Why Are We Going Into the Balkans?
ATO intervention in Kosovo, strongly supported by the United States, raises an interesting and troubling policy question, which may have important implications for the U.S. military. Until Kosovo, policy regarding the area was relatively straightforward. NATO would try to maintain the peace among the states created from Yugoslavia after the Cold War. NATO was interested in limiting the civil war in Bosnia, for example, based on the theory that any such conflict could spread. It did punish Serbia for what was widely perceived as support for ethnic Serbians trying to destroy the Bosnian government.