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Milosevic won't apologize for resisting NATO's schemes

By John Catalinotto

While the U.S. wages war in Central Asia, it is trying to complete its aggression against Yugoslavia by putting former president Slobodan Milosevic on trial before NATO's court in The Hague.

On Oct. 29, the Yugoslav leader reiterated his strong stand of refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the court or even to read the charges against him.

"I have heard here," he said, "as on the previous occasion, expressions of concern because I do not read documents from this false indictment, since, allegedly, I should learn what I am accused of.

"I would wish to state that I know very well what I am accused of. I am accused because I defended my people, in a legal manner and by legitimate means, on the basis of the right of self-defense that belongs to every nation.

"It was my honor and privilege to defend my people against the criminal aggression committed against them and to defend my people against terrorism that Clinton's administration was closely cooperating with, something no one would be able to deny.

"No flood of false indictments can drown the truth. I have no intention to get acquainted with the contents of something that is completely fabricated and very distant from the truth," the former president said before the court.

His appearance followed by a week an Oct. 21-22 conference in Belgrade of the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic, held under the auspices of the Yugoslav committee. The meeting attracted 500 people, including representatives from committees in 20 countries.

The meeting noted that "for a whole decade [Milosevic] was subjected to the most brutal attacks in the U.S.-dominated mass media in an effort to reverse the roles of victim and culprit and thus to hide NATO's vicious policy of releasing the worst terrorist forces to tear apart Yugoslavia. Then President Milosevic was subjected to legal and political violence by authorities in his own country, who were acting for foreign powers.

"He was illegally jailed in Belgrade. When the new regime could no longer hold him, they kidnapped him from jail and turned him over to NATO, which transported him to the Hague so-called tribunal. Thus he is the first democratically elected head of state to be jailed in the dungeon of the New World Order. ...

"There is now much consciousness and discussion of the impact of terrorism. The truth is the attack on Yugoslavia has been and continues to be waged through the use of terrorist forces and similar fascist groupings, directed in the most cynical fashion by NATO, under U.S. government leadership. Free Slobodan Milosevic now!"

The conference adopted an action plan that includes mobilizing to spread the truth about the threat to sovereignty of nations posed by the Hague court, to organize local conferences, to send petitions to the current Yugoslav and Serbian regimes, and to work with peace and anti-globalization movements to make Milosevic's fate a central issue of these movements.

Reprinted from the Nov. 8, 2001, issue of Workers World newspaper

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