by Dan Dostinic (8-3-00)
- "Ankara urges UN to improve Kosovo Turks' rights."
And therein lies a tale...
A July 31 Agence France Presse (AFP) report states that
"Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem urged Monday the head of the
United Nations interim administration in Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, to
boost the rights of the Turkish community in the province." The
article cites Huseyin Dirioz, a Turkish foreign ministry official.
Turkey's concern stems from the decision of some 60,000 Kosovo
Turks to boycott municipal elections because the "UN mission did
not issue registration forms in Turkish."
The article further states that "the Turks enjoyed cultural
autonomy under Belgrade's rule and did not join the Albanian struggle
for independence although the two communities have a common faith in
AFP does not explore the implications of the statement that the
Turks, a minority in Serbia as are Albanians, "enjoyed cultural
autonomy under Belgrade's rule" during the period (i.e., the
1990s) when Albanians were fighting for 'independence.'
Didn't Western leaders claim they had no choice but to bomb
Yugoslavia to restore to ethnic Albanians the cultural autonomy they
had been supposedly denied because the Serbian "rulers"
loathed their Muslim faith? And wasn't the Muslim faith brought to -
and in many case forced on - the Balkans by...the Turks?
Is something wrong with this picture?
If Serbian officials hate Muslims, why is it that ethnic Turks
in Serbian Kosovo "enjoyed cultural autonomy under Belgrade's
rule"? And why are the Turks complaining that now, under
enlightened NATO rule, they can't even get the UN to print Turkish
language election ballots?
Could it be that Belgrade was speaking the truth?
Could it be that Yugoslavia never took away ethnic Albanians'
cultural autonomy, that is, judicial functions, schools, hospitals and
mass media in the Albanian language? Could it be that in fact
the Albanian secessionist movement organized a boycott of Albanian
language institutions (such as schools) in order to score
propaganda points with the West? [See footnote 2]
And consider Turkey. Turkey was a strategic participant in the
78 day bombing of Yugoslavia which President Clinton said was
necessary in order to insure "respect for minority rights."
(Clinton, 'New York Times,' Op-ed, May 23, 1999)
And now Turkey has 1,000 troops in Kosovo.
According to recent reports, ethnic Albanians
are complaining about lawlessness in Kosovo [Footnote 1] Refugees
are afraid to return, fearing attacks by Albanian extremists. A recent
UN report described the UN-created Kosovo Protection Corps as engaging
Given these conditions, shouldn't there be a renewal of demands
for inquiries in all capitals that took part in the bombing of
Yugoslavia? The question to which we need an answer is: WHY?
The AFP article closes with the following: "Cem warned that
Turkey could limit its contributions to Kosovo's security if the
rights of the Turkish community were not rectified."
What "security" Mr. Cem?
Dan Dostinic is a Canadian antiwar activist.
1) In "Concentration
camps in Kosovo: The KLA Archipelago"
Jared Israel offers the following amazing description of the brave new
civil government which the UN and NATO have installed in Kosovo. The
following is from the 'New York Times, ' hardly an opponent of US
policy in Yugoslavia. The excerpt begins with a quote from the
- '"Tahir Canolli, 49, ran a furniture store in Pristina
for nearly three decades. He, like many businessmen, hoped that
when he returned to Pristina from the refugee camps in Macedonia,
the harassment he experienced under Serbs would end."'
"Note [from Jared Israel] to
readers: the "harassment under Serbs"
remark, pasted onto the article without benefit of support or
explanation (how was he harassed and how do we know he was?) is an
example of the Obligatory
) which can be found in virtually all articles about
Yugoslavia. No matter what the subject, and especially if the
subject is KLA terror, the writer or editor offers at least one
anti-Serbian side-swipe just to remind readers that however awful
the KLA and NATO may be, 'The Serbs' are worse. Note that 'The
Serbs' are here treated as an undifferentiated mass, which is only
fitting for an Evil People."
- '"Instead, a group of KLA fighters arrived at his
shop two weeks ago with a paper issued from 'The Ministry of
Public Order' demanding the keys to his 1990 Audi 80 and his
''They were arrogant, brutal and rude,' he said, unfolding the
stamped order that he now carries in his pocket. 'They told me
that if I did not comply immediately they knew a cellar I
might like to visit."'
"A cellar? As in dungeon?
"The Times report ascends from the horrible to
- '"Within hours, $50,000 worth of furniture was
loaded onto trucks brought by the officials who had demanded
his keys. The looters not only stripped the store of its
contents but also ripped out the heaters, lamps and mirrors.
[!] They carted away 24 large flower boxes that had been
outside the building. The next day several flower boxes of the
same design and with the same kinds of plants were placed
outside the building where Mr. Thaci works."
"Mr. Thaci was indulging his feminine side, yes? Now
comes a bit of humor, perhaps unintended:
- '"Mr. Thaci's appointees said that such
confiscations, especially of state-owned buildings, were part
of their effort to determine property ownership. They also
defended the decision to begin collecting money from
businesses, a practice many shop owners have labeled
"Ah, those troublesome shop owners! Always throwing
"The article continues:
- '"Mr. Canolli has spent hours outside Mr. Thaci's
ministries in recent days in the hope that he can reclaim some
of his property or be compensated for it. But each attempt has
"'I saw the K.L.A. police inspector who gave me the
confiscation order driving my car, although it had no license
plates,' he said. 'I went to his office but was told at
the door that I should never come back or attempt to speak
with him..'"(NY Times, July 29, 1999, my
emphasis). You can read
this article in full at http://emperors-clothes.com/news/reporter.htm
In her excellent introduction to the wars of secession in Yugoslavia
during the 1990s, Yugoslavia
Seen Through a Dark Glass, Diana Johsnstone
refers to an ICG report called Kosovo Spring, which talks about the
boycott. Johnstone quotes from the report:
- 24) "The March 24, 1998 report of the International
Crisis Group entitled 'Kosovo Spring' notes that: 'In many spheres
of life, including politics, education and health-care, the
boycott by Kosovars of the Yugoslav state is almost total.' In
particular, 'Kosovars refuse to participate in Serbian or
Yugoslavian political life. The leading Yugoslav political parties
all have offices in Kosovo and claim some Kosovar members, but
essentially they are 'Serb-only' institutions. In 1997 several
Kosovars accused of collaborating with the enemy (i.e. the Serbian
State) were attacked, including Charnilj Gasi, head of the
Socialist Party of Serbia in Glagovac, and a deputy in the
Yugoslav Assembly's House of Citizens, who was shot and wounded in
November. The lack of interest of Serb political parties in wooing
Kosovars is understandable. Kosovars have systematically boycotted
the Yugoslav and Serbian elections since 1981, considering them
events in a foreign country.'"
As Ms. Johnstone notes, the ICG is very much not a pro-Serbian
institution, merely one that is required on occasion to tell the
- "The ICG, while scarcely pro-Serb in its conclusions,
nevertheless provides information neglected by mainstream media.
This is perhaps because the ICG addresses its findings to
high-level decision-makers who need to be in possession of a
certain number of facts, rather than to the general public. Gasi
was not the only target of Albanian attacks on fellow Albanians in
the Glogovse municipal district, situated in the Drenica region
which the "Kosovo Liberation Army" (UCK) tried to
control in early 1998. Others included forester Mujo Sejd, 52,
killed by machine-gun fire near his home on January 12, 1998;
postman Mustafa Kurtaj, 26, killed on his way to work by a group
firing automatic rifles; factory guard Rusdi Ladrovci, ambushed
and killed with automatic weapons apparently after refusing to
turn over his official arm to the UCK; among others. On April 10,
1998, men wearing camouflage uniforms and insignia of the Army of
Albania fired automatic weapons at a passenger car carrying four
ethnic Albanian officials of the Socialist Party of Serbia
including Gugna Adem, President of the Suva Reka Municipal Board,
who was gravely injured; and Ibro Vait, member of the National
Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and President of the SPS
district board in the city of Prizren. Numerous such attacks have
been reported by the Yugoslav news agency Tanjug, but Western
media have shown scant interest in the fate of ethnic Albanians
willing to live Serbs in multi-ethnic Serbia." ( Quoted from Through
a Dark Glass at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/Johnstone/1yugo.htm
You can Order Judgment
You probably recall the famous pictures of an
emaciated man behind barbed wire in what we were told was a
Bosnian death camp. These pictures were flashed round the world
in 1992 and had a big impact, convincing millions of people that
the Bosnian Serbs were committing genocide. Presidential
candidate Clinton and President Bush competed over who could
denounce the Serbs most harshly.
Emperors-clothes has produced a movie that proves
these pictures were a hoax. Using original footage it duplicates
the steps ITN, the British news station, used to fabricate the
phony death camp pictures. You see what it was actually like at
Trnopolje, where ITN filmed. You watch as the film is doctored,
recreating the 'Pictures that Fooled the World.'
The suggested donation for
a copy of the video is $25 in the US, $26 in other countries,
including shipping. Please send more if you can; we rely on
donations to cover our operating expenses. If you can't afford
$25/26, send what you can. We want you to have this video, to
show it to everyone you can. It jogs the mind that has been
fogged with lies, jogs it to think.
To order JUDGMENT send donation to:
- Emperor's Clothes
P.O. Box 610-321
Newton, MA 02461-0321
(Please tell us how many films you are ordering)