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Terrorist Thug Boasts
"Thanks to Uncle Sam, Macedonians are no match for us!"
Eyewitness report by Scott Taylor, retired Canadian military man, author of 'Inat' and 'Tested Mettle' and editor of Esprit de Corps Magazine
This report was made available by Ben Works at Sirius [21 August 2001]
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TETOVO, Macedonia - Last Monday, international envoys and government officials in Macedonia hammered out a last-minute peace accord. However, this 11th-hour attempt to avoid yet another Balkans civil war may yet prove to be a case of too little, too late, as the fighting here continues to escalate.

Under the terms of the agreement, once a solid ceasefire can be established, a NATO force of some 3,000 peacekeepers, including a whopping three Canadian officers, will be deployed in Macedonia. The major task of these troops will be to disarm the ethnic Albanian guerrillas who have established control of nearly 30 per cent of Macedonia's territory.

For the battered Macedonian security forces that have fought the guerrillas over the past six months, the arrival of the NATO force will be a bitter pill to swallow.

"If NATO hadn't been arming and equipping the (guerrillas) in Kosovo there would be no need for them to disarm these guerrillas now in Macedonia," said Goran Stevanovic, a sergeant with the elite Macedonian police Wolves.

At the diplomatic level, the provision of military aid to the guerrillas is vehemently denounced, but on the ground in Macedonia, there is no denying the massive amount of materiel and expertise supplied by NATO to the guerrillas. Their commanders welcomed me with a shout of "God bless America, and Canada, too, for all that they have provided to us!"

In the well-built guerrilla bunkers overlooking the besieged city of Tetovo, there is ample evidence of U.S. military hardware. Everything from sidearms and sniper rifles to menacing-looking grenade launchers is emblazoned Made in the USA.

An abundant stock of sophisticated night-vision goggles provide the guerrillas with a tremendous tactical advantage over the Macedonian security forces. By nightfall, the Macedonians are compelled to hole up in their bunkers while the guerrillas roam with impunity throughout the Tetovo streets.

Snake Arifaj, a 22-year-old guerrilla platoon commander, proudly displayed his unit's impressive arsenal and said, "Thanks to Uncle Sam, the Macedonians are no match for us."

Two weeks ago, there was a flurry of diplomatic protests filed by the Macedonian government when two U.S. helicopters were observed delivering supplies to an Albanian village in the mountains above Tetovo. Officially, the U.S. claimed their aircraft were only transporting humanitarian aid.

However, the local guerrilla commander, Commander "Mouse," a 47-year-old UCK officer in the Tetovo sector contradicted this statement and confirmed that two US Chinook Heavy Transport Helicopters had in fact delivered "heavy mortars and ammunition" to the guerrillas. As proof of Mouse's claim, on Thursday the guerrillas began bombarding Tetovo with 120-mm and 82-mm mortars. Judging from the duration and intensity of the bombardment that I witnessed, ammunition supply is not a problem for the guerrillas.

"We have all the equipment and men we need to capture Skopje in 24 hours," said Commander "Jimmy", a 22-year-old Albanian guerrilla who is already a veteran of Chechnya, Kosovo, and south Serbia. "Militarily, the Macedonians are no match for our soldiers."

The U.S. also frequently used their tactical helicopters to gather intelligence inside Macedonia, without authorization from the Macedonian government. The sight of the U.S. choppers prompted the ethnic Albanian villagers to cheer wildly, waving their arms to encourage "their" air force.

Further illustration of this Albanian sentiment toward U.S. aircraft can be found at the guerrilla brigade headquarters, just outside Tetovo. Here the security platoon wear T-shirts emblazoned with a Nike logo and the words: "NATO Air - Just Do It!"

On the other side of this conflict, the woefully equipped Macedonian forces have been hard pressed to field a credible fighting force. In order to obtain a peaceful secession from Yugoslavia in 1992, the fledgling Republic of Macedonia agreed to turn over all the federal military assets to Serbia / Montenegro. As a result of their bankrupt treasury and slumping economy, Macedonia did not put a priority on re-equipping an army. However, once the Albanian guerrillas began their insurgency in March of this year, the Macedonians had no choice but to rapidly enhance their tiny security forces.

Over the past six months, there has been a tremendous infusion of modern weaponry (and mercenary "advisers") into Macedonia, with the bulk of support coming from Ukraine.

At the height of last week's fighting, both George Robertson and Javier Solana - respectively the NATO and European Union secretary generals - made personal entreaties to Ukraine to cut off this vital military aid.

Given such interference, it's little wonder that the Macedonian majority have staged violent anti-NATO riots, attacking embassies and McDonald's restaurants over the past several weeks.

In the past, Canadian soldiers serving as peacekeepers in the Balkans have won a hard-earned reputation from all factions for their fairness and impartiality. However, after the 1999 bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, and now through the provision of illicit aid to the guerrillas, Canada's foreign ministry is steadily eroding that trust. When, or if, those three Canadians deploy into wartorn Macedonia, it will no doubt dishearten them to know that the death and destruction that they encounter was aided and abetted by their own government.

(c) Scott Taylor Esprit de Corps Magazine

E-mail: espritdecorp@idirect.com

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Further reading on Macedonia -

'Insulting Macedonia'
Letter to International Herald Tribune
'U.S. Embassy Leaving" & "U.S. Tells Ukraine: Stop Arming Macedonia!"
These three articles can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/insult.htm

WHAT NATO OCCUPATION WOULD MEAN FOR MACEDONIANS
by Jared Israel
It is being touted as the solution, but how would NATO occupation affect ordinary Macedonian citizens? Three women, keen observers, in despair for their relatives, talk about the NATO takeover of the Kosovo town of Orahovac. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/misc/savethe-a.htm

'Western Media Demonizes Macedonia'
by Rick Rozoff & Jared Israel
George Bush visited Kosovo and made it perfectly clear: the U.S. means to recreate the Kosovo nightmare throughout the Balkans. And then? On to Russia.
Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/rozoff/shrill.htm

"SORRY, VIRGINIA, BUT THEY ARE NATO TROOPS, NOT 'REBELS'"
by Jared Israel
Research by Rick Rozoff, George Thompson and Max Sinclair.
Using pro-NATO media sources, Israel shows that the U.S. and its NATO junior partners England and Germany are behind the KLA attack on Macedonia. Israel argues that the immense and immensely dangerous goal of U.S. strategy is: the conquest and full colonization of the former Soviet Union. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/mac/times.htm

"'WE DENIED TRAINING THE KLA? OH. WE LIED.'"
'Sunday Times' articles reveals another Anglo-U.S./KLA link. At the end of this post is a useful (partial) list of relevant articles. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/train.htm

"MACEDONIAN GOVERNMENT ACCUSES U.S., GERMANY"
Macedonian leaders say the U.S. and Germany are in cahoots sponsoring the KLA attack on Macedonia. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/maced2.htm

GERMAN PAPER CHARGES: U.S. HAS 'ADVISORS' AMONG ALBANIAN TERRORISTS
[Translated by George Pumphrey]
This is the article referred to in Prof. Chossudovsky's analysis (above.)

"WHAT'S BEHIND KLA STRATEGY IN THE BALKANS?"
Jared Israel interviews Kosovo historian Chedomir Pralinchevich
Is there something about ethnic Albanian culture and history that enables the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army to establish a base among ordinary people? Offers an explanation of many mysteries such as why the KLA targets Albanians in Macedonia. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/interviews/strategy.htm

"WHY 'HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH' IS GUNNING FOR MACEDONIA" by Jared Israel.
Human Rights Watch, seen by many as an idealistic activist group, is focusing on Macedonia. Mr. Israel argues that HRW is used by the U.S. Establishment to soften up countries which Washington wishes to destabilize. The article includes Paul Treanor's mind-boggling look at who actually runs HRW. Hint: it's not a bunch of college kids and a civil rights attorney. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/treanor/hrw.htm

"Laughs" and "Chuckles" in State Dept. Transcripts
by Professor Michel Chossudovsky
Where did the KLA get its weapons from?

THE MILITARY OCCUPATION OF MACEDONIA
By Michel Chossudovsky
NATO leaders say they are working for peace. Prof. Chossudovsky charges the goal is conquest.

WASHINGTON BEHIND TERRORIST ASSAULTS IN MACEDONIA
by Professor Michel Chossudovsky
Prof. Chossudovsky discusses implications of the recent truly amazing mission by U.S. troops to save endangered terrorists (and U.S. advisers!) in Macedonia and other aspects of NATO's proxy war.

NATO Macedonian Aptitude Test
Excerpt from a top secret NATO Commandants' MAT Quiz
by Lester Schonbrun
Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/schonbrun/mat.htm

Defend Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from Lies and Terror! Statement by the Committee to Defend Milosevic, issued by a Working Committee meeting in Belgrade.
Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/petition/defend.htm

"MESSAGE FROM MACEDONIA"
A reader from Skopje, the Macedonian capital, blasts media disinformation and reveals the résumés of terrorist leaders. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/letters/amessage.htm

"AMERICA AT WAR IN MACEDONIA"
by Michel Chossudovsky
Prof. Chossudovsky presents evidence that the Macedonian crisis results from a schism between the U.S. and Germany, with the former sponsoring the KLA and destabilizing Macedonia to guarantee control of the Corridor 8 trade route and a critical oil pipeline. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/choss/pipe.htm

"TERRORIST 'REBELS' THREATEN CATASTROPHIC CRIMES IN MACEDONIA" This article is related to the call for help from the Macedonian town of KUMANOVO (posted below). Humanitarian terrorists are threatening to unleash eco-disaster. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/mac/poisin.htm

"100,000 MACEDONIANS HELD HOSTAGE BY ALBANIAN TERRORISTS"
An eyewitness account from KUMANOVO, the northern Macedonian city whose water supply has been seized by KLA terrorists. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/mac/mac.htm

"ALBANIANS IN MACEDONIA: FACTS AND FICTIONS"
by Diana Johnstone
Ms. Johnstone demolishes the "we're rebelling because we're oppressed" claims. Israel disputes the notion that an Albanian terrorist tail wags the U.S. dog. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/Johnstone/fic.htm

"TERRORISM AGAINST SERBIA IS NO CRIME"
by Jared Israel and Rick Rozoff
NATO released about 450 'captured' KLA terrorists in time for them to attack Macedonia. Are they nuts? Or is there strategy in their madness? Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/nocrime.htm

"GENTLE REIGN: WASHINGTON MAKES IT PERFECTLY CLEAR IN KOSOVO & MACEDONIA"
by Jared Israel
A close look at the relationship between the U.S. military in Kosovo and the KLA finds it to be a) unusual and b) entirely illegal: Washington is sponsoring terrorism. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/gentle.htm

"KLA ATTACKS EVERYONE. MEDIA ATTACKS... MILOSHEVICH?"
by Jared Israel
Media coverage of KLA terrorism against Macedonia and southern Serbia uncovers the real culprit, now and forever: Slobodan Miloshevich! Our editor walks down memory lane, examining a decade of slander against the Yugoslav leader and finds the whole thing...ludicrous. Can be read at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/expan.htm

"'WE DENIED TRAINING THE KLA? OH. WE LIED.'"
'Sunday Times' articles reveals another Anglo-U.S./KLA link. At the end of this post is a useful (partial) list of relevant articles. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/train.htm

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