[A-List] The end of NATO?
Michael.Keaney at mbs.fi
Sun Mar 3 23:40:12 MST 2002
As NATO expands, it becomes more cumbersome, and its use to the US as a
more effective and quick means of enforcing US political will is
reduced. This helps to explain Dubya's unilateralism in general, and the
complete sidestepping of NATO's invocation of Article 5 in the wake of
September 11 in particular. Last week's botched attempt to arrest
Karadzic seems to be part of the latest effort to discredit NATO's
administrative prowess. Or at least that is what Ian Bruce's
unimpeachable sources are telling him...
Nato probes delay in hunt for Karadzic
The Herald, 4 March 2002
NATO has launched an internal inquiry into the
embarrassing failure of two US-led raids in
Bosnia last week to capture Radovan Karadzic,
the number one target on the Balkans war
German commandos from GSG-9, the special
forces unit modelled on Britain's SAS, have
been deployed to patrol the mountain tracks
which connect the fugitive's suspected hiding
place with neighbouring Montenegro and
Allied officers are furious that the Americans
waited more than two days from the time they
received an intelligence tip-off on Karadzic's
location before launching a high-profile search
mission to the hilltop village of Celebici. The US
commanders also insisted that their troops
should spearhead the operation while German,
Italian and French units familiar with the area
were relegated to blocking roads to the village.
Local Bosnian Serbs watched with amusement
as black-clad American teams arrived by
helicopter on Thursday morning, blew in the
doors of houses, and herded children at
gunpoint into a schoolhouse, before searching
homes and outbuildings.
A second pre-dawn raid the next day, this time
involving other Nato contingents, turned up
weapons caches, but no sign of Karadzic and
Armoured vehicles moving in to cordon off
escape routes were visible for miles on the
winding mountain roads, and the US helicopters
used for the raid were observed taking off from
their base, giving ample warning time for the
suspects to slip away.
Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb president
charged with inciting genocide during the
1992-95 civil war, is reported to have been in
Celebici with a heavily-armed escort party on
Tuesday night. It was Thursday morning before
the US troops swooped on the village.
Karadzic seldom stays more than one night in
any location, moving constantly through the
mountainous triangle which gives him a choice
of bolt-holes in Montenegro, where his mother
lives, or Serbia. Both are no-go areas for Nato.
A Nato source in Sarajevo said yesterday: "The
Americans were glory-hunting. But they were too
slow to react. They also failed to use European
troops familiar with the terrain. This was to be a
US coup. Now they have egg on their faces and
no-one at S-for (the Nato stabilisation force)
headquarters is tremendously sympathetic."
The latest debacle in the hunt for Karadzic and
his military commander, General Ratko Mladic,
is only one in a series of botched or aborted
arrest attempts since 1996.
President Bill Clinton vetoed Operation Amber
Star six years ago, only hours before snatch
squads were about to seize Karadzic in Foca, a
Bosnian Serb town where he moved freely
under the gaze of French peacekeepers.
Britain's SAS, who were not involved in last
week's raids, have arrested more than half of
the 23 war crimes suspects brought before the
tribunal in The Hague.
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