PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
Apr. 22, 1999; 6:00PM EDT - DAY 30
Belgrade 1. NATO to Target Serb Nuclear Institute?
Belgrade 2. Man's Best Friend Proves Its Worth as Dog of War
Belgrade 3. Serb TV Knocked Off the Air; Many Civilian Casualties Reported
London 4. Cracks in NATO's Alliance Widening
Washington 5. A California Congressman Speaks Out Against Clinton's War:
Inching Toward Armaggedon
1. NATO to Target Serb Nuclear Institute?
BELGRADE, Apr. 22 - We've just received a letter from Mr. P.R. Adzic, of the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, which suggests that this nuclear research facility near Belgrade may soon become a NATO target. And that the consequences of such a strike may spell doom for all Balkan, and many other European countries. Here Mr. Adzic's warning:
P.R. Adzic, Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Laboratory of Physics
TiM Ed.: Mr. Adzic's letter brings up an interesting, perhaps unintended, point. He says that "the highest (Yugoslav) authorities" today confirmed this threat. Which means that either NATO is telegraphing its list of targets to Belgrade in advance of the strikes (frankly, an unlikely scenario), or that the Yugoslav authorities have found a way to get early warnings by some other means.
NATO, of course, has already voiced its concerns that a high level spy is in its midst (see Day 23, Item 4, Apr. 15). But there are other possibilities, too...
2. Man's Best Friend Proves Its Worth as Dog of War
BELGRADE, Apr. 19 - Man's best friend is also proving its worth as dog of war. Literally. Every so often, people here tell us, air raid sirens fail to warn the residents of the imminent danger before the bombs start falling. Whether that's because of the "stealth" F-117 attacks, or for some other reasons, nobody knows for sure. But one thing "everybody" agrees on is that no such failures occur when it comes to canine air raid warning.
"You can always hear the dogs' barking first," said one resident which has endured 27 days of NATO attacks. "Sometimes, that's the only warning we get."
Indeed, this writer can attest to that in his six days under NATO's bombardment - both in Belgrade, and elsewhere in Serbia. Man's best friend has always proven its worth as an early warning dog of war.
---P.S. If you want to know what it is like to be under a constant NATO air raid threat, listen to the enclosed audio file which TiM has just received from a source in Belgrade. Then you may begin to understand why a four-year old girl was losing her hair; more scared of the sirens than of the bombs (see Day 21, Update 1, Item 2, Apr. 13).
As to the veracity of the air raid sirens recorded by our Belgrade source, this writer can vouch for it personally. This is no Spoofberg "Saving Private Ryan," nor any other Hollywood war farce. Except perhaps, for saving Clinton's, Blair's, Chirac's and Schroeder's private parts. For the time being...
The sounds you're about to hear were recorded at our Belgrade source's balcony window during one of NATO's bombing attacks in the middle of night. Set your speaker volume to 6; imagine that it is 4:17AM, and that you've just been awakened. Then perhaps, for a moment or two anyway, you may begin to understand what it is like to be a citizen of the capital of the free world these days.
Please feel free to forward this recording to your friends. Especially to those who may think that NATO's war on Serb civilians serves some civil purpose.
3. Serb TV Knocked Off the Air; Many Civilian Casualties Reported
BELGRADE, Apr. 22 - NATO's bombing targets have indeed become amazingly predictable. Just as we warned yesterday that Serb TV headquarters may become NATO's next target (see Day 29, Update 1, Item 3, Apr. 21), it happened today at about 2:00AM Belgrade time (Apr. 23).
Ron Allen, MSNBC correspondent in Belgrade, has just reported from his hotel in Belgrade that there were apparently "a lot of civilian casualties, and a huge amount of damage over there."A TiM source in Belgrade reports that the Church of St. Marko, a Russian Orthodox Church, and the professional children theater, "Dusko Radovic" - all within 100 yards of the Serb TV building - were also damaged by the explosion. "The (Serb TV) building is burning and all of downtown Belgrade is in heavy smoke," our source reports.
The Yugoslav parliament and Belgrade's central PTT (post office) are also within a couple of hundred yards or so of tonight's target. It is unclear what damage, if any, they sustained from this NATO missile strike.
This just in from a TiM source in Belgrade (4:18AM local time):
TiM Ed.: If there were ever any doubt before that Clinton, Blair, Chirac, Schroeder, Clark and other NATO leaders who are responsible for such wanton murder of innocent civilians, may find themselves one day facing a war crimes trial, such doubts were removed today. In fact, a group of Serbian legal experts from the Law Faculty in Belgrade had already drafted articles of such charges earlier this month. But as in any trial, one first has to have the accused in custody. Which is unlikely to happen, unless the NATO madmen persist with their march to WW III. Which they are surely going to lose. Or at least, not win. For, there may be no winners in a nuclear holocaust.
A "PS" from a TiM source in Belgrade, sent at 4:18AM local time:
4. Cracks in NATO's Alliance Widening
LONDON, Apr. 21 - First, the Italian parliament voted its opposition to NATO''s air strikes (see Day 3, Update 1, Item 4, Mar. 26). Then the Greeks started to balk, even turning NATO convoys back (see Day 25, Update 1, Item 4, Apr. 17). Then the French started to get cold feet, trying to invoke their veto on NATO's target selection.
Now, the European Union failed to reach agreement yesterday on an oil embargo against Yugoslavia which would have helped cut off the supply of fuel to Slobodan Milosevic's troops, the London Telegraph reported on Apr. 21. At an EU meeting in Brussels, Greece and Italy opposed the common position that would have banned sales and shipments of oil and oil products to Yugoslavia.
At the same time, Russia's foreign ministry said it would not permit UN sanctions against Yugoslavia. Russia can use its veto as a member of the UN Security Council to block sanctions. "This means that while British and American pilots risk their lives to destroy the Yugoslav oil refineries, Greece, Italy and Russia are blocking attempts by America and Britain to finish the job of denying fuel to his army," the Telegraph bemoaned.
TiM Ed.: "Finish the job" - by repeatedly bombing civilian targets and dormant refineries, such as the one in Novi Sad? To us, that's a sign of impotence, rather than an indication that the "job" is anywhere close to being finished.
The revelation that Greece and Italy, both NATO members, are fighting to allow the supply of fuel to NATO's enemy casts profound doubt over their reliability as members of the alliance, the Telegraph said. Italy has, at least, provided its airbases for US-led air strikes on Yugoslavia. Athens has drawn much more criticism, since Greece itself is supplying fuel to the Serbs.
As if that weren't bad enough for the warmongers in Washington, London and Brussels, their own press is starting to turn on them.
"The way things are going, and regardless of what they might be saying in Washington, London, and Paris, the air campaign being conducted against Yugoslavia is threatening to turn into a fiasco," writes Jacques Amalric in the Liberation (Paris) Apr. 20 editorial.
As if Liberation may not the Wall Street's most popular rag, the Wall Street Journal is. And here is what the Journal had to say in its Apr. 21 editorial, titled, "All Wobbly:"
TiM Ed.: Actually, the reasons for NATO's attack on a sovereign country were anything but a relief of "ethnic cleansing." You could see that from our column, "Taming the Russian Bear," written four years ago, perhaps prophetically the day the Oklahoma City bombing took place. Also, the first-year anniversary of the Waco massacre carried out by the federal government agents.
The fact that Tony Blair is getting "all wobbly," according to the Journal, is actually good news for freedom-mongers around the world. Perhaps Blair, if not yet his idol, the Slick Willy and his Secretary of Hate, Madeleine Albright, is already having nightmares about that Nuremberg noose?
5. A California Congressman Speaks Out Against Clinton's War: Inching Toward Armaggedon
WASHINGTON, Apr. 19 - A California congressman, Richard Pombo, has had it with Clinton and Washington. Here's an excerpt from his statement published on the Net by the WorldNetDaily.com:
Rep. Richard Pombo is a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Northern California.
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"