September 30th 2012 11:16:38 PM
The (old) New Statesman vs. The (new) New Statesman; British Anti-Communist Socialist who Got it Right when even Churchill Didn’tPosted by Julia Gorin
What is described in the quote below applies also to the terrorists and mobsters of the KLA who are the U.S.-approved “leaders” of “independent” Kosovo, and helps explain it:
I remember the awkward moment when the Government dropped Draza Mihailovich and backed Tito. In the future, our directive ran, Mihailovich’s forces will be described not as ‘patriots’ but as ‘terrorist gangs’; in the future, we shall also drop the phrase ‘red bandits’ as applied to the Partisans and substitute ‘freedom fighters.’ …I assumed that the men far above who made the policy-decisions were as cynical about the distinction between bandit and Partisan as we were. Only later did it dawn on me that British Cabinet ministers, archbishops and newspaper editors actually believed our propaganda and took this moral double-talk seriously.
–Richard Crossman, New Statesman, Dec. 15, 1956
In reference to the above, I’ve often mused: If the belligerents, the Western interlopers, the dutiful scribes and their vested corporate editors have come to believe the lies they were telling, are they still lying? Or did they once lie, and now are simply deceived by themselves?
A note on Richard Crossman, from Aleksandra Rebic, from whom I got the above quote:
Richard Crossman (December 15, 1907 – April 5, 1974) …was a prominent Socialist, a British Labor Party politician, a Cabinet Minister…an author, and the editor of the New Statesman - Britain’s Current Affairs and Politics Magazine which is still “in circulation” today. Although Crossman was a prominent and devoted Socialist, he was a staunch anti-Communist. Crossman edited “The God that Failed” (1949) which is a collection of essays written by Communist intellectuals who became “disillusioned”.
Richard Crossman was around when the British, under the wartime leadership of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, made the policy decision with regards to Yugoslavia to drop their loyal and dedicated ally General Draza Mihailovich and support Josip Broz Tito in 1943/44, during WWII. You might think that a British socialist such as Crossman would not have had a problem with that “policy change”, but he did. Over ten years later, in 1956, it still bothered him enough that he wrote about it in the New Statesman.
I was struck by the extent to which his astute observations continued to remain relevant as the 20th century ended and into the 21st century. They continue to remain on the mark today, over fifty years later. That’s the thing about “Truth”. It remains morally absolute.
How far The New Statesman has fallen. Last month during the Olympics we were treated to the following from what passes for a statesman today, one Denis MacShane, who writes as if entirely indentured to the mobster-terrorists he helped prop up when he was a Labour minister. Hell, he’s so invested in the terrorists that he refuses to believe that mafia kingpin and former KLA boss Thaci (a.k.a. Kosovo’s “prime minister”) had anything to do with the KLA’s murder-for-organs operation. And when Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic dares to voice concern for his citizens and speak of the impending fate of the last of Kosovo’s Serbs, even this isn’t allowed. The usual pattern holds: Not only are Serbs not allowed to live in Kosovo, but they’re not even allowed to object to that fact.
A spectre is haunting the Balkans. Twenty five years after Slobodan Milosevic launched [sic] the nationalist conflicts with a rant [sic] in Pristina about the iniquities of the people of Kosovo, the new president of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, has returned to the theme with the accusation that the government of Kosovo is planning “genocide” against the Serbs who live in the country.
…In an extraordinary outburst, Nikolic gave an interview in London in which he accused the internationally supervised government in Pristina of planning to expel the 40,000 Serbs who live in the north of Kosovo.
“When you expel 40,000 people, regardless of whether they are women, men, and when you change the ethnic composition of the territory that is genocide. There is a danger that Pristina would be prepared to go that far. The only armed force there, apart from the international community, is Albanian. I am convinced they wouldn’t mind doing that immediately.”
Nikolic has a fondness for the “G” word. His first statement after his election in May was to deny that the cold-blooded organised [sic] killing of 8,000 [sic] men at Srebrenica could be described as a genocidal crime….the language Milosevic used [sic] in 1987 to whip up Serb nationalist passions against Kosovans remains a point of reference for him.
The new prime minister of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, was Milosevic’s spokesman and has taken over the leadership of the Serb Socialist Party, once headed by Milosevic. Dacic has talked of a new partition of Kosovo…Belgrade’s refusal to deal [sic] with Kosovo is causing a nationalist backlash all over the Western Balkans.
But for the Milosevic retreads who have won power in Belgrade on the back of increasing unemployment and poverty, the spirit of 1987 demands that Kosovo has to accept re-partition and other humiliations to placate Serb nationalism. The presence of a contingent of Nato troops will prevent any outbreak of violence and Pristina is focused on inward investment , winning recognition for their young nation and offering the Serbs anything short of breaking apart Kosovo which diplomats think will lead to further demands for new frontiers and partitions elsewhere in the western Balkans.
The EU made major concessions to Nikolic’s predecessor, Boris Tadic, in order to nudge Serbia to a compromise on Kosovo so that both countries could advance towards EU membership….But the new nationalists in power in Belgrade have pocketed these and reverted to old lines. A new strategy for the western Balkans is needed. Milosevic caused the break-up of the former Yugoslavia into seven separate nations. His successors are back with more break-up and partition language. It was a disaster in 1987. It remains bad, sad politics today.
Who knew MacShane could write in Albanian, which is how this reads. We also have that favorite, WSJ-esque, touch of making the ‘Milosevic era’ comparison. Plus the usual inversion of blaming any further secessions in the region not on the actual precedent — the Kosovo secession — but on the federalists who want to remain citizens of the country they’ve always been citizens of (the Serbian citizens of northern Kosovo). Then of course, in addition to calling it “major concessions” when a peep is belatedly tolerated from Serbia in the course of her rape, a Serb leader is “nationalist” if he talks of partition, which had been on the table when compromise by the Albanians was futilely hoped for by the internationals.
The best comment after this carbon-writing came from journalist John Bosnitch:
Mon, 2012-08-06 08:20
Yes, there is a spectre haunting not just the Balkans, but the whole of Europe. That spectre is the spirit of the Nazi newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter, which is, in this case, haunting the pages of the New Statesman. The dripping race hatred so evident in your article denouncing Serbian President Nikolic’s desperate call for protection against genocide is a prime example of why we Serbs are starting to see ourselves as…the next “Jews” of this German-dominated continent that has the Holocaust to show as its most historically relevant example of its treatment of minorities and other “chosen peoples”.
As an ethnic Serb, I cannot ignore the droning German-led EU calls for the elimination of the last vestiges of my nation from our southern heartland-province of Kosovo. We already endured our Kristallnacht in the March 2004 Kosovo Pogrom, when in less than 72 hours, 35 churches and monasteries were set aflame (many of them dating to the 14th century and representing an irretrievable loss for mankind). Dozens were killed, thousands wounded, thousands of houses and shops leveled and more than 4,000 Kosovo Serbs were expelled by rampaging Albanian extremists.
Now we are hearing from sources in Berlin and from their backers in Washington that the time has finally come to resolve the “Kosovo Serb Question” with what would amount to a new Final Solution directed against that last surviving ten-percent remnant of Kosovo’s indigenous Serb population.
And yet, when our new, democratically elected president dares to plead for help at the Olympic altar of peace and international friendship, your writer, Denis MacShane, not only rejects but denounces our plea in a manner reminiscent of how England and the rest of the “civilized” world rejected and turned back the S.S. St. Louis, the ocean liner carrying over 900 doomed Jews trying to flee Hitler in 1939.
May I therefore make the traditional one last request of the condemned before more than a thousand years of Serbian culture and ethnic heritage is erased from our Kosovo homeland? Please do send Denis MacShane to report from Kosovo after we inconvenient Serbs are gone, so that he may dance on our graves and report the event as a festival of European inter-ethnic understanding and progress. His resulting article will most certainly go down in the history of hate literature and seal the reputation of the New Statesman forever.
The InterMedia Center News Agency
A comment by “PEN” is also worth quoting:
…[Serbs] are subjected to constant harassment, intimidation, and risk life and limb when trying to return to their homes. A returnee Serb couple in their seventies were murdered recently. Churches demolished. Cemetaries vandalised and desecrated. Buses carrying children stoned etc etc. But of course none of this would chime into your rosy picture of Albanian run Kosovo. And so far as partition and changing borders is concerned isn’t that what the Kosovo project was all about in the first place. Did anybody ask the Serbian people if they agreed to the partition of their country. You sound like a mouthpiece for the Pristina government.
As with all things Balkan, Western media differs not at all from Ottoman media. Below is an article from The Journal of Turkish Weekly:
The refusal of ultra-nationalist Serb President Tomislav Nikolic to rule out partitioning Kosovo along ethnic lines, reminding people of the bloody wars that followed the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, is causing sharp reactions.
…Nikolic said that Serbs in Kosovo are living “under the threat of genocide,” and any attempt to impose Pristina’s rule in the north “could lead to a Serb exodus.”
“What if the Serbs move out? Who will accept the results of such genocide?” Nikolic told The Guardian. The new president said 40,000 people could be expelled, “regardless of whether they are women, men, [civilians or] soldiers.” The result would be a change to “the ethnic composition of the territory.”
“Nikolic is embarrassing himself with statements about genocide that have no basis in fact and ideas about partition that would end Serbia’s hopes of ever gaining entry into the EU,” Daniel Serwer [did he just come up with another new rule for Serbia’s EU entry?], professor of conflict management at the US-based Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, told SETimes.
“[Nikolic] should consult Serbs south of the Ibar River about his partition ideas: most of them are strongly opposed, as is the Serbian Orthodox Church,” he said. [See how Serwer conveniently cites the for-sale part of the Church that we installed.]
Seb Bytyci, executive director of the Balkan Policy Institute in Pristina, said Kosovo’s institutions are multi-ethnic and have not undertaken any action that would be described as aiming to cause Kosovo Serbs to flee.
“On the contrary, Kosovo has spent tens of millions of dollars to build a multi-ethnic and integrated society. This rhetoric of victimisation is what has contributed to the terrible wars of the 1990s,” Bytyci told SETimes. [And as an Albanian, he should be an expert on victimization rhetoric.]
“Since 1999, Serbia has maintained parallel institutions in Kosovo, in breach of Resolution 1244, which have sought to undermine Kosovo’s development, chiefly by maintaining segregation between Serbs and Albanians. And throughout this time, Serbia has sought to create a mini-state in northern Kosovo, severely undermining the stability of the whole region,” Bytyci told SETimes.
Right. It’s Serbia that divides Serbs and Albanians. And not the Albanian feces on the walls of houses for Serb returnees, which keeps Serbs out.
Below is Nikolic’s Guardian interview that MacShane was most likely referring to:
The Serbian president has claimed Serbs in Kosovo are living under the threat of genocide and would not rule out a partition between ethnic Serb and Albanian regions of the former province….arguing that until now only Serbia had been asked to make concessions in efforts to defuse the dispute and it would now demand more concessions from Pristina.
“What compromise has been done by Pristina up to now? None. All the talks have been on things Serbia will accept. Serbia hasn’t set any conditions,” he said. “It’s not a compromise if Serbia is always backtracking step by step. It’s not a compromise if Pristina says its independence is recognised and that it will realise its independence on our territory.”
A Serb enclave around the northern half of the divided city of Mitrovica refuses to accept rule from the ethnic Albanian government in Pristina, the focus of tension since Kosovo declared its independence in 2008.
Kosovo’s leadership has repeatedly called for the international community to help it extend its authority into the Mitrovica enclave and has been increasingly assertive in its efforts to force the issue.
Nikolic said any attempt to impose Pristina’s rule could lead to a Serb exodus. “What if the Serbs move out. Who will accept the results of such genocide? That is one of the definitions of genocide: when you expel 40,000 people, regardless of whether they are women, men, [civilians or] soldiers, and when you change the ethnic composition of the territory. That is genocide.
“There is a danger that Pristina would be prepared to go that far…” He added that the only thing preventing such action was the presence of Nato troops. [Who so far have been helping beat the Serbs into submission to Pristina rule, which ultimately will have helped lead to the exodus.]
Nikolic underlined an earlier declaration that he would never exercise power in Pristina, and called on his Kosovan counterpart, Atifete Jahjaga, to admit she would never govern in northern Mitrovica…
Nikolic said his greatest challenge was to fill the estimated $3bn (£2bn) hole in the budget. He asked for international assistance…but warned creditors against making their help conditional on Serbia making concessions over Kosovo.
“Maybe someone thought we were ready to make various concessions if we were poor. But we expect the international community and our friends to help us to recover the economy in line with their duties and obligations,” he said. “We don’t want be treated like country cousins.”