Nato naysayers

David Lee

Monday, January 31, 2000

James Bissett and professor Michael Mandel (Ottawa Slaps Gag Order On Ex-envoy To Yugoslavia and Are Western Leaders War Criminals? -- Jan. 29) are to be admired for their perseverance in attempting to unravel the web of deception surrounding Canada's dubious achievements in the tragic blunder of Kosovo.

Ominously, in actions more appropriate to a totalitarian regime, NATO power has clapped down on the dynamic duo. Ottawa has infringed on Mr. Bissett's freedom of speech by slapping a gag order on the ex-envoy as UN prosecutor Carla Del Ponte back-tracks, "to clarify things, saying no formal investigation of NATO was under way."

Kosovo remains a thugocracy as Western governments cut back on their humanitarian commitments. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) has only begun to officially count the 200,000 to 300,000 Serb refugees forced out of Kosovo since KFOR (Kosovo Force) arrived. And the bizarre accusations of sexual misconduct by U.S. troops heralds the beginning of yet another propaganda-led power-grab by the KLA.

Inevitably we are reminded of Mr. Bissett's lucid observations, "The bombing of Yugoslavia was a tragic mistake. Canada must demand more of its political leaders before they lead us into another war."