Burning Issues

Kosovo Crisis

NATO bombs Yugoslavia, President Milosevic eviscerates Kosovo, there's a mass Albanian exodus, and Russia protests Western military action. Confused?


imageJohn Stevens
Age:32
Resides:New Jersey
Occupation:Waste management

What do you think is going on in Kosovo? Basically, there are two areas that are going after each other. NATO wants to back them off.

What level of involvement should we have?To be honest with you, if I knew more about it, I could say, but I don't. It's scary because I used to be a poli-sci major.

What other global hot spots trouble you most?None really. I'm pretty happy. I'm trying to survive myself. You go to work, you come home, there are the kids. Whatever's going on out there, I can't do anything about it.


imageDebbie Cowell
Age:29
Resides:Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Occupation:Publishing

What do you think is going on in Kosovo? We're just bombing more people again.

What level of involvement should we have? I don't think the U.S. has been justified in any of its bombings for the past 25 years. We must have more of a vested interest in Kosovo than we did in Bosnia. What's under there, oil? A diamond mine?

What other global hot spots trouble you most?We should be more involved in Rwanda. No one gives a damn about ethnic cleansing when there's melanin involved.


imageAnne Pidgeon
Age:25
Resides:Village
Occupation:Law student

What do you think is going on in Kosovo? We're trying to stop Milosevic from human rights violations. But I just got back from spring break, so I'm not too aware of what's going on.

What level of involvement should we have?Right now we're fine. If it gets much farther, I don't know if I'd suport sending in ground troops.

What other global hot spots trouble you most?China. We can't ignore their human rights violations.


imageEphraim
Age:30
Resides:Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Occupation:Stockbroker

What do you think is going on in Kosovo? It appears that Milosevic is harassing innocent civilians. In addition, there might be some media skew to it.

What level of involvement should we have?Based on the spin that Clinton put on it, we should be involved and I admire that we haven't put ground troops. Also, the U.S. has an ethical responsibility.

What other global hot spots trouble you most?As a religious Jew, I'd have to say the Middle East. I have a problem generally with the fact that the whole peace process appears to be a one-sided thing.


imageJohn Gates
Age:35
Resides:Upper West Side
Occupation: Administration

What do you think is going on in Kosovo? There's a campaign of genocide that absolutely threatens human values. The NATO response has been appropriate.

What level of involvement should we have? It's a tough one. Certainly we don't want to see American lives lost, especially in a crisis that doesn't directly affect us. Yet we are a world leader.

What other global hot spots trouble you most?There is a manufactured area of conflict and that would be Cuba. Clinton needs to stand up for truth and lift the embargo.


imageMaria Gillen
Age:33
Resides:Hoboken, New Jersey
Occupation:Student

What do you think is going on in Kosovo? We're interfering and trying to prevent Milosevic from ethnically cleansing the Albanians.

What level of involvement should we have? I think we're doing the right thing.

What other global hot spots trouble you most?I'm of Irish descent, so that's a big concern.


imageIsis Chen Lan Lun
Age:37
Resides:New Paltz, New York
Occupation:Artist

What do you think is going on in Kosovo? What I believe is really happening is under the surface. Most U.S. wars are about hidden issues, something economic.

What level of involvement should we have? I'm a pacifist. I don't think we should be involved at all.

What other global hot spots trouble you most?When there was apartheid, South Africa. Also Honduras after the hurricane. It's interesting: Cuba came to their aid before the U.S. did, and they're a poor country.

 
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