In the 1930s it was a notorious fact the German government of Adolf Hitler chose the month 0f March ( Ides of Mars), to perpetrate its most daring moves in reasserting the nation as a continental power, culminating in the most deadly war in history.
March 1933: German federal election brings Hitler to power as chancellor
March 1936: Germany remilitarizes the Rhineland in contravention of the Treaty of Versailles
March 1937: The Third Reich’s Condor Legion bombs and attacks Durango, Spain and the next month bombs Guernica
March 1938: Germany absorbs Austria
Over the past fifteen years a not dissimilar pattern has emerged.
In March of 1999 the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began Operation Allied Force, the 78-day air war against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
In March of 2003 the U.S. and several of its NATO allies began Operation Iraqi Freedom, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, ultimately with troops from 23 of NATO’s current 28 member states stationed in the country.
In March of 2011 the U.S. launched Operation Odyssey Dawn, nineteen days later taken over by NATO under the code name of Operation Unified Protector, a more than six-and-a-half-month-long air war and naval blockade against Libya.
The above were the first wars ever conducted by NATO and were, respectively, its first wars in three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.
In the unbroken series of direct, covert and proxy wars waged by the U.S. and NATO since the attack on Yugoslavia on March 24, 1999, the following nations and former nations have been seriously, more than likely fatally, wounded. Destroyed.
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (subsequently the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, now splintered into three entities) Macedonia
Afghanistan (what was left of it after the U.S. and several of its NATO allies supported a fundamentalist-extremist insurgency operating out of Pakistan from 1978-1992 and then backhandedly supported the Taliban takeover in 1995-1996)
Iraq• Somalia• Ivory Coast• Libya• Yemen •Syria• Sudan •Mali• Ukraine
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