Bosnia and Herzegovina
August 2010 • Seems like I've taken it on the chin many times this year for the foreign policies of my country. Europeans especially have been quick to let me know how far America's standing has fallen since the Iraq invasion 7 years ago. So it was with considerable humility that I visited Sarajevo, a European capital that was victim of a long and brutal siege in the early '90s. For 1,335 days, Sarajevans fought for survival with their ingenuity, guts, and homemade weapons (thanks to an arms embargo endorsed by western Europe). Now, as western Europeans clog the streets to admire the city's multicultural heritage (and take advantage of cheap hotel rates and restaurant prices), I'm keen to know: Where were you in 1994 when Sarajevo was fighting for its life? Acts of aggression should be condemned, but turning a blind eye to them begs the question of which is worse. So please, Europe, no more lectures about America's foreign policy failings until you can explain to me why you allowed 12,000 Sarajevans to be murdered in your own backyard.
Sarajevo War Tunnel
List of the dead, Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum
Cathedral of Jesus' Heart
Ramazan, Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Siege exhibit, Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Monument to Murdered Children