War on Yugoslavia
Inhumane and Must Be Stopped
by Janette Rainwater
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I was around for the
Vietnam War and this feels like deja vu all over again.
The Clinton administration
and its media lackeys tell us that we must continue bombing Serbia
and Kosovo because:
1. There is ethnic cleansing
going on in Kosovo and the only way to stop it is to bomb the Serbs
into submission. This is a humanitarian enterprise to save the Kosovar
2. Milosevic refused
to sign the Rambouillet peace agreement.
3. Milosevic is the newest
Hitler and we must get rid of him.
Lets take these
one by one.
1. The United States
has not suddenly become a nation horrified by outrages to ethnic
minorities otherwise we would have intervened in:
a. Rwanda, where 800,000
Tutsis were massacred by the Hutu majority (plus tens of thousands
of Hutus who protested) --- and the UN authorities received a fax
warning of this three months in advance
b. Turkey, where our
ally (and third largest recipient of US military aid) has killed
over 40,000 of its Kurdish citizens over the last 15 years
and razed 4000 villages
c. Indonesia, Tibet,
and so on.
Compared to these countries,
the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo was mild before March 24th when
the bombing started---- since 1997, 2000 deaths (about
half of which were Serbs) and about 250,000 internal refugees,
and those were mostly created by the confrontations between the
Kosovo Liberation Army and the Serb forces. (There has been little
media coverage of the harassment by the KLA that caused Serbs to
leave Kosovo in the 70s and 80s although a 1982 article
in the New York Times mentions that 57,000 Serbs had recently
left Kosovo for political and economic reasons.)
The massive exodus of
Albanians from Kosovo began three days after the bombing started
when Milosevic unloosed the paramilitaries the Seseljites,
the Arkanites, the criminal element who put on a mask and work for
whatever they can loot. The US media, however, now implies that
this war is being promulgated to punish and prevent the ethnic cleansing
that happened because of the bombing!
NATO generals now say
that they predicted this ethnic cleansing; however, they made no
prior provisions for housing, feeding, or clothing these poor people
who are now being so cynically exploited for the purpose of prolonging
Our media were also remiss
in not telling us in detail about the rapid and professional ethnic
cleansing of the Serbs from the krajina --- a part of southern
Croatia where Serbs had lived for several centuries-- that was carried
out by the Croats in August, 1995. In just a few days more than
two hundred thousand Serbs were expelled from their homes at
gunpoint and 14,000 Serbs were killed.
Instead the media showed
us satellite photographs of the mass graves of Muslims killed by
the Serbs at Srebrenica taken weeks before and cynically
released at this time by then-US Ambassador to the UN Madeleine
Albright to divert the worlds attention.