William Bowles on the destruction of Yugoslavia


Richard Moore

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Dante¹s Inferno

by <mailto:•••@••.•••>William Bowles € Friday, 29 September, 2006

Civilised (adjective): cultured, educated, refined, enlightened, polite, 
elegant, sophisticated, urbane

Civilise (verb): to enlighten, educate, cultivate, improve, advance, develop, 

Poor old Dante Alighieri, were he around today, I am sure he would find it 
difficult to find the words to describe the evils visited by so-called civilised
nations on the defenceless of the planet, assuming that is, he was fully 
informed of what is going on.

I know I shouldn¹t be surprised but nevertheless I am. Surprised firstly that I 
live in a barbaric culture that has been able to masquerade as civilised and 
secondly, that it has been able to persuade the world that it possesses 
civilised credentials in the first place. And thirdly, that it has been able to 
carry off this illusion for well on five hundred years.

Most of us associate the idea of being civilised with learning and with respect 
for culture, though the root of the word is that of the city dweller.

³Missiles struck storage tanks at the petrochemical plant [in Panchevo, 
northeast of Belgrade], sending over 900 tons of highly carcinogenic vinyl 
chloride monomer (VCM) surging into the air. By sunrise, clouds of VCM poured 
through the town, registering as high as 10,600 times the permissible limit for 
human safety, and billowing clouds from the plant were so thick that residents 
were unable to see the sun. VCM is dangerous enough on its own, but when it 
burns, it releases phosgene gas as a by byproduct, a substance so toxic that it 
was used as a poison gas in the First World War. Raging fires discharged 
chlorine gas, another substance that was employed as a poison gas during World 
War I, along with a host of other harmful chemicals, such as naptha, ethylene 
dichloride and hydrochloric acid. More than 2,000 tons of highly toxic PVC 
dichloroethane washed onto the ground, necessitating a long-term ban on eating 
root vegetables grown in the town. A poison rain spattered the region, and 
hundreds of tons of oil and chemicals soaked into the soil and poured into the 
Danube River. After a missile narrowly missed hitting a tank of liquid ammonia, 
workers panicked at the fearsome consequences an explosion on the tank would 
have, and dumped the liquid ammonia into the Danube.²[1]

As if the use of high explosives during Œordinary¹ bombing of men, women and 
children which Œmerely¹ tear one limb from limb were not bad enough, what I call
ecocidal warfare, is not as immediately visible in its devastating effects not 
only on people but over the generations, on entire ecologies, the long term 
effects of which we have only the vaguest understanding except that it can only 
be disastrous for our descendents.

The range of ecological weapons used by so-called civilised nations is 
devastating enough but because the targets themselves quite often contain toxic 
and carcinogenic substances, ecological weapons¹ effects are multiplied through 
the chemicals released into the environment.

It is inconceivable that the war planners are not aware of the consequences of 
targetting modern industrial plants, the contents of which when released render 
the environment effectively uninhabitable, perhaps for generations. When 
accidents happen at equivalent plants in Western countries, all hell breaks 
loose, contingency plans swing into operation, entire communities are evacuated;
exclusion zones are established, clean-up crews move in utilising the latest 
techniques to minimise the environmental damage.

Not so for the unfortunate inhabitants of Yugoslavia, Iraq and the Lebanon, 
where the targetting of electric and chemical manufacturing and storage 
locations are part and parcel of a deliberate policy of terror, for not only 
does it impact on the people who live and work in the location but it also 
endangers the entire population through the destruction of water treatment and 
distribution systems, the loss of electrical power for hospitals, indeed the 
entire fabric of modern society grinds to a halt as a result.

Just as devastating is the almost total silence of the Western media which has 
consistently and deliberately withheld information from the public about the 
awful effects of these nightmare weapons on literally millions of people. ŒFire 
and forget¹ takes on an entirely new meaning.

The use of these weapons on industrial targets constitutes a war crime of such 
absolutely devastating dimensions that it¹s conceivable that our domestic 
populations, were they truly aware of the scale and impact of these WMD would 
react with horror and revulsion that such destruction was being committed not 
only in their name but by societies which claim to be civilised. No wonder the 
MSM have hidden the reality from us.

³The half-life of depleted uranium is 4.5 billion years, essentially ensuring 
the permanent contamination of affected areas. To grasp just what this means in 
terms of time, consider that the age of the Solar System is only slightly longer
Š DU weapons have the added side benefit of being an effective means of 
disposing of nuclear waste. By the time of the NATO war [on Yugoslavia], the 
U.S. had stockpiled over a billion pounds of waste from the production of 
nuclear weapons, and the Pentagon provided the material cost-free to weapons 
manufacturers Š [A] single particle of DU lodged in the lung [is] equivalent to 
an hourly chest x-ray for life.²[2]

The Western media, using false NATO claims that DU did not result in increased 
radiation, claims based on the use of geiger counters which in fact do not 
measure the alpha radiation given off by DU, has been able to shrug off the 
acusations that DU is dangerous to life.

Much play has been made of the use of cluster bombs but an even more deadly 
variation is the graphite bomb used against electrical transformer stations, 
designed to knock out a nationŒs electricity supply.

³[These are] small containers filled with small coils, wrapped with silicon 
threads. The silicon threads were covered with aluminum, to be [electrically] 
conductive Š When this cluster bomb explodes over a transformer plant, a kind of
web is made and that web falls over the plant. It¹s a kind of solid water. The 
effect is the same as if you would throw huge amounts of water over these 
distribution plants. They would cause short circuits, etc., and all these plants
go out of operation. But much more of this material was spread into a fog of 
tiny particles of silicon. As you know, glass is made of silicon. Glass wool is 
also made of silicon. Glass wool was forbidden twenty years ago. It¹s very 
carcinogenic. I¹m talking about people living in the areas where those bombs 
have been dropped. A thick fog had been hanging over there for hours. People 
have been inhaling these particles of silicon.²[3]

Aren¹t humans ingenious when it comes to devising methods of killing us off. 
That millions of highly skilled people are engaged in inventing these horrific 
means of murder should have us in open revolt against our governments for 
committing such inmitigated acts of evil against our fellow humans and all in 
the pursuit of private profit.

Such is the degree of alienation brought about not only because scientists and 
engineers in far-off offices are totally disconnected from the effects of their 
ingenuity but because we all inhabit a culture that has been mis-educated for 
generations into accepting the idea that we occupy some higher niche in the 
Œevolutionary tree¹, so poisonous is our conception of Œcivilisation¹.

How much longer can we go on avoiding our tacit complicity in mass murder by 
virtue of thinking that we have some kind of clearance from Œon-high¹, from a 
God that can talk of mercy and compassion in the same breath as it condones the 
use of terror as a means of spreading Œcivilisation¹, Western-style?

Ultimately, the real reasons, hidden from public view, are economic. Yugoslavia,
the last bastion of social ownership in Eastern Europe, had to have its domestic
economy reduced to rubble, thus under the guise of destroying Œmilitary¹ 
targets, every factory and warehouse of any significance, all infrastructure, 
electrical, water, sewage treatment, communications and transport was bombed, 
often over and over again, regardless of the consequences. And make no mistake, 
NATO plans made it clear that the Yugoslav economy was to be sold off to Western

³The Western-sponsored Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe called for 
widespread privatisation and Western investment Š. The New Serbia Forum, funded 
by the British Foreign Office Š brought Serbian professionals and academics to 
Hungary on a regular basis for discussions with British and Central European 
³experts.² Š. The Forum advocated the ³reintegration² of Yugoslavia in the 
European family,² a euphemistic phrase that meant the dismantlement of the 
socialist-oriented economy and implementation of a privatization campaign for 
the benefit of Western corporations.²[4]

In reality, Œcivilisation¹ is actually a code-word for capitalism, 
Western-style, that justifies the use of mass extermination and terror on any 
country which resists its demands.


1. George Monbiot, ³Consigning Their Future to Death,² The Guardian (London), 
April 22, 1999.

Tom Walker, ³Poison Cloud Engulfs Belgrade,² The Times (London), April 19, 1999.

Mark Fineman, ³Yugoslav City Battling Toxic Enemies², Los Angeles Times, July 6,

2. Scott Peterson, ³Depleted Uranium Bullets Leave Trail in Serbia², Nando 
Media, October 5, 1999.

³Use of Depleted Uranium (DU) Weapons by NATO Forces in Yugoslavia,² Coghill 
Research Laboratories (UK), April 1999.

3. Interview with Dushan Vasiljevich by delegation, Belgrade, August 7, 1999.

4. ³Britain Trains New Elite for Post-Milosevic Era,² The Independent (London), 
May 3, 2000.

All quotes and references taken from Strange Liberators ­ Militarism, Mayhem and
the Pursuit of Profit by Gregory Elich. Llumina Press, 2006. 

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