Beneath diplomatic tempests stirred up by the May 7 aerial bombing of China's embassy in Belgrade lurks petroleum.
The errant attack, said to result from faulty U.S. intelligence, killed three Chinese nationals, and triggered demonstrations in Beijing that left the U.S. embassy there battered by thrown objects and had diplomats on the scene worried about physical takeover. U.S. officials blamed the mistake on an obsolete map. The Chinese embassy moved into the location mistargeted as a Serbian military headquarters in 1996.
A dreadful accident
The blunder was so enormous and so devastating in its human and diplomatic consequences that it had to be an accident, however...