tuberculosis, heart and kidney diseases,rngeriatric and psychiatric problems increasedrnabout 60 percent. There wasrnpractically no antishock therapy, and therndeath rate immediately after injury hadrnincreased dramatically, partly because ofrnthe lack of fuel for ambulances and thernbureaucratic approach of the U.N. protectionrnforce, which required at least sixrnhours’ clearance before flight. In thernmeantime, most patients died.rnFinally, the British MPs came acrossrntwo severely injured Serbian boys, SinisarnG. and Dejan Z., aged 9 and 10, who sufferedrncritical trauma from a BosnianrnMuslim shell on August 5, 1993. Sinisarnsuffered severe abdominal injuries, damagernto the stomach and both the smallrnand large intestines. He was burned andrnhad sustained wounds on his hands andrnneck. Dejan had both his legs amputated,rnand gangrene had developed in hisrnthigh. Doctors who were treating themrncould not complete all the necessaryrntreatment, so they asked that the boys bernflown to the West for further help. Theirrnparents agreed. But the boys were notrnflown to the West, and both died. Wasrnthis reported by CNN or by the New YorkrnTimes or Time magazine?rnPeople in Belgrade cannot understandrnthe hypocrisy of the West, particularlyrnthe Western media and politicians whornspeak about human rights and about thernsacrosanct rights of children while condoningrnand encouraging sanctions thatrnkill innocent people, especially children.rnThe weak and the poor are punishedrnwithout reason; they suffer much morernthan the affluent leaders. Nobody is innocentrnin the civil war in Yugoslavia, arncivil war that the West helped to initiaternand to spread, but the politicians of thernWest are ignorant of this region’s historyrnand are unwilling to acknowledge theirrnerrors, to admit that they were successfullyrnmanipulated. Is it not a crime if anrnorganization like Global Public Affairsrnearns huge sums of money manufacturingrnlies and disinformation about a countryrnthat has repeatedly proven its couragernand loyalty to its friends and allies in thernWest? The Serbs will never forget thernwords of the last United States Ambassadorrnin Belgrade, Mr. Warren Zimmerman:rn”We will compel you to stoprnsmiling!” Neither will they forget thernarrogance and ignorance of SenatorrnRobert Dole when he visited Kosovo.rnOur week in Belgrade was ending.rnWe were invited to dinner by our goodrnfriend Rade R., a tough Montenegrin,rnand his wife Olga. Rade had just returnedrnfrom work in Russia. His plumrnbrandy was excellent, his white-labeledrnVranac—the superb Montenegrinrnclaret—soothed all the anxieties andrnhardships. “Look, Rajko and Dobra,rnwhat I found in an old journal: the wordsrnof the American foreign secretary RobertrnLansing about our Serbian nation, inrn1918, at the end of the big war. Littlernhas changed in the last 75 years”:rnWhen the history of this war willrnbe written, its most glorious chapterrnwill be called: Serbia. The Serbianrnarmy with its courage madernmiracles, and the Serbian nationrnsuffered incredible hardships.rnSuch self-sacrifice and endurancerncannot pass unnoticed—theyrnmust be rewarded.rnSeventy-six years ago, on Septemberrn15,1918, the Allied armies on the Thessalonikirnfront, led by the first Serbianrnarmy, broke through the German, Bulgarian,rnand Austro-Hungarian defenses,rnand the sweeping advance of the Serbianrnarmy liberated Montenegro andrnSerbia. Every year, to commemoraternthat event, wreaths have been laid at therntomb of the Unknown Warrior on thernhilltop of Avala, near Belgrade. Untilrnlast year, when the former allies, thernAmericans, the British, and the French,rnwere conspicuously absent. . . . ThernSanctions Gommittee in New York hadrnrefused to authorize the flight of the oldrnThessaloniki veterans—there are a few ofrnthem still around, all over age 90—fromrnBelgrade to Gorfu.rnWhat would Robert Lansing say?rnRajko Dolecek is a professor of medicinernat the University of Ostrava in the CzechrnRepublic.rnDECEMBER 1994/41rnrnrn