Slobodan Markovic on Wed, 21 Apr 1999 23:59:21 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Cityscape

    DISCLAIMER: I'm not affiliated with any of the sides in current conflict
    on Balkans. I'm a 21 years old student of computer sciences at the
    University of Belgrade. I don't support violence as a way of solving any
    conflict. You are about to read only one tiny part of my experiences
    concerning goddamn war in my living environment.

    Belgrade cityscape, this morning, doesn't look the same. Looking from
    my apartment, on the 7th floor, I can see one tall building covered
    with black stripes and huge amount of smoke growing over it.

    That building was the target of NATO's attack last night.

    The official excuse for that action I have read on CNN's Web site,
    only few minutes ago: NATO's rockets striked at the HQ of Socialist
    Party of Serbia (Milosevic's party).

    That is not true. ONLY ONE FLOOR served as HQ of SPS! The rest of,
    more than 20 floors tall, building was being used by more than 20
    companies for their business offices. Also, in that building were
    located at least two TV and couple radio stations. They are not
    broadcasting anymore.

    The good news is that nobody was killed. People working night shift
    were situated on the middle floors, while tmhwks hit building lobby
    and last floor. I also know that SPS offices were empty and it's
    very questionable if rockets even hit the exact floor.

    You can disagree with me when I say that THIS IS REALLY DISGUSTING
    bombing of CIVILIAN TARGETS, such as this Business Centre!

    Destroying the whole building just because of couple hundred square
    meters of meaningless SPS paperwork offices is really insane.

    BTW, the last bridge in Novi Sad was also the target of NATO's
    attack last night. It is unusable for anything more than pedestrian
    traffic. Railroad line Belgrade-Budapest, running over that bridge,
    is also destroyed.

    Two days ago, also in Novi Sad, the Vojvodina province Parliament
    building was also bombed in the center of the city. That building,
    constructed by architect Dragisa Brasovan was built in 1939 in
    modern style, of white marble, and can be found in histories of
    world architecture. It was a civilian state administrative building.

    OK, you can tell me now that Milosevic is doing more insane things
    on Kosovo, and I agree, but KOSOVO, BELGRADE AND NOVI SAD ARE NOT
    THE SAME THING! Just like Northern Ireland and London are not the
    same thing! If conflict in Northern Ireland was not "put on ice"
    recently and if it did escalated, would bombing of London solve
    something or stop someone?


            Slobodan Markovic   | http://solair.eunet.yu/~twiddle
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