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15 years on: Looking back at NATO's ‘humanitarian’ bombing of Yugoslavia
RT ^ | March 24, 2014 | RT.com

Posted on 03/24/2014 3:37:16 PM PDT by Ravnagora

The Yugoslav Army Headquarters building hasn't been rebuilt after being damaged by cruises missiles in April 1999 during NATO's bombing of Serbia over Kosovo. Belgrade (AFP Photo)

Exactly 15 years ago, on March 24, NATO began its 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia. The alliance bypassed the UN under a “humanitarian” pretext, launching aggression that claimed hundreds of civilian lives and caused a much larger catastrophe than it averted.

Years on, Serbia still bears deep scars of the NATO bombings which, as the alliance put it, were aimed at “preventing instability spreading” in Kosovo. Questions remain on the very legality of the offense, which caused casualties and mass destruction in the Balkan republic.

Codenamed 'Operation Allied Force,' it was the largest attack ever undertaken by the alliance. It was also the first time that NATO used military force without the approval of the UN Security Council and against a sovereign nation that did not pose a real threat to any member of the alliance.

NATO demonstrated in 1999 that it can do whatever it wants under the guise of “humanitarian intervention,” “war on terror,” or “preventive war” – something that everyone has witnessed in subsequent years in different parts of the globe.

Nineteen NATO member states participated to some degree in the military campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), which lasted for 11 weeks until June 10, 1999.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: balkans; nato; russia; serbia; yugoslavia

1 posted on 03/24/2014 3:37:16 PM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; vooch; ...

PING!


2 posted on 03/24/2014 3:38:40 PM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

Clinton.


3 posted on 03/24/2014 3:39:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Ravnagora

4 posted on 03/24/2014 3:40:53 PM PDT by McGruff (They say the first casualty of war is truth)
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To: McGruff

I’ve never looked at this country in quite the same way after Kosovo.


5 posted on 03/24/2014 3:41:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ravnagora
Bombing Serbia to enable Kosovo to secede is Putin's gold plated precedent for helping Crimea to secede from Ukraine. And Clinton gave it to him on a silver platter--fifteen years ago today, humiliating the Russians in the process. You can believe that Putin never forgot that diplomatic abortion.
6 posted on 03/24/2014 3:42:43 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Ravnagora
All this just to cover up Klintoon getting a Monica in the Oval Office.


7 posted on 03/24/2014 3:46:44 PM PDT by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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To: Ravnagora

Wag the blue dress dog.


8 posted on 03/24/2014 3:51:26 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Ravnagora
AIRING TONIGHT (MONDAY MARCH 24, 2014) ON RT:

‘ZASHTO? Why?’ Haunting memories of Yugoslavia bombings

Fifteen years after NATO invaded Yugoslavia, memories of the 78-day bombing are still haunting present-day Serbia. Above all, people ask why the alliance brought them death and destruction. RT presents its documentary 'Zashto?' from the war-torn country. On March 24, 1999, when NATO started its ruthless bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, Jelena Milincic was a student at the University of Belgrade, and just 18 years old. When the first strikes hit in the evening, she, her mother, sister, and best friend cowered under a table. Remembering this now, 15 years later, they laugh. Back then, it was terrifying. For the next three months, the relentless airstrikes became part of Jelena’s – and many other people’s – lives.

“In ’99, I was 16 and I was studying in a theater school. I had no idea that a country in central Europe was being bombed for three months,” RT America journalist Anissa Naouai says in the film. Operation Allied Force, as it was code-named, lasted until June 10, 1999. Tragically, NATO’s aggression resulted in more than 2,000 civilian deaths, including 88 children. The authors of 'Zashto?' – which means “Why?” in English – Serbian Jelena Milincic and American Anissa Naouai traveled through former Yugoslavia to Belgrade, Kosovo, and Montenegro. They spoke to people who endured the atrocities and horrors of the war and lost loved ones. “We were just looking for important, heartfelt stories. Serbia is not a very large country, and everywhere we went we found people who were personally affected by the bombings, and feel the war’s impact to this day,” said Milincic, a Serbian journalist. “Our goal was to show the aspects of the conflict that you did not see in the news, the stories of civilians affected by the events,” Milincic added. NATO was intent on achieving its objective, destroying the General Staff building – a move seen as progress in the fight to bring down Slobodan Milosevic. “What they didn’t show you was that a young girl living next door was killed in the airstrike,” Milincic said. We did not think this film “would end up being so personal.” After seeing the destruction with her own eyes, Naouai, said the on-the-ground reality made a mockery of the picture that US media painted of the war. “I don’t understand how the world can let NATO not say sorry for this,” Naouai says in the film. “We decided to title the film 'Zashto?' because to this day many people do not understand what exactly NATO’s goal was, what were they able to achieve at such a high price, and whether that goal was really worth the price,” Milincic said. http://rt.com/news/yugoslavia-nato-war-documentary-417/ *****

9 posted on 03/24/2014 3:53:59 PM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

Yay, RT propaganda. Why not post articles from Granma so we can get some Cuban state news as well!

I didn’t particularly support this NATO attack on Serbia, but RT is not a real news source - well, unless you want news direct from the Russian government or think everything that happens in the world revolves around fiat currency, who has the largest gold stocks and/or is a neo-con conspiracy (aka Joos).


10 posted on 03/24/2014 3:54:18 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

Longbow1969,

RT is turning out to be a better, more reliable news source than the other cable news stations. Give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.

_______________________


11 posted on 03/24/2014 3:56:58 PM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora
RT is turning out to be a better, more reliable news source than the other cable news stations. Give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised

Yes, I do watch it sometimes. Zerohedge links to it quite often, and it's on most of the hotel satellite services around much of the world (so I see it often when I travel). RT is Russian state propaganda. If you are interested in watching Russian state propaganda, it's the go to site/network. But lets not pretend RT is some independent network. It's just a slicker version of Pravda.

12 posted on 03/24/2014 4:05:58 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: BenLurkin
Don't just blame Clinton for that outrage. Some of the loudest cheerleaders calling for U.S. military action against Serbia were the same "neo-conservatives" who ended up in high places in the U.S. Department of Defense in the Bush Administration.

Big-government globalist @ssholes ... every one of them.

13 posted on 03/24/2014 4:07:25 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

I seem to remember Bob Dole beating the war drums to help out the poor oppressed mooselims.


14 posted on 03/24/2014 4:47:21 PM PDT by Zuse
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To: Ravnagora

15 posted on 03/24/2014 4:52:14 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Ravnagora

It’s OK when we kill 2000 civilians, but it’s not OK when Russia kills none.


16 posted on 03/24/2014 5:06:34 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Zuse

There was no bigger cheerleader for the bombing than McCain.


17 posted on 03/24/2014 5:10:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

McCain suffers from a severe case of pravoslavniphobia — the irrational fear or hatred of Orthodox Christians. From his positions on the Balkans in the 1990’s to his reaction to the mere fact that a Senate committee he sat on would let Orthodox Christians from Syria testify about the effects of the ongoing civil war there, everything about his behavior and policy prescriptions vis-a-vis regions with large Orthodox populations points to this conclusion.


18 posted on 03/24/2014 5:18:08 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Ravnagora

May the Memory of all who lost their lives in the NATO bombing be Eternal!!!!

Holy Martyrs of Serbia pray to God for us!!!!


19 posted on 03/24/2014 7:08:46 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Because of Clinton we put a cruise missile into the Chinese embassy in Belgrade and killed one of their people. Guess we will get the blowback from that when Chinese take back Taiwan.


20 posted on 03/24/2014 7:36:20 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: Longbow1969
"RT is Russian state propaganda. If you are interested in watching Russian state propaganda, it's the go to site/network. But lets not pretend RT is some independent network. It's just a slicker version of Pravda."

Much like most of the US media is for Obama propaganda. The truth is hard to come by from any major source.

21 posted on 03/25/2014 3:22:49 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Ravnagora

Thanx!


22 posted on 03/25/2014 7:07:57 AM PDT by bayouranger (Those who are anti-islam are a National Security Threat.- J.Brennan CIA Dir. Feb10)
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To: Ravnagora
The great majority of Freepers had 20/20 on this issue in 1999, except Neocon Trotskysts. They did not figure out it was the end of New American Century, even before it ended.

After winning the Cold War, America's credibility rating was stellar AAA. After televised murdering of Serbian civilians on behalf of Muslim terrorists it slipped to B-.

Cold war victory was squandered.

India went "nucular", Ruskies got rid of drunkard Yelstin and Putin's team got into driver's seat, and slowly and steadily the reputation of American "democratic" values slipped to D.

The Clinton's gift that keeps on giving.

23 posted on 03/25/2014 6:47:50 PM PDT by DTA
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To: Ravnagora

Tony Blair called it, “The First Progressives’ War”.


24 posted on 03/25/2014 6:48:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Longbow1969
How about German TV?

WDR perhaps

25 posted on 03/25/2014 7:00:57 PM PDT by DTA
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To: DTA

Russia is nothing without Putin. If not for him, it would had split up into many different countries.


26 posted on 03/25/2014 7:10:04 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Longbow1969
How about TV from another NATO country?

Czech Republic this time

Fighting on behalf of Muslim terrorists and preaching "war on terror".

That's how America's credibility rating sunk to D-the same level as it was for Brezhnev's USSR. Feared and despised.

American media today is no different than USSR's Pravda and Izvestiya - no truth(Pravda) in Izvestiya (News) and no izvestiya (News) in Pravda.

In comparison to American MSM RT looks like beacon of liberty.

Thanks God there is FR.

27 posted on 03/25/2014 7:12:37 PM PDT by DTA
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