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US fabricated evidence in Yugoslavia, says former official
Unknown News ^ | February 6, 2003 | Frank in Stockholm

Posted on 05/27/2003 6:34:29 PM PDT by getoffmylawn

The US "fabricated evidence" against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic during clashes between Serbia and Bosnia in the mid-1990s, according to a prominent and experienced international peacekeeping official who served there.

Retired Swedish Brigadier General Bo Pellnas, who was head of UN Military Observers (UNMOs) in Croatia, now says that the US should not be trusted. Pellnas says that he learned to distrust US-provided evidence during peacekeeping service in the former Yugoslavia.

Pellnas's misgivings are described in an article from the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet. Here is an English-language translation of this article:

In an interview with Sweden's leading news-wire TT, retired Brigadier Bo Pellnas claims that the US "faked evidence to suit their own interests."

"If the US were to present evidence of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, the countries of the Western world would have no way to substantiate these reports due to the technical superiority of the US."

These are the words of retired Brigadier Bo Pellnas, who says he witnessed the US "fabricating fact to suit their own needs." Pellnas says he witnessed this first-hand when he led an international force which safeguarded the borders between Serbia and Bosnia in the mid-1990s, where he gained a very good insight and understanding of US operations. "The technical superiority of the US gives their politicians the option of bringing forth fake evidence, in this case in front of the United Nations Security Council."

Pellnas served in Yugoslavia during a time when US efforts, led by then Secretary of State Madeline Albright, presented evidence to the UN Security Council that Milosevic's Belgrade government ran unmonitored arms shipments. Pellnas claims that Albright's staff presented manipulated satellite photos to document false allegations, leading the Security Council to act in accordance with the US hard line against Milosevic.

"There might be a possibility that Albright thought the pictures to be true," says Pellnas, "but several incidents pointed towards the fact that the US lied." The US stood firm by their claims, refusing to show supporting evidence to Pellnas and other members of the peacekeeping crew.

"If the US were to come forth with evidence against Iraq which were "difficult to confirm," the permanent members of the Council will be put in a difficult situation, since they lack the sufficient tools to research and verify such claims."

Pellnas said he hopes that nations of the European Union make it their responsibility to build their own intelligence agency which has the capability to act as a counterbalance to the US. "It would be great indeed if the EU could act as a balance to the world's only true superpower, which acts alone these days."

In addition to his UN duties, Pellnas was also in charge of an international monitoring mission to Yugoslavia in 1994 sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and worked with the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia (ICFY), a group established in 1991 to find a peaceful solution to the region's conflicts.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: balkans; bosnia; campaignfinance; formeryugoslavia; iraq; kosovo; serbia
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1 posted on 05/27/2003 6:34:30 PM PDT by getoffmylawn
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To: getoffmylawn
Under Clinton, anything's possible.
2 posted on 05/27/2003 6:35:50 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: *balkans
I just received this in an email from an old member of Freerepublic and I figured I'd give my new computer a whirl.
3 posted on 05/27/2003 6:36:26 PM PDT by getoffmylawn (Joseph Campbell brought me back to God.)
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To: *balkans; vooch; Destro; Seselj; PiP PiP Cherrio; smokegenerator; boston_liberty; konijn; DTA; ...
Wraith, call the office please.
4 posted on 05/27/2003 6:37:16 PM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: getoffmylawn
Nah ...............

The Clintons' White House lie?
5 posted on 05/27/2003 6:37:55 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I support FR monthly; and ABBCNNBCBS (continue to) Lie!)
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To: getoffmylawn
What a quandry. Just WHO to believe? A pathetic, lying, stealing, wicked sociopath of a president, or a pathetic, lying, stealing, wicked sociopath of a president?
6 posted on 05/27/2003 6:42:04 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness
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To: getoffmylawn
Clinton Legacy -- MORE LIES!
7 posted on 05/27/2003 6:42:27 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 -- Donate an amount ending in "4" for every donation for Victory in '04!)
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To: getoffmylawn
Hans Blixxxx is also a Swede, I believe. Gene pool thing?
8 posted on 05/27/2003 6:42:41 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Bumperootus!)
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To: Incorrigible
The Swedes have such a superiority in Swedish that no one can know if what they say is true or false. Hopefully the European Union will develop enough facility in that language to make it capable of evaluating what an obscure Swedish brigadier spinmeister is saying.
9 posted on 05/27/2003 6:42:55 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: getoffmylawn
"It would be great indeed if the EU could act as a balance to the world's only true superpower, which acts alone these days."

This incantation of a leftie shibboleth ruins his credibility IMO.

10 posted on 05/27/2003 6:57:17 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: getoffmylawn
Retired Swedish Brigadier General Bo Pellnas,

Are we supposed to be impressed with a general from a neutral country?

11 posted on 05/27/2003 7:16:54 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Shermy
I don't find credility to be either a rightie or a leftie thing. Years of crap being fed to us by CNN is now being matched bucket for bucket by crap being fed to us by Fox.

I'm also not opposed to a balance of power and neither were our founding fathers. One of the great successes of the US is our balance of power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

12 posted on 05/27/2003 7:23:21 PM PDT by getoffmylawn (Joseph Campbell brought me back to God.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Are we supposed to be impressed with a general from a neutral country?

I'm not sure if we're supposed to "impressed" with him. I just know that I'm more inclined to trust him over any Democrat or Republican president we've had in the last in that last 20 some years.

13 posted on 05/27/2003 7:30:04 PM PDT by getoffmylawn (Joseph Campbell brought me back to God.)
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To: getoffmylawn
I'm not sure if we're supposed to "impressed" with him. I just know that I'm more inclined to trust him over any Democrat or Republican president we've had in the last in that last 20 some years.

I'd believe Barney Frank or Jim Jeffords before I'd believe a politician or bureaucrat from a socialist country.

14 posted on 05/27/2003 7:32:27 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative
Are we supposed to be impressed with a general from a neutral country?

What's neutrality got to do with competence or honesty? The Swedes, along with the Swiss, have long been neutral, (less time for the Swedes, IIRC). But being neutral doesn't mean they are pacifists. Both have universal military service, with large reserve establishments, and the Swedes equipment is technally on a par with that produced by Germany, Britain and France, better in some areas. The Swiss Militia system served as model for that of the United States during the early years of our Republic. They've kept theirs up, we haven't. They send a full auto assault home with every reservist, and virtually every male is a reservist. (Officer and NCOs only get pistols IIRC, although they are free to buy their own AR if they want)

Bill Clinton and Madeline Albright, the prototypical "Ugly Americans"

15 posted on 05/27/2003 7:35:09 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: getoffmylawn
Anyone who trusts a socialist Swedish general over Ronald Reagan clearly needs to get a firmer grip on reality.
16 posted on 05/27/2003 7:36:44 PM PDT by LenS
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To: El Gato
Ah, the Swedes and the Swiss -- the two nations who sat back and got wealthy during WWII by supplying the Nazis with what they needed to fight (iron, money, etc.). Neutrality is another word for vulture.
17 posted on 05/27/2003 7:41:01 PM PDT by LenS
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To: Paleo Conservative
I'd believe Barney Frank or Jim Jeffords before I'd believe a politician or bureaucrat from a socialist country.

But they are from a socialist country. Everytime time the government props up a company like Chrysler with money to keep it running and its labor force employeed or anytime someone needs to go on unemployment to provide food and shelter for their family because the economy took a nose dive and there were lay-offs involved, socialism is involved.

No country is either 100% socialist or 100% freemarket. It's a question of degree.

Again, credibility isn't a rightie or a leftie thing. In my exerience, you are just as likely to find people of equal degrees of credibilty no matter what side of the fence they come down on. I know just as many people of integrity on the left as I do on the right and the same is true with regards to a lack of integrity.

18 posted on 05/27/2003 7:44:43 PM PDT by getoffmylawn (Joseph Campbell brought me back to God.)
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To: A_perfect_lady
This bastard is smearing President GWB using clintons actions in Yoguslavia. Mr. pellnas is a typical european, who are very liberal in twisting the truth to suit his agenda of accusing the Bush Administration of what he is doing.
19 posted on 05/27/2003 7:46:54 PM PDT by desertcry
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To: getoffmylawn
Shouldn't the title read

Former official provides no evidence that the US fabricated evidence in Yugoslavia

20 posted on 05/27/2003 7:49:07 PM PDT by kaboom
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