Why NATO simultaneously arms trains and denounces the KLA

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMtao.ca
Mon Mar 5 20:30:21 MST 2001

> But let's not con ourselves
> into thinking that people like these can rouse people into a revolutionary
> struggle. Without revolutionary struggle, no post-capitalist society can
> survive.
> >
> Louis Proyect
> Marxism mailing list: http://www.marxmail.org/

Alright- then explain this from the Sunday Times. Simply calling Milosevic a Social
Democrat in a similar vein to others in East Eorope is not sufficient. Yugoslavia is
NOT other Eat European states. I don't know what this means either, but if I saw a
mob of violent people surrounding any leader from the former Soviet world, I'd expect
they were dishing out last rites to the guilty (like Gorbachev) or they were paid
heavily in beer and cash. Personally, I think the likelihood of Milosevic touring
with Norman Shwatzkopf and the Fortune 500 set like Gorby is beyond the pale- and not
because Milosevic is that demonised. Because, though he may be no revolutionary- he
ain't no latter day Quisling either.

Give me five minutes with Gorbachev, I'll show him Perestroika!

Ready for a fight: Milosevic supporters take to the streets in Belgrade as
guns are distributed to the party faithful

Milosevic's men take up arms
Tom Walker

 SUPPORTERS of Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav president, have armed
themselves and issued death threats to prosecutors as the Belgrade
authorities dither over plans to arrest him for alleged corruption and
involvement in the murders of opponents.

Milosevic loyalists in the Socialist party have made direct appeals to
Vojislav Kostunica, his successor as president, and to Zoran Djindjic, the
Serbian prime minister, to leave their boss alone. At a stormy party meeting
on Thursday, guns were distributed as the faithful promised a showdown.

"They're prepared to go to the extreme," said one official close to the
party. "These may have been only personal protection weapons, but they have
their people in the army and the police, and they can easily organise
something nasty."

As tension rose last week in the Yugoslav capital, Kostunica called
emergency cabinet meetings at which he urged his colleagues in the coalition
government to show restraint. All senior politicians within the alliance
have been given special security after Dusan Mihailovic, the interior
minister, said he had received death threats.

Friends of the Milosevic family say the former leader has been in bullish
mood since moving last week from the relatively unprotected surroundings of
his private villa in Tolstojeva Street, in the elite surbub of a Dedinje, to
a fortified residence in nearby Uzicka Street, which is linked to
underground tunnels. His wife, Mira Markovic, is said to be in "fury mode"
and the couple are showing few signs of wanting to submit themselves to

It also emerged that the interior ministry had abandoned plans to send
investigators to Milosevic's residence amid doubts about the feasibility of
arresting or detaining him.

The furore over Milosevic is straining Kostunica's fragile ruling alliance
to the limit. The anti-American president, an avowed opponent of the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, is
opposed by Djindjic and Vladen Batic, the Serbian justice minister.

Both are said to favour the immediate arrest of Milosevic. Djindjic, the
wheeler-dealer of the Belgrade revolution that toppled Milosevic, has formed
an anti-riot unit ready to tackle any demonstrations.

However, some cabinet ministers favour arresting other members of
Milosevic's inner circle before going for the former president himself. The
two most likely targets are Nikola Sainovic, a long-term adviser of
Milosevic, and Milovan Bojic, the former health minister.

They have powerful connections in the police, and Sainovic is one of the few
apparatchiks with intimate knowledge of the Milosevic family's
finances.Kostunica's dilemma is complicated by Washington's insistence that
Yugoslavia will receive hundreds of millions of dollars of aid only if
Milosevic is arrested and transferred to the Hague by March 31.

Some of Kostunica's more liberal aides have suggested that Carla del Ponte,
the tribunal's chief prosecutor, could be mollified if three senior Yugoslav
army officers wanted for alleged war crimes in the shelling of Vukovar,
Croatia, in 1991 were handed over.

The "Vukovar three" - Mile Mrksic, Miroslav Radic and Veselin Sljivancanin -
are thought to be politically expendable, and justice ministry officials
believe their arrest would be a strong enough signal of co-operation to
persuade the West to turn the aid taps on.

Del Ponte is not impressed, however. In a radio interview yesterday, she
dimissed Kostunica as a nationalist and man of the past who was extremely
unlikely ever to hand over his predecessor. "I've been reading for weeks
that Milosevic is going to be arrested and I don't really believe it," she

As the Kostunica cabinet deliberates, Milosevic's trusted henchmen have
appeared with demonstrators vowing to defend their mentor. Sinisa Vucinic,
the protest organiser, claimed thousands were preparing for an armed revolt.

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