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Issue: "School shooting," Dec. 13, 1997

Similarly, Bosnian Army General Ramiz Delalic, in an interview for the Sarajevo magazine Danima, concedes that his own Muslim soldiers were responsible for the 1993 massacre of 32 Croatian civilians in Grabovici. Gen. Delalic, who commanded the Bosnian Muslim Army's 9th Motorized Brigade, said he is prepared to go to the war crimes tribunal at The Hague to testify against his own soldiers.

Those incidents point to a little-voiced but overriding concern about maintaining U.S. leadership of NATO forces. "The most important advantage of American presence is that it is actually saving Bosnia from forced Islamization," said Mr. Kuzmic. "If the United States is not there, Iran and others will see Bosnia as their launching pad for Europe."

Lengthening the stay for U.S. troops, however, won't solve many of the problems two years of their presence and billions of dollars in aid from the United Nations and European donor nations have so far failed to resolve. Humanitarian need is far from over in Bosnia, and, according to Mr. Kuzmic, donor fatigue has set in.

"Bosnia is not in the media anymore," notes Mr. Kuzmic. "Yet so many refugees have not been able to return to their homes. For those who do have homes, often their workplaces have not been rebuilt." When Agape Ministries, which Mr. Kuzmic heads, was forced to close many of its soup kitchens this year, dozens of residents complained they'd lost the only hot food they'd had since the war.

Mindy Belz
Mindy Belz

Mindy travels to the far corners of the globe as the editor of WORLD and lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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