Saving Bosnia -- At What Price?

There is a moral case for intervention, but neither the U.S. nor Europe is ready to shoulder the military cost

Multiple-choice test for global strategists: if Western military forces intervened in Bosnia, they would face a situation most like a) the Vietnam War, b) Desert Storm, c) Northern Ireland, d) none of the above. Since history rarely repeats itself exactly, the most likely answer is d. But there are enough points of similarity to a and c -- and of dissimilarity to b -- to give pause to the U.S. and Europe.

Western leaders are moving steadily closer to going ahead anyway. Public revulsion at the killing shown on television and a sense of impotence in the supposed new world order...

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