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Piercing a Fog of Lies

September 1999

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"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
--- Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, 1916, Ch.9

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I cannot give it a name but it seems like hell * Letter from a Serbian woman Translated by Peter Makara (posted 9/30/9 9)
Recently the Serbian Orthodox Church issued a statement explaining why their represntative had withdrawn from NATO's Kosovo Council:

  • "After three months of 'peace' the results are catastrophic for Serbs: about 200,000 expelled, more than 350 killed, 450 abducted, thousands of burned and looted Serbian houses as well as 70 destroyed churches and monasteries in the presence of almost 50,000 international peace forces."

Other estimates are higher: 300,000-400,000 driven from Kosovo. It's too much. The eyes dazzle; we look away. Then what of one single person? What of her struggle? What of the daily attempt to live under a reign of terror, to maintain humanity? The following is an account of such an attempt, in September 1999, in the modern era.
I cannot give it a name but it seems like hell

Spanish experts say NATO's genocide claims are false -
News report by Pablo Ordaz and also a
Commentary by Jared Israel (revised 10-3-99)
Since March the media has barraged us with gruesome stories of Kosovo Albanian mass graves. Repetition breeds belief, but now comes a report from a group of Spanish forensic scientists sent by NATO to northern Kosovo to conduct autopsies. They were told they would see 2000 bodies, gruesomely disfigured, "the worst atrocities" in Kosovo. Their report, translated here, is a bomb. After you have read the report check out Jared Israel's commentary which analyzes just how NATO and the media have lied.

Kosovo Albanians - The Other Side
Transcribed by Greg Elich, edited by Greg Elich and Jared Israel (9-22-99)
"My father was killed two years ago by the KLA terrorists. One day before I fled from Kosovo, a woman came to my flat and said that if I told people my father was killed by Serbs I could have a high ranking position in the Kosovo Liberation Army, the KLA." So says Albanian anti-secessionist and TV/Radio editor Fatmir Seholi. This interview with three Albanians who lead a movement against secession presents a viewpoint excluded from the Western media..

The Road to Hell
by Will Deighton (9-22-99)
Do 'humanitarian crusades' help? Or does internationalization turn conflict into a media morality play, guaranteeing the very violence it is supposed to prevent? Will Deighton argues this is precisely what's happened in East Timor.

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A lie in the ointment?
by Jared Israel
(9-22-99) Are we getting the full story about East Timor? A look at a surprisng AP dispatch, and a few poltically incorrect speculations...

Yugoslavia was bombed - but was Europe the target?
by Luke James (9-20-99)
Yugoslavia's
Tanjug reviews an article in Area, magazine of a right-wing Italian party and finds they agree that Washington had economic motives behind the bombing of Yugoslavia. Is there a big (though hidden) divide between U.S. and European elites? The Tanjug article, rewritten for readability, is posted with a few comments by emperors-clothes.com.

US & Britain covertly trained Indonesian special troops
by Luke James (9-20-99)
Should a thief guard jewels? If not, then what are Australia, Britain and the US doing saving East Timor? A few revelations about US & British secret (illegal?) training of Indonesian internal-repression troops, including ones used in E. Timor. And a few questions about life for the Timorese when the Multinational Corporations take over.

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To Kosovo & Back  
(posted 9-19)
Zoran, the nom de guerre of Serbian gentleman associated with a certain diplomatic service, describes a two week trip through KOSOVO including the town of ORAHOVAC which Albanians have blockaded to prevent entry of Russian troops. We urge you to read this - and show it to everyone. It's an eye-opener.

Meanwhile, Italian newspapers suggest further bloodshed is in the offing for Yugoslavia as an American with an ugly past pays a visit to Montenegro.
The Boss pushes for Yugoslav Civil War
by Jared Israel (9-16-99)

'We here think it has been planned'
by Blagovesta Doncheva (posted 9-14-99)
This is our second letter from Blagovesta Doncheva in Bulgaria. (If you haven't read the first, it's well worth it. See: With her eyes opened ) In this new letter, the insightful Ms. D. discusses Bulgarian suspicions about the Western moral crusade for intervention in East Timor, and what the US government is really after.

Will the real Richard Holbrooke please stand up? (9-11-99)
In which are raised some questions about UN Ambassador Holbrooke. Is his conversion to moral outrage over East Timor sincere? Turns out he and that tortured island go back a long way...

All the enemies in the world and all the world's enemy
(9-12-99)

In the context of the East Timor tragedy, Diana Johnstone discusses the destabilizing effects of the US government's abrasive diplomacy in general and of the bombing of Yugoslavia in particular.

Nazi Nostalgia in Croatia
by Diana Johnstone (posted 9/6/99)
Ms. Johnstone has some startling observations about cultural life in Croatia, with which the U.S. and Germany are allied. The reality does not match the democratic public image.

With her eyes opened - a letter to the Serbian 'Democratic Opposition'
by Blagovesta Doncheva (posted 9/4/99)
We received this report from a Bulgarian intellectual. It is shocking to read her tormented account of what has been done to Bulgaria. Blagovesta Doncheva was for a time an activist in the U.S.-backed 'pro-Democracy' movement in Bulgaria, similar to the U.S.-backed opposition in Serbia except the Bulgarian version has run the country for years. Like many of us, she believed the fall of the Soviet system would lead to something better, something truly democratic. Her article documents the practical content of the democracy the Indispensible Nation (as Madeline Albright calls the U.S.) is dispensing to much of the world. Americans were always afraid what would happen to this planet if we lost the Cold War. Should we have been afraid what would be revealed if we won?

Credible Deception: The NY Times & the Sudan missile attack
By Jared Israel, revised, 9-19-99
Does the press lie? Or worse, does it lie systematically? It is a scary thought, and one from which most of us recoil.

Last August US Navy cruise missiles destroyed a medical factory in Sudan. The US government claimed it had proof the factory made nerve gas but refused to produce it and dismissed a Security COuncil attempt to hold an investigation.How did the mass media report this bombing and the aftermath? Jared Israel's Credible Deception analyzes NY Times coverage and makes some.

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Gracanica shelled; calm prevails
As the KLA terror continues, Foreign Ministers Fischer (Germany) and Vedrine (France) see the sights in Kosovo and declare a victory for security and ethnic harmony. We are reminded of the comment of a British Chieftain, concerning the Roman Empire: "They make a wilderness and call it Peace." (Cornelius Tacitus, Agricola) Meanwhile, as you read this, the largest Serbian village in Kosovo, and its most precious church, are being shelled.

Driven from Kosovo: Jewish
leader charges NATO complicity
Cedomir Prlincevic was leader of Kosovo Jewish Community in Kosovo. He was also Chief Archivist of Kosovo. Now he and every other Jewish resident of Kosovo is a refugee. Mr. Prlincevic describes in detail the mechanism by which the KLA's Albanian gangs have systematically driven out everyone opposed to creating a Greater Albania. This interview is devestating, but it should be read - Mr. Prlincevic charges, from his own experience, and despite his expectations, that NATO (that is, the US, British and German governments) is directly involved in coordinated terror.

Gracko survivors blame NATO
This letter was written by residents of Gracko, the Kosovo town where KLA terrorists recently slaughtered 14 Serbian farmers. The letter is quietly horrifying. It quietly points the finger of blame at KFOR. KFOR is of course the latest alias for NATO. NATO is in turn very much under the control of the US government. Wasn't it Mr. Truman who said the buck stops here?
NATO's Humanitarian Trigger
In this analysis of NATO's new justification for war, Diana Johnstone says: "The Serbs are essentially a modernized peasant people, who having liberated themselves from arbitrary Turkish Ottoman oppression in the 19th century, are attached to modern state institutions. In contrast, the Albanians in the northern mountains of Albania and Kosovo have never really accepted any law, political or religious, over their own unwritten "Kanun" based on patriarchal obedience to vows, family honor, elaborate obligations, all of which are enforced not by any government but by male family and clan chiefs protecting their honor, eventually in the practice of blood feuds and revenge." Johnstone argues that the U.S. has deliberately exacerbated tensions in this messy social mix so that it could intervene in Kosovo based on the new moral imperative: the prevention of humanitarian disaster. Strange to say, when NATO desires to intervene, a human disaster conveniently occurs.

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