In this world conflict and crisis are constant occurrences within and among nations. With the variety of cultural differences, it is common for disagreements to start out as just small arguments and soon becoming wars. When something happens in a country and it starts to get out of control, attention from those who can help is needed. Ideas such as the UN and NATO have been in existence to attempt to help resolve conflicts and crises. It is also a way to unite countries by making stronger alliances and helping to support and protect each other. Humanitarian intervention has been known for both positive and negative effects and definitely has its pros and cons. The strategic efforts of humanitarian intervention are inoperative because the efforts are not heartfelt but are only done to keep their own citizens from becoming obstreperous.
The whole purpose of the UN is to have a strong international force to help make the world a safer place by providing a way to bring justice and peace to the world. When a country is in need of an intervention in the midst of their crisis, the UN decides on how they will intervene. Similar to the UN, NATO’s whole purpose is to protect its member’s freedom and security by means of political and military means. Both of these have great purpose and have been fairly successful at times but they have faced some issues. In 1998, President Milosevic of Serbia was plotting attacks with hope of “cleansing the Serb homeland of its Albanian interlopes in a matter of weeks” (Jones 329). European countries then released the Kosovo Verification Commission to help ceasefire between KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) and the Serbian paramilitaries who had already murdered masses of Kosovo men. Western countries that were sided with the KLA were accused of staging a crisis to put Milosevic back in place.
Later Serbia started “a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing,” not only with Kosovo but also with the rest of the Albanian people, forcing them to relocate to neighboring countries such as Macedonia and Albania. At the climax of the campaign, NATO started to bomb the Serbian post throughout Yugoslavia. This bombing hurt the support of NATO’s allies and was only make the war even worse. “NATO leaders, then, stand accused of exacerbating the very humanitarian disaster that their actions were justified as averting” (Jones 330). The largest gendercidal massacre of the war was in Meja where the Yugoslavian troops pulled people out of their homes into the streets starting in Junik. The troops gathered more than 300 men and other villagers, leading them eastward till they got to Meja.
The men were surrounded by fields most of them had worked in their whole lives, and they could look up and see mountains they’d admired since they were children. Around noon the first group was led to the compost heap, gunned down, and burned under piles of cornhusks. A few minutes later a group of about 70 were forced to lie down in three neat rows and were...