Skip to comments.15 years on: Looking back at NATO's ‘humanitarian’ bombing of Yugoslavia
Posted on 03/24/2014 3:37:16 PM PDT by Ravnagora
The Yugoslav Army Headquarters building hasn't been rebuilt after being damaged by cruises missiles in April 1999 during NATO's bombing of Serbia over Kosovo. Belgrade (AFP Photo)
Exactly 15 years ago, on March 24, NATO began its 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia. The alliance bypassed the UN under a humanitarian pretext, launching aggression that claimed hundreds of civilian lives and caused a much larger catastrophe than it averted.
Years on, Serbia still bears deep scars of the NATO bombings which, as the alliance put it, were aimed at preventing instability spreading in Kosovo. Questions remain on the very legality of the offense, which caused casualties and mass destruction in the Balkan republic.
Codenamed 'Operation Allied Force,' it was the largest attack ever undertaken by the alliance. It was also the first time that NATO used military force without the approval of the UN Security Council and against a sovereign nation that did not pose a real threat to any member of the alliance.
NATO demonstrated in 1999 that it can do whatever it wants under the guise of humanitarian intervention, war on terror, or preventive war something that everyone has witnessed in subsequent years in different parts of the globe.
Nineteen NATO member states participated to some degree in the military campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), which lasted for 11 weeks until June 10, 1999.
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I’ve never looked at this country in quite the same way after Kosovo.
Wag the blue dress dog.
ZASHTO? Why? Haunting memories of Yugoslavia bombings
Fifteen years after NATO invaded Yugoslavia, memories of the 78-day bombing are still haunting present-day Serbia. Above all, people ask why the alliance brought them death and destruction. RT presents its documentary 'Zashto?' from the war-torn country. On March 24, 1999, when NATO started its ruthless bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, Jelena Milincic was a student at the University of Belgrade, and just 18 years old. When the first strikes hit in the evening, she, her mother, sister, and best friend cowered under a table. Remembering this now, 15 years later, they laugh. Back then, it was terrifying. For the next three months, the relentless airstrikes became part of Jelenas and many other peoples lives.
In 99, I was 16 and I was studying in a theater school. I had no idea that a country in central Europe was being bombed for three months, RT America journalist Anissa Naouai says in the film. Operation Allied Force, as it was code-named, lasted until June 10, 1999. Tragically, NATOs aggression resulted in more than 2,000 civilian deaths, including 88 children. The authors of 'Zashto?' which means Why? in English Serbian Jelena Milincic and American Anissa Naouai traveled through former Yugoslavia to Belgrade, Kosovo, and Montenegro. They spoke to people who endured the atrocities and horrors of the war and lost loved ones. We were just looking for important, heartfelt stories. Serbia is not a very large country, and everywhere we went we found people who were personally affected by the bombings, and feel the wars impact to this day, said Milincic, a Serbian journalist. Our goal was to show the aspects of the conflict that you did not see in the news, the stories of civilians affected by the events, Milincic added. NATO was intent on achieving its objective, destroying the General Staff building a move seen as progress in the fight to bring down Slobodan Milosevic. What they didnt show you was that a young girl living next door was killed in the airstrike, Milincic said. We did not think this film would end up being so personal. After seeing the destruction with her own eyes, Naouai, said the on-the-ground reality made a mockery of the picture that US media painted of the war. I dont understand how the world can let NATO not say sorry for this, Naouai says in the film. We decided to title the film 'Zashto?' because to this day many people do not understand what exactly NATOs goal was, what were they able to achieve at such a high price, and whether that goal was really worth the price, Milincic said. http://rt.com/news/yugoslavia-nato-war-documentary-417/ *****
Yay, RT propaganda. Why not post articles from Granma so we can get some Cuban state news as well!
I didn’t particularly support this NATO attack on Serbia, but RT is not a real news source - well, unless you want news direct from the Russian government or think everything that happens in the world revolves around fiat currency, who has the largest gold stocks and/or is a neo-con conspiracy (aka Joos).
RT is turning out to be a better, more reliable news source than the other cable news stations. Give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Yes, I do watch it sometimes. Zerohedge links to it quite often, and it's on most of the hotel satellite services around much of the world (so I see it often when I travel). RT is Russian state propaganda. If you are interested in watching Russian state propaganda, it's the go to site/network. But lets not pretend RT is some independent network. It's just a slicker version of Pravda.
Big-government globalist @ssholes ... every one of them.
I seem to remember Bob Dole beating the war drums to help out the poor oppressed mooselims.
It’s OK when we kill 2000 civilians, but it’s not OK when Russia kills none.
There was no bigger cheerleader for the bombing than McCain.
McCain suffers from a severe case of pravoslavniphobia — the irrational fear or hatred of Orthodox Christians. From his positions on the Balkans in the 1990’s to his reaction to the mere fact that a Senate committee he sat on would let Orthodox Christians from Syria testify about the effects of the ongoing civil war there, everything about his behavior and policy prescriptions vis-a-vis regions with large Orthodox populations points to this conclusion.
May the Memory of all who lost their lives in the NATO bombing be Eternal!!!!
Holy Martyrs of Serbia pray to God for us!!!!
Because of Clinton we put a cruise missile into the Chinese embassy in Belgrade and killed one of their people. Guess we will get the blowback from that when Chinese take back Taiwan.
Much like most of the US media is for Obama propaganda. The truth is hard to come by from any major source.
After winning the Cold War, America's credibility rating was stellar AAA. After televised murdering of Serbian civilians on behalf of Muslim terrorists it slipped to B-.
Cold war victory was squandered.
India went "nucular", Ruskies got rid of drunkard Yelstin and Putin's team got into driver's seat, and slowly and steadily the reputation of American "democratic" values slipped to D.
The Clinton's gift that keeps on giving.
Tony Blair called it, “The First Progressives’ War”.
Russia is nothing without Putin. If not for him, it would had split up into many different countries.
Fighting on behalf of Muslim terrorists and preaching "war on terror".
That's how America's credibility rating sunk to D-the same level as it was for Brezhnev's USSR. Feared and despised.
American media today is no different than USSR's Pravda and Izvestiya - no truth(Pravda) in Izvestiya (News) and no izvestiya (News) in Pravda.
In comparison to American MSM RT looks like beacon of liberty.
Thanks God there is FR.