Yes, Kouchner lied...
The co-author of one of the biggest media lies of the nineties has just
confessed. A good example for the future because ways of manipulations are
always the same...
Flash-back. Summer 92, war in Bosnia. Bernard Kouchner and his "doctors of the
world" (Médecins du monde) broadcasted into the press and on the walls in Paris
an advertisement, outstanding and expensive. The photograph showed "prisoners"
of a Serbian camp in Bosnia. Behind barbed wires, Kouchner sticking the picture
of a watchtower from Auschwitz. His text blamed Serbians for "mass executions".
Was it right or wrong? Wrong, admits Kouchner twelve years later. His latest
book, the warriors for peace, recounts an interview with Izetbegovic (the Muslim
nationalist leader in authority at the time of Sarajevo), in his deathbed:
-Kouchner: those places were awful, but they didn't exterminate consistently.
Did you know about that?
- Izetbegovic: Yes. The assertion was false. There were no extermination camps
even if those places were terrible. I thought that my revelation would bring
This media lie did actually change the opinion towards the support for bombings.
All the Western press broadcasted it massively but the latest rectification was
not communicated. The public could actually not be informed that they get
The half-confession of Kouchner and this media silence makes us asking some
1. Did Kouchner know all about it
Answer: Yes. Since 1993, a journalist
from France 2
channel, Jacques Merlino, revealed the deception in his book with an eloquent
title "All the truths are not good to say". He was interviewing the director of
Ruder Finn, US agent for public relations. The latter, very proud to tell that
his campaign on "extermination camps" was just fake :
- "We got around three big Jewish organisations: B'nai B'rith, American Jewish
Committee et American Jewish Congress. And right away, we managed to make the
link between Serbians and Nazis concerning the public opinion. The case was
complex, nobody understood what was going on in Yugoslavia, but bolt upright it
was not really difficult to formulate who was the nice and the good people.
- By lying, points out the journalist! Answer: We are professionals. We are not
paid to give moral lessons."
So, Kouchner knew since a long time and that's not nice to charge up the entire
blame on a dead person.
2. Did the media hide all the proofs of
Answer: Yes. A German journalist Thomas
Deichmann showed since 1994 that the photograph about barbed wires was fake, and
also the prisoners were not locked. In reality, it was taken from an ITN
report where they declare to be well-treated,
but the journalist took away those declarations!
You can find the Kouchner poster, Deichmann comments, and our paper about
special effects in our book Liar's Poker. Dated from 1998. So, we didn't have to
wait today to adjust.
Nota Bene for the url : this site is up to now in French (we look for help from
translators), but books and film are also available in English.
In a video-reporting "Under NATO
bombings" (1999), we also showed the pictures recorded by a local TV, where they
were proving the cheating of the ITN reporting.
3. Did Kouchner receive protection, even
from "media critics"?
Answer: Yes. One example: Daniel
Schneidermann( Arrêts sur images, France 5 channel TV) contacted us about this
paper, and he dropped us from Kouchner in order to not annoy him. No questions
about the media lies on Kosovo and neither his disastrous statements on this
province were asked to Kouchner. We are talking about media lies and not
mistakes. His career plan focusing the UN general secretary post, and he has to
do whatever to please USA.
4. Why did they have to tell a story
"simple", but false?
In order to hide the responsibilities of
big Western powers in this conflict:
- Since 1979, the German CIA (the BND) was supporting extremists to collapse
- In 1989, the IMF put neoliberal pressure to eradicate the auto management and
the workers rights, provoking the crisis and nationalisms.
- In 1991, German gave weapons to the Croatian and Muslim extremists before the
- From 1992 to 1995, the USA intentionally extended and prolonged the conflict
as certified by a special European reporter in Bosnia, Lord Owen.
- Are there any advantages in those actions? Eradicate a social system too much
in the left side, and also control the strategic Balkans and the oil roads.
5. Is it a matter to contradict all the
Not at all, but when our governments try
to pull us into a war propaganda "nice versus bad people", it is important to
think about their hidden interests. And their fake information. For example,
concerning prison camps in Bosnia, the UN counted six Croatians, two Serbians
and one Muslim. And they were rather gathering camps for exchanges, not
extermination camps. But, the Croatian and Muslim nationalists as being our
allies or rather "our" agents, Kouchner, Bernard Henri Levy and the permanent
media guests whitewashed them.
We would have to judge the war criminals. All the
war criminals, in all camps. But not by phoney courts created by a justice of
winners where the USA and the NATO are sitting above the law and straight out
outlaw since they are violating the UN bill without embarrassment.
6. Are there any more media lies
"well-done" in this war?
Yes. Just one example. When NATO started
bombing Yugoslavia, in 1999, it claimed its action after the "massacre of 40
civilians" by the Yugoslavian army, in Racak, Kosovo village. But Belgrad was
talking about a fight between two armies, caused by the Albanian separatist
forces. The UN asked for a report to a medical examiner commission led by a
Finnish doctor, Mrs Ranta who confirmed what Belgrad asserted. The media lie
remains intact for the opinion.
Why? Because media lies of Kouchner, BHL and others,
allowed to divide the left and stopped it from opposing to the war in reality
unfair. The public opinion needs to be manipulated. And the next time, it will
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Thanks to the translator Hanene Hamdoun !