Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No U.S. Action, and Serbs Continue to Kill

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No U.S. Action, and Serbs Continue to Kill

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The story has moved off the front page. It is approaching the limits of the public's attention span for even the most unrelenting horrors. The U.S. government has made a policy decision to ignore it.

But Serbian fascism is still taking its toll in Bosnia. Serbs are shooting other human beings, shelling them, starving them and seeing that they die of the cold, for only one reason: because they are not Serbs.

Though the newspaper and broadcast reports have become less prominent, anyone who wants to know what is happening in Bosnia can know. Here are some fragments of the news over the last month:

Nov. 28: Serbian shellfire killed five people in Sarajevo today on the eve of a new round of peace talks, pointing up the bleak prospects as the fierce Balkan winter begins to bite into the war-ravaged Bosnian countryside.

Dec. 6: It was foggy and drizzly, the weather people in Sarajevo like because it makes it hard for snipers to see, so the market called Ciglane was crowded at 11:30 this morning when the shells began falling.

When it was over, five people were dead and 17 wounded, an unremarkable toll for a city entering its 20th month under siege by Serbian forces dug in on the surrounding mountains. A total of 22 Sarajevans have been killed by shellfire in just the last week.

(That story was by John Kifner of The New York Times. Over it an editor put the singularly apt headline "Another Day, Another Sarajevo Raid.")

Dec. 9: Serbian forces killed at least eight people in Sarajevo today, including one of the city's leading pediatricians. Hospital officials said mortar attacks killed four people at a market and three near a clinic, including the director, Dr. Galib Eleho, a pediatrician known for his work with the U.N. Children's Fund.

"One of our trucks was delivering milk to the clinic for a baby food program," said UNICEF's Nadim Jaganjac. Eleho "had just stepped out to arrange for someone to unload it when the mortar landed and killed him."

Dec. …

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