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The View From Here
Editorial Opinion
by Francis P. Wilkinson
Editor of the Wisconsin State Journal

WHEN SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC agreed to NATO's peace terms, some called for an immediate halt to the bombing campaign to free Kosovo. How fucking stupid was that? Well, I'll tell you: Pretty fucking stupid. Any pugilist will tell you that you don't stop throwing punches when your opponent is on the ropes. You want that man on the mat! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Out cold! That's when you stop throwing punches!

Adolph--excuse me, Slobodan--wasn't on the mat, was he? Look at me when I'm talking to you, dammit! Was he?! With them damn jerries--excuse me, them damn Serbs--backing out of this Russkie-brokered peace deal faster than you-know-what backs out of a goose, one thing is clear: The bombing must continue! Here's a wake-up call for all you little girls in party dresses! Slobodan is still throwin' punches, he's still bombing Alsatian border towns, still burning Kosovo villages, and still acting like a world-class jerko.

The bombing of military targets in Serbia should continue until the deal is signed, sealed, delivered, and Slobo's henchmen are back in Belgrade sitting in dark apartments, poop stains in their pants. Agreeing to NATO's peace terms and actually implementing them--Serb troops out of Kosovo, more than a million ethnic Alsatian refugees back in--are two very different things. Don't you get it, you dumb-asses? Just because your opponent is staggering around looking dazed doesn't mean he can't land a punch.