FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
May 21, 1999; 9:00PM EDT - DAY 59
Pristina 1. NATO Kills 19 at a Kosovo Prison
Belgrade 2. And Now the Swiss, Too, Get Plastered
Washington 3. NATO: Sorry, No Proof Available This Time...
Belgrade 4. "Stop Murdering Us!" (A Serb Doctor)
London 5. "We're Outsiders, But Serbia Is Home"
Arizona 6. "Forgive Us, Your Holiness!"
1. NATO Kills 19 at a Kosovo Prison
PRISTINA, May 21 - One day after killing four people at a Belgrade hospital and wounding scores of others (see S99-84, Day 58, Item 1, May 20), NATO jets bombed a prison in Istok, Kosovo, for the second time in two days Friday. The bombs killed 19 people, including the deputy governor, and wounded at least 10, the Reuters news wire reported today.
Both prisoners and guards were among the casualties of the strikes, during which more than 20 missiles were fired. Istok (the word means "East" in Serbian) is some 70km (45 miles) west of Pristina.
TiM Ed.: "For the second time in two days?" In other words, it can't be another "accident," as the NATO apologists are fond of saying. What have these East (Istok) guards and prisoners done to NATO to deserve a death sentence by the West?
We know, there is no need to answer this rhetorical question. Anymore than one can explain why the innocent people at that Belgrade hospital deserved to be killed. (By the way, the fourth victim killed at the hospital on May 20 was a security guard, the New York Times reported today). Except perhaps, that all of them were also east of the west?
Confused? Normal people would be. But that's evidently the logic used in target selection by the NATO master-killer of civilians, Gen. Wesley Kanne Clark and his assistant henchmen.
2. And Now the Swiss, Too, Get Plastered
BELGRADE, May 21 - On the 58th night of NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia, four missiles also hit a fuel depot in Belgrade, and the blast shattered the windows of the Swiss ambassador's residence as he was hosting a National Day reception, the Reuters news wire also reported today.
Swedish ambassador, Mats Staffansson, whose own residence was damaged in a strike 24 hours earlier, and other guests had to hurl themselves under tables when bombs shook the building.
"At quarter past eight, we had just got to dessert when it exploded," Staffansson told Stockholm's Aftenbladet daily. "Four cruise missiles hit a fuel depot just 300 meters from the Swiss residence and an enormous pressure wave shattered a very large window in the dining room. "Myself, the Slovakian ambassador and the Vatican's ambassador immediately threw ourselves under the table to avoid flying glass," he said.
TiM Ed.: Talk about uninvited guests! First, the Swedish ambassador's residence.. Now the Swiss... Which diplomatic site will be next victim of NATO's "smart bombs?" (As it turns out, both "U"-embassies, the U.K. and U.S., come after the letter "S" in the alphabet. And their ambassador's (empty) residences are in the same neighborhood).
Wouldn't it be a show fit for a late-night comedy hour, even at this tragic time in world's history, to see Bill Clinton and Tony Blair having to apologize to each other for having bombed each other's empty embassies? It would certainly punctuate all the empty promises which they have made to the American and British electorate.
3. NATO: Sorry, No Proof Available This Time...
WASHINGTON, May 21 - When the NATO "precision-guided" bombs killed scores of ethnic Albanians in the Kosovo town of Korisa (see S99-79, Day 53, Item 1, May 15), the alliance spokesmen blamed the deaths on Yugoslav authorities, claiming they had used the refugees as "human shields" by forcing them to spend the night next to a military command post and artillery bunker.
But a week after the embarrassing mishap, NATO's military command announced that it will not release surveillance photographs and summaries of intercepted radio transmissions to back up its claim that the site was a "legitimate military target," the Washington Post reported today.
After the bombing, and contrary to the assertion of the military spokesmen in Brussels and at the Pentagon, however, the refugees said they saw no signs that the compound was being used as a local military or police command center, the Post said. Nor did they report seeing any of the artillery pieces that NATO claimed were destroyed in the attack.
A Washington Post reporter who visited the scene and talked to survivors a day after the attack also reported seeing no evidence of a recent military presence or bombed military equipment.
TiM Ed.: In other words the NATO spokespeople lied. Whoopee-do... Surprise, surprise - coming from the Washington and Brussels "lie and deny" crowd. Except that this time, even one of their own media outfits, the liberal Washington Post, has called them liars. Stopping short of calling them mass murders, of course, for the death of nearly 100 Albanian civilians at Korisa on May 14. And for thousands of other people all across Yugoslavia.
Guess we should be thankful for small mercies, especially from the liberal media.
4. "Stop Murdering Us!" (A Serb Doctor)
BELGRADE, May 21 - The following is a dramatic account sent to us by a retired Belgrade doctor, Mrs. Darinka Popovic-Skovljev, a retired gynecologist and obstetrician. No elaboration is needed:
Prof. Dr. Darinka Popovic-Skokljev, a gynecologist and obstetrician (ret.)
5. "We're Outsiders, But Serbia Is Home"
LONDON, May 17 - We're outsiders, but Serbia is our home, read the message of a letter published by London's Daily Mail on May 17. Among the signatories of this emotional letter, you will find some TiM readers and contributors, too (e.g., Charles Alverson, Randall Major):
SHELIA (DILLON-GUY) SOFRENOVIC; JANICE ELLIS MRDJENOVIC; LINDA (WOODHALL) KRSTAJIC; MYRA (MACPHERSON) POZNANOVIC; PATRICIAN (MILLER) IVANISEVIC; ANNA (SHOULER) NIKOLIC; VALERIE (CULLEN) KRAGULJ; SHELIA (SCOTNEY) MALOPARAC; LLINKA JOVANIC; Dr RENU (RAJAN) POPOVIC; ANN (MAGILL) PESIC; GRAINNE (BOYLE) ORLIC; ANN (KILFEATHER) VASIC; ALICE (COPPLE) TOSIC; PATRICIA (ECCLES) ANDJELKOVIC; JANICE (ALEXANDAR) MEDENICA; STEVE AGNEW; EDWARD EVERETT; CHARLES ROBERTSON; CHARLES ALVERSON; RANDALL MAJOR
6. "Forgive Us, Your Holiness!"
ARIZONA, May 20 - From the other side of the Atlantic, comes a similar cry for peace and compassion from a layman of the church in Arizona. The author of the letter which followed has asked us to forward it to His Holiness, Patriarch Pavle, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Christian church:
Seraphim (Frank) Patterson, Arizona
TiM Ed.: We did.
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"