NATO-bombing

on this day…

1. serbian people refused to join germany in ww2… the people of belgrade were shouting “better war than pact, better grave than a slave”. (year 1941.)

2. serbian army shot down an F-117 nighthawk, that was bombarding their country for more than 2 months.. they destroyed NATO’s “invisible plane” with an old soviet weapon. (year 1999.)

#proudtobeserbian 

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I am trying to keep political posts to a minimum, but this has affected me, my family and my country. 

Today (March. 24th) marks the 17th anniversary of America’s (and NATO’s) illegal bombing of Serbia in 1999. 3000 innocent people killed, our territory stolen and the country has been in ruin eversince.
My family, friends and relatives have all been affected by this. It is the reason that I am now living in Canada. 
You can ignore this post. But it’d mean the world if you could show some respect to the tragedy that still lingers today.

NATO bombing of Serbia - 18 years later

NATO member countries began the air strikes on Serbia on 24 March 1999 at 19.45. The bombing destroyed and damaged about 25,000 houses, it damaged 470 kilometers of roads and 595 kilometers of railways, 14 airports, 19 hospitals, 20 health centers, 18 kindergartens, 69 schools, 176 cultural monuments and 44 bridges, while 38 were destroyed. NATO launched 1,300 cruise missiles, threw over 37,000 “cluster bombs” which killed around 200 people and injured hundreds, and used a prohibited ammunition with depleted uranium. About 1,008 members of the army and police were killed or disappeared, of which 659 members of the military and 349 police officers. About 6,000 civilians were seriously or lightly injured, including 2,700 children. Total damage is estimated at tens of billions of dollars. No one was held responsible for these crimes until the present day.

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Merciful Angel over Belgrade

In the rhetoric of “progressive and independent” journalists who stamp their politically correct texts sitting in safe cafes of big cities, peoples of the post-communist bloc are often called barbarians left behind the cradle of progress that is represented by the West and its official ideology. Of course, while spreading their ideological influences, “God-bearing peoples” frequently step over those rules of life which they try to impose on the world.

Those who see today a threat to Ukraine only in the East, mostly are simply too lazy to check who is funding various foundations of an open society and “human rights” organizations which act as agents of influence of Western liberalism, totally ignoring national, linguistic, religious and cultural differences between the nations which they are going to turn into one big multicultural fusion.

Many researchers believe that the Balkan mentality has the share of the Orient left by a legacy of Turkish rule, which is used in the mainstream media as a tool to stigmatize the Balkans as the center of European barbarism.

Serbian-Ukrainian relations have always remained an unexplored topic, and the war in eastern Ukraine has driven them into a deep crisis at the ideological and social level, forming a stereotype of a Serb as an adept of “Russian world” (russkiy mir) in the Balkans. Slowly, the situation changes thanks to the enthusiasts who uncover previously unknown pages of these nations’ common history.

In the history of Serbia and Ukraine, March has become a landmark month. March 18, 2014 Ukrainians lost the Crimea, and exactly 18 years ago occurred the event which changed the Serbs forever. In 1998 began the first riots in Kosovo, which is considered in Serbian historiography the cradle of statehood and in the fields of which Prince Lazar of Serbia entered the battle with Osmans and fell.

During the riots, Kosovo Liberation Army, which consisted of Kosovo Albanians, started terrorist activities in the region, demanding the independence of Kosovo from Serbia and Yugoslavia. Subsequently, the opposition has turned into a military conflict, with the civilians being killed on both sides, which has led to the intervention of the UN and the political pressure by the US on the government of Yugoslavia.

In February, in Rambouillet nearby Paris, were held talks between Yugoslavia, Kosovo separatists and a contact group “Russia – NATO,” which did not yield any results. Just like in the case of Ukraine, which has to accept “a special status of Donbas” according to the Minsk agreements, March 18, 1999, Yugoslavia was proposed a peace plan which called for a full political autonomy of Kosovo, withdrawal of the forces of the Yugoslav People’s Army and the Serbian Interior Ministry and deployment of the NATO forces in the province. Of course, the Serbs were not going to accept it.

Subsequently, Yugoslavia accepted the political autonomy of Kosovo, but NATO troops were not allowed to enter the province. In the evening, the NATO headquarters decided to start an operation under the cryptonym “Noble Anvil,” known in Serbia as “Merciful Angel.” Its main purpose was the bombing of Yugoslavia in order to force it to accept the proposed peace plan entirely.

March 24, “merciful angels” started their flights over Serbia, officially, targeting only military, but in reality also civilian objects with sub-caliber shells containing depleted uranium, and completely destroying all the infrastructure and killing hundreds of people. The exact death toll in the bombing is unknown until today.

Both in the case of Serbian Kosovo and Ukrainian Crimea, these events show that in today’s world order our states are only the cards played by Eastern and Western imperialists.

We have a choice: to humbly accept this role as slaves or start a fight, even without being sure of the final result. Russia did not help the Serbs to preserve Kosovo, just as Western allies quietly observed at a distance as Russia takes Crimea and kills innocent people there.

As Colonel Eugene Konovalets said, in the great world drama we face a choice: be either victims, or creators of history, and today the words of the Ukrainian Leader concern not only Ukraine but everyone wishing to escape from the yoke of the eastern or western imperialism.

Vladyslav Kovalchuk

It’s so frustrating to see people claim Age of Ultron is an accurate adaptation of Wanda and Pietro’s origin story because 

1) their origin is about racism, not Imperialism, and taking away the racism is whitewashing the narrative. They could have still lost their parents in a NATO bombing, but erasing their Romani heritage when their new backstory is a fictionalized version of the Yugoslav Wars means ignoring the particular hell that the Romani went through in those conflicts. Like, seriously, you ignore their ethnicity but give them an origin centered around an ethnic conflict? How tone deaf can you be?

And 2) the ultimate lesson of their comics origin is that racism destroys, it is evil. The racists who attacked their parents in the comics don’t show up later to be humanized. But, in Age of Ultron, the takeaway is that Imperialism isn’t so bad because ~it helps the same people it hurts.~ “Sure, we made this one robot who tried to destroy the world, but we also made this OTHER robot who is totally cool. All good, right?”

Are You Not Alarmed?

Donald Trump told The Washington Post that he may have military parades in America like this one in North Korea in 2015. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty

By Charles M. Blow for The New York Times. January 19, 2017 [x]

Donald Trump may push us into another war.    

I continue to be astonished that not enough Americans are sufficiently alarmed and abashed by the dangerous idiocies that continue to usher forth from the mouth of the man who will on Friday be inaugurated as president of the United States. 

Toss ideology out of the window. This is about democracy and fascism, war and peace, life and death. I wish that I could write those words with the callous commercialism with which some will no doubt read them, as overheated rhetoric simply designed to stir agitation, provoke controversy and garner clicks. But alas, they are not. These words are the sincere dispatches of an observer, writer and citizen who continues to see worrisome signs of a slide toward the exceedingly unimaginable by a man who is utterly unprepared. 

In a series of interviews and testimonies Donald Trump and his cronies have granted in the last several days, they have demonstrated repeatedly how destabilizing, unpredictable and indeed unhinged the incoming administration may be. Their comments underscore the degree to which this administration may not simply alter our democracy beyond recognition, but also potentially push us into armed conflict. 

Last week, Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, said during his confirmation hearing that the United States had to “send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.” 

The only way to do this is with some sort of naval blockade, which China would undoubtedly interpret as an act of war. 

Indeed, as Business Insider reported, Chinese state-run media responded in an editorial, “Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish.” 

Business Insider quoted Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who pointed out that Tillerson’s position could easily result in war. 

If the United States put “a cordon of ships around one or all of the islands, and the Chinese flew in aircraft to one of their new islands, what are we going to do? Shoot it down?” Glaser asked. “We’d certainly end up in a shooting war with China.” But even short of the conflict over the islands, The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Browne suggested Tuesday, Trump’s talk on trade alone could escalate into an armed conflict with China. Trump has said he will make continued adherence to the “one China” policy — which recognizes Beijing as the sole government of China — conditional on negotiations over what he sees as currency manipulation and other unfair trade practices by China. 

As Browne points out: 

“The gambit has profound security and military implications. Taiwan is a regional flash point. Beijing regards the island as an inalienable part of Chinese territory; ‘One China’ expresses not just its political desire for unification but a core part of Chinese identity. Chinese leaders will fight for it. They can’t lose Taiwan.” 

Make no mistake: As bad of an actor as China is, the United States actually depends on China. It is one of our biggest trade partners, but furthermore it is one of the last remaining checks on an erratic North Korea. China could simply stop using its influence to make North Korea behave. 

And as you may recall, during the campaign Trump suggested that the way to contain North Korea was for nuclear proliferation in the region. In March, Trump said of nuclear weapons: “You have so many countries already — China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia — you have so many countries right now that have them.” He continued: “Now, wouldn’t you rather, in a certain sense, have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?” 

Then there is the destabilizing and downright frightening random rhetoric. Trump has suggested that he equally trusts America’s friend-in-arms Angela Merkel and his friend-in-spirit Vladimir Putin. 

Trump told The Washington Post this week that he may start having military parades in major American cities à la North Korea: 

“Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country.” He continued: “And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military. That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.” 

And, Trump continues to trash NATO, calling it “obsolete.” This is insanity. But too many Americans don’t want to see this threat for what it is. International affairs and the very real threat of escalating militarization and possibly even military conflict seems much harder to grasp than the latest inflammatory tweet. 

Maybe people think this possibility is unthinkable. Maybe people are just hoping and praying that cooler heads will prevail. Maybe they think that Trump’s advisers will smarten him up and talk him down. 

But where is your precedent for that? When has this man been cautious or considerate? This man with loose lips and tweeting thumbs may very well push us into another war, and not with a country like Afghanistan, but with a nuclear-armed country with something to prove. 

Are you not alarmed? 

I lost a neighbour in NATO bombing of Serbia. She was a nice lady. She used to give me candies.. I was 6 years old, but I’ll never forget her, or the day we lost her. She was a good person. And this world needs good persons, and NOT rich people, who will destroy your country, turn you against each other, for geopolitical interests… for money.

We are all humans, and not a single country on this world, or nation, should be demonized because of politicians, or by them.  

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March 24, 1999: NATO’s 78-day terror-bombing campaign against Yugoslavia begins, destroying the last workers’ state in Europe and setting the stage for today’s war in Ukraine.

The bombing killed between 2,000 and 4,000 civilians, destroyed many bridges, industrial plants, many civilian buildings, public buildings and businesses, barracks and military installations. It should be particularly noted the destruction of two oil refineries, demolition Avala Tower, the Radio-Television Serbia, the Pancevo petrochemical, shooting bridge building, car factory Zastava from Kragujevac, in the buildings of downtown Belgrade, Embassy of the Republic of China and many other civilian targets.

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“Good evening, I’m Eric Alost. NATO forces bomb Serbia and Kosovo. An unidentified man is being held for questioning by the FBI for suspected links to last month’s biological virus deaths. In local news, a dog named Hero takes the grand prize at the annual- I wish I could tell you more pertinent news, but we’re in a rating system here, and the key factor is ‘sensationalism’. They’ve got you running in circles, 9 to 5, and 5 to 9… you’re mine! I tell you what they want you to know, and you consider it the truth. Nobody is opening their eyes! Our global economy is depleting the world of our lives and natural resources! AND ARE YOU HAPPY?! COME ON! I WORK FOR THE SYSTEM!”

just was going through a Serbian blog, and literally they said that there are Serbian families in Kosovë who were forced to change their last names to Albanian ones and “be Albanian”. Why do people always want to be the oppressed ones like if yall wasn’t guilty for all that shit NATO wouldn’t have bombed you 😭😭😂

17 years ago NATO started bombing Yugoslavia using military force without the approval of the UN Security Council. 

The air strikes lasted from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999. 

Never forget.

I Hope Syria Will Not Suffer Western Intervention--I Have Lived It

By Jasmina Tesanovic, The Guardian, September 16, 2013

None of my friends in Belgrade believed that the west would bomb us. They considered themselves modern big-city Europeans, but my father thought otherwise. He was a second world war veteran, and during his lifetime he had stockpiled food, petrol and medicines. Now I look to Damascus, and I wonder how they are feeling about western intervention. I could tell them.

On 24 March, 1999 the first air-raid sirens went off. Instinct overwhelmed us and we ran to our basements, hauling canned goods along with us. We’d seen this done in movies, of course. Since we were in downtown Belgrade, the basements were already occupied. My neighbour, Mica, was a Roma beggar and prostitute with a crippled arm. When all the tenants flew to her humble room Mica was proud to play the hostess, and met us with a powerful brandy from an unmarked bottle. The threat of death became the great equaliser. We forgot our documents, our social values, we just tried to cope with the fear.

Later on, as the Nato air-raids became constant, regular and widespread, we developed the habits of a city under siege. During the intervals between alarms, we would scrounge for food, cigarettes, booze and medication, vigorously street-trading. Shops were empty or closed. Money was hyper-inflated: the banks and schools were closed, public transportation didn’t work, and our cars had no petrol. The entire town was a black market.

I’d never known that my neighbours were such nice and kindly people, so eager to trade favours. I opened my doors, and soon my flat became an informal mental health clinic for the terrified and sleepless. The hospitals and mental institutions had dismissed their patients, so the homeless and anxious appeared at my door with sleeping bags, food and drink if they had any.

We would pass the night watching the warplanes. Soon we learned how to judge the distances by the tremor of the detonations, and we invented ways to check on our friends and family in that part of town. The telephones were often dead, electricity was blacked out, taps were dry. But people would walk or bike the city, bringing news as couriers. Children were the best messengers, our new postmen, full of energy and curiosity. They lacked the adult dread that we grown-ups tried to conceal from them.

A young stranger pedalled up on his bicycle to my door, and traded his mother’s cake for a Hannah Arendt book I translated, then took a shower with my running water befor going home to send off my email messages for me. Our part of town had water, his had electricity. Such was the nature of our hour-by-hour existence, our lives shrunk to the diameter of our neighbourhoods. We had very little information on what was happening outside our neighbourhood or much hope for a happy end. But we had a lot of dignity and love for each other. Love affairs and even marriages were common in those days that might have been the last for some.

To keep myself occupied, I made a film during the bombings. I also published a war diary on the internet, and soon befriended other such war diarists, such as Nuha al-Radi, an Iraqi dissident and emigre who had been caught up in the bombing of Beirut during the Lebanese civil war. My electronic diary got feedback from other parts of the world, and it even appeared in the Guardian. Thanks to that, one of my father’s long-lost college friends in Manchester was surprised and pleased to learn that he was alive. We felt less isolated thanks to the internet.

People in Belgrade survived the Nato bombings, but after the destruction stopped, many died for all sorts of reasons–post-traumatic stress, depleted uranium dust, the broken hospital system. My mother was among them. Neighbouring countries suffered also the consequences of polluted air and water and crippling economic sanctions in the war zone. The result of this conflict was the globalisation of Balkanisation. Anyone could be blown up anywhere at any time; but in humanitarian terms, few would ever profit from it.