U.S. should steer clear of Yugoslavia | SierraSun.com

U.S. should steer clear of Yugoslavia

On the eve of March 25, NATO forces, including American pilots, began bombing targets in Yugoslavia.


Yugoslavia has long been the “powderkeg” of Europe, a region ravaged by a longstanding religious and cultural conflict between Muslims and Christians. The battle in Yugoslavia has raged for several centuries, erupting periodically into violence.

No intervention from outside forces is likely to change that in the long term, unless they sweep the country clean.

It’s difficult to see any reason why the administration would drag our soldiers into a war half a world away, where no U.S. interests are at stake. Yugoslavia is a regional European problem, and U.S. troops have no place there.

America learned a harsh lesson during the Somalia debacle, which also put our troops into a combat situation in a place where they had no earthly reason to be.

Against high-tech, mechanized Serb forces, equipped with modern anti-aircraft guns and missiles, it is likely that some of our pilots will be shot down – and some could die on foreign soil, in a land where no American civilians are threatened.

Is Yugoslavia worth risking the life of a single American soldier?

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