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NATO's Kosovo War, 11 Years Later
The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies ^ | March 23, 2010 | Ambassador James Bissett

Posted on 03/24/2010 7:01:56 AM PDT by Ravnagora

Eleven years ago NATO opened its bombing campaign against Serbia, illegally and without provocation. It started on March 24, 1999, and continued for 78 days and nights. It was the most intensive air offensive suffered by any country since the end of the Second World War.

Over a thousand people were killed and the civilian infrastructure of Serbia was destroyed, but it proved unable to degrade the Serbian military. It caused far more suffering than it prevented. For the first time since its founding the North Atlantic Alliance, led by the United States, acted in violation of its own treaty and the United Nations Charter by using violence to resolve an international dispute. This illegal act marked a historical turning point and was a fatal step in dismantling the framework of peace and security that had governed international relations since the end of the Second World War. It set precedents that will continue to plague international affairs for years. The bombing also revealed a disturbing reality that has continued to haunt us: the ease with which our democratic countries can be led into committing acts of violence and war by political leaders prepared to tell us lies.

President Clinton, Prime Minister Blair and other NATO leaders told their citizens that the bombing of Serbia was a humanitarian intervention to stop President Milosevic of Serbia from committing genocide and the ethnic cleansing of the Albanian majority in Kosovo. This of course was not true: forensic times have found some 2000 victims of the Kosovo conflict so far – Serbian and Albanian, civilian and military – who had been killed prior to NATO’s air war in March 1999. Distressing as this figure may be, it is not genocide. Nevertheless, the accusations that genocide took place in Kosovo continue to be accepted without hesitation by the western media.

The claim about ethnic cleansing was also a falsehood. While it is true that several thousand Albanians had been displaced within Kosovo by the armed conflict between the Serb security forces and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), the large-scale exodus of the Albanian population occurred after the bombing started. United Nations figures show that the mass of refugees fled Kosovo after the first bombs began to fall In other words, it was the bombing that caused the flight from Kosovo. Despite the proof of this we continue to hear in the western media that the NATO bombing “stopped ethnic cleansing.”

In reality the bombing of Serbia had nothing to do with genocide or ethnic cleansing. The bombing had everything to do with demonstrating that NATO was still a viable military organization and was needed in Europe. There is ample evidence now to show that the United States and British secret services aided and abetted the KLA in its efforts to use violence to destabilize Kosovo and to create the excuse for NATO intervention.

The Kosovo crisis and the 78 day bombing campaign against Serbia was from the outset a carefully planned fraud. Because bombing people for humanitarian reasons was an obvious contradiction, it had to be portrayed as an urgently needed rescue mission to stop the “genocide” that was allegedly taking place in Kosovo. This was done by a highly organized publicity campaign designed to deceive a compliant media and a gullible public that Milosevic was evil and that the Serbs were barbarians who had to be stopped. Hailed as the man who brought the Bosnian war to a conclusion at Dayton four years earlier, he was now depicted as the “butcher of the Balkans” and conveniently charged by The Hague War Crimes Tribunal as a war criminal. The duplicity and the deception which reached their height during the bombing itself has continued to this day.

The subsequent policies followed by the United States and its NATO allies have not only continued to be based on falsehood and hypocrisy, but also continue to pose a threat to world peace and security.

The heart of the problem has been what appears to be a determination of the United States policy makers, whether Democrat or Republican, to look upon the Western Balkans as their special fiefdom where international rules of conduct do not apply. It is as if they regard these Slavic lands as lesser breeds without the law, and therefore can do with them whatever they deem desirable. This hubris has lead the United States and the obedient but morally bankrupt leaders of Germany, France and Great Britain to follow wrong-headed policies such as the bombing of Serbia and the recognition of Kosovo independence – and to do so without scruples.

Perhaps it is too much to hope for that the critical financial problems faced by the United States and many European countries will curtail their meddling in the affairs of smaller nations and give them pause to reflect that the rule of law applies to all and that international disputes must be resolved without the use of force. This is the hope – however tenuous - expressed by our Foundation's members, friends and associates on the eleventh anniversary of the bombing of Serbia.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bombing; christiangenocide; clintonlegacy; clintonlied; killingformuslims; kosovo; nato; peopledied; serbia; troopshome4xmas; wrongplace; wrongside; wrongwar

1 posted on 03/24/2010 7:01:57 AM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

“It’s just not cool to protest Clinton’s wars” - Janeane Garofalo


2 posted on 03/24/2010 7:02:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ravnagora

Clinton targeted civilians. He is a War Criminal.


3 posted on 03/24/2010 7:03:14 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; vooch; ...

4 posted on 03/24/2010 7:03:34 AM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: massgopguy

clinton lied and many died.

a war where clinton ordered the bombing of civilians I expect the anti war crowd and the media to be going mad at this and demand him to be put on trial

oh wait silly me he’s a D, he can kill people, lie, cheat, steal according to the media


5 posted on 03/24/2010 7:04:55 AM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Ravnagora

Clintoon helped the islamization of Europe!
Typical libtard

Carter helped the islamization of Iran....

And we are still facing the consequences


6 posted on 03/24/2010 7:11:10 AM PDT by Ulysse (a)
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To: Ulysse

Serbia got on the wrong side of a Clinton BJ!


7 posted on 03/24/2010 7:13:03 AM PDT by Mr. Right Now
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To: Ulysse

Serbia got on the wrong side of a Clinton BJ!


8 posted on 03/24/2010 7:13:20 AM PDT by Mr. Right Now
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To: Ravnagora

The first day in my adult life that I was ashamed to be an American....I’ll never forget what the Klintons and Albright and Company did to this country and my family living there


9 posted on 03/24/2010 7:14:00 AM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Promoted by God to be a mother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................Thanks, Susan!)
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To: Ravnagora

Sorry to say this to you but justified or not (i still think it was but anyway...) it´s time that the serbs start
to accept that Kosovo is lost because this is the reality and it will not change, no matter if you don´t like it, think that it was not justified or whatever....


10 posted on 03/24/2010 7:15:56 AM PDT by darkside321
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To: darkside321

Justified how?


11 posted on 03/24/2010 7:20:24 AM PDT by montyspython ("I don't believe in 'no win' scenarios." - James T. Kirk)
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To: Ravnagora

btt


12 posted on 03/24/2010 7:20:26 AM PDT by OldCorps
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To: darkside321

Serbs have already “accepted” way too much over the years.

Would you be telling the Israelis to “accept” that “Jerusalem” was “lost” if Jerusalem were to suffer the same fate as Kosovo?

It’s not that far-fetched of a scenario, considering what has been happening in the Middle East, in the Balkans, and in Europe these last few years.

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13 posted on 03/24/2010 7:21:48 AM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: darkside321

By your logic, we conservatives should simply give up the fight against the health care scam and accept it and move on.


14 posted on 03/24/2010 7:27:16 AM PDT by montyspython ("I don't believe in 'no win' scenarios." - James T. Kirk)
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To: Ravnagora

Serbs have already “accepted” way too much over the years.

Would you be telling the Israelis to “accept” that “Jerusalem” was “lost” if Jerusalem were to suffer the same fate as Kosovo?

It’s not that far-fetched of a scenario, considering what has been happening in the Middle East, in the Balkans, and in Europe these last few years.


Sorry but what will it help if you don´t accept it? Do you
really believe they will give it back to you some day because you don´t accept/like it? I hope not because this would be a pipe dream. So all it will “help” is that it will close some doors in Europe (or at least prevent opening doors because Serbia has not the best reputation in Europe anyway). OF course if this is what “you” whant and think it´s the best for Serbia, then ok i´m fine with this because its your country. There is a difference (most of Europe does not care about Jerusalem but “they” do care whats happening in their “backyard”) I do admit that nobody would have lifted only a finger if this war would have been fought in Africa but fact is it was fought in Europe so like it our not this are the consequences for the Serbs because of this war. Fair? Don´t know but fact is believe me nobody outside of Serbia (at least in most of Europe) even cares
to think about it if it has been fair or not.
This is the reality and this will not go away.


15 posted on 03/24/2010 7:37:32 AM PDT by darkside321
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To: Ravnagora

You might notice the date the bombing started, March 24, 1999.

Just curious, do you know what happened on March 20, 1999 and why Hillary selected that week to begin the bombing?


16 posted on 03/24/2010 7:39:53 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Ravnagora

btt


17 posted on 03/24/2010 7:40:48 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: darkside321
it´s time that the serbs start to accept that Kosovo is lost because this is the reality and it will not change, no matter if you don´t like it, think that it was not justified or whatever..

It is sad. That land which was fought for by an independent minded Christian country to drive out the Ottoman Turks around 1912 was given to the Muslims by a crappy American president and NATO in violation of the NATO charter.

18 posted on 03/24/2010 7:41:04 AM PDT by GWConservative (It's ten forty a.m. in DC. Do you know where your Congress-critter is?)
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To: darkside321

You’ve basically missed several points:
(1) The intent of the article is to highlight that the DEMOCRATIC president lied and the media swallowed his lies hook,line & sinker without raising any questions.
(2) what the DEMOCRATIC president did was ILLEGAL, again without any consequences to him.
(3) those lies and illegal actions are now accepted as “truth” and have set hideous precendent which reverberates in today’s world.
(4) his actions set up the Islamization of the Balkans, which, as a result, is now a major training ground for terrorist training & planning against Europe.
(5) The purpose of the article is to remind us of these truths and to encourage us to standfast to prevent it happening again anywhere else under this current pseudo-Messianic DEMOCRATIC president.


19 posted on 03/24/2010 7:43:49 AM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: montyspython

By your logic, we conservatives should simply give up the fight against the health care scam and accept it and move on.


No because this are 2 totally different matter of facts.
You can fight against this health care scam because it´s
a domestic thing, There for maybe a court, the next election... can really change something.
But the Serbs have no say about this.
It was taken by force from “foreigners” and believe
me they don´t give a rats a$$ if the serbs like it or not.
This is why i said it makes no sence to still “battle” it.
Because simple there is NO chance that you can win as long as nobody is interessted what you might have to say or if you like it. Just for example would the US hand over some territory back to mexico if the mexicans would write a petition to the US demanding it? I guess not.


20 posted on 03/24/2010 7:50:11 AM PDT by darkside321
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To: Ravnagora
Socialism at home and imperial overreach abroad will soon see to it that the US is unable to stick it's nose into the affairs of other nations, like yours.

When the day comes, you guys get Kosovo back, if you want it. My advice? Ethnically-cleanse it of albanian scum for real this time. Don't have to kill them, just send them back to their own country, where they belong.

Many of us Americans were vocal opponents of the criminal US assault on Serbia, and are deeply ashamed of the crimes WE committed against the Serbian people.

21 posted on 03/24/2010 8:00:19 AM PDT by LIBERTARIAN JOE (Don't blame me - I voted for Ron Paul!)
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To: massgopguy; dfwgator

One of the best-kept secrets of the Clinton administration’s debacle in the Balkans is that most of the so-called “neo-conservatives” who later polluted the Bush administration were strong supporters of it.


22 posted on 03/24/2010 8:07:07 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.")
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To: Ravnagora

So both sides killed 2000. And then we came in and killed another 1000.


23 posted on 03/24/2010 8:11:10 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Alberta's Child

“One of the best-kept secrets of the Clinton administration’s debacle in the Balkans is that most of the so-called “neo-conservatives” who later polluted the Bush administration were strong supporters of it.”

You’re right. McCain wanted to put troops on the ground in Kososvo.


24 posted on 03/24/2010 8:14:26 AM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: AuntB

You’re right. McCain wanted to put troops on the ground in Kososvo.


As far as i know the US still has some troops in Kosovo.


25 posted on 03/24/2010 8:23:12 AM PDT by darkside321
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To: darkside321

Yes, there are troops in Kosovo.

McCain wanted a fighting force instead of air bombing.
But then he was getting big bucks from Albanian terrorists.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1970022/posts


26 posted on 03/24/2010 8:28:35 AM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: darkside321
"it´s time that the serbs start to accept that Kosovo is lost because this is the reality and it will not change, no matter if you don´t like it, think that it was not justified or whatever...."

It took the Serbs 400 years to get it back from invading Muslims last time. I'm guessing that it will take a little less than that this time -- but the time will come, make no mistake.

Kosovo was not ours to take or ours to give away.

27 posted on 03/25/2010 11:53:17 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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