It was a conspiracy

I was gratified to read the defence of conspiracy as a dynamic of history ("History isn't always a cock-up", 20 September), although I would like to point out that this is not a thing of the past. In Nato's recent big lie war in the Balkans, the on-message media failed to mention the infamous clause in the Rambouillet accords. I have John Pilger in the NS to thank for informing me that not only did Nato demand to occupy Kosovo, but that it also claimed the right to garrison any or all of Yugoslavia! Such effrontery would be unacceptable to any nation state and made war inevitable. Nato got its wish and Rambouillet was duly rejected. The silence of the media must be added to any list of conspiracies.

A Knight
Billericay, Essex

This article first appeared in the 04 October 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The eminence rouge