16 October 2013, 19:19

US is exceptional in its impunity - Viseslav Simic

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Kosovo remains a protectorate of the United Nations, part of Serbia officially, which shows how bi-polar the US government is or has been in the last 20 years, because at the same time they guarantee the sovereignty of Yugoslavia and Serbia. While Yugoslavia doesn’t exist, but Serbia now is a successor state, the United States guarantees the sovereignty of Serbia over Kosovo, while at the same time it recognizes Kosovo as a sovereign country. Viseslav Simic, Doctoral Candidate at the Technology Institute in Monterrey, Mexico, stated that and more in his interview for the Voice of Russia. Mr. Simic also said that unless you get into the structure of the government and you impose your will through those institutions and organs of the government nothing will change. Change must come from within.

Robles: I just want to underline the fact that Israel is still, to this day, right now: they are importing oil from Iran. They are dependent on Iran, their so-called arch enemy, for oil.

Simic: Well for these basic necessities they don’t care they don’t recognize enemies or friends, it is need and it has to be satisfied, so it’s been going on, if you look into history, from the beginning of the world. The biggest enemies have been trading and you could have seen it in the former Yugoslavia; where Serbs, Croats and Muslims in Bosnia traded between each other while they were killing each other (and men and women) and burning villages at the same time, the semi-mafias or darker sides of those governments were trading and continuing business with each other.

The same thing in Kosovo, you could see that Kosovo used to produce enough electricity for basically Serbia and most of that part of former Yugoslavia or the Balkans. Now they have shortages in a place that has the largest reserves of lignite, and some of the best power plants for production of electricity. But it’s all transferred to somebody else’s hands or shutdown, and is being used for somebody’s profit, and we can go into more details about that, but I think it would take too much time.

But the same thing in Libya, or probably in Iran - if it ever comes to that, I hope not - that that very proud and old nation would be destroyed, regardless of its government we have to take into consideration that some people live there. Regardless of Milosevic, whatever you think of him, Serbs and Albanians, and Hungarians and others lived in that country that was bombed by NATO and destroyed.

So people suffer, resources are misused or not even used to benefit the nation, and somebody’s lining their pockets with the wealth of those nations.

Robles: I think, well it’s clear for me, that they absolutely do not care one iota if there’s people living there, if they need something, those people are …

Simic: Well I agree with you absolutely. I have this experience in working for the State Department in the US as an interpreter, and I was in many meetings where it was very obvious that neither US or Western leaders, because I worked for the UN and the World Bank and IMF as well, more the leaders of those nations like in Eastern Europe or in former Yugoslavia, they are very concerned only about the very specific group of interests for a very specific group of people. Everybody else can …

Robles: They’re expendable

Simic: … or could just disappear if they didn’t need them to work.

Robles: They’re expendable. They are not needed. They can just die, it doesn’t really matter, and there is no such thing as a, of course, a humanitarian intervention or bombing. I mean, that’s ridiculous.

Simic: Intervention, yes that’s absurd. A term completely.

Robles: Now back to the “International Community”, in quotation marks: UN protectorates, UN overseeing bodies. How many of these are there currently now in the world, and what countries? Somalia is still under the UN I believe, they have observer mission there. What about other countries?

Simic: Yes, but it’s not a protectorate, there are very few, and right now there is still a mission going on in Bosnia, which is basically just a civilian supervision of everything in Bosnia with enormous powers that even colonial governors would not have in those old and forgotten times. In Bosnia, an international representative for Bosnia Herzegovina can remove any official from power and change any law, or impose any law, or any decree on the country.

The protectorate is now, exists in Kosovo, even though it is basically kind of totally diminished, and the European Union has taken over even though it’s the same person. It’s the same … it sounds like the Emperor of Austro-Hungarian Empire, where he would wear the crown of Austria and the crown of Hungary on the same head, and it’s the same thing in Kosovo. The civilian representative is at the same time the representative of the European Union, which calls the shots there.

But essentially, even with … it’s written in the constitution of Kosovo in Article 153, it’s NATO, the Commander of NATO in Kosovo is the one who has the final authority.

Robles: I see

Simic: So basically it’s a NATO protectorate, not anything else.

Robles: How many other countries are there in the world like this, I mean, right now are territories or areas or …?

Simic: The official ones really don’t exist anymore, because everything … each one has completed its mission. There was one in East Timor which has been shut down, and there is presence in Iraq still, but it’s basically not doing anything, and it’s just kind of supervising or observing, but it’s not anymore a very active policy and I really believe that it’s being abandoned and it’s going to be completely forgotten.

Because in all of these cases you need all the countries from the Security Council to agree, or at least not to oppose it or not to veto. And now with Russia, with Putin in charge in Russia, and with the Chinese being very assertive, the West cannot impose it and even … I think they even regret the fact that they ever did it in Kosovo.

Robles: You think they regret something, in Kosovo?

Simic: Yes, I am quite sure, because I think the whole story would have been finished a long time ago, and now even they - with the new government in Serbia, which is completely a puppet government of the West - even that government would agree but the ones who guarantee the situation are the Russians, it’s Putin and the Russian Government, and it doesn’t matter what the Serbian Government says, the final word will be in the Security Council of the United Nations, where Russia will just block it, even any discussion of changing the status of Kosovo.

So Kosovo remains a protectorate of the United Nations, part of Serbia officially, which shows how bi-polar basically the US government is or has been in the last 20 years, because at the same time they guarantee the sovereignty of Yugoslavia and Serbia. While Yugoslavia doesn’t exist, but Serbia now is a successor state, the United States guarantees the sovereignty of Serbia over Kosovo, while at the same time it recognizes Kosovo as a sovereign country.

Robles: Well it has its biggest military base outside of the United States in Kosovo, which was …

Simic: Absolutely, and there you don’t need anyone’s permission to go in to do whatever you want: you can water board, you can torture, you can arrest people, you can experiment …

Robles: Well they’re killing Serbs and selling organs out of there.

Simic: Yes, that’s another big issue that is very important and that is one of the things that should be studied as the ultimate neo-liberal policy of privatization, privatizing human beings and human organs in this new world economy. Everything is on the market.

Robles: And banalizing evil, so almost anything is possible

Simic: Yes.

Robles: Some of the things that are going on, there should be just a huge international outcry, but it seems like the world has been accustomed to just endless evil. Would you agree with that?

Simic: Well, I would not agree with “we have become accustomed to it”, but as I said, you need an organized force to oppose it, or to at least voice your opposition to it if you cannot physically oppose it and defeat it. And right now at this time in our history, in human history, we are not really capable to organize ourselves in an efficient way to do something about it

Robles: Well I think there’s a big difference … I’m sorry if I said “we”, ok? By “we” I mean the general population, I mean most educated people and intelligent and independent thinking people are up in arms, and most people are doing something against all this monstrosity and illegality. You are one; I would count myself, many people I know are …

Simic: Yes, I agree positively.

Robles: … but the general population seem to be dumbed down with their gadgets and their YouTube and their iPhones, and their endless propaganda that anything’s OK, especially the American population, but I think they are beginning to wake up.

Simic: I hope so because I know many Americans, I have lived there, I am a US citizen, I have lived there for more than 20 years, 25 years, before coming to Mexico and I know how wonderful an average American is as a person, how much they believe that they are free and how much they hope that they can change.

It was obvious when Obama was elected, it was all about “change” and “hope”, and all this stuff, and of course we know what happened, but the problem is and maybe I am insisting on this as a professor, as a person who is studying public policy, unless you get into the structure of the government and you impose your will through those institutions and organs of the government nothing will change.

We can talk, we can write, but as long as somebody else is commanding what’s going to happen, that is what’s going to happen, because they don’t obey us, they obey somebody else. That’s essentially what’s going on in Serbia, because I guarantee you that 99% of the population in Serbia disagrees with the most essential things that this government or the previous government have been doing, but nobody can change anything because the ones who command, the ones who press buttons, the ones who sign documents and treaties are different people, and their word is law.

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