June 06, 1999
THIS PEACE MEANS WAR
A Truly heroic Resistance
As an American, I have not been affected in the same way Serbian and Serbian-American people have been by the horrible bombing. At the same time, as a thinking person, I find the "peace agreement," as published by the AP, most disturbing.
For 72 days the people of Serbia - from all ethnic groups -- have kept up their spirit in the face of an onslaught by what amounts to the old Colonial club of Western powers. These powers gave us the Slave trade, colonialism, the wars of our century and now a World-Wide drive for power under the cover of humanitarian concerns.
The US is using NATO to destabilize and economically dominate a vast region, perhaps the entire Eastern world. The Serbs are first on the list. As has happened in World Wars I and II, the Serbs are the outpost, defending civilization against barbarians bent on world conquest. By resisting the power of NATO they have followed the old Serbian saying: "Freedom is priceless."
Despite a torrent of lies in the Western media, the Serbian people have inspired hundreds of millions from China to Canada. They have created a new political awareness on right and left. These people refuse to accept international lawlessness and gangsterism. The Serbian symbol, the target bulls-eye, has become the symbol for people all over the world who now say, proudly, "I am a Serb," just as many years ago John Paul Sartre said "I am a Jew." Except this time, the "Jews" are not going quietly to those ovens.
Whatever happens, nothing can lessen the contribution the Serbs have made to the cause of human freedom which today means resisting NATO. Nothing.
NATO IS THE NAME
The U.S. government started the bombing because Serbia would not surrender its national sovereignty, as called for in Appendix B of the Rambouillet "agreement." But what does the text of the NEW peace agreement call for?
The Agreement calls for the complete withdrawal of Yugoslav troops from the Serbian province of Kosovo. It adds the contemptuous proviso that several hundred troops might be allowed back to mark land mines and guard monasteries. Indeed.
These troops, perhaps the best in the world, are dug into well-engineered defenses. From reports, their morale is superb. They have routed the KLA which has been reduced to scattered snipers. NATO would need a huge ground force -- perhaps as many as a million troops -- to have any hope of taking Kosovo from these men and women.
This would put immense internal strains on NATO and produce vast opposition around the world.
U.S. Government's Goal is NOT Peace
The bombing is horrible. But what are the U.S. government's actual "peace goals" in Serbia? Every indication is the U.S. government would, given the chance, carry out the PRACTICAL program of the KLA. (The KLA has after all never been an independent force, but rather has been the terrorist arm of NATO in Kosovo.) What is the practical program of the KLA? The KLA has carried out its program for a year and a half: it is the murder of anti-racist Albanians and all Serbs and Roma people ("Gypsies"). The U.S. government knows this is KLA policy. When Clinton praises the KLA he is making it perfectly clear what will happen in Kosovo if NATO gets control.
With the Yugoslav army gone, NATO troops would suppress any significant resistance.
No Serbian police, no Yugoslav troops with armor, just NATO "under unified command," that is, with ALL troops, including Russian and Greek troops, controlled by the U.S. and Britain. This "unified command" could maintain order while the KLA does its work, slaughtering decent people, town by town.
Real Serbian-Albanian Unity
Sometimes good things come from suffering. The devastating bombing of Kosovo has brought many Serbs and Albanians together in a fighting unity against NATO's attacks. This is expressed in mutual aid and solidarity of all kinds including the repair of damaged facilities, the arming of Albanians to fight KLA snipers, and so on. This new solidarity is crucial because it lays the basis for a new, antiracist political unity against the racist Albanians, who call themselves "nationalists," from the KLA to Rugova. And this unity has been paid for by the suffering and struggle of many people. Quite literally, with blood, sweat and tears. (See Appendix 1, # 3, a, b & c and # 5)
What NATO needs in Kosovo
The U.S. has been instigating disunity in Kosovo since 1987; disunity is the necessary prerequisite for NATO domination of Kosovo. The simplest way to break the current unified resistance is to kill the people involved, especially the Albanian loyalists. This requires a) the removal of Yugoslav Army troops from Kosovo and b) the "regrettable" reentry of KLA terrorists from Albania. Once the Yugoslav troops are gone, these butchers will stream across the border, led by US and European special forces. The U.S.-controlled verifiers who were stationed in Kosovo starting in October, 1998, expressed "concern" that the KLA used the Yugoslav troop withdrawal to rebuild its army. In the same way, after a new Yugoslav withdrawal, NATO would be "shocked" at KLA murders. Or perhaps the news of these murders would be suppressed so that later the victims of KLA attacks could be unearthed, and the murders blamed on Yugoslav troops who, we would be told, killed Albanians as they retreated. These Serbs and Albanian brothers would get to be killed twice: first by bullets and then by lies.
The result of this slaughter would be even worse then the loss of human life; for this heroic multi-ethnic group is the basis for reconstructing Kosovo, for the first time, on an anti-racist basis.
Does this sound extreme? Well, consider the following excerpt from a British newspaper story:
"The Telegraph" (UK) June 4, 1999 Philip Smucker in Skopje and Tim Butcher
"KOSOVO Liberation Army guerrillas are poised to sweep forward the moment Serb forces begin the withdrawal agreed in Belgrade yesterday, threatening more killing in Kosovo as Nato prepares to deploy in the province?
Nato planners anxious for an orderly withdrawal of Serb army, paramilitaries and special police concede that the presence of large numbers of KLA members seeking vengeance against the Serbs raises difficulties. The KLA's command structure is weak and disunited, meaning that assurances of restraint from the senior commanders would be unlikely to hold force on the ground." (end Telegraph article)
There it is -- the story even claims the KLA is undisciplined, with "NATO planners" as the apparent source of this description, although just the other day was the KLA being praised in the media for becoming quite disciplined. The "they're undiscplined" line serves, as I said, to absolve NATO of blame for KLA reprisals after Yugoslav troops depart.
Give NATO an arm and it will go for your leg
Once in possession of Kosovo, would NATO respect the spirit of peace and cease aggression against the rest of Serbia? If you answered "yes" I'm afraid you don't know NATO. Or anyway, you don't know Clinton and company. Kosovo is the first stop in a long train ride, with many bumps.
Everything has been prepared to make Vojvodina, the breadbasket of Serbia, which borders Hungary, the next Kosovo. It has been physically isolated through the bombing of bridges over the Danube. In Hungary proper, flunky leaders have voiced the appropriate concerns about ethnic abuses and they have been echoed by NATO statements to the effect that Milosevich is "expected" to target ethnic Hungarians in Vojvodina next. How convenient of these Serbs to abuse precisely the ethnic group that NATO needs abused, and to do it at just the required moment.
The minute Kosovo is secure, or perhaps before it is fully secure, atrocities against Hungarians would be "discovered." There would be satellite photos and eye-witness accounts of horrors in Vojvodina. Some neo-fascist group of Hungarian secessionists would pop up like a balloon charged with NATO hot air and voila -- a whole new Kosovo. It is all predictable because, like every criminal organization, NATO has a modus operandi. I don't say that because I am paranoid and I don't know that because I am clairvoyant; I simply read. For instance, in the Feb. 15, 1999 Washington Post, former State Department planner Robert A. Manning described U.S. policy as:
"...turning the former Yugoslavia into a series of protectorates, one province at a time."
One province at a time, until Serbia is a group of Banana Republics. Each time a new province is taken by NATO (to prevent some humanitarian catastrophe which NATO has created) the neo-fascist group of choice will slaughter "pro-Serbian nationalists" and "non-Serbian collaborationists" (such as the Albanians who oppose NATO and the KLA, but this applies just as easily to ethnic Hungarians, Turks, Jews or Roma.) NATO spokesmen will terribly regret this violence, tsk tsk tsk. Or they will lie about it (blame the victims).
Or the media will bemoan a history of interethnic strife going back hundreds of years. Or Jamie Shea will just say what he said recently when a bridge was bombed, killing and wounding many.
"Tough luck," said Mr. Shea.
They Would Give us Afghanistan and Call It Peace
A true peace is of course better than war. And all things being equal, it's worse to be bombed than not.
But this "peace" agreement, as presented by the Associated Press, lays the basis for continuing the war without NATO having to take the losses which war usually requires, i.e., without having to launch a land invasion. Land invasion is preferable to uncontested occupation, which would have a demoralizing affect on the population, and make the job of resistance -- which would nevertheless occur -- more difficult.
Moreover, if the citizens of Serbia were to allow the uncontested occupation of Kosovo, this would encourage the U.S. government to pursue adventures of a similar kind further East. The US is openly and covertly encouraging conflict between Moslems and Orthodox Christians in the Caspian Sea area, rich in oil. As Zbigniew Brzezinski, the high-placed U.S. government "thinker" has said, Russia is far too big. The U.S. government has used the IMF to enforce policies which have cut the Russian economy in half and similarly devastated other parts of the former Soviet Union preparatory to breaking up this vast area into mini-states, too small to defeat economic domination and exploitation. Much like Central America.
In essence, the United States elite is trying to carve up the world, the way colonial powers used to do in the late 19th century. But this isn't the late 19th century. This is the nuclear age and there are tens of thousands of nuclear warheads all over the former USSR - and elsewhere. So this plan for world conquest makes nuclear war quite possible, perhaps probable. As you read this, Russian nuclear warheads have been re-aimed so they once again target the U.S. The ancient Greeks said, "Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad."
Are our leaders mad? Perhaps. But mad or not, this is their plan.
As usual, Serbia is the first stop for those attempting world domination. As usual, the Serbs are the "kraj," which means "the end" in Serbian. The end, the outpost of civilization against barbarism. What the Serbs do about this "peace agreement" will affect the whole course of world history.
"There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries." The stakes are great, indeed.
1. Evidence that reporters KNEW the U.S. government had deliberately written the Rambouillet "peace" agreement to be so extreme that the Serbs couldn't sign it. That is, it was a setup to achieve bombing. But this was never reported. See: http://www.fair.org/press-releases/kosovo-talks.html
2. Documents, not intended for publication, from the German Courts and German Foreign Ministry According to these official German documents, there was no Serbian persecution of Albanians during the year before the bombing started. http://www.counterpunch.org/germanmemo.html
a) "Missing " Albanian men are doing fine, and fraternizing with Yugoslav troops LA Times article
b) Despite Western reports, Mr. Watson sees NO evidence of massacres or organized government persecution of Albanians in Pristina, capital of Kosovo http://www.counterpunch.org/watson.html
c) Albanians and Serbs work side by side in Kosovo to undo damage caused by NATO's bombs. LA Times article
5. Eve-Ann Prentice, London Times reporter targeted (!) by NATO planes over Kosovo, describes Serbian/Albania kindness towards her after the attack. Gives a whole different impression of what these folks are like from what we're getting on TV. The Times article
7. Report of U.S. Congressional Mission to Serbia refutes NATO assertions about atrocities and ethnic cleansing.
11. Sean Gervasi has written some of the best analysis of U.S. and German plans for carving up the world. For instance, see: this article
12. Diana Johnstone's "Seeing Yugoslavia Through Dark Glass" gives an overview of the history of the area while cutting through the fog of lies and half truths created by media, government officials and NGO's. Very good for clearing the mind.
13. NATO has been demonizing the Serbs for 9 years. Here one of the most successful slanders, the concentration camp hoax, is debunked by Thomas Deichmann. http://www.informinc.co.uk/ITN-vs-LM/story/LM97_Bosnia.html
14. A constant refrain of Serb-bashers is "Look what they did at Srebrenica." George Pumphrey exposes the Srebrenica massacre myth using the very media sources that have spread it. Pumphrey.html
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Last revised: June 7, 1999