The Guardian April 21, 1999


Dangerous logic

by Andrew Murray*

The first casualty of this war, as with others, has been the truth. In an 
attempt to mobilise support behind the air bombardment of Yugoslavia, the 
British Government's propaganda machine has gone into overdrive, with scant 
regard for truth, the supposed independence of the BBC or even the 
intelligence of the British people.

LIE NUMBER ONE  This is a humanitarian intervention.

Quite apart from the direct civilian victims of the bombing, NATO 
aggression has engulfed Kosovo in a tide of misery far greater than any 
which preceded the bombing.

Just as the position of the Kosovo Albanians deteriorated following the 
funding and arming of the Kosovan Liberation Army by the German Government, 
so it is the Kosovan Albanians who are suffering the consequences of this 
latest escalation.

Clearly they are pawns in a game which has nothing to do with 
"humanitarianism" but plenty to do with big-power politics.

It is fair to assume that the plight of the Kosovan Albanians ranks rather 
low down NATO's concerns.

By provoking the very humanitarian crisis that it claims to be trying to 
avert, NATO is setting the stage for further and deeper military 
intervention in the Balkans, probably amounting to the armed occupation of 
much of the region and the complete destruction of independent Yugoslavia.

LIE NUMBER TWO  Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is a new 
Hitler.

The British Establishment failed to do anything about the real Hitler until 
the matter was forced upon it.

The main measure of Hitlerism in international politics was its disregard 
for international law and the League of Nations and its willingness to 
violate the sovereignty of other states in pursuit of global hegemony.

On that reading of Hitlerism, one should not look for the heirs of Adolf in 
Belgrade, which threatens no other state, but in Washington, London, Paris 
and Bonn.

LIE NUMBER THREE  This attack represents the will of the 
"international community".

The largest states in the world  Russia, China and India  actually 
oppose NATO's actions, which has neither sought nor received the blessing 
of the United Nations.

It is an action undertaken solely by the US, the west European nations and 
their immediate satellites for their own interests.

LIE NUMBER FOUR  Something must be done and there is no 
alternative.

This is a double deceit. First there is no necessary reason why "something 
must be done" about the exclusively internal affairs of a sovereign state.

Second, the clear alternative is the path of negotiation, primarily between 
Kosovan Albanians and the Yugoslav Government.

It is this path that the policy of the NATO powers has actually frustrated 
again and again with its support for violent attempts to rewrite the 
Yugoslav constitution.

The best alternative of all would be a ringing call by the United Nations 
for the full reconstruction of Yugoslavia and support for her right to 
sovereignty and independence, free from aggression.

In summary, Germany wants to extend its hegemony over eastern Europe and 
has pursued the dismemberment of Yugoslavia for some years as part of this 
policy.

The US is glad for a chance to remind the European Union that, whatever its 
economic strength, it still needs US military might  in a sense the war 
is the US response to the birth of the euro.

And Britain, a second-rank power with global economic interests and 
ambitions, will do whatever is required to sustain a "world police force" 
intervening here, there and everywhere in the interests of the "haves" 
against the "have-nots".

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*Morning Star (Abridged)

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