Sarajevo Burns. Will We Learn?

By May 13, the fighting in Sarajevo had become intolerable. Accordingly, U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali announced that the bulk of U.N. forces in Sarajevo were pulling out. The U.N., he said, simply cannot operate in a place where there is no political will for peace. "Peacekeeping must be based on the agreement of all parties."

But when all the parties agree, one already has peace. It is when the parties don't agree and are killing each other that peacekeeping is needed. But at that point the U.N. gets out.

Sarajevo burns and the world watches. The first serious shooting war to...

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