Shortly after the start of NATO’s 78-day bombing campaign during the 1999 – 2000 Kosovo war, the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared on a NATO platform to defend NATO’s decision to bomb.
The picture he paints of the conflict in Kosovo was not borne out by evidence gathered after the war. Official figures showed the death total (including all sides) to be between 4,000 – 5000. No evidence of a policy of mass rape has been produced. The facts suggest that the exodus of Kosovo Albanians was mainly caused by the NATO bombing and the actions of the Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army, not by the actions of the Serbian forces.