The UN may use force to protect itself, but, perversely, making people in 'safe' areas safe has never been its intention. It does not even fulfil the mandates it clearly set itself - in the occupied areas of Croatia it should have disarmed the paramilitary units and made it possible for displaced people to return. In two years not a single non-Serb refugee has returned home, as far as I know.
It is likely that the Serbs will let the game go on a little longer. We shall then see the Russians produce a miracle formula which the Serbs will accept (surprise, surprise), the Bosnian government will be given no alternative but to sign on the dotted line, and we shall celebrate a 'negotiated' settlement.
For all those innocent people who have died, are dying and are still to die, I want to know where the pivotal point in all this is: London, Washington, Moscow, Paris, Brussels, New York . . . or all of them together?
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