Why Do They Keep on Killing?

Exhaustion may be the only way to stop the hatreds that have rent the old Yugoslavia

"I PROCLAIM THE FEDERAL REpublic of Yugoslavia," intoned Bogdana Levakov, leader of the parliament in Belgrade, as a new flag was hoisted minus the red star of the old communist Yugoslavia. The star was not all that was gone: this Yugoslavia consists of just two republics, Serbia and Montenegro, with less than half the territory and less than half the 23.9 million people that constituted the nation of six republics a year ago. Only a handful of other countries sent representatives to honor the launch of the self-proclaimed new Yugoslavia.

Even as the old Yugoslavia is cut apart, blood continues to...

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