Libya (4): Yugoslavia redux?

  • American Conservative / Gary Brecher (AKA The War Nerd)The Littlest Invasions – No-fly zones and covert ops are just as bad as large-scale interventions: One of the lessons you could learn from Kosovo, if anybody inside the Beltway was into learning lessons, is to take a look at the world you’re butting into. Kosovo is the heart of the Balkans, where tribal warfare is a way of life. What are the odds yougoing to find one tribe of totally evil people and another of totally good, gentle people in a region like that? But that’s the idea behind interventions like Clinton’s: bad, bad Serbs and good, sweet Albanians. God, just imagine how the rest of the Balkan tribes laughed at the idea of the Albanian mafia as noble victims.
    Most American interventions come from two closely related childish fantasies: first, that one side in a tribal war is all good and the other all bad; and second, that the weaker tribe are the “underdogs” and therefore the good guys. Just look at those two ideas and you’ll see that they’re a series of disasters waiting to happen. The first one is bad enough, idealizing one bunch of desperate killers—but idealizing the weaker bunch of killers is even worse. That means you’re stuck propping up totally evil people who can’t even fight, like the KLA.
    There are no good guys in tribal wars. The novelist V.S. Naipaul has a good line about that kind of world in Bend in the River, his surprisingly cool novel about the Congo War: “It’s not that there’s no right or wrong here. There’s no right.” The best thing to do about a place where everyone’s wrong is stay the hell away from it.
  • Centre for Research on Globalization / Michel ChossudovskyYUGOSLAVIA VERSUS LIBYA: NATO’s War of Aggression against Yugoslavia – NATO War Crimes Amply documented: Remember Yugoslavia. 24 March 1999.
    This article was first published in early June 1999. It documents the nature of NATO’s “humanitarian war” directed against an entire Nation.
    The humanitarian justification to bomb and invade Yugoslavia was fabricated.
    A similar process is now being applied to Libya.
    The bombing of a sovereign country, is being carried out by the so-called “international community” to “save the lives of civilians” under the new logo of “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P), pursuant to UN Security Council resolution 1973.
    Libya 2011: The realties are otherwise: civilians are the unspoken victims of US-NATO bombings. A Blitzkrieg is being carried out against an entire population.
    According to the late Walter J. Rockler, former prosecutor of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in relation to the humanitarian bombing of Yugoslavia:
    “The bombing war also violates and shreds the basic provisions of the United Nations Charter and other conventions and treaties; the attack on Yugoslavia constitutes the most brazen international aggression since the Nazis attacked Poland to prevent ‘Polish atrocities’ against Germans. The United States has discarded pretensions to international legality and decency, and embarked on a course of raw imperialism run amok.”
    This assessment by Walter Rockler applies to Libya, which has all the essential features of the 1999 bombing campaign against the Federation of Yugoslavia.
  • RTYugoslavia anniversary highlights parallels with Libya: The attack on Libya was sanctioned by the UN Security Council, in contrast to the bombings in Yugoslavia. Without approval in 1999, NATO took the lead in the first time the alliance attacked an independent and sovereign nation which posed no threat to the organization’s members. Similarly, Libya poses no threat to the nations leading the campaign of aggressive attacks. There are many sticking parallels between the two wars…
  • Guardian / Neil ClarkYugoslavia, Iraq, Libya: beware the lies of March – In 1999 and 2003 this was the very week Britain went to war – or, as the government put it, liberate people and protect civilians: In this very week in 1999 Britain took a leading role in the bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
    And on this very day in 2003, Britain took a leading role in the bombing – and invasion – of Iraq.
    And now we’re at it again in Libya…
    Back in March 1999 we were told that we had to intervene because the Yugoslav leader, Slobodan Milosevic, was “set on a Hitler-style genocide equivalent to the extermination of the Jews during world war two“. That wasn’t true.
    In March 2003 we were told that we had to invade Iraq, because Saddam had WMDs that “could be activated within 45 minutes”.
    That wasn’t true either…
    Both in 1999 and 2003 our leaders lied to us about the real reasons for our country’s involvement in military conflict. How can we be sure that what is happening in 2011 is any different? …
    For all the talk of “liberating” the people and protecting civilians, the wars against Yugoslavia and Iraq were classic imperialist ventures whose real aim was to extend western economic and military hegemony. It’s unlikely that this latest March assault on an independent sovereign state is any different.
  • / Andrew Willis – Organ-harvesting clouds launch of Kosovo talks: A recent Council of Europe (CoE) report alleging senior Kosovo politicians were involved in an operation to harvest organs from former Serbian prisoners has added to tensions between the two sides… The CoE report published by investigator Dick Marty in December sent shockwaves through the international community when it linked Kosovo’s current prime minister, Hashim Thaci, to a crime ring which carried out organ harvesting and heroin smuggling in the region.
    In the document and subsequent statements, Mr Marty said Western governments had known about the criminal activities in Kosovo for years but simply turned a blind eye.
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