*They threw out our tea...now we threw out their order* "I'm not going to start the Third World War for you" BBC Link This tale is clearly old and nothing new, however it is one about which I only just found out. It involves the reputed 'tiff' between the then NATO Supreme Commander (General Wesley Clark) and Lieutenant General Mike Jackson. I'm not sure of the exact timing of this incident in relation to the Kosovo conflict (it's in the article I'm sure). However it seems General Wesley Clark sought advice from the then NATO Secretary General Javier Solana whether he had the authority to deal with a potential flashpoint involving the Russians moving in on Pristina airport, possible seizing it and consequently being able to fly in thousands of their troops. General Wesley Clark was given permission and ordered General Mike Jackson to blockade the airport from all Russian movement, including aircraft and ground forces. Clearly with a cooler head, General Mike Jackson defied this order because he knew that a stand-off could easily escalate into an armed skirmish with the Russians. Thankfully, common sense prevailed and General Wesley Clark instead convinced Hungary and Romania to deny the Russians use of their airspace. I am simply amazed that a General, thought it wise to block the Russians and potentially kick-start a conflict within a region that had just seen/was about to see the end of a nasty genocide. It beggars belief.