This is a document in Serbian
where you can find various information concerning
the NATO military action against Serbia.
"Izdrzali ste i gore stvari, Bog ce i ovima stati na kraj".
On behalf of the Yugoslav Association
I am rising my voice against the insane and unjustified NATO action,
because the bombardment caused a real humanitarian disaster to all the people
of Yugoslavia, regardless of their nationality, religion and political beliefs,
countless casualties and murdered civilians.
This war has increased number of sick and people in danger, especially
among children, women and elderly citizens.
With hope that human aspect will
prevail in further development
of this sad situation, we remain sincerely yours.
On behalf of the Yugoslav Association of Otorhinolaryngologists
Prof. Miodrag D. Jovanovic PhD.
Julie Burchill: A war too far
It gives me no pleasure to say this
about anyone, least of all
the leader of my country - which I love; and only slightly less
than I used to, now that it's got French flu, German measles and
Dutch Elm Disease - but if the US was fighting the Vietnam war
now, and Clinton was President, and Blair still had this insane
desire ceaselessly to step down in the dominance hierarchy
(something to do with playing a girl in school plays), I can
easily see him going on TV to explain why My Lai was necessary.
Or, "in order to save this village, it was necessary to destroy
it" - I can imagine that one from NATO any minute.
Yugoslavia; we're bombing Yugoslavia.
independent Yugoslavia, where the rich kids at school always used
to go on holiday while the rest of us sizzled on the Costa del
Sol. And which the West always congratulated on Standing Up To
Stalin and staying out of the Warsaw Pact. It was a country that
fought off the Nazis, held off the Soviets and bent the knee to
no one: it was the Cuba of the Balkans - a holiday in the sun
that didn't leave a bitter taste in the mouth because it was
neither a puppet of the USA or the USSR. Maybe that's what we
can't stand; a country that shows us you can do it alone, without
sucking off a superpower for survival.
The Blair government has been horribly
silent about Cuba, in this
40th anniversary of its revolution, living under siege from Uncle
Sam, yet conquering both illiteracy and meningitis. The Cubans,
and now the Serbs, make us realise what a pathetic suck-artist
our potentially great country has become, so, naturally, we don't
like it. It might give other countries ideas.
That US general, Wesley Clark, telling
us in TV how America The
Beautiful planned to "devastate and degrade" Serbia - he had a
lot of medals, didn't he? I wonder where he got them. Vietnam,
perhaps? I wonder what he did to get them, and what permutation
of women and children were involved. Come on, it wouldn't be the
first time - it's practically the American Way, to avoid the
able-bodied fighters and go straight for the creche with napalm.
That's what stics in the craw about America - it's got so much
blood on its hands, it's a wonder it can still hold a gun steady.
What are the Serbs supposed to be
doing to the Kosovars? Are they
putting electrodes on their genitals? Dropping them out of
helicopters? Torturing children in front of their parents? Like
all those Latin American regimes, the US has been installing and
maintaining since the Year Dot? Ah but that was US's backyard;
that was different. They have a right to feel secure. Funny,
isn't it, how the US gets to have a whole continent as its
backyard, but Serbia's not even allowed to have a province as
its? I am certainly not saying that Milosevic is Mr Wonderful -
though the Nato attack has certainly made him a good deal more
attractive to the proud Serb people, who will now see him as
interchangeable with Serb pride itself - but there are a good
many countries with unhappy minorities.
When we were mistreating Catholics
in Northern Ireland, would the
Catholic Nato countries have had the right to bomb us? Somehow, I
can't see us accepting that. We have two million Muslims in this
country, and many of them, particularly during the Rushdie
affair, consider that they've been so badly treated that they
formed their own Muslim Parliament. But we're not about to let
them have Bradford. If every miserable minority is allowed to
have its own country, we'd soon end up like the film Passport to
Pimlico; a curious desire, when we in the UK are being told that
we must give up our national identity and cleave to a federal
Who died and made the Germans king?
That's what I want to know.
Who decided that Croatia has more right to national sovereignty
than Great Britain? As Tony Benn pointed out, Croatia never
existed until the Germans invented it for their own ends during
the second world war - and then, of course, they were the first
to "recognise" it when it wanted to break away from Yugoslavia.
Of course they recognised it - they invented it! Croatia's not a
country; it's a bloody division of the German armed forces -
scratch a Croat, find a Kraut. And because of Germany's stirring,
every street in what was the peaceful, prosperous country of
Yugoslavia is now designing its own flag. Great work, guys!
Whatever is happening in Yugoslavia
now, whoever is killing whom
- the West did this. The glorious West, which has so little faith
in its own lousy system that any little country that thrives
under anything remotely like Communism has to be destroyed. To
the West, anything was preferable to a socialism that worked -
even Balkanisation and genocide. Well, they've got what they
wanted. Blair keeps telling us that it's legit, because it's just
like the second world war. He's right. It is. Except this time,
by reducing Serbia to rubble, side by side with our buddies, the
Luftwaffe, we're the Faschists.