The quisling of Belgrade

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Fri Mar 14 06:25:29 MST 2003

The quisling of Belgrade

The murdered Serbian prime minister was a reviled western stooge whose
economic reforms brought misery

Neil Clark
Friday March 14, 2003
The Guardian

Tributes to Zoran Djindjic, the assassinated prime minister of Serbia,
have been pouring in. President Bush led the way, praising his "strong
leadership", while the Canadian government's spokesman extolled a
"heralder of democracy" and Tony Blair spoke of the energy Djindjic had
devoted to "reforming Serbia".

In western newspaper obituaries Djindjic has been almost universally
acclaimed as an ex-student agititator who bravely led a popular uprising
against a tyrannical dictator and endeavoured to steer his country into
a new democratic era.

But beyond the CNN version of world history, the career of Zoran
Djindjic looks rather different. Those who rail against the doctrine of
regime change should remember that Iraq is far from being the first
country where the US and other western governments have tried to
engineer the removal of a government that did not suit their strategic
interests. Three years ago it was the turn of Slobodan Milosevic's

In his recent biography of Milosevic, Adam LeBor reveals how the US
poured $70m into the coffers of the Serb opposition in its efforts to
oust the Yugoslav leader in 2000. On the orders of Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright, a covert US Office of Yugoslav Affairs was set up to
help organise the uprising that would sweep the autocratic Milosevic
from power.

At the same time, there is evidence that underworld groups, controlled
by Zoran Djindjic and linked to US intelligence, carried out a series of
assassinations of key supporters of the Milosevic regime, including
Defence Minister Pavle Bulatovic and Zika Petrovic, head of Yugoslav



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