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Masters of the Universe : NATO's Balkan Crusade - Tariq Ali

Masters of the Universe

NATO's Balkan Crusade

By: Tariq Ali (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9781859842690
Number Of Pages: 450

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NATO's war on Yugoslavia in the spring of 1999 was unleashed in the name of democracy and human rights. This view was challenged by the world's three largest countries, India, China and Russia, who saw the bombing of Serbia and Kosovo as a naked attempt to assert US dominance in an unstable world.

In the West, media networks were joined by substantial sectors of left/liberal opinion in supporting the war. Nonetheless, a wide variety of figures emerged to challenge the prevailing consensus. Their work, gathered here for the first time, forms a collection of key statements and anti-war writings from some of democracy's most eloquent dissidents-Noam Chomsky, Harold Pinter, Edward Said and many others-who provide carefully researched examinations of the real motives for the US action, dissections and critiques of the ideology of 'humanitarian warfare', and chartings of the unnecessary tragedy of a region laid to waste in the pursuance of Great Power politics.

This reader presents some of the most important texts on NATO's Balkan crusade and forms a major intervention in the debate on global geo-political strategy after the Cold War.

Introduction: After the War
The Euro-Atlantic Origins of NATO's Attack on Yugoslaviap. 3
The Balkan War and US Global Powerp. 45
Rasputin Plays at Chess: How the West Blundered into a New Cold Warp. 57
The Strategic Triad: USA, China, Russiap. 99
Humanitarian War: Making the Crime fit the Punishmentp. 147
In Place of Politics: Humanitarianism and Warp. 171
The Ideology of Humanitarian Interventionp. 175
Kosovo and the New Imperialismp. 190
War: Building States from Nationsp. 203
Bosnia: Prototype of a NATO Protectoratep. 271
The Criminalization of Albaniap. 285
Open Letter from a Traveller to the President of the Republicp. 319
The NATO Action in Serbiap. 327
Be More Careful With The Balkans!p. 337
The Treason of the Intellectualsp. 341
NATO's Balkan Crusadep. 345
Kosovo: The War of NATO Expansionp. 360
May Day Speech at Saarbruckenp. 381
The Kosovo Peace Accordp. 387
The China Cardp. 397
War in Kosovo: Consequences and Lessons for European Security Arrangementsp. 403
'Traitors' of all Balkan Lands: Unite!p. 411
Acknowledgementsp. 416
Indexp. 417
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781859842690
ISBN-10: 1859842690
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: 1st April 2000
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1

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