From the beginning of the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the story dominated news coverage. Unfortunately, the coverage (in the United States, at least) has been long on rhetoric/propaganda and short on facts. This broadcast addresses one of the most badly overlooked aspects of the conflict – the profound role played by Germany in the breakup of Yugoslavia and the resulting precipitation of hostilities.
Before the main body of discussion, the program delineates two examples of the wealth of Yugoslavia, one stolen in World War II and the other in jeopardy as a result of the war in Kosovo. Beginning with discussion of Italian fascist, Wehrmacht liaison officer and head of the P-2 Lodge Licio Gelli, the program details discovery of what appears to be part of the Yugoslavian gold reserves looted by Italian fascists in World War II. Italian police found the ingots buried in terra cotta pots in Gelli’s villa in Arrento. (Gelli was assigned to guard the gold during the war. He is pictured above, and at right.)
Following discussion of Gelli, the focus shifts to the Trepca mining complex in Kosovo, the most valuable piece of economic real estate in the Balkans. As the economic heart of Yugoslavia, the Trepca mines are essential to the country’s economy. Compounding the historical and religious significance that Kosovo holds for the Serbs, the economic importance of the Trepca complex is a major reason for Serbian opposition to Kosovar independence.
The balance of the program draws on a paper presented in 1995 by British defense expert T.W. “Bill” Carr at a symposium on the genesis of the Balkans war. Incisive, informative and brilliant, the Carr paper highlights the manner in which Germany has undertaken the subversion of Yugoslavia, beginning before German reunification.
The analysis sets German covert action in Yugoslavia in the context of the German drive for political and economic domination of Europe, renewed with vigor at the end of the Cold War.
Program highlights include: German economic and political warfare against the United Kingdom (including the Bundesbank’s war against the pound sterling in the early 1990’s); Germany’s precipitation of higher interest rates throughout Europe as a result of German reunification (those high interest rates have much to do with the economic hardship experienced by much of Western Europe); secret German preparations for reunification in the mid 1980’s; collaboration between Germany and Croatian fascists dating from the time of World War II; a secret trip to Germany in the 1980’s by Franjo Tudjman (president of Croatia) in order to lay the groundwork for Croatian secession from Yugoslavia; a synoptic history of the Croatian fascist movement, its alliance with Germany and its murderous persecution of Serbs during World War II; a 2 billion dollar interest-free loan to finance Croatian independence, arranged by the American branch of the Knights of Malta (see also: M-6); the Vatican’s role in establishing the myth of the Serbs as the last bastion of hard-line, Soviet-style communism in Europe; German parroting and dissemination of the Vatican propaganda line about Yugoslavia; Croatia’s human rights abuses against Serbs living in Croatia (they were fired from government jobs, denied employment in the media, subjected to heavy taxation, forced to carry identity cards identifying them as Serbs and, finally, ethnically cleansed); the Croatian clergy’s blessing of the ethnic cleansing of 250,000 Serbs in 1991 and 92; the Islamic fundamentalism and anti-democratic orientation of Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic; the overriding and extreme bias against the Serbs in Western diplomatic and military policy; Vatican endorsement of Croatian and Slovenian independence from Yugoslavia; Germany’s arming of the Croatian armed forces in the early 90s; how Germany bludgeoned the rest of the European Union into endorsing the breakup of Yugoslavia (the EU initially voted 11 to 1 in favor of maintaining the unity of the Yugoslav Federation.) (Recorded on 5/16/99.)