cj#912> Serbia; new website


Richard Moore

Dear cj,

Sorry to have been incommunicado for so long.  But it had to be done, duty
called in other areas.  When I turned my attention to the cj input queue, I
found so many good articles on the Kosovo Serbia disaster that I decided to
redesign our website and install a library.   Please check it out.  I'll
attach some samples below to give you an idea of what's there.

First of all, since this is a somber time, let's start with a bit of humor.
Carolyn Ballard sent in this parody...


What if the shoe was on the other foot?

a parody


From: "Carolyn Ballard"
To: "Richard Moore"
Subject: Fw: latest bombing!
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 11:19:42 -0500

....a parody from my friend and mentor, Ed Haynes..... Carolyn

The following is a translation of last night's speech by the Prime Minister
of Japan, explaining why the Japanese air force bombed military bases and
command-and-control installations in the American Southwest:

"My fellow citizens:

Today our armed forces joined our allies in the Pacific Rim Organization
for National Treaty Observance in air strikes against American forces
responsible for the brutality in New Mexico. We have acted with resolve for
several reasons. We act to protect thousands of innocent people in New
Mexico from a mounting military offensive by the 'border patrol.' We act to
defuse a powder keg at the heart of North America that has exploded twice
before in the last century and a half with catastrophic results, when the
US invaded Mexico in 1846 and 1916. We act to stand united with our allies
for peace. By acting now, we are upholding our values, protecting our
interests, and advancing the cause of peace.

Tonight I want to speak with you about the tragedy in New Mexico and why it
matters to Japan that we work with our allies to end it. First, let me
explain what it is we are responding to. New Mexico is a state of the
United States, in the middle of southwestern North America, about 1500
miles west of Cuba -- that's less than the distance from Hokkaido to
Okinawa -- and only about 1000 miles north of Mexico City. Its people are
mostly ethnic Latino and mostly Catholic. In recent years America's leader,
Bill Clinton, the same leader who started the wars in Iraq and Colombia and
attacked Sudan and Afghanistan in the last decade, increased the authority
of the federal secret police, the INS; Mexicans are denied their right to
speak their language, run their schools, shape their daily lives. For
years, Latinos struggled peacefully to get their rights back. When
President Clinton sent his troops and police to crush them, the struggle
grew violent. The American leaders refuse even to discuss key elements of
the Japanese peace proposal.

America has stationed Marines along the border in preparation for a major
offensive. We've seen innocent people taken from their homes, forced to
kneel in the dirt and sprayed with bullets; Mexican men dragged from their
families, fathers and sons together lined up and shot in cold blood. This
is not war in the traditional sense. It is an attack by armored vehicles
and high-tech weapons on a largely defenseless people whose leaders speak
only of peace.

Ending this tragedy is a moral imperative. It is also important to Japan's
national interests. Take a look at the map. New Mexico is a small place,
but it sits on a major fault line between North America, Latin America, and
the Pacific, at the meeting place of Catholicism and both the liberal and
evangelical branches of Protestantism. To the South are our allies, Peru
(whose president is of Japanese descent) and Venezuela (which produces
oil); to the north our increasingly important trading partner, Canada.

And all around New Mexico there are other states struggling with their own
economic and political challenges, states that could be overwhelmed by a
large new wave of refugees from New Mexico -- California, Texas, Arizona.
All the ingredients for a major war are there: Ancient grievances,
struggling democracies, and in the center of it all, a president in America
of highly questionable personal character who has done nothing since the
Cold War ended but start new wars and pour gasoline on the flames of ethnic
and religious division.

In neighboring Guatemala President Clinton recently acknowledged that
American support for torture and murder cost 200,000 lives. Earlier, World
War II engulfed the Pacific. In both wars, the world was slow to recognize
the dangers, and Japan held back from entering these conflicts. Just
imagine if leaders back then had acted wisely and early enough. How many
lives could have been saved? How many Japanese would not have had to die?

We learned some of the same lessons in Nicaragua and El Salvador a decade
ago. The world did not act early enough to stop those wars, either. And
let's not forget what happened: Innocent people herded into concentration
camps; children gunned down by snipers on their way to school; soccer
fields and parks turned into cemeteries; a quarter of a million people
killed not because of anything they had done but because of who they were.
Two million Central Americans became refugees. This was genocide in the
heart of the Americas, not in 1945 but in 1985, not in some grainy newsreel
from our parents' and grandparents' time, but in our own time, testing our
humanity and our resolve. At the time, many people believed nothing could
be done to end the bloodshed in Central America, They said, 'Well, that's
just the way those people in the Americas are.' But when we and our allies
in the UN joined with courageous Central Americans to stand up to the
aggressors, we helped end the wars. We learned that in the Americas
inaction in the face of brutality simply invites more brutality, but
firmness can stop armies and save lives. We must apply that lesson in New
Mexico, before what happened in Central America happens there too.

Today we and our PRONTO allies agreed to do what we must do to restore the
peace. Our mission is clear: to demonstrate the seriousness of PRONTO's
purpose so that the American leaders understand the imperative of reversing
course; to deter an even bloodier offensive against innocent civilians in
New Mexico; and if necessary, to seriously damage the American military's
capacity to harm the people of New Mexico. In short, if President Clinton
will not make peace, we will limit his ability to make war.

Now, I want to be clear with you, there are risks in this military action
-- risk to our pilots and the people on the ground. America's air defenses
are strong. It could decide to intensify its assault on New Mexico or to
seek to harm us or our allies elsewhere. If it does, we will deliver a
forceful response. Hopefully Mr. Clinton will realize his present course is
self-destructive and unsustainable.

If he decides to accept our peace proposal and demilitarize New Mexico,
PRONTO has agreed to help to implement it with a peacekeeping force. If
PRONTO is invited to do so, our troops should take part in that mission to
keep the peace. But I do not intend to put our troops in New Mexico to
fight a war.

Do our interests in New Mexico justify the dangers to our armed forces? I
thought long and hard about that question. I am convinced that the dangers
of acting are far outweighed by the dangers of not acting -- dangers to
defenseless people and to our national interests. If we and our allies were
to allow this war to continue with no response, President Clinton would
read our hesitation as a license to kill. There would be many more
massacres -- tens of thousands more refugees, more victims crying out for
revenge. Right now our firmness is the only hope the people of New Mexico
have to be able to live in their own country without having to fear for
their own lives.

Imagine what would happen if we and our allies decided just to look the
other way as these people were massacred on PRONTO's doorstep. That would
discredit PRONTO, the cornerstone on which our Pacific security rests.

We must also remember that this is a conflict with no natural national
boundaries. Let me ask you to look again at a map. The arrows show the
movement of refugees -- north, east, and west. Already this movement is
threatening the unstable democracy in Texas, which has its own Mexican
minority and an Indian minority. Already American forces have made forays
into Mexico, from which New Mexicans have drawn support. Mexico has a Mayan
minority. Let a fire burn here in this area, and the flames will spread.
Eventually key Japanese allies could be drawn into a wider conflict, which
we would be forced to confront later only at far greater risk and greater

I have a responsibility as Prime Minister to deal with problems such as
this before they do permanent harm to out national interests. Japan has a
responsibility to stand with our allies when they are trying to save
innocent lives and preserve peace, freedom, and stability in North America.
That is what we are doing in New Mexico.

If we have learned anything form the century drawing to a close, it is that
if Japan is going to be prosperous and secure we need a North America that
is prosperous, secure, united, and free. We need a North America that is
coming together, not falling apart, a North America that shares our values
and shares the burdens of leadership. That is the foundation on which the
security or our children will depend. That is why I have supported NAFTA
and the economic unification of North America. Now, what are the challenges
to that vision of a peaceful, secure, united, stable North America? The
challenge of strengthening a three-way partnership with the EU, that
despite our disagreements is a constructive partner in the work of building
peace. The challenge of resolving the tension between Latin and indigenous
peoples, and building bridges with the Christian world. And finally the
challenge of ending instability in the United States so that these bitter
ethnic problems are resolved by the force of argument, not the force of
arms, so that future generations of Japanese do not have to cross the
Pacific to fight another terrible war. It is this challenge that we and our
allies are facing in New Mexico. That is why we have acted now, because we
care about saving innocent lives, because we have an interest in avoiding
an even crueler and costlier war, and because our children need and deserve
a peaceful, stable, free North America.

Our thoughts and prayers tonight must be with the men and women of our
armed forces who are undertaking this mission for the sake of our values
and our children's future. May God bless them, and may God bless Japan."


Not bad, eh?  It is technically humor, but it hits the mark as analysis of
the US/Nato argument.  I'll close with the "table of contents" of the
Serbia section of the site.

Let me know how you like the website,


                            ** Special Feature **

                                 30 March 99

                            Serbia Under Attack!

          Ode to the Good Citizens of the West

          Like citizens of imperial Rome,
          we watch the lions pounce on the weak,
          and call it entertainment.

          Like Hitler's Good Germans,
          we accept the Big Lies we are fed,
          and feed in turn the engines of wanton destruction.

          Like Pilate of Old,
          we wash our hands,
          and seal our fate.

          rkm, wexford ireland, 1999, with a little help from Mick


Letters from Serbs under fire.

     Some bad news. Chemical factory with toxic material was hit.
     People, get yourselves some masks. They hit Grmec.

Chomsky: The Current Bombings

     The right of "humanitarian intervention" is likely to be more
     frequently invoked in coming years -- maybe with justification,
     maybe not -- now that Cold War pretexts have lost their efficacy.
     In such an era, it may be worthwhile to pay attention to the views
     of highly respected commentators -- not to speak of the World
     Court, which explicitly ruled on this matter in a decision
     rejected by the United States, its essentials not even reported.


     Thus, far from preserving the peace, NATO is threatening - indeed
     already undoing - it. Far from promoting and enforcing
     international law, NATO is violating and destroying it. Far from
     serving any humanitarian ends, NATO and its principal powers are
     negating them all. One of these ends should be to speak the truth
     instead of spreading lies about all of the above. So lets at least
     some of us, as the pacifist Society of Friends [Quakers] saying
     has it,


Stella Jatras of The Washington Times: Odd alliance at State, CNN?

     It appears the "We Must Do Something" mentality once again
     prevails due to the biased anti-Serb reporting by the media.

     The United States has always said that we would never negotiate
     with terrorists, yet the Kosovo Liberation Army with its
     connections to Osama bin Laden was invited to negotiate in Paris.

A compendium of five diverse Statements on NATO's bombardment of Serbia

     The Kosovo precedent: A report in the Dec. 5 International Herald
     Tribune said of the NATO authorization of military action against
     Yugoslavia: "Washington sees this as a precedent for a new NATO."
     It goes beyond the Balkans, to authorizing actions anywhere in the
     world. NATO is acting in the Balkans under U.S. initiative and
     without even a United Nations mandate.

     Supported by: Covert Action Quarterly, Five Towns Forum,
     International Action Center, Jewish-Serbian Friendship Committee,
     Metro Peace Action, North Jersey Independence Alliance, Project
     Censored, War & Peace Foundation, Women's Strike for Peace, Women
     for Mutual Security http://www.iacenter.org/breaking.htm

Ed Haynes explores how we'd feel if the shoe was on the other foot:. My
fellow citizens...

     The following is a translation of last night's speech by the Prime
     Minister of Japan, explaining why the Japanese air force bombed
     military bases and command-and-control installations in the
     American Southwest:



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