The Risky Line That Nato Has Crossed

As soon as NATO began launching cruise missiles at Yugoslav military targets on Mar. 24, President Clinton hit the airwaves. NATO, acting on its own, was using air strikes and taking sides in a civil war, for humanitarian, security, and economic reasons. The blitz, he said, would prevent further Yugoslav atrocities in the breakaway province of Kosovo and stave off expansion of the conflict into surrounding Albania, Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey. The crackdown would also preserve stability in the rest of Europe and, Clinton hoped, force Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic back to the bargaining table.

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