FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
June 9, 1999; 2:00PM EDT - DAY 78
Washington 1. Slaughter on Mt. Pastrik: KLA Air Force - Thy
Name Is NATO
Washington 2. Clinton Judge Dismisses Congressional Lawsuit
Montreal 3. Former Canadian Prime Minister Assails
Belgrade 4. At a Serb Funeral: Tears for Victims of a
1. Slaughter on Mt. Pastrik: KLA Air Force - Thy Name Is NATO
WASHINGTON, June 9 - NATO officials in Brussels claim to have killed several hundred Serb-led Yugoslav troops in a single raid by a U.S. B-52 bomber that caught them massing near the Kosovo-Albania border on Monday, the Washington Post reported today.
NATO military sources said the targets of the bombing were two Yugoslav army battalions spotted assembling on a hillside in the Mt. Pastrik area, near the Albanian border. The troops were apparently gathering to try to thwart a local offensive by ethnic Albanian guerrillas seeking to establish new supply corridors to the interior of Kosovo from their border strongholds.
The B-52 was ordered to drop a heavy payload of cluster bombs on the troop concentration, estimated to number between 800 and 1,200 soldiers. Initial aerial assessments showed such massive annihilation that fewer than half the targeted troops are believed to have survived, according to alliance military sources.
"This hit must have really stunned them," a NATO official said. "There's no doubt that the Serbs suffered enormous casualties. They were absolutely pulverized." The casualty toll may have been the highest suffered by security forces in Kosovo in a single attack since NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia began 11 weeks ago.
The sources said the B-52 bomber was diverted from its assigned target in another area and ordered to drop cluster bombs - antipersonnel munitions that are particularly effective against massed troops. The B-52 planes employed over Yugoslavia are based in Britain and can carry 500-pound Mark-82 gravity bombs as well as cluster weapons.
The recent offensive by ethnic Albanian rebels of the Kosovo Liberation Army has succeeded in flushing into the open many Yugoslav and Serbian units that were previously well dispersed and hidden in ways that had made it difficult for NATO warplanes to strike at them.
For the complete Washington Post report, check out: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/balkans/stories/nato060999.htm
TiM Ed.: Ample evidence has emerged over the last 77 days that the KLA is a terrorist organization supplied by the West and financed in part with drug money. But before Mar. 24, just as in the case of the Bosnian Muslims during that civil war, it was lacking an air force. No longer. "KLA Air Force" - thy name is NATO. While the KLA attack the YU Army from their bases in Albania, NATO
And just think - all these Serb soldiers were killed on Day 76 of the war - after the "peace agreement" had been approved by Slobodan Milosevic and the Yugoslav parliament. And after a weekend of worldwide protests against the NATO bombing (see S99-101, Day 74, Item 1, June 5 and S99-103, Day 76-77, Item 1, June 8).
2. Clinton Judge Dismisses Congressional Lawsuit
WASHINGTON, June 8 - A federal judge appointed to the bench by Bill Clinton in 1994 dismissed on Tuesday the lawsuit filed by a group of House members who wanted the bombing of Yugoslavia by U.S. forces to be declared illegal. The lawsuit was filed by 26 lawmakers, led by Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Calif., who alleged that President Clinton violated the War Powers Act of 1973 by authorizing military air strikes against Yugoslavia (see S99-88, Day 62, Item 2, May 24).
U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman, in his ruling granting a White House motion to dismiss the case, said "congressional reaction to the air strikes has sent distinctly mixed messages."
The judge noted that on May 20, Congress passed an emergency spending bill to help pay for U.S. military involvement in the Yugoslav conflict. "Had the four votes been consistent and against the president's position, and had he nevertheless persisted with air strikes in the face of such votes, there may well have been a constitutional impasse. But Congress has not sent such a clear, consistent message," Friedman said in his ruling.
TiM Ed.: That a Clinton judge should rule for Clinton is hardly surprising. But a more interesting question to us seems to be who and how steered the congressional lawsuit onto his docket? For THAT's how justice was manipulated in this case.
By the way, Friedman was the judge who also ruled against Michael New in 1996, when this former U.S. soldier, who refused to wear the U.N. blue, sought to have the federal courts take up his case before the military courts had finished the appellate process.
And Friedman was the judge who refused to jail Clinton's pal, the Democratic fund-raiser, Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie, when the latter applied for a passport just one day after his court hearing on charges of federal conspiracy, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. The Justice Department claimed that Trie was planning to flee the country and should be jailed.
It is clear, therefore, that long after Clinton leaves office, a foul odor of malfeasance will permeate our government and judicial systems. Good news is that once the public looses its trust in the fairness of our courts, there will be fewer lawsuits filed, and less work, therefore, for the politicized lawyers and judges. And more violence, as people resort to other types of "out of court settlements."
3. Former Canadian Prime Minister Assails NATO, Canada
MONTREAL, June 5 - Former Canadian prime minister, Brian Mulroney, assailed NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia and Canada's participation in it. In an interview published by Montreal's "La Presse," Mulroney said that, "we face a situation that 19 independent countries are bombarding a sovereign country and its children, who are dying every day."
Mulroney underscored that all international interventions must be approved by the United Nations, and regretted that Canada had taken part in NATO aggression on Yugoslavia and backed the Canadian opposition's demands that a vote on the issue be taken in parliament.
4. At a Serb Funeral: Tears for Victims of a "Regrettable Mistake"
BELGRADE, June 3 Last Thursday, we were told that peace was about to break out as Slobodan Milosevic caved in under NATO's pressure and yielded to Boris Yeltsin-Viktor Chernomyrdin's back-stabbing. At about the same time, a funeral was taking place in Belgrade of two children whose family will never find peace.
As we've reported earlier, Dejana (4) and Stefan (7) Pavlovic were killed in their beds by NATO bombs in the Belgrade suburb of Ralja on May 27. Their parents were badly injured (see S99-92, Day 66, Item 1, May 28). Here is a moving report filed by Scott Taylor, editor of Esprit de Corps magazine, and author of Tested Mettle, who reports for Toronto Sun from the war-torn Yugoslavia:
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"