Crisis in the Balkans

By Lee Warren, B.A., D.D.

(C) 1999 PLIM REPORT Vol. 8 No. 2

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President Yeltsin of Russia has been reported to say that the BALKAN crisis (i.e., the bombing of Serbia) could lead to World War III. This began with NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) bombing Serbia for not adhering to their demands to leave Kosovo and allow the Albanians to return to their homes. For the first time since the end of the Cold War in 1989-90 and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the relationship between Russia and America has soured. Although it is not apparent to the public, the true purpose and implication of bombing Kosovo will be explained later in this article.

President Clinton is telling Americans that NATO had to enter this conflict to stop genocide or ethic cleaning. The question of why NATO chose to address this atrocity out of the many that have occurred in the world reveals their hypocrisy. NATO did not intervene in Rawanda where over a half million people died.

How will the Balkan crisis play out in Russia?

Many political experts say this crisis has brought about a rise in Communism’s popularity among the Russian people. Although the Communist party does not have a majority in Russia’s legislative, it has called for President Yeltsin to denounce NATO’s aggression on Russia’s boundary.

Anti-American feelings have increased among the Russian people since NATO began bombing Serbia March 24, 1999. There has also been a number of Russians demonstrating outside the American embassy in Moscow. President Yeltsin told NATO that there would be frightening consequences if they sent ground troops into Kosovo or Serbia. Many Russians said they would volunteer to fight against NATO in Serbia.

Do Russia and Serbia have cultural links?

There have always been strong cultural links between the Russian people and the Serbs. They both have the same religion and ethnic heritage. The Serbs are Slavic and so are most of the white Russians. Both the Serbs and Russians are Greek Orthodox.

Was the Balkans under Communistic Russia’s control?

The Balkan region has been under the Communistic Russian Empire for more than 50 years. This began with Russia being given the Balkans in the Nazi defeat of World War II. The iron fist of Tito who the Russians appointed over this region held the area together. Many small countries, such as the Croatia, Serbia, Albania, made up this confederation. There has always been bad blood between the various ethics group.

When the Russian Empire was broken up in 1989-90, the Yugoslavia Confederation got its independence. There was no one after President Tito, who died in 1980, that could hold the confederation together.

The mixture of nationalism, being very strong in this region, along with Russia supplying a great deal of arms, led to a volatile situation.

The Serbian leader Milosevic wanted to set up Greater Serbia. This upset the balance of power in the region. Nationalism is the reason this war began and NATO said it entered the conflict because the UN forces were too weak to ensure peace.

Serbian Nationalism

Many Serbs believe that Kosovo is Yugoslavian territory. They consider it sacred, blood-soaked soil; the land where nationhood was forged in 1389. Turkish armies crushed Serbian forces on the Kosovo plain that year, a victory that ushered in five centuries of Muslim Ottoman domination and Christian Orthodox Serbian resistance.

Since 1981, the province of Kosovo has been the locus of tension between an intransigent local Muslim population and Serbian nationalists. Ethnic Albanians, mostly Muslims, who represent 90 percent of the local population in Kosovo, say they are fighting for self-determination. (See http://www.nytimes.com//library/world/110992kosovo.html for more details.

What does NATO’s war imply for the world?

This current NATO war, an offensive one, with Serbia set up a precedent. None of the members of NATO was attacked. According to NATO’s charter, it was formed to be a defensive force to stop any aggression against its members, especially Russia. This would ensure that if a member were attacked, the others would come to the aid of its members.

James P. Tucker, Jr. of Spotlight newspaper stated in his article, the following about the UN bombing of Serbia. "By bombing Kosovo, the precedent is set," he said. Despite the terms of the treaty, NATO now can go anywhere and attack anybody. This solidifies NATO’s role as the UN’s world army."

What is unique about this war is that NATO interfered with the internal affairs of sovereign nations. Serbia was putting down an internal rebellion of a Kosovan army called the KLA, who wanted their independence.

Now John Hoagland explains in his March 28,1999, article in The Washington Post why American and England did not take this issue before the UN Security Council, which is where it belonged. "NATO’s decision to bypass the Security Council to avoid Russian and Chinese vetoes on sovereignty arguments reflects poorly not on NATO, but on the Security Council as it is organized."

Conclusion

In short, this whole Kosovo affair implies that there is some type of New World Order being set up that will interfere in any country’s internal affairs. This shows that the New World government is supplanting the nations of the world. Hoagland states: "Using the Kosovo operation to override outmoded sovereignty concerns in international relations would be one measure of political success for high-cost intervention." As Arthur Schlesinger Jr. explained in Foreign Affairs in July/August 1995: "We are not going to achieve a new world order without paying for it in blood as well as in words and money."

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