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In Survival on May 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm

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flagship_cover_banner_-_for_twitterKosovo 1999.  

In the early days of the crisis I found myself in Skopje the capital of Macedonia. The city had at this point set up several tented  camps for the Kosovars who were fleeing the Serbian onslaught.

The media innovation of the moment was 24-hour news shows. So this story was Big! Lots of angles to cover, with action all across the Balkans: Tirana, Skopje, Belgrade, Sarajevo. Feverish reports, which were usually nothing more than the last several ‘live’ links repackaged, flowed in every few minutes.

Tony Blair and Bill Clinton were prominent on the screen.  They were spruiking a new concept: Humanitarian warfare.  NATO’s bombers were authorized to bomb the shit out of Milosevic’s troops and heavy infrastructure because there were lives to be saved. At the time I didn’t think much about that. A fair call, I though, considering we NGOs were on the side of the Kosovars.

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