U.S. Agencies Take Credit for Yugoslav Coup

Just before the Oct. 5 assault on the Yugoslav Parliament,
Workers World wrote that it would be a serious mistake "to
believe that an authentic, national popular movement
independent of the U.S. and NATO is rising up against the
Yugoslav government."

That’s because "Washington and its European allies have
subsidized this movement’s leadership with huge sums of
money, bolstered them with enormous political support,
exhausted the Yugoslav population with war threats and
sanctions, demonized [former Yugoslav President Slobodan]
Milosevic by spreading lies and false charges, and goaded
the opposition to Milosevic to risk civil war."

Only two months later, on Dec. 11, the Washington Post ran a
story confirming our analysis. It details just how U.S.
agencies carried out the electoral coup in Yugoslavia.

Just before the Oct. 5 assault on the Yugoslav Parliament,
Workers World wrote that it would be a serious mistake "to
believe that an authentic, national popular movement
independent of the U.S. and NATO is rising up against the
Yugoslav government."

That’s because "Washington and its European allies have
subsidized this movement’s leadership with huge sums of
money, bolstered them with enormous political support,
exhausted the Yugoslav population with war threats and
sanctions, demonized [former Yugoslav President Slobodan]
Milosevic by spreading lies and false charges, and goaded
the opposition to Milosevic to risk civil war."

Only two months later, on Dec. 11, the Washington Post ran a
story confirming our analysis. It details just how U.S.
agencies carried out the electoral coup in Yugoslavia.

The article has the look of a "leak" from the agencies
themselves–the Washington-based, Democratic Party-allied
National Democratic Institute and its Republican
counterpart, the International Republican Institute.
Displaying a cocky arrogance, the agents wanted to make sure
they got "credit" for the overthrow.

The NDI held a strategy meeting in Budapest, Hungary, with
20 disloyal Yugoslav opposition parties a year before the
elections. It applied U.S. polling and advertising
techniques to the Yugoslav election, including twisting lots
of opposition leaders’ arms to get them all behind Voyislav
Kostunica. Here’s what the Post said:

"In the 12 months following the strategy session, U.S.-
funded consultants played a crucial role behind the scenes
in virtually every facet of the anti-Milosevic drive,
running tracking polls, training thousands of opposition
activists and helping to organize a vitally important
parallel vote count. U.S. taxpayers paid for 5,000 cans of
spray paint used by student activists to scrawl anti-
Milosevic graffiti on walls across Serbia, and 2.5 million
stickers with the slogan ‘He’s Finished,’ which became the
revolution’s catchphrase."

And: "While NDI worked closely with Serbian opposition
parties, IRI focused its attention on Otpor, which served as
the revolution’s ideological and organizational backbone."
Otpor, or "Resist," is the counter-revolutionary student
organization that tried to mislead people with its leftist-
sounding name and clenched-fist symbol.

In this self-serving article, the agencies minimized the
CIA’s role, describing it as ineffective. Don’t be surprised
if another article–leaked by the CIA–credits the CIA with
organizing the attack on parliament and the television
station.

Those around the world in solidarity with the Yugoslavs have
to believe this show of arrogance is "counting your puppets
before they’re stabilized." May it pave the way to rapidly
discrediting the forces behind Kostunica and help those who
want to keep Yugoslavia independent throw the U.S.-backed
forces out.

Author:

News Service: Workers World News Service

URL: http://www.workers.org/ww/2000/yugoedit1221.html