High-Altitude

Help Clinton decides to air-drop aid into Bosnia, but the humanitarian gesture may turn out to be a high-risk venture with wide-ranging consequences

Beware food that falls from the sky. When supplies were airlifted to Kurdish refugees trapped on the mountain border of Iraq two years ago, people were injured and even killed. Eager recipients who rushed to catch the descending pallets were crushed and others wounded as they fought for possession of the aid. By one count, at least 16 people died in such accidents. It is not easy to provide humanitarian aid this way, nor is it always effective.

But last week President Bill Clinton decided the symbolic gesture was worth the risks and ordered U.S. C-130 transport planes to drop food...

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