Let's go back in time and look at a speech by former President Bill Clinton on the situation in the former Yugoslavia:
Let's look at a partial transcript:
"It is clear that Serb forces are now engaged in further attacks on Kosovar Albanians. Already more than 40-thousand Serb security forces are poised in and around Kosovo with additional units on the way. These actions are in clear violation of commitments Serbia made last October when we obtained the ceasefire agreement. As part of our determined efforts to seek a peaceful solution I asked Ambassador Holbrooke to see President Milosevic and make clear the choices he faces."
"President Milosevic continues to choose aggression over peace. NATO's military plans must continue to move forward. I will be in close consultation with our NATO allies and with Congress. Over the weekend I met with my National Security team to discuss the military options. I also spoke with other NATO leaders by telephone. There is strong unity among the NATO allies. We all agree that we cannot allow President Milosevic to continue the aggression with impunity."
Here's what Bill Clinton had to say in a speech dated March 24, 1999:
"In 1989 Serbia's leader, Slobodan Milosevic, the same leader who started the wars in Bosnia and Croatia and moved against Slovenia in the last decade, stripped Kosovo of the constitutional autonomy its people enjoyed, thus denying them their right to speak their language, run their schools, shape their daily lives. For years, Kosovars struggled peacefully to get their rights back. When President Milosevic sent his troops and police to crush them, the struggle grew violent."
Remember that date, March 24, 1999, it's the day that NATO started its bombing campaign against Milosevic.
In case you've forgotten the history of the 1990s, Slobodan Milosevic was the President of Serbia between 1997 and 2000 and was widely referred to as "The Butcher of the Balkans" by both politicians and the mainstream media for his supposed role in massacres that took place during the crisis in the former Yugoslavia. He was incarcerated for five years in the United Nation's war crimes tribunals detention centre in The Hague, Netherlands while being held during his trial for genocide before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He died on March 11, 2006 as a result of a heart attack. His death was of rather suspicious circumstances; firstly, he was refused medical treatment for his heart ailment shortly before his death and, secondly, Rifampacin was found in his blood stream, a drug that was not prescribed for him that could have exacerbated the risk of a heart attack.
Slobodan Milosevic was repeatedly vilified by both the press and politicians throughout NATO member nations. He was referred to as the aforementioned "Butcher of the Balkans" and compared to Hitler by British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. It was these images that were used to justify NATO's bombing of Serbia, a move that has
Now, let's flip forward in time to 2016. The ICTY recently released its much ignored final judgement on the guilt of Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader. In its massive 2590 page verdict which is practically unreadable, there is one interesting tidbit that can be found buried very deeply on page 1303 in paragraph 3460:
Let's repeat that:
"However, based on the evidence before the Chamber regarding the diverging interests that emerged between the Bosnian Serb and Serbian leaderships during the conflict and in particular, Milošević’s repeated criticism and disapproval of the policies and decisions made by the Accused (Karadzic) and the Bosnian Serb leadership, the Chamber is not satisfied that there was sufficient evidence presented in this case to find that Slobodan Milošević agreed with the common plan." (my bold)
That is, there is insufficient evidence to prove that Slobodan Milosevic was part of a joint criminal enterprise formed with Radovan Karadzic to remove Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Croats from Bosnian Serb-claimed territory (i.e. ethnic cleansing and its accompanying war crimes/genocide). The trial found that the relationship between the guilty party and Milosevic had deteriorated beginning as early as March 1992 when Milosevic openly criticized Bosnian Serb leaders of committing crimes against humidity and ethnic cleansing for their own purposes. Remember the date that I told you to make note of; March 24, 1999. That's seven years before NATO started its operations and President Bill Clinton made his assertions about Slobodan Milosevic.
So, Slobodan Milosevic spent the last five years of his life in prison, trying to defend himself from charges that, the ICTY now admits that there was not enough evidence to convict him of the very things that the world's media and the world's leadership, particularly William Clinton, found him guilty of. And, in the end, what kind of coverage did this exoneration get in the global mainstream media that was a big part of the "pile on"? Almost none. Go ahead, Google "Milosevic" and "verdict" and see what you come up with.
So, when you hear this...
...from a presidential candidate, we need to think about her husband's comments on a man that he accused of being guilty of war crimes and whose "guilt" he used as an excuse to bomb a European nation into submission.
In closing, let's look at Slobodan Milosevic's defense, in his own words from May, 1999, three months after the NATO bombing campaign started:
War propaganda; it works both ways. It is only voters who can determine who is telling the truth and who is using propaganda to vilify a perceived threat.