Volume 92, Issue 99

Wednesday, April 7, 1999


OPINIONS

Council has fought for professionals

Questioning the Wave's policies

Take a dip in the publicity pool

Time to bring in the ground troops

Looking beyond their own views

But to wear a dress?

Atheist preaches about his own religion

Time to bring in the ground troops



Re: Air strikes in Kosovo

To the Editor:

Recently, many students have questioned NATO's attack on Serbia. Critics of the air strikes deplore the bombing of a sovereign nation. It must be made clear to the campus community that the bloodshed in Kosovo did not begin with NATO. It began with the Serbs and in particular their leader Milosevic's brutal, barbaric and relentless campaign against the majority ethnic Albanians.

The prologue to the bombing campaign has been crimes against humanity under the transparent camouflage of "ethnic cleansing" and Milosevic's continued defiance in the face of entreaties, negotiations, threats and failed ultimatums. In the end, NATO had little choice but to launch air strikes to try to force Milosevic to sign a peace agreement with the ethnic Albanians or, failing that, to inflict enough damage on its military that it could no longer wage war against the Albanian civilians.

In January of this year, after the bodies of 45 ethnic Albanians were found in Racak in southern Kosovo, Milosevic ordered William Walker, head of a truce inspection mission from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to leave the country within 48 hours and refused to allow Canadian Judge Louise Arbour, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, to enter Kosovo to investigate the deaths. All of this happened in direct violation of Yugoslavia's committments to the United Nations Security Council and to the ongoing war-crimes tribunal in Bosnia.

Since the bombing began, the Serbs have mounted a concerted effort to rid the land of all ethnic Albanians. Their goals are accomplished by summarily shooting the civilians en masse or forcing them to leave to other lands. Last week, Judge Arbour wrote to Milosevic to warn him that he and his senior officials will be liable to charges of crimes against humanity when the fighting stops. It appears that Milosevic does not care. He truly is a madman who loves to see people suffer. NATO needs to send in ground troops.

Recent reports suggest that by early May, the Serbs will have successfully "cleansed" the land of Albanians from their homeland of Kosovo. The campus community, this nation and the world must unite against such barbarity.

Hussein A. Hamdani
Law II




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