NATO WAR AGAINST SERBIA – 15 YEARS LATER: WHY?

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Back in the 1990s, I was a war correspondent and geopolitical commentator. My articles about the Balkans wars were published in the Truth in Media and the major media outlets in the US and around the world. March 24, 2014 is the 15th anniversary of the New Day of Infamy. That’s what I called that day in an editorial written on March 24, 1999, just before the NATO bombs started to fall on Serbia. This article and the short film within it are dedicated to the victims of the NATO bombs. They are my memorial to the indomitable human spirit. The music I recorded and used in this video – the theme from “Chariots of Fire” – was chosen by the Spirit for me. Because it also celebrates the strength and indestructibility of the human spirit. 

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There is no expiry date on murder, let alone mass murders

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Je me souviens – I remember

There is no expiry date on murder, let alone mass murders. And yet there are war criminals still walking free on American streets. Some have even held high offices in US government. The purpose of this article is to remind ourselves of the fact that we harbor war criminals among us. And not to let them off the hook. Their crimes against innocent civilians have stained the American flag under which they were committed. So we must make sure that we distance ourselves from them if we are to regain the honor and respect that the Stars & Stripes once commanded around the world.

Just because these individuals have not been formally charged with war crimes does not mean they will  escape justice, either in this world or the next. Lest we forget, powerful dictators and warmongers look untouchable only for a while. Before they fall into the dustbin of history…

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Je me souviens – I remember… This video is my memorial to the victims of NATO bombs

NATO WAR AGAINST SERBIA – 15 YEARS LATER: WHY?

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J’accuse – I Accuse

As Emile Zola railed 100 years earlier (1899) against the anti-Semitism of the then French government, I now accuse the following individuals of war crimes against the Serbian people. They are the world class terrorists that need to be brought to justice. This is by no means an exhaustive list. It just identifies some of the highest ranking politicians and military leaders who are responsible for mass murders in Serbia.

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The charge: Excerpt from one of my wartime speeches

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A military alliance of 19 nations and 780 million people; with over half of the world’s gross economic product, possessing two-thirds of the global military power, ganged up on a tiny nation of 10 million. For 78 days, NATO terrorized the people of Serbia, dropping 23,000 bombs and missiles on them in 36,000 sorties.

Over 2,000 civilians killed by NATO, 30% of them children. Thousands of additional people  were maimed and crippled. Over half a million Serbian citizens became unemployed overnight. NATO had destroyed their places of work. The NATO criminals even bombed the power plants and bridges that cut power to, and isolated hundreds of thousands of civilians from each other.

Yet the citizens and the army of Serbia remained unbowed and uncowed! This is not hearsay. I saw their defiance with my own eyes during the six days I had spent under NATO’s bombardment.I told the Serb people that it was my privilege to bow my head before them in admiration of their courage and love of freedom. And then I did it. [bowing] Like this. [pause]

The bombing ended on June 10. But NATO’s war against the Serb civilians continued. Only by other means. The day the armistice was signed by NATO and Serbian military authorities, we said that NATO’s “peace process” would turn into a “peace farce.” It has.

During the next five months, over 400 Kosovo Serbs had been killed, nearly 500 kidnapped and presumed dead, and more than 180,000 driven from their ancestral homes. 

On Nov. 10, 1999, the Truth in Media Kosovo War Memorial was finished. It consisted of 158 special TiM Bulletins, 707 articles, nearly 1,000 printed pages, 400 photo images, and 314,000 words.”

 Some of their victims

bojana-beba pec6-20 train1-4-12 bg5-06-1 A MAN WATCHES A VEHICLE BURN OUTSIDE HOSPITAL AFTER NATO AIR STRIKES IN BELGRADE. WOMAN PREPARES A MEAL OUTSIDE APARTMENT BLOCK IN BELGRADE.A BELGRADE WOMAN FEEDS HER BABY IN A SHELTER. A MAN SCREAMS OUTSIDE HIS HOUSE DESTROYED BY NATO BOMBING IN NIS.

 

“A Day Which Will Live in Infamy”

Fifteen (15) years ago today, I penned the following words. Washington’s/NATO’s war on Serbia had not yet begun. But it was about to. So these words ended up being quite prophetic, especially now in hindsight. 

New Day of Infamy – Mar 24, 1999

“Mark this day – March 24, 1999! It may be remembered in history as a new Day of Infamy. Just as was December 7, 1941, the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Except that this time, it is the NATO American-made missiles and pilots that are delivering hell to Serbia on behalf of the forces of Evil.balkan DU sign

By the order to launch air strikes against Serbia, NATO and President Clinton have entered uncharted territory in mankind’s history. Not even Hitler’s grab of the Sudetenland in the 1930s, which eventually led to WW II, ranks as a comparable travesty. For, there are no American interests whatsoever that the NATO bombing will either help, or protect; only needless risks to which it exposes the American soldiers and assets, not to mention the victims on the ground in Serbia.

Bombing Serbia is an act of raw, wanton aggression and violence by a power-hungry Clinton administration. No wonder most Americans who write to us say they are ashamed of it. But shame may quickly turn to blame (of Clinton), if the flames of war in Serbia engulf other nations, possibly even Russia.

May God help all innocent people whom Clinton and his neo-colonial NATO allies have put in mortal danger!”

Bob Djurdjevic

Founder and editor of the Truth in Media

Phoenix, Arizona

The 78-Day War, Followed by 151-day Peace Farce

For 78 days after the New Day of Infamy, this writer did nothing but live, breathe, speak and write the NATO war against Serbia. My average workday was 16-18 hours long. There was nothing else in my life, except short sleep, before continuing the effort to bring out the truth about this travesty to the world. Every day, I put out a Truth in Media Bulletin with fresh news directly from Serbia. Some days, when action got quite hot and heavy, there were two or three editions per day. Whether I was reporting from my home in Phoenix, or from under NATO’s bombs in Serbia, or from the anti-war rallies in Washington and New York at which I also spoke, the Truth in Media reader always had the freshest and the most honest of news and analysis. For 79 days, I literally lived this Truth in Media slogan:

We TRAVEL the

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We LISTEN to the…       UNSPOKEN

We READ the…       UNWRITTEN

We UNCOVER the…   CONCEALED

And then… we WRITE

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the TRUTH IN MEDIA!

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So now there is day-by-day a record of this war and of all the crimes and transgressions the western political and military leaders have committed. All in all, Truth in Media published 106 special wartime TiM Bulletins, encompassing 480 articles and 199,000 words. Between June and November 1999, we added 52 special “peace farce” TiM editions, totaling 227 articles and 101,000 words. If you click on these links below, you can peruse that day-by-day diary of NATO’s war against Serbia.

The effort seemed to pay off. At the height of the war, the Truth in Media became the world’s 33rd most popular web site out some 40 web sites in existence back then. And our reporting earned us recognition and awards afterwards from the freedom loving people around the world. 
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INDOMITABLE SPIRIT – BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG

Tennis star, Ana Ivanovic, talks about how she trained as a child between NATO bombing raids  – in an empty swimming pool! She was 12 at the time

In June 2008, she became No. 1 in the world… Indomitable spirit

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On March 24, 2014 – the RT.COM – Russia Today web site, is expected to release a documentary about NATO’s war on Serbia:
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6 thoughts on “NATO WAR AGAINST SERBIA – 15 YEARS LATER: WHY?

  1. GENOCIDE? DEPLETED URANIUM AND DEUTERIUM THAT NATO USED IN SERBIA ARE KILLING PEOPLE EVEN NOW

    Bob,

    I am not so sure how I can get into your web-site. Maybe you can help me with that.

    However, I do know from very reliable sources that there is an epidemics of cancer (different forms of cancer ) in Serbia where about 35.000 people get the cancer every year. The professionals ascribe it to the cancerogenic dosages of depleted uranium and deuterium that followed bombing of Serbia. As a physician, I am just wondering do we have another Hiroshima and Nagasaki and why? Really, why?

    I found your comment very appropriate and I congratulate you for looking for the truth as you always did in every matter and in this particular issue as well.

    Mirjana
    Dr Mirjana Pavlovic, MD,PhD
    Research and Adjunct Professor
    Florida Atlantic University

    Posted on behalf of the author, per her request.

  2. “Those who used the infamous depleted uranium have a depleted conscience” (former Yugoslav president)

    Thank you for that contribution and a reminder of yet another form of mass destruction of human life NATO had deployed in Serbia. I have written several articles about that contemporaneously. The consequences of using depleted uranium and deuterium on or near civilian population is indeed an unconscionable act.

    As the President of Yugoslavia said in 2001, “those who used the infamous depleted uranium have a depleted conscience.”

    Alas, that presupposes that they ever had a conscience.

    Meanwhile, here is one of those stories the Truth in Media published on that subject in Jan 2001: DU and NATO: Double Standard and Cover Up – http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2001/tim2001-1-3.html. You will find of particular interest a very detailed article about that by Michel Chossudovsky, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.

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