become a lackey of America’s European lackeys? A head of state reasoning like that? Any college student of foreign affairs would have shown a better understanding of geopolitical implications of these two contradictory positions.
Kostunica even waffles on the question of Yugoslavia’s membership in NATO. On the one hand, he says he is personally opposed to it (as every sane Serb ought to be; joining NATO now would be like embracing Hitler after he had bombed Belgrade in 1941). But on the other hand, he - the country’s president (!) - would conduct a poll of the Yugoslav Army’s opinions, and would need to consider “political and financial aspects of joining.”
Will the real Kostunica please stand up? Luckily for the Yugoslav president, recent developments involving the Euro Force and Russia’s backing thereof may bale him out of his geopolitical ambivalence and quandary (see the next story).
CALIFORNIA, Nov. 27 - Just as we were about to
write an editorial on a strategic shift taking place in Europe, and
about the budding Russo-European linkage, a TiM reader from California
has sent us a piece on that very topic.
So here it is, D. Jennifer Hewitt’s analysis about “about
NATO going down,” as she put it:
monsters and selling fear
EU's plan to form its own military force consisting of recruits from EU
member nations seems to reflect a rejection of US-dominated NATO.
Russia has made a bid to join this endeavor. As the EU forms its own army, NATO and its armed forces will
dwindle, ending the US bully-boy diplomacy and agendas in the name of EU
'shared' interests. The EU
nations just may have a greater degree of cohesiveness because of the
US-led NATO debacle in Yugoslavia.
If for no other reason, population limitations and individual
restraints will diminish NATO for lack of personnel, along with UN and
EU competition for troops.
Cohen (Secretary of Defense), Madeleine Albright (Secretary of State),
et. al. showed their true colors in Yugoslavia, leaving behind economic
and political chaos, and an ecologically desolate landscape which
negatively impacts all Europe. Concerns
of European nations necessarily include the conditions of their
neighbors, which geographically are in a position to have a great effect
upon them all. Most
Europeans were horrified, not only at the extreme methods that were
employed, but also at the prospect of future 'interventions' at the
hands of these high-tech slash and burn artists.
'might is right' paradigm of this current administration's foreign
policy is a failure and has managed to alienate potential European
cohorts as well as China and Russia.
South American countries are also increasingly aware of autonomy
sapping, heavy-handed American intervention and will find allies in the
disillusioned nations of Europe.
Russia succeeds in becoming a part of the new EU army, the balance of
power will have shifted considerably, and hopefully for the better,
where we will see the old global NWO plans reduced to a memory.
the resources of the US and its citizens are being diverted and drained
to create a tyrannical corporate global government that has no respect
for the wishes of it US citizens, dismissing their legitimate concerns
with false assurances, denial, ridicule and intimidation.
Yet these are concerns that all Americans share, regardless of
partisan politics. And we
are beginning to see increased overt manifestation of this in the US,
much more so than in Western European nations, whose citizens are more
accurately and fairly represented by coalition government representation
of diverse views; therefore more politically empowered to oppose the
inhumane and profit-driven agendas of attempts of corporate dominance.
two-party system is a joke, mere theater, offering no representation for
other than two barely differing canned NWO/corporate backed platforms
— based upon a false dividing lines between the two with mindless
'battles' promulgated and fomented by corporate media, diverting the
attention of gullible citizens from serious issues of common concern.
Yet the unaccountable corporate bureaucrats will continue to
employ their strategies to further their agendas for absolute power and
control over this country, its resources, its population.
federal leadership has failed to represent the will of the people,
instead favoring the objectives of the
military/industrial/chemical/pharmaceutical/media complex, creating
chaos, if necessary, to further the goals of faceless, unaccountable NWO
bureaucrats who lurk in the shadows behind their investments — those
who do their bidding. And
while our national leaders create international chaos in their
misrepresentation of the nature and the will of the populace of the
United States of America, 'we the people' have no formal allies, only
enemies made by our leadership and their manipulations for global
control. 'We the people
'are the commodities for the corporate nation.
We are also the conscience of this nation. We are a nation under siege from our own 'leadership'.”
Newly Assertive Russia
PHOENIX, Nov. 29 - Vladimir Putin's Russia has certainly been asserting herself recently, often in defiance of Washington. And not only in Europe.
Perhaps you recall how the Clinton administration snubbed Russia in early October, preferring to broker one of its many Middle East "peace agreements" during a summit in Cairo, Egypt? Well, Moscow has now given Washington a taste of its own medicine. With American mediation efforts in tatters as the violence in the Middle East continued unabated, Russia stepped in this weekend as the only superpower trusted by both the Palestinians and Israelis. It welcomed the Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat at the Kremlin, and it arranged for a first meaningful telephone dialogue between him and the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak. The conversation took place during Arafat's brief visit to Moscow. A diplomatic coup for Putin; a diplomatic snub for Clinton.
Furthermore, during Putin's mid-November meeting with Clinton at the APEC summit in Brunei, the Russian president told his American counterpart that Russia would no honor the not-so-secret-anymore 1995 Gore-Chernomyrdin deal, which dealt with Russia's weapons sales to Iran. That sent the American diplomats into apoplexy. The subject dominated the Monday's discussions in Vienna between Madeleine Albright and Igor Ivanov, her Russian counterpart, who tried to assure the Secretary of State that the Russian shipments to Iran did not involve the weapons of mass destruction. At the end, the two sides were at an impasse, with Russia saying it would continue to deliver to Iran the contracted arms.
Russia has also been flexing its military muscles. In October and again in November, just as the APEC summit was getting under way, Russian fighter planes managed to sneak up on and buzz the US aircraft carrier Kittyhawk in the Sea of Japan. And at the end of November Russia has been probing the North American Air Defense (NORAD) system in the vicinity of Alaska with its TU-95 bombers based on Siberia.
In a domestic push to restore in Russia the old sense of national pride, Putin is urging the Russian Duma to pass a legislation that will restore the old Soviet anthem, but with new lyrics, thus distancing it from the Stalin rule during which it was first adopted. The Duma is expected to pass such a law easily and soon.
Finally, Russia's multi-billion dollar shipments of its top-flight military technology to China also continue unabated, as does Moscow's stroking of the Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.
So strip away the "partnership for peace" veneer, and you'll see that a Cold Peace (a Boris Yeltsin phrase) has already replaced the Cold War.
Serbia Is in Love Again… Watch Out!
PHOENIX, Nov. 25 - While most Americans were
resting after their Thanksgiving turkey dinners, this writer (who
happens to dislike turkey, or turkeys of all kinds J,
for that matter) was digging through his archives for something he wrote
more than 10 years ago. That’s
because parallels and
similarities between the current situation in Serbia and that in
1989-1990 are inescapable. Serbia
is again in love, but with a different man and for different
("liberal") reasons. So
In late May
1989, the TiM editor went back to his native Belgrade for the first time
after a 20 year-voluntary exile from Yugoslavia’s communist
government. He returned to
the U.S. from a weeklong trip with mixed emotions about the
“progress” being made in what was back then still a communist
What follows are
excerpts from the TiM editor’s original reports about Slobodan
Milosevic, written in 1989 and 1990 respectively.
It was then that he first compared the then beloved Serb leader
to Tito, Hitler and Stalin. Here
is, for example, what he wrote on July 23, 1989:
“It seems to me as if the Serbs in Yugoslavia are now living in a
time capsule. As if they
are frantically trying to make up for the last 45 years of their history
of which Tito’s (communist) anti-Serbian policies have deprived
In other words, the Serbs are in love; in love with their
heritage, and in love with their new leader - (Slobodan) Milosevic.
That’s wonderful. And
dangerous, too. Just ask a
By the way, that’s also how Americans felt about George Washington
after the Treaty of Paris (1783) restored our own hard-fought-for rights
of which a British dictator (George III, the king) had deprived them.
Indeed, euphoria that follows liberation can be as intoxicating as
the first love. But
‘love is blind,’ as they say.
And (without intending any harm to the handicapped) - who
wants to follow a blind person?”
to October 2000 and substitute Vojislav Kostunica for Slobodan
Milosevic. Then rewind and replay the above tape. Amazing similarity, isn’t it?
At the time
(back in 1989-1990), Milosevic was so popular in Serbia (much more than
Kostunica is today) that this writer suffered the wrath of even his own
family over the above comments. Thus
he felt the need to explain and defend his stance in the Aug. 6, 1990
and Sep. 22, 1990 letters that follow:
ONE YEAR LATER…
PHOENIX, July 31, 1990 - During the 12 months since my “Marketing of Serbia”
essay was written (on July 23, 1989 - see above), I have been trying to
figure out if Slobodan Milosevic was a. was a Communist masquerading as
a Serbian nationalist, or a Serbian nationalist masquerading as a
my meeting with him last January (1990), I was leaning toward the latter
possibility. But after my
visit to Belgrade in June (1990), during which I saw what was billed as
“the first opposition parties’ rally in 45 years” - after
Milosevic’s sudden call for a referendum in late June; after his
Hitler-like dissolution of the Kosovo parliament; and after his election
as president of the ‘new’ Socialist Party of Serbia - I don’t
think that there is much room for doubt left.
He may be a genuine Serbian nationalist. But so was Hitler
- a genuine German nationalist!
other words, Milosevic seems to be first and foremost a dictator, now
masquerading as a democracy-loving socialist - so as to keep his job!
is still led by retreads from the Communist Party who have neither moral
nor practical authority to carve ‘a place under the sun,’ for our
people,” agreed (the
late) Dr. Milorad Draskovic of the Hoover
Institution at Stanford University.
But the game is far from over. For
one thing, Milosevic et. al. still control the media. Which gives them a powerful edge over the opposition.
I witnessed myself a lack of objective reporting on Belgrade TV
and in the daily newspapers about what happened on June 13 (1990).
I was there, at the opposition rally.
The main challenge that the opposition parties face, as I see it,
is to get the media to tell their side of the story.
Which will be difficult…
we are yet to see a credible opposition leader in Serbia. If the
right-wing extremists and the thugs they brought along to Trg Republike
(a Belgrade square where
the rally was held) on June 13 were to take
over the government, we, the Serb émigrés, would stand to lose our
homeland twice. Once to the Communists, the second time to the white Serbian
supremacists. There are
only two places where such people belong - in (the civilized)
opposition, or in jail. Most
of them probably the latter (TiM Ed.: Arkan and his gang were
among them, if my memory serves me right).
For, if they were to be elected, we would have one gang of
hooligans replacing the other. […]
WEEK AFTER THAT…
from a fax to a potential employee from Serbia
PHOENIX, August 6, 1990 - Earlier today, I had a long telephone conversation with BJ
‘brother’ in Serbia).
He told me that I stood alone in the family with my views about
Serbian politics. Even my
sister, he said, was supportive of what Slobodan Milosevic has done. [Later on, my late father also chastised me verbally
over the same issues].
my “employee-to-be,” you should know that “standing alone” - is
not an unfamiliar position for me.
Just ask Jon, Nancy, Doug… etc.
In fact, that’s how the people who are ahead of the trends
are perceived - by definition!
the above July 1989 excerpt here]
hearing me object to Slobodan Milosevic’s closing down some Albanian
newspapers (in Kosovo), BJ asked me today I would approve of certain
California papers’ right to continue publishing their views if they
were advocating their state’s secession from the U.S.?
Or that of Ireland from the U.K.?
course, I would,” I replied. (I
would not necessarily agree with them but) “what do you think that
‘freedom of speech’ means?”
not in the Balkans, it doesn’t,” BJ said.
for myself, I am getting a little tired of hearing that democracy is
just fine “except for the Balkans”- the theme of some of my Serbian
friends and relatives. Either
you’re pregnant or you’re not.
Either you’re civilized, or you’re not.
Serbia were not (civilized), it would not matter one iota if Slobodan
Milosevic, or Brana Crncevic (back
then a close aid to, and supporter of, Milosevic),
or some other turkey was its leader, would it?
They would not, and should not, deserve support of any
democracy-loving people. […]
is the worst political system,” said Winston Churchill, “except for
all other political systems.”
By the way, I do not think much of the anti-“non-Serbian”
hatred propaganda which the Slobodan Milosevic/Communist-controlled
“Politika” (Serbia’s biggest daily paper) seems to be
whipping up day after day, either.
In fact, it makes me sick… Have the Serbs not learned yet that
it is in wisdom, not in emotion, that their salvation will be found?
TiM Ed.: Well, 10 years later, have the Serbs found wisdom, or are they in love again?
By the way, I
have found my relative naiveté back then about the U.S. “democracy”
rather amusing. Upon
rereading my original comments more than 10 years later, I’d probably
use today the terms such as “freedom” or “liberty” in lieu of
“democracy” (which has mutated into a “demo farce,” as we are
discovering day by day, country by country, state by state).
Nationalist Places Second in Romania’s Vote
Romania 2000 - Bulgaria 2001 and Serbia 2004?Nov. 29, 2000
BUCHAREST, Nov 27 - Romania’s nationalist leader stunned western observers and the liberal media by placing second in this weekend’s first round of the presidential election held in that Eastern European country, impoverished by the New World Order globalist “reforms.” Corneliu Vadim Tudor, an outspoken poet and publisher, won 29% of the vote, behind the former communist president, Ion Iliescu, who had 36.5% of the vote. The two top candidates will now face off in a run-off election on Dec. 10.
Naturally, the liberal western media immediately went into its default response to any sign of nationalism anywhere in the world, labeling Tudor as a “far-rightist” and “anti-Semite,” and comparing him to Russia’s Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Austria’s Joerg Haider and France's Jean Marie Le Pen.
By the way, Tudor denies being an anti-Semite, but who is listening among the pre-programmed “independent” western media? And he appears to have done well among the young, and in the relatively prosperous western part of the country, where most of Romania's large ethnic Hungarian population lives. That fact also did not seem to faze the western media that accused Tudor of being anti-Hungarian, too.
Tudor’s strong showing came as a sudden surge in opinion polls just before the Sunday's vote. His party got only 2.2% of the vote nationally in local elections in June, according to a Nov. 27 Reuters newswire report.
"Romania has entered a new era on Monday," said the “independent” (read liberal) Evenimentul Zilei daily newspaper. "It becomes a European country suspected of nationalist excesses without a democratic opposition on which people can count."
The incumbent centrists (read liberal “reformers”), who had ruled in chaotic fashion for the past four years, suffered a complete rout. Liberal Theodor Stolojan was a distant third on 12%, three percentage points AHEAD (!) of prime minister, Mugur Isarescu.
The vote for Tudor also made ripples in Brussels, where the European Union has been trying to negotiate terms with 12 accession countries, of which Romania comes in dead last in most categories of economic and social performance. "The results of the first round don't exactly enhance Romania's accession chances."
Romania 2000 - Bulgaria 2001 and Serbia 2004?Nov. 29, 2000
PHOENIX, Nov. 29 - It is now certain - the pro-western liberal “reformist” government in Romania has been trashed by the voters. Either a former communist or a nationalist will be the new president of this Balkan country after the Dec. 10 presidential run-off.
So what goes around comes around? The turn of events in Romania could be a sign of things to come in Bulgaria and Serbia, now also countries in the grip of pro-western “reformers.” So Romania 2000 - Bulgaria 2001 and Serbia 2004? (for reasons why, check out, Washington Funds Serb Opposition Efforts and other Balkans stories, Sep. 19, 2000).
TiM Florida Supreme Court Poll Results
PHOENIX, Nov. 28 - The following are results of the TiM poll about what to do with the Florida Supreme Court:
Q: What do you think Florida should
do with its Supreme Court?
Kosovo Eyewitness: American Troops Aided Albanian Rebels Who Killed Four
American Soldier Killed, Another Commits Suicide - 45 KFOR Troops Killed,
296 Injured Since Start of Kosovo “Peace Farce”
CALIFORNIA, Nov. 29 - Right after we had published the Item 1 of this TiM Bulletin - about Yugoslav president Vojislav Kostunica blaming the NATO-led KFOR troops for the latest outbreak of violence near Kosovo, in which four Serb policeman were killed and 13 injured, we received word that American troops serving within KFOR allegedly aided and abetted the Albanian rebels who are responsible for these deaths and injuries.
If that’s true, it is absolutely incomprehensible that the Yugoslav president could shake hands with the Secretary of State at the OSCE meeting in Vienna with fresh Serb blood on them, not just her past war crimes against civilians. It is even less understandable why Belgrade suddenly backed down on its Monday deadline to KFOR to lay down the law to the Albanians (for details see Item 1 of this Bulletin).
To use an American analogy, imagine some Mexican guerillas, for example, crossing the U.S. border with the complicity of the Mexican government, bringing along 100 mortars and other artillery weapons, not just small arms, and then killing and wounding American border guards. Can you imagine then Washington meekly looking the other way, and leaving it to the Mexican government to control its rebels with which it tacitly collaborated?
(We know, sadly, it’s all too easy to imagine something like that, given the abysmal track record of the Clinton administration. But let us imagine, for the sake of this analogy at least, that we have a real American government in Washington, instead of an anti-American globalist administration that’s been selling out our national interests left right and center).
If the government of a country shows such disregard for the lives of those who serve their nation, as Kostunica’s Yugoslav government has just shown, and if it bows cowardly before those who are responsible for the killings of their men in uniform, as Belgrade has just done, how can the people of such a country expect any self-respecting policemen or soldiers to serve them in the future? Kostunica’s government owes an apology to the families of those Serb policemen - not only because their loved ones were killed or injured, but because some were posthumously betrayed by their government.
Meanwhile, as ABC News put it in a dramatic lead to a Nov. 27 story about the American “peacekeepers” serving within KFOR:
Well, here’s an eyewitness report from that battlefield. It was sent to us by Tika Jankovic, a Serbian-American from the San Francisco area and a long time TiM reader, who witnessed the recent Presevo valley firefight:
Troops Aided Kosovo Albanian Rebels
landed at the San Francisco airport just a few hours ago. I came back from
my trip to Serbia and its turbulent southern Presevo valley, bordering on
Macedonia to the south, Serbian Province of Kosovo and Metohija to the
west, and reaching to the Serbian border with Bulgaria to the east (TiM
Ed.: see the map in Item 1 of this Bulletin).
This stretch of land is of utmost geo-strategic importance for the
NATO eastern expansion. It is
a land bridge from Serbia to Macedonia that lies on the
Belgrade-Skopje-Thessaloniki highway, a land communication artery between
Central Europe and the Aegean Sea.
region is abundant with world renowned hot and cold water spas, several
production facilities of bubbly mineral water, and is the center of
textile, tobacco, furniture and other industry complexes, in addition to
several mineral mines in this region.
soil in the Morava river valley lends itself to growing corn, wheat,
vegetable and cattle farming. Farming
provides a living for a population of about half a million people.
day of my arrival to Bujanovac, Wednesday, Nov. 22, a small town in the
Presevo Valley, about 10 miles south from the city of Vranje in southern
Serbia, the KLA-Albanian bands intensified their attack on the Serbian
police forces, that started the day before. (One should remember that the
KLA raids on this valley started from day one the US troops took control
of the Eastern Sector of Kosovo and Metohija, bordering on the Presevo
battle was raging in the hills, about two miles away from Bujanovac (a
small town south of Vranje), where Serb police, armed with rifles only,
were repulsing attacks by the KLA battalions, heavily armed and supported
by the mortar and artillery fire.
afternoon of the previous day, the Albanian raiders were also backed up by
the heavy artillery fire, apparently coming from the US troops position in
the west. A canopy of the US helicopter gun ships protected the Albanian
raiders from an eventual use of the appropriate weapons by the Serbian
defenders(the NATO Secretary cautioned the Serbs not to use heavy guns in
defense against the Albanian storm troopers, or the NATO troops will take
gun ships also provided intelligence to and guided the Albanian attackers
in action. One American military officer was reported killed, "in
East Kosovo, in the line of daily duty", as goes the NATO official
TiM Ed.: We don’t know if this news items is about the same soldier, but KFOR said on Nov. 25 that, “a U.S. soldier from NATO's international peacekeeping force in Kosovo died in an accident.” The death was not a result of hostile action, KFOR said. "It is an accident. It is related to his daily duties," Sergeant Pat McGuire, a KFOR spokesperson said. “U.S. forces are in charge of the buffer zone between Kosovo and Serbia, the same area where violent confrontations between separatist Albanians and Serbian police have taken place in recent days,” KFOR said.
13 wounded Serb police officers suffered mortar and artillery shell
injuries, as did the four Serbs killed. The three missing officers were
returned in body bags by the US military. Their bodies were tortured and
badly disfigured - the handiwork of the US war buddies, the KLA (Kosovo
Liberation Army) monsters."
KLA raids on the Serbian territory, five miles beyond the three-mile
demilitarized zone (TiM Ed.: The Ground Safety Zone - per the
military-technical agreement signed on June 11, 1999)
that runs along the Kosovo and Metohija border with Serbia proper, and the
evident US military involvement in these actions, speak volumes of the
US/NATO’s true agenda in the region.
the ultimatum of 72 hours given by the Serb authorities to the Albanian
terrorists to retreat, NATO extended it and left it open-ended, thereby
buying time for the US-led Albanian gangs to fortify the conquered
positions and bring in enforcements. The whole KLA campaign in the Presevo
Valley of these days is run on behalf of and supported by the US."
Jankovic, San Francisco, California
TiM Ed.: Since June 12, 1999, the day we said that Kosovo war may be over, but a Kosovo “peace farce” is only starting, 45 KFOR soldiers have been killed, and 296 have been injured in various accidents. Two other KFOR soldiers have committed suicide, one French and one Italian. On Nov. 18, an American soldier serving in Kosovo also committed suicide. The soldier was identified as Donald Heatherly, a signal specialist in the American KFOR peacekeeping contingent. Heatherly left behind a wife and daughter.
As you can see, just because you don’t hear about it on the dimple-ballot-and-chad-infatuated CNN, MSNBC… etc., it doesn’t mean that American soldiers aren’t getting a lot more than chad punched out of them in Kosovo. Thanks to the trigger-happy foreign “policy” of the Clinton administration.
Nor are only the media silent about it. Ever heard about these KFOR casualties from either of the two establishment presidential candidates? Ever heard anyone question the Washington politicians publicly why all these “peacekeeping” soldiers died if they were really “keeping peace?”
If you haven’t heard anyone, ever wondered why not? If not, maybe you ought to. Because the next “peacekeeping” casualty may be someone you know or love. And here’s why… (see the next story).
Yugoslav Special Police Retake Kosovo Border VillageNov.
LUCANE, Serbia, Nov. 29 - Serbian special police units regained control on Wednesday of a village close to the border with Kosovo that had been partly occupied by ethnic Albanian guerrillas last week, the Reuters newswire reported today (Nov. 27). Police in camouflage uniforms with blackened faces and armed with sub-machineguns met no resistance as they moved into the small village of Lucane, although a couple of shots were heard and a few explosions rumbled in the far distance.
A spokesman for the political wing of the Albanian guerrilla group alleged the police action was a violation of a ceasefire deal but the rebels had decided to show restraint this time. Belgrade maintains the guerrilla group, called the Liberation Army of Presevo Medvedja and Bujanovac, and known by its Albanian initials UCPMB, are terrorists intent on joining the boundary region to ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo.
"The UCPMB did not resist but if the positions of the UCPMB are at risk, then we will be forced to defend them," Shaqir Shaqiri told Reuters by telephone.
Serbian police had withdrawn from the village after an upsurge in fighting last week in which four Serb policemen were killed, prompting fears in Belgrade of a new Balkan war and setting alarm bells ringing in Western capitals.
The police moved quickly and cautiously through the village, taking cover behind walls and buildings as they advanced. Several dozen police headed for the center of the mainly ethnic Albanian village and their commander spoke to a community elder, assuring him people would be safe.
Around 200 people from Lucane, frightened by last week's fighting, crossed into Kosovo last Thursday (Nov. 23), the U.N. refugee agency reported. The Serb police said they could now return home. Police also said Lucane was the only village outside the five km (three mile) wide buffer zone which had been occupied by the rebels.
Serb Wimps Kiss Up to NATO PimpsDec.
BELGRADE, Dec. 3 - A year and a half ago, they were shooting at NATO, hailed world over as perhaps man’s last hope against the globalist tyranny called the New World Order. Now they are kow-towing to NATO, shamefully asking the foreign occupier its permission to defend their own land against terrorist aggression. But they haven’t yet begged NATO with a “pretty please.” That may be coming… after the Dec. 23 elections.
Who are “they?” The Serbs. Or more accurately, SOME Serbs - those in power in Belgrade now. The wimps are kissing up to the pimps.
“Yugoslav government was seeking NATO acceptance of the plan to drive the rebels from the 80-square mile contested Presevo Valley buffer zone between Kosovo province and the rest of Serbia,” the Associated Press reported on Dec. 3, citing Zoran Djindjic as source.
The story described the man who spent the 1999 war cowardly hiding in Montenegro as “a top aide to President Vojislav Kostunica.” The AP also said Djindjic was “favored to become Serbia’s new prime minister” after the Dec. 23 Serbian elections (as opposed to the Sep. 24 elections for Yugoslavia’s federal government and president).
· Never mind that eyewitnesses have reported to TiM directly from the Presevo valley about NATO’s complicity with the Albanian rebels (see Item 7 above, plus similar reports that have been subsequently published by several independent Belgrade media).
Never mind that Muhamet
Xhemaili, a leader of the Albanian Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja
and Bujanovac (UCPMB), sporting the name and insignia of the officially
disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) on his uniform, told the Agence
France Presse his men had attended
meetings with KFOR soldiers to discuss the situation in the Presevo
valley. (TiM Ed.: Meaning to
coordinate their actions?).
Never mind that
Xhemaili also told the AFP that he wanted “the international community
to provide political and if necessary military help to resolve the
situation.” (TiM Ed.: Note the term “military help”).
A spokesman for
the NATO peacekeeping force said he could not confirm the rebel claims
that the Serb police had supposedly violated the ceasefire, but he said
that shots had been heard in the area Saturday (Dec. 2).
"Fifteen rounds of shots were heard in the Presevo
valley," said Flight Lieutenant Mark Whitty, adding that he did not
know who had fired them.
That must have been some shootout - half a magazine! Fired
obviously in semi-automatic mode, if NATO had the chance to count the
Now, get this by
terrorists haul over 100 pieces of artillery into the buffer zone last
month right through the NATO/KFOR lines.
No one at NATO says anything.
They proceed to attack Serb police, killing four, massacring three,
and wounding 13 of them. No
one at NATO says anything. Yugoslav
government threatens to take action, and gives NATO 72 hours to bring the
Albanian rebels under control. Then
NATO speaks up. It tells
Belgrade to cool it. Or else.
Belgrade obediently cancels its ultimatum, wagging its tail like a
good NWO puppy (see Item 1 of this TiM Bulletin).
And what did the Yugoslav
president do - that “Serb nationalist,” according to the western media
leaving the OSCE summit in Vienna early on Monday (Nov. 27) to “deal
with the situation?” Nothing
of substance that we could see.
Well, not quite
nothing. Like NATO, he also
told the Serbs to cool it. Yes,
the Serbs! Kostunica “urged
politicians in the Balkan country to refrain from calls for war in
southern Serbia,” AFP also reported on Dec. 3. “This is not the time
for war, but for wise diplomatic action.”
“Wise diplomatic action?” Is that what the Yugoslav president promised the families of the slain Serb policemen, if he had talked to them at all?
So despite the supposed differences between Djindjic and Kostunica, which are being played up by the western media, the two of them have struck identical positions on the current Presevo valley crisis. A proven western lackey and a “Serb nationalist” singing the same tune. A coincidence? A happenstance? Or enemy action? (to borrow the lines from the James Bond movie, “Goldfinger”). You choose…
What’s even more peculiar is that Djindjic is now talking like a hawk. But with a caveat, of course, as befits an opportunistic “dovish hawk” (an intentional oxymoron, of course, just like “Levi Desnic” - the Djindjic character in this writer’s 1996 Washington Times column on “liberal” nihilism, “The Nothing Philosophy”).
“This territory (Presevo valley) is our top priority,” Djindjic told the AP while touring southern Serbia. “Serbia has the right and the strength to defend its territory. We should react as soon as possible… one day after the elections.”
elections?” (i.e., after Dec. 23).
That’s “as soon as possible?”
Why not yesterday? Or last week? Why
wait till the dead of winter when serious military action in this
mountainous region would be much more difficult, if not impossible?
Well, since the AP
reporter didn’t ask Djindjic to explain that, we can only speculate.
Maybe Djindjic and
Kostunica are afraid of spooking their (DOS) “liberal,” pro-western
supporters in Serbia by looking just like the deposed Slobodan Milosevic
if they were to defend the Serb territory and sovereignty?
Maybe it was just a pre-election tough talk, something that the
likes of Djindjic can easily repudiate after they are elected?
Even the generally
sympathetic New York Times spoke of Djindjic in a disparaging tone. The Sunday Times said (Dec. 3) that the difference between
Kostunica and Djindjic is that the former regards the parliament as a
cathedral, the latter as a casino.
In other words, to
Kostunica, an institution of democracy is a hallowed ground; to Djindjic,
it is a hollow chamber. To be
used for self-enrichment, of course.
Washington’s EU whores, who have been perfidiously propping up
Kostunica till now, seem to agree.
“The battle to come is still Djindjic-Kostunica,” a senior EU diplomat in Belgrade told the Times. After the Dec. 23 elections, “Kostunica and the federal government are going to look very pale. A lot of the donor community, including governments, might prefer to deal with Djindjic.”
The Times predicted that the Djindjic-Kostunica coalition would break “within a year.” This should come as no surprise to TiM readers. Except perhaps to the ostriches, sheep and sardines among the Serb voters… Here’s a concluding excerpt from our Sep. 8, 2000 “Red October” piece, in which we compared Kostunica with Don Quixote:
is installed as president. Washington
gets its puppet government. Sanctions
are lifted. Serbia
becomes another McDonalds-Coke-CNN NWO banana republic.
sheep and sardines rejoice world over.
A massive World Bank, EBRD and IMF-financed ‘Serbia Reconstruction Program’ begins. NATO wants to move into Serbia, but Kostunica initially objects to it. So he either relents, or suffers the fate of Biljana Plavsic (former Bosnian Serb Republic western vassal president). He is used for a while by the West, and then discarded like a used diaper. NATO moves in anyway. Now all of Europe is under a New Iron Curtain.”
“He is used for a while by the West, and then discarded like a used diaper.” Such is the fate of former “nationalists” who cavort with enemy whores.
Who was it that said, “a man is known by the company he keeps?” Obviously an author who must have escaped the learned, but naïve, Yugoslav president’s reading list.
Also, check out... Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Christianity Under Siege," "Silence Over Persecuted Christians", "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"