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Activist/Writer on Yugoslavia Agrees with Emperor's Clothes on Jacques Verges and Ramsey Clark
refuse to be tainted by association with Fascism"
[Posted 28 August 2003]
[ www.tenc.net ]
A Note from the Editor
To: Emperors Clothes
From: Colin Meade
I am writing to you to express my appreciation of the immense contribution that the Emperors Clothes team has made over the years in bringing to light the truth about the destruction of the former Yugoslavia by imperialist forces in the West and their separatist protégés.
For a long time, I by and large
believed the official story that Milosevic's policies
were responsible for the break-up of Yugoslavia. The
decisive break for me came with the Kosovo war. At the
time I was working as a translator for the French Embassy
here. In this capacity I translated some (public)
communiqués about the Rambouillet conference. I was
puzzled by what I was reading. It seemed as if the
Yugoslav side was eager to reach a compromise, while the
Albanian separatists were holding out - yet it was
Yugoslavia that was bombed. A bit of rooting around on
the Internet yielded the explanation - the real
text of the Rambouillet "Agreement".  Well, it took me ten minutes on my own with an
ordinary PC to get the real picture - but none of the
mass media seemed to want to know about it at all...
The reason I feel the need to say this publicly now is that attacks have been appearing impugning the motives of Emperors Clothes editors Jared Israel and Nico Varkevisser for their involvement in the campaign to defend Slobodan Milosevic.
The reason why some people are writing this slanderous drivel is obvious. It is to divert attention from a crucial political issue raised by Jared and Nico: that of the activities of the International Action Centre's Ramsey Clark  and French lawyer Jacques Vergès  and the damage they are doing to the campaign to defend Slobodan Milosevic.
As Emperors Clothes has documented, Clark and Vergès have a track record of defending figures from the anti-semitic far right.
At the Hague, the prosecutors are trying to claim that Mr Milosevic pursued racist and fascist policies. Clearly, claims by Clark or Vergès to be leading the defence campaign can only give credence to this absurd amalgam, which they personally embody, and is thus harmful for the defence.
Supporters of Clark and Vergès argue that the campaign needs these high-profile people with access to the mass media, whatever they may have got up to in the past. In fact, however, what needs to be got into the media is the truth about the false charges against Milosevic and the substance of his self-defence, not further confusion of the essential issues.
My initial reaction on seeing the first article on Clark in Emperors Clothes was one of shock and repudiation: why was this internal issue in the campaign being raised so publicly? Milosevic's defenders are small in number, everyone must pull together, I felt. However, now that I have seriously studied the material on the website and thought about the political substance of the matter, I see why and how profoundly I was wrong. Clark and Vergès are not, in fact, pulling in the same direction as me. While I am trying to point out that Milosevic is clearly innocent of the preposterous charges brought against him in the Hague, Clark and Vergès foster the idea that every murderous villain is entitled to a defence, thus implying that Milosevic is just such a villain.
Finally, and most fundamentally, I absolutely refuse to be tainted, in the name of "anti-imperialism", with the brush of fascists and neo-fascists such as Klaus Barbie and Lyndon LaRouche, through political association with those who volunteered to defend them, Jacques Vergès and Ramsey Clark. People who think this is sectarian need to think again, and hard, about what they really mean by that and where their argument might eventually lead them.
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Footnotes and Further Reading
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Verges and Muslim Terrorists: Who was Genoud?"
Verges Says he's Milosevic's Attorney: It's a Lie,"
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