Important and Short: bombing started exodus
Sen. Inhofe recently visited Albania. The refugees told hithat
caused the exodus(see end of article). These comments aren't known
well in the public.
The entire article can be found at the gov't database
then Congressional Text, 106th Congress, then go by date or senator.
THE BALKANS (Senate - April 26, 1999)
Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, I returned from Albania
just a few hours
ago. This is the third time I have made such a trip.
I went over to
see whether or not the beliefs I have developed over
the last 7 months
were true, and I came back, really, very convinced
that they in fact
For one thing--I have been saying for quite some time--even
President denies it, the President has planned all
along to send
American ground troops into Kosovo. I am prepared
to document this.
Mr. INHOFE. So we have that very serious problem.
I will briefly, in the remaining time, talk about
situation. The toll we have heard about in terms of
deaths over there
has been somewhere between 2,000 and 3,500. NATO is
now saying 3,500;
some are saying 2,000. Let's say 3,000. That means
that 1 out of 600
of the Kosovar Albanians has lost his life, 1 out
of 600. If you
compare that--I have a ministry in West Africa. Three
weeks ago, I
came back from there. In the two countries of Angola
and Sierra Leone,
for every 1 person who has lost his life in Kosovo,
80 have lost their
lives in just those two countries alone.
We knew this was coming. I am reading now from the
Washington Post of
For weeks before the NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia,
Director George Tenet had been forecasting that Serb-led
forces might respond by accelerating ethnic cleansing.
Then when we asked Secretary Cohen about this, he
With respect to George Tenet's testifying that the
bombing could, in
fact, accelerate Milosevic's plans, we also knew that.
So they knew it. The President knew it, and the administration
it. I have to say this--and this has not been observed
by anyone so
far--I interviewed these refugees just 2 days ago.
When I interviewed
the refugees, I found some very interesting things.
They all said the
same thing. They said that, in fact, they didn't have
until the bombing started. I was interviewed by a
Tirana TV station,
I think it was Tirana. It was Albanian, anyway. And
they said, What is
the United States going to do about all these refugees?
I said, What
do you mean, what are we going to do? He said, You
are the reason we
are here. You are the ones that bombed, and that is
what has caused
the ethnic cleansing and the forced exodus.
Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent for 5 additional
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