Yugoslavia: Breaking Up Is Hard

But rising nationalism makes it seem increasingly inevitable, and the only real question is whether violence can be avoided

It was a measure of the degree of tension, not to say the depths of paranoia bedeviling the country. When they arrived at the federal parliament in Belgrade last week, two Croatian Deputies and their bodyguards were obliged to check their handguns at the door. The gun toters all went home later in one piece, but that was more than could be said for the state of the nation. As of last week, leaders of Yugoslavia's six contentious republics had held four fruitless rounds of talks in an effort to resolve a fateful drive toward secession, and the roiling crisis is...

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