The dismemberment of Yugoslavia is becoming harder to avoid. So, despite a cease-fire in Croatia, is an escalation of the fighting. The extremists of Serbian nationalism are driving events forward.
When a Yugoslav air force plane shot down a European Community helicopter, with the deaths of five European cease-fire monitors, someone was trying to shoot down hope for peace. Particularly at issue is the proposed Yugoslavian evacuation of all Croatia in the United Nations cease-fire plan.
Serbian revanchists do not agree with that. Gen. Veljko Kadijevic, the Yugoslavian federal defense minister, did agree to it. The air force plane that destroyed the peace-keeping helicopter mocked his orders, and the 66-year-old veteran of World War II quit, citing health. His successor is Gen. Blagoje Adzic, who is more of a Serbian hard-liner. What with desertions by troops and resignations by officers of different ethnicities, the federal armed forces are more Serbian than ever.