HEADLINERS: RICHARD HOLBROOKE

Infuriating but effective, he bullied the Balkan bosses into signing a fragile peace in Bosnia

RICHARD HOLBROOKE Infuriating but effective, he bullied the Balkan bosses into signing a fragile peace in Bosnia

DURING THE THREE YEARS BEFORE AMERICA'S policy toward Bosnia became inextricably linked with the name of Richard Holbrooke, the Clinton Administration seemed to be basing its actions on Bismarck's famous comment that the Balkans are not "worth the healthy bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier." In July 1995, however, the Bosnian Serbs seized Srebrenica, a U.N.-designated "safe haven," and set about massacring several thousand of its men and boys. This atrocity, only the latest of many, stirred Bill Clinton into belated action. The President...

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