Essay on Kosovo

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Kosovo U.S. Involvement in Kosovo War has been waged in the Balkans for thousands of
years. Yugoslavia has been divided, reunited, divided again, undergone wars and been
through depressions. Each country within the Yugoslavia region has experienced hardships
due to a failing economy, poor leadership, and civil wars. In the past few years, a major
upheaval in the political structure and the disputes concerning land between the different
religions and ethnicity's has caused a civil war. The country and ethnic group of this
recent dispute is Serbia and Kosovo. The Albanian Kosovars want their independence from
Serbia, while the Serbs consider Kosovo the location in which their cultural and ethnic
identity is placed. The United States became involved in the Balkan conflict in the end of
1998 ("Kosovo" 1). U.S. involvement in Kosovo is making matters worse for the innocent
people of Kosovo. Kosovo, a small area in the center of the former Yugoslavia, is playing
an important role in the Balkan conflict. In the summer of 1998, the Kosovo Liberation
Army (KLA) decided to launch a guerilla warfare attack on Serbia in attempts to liberate
themselves and gain their cultural rites. The President of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic, is
refusing to allow Kosovo to break away from Serbia without a fight. Kosovo is a site of
great emotional significance to the Serbs; it is the site of a historic defeat by the
Ottoman Empire in the 14th century. From this defeat, Kosovo became the cradle of Serbia's
cultural and ethnic identity. Milosevic began an ethnic cleansing campaign in which he
killed thousands of ethnic Albanians. NATO forces, as well as the United States, began
stepping in in the winter of 1998. The United States made a cease-fire contract with
Milosevic, which ended in the early months of 1999 (1). The United States believes that it
is benefiting Kosovo by intervening. Many diplomats are saying that U.S. involvement in
Kosovo is helping the Albanians because it is stopping the ethnic cleansing by Milosevic.
Another argument for U.S. involvement is that the air strikes against the Serbs will
dampen their spirits and attacks against the Albanians. A third argument for U.S.
involvement is that it will stop from drawing in other surrounding countries into the war.
(1) The first argument for U.S. intervention is easily refuted. The U.S. diplomats believe
that the U.S. is benefiting the situation in Kosovo by intervening. The US's main goal in
Kosovo is to stop the ethnic cleansing conducted by Milosevic. The manner in which the
U.S. is trying to resolve this conflict is wrong. The U.S. began bombing villages and
towns in which ethnic Albanians live. This drove out the Albanians and forced them to
immigrate to other countries. It seems that the United States believes that ethnic
cleansing is wrong, but bombing innocent people is acceptable (Landlay 1). The Serbs are
using the NATO air raids as a way to kill the ethnic Albanians. The Albanians are being
used as shields as the NATO forces bomb the Serbs. On one occasion, in the city of Kamena
Glava, five hundred Albanian men were killed ("Atrocity"5). The Serbs are using NATO
forces against what they are fighting for. U.S. involvement in Kosovo would be more
welcomed if they weren't killing innocent people and instead, helping them come to a
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