Tragic choices in Kosovo

Milosevic as hostage taker

NATO gambles that it can stop the Serbs without causing a bloodbath in Kosovo." That statement, shouted from the cover of U.S. News & World Report, now seems to prompt an obvious response: The "gamble" was supreme folly, and NATO has on its hands the blood of butchered ethnic Albanian Kosovars and Serbs killed in bombing raids, as well as the misery of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have been ruthlessly expelled from their homes.

That, at least, is how many within our country's intellectual class, including church leaders, parse moral responsibility in the latest Balkan crisis. They're wrong.


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