SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Thirteen years after the United States
brokered the Dayton peace agreement to end the ferocious ethnic war in the
former Yugoslavia, fears are mounting that Bosnia, poor and divided, is again
teetering toward crisis.
On the surface, this haunted capital, its ancient mosques and Orthodox churches
still pocked by mortar fire, appears to be enjoying a renaissance. Young
professionals throng to stylish cafes and gleaming new shopping malls while the
muezzin heralds the morning prayer. The ghosts of Srebrenica linger -ecalling
the worst massacre in Europe since World War II - but Sarajevans prefer to talk
about President-elect Barack Obama or the global financial crisis.
Yet for the first time in years, talk of the prospect of another war is
creeping into conversations across the ethnic divide in Bosnia, a former
Yugoslav republic that the Dayton agreement divided into two entities, a
Muslim-Croat Federation and a Serb Republic.