El Pais, Spain
OFFICIALS FROM Belgrade claim to have received many letters from Russians offering to take part in the struggle against Nato with the Yugoslav army. Balkan roulette unfurls with invisible speed... it is clear that this theatre of the absurd may become a theatre of war at any moment, with intervention in a sovereign state without the mandate of the UN. All this could shake the system of modern international relations with truly unpredictable consequences.
COUNTRIES PREPARED to live by the law cannot let the Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic get away with this deceptive, destabilising scheme. The Nato republics are only uncertainly engaged in the Kosovo crisis and may be tempted to forgo use of the alliance's missiles and bombs this time around. But that practically invites a second cycle. The Kosovars will almost surely crank up another burst of resistance that will bring another bloody Serbian response. Nato cannot dance at the end of a Serbian string. The right humanitarian course is to help Kosovo's refugees go home. The right military course is to be hard-nosed in judging Serbian compliance and to prepare to destroy the military infrastructure supporting genocidal attacks on Kosovars. The right political course is to prepare a negotiation that in time will let democratic Kosovars participate in shaping their own destiny.
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