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Lying about Slovenian
by Petar Makara (9-10-00)
In June, 1991 Slovenia announced it had seceded from
Yugoslavia and proceeded to seize Yugoslav customs
stations. The Western media then broadcast news of a
barbaric attack by vicious Yugoslav troops, beaten back
by brave Slovenians. But those stories were pure fiction.
There was no such attack. Total casualties in this war
were: 3 dead Slovenian irregulars and 33 Yugoslav
soldiers, executed after they surrendered. The Yugoslav
troops in Slovenia had not been issued live ammunition,
and this was public knowledge at the time.
Only one mainstream Western source admitted the
stories were lies. That was the 'European' in its July
19-21, 1991. Note the date: barely one month after
Slovenia declared their intention to secede, thus
starting the first Yugoslav war of secession. The title
of the story was: "Lies win Balkan war of
words." It was written by Simon Freeman. Emperor's
Clothes has a photo copy of the original. This is
fortunate, for the article cannot be found on the
Internet using either the Lexis or Google search engines.
The article is worth reading carefully because it at
once exposes how lies were used early on to demonize the
Serbs and at the same time implicitly supports some of
the propaganda it is exposing.
The article has this subtitle:
"Yugoslavia has rediscovered the old adage
that truth is the first casualty of war. Simon
Freeman reports from Zagreb [Croatia] and Ljubljana
[Slovenia] where the protagonists are involved in a
fierce fight to capture the attention of the world's
It begins by talking about the Croat government's
understanding of the value of propaganda:.
[Quote] "The Croats' strategy today is clear.
They are bombarding the world with information, which
is usually so petty that it seems that it must be
true. But this is an illusion; it is impossible to
check most of these reports precisely because the
clashes were so minor that, even if they happened,
they left no mark. And, in between the recital of
these so-called facts, the Croats toss quite
incredible allegations; this week's favourite is to
claim, straight-faced, that the Serbs have hired
assassins from the Romanian Securitate.
[Quote continued] "Zagreb has launched this
propaganda blitz after carefully analysing how the
Slovenians managed to outmanoeuvre Belgrade in the
fight for international sympathy. The Croats realised
that the decisive engagements, which virtually
guaranteed Slovenia's independence, took place in the
pages of the foreign media and, even more important,
in the news bulletins of the major television
networks." [End quote.]
In fact, the Croatian leaders 'realised' nothing at
all, nor did the Slovenes 'outmaneuver' Belgrade. The
secession of these countries was planned and coordinated
by the US and German elites, working through various
agencies, including the CIA and BND. They trained their
proxy forces in Croatia and Slovenia and then opened the
pages of the mass media which they controlled to accept
their proxies' propaganda.
How much maneuvering is required to win a media war
when the Slovenes and the mass media are controlled by
the same forces?
The Western conquerors divided the job of getting out
misinformation. The proxies in Slovenia and Croatia were
to craft lies, as best they could. The Western media was
to bring the lies to market.
The article goes on to say that "the Serbs"
(meaning, the Yugoslav Federation) are learning the
lesson that you have to use the Western media but that
they are slow students:
[Quote] "They have a leader, Slobodan
Milosevic, whose brand of stubborn nationalism and
hardline marxism is a public relations disaster.''
Note the propaganda hidden in this sentence. In the
early stages of the breakup of Yugoslavia, the West
tarred the Serbs with being "the last Communists on
Planet Earth." This particular propaganda slogan was
launched by the Croatian Catholic Church.
Then the article talks about the
"cleverness" of the Slovene propagandists:
[Quote] "The Slovenes cleverly portrayed
themselves as clean-limbed, tanned churchgoers who
only wanted to live peacefully and democratically in
their Alpine idyll of mountains, lakes and meadows
[Quote] "The Serbs, on the other hand, the
Slovenes suggested [and the West readily published],
were ruthless communists. They were dirty, unshaven
brutes who dropped cluster bombs on innocent
civilians. They came from the east, which had always
sought to inflict its intolerance, religious
fanaticism and alphabet of squiggly lines on Europe.
[Quote] "These were grotesque caricatures, of
course, but, thanks to the brilliant propaganda
campaign in Ljubljana [capital of Slovenia], they
have taken hold of the public imagination in the
West, turning a complex struggle into a
straightforward battle between the forces of light
(Slovenes and Croats) and darkness (Serbs). The
nerve-centre of this propaganda operation was an
underground conference complex deep below the streets
of Ljubljana. Here, a few dozen officials from the
Slovenian Ministry of Information, backed up by
young, multilingual patriot volunteers, worked
tirelessly to service more than 1,000 journalists.
[Quote] "Inside this bunker the information
flowed fast and efficiently in an atmosphere oddly
similar to that found in a press centre at an Olympic
Games; the results - tanks hit, shots fired,
prisoners taken - were given every hour. The Slovenes
needed a bloody, dramatic conflict to ensure the
world did not loose interest. So they showered the
media with details of battles that had often never
[Quote] Sometimes the Slovenes would enliven the
day with revelations which were either ficticous or
[Quote] "...It was possible to report the war
without ever venturing above the ground. Indeed,
since it required an honours degree in orienteering
to negotiate the labyrinth of roadblocks, many
journalists opted [or were ordered?] to remain
underground. But, for those who did venture into the
sunlight, the bunker war often seemed a fantacy. For
example, the world heard of a major battle at
Jezersko, a small border post an the frontier with
Austria. This greatly surprised the Slovene
militiamen at Jezersko, who told me a few days later
that the army had fired a few shots, taken the post
and then, faced with Slovene reinforcement, retreated
happily down the mountain. No one was hurt" [End
Olympic Games indeed. The author counts on Olympian
ignorance among his readers. Some thoughts on this
- 1) He is telling us that Slovenes, for the first
time in the history of warfare, have discovered
that it is good to present themselves positively
and the enemy negatively. This is astonishing.
Even Hitler tried to present himself positively -
thus he launched World War II by staging an
incident which made it appear that Polish border
guards had attacked Germany. And Hitler said he
was fighting unshaven, dirty communists also.
- 2) WHY did Western reporters sit in secessionists
bunker and present only the secessionist side of
the story when in fact the media of the Federal
Government of Yugoslavia was also issuing daily
news reports, and accurate ones (i.e. that the
stories about fighting were lies). Why didn't
Western reporters go out and investigate to see
who was telling the truth? Why did these
reporters happen to take the side of
secessionists who described themselves in terms
painfully similar to those used by WWII Nazis?
Why did they refuse to give fair hearing to the
news of a recognized, sovereign country, one of
the founders of the United Nations, a country
which had been on friendly terms with the West
for many years?
- 3) Since when do Western reporters sit in a
bunker while reporting on a war? Haven't they
gone out and reported far tougher situations? The
war in Slovenia was feeble. The end count of
casualties was 3 dead Slovenian irregulars and 33
executed Yugoslav Federal Army soldiers who had
no ammunition (!) and surrendered. A total of 36
people dead. Some war! The casualty level of a
bus accident. What happened to so called Western
"investigative journalism" ?
- 4) The article says: "It required an honours
degree in orienteering to negotiate the labyrinth
of roadblocks [in Slovenia]" Baloney. Go and
try to find Slovenia on the map. Hard isn't it? A
country smaller than Connecticut. I guess these
journalists, with their true "interest"
in events, would be get lost in their Slovenian
hotel. With all those great and terrible
roadblocks and savage obstacles they wouldn't
find a bathroom.
- 5) Did ONLY the Slovenes have "young
multilingual patriot volunteers" ready to
spread their view of events? See how the image of
clean-limbed young Slovenes is presented even
here, where it is supposedly debunked! Are Serbs
never multilingual? Are they never beautiful?
The author then presents his moral, which appears in
the pages of the 'European' in large type:
[Quote] "Exaggerations will do nothing to
heal the divisions which are ripping the country
apart." [End quote]
Upside down and backwards, because in fact it is
precisely the exaggerations put forth by the Western
media which were the instrument for allowing Western
involvement in Yugoslavia - justifying economic and
military support for the secessionists, sanctions against
multiethnic Yugoslavia, expulsions of Serbs, moderate
Muslims and others who wanted to hold it together, the
reintroduction of huge numbers of expatriate Croatian
Ustashe fascists, the disarming of Yugoslav loyalists
through introduction of UN troops, and the bombing of
loyalist forces, in Bosnia and later Serbia and
Savagery was introduced from the West. Without the
West, the Slovenian and Croatian fascists would never
have had a chance in Yugoslavia.
and the US in the Balkans- a Careful Coincidence of
National Policies?" by T.W. Carr at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/carr/carr.html
2) "What Does
NATO Want in Yugoslavia?" by Sean Gervasi at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/gervasi/why.htm
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