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Sleepwalking Into Another Balkan Crisis

Paddy Ashdown and Richard Holbrooke in The Guardian:

Almost exactly 13 years ago, American leadership brought an end to Bosnia's three-and-a-half-year war through the Dayton peace agreement. Today the country is in real danger of collapse. As in 1995, resolve and transatlantic unity are needed if we are not to sleepwalk into another crisis.

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Andrew Z on :

A frightening prospect. But this time, the EU has to step up to the challenge. The US cannot/will not provide the necessary hard or soft power again. This is the time for the EU to show that it really did learn from the first Balkan crisis. Will Europeans rise to the challenge? Given the economic/political environment of the EU, my guess is no. I hope I am proven wrong.

rushlevin on :

Don't fret with president obama everybody will love each other. that is what you all keep telling us. I haven't drank the kool-aid, but most of you did.

Kevin Sampson on :

We won't (I hope), Europe can't, maybe the Russians will?

Marie Claude on :

Since you'll get Madeleine toobright again, you'll do it

Don S on :

Maddy 40-watt? No way. Nope, the EU members of NATO will have to sort this out themselves this time. The US has learned it's lesson from last time around. NATO's new motto is: "We? What do you mean, "we"?!!!!

Marie Claude on :

uh, I would let the Serbs do the job, so far they were the victims of a concerted volition from the UN/US to separate the "evil" from the tares, oops, the "good" from the tares, their country don't let Biden take the file

Kevin Sampson on :

Uh, don't you mean EU/US? After all, the UN didn't sanction Bosnia, which was why it was deemed a 'NATO' operation.

Marie Claude on :

klar, though didn't the UN got rid of the baby and the bath water with the résolution 1244 (1999)? also if it goes under OSCE, it needs a resolution to be passed ?

Kevin Sampson on :

Eight years after the fact. BFD. And the OSCE didn't have the balls to do anything then and doesn't have the balls to do anything now. If the Balkans reverts to its normal level of mayhem, it will be a tailor-made opportunity for Putin to intervene, on humanitarian grounds of course, to 'end the suffering of the defenseless civilians' no doubt. By the way, did Joe Biden’s prediction that the Dear Leader would be tested by an international crisis get any coverage in Europe? This would also be a great opportunity for Vlad to take the measure of our Dear Leader.

Marie Claude on :

uh, Putin's back bone ? !!! some justice for the slavics there :lol: the albanese and muslim mafia did had the the first set, see who's gonna get the 2nd !

Kevin Sampson on :

You think Putin lacks the backbone? Ask the Georgians.

Marie Claude on :

never said so, he might get the pleasure that history 'll reverse the right way there, if we don't mess in the middle

Kevin Sampson on :

Don't be too sure. The Dear Leader will be too busy re-enacting the fall of Saigon.

Don S on :

US involvement in any war is always a mistake. On the other hand, Russian involvement in anything is invariably a great-minded thing; a positive development. Even when a lot of people die or lose their freedomas a result - it's invaribly for the best. So be it.

rushlevin on :

U.S. rep. Frank, D-Mass. said when they take over congress. they will cut military spending by 25%. The U.S. will also leave Iraq sooner.

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