WHEN PEACEKEEPING DOESN'T WORK

It may be time to ban the word peacekeeping, or at least to limit its use. As has been widely pointed out, peacekeeping is impossible if there is no peace to keep. It might be said with only slight exaggeration that peacekeeping works only when it is not necessary -- in other words, when enemies have more or less agreed to stop fighting. In such situations, Blue Helmets can provide the final impetus toward peace and supervise established arrangements, as happened in Cyprus, Mozambique, Cambodia, the Sinai and elsewhere. But it cannot work in a cockpit like Bosnia, as U.N. officials...

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