Argument Mapping

Argument Mapping

‘The conflict in Bosnia is somebody else’s trouble and the U.S should not intervene militarily.’

Interested parties in Bosnia have had warring viewpoints with regard to the above statement. In all the neighboring countries including Yugoslavia, the significance of the Balkans has been largely felt, stretching into the expansive global economy (Hill, 2011). It is not agreeable that the Bosnian war is a civil one, thus if the issue at hand is not addressed the situation might go beyond the precincts of former Yugoslavia into other neighboring countries.

Hill, (2011) postulates that national wars are not kept in check, they might have no definite boundaries, and thus become Cold Wars (Hill, 2011). Following the heavy demands pressed by this war, it is arguable that the United States alone is inadequate to address the issue. Actually, International peace-keeping bodies such as the joint treaty of the United Nations might be required to step in and address the situation. On the other hand, an intervention by the U.S. would be seen as a political move, and might only serve to aggravate the situation rather than solve it.

It is likely that if the U.S. were to continue their insurgence into the Bosnian scenario, the neighboring Russians might also step in and act in retaliation in favor of the Serbs. While it is widely rumored the Russians are unlikely to act in such capacity, no one knows how deep economic relationships go, and any attempt to create a lasting jeopardy might as well attract equal opposite force. If this were to be the case, it goes without doubt that a war would erupt between two major forces, thus paving way for another World War. Based on the projections presented herein, it becomes tricky to find a plausible solution to the Bosnian case, since the hidden interests of the Russians in the Serbians completely obliterates any efforts for a forceful intervention by any outside party.

Considering the possibility of the Serbs intervening in the Bosnian case is like a dream, since the two are renowned rivals. This implies that any attempt by the former to settle scores would not be well-received, and might attract an unwarranted use of force. Consequently, the “civil” war would be fuelled instead of being quenched. The only reasonable solution that would be relevant in the case the Bosnian unrest is a special approach by the United Nations or a collection of international parties. While some loopholes might still be evident in this kind of approach, the international bodies are the only parties that might be trusted to handle the situation in a non-[artisan manner.

In line with the UN declaration, Bosnia can be used as a strategic test sample for the applicability of the paradigm of ethnic cleansing. However, Mitchell, (1995) argues that this form of cleansing should not be used on any nation that has eschewed classism and embraced contemporary beliefs. However, the previous UN declaration suggested that the Bosnian case would require a complete reorganization in order to be fully settled. The application of this declaration would offer a bad precedence to other nations, and would most likely be a cause of sporadic ethnic clashes in the future. Owing to the strategic nature and the economic power of Bosnia, it is an international figure that could either set a perfect example to other young and growing nations or present itself as an object of ruin and destruction caused by international interventions.

In lieu of the arguments presented herein, it is worth concluding that the significance of Bosnia to the U.S is in serious doubt, and it might be immaterial for her to authorize military action so s to restore peace in the region. On the other hand, it would be more prudent for neighboring nations such as Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, and Greece to intervene, since their interests in Bosnia is clearly understandable.


 Fig 3: Argument map of “The conflict in Bosnia is somebody else’s trouble. The U.S. should not intervene militarily”




Hill, M. (2011). Democracy Promotion and Conflict-based Reconstruction: The United States and Democratic Consolidation in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon [England]: Rutledge.

Mitchell, A. (1995). Conflict in the Balkans: the Policy; U.S. Weighs a Response to French Call on Bosnia (Foreign Desk). The New York Times.