Lessons in the Bi-Partisanship of Empire
The Real Story Behind Kosovo’s Independence
February 23 / 4, 2008
Beyond the obvious hypocrisy of the US condemnations of Serbia and the sudden admission that international law exists, the Kosovo story is an important one in the context of the current election campaign in the United States. Perhaps more than any other international conflict, Yugoslavia was the defining foreign policy of President Bill Clinton’s time in power. Under his rule, the nation of Yugoslavia was destroyed, dismantled and chopped into ethnically pure para-states. President Bush’s immediate recognition of Kosovo as an independent nation was the icing on the cake of destruction of Yugoslavia and one which was enthusiastically embraced by Hillary Clinton. „I’ve supported the independence of Kosovo because I think it is imperative that in the heart of Europe we continue to promote independence and democracy,“ Clinton said at the recent Democratic debate in Austin, Texas.
On March 24, 1999, President Bill Clinton began an 11-week bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. Like Bush with Iraq, Clinton had no UN mandate (he used NATO) and his so-called „diplomacy“ to avert the possibility of bombing leading up to the attacks was insincere and a set-up from the jump. Just like Bush with Iraq.
A month before the bombing began, the Clinton administration issued an ultimatum to President Slobodan Milosevic, which he had to either accept unconditionally or face bombing. Known as the Rambouillet accord, it was a document that no sovereign country would have accepted. It contained a provision that would have guaranteed US and NATO forces „free and unrestricted passage and unimpeded access throughout“ all of Yugoslavia, not just Kosovo. It also sought to immunize those occupation forces „from any form of arrest, investigation, or detention by the authorities in ,“ as well as grant the occupiers „the use of airports, roads, rails and ports without payment.“ Additionally, Milosevic was told he would have to „grant all telecommunications services, including broadcast services, needed for the Operation, as determined by NATO.“ Similar to Bush’s Iraq plan years later, Rambouillet mandated that the economy of Kosovo „shall function in accordance with free market principles.“
Kosovo War Crimes
The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA, UCK, OVK) abducted civilians in Kosovo who were then mistreated and in some cases killed, a BBC investigation has found. Kosovo Serbs, ethnic Albanians and Roma were among an estimated 2000 who went missing, both during and after the war in Kosovo.
BBC’s ‚Crossing Continents‘ uncovers disturbing evidence of atrocities by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) durin More..g and after the Kosovo War ten years ago. The headlines about the war have consistently focused on Serb war crimes against ethnic Albanians. However, after a five-year investigation, Crossing Continents can now reveal another side to the conflict which the world was not meant to see. Using documents and recorded interviews he has been gathering since 2004, reporter Michael Montgomery reveals what happened after the Nato bombing stopped and the Kosovar refugees began returning to their homes. Little has so far been established of the hundreds of Serbs and other non-Albanians who remain unaccounted for after the war. Through painstaking examination of the evidence, Michael shows for the first time how some of them met their death and where their remains could be buried. It is a story of abduction and murder, but this time most of the victims are Serbs, and the alleged perpetrators Albanian, members of the KLA. He examines how it was that many of these kidnaps and murders took place under the noses of Nato and the United Nations, who were already in Kosovo when the abductions took place.
Michael travels to Western Kosovo, and from there over the border into Albania, following the route along which it is said hundreds of kidnapped men and women were taken to die. He journeys into Northern Albania, where it is believed that Serbs and others were held at secret camps, and where they were tortured and, in many cases killed. But some might say those killed within the secret camps were the lucky ones. In the countryside a few kilometres outside the town of Burrel there is a house where in 2004 a UN forensic science team conducted a search. Michael was one of only two journalists allowed to be present during the two-day operation. The aim of the search was to seek evidence to support claims that the KLA took several dozen hostages there to have their vital organs removed for sale before they died. According to documents seen by Crossing Continents, the findings of the forensic experts were of significant interest. That view is supported in the programme in an exclusive interview with the UN’s former top forensic scientist in Kosovo, who took part in the examination of the house. He supports the allegation that material from the investigation was destroyed by the UN War Crimes Tribunal.
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