The Perils of Good Intentions

Humanitarian aid is proving no substitute for action in post-cold war conflicts

HUNGER AND HOPELESSNESS CAN drive people to desperate acts. As a 10-truck U.N. aid convoy entered the Muslim village of Ticici in central Bosnia on its way to Tuzla last Wednesday, more than 200 residents stood waiting by the road. Someone opened fire from the window of a house at the convoy's police escort, and the villagers mobbed the trucks, grabbing for any supplies they could reach. It was the second attack in two days on a convoy in Ticici, where villagers believe they are not receiving their fair share of food.

On Thursday night, gunmen armed with assault weapons ambushed...

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