Drawing on a wide range of unpublished material and observations gathered from his visit to Yugoslavia in 1999, Michael Parenti challenges mainstream media coverage of the war and uncovers hidden agendas behind the Western talk of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and democracy.
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Table of Contents
|Introduction: Whom Do We Believe?||1|
|3||Divide and Conquer||23|
|4||Slovenia: Somewhat Out of Step||36|
|5||Croatia: New Republic, Old Reactionaries||41|
|6||Bosnia: New Colonies||50|
|7||Republika Srpska: Democracy, NATO Style||58|
|8||The Other Atrocities||68|
|9||Demonizing the Serbs||81|
|10||On to Kosovo||95|
|11||The Rambouillet Ambush||108|
|12||NATO's War Crimes||115|
|13||The Genocide Hype Continues||130|
|14||Where Are All the Bodies Buried?||144|
|15||Ethnic Cleansing, KLA-NATO Style||155|
|16||Rational Destruction: Eliminating the Competition||165|
|17||Multiculturalism in Yugoslavia||176|
|18||Yugoslavia's Future: Is It Bulgaria?||191|
|19||Privatization as a Global Goal||199|
|20||The Aggression Continues||205|
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I have felt 'Unprotected' and 'Unarmed' muslims and croats on my on skin. There are no innocent people in our war. But there is no single point of blame. People of the west do not understand what lead to the war. Croat commited the greatest war crime since WW2 and the west is silent. There are no more Serbs left in Croatia and there were ~250000. Is that not a crime? Or can it be justified simply by mentioning Milosevic? al Kaide fought in Bosnie, but that seems to be OK. 7-th muslim brigade of Zenica commited crimes in the name of Allah and no one cares. 180 Serbs were executed by Croats in Mrkonjic and west does not care. Their executioners are still free, Hague does not care. The best way to find out the truth is to go over there and see for your self. Make sure you visit all areas, not just 'selected'ones.
If you are looking for a book that answers the questions that most people want to know but are to afraid to ask, this is it. Simply amazing. The author uses excellent examples to show how biased the world is towards the Serbs. I recently took an AP World History course and this book should be required reading for it.
This superb book demolishes NATO¿s justifications for its assault on Yugoslavia in 1999. Michael Parenti uses Western sources to document NATO¿s lies. As he notes, ¿Generally, mainstream information that goes against the mainstream¿s own dominant paradigm is likely to be reliable; it certainly cannot be dismissed as self-serving.¿ He points out, ¿US presidents never lie so much as when they talk about US foreign policy.¿ The NATO governments sought to justify their planned attack on Yugoslavia with the usual claims - their target was another Hitler, equally guilty of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Yet, as the German government privately acknowledged, there was no evidence that genocide or ethnic cleansing was Yugoslav policy. NATO alleged that the Yugoslav government was responsible for many massacres, the worst at Trepca. Here, NATO officials stated, President Milosevic had ordered the killing of a thousand people whose bodies were thrown down the mineshafts. The story was massively circulated. Much later, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia stated that Western forensic teams had found that there had been no massacre, and not a single body had been found in the mineshafts. This was not so widely reported. Parenti notes that NATO¿s aggression was illegal: ¿The UN Charter clearly guarantees the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The FRY had attacked no United Nations member; therefore, there were no grounds for war against it. Under the UN Charter, collective action can be taken only with Security Council support, which was not forthcoming given the veto power exercised by China and Russia. So the NATO powers simply bypassed the United Nations.¿ NATO broke the peace, not Milosevic Parenti observes that NATO bombing destroyed 164 factories, all state-owned: not a single foreign-owned firm was hit ¿ precision-bombing in the service of private capital! NATO targeted car factories, pharmaceutical plants, oil refineries, water supply systems, power plants, radio and TV stations, hospitals, schools, national parks, historic monuments, churches, refugee housing and crops, in a systematic attempt to destroy Yugoslavia as a nation. This book should put us on our guard against our leaders¿ war propaganda.
It is so easy to mistake ignorance for malice, haughtiness for evil, and, in general, stupidity for conspiracy. That the democratic-liberal West is mercantilistic is true. That its main drive is to create stable (and subsrvient) markets for its ever gushing flood of products is reasonable. That it discriminates against third world countries in trade and investment, in draining their brainpower and banning their immigrants - is all known. That these things constitute crimes is far from being self-evident. And to claim that it has engaged in a pre-meditated effort to dismantle Yugoslavia and kill the Serb nation is the kind of conspiratorial and self-pitying lunacy that got the Serbs to where they are. Granted: the bombing of Yugoslavia was an haphazard and ugly act. The Western media - chiefly the CNN - provided a biased and unethical view of the whole conflict. Serbs were demonised while their no less murderous neighbours were ignored or actively excused. But these are the results of micromanagement and malignant optimism, avarice and a soundbite mentality with a short attention span. Driven by America - this amalgam of violent frontiersmen, semi-literate go getters and malignant optimists ('with some goodwill there is always a solution and a happy ending') - the West has committed the sins of ignorant intervention and colonial perpetuation. Still, it is a far cry from murder. Sam Vaknin, author of 'After the Rain - How the West Lost the East'.
To those readers whose total knowledge of the former Yugoslavia has amounted to steady and exclusive diet of CNN and the other standard news networks for the last ten years, 'To Kill a Nation' offers some much-needed shock-therapy. However, as someone who has studied the history and culture of the peoples of the former Yugoslavia for the last 25 years, I can say that Michael Parenti presents a very logical and credible case of many of the motivating factors used in deliberately carving up Yugoslavia into ¿mini-statelets¿ --- that is ¿bite-size pieces¿ for larger economic organizations to more easily swallow for profit. One does not need to share a Socialist viewpoint to appreciate the methodical trail of evidence leading to the involvement of the IMF, The Soros Foundation, Germany and other world financial institutions in the breakup of Yugoslavia presented by Parenti in ¿To Kill A Nation¿. Even those of us who believe in ¿capitalism with a conscience¿ would not support the mindset of ¿Social Darwinism¿, which appears to have been the thinking used by Western nations and individuals to justify their actions in seeking financial gain at the expense of millions of Yugoslav lives. And if it could happen to the peoples of Yugoslavia, what prevents it from happening to us? Overall, I would recommend ¿To Kill a Nation¿ for it¿s thoughtful analysis of the economic factors and motivators which led to the horrifying and bloody destruction of the former Yugoslavia.
Once again Parenti has cut through the corporate whitewash and the media hype to reveal the truth behind war, in particular the 'humanitarian' bombing of thousands of Yugoslavians during the Spring of 1999. I don't want to give away the story, but the questions where is the evidence? and what pharmaceutical company? resound. Parenti documents why Western powers sought to dismantle Yugoslavia and invented various reasons for doing so, from humanitarian to Yugoslavia's need for 'shock therapy.' The latter, as Parenti shows, is the general pattern followed by ex-Communist countries and imposed by the IMF and other international financial institutions as they 'integrate' into the capitalist world-system. Ultimately these countries' ability to provide jobs, education, health care, and security has been undermined by this policy. To Kill a Nation argues that these reasons formed the basic motivation for undermining the sovereignty and unity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Contrary to corporate critics of this book, its argument and evidence rest directly in the mainstream of American life. Anyone who finds what is aired over CNN very night difficult to swallow will enjoy this book. Kudos to Mr. Parenti.