War on Yugoslavia
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
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
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