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LETTER

Carrot and Stick in Yugoslavia

Theodore Roosevelt had this prescription for successful foreign policy: Speak softly and carry a big stick. Jimmy Carter tied billion dollar bills to the end of the stick to get Egypt and Israel to make peace. Bill Clinton learned nothing from this; he spoke loudly and carried a small stick, ruling out the possibility of deploying U.S. ground troops in Yugoslavia. The failure of his policy has brought us to the brink of war.

We have already spent billions of dollars destroying the landmarks and infrastructure of Serbia, in the process turning an entire people against us. Would it not have been smarter to take the Camp David route, to offer these same billions as economic aid in exchange for internal reforms? It worked in the Middle East, a place which is not so different when you think about it.

Today, escalation is the buzzword. The mule refuses to yield, so we shall beat it until it dies. How enlightened. But perhaps it is unjust to blame Bill Clinton; it seems that Britain (the country which proudly defined Imperialism) and France (the country which started the debacle in Vietnam) are now the chief proponents of escalation. If we can get Germany fired up, maybe we can have a full scale re-enactment of World War I. How many shall we kill before this ends?

James J. Szabo G