PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
Apr. 26, 1999; 0:10AM EDT - DAY 34
Novi Sad 1. Last Novi Sad Bridge Destroyed; Hungary to Let
NATO Use Its Three Air Bases
Italy 2. An Italian Soldier: Very Little Time Left; Maybe a Week?
Naples 3. Italian Police Battle anti-NATO Protesters
U.S. Midwest 4. Jewish Students Support NATO's Bombing of Serbia;
An Anglo-American Student Fights Back
Florida 5. Roundtable's Reaction to Independent's Story: What
About Exposing the CFR Sins?
Belgrade 6. German Mothers Say No to NATO's War
1. Last Novi Sad Bridge Destroyed; Hungary to Let NATO Use Its Three Air Bases
Novi Sad, Apr. 25 - This just in from a TiM source in Novi Sad:
TiM Ed.: And now, "let the games begin!" (i.e., the NATO invasion from Hungary). After all, despite a general sentiment among the Hungarian population against NATO's war on Serbia which this writer encountered earlier this week, while traveling through Hungary, the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Oban, acceded to Washington's request, and agreed to let NATO operate out of its three air bases. Many of the additional 400 airplanes, which Gen. Wesley Clark has requested from the Pentagon, are expected to fly out of the Hungarian air bases in Taszar, Kecskemet and Papa.
Meanwhile, there are some 300,000 ethnic Hungarians living in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina who are also targets of NATO's wrath against civilians, just like their Serb neighbors. Many of them are freedom fighters who escaped to Yugoslavia following the unsuccessful 1956 Hungarian uprising against the Soviets. Having been welcomed with open arms in Yugoslavia (see a letter from a Hungarian refugee - Day 31, Update 2, Item 4, Apr. 23), wonder what they will think of the Hungarian prime minister's decision to help NATO wage war on them, too?
2. An Italian Soldier: Very Little Time Left; Maybe a Week?
BELGRADE, Apr. 25 - TiM has just received a letter from an Italian soldier who warns that there is very little time left for a political solution to the Kosovo crises; "maybe a week," he says. Here is an excerpt from his correspondence:
TiM Ed.: TiM has no idea what that is, nor why it is "famous?" We suspect it may have to do with the Lepenac river valley entry into Kosovo from Macedonia. Which is likely to end up as a "death valley" for NATO troops, should they choose to attack Yugoslavia along this route.
TiM Ed.: Not to TiM, anyway. We are not aware to what our correspondent is referring here.
TiM Ed.: As is evident in ALL NATO countries, including the U.S., the alliance's war on Serbia is also the New World Order's quisling governments' war on all peoples of NATO countries. It's just a matter of priorities; first, the Serbs, then the folks back home...
Oh, by the way, never mind that Macedonia has said it would not allow the NATO troops to use its soil for aggression against Serbia. It goes to show us how much national governments matter at this day and age of neo-imperial rage.
3. Italian Police Battle anti-NATO Protesters
NAPLES, Apr. 24 - Speaking of which (the NATO governments vs. the people actions), police used tear gas against protesters who showered them with stones, bottles and balloons filled with paint during a demonstration Saturday outside a NATO base in suburban Naples, news reports said.
At least two police officers were treated for injuries, the ANSA news agency reported, and at least one demonstrator was taken to a police station for questioning.
Police said 1,500 protesters joined the rally outside the base in Bagnoli, headquarters of the alliance's southern command. After the violence was quelled, several hundred demonstrators remained outside the gates to continue the demonstration.
In Rome, tens of thousands of people joined in a rally against racism that also attracted anti-war protesters.
4. Jewish Students Support NATO's Bombing of Serbia; An Anglo-American Student Fights Back
U.S. Midwest, Apr. 23 - TiM has received the following comment from Ben Cameron, a student at "a major university in the Midwest," who reacted to a recent piece by Barry Chamish (see Day 28, Update 1, Item 6, Apr. 20), an Israeli journalist, as follows:
"(This is) in regards to Chamish's vain attempts to convince us that Cohen's, Albright's, and Rubin's Jewishness doesn't matter. I attend a major university in the (U.S.) Midwest. Yesterday (Apr. 22), there were posters sown across the campus in support of NATO, a rally was held, and donations were accepted on behalf of NATO. I nearly swallowed my tongue, when lo and behold, if there wasn't a huge sign telling us that this action was brought to us by the Jewish Students Association and the Hillel Chapter.
No one else has shown such support for the bombing of Serbia. And these signs were full of the usual media lies and rhetoric. I'm no anti-Semite, but Chamish is obviously full of it. Who put these groups up to this? Someone had to. After all, those donations go somewhere, don't they?
Today I fought back and posted my own signs saying:
DID YOU KNOW:
THE ACTIONS OF NATO ERODE INTERNATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY. SUPPORT NATO AT THE RISK OF SACRIFICING YOUR OWN NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY."
TiM Ed.: We forwarded Mr. Cameron's letter to Mr. Chamish for comment, who replied:
TiM Ed.: To which we replied that the Israeli government's ambiguous statements - with the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu supporting the NATO action, and the foreign minister, Ariel Sharon, opposing it - reminded us of a "good cop-bad cop" pitch. The only question being - who is being conned and for what (no good) purpose?
Besides, Sharon wasn't the "ONLY" "western" leader to speak out against NATO. The Italian foreign minister, A. Dini, also condemned the NATO raid on Serb TV, for example. And the Italian parliament voted overwhelmingly against the NATO bombing of Serbia early on in the war (see Day 3, Update 1, Item 3, Mar. 26). And that's even before the violent anti-NATO reactions by the Greeks.
5. Roundtable's Reaction to Independent's Story: What About Exposing the CFR Sins?
FLORIDA, Apr. 24 - In the article, "NATO Is Now Killing People Because It Doesn't Like What They Say" (see Day 32, Update 1, item 1, Apr. 24), the author, Robert Fisk, wrote: "Once you kill people because you don't like what they say, you change the rules of war."
Here is a letter which we received from David Shedrow, a TiM reader and publisher of the "Roundtable," an Internet newsletter, in reaction to this story:
David Shedrow, Florida
6. German Mothers Say No to NATO's War
BELGRADE, Apr. 24 - A group of 130 German peace activists arrived in Belgrade on Saturday (Apr. 24) to protest against NATO's month-long bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. The members of "Mothers against the War" and "Peace Now" lit candles and placed flowers in front of the Serbian state television building where at least 10 people were killed when a bomb hit Friday night, the Agence France-Presse reported today.
"We want the war to stop immediately," said Ilona Rothe, one of the trip organizers.
The group, comprising pacifists and left-wing militants, left Thursday from Dresden, a town chosen because it was flattened in a World War II bombing raid and is today a symbol of civilian casualties inflicted by air attacks.
The group came in three buses, decorated with mottos: "Stop NATO," "Solidarity with Yugoslavia," "For Freedom of Europe," and images of doves as symbols of peace. Among them were teenagers and elderly couples, all demanding "an immediate end of war in the Balkans."
"We didn't give birth in order to see our children killed," Rothe said.
Rothe, whose son is now stationed in Macedonia, said that "all women in Europe should be against the war."
After they crossed the Hungarian-Yugoslav border late Friday, the activists visited northern town Subotica, hit by NATO air strikes last week. They visited a family whose house was destroyed in the attack, and spent the night there.
"The constrast we saw in Subotica was terrible. Beautiful houses and landscape, and then, smashed buildings," said Juergen Fischer. "We were horrified by what we heard and saw. When we talked with people who lost everything, we could realize the worst side of the war we have not seen before," he said.
Peter, 26, said he was against the war, describing the NATO air campaign as "terrorism for the new world order. It is possible there were some wrong things in Kosovo, there is a war going on there, but not everything can be black and white, as our governments are presenting us," he said.
Fischer said the aim of their action was to "show people if peace can not be achieved by politicians, it must be reached by ordinary people. We want to show that the Germans are divided: there are those who are fighting the war, but also those who are suffering together with people of Yugoslavia."
The activists planned to join Belgrade residents in their night protest on the main bridges in the Yugoslav capital.
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"