Painful Relief

Washington's CARE packages to Bosnia spark controversy

IN THE TANGLED EQUATION OF BALKAN POLITICS, neutrality is a chimera. That was the first painful lesson of the U.S. airdrop of food and medical supplies over Bosnia, an effort widely touted as nonmilitary in intent and, by offering help to all, evenhanded in scope. In night after night of high-altitude cargo clearing missions, U.S. C-130 aircraft parachuted tons of goods to the republic's warring multiethnic residents. But the rain of relief had unpleasant consequences. Not only did it make sniper targets out of many who ventured out to retrieve it, but it may also have helped provide cover for a...

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