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Wars are terrible and should be avoided whenever possible. Civil wars are worst of all wars. Usually there are no defined battlelines. There is no discipline. Neighbor fights a neighbor. Casualties among civilians are always high.
The main instigators of the civil wars in Yugoslavia come from the West. From Germany and the USA. They are, by far, the most responsible for the bloodshed and loss of lives, for disregard of international laws, for all misery the Yugoslav peoples suffered, for the mutilation and vivisection of the small Yugoslav state into 5 (five!) mini-states.
Once we deal with the architects of the disaster we can pay more attention to those who in the heat of the war did unthinkable. If there is justice in the "democratic" West (which there is NONE) then the leaders of Germany and America should be THE FIRST indicted and shipped to the International Tribunal at Hague. Let us hung Hitler first. Then we can deal with responsibility of an individual soldier.
And let us pretend that the history of the mankind started with the wars in (ex) Yugoslavia. Let us, for a moment, forget about who savagely bombed Vietnam and killed not 200,000 but 2 million people. (That was too long ago). Let us forget who broke all laws and rules of the international law and started an open HUNT of a president in nearby country, a member of the United Nations (like in recent case of Panama). Let us forget about the savage bombing which lasted for 100 days and killed some 150,000 people in Iraq (only months before the tragic wars in Yugoslavia started) and then imposed sanctions so inhumane to cause a slow, torturous death for more than *500,000* *children* (hey, CHILDREN!!!) in the same country.
Those in ex-Yugoslavia who lost their houses and fields, and anything they ever owned, those that lost limbs, or eyes, or children, those that lost a chance of a peaceful night for the rest of their lives, no matter their ethnic origin - Serbs, Muslims and Croats alike should demand that the Western masterminds of the catastrophe PAY for their deeds.
And that is the way, the only way, toward a better world, a world I may trust to let my children live in, a world where lives of other smaller, powerless peoples (like the lives of 24 million ex-Yugoslavs), cannot be treated as a pawn in a chess game.
Let us hunt down the monsters. In case of Germany, we could start with Mr. KLAUS KINKEL. In case of the USA we could start with Mr. Warren Zimmermann. They may not be the main culprits but they would, faced with death sentence, point finger at more important ones. I am sure they would point to the very top...
A recent book published in Germany ("Der Schatten krieger" = "A shadow warrior" by Erich Schmidt-Eenboom) talks about Mr. Kinkel, ex-director of BND (German secret police) and one of the top German politicians today. Mr Kinkel is still involved in the Bosnian civil war "solutions".
In chapter #9 ("Titos Erben in Bonn, Kinkels Vorstos auf den Balkan") the author explains how Germany started to PLAN dismantlement of Yugoslavia since early 1960's. Mr. Kinkel as top official of BND was the key person in plotting and organizing connections to chauvinist leadership of Communist Croatia, Mr. Ivan Stevan Krajacic, Tito's right hand man, and other Commi-Nazis...
With its fullhearted support (diplomatic, financial and military) Germany played the key role in dismantlement of Yugoslavia and early recognition of Croatia and Slovenia. Kohl, Genscher and others were involved.
In America the list of the top politicians guilty of instigating and prolonging the suffering of the Yugoslav people is long. America was the one to push Yugoslavia over the cliff.
(On November 5, 1990, a year before the civil wars in Yugoslavia have started, the US Congress passed the 1991 Foreign Operations Appropriation Law 101-513. This bill, without a previous warning, cut all aid, trade, credits and loans to Yugoslavia and then pushed the World Bank and International Monetary Fond to do the same. The bill derecognized the country of Yugoslavia and announced that the U.S. will deal with the constituent republics instead. (The shape of a snake is visible before it is hatched).
Ever since, Western demo(n)-Nazis tried to "help" Yugoslavia. It is as if you had a headache and the neighbor, claiming to have good intentions, came with a hammer to "fix you". You say "wait, may be I need a doctor", but the neighbor starts to hit (and "fix") you anyhow. You complain that you feel worse now. The neighbor says that you need a blow to the other side of the head, also. Finally, you are not complaining any more. Is it because you realize that it is better in the situation, or, may be, you are simply - dead?...
Let us concentrate on a clear case of masterminding a genocide - the case of Mr. WARREN ZIMMERMANN the proud "last Ambassador to Yugoslavia as we used to know it".
This is how the United States, through Mr. Zimmermann, INSTIGATED the war in Bosnia:
After the wars in Slovenia and Croatia the fighting in Yugoslavia died out in January 1992. Mr. Vance's plan was signed and the two warring sides in Croatia were to be separated by UN troops. (We now see that America was only buying time to arm and equip Croatian fascists for the "final solution"). But Bosnia was calm. It was calm all the time despite the raging war in adjacent Croatia. It was clear, though, that the story of Croatia can repeat in Bosnia (actually, at that time when major countries of the West recognized Croatia and Slovenia, thus derecognizing Yugoslavia - it was, with that act - guaranteed!).
Influenced by the war the three constituent nations of Bosnia were more and more divided by the day. Under European Community auspices the leaders of the three groups, Mr Izetbegovic, for Muslimas, Karadzic for Bosnian Serbs and Boban for Croats, SIGNED the maps of division of Bosnia, in Lisbon, on February 23, 1992. Bosnia was to be a confederation divided into three ethnic regions. And THERE WOULD BE NO WAR!
Steps in Uncle Sam. (Eager to sell arms, the only working industry of the morally and otherwise dilapidated Evil Empire).
Giving a brief background, in a (rare) truthful article...
New York Times ("U.S. policymakers on Bosnia admit errors in opposing partition in 1992", by David Binder, August 29, 1993): (Quote:)
On February 23, 1992, in Lisbon, the three Bosnian leaders - Mr. Izetbegovic [for the Bosnian Muslims], Radovan Karadzic for the Bosnian Serbs and Mate Boban for the Bosnian Croats - endorsed a proposal that the republic be a confederation divided into three ethnic regions. Mr. Izetbegovic's acceptance of partition, which would have denied him and his Muslim party a dominant role(!) in the republic, shocked... United States policy makers...
"The embassy was for recognition of Bosnia and Herzegovina from sometime in February on," Mr. Zimmermann said of his policy recommendation from Belgrade. "Meaning me."...
Immediately after Mr. Izetbegovic
returned from Lisbon, Mr. Zimmermann called on him in Sarajevo... "He
said he didn't like it," I told him, if he didn't like it, why sign
With the American advise the Muslim reneged on his signature.
It was CLEAR what would happen. America ensured for war in Bosnia to commence.
From the same article (quote:)
Dr Karadzic ..."Bosnia and Herzegovina should not be recognized as a unitarian, independent entity." Serbs, he said, "want our own state."
On March 16, Dr. Karadzic warned of "a civil war between ethnic groups and religions with hundreds of thousands dead and hundreds of towns destroyed." He added so accurately, "After such a war we would have completely the same situation: three Bosnia-Herzegovinas, which we HAVE RIGHT NOW."
That day, the three Bosnian leaders met again in Sarajevo for another round of talks. Late the following night, they signed a new agreement to divide Bosnia into "three constituent units" based on ethnic criteria.
Dr. Karadzic was momentarily euphoric, calling it "a
great day for Bosnia and Herzegovina." But within days Mr. Izetbegovic
voiced strong reservations, saying the only reason he had signed was because
the Europeans told him that he had to if he wanted to gain international
recognition of his government.
Muslims could do what ever they damn pleased. They had full support from Washington - all the time.
The civil war in Bosnia started. The Western nations, lead by the U.S. went on with the recognition of (unitary) Bosnia (under minority - Muslim control, 44% of the total population), despite the opposition of the Christian majority (Serbs 34% and Croats 17%). To add insult to injury (American way to deal with people), the recognition was announced on April 6 - the anniversary of Hitler's savage bombing of Belgrade (which was Hitler's typical way of announcing a war to a country).
The crucial fact that America instigated the war in Bosnia
was not much of interest for the American press. Nor is it for the new
war criminal hunters. The fact was repeated once again in...
The Washington Times, a week later (September 7, 1993, page E3, "Bosnian policy at odds with history?" by Stefan Halper).
Brcko, Bosnia. The face of Washington's policy in Bosnia is not found in Warren Christopher's expressions of eternal surprise, nor is it discovered in the oily explanations of Warren Zimmermann, the failed and now former American ambassador to Belgrade.
The face is found on a haunted 9-year-old girl whose father was machine-gunned in their front yard four months ago and who only now can meet a stranger without trauma. The face is found in small villages where houses have no roofs, the windows no glass and the gardens - bursting with roses and mums - are mined...
...The (Lisbon) agreement was scuttled
by hapless Mr. Zimmermann, who encouraged the Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic,
then signatory to the Lisbon Agreement, to reverse himself and withdraw...
The issue about Mr. Zimmermann's hellish crime resurfaced two years later...Here is Mr. Jose Cutileiro's letter published in "The Economist".
(Mr. Cutileiro was the Secretary-General of the EC at
the time of the Lisbon Agreement):
"Letters" part of The Economist, on 9-15 December, 1995.
Sir - In your article on Bosnia (November 25th), you say that in February 1992, before the war had started, Lord Carrington and I "drafted a constitution that would have turned the country into a confederation of Swiss-style cantons. The Muslims refused to accept what they considered to be the disintegration of Bosnia." NOT QUITE.
After several rounds of talks our "principles for future constitutional arrangements for Bosnia and Hercegovina" were *AGREED* *BY* *ALL* *THREE* *PARTIES* (Muslim, Serb and Croat) in Sarajevo on March 18th 1992) as the basis for future negotiations. These continued, *MAPS* *AND* *ALL*, until the summer, when the *MUSLIMS* RENEGED ON THE AGREEMENT. Had they not done so, the Bosnian question might have been settled earlier, with less loss of (mainly Muslim) life and land. To be fair, President Izetbegovic and his aides were ENCOURAGED TO SCUPPER THAT DEAL and to fight for a unitary Bosnian state by well-meaning outsiders who thought they knew better.
Western European Union,
There you have it! The case of the war criminal Mr. Warren Zimmermann is clear. Ship him to Hague! Only naive people can think that an ambassador of a country can decide about foreign policy, though. Nowhere in the world that is the case. As I said above let Mr. Zimmermann say who the real masterminds were. (The same model as in practice now: catch a Serbs soldier and hold him to dooms day in inhumane conditions until he points his finger right to the top of the Serbian leadership). Let Mr. Zimmermann spend couple of years in Hague on bread and water (like that Serb Tadic) until he points at the top Nazis in Washington.
Was it an (oooops!) "mistake" that Washington did? No way! What America (and Germany) wanted is clear from what they got: Germany got (for the first time in their history) "dragn nach osten" dream come true (an access to a warm sea - Adriatic). They got rid of unneeded NATO occupying troops (and America found a place, a new job for them). Germans found someone else to blame for genocide, ethnic cleansing and such (blame the Serbs for all wrong in the world!) The Serbs were punished for resisting "democratic" Germany in the two world wars. And someone else got to be divided into military zones (exactly four - just like Nazi Germany was at the end of WWII). Bosnia is divided that way. Plus (still Nazi in their soul) Germans got to be one of the occupying forces. (They got to guard Bihac Muslims for the sake of Nazi Croat allies).
America got to test new weaponry. Got to teach one of their infamous "lessons" to yet another disobedient nation. (The Serbs refused to convert to Islam so America can get oil from Saudi Arabia 10 cents cheaper). America instigated the civil wars in Yugoslavia (plus bombed to total annihilation one of the sides in the war) but paints itself as a "peace-loving, peace-keeping force". America moved ALL extra hardware it produced since the gulf war - into Bosnia and will now force international community (Japan?) to pay (to buy) the weaponry. (Good business isn't it?).
America instigated war but "brought" peace and thus has right to be the first one to send scavangers (vultures) to collect the damaged goods - half price. (The case of the secret mission of Mr. Brown and 60 thiefs). It is like a fireman who got in a local supermarket and liked something - but not the price. He sets the fire and then comes to extinguish it. Later he comes to collect the goods at the price he likes.
Let us punish the culprits. They are top American and German leadership, their obedient Western European colleagues, scores of western media bigots and bashers, then local Balkan leaders (Tudjman, Kucan, Izetbegovic, Milosevic), then local war-lords, then local Balkan criminals. All to be punished - IN THAT ORDER!!!
Petar Makara (Makarov)
PS: And when every argument is lost they say: "Yes
- but might is right. Everyone is doing it."