NATO Chickens Return To Roost
The lack of response to General Clark's announcement from the anti-war Left is deafening. One only needs to Google the Left's online archives to find damning facts and details the American media glossed over or ignored in 1999.
General Wesley Clark, Jr (Ret.) commanded the NATO Kosovo campaign...will he and Clinton be held to the same standards as the Bush Adminstration and General Franks?
One seriously doubts they will receive a nanosecond of criticism from the likes of the New York Times, "Not In Our Name" and Hollywood elites.
NATO under Clark's command and IN OUR NAME did this:
A NATO airstrike hit a bus Saturday near Luzane north of Pristina,
killing at least 34 people, including 15 children, and injuring five.
BOMBING OF CIVILIAN TARGETS IN KURSUMLIJA, 04/11/99.
[Ed. Yes, this link is jingoistic, but no less than the Palestinian agit prop that the Left laps up.]
Residential areas in towns of Novi Sad, Pancevo, Nis, Cuprija, Aleksinac, Kragujevac, Valjevo, Surdulica, Kraljevo, Jagodina were hit too.
UPDATE: This link was sent in email...the Lies & Denials page is a must read...however this one, if true, is especially interesting given the recent outing of the BBC's anti-war bias in reportage from Iraq.[Warning:slow loading pages]
The Left becried the destruction of Iraq's historical sites. Where were they when NATO (we) bombed monasteries?:
E. CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS AND MUSEUMS
Cultural and historical monuments have been hit directly or as so-called "collateral damage". The list comprises:
- Monastery Gracanica from 14th century (24 March - 6 April 1999);
- Monastery Rakovica from 17th century (29 March 1999);
- Patriarchate of Pec (1 April 1999);
- Church in Jelasnica near Surdulica (4 April 1999);
- Monastery of the Church of St. Juraj (built in 1714) in Petrovaradin (1 April 1999);
- Monastery of Holy Mother (12th century) at the estuary of the Kosanica in the Toplica - territory of municipality of Kursumlija (4 April 1999);
- Monastery of St. Nicholas (12th century) in the territory of the municipality of Kursumlija (4 April 1999);
- Monastery of St. Archangel Gabriel in Zemun (5 April 1999);
- Roman Catholic Church St. Antonio in Djakovica (29 March 1999);
- Orthodox cemetery in Gnjilane (30 March 1999);
- Monuments destroyed in Bogutovac (8 April 1999);
- Kadinjaca" memorial complex (8 April 1999);
- Vojlovica monastery near Pancevo (12 April 1999);
- Hopovo monastery, iconostasis damaged (12 April 1999);
- Orthodox Christian cemetery in Pristina (12 April 1999);
- Monastery church St, Archangel Michael in Rakovica (16 April 1999);
- Orthodox church St. Marco in Belgrade (24 April 1999);
- Russian Orthodox church Holly Trinity in Belgrade (24 April 1999);
- Severe damage to the roof structure of the Fortress of Petrovaradin (1 April 1999);
- Heavy damage to "Tabacki bridge", four centuries old, in Djakovica (5 April 1999);
- Substantial damage to the building in Stara Carsija (Old street) in Djakovica (5 April 1999);
- Destroyed archives housed in one of the Government buildings in Belgrade (3 April 1999);
- Memorial complex in Gucevo (Loznica);
- Memorial complex "Sumarice" in Kragujevac;
- Vojvodina Museum in Novi Sad;
- Old Military Barracks in Kragujevac - under the protection of the state (16 April 1999);
- Memorial complex Crveni Krst in Nis (21 April 1999);
Quite a nice job, General, your party should be proud.
''According to our estimates
, the total economic damage caused by NATO aggression
and measured in relation to gross domestic product will likely exceed that caused in World War II,'' Group-17, a caucus of independent, market-oriented economists said this week.
''We are drawing the attention of the international community to the fact that the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia represents an act of brutal retaliation against an entire nation and not a punishment of Milosevic's war machinery,'' the group added.
According to statistics released by the Yugoslav government, 517 civilians have been killed all over Serbia since the NATO air campaign began. The report did not specify how many of them were ethnic Albanians.
The direct damage inflicted on industrial, commercial and civil facilities and structure exceeds 10 billion US dollars, while indirect war damage can be put at several dozen billion US dollars, as more than 500.000 people have lost their workplaces , official and independent experts coincide.
According to a suppressed Air Force report obtained by NEWSWEEK, the number of targets verifiably destroyed was a tiny fraction of those claimed: 14 tanks, not 120; 18 armored personnel carriers, not 220; 20 artillery pieces, not 450. Out of the 744 "confirmed" strikes by NATO pilots during the war, the Air Force investigators, who spent weeks combing Kosovo by helicopter and by foot, found evidence of just 58." -- From "The Kosovo Cover-up" by John Barry And Evan Thomas, May 15, 2000.
Another anti-Bush canard exposed:
Chemical Warfare by NATO -- Illegal Use of Depleted Uranium, again
Note that in 1996 the United Nations Human Rights Tribunal called upon states to "to curb the production and the spread of weapons of mass destruction or with indiscriminate effect, in particular nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, fuel-air bombs, napalm, cluster bombs, biological weaponry and weaponry containing depleted uranium;"
March 2000, about 9 months after the bombing ended, finally NATO admitted to the UN that it used depleted uranium. NATO said they dropped 10 tonnes of depleted uranium in shells.
However, NATO is still holding back critical data on how depleted Uranium was used, while being urged by the UN to clean up its uranium debris in Kosovo, as reported by the Guardian.
The EU Weasels did not support Clinton's war either.
"Throughout Europe, but especially in Germany, Italy, and France, on both the left and the right, the conviction has been growing that the Kosovo war is essentially an Anglo-American "war against Europe". Britain, which refused to adopt the common European currency, is pursuing its traditional policy of keeping the continent divided as it urges the United States on in a war for which Europe risks paying a heavy price, not only economically but politically and morally as well."
This is the point we lost the Russians as well:
Russia saw NATO attacks on Yugoslavia as a direct threat to itself. In fact apparently some polls showed that 92 percent of Russians condemned the
bombings while 70,000 young Russians had even registered as would-be volunteers for Yugoslavia.
Our infamous Newspaper of Record is caught in another lie:
An article in the April 14 New York Times stated that Yugoslavian President Milosevic "has absolutely refused to entertain an outside force in Kosovo, arguing that the province is sovereign territory of Serbia and Yugoslavia."
Negotiations between the Serb and Albanian delegations at the Rambouillet meeting in France ended with Yugoslavia's rejection of the document that had been adopted, after much prodding, by the Kosovo Albanian party.
But is that the whole story?
No, it appears not.
[From the same source:]On February 20, the Russian ITAR-TASS news agency reported from Rambouillet that unnamed "Contact Group members may offer, as a compromise, Milosevic an option under which a multinational force will be deployed under the U.N. or the OSCE flag rather than the NATO flag as was planned before."
Agence France Presse reported the same day that the Serb delegation "showed signs that it might accept international peacekeepers on condition that they not be placed under NATO command" and added that the head of the Serb delegation "insisted that the peacekeepers answer to a non-military body such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe…or the United Nations." A U.S. official confirmed this to AFP: "The discussions are
on whether it should be a UN or OSCE force," the official said.
Did Clinton and Albright have other motives? Was Rambouillet Another Tonkin Gulf? Could it have been about Caspian Sea Oil?
[Ed: For those of you in Arcata and Santa Cruz: Oooiiiillllll!!!!!]
As the link also points out, a leaked version of the Pentagon's 1994-1999 Defense Planning Guidance report advises that the United States "must seek to prevent the emergence of European-only security arrangements which would undermine NATO. Therefore, it is of fundamental importance to preserve NATO as the primary instrument of Western defense and security, as well as the channel for U.S. influence and participation in European security affairs.". This is setting a pretty serious precedent -- even though perhaps there may have
been better options available, the US did not want to consider them, because it wanted to have a (leading) role in Europe's security affairs and keep Europe dependent on it.
According to this media advisory, "New evidence has emerged confirming that the U.S. deliberately set out to thwart the Rambouillet peace talks in France in order to provide a 'trigger' for NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia." This has serious ramifications all over -- from the role of the media to the intentions of NATO.
A senior US State Department official has admitted that the US "set the bar too high" for the Serbs and that they needed some bombing and yet the mainstream media has ignored this. It is also remarkable that NATO has achieved a peace treaty that is almost the same as what was proposed before the bombing began except that it has been very costly to human life and the environment. In fact, both NATO and Milosevic have actually given up some aspects of what the original Rambouillet accord demanded (not that the Rambouillet accord was very fair anyway, but it shows that even some of those demands were lost). Even the Ethnic Albanians have also lost out as the latest peace initiative and resolution does not discuss even the Kosovo Autonomy that the Rambouillet accord suggested. For a nicely summarized table of who gave up and gained what from this conflict, see this link. The mainstream media again has not really analyzed this.
Finally...the so called "success" claimed by Clinton's *snicker*New World Order *snicker* needs to be weighed against the enormous human costs, such as:
- Around 4,600 Albanians killed by Yugoslavia since NATO bombing started
- increased resentment around the world due to US/NATO unilateral actions
- 800,000 refugees, (the UN reports that over 750,000 people have been repatriated, but thathides the fact that there are still problems with rebuilding the destroyed facilities and infrastructure, problems with housing and accomodation, food, relief, as well as many, many unexploded mines and cluster bombs.)
- a nation who has been bombed continuously for over 70 days that has seen the democratic opposition destroyed,
- environmental disasters making areas difficult to live in without risking health problems,
- destroyed civilian infrastructure that would take many years to rebuild.
Was the ill-advised massive bombing of Yugoslava and the unintended consequences that set our European Allies against us?
"Acid rains" Over Romania
BUKUREST - Rumunian experts accused NATO that, by bombing Yugoslav chemical factories, caused "acid rains", which were spotted in the south, southwest and west of Romania, in past days.
They underlined that enviroment in the border areas of Romania is seriusly imperilled. In that areas, value of "ph" factor was decreased from normal 7 on 5 units, and that is the reason that caused "acid rains".
"Acid rains came as the concequences of NATO`s bombing on Yugoslav chemical factories", said Ilie Cincea, the director of APE, and added that the experts made such conclusion after the thorough exhamination that led to an elimination of all other causes.
How would General Clark heal the ever widening gulf between the EU's economic interests and our national security interests when he is preceived as a warrior? I do not understand the logic of electing a military leader when the Left is opposed to any use of the military...but then most of the Left's reasoning escapes me.
This was almost too easy to be satisfying.
Posted by feste at September 18, 2003 01:15 PM