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All the News of the World Comment on the prospect of sending Nato ground forces into Kosovo

UNFORTUNATELY, THE fear of casualties in any ground action has all this while deterred the Nato members, especially the Americans, from sending their forces into Kosovo. This has clearly been a flawed policy, contributing to the tragedy suffered by the Kosovars. Fortunately, in the recent days, there is a realisation that a rapid ground intervention by Nato, even at this late stage, can save Kosovo's Muslim Albanians from total annihilation. Any further delay in dispatching the proposed military force into Kosovo, in accordance with what the British Prime Minister has hinted at, could prove fatal.

Dawn, Pakistan

NATO'S DECISION, which borders on the bizarre, to proceed with its 50th anniversary celebration is a metaphor for the war that Nato began imprudently, is waging peculiarly and is losing. The celebration, like the war, will proceed pretty much according to plan because there is no plan other than to pretend that things are going as planned.

Houston Chronicle, US

ALTHOUGH NATO leaders still deny it, the alliance seems to be inching closer to sending troops into Kosovo. Signs of the shifting attitude are evident in both in its words and its actions. Nato leaders are still clearly reluctant to take part in a full-scale invasion of Kosovo. They also acknowledge that it may be impossible to bend Mr Milosevic completely to Nato demands with air power alone. But that leaves a middle option. Nato could continue to bomb for another several weeks until Yugoslav forces were weakened, and then move in on the ground against a battered and retreating opposition.

Globe and Mail, Canada

WOULD YOU support an invasion of a state that will cause casualties among our armed forces and the civilians of the invaded country, carrying the risk of the conflict spreading and developing into a major conflict in Europe, if not a world war? It has a chance that allegedly persecuted Kosovo Albanians will be able to return to their historically adopted homeland, provided there is a costly policing of that region.

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