I’ve written before about the Serbophobic power-players who, we end up finding out, have also had it in for Israel. I’ve touched on these people before — and they include Christianne Amanpour, James Baker, and UN Human Rights Council investigator Richard Goldstone, to name just a few.

One name that hasn’t come up in a while is UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari, who was the architect of the 2007 Kosovo final-status plan that included a clause allowing independence, the ensurance of which was reportedly reinforced with a bribe by an Albanian billionaire.

In looking over old emails, I stumbled upon an intriguing one that I neglected in July 2007, from a reader named Lowell. The relevant part reads:

Dear Julia,

…Years ago, I drove down from Wolfsburg, Germany in my brand-new factory purchased Volkswagen 1302 Super Beetle, to what was then Yugoslavia — now Slovenia, Croatia, Kosovo - several hundred miles in the hinterland and along the coast, camping on rocks, driving on perilous roads. What a primitive set-up — everywhere — while Western Europe boomed. Talk about a powder-keg waiting to blow. So nothing you say, as much as I like reading it, surprises me.

Now, here’s the real reason I’m writing. It has to do with your piece, “Not that we needed it, but here’s more Confirmation that UN Envoy Ahtisaari was bribed for Kosovo Independence“.

Of course, I would like to think the best of this man, this international public servant, but I wonder.

First of all, I knew Martti Ahtisaari when I taught history at the United Nations International School (21 years), because his son, Markko, was in my class. His wife was a gracious woman interested in all that I taught as she herself was a history teacher. When they both learned that I would be in Finland the coming summer, they invited me to stay at their country home east of Helsinki. There they showed me around Lohja, where Runeberg, the composer and lyricist of the Finnish national anthem was born and lived. But, this was in 1982, a month after Israel had entered Lebanon, and when I happened to touch upon the subject, there was an immediate and uncomfortable silence. (Several weeks earlier, at a farewell party for the outgoing Finnish Consul General in New York, two of whose children I also taught and had known for several years, the same subject — Israel in Lebanon — had come up with quite a different point of view — one completely in support of the Israeli action after years of an unbearable situation along Israel’s northern border — terrorist and rocket attacks without let-up.)

Some years after Ahtisaari was back in Finland, I happened to meet his son, Markko, at Columbia University, where I was doing graduate work. We sat in a coffee shop and spoke about things in general. The issue of Iraq (it was late 1990 - early 1991, when the US had sent armies to Saudi Arabia, poised to take back Kuwait) came up, as did Israel, and the same deafening silence greeted me as had eight years earlier outside Lohja Church.

When Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield in Jenin in Passover 2002, the blood libels and massacre rumors began flying. Kofi Annan, Terje Roed Larsen, the novelist Saramago, and every other Jew-bating, Israel-bashing vulture smelled blood and ran there.

The UN planned to hold a commission of inquiry — guess who was slated to head the investigation. Yep! Martti Ahtisaari. Well, I for one knew what the outcome of that would have been, so I fired off letters to newspapers and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If there is any such concept as guilt by association, then surely Ahtisaari’s work at International Crisis Group should pretty much raise eyebrows. Anti-Israel as they are, for one thing, one of their talking heads is a certain Robert Malley who has written revisionist history concerning the failed Clinton-Barak-Arafat Camp David meeting of 2000, where Arafat was promised the best deal he could ever hope for — including the division of Jerusalem — previously a serious red line — and walked away. Malley denies this and puts the responsibility of failure on Israel — even though after Clinton left office [he] confirmed that Arafat’s intransigence had killed the deal. And need one say any more about International Crisis Group when we know that it “was established by the financier George Soros.” (Ever wonder why, when a person is filthy rich and not Jewish or anti-Israel, they are called “financiers”, but if they are Jewish and pro-Israel, they are called “tycoons”, “oligarchs”, and “czars”? Imagine Bill Gates being called an “oligarch”!

And, as you write, “…. Ahtisaari obviously wasn’t an impartial person for this position.”

Looks like I’m not getting invited back to Lohja anytime soon.

Yours,

Lowell

In a subsequent email, Lowell — part of whose Master’s-level studies included doing a comparison of the Final Solution as carried out in Slovakia and Romania (though he almost chose Croatia over Slovakia) — added about his time teaching at the UN school:

Little seemed to fire up passions as much as the mention of the word “Israel”. There was plenty of hostility to go around, as well as antisemitism, but I tried fighting it as much as I could ever mindful of the fact that there were some parents in the “Middle Eastern Mafia” as well as the “South Asia Mafia” who held important positions at the UN and on the school board and could not be happy campers when I stepped into untested waters.

Since we’re on the subject, I might as well include a detail I had previously overlooked when writing about yet another Serbo/Judeo-phobe: UN Human Rights Council Richard Goldstone, author of last year’s notorious “Goldstone Report” accusing Israel of crimes in Gaza. I’ve mentioned before that he indicted a fictional Serbian “war criminal,” but what I didn’t know was the following, from a letter written by retired Air Force Colonel George Jatras:

…In investigating the reports by the Bosnian Commission on War Crimes and Ministry of the Interior of Bosnia-Herzegovina (EEC), of between 40,000 [and] 60,000 raped women, [France’s Special Envoy Jerome Bony] further reports: “First of all it observed that the mandate of the commission is restricted to Muslim victims. The Serbian women were excluded right away from the inquiry.” When Serbian medical examiner Dr. Stankovic tried to present over 10,000 files, which include[d] reported rape of Serbian women, to The Hague, the War Crimes Tribunal and Judge Goldstone would not receive them. Also completely ignored were cases of male homosexual rape against Serbian men. Serbian men had broom handles and the fists of their perpetrators shoved into their anus[es] which did enormous damage to internal organs. Thousands of Serbian men have been so brutally circumcised (an anathema to the Serbian religion), that they will be sexually dysfunctional for the remainder of their lives. These sexual crimes have been substantiated and documented by Dr. Toholj, Professor of Gynecology at Belgrade Unversity…

I’ll close by mentioning some overlooked details about one of the previously mentioned Judeo/Serbo-phobes, James Baker — not coincidentally “the smartest guy I know,” according to the even more intensely Serb-loathing John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign.

To recap Baker’s Jewish problem, one emailer summed it up thus:

[John] McLame…has chosen as his Middle East negotiator that real friend of Israel and protector of its security (pardon my sarcasm), James “Fuck the Jews” Baker. The same Jim Baker who used to fly into Israel with a scowl on his face - in contrast to the beaming smiles he always gave his Syrian and Saudi buddies. The same Jim Baker who promoted to the Palestinians the leadership of Arafat, until the monster blatantly committed a terrorist act; the same Jim Baker who whitewashed Syria’s blatant role of the air massacre of Americans over Lockerbie, Scotland — an act which America never responded to, that surely sparked the interest of one Osama Bin Laden. Baker — and Bush I…also gave Syria the green light to massacre the Christian resistance in Lebanon. And Baker, who after Israel — led by the feckless Shamir — obeyed his plea for restraint and took 39 SCUD strikes in that first Gulf War, promptly “rewarded” Israel by screwing her with pressure and denial of Loan Guarantees afterwards.

OK, well we know Baker’s Jewish problem. But people are less familiar with his Serb problem, which I only touched on in the past. According to a July 1992 issue of the now defunct British magazine Living Marxism, “American secretary of state James Baker has denounced the Serbs in Bosnia as ‘completely outside the bounds of civilised bahaviour,’” and in May 1992 he “called upon ‘the civilised world’ to impose political and economic sanctions against Serbia. And if those sanctions eventually failed to have the desired effect, ‘it would be my view to take a look at questions involving military matters.’”

All that was nicer than the things said about the Serbs by other U.S. policymakers, what with the sitting vice president having advised that all Serbs be put into “Nazi-style concentration camps” — as if they hadn’t been, practically, in WWII. And of course U.S. ambassador Richard Holbrooke has called them “murderous assholes,” and that’s just what comes to mind off-hand. A letter in the Washington Times from November 30, 1998 by Stella Jatras — wife of the above-referenced colonel — offered more on Baker in this regard:

“Count James Baker in when you tally Bosnia’s friends”

In response to the article by James Morrison (”A night for Bosnia,” Nov. 23), I would like to make the following comments.

Bosnian Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic thanked “Bosnia’s strongest supporters in the early 1990s.” However, one very prominent name that was missing and who should have gotten top billing in creating the nation of “Bosnia,” (where one had never previously existed) was former Secretary of State James Baker.

In his book, “The Politics of Diplomacy: Revolution, War and Peace, 1989-1992,” Mr. Baker significantly wrote, “After the meeting, I had Larry Eagleburger take Silajdzic to see the EC troika political directors (who happened to be visiting the Department) and asked [Undersecretary] Margaret Tutwiler to talk to the [former] foreign minister about the importance of using Western mass media to build support in Europe and North America for the Bosnian cause. I also had her talk to her contacts at the four television networks, The Washington Post, and the New York Times to try to get more attention focused on the story.”

In other words, President George Bush, Mr. Baker, Mr. Eagleburger, et al, never intended to be impartial in the Bosnian civil war and were willing, if necessary, to present a distorted, anti-Serbian bias to the American people and a favorable image of the Bosnian Muslims regardless of their shadowy part in the war. This, then, was to be our foreign policy. […]

In his “Thoughts on United States Policy towards Yugoslavia” in the The South Slav Journal of the Autumn-Winter 1995 issue, former NY Times reporter David Binder wrote the following:

…The international impulse came from the early recognition of the secessions of Slovenia and Croatia demanded by Germany and forced upon Germany’s European Community partners by Bonn’s blackmail. All at once Washington, which had sensibly opposed this recognition initiative, found itself out of step with its key European allies on a sensitive issue. This was perceived as a dangerous dysfunction in America’s key Atlantic relationships. With the Bosnian cauldron already bubbling, the Yugoslav conflict suddenly became a priority for Secretary of State Baker.

Few have noted that in 1992, Baker literally created the supposedly independent and supposedly sovereign Bosnia and Hercegovina with its Muslim president, Alija Izetbegovic, thereby provoking Europe’s first protracted war since 1945. He did so with the blessing of President Bush and with considerable input from Larry Eagleburger and Warren Zimmermann - past and contemporary ambassadors to Belgrade. Their design was both complex and devious, but they were so convinced of its efficacy that they supported Izetbegovic in his rejection of the European Community’s Lisbon plan for dividing Bosnia and Hercegovina in a federative scheme.

To get back in step with Germany and the other European powers, the United States would simultaneously recognize Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Hercegovina. Macedonia was also to be in this package, but with elections looming, President Bush bowed to the powerful Greek lobby’s objections and deferred that. Not wishing to step out in front on any Yugoslav issue, the Bush Administration strong-armed the Europeans to make the first move, according recognition to the Sarajevo government on 6 April, while the United States followed 24 hours later with simultaneous recognition of the governments of Sarajevo, Ljubljana [Slovenia] and Zagreb [Croatia]. At the time, Eagleburger and Zimmermann argued that international recognition of the Izetbegovic regime, along with United Nations membership, would automatically shield it from Serb predations. Both subsequently acknowledged that they had been disastrously mistaken. But, of course, it was too late.

The Bush Administration had been on record since 1991 as hostile to the Serbs in general and Slobodan Milosevic in particular. That, too, was principally the work of Zimmermann and Eagleburger. Their bias was also evident in the fact that they did nothing to embrace or support any of Milosevic’s Serbian opponents.