Former CNS News reporter (and current managing editor of The New Individualist) Sherrie Gossett reports on her blog that in a recent Rolling Stone interview, The New Yorkerís Seymour Hersh outdid himself:
Q. But why isnít there more of an uproar by the public at atrocities committed by American troops? Have people become inured to those stories over the years?
A. I just think itís because they are Iraqis. You have to give Bill Clinton his due: When he bombed Kosovo in 1999, he became the first president since World War II to bomb white people.
So there you have, at least in one nutshell, why Kosovo was a war that every media outlet and peacenik wanted: we were bombing white people. And the Serb has always been the most expendable whitey. Frequent UK Guardian contributor Neil Clark has something to say about this on his blog:
Serb-bashing, the last acceptable form of racism in Europe, sadly shows no sign of abating. The news that Serbia is to take over the presidency of the Council of Europe this week has sent Serbo-phobes into paroxysms of rage.
ďIf European countries canít find the courage to act against Serbia, they canít find the courage to act against anyone,Ē complains George Monbiot in the Guardian. But the Serb-bashers are wrong: the Balkan republic has every right to be considered a valued member of the European family.
Of all the constituent republics of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia was the least responsible for its violent break-up. The conflict was precipitated, not by Serb aggression, but by the illegal breakaway of Slovenia, egged on by Germany, in 1991.
Foreign intervention was also responsible for the war in Bosnia: the touch-paper being lit by the US ambassador Warren Zimmerman when he persuaded the Bosnian separatist leader Izetbegovic to renege on the EU-sponsored 1992 Lisbon agreement.
While no one denies that Bosnian Serbs committed atrocities, itís important to remember that the International Court of Justice recently exonerated Serbia of responsibility for the massacre at Srebrenica.
Serbo-phobes castigate Serbia for not extraditing Mladic and Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leaders, to The Hague. But can one really blame Serbs for questioning the impartiality of a court which was set up by the very Nato powers which illegally bombed their country in 1999, and which, from its inception, has shown a blatant anti-Serb bias?
Far from being a pariah state, Serbia has played a positive role in modern European history: it was the Serb uprising against the Nazis in 1941 which postponed the Wehrmachtís invasion of the Soviet Union by a crucial five weeks. Were it not for the bravery of the most unjustly demonised people on the continent, Europe would look a very different place today.
I wonder if this has something to do with why one Albanian reader from Staten Island (where ten years ago the three Duka brother-plotters lived, worshipped and still have relatives) ó had this to say:
you f___ing slut hoe back motherf___in bitch i shove my c__k down your f___in throat you f___ing bich. nobody like serbs you f___in propaganda bitch. rroft shqiperia you f___ black nigger love iím gonna find you you f___in slut hoe bitch
Meanwhile, since Neil Clark brought up the subject of the Wehrmacht, here is a quote from 2003 by an athlete representing another of the seceding provinces that we actively supported against the Serbs:
Croatian Slalom racer Ivica Kostelic had won his third consecutive World Cup race in Italy, and was asked by the Croatian paper Nacional to describe how he felt before the race. From Englandís Observer newspaper:
ďI feel powerful, all-conquering, like a German soldier ready for battle in 1941,Ē Kostelic saidÖ[T]he previous summer in conversation with a reporter on the same paper Kostelic had talked in awed tones about the scale of the Luftwaffe attack on Britain in 1940, and favourably compared Hitler to other world leaders of the time (unlike Stalin, Hitler killed only those who crossed him, he suggested)Ö
Expressing a related sentiment after winning the Wimbledon Tennis Championship, in 1993 Goran Ivanisevic described learning to shoot a machine gun to The New York Times:
They let me shoot a machine gun. It was tough to control, but, oh, it was a nice feeling ó all the bullets coming out. I was thinking it would be nice to have some Serbs in front of me.
So here are the Balkan wars in a nutshell: The Croatians wanted their Hitler-bestowed Independent State of Croatia back. The Kosovo Albanians wanted their Hitler-bestowed annexation to Greater Albania. And the Bosnians just wanted an independent Muslim state. Any questions?
Iíve got one: Why did we support all three?
Have PoliticalMavens.com delivered to your inbox in a daily digest by clicking here