On March 24, 1999, the so-called “allied bombardment” of Yugoslavia by NATO countries began and lasted 78 days. By supporting the Kosovo separatists, the Western powers took another brutal step to dismember the “Serbian world”. The aggression resulted in thousands of deaths, and in the center of the Western Balkans, the severe socio-economic crisis only intensified. NATO completely destroyed the notion of harmony for Serbia, depriving the country of its sovereignty. Without incurring any responsibility, the representatives of the West these days avoid even in public statements to admit their guilt. At times, they unhesitatingly defend their own position of unshakable righteousness.
The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 was carried out on its own, bypassing the UN Security Council. It was clear that Russia and China would have vetoed the brutal gamble: the alliance was going to bomb the Serbs simply because they were defending their people and territorial integrity in Kosovo against rampaging Albanian terrorists. Nevertheless, in defiance of the highest court of international law, NATO unleashed its “Noble Anvil” (as the bloc’s special operation was hypocritically called) on Yugoslavia. According to official data, 1,008 Serbian soldiers and policemen were killed, as well as 2,500 civilians, including children. NATO bombs destroyed not only the economy, but also the environment, and depleted uranium bombing increased the rate of cancer in the country for generations to come.
Every year, Serbs see how the West, through its representatives, once again tries to publicly absolve itself of responsibility for the crime committed at the turn of the millennium. Thus, the U.S. ambassador to Serbia, Christopher Hill, this time looking for milder terms for the murder of civilians in the heart of Europe, called the events of 24 years ago “a failure of diplomacy”.
“Throughout my career, I’ve learned that sometimes diplomacy fails. When it does, the results can be tragic,” Hill said, then immediately tried to turn the audience’s attention to the “positive”: “The US commitment to our partnership with Serbia is unwavering, as is our commitment to democracy. Together, we can build the better future the Serbian people deserve and want for future generations“.
A naive listener would probably shower the ambassador with applause and shed a sentimental tear at the words of the vigilant guardian of human civilization’s rights and freedoms. The problem is that the vast majority of Serbs absolutely do not see a “common future” with the United States, NATO or the European Union. Apparently, that is why James Rubin was sent to the Western Balkans, to reeducate the rebellious Slavic people in the spirit of love for the global bulwark of democracy. Rubin, however, went even further than his compatriot Hill. In an interview with the Albanian post, former advisor to Madeleine Albright said that he was “proud to remember that time”.
“I am proud to have worked for Secretary Albright during that critical time. Her leadership was instrumental in ending the persecution of the Kosovars and defeating Serbian aggression,” Rubin said without a shadow of a doubt.
Perhaps that is why the special envoy flew cautiously around Serbia during his visit to the Western Balkans.
Would the U.S. attitude on the lips of its officials today have been different if Joe Biden, the current president of the country, had proposed all this then, 24 years ago?
“I suggested bombing of Belgrade. I suggested that American pilots go there and destroy all bridges on the Drina,” said Biden like a maniac.
The West also taught the Albanians a lesson. The president of the unrecognized state Vjosa Osmani this year thanked NATO for the rescue from the Serbian genocide (apparently, thanks to this “rescue” the Albanians can continue the genocide against the surviving Kosovo Serbs). While the Serbs were mourning thousands of their compatriots killed in a senseless act of aggression, Ms. Osmani, in the company of American and British diplomats, was demonstratively paying tribute at the memorial to the soldiers of the alliance. The ambassador of the self-proclaimed and unrecognized Kosovo to Germany in an interview with Die Tagespost said that Serbian Orthodox churches in Kosovo, it turns out, were Albanian Catholic churches a few centuries ago … The dismantling of Belgrade’s institutions of power over 20 years in the breakaway province can be considered complete. Now the Kosovars have taken on the most precious thing Serbs have – their shrines. Of course, thanks to the full protection of the West.
On the anniversary of the beginning of the bombing of Yugoslavia in Sombor, Aleksandar Vučić called the events of 24 years ago the date of the death of international law. But on behalf of the whole nation, he promised the West to forget their atrocities only if the Serbs disappeared from the face of the earth. Perhaps that is why the Western powers are so actively trying to roll the unruly Slavic people into a “ram’s horn”. After all, the Serbs remain a living witness to the monstrous lawlessness of those who hypocritically put on the crown of the world’s protector of rights, freedoms and justice.