scribing Serbian resistance to the brutalrnTurkish occupation; the World War Irnsong “Tamo daleko,” which reminds thernFrench and British of how the’ betrayedrntheir Serbian allies and left them to die inrntheir disastrous retreat to Corfu; and IvornAndric’s masterpiece, The Bridge on thernDrina.rnAndric won the Nobel Prize largely onrnthe strength of this book, which paints arnsympathetic portrait of Bosnian Nkislimsrnin the period when the Turks were losingrntheir empire. But sympathy and humanit’rnare beside the point. The mere factrnthat Andric portras Muslims as Muslimsrn(or that Jim is black) is enough for thernbook-burners of the “international communit}’,”rnIn a witty and forceful press conference.rnProf Predrag Lazarevic pointedrnout that the attempt to censor textbooksrnin Serbian-controlled Bosnia is a violationrnof the Dayton Agreement, and hernwondered what the French responsernwould be if the European Union bannedrnBalzac and Stendahl from French literaturerncourses. As Islam becomes the dominantrnreligion of France, however, thatrnquestion will be entirely irrelexant.rnNot everyone, you see, is read’ to tradernin his god and folk ballads for a Wendy’srnfranchise. In Kosovo, Mr. Clinton’s AirrnForce accomplished in a few weeks whatrnthe Turks failed to do in 500 ears–therndestruction of an ancient Christian civilization.rnSome U.N. bureaucrats-inarms,rnwho still cannot seem to get thernpoint of the exercise, wonder why tiie Albaniansrn—very armed and dangerous —rnrefuse to get along with the few thousandrnSerbs in the province the have so farrnfailed to kill. Wlien a U.N. detachmentrnadopted a stray dog back in November,rnthey decided to name him UNMIKrn(short for U.N. Mission in Kosovo). SamrnBolton, the U.S. officer who takes care ofrnUNMIK, told a Canadian reporter hernwas surprised when Albanians “came . , .rnto tell the UN police they had to kill thernanimal because the dog was Serbian.”rnAlthough the Albanian narco-terroristsrnowe everything to the NATO countriesrnwho fought their dirt war for them, the-rnha’e never made a secret of their desirernfor an ethnically pure state. If tlie Americansrnhad read Mark Twain, thc’ wouldrnnot be so surprised. “If you pick up arnstarving dog and feed him, he will notrnbite you.” That, said old Mark, “is thernprincipal difference behveen a dog and arnman.”rn— ‘ihonias FleminiirnrUYMOUTH, R.I.P. If anyone everrndoubted that DaimlerChr’sler is now arnGerman-controlled corporation, the recentrndemise of the Pl mouth brand providesrnincontrovertible proof Plymouth,rnsold only in the United States, was therninexpensive core brand of Detroit’srnChrysler Corporation, America’s thirdlargestrnautomaker in the post-World WarrnII era. Introduced on the eve of the GreatrnDepression in 1928, PK mouth was a crucialrnpart of founder Walter P. Chrysler’srnplan to offer econom cars to competernagainst Henrv Ford’s Model A and GeneralrnMotors’ Cherolet brand. The planrnsucceeded: Within three years, Plymouthrnwas the third-best selling ear inrnthe nation.rn”This was an emotional decision,” JimrnHolden, the newly installed president ofrnDaimler’s North American operations,rnexplained at a Las Vegas trade show onrnNo’ember 4. “Plymouth will always bernan important part of our heritage.” (Leftrnunsaid was the fact that Ph-mouth allowedrnthe struggling Chr-sler to survivernthe Great Depression.) That heritage hasrnbeen disappearing since Stuttgart-basedrnL^aimler purchased Chrysler in mid-rn1998. Announcing the deal, CEOs JuergenrnE. Schrempp of Daimler and RobertrnJ. Eaton of Chrysler termed it a mergerrnof equals. “Takeover” is a more appropriaterndescription of what has transpired.rn”Co-CEO” Eaton has annoimced hisrnplans to retire; management employeesrnat Chrysler Headquarters in AuburnrnHills, Michigan, are scrambling to learnrnGerman; and more than 75 percent ofrnDaimlerChrvsler’s stock is now foreignowned.rnAt a meeting vith Wall Streetrnanahsts in August, Daimler executivesrndisplayed pictures of automotive productsrnin the manufacturing pipeline andrnannounced their plan to use the more expensive,rnupscale Chn’sler brand to boostrnoverseas sales. Wlien one analyst notedrnthe absence of PK-mouths, Thomas Stallkamp,rnthen president, replied, “That’srnnot by accident.” Within months, Stallkamprnwas replaced b Holden becausernSchrempp didn’t like his freewheelingrnAmerican management stle, accordingrnto a Detroit News stor. Such is tiie “dynamic”rnof the new global economy.rnThe Wall Street journal broke thernnews of Plymouth’s denuse. London’srnFinancial Times did a better job of reportingrntiian the New York Times, which overlookedrnPlymouth’s econoni}’ car heritage.rnQuoting Holden, the FinancialrnTimes reported, “Wc w ill be less reliantrnon Plymouth as a value [emphasis added]rnbrand. It doesn’t mean I don’t like thernheritage, but our reliance is less and lessrnon Pl)’mouth.” The New York Times dispatchedrnthe working man’s brand in arnparagraph: “The company is expected tornannounce tomorrow that it will drop thernPlymouth brand from its stable . . . “rnHolden announced that Daimler will developrnthe better-selling Jeep, Dodge, andrnChrysler brands, which, incidentally, arernmore expensive and provide greater profitsrnto the firm. But a shareholder wasrnprobably closer to the truth when hernwrote on an internet message board thatrn”Plymouth failed because they [Daimler-rnChrsler] didn’t do anv-thing for it.”rnIn 1964, Plymouth introduced thernBarracuda, which became, along withrnthe Roadrunner, one of the premierrnautomobiles of the “muscle car” era.rnThat same year, stock-car racer RichardrnPetty led a 1-2-3 Plymouth win at thernNASCAR Daytona 500 in a Hemi-poweredrnPlymouth Furv. (The Hemi was arnPlymouth big-block engine.) The 1969rnRoadrunner, with its 425 horsepower-V8rnengine, was the car of the era,rncovering the quarter-mile in 12.91 secondsrn(111.8 miles per hour), trailing onlyrnthe 1966 Cor-ette and the 1966 Cobra.rnThe 1970 Barracuda Hemi was thernfourth-fastest car of all time. In the bluecollarrnsuburb of Detroit where I havernli’ed most of m- life, teenage ownershiprnof a “Cuda” or “Runner” was consideredrna rite of passage. No more. In the AlrnGore era of trashing automobiles, thernbest Chrysler could offer were the wimprnPlymouth Breeze and Neon models. Atrnthe end of the muscle car era, Plymouthrnsold 766,442 units in 1973, its best yearrnever. In 1998, Plymouth sold less thanrnhalf that amount— 307,000 vehicles.rnFor a globalist, the ultimate test ofrnany merger is whether or not it “createsrnshareholder alue,” i.e., whether thern”synergies” produced by the deal causernthe stock price to increase. Daimler-rnChr’sler’s stock is off 2 5 percent since thernmerger. While the percentage mav appearrninsignificant, that represents a loss ofrn$25 billion.rn— Greg KazarnTRUTH, the saying goes, is the first victimrnof any war, but as NATO’s “action”rnin the Balkans has demonstrated, truth isrnunder even greater attack in the “informationrnage.” l’oda-, history is not writtenrnbv the victors once the smoke hasrn6/CHRONICLESrnrnrn