Racak Revisited

Back in 1994, a major news item proved unfit for publication in any "mainstream" media outlets in the United States. It concerned the possibility—which turned into a virtual certainty—that the Bosnian Muslim government staged the infamous "marketplace massacre" in Sarajevo, killing 66 of its own people. The U.S. government promptly blamed the Serbs. In subsequent months, a host of European papers published articles on the controversy. Lord David Owen and General Sir Michael Rose referred to an American-engineered cover-up. The American public—Chronicles readers excepted—remained oblivious.

Plus ça change. . . . In January, America was on the verge (for the second time in four months) of bombing the Serbs because of yet another stage-managed "massacre." This time the venue was the village of Racak, in Kosovo. From New York to Los Angeles, the media went into a state of righteous rage over the discovery of 45 dead Albanians, allegedly "civilians butchered in cold blood." The head of the OSCE observer mission in Kosovo, American diplomat William Walker, immediately blamed the Serbian police. Belgrade's claim that the 45 dead were in fact Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas killed in a firefight was scornfully rejected as "Serbian propaganda." No attempt at "objective reporting" on Racak was made by any of the major dailies in...

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