Genocide in YugoslaviaThe ethnic conflict in Yugoslavia is long-standing, and the NATO bombings in 1999 were in response to the genocide that Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic was inflicting on the Albanians in Kosovo. The genocide may have been averted or stopped sooner if diplomatic efforts had focused on resolving the situation rather than stopping the fighting between the factions.
Kosovo: Could It Have Been Avoided?
The heart of the treaty is Article 5, which states that "an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all."Still, a final question remains: was NATO justified on moral grounds? This requires extensive analysis. The NATO air war against the repression of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority didn't happen because of one man--Slobodan Milosevic--any more than Fidel Castro caused the embargo against Cuba or the war against Iraq can be blamed on Saddam Hussein. These are simplistic claims, because in our rational moments we know that it takes more than one person or one nation to start a fight. And we know that creative means can be found to defuse one. Since memories are short and the situation is c...