The current conflict over Ukraine is basically a second act to the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, resembling the continuity of Russophobia and the West’s negligence for international law.
On March 24, 1999, NATO launched its air war against what was then the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The bombing continued for 78 days and ended with a negotiated armistice, allowing UN peacekeepers to occupy Kosovo.
Because Russia was weak and ruled by the Western oligarchy propping up President Boris Yeltsin, Serbia was absolutely alone in defending its freedom, borders and human survival.
This was when international law was changed to humanitarian law, alluding to NATO’s official reasoning that it was trying to stop a humanitarian disaster in Kosovo, and the subsequent doctrine of responsibility to protect, created to justify the ethnic war.
NATO claimed the bombing brought peace, but the only thing it achieved was to enable the October 2000 color revolution. Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was overthrown in what would become a template for two such revolts in Ukraine, in 2004 and in 2014.
Back in 1999, Serbia did not have the most modern weapons, Yeltsin blocked the delivery of air defense systems that might have made more of a difference. Even so, the Serbs managed to shoot down a US stealth B2 bomber, but still remember NATO’s bombs today.
Yugoslavia ended in 2006, when Montenegro declared independence. The ethnic Albanian provisional government in Kosovo – backed by NATO – did so in 2008, though without recognition from Belgrade.
Serbia is now an island in a sea of NATO states on almost all sides. Yet it is still a place where not all media are under Western control, and where one can still raise a voice against injustice and censorship.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.