To quote Wildcat 18, "The people carrying out these actions were generally not from the local area. It was not a question of people who'd lived side by side for decades suddenly deciding to kill each other. Neither was it an eruption of long-suppressed ethnic hatreds, as the media make out. It was a well-organized state policy... Many of the actions carried out by the JNA were not even ethnic cleansing - they would simply blow villages apart with heavy artillery, forcing the entire population, irrespective of supposed ethnicity, to flee wherever they could."
In 1991, the Croatian government allowed the Serbian JNA to massacre the working class of Vukovar, which had proven exceptionally resistant to ethnic segregation, forming independent militia to defend itself against both sides. Today, NATO is carrying on this glorious tradition on a far grander scale.
Almost everyone has noticed that the bombing has strengthened
Serbian nationalism, but no-one has pointed out that this might be deliberate.
The European Union has an interest in crushing the workers of Yugoslavia
as well as Milosevic. Bombing them into national unity is a well-tried
way of doing this. The minority of policitians and journalists cheering on
the Serbs from afar, calling on them to fight to the last man, woman and
child, are as deep in it as Ted Turner and the rest of Clinton's Ministry of
It is already clear, even to numerous establishment commentators, that this war was an act of folly from the outset. They are destroying the country in order to save it. Albright obviously isn't all that bright. Though all the world's politicians have interests in common, it is not one big conspiracy. Or if it is, it's a conspiracy that often fails, as it did in Vietnam. Establishment figures from Pope John Paul to Rep. Ron Paul have condemned the bombing. The Gulf War produced far more unity. The customary whining from left and right about "illegality" has reached new levels of coherence. This is a sign of genuine divisions in the ruling class.
This massacre has been dubbed "The Liberals' Vietnam". The most rabid of NATO's dogs of war has been the Labour government in Britain. The German green/social democrat coalition have supported the massacre. As the catastrophe unfolds, astute liberal politicians will follow their more intelligent counterparts on the right and break ranks. We can't rely on politicians. We have to build a mass movement and make it a long hot summer for the bungling butchers of Washington, London, Berlin and Belgrade. The media are telling us it will require large-scale American casualties before Clinton starts losing on the home front. Let's prove them wrong!
This war is so obviously producing results diametrically opposed to its official aims there is already a split at the top. We must take advantage of every mistake made by our rulers, and every division in their ranks, to disrupt, degrade and diminish their capacity for destruction.
Main page April 16, 1999