A Little Bombing Is a Dangerous Thing

Despite NATO raids, the Serbs tighten their vise around Gorazde, confounding Clinton and his allies

As each day passed, the designation of Gorazde as a U.N.-sanctioned "safe area" seemed increasingly like a cruel joke. Two rounds of NATO air strikes early in the week had done little to ease the Serbs' tightening vise around the besieged Muslim enclave on the Drina River. By Friday, Serb forces had moved artillery and armored vehicles into the surrounding hills and pounded away at the city of 65,000 civilians with howitzers, mortars and tank cannons. On Saturday afternoon, as Bosnian radio reported fretfully that tanks were rolling through Gorazde and firing into residential areas, NATO dispatched six planes to search...

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