Looking at History to Face Balkan Future

The front-page analysis of the Balkans, May 17, could help our decisionmakers in Washington see this conflict as the enigma it is. Nationalistic, ethnic, and religious pride remains the means for aspiring tyrants to goad these people into killing each other.

Until the region's enslaving cultural bonds are replaced by the collective ability of its inhabitants to subjugate pride to benefit the whole, we are left with no course but an attempt to contain the conflict. James L. Taylor, Phoenix

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