The Guardian August 8, 2001

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 

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) 

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 

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 

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 

But perhaps the key thing Bush said was: "America's contribution is 
essential, both militarily and politically." (New York Times, July 25, 

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. 

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Abridged. Acknowledgement to Emperor's Clothes at

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