March 14, 2006
A few weeks ago, U.S. citizens celebrated a federal holiday called "Presidents Day." The annual commemorates
the lives of two U.S. presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Letís look at Lincoln and discuss why he is so admired even today in the U.S. Many citizens consider
him the best U.S. president.
Lincolnís legacy is that he kept the United States intact. Some southern states seceded and formed their
own country, the Confederate States of America. Lincoln would have none of this.
U.S. Civil War began in 1861 and raged for five years. Brother fought
against brother and father against son. When the war ended, much of the
South was leveled. But, the U.S. was once again a unified entity.
Lincoln was a hero and patriot extraordinaire. Today, every U.S.
citizen who uses a five-dollar bill to pay for something sees Lincolnís
face on the note.
Milosevic, former president of Yugoslavia, died a few days ago. In 1991
and 1992, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, all
part of Yugoslavia, declared independence from the Yugoslav federation.
Many ethnic Serbs lived in the renegade states and did not heed the
call for independence. Milosevic acted in the same manner as Abraham
Lincoln and tried to keep his country intact.
hold your breath waiting to see his picture on any currency. Instead of
being called a patriot, Milosevic has been designated the "Butcher of
the Balkans" and he is charged of orchestrating the deaths of hundreds
of thousands of people. The consensus in the western media is that he
broke up Yugoslavia.
Milosevic underwent a demonization program created by the U.S. of such
a magnitude that it comes close to the power of the demonizing of
Saddam Hussein. The one-time patriot of Yugoslavia was transformed into
a mass murderer of horrific proportions. But, as with Saddam, a little
scrutiny lays bare the lies perpetrated by the U.S.
the breakup of Yugoslavia, many atrocities occurred from all sides.
However, the U.S. blamed Milosevic for them all. Then, in 1995, a peace
agreement was signed in Dayton, Ohio that ended the conflict. Milosevic
was the person who orchestrated the signing of all sides. He was now,
temporarily, a peacemaker.
the smoke cleared, the U.S. began to demonize him again. Then, in 1998,
in the Serbian province of Kosovo, ethnic Albanians started an
insurgency. Milosevic acted in the same manner that any president of a
country would and tried to stop the upstarts.
The propaganda came hard and heavy. Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians were found in mass graves. Milosevic
was the man behind the slaughters.
1999, NATO bombed Yugoslavia for a few months and destroyed much of the
countryís infrastructure. After the bombing, the U.S. forced Serbia to
hold elections. Milosevic won. But, that would not hold with the U.S.,
who again forced elections on the Serbs. This time, Milosevic did not
win. After the election, then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
proudly stated that the U.S. had given $42 million to Milosevicís
opponent and she was proud that the gift had paid off. The financing of
Milosevicís opponent breaks many international laws, yet the U.S. took
pride. They knew that no one would call "foul" because whoever did
would quickly be looking down a U.S. gun barrel.
for an international trial were rampant. Milosevic was taken to the
Hague to stand trial in the International Tribunal in The Hague, The
Netherlands. The U.S. applauded the court and the fact that Milosevic
would be held accountable. The irony is that the U.S. refuses to
recognize the Tribunal, yet was instrumental in having it take up
is much speculation as to Milosevicís death. Some maintain he was given
medication secretly that caused his heart medicine to be negated.
Others say he took the unprescribed medicine to make his health worse
so he could visit Moscow to be treated. I tend to take more credence in
the former theory.
most people did not realize is that the trial only had 55 days left
and, according to many international law experts, Milosevic, who put up
his own brilliant defense, would be found innocent. The testimony of
many witnesses for the prosecution was thrown out of court because they
witnesses were proven to have lied. If Milosevic walked, the U.S. would
suffer great embarrassment.
retrospect, there are certain facts that were brought out at the trial
that the world never heard. For instance, when Milosevic first heard of
Serb troops killing civilians, he was aghast. He called some commanders
back to Belgrade and relieved them of their duties and put them on
trial. He knew that the adverse publicity would not help the Serb cause.
Kosovo, the court heard a different story from that of what the western
press had printed. Instead of more than 100,000 ethnic Albanians being
found in mass graves, the total was about 2,000, most of whom were
fighters killed in battle, not innocent civilians. This ploy was used
before to demonize Saddam Hussein. In November 2003, it was announced
that more than 400,000 bodies were found in mass graves in the south of
Iraq. When the truth came out, the number was less than 5,000 who were
mostly killed by U.S. bombs in the heavy bombing of Basra in 1991.
There is much more to discuss about Yugoslavia and Milosevic but it would take way too much room. The website
www.icdsm is excellent and loaded with articles. It also includes the entire book Divide and Conquer,
written by Ramsey Clark.
has suffered the fate of many at the hands of the U.S. government over
the past couple of decades in that he was a world leader who was
targeted for elimination. Letís look at some instances and compare the
- In 1983, the U.S. invaded the Caribbean military powerhouse of Grenada. Until this day, the Grenadan government
is imprisoned by the U.S.
- In 1986, the U.S. bombed Libya, killing its leaderís daughter.
- In 1989, the U.S. invaded Panama and kidnapped its president (Noriega) who is now serving a 40-year prison
- From 1991 to 2003, the U.S. had proxy groups try to assassinate Saddam Hussein.
2003, 600 U.S. soldiers, accompanied by air power and artillery,
surrounded the house where Saddam Husseinís sons and his grandson were
staying. After hours of barrage, the three bullet-ridden and burned
bodies were taken and then filmed for the world to see.
- In 2003, Saddam was kidnapped by the U.S. and is now in the midst of one of the most ludicrous and unfair
trials in history.
- Since 1961, the U.S. has drawn up more than 100 plans to assassinate Fidel Castro.
- Hugo Chavez has been targeted by the U.S.
- Tariq Aziz is now on his deathbed in a U.S.-run prison in Iraq. He has been denied heart medicine and has
not had teeth for three years because the U.S. took his dentures away.
- The homes of Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Husseinís daughter, Izaat A-Douri and Ghadaffi have been leveled
by U.S. bombs.
practice of killing or kidnapping world leaders is despicable. However,
even worse is the retribution practiced against their families by
destroying their houses or even killing family members. I know of no
other country that engages in such barbarity.
the U.S., scant attention is paid to these atrocities. In fact, from
some corners of society, these practices are encouraged. Even some U.S.
religious leaders join the call for eliminating leaders whom the U.S.
does not admire. On the other hand, some of the worldís leading
scumbags who pose as leaders are exempt from these beastly activities
because they accept their plight as slaves to Washington. Milosevic was
merely another brick in the wall of the U.S. bloodthirsty methods of