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Part 2 - What Is My
Interview With Slobodan Milosevic
Interviewers, Jared Israel and Nico
(The authors are vice-chairmen of the ICDSM
Reprinted from www.pravda.ru
[Posted 15 August 2002]
I have been attacked for everything. The U.S. envoy,
Richard Holbrooke, once told me, the Swiss government is
going to freeze your accounts. I said, "Why stop
there? Here, wait a moment." I wrote a few words and
gave him the paper. "Here. I've signed all my
foreign bank account assets over to you. You may keep
He was taken aback. "I may?"
I said, "Yes! Unfortunately, there are no accounts."
Generally in banking you cannot have presidents of
countries hiding vast amounts of money. It's simply
nonsense. The goal of all the news reports about how they
haven't yet found my money is to give people the false
impression that there's something to look for.
THE MEDIA AND BLAMING THE VICTIM
The other night I was watching TVBK, a private Serbian TV
station. Someone was criticizing the media, and right in
the middle, the station cut the power. Just like that.
The screen went black. It shows how worried this DOS
regime [installed in a coup d'etat in October 2000] is
when faced with the least critical thought.
They accuse me of having been a dictator. That's
ridiculous. Before the DOS coup d'etat we had democracy.
95% of the media was privately owned and the opposition
controlled most of it. In Kosovo the Albanians had more
than 20 different media. In any neighborhood you could
buy a newspaper attacking the government.
We didn't have one political prisoner. But this new
regime has issued so-called 'amnesty' laws, freeing
members of the KLA convicted for murdering children and
the like. They call this 'the new political freedom.' I
call it legalizing terror.
How did my supposed dictatorship manifest itself? Ibrahim
Rugova, the Albanian secessionist leader, could have a
press conference in Belgrade. He could walk around
freely, have lunch, and criticize everything. And he did.
Nobody bothered him.
They've accused me of being behind a rash of killings
that occurred before the coup d'etat. The Defense
Minister was killed. The Prime Minister of the province
of Vojvodina was killed. The Secretary General of the
Yugoslav Left. The Deputy Interior Minister of Serbia.
The Managing Director of Yugoslav Airlines, a friend of
mine since Gymnasium, he was killed. These were people I
worked with, friends. No opposition leader was killed.
So, I was killing my friends and sparing my enemies. A
When a crime occurs, shouldn't one ask: Qui bono? [Who
gains?] Isn't it obvious that these killings were carried
out to benefit our foreign opponents? That they were an
attempt to intimidate men and women in our government?
But the Western-controlled media says I was responsible.
The opposition media demonized our government and me and
my family in every possible way. They accused my son of
being a criminal.
The TV mixed these slanders with programs imported from
America; flashy images, seductive especially to young
people. They are doing this all over the world. It is a
Of course it had some effect. People in our country
aren't used to advertising techniques based on the
repetition of false images. The opposition learned these
techniques from their US and other NATO handlers.
I've been using the term 'opposition', but in fact we had
no opposition. We had a Fifth Column. It was paid huge
sums by the people who bombed us. This was openly
And this Fifth Column, who now occupy government
positions, has gone so far as to agree to cooperate with
the Hague Tribunal, a false Tribunal created as another
part of the genocide against the Serbs. Once in awhile
they arrest an Islamic Fundamentalist or a Croatian
fascist, to imply balance. But the goal is to destroy
those who uphold Yugoslavia, who defend Serbia, to leave
ordinary people vulnerable to attack and to make the
world think resistance is impossible.
This past week the current authorities in Belgrade
shipped their first victim to The Hague. He is a Serb
from Bosnia, active in refugee work.
And we are seeing Hague-type justice in Belgrade as well.
The present authorities have arrested Dragoljub Milanovic
the director of RTS [the State TV station].
This is how it went. In January, Hague Prosecutor, Carla
del Ponte, came to Belgrade. She accused me and Dragoljub
Milanovic of murder. Why? Because on April 23, 1999 NATO
bombed RTS, killing 16 people in one of their cruelest
bombing raids. And, she said, NATO had made it clear they
would bomb; so by her mad logic, we were responsible.
On April 8th French officials did threaten to bomb RTS.
On the 9th we surrounded the TV station with a human
shield, journalists, managers, officials, all together,
arms linked. Serbian citizens were doing the same on
bridges and in factories, everywhere. Then Wesley Clark
seemed to withdraw the threat, but in any case what were
we to do? Not go to work? Employees occupied our biggest
auto plant and wrote a letter appealing to NATO not to
bomb. NATO bombed anyway, killing and wounding scores of
people. Were the victims guilty? Mr. Milanovic was
working at RTS all month and could have been killed as
well. Would that have made him responsible for 17 deaths,
instead of 16?
Of course, Carla del Ponte works for NATO, for the
bombers. And the new Belgrade authorities who have now
actually arrested Dragoljub Milanovic on this crazy
charge, these people work for NATO too.