Vietnam, Nicaragua, Panama
and now remnants of Yugoslavia get the same treatment from Imperialist
Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the May 7, 1998
issue of Workers World newspaper
U.S. BACKS MERCENARY ARMY IN KOSOVO
By Gary Wilson
U.S. government is pushing forward its covert contra war in the Yugoslav
region of Kosovo. A CIA-backed mercenary army--called the Kosovo Liberation
Army (KLA)--has stepped up its infiltration into Yugoslavia.
On April 24, some 200 mercenaries attempted
to invade Yugoslavia through the border with Albania. The U.S. State Department
reported that the Yugoslav Army killed 23 of the mercenaries.
The April 25 New York Times reported that
the Clinton administration is threatening to step
up sanctions against the Yugoslav government if it continues its "current
course of action"--that is, if it continues to resist the mercenary
The Yugoslav government warned that the
mercenary attacks across Albania's border will lead to a regional war.
The United States government is covertly
backing the mercenary army. While a report in the April 6 New York Times
by Balkans bureau chief Chris Hedges did not mention the CIA ties, it did
give details Hedges learned while traveling with the KLA.
The Times reported that the bulk of the
KLA is made up of "foreign mercenaries."
Hedges reported, "The rapid and startling
growth of the armed insurgency has prompted fears that the unrest in the
province could explode into the next Balkan war."
According to The Times, the mercenary army
"has no political wing." It has no goal other than to attack
the Yugoslav government.
mercenaries carry the latest weapons and electronic surveillance equipment.
All dress in new camouflage uniforms. The U.S government covertly provides
them satellite information about the Yugoslav Army.
The mercenary army first
targeted Albanians in Kosovo who were considered "pro-government"--that
is, those opposed to the breakup of Yugoslavia. The next targets were Serbian
farmers in Kosovo. They were driven off their land.
The mercenaries have murdered Yugoslav government
officials, schoolteachers and others.
CIA support is funneled through a so-called
"Government of Kosovo" based in Geneva, Switzerland. Its Washington
office employs the public-relations firm of Ruder Finn--notorious for its
slanders of the Belgrade government.
No government in the world officially recognizes
a "Government of Kosovo."
A Turkish newspaper correspondent reported
in March that journalists have gone to Kosovo "with a prejudgment."
Quoted in the online document "The
Media War Against Yugoslavia," (http://www.gov.yu/terrorism/) the
Turkish journalist wrote: "There are in Kosovo about a dozen journalists
from Turkey. When starting our journey, we were convinced that the events
from Bosnia would be repeated there. Afterwards, there was no place for
the objective news that we prepared. All journalists in that region are
just looking for sensations.
"A joke may very well describe the
situation in which the journalists who followed the events in Kosovo found
themselves. A five-star hotel--the `Grand Pristina'--in which they were
accommodated was called, by the journalists among themselves, Hotel Casa
blanca. Anyway the surroundings reminded us very much of the scenario of
the famous film `Casablanca.' Agents were everywhere.
"Before you send your news to the newspaper
or to the agency in which you work, you first inform the American Information
Center (USIS). In fact, the demonstrations really started in front of the
American Information Center. The demonstrations organized against the Serbian
leadership were not deprived of the American flag and posters with the
inscriptions, `Where are you, America?'"
the region to the brink of war, the U.S. government is creating a justification
for bringing its imperialist occupation army into Kosovo. Washington has
been maneuvering for a military occupation of Kosovo as part of its military
takeover of the Balkans.
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America equips KLA terrorists
- head to toe. Baseball caps included:
The New York Times article published on
June 22, 1998 has title: "Both Sides in the Kosovo Conflict Seem Determined
to Ignore Reality". Unintentionally, the author of the article reveals
an interesting detail. One sentence says:
"The men in the camouflage gear wear
baseball caps with red
patches that show the black double-headed Albanian eagle and the initials
UCK, the Albanian acronym for the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army."
One should know that Baseball is NOT played
in the Balkans. Baseball caps are not manufactured anywhere in the Balkans...
and people generally do not wear baseball caps in the Balkans.