The Hi -Tech Barbarians
by Jared Israel, JaredI@aol.com
In 1995 the Croatian Army, trained, led and given air support by
the Pentagon, launched a blitzkrieg against the Krajina section of
Croatia, driving out in a matter of days approximately 250,000 Serbian
men, women and children whose ancestors had lived in that
mountainous region since medieval times. Thousands were
strafed by U.S. planes or slaughtered by Croatian troops as
they fled. Afterwards, Croatian President Tudjman went on a tour
of celebration. Croatian radio reported that he boasted to cheering crowds:
"There can be no return to the past, to the times when Serbs
were spreading cancer in the heart of Croatia, a cancer that
was destroying the Croatian national being...So it is as if they
have never lived here...They didn't even have time to take
with them their filthy money or their filthy underwear!" (See:
"The Invasion of Serbian Krajina," by Gregory Elich)
If this mass expulsion and Tudjman's comments seem barbaric, it is
perhaps fitting. Krajina means 'military frontier,' in this case the boundary
between civilization and barbarism, from the Serbian word 'kra' or
'end.' The Serbs were settled in the Krajina hundreds of years ago
to keep the Ottoman armies from overrunning Europe and now they
had born the brunt of a new barbarism, this one centered in the U.S.,
as well as Germany, England and France.
Endless murder numbs the sensitivity; so after a while the images
of civilians torn apart by these new barbarians, who strike from 15,000
feet, slip out of focus, thus granting some relief until a new twist jars
one into terrible awareness. For a friend of mine, it was the picture
of a little girl in Nis who had lost her leg to a cluster bomb; she had
been in the wrong place at the wrong time but what wouldn't leave
my friend alone was -- she looked like his own child. Now this
American who had never protested anything before has written
two compelling essays, one on how it torments a U.S. patriot to
see his country's leaders guilty of war crimes and another from
the perspective of a Jew, rejecting Clinton's use of the Holocaust
to sell this war. If you'd like to see these essays, email me at
What got to me yesterday was the news that bombs exploding near
the Belgrade Zoo had driven a rhinoceros mad ; he banged his head
against a wall until he died. This was somehow more terrible to me
then the ordinary routine of blown up bridges, homes, factories, markets,
cemeteries, airports, electrical plants, water treatment facilities, day
care centers, and other military targets. Today they blew up another
market and an old folks home. The staff had painted a red cross on
the roof of the home. Perhaps, seeing the red cross, the pilots
mistook the building for a hospital or clinic; perhaps such facilities
are on the approved targets list.
Approved targets. Do they think this is Nintendo? Is that what the
pilots think? Do the pilots think?
The following is an excerpt from an article by Scott McConnell
which appeared in the Conformist. It describes atrocities but don't worry,
he's talking about buildings, not people. Or maybe you should worry.
Maybe it will affect you the way the rhino effected me or the way the
missing leg affected my tormented Jewish friend, in Ohio.
Jared Israel is a writer and small businessman in the Boston area.
A former leader of the student movement against the war in Vietnam,
he has become active again researching, writing and organizing against
the war against Serbia.
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