The West’s attacked the Slobodan Milosevic in 1999 to end the ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Kosovo. What lessons from that 78-day aerial bombardment can be applied to Syria today?

With Western powers considering “limited” military strikes against Syria, and with so many “known unknowns” about the effect of a potential attack on the Assad regime, it might be helpful to look back at a similar case in the recent past – Nato’s air war against the Serbian forces commanded by Slobodan Milosevic, the “butcher of the Balkans”.

Milosevic’s crimes had reached a peak during the genocide of Bosnian Muslims, from 1992 to 1995. But the West acted decisively against him only in Kosovo, the last republic seeking independence as Yugoslavia fragmented, four years later in 1999.

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