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On March 24, 1999, the U.S. bombed Kosovo. Putin has been planning his payback ever since.
Slate ^ | 21 March 2014 | Masha Gessen

Posted on 03/23/2014 7:30:20 PM PDT by Lorianne

Fifteen years ago this week, I broke a promise I'd given to myself: After being captured and threatened with execution by Kosovar guerrillas the year before, I had sworn to give up war reporting. Now I was on my way to Belgrade to report on the effects the NATO bombing campaign was having on Serbia. When friends challenged my decision, I explained that I thought the course of history was changing at that very moment and I had to document it.

I was wrong about the documenting-it part: I stayed in the region for six weeks, writing a number of stories, including 34 separate dispatches for Slate from Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia, but it took a lot longer than that for the catastrophic historic change to become evident. It has taken 15 years. Russia's invasion of Ukraine completes that story.

On March 24, 1999, Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov was on his way to Washington when he got word that NATO had begun bombing Kosovo. He ordered his plane turned around. A few hours later, he landed in a Moscow that was reeling from the insult of not being consulted. Russians had only a vague idea of what Kosovo was but a very strong concept of Serbia being a land of fellow Eastern Orthodox Slavs and of Yugoslavia being a rightful part of Moscow's sphere of influence. Not being consulted—or even, apparently, warned—sent the very clear message that the U.S. had decided it now presided over a unipolar world. There was no longer even the pretense of recognizing Russia's fading-superpower status: President Bill Clinton had chosen not to wait the few hours it would have taken for Primakov to land in Washington, allowing him to save face by at least pretending to have been in on the conversation.

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: kosovo; serbia; ukraine; vladimirputin

1 posted on 03/23/2014 7:30:20 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

You just may be spot on! I always why Clinton was so quick to start dropping bombs on the civilians of Belgrade..


2 posted on 03/23/2014 7:39:31 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Lorianne

Most interesting - the long-term origins of this conflict.


3 posted on 03/23/2014 7:41:52 PM PDT by BlackVeil ('The past is never dead. It's not even past.' William Faulkner)
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To: Lorianne

This author is the woman that admitted that homosexual marriage was instituted to destroy heterosexual marriage. Look it up.


4 posted on 03/23/2014 7:42:57 PM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle

So? What does it have to do with Kosovo?


5 posted on 03/23/2014 7:43:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Lorianne
From the article:

This time Putin mentioned Kosovo. Indeed, in his speech to parliament on Tuesday, he made it very clear that by annexing Crimea he had avenged Russia for what had happened with Kosovo.

“It was our Western partners who created the precedent; they did it themselves, with their own hands, as it were, in a situation that was totally analogous to the Crimean situation, by recognizing Kosovo's secession from Serbia as legitimate,” said Putin. And then, as he cited American statements on Kosovo, he got more and more worked up until he said, “They wrote it themselves. They spread this all over the world. They screwed everybody—and now they are outraged!” (The Kremlin's official translators, who are forever civilizing the Russian president's speech, translated this sentence as “They wrote this, disseminated it all over the world, had everyone agree, and now they are outraged!” The expression Putin used, however, was “vsekh nagnuli,” street slang for having had nonconsensual anal sex with everybody, rather than for having everybody agree.)

6 posted on 03/23/2014 7:45:47 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: Lorianne

Madeleine Albright came from a Jewish family and in WW2 they fled the Nazis —they sheltered in a Serb town that she later bombed to smithereens, as Clinton’s Secretary of State.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 7:48:09 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Lorianne

I’m afraid this is all too obvious.

Clinton fought that war on the wrong side, helping Albanian illegal immigrants and invaders steal Kosovo from the Serbs—who, it was noted at the time, were the Russians’ “little brothers.”

It was against our interest, but it was even more against Russia’s interest.

That led to Russia’s assault on Georgia, and now—among other causes—to this.


8 posted on 03/23/2014 8:02:00 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

I hope one day to see Serb tanks roll back into Pristina.


9 posted on 03/23/2014 8:02:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cicero

And that numbskull, Wesley Clark almost got us into WW III.


10 posted on 03/23/2014 8:04:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn
“It was our Western partners who created the precedent; they did it themselves, with their own hands, as it were, in a situation that was totally analogous to the Crimean situation, by recognizing Kosovo's secession from Serbia as legitimate,” said Putin.

Have to admit, I've been waiting for that one. Because the parallel is exact...and Clinton's pretext even more scurrilous than Putin's own.

As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

Ukraine now gets to play Serbia and, along with the U.S., pay for another of Clinton's foreign policy sins.

11 posted on 03/23/2014 8:04:06 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Lorianne

I’m amazed that Slate would publish this.


12 posted on 03/23/2014 8:08:36 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: dfwgator
Yes, and the same Wesley Clark so famous at the Davidian Compound.
13 posted on 03/23/2014 8:08:57 PM PDT by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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To: sheik yerbouty

The cold war ended with President Reagan. It started up again with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.


14 posted on 03/23/2014 8:12:30 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Enterprise

The same Bill Clinton that negotiated that ridiculous Budapest Memorandum that now has us in this situation in Ukraine.


15 posted on 03/23/2014 8:13:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

15 years later Clinton’s treachery lives on. After Obama is gone, I wonder how many years his treachery will endure.


16 posted on 03/23/2014 8:16:32 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: gaijin

No good deed goes unpunished.


17 posted on 03/23/2014 8:19:41 PM PDT by sport
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To: Enterprise

Way into the next century.


18 posted on 03/23/2014 8:21:43 PM PDT by sport
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To: dfwgator
100%

"I'm not going to start the third world war for you," General Sir Mike Jackson, commander of the international KFOR peacekeeping force, is reported to have told Gen. Clark when he refused to accept an order to send assault troops to prevent Russian troops from taking over the airfield of Kosovo's provincial capital. The Times of London reported on 23 May 2001 in an article titled, "Kosovo clash of allied generals."

19 posted on 03/23/2014 8:22:47 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: dfwgator

I hope NATO doesn’t start bombing Russian ethnic communities in Ukraine, to help their Ukrainian fascist client state brothers.


20 posted on 03/23/2014 8:22:52 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Lorianne

Be wary of Democrats with compensation issues.


21 posted on 03/23/2014 8:24:17 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: Lorianne

Sadly, Ukraine is a country that refuses to pay its bills. It gets cheap gas from Russia but won’t pay, the Chinese are asking for money, and the IMF canceled its first bailout because there were no reforms going on. Ukraine just wanted IMF cash.

This is not a country to start a war over.


22 posted on 03/23/2014 8:27:03 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: struggle
She's right about that. Kosovo. clinton waged war without Congress. Attacked a country that had done nothing to us and facilitated the annexation of part of that country that had been invaded by foreign muslims. Kosovo has been effectively cleansed of Serbs and Christians.

What moral leg do we have to stand on when Russia and China start bombing civilian targets in the US SW to help mexican illegals annex aztlan?

23 posted on 03/23/2014 8:46:49 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Lorianne

There is no such thing as a “Kosovar.” She was kidnapped by the Albanians.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 8:51:03 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: Lorianne
I knew it. It's George Bush's fault!

Oh, wait...

25 posted on 03/23/2014 9:17:26 PM PDT by Gritty (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out! - David Horowitz)
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To: BlackVeil
But helping the Russian opposition in the same committed, involved, and even meddling manner as the U.S. once helped the Serbian opposition should be.

Its amazing how imperialist and interventionist American leftists can be when it suits them.

26 posted on 03/23/2014 9:43:38 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: BlackVeil

“Most interesting - the long-term origins of this conflict.”

The “long term or origins” of this conflict go back to Catherine The Great.


27 posted on 03/23/2014 9:50:40 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Lorianne
Well, at least the bombing of Serbia and recognition of Kosovo bought us a lot of good will in the Muslim world.

Oh, wait.....

28 posted on 03/24/2014 1:21:56 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: gaijin

That halfbright woman is so good at paying it backward.


29 posted on 03/24/2014 1:43:28 AM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: Lorianne

We were on the wrong side in Kosovo and we are on the wrong side of Crimea now!


30 posted on 03/24/2014 1:54:02 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Cicero

Historically Russia has always backed the Serbs. Clinton went I there to distract from problems at home and to get street cred as a war time president. We had no business there then and do not now


31 posted on 03/24/2014 3:16:59 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Eagles6

“Attacked a country that had done nothing to us and facilitated the annexation of part of that country that had been invaded by foreign muslims. Kosovo has been effectively cleansed of Serbs and Christians.”

The worst part for Serbia was that they lost so much of the land given to them by the Allies after WWI. Besides seeing the new countries of Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Montenegro spun off earlier in the nineties, they then had to watch part of Serbia itself (Kosovo) broken off as well...


32 posted on 03/24/2014 4:02:15 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

True.


33 posted on 03/24/2014 6:36:31 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Gritty
I knew it. It's George Bush's fault! Oh, wait...

I hate to say it, but Bush gets part of the blame. Kosovo still hadn't been handed over to the Muzzies as an independent country, and illegally raped from Yugoslavia, until well after George Bush was in office.

Instead of trying to undo the damage, Bush just went right along with Clinton. As, of course, did McCain and the rest of those idiots.

34 posted on 03/24/2014 10:20:57 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

McCain practically wanted to nuke Belgrade.


35 posted on 03/24/2014 10:21:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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