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Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Neo-Cons Favourite Terrorists

From today's Guardian:

Carla Del Ponte, the ex-chief prosecutor for war crimes in former Yugoslavia, has unleashed a storm of recrimination with allegations of a trade in human body parts in Kosovo and Albania after Nato bombed Serbia in 1999.

Del Ponte claims, based on what she describes as credible reports and witnesses, that Kosovan Albanian guerrillas transported hundreds of Serbian prisoners into northern Albania where they were killed, and their organs "harvested" and trafficked out of Tirana airport.

Del Ponte has long complained that the UN authorities in Kosovo blocked her attempts to investigate war crimes by Kosovan Albanians and she says that the authorities in Albania were also unhelpful. The most senior Kosovan Albanian to be tried for war crimes in The Hague, Ramush Haradinaj, a former prime minister of Kosovo and ex-guerrilla commander, was acquitted last week, sparking bitter protests in Serbia.

According to Del Ponte, a local Albanian prosecutor, who visited the house with the UN team, told her: "No Serbs are buried here. But if they did bring Serbs over the border from Kosovo and killed them, they did a good thing."

The neocons, in their determination to destroy the rump Yugoslavia, couldn't get enough of 'Kosovan guerillas' in the late 1990s.
Above you can see pictures of US special envoy Dick Holbrooke and the neocons favourite Frenchman, the 'human rights' crusader Bernard Kouchner fraternising with the charming humanitarians of the KLA.

And let's remind ourselves what neo-conservative US Senator Joe Lieberman (above, top left said about 'Kosovan guerillas' in 1999:

"[The] United States of America and the Kosovo Liberation Army stand for the same human values and principles ... Fighting for the KLA is fighting for human rights and American values."

He must be living on a different planet.


Anonymous said...

I saw the Guardian before I saw your post, Neil. There are no words, really.

J. Von Trousers said...

Does this show that the KLA are now falling out of favour? Del Ponte is, after all, a NATO apparatchik and US agent (effectively, anyway).

Anonymous said...

It is only the Guardian's Ian Traynor who has added the word "alleged" in this disgusting matter.

Del Ponte has spilled the beans in the name of financial gain, but notice how she turns the thing on it's head by blaming others at the Hague for "not allowing" her to investigate.

Hopefully there will be some sort of closure for the poor victims of these appalling crimes.

I live in hope that very soon all the deserving will find themselves before credible judges at the Hague!

Anonymous said...

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Del Ponte certainly seemed confused about numerous issues. Milosevic for one, I don't think she was cheated by Milosivic's "totally unexpected death." I think the BS status quo was protected. When the few (very few) independently minded journalists questioned the "genocide" that never was whilst terrible abuses against the Serbs were taking place, they were shut up but quick. Reportedly, Del Ponte has been told to shut up herself by her government. Either way, we need the truth. I don't much care how we get it.