Halfwits, Inquisitors and Thieves
Balkans Tragedy in Four Scenes
by Nebojsa Malic
of the events or statements that follow should come as a surprise.
What is surprising is the lack of reaction by their victims,
or those who unwittingly support the perpetrators. As with
everything, the ongoing Balkans drama will have consequences
yet impossible to foresee.
Greeks used to say, "Whom gods would destroy, they first
make mad." Throughout the former Yugoslav federation,
madness and destruction ride together. For those who have
to deal with the wreckage in their wake, tragedy is not an
artistic term. It is life.
Whitewashing the KLA
the ongoing process of debunking the lies about Kosovo and
the May proclamation that the most
recent incarnation of the KLA was a terrorist organization,
it was only a matter of time before the professional apologists
for the "Kosovo Liberation Army" and its cause would
week, AFP ran
a story about Albanian "tolerance" in Obilic,
a town where last month an entire Serb family was murdered
in the middle of the night. Brimming with official KLA propaganda,
rehearsed platitudes and deliberate misquotes, the unsigned
article stands out from the usual AFP fare.
"informative" is the article, it fails to mention
that Albanians renamed the town "Kastriota" after
a medieval Albanian prince, since Obilic is the name of the
Serb knight who killed Sultan Murad in the 1389 battle of
Kosovo. Tolerance, indeed.
Monday, the noxious London IWPR published a
lengthy report on "necessary reforms" in the
Kosovo Protection Corps, one of the KLA's heirs. It was co-written
by an editor of Koha Ditore, a flagship Pristina newspaper
whose racist Serbophobic screeds have become so routine they
don't faze even the Imperial censors. As a result, the IWPR
report whitewashes the KPC and KLA involvement in terrorist
activities, and chooses to vilify the FARK militia organized
by Ibrahim Rugova's faction. If in some places it reads like
a glorified history of the KLA, that's because it is. Only
a few paragraphs amidst the paeans to "liberation from
the Serbs" deal with murders and mayhem the KLA and KPC
have perpetrated over the years, and even then with considerable
Kosovo's outgoing Imperial viceroy had to rescue former KLA
fuehrer Hashim Taqi, who was arrested in Hungary on
an outstanding criminal warrant. Hungarian police ended up
since Taqi has friends in infernal places. The warrant for
his arrest was dismissed as "issued by the Milosevic
government," but nowhere does it say that the change
of government means people accused of murder get a free pass.
But if the person in question is Empire's golden boy, who
cares about such trifles as the law?
Build A Better Nation?
piece in Tuesday's Christian Science Monitor purports
to criticize the nation-building in Bosnia: namely, it claims
there isn't nearly enough of it, and that more is needed.
The author, Sara Terry, exemplifies the ill-informed Westerner
who attempts to pontificate on Balkans issues but only manages
to sound embarrassing.
example, she classifies Bosnians by religion, indicating her
belief in the "Bosnian" nation of three different
faiths. That such a nation has been shown as mythical as the
unicorn is a bothersome fact Ms. Terry is either unaware of,
or chooses to ignore.
ignorant claim is that the Bosnian Serbs, "incited by
neighboring Serbia, had tried to take over the entire country,
or at least to split it with Croatia." No one needed
any more incitement than Izetbegovic's oath-breaking declaration
of independence in April 1992, or what is written in his 1971
Declaration." No one (until now, that is) has ever
accused the Serbs of trying to take over the entire country;
not even Izetbegovic could tell such an obvious whopper. As
for the split with Croatia, she'd really need to ask Izetbegovic,
because he invited Croatian troops in as early as 1992.
clumsy attempt to compare Bosnia's entities with American
states reveals not so much her ignorance of Bosnia as of the
United States, for unlike Bosnia's entities (or Bosnia itself,
for that matter), the original 13 states were truly sovereign
and independent at
seven years since
Dayton, and delusions still persist.
"Bring me the head of Radovan Karadzic!"
past weekend, the Hague Harpy Carla delPonte screeched
on the pages of the New York Times an appropriate
venue for her opinions, by the way that the very fabric
of the universe would unravel if the Serbs did not turn over
Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic to her gentle ministrations.
seizing the wartime political and military leader of the Bosnian
Serb Republic, the High Inquisitor hectored, would "send
a signal to other, similar nationalist leaders
that the world
does not mean what it says when it comes to international
is a unified World? And it speaks with one voice? Isn't there
supposed to be a memo about these things!? Far more likely
that DelPonte is suffering from delusions of grandeur, presuming
to speak for the imaginary World even though she is but a
lowly flunky of the Empire. Why, even the Empire is trying
to limit its exposure to the toxic morass that is the Inquisition:
two weeks ago, American lawyers were banned
from representing clients before the ICTY.
the High Inquisitor speaks of "international justice"
even as naked aggression goes unpunished such as, say, in
Kosovo or Iraq means she really doesn't care for the concept
those words represent. The only greater glory she aspires
to lies in falsifying
government is by definition a kleptocracy, i.e. the
governing steal the property of the governed. But there are
few places in the world where this arrangement is so glaringly
obvious, and yet tolerated by the victims, as in Serbia.
DOS government is implementing a World Bank/IMF-backed plan
to "stimulate" the economy by fraudulently
selling plundered property to foreign investors while
taxing the air out of entrepreneurs. This is not only irrational
and against all economic sense, it's downright criminal. Yet
the workers who recently took
to the streets in Belgrade did not seek to end government
abuses, but demanded that it "fix" things.
day, the public finds out more about the government's complicity
in the sugar-exporting
scam that skimmed off millions from EU import subsidies
into the pockets of government-connected "businessmen."
The high degree of government control over every aspect of
life guarantees that the scam was organized, not merely assisted,
by the DOS regime.
in disdain for wishes or values of the people they rule, the
Dossies haven't yet seen a social engineering program they
didn't like. Another of their recent schemes is dismantling
the military to levels acceptable to NATO officials, for the
purpose of becoming
a "partner" of the Alliance.
isn't very libertarian to oppose the dismantling of standing
armies, but since the Serbian government enforces strict gun
control amongst the common folk, there is no one to pick up
the slack. From Biblical times to the present, a government's
basic function was national defense or, to be blunt, waging
war. The Serbian government is now endeavoring to fail in
its basic function, in order to accomplish "reforms"
and "integrate" the country with those who attacked
it just a few
short years back. That is the behavior of quisling regimes,
not "democratic" governments.
is by now clear beyond any doubt that DOS is a gang of thieves.
Again, that is not unusual, and DOS would normally be about
par for the modern Balkans, but it gets worse. Though as all
other politicians, they desire power and plunder, they owe
their current position and the ability to acquire both
to foreign masters they must (and wish to) loyally serve.
continuation of their reign of chaos depends on successfully
deceiving their subjects into believing Dossie drivel about
the necessity for "reforms" and "integration,"
and the equally nonsensical argument that opposing DOS means
supporting Milosevic. If Serbians ever come to their senses
and realize that their choices are far more numerous, and
that they do not need to put up with a kleptocracy whether
foreign-backed or domestic there will be hell to pay.
to hoping that happens soon.
really isn't one. Apologists, inquisitors, various halfwits
and thieves continue to run rampant across the Balkans, claiming
to champion truth, justice, knowledge and prosperity. As long
as they do, things will continue to get worse. The solution,
as it happens so often, is self-evident.
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