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An atrocity is defined as An act of cruelty and violence inflicted by an enemy-armed force upon civilians or prisoners Some believe this war in Kosovo is about politics However upon examination of the specifics of this conflict it is apparent that this is about religion People must then decide whom if anyone is committing these atrocities Should the United States be involved in the dispute and is it truly in the best interest of the American people In the area once covered by the country of Yugoslavia there has been a series of struggles for independence during the 1990s These confrontations started in 1990 in Slovenia 1991 in Croatia and 1992 in Bosnia Herzegovina Each of these conflicts has often been described as an ethnic conflict In reality the Serbs Croats Slovenes and Muslims in those countries share a common Slavic ethnic origin They view themselves today as distinct peoples largely because of their distinct religious heritages In contrast people in North America consider religion mainly as part of their personalfamily identity Because of the US Constitutions first amendment and the separation of church and state Americans dont have a single faith group associated with their national feelings Unlike the former Yugoslavia the Kosovo conflict has both ethnic and religious components The Kosovo conflict is fueled by ethnic and religious differences Ethnicity is the cause between the Serbs of Slavic origin and ethnic Albanians Religion has also been a conflict between Serbs who are almost entirely followers of the Serbian Orthodox Church and non-Serbs who are overwhelmingly followers of Islam and Roman Catholicism From the beginning NATO stated that this conflict would accelerate if NATO did not step in to help the Kosovos in their rebellion If this conflict is like all of the rest why did America not step into other conflicts when there was a military force committing a larger genocide These small civil conflicts are just like our civil
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