Thousands of Russians volunteer to defend Iraq
Around ten thousand Russian citizens have applied for entry visas into Iraq to defend this country against the planned aggression by the warmongering USA and UK, according to the Iraqi Embassy in Moscow.
Plus, an assassination attempt on a ruler of some small European country:
Serbian leader seriously wounded in assassination attempt; 2 arrested
The Associated Press
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (March 12, 2003 8:02 a.m.
EST) - Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic - one of the
leaders of the opposition that toppled Slobodan Milosevic - was
seriously wounded Thursday in an assassination attempt, a
radio station reported.
Independent B-92 radio said Djindjic was shot in the chest
while entering the government building in Belgrade and that
his condition was "very serious."
Sources from Djindjic's Cabinet told The Associated Press that
Djindjic sustained two shots in his stomach and back, and that
doctors were "fighting for his life" in Belgrade's emergency
Two people were arrested and one was injured in the shooting,
The building was sealed off by heavy state security, and three
ambulances were parked in front.
Djindjic appeared to have been targeted last month, when a
truck suddenly cut into the lane in which his motorcade was
traveling to Belgrade's airport. The motorcade narrowly
avoided a collision, and Djindjic later dismissed the Feb. 21
alleged assassination attempt as a "futile effort" that could not
stop democratic reforms.
Last month, Djindjic's government asked NATO for permission
to send troops back to Kosovo - nearly four years after the
NATO warplanes bombed Serb forces to oust them from the
province - if there is a war in Iraq.
Djindjic said Serb troops would fill any security vacuum in
Kosovo if NATO withdraws troops for military action in Iraq.
However, no plans have been announced to reduce the
number of troops in the peacekeeping force because of the
current Iraqi crisis.
Kosovo has been administered by the United Nations since
1999, when NATO fought an air war to end then-Yugoslav
President Milosevic's crackdown on the province's
independence-minded ethnic Albanians. A NATO-led
peacekeeping force of 30,000 troops is stationed in Kosovo,
which remains part of Yugoslavia.
So, uh.... I know a lot of you are going to call me paranoid, but doesn't this strike you as scary?