Archive for April 2009

US Operative who selected NATO’s bombing targets in Serbia, including China Embassy found dead

April 28, 2009

Global Research, April 25, 2009
Slain Virginia resident William Bennett was connected with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) following his military service. The CIA’s George Little confirmed that Bennett worked as a contractor for that agency for several years. His service to the organization ended in the year 2000.

It has been reported by NBC Washington that Bennett was involved in the May 1999 NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy bombing in Belgrade during NATO involvement in Yugoslavia. Three Chinese citizens were killed in the attack.

This accidental bombing was later blamed on an outdated map that showed the embassy at its prior location. The CIA later took responsibility for the error, firing one officer and reprimanding 20 more. It is unclear at this time the level of Bennett’s involvement and whether or not it might be linked to the deadly attack that took his life.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the murder of William Bennett and the assault on his wife, Cynthia Bennett. The FBI has also joined the investigation.

Meanwhile not related to this case, though tied to the NATO bombing of Serbia, Amnesty International is seeking war crimes measures against the Alliance for bombing a TV Station which killed more than a dozen journalists.

A spokesman for Amnesty International called it “one of the worst crimes” adding “you can’t bomb and kill people simply because their news service was not inclined towards NATO”. The Strasbourg Court had refused to accept the case filed by Amnesty International.

Russia moves troops closer to Georgia’s capital

April 22, 2009

At a military checkpoint between Georgia and its breakaway region of South Ossetia, the word “Russia” is hand-painted in pink on a concrete security barrier.

“It will be Russia,” said a Russian army lieutenant as the Ossetian soldiers under his command nodded.

“And Georgia used to be Russian, too,” said the young freckle-faced lieutenant, who would give only his first name, Sergei. Three armored personnel carriers and a tank were dug in around the checkpoint.

Russia has troops just 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Georgian capital, in violation of the European Union-brokered cease-fire that ended last year’s brief war. And in recent weeks, it has put even more soldiers and armored vehicles within striking distance of the city ahead of street protests against Georgia’s president.

The protests, which began April 9, drew about 10,000 people Tuesday, and opposition leaders said they would continue daily until President Mikhail Saakashvili resigned.

The demonstrations have been fed by public anger over Georgia’s humiliating defeat in the August war, which left Russian troops on previously Georgian-controlled territory and drove tens of thousands of Georgians from their homes.

By reinforcing its military presence at a time of potential political instability, Russia appears determined to maintain pressure on Saakashvili, whom Moscow has openly said must be replaced before relations can be repaired.

Georgia’s Western-leaning government accuses the Kremlin of hoping to capitalize on political unrest to restore its influence over the former Soviet republic, which for almost 200 years was ruled by Moscow.

The presence of the Russian troops poses a dilemma for Washington as it aims to improve relations with Moscow. Georgia worries the Obama administration will be reluctant to pressure Russia to comply with the cease-fire while seeking its cooperation on priority issues like the war in Afghanistan and North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Tensions over Georgia also complicate efforts to restore ties between Russia and NATO, which broke off contacts following the war. Russia has strongly objected to NATO military exercises scheduled to begin May 6 in Georgia and has warned the U.S. against helping Georgia rebuild its army.

The military checkpoint near Akhmaji enforces a new boundary between Georgia and South Ossetia, the Russian-supported region that was at the center of the fighting. After routing the Georgian army, Russian troops took over entire districts of South Ossetia that had long been under Georgian control.

 

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Bulletin of Cultural Annihilation

April 17, 2009

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Summaries:

North America

February 26, 2009
Washington, DC
Minnesota Muslims recruited by Islamic organization for terrorism training and creating terrorist teams inside the United States.  More here.   

March 16, 2009
Chicago, IL
Free speech takes a hit at De Paul University when pro-Israel event closed down by angry mob chanting for more terrorism against Sderot citizens. The speaker and the Hillel staff had to be escorted out by security.

March 17, 2009
Washington, DC
A coalition of national Islamic organizations announced that it is suspending outreach relations with the FBI and others, citing the recent FBI infiltration of mosques.  The coalition also referred to the FBI’s actions of the naming of 300 Muslim groups (including CAIR and others) as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial (where Islamic charities were prosecuted as fronts for the fund-raising of terrorist groups such Hezbollah, Al Quaida, etc.).

March 19, 2009
Minneapolis, MN
Muslim girls enjoy throwing off hijab and niquab for basketball when gym closed to boys.

March 25, 2009
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Miss Universe (from Venezuela) visits Gitmo prison in Cuba and says, “we saw the jails, where they shower, how the(y) recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting,” and described it as “a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful”.

March 25, 2009
Ottawa City, Canada
Palestinian Authority runs financial scam on Canada, millions defrauded.

March 25, 2009
Knoxville, TN
Muslims seek to prevent restaurant in Tennessee from getting a liquor license.

March 26, 2009
Washington, DC
Congress introduces bill to reduce American funding for terrorists. American taxpayer money goes to the terrorist-funding banks ‘Arab bank’ and ‘Commercial bank of Syria’ through UNRWA accounts; UNRWA is the UN agency used to transfer money to the Palestinian Arabs.  Commentators ask whether this is an American, UN, or Palestinian Arab scandal.

March 27, 2009
Washington, DC
Federal Judge finds Iran responsible for terrorist murder of American citizen by Hamas because of the financial support, military training, and political cover that Iran gives to Hamas. The family is aware the money will never be collected, but are satisfied that their son’s murderers have been publicly acknowledged.

March 27, 2009
Washington, DC
Muslim terror becoming more deadly by maximizing lethality of attack, outgunning local security, planning in one country and attacking target in a different country, seizing target site with lightning speed, and more.

March 28, 2009
New York, NY
Muslims alienated by 10 words: secular, assimilation, reformation, jihadi, moderate, interfaith. freedom, religious freedom, tolerance, and ‘clash of civilizations’.

March 29, 2009
Washington, DC
U.S. could soon face problems similar to some Western European countries, where the religious values of Muslim immigrants sometimes clash with their highly secular host cultures, predicts head of Center For Security Policy.

March 30, 2009
Mexico City, Mexico
Hezbollah just another ‘Drug Cartel’ in Mexico, makes big money smuggling drugs and illegals into America.

March 30, 2009
New York, NY
Latest Gitmo releasee: Al-Qaeda operative part of anthrax plot.

April 1, 2009
Sacramento, CA
Major California daily newspaper, Sacramento Bee, claims on page 1 story that Sharia is the cure for the financial crisis.  After outcry, article was removed. Text and report can be found here .

April 1, 2009
Sacramento, CA
Freed terrorist detainee promises to kill more Americans in Iraq; says fight for Sharia in Iraq just beginning.

April 1, 2009
Sacramento, CA
Islamic school in Sacramento takes over bankrupt department store, requires hijab and teaches Islamic supremacy and Sharia.  “Some Muslims have doubts about the school”, said Wardany, “they worry about the academic standards”.

April 2, 2009
Washington, DC
Muslim congressman accuses Congress of being poorly informed regarding Hamas and UNRWA and says do not blame whole organization on a few radicals.

April 4, 2009
United States
Ex-Muslim warns the west of plot to impose Islamic law and calls Sharia “the most inhumane, cruel and punitive system of laws practiced today.” 

April 5, 2009
New York, NY
New York Times calls Turkey “Israel’s Best Friend”.

Europe

February 15, 2009
London, England
Islamic terrorists from Britain to Gaza led by Islamic political party leader, George Galloway.

March 5, 2009
Republic of Cyprus
Muslims seize 522 churches in Cypress and convert them to Mosques, say Greek Orthodox Church officials in Cypress.  Cypress is home to the 2nd oldest continuous Christian community in the world (Egypt is the oldest) and many church treasures dating back to the 4th Century have disappeared after seizure by Muslim groups and ‘reappeared’ at international art auctions.

March 9, 2009
London, England
Violent overthrow of Egyptian government called for by Islamic political party in England.

March 20, 2009
Rosengad, Denmark
Muslims attack firefighters with knives and bottle coming to battle fires set by Muslims.

March 27, 2009
Rosengad, Denmark
Home of Denmark’s largest ‘Viking Museum’, with 3 complete excavated Viking ships,  Rosengad is now an 86% Muslim city with violent clashes between the Muslims and the police and the biggest female rape problem in the world.

March 27, 2009
Milan, Italy
Italy introduces ‘checkpoints’ for Muslims in Roman Catholic church after bomb attempt. Scroll down to ‘Islamic protest’ .

March 28, 2009
Rochester, England
Bishop Nazir-Ali quits Anglican Church (Church of England) to oppose Islamic supremacy in England. Liberal churchmen call Bishop Nazir-Ali a “Paki Papist”.  Schism reflects differences between effete Western clerics and more serious treatment of religion in Africa and Asia.

March 28, 2009
Trollhättan, Sweden
Muslims bomb the home of Swedish prosecutor.

March 29, 2009
Yorkshire, England
Al Quaida terrorist prisoners in Britain seize helicopter in prison escape.

March 30, 2009
Oldham, England
Muslim woman sentenced to community service for publicly preaching violent overthrow of the British government.

March 30, 2009
London, England
British police screen Muslim schoolchildren for potential terrorists.  The program was started in Lambeth in 2007, and expanded to West Yorkshire, the Midlands, Bedfordshire and South Wales. The Home office considers the program a success, and will expand it to London, Thames Valley, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and West Sussex.

March 31, 2009
Bologna, Italy
Italian Muslim tries to blow up Renaissance fresco in Italian church.  Case similar to attacks on Michelangelo’s Pieta in 1975, Buddhist statues in 1998, and regular destruction of Egyptian antiquities in Egypt.

March 31, 2009
London, England
G20 rioters include pro-Sharia contingent.

March 31, 2009
Lincolnshire, England
Fire minister Sadiq Khan introduces Hijab for firemen in Britain.

March 31, 2009
Blackburn, England
Slavery imported from Pakistan to Great Britain.

Mar 31, 2009
Strasburg, France
Hamas announces Europe desperate for ties with Hamas. Switzerland and Norway lead the charge.

April 2, 2009
Strasbourg, France
President Obama admits Al Quaida exists, but says bigger problem for Europe.

April 2, 2009
Helsinki, Finland
Islamic pedophile in Finland “claims that the Finnish Justice Ministry gave him permission (out of respect for Islamic law)”.  According to article, hundreds of underage marriages are performed in Finland in an effort to comply with Islamic law.

April 2, 2009
Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden fined over Israel match and is banned from hosting Davis Cup.  Sweden to appeal citing their ban was in response to the security threat posed by the 32% Malmo population.

April 3, 2009
London, England
British government won’t close legal loophole allowing Sharia to be enforced by British courts. Legal loophole created by ‘Arbitration Act of 1996’ and the fact that Sharia Courts are called Tribunals.

April 5, 2009
London, England
British government-funded charity depicts Christians as Islamaphobes who regard Muslims as terrorists.

April 5, 2009
London, England
Fatwas from jail: Jihad continues in British jail as Abu Qatada (Muslim cleric) spews message of hate and violence worldwide while in British prison.

April 5, 2009
London, England
Abu Qatada, Al Quaida’s top British recruiter, on welfare and living in London for 10 years.

April 6, 2009
Germany
Once again a German court ruled by referring to Sharia (Islamic law).  This article includes several recent cases including the court decision of ruling abuse permissible since Islamic law permits beatings. 

Middle East

January 1, 2009
Riyadh, West Bank
“The occupation is used as an excuse for the practice of killing women and girls in the name of ‘honor’“, says Palestinian Arab Human Rights Monitor in 2009 Annual Report.

March 10, 2009
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
After jail, Christians pray for Saudi King Abdallah.  Christians arrested by Saudi religious police for having Christian Mass in a private home serve 2 years in jail.

March 13, 2009
Ni’lin, West Bank
ISM activist hit in head by tear gas canister from 60 meters (65 yards); claims Israelis have special method of shooting tear gas at that distance with uncanny accuracy while experts scoff at claims of Israeli super weapons.  Protester’s parents confirm he receives highest quality medical care in Israeli hospital.

March 13, 2009
Ramallah, West Bank
Rachel Corrie coffee mugs now available to honor the ISM activist accidentally killed while defending a weapons cache in West Bank by an Israeli bulldozer.

March 16, 2008
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
World’s oldest groom is 100-year-old Saudi man while new bride is 26.

March 16, 2009
Ankara, Turkey
Kurdish leader in Turkey banned for giving public speech in his native language, Kurdish.  The Turkish law banning public speaking in a foreign language has never included Arabic because it is the language of the Koran.

March 16, 2009
Ankara, Turkey
Syriac Christians among minorities in Turkey facing education discrimination; Kurds especially hard-hit.

March 22, 2009
Istanbul, Turkey
Islam’s ‘Honor-Killing’ problem addressed in Turkey by emphasizing suicide. 2008 record for ‘Honor-Killings’ avoided for 2009 by forcing suicide rather than having the father murder the wife or daughter directly.

March 22, 2009
Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey opposes Rasmusson from Denmark for NATO head because of anger at Denmark’s handling of the ‘Muhammed Cartoon Contest’ in 2006, the Kurd TV station broadcasts from Denmark, and because Rasmusson speaks out for ‘freedom of speech’.

March 23, 2009
Beirut, Lebanon
Unclear if Hezbollah or Lebanese army kills 4 Fatah/PLO terrorists in South Lebanon.

March 25, 2009
Bardhubo, Somalia
Islamic Sharia court sentences murderer of two aid workers to pay compensation of 100 female camels. The victim was ‘Senior World Food Program official Ibrahim Hussein Duale’.

March 26, 2009
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Cinema and theater contrary to Islam, says Saudi Grand Mufti, after Saudi-produced comedy shown.  “We put sound and visual equipment, we sold tickets for the first time in Saudi Arabia, and we even sold popcorn,” said Ayman Halawani.  Overall some 25,000 people in a country of 22 million actually saw the film.

March 26, 2009
Istanbul, Turkey
Secular Turkish leader killed in helicopter crash; cause of crash not identified, Islamic party to benefit.

March 26, 2009
Kabul, Afghanistan
Send-off party for suicide bomber blows up – killing 7 when the bomb-vest explodes.

March 26, 2009
Islamabad, Pakistan
Pakistan intelligence warns Britain about 20 more Islamic terrorists trained in Pakistan with Al Quaida and Taliban and moved to Great Britain.

March 26, 2009
Gaza City, Gaza
Hamas tortures political opponents (Fatah employees) to death.

March 26, 2009
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Grand Mufti warns against playing chess because it “causes a man to lose his wealth and waste his time.”

March 27, 2009
Ankara, Turkey
Turkey enforces Jizya poll-tax on Christians.  The tax is part of a wider effort by Turkey to harass and discredit Turkish Christians.. Lawyer to appeal case to European Court of Human Rights because there is no appeal in Turkey.  For more information on the jizya tax and dhimmitude, click here.

March 27, 2009
Ankara, Turkey
Turkey’s anti-Christian policies violate treaty with Europe, says Council of Europe report.

March 27, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
3 Israelis hit by stones, seek medical attention.

March 27, 2009
Hebron, West Bank
Jewish cemetery desecrated by Arabs.

March 28, 2009
Abu Dubai, Saudi Arabia
Saudi girl drinks bleach to escape marriage to 75 year old man.  Her father traded her for the 13 year old great-grand-niece of the 75 year old.

March 29, 2009
Jenin, West Bank
Music teacher banned from West Bank for scheduling Palestinian Youth Symphony to play at a Holocaust Remembrance concert in Israel and the youth symphony is disbanded.  Fatah official explains, “She took them to a place in order to teach them about the Holocaust, this is against her objectives and ours, which are only recreational.”  The official said the music teacher, an Israeli-Arab citizen, was no longer welcome and closed down her office. “We won’t prevent her from entering Jenin refugee camp, but we can’t ensure her safety”.  The music teacher said, “the show in Israel was part of a good-will day sponsored by an Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist.”

March 30, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
New website enables Israeli soldiers to tell what it’s like on the front lines with radical Islam.

March 30, 2009
Beirut, Lebanon
Muslims criticize Lebanese leader for not thanking Iran and Syria for re-arming Hezbollah after 2006 war with Israel.

March 30, 2009
Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanon’s president warns Hezbollah not to kill any more Lebanese soldiers.

March 30, 2009
Beirut, Lebanon
American military aid arrived in Lebanon to help enforce UN Resolution 1701, passed in 2006 to enable the Lebanese army to stand up to Hezbollah.

March 30, 2009
Doha, Qatar
War criminal given hero’s welcome at Arab Summit; Sudan’s president was indicted for war crimes for the Darfur genocide.

March 31, 2009
Kabul, Afghanistan
New law makes rape of women legal in Afghanistan. 

April 1, 2009
Ramallah, West Bank
Palestinian Authority enforces death penalty for selling land to any Jew; purchase of land in Jerusalem by American reported.  More than 50 executed for selling land.

April 1, 2009
Ramallah, West Bank
Sin under Islamic law (Sharia) to sell land to a Jew, says Imam Sheikh Tamimi and supported by ‘fatwas’ from many clerics.

April 2, 2009  Video
Afghanistan
17-year old girl gets publicly beaten by Taliban.

April 2, 2009
Ramallah, West Bank
Palestinian Arabs admit Israeli soldiers not aggressive in West Bank.

April 2, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
Axe-wielding Muslim terrorist kills little children and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad claims credit for the murders.

April 2, 2009
Sderot, Israel
Over 70 tons of bombmaking supplies entered Gaza in March.

April 2, 2009
Nablus, West Bank
PA terrorist throws bomb at Israeli car.

April 2, 2009
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Saudi religious police arrest famous Arab actors, because men and women were performing together.

April 2, 2009
Damascus, Syria
Syria thwarts UN investigation into assassination of Syrian freedom leader by denying access to witnesses; UN demands extradition of three Syrian generals who immediately ‘disappear’.

April 3, 2009
Ramallah, West bank
The chief judge of the Palestinian Authority has reminded Arabs that they face death if caught selling homes to Jews. The offense is considered “high treason,” according to PA judge Sheik Tayseer Rajab Tamimi. Several Arabs have been executed for selling their homes to Jews, often without trial.

April 4, 2009
Swat Valley, Pakistan
Islamic cleric admits to whipping girls, but claims particular video showing whipping of girl is fake; “He said the punishment given to the girl was just.”

April 4, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
Israeli military denounces off-duty soldiers’ t-shirts as outside boundaries of good taste and humor; allegations of in-uniform misconduct by Israeli soldiers in Gaza proven false.

April 4, 2009
Washington, DC
CIA thinks top Iraqi bombmaker Abu Ibrahim is now in Syria.

April 5, 2009
Banuu, Pakistan
Pakistan girls’ school blown up.

April 05, 2009
Lahore, Pakistan
Muslim says Pakistan is slave to US and promises more bombs.

April 6, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
Israelis avoid Turkey because of increasingly Islamic government.  Islamic party elected, holds power and systematically reduces secular influences.

April 6, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
Turkey’s Prime Minister calls for Islamic government in Gaza and West Bank, accuses Israel of war crimes, and ends joint Turkey-Israel programs.

April 6, 2009
Tehran, Iran
American girl journalist overstays visa and faces 12 years in Iranian prison.

April 6, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
$9.4 billion in aid poured into the Palestinian Authority is wasted.

April 6, 2009
Beersheeba, Israel
16-year old female terrorist killed at Israel/Egypt border, Islamic Jihad of Hebron (PA) suspected. Girl’s diary shows she wanted to be a ‘martyr’, parents assisted her in suicide bomb.

April 6, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
Suicide-bomber’s family sues Israel for property damage related to the death of their son.  They admit their son pulled the trigger on his own bomb.

April 6, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
Israeli leader says best answer to murder of child by terrorists is to invest in life.

April 6, 2009
Jerusalem, Israel
Israeli Arab woman convicted of terrorism targeting her own neighbors.

Asia

March 19, 2009
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Uzbek Christians face persecution and discrimination even after death as funeral is denied to Christians.

March 19, 2009
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
South Korean Baptist Christian sentenced to 10 days in jail for participating in a prayer meeting in a registered church.

April 5, 2009
Islamabad, Pakistan
Taliban meets weekly quota of two terrorist attacks per week in Pakistan; country destabilized. Taliban demands military withdraw from section of Pakistan.

April 5, 2009
Islamabad, Pakistan
US drone-fired missile strikes effective against Taliban in Pakistan’s northwest, admits Taliban spokesman.

April 6, 2009
New Delhi, India
India, also hurt by Islam, has high opinion of Israel.

Africa

March 3, 2009
Algeria
Algerian Author Anwar Malek: The Arabs Have Lost Their Worth, Their Humanity, and Their Culture.  Video here.

March 24, 2009
Khartoum, Sudan
Although unclear who blew up arms from Iran for Hamas (Egypt, US, or Israel), all agree 17-truck shipment was a major weapons convoy for Hamas.

March 24, 2009
Fez, Morocco
Death penalty enforced for homosexuality in Morocco.

April 5, 2009
Indian Ocean
Muslim pirates seize German ship in Indian Ocean.  Al Jazeera describes the pirates as environmental activists protesting European garbage dumping in east Africa.

April 5, 2009
Mogadishu, Somalia
Al-Qaeda urges overthrow of insufficiently-Islamic President of Somalia. President wants to establish a new security force and persuade Islamic fighters to back the government in the interests of peace.

April 5, 2009
Mogadishu, Somalia
Islamic war-criminal from Somalia honored guest of Islamic Sudan.

Australia

February 26, 2009
Sydney, Australia
Australia’s aid to Palestinian aid agency, UN’s UNRWA, has been diverted to arms purchases, terrorist operations and anti-Israel incitement, as well as into the pockets of the Palestinian Authority leadership, says Australian legislator.

March 26, 2009
Australia
Muslims set forest fires in Australia.  More here.

United Nations

March 26, 2009
Geneva, Switzerland
UN passes resolution making criticism of Islam a crime by a vote of the UN Human Rights Council. The resolution passed despite opposition from a coalition of more than 100 secular and faith groups (none were Muslim), who warned this could create conflict and accusations of defamation among different faiths. The United States is not a member of the highly politicized council.

March 26, 2009
Bangkok, Thailand
UN votes for censorship, says Bangkok Times.

March 26, 2009
Washington, DC
New threat to freedom of expression, says Christian Science Monitor.

Warning that Pakistan is in danger of collapse within months

April 16, 2009

By Paul McGeough

 

PAKISTAN could collapse within months, one of the more influential counter-insurgency voices in Washington says.

The warning comes as the US scrambles to redeploy its military forces and diplomats in an attempt to stem rising violence and anarchy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“We have to face the fact that if Pakistan collapses it will dwarf anything we have seen so far in whatever we’re calling the war on terror now,” said David Kilcullen, a former Australian Army officer who was a specialist adviser for the Bush administration and is now a consultant to the Obama White House.

“You just can’t say that you’re not going to worry about al-Qaeda taking control of Pakistan and its nukes,” he said.

 

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Hague: Prosecution to submit documents from meeting bewteen Arbour-Clark About Holbrook/Karadzic Agreemtn for Immpunity

April 16, 2009

Hague: Prosecution to submit documents from meeting between Arbour-Clark ImageThe Hague Tribunal ordered the Prosecution to hand over to Radovan Karadzic all reports and transcripts from the meeting of former Chief Prosecutor Louis Arbour and US General Wesley Clark mentioning Karadzic’s alleged agreement with US diplomat Richard Holbrook. At that meeting in the NATO seat, Clark allegedly mentioned Karadzic’s agreement with Holbrook from 1996, according to which he was offered to withdraw from public life in exchange for immunity before the Hague Tribunal. The Tribunal ordered the Prosecution to hand over to Karadzic all the documents from that meeting or officially announce that they do not have them. The Prosecution must also confirm that, as they claim, that they already reveal or are about to reveal all transcripts of talks with former RS President Biljana Plavsic and her statements before the Tribunal mentioning the agreement between Karadzic and Holbrook. However, the Trial Chamber denied Karadzic’s request to publish the remaining documents which would confirm that on July 18 and 19 1996, Holbrook promised immunity to Karadzic, with explanation that the defendant did not specifically state his requests. Karadzic is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity during the war in B-H.

It Began with a Lie

April 10, 2009

It Began with a Lie: How German Officials Lead their Country to Another Aggressive War

 
Apr 9th, 2009 | By De-Construct.net

 

It Began with a Lie, German documentary about the lies their state officials used to manipulate public opinion during NATO aggression against Serbia

 
“It Began With a Lie”: German TV report refutes government propaganda in Balkan War, by Dietmar Henning

 

Germany’s Social Democratic (SPD)-Green party coalition government employed fabrications and manipulated facts to overcome popular opposition to the participation of the German armed forces in NATO’s war against Yugoslavia. A German TV report by journalists Jo Angerer and Mathias Werth entitled “It Began With a Lie” provides proof of this.

The report, which was first broadcast on the nationwide ARD public channel on February 8, set off a large-scale public discussion in Germany. It was the subject of a parliamentary debate in the Bundestag [the German federal parliament] on February 16. On the same day, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper published the script of the report in a slightly abridged version, and on February 19 the report was rebroadcast on WDR (one of the ARD channel’s affiliated stations, which can be viewed nation-wide via cable), followed by a live discussion featuring politicians, journalists, generals and one of the makers of the documentary, Mathias Werth.

In the TV report, the authors juxtapose step by step the results of their own meticulous research to the statements made at the time by Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Minister of Defence Rudolf Scharping (both SPD) and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (Greens).

 

 
When 39 Deaths were Called “Humanitarian Catastrophe”

 

“NATO says it dropped the bombs to save the lives of the Kosovar Albanians—from the Serbs,” states the report. That was the main argument used by the government to justify the first combat deployment of German troops since the Second World War, 50-plus years after Hitler’s armies devastated the Balkans.

Rudolf Scharping stated on March 27, 1999: “We never would have taken military action if there weren’t this humanitarian catastrophe in Kosovo, with 250,000 refugees within Kosovo and far more than 400,000 refugees in total, and with a death toll we are not even able to count yet.”

The report contrasts this statement with the findings of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at the time. The OSCE’s “results for March 1999” reported “39 deaths in all of Kosovo—before the NATO bombers came”.

Heinz Loquai, a former general attached to the OSCE who has already published a book refuting some of the German Ministry of Defence’s lies, particularly the fictitious “Operation Horseshoe” (which will be dealt with later in this article), states: “the kind of humanitarian catastrophe that, as a category of international law, would have justified going to war did not exist in Kosovo prior to the war”. And Norma Brown, a US diplomat in Kosovo, says: “There was no humanitarian crisis up to the beginning of the NATO bombing raids.”

The authors’ conclusion: “An unambiguous verdict! On the question of violence in Kosovo—in none of the OSCE reports is there even the slightest indication of an impending humanitarian catastrophe. What was observed by the international experts were situations where rebels of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) were fighting against regular Yugoslav troops. A civil war, says the OSCE. The village dwellers fled from these battles. Later, they usually returned to their houses, most of which had been completely destroyed.”

This is substantiated by a quote from the secret reports of the German Ministry of Defence: “There were no major armed conflicts between the Serb-Yugoslav forces and the KLA over the past few days…. In the recent period the Serbian security forces have restricted their activities to routine operations such as security checks, patrols, searches for weapons caches and the monitoring of important connecting roads.”

To convince the population of Germany that there was indeed a humanitarian catastrophe, and that the Serbs really were committing atrocities on a massive scale against the Kosovars, the German government utilised every conceivable propaganda ploy. But the TV reporters have pulled the carpet out from under Scharping’s crudest inventions.

 

 

 

 

“Concentration Camp” that Never Existed
First they investigated the claim that the Serbs had two years previously installed a Nazi-style concentration camp for Kosovar Albanians in the soccer stadium of Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Rudolf Scharping repeatedly made this claim in public in April 1999.

Even later, in his war diaries about the NATO mission in Kosovo, Scharping continued to claim that several thousand persons were held captive in this alleged concentration camp. The TV report notes: “And Joschka Fischer, the German Foreign Minister, repeatedly compared the Serbs to the Nazis, calling for military intervention with the words: ‘There must never be another Auschwitz!’ To this very day, Joschka Fischer and Rudolf Scharping have stuck to this version of events.”

Asked by the reporters about the source of his information, Scharping qualifies his statements slightly, but still insists that there was a concentration camp in the Pristina stadium. “We had clear testimony from witnesses.” Scharping and his Ministry of Defence were not prepared to reveal who these witnesses were—either in the interview featured in the TV report or elsewhere. The Ministry of Defence refuses to publish any of the secret reports it claims were the basis for its decisions. Scharping, Schröder and Fischer have all hid from public view on this matter.

 

 

 
Only 47 members of parliament took part in the Bundestag debate on the TV report, including 20 from the opposition PDS (the “democratic socialist” successor to the former East German Stalinist state party, Socialist Unity—SED), and not one government minister was present. Spokespersons from the Defence and Foreign ministries were forbidden to take part in the live TV discussion.

The TV journalists asked witnesses from Pristina about the accusation that there was a concentration camp there. Shaban Kelmendi, an eyewitness and (non-Serbian) Kosovar politician whose house is situated next to the stadium, said in front of the camera: “There was not one single prisoner or hostage held there at that time. The stadium was always used only as a landing field for helicopters.”

 

 

 

 
Battle Against KLA Terrorists Labeled “Mass Execution”

 
Next, the TV report dealt with Rugovo, a small farming village in the south of Kosovo. On January 29, 1999 Serb special police allegedly carried out a massacre of innocent civilians there—the kind of massacre which, according to Scharping’s outraged statements at the time, were “later not only committed by the special police, but also by gangs of released convicts and others”.

Two months after the alleged massacre, Scharping presented photographs at a press conference showing a red van that had been riddled with bullets, as well as numerous corpses, allegedly of Kosovar-Albanian civilians, lying in a row as after a mass execution. “This Is Why We Are at War” screamed the tabloid headlines the next day, April 28, 1999, above Scharping’s photographs prominently displayed on the front page.

The TV report then quotes from a secret report of the Defence Ministry: “Confidential—for official use only. Twenty-four Kosovar Albanians and one Serb policeman were killed in Rugovo on January 29, 1999 during a battle.”

Television footage shot by a Western camera team immediately after the events in Rugovo shows that the men killed there were in all probability KLA soldiers. KLA identification cards were found on them; most of them were wearing uniforms and combat boots; submachine guns were lying on the ground.

Today, Scharping claims he based his statements at the time on information supplied by “OSCE observers who were the first on the scene”. But the TV journalists interviewed the very first OSCE observer to arrive on the scene, German police officer Henning Hensch, who states that on the day he saw Scharping’s claims first broadcast on Deutsche Welle (the German world broadcasting service), he informed the defence minister that “the version presented in that broadcast did not correspond to what happened”. In actual fact, what had occurred was a battle.

Hensch goes on to say, “apart from that, the corpses the defence minister presented had been placed there in that way by the Serbian security forces, myself and my two Russian colleagues, because we had collected them from the various locations or scenes of crimes.”

These trumped-up atrocities were still not enough to stifle protests against the bombing of Yugoslavia, particularly when images of what NATO described as “collateral damage” appeared on TV screens throughout the world. Jamie Shea, the NATO spokesman during the war, recognised this fact. As he told the TV journalists: “After the attack on the refugee convoy near Djakovica, the first ‘accident’ of the war, public support dropped in many countries, including Germany, by 20 to 25 percent. We had to work hard for six weeks to win back public opinion.”

 

 

 

 

 

 
KLA-Ordered Evacuation Becomes “Milosevic’s Horseshoe Operation”
Milosevic’s mistake, added Shea, was to drive the refugees from Kosovo into Albania and Macedonia. “There were TV camera teams filming all the misery at the borders. That was why public opinion swung around to support NATO again.”

In Germany, these manipulations and distortions were carried to even greater lengths. The version circulated there was that the Serbs had been systematically planning the forced expulsion of these people and the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Kosovo for a long time. Murders and expulsions in Kosovo were now given a name: “Operation Horseshoe”.

Rudolf Scharping revealed this alleged plan on April 7, 1999, stating: “In clearly discernible phases from October [1998] to the Rambouillet negotiations, the Yugoslav Army and the Yugoslav State Police not only began to prepare for the expulsion of the population, but had already started this mass expulsion. This shows very clearly the systematic, brutal and murderous way in which this plan was instigated in October 1998 and put into effect as of January 1999.”

According to this version, Serb troops had surrounded Albanian civilians “like a horseshoe” to drive them out of Kosovo. To provide evidence of the planned way the Serbs were proceeding, the Defence Ministry published a photograph in a brochure specially printed for this purpose. Scharping claimed the village shown in the photograph had already been attacked and set on fire by the Serbs prior to the NATO bombing raids, and that the civilian population had been driven out of the region “as part of the plan”.

Jo Angerer and Mathias Werth comment: “But the data inscription on the photograph raises doubts. It lists the date the photograph was taken as April 1999—after the NATO bombing raids had begun. That alone shows that what happened in Randubrava, the village on the photograph, provides no evidence of Operation Horseshoe.”

 

 

 

 
Eyewitnesses from Randubrava describe what actually happened in the village. Shaip Rexhepi reports: “The inhabitants left the village on March 25, after the NATO bombing raids. At around 8 o’clock in the evening we were given the order by the KLA to evacuate the population. There were no village inhabitants left here on March 26. We had taken all of them to the village of Mamush. It was only then that the Serbs started firing grenades at us. We were KLA soldiers. We defended ourselves, but it was just impossible. We were powerless against the tanks and cannons. But we held out as long as we could. There were 85 KLA soldiers from my village here, but there were others from outside as well. All in all, we comprised 120 soldiers from Company D of the 129th Brigade of the KLA.”

 

 

 

 

Scharping’s Ignorance Betrays Another Figment of Imagination

 
Another alleged piece of evidence for “Operation Horseshoe” was the “crimes committed by the Serbs” in a village called Sanhovici. But as the report clearly shows: “This photograph was also taken at a later date: April 1999, also after the war had started.”

The TV journalists visited the village shown in the Defence Ministry’s brochure—“which, however, is called Petershtica, not Sanhovici”. According to the Defence Ministry brochure, the Serbs destroyed the houses there in a particularly perfidious way: “First they [the Serbs] place a burning candle in the attic, then they open the gas tap in the cellar.”

Nobody recalls this happening in Petershtica. Fatmir Zymeri, an eyewitness, states that the destruction shown in the photograph had already taken place in June 1998, half a year before “Operation Horseshoe” was allegedly put into effect.

What of the candles in the attics and gas taps in the cellars cited by Scharping? Fatmir Zymeri states: “No, that is not how the houses in our village caught fire. This happened in many ways, but not like that. The houses were set on fire in a different way. The houses caught fire when they were hit by grenades, yes. That happened when the grenades exploded in the hay, on fences and things like that. But never through a method like this thing with the candles.”

That this story about candles igniting gas is not only a lie, but a ridiculous invention, is amply demonstrated in the interview the TV journalists held with Scharping. This interview is worth quoting at length:

Reporter: About that last village—there is a caption under the photograph that says the Serbs come into the villages, open the gas taps in the cellars and place a burning candle in the attic. There are doubts as to whether that method could work at all.

Scharping: What doubts are those?

Reporter: If you open the gas tap in the cellars and place a burning candle up on top, it just doesn’t work!

Scharping: Oh?

Reporter: No, it doesn’t work at all technically—neither chemically, nor physically nor in any other way. So it must be either incorrect information passed on by witnesses or information that was not checked.

Scharping: Then I suggest you carry out the test again. But this time not with a gas tap in a cellar, but with a gas cylinder.

Reporter: Same thing—neither method works.

Scharping: Oh…?

Reporter: Yes, you see, gas is heavier than air.

In a new edition of the brochure originally printed in May of 1999, the photo caption and data inscription under the photograph of Petershtica has been removed.

Heinz Loquai, the former OSCE general, confirmed the TV journalists’ research. Loquai recalled a discussion he had in the Defence Ministry in November of 1998: “But there was no ‘Operation Horseshoe’—at least, that is what the experts in the Defence Ministry said.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Reasons for Aggression and Partial Occupation of Serbia

 

The TV report does not explain why the bombs fell on Belgrade, even though the two journalists claim to provide such an explanation at the beginning of their feature. In reality, the war was about geopolitical interests, about global political power, oil and gold.

Willy Wimmer, a Defence policy spokesman of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), confirmed this during the live discussion following the rebroadcast of the report on WDR, when he mentioned a defence policy conference he attended in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, along with high-ranking representatives from Western Europe, the US and Eastern European countries “from the Baltic Sea to Macedonia”. According to Wimmer, an American defence spokesman said: “We waged that war because we have to undo the strategic mistake Eisenhower made in 1943-44.”

Nevertheless, the strength of the report is that it unequivocally shows how the German government, which includes the Green party that was once at the fore of the pacifist movement in Germany, pushed through the first combat deployment of German troops since the demise of the Nazi regime. To achieve this aim, the government employed a propaganda apparatus that has also not seen its like since 1945.

 

 

 

 
“Schröder, Scharping and Fischer did a Really Good Job!”

 

NATO spokesman Jamie Shea, who is featured repeatedly in the report, was and is fully aware of the role of propaganda in whipping up support for the war. “The political leaders played the decisive role with regard to public opinion,” said Shea with a self-satisfied grin.

Shea continued: “They are the democratically elected representatives. They knew which news was important for public opinion in their country. Rudolf Scharping did a really good job. It’s not easy, particularly in Germany, whose population for 50 years had known only military defence, meaning the protection of their own country, to send German soldiers hundreds of miles away. Psychologically, this new definition of security policy is not easy. Not only Minister Scharping, but also Chancellor Schröder and Minister Fischer provided an outstanding example of political leaders who don’t just run behind public opinion, but know how to shape it.

“It makes me optimistic to see that the Germans have understood that. And despite the very unpleasant side effects, the collateral damage, and the long duration of the air raids, they stayed on course. If we had lost public support in Germany, we would have lost it throughout the alliance.”

Global defence update

April 4, 2009

Pratt & Whitney starts development of new F-35 test engine

 

The US government has already begun funding the development of a more durable and potentially cost-saving engine for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), which is due to become operational in 2013. Pratt & Whitney, which manufactures the F-35’s primary engine, told Jane’s on 26 March that it has signed a USD53 million contract with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to develop a test engine that can withstand higher temperatures than the F135 engine now being flown in F-35 test aircraft

 

 

 

 

 

India signs $1.4bn missile deal with Israel ahead of elections

 
The Indian government has signed a USD1.4 billion contract for the development and procurement of a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) system based on Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) Barak long-range naval air-defence system. The contract – Israel’s largest export deal – was initially approved by the Indian Cabinet in July 2007, but corruption allegations relating to the INR11.25 billion (USD21.9 million) acquisition of seven IAI Barak-1 area air-defence missile systems for the Indian Navy in 2000 delayed the final signature until 27 February 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Penta looks to build Central European aerospace grouping

 
Czech/Slovak private equity group Penta Investments is pinning the next stage of its plan to create one of the largest aerospace groupings in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) on the privatisation of Poland’s PZL Swidnik, the company has told Jane’s . Penta embarked on this strategy in 2006 when it successfully bid to take the Czech Republic’s struggling Aero Vodochody into private hands: a CZK3 billion (USD146 million) deal completed in early 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korea Aerospace likely to be offered to foreign investors

 
A major stake in Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is likely to be offered to foreign investors under an “asset sale privatisation” plan currently being formulated by the government, Jane’s has learnt. The plan will allow foreign investors to become the second largest shareholder in KAI, which produces the T-50 Golden Eagle advanced trainer; KT-1 ‘Woong-Bee’ intermediate trainer; as well as helicopters and satellites, primarily for the South Korean market

 

 

 

 

 
Rheinmetall and MBDA prepare for MPCE air defence trial

 
The first launch of an MBDA Mistral fire-and-forget surface-to-air missile (SAM) from the Multi-Purpose Combat System (MPCS) is expected to take place at the Todendorf air-defence range in Germany in October 2009, Jane’s has learned. The MPCS has been under development since 1995 as a private venture by France-based MBDA and Germany’s Rheinmetall Defence Electronics

 

 

 

 

 

Russian Komar naval SAM system is cleared for export

 

The Komar unmanned naval missile mount system armed with six Igla (SA-N-10 ‘Grouse’) surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) has completed its Russian state trials and has started to be fitted to Russian naval ships. The system, which consists of the integral mount, an operator’s station and a power supply unit, was displayed by Almaz-Antey at the recent IDEX defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi

 

 

 

 
Source: Jane’s Defence Journal