SPINNING THE KILL: ALBRIGHT'S TRIBUNAL HASTENS TO SAVE A LIE
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SPINNING THE KILL - Albright's Tribunal hastens to save a lie
by Max Sinclair and Jared Israel (Emperors-clothes.com)
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Defense Secretary William S. Cohen:
'"We've now seen about 100,000 military-aged men missing... They may have
been murdered,'" Mr. Cohen said yesterday on CBS' Face the Nation." (Quoted
without qualification by Joyce Howard Price in The Washington Times, May 17,
Juan Palafox, Spanish forensic expert: "They told us that we were going to
the worst zone of Kosovo. That we should prepare ourselves to perform more
than 2000 autopsies. That we would have to work until the end of November.
The result is very different. We only found 187 cadavers and now we are going
to return [home]." (Spanish experts: Serbs Not Guilty! by Pablo Ordaz in El
Pais, 9/23/99, translated by Emperors-clothes and posted at
Carla del Ponte, "War Crimes" Tribunal: "U.N. investigators have exhumed
2,108 corpses in Kosovo so far, but the true number of ethnic Albanian
victims may be much higher, the chief U.N. [War Crimes Tribunal] prosecutor
Carla del Ponte said on Wednesday. " (Reuters, 11-10-99)
It's a familiar story. A crime is committed in high places. Using the
influence of power, a campaign of disinformation is launched to cover-up the
And then the story begins to crack. A hodgepodge of fixes is tried, but each
new fix only serves to raise new doubts, widening the crack.
So with Wednesday's declaration by Chief Justice Carla del Ponte of the
so-called International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the "War
Crimes" Tribunal. (We say "so-called" with reason. To understand why, and why
we call it "Albright's Tribunal," See Note # 1 at the end)
IT'S HARD TO FIND DECENT HELP
The whole problem started with some independent-minded Spanish Forensic
experts. They were sent by the "War Crimes" Tribunal to Kosovo to support
NATO charges of Serbian crimes of genocide. Instead, they blew the whistle on
"The forensic people, as well as the police, applied their experience in
Rwanda in order to determine what occurred in Kosovo at least in that section
assigned to the Spanish detachment and they were not able to find evidence of
genocide." El Pais, 9-23-99,
The Spanish forensic scientists' report was noticed by an
Emperors-clothes.com researcher. We translated it and posted it on
Emperors-clothes along with a sharp critique of the whole mass graves story.
(See Spanish Experts Shoot NATO In Foot or go to
Our translation and commentary were picked up and posted twice on
www.anti-war.com. We then emailed the El Pais article and our commentary all
over the Internet. They were seen by Stratfor.com and a slew of newspapers
including: Calgary Herald, Knight Ridder/Tribune, NY Daily News, The Straits
Times (Singapore), the London Times, The (London) Spectator, The Toronto Sun,
the LA Times, the National Post On-Line, and others. Everyone started asking:
"Where are the bodies?"
WHEN CAUGHT IN THE ACT, STONEWALL!
A US President once told his staff: deny everything and cover your tracks.
Enter Carla Del Ponte of the "War Crimes" Tribunal who stated, on Nov. 10th,
that it was not true that the "War Crimes" investigators had only found a few
hundred cadavers in Kosovo despite five months of searching. No, said del
Ponte, we found: 2,108. And we promise to continue finding more next spring.
(Aside from the apparent clairvoyance of PROMISING to find more bodies, keep
this in mind: the forensic experts were very publicly instructed to examine
the "best mass graves" first...)
IS THIS EMPRESS WEARING ANY CLOTHES?
One could argue that del Ponte's findings are inherently suspect, that for
her "War Crimes" Tribunal to investigate Serbian actions in Kosovo is
manifestly inappropriate. After all, justice is supposed to be disinterested.
But it is no secret that the Tribunal is a creation of the US government:
Madeline Albright proposed it; its funding comes directly and indirectly from
The US government is hardly a disinterested party in Kosovo. It was the main
force behind a bombing campaign which violated a slew of international
agreements (including the UN and NATO charters). The campaign provided
textbook examples of war crimes: for instance, launching an aggressive war is
internationally accepted as the worst war crime. Bombing civilian targets is
a close second.
The US government publicly defended these actions by claiming they were
necessary to stop a Serbian campaign of genocide. Now, when there is so much
evidence of terrible damage to Yugoslavia, Clinton and other NATO leaders
responsible for the bombing and the occupation of Kosovo need to produce
counter-evidence of Serbian genocide or risk a backlash in the European
countries - and perhaps in the US itself.
So having the (US) "War Crimes" Tribunal hunt for evidence of Serbian guilt
is a naked conflict of interest. The only reason it is politically possible
is that NATO citizens have been barraged with anti-Serbian propaganda. Absent
that propaganda and this investigation would be seen as an outrage.
AN OPENLY BIASED "COURT"
The actual functioning of the Tribunal violates every accepted rule governing
legal proceedings. For instance, courts are not supposed to try defendants in
the mass media. They are supposed to proceed with a presumption of innocence.
Investigations are supposed to be conducted impartially - to discover guilt,
not to provide evidence for a vendetta. But Tribunal leaders routinely
declare the Serbs guilty first, then proceed to hunt for the evidence later.
During Tribunal "investigations" every opportunity is taken to stage
prejudicial photo-ops and issue sensationalist statements so that the public
gets the impression that Serbian guilt is self-evident.
DEL PONTE'S HELPERS
Then there's the matter of the KLA.
Though admittedly a terrorist group, and once universally described as
gangster-ridden, the KLA has been recruited by NATO and the UN to staff the
new police force in Kosovo.
Any murder investigation, and particularly any investigation of mass murder
carried out in a country foreign to the investigators - any such
investigation needs much local help. It needs people who know the terrain,
who can find and produce witnesses, provide interpreters, locate graves and
move bodies. The KLA constitutes not only the functioning "civil authority"
in Kosovo, but now the officially approved police force as well. So
naturally, it is the KLA that has provided the Tribunal with its local
Consider if you will this report from Jane's Defense Review, which is
respected and knowledgeable. According to Jane's, the KLA's strategy has
"The harassment and assassination of Serb officials and civilians from
Kosovo's Serb minority. This has included sniper attacks, Serbs dragged from
their vehicles and beaten, together with pressure on them to leave their
homes. The killing of a Serb policeman, Milan Jovic in Podujevo, a mainly
Albanian town 40km north of Pristina, by men with automatic weapons on 21
December was one such incident. This UCK tactic has the double benefit of
forcing Serbs to quit the province and provoking Serb police into retaliation
and subsequent censure by OSCE observers." (Jane's, 2/1/99)
As Jane's suggests, the KLA strategy has required the terrorizing of Serbian
civilians. One could ask, doesn't it taint a criminal investigation to rely
for local support on a group which has had as its strategy committing the
very war crimes which the investigators have promised to uncover? (By the
way, another part of KLA strategy has been to terrorize uncooperative
Albanians. See Note # 7 at end)
THE NUMBERS: DO THEY ADD UP?
There have been so many different numbers. What is the basis of these latest
figures? Why should anyone believe them?
Researchers have scanned mass grave reports printed in the media during the
past five months; by adding up the numbers of bodies reported found, they
come up with a few hundred bodies, not 2108.
If the "War Crimes" Tribunal functioned properly, they would not continually
release every alleged discovery of a grave to the press. They would collect
the evidence and present it during actual trials. But the "War Crimes"
Tribunal does not function properly at all, it functions like a Public
Relations firm for NATO:
"The supposed mass grave is discovered. The newspaper or TV reporter, or the
authority figure giving the press conference, takes as a starting point the
assumption that Serbs are genocidal murderers and proceeds from there. The
grave has not been opened, or perhaps it has been opened but the only
evidence is a few scraps of clothing. Nevertheless we are told that dead
bodies will be found; the bodies will be Albanians; they will be civilians;
they will have been killed by Serbs; the Serbs will have been soldiers or
policemen. The reporter does not probe, does not investigate, does not test
these speculations against fact and nobody complains because the speculations
are not presented as speculations. Once uttered, they have the authority of
Revealed Truth. They become part of the Record, to be cited in later news
reports as Proven Fact." (See "Spanish Forensic Experts Shoot NATO in Foot,"
by Jared Israel or go to
Since every grave, indeed every rumor of a grave, has been broadcast far and
wide, it is perfectly reasonable that Gen. Mackenzie, former head of UN
military forces in Bosnia, and other researchers have estimated the number of
bodies possibly found by reading news reports and adding the numbers. (See
Note # 6 at the end for Mackenzie's report)
The numbers simply don't figure. There are multiple discrepancies. We have
the earlier "estimates" which were used to justify the bombing - those ranged
from hundreds of thousands of dead, during the bombing, to 10,000, after the
bombing ended. Then we have the numbers of bodies based on press reports.
These apparently amount to several hundred, or at least that is what
Strtfor.com, Mackenzie and others found when they counted. And now we have
yet another figure, this from del Ponte, a figure of 2108.
Although del Ponte's report was manifestly intended to answer the questions
raised by the Spanish forensic experts, Emperors-clothes.com, antiwar.com,
and increasingly by newspapers around the world - she does not explain the
discrepancy between the previously trumpeted figures and her new "official"
tally. Are we unreasonable to ask: did the Tribunal people pick the figure of
2108 because a) it's not a round number, hence more believable b) it's a good
compromise between the Tribunal's previously claimed, much higher numbers and
the number of bodies, in the hundreds, suggested by the newspapers and
WHAT ABOUT SERBS AND "GYPSIES" AND ANTI-KLA ALBANIANS?
It's very easy not to notice something that is missing. Missing from del
Ponte's report is any mention that the investigators found the bodies of
Serbs, "Gypsies" and other minorities, or any anti-KLA Albanians in any of
the graves. One could say that this fact alone invalidates the report.
Weren't any of them killed? Weren't they buried?
This omission suggests that the report is a cover-up, intended to silence
critics, and thrown together so hastily that the producers forgot to claim
that a few of the bodies were Serbs or "Gypsies" to make the report
All this could lead one to conclude that del Ponte's report of 2,108 bodies
of Albanian victims of Serb terror -- that this report is entirely without
credibility: it is incredible.
The only reason the report has not been universally rejected is that:
a) Western media is obedient to the requirements of U.S. and German police
b) Consequently, Western critical reasoning about Kosovo has been confused by
a drone of misinformation. Every news story about Kosovo includes the same
statements, often worded the same way. We are told over and over that the
Serbs under Milosevich committed massive war crimes. We are told that it is
therefore understandable Albanians are taking revenge. These statements are
attached to the most unlikely news reports (e.g., onto the news report that
Pristina Albanians beat and shot a Bulgarian UN worker dead for speaking a
language that sounded like Serbo-Croatian)
It doesn't matter how inappropriate the talk of revenge may be; the effect of
such repetition is to establish that Serbian guilt is axiomatic.
In such a climate of intense Serbophobia, any report should "pass," even one
consisting of blank pages. It is rather impressive, therefore, that the "War
Crimes" writers have produced a document that some newspapers find
questionable. For these newspapers, questioning a NATO report may be a new
experience; one hopes they will find it refreshing.
Let us set aside the conclusion that the report is bankrupt. Let us forget
that its claim that 2108 bodies have been found constitutes an admission
that earlier claims of 10,000 to 100,000 victims - or more - were simply war
Let us set that aside. We are told the Empress is clothed. We shall disregard
the fact of her nudity. She gives us numbers. We shall consider the numbers.
Del Ponte says her "investigators" found 2108 bodies in graves in Kosovo.
So we ask: two thousand bodies?
Is this the "new holocaust"? Is this the worst genocide since Hitler?
Is this why NATO had to kill and wound thousands of human beings? Is this why
it was necessary to bomb hospitals, schools, bridges, factories, electrical
plants, chemical plants? Is this the justification for dropping cluster bombs
on open markets, on market day? For bombing trains and then, when the
ambulances came to take away the "collateral damage", flying in and bombing
the ambulances? For driving hundreds of thousands of Serbs, "Gypsies" Gorani
(Slavic Muslims) Turks, Croatians and other non-Albanians from their homes in
Kosovo? For doubling the level of poverty in Yugoslavia by destroying
factories? For forbidding the importation of heating fuel for the Yugoslav
winter? For causing unknown psychological damage to millions of children? For
polluting southern Europe with deadly chemicals from bombed factories and
Is this the justification?
An army of experts was sent to Kosovo. They were well-equipped. They spent
five months hunting for bodies to prove NATO's war was justified. NATO
leaders promised to find vast numbers of mass grave victims, promised in
advance of discovery. And now we have the report, from the chief prosecutor
of the "War Crimes" Tribunal, Carla del Ponte.
What happened to the other 98,000?
A DELICATE MATTER OF IDENTITY
Assuming her investigators actually did find 2,108 bodies, Carla del Ponte's
avoids dealing with two questions: who are these 2108 dead people? Who killed
DID NATO KILL THEM?
Spanish forensic scientists reported that about half the 187 bodies they
autopsied were victims of NATO raids on the prison at Istok (in Kosovo.) Were
other investigators shown victims of NATO bombs and told they were victims of
Most of the rest of the bodies the Spaniards examined were men buried in
individual graves facing Mecca, an act of respect in the Muslim religion,
which is embraced by most ethnic Albanians. Does it sound like these men were
victims of hate crimes? (See Note #2 at end)
75 Albanians in a refugee column were killed by NATO bombs in April. As you
may recall, NATO initially denied the incident, then claimed to have a tape
that showed the pilot had targeted Yugoslav military vehicles among the
refugees, and finally admitted the tape did not exist. Another 75 were bombed
while bedded down for the night in the town of Korisa, in May. NATO justified
that bombing by arguing that it was the Serbs' fault, that they should have
known the refugees would be bombed if they stayed in Korisa because Korisa
was typical of the kind of places NATO bombed. (We are not exaggerating; this
is exactly how NATO was quoted in the May 17, 1999 "Boston Globe".)
We remind you of these incidents because they illustrate two things: a) that
NATO bombs killed Albanians and b) that NATO was willing to go to extremes to
deny responsibility for these killings. Given this pattern of denial, isn't
it likely that there were many more Albanians killed by NATO bombs, victims
about whom we are unaware? Have some (all?) of these people been dug up by
del Ponte's experts? Are they being presented as evidence of Serbian guilt?
How many Serbian civilians were killed by NATO bombs? How many Roma
("Gypsies")? Slavic Muslims? Ethnic Turks? And again, how many of these
people figure among del Ponte's 2,108? Some of the Albanian refugees
mentioned above were literally burned to charcoal. In such cases, how could
the forensic experts be sure of the ethnicity of the victims?
Since NATO occupied Kosovo, Western newspapers have reported about 100 cases
of people, mainly children, killed by unexploded cluster bombs. What about
people who were killed by these weapons during the actual war? Do any of them
figure among del Ponte's 2108?
"LA Times" reporter Paul Watson was in Pristina, in Kosovo, during the
bombing. He reported seeing no evidence of Serbian atrocities. (Watson had
been in Rwanda during the campaign of mass murder, so he had an idea what to
look for...) Watson did see civilians killed by NATO bombs. (See Note # 3 at
How many of the alleged 2,108 are Yugoslav soldiers, killed during NATO air
raids? How many are KLA members, mistakenly bombed by NATO? We know of two
such incidents. In the first, NATO A-10 aircraft strafed a KLA-captured
hamlet in Kosovo, near Albania. In a second case NATO planes mistakenly
bombed a KLA base in Albania itself. We know about these incidents only
because of the unlikely presence of KLA camera crews. How many times did NATO
mistakenly bomb KLA positions inside Kosovo without camera crews present? And
how many of these people are now being unearthed as victims of Serbian
Does it seem far-fetched that the "War Crimes" people would present victims
of NATO bombing as victims of Serbian terror? If it does, you might want to
recall the testimony of the Spanish forensic experts. They were shown about
100 bodies of prisoners who died when NATO bombed the prison at Istok. They
have testified that they were told these people were victims of Serbian
WHAT ABOUT LOYALIST ALBANIANS "PUNISHED" BY THE KLA?
FBI investigators say they found 200 bodies. About 150 were buried in graves
in Kacanik and Kotlina. Well, Kacanik and Kotlina were centers of Albanian
resistance to the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army). In mid-March, the 162nd KLA
brigade under Commander Bardhi slaughtered loyalist Albanians in Kacanik and
Kotlina. Are these victims of the KLA, which was and remains NATO's ally,
among the FBI's 200?
Similarly, in early April, twelve Albanian villagers were murdered in the Pec
area by one of KLA Commander Ramush Hajredinaj's men. How many other Albanian
loyalists, killed in secret by the terrorist KLA, are being presented to us
as KLA martyrs?
WHAT ABOUT SERBS AND ROMA KILLED BY THE KLA?
Since the NATO military occupation of Kosovo began, tens of thousands of Roma
('Gypsies') have been terrorized by the KLA. The same thing happened during
the bombing. No one knows how many were killed. The KLA also targeted Serbian
civilians. Are these people among the 2108?
Do you recall the spate of KLA terrorist bombings in December of '98 and
January of '99? Serbian civilians were blown up as they sat in Pristina
cafes. As the quote (posted earlier) from Jane's Review states, over the
past 20 months the KLA has assassinated ordinary Serbian civilians as part of
their strategy. Are they among the 2108?
In line with Serbian Orthodox custom, these victims of KLA violence were
buried. Are they being counted by del Ponte?
WHAT ABOUT KLA AND YUGOSLAV SOLDIERS KILLED IN FIGHTING?
Many on both side were killed during the so-called "civil war" that raged for
a year before the bombing and continued throughout the NATO attack? (See Note
# 4 at end)
During the winter of 1998-99, the Western media reported that 2,000 people on
both sides had died in this "civil war", which began in Feb., 1998. At the
time, we argued that the figure of 2000 casualties was inflated. Are some or
all of these alleged victims being counted by del Ponte?
Put bluntly, del Ponte has provided no evidence of mass murder by Serbian
forces during the NATO bombing. Her report only makes sense as an attempt to
influence public opinion because more and more people, and even some
newspapers, are questioning NATO's justification for the war.
And indeed, since the Tribunal can provide no evidence of Serbian mass
murder, we are left with: an unjust war.
According to human rights organizations, NATO bombs killed nearly 2,000
civilians in Serbia apart from Kosovo. How many more were killed by NATO
bombs in Kosovo? 1000 is a conservative figure, so add that to the 2000
outside Kosovo and we get about 3000 murdered by NATO.
So who is the war criminal?
Moreover, since NATO took over Kosovo, most of the non-Albanian population
has been driven out. Their property has been stolen. (This is routinely
reported without expression of outrage in the mass media. It seems that any
abuse is understandable given Albanian outrage at all those tens of thousands
of Albanian victims, even if they are imaginary)
Over 70 priceless Serbian churches have been destroyed since NATO took over
Kosovo, suggesting complicity in a campaign to remove the evidence of
Kosovo's cultural roots. Many of the remaining non-Albanians are imprisoned
under horrific conditions in Orahovac and other Kosovo towns, apparently with
the intention of producing cooperative witnesses for "war crimes" show
trials. (This is not hyperbole. Evidence that Orahovac is a
war-crimes-show-trial factory been reported in Emperors-clothes interviews
with a number of people from Orahovac; it is also implied in Western media
reports. Some of the interviews are now posted at emperors-clothes.com. More
interviews, and quotes from the Western media reports, will be posted soon.
For now, see Save the families: The women of Orahovac speak or go to
On November 10, the AP reported that about 400 people, mostly Serbs and (we
assume) loyalist Albanians, have been murdered since NATO/KLA took over
Kosovo; clearly these crimes are the work of the KLA and its followers. (See
note # 5 at end - other reports suggest much higher figures.)
Was this what President Clinton had in mind when he said NATO was fighting to
recreate a multiethnic, peaceful society in Kosovo?
A Spanish judge just issued arrest warrants to 2 Argentine ex-Presidents and
95 officers for crimes against humanity committed years ago. Perhaps Clinton,
Blair, George Robertson and Madeline Albright should stay out of Spain.
If you would like to write to the "War Crimes" Tribunal their email address
is fisk.icty at un.org
Note # 1 - For a thorough examination of the War Crimes Tribunal, of which
Ms. del Ponte is Chief Prosecutor, see Raymond Kent's Contextualizing Hate:
The Hague Tribunal, the Clinton Administration and the Serbs or go to
http://www.emperors-clothes.com/misc/kent.htm (IF you're on AOL <A
Contextualizing Hate</A> )
Note # 2 - For Jared Israel's comments on the Spanish forensic experts'
report, see Spanish Experts Shoot NATO In Foot or go to
http://www.emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/sp-comment.htm (IF you're on
AOL <A HREF="http://www.emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/sp-comment.htm">C
lick here: Spanish Experts Shoot NATO In Its Logic</A> )
Note # 3 - To read Paul Watson's wartime report from Pristina, see
Eye-Witness Report from Kosovo during the Bombing or go to
http://www.emperors-clothes.com/articles/watson/radioInt.html (if you're on
AOL <A HREF="http://www.emperors-clothes.com/articles/watson/radioInt.html">C
lick here: Eye-Witness Reporter Paul Watson: No Evidence of Serbian Gov't
Policy Of Attacking Albanian</A> )
Note # 4 - We refer to the "so-called 'civil war'" between the KLA and
Yugoslav Army. While foreign influences may exist in civil wars - for
example, England had strong commercial ties to and supported the U.S. south
during the U.S. civil war - Kosovo is in a different league. There is much
evidence that the US and Germany instigated and encouraged race-hate for
Serbs among Kosovo's ethnic Albanians; this campaign made use of the fascist
movement among Albanians in WWII. (The earlier fascist movement was itself
fostered by Germany.)
Emperors-clothes is working on a history of fascism in Kosovo. In the
meantime, you can find some discussion of this in A Not-So-Nonviolent Debate
on the Nonviolence 'Board' or go to
http://www.emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/nonviole.html (f you'[re on
AOL <A HREF="http://www.emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/nonviole.html">Cl
ick here: Debate on the Nonviolence Discussion Board</A> )
There is much evidence that Germany was behind the creation of the Kosovo
Liberation Army. For more on that assisted birth see How Germany backed the
KLA or go to http://www.emperors-clothes.com/news/europ.htm (For AOL members <
A HREF="http://www.emperors-clothes.com/news/europ.htm">Click here: europ</A>
For a much more complete, and highly documented, analysis see The KLA: Grim
Origins or go to http://www.emperors-clothes.com/articles/chuss/kla.html (IF
you're on AOL <A
The kla: gangsters, terrorists, and the CIA</A> )
Note # 5 - Serbian sources have presented overwhelming evidence that the
number of Serbs killed since the NATO/KLA takeover of Kosovo is much higher
than the AP reports. Please see NATO downplays Kosovo terror or go to
http://www.emperors-clothes.com/news/downplays.htm (if you're on AOL just <A
HREF="http://www.emperors-clothes.com/news/downplays.htm">Click here: NATO
downplays Kosovo terror</A>
Note # 6 - Gen. Mackenzie's report can be read at Former UN military chief
asks: Where have all the bodies gone? or go to
http://www.emperors-clothes.com/news/mack.htm (if you';re on AOL just <A
HREF="http://www.emperors-clothes.com/news/mack.htm">Click here: Where have
all the bodies gone?</A>
Note # 7 - As "Jane's Defense Review" notes, the KLA has always had a
practice of attacking Serbian civilians. They have also attacked
uncooperative Albanians, i.e., those who worked with the State apparatus of
Serbia, of which Kosovo is part. Consider this report from Nov, 1998:
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia, Nov 4 (AFP) - Two ethnic Albanians accused
of collaborating with the authorities in Belgrade have been
"executed" by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), the ethnic Albanian
rebel group said in a statement Wednesday.
The statement, published in the Albanian-language daily Koha
Ditore, did not state when the "execution" happened.
The KLA also accused two Albanian political officials from the
central Kosovo town of Malisevo, who were arrested by its "police"
last week, of cooperating with the two executed "collaborationists,"
Selmon Binici and Ramiz Hoxha. END OF EXCERPT FROM AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE.
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