The Western world must not turn its back on the unfolding catastrophe in the disintegrating republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is the most hideous, factional bloodletting in Europe in half a century. Now is not the time for finger pointing and assigning blame - not when repeated, relentless violations of human rights have already taken upwards of 20,000 lives, injured tens of thousands of other people and made refugees of some 2 million more people.
It is time for forceful action. It is time to assure refuge for civilians fleeing the chaos that was once Yugoslavia. The crisis of anguish of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot be ignored. The United States must exert its leadership, and with the European Community, use whatever means necessary - including possible military action - to end the devastation of the refugees. Mark J. Levinson, Boston President, American Jewish Committee
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