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FTR #149 More Background to the Conflict in Kosovo – Yugoslavia

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In late April of 1999, the world’s attention focused on the growing conflict in Yugoslavia. For all the U.S. press coverage of the war, little truth concerning what has been, and is, going on there reached the American people.

This broadcast is one of a number of Mr. Emory’s clarifications of the record.

Beginning with a New York Times article from 1987, the program highlights the fact that the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo had full functional autonomy in the Yugoslav federation. Elements of the Albanian majority used their preeminence in Kosovo to oppress the Slavic minority. The terrorism exercised by the Albanians against the Serbs led to the rise of Slobodan Milosevich, who gained power by promising to wield a firm hand against the Albanians. In 1987, it was already clear that the Albanian militants sought to establish a “greater Albania,” including much of what was then Yugoslavia.

The broadcast highlights the practice of both the Croatian and Bosnian separatists of staging provocation. In particular, an alleged Serbian mortar attack that killed many civilians in Sarajevo in 1995 was the pretext for a NATO air offensive against the Serbs. British and French experts determined that the Serbs had not fired the round, which was probably fired by the Bosnian army.

The broadcast sets forth the view of a former military commander of U.N. forces in Yugoslavia. Formerly of the Indian army, Lt. General Satish Nambiar (retired) is appalled by the NATO bombing campaign. Nambiar believes that the Serbs have been unfairly demonized, opines that the crimes committed by the Serbs are no worse than those committed against them and believes that the wording of the Rambouillet accord was such that the Serbs could not have signed it. In essence, the appendices to the agreement are worded in such a way as to provide for the military occupation of Yugoslavia by NATO.

Much of the program focuses on the role of the media in precipitating the current situation. General Nambiar holds the Western electronic media responsible for the conflict.

The discussion highlights the role of the Ruder Finn public relations firm in deliberately slanting public opinion against the Serbs by comparing Serbian crimes with the Holocaust and disseminating this idea to the Jewish community.

The broadcast sets forth Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovich’s doctrinaire Islamic fundamentalism. Delineated in 1970, Izetbegovich’s views explicitly prohibit any democratic cooperation between Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as precluding separation of church and state.

The program concludes with a look at the return of fascism in Croatia. A Holocaust denier, president Franjo Tudjman appointed two former officials of the brutal World War II fascist Ustashe regime to serve in the “new” Croatian government. He also adopted the Ustashe flag and currency, as well as naming streets and buildings after Ustasha officials. (During the Second World War, Croatia was a puppet state of Nazi Germany. Serbs, Jews and Gypsies were slaughtered by the thousands by the Ustashi.) A major ideological influence on Hitler, the notorious anti-Semitic tract The Protocols of the Elders of Zion achieved “best-seller” status in Croatia. (Recorded on 4/25/99.)