Atrocity And Outrage

Specters of barbarism in Bosnia compel the U.S. and Europe to ponder: Is it time to intervene?

The shock of recognition is acute. Skeletal figures behind barbed wire. Murdered babies in a bus. Two and a half million people driven from their homes in an orgy of "ethnic cleansing." Detention camps, maybe even concentration camps. Surely these pictures and stories come from another time -- the Dark Ages, the Thirty Years' War, Hitler's heyday. Psychic defenses struggle to minimize, to deny, to forget. Not here; not now. Europeans were supposed to have learned from the last terrible war on their soil not to murder their neighbors. Educated people, on the verge of the 21st century, in a relatively...

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