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US seeks to cement military foothold in Balkans.

by vladimir Sun May 17th, 2009 at 05:42:20 AM EST

... or is it an attempt to further destabilise Europe?

The US is apparently unhappy with the slow « progress » that the EU high representative has been making in bringing this international protectorate into NATO. In an effort to cement the US military presence in the region, on February 13 of this year, the US Congress voted in favour of scrapping the Dayton Agreements which brought peace to the region - and pushing in favour of a new political structure which would de facto abolish The Serb Republic and hand power to the Bosnian Muslims.

Is this indeed just a step intended to protect Americas military gains or does it have some other purpose? Could it be a response... punishing Serbia for its acceptance of the South Stream project? Or could it be designed to foment instability and new military conflict on the European Continent?

Whatever the answer, it seems clear that the European Union is being sidelined by the United States which is intent on running its own show in the Balkans... to the detriment of European interests.

Here's the text approved by the US Congress.


Text of H.Res.171 as Introduced in House
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the need for constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the importance of sustained United States engagement in partnership with the European Union (EU).

Current 111st session of congress

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the need for constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the importance of sustained United States engagement in partnership with the European Union (EU).
February 13, 2009
Mr. BERMAN (for himself, Mr. WEXLER, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. CARNAHAN, Mr. FORTENBERRY, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. KIRK, and Mr. POMEROY) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the need for constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the importance of sustained United States engagement in partnership with the European Union (EU).

Whereas a brutal conflict marked by aggression and ethnic cleansing, including the commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, was brought to an end by the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (commonly referred to as the `Dayton Peace Accords'), which was agreed to at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, on November 21, 1995, and signed in Paris, France, on December 14, 1995;

Whereas in the 13 years since the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina have worked in partnership with the international community to achieve considerable progress in building a peaceful and democratic society based on the rule of law, respect for human rights, and a free market economy;

Whereas political leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina have agreed to significant reforms of public administration and broadcasting, the creation of state-level law enforcement and judicial institutions, the establishment of a unified armed services and Ministry of Defense, and the creation of an Indirect Taxation Authority;

Whereas the United States has continued to support the sovereignty, legal continuity, and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina within its internationally recognized borders as well as the equality of the three constituent peoples and others within a united, multi-ethnic country in accordance with the Dayton Peace Accords;

Whereas the full incorporation of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the Euro-Atlantic community is in the national interest of the United States and important for the stabilization of southeastern Europe;

Whereas Bosnia and Herzegovina committed to the shared values of democracy, security, and stability by joining the Partnership for Peace program of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in December 2006;

Whereas NATO recognized Bosnia and Herzegovina's progress in achieving political and defense reforms by inviting the country to begin an Intensified Dialogue at the Bucharest Summit in April 2008;

Whereas Bosnia and Herzegovina took the first step on the road toward European Union (EU) membership by signing a Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) in June 2008;

Whereas the international community has successfully preserved peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, through NATO's Stabilization Force (FOR) and by a European Union Force (EUFOR) since December 2004;

Whereas the Office of the High Representative (OHR) has similarly promoted peace and stability by facilitating implementation of the civilian aspects of the Dayton Peace Accords, including through use of the extensive powers given it by the international Peace Implementation Council (PIC), with the goal of transferring its responsibilities to a European Union Special Representative (EUSR) at the appropriate time;

Whereas, these notable accomplishments notwithstanding, the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina continue to face significant challenges in its efforts to progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration;

Whereas the Dayton Peace Accords included many compromises imposed by the need for quick action to preserve human life that have hindered efforts to develop efficient and effective political institutions;

Whereas the Council of Europe's Venice Commission has concluded that the current constitutional arrangements of Bosnia and Herzegovina are neither efficient nor rational, and that the state-level institutions need to become more effective and democratic if the country is to move toward EU membership;

Whereas the `April package' of reforms, agreed upon by five major political parties in 2006, failed to achieve the requisite two-thirds majority in parliament;

Whereas in February 2008, the PIC stipulated five objectives (resolution of state property, resolution of defense property, completion of Brcko Final Award, fiscal sustainability, and entrenchment of rule of law) and two conditions (signing of SAA with the EU and a `positive assessment' by the PIC) that must be met before the OHR is closed; and

Whereas the March 2009 meeting of the PIC provides a critical opportunity for an honest and accurate assessment of whether Bosnia and Herzegovina have met the five conditions and two principles established to determine when the OHR should be closed and oversight power transferred to the EUSR: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that--

(1) it is increasingly urgent that Bosnia and Herzegovina work toward the creation of an efficient and effective state able to meet its domestic and international obligations with more functional institutions, including a state government capable of making self-sustaining reforms and fulfilling European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) requirements;

Read: this occupied country must be forced to integrate a foreign military organisation (NATO) even if this is against the will of the people.

(2) any agreement on constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina should advance the principles of democracy and tolerance, rectify provisions that conflict with the European Charter of Human Rights, include the general public in the process, and be consistent with the goal of EU membership;

These principles have been clearly laid out to the people of the Balkans in occupied Kosovo - where the Serb minority is being progressively cleansed from the remaining enclaves under the approving watch of NATO (and EU) forces.

(3) continued efforts should be made domestically and at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) to achieve justice for victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, as well as to promote reconciliation among ethnic groups;

(4) the United States should appoint a Special Envoy to the Balkans who can work in partnership with the EU and political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina to facilitate reforms at all levels of government and society, while also assisting the political development of other countries in the region;

Read: US should take over leadership in the region from the ineffective EU

(5) the Office of the High Representative (OHR) should not be closed until the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) can definitively determine that Bosnia and Herzegovina have met the five conditions and two principles;

Read: until, inter alia, all political opposition to NATO is eliminated.

(6) the EU should carefully consider its plans for the future deployment of the European Union Force (EUFOR) given the psychological reassurance of security and deterrence of violence provided by its continued presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and

(7) the United States should work closely with and support the EU in the transition to a European Union Special Representative (EUSR) to ensure that the EUSR has the authority and tools to manage effectively post-OHR Bosnia and Herzegovina, including a clear set of EU candidacy and membership conditions with explicit and objective yardsticks and a precise list of benchmarks to increase the functionality of the Bosnian state to be achieved by constitutional reform.

My feeling is that abolishing RS and the Dayton accords will lead to new round of bloodshed, probably ending in the total defeat of the Serbs and a new exodus of millions of people to Serbia. The political outcome will be the creation of the first extremist Muslim state in Europe.

In fact, I think the likelihood of a new war breaking out hasn't been this high since the late 1930's. As Michael Moore pointed out: a dumbed down and scared population is easier to control than a well educated assertive one. Given the economic and social problems that the West is going through, the options our dear leaders have to ensure they don't get sent to the guillotine are narrowing. Better point people's hatred against a foreign enemy than let it spill over at home against their own regime.

East-West tinderbox in the Balkans? In Georgia? Where's the best place to start?

by vladimir on Sun May 17th, 2009 at 09:58:02 AM EST
Congress cannot legislate American foreign policy, nor is it very well informed about the world.

Each situation needs to be looked at carefully, and this resolution does not show that it is well thought out.

Oddly enough, the same people calling for dissolution of federal units and more efficient government were exactly the same people who criticized the Greek Cypriots for voting against the Annan Plan.

I would ignore this. Of course, Samantha Power does have Obama's ear.

by Upstate NY on Sun May 17th, 2009 at 08:32:57 PM EST
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it's just another nonbinding resolution. Second, the author is Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who is largely there for his uncritical support of Israel. (Witness his eagerness to impose "crippling sanctions" on Iran as soon as possible.)

On that list of 29 co-sponsors. Ackerman, Carnahan, Cohen, Engel, Fortenberry, Slaughter and Tauscher, I check on from time to time to see what kind of trouble they try to cobble up. Not many of them are all that productive that I need to worry overmuch.

Put this on a par with many congressional resolutions: "Recognizing the importance and service of the Boy Scouts of America." And you've some idea of its importance.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Sun May 17th, 2009 at 01:46:24 PM EST
I am really sick reading this shit.It's unbelievable how arrogant USA administrations (both republican and not to mention democrats who started all this shit on Balkan) are.Either everyone in the world will be a slave to them or they will simply KILL them (like millions in Iraq etc.)Like Serbs in ex YU were going in to the war with their neighbors just to entertain them selves...Huhh ...And Europe with its long history should know better then to blindly follow USA orders.Europeans are simply vassals of the Empire and sooner or later will pay the price too.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Serbs are proud and stubborn nation and they will pay their price ( in blood) like many times before.They will not willingly become slaves.Yeah they'll have to occupy them.
But the days of this Empire are numbered...Unfortunately some other Empire will follow...
I can hardly watch news these days.It's all so sickening...
It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
J. Krishnamurti

And by the way did you see documentary "Zeitgeits . Addendum"?


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein

by vbo on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 07:05:31 AM EST
And by the way did you see documentary "Zeitgeits . Addendum"?

No. Do you want to give us a synthesis?

by vladimir on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 07:14:31 AM EST
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Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein

by vbo on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 07:23:01 AM EST
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America's "Money Machine"
Reviewing Ellen Brown's "Web of Debt:" Part II

By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, May 9, 2009

This is the second of several articles on Ellen Brown's remarkable book titled "Web of Debt....the shocking truth about our money system, (how it) trapped us in debt, and how we can break free." It's a multi-part snapshot. Reading the entire book is strongly recommended - easily obtainable through Amazon or Brown's www.webofdebt.com site.

www.webofdebt.com  and www.ellenbrown.com
Bankers Capture the Money Machine - Fighting for the Family Farm

In the 1890s, "keeping the family homestead was a key political issue" given that foreclosures and evictions "were occurring in record numbers," much like today. The "Bankers Manifesto of 1892" spelled it out - a willful plan "to disenfranchise farmers and laborers of their homes and property," again like today except that now our very freedom and futures are at stake as sinister forces aim to steal them by turning America into Guatemala and lock it down by police state repression.

The panic of 1893 caused an earlier depression - severe enough to establish a precedent of street protests, the result of the first ever march on Washington. Businessman/populist Jacob Coxey led his "Coxey's Army (of around 500) from Massilon, Ohio (beginning March 25, Easter Sunday) to the nation's capital to demand jobs and a return to debt and interest-free Greenbacks. Local police intervened. The marchers were disbanded. Coxey was arrested. He spent 20 days in jail for disturbing the peace and violating a local ordinance against walking on the grass. However, he was never charged, then released, and is now remembered for his heroics.

He began a tradition later sparking suffragist marches; unemployed WW I veterans for their "Bonus Bill" money; numerous anti-war and earlier civil rights protests; in 2004, one million in the nation's capital for women's rights, and the previous day thousands protesting IMF-World Bank policies.

The late 19th century Populist movement was the last serious challenge to private bankers' monopoly power over the nation's money. Journalist William Hope Harvey wrote a popular book titled "Coin's Financial School" that explained the problem in simple English - that restricting silver coinage was a conspiracy to enrich "London-controlled Eastern financiers at the expense of farmers and debtors." He called England "a money power that can dictate the money of the world, and thereby create world misery."

He referred to the "Crime of 73" that limited free silver coinage and replaced it with British gold. It forced America to pay England $200 million annually in gold in interest on its bonds and inspired William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech. He nearly became president, but lost in a close (big-monied financed) race to William McKinley, but he, too, paid a price. He was later assassinated, likely for his protectionism, very much disadvantaging British bankers. With him gone, the Morgans and Rockefellers dominated US banking, and arranged for friendly leaders to run the country, Teddy Roosevelt included, a man with more bark than bite.

"The trusts and cartels remained the puppeteers with real power, pulling the strings of puppet politicians" who were bought and paid for like today.

by vladimir on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 07:42:26 AM EST
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First part is very informative and second part is a little bit of fantasy , that many here on ET are believers of (I would like to be also but being a pessimist I simply can't).

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 09:52:34 AM EST
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I am talking about "Zeitgeits . Addendum"...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 09:59:55 AM EST
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Here's an interesting article about Biden's upcoming trip to Belgrade, Sarajevo and Pristina.
What an ugly racist.
by vladimir on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 03:56:45 PM EST
I keep trying to respond to this and it keeps being eaten!


In short:  Biden is a racist.  But that doesn't mean you should believe what you read on that website.

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 04:23:40 PM EST
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Free Republic has absolutley NO credibility.  They make Dailykos look like Lincoln and Jefferson conversing.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson
by NearlyNormal on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 02:29:00 PM EST
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Free Republic?

Praise the Lord and pass the KoolAid.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 04:15:22 PM EST
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Speaking of SouthStream ... does anyone have any commentary on this?   Is this some discreet affirmation that Ukraine has always been the problem & not Russia?  Or is Europe just such a junkie they can't afford to be picky?  To the casual outsider, it seems curious that when Europe is not flipping out about being dependent on Russia for gas, they are busy signing agreements for new ways to get gas from Russia.  Just sayin'.

Where did everyone get their gas from before these pipelines?  

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 04:21:10 PM EST
The reason for these apparently divergent positions on Russian gais is that it's not Europe that's negotiating, but individual nation states, based on their national interests.

There was a meeting on May 15th in Sotchi between Putin, Miller, and the leaders of the Bulgarian, Greek, Serbian and Italian gas sectors to sign the deal paving the way for the € 8.6 billion project which should be completed by 2012. So the project is now officially launched.

by vladimir on Tue May 19th, 2009 at 03:05:42 AM EST
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