March 14, 2002, the leaders of Montenegro, Serbia and
Yugoslavia sat down with the European legate Javier
Solana who three years ago headed a vicious attack
on their country and agreed to kill
Yugoslavia, erase her from the map, bury her name
and legacy, and in her place establish
"state" that Vojislav Kostunica, Zoran Djindjic
and Milo Djukanovic signed, and Javier
Solana concocted in some political petri dish, is
now "Serbia and Montenegro," just as all the US
State Department maps read all these years the Empire
refused to recognize the state led by Slobodan Milosevic.
Busy with the usual malicious rehashes of fabricated
history, reports in the West gave few details. What
did emerge, however, is telling. Apart from cartographic
convenience, other aspects
of the treaty unmistakably identify its greatest
Serbia and Montenegro will have their own Presidents,
their own currencies, customs and financial systems.
Theoretically, the defense and foreign affairs should
be under joint jurisdiction. But military service would
be served only in the conscripts' home states, effectively
creating separate Serbian and Montenegrin armed forces.
Ambassadors to, say, the UN would rotate between Serbia
and Montenegro, creating de facto separate foreign
policies. So the joint legislature and the joint President
it chooses would have nothing to do.
a powerless government is a good thing for people's
liberties. In this case, however, the governments of
two republics would retain the near-absolute power they
currently have, and the "federal" government
would simply be there for show and to waste the impoverished
the agreement is only
valid for three years, whereupon any member of the
"union" that secedes is guaranteed recognition
by the EU. The way it was framed, secession is pretty
much automatic unless both partners decide otherwise.
If Djukanovic stays in power, or is replaced by one
of his more rabidly separatist allies, there is no chance
Montenegro's regime won't opt for recognition.
new "state" is but a vampire, an undead monstrosity
which is destined to live for three more years until
the EU mercifully stakes it through the heart. Meanwhile,
it will subsist by sucking blood from the people on
which it was imposed.
a day after Yugoslavia was dissolved, it was betrayed.
Military security officers arrested
the retired general Momcilo Perisic as he met with an
American diplomat in a roadside inn south of Belgrade.
The military claimed Perisic was passing
classified documents to the American, leading to
rampant speculation that the former general, a bitter
foe of Slobodan Milosevic, was trying to turn over evidence
of the former president's involvement in alleged atrocities
US was "outraged"
and issued a "sharp rebuke," but that was
to be expected. No state especially not the Empire
ever admits to espionage, as there is something inherently
dirty in the whole process. Usually the pattern is denial,
followed by expulsion of the compromised diplomat and
a gentlemanly agreement not to bring the matter up again.
Again, the Empire does not follow the custom. It will
most likely attempt to pass this off as an "unwarranted
detention," demand an official groveling apology
and maybe even the sacking of those responsible. Serbia
is a vassal, after all how dare it have the
temerity to arrest Imperial legates as they go about
fate is less certain. He went out of his way to meet
with the US diplomat, so they were probably not just
out for coffee and sports talk. If the Yugoslav or
whatever it will be called military produces materials
they claim Perisic was passing to the Americans, he
may be damned in the court of public opinion and even
tried for treason.
classified documents to the Americans, while legally
treasonous, pales in comparison to what Perisic's boss
Djindjic has done over the past year or so. Thus
throwing Perisic to the wolves might help Djindjic cloud
the issue, so the general may yet rue the day he threw
his lot in with the "pragmatist" Prime Minister.