This is a document in Serbian
where you can find various information concerning
the NATO military action against Serbia.
I dalje su gadjali vojne ciljeve,ali su usput napravljeni pozari a zbog vetra koji je duvao kao lud, napolju je mirisalo na paljevinu. Nebo je gorelo.
Jos uvek se ne vide rusevine po gradu, kako je na Batajnici, Topcideru - ne znam, ali tamo su besomucno bacane rakete.
By Linda Kozaryn
WASHINGTON -- The first wave of NATO Operation Allied Force primarily targeted Yugoslavia's extensive air defense system, according to the Pentagon's top leaders.
"The air defense system in Yugoslavia is very capable and it poses a considerable threat to NATO aircraft involved in the operation," said U.S. Army Gen. Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "Although we have no indication of casualties to U.S. or NATO forces at this point, we're taking all measures to reduce the risk to pilots and air crews. But there is no such thing as a risk free military operation."
Shelton and Defense Secretary William S. Cohen addressed a packed Pentagon press conference here about three hours after NATO air strikes began March 24. Security concerns limited the amount of operational detail they would discuss, since the operation was still underway and allied forces remained at risk. They also said it was also too early to discuss damage assessment.
Sea-launched cruise missiles from U.S. and British naval vessels and air-launched cruise missiles from U.S. B-52 bombers began striking military targets throughout Yugoslavia at about 2 p.m. EST, Cohen said. The strikes were part of very carefully calibrated, integrated air campaign, he said.
NATO fighters, bombers, tankers,
surveillance and other aircraft from 11 NATO nations are participating
in the operation. Cohen said. All U.S. and NATO aircraft returned safely
from the first wave of attacks, he noted. NATO officials in Brussels denied
reports that a NATO plane had been shot down. Cohen said an air-to-air
exchange had occurred between allied and Serb forces, but could not confirm
reports that a Serb MiG fighter had been
"We are making every reasonable effort to protect our forces while eliminating, carefully defined military targets," Cohen said. "NATO's forces are well trained, they are well led and they are committed to working for a Europe that is stable and secure."
The initial attacks were followed by other strikes by NATO aircraft, including U.S. B-2 bombers, Cohen said. The mission marked the debut of the B-2 bomber, which the secretary reported had performed according to its capabilities. "It's a stealthy aircraft that can fly in all weather with considerable ordnance aboard," he said. "We are satisfied that it was able to conduct itself and carry out its mission accordingly."
NATO had an extensive target list, planned with great care, Cohen said. NATO authorities determined the military value of the targets in terms of the threat they pose to people in the region, he said. "We're doing our level best to minimize civilian casualties."
Shelton stressed that NATO is exercising extraordinary care to avoid civilian casualties or other unintended damage. But, he said, "you can never eliminate risk in a military operation."
The first wave of attacks focused "on degrading air defense systems in order to reduce the risk and the threat to our pilots and air crews in subsequent operations," Shelton said. The strikes also targeted command and control systems and the military forces Yugoslavia is using to suppress Kosovar Albanians.
"We are attacking the military infrastructure President [Slobodan] Milosevic and his forces are using to repress and kill innocent people," Cohen stressed. "NATO forces are not attacking the people of Yugoslavia. They are attacking the military forces that are responsible for the killing and the carnage in Kosovo.
It is Yugoslavia's protracted campaign of military repression of the Kosovar Albanians that has made this action necessary to avoid humanitarian disaster and prevent the spread of instability in Europe."
NATO and the international community "worked hard" to achieve a diplomatic solution, Cohen stressed. After two rounds of peace talks in Paris, however, Kosovar Albanians chose peace, while Yugoslavia chose continued aggression.
"The Yugoslav army, under orders from President Milosevic, intensified its brutal attacks, killing people, burning villages and creating a flood of refugees," Cohen said. "While the negotiators tried for peace, the Yugoslav army launched a force of more than 300 tanks, backed by hundreds of artillery pieces and armored personnel carriers to crush the Kosovar Albanians.
NATO could not allow President Milosevic to use the peace talks as a cover for his savage plunder."
NATO air strikes are designed to reduce Serbian military forces' ability to continue offensive operations against the Kosovars, Cohen said. "There is united resolve among all 19 NATO members," he said. "We would like very much Mr. Milosevic to stop the slaughter of innocent people. In the event that he fails to do so, all of the NATO allies intend to continue the effort to damage his capacity to wage this war against the Kosovar people."
If Milosevic persists in his attacks on the Kosovars, Shelton said, "he will continue to lose the capabilities that he has - that's air defense, command and control, tanks - the full range of military capabilities will continue to go down."
Shelton saluted America's men
and women in uniform who are taking part in Operation Allied Force as "well
trained and dedicated professionals. "I'm confident that they will continue
to carry out their assigned mission with the skill and courage that are
the hallmark of U.S. armed forces," the general said. "Our thoughts are
with these brave men and women, and their families, as they go in harm's
way in pursuit of peace.
Skupilo nas se svih cca 250. Prakticno svi smo izasli. Pogledaj veceras zimba dnevnik da vidis da li ce objaviti prilog.
O uzasu u Jugi nemam sta da izjavim.
Sve najbolje svim tvojima i tamo i ovde.
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DAY 3, UPDATE 3
Mar. 26, 1998; 11:50PM EST
1. Join Us in Protest at Arizona State Capitol
2. Another Protest in Boston
1. Join TiM in Protest at State Capitol
PHOENIX, Mar. 26 - This is an invitation for all able-bodied Americans who don't want their sons and daughters to come home from Serbia in body bags to join the Truth in Media in a protest against NATO bombing of Serbia, which will be held on Saturday, Mar. 27, in front of the State Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona. If you wish to participate, please e-mail us for details re. time and place.
As only God can arrange such things, March 27 is the 58th anniversary of the demonstrations in Belgrade in 1941, when thousands of Serb demonstrators marched protesting the then Yugoslav government quisling's agreement with Hitler.
"Better dead than slave!" "Better war than pact," were the slogans heard in Belgrade streets 58 years ago. They had caused Winston Churchill, the then British prime minister, to exult by saying: "Yugoslavia has found its soul."
2. Another Protest in Boston
BOSTON, Mar. 26 - Another protest against NATO's bombing of the Yugoslav people is being planned for Saturday, 27th March at 4 p.m in Boston, in front of the Boston Public Library (corner of Dartmouth and Boylston St., near Copley Square - green line on the T).
"This is not just about Yugoslavia, the invasion of a sovereign country and the killings of hundreds of innocent civilians," the non-Serbian organizers of the protests said, in their press release. "This is about the 'divide and rule' American policy in the Balkans. This is about the violation of international law. This is about the Balkanization of the Balkans."
Japan's invasion in Manchuria
Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia
Italy's invasion of Ethiopia.
Do not let this pass unobserved. Do not ignore it. Do not allow the future generations Americans to ask you, "Why did you let it happen?" Attend the Saturday March 27th Vigil outside the Boston Public Library in Boston.
P.S. We've also heard that many other demonstrations are being planned this weekend in New York, Chicago, and other U.S. cities. If you want to add your voice of support to those who think that we should "Drop Clinton, Not Bombs," on Serbia, check out what's happening in your home towns. And then join us in this fight against this Neo-Nazi Washington administration. Or organize a protest of your own, in your own community.
After all, isn't Washington supposed
to be the government "of the people, by the people, and for the people?"