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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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“The new principle seems to be that states can be sanctioned or punished whenever they mistreat some of their subjects. How acceptable is this likely to be in a world where many states do, in fact, mistreat their subjects?

Where does this lead in international relations? Any attempt by the US and its allies to impose their values on the rest of the world will probably lead to the break-up of the world polity and with it the break-up of the world economy.

There are actual or potential conflicts going on all over the world. How many wars will NATO need to fight to secure minority rights? What does not walking away after the bombing has done its worst really mean? Do you create a desert by bombing and then occupy the ruins?

To continue without rules is to risk the destruction of the free market over much of the world and a 21st century which will resemble the worst of our own rather than the best of the 19th.”

This indictment of the NATO war from a Conservative Party spokesman and the author of a major study on John Maynard Keynes! [Nick Brown, “A Conservative Lord Warns of Global Turmoil”, 7 May 1999, http://www.wsws.org ]

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Why are US and NATO pursuing this vendetta against Serbia?

One reason could be that the country was one of the holdouts against the “economic reforms” mandated by the IMF for the other countries of Eastern Europe.

Another is that the Balkans, always a strategic area as the meeting-place between Europe and the Middle East, has become increasingly important with the discovery of huge oil reserves in the Caspian Sea basin.

Sincethe death of Tito in 1980, both Germany and the US have been working to destabilize Yugoslavia economically (with IMF and other “economic reforms”) and then dissolve the country into smaller fragments which would then be more vulnerable and easier to control.

It is clear that the US bypassed the United Nations to go with NATO on this war against Serbia. First of all, either Russia or China would have vetoed the bombing in the Security Council. More importantly, NATO is the instrument by which the US can maintain its domination in European and world affairs.

NATO began fifty years ago as an alliance of eleven democratic nations of the west for the military containment of the Soviet Union. So one would have thought it would gracefully sunset itself upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. But no.

NATO instead has been expanded to include three of the former Warsaw Pact nations with the others clamoring for admission (which they see as their ticket to eventual inclusion in the European Union.)

In 1992 the New York Times printed excerpts from a forty-six page Pentagon document entitled “The Defense Planning Guide” which baldly stated that the US should pursue complete world domination, militarily and politically.

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