Bill Clinton’s Serbian War Atrocities Exposed In New Indictment

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01-07-20 07:06:00,

Authored by Jim Bovard via The Libertarian Institute,

President Bill Clinton’s favorite freedom fighter just got indicted for mass murder, torture, kidnapping, and other crimes against humanity. In 1999, the Clinton administration launched a 78-day bombing campaign that killed up to 1500 civilians in Serbia and Kosovo in what the American media proudly portrayed as a crusade against ethnic bias. That war, like most of the pretenses of U.S. foreign policy, was always a sham.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci was charged with ten counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity by an international tribunal in The Hague in the Netherlands. It charged Thaci and nine other men with “war crimes, including murder, enforced disappearance of persons, persecution, and torture.” Thaci and the other charged suspects were accused of being “criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders” and the indictment involved “hundreds of known victims of Kosovo Albanian, Serb, Roma, and other ethnicities and include political opponents.”

Image source: TSGT Victor Trisvan/Public Domain

Hashim Thaci’s tawdry career illustrates how anti-terrorism is a flag of convenience for Washington policymakers. Prior to becoming Kosovo’s president, Thaci was the head of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), fighting to force Serbs out of Kosovo. In 1999, the Clinton administration designated the KLA as “freedom fighters” despite their horrific past and gave them massive aid. The previous year, the State Department condemned “terrorist action by the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army.” The KLA was heavily involved in drug trafficking and had close to ties to Osama bin Laden.

But arming the KLA and bombing Serbia helped Clinton portray himself as a crusader against injustice and shift public attention after his impeachment trial. Clinton was aided by many shameless members of Congress anxious to sanctify U.S. killing. Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CN) whooped that the United States and the KLA “stand for the same values and principles. Fighting for the KLA is fighting for human rights and American values.” And since Clinton administration officials publicly compared Serb leader Slobodan Milošević to Hitler, every decent person was obliged to applaud the bombing campaign.

Both the Serbs and ethnic Albanians committed atrocities in the bitter strife in Kosovo. But to sanctify its bombing campaign,

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Serbian army on high alert amid Kosovo police raids in ethnic Serb area

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28-05-19 11:25:00,

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has put his military on high alert after Kosovan police raided an ethnic Serb-majority area of the breakaway region in violation of a spoken agreement between Belgrade and Pristina.

Vucic has accused Kosovo’s authorities of attempting to “criminalize” and intimidate ethnic Serbs as he vowed to protect them, Serbian national broadcaster RTS reports.

Kosovo special police (ROSU) launched a raid in region’s north. Gunfire was reportedly heard and armored police vehicles were seen on roads as police arrested alleged 13 ethnic Serb residents.

Kosovo’s foreign minister tweeted that the operation targeted members of an “organized crime network involved in smuggling, bribery, etc.”

Gunfire can be heard in videos from the area posted online. Clashes reportedly took place in the town of Zubin Potok, where locals erected barricades and burned tires in an effort to resist the police operation. Several Serbs and one policeman were injured, RTS reports.

Kosovan authorities have warned Belgrade to stay out of the matter and urged local Serbs to “support the fight against organized crime.”

The Kosovo police upon the request of the Special Prosecutor and the Police Inspectorate is conducting a operation in northern Kosovo to arrest Kosovo citizens and Kosovo Police Members who are part of a organized crime network involved in smuggling, bribery, etc.

— Behgjet Pacolli (@pacollibehgjet) May 28, 2019

A Russian citizen member of UNMIK, the United Nations mission in Kosovo, is also among those detained by ROSU, Vucic said.

Moscow views the ROSU raids as “another provocation aimed to intimidate and force out the non-Albanian population and forcibly establish control of the area,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in an official statement. It has accused the US and EU of emboldening Kosovo’s “provocative behavior.”

Kosovan actors have grown used to getting away with provocations.

In 2013, Belgrade and Pristina made a spoken agreement that Kosovo’s forces would stay out of the Serb-majority northern areas of the breakaway region. Despite that, Kosovo has repeatedly sent its special forces there. During a visit to the area by Kosovan president Hashim Thaci last September,

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