DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: REMEMBERING THE DEAD
HUMAN RIGHTS – UNRECORDED
DEATHS – UNRECORDED
Various "Partial Birth" abortions since veto
Baby Hope – Partial Birth aborted
Various Afghans and Sudanese (anti-terrorist attack)
17 Iraq civilians, stray missiles near Basra
20 civilians on ski lift in Italy
Dozens of Kurdish executed when White House withdrew support for CIA sponsored coup attemp to oust Saddam Hussein.
14 in Iraq
Another 14 in Iraq (same family)
40 in Kashmir
Associated Press 4/14/00 Anne Gearan "…….President Clinton said Friday his recent trip to South Asia was the impetus for a massacre of ''40 perfectly innocent people'' in the disputed territory of Kashmir. ''I'm sure they were murdered because I was there,'' Clinton said during a fund-raising luncheon for Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga. ''Those people lost their lives because I went to India and to Pakistan.'' ……… Police said militants massacred at least 35 people in the Sikh village of Chatti Singhpora on March 20, as Clinton began his weeklong trip. ………... "
[Freeper] post to Alamo-Girl: ".Is there a specific purpose in including such a general category? It seems to me that it's the sort of thing that our critics will point at to detract from the rest of DSL.."
Alamo-Girl post to [Freeper]: ".I've thought about it hard and long and if I knew the names of the Haitians that died, I would list them with their age and residence somewhere so people could see. Why? Because they were each and every one important and somebody ought to remember them by name. The deaths were evidently related to their belief in Clinton's campaign message.
If I had the name of each Afghan and Sudanese that died in the bombing, I'd list them also because they are each equally important. The necessity for and timing of the bombings have been widely contested.
If I had a name for each person whose life was ended on their way to their first breath of air because of the president's vetoing the ban against partial birth abortions - I would list them also. Perhaps they were not important to others, but they are each and every one nevertheless important to many of us.
So, [Freeper], I guess I'm just a soft hearted old gal who would like to remember each person I can and because this list is limited to its name - these are the unnamed, but ought to be remembered, deaths...
Clinton on Haitian Refugees:
"I am appalled by the decision of the Bush administration to pick up fleeing Haitians on the high seas and forcibly return them to Haiti before considering their claim to political asylum.... If I were President, I would -- in the absence of clear and compelling evidence that they weren't political refugees -- give them temporary asylum until we restored the elected government of Haiti." May 27, 1992.
"For Haitians who do seek to leave Haiti, boat departure is a terrible and dangerous choice.... For this reason, the practice of returning those who fled Haiti by boat will continue, for the time being, after I become President. Those who do leave Haiti...by boat will be stopped and directly returned by the United States Coast Guard." January 14, 1993. Freeper Caliban
On April 6, 1999 at the Women’s Med Center in Dayton, Ohio – an unidentified mother gave birth to 22 week old fetus after undergoing the first part of a three-day abortion process. Nando Times 4/23/99 said "... The baby girl, dubbed Baby Hope by medical staff, apparently lived for about three hours as an emergency room technician rocked and sang to her. Physicians ruled that the baby's lungs were not developed enough to support life or to permit them to respirate her....."
BBC 2/5/99 Seventeen Iraqi civilians were killed by stray missiles near the city of Basra last month, according to a United Nations report. The death toll, contained in a confidential document sent to the UN Security Council, exceeds the figure of 11 released by the Iraqi authorities. The report says that 100 were injured. The Pentagon has admitted that one "errant" American missile struck a residential area, but there has been no suggestion of the cause of the second missile strike.Eyewitnesses told the UN officials that one woman and five children had been killed by one of the missiles when it fell on a suburb of Basra. .The UN team also found that five women and five children had been killed by a missile in a nearby village. As they were leaving, the body of a further victim was brought back to the village.."
MSNBC 3/4/99 Freeper Chief negotiator "…A Marine jury on Thursday found a pilot not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of 20 people killed when his jet sliced a ski lift cable in Italy. Capt. Richard Ashby had been facing life in prison…."
AP 7/18/99 "...U.S. airstrikes in southern Iraq killed 14 civilians and wounded 17 others Sunday, the Iraqi military said. The planes entered Iraq from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and ``attacked our civilian installations,'' the military said in a statement carried by the official Iraqi News Agency...."
The Guardian (UK) 8/24/99 John Pilger "…Last week, 14 members of the same Iraqi family were reportedly killed when their house was hit by a missile. There were no military installations nearby. On August 11, an unconfirmed number of people died when a 4th-century Christian monastery was bombed as they gathered to watch the solar eclipse. In May, a friend travelling in northern Iraq came upon the remains of a flock of sheep with blast injuries. A shepherd and his family of six had been bombed to death on one day, his sheep the next. Apart from a news-in-brief item in the Guardian, this was not news in Britain. Such acts of murder are routine, carried out by US and British pilots over Iraq. "We do not target civilians" and "pilots are defending themselves", say the foreign office…."
505 in Jamaica
Washington Post 7/27/99 Serge Kovales "...Two armored vehicles rumble through the late-night darkness along a blighted Kingston street as soldiers cock their rifles and set out on foot patrols. A gaggle of stragglers quickly disperses into an alley...... The security measures, including deployment of the armed forces, are part of a crackdown launched earlier this month to stem a surge in murders that Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has described as "criminal madness" and "a national challenge of unprecedented proportions." Overall, 505 people have been slain this year, most of them young, unemployed men who belong to heavily armed drug gangs that compete for turf in poor neighborhoods in and around Kingston. A total of 185 people were killed in May and June, most of them in the capital...."
DEATHS – HUMAN RIGHTS UNRECORDED
6/12/99 AP Calvin Woodward "...Death tolls or estimates in a sampling of conflicts fought in the 1990s:
AFGHANISTAN: 2 million, 1979-1992...
ALGERIA: 75,000, 1992-1998...
ANGOLA: 500,000, 1975-1999...
BOSNIA: 250,000, 1991-1995...
BURUNDI: 200,000-250,000, 1993-1999....
CHECHNYA: 18,000 to 100,000, 1994-1996...
COLOMBIA: 30,000, 1960s-1999....
ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: unknown, 1998-1999...
GUATEMALA: 200,000, 1960-1996...
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS: 125,000, 1948-1997...
KOSOVO: Western officials believe as many as 5,000 Serb soldiers or police died; Serb sources have cited a civilian death toll of about 2,000 and at least 500 deaths among their security forces. An estimated 2,000 people died under a crackdown on Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels before NATO started bombing. Among NATO forces, two Americans died in a helicopter training mission in northern Albania.
LIBERIA: 150,000, 1989-1997.....
NORTHERN IRELAND: 3,250, 1968-1998....
PERSIAN GULF WAR: 4,500 to 45,000, 1991....
RWANDA: 500,000 to 800,000, 1994....
SIERRA LEONE: 14,000, 1991-1999...
SPAIN: 800, 1961-1999...
SRI LANKA: 58,000, 1983-1999...
SUDAN: 1.5 million-1.9 million, 1983-1999....*
TURKEY: 37,000, 1984-1999....
------ Sources: The Associated Press, State Department, Center for Defense Information, World Almanac..."
Zenit News Service 5/26/99 "...As if the 30-year civil war and the oppression of constant hunger was not enough, the indifference of the international community could condemn to death 2.3 million Sudanese in the southern part of the country, who are about to be stricken by another tragedy: famine. The latter is the bitter fruit of the conflict itself, which takes food from the people to give it to the soldiers and guerrillas; and the virtual cyclical draught which impedes cultivation of the land....."
D. James Kennedy 7/6/99 "…In Sudan, "more people from the predominantly Christian south" of the country "have been murdered than all the victims of Bosnia, Kosovo, and Rwanda combined." A million and a half people have died through attacks by Islamic fundamentalists and through "forced-starvation tactics." The radical Islamic government, which took over the country in 1989, declared jihad, or holy war, against Christians within Sudan's borders. Christian churches and entire villages have been burned. Refugees have been driven into government-run food and medicine mills, where conversion to Islam is required "at the penalty of possible death by starvation or enslavement," according to Baroness Caroline Cox of the British House of Lords….."
AP 6/18/99 NADESA PILLAI VITHYTHARAN "….Wailing mothers and sobbing fathers filed past scraps of clothing and two human skeletons displayed on wooden tables in a police station Friday to determine if the remains belonged to some 300 people who disappeared while in military custody... The remains will be sent to experts for further examination….. More than 58,000 people have died in the insurrection….."
Venic 6/17/99 Reuters AFP UN ITAR-TASS "…In 1998 the KLA carried out 2,018 armed attacks against residents of Kosovo, during which 199 civilians and 128 police officers were killed. The KLA was also responsible for 292 kidnappings in the province during the same year. Out of 199 civilians killed by the KLA 46 were Serbs, 77 ethnic Albanians and 76 residents of other nationalities…."
Venic 6/17/99 Reuters AFP UN ITAR-TASS "…During the civil war in Yugoslavia from 1987 to 1991 over 300,000 Serbs became refugees. More than 14,000 Serbs were exterminated by Croatian and Kosovar extremists. In 1995 over 250,000 Serbs were expelled from Krajina by unified military forces of Croatia, NATO, the United States, and Muslim extremists. Thousands of Serbian civilians died during the exodus…"
Venic 6/17/99 Reuters AFP UN ITAR-TASS "…In 1995 NATO conducted a bombing campaign against Serbian villages in Bosnia, killing 500 residents. In 1999 NATO bombed Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which became a home to over 700,000 Serbian refuges, who escaped systematic ethnic cleansing campaign by Croatian military, Muslim terrorists, and NATO only a few years earlier. The exact number of civilian casualties resulting from NATO's latest bombing campaign against Serbian civilians is not yet known, but is believed to exceed 2,000…."
asia.Yahoo.com 5/3199 AFP "...Serb officials put the death toll from the following incidents, most of which but not all NATO acknowledges as errors, at more than 460. Overall, they say, some 2,000 civilians have been killed since the start of the air campaign on March 24....
- April 5: A 250-kilo (550-pound) NATO bomb aimed at Yugoslav army barracks in Aleksinac in southern Serbia misses its target and lands in a residential area. Serbs put death toll at 17.
- April 9: NATO hits homes near a telephone exchange in the Kosovo capital, Pristina. NATO said civilian casualties were possible but neither side provided a death toll.
- April 12: A NATO pilot fires two missiles into a train crossing a bridge at Grdelicka Klisura in southern Serbia, killing 55 people, according to Belgrade. NATO insists the bridge, a key supply line for Yugoslav forces in Kosovo, was the target and that the pilot saw the train too late.
- April 14: NATO bombs refugee convoys in the Djakovica region of south-east Kosovo, leaving 75 dead, according to Belgrade. NATO, without confirming the civilian toll, said it was targeting military vehicles but admitted hitting two convoys.
- April 28: NATO, aiming for an army barracks in the Serb village of Surdulica (250 kms/150 miles south of Belgrade), bombs a residential area, leaving at least 20 civilians dead.
- May 1: NATO bombs a bridge at Luzane near Pristina, killing 47 people aboard a bus which was travelling along it. NATO, without confirming the figure, admitted the following day having targetted the bridge without the intention of causing civilian casualties.
- May 7: A NATO air raid hits central Nis in southeast Serbia, leaving at least 15 dead and 70 injured. NATO said its planes were aiming for a landing strip and a radio transmitter but that a cluster bomb had missed its mark.
- May 8: NATO mistakenly attacks the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three journalists. The United States and NATO said the intended target was a Yugoslav building with military use, but US maps used in the planning of the operation were old and marked the embassy at a previous address.
- May 13: NATO bombs the village of Korisa, leaving 87 civilians dead according to the Serbs. The allies claim that the civilians were being used as "human shields" and that Korisa was a legitimate military target.
- May 20: A Belgrade hospital is hit by a missile at around 1:00 a.m., killing three patients. NATO attributes the accident to a missile which went astray during an attack on a nearby military barracks.
- May 21: NATO bombs Istok prison in north-west Kosovo. Alliance officials insist the prison was being used as an assembly point for Serb forces in the province. Serbs say at least 100 inmates and a prison officer were killed.
- May 22: NATO admits bombing by mistake positions of the Kosovo Liberation Army at Kosare, near the border with Albania. Sources close to the KLA say seven guerillas were killed and 15 injured.
- May 30: NATO bombs a highway bridge at Varvarin in a daytime raid in central Serbia. The Serbs claim 11 people died while attempting to cross the bridge in their cars. NATO has not confirmed whether there were cars on the bridge and insists the bridge was a legitimate military garget.
- May 31: Missiles strike a sanatorium at Surdulica, southern Serbia, killing at least 20 people, according to the Serb authorities. NATO says it successfully attacked a military barracks in the town but refuses to confirm, or categorically deny, hitting the hospital.
May 31: A NATO bomb aimed at a military compound strikes a four-storey apartment block in the town of Novi Pazar. NATO confirms one of its bombs went astray and landed in a residential area. Serb authorities report 23 dead...."
CBC 5/1/99 "...A NATO missile is believed to have struck a civilian bus in Kosovo killing at least 40 people -- 15 were children...However, casualties were reported in northern Montenegro where NATO bombs smashed into a bridge. Two girls, a man and a woman were killed and ten other people injured. The two girls, 10-year-old Olivera Maksimovic and Julijana Brudar, 12, were Serb refugees from Pristina...."
ABCNEWS.COM 5/2/99 Giles Elgood (Reuters) ".... NATO acknowledged its aircraft had hit a bus on a bridge on Saturday, but said the bridge north of the Kosovo capital Pristina was a supply route for Yugoslav military and special police. Serbian media put the death toll as high as 60...."
New York Post 5/8/99 EVE-ANN PRENTICE and ANDY SOLTIS "...NATO bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade and a hospital in Yugoslavia's third-largest city yesterday, causing dozens of injuries, witnesses said.... Nis officials said at least 15 people were killed and 70 injured, more than 20 seriously, in the industrial city 120 miles southeast of Belgrade. "Cluster bombs hit the market. Nearby buildings look like Swiss cheese," Nis Mayor Zoran Zivkovic said. He said missiles also blasted the main city hospital's pathology department, where three people died, and a parking lot...."
Reuters 5/11/99 Freeper fighttovictory "...Yugoslav state television said a three-year-old girl died when NATO bombs hit a residential area in the southeastern Serbian town of Vladicin Han, while a missile hit a road bridge just three km (two miles) from Serbia's border with Hungary...."
Reuters (via Drudge) 5/14/99 "...CNN Friday broadcast a video apparently showing the aftermath of a Serb massacre of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo last month which had previously been reported by NATO. Kosovo journalist Liri Loshi, who made the video, told CNN that 127 ethnic Albanians, all of them men, were killed in the massacre in the village of Izbica on March 28....
MSNBC 5/14/99 "...This town in southwestern Kosovo on Friday was the scene of charred bodies and terrorized ethnic Albanians - victims, Belgrade claimed, of NATO bombing overnight that left some 100 dead. NATO and U.S. officials would only say an investigation had begun, but privately some told NBC News that they feared the Yugoslav charge was accurate because of news accounts and TV footage from the scene....."
New York Post 5/16/99 BRIAN BLOMQUIST Freeper laz "...NATO officials said yesterday it's a mystery to them how 87 civilian refugees were killed when NATO dropped bombs on a Serb military base near a village in Kosovo. The officials said it's possible the Kosovar civilians were brought to the base to be used as "human shields" by the Serbs, but they brushed off Serb accusations that NATO bombed Kosovar Albanians by mistake...."
AP 5/18/99 Candice Hughes "...Alliance missiles hit at least four cities in raids that Yugoslav media said killed one woman and injured 12. Six bombs slammed into Mount Fruska Gora, near Novi Sad, Yugoslavia's second-largest city...."
Agence France Presse 5/19/99 "...A NATO air raid hit a hospital near the centre of Belgrade, killing three people, Beta news agency reported Thursday. The Tanjug agency also reported an unspecified number of casualties among the patients in the hospital in the Dedinje district 3.5 kilometres (two miles) from the city centre...."
MSNBC 5/19/99 Norman Solomon From the perspective of a Cluster Bomb ".. You see, I'm a 1,000-pound marvel, a cluster bomb with an ingenious design. When I go off, a couple of hundred "bomblets" shoot out in all directions, aided by little parachutes that look like inverted umbrellas. Those 'chutes slow down the descent of the bomblets and disperse them so they'll hit plenty of what my maker calls "soft targets." Before that happens, though, each bomblet breaks into about 300 pieces of jagged steel shrapnel......"
AP via Drudge 5/20/99 "...NATO bombs killed three patients in a Belgrade hospital early Thursday in heavy raids on the Yugoslav capital and other centres, amid further diplomatic efforts to end the Kosovo crisis, Serbian sources said. The dead were patients in the neurological department of the Dragisa Misovic hospital in the Dedinje district 3.5 kilometres (two miles) from the city centre, which received a direct hit, hospital director Radisav Scepanovic said......"
Agence France-Presse 5/24/99 Freeper Jai "...Around 100 inmates have been killed and some 200 injured in NATO air raids on the Kosovo prison of Istok in recent days, Serb authorities in the Kosovo capital Pristina said Monday...."
L.A. Times 5/21/99 T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, ANN M. SIMMONS Freeper Lonnie "... A diabetic refugee had crossed the border. Could she provide a special diet.She couldn't believe what she was hearing, much less that she was able to fulfill the request. In Africa, we don't have special food or diets. There are no diabetics in the camps," she said. "They just die."...."
5/22/99 BBC News Freeper Thanatos "...Nato insists that a prison which it bombed repeatedly in Kosovo was a legitimate military target. The Serbs say the raids in the town of Istok killed up to 19 people......"
The Rockford Institute 5/24/99 Thomas Fleming "...When Janet Reno sent in the FBI to fry the women and children in the Branch Davidian home, I was in Italy covering the Lega Nord. Stunned by what I read in the Italian press, I told my friends that a turning-point in American history had been reached: if the American people did not rise up and throw the rascals out, if Janet Reno and her colleagues were not put on trial for murder, there would be no hope of restoring the republic.....During the Waco standoff, apparently, Governor Anne Richards asked Clark, who was then commander of Ft. Hood, for advice. The answer came through his subordinates: take out the leader. Cockburn and St. Clair comment: Certainly the Waco onslaught bears characteristics typical of Gen. Wesley Clark: the eagerness to take out the leader (viz., the Clark-ordered bombing of Milosevic's private residence); the utter disregard for the lives of innocent men, women, and children,; the arrogant miscalculations about the effects of force; disregard for law, whether of the Posse Comitatus Act governing military actions within the United States or, abroad, the purview of the Nuremberg laws on war crimes and attacks on civilians...."
http://www.vor.ru/Kosovo/index.html 5/26/99 The Voice of Russia "....Hospitals have been forced to stop providing emergency services for lack of water and power supply....... The air raids have killed over 12 hundred people in Yugoslavia........"
Associated Press 5/30/99 Freeper sesame "...BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- A NATO missile attack in Kosovo hit near a convoy of Western journalists Sunday, killing a driver and wounding a Times of London reporter and two others, the Serb-run Media Center in Pristina said....."
Reuters May 30, 1999 Freeper Nick Danger "...NATO aircraft, intensifying their air war against Yugoslavia, bombed a crowded bridge in central Serbia Sunday, killing nine people and injuring at least 17 on the 68th day of the alliance's campaign...."
Reuters 5/30/99 Philippa Fletcher "...NATO intensified daylight bombardment across Serbia as an alliance spokesman said Sunday Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was showing signs of moving toward a peace deal. Among the raids was an attack on a bridge in southern Serbia in which at least 11 people were killed, the Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug said......"
Reuters 5/30/99 "...NATO warplanes struck a sanatorium in Surdulica in southeastern Serbia early Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding others, the official Radio Serbia network reported....."
The Independent 6/1/99 Robert Fisk Freeper Prince Charles "...Not far from Milena Malobabic's young body we found the notebook of love poems she wrote for her boyfriend. Nato's jets had killed her and at least 17 other patients in the tuberculosis sanatorium a few hours earlier....."
Itar-Tass 6/8/99 "....Three Yugoslav citizens were killed by Monday's air blow delivered by NATO on the Pancevo farm. ....."
Reuters 6/8/99 "....A NATO B-52 bomber caught two Yugoslav Army battalions in the open after Serbia stalled on pulling its troops out of Kosovo and many hundreds of troops may have been killed, alliance sources said Tuesday....."
Washington Post 6/9/99 William Drozdiak "… The B-52 was ordered to drop a huge passel of cluster bombs on the troops, estimated to number between 800 and 1,200 soldiers. Initial aerial assessments showed such massive annihilation that fewer than half of the Serb-led Yugoslav forces are believed to have survived, according to alliance military sources. ..."
6/13/99 AFP "...Three Serb soldiers were killed Sunday in the southern Kosovo town of Prizren by German members of the Kosovo peacekeeping force in an exchange of gunfire, witnesses told AFP...."
Associated Press 6/13/99 "....German troops came under heavy sniper fire Sunday in this southern Kosovo city and killed at least one armed man and wounded another in the firefight. A German soldier suffered an arm wound....."
6/13/99 UPI "... A Serb policeman, a German journalist and a Yugoslav civilian were all shot to death in separate incidents in the province, where ethnic Albanians are welcoming the arrival of the KFOR military operation...."
The Indian Express 6/15/99 "...Beta, quoting eyewitnesses, said six KLA gunmen intercepted a column of Serbs leaving the village of Kojlovica, some five km north of Pristina. It said two brothers from the Krstic family and a man identified as Dragan Jovanovic were extracted by the KLA from the column and shot dead on the spot with automatic weapons..."
New York Post 6/15/1999 Uri Dan ".... His father went to the Serbian Orthodox church in their village Sunday morning to pray, and was horrified to find the young priest inside with his throat slit. "He also saw 10 Kosovo Liberation Army people coming out of the church," Lakic said. "The KLA knifed and slaughtered the priest of our village."....."
Washington Post Foreign Service 6/16/99 Peter Finn, David Finkel, R. Jeffrey Smith, Michael Dobbs "…The evidence and accounts of returning Kosovo residents spoke of a grim period of reckoning: In the identification of a mass grave that appears to hold scores of bodies from a slaughter at a strip mine; of abandoned human remains in deserted towns; in the execution today of a man in front of his daughter; and in a son's discovery of the fate of his father…."
UPI 6/16/99 "…Although the Yugoslav army has assured NATO it has marked all its minefields, "there is no indication that has been done," said a NATO peacekeeping force official (Wednesday)…. Four have died from encounters with mines so far…."
AP 6/16/99 "…Physicians for Human Rights interviewed 1,180 refugees and found that one in every three households endured some kind of physical abuse. ….Combined, the refugees detailed 598 separate incidents of torture, killing and physical abuse…."
The New York Times 6/19/99 John Kifner "…Inside the station, the German troops found 15 people who had been taken prisoner, including an elderly man who was found dead, handcuffed to a chair and badly beaten, according to a German spokesman, Lieut. Col. Dietmar Jeserich. The prisoners included Serbs, Albanians and Gypsies. …."
AP 6/18/99 "….they now estimate at least 10,000 people were killed in the Serb crackdown against Kosovo Albanians which began shortly before NATO began its 78-day air bombardment March 24. ….. Elhame Muqolli, 14, told of how she and scores of friends and neighbors were herded into a room by Serb police, who threw in a hand grenade, raked the room with machine guns and then set it on fire to kill anyone who might have survived ….."
The Associated Press 6/21/99 Laura King "...An explosion in a school outside Pristina killed four people today, including two Gurkha soldiers in the British peacekeeping force, NATO said. A fifth person was injured, the first casualties since the allied peacekeepers entered Kosovo on June 12....."
UK Independent 6/21/99 Robert Fisk "..." NATO killed far more Serb civilians than soldiers during its 11-week bombardment of the country and most of the Yugoslav Third Army emerged unscathed from the massive air attacks on its forces in Kosovo, according to evidence emerging in Yugoslavia… At least 60,000 Yugoslav troops - rather than the 40,000 estimated - were waiting to fight the Western armies in Kosovo...."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_375000/375660.stm 6/23/99 Caroline Wyatt "..." Two elderly Serb civilians have been attacked and killed in their homes in the Kosovo town of Prizren, in what appear to have been revenge attacks by Kosovo Albanians...."
Human Rights Watch 6/18/99 "...Accompanied by a local villager, a Human Rights Watch researcher yesterday inspected the site of a mass killing in Meja, northwest of Djakovica, and found the decayed remains of several men. The men were apparently killed by Serb security forces on April 27, 1999, victims of a massacre in which Human Rights Watch believes at least 100 men were killed...."
Associated Press 6/23/99 Robert Burns "...U.S. Marines manning a checkpoint in Kosovo were shot at today by unidentified assailants and then returned fire, killing one person and wounding two, U.S. officials said....."
Truth In Media 6/24/99 Bob Djurdjevic "...Albanian terrorists have abducted at gun point at least 140 Serbs in Kosovo during last 12 days, our sources say. Most of the kidnapped Serbs are men (36 to 40 in age) from the territory of the Glogovac municipality…. Bodies of six massacred Serbs were found also on June 22 in the village Mazgit. These Serbs were kidnapped June 16 in front of their houses in Obilic. Also the ANSA reported Albanian retaliations in Kosovo continue. Four Serbian shepherds were killed yesterday in Novo Brdo and bodies of six Albanians killed by KLA have been found. ..."
Reuters AFP 6/28/99 "..."Two people were shot dead over Saturday night in the Kosovo capital Pristina and at least one of them had links to an international organisation operating in the province, officials said yesterday...."
Beograd.com 6/99 ".... Several thousand civilians were killed and more than 6,000 sustained serious injuries, while a large number of them will remain crippled for life. Children make up 30% of all casualties as well as 40% of the total number of the injured, while 10% of all Yugoslav children (approximately 300,000) have suffered severe psychological traumas and will require continuous medical monitoring, care and treatment...."
Stratfor 6/30/99 "...0135 GMT, 990630 Yugoslavia/UK - ITAR-TASS reports that a British KFOR contingent shot a man dead near Pristina on June 29....."
Washington Times 6/29/99 Ben Barber "....The U.S. government and the United Nations said yesterday they have no plans to investigate the Kosovo Liberation Army for possible war crimes, arguing that a wave of revenge against Serbs in the province does not appear to be coordinated by the KLA leadership. "...."
New York Times 6/29/99 John Kifner "...When a French forensic team working for the international war crimes tribunal arrived here [alleged mass grave site] at 8 a.m. Monday, they expected to find the bodies of about 160 Kosovo Albanians who other villagers said were killed by Serbian forces on March 28. There were none. The Serbs seemed to have been here first, dug up the grave and carried the bodies off somewhere, apparently in an effort to destroy evidence before any war crimes trial could take place......"
Yahoo AFP 7/3/99 "...British soldiers early Saturday shot and killed two men and wounded two others here following a demonstration by thousands of Kosovars to celebrate an unofficial declaration of independence in 1990. ...."
Los Angeles Times 7/6/99 Mark Fineman "…They call it "The Night of the Witches," those horrible hours that began at precisely 1 a.m. April 18, when NATO bombs and missiles rained in force on this Serbian city. Within seconds, they demolished a refinery, a fertilizer plant and an American-built petrochemical complex that released a toxic cloud so dense and potentially lethal that its effects can be felt here even today--and will be, perhaps, for decades. …. * Physicians in this city 10 miles northeast of the Yugoslav and Serbian capital, Belgrade, have privately recommended that all women who were in town that night avoid pregnancy for at least the next two years. Women who were less than nine weeks pregnant in mid-April were advised to obtain abortions, and doctors say most have complied…. "I'm afraid you will find a lot of our people in the oncology ward fighting cancer, or perhaps in the hematology department or centers for respiratory diseases, or perhaps in the morgue. ….."
UPI 7/11/99 "…Two Kosovo Liberation Army rebels were killed and several others injured in an exchange of fire with American peacekeeping troops in the Kosovo town of Gnjilane, Yugoslav media reports. …."
AP 7/17/99 Daniel Wakin "…British forensic experts in Kosovo have uncovered the bodies of 11 children, some as young as 2 years old, shot at close range by Serb forces, Britain's foreign secretary said Tuesday... British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said the bodies of the children - aged 2 to 16 years old - had been discovered among 20 corpses found in the southwestern village of Celine…"
The Daily Republican 7/16/99 Dr Jan Oberg "… Perhaps the biggest lie in all this was the statement that 'we are not at war with the Yugoslav people.' But NATO destroyed 300 factories and refineries, 190 educational establishments, 20 hospitals, 30 clinics, 60 bridges, 5 airports; it killed at least 2,000 civilians and wounded 6,000 and many will die and suffer because of the health infrastructure destruction. To this you may add the sanctions since 1991 and the burden of more than 700.000 refugees from other republics and now from Kosovo. Only 12-15 tanks of 300 main battle tanks and some planes were destroyed, the rest seem to have been dummies! ….. In terms of human rights violations, war-caused deaths and degree of "dictatorship," Kosovo is a minor conflict. Between November 1998 and March 1999 no evidence of systematic ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, OSCE monitors have confirmed this. Germany sent back 11,000 Kosovar refugees. No humanitarian organization present in Kosovo reported a grand plan, or signs of it, to cleanse Kosovo of its 1,5 million Albanians…."
Stratfor.com 7/18/99 "...0012 GMT, 990718 Yugoslavia/KFOR - The Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug reported July 17 that the commander of the Italian KFOR sector, Brigadier General Mauro del Vecchio, said July 16 that a mass grave in the village of Ljubenic reported to contain over 350 bodies, contained only seven. Del Vecchio said that a full exhumation had been completed at the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, and that as a result the grave was not considered a mass grave...."
USA Today 7/19/99 AP "...At the edge of a cemetery overgrown with flowering weeds, local authorities exhumed 19 bodies Monday from a mass grave - including an 80-year-old man who went missing months ago. Survivors say they were massacred by Serbs...."
The New York Times 7/17/99 John Kifner "...At least 10,000 people were slaughtered by Serbian forces during their three-month campaign to drive the Albanians from Kosovo, according to war crimes investigators, NATO peacekeeping troops and aid agencies struggling to keep up with fresh reports each day of newly discovered bodies and graves....Saturday afternoon, for example, tribunal investigators and British troops rushed off to a grassy roadside near the village of Lukare, a few miles northeast of here, where three grave sites were reported by local Albanians to contain possibly 100 or more bodies....By late Saturday afternoon, four bodies, all extensively decomposed, had been exhumed and Lieut. Col. Robin Hodges, a British spokesman, said the work was likely to continue all day. On Friday, villagers returning to Goden, a settlement near the western town of Djakovica, discovered 20 bodies, along with Yugoslav Army log books describing how soldiers had emptied the village and killed people...." By Thursday afternoon, Williamson, the tribunal official, said the numbers had grown to 280 grave sites with more than 6,100 reported bodies. Colonel Clifford, among others, warned that even those numbers underreported the actual number of deaths....Of 44 villages in the district around Decani, for example, 39 had dead bodies in their wells, one of this week's daily internal situation reports from the field to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said..... "It was very emotional," said Chief Superintendent John T. Bunn of Scotland Yard, who said he identified at least 60 victims in the village of Bela Crkva...."
New York Times 7/25/99 Chris Hedges "…The mutilated bodies of 14 Serbian farmers who had been fatally shot were discovered on Friday night grouped around their harvesting machine in the worst single assault against the dwindling pockets of Serbian civilians left in Kosovo since NATO troops arrived last month. The killings, in which several of the men's bodies appeared to have been disfigured with blunt instruments, seemed likely to undermine still further the effort by the international community to keep the Serbian minority from fleeing Kosovo. More than 80,000 of the estimated 200,000 Serbs living in Kosovo when NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia ended have left since alliance troops arrived in mid-June. The soldiers have proved so far powerless to stop what Kosovo Serbs say is daily harassment, with repeated rumors of kidnappings and killings. The discovery of the bodies seems certain to accelerate the exodus. …"
AP Tom Cohen 7/25/99 "…NATO and the United Nations tried Sunday to bolster confidence in their Kosovo mission, shaken by the massacre of 14 Serb farmers in what officials called a deliberate attempt to wreck peacekeeping efforts. Belgrade demanded an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council on ways to stop ethnic violence in Kosovo and insisted Yugoslav forces be allowed back into the Serbian province, the state-run Tanjug news agency reported Saturday….The daily Glas, published in the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, cited a Serb human rights group in Kosovo as saying that the body of a Serb farmer was found Saturday in the Gnjilane area. Tanjug reported that Kosovo peacekeeping troops had detained five ethnic Albanians suspected of trying to blow up the apartment of a Kosovo Serb publisher. There was no immediate confirmation from NATO…."
Reuters 7/25/99 "…Full-scale anarchy threatens to engulf Kosovo and could trigger off new international conflict, Yugoslav state-run news agency Tanjug said on Sunday. Its comments followed Friday's massacre of 14 Serb farmers, the single most serious incident in Kosovo since NATO troops occupied the province last month and Serb forces left. ..."
Stratfor.Com - CIS/Eastern Europe Intelligence Center 7/25/99 "…2235 GMT, 990725 Yugoslavia/UN - UN officials made a statement July 25 hinting that a massacre of 14 Serb villagers in Gracko on July 23 might have been an attempt to upset the maintenance of peace in the area. British Lt. Gen. Mike Jackson said, "A number of possibilities are being considered concerning the motive for the attack ... from something like local revenge to something more sinister in terms of an organized way." The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has sent forensic experts to help with the investigation. 1543 GMT, 990725 Russia/Yugoslavia - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov told reporters July 25 that over 140,000 Serbs, Gypsies and people of other nationalities were forced to flee their homes as a result of violence against non-Albanians in Kosovo. Ivanov said the violence was becoming "increasingly audacious" and "large scale" and called for the international community to act "resolutely and without bias" to correct the situation…1522 GMT, 990725 Yugoslavia/UN -Yugoslavia has demanded that an urgent session of the UN Security Council be held, following the massacre of 14 Serbs in the village of Gracko in Kosovo, according to Yugoslav state news agency Tanjung. The Yugoslav mission head to the UN, Vladislav Jovanovic, sent a letter to Security Council President Hasmy Agam of Malaysia calling for the body to take "urgent and concrete measures" to protect non-Albanians in Kosovo. Jovanovic's letter said the UN was "fully and exclusively responsible" for the incident and demanded Yugoslav troops and police be allowed to return to Kosovo as stipulated in the June 9 military technical agreement…."
Chicago Sun-Times 7/26/99 Julius Strauss, London Daily Telegraph "…NATO forces stepped up patrols in Serb villages and erected dozens of fresh checkpoints in Kosovo Sunday in an attempt to prevent further violence following the killings of 14 Serb farmers Friday. The moves were designed to calm Serb fears amid growing ethnic tension and stop retaliation…..The attack on the farmers was the worst incident of violence since NATO deployed forces in Kosovo six weeks ago and it has threatened to derail a fragile peace…."
The Independent 7/27/99 Laura Rozen "...Fehmi Mucolli stood amid the charred ruins of his home yesterday and mourned the 44 members of his family massacred there by Serbian police. The toll is agonising, starting with his wife Hasime, son Avdulla, sister Nexhmije, sister-in-law, niece, and two nephews. ..."
Reuters 7/31/99 "...A Serb farmer was shot dead while picking plums in southeast Kosovo on Saturday, a U.S. peacekeeping force spokesman said. Captain Pat Sweeney said U.S. troops rushed to the scene of the 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) shooting in Stanisor, a village outside the regional hub of Gnjilane, but apprehended no one. U.S. military police launched an inquiry...."
ZNet - British Independent 6/99 Robert Fisk "...NATO killed far more Serb civilians than soldiers during its 11-week bombardment of the country and most of the Yugoslav Third Army emerged unscathed from the massive air attacks on its forces in Kosovo, according to evidence emerging in Yugoslavia. ....Yugoslav military sources said that more than half the 600 or so soldiers who died in Serbia were killed in guerrilla fighting with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) rather than by Nato bombing. ....Wartime statistics are notoriously unreliable, but investigations by Western correspondents and humanitarian agencies of Nato bombing incidents appear to confirm the official civilian casualty toll of around 1,500. At least 450 of these died in Nato's repeated "mistakes", when alliance aircraft bombed a train at Grdelica, a bridge at Varvarin, housing estates at Surdulica, Aleksinac and Cuprija, a bus at Luzane, an Albanian refugee convoy in Kosovo and made other attacks on civilians. Many others died in what Nato referred to as "collateral damage" in attacks around Belgrade, Kraljevo, Kragujevac, Nis and Novi Sad...."
Reuters 8/2/99 "...A U.S. soldier was electrocuted in southeast Kosovo when the radio antenna on his armored patrol vehicle touched an overhead power line, a spokesman for the NATO-led peace force said Monday... "
Boston Herald 8/2/99 Don Feder "... The families of 14 Serb farmers murdered in Kosovo must take comfort in National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's response to the massacre, ``It is profoundly wrong and unacceptable'' - harsh words, indeed. The bodies were found grouped around farm equipment in the village of Gracko. Victims' faces had been mutilated beyond recognition. ....Are Berger and his boss Bill Clinton shocked by this turn of events? Opponents of NATO's crusade predicted that if the West won the war, returning Albanians would purge the province of Serbs and Gypsies....Each day brings new reports of atrocities against Serbs - the murder of a professor at the University of Pristina, the killing of a married couple near the town of Gnijlane, Orthodox monasteries destroyed, 15 houses a day torched in Prizren, kidnappings, torture, beatings and evictions...."
Associated Press 7/29/99 "...The Army has ruled out hostile fire as the cause of death of a soldier found shot Wednesday in a NATO military camp in Kosovo, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. The soldier was identified as Spc. Igor A. Katz, 20, whose stepmother lives in Florida. Katz was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Regiment deployed as part of the NATO peacekeeping mission to Kosovo. He was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head at 7:30 a.m. local time Wednesday within the confines of Camp Bondsteel, the name of the U.S. Army base set up inside Kosovo...."
Washington Post 8/4/99 Peter Finn "...Zoran Vujovic found his mother's body in her stylish two-bedroom apartment in the Sunny Hill section of Pristina. Her fully dressed corpse lay over the edge of the bathtub, her feet on the ground, her head in the water, where someone had held her until she drowned. Ljubica Vujovic, 78, was a lifelong resident of Kosovo. She was also a Serb, and in the new Kosovo that is enough to get you killed..."
American Spectator 8/99 Jeremy Rabkin "...As the air war continued without success, NATO became more aggressive in its targeting. It dropped cluster bombs from high altitudes, which guaranteed civilian casualties. Dozens of hospitals, schools, and churches were hit, so many as to raise reasonable questions about NATO strategy. Oil refineries and chemical plants were also bombed, allowing toxic wastes to spill into rivers and farm fields, again raising questions about the degree of caution in NATO targeting. In deliberately destroying electric power plants and water pumping stations, NATO seemed to be pursuing a strategy designed to impose suffering on civilians--knowing that such hardships could have particularly devastating consequences for children, the ill, and the elderly. The Geneva Convention on protection of civilians in wartime (signed by all NATO states) clearly condemns such actions..... The case against NATO's bombing campaign doesn't rest merely on a hostile interpretation of small details in the relevant Geneva Convention. By the end of the air campaign, Serb authorities reported at least 2,000 civilian deaths, with many thousands more injured. That is greater than the number of Albanians killed in Kosovo in the months preceding the air war. Serb forces committed many more murders under cover of the air campaign, perhaps over 9,000. But deaths attributable to NATO bombing are at least as many as the initial killing NATO intervened to stop. It is hard to dismiss demands for international scrutiny of NATO tactics as a mere propaganda ploy...."
Itar-Tass 8/4/99 "...Head of the U.N. mission to Kosovo Bernard Kouchner said he had made a big mistake by overestimating casualties in the Kosovo war. Two days ago Kouchner said that 11,000 people died in the Kosovo war by quoting the International Criminal Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia. "I had had so many meetings with peoples and it seems to me that this number corresponds to reality, but I was wrong," he recognised. On Monday, the U.N. mission head visited one of the mass burials in the north of Kosovo. An official of the International Criminal Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia, Paul Risley, said that it is too early to name the total number of killed Kosovars, adding that according to certain international organisations, a total of 7,000 people died in the Kosovo war...."
Stratfor.com 8/4/99 "...1834 GMT, 990804 Yugoslavia - Bernard Kouchner, head of the UN mission to Kosovo, has retracted statements made on August 2 that as many as 11,000 ethnic Albanians had been killed in Kosovo, saying the figure was an overestimation. He stated, "I had had so many meetings with people and it seems to me that this number corresponds to reality, but I was wrong." An official of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Paul Risley, said it was premature to give a solid figure, but that some international organizations had put the number at a total of 7,000. ...."
http://originalsources.com/OS8-99MQC/8-5-1999.1.shtml 8/5/99 Mary Mostert "...In a recent commentary, we discussed a report of NBC's Andrea Mitchell in which she said that the number of Albanians killed in Kosovo during the war appeared to be in the three to six thousand range, not 100,000 as Secretary of Defense William Cohen and others were predicting." Even before the bombing started, I warned that the public was not being told the truth by the Clinton Administration. (See: http://originalsources.com/OS3-99MQC/3-11-1999.1.shtml-Peacekeeping: Albanians Terrorize Kosovo, Clinton Threatens to Bomb Milosevic)The Serbs had been demonized by the Clinton Administration and by CNN especially, once again taking the Muslim, Nazi, Nationalism side of an argument, while CLAIMING to be supporting "humanitarianism." Coming just as the Cox report was about the be released, the bombing of Yugoslavia seemed an easy way to get Clinton's reprehensible behavior in a variety of situations off the front pages. Obviously, Clinton and Albright thought a couple of days of bombing would make the Serbs give up. It didn't. .....In fact, I was threatened a few times that all kinds of things would happen to me if I didn't stop my skepticism of those numbers. My favorite number, which not even NATO is now defending, was Jamie Shea's statement that "100,000 babies" had been "born in refugee camps to Albanian women." (See: http://originalsources.com/OS5-99MQC/5-26-1999.1.shtml- NATO Says 200,000 Albanian Women Gave Birth to 100,000 Babies in Two Months?) ....The FBI sent a team over to investigate two of the seven sites listed in the indictment of Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes, one where the indictment said six persons were murdered and the other 20. The team included 65 persons and including graphic artists and demolition experts. They took 107,000 pounds of equipment, but we have seen no reports that they discovered any new mass graves in the few weeks that they spent there. "Although there have been reports that a hundred or more other sites have been reported, the FBI team came home on July 1. This suggests that there was not as much demand for their services as the news stories suggest. An AP story on June 18 said that at least 10,000 Albanians were killed in more than 100 massacres, but as yet very few mass graves in addition to those listed in the Milosevic indictment have been have been identified in news stories...."
Los Angeles Times 8/5/99 Scott Glover "…Offering chilling new evidence of widespread, calculated revenge slayings by ethnic Albanians, a top NATO investigator said Wednesday that the majority of killings under investigation in and around Kosovo's capital are apparent executions in which the Serbian victims had their hands bound and were made to kneel before being shot in the head. These characteristics were common in "dozens" of slayings committed since NATO-led peacekeepers occupied Kosovo on June 12, said British Maj. John Wooldridge, a senior investigator with the Royal Military Police. Wooldridge deemed the killings "executions" by Albanians in which ethnic hatred is the presumed motive…."
The Daily Telegraph (UK) 8/11/99 Philip Smucker "...BRITISH troops were yesterday mourning the loss of a proud but stubborn Serb grandmother whom they had tried to protect from Albanian gangs preying on defenseless old women throughout Kosovo. About a dozen of the King's Royal Hussars stood guard with two tanks in front of Godsa Draza's two-room home, a day after she had been brutally killed. Capt Nick Perry said the murderers broke down a gate before shooting Mrs Draza twice through the chest. They then threw her body on to a dung heap and covered it with hay. Capt Perry said: "My soldiers are all extremely upset about this. Grandmother Draza was one of the kindest ladies we met and she had tried to protect the homes of her Albanian neighbours during the war. She was the only Serb left for miles around but she refused to go and we respected her for that."..."
The Guardian (UK) 8/18/99 Chris Bird "…The violence against Kosovo's dwindling Serb population increased on Monday night when nine mortar rounds were fired at a village in the US sector, killing two young Serbs and injuring five. Sylvana Spasic, 24, and Tihomir Radic, 26, who were buried yesterday, died when shrapnel from one of the mortar rounds hit them in Klokot, in the south-east of the province. "The people behind this are Albanians, they harass the population to get them to leave," said Lieutenant Ryan Leigh of the US 1st infantry division, which has a command post in Klokot. "As to who's actually doing it, I couldn't really say." The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, estimates that only a tenth of Kosovo's Serb and Gypsy population now remain in the province, two months after K-For's arrived. The agency has begun to evacuate Serbs from the province despite opposition from Nato, arguing that it is now the only way to avoid reprisals against them…."
Long Island Newsday 8/18/99 Philip Smucker "…Angry Serbs scolded U.S. NATO soldiers for not protecting them yesterday as they buried a young couple killed by mortar fire blamed on militants in a nearby ethnic Albanian village. "Are the Americans here to keep the peace?" shouted Danica Stankovic, 70, who watched several hundred of her fellow villagers wind up a hill toward a graveyard beside a small U.S. military base. "We have nowhere to go and no one to help us. They'll kill us all right in front of NATO and no one is going to shed a tear." Tihomir Radic, 24, was strolling with Silvana Svilanovic, 23, shortly after nightfall Monday when a barrage of at least nine mortar rounds struck. "The male was dead immediately, and we did what we could for 10 minutes to save the woman but it wasn't enough," said U.S. Army Cpl. Mike Sibert…."
Times of London 8/17/99 James Pringle "…BRITISH troops scoured the Kosovo capital yesterday for two killers who battered an old Serb woman to death and left her flat laughing and congratulating one another. The two kicked down the door of Zorka Zizic's flat as two Danish workers for the United Nations refugee agency watched anxiously through the keyhole of their own flat. Mrs Zizic, 75, was one of the dozens of elderly Serbs whose names are on a "vulnerable persons register" and who are visited daily by men of the Royal Irish Regiment in what are called "reassurance patrols"…"
AFP 8/25/99 "…. A UN war crimes tribunal team was investigating Wednesday a grave in eastern Kosovo containing 11 corpses, some of which were identified as Serbian, a spokesman for the Kosovo peacekeeping force said. The US-led Multinational Brigade of the Kosovo peacekeeping force (KFOR) discovered the grave Tuesday in Ugljare, five kilometers (three miles) south of Gnilane, KFOR spokesman Roland Lavoie said. …"
UPI 8/27/99 "…A new mass grave with 50 bodies of murdered Serbs has been discovered near Gnjilane, the Yugoslav state- run news agency Tanjug reported. Tanjug said today that an unnamed police officer told a gathering of Serbs in Gnjilane late on Thursday about the grave but did not specify where the bodies were found. …."
AFP 8/27/99 "…Police here have held two men suspected of smuggling Kosovo Gypsies to Italy, after bodies of at least 40 refugees were earlier recovered off the Montenegrin coast, press reports said Friday. Joko Nikaljevic and Ramadan Balja were held as police looked for six others also suspected of involvement in organised trafficking of illegals from Montenegro to Italy. Coastguards and police units found 40 bodies this week, fished from the Adriatic Sea some three kilometres (two miles) off the Montenegro coast. They appear to have been refugees from Kosovo who sought to enter Italy ..."
AP 8/22/99 "…The bodies of 17 Kosovo Gypsy, or Roma, refugees were found floating in the Adriatic Sea after a ship smuggling people to Italy sank, the Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti reported Monday. The unnamed vessel sank Friday about 30 miles off the Yugoslav coast. A passing ship rescued 69 refugees. On several occasions, Italian border guards have intercepted hundreds of Gypsies trying to flee retaliatory attacks by ethnic Albanians in Kosovo…."
The Guardian (UK) 8/23/99 Chris Bird "…Jelica Cemburovic, 87, is waiting to die. She wants to die in Kosovo so that she can be laid to rest next to her husband in a Serbian Orthodox cemetery in Kosovo's northern town of Podujevo - a banal enough wish. But Mrs Cemburovic is not to be allowed a peaceful old age and a dignified death. The hatred felt by Podujevo's ethnic Albanians, thirsty for revenge against the Serb minority here for the horrific excesses of the Serbian security forces during this year's war in Kosovo, has seen to that. The frail old woman, with inflamed blue eyes and a heart condition, is now a prime target for groups of armed ethnic Albanians who have carried out a spate of murders of the Serb elderly to terrify the handful of Serbs, Montenegrins and gypsies still left in Kosovo into leaving. At the weekend Nato peacekeepers found an elderly couple shot dead in their apartment in the south-western town of Prizren. "We presume they are Serbs," said a spokesman for K-For yesterday Brutality characterises these murders, intended to act as an example to those who refuse to leave. Belgrade's media reported that a 62-year-old Serb woman was found dead in the village of Landovica, near Prizren, last week. An elderly Serb woman was found beaten to death in her bath in Pristina earlier this month…. In a report this month detailing abuses against Serbs and other minorities in Kosovo, the US-based Human Rights Watch recorded how two elderly Serb neighbours had their throats slit in June. One of the victims, Marica Stamenkovic, was found by German peacekeepers to have been almost decapitated. The victims had ignored repeated warnings to leave issued by ethnic Albanians wearing the uniforms of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)….."
UPI 8/26/99 "…Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic is accusing U.S. KFOR forces of trying to cover up the discovery of a mass grave containing the bodies of Serbs in Kosovo and demanded an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council. Jovanovic said in letters to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council Wednesday that U.S. peacekeepers had tried to conceal the mass grave found at the village of Ugljare as long ago as July 24. He claimed they did so in order to avoid the reaction of international public opinion that ``this crime against humanity'' might provoke as it took place only a day after the massacre of 14 Serb farmers at Staro Gradsko…."
UPI 8/26/99 "…Villagers living around the Kosovo gravesite where the bodies of some 14 people have been found say the dead were ethnic Serb paramilitaries who were killed in self- defense. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is investigating the burial site near Ugljane, apparently the first such site found in Kosovo. According to ethnic Albanians who live nearby, some of their neighbors killed 14 Serb paramilitaries in April in defense of their homes after seven Albanians were killed April 7…."
AFP 8/24/99 "…The bodies of 33 Roma Gypsies have been recovered from the sea off the Montenegrin coast over the last few days, Montenegro's deputy interior minister Vuk Boskovic told AFP. Coastguards found 16 bodies on Tuesday, adding to the 17 fished out Sunday and Monday from the Adriatic Sea some three kilometres (two miles) off the coast of Montenegro. They appear to have been refugees from Kosovo who sought to enter Italy clandestinely aboard a boat which sank, probably Friday, 40 kilometres of the coast. The death toll is expected to rise…"
AFP 8/29/99 "…Two passengers of a private car died and three others were injured when they collided with a vehicle of the French KFOR contingent in Kosovo, a spokesman for the Kosovo Force announced Sunday. Two people died on the spot, while the injured, who were said to be in criticial condition, were taken to a hospital in Pristina. The passengers of the KFOR vehicle were not hurt in the accident which happened on the road between Pristina and Vucitrn on Saturday…."
AFP 8/30/99 "…Macedonia has arrested a Norwegian officer in the Kosovo peacekeeping force (KFOR) who was involved in a car crash that killed a Macedonian government minister and two members of his family, KFOR said Monday. The Norwegian was driving a KFOR vehicle when it collided head-on with another car carrying minister without portfolio Radovan Stojkovski and his family. Stojkovski, his wife and their daughter died in the crash, and the minister's son was injured. ..."
Stratfor 9/1/99 "…1657 GMT, 990901 Russia/United States - The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. September 1 of attempting to cover up the killings of 15 Serbs in the village of Ugljare last month. A ministry statement said, "We are talking about an odious incident - the concealment during an entire month by the U.S. military contingent of a crime ... We consider that the UN Security Council must examine in detail this cover-up." The allegations follow KFOR's claims that no massacre took place and that only four Serb bodies were discovered…..1255 GMT, 990831 Yugoslavia - U.S. Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke warned ethnic Albanian leaders that congressional support would evaporate if they did not disarm their guerrilla army. Holbrooke, who called the ethnic tensions in Yugoslavia "pure racism," will travel to Albania August 31 to continue stabilization talks for the southern Balkans…."
UPI 9/1/99 "… A mass grave containing the bodies of 42 Serb civilians has been found at the village of Zlas, near the Kosovo capital Pristina, independent Belgrade media reports. The Serbs had been tortured before being killed, the reports said today, quoting unofficial sources in Kosovo. There has been no confirmation of the mass grave from Kosovo peacekeeping force or the United Nations civilian mission…."
AFP 9/1/99 "…Russia's foreign ministry charged Wednesday that US peacekeepers in Kosovo had sought to cover-up a massacre last month of 15 Serbs in the southeast Kosovo village of Ugljare. "We are talking about an odious incident - the concealment during an entire month by the US military contingent of a crime committed in the village of Ugljare... in which 15 Kosovo citizens of Serb nationality were killed," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "We consider that the UN Security Council must examine in detail this cover-up of a crime in Ugljare," it added…."
UPI 9/5/99 "…The chief of the United Nations mission in Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, has condemned the bomb attack on Serbs in Pristina calling it a ``racist, fascist, act of cowardice.'' An elderly man was killed and five other people were wounded when a makeshift bomb exploded in an apartment building in Pristina on Friday night. ``We will not accept the return of blind terrorism against innocent people,'' Kouchner was quoted as telling a press conference in Pristina on Saturday, Belgrade Radio B2-92 reported today…."
UPI 9/4/99 "…An elderly man was killed and five other people were wounded when a makeshift bomb exploded in an apartment building in Pristina on Friday night. In a statement today, Kosovo's KFOR peacekeepers said the 4 1/2-pound (2-kg) explosive device was placed outside an apartment owned by a Serbian family. The wounded have been hospitalized, the statement said. KFOR said another explosive device went off later in a different building some 700 yards (meters) away, but its exact location could not be determined……Elsewhere, three people were killed today in the village of Misutiste, not far from Prizren, according to the information service of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The victims were a man, a woman and the woman's daughter…."
UPI 9/2/99 "…Violent crime is increasingly striking the small Gypsy minority in Kosovo, as general chaos among Serbs and ethnic Albanians continues mostly unfettered. KFOR spokesman Maj. Roland Lavoie said today four members of a Gypsy family were murdered Wednesday in the village of Gornji Dragoljevci, south of Istok. Radio Pancevo reported that KFOR military police were called and confirmed that a man, his wife and daughter, and an elderly woman were shot and killed. …."
AFP 9/1/99 "…At least ten bodies have been exhumed from a mass grave site by the Moslem-led State Commission for missing persons, the Sarajevo daily Vecernje Novine said Wednesday. The daily said that although the full identity of victims would only be known after an autopsy, they appeared by the clothes they were wearing to be civilians. The paper quoted a judge who oversaw the exhumation as saying that the work would continue over the next few days. ..."
AP 9/9/99 "....A Gypsy woman died today after being shot by uniformed men thought to belong to the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army, officials with the NATO-led peacekeeping force said. The shooting of the 65-year-old woman occurred late Wednesday in Suva Reka, near the southwestern city of Prizren, said NATO officials in Pristina. Gypsies, or Roma, are accused by Kosovo Albanians of being Serb allies, and _ like Serbs _ are targets of retribution killings and other violence to avenge the 18-month Serb crackdown on ethnic Albanians that ended after NATO entered the Serb province. ...."
AFP 9/9/99 "...Forty people have been killed and 192 wounded by mines and unexploded bombs in the province of Kosovo in the three months since the end of the NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, a United Nations agency said Thursday. The UN Mines Action Coordinating Committee (UNMACC), noting that such incidents had fallen sharply over the past month, said there were 150 casualties in the first month. Bombing stopped on June 12 when Serb forces withdrew, prompting ethnic Albanians to pour back to their homes. To date, 4,384 anti-personnel mines and 2,300 anti-tank mines had been defused, UNMACC said....."
Reuters 9/10/99 "...Eleven bodies found in shallow graves in eastern Kosovo last July are of Serbs shot, stabbed or clubbed to death after NATO forces entered the province, a NATO military official said on Friday. ``We are sure that they were killed after KFOR troops entered in Kosovo, in different times and different places,'' Colonel Ian Mitchell, chief of military police for the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping forces, said at a news conference. The bodies were found near the village of Ugljare, northeast of Gnjilane, on July 24 and evidence was passed to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for investigation. Mitchell said six bodies had been identified and all were known to be Serbs. An Albanian man who had been arrested had admitted he took part in the kidnapping of three of the victims, but denied any role in the killings. ...."
AP 9/14/99 "....Gunmen fired on a convoy of Serbs returning to their homes in the American sector of Kosovo, killing one and wounding others, NATO said today. Elsewhere, two Montenegrin women _ aged 50 and 70 years _ were found dead Monday in their home in the western city of Pec, the NATO command said without releasing further details. Since NATO peacekeepers arrived in Kosovo on June 12, Serbs, Montenegrins and other non-Albanians have been targeted for reprisal killings by ethnic Albanians seeking revenge for the 18-month crackdown that ended when President Slobodan Milosevic accepted a peace plan to halt NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia. In a brief statement, NATO said the Serb convoy was fired on Monday afternoon east of Ranilug village, nine miles northeast of Gnjilane in part of eastern Kosovo patrolled by American and Russian troops....."
UPI 9/16/99 "….Serbian Orthodox Church sources say that the former president of the municipal court in Gnjilane, in the southern Yugoslav province of Kosovo, was killed in his apartment Wednesday night. The Belgrade news agency Beta today quoted the church statement as saying Dusan Cvetkovic, a Serb, was shot four times and killed after his son answered the door and was knocked out with a blow to the head by the attackers….."
UPI 9/16/99 "….The Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute, an independent think tank, says NATO's military forces in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo are failing to deter or halt a new ethnic cleansing campaign being conducted by the Kosovo Liberation Army. In a study released Sept. 8 by fax and on the Internet entitled ``NATO's KLA problem,'' senior analyst Michael Radu says, ``The war in Kosovo ended a few months ago, but the practice of 'ethnic cleansing' is flourishing, this time perpetrated by ethnic Albanians who are proving even more adept at it than the Serbs.'' …."
UPI 9/21/99 "....International investigators confirm they have found a mass grave with 28 bodies near Zvecan, just north of Mitrovica, the first to be found in an area of Kosovo populated only by Serbs. Col. Claude Vicaire, head of the French police force in Mitrovica, said today four Serbs have been arrested in conjunction with Saturday's discovery. Vicaire said French police, originally acting on information from ethnic Albanians of a massacre on April 14, first checked an industrial furnace in a factory in Zvecan for evidence of incinerated bodies..."
Original Sources (www.originalsources.com) 9/24/99 Mary Mostert "…Today, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians now live in Kosovo, some of whom apparently never lived there before. Now it is everyone else who, in the words of President Clinton, are being "taken from their homes, forced to kneel in the dirt and sprayed with bullets." Pristina, which had 30,000 Serb residents when KFOR arrived, today has fewer than 1000 Serbs. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which officially disbanded Sunday, had special "Serb-hunting" units, according to two KLA members. The special KLA units "forced the Serbs out of their homes and took them off to kill them in discreet places as far as was possible," said one of the KLA special unit members "But, if they put up any resistance, they mowed them down on the spot." said the rebel officer, whose nom de guerre is "the teacher". "Our group of seven men would go to the Serbs, house by house, and give them between 15 and 30 minutes to get out," the 'teacher' explained. "Then in came the mopping-up team, 13 of them, with the job of executing those who stayed behind," he added. The mopping-up team were "real professionals," said the burly 46-year-old with a Colt 45 pistol protruding from a jacket pocket. The Kosovo capital of Pristina was "split into four zones, each with four units that are still at work today. We have been working in the eastern districts. Does this bother the American people? It doesn’t seem to bother most of them. Many people still believe the stories told by Clinton and NATO spokesman Jamie Shea. The graves of the 100,000 Albanians that supposedly were killed by the Serbs, according to Jamie Shea, so far have not been located, in spite of 300 paid forensic experts who have been digging up cemetaries in Kosovo for three months. This, for some reason, is not a probem for some people who are determined to believe that all the problems in Kosovo are the fault of Slobodan Milosevic…."
AP 10/5/99 "....Ethnic Albanians stoned a Russian-Serb convoy in northern Kosovo on Tuesday, injuring some Russian troops and the French police trying to stop the clash, a French official said. At least one Serb was killed, according to Yugoslavia's Beta news agency and Albanian sources reached by phone in Kosovska Mitrovica. Seventeen Serbs were injured, two of them critically, and two Serb cars and one truck were burned, Beta reported. Thirteen French soldiers were injured in the clash, the news agency said. ..."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPcap/1999-10/13/063r-101399-idx.html 10/13/99 Peter Finn "....Valentin Krumov had just arrived in Kosovo, one of the legions of U.N. workers come to help rebuild this devastated land. A Bulgarian, Krumov, 38, attracted the attention of a group of ethnic Albanian teenagers as he took an after-dinner walk with two female colleagues along Pristina's crowded main street Monday evening. Someone speaking Serbian asked him the time, and Krumov replied in Serbian, unaware that he was apparently being put to a kind of ethnic identification test. It was a test he unwittingly failed, and it cost him his life. The group of young thugs immediately attacked Krumov, punching him and kicking him to the ground. A shot rang out, the crowd fled and Krumov's first night in Pristina ended with his murder -- on Mother Teresa Street. ...."
AFP 10/7/99 ".....The UN administrator for Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner said Thursday he was "very worried" about the security situation in Kosovo as more evidence of planned ethnic-hate attacks added to the tide of violence in the province this week. Speaking in Rome, Kouchner revealed that two bombs had been discovered -- one Wednesday in UH World Food Programme buildings and one Tuesday in a separate UN building. The discoveries follow the violent clash Tuesday between ethnic Albanians mourners and Serb passers-by at a funeral in Mitrovica. One Serb died and 10 were injured in the incident. In addition 18 KFOR troops and three members of UNMIK's internationally-staffed police force were injured. "These incidents show how deep the hatred and the opposition between the two communities is," Kouchner said, adding that rivalries "would not just disappear miraculously in a few months." ....."
Stratfor.com 10/17/99 "....During its four-month war against Yugoslavia, NATO argued that Kosovo was a land wracked by mass murder; official estimates indicated that some 10,000 ethnic Albanians were killed in a Serb rampage of ethnic cleansing. Yet four months into an international investigation bodies numbering only in the hundreds have been exhumed. The FBI has found fewer than 200. Piecing together the evidence, it appears that the number of civilian ethnic Albanians killed is far less than was claimed. While new findings could invalidate this view, evidence of mass murder has not yet materialized on the scale used to justify the war. This could have serious foreign policy and political implications for NATO and alliance governments..... By the very rules that NATO has set up, the magnitude of slaughter is critical. Politically, the alliance depended heavily on the United States for information about the war. If the United States and NATO were mistaken, then alliance governments that withstood heavy criticism, such as the Italian and German governments, may be in trouble. Confidence in both U.S. intelligence and leadership could decline sharply. Stung by scandal and questions about its foreign policy, the Clinton administration is already having difficulty influencing world events. That influence could fall further. There are many consequences if it turns out that NATO's claims about Serb atrocities were substantially false......"
Inside the Pentagon 10/28/99 "….Speaking by telephone in Washington, DC, on Oct. 21, [Gen Wesley] Clark told Inside the Pentagon the discovery of genocidvictims "absolutely" substantiates an earlier estimate by the United Nations' chief administrator in Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, that 11,000 bodies were interred in mass graves. Some doubt was cast on Kouchner's statement when the war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia immediately disavowed the number, according to a tribunal spokesman…… But the Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal spokesman, Paul Risley, told Inside the Pentagon on Oct. 27 that while forensics investigations carried out to date are consistent with projections for a death toll in the neighborhood of 10,000 to 11,000 Kosovar Albanians, just one-quarter of that inquiry has been completed. With about 325 of a suspected 450 mass grave sites yet to be examined, only a fraction of the anticipated victims have been uncovered. Asked if 11,000 bodies had already been found, Risley responded, "Of course not." ….. As it stands, the figure Clark cited exceeds some U.S. government tallies by nearly an order of magnitude. A State Department official, for example, told ITP this week that the remains of just 1,400 Kosovar Albanians have been discovered. If that assessment is correct, ultimately the death toll could be closer to 5,600 -- still a horrific number but well short of the level of genocide many Western officials accused Serbs of carrying out last spring….."
Los Angeles Times 10/28/88 Alexander Cockburn "….Whatever horrors they may have been planning, the Serbs were not engaged in genocidal activities in Kosovo before the bombing began….. After the war was over, on June 25, President Clinton told a White House news conference that tens of thousands of people had been killed in Kosovo on Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's orders. A week before came the statement from Geoff Hoon of the British Foreign Office that, according to reports, mostly from refugees, it appeared that about 10,000 Kosovar Albanians had been killed in more than 100 massacres…..Teams of forensic investigators from 15 nations, including a detachment from the FBI, have been at work since June and have examined about 150 of 400 sites of alleged mass murder. There's still immense uncertainty, but at this point it's plain that there are not enough bodies to warrant the claim that the Serbs had a program of extermination. The FBI team has made two trips to Kosovo and investigated 30 sites containing nearly 200 bodies... The U.N. figures, said Perez Pujol, director of the Instituto Anatomico Forense de Cartagena, began with 44,000 dead, dropped to 22,000 and now stand at 11,000. He and his fellows were prepared to perform at least 2,000 autopsies in their zone. So far, they've found 187 corpses….."
Toronto Star 11/3/99 Richard Gwyn "…..IN THE GENOCIDE of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo by the forces of Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic, the worst incident occurred at the Trepca mine. As reported by American and NATO officials, large numbers of bodies were brought in by trucks under the cover of darkness. The bodies were then thrown down the shafts, or were disposed of entirely in the mine's vats of hydrochloric acid. Estimates of the number of dead began at 1,000. That was six months ago, in the middle of the war undertaken to halt what both U.S. President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair called ``a human catastrophe.'' Estimates of the number of ethnic Albanians slaughtered went upward from 10,000. U.S. Defence Secretary William Cohen put the count at 100,000. Three weeks ago, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia released the findings of Western forensic teams investigating the horror at Trepca. There were not 1,000 bodies down the mine shafts at Trepca, reported the tribunal. There were not 100 bodies there. There was not one body there, nor was there any evidence the vats had ever been used to dispose of human remains……"
AP 11/10/99 "….Nearly 400 people have been murdered in Kosovo since NATO troops established control over the province, and a disproportionate number of them were Serbs, according to figures released today by NATO officials. Of the 379 people murdered, 135 were Serbs, 145 were ethnic Albanians and the rest were of unknown or other ethnic origins, Maj. Ole Irgens said. But the numbers must be seen in the context of the dwindling Serb and majority Albanian populations in Kosovo. While no recent census figures are available, Kosovo's ethnic Albanian population was nearing 2 million before they were temporarily pushed out by the Serbs this spring. The Serbs, originally numbering about 200,000, have been fleeing attacks by ethnic Albanians seeking revenge for the earlier Serb crackdown that left 10,000 people dead. Today, the Serb population in Kosovo is thought to be only in the tens of thousands. The homicide figures appeared to support fears that Serbs were facing large-scale attacks based on their ethnicity….."
UPI 11/8/99 "…. A Serb was fatally wounded in a mortar attack on the Kosovo village of Pasjane, the Belgrade news agency Beta reported. Serbian sources told Beta that nine mortar shells exploded Sunday night after being fired from the Albanian village of Vlastica. KFOR spokesman Ole Irgens said in Pristina that four Albanians had been arrested in connection with the incident….."
The Spectator 11/4/99 John Laughland "…..Extravagant claims about the extent of Serb evil in Kosovo, made during the confrontation with NATO this year, are now proving difficult to substantiate. On May 16, William Cohen, the U.S. defence secretary, said Yugoslav army forces had killed up to 100,000 Albanian men of military age. This number was declared missing, the refugees having all claimed their menfolk had been separated from them as they fled Kosovo. Tony Blair, the British prime minister, implied that the numbers might be even higher. "We must be ready for what we know will be clear evidence of ... as yet unknown numbers of people missing, tortured and dead," when he wrote in the Times on June 5. On June 17, Geoff Hoon, the minister of state in Britain's Foreign Office, announced that some 10,000 people had been killed in more than 100 massacres but added, "The final toll may be much worse." …… Various experts have confirmed the more extravagant claims were fantasy. In August, Perez Pujol, a Spanish forensic expert, told El Pais, "I have been reading the data from the UN. They began with 44,000 deaths. Then they lowered it to 22,000. And now they're going with 11,000. I look forward to seeing what the final count will really be." …..The chief Spanish inspector, Juan Lopez Palafox, added: "They told us that we should prepare ourselves to perform more than 2,000 autopsies. The result is very different. We only found 187 cadavers and now we are going to return [to Spain]." …."
The Spectator 11/4/99 John Laughland "…..Note that the total number of bodies dug up by about 400 forensic scientists from 40 countries now stands at 670 and includes:
(1) About 100 prisoners of unknown nationality from the Kosovo Prison bombed by NATO. Some of these were killed by bombs and others shot while trying to escape;
(2) Several persons that the Spanish forensic experts found had died of natural causes;
(3) Up to 250 Albanians killed in NATO strafing and bombing runs;
(4) A few of the 600 Serbs kidnapped since the end of the war;
(5) A few Albanians, Serbs and other nationalities kidnapped and killed in the months before the NATO bombing;
(6) A few hundred of the estimated 4,000 KLA troops killed during the war.
(7) A few Kosovo resident that picked up cluster bombs at the last days of the war;
(8) A few dozen Serb soldiers and reservists that are still missing from the war;
Serb soldiers have, however, admitted that Serb paramilitaries did murder civilians. Other Serbs have admitted that NATO bombs killed some 1,200 Serbs within the FRY. The cluster bombs and to a lesser extent Serb mines will continue killing for some time. In France farmers were still being killed by bombs forty years after WWII. ….."
Robert Fisk in Pristina 11/24/99 "… The postwar "ethnic cleansing" of Kosovo's Serbs appears to be nearing completion as armed Albanians continue to murder and kidnap the tiny minority of Serbs who remain in the province more than five months after Nato troops arrived - in the words of their UN mandate - "to ensure public safety and order". Of Pristina's 40,000 Serb population, only 400 are left. Statistics from the Serb church and a human rights group in Pristina suggest as many as 316 Serbs have been murdered and 455 more kidnapped, many of them killed, since Nato's arrival.. If these figures bear any relation to reality - and most are accompanied by names and dates - then the number of Serbs killed in the five months since the war comes close to that of Albanians murdered by Serbs in the five months before Nato began its bombardment in March. Most Serb victims died in the first two months after Nato's entry, but house-burning and murder continues……"
AP 11/29/99 "…..An ethnic Albanian mob pulled a Serb man and two Serb women from their car early today, beating all three before shooting the elderly man to death, NATO peacekeepers said. NATO forces sped to the scene in downtown Pristina shortly after midnight, but much of the crowd had fled after overturning the car and setting it on fire. The women were hospitalized, but there was no immediate word on their condition.
BBC 12/6/99 "…..The Kosovo Protection Corps is accused of attacks on ethnic Serbs There has been a strong call for more international action to halt attacks on Serbs in Kosovo. In the second part of a major human rights survey on Kosovo, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe has said that ethnic violence continues in the province with widespread revenge attacks on Serbs...."
AP 12/5/99 Danica Kirka "…..He hurriedly tried to thread his ambulance through a festive crowd of ethnic Albanians in hopes of reaching a burning orange car. But the mob closed before him in a circle. No one would let him pass. Abandoning the Land Rover at the outer edge of spectators, he pushed through until he reached Dragan Basic, a 63-year-old Serb civil engineering professor…… A crowd of ethnic Albanians had pulled Basic, his 51-year-old wife and her 74-year-old mother from the car, flipped it over and set it on fire. The mob kicked, punched and pummeled them. Basic was shot. Firecrackers were jammed into the mouths of the terrified women. Basic died en route to the hospital. The two women suffered critical injuries and remain hospitalized in the Serbian city of Nis. The attack in the early hours of last Monday horrifyingly illustrated the depth of ethnic Albanian anger in a province wracked by war and a decade of oppression under Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic….."
European Stars and Stripes 12/5/99 Marni McEntee "…..-A powerful explosion tore apart a house Friday night in this multiethnic town in the U.S.-patrolled sector, killing one Serb woman and injuring two others, soldiers said Saturday. It was the most deadly incident of ethnic violence since July in this community, where American Kosovo Force soldiers have kept a constant presence to quell tensions between Serbs and Albanians..."
N.Y. Post 12/8/99 Michael Kelly "..... 'THIS report makes sobering reading." Thus begins a 300-page document titled "As Seen, As Told, Part II" that was released Monday by the Kosovo mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. True words. The OSCE report covers human-rights violations that occurred in Kosovo in the months following the June 12 entry into Pristina by the forces of KFOR, the 48,000-strong peacekeeping army that moved into Kosovo under the auspices of the United Nations Interim Administration. In other words, it covers what has happened in Kosovo since the forces for good assumed responsibility. The findings are not a surprise, but a scandal. ........ From the foreword of the OSCE report: "The human-rights violations ... for the period June-October 1999 include executions, abductions, torture, cruel, inhuman and degrad- ing treatment, arbitrary ar- rests and attempts to restrict freedom of expression. House burnings, blockades restricting freedom of movement, discriminatory treatment in schools, hospitals, humanitarian aid distribution and other public services based on ethnic background, and forced evictions from housing recall some of the worst practices of Kosovo's recent past." The OSCE report is an exhaustive catalog of ethnically motivated evil in its various banal forms. A day-by-day chronology of all human-rights "events" that occurred between June 12 and Oct. 31 runs to 135 pages of single-space type, covering murders (more than 150), shootings, house-burnings, beatings and various other acts of revenge-seeking and terrorizing......"
CNN.com AP 1/7/00 "….Ethnic Albanians attacked Serbs in a series of scattered incidents as the dwindling Serbian community celebrated Orthodox Christmas, U.N. police and Yugoslav media reported Friday. An ethnic Albanian gang killed two Serb women who were on their way to a Christmas Day liturgy Friday in the southwestern city of Prizren, Yugoslavia's government-run Tanjug news agency said…… Elsewhere, ethnic Albanians, who are Muslims, attacked and beat three Serb men who were heading to Christmas Eve celebrations Thursday in the village of Lipljan, 8 kilometers (five miles) south of Pristina, U.N. police said…."
Jewish World Review 1/5/00 Walter William "….The century will be remembered for unprecedented technical progress, advance of knowledge and improvements in living standards. It will be also remembered as mankind's most brutal century. International and civil wars have yielded a death toll of roughly 50 million lives. As tragic as that number is, it's small in comparison to the number of people murdered by their own government…..R. J. Rummel, professor of political science at the University of Hawaii and author of "Death by Government," estimates that since the beginning of this century governments have murdered 170 million of their own citizens….."
AP 1/9/00 "…..A group of ethnic Albanians killed a Serb civilian in front of his home in southern Kosovo on Sunday, the state-run Tanjug news agency reported Rodoljub Gasic, 47, was killed when the attackers fired four shots as he worked outside, the agency reported, citing the victim's wife and daughter. The attack reportedly took place in the town of Gnjilane, some 20 miles southeast of the province's capital, Pristina, where a contingent of NATO peacekeepers is deployed. The independent Beta news agency also carried the report. ….."
The Sydney Morning Herald 1/8/00 Richard Norton-Taylor "….NATO'S conduct of the Kosovo conflict breached international law, according to a leading human rights group which is drawing up detailed reports to be submitted to the war crimes tribunal in the Hague. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based group, will accuse NATO of deliberately bombing Serbia's civil infrastructure. It will strongly criticise the use of cluster bombs and allege that NATO bombs killed significantly more civilians than the number claimed by the alliance. Targets chosen by NATO were "disproportionate and should be found violations of international humanitarian law", the group's executive director, Mr Kenneth Roth, said. Electricity grids, oil refineries and radio and television stations were among examples cited. The report will also attack the use by United States and British aircraft of thousands of cluster bombs, many of which lie unexploded in Kosovo, where the group said they were still killing or maiming two civilians a day. Their failure rate is officially admitted to be at least 5 per cent. Human Rights Watch estimates that about 600 Serbian civilians were killed by NATO bombing, three times as many as the Pentagon has admitted but substantially fewer than the 2,000 claimed by Belgrade….."
MarketWatch.com 1/17/2000 UPI "….The U.S. Army on Monday was continuing its investigation into charges that a U.S. soldier "committed an indecent act" with and murdered a 12-year-old girl near Vitina, Kosovo, according to U.S. European Command. This is the first allegation of a U.S. soldier murdering a Kosovar civilian, according to Maj. Tracy Barnes, an attorney with U.S. European Command. Staff Sgt. Frank Ronghi, 35, a weapons squad leader with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Fort Bragg, N.C., is in custody at the Mannheim Confinement Facility in central Germany, EUCOM officials said. If court-martialed and convicted, Ronghi could face the death penalty or life in prison, stated Barnes. The ethnic Albanian victim's body was found Jan. 13 at around 10 p.m. by military police….."