For journalists, Bosnia was the Iraq of the 90s. I still have nightmares of entering dark, cold and sniper-infested Sarajevo after a harrowing drive down Mt. Igman. Of course, Kabul was equally dismal right around that time, but for a European, Sarajevo held special significance. It was sad as hell, and no one wishes it to happen again. Yet, here are former peace envoys Richard Holbrooke and Paddy Ashdown writing today in a Bosnian daily:
As in 1995, resolve and trans-atlantic unity are needed if we are not to sleepwalk into another crisis. […] It is time to pay attention to Bosnia again, if we don’t want things to get very nasty quickly. By now, we should all know the price of that.
I don’t profess to know what the hell is going on in the Balkans, but whatever it is, I hope someone’s taking care of it.