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Hague tribunal on Kosovo

No evidence of Serb genocide

By G. Dunkel

New revelations continue to show that the U.S.-NATO propaganda campaign used to justify their war of aggression against Yugoslavia was based on the Big Lie. The latest developments involve charges that Serb forces committed genocide in Kosovo, and show that this charge is patently false.

Remember the accusation that Yugoslav forces had murdered and buried in mass graves 10,000 Albanian Kosovars? According to Stratfor, a private investigating company based in the United States, no one has been able to find these bodies.

Four months into a thorough investigation of gravesites in Kosovo, only a few hundred bodies have been exhumed, a number consistent with the intense civil war that was occurring in Kosovo before the NATO attacks began.

The Trebca lead and zinc mine in northern Kosovo near the city of Mitrovica was rumored to contain 700 bodies. The rumors were so strong that the War Crimes Tribunal, set up by the United Nations Security Council in 1993, moved in heavy equipment to do the search.

"They found absolutely nothing," said Kelly Moore, a spokeswoman for the tribunal.

In two trips to Kosovo since June, the FBI has found 30 sites, containing at most 200 bodies.

A Spanish team, prepared for 2,000 autopsies, found no mass graves and only 187 bodies, all in individual graves. In July, a mass grave in Ljubenic said to contain about 350 bodies reportedly gave up only seven bodies.

Stratfor noted that "mass murder is difficult to hide."

After the prosecution concluded its case against Goran Jelisic, a Bosnian Serb accused of genocide, the tribunal said on Oct. 19 that the evidence failed to show he was guilty of that charge.

It explained that the prosecution had so completely failed to prove its case that a defense was unnecessary. In earlier proceedings, Jelisic had pleaded guilty to 12 counts of murder and war crimes at the Luka prison camp, near Brcko in northern Bosnia, during 1992. The court ruled that these murders, as deplorable as they might be, were not part of a campaign to destroy an ethnic or religious group in Brcko.

The UN Security Council set up the War Crimes Tribunal in 1993 to target the former Republic of Yugoslavia. The real backers and powers behind this tribunal were the United States and its NATO allies--those who carried out the aggression against Yugoslavia last spring. But these same powers suffered a setback in a forum they themselves created when the court found that no genocide had occurred.

The U.S. press has been very quiet about these new revelations that dispute its justification for the U.S./NATO war against Serbia. Only three newspapers--in San Diego, Chicago and Atlanta--covered the Jelisic acquittal in short briefs. It appears that only the New York Times covered the absence of mass graves in Kosovo in a 200-word article on Oct. 13.

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