Yugoslavia, Interrupted: A European Success Story Ruined by NATO Invasion


If NATO hadn’t ruined Yugoslavia, the country would be on par with major European powers, US political analyst Phil Butler notes, adding that the dismantling of Yugoslavia was part of the West’s bigger plan to convert potential rivals into Third World regions.


Post-World War II socialist Yugoslavia was something of a European success story and it was that prosperity that prompted the Western political establishment to seek the country’s dismantling, US political analyst Phil Butler emphasizes.

“Can you imagine Europe today with Yugoslavia as a key player among nations? I can. Yugoslavia was in fact, one of the greatest cultural and human experiments in history. Formed in the crucible that was the conflict in between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire, Yugoslavia melded together people of both cultures, and in ways not seen since the time of Alexander the Great’s assimilation of peoples after immense conquest,” Butler writes in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

The political analyst underscores that the state was built on an idea that Southern Slavs should not remain a weak and divided people.

Butler calls attention to the fact that between 1960 and 1980 Yugoslavia boasted one of the most vigorous growth rates in the world with its free medical care and education, a guaranteed right to a job, one-month vacation with pay, decent standards of living and a literacy rate of over 90 percent.

The Yugoslavia GDP in 1991 positioned the country as 24th among world nations, the analyst stresses.
Furthermore, Yugoslavia had been struggling for the Non-Aligned Movement’s ideals, summoned by Cuba’s Fidel Castro as:

“The national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries [in their] struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics.”

It was that economic prosperity and ideological independence that caused Western powers to seek to curtail the rapid growth of the European competitor.

“The county could not be allowed to compete with Germany, France, and especially Britain, and the London and Luxembourg bankers could not extract their billions in a socialistic system. Yugoslavia had to die, and the Reagans, the Bush family, and Clintons helped make it happen,” Butler narrates, citing Michael Parenti, Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC.

Parenti elaborated that Washington’s ultimate goal was to transform Yugoslavia into a Third World region. The plan envisaged splitting the nation up, opening its economy to Western corporatocracy and bankers, and dismantling Yugoslavia’s industrial sector so that the nation would not be able to compete with Western manufacturers. In this context the Yugoslav population would become a cheap labor pool.

“Does this strategy sound familiar? Remember the Rand Corporation plan for Syria. Were Ukraine, Donbass, and Crimea understood before the Euromaidan? What is the plan for Russia? This is where the metal meets the meat my friends,” Butler emphasizes.

The analyst points out a surprising similarity between the propaganda campaign kicked off by NATO members before launching their deadly strikes against Yugoslavia and their narrative on the eve of the invasion of Iraq or Libya.

The Clinton administration’s bombing campaign aimed at carving Kosovo out from Serbia was later dubbed “the most important precedent, supporting the legitimacy of unilateral humanitarian intervention” by Fernando R. Teson, an Argentine-American legal academic, known for his contribution to the law of humanitarian interventions.

So, has NATO’s plan really worked? Yes, indeed.

Butler emphasizes that Bosnia and Herzegovina now ranks 112th economically, and conditions are worsening; Croatia is currently 76th, but Bloomberg names the country one of the ten worst on Earth; Macedonia ranks 130th; Montenegro is 149th among world nations; Serbia is ranked 87th in GDP; Slovenia ranks 81st in GDP.

As for the Kosovo region, carved out from Serbia, it has lately been labeled as a “mafia state.”

“With an unemployment rate of 35 percent, Kosovo is wracked by persistent outbreaks of terrorism, crime, and political violence,” US writer Jonathan Marshall notes in his article for Consortiumnews.com.

By no means can former Yugoslavian parts be considered competitors to major EU states.

Furthermore, NATO is swallowing the states one by one. Montenegro began accession talks with NATO on February 15.

On February 12 Serbian lawmakers ratified a diplomatic immunity agreement and logistical support for NATO representatives. Several days later Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic signed a confirmation of the country’s cooperation plan with the alliance. The move prompted Serbian patriotic activists to hold peaceful demonstrations in Belgrade against the country’s cooperation with NATO.

“And as I type these final letters, I think about what the courageous and strong people of Yugoslavia might have won had their destinies not been interrupted by outsiders,” Butler concludes.


  1. Butler is an idiot. These people would have continued to kill each other. The war and fighting started long before NATO even acknowledge it was happening. This is a region on the planet that hate prevails and always will for eternity.

    • “Hate” does not prevail without reason and provocation. In WWII, Germany, France and UK had conflicts to teeth but they are in EU together, didn’t the WWII have any impact on them? They did what seemed to be advantageous for them, 1st Yugoslavia was a successful state too for that matter, why didn’t hate prevail in it until Nazis created satellite states within it? Those outside forces (i.e. US, Germany etc) had even made promises to renege on peace agreements (Lisbon for example) yet you talk about it like it just swamped from the air to cover up the involvement of those.

      • Based on what? How is this incorrect? Did you live it? This is SPOT ON. This is western policy. Destroy divide and conquer. The evidence of this exists all over the world. Western politics only destroys nations once they get involved. Name ONE successful western intervention, JUST ONE…. You wont be able to come up with one. Your completely ignorant to real facts, you believe the very countries responsible for the destruction of Yugoslavia. This was nation building and regime change 101. One day the western democracies will answer for this and all of the other HAVOC they put on multiple nations.

    • First an empty but aggressively rude ad hominem against Butler. Then the same against some 20 million people. You’re either paid to post this bs online — or are just a hater, as your comment demonstrates.

    • Right, your smart and hes stupid. Explain to me how you came up with this comment? NATO is destroying countries worldwide, but you have something to say about this? Seems to me you lack the common sense to be able to understand much more than what the media feeds you.

    • Brian Stup up you are pushing the US and Western ally propaganda! Prior to the war yes you had Ustasa and Extreme Muslims from Bosnia and Kosovo area that would have loved to kill a Serbian but that has always been! Regarding Serbs wanting to kill Muslims or Croats that is just crap as during both world wars the Serbs were the ones that were being slaughtered not vice versa!

  2. Ha, ha! If it wasn’t sad, it would be funny.
    Yugoslavia was a beautiful, but failed experiment. Southern Slavs don’t need someone telling them not to accept responsibility for their own actions. We need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and accept what we see. Yugoslavia was beautiful indeed, I was born there, but unsustainable without an iron-fisted strongman and a better economic program.
    Please stop telling us that it’s not our fault and someone else is to blame.

    • What is said is not others are solely to blame, inside factors also contributed big time. Historical revisionism, allowing certain criminals to go scot free (i.e. former Nazis who attempted to sell their propaganda later), unsustainable administrative borders contributed to the collapse. However, it is not something about destiny, it is about shortsighted actions that could have been foreseen before. Visionary leadership is no doubt needed to hold the economy together in this case. Of course the collapse would make benefits to those forces mentioned above that’s all.

    • Yugoslavia did not fall apart because of pre-existing tensions between ethnic groups. Why would they wanna disband after doing so well together? The world bank and the IMF cut off their loans to the Yugoslavia and as a result we didn’t have enough money to even run our industries. Better yet they could not even afford to purchase RAW materials. The breakup of Yugoslavia was a Jewish inspired zionist plot, undertaken by NATO.

  3. I don’t know what Reagan had to do with this, although Germany may have been secretly smuggling arms to Croatia while no one was watching; but does anyone remember the Cinderella-like entrance of Sarajevo onto the world stage in 1984 with the Winter Olympics? I recall news coverage speaking in glowing terms of the bazaars and cultural life. Certainly later administrations (in USA and Europe) did have much to do with causing and profiting from that breakup — and with the unseemly crowing about the Karadzic conviction by that kangaroo ICTY just this past week, it is quite apparent that the organized hate campaign, the truth cover-up, and the hegemonic oppression of the West continue unabated to this day.