Oil and an untidy war

05/03/1999
Oil last week moved into the messy center of events in Yugoslavia. Aerial bombardment from a safe distance didn't stop Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic from persecuting ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. An oil embargo therefore joins the international campaign of inconvenience marshaled against him. The careful destruction of air defenses, highways and bridges, oil refineries and pipelines, propaganda networks, and an office in Belgrade somehow didn't teach Milosevic the lesson that the world wishes he would learn. Maybe black-market prices for military diesel will. Eventually, accumulated devastation will bring Milosevic to heel. The supreme question is, as it has be...
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