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The whole truth at The Hague

Despite the attempts to silence Slobodan Milosevic, his trial is proving an interesting source of information about what really happened in the Balkans.

Slobodan Milosevic, the ex-President of Yugoslavia, has inexplicably been denied the right to continue defending himself and instead, has been allocated a lawyer named Steven Kay, who conducts the "defence" without any information from the Milosevic team.

Of the 97 witnesses he contacted, 92 flatly refused to testify unless Slobodan Milosevic be given back the right to defend himself, according to Zdenko Tomanovic, Mr. Milosevic's chief legal advisor.

However, one witness who agreed to testify has left NATO and its masters in Washington squirming in embarrassment.  

German journalist, ex-Army Major Franz Josef Hutsch was in Kosovo between September 1998 and December 1999. He describes himself as an "embedded reporter in the KLA" (Kosovo Liberation Army, otherwise knows as Ushtria Clirimtare e Kosoves, UCK).

Franz Josef Hutsch states that the climate he found in the province was "tense but not violent" but that the violence was caused by the UCK, not the Serbs. The UCK, he claims, used hit-and-run tactics against Serb patrols and tried to provoke "excessive reaction" from the authorities, often staging events, making sure that civilians were in the wrong place at the wrong time, usually just before the journalists arrived.

He also claims that the Albanians tried to trick the Serbs into firing on civilians, which were used and abused to suit the aims of the UCK, being forced to endure harsh weather conditions so that they would be shivering and miserable before the cameras, or to be placed in combat areas to increase collateral damage.

The Albanians would make their money through the trafficking of drugs and prostitution - the drugs and women, often the prettier Albanian girls snatched from their families, would be swapped for guns on the frontier.

As for the officers, Hutsch states that between 80 and 100 Arabic officers worked with the KLA and that each unit was commanded by one of these Mujaheddin, who were paid "huge sums" of money by the firm MPRI, which trained these elements in bases in Turkey.  

The nationality of the firm MPRI? The United States of America.

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