War on Yugoslavia
Inhumane and Must Be Stopped
by Janette Rainwater
3 4 5 p2
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
f. Croatia, since Tudjmans
ascent to the presidency in 1990, has become more and more a clone
of the Ustaa, 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 Miloevics 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
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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