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M'sieu Gunns
hope you had a festive xmas etc.
i know i went through that bummed-out 'i'm outta
here' routine here before...but i have
inadvertently and grievously offended someone i
imagined i loved, someone who remains awesome,
whether or not i have now caused them to hate me.

it's not _their_ fault i have been so uninformed;
my approach had always been very broad, very
philosophical; theirs by necessity was so
painfully specific that it was a fire raging
within them.
and justifiably so, as i have learned.
you're smart to not hang out here as i have,
and combined with the way kisako has been treated
on the russ page recently, despite my furious
protests, i need to step away from this place.
it's becoming bad for my health.

most likely i'll have to go offline in several
weeks in the process of moving away; at least for
awhile. i can tell you more about it 'off-group'

but y'know, here in 'the realm of the fleshless' i
have shot myself in the foot so often, all my toes
are gone.
and here, despite the best intentions, i will be
scorned. not missed. it makes me feel sick inside.

talk to you later, comrade.

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Other people are asking why Nato does not intervene on humanitarian
grounds in other countries where whole populations are suffering - in Southern
Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola, East Timor and Tibet, for example.
Still others point out that humanitarian concern is not always free from double
standards. The US and United Kingdom are still bombing Iraq daily without
any international mandate. France, Russia and China are in favour of lifting the
UN embargo on humanitarian grounds, but the other two permanent members
of the Security Council, the US and UK, remain doggedly opposed to lifting
an embargo that has directly or indirectly caused the deaths of hundreds of
thousands of Iraqi civilians since 1991.

Again, some people ask why the right of humanitarian intervention should be
confined to the strongest. But how could it be exercised by the weak? Can
we imagine an African country intervening in, say, Mississippi to protect
blacks from civil rights violations? Or a Maghreb country intervening in a
European state where North Africans are suffering systematic discrimination?

And if intervention is justified, what about a right of social intervention? Ii is
scandalous that 50 million people in the European Union are living in poverty.
Does it not count as a major violation of human rights? In fact, one human
being out of two on this planet has less than two dollars a day to live on. And
a billion people are living in dire poverty on less than a dollar a day. The 59
million dollars Nato is spending every day on bombing Yugoslavia would feed
77 million people.


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I asked you L'm, not to make too much drama
out of everything. Chill out, dude

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when did you ask me such a thing?


the postman has musical tidings for you.
wait and see.

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War Against Women and Other Civilians in Yugoslavia:
Terror Keyed Triumph of the New Colonialism
by Geoff Berne
January 8, 2001

Note from the Editor: This is the text of a speech by
Geoff Berne delivered December 7, 2000 on the
University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin.
The event was presented by U.S. Out Now as part of "16
Days of Activism Against Gender Violence." Sharing the
program was fellow-Ohioan Greg Elich who presented
photographic slides and audio-taped interviews made
during an August 1999 trip to Yugoslavia, just two
months after the end of NATO bombing, and a report on
his November, 2000 trip to Iraq with an international
delegation seeking to defy NATO sanctions against
travel to that country. Berne and Elich reached a wide
audience in Madison in appearances on WYOU television,
WORT-FM radio, and West High School. Following this
transcript Berne adds an Afterword. We think you will
find this commentary particularly instructive.

I am happy to stand here tonight with Greg Elich and
lend my support to his unusual effort, as an
individual American, as a journalist, and as an
activist, to throw light on the dark world of American
wars in Yugoslavia and Iraq. Greg has put himself in a
category all his own by traveling to the scenes of
these two controversial wars and bringing back a
graphic, ground's eye view of the bombing in
Yugoslavia's devastation, in particular, such as
Americans have not seen on television since the war in
Vietnam: cluster bombs that bore through the roofs of
an entire hospital parking lot full of cars, spewing
uncountable numbers of mini-bombs leaving walls of
entire neighborhoods pocked with puncture holes,
uranium-tipped missiles that destroyed an entire
factory that once manufactured the Yugo automobile,
and bombs that found their way down chimneys to
destroy eleven people in a family hiding in the
basement of a village home and the rest of their
neighborhood as well. What you hear and see in his
program leaves no doubt that America has stepped over
the line of acceptable conduct in these wars, as even
Amnesty International, whose reports of wrongs
committed against the Albanian population of Kosovo
helped win world acceptance for the NATO intervention
in the first place, has implied in a report released
in April 2000 that criticized our deliberate
terror-bombing of innocent civilians.

Our focus tonight is primarily Yugoslavia. We come
from two different perspectives: Greg, from Columbus,
Ohio, has been a scholar and activist on the
Yugoslavian question, and Iraq as well, since the
early 90's, I, a writer and consultant for political
campaigns in southwestern Ohio, who in March, 1999,
had barely finished reading an explosive memoir by
Panamanian military leader Manuel Antonio Noriega
called America's Prisoner, in which he tells the
inside story of America's invasion and conquest of
Panama in 1989 -- when the bombing of Yugoslavia burst
onto the country's television screens and sent me in
frustration with what I was watching to my computer in
search of information and an explanation of what
exactly was going on.

Here I had just read how Noriega, the leader of a
small but strategically located Central American
nation, who defied America by shutting down the
original School of the Americas and refusing to allow
Panamanian territory to be the staging ground for the
Contra war against the Sandinista revolutionary
government in Nicaragua, was first depicted as a
drug-trafficking fiend and machete-waving psychopath
and then, as night follows day, targeted for a
full-scale American land, sea, and air invasion in
1989 that was waged to capture him, bring him to
justice for his "crimes," and bestow the glories of
democracy on his suffering and tyrannized people. And
now in 1999 here were America and 18 other NATO
nations, with a population of 800 million people,
going off on another Armageddon-style manhunt against
yet another world class monster, Slobodan Milosevic,
the President of Yugoslavia, a nation of 12 million,
who somehow was never referred to as President
Milosevic but only, like an evil character out of
"Batman," as "Mr. Milosevic" or, for fans of "Rocky"
movies, shortened to just "Slobo."

Surely, I thought as I tried to watch CNN, I'm not the
only person who saw the movie "Wag the Dog" and could
recognize that what was happening was a re-enactment
of the very syndrome that the film portrayed - slick
Hollywood cinematography being used to fabricate the
image of kerchiefed women and children of Kosovo as
innocent, helpless victims of this Serbian vampire. As
days wore on I discovered a world of information on
about two dozen websites that blasted to shreds every
word of official "news" that the networks were
dutifully reporting about the war. Here were two
worlds of truth on two different screens and myself
fleeing in desperation from the melodramas
masquerading as news on the one screen and becoming an
admittedly fanatical searcher for hard facts and
documentation on the other.


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I want to share with you some of the sobering
discoveries about the Kosovo mission that I made in
doing all this website researching. First of all,
while it may seem pointless to beat a dead horse
considering that the war was over before a movement of
protest against it ever really got off the ground, the
fact is that our war to destroy Yugoslavia is far from
over and American occupation, American bases, and/or
American economic domination in Bosnia and Kosovo
could keep us involved with the fate of the "former"
Yugoslavia for decades to come. After all, we have
been in South Korea for 50 years.

I am tempted to call Iraq the Bush family's war and
Kosovo the Clinton & Gore war. Together these two wars
define the two men who have divided up the American
voting public. Both wars used bombs cased in depleted
uranium that has brought Gulf War syndrome [a.k.a.
Balkans Syndrome], cancer, leukemia, and untold other
suffering to the populations of the two countries.
Both wars involved saturation bombing of civilian
targets including power, water, and sewage facilities.
Both wars were waged on the pretext of rescuing women
and children from the hands of political leaders
portrayed as degenerates and sadists: in Iraq
followers of evil Saddam Hussein were said to have
marched into Kuwaiti maternity wards and ripped
thousands of infants right out of their hospital
incubators, while in Bosnia Serbian soldiers were said
(in all seriousness) to have committed between 50,000
and 100,000 rapes on the Slavic Muslim women and
girls. The Bosnian mass rape stigma helped mobilize
world opinion in favor of sanctions against fiendish
Serb followers of the evil Slobodan Milosevic, a
barbarian stigma that persists today as a rationale
for the occupation of Kosovo by NATO, bringer of peace
and civilization. Of course how a Bosnian Serb army of
less than 30,000 could have spent all that time raping
while still conducting other acts of persecution they
were accused of such as burning, looting, beating, and
uprooting a million people from their homes is a
question that was never answered, much less raised by
the Western media in their rush to proclaim Serb
"crimes" as the ultimate in horror.

One of the reasons why the wildest atrocity figures
were so widely believed was because of the success of
a former officer in the State Department's Latin
American division, William Walker, in staging for the
cameras the discovery of a mass "grave" (actually a
shallow ditch) with over forty Muslim bodies in the
town of Racak. Though proof resonated around the world
that the bodies must have been trucked in from another
location and hence were not shot in a mass execution
by "Milosevic's" hate-crazed Serbs the impression of
Milosevic as a mass murderer of 100,000 ethnic
Albanians endured even after international forensic
teams sent in after the war by the UN abandoned an
exhaustive search of Kosovo after being able to find
only 2,800 bodies, most of whom were assumed to be
victims of armed combat in which the dead had, after
all, been one of the aggressive parties. Walker's name
woke me up out of a deep sleep when I realized that
this was the very same Walker who had helped bring
world outrage against Noriega in Panama by
orchestrating mass demonstrations against him for the
CNN cameras and then personally confronting Noriega
with the choice of accepting a $2M payoff from the
American government or subject his country to a
full-scale invasion. Walker, who honed his trade of
subverting foreign governments under the best of them,
Col. Oliver North, in Nicaragua, has made a mark on
history with his Racak "massacre." Look for him to
show up in years to come in other countries, like
Russia, China, Korea, and Venezuela, over which the
United States has not yet assumed complete control.

Are the Serbs "genocidists?" How many today are aware
that in World War II the people of Serbia who've been
painted as racial persecutors of their country's
ethnic minorities, Albanians and Catholic Croatians,
were known as one of the bravest allies of the
American fight against Nazi fascism and racism in all
of Europe?

In fact, the Serbs organized the largest anti-Nazi
resistance movement in Europe. In 1941 as Hitler was
preparing "Operation Barbarossa" to invade the Soviet
Union, he marched through every country in eastern
Europe and the Balkans meeting absolutely no
resistance except in Poland, Greece, and Yugoslavia.
It was Serbia that posed the biggest problem because
unlike other parts of Yugoslavia such as Slovenia,
Bosnia, and Croatia, and Yugoslavia's neighboring
countries of Romania and Bulgaria, where Nazi puppet
governments set about slaughtering Serbs and sending
them to homegrown concentration camps, Serbia rose up
against their own acquiescent prince and refused to
bow down to the Wehrmacht's might. This so enraged
Hitler that he actually postponed his Russian invasion
for a month. Instead he unleashed "Operation
Punishment" on Serbia. Saturation bombing of the
capital city Belgrade killed 17,000 on the first
night. While Serbian resistance to the Germans
continued after the fall of Yugoslavia, Hitler's
timing was thrown off by a month, and the invasion of
Russia never got back on track. Instead the punishing
Russian winter took the toll of the German forces,
marking the beginning of the end for Hitler's Reich.

The Serbs lost 52 per cent of their adult male
population in World War I. In World War II one million
Serbs were killed in Holocaust type deaths in
concentration camps and other mass slayings alone.
700,000 others died from other causes related to the
war. You see, the Slavs of Serbia were on the Nazi hit
list that included Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the
elderly, the mentally and physically ill. These were
called "Untermenschen," a subhuman species not worthy
to breathe the same air as the superior Aryans, the
supermen, that inhabited German and other Western
European countries.

Could this Serb people, themselves historic victims of
racial persecution, be one and the same as the
population that Milosevic had supposedly brainwashed
into following him on a crusade to exterminate and
drive out two million ethnic Albanians from Kosovo?
Somehow, with the election in October of a successor
to Milosevic, Vojislav Kostunica, there has been a
shocking turnaround in the western media that once
portrayed the Serbs as rampaging genocidists. Now,
almost overnight, they have started being portrayed as
searchers for freedom and western-style democracy who
have thrown off the dictatorial yoke of Milosevic
after years of oppression. Now the theory's going
'round that there were only 200 or so hard-core
paramilitaries who were doing all the genocidal stuff.
The rest of the country simply stayed in the
background and let these 200 beasties get all the
world's headlines!

One has to marvel at the ease with which this supposed
dictator was dislodged from his stranglehold on power.
How could he have whipped the whole nation into a
frenzy of murderous racial hatred and kept them in his
iron grip for ten straight years and then in one
October week politely, if reluctantly, just stepped
aside when a challenger beat him in an election?
Dictators just aren't what they used to be anymore.
They go down without the waste of a single bullet.

Unfortunately, the melodramatic crusade the United
States has waged against the villainous Milosevic has
been the opposite of comedy. In fact it was just one
chapter in a miniature version of a World War III that
the Clinton administration has been waging all over
the globe under the banner of peacekeeping for the
past eight years. Under Clinton in those eight years
from 1992-1999 the United States military was engaged
in 45 "small-scale contingency" military operations.
By comparison, in the entire 45 years between 1945 and
1990 the United States was engaged in a total of just
16. (These figures are taken from "Why is U.S. Foreign
Policy Adrift," letter to The New York Times by
University of Cincinnati political scientist Robert J.
Harknett, March 12, 1999). In the four month period
from December 1998 to March 1999 alone, Clinton sent
bombing missions to Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, and
Yugoslavia. We are still conducting bombing missions
in Iraq, and are dispatching military forces in
anticipation of a war in Colombia. When they say the
Cold War is over, what they mean is that the era of
hot war is once again upon us, with the Yugoslavia
conflict and its 20 participating countries being the
hottest so far.

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The war in Yugoslavia was serious business. 20,000
tons of bombs were dropped by NATO planes, more
tonnage than the Nazis dropped in all of World War II.
There were 40,000 bombing sorties in 78 days. And yet
with all of that, maybe there is an element of the
comic in that we were able to destroy only 14 tanks
and 20 artillery guns! *

The toll on the Serbs was as follows:
2,500 Serbs killed by bombing including 2,000
2,000 Serbs murdered by Albanians (who were supported,
armed, and militarily protected by NATO troops);
250,000 Serbs were uprooted from Kosovo since the war
stopped and NATO stopped bombing in June, 1999.
There are only 20,000 Serbs left in Kosovo,
historically the cultural and historical shrine of the
Serbian people.
100 Eastern Orthodox churches were destroyed, 1,500
Serb towns, 67,000 Serb homes, 34 highway and bridges,
The 100,000 rounds of Depleted Uranium bombs that were
dropped are expected to leave an eventual toll of
10,000 deaths from cancer or leukemia.
Even if one were to accept the legally unfounded
concept of a unique U.S. or NATO right of humanitarian
intervention, one would search in vain for proof that
anything the Serbs did to the ethnic Albanian minority
of Yugoslavia could have warranted a 78 day
retaliation on this magnitude. After all, 200,000
ethnic Albanians continued to live in Belgrade
peacefully right through the bombing. 100,000 of them
had fled from the fighting and bombing in Kosovo but
where did they flee to? Belgrade, the capital city of
the Serbs who supposedly hated them and were bent on
ethnically cleansing them and putting them in mass
graves. The fact is, Milosevic, accused of lighting a
fire of Serbian nationalism that became a full-scale
campaign of ethnic extermination, was no nationalist
or racist against ethnic groups who were native to
Yugoslavia -- just a nationalist against the United
States, NATO, the I.M.F., and western financial and
military interests! These are the same western
interests that have succeeded in ousting him, with an
investment by the U.S. alone of $70M in grants to
opposition political parties, and print and broadcast
media. With American gunboats waiting offshore as a
threat to renew military operations in case voters
chose Milosevic, a new regime headed by the
American-financed candidate Kostunica was elected in
September, 2000. Already Kostunica has signaled that
he will repay his American backers by acceding to a
trial in a western puppet "court" for crimes of ethnic
persecution for former leader Milosevic, who as will
be shown actually stood for the opposite of ethnic and
racial exclusion, and whose sole crime was defending
the nation he was elected, twice, to lead.

Consider the fate of Slavic Serbia today in the hands
of its western masters -- and then go read Milosevic's
1989 speech commemorating the 500th anniversary of the
Serbian defeat by the Turks in the Battle of Kosovo.
According to NATO's propaganda this speech had been
used by Milosevic to rally fellow-Serbs in a war of
ethnic "cleansing" of Muslims in Kosovo and elsewhere
in Yugoslavia. But Milosevic's actual words do no such
thing. What he says is that Serbia's historic
acceptance of literally dozens of ethnic populations
is not its "disadvantage" but rather its "advantage"!
"Socialism," he says, "being a progressive and just
democratic society, should not allow people to be
divided in the national and religious respect.
Yugoslavia is a multinational community and it can
survive only under the conditions of full equality for
all nations that live in it. Equal and harmonious
relations among Yugoslav peoples are a necessary
condition for the existence of Yugoslavia." (Speech at
Kosovo Field, June 28, 1989, in commemoration of the
600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo: )

Where in this speech is the call for ethnic cleansing?
Ye mighty writers both right and left who have gloried
in the downfall of this so-called racist dictator:
have you ever read the actual words of this notorious
address? If so, where is the hate speech? Where
exactly is the beef?

And why didn't this alleged racist "war criminal" use
the race card in his campaign for President last fall?
How is it that not one word of hatred for ethnic
Albanians was ever reported said by Milosevic during
that campaign? America paid out $70 million to
Milosevic's opponents to make fist posters and radio
commercials calling Milosevic a dictator, but not one
American newspaper printed what the man actually said
in his own election speeches last September.

Here in Wisconsin, though, let's hear this rabid war
criminal in his own "hateful" words. What is it
exactly that he calls on the Serbian people to stand
up against and fight? Is it Albanians, Croats, or
Kosovars? No, it's colonialism by the western powers
and the threat of colonialism and Americanization to
the very existence of the Serbs as a people - and to
Yugoslavia as a nation with its own cultural

"The (western powers) want this to be a zone of
permanent conflicts and wars which would provide them
with an alibi for their lasting presence . . .
Countries under foreign command relatively quickly
part with their history, their past, their tradition,
their national symbols, their way of living, their own
literary language. Invisible at first but very
efficient and merciless selection of national identity
would reduce it to a few local dishes, a few songs and
folk dances, the names of national heroes used as
brand names for food products or cosmetics. One of the
really obvious consequences of the takeover of
territories of countries by the big powers in the 20th
century is the annihilation of the identity of the
people of those countries. People can hardly come to
terms with the speed with which they are starting to
use a foreign language as their own, to identify with
foreign historic figures forgetting their own, to
glorify the history of others while mocking their own,
to resemble others instead of themselves."
(Milosevic's Speech to the Nation, October 2, 2000: )

At one time, Yugoslavia consisted of six areas that
became republics after World War I- Serbia, Croatia,
Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, and
Macedonia. Yugoslavia is now reduced to just two,
Serbia and Montenegro, with Montenegro readying a bolt
for independence as the clock ticks. At one time,
Josip Broz Tito, the postwar Croatian-born leader,
upheld the idea that all 26 ethnicities residing in
the Yugoslav republics, would live according to the
principles of "Brotherhood & Unity." Rather than
concentrate all Serbs in Serbia proper, Tito ensured
that large numbers of Serbs would stay a minority in
all of Serbia's sister republics. Throughout
Yugoslavia, however, each of the 26 ethnicities was
allowed to have newspapers published and schools
conducted in their own language; starting with the
Milosevic era in the 1990's the Yugoslav parliament
has had 20 political parties spanning all of these
varied ethnic populations (more political parties than
in any other parliament in Europe); and intermarriage
between the different ethnic peoples was legendary in
Yugoslavia. Nonetheless all this effort at
multi-ethnic amity fell apart when in the early 1980's
the International Monetary Fund demanded as a
condition of loan repayments to international
investors that Yugoslavia begin to eliminate
unprofitable industries, reduce social services and
welfare benefits, and allow western companies to
invest and replace local Yugoslav businesses, many
traditionally run by the state.

Efforts to comply with these loan terms resulted in a
freeze on wages, food prices rising 50 per cent, 1100
companies closing, and two million (25 percent of the
work force) unemployed. In these conditions
brotherhood and unity fell apart as each of the ethnic
groups vied with others for jobs and each of the
republics began to break away from the
sister-republics in defense of their own ethnic

In 1990, the U.S. fueled the growing conflicts by
passing the Foreign Operations Appropriations Law
ordering that any part of Yugoslavia failing to hold
elections independently and without Yugoslav federal
government oversight (in other words, declaring their
independence) within six months would lose American
financial support. And in 1992, with Ambassador to
Yugoslavia Warren Zimmerman giving interviews
proclaiming America's objective to break up the
Yugoslav federation of republics into independent
states, the U.S. imposed a freeze on all trade to and
from Yugoslavia. David Fennario of The Montreal
Gazette (5/30/99) accused the I.M.F. of creating the
chaos in Yugoslavia by demanding that money stop going
into social programs and instead go to pay off western
investors who were demanding profits. "I.M.F.
policies, backed by NATO," said Fennario, "are the
root cause of the Balkan crisis."

In addition to debt repayment, and putting a permanent
American military base in a country that until
"Operation Allied Force" in 1999 had been the only
country in Europe to not have one, there are other
motives for America to move militarily on Yugoslavia.
One big motive was the takeover of Yugoslavia's
precious Trepca mines. There are profits to be made
from the armaments, bombs, and planes used in
Yugoslavia plus profits to be made from reconstruction
of bridges and other new and old infrastructure. There
are profits to be made by American investors in
western companies that will replace Yugoslavia's own
state and private concerns in every sector of the
economy from telecommunications and cars to beer and
fast foods. There are untold riches to be reaped by
American oil companies from the soon-to-be constructed
oil pipeline from Central Asia that will go right
through Kosovo. There is money to be made by the
organized crime syndicates of Albania who have turned
Kosovo into a haven for drug trafficking,
prostitution, and other criminal activity.

And finally, there is the all-important vanquishing of
Yugoslavia's stubborn resistance to Western pressure
to abandon its brand of independent socialism and
uniquely "mixed" economy for the market system.

What has just been described is the classic definition
of colonialism. Even if we use UN or European
surrogates to administer them, or turn them over to
lavishly financed, hand-picked puppet leaders, what we
have shown in Bosnia and Kosovo is that the U.S.
military is willing and able to seize foreign
territories in the manner of a conquering colonial
power. Martin Luther King in 1967 made a speech
entitled "A Time to Break the Silence" in which he
warned that America was going in the direction of
becoming a feared and hated colonial power in Vietnam
and elsewhere around the globe:

"We have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. Our
minimal expectation is to occupy it as an American
colony and maintain social stability for our
investments. This tells why American helicopters are
being used against guerrillas in Colombia and Peru.
Increasingly the role our nation has taken is the role
of those who refuse to give up the privileges and
pleasures that come from the immense profits of
overseas investment."

Just a few weeks ago Bill Clinton showed that the
lessons King wanted us to learn from Vietnam have been
forgotten and that from now on that war should simply
be considered a tragedy in which there is no right and
wrong, just unfortunate losses of life on both sides.
In his visit to Vietnam Clinton even excused President
Lyndon Johnson who'd been driven from office by an
aroused peace movement. Clinton said "Johnson did what
he thought was right," that the United States does not
owe Vietnam an apology for its involvement in the war,
and that no one should say the 58,000 Americans and
the 3 million Vietnamese who were killed lost their
lives in vain. "People fight honorably for what they
believe in and they lose their lives. No one has a
right to say that those lives were wasted."

Bill Clinton will become known through history as the
President who refused when he had the chance to do so
to apologize for Vietnam, and also for being open and
above board about the true purpose of making these
endless foreign wars: keeping things peaceful and
stable for investors to make profits. Here is how he
described the rationale for the war in Kosovo: "If
we're going to have a strong economic relationship
that includes our ability to sell around the world,
Europe has got to be the key, . . . . and that's what
this Kosovo thing is all about." (Address to the
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal
Employees Biennial Convention, Washington, DC, March
23, 1999: )

Yes Mr. Clinton, wars that kill women and children and
hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings are
simply "the cost of doing business," a cost that must
be paid without feeling any need for apology.

We have just experienced an election in which the
pro-military stance of the major candidates and their
running mates symbolized the new acceptability of war
-- i.e. wars of the new cowardly kind that rely on
acts of terror such as carpet bombings and torture
that expressly target noncombatants such as women and
children. Both Gore and Bush supported a military
budget in the area of $290 billion. Both Gore and Bush
stated they supported military actions in Grenada,
Panama, Iraq, Somalia, and Bosnia. Gore was one of
only 10 Democrats to vote with Republicans to aid the
Contra counter-revolutionaries in Nicaragua in 1986.
Joseph Lieberman was co-author of the Kosovo Self
Defense Act, authorizing $25 million to arm and
support the terroristic, drug-running Kosovo
Liberation Army. As Bush the Elder's Defense Secretary
Richard Cheney presided over "Operation Just Cause" in
Panama that killed four or five thousand poor
Panamanians who had the misfortune to live in slums
that surrounded the military headquarters of General
Noriega and presided over the annihilation of 125,000
Iraqi men, women, & children including 113,000
civilians in "Operation Desert Storm." Ralph Nader,
while not in the camp of those supporting these wars,
wrote 69 weekly columns from the start of the bombing
in Yugoslavia in March, 1999 up through last summer
yet never saw any need even to mention the war in
Yugoslavia, which only happened to be the biggest
military operation in Europe since World War II!
Buchanan who posed as an opponent of the war in
Yugoslavia and other "interventions" nonetheless in
his 1999 campaign-year book defended all previous
American interventions such as Vietnam, had served on
the Reagan administration's Council for Inter-American
Security which had responsibility for overseeing the
American-armed Contra saboteurs and death squads in
Nicaragua, and wrote the infamous Reagan speech at the
cemetery honoring the inventors of the blitzkrieg --
those supreme interventionists -- the Nazi storm
troops, the SS, at Bitburg, Germany.

In 1973 Congress passed the War Powers Act requiring
that any foreign act of war by American Presidents be
ratified by a formal Congressional Declaration of War
within 60 days. The House of Representatives in April
1999 voted by 213 to 213 to deny approval for
extending the operations in Kosovo, one of the
strongest assertions of Congressional prerogative over
warmaking in my lifetime. With that vote members of
the House including Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Madison
honored the memory of the Vietnam generation and its
intention to control wars made by runaway Presidents
issuing executive orders (Clinton issued 279 of them)
without even consulting Congress.

Let's just see what it means when rulers like Clinton
throw out the U.S. constitution's requirement that
Congress make wars, throw out the Geneva Convention,
the Hague Convention, the United Nations Charter,
NATO's charter limiting its military actions to
defense of member nations, the Nuremberg Principles,
the Helsinki Accords, etc.

It means that NATO commander Wesley Clark can openly
boast of using air war to "demolish, destroy,
devastate, degrade and ultimately eliminate the
infrastructure of Yugoslavia" in order to terrorize
the population into acquiescence in a NATO takeover of
the national government and economy. It means that
V.P. candidate Joseph Lieberman can blithely shrug off
questions about bombing non-military targets such as
water supply and power stations because, after all,
"we're trying to break the will of the Serbian people
so they will force their leader to . . . order the
troops out of Kosovo." And it means, as Nobel Prize
winning Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn said,
that there is "no difference in the behaviour of NATO
and of Hitler. NATO wants to erect its own order in
the world and it needs Yugoslavia simply as an
example. We'll punish Yugoslavia and the whole rest of
the planet will tremble."

It would be comforting, said columnist Charlie Reese
of The Orlando Sentinel, "to imagine that one day the
American people will elect to public office men and
women who make clear to the world that we do not make
war on women and children. So long as the victims are
'the other' -- foreigners -- most Americans don't seem
to give a flip what is done to them."

And what of women and children and other civilians at
the hands of these Americans who are supposedly in
Kosovo to save the Albanian population in that
province from ethnic persecution and violence, from
rape, murder, and arson of their homes? In September
of this year Time Magazine reported on the sentencing
of Sgt. Frank Ronghi to a life sentence for rape and
murder of an eleven year old ethnic Albanian girl in
Kosovo. In all nine soldiers from the elite 82nd
Airborne Division (five enlisted men and four
officers) received punishments that other than
Ronghi's consisted of reductions in rank, fines, etc.
for having committed acts of gross intimidation
against Albanians of Kosovo that this fighting
division was obviously having trouble learning to
protect and safeguard from supposed violence.
"Soldiers would spit on locals, push them on the
streets, poke the women with sticks, and generally act
like barbarians. A group of four U.S. soldiers
including Ronghi assaulted several females, touched
some of the females' hair, grabbed their buttocks and
their body parts, and spoke to them in a seductive
manner. One soldier later confided to investigators
that he groped the women 'just to get a cheap thrill.'
The soldiers stopped women between the age of 15 and
25 on the sidewalks and then handcuffed their husbands
or fathers, boyfriends, or brothers who came to their
aid. Then they would slap the cuffed men and punch
them in their groins. They would also grab people who
were watching what was going on, handcuff them, and
hit them also. Locals including women and children
would be ordered to lay on the ground for up to a
half-hour in sub freezing weather. Guns were trained
on them by GIs and any questions would be met with a
firm combat boot on the back, applying steady
pressure." (How US 'Peacekeeping' Became a Reign of
Terror A new report by the Army tells a horrifying
tale of brutality and abuse by American occupiers by
Mark Thompson, Time, September 20, 2000:,8599,55375,00.html )

Violence against women is not limited to American
occupying forces. In June 1999, for example, The New
York Post reported that the Kosovo Albanian military
rebels had desecrated and robbed a Serbian orthodox
church at Devic, including the altar and icons, and "a
24 year old nun was taken to a back room and raped."

Before turning this program over to Greg Elich, I want
to suggest that as you view his unique photos you keep
in mind these words of warning from Martin Luther King
in his 1967 speech, for what he said about Americans
being degraded by the experience of Vietnam has come
to describe prophetically our current situation as a
feared colonial super-power in the world today:

"Now the Vietnamese languish under our bombs and
consider us the real enemy. They move sadly and
apathetically as we herd them off the land of their
fathers into concentration camps where minimal social
needs are rarely met. They know they must move or be
destroyed by our bombs. So they go -- primarily women
and children and the aged. They watch as we poison
their water, as we kill a million acres of their
crops. They must weep as the bulldozers roar through
their areas preparing to destroy the precious trees.
They wander into the hospitals, with at least twenty
casualties from American firepower for one Vietcong
inflicted injury. So far we may have killed a million
of them, mostly children. They wander into the towns
and see thousands of the children, homeless, without
clothes, running in packs on the streets like animals.
They see the children, degraded by our soldiers as
they beg for food. They see the children selling their
sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers.
. . What do they think as we test our latest weapons
on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine
and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe?
. . We have destroyed their two most cherished
institutions: the family and the village. We have
destroyed their land and their crops. . . We have
corrupted their women and children and killed their
men. . . . We are at a moment when our lives must be
placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own
folly. Every man of humane conviction must decide on
the protest that best suits his convictions, but we
must all protest. The war in Vietnam is but a symptom
of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and
if we ignore this sobering reality we will find
ourselves organizing concerned committees for the next
--Martin Luther King Jr.
("A Time to Break the Silence," Riverside Church, New
York City, April 4, 1967. )

* Author's note (01/01/01): Inflating the scale of
destruction of enemy military targets has been the
trend throughout the 90's in American Defense
Department war information under the elder Bush as
well as Clinton. In a 1992 New York Times Op-Ed
entitled "Operation Desert Sham," Mark Crispin Miller
noted that by the end of the Persian Gulf War U.S.
commander Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf was making the
mathematically absurd boast of having knocked out 81
out of the 50 Iraqi Scud missiles whose destruction he
had declared at the beginning of the war would be the
goal of American intervention! As Miller showed, not
only had Schwarzkopf claimed destruction of a far
greater number of missiles than Iraq had actually been
accused of having, but in the end "U.S. forces (had
not destroyed) a single mobile launcher, and hence . .
. no missiles were destroyed by allied bombing during
the war" (New York Times Op-Ed, June 24, 1992). Taken
together the wars against Iraq and Serbia were
distinguished by American avoidance of direct
engagement of enemy military forces and the
substitution instead of terror-war against civilian

Afterword - January 1, 2001

The Madison, Wisconsin speech was delivered before the
outcome of the Presidential election had been
determined. The election of George W. Bush and the
emergence of his designated Secretary of State Colin
Powell (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the
brutal 1989 invasion of Panama and 1991's Operation
Desert Storm) as a supporter of continuing America's
enforcement of inhuman sanctions against Iraq show
that the era of colonial warmaking by American
Presidents without formal declaration by Congress will
continue. While the European Army, or Euroarmy, is
being sold to people of Europe who opposed NATO in
Yugoslavia as a European alternative to U.S. intrusion
on the continent, what's more likely is that it would
act as surrogate or agent, masking ultimate control of
the occupied countries by the U.S. and its
International Monetary Fund-World Bank financing
powers. Even if Europe takes over for U.S. occupying
forces in Yugoslavia in conformance with rumored goals
of the new Bush administration, the pattern will have
been established of European ground forces securing
territory won by undeclared American air operations
that, because of non-involvement of ground troops,
will not be perceived by the public in this country as
"wars." Hence a priority for opponents of American
pursuit of global dominance who consider themselves
"antiwar" should be to press for labeling of American
air bombing operations as acts of war requiring
adherence to the 1973 War Powers Act. Reaffirmation of
the Constitution's vesting of war-making power in the
Congress rather than the executive branch is needed
for Americans to have any brake at all on a government
of, by, and for the multinational corporations
terror-bombing its way to World Empire. As George II
prepares to pick up where George I left off in Iraq,
and to squirrel American corporations into niches of
opportunity left open by William I's flattening of the
once-independent economy of the formerly socialist
Yugoslavia, can there be anything of greater priority
than enforcement of the Constitution's restrictions
against a President acting like an emperor? If only on
this point of constitutional strict constructionism I
will have to agree with Cato Institute writer Gene
Healy's warning against the trend of the Clinton years
towards an "Imperial Presidency,"

"The president has repeatedly usurped the
congressional war power. In Haiti, Iraq, Sudan, and
Bosnia, the Clinton administration displayed its
contempt for the constitutional process and asserted a
unilateral power to wage war without congressional
approval. The most flagrant example was the 78 day air
war conducted against Serbia in 1999 despite
Congress's adamant refusal to approve the action. As
we approach the end of President Clinton's second
term, the imperial presidency is as unconstrained and
as menacing as it has been at any time since the
Vietnam War. Bold congressional action is needed to
reclaim legislative authority over the war power."
("Arrogance of Power Reborn: The Imperial Presidency
and Foreign Policy in the Clinton Years," Cato Policy
Analysis No. 389. December 13, 2000, )

Geoff Berne is an Ohio writer known for his
opposition to American policy in Yugoslavia. In June,
1999 he sponsored a forum with British Labour Party
dissident and NATO critic Tony Benn and later
co-organized a protest against a visit to Cincinnati
by Bill Clinton. Berne is a former university English
teacher and advocate-promoter for America's
traditional and ethnic music. Previous posted writings
on Balkans-related subjects include: "Yugoslavia: A
Holocaust Denied," "Belligerent Buchanan Pleads for
Peace," "In the Information War, A Victory for Peace,"
and "Boycotting the Election for Emperor."

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Topic starter, January 08, 2001
NATO´s Poisoned Arrow by Raimondo

ANTIWAR, Monday, January 8, 2001

Behind the Headlines by Justin Raimondo

NATO´s Poisoned Arrow

The consequences of the Kosovo war continue to rain down on the heads of US policymakers - and those charged with carrying out those policies,
namely US troops in the field. With the KLA´s UN-backed reign of terror in Kosovo, heightened tensions spreading outward to Macedonia, and US/NATO
troops increasingly caught in the crossfire between warring factions, the delicate Balkan fabric continually threatens to unravel. Now comes the news
that, in the effort to "liberate" the Balkans, and stop alleged ethnic "cleansing," the NATO-crats have poisoned the entire region. The bombardment of
Bosnia, Kosovo, and much of Serbia with depleted-uranium (DU) weaponry - used in Iraq during the Gulf war - has apparently contaminated large
swathes of land, which are now for all intents and purposes practically uninhabitable, at least by the health standards we are used to here in the West.
According to the New York Times, the United Nations team sent in to measure the effects of DU on the "liberated" people of Kosovo reports that

"´We found some radiation in the middle of villages where children were playing,´ said Mr. Haavisto, a former environment minister of Finland who headed
the United Nations inquiry in Kosovo. ´We were surprised to find this a year and a half later. People had collected ammunition shards as souvenirs and
there were cows grazing in contaminated areas, which means the contaminated dust can get into the milk.´"


More than a dozen European veterans of the Kosovo war, fighting on the NATO side, have died of leukemia, and more are ill. Death appears to be among
the health consequences for the "victors" of their "victory." The proud "democracies" rained their spears on Belgrade in the name of humanity, declaring
that theirs was a "humanitarian intervention," a felicitous phrase invented by the news anchors at CNN and echoed around the world. Who could have
known that their spears were dipped in poison? As a metaphor for the consequences of our recklessly interventionist policy in the Balkans, one could
not have found a better one than a mass poisoning.


Actually, this story has been percolating for years and finally broke through to the surface back in March 2000, when the UN task force wrote to
secretary general Kofi Annan and warned that the sites of around 100 NATO targets were dangerously contaminated. As I wrote in a column at the time:

"With a half-life of 4.5 billion years, twice as dense as lead, depleted uranium is radioactive and ultra-toxic. The San Francisco Examiner, which broke
the story, informs us that "depleted uranium burns when it hits a target, contaminating the tank and the surrounding area." Depleted uranium - the
napalm of America´s post-millennial Vietnam."


The monstrous effects of DU are nothing new to regular readers of, who are always ahead of the curve: from Iraq to the former Yugoslavia,
we have covered this issue from the beginning. But there was no real public outcry: the story remained well beneath the media´s radar screen, in spite of
increasing evidence that linked DU to the so-called Gulf War Syndrome. But that was back in the bad old days before any sign of leukemia or cancer in
a single European soldier was detected. The announcement of the UN task force that 8 out of 11 sites sampled needed to be decontaminated "seems
certain," writes Marlise Simons in the Times, "to fan a rapidly spreading sense of fury and panic across Europe about the well-being of soldiers sent to
serve in the Balkans."


It is almost incredible that the US and its allied governments to this day refuse to acknowledge the horrendous effects of DU on their own military
personnel, as well as innocent civilians, and continue to deny its link to Gulf War Syndrome. As the soldiers of Belgium, England, France, Spain, Italy,
Hungary, etc., fall ill and die from the effects of NATO´s DU-bombing, the power of the poison metaphor becomes even more appallingly apparent: we
have poisoned not only our enemies but also ourselves, our own sons and daughters, who are dropping like flies in the face of official denials. But these
denials ring hollow, as the relatives and loved ones of the poisoned soldiers cry out for justice. They ring especially hollow when even official military
publications detailing the handling and use of DU emphasize the dangers posed to anyone who comes in contact with it.


For years, everyone ignored the horror stories coming out of Iraqi hospitals: birth defects that seemed to mirror the demonic power of the
Anglo-American assault. In an article posted here, Raed Battah, part of a "Voices in the Wilderness" delegation to Iraq, described a visit to a hospital,
where he saw the horrific effects of DU on Iraqi civilians:

"One of the more pleasant side effects of DU exposure is the high instances of congenital birth defects among Gulf War Veterans, both Iraqi and
Coalition. These defects include babies born with no heads, no genitals, no faces, limbs grown together, webbed feet, and stunted limbs. At the Basra
Children´s Maternity Hospital, Dr. Jinan Galeb Hassan showed me and other ´Voices´ delegates album after album of horrifying deformities."


But such atrocities occurring in the Third World are hardly sufficient to awaken the Western conscience: there is, after all, an embargo against all
information coming out of Iraq, in tandem with the economic blockade, and so the information was summarily dismissed as propaganda by Western
news agencies and ignored. But now that these same allegations are coming out in the Western European media - that DU has caused and is causing
incredible damage to a whole generation of soldiers and millions of noncombatants - the dangers of DU have been suddenly "discovered."


Better late than never, but it is instructive to note that no one is raising the same amount of concern for the biggest victims of the NATO poisoners - the
people of the former Yugoslavia, especially in Serbia proper, where the sheer volume of the NATO bombardment hit hardest. What will be the health
consequences for these innocent civilians - and has anyone told Carla del Ponte, the chief inquisitor of the International Tribunal investigating war crimes
in the Balkans, about this? Perhaps the mass poisoning of an entire people will be enough to divert Her Honor away from her exclusive obsession with
proving alleged Serbian war crimes, although I doubt it.


In signaling what we might expect from the incoming President, Dubya´s foreign policy advisors have given the impression that they intend to start
withdrawing troops, slowly but surely, over the next four years. The news that Bill Clinton poisoned not only Kosovo but also large sections of Bosnia
with DU, causing long-term and possibly fatal consequences for the occupiers as well as the occupied, gives Dubya every reason to speed up the
withdrawal process considerably - from four years to four days. If the new President knows what´s good for him, he´ll hightail it out of Kosovo and
environs but fast, or face the righteous anger of the same veterans groups that once supported him.


How long must we all pay for Bill Clinton´s sins? That is the question that must be put to anyone who now continues to believe that we ought to maintain
a military presence for one more week in the poisoned lands of the Balkans.

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it's all too much....too much...too much.....
i dont understand why something like DU would have
been inflicted on ANYONE in the first place. i'm
_not_ disagreeing. it makes me sick.

godDAMNit! i'm _not_ the only person reading this
material, i just _cant_ be the only one reading

please, someone, ANYONE, SAY SOMETHING!

will you ever make it back to your home,

"i didnt know"....every bit as _useless_ a
statement as "i'm so sorry".

i didnt know.
i'm so sorry.

yeah yeah BLAH [EXPLETIVE] BLAH let's drink beer
and watch the playoffs this weekend!! super bowl
coming soon!!
yee-HAW! -_-

and if i tell everyone i know i'm ashamed to be
american they wont know what i'm talking about.

were these the good intentions which paved the
road to hell?
dont you EVEN think i'm serious.
i didnt realize the older i got the _WORSE_ it
would all seem.

this is where i was born and i've been made to be
_ashamed_ of the land where i was born

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I see 300 graves that could bear the
headstone: 'Died of depleted uranium'

Robert Fisk in Bratunac, Eastern Bosnia

13 January 2001

The cemetery is dark, the evening rain sluicing down the black
marble gravestones. But when Nikola Zelenovic says, offhand,
as if it is the most normal thing in the world, that almost all the
graves I can see from one end of the cemetery to the houses
in the other corner belong to cancer victims from Hadjici, it is
as if a plague has fallen on these people.

Up to 300 out of 5,000 Serb refugees whose suburb of
Sarajevo was heavily bombed by Nato jets in the late summer
of 1995 have died of cancer.

"This is my grandfather Djoko," Nikola says. "He worked in the
military repair factory, and died last year. We all thought it must
be cancer from the bombs." Behind Djoko's grave is that of
Slavica Korkotovic. She, too, died of cancer last year, and a
photograph of a very pretty woman is encased under glass on
her gravestone. "She was only 35, and had two children,"
Nikola says. And as we go on past the graves, past old Dejan
Elcic, who died of cancer aged 65, and the young men who
also worked with Djoko in the Hadjici factory, the rain now
thundering across the piles of plastic flowers behind each
tombstone, one thought springs to mind: it will be difficult for
Nato to get away with this one.

All the surviving refugees of Hadjici – most of them fled to
Bratunac on the Drina river in the months after the bombings –
believe that the cancers and leukaemias that have affected
this population were caused because the American A-10
bombers which struck their factories were firing depleted
uranium rounds.

Djoko Zelenovic's story tells it all in horrifying detail. His son
Nedeljko remembers the day when his father went to work in
the factory, scarcely an hour before the Nato jets arrived.
"When the first bombs hit, part of the wall fell on my father," he
says. "And you've got to remember at the time he had no
illness at all – he started becoming ill at the beginning of
January last year. In March of 2000 we sent him to a clinic in
Belgrade, and they found he had lung cancer, with the cancer
covering a 15cm circle on his left lung. He was on
chemotherapy but it did no good, and the cancer moved to the
right lung, and he died on 30 May last year.

"You have to understand that my father was aware of depleted
uranium, and we had talked to doctors about it.

"Just before he died, I spoke to him. And he said to me, 'I think
that everything is because of what happened to the factory in

And here is the point. Twelve men were in that room with
Djoko, and nine had already died of cancer before him.
Nedeljko remembers them all.

"There was Jovovic – he died of bone cancer last summer.
Then there was Drago Vujovic. He died four months ago with
cancer. Then there was Vule Banduka who also died last
summer. That's why my father said to me that he was the only
one left and he was bound to die, because all the others had."

A few streets away from the Zelenovic family lives Darko
Radic. He was next to the factory when the first American jets
bombed that summer. "My father and mother were both in the
house with me. My wife, Diana, had just had our first daughter.
I went outside and picked up a piece of shrapnel and it had an
awful smell, like a dead animal. It was so bad, I was vomiting
in the street, imagine, I just threw up because of the smell of a
bit of a bomb. All that night, after it was hit, the factory glowed
as if someone was putting phosphorous on it."

Then the tragedy began. First it was his mother, Liljana, who
at 46 had never had a health problem. Three years ago, they
found she had a brain tumour.

"My father, Radko, was only 57, and my mother was just 46,"
Darko says. "My father ran a small coffee shop near the
factory, and he was always in the best of health. Just three
months ago he was told he had cancer. I buried him three
weeks ago in the cemetery up the road.

"Every week, we have a funeral here. My dad was one of the
last to die, but the next will be Bozo Tomic, who has two small
children. He is dying in a neighbouring house."

You don't have to go far for the tragedy of the people of Hadjici
to continue. Sladjena Sarenac was six at the time of the
bombings, and her father, Jobo, found her playing with pieces
of the broken munitions in a bomb crater behind the house.
"She took some of the bits of shrapnel into the house later,"
one of her friends told me. "After a while, under her nails, there
was a kind of yellow sand and then Sladjena's nails started to
fall out. She was complaining about pains in the back,
shoulders and head. She was taken to hospital, first in
Hadjici, and for two nights received blood transfusions. At the
end of 1995 she was diagnosed as having in some way been
irradiated. Two years ago she fell into a coma for 30 hours."

Local journalists believe that up to 400 men, women and
children from Hadjici have died, about 300 of them from
cancer or leukaemia. The town's little cemetery seems to bear
powerful proof of this. As a local doctor told me last night: "As
the Hadjici people in Bratunac grow fewer in number, as
families move around Bosnia, the number of deaths among
the decreasing population is going up."


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Mark Steel: Watch out! America's
unleashing its depleted imagination


Now, supposedly, we live in a new world, without evil empires,
requiring a new post-Cold War propaganda. We're supposed
to believe the West rules by friendliness.

Up to now this has been the American and British way of
dealing with the worries about depleted uranium. We would
never land anything that was dangerous on a place we were
trying to protect. There's probably a training film warning
soldiers that, if they get any on their hands, they ought to give
them a jolly good wipe with a J-Cloth before handling
vegetables. Perhaps they show a film of George Robertson
proving how safe it is by feeding a depleted-uranium burger to
his daughter.

But just as before, they knew all along they were bluffing. For
example, I don't suppose that, when Tony Blair felt something
land on his back, he thought: "I do hope that's only depleted
uranium and not a bloomin' tomato, as those things can be an
absolute swine to wash out."

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Mark Steel: Watch out! America's
unleashing its depleted imagination

'There's probably a film warning soldiers to
give their hands a wipe if they touch
depleted uranium'

11 January 2001

The trick with propaganda is to make it look neutral and
scientific. At school we were once shown a film about nuclear
power in which a chirpy narrator chuckled that radiation is "all
around us – in the air, on televisions. Everywhere". I can't
remember exactly, but I think there followed the voice of an old
woman saying "but I heard it might be dangerous" and the
narrator replying "huh huh, you know, even the bomb dropped
on Hiroshima contained less radiation than the average tin of
shoe polish".

That way, propaganda can be one of those things, like police
corruption, that is often assumed to have been dreadful 20
years ago but doesn't happen any more. So we can shake our
heads at the way black people used to be portrayed in
Hollywood, when they were only allowed to be maids with
lines like "Oh there you go again Miss Sophie, offering us
freedom an' equality an' all. Why, us simple but cheerful negro
folk ain't got time to go a-votin' and a-ridin' in streetcars, we's
too busy cookin' and playin' the trumpet".

But today's Hollywood is just as ideological, as America
pretends it's always been fanatical about civil rights. So in The
Patriot, set in the American War of Independence, and even in
Spielberg's Amistad, white America is liberal and lovely and
appalled that discrimination could take place. Which makes
you wonder who organised all that slavery. There must have
been one un-enlightened plantation owner, before the FBI
arrested him and placed him on a race-awareness course.

We can laugh at the Cold War mania of The Green Berets or
Rocky pummelling a Russian. But Hollywood has just
released a film called Thirteen Days, about the 1962 Cuban
missile crisis, described by critics as "145 minutes of
Kennedy hero-worship" and "hideously inaccurate." One of the
reasons is that Fidel Castro isn't mentioned at all.

This is a new twist to Hollywood propaganda. No longer is the
opposition evil and cowardly; it doesn't exist. In the remake of
The Great Escape, the Steve McQueen character will
announce his plan for a tunnel, and the others will say: "Well,
seeing there are no Germans, we could just walk out the

Which is a shame, because a film about America's real
behaviour during the crisis would make fine entertainment.
Their attitude could be summarised by the CIA file that stated
"Che Guevara is fairly intellectual for a Latino". Unlike
Americans, of course, who are all geniuses like Ronald
Reagan and George W Bush and would never believe in
anything unintellectual such as creationism or astrology or
WWF wrestling.

The head of Cuban state security documented 612 plots by
the Americans against Castro, including exploding sea-shells,
powder to make his beard fall out and giving him a present of
a poisoned diving suit. Which makes you wonder whether
American foreign policy was directed by the wily coyote, under
the impression that Castro was the road runner.

All this, including the farcical invasion of the Bay of Pigs, took
place with Kennedy's blessing. Then, during the "13 days" of
the crisis, the British ambassador, David Ormsby Gore, went
for dinner with the Kennedys, later saying: "Jackie felt that the
President needed a relaxed evening, so talk of Cuba or
missiles was taboo."

So as the world tottered on the verge of annihilation, he
couldn't discuss the matter because his wife had said: "All I've
heard from you is Cuba Cuba Cuba all week long. Well you're
not spoiling dinner with your silly missiles. Men, honestly."

And while America went berserk about Russian missiles
aimed at American cities, they had missiles in Italy and Turkey
aimed at Russian cities. Although these could only produce
American fallout which, as we know from the information films
is no more harmful than a spring onion. But none of that will
be portrayed in the new film. Instead we'll probably see
Khrushchev helping Kennedy to search for the missiles, which
have been sent to Cuba by a typhoon manufactured in an
underground cave by Saddam Hussein, who is heroically
captured by Martin Luther King.

Now, supposedly, we live in a new world, without evil empires,
requiring a new post-Cold War propaganda. We're supposed
to believe the West rules by friendliness.

Up to now this has been the American and British way of
dealing with the worries about depleted uranium. We would
never land anything that was dangerous on a place we were
trying to protect. There's probably a training film warning
soldiers that, if they get any on their hands, they ought to give
them a jolly good wipe with a J-Cloth before handling
vegetables. Perhaps they show a film of George Robertson
proving how safe it is by feeding a depleted-uranium burger to
his daughter.

But just as before, they knew all along they were bluffing. For
example, I don't suppose that, when Tony Blair felt something
land on his back, he thought: "I do hope that's only depleted
uranium and not a bloomin' tomato, as those things can be an
absolute swine to wash out."

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Toxic byproduct of fighting in Kosovo
Warning: Concerns raised by Philip Berrigan about radioactive ammunition are
echoing in Europe.

By Carl Schoettler

Originally published Jan 14 2001

Carl Schoettler is a feature writer for The Sun.

THE BIBLICAL OBSERVATION about the prophet without honor in his
own country has taken a sadly ironic turn for Philip F. Berrigan, Baltimore's
immutable peace activist.

Berrigan remains locked in a Maryland prison for protesting the use of
depleted-uranium ammunition by American and NATO troops during the war
in Kosovo.

But last week health fears surged across Europe about possible
depleted-uranium-caused cancers among soldiers serving as peacekeepers in

Leaders of a half-dozen European countries demanded inquiries into the
potential for cancer among their soldiers exposed to dust or debris from
radioactive depleted-uranium anti-tank projectiles.

The 15-member European Union reacted by ordering an investigation by its
own scientists of unexplained disease and deaths among Balkan peacekeepers.

NATO members Germany and Italy urged a moratorium on the use of
depleted-uranium ammunition until the cancer-causing potential of the weapons
is studied. Portugal sent government leaders to meet with Portuguese troops in

The French press agency reported that Italy had 18 suspected cases of
"Balkan Syndrome" cancers, with eight deaths, among soldiers returned from
Kosovo. The Portuguese press reported two deaths among five cases of
cancer contracted by Balkans veterans.

Agence France-Presse said five Belgian soldiers, two Dutch, two Spanish and
a Czech died after tours in the Balkans. Four French and four Belgian veterans
have been diagnosed with leukemia.

The presidents of Poland and Ukraine, which operate a joint battalion of 1,700
troops, head for Kosovo on Tuesday.

Berrigan, 76, and three others from the Plowshares movement were sent to jail
last March after they were charged with trespassing on the Air National Guard
Base in Essex, then damaging an A-10 Warthog aircraft during a protest
against depleted-uranium weapons.

The A-10, a tank killer, fired about 31,000 rounds -- 10.5 tons, -- of
depleted-uranium ammunition during about 100 missions in Kosovo. During
the Persian Gulf war, A-10s fired up to 940,000 depleted uranium rounds and
it was widely used in anti-tank artillery shells fired by U.S. forces. The
low-level radiation from depleted uranium has been identified as a possible
cause of Gulf War Syndrome.

Depleted uranium is a heavy metal left over when uranium is enriched for
nuclear weapons or power plants. Because of its density, depleted uranium
penetrates armor and it makes very effective armor plating.

The Plowshares activists believe depleted uranium is a threat to human health
and the environment. They say it causes cancer to those exposed to battlefield
dust and debris, a cause of congenital malformations in children and genetic
damage to future offspring. No one denies that depleted uranium is a toxic,
radioactive substance. The debate is over how toxic and how radioactive it is.

NATO officials dismiss the risk from depleted uranium as "virtually" zero.

But the French news agency said a "hazard awareness" document was
circulated among NATO allies by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in January
1999. The warning said spent ammunition or contaminated materials should
not be handled without protective masks and coverings.

Berrigan and his Plowshares companions -- the Rev. Stephen Kelly, 50, Susan
Crane, 56, and Susan Walz, 33 -- were not allowed to present testimony
about depleted uranium before Judge James T. Smith Jr. in Baltimore County
Circuit Court.

The defendants then refused to take part in the trial."We cannot put on a
defense about the dangers of depleted uranium and our rights and our duties
under international law," said Susan Crane, a member of Baltimore's Jonah
House community.

"We have been denied our right to testify about these topics," she said. "We
have been denied our expert witnesses. Therefore we can't go forward."

The next day the judge sentenced Berrigan to 30 months in prison, two others
to 27 months and a third to18 months.

"If we had conformed and bent our necks, our sentences would have been
much different," Berrigan said.

"The judge didn't understand what he was doing. He thinks if he uses a club on
people, he'll get them to submit. Some may get frightened and will submit,
others will say, 'No!'"

Berrigan said no. He remains in jail. Last week the questions he and his friends
raised echoed more and more loudly in Europe. The prophet is not without

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Monday, January 15, 2001

The Media's War Against the Serbs

by Stella L. Jatras

The media's biased war against the Serbs has been a major factor in the
dismemberment of the former Yugoslavia and the demonizing of an entire
nation. One of the best examples of such bias can be found in the
Washington Times, both in its reporting of events in the Balkans and its
editorial policy. I single out the Washington Times because it is
supposedly the "conservative" newspaper, the counter to the liberal news
that is published in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the
rest of the liberal media. Unfortunately, the Washington Times has
become part of the liberal propaganda machine that helped to bring death
and suffering to tens of thousands of innocent people.

One explanation for the Times' slanted reporting which agrees with the
liberal media may be the fact that it depends on "stringers,"
(reporters) to cover much of its foreign news, specifically in the
Balkans. This may also explain why its editorial staff has been
consistently anti-Serb.

In his "World Review" section on 5 March, 2000, the Washington Times'
Foreign Desk Editor David Jones wrote, "But the stringers quickly lose
interest in filing to us if we are not buying their stories and putting
them in the paper." What this tells me is that the bottom line in
formulating stories has little to do with the truth, or even accuracy,
but has everything to do with what makes the biggest headlines and
brings in the most financial rewards for both the "stringer" and the
Washington Times. How often are these goals achieved by embellishing the
"facts" to add a little sensationalism?

Case in point. On 6 August 1998, the Washington Times featured
"stringer" Philip Smucker's exclusive front page headline read: "Kosovar
bodies bulldozed to dump; Serbs deny massacre, but evidence [not
"alleged," or "thought-to-be], but "evidence impossible to avoid of mass
graves containing the bodies of 567." He also claimed that at least half
of the bodies were those of women and children although, to that point,
the alleged bodies had not been exhumed. To further embellish his story,
Smucker went on to say, "Stark evidence in the form of freshly turned
earth and the overwhelming stench of death has exposed the presence of
scores of bodies that were bulldozed into a garbage dump after a Serbian
attack against ethnic Albanian rebels who tried to seize this town."
Even a photograph accompanied Smucker's article with the caption, "A
news photographer shoots a picture of fresh graves - some identified
with ethnic Albanian names - in the Kosovar town of Orahovac," (Kosova
is the Albanian name given to Kosovo).

However, on the very same day, the Guardian [UK] of 6 August 1998,
reported, "European Union (EU) observers found no evidence of mass
graves reported in the town of Orahovac, the teams' Austrian leader,
Walter Ebenberger, said." In contrast to the front page coverage given
to Mr. Smucker's intended shock-attention report on Serb atrocities, the
following day the Washington Times carried a small, barely noticeable
item hidden on page A15 (World Scene, 7 August 1998), which stated,
"NATO Chief [Secretary-General Javier Solana] dismissed mass graves in

In all honesty, does it not bother the editors at the Washington Times
that "stringer" Smucker's report of 6 August was a vicious lie? There
were no mass graves containing the bodies of 567 ethnic Albanian
victims; but there it was, on the front page. I stand in awe of the fact
that truth in journalism is what they want it to be, what sells, and
that articles by Mr. Smucker required, in the Times' judgment, no
documentation, no verification, no responsibility, and apparently were
accepted without question. Smucker's was the kind of reporting that
played right into Clinton's New World Order scheme and at the same time,
helped to prepare the minds of Americans to accept whatever punishment
we dished out against the Serbian people, including NATO's 78 days of
bombing in an unmerciful, unjust and immoral air war led by the United
States. It was this kind of vile reporting that caused so many people to
say, "After all, they [the Serbs] deserve it!"

Mr. Jones now informs us that the new "stringer" for the Washington
Times to replace Philip Smucker, for whom Mr. Jones has only high
praise, is Joshua Kucera. Of Mr. Kucera, Jones writes: "The interest [in
the elections throughout Serbia held on 24 December 2000] is so light,
in fact that our freelance correspondent in the Balkans, Joshua Kucera,
did not even file on the vote. He left that to the wire services and
instead spent the day driving through a region held by ethnic-Albanian
rebels in southern Serbia where he interviewed a rebel commander."

Does anyone seriously believe that, unless Mr. Kucera was sympathetic to
the Albanian "rebels," he would have been given an interview? No way.
The "rebels" demand complete loyalty to their cause. In his 31 December
article in the Times titled "A guerrilla seeks to coexist," Mr. Kucera
leaves no doubt where his pro-Albanian biases lie when he interviewed
the Albanian guerrilla leader, Cmdr. Lleshi, "a Fidel Castro
look-alike," in the southern border of Serbia. "Coexist" my foot! What's
an Albanian doing in Serbia anyway, other than to wage war against the
Serbs? Mr. Kucera's article was accompanied by a photo of an Albanian
house that had been sacked by Serbs, another ploy by the Washington
Times to gain sympathy for the Albanian rebels' cause, rather than show
photos of dead Serbian police officers who were murdered by Lleshi's
thugs or any photos of the destruction of Serbian homes.

Where is the coverage of the continued violence in Kosovo where recently
two elderly Serbs were dragged from their homes and their throats
slashed, killing the husband while the wife remained in critical
condition in a hospital? (AFP, 29 Dec 2000). Why were there no photos of
this Serbian woman's suffering? Probably because she was not an
Albanian. But again, the Washington Times lives up to its own anti-Serb
bias by giving Mr. Kucera extensive coverage of what the Albanians want;
yet in his article, he did not interview one Serb.

It seems that the Times reporters have learned that it doesn't pay to be
impartial in the Balkans. Remember Canadian Major General Lewis
MacKenzie? General MacKenzie was the first UNPROFOR commander in Bosnia
who made the mistake of saying that all sides were doing terrible
things. For this, the Bosnian Muslim government demanded that General
MacKenzie be removed as UNPROFOR commander. Furthermore, he was falsely
accused of having raped and murdered four Muslim women (from his book,
Peacekeeper, the Road to Sarajevo, page 327). The point is, Mr. Kucera
would never have gotten his exclusive interview with the Albanian
guerrilla commander unless they were sure they would get favorable
coverage for their Albanian jihad.

Virtually nothing is being reported today of the barbarity being
committed against the Serbs, Romanies and non-Albanians by the former
Kosovo Liberation Army, who are engaged in sex slavery (Albanian Daily
News, October 5, 2000), prostitution, kidnaping, murder, and rape,
"Kosovo Rebels Raped Serb Nun, Say French Officials," New York Post, 19
June 1999. "When they saw us they stopped a while, shouted 'NATO, NATO,'
and then beat a hasty retreat, the officer said." Over 40% of heroin
going into Europe comes from Kosovo (the Guardian [UK]). Over
one-hundred Serbian Orthodox Churches were destroyed during the first
two months after KFOR entered Kosovo, more than under 500 years of
Ottoman rule.

Scant attention is being paid to what is happening across the southern
border in Serbia from Kosovo which threatens to become another Balkan
war. Where is the coverage by CNN and the other networks that gave us a
blow-by-blow description that never failed to support their slanted
anti-Serb view of the war in Kosovo? Where's the outcry from all those
politicians who were so quick to denounce the Serbs for protecting what
belonged to them? The Albanian guerrillas known as the Liberation Army
of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja (UCPMB) and who have fashioned
themselves after the KLA cutthroats, invited "stringer" Kucera into
their camp after having invaded Serbia and murdered Serbian police
officers, something that no sovereign nation can be expected to
tolerate. In one of the few reports to emerge, an AFP report of 6
January stated that Albanians now "enjoy new lease of life in border
zone as an endless column of battered taxis streams along the recently
repaired dirt road winding through the rebel-held hills of southern
Serbia, linking ethnic Albanian communities on both sides of the Kosovo
boundary," as Serb neighbors incredulously watch them "exploiting a
NATO-enforced demilitarized zone to thumb their noses at government
forces." "This is unbelievable! The terrorists are at our doorstep,
getting further with no reaction at all. What is the international
community doing?" raged a Serb in Bujanovac, just over a mile (two
kilometers) away from the first rebel road block."

The Serbs have two choices. Unless NATO takes steps to crush the
Albanian guerrilla insurgents which thus far appears unlikely, the Serb
paramilitary will be forced to stop Albanian provocations by all means
necessary for which they will undoubtedly be condemned by the West, just
as they were condemned in Kosovo for protecting what was theirs. Or they
will have to resign themselves to the possibility that the West will
never give them permission to defend themselves by denying them the
heavy weapons they need to clean house, in which case, the southern
region of Serbia will go the way of Kosovo. The Albanian guerrillas are
using the same tactics used by the KLA that won them their successes in
Kosovo, aided by papers such as the Washington Times whose anti-Serb
reports routinely include photos of suffering ethnic Albanian women
and/or children, often on the front page, but almost never a photo of
even one suffering Serbian woman or child.

With the new democratic president in Serbia, the former Kosovo
Liberation Army see their chances for an independent Islamic state and a
Greater Albania slipping through their fingers. Where once KFOR was seen
as liberators by ethnic Albanians, they are now seen by the KLA as their
oppressors and are poised to turn their guns on them. "Albanians
threaten to kill UK peacekeepers" reports the Guardian on 24 December.
The Daily Telegraph [UK] reported on 22 December, "We'll fight NATO
troops, warn Albanian rebels," (Is this anyway to treat a friend?).
"Kosovo Attacks Stir US Concern; Official Says NATO May have to Fight
Ethnic Albanians," writes the Washington Post on 15 March. Tod Lindberg
formerly of the Washington Times wrote in his column of 23 May, 2000,
"Keep peace in Kosovo - Don't bring the boys home yet." He stated in his
opinion piece, "I explained in this space last week why I thought
Byrd-Warner was a bad idea." The defeated Byrd-Warner amendment would
have simply required the president to go before Congress last July to
justify why our troops should remain in Kosovo. Considering our kids are
today's target of ethnic Albanians and the KLA, whom they were sent
there to protect, I ask Mr. Lindberg, "Is NOW the right time to bring
our "boys" home?" Since his statement only refers to our "boys" coming
home, does that mean our "girls" get to stay in Kosovo?

The outrage is that we have handed over Serbia's Jerusalem, the seat of
the Serbian Orthodox Church, to a bunch of KLA narco-terrorists who have
been turned into heroes by commentators such as Helle Bering, editorial
page editor of the Washington Times, who, on 18 August 1999, glowingly
wrote of "My dinner with the KLA, somewhere outside Budapest." Perhaps
Ms. Bering should be judged by the company she keeps. But the blame game
continues. In the Times of 2 January, 2001, an editorial once again lays
all the blame for the tragic events in the Balkans solely on one man,
"Put Milosevic on trial," without laying any of the blame on Franjo
Tudjman, former president of Croatia, who would have been indicted by
the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague if he were still alive,
according to an AFP report of 8 November, 2000. Nor does it mention the
role of Bosnian Muslim president, Alija Izetbegovic, about whom a
Deutsche Presse Agentur dispatch of June 6, 1996 wrote, "For the first
time, a senior UN official has admitted the existence of a secret UN
report that blames the Bosnian Moslems for the February 1994 massacre of
Moslems at a Sarajevo [Markale] market, the excuse the US used to bomb
the Bosnian Serbs." The report continues that the Moslems fired on their
own people "in order to create international sympathy and get the West
to fight on their side against the Serbs." Sounds like a war crime to

The Washington Times does not stand alone guilty in the dismembering of
a sovereign nation. We can go back as far as 1992 when James Baker,
former Secretary of State wrote in his book, The Politics of Diplomacy:
Revolution, war and peace, 1889-1992, "....After the meeting, I had
Larry Eagleburger take Silajdzic [Bosnian Foreign Minister] to see the
EC troika political directors (who happened to be visiting the
Department) and asked Margaret Tutwiler to talk to the 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
(pg. 643-644)." In other words, we had already taken sides and the Serbs
never had a chance.

In many ways I regret the extensive criticisms I have of the Washington
Times regarding its Balkan policy. On many other issues, the Washington
Times is the only major newspaper that counters the liberal slant of the
major print and broadcast media. However, I cannot remain silent to the
fact that this misrepresentation has done a disservice not only to
innocent victims, but a disservice to its readers. But even more curious
is the question of what motivates so many journalists to side with such
gangsters? If I know the truth, surely, they must know it also. However,
as Adolf Hitler said in 1939, "The great masses of people will more
easily fall victims to a big lie than to a smaller one."

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