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The US-NATO War on Yugoslavia

It’s Illegal, Inhumane and Must Be Stopped

by Janette Rainwater

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Not publicly revealed at the time:

a. The Croatian military had been trained by retired American generals (hired by the Pentagon-affiliated MPRI (Military Professional Resources, Inc. of Arlington VA) and equipped with German and American armaments.

b. The CIA and DIA had made a prior assessment of the area.

c. Before the invasion of the krajina began, US NATO aircraft destroyed the Serbian radar and anti-aircraft defenses.

d. Croatian aircraft strafed columns of fleeing refugees.

e. There was a definite “green light” for this operation from the US government, in particular Secretary of State Warren Christopher and US Ambassador to Croatia, Peter Galbraith.

(This was the reward to President Franjo Tudjman for agreeing to the Croat-Muslim federation in Bosnia.) Galbraith would later deny that Croatia had engaged in any “ethnic cleansing” as that is something that the Serbs do!

f. Croatia, since Tudjman’s ascent to the presidency in 1990, has become more and more a clone of the Ustaša, the fascist puppet state of the Nazis. The country has adopted a similar flag and currency to the old regime, destroyed over three thousand anti-fascist monuments, and renamed streets and buildings for Mile Budak, the man who signed the anti-Semitic laws. Tudjman, who declared that the Serbs grossly exaggerated the number of Serbs, Jews and gypsies murdered at the World War II concentration camp in Croatia (and that the accounts of the Holocaust were similarly “exaggerated”--- “only” nine hundred thousand Jews died, not six million), refused to allow “nonwhite” UN troops to serve in the 1990's Croatia. [Elich, Gregory, “The Invasion of Serbian Krajina” in NATO in the Balkans, New York: International Action Center, 1998.]

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2. The war has been justified by Miloševic’s refusal to sign the Rambouillet “peace agreement”, a most cynical document whose exact terms were not known to the public until several weeks after the bombing began.

Its Appendix B would have allowed NATO freedom of movement throughout Yugoslavia— not just Kosovo. NATO personnel would enjoy complete immunity from any civil or criminal charges. And they would be allowed to use all Yugoslav airports, ports and streets cost-free. This is the kind of extra-territoriality that colonial powers enjoyed in the old days. No sovereign state would voluntarily agree to these conditions which are more like those that might be imposed on a country defeated in war.

The Serbs had come to Rambouillet to discuss the question of autonomy for Kosovo. Instead they were presented with the ultimatum--- sign on to this document or be bombed.

The secrecy about Appendix B plus its unreasonableness lead to a presumption that NATO, meaning the US, was looking for an excuse to start a war against Serbia rather than find a peaceful solution to the Kosovo problem. (Several of the politicians in the Contact Group which convened the conference were ignorant of the conditions imposed in Appendix B.).

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