Diana Johnstone’s Fools’ Crusade
A Book Review by Louis Proyect
Iraq 2003? No, Serbia, 1999. The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (code-name Operation Allied Force or, by the United States, Operation Noble Anvil) was NATO‘s military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War. The strikes lasted 78 days, from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999. The NATO bombing marked the second major combat operation in its history, following the 1995 NATO bombing campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Editor’s Note: We make available this brave article originally published in Swans because —among many things— it presages the arrival of sophisticated “humanitarian interventions” in our midst (in reality a facelift for the old notion that US foreign policy is always a heavenly gift to those it touches, or that it is above reproach, like the Immaculate Conception). Besides, in several passages it zeroes in on the great divide within the self-defined left itself, with people like Noam Chomsky and liberaloid orgs like the Campaign for Peace and Democracy playing at times objectively friendly roles to imperial designs in conformity with their opposition to all forms of “authoritarianism.” The old “plague on both your houses plague.”—PG