Should We Now Arm the Kosovo Liberation Army? Lt General Sir Roddy Cordy-Simpson Answers Your Questions on Kosovo Crisis
Sayid, Ruki, The Mirror (London, England)
THE Mirror's military adviser Lt General Sir Roderick Cordy-Simpson put himself under fire from our army of readers yesterday
Our hotline was jammed by hundreds of callers after we invited you to question him about the Kosovo war.
Sir Roderick, who retired last year, directed Nato operations in Bosnia where he also served as United Nations chief of staff.
Here is a selection of your questions and his answers:Why doesn't Nato just get rid of Milosevic?
Telephone engineer Janet Osborne, west London.
We cannot sanction a political assassination because morally, we would lower ourselves to the levels of Milosevic, Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein. We are part of a democratic Alliance and can only operate within the rules of law. Besides they could easily replace him with someone of similar views.
Why is Nato nervous about sending in land troops?
Electronics technician John Fish, Chelmsford, Essex.
There is a fear among politicians of taking casualties, particularly in the American case with their memories of Vietnam and Somalia.
And yet if you asked our young soldiers who have heard all the atrocities in Kosovo, they would say it's time to commit.
But our paranoia about casualties is putting off the decision that should be taken now.
All the same, we should not be under any illusions. This will not be as easy as the Gulf War.
If we had sent ground troops in from day one, would this war be over by now?
Postman Chris Angel of Canvey Island, Essex
We may not have finished it, but we would have sent a signal to Milosevic that we mean business. Air power alone never won a war.
The bombing campaign has made no difference. Should we arm the Kosovo Liberation Army?
Interpreter Arjan Veseli, East London.
I am against arming the KLA because there have been so many atrocities in Kosovo that we must not be party to possible acts of revenge against the Serb minority there.
How significant is HMS Invincible?
Salesman Sean Henderson, Richmond, Surrey.
By sending HMS Invincible, the government is showing a commitment to see this crisis through.
But the Invincible is a small aircraft carrier with only seven Harriers. Sending her is an indication that we have not got a policy beyond bombing. And that worries me.
Is peace a possibility?
Nursery nurse Hayley Dawes,
Newcastle upon Tyne
Yes, but Milosevic has to agree to allowing refugees to return and an international peace-keeping force. It will involve about 30,000 troops initially. I would see an international force in Kosovo for at least five years.
Have you ever been involved in peace talks?
Decorator Steve Johnson, Milton Keynes, Bucks
In Bosnia I had to bring together the Muslim, Serb and Croat commanders for peace talks.
The Serb General stood up and said: "All we want is peace."
At that moment a Serb tank fired a round which went straight through the room next door as we dived for cover.
When we picked ourselves up I told him: "Mr General, if that's your idea of peace, God help us when you wage a war." The talks collapsed.
Did you have any first-hand dealings with the Serbs and what did you learn? …