From a Jew to an Irishman about Serbs

by J P Maher on April 25, 2013

in Holocaust, J P Maher (team member), Serbia, Serbs must help Serbs, the Clintons


I have been thinking a lot about your continuing efforts in defending Serbia. Of course I agree completely with you, but perhaps I have a different perspective on the problem. Ultimately the problem is not arguing with fools over particular incidents, who, what, when. The real problem now, in 2013, was horribly illustrated by something I heard on TV that I wrote to you about I think, a few weeks ago.

A group of talking heads, panelists, were comparing presidencies, Bush, Obama, Clinton. One mentioned Clinton’s personal scandals, and then another said in his defense, “well, at least Clinton didn’t get us into any war…”

I was shocked and screamed at the TV. No one else disagreed, much less contradicted. So now, in 2013, the real problem is that the whole Yugoslav affair will go down the memory hole of history and be forgotten. Ask the people you run into to state 5 important things they remember about the Clinton presidency, and see what you get. This is what I have been thinking about.

So at this point what do you want? Correcting “reporters” and “journalists” who have a vested interest in their world views and are not known to recant? The New York Times still hasn’t apologized for that Pulitzer Prize-winning guy [Duranty] in the 30’s who said that collectivization was not killing anybody in Russia. What would be a reasonable goal to achieve?

News reporting is called the first draft of history.

Maybe you should think about the second draft and the final version.

To analogize: immediately after ’45 there wasn’t much talk about the Holocaust—the word wasn’t used.

Survivors who made it to America in ’49 or ’50 were not queried about their experiences, nor did anyone want to hear what they had to say. The start of the second draft was in my opinion, books. Diary of Anne Frank was very important in creating a public mind set. The modern establishment perspective and history did not fully emerge until the 60’s.

So what can be done now on behalf of Serbia and the Serbs at this point? It would be too facile to say someone should write a Serb Diary…

A publicist works with each client’s particulars. Why don’t we know more about Serb heroism and suffering in WW 2? People know vague factoids about the war. If you asked the average person which underground was more heroic, the French or the Serbs?, what would be the answer. The French were disgusting collaborators, but have good propaganda. Think Casablanca.

I have persuaded friends to rethink the 90’s by reminding them who were the good guys and who the bad in WW II. Then I challenge them, by asking how they can turn against the Serbs in favor of Croats and Moslems, considering what happened.

I don’t get into the particulars that engage you because the facts are not at my fingertips and people’s eyes would glaze over hearing a list of Balkan place names and surnames.

But this is the work of a generation of propagandizing [meant in a good sense], not the work of one person.

Idea: on the anniversary each year of the date that Belgradians lined up on their bridge to keep it from being bombed by NATO, RESTAGE the event! Have it well photographed and post it on UTube. Make it clear who they were saving the city from…

Do it every year even if the world ignores it, in fact, make it more out there each year; the dynamic of “going viral” is a mystery but ultimately your goal [???] is to make public opinion see what happened as an attack on the Serbs, not the Serbs as aggressors. Just an idea…

Maybe this is all foolish, but as you see I have been thinking about it, and what can be done..



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Edward Spalton April 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

At the time of the unprovoked attack on Yugoslavia of 1999, Serbs and their supporters wore lapel badges with the concentric rings of a target. I thought that was very effective. It could make a memorable image for this campaign.

I do not forget that two of the biggest liars in Britain, Alastair Campbell (Tony Blair’s chief propagandist) and Peter Mandelson (these days aka Lord Fondlebum) were despatched to Brussels to run Western propaganda and support the the odious resident NATO propagandist, the not very believable Jamie Shea.

They were very effective and it was not long before we heard for certain that “over 100,000” young Albanian Muslim men in Kosovo were missing, believed murdered by Serbs.

It was a big embarrassment to the allies after the war that the bodies could never be found – but we never heard of that on the mainstream media. The first impression has stuck with most British people. The “demon Serb” theory is the one which has stuck.

They were so good at their job that most British people still believe the lies they were told then – insofar as they think about it at all.

2 1389 April 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I wore a target button as a Serbian-American living in the US, and of course I got into a lot of trouble for that.

It amazes me how the Serbs could be accused of committing genocide against Bosnian or Kosovar Albanian Muslims, considering that the former have declined in number and the latter have increased over the past two decades. Evidently, the chattering classes consider their utterances to be exempt from the laws of mathematics.

3 Alyse Radenovic April 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I hope there are projects where Serbs are recording their firsthand experiences in the wars for the historical record. In my experience, many, especially in Bosnia, are very reluctant to record the details of what they suffered. But they must, for posterity. Thanks to 1389 and JP Maher for the chance to say this here in this forum where it will maybe inspire someone to do more of this.

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