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The US Moves to Impose a Puppet Regime in Yugoslavia

5th October 2000. What follows is an analysis of the situation that has developed in Serbia. It suggests that around and beyond the fall of the Milosevich government, all may not be as the Western mass media and gloating politicians would like their audience to think. We reproduce it in full without further comment.
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by Michel Chossudovsky and Jared Israel

Yesterday we wrote an article analyzing the situation in Yugoslavia. Before we could publish it, our analysis has been confirmed by events. We have confirmed from an unimpeachable source that members of the “democratic” opposition have been visiting Belgrade residents, threatening to murder them if they voted in the runoff elections. (Our interview with one person who received such a visit will be published shortly) Now there are incomplete reports of the burning of the Yugoslav parliament – where the government has a majority of seats – and the sacking of sections of Belgrade and murder of citizens who don’t support the opposition. These measures are intended to bring a US puppet regime to power.

The article follows.

The evidence is mounting that the “Democratic” opposition strategy in Yugoslavia, worked out under the guidance of Washington and Bonn, is not to elect Mr. Kostunica President of Yugoslavia… If it were, why wouldn’t they gladly participate in runoff elections, given that Kostunica has an admitted 10% lead? One reason they don’t want to participate is that most of the approximately 40% of the electorate which did not vote in round one would most likely vote against Kostunica in round two.

But apart from that, the main reason is that the president of Yugoslavia has no power without a parliamentary majority. The elections gave the current government a clear majority in both houses.

NATO’s plan for Yugoslavia is to apply the most severe economic shock treatment which requires domination of the government. The shock therapy was admitted by Mr. Dinkic, chief economist for the opposition : “we are thinking of adopting… a shock therapy in some areas, and mild and gradual reforms in others”.
(as Dinkic told Beta news agency, Belgrade, in Serbo-Croat at 18.28gmt on 26 Sep 2000)

The same was stated in law HR1064, passed by the US House of Representatives a day after the elections. This law granted an additional 105 million to be shared between the pro-NATO government of Montenegro ($55 million US) and the leaders of the DOS ($50 million.) That money was released on an emergency basis on Oct 1. It was immediately wired to the DOS bank accounts in Budapest and then smuggled across the border in new US bills for immediate use to destabilize Yugoslavia.

The law ordered that the most draconian economic “reforms” be imposed on Yugoslavia, ordered the breakup of Serbia into separate min-states, ordered the imposition of complete “democratization”, that is, adoption all measures demanded by the US, and ordered the hunting down of all people whom NATO decides to accuse of being war criminals.

The violent economic “adjustment” and political destruction mandated by HR1064 and outlined in the program of ‘democratic” opposition itself are an attempt to crush Yugoslavia as a force capable of resisting US domination of the Balkans, to reduce it to an impoverished territory — a colony.

These measures cannot be implemented unless NATO has full control of the Yugoslav government including the army and police. (The other alternative, invading a Yugoslavia run by a hostile government, is politically unfeasible for NATO).

Therefore the DOS has used the charge of “election fraud” — endlessly repeated but never with any evidence — as an excuse to boycott the runoffs. In contrast, the fraud involved in the US paying hundreds of millions of dollars to the “democratic” opposition is never mentioned. This bribe money violates the electoral laws of every country. Using the veneer of protesting election fraud, the “democrats” are mobilizing all possible forces in an attempt to seize power by force. These include pro-fascist Croatians and pro-KLA Albanians who are the hard core supporters of the pro-NATO Djukanovic government in Montenegro, they include , secessionists from the Serbian province of Vojvodina and southern Serbia, young people who have never worked and who are being fed trickles of cash from the several hundred million dollars the US has pumped into opposition hands, people coerced by superiors at work or by school headmasters to demonstrate, people bribed by a taste of the vast sums of money the US has pumped into Yugoslavia especially in the past two weeks, and people who have been fooled by the massive, US funded campaign, by “independent” media, public relations firms and election pollsters, into believing that their falling living standards, caused by sanctions just as severe as those imposed on Iraq, are the “fault of one man — Milosevich” and that the US-backed opposition will bring prosperity. In fact they would bring the prosperity of the grave.

Because the truth is that countries like Bulgaria and Russia which have swallowed the “democratic ” bait are far poorer than Yugoslavia — even though they are not suffering from sanctions, and were not yet bombed….

The scenario is much like what occurred in Chile in 1973. There was the same sort of disruption of transportation and essential services including electricity. There was the same effort to create the appearance of a majority movement against Chilean President Allende. Events were staged which a captive media mis-described as popular protest, giving ordinary people the impression that Allende was about to fall. At the same time, the CIA-directed plan deprived the people of basic necessities, causing real unrest. In Yugoslavia, the disruption of the supply of essential commodities started before the election with a US-instigated rise in the price of bread.

Under cover of disruption and “popular protest”, the CIA overthrew President Salvador Allende and installed a pro-US military junta headed by General Augusto Pinochet. The strikes which crippled transport and food distribution in Chile were funded by the CIA. The same is being attempted right now in Yugoslavia. Vast sums of US tax payers money has been poured into opposition coffers in Serbia. We know of $182 million. But this is only what is officially admitted. What about CIA money, which the New York Times says is going into Serbia “in suitcases full of cash”? What about money from the Soros Foundation and other CIA-connected “charities”? This money is being used to finance the miners’ strike and to lure young people into the Western-created group Otpor by giving them money and trinkets, like cellular phones.

Of course, many Yugoslav people are disgruntled; one miner told the New York Times : “I used to make $1500 a month. Now I make $80.” Dishonest forces put the blame for this on the government that is resisting US control. In fact, the problem started because in 1989 a World Bank plan, overseen by a leading member of one of the current ‘democratic’ opposition groups, closed over a thousand Yugoslav businesses, devastating the economy. The wars and sanctions, whose fault lies with the US and Germany, have further hurt the economy. The Yugoslav government, routinely accused of being dictatorial, has tolerated the creation of an immense Fifth Column in Serbia by the US government, which has poured millions into the funding and training of what are falsely called “civil society” organizations. These organizations, funded through the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, the USIA, the CIA and the Soros Foundation, among others, pay thousands of people in Serbia and maintain and entire “alternate” media with the latest equipment and high salaries. This media then uses the problem caused by the US to sow discontent among anyone who is susceptible.

The US effort to destroy Yugoslavia goes back to 1984. A US National Security Decision Directive NSDD133 entitled “United States Policy Toward Yugoslavia” and labeled “SECRET / Sensitive” has recently been de-classified. It is a prescription for destroying Yugoslavia as an economic and political entity.

Since the elections on 24 September, the Democratic opposition has met with NATO officials in Sofia, Bulgaria. NATO Assistant Secretary General Paul Klaiber was in Sofia and Bucharest for high level discussions on security issues resulting from the elections. Barely reported in the media, an IMF donors’ conference was held behind closed doors, Two leading “democratic” representatives presented their “Letter of Intent”, a plan for imposing harsh economic measure on Yugoslavia, to their IMF and World Bank leaders. And on the 4th of October, the Stability Pact for South-eastern Europe was meeting under its so-called “Title III” which pertains to “security issues.” The elections and “transition” in Yugoslavia were on the agenda. The press reports do not confirm that the two “democratic” representatives stayed for these meetings. We suspect they did.

The ploy used now is to create chaos while dangling promises of money and peace, instigate whatever elements — children ignorant of politics and lured by money, secessionist elements, fascists, people under compulsion from superiors — along with infiltrators from NATO armed forces disguised as rebellious youths, to terrorize Yugoslav loyalists and create the impression of popular revolt. Already we have learned that DOS activists are going around Belgrade, threatening death to anyone who votes in the Sunday elections. Further provocation may occur at any time. These “democrats” aim to provide Washington and NATO with a pretext to intervene as “peacekeepers” as they did in Bosnia.

In the meantime, not only are NATO warships in the Adriatic, but foreign troops are already on Yugoslav soil. British SAS personnel are training paramilitary police in Montenegro to assassinate Yugoslav army officers. Money is being channeled to finance these groups.

What we are witnessing is nothing less than an attempt to install a fascist-like government in Yugoslavia, to turn all of Yugoslavia into Kosovo. Yugoslavia has stood up to the biggest bully in history, the US government. Now it is time for all who oppose the creation of a US/German dominated world empire to stand up for Yugoslavia.

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