Like a James Bond Story
Vol: 119 Issue: 23 Tuesday, August 23, 2011
If Adolph Hitler has a useful historical legacy, it is to serve as the benchmark standard for evil personified. Hitler is history’s boogeyman, responsible for the death of twelve million people, half of them Jews, and the architect of the infamous ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question.’
That isn’t to say that Hitler was the world’s worst tyrant, or even the most evil tyrant of the 20th century. Compared with Stalin, Hitler was an amateur. Stalin’s gulags absorbed hundreds of millions over the years.
Historians estimate Stalin ordered the deaths of between twenty and thirty millions. It was Josef Stalin who gave history the quote; “One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.”
Stalin out-murdered Hitler, but Adolph Hitler’s evil was so unique, so chilling, and so direct that history shudders at the very name, Adolph Hitler.
Stalin was an atheist. He had no beef with any ‘mythical’ god nor any faith in a ‘mythical’ devil. His evil was the purely pragmatic kind, whereas Adolph Hitler was a spiritualist.
Hitler’s evil was a direct and conscious assault on God. He was an accomplished occultist whose Third Reich Nazism became a national religious cult. Schoolchildren addressed grace before meals to the Fuehrer; they offered their bedtime prayers to Adolph Hitler.
SS troops swore a religious blood oath to Adolph Hitler personally, Hitler took his theology around ancient Germanic Aryan mythology but modeled his forces after the Knights Templar of the Dark Ages.
Unlike Stalin, Hitler’s goal wasn’t the subjugation of his empire by the pragmatic application of terror against dissidents. Hitler’s goal was the destruction of God’s Chosen People. Adolph Hitler took God on as directly as the Bible says the coming antichrist will do.
His evil was so overtly demonic that, while the 20th century is littered with Hitler lookalikes, any comparison is only superficial.
That being said, Hitler and Stalin got a new roommate last week when the Serbian dictator with the funny name shuffled off this mortal coil from his prison cell in the Hague last week.
Slobodon Milosevic was the dictator of Serbia, and he was every bit as bad as Bill Clinton said he was, (despite the fact Clinton’s principle reason for the 1998 Serbian War was to draw attention away from Monica Lewinsky.)
Slobo drew all the inevitable comparisons to Hitler as Clinton made his case for war, but comparisons with Stalin would have been more appropriate.
Although the UN opposed Slobo’s removal, NATO turned him over to the UN for trial for war crimes.
(The Hague’s trial of Slobodon Milosevic was the main reason that Saddam is being tried in Iraq — Milosevic had been on trial for eight years when he died and the trial was expected to continue for at least two more years)
It was during the Serbian war that the silent coup d`etat effectively handed Boris Yeltsin’s government over to a previously-unknown former KGB officer named Vladimir Putin.
Russia and Serbia were traditional allies, and Milosevic and Yeltsin were old pals and newly-reformed Communists who both ascended to power as a consequence of the breakup of the Soviet Union. (They did ‘deals’ together.)
When NATO invaded in 1998, Yeltsin’s refusal to come to the aid of a traditional ally infuriated Kremlin hardliners, who offered Yeltsin a choice between a nice pension or a corruption trial.
Slobo knew where a lot of the bodies were buried. The Kremlin had been trying to get Slobo out of the Hague and into Russia under the ruse that Milosevic wasn’t being properly treated for his high blood pressure.
UN prosecutors opposed the transfer, saying they feared that once Slobo went to Russia, he wouldn’t come back.
When Milosevic died, the Russians indirectly accused the UN of poisoning him. Milosevic had written a letter to the Russian government last week saying that on March 7, “he received a report that “an extremely strong drug” was found in his blood and that doctors were treating him wrongly to silence him,” according to his lawyer.
The truth behind Slobodon Milosevic’s death in a prison cell takes some of the sting out of the fact his death allowed him to escape justice, (although only on this side of eternity).
The UN didn’t want to silence Milosevic. The Kremlin did.
That is why Moscow tried to get Milosevic transferred to Russia for treatment. The report Milosevic cited of the ‘extremely strong drug’ found in his system was part of an elaborate scam to get him transferred to Russia.
Milosevic had previously refused to take his high blood pressure medication, so he was forced to take it under supervision.
The medication prescribed wasn’t working, which made his UN-appointed doctors suspicious. Blood tests showed Milosevic was also taking a second drug that neutralized the effect of the medication.
Here is where it gets interesting. The drug found in Milosevic’s system is called rifampicin.
It is extremely difficult to get, since it is used primarily to treat tuberculosis. TB cases have to be reported to the World Health Organization, so prescribing the drug means producing a TB patient.
And rifampicin is extremely hard to use.
According to a UN doctor interviewed by the New York Times, “The provider had to know what the effect of rifampicin was on other drugs, that it is not normally detected in toxic screenings, unless you look for it,” he said.
“He had to know what dose to give, sufficient for it to be effective, but not too high because you get a so-called red sweat: your saliva becomes red.”
And someone would have to know how to get it to the patient, he continued, “because you have to take a capsule of it every day to keep your blood pressure high.”
Milosevic, as a UN prisoner and former head of state, had an office in his prison where he received visitors, including Russian diplomats.
When the tox screen showed the presence of rifampicin, Milosevic dashed off his note to the Kremlin with the coded message that they had been caught.
Milosevic was found dead in his cell the next morning.
The irony is that Milosevic’s scam probably killed him. He had hoped his artificially-elevated blood pressure would make him so ill he’d get his ticket to Moscow, but a heart attack killed him first.
From the Kremlin’s perspective, a dead Milosevic is even better than the international outcry Russia would have had to endure had they refused to send Milosevic back.
Milosevic is just as silent dead as he would be under guard in some Russian dacha for the rest of his life. Whatever Milosevic knew about Putin’s silent coup in 1998 died with him. And Moscow gets to blame the UN for his death.
Noted the UN’s Dr. Uges; “It’s like a James Bond story.”