Version II -> underrepresented issues in the media: atrocities committed against Serbia during the war in Yugoslavia

Just over 15 years after its establishment, the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 is next year, set to close its investigations. Also referred to as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) most media attention focused on the legal proceedings in years past (and indeed, more recently) has concentrated on atrocities committed by (the now deceased) Slobodan Milosevic and those serving the cause of Serbia.  Ask most people just who the bad guys in the former Yugoslavia really were, almost certainly they will tell you that Slobodan Milosevic and his Serbian followers have far more to answer to than any other party involved.  And this has been the worldwide viewpoint – perpetuated by the world media.  Capitalist society is to blame.

Recently, Radovan Karadzic (leader of the Bosnian-Serb army during the Yugoslav war) appealed to the ICTY to have charges of war crimes and genocide against him, overturned.  While a small few dispute the evidence against him, the facts also cannot be opposed.

So here are some facts that are clearly not prevalent enough in the media spectrum, and are practically non-existent to public access. There is no wonder why.

  • The Serbs were blamed for the infamous Sarajevo market massacre. But according to the report leaked out on French TV, Western intelligence knew that it was Muslim operatives who had bombed Bosnian civilians in the marketplace in order to induce NATO involvement. Even international negotiator David Owen, who worked with Cyrus Vance, admitted in his memoir that the NATO powers knew all along that it was a Muslim bomb.
  • the FBI sent a team to investigate two of the sites listed in the war-crimes indictment against Slobodan Milosevic, one purportedly containing six victims and the other twenty. The team lugged 107, 000 pounds of equipment into Kosovo to handle what was called the “largest crime scene in the FBI’s forensic history,” but it came up with no reports about mass graves. Not long after, on July 1, the FBI team returned home, oddly with not a word to say about their investigation. 21
  • Forensic experts from other NATO countries had similar experiences. A Spanish forensic team, for instance, was told to prepare for at least 2, 000 autopsies, but found only 187 bodies, usually buried in individual graves, and showing no signs of massacre or torture. Most seemed to have been killed by mortar shells and firearms. One Spanish forensic expert, Emilio Perez Puhola, acknowledged that his team did not find one mass grave. He dismissed the widely publicized references about mass graves as being part of the “machinery of war propaganda.”

It has long been said that US government interest lies in the fact that Yugoslavia would operate better to US needs if it were a cluster of small, weak, dependent, free-market principalities – Yugoslavia being the only country in Eastern Europe that would not dismantle its welfare state and public sector economy, which is strongly against American ideas of globalisation and capitalism.  This is undoubtedly a massive factor in the media suppression of information relating to atrocities committed against Serbia.

Questions of war crimes and atrocity must also be asked of NATO and those who helped carry out their campaign of destruction, mass murder, destabilisation, forced displacement, propaganda and self-interest.  But who ever asks these questions?

Somehow, if the world is looking on and there is a majority in one country who we see (through the media’s portrayal) as committing wrong (genocide, even) then the almighty powers that be are (somehow) well within their rights to involve themselves in a war upon – and subsequent destruction of – this society:  (In this case) of the free-market, liberal system:  Where welfare was a given, and education was free.  The termination of such ideals went hand in hand with the termination of the war and the devastation of what the former Yugoslavia once was.

In June of 1993, the UN published a 132-page report outlining some of the atrocities committed against Serbia.  Just how many times it was seen by, and how readily it was made available to the general public (already brainwashed and filled with propaganda) is insignificant compared to the amount of times that the media spoke of Serbian atrocities, and the necessity of UN and US intervention.

Entitled “Memorandum on War Crimes and Crimes of Genocide in Eastern Bosnia” the report (which can be downloaded on the website literally lists hundreds of Serbian victims in various Bosnian towns who mostly died from having their “throat cut” (listed as the official cause of death).

But alas, fear not!  – America and co. and its giant media conglomerates justify and support their own actions, the world jumps on board the bandwagon waiting for them, the people are blinded to the truth and we all pat ourselves on our backs and hold hands and point and tut and suffocate each other with self-righteousness, and the story goes on forever, feeding itself and pushing our faces into the rutted, bomb-scarred ground, tripping over on the debris of our mistakes.  You will only find the truth if you are looking for it.

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