International resolve, symbolized by French President Francois Mitterrand's personal visit, appears to have opened Sarajevo Airport for relief missions bringing food and medicine to the beleaguered people of that Bosnian capital.
With United Nations blue helmets from Canada in action, there is a risk of conflict with regular Serbian forces. The likelihood, however, is that the tripwire show of force will intimidate the Yugoslavian army and Serbian irregulars from firing. If they do fire, the allies had better be prepared for contingencies involving air power to protect the airlift. They cannot have embarked on even this limited intervention without this realization.
Relief is urgently needed where the Serbian invasion of Bosnia-Herzegovina constitutes a major atrocity by Serbian Yugoslavia against the other peoples of what used to be the same country. But humanitarian success, even with the wording of the Security Council resolution calling for cease-fire compliance, would not end the Serbian invasion. The Europeans and North Americans have not committed themselves to throwing the Serbs out of Croatia and Bosnia. With the Persian Gulf war as precedent, however, they have edged closer.