America Abroad: Why Bosnia Is Not Vietnam

Why Bosnia Is Not Vietnam

History has doubly cursed the Balkans. it not only energizes the combatants in the most perverse way imaginable, it also paralyzes the would-be peacemakers. While the crisis deepens, well-intentioned outsiders ponder their options and fret about the risks in terms borrowed from other wars in other eras.

Vietnam is the name not just of a country but also of a syndrome from which the U.S. still suffers -- notwithstanding Dr. Bush's self-congratulatory claim to the contrary a little more than a year ago. Senior officials of his Administration have repeatedly defined the danger awaiting the U.S. if it leads a large-scale...

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