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yugoslaviaOn March 24, fourteen years will have elapsed since the start of the NATO bombing of FR Yugoslavia (which consisted of Serbia and Montenegro). In 1999, after unsuccessful talks between Serbs and Kosovo Albanians in Rambouillet, France, 19 NATO member-states started air strikes, first on the barracks and anti-air defence of the Yugoslav Army. On this occasion, the then commander of the War Air-Force and Anti-Air Defence of the Yugoslav Army, Spasoje Smiljanić, and military analysts Miroslav Lazanski and Aleksandar Radić, spoke for our radio. More by Mirjana Nikolic.

According to General Smiljanić, the defence of our country was more effective than it was expected in the conditions of the time. Both sides made some wrong assessments, he says. NATO generals believed they would destroy the Yugoslav Army in just a few days and that the state leadership would capitulate soon. On the other hand, the Serbian side believed there would be just several warning attacks and only in the region of Kosovo and Metohija, after which the West will resort to diplomacy. Both sides had been deluded. NATO had underestimated the Serbian soldier and officer and their readiness and resolve to defend their homeland. Thus, the NATO aggression on the FRY began with 460 and ended with more than 1,000 aircraft, emphasizes Smiljanić. The fact that more than 500 civilians were killed in the NATO bombing and that the number of killed Army members amounted to 271 confirms that civilians, civilian facilities and non-military infrastructure were actually a NATO target and not an alleged collateral error, emphasizes the general.

According to military analyst Miroslav Lazanski, the bombing was an imperialist move by NATO, which, in 1999, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, was thus sending a message to Russia, China and to all the others who remained faitfhul to their stands in international relations. He says that the true question is why NATO chose FR Yugoslavia as the place of its first intervention after its foundation when it was known in advance that nothing could be achieved by force. The West did not count on two things. First, they did not expect the Serbian nation to remember the bombing for such a long time and, secondly, the intervention failed to solve the problem, stresses Lazanski. He emphasizes that in the Balkans all the nations, except the Serbs, have attained their national interests.

Military analyst Aleksandar Radić assesses the NATO bombing as a historical and political delusion of the USA and Western powers. At that time, both in the West and in the East, the ruling politicians were those who thought it was possible to conduct politics with bombs, or rather, that diplomacy and high technology could estabilish an idyllic mutual relation. According to him, the bombing was an attempt of NATO at proving itself as a military power although its subsequent actions in Iraq and Afghanistan proved to be a catastrophe. The ethnic cleansing of the Kosovo and Metohija region was only to be expected after the Serbian forces withdrew and KFOR arrived. KFOR was unable, and also unwilling, to oppose that as, initially, it was a military formation prepared for battle against conventional forces, stresses Radić.

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pres-assad2On Saturday, Cyber War News released a cache of e-mails allegedly hacked by someone in Malaysia from a British private defense contractor called Britam Defence.

One of the e-mails contains a discussion between Britam’s Business Development Director David Goulding and Philip Doughty, company founder. In the exchange, it’s revealed that there is a plan to unleash chemical weapons in Syria in order to blame it on the Bashar Al Assad regime to justify a direct intervention by U.S. and NATO forces in the country’s civil war. The plan, thought up by the government of Qatar according to the e-mail, is “approved by Washington.”

Phil

We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.

We’ll have to deliver a CW (chemical weapon) to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have.

They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.

Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?

Kind regards

David

If this e-mail is authentic, it would confirm what has been reported in the past: that the al-Qaida connected Syrian rebels are planning to unleash chemical weapons as a false flag.

In June, Russia Today reported that Syrian rebels had acquired gas masks and chemical weapons from Libya and “allegedly plan to use it against civilians and pin the atrocity on the Bashar al-Assad regime.”

A Saudi company had further allegedly fitted 1,400 ambulances with a filtering system to protect passengers from gas and chemicals after Syrian rebels launch a chemical weapons attack using mortar rounds, all at the cost of $97,000 each. These ambulances, labeled with “Syrian People’s Relief,” would actually be carrying U.S. and NATO troops. According to Paul Joseph Watson:

The attack, which will involve the use of white phosphorus, sarin and mustard gas, will be launched on a heavily populated town near the Syria/Jordan border, possibly Daraa, after which the vehicles will pour in under the cover of humanitarian aid.

The ambulances…will operate under the guise of an aid mission to help the victims of the chemical weapons attack, but in reality are nothing short of armored personnel carriers.

A buffer zone will be created “that will lead to a NATO military intervention under the pretext of punishing Assad’s regime for the atrocity.”

In December, a video was posted online showing a member of the Syrian rebels testing chemicals on rabbits while jihadist chants go on in the background. In the video, containers labeled Tekkim are shown, which is a Turkish chemicals company. On the wall is a poster with Arabic writing on it that reads “The Almighty Wind Brigade (Kateebat A Reeh Al Sarsar),” according to the Syria Tribune.

A person wearing a lab mask then mixes chemicals in a beaker in the glass box, and we see some gas emitting from the beaker. About a minute later, the rabbits start to have random convulsions and then die. The person says: You saw what happened? This will be your fate, you infidel Alawites, I swear by ALLAH to make you die like these rabbits, one minute only after you inhale the gas.

Assad has maintained that he will not use chemical weapons in Syria’s ongoing war. It would seem unlikely that he would, considering that it would put the militaries of most of the world’s powers against him. Further, an official from within the Pentagon told NBC News that there was no evidence that Assad was planning such attacks.

Intervention in Syria is not about protecting civilians. The Assad regime is allied with the Iranian government, and by overthrowing it, the West has an advantage in an attack on the Islamic Republic.

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A former air force base near Brussels, dedicated to the His Majesty the Belgian King, is gradually being converted at an estimated billion dollars (for now – but just watch those numbers fly) to house the nerve center of the biggest war machine the world has ever known.

For the best part of 50 years the legions of peace keepers have been roughing it in a so called temporary structure, having received the unceremonious order of the boot from the late French president Charles De Gaulle, who grew tired with NATO’s various attempts to bump him off. De Gaulle’s sin was the independent French nuclear arsenal. So he slung NATO out, lock, stock and barrel with a single contemptuous wave of the hand.

The chief command post of the Cold War lost its logical reason d’etre in the instant that the Berlin Wall collapsed, along with the entire Soviet Empire. Yet NATO, like Topsy, just went on growing. Thanks to membership multiplying among converts to capitalism in Eastern Europe, NATO’s borders now lap Russia’s, with 28 members all told and more in the queue. This is a rather strange state of affairs given that the former Public Enemy Number One, the old bogey of communism, gave up the ghost back in 1989.

In normal circumstances, this spanking new structure would need to mount a telescope the size of the one topping Mount Palomar to scour the world for potential enemies. What happened of course is that NATO went looking for enemies under the banner of its new self-appointed role as global humanitarian Protector in Chief.

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The Russian leader did not hesitate to name who is responsible for sowing the seeds of disorder that is gripping many parts of the world, including in Syria.

“Our partners just can’t stop,” Putin said at a meeting with representatives of one of Russia’s regions. “They have already created chaos in many territories, and now they are continuing the same policy in other countries, including Syria.”

Commenting on the “Arab Spring” and the ongoing Syrian conflict, he said: “Our position is to help carry out changes for the better in all countries but not to try to force on them – especially by armed force – what we consider to be right.”

It is important to encourage developments from within, Putin stressed.

The Russian leader criticized the militant foreign policy of the West, arguing that Russia’s repeated warnings went unheeded.

“We did warn that prudent action was needed and that it would be wrong to try to achieve anything by force, otherwise chaos would ensue,” he said. “And what do we see today? Chaos prevails.”

Russia is concerned about developments in many regions, including Afghanistan, where heroin production and drug trafficking has hit Russia and Europe. In the Middle East the situation is hardly more inspiring, with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad struggling against an armed opposition, which is said to comprise of members of terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda.

The United States, which recently lost its Libyan Ambassador following a wave of anti-American violence, has not managed to avoid the consequences of its behavior. In a growing number of countries, leaders (Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, Saddam Hussein of Iraq and Slobodan Milosevich of Serbia, for example) who fell out of favor with the West have been eliminated one way or another.

The new tendency for ‘regime change,’ however, has not made these countries any safer. Indeed, in many cases the violence and chaos is worse now than it was before Western foreign intervention began.

To support his argument, Putin recommended Western leaders remember the lessons of history so as not to “destroy Carthage again” in their relations with weak countries.

“I would hate to see the events witnessed by mankind many centuries ago repeat themselves now,” he said. “The strong countries are trying to push their rules and their moral code on weak countries, without taking into account the history, traditions and religion of a particular country.”

The Russian leader then mentioned what he said was “the first case of ethnic cleansing known to mankind.”

“The Roman Empire not only seized and occupied Carthage, but also destroyed it completely, killed everyone and spilled salt so that nothing could grow there,” Putin noted.

Not only should the good things inherited from European culture be remembered, he added.

In his opinion, Russia “has always been advantageously different from other countries due to its formation as a multinational and multi-religious state.”

Orthodoxy has always been very tolerant, he noted.

“The super-task is that a representative of each, even the smallest ethnic group, if he lives in this territory and is a citizen of this country, must feel absolutely equal and understand that he and his children can fulfill their most ambitious plans and have no restrictions, no limitations,” he said.

The Russian state had never dictated its will on anyone or pushed its rules, he noted.

He stressed that what transpired during the Soviet period in Russian history could not be blamed solely on Russia because the “idea of world revolution was being forced on other territories.”

On the whole, “we have always respected all ethnic groups, peoples and religions inside the country and have tried to behave the same way on the international scene,” he stressed.

“The preservation of inter-religious peace” is extremely important for Russia, said Putin, who expressed his support in working with other countries to achieve this goal.

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By Lizzie Phelan
The first thing that comes to mind about the murder of the US Ambassador and his three staff in Benghazi, Libya today is the irony. Indeed this is the man who served as envoy to the rebels/mercenaries during the illegal NATO proxy war against the legitimate government headed by Muammar Gaddafi of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah. His life has been taken by what he helped give birth to, and indeed this is what Gaddafi and other former officials warned the west about time and time again, but it is hard to believe that the west were so naive as to not foresee this and so it seems clear that they were willing to pay this price.
The second thing that stands out is the somewhat mild response of the US, in comparison to say if an act much less grave than this was carried out on one of their embassies in places like Syria, Venezuela, Nicaragua, China, Russia, or in any other country that unlike today’s Libya, the government is not its product. While the US may expect events like this, it is nonetheless embarrassing and comes as close as one can get to the loss of western troops in their theatres of conflict that they have so deviously sought to avoid, not in small part because of the unease it creates with populations at home who can stomach their government’s wars more readily when it is exclusively brown people and people of the south who are losing blood on behalf of the NATO powers.
Finally, since February last year, the extent to which NATO’s mercenaries have been destroying and desecrating the country’s infrastructural and historical and religous architectural wealth has been well documented, and this has only intensified over the last few months, including the bulldozing of a mosque in broad daylight in Tripoli at the end of last month. It is hard to escape the irony of these Salafist groups killing US officials in response to a blasphemous Islamophobic film released in the US, when they themselves have been busy destroying a Muslim country and sites that are dear to many Muslims.

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A photo published by French news agency AFP shows a Syrian rebel wearing the Al-Qaeda flag on his arm accompanying UN observers in the village of Azzara, again underscoring the fact that NATO powers are backing terrorists in their bid to topple President Bashar Al-Assad.

The photo appears on the DayLife website with the caption, “A man wearing a black shirt bearing an Al-Qaeda flag (L) speaks with a UN observer as monitors meet with rebels and civilians in the village of Azzara in the province of Homs on May 4, 2012.”

Another Syrian source informed us that the man seen in the image is definitely a foreigner and does not look Syrian.

This is just one of many examples where Syrian rebel fighters and their supporters have openly displayed their identity as Al-Qaeda terrorist sympathizers, begging the question of why the United States and other NATO powers are fighting for the same cause as the group against whom they are supposedly engaged in a global war on terror.

After NATO-backed insurgents with links to Al-Qaeda helped topple Colonel Gaddafi in Libya, they proudly flew the distinctive black Al-Qaeda flag over courthouses in Benghazi and other centers of power.

Now some of the very same rebels, airlifted into Syria by NATO, are once again making it clear that they see the end of Assad’s regime as the next stage of their jihad.

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A recent survey by IPSOS commissioned by the television station B92 in Serbia has determined that 70% of the public is totally against the entrance of their country into NATO. The main reason for this opposition to the choice of accession to NATO is obviously tied to the memory and still bleeding wounds of the so-called Operation Allied Force  conducted between March 24 and 10th of  June 1999, when about one thousand fighters and thirty warships of the U.S., British, German, French, Italian, Turkish, Norwegian, Spanish, Portuguese and other allied nations hit hard Belgrade and it’s surrounding areas, causing thousands of deaths and untold tragedies for the people of Serbia, which still damages them  now –  seen from the traces left on the young generations from  the infamous use of depleted uranium.

The perfidy of Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Defense Secretary William Coehn, was masked by the slanderous accusations made at the UN against the government of Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia, which would have perpetrated the massacres in former Yugoslavia during the conflicts previous years and over the question of Kosovo. Despite the veto imposed by Russia, NATO showed its aggressive nature bypassing the international organization’s  brokerage and continuing it’s stubborn imperialist projects. Completely disassembled during the trial, the charges against Milosevic faded like snow in the sun, leading to repentance for the “abuses” of the national survey also examined the Swiss-Italian Carla Del Ponte. But it was not enough. Slobodan Milosevic became known, officially the victim of a collapse, in gray prison cell in The Hague.

Today, after years of conflict and international crises, Kosovo continues to be an illegal state, led by Hashim Thaci, which unilaterally declared its independence in 2008 and has so far been recognized only by about 193 representatives from 89 countries the UN. Since August 1999, in the heart of this troubled region illegally torn from Serbia, stands Camp Bondsteel, the largest U.S. military base throughout the Balkans, which can hold up to 7000 units, logistical infrastructure and hundreds of military vehicles . Thus, the region of Kosovo has followed the fate of Krajina, Slavonia and Montenegro, torn away – between 1995 and 2006 – from the people of Serbia despite their having historical majority in these regions.

Again, just like during the Second World War, Catholic and Muslim fanaticism ravaged the Balkans and the South Slavs divided into dozens of factions fighting among themselves. The cruelty of the Ustashe Croatian and Bosnian mujahideen and Albanian NATO found a new political and military axis once again more militias ready to be utilized as sharp weapons against Serbia.

“The Serbian population in Kosovo should be removed as soon as possible. Serbian settlers should be killed “it was said in 1939 by  the Albanian fascist leader Mustafa Kruja who collected several divisions of the Bosnian Muslim SS, perpetrating one of the most tragic ethnic cleansing of Kosovo that history remembers. A similar effort was undertaken by the Croatian Ustasha, the Catholic fundamentalist militia led by Ante Pavelic  criminally  used by Rome and Berlin under pressure from the Vatican hierarchy, that between 1941 and 1945  massacred 800,000 Serbs.

The puppet Independent State of Croatia and the annexation of Kosovo Albanians (and consequently the increase in the presence of Muslim Albanians in the Serbian region) were therefore already  the historical result of criminally conducted operations in the Balkans by nazi-fascist imperialists,  failed attempts of nationalist Chetnik collaboration with the fallen Kingdom of Yugoslavia, that soon fell back on alliances with various ethnic groups in their  devices, from the North (Bosnia and Croatia) to the south (Albania). In those four years, the Serbs were forced to convert to Catholicism under threat of death: When asked to make the sign of the cross, thousands refused and instead gave the orthodox sign  (with the hand moving from right to left, instead of from left to right), and were tortured and even killed.

During these persecutions the Serbian Orthodox Church leaders were the first to suffer and sacrifice: the Bishop of Banja Luka Plato was killed in an unbelievably brutal. Together with an Orthodox priest arrested, father Dusan Jovanovic, was taken to the village of Vrbanja, where their beards were dug with a blunt knife, their eyes gouged out, their noses and ears cut off, and their bodies burnt with hot tools. Their bodies, along with those of several other martyrs of the clergy, were thrown into the river Vrbanja. Archbishop Pietro Zimonic Sarajevo Ustasha threatened by the danger in which it was said: “I am the shepherd of the people, and it is my duty to be with my people in good times and bad.” He was arrested and imprisoned by the Ustasha May 12, 1941, but before he was able to send a message to his priests: “Stay in your parishes, and whatever happens to the people, even your destiny.” He was tortured and humiliated, and then thrown into a pit to die, along with 55 Orthodox priests. The Archbishop of Zagreb Dositheus was arrested May 2, 1941, imprisoned, beaten and tortured in a prison by the police of the Ustashe, under the complacent eyes of some Roman Catholics who took part in the crime. Even the police chief of the Ustasha commented: “The Metropolitan was tortured so cruelly that it was hardly possible to put it on the train to Belgrade.” The Bishop Sava of Trlaic Plaski (Lika) was imprisoned and tortured June 13, 1941 in a barn along with several other priests. In mid-August of that year he was taken to Mount Velebit and thrown into a pit with numerous other Serbs. The Bishop of Dalmatia Irenei was imprisoned and later moved to Italy in a concentration camp near Trieste. Bishop Nicholas Velimirovic, then elected a saint by the Church in Belgrade, but was deported by the Germans to the concentration camp at Dachau.

The Patriarch Gabriel was among the first to protest and to unite the people of Serbia against Italians and Germans after the bombing of Belgrade in April 1941. He refused to escape from Serbia that was offered by the fallen monarchs and wanted to share the sufferings of his people: May 9, 1941 the Nazis arrested him along with several Orthodox priests to Ostrog, accusing him of theft of government property. As decided by the Germans, the sixty-patriarch, was forced to travel almost completely naked and on foot, for a whole month, from Ostrog in Belgrade. It is said that as he passed, Christians Serbs cry and kneel praying to God Almighty for the alleviation of suffering. Many members of the Orthodox clergy and monks were killed by Germans, Italians, Albanians, Bosnian Muslims and Croats before their churches and their monasteries, in some big cities like Krushevac, Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Mostar.

One of the great moral leaders of this massacre was the Catholic Cardinal Stepinac, “spiritual guidance” of Ante Pavelic in Croatia, praised publicly ridiculed by the Polish pope Wojtyla during a visit several years ago in Zagreb, thus confirming the role of agent and anti antiorthodox  instrumentally elected Pope of the Vatican at the behest of the CIA and National Security Council (the then CIA director, Robert Gates, confirmed in a 2004 friendly relations between longtime Karol Wojtyla and Zbigniew Brzezinski both originally from Krakow).

The breakup of Serbia and spatial dispersion of the Slavic Orthodox community in fact responds to a strategic objective pursued by various foreign powers, who return again and again in history. From the Ottoman Empire to the Nazi-Fascism, until reaching the current NATO imperialism, the main reasons for this cruel divide and rule appear to be two:

– Impede the effective consolidation of the nation and the community that is numerically most substantial in the entire Balkan region (over 10 million inhabitants of the Republic of Serbia, which would add  1.8 million in Kosovo, those of Montenegro, almost 40 % of citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the entire Croatian territory of Krajina and Slavonia), around which could be raised a new unified state of all the Balkan Slavs (Yugoslavia), no longer artificially equal and “atheist” as in the times of Marshal Tito, but to be guided by a  Serbian Orthodox majority.
– Weaken the political strength of Serbia and block access to the sea to block  Russia – its primary traditional international partner – taking advantage of the special relationship, and expanding its sphere of influence to the Adriatic.

It thus explains the fury of 1999 against the people of Serbia and the continued persistence of an attitude of defiance by the United States and European Union, that never payed for their  war crimes of thirteen years ago, now tries  to bring Belgrade to the ‘euro membership and entry into NATO, as well as various attempts to weaken the national culture and traditions, to which the Serbs, however, always respond with firmness and unity, as the patriotic demonstrations often demonstrate. The fundamental support of the Kremlin and the next general elections (presidential, parliamentary and local) to be held shortly, will shape the geopolitical position of a country that, after all these years, remains essential in its anti-imperialist function.

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