Magazine article UNESCO Courier

Why?

Magazine article UNESCO Courier

Why?

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No longer can anyone plead ignorance of what is going on in Bosnia today or of what is at stake there. No longer can anyone maintain that there is nothing to choose between the lawful representatives of the sovereign state of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the massed forces of "ethnic cleansing" that are near to having destroyed it.

The international media have seen to that: the press and, more especially, radio and television show us day in and day out how the tide of horror is inexorably rising, detailing the plight of the refugees, the concentration camps, the murders of children and the mass rapes; writers and artists of all political persuasions are becoming personally involved; and the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council are becoming increasingly urgent.

Everyone has now begun to realize that what is happening in Bosnia-Herzegovina is much more than a local conflict between rival communities; it is the clash of two outlooks that exist in all societies the world over: one that is humanist and open, and that opts for pluralist democracy, and, on the other hand, one that yields to the temptation to create a supposedly "pure" ethnic entity by force. …

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