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Gen. Wesley Clark

by MITCHEL COHEN

Gen. Wesley Clark is a major war criminal. Please don’t be fooled by the current well-orchestrated push to nominate Clark as Democratic Party nominee for president, at trap which Michael Moore has apparently fallen into as well as a number of other well-meaning peace people.

Gen. Wesley Clark was in charge of refugee camps in the 1980s and 1990s where Haitian refugees who were fleeing first Baby Doc Duvalier (and later the new regime installed by the US following the overthrowal of the elected Aristide government in the early 1990s), were packed, under appalling conditions condemned by the Center for Constitutional Rights, among many others. In the 1980s, many Haitian male refugees incarcerated at Krome (in Miami), and Fort Allen (in Puerto Rico) reported a strange condition called gyneacomastia, a situation in which they developed full female breasts.

Ira Kurzban, attorney for the Haitian Refugee Center, managed to pry free government documents via a lawsuit on behalf of the refugees. These contained the startling information that prison officials had ordered the refugees sprayed repeatedly with highly toxic chemicals never designed for such generic use.

The officer in charge of the refugee camp? None other than Gen. Wesley Clark, chief of operations at the US Navy internment camp at Guantanamo, and later head of NATO forces bombing Yugoslavia. The documents go on to say that lengthy exposure to the particular chemicals can cause hormonal changes that induce development of female breasts.

Medical studies of female Haitian refugees in New York revealed that they had a much higher rate of cervical cancer than the rest of the female population.

Half a decade later, Gen Welsey Clark was supreme NATO commander in Yugoslavia. He presided over the massive use of depeleted uranium weapons there which poisoned Yugoslavia’s water supply and agriculture, leading to an extremely high rate of miscarriages and childhood cancers.

Clark was in charge of NATO’s “spin” in the Yugoslavia bombardment. Clark called the destruction of a Yugoslav train filled with civilians by a NATO missile “an uncanny accident.” He said the same each time that NATO bombed civilian targets, which happened frequently.

Paul Watson reported in the San Francisco Chronicle that “NATO bombers scored several direct hits here in Kosovo’s capital yesterday – including a graveyard, a bus station, and a children’s basketball court.” (April 14)

A Spanish pilot flying missions for NATO, Capt. Martin de la Hoz, stated that on a number of occasions his supervising colonel protested to NATO about their bombing of non-military, civilian targets. “Once there was a coded order from the North American military that we should drop anti-personnel bombs over Pristina and Nis. All of the missions that we flew, all and each one, were planned in detail, including attacking planes, targets and type of ammunition, by US high-ranking military authorities.

… They are destroying the country,” the Spanish F-18 pilot continued, “bombing it with novel weapons, toxic nerve gasses, surface mines dropped by parachute, bombs containing uranium, black napalm, sterilization chemicals, sprayings to poison crops, and weapons of which even we still know nothing about.” (quoted in “Articulo 20,” a Spanish weekly newspaper, June 14, 1999)

Clark defended all of these bombings, and was an integral part of the Clinton team’s “spin” operation in Yugoslavia.

 

 

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Mitchel Cohen is Coordinator of the No Spray Coalition in New York City.

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