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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,
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 livelihood.'' (3)
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
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
- '''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 'Trepca'"?
Or could it just be that the ICG is stranger than fiction?
"Cut! It's a wrap!
(1) 'Hollywood Invades
Kosovo: The NATO Trepca Takeover'
by Richard Hugus at
(2) 'Management Denounced
UN Pollution Claims Prior to Seizure of Trepca Smelter' at
Thinktank Thought-up Excuse for Grabbing Trepca Smelter Plant' at
(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