It is clear to me that many in the West see the Bosnians in similar stereotypical terms: they are not individuals but an impersonal mass known as 'the Muslims', even though in Sarajevo, one in three marriages was mixed right up till the war.
The hostility of Douglas Hurd to journalists who try to portray the human dimension of the story is well known. If Malcolm Rifkind, the Defence Secretary, had visited the wounded in hospital on Sunday, a powerful figure would have moved beyond viewing the Sarajevans as a wretched anonymous group. Of course, no such visit was made.
Department of Peace Studies
University of Bradford
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