On the eve of March 24, 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) began bombing the sovereign nation of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a poorly developed nation the size of Kentucky with a population of eleven million. Led by the United States, NATO bombed Yugoslavia for seventy-eight days and nights, with the objective of ending the repression of the ethnic Albanian population in the province of Kosovo. This book explores the numerous questions about the legality, morality, and necessity of NATO’s military intervention.
Colonel Rothrock probes some of the pervasive questions about the Kosovo War:
• Were all alternatives short of war explored?
• Were conventions of international law contravened?
• Why were some provisions of the Rambouillet peace agreement nonnegotiable?
• Was the proposed Rambouillet agreement written with provisions that no sovereign nation could accept?
• Why did the United States insist that only a NATO implementation force inside Yugoslavia and Kosovo was acceptable?
• Why was the Yugoslavian Parliament’s last-minute offer to consider an international occupation force other than NATO ignored?