Is the HUMANITARIAN
Argument for the US-NATO War on Yugoslavia a Valid One? (this
is the printer friendly version)
If the ethnic cleansing
of Kosovar Albanians before NATO began bombing on March 24th was
sufficient cause for a military intervention into a sovereign nation,
where were the US and other NATO nations in these situations?
In December, 1975 President
Ford and Secretary of State Kissinger gave the green light to Suhartos
Indonesian government for an invasion of East Timor, a portion of
the crumbling Portuguese Empire. Since then 200,000 people or
one-third of the population have been killed or have died as
a result of the repressive occupation. About half were Christians.
The occupation and resistance to the occupation continues
In 1994 the Hutu majority perpetrated a low-tech genocide (machetes
and knives), killing over 800,000 Tutsis plus tens of thousands
of Hutus who protested the massacre. The UN received a warning three
months in advance, yet no NATO nation intervened to stop the slaughter.
NATO member Turkey (and the third largest recipient of US military
aid) has killed over 40,000 of its Kurdish citizens in the
last 15 years and razed more than 4000 villages.
Since the 1954 CIA-orchestrated overthrow of democratically-elected
President Arbenz, state terrorism and torture have taken the lives
of 200,000 - 300,000 Mayan Indians and eliminated scores
of Mayan villages.
Genocide by starvation is the M.O. of the Muslim majority who have
blockaded the distribution of food aid to the animists of southern
Sudan where more than a million people have perished.
Angola, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru,
the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Vietnam and so
War is Being Waged for HUMANITARIAN Reasons?
There is a history
to the Kosovo atrocities that the US media does not cover. After
Tito gave the Serbian province of Kosovo autonomy in 1974, elements
of the Albanian majority set the goal of an ethnically pure
Kosovo and used their new powers (control of the university, education
in Albanian, etc.) to this end. Harassment of the Serb minority
began, with many leaving the province voluntarily.
In the 1980s violence
against the Serbs escalated--- crops and homes burned, wells poisoned,
women raped, young men killed--- and more Serbs left, many at gunpoint.
[New York Times. November 1, 1987, Section 1, Page 14.]
The first mention
of ethnic cleansing in Lexus/Nexis refers to these actions
by the Kosovar Albanians. By the mid-90s they had achieved
a 90% pure Kosovo.
The Yugoslav Army and
riot police came to Kosovo in an attempt to control the Kosovo
Liberation Army, a para-military group armed by Albania and
the Albanian diaspora that was menacing the Serb population and
those ethnic Albanians who did not agree with their goal of an independent
Kosovo. A large part of their funding came from running heroin from
Turkey to weatern Europe and from Islamic fundamentalists, including
Osalam bin Laden (one of Clinton's targeted Terrorists).
Before March 24th,
the major ethnic cleansing in the Balkans was that of the Serbs
by the Croats from the krajina a portion of what is now
southern Croatia where Serbs had lived for centuries. In less than
a week the Croatian army (newly trained by retired US generals and
equipped with US and German armaments) invaded the krajina,
and expelled more than 200,000 Serbs from their homes and the
country. Croatian aircraft strafed the columns of fleeing refugees,
an estimated 14,000 Serbs were killed. Prior to the invasion
US-NATO aircraft had destroyed the Serbian radar and anti-aircraft
defenses. This forced transfer of population was approved in advance
by the US government.
[Elich, Gregory, The
Invasion of Serbian Krajina in NATO in the Balkans, New York:
International Action Center, 1998.]
The ethnic cleansing
of the Albanians by the Serbs before March 24th was minor
compared to what Milosevics paramilitaries have achieved under
cover of the NATO bombing:
There were 2000 deaths
(about a quarter Serb, the rest Albanian) and about 200,000
internal refugees before the bombing
There have been ???? deaths and about 600,000 people forced into
Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro since March 24th (as of May 15,
1999) in response to the bombing.