Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Stand against world tyranny


This piece of mine appears in the Morning Star.

Opposition to the tyranny of the neoliberal new world order is mounting by the day.

In the last few days, we've seen London's financial heartland brought to a standstill by anti-globalisation protesters and large demonstrations against NATO in Strasbourg and Kehl. And, two weeks ago in Belgrade, peace campaigners and anti-imperialists from all over the world met for a two-day conference to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the brutal, unlawful NATO aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The event was organised by the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, an association set up in 2000 to promote the ideals of peace and co-operation, the equality of nations, states and peoples, the respect for social, economic, civil and other human rights and to fight all forms of domination.

The forum, which is a full member of the general assembly of the World Peace Council, supports the peaceful and just resolution of all disputes, the observance of international law and in particular respect for the UN Charter and the right of all countries, big or small, to sovereignty over their own natural wealth.
Speakers at the conference came from all over the world, including from countries which had taken part in the NATO aggression of 10 years ago.

From Britain, former Labour MP Alice Mahon, one of only 11 MPs to vote against the war in 1999, related how she had visited Yugoslavia during the bombing and saw the results of NATO's "criminal act" at the Zastava car factory, which was destroyed by 20 cruise missiles. What has emerged over the past 10 years confirms that the war against Yugoslavia lacked both legal and moral legitimacy. It set a bad example which has been followed already in Afghanistan and Iraq," she said.

Belgian anti-imperialist writer and film-maker Michel Collon also drew connections between the attack on Yugoslavia and later US-led acts of aggression.
"Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq - they are not three separate wars but all the same war," he declared. While Yugoslavia was isolated in 1999, Collon stressed the positive global developments since then and in particular events in south America, where Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has helped to inspire other countries to stand up to US imperialism.

Professor Velko Vlkanov, president of the Bulgarian Anti-Fascist Union, reminded delegates that the attack on Yugoslavia in 1999 was not only an infringement of the UN Charter but also a breach of NATO's own rules, which state that the alliance can only take military action if a member state is attacked. He urged Serbia to launch a legal action against the states who committed the aggression to the UN International Court.

From the US, former attorney-general Ramsey Clark, founder of the International Action Centre, passionately denounced NATO's actions 10 years ago and the lies that were told to justify the war.

Yugoslavia had to be destroyed because it was the last economy in central-south Europe which remained uncolonised by global capital. We can see what NATO's real objectives were by analysing its targets in the 1999 bombing campaign.
Revealingly, state-owned companies rather than military sites were specifically targeted by the world's richest nations. NATO only destroyed 14 tanks, but 372 industrial facilities were hit, leaving hundreds of thousands jobless. Not one foreign or privately owned factory was bombed.

Also present were speakers from Cuba, Palestine, Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, France and from Serbia itself.

Zivadin Jovanovic, the much respected former Yugoslav foreign minister and president of the Belgrade Forum said that NATO's 1999 assault was aimed at subduing the role of the UN and reworking international law in line with self-proclaimed "American interests" worldwide.

Sadly, many on the left fell hook, line and sinker for the lie that the attack on Yugoslavia was motivated out of "humanitarian" concern for Kosovan Albanians.
By believing the pro-war propaganda pumped out incessantly by the Western media, they failed to see the significance of NATO's actions and why it was imperative for all progressives and anti-imperialists to unite in opposition to the war.

NATO's attack was designed to send out a very clear warning to all independent-minded countries which resisted the neoliberal model of globalisation - comply or die.

"The aggression against Yugoslavia was an unveiled and grim message to all the states worldwide that they could experience the same destiny unless they sided with US policy," said Belgrade Forum director Vladislav Jovanovic.

"It did not take long for the threat contained in that message to become a reality. Afghanistan was invaded first, with an extorted blessing of the UN security council, then came Iraq as well, without the security council's approval, but with the assistance of colossal lies. The next potential target is Iran."

In concluding his speech, Vladislav Jovanovic said that the 10th anniversary of the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia should help the "dawn to replace darkness" and allow the "force of law to restore its might and prevail over the law of force."

As we survey the death and destruction caused by 10 years of US-sponsored aggression from Belgrade to Kabul and Baghdad, we must indeed all hope that this dark chapter in world history is at last coming to an end.

5 comments:

David Lindsay said...

Conservatives are supposed to be against world government, and against coercive utopianism, because they recognise the frailty and limitedness of Originally Sinful human nature. (They are also supposed to be against the definition of politics in terms of economics, the technical term for which is "Marxism".)

Yet those who probably or certainly identify as such rushed onto my blog yesterday to denounce that doctrinal basis and to defend the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which they support, but which are not officially being fought, in precisely the name of world government and of coercive utopianism.

In exactly what cause either of those wars is really being fought, I cannot see. Can anyone else?

Zoran Arizanovic said...

hi
i come from parts that you write about, mom is croatian father serbian and i was born in slovenia
I must say that i am glad to find this kind of writing here , read few articles on NS page and here
keep up the good work
I live and work currently in london
so it is very nice to see someone thinking in same direction:)

Maxim said...

For some strange reason, BBC site has this article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7990984.stm), which is revealing (with a well-feigned surprise I'd say) something that has been known since the pre-war days of US financing and supplying the arms to KLA and other small-time terrorist organisations in Yugoslavia.

In fact the only reason I'm even interested is why now?

I'm pretty sure it's too late to change public opinion on this one - 10 years of lies simply cannot be undone by one or two articles containing some truth..

However I'd really like to know to what end do they do this now.

Do they think that the goals have been achieved and they can afford to splash around a little blame of the "faults on both sides" kind?

Or are there some other forces at work here?

Not forces for good - I'd never believe it, but some secret political struggle hidden from the eyes of the public, the struggle in which one side believes it can undermine the other by revealing some facts that will result in condemnation by said public?

If this is the case, then I'm actualy very hopeful - those who would be doing this might have some considerable resources at their disposal and then we might be looking not at a solitary article deemed to be not too harmful to the imeprialist cause by the censors, but at the concerted campaign to out the truth of this momentous event.

If I'm any judge that's the way most if not all significant political revelations of the 19-20th century came about - when it suited some political force with enough resources to make it happen is spite of perpetrators wishes.

You can't raise dead or undo many insults inflicted on the nation, but truth, spread widely for whatever reason is always an opportunity for good people everywhere - there is a difference between "powerful" and "omnipotent" - and those attempting to run the world are quickly loosing claims even to the former title..

Good things can come out of it yet, so stay sharp!

Maxim said...

For some strange reason, BBC site has this article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7990984.stm), which is revealing (with a well-feigned surprise I'd say) something that has been known since the pre-war days of US financing and supplying the arms to KLA and other small-time terrorist organisations in Yugoslavia.

In fact the only reason I'm even interested is why now?

I'm pretty sure it's too late to change public opinion on this one - 10 years of lies simply cannot be undone by one or two articles containing some truth..

However I'd really like to know to what end do they do this now.

Do they think that the goals have been achieved and they can afford to splash around a little blame of the "faults on both sides" kind?

Or are there some other forces at work here?

Not forces for good - I'd never believe it, but some secret political struggle hidden from the eyes of the public, the struggle in which one side believes it can undermine the other by revealing some facts that will result in condemnation by said public?

If this is the case, then I'm actualy very hopeful - those who would be doing this might have some considerable resources at their disposal and then we might be looking not at a solitary article deemed to be not too harmful to the imeprialist cause by the censors, but at the concerted campaign to out the truth of this momentous event.

If I'm any judge that's the way most if not all significant political revelations of the 19-20th century came about - when it suited some political force with enough resources to make it happen is spite of perpetrators wishes.

You can't raise dead or undo many insults inflicted on the nation, but truth, spread widely for whatever reason is always an opportunity for good people everywhere - there is a difference between "powerful" and "omnipotent" - and those attempting to run the world are quickly loosing claims even to the former title..

Good things can come out of it yet, so stay sharp!

Anonymous said...

If we were living under a tyranny, 'dissidents' like George Galloway, Peter Hitchens and Andrew Murray would have been locked up long ago. But thankfully they are all still at large.