Reporting from the Bosnian war zone, American author David Rieff indicts the West and the UN for standing by at the annihilation. Travelling extensively in Bosnia for more than two years, he made his way from Sarajevo to the other besieged cities and villages, and like the European Bosnians he could not believe, at first, what he was witnessing - ...
Reporting from the Bosnian war zone, American author David Rieff indicts the West and the UN for standing by at the annihilation. Travelling extensively in Bosnia for more than two years, he made his way from Sarajevo to the other besieged cities and villages, and like the European Bosnians he could not believe, at first, what he was witnessing - a genocidal war. In this book he dissects the failures of the UN and the West as he talks with the officials and the people at the heart of the tragedy.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-02-26 Journalist Rieff's passionate indictment of the West's failure to intervene militarily in the Bosnian war. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly, 1995-01-30 Rieff (Going to Miami) ``resolved to write as frankly incendiary a narrative as I could of my journeys to the slaughterhouse that the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina became in the spring of 1992.'' He found a society with multicultural ideals worth preserving and concluded that the great powers had a moral obligation to defend Bosnian independence: ``It should have been the West's cause.'' Rieff describes the terror tactics employed by the Bosnian Serbs against Bosnian Muslims and makes the chilling observation that Serb soldiers are better outfitted for killing civilians than for engaging enemy forces on a battlefield. He acknowledges that humanitarian relief efforts have been as heroic as any in modern history but argues that, more than food, medicine and clothing, military intervention is needed. He reviews Washington's prevaricating Bosnia policy and the toothless resolutions of the U.N. Security Council, referring to the U.N. ``peacekeepers'' as handmaidens of genocide for standing idly by as a nation is murdered. The resonating attitude of this brief report is despair. Gone, says Rieff, is ``the dream that the world has a conscience; the dream that Europe is a civilized place; the dream that there is justice for the weak as well as for the strong.'' (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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