after the Kosovo war began, vengeance killings, increasing crime,
political infighting, intimidation, and corruption in that
territory make an unpleasant picture (...). Kosovo is a mess"
(The Guardian, 17/03/00). The hatred and warfare in the
Balkans has got worse since the war and NATO occupation in Kosovo. NATO occupation in Kosovo.
The war in Chechnya continues to cause thousands of casualties,
most of them civilians, while hundreds of thousands of refugees
starve in the camps. As in Kosovo, as in Bosnia before it, awful
atrocities are committed. The capital Grozny has been obliterated.
American generals boast that NATO bombing has put Serbia back 50
years. The Russian generals have achieved a still better
performance in Chechnya: "This small Caucasian republic
has been set back a century, as far as development is concerned"
(Le Monde Diplomatique, February 2000). The fighting that
has devastated the country is still going on, and will continue
for a long time.