Sacrificing for Sarajevo

The Jan. 12 Danziger cartoon with the heading ``The New Samaritans'' shows the United States and Western European countries passing by on the other side of the road while gangsters beat an individual representing Sarajevo.

What we need now is a fresh story (and cartoon), a parable of the true new Samaritan who, in spite of being attacked by the Serb and Croat brigands, stops and sacrifices to bring aid and comfort to those who are suffering from brutality and privation.

The role of the new Samaritan is being played by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, members of Doctors Without Borders, and workers for the many private voluntary relief groups active in the former Yugoslavia, Somalia, and elsewhere in the world. John E. Fobes, Asheville, N.C.

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