Lies, lies, more lies...Milošević exonerated

Slobodan Milošević—not a war criminal

This is an absolute stunner. Slobodan Milošević has been completely exonerated of being the “mastermind” behind the war crimes in Bosnia. Here's where to find it.

In March this year, the "International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991" (whew!) issued its judgement in the case of Radovan Karadžić, the head of the Republika Srpska (RS). The RS was set up when Bosnian Serbs broke away from Bosnia-Herzegovina when Bosnia's Muslim leaders broke away from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).

As you may recall, Slobodan Milošević was a key media villain in the whole episode. As the FRY broke up into ethnic enclaves, Milošević was accused by western “leaders” of many crimes of ethnic cleansing, in his campaign to erase non-Serbs from FRY territory, and create a “Greater Serbia.”

Turns out that, like almost everything else western “leaders” say, it was total BS. In fact, the Karadžić judgement takes a close look at the role of Milošević in those troubles, and completely exonerates him.
He:

  • opposed the RS split from Bosnia-Herzegovina; he wanted Bosnian Serbs to fight to remain in the FRY;

  • had, as his main preoccupation during the events in question the preservation of the FRY as a multi-ethnic federation (as you'd expect of a leader of a federation);

  • did, over the entire period, press upon the Republika Srpska ”leaders,” the need to seriously consider, and accept, international peace proposals (which they tended to reject), including in high-level international meetings;

  • was a staunch defender of the rights of non-Serb citizens of the FRY, including in high-level international meetings;

  • on many occasions tried to influence RS “leaders” to make efforts to end the violence (which they were disinclined to do);

  • reduced FRY support to the Republika Srpska when the FRY could no longer support their actions;

  • signed the internatonal peace accords that the RS leaders refused to sign.


This is, not to put too fine a point on it, not what we've been led to believe. But this is the judgement of an international war crimes tribunal that was mandated, and qualified, to make the judgement. Author Diana Johnstone has been bravely making many of these points for many years now (you can find many of her articles at CounterPunch magazine, but she's not an international criminal court.

I should think the matter is now settled. Slobodan Milošević was not only not a war criminal, he was rather a positive influence. NATO's problem with him was that he was opposed to the breakup of the FRY, and tried hard to prevent it. NATO very much wanted it to break up, (You'll notice that statement is outside the scope of this article, and not supported by anything here or in the Karadžić judgement.)

But here's my major point. Since Slobodan Milošević was clear about his intentions and principles at international meetings, international leaders who told us what an vicious, criminal genocidaire he was were lying—they knew! And when they charged him at the UN with the war crimes committed by the “leaders” of the Republika Srpska, they knew they were lying!

You may recall that Slobodan Milošević died in his prison cell, from a heart attack in very suspicious circumstances. (See the first reference below for those circumstances.)

WHEN are we going to get tired of being lied to?

Remember all these events occurred during the first Clinton presidency. I'm very much not looking forward to a second.

Of course, the Karadžić judgement only applies to war crimes committed in Bosnia. He was also charged with crimes in Kosovo and elsewhere. Author Johnstone says those charges were bogus as well. Given the manner and timing of his murder—oops! I meant his death—many suspect the case against him wasn't going so well.

By the way, Radovan Karadžić was convicted of war crimes.

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This matter first came to my attention in this article. It's from a web-site devoted to Slobodan Milošević—I'm guessing you, like me, would not automatically trust such a source. So I took the trouble to wade through the Karadžić judgement—not all 2600+ pages of it, but the parts about Slobodan Milošević—and I'm quite sure this report is accurate.

FYI, here is the link to the Karadžić judgement, which was pretty difficult to find. The link will automatically download the judgement to your computer;.

Further reading: Diana Johnstone, Fools' Crusade: Yugoslavia, Nato, and Western Delusions. Highly recommended. Takes everything we know about the West's forced breakup of Yugoslavia, and turns it upside down, putting us back on our feet.

Radovan Karadžić—ACTUALLY a war criminal

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