Rodney Atkinson: Lies and Myths about Milosevic and the Serbs

Dateline 27th March 2006

“I never saw the Yugoslav Federal Army
mistreat anyone in Kosovo”
Roland Keith, Commander in the OSCE’s
Kosovo Verification Mission, 1999.


In the week of the death of Milosevic anti-Serb propaganda reached a peak with not a single word of praise for a people who have in all three European Wars of the 20th century proved their anti-fascist credentials. Instead it is the propaganda of Croatian fascism, German imperialism and BBC appeasement which defends the attack on Yugoslavia (illegal on at least 7 counts under international law) and its break up into the same petty nationalist states with clerical fascist governments which Nazism and Fascism constructed in the 1940s.

So the EU (under German direction) the USA and the UN conducted the most illegal war of all time, without UN approval, destroyed the most ethnically mixed State in the Balkans (Serbia) and brought about the most ethnically and religiously pure state of Croatia and a religiously divided Bosnia. The UN has failed to disarm the KLA who have now invaded Macedonia – with the weapons that the UN was supposed to remove from them! Now, having allowed the Kosovo Muslims to drive out most of the Christian Serbs from Kosovo, the UN seems bent on removing Kosovo from Serbia. This in religious and cultural terms would be like removing Kent from England or Texas from the United States, with Canterbury and Houston becoming Muslims cities!

Throughout the 1990s, the BBC, the British press and the Western media in general have lied and deceived, covered up the truth, broadcast fabrications prepared by anti Yugoslav forces, ignored historical fact and have been willing victims of one of the most successful propaganda missions of modern times. Here are some of the myths and lies which now pass for “facts” in the media today.

Milosevic “started the wars against Bosnia and Croatia”

Serbs were not the aggressors but the defenders of their internationally recognised State of Yugoslavia against foreign powers (principally Germany and the USA) who financed insurrection by Bosnian Muslims, Croatian nationalists (using the same “U” emblem as the Ustashe fascist allies of Germany during the second World War) and Kosovo Muslim Albanians. All three of these groups had provided the Nazis with Waffen SS divisions against our allies, the Serbs, between 1940 and 1945).

Milosevic was a “fascist” 
He was in fact the exact opposite, his opponents in Croatia and Bosnia being the historical fascists whose 1990s actions were based on precisely the same imagery, ideology and in some cases even the names of their fascist movements during the second world war. Milosevic could be described, as the whole of Yugoslavia was during the cold war, as a “Reform Communist”.

Milosevic was a dictator. 
He was elected three times, with the same lack of Western democratic niceties which we praised in the election of Yeltsin and Putin!

He persecuted the Kosovo Albanians.
The exact opposite was the case for the Kosovo Liberation Army had been murdering Serbs and Albanian Kosovans for years. In this they had continued the ethnic cleansing of Serbs started by the Nazis and fascists during the Second World War and carried on by Tito (a Croat) after the war. There were Albanian Muslims in Milosevic’s Government – but that did not stop the gradual ethnic cleansing of Serbs from their historic homeland (and centre of Orthodox Christianity) in Kosovo by the KLA, rightly described by international observers as a terrorist organisation.

The KLA has now invaded Macedonia, where Albanian Muslims are creating “a third Albania”!

Both the Commander of the OSCE’s Kosovo Verification Mission in 1999 (just before Yugoslavia was attacked) Roland Keith and the former Canadian Ambassador in Belgrade James Bissett have condemned the war and defended the Yugoslav Government. Bissett said that the 1999 attack was a “put up job” and quotes the most revealing admission by the former British Defense Minister, Lord Gilbert, who told the British House of Commons in July 2000 that the terms that NATO sought to force upon Milosevic at Rambouillet were deliberately designed to provoke war.

Commander Keith described the KLA as a terrorist organisation which had a grip on most villages in Kosovo. He had direct experience of grotesque lies told by villagers about ethnic cleansing and he said he never saw the Yugoslav Federal Army mistreat anyone in Kosovo.

Milosevic would have been found guilty of war crimes. 
In fact the trial and Milosevic’s detailed and penetrating challenge to prosecution witnesses had made a complete fool of the kangaroo court which had effectively kidnapped him in Belgrade (using the same anti-constitutional methods as the European Union did to destroy the sovereignty of the nation states of Europe – Presidential or Crown Prerogative!)

Milosevic was not accused in the International Court in The Hague but by a “special Tribunal” set up by the anti Serb forces. Blair and his partners in the illegal war were indicted at the REAL International Court – but refused to turn up.

The evidence at the trial proved Milosevic’s guilt.
Far from that the Court was repeatedly unable to make any connection between Milosevic’s orders and the assumed “atrocities”. Indeed several Serb army personnel gave evidence that Belgrade had always insisted that soldiers who committed crimes should be brought to justice. The Court case also revealed that Lord Paddy Ashdown had lied to the Court and one of the Prosecution’s star witnesses exonerated Milosevic and said he had been tortured to make him provide evidence against the accused.

What about the war time atrocities?
Most were myths, the rest questionable.

The Sarajevo market bomb was not set by Serbs but by Bosnian Muslims, as the UN later confirmed.

The skeletonic “concentration camp” victim was a hoax, as the BBC’s John Simpson confirmed.

The “10,000 deaths in Kosovo” was proved a complete myth.

The Srebrenica “massacre of 8,000 Muslims” consists of some 2,000 bodies including Serbs who died in battle over a long period. Teenagers among the dead were commonplace especially among Croat and Bosnian army troops. The “International Community” never describes the massacres of Serb villagers around Srebrenica before the Yugoslav army moved in, nor the evil Muslim Commander Naser Oric who, Roland Keith testifies, carried out those raids and showed journalists video tape of the beheadings he ordered. Oric withdrew his troops from Srebrenica before the Serbs arrived. His army was later caught and badly defeated – which explains the origins of the Bosnian bodies found.

The Rajmonda murder. The US broadcaster CBC revealed a KLA soldier’s lies about a “murder by the Serbs” in 1999, months after the original false story had been widely broadcast. By the time of the retraction, the damage of course was done, many times over, and could not be undone.

The Racak massacre. The road to Racak, broadcast by CBC in May 2000, showed how the famous casus belliof the war on Yugoslavia was a hoax, that the Yugoslav army did NOT slaughter unarmed ethnic Albanian civilians, as had been the US/NATO claim to justify the need to bomb the country.

What about ethnic cleansing?
Why should the leader of Yugoslavia break up his own country? Only the Croats (who drove out 400,000 Serbs from the Krajina) and the Bosnians and Kosovo Albanians (who drove out a similar number of Serbs) had a reason to do so – and they did. It was in fact the federal Prime Minister of Yugoslavia who happened to be a Croat who ordered the army into Slovenia and Croatia. And it was another Croat President Tudjman who wrote a constitution which described the Serbs as an “alien minority”. He then drove 40,000 Serbs out of Croatia – the first ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia.

What about political bigotry?
Anyone reading Milosevic’s historical speeches would recognise someone who lacked political, racial or religious bigotry – unlike the extreme bigotry of his opponents President Tudjman of Croatia (“genocide is a natural phenomenon commanded by the almighty in defence of Roman Catholicism”) and President Izetbegovic (“There can be no peace or co-existence between the Islamic Faith and non Islamic institutions”). So why were Izetbegovic and Tudjman not put on trial in The Hague?

In the light of such hypocrisy it is not surprising that one of the most criminal war Commanders – General Agim Ceku, who at various times fought in the Croat and KLA armies, murdered hundreds (at the Medak Pocket) and ethnically cleansed hundred of thousands of Serbs (from the Krajina) and had been indicted at The Hague, but was then put on the payroll of the UN in the “Kosovo Protection Force”! His indictment was later rescinded.

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