Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"Fools' Crusade" Chapter Five [11]



In my review of this section--Johnstone's revisionist history of the Racak Massacre, I was completely remiss in not including this link from Balkan Witness:

Raçak - Mutation of a Massacre

It's a review by Peter Wuttke, translated from German by Mitchell Cohen, of an article by Johnstone entitled "The Raçak Massacre as the Trigger of the War" which she published in 1999. Johnstone worked out the themes and arguments that she regurgitated three years later in "Fools' Crusade". Interestingly, this rather thorough rebuttal was pubished in 1999 as well, yet in the intervening period between the article and the book, Johnstone seems not to have altered her views or have added to the slender "evidence" she relies on. Since 1999, much more information has become available; yet she merely repeats her fanciful claims of conspiracies, planted evidence, espionage by unwitting OSCE obeservers, and so forth.

I have no doubt that Diana Johnstone was aware of this article, any more than I doubt that she is unaware of the growing body of evidence refuting or undermining every point of her argument. She not only remains loyal to her clearly biased and flawed point of view, she does not even engage contrary evidence or arguments. Like any conspiracy theorist, she lives in a closed world where only decontextualized fragments of information which conform to the accepted narrative are allowed to pass through the mental filter.

Please take the time to read this very excellent article, which does a much more thorough job of first documenting, and then refuting, Johnstone's distortion of the factual record.

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