June 30, 1999 |
If you visited Kosovo's shabby capital, briefly, you might think the war was really over. NATO bomb damage is minimal; Serb-shattered homes are found only in certain districts; food markets are busy, even if the water and phone service are spotty. A new restaurant appears every day, with names like Hollywood and Panorama, catering to the army of international aid workers and United Nations bureaucrats that is beginning to assemble. British tanks rumble through the streets, stop at red lights, and children climb up on them, even as the Brits search cars for weapons.
July 9, 1999 |
There is an American city on a hill in southeast Kosovo called Camp Bondsteel. A tent town already houses most of the 4,500 troops, vehicles, mobile surgical tents and field artillery that belong to the American contingent of KFOR, the mainly NATO force that now rules Kosovo. Soon the numbers will rise to 7,000, and the U.S. firm of Brown & Root will begin constructing a $50 million base with winterized barracks. Visit Camp Bondsteel and you soon realize how the Kosovo war has changed NATO's mission.
May 21, 1999 |
Prospect Hill Baptist Church, 703 Lincoln Ave., will hold a special candlelight prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The one-hour program of readings, song and prayer will center on the crisis in Kosovo. Perry Dane of the Rutgers School of Law will speak on Judaism and the law from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnewood. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting donations of clothing, linens, small appliances, books and toys at the following locations: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1901 Chester Pike, Eddystone, and Holy Cross Catholic Church, 651 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield.
April 21, 2013 |
BRUSSELS - Serbia and Kosovo reached a potentially historic agreement Friday to normalize relations between the Balkan neighbors, end years of acrimony and put them both on a solid path to European Union membership. The tentative deal culminated months of tense negotiations and showed determination of both Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, said EU negotiator Catherine Ashton. "What we are seeing is a step away from the past and for both of them a step closer to Europe," Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, said.
March 23, 1999 |
A Feb. 25 CBS news broadcast gave us the following statistics: "Fifty percent of Americans in a poll do not know where to find Kosovo on a map - 54 percent favor sending U.S. troops there. " So what are to conclude from the above? That 54 percent of Americans favor shooting first, aiming later? That the other 46 percent of Americans would also send U.S. troops to Kosovo, if only they could find it on a map? That 4 percent of Americans (54 percent minus 50 percent) would send U.S. troops anywhere, even if the place is not on any map?
June 3, 1999 |
Even if the fighting ends soon in Kosovo, most refugees will not be able to return to their towns before the arrival of winter, because there are few houses left, according to international relief workers who returned recently from the province. The London-based organization Save the Children released a grim report yesterday on conditions in Kosovo after accompanying a team of U.N. inspectors on a 10-day tour of Serbia and the province with the permission of the Belgrade government.
March 26, 1999 |
As NATO bombs drop over Kosovo, I am reminded of a conversation that I had with President Clinton in mid-1994. The President met with The Inquirer Editorial Board while visiting Philadelphia, and I asked him why he hadn't carried out his campaign threats to crack down on Serb attackers in Bosnia. For 20 minutes, the President laid out, in great detail, all the obstacles that prevented him from acting. I felt as if I was speaking with, well, a smart professor, not the most powerful man in the world, who was elected to make tough decisions despite the obstacles.
September 8, 1999 |
Commentators in the Asia-Pacific region are comparing the slaughter in the Indonesian territory of East Timor to Serb massacres of Kosovar Albanians. "The world wonders whether these atrocities are so different from the war crimes perpetrated in Kosovo," editorialized the Melbourne Herald-Sun. The Australian paper called for U.N. peacekeepers to stop military thugs from murdering East Timorese - in churches, in Red Cross headquarters, in their homes - in revenge for choosing independence in a U.N.-sponsored referendum 10 days ago. The assumption is that Kosovo set a precedent for international intervention in the name of humanitarian goals, even if such intervention means ignoring sovereign boundaries.
August 9, 1998
The consequences to the civilian population seem totally out of proportion with any military targets. Albert Rohan, Austrian diplomat (Reuters, July 31) Conditions are pretty horrible. . . . It won't take much more before we have a full-blown disaster on our hands. Thomas Vargas, U.N. Commission on Human Rights (Washington Post, Aug. 2) The West was naive in thinking that it could just let [President Slobodan Milosevic] tip the balance and then call a halt.
July 11, 1999 |
The patrol halts and Sgt. Mitchell Call scans the cornfields with night-vision goggles as Cpl. Daniel Woodrum rests atop a Bradley fighting vehicle, smoking a cigarette, gazing up at a star-filled sky and singing "You Are My Sunshine. " A NATO helicopter thuds overhead. Pfc. Michael McLeskey checks his M-16. A radio squawks inside the Bradley, then falls quiet, and the only sounds are the scruff of boots and voices of infantrymen turned peacekeepers in a mean slice of the world Staff Sgt. Perry Flowers tells his guys "Let's go," and two Bradleys whisk over tight, winding roads, their rubber cleats rattling the asphalt.