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The United States Involvement in Bosnia is it positive or negative After a lifetime of war in Bosnia can the United States really offer positive change To truly get a feel for the conflict in this region we must first look at the long-standing hatred between the occupying ethnic groups Serbs Muslims and Croats From 1481 to 1903 the Ottoman Empire was the ruling body over the entire Balkan region By the early nineteen hundreds the Ottoman Empire had collapsed In 1918 at the end of World War One Russia annexed the Balkan region renaming it Yugoslavia In 1919 Joseph Stalin Communist ruler of Russia and its satellite states ie Yugoslavia appointed Tito to be the head of Yugoslavia Tito quickly became an iron fisted and ruthless dictator The Machiavellian characteristics exhibited by Tito have given all Serbs a reputation as being strong armed and merciless With Titos death in 1991 Yugoslavia collapsed and split into 3 independent states Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia In 1994 Slovadon Malosovitch was elected ruler of the Serbian state Incidents of mass genocide and several other war crimes became regular occurrences under his rule The Bosnian crisis has shown the world the worst of human nature On behalf of the United Nations in an effort to settle the unrest in the Balkan region The United States became involved in 1995 The United States involvement includes the commitment of twenty thousand troops the troop support of legions of tanks and other vehicles and the full support of the United States Government Unfortunately this upset the native Bosnian people So although the United States feels obligated to help the Bosnian Cause they may be worsening the situation with their involvement both there and in the US There are two sides to this story The first is the opinion that the United States should completely withdraw from Bosnia The other opinion is that the United States should go headlong and give
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