Academic journal article Military Review

The Road to Kosovo: A Balkan Diary

Academic journal article Military Review

The Road to Kosovo: A Balkan Diary

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THE ROAD TO KOSOVO: A Balkan Diary, Greg Campbell, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 1999, 229 pages, $25.00.

The Road to Kosovo: A Balkan Diary is a perfect title for Greg Campbell's book. As he travels from Bosnia to Kosovo, he describes the horrors of war and the lasting results of the atrocities committed by the warring factions. His travels symbolize his beliefs that the solution to Bosnia's crisis directly led to that in Kosovo. To Campbell, the Dayton Accord "became little more than a means of partitioning the country," and although peace was established, the political and military responsibilities were represented ineffectually.

Campbell paints a horrific picture of war's effects as he visits towns and speaks with inhabitants. Everywhere he goes he faces festering memories of war-refugees cannot return to their homes, and war criminals roam freely, continuing the hate that pervades the country.

Campbell writes, "Kosovo's revived autonomy should have been included in the Dayton Accords as a necessary provision for peace in Bosnia." By ignoring Kosovo's future, the international community gave Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic approval to terrorize the region. …

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