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Serbia Remembers: From Alex in Belgrade
Photos courtesy of B92 | March 24, 2009 | "Alex"

Posted on 03/24/2009 6:25:31 PM PDT by Ravnagora

In Memoriam 24 March 1999 - 24 March 2009

Ten years ago, NATO commenced the 78-day illegal bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), which was done without the approval of the UN. In the operation, code-named "Merciful Angel", there were 1002 Yugoslav Army soldiers and Serbian police killed; 2500 civilians including 89 children; while 12,500 people were wounded/injured. The estimated damage to property, including factories, schools, bridges, hospitals, roads, railways, etc. is estimated at about 30 billion US dollars. No Western politician or general has been held accountable for the brutal murder of a country, and not a single one will probably ever be. Also, no reimbursement for war damages has been made.

Below is a photo story of how Serbia marked this very painful day. At noon, sirens sounded to remind the citizens of this tragic time. Wreaths of flowers were laid at various locations.

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In front of the monument to the assassinated, mainly technical and support staff, of RTS - Radio & Television of Serbia in Belgrade.

In downtown Cacak.

In Merdare, war veterans paid respect to those who have given their lives for defending their own country.

To the fallen pilots in Belgrade.

Citizens gave a minute of silence at noon when the sirens were heard.

A memorial plaque was unveiled on the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. It reads: In honoring the members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia who had given their lives during the Nato bombardments while defending the country.

A monument to the children who died.

The scars remain as reminders.

A woman lights a candle as she attends memorial service liturgy for victims of NATO bombing in Belgrade's St. Marko church (Tanjug)

Deputy Belgrade Mayor visits the grave of Milica Rakić. The three-year-old girl died in the bathroom of her home in a Belgrade suburb during the NATO attack ten years ago (Tanjug)

Hospital staff stand next to a memorial honoring the Guard soldiers and patients killed when NATO war jets attacked the Clinical-Hospital Center Dr. Dragiša Mišović in Belgrade (Tanjug)

MUP Gendarmes watch over arrested rioters in downtown Belgrade Tuesday night (Beta)

Kosovo Serbs in Kosovska Mitrovica gather to mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of NATO attacks on the country (Beta)

Kosovo Serbs in Kosovska Mitrovica gather to mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of NATO attacks on the country (Beta)

A girl places flowers at a memorial dedicated to the children who were killed during NATO attacks on Serbia (Tanjug)

SPS and state officials Branko Ružić, Ivica Dačić, Slavica Đukić-Dejanović are seen on Straževica Hill, near Belgrade, attending a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary...(Tanjug)

Athletes from Serbia and the Republic of Srpska (RS) ahead of starting a marathon today dedicated to the victims of the NATO aggression, place flowers at a memorial to those killed when RTS TV premises were bombed. The memorial is inscribed with the names of the victims and the word, "Why?" (Tanjug)

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anniversary; bombing; mcappeaser; mccainlegacy; mccaintruthfile; mcterrorist; nato; serbia

1 posted on 03/24/2009 6:25:31 PM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: Bokababe

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2 posted on 03/24/2009 6:26:25 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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3 posted on 03/24/2009 6:27:58 PM PDT by Ravnagora
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4 posted on 03/24/2009 6:31:49 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Ravnagora

One of the few times I have been ashamed of my country.


5 posted on 03/24/2009 6:32:21 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Ravnagora

As we chanted last Sunday:

Save, O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance; grant victory to the faithful over the barbarians. And protect Your commonwealth, by the power of Your Cross!


6 posted on 03/24/2009 6:41:47 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Ravnagora; kosta50

Note the fourth picture from the bottom in the article! :)


7 posted on 03/24/2009 6:45:12 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Ravnagora
Vjecnaja pamjat (Memory Eternal)

I'll never forget

8 posted on 03/24/2009 6:53:26 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Have you girded your loins today??????)
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To: Ravnagora

I am honored to know you, Alex in Belgrade. I have posted your thoughts “Serbia Remembers” on this 10th anniversary of the NATO bombing of Serbia here in America along with the photos of today’s commemorations. To be a Serbian-American or American Serb such as I am, on such a day, is a painful thing. I love this country, the U.S.A. But I am not blind to her flawed judgments. On behalf of the leaders of my homeland, America, I apologize for our actions against the Serbian lands in the former Yugoslavia, beginning with Krajina in Croatia, through the war in Bosnia, and on through the Kosovo tragedy. I hope that one day, our two nations and peoples can come to terms with the grievous rupture of our once grand and solid alliance and that the rupture is healed. My thoughts are with you today. May God be with the Serbs always.

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9 posted on 03/24/2009 6:57:22 PM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora
A national disgrace, presided over by a national embarassment.

Clinton lied, our WWII friends and allies died.

10 posted on 03/24/2009 6:58:16 PM PDT by DTogo (Time to bring back the Sons of Liberty.)
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To: Ravnagora

78 days that will live in infamy...


11 posted on 03/24/2009 7:20:46 PM PDT by maher ( Klinton's Blitzkrieg)
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To: Ravnagora
Notice the one photo that shows the Greek flag.

On April 4, 1999, I attended an anti-NATO demonstration held in front of the White House to protst Clinton's barbaric acts against the Serbian epople. There were thousands there representing Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christians alike. As an American of Greek descent, I was proud to see the Greek flag held high with its glorious blue and white stripes and its white Cross brilliantly flying alongside the Serbian colors. That day in front of the White House Greeks chanted, "Ellas, Serbia, Orthodoxia!"

And to that I say, "Zivela Srbija! Zivela Kosvo! Zito Ellas!"

12 posted on 03/24/2009 7:29:27 PM PDT by Doctor13
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To: Ravnagora

You have my sympathy. I have no Serbian ancestry, but have felt great guilt from the beginning of this tragedy.

I felt in the beginning this was a “Slick Willie” Wag-the-Dog thing, and felt great remorse. But after Kosovo, others are to blame and I still do not understand it.

The only explanation I have heard that sounds plausible, it the idea that the “Globalists” knew that Serbia would never accept their goal of a Global Government, they were and are Nationalist. For that I have great sympathy with the Serbs. I have read enough about their history to understand how treacherous their “neighbors” are.

I have know a few Americans who were of Serbian ancestry, and I admired all of them.

We will also remember. Vjecnaja Pamjat


13 posted on 03/24/2009 7:51:03 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Kolokotronis; Ravnagora
Note the fourth picture from the bottom in the article!

The Serbs never forget their Greek brothers.

14 posted on 03/24/2009 7:59:33 PM PDT by kosta50 (Don't look up, the truth is all around you)
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To: yarddog
I'm not ashamed of this country because I hold Bill Clinton solely responsible for the deaths of the Serbian people in that NATO operation. War to divert the public attention off him and Monica and our tax dollars and military personnel followed Wesley Clark's orders, and people died. Good ole Wesley was promoted by Clinton following his involvement in the Waco massacre. Not to diminish the atrocity of murdering innocent people, war or otherwise, but that meant nothing to Clinton. That is what was shameful. Now we have Clinton II. I'm truly concerned of another Waco incident while BO is in office.
15 posted on 03/24/2009 8:04:31 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: Texas Fossil
You have my sympathy. I have no Serbian ancestry, but have felt great guilt from the beginning of this tragedy.

Thank you, Texas Fossil.

You know, after posting this "tribute" this evening, I cried for the first time today.

I still can't believe it.

The Serbs did not deserve this.

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16 posted on 03/24/2009 8:07:20 PM PDT by Ravnagora
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To: Kolokotronis; Ravnagora; kosta50; Bokababe
God Bless the heroic Greek volunteers who helped their fellow Orthodox in Serbia


Greek volunteers--IN this sign you shall conquer +

THE ORTHODOX WARRIORS CREED Before God I swear this creed. I am a minister of death praying for war. I am the defender of my faith. I am the master of my enemy. I am the savior of my folk. So be it, until victory is mine and there is no more enemy. Elefteria i thanatos - Sloboda ili smrt

17 posted on 03/24/2009 8:50:40 PM PDT by eleni121
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God Bless the heroic Greek volunteers who helped their fellow Orthodox in Serbia

Indeed. I love the amblem (Serbian eagle with Greek Shield).

PS The correct wording should be Grchka Dobrovoliachka Garda (Greek Volunteer Guard).

18 posted on 03/24/2009 11:23:42 PM PDT by kosta50 (Don't look up, the truth is all around you)
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To: Ravnagora
In 1999 the U.S. had an opportunity to send a consistent message to Islamic Terrorists worldwide.

Instead the U.S. deliberately sided with Islamic Terrorists on the European Continent, in an unprecedented effort at appeasing islamic expansion there..

In 1999,the Christan Serbs were the early warning system to what lay in store for the West/USA in the war against Islamic Terror. But the West/USA chose to align itself with Islamic Terror groups like the KLA and bomb the Serbs in what amounted to a combined 5th Crusade against Christians, and emboldening Jihadists world wide.

The West/USA was blind-sided and sent a Thank You Card postmarked 9/11/2001 sent via air mail delivery, ironically from followers of the" religion of peace" it sought to appease.

Given the aftermath, and continuing global war on islamic terror, the jihad is far from over, and the time for continued vigilance should be the mandate of all free nations.

19 posted on 03/25/2009 8:04:12 AM PDT by gitmogrunt (Respect Islam? ..Impossible.......Genocidal Islam respects no one.)
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To: Ravnagora

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/mar/24/serbia-kosovo


20 posted on 03/25/2009 9:21:32 AM PDT by Dragonfly
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To: Kolokotronis; Ravnagora; kosta50; eleni121; FormerLib; Bokababe; Doctor13

I like (perhaps too much) the prayer “pacify the ragings of the pagans” in the Liturgy of St. Basil. You can guess which “pagans” I’m thinking of!!!!

Back in 1999, I (then a Lutheran) marched with my Serbian Christian brothers and sisters against clinton’s war every Saturday afternoon from March 24 into June, except for Western Holy Saturday. This put me on the road that led to my reception into Orthodoxy on Lazarus Saturday of last year.

I saw plenty of Greek flags at those marches, and I many a time held an American flag. Not all of us dishonored our flag by supporting clinton and the rest of the anti-Christian imperialists in both parties.


21 posted on 03/25/2009 11:36:15 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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