J. Barkley Rosser, Jr. rosserjb at jmu.edu
Mon Apr 12 14:37:33 PDT 1999

The Washington Post this morning reported that there is considerable uneasiness in both the Czech Republic and Hungary about this current NATO offensive. Apparently the Poles are pretty supportive, but then they are a) further from the fighting and b) more traditionally anti-Russian than the others, not that the Czechs or the Hungarians were ever as traditionally pro-Russian as, say, the Serbs or the Bulgarians.

In the CR it seems that the main figure supporting the war is President Havel, the architect of the CR's joining NATO. Otherwise both the currrent prime minister and the main opposition are not in support, viewing the war as a backstab. Joining NATO was supposed to bring peace, not war. Apparently Solana of NATO lectured the Czech ambassador on his country's lack of enthusiasm. Naughty, naughty. Only 35% of the Czech population supports the bombing.

The Hungarians are in an even more difficult and complicated situation. They border Yugoslavia and many ethnic Hungarians reside in the Vojvodina province of Serbia with there being reports of ethnic Hungarians having been killed in Kosovo-Metohija by NATO bombing. The Hungarian leadership has so far supported the war effort, both verbally and with logistical support. But about 50% of the Hungarian population opposes it, and the Hungarian leadership has made it clear that it will not participate in or support a ground offensive. That would seem to rule out the Odom "imitate the Germans by taking Belgrade through Hungary" strategy. The Hungarians do not wish to participate in a shooting war on the ground with their ethnic compatriots on the other side. They too feel cheated that an act that was supposed to ensure peace for them (joining NATO) has brought just the opposite.

BTW, has anybody heard whether or not those photos of alleged mass burial sites in K-M have been confirmed as that or as fakes or as what yet? Barkley Rosser

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