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March 31st 2009 06:59:55 PM
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March 24th 2009 05:22:52 AM
I haven’t prepared anything for March 24th on this 10th anniversary of America’s greatest shame. But as regular readers know, around here every day is March 24, 1999. So I’m going to just post most of an article that appeared last week in a northern San Diego paper — from which I learned that March 24, 1999 had been foreshadowed by March 24, 1946.
For those who have already found and read the article on their own, I’ve injected two of my own comments, midway and at the end, which might be of interest.
Recounted with rare and appropriate indignation by Lyle E. Davis, the story of The Forgotten 500 made it onto the cover of a local San Diego paper called The Paper. There are a lot of powerful people living in San Diego, so let’s see if this story finally — after half a century — gets some legs:
I’m about to tell you a story that, after you’ve read it, if your blood isn’t boiling…well, you maybe ought to book an appointment with your favorite mortician.
Armchair Generals in the Pentagon during WWII and their civilian counterparts and bosses in the US State Department should have been taken out and given, at a minimum, a sound caning or horse-whipping…and at the worst, faced a firing squad.
Their absolute ineptitude and politicking almost cost the lives of 513 Allied airmen and, ultimately, ruined the reputation and resulted in the firing squad execution of a national hero and patriot who cared for our troops as though they were his own sons.
Sadly, these idiots who ran the Pentagon are all gone now. We cannot give them the thrashing they so richly earned and deserved. Bumbling incompetents who were more suited to fighting a war on the Washington cocktail circuit than out in the boonies with the troops, they were pledged to supply, defend, and look after their interests. Instead, they survived the war in comfort while others, many others, suffered.
Here’s what happened:
This was the time when our aircrews were flying incredibly dangerous bombing missions over the Ploesti Oilfields in Romania. The Nazis surrounded these critically important oilfields with major defensive barriers . . . massive amounts of ack-ack (anti-aircraft artillery) that filled the air with flak, trying to bring down our bombers. And, too often, they were successful. If the bombers were not shot out of the sky they would limp along as far as they could before the air crew had to bail out. Often, this was over the hills of Yugoslavia.
Upon landing, Serbian villagers would soon find them and rush to embrace the downed airman. Area Serb farmers and their heavy set wives, with their babushkas, and rough peasant clothing, would take them into their small villages and hide them from the patrolling Germans. They would feed the airmen stale bread and goats milk . . . sharing with the airmen the meager food supplies they had.
This is a magnificent story of heroism, sacrifice, planning, execution, and accomplishment that remained a secret for over 50 years. It was kept a secret until 1997 because those same Armchair Generals and lily-livered bureaucrats at the State Department wanted it kept secret. Details of what happened might embarrass somebody…an ally, a former enemy, a present enemy, or, heaven forbid, themselves.
Only recently has the story been totally declassified and that, in itself, is an absolute injustice and borders on being criminal.
Bureaucrats showed what cowards they were, what treacherous administrators they were that had no regard for 500+ airmen who had been hiding under Nazi noses for months. Instead, they chose to play politics…and politics, when it involves our military and their lives, is despicable.
Sometimes I think if we could just get rid of the bureaucrats we’d get something done and win some wars.
A reader of The Paper, and a nieghbor, brought me a copy of “The Forgotten 500,” by Gregory A. Freeman. It tells the story of Operation Halyard in August 1944. (suppressed for almost 53 years). Five American agents from the OSS, the precursor of the CIA, worked with a Serbian guerilla, General Draja Mihailovich, to carry out the huge, ultra-secret rescue mission from the hills of Yugoslavia.
Americans would send in a fleet of C-47 cargo planes to land in the hills of Yugoslavia, behind enemy lines, to pluck out hundreds of airmen. In this remarkable mission, more than 500 Allied airmen, mostly Americans, were rescued from the hills of Yugoslavia.
At the time, the area was controlled by the Nazis who were hunting for the American airmen daily. The story also involves a national hero who died needlessly, because our government did not support him…even though he took our downed airmen under his wing, protected them, saw to it they got fed, saw to it, eventually, that they were successfully evacuated from Yugoslavia and returned to their families.
These brave Serbian villagers hid the Americans, even though they faced death if they were caught. It wasn’t a simple task. Not by a long shot. The number of downed airmen was enormous. First, a hundred, then 150, then 200, ultimately, there were over 500 airmen who were being hidden in the Yugoslavian hills by these poor Serbian villagers.
Some sad stories came about as the Serbs sought to comfort our airmen. On more than one occasion our airmen would be given stale bread and goats milk to eat…and they would wolf it down…only to then learn that the food they just ate had been meant for the airmen and the entire family. The family went without eating that night.
On another occasion, a newly arrived airman awoke in the morning and complained about how hard his bed was Another airman who had been in the village for awhile took him by the collar and went outside and pointed at the villagers who had given up their bed for the comfort of the airman. They had slept outside, on the ground. The airman felt about an inch tall, but he also learned just how much these Serbian villagers were sacrificing to aid in the comfort of these airmen.
That’s the nuts and bolts of what happened. But the Devil, as they say, — is in the details. There is much, much more to the story that complicates it all.
From author Gregory Freeman:
“I was drawn to the idea that not only was this an amazing tale of intrigue and bravery, but it had been purposely hidden from the American people for decades. A dramatic story is one thing; a dramatic story that has been kept secret is even more intriguing. The story of “Operation Halyard” is one of the last great stories of World War II and it is high time that the American people learn about the heroic sacrifice of Draza Mihailovich and the Serbian people.”
From a review by Aleksandra Rebic - “that these heroic acts that he had discovered had not only been virtually ignored, but were actually deliberately suppressed as if they never happened, (demanded that the book be written.) “His research led him to painful discoveries that he could not help but include in this story of heroism, and the light that he sheds on the dark side of ‘Operation Halyard’ makes “The Forgotten 500” not only a valuable book, but an essential one. Just as he reminds us of the great things that men in the worst situations are capable of, he also exposes the lengths taken to cover up acts that should have been widely heralded as triumphant examples of the human spirit but instead were sacrificed to the manipulations of political expediency. We owe both the dead and the living to move, once and for all, ‘Operation Halyard’, possibly the greatest rescue of American lives from behind enemy lines in the history of warfare, from being a mere footnote in history to being a shining example of what men of integrity are capable of. Mr. Freeman, with “The Forgotten 500,” is paying the long overdue debt.”
Gen. Draja Mihailovich is one of the primary focal points of this story. He was the leader of the Chetniks, the Yugoslav guerilla fighters that challenged the Nazis. When the Allied airmen landed in the hills and forests of Serbia, they were now among freedom fighters, loyal above all else, to the democratic Allies, though the airmen did not know it as they fell from the sky onto Yugoslavian soil. Among the hundreds who fell, most were Americans.
The other military and heavily political element in Yugoslavia was headed by Josef Broz Tito. He organized the anti-fascist resistance movement known as the People’s Liberation Movement led by Yugoslav Partisans. Ostensibly, both organizations, Mihailovich’s Chetniks and Tito’s Partisans were fighting the same war, to defeat the Germans. But, in fact there was a war within a war going on. Tito was heavily supplied by Russia, was an avowed and avid Communist and was determined to turn Yugoslavia into a Communist state once the war was over. He worked closedly with British “moles” (spies who worked for Britain’s MI5 but who were secretly working for the Russians and the Communist Cause.). Mihailovich, on the other hand, sought a democratic Yugoslavia.
In the end, Tito prevailed and achieved his goal of converting Yugoslavia to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1945 until his death in 1980.
General Mihailovich fell seventeen months after the so-called “liberation” of Yugoslavia. Reports from Belgrade on March 24th, 1946, announced his capture under puzzling circumstances on March 13th, 1946. His trial before a Communist military court began on June 10th, 1946. He was “sentenced” to death on July 15th, 1946, and murdered on July 17th, 1946.
So word of the Allies’ betrayal of Mihailovich — and with him, all of Yugoslavia — was first publicized on March 24th. The events that the announcement referred to may have happened before March 24th, but we know that a date becomes famous even if it is merely the day on which the public finds out about an event. (American independence was actually declared over the two days preceding July 4, 1776, but the public found out on the 4th and so that’s the day we celebrate. Likewise, Bill Clinton’s NATO attack on Yugoslavia actually launched on March 23, but he only let us know about it on March 24th.) Back to the article:
General Mihailovich is no more. He has departed this world convinced that he was abandoned by the Allies. The voices that were raised abroad in his defense were not allowed to reach him and he died without the satisfaction of knowing that in the opinion of many he died an innocent man and a great soldier. The legends of his heroic deeds, however, are becoming more and more well known, certainly in Yugoslavia, and, finally, now in the western world. It is safe to say that he, Mihailovich, lives in the hearts of the Serbs of Yugoslavia.
Ultimately, General Mihailovich and his forces would prove just how profound ‘doing the right thing no matter what’ is. Mihailovich, together with the Serbian people, had rescued, fed, clothed, protected and risked their lives on behalf of the Americans. These shot down airmen were “funneled” to the Halyard Mission which set up airfields for airlifting the fliers back to Italy.
Those 513 rescued airmen have been pleading, shouting, and using any means at their disposal to right a terrible wrong. Mihailovich was labeled a traitor and collaborator and they have been, collectivly, trying for over 60 years to clear his name. Now, with the publication of The Forgotten 500, perhaps Mihailovich will receive his rightful, though posthumous, recognition for the good that he did, for his nation, and for our Allied airmen.
The frustrating issue in this story is that in the name of political expediency, enforced by both the Yugoslav postwar regime and the British, the Americans stayed silent about this chapter of the great heroism of their own sons and the selfless sacrifices of their rescuers. Not only did they stay silent, they kept it silent. Classified.
This story has never been appropriately publicized in the western world because it has not been “politically correct” to do so. It has remained a taboo theme in many political and publishing circles which has dismayed and frustrated so many rescued airmen, and their rescuers, for decades. Many of the veterans of ‘Operation Halyard,’ both the rescued and their rescuers, spent the duration of their postwar years striving to right this wrong. Many have since passed away without ever experiencing the contentment of seeing justice done and a debt repaid.
Freeman’s talent for telling a great true story as it deserves to be told and for his attention to detail makes this story come alive on the pages:
“Not until 1997 would the world understand that the switch of allegiance was orchestrated largely by a Soviet operative who convinced the British that Mihailovich could not be trusted… Communist moles had infiltrated both the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) and the SOE (Special Operations Executive), (both were the “spook” or intelligence agencies) working to besmirch the name of Mihailovich to promote the postwar Communization of Yugoslavia under Tito…Klugmann, who was closely associated with the infamous British traitors known as the Cambridge Five…was principally responsible for sabotaging the Mihailovich supply operation and for keeping from London information about how much Mihailovich forces were fighting the Germans and how much success they were having.”
James Klugmann, a devout communist and ultimately a traitor to his country of Great Britain, is among the many collateral players in the Mihailovich story and Freeman doesn’t shy away from exposing his role in influencing the misguided British policy that would have tragic consequences for General Mihailovich and ultimately the fate of Serbia itself. Freeman writes: “The recently declassified files reveal that, for instance, Klugmann had great influence over Colonel Sir William Deakin, the senior intelligence officer in Yugoslavia…”
It was Deakin who was mainly responsible for convincing Churchill to switch sides from Mihailovich to Tito. Freeman competently weaves politics and the story on the ground together in such a way as to give the reader the big picture. Freeman, unlike many historians, is able to see the forest, not just the trees.
He understood, too, the significance of Mihailovich’s integrity in rising above and beyond the betrayal perpetrated upon him and his people. In the summer of 1944, because of destructive but successful British political manipulations, it was no longer ‘politically correct’ for the Allies, including the Americans who deferred to the British in policy relating to the Balkan sphere, to deal with Mihailovich in any way. This means no supplies, food, ammuntion, or medical supplies. Yet, there were now hundreds of downed Allied fliers, most of them Americans, who were being protected by Mihailovich and his men and had to be evacuated. This presented quite a political dilemma. Thanks to the efforts of American officers such as George Vujnovich and George Musulin, an ACRU organization (Air Crew Rescue Unit) was created and it was decided to send Musulin to the hills of Serbia, accompanied by Mike Rajachich and OSS radio operator Arthur Jubilian, to run the evacuation operation that would come to be known as the ‘Halyard Mission’.
It was going to be a rescue attempt unlike any ever attempted by the OSS or anyone else, and indeed that’s exactly what it turned out to be. Over the course of several months in 1944, hundreds of Allied airmen would be evacuated and not one would be sacrificed. All, without exception, would make it back to their homes and their families alive.
Not one American would be turned over to the Nazis, even though the Germans were offering substantial rewards to the local natives to give them up. Though the Allies had turned their back on General Mihailovich, he refused to turn his back on them.
The drama of ‘Operation Halyard’ would end in December of 1944, and due to the perseverance of men with the names of Vujnovich, Musulin, Petrovich, Rajachich, Lalich, Jibilian and others, it would end as a virtually perfect success story in the face of almost insurmountable odds.
Every downed airman survived.
General Mihailovich, however, would not share their fate. The airmen whom he had saved were left to their tears, devastated by the news, and many would dedicate the rest of their years to vindicating Mihailovich, his Serbian people, and to seeking justice for the man to whom they felt they owed their very lives. Many in the Allied world who were following the capture, trial, and execution of Mihailovich, were left to wonder “how it could have been allowed to happen.” […]
Even conservatives and patriots haven’t shown the decency to bring this story to light, much less demonstrated the volition to delve into the history of a place so that we might quit repeating that history over and over with our policies there. This, despite the fact that it was their favorite president, Ronald Reagan, who pointed out that Mihailovich had to do what no one else had to — fight Nazism and Communism at the same time:
The ultimate tragedy of Draza Mihailovich cannot erase the memory of his heroic and often lonely struggle against the twin tyrannies that afflicted his people, Nazism and Communism. He knew that totalitarianism, whatever name it might take, is the death of freedom.
The West’s abandonment of Mihailovich and the real Yugoslavia ensured communism’s foothold there. We would later point to that communism as an excuse to violently dismantle Yugoslavia.
It is the Serbian fate to be punished by the West for the West’s own mistakes. Today, even after several of the architects of NATO’s 1999 war on Belgrade have privately admitted here and there that the action was a mistake, we continue in the same direction in order to hide and bury that mistake, now deliberately buttressing Islamic elements in the region after having originally done so unintentionally in the 90s.
March 19th 2009 01:31:26 PM
This March we are in the midst of two important anniversaries in both Serbia’s and America’s modern history:
1. The March 24, 1999 U.S.-engineered NATO bombing of our World War II ally Serbia, on behalf of Hitler’s WWII allies, the Albanians.
2. The March 17-20, 2004 organized, Kosovo-wide pogroms against Serbs and their Christian religious sites, which injured scores of NATO troops, killing up to six KFOR personnel among the more than 30 people dead. This was a continuation of the cleansing that resulted from the U.S. policy of handing Kosovo over to Albanians, making March 17-20 important dates in American history as well. By virtue of their being part of our un-American history.
(Note that the same dates would be utilized last year to stage yet another provocation against Serbs in a courthouse in Mitrovica, where mostly female Serbian former court workers were peacefully squatting to demand their jobs back, but were violently arrested and paraded.)
Independent Serbian documentary filmmaker Ninoslav Randjelovic, who in 2006 released the “Days Made of Fear” documentary series, has produced some of the only video evidence of the abuse suffered by Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo over the past 10 years since the U.S. intervened to prevent Serbian self-defense (as it is being asked now to prevent Israeli self-defense). Since 1998 he has produced 24 documentary films and over 100 TV reports about the humanitarian crisis, lack of safety and human rights violations suffered. In addition to Serbian and European TV networks, the films have been shown at international film festivals where several have received awards. The films have also been presented at major academic and political institutions in Europe and the U.S., including on Capitol Hill and the National Press Club.
Nino wrote me this week, saying the following:
I am glad to let you know that two dvd publications of my Kosovo films (”Document of suffering: Kosovo 1998-2007″, a 45-minute film translated into English) were issued last year by the Government of Serbia and have been presented in many countries of the EU, Russia and United States.
In fact, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Serbia [presented] one of these dvd publications on March 17th in Paris, and hand[ed] out 200 copies to all the UNESCO Ambassadors. Also, the Embassy and the Consulate of Serbia in the Unites States officially present[ed] these dvd publications on March 17th and on March 24th. The Mission of Serbia to the UN will also present this document in New York.
Right now I am in New York, where I am trying to complete a new dvd edition of three of my Kosovo films that were translated into the six official languages of the UN. However, the Government of Serbia (the Ministry of Kosovo and Metohia), which promised to cover the costs of production for this dvd edition, has covered only half of the budget needed to complete this project. I was officially informed that due to the Serbian Government’s budget cuts this project can no longer be supported.
Now, even though all three films have been translated and prepared for dvd duplication, I am facing extreme difficulties to have this dvd edition produced on time and presented to the Missions of those country-members to the UN who have shown interest in supporting the presentation of this document during the regular UN sessions regarding safety conditions and the ongoing human rights violation in the Kosovo region.
I am now urgently trying to raise funds ($18,000) needed to complete this project.
Nino’s appeal to organizations reads as follows:
Please, consider supporting this project. Your generosity will ensure that more copies of this exclusive document can be printed at this time and given to all 192 Missions of all the country-members to the UN requesting their support for the presentation of this document at the United Nations.
Your support will also help create a website where the three films with subtitles in six official UN languages will be available to download for free. My hope is that this website will generate enough interest and support needed to have these films translated into ALL languages used by 192 members of the United Nations and also made available to download for free.
With your generous support you will be credited as a donor and you will receive 100 copies of this limited UN edition DVD. Also, a link to your organization’s website will be included on the website your support will help create.
It is my hope that these films can reach much larger audience and that the plight of Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo will be much better known so that a civilized, not just a political, solution for Kosovo crisis could finally be reached.
If anyone has the means by which to help either directly, or has contacts with organizations that can fund such a thing, please contact Nino directly at Ninoslav28@yahoo.com.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe recently viewed Ninoslav’s film documenting the March pogrom. From March 16, via B92:
VIENNA, MOSCOW — The Serbian mission to the OSCE in Vienna on Monday showed a documentary film on human suffering, five years since the pogrom of Kosovo’s Serbs.
Albanians busy tending to a pogrom in 2004. (Is that a Muslim gesture they’re engaging in, or an Albanian one? It’s so hard to tell the difference!)
Diplomats and reporters had the opportunity to see the consequences of the violence against the province’s Serbs and other non-Albanians.
Ninoslav Randelovic’s film also, through statements by Serbs interviewed, shows that they have no freedom of movement to this day and that they worry daily about their security, Tanjug news agency reports.
In an introductory statement, Serbian Ambassador to the OSCE Miroslava Beham presented the facts about this pogrom of Serbs that took place on March 17-19, 2004.
“This pogrom demonstrated that the local United Nations administration in the southern Serbian province is incapable of protecting the local non-Albanian population,” Beham said. […]
The Orthodox seminary in Prizren burns on March 17, 2004 (Tanjug)
March 19th 2009 01:14:55 PM
While the WWII Albanians-Saving-Jews propaganda continues making its rounds to Jewish and conservative media to help get Israel to commit suicide by recognizing an independent Kosovo, let’s remember what former leader of Kosovo’s tiny Jewish community said in an interview in 2000, about 1990s Kosovo:
[Cedomir] Prlincevic: First of all, a large part of the ethnic Albanians wanted to return to the situation that existed a hundred years ago, under the Ottoman Empire, and again during World War II, when Kosovo was under Nazi- Albanian control. Most of the Albanian population had been won to this goal by the secessionist movement…And of course, many Albanians believed that during World War II the German Nazis had set Albanians free.
The Yugoslav constitution of 1974 didn’t help. It weakened the central government and thus encouraged those in Kosovo who wanted to return to the W.W. II regime when Albanian nationalists ruled Kosovo under the German Nazis and terrorized the Serbs, Roma [’Gypsies’] and Jews. After 1974 the abuses against Serbs and Roma increased. This was openly manifested during the ethnic Albanian riots in 1981.
These were race riots, with Serbs as the targets, both the Serbian clergy and ordinary Serbian citizens. After that the Americans entered the picture and magnified the secessionists’ political strength ten times over.
March 16th 2009 06:06:49 PM
Marking the first anniversary of their declared independence last month, Albanians in Kosovo celebrated:
Three ethnic Serbs in the village of Lipljan were attacked with picks then beaten in their head and body.
Two ethnic Albanians have attacked ethnic Serbs Jovica Miric and brothers Slavisa and Igor Trajkovic with picks in front of their house in Lipljan.
With the picks, the attackers managed to cut up their faces, fracture their skulls and inflict wounds all over their body.
The reason for the attacks has not been established. [Reason: the attackers are Albanian.]
The police has arrested one Albanian but after a short questioning period he was let free. Three Serbs were also arrested by the police.
Every Serb detained by KFOR in those days would end up in jail, often with no charges. A Serb man, who tried to defend his home against three armed Albanians, shot one of the attackers and was himself wounded on his doorstep. All four were put in custody, the Albanians being released the next day. The house was burned the same evening and the unlucky owner spent the next several years in Mitrovica prison without a court trial. In 2005 he was released without charges and left Kosovo. His house is now illegally occupied by the same Albanians who attacked him.
Back to the independence-day news item:
Kosovo police is dominated by ethnic Albanian separatist government that persist to believe that they are an independent country.
The wounded Serbs were treated in the Simonida hospital in Gracanica.
Separately, in another Kosovo town, an ethnic Serb was shot but he is not in a life threatening danger.
After an intervention by the doctors, a bullet was pulled out of his right foot. The leg was also wounded from the shots.
Reason for being shot has not been determined. [Reason: Serbian blood attracts violence.]
Serbs in and around Gnjilane are expressing grave concerns for their lives. The spokesman for the police in the area, Ismet Hasani, said that the police is investigating.
Gnjilane is a focal point of a war crimes prosecution who is investigating the so called Gnjilane group of ethnic Albanian separatists who kidnapped local Serbs then held them in the local high school where they tortured them, mutilated their bodies and pulled out their organs to be sold.
A US diplomat recently stated that Kosovo Albanian separatists have accomplished “tremendous work and achievements”.
Attacks on Serbs occur daily in Kosovo.
Another report on the same incident and others: Stray bullets and beatings
A 24-year-old Serb, Vasko Arsic, was shot in the foot in the village of Donja Budriga in Gnjilane last night, but is in stable condition.
Kosovo police spokesman Ismet Hashani said that an investigation was ongoing, but that the injury had been caused by a stray bullet by the looks of things.
Meanwhile, another incident is reported to have occurred in the village of Brod, near Strpce, where an Albanian flag was hoisted above a Serb Orthodox church. Police have since removed the flag.
The day prior to Kosovo independence celebrations, police arrested an Albanian from Kacanik, who entered a cafe carrying an explosive device.
Elsewhere, in Lipanj, three Serbs, Jovana Miric and Ivan and Igor Trajkovic, were assaulted by a gang of Albanians just before midnight. According to local Serbs, they were ambushed outside Miric’s house by a group of bat-wielding Albanians.
The three Serbs were taken to hospital in Gracanica and the incident has been reported to the police.
“There has been no ethnically motivated violence for the past two years.”
– Kosovo “Prime Minister” Hashim Thaci, Jan. 19, 2008
And of course, the Albanian version of a sexy girl jumping out of a cake for the demon-child province’s birthday was the above-cited advent of an explosive vest, reported here. Below is just one additional report on it from last month, sent by a source:
RTS: Attack on Serbs in Strpce Avoided
A young Kosovo Albanian was arrested by the Kosovo Police Service on Monday evening in Strpce, after entering in a Serbian café with an explosive belt, RTS reported late on Monday.
Arben Husa (24) from Kacanik was held by the KPS after guests in the café noticed that he was carrying an explosive device under his jacket. One of the guests found him suspicious and called the Police. Once they arrived, the Police Officer noticed an suspicious device under his jacket, grabbed him by the hands, dra[g]ged him out of the cafe, took him to the Police station, tied him to the fence and waited for KFOR EOD team to arrive and de-mine him.
According to the Štrpce/Shtërpcë KPS Station Commander (statement given 45 minutes ago to TV Herc — not broadcasted yet), the suspect was found in possession of a Yugoslav-made bouncing anti-personnel mine with a trip-wire trigger system. A wire was attached to the trigger, meaning that all he had to do to activate the device was to pull the wire (cord). The suspect told the Police during questioning…that he came from Kaçanik/Kačanik to the “Partizanski put” (junction near the main PR-SK highway, close to Silcapor factory) by hitchhike, after which he took a taxi to Štrpce/Shtërpcë for which he paid 10 Euro. When he was arrested, the Police found only 1.5 Euro’s in his possession, just enough to pay for the drinks (espresso and juice) he ordered at the cafe. He had no answer when asked how did he plan to go back to Kaçanik/Kačanik. When asked what was the purpose of his trip to Štrpce/Shtërpcë, the suspect gave an unclear answer that he wanted to see the place.
Most of the people I’ve spoken to believe that this was a attempt to commit a terrorist act. The people find it too much of a coincidence that the suspect would walk in to the cafe where most of the secondary school children gather after school to wait for the school bus, almost at the exact time when classes finish and the children arrive to the cafe. According to eyewitnesses I’ve spoken to last night, the suspect was obviously nervous and confused (which drew the attention of one of the gu[e]sts), he was often looking at his watch and observing the situation in the cafe. The only reason the cafe was almost empty was because the schools were closed due to the Serbian Statehood Day.
The suspect is currently in detention and being processed.
March 15th 2009 04:03:17 AM
Like I’ve always said, doctors are more dangerous than guns.
Here’s why I refuse to list myself as an organ donor on my driver’s license. For all I know, the EMT worker treating me at the scene has a sister who needs my organ and will therefore have less incentive to save my life than to not save it.
Sure enough, it turns out that hospitals have been killing people for their organs for years:
“Brain Death” as Criteria for Organ Donation is a “Deception”: Bereaved Mother
By Hilary White, Rome correspondent
ROME, February 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bernice Jones came to Rome last week to tell the world that doctors killed her son by removing his organs. “Brain death is not death” and “organ donation is very deceptive,” the bereaved mother told LifeSiteNews.com in an interview on Thursday.
Mrs. Jones was attending an international conference on the dangers of so-called “brain death” criteria and related her experience of losing her son, Brandon, who was declared “brain dead” and used as an organ donor.
“Families are led to believe that their loved ones are dead,” Jones told LSN, “but in fact they are alive. You must be alive to be a vital organ donor.” Families, she said, are being deceived by doctors and hospital administrators, “by everyone who is involved in organ transplantation.” The declaration of brain death “is a deception, a violent deception, that your loved one is dead.”
Jones described what she characterized as a betrayal of principle by medical professionals at a hospital in their home state of Washington, whose priority she argued is no longer the care of the patient at hand but the procurement of organs for transplants. Although she declined to name the hospital, she said, “It happens at all hospitals.”
Nine years ago, Mrs. Jones’s son suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the head and was declared “brain dead” upon arrival at the hospital. He was immediately prepared for the removal of his organs.
Mrs. Jones said, “While my family and I thought that our son was being treated for his well-being, to preserve and protect his life, he was not, he was being treated to be an organ donor.”
“His vital organs were being procured not for his benefit but to benefit someone else.”
24 hours after the family was told Brandon was dead, Mrs. Jones had an intuition that her son was still alive. Later investigation revealed that the hospital had told the family her son was “brain dead” but, without the family’s knowledge, had kept him alive on a respirator for 20 hours while flooding his body with fluids and drugs in preparation for what his mother described as a live “dissection” that brought about his death.
Legal consent, she said, was obtained while the family was in deep shock over the accident. Jones’s husband signed the consent forms over her objections and the family, still in shock, was told to go home. During their time at the hospital, the family was introduced to a woman whom doctors referred to as an “organ procurement agent.” This woman used what Mrs. Jones described as a standard “script,” speaking soothingly to the family about Brandon’s altruism and desire to help others, to induce them to sign the consent forms, copies of which were not given to the family.
Mrs. Jones was later to learn that these procedures are standard for organ retrieval. “All of the organ donor families I have spoken to received the same script,” she said. Organ procurement officials approach the family when they are at their most vulnerable, she said. “It’s always when you’re not mentally, emotionally capable” of making an informed decision.
Prior to obtaining his organs, Brandon was given paralysing drugs to keep him from moving. He was anesthetised during the removal process. Mrs. Jones said that the diagnosis of brain death is a sham. “If he is supposed to be dead, why does he need paralysing drugs to keep him from moving? Why does he need anesthesia?”
Brandon Jones was given, without his family’s consent, what is called an “apnea test” by doctors, to determine brain death. Doctors remove the ventilator for two minutes from a patient who requires assistance breathing. The heart rate decreases and after two minutes without oxygen, “brain death” is declared.
The apnea test as a diagnostic tool was specifically denounced at the conference as unethical by Dr. Cicero Coimbra, a neurologist from Sao Paolo, Brazil. The test, he said, which cuts off oxygen to the brain, will bring about severe, irreversible brain damage in patients who, with proper care, would otherwise have had a good chance of survival.
Mrs. Jones believes doctors who are motivated by the desire to obtain organs use the apnea test knowing that it will induce severe brain damage while the body is prepared for organ removal.
Despite the harm it does, the apnea test, she said, is administered without the family’s consent. “We were in with our son, and they told us to leave the room, that they had to perform a test. They did not ask permission to do this.”
“If a family was made aware of what an apnea test consists of, no family member would ever consent to this.”
She described what happened to her son: “For two minutes they took the ventilator away from him. They wait for the pulse to go down but the heart continues to beat. Then they put the ventilator back on. Now, in this two-minute timeframe, they pronounce the patient dead.
“Before they put them back on the ventilator they pronounce the patient dead. It’s a prerequisite to being able to declare a legal but fictional death.” This “death” is what she has described as a “convenience death, invented to schedule and regulate the actual time of real death.”
Brandon died, she claimed, while his organs, including his still-beating heart, were removed in surgery. “Our son had been dissected alive and in doing so, killed.”
Mrs. Jones is the founder of an organisation of parents and families who have undergone this experience and which is dedicated to bringing to the public eye the danger of the “brain death” criteria. The Life Guardian Foundation is dedicated to educating the public that “life of the human person is a gift.”
The group calls it “irreverent” to use terms such as “brain dead,” “vegetative state,” “terminal condition,” and “imminent danger of death.” “Such designations have been proposed and are actively used for the sole purpose of demeaning and shortening life, as well as to hasten the death of a human person.”
Mrs. Jones said that in her research after her son’s death that “there is no scientific validation for ‘brain death’. Absolutely none, whatsoever.”
Another reason I won’t list myself as an organ donor: How do I know my liver isn’t going to go to some bimbo who was too stupid or lazy to stay away from the Trim Spa? Which runs on Ephedra, the drug that increases your metabolism but destroys your liver and can cause heart attacks. So she gets to be thin while I had to struggle with my weight the hard way my whole life? And now she wants to ruin my liver too? Hell no!
March 13th 2009 02:56:54 AM
My unpublished letter to the Washington Times:
The Washington Times recently gave print space to William Walker, described as a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer and former ambassador. But Walker is much more than that. In Kosovo, he remains a hands-on operative who has trained, and implemented the demands of, our terrorist ally the KLA — which as predicted now controls the Serbian province as its “legitimate” rulers. The piece (“A Separate Take from Serbia”, Feb. 24) was presented as a response to an op-ed by Serbian President Boris Tadic, when in fact it was an attempt by essentially a KLA apparatchik to recycle and reinforce the long disproved propaganda that conned us into becoming the KLA’s air force in the first place. Walker, like so many D.C. bureaucrats and lawmakers, is desperately trying to bury our blunder and seal our deal with the devil.
In 1999, the Washington Times understood better what we’d wrought in Kosovo than it does today after 10 years of Clinton’s war being exposed as a farce. On May 3rd, 1999 it ran the headline, “KLA finances fight with heroin sales – terror group linked to crime network.” The following day the even more disturbing headline appeared: “KLA rebels train in terrorist camps - Bin Laden offers financing, too.”
It’s certainly interesting that Walker is sweating as he is for our adopted demon child, Kosovo, at a time that his forensic investigator, Helena Ranta, is finally revealing the truth about his having coerced her report on the January 1999 Racak “massacre” that was used as a trigger for Clinton’s NATO bombing. A biography about Ranta, released in October, reveals that as head of the Kosovo Verification Mission, Walker “broke a pencil in two and threw the pieces at her when she was not willing to use sufficiently strong language about the Serbs,” the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported. Quoting Ranta herself now: “[Walker] says to this day that it was a massacre and that the Serbs were to blame. But I never said that. I never made any reference to the perpetrators.” She added that Walker has been “putting words into my mouth…What angered him most was that I refused to use the word massacre and say who stood behind what happened in Racak.”
News organizations including the Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, Die Welt, BBC and Le Figaro raised doubts about the alleged massacre early in 1999, after forensic investigators concluded the bodies weren’t civilians but armed KLA guerrillas who started shooting at Serb police when the latter came to make arrests for ambushes of Yugoslav police. An AP TV crew filmed the entire day of fighting as it followed the Serbian police around, and witnessed no massacres. The conclusions of the above-cited newspapers, like those of Belorussian, Yugoslavian and ultimately Finnish forensic experts, were that the bodies had been disarmed, re-dressed in civilian clothes, then shot additional times and cut with knives several hours after death.
Milosevic trial observer Andy Wilcoxson noted in April 2005 that Walker “was given access to the village by the KLA while forensic investigators were kept out [initially]. Walker, instead of taking steps to secure the alleged crime scene, brought journalists to that gully and let them trample all over the place. One of the journalists was Franz Josef Hutsch, a German newspaper reporter. According Mr. Hutsch, who testified at the trial on October 12, 2004, Walker just stood there while journalists moved the bodies around to take their pictures.”
Walker’s propaganda job is repeating itself as the tenth anniversary of America’s greatest historical crime approaches this month — on March 24, the day America bombed Europe on the cusp of a new century. The Washington Times’ desire for balance is understandable, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of the truth. Walker is still trying to portray the KLA as “a tiny band attempting to stem the tide of violence inflicted by the government,” when the late Daniel Pearl and the NY Times’ Chris Hedges demonstrated as early as 1998 and 1999 what the supremacist KKKLA is all about. The KLA itself has been clarifying it over the course of the past 10 years that it’s had the run of Kosovo and 250,000 non-Albanians have fled the province. Ask the Albanians who sit with their mouths shut in Pristina in fear for their lives — as the author of the book Hiding Genocide in Kosovo can attest — whether Walker’s KLA resembles the one they know and had to cheer on February 17, 2008 along with the in-denial Albanian Diaspora in Times Square and everywhere else.
To reinforce his house of cards, Walker writes, “In the mid-1990s a tiny group of Albanians — tired of seeing their villages attacked, looted, burned to the ground; their men and boys jailed, tortured and executed; their access to education, health care and other public services cut off by Belgrade — took up arms and attempted to defend their villages, their families.”
As any student of the Balkans would know, it was the brutish Kosovo-Albanian policy that threatened death for any Albanian “collaborators” who acknowledged Belgrade’s legal rule — even by working for the postal service or police. Albanians had to “voluntarily” alienate themselves from the host society by refusing the above-mentioned “access to education, health care and other public services.” It was not “cut off by Belgrade,” as Walker lies, knowing that American readers won’t know any better. The Albanians of Kosovo set up a parallel system, in which there were Albanian schools, hospitals and administrative offices which shut out non-Albanians, such that pregnant Serbian women had to cross to Serbia proper to give birth.
As Cedomir Prlincevic, former leader of Kosovo’s banished Serbian-speaking Jewish community, told interviewer Jared Israel, of the Emperor’s New Clothes website in 2000: the Albanians of Kosovo pretended they had been locked out of the schools when actually it was an organized boycott:
In Kosovo, a foreign Superpower supported the secessionists for well over a decade. Because of this support, the Albanians were psychologically prepared to achieve — no, not to achieve, to be given — secession. As a gift. The secessionist leaders, starting with Rugova, had promised them, “Do this, do that and the US will intervene and we will get Kosovo.” They had been promising this for years. “Sacrifice your children by boycotting the schools; sacrifice your health by boycotting the hospitals; use your suffering to show foreign public opinion how we suffer under the Serbs, and the U.S. will come to our rescue.”
Serbs were once the majority in Kosovo, but today Kosovo is 97% Albanian. Who, then, was being “ethnically cleansed”? Within months of Albanians getting their NATO assistance against Serbia, they were on to Macedonia, where they now use the same arguments: that they’re being discriminated against and frozen out of jobs even though they hold government office and occupy the western half of the country as Greater Albania marches on, with U.S. blessing.
The “policy of repression, of ethnic cleansing, of systemic rape, pillage and murder” that Walker cites about Belgrade far better describes how the Albanian hyper-nationalists whom we side with were running the province for three decades leading up to Milosevic’s crackdown. But that’s been the trick all along: invert what was done to Serbs with what was done “by” Serbs, as Daniel Greenfield wrote for the website “Israel e-News” upon Kosovo’s independence: “Kosovo and the Palestinian Authority are both triumphs of terrorism, victories by racist nationalists whose aim has always been religious and ethnic cleansing, who have nevertheless managed to portray the countries they have torn to shreds as racist nationalists practicing ethnic cleansing.”
But Walker, who has been bestowed with honorary citizenship by Albania — ostensibly a separate country from Kosovo — shows his Albanian creds by calling all the subsequent discoveries and exposures of his ruse the ranting of “conspiracy theorists and Belgrade” so that the Albanian conspiracy that launched all of this to begin with, and that we signed on to, can avoid unraveling. Obviously, if you’re part of a conspiracy, you’re going to label your whistleblowers as the conspiracy theorists.
Even Kosovo “prime minister” Hashim Thaci has admitted to the Racak ploy, but Walker desperately tries to keep up the disintegrating charade when he writes, “While conspiracy theorists and Belgrade continue to deny that the Serb army and special police units were doing anything other than policing up a ‘separatist terrorist’ movement, one only has to read the OSCE’s human-rights report, the trial record from the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.”
What trial record is he referring to? It doesn’t sound like the same one that saw the Racak “massacre”, among other “atrocities”, removed from the indictment against Milosevic after they fell apart. And people wonder why the trial took 3.5 years and counting until Milosevic was finally denied healthcare and conveniently died.
Walker repeats some oft-used words when he writes, “We were determined to be neutral. That turned out to be impossible.” You can find virtually the same sentence in reporting from Bosnia by the NY Times’ John Burns and others among the “pack reporters” who covered Bosnia by dutifully reporting the information coming directly from Bosnian and Croatian information ministries — information that made these “journalists” likewise “unable to stay neutral” and turned them into co-architects of, and co-belligerents in, a war.
Tom Gambill was security chief for Walker’s selfsame OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe). Gambill was the man who in 2005 exposed the entire Kosovo mission as a fraud.
As if the already existing Kosovo myths of the 1990s weren’t enough, Walker adds some new ones when he writes, “One million Kosovar Albanians were routed from their homes, from their villages, transported in cattle cars or forced to walk into exile. On the way they were beaten, robbed, raped and degraded in every possible way.” As Bishop Artemije wrote in his Washington Times letter last week, there were hardly even any lies about cattle cars in the 1990s, much less actual cattle cars. Meanwhile, Albanians themselves have attested to it being NATO’s falling bombs that they were fleeing, as Wilcoxson wrote last year in an article for WorldNetDaily.com:
Eve-Ann Prentice, a British journalist who covered the Kosovo war for the Guardian and the London Times, testified…that rather than being driven out by the Serbs, “The KLA told ethnic Albanian civilians that it was their patriotic duty to leave because the world was watching. This was their one big opportunity to make Kosovo part of Albania eventually, that NATO was there, ready to come in, and that anybody who failed to join the exodus was not supporting the Albanian cause.”
Alice Mahon, a British MP and a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, also testified during Milosevic’s trial. She said, “The KLA definitely encouraged the exodus.”
Muharem Ibraj and Saban Fazliu, two ethnic Albanian witnesses from Kosovo who testified in Milosevic’s trial, said Serbian security forces encouraged civilians to remain in their homes, and that it was the KLA who made the civilian population leave the province.
Fazliu testified that the KLA would kill anybody who disobeyed its orders. He said, “The order was to leave Kosovo in later stages, to go to Albania, Macedonia, so that the world could see for themselves that the Albanians are leaving because of the harm caused by the Serbs. This was the aim. This was the KLA order.”
During the war, the London Times reported how “KLA ‘minders’ ensured that all refugees peddled the same line when speaking to Western journalists” by threatening the refugee’s loved ones. Unfortunately, that report was one of the few honest pieces of journalism to come out of Kosovo.
Sadly, it took something called the World Socialist Web Site to report on a sensational 2001 German documentary in which: “Heinz Loquai, a former general attached to the OSCE who has already published a book refuting some of the German Ministry of Defence’s lies…states: ‘the kind of humanitarian catastrophe that, as a category of international law, would have justified going to war did not exist in Kosovo prior to the war’. And Norma Brown, a US diplomat in Kosovo, says: “There was no humanitarian crisis up to the beginning of the NATO bombing raids.”
As for the Albanians being “beaten, robbed, raped and degraded in every possible way” and the “systematic rape, pillage and murder” of which Walker speaks, in September of 1998 the Yugoslav foreign minister was on TV in Budapest (certainly not in the U.S., whose media made the unusual step in this war of not giving us the “enemy” side), and he desperately tried to relate the now known fact that the KLA were massacring whole villages of their own people and blaming the Serbs in order to provoke the West into entering the conflict. The degradation, meanwhile, really kicked in for those refugees who fled to Albania. As Professor Mark Almond wrote for National Review in 1999: “The local Albanian mafia battened on them, demanding protection money or trying to recruit destitute girls for their prostitution rackets in Italy.”
Based on his self-spun myths and circular argument, Walker asks, “Is it any wonder that [Kosovo Albanians] want nothing further to do with Belgrade?” But wanting nothing to do with Belgrade was the cause, not the effect. Albanians did what they did to Serbia because they wanted nothing to do with Belgrade in the first place; they just wanted its land. Almond again: “The KLA’s propaganda presents the group as emerging in response to Serb repression in the mid 1990s. In fact, its roots lie in an anti-Yugoslav movement created in the early 1980s by the Stalinist-nationalist regime of Enver Hoxha in neighboring Albania. Thaci’s uncle was an activist in this self-declared Marxist-Leninist liberation movement.”
In recent years the covert operative that the Times unfortunately gave a podium to has been meeting with his old KLA contacts to make a plan for taking Kosovo’s more ornery Serb parts by force. Walker’s return to the region in March 2007 alarmed French intelligence, the newspaper Novosti reported at the time:
The information of French intelligence officers is that Walker met with many former KLA members that he had personally trained for special operations against the Serbian forces. The goal of his arrival is the preparation of a scenario and ordering of guidelines to Albanian terrorists for taking measures to seize northern Kosovo [if it’s not surrendered by Serbia]…In Pec in the hotel “Metohija” he met with ex-members of [Ramush] Haradinaj’s special unit which in 1999 conducted the [harshest] crimes against the Serbs and other non-Albanians…He also met with all of his old spies which he recruited during his Kosovo stay as leader of the UN Verification mission prior to the NATO bombardment.
Even Walker’s title “A Separate Take from Serbia” was farcical, given that Walker’s take is not the dissenting view, but the mass produced “consensus” view, while voices of dissent are far and few between. Indeed, Serbia’s is the “separate” take, the one you hardly ever hear in mainstream or even alternative media—much less on Capitol Hill.
The icing on Walker’s hackneyed cake that the Washington Times let him have was calling the liberal, Euro-facing, overly compliant Tadic “not moderate or reasonable,” accusing him of “the same inflammatory nationalistic claims” as Milosevic — a favorite pastime of editorial pages from the Wall St. Journal to the NY Times. The West’s eager cooperator before Tadic was Vojislav Kostunica — only to be promptly labeled a nationalist also, once he figured out we weren’t playing fairly. So along came Tadic as a counterweight to Kostunica — only to find and expose that our policy toward Serbia is one of perpetual trickery, as Canadian former ambassador James Bissett has lamented, and as former Italian foreign minister Gianni de Mikelis admitted in August with a welcome understatement of the century: “A lot of mistakes have been done to Serbia.” Indeed, to Walker and the West that buys his story, there is no such thing as a Serb, only a ubiquitous creature known as the ‘Serbianationalist’.
Every Serbian politician who agrees to play ball and lay his country even more prostrate under Western bidding than his predecessor did in order to deliver Serbia from its manufactured pariah status only finds himself the next pariah when he discovers that complying is met with the next punishment and demand. Going on the guiding principle that we keep our end of bargains and our signature on international agreements — such as Resolution 1244 on Kosovo, for example — actually means something, each subsequent Serbian leader finds an unrecognizable America, cooperation with whom reaps no justice or quid pro quo.
Like Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Eliot Engel, George W. Bush, and Wesley Clark, for his dutifulness Walker has a street named in his honor in Kosovo — as do so many other KLA members to whom monuments have gone up all over the Serbian province. But he’d better deliver Kosovo all the way. For despite what he lets on, Walker knows full well what his KLA “friends” are capable of when they don’t get their way — and that is what has been driving our Kosovo policy since our intervention. Washington Times readers should keep in mind that just because a supremacist, narco-terrorist, mafia-clan, jihad-harboring Greater Albania is being promoted under the Red, White and Blue banner, doesn’t make it patriotic to support this policy. Just look at its original architects.
March 12th 2009 03:43:37 PM
Reuters reports: Obama’s Safety Net: the TelePrompter
No other president has used one so consistently and at so many events, large and small…Obama has relied on a teleprompter through even the shortest announcements and when repeating the same lines on his economic stimulus plan that he’s been saying for months….In a break from his routine, Obama did not use a teleprompter during his pre-Inauguration speech at a factory in Bedford Heights, Ohio — and his delivery seemed to suffer. He paused too long at parts. He accentuated the wrong words. And overall he sounded hesitant and halting as he spoke from the prepared remarks on the podium…
“The problem is, he never looks at you,” [a television crewmember said.] He’s looking left, right, left, right — not at the camera. It’s almost like he’s not making eye contact with the American people.”
First lady Michelle Obama said she is confident that her husband will be able to wean himelf off the teleprompter just as he’s done at home, where as of this year he no longer needs it to tuck the girls in at night.
March 09th 2009 03:22:43 AM
Well not exactly Croatia, which isn’t capable of admitting anything, but a single Croatian voice — as usual. From De-Construct.net:
Tudjman’s Police Minister Admits Croatia Started the War by Attacking Serbs
Feb 13th, 2009 | By De-Construct.net | In Croatia, Former Yugoslavia, Interview
“According to Tudjman’s concept, Serbs had to disappear from Croatia”, Josip Boljkovac, Franjo Tudjman’s minister of police
Serbs and Yugoslavia were Under Attack, Not Croatia
In the exclusive interview, Franjo Tudjman’s Internal Affairs Minister Josip Boljkovac admitted Croat leadership carried out planned attacks on Croatia Serbs in 1991, in order to start a war. “Tudjman wanted the war at any cost, following the concept according to which Serbs must disappear from Croatia,” Boljkovac said.
Croat media censored reports from Boljkovac’s testimony at the trial against former Osijek mayor Branimir Glavaš, war criminal responsible for horrific crimes against the local Serbs, concealing parts of his testimony which charge Croatia with instigating the war.
“During the testimony, Glavaš accused me of persecuting him because he destroyed the bridge on river Drava in Osijek [Croatia]. He claimed he had destroyed the bridge to protect the town from JNA [Yugoslav National Army] tanks, and I responded that, at the time, JNA was a regular army of an internationally recognized state, while Croatia, which was not recognized, was part of Yugoslavia. Then I explained who started armed conflicts in that part of Slavonija,” Boljkovac told Frankfurt-based daily Vesti.
In a sensational interview published on February 12 and carried by the several media outlets in Serbia, Croatia’s war-time minister of police said it was the Serbs and Yugoslavia who were being attacked in 1991, and not Croatia.
“Back then, in 1991, Serbs and Yugoslavia were under attack, not Croatia. Gojko Šušak, Branimir Glavaš and Vice Vukojević launched antitank rockets on Borovo Selo in order to provoke a war. The bridge in Osijek was destroyed for the same reason,” Boljkovac said.
He explained Croat war-time leader Franjo Tudjman “wanted the war at any cost”:
“The war was not a necessity — it was an intention. According to Tudjman’s concept, Serbs had to disappear from Croatia,” Boljkovac stressed, adding he was against the war and didn’t allow Serbs who were serving in the police in Croatia to be fired which, in turn, made him a target for assassination by Croat emigration. [That is a reference to Croatian Nazis, “Ustashe”, who fled Yugoslavia after WWII and then came back under Tudjman; Tudjman surrounded himself with these active Ustashe, often expatriates who had been working abroad to help create the second, 1990s edition of Hitler’s Croatia.]
Boljkovac Confirmed What Serbia has been Saying for the Past Two Decades
No one was particularly surprised in Serbia by Boljkovac’s admission that Croat leadership instigated a civil war by launching planned attacks against Serbs in Croatia and Yugoslav Army.
Vladislav Jovanović, Yugoslav Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991-1995, told Glas Javnosti Boljkovac’s statement about Croatia bearing the exclusive responsibility for the war is absolutely correct.
“[Boljkovac’s] testimony only further confirms what was known from day one and what Serbia has been pointing out for nearly two decades — that there was no ‘Serbian aggression’ against Croatia; instead, Croatia Serbs were forced to defend themselves. That is Boljkovac’s hindsight for the factual state of affairs. After the ‘Storm’ and ‘Lightning’ [ethnic cleansing operations], even Tudjman admitted the war was imperative for Croatia to secede, Jovanović reminded.
Asked why Serbia stood by during the Krajina pogrom (Operation Storm, August 4-7, 1995), the single biggest act of ethnic cleansing during the civil wars in 1990s, when over 250,000 Serbs were expelled from Croatia, Jovanović said he believes late President Milošević was issued an ultimatum by [the] United States.
“The day before the attack on Krajina, Milošević was visited by an American ambassador in Zagreb [Croatian capital], Peter Galbraith. I did not attend the meeting, but I believe Galbraith had put a knife under Milošević’s throat, warning him against Serbia’s involvement. I’m sure a direct threat of bombardment of Serbia was also issued, in order to prevent any Serbian military reaction,” Jovanović said.
Mixture of Facts and Fiction
Former head of Counter-Intelligence Service [Kontra-obavestajna sluzba, KOS], general Aca Vasiljević [said]…”When he was in power, Boljkovac was a loyal and obedient servant, he was always eager to please….Tudjman had stated long time ago: ‘If we didn’t want the war, there wouldn’t have been any,’ while Boljkovac was a proponent of the idea of an independent Croatia at any cost already back in the 1970s…. In the 1990s, he participated in the war, surrounded by the extremists, people who came from the terrorist wing of Ustasha organization, like Gojko Šušak,” Vasiljević said.
Živadin Jovanović, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia’s last foreign affairs minister, said it was good there is at least someone in Croatia who speaks “partial truth.”
“It is absolutely correct that was a civil war and there is no basis for charges of ‘aggression on Croatia’. I don’t know Boljkovac personally, but this wouldn’t be the first time former government members become wise after the fact. Hindsight wisdom is a trait of impaired politicians, even though it can be useful to historians….[T]he essential fact [is] that Croatia’s strategy was secession, separatism and, as such, it enjoyed support of Germany, Austria, Hungary and Vatican,” Živadin Jovanović said.
March 07th 2009 03:26:03 PM
The perpetually bumbling Obama administration wrote the wrong word on a gift for Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. It was a plastic red button on a black base with the Russian word “peregruzka” printed above it, as Politico.com reported:
GENEVA—After promising to “push the reset button” on relations with Moscow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planned to present Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a light-hearted gift at their talks here Friday night to symbolize the Obama administration’s desire for a new beginning in the relationship.
“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” Clinton said…“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said, to Clinton’s clear surprise. Instead of “reset,” he said the word on the box meant “overcharge.”
Now, you would think that if anyone should have enough communists around to get the right Russian word, it would be the Obama administration. Especially since it’s being mentored by the administration of the previous black communist in the White House. At least that one knew enough not to give his daughter a Russian name.
The piece de resistance in the Politico article:
Despite the shoddy translation work on the U.S. side, Clinton and Lavrov emerged from their meeting a few hours later saying they had accomplished their initial goal—reducing the frostiness in U.S.-Russia relations that had taken hold by the end of the Bush administration.
Taken hold by the end of the Bush administration? I really hate to keep reminding everyone, but it’s the Kosovo, Stupid. And that, my fellow Americans, was Bill Clinton. Remember that guy? The one who bombed Europe? As soon as a certain rape victim’s name graced the pages of the Wall St. Journal? For all the talk of how Bush alienated Europe — hello-oh: Clinton BOMBED it. At his wife’s command. That would be the current secretary of state, Hillary.
A few minutes later, [Lavrov] referred to the gift again, noting that he and Clinton had pressed the button together — a move that summoned up thoughts not of easing tension but of launching a nuclear strike.
That would be the *red* button on the *black* base. Red and Black: the colors of the flag of Greater Albania — on whose behalf the Clinton administration fired the opening shots of the new Cold War.
Actually, a frontal shot of the button shows the colors are red and yellow, those of the Soviet flag that the Obama/Clinton administration would no doubt love to see again:
(The black base is visible in the video here.)
Incidentally, neither Lavrov nor the Politico story suggested what the right word would have been for “reset”. While there is no perfect translation, the closest word is “obnoveet” — to renew. (Noun form: obnovenia)
The next day Hillary went on Turkey’s version of “The View” and spoke of how she first fell for Bill. I understand, Hillary. I like ‘em big and stupid, too.