THE PEACEKEEPING PARADOX

CAN THE U.S. MAINTAIN ITS NEUTRALITY AND AVOID PROVOKING THE SERBS IF IT ARMS AND TRAINS THE MUSLIMS?

TWO LEADERS ADDRESSING THEIR troops last Saturday: in Germany Bill Clinton tells the 1st Armored Division, slated for Bosnia duty, "If you are threatened with attack, you may respond immediately and with decisive force." That line receives the loudest whoops and applause of the day. Meanwhile, in Vlasenica, a town 80 km northeast of Sarajevo, General Ratko Mladic, the military leader of the Bosnian Serbs, speaks at a ceremony inaugurating a new brigade. "We cannot allow our people to come under the rule of butchers," he says. "Those who bombed us have now infiltrated like lambs, saying they want to protect...

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