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The CIA Strikes Out Again

by Colonel David Hackworth [posted 3-14-2001]

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In Kosovo, U.S. Army paratroopers are receiving and returning fire. Our guys are shooting made-in-the-USA M-16 rifles, and their opponents, Albanian extremists, are using ex-Soviet Union AK-47 assault rifles.

So what's new? M-16s and AK-47s have been blasting each other for decades, and anyone familiar with Albanians and Serbians and the bloody history of ex-Yugoslavia would say, "What do you expect? Those crazies have been going at it with hot lead longer than the Hatfields and McCoys."

What's new is that the AK-47s, the ammo and the wherewithal to field the Albanian army of insurgent thugs currently going up against our and other NATO troops were provided not by Russia or Red China or North Korea, but by the USA. Yes, American taxpayers paid for the bullets being used to shoot American soldiers!

For months our CIA has secretly trained, funded and supplied former Kosovo Liberation Army rebels conducting a guerrilla campaign into southern Serbia to undermine former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic — exactly the same kind of operation our spooks supported before and during the war against Serbia over Kosovo.

European commanders in Kosovo are not only charging the CIA with playing footsie with the Albanian rebels. They're also claiming American commanders in Kosovo have deliberately looked the other way and allowed a steady flow of KLA rebels and CIA-provided arms and war-fighting material to slip across Kosovo's border. (1)

Last Sunday, Britain's Observer newspaper reported a European commander in Kosovo as saying: "The CIA has been allowed to run riot in Kosovo with a private army designed to overthrow Slobodan Milosevic. Now he's gone (and) the U.S. State Department seems incapable of reining in its bastard army."

The angry NATO commander added: "Most of last year, there was a growing frustration with U.S. support for the radical Albanians. U.S. policy was and still is out of step with the other NATO allies."

Now — with CIA help — the Kosovo Liberation Army rebels are attacking on two fronts: southern Serbia and along the Macedonian border, where our paratroopers tangled with them last week. (2)

The attacks into Serbia could bring the Belgrade army back with a vengeance and restart the war in Kosovo. The Macedonian border fighting also could explode into an ethnic civil war inside of that country, which could be even more destructive than the 1999 Kosovo shootout. And meanwhile — right in the middle of the killing field — Americans soldiers are caught in a cross fire of our own making. (3)

(c) David Hackworth, 2001, reprinted for Fair Use Only

Further reading

1) The BBC tells all. Anyway, it tells a lot. See: 'Diplomats Admit NATO Backs KLA Invasion of Inner Serbia' at http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/admi.htm.

2) On NATO helicopters providing air cover for the KLA invasion of southern Serbia, see 'Pentagon Dogs'; at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/tika/dogs.htm

3) "KLA Attacks Everyone; Media Attacks...Miloshevich?" by Jared Israel at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/expan.htm

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