Yugoslavia Out of Control

In a country where all sides are consumed by ancient animosities, even the army seems incapable of halting the drive for secession

How to make sense out of a country, and a spasm of violence, that makes little sense in itself? Whom to sympathize with, in a struggle among hostile and unreasonable antagonists? In whose hands is the country called Yugoslavia, stitched together from unwilling parts? Why can't the claims of self- determination be solved peacefully?

Neither those locked in conflict within the country's borders nor those watching from a distance could explain exactly what guided events last week as the showdown between the Yugoslav People's Army and the secessionist republics of Slovenia and Croatia first pushed toward all-out civil war, then pulled...

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