RAKOC, three years old, blasted to death in her bathroom
THESE ARE THE VICTIMS OF NATO
"THIS WAR has already lasted longer
than any political leader was talking about a month ago. They all
got Milosevic wrong. The condition of Kosovo is worse, not better,
than it was. Within Kosovo more Albanian civilians than Serb
soldiers may have been killed by NATO bombs." That is not an
opponent of the war in the Balkans, but Guardian columnist Hugo
Young who has backed the war from the start.
No wonder more people are starting to
question what this war is about. A makeup artist, technicians,
secretaries and security guards were NATO's targets last week when
one of its bombs pounded into the RTS television station in
Belgrade. Clare Short declared the station "a legitimate
target". Tony Blair said the attack was "entirely
justified". But the bombing of the television station exposed
NATO as a liar. NATO says it does not bomb "civilian targets".
Spokesman James Shea explicitly said NATO
would not target journalists in a recent letter to Aidan White,
general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists.
Shea wrote, "There is no policy to strike television and
radio transmitters as such." Yet NATO's attack killed at
least 11 civilians. CNN reporter Brent Sadler said it left "a
scene of complete devastation". The bomb landed precisely
where there were the most journalists, camera crews, editors and
technicians. The BBC's John Simpson described seeing the foot of
the makeup woman who put powder on his face, "sticking out at
a strange angle from the heap of crumbled brick and plaster work
that was all that was left of her room." "Stay tuned"
were Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon's sick words after the
As we report on the front page, young
children are dying under NATO's bombs. Three year old Milica Rakoc
was sitting on her potty in the bathroom of the family home in the
town of Batajnica when a NATO bomb struck, killing her instantly.
Six year old Arta Lugic, her eight year old brothers Egzon and
Neron and seven year old sister Arijeta lived in the Kosovan
capital Pristina. Last Saturday NATO bombs struck there, killing
Arta and seriously injuring her brothers and sister. These are the
victims of NATO's bombing. It is time to stop this senseless,