Jewish World Review April 5, 1999 /19 Nissan 5759
Bubba and Maddy lit Kosovo's fire
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PRESIDENT CLINTON AND SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT set the stage
for the catastrophe in Kosovo. If there were a Nobel Prize for ineptitude in
diplomacy, they would be its joint recipients.
Doing a bad imitation of Vito Corleone at Rambouillet, Albright told the
Serbs she would have their signature on the peace accord or their brains.
The deal they were told to accept, or else, involved immediate autonomy for
Kosovo and a three-year transition toward unspecified goals, supervised by
It didn't take a genius to see that the transition would be to
That's fine for ethnic Albanians, 90 percent of the population, but tough
luck for Serbs, who consider the land the cradle of Serbian nationalism and
their Orthodox faith (it contains over 500 monasteries and other
monuments) -- a combination of Philadelphia and Canterbury.
Knowing that he would eventually be forced to accept a settlement (possibly
partition), Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic decided to create a Serbian
enclave he can hold. This involves an eviction (nearly a third of the
province's population) that the West calls "ethnic cleansing."
Interesting how the media coins a phrase that's repeated by rote. Worse,
some segue from ethnic cleansing to genocide -- verbal overkill bordering on
If forcible population transfers are cruel and unfair, cruelty and
unfairness are nothing new. During the fighting in Bosnia, Croat forces
drove an estimated 300,000 Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia. The
aged and infirm who couldn't move were shot.
There were no expressions of international outrage over this ethnic
sanitation, let alone cruise missiles and stealth bombers.
When India and Pakistan gained their independence in 1948, Muslims and
Hindus each tidied up their territory, with 10 million pushed across
borders. After the establishment Israle, 950,000 Jews were ethnically
cleansed from the Arab world.
Like the Serbs, Turkey is fighting a war against terrorist secessionists.
Since 1992, the Turkish army has razed more than 3,000 Kurdish villiages, to
deny guerrillas a base of support. In the process, hundreds of thousands
have been left homeless. Turkey is a NATO member.
Prior to Milosevic's major deployment in Kosovo, the Kosovo Liberation Army
"encouraged" Serbs in the province to relocate.
Serbian police and government officials were assassinated (this was also
intended to provoke Belgrade), villagers were kidnapped and murdered --
about what you'd expect from a cutthroat gang tied to both terrorist kingpin
Osama bin Laden and Albanian crime syndicates.
A March 4 article in The New York Times mentions the village of Velika
Hoca, where five Serbian women said their homes were invaded one night last
July and 16 men marched away at gunpoint never to return.
None of this justifies the expulsion of ethnic Albanians (Belgrade says
they're fleeing NATO bombing), but why selective reprisals from the West?
Why bomb a people who have done us no harm and were our allies in both two
world wars? How far will Clinton go to keep the burgeoning Chinese spy
scandal off the front pages?
I never thought of myself as an isolationist. Unlike our president, I
supported every Cold War intervention from Asia to Central America. Soviet
communism was at war with us, and we were forced to defend ourselves on
Likewise, I supported the Gulf War. Saddam Hussein with the region's oil
wealth, armed with nuclear and biological weapons, would have ignited the
But Serbia? As Mr. Spock would say, this does not compute.
There is no international Serbian conspiracy, no Serb sponsorship of
subversion and insurrection. Serb panzers will not roll across Europe in
pursuit of a continental empire. Serbia seeks only to keep what was its from
While America should try to contain or punish tyrants through diplomatic
isolation and sanctions, the decision to intervene militarily cannot be
based on altruisim. Humanitarian rescue missions will inevitably lead to the
overextension of American power.
The military will be so exhausted by doing social work with bombs and
troops that resources won't be there to defend the United States when our
vital interests are at stake. (Cruise missiles and laser-targetted bombs
don't come in Crackerjacks boxes.) When China confronts us in Asia, we can
tell our allies there that we spent all of our missiles in the Balkans.
Kosovo was an avoidable tragedy. Clinton and Albright should toast
marshmallows over the flames of Kosovo.
They lit the
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