BEGINNING TO END
story was a lie from beginning to end, as Kostunica
made clear in a
statement carried by none of the newspapers that published
the original story, including
the Telegraph and the [London] Times (Sorry,
but I can't deal with the Times' search engine, which
is the worst one on the Internet, so you'll have to hunt
down the link yourself.) In a meeting with Iraqi ambassador
Samir Sadun, Kostunica called for increased economic ties
between the two nations: in his statement
following the meeting, the Yugoslav President not only denied
that the Serbian government had in any way assisted the
most recent US-UK mugging, but unequivocally
condemned the aggression in principle.
PUPPETS OF THE WEST
what is the point of the British government leaking such
disinformation? To begin with, obviously the "news" that
Kostunica had suddenly switched sides, and joined the mad
bombers of the West, could not have done him any good in
Yugoslavia. Milosevic and his supporters waged a campaign
that characterized the Opposition (and its presidential
candidate) as "lackeys of NATO," and this report, if it
were true, would seem to confirm the Milosevic-Commie analysis.
In London and Washington, the news that Kostunica was joining
the leaders of Kuwait and Israel as practically the only
other countries to approve of this latest evidence of "Allied"
savagery would naturally be greeted with cries of joy: but
in Serbia, such a fabrication could only undermine Kostunica
politically which is, perhaps, the point.
point to the leak is that it could well be a warning: either
cooperate in the future or else. Or else, what? US
aid to Serbia which us opponents of foreign aid can
easily put in the category of just reparations is
being made conditional on how well, and how fast, the Serbs
dance to the American tune. Kostunica's continuing defiance
on this, and on the question of delivering Milosevic
to The Hague is yet more ammunition for the "Hate
Serbia" caucus of the US Congress (Bob Dole, founder and
President Emeritus) to withhold much-needed resources, even
while it strengthens the real American sock puppet in Serbian
politics: Kostunica's main rival, Zoran Djindic.
IN MORSE CODE
whole tone of the Independent article is as if the
author is writing as an official government spokesman, as
if the piece is a feeler, a message sent out to the Serbs
in journalistic Morse code and meant to be read between
the lines. According to Sengupta's sources, "Britain is
considering offering Belgrade significant help over Kosovo.
This includes possible joint patrols by British and Serbian
troops to combat incursions into the Presevo valley by ethnic
Albanian guerrillas; supporting plans to allow Serbian forces
to operate in the 5km border buffer zone from which they
are excluded; or even abolishing the zone altogether."
APOLOGY WORTH MAKING
the NATO-crats have just announced that the "demilitarized
zone" has been significantly reduced, albeit not abolished
altogether. What is astonishing, however, is the offer of
"joint patrols." Is it really possible that the irony of
this idea is completely lost on British officials and their
US counterparts? Yesterday, we were told that the Serbs
were the real problem in the Balkans, and that without their
baleful influence the region would become a multicultural
paradise. On that basis, the US and its allies went to war.
Barely two years later, we are appealing to our former enemies,
the supposedly evil Hitlerian Serbs, to help rein in the
monster the NATO-crats created. While US policymakers can
turn on a dime, ordinary human beings suffer from the effects
of cognitive dissonance when doing an about-face with such
dizzying speed. Besides that, this sudden switch is bound
to raise a few questions, such as: now that we've apologized
for the sinking of the Ehime Maru, isn't it time
to start thinking about issuing an official apology for
the Kosovo war? If only Kostunica could afford the luxury
of making that a condition for agreeing to joint patrols!
The NATO-crats need to be reminded of how karma works,
and, not only that, but in the interest of justice
their humiliation needs to be savored and enjoyed
by those they vilified and victimized.
SAM'S FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER
the Independent article doesn't mention is that southern
Serbia is not the only Balkan trouble spot to suffer from
Albanian incursions. The
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is under massive attack,
and refugees are already fleeing the area. It may not be
Iraq, but the Balkans that explode during the first year
of the Bush Presidency (second edition). This is
the great "humanitarian" legacy of the war to "liberate"
Kosovo: the Frankenstein monster of Albanian nationalism
has been unleashed. NATO troops are moving to intercept
the Albanian invaders: what is particularly galling is that
you can be certain this will be cited as yet another reason
why George W. Bush can't keep his campaign promise to get
our troops out of the Balkans.
now use the Albanian Threat as an excuse to prolong our
wrongheaded intervention in the Balkans is to demonstrate,
in the realm of foreign policy, how an economic principle
established by Ludwig
von Mises, the great free market theorist, works in
the realm of foreign policy. On the question of why government
seems to grow exponentially, Mises pointed out that market
distortions originally caused by government intervention
in the economy are then cited as "problems" to be
solved by yet more forceful intervention from the same source.
Folly is piled on error. As in economics, so in foreign
policy: our rulers consistently and conveniently create
the very problems they are then called upon to "solve."
Economically, the end result of such a policy is a market
crash in terms of foreign policy, it can only lead
FIRST FIFTY DAYS
the campaign, you'll remember, Dubya via Condolezza
Rice and various other aides opined that it was time
to turn over the task of policing the Balkans to the Europeans.
Now, we are told: "We went in together and we will come
out together," as
secretary of state Colin Powell put it in his remarks
to a recent meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO
headquarters. It has been less than the first fifty days
of the incoming administration, and already they have done
a 180-degree turnaround on a major foreign policy issue.
One can only wonder what the next fifty days or the
next year will bring.
(PROFUSE) APOLOGIES TO UPI
only "mainstream" news source to run the correction of the
NATO-crats' disinformation campaign was United Press International
(and, hey, I'm sorry for what I said about you guys in my
column: I take it back!) As far as I am able to discover,
neither the Independent, nor any of the other Western
news sources who "reported" this lie, have so much as mentioned
Kostunica's vigorous denial. I wrote to the editors of the
Independent, and raised this question: I have yet
to receive an answer. Only
WorldNetDaily was on this story, with an appropriately
outraged dispatch from Aleksandar Pavic, their Belgrade
correspondent, who perceptively asks the pertinent question
regarding this whole murky affair: cui bono? Who
benefits? "For one," he writes,
status as victim of an illegal bombing . . . has been relativized.
For, not only has the victim extended his hand to his assailant,
he has identified with him, he has put himself on the same
moral plane by joining him in his deeds. . . . And might
not this also deflate the resistant spirit of all those
for whom Yugoslavia has been one of the chief symbols of
the struggle against the New World Order? The list of potential
benefits seems endless."
endless, indeed, as the pumped-up ambition of the NATO-crats,
who are looking to expand eastward a project that
is going to be the centerpiece of the Bush foreign policy.
The Bushies are making an all-out effort to keep England
from falling into the Euro-entity, and Tony is willing to
make a deal, to act as the "bridge" between the US and Europe:
continued US military efforts in the Balkans in exchange
for going along on missile defense and Iraq policy. In the
end, NATO will reach not only into Eastern Europe but also,
perhaps, make inroads into Central Asia and the Caucasus,
where Georgia has all but officially applied for membership
and where oil has recently been discovered in rather
large quantities. Remember when George W. Bush talked about
the need for US foreign policy to exhibit a little "humility"?
Well, you can forget it. The Bush victory has swept all
that humbleness aside: hubris
is now the order of the day. I can confidently predict that,
by the end of the Bush administration's first year, US policymakers
will have thrown all caution to the winds. The Western alliance,
with NATO at its core, is clearly reaching for global hegemony:
this is the operating principle of what may some day be
called the Dubya Doctrine.
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