The air war against Yugoslavia is accelerating. On Sunday, NATO
warplanes flew 652 sorties after flying a record 684 sorties the
previous day. NATO jets smashed Yugoslavia’s power grid, plunging much
of the country into darkness. Yugoslavia’s largest coal-burning plant,
located near Obrenovac, was reported to be hit and burning early Sunday
morning. Other reports say that a deputy in Serbia’s parliament was
killed during the raids. NATO spokesman Jamie Shea called it “an
intensive night of air operations.”
But British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said the bombing is hardly
enough. He wants NATO to deploy ground troops into Kosovo. Secretary of
State Albright has noted that 50,000 NATO troops are in position and
could be used to invade the ravaged Serbian province. Meanwhile, in the
pages of the New York Times, President Clinton reported that the air
campaign is succeeding, that NATO is united, and peace with Russia has
not been compromised. Clinton said, “… there is no question about our
unity on goals and our will to prevail.”
Albright, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” asserted that Yugoslav
President Slobodan Milosevic will be forced to accept NATO terms. But
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-MS, called the bombing campaign
into question, saying: “Quite frankly, these little boo-boos, where
you’re hitting KLA headquarters, where you’re killing innocent citizens
… is hurting the image of the military, which is unfair.” Lott also
stated his opposition to a ground invasion, recalling President
Clinton’s earlier promises to avoid a ground war.
After two months of NATO airstrikes, allied and congressional support
for the war against Yugoslavia is eroding. The German government is
concerned that NATO is losing the moral high ground. The Italian Prime
Minister wants a three-day cease-fire. Recent bombing blunders have
occurred against hospitals, ethnic Albanian fighters and refugees, as
well as a disastrous attack on the Chinese Embassy, which Beijing has
Over the weekend a huge stream of refugees came pouring across the
Yugoslav border into Albania and Macedonia. Saturday, 10,000 refugees
fled Kosovo in the biggest single-day exodus in nearly three weeks.
Despite the magnitude of the catastrophe, President Clinton continues
to push Yugoslavia to the wall. He continues to ignore Russia’s pleas
for peace, claiming that any letup in the bombing would bring a widened
war — a notion at variance with common sense.
The Russian people are furious with NATO. Many concede that Yugoslav
President Milosevic is bad. But that does not excuse NATO breaking its
promises to Russia, promises of non-aggression and non-interference in
Eastern Europe. Whatever the wrongs of Milosevic, brother Serbs are
being relentlessly bombed, maimed, and killed.
Representative Curt Weldon, R-PA, who recently met Russian State Duma
members, has publicly expressed concerns that nuclear war may occur due
to “the instabilities this war has caused.” In Weldon’s presence, the
chairman of the Russian State Duma Foreign Policy Committee, Vladimir
Lukin, openly threatened America with an EMP attack that would wipe out
most computers and electronics in North America, crippling the USA.
The Russian Federation possesses nuclear bombs of high yield,
specifically engineered to create a strong Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP).
If such a bomb were detonated in outer space, far above North America,
it would knock out the continental power grid and fry most all
electronics from New York to Los Angeles.
Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, co-president of International Physicians for
the Prevention of Nuclear War, wrote a piece in the May 13 edition of
Victoria Times. With a sense of “urgency and dread,” Dr. Ashford related
her experiences at a seminar in Moscow. The encounter convinced her that
we are on the brink of nuclear war. The western media, she wrote, “does
the significance of the change in Russian policy regarding nuclear
Dr. Ashford found that Russia’s anti-NATO sentiment is “real, deep
and more wide-spread than ever.” She further reported that Russian
scientists, doctors, and military officers were dismayed at the NATO
bombings, and frustrated by America’s disregard for Russia’s position.
Russian officials told Dr. Ashford that Russia will not allow the
bombings to continue another month.
President Clinton’s assertion that NATO is united may not be true.
His belief in victory may be an illusion. But the most dangerous
illusion of all, is the illusion that continued bombing will prevent a
widened war. How, indeed, does a two-month long provocation of Russia
and then China prevent a widened war?
If President Clinton believes what he wrote in Sunday’s New York
Times, perhaps he is irrational.