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‘Stop the bombing of Yugoslavia and Iraq!
Lift the sanctions against Iraq!  Let them LIVE!’
La Crosse post office, June 7 1999

Since our last vigil a week ago, our bombers are on their 76th  day of bombing Yugoslavia.
Since our last vigil a week ago, our bombers have bombed Iraq several times also.
Since our last vigil a week ago, our ‘sanctions’ have killed another 1,500 or so Iraqi children.


Congressman Ron Kind
House of Representatives
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local phone:  782-2558
Senator Russ Feingold
United States Senate
Washington DC 20510
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The Kosovo village of Gorozhubi comes under attack from U.S. B-52 bombers, Sunday June 6 1999. 
(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Edited from a June 3, 1999 article in the San Jose Mercury News:
by Alexander Cockburn

The protocols of the Geneva Convention of 1949 prohibit bombing not justified by clear military necessity.  If there is any likelihood the target has a civilian function, then bombing is forbidden.  NATO’s bombers have damaged and often destroyed Serbian hospitals and health-care centers, public housing, infrastructure vital to the well-being of civilians, refineries, warehouses, agricultural facilities, schools, roads and railways.  If the war ends with a negotiated settlement and Slobodan Milosevic goes on trial before the International Criminal Court, then Clinton, Albright, and Defense Secretary William Cohen should have their place on the court’s calendar, too.

Under the terms of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia – a body set up by the U.N. Security Council in 1993 – anyone can file formal complaints for the tribunal’s prosecutor in The Hague, Justice Louise Arbour, to consider within the terms of the Geneva Convention.

Thus far, there have been three serious requests for investigation and indictment against the NATO leaders for their conduct against Serbia.

Lawyers in Canada, Britain and France are now working together.  Already, the Canadian team has sent Arbour requests for indictment against 67 persons for war crimes – including Bill Clinton,  and NATO spokesman Jamie Shea, whom Canadian lawyer Michael Melman likened in role to William Joyce – a propagandist for the Nazis hanged by the Allies at the end of World War II.

Canadian attorney Michael Melman, who is also a law professor at York University in Toronto, says, “We have a great case.  It will be a good test to see whether the law actually applies to powerful people.”

Among the indictable war crimes in the complaint prepared by the Canadian lawyers are: the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages not caused by military necessity; the bombardment of undefended towns; the willful destruction of or willful damage done to institutions dedicated to religion, charity or education (i.e., monasteries, hospitals, and schools, all hit by NATO’s bombs).

“They’ve admitted publicly the essentials of all these crimes,” Melman says.