Not an international conflict!
The echoes of Tadic judgment
So, that was it: The Hague Tribunal in its first verdict - the one reached in the trial of Bosnian Serb, Dusko Tadic - clearly stated: The war in Bosnia was a civil war! This is not what American Administration paid for. The Hague Tribunal was paid for (good part of it with American money!) with clear intention to blame the victim - the Bosnian Serbs. The Serbs, even those born in Bosnia, were to be painted by the "tribunal" as aggressors in an international conflict. The judges dared say opposite.
Reluctantly and wrapped in heavy anti-Serb propaganda, the American media had to report the unpleasant news. Here is how they did it.
The Chicago Tribune, on May 8, 1997 talks about Tadic's judgment under title: "War crimes panel convicts Bosnian". The article clearly expresses the shock:
judges ruled that the fighting in Bosnia after May 1992 has not
been proved to be an international conflict,
and its victims therefore could not be considered protected people who
were in the hands of a foregn
So much for Muslim claim that Serbia and
the Serbs have invaded Bosnia.
...the Tadic case relied on witnesses, who proved far less reliable. Rape charges against Tadic had to be dropped after witnesses refused to testify. Some witnesses changed their testimony on the stand.
A lead prosecution witness, known as
"Witness L" recanted and accused
the Bosnian government of pressuring him into giving testimony." Los Angeles Times,
Thursday, May 8, 1997, has pretentious title: "Bosnian Serb Is Convicted
of War Crimes" (by Tracy Wilkinson). There is no mention of the importance
of the verdict in presenting the conflict as being a civil war (vs. aggression).
Instead it talks of the Serbian victim of the "trial". They say:
Los Angeles Times, Thursday, May 8, 1997, has pretentious title: "Bosnian Serb Is Convicted of War Crimes" (by Tracy Wilkinson). There is no mention of the importance of the verdict in presenting the conflict as being a civil war (vs. aggression). Instead it talks of the Serbian victim of the "trial". They say:
Tadic has maintained his innocence, saying
he is a victim of mistaken identity."
Well the witness was not "found" to be lying. The witness (a Serb) have found courage to admit that the Muslim government of Bosnia, under threat of killing his relatives - coached him how to lie on the witness stand!
The Washington Post starts with a worst presentation possible - right in the title - "U.N. Tribunal Finds Bosnian Serb Guilty" - and then the author (Charles Trueheart) tries hard to find excuses why it is not quite so.
While the other articles brag about the "speedy and just" prosecution of the court and mention that the prosecution lasted ONE YEAR ONLY, here in the Washington Post article an important truth slips:
Such justice Western ubermenschen have for their Easter untermenschen neighbors. The pretrial for untermenchen can last THREE WHOLE YEARS!
Elsewhere, in the Western world.... In Great
Britain, quite unusual for well established anti-Serb propaganda outpost, the
BBC Channel 2 had courage
to broadcast interesting documentary about Tadic trial. The documentary
highlighted the fact that
*all* the evidence against Mr. Tadic was circumstantial
and that he was found guilty for only 11 out of the 31 charges leveled against him.
All of the 11 charges were lesser ones. Also, particular attention was given
to two matters:
(2) The whole business of anonymity of witnesses was thoroughly discussed in the documentary, particularly with respect to "witness L", Mr. Dragan Opacic. The defence actually broke the court's ruling about not contacting the family of "witness L" and his role on behalf of the Muslim authorities was discovered almost by accident. Since then the court has made witness anonymity even tougher - which, of course, brings the whole process even further into disrepute. One has only to remember the disgraceful behavior of NATO in the case of Gen. Djukic and Col. Krsmanovic.
The cost of this proceeding was mentioned in the documentary.
It was, on the whole, quite an indictment of the way the court operates.
Not everyone budged though. For many years leading in anti-Serb hysteria the New York Times continued the propaganda even at this point of the setback...
[ The New York Times propagandists purposely misread the judgment ]
[ Tadic judgment: It was a civil war! ]
[ The Hague "Tribunal" ]
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Last revised: June 2, 1997