. . KLA IN!
of the KLA's first targets was the Belacevad mine in the town of
Dobro Selo. Hurried evacuation efforts by the mine's manager succeeded
in saving 100 mine workers, but the KLA ambushed a van bringing
in workers for the afternoon shift, and three of them, and the driver,
were kidnapped at gunpoint. The KLA is anything but generous in
victory: according to an
Associated Press report by Candice Hughes, "they were gloating,
using the dispatcher's two-way radio at the mine administration
to taunt the Serbs and curse them. 'Go back to Serbia,' the rebel
voice would say. These are our great allies, praised by Secretary
of State Madeleine Albright and her spokesman, James "Mr. Christiane
Amanpour" Rubin, as "freedom fighters."
knew the army was withdrawing," said Zivojin Stepic, the drivers'
father, "but we didn't worry. We expected NATO to protect the
workers." There is something almost childlike about this kind
of naïveté. After being bombed into near-oblivion by
the NATO-crats, Stepic really believed that his would-be murderers
would shield him from the KLA. But when NATO troops finally showed
up, it wasn't to protect the mine a key link in Kosovo's
electrical grid but to merely observe. "They sent us
here because it is high ground and we can see a lot," explained
Lieutenant Chris Hunt, a bit sheepishly. When the mine manager told
him about the kidnapping, Hunt told him: "We'll try to get
more troops over this way. But everything's stretched pretty thin
mineworkers were kidnapped by the KLA near the same site on June
22, 1998. They were never seen or heard from again. But don't worry
those FBI agents sent into Kosovo to investigate alleged
war crimes are sure to get to the bottom of it. And what about Louise
Arbour and those unbiased lovers of justice over at the International
Tribunal surely they will be eager to punish the war
criminals responsible for these terrorist attacks on civilians.
And if you believe that, then perhaps I can interest you
in this bridge over here . . .
10,000 Serbian refugees poured over the border to find safe haven
from the KLA in Montenegro, with thousands of others fleeing north
but where are the television cameras? For some unfathomable
reason we have seen nothing of this on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News,
or any other Western news outlet. For weeks and months we were treated
to an endless loop of Kosovar refugee footage, to the point that
Tony Blair was berating the English-speaking peoples for suffering
from what he called "refugee fatigue." In the case of
the Serbian refugees from the NATO-KLA ethnic cleansing, "refugee
fatigue" has started in rather early.
RUSSIANS ARE COMING! (HURRAH!)
was a bitter day when Slobo capitulated or seemed to
and Clinton reveled in the cowardice of a strategy involving bombing
from 50,000 feet and crowed about his "victory." But the
sting was taken out of defeat when the Russians rolled into Pristina
and seized the airport right under the noses of the triumphant Allies.
Cheered as liberators by those few brave Serbs who dared remain
in the conquered city, the Russians marched through the streets
and occupied the airport the very spot slated to be KFOR's
war has been full of "mistakes." It was a "mistake"
when NATO struck the Chinese embassy, a tragic "error"
when Allied warplanes bombed a passenger bus, a terrible "miscalculation"
when NATO bombers hit a Kosovar convoy. It was therefore only natural
for the Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Ivanov, to explain that it
was all an unfortunate misunderstanding, and the 600 Russian soldiers
blocking the road to the airport would be out of there is no time.
The Russian military issued a separate statement, however, claiming
that the order to occupy Pristina ahead of the Brits had come from
the highest levels, and rumors flew that at least 1,000 more were
on the way. The Kremlin said nothing. While the British warlord
of KFOR, Lieutenant General Sir Michael Jackson, reportedly had
"steam coming out of his ears," in public he downplayed
the significance of the Russian move, echoing a statement out of
NATO's Brussels headquarters that the alliance had a "very
relaxed, very calm reaction." Upon hearing the news, as she
arrived in Macedonia," Mad Cow Madeleine Albright was none
too calm about it: she immediately ordered Strobe Talbott, en route
back from a visit to Moscow, to turn his plane around. As the Kosovo
crisis deepens, these midair acrobatics are becoming quite commonplace.
Can we trust Albright to remember that while a plane can make a
U-turn, a nuclear missile cannot?
MESS WITH BORIS
pro-NATO newspapers are making a big stink about this being a "rogue"
operation, with the clear implication that Weimar Russia is on the
verge of a military coup. But this image of Yeltsin as a drunken
fool and a weak leader, who is rapidly losing his grip on power,
only came into existence when he started opposing U.S./"Allied"
aggression, first against Iraq and then against Yugoslavia. All
doubt of where the order to move originated was dispelled when Russian
President Boris Yeltsin promoted the general in charge of the operation.
Clinton was on the phone with Yeltsin for an hour yesterday, but
as of this writing (1:05am Pacific Time), the Russians are still
blocking a convoy of British troops from entering the airport, and
the standoff continues. Last we heard, 100 more Russians were on
the way and the NATO-crats were frantically looking for a base of
operations somewhere in Pristina: the
Associated Press reports that British Brigadier General Robert
Baxter "was looking over an abandoned factory near the edge
of the city. 'I'm trying to find a home for headquarters,' he said."
And so the long-awaited triumphal march into Kosovo ends with the
"victors" stopped dead in their tracks. What a comedown
from the chest-beating war whoops of barely 24 hours ago! A more
satisfactory anticlimax to what they had the nerve to call "Clinton's
finest hour" can hardly be imagined.
RETURN OF DR. STRANGELOVE
military equivalent of coitus interruptus provoked the Allied
Supreme Commander into a fit of rage that nearly ended in a dangerous
escalation. According to a
report in the London Independent [June 13, 1999], General
Wesley Clark's first response to the Russian maneuver was to send
in British paratroopers "to seize Pristina airport in the early
hours of the morning a deployment that could have ended in
violence between Russian and British peacekeepers." Now that
the war is officially over, according to the White House, isn't
it time to retire this postmodern Doctor Strangelove? If El Supremo
is not set out to pasture, and soon, he may well start World War
ANALOGY RUN AMOK
NATO-crats are constantly using the phraseology of World War II
to dramatize their ridiculous analogy, which equates the Balkan
war with that world-historic event. In this scenario, Milosevic
is Hitler, a civil war that took 2,000 lives total before
the bombing is the Holocaust, and all attempts to negotiate a peaceful
solution that recognizes Yugoslav national sovereignty is "appeasement"
a la Neville Chamberlain. British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has
now taken this bizarre comparison to its ultimate absurd conclusion
that he could not accept an "East German solution" for
Kosovo. What bunk! To begin with, Soviet Russia was our ally
during the last World War, as were the Serbians. It was the Kosovars,
organized in the infamous Skanderberg Division of the German SS
who were allied with the Axis. Secondly, there is no ideological
kinship between the Yugoslav and East German regimes: like the KLA
leadership, the East Germans were staunch Stalinists of the old
school, while the Yugoslavs tried to chart an independent course
and a foreign policy that deftly balanced East against West. And
thirdly, it is the Yugoslavs who have been invaded, and bombed,
just as they were by the Nazis or does Mr. Cook mean to suggest
that the Germans were fighting a strictly defensive war?
the present European conflict has any historical precedent, it is
the first World War, not the second. Here NATO is following
the policy pursued by the Holy Roman Empire, and, imperial Austria-Hungary:
using the Albanians as a cat's-paw to keep Serbian nationalism in
check. It was Austrian insistence on humiliating Serbia that led
directly to the events which sparked the Great War and set
the stage for the rise of Communism, the fascist reaction, and the
Holocausts engendered by each.
OF THE BAG
cat is out of the bag with Cook's
recent suggestion that we need a debate on whether the United
Nations ought to have the power to intervene in the internal affairs
of any and all nations. According to Cook, the whole idea of national
sovereignty is "blanket protection" for governments to
commit atrocities against their own citizens, and that this loophole
in international law needs to be closed by rewriting the UN Charter.
The Charter currently forbids intervention in the internal affairs
of states. Holding high the banner of militant internationalism,
which has become the Blairite battle-cry, Cook and his fellow "progressive"
empire-builders see the Balkan war as only the prelude to a series
of similar "humanitarian' wars around the world. With the Kosovo
intervention, the British lion is making a reappearance on the world
stage. But without the military force to back it up, the Brits'
mighty roar is all bluff and bluster. Only American might gives
this promiscuous pipsqueak who recently left his wife for
a younger woman the wherewithal to even think of posing a
program of such unsurpassed grandiosity. Someone should inform the
British Foreign Office that the American Revolution was successful,
and that the armed forces of the United States do not take their
marching orders from London.
EARLY AND OFTEN
Clinton's Balkan adventure ended in such a great "victory,"
then when oh when are the Kosovar refugees who were resettled
in the United States going to start returning to their liberated
homeland? Don't hold your breath. After all, why should they give
up the easy life in the United States, with full welfare benefits
and automatic citizenship, in exchange for life under the thuggish
rule of the KLA? Besides, with Hillary running for Senate in New
York where a sizeable Albanian community already resides,
and where many refugees have relatives they can get them
signed up to vote just in time for the election.