07 November 2012

Albright's Hate Crime


Madeline Albright is another US policymaker who has outed herself as an anti-Serbian chauvinist. Her charming exclamation the other day ("disgusting Serbs") puts her right there with the most candid of them, Richard Holbroke ("murderous assholes") and Joe Biden ("illiterate degenerates").

As Albright was promoting a book of hers in the Czech Republic the members of a local society, the Friends of Serbs in Kosovo, pulled a Jeremy Scahill on her and attended her book signing in Prague, but asked her if she could sign, not her book, but "her other works that made her famous in the Balkans", meaning the posters with images of the consequences of her policies they had brought along. Rather than attempt an inept and panicked defense like Wesley Clark had done when famously confronted by Scahill, Albright tore up the posters, stood up and shouted, and in the end proclaimed the Czech activists to be "disgusting Serbs".

That is some heavy stuff objectively speaking. That is in the sense that if Albright were to utter an equivalent, say "disgusting blacks" she would rightfully create many problems for herself and tarnish her reputation with the guardians of political correctness in her country. But since she only revealed her revulsion for the Serbs it will have no consequence of that sort. This is because anti-Serbian bigotry is not actually politically incorrect.

It should be kept in mind that the anti-Serbian hysteria of the 1990s had not been generated by rogue hate merchants well beyond the margins of polite society, in the way anti-black, anti-Jewish, or anti-Muslim chauvinism are. It was generated by mainstream liberal politicians, intellectuals and journalists, which is to say by the very people who think of themselves as the indispensable guardians of political correctness and are otherwise the first to pounce on anything culturally insensitive or racist. In fact expressing revulsion for the Serbian people (aka 'Milošević's willing executioneers') has perversely been one way for public figures to cement their PC-ness and to demonstrate their moral righteousness with the PC crowd in America. Contempt for the Serbs as such never put one outside trendy, polite society, it could actually help one get in. 

While that is offensive, no one needed to care, if it was not that that type of attitude had real life consequences. In the first place a fact must be faced that Western intervention in the Balkans was not driven only by considerations of power and geopolitics, but also a straightforward feeling of hatred and malice against the Serbs, which is evident from the number of high-ranking officials who at the time, or since have revealed themselves to harbor such feelings. In the second, the xenophobic attitudes toward the Serbs determined what the intervention could get away with. We may recall that NATO conducted its bombing of Yugoslavia in an atmosphere where Thomas Friedman of the New York Times could, openly and without repercussions for his reputation, demand the bombing be conducted in a less surgical manner so as to kill a greater number of civilians, and his counterpart at the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer could hail Serbian civilian deaths. Crazy and vicious stuff, but coming, not from some obscure KKK newsletter, but from Pulitzer Prize-winning opinion makers, writing for the two biggest American regime dailies.

This brings us to an interesting contrast. While the claim the Serbian leader, Slobodan Milošević was a racist demagogue has been repeated so many times it is just taken as a given, no one has ever produced a quote of his where he would discredit himself as a chauvinist in the manner of Holbrooke, Biden or Albright.* In 2001 Jared Israel of The Emperor's Clothes frustrated with the constant accusations unsubstantiated by anything Milošević had ever said or wrote put up a $500 reward for anyone who could produce a racist quote by Milošević. To my knowledge the reward has never been claimed.** It seems reasonable then to conclude the Serbian leader of the 1990s was either extremely good at guarding his tongue (strange for an alleged demagogue), or unlike Albright simply wasn't a racist.***


* Milošević's 1989 speech at Kosovo Polje is nearly always given as the case in point of his public embrace of chauvinistic extreme nationalism, but it is also the case this was only done retroactively. Western media reported on the speech in 1989 as it happened without finding it offensive. It only discovered its extremist nature years later. Beside there is nothing bigoted to be found in the transcript of the speech. On the contrary, an important section calls for multi-national harmony and equality, and the whole thing ends with the, then customary, hailing the brotherhood between [Yugoslav] peoples.

**  Quite aside from Israel's challenge, given how invested the Western regime media was in satanizing Milošević it is reasonable to assume that if there were such a quote they would have dug it up and made numerous references to it through the years. The fact they did not do so, but had to contend themselves with misreporting the contents of his 1989 speech points to there being no such thing as a racist utterance by the Serbian boogeyman Slobodan Milošević.

*** Now, it would be possible for me to accept the argument that Albright is in fact not a racist, having only offended in this manner this one time with these two words. But in that case she would need to offer an explanation, or an apology for her utterance. Because if she does not deem uttering "disgusting Serbs" warrants an apology then what does that say about her?

5 comments:

  1. Halfbtright is a total nut job war criminal. It would be nice to see more people confronting about her crimes against humanity.

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  2. And to think Serbs saved her ass in WW2.

    When will we learn, no good deed goes unpunished.

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    1. Perhaps Serbs around her then (other schoolchildren?) grasped her poisonous nature, and she's never forgiven them for it.

      After all, Madeleine Albright is the woman who said that the deaths of over 500,000 Iraqi children was "worth it", on CBS TV's 60 Minutes.

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  3. Great article. I like your blog, it is very well done.

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  4. Having read a number of articles on this blog, I have to say, that I have to agree with many of them, which point out the special standard western journalists and politicians keep for Serbs.

    But, what else could be expected. They supported and upheld everyone else's right to self-determination, whereas all three Serb ethnic communities, that expressed the desire for self-determination, were denied that right. They have to justify their double standards somehow, and painting Serbs as vile barbarians is perhaps the easiest way.

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