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To Kill A Nation

The Attack on Yugoslavia

To Kill A Nation cover
(cloth & paperback)
Verso Books, 2002

For ten years, US and NATO forces waged a campaign to dismember Yugoslavia, including 78 days of round-the-clock aerial attacks in 1999 that killed or injured upwards of six thousand people. Drawing on a wide range of published and unpublished material (mostly Western sources) and observations gathered from his visit to Yugoslavia in 1999 shortly after the bombings, Michael Parenti challenges the mainstream media demonization of Yugoslavia and the Serbs, and uncovers the real goals behind Western talk of “genocide,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “democracy.”

To Kill A Nation reveals a decade-long disinformation campaign waged by Western leaders and NATO officials in their pursuit of free-market “reforms.” The political and economic destabilization of the former Yugoslavia continues today, Parenti shows, as does the forced privatization and Third Worldization of the entire region.

What they are saying about To Kill A Nation, The Attack on Yugoslavia:

    “Parenti has written a brilliant critique of the news reports on Yugoslavia published in the respectable press. Each chapter provides a detailed refutation of the propaganda myths that justified NATO's war. This is by far the most compelling account in print.”— James Petras, co-author of Empire or Republic?

    “A fierce, elegantly constructed elegy not just for the lives sacrificed in the Balkan wars, but for concepts of national sovereignty and constitutionality ... ... he writes with a taut cadence that exudes conviction. Extremely disturbing, but, for the brave, jolting and necessary reading.” — Kirkus

    “To Kill a Nation is the best explanation of the great crime NATO committed and what it will mean for our future. It is full of insights on the role of US militarism and media disinformation in the service of corporate profits.”
    — Sara Flounders, editor and co-author of NATO in the Balkans

    Introduction: Whom Do We Believe?
  1. Hypocritical Humanitarianism
  2. Third Worldization
  3. Divide and Conquer
  4. Slovenia: Somewhat Out of Step
  5. Croatia: New Republic, Old Reactionaries
  6. Bosnia: New Colonies
  7. Republika Srpska: Democracy, NATO Style
  8. The Other Atrocities
  9. Demonizing the Serbs
  10. On to Kosovo
  11. The Rambouillet Ambush
  12. NATO’s War Crimes
  13. The Genocide Hype Continues
  14. Where Are All the Bodies Buried?
  15. Ethnic Cleansing, KLA-NATO Style
  16. Rational Destruction: Eliminating the Competition
  17. Multiculturalism in Yugoslavia
  18. Yugoslavia’s Future: Is It Bulgaria?
  19. Privatization as a Global Goal
  20. The Aggression Continues

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