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RE: Kosovo

Dear Mr. Rizzo

Having read your last letter, we can't help feeling  that we might have been harsh in the previous letters. There are many points here we agree with.

However, folklore, grammar and conspiracy theories aside, there are still two fundamental issues of disagreement. First, you in our opinion, keep miss-identifying concert goers as supporters of Mr. Milosevic. We seem to have failed to explain that these people are, in our judgment,  first and foremost against bombardment of their country. Montenegrins are in our opinion good Christians, but won't you agree, it is to much to ask them, even in the time of Easter, to repent for the sins of Mr. Milosevic and quietly accept crucifixion. It is evident, that prior to the NATO "humanitarian action" popularity of Mr. Milosevic has been diminishing. Judging by the results of the  last election, about two third of  citizens of Montenegro did not support Mr. Milosevic and his well placed protégé (ex-president).  Therefore it is not the acts of Mr. Milosevic in Kosovo or elsewhere, particularly not alleged atrocities,  that might have soared his support, but rather those of NATO. 

You are probably right to note that in the history of this region there was a lot of violence and sometimes barbarism. But there was also a lot nobility, bravery and dignity among other positive things.  Despite occasional irrationality and spite, the people of the region have learned to make a clear distinction between right and wrong. Accordingly, they don't seem to have judged the NATO action to be just regardless of the misdeeds of Mr. Milosevic.  

Second, although one may  argue that, on humanitarian ground, NATO had to intervene to be seen to do something, we disagree about motives for this inevitability. Given the shocking pictures of Albanian refugees and the sheer magnitude of that humanitarian disaster, not to mentioned Serbian refugees, one  has to question NATO's concern for Albanians themselves. There are few who can better reinforce this point than Commanding General Wesley Clark. He declared that the increase in suffering of Albanian population in the wake of NATO strikes was "entirely predictable". We have been privately suspecting for some time, that American contribution, particularly that of hawkish State Secretary,  to the "resolution of the Kosovo crisis", would make it "inevitable" for NATO to intervene sooner or later. This, as well as Mr. Milosevic's lack of art of possible, made American preaches self-fulfilling prophecy.

Finally, let us express our gratitude for your time and efforts spent trying to clarify an American view of the Balkan war. 

Yours Sincerely


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