Magazine article The Nation

Degrading' America

Magazine article The Nation

Degrading' America

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It is imperative to focus on the essential reason Americans must unequivocally oppose the US-led NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. There are, of course, many reasons-the five-week campaign having utterly failed in all of its declared purposes. But for all its other failings, the US- led bombing must be opposed first and foremost because it is a moral outrage. By so greatly increasing the number of Kosovar victims and by having done so recklessly without any precautionary steps to help them, the initiators of the air war have compounded Milosevic's evil deeds and thus made the United States deeply complicit in them.

Still more, the bombing and missile attacks are growing into an all-out assault on the economic and other civilian underpinnings of Yugoslav society. NATO sorties are literally demodernizing Serbia. Two or three decades of its economic development-the foundation of the elementary well-being of ordinary men, women and children-have already been destroyed.

Nor is this high-tech savagery against a small country inadvertent or without zealous US advocates. The NATO command's cruel euphemisms about "collateral damage" are common military obfuscation. But there is also the "liberal" bloodlust of the May 10 New Republic, which features an article cheering the assault on civilians on the basis of Serbian "collective guilt," and of New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, on April 23, who demands a "pulverizing" of the "Serbian nation" back to 1950 ("We can do 1389 too"), including Belgrade teenagers "still holding rock concerts" and families "going out for Sunday merry-go- round rides." Such demands, widely echoed elsewhere in the media and even by the White House press secretary, in effect call upon the United States to commit what are legally defined as war crimes.

The Clinton Administration bombers and their apologists must not be allowed to represent the rest of us. …

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