DEFENDING AMERICA
David H. Hackworth
November 14, 1995

THE DAYTON 500 PEACE TALKS MAY CRASH

The inside word is that the Clinton shotgun peacefest in Dayton, Ohio, between presidents Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia, Franjo Tudjman of Croatia and Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia is falling apart faster than a Liz Taylor marriage, despite the State Department's high-five hype.

The U.N. tribunal's fingering of human scumbags such as Bosnian Serbs Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic and Bosnian Croats Tihomir Blaskic and Dario Kordic and Bosnian Muslim Naser Oric for war crimes could cinch the breakup.

Serbia's Milosevic won't easily hand over his two chosen cutthroats because they're sure to rat on his own murderous conduct in the 42- month civil war. Nor will the other presidents spring their favorite killers for the same reasons.

Besides, Milosevic is in deep trouble back home. Most recently, he let the Croatian Serbs get whipped in the Krajina by a Croat blitzkrieg planned by our own Rent-An- America-General-Inc. and approved by Bill Clinton's gang that can't think straight.

State Department dissenters are calling the peace plan a sham cooked up by Assistant Secretary Richard Holbrooke. A Foggy Bottom source says, "When all the war crimes indictments come down involving almost every big and small leader in that three-way civil war, the hard core will have two choices: to fight or surrender and be hanged."

Right now, Karadzic, Mladic, Blaskic, Kordic and Oric are on top of the Hague Tribunal's Most Wanted List, but there are dozens of others -- Croat, Muslim and Serb -- about to be named.

Take Croatia's Tudjman. This Nazi-like monster is responsible for the largest ethnic cleansing of the war. Last summer in the Krajina region, he caused more than 200,000 Croatian Serbs to be brutally bayoneted/burned/bombed from their ancestral homes.

The third mobster who bellied up to the peace table is Bosnia's Izetbegovic. His specialty, besides importing hard-core Muslim killers, is ordering the execution of his own people and then blaming the Serbs. There have been dozens of these grim incidents, but let's just replay three that happened in Sarajevo:

May 27, 1992 -- 20 Bosnians killed and 70 wounded in a mortar attack on a bread line.

Feb. 5, 1994 -- mortar rounds hit a crowded market, killing 68 people and wounding about 200.

Aug. 28, 1995 -- 38 people killed and dozens wounded when a mortar shell slammed near a market.

All three horror shows were initially blamed on the Serbs. U.N. investigators later said Izetbegovic's goons did the killing.

Besides it being repugnant to deal with such slime (can you imagine FDR sitting down and talking peace with Hitler, Tojo and Mussolini?), it's a waste of time; whatever deal is struck won't stick for long.

And here Clinton is, trying to make peace with these murderers. Sure, he has arm-twisted the combatants to the peace table, but he can't by presidential decree force longtime enemies into holding hands while they warble "Imagine." No way will he be able to bring off a Haiti, stuffing peace down the belligerents' throats and then sending in peace-keepers.

Even after a peace agreement is signed, Bosnian Serb extremists will push to secede and join greater Serbia. Izetbegovic's Muslims will try to stop them at all costs. And in eastern Slovenia -- another potential killing field -- both Belgrade and Zagreb are at this very moment massing large forces.

Similarly, large-scale fighting could occur between Muslim and Croat forces over already bloodied turf. Because Tudjman isn't going to give up the Bosnian land he's already "cleansed," the U.S.-conceived Muslim-Croat federation is a joke.

A doable peace won't occur until all sides accept each combatant's military capabilities and the sheer reality of the battlefield. Without such understanding, the peacekeepers will be placed at high risk trying to keep a peace that doesn't exist -- and too busy protecting themselves from the many hate-filled extremists/war criminals on all sides doing their best to blow them away.

Too, if renewed fighting kicks off, the Clinton-concocted NATO and Russian peacekeeping force could end up backing opposing sides. Then look out for a wider war that could suck in all of Europe.

How to avoid the disaster? Simple. Arm Bosnia, keep NATO air on station until Bosnia can defend itself, and most important, stay the hell out of Bosnia with U.S. ground troops.