The Guardian June 23, 1999


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."

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