Mr. Clinton Pulls Up a Chair

The U.S. opts to join international peace talks rather than fight in Bosnia

FIRST WITH HAITI, NOW BOSNIA, BILL CLINTON IS DIScovering that governing is harder than campaigning. His new policy toward the Balkans, announced by Secretary of State Warren Christopher, lacks several ideas Clinton regularly promoted before November: lifting the arms embargo that has given the well- supplied Serbs an advantage over Bosnian irregulars, and using force to guarantee relief deliveries and access to concentration camps. For now, Clinton has chosen to pull up a chair and negotiate.

Clinton and Christopher had said that the peace plan marketed by Cyrus Vance and Lord Owen was too favorable to the Serb aggressors and militarily...

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