Ivo Skoric on Thu, 25 Mar 1999 10:46:04 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> ivogram 032599: war in yugoslavia

From: "Ivo Skoric" <ivo@reporters.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 23:24:03 +0000
Subject: OAF

So far, the reports are that cruise missiles and guided bombs hit 
military targets across Yugoslavia extensively and massively, 
knocking down Yugoslav defense system. It is important that the 
strikes are strategic: they obviously plan to take down as many as 
possible Yugoslav military targets in one night. So that 
Yugoslav Army can't rebound to pursue its military campaign in 
Kosovo. Skies over Ulcinj were darkened by the number of F-117s. 
Several Yugoslav fighter planes are down, and possibly at least one 
NATO plane. German air force joined the campaign - for the second 
time in 50 years Germans got to bomb Serbs. And Vlade Divac, an NBA 
player from Serbia, was heard at Larry King Show saying that NATO is 
absolutely wrong. And Serb TV found a childhood friend of Madeleine 
Albright in Belgrade.

One would just have hoped that in all those months of preparing this 
action NATO would come up with some more creative name than the 
Operation Allied Force, or shorter: OAF. Now, we just have to sit 
back and wait to see whether the action will live up to its acronym. 
Or is that maybe Milosevic's nickname in State Department circles?


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From: "Ivo Skoric" <ivo@reporters.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 00:07:59 +0000
Subject: quid pro quo

After all there are similarities between Yugoslav and American 
military force: they both rely on attack by overwhelming force. It is 
just that the U.S. is about 50 years ahead in development.

Yugoslav Army waged the war in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo following 
this pattern: surround the city/village by heavy artillery protected 
by landmines and shell the city/village from the safe distance until 
every standing structure in city/village is shattered; then send 
irregulars in to "clean" the terrain; then march in and settle down.

The inhabitants of the city/village shelled were as helpless in face 
of the invisible artillery that pounded them with precision (YA 
provided Republika Srpska with exact coordinates for every building 
in Sarajevo) can be parallelled only to the helplessness of Milosevic 
forces against cruise missiles and stealth bombers.


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