insomnia on Wed, 31 Mar 1999 18:29:00 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> serbian diary, 26 march

hi everybody, this is vladislava gordic from novi sad, yugoslavia, one among
millions of angry, frustrated and morally and mentally devastated NATO bombs
attack victims.although my town is situated in the province of vojvodina, in
the northern part of yugoslavia, that is, on the completely other side from
kosovo, it was first to be bombed. when NATo launched attacks on March 24th,
8 pm my time, their first targets were so called 'military targets' in novi
sad - what was destroyed in my town were a long time ago deserted army
barracks. in trying to hit one of the barracks, some missiles caused
considerable damage in the nearby primary school 'svetozar markovic toza' -
window glasses crashed, windows and doors demolished. luckily, kids left
school just a few minutes before this missile fell. cunningly enough, the
attacks started at the time of the day when families are gathered to have
dinner, watch popular tv series on tv and relax. there were no sirens to
prepare us - for example, i was sitting at my computer checking mail when my
building started shaking with detonations. the sky was lit with yellow and
orange flame from the explosion nearby. the attacks were unexpected and
sudden, many atomic shelters in appartment buildings and cellars in private
houses were locked, damp, delapidated and unprepared, since noone expected
this to happen - logically enough,people here thought that only kosovo will
be bombed, since 'military targets' should be there, not HERE, right? but
what we see and hear, the targets are also private houses (one missile fell
on a hous in a village pranjani near serbian town cacak) and factories
manufacturing food and medicine. about ten or maybe more refugees from
croatia and bosnia were killed by bombs that fell on kursumlija and prokuplje
just because they were accomodated in former military objects -isn't that
ironic, as alanis would sing? actually, these 'military targets" seem to be
of a very wide range - if soldiers eat chocolate, should nato bomb all
serbian chocolate factories in order to prevent serbian soldiers of indulging
in it and thus accumulating energy to 'slaughter ethnic albanians'? this is
absurd enough.another thing is - nato prevents humanitarian catastrophe in
kosovo by creating a more grave humanitarian condition in serbia and
montenegro. now it is our babies that are short of milk, now the whole
population of serbia suffers from food and petrol shortages. this is no way
to spread democracy. if it is, democracy is a virus that kills!  i am the
assistant professor of american and english literature at the university of
novi sad. i have visited states and seen myself that it really is a land of
oportunities. i am not one of those people who mocks american dream. still,
now that i am so tense after spending two days in a damp shelter with a
swollen tooth (not being able to visit my doctor in all this mess), now that
i am quite tense and near the end of my tether, i do not want to be harsh, or
to use harsh words on anybody. just, please, do not turn american dreams into
yugoslav nightmare! 


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