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The Yugoslav and Bosnian national soccer teams recently played a match in Sarajevo, the city besieged by Yugoslav-backed Serb forces during the war. "Though the match -- won by Yugoslavia, 2-0 -- was relatively peaceful, the experience of the war permeated the event," the Los Angeles Times reported. "Fans shouted the names of wartime leaders, waved the wartime flags and shouted religious slogans. Still, the deadly potency of such language seemed truly diminished. 'This is finally just football now; the war is over,' said Vahidin Hodzic, 29, a Bosnian Muslim veteran of the war." However, "eight people were arrested and 25 were hurt in clashes between Bosnian fans and police after the match," Associated Press reported. Supporters of the Yugoslav team chanted Karadzic's name, inflaming anger among the Bosnian crowd. Police protected Serb fans as they left the stadium, but some Bosnian fans then attacked the officers, Sarajevo police told AP.
Italian investigators have called on former British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd to testify about charges of bribery and embezzlement. The inquiry involves NatWest Markets, "when the bank advised on a controversial deal involving Telecom Italia and the Serbian telephone network in 1997." Some charge that money paid by Telecom Italia for a stake in Telekom Serbia actually ended up in the hands of "bank accounts and front companies controlled by Slobodan Milosevic and his associates," the Observer reports. Hurd was a staunch opponent of Western intervention in Bosnia to stop Serb atrocities there and "was perceived to have been sympathetic to the Serbs during the Balkans conflict," the Observer notes. He later served as deputy chairman of NatWest during the time of the Telekom Serbia deal.
A young Muslim was accused of murdering three Catholics celebrating Christmas in their homes. The suspect's father "told local media that his son deserved to be punished. 'Of course I judge him for what he has done and I want him to be severely punished for that," the father told the Sarajevo daily Dnevni Avaz on 28 December," Transitions Online reports. " 'But I also want the police to find and punish those people who made him what he has become. After he met one mujahedeen in Konjic three years ago, he changed completely and turned his back on our real faith,' Topalovic's father said."
How nation building fares in Bosnia after September 11 "Even before September 11, Bosnia began to lose cachet," writes Natasha Hunter. "And as soon as the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the nation-building project in Bosnia abruptly slid to the remote reaches of international (and especially U.S.) attention. ... "... [I]f we do not allow Bosnia to be complex, to have multiple allegiances, we not only betray our own values but risk encouraging an extremism that Bosniaks once eschewed. The United States would do well, in its new role as nation builder, here and elsewhere, to take a hard look at Sarajevo."
"A ground-breaking DNA program in Bosnia has identified more than 1,320 victims [of massacres found in mass graves] in the past year or so. The software was successfully used in New York after the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center."

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