Ed Vulijami, dugogodišnji dopisnik Obzervera

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Ponovo satanizuju Srbe

Jedan od onih ljudi koji su se isticali u pokušajima da što više ocrne Srbe je i engleski novinar Ed Vulijami, inače dugogodišnji dopisnik Obzervera i Gardijena iz Njujorka. To je onaj novinar koji je dvaput proglašavan za reportera godine, prvi put 1993. godine za lažnu reportažu o „logoru smrti“ u Trnopolju, koju je napravio zajedno sa Peni Maršal za englesku ITN TV stanicu.

Tamo su ova dva novinarska prevaranta ugledali izmršavelog Fikreta Alića i na osnovu snimka tog čoveka plasirali su širom sveta sliku muslimanskih „logoraša“ navodno zatočenih iza bodljikave žice. Slike su montirane tako da liče na one iz nacističkog doba, iz Dahaua, Aušvica, Treblinke…

Originalan snimak, na kome jedan od „zatočenih“ muslimana na engleskom jeziku objašnjava da nemaju nikakvih problema u Trnopolju, osim velike vrućine koja je vladala tog leta, ITN televizija nikada nije prikazala. Naravno, ništa nije pomogla ni činjenica, da među nekoliko hiljada raseljenih muslimana koji su spas od ratnih dejstava našli u Trnopolju, osim Fikreta Alića, nije bilo neuhranjenih i izmršavelih ljudi, već su svi (što se moglo videti na originalnim ITN snimcima) izgledali sasvim normalno, zdravo i uhranjeno.

Srpske vlasti u Srbiji i Republici Srpskoj veoma su malo (ili gotovo nimalo) učinile da se pomenuta laž Eda Vulijamija raskrinka i razotkrije svetu. Umesto Srba prvi je pomenutu neistinitu priču Vulijamija i Maršalove ozbiljnoj kritici izložio nemački novinar Tomas Dajhman, koji je nedvosmisleno i precizno dokazao da su slike iz Trnopolja namerno montirane i tako obrađene da navedu čitaoce i gledaoce na pogrešan zaključak.

ITN je, da se podsetimo, tužio Dajhmana i britanski list „Living Marxism“ za uvredu, a na osnovu britanskog zakona o kleveti. Naime, ITN je tužio Djahmana i engleske novine „Živi marksizam“ (Living Marxism) za klevetu da su novinari Vulijami i Maršalova „namerno dezinformisali“ javnost. Dakle ITN nije osporavao dezinformaciju, već „nameru“. Pošto Dajhman i „Živi marksizam“ nisu uspeli da dokažu da je ITN čitavu lažnu priču „namerno“ plasirao kao istinu, ITN je dobio taj spor. Zapravo, troškovi suđenja su prevazišli skromne finansijske mogućnosti „Živog marksizma“ i Tomasa Dajhmana, tako da su oni morali da odustanu od dalje odbrane.

Navodimo ovaj primer gde država Srbija nije iskoristila bogomdanu priliku koja joj se iznenada ukazala, da novčano pomogne Dajhmana i „Živi marksizam“ (ne zbog „marksizma“ već zbog istine) u sporu protiv ITN-a. U tom slučaju takav spor se možda ni do danas ne bi okončao, ali bi Srbija imala priliku da neprestano ukazuje na negativnu propagandu koja je protiv nje i protiv srpskog naroda vođena decenijama. Ovako, bez pomoći srpske države, stvar je „legla“, a prašina je zatrpala pravu istinu o Omarskoj i Trnopolju, tako da je u svesti zapadnog čoveka slika izmršavelog Fikreta Alića iza bodljikave žice ostala kao „dokaz“ srpske „genocidnosti“.

Lakomislenost srpskih političara uveliko je doprinela da se propaganda protiv Srba i Srbije prilično lako probijala i prerastala u stereotip u zapadnom javnom mnjenju. Za ovih dvadeset poslednjih godina iz Srbije odlile su se (pokradene su) nekoliko desetina milijardi evra. Nekažnjena pljačka Srbije besomučno se nastavlja i danas. Novac se daje za svakakve ludosti, za nekakve parade, za sumnjive aktivnosti još sumnjivijih nevladinih organizacija, za njihove beskorisne bilborde, sajtove, tribine, za nekakve „kobajagi“ investicije koje se preduzimaju samo da bi se prikrile finansijske malverzaije raznih vrsta.

U donjem članku, kojeg u celosti prenosimo u originalu iz britanskog Obzervera, Vulijami ne štedi reči hvale za Ramuša Haradinaja, pokušavajući da od njega napravi žrtvu zavere „sramnih“ srpskih obaveštajnih službi i Tužilaštva Haškog tribunala. Ed Vulijami iznosi mišljenja britanskih advokata Bena Emersona, Endrjua Kejlija, bivšeg tužioca Haškog suda Džefrija Najsa, koji tvrde da je Haški tribunal pristao na „dil“ sa Srbima u kome će Haradinaj biti optužen, da bi Srbija pristala da izruči Hagu svoje najviše političare i oficire.

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Naravno, u Srbiji svaki građanin zna da to nije istina i da je srpska vazalna vlast bespogovorno ispunjavala sve zahteve Brisela i Vašingtona, onako kako to čini i danas. Kakav cilj ima zapadna štampa koja se danas opet aktivirala u nameri da nastave demonizaciju Srba, koja je započeta još početkom devedesetih godina prošlog veka, najbolje se vidi iz izjave Kena Mekdonalda, bivšeg direktora britanskog Javnog tužilaštva, koji kaže:

Ova optužnica (protiv Haradinaja) bila je glup pokušaj da se izjednače branioci i agresori. Bila je to velika bruka za međunarodnu zajednicu.“

Da li će Srbija konačno shvatiti da istina ne dolazi na svet sama od sebe. Za istinu se mora voditi borba, stalna borba, borba bez prestanka. Istina je ono što kao stereotip ostane u glavama većine ljudi, nezavisno od toga da li ta istina ima ili nema podlogu u stvarnim činjenicama.


Freed Kosovo war chief pledges: ‘I will lead my people once more’

Ramush Haradinaj spent eight years accused of war crimes before acquittal. But a new crisis in the Balkans looms over suspicions of a Belgrade deal to prosecute him

Ed Vulliamy

The Observer, Sunday 2 December 2012

The former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj – who was acquitted by the war crimes’ tribunal in The Hague on Thursday 29 November after eight years under indictment and on trial – said on Saturday that he intends to „lead my country once again“. The sitting prime minister has now stood down to make way for Haradinaj to return to office in early January.

In a highly charged accusation, Haradinaj said he believed his indictment to have been „the result of a deal in which I was a coin,“ between The Hague and the Serbian government. The accusation, levelled against former chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte – currently the UN human rights investigator for Syria – is set to cause a major row.

Haradinaj was greeted back in the Kosovan capital, Pristina, by crowds of more than 100,000. „This has been another page in my long experience, and of our country and people,“ the former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army during the war of independence told the Observer in an exclusive interview. „But now it is over. Our people have gone through great suffering, and now my plan is to become prime minister of Kosovo and build our society and economy for all Kosovans – Albanian, Serb, Roma, everyone.“

Haradinaj was a leader of Kosovo’s armed struggle in the late 1990s, but shifted quickly to politics. He was indicted after 100 days as prime minister, stepping down to offer himself for trial. „All along I have felt this was an injustice,“ he says. „All these years I’ve felt as though I was the coin in a deal made in Belgrade.“ He said he had been indicted as „a result of the trade-off that some have made with the Serbian government to make sure that Belgrade would extradite high-ranking Serbian war crimes suspects“.

The acquittal also marks a potentially explosive moment across the Balkans. Addressing crowds, Haradinaj put the acquittal in a political context, declaring that it meant „our struggle was just and clean“.

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However, in Belgrade the director of Serbia’s Kosovo office, Aleksandr Vulin, said the acquittal could sink negotiations over Kosovo. „How can we discuss the missing persons, victims and seized property if sitting opposite us is someone who was fairly charged with kidnappings and murders?“ he asked.

But the Serbian prime minister, Ivica Dacic, counselled: „Despite everything, it is in Serbia’s interests to continue the exchange with Pristina, because of EU integration.“

Haradinaj insisted to the Observer: „There’s no doubt that dialogue is the only way towards stability and democracy in the region and our country. Absolutely, the talks must continue.“

Haradinaj’s acquittal follows that of Bosnia’s Nasir Oric – the commander in doomed Srebrenica – and recently that of Croatia’s General Ante Gotovina, leaving in tatters the tribunal’s strategy of „balanced“ prosecution of all sides in the conflicts.

Haradinaj was indicted in March 2005 for his alleged connection to bodies dumped near a lake and his supposed role in torture and murder in the KLA camp at Jablanica. He was acquitted after a first trial, with the prosecution case collapsing for a number of reasons, including evidence that eight of the dead were last seen in the custody of Serbian forces. However, the court ordered a retrial, accepting a plea that witnesses may have been intimidated, and in order to present new ones. The new „evidence“ was in turn exposed as fabricated and groundless.

The burning question as to why Haradinaj was indicted is now hugely controversial. One of Del Ponte’s former senior prosecutors, Sir Geoffrey Nice, QC – lead attorney in the trial of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic – concurs with Haradinaj’s notion of the „coin“. „The prosecutor was clearly determined to prosecute Haradinaj,“ he said. „It may be that she was responding to complaints about an insufficient number of Kosovans being pursued.

„It was very clear that she would do a very great deal to get Karadzic and Mladic,“ he adds. „And when you step back and look at it all, you are going to ask: ‘Are these things linked in a refined way?’ It is one thing to say one is going to indict people from all sides in the conflict; the test of sufficiency of evidence to justify indicting someone has to remain the same. Prosecutors can not simply indict someone because they desperately want to see him indicted – or because someone else does.“

In her memoir Del Ponte recalls Belgrade entwining the delivery of Mladic with Serbia’s position on Kosovo – „refraining from placing Mladic under arrest,“ writes Del Ponte, „because Belgrade was going to exchange, for his handover, guarantees from the international community that Kosovo would remain part of Serbia“. Del Ponte recalls how she responded to pressure from the Serbian prime minister Vojislav Kostunica by pledging him „one indictment by the end of the year [2004] against a high-level commander“.

The commander who could deliver an independent Kosovo was Haradinaj, supported by the international community as the man to lead the new country.

When Haradinaj stood down, statesmen lined up to praise what current US vice-president Joseph Biden described as his „dignified departure“. Biden said: „Serbian leaders in Belgrade privately acknowledge that of all Kosovan political leaders, it is Haradinaj with whom they could potentially negotiate with the greatest degree of confidence.“

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British foreign secretary Robin Cook lamented the loss of an „advocate of tolerance“, as did the UN special representative to Kosovo, Soren Jessen-Petersen, at a time when „Kosovo is closer than ever before to achieving its aspirations“.

However, „these were exactly the qualifications which made Haradinaj the man the Serbs had to get rid of in their bid to stifle a functioning independence for Kosovo,“ says his lawyer, Ben Emmerson QC.

The case was given to one of The Hague’s most esteemed lawyers, Andrew T Cayley, QC. „It was a very difficult case to investigate on the ground,“ Cayley told the Observer, „harder than in any other place in the former Yugoslavia.“ But by 2004, Cayley said, he felt „under increasing pressure to come up with something … almost as if I was questioning a predetermined outcome.

„After a thorough review of the available evidence, I wrote an extensive report  to the prosecutor saying that at that point we could not proceed on the evidence we had.“

However, the report „was immediately suppressed inside the office. There was a lot of anger over my position and I was reprimanded. But I said: ‘I have ethical, legal and moral responsibilities here.'“ Cayley adds: „If this had been a domestic prosecution, there would have to have been a public inquiry.“

Indeed, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, Lord Madonald of River Glaven QC, said yesterday: „This prosecution was a stupid attempt to equate resistance with aggression. It was an embarrassment to the international community.“

The suppression of Cayley’s report detonated a rebellion. Two senior prosecutors in Del Ponte’s office, Sir Geoffrey and Mark Harmon – an American who has secured crucial convictions against perpetrators of the Srebrenica massacre – wrote to Del Ponte demanding that the indictment should have been subject to a peer review.

The two men said they were aware of sanctions threatened against „those who had concluded there was no case“; they considered that to proceed could entail „grave consequences in the region“ and exacerbate what they called „the endemically unhappy atmosphere“ in the prosecutor’s office.

There was also international concern over the evidence. According to another memoir, by Del Ponte’s spokeswoman Florence Hartmann, the US state department chargé d’affaires for Europe, Kathleen Stevens, asked: „Were your proofs given to you by Belgrade?“ Other sources questioned whether the evidence had been „fabricated by Serbian intelligence services“.

Ben Emmerson asks: „How could the prosecutor’s office have relied so heavily on a file of evidence put together by the notorious Serbian intelligence service … then proceeded on these charges in the teeth of advice from its own senior lawyers that there was no case for Mr Haradinaj to answer?“

For the second trial, there were two witnesses: ’80’ and ’81’. Witness 80 described a gruesome incident, but changed his story to say that Haradinaj was not there. But Cayley had, he says, „advised the prosecutor, in 2004, that Witness 80 was a wholly unreliable witness“.

The evidence Witness 81 had given to his Serbian intelligence handler also collapsed. „The file had just been handed over by the Serbs to The Hague,“ says Emmerson. „The question is: who put him there and why?“

Del Ponte has not responded to the Observer regarding the allegation about a deal, but told the Tanjug agency in Belgrade she was „not surprised“ by Thursday’s verdict.

3 KOMENTARA

  1. Apsolutno bih se složio s vama, posebno s ovim po pitanju „diktatora“. Mi Srbi nemamo sreće da nam na čelo države dođe „čvrsta ruka“, čovek koji drži do obraza i časti svog naroda i koji bi tako ovu zemlju mogao veoma brzo da postavi na noge. Nadali smo se da bi Nikolić mogao da bude nekakav naš prototip „Putina“, ali, nažalost, takva nada nam se, čini se, sasvim izjalovila.

  2. Vrlo dobro se sećam te slike i tada sam, intuitivno, znao da je u pitanju podvala. Nažalost, bilo je mnogo novinara koji su širili lažne vesti o Srbima. U to vreme, u vreme početka zla, živeo sam u Rijeci, Hrvatska. Krišom sam slušao vesti radio Beograda i „ludeo“. Vesti iz Srbije nisu bile usmerene prema svetskoj javnosti nego prema Srbima, nebi li stvorili još više iracionalne mržnje. Danas živim u Beogradu i ponovo „dižem glavu“ kao što sam to uradio dolaskom pok. Đinđiđa na vlast. Sad sam mnogo stariji i mnogo iskusniji i apsolutno poverenje neću nikom poklanjati. Srpski narod, moj narod sam vrlo dobro proučio i shvatio, da smo ipak najhumanija nacija, možda na svetu. Gledano površinski, ne izgleda tako:neuređen politički i društveni sistem, korupcija u svim porama društva i td., ali…to su i takvi su Srbi. Dovedite im diktatora (pravednog, ne kao Milošević) postat će, u vrlo kratkom roku uzorna nacija. Mi smo narod koji ne razume zapadnu „demokratiju“. Mi ne razumemo „demokratsku“ dugogodišnju kolonijalizaciju indije, velikog dela Afrike, ne razumemo šta su to Amerikanci branili u Vijetnamu i razorili zemlju i narod. Šta je zapadna „demokratija“ poboljšala u Iraku i Libiji, razarajući ih…Uveren sam da su mnogi Srbi ovih dana povratili svoj ponos i dostojanstvo shvativši da nismo kao narodi koji dočekuju zločince kao heroje. Zaistta se osećam veoma ugodno u svojoj Srpskoj koži ovih dana. Gledam te izopačene i moralno izobličene diplomate koje nas ovih dana uče kako da razgovaramo sa susedima, te licemere…Jelko Kacin nas uči, a Slovenci su prvi prolili krv, i to svoje vojske . Tada Slovenija još uvek nije bila priznata. Ako se ne veram, među onim iskasapljenim vojnicima bilo je i Slovenaca. Amerikanci imaju još uvek „dobrosusedske“ odnose sa crncima u svojoj zemlji. O Englezima i da ne govorim; koliko krvi su prolili u Indiji i koje muke je Gandi imao da ih istera iz svoje zemlje. U pravu je naš sadašni premijer; prestanimo više kao Kalimero da kukamo. Ako možemo nešto da uradimo, uradimo to odmah, sada, ne posle deset godina sa plačnim prisećanjima, ili, ćutimo.

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