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Americans Surprised that Milosevic Was Still Alive
The Watley Review ^ | March 14, 2005

Posted on 03/17/2006 1:33:49 PM PST by joan

The death of former Yugoslav strongman Slobodan Milosevic is continuing to have repercussions around the world, particularly in the United States where, according to a recent Gallup poll, 78% of the population had no idea Milosevic was still alive.

"I think we were all a little surprised to find out that his trial was still going and he hadn't died a few years ago," said White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. "But to be honest it's hard to keep up with the European papers. The only time the President picked them up lately is when he heard they were running some good cartoons a little while ago."

Milosevic has been imprisoned since 2001 and has been on trial at the Hague for war crimes more or less continuously since then. However, despite his long legacy of "ethnic cleansing" and the high profile of his trial in Europe, he essentially vanished from the American attention span years ago.

"He was eclipsed by Saddam Hussein as America's most wanted supervillain" said University of Pennsylvania professor Glen Stack. "Also, most of the Bosnian wars were fought under Clinton's watch. I think there was a feeling in the White House that Milosevic was kind of a leftover mess from Clinton, like those stains in the Oval Office rug they haven't quite been able to get out."

Many Americans, in fact, seem to associate Milosevic with the Cold War, assuming that he was a foe from the Soviet Union.

"He was that Slavic guy, right?" asked Joe Greene on a radio call-in show in the New York City area yesterday. "Yugoslavia was behind the Iron Curtain and all. I thought Reagan took care of all those guys." When informed that Milosevic was actually trying to expand Serbian power in the post-Cold War power vacuum, he asked, "Serbia? Was Milosevic the guy that killed Archduke Ferdinand?"

A quick check of other defeated foes of the United States has reassured the public that most do in fact seem to be dead.

"After hearing about Milosevic, I got a little worried that maybe that guy Hitler was still kicking around," admitted Greene. "But I guess he'd be a little old by now."

Saddam Hussein, however, is still alive, surprising at least 35% of Gallup survey respondents who believed Hussein already convicted and executed.

"You know, once we catch them and turn them over to the justice system, they just aren't a priority anymore," said McClellan. "The Administration really isn't all that concerned with the minutiae of trials and the legal process, you know?"


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: 2stupid2vote; gulliblefreepers; milosevic; satire; stmcantspell

1 posted on 03/17/2006 1:33:52 PM PST by joan
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To: joan

I wonder what percentage gave a crap? One less murderer in the world. Good riddence Slobo.


2 posted on 03/17/2006 1:35:21 PM PST by stm (You can fix a lot of thing s, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: joan

Ha ha


3 posted on 03/17/2006 1:36:43 PM PST by okstate
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To: joan

This is apparently satire...but a lot of truth is said in jest.


4 posted on 03/17/2006 1:37:02 PM PST by RichInOC (SATAN: HOW ARE YOU SLOBODAN!! ALL YOUR SOUL ARE BELONG TO US. HA HA HA HA....)
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To: okstate

Yes it is a parody piece with a lot of funny quotes, though it is true that the trial was forgotten about after being hyped as the "trial of the century".


5 posted on 03/17/2006 1:39:07 PM PST by joan
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To: joan
a recent Gallup poll, 78% of the population had no idea Milosevic was still alive.

Why is this a little difficult to digest. How many people were surveyed, 100 high schoolers?
6 posted on 03/17/2006 1:42:53 PM PST by proud_yank (Liberalism - The 'Culture of Ignorance'.)
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To: proud_yank
"The Watley Review is dedicated to the production of articles completely without journalistic merit or factual basis, as this would entail leaving our chairs or actually working. Names, places and events are generally fictitious, except for public figures about which we may have heard something down at the pub. All contents are intended as parody and should be construed as such. We have no agenda other than the depletion of Uncle Zeke's whaling trust fund and the dutiful appreciation of smooth, smooth liquor. The Review is updated every Tuesday or when the hangovers wear off, whichever comes first."
7 posted on 03/17/2006 1:50:09 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: joan

Why does it seem as though Scott McClellan is answering these questions as though the White House is as ignorant as the Gallup poll responders?


8 posted on 03/17/2006 1:53:53 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: joan
"He was that Slavic guy, right?" asked Joe Greene on a radio call-in show in the New York City area yesterday. "Yugoslavia was behind the Iron Curtain and all. I thought Reagan took care of all those guys." When informed that Milosevic was actually trying to expand Serbian power in the post-Cold War power vacuum, he asked, "Serbia? Was Milosevic the guy that killed Archduke Ferdinand?"

Another prime graduate/example of the Imperial Federal Government Indoctrination Centers formerly called public schools! What a stupid fool. Absolutely a fool. Make mama and daddy proud with those statements!

9 posted on 03/17/2006 1:54:31 PM PST by RetiredArmy (Democrats: The communist, socialist, and Al Qaeda loving party of America.)
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To: nuconvert

Oh, it's satire. Never mind.


10 posted on 03/17/2006 1:55:07 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: A.A. Cunningham

LOL, perhaps I need to be a little bit more critical in my reading!! Thanks for the info.


11 posted on 03/17/2006 1:57:20 PM PST by proud_yank (Liberalism - The 'Culture of Ignorance'.)
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To: joan

I'd be surprised if more than a third of Americans knew who he was. I'd be shocked if more than 20% could name his country.


12 posted on 03/17/2006 2:23:04 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: joan
78% of the population had no idea Milosevic was still alive

Now that's truly scary.

13 posted on 03/17/2006 2:24:41 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: RetiredArmy

Satire alert!

[but I agree with you about the state of our public education system - even if this article does not represent specific, actual people it captures the state of knowledge in our country rather well]


14 posted on 03/17/2006 2:50:06 PM PST by Enchante (Democrats: "We are ALL broken and worn out, our party & ideas, what else is new?")
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To: joan

They swept a war under the rug. Amazing trick.


15 posted on 03/17/2006 2:51:51 PM PST by Jim_Curtis
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To: joan

Question? Correct my impression if I am wrong, but wasn't Milosovic trying to purge his country of invading Muslims who were trying to claim Bosnia for Islam? If so, wasn't Clinton on the wrong side?


16 posted on 03/17/2006 4:44:10 PM PST by Jo Nuvark ((Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3))
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To: Jo Nuvark

You're wrong. Check out the story "Serbs Snub Milosevic For Ruining Nation" on Yahoo right now.


17 posted on 03/17/2006 6:03:52 PM PST by Joey Silvera
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To: Joey Silvera

Thanks. I'll check out the story. This is what I've been trying to find. Appreciate it.


18 posted on 03/17/2006 6:19:07 PM PST by Jo Nuvark ((Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3))
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To: Joey Silvera

Can you get the url for me please?


19 posted on 03/17/2006 6:21:42 PM PST by Jo Nuvark ((Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3))
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To: Joey Silvera

Joey, some news.

In the Bosnian war, the Bosnian Serbs biggest ally was ISRAEL (with Greece a close second).

The Bosnian Muslim's biggest supporter was IRAN.

And poor Joey is unable to draw any conclusions from that.

Poor Joey.


20 posted on 03/17/2006 9:30:36 PM PST by infidel_and_proud
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To: infidel_and_proud

Tell that to the Krajina Serbs who Milosevic sold out, it'll make them feel better. He knew what was coming. Him and Karazdic were both worse for their own people than Tudjman and Azbitegovic ever could have been.


21 posted on 03/17/2006 11:03:49 PM PST by Joey Silvera
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To: Joey Silvera
Joey:

"He knew what was coming. Him and Karazdic were both worse for their own people than Tudjman and Azbitegovic ever could have been."

A bit of an oversimplification don't you think? After all, it was the Bosnian Croats and the Bosnian Muslims who did the murdering of ethnic Serbs.

Still, my hopes weren't high.

"Tell that to the Krajina Serbs who Milosevic sold out, it'll make them feel better"

So that's it? That's your riposte when told that IRAN and ISRAEL were the leading arms suppliers to two sides in the civil war?

The ONLY thought you could come up with was this?

But don't worry, my hopes weren't high.
22 posted on 03/18/2006 12:52:12 AM PST by infidel_and_proud
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To: joan
Yes, but I think they meant the trial would go on for that long.

:-))

23 posted on 03/18/2006 12:55:11 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("The moment that someone wants to forbid caricatures, that is the moment we publish them.")
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