Then As Farce

October 9, 1992. The UN adopts Resolution 781, to prevent the military use of Bosnian airspace. The reasoning is that it will level the playing field and give the out-gunned but plucky good guys, Muslims whose hearts and minds we wanted to win, a fighting chance. By April of the following year, we were bombing the territory of the former Yugoslavia. We would not stop doing so for six years. At the end of the day, “200,000 people were killed, 12,000 of them children, up to 50,000 women were raped, and 2.2 million were forced to flee their homes,” despite our efforts to save them through air power. Several hundred Americans are stationed on former Yugoslavian soil still, almost twenty years later, as I write this. But at least it all achieved its desired result: grateful Muslims the world over have been warmly disposed to us ever since.

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