FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
Apr. 11, 1999; 4:00PM EDT - DAY 19
Pristina 1. NATO's Easter Bombs Kill 11-month-old Baby, Father;
Pregnant Mother Badly Wounded
Belgrade 2. Kragujevac Factory Hit; I've Been Drafted (From a BG diary)
Phoenix 3. American, Not Only Russian, Volunteers for Serbia?
Phoenix 4. No Oath to Obey Orders! (By Jeff Elias Dorrance)
Budapest 5. Hungary Holds Up Russian Humanitarian Convoy as
Tons of Western Aid Disappear in Albania
Tucson 6. Beginning of the End? (by Jonathan Cummings, the "Viperfox")
1. NATO's Easter Bombs Kill 11-month-old Baby, Father; Pregnant Mother Badly Wounded
PRISTINA, Apr. 11 - For some Serbs, the Orthodox Christian Easter Sunday was anything but happy. Three civilians, including an 11-month old baby and her father were killed in their home during NATO's nighttime bombing of the village Mirovac, near Podujevo in Kosovo, the Pristina Media Center reported today. The baby's pregnant mother, Marija Tosovic, was badly injured. Dead are Bozin Tosovic (30) and his daughter Bojana. Also killed was Dragan Dubalo (41) from Podujevo (see the map).
2. Kragujevac Factory Hit; I've Been Drafted (From a BG diary)
BELGRADE, Apr. 9 - Last week, we've told you about, and put a link at our Web site to, a moving diary of a Belgrade 21-year old, Vojislav Stojkovic, titled "Under the Gun." On Orthodox Good Friday, Apr. 9, his diary read:
3. American, Not Only Russian, Volunteers for Serbia?
PHOENIX, Apr. 11 - We've all heard about the 60,000+ Russian volunteers who have signed up to fight for Serbia against NATO, including some 5,000 Cossacks, the imperial Russia's fiercest warriors.
"Here on the bridge are the Russian Cossacks, the Russian officers, the Russian generals," said one among the many Cossacks displaying a colorful array of Tsarist uniforms, traditional sheep skin hats and impressive waxed mustaches, who joined yesterday the Serbian "human shield" crowd, gathered for yet another night on the Brankov bridge across the river Sava in Belgrade.
But now, the Serbs and the Russian freedom fighters are not alone. Some proud American veterans are also coming forth, offering to fight as volunteers. Capt. Richard Davidson, a retired US Navy pilot with a distinguished military career, is one of them. He wrote to us today (and to other former U.S. military veterans, like Col. David Hackworth) urging a formation of volunteer American troops to fight NATO.
"It would be a kick in the pants to O.J. Clinton if a volunteer force of Americans could be organized for the same purpose (as the Russian volunteers)," Capt. Davidson said. "I'm sure there are many out there who feel as I do. But how many would actually put their butt on the line is, of course, unknown. What we are doing in Serbia is insane. But then again, we have a leader of the Free World who is insane. I just had my 71st birthday, and my fighting days are behind me. (But) a volunteer force is worth considering. There would be many ramifications, but maybe somewhere out there is someone who could make such a force a reality."
4. No Oath to Obey Orders! (By Jeff Elias Dorrance)
PHOENIX, Apr. 11 - We also received today the following comment from Mr. Jeff Elias Dorrance, a former US Army soldier:
Jeffrey Elias Dorrance
5. Hungary Holds Up Russian Humanitarian Convoy as Tons of Western Aid Disappear in Albania
BUDAPEST, Apr. 11 - The Russian aid convoy of 53 trucks remains held up at the border between the Ukraine and Hungary, our sources have reported.
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Vladimir Rakhmanin, said Russia is "bewildered by the actions of the Hungarian authorities, who are creating obstacles to the passage of a humanitarian convoy to Belgrade."
Vladimir Bashkirtsev, head of the aid convoy, has said NATO may be behind the delay. Bashkirtsev said, "Hungary will do its best not to allow the transit cargo through in order to prevent Russians from helping those who have suffered from the bombing in Yugoslavia."
Meanwhile, "tons of western aid disappeared in Albania without trace," the Itat-Tass news agency reported on April 8. The humanitarian aid, which Western countries had sent for the Kosovo refugees, "are disappearing in Albania without a trace, often becoming a booty of local criminal groups," representatives from Italian charity organizations said on Wednesday after visiting the region.
Blankets, tinned food and bottles with drinking water, which have failed to reach their destination, could have made up a modern "Tower of Babel", a monument to criminal negligence and mismanagement, they told Itar-Tass.
Some batches of humanitarian aid disappear without a trace, they said. Last weekend, for example, 12,000 mattresses and 18,000 tons of street clothes from Austria, went missing. Then, almost 300 boxes with medicines also disappeared without a trace.
On the whole, the efficiency of humanitarian shipments for Kosovo Albanians are estimated by representatives of charity organizations as some 30 percent. Many cargoes, designed for a free distribution among the refugees, end up in the hands of criminal groups, which sell them to buy arms.
6. Beginning of the End? (by Jonathan Cummings, the "Viperfox")
TUCSON, Apr. 11 - Here's a comment we received today from Jonathan Cummings, a Tucson, Arizona-based writer, known to many within the Internet community as the "Viperfox:"
Jonathan Cummings, the "Viperfox," Tucson, Arizona
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", "An American Hero or Actor of the Year?" (A June '95 TiM story) 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"