Demonising a Nation
by Rick Rozoff and Jared Israel We are witnessing one of those media campaigns so uniform, scripted and predictable — and consistently inaccurate — that one has to suspect co- ordination between the controlling elements of the news media and certain Western foreign offices and covert services. The shrill, defamatory stereotypes used with increasing frequency in the Western media to describe Macedonians are just another example of the demonisation of Balkan nations. On July 25, the Agence France Presse (AFP) published a report about protest demonstrations in Macedonia. The Macedonians are pointedly, repeatedly and gratuitously identified as "Slavs" (as opposed to what they are — Macedonians!) and their actions are labelled with such pejorative terms as "irate", "mob", "incited", "escalated", "irresponsible" and "immature". "Mob of angry Slavs" is the phrase of choice indicating the mental image intended for the reader. "Anti-Albanian Riots Explode In Macedonia" ran one headline. But the demonstrators were not anti-Albanian. The protestors were focused and informed, with clear political, not ethnic, targets — NATO, the US, Britain and Germany — all for their role in undermining Macedonian sovereignty and assisting the so-called National Liberation Army (NLA) terrorists. And why shouldn't they be angry? NATO (led by the US) is, after all, trying to destroy their country and their lives. But "crowd of angry Slavs" is the message that Western officials and their always-obliging media are drilling into the public's imagination. Make no mistake, these distortions have a purpose: to dehumanise the victims of what is in fact going on in Macedonia, that is, large scale ethnic cleansing and national destruction. Here's how it worked starting with the secession of Croatia and Slovenia back in 1991, and, alas, how it is still working today. A secessionist force is organised by the US and or Germany and or England. This Western proxy force draws on elements that hark back to the old Nazi alliance of World War II — in this case, the descendents of pro-Nazi Albanians, mainly from Kosovo. This force is ordered to attack, a process the media misdescribes as a rebellion by an oppressed local population. The fascist flavour of the "rebels" is hidden from Western eyes. In this case, we hear little about the rallying cry of the NATO proxy army attacking Macedonia, which is "Greater Albania". Its aim is to re-create the map of the Balkans that existed only under Hitler. Moreover, most of the media ignores the easily documented involvement of Western operatives— in this case, the official NATO organisation in Kosovo — in sponsoring and directing the attack. The attempts of the nation under attack to defend itself are misdescribed as brutal repression and the victims are accused of racism. The aim of this is to prevent the development of a support movement for Macedonia among the public in NATO countries. The logical basis for supporting Macedonia is that it is the victim of Imperial attack, organised from Washington, and that it is being attacked on a racist basis. The propaganda appeals to anti-Slav racism within the Albanian populations of the area. To prevent this kind of support movement from developing, the Western media and government officials turn matters upside down, portraying Macedonians as ethnic chauvinists and opponents of peace. By feeding Western citizens the lie that Macedonia's "problem" is discrimination against Albanians which has spawned an "extremist" response, direct NATO intervention and occupation of territory can be presented as "peacekeeping" to "rebuild civil society" and other fairy tales. President Bush's July visit to the massive US military base (called "Bondsteel" of all things) in Kosovo was meant to deliver a message about Macedonia. First, he said Kosovo is for Washington the model of progress through intervention. He told U.S. troops: "Thanks to you and those who served before you, the people of Kosovo are able to buy food and find shelter, go to school, and get medical help." Kosovo's current reality is entirely different. An estimated 350,000 non- Albanians and anti-fascist Albanians have been driven from their homes and are refugees in Serbia or elsewhere, or are dead, since the remaining Serbs and Roma ("Gypsies") live in conditions of terror, including daily beatings rape and murder, and we have documented the fact of this terror. For Bush to say: "the people of Kosovo are able to buy food and find shelter, go to school, and get medical help",means that fascist tyranny is the US's model for progress — in Macedonia as well. Bush called for: "a political settlement that 'addresses the legitimate grievance of the Albanian population while protecting Macedonia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.' Since, in fact, the issue in Macedonia has nothing whatsoever to do with "legitimate grievances" but rather involves an invasion by US-armed terrorists, what is this but a call for the Macedonians to surrender? Bush also sent a message to those whom NATO's "NLA" proxy army has been targeting for recruits: Macedonians of Albanian descent. These ethnic Albanians have not been sufficiently receptive to the mix of terror and promises of "Greater Albania" which the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) invaders have used in the effort to elicit their "participation" in the "rebellion". Bush is telling these ethnic Albanians: Kosovo is our model. We are backing the terrorist secessionists in Macedonia just as strongly as we backed them in Kosovo, so join up or when our boys take over you can kiss your behind goodbye. This is the basic "recruiting" strategy of the US proxy force, the KLA. But perhaps the key thing Bush said was: "America's contribution is essential, both militarily and politically." (New York Times, July 25, 2001). Many people were fooled by Bush's election promise to pull out of the Balkans. Instead of pulling out, he has continued with Clinton's policies, including the attack on Macedonia and the further encirclement of Russia with NATO bases. The continuity of these policies from elder Bush to Clinton to baby Bush means that US policy is not dependent on the whims or personal economic interests of members of this or that US presidential administration, but rather is part of the far-ranging strategic goals of the US establishment, that is, the financial interests usually called Wall Street. The big prize is the former Soviet Union, the attempted conquest of which requires securing the Balkans as the southern staging ground for attack.
* * *Abridged. Acknowledgement to Emperor's Clothes at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/