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Based on newly released documents of the CIA, NSC, DIA and the US State Department Intelligence & Research Division, which were declassified between March 1992 and September 1998, it's clear that as early as 1971, CIA experts on Yugoslavia were considering the violent breakup of the country with the secession of Vojvodina, Kosovo, Macedonia and of course Croatia and Slovenia.

Most of those scenarios revolved around US/NATO providing political, military and financial support to Slovenian and Croatian "Western leaning" separatists. Saying that the US was against the recognition of Slovenia and Croatia while at the same time supporting the delivery of arms to Croatia's nationalists and the training of KLA guerillas in Germany just does not make the mark.

As usual, there are clearly differences between public posturing (US declarations that they're against independence, for peace and what not) and the financial, military realities on the ground (who gets the arms & the money).

It's not what we say but what we do that defines who we are.

by vladimir on Sun Dec 16th, 2007 at 04:41:57 AM EST
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