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"The Expressen" about delusions on which NATO aggression was based upon
April 10, 2000

The alleged "Horseshoe Plan", which turned out to be a mere propaganda lie, was used as a justification of last year's NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, says the investigator in the Center for Multiethnic investigations of the University in Upsala in Sweden, Kjell Magnuson, for the journal "The Expressen".

Magnuson reminds that at the beginning of April last year, German Defense Minister Rudolf Sharping announced that a document was discovered, the so-called "Horseshoe Plan", which, allegedly, shows that Yugoslavia had plans for wide ethnic cleansing in Kosmet as early as the autumn of 1998.

"Horseshoe Plan" became the main proof of the thesis about the genocide planned long time ago, the proof used by the US State Secretary, Madeleine Albright, to justify the bombing of Yugoslavia, reminds the author of the text published on April 5th.

However, he points that the German weekly "Woche", in March 24th edition, citing their own sources, published that the "Horseshoe Plan" story was an obvious propaganda lie. According to the sources of the German weekly, there was never such a document of Yugoslav Headquarters, but the whole story was based on the memorandum of the Bulgarian Intelligence which examined "possible Yugoslav offensive" against terrorists of the so-called KLA.

In spite the warnings of his colleagues, Sharping, as Magnuson says, said that final proof was discovered that Yugoslavia was planning ethnical cleansing and genocide even before the Rambouillet negotiations.

If the discovery of "Woche" weekly is unpleasant for NATO, the articles in "Berliner zeitung" published the same day about the Racak events are terrifying, the author of the text concludes, reminding that on January 16th last year, terrible pictures of 20 Albanians, allegedly murdered by Serbian Security Forces, were shown to the world.

"American diplomat William Walker, standing among the bodies, condemned in front the world press the unimaginable human rights violation, while American president Bill Clinton described how the helpless civilians were thrown on their knees into the mud and murdered", describes the Swedish scientist.

Magnuson points that "no event played greater part in breaking of the war" than the Racak events. The alleged Racak massacre became a signal for revenge which begun on March 24th 1999.

Finnish experts for forensic medicine carried out the autopsy of the bodies under the patronage of the Organization for European Security and Cooperation (OSCE) reminds the author of the text. "The result was, however, late, and except the press conference held on March 17th 1999, in which Dr. Helena Ranta gave "personal comments", the official explanation was never made. Instead of that, Ranta`s report was declared extremely confidential", says Magnuson.

He reminds, however, that "Berliner zeitung" managed to get the insight to 40 autopsy reports, which testify that " it cannot be spoken about mass execution".

"Except in one case, there were no close range shots and the bodies did not have marks of massacre or abuse. The experts from Finland did not find evidence that it was an execution", says the author of the text. He reminds that "the Yugoslav people claimed the whole time that the victims fell in the arm conflict", but that " Finnish experts for forensic medicine did not conduct tests which would prove whether the murdered people used firearms".

It is indicative that these sensational autopsy results were declared strictly confidential, since they show that the picture of events which the media broadcasted worldwide is not trustworthy, but, on the contrary, intensify already existing doubts, the Swedish scientist writes.

Magnuson reminds that there were journalists who doubted that official version of the West, even the next day after the announcement of the report about the alleged slaughter in Racak. Yugoslav police asked one of the reporters of the French daily "Le Monde" to participate in Racak operation, and the TV crew of "Associated Press" also recorded what had happened, Magnuson reminds.

When the Yugoslav forces arrived in the morning on January 15th, near the KLA fortified base a strong fight started which lasted for several hours. The forces then entered the village and left it the same afternoon, writes Magnuson, adding that according to the Yugoslav reports, "15 terrorists" were killed, while the terrorists acknowledged eight victims.

"Observers for OSCE and journalists did not find anything that would be worth paying attention to on the retreat of Yugoslav troops. Four civilians were injured and one peasant is believed to be killed", Magnuson writes and adds "later during the day, another group of OSCE observers arrived", but they too,"had nothing to report".

The following day, however, Ambassador Walker called the press and together with the members of the terrorist KLA, showed them victims of alleged massacre. "According to the French journalists, it was impossible, considering the course of actions, to determine how and when the massacre could occur", says Magnuson.

The author of the text in "Expressen" also reminds that even in autumn in the year 1998 "there were speculations among American researchers and journalists that the USA had decided to military intervene against Milosevic and that they had only waited for an excuse".

If the "Berliner zeitung" is right, then the shocking conclusion is that the massacre in Racak was fabricated in order to excuse the war which had already been planned, Magnuson writes and adds that "It is hard to believe that it could be truth", but "that similar things occurred before".

If we view things from this perspective, then one of the strangest aspects of the introduction to the aggression on FRY gains its explanation - the fact that American diplomat , William Walker, became the Head of the OSCE observers in Kosovo-Metohija. Ambassador Walker was not an expert for the Balkans, but he, as Magnuson points out, worked for the CIA in Latin America, with a mission to organize pro-American "liberation movements" and he was also involved in the scandal concerning the sale of American weapons to Iran.

Considering Walker's past, the discovery of "The Sunday Times" from March 12th this year, that the CIA used the mission of OSCE as a cover for its cooperation with "KLA", is no surprise.

That is how "the war" in Kosmet develops into a scandal of much greater caliber then it could be imagined, Magnuson concludes.


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