YUGOSLAVIA101: CLINTON, MILOSEVIC AND THE LIBERAL-LEFT
August 6, 2005
Periodically over the past 6 years since the arrest of the Yugoslav President, segments of the Left continue
to perpetuate his demonization using what Ed Herman has
aptly called the “Politics of the Srebrenica Massacre” to justify
his trial as a war criminal. For instance during the NATO
bombing Jeremy Scahill condemned as co-evils
the bombing and Milosevic on a Democracy Now program.
Recently posts to the News List of the United for Peace and
Justice by Bill Weinberg of the World War4 Report describes
“the massacre” that begs comparison to My Lai in Vietnam.
Why do these distortions, half truths and outright
lies continue by various radical and otherwise progressive
political currents? One of the goals of focusing on Srebrenica
was and is to put the Clinton-Blair war against Serbia in a good
light. Never mind the U.N. Charter, the war crimes in the
bombing of Serbia, open attacks on civilians and the use of
depleted uranium. Never mind the refusal to negotiate any
kind of settlement while sabotaging the 1992 Lisbon Agreement.
Never mind that the most ethnically cleansed areas in the former
Yugoslaviaare Croatia and NATO-occupied Kosovo.
Perhaps a touch of anti-communism is also at work. After all Milosevic
was a Communist turned nationalist politician.
Evidence of the “Massacre?”
In September of 2002 the Republika Srpska Bureau for Cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issued a report about the alleged Massacre. The report relied on U.N. documents, International Red Cross documents, BH Army
documents and photographic evidence. The conclusion was that
the official Srebrenica story was fraudulent. Or we can note what
General Lewis Mackenzie, the first U.N. Commander of
Peacekeeping forces in Srebrenica told the Toronto Globe and
Mail last month. It wasn’t a “black and white event in which the
Serbs were solely to blame. If you are committing genocide you
don’t let women and others go.”
When, in defiance of Belgrade’s Constitutional Court
President Slobodan Milosevic was brought by the Prime Minister
and his co-conspirators to the American airbase in Tuzla, Bosnia for transfer to the International Tribunal in the Hague, George W. was so delighted that he increased payments to Belgrade to over one billion dollars. The Liberal-Left do not ask the key questions like why western imperialism supports the so called Democratic Opposition or why Serbia lifted Kosovo’s autonomy since that would lead to the knowledge that that the mercenary Kosova Liberation Army is being funded and supported by the CIA and Washington. This served to destabilize Yugoslavia and protect the corporate mining interests in the Trepca Mine complex.
The Liberal-Left by and large accepted the imperialist lies
Regarding the alleged Serb genocide 5 years ago. The Washington orchestrated lies were covered in the veneer of
concern for humanitarianism. Similar lies were put out by
a PBS “Documentary” about the mass graves found in the
town of Vinnitsa in the Ukraine in 1942 attributed to Stalin.
Reuters and German prisoners later confirmed that they were
gravesthe Nazis used for their victims.
Milosevic told the western imperialists that they could not
station NATO or other troops on Yugoslav soil. They would not be allowed to build a pipeline through the Balkans to the oil rich Caspian Sea. There were mineral rich regions where Serbs, Croats and Muslims lived by and large peacefully.
As a result the U.S., France, Germany and Britain decided that the only
way to get a client state in the region was to dismember the
former Yugoslavia which still held on to some socialist
Infrastructure and services. Quickly weapons and Intelligence
were provided to mercenaries labeled freedom fighters, as well as elements in and outside the Serbian Socialist Party who were
identified as reformers who wanted to bring “democratization”
to Yugosalvia. The Voice of America and Radio Free Europe provided
broadcast frequencies as well as faked photos of alleged atrocities
compliments of Clinton and Albright.