Monday, July 11, 2005
An analysis of the political influences on this sad and tragic anniversary can be found HERE, by Edward S. Herman. (The numbers in [brackets] refer to his footnotes).
Consider (bolding mine):
The events of Srebrenica and claims of a major massacre were extremely helpful to the Clinton administration, the Bosnian Muslim leadership, and Croatian authorities. Clinton was under political pressure in 1995 both from the media and from Bob Dole to take more forceful action in favor of the Bosnian Muslims,  and his administration was eager to find a justification for more aggressive policies. Clinton officials rushed to the Srebrenica scene to confirm and publicize the claims of a massacre, just as William Walker did later at Racak in January 1999. Walker's immediate report to Madeleine Albright caused her to exult that "spring has come early this year."  Srebrenica allowed the "fall to come early" for the Clinton administration in the summer of 1995.
Rather than producing reconciliation the steady focus on Srebrenica victims and killers makes for more intense hatred and nationalism, just as the Kosovo war and its violence exacerbated hatred and tensions there and showed that Clinton's claimed objective of a tolerant multi-ethnic Kosovo was a fraud.
The Bosnian Muslims have always been awkward for the war propagandists, and they became more so after 9/11-the U.S. 9/11 Commission Report claims that two of the 19 hijackers, Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar, and a "mastermind" of the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, "fought" in Bosnia, and that bin Laden had "service" offices in Zagreb and Sarajevo.  Despite the huge focus on 9/11 and Al Qaeda these links have not been featured in the mainstream media ...
The media have played an important role in making the Srebrenica massacre a propaganda triumph. As noted earlier, the media had become a co-belligerent by 1991, and all standards of objectivity disappeared in their subservience to the pro-Bosnian Muslim and anti-Serb agenda. Describing the reporting of Christine Amanpour and others on a battle around Goradze, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel John Sray wrote back in October 1995 that these news reports "were devoid of any semblance of truth," that Americans were suffering from "a cornucopia of disinformation," that "America has not been so pathetically deceived" since the Vietnam War, and that popular perceptions of Bosnia "have been forged by a prolific propaganda machine..[that has] managed to manipulate illusions to further Muslim goals." 
(I've inserted [deleted] on what some may consider rather frank language used in the link.)
July 1995: Monica Lewinsky joins the White House, as an intern in the Chief of Staff's office.
13 Nov 1995: Monica Lewinsky accepts a full-time, paid position in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
15 Nov 1995: In the Chief of Staff's office, White House intern Monica Lewinsky pulls down her pants to show President Bill Clinton that she is wearing black thong underwear. In response, Clinton verbally indicates his approval. Later that evening, Bill [deleted] Monica and plays with her [deleted]. Then she gives him a [deleted] while he talks on the phone.
17 Nov 1995: President Bill Clinton plays with Monica Lewinsky's [deleted], then she gives him a [deleted] while he talks on the phone with Congressman H.L. "Sonny" Callahan.
31 Dec 1995: President Bill Clinton plays with Monica Lewinsky's [deleted], then she gives him a [deleted].
We have what I call the Two Terms of Coasting, with the Clinton Administration. So many opportunities missed to take on what we are now seeing manifest itself in terrorist attacks all over the world. It will never really "get through" to the liberals that Clinton eight years were squandered. When you don't do anything, atrophy sets in. When atrophy sets it, bad things happen. We've been seeing this for a long time, but especially post- 9/11 and 3/11. We can only wonder what may follow 7/7.
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