Kosovo has declared itself as a new, independent nation. Considering their recent history, that's great new. Isn't it? Depends on how much of the story you know i would imagine.
On the claim that Clinton/Blair used to justify the war, that the KLA told of 200,000 missing civilians laying buried in mass graves at the hand of Serbia:
Canadian forensic team sent to investigate: "We found mainly single graves, with a couple of exceptions being one of 20 bodies and another 11."
Garth Pritchard, a Canadian filmmaker, accompanied the forensic team. "This was a massacre that never happened."
On the Kosovan Liberation Army:
The first commander of U.N. troops in Bosnia, Canadian Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, "We bombed the wrong side. The Kosovo-Albanians have played us like a Stradivarius. We have subsidized and indirectly supported their violent campaign for an ethnically pure and independent Kosovo. We have never blamed them for being the perpetrators of the violence in the early '90s, and we continue to portray them as the designated victim today in spite of evidence to the contrary. When they achieve independence with the help of our tax dollars combined with those of bin Laden and al-Qaeda, just consider the message of encouragement this sends to other terrorist-supported independence movements around the world."
On the KLA Attacking Macedonia after Serbian Army was chased out of Kosovo:
A UN Statement after the KLA had attacked Macedonia in 2001 "The KLA and other armed Kosovo Albanian groups [must] end immediately all offensive actions and comply with the requirements for demilitarization".
On KLA ethnic cleansing of Serbs after the war:
A report dated Feb. 26, 2001, to the Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, which accuses the KLA of widespread acts of murder, torture and extortion of Serbs in Kosovo.
The Secretary-General of NATO, condemned the KLA terror campaign and described them as "murderous thugs."
So were we deceived into helping the KLA, condemned as terrorists by all and backed by Bin Laden, who picked a fight with Serbia and gambled that the world would turn its gaze in their direction and only see the Serb retaliation?
Seems that as soon as Serbia was dealt with, the KLA tried the same tactics with Macedonia and were told in no uncertain terms by its allies to back off.
Played us like a Stradivarius the General said. Yep, they probably did and yep again, it worked didn't it.