How the Mainstream Media were Corrupted in the Balkans

by Sparta on October 6, 2011

in Bosnia, corruption, Croatia, enemy propaganda, Europe, mainstream media, Serbia, Stella (Stavroula) Jatras

It totally surprised me that so many believed Clinton in his war against the Serbian Christians – when in my opnion, Clinton was one of the biggest con-artist presidents this country has ever seen, and yet the American people believed his hypocrisy…

Sparta

What Really Happened in Bosnia

June 1, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com

The untold truth about Ratko Mladic

By Richard Palmer

It was genocide. Charles Krauthammer called it “the largest ethnic cleansing of the entire Balkan wars.” A March 1999 New York Times article agreed with him.

“Investigators with the war-crimes tribunal in the Hague have concluded that this campaign was carried out with brutality, wanton murder and indiscriminate shelling of civilians,” Krauthammer wrote.

Is this the dreaded “Srebrenica” massacre, the “worst atrocity in Europe since the Second World War” perpetrated by the evil Serbs led by Ratko Mladic, who has now been arrested and will be brought to justice?

No.

This genocide was carried out by the Croats—the “good guys”—and so it was encouraged and praised by the West.

The massacre Krauthammer was describing was in the region of Krajina in Croatia. Croatian troops forced an estimated 200,000 Serbs to flee (National Post, March 13, 2004).

“A war that begins with civilian areas being shelled at 5 a.m. when women and children are asleep in their beds and ends with a massive exodus of more than 100,000 people is surely tantamount to ethnic cleansing,” said UN spokesman Chris Gunness.

According to Robert Fisk, writing in the Independent, the European Union’s confidential assessment from Krajina stated the following:

Evidence of atrocities; an average of six corpses p/day, continues to emerge … the corpses; some fresh, some decomposed, are mainly of old men. Many have been shot in the back of the head or had throats slit, others have been mutilated. Isolated pockets of elderly civilians report people recently gone missing or detained …. Endless Croat invitations for Serbs to return, guarantees of citizens’ rights and property rights, etc., have gushed forth from all levels …. However, Serbian homes and lands … continue to be torched and looted.

Contrary to official statements blaming it on fleeing Serbs and uncontrollable elements, the crimes have been perpetrated by the HV Croatian Army, the CR Croatian police and CR civilians. There have been no observed attempts to stop it and the indications point to a scorched-earth policy.

Two senior Canadian military officers present in Croatia at the time testified that the Croatians attacked indiscriminately and targeted civilians.

One of these officers, Maj. Gen. Andrew Leslie, estimated around 500 civilians were murdered.

“In the hospital itself, there were bodies stacked in the corridors,” he said. “There were bodies in almost every hospital bed. And there were bodies lying in the foyer, the reception area and some of the corridors” (National Post, Dec. 9, 2005).

Yugoslav envoy Vladimir Pavicevic claimed that 15,000 Serbs were dead in Krajina, and that this total included slain refugees and soldiers who had already surrendered (Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Aug. 14, 1995). The International Committee of the Red Cross reported that 10,000 to 15,000 refugees were still missing, over three weeks after the initial attack (Sun Herald, Aug. 27, 1995).

Why is Srebrenica everywhere, yet Krajina barely gets a mention? On April 15, Croatian Gen. Ante Gotovina was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ictyf) for what he did in Krajina. It was hardly mentioned in the press. Ratko Mladic is captured. It’s all over the papers.

Media Deception

Serbia’s earliest defeat came in the PR war. Early on, Serbia’s enemies engaged Ruder Finn, an American public relations firm, to get their message out. James Harff, director of Ruder Finn’s Global Public Affairs section, boasted about his success against Serbia.

“Nobody understood what was going on in (former) Yugoslavia,” he said in an October 1993 interview. “The great majority of Americans were probably asking themselves in which African country Bosnia was situated.”

Ruder Finn took advantage of this ignorance. Its first goal was to persuade the Jews to oppose the Serbs—not an easy task. “The Croatian and Bosnian past was marked by a real and cruel anti-Semitism,” said Harff. “Tens of thousands of Jews perished in Croatian camps. So there was every reason for intellectuals and Jewish organizations to be hostile towards the Croats and Bosnians.”

Harff used a couple reports in the New York Newsday about Serbian concentration camps to persuade Jewish groups to demonstrate against the Serbs. “This was a tremendous coup,” said Harff. “When the Jewish organizations entered the game on the side of the Bosnians, we could promptly equate the Serbs with the Nazis in the public mind.”

He continued: “By a single move, we were able to present a simple story of good guys and bad guys which would hereafter play itself. We won by targeting Jewish audience, the right target. Almost immediately there was a clear change of language in the press, with the use of words with high emotional content, such as ‘ethnic cleansing,’ ‘concentration camps,’ etc., which evoked inmates of Nazi Germany and the gas chambers of Auschwitz. The emotional change was so powerful that nobody could go against it.”

Western reporting of the Balkan wars became spectacularly biased…

Foreign Policy magazine pointed out that news outlets published many photos they said showed victims of Serbian persecution. But the captions simply weren’t correct. In many cases, the victims themselves were Serbs.

Read the rest.

Relabeling slaughtered Serbs as “victims of Serbian persecution” is the equivalent of re-murdering the dead.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 James Holder October 7, 2011 at 9:09 am

This article is so poorly written I cannot understand it. I can only guess what you are trying to communicate Which is that the Muslims are the problem and the bad guys. They are a problem every where and even with each other.

2 1389 October 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

The article also explains how a public relations firm, Ruder Finn, spearheaded the effort to libel and demonize the Serbian people.

It wasn’t only the Muslims in this case; Croatia, Germany, and the Vatican were involved too.

The Croats and Bosnian Muslims had been the aggressors in World War II and had sided willingly with the Nazis. PR firm Ruder Finn managed to cast the Croats and Muslims as the “good guys” and portray the Serbs as the Nazis, even though this was the reverse of the truth.

3 Shobhna Kapoor October 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Thanks for the clarification. When I watched all the left wing coverage of this issue, something didn’t feel right in my gut. It didn’t have the ring of truth.

As as a hindu, we get slammed everytime we try to defend ourselves from islamist attacks and the history of islam in India is whitewashed. The muslims are always made to be victims even when they initiate atrocities.

Thanks to your site and blazing cat fur and others, I have validated my gut feeling. It is all the same crap, repeated in many different places at different historical time periods.

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