Fw: [WW] Yugoslavia: Not so isolated after all

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMtao.ca
Sun Jun 25 23:50:10 MDT 2000

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> Via Workers World News Service
> Reprinted from the June 29, 2000
> issue of Workers World newspaper
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> When NATO moved into the Serbian province of Kosovo and
> Metohija a year ago on June 10, U.S. plans were to continue
> to isolate and dismember what was left of Yugoslavia. The
> "International Tribunal" in The Hague--set up and paid for
> by U.S.-NATO forces--had indicted Yugoslav President
> Slobodan Milosevic for alleged war crimes. It looked like
> Montenegro, the remaining republic joined with Serbia to
> form Yugoslavia, would be the next target.
> Now a year has passed, and it turns out Yugoslavia is not
> so isolated after all.
> Li Peng, chairperson of the Standing Committee of the
> National People's Congress of the People's Republic of
> China, addressed a joint session of the Federal Assembly of
> Yugoslavia this June.
> Li said the U.S. missile attack on the Chinese Embassy in
> Belgrade 13 months ago that killed three Chinese
> journalists and rendered the embassy building unusable is
> "a case of grave international wrongdoing seldom seen in
> the history of diplomacy and a gross violation of China's
> sovereignty.''
> He attacked the U.S. and expressed solidarity with
> Yugoslavia.
> The head of a Cuban Communist Party delegation visiting
> the hometown of President Milosevic in June said the people
> of Yugoslavia, "just like the Cubans, have shown they are
> not ready to lose their identity no matter what price they
> have to pay for that."
> He added that the Cubans "admire Yugoslav resistance" to
> the "policy of hegemony of the West," during and after
> NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia last year. "Both
> Yugoslavia and Cuba have the same enemy, but it is most
> important that we are not afraid of that enemy."
> So China and Cuba have reaffirmed their solidarity with
> Yugoslavia. And other forces are chipping away at the U.S.
> position. Even Amnesty International has accused U.S.-NATO
> forces of war crimes.
> And then there is the story of Danish soccer star Peter
> Schmeichel. After his team lost a match June 16 in the EURO
> 2000 games, Schmeichel made an astonishing announcement to
> the media.
> He said, "Tonight I officially applied at the embassy of
> the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for a Yugoslavian
> passport. The Yugoslav football team is excellent, and it
> is the only team I would like to play for. I personally
> asked President Slobodan Milosevic to grant me Yugoslavian
> National Passport, because I highly respect him and his
> achievements in last year's war against NATO aggressors."
> It's hard to imagine a superstar athlete making such a
> remark unless this reflects an attitude more widely held in
> the population.
> And in Montenegro itself, local elections have put pro-
> Yugoslavia and pro-Milosevic parties in office in some of
> the most important cities, despite all the funds pumped
> into the anti-Yugoslavia parties by the U.S. and its NATO
> allies.
> Yugoslavia deserves all the solidarity it can get. And it
> is getting some.
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