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"Humanity" on the Danube
by Rick Rozoff [13 April 2001]

[Mr. Rick Rozoff is a tireless researcher, prolific political analyst and definite annoyance to the New World Order. ]

"The Danube has been blocked along a vital stretch in Serbia since 1999, when NATO bombings destroyed several bridges....The economies of Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia have lost more than a half billion Euros because of the blocked river at Novi Sad, in addition to thousands of layoffs in the shipping industry...." (From 'Reuters' article, excerpts below)

The fact that the bridges in question had no conceivable connection with Kosovo, the supposed reason for the NATO aggression, is not mentioned in the 'Reuters' article (excerpts below). The article does report that the domestic economies of several already impoverished countries were further devastated by the blocking of the Danube, with a terrible cost to the living standards of millions of people. Please note that the article avoids any criticism of NATO on this count - and rightly so for the NATO pilots who bravely bombed civilians (and their bridges) from 50,000 feet were preventing Humanitarian Disaster, so the suffering of millions was no big deal, plus most were Slavs anyway.

So why the rush to open the Danube now? Because Germany, a leading Humanitarian Bomber, needs it opened, that's why. Because without the Danube, the German Establishment is losing money, and they're Humanoids too, you know.

President Milosevic (see below) refused to halt repair work on homes, factories, rail lines, maternity wards, broadcast facilities, power grids, energy and water plants, which NATO bombed, and clear the Danube, which NATO also bombed. What was his problem? Why couldn't he get with the program? Didn't he know that German Foreign Minister Fischer needs the Danube to ship 1,000 Leopard tanks to Turkey so they can slaughter the Kurds, at an affordable price? (1)

Here follow excerpts from the 'Reuters' piece. - RR.

Danube Through Serbia Closed to Year End

BUDAPEST, Apr 13, 2001 -- (Reuters) Shipping on the Danube River through Serbia will not resume before the end of the year, despite a deal to begin clearing NATO bomb debris, [Hellmuth Strasser] head of the Danube Commission said on Thursday.

The Danube has been blocked along a vital stretch in Serbia since 1999, when NATO bombings destroyed several bridges...

The economies of Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia have lost more than a half billion euros because of the blocked river at Novi Sad, in addition to thousands of layoffs in the shipping industry, he said.

Almost two years after the bridges were bombed, the 11-nation Danube Commission awarded a 26 million euro contract to a Danish-Hungarian consortium to begin clearing the debris...

"Basically (Slobodan) Milosevic's government had stalled our project at least five or so months," he said. "But when the new government came to power, literally, we had the green light."

The [non-Yugoslav] consortium that won the contract will begin clearing debris in the next few weeks, Strasser said. The first agenda item will be de-mining the area from NATO bombs that destroyed the three bridges...

[Note: Prof. Michel Chossudovsky points out that the Danish-Hungarian consortium will be paid at standard world rates for clearing the Danube. They will employ highly skilled Yugoslav workers and pay them one twentieth of what they'd have to pay a Danish worker. - RR]

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Further Reading:

(1) On the highly successful Yugoslav program to rebuild after the bombing, see "The Other Side," an interview with Minister Ivkovic, who was in charge of that rebuilding program. At http://emperors-clothes.com/interviews/ivkovic1.htm

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