U.S. Hands Off Serbia! U.S./Nato OUT of the Balkans!
No to a new U.S. colony in Kosovo!
A Giant U.S. Military Base and Total Domination Is the Reality – NOT
Serbian Demonstrators Show Resistance to U.S. Colonial-Style Land
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The demonstration of over 500,000 people in Belgrade and the attack on the U.S.
Embassy show the depth of outrage and anger over the seizure of the Serbian
province of Kosovo. In the past three days two Kosovo border posts were
destroyed, one by fire the other in an explosion, along with ten McDonald's
outlets and several Western banks and other hated targets.
The Western media had overwhelming applauded the U.S. destruction in 1999 and
it now has a responsibility to explain the reason for the mass anger of
millions of people. The outrage is because the province of Kosovo is not
actually being granted “independence.” Millions of people see this
week’s recognition of Kosovo “independence” as an effort to
legitimize a direct U.S. colony and to permanently secure a giant U.S. military
base in the region.
Regarding the hypocritical condemnation by Washington that angry demonstrators
had targeted the U.S. Embassy, it should be remembered that when the U.S.
bombed Serbia for 78 days in 1999, U.S. bombs destroyed the Chinese Embassy.
Nineteen other diplomatic and consular missions were damaged in the U.S.
bombing, along with 480 schools and 33 hospitals, heating plants, sewage
plants, bridges, communications, the electric grid and other civilian
The “declaration of independence” by Kosovo, a province of Serbia,
and its immediate recognition as a state by the U.S., Germany, Britain and
France, is a fraud. Three things should be understood about the events this
First, Kosovo is not gaining independence or even minimal
Kosovo will be run by an appointed High
Representative and bodies appointed by the U.S., European Union and NATO. An
old-style colonial viceroy and imperialist administrators will have control
over all aspects of foreign and domestic policy. Washington has merely
consolidated its direct control of a totally dependent colony in the heart of
Second, Washington’s immediate recognition of Kosovo confirms
once again that the U.S. government will break any and every treaty or
international agreement it has ever signed, including agreements it drafted and
imposed by force and violence on others.
The recognition of Kosovo is in direct violation of such law—specifically
U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244, which the leaders of Yugoslavia were
forced to sign to end the 78 days of NATO bombing of their country in 1999.
Even this imposed agreement affirmed the “commitment of all Member States
to the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Serbia, a republic of
Thirdly, U.S. imperialist domination does not benefit the occupied
Kosovo after nine years of direct NATO military occupation has
a staggering 60 percent unemployment rate. It has become a center of the
international drug trade and of prostitution rings in Europe.
The once humming mines, mills, smelters, refining centers and railroads of this
small resource-rich industrial area all sit silent. The resources of Kosovo
under NATO occupation were forcibly privatized and sold to giant Western
multinational corporations. Now almost the only employment is working for the
U.S./NATO army of occupation or U.N. agencies.
The only major construction in Kosovo is of Camp Bondsteel, the largest U.S.
base built in Europe in a generation. Halliburton, of course,
got the contract. The U.S. base guards the strategic oil and transportation
lines of the entire region.
Over 250,000 Serbian, Romani and other nationalities have been driven out of
this Serbian province since it came under U.S./NATO control. Almost a quarter
of the Albanian population has been forced to leave in order to find work.
The plan under which Kosovo’s “independence” is recognized by
the U.S, Germany, France and Britain not only violates U.N. resolutions but it
is consolidates a total colonial structure. It is similar to the absolute power
held by L. Paul Bremer in the first two years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
The documents setting out the new government for Kosovo are available at
unosek.org/unosek/en/statusproposal.html. A summary is available on the U.S.
State Department’s Web site at state.gov/p/eur/rls/fs/100058.htm
An International Civilian Representative (ICR) will be appointed by U.S. and
E.U. officials to oversee Kosovo. This appointed official can overrule any
measures, annul any laws and remove anyone from office in Kosovo. The ICR will
have full and final control over the departments of Customs, Taxation, Treasury
The E.U. will establish a European Security and Defense Policy Mission (ESDP)
and NATO will establish an International Military Presence. Both these
appointed bodies will have control over foreign policy, security, police,
judiciary, all courts and prisons. They are guaranteed immediate and complete
access to any activity, proceeding or document in Kosovo.
These bodies and the ICR will have final say over what crimes can be prosecuted
and against whom; they can reverse or annul any decision made. The largest
prison in Kosovo is at the U.S. base, Camp Bondsteel, where prisoners are held
without charges, judicial overview or representation.
The recognition of Kosovo’s “independence” is just
the latest step in a U.S. war of re- conquest of this strategic region. But as
yesterday’s massive demonstration shows this reckless and illegal
maneuver may unleash a whirlwind of opposition and resistance.
U.S. Hands Off Serbia!
U.S./Nato OUT of the Balkans!
No to a new U.S. colony in Kosovo!
The International Action Center sent a delegation to Serbia during the US/NATO
bombing in 1999 and has published several books on the crisis in the Balkans,
including Hidden Agenda: U.S./NATO Takeover of Yugoslavia, NATO in
the Balkans: Voices of Opposition, and The Defense Speaks for History
and the Future - all available from Leftbooks.com.
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