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1) The Serbs insist on thorough investigation

But to no avail.

Dr. Karadzic's letter to the U.N.

Dr. Karadzic's letter to Clinton and Yeltsin

2) NATO finds new reason to exist

The truth never mattered for the Machiavellians. NATO issues an ULTIMATUM to the Serbs.

PRESS RELEASE (94)15 9th February 1994



(1) expresses its indignation at the indiscriminate attacks which have once again struck the people of Sarajevo in recent days;

(2) notes that the siege of Sarajevo is continuing, and that consequently the Bosnian Serbs bear the main responsibility for the tragic loss of civilian life that results from it;...

(10) decides that, ten days from 2400 GMT 10th February 1994, heavy weapons of any of the parties found within the Sarajevo exclusion zone, unless controlled by UNPROFOR, will, along with their direct and essential military support facilities, be subject to NATO air strikes which will be conducted in close coordination with the UN Secretary General and will be consistent with the North Atlantic Council's decisions of 2nd and 9th August 1993;...

A THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 9, 1994 STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT The Briefing Room 6:05 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Over the past year, our administration has been working to do what we could to help to end the tragic conflict in Bosnia and to ease the suffering it has caused. Like people everywhere, I was outraged by the brutal killing of innocent civilians in the Sarajevo market last Saturday. The events of the past year and the events of the past few days reenforce the believe that I have that more must be done to stop the shelling of Sarajevo and the murder of innocents.

Therefore, the United States, working with our allies, has developed a series of proposals to address the situation in Sarajevo and to reinvigorate the negotiations to bring the bloodshed and the aggression in Bosnia to an end. As a result, just now in Brussels, NATO has decided that if any Bosnian Serb heavy weapons are found within 20 kilometers of Sarajevo within 10 days -- or after 10 days -- or if there is any further shelling of Sarajevo, NATO commanders stand ready to conduct air strikes against Serb artillery positions. NATO would carry out such strikes in accord with procedures it agreed on last August...

NATO is now set to act. Anyone -- anyone -- shelling Sarajevo must recognize this fact and be prepared to deal with the consequences...

Our nation has clear interests at stake in this conflict. We have an interest in helping to prevent a broader conflict in Europe; that is most compelling. We have an interest in showing that NATO, history's greatest military alliance, remains a credible force for peace in post-Cold War Europe.

These interests do not justify unilateral American intervention in the crisis, but they do justify the involvement of America and the exercise of our leadership... I have directed the Secretary of State to have the United States play a more active role in the negotiations.

Q: Mr. President, did you talk to President Yeltsin today about this, and what is Russia's reaction to this ultimatum?

THE PRESIDENT: I did not talk to him today, although I tried to for a couple of hours and there were technical problems that we couldn't get through.

Q: Mr. President, can you tell us more about the diplomatic track? Do you have any new initiatives going into the Geneva meetings tomorrow? There have also been reports that you are going to pressure the Bosnian Muslims to back off some of their demands in order to make peace easier.

THE PRESIDENT: No -- well, that's not exactly true. First of all, I don't think we or anybody else can impose a peace. What the United States has agreed to do as a result of the new energy brought to this whole matter by our European allies is to talk again to the Bosnian Muslims -- as you know, I have been very sympathetic with their position, and have made no secret of it -- to ascertain what their legitimate bedrock requirements are, and to share with them as clearly and honestly as we can what we think both the political and the military situation is; and then, using that as a basis, to go back to do what we can to facilitate an end to this conflict and an agreement.

3) Muslims get NATO as an ally

America gets overtly Bonian Islam fundamentalist as an ally. Muslims get NATO to be their aviation.

Already three weeks after the massacre, on Feb 27, 1994, NATO aviation downs four Serbian planes killing the pilots. To murder Serbs becomes a free game.

A month later, on April 10, 1994 (which is also the anniversary of formation of World War II Croat Nazi state), NATO starts air raids on the Serbian positions round Gorazde. (The Muslims started offensive from that "Safe Haven" and the Serbs tried to stop them).

But why did the slaughter had to be staged in front of the cameras?

Islam fundamentalists of Bosnia already had Western media as its own propaganda mouthpiece. That was nothing new. Massacre had to be staged for the cameras, again and again - as a propaganda ploy. As an excuse for racist hatred against whole (and at that ancient, Christian!) nation - the Serbs... And later on as an excuse for Western genocide and ethnic clensing of the Serbs from their ancestral lands.

By WILLIAM SAFIRE, Feb. 9, 1994, N.Y. Times News Service

WASHINGTON Whenever the West pretended to be ready to bomb the Serbian artillery shelling Sarajevo, the Serbs would pretend to agree to stop the slaughter. Then we didn't bomb and they didn't stop.

This time had better be different. Public opinion is finally beginning to put political heat on feckless leaders...

We would take out aggressor bridges, supply depots, port facilities; if countrywide tactical air support does not help Bosnian forces turn the tide, smart bombs will find unmanned targets and out will go the lights in Belgrade...

Pictures can energize diplomats. Almost as stunning as the images of death in the marketplace was last week's photo of the visit to Sarajevo of Pakistan's prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, marching alongside Turkey's prime minister, Tansu Ciller.

These were not merely two women showing humanitarian concern. These were two elected leaders of large, powerful Muslim countries telling Christendom that their co-religionists in Bosnia would not be humiliated and annihilated without serious global consequences.

That helped the message get through: intervention now or disaster later.



Joined by: Nina Totenberg(NPR),
Charles Krauthammer(syndicated columnist)
Carl Rowan( Chicago Sun Times )
Evan Thomas( Newsweek )

Broadcast weekend of February 12, 1994

MR. THOMAS: There has to be a TV camera there, though. We keep saying we're not influenced by TV images, but this wouldn't have happened if there hadn't been a CNN camera at that marketplace.

MR. PETERSON: Is it news if CNN isn't there?

MR. KRAUTHAMMER: Well, you know, the same week there was a news story which was the last item on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Sixty-five thousand people were driven out into the desert in Sudan and they're going to die there. The same week, but there were no cameras so obviously it has no effect on us.

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Last revised: Feb. 28, 1997