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LETTER

An Outrageous Bombing

As you all know, on May 7, 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization dropped three missiles from three different angles on the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. Everyone was shocked by the news. NATO has apologized, calling the bombing a mistake, but it will continue its bombing. So is this an apology or ignorance? There are several points that will convince people it was not a mistake.

If it was a mistake, why were three missiles blasted at the embassy from three different angles? As far I know, the Chinese embassy building is not close to any important attack target, so why has this building been hit?

If NATO used an “outdated” map for this attack, why did it use an “updated” map to hit the house of the President of Yugoslavia?

Is there anybody who believes that NATO does not have an accurate system for positioning in such a big attack? If so, why not stop the war? You are not allowed kill more innocent people by using your bad system.

The attack has brought angry responses from China as well as the international society. The UN Security Council is to meet in an emergency session to discuss the incident. But does NATO care? It carried out more air strikes on Yugoslav targets overnight Saturday and Sunday morning. The apology for the “mistake” is so absurd. On Sunday, as American mothers were happily celebrating Mother’s Day, how many Yugoslavian mothers lost their children? How many Yugoslavian mothers are homeless? Why do we need to continue this war?

Any statement can not conceal the bloody fact. The NATO air strike has spurred extreme indignation from the Chinese government and people. This action exposes the aggressors’ evil intentions and spilled Chinese blood in an act for which NATO must be accountable. Chinese people died for nothing! This action is an outrageous violation of China’s sovereignty, and it tramples on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and other basic principles of international law. A country’s embassy or a consulate is generally accepted as the territory of the country and is protected by international law. If the American Embassy in China were bombed for some unknown reason some day, would the United States just let the Chinese government say it was a mistake?

During the more than 40 days of bombing against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia starting March 24, NATO has changed its targets from military to civilian structures such as hospitals, bridges, TV stations, oil refineries, power plants, and residential places. Now, the target has become the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia. Not only innocent Yugoslav civilians but also foreign diplomats and journalists have been killed in the bombings. Since the outbreak of the Kosovo crisis, the Chinese government and people have more than once clearly demanded that the crisis should be resolved through peaceful means on the basis of respecting the integrity of Yugoslavia’s sovereignty and territory. China, who maintains a foreign policy of independence and peace, opposes anyone who practices hegemonism and condemns those who invade others. We should always stand on this no matter what threats are faced.

It is well known that the American people are peace-loving people. Then why do the American people support such a war to kill innocent people? Let’s stop this war.

Jingsong Wu G