We urge NATO to stop the bombing of Kosovo and Serbia immediately. The bombing has had the opposite effect of its declared intention. It has meant Serbian forces have been able to displace and murder innocent civilians unchecked by international negotiations or observers on the ground. It has not prevented but compounded a mass exodus from the area. It has led to a refugee catastrophe and the destruction of democratic opposition in Serbia as President milosevic uses the war to shore up his own position. These disastrous effects were foreseen by a wide range of independent voices before the bombing began. NATO's error is less a 'failure of imagination' than an act of wilful blindness.
By taking the unilateral decision to bomb, NATO has compromised any independent position it may have in solving the problems of the Balkans. It has undermined rather than strengthened international law and the United Nations.
Deciding what to do when despotic rulers have abused human rights brazenly and repeatedly is not easy. The long debate about what should happen to General Pinochet continues. And despite media silence, Britain and the US are still bombing Iraq.
But it is clear that bombing does not work. It is too far removed, too inaccurate and fails to protect the people on the ground.
For campaigning details contact:
Campaign for Peace in the Balkans c/o Alice Mahon, MP, House of Commons, Westminster, London, England. Tel: 0171 241 6004 or 0171 219 3000.
Web-site: Campaign for Peace in the Balkans
STOP THE BOMBING NOW!
Text transcribed from leaflet produced by New Internationalist magazine 19.4.99
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