"All the News Unfit to Print"

The systematic and deliberate destruction of the Yugoslav democratic revival by the "international community" and its Belgrade minions following the fall of Slobodan Milosevic may not be the most important news unfit to print of the year, but it is certainly the biggest untold story. As we approach the anniversary of this event, the time has come to tell it as it is.

In July 2000, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (Demokratska opozicija Srbije, DOS)—a loose coalition of 18 largely insignificant parties—selected Dr. Vojislav Kostunica as its presidential candidate against the incumbent, Slobodan Milosevic, who had called an election for September 24. This decision was a stroke of genius: Unlike the rest of DOS, Kostunica and his party (Demokratska stranka Srbije, DSS) were neither "pro-Western" nor tainted by previous dealings with the Milosevic regime. His blend of legalism, understated patriotism, and rejection of any compromise with the neocommunist establishment had struck a chord with the majority of voters. During the campaign, Kostunica's modesty and integrity (his slogan: "I can look you in the eye!") proved to be his greatest asset against a corrupt regime that had run out of tricks. Kostunica's victory—disputed by Milosevic, and sealed by the wave of street protests that soon swept over Serbia—also proved to be a meal ticket for the rest of...

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