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The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.

Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually “condemned ethnic cleansing”, opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia. Buried near the end of a 2,590- page judgement on Karadzic last February, this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified Nato’s illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999.

Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006, alone in his cell in The Hague, during what amounted to a bogus trial by an American-invented “international tribunal”. Denied heart surgery that might have saved his life, his condition worsened and was monitored and kept secret by US officials, as WikiLeaks has since revealed.

Milosevic was the victim of war propaganda that today runs like a torrent across our screens and newspapers and beckons great danger for us all. He was the prototype demon, vilified by the western media as the “butcher of the Balkans” who was responsible for “genocide”, especially in the secessionist Yugoslav province of Kosovo. Prime Minister Tony Blair said so, invoked the Holocaust and demanded action against “this new Hitler”. David Scheffer, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes [sic], declared that as many as “225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59” may have been murdered by Milocevic’s forces.

This was the justification for Nato’s bombing, led by Bill Clinton and Blair, that killed hundreds of civilians in hospitals, schools, churches, parks and television studios and destroyed Serbia’s economic infrastructure. It was blatantly ideological; at a notorious “peace conference” in Rambouillet in France, Milosevic was confronted by Madeleine Albright, the US secretary of state, who was to achieve infamy with her remark that the deaths of half a million Iraqi children were “worth it”.

Albright delivered an “offer” to Milosevic that no national leader could accept. Unless he agreed to the foreign military occupation of his country, with the occupying forces “outside the legal process”, and to the imposition of a neo-liberal “free market”, Serbia would be bombed. This was contained in an “Appendix B”, which the media failed to read or suppressed. The aim was to crush Europe’s last independent “socialist” state.

Once Nato began bombing, there was a stampede of Kosovar refugees “fleeing a holocaust”. When it was over, international police teams descended on Kosovo to exhume the victims of the “holocaust”. The FBI failed to find a single mass grave and went home. The Spanish forensic team did the same, its leader angrily denouncing “a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machines”. The final count of the dead in Kosovo was 2,788. This included combatants on both sides and Serbs and Roma murdered by the pro-Nato Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). There was no genocide. The Nato attack was both a fraud and a war crime.

All but a fraction of America’s vaunted “precision guided” missiles hit not military but civilian targets, including the news studios of Radio Television Serbia in Belgrade. Sixteen people were killed, including cameramen, producers and a make-up artist. Blair described the dead, profanely, as part of Serbia’s “command and control”. In 2008, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte, revealed that she had been pressured not to investigate Nato’s crimes.

This was the model for Washington’s subsequent invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and, by stealth, Syria. All qualify as “paramount crimes” under the Nuremberg standard; all depended on media propaganda. While tabloid journalism played its traditional part, it was serious, credible, often liberal journalism that was the most effective – the evangelical promotion of Blair and his wars by the Guardian, the incessant lies about Saddam Hussein’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction in the Observer and the New York Times, and the unerring drumbeat of government propaganda by the BBC in the silence of its omissions.

At the height of the bombing, the BBC’s Kirsty Wark interviewed General Wesley Clark, the Nato commander. The Serbian city of Nis had just been sprayed with American cluster bombs, killing women, old people and children in an open market and a hospital. Wark asked not a single question about this, or about any other civilian deaths.

Others were more brazen. In February 2003, the day after Blair and Bush had set fire to Iraq, the BBC’s political editor, Andrew Marr, stood in Downing Street and made what amounted to a victory speech. He excitedly told his viewers that Blair had “said they would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath, and that in the end the Iraqis would be celebrating. And on both of those points he has been proved conclusively right.” Today, with a million dead and a society in ruins, Marr’s BBC interviews are recommended by the US embassy in London.

Marr’s colleagues lined up to pronounce Blair “vindicated”. The BBC’s Washington correspondent, Matt Frei, said, “There’s no doubt that the desire to bring good, to bring American values to the rest of the world, and especially to the Middle East … is now increasingly tied up with military power.”

This obeisance to the United States and its collaborators as a benign force “bringing good” runs deep in western establishment journalism. It ensures that the present-day catastrophe in Syria is blamed exclusively on Bashar al-Assad, whom the West and Israel have long conspired to overthrow, not for any humanitarian concerns, but to consolidate Israel’s aggressive power in the region. The jihadist forces unleashed and armed by the US, Britain, France, Turkey and their “coalition” proxies serve this end. It is they who dispense the propaganda and videos that becomes news in the US and Europe, and provide access to journalists and guarantee a one-sided “coverage” of Syria.

The city of Aleppo is in the news. Most readers and viewers will be unaware that the majority of the population of Aleppo lives in the government-controlled western part of the city. That they suffer daily artillery bombardment from western-sponsored al-Qaida is not news. On 21 July, French and American bombers attacked a government village in Aleppo province, killing up to 125 civilians. This was reported on page 22 of the Guardian; there were no photographs.

Having created and underwritten jihadism in Afghanistan in the 1980s as Operation Cyclone — a weapon to destroy the Soviet Union — the US is doing something similar in Syria. Like the Afghan Mujahideen, the Syrian “rebels” are America’s and Britain’s foot soldiers. Many fight for al-Qaida and its variants; some, like the Nusra Front, have rebranded themselves to comply with American sensitivities over 9/11. The CIA runs them, with difficulty, as it runs jihadists all over the world.

The immediate aim is to destroy the government in Damascus, which, according to the most credible poll (YouGov Siraj), the majority of Syrians support, or at least look to for protection, regardless of the barbarism in its shadows. The long-term aim is to deny Russia a key Middle Eastern ally as part of a Nato war of attrition against the Russian Federation that eventually destroys it.

The nuclear risk is obvious, though suppressed by the media across “the free world”. The editorial writers of the Washington Post, having promoted the fiction of WMD in Iraq, demand that Obama attack Syria. Hillary Clinton, who publicly rejoiced at her executioner’s role during the destruction of Libya, has repeatedly indicated that, as president, she will “go further” than Obama.

Gareth Porter, a samidzat journalist reporting from Washington, recently revealed the names of those likely to make up a Clinton cabinet, who plan an attack on Syria. All have belligerent cold war histories; the former CIA director, Leon Panetta, says that “the next president is gonna have to consider adding additional special forces on the ground”.

What is most remarkable about the war propaganda now in floodtide is its patent absurdity and familiarity. I have been looking through archive film from Washington in the 1950s when diplomats, civil servants and journalists were witch-hunted and ruined by Senator Joe McCarthy for challenging the lies and paranoia about the Soviet Union and China. Like a resurgent tumour, the anti-Russia cult has returned.

In Britain, the Guardian’s Luke Harding leads his newspaper’s Russia-haters in a stream of journalistic parodies that assign to Vladimir Putin every earthly iniquity. When the Panama Papers leak was published, the front page said Putin, and there was a picture of Putin; never mind that Putin was not mentioned anywhere in the leaks.

Like Milosevic, Putin is Demon Number One. It was Putin who shot down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. Headline: “As far as I’m concerned, Putin killed my son.” No evidence required. It was Putin who was responsible for Washington’s documented (and paid for) overthrow of the elected government in Kiev in 2014. The subsequent terror campaign by fascist militias against the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine was the result of Putin’s “aggression”. Preventing Crimea from becoming a Nato missile base and protecting the mostly Russian population who had voted in a referendum to rejoin Russia – from which Crimea had been annexed – were more examples of Putin’s “aggression”. Smear by media inevitably becomes war by media. If war with Russia breaks out, by design or by accident, journalists will bear much of the responsibility.

In the US, the anti-Russia campaign has been elevated to virtual reality. The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, an economist with a Nobel Prize, has called Donald Trump the “Siberian Candidate” because Trump is Putin’s man, he says. Trump had dared to suggest, in a rare lucid moment, that war with Russia might be a bad idea. In fact, he has gone further and removed American arms shipments to Ukraine from the Republican platform. “Wouldn’t it be great if we got along with Russia,” he said.

This is why America’s warmongering liberal establishment hates him. Trump’s racism and ranting demagoguery have nothing to do with it. Bill and Hillary Clinton’s record of racism and extremism can out-trump Trump’s any day. (This week is the 20th anniversary of the Clinton welfare “reform” that launched a war on African-Americans). As for Obama: while American police gun down his fellow African-Americans the great hope in the White House has done nothing to protect them, nothing to relieve their impoverishment, while running four rapacious wars and an assassination campaign without precedent.

The CIA has demanded Trump is not elected. Pentagon generals have demanded he is not elected. The pro-war New York Times — taking a breather from its relentless low-rent Putin smears — demands that he is not elected. Something is up. These tribunes of “perpetual war” are terrified that the multi-billion-dollar business of war by which the United States maintains its dominance will be undermined if Trump does a deal with Putin, then with China’s Xi Jinping. Their panic at the possibility of the world’s great power talking peace – however unlikely – would be the blackest farce were the issues not so dire.

“Trump would have loved Stalin!” bellowed Vice-President Joe Biden at a rally for Hillary Clinton. With Clinton nodding, he shouted, “We never bow. We never bend. We never kneel. We never yield. We own the finish line. That’s who we are. We are America!”

In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn has also excited hysteria from the war-makers in the Labour Party and from a media devoted to trashing him. Lord West, a former admiral and Labour minister, put it well. Corbyn was taking an “outrageous” anti-war position “because it gets the unthinking masses to vote for him”.

In a debate with leadership challenger Owen Smith, Corbyn was asked by the moderator: “How would you act on a violation by Vladimir Putin of a fellow Nato state?”

Corbyn replied: “You would want to avoid that happening in the first place. You would build up a good dialogue with Russia … We would try to introduce a de-militarisation of the borders between Russia, the Ukraine and the other countries on the border between Russia and Eastern Europe. What we cannot allow is a series of calamitous build-ups of troops on both sides which can only lead to great danger.”

Pressed to say if he would authorise war against Russia “if you had to”, Corbyn replied: “I don’t wish to go to war – what I want to do is achieve a world that we don’t need to go to war.”

The line of questioning owes much to the rise of Britain’s liberal war-makers. The Labour Party and the media have long offered them career opportunities. For a while the moral tsunami of the great crime of Iraq left them floundering, their inversions of the truth a temporary embarrassment. Regardless of Chilcot and the mountain of incriminating facts, Blair remains their inspiration, because he was a “winner”.

Dissenting journalism and scholarship have since been systematically banished or appropriated, and democratic ideas emptied and refilled with “identity politics” that confuse gender with feminism and public angst with liberation and wilfully ignore the state violence and weapons profiteering that destroys countless lives in faraway places, like Yemen and Syria, and beckon nuclear war in Europe and across the world.

The stirring of people of all ages around the spectacular rise of Jeremy Corbyn counters this to some extent. His life has been spent illuminating the horror of war. The problem for Corbyn and his supporters is the Labour Party. In America, the problem for the thousands of followers of Bernie Sanders was the Democratic Party, not to mention their ultimate betrayal by their great white hope. In the US, home of the great civil rights and anti-war movements, it is Black Lives Matter and the likes of Codepink that lay the roots of a modern version.

For only a movement that swells into every street and across borders and does not give up can stop the warmongers. Next year, it will be a century since Wilfred Owen wrote the following. Every journalist should read it and remember it.

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

John Pilger can be reached through his website: www.johnpilger.com

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. For younger folks or those confused by corporate media, here is something I wrote in G2mil back in 2004 based on a story by a Canadian General officer: “We Bombed the Wrong Side in Kosovo.”

    http://www.g2mil.com/Jun2004.htm

    And American troops still occupy Kosovo at Camp Bondsteel!

    http://www.g2mil.com/bondsteel.htm

  2. A righteous rant. But what makes you think Donald Trump is a racist?

    • Replies: @Bobzilla
  3. Bravo, Mr. Pilger. This should be read by everybody who leans left. The vilification of Corbyn by The Guardian and his own party reveals the total rot of the left’s institutions.

  4. “Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori” – Well, sometimes it is – it helps if your side wins in the end, and the dying didn’t take too long. I bet Leonidas’ shade wouldn’t regret Thermopylae. Of course our soldiers dying in these current wars aren’t dying for their country at all, quite the reverse.

    • Replies: @Johann
  5. Durruti says:

    Nice article – John Pilger.

    Sent to my mailing list, & hopefully, beyond.

    Nothing has been the same since the coup d’etat in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

    Subsequent massacres include:

    Vietnam – 2 million (US Senate figures)

    Indonesia – 1 million (1965, US/Zionist Phoenix Program – also used in Vietnam)

    Guatemala – 100,000 (1970s CIA & MOSSAD cooperated)

    Nicaragua – (CIA Contras & selling Heroin in American cities- Iran Contra Scandal).

    Iraq – 1 million (2 wars of invasion)

    Palestine (1947 to present: ethnic cleansing, gentrifying, destruction of hundreds of Mosques)

    Syria, Libya, Yugoslavia, Ukraine… (crimes ongoing – you finish the list).

    It would help to Restore our Democratic Republic.

    Meet me and Delacroix on the barricades!

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjR8qiHz9zOAhVMqh4KHTD3BVAQ_B0IeTAK&url=%2Fimgres%3Fimgurl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.eugene-delacroix.com%2Fimages%2Fpaintings%2Fliberty-leading-the-people.jpg%26imgrefurl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.eugene-delacroix.com%2Fliberty-leading-the-people.jsp%26h%3D791%26w%3D1000%26tbnid%3D9LmoRUZgpHm_5M%3A%26tbnh%3D160%26tbnw%3D201%26docid%3DtHGU0NssarOQPM%26itg%3D1%26usg%3D__4iNEgbVf_ye-7Cav5LyblhpU8nM%3D&usg=AFQjCNFoGDqpjL5mser67YovtBBodm6KQA&sig2=iSHaV-137mx8YGvMzhoVeg

  6. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Using perfidious weapons such as cluster bombs and depleted uranium munitions against the people of other weaker countries that can’t retaliate is guaranteed to instill a fear and loathing of the US. But we’re told that we’re hated because we’re beautiful-or something along those lines. The US has directly or indirectly killed millions of people all across the planet and yet various politicians keep screaming for more war, more death, more turmoil. When it comes to body counts the US has earned it’s place at nearly the top although that’s hardly ever even considered. After the usual listing of Mao-Stalin-Hitler the US comes in as the silent fourth. The others are long gone though, leaving the US as the last one standing and still bombing others, threatening the entire world. At some point this needs to be curbed. How or when remains to be seen.

  7. @anonymous

    the only way to stop usa at this point is china modernizing it’s military in the next 20-50 years to be on par or better. If usa successfully strangles the chinese economy with secret trade deals like the TPP, it could be never. the pivot to asia was stupid, the biggest play by the usa is the top secret trade deals. without it’s economic might, china would not be a threat. hm, perhaps the pivot and the trade deals were suppose to work together. But china isn’t stupid either. all those energy deals with russia and the new modern silk road. if china can jump start the economies of russia and other countries along the silk road, it would be a huge threat.

    rome fell not because it became weaker, but the supposed barbarians surrounding it got stronger. it is inevitable. it is just a matter of time.

    I wish our stupid leaders would stop trying to make an enemy out of every country with potential in the world.

  8. Durruti says:
    @anonymous

    Nice paragraph – whoever you are.

    At some point this needs to be curbed. How or when remains to be seen.

    Try: Restoring the Republic, destroyed on November 22, 1963, with dire results.

    That is the difficult, but absolutely required remedy. I enclose a flier we distribute as best we can.

    [MORE]

    For THE RESTORATION OF THE REPUBLIC

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal… governments are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles…”

    The above is a portion of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson.

    We submit the following facts to the citizens of the United States.

    The government of the United States has been a Totalitarian Oligarchy since the military financial aristocracy destroyed the Democratic Republic on November 22, 1963, when they assassinated the last democratically elected president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and overthrew his government. All following governments have been unconstitutional frauds. Attempts by Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King to restore the Republic were interrupted by their murder.

    A subsequent 12 year colonial war against Vietnam, conducted by the murderers of Kennedy, left 2 million dead in a wake of napalm and burning villages.

    In 1965, the U.S. government orchestrated the slaughter of 1 million unarmed Indonesian civilians.

    In the decade that followed the CIA murdered 100,000 Native Americans in Guatemala.

    In the 1970s, the Oligarchy began the destruction and looting of America’s middle class, by encouraging the export of industry and jobs to parts of the world where workers were paid bare subsistence wages. The 2008, Bailout of the Nation’s Oligarchs cost American taxpayers $13trillion. The long decline of the local economy has led to the political decline of our hard working citizens, as well as the decay of cities, towns, and infrastructure, such as education.

    The impoverishment of America’s middle class has undermined the nation’s financial stability. Without a productive foundation, the government has accumulated a huge debt in excess of $19trillion. This debt will have to be paid, or suffered by future generations. Concurrently, the top 1% of the nation’s population has benefited enormously from the discomfiture of the rest. The interest rate has been reduced to 0, thereby slowly robbing millions of depositors of their savings, as their savings cannot stay even with the inflation rate.

    The government spends the declining national wealth on bloody and never ending military adventures, and is or has recently conducted unconstitutional wars against 9 nations. The Oligarchs maintain 700 military bases in 131 countries; they spend as much on military weapons of terror as the rest of the nations of the world combined. Tellingly, more than half the government budget is spent on the military and 16 associated secret agencies.

    The nightmare of a powerful centralized government crushing the rights of the people, so feared by the Founders of the United States, has become a reality. The government of Obama/Biden, as with previous administrations such as Bush/Cheney, and whoever is chosen in November 2016, operates a Gulag of dozens of concentration camps, where prisoners are denied trials, and routinely tortured. The Patriot Act and The National Defense Authorizations Act, enacted by both Democratic and Republican factions of the oligarchy, serve to establish a legal cover for their terror.

    The nation’s media is controlled, and, with the school systems, serve to brainwash the population; the people are intimidated and treated with contempt.

    The United States is No longer Sovereign

    The United States is no longer a sovereign nation. Its government, The Executive, and Congress, is bought, utterly owned and controlled by foreign and domestic wealthy Oligarchs, such as the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and Duponts, to name only a few of the best known.

    The 2016 Electoral Circus will anoint new actors to occupy the same Unconstitutional Government, with its controlling International Oligarchs. Clinton, Trump, whomever, are willing accomplices for imperialist international murder, and destruction of nations, including ours.

    For Love of Country

    The Restoration of the Republic will be a Revolutionary Act, that will cancel all previous debts owed to that unconstitutional regime and its business supporters. All debts, including Student Debts, will be canceled. Our citizens will begin, anew, with a clean slate.

    As American Founder, Thomas Jefferson wrote, in a letter to James Madison:

    “I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self evident, ‘that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living’:”

    “Then I say the earth belongs to each of these generations, during it’s course, fully, and in their own right. The 2d. Generation receives it clear of the debts and incumberances of the 1st. The 3d of the 2d. and so on. For if the 1st. Could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not the living generation.”

    Our Citizens must restore the centrality of the constitution, establishing a less powerful government which will ensure President Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship God in ones own way, freedom from want “which…means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peace time life for its inhabitants…” and freedom from fear “which…means a world-wide reduction of armaments…”

    Once restored: The Constitution will become, once again, the law of the land and of a free people. We will establish a government, hold elections, begin to direct traffic, arrest criminal politicians of the tyrannical oligarchy, and, in short, repair the damage of the previous totalitarian governments.

    For the Democratic Republic!
    Sons and Daughters of Liberty
    [email protected]

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  9. Johann says:
    @Simon in London

    Leonidas and the other Hippolites were local militia formed from Greek villages who fought side by side with fathers, brothers, uncles etc. They were fighting for the survival of their tribe. American conscripts were always sent to battle in the company of strangers and they are always fighting for the interests of strangers outside the tribe. The Feds in the American War between the States we are told were fighting and dying for another race. The American wars in the 20th century were fought for the benefit of foreigners and foreign bankers. Today American soldiers are dying in filthy cultures for the benefit of the Saudi Arabian scum and international bankers. Unfortunately Americans have been indoctrinated into the soldier worship emanating from their corrupt social media.

  10. Boris says:

    Is there any stupid conspiracy theory that Unz won’t publish?

    The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it.

    The court found that Milosevic had violated the genocide convention by doing nothing to stop it and by protecting the perpetrators. Some exoneration.

    Not that people who idolize genocidal dictators are interested in the truth.

    • Replies: @vinteuil
    , @NoseytheDuke
  11. Rehmat says:

    Former Bosnian Christian Serb commander Gen. Ratko Mladic was tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He was tried on eleven charges of genocide, crime against humanity and war crimes during his revolt against the multi-ethnic government lead by Alija Ali Izetbegovic (1925-2003) in 1992-95. The war claimed more than 100,000 Muslim Bosian lives, 60,000 rapes and one million refugees.

    Mladic is known as the ‘Butcher of Bosnia” for commanding Serbian forces’ slaughter of over 8,000 Muslim men, women and children between the ages of 12 and 60, inside Srebreica’s “UN Safe Heavens”, while the UN peacekeepers stood by.

    What is missing at the ICTY is the indictment of three Muslim-haters; Richard Holbrooks (US), Carl Bildt (EU) and Gen. Bernard Jean Vieh (UN) who gave ‘green light’ to Serbian forces to attack the Muslim areas including Srebrenica, Zepa and Gorazda. It happened when the western powers realized that Bosnian army was about to recapture most of the land it lost to Serbian army during the early stages of the war. The Bosnian army received arms shipment from Iran and some foreign Muslim groups.

    Former Bosnian foreign minister, Mohammed Sacirbey, has claimed that in order to prepare ground for NATO’s “humanitarian invasion” – the Muslims genocide was engineered.

    “That involved Richard Holbrooke and involved Carl Bildt who, then, was the EU mediator and now is Sweden’s foreign minister. It involved a French general who was the head of the military forces of the UN in Bosnia — Bernard Jean Vieh. It involved Yasushi Akashi who was the head UN civilian official. They, in effect, acquiesced, gave the green light to Milosevic, Mladic as well as Karadzic to take over the territory of Srebrenica but also Zepa and Gorazde,”says Sacirbey in an interview with Press TV……

    https://rehmat1.com/2012/05/27/the-butcher-of-bosnia-and-his-zionist-helpers/

    • Replies: @vinteuil
    , @bob balkas
  12. vinteuil says:
    @Boris

    OK, so Milošević “violated the genocide convention by doing nothing to stop it and by protecting the perpetrators.”

    Could you expand on this point?

    Pilger apparently sides with those who believe that Milošević was, in the end, a dedicated socialist of the old school who did pretty much everything in his power to head off the recrudescence of primitive tribalist passions and tried to hold Yugoslavia together as a multi-cultural state.

    But was he really some sort of Balkan Hitler? A genocidal Serbian nationalist, as he was invariably portrayed in the Western media, back in the ’90’s?

    Heck if I know.

    • Replies: @Boris
  13. A propos of Wilfred Owen’s words, not only should journalist read it but, more importantly wannabee Heads of State.

    Hillary Clinton, meet Wilfred Owen.

  14. vinteuil says:
    @Rehmat

    So, in your opinion, Pilger is wrong – Milošević really was a genocidal Serbian nationalist, bent on killing as many Muslims as possible?

    And NATO supported him, at first, so as to create a pretense for intervention?

    Am I following you, so far?

  15. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Durruti

    You left out a crucial word when you quoted the Declaration of Independence! I’ve inserted the in CAPS. Without that crucial word the meaning is distorted. It is not powers, it is “just powers.”

    “governments are instituted among men, deriving their JUST powers from the consent of the governed…”

    • Replies: @Durruti
  16. Boris says:
    @vinteuil

    I don’t know either. I’ve never really looked at Milosevic. I have no real reason to doubt the historical record on him. The article’s claim that he was exonerated and that the media was covering up the exoneration is flat out wrong, so I stopped taking it seriously.

    See http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/world/europe/27hague.html?ref=world&_r=0

    Note that Pilger says that “There was no genocide” The court decision that he begins his piece by praising says exactly the opposite He claims the media was hiding some exoneration, when he is hiding the ruling that a genocide happened. Just a completely dishonest argument.

    Also note that the court was only deciding the issue of genocide. Milosevic and company may well have been found guilty of war crimes if those questions had been considered.

  17. @Boris

    Is there any stupid comment that Unz won’t publish?

    Clearly not because I’ve just read yours. Coincidence theorists idolise ignorance and deceit. That is your right along with the freedom of speech provided at The Unz Review.

  18. @Boris

    NY Times? The White Tiger said it best. “What a fucking joke”. Try quoting a credible source.

    • Replies: @Boris
    , @Wizard of Oz
  19. Bobzilla says:
    @WorkingClass

    WorkingClass says:

    A righteous rant. But what makes you think Donald Trump is a racist?

    Who cares if he is?

  20. @Boris

    “I don’t know either. I’ve never really looked at Milosevic. I have no real reason to doubt the historical record on him. ”

    And then citing the New York Times regarding the “historical record”.

    That’s got to be the most idiotic comment I’ve seen on this blog.

    And btw, when Pilger says “there was no genocide”, he is referring to Kosovo, not Bosnia. So not only is he not “hiding” anything, he is in fact absolutely correct. So it you who is “completely dishonest” (or else there are reading comprehension issues).

    No, Pilger is absolutely right in everything he says. Which is why it’s so depressing.

    • Replies: @Boris
    , @Wizard of Oz
  21. Nevertheless the fact that nato took kosovo away from serbia, its leadership is now making friends with EU and US.
    This means that serbia cannot any longer be as friendly–if friendly at all–with its Great Aunt, russia.
    Can we now await that also the Aunt will one day recognize kosovo’s independent status; hoping that UN and the West will legitimize the russian takeover of crimea?

    Montenegro also has turned against russia. This means russia will not obtain a port anywhere on eastern adriatic shores.

  22. Durruti says:
    @Anonymous

    Thanks for the – heads up.

    Subsequent Fliers will be corrected.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal… governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles…”

  23. Boris says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    You can read the international court opinion yourself, dipshit.

  24. Boris says:
    @European in America

    “Citing the NYTimes”

    I know you guys are not smart and don’t think about things with any depth or clarity, but I cited the NYTimes to show that the court did find Milosevic allowed genocide to occur and that he did nothing to punish the people who committed genocide. If you had any evidence that their reporting on the court’s decision was wrong, you would cite it instead of whining about how the NYTimes makes fun of your lizard people theories. I know you only read conspiracy sites and have been mentally coddled into thinking “If I just say the source is biased, I win!” But you don’t win. You look like an idiot.

    Prove the NYTimes wrong. Cite the original opinion of the court to show they were lying.

    You won’t do that, you can’t even begin to imagine HOW you would do it in the first place.

    And btw, when Pilger says “there was no genocide”, he is referring to Kosovo, not Bosnia.

    Oh, btw, the court was looking at Bosnia. So he was still being a dishonest ass. And you lap it up and beg for more. Jesus. Thanks for at least admitting that there was a genocide in Bosnia. That’s a low bar, but you cleared it.

  25. @European in America

    Reread Pilger and I trust that you won’t try that one on again.

    He led off with Milosevic being “exonerated” of genocide (no mention of Kosovo) and went on to say that he had been cleared of war crimes during the 1990s war. Unless you care to take apatt and refute the straightforward words of the NYT piece cited by Boris (I think) that will leave you looking like a partisan who is indifferent to the truth.

    You wouldn’t fall back on that deranged diversionary tactic the the NYT can’t be trusted so must be wrong in this case would you?

    I come to this as a casual spectator apart from happy memories of Auberon Waugh coining the pejorative expression “Pilgerise”.

  26. @NoseytheDuke

    See #21. Try actually reading the NYT purportedly factual report of the case Pilger seems to have tendentiously misreported and then see whether you have anything worthwhile to say.

  27. @Rehmat

    Most of the captured by serbs islamists were not killed in srebrenica; for, then, the dutch soldiers would have witnessed the genocide or reportedly 8.4 islamists ; most were killed in huge govt buildings, barracks, etc., as per plan, away from observers or foreign soldiers
    Ratko mladic is still being prosecuted. Karadzic got 40 years.
    Serbia recognizes killing of 8+bosniaks as genocide but bosnian serbs do not.
    The Left abroad to almost one denies it but not the Left even in serbia lat alone elsewhere in the western balkans.

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