Warren Christopher and I agreed to this compromise proposal, because we did not realize at the time that in its actual implementation, the authority granted to the commander of the NATO forces in Bosnia would never be used in any significant way. And this hit home with a fantastic impact in March of 1996 when the Bosnian Serbs, on the day that Sarajevo was supposed to be unified under Muslim control, burned down the Serb suburbs. And the NATO forces, with the authority to step in and capture the arsonists and put out the fires, left the arsonists alone and left their own NATO fire trucks in their fire houses. And the Serb parts of Sarajevo burned. And so did part of the dream of a multi-ethnic Bosnia on that day. …

The late Richard Holbrooke on the latitude that NATO got in 1996 making it optional to capture war criminals Radovan Karadzic and Radko Mladic, the two men with the most culpability for the slaughter in Srbenica, Bosnia.

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