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Hard line

THE Bosnian Serb warlord Radovan Karadzic likes to present himself as a man of high civilisation, who impresses journalists by quoting T S Eliot in English.

Our research reveals, however, that it's always the same three lines:

Let us go then, you and I,

When the evening is spread out against the sky,

Like a patient etherized upon a table

The more you think about these verses, the more menacing they are - especially for Bosnian Muslims. In fact, as leader of forces which prevent medical supplies reaching Muslim areas, what Radovan really has in mind is a patient UNetherised upon a table.