Rule in Kosovo Discriminated Against ALL non-Albanian Minorities
Why is there Civil War in Kosovo, Why Did Clinton Get Involved and
What has Been Accomplished?
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In the meantime, Mr.
Clinton and Mrs. Albright have squandered billions of dollars in
NATO resources, killed thousands of Yugoslavs, mostly innocent civilians
many of whom were children, and sacrificed the lives of many dozens,
perhaps hundreds, of NATO pilots, airmen, and commandos. They have
driven the Russians and Chinese closer together than they have been
in decades, exposed internal weaknesses in NATO, and caused many
to question the rationale for that organization. There is talk in
Europe of creating a separate European military organization with
its own separate command structure that will not include the United
States, Great Britain, Canada, or Turkey.
The war has caused much
revulsion among thoughtful people the world over. A Greek court
ruled that Greece could not enter the war militarily because NATO
had committed war crimes in violation of the Geneva Conventions,
whose articles are intended to protect civilians and make militaries
wage war on other militaries. A group of legal experts from the
United Kingdom, Canada, Greece, and Norway have presented a case
to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
to indict NATO leaders for war crimes. Nothing is likely to come
of this, since that same tribunal has been sitting on a request
for some time to condemn Croatia for war crimes in carrying out
the brutal ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Serbs from
There is real danger
of a reversion to global polarization. After the bombing started,
the Ukrainian parliament voted unanimously to revert the country
to its former nuclear status. The Ukraine supplied petroleum to
Yugoslavia during the fighting. On April 30, a meeting of the Russian
National Security Council approved the modernization of all strategic
and tactical nuclear warheads. It decided to develop strategic low-yield
nuclear missiles capable of pin-point strikes anywhere in the world.
have now found new reason to continue their march toward nuclear
armaments. China, needless to say, is demonstrating unaccustomed
hostility to the U.S. and NATO. All over Latin America, previously
subdued regimes have been decrying Yanqui imperialism once again.
Even Muslim regimes, whom we might have expected to be vociferously
pro-NATO in this war, have been subdued, understanding as they do
the consequences of a world in which a rogue NATO seeks to replace
the UN and a whole web of treaties and international understandings
as the arbiter of international "peace" and international
Albright and Clinton
have done great harm to U.S. and NATO standing in the international
community. They have alienated many other nations who fear NATO's
efforts to define an entirely new role for itself in the international
arena. They have destroyed the military mystique of NATO by suffering
heavy losses in a failed attempt to defeat the Yugoslav military
from the air. They have destroyed the mystique of Stealth technology.
They ultimately resorted to a cowardly war against civilians in
an effort to get their way, and still failed to achieve their "non-negotiable"
terms at Rambouillet. And yet, they are now crowing about a great
Some experts have stated
their belief that the Clinton-Albright team is the most incompetent
foreign policy team in the U.S. in the last half century. This may
be. Mrs. Albright seems dominated by a Central European Catholic
prejudice against the Serbs that has so warped her judgment as to
make her ineffective as a negotiator or mediator, which requires
some element of neutrality and willingness to understand the legitimate
security concerns of all parties. Mr. Clinton's whole political
career has been characterized by media manipulation, lying, bullying,
vindictiveness, and buying people off. Applying these qualities
in domestic politics has been bad enough. Applying them on the international
scene can have huge consequences for the entire planet. Much of
the world has now become frightened of Mr. Clinton's New World Order,
including many of our own European allies. For a man preoccupied
with his legacy, he has much to be preoccupied about.
A Historical Postscript
This is the third time
in the twentieth century that Serbia has been issued an ultimatum
to surrender its sovereignty or be attacked. In 1914, the Austrian
Empire issued a 14-point ultimatum to Serbia designed to force the
nation to surrender her sovereignty under threat of attack. The
Serbs refused and World War I started. It ultimately took an Austrian
Army, a German Army, and a Bulgarian Army to occupy the nation.
The Serbian Army escaped intact and came back to fight in 1916-1918.
Germany and Austria lost the war, Austria lost an empire, and the
map of Europe was redrawn.
In 1941, the Serbs rejected
a German ultimatum to let German troops move through their country
to help Mussolini's beleaguered forces in Greece. The subsequent
German invasion delayed the planned invasion of the Soviet Union
by six weeks and prevented a knockout blow before the Russian winter
came. It also resulted in a prolonged war of attrition against Serbian
guerrillas that tied down large numbers of Axis troops, preventing
them from being used on either the Eastern or Western fronts. These
were crucial factors in turning the tide against Germany, which
lost the war. The map of Central and Eastern Europe was redrawn.
The larger consequences
of this latest failed ultimatum are yet to be played out. They could
also be enormous.
June 15, 1999
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