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NATO's bloody humor - wedding invitations in a cluster bomb
January 13, 2000

Wedding invitation in a cluster bomb
Wedding invitation in a cluster bomb
Politika Ekspres, January 13th
Novica Andric
Mirjana Smiljanic

The vastness of an ill mind, at least when inventing ways to kill children, the elderly and the helpless is concerned, has been proven to the citizens of FR Yugoslavia during the recent "humanitarian" bombing, when NATO pilots have, from safe distance, competed in targeting maternity homes, hospitals, market places, trains, buses, residential quarters…

This is not unexpected, because this was not the first time that the former allies have done it.

More than half a century ago, the same "allies" have congratulated Easter to the Belgrade residents with carpet bombs. Maternity homes, hospitals, orphanages and residential quarters were then also targeted. The only thing different was that the term "collateral damage" did not exist.

But for the newlyweds to send a wedding "invitation" to unknown people - enwrapped in a cluster bomb, is something no sane person would ever think of.

This was exactly what happened this spring on Mt. Kopaonik.

The "invitation" was found attached to the interior of the container, containing hundred lethal bombs, dropped on Baciste on April 13th.

On a piece of white paper, a request was typed stating that the finder should return the "invitation" to the stated address and thus contribute to the happy moments of future life companions, the "imaginative" French, David and Sabrina. The wedding was scheduled for August 14th 1999.

Worried that the "usual" wedding gift should not be lost, or that the possible guests from Serbia might lose their way, the newlyweds gave a very detailed address.

At the end of the invitation, as it is proper for people with fine manners, a kind - merci (thank you) was written.

In an attempt to destroy one of the hundred bombs Mt. Kopaonik was showered with, on April 15th, a pyrotechnist employed by the Serbian Ministry of Interior, lieutenant Mladen Stanojevic was killed.

The "invitation" was found in Baciste by a team of pyrotechnists of the Yugoslav Ministry of Defense.

"The last time we visited Baciste, in mid-November, the place where Mladen was killed was covered with wild violets. They can not be found anywhere else near that place. Only there", said the head of the team, Colonel Slobodan Jovanovic.

"We are considering to invite the newlyweds to Mt. Kopaonik, and to personally deliver the invitations to them with a tuft of violets", added Jovanovic.

Colonel Slobodan Jovanovic and his colleagues, colonel Milan Zdravkovic and lieutenant colonel Ilija Stanisavljevic have, since the beginning of war, destroyed around 1,500 unexploded bombs and missiles.

"We have recently destroyed a bomb in the area of the heating plant in the Cerak District. A hundred more "blanks" of the NATO arsenal are waiting to be destroyed. In Belgrade they are located in Prijedorska street, the building of the Yugoslav Ministry of Interior, the Chinese Embassy", said Jovanovic, and added that he hopes not to find another "invitation".

From the "allies" from the two world wars, one such invitation is quite enough.

It, evidently, serves the purpose of confirming a friendship in which, it seams, only our side believed.

The Politika Ekspres journalists have, on the basis of a precise address stated in the "invitation" managed to make phone contact with the happy newlyweds. Sabrina Pusar was not sure how the invitation to their wedding reached Mt. Kopaonik in the heart of Serbia.

"I am appalled at what you have said… I don't know how is that possible… My husband and I had nothing to do with it", responded Sabrina Pusar.

Her husband David Pusar was also surprised at the invitation to their wedding being found in the cluster bomb, which was dropped at Mt. Kopaonik.

"The thing found in the cluster bomb on Kopaonik is not an invitation, but an announcement of our wedding. We have sent 50 balloons with this announcement to the world, with a request for all who find it to respond", said groom Pusar in the telephone conversation.

Lieutenant colonel Mladen Stojanovic (35) was buried on the Lesce cemetery on April 17th last year. He was killed two days earlier on Mt. Kopaonik near the "Baciste" hotel, while clearing this area of the cluster bombs dropped by the NATO criminals. Mladen was a member of the Department for Anti-Diversion Security of the Law Enforcement Agency of the Serbian Ministry of Interior.

"He died courageously, as it was his wish", said Mladen's colleagues, paying him their last respects.

Mladen Stojanovic left behind the bereaved wife Milanka, sons Bojan and Goran, mother Andja, father Teodor and brother Sretko. He has devoted his life to his family and his service to the police, in which he spent 20 years.

Can the NATO criminals, who put the wedding invitation in the cluster bomb, which killed Mladen Stojanovic, explain this cynical gesture to his children, wife and relatives? Did the blood of the innocent bring more happiness to the wedding of the French couple?

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