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Monday, March 12, 2007

A victim of the West's propaganda

Here's my column from today's Morning Star on the most cynical demonisation campaign of modern times.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State". It's worth remembering the words of Dr Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda around the first anniversary of the death of Slobodan Milosevic at The Hague.

The 'official version' of the Milosevic story, brought to you by CNN, BBC, Newsweek and other media outlets of the New World Order, was that Slobo ( aka 'The Butcher of the Balkans'), rose to power by whipping up dormant Serb nationalism and through his maniacal desire to create a 'Greater Serbia' provoked the break-up of Yugoslavia and the decade of bloodshed which ensued. Not content with starting wars with Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia, the genocidal Slobo then turned his attention to the hapless Kosovan Albanians and started to carry out a systematic programme of 'ethnic cleansing' on a scale unseen in Europe since the days of the Third Reich. Slobo would have succeeded in his evil designs had it not been for the timely intervention of NATO, whose humanitarian bombing campaign, defeated the wicked dictator and restored peace to Kosovo. The following year, the wicked dictator was toppled by a popular uprising of his own people and then sent to The Hague to be held toaccount for his many crimes. Unfortunately, before the guilty sentence could be passed', 'The Butcher' died, cheating justice.
There's just one thing wrong with the above version of events.
It's bullshit.
Not a single aspect of the narrative- the narrative we have heard ad nauseum in the west for the past decade and a half is true.

Milosevic, the 'aggressive nationalist', was in fact a lifelong socialist who never once made a racist speech. The 1989 Kosovo Polje address where it was claimed that Milosevic incited ethnic hatred, was a call for socialist unity: you can read the speech in full in English at

Milosevic the 'dictator' was a politician who won three democratic election victories in a country where 21 political parties and a well-financed opposition media freely operated. Even Adam Lebor, Milosevic's far from sympathetic biographer, concedes that to call Milosevic a 'dictator' is 'incorrect'.

Milosevic 'the serial warmonger', started no wars. He wasn't even in charge of Yugoslavia when Slovenia and Croatia, at the encouragement of Germany, illegally broke away from the Yugoslav Federation, while the war in Bosnia was caused by the US ambassador Warren Zimmerman's last-minute intervention to persuade the Bosnian Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic to renege from the 1992 Lisbon agreement, which provided for the peaceful division of the republic. As for Kosovo, we already have British defence minister Lord Gilbert's admission that at the Rambouillet 'peace' conference the west deliberately produced a document whose terms were so onerous that they knew the Yugoslav delegation would not be able to sign. The hostilities in Kosovo were triggered by the US's funding and arming of the terrorist Kosovan Liberation Army, in a deliberate attempt to provoke a civil war, which would then give NATO the pretext to occupy the rump Yugoslavia.
As for bringing peace to Kosovo, Western intervention did the opposite: since 1999 more than 200,000 Serbs, Roma, Jews and other minorities have been ethnically cleansed from the province by the KLA, under the watchful eye of western forces.

The fall from power of Milosevic in October 2000 was not a demonstration of 'people power', but an undemocratic coup d'état, orchestrated and funded by the U.S., who bankrolled the anti-socialist opposition to the tune of $70m. And as for Milosevic 'cheating justice' at The Hague, over 300 prosecution witnesses appeared at the trial and not a single one testified that he had ordered war crimes or other such atrocities. Justice was certainly denied by Milosevic's death - but not in the way the New World Order would like us to believe.

The more one considers the facts, the more clear it is that that Milosevic was the victim of the most cynical demonisation campaign of recent times. Why was it done?

The problem with Milosevic from the NWO's perspective, was not that he was a war-mongering nationalist hell-bent on destroying Yugoslavia, but that he wasn't. The West wanted the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia broken up into as many separate parts as possible: in the words of George Kenney of the US State Department "in post-cold war Europe no place remained for a large, independent-minded socialist state that resisted globalisation." Milosevic stood in the way of Western economic and military hegemony in the Balkans and for doing so he paid the ultimate price.

But though Milosevic is dead, the warmongering forces that destroyed both him and his country are still at large, with the rich pickings of the Iranian economy now in their sights. Eight years ago Slobo was 'The New Hitler', now it's the turn of President Ahmadinejad. The reality is that when it comes to the use of Nazi propaganda techniques in order to dupe the public into supporting illegal wars of conquest, the real successors of Adolf and co are not those accused, but those doing the accusing.


meatshakes said...

Excellent article, will go to remedy the number of times that publication has got it wrong on Yugoslavia.

Harry Barnes said...

I think that we should set Nick Cohen onto you as you are one of his stereotypes.

Neil Clark said...

Is that the same Nick Cohen, who wrote ‘The primary aggressor was Slobodan Milosevic, a former communist bureaucrat who employed a familiar combination of nationalism and socialism to destroy Bosnia’s Muslims and Croats'?, I wonder......?

If Nick Cohen didn't exist the NWO would have had to invent him.

serbialives admin said...

Great article, nice to see a journalist who is an unbiased seeker of the truth!

Anonymous said...

I believe the quotation attributed to Goebbels to be a fake. It does not appear in his diaries, and although it appears all over the Internet, no specific reference is ever given. Experts in his writings, such as Bytwerk at Calvin College, believe Goebbels would never have made such an admission.