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Honor and dishonor

Posted By Llewellyn Rockwell Jr. On 04/09/1999 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Clinton has always said he would use the presidency to show Americans
what government can do. With this undeclared war against Yugoslavia, he
has. Ludwig von Mises used to say that government is not compassion; it
is beating, killing, hanging. To that we must add bombing, lawlessness,
and mass wreckage.

Ask Dragan Miladinovic, a resident of Aleksinac, a historic town in
Yugoslavia. His wife and daughter are dead, killed by a U.S. bomb that
blew up his home and slaughtered his loved ones. Another U.S. bomb
killed seven other civilians, including a child, standing in the street.
All told, an estimated 30 innocents are dead from this one infernal
device. You can tell by counting body parts sticking out from the
rubble.

Max Boot, writing for the Wall Street Journal, said that in this war,
“humanitarianism truly is in the driver’s seat.” His article appeared on
April 1, so perhaps it was a cruel joke. But that’s no excuse to shield
our eyes from the reality of what the U.S. empire is doing.

Ladies and gentlemen, your tax dollars at work are being used to
murder in cold blood and to demolish an entire society. In the bombing
of Pristina, which ripped through the civilian sector destroying
factories, an environmental disaster is in the making. The humiliation
is intensified through bombings of cemeteries and religious monuments.
Think of the Soviets in Afghanistan or the Nazis in Amsterdam. That’s
what the U.S. — the government that claims to act on all our behalf –
is doing to these people, though no one in Yugoslavia ever threatened an
American citizen.

The usually sensible George Melloan, also in the Wall Street Journal,
writes that the purpose of all this is “something far more ambitious
than pacification. It is trying to civilize Serbia.” His article,
however, did not appear on April 1, so we must take him at his word. If
this be civilizing, God save us from barbarism, and from warfare
statists masquerading as advocates of free enterprise.

The U.S. says these attacks on civilians are mistakes. They are
misfires. They were just off target a bit. But these are no longer
plausible explanations. The bombings of civilians are becoming too
common and too systematic, exactly as during WWII, Vietnam, and the Gulf
War. They are nothing but an attempt to terrorize the country, to
humiliate the entire population, and to force an unconditional
surrender, which itself is a brutal and inhumane war tactic. Besides,
the administration’s apologists are already saying that civilian deaths
are the price you pay for a good war.

At every level, the results of the war have so far been exactly the
opposite of what Clinton promised. He said he wanted to help the
Kosovars, but more than a million refugees are fleeing both ethnic wars
and U.S. bombs, and some of these refugees are being forcibly
transported by NATO troops. Clinton said he wanted to show Milosevic
that he means business, but now even Milosovic’s opposition views him as
a hero. The hatred generated against the U.S. may never dissipate.

Clinton has shown us again that government is very stupid and very
evil. The federal tyranny that Americans hate at home is being visited
on foreign peoples who otherwise admired American culture. Claiming that
he is helping people, he is drawing blood. He complains about violence
in our cities, and yet turns foreign cities into war-zones. The bombings
Clinton so deplores when used by domestic militants he now copies
abroad. Waco has gone global.

And here is the most frustrating part: like a dictator, Clinton
pursues his war with no accountability. Congress wasn’t even asked to
declare war. In press conferences, he answers questions of his choosing
and ignores those he doesn’t like. The Joint Chiefs are reported to have
opposed this dirty war, but even they are powerless. All reports say he
is hunkered down with two advisors, Sandy Berger and Madeline Albright,
and listens to no one else.

And their advice has been: Escalate. The Serbs are already comparing
the U.S. with Hitler’s army. I wonder why? Perhaps because Gen. William
Odom, director of the National Security Agency under Reagan, urged
copying German military tactics in a ground invasion of Belgrade.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, he praised the Nazis who “swept down
this corridor in World War II, taking the whole of Yugoslavia in a
couple of weeks.”

Let history record that it was Clinton who turned an ancient, limited
conflict into a regional and possibly global one. Let it be burned
indelibly in our minds that it was the U.S. government that bombed a
sovereign country and terrorized its population for a goal that had
nothing to do with the American people. Let us never forget that Clinton
has violated every known rule of warfare and pursued a campaign of
violence with no basis in just war doctrine.

Please, let us hear no more about the U.S. as the “indispensable
nation,” the world’s savior and guardian of democracy, much less about
the U.S. as some sort of keeper of peace. Meanwhile, what can be said
about those public figures who have enlisted in the war effort, defended
the indefensible, celebrated this destruction, and even called for more?
They belong on a roll of dishonor, and here is a start:

  • David Aaronovitch (The Independent)

  • Christiane Amanpour (CNN)
  • Larry Arnn (Claremont Institute)
  • William Bartley (Wall Street Journal)
  • Joe Biden (D-DE)
  • John R. Bolton (American Enterprise Institute)
  • Max Boot (Wall Street Journal)
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski (lobbyist)
  • Winston Churchill, Jr. (British Parliament)
  • Eliot A. Cohen (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Chris Cox (D-CA)
  • Bob Dole (lobbyist)
  • Eliot Engel (D-NY)
  • Steve Forbes (Forbes Magazine)
  • Thomas Friedman (New York Times)
  • John Fund (Wall Street Journal)
  • Paul Gigot (Wall Street Journal)
  • Jonah Goldberg (National Review)
  • Katharine Graham (Washington Post)
  • Hugo Gurdon (London Telegraph)
  • Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
  • William Hague (British Parliament)
  • David Hart (London Times)
  • John Hillen (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
  • Bruce Herschensohn (Claremont Institute)
  • Albert R. Hunt (Wall Street Journal)
  • Jesse Jackson (liberal activist)
  • Bianca Jagger (celebrity)
  • Robert Kagan (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
  • Robert D. Kaplan (Atlantic Monthly)
  • Garry Kasparov (Wall Street Journal)
  • Henry Kissinger (lobbyist)
  • William Kristol (Weekly Standard)
  • Tom Lantos (D-CA)
  • Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)
  • Richard Lugar (R-IN)
  • John McCain (R-AZ)
  • George Melloan (Wall Street Journal)
  • Dick Morris (NY Post)
  • Gerold Nadler (D-NY)
  • Kate O’Beirne (National Review)
  • William Odom (Hudson Institute)
  • Michael O’Hanlon (Brookings Institute)
  • Andrea Petersen (Wall Street Journal)
  • John Podhoretz (New York Post)
  • Ellen Joan Pollock (Wall Street Journal)
  • Ramesh Poneru (National Review)
  • David Pryce-Jones (National Review)
  • Therese Rafael (Wall Street Journal Europe)
  • Howell Raines (New York Times)
  • Vanessa Redgrave (actress)
  • David Rieff (Salon)
  • William Safire (New York Times)
  • William Saletan (Slate)
  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Gerald Seib (Wall Street Journal)
  • Daniel Schorr (NPR)
  • Ike Skelton (D-MO)
  • George Soros (Open Society Institute)
  • Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. (New York Times)
  • Ellen Tauscher (D-CA)
  • David Tell (Weekly Standard)
  • John Warner (R-VA)
  • Caspar Weinberger (Forbes Magazine)
  • George Will (columnist)

So much for the dishonor roll. Onward to the honor roll, a
much-expanded list of courageous writers and thinkers who have thrown
themselves into the battle to stop the bombings and stop the war. I’ll
say again that they deserve our attention, admiration, and thanks:

  • Tariq Ali (The Independent)

  • Michael R. Allen (Spintech Magazine)
  • Andrew J. Bacevich (Boston University)
  • Doug Bandow (Copley Newspapers)
  • Klaus Becker (We the People of Nebraska)
  • Art Bell (Art Bell Radio Show)
  • Jim Bell (Jim Bell Radio Show)
  • Tony Benn (British Parliament)
  • David Bergland (Libertarian Party)
  • Tom Bethell (American Spectator)
  • Michael Bliss (University of Toronto)
  • Samuel L. Blumenfeld (Chalcedon Magazine)
  • Burton S. Blumert (LibertarianStudies.org)
  • Alan Bock (Orange County Register)
  • Neal Boortz (Neal Boortz Radio Show)
  • Mark Brady (peace activist)
  • Phil Brennan (Wednesday on the Web)
  • David M. Bresnahan (WorldNetDaily.com)
  • Harold O.J. Brown (Reformed Theological Seminary)
  • Thad Brown (peace activist)
  • Harry Browne (Harry Browne Radio Show)
  • Gene Burns (Gene Burns Radio Show)
  • Jason Butler (The Butler Report)
  • Pat Buchanan (American Cause)
  • Gerald A. Carroll (columnist)
  • Ted Galen Carpenter (Cato Institute)
  • Howey Carr (Howey Carr Radio Show)
  • Helen Chenoweth (R-ID)
  • Noam Chomsky (MIT)
  • Alan Clark (British Parliament)
  • Ramsey Clark (International Action Center)
  • Alexander Cockburn (The Nation)
  • Ada Coddington (conservative activist)
  • Charles W. Colson (Prison Fellowship Ministries)
  • Sandra Crosnoe (Associated Conservatives of Texas)
  • John Dear (Fellowship of Reconciliation)
  • John V. Denson (Mises Institute)
  • Thomas DiLorenzo (Loyola College)
  • John D’Aloia, Jr. (St. Mary’s Star)
  • Jack DeVault (author, The Waco Whitewash)
  • John Doggett (John Doggett Radio Show)
  • Bob Djurdjevic (TruthinMedia.org)
  • Jim Eason (Jim Eason Radio Show)
  • Rev. David Eberhard (Historic Trinity Lutheran Church)
  • Lou Epton (Lou Epton Radio Show)
  • Barry Farber (Barry Farber Radio Show)
  • Joseph Farah (WorldNetDaily.com)
  • Don Feder (Boston Herald)
  • Doug Fiedor (Heads Up)
  • Robert Fisk (The Independent)
  • Thomas Fleming (Chronicles Magazine)
  • Kerry Fox (News-Minute.com)
  • Samuel Francis (Foundation Endowment)
  • Eric Garris (Antiwar.com)
  • David Gold (David Gold Radio Show)
  • William Norman Grigg (New American Magazine)
  • Paul Gottfried (Elizabethtown College)
  • Kevin Michael Grace (BC Report)
  • Bob Grant (Bob Grant Radio Show)
  • Steven Greenhut (Orange County Register)
  • Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (Archdiocese of Detroit)
  • David H. Hackworth (Defending America)
  • Ken Hamblin (Ken Hamblin Radio Show)
  • Sean Hannity (Fox News)
  • Chuck Harder (For the People)
  • Robert Hayden (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Lord Healey (British House of Lords)
  • Nat Hentoff (civil liberties activist)
  • Edward S. Herman (Temple University)
  • Robert Higgs (Independent Review)
  • James Hill (James Hill’s Weekly)
  • Michael Hill (League of the South)
  • Arriana Huffington (Center for the Study of Popular Culture)
  • Sam Husseini (Institute for Public Accuracy)
  • Simon Jenkins (The Times of London)
  • Pope John Paul II
  • Diana Johnstone (Z Magazine)
  • Barrett Kalellis (Detroit News)
  • Kathy Kelly (Voices in the Wilderness)
  • Martin Kelley (NonViolence.org)
  • Michael Kelly (National Journal)
  • Jack Kemp (Empower America)
  • George Kenney (In These Times)
  • Alan Keyes (Alan Keyes Radio Show)
  • Michael T. Klare (Hampshire College)
  • Christian E. Kopff (University of Colorado)
  • Christopher Layne (MacArthur Peace Fellow)
  • Barbara Lee (D-CA)
  • Edward Luttwak (Atlantic Monthly)
  • David MacReynolds (War Resisters League)
  • Scott McConnell (New York Press)
  • Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)
  • Jack McManus (John Birch Society)
  • Veran Matic (Radio B-92)
  • Dan Meredith (Dixie Rising Radio)
  • Geoff Metcalf (Geoff Metcalf Radio Show)
  • Laura Mildon (Mad Dog News)
  • Joel Miller (Real Mensch)
  • Zoran Milutinovic (Wesleyan University)
  • Paul Miniato (Canadian libertarian activist)
  • Betty Molchany (peace activist)
  • Carol Moore (peace activist)
  • Jay Moore (Jay’s Leftist Internet Resources)
  • Melanie Morgan (Lee Rogers Radio Show)
  • Mary Mostert (OriginalSources.com)
  • Mancow Muller (Mancow Muller Radio Show)
  • Lars Erik Nelson (New York Daily News)
  • Robby Noel (American Freedom Network)
  • Oliver North (Oliver North Radio Show)
  • Bob Novak (Chicago Sun Times)
  • Vince Page (columnist)
  • Camile Paglia (Salon Magazine)
  • Matthew Parris (The Spectator of London)
  • Ron Paul (R-TX)
  • Svetozar Pejovic (Texas A&M)
  • Howard Phillips (Conservative Caucus)
  • Stephen Presser (Northwestern University)
  • Jim Quinn (Quinn in the Morning Radio Show)
  • Ralph Raico (Buffalo State College)
  • Justin Raimondo (peace activist)
  • Charley Reese (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Lord Rees-Mogg (British House of Lords)
  • Sheldon Richman (Future of Freedom Foundation)
  • David E. Rockett (Agrarian Foundation)
  • Thomas Roeser (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Lee Rogers (Lee Rogers Radio Show)
  • A.M. Rosenthal (New York Times)
  • Edward Said (Columbia University)
  • Alex Salmond (Scottish National Party)
  • Debra J. Saunders (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Michael Savage (Michael Savage Radio Show)
  • Phyllis Schlafly (Eagle Forum)
  • Helmut Schmidt (former German chancellor)
  • Benjamin Schwarz (Atlantic Monthly)
  • Mark Scott (Mark Scott Radio Show)
  • John Seiler (Orange County Register)
  • Jay Severin (MS-NBC)
  • Ariel Sharon (Israeli Parliament)
  • Barbara Simpson (Barbara Simpson Radio Show)
  • Nancy Small (Pax Christi U.S.A.)
  • Bob Smith (R-NH)
  • Julianne Smith (British American Security Information Council)
  • Ron Smith (Ron Smith Radio Show)
  • Sam Smith (Progressive Review)
  • Tony Snow (Detroit News)
  • Joe Sobran (The Wanderer)
  • Norman Solomon (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)
  • Thomas Sowell (Hoover Institution)
  • Norman Stone (University of Istanbul)
  • Michael Stoudenmire (peace activist)
  • Clifford Thies (Republican Liberty Caucus)
  • G. C. Thomas (Marquette University)
  • Doug Thompson (CapitolHillBlue.com)
  • Srdja Trifkovic (Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies)
  • Jon Basil Utley (IraqWar.com)
  • Tom Walls (peace activist)
  • Jude Wanniski (Polyconomics.com)
  • Paul Weyrich (Free Congress Foundation)
  • Timothy J. Wheeler (conservative activist)
  • Carl Wiglesworth (Carl Wiglesworth Radio Show)
  • Rev. J. Steven Wilkins (Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church)
  • Walter Williams (George Mason University)
  • Garry Wills (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Douglas Wilson (Credenda)
  • Jerry Zeifman (WorldNetDaily.com)

Thanks to all the WorldNetDaily readers who’ve written me. I’d
welcome additions to both rolls. Email me at rockwell@mises.org.


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