Cracking The World War III Show: A War Without
Good Guys by Tapu, Spring 1999
Tapu, for those of you that do
not know nothing of the cracking history, is a living Net-Legend, rumored to be
a personal friend of +ORC and known as one of those great (white) Net-wizards that
will always come in help for all souls that are lost "in this netherworld of ours"
(as Tapu wrote in one of her poems).
I'm glad to publish here a second essay by Tapu (see also tapu1.htm:
Tapu's Cracking The Information Curtain, written in October 1998), on the "oncoming thirld world war".
Read and enjoy!
The below is terribly disjointed, but you already
said all of the cogent,
cohesive stuff in your NATO essay, and it's a
disjointed war, anyway.
It sure was sweet of Russia to save the Known World
the other day, I think
I'll send them a nice card, maybe some fruit.
Cracking The World War III Show: A War Without
A "terrorist" is a person with whose politics the
speaker or sponsoring
A "freedom fighter" or "patriot" is a person with
whose politics the
speaker or sponsoring organization agrees.
Thus, to Milosovich, both NATO and the KLA are
"terrorists," while NATO
supporters consider both the Serb army and "Arkan's
Tigers" to be
On occasion, some Yugoslav officials have referred
to the vast sea of
fleeing old ladies and toddlers as "terrorists,"
while some opposition
party politicos in the US agree with Milosovich that
the KLA are "terrorists."
I have deliberately avoided any qualifiers about the
actions of any of the
above-mentioned groups, since that is irrelevant to
the orthodoxy of
Briefing Room terrorist designation.
Serb police who beat up Kosovars are "brutal thugs,"
Macedonian police who
beat up Kosovars are "suffering under the strain of
the influx of refugees
that threaten to upset its ethnic balance."
Milosovich's preference that ethnic Albanians live
somewhere other than
Serbia, and his efforts to achieve it, are "ethnic
preference that ethnic Albanians live somewhere
other than Macedonia, and
their efforts to achieve it, are - you got it
"suffering under the strain
of the influx of refugees that threaten to upset its
Any civilians killed by Yugoslav forces are de facto
victims of a
"massacre," a "crime against humanity," or if it's
more than 10 or so,
If NATO bombs blow apart civilians, including women
and children, British
newspapers scream "I FORGIVE YOU, NATO" in
near-second coming type, echoing
the astonishing Mr Shea's version of the reaction of
a Kosovar matron,
swathed in bandages, on learning that her entire
family had been blown to
bits by a NATO bomb. Of course there is no way to
verify Mr. Shea's
anecdote, which would have to be second-hand at
best, since he has not
actually been to the "theatre of operations."
And "theatre" is exactly what the Serb media says it
is, asserting that the
refugees are in fact paid actors.
But to be fair, they only said this after the US
said that they bombed the
Chinese embassy because their map was old, (The
Chinese embassy in Belgrade
has been in its present location since 1994, and is
clearly marked on
tourist maps of Belgrade, available at newsstands
worldwide, for about $4 US).
Understandably, Serbia does not want to make itself
vulnerable to charges
that it is losing the Absurd Press Release War.
One US congresstron, who had obviously done his
homework in the area of
Belgrade map pricing, blamed the Chinese embassy
bombing on intelligence
underfunding in the US. With a budget of only $29
million a year, he said,
of course they could not buy a new map.
Chinese anger at the bombing was quickly
characterized by more than one
Washington voice as "manipulative" and "using the
situation to try to gain
Last summer, when 2 US embassies were bombed, the US
reacted by bombing a
medicine factory in the Sudan, and an empty camp in
only a few Pakistani night watchmen in the Afghani
Neither the Sudanese nor the Afghani military
participated in the bombing
of either US embassy.
Fravia is correct when he points out that the
majority of this war's
victims are the very young, very old, and weakest of
population, throughout Yugoslavia.
After 6 weeks of war, it is hard to find a single
civilian in Yugoslavia
who is not suffering in some way as a result of NATO
bombing. It is quite
easy to find Serb politicians and soldiers who are
not suffering at all.
Blowing up all the bridges on the Danube, rendering
it almost innavigable,
has done more damage to European merchants outside
Yugoslavia than it has
to the Serb army, and the ecological damage to the
entire eastern half of
the continent may not be fully realized for years.
On the other hand, by the Pentagon Bow-Tie King
Bacon's own admission, the
"campaign" has "not prevented a single act of
brutality" to a Kosovo Albanian.
Many refugees say that Serbs drove them from their
homes. Some admit that
they fled their homes because of NATO bombing,
others cite ground battles
between Serb and KLA forces. Many say that they
support the air strikes,
want them to continue, and that they want NATO to
send ground troops.
But not one, so far, has said "I was in danger, and
NATO saved me."
By the closest to reliable sources that we can get,
and those are
admittedly few and far between, the consensus seems
to be that the bulk of
the atrocities, while they may indeed be sanctioned
by Belgrade, are in
fact carried out by what in the US would be called
Few military strategists, of any nationality or
allegiance have expressed
confidence that destroying Serb TV or a bridge in
Novi Sad has a rat's
chance in hell of acting as an effective deterrent
to some punk in a
village in Kosovo who is ripping earrings out of the
ears of someone's
great-grandmother, or snipping off the fingers of 6
A few lonely voices have dared to ask why then, if
NATO feels so strongly
about this, do they not simply put a stop to it?
Surely no one is
suggesting that the combined military forces of the
United states and 18
European countries are no match for a handful of
If Milosovich is indeed the driving power, the
mastermind of these
atrocities, why is NATO's fury seemingly directed at
so many schools and
hospitals while Milosovich enjoys greater and more
loyal support form
Yugoslav citizens than he ever dreamed possible?
Answers to these questions, if there are answers at
all, are known to few
if any beyond the hushed corridors of State of the
various NATO nations.
It must be noted, however, that the occasional
troublemaker has pointed out
that while Americans may feel for the raped 13 year
old, the eye-gouged
grandmother, the endless parade of Kosovar suffering
that has (at least
until it was upstaged by the Chinese guest star
appearance) dominated each
episode of the World War III Show, when all is said
and done, few Americans
are willing to bury their own relatives in the name
of saving someone
else's little sister.
Sending in ground troops would be, to put it simply,
too dangerous. This
is not our grandfather's World War.
So why not just get rid of Milosovich? In any major
urban area in the US,
there are any number of people who will be able and
willing, and for a very
reasonable fee, to deliver him, and Arkan, too, to
the border, alive,
unharmed, and all dressed up for their trip to the
This opens an even more unpleasant can of worms.
US officials themselves admit that if Milosovich
were a war criminal, how
would it look for the US to negotiate with him? And
they do want the option
of negotiating with him. After all, he just might
control a good chunk of
Europe before too long...