Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated last night by the Democratic Party as its candidate for the U.S. Presidency. She may well win on November 8. What a tragedy for Western democracy that the leader of what is still called the free, democratic world cannot produce better candidates than Trump and Clinton through a disgustingly commercialized and corrupt political process where […]
Today – 16 years since NATO began to bomb Serbia and did so mercilessly for 78 days to carve out Kosovo as an independent state – still today a failed one. Remember that when you talk about Crimea today. Here is a link to “Yugoslavia – What Should Have Been Done?” – probably the world’s most comprehensive blog about the dissolution of Yugoslavia; it’s written since 1991 by three experts and published as they wrote it at the time. The people who masterminded this destruction without a UN mandate are all still at large – e.g. Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Javier Solana, Wesley Clark and Tony Blair – the latter, without an ounce of shame, today “adviser” to the government in… yes, oh yes, Belgrade! It was the largest ever NATO operation. It was conducted without a mandate from the UN Security Council. It was out-of-area and not in response to an attack on a member state according to Article 5 in NATO’s charter. It came in the wake of the – fraud – negotiations at the castle of Rambouillet outside Paris during which (the Serb and the the Albanian delegations never met face-to-face) the Serb side was forced to accept that NATO could roam around freely all over Serbia with no legal responsibility (and potentially arrest anyone, including President Milosevic) and without paying anything for it. That was when the Serbs said no – and NATO’s bombing started soon […]
Baffling Kosovo mass exodus exposes domestic hardships – Al Jazeera 5% of the people have left, 100,000 this year. Funny how in the 1990s the only problems were Serbs and Belgrade. NATO bombed and forced Kosovo out of Yugoslavia. Billions of dollars have poured in from the world; EU, NATO etc. helped build the country. When TFF was there as mediators (1991-2001), we always said: Discuss first what kind of Kosovo you want, then decide its status vis-a-vis Serbia. Nobody listened: Independence was everything, no one bothered about the day after. There was no expertise on economy, production, society’s development and how to run a complex society as an independent state; there were traders and people of culture – ad then the West threw out, literally, all Serbs who operated the infrastructure, the energy system and managed the institutions. (The method was repeated in Iraq…) Today we see the predictable results when you make quick military fixes, let war criminals run a new, deeply corrupt state and all sides run on obsessive nationalism. It’s feels very tragic to be proven right.
► A major event in peace and conflict research & policy studies • Three authors with 130+ man years of experience with Yugoslavia • All their writings, equivalent to 2000 A4 pages, written 1991-2014 ► Not a word changed: for anyone to see whose analyses and predictions stand the test of time • Freely accessible for anyone worldwide instead of […]
Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Philip M. Breedlove: A NATO for a Dangerous World – WSJ Here is the West’s intellectual high jumpers when they are at their best. Sorry to say it, it ain’t good enough. NATO is for a dangerous world. It couldn’t live without finding new enemies on a permanent basis. Here they omit every fact, including the US/EU-instigated regime change – for the worse – in Kiev and NATO’s overwhelming superiority in the military field. And note how history is falsified too – as if it wasn’t with the consent of NATO that Bosnia was bombed and Kosovo was carved out of an existing European state. Fogh Rasmussen recently said on Danish Television that “we gave the Iraqis a chance to make a better society but they didn’t take it!” when he should explain ISIS. I guess he is now making a world a better place but the rest of us don’t take his generous offer either…
☮ ☮ Some people are exceptional By Jan Oberg A short think piece on Gaza 2014 and the moral decay of the West. Written 12 days after Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, after Shejaiya and after 400 people on the Palestinian side have been killed. Go to the article on TFF’s blog.
Kulturskribent Sören Sommelius och jag skrev genmälet nedan omedelbart efter att Swartz’ hade publicerats. Dagen Nyheter tog dock inte in texten. Da danske Information også trykte Swartz’ temmeligt forenklede “status” synes jeg at den i det mindste skal stå hér. Lund, 24:e juli 2011 Richard Swartz gjorde ett slags Bokslut på Balkan (DN 23/7), sedan den siste serbiske krigsförbrytaren gripits. Swartz hör till de svenska journalister som livslångt engagerat sig i konflikter och krig på Balkan. Han är en begåvad och inkännande journalist. Men i sin analys, sitt bokslut över de jugoslaviska krigen, hamnar han fel.