I like to think that Stella Jatras’s letters in various Pennsylvania newspapers in some way influenced local minds there, perhaps leading to this very sound opinion that appeared last week in the anonymous “Sound-off” section of TheReporterOnline.com:

SOUND OFF: Kosovo is not a good example of a just war (June 24, 2013)

Please don’t cite Kosovo as a reason to intervene in foreign nations.

We know about Eisenhower’s belief in being wary of “the military industrial complex.” If we are concerned about human rights, we would be invading Saudi Arabia or China or Russia.

Kosovo was the heart of the Serb nation. Slobodan Milosevic, I think, was mentally unsound. He is now long gone and dead.

However, the Croats during the 1990’s were led by a Fascist named Franjo Tudjman and Croatia has a long history of brutality and Fascism. I don’t approve of American foreign policy that favored Croatia (and we even put a CIA base on Brac Island in Croatia). The Croatian regime in the 1990’s exonerated many WWII Fascists.

I think Clinton - President Clinton - wagged the dog as we say, and wanted to get the Lewinsky affair out of the picture by picking a fight with Serbia.

Should Kosovo be a separate nation? No more than Texas should be a separate nation. No more than Alaska should be a separate nation.

The Kosovo War created a lot of ill-will with Russia and with other Slavic people who saw our intervention as bullying.

Meanwhile, my husband caught this tribute to Stella on the PennLive blog of The Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA.

Remembering Stella Jatras: passionate about foreign affairs (June 23, By Deb Kiner | dkiner@pennlive.com)

Stella Louis Katsetos Jatras traveled the globe with her military husband, becoming knowledgeable of world affairs and world politics.

She had a particular passion for providing an accurate representation of the war in Bosnia.

As a career military officer’s wife, she lived in Moscow for two years, where she worked in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy. She also lived in Germany, Greece and Saudi Arabia. Her travels took her to more than 20 countries. In addition to the U.S. Department of State, her professional work included service with the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and the Veterans Administration.

Prior to the civil war in Bosnia (1992-95), her primary interest in foreign affairs centered on the Soviet Union and the issues of the Cold War. She and her husband lectured on their experiences in the Soviet Union at the Naval War College, the Air Force Command and Staff College, and to many military and civic groups.

After the breakout of the war in Bosnia, she desired to provide the American people a more accurate view of that tragic situation than was portrayed in the media. She later expanded her commentaries to numerous foreign and domestic issues, with her letters and articles published in The Patriot-News, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, the Arizona Republic and the Los Angeles Times, as well as a number of magazines and periodicals.

The Serbians appreciated her efforts. In September 1998, a luncheon was given in her honor in Washington, D.C., by the Serbian community of the National Capital Area. In June 1999, she was the main speaker at the 54th annual Serbian Day Celebration of Canadian Serbs in Niagara Falls, Canada. In February 2004 she was presented with a “Gramota” (formal certificate) by Bishop Artemije of the province of Kosovo and Metohija for her efforts on behalf of the Serbian Orthodox people of his diocese.

From her guest book:

“In a world so darkened as is today’s, darkened by every conceivable lie, Stella Jatras was a light and a flame of truth that was inexhaustible. … Stella Jatras was simply the best.”
– Mila Lazarevich-Nolan, Belgrade

“The exceptional talents of this magnificent woman is a great loss. She will be remembered for her devotion to the Orthodox faith and her dedication to defending oppressed people.”
– DeeDee Kelly, Omaha, Neb.