Tuesday, March 14, 2006

What have the Serbs ever done for us?

The death of Slobodan Milosevic was a bit of a slap in the face, wasn't it? For all sorts of reasons. Depending on your point of view the late Serbian leader either met his god too late or met him (or her) too soon, before the shackles of earthly justice could be fully tightened. Either way, we in this world will never be able to hold him to account. We might have a shot at his wife and son, though, if the Serbian government gets its way and holds his funeral in Belgrade.
His trial was due to end in the next few months, which is a problem in itself. His trial should have been measured in days rather than years. I have a great deal of respect for Carla Del Ponte (nicknamed 'The Whore' by many mainstream newspapers - can you believe that?) but the complexity of this case and the interference being run by Milosevic's supporters made it a virtually impossible task. So perhaps his early death was the only just outcome.
Next up - Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic. If for no other reason than to prove that the West acted to protect Muslims in that war. We bombed Serbia extensively to protect the people of Kosova. We are actively prosecuting the perpretrators of the Srebrenica massacre, which will be made easier if we can hear the testimony of Mladic.

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