EDITORIAL- The illegal and criminal NATO war (bombing) of Yugoslavia lasted for almost three months, from March 24th to June 10th 1999. By the estimates (in the aftermath of this illegal NATO war) from some leading European media this bombing was the heaviest and the most savage bombardment in post-WWII Europe.
…As many (illegal) US and NATO wars, before and after, this one was waged too on the false pretext and the fabricated evidence accompanied by the strong “Goebbels type” media propaganda, in order to achieve the global Western dominance in this and other “non-obedient” parts of the world.
Traditional Russian ally and independent & freedom loving Serbian nation was from their prospective “the natural target” for the NATO future goals (in preparation for their final showdown with Russia)- who disregarded and discarded the fact that in both World Wars, Serbia was practically the only Western ally in the Balkans, while most of newly formed Balkan’ nations (from the disintegrated Yugoslavia), namely Croats, Bosnian Muslims and Kosovo Albanians were the stubborn NAZI allies in WWII. During the NATO instigated (and supported) civil wars in former Yugoslavia, in 90ies, they became again the stubborn allies- this time with NATO.
If you read thoroughly the following article (and the others from the same “column”) you will notice the escalation in the brutal NATO attacks (toward the end of their “campaign”) against the civilian targets in Serbia, as the time was running out and the fragile NATO coalition was close to falling apart, and the illegal & relentless war against Yugoslavia entered the third month.
Simply, many NATO members did not have stomach for the intentional killing of Serbian civilians and intentional targeting of the entire civilian infrastructure of the country, especially for the military targeting of: Hospitals, Schools, Oil and Chemical plants… (which amounts to use of WMD) in the heavy populated areas- with the clear intent to break the will of Serbian people and turn them against their leadership. In reality they created the opposite effect- Serbian people galvanized around their leaders and united against NATO aggressor.
As I mentioned in the previous paragraphs the NATO commanders and their political leaders, entering the last couple weeks of bombing campaign, were growing desperate, as one NATO general put this way: “Simply we started running out of the targets”.
In same time “they did not have balls” to commit the ground troops for the land invasion- so they opted for the Pentagon’ recipe of “Civilian harassment strategy”, which then resulted in the widespread civilian causalities and mass destruction of the Serbian civilian infrastructure.
What is the scariest part, we now learn the NATO planners were ready to commit even more despicable crimes against Serbian population, and resort to the carpet bombing of entire country, which would surely resulted in the hundreds thousands of civilian casualties.
But, the sad reality is that “despicable crimes” against Yugoslavian nation were already committed through the NATO illegal use of their “undeclared WMD”- Namely: Depleted Uranium Ammunition (DUA). During the bombing of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Monte Negro) NATO dropped over ten tones of the depleted uranium projectiles, causing the permanent radioactive contamination of the land, water, and air.
Many military experts brand the illegal use of DUA as “Low Level Nuclear Warfare”- which in case of Yugoslavia during the last two decades is taking the deadly toll on civilian population and causing the widespread diseases and deformities in newborns. Since the NATO bombing in 1999, cancer rate in Serbia is (at least) tripled.
The world wouldn’t know much about this criminal use of “WMD” by NATO if there wasn’t for the recent legal proceeding against Italian government- Italian NATO soldiers who served in Kosovo immediately after the bombing were unknowingly exposed (without any protection) to the radioactive DUA sites (bombed by NATO in 99), which then resulted in their multiple deaths and widespread cancer disease among the returning soldiers, in Italy. Recently they won their case before Italian court, and the survivors were rewarded the substantial money and other compensations.
Now is turn for the Serbian government to take to the international an national courts the criminal NATO organization- at least for the undeclared “Low level nuclear warfare” (DUA widespread use). Will they have guts for such legal action, the time will tell. There are strong indications, that the climate for such action is formed in Belgrade. But only the time will tell.
Until then, for us independent and “non-profit media workers” it is very important to put this story, and many other similar “politically incorrect” stories, on the record. And let the history to be the final judge…
PIN editor M. Novakovic