am writing to you from The Hague.
am here attending the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. We have been
talking to many journalists in an effort to break through the
barrier of misinformation about Yugoslavia and President Milosevic.
we told journalists in interviews which have reached millions
of people, the character of the so-called prosecution's case is
already exposed, and the trial just two days old.
of making a dignified, factual opening statement, the prosecution
spent two days broadcasting a made-for-TV fictional movie, a rehash
of all the emotional images they have produced over the past 12
years as evidence that the Serbs are monsters.
pictures are presented without a shred of actual evidence. All
we get are ugly images and the assertions of the prosecutor/narrator.
By running this atrocity movie for two days, the ICTY hoped (not
without reason) that most reporters would leave The Hague before
President Milosevic made his statements.
is perhaps most shocking, the prosecution has taken evidence exonerating
Milosevic and condemning NATO and, through the use of cheap tricks,
presented it as if it proved the opposite.
ABOUT WHAT MILSOEVIC SAID AT KOSOVO FIELD IN 1989 AGAIN!
example, the "prosecutor" showed some footage of Milosevic
delivering his famous Kosovo Field speech in 1989. This footage
included English subtitles in which Milosevic said:
centuries later, now, we are being again engaged in battles and
are facing battles. They are not armed battles, although such
things cannot be excluded yet."
is supposed to prove that Milosevic used the 1989 speech to launch
the Yugoslav wars.
is normal, if a prosecutor wishes to introduce quotes from a speech,
to distribute the entire text.
this the "Tribunal" did not do.
because if they
had quoted almost any full paragraph from the speech
let alone the whole speech people would immediately see
that the quote above was a warning of the dangers of war. They
would see it was part of a call for unity between different national
groups in Yugoslavia, and for progress through equality and peaceful
for instance the following uncut paragraph from the actual text
(US government translation) of Milosevic's speech. "For as
long as multinational communities have existed, their weak point
has always been the relations between different nations. The threat
is that the question of one nation being endangered by the others
can be posed one day and this can then start a wave of suspicions,
accusations, and intolerance, a wave that invariably grows and
is difficult to stop. This threat has been hanging like a sword
over our heads all the time. Internal and external enemies of
multi-national communities are aware of this and therefore they
organize their activity against multinational societies mostly
by fomenting national conflicts. At this moment, we in Yugoslavia
are behaving as if we have never had such an experience and as
if in our recent and distant past we have never experienced the
worst tragedy of national conflicts that a society can experience
and still survive.
PICTURES AND MIND BOGGLING DISHONESTY
example The prosecutor showed footage of what seem to be
men imprisoned behind barbed wire. These pictures have been used
before. They were taken by an ITN film crew in 1992. Photographs
were compiled from this footage and broadcast around the world,
purporting to prove that the Serbs had set up a death camp at
Trnopolje in Bosnia.
this footage can be seen in the Emperors' Clothes movie, JUDGMENT.
What the Tribunal did not show was the rest of the footage from
the movie where you can witness Penny Marshall and the
other members of her ITN film crew setting up their cameras inside
a chicken wire and barbed wire enclosure.
refugees came over to see what was happening. Penny Marshall talked
to them and filmed them through the wire, thus producing footage
that made it seem these men were fenced in. The film was then
further doctored to create the 'feel' of a Nazi death camp.
the movie, JUDGMENT, one can hear Penny Marshall pressing the
Muslim refugees to say they are being abused. The man she is interviewing
resists her pressure. "No no, " he says. "They
treat us good. It's a refugee center."
the ICTY takes footage from a movie which proves that the death
camp stories were a lie, and uses them once again to broadcast
have studied much data - both articles and transcripts from the
mass media, and original documents. We have also conducted our
can now prove that NATO's charges against Milosevic are lies.
lies were originally broadcast to justify the breakup of Yugoslavia,
engineered by the U.S., German and British Establishments. Now
because Milosevic has refused to crawl, the prosecution is forced
to justify their attack on Yugoslavia.
Milosevic tried to speak today, his microphone was once again
turned off by Judge May. This demonstrates the essence of NATO's
attempt to deal with Milosevic and others who want to tell the
truth about what NATO has done to Yugoslavia. Their method is
a) broadcast lies over and over and 2) try to silence Milosevic
and everyone else who tells the truth.
NATO and its 'Tribunal' have a problem. They are boxed in by their
previous propaganda. They have to prove the lies they made up
over a course of many years are true.
this false trial has reopened the question of what really happened
in Yugoslavia. This gives those of us who want to get out the
facts a new opportunity.
we are using it.