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by Jared Israel and Eric Garris (Written 20 August 2000, not posted until 23 May 2001)

  • "[The] United States of America and the Kosovo Liberation Army stand for the same human values and principles ... Fighting for the KLA is fighting for human rights and American values." (Sen. Lieberman quoted in the 'Washington Post,' April 28, 1999)
  • In April, 1999, during the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia, Senators Joe Lieberman (Democrat) and John McCain (Republican) proposed legislation to arm the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army, or KLA. This was the "Kosova Self-Defense Act." We have posted the text of the statement Lieberman made at the time below.

    Here are a few observations that may assist in putting Joe Lieberman's actions in perspective.

    There is virtually no doubt that at the time Lieberman was calling for a law to arm the KLA, the US was already covertly providing arms and training to that secessionist-terrorist group. As early as the fall of 1998 we know that the Kosovo Verification Mission was setting up tactical liaison with and providing training for the KLA (1), all under the guidance of the experienced U.S. death-squad-liaison expert, William Walker. (2)

    In February a Bosnian Islamist daily published the following:

      "According to Tirana daily newspapers, the Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Paskal Milo said that KLA members will be trained in the US. During his meeting with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Milo was informed that Albanian guerrilla members from Kosovo would be sent to the US for training. Milo added that this was a promise, which Albright gave him personally." ('NEVNI AVAZ' or 'Daily Voice,' pro-Islamist Sarajevo daily, 26 Feb 1999)

    Does a promise, apparently made by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in February, 1999, to openly train the KLA contradict our assertion that the US was already covertly training the KLA long before February?

    No, because her promise was not logistic, it was political. Albright was promising to take military training, which was already going on, and bring it out of the shadows, to flaunt Washington's right to train the KLA, that is its right to violate International Law in the form of the Helsinki Final Act which requires governments:

  • "To refrain from any use of armed forces inconsistent with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the provisions of the Declaration on Principles Guiding Relations between Participating States, against another participating State, in particular from invasion of or attack on its territory.
  • "To refrain from any manifestation of force for the purpose of inducing another participating State to renounce the full exercise of its sovereign rights."
  • Why did training the KLA violate the Helsinki Act?

    • 1) In February, 1999, the US was not at war with Yugoslavia.

    • 2) In February, 1999, Albright described Kosovo as "a region of Yugoslavia about the size of Connecticut." Thus she acknowledged that it was Yugoslav sovereign territory.

    • 3) In February, 1999, Albright called the KLA a "sometimes brutal and indiscriminate" secessionist group devoted to a "simple answer to the tragedy of Kosovo: independence from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia." Again: Kosovo was Yugoslav territory. (Quotes are from "Madeleine Albright delivers remarks on Kosovo at the Institute of Peace," Feb. 4, 1999)

    For the US to train the KLA secretly meant therefore that it was secretly violating national sovereignty, the cornerstone of international law. But for the US to move to openly train the KLA was to uphold the US government's right to openly and flagrantly violate national sovereignty, the cornerstone of international law.

    In a revealing comment she made in February, Albright described how the 'international community' (led by the US) would respond if the KLA didn't cooperate with US wishes:

    • "And if the Kosovars [i.e., the KLA] crater this, it is obviously more complicated because there's not one any center, but they will lose the support of the international community and find themselves increasingly isolated and they can't operate without the community...('ABC this Week,' Feb. 7. 1999, our emphasis)

    How could the KLA "lose the support of the international community," that is, the U.S. and its allies, without whom the KLA "cannot operate" - how could it lose that support unless it had the support to lose?

    Secretary of State Albright was admitting that it was the U.S. government and its allies who made it possible for the KLA to "operate" - that is, to conduct terrorist attacks on Yugoslavia, a sovereign nation. And mind you, all this was weeks before the so-called failure of the so-called negotiations at Rambouillet.

    Significance of Lieberman's 'Arm-the-KLA' Resolution

    As Madeline Albright's remarks indicate, the KLA did not need the "Kosova Self-Defense Act" to get U.S. weapons, because "the international community" was already making sure the KLA got enough weapons to "operate."

    Rather, the Act had two purposes. First, to get the US Senate to endorse a crime of war - the training of a terrorist group - and second to provide a focus for publicity aimed at winning the public to perceive the KLA fascists as representatives of an oppressed nation deserving popular support.

    Lieberman referred to the KLA as "Kosovan military forces" at a time (April 9, 1999) when the KLA was largely isolated, even among secessionist-minded Albanians. And note, the phrase "Kosovan military forces" suggests there is some legitimate nation called "Kosova," though no such place has ever existed except perhaps as a Nazi puppet state during World War II. (3) Indeed, the word "Kosova" has no meaning in either the Serbo-Croatian or Albanian languages. (5)

    And so this Lieberman, who makes a public spectacle of his religious beliefs, who pontificates from a place higher than Morality, this Lieberman fronts for the KLA who are the self-proclaimed heirs to the Balli Kombėtar, the World War II Albanian fascists (3). This Lieberman, who flaunts his Jewishness as if it were a theme park, to the disgust of many Jews, including the writers of this article, this Lieberman fronts for the descendents of the very people who murdered nearly every Jew in Kosovo.

    Some Jews did survive the KLA's Nazi ancestors. Here's how: the Kosovo Albanian fascists dutifully rounded up Jews and shipped them off to Nazi death camps. But one of the trains took a wrong turn, got stuck, and was discovered by the invading Soviet Red Army. They were freed. Some left Kosovo. Others rebuilt their shattered lives.

    But please note: since being put in power by NATO and the UN, Senator Lieberman's beloved KLA has driven from Kosovo those Jews who managed not to be killed by the Balli Kombėtar during W.W. II, driven them out along with their descendents. That is, his KLA has completed the job of producing a judenfrei 'KosovA.'

    Following is the statement Sen. Lieberman gave to The Guardian (UK) on April 9, 1999

    • "If, after extended air strikes, it becomes clear that Mr. Milosevic intends to continue his war of aggression, we must have an answer to the question of what next? The bill we are proposing provides us with such an answer, and an opportunity to send an uncompromising message to Mr Milosevic: we will not stand idly by and allow him to brutalise the people of Kosovo any longer.

      This bill is premised on our belief that Nato ground forces will not be put into Kosovo unless the Serbs and Kosovans reach a peace agreement. If we adopt that stance, though, and Serbian aggression continues, we have an obligation to allow the Kosovans to defend themselves. Our legislation, by providing aid to the Kosovan military forces, would give them a fair chance to fight for their families and their future.

      "I am aware that this proposal will raise some concerns. I recall that when I first raised the idea of training and equipping the Bosnian army, many critics told us that we would destabilise an entire region or accelerate an arms race. In the end, I think those concerns were shown to be misguided.

      "Training and equipping the Bosnians enhanced the stability of the area and helped end the Bosnian war. The situation in Kosovo is different. But that does not diminish the suffering of the Kosovan people subjected to Serb aggression, nor negate their right to defend their families from the threat of genocide."

    One final note. The 'Bosnians" whom Sen. Lieberman is so proud of having championed were already being secretly armed and trained by the U.S. at the time he proposed legislation to openly arm them and train them. This seems to be a pattern with Lieberman.

    And who were these "Bosnians?" Not the Serbs who lived in Bosnia. Nor the moderate Muslims who lived in Bosnia; they were militarily allied with the Serbs. Rather, he wanted to openly arm the extreme Islamist faction led by one Alijah Izetbegovich whose views are clearly stated in a book:

    "... The first and foremost of such conclusions is surely the one on the incompatibility of Islam and non-Islamic systems. There can be no peace or coexistence between the "Islamic faith" and non-Islamic societies and political institutions. ... Islam clearly excludes the right and possibility of activity of any strange ideology on its own turf. Therefore, there is no question of any laicistic principles, and the state should be an expression and should support the moral concepts of the religion. ..." ("Islamska Deklaracija" or "Islamic Declaration" by Alijah Izetbegovic, p. 22)

    And by the way, as a young man this Izetbegovic was a passionate supporter of the Mufti of Jerusalem, an ally and friend of Adolph Hitler, who recruited tens of thousands of Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania into the Waffen SS which then slaughtered many tens of thousands of Serbs, 'Gypsies' and Jews in Yugoslavia.

    (See: George Lepre, Himmler's Bosnian Division. The Waffen-SS Handschar Division 1943-1945, Schiffer Military History, Atglen, PA, 1997).

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    Further reading...

    1) See 'The Cat is Out of the Bag" at

    2) On William Walker's death squad credentials see 'WILLIAM WALKER (ALIAS, MR. RACAK) AND HIS SALVADOR MASSACRE COVER-UP,' by John Flaherty and Jared Israel at

    3) On the background of the Kosovo Liberation Army see George Thompson's 'The roots of Kosovo fascism' at

    4) 'Driven from Kosovo: Jewish Leader Blames NATO - Interview With Cedda Prlincevic' at

    (5) '''KosovA' 'KosovO' - What's in a Name?'' by Prof. J. Peter Maher at

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