Canadian general Mackenzie: Western bombardment of Yugoslavia and recognition of Kosovo was madness!
Lewis Wharton MacKenzie CM, MSC, OOnt, CD (born 30 April 1940) is a Canadian retired general, author and media commentator. MacKenzie is known for establishing and commanding Sector Sarajevo as part of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia in 1992. He was later a vocal opponent of NATO’s involvement in the Kosovo War. In the 1997 federal election, MacKenzie was Progressive Conservative candidate for Parliament for the central Ontario riding of Parry Sound—Muskoka. Tory leader Jean Charest suggested that if their party won power, MacKenzie would become Deputy Prime Minister. The Tories improved their standing and regained official party status, though MacKenzie finished second to Liberal incumbent Andy Mitchell.
Canadian general Mackenzie: Western bombardment of Yugoslavia and recognition of Kosovo was pure madness..
Belgrade – (RTV)
Retired Canadian general, the former UNPROFOR commander in Sarajevo (Bosnia), Lewis Mackenzie will be visiting soon the International Book-fare exhibit in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, to promote the Serbian edition of his book “The Peacemaker: Road to Sarajevo”, he wrote 26 years ago. At that time the book became the bestseller in Canada.
In his interview for the Serbian leading newspaper “Politika”, he reinforces his old position, for which he was frequently criticized, not only in Canada, but in Bosnia as well: That in Srebrenica the (Western “manufactured”) genocide never happened, while in reality what happened over there was “just” the war crime- That the liberation verdict of the Bosnian Muslim war commander Naser Oric in Hague Tribunal (International War Crime Tribunal for former Yugoslavia) was shameful- While the NATO bombardment of Serbia (Yugoslavia) and the annexation & recognition of Serbian province of Kosovo as the independent state, by the West, was the pure madness.
Mackenzie was the sector commander of UN Protection Force (Unprofor) in Sarajevo, in 1992 and 1993. In June 1993 the self-proclaimed Bosnian (Muslim/Croat) government requested from UN general Mackenzie to be removed from his post.
“They were expecting from me to be in the agreement with them on all issues… As my mandate required from me to be neutral and objective, they became very disturbed with some of my comments and assessments related to the specific problems”, tells us Mackenzie.
The very respected Canadian general, who, after coming back from Sarajevo to Canada, and retiring, got involved in the politics in 1997, as progressive Conservative candidate- was during 97 election considered as a candidate for the Deputy Prime Minister post, under the Conservative leadership of Jean Charest.
“The real truth will be always unpleasant and disturbing for the people with different opinion (on the events surrounding the Balkan’ wars in 90ies). The postwar events, unfolding since the bombardment (of Yugoslavia), show us clearly that the madness of bombing one sovereign country and then recognizing Kosovo as the independent state , in reality created more problems instead of solving them..”, highlighted Mackenzie, at the end of his interview.
Translated by FBR Editor.
The UN Canadian General Lewis Mackenzie said it best, “We bombed the wrong side”: http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles…
This is giving all terrorist organizations a green light to make more problems. Look at Bosnia, tons of Muhajadeen there. Kosovo, al-Qaeda supported network. That is Serb land, simply put. There is already an Albania. Serbs fought the Ottoman empire over 600 years ago to keep the land. The US is simply appeasing Muslims and hoping that they will calm in other areas of the world. It won’t work. General Lewis Mackenzie is a man who was there on the ground during the war in Bosnia and Croatia. A man who commanded the UN troops would know the real truth.
WATCH! “The Lies Of The Racak “Massacre”/ Bill Clinton’s Role In Kosovo” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-muEj… Remember why NATO spent 78-days bombing Yugoslavia in the spring of 1999?There was the ethnic cleansing. The atrocities. The refugees chased out of Kosovo by the Serb army. The mass graves. The heaps of bodies tossed into vats of sulphuric acid at the Trepca mines.NATO spokesman Jamie Shea said there were 100,000 Kosovo Albanian Muslims unaccounted for.Problem is, none of it happened.NATO’s original estimate of 100,000 ethnic Albanians slaughtered, later revised downward to 10,000, turns out to be considerably exaggerated.Dr. Peter Markesteyn, a Winnipeg forensic pathologist, was among the first war crimes investigators to arrive in Kosovo after NATO ended its bombing campaign.”We were told there were 100,000 bodies everywhere,” said Dr. Markesteyn. “We performed 1,800 autopsies — that’s it.”Fewer than 2,000 corpses. None found in the Trepca mines. No remains in the vats of sulphuric acid. Most found in isolated graves — not in the mass graves NATO warned about. And no clue as to whether the bodies were those of KLA terrorists, civilians, even whether they were Serbs or ethnic Albanians.No wonder then that of all the incidents on which Slobodan Milosevic has been indicted for war crimes, the total body count is not 100,000, not 10,000, not even 1,800 — but 391!
It was William Walker, at the time head of the Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM) who, on the morning of January 16, 1999, led the press to the Kosovo village of Racak, a KLA stronghold. There some 20 bodies were found in a shallow trench, and 20 more were found scattered throughout the village. The KLA terrorists, and Walker, alleged that masked Serb policemen had entered the village the previous day, and killed men, women and children at close range, after torturing and mutilating them. Chillingly, the Serb police were said to have whistled merrily as they went about their work of slaughtering the villagers.
Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as eager to scratch her ever itchy trigger finger as her boss was to scratch his illimitable sexual itches, demanded that Yugoslavia be bombed immediately. Albright, like a kid agonizingly counting down the hours to Christmas, would have to wait until after Milosevic’s rejection of NATO’s ultimata at Rambouillet to get her wish.But not everyone was so sure that William Walker’s story was to be believed.
The French newspaper La Monde had some trouble swallowing the story. It reported on Jan. 21, 1999, a few days after the incident, that an Associated Press TV crew had filmed a gun battle at Racak between Serb police and KLA terrorists. Indeed, the crew was present because the Serbs had tipped them off that they were going to enter the village to arrest a man accused of shooting a police officer. Also present were two teams of KVM monitors.It seems unlikely that if you’re about to carry out a massacre that you would invite the press — and international observers — to watch.
And now there’s a report that the Finnish forensic pathologists who investigated the incident on behalf of the European Union, say there was no evidence of a massacre. In an article to be published in Forensic Science International at the end of February, the Finnish team writes that none of the bodies were mutilated, there was no evidence of torture, and only one was shot at close range.The pathologists say Walker was quick to come to the conclusion that there was a massacre, even though the evidence was weak.And they point out that there is no evidence that the deceased were from Racak.The KLA terrorists, the Serbs charge, faked the massacre by laying out their fallen comrades in the trench they, themselves, prepared, and the United States used the staged massacre as a pretext for the bombing.
WATCH! NATO’s Illegal War Against Serbia/ Lies About Kosovo War 1/2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FN33N.. Crucified Kosovo/ Shame In The Face Of Christian Europe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htou6t… Michael Savage: Kosovo’s Independence “Immoral”, Part 1 Of 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qAp_8…
MORE ABOUT MACKENZIE:
MacKenzie enlisted with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and was commissioned in 1960. During his Canadian army career, MacKenzie served nine years in West Germany with NATO forces and had nine peacekeeping tours of duty with the United Nations in six different mission areas – the Gaza Strip (1963 and 1964), Cyprus (1965,1971 and 1978), Vietnam, Egypt, Central America (1990–91, commanding the United Nations Observer Mission) and the former Yugoslavia (1992–1993).
Between peacekeeping missions MacKenzie served as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (1979–82) and as director of army training at St. Hubert, Que. (1983–85). As commander of the Canadian Forces Base in Gagetown, N.B. (1988–90) he was responsible for training officers at the Combat Training Centre. In 1985, he was appointed director of Combat-Related Employment for Women and, in 1991, he was appointed deputy commander of the Canadian Army’s Land Force Central Area.
In February 1992, MacKenzie was named chief of staff of the United Nations peacekeeping force in former Yugoslavia, tasked with supervising the cease-fire in Croatia. The force headquarters were located in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In April 1992 the Bosnian war broke out. MacKenzie created and assumed command of the peacekeeping force’s Sector Sarajevo in May 1992. He used his UN force to open Sarajevo Airport for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Using the media as a means of trying to help restore peace, MacKenzie became an international celebrity.
MacKenzie returned from the Balkans in October 1992 in controversial circumstances. As a member of the Canadian armed forces he was precluded from commenting on government policy. After criticising the United Nations’ inability to command, control, and support its peacekeeping forces, he retired from the military in March 1993.
He has since written and lectured on his experiences in the former Yugoslavia questioning the numbers killed in the Srebrenica massacre, an event that came after his period of service in the area. He has challenged the findings of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and, in 2005, contested the conclusions and reasoning of the Appeal Chamber’s 2004 judgment in the Krstić case that the crime of genocide was perpetrated at Srebrenica in July 1995:
- “What happened next is only debatable in scale. The Bosnian Muslim men and older boys were singled out and the elderly, women and children were moved out … if you’re committing genocide, you don’t let the women go since they are key to perpetuating the very group you are trying to eliminate. Many of the men and boys were executed and buried in mass graves.
- “Evidence given at The Hague war crimes tribunal casts serious doubt on the figure of “up to” 8,000 Bosnian Muslims massacred. That figure includes “up to” 5,000 who have been classified as missing. More than 2,000 bodies have been recovered in and around Srebrenica, and they include victims of the three years of intense fighting in the area. The math just doesn’t support the scale of 8,000 killed”.
He has also disputed that Srebrenica ever was a UN Safe area, and argued that the demilitarization requirements imposed on both the Serb side (surrounding Srebrenica) and the Bosniak side (inside the enclave) were never fulfilled:
- “It didn’t take long for the Bosnian Muslims to realize that the UN was in no position to live up to its promise to “protect” Srebrenica. With some help from outsiders, they began to infiltrate thousands of fighters and weapons into the safe haven. As the Bosnian Muslim fighters became better equipped and trained, they started to venture outside Srebrenica, burning Serb villages and killing their occupants before quickly withdrawing to the security provided by the UN’s safe haven. These attacks reached a crescendo in 1994 and carried on into early 1995 after the Canadian infantry company that had been there for a year was replaced by a larger Dutch contingent”.