America Abroad

The Ultimate Troubleshooter

Next week several hundred blue-helmeted United Nations troops are due to arrive in Yugoslavia. They are the vanguard of 14,000 soldiers from 30 countries, the first U.N. peacekeeping force ever deployed in Europe. Their mandate is to disarm the warring militias, monitor the withdrawal of the Serbian-dominated federal army from Croatia and protect the Serb minority in the breakaway republic.

The disintegration of Yugoslavia has already cost at least 6,000 lives, driven 650,000 people out of their homes and thwarted 14 cease-fires. No. 15 has been in effect since Jan. 3. Last week Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic said, "The conditions now...