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Current Concerns  >  2009  >  No 9/10. 2009  >  The Criminal Nato Attack on Yugoslavia [printversion]

The Criminal Nato Attack on Yugoslavia

by Brigitte Queck, political scientist foreign policy

When on 24 March 1999 the NATO states started bombing the sovereign state of Yugoslavia, this unbelievable and brutal aggression had been preceded by a just as unbelievable and fabricated propaganda warfare in radio, press and TV, initiated by the powers of the West. This propaganda is still going on today.

Even today, many western books and other publications on this period describe the so-called “Racak Massacre” of 15 January 1999 as the trigger for the NATO war against Yugoslavia. The US government had installed the US diplomat William Walker as head of the OSCE in Kosovo. Before, he had managed the dirty business of the US in Latin America, supporting regimes friendly to the US, especially in El Salvador. It was this OSCE who had appointed the Finnish dentist Helena Ranta as head of the forensic investigation commission which was to investigate the Racak Massacre. Before the investigations had even started, W. Walker declared in front of a TV camera that this cruel massacre had been committed by Serbs. Years later, on 16 October 2008, Helena Ranta explained herself in the “Helsingin Sanomat”, explaining that she had been under an overwhelming pressure from W. Walker and the western media who wanted her to confirm Walker’s statement regarding the Serbian mass murder.

Racak was the greatest strategem

Danica Marinkovic, at the time examining magistrate of the regional court in Pristina-Kragujevac, commented the Racak event  on 28 October 2008 in the “Glas Javnosti”: “Racak was the greatest strategem.” At the time [of the alleged “massacre”], there had been a classical combat between the Serbian police and UÇK terrorists. The OSCE had been informed about this in advance by the Serbian police.
Asked about the victims’ examination, she declared: “All were wearing civil clothes, but many wore military shoes or boots […].” 37 of the 40 victims had gunshot residue on their hands indicating that they had been involved in combats before they were killed. Both the Belarus and the Finnish forensic specialists who had carried out the autopsies came to these conclusions.
Asked whether she had talked about this to Helena Ranta or W. Walker, she said: “During my first meeting with Ranta, I could not find a way to communicate with her and I never saw her again. It was obvious that it was her political mission to accuse the Serbs. But she was neither an expert nor a professional. I also did not talk to Walker because it was clear that he was supporting the UÇK.”
In other words: After the so-called “Racak Massacre”, which was actually, as we know now, the result of a clash between Serb police units and UÇK troops, who had been trained in logistics and warfare and were financed by the [German secret service] BND and the US American CIA, these victims were “converted“ into civil victims and thus presented a pretext for a war – just like Hitler fabricated a trigger for World War II when he had the German radio station in Gleiwitz stormed by KZ inmates clad in Polish uniforms. It was converted into a massacre – even genocide, committed by Serbs against Kosovo Albanians!

Appendix of the Rambouillet Accords (Annex B) kept secret

In consequence of Racak, the western states initiated the Rambouillet negotiations starting on 6 February 1999 in France. They had been started by the Balkans Contact Group which had been founded in 1994 to coordinate the international reactions to the war in Bosnia. The terms of the negotiations contained ten non-negotiable fundamental principles for the future cooperation between the Yugoslavian government and the Kosovo Albanians, including proposals for an autonomous Kosovo and stationing NATO troops in Kosovo.
According to the official communication – and all western media complied with this – the Rambouillet negotiations were merely about a greater autonomy of the Kosovo that was to be demanded by Milosevic. In this context, one should be aware that, from 1974–1989, the Kosovo had enjoyed an autonomy that was unique world-wide. The Kosovo Albanians had their own language, their own universities and schools and received enormous support from all Yugoslavian republics. But this status of autonomy had also permitted vetoing any legislation in Serbia. In 1989, the Yugoslavian president had merely reduced this status of autonomy to the international standard by putting the federal state (Yugoslavia) in charge of the police, the judicative and the legal institutions. Under pressure in Rambouillet, Milosevic was eventually willing to grant the Kosovo Albanians again wider concessions to their autonomy.
But the Kosovo-Albanians, encouraged by the unconditional support of the West and its media mouthpieces, who would blame Milosevic for a failure of the Rambouillet negotiations, insisted on a full independence of the Kosovo from Yugoslavia. In the negotiations, the Kosovo-Albanians were represented by Hashim Thaci, a mass murderer sentenced to 22 years of jail in Yugoslavia. When Thaci, at the end of the Rambouillet negotiations, finally had signed the agreement written by the West, and Milosevic refused his signature, the Yugoslavian President was suddenly pushed into the role of the scapegoat unwilling to compromise!
But the appendix of the Rambouillet agreement (Annex B), which could not have been signed by any head of state in the world as it would have meant the surrendering of his country’s sovereignty was kept secret from the citizens of the Western European states. It included “freedom of movement of NATO forces in all Yugoslavia, including Yugoslavian airspace and the sea as well as the full immunity of NATO soldiers and their administration.”
Only the members of parliaments of these countries were permitted to read Annex B, but they were obliged to keep their silence.

Neo-colonial subjection agreement

They cowardly kept their promise and since the Yugoslavian President Milosevic could not sign this agreement, which might have correctly been labeled “neo-colonial subjection-to-NATO agreement”, the war was mapped out!
After the NATO had attacked the sovereign state Yugoslavia, including the Kosovo, illegally without declaration of war and violating international law, it went on to bomb it for 78 days in succession from an altitude of 8000 meter. This was justified by western politicians, including former left-wing politicians  like German Chancellor Schröder, German Foreign Minister Fischer and Defense Minister Scharping, with the unbelievably perfidious lie: “We had to prevent a second Auschwitz!”
The NATO aggression destroyed Yugoslavia’s complete infrastructure, including all factories, the chemical plant in Pancevo, railways and bridges. If the Yugoslavian workers had not reacted and dumped the poisonous solutions of various containers in time, the Pancevo region would have been rendered uninhabitable by  the bombings. But also residential areas, schools, kindergartens and hospitals were bombed with weapons banned by international law like radioactive bombs (DU), graphite bombs and other illegal weapons.
Various sides exerted pressure on the Yugoslavian President Milosevic to give in, in order to prevent a NATO ground offensive and an even more complete destruction of the country, and finally the Yugoslavian Government and the Serbian Parliament accepted a so-called peace plan, proposed by the EU special emissary Ahtisaari and the Russian special emissary Chernomyrdin.
The plan decreed that the Kosovo should remain an integral part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. All hostilities in this area should cease and all refugees should be permitted to return to their homes. Additionally, the plan included an immediate withdrawal of Yugoslavian security forces from the Kosovo and an international peace keeping mission with substantial support from NATO. This plan came into force on 10 June 1999 when it was passed by the UN Security Council under resolution no. 1244.

UN resolution 1244: Integral part of Serbia

The Serbs kept their word. They withdrew their troops from Kosovo. But in the following months, there was sheer chaos instead of the peace promised by the so-called international community. Arbitrary murders increased by a factor of 20 under international control, compared to times of war when Kosovo was occupied by Yugoslavian troops. The reason for this was that the UNMIC converted the UÇK to a supposedly civil organization, the Kosovo Protection Corps and even paid it with UN money. If some optimists had really believed that things in Kosovo might change for the better with the entry of “international” troops (they were really mostly NATO troops), they were bitterly disappointed.
Thousands of Serbs, Roma and other groups, including Kosovo Albanians, fled from their native land which they no longer recognized as their home. Soon the Serbs in Kosovo – which they used to call the cradle of their nation – were just members of a minority who had to fear for their lives every day, restricted to enclaves guarded by international troops.
Two further developments kept the Serbian refugees from returning to their former homes in Kosovo: The expulsion of some 230,000 refugees (Serbs, Roma and not a small number of Kosovo Albanians hostile to the UÇK) from Kosovo, which was not prevented by the so-called international troops, and the 2004 pogrom on the Serbs who had remained in Kosovo, in which many Serbs lost their lives, hundreds of them were injured and 4,500 Non-Albanians were expelled, 700 houses and numerous cloisters were rampantly destroyed.
Today, after the unilateral declaration of Kosovo’s independence in February 2008, without approval by the UN, and after the recognition of the Kosovo by numerous – also western European – states as a sovereign state, which violated international law, many states and western politicians who had supported the military strive of the Kosovo-Albanians for independence, do not like to be reminded of UN resolution 1244 which declared the Kosovo an integral part of Serbia.

Mineral resources worth over 10 trillion dollars

There was good reason for [carving the Kosovo out of Serbia]: the inexhaustible natural resources of the Kosovo: 77,302,000 tons of coal, copper, zinc, lead, nickel, gold, silver, marble, manganese, iron ore, asbestos and limestone – to name but a few.
The value of these mineral resources is estimated to be over 10 trillion dollars and these extremely valuable resources in the hands of the local workers represented the real reason for the military interference of the West in 1999 with the controversy between the Yugoslavian army and the UÇK. Additionally, the UÇK had been trained for years and supported with millions of dollars and German Marks by the West through its secret services CIA and BND, trained for this war, which is still misleadingly called a “civil war in Yugoslavia”.
During the NATO war against Yugoslavia, the whole infrastructure of the country was destroyed, but the Trepca mines in Kosovo were spared from the bombings. Of course, the mines should continue to make a profit after the war – but then in private hands.
To lay one’s hand on this complex which was guarded by the workers, in the year 2000 two blatant lies were purported:
• The Serbs were accused of having killed and burned 1,500 Kosovo Albanians in the region, so the matter had to be investigated.
• The Trepca mines were reported to present a severe health risk for the population.
The thousands of radioactive DU bombs dropped in Kosovo, of course, have never been mentioned to this day! So it happened that on 14 August 2000, helicopters brought 900 British, French, Italian and Pakistani KFOR soldiers, armed to their teeth, to the Trepca mines. Workers who tried to defend their factory, were beaten up brutally and in some cases severely injured by tear gas and plastic bullets. Then factory managers and resistant workers were arrested. In UN papers, this still reads as “induction of the process of democratization in Kosovo.” But in reality this attack made it possible to start selling off the Trepca mines to private foreign groups.
The murderer of Serbs in Krajina, Çeku, who is still wanted for his crimes, was Prime Minister of the Kosovo until January 2008 and was head of both the ICMM created by Unmic and the KTA; both organizations that  are responsible for privatizations in Kosovo! Çeku had been trained as a killer in Virginia for the American military contractor MPRI and was held responsible for the murder of 669 Serbs, mainly in Krajina, by a Yugoslavian court.

OTPOR trained by the CIA

After the Kosovo was put under international supervision – that is, under a neo-colonial administration – the Serbs had to be forced under the dictate of market economy, as well. In 2000, parliamentary elections were held in Yugoslavia. A while before the elections, leading NATO politicians had warned that, if Milosevic was elected again, another bombing of Yugoslavia could not be excluded! In addition, both the western media and the Yugoslavian opposition – which had been supported by the West for months in advance – claimed that Milosevic was going to manipulate the elections. It was also due to this pressure from outside that over 50% of the Serb population did not vote in these elections.
In the first ballot, Milosevic was 700,000 votes short of a victory. But also the DOS, with Kostunica as their candidate, supported by the West, did not reach the necessary majority. Since both the West and the opposition were not willing to risk a run-off ballot, the fight was transferred from the ballot box to the streets where the opposition closely cooperated with the student organization OTPOR. OTPOR had been launched by the West and, as we learned later, trained by the CIA in Sofia. After 78 days of NATO bombing, this organization did not denounce the aggressor, but the President of its own country instead, with wordings coming from NATO think tanks. Sprayed all over were slogans that  read: “He [Milosevic] is finished!”
When the opposition hauled in a group of 4000 men with busses from Cazak who stormed the parliament where another counting of votes was under way, the staged coup culminated. And when, unfortunately, some previously influential supporters of Milosevic, including the former head of the secret service Jovica Stanisic and the former Chief of Staff Momcilo Perisic, changed sides, the opposition did not think it necessary to adhere to parliamentarian rules. There was no run-off ballot between Milosevic and Kostunica! After this illegal election, Kostunica was proclaimed President of Yugoslavia. Afterwards, the US Secretary of State Albright called out delightedly: “Now, finally, the last bastion of socialism in Europe has fallen!”
In gratitude for their contribution to the system change in Yugoslavia, the student organization OTPOR received the Human Rights Award 2001 of the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation a year later.
Comments to article 87a of the Grundgesetz [constitutional law] of the Federal Republic of German state:
Majority of the population in poverty
“In case of tension, the armed forces can protect civil objects […] and be active in battling organized insurgents […].” But this is true only for the political and economical system in Germany and in other western countries. For countries with other political systems, as we saw in the example of socialist Yugoslavia, other rules apply!
In summary: Ten years ago, socialist Yugoslavia ceased to exist. Decisive for this development were bombings over months, but also political and economic pressure, lies and the bribing of collaborators within the country, with millions of dollars, coming from well-known organizations of NATO countries aiming to introduce a capitalist market economy into this country.
They succeeded. The former Yugoslavian President Milosevic was taken to trial before the International Criminal Court in Den Haag, an executive organ of NATO, but also by way of treason by his own followers. In Den Haag he bravely defended his views and his country. It is the power of the capital and the hate of all that is remotely reminiscent of socialism which is to blame for Milosevic’s death.
Today, in Yugoslavia, as in the former GDR, there is a high rate of unemployment. Corruption is in the millions. Only a few have access to education and arts. There is poverty for the majority of the population and affluence for the chosen few, a high crime level, prostitution, trade in drugs and people – all these were unknown in times of socialism. In addition, there is the concern for our sons, daughters and grandchildren.
The world did not develop towards reconciliation between the systems of socialism and capitalism as many of the naïve politicians in the former socialist states expected. Instead, the number of wars was increased world-wide.
Weapons are the largest branch of trade – and for this to remain as it is, wars have to be planned and carried out. Just like the NATO war against the flourishing Yugoslavia. But it is up to us, the peoples of the world, to change this social system, which cannot be our choice.    •