Pilger gets it wrong on Kosovo
Sorry, but this is revisionism ("How Silent Are The 'humanitarian' Invaders Of Kosovo?" ZNet, December 2004) no less than that of the propagandists Pilger is critiquing. He seems to want us to forget that 200,000 Kosovar Albanians (out of a total population of 1.4 million) had been forced from their villages to refugee camps in the mountains or in Albania and Macedonia by the time the bombing started in March 1999. After the bombs started falling, the number was quickly jacked up to 800,000. So the Albanians weren't (for the most part) being massacred--they were just having their villages burned down! What an exoneration! And the Milosevic regime was a kleptocratic mafia state--not a socialist one. Very demoralizing that Pilger is buying this reactionary line. This is why the left is so marginal and ineffective--it never blows an opportunity to discredit itself and cede the moral high ground to imperialism.