This article about Serbia got my blood boiling so I decided to finally say it: President Obama, make an apology that I will heartily support! To Serbia for our attack on their nation for no reason! The USA never did something like that before (unless you count the Civil War and that is problematic due to Fort Sumter) to any nation. Our army was used to defend the homeland or to help stop proven aggression (Korea, Vietnam, the First Gulf War) started by another nation. But the Kosovo War was started by the NATO sock puppet of the USA so do-gooders like former President Clinton and Sec. of State Madeleine Albright could feel good about themselves. Of course they had the support of Senator John McCain who wanted to send ground troops into Serbia and march to Belgrade!
Although I can speak only for myself, I believe the sponsors of this resolution offered it to encourage the President to do what almost every experienced statesmen has said he should do – prepare for the use of ground troops in Kosovo if they are necessary to achieve victory.
Victory? What sort of victory did he want? We attacked Serbia for no reason and took part of their land. Here is the official reason in the New York Times as to why we attacked Serbia:
“Thirteen years after NATO bombed Belgrade to halt the killing of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo,…”
Not to protect a vital national interest or or prevent imminent attack, we went to war on a nation that did not attack us first. It would be like if a nation attacked us for keeping African-American people in poverty-ridden inner cities. How would we react? Would we fight? Watch this video and ask yourself that question:
This is what we did in Serbia and thank the Lord they surrendered before Americans had to die so Madeleine Albright could feel good. Here’s her brilliant analysis of Iraqi sanctions:
In 1996 then-UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, in reference to years of U.S.-led economic sanctions against Iraq, “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”
To which Ambassador Albright responded, “I think that is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.”
I must have been crazy; I should have answered the question by reframing it and pointing out the inherent flaws in the premise behind it. Saddam Hussein could have prevented any child from suffering simply by meeting his obligations…. As soon as I had spoken, I wished for the power to freeze time and take back those words. My reply had been a terrible mistake, hasty, clumsy and wrong. Nothing matters more than the lives of innocent people. I had fallen into the trap and said something I simply did not mean. That was no one’s fault but my own. (p. 275)
I am sure she did not want to see innocent children die; I am sure of it. But if we had followed the sage advice of a great man (“We just plain don’t mind our own business!”) we would not be involved at all in this moral issue. The Kosovo War was unnecessary and aggressive; just because we did not change their government or their wealth, that does not make it any less an attack for no reason. President Obama ought to go to Belgrade and apologize to the Serbian people for attacking their nation for no reason and taking part of their territory away from them. If I were President (God help us all!) I would put the apology in the First Inaugural and immediately go to Belgrade and repeat it there to the Serbian Parliament.
UPDATE: Here’s a Guardian (UK) article citing a UN “special rapporteur” saying we should give lands back to the Original Americans. Suppose somebody went to war with us over that? That’s what we did in Serbia. Where’s the apology?