The Doves Are Right About Bosnia

There is a rising chorus for intervention in the Balkan wars. It is a call to folly. There is an understandable desire to "do something" -- but without any calculation of cost or effectiveness. Worse, without any consideration of the objective.

The impulse for intervention is all means and no ends. For the question in Bosnia is not intervention. The question is, Intervention in the service of what political objective?

If the objective is the re-creation of the Bosnian state -- a fiction with no history of independence, a state composed of ethnic groups with a demonstrated and murderous inability to...

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