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Is the HUMANITARIAN Argument for the US-NATO War on Yugoslavia a Valid One?

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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 Milosevic’s 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.

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