Spanish pilots accuse US and NATO
The pilots of Spanish planes who participated in bombing raids against Yugoslavia do not feel like "supermen" or masters of air space. They say that Spanish forces danced to the music played by the North Americans. Captain Adolfo Luis Martin de la Hoz has participated in the bombings since the beginning of the war. He is quoted by Jose Luis Morales in the Spanish newspaper Articulo 20: "First of all, I want to make it clear that the majority of my colleagues are against the war in general and against this war of barbarity in particular." The suspicions that NATO's repeated bombings of civilian victims and non- military targets are not the result of war "errors", are confirmed by Captain Martin de la Hoz who said that his Colonel had protested to NATO chiefs about selection of non-military targets. "Once there was a coded order of the North American military that we should drop anti-personnel bombs over the localities of Pristina and Nis. "The Colonel refused it altogether and, a couple of days later, his transfer order came. But what I say now is nothing compared to what I shall have to say when the time comes." "Ever since we arrived in Italy", said the Captain, "there was no end to humiliation and insults. The order givers are only the North American generals, and no one else. "Here [in Spain] they say that several operations were directed by Spanish commanders and pilots. Lies over lies. All the missions that we flew, all were planned by US high military authorities.... "Our anger is enormous." The President of the Government, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Defence Minister are lying brazenly each time they talk about the war. "Some of us are of the opinion [that] they do not inform themselves, because the North Americans — the White House, the Pentagon, the CIA, the Embassy or military information service, whoever, do not inform them about anything.... "They are destroying the country, bombing it with toxic nerve gases, surface mines dropped with parachute, bombs containing uranium, black napalm, sterilisation chemicals, sprayings to poison the crops and weapons of which even we still do not know anything. "The North Americans are committing there one of the biggest barbarities that can be committed against humanity. Much and very bad things will be told in the future about what was happening there, because, judging by what we talked about with the British and German officers, it was designed to divide the Europeans and keep us subjected for many decades."