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We Bombed the Wrong Side in Kosovo
G2mil ^ | Summer 2004 | Carlton Meyer

Posted on 05/29/2004 12:24:36 PM PDT by Destro


While the Bush Administration dances around their lies about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction used to justify the conquest of Iraq, let us recall the Clinton administration lied to justify their conquest of Kosovo in 1999. No mass graves were found, except in places where a few dozen Islamic terrorists, and civilians caught in the crossfire, were killed in firefights with Serbian police. There was no "ethnic cleansing" by the Serbian army, which includes thousands of Muslim soldiers. Reports that civilians were forced to vacate cities by evil Serbian police proved false; they fled because they were terrified as NATO aircraft unleashed hundreds of bombs over a three week period, killing 2000 civilians. This destroyed the Serbian economy and terrorized their government into submission, which resulted in a compromise in which Serbia retained sovereignty over its Kosovo province and agreed to allow NATO peacekeepers to occupy Kosovo on a temporary basis.

As with the conquest of Iraq, it is uncertain why this conflict arose. Some think it was created by the powerful NATO bureaucracy to justify their post Cold war existence. Defense contractors made handsome profits though supplemental funding while by contractors like Halliburton continue to pocket billions of dollars to support the occupation of Kosovo. Others claim it was a public relations gimmick by President Clinton, while a few think more sinister reasons were involved. Here is an excellent update on the present situation:

THE NATIONAL POST (Canada) | 2004-04-06 |

We bombed the wrong side?

Major General Lewis MacKenzie - Armed Forces of Canada (retired)

Five years ago our television screens were dominated by pictures of Kosovo-Albanian refugees escaping across Kosovo's borders to the sanctuaries of Macedonia and Albania. Shrill reports indicated that Slobodan Milosevic's security forces were conducting a campaign of genocide and that at least 100,000 Kosovo-Albanians had been exterminated and buried in mass graves throughout the Serbian province. NATO sprung into action and, in spite of the fact no member nation of the alliance was threatened, commenced bombing not only Kosovo, but the infrastructure and population of Serbia itself -- without the authorizing United Nations resolution so revered by Canadian leadership, past and present.

Those of us who warned that the West was being sucked in on the side of an extremist, militant, Kosovo-Albanian independence movement were dismissed as appeasers. The fact that the lead organization spearheading the fight for independence, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), was universally designated a terrorist organization and known to be receiving support from Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda was conveniently ignored.

The recent dearth of news in the North American media regarding the increase in violence in Kosovo compared to the comprehensive coverage in the European press strongly suggests that we Canadians don't like to admit it when we are wrong. On the contrary, selected news clips on this side of the ocean continue to reinforce the popular spin that those dastardly Serbs are at it again.

A case in point was the latest crisis that exploded on March 15. The media reported that four Albanian boys had been chased into the river Ibar in Mitrovica by at least two Serbs and a dog (the dog's ethnic affiliation was not reported). Three of the boys drowned and one escaped to the other side. Immediately, thousands of Albanians mobilized and concentrated in the area of the divided city. Attacks on Serbs took place throughout the province resulting in an estimated 30 killed and 600 wounded. Thirty Serbian Christian Orthodox churches and monasteries were destroyed, more than 300 homes were burnt to the ground and six Serbian villages cleansed of their occupants. One hundred and fifty international peacekeepers were injured.

Totally ignored in North America were the numerous statements from impartial sources that said there was no incident between the Serbs, the dog and the Albanian boys. NATO Police spokesman Derek Chappell stated on March 16 that it was "definitely not true" that the boys had been chased into the river by Serbs. Chappell went on to say that the surviving boy had told his parents that they had entered the river alone and that three of his friends had been swept away by the current. Admiral Gregory Johnson, the overall NATO commander, further stated that the ensuing clashes were "orchestrated and well-planned ethnic cleansing" by the Kosovo-Albanians. Those Serbs forced to leave joined the 200,000 who had been cleansed from the province since NATO's "humanitarian" bombing in 1999. The '"cleansees" have become very effective "cleansers."

In the same week a number of individuals posing as Serbs ambushed and killed a UN policeman and his local police partner. During the firefight one of them was wounded which caused an immediate switch from Serbian to Albanian as he screamed, "I've been hit"! The UN pursued the attackers and tracked them to an Albanian-run farm where they discovered weapons and the wounded Albanian who had died from his wounds. Four Albanians were arrested. Once again, the ambush had been reported in the United States but not the follow-up which clearly indicated yet another orchestrated provocation by the Albanian terrorists.

Kosovo is administered by the UN, the very organization many Canadians have indicated they would like to see take over from the United States in Iraq. The fact the UN cannot order its civilian employees to go or stay anywhere -- they have to volunteer -- combined with recent history that saw the UN abandon Iraq after a single brutal attack on their compound in Baghdad and the reality that Kosovo, under the organization's administration, is a basket case, disqualifies it from consideration for such a role.

Since the NATO/UN intervention in 1999, Kosovo has become the crime capital of Europe. The sex slave trade is flourishing. The province has become an invaluable transit point for drugs en route to Europe and North America. Ironically, the majority of the drugs come from another state "liberated" by the West, Afghanistan. Members of the demobilized, but not eliminated, KLA are intimately involved in organized crime and the government. The UN police arrest a small percentage of those involved in criminal activities and turn them over to a judiciary with a revolving door that responds to bribes and coercion. The objective of the Albanians is to purge all non-Albanians, including the international community's representatives, from Kosovo and ultimately link up with mother Albania thereby achieving the goal of "Greater Albania." The campaign started with their attacks on Serbian security forces in the early 1990s and they were successful in turning Milosevic's heavy-handed response into worldwide sympathy for their cause. There was no genocide as claimed by the West -- the 100,000 allegedly buried in mass graves turned out to be around 2,000, of all ethnic origins, including those killed in combat during the war itself.

The Kosovo-Albanians have played us like a Stradivarius. We have subsidized and indirectly supported their violent campaign for an ethnically pure and independent Kosovo. We have never blamed them for being the perpetrators of the violence in the early '90s and we continue to portray them as the designated victim today in spite of evidence to the contrary. When they achieve independence with the help of our tax dollars combined with those of bin Laden and al-Qaeda, just consider the message of encouragement this sends to other terrorist-supported independence movements around the world.

Funny how we just keep digging the hole deeper!

Maj-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, now retired, commanded UN troops during the Bosnian civil war of 1992.

(c) 2004 National Post . All Rights Reserved.

Serbia is a European democracy which maintains friendly relations with all nations. It delivered Milosevic to the war crimes tribunal in the Hague two years ago, although they are having trouble accumulating evidence that he used excessive force to suppress Islamic terrorists in Kosovo. Fighting had increased in the late 1990s as the CIA shipped arms to the KLA terror group and helped coordinate Iranian arm shipments to Albania funded in part by Al Qaeda. Deposing Milosevic and turning him over for "war crimes" was a key demand, yet NATO (e.g. the United States) has yet to announce when the temporary NATO peacekeepers will depart.

Kosovo has been part of Serbia for hundreds of years, and remains part of Serbia as recognized by every nation on Earth, including the United States. NATO and the UN have failed to keep the peace in Kosovo, and lack the resolve to pursue Islamic terrorists and criminal gangs based there. The United States hasn't the resources to provide security forever, and no European ally is anxious to add troops. The solution is obvious; allow Serbian peacekeepers to return to Serbia's Kosovo province. They are willing and experienced at this task, something they had done successfully for hundreds of years, until NATO pushed them aside.

Yes, there will be increased violence as Islamic terrorists and criminal gangs battle Serbian police, once again. The Serbians will win, once again. The terrorists will be pushed out and criminal activity reduced. Violence will also decrease in neighboring Macedonia which is often terrorized by rouge gangs from Kosovo. Serbians can return to their stolen properties and rebuild their Christian churches. During a 2000 presidential debate, George Bush said: "But one of the problems we have in the military is we're in a lot of places around the world. And I mentioned one, and that's the Balkans. I would very much like to get our troops out of there." Given the strain on the US Army, American troops should leave Kosovo by years' end. The last American officer to leave should tell his Serbian replacement: Sorry about all this, it was our mistake. Good luck and good bye.

Carlton Meyer

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: balkans; campaignfinance; kla; kosovo; racak; racakhoax; serbia; serblies; serbpropaganda; serbterrorism; x42; zippergate
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Comment #81 Removed by Moderator

To: yarddog

"If you are right, they are the only group of Muslims I have ever heard of who do hate terrorists, at least any large group of them."

In Europe, only the Alban people support the OP Iraqi Freedom.

82 posted on 05/31/2004 1:20:19 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Destro

The KLA is a Socialist guerrilla.

83 posted on 05/31/2004 1:21:37 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: A. Pole

"Sure, like they did during WWII."

They are a very independent people - they fought against Nazis and Italian Fascists, like they fought against Turkish in the past.

"Milosevic is as much Communist as president of Poland - Kwasniewski is."

Kwasniewski was elected in democracy. The democracy of Milosevic was like Saddam's one - a fraud. In addition, he was friend of Saddam and Libia.

84 posted on 05/31/2004 1:33:29 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: mark502inf

You're telling the truth, too.

85 posted on 05/31/2004 1:42:20 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: A. Pole
President Bush meets with Prime Minister Ilir Meta of Albania. White House photo by Eric Draper

President Bush meets with Prime Minister Ilir Meta of Albania.


86 posted on 05/31/2004 1:43:35 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: A. Pole; mark502inf

President Bush supports the allies of America, like Albania. Mark503inf and I are telling the truth.

87 posted on 05/31/2004 1:45:53 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: A. Pole

"I wonder if he should be named "Bubba's fun".

You should be named "Slobo's friend" or "Saddam's friend", becuase Slobo was friend of Saddam, so his friends are your friends.

Like President Bush said, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." If you are with Milosevic, you are with Saddam.

88 posted on 05/31/2004 2:08:58 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: A. Pole

Albania tells Washington of willingness to send more troops to Iraq

89 posted on 05/31/2004 2:32:10 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Dubya's fan

The KLA has its origins in the SS units formed during WW2. Its fighters are descendant from those recruited by the Italians and Germans.- learn your history.

90 posted on 05/31/2004 9:24:11 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting
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To: Dubya's fan; A. Pole

What does Albania have to do with Kosovo? Kosovo is a province of Serbia. Because Albania sent a token force in Iraq to gain favor with America Kosovo suddenly becomes part of Albania?

91 posted on 05/31/2004 9:26:25 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting
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To: Destro

The Albanian Government don't want to annex Kosovo. They are freedom lovers so they support the USA and the war on terror. Albania is in our side. I don't know why you are attacking a such close ally. The Serbians aren't in the coalition.

92 posted on 05/31/2004 9:38:44 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Destro

The KLA has its origin in Macedonia in 1992.

93 posted on 05/31/2004 9:56:50 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Dubya's fan; A. Pole
What you said about Albania - a haven of child sex slavery and heroin trafficing is a laugh - but what the hell does Albania have to do with Kosovo?

Theis article is about Kosovo - but I know your tricks - you bring up Albania and Iraq - as a way to deflect away from the actions of Muslim Albanians in Kosovo in hopes of reducing the negative press. It is a simple con job - an attempt at deflection poorly done.

94 posted on 05/31/2004 10:48:04 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting
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To: Destro

I'm telling the truth about the Albans. Most of them are moderate Muslims that love liberty and support the USA. The Alban leader in Kosovo is a Catholic, not a Muslim.

The wrong side wasn't bombed in Kosovo. Milovic was a criminal, evil madman. He was friend of Saddam.

95 posted on 05/31/2004 2:20:56 PM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Dubya's fan
The Albanians in Kosovo who fought the Serbs were not working for Rugova - and in fact tried to kill him and his people. Secondly, the Albanian people live in ALBANIA. The people in Kosovo are citizens of Serbia some who happen to be Albanians. So again you are con artist trying to hide the truth with deception and distraction.
96 posted on 05/31/2004 2:41:06 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting
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To: Dubya's fan
Like President Bush said, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." If you are with Milosevic, you are with Saddam.

I see, so according to you, if you are with KLA Muslims who do pogroms on Serbian Christians, on Gypsies, destroy ancient churches and if you support international mujaheddins in Bosnia you are on the side of Bush/Clinton, democracy and America. Otherwise you are a terrorists like monks and nuns from Kosovo.

97 posted on 05/31/2004 5:29:19 PM PDT by A. Pole ("Stating the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." George Orwell)
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To: Destro

I know the Albanians in Kosovo are Serbian citizens. Like I told you, most of them support Rugova. I'm not trying to hide the truth - I'm telling the truth.

98 posted on 06/01/2004 12:50:35 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: A. Pole

"if you support international mujaheddins in Bosnia you are on the side of Bush/Clinton, democracy and America."

You're accusing President Bush of supporting terrorism. He condemns all the terrorists - so the Albanian terrorists, too. He support the peace-lovers and the freedom-lovers in Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo.

"if you are with KLA Muslims"

The KLA is not a Islamic terrorrist group, but Socialist.

99 posted on 06/01/2004 1:01:20 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: A. Pole; mark502inf

The latest version about Racak from January 17th, 2004.

Racak was a Lie

The following article shows that the so-called massacre at Racak in Kosovo five years ago was an invention of the U.S. "ambassador" William Walker and the imperialist media to attempt to justify the planned military attack on Yugoslavia.

No interest on Serb victims

Markus Bickel
Berliner Zeitung
January 17, 2004

Finnish pathologist Helena Ranta said the work of the Hague tribunal regarding the so-called Racak massacre was incomprehensible. The former head of the forensic team the European Union sent to the Kosovo-Albanian village of Racak in January 1999 to investigate the events there, in a conversation with Berliner Zeitung, criticized the UN tribunal for not following up the evidence that there was heavy fighting between Serb soldiers and the Kosovo-Albanian fighters during the night of January 15-16, 1999 in the Racak-region.

Western politicians used the tragedy in the village of Racak, where 40 Albanians died exactely 5 years ago, to prove to the public that the upcoming NATO attack on Yugoslavia was necessary.

US diplomat William Walker played the leading role. The chief of the OSCE mission in Kosovo immediately accused the Serbs of having killed 45 unarmed Albanian civilians at close range in Racak. The Serbian side rejected this interpretation und spoke instead about KLA soldiers killed in battle.

Pictures not published

She knew, that at that time "KLA-fighters were buried around Racak," said Ranta. "At that time I received information that proved that several Serb soldiers had been killed as well. Unfortunately, we will never know the exact number of Serb soldiers that died that night." It would be appropriate "to ask the tribunal why they are not interested in that number."

Ranta criticized the indictment against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in the case of Racak for mostly following the Walker version. "When Ambassador Walker said that there was a massacre at Racak, this statement had no legal value. I declared at that time that the OSCE-observers forgot to take all steps necessary to secure a crime scene: isolating the area, refusing admission to all unauthorized persons and collecting all material evidence.

Ranta demanded that in addition to the OSCE pictures the tribunal also use the pictures taken by two additional photographers, shot several hours prior to the arrival of OCSE-observers.

The pictures show "that at least one of the bodies was moved afterwards â?" that body is not seen on OSCE-pictures."

Left in the lurch

In the days prior to the NATO-attack on Yugoslavia it was clear "that a bunch of governments were interested in a version of Racak that blamed only the Serb side," said Ranta. "But I could not provide this version."

Her instructions came from the German diplomat Pauls. The representative of the then-German EU-presidency asked for a written statement. "Afterwards, I had to show these personal statements to William Walker, who was obviously not amused when he read it." Still, she agreed to take part in the important press conference on March 17, 1999. "At that (conference), I was sitting with the German ambassador to Belgrade, Gruber, and a Finnish diplomat on the podium. I hoped that those gentlemen would support me." But that was not the case. "I rather had the feeling that I was left in the lurch," said Ranta.

As a result of the Walker dominated press-conference most of the media accepted the version of a Serb massacre of Albanian civilians as proven. A few days later the NATO-air attacks on Yugoslavia began.

(Translated from German by C.Schuetz & J.Catalinotto)

100 posted on 06/01/2004 7:09:39 AM PDT by Jane_N (Truth, like in the eyes of the beholder!)
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