Slow Call to Arms

The Security Council implies force can be used, maybe, as a last resort

The U.N. Security Council's resolution on what to do about the carnage in Bosnia-Herzegovina is anything but a call to arms. It authorizes "all measures necessary" to make sure relief shipments get to Sarajevo and other parts of the suffering country. Though that would cover the possible use of armed force, the resolution does not say so and makes no provision for a U.N. military role.

After prolonged diplomatic dickering, the 15-member Security Council passed the resolution last week by a vote of 12 to 0, with China, India and Zimbabwe abstaining. Air and road deliveries of food and medicine were...

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