(Fwd) Re: Kangaroo court/Milosevic trial/Serbia

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at tao.ca
Sat Feb 2 14:21:23 MST 2002

you Aren't looking at this in terms of the political implications for a worker's
movement globally. To establish a norm whereby First World imperialist countries
can abduct and incarcerate leaders of countries that are against the IMF is to
enshrine in precedent that the world has given up on even more of the ideas of

I saw your sources, although I didn't go the sites. A bunch of the most
sectarian Trot and Maoist party paper sites. Wonderful. How about this. I can
give you the NYTimes articles in the weeks following the first time Milosevic's
government told the IMF to go to Hell. The SPS stuck to this line, and in fact
this is part of Slobo's  defence plan. He points out (correctly) that Yugoslavia
had the only alternative economy in Europe. This led to the successionists being
supported and glorified while the socialistic rump Yugo got villified. You
should care what happened and what happens to him and his "cronies". They are
not being tried for anything bad that they did but for the few good things they
have done: stave off the entire economic recolonisation of their country and
maintain state ownership (called "social" property) of 87% of the factories
until after the Kostunica coup. The ability to draw a line and say "thus far and
no further" was the right of Yugoslavia and was why they were mercilessly bombed
for 78 days, with radioactive crap dumped in the Danube anfd the wholesale
destruction of the public economy. Then the media campaign and the CIA funded
"opposition" destroyed what the bombs couldn't. Now there are massive layoofs,
public property has been looted and sold to the Western powers and the fascist
KLA occupies their territory.

Who's side are you on? It's no good in the real world to point out that
Milosevic wasn't a true communist. There is a situation that occured (and
continues) and Slobo today is acting with dignity. Quite frankly, I find his
choice of defence tactics very admirable and I believe it represents the
attitude of many who are persecuted in East Europe today: How dare those who
plunder and conquer these countries in the name of big capital stand in
judgement of those who attempted to build some form of  perhaps distorted
socialism; how dare socialism be labelled a crime. We must stand with Slobo in
order to defend our own self-interest in opposition to the imperialists.


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