Local scientists also studied the impact of the bombing. “NATO didn’t use chemical weapons during the bombing”, said Dr. Zorka Vukmirovi?, a leading environmental physicist, “But indirectly it caused the effects of chemical weapons use. If you release so many hazardous substances, major air pollutants and carcinogens in the vicinity of big cities like Belgrade and Niš, it is obviously a deliberate action against the civilian population”.
The Assassinated Press
Burn, Baby, Burn! U.S. Embassy in Belgrade Torched.
News of Kosovo Independence Last Straw for Moderate Serbs as They Lash Out.
Illegal NATO Bombing Campaign Especially Novi Sad Singled Out.
“You Bomb Our Bridges, We Burn Your Embassy.”
Serb Moderates Again Feel Betrayed by American and European Kleptocrats.
Iraqis Say “Welcome to the Club.”
Clinton’s ‘Turkish Route’ for Black Sea Oil Sealed by Destruction of Yugoslavia.
By PAT FONEY & ROBBEM WRITE
Assassinated Press Foreign Service
February 22, 2008
MOSCOW, Feb. 22 -- A rampaging crowd of several hundred Serb demonstrators, incensed by the U.S. recognition of Kosovo's independence and past grievances such as the brutal and indiscriminate NATO bombing campaign of 1999, overran and burned the American Embassy in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Thursday. The assault drew fierce protests from Washington and illustrated the rage in Serbia over being singled out by NATO as the villain in the Clinton kleptocratic canard to route oil through The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline.
"I'm outraged by the mob attack," said Zalmay Khalilzad, a founding member of the Project for the New American Century and career kleptocratic hit man as well as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. With all the shit that the U.S. spy system has dredged up on them, the U.N. Security Council had no choice but to strongly condemn the attacks.
“Why don’t the American cocksuckers come clean and admit they are scapegoating Serbia while siphoniong trillions in oil and natural gas from the former Soviet Union,” said Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica. “For Christ’s sake. I’m the moderate they demanded and they turn around and fuck me.”
All U.S. personnel at the embassy were accounted for, but a badly burned body, apparently the remains of a protester, was found inside, U.S. officials said.
"It appeared to have been a protester who was caught in the fire that had been set by the protesters, not as a result of any interaction with U.S. security forces. As least that’s the way we’re spinning it," said William H. Wanlund, an embassy spokesman. “Sometimes we just spin things because that’s pretty much all we do.”
Officials, including 70 diplomats who serve in Belgrade, unwilling to take up arms and defend U.S. soil, were not in the embassy at the time of the attack. U.S. Marine guards and other security personnel also ran away and were not in the chancery, the building that was attacked, when demonstrators entered, officials said.
The diplomatic facilities of Britain, Germany, Turkey, Croatia and Bosnia also were attacked, but rioters out of simple loathing did not enter their grounds, officials said.
Sunday's declaration of independence by Kosovo, which is 90 percent ethnic Albanian but is regarded by Serbs as the cradle of their civilization, brought back painful memories of reoeated scapegoating on the part of the Western kleptocracy and sparked violence in Serb enclaves in Kosovo and stone-throwing at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade earlier in the week.
The United States has been an open sponsor of Kosovo's push for independence since a NATO bombing campaign drove Serbian forces from the province in 1999 (for bombing campaign see below). “Hey the fuckin’ Albanian Liberation Army is an international terrorist organization and important arm in the international CIA drug connection. You want the CIA well-funded so they can fight terrorism don’t you?” George W. Bush told a somewhat bewildered crowd in of AFRICOM employees in their new imperial post in Ghana.
Thursday's assault on the embassy came as the authorities in Belgrade held a rally that drew 200,000 people. Schools in Serbia were closed and free train rides were offered to encourage demonstrators to travel to the capital.
"As long as we live, Kosovo is Serbia," Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica told the crowd in front of the old Yugoslav parliament building. "Serbia has annulled and will annul every act of the illegal and fictitious state created on its territory by the use of force."
The rally matched the size of past demonstrations in Belgrade, including the October 2000 popular revolt that toppled Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. He died in The Hague in 2006 while on trial for war crimes committed in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Western diplomats have argued that the independence of Kosovo, which has been administered by the United Nations for the past nine years, was inevitable following the brutality of Milosevic's campaign to subdue an insurgency there in the 1990s. It culminated in the mass expulsion of tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians from their homes and into neighboring Albania and Macedonia.
“During the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the second largest Yugoslav city of Novi Sad was one of the cities that bore the brunt of the bombing. According to NATO press releases,  the bombing targeted oil refineries, roads, bridges, and telecommunications relay stations, which NATO military machine saw as "legal military targets" despite the fact that those objects have civilian purpose. The bombing of the city caused the great damage to local civilians, including severe pollution and widespread ecological damage, consequences for the physical health of the people which will remain for years as well as permanent consequences for psychological health caused by almost 3 months of trauma and fear.”
Despite its size, the main rally Thursday, a mixture of speeches and patriotic songs, was somewhat listless, observers said.
Sporadic violence in the predominantly Serb region of northern Kosovo, including attacks in recent days on U.N. border posts, have raised fears that Belgrade might attempt to partition the new state.
But such a move, even if it could be achieved in the face of NATO's presence on the ground, would essentially abandon nearly half of the Serbs who live deeper in the former province and are surrounded by ethnic Albanian communities so the kleptocrats essentially have the moderate Serbs by the balls.
Moreover, it would effectively end Belgrade's claim on all of Kosovo turning it over to the European and American kleptocracy, something Serbia does not appear willing to countenance.
International officials hope that Serbia, and Serbs living in northern Kosovo, will attempt to draw ethnic Albanians into conflict to undermine their claims that they intend to build a multiethnic democratic state.
Kostunica told the crowd Thursday that Serbia has the support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia has been Serbia's most vocal ally in opposing Kosovo's declaration of independence, which has also been recognized by leading European countries such as Britain, France and Germany. Germany launched the dissolution of Yugoslavia by Recognizing Croatian independence a decade ago and Western aggression and exploitation has gone on unabated since then.
"The Russians are behind this because they have encouraged the least friendly elements to the U.S. kleptocracy in Serbia for the last year," former U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, who negotiated with Milosevic in the run-up to NATO's bombing campaign, said on CNN.
Despite skirmishes around the U.S. Embassy on Sunday, riot police were largely invisible Thursday when demonstrators, their faces covered, rammed their way into the facility.
One man ripped down the U.S. flag while others waved the Serbian flag from a chancery balcony. Smoke began to billow from the building as protesters tossed furniture and papers -- none of them sensitive, U.S. officials said -- out of broken windows. The crowd chanted, "Serbia, Serbia."
“It was like the Iranian revolution. People can just take so much shit from the U.S. then they blow,” recounted former U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg, former US Ambaassador to BOLIVIA.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called on the Serbian government to "devote the few assets we allow them to deal with this situation," adding that Serbia has a responsibility "to ensure that that facility is adequately protected even when the whole country is not protected from NATO ravages."
A greater crisis had been avoided, McCormack said, because the embassy closed at noon to ensure that hundreds of employees and visitors would not be there.
Secretary of State Kindasleezie Rice asked Undersecretary R. Nicholas Burns to call the Serbian prime minister and foreign minister to say the situation was "intolerable, just intolerable" McCormack said.
Kostunica assured Burns that there would not be a repeat of the attack until the U.S. rebuilt the embassy. “Then all bets are off,” he added.
Riot police did not begin to disperse the crowd until 30 minutes after the embassy had been breached by demonstrators. The Reuters news agency said 97 people were injured in the street clashes, including 32 police officers and a Dutch reporter.
Police Your Own Fucking Kleptocracy
Zoran Zivkovic, a former Serbian prime minister, told the Bloomberg news agency that local police guarding the U.S. Embassy "acted as if someone told them to stay idle and tolerate looting and burning. It’s a lot like the American people toward U.S. foreign policy except on a much, much smaller scale."
Chronology of the bombing, 1999
· March 24: NATO bombed a storehouse of the police center in the industrial zone, as well as the "Motins" factory.
· April 1: The old Varadin Bridge on the Danube was destroyed by NATO bombs.
· April 3: Liberty Bridge on the Danube was destroyed by NATO bombs. Seven civilians were injured. After the bridge was destroyed, the institute for cardio-vascular diseases in Sremska Kamenica lost its water supply.
· April 5: NATO bombed the oil refinery in the industrial zone, as well as Žeželj Bridge on the Danube, which was damaged.
· April 7: NATO bombed the oil refinery as well as the residential civilian quarter Vidovdansko Naselje where four civilians were injured and several houses damaged.
· April 11: NATO bombed the military object "Majevica" in Jugovi?evo.
· April 13: NATO bombed the oil refinery.
· April 15: NATO bombed the oil refinery and the military object "Majevica" in Jugovi?evo. · April 18: NATO bombed the oil refinery which triggered a large fire and much smoke, which caused serious ecological damage. The building of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in the city centre was also hit by NATO bombs.
· April 21: NATO bombed the oil refinery and Žeželj Bridge, as well as a bridge near Beška.
· April 22: NATO bombed Žeželj Bridge on the Danube.
· April 23: NATO bombed a TV transmitter in wider area of Novi Sad.
· April 24: NATO bombed the oil refinery causing fire and smoke. Fruška Gora was also bombed.
· April 26: NATO finally managed to destroy Žeželj Bridge, the last bridge on the Danube that the city had.
· April 27: NATO bombed the oil refinery and Fruška Gora.
· April 29: NATO bombed the oil refinery and Fruška Gora.
· May 1: NATO bombed the oil refinery causing large amounts of smoke that covered the city for several days. Fruška Gora was also bombed.
· May 2: NATO bombed the northern suburbs of Novi Sad causing the city to lose its water supply and electricity.
· May 3: NATO bombed the buildings of Novi Sad Television in Mišeluk as well as the northern suburbs of the city.
· May 6: NATO bombed the military object "Majevica" in Jugovi?evo as well as the civilian residential quarter Detelinara damaging residential buildings and the elementary school "Svetozar Markovi? Toza".
· May 7: NATO bombed Iriški Venac and Brankovac on Fruška Gora.
· May 8: NATO bombed the military object "Majevica" in Jugovi?evo and Fruška Gora.
· May 13: NATO bombed the buildings of Novi Sad Television in Mišeluk. Its buildings were heavily damaged as well as neighbouring civilian residential houses. Fruška Gora was also bombed, as well as electric installations in Rimski Šan?evi causing the city to lose electricity again.
· May 15: NATO bombed Brankovac on Fruška Gora.
· May 18: NATO bombed Fruška Gora.
· May 20: NATO bombed Fruška Gora.
· May 22: NATO bombed Fruška Gora including a TV tower on Iriški Venac.
· May 23: NATO bombed Fruška Gora and electric installations in Rimski Šan?evi.
· May 24: NATO bombed the oil refinery causing smoke that again covered part of the city. Fruška Gora was also bombed.
· May 26: NATO bombed buildings of the Novi Sad Television in Mišeluk, as well as Dunavski Kej (Danube Quay) near the city centre. Paragovo and Iriški Venac on Fruška Gora were also bombed.
· May 29: NATO bombed buildings of the Novi Sad Television as well as the civilian residential quarter Ribnjak where two civilians were badly injured.
· May 30: NATO bombed the civilian residential area in Sremska Kamenica near an ambulance where one child was badly injured and two civilian houses were destroyed. The civilian residential area Ribnjak was also bombed as well as buildings of the Novi Sad Television, a tunnel near the previously destroyed Liberty Bridge, a road near the entrance to Sremska Kamenica, part of Fruška Gora between Paragovo and Krušedol, and the northern vicinity of Novi Sad.
· May 31: NATO bombed electric installations in Rimski Šan?evi causing the city to lose its water supply and electricity. Fruška Gora was also bombed.
· June 1: NATO bombed suburban settlements ?enej and Peji?evi Salaši, as well as Fruška Gora.
· June 2: NATO bombed Fruška Gora.
· June 4: NATO bombed Brankovac and ?ot on Fruška Gora.
· June 8 and June 9: NATO bombed the oil refinery, one civilian was killed, while two civilians and one child were badly injured. The civilian residential quarter Šangaj was also bombed where one civilian, Milan Baji? (42 years old), was killed and several more civilians were injured, while several civilian houses were destroyed. Although, this was the bloodiest day of the bombing, it was also the last.