The Western, corporate-owned, CIA-directed news media, that is. But NATO got another base in eastern Europe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Bondsteel) to keep the vodka-bleeding, freedom-hating, bat-clawed Russians and their black-winged, darkness-loving, wolf-fanged gangster-leader Vladimir Putin from over-running the pure and virtuous West to rape and pillage at will (or whatever the latest caricature and/or lurid invasion scenario of Russia is these days in the Western press), so let your conscience be at ease.
The ICTY’s exoneration of the late Slobodan Milosevic, the former President of Yugoslavia, for war crimes committed in the Bosnia war, proves again we should take NATO claims regarding its ’official enemies’ not with a pinch of salt, but a huge lorry load.
For the past twenty odd years, neocon commentators and 'liberal interventionist' pundits have been telling us at every possible opportunity, that Milosevic (a democratically elected leader in a country where over 20 political parties freely operated) was an evil genocidal dictator who was to blame for ALL the deaths in the Balkans in the 1990s. Repeat after me in a robotic voice (while making robotic arm movements): 'Milosevic's genocidal aggression' 'Milosevic's genocidal aggression'.
But the official narrative, just like the one that told us that in 2003, Iraq had WMDs which could be launched within 45 minutes, was a deceitful one, designed to justify a regime change-op which the Western elites had long desired.
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When Milosevic died [in prison--W.G.], his accusers claimed he had “cheated justice”. But in fact, as the ICTY has now confirmed, the injustice was done to Milosevic.
While he had to defend himself against politically-motivated charges at The Hague, the US and its allies launched their brutal, illegal assault on Iraq, a war which has led to the death of up to one million people. Last year a report from Body Count revealed that at least 1.3 million people had lost their lives as a result of the US-led ‘war on terror’ in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Those sorts of figures help us get Kosovo into some kind of perspective. Even if we do hold Milosevic and the Yugoslav government responsible for some of the deaths there in 1999, (in a war which the West had clearly desired and provoked) far, far, greater death and destruction has been caused by the countries who were the keenest to see the President of Yugoslavia in the dock. As John Pilger noted in 2008, the bombing of Yugoslavia was the “perfect precursor to the bloodbaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Since then we’ve also had the NATO destruction of Libya, the country which had the highest living standards in the whole of Africa and the backing of violent 'rebels' to try and achieve ‘regime change’ in Syria.
You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to see a pattern here.
Before a US-led war or ‘humanitarian intervention’ against a targeted state, a number of lurid claims are made about the country‘s leader and its government. These claims receive maximum media coverage and are repeated ad nauseam on the basis that people will bound to think they’re true.
Later it transpires that the claims were either entirely false (like the Iraq WMD ones), unproven, or greatly exaggerated. But the news cycle has moved on focusing not on the exposure of the fraudulent claims made earlier but on the next aggressive/genocidal ‘New Hitler’ who needs to be dealt with. In 1999 it was Milosevic; now it’s Assad and Putin.
And guess what, dear reader? It’s the same people who defend the Iraq war and other blood-stained Western military interventions based on lies, unproven claims or great exaggerations, who are the ones doing the accusing.
As that very wise old saying goes: When you point one finger, there are three fingers pointing back to you.
Source: Neil Clark, https://www.rt.com/op-edge/354362-slobodan-milosevic-exonerated-us-nato/, accessed 7 Aug. 2016 (many thanks to Dr Johnson for covering this at his web site: http://www.rusjournal.org/; see the 26 July 2016 podcast)
The South should be especially upset at revelations like these, since we ourselves were the targets of this kind of smear propaganda from New England’s secular Puritan moral crusaders before the War (Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the like) intended to dehumanize us and stir up fervor all across the North for a holy war against Dixie. But now many Southern men and women are sick with this same secular Puritan self-righteousness and can’t wait to glorify God and justify their ‘American exceptionalism’ by dropping a few thousand bombs on an obscure country they know nothing about.
We must repent.