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What users have said about the war in the Balkans

Tell us your questions and comments about the United States' and the United Nations' involvement in Bosnia's civil war through our feedback form.

You can send letters of support to the troops deployed to Bosnia and their families by sending E-mail to bosnia.letters@cnn.com.


My son is in the Army in Bosnia. Until a week ago he had not recieved mail. He had no dry socks and also needed clothing to help against the frostbite that is common. With all the news about the troops in Bosnia, I really wonder if the American public has any real idea of the conditions our troops are living in outside of the main base on the front line. They are living in mud and eat rations three times a day, mostly cold. Sickness among the troops is commonplace. Is this the Army of the United States? I will keep this short. If you would like more detailed info please contact me.

Marty Husby
E-mail: mhusby@sos.net


I have definite mixed emotions about our involvement in Bosnia. While on one hand I hope we can in some way help to end the human misery that is going on there, I feel that we are in a no-win position. The fighting and ethnic hatred has been going on there for hundreds of years. And as long as there are greedy nations (including us) that will supply arms, it will continue indefinitely. If we are to adopt the role of peacekeeper in Bosnia, what about Burundi, Malaysia, India-Pakistan, Central America or any one of dozens of other areas where ethnic or regional conflicts are going on? Probably, somebody did need to do something about Bosnia. But, why us? I see this as a purely European situation. Europe is proud of its new unity. If the European Union wants to be a player on the world stage, let them start now.

Rick Walters
E-mail: rick.walters@dallaxtx.attgis.com


It's good that the United Nations and the rich world are doing something about Bosnia. There is an obvious amount of overkill in the size of the force sent, which seems to be more about prestige than necessity. My only problem is that Burundi is going to go down the same path as Rwanda; everyone is watching (again) but no one is doing anything. A force a fraction the size of IFOR could stop genocide in Burundi. I hardly think we need complex geo-political analysis to see that those with the ability should stop this from happening. They are humans. Poor or not, we must save them from the consequences of tyranny.


The U.S. decides to send troops to this area "to promote peace." What kind of idealist notion is this?

Name: Corey
E-mail: cwelton@capaccess.org


British and French soldiers have been performing humanitarian work in Bosnia for several years. Both countries have suffered many losses but nobody in Britain is saying they should be withdrawn. The country is proud of them.

Name: Des Burke
E-mail: Des_Burke.wgc01@intl.rx.xeorx.com


As a service member stationed in Germany, I support our troops, and the cause that they are enforcing 100 percent. I will admit though, that it does worry me... Peace cannot be forced to appear out of the ashes of war.


This civil war in Bosnia is none of our business and we should not be there for any reason.

Name: R. Briggs
E-mail: ron_briggs@wcom.com


One of our soldiers committed the ultimate selfless act -- he gave his life for peace. There is no greater sacrifice possible and no better cause than that. Grow up America!

Name: Larisa Thomason
E-mail: lthomaso@hbr.com


I support the troop deployment to Bosnia as I believe it is important to help those in need. I do not understand the position of those opposed to the deployment because of our many problems on the domestic front.

Name: Brett Keeler


The Republicans who have called for the immediate removal of all U.S. forces from Bosnia do our nation a great disservice by showing the world what cowards we have running our country.

Name: Mike Peel


The U.S. could have stopped the whole affair from the start if not delayed by incompetence.

Name: Hans De Montgazon
E-mail: hade@hexonx.com


The Bosnian conflict reaches back to the Ottoman Empire some 400 years ago. The situation was made unbearable when after the first world war Bosnia and many other parts of central Europe were shared out on political bases and ignored human rights and natural justice. After the second world war, the agreement in Yalta repeated the same mistakes with spheres of influence; half of Europe given away once again. Those who act as the peacekeepers of Bosnia were the very people who created it some 75 years ago. When will the hypocrisy end?

Name: A Balla
E-mail: balla@omen.com.au


Clinton's strategic error in Bosnia may involve (us) in a truly unnecessary war, kill many Americans and go on for years. This major policy blunder will damage American credibility and, I believe, hasten the demise of NATO.

E-mail: gedepaul@hollyvision.com


It looks like many Americans are against President Clinton sending troops ... but what so many of us have forgotten is that we are a world super power. Is it right for us to sit back and let people kill themselves? The United States needs to be there.


I have a son in Brumholder, Germany, preparing for deployment to Bosnia. I would like someone to explain to me how I am suppose to feel about this. Peace sounds wonderful but is it realistic when these people have been fighting all of their lives?

Name: Joyce D. Leonard
E-mail: Joyce D Leonard@so.xerox


This whole sad affair is a lose-lose misadventure for America. While we all feel empathy for the true victims of this conflict, it is always a grave mistake to use the military as a proactive means to communicate our nation's emotions.

E-mail: etamm@cp.mnet.uswest.com (Emil Tamm) at Internet


I'm 14 years old and I have seen the reports on CNN. I feel that the peace mission will be a success if all parties work together and put an end to the human blood that is being spilled.

Name: Brandon Owada
E-mail: kmetta4@ix.netcom.com


Canadian troops have been peacekeepers for some time now. Some of our people have died in the name of peace. I hope your involvement in this NATO action will see your great fighting force turned into a weapon of conflict resolution that is as great as it is at winning conflicts.

Name: Owen McGowan
E-mail: c120@lambton.on.ca


The U.S. needs to not make itself the world's policeman. We obviously have more at home than we can handle as it is!

Name: Jeffrey K. Hunt
E-mail: jeffrey-hunt@uiowa.edu


It's rather past time for our illustrious "commander in chief" to acquire some honest/real experience in things military. I suggest thrusting a rifle into his hands, teach him how to load and pull the trigger then ship him over to lead our troops in Bosnia -- and make all the peace he wants to.

Name: Max J Seamons
E-mail: maxsea@teleport.com


It is the U.S., not the U.N. or the Europeans, who brokered the Bosnian treaty and finally brought the first real chance for peace in the war-torn region. This definitely proves that American leadership is strong, effective, and necessary to ensure peace, security, and prosperity we need in this world. Very few people realize just how important American leadership politically, militarily, and economically has been in making this world better. Not every problem in the world requires an American solution, but the Bosnian situation definitely does!

Name: Rock Cheung
E-mail: rcheung@uclink2.berkeley.edu


Historically throughout the world many nations have had feuds about religion, so what makes this case so special? I think we are framing ourselves, in other words we are putting ourselves in a death trap. It may be the humanitarian thing to do, but by sending the troops we will just lose more soldiers.

Name: Matt Best
E-mail: best@spacestar.com


I think it's great that the U.S. acts as the big brother for these nations that are in distress. Let's face it, the bottom line is democracy and human rights is important.

Name: Frank Carrasquillo
E-mail: C11@ionet.com


As a former Marine, I know that when I signed up I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The president does not have the right to independently send troops into harm's way. Please tell me how the Balkans are a threat to my country. My oath didn't say I would defend to the death my president's principles.

Name: H. Michael Bailey
E-mail: hmbailey@naz.edu


I feel the United States of America is making the biggest mistake in sending troops to Bosnia. If by chance the war reignites, then U.S. troops would be caught fighting the Serbs. Traditional Serb allies such as Romania and Russia would be forced to help, thereby starting WW III.

Name: Simion Tavoc
E-mail: st234408


As a future Marine I will do what my country asks of me not only because of them asking but also to stop the senseless bloodshed in this country. I am willing to give my life to save hundreds of others.

Name: Mathhew Bougher
E-mail: Mad.Hatter@CSIonline.com


When your boss, the president and commander in chief, commands you to help keep peace in a country that has just signed a peace treaty, you do the job!

Name: Brian Pollock
E-mail: Bpollock@plains.uwyo.edu


I think before we commit troops to Bosnia we should clean up our own sandbox of drugs and crime in this country.

Name: Abe Steed Jr.
E-mail: steed_a2corning.com


Concerning the risk of American peacekeepers in the Balkans, history has shown that a soldier's chances of survival greatly decreased each time America failed to declare war before sending troops, ironically. We never declared war in Vietnam, nor in Korea; casualties were quite high. However, a small percent of the total deployed died in both Kuwait and World War II.

Name: Duane Leonards
E-mail: MM21318@Appstate.Edu


I think the president is doing a good job in handling the situation in Bosnia. He is right to send troops to stop the carnage that has been going on. The people here in the U.S. only talk good deeds and human rights but when its time to put up they shut up.

Name: L.I. Garza
E-mail: leegarza@northrop.com


For once, an American president has morals and real concern for human rights. I think he is doing the right thing by getting involved.

Name: Anat Hovav
E-mail: Ahovav@thunder.ocis.temple.edu


Despite the personal risks, it is vital for the U.S. to maintain a presence in Bosnia. American military power is one force all sides in the conflict are willing to respect, if only because they must. More importantly, NATO's future and with it the future of trans-Atlantic ties are dependent upon the Bosnia mission. Not only American leadership, but also cooperation with a very precarious Russia can do nothing but benefit the future of security in Europe. It would be unfortunate if partisan sniping in Congress could undermine that which took two world wars to create.

Name: Jeff Mankoff
E-mail: jmankoff@uoknor.edu




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