Magazine article New Internationalist

[Degraded Capability: The Media & the Kosovo Crisis]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Degraded Capability: The Media & the Kosovo Crisis]

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Now that the emotive cheerleading of the press has subsided, the truth about NATO's 'humanitarian intervention' is emerging. This illegal bombing campaign, which over-rode the authority of the United Nations, looks likely to have killed more civilians during 78 days than were killed by either side in the year leading up to the campaign. It has severely damaged the infrastructure of Kosovo and Serbia, created a massive refugee crisis and an excuse for the Kosovo Liberation Army to perpetrate their own current campaign of ethnic terror.

John Pilger and other experts in the field provide a rigorously researched expose of the many fictions of the 'war' and the mechanisms by which they were maintained. Demonization of the enemy -- a tactic common to all military campaigns of the last century -- provided a justification for the suspension of the critical and independent coverage which should be fundamental in a democracy. …

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