Dispatches: Another Day of Peacekeeping

For 11 Canadian U.N. soldiers on a cold afternoon just before Christmas, it was bad enough to be on the thankless mission of patrolling a road in the thick of fighting between Serbs and Bosnian government troops. But if the past 20 months of warfare in the former Yugoslavia have proved anything, it is that things can always get worse.

Sergeant Jacques Beaulieu and 10 fellow Canadian blue berets were manning a checkpoint and bunker at a bridge on the recently opened road between Sarajevo and Visoko, 20 miles northwest of the Bosnian capital. Seven feet away was a Serbian checkpoint;...

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