Wag the Dog from Waco to Kosovo to the World Trade Center
The events of September 11, 2001 were set in motion years ago when the US helped create the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and worked hand in hand with al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. With yet a new war planned for this coming September against the Arab Middle East, it is imperative that the American people, indeed the people of Planet Earth, learn the truth before then. It may already be too late.
BOOK ONE: Creation of the New World Order Army
Wag the Dog From Waco to Kosovo to the World Trade Center
© 2002 by Jim Moore, from the forthcoming book "Big Oil - Big War: The true story of September 11, 2001 and the 'War on Terror' - Writer's Club Press: San Jose, New York, Lincoln, Shanghai.
Most Americans are convinced that the reason NATO forces invaded Kosovo in 1998-99 was to save thousands of innocent ethnic Muslim and Albanian peasants, women and children from the slaughter of madman Slobodan Molosevic. We were convinced of that because we were constantly being told it was true - by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, the New York Times and most others.
What the public did not know was that we were working hand-in-hand with a wealthy Saudi Arabian named Osama bin Laden to arm and bring to power a terrorist army known as the Kosovo Liberation Front. Osama bin Laden had been a CIA asset for years; there is evidence he still may be, even after September 11.
He had worked hand-in-hand with both US and British intelligence, and had been hired to assassinate Libya's Moammar Kaddafi. In fact, the first arrest warrant ever issued for bin Laden was issued by Kaddafi.
US officials downplay their connection to bin Laden, claiming he was "only one of thousands" of Mujahideen recruited to fight the Soviets in their invasion of Afghanistan, and that he played no particular role of any importance. The truth is quite different.
To understand what happened September 11, 2001 - and why - and what has happened since in South Central Asia, including Pakistan and Afghanistan, and what is planned for September 2002 (a massive attack on Syria, Iran and Iraq) - and why, it is necessary to understand what happened in Iraq and in Yugoslavia.
The Gulf War agenda
To summarize on the Gulf War, since it has already been widely covered in terms of the deceptions and outright lies the United States perpetrated there - everything from the motives to the Gulf War Syndrome to the depleted uranium that has killed countless troops not only from the United States but from its so-called "allies," let met just say that, yes, the Gulf War was over oil and its control by the corporate giants that held such sway over George H. W. Bush. That much has been well-reported, though belatedly and not on CNN and your other "reliable" establishment media outlets.
But there was another agenda that was also withheld from the American public. That agenda is well known in the executive mansions of the governments of Europe and the Middle East. It had to do with a political balance of power and a fear that an alliance of Arab nations would exert their own independence from the Seven Sisters of oil. At the heart of that alliance were Iran, Iraq, Syria and Libya.
Muslim influence - already powerful in the Middle East - threatened to spread across Southwestern Europe and destabilize governments such as Turkey (a NATO member and strategic ally) as well as the remnants of the Soviet Union. President Bush's oft-repeated call to "a New World Order" may have been puzzling to most Americans who watched his speeches, but when he repeated that clarion call before the United Nations, his meaning was well understood. It was also meant as a public warning to the "enemy" in the Middle East, as well as to any Arab nation that toyed with the idea, however briefly, that Middle East oil should belong to and benefit the populations of those countries under which it lay, not the oil conglomerates. In that respect, US foreign policy and corporate oil interests were one and the same, and who better to represent both than oilman George Bush?
American military might had gone largely untested since Vietnam, with the exception of the invasion of relatively defenseless nations such as Grenada and Panama. The largest military adventure, one America fought by proxy in Nicaragua, had blown up in our faces. President Reagan so feared another public reaction like Lyndon Johnson and Richard saw over Vietnam that he ordered Col. Oliver North to create the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which would, under Operation Rex-84 construct dozens of concentration camps (the Reagan administration preferred the milder name of "detainee camps") to hold upwards of 400,000 possible anti-war protesters. FEMA, like the Contras, was financed with billions of dollars in profits from the sale of cocaine, brought into the United States through CIA "proprietaries" or fronts.
The Iraq war (Gulf War) was triggered, like so many before and since, by an American lie. This lie was told by U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie to Saddam Hussein, who was complaining loudly, though for the most part privately, about the Kuwaiti practice known as "side-drilling." It was a bold and brazen theft by the Kuwait-based oil companies of drilling sideways under the Kuwait-Iraq border to tap into Iraqi oil reserves and steal Iraq's oil. Hussein wanted to know what the American reaction would be if he took military steps to stop it. Glaspie told him that it was "an internal" matter and that the US would have no reaction and would not get involved. Hussein took this as encouragement and, in his typically arrogant way, used a sledgehammer to kill a gnat, launching the now-historic full-scale invasion of Kuwait.
Caught in the act of her lie by tape recordings of the meeting, Glaspie quickly blamed her superiors for telling her to give Hussein the answer she did. Her superiors at the State Department were quick to call her "mistaken" and she became the scapegoat, with her career pretty much in tatters.
The public was conveniently never told that George H. W. Bush and Saddam Hussein were, in fact, business partners. The price of oil skyrocketed, Bush became wealthier than ever, and he established a trend in foreign policy which has continued through today, through administrations both Democrat and Republican (Clinton and George W. Bush). When Bush called the "Allied" armies to a halt virtually at Baghdad's doorstep to save his old oil partner, the public was puzzled. Why not finish the job? Gen. Norman Schawrzkopf was outraged and resigned. Apparently, he knew the truth from his own intelligence sources. Colin Powell, while also well-informed and reportedly upset at the time, played the game, kept his silence and is today Secretary of State.
Bush the Elder succeeded in crushing, at least for the moment, any blooming Arab alliance that might impact US oil interests or which might form an alliance with Russia, to the detriment of US strategic interests.
Why Bill Clinton, the Democrat who defeated Bush in his bid for re-election, would continue the same game plan is an even more intriguing chapter, whose basis is drugs and blackmail. The blackmail was never really necessary, for Clinton knew which way the true balance of power tilted and he liked both power and drugs. The oil business he didn't know that much about, but he was willing to learn. The strategic agenda was one he had always found himself in agreement with Bush over, since both shared the New World Order goal. Clinton, in his nomination acceptance speech, went out of his way to praise those who had created the concept, one of them being an influential professor from his college days, author of the book Tragedy and Hope. Clinton, though, thought Bush had been a fool to elevate the very term "New World Order" to such a position of public prominence. Bush had mistakenly thought the public would be ready to accept the New World Order, despite the frantic outcries from the Far Right. Clinton knew better, and not only changed the terminology, but labored to keep the phrase under wraps and out of the public eye, all the while pursuing its goals and agendas.
That, in a Cliff's Notes version, is the story of the Gulf War. The story of Yugoslavia is a bit more complex, even more supported by evidence of skullduggery and yet just as valuable in laying the groundwork to understanding the current "War on Terror" - a war that is the most brazen lie yet told by perhaps any politician in the history of Western civilization.
Understanding this recent history is the key to understanding the suddenly rising gas prices, the confusing reasons why Bush the Younger first declared the War on Drugs to be the equivalent to the War on Terror, only to giving the green light to a renewed flood of opium from Afghanistan; to understanding why our "temporary" bases in South Central Asia are now permanent; to understanding why (perhaps by the time you read this), the United States will be mired down in a simultaneous war against three nations - Iran, Iraq and Syria; to understanding how this could be the trigger that sets off what has come to be known as Armageddon - that final battle in the Middle East (the Valley of Megiddo incidentally lies in Iraq) in which Chinese, Russian and African armies will, according to the prophecies of many cultures, bring the US to its knees.
So many of us innocently do not understand the events of September 11, 2001. We find it impossible to comprehend how anyone could hate us so much. Would we be not even more shocked to discover that the Afghan war was planned months before September 11, or that certain highly-placed individuals within the CIA and financial community had such specific details about the World Trade Center attack that they played the stock market and made millions off their dark secret?
No, it would perhaps be cruel to expose you to those truths too soon, and so we must ease into it gradually, beginning with the illegal and deceptive war that destroyed the sovereign nation of Yugoslavia.
The tragedy of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia (remember its beauty in those heady days when it hosted the Winter Olympics?) was once a regional industrial power and economic success - the jewel of the Balkans. It was home to some 27 ethnic groups who lived together peaceably, proving that a New World Order (from the grassroots level of the individual human heart) was possible. In the 20 years prior to 1980, its annual gross domestic product growth averaged 6.1% - better than our own. Medical care was free and it had a 91% literacy rate - better than our own. The average Yugoslav had a life expectancy of 72 years.
In 1984, for reasons that we will never know and that Ronald Reagan has now forgotten, thanks to Alzheimer's disease, we targeted Yugoslavia for destruction in a "Secret Sensitive" 1984 National Security Decision Directive (NSDD 133), entitled "United States Policy Toward Yugoslavia." A heavily censored version made its way to daylight in 1990, but that redacted version largely referred back to yet another NSDD 54 on Eastern Europe, issued in 1982. That earlier document advocated "expanded efforts to promote a 'quiet revolution' to overthrow communist governments and parties" while "re-integrating" the countries of Eastern Europe into "a market-oriented economy."
Deception from Reagan to Bush to Clinton to Bush
If I were a Yugoslav, I would be puzzled by this Reagan-Bush piece of work that was the basis, years later, for the total destruction of a sovereign nation the history books once called Yugoslavia. Why would I be puzzled? Well, for one, the Cold War ended, didn't it? And didn't that Evil Empire of the Soviet Union come crashing down to oblivion when the Berlin Wall came crashing down? Did someone forget to tell the Americans we were not the enemy? Was Reagan's forgetfulness so bad that he forgot that Marshall Tito, the man whose iron fist kept this diverse nation together, died long ago? So why did this top-secret war on Yugoslavia continue from 1982 (or was it 1984?) until the present day of 2002?
Was the next president, George H. W. Bush "out of the loop" his entire presidency? Or had he excused himself to go the bathroom for the entire four years of his term in office?
And what of Bill Clinton? Was it because he "didn't inhale"? Was he so busy getting oral sex in the Oval Office it never dawned on him that we were no longer the "enemy" and in fact never had been? Even Tito maintained a fierce independence from his Moscow masters.
And what of George the Younger, Mr. Dubya? Is he really so stupid that he isn't aware there is still an Al Qaeda war being conducted against Macedonia, the one part of Yugoslavia that stood up to Slobodan Milosevic?
Whatever the hidden reasons may be, Yugoslavia became the target of an illegal overthrow, beginning nearly 20 years ago, that would have made Hitler himself smile with pride. That secret and illegal war, carried on now through five US presidents, continues - and the American people themselves haven't a clue.
The Role of Big Money and the IMF
This Silent War started out quietly enough, with the International Monetary Fund cajoling Yugoslavia into sweeping economic reform in exchange for 30 pieces of silver, even though that nation was far from being an economic failure. Those reforms managed to dismantle the industrial sector and erode the welfare state that Yugoslavs supported, and which served its people well.
The IMF then made more demands - a devalued currency, increased foreign debt, a reduced standard of living. By then, Yugoslavia was in need of assistance, and the smiling money changers of the IMF showed up with a fistful of "loans" - and demands of more devaluation, wage freezes, sharp cuts in government spending for social services, layoffs, the demolition of all socially-owned, worker-managed businesses.
As one observer noted, "The objective was to subject the Yugoslav economy (which had been doing quite well by itself, thank you) to massive privatization and the dismantling of the public sector."
At that point, workers crossed any ethnic lines there may have been and joined together as Serbs, Croats, Bosnians and Slovenians mobilized shoulder to shoulder with their fellow workers to put a stop to the ruination of their homeland by the global bankers. But the economic struggle also heightened tension as confused citizens tried to find out who among them was to blame for this reversal of Yugoslavian fortunes. Someone had initiated the Big Sellout - and that someone was Yugoslavian.
As suspicion spread, fed by disinformation from US intelligence, cooperation began to disintegrate and greedy local leaders sniffed their cognac and chuckled with their Western banker friends as they shared the spoils and watched coldly as the disintegration of Yugoslavia became permanent.
The Big Prize - Oil, Heroin and 'Privatization'
US oil companies had their eyes on substantial petroleum fields in Serb-held parts of Croatia just across the Sava River from Tuzla. In fact, oil exploration never slowed down, even during the war that followed. For protection, the US military (NATO) set up its headquarters in Tuzla, almost within protective sight of the now US-controlled oil fields.
Other interests, including the CIA and their buddy, Osama bin Laden, had their eye on the $400 billion a year heroin pipeline that stretched from the Golden Crescent of Afghanistan through Pakistan and into Europe, supplying 80% of Europe's heroin supply.
Today, Yugoslavia no longer exists on the world maps; this ancient kingdom has vanished. But the oil keeps pumping and the heroin keeps flowing. With the defeat of those nasty Talibans who had dried up the Afghanistan poppy fields, the spring of 2002 will see a rush of new heroin flowing, with the blessing of George Walker Bush, who in March 2002 decided that poppies were really a quite pretty flower - and besides, opium and heroin weren't really so bad after all. You know, if you want to appreciate the roses, you have to put up with a few thorns.
Within the preceding few paragraphs, you find the reasons not only why we invaded Yugoslavia, but why we looked the other way as the World Trade Center disappeared on September 11, 2001. It may be simplistic, but after all, September 11 gave the US (corporate) interests all the public support they needed to go to war against Afghanistan (wherein lie even more potential oil pipelines, as well as the source of that other $400 billion a year opium pipeline). If you thought Enron was truly a company with the interests of its employees and shareholders at heart, you'll just love Afghanistan, Incorporated. Better yet, make that South Central Asia, LLP - 'cause we ain't done yet. In September, we attack Iran, Iraq and Syria and we're already making our moves into Georgia, Tabikistan, Uzbekistan and a lot of those other "-stans" you probably wouldn't be too interested in knowing about, having to deal with your unemployment and all. Don't bother your pretty, stupid little head with all that. Just leave the details to us. We're from the government - and we're here to help you.
The Truth About 'Serb Atrocities'
The Serbs and the Germans have never been known as bosom buddies. The Serbs fought the Nazis bitterly in World War II, losing 500,000 citizens to Hitler's ethnic cleansing and concentration camps and gas chambers, while the Muslim and Albanian factions supported Hitler in his quest to erase the Jews from the face of the earth.
Was there "genocide" in Kosovo? Not according to a year's worth of intelligence reports filed with German courts by the German Foreign Office. Their latest opinion:
"Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo have neither been nor are now exposed to regional or countrywide group persecution in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia."
Opinion of the Upper Administrative Court at Mnster, March 11, 1999 (Az: 13A3894/94.A)
Note the date. This assessment was produced by the German Foreign Office in response to a courts' request that was deciding the status of Kosovo-Albanian refugees in Germany. The new Luftwaffe started bombing with its American and British allies less than two weeks later.
Much, more more material showing that the German Affairs Office had studied and rejected the Kosovo genocide claim is available here:
Original source (in German): Junge Welt:
(Obtained from Brasscheck - http://brasscheck.com/yugoslavia. Reprinted with permission. (The full text may be found in the appendix).
Likewise, NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana also admitted he had no evidence of Yugoslavian government-sponsored atrocities. According to Reuters:
"NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana said Sunday he expected to learn 'dramatic facts' surrounding alleged atrocities in Kosovo once international troops had escorted refugees home."
Solana was going to wait until after the war was over and the refugees had returned before he would even possibly have evidence of so-called Yugoslav atrocities? Isn't that putting the cart before the horse?
BALKAN STATS I
Key members of the United States Senate sat slack-jawed through a confidential briefing last Thursday from the Clinton administration foreign-policy team.
After the foreign-policy wise men asserted that the United States has a moral imperative to stop the murderous Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, one senator asked: How many Albanians have Milosevic's troops massacred this year? The president's emissaries turned ashen. They glanced at each other. They rifled through their papers.
One hazarded a guess: "Two thousand?" No, the senator replied, that was the number for all of last year. He wanted figures for the last month - or even the year to date, since the president had painted such a grisly picture of genocide in his March 24 address to the nation.
The senator pressed on. How often have such slaughters occurred? Nobody knew. As it turns out, Kosovo has been about as bloody this year as, say, Atlanta. You can measure the deaths not in the hundreds, but dozens. (I'm not trying to deny Milosevic's brutality here; only to provide some comparisons.) More people died last week in Borneo than have expired this year in Kosovar bloodshed - more died in a single Russian bomb blast; in a single outburst of violence in East Timor; in a single day in Rwanda. China has been bloodier this year. - Column by Tony Snow
BALKAN STATS II
--Estimated number of persons killed in Iraq due to American-led sanctions: over 1,000,000
--Estimated number of persons killed in the Sudan over the past 15 years: 1,500,000
--Estimated number of persons killed in Rwanda over the last five years: 500,000
--Estimated number of persons killed in Chechnya: 80,000
--Estimated number of people dying *each day* around the world because of lack of water, clothing, shelter, food or medicine: 100,000
--Estimated number of people in the world who go to bed hungry: 800,000,000
--Estimated number of persons killed in Kosovo last year: 2,000
BALKAN STATS III
--Estimate of new households watching CNN thanks to its war coverage: 472,000
BALKAN STATS IV
--Cost of America's 21 B-2 bombers: $42 billion
--Value of Yugoslavian GDP: $43 billion
Source of stats: THE PROGRESSIVE REVIEW, 1739 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20009, 202-232-5544, 202-234-6222 Fax - email@example.com. Editor: Sam Smith WEBSITE: http://prorev.com
While the term "Axis of Evil" has been popularized in recent months by President George W. Bush, it's ironic that the Greek administrative courts used a very similar term in May 1999 - but applied it to the US and NATO, claiming:
"The truth is that NATO's attack on Yugoslavia inaugurates a period of lawlessness in international relations. We are returning to the era of the Holy Alliance and the Axis, against which humanity, and the Greeks in particular, fought with such great sacrifices."
RULING BY GREEK COURT
Greece's Council of State, the country's highest administrative court has an extraordinary ruling on the war against Yugoslavia:
1. NATO's offensive against a sovereign European state, unprecedented in the post-war years, is an affront not only to the ethical principles of Greek and European civilisation, but also to the fundamental precepts of international law. This latter is a legal issue and should not be overshadowed by the moral revulsion that is justly provoked by this cowardly and barbaric attack. On the contrary, this issue is of primary importance and must be clarified in particular by those who have a competent opinion about the Law, since their duty is to serve it.
2. This inexcusable attack is taking place in flagrant violation of articles 1 and 2 of the United Nations Charter, which expressly prohibits the use of violence in international relations, and designates the Security Council (article 41 ff.) exclusively competent in international crises. According to these provisions, but also to the generally recognised precepts of international law, there is no room for self-appointed crisis managers, nor is it permitted, on any pretext whatsoever, for third countries to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.
3. But this attack even violates the NATO Charter, the exclusive purpose of which is collective defence of the area defined therein that coincides with the boundaries of its member states, and which has expressly committed itself in its international relations to refrain from the threat or use of violence in any way whatsoever that is incompatible with the principles and purposes of the UN (article 1). That is, by its own Charter, NATO has been placed under the rule of the UN Charter. And it could not have been otherwise, since no international organisation or alliance can be placed above the United Nations.
4. In addition, both the United Nations Charter and all generally recognised precepts of international law safeguard the equality and sovereignty of all peoples, irrespective of their numbers and power, and do not recognise any jurisdiction on the part of powerful nations to intervene in the internal affairs of weaker nations or to dictate solutions to their own liking. Consequently, however serious the crisis in Kosovo may be, it remains an internal Yugoslav affair and belongs to the exclusive jurisdiction of the sovereign Yugoslav state. Any humanitarian or other interest on the part of the UN, other international organisations or third countries may be manifested only in a peaceful way and by diplomatic means within the context of the UN Charter.
5. And, in this case, the United Nations, respecting these restrictions, remained within its jurisdiction, recommending to the lawful government of Yugoslavia that they fulfil their obligations (Security Council resolutions No 1160/31.3.1998 and 1199/23.9.1998). But behind the scenes, the NATO military alliance appeared in a self-appointed role, and without having - nor could it have had - any competence to become involved in this matter, having first dictated an insolent ultimatum disputing the very sovereignty of Yugoslavia, then launched an aggressive war against this state, demanding that it conform to NATO demands. This attack is accompanied by the revival of dark propaganda that attempts to exploit the misery of the refugees to draw public attention away from the violation of international law.
6. The legal significance of these actions should not be concealed nor underestimated. By their armed attack, the NATO countries are committing the following international crimes, in accordance with the charter being drafted for the International Criminal Court, which refers to the Geneva Conventions dated 12 August 1949 (UN Doc. A/CONF/183/9) and in particular: a) the crime of waging an offensive war, with the violent destruction of human life, cultural monuments and entire settlements, b) the crime of genocide by the deliberate destruction of the infrastructure of the Serbian community and the creation in it of conditions that lead to its physical annihilation, and c) the crime of ecological destruction by the use of military technology that causes damage to people's health and to the natural environment, a crime also committed against third countries to which deadly pollution is carried.
7. During the recent Washington summit, the leadership of the attacking NATO countries tried to amend the provisions of its Charter to make it autonomous in continuing the attack on Yugoslavia, and also with regard to its plans for the future in carrying out so-called peace-making and humanitarian interventions under the pretext of «crisis management»! It tried in vain. The only valid crisis management, according to international law, remains as ever the UN. And no other organisation that is by definition inferior to it can remove or usurp this role. NATO cannot abolish international law nor can it produce new, generally recognised precepts of international legality. Its new Charter affects only the governments that signed it. And even if it is ratified by the national Parliaments of its member states, it will declare the intentions of just 19 out of a total of 158 states on the planet. The remaining states will not tolerate the falsification or mockery of international law. They reject the theory that might is right, whether overt or disguised. And small states like Greece will be in danger if they relinquish rights which have been undisputed for centuries. The truth is that NATO's attack on Yugoslavia inaugurates a period of lawlessness in international relations. We are returning to the era of the Holy Alliance and the Axis, against which humanity, and the Greeks in particular, fought with such great sacrifices.
8. Having become involved in this crisis Greece has no option other than to do what its culture and Constitution dictate, namely to follow the generally recognised precepts of international law, to seek the consolidation of peace, and to use its armed forces only for defensive purposes (article 2 para 2 and article 4 para 6 of the Constitution). In the light of these provisions of the Constitution of the Hellenic State and the provisions of the United Nations Charter, it is possible to interpret the provisions of articles 27 para 2 and 28 para 3 of the Constitution, which after a special law is passed, make it possible for foreign troops to sojourn in or travel across the Hellenic State or for national sovereignty to be restricted. These provisions could, however, be implemented only with respect to the participation of Greece in a defensive war, and not to facilitate an attack against a third state. Consequently, the involvement of Greece in this on-going war against Yugoslavia cannot be decided upon even by law because such a law would be totally unconstitutional.
Near-assassination of Senate critic?
Further, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Readiness Committee, came back from Yugoslavia and told the press:
"I interviewed some of these refugees two days ago. When I interviewed the refugees, I found some things to be tremendously interesting. They all said the same thing: In fact, they didn't have any problems until the [NATO] bombing started." ( http://www.senate.gov/~inhofe/f1042699.html - April 29, 1999)
Two weeks later, Inhofe narrowly survived what he - and others close to him - felt was an assassination attempt to silence his criticism of the Clinton administration.
A pilot with 41 years' experience, he had taken off from Ketchum, Oklahoma, where he kept his pride and joy, a 1979 Grumman Tiger. He had been in the air only ten minutes when "I noticed a vibration," he said, then heard a pop as the propeller dropped off. The plane became tail heavy and he struggled to keep it under control. "I wasn't sure I could make it," said the experienced, commercially-rated pilot, who was enroute from northeastern Oklahoma to Oklahoma City where he was to meet Clinton. Clinton was touring the tornado-ravaged parts of central Oklahoma. Inhofe was alone in the plane.
He said he glided for about eight miles before landing at Claremore Airport, where the plane was damaged on landing. Inhofe was not injured, but according to his press secretary Danny Finnerty, the FBI was asked to investigate because "propellers don't just fly off airplanes every day."
Inhofe was always careful to inspect his own plane and suspected sabotage. Nothing more was ever heard from the FBI, but Inhofe "got the message" just as other high-profile Clinton critics either "got the message" or ended up dead.
The Inhofe case bears some resemblance to that of labor leader Walter Reuther, who died in a plane crash in 1970. Reuther, a co-founder of the United Auto Workers, was an outspoken critic of the war in Vietnam and Cambodia and he despised then-President Richard Nixon. Today, 30 years after his death, the FBI still refuses to release nearly 200 pages of documents in its possession regarding that crash.
The Secret Agenda of War in the New Millenium
Like most Americans, I swallowed the news media line from Yugoslavia hook, line and sinker. I had seen some opposing viewpoints in right-wing publications such as The Spotlight, but didn't take them seriously. The television footage of mass graves seemed convincing enough to overwhelm any shrill cries to the contrary.
There is no doubt about Molosevic's cruelty and corruption, but if that alone were reason for a foreign army to overthrow him, there would probably not be a government standing anywhere on the planet. Arrested for "war crimes", Milosevic's case has been virtually shut out of the U.S. media, especially his allegations that in fighting the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) he was fighting terrorists - exactly as George W. Bush is doing against the Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
No, the secret agenda of our NATO incursion into Yugoslavia closely parallels what is happening today in Afghanistan and South Central Asia. The five issues of oil, drugs, Russian containment, a global police state and entrenchment of a New World Order army are all closely intertwined in both instances, and in many others. One cannot be considered without also considering the others.
A Closer Look at the Kosovo Liberation Army
As recently as 1997, the U.S. State Department classified the KLA as a terrorist organization. It was illegal for U.S. citizens to send contributions to this group, which according to Interpol is a major player in the European heroin trade. Within a year, the KLA had been miraculously transformed from terrorists to heroes.
Throughout the 1990s, the Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was used by the CIA as a go-between to channel weapons and Mujahideen mercenaries to the Bosnian Muslim Army in Yugoslavia's civil war.
According to a report of the London-based International Media Corporation:
"Reliable sources report that the United States is now  actively participating in the arming and training of the Muslim forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina in direct contravention of the United Nations accords. US agencies have been providing weapons made in ... China (PRC), North Korea (DPRK) and Iran. The sources indicated that ... Iran, with the knowledge and agreement of the US Government, supplied the Bosnian forces with a large number of multiple rocket launchers and a large quantity of ammunition. These included 107mm and 122mm rockets from the PRC, and VBR-230 multiple rocket launchers ... made in Iran. ... It was [also] reported that 400 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (Pasdaran) arrived in Bosnia with a large supply of arms and ammunition. It was alleged that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had full knowledge of the operation and that the CIA believed that some of the 400 had been detached for future terrorist operations in Western Europe.
During September and October , there has been a stream of "Afghan" Mujahedin ... covertly landed in Ploce, Croatia (South-West of Mostar) from where they have traveled with false papers ... before deploying with the Bosnian Muslim forces in the Kupres, Zenica and Banja Luka areas. These forces have recently [late 1994] experienced a significant degree of military success. They have, according to sources in Sarajevo, been aided by the UNPROFOR Bangladesh battalion, which took over from a French battalion early in September .
The Mujahedin landing at Ploce are reported to have been accompanied by US Special Forces equipped with high-tech communications equipment, ... The sources said that the mission of the US troops was to establish a command, control, communications and intelligence network to coordinate and support Bosnian Muslim offensives -- in concert with Mujahideen and Bosnian Croat forces -- in Kupres, Zenica and Banja Luka. Some offensives have recently been conducted from within the UN-established safe-havens in the Zenica and Banja Luka regions.
The US Administration has not restricted its involvement to the clandestine contravention of the UN arms embargo on the region ... It [also] committed three high-ranking delegations over the past two years [prior to 1994] in failed attempts to bring the Yugoslav Government into line with US policy. Yugoslavia is the only state in the region to have failed to acquiesce to US pressure. (International Media Corporation Defense and Strategic Policy, US Commits Forces, Weapons to Bosnia, London, 31 October 1994)
The Day the American Legion Became Pacifist
While one might find it easy to dismiss the claims of anti-war protestors of the left, concern has been expressed by the conservative elements of U.S. politics as well. Even the American Legion with its 800,000 members - certainly no "left wing pacifist" organization - expressed extreme displeasure with Clinton's plans for Yugoslavia.
"We believe the best thing we can do to support our troops, to protect our troops, is to bring them home," said Harold L. ''Butch'' Miller, national commander of major veterans organization.
"We believe we are getting into a bad situation in Kosovo."
The Legion's national executive committee unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday calling for all U.S. soldiers, pilots and support staff to be removed from the region. The statement said the NATO attacks "could only lead to troops being killed, wounded or captured without advancing any clear purpose, mission or objective."
For those who puzzle over the American Legion Halls that dominate small town America (there's an active one a two minute walk from my home), the Legion was founded in 1919 after World War I as a veteran's mutual support group, but immediately took on an aggressive "anti-Bolshevik" stance.
The founders originally considered becoming an armed paramilitary force to help suppress dissent and pioneer members organized raids in many cities, burned literature, confiscated membership lists and had the leaders of many "radical" groups arrested *.
Ultimately, the Legion settled into the more low key role of an unarmed volunteer intelligence and propaganda auxiliary for the military. Part of their function has been to wave the flag for every US military operation, good, bad or indifferent.
That the Legion has refused to salute this war is a first and an encouraging sign that common sense, if not decency, is asserting itself in spite of the Pentagon-CNN barrage.
This must be the first time that the American Legion and the International Action Center have agreed on anything.
* Army Surveillance in America, 1775-1980. Jensen, Joan. Yale University Press, 1991. ( http://brasscheck.com/yugoslavia/directory/50799a.html)
GOP exposes the Clinton-bin Laden Kosovo lie
It was the Republican Party which largely confirmed the CIA-KLA-bin Laden links, in a 1997 report issued by the Republican Party Committee, which accuses the Clinton administration of having "helped turned Bosnia into a militant Islamic base" leading to the recruitment through the so-called "Militant Islamic Network," of thousands of Mujahideen from the Muslim world:
Perhaps most threatening to the SFOR mission - and more importantly, to the safety of the American personnel serving in Bosnia - is the unwillingness of the Clinton Administration to come clean with the Congress and with the American people about its complicity in the delivery of weapons from Iran to the Muslim government in Sarajevo. That policy, personally approved by Bill Clinton in April 1994 at the urging of CIA Director-designate (and then-NSC chief) Anthony Lake and the U.S. ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith, has, according to the Los Angeles Times (citing classified intelligence community sources), "played a central role in the dramatic increase in Iranian influence in Bosnia.
Along with the weapons, Iranian Revolutionary Guards and VEVAK intelligence operatives entered Bosnia in large numbers, along with thousands of mujahedin ("holy warriors") from across the Muslim world. Also engaged in the effort were several other Muslim countries (including Brunei, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Turkey) and a number of radical Muslim organizations. For example, the role of one Sudan-based "humanitarian organization," called the Third World Relief Agency, has been well documented. The Clinton Administration's "hands-on" involvement with the Islamic network's arms pipeline included inspections of missiles from Iran by U.S. government officials... the Third World Relief Agency (TWRA), a Sudan-based, phoney humanitarian organization ... has been a major link in the arms pipeline to Bosnia. ... TWRA is believed to be connected with such fixtures of the Islamic terror network as Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (the convicted mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing) and Osama Bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi émigré believed to bankroll numerous militant groups. [Washington Post, 9/22/96] (Congressional Press Release, Republican Party Committee (RPC), US Congress, Clinton-Approved Iranian Arms Transfers Help Turn Bosnia into Militant Islamic Base, 16 January 1997, available on the website of the Centre of Research (CRG) at http://globalresearch.ca/articles/DCH109A.html. The original document is on the website of the US Senate Republican Party Committee (Senator Larry Craig), at http://www.senate.gov/~rpc/releases/1997/iran.htm)
Why Sex Beats War Every Time
At the time, Clinton was become mired deeper and deeper in the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Republicans did not want to distract attention from that with an "Iran-Bosniagate" affair." The sex scandal was something the American public could grasp far easier than the complexities of the Balkans.
Democrats and Republicans had been heavily involved in the more substantive lies regarding drug running and covert operations in the Balkans and were no doubt pressured by the Pentagon and CIA "not to spill the beans."
The "Bosnian pattern" was repeated in Kosovo with the complicity of NATO and the US State Department. Islamic militants from the Middle East and Afghanistan were pouring into Kosovo - recruited by the CIA and Osama bin Laden - in 1998-99 to support the NATO agenda.
This has been confirmed by British intelligence sources, who reported that the task of arming and training the KLA had been entrusted in 1998 to the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Britain's Secret Intelligence Services MI6, together with "former and serving members of 22 SAS [Britain's 22nd Special Air Services Regiment], as well as three British and American private security companies." (The Scotsman, Glasgow, 29 August 1999).
The US DIA approached MI6 to arrange a training programme for the KLA, said a senior British military source. `MI6 then sub-contracted the operation to two British security companies, who in turn approached a number of former members of the (22 SAS) regiment. Lists were then drawn up of weapons and equipment needed by the KLA.' While these covert operations were continuing, serving members of 22 SAS Regiment, mostly from the unit's D Squadron, were first deployed in Kosovo before the beginning of the bombing campaign in March. (Ibid)
While British SAS Special Forces in bases in Northern Albania were training the KLA, military instructors from Turkey and Afghanistan financed by the "Islamic jihad" were collaborating in training the KLA in guerilla and diversion tactics.(Truth in Media, Kosovo in Crisis, Phoenix, Arizona, 2 April 1999)
Bin Laden had visited Albania himself. He was one of several fundamentalist groups that had sent units to fight in Kosovo, ... Bin Laden is believed to have established an operation in Albania in 1994 ... Albanian sources say Sali Berisha, who was then president, had links with some groups that later proved to be extreme fundamentalists. (Sunday Times, London, 29 November 1998)
According to Frank Ciluffo of the Globalized Organised Crime Program, in testimony presented to the House of Representatives Judicial Committee:
What was largely hidden from public view was the fact that the KLA raise part of their funds from the sale of narcotics. Albania and Kosovo lie at the heart of the "Balkan Route" that links the "Golden Crescent" of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the drug markets of Europe. This route is worth an estimated $400 billion a year and handles 80 percent of heroin destined for Europe. (US Congress, Testimony of Frank J. Cillufo, Deputy Director, Global Organized Crime,Program director to the House Judiciary Committee, 13 December 2000)
According to Ralf Mutschke of Interpol's Criminal Intelligence division also in testimony to the House Judicial Committee:
The U.S. State Department listed the KLA as a terrorist organization, indicating that it was financing its operations with money from the international heroin trade and loans from Islamic countries and individuals, among them allegedly Usama bin Laden" . Another link to bin Laden is the fact that the brother of a leader in an Egyptian Jihad organization and also a military commander of Usama bin Laden, was leading an elite KLA unit during the Kosovo conflict. (US Congress, Testimony of Ralph Mutschke of Interpol's Criminal Intelligence Division, to the House Judicial Committee, 13 December 2000)
Even though the evidence was clear that the United States was in bed with an Islamic terrorist organization funded by heroin trafficking, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright convinced the Clinton administration to ignore this. The KLA served US purposes and, she felt, could be manipulated and controlled so as to minimize any threat of "blowback," a term used to describe US intelligence or military assets that later turn on the United States.
Slobodan Milosevic, on October 29, 2001 told the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague that the Clinton administration asked his help in tracking down bin Laden for the US embassy bombings.
"The previous American administration knew that bin Laden was in Albania two years after he blew up their embassies and they discussed these facts with me and my associates."
Albanian authorities have repeatedly denied foreign media reports that Osama bin Laden had visited in recent years. On Sept. 21, Joseph Limprecht, US ambassador to Albania, said the US government had no such reports and he commended Albania for expelling Islamic extremists." (Associated Press - "Milosevic: bin Laden was in Albania" by Anthony Deutsch 30 Oct. 2001)
Further evidence of US deception on its relationship with bin Laden in Albania comes from the Washington Times, exactly one week after 9-11, in an article by Bill Gertz Sept. 18 entitled "Hijackers connected to Albanian terrorist cell."
"US intelligence officials are investigating ties between the terrorists who carried out suicide airliner attacks and associates of Osama bin Laden based in Albania.
"The connections were described as support for the terrorist operation to hijack US commercial jetliners and crash them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, according to US intelligence officials. No further details of the support could be learned."
Since the mid-1990s, Gertz wrote, "bin Laden associates have been based in Tirana, Albania's capital, as well as in at least two other towns in the small, formerly communist nation, US officials said", in direct contradiction to Ambassador Limprecht's denial just days earlier.
"Intelligence officials said there are reports that KLA members have been trained at bin Laden training camps in Afghanistan. ... According to US officials, bin Laden gained a foothold in Albania in 1994 by portraying himself to the government there was a wealthy Saudi national who was in charge of a humanitarian agency that could help Albania.
"Albanian intelligence believes terrorists have benefited from the theft of some 1,000 blank Albanian passports that were stolen during riots in 1997, according to a 1998 report in the London Sunday Telegraph."
"'Bin Laden's group has a network in Albania,' said former CIA counter-terrorism official Vince Cannistraro. 'This looks like the support operation [for the US attacks] was worldwide,' he said of reports of the Albanian connection." (Ibid)
In early 1994, the CIA and DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) worked with Iran to ship weapons from Iran, China and North Korea to the KLA. Some 400 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard arrived in Bosnia with a large supply of arms and ammunition, with full knowledge of the CIA. Many of those 400 Iranians were enroute to Western Europe for future terrorist operations there. (Sunday Times, London, 29 November 1998)
For more specific information, see the timeline on Osama bin Laden's activities elsewhere in this book. (See 1994 and Late 1997-early 1998).
While this may have been a secret kept from the American public, it was no secret to those in the House and Senate, who knew full well that, by its actions, the U.S. was in fact a sponsor of the very state terrorism we would publicly and piously condemn in the days after September 11, 2001.
"We connected ourselves [in 1998-99] with the KLA, which was the staging point for bin Laden," admitted Rep. John Kasich (R) of the House Armed Services Committee. (US Congress, Transcripts of the House Armed Services Committee, 5 October 1999)
Why terrorism equals 'American values' - Joe Lieberman
That same year, Senator Joe Lieberman, who would go on to become Al Gore, Jr.'s running mate, boldly proclaimed: "Fighting for the KLA is fighting for human rights and American values." He found it quite convenient to reverse his position depending on how the political winds would blow when in the hours following the October 7 missile attacks on Afghanistan, he called for punitive air strikes against Iraq, claiming "We're in a war against terrorism... We can't stop with bin Laden and the Taliban."
Lieberman, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, had full access to all the Congressional evidence of our "KLA-Osama" terrorist links and was fully aware that in the whole Balkan quagmire, the US and NATO were supporting - not fighting - international terrorism ... when it served our own purposes.
The KLA was not concerned about the plight of Albanian refugees and, in fact, was the cause of a third of the Albanian refugee movements as those refugees fled their homes.
The International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA) sent a fact-finding mission to Yugoslavia April 18-21, 1999. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ), an ISSA Life Member and chairman of the House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare (and member of the House Armed Services Committee; and vice-chairman of the Joint House-Senate Economic Committee) was part of that mission, which reported that at least one-third of all Albanian refugees fleeing deeper into Yugoslavia were doing so to avoid the KLA - not Milosevic's forces.
NATO was, according to that same report, using KLA intelligence for planning its air strikes, which may explain the two "accidental" bombings of Albanian civilians. ( http://www.strategicstudies.org/conflict/kosovo.htm).
A surprisingly large amount of evidence exists that civilians were deliberately targeted by KLA-NATO attacks so that the blame could be instead placed on Milosevic. This would provide the basis for the propaganda needed to win American public support to "put an end to the Milosevic atrocities."
When undeniable evidence surfaced that the civilians were being slaughtered not by Milosevic, but by NATO, we simply shrugged our shoulders and excused it as "the sort of things that happen in war."
A Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness
This deception did not set well with Walter J. Rockler, who was a former prosecutor in the Nuremberg war crimes trials of Hitler's Nazi lieutenants. He felt compelled to publicly protest, which he did in a letter in the Chicago Sun Times in May 1999:
Letter by Walter J. Rockler, Former prosecutor, Nuremberg war crimes trials
As the bombs, smart and dumb, fall ceaselessly on Serbs, Montenegrins and sometimes Albanians, on bridges, waterworks, electric generation plants and factories, and on trains, trucks and homes, the remorseless crusade for "humanitarianism" presses forward to the applause of journalistic and academic shills. To paraphrase the Roman historian Tacitus*, we are busy creating a desert, which we can then call peace.
For the United States, alias "NATO," the planning and launching of this war by the president heightens the abuse and undermining of warmaking authority under the Constitution. (It seems to be accepted that the president can order his personal army to attack any country he pleases.) The bombing war also violates and shreds the basic provisions of the United Nations Charter and other conventions and treaties; the attack on Yugoslavia constitutes the most brazen international aggression since the Nazis attacked Poland to prevent "Polish atrocities" against Germans. The United States has discarded pretensions to international legality and decency, and embarked on a course of raw imperialism run amok.
Our alleged concern with human rights borders on the ludicrous. We dropped twice as many bombs on Vietnam as all the countries involved in World War II dropped on each other. We killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in the course of that war. Very recently, in Central America, we sponsored, trained and endorsed the local armies--Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Nicaraguan Contras--in the killing of at least 200,000 people. We encouraged the Pinochet coup in Chile with the resulting killing of another few thousand or so people, including the democratically elected president. We saw nothing wrong with the Croat slaughter and expulsion of 200,000 Serbs from the Krajina area. We have taken very little stand on the monumental slaughters of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people in Africa. We have restrained the Iraqis from attacking Kurds but see nothing amiss in Turks attacking Kurds. We cannot even agree to abandon the use of land mines.
In reality when we, the self-anointed rulers of this planet, issue an ultimatum to another country, it is "surrender or die." To maintain our "credibility," we must crush any semblance of resistance to our dictates to that country.
*EDITOR'S NOTE: The quote: "The Romans make a desert and call it peace," is from Galgacus, a Caledonian chieftain, in a speech to his army before meeting the Romans in battle in 86 AD. It's cited in Tacitus' "Life of Agricola."
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