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As this paper is being written across the Atlantic Ocean in Kosovo there are missiles being fired houses burning and people dying But to understand this senseless war one must look at how it started As was seen in the USSR and Checkoslovakia due to different nationalities regions of countries demand sovereignty and independence This was how it all started in Kosovo dominated by an Albanian population Even after receiving autonomy Albanian terrorist acts continued carried out by the Kosovo Liberation Army KLA They seeked independence and perhaps even joining the greater Albania The Yugoslavian army was forced to enter and control these terrorist acts Then came NATO Driven by atrocity stories of brutality by the Yugoslavian army NATO decided to take matters into their own hands The bombing on the large part an American operation began on March 24th 1999 These military actions received immediate opposition from a few non-NATO member countries headed by Russia Russia taking the role of a peacekeeper vowed not to fight to defend Serbia relieving many of the fear of World War 3 The very involvement of NATO in Yugoslavia raises some ethical moral and political issues What business does this organization have in entering a civil war in an independent country NATO violated the UN Charter of prohibition against the use of force against a member state of the UN Taking a much-criticized tactic of bombing selective targets in Kosovo the strategy for NATO appeared to be bomb and hope Hoping for Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to back down and issue orders for a retreat of his troops NATO continued the destruction of strategic targets as Russia called for a suspension if not a halt to the bombing But it wasnt the bombing of military installations that got NATO in deep waters It was the civilian casualties that followed which seemed inevitable from the start On April 12th and 14th off-course missiles resulted in 92 civilian deaths Two
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