Kangaroo court/Milosevic trial/Serbia

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 1 13:19:42 MST 2002

On Fri, 1 Feb 2002 13:42:13 -0600, fastred at phreaker.net wrote:
>  Milosevic was a pawn of imperialists, he just
>decided to go against what Washington said, or
>am I wrong?
>Cort Travis

When Milosevic started out, he was committed to the kind of
privatization and neoliberal economics that typified Eastern Europe.
But after moving in this direction, he faced a powerful response from
the Serb working class that convinced him to pull back. Whether he
was truly convinced of the need for socialist property relations, or
simply calculating that he needed to maintain them in order to stay
in power is besides the point. When the West tried to persuade him to
return to the initial course, he told them to go to hell. Afterwards,
you find Bosnia and Kosovo blowing up and Milosevic being charged as
the new Adolph Hitler. None of this had much to do with true human
rights. It was all about weakening and eventually overthrowing the
last connection with Titoist socialism in Yugoslavia.

Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 02/01/2002

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