Troops or Consequences

NATO issues a remarkable ultimatum to Milosevic and the Kosovars: Make peace, or we'll bomb you

What does it cost to stop a war? In the post-cold war era, the answer, it seems, is always the same: American troops.

On the last occasion in the Balkans, to pacify Bosnia, it took NATO bombs, three weeks of shouting, pleading diplomacy at Dayton, Ohio, and 20,000 U.S. troops to help enforce the peace. Now will the U.S. have to pay the same to end the killing in Kosovo? The Clinton Administration has long winced at the idea of going that far into the quicksand of Serbia's Kosovo province. But in defiance of the U.S.-brokered October cease-fire, the Serbs continue...

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