This text gives good overview
of Western policies in Kosovo.
SIT: Kosovo Update,
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 1998 8:19 PM
SIRIUS: The Strategic Issues
Benjamin C. Works, Director
--Celebrating Chaos Theory Since 1990--
"Force and fraud are
in war the two cardinal virtues."
- Thomas Hobbes; Leviathon; 1651
Clinton's Kosovo Play
clear that the Clinton Administration's members are content to blatantly
misrepresent initiatives, motives and general goings-on in Kosovo, while
at the same time diplomatically acting in a manner very contradictory way.
This is a practical definition of hypocrisy --talk one way, act another.
The question is, why? The contradictions
are stacking up like cord-wood but the Press and the Republicans are not
challenging any of them; why?
Milosevic is the latest whipping boy and
the priority is to get rid of him, no matter how many Yugoslav citizens
and others die. This was true of the Junta in Haiti and of the recent operation
against Suharto in Indonesia. "We cannot get rid of Kim Jong-Il, Saddam
or Castro. Let's get rid of the lesser despots to ensure the Clinton legacy,"
seems to be the logic.
The Clinton team continues to lash out against
Mr. Milosevic and the Serb forces in Kosovo while more quietly confirming
that the KLA attacks from villages and Serb counter-attacks on KLA-held
villages had subsided for a few days. But fighting has now escalated around
Junik, implying a new set of provocations from the KLA, looking for a fresh
in the Press confirm that IT WAS [Kosovo Albanian leader] RUGOVA WHO WALKED
OUT OF SERB-ALBANIAN TALKS brokered by Richard Holbrooke and not the Serbs
who walked away, but it is Serbia's responsibility to give concessions
to resume negotiations. Rugova stopped the process when the KLA went on
a few rampages of ethnically cleansing Serbs out of these villages and
attacking Serb police checkpoints. Then Serbia moved to try
to seal off the border. As a consequence of these KLA initiatives, 65,000
people have, for now, been displaced; of whom 12,000 have fled into Albania,
to provide a piteous photo opportunity, which tends to support the Albanian
Albanians have been practicing ethnic cleansing by subtle and unsubtle
means of discrimination and coercion against Serb neighbors since the 1970s.
The KLA have been the most vicious and there is an ample roster of crimes
including RAPE OF NUNS, breaking arms and legs of priests and nuns, murder,
house and barn burning and employment discrimination.
SERB CIVIL AND "HUMAN" RIGHTS THAT HAVE BEEN EGREGIOUSLY VIOLATED
FROM THE LATE 1970s, NOT ALBANIAN "HUMAN RIGHTS."
But this is how jaundiced the whole exercise in "grand theft-province"
has become: focus on continued legal regard for individual civil rights
has been lost amid the politically-inspired preoccupation over a group's
collective ethnic "right." This is Rugova's fraud, now coupled
to the KLA's attempt to unleash wanton force, unmoderated by the rules
of war, which the Yugoslavs generally abide by.
This is why Kosovo lost its provincial autonomy
--its provincial assembly and executive-- through its own misrule, fraud
and tyranny. But in any given village they still demonstrate that they
retain local autonomy. They elect their mayors, appoint their local officials
and pay some taxes to these local functions. The Yugoslav police have allowed
daily exercise of free speech rights in the on-going demonstrations in
Pristina; further the Albanian press continues to publish. The Kosovo Albanians
simply stopped working and stopped paying taxes, phone bills and electric
bills at the national and provincial level and have created the appearance
of their own misery through self-afflicted initiatives. Then they bully
the minority that doesn't support the game, through means including vicious
murders of postmen and their wives.
The problem the Euro-American New Left establishment
of NGOs creates for itself in sustaining and abetting such monstrously
political misrepresentations is that they have utterly discredited themselves
before the diplomatists and leaders of the major powers. This is why the
Rome conference on establishing a permanent International Tribunal is dead
on arrival. Not only won't Russia or China have it --they have become guardians
of individual freedom vs. collective bureaucracies in an odd but profound
sense-- the Pentagon won't have it.
"Facts are stubborn
things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates
of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence,"
John Adams declared in defense of British soldiers at the Boston
Massacre Trials in December 1770. "The law... will not bend to the
uncertain wishes, imaginations and wanton tempers of men... On the one
hand it is inexorable to the cries and lamentations of the prisoners on
the other it is deaf, deaf as an adder, to the clamors of the populace."
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch,
et al, have gone too far and have discredited themselves --but then, they
were never as influential or as useful as they allege in their "post
hoc" (false cause) self-justifications --but that is a story for another
day. These high-minded people have demonstrated repeatedly that they are
not subjected to the discipline of truth in the law, but are vulnerable
to political "truths" and inject emotion into the process to
contest against reason and fact.
The Holbrooke Demand
- An Impossible Condition
June 23rd Richard Holbrooke demanded that the Serbs pull their army and
police back into "cantons" as a necessary precondition to resumption
of peace talks with Ibrahim Rugova. But the Serbs cannot safely do that
with arms and volunteers flooding to the KLA over the border. And Rugova's
official interests are not served either, if it is true, as the wires say,
that he is losing influence to the violently-minded KLA gunmen.
The only safe way to, as the US officially
claims it wants, head off a big and nasty fight with the KLA is for NATO
to seal the Albanian side of the border, with international rights monitors
and other inspectors to assure full implementation while Kosovo autonomy
is re-negotiated in Pristina and Belgrade. The very biased wire reports
indicate the Yugoslav Army and Police have done an effective job of sealing
most of the border without NATO help on the other side, but right now,
there are not even human rights observers on the Albanian side to contest
the blatant pro-KLA propaganda spin, much less monitor the flow of men
and munitions. If the US wishes to limit the KLA offensive as they repeatedly
avow (see Jamie Rubin's quotes below), why
would we demand the Yugoslav troops withdraw before we place troops and
observers on the Albanian side to staunch the flow of foreign volunteer
guerrillas and contraband? This is not making sense analytically
or diplomatically; this is pure partisan politics. It is clear the KLA
is out of control, though of limited capability. They need to be stopped,
and fast if NATO wants peace.
Holbrooke and NATO have made no such offer
to seal the border. Instead they offer more threats of military action
against the Serbs from the air. Here is the dirty secret. NATO and other
interested organizations such as the OSCE, EU, UN or even NATO, could have
positioned monitors on the Albanian side of the border, and might even
have offered neutral observers to the Serb side of the border as well,
in order to observe truthfully what is really going on.
NATO could offer at any time to position
20,000 troops on the Albanian side to shut off the flow of weapons into
Kosovo, but instead, Clinton and the others continue to allow the flow
and attempt to hamper necessary Serb efforts to contain that flow in order
that, in conjunction with their irresponsible rhetoric about slaughter,
to continue the pressure on Milosevic.
It seems from this analytical line that
the logical conclusion is that Clinton's team believes that with Montenegro's
government making noise about secession and with the continued flow of
foreign Albanian gunmen, Milosevic's grip on power will be loosened. But
why would Montenegro really secede if it then becomes a target for Albanians
trying to advance other land claims? Thousands of Albanian refugees not
supportive of the KLA but supportive of Rugova are camping out in Montenegro
instead of Albania, adding to a threat against the permanency of its borders.
Why did they go north instead of south? So that their citizenship rights
cannot be questioned. It also seems Muslim rights are not particularly
curtailed or violated in Montenegro or in the Sanjak.
More Background and
Agitprop from the Clinton Team:
From Jamie Rubin's mouth, here is an example
of glaring contradiction within one Olympian pronouncement in several quotes
from articles in last Friday's New York Times:
"We are aware that the Kosovo Liberation
Army is promising another offensive to make, in our view, the situation
even worse." [True.]
"That is a sure fire way to give President
Milosevic another pretext [sic!] to kill innocent Albanians, and the Kosovo
Liberation Army should think about that." [If
Serb police kill KLA guerrillas they apparently are automatically transfigured
into innocents, one is led to conclude.]
"The ball is in President Milosevic's
court to create the conditions that will allow serious negotiations to
begin." [Rugova walked out of the talks, which have already begun
under a May initiative begun by Richard Holbrooke.]
Serbs have perpetrated no atrocities in Kosovo-Metohija, rather, they have
PREVENTED many atrocities on the part of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)
an increasingly FOREIGN band of armed outlaws posing as liberationist guerrillas
and "freedom fighters."
"We support enhanced [a favorite Clinton
vaguery] autonomy, but people are deluding themselves if they think that
they are going to achieve independence [Russia keeps reminding us of our
own OSCE treaty requiring borders cannot be changed by violence]."
Rubin also reiterated fears --mostly rumor-mongering--
that Albania will become a magnet for Mujaheddin out of Iran, Afghanistan,
Chechnya (as William Safire speculated on June 18th) and God knows where
else! This on the same day that his boss and her boss are trying to charm
Iran in advance of the US-Iran soccer match! You can't make up stuff this
rich and peddle the novel, but the Clinton team can and sell it as current
The Clinton team --our President, Sec. of
State Albright, SecDef Cohen, Amb. Holbrooke, NSC Advisor Sandy Berger
and Spokesman Jamie Rubin, all continue to openly defy the facts by speaking
of Serbian "slaughter" and "ethnic cleansing." But
last week, the Serb forces have made clear, by its loose investiture of
the rebel-held town of Malisevo, that they are very patient and only attack
after their forces have been attacked from any given rebel stronghold.
Foreign observers and some correspondents on the ground know this and the
pattern is persistent and consistent.
not for an instant believe the comic-book incident on the Albanian border
where an "innocent woodcutter" and two horses were killed on
the Albanian side by vicious Serb border guards. This reminded me instantly
of Hitler's 1939 attack by "Polish troops" on the border radio
station. Since no neutral observers were present and since
it neither makes sense to cut wood so near the shooting, nor make sense
for Serbs to shoot someone obviously chopping wood, chalk this up as the
most laughable agitprop.
Nor do I put much stock in reports on Sunday
and Monday of two young Montenegran Muslim deserters from the Yugoslav
army and in any truth of their allegations they had orders to shoot and
kill any adult males they encountered. These lads are seeking refugee status
and will gladly tell just what they think we want to hear --especially
after coaching from their KLA saviors and in order to gain refugee visas
to the West. No such orders have been given or the body count would be
in the thousands not 300+ as reported.
The following squib from an industry threat
watch survey says more about conditions inside Albania proper than all
the woefully jaundiced spin coming from AP, Reuters and the other reporters
spitting back Albanian agtiprop from the border zone or from KLA-held villages
in Kosovo. Few of those stories are ever balanced by reference to Serb
sources, or neutral observers on the Serbian side of the front line:
"AVIATION PROFESSIONAL Special Edition
June 19, 1998 ALBANIA - U.S. State Department Issues Travel Warning -
"The U.S. State Department has issued
a Travel Warning for Americans in Albania. The Warning reads: "The
Department of State recommends that American citizens continue to avoid
unnecessary travel to Albania. Because of the influx of refugees from Kosovo
into the northeastern part of the country and the resulting potential for
increased security problems, Americans are particularly cautioned against
travel to that area. The security situation in Albania generally remains
a cause for concern, due to the continuation of bombings and sporadic gunfire,
mainly during the evening hours, as well as an increase in criminal activity.
There has been an increase in the theft of vehicles at gunpoint, particularly
four-wheel drive vehicles. The security situation outside Tirana remains
even less stable than in the capital, and American citizens should avoid
travel outside the capital unless absolutely necessary. The U.S. Embassy
strongly recommends that American citizens avoid crowds and exercise caution
at all times...This supersedes the Travel Warning issued August 14, 1997.""
How Yugoslavia Can
I understand the Yugoslav forces have given
occasional press briefings and I think it is now time that they provide
statistics of how many KLA guerrillas and equipment they have captured
alive. The Albanians are now attempting
to kite atrocity gossip about massacres and "disappeared" people
-- a hot button to "human rights activists."
At least thirty armed KLA-types were captured
alive at Prekaz in early March and surely many more since. A growing number
of captives surely must have been born in other countries and that would
make sense to disclose. Showing that there are prisoners being processed
through a criminal or military tribunal under consistent legal procedures
can be very persuasive and the International Committee of the Red Cross
is both commissioned and obliged precisely to verify correct treatment.
Cumulative totals of arms seized, etc. also helps, as well as cumulative
totals of Serb and Albanians killed, taken hostage, ethnically cleansed
or otherwise harassed by the KLA since March 1st.
I know this sounds something like the "Six
O'Clock Follies" of the Saigon briefings, but such facts are more
than management by body count. Somebody has to report on the extent of
the KLA's shameful depredations against all civilians, Serb and Albanian.
To withhold these data serves only to give the Albanian propagandists free
rein and to further cultivate paranoia among Serbs at home and abroad.
Further, withholding this cumulative evidence does not help Russia play
its role as the Serbs' mentor and watchdog at the UN and with NATO.
When John Adams uttered the immortal phrase
"facts are stubborn things:" he was successfully defending the
British troops involved in the Boston Massacre. In this case, the facts
can speak volumes. I think the Serbs are an ancient and honorable people,
with a lot of intelligent minds. It is time to beat the opposition at its
Copyright 1998 Benjamin C. Works-SIRIUS
Please look at Mr. Benjamin C. Works'
Kosovo ARCHIVE. It contains over
150 articles describing Kosovo Albanian drug dealing, mafia and Al Qaeda
ties... Who in America supported these thugs?