Friday, August 5, 2016

Do You Remember "the Butcher of the Balkans"?

If you don't, then it speaks to your forgetfulness and to how easy it is for stuff to be bombarded into your consciousness and then replaced by new propaganda items. Well let me remind you. In 2001 and 2002 we were sold by U.S. led NATO and its media cronies CNN and others that the President of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic, "was an evil genocidal dictator who was to blame for ALL the deaths in the Balkans in the 1990s." Sounds familiar? They likened the former president (who died suspiciously of a heart attack in his cell during the trial) to Hitler. The news was rife with the evil doings of this man, and the pundits and commentators had us eating out of their hands as they vilified and demonized him day after day. Of course the so-called police of the so-called free world was going to make sure that the "butcher" got his "just" desserts. And after all, if the US and NATO said Mr. Milosevic was a war criminal then it must be so - like the way that other "butcher" (the one from Baghdad) had weapons of mass destruction or the way some current leaders are evil - like Putin.

Well, it turns out that in its March 24, 2016 judgement against Bosnian-Serb President, Karadzic, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) exonerated Mr. Milosevic, determining that he was not guilty of war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. What the tribunal found was that, on the contrary, Mr. Milosevic was forcefully critical of the human rights abuses during the war and was in strong disagreement with those who allowed or turned a blind eye to them. Far from the evil person the western media and the U.S. and NATO made him out to be, the tribunal's findings suggest that Mr. Milosevic was a highly principled and just man. Incidentally, the tribunal buried its findings on Mr. Milosevic hundreds of pages into the guilty verdict on the real war criminal, Karadzic. It was as if they did not want the findings on Milosevic to be found. It has been over five months since the ITCY's findings have been released, and we have yet to hear about Mr. Milosevic's exoneration in the western press. Well, we shouldn't hold our breaths.