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Friday, March 26, 1999 Published at 22:10 GMT


World: Europe

News Online respondents 'oppose Nato attacks'

Greek youths hurl rocks at the US Embassy in Athens

The Nato bombing of Yugoslavia has sparked a huge response to BBC News Online's Talking Point.

About 7,000 e-mails have been received from all over the world - and at times the section was receiving one every four seconds.

The response to the question "Is Nato action justified?", was second only to last year's controversy over nuclear tests carried out by India and Pakistan.

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The overwhelming majority of the respondents - approximately 80% - were opposed to the Nato action.

The depth of feeling around the world about the bombing campaign may explain UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision to make a statement to the nation on Friday.

He said it was not in Britain's tradition to "do nothing" while a civilian population was humiliated, raped and massacred.

'Frightened children'

But Roksanda Nincic, from Yugoslavia, said: "I wish Tony Blair could spend one night watching his kids crying with fright in an air raid shelter."


[ image: A demonstrator in Moscow holds a placard reading
A demonstrator in Moscow holds a placard reading "Nato aggressor"
Another Serb, Vladmila Bojanic, wrote: "Do you believe that Nato's bombs are so precise to kill only Serbs?

"We just want to live in peace in our country. I don't hate anyone, I just think that Nato does not know what are they doing."

Srdja Zekovic, from Montenegro, said: "If you think that Milosevic is guilty then why don't you kill him instead of killing the people.

"Besides, do you think that you have ability to solve problems 600 years old with your miserable knowledge about the local people, history and customs?"

'Real people dying'

Adam Leventis, from Greece, said: "Politicians and generals with 'academic' thinking and words about intelligent bombs, accurate operations are not relevant to our lives.

"The people who are dead (children and women) are real people and not numbers on papers."

Martin Müller, from Germany, said: "There cannot be any positive effect for the Albanians in Kosovo of the military action just performed despite official Nato statements.

"Germany's terror was curbed in WWII by thorough military defeat, ie. a complete surrender, installing of a completely new political system.

"Nato is now not even willing to lead a ground battle. Milosevic will not sign a treaty that he could have signed more cheaply as well, with less losses."

But there are those who support the Nato action.

'No to appeasement'

David Norwood, from the UK, said: "I can't understand for the life of me how those who condemn this attack have so quickly forgotten what occurred in Bosnia when Serbia was allowed to go about its nationalistic genocide and ethnic cleansing unhindered.

"Can you possibly forget the mass graves? Stop doing a 'Neville Chamberlain'."

Uzair Mazhar, also from the UK, said: "Serbs deserve punishment because they have done enough damage on Kosovo people, now they should pay the price."

Franklin Stephens, from the US, said: "We cannot stand by while the seeds of another world war are being sown in the Balkans."

He added: "The Serbians in Yugoslavia should immediately depose their Stalinist leader who is nothing more than a criminal tyrant who 'purges' all who will not kiss his boots.

"Think about your responsibilities in living in tolerant peace with your neighbours. Please, for all our sakes!"





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