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Opposition Leader Djindjic Calls for Complete Yugoslav Submission to U.S. [10-09-2000]

Comments by Jared Israel

An AP dispatch, reprinted below, gives some glimpse of the speed with which the U.S. is consolidating its position in Yugoslavia.

Zoran Djindjic makes the crucial statement in the 'AP' dispatch. Djindjic is an open employee of the U.S. and German governments and a key organizer of the distribution of US-German bribe money within Yugoslavia.

Here is the account of his remarks:

"A key Kostunica aide, Zoran Djindjic, signaled the new government's desire for closer ties to Washington after an election campaign in which the opposition sought to distance itself from the United States because of public anger over last year's NATO bombing campaign.

'''Without a strategic partnership with America, there is no solution for the Serbian national interests,' Djindjic said.'' ('AP', 10-09-2000)

The domination of Yugoslavia by Imperial powers is the precondition for aggressive action towards Russia, the Caucuses, Central Asia, Greece and other countries which have not entirely folded under U.S. pressure. Even those Balkans countries where the US has almost unchallenged domination, like Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republics, would find themselves under much harsher conditions if Yugoslavia falls to the U.S. For Yugoslavia has stood as a beacon, an alternative to the U.S.; if U.S. government behavior got too harsh, there was always Yugoslavia as a focal point of resistance. As Senator Biden said in the July 29, 1999 Senate hearings on Yugoslavia:


"I mean, for example, it's amazing what can happen when you eliminate the extremes. I mean, the single best thing that ever happened to the Republic of Srpska is we kicked the living hell out of Milosevic. There ain't no alternative left. …It's amazing what a salutary impact that has upon extremes in countries. And that's why the single best thing we -- my dream is to visit Milosevic in prison. (Laughter.) I mean that sincerely. I'm not being facetious. Because you put Milosevic in prison, and things in the region will change drastically." (Senator Joseph Biden, Senate Hearings on Serbia, July 29, 1999, Quoted in "US Arrogance and Yugoslav Elections)

Thus Djindjic's statement is very serious. It translates: the Serbs must become the tool of the U.S. Establishment in its effort to subjugate a vast section of the world.

There is an obstacle for the U.S. government. The bulk of the Serbian people as well as other loyal Yugoslavs who live in Serbia, are opposed to U.S.-German control of the Balkans. This is why throughout the century Germany's key geopolitical goal has been to crush Serbia. Crushing Serbia was and is the precondition for firmly consolidating power in the Balkans and going after the East, the area of the former Soviet Union.

So how does Djindjic, who is now so openly the dominant leader in DOS (the so-called opposition, which has seized control of Yugoslavia) - how does he intend to make Serbs and others who oppose US domination accept US domination?

There is only one way: terror.

We have received first hand reports that terror is going on right now. It is highly organized. The terrorist groups, which are controlled by DOS, have lists of people who belong to parties other than DOS or who are non-party, as well as those considered "nationalist activists." These, especially the activists, are the target; they are being physically attacked or threatened with attack. Institutions (e.g., the Customs Department) and key businesses are being illegally seized. The increasing campaign of terror by opposition forces is just barely hinted at in the Western media.

The method for dealing with difficult Serbs is long established. It is: kill them. This was how the pro-German government in Croatia tried to make Yugoslavia safe for German domination dduring World War II: it wiped out over 700,000 Serbs (as well as almost all Jews and countless Gypsies.) Get rid of the troublesome elements - that was the method.

It was done twice after World War II. The Tito government was interested in reducing the influence of Serbia in the new Yugoslavia. So it slaughtered the Cetniks whom the British turned over. And then, in 1948, when Tito decided to go all-out with a Western strategy he ordered the murder of between 50,000 and 100,000 Serbian Communists.

If the Serbian and other loyal Yugoslav people do not resist they will be eliminated. Do not be deceived by sweet talking U.S. leaders, NGO activists, and the like. The U.S. government, dedicated to efficiency, always applies the simplest solution to a problem. For example, it has recently been confirmed that when, during the Korean War, the U.S. military encountered groups of Korean refugees who might include North Korean agents, they simply shot everyone in the group.

If the Serbs do resist, they may face great difficulties; on the other hand, they may succeed in stopping the terror. The vast majority of the population does not want the coup of October 5, but they are to some extent cowed by terror, by the indecision of the governing forces, who have plenty of weaknesses, by the apparent vacillation of the Russians and by the fierce determination of the U.S. side, inside and outside Yugoslavia. And many people are of course confused by the false promises of massive economic aid. Preparing to defend themselves, not to adopt foolhardy measures, but to take firm measures to guarantee the rule of law, including demanding the arrest of those who sacked Parliament, who illegally have seized government institutions, and so on - taking these firm measures is the hope of the Serbian people. If these measures are not taken there will be great suffering. At this point organized forces, such as the Army, may still be able to act.

As for the U.S. government, it can "live with" the possibility of great suffering in Yugoslavia and throughout the Balkans if the result is US domination of the area. Remember, we are dealing with people like Madeline Albright. When asked if she felt the containment of Iraq was worth the death of the 500 000 children killed by sanctions, she said "Yes, I believe it is." She felt their pain; but she endured.

The plan is mainly to use proxy forces to do the dirty work. This is how the moderate Muslims and Serbs in Bosnia were fought - by Islamist Muslims working with the US Ambassador and an army of US government and semi-government helpers, as well as plenty of money and arms. People are silenced by terror and then recruited by terror. The anti-racist Croatians were the first target of Mr. Tudjman's neo-Nazis in Croatia. The KLA is just the latest example of a proxy force suppressing "its own" people.

The use of domestic forces (in this case the "Serbian opposition") to suppress a difficult population would allow NATO to bring in troops in the guise of supporting native leaders. This is the classic divide and rule policy that colonial powers have employed since Rome. It is .much less politically costly at home than outright invasion.

Make no mistake: the danger of war, including nuclear war, is increased rather than diminished by this most reckless US policy. For one of the key targets of what Mr. Djindjic calls "a strategic alliance with the U.S." is Russia. And Russia is bristling with nuclear arms.

Whether the Yugoslav people stand up now and fight, or do not, there will be suffering, which is a tragedy. But if they fail to stop the opposition's illegal actions their suffering will be incomparably worse. The U.S. elite is not a tolerant winner. Its goal remains to crush Serbia as even a potential political force.

Yugoslav PM and Police Chief Resign

By DUSAN STOJANOVIC - The Associated Press

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) - Key remnants of Slobodan Milosevic's regime crumbled Monday after Yugoslavia's prime minister and the country's most powerful police chief resigned. Early elections were set for the Serbian parliament, a last bastion of the old order.

Riding the wave of public support that brought him to power, President Vojislav Kostunica moved swiftly to drive out remaining Milosevic stalwarts. The government in Serbia, the main Yugoslav republic, was expected to be dissolved Tuesday.

Just two days after formally taking office, Kostunica was also putting his supporters in charge of the country's most important institutions, including the police, judiciary, banks and state-run companies.

A key Kostunica aide, Zoran Djindjic, signaled the new government's desire for closer ties to Washington after an election campaign in which the opposition sought to distance itself from the United States because of public anger over last year's NATO bombing campaign.

``Without a strategic partnership with America, there is no solution for the Serbian national interests,'' Djindjic said.

Milosevic, who has been holed up at one of the president's official residences in a Belgrade suburb, remained out of public view Monday.

But two of his key allies, federal Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic and Serbian Interior Minister Vlajko Stojiljkovic - who controlled about 100,000 policemen - both stepped down.

All major Serbian parties agreed to early parliamentary elections in December - a move that could spell the end of Milosevic supporters' control of the republic's government and legislature. Given the current popular support for Kostunica, his allies are likely to win a strong majority in the new parliament.

Serbia is home to more than 90 percent of Yugoslavs and whoever rules it holds the balance of authority in the country, which includes one other republic, Montenegro. If the current Serbian government and the parliament remain in place, they could block many pro-democracy reforms pushed by Kostunica on the federal level.

Serbia's president and parliament are elected separately from federal posts and were not involved in the contentious federal vote Sept. 24. Serbian President Milan Milutinovic and other Serbian government leaders were elected in 1998 to four-year terms.

Still, Milosevic's hard-line allies in the Serbian parliament were trying to keep the current legislature in place until the new elections, despite calls for its immediate dissolution.

``This is a highway robbery,'' said Vojislav Seselj, Serbia's ultranationalist deputy prime minister who has been allied with Milosevic. ``You will not get our blessing for a coup,'' referring to alleged forceful removal of Milosevic's cronies from all major state institutions.

Seselj accused pro-democracy forces of using ``lynching methods'' to force out rivals. Seselj, for the first time, acknowledged that Serbia's parliament had lost control of the republic's police to pro-Kostunica forces.

As Seselj was leaving Serbia's parliament, he was jostled by an irate crowd. One of his bodyguards fired shots in the air, and a photographer was punched and kicked in the head by a bodyguard. No one was seriously hurt.

In the streets, factories and other public places, anger against Milosevic's cronies sometimes boiled over into violence.

A mob of workers attacked Radoman Bozovic, a close Milosevic aide and the director of a major Belgrade trading corporation. He tried to flee from his car, but he was caught and beaten. His bodyguards snatched him and moved him into a nearby building for safety. Later, Bozovic resigned as the head of Genex, the biggest state-run import-export operation.

In the city of Nis, workers stormed the state-run textile factory, Nitex, demanding the management be fired. Employees of Investbanka demanded that Borka Vucic, a top financial associate of Milosevic, leave the Belgrade headquarters of the state-run bank because ``her safety is jeopardized.''

As the vestiges of the old regime were being cleared away, the European Union lifted economic sanctions against Yugoslavia and offered it $2 billion in aid to help rebuild the country, as well as lifting key anti-Milosevic sanctions.

The decision marked a turning point in Yugoslavia's relations with the rest of Europe and was seen as a first step toward integrating the country into the European mainstream.

Still, obstacles remained for the Kostunica camp.

Yugoslavia's defense minister attempted Monday to rally opponents of the new government, issuing a last-ditch appeal to Milosevic's shaken supporters not to abandon the ousted leader.

Gen. Dragoljub Ojdanic said that ``the disunity among the Serbs is inciting the plans of our proven (foreign) enemies'' to occupy the country. Milosevic's allies have consistently referred to Kostunica and his followers as Western lackeys bent on taking over the Serb state.

Ojdanic, a close Milosevic ally who has also been indicted for war crimes, has not formally recognized Kostunica as the new Yugoslav president and is not expected to keep his position in the new government. He has no direct control of the military, which has fallen under Kostunica's command.

Still, he retains influence among the military brass, and any call he might make to rally pro-Milosevic forces could be problematic for the new regime.

The military leadership - which consist mostly of Milosevic loyalists - has only grudgingly endorsed Kostunica as the new head of state. The top generals will likely be all replaced as part of a sweeping purge of Milosevic supporters.

(c) AP-NY-10-09-00 1536EDT Reproduced for fair use only


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