Jewish World Review June 14, 1999 /31 Sivan 5759
America will be ultimate victim of war on Yugoslavia
NATO'S EMPIRE of half a billion has bombed a nation of 10 million to
submission. Still, the Serbs aren't the only losers.
Americans now confront a daunting new era when their sons and daughters
will be sent to remote corners of the globe to settle age-old disputes,
redraw boundaries and confer statehood on fractious minorities.
In the three months of NATO's air assault (Operation Collateral Damage), we
dropped more explosives on Yugoslavia than on either Japan or Germany during
any comparable period in World War II.
There were an estimated 13,000 civilian casualties, including 2,500 dead.
NATO's solemn assurance that its objective was to "degrade" Slobodan
Milosevic's war-making capacity ranks as one of the century's great lies.
The alliance hit hospitals, bridges, water pumping stations, TV stations
and the nation's power grid. Yugoslavia's unemployment rate approaches 90
percent. Rebuilding could cost $60 billion.
One example of the way in which NATO targeted Belgrade's war machine was
the bombing of a bridge in Varvarin (nine dead) when it was teeming with
market-day crowds. A second strike minutes after the first decapitated a
priest who was trying to aid the wounded. And the alliance calls Milosevic a
It was an unprecedented assault on a country whose troops never crossed its
borders. We did it for the 1 million Kosovar Albanians driven into exile,
But the mass expulsions didn't begin until after the air war started. Once
it became clear that the West was determined to take Kosovo away from it,
Belgrade decided to create facts on the ground.
This century has been marked by a series forced population movements. No
one suggested bombing the Indians when they pushed several million Muslims
into Pakistan in 1948.
The latest Balkans drama started when the Kosovo Liberation Army -- our
terrorist, drug-running allies -- began killing Serbs and Albanian
"traitors" in 1998. This prompted Yugoslavia's push against the guerrillas
(much like Turkey's war against the Kurdistan Workers' Party) which in turn
led the West to demand a Serb surrender at Rambouillet.
In Western eyes, all humanitarian disasters are not equal. In 1995, Croat
dictator Franjo Tudjman drove 300,000 Serbs out of the Krajina region,
killing 14,000 in the process. Having determined that the Serbs (including
women and children) are the enemies of civilization, Clinton and NATO
ignored this ethnic cleansing.
There are no Boy Scouts in the Balkans. What the Serbs did in Kosovo was
done to them by Croats, Bosnian Muslims and -- yes -- Kosovo Albanians.
What now for Kosovo? While paying lip-service to Yugoslav sovereignty, the
province will be wrenched from the Serbs. Kosovo will become a NATO
protectorate. An army of occupation, including 7,000 U.S. troops, will be
stationed there indefinitely, witness the Bosnia peacekeepers.
Our promise to "demilitarize" the KLA is as cynical as our nod of the head
to Yugoslav sovereignty. There are already 6,000 to 10,000 Albanian fighters
on the ground in Kosovo who can easily blend with returning refugees.
The only ones who won't be armed are an estimated half million Serbs and
other non-Albanians. Denizens of Macedonian refugee camps clamor for
revenge -- witness the near lynching in one camp of several gypsies, who are
regarded as Serb allies. The coming ethnic cleansing in Kosovo won't be
reported on CNN, and so it will be as if it never happened.
The New World Order is on a roll. Now that we've firmly established the
principle that NATO must ride to the rescue of victims of human-rights
abuses (notwithstanding that the target country has committed no act of
external aggression), there will be no stopping our latter day Woodrow
There are literally hundreds of separatist movements the world over. When
another insurrection begs us to bomb its adversaries in the name of averting
a humanitarian disaster, what will we say? The excuse that they're not
Europeans (so, presumably, we don't care how many of their villages burn)
will only hold for so long.
The ultimate victims of our conquest of Yugoslavia won't be the Serbs or
the Kosovo Albanians, who'd still be in their homes if Clinton hadn't
intervened, but the troops of the NATO imperium.
In what steaming jungles and bleak forests will Americans leave their bones
while trying to tidy up a messy world? While our leaders preen and posture,
Americans will die and do eternal sentry duty for a utopian vision of a
world without ethnic strife which will never
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