by Batko Milacic – Independent analyst – for The Saker Blog
After Yugoslavia’s (Serbia) President Slobodan Milosevic refused to accept the so-called Rambouillet Agreement in 1999, which in reality was NATO ultimatum that demanded from Serbia and Montenegro to allow NATO troops to occupy the province of Kosovo as well as that NATO can build bases in Serbia, and that all NATO personnel have diplomatic immunity, which means that they could not be held criminally responsible in Serbia and Montenegro, NATO aggression was launched without any authorization from the United Nations. The intervention was called humanitarian under the pretext of stopping the persecution of Albanians. Western media machine led against Serbs constantly negative media campaign. In media presentations by CNN and the BBC, the Serbs were the modern Nazis and Albanians the Jews. After they successfully presented the Serbs as the bad guys, NATO had a free hand to open aggression and excessive force. Western claims about tens of thousands of killed Albanians later turned out to be completely false. The real death toll in Kosovo before NATO aggression was revealed after the war and it was around 2,000 with the majority of the killings committed by the armed terrorist-separatist group, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The KLA, previously classified by Washington as a terrorist organization, was elevated in the run-up to the war as the sole legitimate representative of Kosovo’s Albanian population. The KLA, working in close collaboration with US sponsors, sought to create as much violence and death as possible in order to pave the way to Western intervention.
The war against Serbia and Montenego lasted for 78 days. Hospitals, factories and schools were destroyed, along with bridges, roads and military infrastructure. The airstrikes killed around 2,500 people and wounded another 12,500. The bombing destroyed and damaged 25,000 housing units, 470 km of roads and 595 kilometers of railroad were disabled. 14 airports, 19 hospitals, 20 health centers, 18 kindergartens, 69 schools, 176 cultural monuments and 44 bridges were damaged while 38 were destroyed, according to Serbian estimates.(1) During the bombing, 2, 300 air strikes were carried out on the 995 facilities across the country. NATO launched 1,300 cruise missiles, bombed Serbia and Montenegro with 37,000 “cluster bombs”, using prohibited ammunition with depleted uranium. The decision to bomb Serbia and Montenegro was made for the first time in history, without the approval of the UN Security Council. One of the NATO airstrikes used laser-guided bombs to take out railway bridge in southern Serbia, killing at least 10 people on a passenger train. A deliberate attack on the Serbian TV broadcaster RTS in Belgrade took lives of 16 civilian workers. This was the first case that the media house was declared a legitimate military goal. In one of the most provocative acts of the war, NATO carried out a strike on the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three men. Washington claimed that the bombing was an “accident”.(2) The “humanitarian” intervention to halt “ethnic cleansing” has resulted in massive ethnic cleansing. After NATO arrived, 250,000 Serbs were expelled from Kosovo. (3)
Also, the 2004 unrest in Kosovo is the worst ethnic violence case in Kosovo since the end of the 1998–99 conflict. The violence erupted in the partitioned town of Mitrovica, leaving hundreds wounded and at least 14 people dead. The unrest was precipitated by misleading reports in the Kosovo Albanian media which falsely claimed that three Kosovo Albanian boys had drowned after being chased into the Ibar River by a group of Kosovo Serbs. That is why Albanians are embarking on a coordinated action against Serbs, in which they have committed numerous crimes. Given the magnitude of the action, it is clear that this ethnic cleansing was planned and not spontaneous. Here, too, the question must be asked whether it is possible that NATO intelligence services did not have operational information that Albanians were preparing attacks on Serbs, with the aim of ethnic cleansing of Kosovo. The answer is obvious, especially if we keep in mind that NATO forces have peacefully observed the ethnic cleansing of Serbs, even if their primary task in Kosovo is to maintain peace and order.
Years later, International courts in Pristina have prosecuted several people who attacked several Serbian Orthodox churches, handing down jail sentences ranging from 21 months to 16 years. However, these are extremely small numbers of people and with small penalties. The absolute majority of criminals were not punished. A part of the destroyed churches have since been rebuilt by the Government of Serbia and in cooperation with the Serbian Orthodox Church and the UN mission in Kosovo. However, almost none of the exiled Serbs returned to Kosovo. It is important to note that NATO forces have peacefully observed the ethnic cleansing of Serbs, even if their primary task in Kosovo is to maintain peace and order.
It is clear to every objective analyst that NATO carried out aggression in 1999 against Serbia and Montenegro. Everything that happened after 1999 proved that NATO’s primary goal was not the protection of human rights, but the abuse of this idea for classical geopolitical possession of strategic space, in this case, the southern Serbian province of Kosovo. The Serbian army fought heroically in Kosovo and it was not defeated on the battlefield. The withdrawal of the Serbian army from Kosovo was caused by an open threat from the West that it will exert over Serbia humanitarian destruction of the whole country. When the destruction of infrastructure did not gave results, NATO began hitting hospitals, trains full of passengers and throwing away so-called graphite bombs that destroyed the electrical network and left entire cities without electricity. Cluster bombs were thrown in the cities, and bombardment of depleted uranium kills Serbs even today.
NATO forces continued aggression on the rest of Serbia, by other means. Immediately after the bombing the regime change operation was supported, after which embassies of Western countries and international organizations that the West controlled began to “reform Serbia”. Shortly after the arrival of pro-Western authorities in Serbia, in October 2000, “the reform of the Serbian army” began. The majority of proven war officers were retired, while the number of soldiers was so low, to the level, at which the security of the country was seriously threatened. Through its agents of influence, the West played a major role in separating Montenegro from Serbia. High and primary education were, and still are literally destroyed, media has been dominated by foreign corporations. Yet again, two decades later, despite its propaganda and corruption of the elite, NATO is still undesirable among the ordinary people. Montenegro became a member of NATO by political violence, against the will of the citizens. Serbia and Republic of Srpska continue to resist. You can see more about NATO’s activities in the world in an excellent documentary:
Brilliant summary Ratko. It all looks like the 3rd WW will start in the Balkans, like the first and the second one before it.
many English archives covering 1914 and earlier are Still Not Available to the public!! Or rewritten, destroyed or simply not recorded.. City of London and poodles were rather busy, most covertly naturally, in Balkans and elsewhere. VP mentioned access to ‘Allied!! archives’ about a year ago.
No Way!!! – we Anglo-zionists are guilty as hell!! Divide and rule!! Jolly good, what!!
Norwegian yapping chihuahua (NATO mouth piece..) has yet to mention Serbian youth have Highest cancer rates in Europe by far!!
Perhaps the Clinton’s, Epstein, Albright, Maxwell etc., should ‘cultivate’ these Serbian kids..!!!
US General Groves (Hiroshima etc., ethnic cleansing!!) sure would be proud of this ” collateral damage”..
I would really like to see some footnotes/references.
Yawn!! US base in Kosovo, Bondsteal!! integral part of RATLINE – ie., import of opiates etc., from those Afghan poppy fields!!
Ask the Chinese about Anglo-zionist ‘ratlines’ starting from 1730s..
Oh dear.. my HSBC shares!!
There is a huge gap in the timeline where last 10 years are blanked.
By some chance, it also skipped to mention last election in Montenegro, 6 months ago, where last remains of the former communist party, originally allied with Serbia’s SPS, transformed to anti-Serbian, anti-Russian with mafialike structure lost the last election. Besides its president who is the President of Montenegro too is the best baddy with Serbian president Vucic, baron Münchhausen personified, though unlike Vucic the baron was a harmless guy.
By the way, Vucic and his lapdogs are doing everything in their power, including basically all media in Serbia with viciously attacks on Primeminister, to undermine the new Montenegrin government led by the popular orthodox Christian Serb Zdravko Krivokapic who is supported by The Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral of the Serbian Orthodox Church and late Metropolitan bishop Amfilohije staunch and long time opponent of Vucic and his betrayal of Kosovo and Metohija.
Writing such an article at this moment looks like just another trial to whitewash Vucic and his 40 thieves (bottom crap of the barrel).
No, I don’t buy it.
Like it or not, everything Ratko wrote is true. What is your truth?
Not (avoiding) writing something is most often more telling than writing.
– Cherry-picking things at the moment Serbian traitors doing everything to undermine Montenegrin government which is by far the best one concerning Serbian interests since independence and even before and,
– indirectly routing support for the traitor clique in power in Serbia at a moment they are finishing preparation to commit final state treason (formal recognition of the “Kosovo” as an independent state).
I just searched for author and found this: https://www.geopolitica.ru/en/person/slavisha-batko-milacic
Born in Cetinje, Montenegro, living in Podgorica, capital of Montenegro.
Positions: Member of the presidency of the young in Montenegrin parliamentary party DNP (one of the parties attacking Krivokapic but formally part of the government administration and part of the coalition that voted in Krivokapic’s government).
If it is the same person as linked above, then he is not only deceiving with his article but also by falsely representing himself as an independent analyst (similar behaviour of omitting some uncomfortable “truths”).
If he is not the same person, then I apologize for the insinuation.
The uncomfortable truth: Recognition of Srebrenica as a genocide. Great stab in the back from Krivokapic and Montenegrini.
… which has nothing to do with Krivokapic who is Primeminister and have no control nor any member in parliament.
Besides, some DF (group standing behind the most vicious attacks against Krivokapic, lapdogs of Vucic) parliamentarians voted for that Montenegro Parliament resolution.
Blaming Krivokapic for something that you are doing and projecting it on him.
Vucic style in miniature.
No? What did he do to distance himself from it?
Grabbing at straws?
Even if I posted a video with him distancing himself (which I could, but it is of no interest to this audience) you would probably say something along the line: why was his voice so low, high or his suite with that color.
Just stop it now and post something genuine if you have anything to post.
Why don’t you post the video. I would be interested to hear, than I would be quite happy to concede to you. What about the other one? Abazovic. What is his view on Srebrenica?
Still moving target, guarding yourself with Abazovic now i.e. grabbing at straws.
Not going to waste any more time with you.
SAD! One shining light to emerge from ZATO atrocities is Novak Djokovic who just won Wimbledon, giving 2 fingers to the haters. His Foundation assists greatly the education of young children. Not only world No.1 at tennis, despite being deprived of school aged 11 and witnessing 1st hand ZATO’s bombing soirees, he’s very articulate, fluent in 5 languages. His success and generosity should inspire Serbians to overcome ZATO’s evil genocidal ways.
French Colonel Jacques Hogard, in his book “Europe died in Pristina” describes one of the incidents in the his zone of control. I am paraphrasing here: One day he received report of large column of Serbian refugees moving through his zone of control. He is also informed that armed group of Albanian terrorists are waiting in ambush to attack this column. Colonel Hogard orders his helicopter pilot to fly over there and fire few warning shots over the terrorists heads and if they don’t disperse to fire directly. Ten minutes later he received call from the British officer screaming at the receiver. He was asking why is French gunship shooting at SAS unit imbedded with the Albanian allied forces. If you talk to the Serbian civilians in Kosovo and Metohija they will tell you that out of all the Nato forces the worst once are British.
I dream about Republika Srpska, Serbia and Montenegro re-uniting into one country one day. Otherwise Montenegro is lost to NATO and the big western European countries. The worst thing that can happen now is if Montenegro joined the EU. This would wipe out the leftovers of Montenegrine economy and probably cause a high emmigriation of Montengrians, possibly to Slovenia, Italy or Austria. This would be devastating to Montenegro’s demographics. We saw this happen to many countries in south eastern Europe.
Montenegro joined nato to surround serbia and the bosnian serbs with nato nations.
Now they can strangle serbia whenever it would not comply to their wishes.
Thats of course not for vucic who is a colonial magistrat on nato behalf himself and
merkels greatest fan. Dont forget that the color revolution training center canvas is in serbia.
But just in case some day a polititian would come up in serbia who does not bend the knee.
Then they could just slaughter the serbs under some pretext and the only way of russia to save
them would be to do natos bidding and start a “unprovoked” attack at nato which is all nato wants.
Cause then like allways when nato goes to war they are just defending the free wolrd an
most counrys on the planet will oblige.
Thank you, Saker Vineyard, for this article. At the start of this atrocity, when NATZO began to drop more bombs on Serbia than Hitler had, I had a gut feeling that something had gone badly wrong with the European Union. Every time I pasted a sticker on my bookshelf, to mark a further day of bombing I thought, “It is not for this is that we defeated the Nazis”. Then I flipped, inserted a Z after the T in NATO, and began digging into the origin of this huge crime against the European Union. Up till then I had only a gut reaction to what seemed an anomaly in the post-War peace of United Europe. I had no anticipation that even larger atrocities were on the way: the rape of Iraq, of Sudan, of Libya, of Ukraine, etc. It took 30 years of digging to uncover the connections between Resource Wars and Anglo Zionazi Capitalism. This article summarizes the truth about NATZO’s rape of Serbia. The article does not mention that amputation of Kosovo from Serbia was the price demanded by the Albanian government in return for allowing a gas pipeline to be run through Albanian territory to the Mediterranean sea.
“The truth rarely, if ever, convinces its opponents. It merely outlives them”. — Max Planck, physicist.
“Mesopotamia, oil. Serbia, gateway to Mesopotamia” — motto of the British Foreign and Colonial Office, circa 1900-1914.
The NATO intervention was blatantly aimed at the destruction of the sovereign state of Yugoslavia, as it then was. It was conducted under the flimsy pretext of a ‘humanitarian’ cover story: R2P (Responsibility to Protect) when in fact it was using this cute little acronym for altogether different and more deadly pretexts: Viz. R2B (Responsibility to Bomb) or R2S (Responsibility to Sanction) R2S (Responsibility to Starve) R2WC (Responsibility to commit War Crimes).Yes NATO is a dab hand at destroying countries in order to save them.
Another well written article discussing the Balkans. I am glad that the video was attached as I was unaware that the author Igor Damjanovic had his own YT channel. His video discussing the Bidens Ukraine Plundering is highly informative.
Unfortunately both countries are occupied ‘with many examples of corruption from illegal arming of jihadists in Libya resulting in Serbia’s embassy staff being killed, as well as arming terrorist in Syria, Yemen and the Ukraine. Not to mention speculation that recent suspicious explosions at the Arms Factory in Cacak, Serbia were caused by owners wishing to destroy any evidence of arms manufacturing for mortar shells that are used in the above mentioned conflicts. Of course the local pro-government tabloids tried linking Russia to these events as was also done in Ukraine and Czech Republic.
It’s telling indeed to compare NATO’s track record during and after the Cold War. It took the downfall of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact to unleash the Zionazis’ bloodlust on European peoples as well. Serbia became the first European victim outside Russia to NATO’s premeditated imperial global rapefest. Narco-states like Kosovo and North Macedonia protected by Camp Bondsteel and the Serbian population suffering from NATO’s warfare with depleted uranium.
As is usual the author thinks that if he omits some inconvenient truths that somehow the whole picture will look more rosy and pleasant. The destruction of Yugoslavia, the Civil war, the ethnic cleansing of Serbs from Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo.., the bombing of Serbia and Montenegro, the demise of the state of Serbia and Montenegro etc., all this events are actually one and the same historical event and can’t be objectively analyzed or even written about as separate and independent. When will this and other authors address the Russian role in the demise of the Serbian nation beginning with the arming of the croatian ultra-nationalists (Ustasha) and going all the way to political and financial support of the Montenegrin independence in 2006. The well orchestrated and illegal dismemberment of Serbia and Montenegro by Russia and “partners” was probably the most grievous and most consequential anti-Serbian act of the whole war, certainly, in historical terms, more consequential than the bombing by NATO. I would suggest to my countryman that when it comes to our history (and future too) the cherry-picking and to much emotions that we attach to our interpretations won’t lead us anywhere, as all of our history clearly shows.
It was, apart from Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, USA, mostly Ukraine and not Russia that armed separatist republics especially Croats.
And no, Russia didn’t give political and financial support for Montenegrin independence though Russia was very naïve regarding Djukanovic’s true intentions, though they were not alone in that: originally he was very close to Milosevic too. Recent 12-15 years, he and Vucic have been very close in their criminal enterprise.
Vucic’s media had never been critical to Djukanovic but now when his power is on verge of collapse they are doing utmost to undermine his most popular opponent (Krivokapic) and save Djukanovic’s own party DPS.
In politics, there are no permanent friends or foes; only permanent interests.
The Attack on the FRY was the start of the US Reich’s bloody rampage thats still continuing,the Serbs put up a good fight but i believe they should have forced Nato to fight a ground war, the public in the west would not have tolerated their boys coming home in boxes,i also expected the Serbs to fight on with an insurgency against Nato,it never happened,as for those so called pro western politicians in Serbia they are no different than the Vichy French,thats what trash they are,i will never forget that rat Zoran Dindic he was quisling number one,i believe when Serbia was being attacked by those Nato criminals he was hiding giving interviews to the BBC.
Lets go back to those glory days of June 1999. Serbia asymmetrical warfare of deception and camouflage made NATO’s bombing campaign almost completely ineffective. Serb Army was preparing for a ground defense of Kosovo, when in steps Yeltsin and Victor Chernomyrdin with a threat of withdrawing Russian political and diplomatic support at the UN unless the Serbs signal a desire to negotiate an end to hostilities. The payoff to Yeltsin and associates was $8-10 billion in “loans”. There was a three day delay in accepting the deal. I would guess the Serbian high command was arguing to fight on. After all, it was June, Vidovdan was just a few weeks away. Kosovo might have seen in another final effort of the Serbian people against overwhelming odds as in 1389, 1915,and1941.
The one and only thing all Russian parliamentarians and Russian people agreed on was support for Serbia during the NATO bombing. Did they then reflect that in contrast to Russian supplication before the West, Serbia stood up to NATO completely surrounded, no hope of help from anyone, no nuclear weapons, out number 100 to 1 out gunned 1,000 to 1, suffering from not just sanctions but a total economic embargo for seven years. Maybe the contrast in courage and willingness to fight for what is there’s finally woke up the Russians. Yeltsin resigned a few months later in disgrace or was he told to leave. Enter Putin and the world starts turning in a new and better direction. God created Serbia to teach the faithful.
So blame it on Russia … not Milosevic … and at the same time forgetting Milosevic’s sanctions against Republika Srpska during same period Serbia sustained sanctions, his betrayal of Srpska Krajina and his dealings with USA giving him (a short) opportunity to proclaim himself as a peacemaker.
Yeah, those pesky Russians.
What makes a person sick, is the fact General Wesley Clark, along with his cohorts in Madelaine Albright, Jamie Shea and of course the two biggest war criminals of them all Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, get to walk around Scott free.
People should never forget what happened to Serbia, it was a crime of the highest order and yet the criminals got away with it and profited in the form of book deals and actual property deals in Kosovo.
I hope the above mentioned, one day meet the ugliest fate possible, as they deserve nothing less the pieces of shit.
Indeed those bastards are every bit as much war criminals as the Nazis,the Serbs put up a good fight,what i still don’t understand is why in Kosovo in particular the Serbs didn’t continue to fight with an insurgency against the forces of occupation?
Maybe I can shed some light on why the Serbs did not continue to fight. Unknowing to the Americans, Milosevic cut a deal with help from a Russian Military Advisor for Yeltsin to put in a Russian sector in Kosovo To the surprise of Sir Michael Jackson, Russian tanks were rolling into Kosovo. Milosevic would at least have Russian peacekeeping troops inside Kosovo and UN resolution 1244 would be at least reinforced backed by the Russian Military. What happened next is mind boggling. Russian received clearance to fly supplies and reinforcements over Hungarian airspace to Pristina, Bulgaria and Romania would not allow it. Hungary was a new member of NATO and reversed its’ decision and the Russian troops had no other choice but to retreat with it’s tail in between its ass. The reason Milosevic signed UN resolution 1244 was Russia should have got a sector in Kosovo to control, that did not happen. Both NATO and Russia was well aware that they could not control the KLA once they flooded Kosovo and the real ethnic cleansing began to Serb civilians. Milosevic has no intention of signing the deal, even with Victor Chernomyrdin throwing a temper tamper fit in Belgrade Yeltsin may have been paid “loans” but something was more at stake, Russian international pride which went down the toilet with the insane Moscow reaction “our military division got lost and ended up in Pristina!”
if your asking why an insurgency did not occur in Kosovo with occupational NATO forces, that would have been foolish after UN resolution 1244 was signed. Serbia was already reeling with sanctions and were hoping for the best with UN 1244. However, the US continued to infiltrate Serbia leading to the ouster of Milosevic and installing subsequent “puppet governments” . It is even rumored that Djindjic was removed by the CIA and British Secret Service as was demanding that the Serbia police be returned to Kosovo and that the terms of UN resolution 1244 be finalized. Djindjic wanted to remove the Kosovo albatross to develop the economy of Serbia.
Thanks for the detailed response,i always admired the Serbs for fighting back against those rats,i believe if Putin had been in charge of Russia and not that drunken court jester Yeltsin the whole war would never have taken place,those Nato gangsters saw a chance to attack at the time,i will never forget the panic in the West when those Russian Paras turned up at Pristina airport.
During WWII we were thought how the Nazis cruelly bombed Belgrad, what is not told in the history books. The Allieds bombed over 1300 Cities and villages in 44 /45 killing thousands.
One episode was that the British wanted King Peter (who was in exile in GB) that the Serbs support Tito – he refused. They bombed the birthday celebration held for him timed to the exact hour the procession started, killing hundreds – after that the King accepted. Nice to have such cozy Allies isn’t it ? It was the same in Italy and France of course.