Opinion | What Happens When Our Leaders Lack Moral Courage

“Over the years, thousands of cadets at the United States Military Academy, myself included, have memorized and recited West Point’s Cadet Prayer. “Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong,” the prayer goes, “and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won. Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice, and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy.”

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Twenty years later, Bosnia is once again coming apart. nytimes.com|By Edward P. Joseph

When I recently visited my daughter in Sarajevo, I am embarrassed to say that I was surprised to learn that the Siege of Sarajevo, the shelling of the city by Serbian forces in the surrounding mountains, lasted four horrible years, 1992 to 1996. A survivor of the siege I interviewed, said the Americans under President Bill Clinton were largely responsible for pushing NATO and the UN to oppose the siege, eventually, with NATO airstrikes, that caused its end.

Edward Joseph was there. Now he writes: “To allow the likes of Mr. Dodik to threaten the secession of Republika Srpska from Bosnia is a step toward vindicating the wartime Serb project. Srebrenica stands — and must always stand — as a red line against maximalist Serb aspirations.”

Twenty years later, Bosnia is once again coming apart.
nytimes.com|By Edward P. Joseph