Munich All Over Again?

Talks on a settlement in Bosnia sound uncomfortably reminiscent of the 1938 surrender to aggression

In international politics, Munich is a word of shame. The 1938 conference at which Britain and France agreed to let Adolf Hitler's troops occupy a big chunk of their ally Czechoslovakia made the city's name synonymous with a cowardly sellout to aggression. So it is no surprise that the organizers of the international conference on the Balkans that is scheduled to meet in London this week staunchly deny they will countenance a rerun. Just the opposite, says British Deputy Foreign Secretary Douglas Hogg: the conferees will "make it absolutely plain to the Serbs that they are not going to be allowed...