Sunday, June 29, 2008

Vidovdan in America

Speech Given on Vidovdan
by MV Pejakovich
Saturday, 6/28/08
Serbian Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Fair Oaks, CA

Today is Vidovdan. Commemorating the day, 619 years ago, when Serbian Prince Lazar and a Serb Christian army defended themselves and Christian Europe from the onslaught of an army of Turkish Islamic invaders at the battlefield of Kosovo Polje.

Sadly, on the battlefield, this day that we honor was not a battle won for Czar Lazar and these brave men, but rather a physical battle lost, as Prince Lazar and all his Christian soldiers died. And, as a result, the Serbs were to spend the next five hundred years in Ottoman chains, forced to understand the literal meaning of the invader’s religion -- “Islam” – which means “Submission”.

Yet, at the same time, by their sacrifice, Czar Lazar and his brave knights forged in the Serb heart and soul a spiritual victory that could not have been won any other way. And this noble deed, would sustain generation after generation of Serbs, for 500 years, to never give up hope, to never give up who they were, to never give up on that which Czar Lazar and his knights sacrificed themselves for.

For the Holy Cross and Golden Freedom!

The courage that was shown by Czar Lazar, the spirit of resistance and sacrifice that was born that day at Kosovo Polje also stood as a Christian witness to the world. Historians and scholars, in both the East and West, saw this great deed and praised the impressive sacrifice the Serbs made to defend European Christianity and their own Christian identity. The Battle of Kosovo on the Field of Blackbirds, was admired for centuries as an ideal of bravery and Christian sacrifice.

Yet today uninformed non-Serbs (an not a few who call themselves “Serbs”) who don’t understand can say, “Why should you commemorate such a day? Why would you choose to remember every year the day you were defeated?”

The intellectual answer to that question is long and complex, and does not really answer the always thirsty mind. But the spiritual answer is simple and true, and fills the soul,

“For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:25.

For these Christian soldiers didn’t just die to preserve their wealth or their real estate. They could have done that by giving up their Christian Faith and without a fight – a fight that in this case they knew that they would lose against superior numbers of the heavily armed Ottoman Turks.

How different the Western world would be if they had given up – if the Gates of Vienna had been “the first line of defense” against the spread of Allah by the sword, instead of the last line of defense for the rest of Europe!

Nor did Lazar and these brave soldiers, as some have suggested, “Commit suicide”. Because suicide means giving up on life – and these soldiers did just the opposite – they embraced life – the life that transcends this earthly kingdom for the Heavenly Kingdom. They looked death in the face and saw through their physical death to the Life Beyond – and this freed them. The freedom of the spirit far exceeds the freedom of the body, as it can see beyond itself and its own death without fear! Therefore these knights could loudly proclaim, “Bolje Grob Nego Rob!” (“Better a Grave than a Slave!”)

These Serb Christian soldiers died to save their souls and the souls of their people, as our Lord Jesus Christ had done, and it gave our people courage to sustain them through the 500 years of slavery that was to come. Czar Lazar & his soldiers walked in the path that Our Lord, Jesus Christ had made for them—to the Cross and the Life beyond–as Our Lord had walked more than a thousand years before them.

Future generations of Serbs & other Christians found their life and their real Christian identity that day at Kosovo Polje, as Czar Lazar and his troops lost their earthly lives there on the battlefield to win this great prize for them – to win it for us!

Serbian Poetry expressed the spiritual meaning of the Battle of Kosovo:

..”From Jerusalem, the holy city,
Flying came a swift grey bird, a falcon,
And he carried in his beak a swallow.

But behold and see! 'Tis not a falcon,
'Tis the holy man of God, Elias,
And he does not bear with him a swallow,
But a letter from God's Holy Mother.
Lo, he bears the letter to Kosovo,
Drops it on the Tsar's knees from the heavens,
And thus speaks the letter to the monarch:
"Tsar Lazar, thou Prince of noble lineage,
What wilt thou now choose to be thy kingdom?
Say, dost thou desire a Heavenly kingdom,
Or dost thou prefer an earthly kingdom?
If thou should now choose an earthly kingdom,
Knights may girdle swords and saddle horses,
Tighten saddle-girths and ride to battle--
You will charge the Turks and crush their army!

But if thou prefer a Heavenly kingdom,
Build thyself a church upon Kosovo,
Let not the foundations be of marble,
Let them be of silk and of scarlet....
And to all thy warriors and their leaders
Thou shalt give the Sacraments and orders,
For thine army shall most surely perish,
And thou too, shalt perish with thine army."

When the Tsar had read the holy letter,
Pondered he, and pondered in this manner:
"Mighty God, what now shall this my choice be!
Shall I choose to have a Hevenly kingdom?
Shall I choose to have an earthly kingdom?
If I now should choose an earthly kingdom,
Lo, an earthly kingdom is but fleeting,
But God's Kingdom shall endure for ever."


And Lazar chose Heaven.”…

Unfortunately, there are those today – who out of ignorance or either as conscious way of trying to demoralize Serbs-- call Czar’s sacrifice and this poetry, “a myth”. There are those who only see the Battle of Kosovo as some kind of Balkan Camelot that never existed, as Camelot in the West never existed – or as some kind of historical event that has no relevance to today.

But these people are blind, because Czar Lazar’s sacrifice was very real, and the poetry is not “myth” but Christian allegory expressing in prose what those who sacrificed their own lives could not tell us in their own words:

Uncover every line of that poetry and of those events at Kosovo Polje, and there is the shining light of Our Lord, Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us, there is the Bible, there is the courage it takes to be a real Christian.

But why has this fate fallen to the Serbs? With all the Christians in Europe, why should it have been the Serbs who had to face this again?

"For many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14.

It’s God Choice, God’s timing, God’s Plans, not ours. We wouldn’t be asking, “Why us?” if it was His choice was that we all win the lottery. So a better question would be, “Why not us?”. Timing, geography, politics. Take your pick. We might be the first to pay such a terrible price again, but it’s doubtful that we will be the last to face such a terrible choice and fate.

But I will tell you this – in the last 600 years – we have never stood closer to Czar Lazar and his courageous sacrifice than we Serbs are standing right now. Because the Kosovo cycle has begun once again – and we are presented with the same question, both as Serbs and as Americans: “Do we wish an earthly kingdom or do we wish a Heavenly one?” Because it is becoming more and more clear that we cannot have both – either on this side of the Atlantic or beyond it.

Some would say that things are too different to compare to Lazar’s choice. We have traitors in our midst, some leaders who are own people who betray us for a few pieces of silver and deliver us to our enemies. And so did Lazar, as did Our Lord Jesus Christ who had Judas do the same thing to him before Lazar.

Some would say, that we have been vilified & demonized so much that it is too hard to endure the emotional abuse of staying the course as Serbian Orthodox Christians.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was lied about repeatedly. Early Christians were accused of killing children to use their blood for the Holy Communion. And our Serbian people suffered the abuse for 500 years of having their Christian children stolen from them and returned to them as Moslem rulers over them; of having their family names stolen from and of having to answer to, “Donkey and potato”, and other names designed to humiliate them, break their will and force them to give up their Christian Faith. Many gave in, but we are descended from those who did not.

“Blessed are you, when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you for my sake. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way, they also persecuted the prophets who came before you. Matthew 5:11-12

The physical and spiritual trials of those Serbs still living in Kosovo today are equally as great as the trials of those who came before them.

But for those of us living outside of Kosovo – and outside of Serbia –these slights and insults may annoy us & hurt our feelings, but we are not enslaved by anything other than our own pride.

As we have opened the 21st century, we Serbs are still warriors. Warriors for the Golden Cross and Holy Freedom. But this cycle of Kosovo, it is for us here away from Kosovo, a spiritual fight, not a military one. As Bill Dorich described the 21st century Christian warrior hero – “these heroes will fight the lonely battles of conscience, resistance to tyranny and a sacrifice of ego.” They will lose their life in another way, to find it again through Christ. Because this is the only way to find true freedom.

And we Serbian Orthodox Christians are called to lead, not by pride or arrogance, but by Christian example, aiding those in need – because we know the sacrifices that are to come in this world when many of those Christians in our midst do not.

Some may think that the timing of wars that shook the Balkans and what happened here in the US in New York City on 9/11, just two years later, are unrelated. And the Serbs, once called “Guardians of the Gate of Christianity” are no longer needed to fill that role anymore, because NATO will take care of guarding what needs guarded for us in the West.

But NATO cannot protect our spirits, NATO cannot save our souls, NATO cannot save our real lives – only God can.

And if the leaders of this world should one day turn against us, as they have many times in the past to others before us, then what shall we do? What choice will we make? The earthly kingdom to save our physical lives or the Heavenly one to save our spiritual lives?

Many empires, governments and leaders have risen and fallen over the last 2,000, and yet Our Lord Jesus Christ has remained, written on the face of history in the hearts of those brave souls who have given up their lives to follow Him. And we are privileged to have some of the Serbian heroes of Kosovo to call our own -- both from 1389 and those heroes today who now suffer in Kosovo, living in ghettos for fear of their mortal lives while holding fast to their Faith in the Life to come. As Czar Lazar might have once said, “You can take my head, you take my body, for you are a far stronger physical force than we are, but you cannot take our hearts or our souls for they belong to God, alone.”

In February of this year, the current Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, said that “Serbs must loose the Balkan sentimentality and accept that Kosovo is no longer theirs.” And I quote, “After all, we are talking about something from 1389 – 1389! It’s time to move on!”

Ms. Rice, Our Lord Jesus Christ walked this earth 2000 years ago and Czar Lazar defended Our Lord’s Church 13 centuries later from those who would destroy it and have us all in the rest of Europe and beyond, pointing toward Mecca to pray today. Both were a very long time ago, but that should make neither less relevant -- especially for anyone calling themselves “a Christian”, as you do.

And Christianity is not “sentimentality, Ms. Rice. It is recognition that there is a force greater than ourselves that our true selves and best selves are in communication with – in Communion with – because we were made by Him and for Communion with Him. Perhaps this a difficult concept for those like yourself, with so much power that they imagine their own omnipotence, but try to follow along.

As for you telling Serbs to accept that “Kosovo is no longer theirs”. Ms. Rice, I was born in the USA, as was my mother. I have never set foot in Kosovo or Serbia. I don’t even speak Serbian. And I am full blooded Montenegrin by heritage, yet I can without hesitation say, “Kosovo is mine. Kosovo is ours. Kosovo is Serbia. Kosovo defined what it means to be a Serb and you cannot take that away from us, because you cannot rewrite history, no matter how hard you try!” And if you cannot convince me as an American, Ms. Rice, and those like me, who do you think that you can convince? Certainly not those Serbs who call Kosovo their home, whose Christian ancestors’ blood has watered the land where they have lived for centuries!

While I have never set foot on Kosovo Polje, the lessons of that day, the love of freedom and the recognition of the sacrifices necessary to be a Christian will never die in the Serb heart – and will never die in the Christian heart.

Politics come & go, empires come & go – and Ms. Rice, you are set to go in what? Seven months? Real estate, the kingdoms of this world are always in a state of flux.

Kosovo was physically lost for 500 years the last time. Who knows how long it will take this time? But regardless of how it all works out in the end, the Battle of Kosovo Polje will always be ours, always belong to Serbs, and no one, however powerful, can take it away unless we give it up.

Vidovdan is the annual reminder for all of us of the choice we must make in this life – the Heavenly Kingdom or the earthly one – and the sacrifice that was made six hundred and nineteen years ago so that we could have this choice to make.

So let us use this day, to rededicate our lives – to Christ – to the Golden Cross and Holy Freedom – and to helping those Serb heroes who are fighting – just by their own survival in Kosovo – for all of us, once again!

Friday, June 27, 2008

NINE YEARS ON IN KOSOVO AND METOHIA.

By Edward Spalton

The establishment of an “independent” Kosovo, resting on the bayonets of occupying forces and contrary to UN resolutions, has done nothing to settle the problems of the Balkans but institutionalizes an area of criminality and Jihadism with the trappings of statehood.

The following article appeared in “Freedom Today” in its October/November issue of 1999. The research, which took me several months, actually made me feel ill – especially concerning the nature of the wartime state of Croatia and the acceptance by Western powers of its modern resurrection, now a candidate for EU membership.

With benefit of hindsight, there is only one thing which I overlooked - the power of Jihad with which we, in liberal Western Europe , were then completely unacquainted. We are all wiser now in that respect; apart from our wilfully blind politicians who still tell us that Islam is a religion of peace and with increasing insistence and repetition attempt by the power of legal compulsion to make us believe it.

Vidovan, St.Vitus’ day, falls on June 28th in the Orthodox calendar. Historically and tactically the battle of that day was something of a draw – the commanders of both sides were killed. Strategically and politically it marked the end soon after of a viable, defensible, Serbian Christian state and the beginning of the long dark night of Muslim oppression in the Balkans. Perhaps English speakers can get some inkling of its emotional significance by reading the words which Shakespeare put into Henry V’s mouth at the battle of Agincourt on “Crispin Crispian’s day” or recall the words attributed to Simon de Montfort at the battle of Evesham “Now let us commend our souls to God for our bodies are in the hands of our enemies”.

I offer these thoughts, mindful that the feast of Vidovdan in the Orthodox calendar is near, the solemn time when the people of Serbia recall their blackest, yet proudest hour of defeat at the hands of the Muslim Turks. This recollection of the heroic tale of Kosovo Polje, the Field of the Blackbirds, where Prince Lazar chose a heavenly kingdom above an earthly one, sustained their Christian witness through five hundred years of the most cruel persecution.

NATO’S MALIGN METAMORPHOSIS TO AGGRESSOR.


When the troubles first started in Yugoslavia , reporting was fairly even-handed. The atrocities of all sides were shown. Gradually the media became “gleichgeschaltet” (as Dr Goebbels put it) or “on message” as New Labour would have it; only the Serbs were demonized then.

The defining moment was Germany ’s recognition of Croatia before any of the normal criteria for full diplomatic relations existed – settled government, recognised frontiers etc. The rest of the EU states, having vigorously opposed such a move, shuffled into line as part of the EU Common Foreign Policy. From this point, the waters became ever muddier.

The Bosnian and Kosovo tragedies followed as night follows day.

As the intervention developed, the UN dropped out and NATO changed its character utterly, in contradiction of its own charter.

In concert with the developing Western European Union (the supra-national, united armed forces of the European Union), it ceased to be a defensive alliance, protecting the sovereignty of its members and became an imperial entity, waging its first war of conquest.

The American, British and mainland Western European peoples have not yet fully grasped the enormity of this metamorphosis. Yet they are all now pieces in the Great Game being played with their countries by the unaccountable, undemocratic, supra-national agencies of New NATO and the EU.

Throughout the past fifty years until very recently there were few institutions which seemed more beneficent and protective than NATO. It was a purely defensive alliance in which members agreed to come to each other’s aid if attacked. Just how they did this was up to them.

Most came into the NATO command structure but the French left it, knowing that the rest would still come to their aid: having their cake and eating it as usual.

Nevertheless it kept the Soviets from carrying out Mr. Kruschev’s stated intention “We will bury you”. The Marshals of the Red Army, who frequently proclaimed their indifference to the prospect of countless millions of casualties, were deterred by the clout of this united front, backed by the might of America and steadfastly supported by Britain and Canada . Mainland Europe owes old NATO two generations of peace and deliverance from totalitarian rule.

This was nothing to do with the European Union, which did not exist when NATO was formed. From its inception the EU worked to destroy the sovereignty of European democracies (rather more effectively than the Red Army, as it turned out).

NATO was often cited as an example of “pooling” sovereignty as in the EU, but this was never true. It was an organization of sovereign states cooperating under international law for a limited purpose. It contained provision that states might leave by giving notice to the other members (unlike the EU). There was no NATO Commission and there were no NATO directives over-riding members’ domestic laws.

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has changed its character beyond recognition. It is no longer purely defensive, but has arrogated to itself the right to go adventuring in other states. At its 50th anniversary celebrations, Tony Blair proclaimed a new doctrine which would justify NATO invading territory from the Atlantic to the Urals and beyond in defence of “peace”, “democracy”, “stability” or “human rights”. More or less any state in the world of second rank or less could qualify for the treatment, if it was not in the good books of Tony (Blair) and his cronies.

He has also linked Britain ’s NATO contribution with the Western European Union, a hitherto shadowy organization which is now defined as the EU wing of NATO. Under the guise of closer cooperation, this is nothing less than the creation of an EU army, navy and air force. British forces will still wear British uniforms for the time being, but their command will be so integrated with the WEU as to be beyond control or recall by Parliament.

General Naumann, Supreme German Military Commander, gave a strong hint of WEU and New NATO thinking when he said “German troops will be engaged for the maintenance of the free market and access without hindrance to the raw materials of the entire world”. The implication is that if the entire world does not agree, so much the worse for it. We have ways of making you trade!

Tony Blair demonstrated his contempt and disregard of Parliament during the Kosovo war. William Hague made little enough objection, though Madam Speaker said a few choice words. Those EU states with traditional, constitutional or treaty obligations of neutrality – Sweden , Finland , Austria and Ireland – are being railroaded into associate WEU/NATO membership through an initiative called “Partnership for Peace”. This is Euro-Newspeak for “Command structure for war”. WEU institutions contain no provisions permitting members to leave.

The atrocities of the various sides in the break-up of Yugoslavia were very similar. The leaders of Croatia and Bosnia , maintained in power by WEU/NATO, are both on record calling for genocide. They practiced it vigorously whenever they had the chance. In this respect there is no difference between them and Milosevic. Yet only the Serbs were castigated. WEU/NATO succeeded in managing the media with frightening totality to minimize the atrocities of its clients.

The policy of New NATO and Germany in particular was to break up the Yugoslav state in which the Serbs were the senior partners – rather as England is in the UK .

Following the footsteps of pre 1914 Austro-German policy, this was the active aim of Germany from the early Eighties and they persuaded the Americans to their view.

Anti-Serb bias is profoundly ingrained in the psyche of southern and central Europe . Before he concocted his own racial theories, Hitler – like any other Roman Catholic Austrian subject, would have imbibed the officially approved attitude that Orthodox Serbs were “worse than Protestants”. The Nazis later recruited Roman Catholic and Muslim Slavs (Croatians and Bosnians genetically indistinguishable from Serbs as well as Albanians) as honorary Aryans in elite volunteer Waffen SS units. The Orthodox Serbs always remained Slav “Untermenschen”. Recent events reflect the continuance of this mind-set in hardly less overt form. Today’s government of Bosnia resurrected the name of one SS unit, the Handzar Division. It provides the life guard for the President.

Collaborating wartime states like Slovakia and Croatia were clerico-fascist in nature, supported both by the local church hierarchies and by the Vatican . Cardinal Stepinac, wartime Archbishop of Zagreb, wrote exultant reports to Pope Pius XII of the hundreds of thousands of forced, gun point conversions of Serbs in Croatia . His clergy were active as concentration camp commanders, dealing with those stubborn Serbs who refused to become Roman Catholics and thus “de-Serbed”.

Yet the present Pope has set in motion the beatification of this gruesome character. Pope John Paul II has apologized for the Roman Catholic Church’s failure to speak up for the Jews. Yet despite his oft-expressed wish for reconciliation with the Orthodox Churches, he shares the Roman blind spot with regard to the holocaust of Serbs, Jews and gypsies carried out in his predecessor’s name and full knowledge within living memory*.

There are plenty of extant photographs of the papal legate to Nazi Croatia giving the fascist salute to parades of the Ustache – a force whose methods revolted even the SS. They were at work under clerical management well before Germany issued its Europe-wide Directive on the Harmonisation of Measures for the Final Solution of racial problems.

The achievement of an ethnically and religiously purified state of Croatia had to wait until 1995 when NATO’s “Operation Storm” caused the expulsion of all the Serbs from the Krajina region.

Warren Christopher of the US State Department callously remarked that this ethnic cleansing had “simplified” the Croatian situation. Compare this with the rightful humanitarian concern for other racial groups which suffered similarly. The West took a very different attitude to the no less appalling Serbian attempted “simplification” of Kosovo. Serbs, it seems, don’t count.

More recently Clare Short, British minister for overseas aid, said that Serbs fleeing Kosovo were not refugees at all but “people who had decided to move”. They were therefore unworthy of humanitarian aid – a lesser breed, outside her much publicized, caring compassion for humanity in general. The politically correct Ms Short would not dare to display such racist bias against a minority at home.

This attitude to Serbs persists today, mostly unthinkingly, but sometimes it is startlingly explicit. Among the most bloodthirsty advocates of condign punishment and all-out war on Serbia was an influential Member of the European Parliament, one Doctor Otto von Habsburg, heir presumptive of the former Austrian Empire – a blast from the past with malice aforethought long matured! The terms of the Rambouillet agreement were just as extreme as the Austrian ultimatum to Serbia which touched off the Great War in 1914. The terms were quite impossible of acceptance and designed to be so.

A wiser leader than Milosevic might have preserved the Yugoslav federation, but the plans of the separatists and their backers had been long laid.

They were also supported by aid and arms for the Croats, Bosniaks and Kosovo Liberation Army from the arsenal of former East Germany and elsewhere. Germany trained and equipped the KLA from at least 1996, much more munificently than Colonel Gadaffi ever supported the IRA. Prior to this, the unrest in Kosovo had been at a lower level than in Northern Ireland , as measured by reported deaths. Germany ensured a big enough conflict in Kosovo to provide a pretext for intervention.

The EU and the Americans had decided that a group of small, tractable client states in the Balkans was preferable to a strong Yugoslavia , capable of self defense. These statelets also provide economic “Lebensraum” for the EU. The treaties ending this phase of the Balkan wars are quite explicit in this respect. The new states must follow EU-decided economic policies, regardless of the wishes of their inhabitants.

So the British people, unknown to themselves, have become accomplices in the creation of an old-style continental land empire with far more than its share of disputed frontiers and ethnic conflicts.

“Divide and rule” has long been a favoured maxim for imperial powers. We are experiencing the same principle applied to ourselves, as Britain too is “Balkanized” into regions.

Whilst we owe a debt of gratitude to old NATO for past services, new NATO and its associated EU organizations are profoundly inimical to freedom, as we have always understood the term. New WEU/NATO is no friend to a sovereign Britain nor to a sovereign anywhere else. From drinking the euro-federalist potion, Dr Jekyll has become Mr. Hyde in the person of George Robertson, the NATO Secretary General.

* In wartime Croatia , courageous individual Roman Catholics, lay and clerical, performed many acts of mercy at great risk. They appealed in vain for Archbishop Stepinac to denounce the terror. Official Church publications of the time show beyond all reasonable doubt that the Croatian hierarchy was politically committed to fascism, genocide and forced conversions.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Masters & Servants -- The US & Czech Republic


(Excerpt)
Prague Post, June 25, 2008
By James Jatras

...."Prague’s current subservience is as baffling to me as it is disturbing. I served most of my professional life in the apparat of the U.S. government, at both the State Department and in Congress. My early career was dedicated to restoring the freedom and independence of countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Later, I worked to extend the reach of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America. Perhaps it was misplaced idealism, but it never occurred to me at the time that the main result, and perhaps intent, of such efforts was not freedom in the ordinary meaning of the word, but creation of a unipolar global order.

These concerns may sound odd coming from an American, especially from a conservative Republican. After all, my country supposedly receives the benefits of this “allied solidarity.” The freedom and unity of the Czech Republic is not my concern, but that of the Czech people. Why should I care if the Czech lands are reduced to our very own Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren?

Here’s why: Our European and other friends have become enablers of our post-Cold War hegemonic binge. When someone has had too much to drink, real friends take his car keys away, not offer to join him on a joy ride. If my country had friends who would stand up to us and just say no when a narrow clique in Washington hatches schemes for destructive escapades, our global adventurism would be restrained. We would have less occasion to find ourselves stuck with limitless and costly commitments in distant parts of the world that do not concern us, embroiled in other peoples’ quarrels in which we have no business. We Americans would benefit most of all.".... Full Article Here

Former US Ambassador to Croatia Gets an Attack of Consicence and Tells the Truth

Former US ambassador to Croatia, Peter Galbraith, accused Croatia of plotting and sanctioning the exodus of Serbs in 1995 to create an "ethnically clean" country.

Peter Galbraith told The Hague war crimes trial of three Croatian generals, that the leadership headed by late President Franjo Tudjman used ‘Operation Storm’ to ‘cleanse’ Croatia of Serbs.

“Croatian authorities either ordered or allowed a mass destruction of the Serb property in former (Serb-held region of) Krajina to prevent the return of the population. I consider that to have been a thought through policy,” he said, testifying at the trial of generals Ante Gotovina, Ivan Cermak and Mladen Markac.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, based in The Hague indicted the three for war crimes their troops committed during and after Operation Storm.

Up to 800 ethnic Serb civilians were killed and some 250,000 fled Croatia when in 1995 Croat forces crushed the rebel Serb breakaway state that occupied up to a quarter of the country’s territory since it declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Galbraith, who testified on Monday in the presence of a U.S. government representative, said that he and other American officials had information months before Operation Storm that there would be a military attack on the Serb Krajina.

But the U.S. never green-lighted the operation, he contended. However, since the U.S. administration knew the assault might be launched, "it expressly warned the Croatian authorities and president Tuđman of their obligation to protect the Serb civilians and prisoners of war. The atrocities like those committed in the Medak Pocket in 1993 were not to be repeated".

In the first days after the arrival of the Croatian Army in Knin, Galbraith recounted, the reports of the U.S. embassy personnel indicated there were widespread killings of Serb civilians and destruction of their houses, "thus confirming that the situation in the field was exactly what the U.S. administration wanted to prevent".

In Galbraith’s opinion, this happened "on the orders or with the tacit approval of the Croatian leadership, in the presence and with the participation of the military".

However, then Croatian Defense Minister Gojko Šušak "admitted to Galbraith that the Croatian authorities engaged in psychological warfare that partly contributed to the exodus".

When the Serbs left Krajina, the Croatian authorities did everything to prevent them from returning, issuing a decree to confiscate the property of all those who failed to return within thirty days.

Furthermore, their houses were destroyed and their return obstructed in various ways. According to Galbraith, this fit Tuđman’s idea of an ethnically homogenous Croatia.

Whenever they met, the president would emphasize that every country should be ethnically homogenous, adding that local Serbs posed a threat to the homogeneity of the Croatian state.

"He was not ashamed of his views and I wondered how he could imagine that an American would accept his reasoning," Galbraith said, noting that the Croatian president "spoke favorably of the so-called humane transfer of population".

“Croatia was an organized country, its army the most disciplined in former Yugoslavia, and therefore I cannot accept that the illegalities that occurred after Storm were spontaneous,” Galbraith told the court.

He added that had happened because “President Tudjman and people around him wanted it, wishing for an ethnically clean country.”

However, Galbraith said Croatia did not carry out an ethnic cleansing campaign following Operation Storm, because “you could not cleansed those who were not there, but I’m not saying it would have not happened had the population stayed.”

His testimony came as a surprise, since when he testified at the trial of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in 2003 Galbraith said Croatia was not responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Serbs.

On Monday Galbraith said he was sorry for saying that because it was understood as his justification for the Croatian army’s actions, which had not been his intention.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Road to Corruption Leads to Albania

In December, 2007 Transparency International, an international organization dedicated to monitoring the level of corruption in more that sixty countries, released their list of the top most corrupt "countries". Albania topped their list of "most corrupt countries"(and the contiguous Albanian populated areas of Kosovo and Macedonia were also in the top 5.)

So it should not come as a surprise that if US officials were involved in corruption and/or some "less than legal" dealings, "Albania" would be part of the equation.

Two news stories yesterday, hit the jackpot on that linkage:

NYT: American Envoy Is Linked to Arms Deal Cover-Up

By ERIC SCHMITT


An American ambassador helped cover up the illegal Chinese origins of ammunition that a Pentagon contractor bought to supply Afghan security forces, according to testimony gathered by Congressional investigators.

A military attaché has told the investigators that the United States ambassador to Albania endorsed a plan by the Albanian defense minister to hide several boxes of Chinese ammunition from a visiting reporter. The ammunition was being repackaged to disguise its origins and shipped from Albania to Afghanistan by a Miami Beach arms-dealing company.

The ambassador, John L. Withers II, met with the defense minister, Fatmir Mediu, hours before a reporter for The New York Times was to visit the American contractor’s operations in Tirana, the Albanian capital, according to the testimony. The company, under an Army contract, bought the ammunition to supply Afghan security forces although American law prohibits trading in Chinese arms........Continued at NYT


And then there is the recent activities of former Homeland Security Chief and PA Governor, Tom Ridge, as investigated by Roll Call:

Roll Call: Ridge Files Very Late for Albania

Former Bush Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge busted by the Justice Department for failing to register for two years for lobbying for Albania, at $40k a month:

For almost two years former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge failed to register a nearly half-million-dollar lobbying contract that he had with the government of Albania. Ridge filed a registration statement on behalf of the country earlier this month after being contacted by the Department of Justice.

'It was brought to my attention after the contract expired and my lawyer said under the circumstances I probably should have filed,' said Ridge, who is a national co-chairman of Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign and has been mentioned as a potential vice presidential running mate. 'I didn't think it was [necessary] to register.'

The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires agents to register with the DOJ within 10 days of signing a contract with a foreign government and before performing any duties for the client. Additionally, 'foreign agents' must file biannual reports detailing any agreements, income received and expenditures on behalf of foreign countries or corporations owned by countries.

Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor, represented Albania from October 2006 through the end of August 2007 on issues ranging from homeland security to NATO membership.

On May 7, 2007, Ridge and Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha met with Sens. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to discuss 'various reforms undertaken by the government of Albania to comply with NATO and EU requirements,' according to the FARA supplemental statement. Ridge and Berisha met with Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) to discuss the same issues on May 8.

The time stamp on Ridge's registration statement with the Justice Department is dated June 12, 2008. ... Ridge's registration was spurred by a DOJ inquiry after press accounts surfaced noting Ridge's connection to the country. ...

After a meeting with Justice and his counsel at Blank Rome, Ridge decided to file his FARA registration.

'Once we were made aware of certain contacts by Gov. Ridge, we advised him to register, which he did,' said Topper Ray, a spokesman for Blank Rome. ...

Ridge is in good company. One becomes aware of a lot of unregistered foreign lobbying in Washington, although not always as blatantly in violation as this. ....

So, curious if Ridge knows something about the strange DOD-US embassy-Albanian government-AEY-mothballed $300 million Chinese ammo weapons deal, now under investigation by the Feds and Congress?"

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Serbia: Socialists and pro-European forces eye coalition

Belgrade, 23 June (AKI) - The Socialist Party of Serbia, which holds the key to any new government, says it has realigned with President Boris Tadic’s pro-European coalition.

Socialist Party leader Ivica Dacic said he had reached an agreement in principle with Tadic at the weekend on forming a new government.

Dacic said the two parties agreed on the distribution of cabinet posts and a new government could be formed by the end of the week.

The move followed a month of talks that Dacic had ended with Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica’s centre-right Democratic Party of Serbia and the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party.

Tadic’s coalition won 102 seats in the 250-seat parliament in the 11 May election, but couldn’t form a majority without the support of the Socialists.

The Democrats have demonised the Socialists for years as the source of all Serbia's evils and blamed them for the 1990s Balkan wars.

Serbian analysts and the media have said the deal between Dacic and Tadic was an “unnatural marriage” but Tadic claimed the Socialists had reformed and were acceptable as a coalition partner.

European Union officials encouraged Dacic to join Tadic’s camp, vowing to help them to join the Socialist International, which rallies some 160 leftist parties worldwide.

However, some Socialists are uncomfortable with the fact that the Democrats arrested former party and Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic and presented him for trial at the United Nations' war crimes tribunal.

Milosevic died in the Hague-based court's prison wing in March 2006, shortly before he was due to be sentenced.

Kostunica’s spokesman Andreja Mladenovic said his party would go into opposition, vowing that “those who form the government will not have an easy job”.

Kostunica split with Tadic after majority ethnic Albanians in the breakaway Kosovo province declared independence last February with the support of western powers.

Kostunica argues that Serbia cannot join the EU and NATO unless Kosovo remains within its borders.

The US Ambassador to Belgrade Cameron Munter and his British colleague Steven Wordsworth have been playing an active role in the talks to form a new government, prompting speculation that their influence is crucial in swaying Dacic to Tadic’s camp.

Montenegrin Arrested in Kosovo for Wearing a Montenegrin Hat

Slobodan Vujičić was arrested on Saturday night in the Gebo nightclub, when security asked him to remove a Montenegrin cap he was wearing.

After he refused, he was received threats and the police arrived, taking him downtown, Vujičić told Podgorica's Republika daily.

He was also wearing a t-shirt reading, "Independent Montenegro, wild beauty", and had a Montenegrin flag in his bag.

Vujičić sees none of this as "provocation", because, in his words, he has the right to display the national symbols.

Ethnic Albanian policemen with the Kosovo police asked him "what he wanted", and "whether he supported Ramush Haradinaj or Hashim Thaci", also telling him, "recognize [Kosovo], and we'll recognize you and your constitution".

After this, Vujičić said, other policemen apologized, and begged him not to file a complaint against them.

Vujičić, who is the leader of the recently founded Association of Kosovo's Montenegrins says he feels indignation over the events in "the multi-ethnic town of Priština".

He will now go ahead and file a complaint against the Kosovo police and the night club for "damaging of reputation and causing ethnic and religious intolerance", Beta news agency says.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bravo Spain!!! --- "Spain Lobbies Against Kosovo Independence"

Balkan Insight: 20 June 2008 Pristina

Spain is lobbying against Kosovo's independence in the countries of Latin America, a former British Minister for Europe says.

In a comment in today's Independent newspaper, published in London, Denis Macshane writes that “key European Union nations like Spain, Greece, Romania and Slovakia weaken the unity of Europe by refusing to recognise Kosovo”.

“Greece blocks Macedonia’s EU and NATO ambitions, while Spain lobbies in Latin America against recognition of Kosovo”, writes MacShane, adding that “this bodes ill for the notion that a united EU diplomacy of weight can develop”.

MacShane outlined some of the recent developments that have caused divisions in Europe, such as the Irish “No” to the Lisbon Treaty or Kosovo’s partial recognition and he suggests that Europe needs to speak with one voice.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on February 17, after nine years of administration under the United Nations and after two years of internationally-mediated talks with Belgrade, which failed to produce a mutual agreement.

Despite the Russian and Serbian opposition, the new statehood of Kosovo was recognised by the United States and a majority of the EU members, but others refuse or hesitate to take the same step.

Countries like Romania and Slovakia fear that recognition of Kosovo may encourage the separatist moves of ethnic minorities in their countries, whereas Spain is concerned about the implications independence has on the status of Catalonia and its Basque country.

MacShane maintained that the bloc remains divided vis-à-vis Russia on certain issues such as Iran, the Balkans or other energy policies and emphasised the fact that the involvement of the Untied States in many issues has influenced many decisions or occurrences in Europe.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Montenegro's Albanian Headaches that "Kosovo Recognition" Won't Fix

On June 4th, the Montenegrin newspaper "Dan" reported the words of Montenegrin Serb leader Andrija Mandic, saying that while he was in Kosovo, he had heard that the Montenegrin leadership planned to recognize Kosovo after the supposed "new Kosovo Constitution" (written by an American law professor) came into effect on June 15th:
"While I was in Kosovska Mitrovica I heard the report that the
Montenegrin government might recognize the unilaterally-declared
independence of Kosovo-Metohija by St Vitus Day [28 June]. From
this town I want to send a message to the Montenegrin government
- do not destabilize and disgrace Montenegro, do not do a thing
that is against the will of almost two thirds of the citizens.
It would be a disgrace for all of us. It would be horrible if the
Montenegrin government decided to make such a step and recognize
some kind of independent Kosovo state. Montenegro is the last
country that should be considering this. As a state Montenegro
was founded on the Kosovo thought and most of the families in
Montenegro originated from Kosovo. The Serb people in Montenegro
will use all democratic means at their disposal to discourage
Montenegro from recognizing the state of Hasim Taci,"
Mandic has told Dan.
Then today, B92 is reporting that the Kosovo Albanians say that Montenegro "will recognize Kosovo soon". If it is true it will NOT prove "how progressive Montenegro is". It will only be about gangsters declaring "recognition" of each other's current "turf".

Mandic suggested that ordinary Montenegrins take to the streets in protest, especially now during tourist season (tourism represents nearly 25% of the Montenegrin economy) should the Montenegrin leadership even consider such a traitorous move. Given that over 70% of Montenegrins identify themselves as "Serbian Orthodox Christians", Kosovo independence recognition would be completely against the will of the Montenegrin people. Yet, extreme pressure from the US and EU is trying to force the Montenegrin leadership's hand, even though it could mean facing rioting in the Montenegrin streets.

But Montenegro has another political hot potato to handle -- "the wrath of the local Albanians".

Although Albanians represent only about 5% of the Montenegrin population, they are the same, whining-to-the-press, land-grabbing, pain-in-the-asses that they are to Serbia, Macedonia and Greece -- always claiming "unfair treatment" and "ancient Albanian territory" under the rule of any and every non-Albanian political leadership, even when they are a tiny minority.

Now, post-Kosovo "independence", brazen Albanians are now trying to claim an area in Southeastern Montenegro that Albanians call "Malesia". There is even a "Free Malesia" Albanian movement that claims "there will never be peace" in Montenegro until the Albanians get what they want -- and they really aren't above using violence to get it.

There is the current trial of eighteen Albanians in Montenegro on charges of terrorism. The eighteen were arrested in September, 2006 just a before a key Montenegrin parliamentary election in then newly independent Montenegro. Authorities say that they were planning terrorist attacks aimed at creating an ethnic Albanian republic on Montenegrin soil. Of course the Albanians all scream that they are "just being persecuted", "it's all political and it's not true", yet just a few months later , a shipment of weapons from Kosovo bound for the Montenegrin Albanians was intercepted by KFOR.

Yet to make matters even worse, four of these eighteen Albanian terrorists, including the mastermind, are American citizens!

So now the both the Democrats and Republicans who are on the Albanian narco-terror gravy train, are lobbying for the Albanian American terrorists' release.

Gee, that's great, we really need "more Albanian terrorists" in the US, so maybe we can have another Fort Dix Six scenario all over again!

Or maybe, the US State Department will just settle for Montenegro "recognizing Kosovo" and let the Albanian terrorists rot. After all, there are a lot more Albanians from where those came from.

As for this writer, I am with Mandic. Whatever Montenegro's problems, if Montenegro forgets its Serb heritage and recognizes an Albanian-ruled Kosovo, it would be an unimaginable disgrace for Montenegrins -- one that would make even its most beloved and famous Montenegrin, Njegos, rise from his grave to spit on!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

ON CROATIAN LAWSUIT AGAINST SERBIA, SERBIA SHOULD BE SUING CROATIA!


Aug 4-8, 1995, over 200,000 indigenous Serbs forced to flee Croatia over four days by the Croatian military during Operation Storm.























Serb refugee women from Croatia, now in Belgrade, hold a poster showing pictures of still missing Croatian Serbs on the 10th anniversary of Operation Storm in 2005.

Croatian lawsuit against Serbia for genocide allegedly done during the last war, represents a prime example of hypocrisy, as it was actually Serbia that should have sued Croatia a long time ago for the genocide of Serbs, therefore putting together the genocide in the WWII and the one committed from 1991-1995. There was continuity between those two crimes, with plethora of evidence to support it, pointed out professor Smilja Avramov, in her interview for the International Radio Serbia.

Asked about the potential complexity of this case, the long-time professor of the Belgrade Law School, Avramov underlines two important problems relating to this issue. The first, according to her, is reflected in the fact that the International Court of Justice has found itself in some deep controversies, regarding several cases, thus questioning its authority as the highest judiciary body in the UN system. Nevertheless, Smilja Avramov adds that in regards of the specific lawsuit of Croatia, any legal expert will know that it is a rather simple case. Namely, this case is very clear in itself. At issue is a hypocritical act of Croatia, which is suing Serbia for the genocide, even though Croatia itself has committed genocide over Serbs in WWII, and then repeated it from 1991-1995.There is plenty of witnesses and solid evidence for that, specified Avramov.

Serbian and Jewish children held and eventually murdered in the WWII Jasenovac Croatian deathcamp.


WWII Croatian "Poglavnik' Ante Pavelic with Adolph Hitler and Hermann Goering in June, 1941



She says that both former and current Serbian authorities should be condemned for not filing a lawsuit against Croatia for those crimes, being that the genocide never gets outdated. “It means that there should have been a suit for both genocides, 1941-1945 and 1991-1995, since there is a continuity between those. It can be proved with documents that can be found in foreign archives, and which I have on disposal, since I used to work on a study of that case. On the other hand, there is also lot of material evidence in the field. In other words, at issue is the omission of Serbia in filing charges against Croatia”, concluded professor Avramov.

According to her, in regards of the Croatian lawsuit, the Hague Court will find a way out of the chaos which they created for themselves, due to unprincipled actions, by taking into account the arguments of the Serbian defense attorneys. The Court will declare itself incompetent in this case, as any other solution would represent a big paradox, concluded professor Smilja Avramov.

In addition to that, Director of the “Veritas” Documentation Center Savo Strbac has assessed that if in this case the International Court should declare itself incompetent, hence skipping the argument on the very essence of the case, the Croatians will always use that as the argument in their favor in the future.

Strbac says that it would not lead to the reconciliation between the two peoples, since the Croatians would always be pointing that they suffered genocide, which had not been processes due to formal reasons. “The Muslim side would have done the same if the International Court had not taken the Bosnian lawsuit against Serbia”, says the Director of “Veritas”.

He firmly believes that the Court will declare its incompetence, but that the counter-lawsuit is under preparation in Serbia, irregardless of that. In that case, Serbia and Serbs in Croatia will be able to present the evidence on their suffering in Croatia. Then it would be clear who was the greatest victim of all, underlines Strbac, adding that Serbs have suffered the most in those conflicts.

He reminded that during and after the “Storm” operation of the Croatian police and military forces, the greatest exodus of Serbs since WWII, as more than 200 thousand people were expelled from Croatia. “In spite of all that, it is difficult to characterize this satiation as the genocide, being that in the Convention on Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, there is no such mode described for this crime”, concluded Savo Strbac.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Bosnia: EU helicopter crashes killing four peacekeepers

Sarajevo, 19 June (AKI) – A Spanish helicopter used by the European Union EUFOR peacekeeping force in Bosnia crashed on Thursday, killing four people on board, officials said.

The Spanish defence ministry in Madrid however said two Spanish pilots and two German officers were killed in the crash.

EUFOR spokesman in Sarajevo, Kerry Korkett said the helicopter was on a routine flight near the central city of Travnik when it crashed in a mountainous area.

He said the area was inaccessible and it was not initially possible to establish whether there were survivors.

“The helicopter came down 20 kilometers north of Travnik and four persons were on board,” Korkett said. “EUFOR has initiated a procedure to investigate the cause of the incident as soon as possible,” he added.

The ministry said the BO-105 helicopter sent a SOS signal before crashing. Another helicopter flying the same route reportedly saw smoke before the helicopter crashed on the ground.

International forces have been stationed in Bosnia on a peace-keeping mission since the end of civil war in 1995.

The EU's current 2,000-strong multinational force took over in 2005 from NATO.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

KOSOVO – THE BALKANS TODAY, THE WEST TOMORROW

What happens when a government loses control of immigration and gives special preference to immigrants for political reasons.

By Edward Spalton

Showing any sympathy for the present plight of Serbia is swimming against the tide of received opinion, which was largely generated by the successful propaganda of the West, particularly concerning Bosnia and Kosovo. The demonization of Serbia was taken to grotesque proportions and, in general, faithfully and uncritically repeated in the mainstream media. So, for many people, their “default setting” is that Serbs were uniquely wicked and brutal to their erstwhile fellow Yugoslavs in pursuit of a “Greater Serbia”.

This narrative is a grossly inadequate basis from which to make an appreciation of Serbia’s present situation. As the weight of repetition of the “demon Serb” theory is so overwhelming, I will be putting the contrary case whilst conscious that no side in the unhappy disintegration of Yugoslavia was guiltless of atrocity.

At this area of the world’s surface, where the tectonic plates Of Islam, Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity collide, one could start the story at least as far back as the Fourth Crusade but it is only necessary to go back to the Second World War to form a coherent picture of what has happened in Kosovo. It had always been a heartland of the Serbian Church and national consciousness, containing churches as important as Canterbury, Salisbury and Winchester are in England.

The Axis powers favoured Albanians and arranged for a large part of the Serbian population to be expelled from Kosovo (*1) and replaced by Muslim Albanian immigrants. This was the beginning of the now overwhelming Albanian majority in the province. At the end of the war, Marshal Tito agreed with his communist comrades in Albania that the incomers should remain in new Socialist Yugoslavia and prevented the expelled Serbs from returning.

The communist takeover after the war was bloody in the extreme. Not only were wartime scores settled but there were wholesale massacres of those deemed to be “enemies of the people.” The new masters made as sure as they could that there would be no competition with their leadership from the former elites. The bien-pensant, leftish world came to regard “non-aligned” Yugoslavia as a more moderate version of socialism than the Soviet variety but it was certainly not so at its inception nor for many years thereafter.

Tito’s treatment of the Serbs was conditioned by two considerations – firstly that many Serbs had backed the royalist Resistance (the Chetniks) under General Mihailovic and secondly that Serbia should not dominate the new Yugoslavia, as it had done before the war. The communist partisans’ civil war with the royalist Chetniks had been fought at least as vigorously and dirtily as the war against the German occupiers.

To reduce Serbian influence, he drew the boundaries of the constituent republics, so that large numbers of Serbs would live as minorities in Croatia, Bosnia and elsewhere outside Serbia. Whilst these borders were more or less local government boundaries, it was not such a burning question. Yet these were the boundaries which the Western powers would later recognize as the borders of sovereign states – states furthermore with aspirations to Serb-free, racial and religious purity.

A sort of political correctness was enforced in socialist Yugoslavia in which multiculturalism between and within the constituent republics was officially maintained. The basis of the state was a form of Marxist class outlook which was supposed to predominate over cultural and linguistic differences. The slogan was “unity and brotherhood.” In some ways this appeared to be reasonably successful. Intermarriage between different cultural groups was quite common and the atheist stance of the authorities tended to mask religious differences. Perhaps Gordon Brown’s late conversion to official “Britishness” is a faint echo of this.

As testified by Mitar Balevic at the Hague tribunal, Kosovo was different - subject to Albanian agitation for an ethnically pure state from the 1950s onwards. There were large scale demonstrations on Albanian Flag Day in 1968 and Serbs were persecuted throughout the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. There were murders, expulsions and rapes, as well as desecration of churches, exclusion from public employment and medical discrimination at Pristina Hospital – especially in the maternity department. Between 1961 and 1981, the Albanian population doubled and the Serbs declined from being one quarter to one sixth of the population.

Tito granted local autonomy in 1974 but this only increased the Albanian appetite for driving out the Serbs. The Serbian alphabet was banned and Serbian school text books destroyed. Some 20,000 Serbs fled after the riots of 1981. After the death of Tito in 1980, German foundations and institutes, deniable instruments of government policy (*2), were prominent in supporting the Albanians. Their efforts were increasingly supplemented by the German Secret Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst) which fostered the separatist movements in all parts of Yugoslavia.

It was against this background that Slobodan Milosevic went on April 24, 1987 to speak at Kosovo Polje, holy ground in the Serbian national story – the battlefield where the Serbs went down to glorious defeat at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in 1389 – The Field of the Blackbirds.

This speech has been consistently misrepresented in the West as a sort of declaration of war on the mostly Muslim Kosovo Albanians but that is a total untruth (*3). Milosevic’s words were shot through with the Yugoslav brand of multicultural Political Correctness. “Protect brotherhood and unity”…. “nationalism always means isolation from others, being locked in a closed circle and stopping growth”…

He exhorted people to “emerge from a state of hatred, intolerance and mistrust” whilst making clear that there would be no ethnically cleansed Kosovo, from which all Serbs would be expelled.

That may have been one cause of Albanian outrage. Until then, they had been consistently successful in working towards that aim. The other famous incident on this occasion was an attack by Kosovo-Albanian police on some of the Serbian crowd which provoked Milosevic’s remark “Nobody should beat you”. This was reckoned to be very un- PC in the vocabulary and discourse of “unity and brotherhood”. Apart from that, he appealed for calm. Yet time after time, this speech is represented in the West as the provocative ravings of an extreme nationalist.

A couple of quotations from separatist leaders supported by the West make an interesting comparison.

“Genocide is a natural phenomenon in keeping with the human-social and mythological divine nature. It is not only permitted but even recommended by the Almighty…for the maintenance and spreading of the One True Faith” (*4) FRANJO TUDJMAN – first President of post war Croatia, who also said “Thank God, my wife is nether a Jew nor a Serb”. (Mrs. Thatcher later accepted a decoration from him).

And

“There can be no peace or coexistence between the Islamic faith and non-Islamic institutions. The Islamic movement must and can take power as soon as it is morally strong enough, not only to destroy the non-Islamic power but to build a new Islamic one”. (*5) ALIJA IZETBEGOVIC, first President of Bosnia- Hercogovina, eulogized at his funeral by Paddy Ashdown as the father of his people. With Ashdown’s approval, Bosnian war dead were officially classified as “shahid” – martyrs in the Jihad against the Infidel.

So, a clerico-fascist and an Islamic extremist were supported by Western intelligence agencies, governments and armed forces as bearers of “European values” to the benighted Balkans. To do this, the EU member states broke their obligations under the UN charter and the Helsinki Accords by which they had guaranteed to accept existing national borders in Europe. They recognized Slovenia and Croatia diplomatically. This was done principally at Germany’s instigation and the German government regarded this sudden about turn by the other EU states as a triumph. The Foreign Minister was cock-a-hoop “By this, Germany has regained diplomatically everything lost in Eastern Europe as a result of two world wars”. It opened the way for the new “Drang nach Osten”.

The pretext for the later air war on Yugoslavia was based on the accusation that Serbs were committing genocide against the largely Muslim Albanians in Kosovo. It undoubtedly was an unpleasant, dangerous time. Statistics from the period before the war suggest that an Albanian in Kosovo was about as likely to meet a violent death as an ordinary inhabitant of Washington DC at the same period, whereas a Serb was around twelve times more likely to come to an untimely end.

The Kosovo Liberation Army was known to police authorities all over Europe as a major criminal organization, deeply involved in drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Yet both the German and American governments contributed to its training and arming for Kosovo’s “liberation”. Its commander from 1998 (later prime minister of Kosovo in 2006) was one Agim Ceku, a former Yugoslav army captain who first became a general in the HVO (Croatian Army). Assisted by access to all NATO intelligence on Yugoslav forces and with the aid of NATO airpower, he was a very successful commander, responsible for the expulsion of around 200,000 Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia in “Operation Storm”(1995). He also appears to have had command responsibility at the time of the Medak Pocket massacre where Croatian forces fired on Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. They later discovered the evidence of the massacre for which nobody has been brought to book. An Interpol warrant exists for Ceku’s arrest.

Wartime “information” from NATO told us that at least 100,000 young Albanian men from Kosovo were missing, presumed murdered. Yet the Spanish forensic team, sent to look for mass graves was gravely embarrassed. In late 1999 its leader complained that he and his colleagues had become part of “a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machine because we did not find one, not one mass grave”. The Wall Street Journal concluded that NATO stepped up its claims when it saw “a fatigued press corps drifting towards the contrary story – civilians killed by NATO bombs… The war in Kosovo was cruel, bitter, savage. Genocide it wasn’t”.

The Spanish forensic team found 2108 bodies in 1999. The killing did not stop with the end of the war. According to a report in the Sunday Times, based on figures from the UN Mission in Kosovo, 420 Albanians were killed between June 1999 and March 2000, as the KLA dealt with perceived traitors. In the same period 1041 non Albanians (mostly Serbs) were killed. The “protection” offered by KFOR and their KLA allies was distinctly shaky. Serbs have continued to “disappear” or be found dead since, yet nobody has been brought to court, let alone convicted. In the same period (1999-2008) some 154 Orthodox Serbian churches have been destroyed and some 300 mosques have been built with funds from extreme Saudi Arabian Wahabi organizations. Like Bosnia-Hercegovina, where some 1500 foreign Mujahedin have settled as Bosnian citizens, Kosovo has become part of the “green wedge” of Muslim territories pushing closer to the gates of Vienna.

In spite of its experiences at the hands of the West in general and EU powers in particular, there is considerable support for membership of the EU in Serbia. The recent re-election of Boris Tadic as president (with 50.57% of the vote) is an indication of this. Pro EU Serbs think that the EU is “modern” and a safe place to be. Given Serbia’s former demonization, isolation and pariah status, it is easy to see the attraction of this. Then their clinching argument is “It is inevitable”. But the narrowness of Tadic’s victory shows that there is a large body of opinion which is by no means reconciled. Tadic has talked tough for domestic consumption but, if he runs true to form, he will succumb to EU blandishments.

Will the EU dispensation eventually make former Yugoslavia into an area of harmony and cooperation? How stable is the EU/NATO-imposed settlement? Is it a settlement or merely an armistice until some shift in the balance of great powers? In the map which follows, Great Britain, “Britoslavia”, is divided up, approximately as Yugoslavia was. It does not quite match the regionalization plans of John Prescott but would have much the same effect in reducing the independence, defensibility, security and international influence of the inhabitants of these islands.
























Acknowledgements & References

I am indebted to Dr Srdja Trikovic and to Rodney Atkinson for suggestions and assistance.

(*1) http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk Issue 230 published May 1999

(*2) www.freenations.freeuk.com various articles and also contribution by former ambassador Miroslav Polreich, Czech Republic in “European Voices” Section

(*3) www.slobodan-milosevic.org/news/milosevic-1987-3-eng.htm

(*4) www.slobodan-milosevic.org/news/smorg-rp100104.htm

The resurgence of fascism and war in Croatia by Andy Wilcoxon

(*5) www.srpska-mreza.com/library/facts/alija.html