or example: What would it mean to say a province was "Serbian" (or Croatian or Muslim)? Would this designation imply that:
f these "provinces" are to be given autonomous status, what will become of the many minority members within those areas? Many of these districts contain a larger number of ethnically diverse people than the total population of the 'dominant' group in whose "province" they may live. The presumable reason for this division of Bosnia (or any other country) would be to separate warring factions that are so locked into the embrace of their mutual dance of death that only forcible separation will end the conflict. How can such a division along ethnic lines, be accomplished when, over the course of the last 500 years, members of the three major groups (and many others) have distributed themselves in random fashion around the countryside? If the world's proclaimed interest is the assurance of protection for the rights of human individuals, how will permanent ethnic division help?
icious gangs of nationalist extremists have declared themselves unable to live with their neighbors because of historical differences. Through acts of rape, murder, and mindless destruction, they struggle to 'separate' themselves by military genocide.
n this atmosphere, talk of human rights guarantees carries little weight with the zealous demagogues who now rule their fiefdoms through force of arms and appeals to irrational fear. Locked into this separationist mind-set are the U.S. and European peace negotiators who find the acceptance of this new form of Apartheid as a politically and economically cheap solution for their dissolute pragmatism, embarrassing lack of political imagination, and utter bankruptcy of moral commitment.
f the ostensible reason for this segregation is to ameliorate ethnic friction, then we must assume that "ethnic cleansing" is a strategy that now has the imprimatur of the western negotiators . Moreover, a forcible separation will, in the eyes of each ethnic group, again represent another "historical wrong" against one's own people which would then have to be eradicated in some future ethnic cleansing. We advocate therefore, the establishment of a UN protectorate for the entire region.
t is not the intensity of our courage against aggressors, but the depth of our commitment to the ways of peace that will distinguish our generation of human beings from its predecessors. The world is too small, our weapons -too destructive, the stakes -too high, to permit us the luxury of accepting the conventional wisdom regarding the inevitability of war. Redrawing the lines on a map can never be substituted for the more difficult work of reconstructing the topography of social sympathy and mutual acceptance. What is happening in old Yugoslavia is happening everywhere, in less intense ways perhaps, but still needing a positive human solution to a pandemic human conflict.