Under Siege

Battered and bloodied, a historic city clings to the hope of survival

No bridge of sighs has seen more to lament than the Stari Most spanning the Neretva River in historic Mostar. Last week, as a precarious cease-fire held in central Bosnia, the bridge, festooned with old automobile tires in a gallant attempt to protect it from the ravages of shell and mortar fire, stood in testimony to the most fervent hope of the trapped citizens of this shattered town -- that somehow the yawning gap between war and peace can be bridged and life allowed to resume again.

With the peace talks in Geneva flickering on the brink of collapse, however, such...

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