war undertaken by the United States and NATO against Serbia is
distressing and deeply regrettable. Serbia was a staunch ally
of the west in both World Wars. Serbian army officers had in fact
overthrown a pro-Nazi government in 1941. During the course of
the war Serbs fought on the anti-Nazi side while Croats, Bosnians,
and Yugoslav Albanians fought for the Germans. In Croatia, fascist
leader Ante Pavelic set up a state that became a
Nazi puppet state. Likewise, Bosnians and Albanians collaborated
with the fascists against the Serbs. Over 700,000 Serbs were exterminated
during the Second World War. Between 1941 and 1945, one out of
four Bishops, Priests, and monks of the Serbian Orthodox Church
In 1991, Croatia seceded from Yugoslavia.
Serbs living there feared for their safety as a result of the
Croatian government's embrace of the Ustasha symbols of Croatia's
WW2 fascist government. In addition, Croatian President Franjo
Tudjman minimized the number of Serbs killed during WW2. When
Bosnia declared independence in 1992, Serbs similarly feared the
consequences of living under Islamic rule following five centuries
of Turkish rule and the Muslim collaboration with Germany during
the Second World War.
Since 1998, Serbia has been under siege
in Kosovo. Kosovo is the cradle of Serbian culture and religion.
Under the rule of Communist dictator Tito, tens of thousands of
Albanians were settled in this province of Serbia. In the meantime,
Serb residents of Kosovo were driven out by anti-Serb pogroms
and discriminatory measures against Serbs. As a result, ninety
percent of Kosovo's population is Albanian today. The treatment
of Serbia by Washington and the western media is appalling for
its utter neglect of Serbian views and national feelings.
In some media accounts there are even criticisms
of Orthodoxy for its supposed silence on the war in Kosovo. This
is utterly false. The Serbian Orthodox Church under his holiness
Patriarch Pavle has criticized the methods of the Milosevic regime
throughout the past eight years. The Church of Serbia has distinguished
itself from other Orthodox Churches. Whereas, the Church of Greece
formerly supported dictators and kings, and whereas the Russian,
Bulgarian, and Rumanian Churches cooperated with communists, the
Serbian Orthodox Church has been active in promoting Democracy
in Serbia as can be attested to by its support for the students
in the pro-democracy/anti-Milosevic demonstrations two years ago.
History will condemn the Clinton administration
and NATO for abandoning Serbia's democratic activists. When Belgrade
was full of demonstrations in the winter of 1996-97, Milosevic
could have been pressured to hold elections while Serbian and
Albanian dissidents could have been united in opposing the regime.
Instead, the Clinton administration chose to wait for Kosovo to
explode and support the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
Reports have surfaced that the KLA is involved
in drug dealing and with Iranian fundamentalists. Many more reports
have been published detailing the KLA's extremist agenda. At the
same time, the regime of Milosevic has been exposed as a repressive
and tyrannical regime against Albanians and Serbs.
The problem with NATO's war against Serbia
is that it is aimed at the Serbian nation rather than the regime.
Notwithstanding that Milosevic is a tyrant and a thug, the Rambouillet
Agreement that Mrs. Albright sought to impose on the Serbs was
laughable because it would give Kosovo the status of a separate
state in all but name. The government in Belgrade would have had
to accept foreign troops on its soil and would not have been able
to govern Kosovo. In short, NATO would have turned Serbia into
Atrocities among all factions in Yugoslavia
should be condemned. However, it is alarming that the Serbian
viewpoint has been missing from the "mainstream" media
since Yugoslavia was dismembered in 1991. A genuine democratic
debate about the Balkans has failed to occur in western countries
over the past several years.
Serbs have been subject to various outrages.
In 1998, the Vatican canonized Archbishop Stepinac, a Croatian
prelate implicated in the forced conversions and persecution of
Serbs during WW2. In 1992, the United States recognized the independence
of Bosnia on April 6, the anniversary of Hitler's invasion of
Yugoslavia. For Greeks, this would be the equivalent of America
recognizing the Turkish backed state in Cyprus on October 28,
the anniversary of Italy's attack on Greece.
It is disheartening to hear Serbs referred
to as "Nazis". On July 29, 1998 the "National Committee
of American Airmen rescued by General Mihailovic" placed
a message in the Washington Times stating that five hundred American
pilots shot down in Yugoslavia during WW2 were rescued by the
Serbs. Similarly, Serbs protected and supported the Jews.
The Clinton Administration's attacks on
Serbia are a betrayal of an ally. Serbia fought with America in
two World Wars and is now under attack. In contrast, countries
like Iran that are complicit in dozens of terrorist attacks on
Americans have never been bombed. Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright,
William Cohen, Sandy Berger, and Richard Holbrooke cower before
China. Neither Washington, NATO, or CNN have anything to say about
the genocide of Christians in the Sudan, the slaughter in Algeria,
or the Turkish murders of Kurds and the unceasing occupation of
If an all out Balkan war erupts, history
will blame Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright. It is they who
have now sought to alter the borders established after the second
Balkan war of 1913. The secession of Kosovo Albanians may lead
to the secession of Albanians in FYROM and the dismemberment of
that country. If that happens, any scenario is possible for Greece,
Turkey, and Bulgaria to be pulled in.
Finally, there is the alarming prospect
of the re-Ottomanization of the Balkans. In 1994, the Clinton
administration allowed Turkish, Iranian, and Saudi troops to go
to Bosnia. In Albania, Osama Bin Laden has established a base.
Saudi newspapers have called for an Islamic Kosovo while Turkey
and Albania develop closer relations. Never has the foreign policy
establishment in America and its President been so dangerous or