WikiLeaks: President Tadić Conspires Against His Own People

http://www.balkanstudies.org/blog/wikileaks-president-tadi%C4%87-conspires-against-his-own-people

WikiLeaks: President Tadić Conspires Against His Own People
By Srdja Trifkovic
Thursday, 16 Dec 2010

WikiLeaks releases have not prompted a major reassessment of the U.S. foreign
policy thus far, but the documents are nevertheless helpful in upgrading some
tentative conclusions into incontrovertible facts. An interesting case in point
is the relationship between Serbia and the United States.
Two months ago I wrotethat for some years now President Boris Tadić and his
cohorts have been conspiring with their foreign mentors to give up on Kosovo
while pretending otherwise, and that they have capitulated to Brussels and
Washington on all fronts. The above assessment has now become a “known known”
thanks to WikiLeaks: Tadić and his team are acting exactly as described.
Particularly noteworthy is a report sent last February 10 by the U.S. Ambassador
in Belgrade, Mary Worlick, on her conversation with Tadić’s foreign policy
advisor Jovan Ratković a week earlier:
Serbia intended to continue its cooperation with the U.S. on sensitive
intelligence matters and to increase defense cooperation … The Ambassador
conveyed U.S. concerns about indications that Serbia would continue to take a
confrontational approach on Kosovo … Dismissing the question of whether Serbia
would seek an UNGA resolution calling for new status talks as a ‘mere tactical
issue’ Ratkovic said the Presidency was focused on the bigger question … Tadic
believes that Serbia cannot remain outside of NATO forever, but doesn’t say this
often because of the political sensitivity of the issue.
JOINT CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE – To start with, it is evident that “the Presidency”
is violating the constitution of Serbia, adopted in 2006, by usurping the powers
to define and execute the country’s security, defense and foreign policies, all
of which are explicitly reserved for the Government.
Tadić is also acting in violation of the National Assembly Resolution on
Military Neutrality (December 2007), which precludes NATO membership. He is
acting contrary to the overwhelming opposition of the people of Serbia to
joining an alliance that illegally bombed Serbia for 78 days in 1999 before
amputating a part of its sovereign territory and turning it into a hotbed of
organ-harvesting jihadist criminality. He is acting contrary to his own public
statements („Serbia will remain neutral“), while at the same time his aides are
providing conspiratorial assurances to the U.S. Ambassador that such words
should not be taken seriously: the President is not telling the nation what he
really thinks because the issue is so politically sensitive.
Worse still, Tadić is violating his oath of office which pledges him to protect
the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia, including Kosovo as its
integral part. The extent to which he treated the UN General Assembly resolution
as a mere “tactical issue“ became obvious on September 10. On that day Serbia
effectively surrendered its claim to Kosovo when Tadić arbitrarilyalteredthe
text of the draft UN resolution – previously adopted by the Government of Serbia
and duly approved by the Assembly – to exclude any mention of Kosovo’s disputed
status. He acted unconstitutionally both by usurping the powers not vested in
his office and by violating his pledge to defend Serbia’s territorial integrity.
SUPPORTING UNITARY BOSNIA – According to Ambassador Worlick, Ratković reiterated
to her that the Serbian government supported the territorial integrity of
Bosnia-Herzegovina “and would not be swayed by what he claimed was the desire of
the majority of Republika Srpska residents to secede and merge with Serbia”:
In this context, Serbia also supported BiH’s entry into EU and NATO as a way to
stabilize the country and cement the current borders. … He expressed regret that
the Butmir process had not produced agreement since many of the elements of the
plan were acceptable to all three constituent peoples… As Tadic’s foreign policy
advisor, Ratkovic’s comments come closest to reflecting the President’s views
and vision on issues across the spectrum.
There is no doubt that those comments do reflect Tadić’s views. Those views are
catastrophic for the interests of the Serbian state and Serbian people. The
“Butmir process” the failure of which Tadić regrets is a misnomer for a
concerted attempt by Hillary Clinton’s deputy James Steinberg, in late 2009, to
coerce the Bosnian Serb Republic (Republika Srpska) into self-liquidation. The
Bosnian Serbs unsurprisinglyrejectedthe proposals because they would have
stripped them of the remaining elements of self-rule guaranteed by the Dayton
Agreement. Now we know – and not only suspect, as before – that Tadić is
stabbing them in the back, in violation of Serbia’s political pledge and legal
obligation to uphold and protect the Dayton Agreement, to which Belgrade is a
party.
DENOUNCING RUSSIA – The Russians, long supportive of Serbia’s official position
on Kosovo, are likely to take a jaundiced view of the revelation that Tadić and
his people are privately denouncing them to the Americans. In discussions
detailed in a diplomatic cable marked „secret“ and sent to Washington by US
chargée d’affaires Jennifer Brush in September 2009, Miki [Miodrag] Rakić,
Tadić’s chief of staff, told  Brush that General Ratko Mladić is being assisted
by „foreign sources“and hints darkly that Moscow may have better information
about Mladić’s exact situation than does the Serbian government.
„Russia has not been forthcoming on Serbia’s requests for assistance in locating
Hague indictee Mladić, presidential adviser Miki Rakić told us on August 25
[2009],“ says the cable. Tadić is frustrated with the lack of Russian help,  his
chief of staff added conspiratorially: „Asking that the information ‚remain at
this table‘, Rakić told us that he had posed a series of questions about
specific contacts between Mladić associates and Russian diplomats, as well as
‚phone calls and trips to Russia by Mladić associates‘.“
SERBIA’S BENEDICT ARNOLD – A day before Julian Assange surrendered to the
British police last week, the authorities in Serbia announced – unpromted by
anyone – that he would be immediately arrested if he came to Belgrade. Back then
this  gesture, however despicable, looked merely like Tadić’s obsequiousness to
his foreign mentors. Now that WikiLeaks have revealed the character of Boris
Tadić and the nature of his regime, the President of Serbia has solid personal
reasons for wishing Mr. Assange ill.

The Myth of Liberal Intervention and the Arrogance of Ignorance Obama’s March to Folly

December 17 – 19, 2010
http://www.counterpunch.com/spinney12172010.html
The Myth of Liberal Intervention and the Arrogance of Ignorance
Obama’s March to Folly
By FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
In a recent opinion piece, „Kosovo and the Myth of Liberal Intervention,“ Neil
Clark in the Guardian on 15 December gave the reader a good summary of the some
of the myths surrounding the Kosovo war, although he helped to perpetuate one
myth, namely that the so-called genocide of Kosovar Albanians by the Serbs could
be as high a 10,000. While Clark fudged the issue by using a range of
2,000-10,000, the fact remains that examination of mass burial sites by the
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) exhumed 2,788
bodies in Kosovo, some of whom were undoubtably Serbs; nor could the ICTY
distinguish how many of these bodies were victims of war crimes or were the
unintended detritus of NATO’s „precision“ bombing. The number of 10,000 was a
face-saving, last-ditch, „statistical“ estimate produced by the US State
Department (its earlier estimates were far higher), which had a vested interest
in proving the genocide it claimed Serbia had committed as a justification for
NATO’s „humanitarian“ bombing campaign. The estimate of 10,000 was based on
dubious (to put it charitably) statistical methods for estimating the number of
bodies the State Department said existed but could not find — once illustrating
government’s propensity to confuse the a priori with the a posteriori
Understanding the politics and propaganda surrounding the „goodness“ of the
Kosovo War, the less-than-predicted performance of our weapons, and the war’s
horrid aftermath (including trade in human organs, drugs, white slavery, etc) is
crucially important, because Kosovo became the template for the kind of quick,
painless, airpower-intensive, intervention that led Bush to recklessly think he
had won a quick victory in Afghanistan, when the Taliban, faced with superior
military forces, simply melted into the hinterlands in classical guerrilla/Sun
Tzu fashion to fight another day. The initially pain-free Afghanistan operation
fueled Bush’s arrogance and seduced him into believing that, with a enough
duplicity to justify his actions, he could repeat the quick trick by invading
Iraq, which would be also a cakewalk — remember his childish „mission
accomplished“ performance on the aircraft carrier. The myth of precision bombing
and targeted killing that created the false impression of a bloodless — at
least for us — cakewalk to victory in Kosovo [1] is also reflected in the kind
of denial that is now sucking Obama ever deeper into the Afghan trap Bush
created, as well Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and god knows where else.
Obama’s denial can be seen in „march-to-folly“ character of the just completed,
hermetically sealed, strategic review by President Obama and his group thinking
team of compliant rivals. They simply rubber stamped our current so-called
counterinsurgency strategy to win hearts and minds by claiming that the war is
„on track.“ Meanwhile, over in the Pentagon, the military is planning to shift
to a so-called counter terrorism strategy, because the current strategy is on
track to what some strategist ridiculously call a „sub-optimal“ outcome. This
„shift“ is code for an escalation of „precision“ bombing and and the increased
use of special forces in „surgical“ killing operations of „high value“ targets,
which of course assumes a degree of reliable, high-grade „actionable“
intelligence that seldom exists. Moreover, we know from our experience to date,
an escalation of these operations will produce in an unintended increase in the
killing of innocent civilians and their property. We also know from experience
to date that, in Afghanistan, escalating murder and destruction will fuel the
passions of honor and revenge in what is one of the proudest, toughest,
clan-based vendetta cultures in the entire world.
One other external factor ought to have ought to an penetrated the closed circle
of advisors who conditioned Mr. Obama’s decision to stay the course: namely the
self-evident question of the cost and effectiveness that results from mirror
imaging the kind targeted killing operations that are so popular with the
Israeli military. We all know how successful the Israelis have been in creating
an optimal outcome to their conflict with the Palestinians.

Franklin “Chuck” Spinney is a former military analyst for the Pentagon. He
currently lives on a sailboat in the Mediterranean and can be reached
atchuck_spinney@mac.com
Notes.
[1] Kosovo is a case study in the failure of high-tech precision bombardment to
live up to its promises. US military planners predicted a „precision“ bombing
campaign would force the Serbs to capitulate in only two to three days, but the
air campaign grinded on for 79 days as the target list grew exponentially
(because the destruction was not having its predicted effects). Yet when it was
over, NATO intelligence determined only tiny quantities of Serb tanks, armored
personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery, and trucks were destroyed. Serbian
troops marched out of Kosovo in good order, their fighting spirit intact,
displaying clean equipment, crisp uniforms, and in larger numbers than planners
said were in Kosovo to begin with. Moreover, the terms of Serb „surrender,“
which the undefeated Serb military regarded as a sell out by Serbian President
Milosovic, were the same as those the Serbs agreed to at the Ramboullet
Conference, before US negotiators and Secretary of State Madeline Albright
inserted a poison pill to queer the deal, so we could have what the politically
troubled Clinton Administration thought would be a neat, short war.

Violeta Bozovic – Molitva

Violeta Bozovic
Molitva

Bože koji si stvorio ljubav
i more i nebo, u vetru ptice
…koji si uzeo kišu da oplodi seme
…zbog biljke stvorio sunce

Molim ti se…

Da njegov dah bolje prodiše
da puno mene mu zakuca srce
da suza što noćas pada na sveće
ko zračak padne na oltar vere!

Bože, koji si stvorio nežnost
da bi od nje bivali bolji
koji si dao nam dušu ko svetlost
i zvezde,da noć nas ne plaši,
da strah ne boli…

Molim te, daj mu snagu da živi
i veru od planina jaču
jer moj je smeh, ono što živi
kad on nije mi dobro,naliči plaču…

Molim te, uzmi meni godinu koju
i daj da sa njim je podelim skupa
nek kraće živim samo da vidim
da suncu se raduje njegova duša.

To pesmom zborim,O tvorče večni
koji si nam spojio duše dvije
ne daj da sama po zemlji hodim
po mraku tuge,on sverlo mi je..

Sklopljenih ruku voštanicom molim
ikone tvoje mi utiru suze
tugujem za njim,strepim i volim…
tek sto ga nadjoh ko mi ga uze..

Molitvu tiho u sebi molim
oprosti Bože, što strepim i volim…Mehr anzeigen

09. Dezember um 14:00 · · 1 PersonWird geladen …

Dušan Nonković

AKO SE REŠIŠ DA ME VOLIŠ

Ako se rešiš da me voliš
voli me uvek kao leptira
prahom zlata posutih krila
…milovanjem nežnim pogledima

ako se rešiš da me voliš
voli me blagim dodirima
mirisom cveta crvenih ruža
uz ljubavnu pesmu slavuja

Ako se rešiš da me voliš
voli me ko divnog leptira
čarobnih duginih boja
izcrtanih prelepih krila

ako se rešiš da me voliš
voli me nežnim dodirima
i onda kad nebudem leptir
ukrašen draguljima i prahom zlata

ako se rešiš da nam ljubav
bude večna voli me i onda
kad nisam leptir već gusenica
ružna dlakava nakostrešena

PRIZNANJE

PRIZNANJE

von Violeta Bozovic, Samstag, 18. Dezember 2010 um 13:11

Ako ti snegovi otope sen

kaplje sa krova  padnu ko kiše,

ako ti jave da nestajem  suncem

što hoće da zadje, da nema me više!

 

Ne veruj …

Jer ja ću, gde god da odem

poneti tvoje otkucaje,

i naše reči  i naše misli

koje ni večnost ne sme da briše…

 

I našu stazu i naše Tajne

maslačke, batu ,veverice,

po koju kap suze, smeha i kiše…

 

Ako me sunce pretvori u suzu

što kaplje ti nežno u svaku zoru

ne veruj kad peva poslednju pesmu,

 

To ja sa osmehom razgrćem vreme

i tražim tebe i mene – u nesnu

 

I naše stope i naša tela

i naše more i  našu luku

koju je vetar jednog povečerja

uvezao tiho u jednu pesmu..

Molitvu lepu, na nebu Dugu..

 

I nikada nemoj sumnjati dušo

u ovo srce što za te živi

jer  ako odem i kad me nema

ni dan neće  umeti da me smiri

 

da ti iz neke večne daljine

ne poklonim ljubav uz

svoje misli

 

I onda odem i tiho usnem

zaspala sretna u našem snu

ko baklja ljubavi  za te  da sijam,

 

I onda odem i tiho usnem

iz dubina svetlim s pesmom da gorim,

 

A TI  Spoznaćeš  TADA

sve tajne i  istine

Jer  ću ti reći,tad ću ti reći

da te  još   tražim i da te

V….