We've been lied to once again, this time about
By Jared Israel
[Posted 30 January 2002, revised 16 March 2006]
For Emperor's Clothes articles on the
causes of the breakup of Yugoslavia, go to
During the illegal NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, U.S.
Secretary of State Madeline
Albright openly demanded that 'Tribunal' 'Prosecutor' Louise Arbour
indict Milosevic. The purpose: to criminalize the Yugoslav leader, thus
heading off any possibility that wavering NATO governments would meet
with him. 
During the NATO bombing, NATO spokesman Jamie Shea boasted that the 'Tribunal' would never indict NATO leaders because
NATO controls it.
Although the Milosevic 'trial' is slated to start on
12 February, in fact Milosevic has been on trial continuously in the
Western media for fourteen years. Undoubtedly many of our readers have
been persuaded by this media campaign and the supporting chorus -
including some left wing intellectuals - that Milosevic is guilty.
The only thing wrong with this trial-by-media is that
the defense never gets to speak and the prosecution lies.
The most important charge against Milosevic is that he
mobilized the Serbs based on race hate, the way Hitler organized
Germans. If this charge were true, Mil0osevic would have had to do it
publicly. You can't promote hatred in secret.
Therefore we can check the accuracy of the anti-Serb,
anti-Milosevic campaign by reading what Milosevic wrote and then reading
what politicians and the media claim he wrote.
I want to ask you to try a little experiment. Below is
an excerpt from Milosevic's most famous speech, delivered in 1989 at
Kosovo Field. Now before you go and read it, please make a few
predictions. He's going to talk about nationalism and about the
relations between Serbs and other groups in Serbia. Kosovo was/is
legally a province of Serbia, so that includes ethnic Albanians. What is
he going to say?
Here is what Robin Cook, then Britain's Foreign
Secretary, said about the speech. Cooke made these comments in a talk on
June 28, 1999:
"Milosevic used this important anniversary not to
give a message of hope and reform. Instead, he threatened force to
deal with Yugoslavia's internal political difficulties. Doing so
thereby launched his personal agenda of power and ethnic hatred
under the cloak of nationalism. All the peoples of the region have
suffered grievously ever since." (Cook can be read in full at
Now here's Milosevic:
"Serbia has never had only Serbs living in it.
Today, more than in the past, members of other peoples and
nationalities also live in it. This is not a disadvantage for
Serbia. I am truly convinced that it is its advantage. National
composition of almost all countries in the world today, particularly
developed ones, has also been changing in this direction. Citizens
of different nationalities, religions, and races have been living
together more and more frequently and more and more successfully.
"Socialism in particular, being a progressive and
just democratic society, should not allow people to be divided in
the national and religious respect. The only differences one can and
should allow in socialism are between hard working people and idlers
and between honest people and dishonest people. Therefore, all
people in Serbia who live from their own work, honestly, respecting
other people and other nations, are in their own republic.
"DRAMATIC NATIONAL DIVISIONS
"After all, our entire country should be set up on
the basis of such principles. Yugoslavia is a multinational
community and it can survive only under the conditions of full
equality for all nations that live in it.
"The crisis that hit Yugoslavia has brought about
national divisions, but also social, cultural, religious and many
other less important ones. Among all these divisions, nationalist
ones have shown themselves to be the most dramatic. Resolving them
will make it easier to remove other divisions and mitigate the
consequences they have created.
"For as long as multinational communities have
existed, their weak point has always been the relations between
different nations. The threat is that the question of one nation
being endangered by the others can be posed one day -- and this can
then start a wave of suspicions, accusations, and intolerance, a
wave that invariably grows and is difficult to stop. This threat has
been hanging like a sword over our heads all the time. Internal and
external enemies of multi-national communities are aware of this and
therefore they organize their activity against multinational
societies mostly by fomenting national conflicts. At this moment, we
in Yugoslavia are behaving as if we have never had such an
experience and as if in our recent and distant past we have never
experienced the worst tragedy of national conflicts that a society
can experience and still survive."
-- From Milosevic's Speech at Kosovo Field, 28
June 1989. Emperor's Clothes has posted two Western translations.
This is from the US government translation; the other was by the
BBC. We've posted both in text form, and the BBC translation in PDF
If this is virulent nationalism, I'm a
Editor, Emperor's Clothes
1) How Madeline Albright
Ordered The Hague 'Tribunal' To 'Indict' Milosevic at
2) On the creation of an
imaginary "Media Milosevic," see
"On the Demonization of the 'Media Milosevic': How and why it's Done;
why it's Nonsense," at
3)For Emperor's Clothes
articles on the causes of the breakup of Yugoslavia, go to
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