Who Does She Think She Is?


A Book Review and a History Lesson

Posted by Joni in Bookish, Culture, Current Events, Serbia


I went Googling for a good book review of Diana Johnstone’s Fool’s Crusade, because it is my most-recommended book to anyone wishing to learn what really happened during the NATO bombings of the 1990s without the spin and cover-up by mainstream media, paticularly U.S. media. I found this great review by Louis Proyect.

Proyect elucidates:

The job of demonizing Yugoslavia fell to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) just as it had a decade earlier in Nicaragua. The editor of Kosovo’s main newspaper, which had become the beneficiary of NED and Soros Foundation largesse, announced that Kosovo had become “the world’s biggest non-governmental organization.” With NED funding, the Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedom circulated reports worldwide condemning Serb repression. Because the goal was secession, the reports had a one-sided character. In light of its historical record, is it of any wonder that Cuba would crack down on an NED inspired opposition? What is truly of wonder is the inability of people like Noam Chomsky to take this record into account before signing petitions on a half-cocked basis.

NED funding made it possible for the Council to support a network of 2,000 volunteers in the province while its inflammatory reports went out unimpeded to a score of human rights agencies and the media. Despite all this, Kosovo was characterized as being in the grips of a fierce repression that was likened to either Hitler’s or Stalin’s — or in some quarters, a combination of the two.

Given the unpopularity of most of the sentiment in Johnstone’s book, albeit rich with sources for all of her assertions, Proyect does a good job dissecting it, chapter by chapter. You owe it to yourself to give it a read. For some reason, my WordPress plugin refuses to display the results for this book no matter what keywords I use. So here’s the direct link where you can purchase the book from Amazon.com.

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