Yugoslavia -- what is done to this country was a very shocking experience and still plays an important role in my life.
For several years I expressed my concerns on the CNN message boards, together with many others.
My stance was and is, that YU's problems are internal, which rules out foreign interference.
After 'Croatia' and 'Bosnia', the hotspot 'Kosovo' emerged. I gave my opinion on what happened to this Serbian land and the rest of the country in a number of contributions on the CNN boards. Here are some, the first written at the start, the second during, the third after Nato's 'bombing campaign'.
Post #4 relates to the West's initial stance regarding 'East-Timor'.
1999 03 24
To all people in Yugoslavia
Always remember there are many individuals in the world who think of you in these critical hours, giving you spiritual support this way.
Their hearts go out to you, now that the western 'defence organisation' Nato, has decided to 'walk where the nazis went'.
May God and Spirits protect you.
1999 05 31
Thoughts on a Memorial Monday
This genocidal operation against YU will have one positive consequence: the end of Nato.
The basis of western ethics and values was on Nato's target list and is efficiently destroyed.
The electorate in each of the 19 responsible democracies will be very unhappy when the bills are presented.
The history books in the 19 states will contain a black page, describing the new 'Guernica'.
1999 08 21
The situation in Yugoslavia is extraordinary bad, as a result of Nato's bombing campaign against this country in the heart of Europe. YU's infrastructure is in ruins, the environment is heavily polluted, the new generation has no future. Economic losses alone are estimated at 100 billion dollar.
None of the 19 countries which performed the 'humanitarian intervention' on behalf of the KLA terrorists, is prepared to take responsibility for the suffering of an entire population.
It must be repeated: this was an unnecessary war, a criminal act because of the genocidal aspects. The Nato countries ignored the rules of international law, opening the way for other separatist movements to try to have their way by 'armed struggle'. World peace is in great danger because of that (latest example: Dagestan).
Because there is no real discussion left on this board as it seems, I try again to get more attention for the fate of the ordinary people of Yugoslavia.
About changing the political leadership the YU electorate will decide. IMO, making the flow of aid funds depending on the person of the state president, as the West does, is only an attempt to evade responsibilities.
Personally I don't believe that a new federal president will be a guarantee for financial help from the 'international community'. Last hope: a condemnation of the states involved in the destruction by an international body in order to make them 'pay up'. Doesn't sound 'realistic', but justice and reality often collide.
1999 09 06
Double standards, inside-out...
The 'international community' (US-led Nato) was eager to wage a 'humanitarian war' against Yugoslavia, so called to save the ethnic Albanians in the province of Kosovo. With this war the 19 Nato countries involved pushed aside the rule of International law which forbids interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state. The entire country was bombed, the infrastructure destroyed, innocent civilians robbed of their future.
This 'international community' is urgently needed to come to the aid of innocent people in East-Timor who are dying by the hands of thugs who are allied with Indonesia, the state which keeps this piece of land under occupation and destroyed 200 000 of its inhabitants over the years. In this case no rule of Int'l Law forbids a humanitarian action.
The main difference between Yugoslavia and Indonesia is that the first is small, economically weak and independent, the second very big, economically strong and an ally of the West. Peoples' lives are obviously not an issue.
I am not proud to be a Westerner.