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Terror on a Very Small Planet
Photos selected and arranged by Illarion Bykov
Text by Jared Israel

[expanded 2 October 2001 * text revised 11 September 2006]

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* To the innocent, to the firefighters, and to the rescue workers of Belgrade and New York *

 

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ter·ror

ter·ror, noun

Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes.


- ['American Heritage Dictionary,' 3rd Edition, from Microsoft Bookshelf '98 CD]
 

The New York Times quotes Gen. Michael Short, who directed NATO's three month bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999:

"These days striking directly at the Milosevic Government is very much on his mind. While NATO says it is not fighting against the Serbian people, General Short also hopes that the distress of the Yugoslav public will undermine support for the authorities in Belgrade.

"'I think no power to your refrigerator, no gas to your stove, you can't get to work because the bridge is down -- the bridge on which you held your rock concerts -- and you all stood with targets on your heads. That needs to disappear at 3 o'clock in the morning.'"

-- The New York Times, 13 May 1999. Gen. Short was not just talking. NATO intentionally attacked civilian facilities including consumer-goods factories, hospitals and homes, killing thousands. The Times headlined this article, "Crisis in the Balkans: The Overview; Allied Air Chief Stresses Hitting Belgrade Sites," thus using the harmless-sounding phrase, "hitting Belgrade sites," to whitewash Short's stated strategy of targeting civilians to intimidate or coerce the Yugoslav population into demanding surrender.


 Agence France Presse quotes Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah. From his televised speech 4 October 2000, at the start of the Palestinian Arab campaign of suicide bombings of the past six years.

"'Let a (Palestinian) reach a settler, let him stab him fiercely and let him die afterwards. They (Israelis) love worldly matters, we love martyrdom. Hit them in their weak points,' he shouted as thousands chanted: 'Allahu Akbar,' or God is greatest.

"'The rule is: you kill and then you die. You will see that the results will be different,' he said in a fiery speech that immediately drew many live phone calls from Gaza and Jordan to express 'gratitude' to Nasrallah's stand and vows to 'follow his heroic path.'

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"'The Falasha [black African] Jew will say: I prefer hunger in Ethiopia to knives in Palestine, and the Russian Jew will say: I prefer to earn 50 dollars a month and then he will pack his belongings and leave.'"

-- Agence France Presse, October 4 2000. AFP headlined this dispatch, "Hezbollah calls for Palestinian armed resistance against Israel," thus using the heroic-sounding term "resistance" to whitewash Nasrallah's expressed strategy of  targeting civilians to intimidate or coerce the Jewish population into fleeing Israel. Nasrallah's group, Hezbollah, aims to destroy the Jews worldwide. Case in point: Argentina's General Prosecutor accuses Hezbollah of organizing the murderous suicide bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Toronto Star reporter's account of an evening spent in the home of Nasir Oric, commander of Bosnian Islamist forces in the famous Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

"On a cold and snowy night, I sat in his living room watching a shocking video version of what might have been called Nasir Oric's Greatest Hits.

"There were burning houses, dead bodies, severed heads, and people fleeing.

"Oric grinned throughout, admiring his handiwork.

"'We ambushed them,' he said when a number of dead Serbs appeared on the screen.

"The next sequence of dead bodies had been done in by explosives: 'We launched those guys to the moon,' he boasted.

"When footage of a bullet-marked ghost town appeared without any visible bodies, Oric hastened to announce: 'We killed 114 Serbs there.'

"Later there were celebrations, with singers with wobbly voices chanting his praises."

-- Toronto Star,' 16 February 1994. The full text is posted at http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/oric.htm

The goal of Oric's raids was to eliminate the Serbian population. His Commander in Chief was the Bosnian Islamist leader Alija Izetbegovic, hailed by the US and Iranian governments as a nation-builder. After the war, mass murderer Oric ran a discotheque in Tuzla, Bosnia.


"No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."

--MEDITATION XVII., Devotions upon Emergent Occasions by John Donne


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