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January 2002


In April 1987, Slobodan Milosevic addressed a crowd of Kosovo Serbs outside the Kosovo parliamentary building who had gathered to protest the treatment of the Serb minority by the Kosovar Albanians. Milosevic proclaimed to the crowd that “[n]obody has the right to beat Serbs.” With this simple phrase, Milosevic began a long campaign characterized by the use of ethno-nationalism and ethnic aggression to accomplish his objective of a mono-ethnic greater Serbia.

During the course of his war of ethnic aggression, Milosevic was predictably aided in his efforts by radical Serbian intellectuals, nationalist paramilitary organizations, the Yugoslav National Army (JNA), Croatian Serb and Bosnian Serb protégées such as Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, and a generally passive Serbian population.