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LaCrosse Coalition Against the Wars

‘Stop the bombing of Yugoslavia and Iraq!
Lift the sanctions against Iraq!  Let them LIVE!’
La Crosse post office, June 21 1999

Since our last vigil a week ago, our bombers have ended their vicious bombing campaign over Yugoslavia, and we rejoice for that!
We certainly aren’t sure ‘the war is over’, however.
Since our last vigil a week ago, our bombers have bombed Iraq again also.  Several times.
Since our last vigil a week ago, our ‘sanctions’ have killed another 1,500 or so Iraqi children.


Congressman Ron Kind
House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515
local phone:  782-2558
Senator Russ Feingold
United States Senate
Washington DC 20510
local phone: 782-5585
Senator Herb Kohl
United States Senate
Washington DC 20510


Pancevo Oil Refinery Burning, June 8 1999

Excerpted from Morality at 15,000 Feet
By Nat Hentoff - The Washington Post, Saturday, June 19, 1999

During the bombing of Yugoslavia, Cardinal O'Connor of New York, writing in his weekly column in the newspaper Catholic New York, questioned whether this war has been a "just war."

It is not enough, the cardinal said, to argue that "one must come to the defense of those being brutalized. But can we say with integrity that this kind of bombing includes only 'surgical strikes,' without serious danger of indiscriminate destruction, including the deaths of innocent human beings?"

The most remarkable source of moral objection to the bombing was Henry Kissinger: "Pounding away on a civilian population day by day," Kissinger recently told a forum at the New York Post, "is, in effect, saying our moral principles stop at 15,000 feet. I find this very difficult to accept."

During a discussion of the bombing on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation," Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies noted that although Slobodan Milosevic has unquestionably committed "terrible war crimes . . . the NATO bombing violated specific rules of war. Our government has committed war crimes by bombing civilian infrastructures.

"Things like water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants and the electrical grid certainly have military capacity, but they also have civilian necessity. . . . The United States is responsible, along with its NATO allies, for having deliberately chosen those targets -- knowing what the effect would be on the civilian population."

But Thomas DeFrank, Washington bureau chief of the New York Daily News, notes that "a well-placed Clinton official" says: "We fought a [more than] seventy-two day air war and nobody died. That's the bottom line for us."

DeFrank noted that this White House assessment "skims over the deaths of thousands of Serb troops, ethnic Albanians and Yugoslav civilians during the war."

No American was killed, but our use of cluster bombs involved not only immediate but long-term "collateral damage" below 15,000 feet.

Steve Goose, program director of Human Rights Watch's arms division, points out that "the submunitions inside cluster bombs have a high failure rate and can leave unexploded ordnance over wide areas, ready to detonate on contact -- in effect becoming land mines and killing civilians even years after the conflict has ended. Because of the submunitions' appearance -- some are orange-yellow soda-can-sized objects and green baseballs -- children are particularly drawn to the volatile live remnants.