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Announcement :: Human Rights : International : Politics
Who Are the Real War Criminals?
14 Dec 2004
• The International War Crimes Tribunal & it’s Relationship to U.S. Imperialism
• Update on the trial of former Yugoslavian Pres., Slobodan Milosevic
• Why Bush and Co. Should be Tried for War Crimes
• The Lies & Distortions that Preceded the Invasions of Yugoslavia & Iraq
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International Action Center Forum

"Who Are the Real War Criminals?"

Saturday, Dec. 18
2:00pm
284 Amory St. (The Brewery), Jamaica Plain

This forum will feature Tiphaine Dickson a criminal defense lawyer
specializing in international criminal law based in Montreal. She was
lead defense counsel in one of the first genocide trials before an ad
hoc Security Council body at the International Criminal Tribunal for
Rawanda. She is legal spokesperson and analyst for the International
Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic, and has published several
articles on the political nature, hidden objectives, and crippling
process of the ICTY.

Over the past several years the imperialist powers have used so-
called "International War Crimes Tribunals" as cover for the
lies and distortions they have used to justify the US/NATO takeover
of Yugoslavia and the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. Tiphaine
will address this issue as well as provide an update on the trial of
former Yugslavian Pres., Slobodan Milosevic whose defiant defense at
the Hague has put the US and it's European allies on the defensive
and has helped to expose the true nature of the takeover of
Yugoslavia.

This meeting will also address the issue of the war crimes being
committed on a daily basis by the Bush administration in Iraq and Haiti as well
as the upcoming counter-inaugural protests in Washington DC on Jan.
20 and in NYC on March 20, the second anniversary of the US invasion
of Iraq.

Below is an article by the noted British journalist John Pilger on
Yugoslavia that was recently published in the New Statesman -
************************************
New Statesman
Monday 13th December 2004

John Pilger reminds us of Kosovo

The Forgotten 'Humanitarian' Invasion
of Kosovo

Kosovo - the site of a genocide that never was - is now a violent
"free market" in drugs and prostitution.
What does this tell us about the likely outcome of the Iraq war?

By John Pilger
Monday 13th December 2004


Muted by the evidence of the Anglo-American catastrophe in Iraq, the
"humanitarian" war party ought to be called to account for its
forgotten crusade in Kosovo, the model for Blair's "onward march of
liberation". Just as Iraq is being torn apart by the forces of
empire, so was Yugoslavia, the multi-ethnic state that uniquely
rejected both sides in the cold war.


Lies as great as those told by Bush and Blair were deployed by
Clinton and Blair in their grooming of public opinion for an illegal,
unprovoked attack on a European country. Following the same path as
the build-up to the invasion of Iraq, the media coverage in the
spring of 1999 was a series of fraudulent justifications, beginning
with the then US defence secretary William Cohen's claim that "we've
now seen about 100,000 military-aged [Albanian] men missing . . .
they may have been murdered". David Scheffer, the then US ambassador-
at-large for war crimes, announced that as many as "225,000 ethnic
Albanian men aged between 14 and 59" may have been killed. Blair
invoked the Holocaust and "the spirit of the Second World War". The
British press took its cue. "Flight from genocide," wrote the Daily
Mail. "Echoes of the Holocaust," chorused the Sun and the Mirror. In
parliament, the heroic Clare Short compared to Nazi propagandists
those (such as myself) who objected to the bombing of defenceless
people.


By June 1999, with the bombardment over, international forensic
teams began subjecting Kosovo to minute examination. The American FBI
arrived to investigate what was called "the largest crime scene in
the FBI's forensic history". Several weeks later, having not found a
single mass grave, the FBI went home. The Spanish forensic team also
returned home, its leader complaining angrily that he and his
colleagues had become part of "a semantic pirouette by the war
propaganda machines, because we did not find one - not one - mass
grave".


In November 1999, the Wall Street Journal published the results of
its own investigation, dismissing "the mass grave obsession". Instead
of "the huge killing fields some investigators were led to expect . .
. the pattern is of scattered killings [mostly] in areas where the
separatist Kosovo Liberation Army has been active". The Journal
concluded that Nato stepped up its claims about Serbian killing
fields when it "saw a fatigued press corps drifting toward the
contrary story: civilians killed by Nato's bombs . . . The war in
Kosovo was cruel, bitter, savage. Genocide it wasn't."


One year later, the International War Crimes Tribunal, a body in
effect set up by Nato, announced that the final count of bodies found
in Kosovo's "mass graves" was 2,788.
This included combatants on both sides and Serbs and Roma murdered
by the Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army. Like Iraq's fabled weapons of
mass destruction, the figures used by the US and British governments
and echoed by journalists were inventions - along with Serbian "rape
camps" and Clinton's and Blair's claims that Nato never deliberately
bombed civilians.


Code-named "Stage Three", Nato's civilian targets included public
transport, hospitals, schools, museums, churches.
"It was common knowledge that Nato went to Stage Three [after a
couple of weeks]," said James Bissett, the Canadian ambassador in
Belgrade during the attack.
"Otherwise, they would not have been bombing bridges on Sunday
afternoons, and market places."


Nato's clients were the Kosovo Liberation Army. Seven years earlier,
the State Department had designated the KLA as a terrorist
organisation in league with al-Qaeda. In 1999, KLA thugs were feted;
Robin Cook, then foreign secretary, allowed them to call him on his
mobile phone.
"The Kosovar Albanians played us like a Stradivarius violin," wrote
the former UN commander in Bosnia, Major General Lewis MacKenzie,
last April. "We have subsidised and indirectly supported their
violent campaign for an ethnically pure Kosovo. We have never blamed
them for being the perpetrators of the violence in the early 1990s,
and we continue to portray them as the designated victim today, in
spite of evidence to the contrary."


The trigger for the bombing of Yugoslavia was, according to Nato,
the failure of the Serbian delegation to sign up to the Rambouillet
peace conference. What went mostly unreported was that the
Rambouillet accord had a secret Annex B, which Madeleine Albright's
delegation had inserted on the last day. This demanded the military
occupation of the whole of Yugoslavia, a country with bitter memories
of the Nazi occupation. As the Foreign Office minister Lord Gilbert
later conceded to a Commons defence select committee, Annex B was
planted deliberately to provoke rejection.


Equally revealing was a chapter dealing exclusively with the Kosovan
economy. This called for a "free-market economy" and the
privatisation of all government assets.
As the Balkans writer Neil Clark has pointed out: "The rump
Yugoslavia . . . was the last economy in central-southern Europe to
be uncolonised by western capital. 'Socially owned enterprises', the
form of worker self-management pioneered under Tito, still
predominated.
Yugoslavia had publicly owned petroleum, mining, car and tobacco
industries . . ."


At the Davos summit of neoliberal chieftains in 1999, Blair berated
Belgrade, not for its handling of Kosovo, but for its failure to
embrace "economic reform" fully. In the bombing campaign that
followed, it was state-owned companies, rather than military sites,
that were targeted.
Nato's destruction of only 14 Yugoslav army tanks compares with its
bombing of 372 centres of industry, including the Zastava car
factory. "Not one foreign or privately owned factory was bombed,"
wrote Clark.


Erected on the foundation of this huge lie, Kosovo today is a
violent, criminalised, UN-administered "free market"
in drugs and prostitution; unemployment is 65 per cent.
More than 200,000 Serbs, Roma, Bosniaks, Turks, Croats and Jews have
been ethnically cleansed by the KLA, with Nato forces standing by.
KLA hit squads have burned, looted or demolished 85 Orthodox churches
and monasteries, according to the UN. The courts are venal. "You shot
an 89-year-old Serb grandmother?" mocked a UN narcotics officer.
"Good for you. Get out of jail."


Although Security Council Resolution 1244 recognises Kosovo as an
integral part of Yugoslavia, multinational companies are being
offered ten- and 15-year leases of the province's local industries
and resources, including the vast Trepca mines, some of the richest
mineral deposits in the world. Overseeing this plundered, now almost
ethnically pure "future democracy" (Blair), are 4,000 American troops
at Camp Bondsteel, a 775-acre permanent-base imperial presence.


Meanwhile, the show trial of Slobodan Milosevic proceeds as farce.
Milosevic was a brute; he was also a banker once regarded as the
west's man who was prepared to implement "economic reforms" in
keeping with IMF, World Bank and European Union demands; to his cost,
he refused to surrender sovereignty. The empire expects nothing less.
==========================================

John Pilger's new book, Tell Me No Lies: investigative journalism
and its triumphs, is published by Jonathan Cape


This article first appeared in the New Statesman. For the
latest in current and cultural affairs subscribe to the
New Statesman print edition.
See also:
http://www.iacboston.org

This work is in the public domain
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Re: Who Are the Real War Criminals?
14 Dec 2004
Aw, poor mass murderers. Stand in solidarity with Slobodan Milosevic!

Who's next for the Tyrants Defense Committee of the Politburo? Saddam Hussein? Kim Jung Il?
Re: Who Are the Real War Criminals?
15 Dec 2004
"Who's next for the Tyrants Defense Committee of the Politburo? Saddam Hussein? Kim Jung Il?"

Actually anonymous they're already ahead of you as the links below show. The articles were published by the Workers World Party who, though IAC conveniently doesn't mention, are at the heart of them and ANSWER. In Boston for instance they all share the same office in JP and fax number because essentially they are all one in the same. I think their obsession with fighting for dictators in many ways illuminates the Stalinist core of their leadership's mindset.

http://www.workers.org/ww/2002/korea0425.php
http://www.workers.org/ww/2002/korea0509.php
http://www.workers.org/ww/2001/iraq0125.html
Who Are the Real War Criminals? (This Administration!)
15 Dec 2004
Let's see...
Daddy Bush pulled the strings for Pinochet and Noriega. Of course, killing thousands of innocent civilians.
Bush Jr. has surpassed Daddy.
The Afghan, Iraq, Columbia and Haiti atrocities? Are far, far more deadly. And ignoring the genocide in Sudan? Shows compassion!
What the world could be without this insane bunch...
The REAL War Criminals. Bush and Company.
Re: Who Are the Real War Criminals?
15 Dec 2004
so you want us to go listen to someone that defended milosevic????? im confused, I thought ANSWER was against racism and war??? Hey, while we are there lets free the cuban five! US out of haiti, cuba, columbia etc. etc. etc. etc.........
Re: Who Are the Real War Criminals?
15 Dec 2004
<i>Anonymous Anti-Authoritarian</i> writes "mass murderers," in reference to Slobodan Milosevic.

Dear Anonymous:

The International Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia in the Hague needs your evidence of these crimes right away! Their case against Milosevic has fallen apart due to absolute lack of evidence!

I appeal to you in the name of international justice: don't let the suspect get away from the poor and under-funded NATO powers -- send them your proof of "mass murder" committed by Milosevic. And please be so kind as to share it with this forum!

Your truly in principled proletarian internationalism,

Red Herring
Re: Who Are the Real War Criminals?
15 Dec 2004
"Approximately 800,000 Kosovo Albanian civilians were expelled from the province by their forced removal and subsequent looting and destruction of their homes, or by the shelling of villages. Surviving residents were sent to the borders of neighbouring countries. En route, many were killed, abused and had their possessions and identification papers stolen. Furthermore, specific massacres allegedly committed by Serb forces in places such as Djakovica/Gjakovë, Suva Reka/Suharekë, Racak/Reçak, Bela Crkva/Bellacërkë, Mala Krusa/Krusë e Vogël, Velika Krusa/Krushë e Madhe, Padaliste/Padalishtë, Izbica/Izbicë, Vucitrn/Vushtrri, Dubrava/Dubravë Prison complex, Meja/Mejë and Kacanik/Kacanik"

wow, milosevic sounds like a real nice guy, hes definately not guilty
Re: Who Are the Real War Criminals?
15 Dec 2004
They can't seem to convict Pinochet either, dosn't mean he didn't do it.