Clark hits intervention in Yugoslav election

jacdon at jacdon at
Sun Oct 1 09:50:18 MDT 2000

jacdon at, Oct. 1, 2000

Responding to open and extensive intervention in Yugoslavia’s election
last week, former Attorney General Ramsey called Sept. 30 for a
Commission of Inquiry to investigate U.S. manipulation of elections and
other interference in the internal affairs of sovereign countries.

U.S. and European Union involvement in Yugoslavia’s democratic elections
has taken the form of military pressure--with NATO naval maneuvers in
the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas and threats of resumed
bombings--economic pressure that a 9-year-long embargo would be
relieved  only if the vote went against President Slobodan Milosevic,
and direct  financing of organizations and parties that oppose the
Milosevic-lead coalition.

Clark,  the founder of the International Action Center, was a leader of
the antiwar struggle against the 78-day U.S.-NATO bombing of Yugoslavia
last year and has played a major role to end sanctions against Iraq and
Cuba, as well as Yugoslavia.

The U.S. government has boasted that it injected $77 million into
to build up the opposition to President Slobodan Milosevic and his
governing coalition. The U.S. House of Representatives authorized
another $105 million Sept. 26, two days after round one of the Yugoslav
elections.  The runoff election is scheduled next week

“To put this amount in perspective,” said Sara Flounders, co-director of
the International Action Center, “the U.S. has voted more money to
subvert an election in little Yugoslavia than the total funds both major
U.S. Presidential candidates have raised. This  year Al Gore has
reported $47 million in contributions and George W. Bush  $87 million.
And this is only hard money. What about the millions of dollars in soft
money from the Soros  Foundation and the NGOs that is seeping into
Yugoslavia?  This money goes a long way in a poor country with  only 11
million people.”

In calling for the creation of the Commission of Inquiry, Clark drew
attention to past U.S. manipulations of elections, giving the example of
Nicaragua, where the popular Sandinista government was voted out in 1990
and where Washington injected $54 million into that poor country. He
spoke of countries where the U.S. overrode the electoral process and
organized violent coups to put in its own person, as with Mobutu in
(now Congo), or in Chile, Haiti and Iran. “In all cases where the U.S.
put ‘its man’ in office,” said Clark, “the people wound up worse off
than before.”

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