NATO AND THE BALKANS: LOUDER THAN WORDS

AFTER YEARS OF BLUFFING, NATO RESPONDS TO A SERB ATROCITY WITH FORCE, AND CHANCES FOR A SETTLEMENT IN THE BALKANS SEEM BETTER THAN THEY HAVE SINCE THE WARS THERE BEGAN

"A man with no arm came into my shop, the blood gushing from his stump. Then he ran away. I saw the torso of a woman. She was still moving, but her legs were gone. The other day I saw something similar in a film. A beast cut a young man in two, torso and legs. One was a movie, the other is our reality here in Bosnia. We are like a flock of little chickens squeezed into this cage of a town, chirping for help."

Those were the reflections of Ferid Durakovic the day after a Serb mortar shell landed...

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