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NATO Buildup in the Balkans: Part of a Deadly Game
by Jared Israel [26 September 2001]

In the London 'Times' piece posted below U.S. Ambassador to England William Farish expresses great concern for the stability of the Balkans. Take this with a generous dose of salt.

Ambassador Farish says the Balkans needs a NATO troop build-up to make it "a potential buffer against terror threats from the east." The problem is, the Balkans itself is rife with terrorism.

There are presently tens of thousands of NATO troops in the Balkans. Are they working to stamp out this widespread terrorism?

If this were the case it would be a nice little picture: NATO (directed by Washington) fights terror in the Balkans, in Afghanistan, everywhere. Nice; just not true.

According to the 'Times,' one of the places where NATO would increase its troop strength is Macedonia, a country which has been attacked by the world's worst terrorists, the Kosovo Liberation Army or KLA.

The KLA, based in the neighboring Serbian province of Kosovo, works under various names. In Macedonia it calls itself the NLA. In Kosovo it uses the cover of the United Nations-sponsored Kosovo Protection Corps, or KPC. A UN document, prepared for Secretary General Kofi Annan, accuses the KPC of 'murder, torture and extortion.' Aside from driving 350,000 Serbs, 'Gypsies,' Jews, Turks and Slavic Muslims from Kosovo and making life hell for those who remained:

"The KPC has been running protection rackets across Kosovo - in Pristina, Suva Reka, Dragash, Istok and Prizren - demanding 'contributions' from shopkeepers, businessmen and contractors. In Suva Reka, KPC members are alleged to have forced petrol stations to accept coupons rather than money for fuel.

"In Vucitrn, the KPC reportedly demanded protection money from members of an ethnic minority, the Ashkali, originally from India. One family member had previously been kidnapped and the family had been bombed.

"The KPC has a nice line in death threats, says the UN. Two members threatened to kill K-For interpreters after being arrested by NatO troops in Kosovo. Following the arrests, 20 KPC men mobbed the police station and demanded their release. They were freed the next day.

"The KPC may be running prostitution rackets, says the UN." [And so on, and on...]

(From the 'London Observer,' 12 March 2000. To read more, see 'How will you plead at your trial, Mr. Annan,' at http://emperors-clothes.com/news/howwill.htm

The KLA (or KPC or NLA) appears to be just the kind of terrorist outfit that has finally driven Washington to stand up and take action against Evil.



"AMERICAN intelligence agents have admitted they helped to train the Kosovo Liberation Army before Nato's bombing of Yugoslavia. The disclosure angered some European diplomats, who said this had undermined moves for a political solution to the conflict between Serbs and Albanians. Central Intelligence Agency officers were cease-fire monitors in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999, developing ties with the KLA and giving American military training manuals and field advice on fighting the Yugoslav army and Serbian police." ('Sunday Times,' 12 March 2000, for which see 'The Cat Is Out of the Bag' at http://emperors-clothes.com/news/ciaaided.htm )

Did the U.S./NATO stop sponsoring the KLA when NATO occupied Kosovo in the summer of 1999? No, admits the BBC. As recently as the winter of 2001:

"Western special forces were still training the guerrillas, as a result of decisions taken before the change of government in Yugoslavia " (From BBC, 29 January, 2001, See 'Diplomats Admit NATO Backs KLA Invasion of Inner Serbia' at http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/admi.htm .)

The NATO command has worked closely with the KLA in the day to day running of Kosovo. It is no exaggeration to say that without NATO, the KLA could not have terrorized the non-Albanian population of Kosovo. (1)

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What's Wrong With Those
Darn Macedonian Hard-Liners?

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If NATO were sincere about fighting terror, one would expect terrorists in the Balkans to oppose a NATO buildup. One would expect the local anti-terrorists to support it. Isn't that correct?

Yet according to the 'Times:'

"Nato planners are hoping many of the troops involved can stay on until a follow-up mission is agreed with the Macedonian government. [But] Hardline members of the government in Skopje want Nato out of the country." ('Times,' posted below)

Why do those Macedonian government "hard-liners" oppose NATO? Because NATO has been trying to force them to surrender to the NLA (that is, KLA) terrorists. More horrifying, NATO operatives have served as the terrorists' military advisers - that is, as their officer corps:

"A delicate task was posed for the American peace keepers from Kosovo in neighboring Macedonia. On the one hand 400 Albanian Guerillas with their weapons and ammunition had to be transported out of Aracinovo, which is situated six kilometers north of the capital, Skopje. The 113th UCK [Kosovo Liberation Army's Albanian initials] brigade had entrenched itself there for two weeks to defend itself against violent attacks. The second part of the task was more explosive. Among the retreating rebels there were also 17 " instructors" - former US officers, who tutored the rebel in military matters. But this isn't all: Macedonian security circles maintain that 70 per cent of the equipment that was carried away by the Guerillas were US made - among them also the most modern type of third generation night-viewers. " ('Hamburger Abendblatt,' 28 June 2001, See 'GERMAN PAPER CHARGES: U.S. IS 'ADVISING' ALBANIAN TERRORISTS' at http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/advise.htm )

Nothing like a delicate task.

In a recent trip to Macedonia, Canadian combat veteran and military writer Scott Taylor met with the NLA terrorist leaders. These people boasted about the support they get from the USA and they proudly displayed their state-of-the-art U.S. weapons: (1a)

"In the well-built guerrilla bunkers overlooking the besieged city of Tetovo, there is ample evidence of U.S. military hardware. Everything from sidearms and sniper rifles to menacing-looking grenade launchers is emblazoned Made in the USA.

"An abundant stock of sophisticated night-vision goggles provide the guerrillas with a tremendous tactical advantage over the Macedonian security forces. By nightfall, the Macedonians are compelled to hole up in their bunkers while the guerrillas roam with impunity throughout the Tetovo streets.

"Snake Arifaj, a 22-year-old guerrilla platoon commander, proudly displayed his unit's impressive arsenal and said, 'Thanks to Uncle Sam, the Macedonians are no match for us.'"

Among the terrorists attacking Macedonia are the same so-called 'Afghan Arabs' whom the U.S. sponsored, starting in the 1980s, and whom virtually every Russian believes the U.S. has backed in Chechnya. These are the forces associated with Osama bin Laden. (2)

The plain truth is: the U.S. Establishment's policy in the Balkans has been to create terrorist-gangster regimes and weaken the forces sympathetic to Russia.

The Balkans is a key area to control for any Power wishing to attack Russia. That is not a speculative remark; it is an historical fact. According to the 'Times' article, Washington's troop buildup is aimed at "turning the Balkans into a prominent theatre of operations and training." We are supposed to believe this is being done to create "a potential buffer against terror threats from the east."

"Prominent theater of operations" sounds like a staging zone for military action to this writer. Why the urgent need to create a "prominent theater of operations" at this time? Because of the danger of "terrorism from the east" reports the 'Times.' And from where in the East might said terror come? Why, maybe it could come from - Turkey, reports the 'Times.'

So let's get this straight. NATO, led by the U.S., is backing a huge buildup in the Balkans to protect against a possible danger from Turkey, the main U.S./ NATO ally in the Balkans. Meanwhile NATO, led by Washington, has created a huge terrorist apparatus in the Balkans. And why? Why has NATO supported the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo and a terrorist attack on Macedonia?

Why, obviously, so that the Balkans can be a bulwark against terrorists. Got it, class? Study hard; there may be a quiz.

Let us depart from this absolute and complete doubletalk and consider what is actually happening.

The transformation of the Balkans into a "prominent theater" must be considered in the context of NATO's threatening behavior in the Baltic region, including NATO troop maneuvers in Lithuania and Washington's publicly-made threat (3) to instigate Contra-style terror against the former Soviet Republic of Belarus. It must be considered in the context of the massive deployment of US and British forces moving towards strategic Afghanistan.

The Balkans, the Baltic region and Central Asia - the three strategic points if one wishes to attack Russia. One gets the distinct impression that Washington is slipping a noose around Russia's neck.(4) And all the stuff about fighting terrorism, all Washington's newfound hatred of Islamism (Washington's creation), all the Hollywood photo ops with Bush declaring "We'll get him dead or alive" and all the heartfelt reassurances that "the Islamic faith is not the enemy" and the mutual recriminations between Muslims and Jews - all this is a public spectacle meant to divert the masses from the real event, which is a massive military buildup whose only possible strategic goal can be: Russia.

And why, you may ask, do the masses in the NATO countries need to be diverted from the truth? Because the masses are not Nazis. The masses are not in favor of dying for Imperial expansion, and the masses are most definitely not in favor of risking nuclear war.

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Deadly Fascination
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Amidst the doubletalk about "promoting stability" and "buffers against terror,' the London 'Times' offers readers a glimpse into U.S. Ambassador to England Farish's inner man:

"A son of one of the five great oil families of Houston, Texas, Farish is fascinated by the 'black gold' that lies in large quantities in the countries around the Caspian Sea. He sees America's relationship with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, as vital to its future influence in the area."
('Sunday Times' 23 September 2001)

Oil is only part of the fascinating treasure in the former Soviet Union. For instance, Siberia is a treasure house of gold, natural gas, virgin forests and more.

This vast wealth is only part of the reason Washington wants to dominate the former Soviet Union. The rest of the reason is this: only the former Soviet Republics have the military might to resist U.S. Imperial expansion. Washington wants to crush this potential power before the former Soviet Republics have time to re-group and possibly re-establish some semblance of a bi-polar world.

Washington is dead serious, and this is a very serious game

The 'Times' article follows.

-- Jared Israel

U.S. to Build Buffer Zone in the Balkans

'Sunday Times' 23 September 2001
Tom Walker, Diplomatic Correspondent

THE Bush administration is planning to strengthen its military presence in the Balkans, which it now sees as a potential buffer against terror threats from the east.

William Farish, the American ambassador to Britain and a close friend of President George W Bush, has said US policy advisers are evaluating how best to safeguard American and European interests in the region, including planned pipelines to the vast oil and gas reserves of central Asia.

Before Bush became president it was widely thought he favoured a phased withdrawal of troops from Bosnia and Kosovo. During a recent visit to Bondsteel, the main American base in Kosovo, he said the burden of peacekeeping should be borne by European armies. But after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Farish told The Sunday Times that foreign policy was being radically rethought.

"I think all of that is under review now, particularly in light of recent developments," he said in an interview. "What the final deployment is, is something that is under discussion - as it falls into play with the whole terrorist plan."

Unusually for a new ambassador to Britain, Farish hopes to visit the Balkans within the next three weeks, and to assess American policy in Macedonia, the region´s current tinderbox, before reporting back to Bush.

He identified the Northern Ireland peace process and enlisting support for Bush´s national missile defence plan as his other foreign policy priorities.

Although Nato´s operation to collect weapons from rebel Albanians ends this week, Nato planners are hoping many of the troops involved can stay on until a follow-up mission is agreed with the Macedonian government. Hardline members of the government in Skopje want Nato out of the country.

Farish outlined a very different possible scenario, in which Nato strengthened its presence in the region, turning the Balkans into a prominent theatre of operations and training. Perhaps reflecting US fears of a rise in Islamic fundamentalism in Turkey, a Nato ally, Farish sees the Balkans as a possible buffer zone in future against unstable regimes to the east.

There are currently 3,350 American peacekeepers in Bosnia among a total Nato-led force of 18,000, and 6,200 in Kosovo, among a force of 37,500. Several hundred American troops are providing logistical support for the arms-gathering operation in Macedonia.

Farish said the key thinkers behind Bush´s strategy were his deputy, Dick Cheney; the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld; the national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice; and the secretary of state, Colin Powell. Their policy would be geared towards long-term stability, rather than what Farish described as the haphazard troop deployments of the Clinton years.

"We won´t see American troops thrown into every crisis like it´s a dartboard," he said.

The new ambassador is hardly limiting his field of vision, however. A son of one of the five great oil families of Houston, Texas, Farish is fascinated by the "black gold" that lies in large quantities in the countries around the Caspian Sea. He sees America´s relationship with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, as vital to its future influence in the area.

"I think we´ll see a whole new era between the United States and Russia," he said. "Putin appears to be very direct, very straightforward - he and President Bush will get along very well."

Last week the former prime minister of Kazakhstan, Akezhan Kazhegeldin, said America should join forces with Russia and use former Soviet pipelines to move oil to northern and southern Europe.

Farish believes the stability of Macedonia, which lies on a projected pipeline route between the Black Sea and the Adriatic, is vital to the region´s economic development. "The whole area is in a state of flux," he said. "It´s going to be a fascinating study for the next few years."

(C) 'Sunday Times.' 2001 Reprinted for Fair Use Only

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Further Reading
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(1) The KLA terrorists marched into Kosovo alongside NATO occupiers. Emperor's Clothes has published eyewitness accounts of their collaboration. (Feel free to re-post these and all other articles written for Emperor's Clothes in any non-commercial venue. For commercial use, contact us. When posting, please credit Emperor's Clothes. Thank you.)

  • See for example: 'Driven from Kosovo,' the account by the leader of the Jewish community of how he and thousands of other residents were driven from Pristina, capital of Kosovo. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/interviews/ceda.htm

(1a) "Terrorist Thug Boasts: "Thanks to Uncle Sam, Macedonians are no match for us!" Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/taylor.htm

(2) ''CHECHEN SEPARATISTS ARE FIGHTING IN MACEDONIA' Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/cos/chechen.htm

(3) 'Tough Measures Needed in Belarus!' Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/news/tough.htm

(4) 'Why Washington Wants Afghanistan' at http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/afghan.htm

5) U.S.-backing for the terrorists attacking Macedonia is thorughly documented from mainstream media sources. Some of that mainstream media documentation can be found in Emperor's Clothes. See 'Washington and its Partners are Waging a Proxy War in Macedonia' at http://emperors-clothes.com/mac/list-m.htm

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