The conflict in kosovo

American plans for the emergency in Hungary

A military strike against Yugoslavia seems imminent. In any case, the intention has gained momentum and the language has become sharper. The USA has pushed NATO into a corner. Therefore it mub be used force now. Failure to do so would have tremendous negative repercussions, not only for the military alliance, but also for Western diplomacy. Doubts have already arisen in Bosnia about the reliability of NATO-supported promises and security arrangements, increasing prere on the already weak position of the Dayton Peace Accords.

The US government has meticulously prepared the military action. The fear in the U.S. that American casualties could occur and the possibility of a protracted armed conflict with Yugoslavia always bring up the nightmares of Somalia and even Vietnam. Therefore, U.S. planners are leaving nothing to chance.

For this reason, it is not surprising that security arrangements have been made for U.S. citizens near the conflict zone. In Bosnia, preparations have already been made for the possible evacuation of U.S. burgers. As a country in the maelstrom of conflict that has plagued this region for the better part of a decade, revenge attacks in response to NATO attacks were very likely to take place here. And U.S. burgers became the easiest and most practical targets to present.

Less obvious, however, is the mab of preparations being made by the U.S. government elsewhere, such as.B. in Hungary, have been hit. Even though Hungary is the northern neighbor of Yugoslavia, it is geographically far from the conflict zone. Moreover, Hungary has – and always has had – relatively good relations with Yugoslavia under the circumstances.

Nevertheless, the US strategists seem to think differently. Americans living and working throughout the country have received questionnaires from their embassy asking for important information in the event of an evacuation. Some of those who have received these questionnaires do not quite know what to make of them. On the one hand they understand the concerns of their government, but on the other hand they also think that this is going a little too far, almost to the point of paranoia.

During the civil war in Bosnia, but also in the Croatian and Slovenian wars of independence, Hungary was spared. The sound of fighting that could be heard again and again in some parts of the country came as close as the conflicts. An exception was the incident when a Hungarian village near the border "accidentally" was bombed by an airplane. Fortunately, there were no casualties, and the incident had no major repercussions.

Even after the NATO-.The attacks in Bosnia, which finally ended the war there, did not affect Hungary in any way. The difference between then and now lies, it must be admitted, in the fact that the attacks then were directed against Serbs in Bosnia and not against Yugoslavia itself. Moreover, there is now the question of how much Hungary is involved in NATO. Even though it is not yet a member, Prime Minister Viktor Urban, during his last visit to America, reiterated his intention to meet the conditions for membership. What exactly the requirements are for Hungary as a non-member has yet to be determined in detail.

Strangely enough, there were no reports in the Hungarian media about the emergency plans of the USA to evacuate its citizens from the country. Obviously, the knowledge that the American government is considering that NATO’s military strike could have repercussions on Hungary has caused undue anxiety. But more important is the fact that this could make many Hungarians reconsider and question their decision to join the military alliance. Membership was supposed to guarantee peace and security – not the opposite.

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