Wednesday, August 31, 2016

John Pilger: Provoking nuclear war by media


The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.

Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually "condemned ethnic cleansing", opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia. Buried near the end of a 2,590 page judgement on Karadzic last February, this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified Nato's illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999.

Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006, alone in his cell in The Hague, during what amounted to a bogus trial by an American-invented "international tribunal". Denied heart surgery that might have saved his life, his condition worsened and was monitored and kept secret by US officials, as WikiLeaks has since revealed.

Milosevic was the victim of war propaganda that today runs like a torrent across our screens and newspapers and beckons great danger for us all. He was the prototype demon, vilified by the western media as the "butcher of the Balkans" who was responsible for "genocide", especially in the secessionist Yugoslav province of Kosovo. Prime Minister Tony Blair said so, invoked the Holocaust and demanded action against "this new Hitler". David Scheffer, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes [sic], declared that as many as "225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59" may have been murdered by Milosevic's forces.

This was the model for Washington's subsequent invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and, by stealth, Syria. All qualify as "paramount crimes" under the Nuremberg standard; all depended on media propaganda. While tabloid journalism played its traditional part, it was serious, credible, often liberal journalism that was the most effective - the evangelical promotion of Blair and his wars by the Guardian, the incessant lies about Saddam Hussein's non-existent weapons of mass destruction in the Observer and the New York Times, and the unerring drumbeat of government propaganda by the BBC in the silence of its omissions.

The CIA has demanded Trump is not elected. Pentagon generals have demanded he is not elected. The pro-war New York Times - taking a breather from its relentless low-rent Putin smears - demands that he is not elected. Something is up. These tribunes of "perpetual war" are terrified that the multi-billion-dollar business of war by which the United States maintains its dominance will be undermined if Trump does a deal with Putin, then with China's Xi Jinping. Their panic at the possibility of the world's great power talking peace - however unlikely - would be the blackest farce were the issues not so dire.


Bob said...

As Alex Jones put it, the mainstream media is committing seppuku on behalf of their masters.

Jure Jordan said...

Would you please stop advancing this propaganda nonsense by Pilger and Serbian PR machine that Milošević was exonorated and cleared of any organizing the massacres and dissolution of YUgoslavia.

I presented many proofs against this nonsense, including the ICTY Chief prosecutor, last time you promoted such criminal nonsense.

Please stop clearing a war criminal of his crimes which are well visible and prooven to most of the world.

I am not talking about criminal actions by USA, which i describe just as Pilger and others doo, but about Balkan actors that were following orders from USA including Milošević. If Milošević did not have a support by USA and other western powers he wuld have been finnished off by 1995 and probably executed just as romanian Chausescu by his own people.
If they did not help him in his destruction of Yugoslavia and ethnic cleansing, Bosnia would not be a failed state as it is today where many muslims are not allowed to get back their property in serbian held teritories, and Kosovo would not be a personal property of Madeline Albright as it is today. She owns the only large telecom company in Kosovo, as Charlos Slim in Mexico.

I agree on description of disastrous policies by USA, but i am apalled about falsely presenting the case of inocence of Slobodan Milošević a war criminal.

Kaivey said...

I don't know who you are, you could be anyone

Gary Hart said...

It is my understanding that Milosevic was cleared.

Kaivey said...

This Counterpunch sends to confirm what you say.

Kaivey said...
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Kaivey said...

What the Counterpunch article says is that there was insubstantial evidence.

Kaivey said...

Jure Jordan.

You could be right. The Counterpunch article says that the world is in greys rather than black and white, but people prefer black and white. I have copied and pasted your reply and sent it to John Pilger. I doubt if he will reply, he never has replied to me, ever, but it might prompt him to do more research.

Jure Jordan said...

My original and detailed replys about Counterpunch false claims are here. Plenty of details on this post by Tom Hickey about Pilger's promotion of inocence for war criminal.

BTW Counterpunch doesn't say nothing about Milošević. That was Pilger's false equalization of exonoration in judgment to Radovan Karadžić. How can one person be exonorated in a trial on anther person while waiting his own trial? Where is legal force on that?

I was a participant in balkan wars but accuse all sides of wrongdoings. I am the most energetic when accusing my own Croatian side since there is plenty of documented blame on other sides.

Anyone interested in truth about "exonoration" here are the words of main prosecutor at ICTY Serge Brammertz:
"Some, including the Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, contend that earlier this year the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) exonerated Milosevic in its trial verdict convicting former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

The arguments are not only misguided, but wrong. The only person on trial in Karadzic's case was Karadzic himself."

Kaivey said...

I thought you was there by the strength of your posts. My apologies for reprinting an error. I sent everything you wrote to John Pilger.