The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, April 07, 1999, Page 7, Image 7

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    Wednesday, April 7, 1999
to the war in Europe
"What has transpired
these last few days
has supported what
we are doing."
-Jim Prather
"We will always be
the big power and
people will have to
look at us to keep
the democratic
process moving."
-Jim Jackson
Dean Darris talks politics
In light of the gravity of U.S.
military involvement in Kosovo,
The Clackamas Print asked
Dean Darris, Clackamas political
science instructor, his views on
the crisis. Here is his response:
Q: Do you think the U.S. and
NATO are justified intervening
in Kosovo?
A:
Nobody can deny the hu­
manitarian needs of the area, but
I question the remedy applied,
the use of force is at best a des­
perate and poorly thought-out
measure.
Q: What are some dangers of
our strategy there?
A:
First, geopolitically we
could destabilize the entire region.
One in every seven people in that
area is an ethnic minority.
Second, I fear the extension of
NATO power and mission beyond
its original charter. NATO was,
after all, chartered in 1949 as a de­
fensive security agreement. And
last time I looked, Yugoslavia had
not attacked a NATO-aligned
state.
Third, it again calls into ques­
tion the very moral fabric of our
nation-state. Foreign policy can
be much more than a cruise mis­
sile. What if we gave the humani­
tarian aid -without the bombing?
We could have used this as a way
to strengthen both our NATO in­
volvement and our national for­
eign policy.
Q: What would you have done
differently?
A:
At the superficial level, I
would have pursued a diplomatic
solution through the “good of­
fices” of the Russian commu­
nity. Grabbing the NATO sword
is the last thing I would have
done.
At a deeper level, I would demili­
tarize our economy so we aren’t so
beholden to the arms market that is
NATO...When all you carry is a
hammer, soon everything begins to
look like a nail.
Dean Darris was interviewed by
JoelP. Shempert.
Will Bombing help Kosovo?
SUSAN ABE
StaffWriter
"I agree something
should be done, but I
don’t agree with how
it’s being done."
-Matt Roberts
"It’s too coincidental
that it has been
going on for years
and Clinton just now
decides to take
action after sexual
scandal."
-Kris Olsund
>e La Cruz and Chamaine Larson.
What makes us think that bomb­
ing Serbia will help the ethnic Alba­
nians in Kosovo?
Granted, the Serb efforts to shut
down the Kosovo Liberation Army
(KLA) have gone far beyond the rea­
sonable acts of a government. The
U.S. government’s actions in Waco
are a dodge-ball game in comparison.
Granted, we’ve learned over the past
decade that standing by while ethnic
populations are eliminated is not a so­
lution.
But bombing?
Let’s work through a few questions:
1. Name several recent examples
of a large country, or consortium of
countries, disapproving of the way
another country treats its citizens,
and then intervening (via military,
economic, propaganda or other
means) to change that behavior.
2. In particular, name some ex­
amples of foreign forces attempting
to influence the people of a country
to organize to remove their own gov­
ernment, whether by bombing them
(as we’ve done in Iraq and Serbia) or
preaching at them (for instance, over
Radio Free Europe).
3. Of these examples, which inter­
ventions resulted in satisfactory
changes, from the point of view of
the intervening parties?
First of all, the United States
hasn’t been all that pleased with the
results of military intervention in
Iraq or the economic blockage of
Cuba; the Soviet Union also got
very little return on its investment
in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, the situation
in South Africa, where outside
people gave staunch moral support,
plenty of advice and organizing re­
sources, and respect for the autono­
mous decisions of the organizers at
the grass roots, looks considerably
more hopeful. The bombardment of
Berlin with bundles of foodstuffs
and other humanitarian aid was dis­
tinctly successful.
The world certainly ought not, in
good conscience, to support
Slobodan Milosevic’s actions in
Kosovo, or even to appear to sup­
port them by its silence. But bomb­
ing?
All evidence suggests that the
Serbs are not blaming the bombs on
their own government; instead, Serb
civilians in Kosovo are taking advan­
tage of the chaos to step up attacks
on their Albanian neighbors.
Suppose, instead, everyone in
America wore Albanian colors (red
and black, with a double-headed
eagle) for one day. Suppose we all
went to an Albanian food festival and
handed the cooks large tips. Suppose
every American mailed a six-pack of
Pringles® brand potato-pulp-based
Crunchy Things in Tubes to
Milosevic’s home.
Silly? Yes. But is there any reason,
backed by hard evidence, to believe
that these actions would be any less
effective than bombing?
Last week, Serbs around the world
actually hurt the functioning of the
Pentagon by the simple action of re­
peatedly downloading web pages
from the Department of Defense web
site, thus overloading the system.
Wouldn’t a billion and a half tubes of
snack products be as reasonable?
Imagine Milosevic and his aides,
groaning in agony and clutching their
bellies, with greasy fingerprints on
every document and crumbs in every
piece of equipment. Isn’t that a deli­
cious picture?
Genocide is an abomination. We
should certainly act to stop it. This
doesn’t necessarily mean we should
be bombing Serbia.