November 24, 1999
The embarrassing truth is starting to come out that the Clinton
Administration lied to us about Kosovo atrocities which were supposed
to justify the bombing of Yugoslavia. In five months of investigation
and exhumation of the dead in Kosovo, United Nations war crimes
investigators have found only 2,108 bodies.
Before the bombing, Clinton and Defense Secretary William Cohen
repeatedly tossed out figures of 100,000 dead, and the State Department
even claimed that up to 500,000 Kosovars were feared dead. Clinton
claimed that his bombing prevented Milosevic from "deliberate,
systematic efforts at ethnic cleansing and genocide."
The chief prosecutor for the UN war crimes tribunal, Carla Del
Ponte, can confirm only the 2,108 figure. That's what she reported to
the UN Security Council.
Pathologist Emilio Perez Pujol, who led a Spanish forensic team
looking for bodies, found only 187, mostly in individual graves. He
calculated that "the final figure of dead in Kosovo will be 2,500 at
the most. This includes lots of strange deaths that can't be blamed on
anyone in particular."
The British, who seem to be more interested in getting to the
truth than Congress, are pressuring Foreign Secretary Robin Cook to
answer claims that Tony Blair's government misled the public over the
scale of deaths in order to justify NATO's bombing of Belgrade. Alice
Mahon, the Labor MP who chairs the Balkans committee, said that the
Kosovo deaths were tragic but did not justify the killing of Belgrade
civilians by NATO's bombing.
Lacking a constitutional or national security basis for his
Yugoslav adventure, Clinton relied wholly on the humanitarian argument.
That rationale has fallen apart because the numbers of Milosevic's
crimes in Kososo were so grossly inflated, the indiscriminate damage
done by the Clinton/NATO bombing raids was so vast, and all the people
he said he was helping are far worse off than before the bombing
The Clinton/NATO bombing was carried on for 78 days with total
disregard for human life. The bombs killed thousands of innocent
civilians and even destroyed hospitals and schools.
The Clinton/NATO bombing decimated Yugoslavia's economic
infrastructure and created an environmental nightmare. Not only are
water and power systems destroyed, but the lifeline of the region, the
Danube River, is polluted and largely impassable because of destroyed
Repeated air strikes on the Serbian town of Pancevo enveloped the
area in clouds of black smoke and flames for ten days and unleashed
tons of chemicals into the air, water and soil. The fish, produce and
water are all contaminated.
What was advertised as an air war against Yugoslavia's military
capabilities was really a war directed against the Serbian people.
Dropping cluster bombs from 15,000 feet and firing missiles from many
miles away guaranteed "mistakes" and "collateral damage" and prove that
the targets were civilian as well as military.
U.S. Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Short admitted that the
goal was to break the will of the Serbs and make them so miserable that
they would force Milosevic to pull out of Kosovo. Estimates of the
cost to rebuild the damage range up to $100 billion, but the costs in
human misery are incalculable.
The situation in Kosovo, the province Clinton was supposed to be
protecting, is even worse. The danger from unexploded British and
American cluster bombs and mines is at alarming levels, according to
international aid agencies.
Before the bombing began, there was no humanitarian crisis in
Kosovo. It was only after the U.S. and NATO air strikes began that the
Serbs started to expel Albanians from Kosovo.
The NATO "peacekeeping" force in Kosovo is completely unable to
restrain the revenge-seeking Albanians who are beating and murdering
the Serbs (even targeting grandmothers) and burning their homes and
churches. More Serb civilians have been slaughtered in Kosovo than
ethnic Albanians before the bombing began.
The daily violence continues even though there are now more NATO
troops in Kosovo than Serbs. According to Human Rights Watch, 164,000
Serb civilians have been driven out of Kosovo.
The Clinton-Albright policy is based on the absurd fantasy that
America and NATO can force the Serbs and Albanians to live together in
a multiethnic society. Neither side wants that, and the attempt to
impose our will means that U.S. troops will play the costly roles of
global cop and social worker indefinitely.
The only people happy about the Yugoslavia debacle are the
globalists who want America to be perpetually engaged in foreign
conflicts. In a speech to the Canadian Parliament, Czech leader Vaclav
Havel praised the Yugoslav war as "an important precedent for the
future," saying that "state sovereignty must inevitably dissolve" and
nation-states will be transformed into "civil administrative units."
When Clinton's National Security Adviser Sandy Berger spoke to the
Council on Foreign Relations on October 21, he described Clinton's
foreign policy as grounded in the policy of "engagement." America will
now be "engaged" in Yugoslavia for the rest of our lives.