Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Oliver Kamm is not the Son of God ! (or is he?)

I've been receiving emails from a loon who goes under the alias 'Cortes' asking why I have not responded to a certain claim of Oliver Kamm. The rules of the game according to 'Cortes' seem to be that Oliver Kamm can make any statement he wishes and brush of all who challenge him with a 'Don't send me spam mail' jibe- -whereas any claim Kamm makes must be responded to immediately.
Does 'Cortes' know something about Oliver Kamm that the rest of us don't? Is Kamm the son of God? Or perhaps a reincarnaton of the Buddha? I was under the impression that Oliver Kamm was a nephew of Martin Bell who works in the City and whose knowledge of Balkan affairs is so extensive that he believes 'Branka' to be a man's name. Not that he was born in Bethlehem two thousand years ago.
As it happens, I have emailed Kamm on more than one occasion with questions regarding claims he has made. He has not replied. When he does, then perhaps I will then consider replying to his claims. But certainly not before. Unless of course, our mysterious Mr 'Cortes' can provide evidence that Kamm is indeed the greatest human being who ever walked God's earth....

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Neil Clark said...

Attila Hoare is a ex-Workers Revolutionary Party fanatic who is as far from an unbiased observer on Balkan affairs as it is to be. The comments on him by resistor on Harry's Place say it all.
I will not be intimidated by a cabal of anti-Yugoslav, neo-conservative fanatics into answering questions when they seem to regard themselves immune from having to do likewise. Kamm has failed to give any evidence for his claim, made last week, of Milosevic's 'aggression' against Bosnia. He has also failed to respond to detailed evidence which was sent to him to challenge claims he made over the bombing of Sarajevo market. Why don't you email Kamm- and ask HIM what's stopping him from responding to these questions?
Kamm also knows full well that I have revealed sources for the claim I made about Izetbegovic- there are others too. He is trying to divert attention from the challenges made against him.
For too long Attila-Hoare, Kamm and other anti-Yugoslav fanatics have had it all their own way. Now when their version of history is being challenged, they cry 'foul'- and seek to divert attention by attacking others.

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Neil Clark said...

I have already produced sources for my claim to Kamm. And there are plenty others too, which you will see posted on this blog in the weeks ahead. Kamm knows this. If he decides to rubbish those sources- then that's up to him. But by doing so, he only undermines his credibility still further. It seems that Kamm has set himself as an arbiter of what is an 'authoritative' source and what isn't. The International Strategic Studies Association- according to Kamm isn't. But he gives no reason for this, other than claiming it is 'obscure'. This is a total smokescreen: Kamm doesn't like the ISSA because it is not a neo-conservative controlled body -(no Richard Perle on the board!)- and it takes an independent line. He'd prefer of course that we listened to that 'independent' 'historian of the Balkans' Marko-Attila Hoare, ex WRP and hard-line Croat nationalist- and who just happens-like Kamm- to be involved in the Henry Jackson Society....
Kamm and Attila Hoare clearly find it quite reprehensible that there are organisations and individuals who are daring to challenge their line on the Balkans. And it seems that in their desperation they will resort to some pretty low chicanery to try to discredit those organisations and individuals who do challenge them.

Neil Clark said...

Marko-Attila Hoare has left this comment at Harry's Place:

'I was never a member of the WRP, though I would be proud to admit if I had belonged to the WRP of Workers Press and Cliff Slaughter, as these were among the best and most honourable Trotskyists in a Trotskyist movement that was otherwise largely morally bankrupt.'

I think quite a few people would agree that the entire Trotskyist movement was- and still is- morally bankrupt. Unlike Attila-Hoare I don't believe there has ever been an 'honourable' Trotskyist faction-
they're all as fanatical and as dishonourable as each other.

Neil Clark said...

Here's a bit more on the 'Section Co-ordinator for Greater Europe' of the Henry Jackson Society aka Marko Attila Hoare


'He worked as a Research Officer for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia’s Office of the Prosecutor in 2001, and participated in the drafting of the indictment of Slobodan Milosevic.'
Source: HJ Society website

Unlike me, Attila Hoare has worked-and I presume- received money for that work- in relation to the Milosevic trial. He clearly has more than just a passing interst in seeing that Milosevic is convicted and that those who highlight the trial's shortcomings are discredited or silenced. Just bear that in mind, next time you see his byline.

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Neil Clark said...

Let's hope Marko can hold back his hard-core Croatian nationalism and produce a really objective account. But judging by his previous writings on the Balkans, I wouldn't bank on it.