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An exhausted refugee weeps, top; bottom, a train departs from Pristina carrying ethnic Albanians to the Macedonian border

The reasons behind US participation in NATO-led airstrikes against Serbia are not easily discernable in today's media-controlled society. Although the recent attacks against the Serbian government are said to be the direct result of humanitarian obligations to the Kosovar Albanians, the US, some would argue, has an alterior and somewhat sinister motive for their pivotal role in the Balkan conflict.

In order to appropriately explain this complex situation, it is important to first understand US aversion to Islamic influence in this area. A growing concern in recent decades, Islamic fundamentalism is firmly establishing its roots in eastern Europe, and US political strategists are well aware of this development. No longer confined to the Middle East, the world's fastest growing religion with more than 1.3 billion adherents is taking Europe by storm. In fact, many non-Muslim sources predict that Islam will reach the status of the majority religion in Europe in less than one hundred years. The US, a stern opponent of the placement of Islamic ideology into the political realm, has shown its adamant disapproval of Muslim-backed politics since this issue became prevalent. Once again, it would appear that US fears have only compounded an already complicated situation in the Balkan powder keg.

To put things simply, the US has intervened in Kosova in order to coerce both sides into a peace agreement that would deny Kosova complete freedom. Total freedom for this province, the singular motive of the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA), is an unacceptable option from a US point of view due to the simple fact that the KLA embodies the Islamic ideal. According to Western strategists, the KLA is struggling for an Islamic state, and the US is unwilling to allow this to occur, however remote the possibility of KLA victory may be. Thus, the US (under the banner of humanitarianism) intervenes in the Kosova crisis in order to stop the fighting and to possibly establish autonomy for Kosova (thereby allowing semi-democratic representation for the Kosovars but ensuring that Kosova remains a part of greater Serbia). As long as Kosova exists as a part of Serbia, it does not pose any immediate threat to US interests. Either way, the US sees its primary objective as ending the KLA's attempts at freedom from Serbian oppression. Humanitarism, therefore, would appear to be a cleverly constructed smokescreen in order to conceal the crucial intersts that lie just below the surface of the "truth."

According to numerous Western journalists, the subjugation of the KLA and its fundamental interests appears to be the US goal in this endeavor. Humanitarianism and the protection of the Kosovar Albanians seem to be used as "righteous excuses" to legitimize US/NATO airstrikes in the war-torn region. Although the situation Kosova is riddled with uncertainty, it is becoming painfully clear that goodwill is of secondary importance to Western society.

J. Adam Brockwell (Site Coordinator)

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