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Today is Orthodox Christmas. To all our Orthodox readers, may we wish you a wonderful holiday.
Alas, for our Serbian friends, and indeed for all who care about justice for Yugoslavia, it is a bitter Christmas.
Many Serbian leaders, including former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, (8) have been kidnapped and taken to NATO's illegal War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. http://www.icdsm.com/more/peaceintro.htm
In theory the 'Tribunal' is a United Nations
institution. In fact, NATO controls it. We document this
charge in 'NATO's
Tribunal: Straight From the Horse's Mouth'.
The 'Tribunal' functions in violation of commonly
accepted rules of law. Indeed, its very existence
violates the UN Charter. This is documented in a report
by Dr. Hans Koechler, a highly respected, long-time UN
Consultant. (He wrote the official UN review of the
And then there is Kosovo. With great sadness we convey news from Dragan Radic, a reader in Europe. Yesterday, on Christmas Eve, a gruesome crime was committed in Kosovska Kamenica, a town in Kosovo. Terrorists hurled a grenade into a shop, murdering a Serbian man, Dragoljub Markovic, a father of five.
While asserting its right to rule Kosovo, NATO claims it has been powerless to do anything to stop two and a half-years of racist terror in the province.
But this terrorism, which has driven most Serbs, 'Gypsies,' Slavic Muslims, Turks, Jews and anti-racist Albanians - all told, about 350,0-00o people - from the province, this campaign required tremendous organization. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) did the dirty work, but this would have been impossible without NATO's support. NATO turned the KLA into a real organization (3); NATO pays its members (4); and NATO forces train it (5). NATO could crush the KLA like a bug, just as it crushed a similar creation, the Taliban.
NATO's involvement is documented in dozens of articles on Emperor's Clothes.
For example, in September 1999, we interviewed Cedomir Prlincevic. Mr. Prlincevic was leader of the Jewish Community in Kosovo. I say 'was' because by the time we interviewed him, the KLA had driven every Jews from the province, ransacked their homes, stolen their property.
The Kosovo Jewish community was small, for very few Jews survived the attentions of the Nazi-supported Greater Albanian government that ran Kosovo during World War II. ( or more on this, see George Thompson's 'Roots of Fascism in Kosovo' at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/thompson/rootsof.htm (6) )
Most Kosovo Jews were arrested by the Albanian Nazis and shipped by train to Nazi death camps outside Yugoslavia. One of those trains took a wrong turn and ran into the (Russian) Red Army. Cedomir Prlincevic and his mother were among the lucky people on that train.
Now those people and their descendents, alive by accident, have been driven from their homes. Everything they worked for has been destroyed.
The citizens of every NATO country should read Cedomir Prlincevic's interview. For it is our responsibility to right these terrible wrongs.
Here are excerpts from the first and second interviews with Mr. Prlincevic. He had described how Kosovo Liberation Army thugs attacked the building in Pristina where he lived:
Later in that interview, I asked Mr. Prlincevic:
Anxious to transform the Balkans into a series of protectorates, NATO, especially the U.S. and German Establishments targeted the Serbian people, the social "glue" that historically has held Yugoslavia together. In doing so, NATO followed the German example, set during two World Wars. If you would conquer the East, you must first control the Balkans. If you would control the Balkans, you must first break up Yugoslavia. And if you would break up Yugoslavia, you must savagely crush the Serbian people.
NATO hit the Serbs with both barrels of the gun.
First, the Western media launched a ferocious campaign of demonization. If you think we exaggerate, read the article, 'KLA Attacks Everyone, Media Attacks Milosevich,' at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/expan.htm (8)
And second, the US and Germany sponsored the creation of fascistic proxy parties and armies in the various Yugoslav Republics. Each was dedicated to slicing off a part of Yugoslavia, and all of them appealed to anti-Serb and anti-'Gypsy' racism.
Kosovo is the latest example.
In the fall of 1999 we published an interview with three women from the Kosovo town of Orahovac. They described what had happened when NATO marched into Kosovo a few months earlier.
The first woman we interviewed was Natasha Grkovic, age 27. She had fled Orahovac in August 1999. Natasha told us that 3000 Serbs were still in the town. Or perhaps one should say, 3000 Serbs were being held in the town.
In June the Yugoslav Army left Kosovo and NATO took over. Here is Natasha:
NATASHA: "Maybe a thousan or more Serbs left. Orahovac is unique in that so many did stay; that's because we believed KFOR guarantees that we'd be safe. When it became clear things weren't going to be that way, people wanted to leave, but they were not allowed. Besides the Serbs, 500-1000 Roma, or 'Gypsies', stayed."
We asked Natasha why the Serbs thought things would be OK.
NATASHA: "From April on our telephone connections as well as Serbian radio and TV were cut off thanks to NATO bombing. We had little information about what was happening in the rest of the country. We heard that after the June Peace Agreement was signed there was a massive exodus of Serbs from Prizen and elsewhere but we couldn't verify it so we wondered if it was true. Meanwhile, we were constantly being told by Western media that our security would be guaranteed - for instance, by Voice of America, which we heard via satellite connections. They used phrases about multiethnic, multicultural society and their Democracy and promised first to disarm KLA [Kosovo Liberation Army], then to establish their laws.
"The morning before KFOR arrived there was a meeting of their [NATO's] representatives with the Mayor, a Serb, plus other Serbs including the head of the winery. KFOR said that in two days or so life would return to normal. The next day the houses were burning."
"With KFOR, the KLA came. The same day. Some neighbors even appeared in KLA uniforms. We were horrified. Suddenly we didn't feel safe [in the mixed section of Orahovac] so we moved to the Serbian part.
"As we were leaving we saw, already, Serbian houses being burned. KFOR did nothing. We complained; they said they didn't have enough people. Soon reinforcements arrived but the situation stayed the same for a month. Over a hundred houses were burned. And they robbed whatever they could. A few "Gypsy" (Roma) houses were burned too. Twenty-five people who stayed in the mixed section were kidnapped, plus their houses were burned too.
"Slowly we realized the extent of the mistake we'd made in not leaving. Every day KFOR offered new excuses for not protecting us. They said: 'We can't put guards in front of every house. We can't give every Serb an armed guard.'
"The KFOR checkpoint is close to the ghetto. KFOR guards the entrance and exit to the Serbian area. Plus there are barricades, which the Albanians put up. First you hit KFOR and second you hit the Albanian barricades. KFOR supplied tents for the Albanians who are sitting on those barricades. And they ran electric wiring into those tents to provide current."
We asked what conditions were like under the new masters of Kosovo.
NATASHA: "We were kept in this Serb enclave. My parents can come out on the streets but that's dangerous; two people were wounded just being outside the house. Those who have tried to escape simply disappeared.
"There is no phone service to Belgrade. The only food is from humanitarian sources. One 'Gypsy' tried to ship food from the Albanian to the Serbian section; some extreme Albanian group told him, 'No food for the Serbs!' Near the beginning we would send some Albanian kid to buy stuff for us. But the kid would be beaten up and they would tell him 'Don't do that again!' The ghetto is 500 square yards. Water is erratic: once in three days for two or three hours.
These different forms of terror, described so graphically by Cedomir Prlincevic, the Jewish archivist from Pristina, and Natasha Grkovic, the young Serbian woman from Orahovac, became the status quo in Kosovo.
In the fall of 1999, NATO promised to disarm the KLA. But as the 'Russian Press Digest' observed, not even Western officials tried to pretend the promise meant anything:
Two years ago, just before the Orthodox Christmas, we posted an article called 'Pictures at an Exhibition.' (11) It documents the destruction of Orthodox Church property all across Kosovo: ancient buildings and gorgeous religious art.
[If you are reading this article in email and you wish to see the vandalized painting posted here, go to http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/dragoljub.htm ]
When we originally posted 'Pictures at an Exhibition,' terrorists had vandalized or destroyed seventy four Orthodox Churches. In preparing this article, I asked Stephanie Niketic, a friend, to find out the current figure. Stephanie forwarded me the following from Fr. Sava, a monk in the Decani Monastery in Kosovo:
THIS ARTICLE IS CONTINUED IN PART TWO at http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/dragoljub2b.htm
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