The nightmare of two million European refugees without hope or refuge will add dangerously to the growing instability of wider Europe, not to the US. The incoming US administration did its utmost to persuade its European allies to lift the arms embargo on the Bosnian Muslims and defend civilian enclaves with air support, but this was opposed by the obstinate, short-sighted chancelleries of Europe.
In these circumstances, how could the US go it alone? Once again, appeasement has bought a few weeks while Europe slides towards war. We will come to rue the day that we betrayed our fellow Europeans as well as the Atlantic alliance.
The writer was Secretary of State for Defence during the Falklands War.Reuse content