Economic causes of Nato agression against Yugoslavia

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at
Mon Oct 4 03:34:12 MDT 1999

[Curious to see what kind of reporting was going on by the Serbian State
these days, I checked in on the Serbia-info site, the state news agency on
the internet. For those who may still view Milosevic/Serbian Socialist Party
as some kind of "fascist" or, at the least, a lackey of Imperialism, this is
directly lifted from the site itself of the government. Note the warmness in
which the modern day authors of this article speak of Marshal Tito-
something that simply will never be heard in any of the breakaway republics,
despite Tito being a Croat/Slovene.
- Macdonald]

Economic causes of NATO aggression against Yugoslavia
October 03, 1999

FR Yugoslavia - NATO's target
Belgrade, October 3 (Tanjug)

Starting with the thesis that the causes of all the wars and the NATO forces
aggression against the FR of Yugoslavia are firstly economic not
withstanding the ideological shroud they are putting on to justify the
aggression, Branislav Gulan, the Novi Sad daily "Dnevnik" journalist and
publicist in his recently published book "Koreni" (The Roots) analyses the
U.S. economic plan on destroying the Yugoslav economy, proving that the war
against Serbian was planned and prepared more than a quarter of a century

In 216 pages of the book published by the Institute for Economics of
Agriculture in Belgrade (reviewed by Dr Petar Cerovic and Dr Danilo Tomic),
Gulan quotes that the U.S. CIA had 25 years ago in the documents coded
"Roots" planned the war at the present Yugoslavia territory.

The present U.S. President is only carrying out that plan, anticipating the
final secession of Kosovo and Metohija as the raw material basis of Serbia,
by constantly increasing the degree of autonomy till the final annexation to
Albania or till the Province becomes a full-fledged state, writes Gulan.

"Roots" are also anticipating the plan on distancing of Monte Negro from the
FR of Yugoslavia that would completely close up the Serbia's only way out to
the sea as well as the secession of Vojvodina as the granary and the
resource of raw materials.

Gulan says that in this way Yugoslavia as a sovereign state would be broken
up and its capability of surviving as an industrial country would be

The choking of the Yugoslav economy started after the death of Josip Broz
Tito, who skillfully kept balance in the bipolar world. The long-term
exhaustion of the Second Yugoslavia's economy started by canceling of
privileges and the agreements on the foreign trade, and the destructive
measures against the FR of Yugoslavia economy, that culminated during the
two-and-a-half months long NATO aviation aggression, were made official by
the United Nations Security Council Resolution on May 30, 1992 by which
Yugoslavia got the sanctions for the alleged involvement in the civil war
among the Muslims, Serbs and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In an undeclared two-and-a-half months long war, started on March 24 this
year the aggressors, by allegedly preventing the humanitarian catastrophe in
Kosovo and Metohija, destroyed or damaged 372 industrial facilities, leaving
around half a million of people jobless.

The traffic infrastructure was affected mostly - 16 railway lines, six
railroad stations, 17 railway and 41 road bridges, seven overpasses, four
bus stations, four post offices, seven airports were damaged.

In his alleged war to prevent the humanitarian catastrophe of the Albanians,
the aggressor surely did not neglect the fact that in Kosovo and Metohija
there is a big ore treasure, as well as the biggest lignite basin in Europe.
The reserves of coal are estimated as 15,7 billions of tons the value of
which amounts to 300 millions of dollars, while the entire reserves of coal
in the rest of Serbia amount to 18,9 billions of tons.

Analyzing the causes of the United States' animosity toward the Third
Yugoslavia, Gulan argues that the "manufacture" of the long lasting crisis
on the main European road toward the East, stretching from the north to the
south of our country, aiming to "trip" the most developed countries in
Europe whose economic unification reached the final stage by introducing the
monetary union and the creation of Euro.

Moreover, the anti-European side of the aggression against the FR of
Yugoslavia could best be seen in the consequences born by the European
Danube basin countries because of the destroyed bridges of Novi Sad and
Smederevo that had not only brought the damage to the population of these
cities but also to the economies of all the 13 countries using the waterways
Rhine- Main-Danube, causing damages worth hundreds of millions of dollars
because of the traffic and transportation stoppage on that great European
main watercourse.

Besides, during the undeclared war that is still proving to be a big
business, the United States have tested the most recent achievements in
military technique and weapons and actively spent the old supplies of
armament. Also, one of the intentions and causes of the aggression was to
use the Balkan gorges for the disposal of the nuclear and chemical waste,
that is very expensive and risky in the developed countries.

The author of "The Roots" also argues that the objective of the aggression
against the FR of Yugoslavia was a more rapid penetration towards East,
firstly toward the borders of Russia and the control of oil reserves in the
Caspian Basin that are bigger than the ones in the Arab Peninsula.

This is why one of the more important causes of the undeclared war imposed
on the FR of Yugoslavia is the attempt of the western countries to widen the
scope of their influence in the Balkans, aiming to totally occupy the most
important corridor Budapest - Belgrade- Thessaloniki, says Branislav Gulan
in his recently published book "The Roots" analyzing ther United States'
economic plan to bring down the Yugoslav economy.

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