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Another Balkan Intervention

ITEM: "Hundreds of ethnic Albanian fighters lined up to hand in their weapons to NATO troops," reported the August 28th New York Times, which headlined how "smoothly" things were going. The operation is proceeding "without a hitch," said the paper. NATO troops plan to collect "3,300 weapons ... during their 30-day operation."

ITEM: "Significantly for the European allies," reported the Wall Street Journal on August 15th, "this mission will be the first in the Balkans without a visible U.S. presence."

CORRECTION: While there is reluctance to acknowledge it, the U.S. is involved. There's monetary support, for example, underwriting a media blitz in Macedonia supporting the "peace deal." But American forces are also at risk. London's Guardian for August 29th noted that U.S. troops had come under fire as "they tried to round up ethnic Albanian rebels crossing the border from Macedonia into Kosovo."

As for weapons collection, the goal of 3,300 weapons is farcical. Macedonia estimates the rebels have 70,000 weapons. Several analysts have observed that those turned in can be easily replaced by smuggling more from Albania. Believing this "disarmament" will establish peace is particularly dubious.

UN Combats Space Defense

ITEM: The United Nations urged President Bush, as Reuters reported on August 30th, "to keep his plans for a missile shield down on earth and to preserve outer space for peace." Under-Secretary-General for disarmament affairs Jayantha Dhanapala also said "a commission chartered by Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld had endorsed a view that the United States should seek total domination of space...."

CORRECTION: In fact, the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization noted that the U.S. is vitally dependent on space. One of the commission's members, Gen. Ronald Fogleman (USAF, ret.), told this reporter earlier this year that the country faced a "glaring vulnerability" if it couldn't protect its "national security space assets." And the commission could readily envision a "Space Pearl Harbor" attack.

It is a "fact of life" that space has already been "militarized," said Fogleman, the former Air Force chief of staff. The question that remains is the manner with which it will be "weaponized," he said, and how the U.S. will react. One of the numerous warning signs noted by the commission is that Communist China's military is developing the means and strategy to defeat the U.S. in a future high-tech war, as admitted by the official news agency Xinhua.

Given the virtual certainty of a conflict in space, the commission recommended that the U.S. develop "the means both to deter and to defend against hostile acts in and from space."

Pot Calling the Kettle ...

ITEM: After meeting with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, according to MSNBC on August 31st, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, agreed "to drop Israel criticism" at the United Nations World Conference against Racism.

ITEM: "The Rev. Jesse Jackson lambasted President Bush," reported the Chicago Sun-Times for August 28th, "for boycotting the United Nations conference on racism and said he would lead his own delegation to the Durban, South Africa, meeting."

CORRECTION: Though Jesse Jackson blasted his own country (which did send a delegation), while at the racism conference he was delighted to hobnob with the likes of terrorist Arafat and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, among the world's most bloodstained tyrants. Jackson happily took credit for "resolving" the controversy over Israel by "simply talking to the Palestinian leader," as MSNBC put it. Arafat was there the next day, however, pitching racism as vehemently as ever.

Meanwhile, there was outrage about the beatings, arson, and seizure of white-owned farms in neighboring Zimbabwe. While conferees looked away from President Robert Mugube's actions, as noted by the Washington Times, the assembly was stacked with charges "against Zionists, homophobes and anyone skeptical of giving financial reparations to Africa for slavery that occurred two centuries ago."

Legalizing the Illegals

ITEM: In the Wall Street Journal for August 17th, Paul Gigot said that conservatives who oppose "a form of amnesty for illegal immigrants from Mexico" are "wrong." Such people, he wrote, worry that these illegal Hispanics will likely vote Democratic. "But look down the road and the only way Republicans can be a majority party is if they do better among Hispanics. A Bush amnesty is precisely the kind of large political event that could shake up those allegiances."

CORRECTION: Amnesty, however, is not even popular. In his book One Nation, After All, Alan Wolfe notes that the distinction between legal immigrants and illegal ones "is one of the most tenaciously held distinctions in middle-class America; the people with whom we spoke overwhelmingly support legal immigration and express disgust with the illegal variety." A Harris Poll in August revealed that, by a 60 percent to 29 percent margin, Americans oppose amnesty for illegal aliens, who number as many as 11 million.

Amnesty, says Professor Peter Skerry of Claremont McKenna College in the Washington Post, will "provoke a backlash against immigrants, something that would definitely not help Bush." There is a much bigger issue: such a move undermines the sovereign right of nations to control their own borders.
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Title Annotation:this and other items are discussed; corrections in a report of ethnic Albanians turing over weapons to NATO troops
Author:HOAR, WILLIAM P.
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EXYU
Date:Oct 8, 2001
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