Milosevic's death probably marks only the second or third time most people have heard anything about the so-called "Second Nuremberg" trial in the four years it has been proceeding. That's because it wasn't going too well - for the prosecution, which Milosevic embarrassed on a daily basis. Journalists were snickering at the prosecution's flimsy evidence and flaccid performance. That’s right: journalists--those people who built their careers in the 1990s as co-belligerents against the Serbs in the Balkan wars.
Though Milosevic's conviction was a foregone conclusion (we wouldn't want any more rampaging Muslims than there already are in Europe), he was creaming the Court (the Court and the prosecution are essentially one) to such a degree that six months ago prosecutor Geoffrey Nice admitted (transcript) that he was no longer sure what, exactly, the case against the former strongman was. Why four years to try someone who was the undisputed "Butcher of Belgrade"? The answer is that there's been an unintended benefit to the otherwise bad idea of an international court: the historical record was being set straight.
No, this typically corrupt Balkan socialist was no prize, but he was no genocidist either. But look for a renewed offensive about Milosevic's alleged "crimes" from the majority of the media anyway--and blame for the Balkan wars placed squarely on Serb shoulders--now that the press (both Right and Left) is confident the truth will stay buried with him. Slivers of this truth are present in a few recent headlines you most likely won’t have seen: “Ethnic Albanian Guerrillas Warn UN to Leave Kosovo,” (Agence France Presse March 1, 2006); “Kosovo Bishop Warns Not to Hand Jihadists a Victory,” (CNSNews.com February 23, 2006); “Terror Hunt for 7/7 Bomber's Relative in Bosnia Mosque,” (The Mail February 12, 2006); “Grand Mufti of Bosnia Calls for Standing by Syria,” (ArabicNews.com February 4, 2006); “Abu Hamza 'Boasted of Bosnia Action',” (London Times January 17, 2006); Ex-Security Chief Blows Whistle on UN's Kosovo Mission, (CNSNews.com September 27, 2005).
All that Americans need to know about that confounding, dreaded subject that we so aggressively ignore, the Balkans, is that the Serbs have admitted to not being innocent in those civil wars. But they were less guilty than their enemies--the Croats (a people Germanized since the 1500s and nostalgic for the 1930s), the Bosnian Muslims, and the Albanian Kosovo Muslims. None of these other parties has admitted to anything at all, despite their much more dastardly roles in sparking the Balkan wars. Darling of the West, the late Bosnian President and fundamentalist Muslim Alija Izetbegovic turned down the 1992 Lisbon plan that would have avoided the Bosnian war. Then the Croats, under Franjo Tudjman, ethnically cleansed hundreds of thousands of Serbs from Croatia during Operation Storm. The Albanian role, meanwhile, was summarized in a National Post article by Canadian former UN Commander Major General Lewis MacKenzie, entitled "We Bombed the Wrong Side?":
"The Kosovo-Albanians have played us like a Stradivarius. We have subsidized…their violent campaign for an ethnically pure and independent Kosovo. We have never blamed them for being the perpetrators of the violence in the early '90s and we continue to portray them as the designated victim today in spite of evidence to the contrary. When they achieve independence with the help of our tax dollars combined with those of bin Laden and al-Qaeda, just consider the message of encouragement this sends to other terrorist-supported independence movements around the world."
When Bill Clinton misled us into an obscure region called Kosovo to stop a genocide that wasn't happening, he told us it would stabilize the region, keep the conflict from spreading. This is precisely what Milosevic was doing. Like clockwork, within months of our intervention, the Albanians moved on to terrorize Macedonia, and now they are fighting for parts of Southern Serbia, Montenegro and Greece to form the Greater Albania that had been their nationalistic and Islamic vision all along. Meanwhile, as UN human rights observer Jiri Dienstbier has said, "Kosovo is an infinitely more dangerous place than it was before" the U.S.-led NATO intervention. What we've managed to do, if you can imagine, is destabilize the notoriously unstable Balkans.
Indeed, we mistook for Nazis people who were fighting the Nazis' real heirs. Once we approve independence for Kosovo this year and Albanian borders revert to what they were under Hitler, it'll be worth recalling that an Albanian SS Skanderbeg Division and a Bosnian-Muslim SS Handzar Division fought alongside Hitler, and that Croatia killed 750,000 Serbs and Jews in concentration camps--in ways that humbled the Nazis. By looking for holocausts under every bed, we picked a staged one, and set the stage for a real one; the Serbs were only the Balkans' first victims. New York, Madrid, London and Netanya followed soon enough.
For some reason, fate intends the Serbs to be maligned to the end. Croatian President Franjo Tudjman died before the Hague could hand down an indictment for his war crimes--which would have exposed the damning Croatian role in the Balkan wars; Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic was being quietly investigated and died before the indictment came down (which would have been damning to the Bosnian Muslims)--and now Milosevic has died before the completion of the trial that threatened to expose the Islamofascist narco-terrorist hoax on whose behalf we declared war against a multi-ethnic European nation.
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