The first warship to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina in 90 years, the Nicholas (FFG-47) found a tentative country striving to rebuild.
Even as today's headlines focus on events in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States' role in Bosnia and Herzegovina must remain on our radar scope. By examining this region, the way ahead in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq can find a current reference.
The fundamental lessons of Bosnia and Herzegovina are that recovery will require decades, the costs will be significant, but that any other course will lead to chaos. Only the sustained commitment of the United States and the international community can provide the hope critical to the people of a fragmented nation. Without this hope, democracy and economic revitalization will falter and fail-and provide fertile ground for terrorists to thrive.
The View from Bosnia and Herzegovina