Calling for Peace
 
A Series of Reflections on the War Against Yugoslavia
 
   

Thank you, oh Lord, for all that is beautiful and good in this world. Thank you for giving us the love in our home and this food. Be with those who have no home, or love, or food, and comfort them as only You can. Free the captive. Shelter the weak. Give wisdom to those who hold our futures in their hands. Amen.

Back in May, Randy sent us this prayer that his family had begun to say every day while NATO bombs were falling all over the skies of Yugoslavia. We were called to "remember all of those who are suffering because of the evil decisions of men throughout this world." When we brought the site up in April, our purpose was to offer a series of reflections on NATO's air strikes against Yugoslavia as well as an alternate perspective of the conflict in the Balkans. Although the bombing is over, the war has not ended. Thus, our site will remain up as a constant reminder that peace is much more than the absence of war. We would also like to continue our call against the hostility towards the people of Yugoslavia. As Randy's most recent essay, "Svetlana," shows us, evil decisions continue to be made exacerbating even more the conflict in the Balkans and bringing little hope of lasting peace.

If this is your first visit to this site, you will find here texts written by Randall Major, an American citizen who lives with his wife and two children in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. In his first text, "A View from Inside of a Bombing," Randy discusses the devastating consequences of NATO's attacks against the people of Yugoslavia. These reflections began to take shape in the aftermath of NATO's first bombings within days after his wife delivered their second child in March 1999. In "An Open Letter to Javier Solana," he calls NATO's former Secretary General to assume responsibility for the crimes he committed by ordering the bombings. "Without Shadows" provides us with a profound reflection on the senselessness of these actions in light of the conclusions of a five-year old about shadows and being. Reflecting on why the Serbs were "Dancing on the Bridges," Randy talks about what was really destroyed when bridges were blown up in Yugoslavia. In "NATO's War of Words," Randy examines some of the "given facts" against Yugoslavia. "Faces" calls our attention to those who have been left without face by news media in the West. In this essay, Randy points out why the faces of those Yugoslavs who are suffering are omitted from news reports seen in the West: it is easy to demonize those who are faceless. He goes further to denounce the new face that NATO has been given to democracy by making TV stations military targets. He concludes that the new face is not a pretty one. You can also read a message that Randy wrote describing life in Novi Sad after NATO bombed electric power suppliers around Yugoslavia in the night of May 2, 1999.

In "Svetlana," we are made aware of the grim future ahead of the Yugoslavs as they take up the reconstruction of their country. Randy shows us some of the consequences of NATO's raids and the economic sanctions by telling us the story of Svetlana in her final graduation performance. In her story, we are invited to question that wisdom of the West turning off the lights on a people of Yugoslavia and ignoring the consequences for their future.

In this site you will also find links to Yugoslavian news sites as well as other anti-war sites. We hope that you will take a look inside the intricacies of the Balkans and unlike NATO--bombing from the outside--you will become informed and work towards peace. Please join us in calling for a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in Yugoslavia.

If you are interested in this site, be sure to return often, as we will be posting new texts as we receive them from Novi Sad. If you wish to offer comments or suggestions to our endeavors for peace, please e-mail me at jmachado@mindspring.com.

Peace.

Josué Figueira Machado

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