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“I don’t see any difference in the behavior of NATO and of Hitler. NATO wants to erect its own order in the world, and it needs Yugoslavia simply as an example: ‘We’ll punish Yugoslavia, and the whole rest of the planet will tremble...’”

— Alexander Solzhenitsyn
world-renowned Russian author

Hidden Agenda:
U.S./NATO Takeover of Yugoslavia


by Ramsey Clark, Nadja Tesich, Michael Parenti, Slobodan Milosevic, Monica Moorehead, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Gloria La Riva, Michel Chossudovsky and many others
International Action Center, 2002

From the International Action Center:

This book is a follow-up to the extremely powerful and informative NATO in the Balkans.

Hidden Agenda: U.S./NATO Takeover of Yugoslavia tells the truth about U.S. and NATO strategy in the Balkans. It exposes the reality and scope of the war crimes committed by the U.S. and NATO during and after their war against Yugoslavia.

This new work contains writings by over 30 of the courageous and articulate voices who opposed U.S./NATO war crimes during and after the bombing of Yugoslavia. In its 360 pages, the book details the media campaign that hid the brutal destruction of Yugoslavia in the NATO war. Twenty pages of photographs show the real damage to civilians and infrastructure.

There is also a historical record of the many Tribunals organized by activists throughout the United States and Europe which found NATO guilty of war crimes. The war crimes are listed and explained in great detail in this book.

Hidden Agenda is a tool for students and activists to use to understand and explain the real story about the U.S/NATO war and occupation. It is the only historical record in English documenting NATO’s illegal war in Yugoslavia. Its contents must be known worldwide. And the truth about the brutal reality of NATO occupation must be told.

Washington and NATO strategists invoked humanitarian principles to justify their inhuman war. But they practiced the ruthless divide-and-conquer tactics used by empires since the days of Imperial Rome.

Behind the facade of concern for self-determination, they sliced away most of the republics of Yugoslavia, one by one, through economic pressure, political threats and, finally, outright warfare.

This book presents evidence gathered by dozens of nongovernmental hearings in 1999 and 2000 that NATO countries engaged in a decade-long conspiracy to foment war in Yugoslavia in order to split it up.

Now NATO has military bases all over the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. They are the Roman legions for Western transnational corporations and Big Oil.

In the 40+ essays presented here, leading anti-war activists and analysts from many countries take up the Hague Tribunal, the occupation of Kosovo, media lies, war crimes and the blatant illegality of NATO aggression. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark writes on “Blaming the victim.” Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, demonized in the Western press, stands up to the NATO tribunal based in the Hague.

Excerpt from the chapter “Abolish NATO and Its Court”, by Sara Flounders:

“The United States may have the world’s largest military machine but ultimately this government cannot control the forces it has unleashed. There is a rising global movement against this ruthless competition and spiraling economic chaos. Six months after NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia a new movement against corporate globalization was born in Seattle. Hundreds of thousands of young activists have focused on the brutal policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the trade agreements such as NAFTA and the FTAA, and the World Trade Organization. This is a movement outraged at sweatshop conditions, prisons, environmental devastation and capitalist chaos.

“We are confident that the material published in this book will contribute toward the judgment of history. NATO means continuing war, crisis and colonial domination. Here at home NATO’s existence means greater poverty and repression. This book is our effort to develop an understanding and to plant seeds of resistance. Resistance is needed, resistance is possible. The new movement against corporate globalization has shown that resistance will grow.”

Table of Contents

Several full chapters and excerpts are available at
— with more to be posted.

A Brief Chronology of Yugoslavia
Abolish NATO and Its Court — Sara Flounders

I.  Challenge To The Hague Tribunal

Patriots Will Soon Rule Serbia — President Slobodan Milosevic

Blaming the Victim — Ramsey Clark

The Greatest Purveyor of Violence — Ramsey Clark

Indictment of U.S./NATO — Ramsey Clark

The Breakup of Yugoslavia — Evangelos Mahairas, Preface to Milosevic Statement

Illegitimacy of the “Tribunal” — President Slobodan Milosevic

A History of “Legal” Oppression — R.M. Sharpe

II.  Propaganda and Demonization Set Stage for War

Demonization and the Media Blitz — Lenora Foerstel

The Media and Their Atrocities — Michael Parenti

The Racak “Massacre” — Doris Pumphrey and George Pumphrey

Scharping’s Lies Won’t Last — Thomas Deichmann

The U.S. Prison House — Monica Moorehead

From Death Row: NATO/U.S. Out of Yugoslavia — Mumia Abu-Jamal

III.  Photo Section

NATO Is Guilty — Elmar Schmaehling

Targeting Civilians — Compiled by Polly Sylvia

IV.  Crimes Against Peace: Prelude to War

We Are Not an Instant Culture — Nadja Tesich

Washington’s NATO Strategy — John Catalinotto

Controlling Oil and Gas Routes — Michel Collon

The Hidden Hand [excerpt] — Gary Wilson

Kosovo: Winter 1998-1999 — Roland Keith

Austria’s Role in the Aggression — Gregor Kneussel

The Rambouillet Accord — Richard Becker

V.  War Crimes Committed During U.S./Nato War

Lawless War — Michael Ratner

NATO’s Civilian Targets — Sarah Sloan

Bombing the Hospitals — Ellen Catalinotto

Zeroing in on China — Judi Cheng

Ecology and Health — Janet M. Eaton

Depleted Uranium — Carlo Pona

VI.  U.S./EU Intervention Since June 1999

Belgrade: The Struggle Continues — Gloria La Riva

Pentagon Enforces Globalization — Brian Becker

The Destabilization of Macedonia — Heather Cottin

U.S./EU Manipulate Elections — Gregory Elich

Economic Terrorism — Michel Chossudovsky

VII.  Crimes Against Humanity: Kosovo Under NATO Occupation

Cultural Genocide — Milos Raickovich

Interviews with Refugees — Barry Lituchy

The Persecution of Roma — Shani Rifati

Women Are Enslaved — Leslie Feinberg

VIII.  Appendix

International Panel finds U. S./NATO Leaders Guilty — European Tribunal Greeks

Reject NATO — Bill Wayland

Ukraine War Crimes Tribunal — Bill Wayland

German Government Sued — John Catalinotto

In the “White Book,” facts accuse — Milos Petrovic

About the International Action Center

Related pages

American/NATO State Terrorism of the Yugoslavian Peoples

Book review:
To Kill A Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia
by Michael Parenti

The U.S./NATO Terror Campaign: Nine Myths and Realities

At A Serb Funeral: Tears For Victims Of A “Regrettable Mistake”

The Geopolitical Strategy of Imperial America

Book review:
NATO in the Balkans: Voices of Opposition

Video review:
NATO TARGETS: The Civilian People of Yugoslavia

Related sites

For information which is very different indeed from the mass of lies and spin which dominates the American mass-media, check out the following sites:

Death on a Very Small Planet

Photos comparing Belgrade in 1999 with New York City in September 2001

“It Began With a Lie”: German TV report refutes government propaganda in Balkan War

Depleted uranium responsible for cancer among Europe’s Balkan troops

Depleted uranium weapons used in Balkan War expected to cause thousands of fatal cancers

Memorandum On Foreign Interference In The Yugoslav Elections, September-October 2000

Yugoslavia in Crisis — reports and analyses

The Media and their Atrocities
by Michael Parenti, Ph.D; May 2000

Yugoslav Sojourn: Notes from the Other Side
by Michael Parenti, Ph.D; January 2000

The Rational Destruction of Yugoslavia
by Michael Parenti, Ph.D; November 1999

Why was NATO at war with Yugoslavia?
World power, oil and gold


After the slaughter:
Political Lessons of the Balkan War


Yugoslavian Military Medical Academy Reports,
Civilian Casualties:


WARNING — this site has gruesome photos that show what American cluster bombs have done to human bodies.

Every victim was somebody’s daughter, somebody’s son, somebody’s brother, sister, wife, husband, mother, father, grandfather, grandmother. Each one was somebody’s friend.

They could just as well be your loved ones.

If you’re not a media-numbed moron, these photos will be deeply disturbing to see.

But these photographs constitute a public record of gruesome American war crimes — a record which our truly EVIL American leaders and military will NEVER be able to deny or live down.

These victims are the future of America’s government and military.

WSWS : News & Analysis — The Balkans

This is the index page for an extensive collection of news articles and high-quality political analysis about events in the Balkans, Yugoslavia in particular.

International Action Center

Balkans: No to NATO Expansion

The Activist site:
Photo Gallery of NATO’s Bombings in Yugoslavia



US psychological warfare experts worked at CNN and NPR during Kosovo War

“Cable News Network (CNN) and National Public Radio (NPR) have acknowledged that eight members of the US Army 4th Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Group served as interns in their news divisions and other areas during the Kosovo war. PSYOPS is a highly specialized unit of the military whose personnel are trained in the production and dissemination of US government propaganda, including on television and radio programs.”

“Three PSYOPS personnel also worked at the Washington DC headquarters of NPR, a publicly-funded radio network. They worked for periods ranging from six weeks to four months from September 1998 through May 1999 on such programs as All Things Considered and Morning Edition.


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by Michael Parenti

NATO in the Balkans:
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produced by Gloria La Riva

NATO’s Empty Victory
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Derailing Democracy:
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