FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
PHOENIX, Mar. 23 - As the Russian prime minister, Yevgeny Primakov, abruptly canceled his today's visit to Washington, and ordered his plane to return to Moscow, the dogs of war in the American capital are getting ready to commit a crime without a precedence in modern history. NATO's planned attack on Yugoslavia will be a gang rape of a sovereign country, a U.S. ally in two world wars, and a founding member of the United Nations. If NATO's bombing of the Bosnian Serbs in August 1995 is any indication (first strikes in the dead of night, after midnight), by the time you receive this message, its missiles may be already in the air, ready to deliver their deadly payloads to the Serbian people.
At this moment of quiet before the storm, Orthodox Christian church leaders, both here in America and in Serbia, made a last-minute appeal for reason and compassion to the Washington dogs of war. The first is a letter to President Clinton from Metropolitan Archbishop Pavlos, of the Greek Orthodox Old Calendar Church Of North and South America, Member of the Holy Synod of the Old Calendar Church of Greece, Under the Presidency of Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Athens and All Greece. The second is a translation of a statement issued today in Serbian by the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade. Finally, we also bring you a letter by Prof. J.P. Maher to his Senator.
To: William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
March 23, 1999
Dear Mr. President,
Again I write to you as a Christian and as an American.
Sir, we are poised on the brink of disaster, a disaster that is manifold in its dimensions and character.
As I expressed to you in my previous letter this imminent and unprovoked attack against Yugoslavia is immoral. Even the trepidation alone that we have instilled in the people of Yugoslavia is a horror. The fact that this is exactly one of our intentions is offensive.
Legally speaking our country is heading toward the perpetration of a crime of international proportions.
We are acting without a UN mandate.
We are violating the very charter of the NATO Pact.
NATO is acting without a UN mandate.
We are violating every international law governing respect for the sovereignty of nations.
We are acting without the mandate of the American people. Do the American people truly believe our national interests are at stake? A recent CBS Radio broadcast quoted a poll that said 50% of Americans cannot find Kosovo on a map! Is this the well-informed constituency that gives us a mandate to attack Yugoslavia?
I ask again by what authority do we act? Is it the authority of the law of God, the law of our country, or international law?
We are about to send our sons into an open-ended quagmire that will bring only death and destruction for all involved. We claim we want to end the killing in Kosovo. Let's remember that it has been the terrorist gangs known as the KLA that have been the first to violate every cease-fire since the Serbs agreed to a cease-fire. Almost every time violence has erupted since the beginning of this conflict it was the KLA that was the first to commit such violence.
American boys are being asked to prepare to kill and die because Serbia is defending her Christian heartland against Muslim fundamentalists, secessionists, and terrorists. Has this been taken into consideration? I presume your advisors have decided to bring peace by bombing one of Europe's oldest Christian civilizations into oblivion.
Throughout history it is this very civilization that has always been a bulwark against the hordes that came from the east to threaten Europe. It is the Serbians that are known to history as "the People of the Gate" because they guarded the door to Europe in the Krajina. The Krajina Serbs are now no more thanks to a previous NATO strike in 1995. Do we want to eliminate one more Orthodox Christian Civilization before the end of our century?
Not so long ago the southern states of our country attempted to secede from this great Union. President Lincoln acted to crush this rebellion and many Americans died willingly to keep our country whole. How do you suppose your great predecessor would have reacted if a NATO type force had threatened him? Are you sure the people of Yugoslavia are not as willing to keep their country whole as were our brave America ancestors?
As I write this letter I am listening to your speech on CNN. You are claiming Turkey is a "moderate Muslim state". Is that because they are attempting to eliminate the Kurdish culture and identity from the face of our planet? Is it because they are consistently claiming the Aegean islands of Greece as their own and keep up a posture of threat against Greece? The modern and "moderate" Turkish State was founded by Mustapha Kemal, the man who in 1922 burnt the cosmopolitan city of Smyrna to the ground and roasted alive her two-hundred thousand Christian occupants. Smyrna was once the jewel of the Mediterranean. The American Consul Mr. George Horton, who witnessed the carnage, said at the time that not since the Romans razed Carthage had the world seen such destruction. Smyrna had had a Christian presence since the time the Book of the Revelation was given to Saint John where the great city is mentioned. In 1922, the moderate State of Turkey put an end to that.
The modern and "moderate" State of Turkey also killed millions of Greek Orthodox Christians in Anatolia and Pontus earlier this century. In 1955, a year in which you and I both lived, the "moderate" State of Turkey aided and abetted a pogrom against the Greek Orthodox population of Constantinople. In that year the Greek Orthodox of Constantinople numbered over 500,000. Today there a less than 2,000 there.
Is this the type of moderate Muslim future state that the KLA envisions for Kosovo?
History shows that centuries ago Turkey's Sultan was killed in Kosovo in his attempt to defeat the Serbs. During World War One the Serbs lost a third of their young men defending freedom. Not so many years ago Hitler's Wermacht broke its teeth in Yugoslavia. Mr. President, do not be so naïve as to believe that the young men of America's armed forces will not pay a heavy price in blood if we continue on this road.
In 1941, when the Serbs broke their pact with the Axis they paid a heavy price for their decision to join the side of Freedom. Belgrade was reduced to rubble and thousands were slaughtered; yet the Serbs stood fast. Winston Churchill commented at the time that "the Serbs had found their soul."
I am praying, Mr. President, that you find your soul and the vision to see the death that will be wrought in committing this folly. I pray you find the courage to face the American people and tell them we made a mistake and that we must call off a NATO strike.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." [St. Matthew 4:9]
In Christ, I am,
Metropolitan Archbishop PAVLOS
Holy Metropolis of the Greek Orthodox
Old Calendar Church of America
Astoria, New York
THE HOLY SYNOD OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
March 23, 1999
After its meeting at the Patriarchate on March 23, 1999, the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church wishes to make the following statement concerning the situation in Kosovo, and the threat of bombing of Serbia and FR Yugoslavia.
Human experience, both old and new, on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, teaches us that war and aggression, especially intra-ethnic type, leave behind only devastation and general unhappinness, with long-term spiritual, moral and social consequences and open wounds. Aware of that, we demand and plead, in the name of God, for cessation of all hostilities in Kosovo and Metohija, and that the problems be addressed exclusively by peaceful and political means. The way of non-violence and cooperation is the only God-blessed way which corresponds to human and heavenly moral laws and experiences.
Deeply concered over the danger to the cradle of Serbia - Kosovo and Metohija, and all those who live in Kosovo, especially over the terrible threats of the world military powers to bomb our Fatherland, we remind the responsible leaders of the international community that the evils in Kosovo, or in any other place in the world, cannot be righted by an even greater and more immoral evil: bombing of a small, but honorable European nation. We cannot believe that the international community has become so impotent in finding the ways to a peaceful and humane settlement, that it is now resorting to dark and humiliating means of greater violence, both for its individual and national honors, so as to prevent a lesser evil and violence.
We pray to the Master of peace, God living and almighty, in whose hands are the judgment and justice, to give all people in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as to our entire Fatherland, and elsewhere and everywhere in the world - justice, safety and freedom; and to the great earthly powers - reason and wisdom.
From the office of the Holy Synod.
March 23, 1999
The Honorable Peter Fitzgerald
United States Senate
Billions for war in Kosovo and Bosnia, a pittance for the hurricane victims in Central America. Shame. For love of the Constitution, stop the Clinton plan to wage war on Serbia.
By Article I, Section 8 it is only Congress that can declare war. Only then has the President the power to raise an army and wage war. An undeclared war is unconstitutional. All officers of the United States who engage in undeclared war are in violation of their oath to uphold the Constitution.
The KLA is no liberation army, but a heroin cartel, like the Colombian drug cartels.
It is not Serbia's actions that are destabilizing the region, but America's.
John Peter Maher, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus, Northeastern Illinois University
LATEST NEWS FROM RUSSIA:
We've just received the following e-mail from our Russian sources:
"Moscow, March 23, 1999
Today at 21:00, Moscow time Prime Minister of Russia Primakov after flying 3/4 of the way to America, after negotiations with Vice-President Gore, who said that the bombing raids on Yugoslavia would be made, cancelled his visit and his plane IL-62 is flying back. Bandit raids of NATO, in words of Gore, would be made early in the morning on March 24 (Moscow time)."
Also, check out... Truth in Media Statement on Kosovo Crisis, "Wither Dayton, Sprout New War?", "On the Brink of Madness", "Tragic Deja Vu's," "Seven U.S. Senators Suggest Ouster of Milosevic", "Biting the Hand That Feeds You", "A Balkan Affairs Potpourri", "Put the U.N. Justice on Trial", "International Justice 'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery'...", "Kosovo Lie Allowed to Stand", "New World Order's Inquisition in Bosnia", "Kosovo Heating Up", "Decani Monastery Under Siege?", "Murder on Wall Street", "Kosovo: 'Bosnia II', Serbia's Aztlan", "What If the Shoe Were on the Other Foot?", "Green Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the Year?" (A June '95 TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les musulmans bosniaques"
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"