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The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

A CREATION AND INSTRUMENT OF NATO

There is an ugly, dirty spot on the face of Europe. It is a sort of cancer, regrettably still very much cherished by the official European Union (EU) and its parliament, by NATO and the USA (especially by the former Clinton's administration). It is the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the ICTY, that started its official wretched, existence in May 1993. Its hypocrisy and biased, lawless and unfair activities, as well as a very selective justice, made out of it, in its present form, a kangaroo court. The events during the last 10 years in Yugoslavia have proved it.

Many hundreds of years ago, Saint Augustine (354-430) said that a state without law was a den of bandits. In a similar way one could say that a court without justice is a den of rogues. It is just to punish various war crimes, but it is criminal to organize a selective, onesided, biased justice in the hope that the world is stupid enough to swallow anything that the US/NATO/EU propaganda machine fabricated.

The creation of the ICTY as a subsidiary of the UN Security Council was legally very doubtful from its very beginning. Among the first to head the preparatory work for the ICTY was an honest Dutch professor of law Fritz Kalshoven who soon resigned, obviously because he realized that shameless frauds and frame-ups were being concocted, under a severe pressure by Clinton's administration. It is sad to realize that the so-called “free world” has been led and informed during the last 10 (1991-2000) by a gang of disinformers, even overt liars.

The first violation of justice occured when the data were collected for the ICTY, about the crimes perpetrated in Yugoslavia during the civil-ethnic-religious war, where nobody was quite innocent. A devout Muslim from Egypt, a professor at De Paul University (Chicago, USA) “Sharif” M. Bassiouni was picked up (by whom ?) to prepare the data base for the ICTY (murder, torture, plunder, rape, etc.) and to publish his findings. But, alas, in a huge annex of his report, he practically omitted the well documented Serbian reports about the crimes perpetrated against them. And so the ICTY obtained only the data describing the Serbian real and alleged war crimes, without any attempt to evaluate their credibility or truthfulness. The Serbian data about the Croat and Muslim crimes had been sent to professor Bassiouni three times, one even as a diplomatic mail, but he omitted them somehow, just left them out.

Milivoje Ivanisevic, a Serb academic, from the north-eastern Bosnia, collected in his book “The Chronicle of Our Cemetery” (Belgrade, 1994) a vast quantity of data about the mass murder, ethnic cleansing, torture, plunder, etc., carried out by the Muslim extremists and their collaborators (1992-93) at Bratunac, Milici, Skelani and Srefarenica — until 1991 the latter had almost 30% of Serb inhabitants, in 1995 none. Detailed lists of the murdered (about 1000) , of their killers, of the property plundered, were given to the Crimes Investigators of the ICTY but nothing happened, nobody was indicted. And so, as an example par excellance, Nasir Oric, the war criminal, the commander of the Muslim garrison (the 28th division) in the allegedly “demilitarized” (sic!) Srebrenica is free and well-off, in his disco club in Tuzla, where are so many Americans, regardless of the fact that his troops devastated up to 100 Serbian villages in Eastern Bosnia, killing about 1200 civilians. A member of the Bosnian parliament for Izetbegovic's SDA party, in an article the reign of terror in Srebrenica, as organized by Nasir Oric (Slobodna Bosna, July 14, 1996).

When in September 1993 the Croatian army, its 9th brigade, supported by many foreign mercenaries, overran and completely destroyed the Serbian villages Medak, Citluk and Divoselo in the UN protected “pink zone” of Krajina, killing about 100 unprotected civilians (the French “protectors” fled), the event was described in detail by the high UN representative Cedrin Thornberry. “The UN dossiers, with their voluminous evidence, have been given to the Crimes Investigators (of the ICTY) on October 6, 1993,.. Since then there has been nothing but silence” (Foreign Policy, Fall 1996). In that war crime a prominent role was played by Agim Ceku, an Albanian officer who defected from earlier the former Yugoslav Army. He was promoted to general after the Medak massacre by the late Croatian president Franjo Tudjman. Later, in 1999, Ceku commanded the Albanian KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army, UCK) terrorists in Kosovo, and became later the boss, of the armed “Kosovo Protection Corps” the MTK, the new form of the KLA. According to press reports, he is on the list of war criminals of the ICTY, allegedly on the payroll of UN, as commander of the MTK. The ICTY did not care about the above so far.

In early September 1991 the Croatian army and police assassinated about 100 Serbs in the area of Gospic in Croatia. A special “liquidation squad” called the “Autumn Rains” did it. Its leading men were Tomislav Mercep (notoriously known for crimes against the Serbs in the Eastern Slavonia, in the area of Vukovar, Borovo) and Mirko Norac, later the youngest Croatian general (at 34), known for his war crimes and wanted even by the Croatian authorities (january-february 2001) in connection with the mass murder of Serbs in Croatia. This crying shame was never mentioned by the ICTY. The last fall (2000), Ms. Carla del Ponte, the latest prosecutor general of the ICTY, visited Gospic and Zagreb.

One could have expected that she would indict him and try to get the extradition of Mirko Norac for his war crimes, as well as of some of hiscollaborators, e.g., Tihomir Oreskovic, one of the most notorious killers of Serbs in the Gospic district (1991) — but just the opposite happened. Norac surrendered himself and was arrested, immediately after the ICTY informed the Croatian authorities (Feb. 21, 2001) that it would not prosecute Norac (DPA). — “Norac is not on the list of persons, prosecuted by the Tribunal, and his case will n o t be transferred to The Hague”, said Carla del Ponte, to strengthen the utter hypocrisy of the ICTY. The above killers organized murder of up to 100 Serbs and some pro-Yugoslav Croats in the Gospic area, mostly “teachers, judges, doctors. Before he started his bloodstained carrer, before he became a member of a special police unit, Mirko Norac had been a waiter. His military carrer was really staggering: in less than 10 years, he was made from a waiter a general. He was a protege of the late Croatian Defence Secretary Gojko Susak. A Croatian ex-intelligence officer Mr. Milan Levar, who had testified against him, was killed last year (2000) when a bomb exploded in his house at Gospic.

The ICTY has issued repeated warrants for arrest of three officers of the Yugoslav Army, asking their extradition from Belgrade, for alleged war crimes against the Croatian civilians in autumn 1991 during fighting around Vukovar. But the ICTY did not mention a single time the well documented war crimes perpetrated by the Croatian National Guard Corps (ZNG) and the paramilitaries in spring and summer 1991 in the Vukovar area, in Borovo and in Borovo Naselje, where many (!) hundreds of Serbs had been tortured and killed. The leading Croatian officials Tomislav Mercep, Branimir Glavas (commander of the notorious “Black Legion”), even Vladimir Seks took a leading part in it, together with many local killers. As an utter hypocrisy, the visiting members of the European parliament (Febr. 10, 2001) strongly requested in Belgrade the extradition of the above mentioned three officers, without mentioning the war crimes by the Croatian paramilitaries and police. Probably the EU parliamentarians did not know about those crimes, because nobody had told them and so their ignorance created the above arrogance. Some EU officials and the ICTY started even to blackmail the new Yugoslav government, connecting the extradition of the alleged war criminals with the economic aid to the country, devastated by the US/NATO aggression, approved by the EU. How is it possible that a real war criminal, Javier Solana (see the resolutions of the three Tribunals in Kiyev, Berlin, New York, in may and June 2000) is among the top ranking EU officials? Wasn't it Mr. Solana who “pressed the button” oh March 24, 1999, that started the criminal NATO aggression against Yugoslavia?

Ms. Louise Arbour, the second prosecutor general of the ICTY, visited Sarajevo in autumn 1997. At that time it was full of appalling details about the mass murder of Serbs during 1992-93, a part of whom had been thrown into deep mountain pits KAZANI, near Sarajevo. The crimes were described in an independent Sarajevo journal DANI (Nov. 7, 1997), and by the International Herald Tribune (8-9 Nov., 1997). The latter estimated that 1000 to 2000 Serbs had been robbed and brutally killed. Even a detailed list of 51 killers was published, most of them belonged to the 10th Muslim mountain brigade, including their commander Musan Topalovic-Caco and the boss of another gang of thugs Izmet-Bajramovic-Celo. The ICTY authorities had been informed about those crimes by officials of Republika Srpska in Pale. But the ICTY remained silent, nobody was indicted, regardless of the well documented evidence of murder, robbery, torture.

After leaving her post in The Hague in 1999, the ICTY “inquisitor” Ms. Louise Arbour was rewarded for her obedience, submissivenes to her US/NATO bosses. She became a member of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The expulsions, robbery, ethnic cleansing, even murder of the Serbs living for many centuries in Croatia started even before its official secession on June 25, 1991. As an example, two “Crystal Nights” must be mentioned, resembling the beginning of the Nazi pogroms against Jews, the original “Crystal Night” (on Nov. 9, 1938). On the eve of May 1, 1991, the anti-Serb hysteria, organized by Mr. Tudjman's party (HDZ) and the ustasha (Croat fascists during the Second World War) diaspora mobilized chauvinistic Croatian mobs in Zadar. They robbed, vandalized and burned Serbian shops, restaurants, private homes. The same was repeated on May 3 in Sibenik and in other localities of Dalmatia. Many Serbian houses were dynamited. Croatian punishment expeditions bursted into many villages, looting, even killing. There was no mention of it in any ICTY report, nobody was indicted.

At the beginning of 1996 the Muslim authorities kidnapped in Sarajevo (where they had been officially) two high ranking officers of the Republika Srpska, general Djukic and colonel Krsmanovic. There was no official warrant issued. The prosecutor general of the ICTY at that time Richard Goldstone ordered their immediate transfer to the prison in The Hague. After many weeks of interrogations, they were released. A few days after his release, general Djukic died, he was in a terminal stage of cancer. His family complained that he had, while in prison, no proper treatment, no proper diet... A well known Dutch professor of the international law Theo van Boven stated at that time that the kidnapping of both officers lacked any legal justification and that it was at odds with various conventions on human rights. Mr. Goldstone was not authorized to behave like that. A real danger always existed, professor Boven thought, that the ICTY would become a prolonged arm of American interests.

When in may 1995 the Croatian army, well armed and equipped by Germany, the USA, Argentina, etc., in spite of the existing arms embargo and armistice agreement overran the Western Slavonia (a part of the Serbian Krajina), plundering, killing (reports said many hundreds) and burning everything, destroying many villages, expelling over 20,000 (30,000) Serbs, the ICTY did not take any action. But when Mr. M. Martic, president of the Serbian Krajina ordered firing of a few rockets on Zagreb (there were 5 dead and a dozen or so wounded), the ICTY declared immediately that Mr. Martic was a war criminal. What a hypocrisy!

But the most flagrant hypocrisy of the ICTY became evident during the Croatian army offensive called THE STORM, in august 1995 that expelled over 200,000 Serbs from their ancient homes in Krajina and massacred intentionally hundreds of them. The Croatian army was very well equipped during the arms embargo by Germany (huge quantities of arms, including tanks, helicopters, planes from the former East German army), the USA, Argentina, etc. The planning of the “Storm” was done by hired American “dogs of war”, the retired mercenary generals from the MPRI (Military Professional Resources, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia). The ICTY remained absolutely silent, no outcries came from it. But the ICTY panicked, when its former employee made public in the New York Times (March 21, 1999) that the ICTY had been well informed about the carnage in Krajina by the Croatian army and special police, but did not act accordingly, did not charge the perpetrators. Three Croatian generals Ante Gotovina, Ivan Korada, and Ivan Cermak, under whose orders all that happened, were never indicted. Neither was the Croatian president F. Tudjman branded as a war criminal. Serbia, and Republica Srpska in Bosnia, flooded by refugees, did not get a dime from the organizers of that blood bath (the USA, Germany). Anybody who travelled through Krajina by car during the last 5-6 years had the opportunity to see the incredible devastations, the barbarism of the West that sponsored it.

Three explosions in Sarajevo, thanks to the mendacity and false evidence of the western leaders and media, of the Muslim and Croat authorities, caused irreparable damages to the Serbs. It was “the breadline massacre” (May 27, 1992), “Markale I massacre” (Feb. 5, 1994), and “Markale II massacre” (Aug. 27,1995), with over 100 dead and much over 300 wounded. Without any proper proof, the Bosnian Serbs, were immediately blamed for all the carnage by the West, parroted hysterically by the Muslim and Croat officials, media. But very soon the available evidence, including the Western sources, proved that all three explosions and massacres of their own people had been masterminded by the Muslim authorities in Sarajevo — and that Markale II was prepared in collaboration with some unnamed western secret services, to compel and authorise NATO to destroy the facilities of the Bosnian Serb Army, the infrastructure of the Republika Srpska, and to become de facto an ally of Muslims and Croats. The original outcry after the explosions from the ICTY was, overwhelming, the western politicians, naturally including Mrs. Albright, and media created an atmosphere of hysteria. But, when it was shown later that the massacres had been prepared by the Muslim authorities themselves, the West (and the ICTY) remained silent. Neither Mr. Alija Izetbegovic, nor his generals were indicted, nor the NATO commander whose orders meant the death and destruction in the Republika Srpska, the use of the murderous DU (depleted uranium) bombs.

Another case of western fabrications and hysteria, of an ICTY hypocrisy was the case of Srebrenica. The very inflated numbers of the alleged victims (8-12,000), of the disappeared Muslim civilians and military (feared dead), the huge discrepancies among various figures have never been substantiated. There was severe fighting around Srebrenica, with losses among civilians, there were many military casualties on both sides — the Serbian sources put their losses at 1200 dead, with over 2000 dead Muslims. But it was no genocide as the wild reports of the western media and politicians, including Mrs. Albright and the ICTY, the Muslims tried to describe. The reports by many members of the Dutchbat, stationed at Srebrenica, are quite realistic about it. The western (including the ICTY) and the Muslim disinformers are beginning now to believe in their own fabrications, because they repeated them so many times. Hitler's minister for propaganda Mr. J. Goebbels would be enthusiasted... The ICTY never charged the Muslim army and paramilitaries for their crimes against so many Serbian villages around Srebrenica. ...The excellent book by J. Elsasser “The War Crimes” (Konkret, Hamburg, 2000) gives a perfect overview about the “myth” of Srebrenica, about the Racak “affair”. The case of Srebrenica was one of the master fabrications of the ICTY during its indictment and trial in absentia of the Serbian leader in Bosnia, Dr. Radovan Karadzic and general Ratko Mladic. Among the 19 charges against the leaders of US/NATO by the Tribunal in New York (June 10, 2000),there was the important charge No.14, that the illegal ad hoc tribunal (ICTY) was established with intention to destroy and demonize the Serb leaders. The western politicians, media, and their obedient USA/NATO subsidiary, the ICTY, with all its stooges, managed to increase the hatred to unprecedented levels both in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Kosovo... The expulsion of over 200,000 Serbs from Krajina could have been seen by the whole world (the western media did not show it too much), the carnage of the remaining Serbs in Krajina was confirmed by many independent observers, but it meant almost nothing to the West, while the ICTY was absolutely silent. But the controversial case of Srebrenica, with many discrepancies, unsubstantiated hearsays, represented for the western pharisees much more than the incomparably more appalling fate of the Serbs from The Serbian Republic Krajina. The western radio, TV, press and politicians almost managed to shout down the truth.

Did the ICTY indict colonel Atif Dudakoyic, commander of the 5th Muslim corps from the protected and “demilitarized” (what a farce) Bihac in the western Bosnia, when his offensive in autumn 1994, with logistic and NATO air support expelled over 20,000 Serbs, civilians, leaving behind devastated villages with many dead, until he was driven back by the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS)? The ICTY was silent again. Did the ICTY accuse anybody of “CULTURAL GENOCIDE”, when about 300,000 books written in the Cyrillic alphabet (because the Serbs read it) had been destroyed in Croatia (as in the “old, good” Hitler times) The CULTURAL GENOCIDE in Kosovo, with about 2,000,000 books in Serbian destroyed by Albanians, left the people of the ICTY absolutely without interest, without any public outcry. When during the 1998, at the height of the KLA terrorist activity in Kosovo, about 50 periodicals in the Albanian appeared there, the West, including Mr. B. Kouchner and the ICTY kept talking about a cultural apartheid in Kosovo.

At the end of december 1994, the former US president Jimmy Carter, brokered a four months armistice in Bosnia. But during february 1995 many US planes brought secretely at night a lot of arms and ammunition to the Tuzla airport. It enabled the Muslim command to break the armistice and to start an offensive on March 20, during which again Serb settlments were destroyed and many civilians killed. Neither the UN, nor the ICTY protested, nobody was indicted.

The lies and fabrications of the western politicians and media reached their climax during the US/NATO aggression against Yugoslavia, supported more or less by the EU. The ICTY tried as much as possible to justify the US/NATO crimes. But, fortunately, those lies were generally short-lived, but they are still present. To explain it, the title of an article by D. Pearl and R. Block in the Wall Street Journal (Dec. 31, 1999) may be quoted: “War in Kosovo Was Cruel, Bitter, Savage; Genocide it wasn't”, with a subtitle “Tales of Mass Atrocity Arose and Were Passed Along Often with Little Proof — No Corpses in the Mine Shaft”. It must be stressed here that the pundits of this journal were renowned for their anti-Serb attitudes. But here — they were honest. A. Cockburn published a cogent article ridiculing the western (and ICTY) fabrications “Where's the evidence of Genocide of Kosovar Albanians?” (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 29, 1999):.. Unfortunately, the western propaganda and fabrications, devised by the obedient servants of US/NATO, by the ICTY, had dire consequences for the Serbs. The US/NATO orchestrated the frame-up of Racak (Jan. 16, 1999) — They contrived there the evidence against Yugoslavia (Serbs), so that a verdict of guilty was assured. The framers had a good organizer there, the boss of the OSCE verificators in Kosovo, Mr. William Walker, a veteran of criminal interferences by the State Department in the Central America (Balkans Infos, No. 42, March 2000). All the above was immediately abused by the big “framer” Mrs M. Albright, during the farce called “the talks at Rambouillet”, that enabled her to persuade the war-mongers of the New World Order to start the criminal war of aggression against Yugoslavia. It was her “very personal war”, as her spokesman J. Rubin wrote ( The Financial Times, Sept. 30 / Oct. 1, 2000). Instead of accusing the war criminal Mrs. Albright (see the resolutions of the Tribunals in Kiyev, Berlin, New York in 2000) of starting the bloodbath, the ICTY wholeheartedly supported the US/NATO bosses. The prosecutor general Ms. Arbour, in an attempt to help them, when the public of the West started to doubt the US/NATO claims to wage a “humanitarian war” in Kosovo, Ms. Arbour accused (May 27, 1999) the Serb leaders Milosevic, Milutinovic, general Ojdanic and others, of genocide, of war crimes in Kosovo with a simple objective: to show the world that the aggression against Yugoslavia was actually an ACTION AGAINST CRIMINALS. What a fabrication, hypocrisy good for the feeble minded!.. For this dirty role of her, two internationally well known lawyers, C. Black (Canada) and E. S. Herman (USA) called Ms. L. Arbour — the war criminal not yet accused (Balkans Infos No. 42, March 2000).

There is plenty of evidence now that Racak was not a massacre of innocent civilians. The final findings by the Finnish pathologists have shown it without doubts (Berliner Zeitung, Jan. 2001). Many articles in western journals have described the appalling mendacity of many Albanians whose eyewitness accounts have been taken for granted by the West. It is well known now that the “EYEWITNESSES” have been well indoctrinated, instructed what to say by their KLA mentors. And it is sad that the ICTY took all those fabrications as an absolute reality, truth (similar “ideology” of the ICTY was applied many times when charging the alleged Serb war criminals from Bosnia). The Albanian “eyewitnesses” told the western media, politicians, US/NATO authorities, and to the ICTY — and they considered that it was a truth, that Serbs, after murdering 700 Albanians, dumped their corpses into the shafts of Trepca mines. But a special commission of the ICTY informed (Oct. 12, 1999) that absolutely no corpses had been found there (Kelly Moore). Other “eyewitnesses” told the western authorities that 350 Albanians had been killed (by the Serbs, naturally) and buried in a mass grave near Pec, at Ljubenic — only seven bodies were found, etc. etc. In connection with the Trepca mines, a “fascinating stupidity and arrogance” was published in some otherwise renowned journals. The Daily Mirror wrote (and did not apologize): “Trepca — the name will live alongside those of Belsen, Auschwitz and Treblinka.”, while the New York Times, trying to give its report even more morbid authenticity, wrote about an “unusual, pungeant, bittersweet smell... coming from Trepca...” The lies, arrogance, even a sort of stupidity of a part of the western media, of a part of its politicians, even of a part of the ICTY, is almost unbelievable. And a trump card more against, the ICTY — it refused to tell the names (the identity) of those Albanians found dead at Racak, because it would be obliged to confess that they were the KLA men.

When the Racak frame-up started, Ms. L. Arbour pushed to Kosovo, without any valid Yugoslav visa, to help her US/NATO masters. But, when the mass graves at Klecka (together with a crematorium-like facility), Glodjani, and Volujak with many murdered Serbs, Gipsies, pro-Yugoslav Albanians had been found (in 1998), she was silent. She was silent too, when the KLA terrorists killed 5 Serb children at Pec, in a cafe near their high school (Dec. 14, 1998).

All those stooges who spoke so often about genocide, ethnic clean, mass murder, perpetrated allegedly almost exclusively by one side only, never mentioned one fact. In spring 1998, when the KLA terrorists started their campaign of terror in Kosovo and Metohija (the western part of Kosovo) , the Serb Ministry of Health organized and carried out, with the help of the World Health Organization. (WHO) a mass vaccination against poliomyelitis of 100,000(!) children in Kosovo, most of whom were the Albanian children, all of that free of charge. Did the ICTY notice it?

A short-lived canard, supported especially by the German ministers R. Scharping and J. Fischer, by the western media, even by the ICTY, was the so-called HORSE-SHOE OPERATION in which the Yugoslav (Serb) army allegedly planned and started to expel, even before the NATO bombs, the Albanians from Kosovo. It was an absolute humbug, a baloney, exposed e.g.,by H. Loquai, a just retired German general, well informed about the events in the Balkans (see the already mentioned book by J. Elsasser “The War Crimes”, 2000).

It is very strange, that the ICTY never tried to accuse those who planned and prepared all the tragedy in Yugoslavia. Nobody indicted Mr. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, the German foreign minister (and a criminal against peace No. one) who compelled at Maastrich (Dec. 17, 1991) the European Community (later Union) to recognize prematurely, and illegally the independence of Slovenia and Croatia, followed later by Bosnia and Herzegovina, thus provoking the start of the civil-ethnic-religious war.

The Slovene's were considered to be pro-Yugoslav in their attitudes, especially during the kingdom of Yugoslavia. The victorious Serbia, when it agreed (1918) with the creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, helped the Slovenes to maintain their national identity, very much endangered by germanization from the north and by italianization from the south. The university of king Alexander Karageorgevich was the first university in Ljubljana. The activity of H. D. Genscher, of the German government of Mr. H. Kohl created a “bloody frontier” between the Serbs and the Slovenes. The hatred triumphed again... Why did the ICTY not indict the German government on charges that it allowed (and helped) the presence of training camps of the Albanian KLA terrorists in Germany? Nobody from the ICTY did accuse Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA, etc., because they allowed the collection of money, buying of arms and uniforms, a propaganda campaign, event training of terrorists, organized by the KLA? They have been the primary culprits. Did the ICTY accuse any OSCE observers (verifiers) in Kosovo for their flagrant support of the KLA?

Officially, the ICTY is financed by the UN, but Mrs. Albright, her spokesman Mr. Rubin, and the NATO's spokesman (and a desinformer par excellence) Mr. Jamie Shea, declared without any hesitation who was the boss, who paid the bills. An American professor of political sciences Raju Thomas wrote about it (January 2000); “NATO now dispenses justice on all but itself and the terrorist-turned-freedom-fighters KLA. The “independent prosecutors” and the Hague Tribunal authorized by the Security Council are mainly American concoctions with the financial help of (the financial shark-turned-filantropist) George Soros and Saudi Arabia... Ultimately the key mischief makers and hate-mongers were to be found among the media and leaders of the US and Britain... “Too many leading members of the “independent (sic!)” tribunal are coming from the NATO countries: L. Arbour from Canada, the former chief judge Ms. Gabrielle Kirk McDonald from the USA, the judge C. Jorda is from France, the former president of the Tribunal C. Cassese was an Italian, etc.

During the US/NATO aggression against Yugoslavia, it looked like a competition in the West: who could put a higher number of the dead or missing Kosovo Albanians (the same happened during the “rape hysteria” during 1992-93 in Bosnia). It was a sad and stupid bidding, degrading all those who participated, including the ICTY — it never tried to stop the humbug. Among the most noted disinformers, even liars who played that morbid “poker” where even hundreds of thousands of missing and feared dead were used during the propaganda game, were in addition to the irresponsible, journalists, reporters, editors, very many prominent persons, e.g., president Clinton, the gang of Mrs. Albright (J. Rubin, D. Scheffer, etc.), the defense secretary W. Cohen, the British prime minister T. Blair and his foreign (R. Cook) and defense (G. Robertson) secretaries, many members of Mr. Schroeder's government, especially its defense (R. Scharping) and foreign (J. Fischer) secretaries, some members of the French government, NATO's former general secretary J. Solana, general W. Clark, etc. Fortunately, the astronomic figures used by them dropped to very modest ones. But the hatred remained, as well as the unpunished politicians who had fomented the tragic events in Yugoslavia.

There existed some hope that the new prosecutor general of the ICTY Ms. Carla del Ponte, could start a more honest approach to the Kosovo and Yugoslav problems, but, unfortunately, she continued in the same farce as her predecessors. On June 2, 2000, she declared bluntly in the UN Security Council that there existed no data, no justification, to investigate the charges that NATO comitted crimes when bombing Yugoslavia She was not interested in the crimes against the Serbs comitted en masse by the Kosovo Albanians, after the withdrawal of Yugoslav army (June 1999), when Kosovo was occupied by the NATO forces (KFOR) that were not able to protect the non-Albanian population of Kosovo.

To better understand the two main offences of the western media, politicians, of the ICTY, the LIE and the DISINFORMATION, their definition is here included (BBC English Dictionary, HarperCollins, London, 1993). A LIE is something that someone says which (they know) is untrue. DISINFORMATION is false or misleading information which has been issued by a government or other political organization to discredit someone or something.

Officially, the ICTY had to represent the honest, impartial and just western judiciary. But it was just the opposite. If such a court (tribunal) existed in any western democracy, it would be immediately dissolved, in disgust. There are many “offences” that make a farce out of the ICTY:

  1. it excluded from its procedures the presumption of innocence;
  2. it introduced (during the era of Ms. L. Arbour) the shocking application of “SEALED INDICTMENTS”, very similar to the “lettres de cachet” of the French kings;
  3. many of those secretely indicted have been kidnapped by armed thugs and transported (by force) to The Hague; those thugs even did not hesitate to kill (the SAS men assassinated Simo Drljaca, a Serb,when arresting him on July 10, 1997);
  4. the arrested, have to wait in detention for months, even years, for trial;
  5. the Tribunal acts as both prosecutor and judge, without jury, without any possibility of a bail;
  6. most trials relied only on eyewitness accounts, some of which were well “prepared” by the Muslim authorities (e.g., the trial of Dusko Tadic),
  7. if the prisoner confesses while in custody, the confession is presumed to be voluntary;
  8. the accused face often unknown, even hidden accusers
  9. the ICTY is very selective, almost no Muslims have been brought before the Tribunal, and only a few Croats,
  10. it was neither impartial nor independent, because it was the US money that enabled the ICTY to carry out its operations (the US/NATO “employee” in the ICTY, Ms. L. Arbour, had been appointed to the only after the approval of Mrs.):
  11. the most serious charge against the ICTY is its adamant refusal to indict NATO leaders for violating international law and the UN Charter by waging an aggressive war against a sovereign state without UN approval, by bombing many civilian targets, by using prohibited weapons, the mutilating cluster bombs, the murderous Depleted Uranium (DU) ammunittion. (see J. Bisset “Tribunal on Trial”, The Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 30, 2001, as well).

There is probably one problem more with the ICTY, with US/NATO/EU. An honest Tribunal, an impartial judge, politician, journalist would try to get as many independent, unbiased informations as possible about the case at issue, e.g., about the history in Kosovo — and not only the half-truth, even disinformations, supplied en masse by the prejudiced US/NATO/EU (a part of it). And, unfortunately, a “bible” about Kosovo (800 pages) for the West appeared recently (Noel Malcolm: KOSOVO-A short History, London, 1998), it was one-sided, biased, prejudiced. A Serbian academic, historian M. Ekmecic wrote about it; “It is a classical literature of war propaganda, as it used to be called. It is written with specific objectives for those countries or organizations that pay for it. Because the author of that book is an intellectual hireling, mercennarius scribare in Latin, that ancient epigone, philosopher only because of his coat. Here toga speaks, not the wisdom, or the conviction...”

The famous French philosopher, historian, poet, P. M. Voltaire (1694-1778) did not like the Catholic Church. His slogan was ECRASEZ L'lNFAME! — CRUSH THE SHAMELESS! He would surely use that slogan for the present ICTY and its practices as well. He surely would not like US/NATO either.

Rajko Dolechek
M. D., DSc., Professor of Medicine,
Ostrava, Czech Republic

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Ostrava, February 2001