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Bosnian blame game

Britain bears its share of responsibility for the Bosnian fiasco but a simplistic polemic does little to deepen understanding

By David Hannay   December 2001

It is chastening to be reminded by the publication of this book just how completely Bosnia has drifted out of public view. Even before the events of 11th September blotted out pretty well every other subject on the international scene, Bosnia had receded into the margins of international concern. The odd cameo performance in the Hague by the Butcher of Belgrade, cross-references to the atrocity of Srebrenica, some bracketing with Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia as unsolved Balkan trouble spots. That was about the sum of it.

Yet for half of the last decade, Bosnia was almost as pervasive a presence…

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