At a cell in the Hague, the Netherlands (the only "double the" place-name I can think of) former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic was found dead, apparently of natural causes.
While many will feel cheated at the lack of a verdict, given how the trained-as-a-lawyer Milosevic was conducting himself, and giving the complexity of the case that the Euro-justice-ers had concocted against him... as it wound into its third year... a conviction was by no means a foregone conclusion.
Without question, Milosevic ordered, or at least failed to order the cessation of, the worst atrocities committed in Europe since the Second World War... Could this be proven satisfactorily to the special tribunal set up to try him? Don't know. But I do know he did it. And he knew it too. And he now takes that to his grave.
Intereestingly, at 65, Milosevic was around the same age as Saddam Hussein... most interesting...
I think he died to get some attention, having been off the newspages for some time.
Posted by Milo who? at March 11, 2006 7:41 PM
'Without question, Milosevic ordered, or at least failed to order the cessation of, the worst atrocities committed in Europe since the Second World War...'
actually, there is quite a bit of 'question' on this matter, as the simple lack of proof shows.
'But I do know he did it.'
how? care to enlighten us?
if you can't see how this shameful episode in american foreign policy relates to our current debacle i would suggest a little less pro-democrat knee-jerking reaction and a bit more study of foreign policy. perhaps you could start with the us military base guarding an oil pipeline, or the strategy of dividing nations through ethnic provocation, or the use of afghan terror groups (in this case called KLA).
Posted by Capt. Broccoli at March 12, 2006 3:43 PM
Both a fair point, and an unfair point at the same time!
I readily concede the possibility of a Milosevic acquittal; there are always going to be difficulties in a case of this nature against a head of state-- particularly one notorious for not having a paper trail. An extensive presentation of the evidence against the late Mr. Milosevic is here; is there "exculpatory evidence?" Plenty of that too. No argument.
Anyway, my point was more that he was in charge of a pretty nasty regime-- not whether he as an individual could necessarily be found criminally liable for its actions... a point I made clear was still open... and now will be for eternity.
As to the KLA, it's a funny world... yesterday's anti-Soviet Mujahadeen become tomorrow's Taliban and Al Qaeda... that's the way it goes...
I'm kind of at a loss as to the partisan political point, though... the Secretary of State who negotiated for Milsoevic's extradition was not named Albright, but Colin Powell ; the President who managed to get Milosevic into custody and then not stand in the way of his trial was not Clinton, but Bush.
Yes, Clinton decided to invade Kosovo, but American policies toward Slobo ultimately proved to be... bipartisan... shall we suddenly argue that the actions of Slobo or his regime are now de minimis because Bill Clinton is a Democrat? Why not then argue that the Third Reich and Imperial Japan committed no atrocities because Roosevelt and Truman were Democrats?
Posted by the talking dog at March 12, 2006 7:17 PM
KLA? Where are they on the dial?
Posted by Clueless at March 13, 2006 3:11 PM
My 'partisan political point' was actually non-partisan, in that bad foreign policy is a bi-partisan problem, and not limited to one or the other, although the Bush admin is especially bad by any measure. And please don't make the mistake of thinking I was defending Milosevic. Being a politician he was, by definition, evil.
As to whether his regime was particularly nasty, I would say there is little to differentiate him from the croatian leaders he was fighting. The evidence for genocide simply doesn't exist. And the croatians have a very nasty history as well, as they participated in the holocaust. The fact that tens of thousands of Serbs were also murdered in death camps has been easily forgotten or overlooked completely. Personally, I don't think Milosevic had the power to curtail the Serbo-Croatian war. I refuse to hold one man responsible for centuries of hatred.
Posted by Capt. Broccoli at March 13, 2006 9:19 PM