Wednesday, December 02, 2009

How the West destroyed Yugoslavia

The trial of Radovan Karadzic in The Hague, which has been stalled by the former Bosnian Serb leader's refusal to show up in court, is likely to be used by the West to justify NATO's current policy of "humanitarian intervention."

At a time when the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan is becoming increasingly unpopular in countries which have committed troops to this theatre of war, Western officials are likely to propagate the generally accepted notion - created by Western governments to cover up the real, geo-political motives for their involvement in the Yugoslav civil war - that it was NATO intervention which ended the Bosnian war.....

However, as the case of Iraq has shown, the West has no compunction in fabricating a story for its own self-gain.

The Yugoslav civil war was a conflict which could have been averted had it not been for the actions of the US, German and certain other European governments who, according to Lord Peter Carrington, chairman of the Geneva-based conference on Yugoslavia, "made it sure there was going to be a conflict" in that region.

You can read the whole of Marcus Papadopolous’s brilliant Morning Star article on how the west deliberately destroyed socialist Yugoslavia, here.

With the Iraq war widely discredited and the Afghanistan war increasingly unpopular, it really will, as I argued here, be ‘game over’ for the serial warmongers, once people acknowledge the truth about what went on in the Balkans in the 1990s.


David Lindsay said...

Hear, Hear.

But can we please move beyond the idea that this was an action of "the West"? It was the Serbs who were fighting for the Biblical-Classical True West against the (now increasingly strident) Nazi-nostalgic Islamists of Bosnia and their allies, who revile the rest of us for hating their godless and rootless pseudo-West of usury, promiscuity and stupefaction.

Never mind against the pseudo-West's beloved Kosovo "Liberation" Army, in whom the four principal forms of terrorism in the world today - Islamist, neo-Nazi, Maoist, and narcotic - all meet. So much for any "War On Terror" to "defend the West"!

Aleksandar Šarović said...

The war was produced outside of Yugoslavia but not by Gensher and the other European countries' leaders. They could not possibly have had enough interest in the war, they were only puppets. I named the person who most likely commited the aggression and explained why he did it in the article "My Debt to Yugoslavia" here I do not have hard evidence but logic accuses enough.

Nicholas Colloff said...

Yugoslavia was already collapsing before poor Western policy both completed its demise and exacerbated its break up from what might have been a bad tempered but amicable Czech-Slovak style divide into the horrors of a 'civil' war from which no one emerges with any credit (except Macedonia that managed to avoid most of the violence).

As to Serbs fighting for a 'Classical True West' that would have come as a great surprise to them (and to the Croats who imagined they were doing exactly that against the 'Slavic Serbs' who were 'other' from the Renaissance/Enlightenment bearing Croats. I remember the narrative well from the relentless then Croatian Ambassador to Bulgaria)!

The Serbs were fighting under the (misplaced) belief that they were the dominant ethnic group and that if they did not 'they' (whoever they were at the time) would repeat the terrors of World War II on the Serbian people, buried and unacknowledged by happy clappy Titoism.

Yugoslavia was always a fiction, skillfully crafted by Tito, and kept going by playing Soviet and Western blocs against one another - a fictional 'third way' to Socialism kept afloat on World Bank loans (and marginally semi-detached Slovene enterprise) that collapsed post 1989 as the Federal government, indebted and penniless, tried keeping the show on the road by printing money!

It was in many ways a lovely fiction but never a realistic one.

Gregor said...
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jack said...

The war in the Balkans and the division of Yugoslavia into US friendly states and eliminating Serbs dominance in the region was planned in 1989 with terrorist funding starting coming into Bosnia in 89 which terrorists themselves listed in the Golden Chain document as there biggest financiers like Omar and Abdullah Bin Laden and Abu Hafs who is running Jihadist operations against Russia in the Panki Gorge, Georgia.

Actually it is a mirror image of what the Nazis planned during WW2 to train Jihadists in the Balkans to capture the Caspian oil basin with Operation Blue.

I thinks it was MI6/CIA intention to from the beginning to make Bosnia a terrorist hub and transit point for Jihadist to fight in Eurasia as they still to the day openly operate terrorist training camps and Islamic terror front NGO’s in Bosnia and have Kosovo as a criminal like Batistas Cuba

In fact they did everything possible to ensure Yugoslavia would fall apart.

I didn’t know Richard Perle acted as adviser to Izetbegovic’s delegation at Dayton.

Why does no one point out the sheer hypocrisy of this with like of Perle driving US foreign policy on the war on terror yet the centre of international terrorism is Bosnia were even Izetbegovic’s SDA party member transferred funds to the 9/11 hijackers and gave Atta and KSM Bosnian citizenship during the Bosnian war.

Max said...

The wars in Yugoslavia throughout the 1990s served as a justification for the continued existence of NATO in the world, and to expand American imperial interests in Eastern Europe.....It was not President Milosevic but NATO who started the war in Yugoslavia.Two Western powers, the United States and Germany, deliberately contrived to destabilize and then dismantle the country. The process was in full swing in the 1 980s and accelerated as the present decade began. These powers carefully planned, prepared and assisted the secessions which broke Yugoslavia apart. And they did almost everything in their power to expand and prolong the civil wars which began in Croatia and then continued in Bosnia-Herzegovina. They were involved behind the scenes at every stage of the crisis. Under the guise of "fostering democracy", the way was being opened to the recolonization of the Balkans......The NATO-Yugoslavia war should be understood in the context of the major developments that have shaped politics in the Balkans and internationally through the 1980’s and 1990’s. Prime among these developments are: the process of "economic globalization," by which international capital has imposed a neo-liberal agenda on every region of the world, and placed much of the Third World and the former socialist countries under the tutelage of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank; the crisis of state-communism in Central and Eastern Europe (in large part activated by the adoption "market reforms"), which has opened the way for the establishment by the US and its European allies of a new global hegemony; the deepening capitalist crisis (reflected in the collapse of the Asian economies, and the profit stagnation in Europe), which has accelerated the rush of corporate capital to commercially exploit new areas of the world and find new sources of cheap labor; and the renewed assertion by the US as a global force, as the leading capitalist nation and the prime military defender of the so-called "free market."..