Elizabeth Pond, a Berlin-based journalist, wrote an article today over at World Policy blog titled “Serbia Enters Europe: The End of the Bloody Balkan Wars.” It’s not a bad article, but clearly a biased article full of lies and anti-Serb propaganda. She wrote:
…after Slobodan Milosevic’s armed forces drove more than half of the 90 percent Albanian population from their homes and
killed 10,000 of them.
Wrong. Slobodan Milosevic’s armed forces did not killed 10,000 Alblanian in Kosovo. Teams from 17 NATO countries found a total of only 2,108 bodies, Serbs and Albanians. Some had been killed by NATO bombing and some in the war between the UCK and the Serbian olice and military.
And by the spring of 1999 and at the time of the Rambouillet Talks there were only a few hundred Kosovo Albanians who had not returned home. What Elizabeth Pond does not say is that the return of the Kosovo Albanians to their homes paved the way for the cleansing of 250,000 Serbs from Kosovo after 10 June 1999 in full view of 30,000 NATO troops. What Elizabeth Pond does not say is that 6,000 Serbs were killed in Kosovo after the war between June 1999 and December 2000.
At the end of her article, Elizabeth Pond also went on to wrote that “In addition, Serbs in the north, instead of shooting at Kosovo police to keep out alien “occupiers…” Serbs shooting at Kosovo police? A rather biased view of Serbs in Kosovo is again presented. Albanians have driven out and attacked counless Serb families and Serbian kids in Kosovo in recent years. I wrote about that again, and again.
Well, I recommend you to read this great blog post titled WHEN AND WHY DID THE ETHNIC CLEANSING BEGIN? to know more about what really happened in Kosovo. There you can read that the United States was looking for an excuse to bomb Serbia and had already formed plans in August 1998. U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee, August 12, 1998:
Planning for a U.S.-led NATO intervention in Kosovo is now largely in place…. The only missing element seems to be an event – with suitably vivid media coverage – that would make the intervention politically salable.
Media coverage and lies. That’s it. At the end, NATO bombed Serbia during 78 days and killed innocent Serbs: