Balkan Bullies Put the U.N. in Retreat

Serbian-led Yugoslavia presses a war so nasty that outsiders flee

A CIVIL WAR HAS TO REACH A HIDEOUS CODA TO scare off the rest of the world; Yugoslavia has achieved that state of savagery. Calling the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina "tragic, dangerous, violent and confused," U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali seemed to admit that the international community has lost any hope of controlling the desperately bloody dispute , among the enraged republics that formerly made up Yugoslavia. The U.N., he ruled, cannot send more peacekeeping troops into the Balkans because the fighting is too ferocious. All the West can do is tighten the diplomatic thumbscrews and listen to the screams.

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