Planning Protracted Ground Action in Yugoslavia
Though officially undeclared, the United States is engaged in war. Over a month into the campaign, few Americans really understand why we have been bombing the sovereign nation of Yugoslavia. Ironic-ally, one-time anti-war, anti-military liberals in the White House and media are working around the clock to "sell" the war to America. They've presented the President as reluctant to send American ground troops, while some Congressional Republicans have tried to out-lead the President by calling for the deployment of American ground troops. All military action, thus far, has been conducted without a formal declaration of war; thus few Americans really understand that the UNITED STATES IS AT WAR!At the 50th Anniversary Summit in Washington this past weekend, NATO leaders issued a 17-point statement outlining their plan to increase economic sanctions, embargoes, and military actions against Yugoslavia. NATO's month-long, 9000 sortie, 1000 aircraft bombing campaign, has fallen far short of its objectives. It is clear now that NATO will not retreat from this war, even if it leads to World War III.
Despite much rhetoric, a clear case for war has not yet been given to the American people. Will Congress allow ground troops to be committed without a formal declaration of war? With many Americans unable to trust President Clinton's motives or judgment, will Congress make any case for war extraordinarily clear to the American people, with thorough evidence, not just rhetoric. Is it God's will for us to now put our boys (and perhaps girls) lives at risk in a bloody ground war? Can we, who have offered the innocent blood of 40 million American infants upon Molech's altar and induced other nations to do the same, now righteously intervene in the Balkans to impose our will upon them? Or will God use the war we are escalating to be our undoing? How much more innocent blood will we spill? Will the loss of Ameri-can life in a Balkan bloodbath, or perhaps even a world war, be the beginning of retribution by a Holy God against a once-Christian America that has almost wholly abandoned Him? It is time to cry for mercy!
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LORD, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love Him and obey His commands, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from Your commands and laws. We and our leaders are covered with shame because we have sinned against You. We have not obeyed You or kept the laws You gave us. All America has transgressed Your law, refusing to obey You. Therefore the curses and judgments You promised in Your Word have been poured out upon us. Disaster has come, yet we have not sought Your favor by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth. Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servants. For Your sake, O Lord, look with favor on Your desolate Church in America. Hear and see the desolation of the Nation that once bore Your Name. We do not ask You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O God, do not delay. In Jesus Name, Amen. (Adapted from Daniel 9:4-19)
(Jeff Nyquist's article below, reprinted with permission, is two weeks old. Nyquist is the author of a book entitled The Origins of the Fourth World War, and is a columnist for Newsmax.com, an Internet newsmagazine).
J.R. Nyquist April 9, 1999
Hundreds of angry Russian demonstrators marched through the Russian capital last week, calling for war on NATO. One ban-ner carried by the marchers said: "It's time to bomb the military bases of the United States." Meanwhile, Russia's foreign and defense ministers said the Kosovo crisis was spreading beyond Yugoslavia, and that Moscow was preparing new and unspecified measures. Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov spoke of "new tasks" for Russia's military. Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev likened the crisis to "a whirlpool which is drawing more countries into it."
Believing the crisis is about to spread, Russia has been mobilizing its armed forces, sending powerful battlegroups to sea from both the Pacific and Northern fleets, as well as mobilizing naval units of the Baltic and Black seas -- even to the point of dispatching a naval squadron to the Mediterranean.
The Russian government has also announced a draft of young men ages 18 to 27. Though officials say this draft will only ask for 168,776 recruits, the specified age ranges suggest that Russia is planning to mobilize further drafts from this same pool.
What is most remarkable about the present crisis is the NATO reaction. Within NATO there is little alarm at the Russian war preparations. President Clinton dismissed any thought of a conflict with Russia. The crisis, he lamented, has "put great strains on the domestic politics of Russia."
Oddly, the American president regards Moscow's naval and ground mobilizations as a Russian "domestic" problem. As for Rus-sian calls for all-out war, Clinton sees the new anti-Americanism of Russians as "one of the unfortunate side effects of the whole crisis." It seems as if Clinton dismisses Russia's military power. He has no regard for Russia's nuclear bombs and missiles, for an army which is still three times larger than the U.S. Army, and which may easily grow to more than four times the size of the U.S. Army in the next three months. The fact is Clinton's contempt of Russian power is forgetful of America's overextended global position.
While Russia has only to deal with a few "bandits" in Chechnya, the U.S. military is pinned down in the Far East by North Ko-rea and by Iraq in the Middle East. Worse yet, America has lost China as a counterweight to Russian military power. Last year Russia and China officially formed a "strategic partnership." According to the official Chinese news agency, this partnership is for the purpose of challenging the "perceived global dominance of the U.S."
Russia and China have jointly demilitarized their 2,500-mile border. 300 Russian combat units were withdrawn from the Chinese frontier. A similar number of Chinese units were withdrawn. Now the Chinese are building up their forces opposite Taiwan, preparing for what one expert says is a rapid campaign of conquest. At the same time, the aforesaid Russian units are now free to threaten NATO.
But NATO is unmindful of this significant shift in the global balance of power. In this context, the most ominous development of recent days has been reported in the Far East. According to the nationally circulated Sankei newspaper in Japan, North Korea used a naval diversion on March 23rd to insert "dozens" of special operations commandos into Japan. According to unidentified sources, these North Korean infiltrators are trained in the sabotage of trains, bridges, and communications. This is the type of force North Korea would deploy prior to all-out war, which the North Koreans now say is imminent. The aforementioned developments would alarm any sensible strategist contemplating a ground campaign in Serbia. But NATO is unmindful, and no NATO official better exemplifies this obliviousness than Germany's defense minister, Rudolf Scharping. On Sunday he suggested a bomb attack on the residence of Yugoslavia's head of state. Scharping, heedless of the greater vulnerability to assassination of Western leaders, said: "I am not worried about Russia." In keeping with this nonchalance, Scharping sees Rus-sia's naval deployment to the Mediterranean as "a mere reconnaissance mission."
Perhaps the call-up of 170,000 Russians is also reconnaissance.
Gerhard Schroeder, the German Chancellor, is likewise oblivious. He believes Yeltsin's soothing assurances that Russian mo-bilizations are empty gestures meant for internal Russian consumption. But mass troop mobilizations, naval deployments, and increased military readiness is nothing to take lightly in the nuclear age. Readiness is all when it comes to modern warfare, and whoever takes the enemy by surprise conquers all.
It is almost as if the West's leaders have lost their strategic sense. Even Dr. Henry Kissinger is unmoved by Russian war preparations. In an appearance on PBS's Lehrer News Hour Kissinger said: "I go along with intensifying the war." The idea, he said, is "victory."
With this sort of prestige behind it, the madness is sure to continue.
Day by day strident anti-Western sentiment is spreading throughout Russia. Even Russian liberals, who privately loathe Milosevic, have joined the anti-American bandwagon. And though President Yeltsin has called for Russians to set aside their anger, he has been denounced by the opposition which intends to impeach him on April 15th (editor's note: as of 4/28/99 this has not happened). Ominously, one of the charges against President Yeltsin is that he destroyed the Soviet Union.
Given the outrage Russians now feel about the NATO attack on their Serbian ally (on whose behalf they fought World War One), it is only natural that a hardliner would win any presidential elections held in the event of Yeltsin's removal from office. That hardliner is likely to be Prime Minister Primakov, who some experts say would win by a landslide.
As NATO intensifies its campaign against Yugoslavia the Russians continue to mobilize their considerable military potential. No end to this insane cycle is in sight. Though the Russian leaders are cynical in their exploitation of national anger, the real prob-lem is that NATO's leadership remains clueless in Brussels.
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