Fools' Crusade

Fools' Crusade : Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions

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In the endless series of United States military interventions, the 'humanitarian' bombing of Yugoslavia played a key role in gaining support of the centre left for war as an instrument of policy.

Thanks to massive deception and self-deception by media and politicians, even the anti-globalisation movement failed to grasp the implications of the aggressive military globalisation pursued by the United States, from Iraq to Afghanistan and beyond.

In this study, Diana Johnstone identifies the common geopolitical interests running through all these past, present and future military interventions. She argues persuasively that outside intervention creates rather than solves problems and cannot be justified.

Johnstone shows that the 'War in Kosovo' was in reality the model for future destruction of countries seen as potential threats to the hegemony of the 'International Community', led by the United States.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 15mm | 404g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • notes, index
  • 0745319505
  • 9780745319506
  • 1,139,258

Table of contents


Chapter One: The Yugoslav Guinea Pig

1. Invisible Serbia

2. Invisible Economic Causes

3. Invisible Croatia

4. Greater Serbia or Smaller Yugoslavia?

5. Integrating Europe, Disintegrating Yugoslavia

6. Multicultural Bosnia Versus Multicultural Yugoslavia

Chapter Two: Moral Dualism In A Multicultural World

1. Manichean Media

2. Creating Public Opinion

3. The Uses of Rape

4. Criminalizing the Rogues

5. Presumed Guilty Until Proven Innocent

6. The Long Arm of Globalization

Chapter Three: Comparative Nationalisms

1. From State-Building to State-Breaking

2. Slovenia: the End of Solidarity

3. Croatian Nationalism: the End of Yugoslavism

Chapter Four: The Making Of Empires

1. Germany Is Born Again

2. Reclaiming the Habsburg Heritage

Chapter Five: The New Imperial Model

1. Albanians: A People In Search of an Empire

2. Victims and Vengeance

3. The Triumph of Hatred

4. Democracy in the New World Order

Postscript: Perpetual War

1. The Idealisation of War

2. The Real Existing New World Order


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Review quote

'A 'must' book for progressives, and for anybody who wants to cut through the remarkable structure of disinformation regarding the Kosovo war. An excitingly original and powerful book' -- Edward S. Herman
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About Diana Johnstone

Diana Johnstone is a distinguished essayist and columnist, who writes frequently for CounterPunch and ZNet among many high-profile publications in Europe and the US. She is the author of Fools' Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions (Pluto, 2002). Her articles on the Balkans have been translated in many European languages. She lives in Paris.
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