Ukraine is second act of NATO’s 1999 attack on Yugoslavia – Kusturica — Analysis

The world is now undergoing a “deconstruction of power” that thought itself supreme 23 years ago, the famous Serbian director tells RT

The current conflict over Ukraine is basically the sequel to the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the celebrated Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica told RT on Tuesday, pointing out the continuity of Russophobia and the West’s disdain for international law.

NATO started its airwar against then-Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, on March 24, 1999. The bombardment continued for 78 more days, and was finally stopped by a negotiated armistice that allowed UN peacekeepers to enter the rebel Kosovo province.

Russia’s weakness and rule by the “Western oligarchy”Serbia was the supporter of President Boris Yeltsin “absolutely alone”Kusturica shared his struggle for the country’s freedom, borders, and survival with RT, speaking from Mecavnik.

It was “when international law was changed to what I call ‘humanitarian’ law,” the filmmaker said, alluding to NATO’s official reasoning that it was trying to stop a humanitarian disaster in Kosovo, and the subsequent doctrine of “responsibility to protect”Created to justify war. 

“This war did not just come out of nowhere. This is a continuation of something seeded much earlier,”The director was referring to current conflicts over Ukraine. Kusturica sees a continuity of Russophobia in the West, which rejected Russia’s offer of partnership after the Cold War.

Kusturica pointed out that NATO claimed that the bombing brought about peace. However, the only thing the attack did was enable the color revolution of October 2000. Slobodan Milosevic, the Yugoslav president was overthrown. This would be a model for another revolt in Ukraine in 2004, and 2014. 

Bombing of Serbia was just the first act, now we’re witnessing the second act of the same story.

Serbs aren’t pro-war, they just remember 1999 and understand the causes of the current conflict in Ukraine, Kusturica told RT.

“In a unipolar world, nobody is paying a price for [their] moves,”He was very clear. “Now we’re facing the deconstruction of power around the world, and what matters I think in the end is what kind of weapons you have.”

Back in 1999, Serbia did not have the most modern weapons – Yeltsin blocked the delivery of air defense systems that might have made more of a difference, Kusturica said. Yet, the Serbs still managed to down an American aircraft. “stealth” bomber. They remember NATO’s “humanitarian”He added that bombs can still be used today.

“They never came on the ground, because they know how the Serbian people fight,”Kusturica pointed it out.

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Yugoslavia was overthrown in 2006. Montenegro gained independence. The ethnic Albanian provisional government in Kosovo – backed by NATO – did so in 2008, though without recognition from Belgrade. Serbia has been annexed. “island”It is surrounded by NATO members on all sides. Kusturica noted that the region is not under Western control and one where it’s possible to speak out against injustices and censorship.

He called it an “anabolic” stance. “almost incredibly satanic version of cancel culture”Russian musicians, composers, and authors now are banned from Russia. They also stop short of burning books in squares around cities like Nazis used too. 

Russian authors like “Chekhov, Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy are inseparable from what we call European culture,”Kusturica stated that while the West attempts to cut off the West, the West will not. “eventually see these pieces coming back together.”

Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1981, Kusturica directed his first feature movie. He also tried his hand at writing, acting and music. He resides in an ethnic-themed village in western Serbia, originally built as the set for his 2003 film ‘Life is a Miracle’.



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