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by Jared Israel (8-17-00)
In the wee hours of the
morning, Monday, August 14, KFOR (that is NATO forces in
Kosovo) swept into Northern Mitrovica and seized the
Zvecan lead smelting plant, part of the fabulously
valuable Trepca mining complex.
The excuse given: pollution.
Oh pollution, how hast we suffered in thy good
name. Or words to that effect.
Here's what the 'AP' said, as reported by
Richard Hugus in a sharp news analysis last night:
- "Hundreds of NATO-led peacekeeping troops
wearing surgical masks against toxic smoke swept
into a Serb-run metal smelting complex."
('Boston Globe' August 15, 2000) (1)
Denouncing the takeover as theft, the Yugoslav
government quoted the mine's managers saying that the
"dark satanic mills" stuff was hypocritical
fiction. The Yugoslav news agency, 'Tanjug', reported:
- "According to these [recent test] results,
there was .12 milligrams of lead per cubic metre
(permitted level .15 mg), .019 mg of zinc
(permitted level .4 mg), copper .004 mg
(permitted level .01 mg), iron .002 mg (permitted
level .2 mg), etc.
'"If UNMIK experts are concerned for the
children and pregnant women in Kosovska
Mitrovica, they should take care of the waste
gases from their own heavy-duty vehicles that
throng our roads at all hours and poison the
people', the statement said." (2)
What is truly amazing is, in a report posted
on Emperor's Clothes Feb. 28, 1999, Diana Johnstone noted
that the ICG, an international think tank that does some
of the thinking for NATO, proposed that the
Internationals seize the smelter using an environmental
excuse - proposed this all months ago.
- '''UNMIK [said the ICG report] and KFOR should
implement a rapid and categorical takeover of the
Trepca complex, including the immediate total
shutdown of the environmentally hazardous
facilities at Zvecan'.
''In the 'game-plan of measures' recommended by
the ICG, UNMIK is advised to instruct a 'Zvecan
environmental assessment team' to report on the
status of the equipment and thereupon 'advise as
to what measures must be taken'... Environmental
hazards are to be the pretext to shut down Zvecan
and deprive the last Serbs in Kosovo of their
We have posted the actual ICG report as well
at the end of Diana's analysis so you can see how the
plan for using environmental arguments as a cover for
theft was originally formulated.
It's unusual for an analyst to discover a
document like the ICG report and based on this document
make a prediction and have it come so completely true.
Unusual and in this case more than a little horrifying.
But in fact Diana Johnstone didn't just hit
one home run here, she hit two. She cited a second piece
of advice in the ICG report. Some advice about the
Yugoslav elections. Here's what she wrote:
- '''The ICG urges UNMIK to hurry up with the game
plan for taking over the valuable mining complex
before Serbian elections so that a new government
more to the West's liking cannot be accused of
'losing Trepca'. All Serbian leaders, including
opposition leaders, the ICG observes, will have
to protest when UNMIK takes over Trepca and the
Zvecan smelter. 'However they could exploit the
argument that the `loss' was due to the pariah
status of Milosevic himself, so that once again
Serbia has lost assets due to his presence in
office. So provided action were taken before any
elections in Serbia it need not upset, and might
contribute to, any strategy for unseating
And low and behold, this prediction of Diana
Johnstone's has come true as well. Because there are
indeed elections scheduled soon in Yugoslavia. In those
elections, the pro-US 'democratic' opposition (most
notably Zoran Djindjic) has more or less lined up behind
a politician little known outside Yugoslavia, Vojislav
Kostunica of the Democratic Party of Serbia. The
'democratic' opposition is notable for having been
promised $100,000,00 by the US Senate last July, a lot of
which has been delivered. (Working for the US is the best
job in Yugoslavia.) (4)
In a chilling echo of the ICG report, Kostunica has,
sure enough, issued a statement accusing Milosevich of
losing (indeed, of 'trading away'!) the Trepca mines.
Here's the statement. I have restrained myself and only
made a couple of comments:
- Kostunica writes: "The game over the
"Trepca" complex, whose lead smelter in
Zvecan has been taken over by the international
administration in Kosovo-Metohija, continues.
Instead of the promised 50 German marks, Unmik
representatives are offering the employees 1,250
dinars as an advance, in brand new, unused
banknotes. Unmik also possesses lists of all the
"Therefore, one can rightly ask how Unmik
managed to come by dinars, and also brand new
ones? [Emperors-clothes note: NATO is the
military arm of the richest Empire in history.
Now how could it POSSIBLY get hold of a few
thousand dinars? Like Du-uh.] How did it obtain
the lists of employees? [Emperors-clothes note:
ditto with the list of employees. That one
wouldn't even cost Kouchner money.] How is it
that Unmik, whose head Bernard Kouchner last year
introduced the German mark as the only legal
tender, is now paying in dinars? [One more
Emperor's Clothes note: didn't the Yugo's grab
some guys last year smuggling brand new
counterfeit dinars from the Bosnian Serb 'entity'
into Serbia? Weren't they supposed to be agents
of Dodik, a collaborator NATO installed in the
Bosnian Serb 'entity'?]
"Could it be that the Milosevic regime has
once again concluded a secret deal and sold
Or could it just be that the ICG is stranger than
"Cut! It's a
wrap! Print it!"
Invades Kosovo: The NATO Trepca Takeover'
by Richard Hugus at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/hugus/surgical.htm
Denounced UN Pollution Claims Prior to Seizure of Trepca
Official statement of Yugoslav government at www.emperors-clothes.com/news/yugoslav.htm
(3) 'Pro-NATO Thinktank Thought-up Excuse for
Grabbing Trepca Smelter Plant' at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/Johnstone/howitis.htm
(4) The July 29th
Senate hearings on how to help bring 'democracy' to
Serbia are amazing. They reveal first and foremost the
disease which has possessed the USA: Empire. The
assumption that the US has the right to meddle infuses
every paragraph of the transcript of testimony and the
casual intimacy with which these US officials discuss
their domination of the leaders of the Yugoslav
'democratic' opposition is a marvel. 'July
29th Senate Hearings on Bringing 'democracy' to Serbia' at www.emperors-clothes.com/analysis/hearin.htm