Balkan Action Committee

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The Balkan Action Committee reportedly placed an ad in the May 13, 1999, edition of The New York Times "calling for NATO ground forces in Yugoslavia."

Louis Proyect, commenting online about the ad from csf.coloradu.edu, wrote:

The ad was "signed by an odd mixture of neo-conservatives and 'leftists' including Bianca Jagger and 'Rabbi' Michael Lerner, the portly editor of Tikkun and erstwhile 1960s radical. Lerner was 'spiritual adviser' to the Clintons for a brief time about 5 years ago, urging 'communitarian' values upon the thuggish Arkansas president and his wife.

"They [Jagger and Lerner] are window-dressing, however. The real forces behind Balkans Action are the hardline anticommunists who emerged during the Reagan era. This is the executive committee, as announced on their website (www.balkanaction.org).

"Except for Geraldine Ferraro, this is basically the same group that made up the Committee on the Present Danger, which was chaired by the atrocious Jeane Kirkpatrick and flourished under Ronald Reagan. It promoted Star Wars, intervention in Central America, Afghanistan and Angola and all sorts of other militantly counterrevolutionary adventures. The point is that the war in the Balkans is not a 'progressive's' war. The most important sector of reactionary opinion in the United States is represented by this executive committee and should remind us that the war is a continuation of the anticommunist crusade launched by Reagan 20 years ago." [1]

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Attempts to access the Balkan Action Committee web site -- http://www.balkanaction.org -- end at an advertisement entitled Balkanaction.

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