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Introduction

Much has changed since this study was completed, and the major part of this book was written. The completion of the manuscript coincided with the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in Paris, and with the first signs of peace visible in Bosnia (and Croatia) as the American troops moved in. While CNN’s reporters, with the same kind of feverish excitement as in Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Haiti, reported-live-the arrival of the ‘cavalry’, the only thing I could think of were the images of naked dead bodies lying on a cement table being washed down by a green garden hose… And I am fully aware that as long as those images of the anonymous victims of the war, images I watched day in day out with the audiences I was studying, as long as those images are so strongly present on the margins of my consciousness it would be impossible to write this book any differently.