General Must Not LieBy Boba Borojevic
In his recent interview "The General Who Testified Before Milosevic " By Brian Adeba - published by the Embassy newsweekly in Ottawa on July 11, 2007, Lt.-Gen. Michel Maisonneuve recalls his testimony against former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic at The Hague in 2002. Canadian Lt.-Gen. Michel Maisonneuve calls Milosevic the "new Hitler". In 1993, the general had served for one year in the UN protection force in the former Yugoslavia as chief operations officer, and in 1998 in Kosovo, where he “witnessed the massacre of 45 ethnic Albanians in a place called Racak in 1999”. Lt.-Gen. Michel Maisonneuve also believes that the proposal put forward by Finnish diplomat Matti Ahtisari for a supervised independence for Kosovo is " the best of a number of bad solutions."
It looks as if Lt.-Gen. Michel Maisonneuve had not ventured outside his headquarters much when stationed in Kosovo, since his recollection of what had happened on the ground in Racak did not correspond to what his countryman Rollie Keith testified to have seen in Kosovo. Rollie Keith a retired Canadian military officer who served as an OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission observer in Kosovo in the 1990s said that he never saw any evidence of genocide or ethnic cleansing involving Slobodan Milosevic and Serbian forces in Kosovo and Metohija.
In his interview to CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa, Mr. Keith added: "In my area, based what I was witnessing and what I was hearing, the majority of troubles were initiated by UCK [Kosovo Liberation Army]. It appeared to me, and it proved to be true, that they were purposely trying to initiate a state crackdown that would justify in their opinion an international intervention by the NATO forces or the others..."
Peter Worthington in his articles "The hoax that started a war" published in Toronto Sun on April1, 2001 states that the "Racak massacre" was a hoax: "It has since turned out, through subsequent investigations by German, French and American correspondents and by human rights and peace groups, including the anti-war International Action Centre and the Liberty Foundation, that the Racak massacre seems an enormous, albeit effective, hoax perpetrated by the Kosovo Liberation Army to persuade the U.S. and NATO to attack the Serbs. The goal was independence for Kosovo, possibly leading to the dream of a Greater Albania."
Just like in Iraq where there were no WMD found, so there was no expulsion or ethnic cleansing of Albanians from the Serbian province of Kosovo by Serbs and no reason for a military intervention there. It was Clinton-led NATO leaders who decided to break the international law, the UN Charter, the law of their own countries and bomb Serbia in 1999. They imposed drastic economic sanctions on Serbia. They helped arm and train the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army [KLA] and supported the Albanian armed rebellion in the sovereign country of Yugoslavia. They bombed Serbia for 78 days, poisoned its land and water with DU. Western countries, including Canada, joined forces with Islamic extremists and helped establish an independent Islamic territory in Bosnia and Kosovo. They terrorized and vilified Serbs by disseminating false and inaccurate information about what had happened in the former Yugoslavia. Yet Milosevic is the villain?!
In one of his recent addresses Canadian Ambassador James Bissett described the world that people like Lt.-Gen. Michel Maisonneuve had shaped for us to live in. " We are now living, it would seem, in that Orwellian world where honour becomes dishonour, where justice is injustice; where truth is turned into falsehood and honesty into dishonesty. It is a world where terrorists are described as liberators and traditional allies are betrayed."
Lt.-Gen. Michel Maisonneuve, to his disgrace, ignores and spins away the truth behind the conflict in Kosovo. An op-ed in the National Post "We bombed the wrong side?” by retired Canadian general and veteran UN peacekeeper Lewis McKenzie should serve as a reminder of the failed military intervention with unforeseen consequences.
"..Those of us who warned that the West was being sucked in on the side of an extremist, militant, Kosovo-Albanian independence movement were dismissed as appeasers. The fact that the lead organization spearheading the fight for independence, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), was universally designated a terrorist organization and known to be receiving support from Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda was conveniently ignored..." The Kosovo-Albanians have played us like a Stradivarius. We have subsidized and indirectly supported their violent campaign for an ethnically pure and independent Kosovo. We have never blamed them for being the perpetrators of the violence in the early '90s and we continue to portray them as the designated victim today in spite of evidence to the contrary.”