Letter: After the war...
Friday 07 May 1999
Kosovo (or most of it) will end up autonomous with a heavy UN presence, including a large Russian contingent. Milosevic (like Saddam Hussein) will not be toppled by war unless a full-scale invasion of Serbia from Hungary occurs. This is probably unacceptable to the Russians and, as in Iraq, the allies won't have the stomach for the chaos it would cause. Serbia will have to be rebuilt, perhaps with Western aid, to try to create stability if not liberal democracy. The other Balkan states will be in effect controlled by the continuing Western military presence.
The answers to other questions are less easily guessed at. What will this do to Russian domestic politics? How does Nato get out of the Balkans, if it ever does? Who if anyone will be brought to book in The Hague for the war crimes? What alliance will be forged to stop the US and its allies from going to war whenever it wishes?
It is only when there is a thorough public assessment of the effects of the Nato action that the servicemen and women in the front line will find out what they are really risking their lives for.
There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turningTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 iOS 8 apps and features: eight iPhone settings you need to look at after you install update
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 5 Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Downton Abbey fans outraged at Kindle sponsorship adverts
Cilla, episode 2, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith continues to shine as the young singer
Foo Fighters: Live 2015 tour dates announced for Sonic Highways
Kendrick Lamar announces new song 'i' following leak
Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God