Kosovo: A Bad Beginning And No Good Ending

It began with the loftiest of intentions: President Clinton and NATO would take Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic by the scruff of the neck and force him to stop harassing ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Instead, the allies' police action has turned into a Balkan imbroglio in which both sides blundered: The U.S. President misread Serbian resolve to chase ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, while Milosevic failed to understand that NATO had to react strongly to reports of mass murders of civilians in Europe.

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