Allied in Failure

Western impotence over Bihac is the culmination of two years of ineffectual wrangling among Washington, its European partners and the U.N.

BY JAMES WALSH

Reported by Jay Branegan/Brussels, James L. Graff/Vienna, J.F.O. McAllister/ Washington, and Alexandra Stiglmayer/Zagreb, with other bureaus

The tables were spread in Brussels last week for a grand conclave charting the future of NATO. Foreign ministers representing the 16 partners in one of history's strongest, most successful alliances arrived with words intended to reaffirm its solidarity, even as the war in Bosnia was testing its inner strength. The mantra of the hour was articulated by Warren Christopher, who came armed with a freshly retuned U.S. policy toward a corner of Europe that has defied Western peacemaking efforts. Declared the...

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