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And now, what will become of us, without the barbarians?”  (*)

 Milosevic and Serbia exonerated of the accusation of genocide, after death.

By P. Papakonstantinou

Source: Newspaper “KATHIMERINI”, Sunday, March 4th 2007 issue, page 18.


When the Papist Europeans in collaboration with Protestant Americans and Muslim Serbs – were slaughtering Orthodox Serbs, and bombing them during the Holy Week of Easter with the excuse that they were supposedly “protecting the Bosnian Serbs and Croats from the brutality of the Serbs”, various Protestants had audaciously dared to accuse Orthodoxy -to our face- of supposed genocides, and had justified the Americans’ intervention.   And while the children of the Serbs were being murdered by the Protestant Americans’ “intelligent bombs”, they had proclaimed this to be a “necessary evil”.  They even portrayed the victims as victimizers, and were supporting the New Order of American state terrorism!
They proceeded to hunt down Milosevic and the others, they put them on trial as alleged “war criminals” in order to break the Serbs’ unity of heart; they (Protestants, together with Papists and Muslims, lest we forget) shattered the Serbs’ homeland and murdered its Orthodox population.  And the leader of the Serbs died as a war criminal in prison, after they had first torn his country apart and steeped it in death and wretchedness.
Not that we had ever acknowledged that court as being the appropriate one, for the case it had undertaken.  Not that we had to wait for the court’s decisions to find out who the victims were and who the victimizers.  However, because there are times when even the guilty are compelled (when the storm has subsided) to acknowledge the innocence of their victims, we shall submit here an article from the newspaper “KATHIMERINI”, where the victimizers themselves (Protestants and Papists) now recognize the innocence of the Serbian people that they massacred and whose homeland they ruined (and continue to ruin, in order to later collect its pieces and re-assemble it, into a Westernized, anti-Orthodox, Globalized clique).
We hope to have the opportunity in the near future to analyze with fuller documentation the ordeals that the Christian nation of Serbs has suffered throughout the centuries, by the Papist, the Muslim and the Protestant criminals of war...


On March 11th, 2006, Slobodan Milosevic died in the prisons of Seveningen of Hague, given that his captors had refused to transfer him to Moscow for treatment for his cardiac problems.

One of the chief elements of the indictment against former Yugoslavia at the International Court was Belgrade’s alleged complicity in the slaughter of 8.000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenitsa, in July of 1995.

Last Monday, one other establishment of international justice – the International Court of Hague, which functions under the shield of the United Nations – issued its postmortem exoneration of Milosevic and his country of the accusation of genocide.  The Court ruled that there was no testimony that proved Belgrade had under its control the army of Serbo-Bosnians, and rejected the payment of financial compensation by Serbia to Bosnia-Herzegovina.



The massacre at Srebrenitsa – one of the most atrocious pages of the Bosnian civil war – was the reason behind the torrential brainwashing that was launched by the largest mass medias of the West, so that public opinion would fix in its mind the equation of “Serb = Nazi” and “Milosevic = new Hitler”.   On the other hand, the equally nationalist leader of Croatia, Franjo Tuđman (who bragged in the style of the Croat collaborators the “Ustashi” how he was fortunate that his wife was “neither a Jew nor a Serb”), but also the Islamist leader of Bosnia, Alija Izetbegovic, (who had enlisted mercenaries of Al-Quaeda for the horrible slaughtering of Serbs), were both portrayed as innocent doves.

In December of 1995, when Milosevic was co-signing with Tuđman and Izetbegovic the peace agreement that ended the Bosnian civil war under the enthusiastic applause of the then-present Clinton, Kohl, Chiraq, Major and Gonzales, the massacre of Srebrenitsa was completely forgotten.  However, it was brought back to light in 1999, for the purpose of justifying the decision to air-bomb innocent people for 78 whole days and nights, in the war of Kossovo –  the first “humanitarian” war” launched by NATO – that military arm of the international centre-right wing team of Clinton, Schroeder, Blair, Josepin, D’Alema, Solana, Fisher, etc.

Following the decision (slap in the face) issued by the International Court of Hague, one would expect at least a few mumbled words of self-criticism by all those who had hurried, in that bitter April of 1999, to applaud the military expedition against Serbia, thus essentially supporting the logic of “collective punishment” of an entire nation.  Instead, the more “courageous” of them focused on the point of the Court’s decision, where it imputed Serbia for not taking whatever action it could to avoid the massacre at Srebrenitsa, to make themselves appear almost justified….


They targeted elsewhere

But, as John Laughland of last Wednesday’s “Guardian”  had observed:

“…Yugoslavia had no troops in Bosnia and greater guilt over the killings surely lies with those countries that did, notably the Dutch battalion in Srebrenica itself. Moreover, during the Bosnian war, senior western figures famously fraternised with the Bosnian Serb leaders now indicted for genocide, including the US general Wesley Clark and our own John Reid…”  (http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2022969,00.html#article_continue)

Eight years after the cessation of the wars in former Yugoslavia, it is as clear as daylight that the unilateral invocation of existent crimes with Serbs or Serb-Bosnians as the victimizers serves anything but humanitarian aims: i.e., the undermining of the Security Council, which, as in the case of Iraq, had not given the “green light” to go ahead with the war.

The creation of protectorate states of the USA in the heart of Europe.  The severing of Russia from the Balkans and the deprivation of any kind of exit to the Mediterranean.  The invention of a new reason for NATO to exist (now that it had run out of “demons” ever since the fall of the Eastern Block), and its expansion eastward, up to the Russian borders.

In the summer of 2003, in the aftermath of the war in Iraq, BBC’s Fourth Program dedicated an entire session on Kavafi’s poem, “Waiting for the barbarians *.  The former Conservatives MP, Matthew Parish, commented that “there are very many analogies, between the world that Kavafis portrays and our own world, where the people have absolutely no idea of what exactly is going on – if Al-Qaeda really exists in the form that the politicians are presenting it, or if it is just a created myth – since they are being kept in the dark.”

Parish noted that every society, in every era, is inclined to produce its own “barbarians” and that politicians need to see everything either black or white, to create myths, to always have before them an “evil power”.

Remember - the conservative Briton said - the witch hunts during the Macarthy era, and Edward Flint’s poem, “Waiting for the Communists”, which had paraphrased Kavafis.  Remember, we would say today, the era of the “Nazi-Serbs”, of the “Hitler Milosevic”, of “Auschwitz-Srebrenitsa”, and just imagine what would become of those followers of military humanitarianism, without their own “barbarians”, which are, definitely…“some kind of solution”.


* Waiting for the Barbarians

-What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

-The barbarians are to arrive today.

-Why such inaction in the Senate?
Why do the Senators sit and pass no laws?

-Because the barbarians are to arrive today -
what laws can the Senators pass any more?
When the barbarians come, they will make the laws.

-Why did our emperor wake up so early,
and sit at the greatest gate of the city,
on the throne, solemn, wearing the crown?

-Because the barbarians are to arrive today.
And the emperor waits to receive
their chief. Indeed, he has prepared
to give him a scroll. Therein he has inscribed
many titles and names of honour.

-Why have our two consuls and the praetors come out
today in their red, embroidered togas;
why do they wear amethyst-studded bracelets,
and rings with brilliant, glittering emeralds;
why are they carrying costly canes today,
wonderfully carved with silver and gold?

-Because the barbarians are to arrive today,
and such things dazzle the barbarians.

-Why don't the worthy orators come as always
to make their speeches, to have their say?

-Because the barbarians are to arrive today;
and they get bored with eloquence and orations.

-Why all of a sudden this unrest
and confusion. (How solemn the faces have become).
Why are the streets and squares quickly emptying,
and all are returning to their homes, sunk so deep in thought?

-Because night is here, but the barbarians have not come.
And some people have arrived from the borders
and said that there are no longer any barbarians.

-And now, what will become of us, without the barbarians?
Those people were some kind of solution.

Constantine P. Cavafis (1904)

Article published in English on: 9-3-2006.

Last update: 23-10-2011.