15 years on: Looking back at NATO’s ‘humanitarian’ bombing of Yugoslavia

from RT

Exactly 15 years ago, on March 24, NATO began its 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia. The alliance bypassed the UN under a “humanitarian” pretext, launching aggression that claimed hundreds of civilian lives and caused a much larger catastrophe than it averted.

Years on, Serbia still bears deep scars of the NATO bombings which, as the alliance put it, were aimed at “preventing instability spreading” in Kosovo. Questions remain on the very legality of the offense, which caused casualties and mass destruction in the Balkan republic.

Codenamed ‘Operation Allied Force,’ it was the largest attack ever undertaken by the alliance. It was also the first time that NATO used military force without the approval of the UN Security Council and against a sovereign nation that did not pose a real threat to any member of the alliance.

NATO demonstrated in 1999 that it can do whatever it wants under the guise of “humanitarian intervention,” “war on terror,” or “preventive war” – something that everyone has witnessed in subsequent years in different parts of the globe.

Nineteen NATO member states participated to some degree in the military campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), which lasted for 11 weeks until June 10, 1999.

(and from the comment section. It’s very telling in terms of what is happening in Ukraine right now:

Kiza 24.03.2014 11:39

McFaul is in a faul. Even Jelena is not showing the best graph. The relevant graph is the debt of Serbia during Milosevic and after Milosevic. You could easily say that Serbia under Milosevic had to be bombed because it was not in debt slavery. Something similar also happened to Romania after Ceaușescu. Before Ceaușescu was killed in a coup – almost zero debt. Now, Romania is a member of EU and under a mountain of debt – the Romanian state is owned by the Western bankers. It is obvious that any leader who rejects debt slavery to the Western Bankers is called The Dictator, The Butcher, The Hitler, and blah blah.)

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