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Mr. President Clinton: You call your country ‘a peace-loving, civilized,defender of human rights and personal freedoms’, but what you are doing turned it into a monster, the world’s biggest factory of the highest technologies of death. You speak of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, but what do you and your counsellors know of Kosovo? It is […]

A Letter to President Clinton from Montenegrin Writer Yole Stanishich

by Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair

Mr. President Clinton:

You call your country ‘a peace-loving, civilized,defender of human rights and personal freedoms’, but what you are doing turned it into a monster, the world’s biggest factory of the highest technologies of death.

You speak of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, but what do you and your counsellors know of Kosovo? It is a battle-field sacred to all Slavs, where the destiny of Europe was decided six hundred years ago. It’s the place where Serb epos was born. The people living there have always cherished it and protected it from any profanation. For Kosovo is the Serb Golgotha and the Resurrection. Many Serbs and Montenegrins that for years had lived in the United States often come to the Kosovo field to take a handful of the sacred earth to their temples and homes. Your hopes, Mr. President, for a split in our people and for a victory over them are futile. Today’s Serbs and Montenegrins are the descendants of the fighters that marched to eternity in 1389.

You bombed the Serb city of Kraguevac where the Nazi Germans shot 7,000 people including whole schools of children together with their teachers. Also you were extremely cruel to our sacred places, our cities, our nature and our children. I am sorry for your daughter . She will be horrified by what you have done. Your image is forever disfigured by the crimes you have committed.

Yole Stanishich