The Peacekeepers' Slow, Cold, Perilous Road Home

While the diplomats talked last week of strengthening the U.N. force in Bosnia, military officers on both sides of the Atlantic were working furiously on plans to pull them out. NATO estimates there is a 1-in-3 chance that the lightly armed peacekeepers will have to withdraw before spring, perhaps under very hostile conditions.

If that is the situation, the rescue army will approach 50,000 troops, twice the size of the force they will be leading to safety. The rescuers -- half of them American -- will muscle into Bosnia with enough weapons and munitions to fight a full-scale war, but not...

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