FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
Apr. 6, 1999; 11:00PM EDT - DAY 14, UPDATE 2
Aleksinac1. AP: "Yugoslav Town Bathed in Blood"
Washington 2. How Sweet War Is: Bombing to Cost $2-$4 Billion?
New York 3. "Dear Mr. President..." (A reader's letter)
Dublin 4. "Yankee, Limey, Canuck - Go Home!" (Re. a letter from Ireland)
Moscow 5. Ivanov: 100,000 NATO Ground Troops for Kosovo
Phoenix 6. AOL Warmongering, Censoring Opinions for Big Brother;
C-SPAN Cans Serb TV Broadcasts?
1. AP: "A Yugoslav Town Bathed in Blood"
ALEKSINAC, Apr. 6 - "Pools of blood, two corpses and parts of dismembered bodies lay in the wreckage of a large apartment building today in this central Serbian town after an overnight air strike," the Associated Press reported today from a scene of carnage in this small mining community of 17,000, some 100 miles southeast of Belgrade (see the map).
Yugoslav authorities said five people were killed and at least 30 injured when NATO missiles hit a residential neighborhood Monday night. Journalists permitted by authorities to visit the area today saw a destroyed apartment building. Some bricks, wooden boards and roof tiles were tossed more than 500 feet from the site. Three two-story homes were also flattened.
In the town's center, shop windows were smashed. Closer to the blast site, several nearby apartments caught fire. A young physician, Dr. Bratislav Miladinovic, stood at the entrance of a hospital, dazed and in shock. He was on duty at the time of the strike. He said his sister and father were killed and his wife and child injured.
About 30 people were taken to the hospital, some with head injuries. An entire street was wiped out,'' a local doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity, told journalists (see the photo).
Even before this Aleksinac tragedy, the NATO bombing had killed over 300 civilians, and wounded over 3,000 others, the Yugoslav ambassador to Russia said today in Moscow, according to a Bloomberg newswire report.
2. How Sweet War Is: Bombing to Cost $2-$4 Billion?
WASHINGTON, Apr 6 - Estimates by the non-partisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments suggest that if the air strikes proceed for even a few weeks longer, the price tag could quickly grow to between $2 billion and $4 billion, particularly as the Clinton administration expands the scope of the mission, the Los Angeles Times reported today from Washington.
The cost to the United States of the two-week-old air campaign against Yugoslavia may already have topped $500 million and, if the mission continues to escalate, that figure is likely to skyrocket, threatening budgetary and political explosions on Capitol Hill.
Moreover, the preliminary cost estimates do not include either the massive humanitarian aid program that the U.S. and its allies are beginning or the expense of providing peacekeeping troops and a military escort for refugees returning to the disputed Kosovo region if a peace accord is signed.
President Clinton promised Monday that the campaign will be "undiminished, unceasing and unrelenting" - and warned that it might not end quickly. "We are prepared to sustain this effort for the long haul," Clinton said. "Our plan is to persist until we prevail."
TiM Ed.: Or perish? Either way, one man's loss is another man's gain. While people are dying and taxpayers are reeling, the skyrocketing costs of Clinton's war on Serbia must be sweet music to the ears of American "death merchants," oil, food, pharmaceutical, transportation and other war profiteers among the U.S. multinationals. No wonder some of them helped plan, finance and start this war (see Day 10, Update 2, Items 2-4).
3. "Dear Mr. President..." (A reader's letter)
NEW YORK, Apr. 6 - We received the following letter from a reader in New York. The letter needs no introduction, nor elaboration:
4. "Yankee, Limey, Canuck - Go Home!" (Re. a letter from Ireland)
DUBLIN, Apr. 6 - We received today from Dublin, Ireland, an invitation to sign a protest letter which some well meaning organizations within NATO countries are planning to send on the occasion of NATO's 50th anniversary. The letter was well written and worthy of support. This is how we replied:
TiM Ed.: This is how we replied:
It has become painfully obvious that NATO, once a defensive organization, has become a killing machine. So that NATO may live, Europeans are dying, crying and paying through the nose, thanks to their NWO quisling governments. Nor is any respite in sight (see the next story).
5. Ivanov: 100,000 NATO Ground Troops for Kosovo
MOSCOW, Apr. 6 - Igor Ivanov, Russia's foreign minister, said today that NATO is planning to send 100,000 ground troops to Kosovo in the next 15 days (mostly European), according to Agence France Presse (AFP). The goal of the operation would be to separate Kosovo from the rest of Serbia and set up a provisional government, AFP said, citing the deputy chief of staff of the Russian armed forces, Yuri Boluyevsky.
So far, the "lie and deny" Clinton administration has been denying that the ground troops would be used in Kosovo. At the same time, however, speaking quite comfortably out of both sides of its mouth, Washington said it was planning to send to Macedonia up to 24 Apache helicopters along with 2,000 to 2,700 American troops as "air support."
Now let's see... if the first statement is true (no ground troops), then the only logical plan which follows from the above statement seems to be for Apache helicopters to be grounded, and for the ground troops to take their place in the air. Par for the course, we suppose, for a Draftdodger Commander in Chief.
If the situation weren't so tragic, it would be downright comical.
Yet, based on the reports we've been getting from TiM readers across the country about the American troops being deployed, or getting ready for action, it sure sounds like a lot more than just a few thousand troops. Yet, the Clinton administration continues to hide its real intentions and already mounting casualties, while playing with American lives as they were poker chips.
6. AOL Warmongering, Censoring Opinions for Big Brother; C-SPAN Cans Serb TV Broadcasts?
PHOENIX, Apr. 6 - Once again, George Orwell would have a blast. What was once a free and thriving exchange opinions on the Internet has now become a warmongering NWO establishment-style censorship which would make the Big Brother proud.
AOL has opened up a "Support Board" for NATO's attack on Serbia. God forbid should some of its subscribers dare disagree. No Sirree... Gotta all fall into line when the Prez says so, draftdodger, or not.
To ensure that only positive comments flowed down its electronic superhighway to the Big Brother's switchboard, AOL has hired 30 thought policemen ("monitors," is what AOL calls them) to delete posts which are critical of Clinton's handling of the Kosovo crisis.
And you thought only CNN and the other TV networks were bad?
Speaking of TV networks, a TiM reader from California wrote to us today in reaction to our story about the bodies of American soldiers being shipped home (see Day 13, Update 2, Item 1), which Belgrade TV broadcast last night.
"C-SPAN (a public network - for the benefit of TiM readers outside the U.S.) has abruptly ended its daily re-broadcasting of the Serbian TV news," this reader wrote. "Please call C-SPAN or on-line at: www.cspan.org/contact/ about getting the Serbian news broadcasts back on the air."
TiM Ed.: How much lower can the U.S. Big Brother media sink? American viewers now clamoring for Serb TV news to find out the "rest of the story" being withheld from the American public?! O tempora, or mores...
Also, check out... Truth in Media Statement on Kosovo Crisis, "Wither Dayton, Sprout New War?", "On the Brink of Madness", "Tragic Deja Vu's," "Seven U.S. Senators Suggest Ouster of Milosevic", "Biting the Hand That Feeds You", "A Balkan Affairs Potpourri", "Put the U.N. Justice on Trial", "International Justice 'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery'...", "Kosovo Lie Allowed to Stand", "New World Order's Inquisition in Bosnia", "Kosovo Heating Up", "Decani Monastery Under Siege?", "Murder on Wall Street", "Kosovo: 'Bosnia II', Serbia's Aztlan", "What If the Shoe Were on the Other Foot?", "Green Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les musulmans bosniaques"
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"