Another Munich it was not. The London peace conference to end Serbian aggression against Bosnia failed to reverse the seizure of territory by force or even to establish a cease-fire, as witness another intense shelling of Sarajevo only a few hours after the conference ended. But the 24 nations represented in London at least brandished the threat of increased sanctions and secured promises which, if kept, might produce some progress when negotiations resume next week in Geneva.
The outlook is not favorable. In Belgrade, the capital of what is left of the old Yugoslav confederation, there was satisfaction that Serbia's isolation had not increased and its proposals for the "cantonization" (meaning the partitioning) of Bosnia were still on the table. In London, Radovan Karadzic, leader of the Bosnian Serbs in their war against Muslims and Croats, said he was willing to give up a fifth of that 70 percent of Bosnian territory his forces have grabbed in six months of civil war -- hardly an offer that matches London agreements he described as even-handed.
What chills the Muslim community in Sarajevo is the fear that outside nations will not risk military entanglement in Balkan strife and that, piece by piece, it will shrivel into an enclave barely tolerated by Eastern Orthodox Serbs or Roman Catholic Croats. This is no nightmare fantasy; events have been moving in this direction.