by Ryan on March 11, 2006

in Politics

Slobodan Milosevic is dead. Very dead at 64 years old. Yet, the old communist apparatchik turned nationalist ethnic cleanser, got away easy. In fact, much easier than thousands of ethnic Albaninias in Kosovo and Muslim Croats did. From his initial 1989 speeches in Borovo Selo, an historic Serbian battle site in Kosovo, to his removal by NATO forces in 1999-2000 Slobo, like Saddam, thumbed his nose at the world community and practiced racial policies that were never supposed to happen in Europe again.

Whereas his time of death was in God’s hands ultimately, the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague really dropped the ball on this trial. He was brought up on charges in 2002 and in 2006 he was STILL awaiting his defense! He should have been convicted years ago instead of serving as an example for Saddam and future baddies on how to obstruct the international war crimes trial process.

Pict from Radio Nederland. Note the picture’s site is in Spanish!

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rightonoz March 14, 2006 at 11:08 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong but NATO forces I believe played no part in his removal. He was forced out by democratic forces within his own country who united long enough to get rid of him legally.

Don’t complain about the war crimes court, the reality is that lawyers and smart lunatics such as he can delay any show trial like this one. Remember, if not for European countries the court would not exist as the US refuses to recognise it (except when it’s trying someone other than an American). Not a dig at you guys, but that is the reality. The POMs (English) recognise it and they are every bit as much in danger of ‘politically based charges’ as any American. At least the court exists and is attempting to right some wrongs.


Mike March 16, 2006 at 1:11 pm

From what I recall, Slobo had to be dragged out of office kicking and screaming because the process was almost illegal.

I generally oppose international courts of any kind. I agree that some institutions should exist to right some wrongs. I just have a problem with calling it law.

America cannot legislate for other countries and vice versa. What nations can do is hold leaders to a standard that cannot be created by law. I understand the can of worms that could open. Where would these standards come from if not from law? We would be entering the world of natural law at that point. I think it just goes to show us that there is a universal standard of truth and morality.

Genocide is simply evil. German generals were called on it. presumably, Milosevic would have been punished before he turned 90.

Any nation can call something law. How is that “law” enforced though? Political charges are inevitable.

I think we have to admit that universal morality exists. Those who violate those natural laws to the extent where genocide results must be punished because the acts are evil not illegal.

Sorry for the rant. I think it’s important that secular law can’t cover every act we may deplore. There’s a higher law in play.

This court seems to have fallen short, morally. The court itself really isn’t “legal”


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