22
Jul
08

On air: The arrest of Radovan Karadzic

He had a long white beard, called himself Dragan and practised alternative medicine. He also knew that the hunt for him was still on. And yesterday, just after we came off air, we got the news that Radovan Karadzic’s 13 years on the run had ended with arrest in Belgrade. How did you feel when you heard the news?

Was your life affected by his leadership? And if it was, how do your experiences affect how you feel now he’s been captured? Do you think he’ll be able to get a fair trial at the International Criminal Court? Will his arrest help to heal the wounds of this complex conflict?

And if you’re on the outside looking in, you’re very welcome to send in questions which we’ll do our best to answer. As always with stories as dense as the Balkans conflict, the BBC website does a very good job of guiding us all through it. I hope these links help.

Who is Radovan Karadzic?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/876084.stm

What is he accused of?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1766806.stm

The significance for Serbia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7518657.stm


71 Responses to “On air: The arrest of Radovan Karadzic”


  1. July 22, 2008 at 13:49

    How long will the survivors of his crimes against humanity have to wait for justice? What kind of punishment is justified? The region where the horrible war was fought was known as the garden spot of Europe; so rich in history and culture. The war destroyed what was left of the region and it has taken years to be restored. War is hell.

  2. 2 Dennis
    July 22, 2008 at 13:54

    I am very surprise that Radovan Karadzic, was arrested after this many years.

    Dennis
    Syracuse, New York

  3. 3 nelsoni
    July 22, 2008 at 13:57

    Radovan Karadzic has questions to answer. And his presence at the ICC the Hague will afford him to opportunity to answer these questions. The people of Balkans who were on the receiving end of his actions in the region deserve justice. He is however presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  4. 4 Bob in Queensland
    July 22, 2008 at 13:58

    How did I feel? Satisfied and a bit relieved.

    Will he get a fair trial? Well, the ICC was set up for cases like this and, if we can’t trust it, it shouldn’t exist. However, the evidence against Karadzic is overwhelming. He’ll certain get a far more fair trial than the residents of Srebenica or Sarajevo…or the UN peacekeepers used as human shields.

  5. 5 Mohammed Ali
    July 22, 2008 at 14:16

    Radovan Karadzic’s arrest brings back the memories of the arrest of former Liberian dictator, Charles Taylor, in Nigeria. I got the Karadzic’s arrest news on the WHYS Talking Point July 22nd edition. I think the world is getting somewhere in bringing to justice those who have committee hineous crimes against humanity. But are there asserts and subsequent trying of world criminals doing anything in deterring potential dictators and despots from committing crimes against humanity? The answer is a resounding NO. Remember Bob Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Omar El Bashir in Sudan, the military junta in Myamar (BURMA), ETC.

  6. 6 Luz Ma from Mexico
    July 22, 2008 at 14:16

    I am satisfied for the detention of Karadzic. I think is a big step towards bringing justice to the victims of the war crimes committed during the Balkans conflict.

    I think the ICC has a great challenge ahead. I trust they would do a good job. It is an opportunity for the ICC to show the world how they can bring justice in cases like this and therefore, build better acceptance by people and national leaders that question its mere existence.

  7. July 22, 2008 at 14:18

    The arrest of Radovan Karadzic must be good news for the relatives and friends of his victims. Justice must be served. Such war criminals have nowhere to hide indefinitely as long as there are concentrated will and efforts to capture them.

    His weight as a prisoner will add weight to the political gain Serbia will have from Europe. He must be seen as big catch that will pave the way for Serbia to consolidate its relations with Western Europe.

    In The Hague Court prison, he can have good company with other war criminals like former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

  8. 8 Asad Babyl
    July 22, 2008 at 14:22

    Although Karadzic should be brought to justice, he should be brought before a Serbian court, not some International Court to be made a spectacle.

    And what of the Alabanian and Croat war criminals who slaughtered thousands of civilian Serbs? When will they be brought the courts? Never because the world is set against the Serbs because of their original alignment with Russia.

  9. 9 Ogola Benard
    July 22, 2008 at 14:25

    Why ask while the hague is waiting! 13 years of jail?

  10. 10 Arnaud
    July 22, 2008 at 14:38

    As a victim of Rwandan genocide the arrest of Radovan Karadzic is not enough at all, this man is supposed to tried quickly and pay for suffer and misery he caused. His arrest can only help to heal the wounds if he is treated exactly the same as his victims. For me I will have peace of mind when all perpetrators of Rwandan genocide are hanged.

    Arnaud Ntirenganya Emmanuel
    Rwandan in Cameroon

  11. 11 ZK
    July 22, 2008 at 14:45

    Karadžić down, Mladić to go. Until Radko Mladić is arrested nothing has changed.

  12. 12 Julie P
    July 22, 2008 at 14:56

    This is long over due and a relief that wheels of justice can now be implemented.

  13. July 22, 2008 at 14:59

    Treacherous and ruthless men roam the face of the earth and inflict pains on others for the pleasure of themselves. For deterrence, these animals must bear the brunt of their ridiculous flippancy.

  14. 14 Asad Babyl
    July 22, 2008 at 15:14

    There will be no justice for Karadzic, there will never be justice for Serbians. We’re all talking about the suffering brought about by the Serbs as we’ve been brainwashed by the CNN and BBC, but I ask again, what of the Albanian and Croatian war criminals? What of the tens of thousands of Serbs murdered in the genocide? We’ve forgotten them because we never remembered.

  15. 15 Lamii Kpargoi
    July 22, 2008 at 15:22

    I got the news on the BBC’s 2300 hour bulletin last night just as was driving into my residence. It was like I was listening to a piece of history in the making. It was a news that brought relief to me, though I am not a victim of what happened in Bosnia. Karadzic, Mladic and all other war criminals must pay their just dues so that leaders around the world take note that there is always a greater moral force that would make them account for their wrongful actions.

    The sad point in this whole sorry story is the fact that the Serbian authorities for over 12 years shielded this criminal from justice. The selfish reason he’s been arrested now has even served to take away the triumph in this case of good over evil.

  16. 16 Rufaa Sheikh in Mandera
    July 22, 2008 at 15:26

    The arrest of Radovan Karadzic testifies that no one an escape justice. Similar apprehensions should be made on those who have commited crimes agnaist hummanity. The world can not sit aside watching in morbid fascination as some callous people massacre imnocent victims. What worries me though is some leaders who themselves are architects of mass murder happen to give verdicts on who should be arrested. Justice should apply to all irrespective of their status, power or the country they govern. The scales of justice can only balance when impartial judgements are adopted.

  17. 17 kelvin kamayoyo
    July 22, 2008 at 15:40

    Dear Ros,

    The arrest of Karadzi R. is a plus to the security forces that excuted the operation, however l must mention here that the time that it took for them to arrest him was just too much and unecessary. The police or army must always aspire at all times to work impartially and swiftly to arrest such paople as Karadzic and not to wait for political eventualities.

    The people’s lives regardless of whether it is only one person or more is very important and as such the international community and all the well meaning countries must always work towards halting the unecessary killings globally. By the way why is that these presidents who commit crimes against humanity once are found they all seem to have been keeping long beads, e.g. Saddam Hussein and now Radovan Karadzic and very optimistic even the time Bin Laden shall be found will have kept the long beads.

    I would like to make an earnest appeal that the international community and international criminal court must act in a more proactive manner from this time around and arrest all the persons and presidents that are found to have been masterminders of crime against humanity. The issue of sitting presidents hidding in the principle of sovereignity must not be their defence and lead to prolonged suffering of the innocent citizens as in the case of Zimbabwe, Sudan-Darfur. Omar al Bashir must be indicted as soon as possible and spped up the trials of the alleged cases before him as doing so it will enable to hasten the quenching of the civil war in Darfur.

    In addition, the reports we are getting that African Union (AU) is not for the idea that Omar Al Bashir be indicted to the ICC is also a disappointing news to hear because it reflects that most of the African leaders are not there to serve the interests of their citizens. Where on earth would one defend someone who has been funding, supporting, harbouring those that are inflicting and killing innocent people in his own country and at many a times himself disguising by using UN or AU logos on his plans and fly over periphery areas where most of these innocent people are domiciled and boom them. Shame on such leaders that have not regards for human life but only their selfish interests and most embarrasing one the desire to hold onto power. African Leaders must stand up at for once and comdemn such leaders as Bashir of Sudan and Mugabe of Zimbabwe, by the way why is that you African leaders only tend to see sense when you are in the opposition parties? But once ushered into power you are always blinded by the invisibles and hunger for power and adopted selfishness. Africa must now promote a principle of bird’s eye view on these pertinent issues and stand up to be counted for doing the right thing, for instance look at how the Botswana Vice President ably and intelligently stood up and comdemned Mugabe during the Egytian AU Summit. We need at least a dozen of such leaders if we see hope and wind of change. I pray every day and night for mother African continent to vote into office good and wise leaders.

    I look forward to hear that Omar Al Bashir has been indicted to the international criminal court as this will probably blow a wind of unity and sanity in Sudan.

    Kelvin Kamayoyo

  18. 18 Jonathan (cool, gray San Francisco)
    July 22, 2008 at 15:43

    I am once again available for dancing in the streets, and homo sapiens sapiens is one step closer to living up to its name. Bravo!

  19. 19 John in Salem
    July 22, 2008 at 16:24

    The wounds of Sarajevo are too deep to be healed with the arrest, conviction or even execution of one man. Justice may be served here but the free world can never be let off the hook for allowing this monster to operate as long as he did.

  20. 20 Marko Savich
    July 22, 2008 at 17:05

    Great news for the Balkans!
    But if we want to be realistic and balanced, we need to arrest also those who commited crimes against the Serbs in Croatia, Bosnia and the province of Kosovo.
    The reason, why many Serbs do not trust in the Hague Tribunal, is because so many Croats, Albanians and Muslims went unpunished.
    All sides did their share in crime, but media and The Hague are only after Serbs, giving the credibility to the extremists in Serbia.

  21. 21 Count Iblis
    July 22, 2008 at 17:27

    I.m.o., the case against Mladic is much more solid. In case of Karadzic, one could argue that unless there is direct evidence that he ordered the crimes against humanity to be committed, he is just being prosecuted on political grounds.

    I.e., while “command responsibility” will be enough to convict Karadzic, you cannot bring other people to justice on the same grounds if they happen to be leaders who are politically aligned with the West.

    E.g., while the ministery of interior in Iraq had until recently close ties with Shia death squads, no Iraqi officals have been convicted. A few have been acquitted due to lack of evidence of direct involvement in the actions of the death squads.

  22. 22 Vijay Srao
    July 22, 2008 at 17:28

    It was a mistake to let Slovenia enter the EU(especially since they started the disintegration of Yugoslavia)until all the regional issues had been satisfactorily resolved.
    The former Yugoslav states should be admitted to the EU together once border and war crime issues are resolved ,not piecemeal.

    The Croatian and Bosnian muslim premieres were also cited for warcrimes but died before they could face justice.

  23. July 22, 2008 at 17:30

    My dearest Ros : Hi… As an Iraqi citizen whose country has been oppressed and brutalised by the Saddami regime for 35 years, I was deeply relieved to hear the news of the arrest of Radovan Karadzic… I do really wish if the victims and their families would find some comfort in hearing this news… But we all must focus on the fact that it’s not only about eliminating Radovan Karadzic and bringing him and other war criminals all over the world to justice, it’s also about eliminating his legacy and everything he’d ever worked for, it’s also about burying forever his thoughts and ideas… With my love… Yours forever, Lubna…

  24. 24 Jayson - Illinois
    July 22, 2008 at 17:31

    I believe that the court at the Hague is a joke. It was set up to execute all Serbian people. Fair trial? Give me a break. If we are going to dish out justice, why are there no Croatian’s, Muslims, and Albanians being captured? It is a one way street where the Serb is a scapegoat.

    I believe that George Bush has committed more far worst atrocities to mankind than Karadzic. I love the fact that there are different standards for different people in society. If we are going after criminals then all criminals, the Croats, Muslims, and Albanians need to be held to the same standard.

    The Hague is a joke. Justice does not exist because justice isn’t biased…

  25. 25 devadas.v in India
    July 22, 2008 at 17:38

    hello,
    just another war criminal arrested for that international agencies must be congratulated ..mere arrest wont heal the atrocities he and his fellow colleagues have done to bosnianmuslims .
    how well international criminal court pursue the case to frame him will decide the verdict against him .like the sudanese president bashar,zimbawaen president mugabe all are war criminals doing attrocities against humanity .there must however be a common line of law whenever international war criminals are dealt with ..with small countries international criminal court acts fast but against bush who still commits war against humanity till date not even a finger has been raised ..this indeed is the paradox which 21st century world has to face ..presently and in future too.
    hope the international bodies will rectify their oneway stance and have an equal rule of law to everyone in the world in future and arrest bush for war against humanity thereby raising thecredibility of world bodioes among nation states or else arresting this small fries like sudanese president bashar and radovan karadzic doesnt serve any purpose .its better to treat cancer wounds from its roots rather than putting bandaid plaster just to cover the cancer wounds which ultimately will destroy everything.

  26. 26 James in Kenya
    July 22, 2008 at 17:38

    WHYS!
    This is the best news to the world this month! He was a blood thirsty tyrant who the Hague should condemn to the gallows for a slow death whilst gazing at the ghostly pleading eyes of all his victims especially the young boys of sebrenitza!
    Great news in deed!

  27. 27 George Wills Bangirana
    July 22, 2008 at 17:49

    This s very interesting news for all citizens of the world but moreso for us in Africa who live the brutality of our leaders past and present.
    It beats my understanding how these once “mighty” people who hold political office unleash all kinds of mayhem on the very people they are supposed to protect without as much as a flinch and then when their turn in the cooler comes up, they live like rats-Saddam Style- or cry out to the very people they were brutalising for mercy and help. it only confirms one thing that No condition in the world is permanent and leaders better beware. Your turn may be not very far away.

  28. 28 Eddie
    July 22, 2008 at 17:56

    Serbians, being made aware of and having realized what evil and heinous crimes have been committed by R. Karadzic, have responded and arrested him. People, irrespective of race, religion or origin, once they are made to realize, do respond to a call to goodness and a call to rise up against crimes against fellow humans because it is a part of our innate human nature. Yes there are individuals dead to their conscience or are psychopaths and evil but not an entire people. And such evil individuals are found among every people, and not among a particular people; may be proportions differ from people to people. In direct contradiction to this general observation, is the Judao-Christian world view of us good vs them evil, us good must finish them evil which is based on collective view of a people. I wonder if this is why Al-Quaeda criminals have escaped being arrested and brought to justice so far. One wonders how Serbians would have responded to a call to arrest war criminals had they been constantly and collectively demonized and subjected to unending death, destruction and bloodshed.

  29. July 22, 2008 at 18:11

    What are the political ramifications of Radovan Karadzic’s arrest? Will it sour the diplomatic relations between Russia and the EU?

  30. 30 Chris
    July 22, 2008 at 18:16

    We get all excited about the capture of a fugitive murderer, while the biggest mass murderer of all enjoying full immunity in the “White House”.

  31. 31 Anton, Sofia, Bulgaria
    July 22, 2008 at 18:18

    The arrest of Karadzic is great news for human right.
    Unfortunately he and Mladich are not the only responsible. All west governments had fault on genocides in ex-Yugoslavia. The Westerns just left this terrible events to happen in the 20th century, in the middle of Europe. Such things now happen in Darfure and the world is again watching

  32. July 22, 2008 at 18:18

    Well guess what , Rusia does not like it, perhaps they are worried that Stalin will be dug up and prosecuted for his war crimes aginst his own people and others such as the Polish Officers at Katin.

  33. July 22, 2008 at 18:23

    Why is any-one supprised that Russia is against the arrest.

  34. 34 Jessica in NYC
    July 22, 2008 at 18:23

    Good for the people who suffered, because of him. I hope the ICC can bring them justice.

  35. 35 Panto, Cleveland, United States
    July 22, 2008 at 18:25

    If the Arab League is fiercely rapping the ICC for Genocide Charges against Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan, then let them swiftly condemn the capture of Radovan Karadzic too, a butcher who was responsible for the gruesome murder of many muslims. They could even consider to pay for his defence, OK!!

  36. 36 Helen
    July 22, 2008 at 18:27

    In a news story you never get the whole story. In a crime you never get the whole story. Justice always should be sought, but never restores the people it damages. It never makes them whole. Never brings happiness. Never repairs the damage done. I’m sure he didn’t act alone. Did the others have full knowledge of the crime? Funny,he’s a 60 year old man. If he can hide and disguise himself,has he commited other crimes before this? Is that his true identity? It is good he is out of society. I’m sure if he had the chance and the motivation he wouldn’t hesitate to use his abilities to destroy the lives of other defenseless men women and children. Genocide is cowardly. Evil. Like Nazis and the KKK.

  37. 37 Peter
    July 22, 2008 at 18:30

    It is alarming to me that there is anyone, particularly Russians, who isn’t celebrating the arrest of this man. What part of the mass execution of civilians especially children or the organized rape of women do they support?

    Look beyond the religious identity and at the effect of his crimes on people. Just because the civilians whose extermination and rape he organized weren’t Russians or even orthodox doesn’t mean they weren’t humans.

    Does Russia not prosecute murderers if they are Russian? So why demean your country by supporting vile criminals?

    Please note that the Court is prosecuting all criminals, not just Serbs. It’s just that there were more, and more organized and more criminal Serbian leaders.

  38. 38 Tom D Ford
    July 22, 2008 at 18:30

    I am very encouraged, this brings closer the time when Bush and Cheney can also be brought to justice for their crimes against the people of Iraq.

  39. 39 gary
    July 22, 2008 at 18:34

    Whether Radovan Karadzic is a bad guy or patriot certainly depends on your point of view. Most of world’s major powers seemed to have known his exact location for a numbers of years, so his capture was probably just a political stunt to aid Serbia’s entry into the EU. One thing seems clear though, for himself, Ratko Mladic, and their victims, justice delayed is justice denied.
    g

  40. 40 Justin from Iowa
    July 22, 2008 at 18:34

    One wonders what new additions to the wanted list for the war crimes court will see in this apprehension.

  41. 41 Dan in California
    July 22, 2008 at 18:38

    The U.S. has already decided that the International Criminal Court is not an appropriate body for deciding issues of international law. That is, we have declared that our own citizens are not subject to its dictates. Of course, the real reason for that is our determined commitment to act unilaterally and to engage in acts of war that, by any impartial standard, would qualify as war crimes. Karadzic was responsible for tens of thousands of deaths; the U.S. is currently responsible for hundreds of thousands. Will Karadzic receive justice at the ICC? Maybe. But the bigger question is whether there is any international body with the power and backing to respond to the criminal actions of currently powerful nations.

  42. 42 Mick in OR
    July 22, 2008 at 18:45

    I see the arrest of Radovan Karadzic as a hopeful sign for those of us in the United States. Maybe something like that can now happen here.

  43. 43 victork13
    July 22, 2008 at 18:50

    Good.

    I look forward to the trial and execution.

    Then the Court can extend its hospitality to Bashir of Sudan.

  44. 44 stefan in prague
    July 22, 2008 at 18:55

    I know very well the history of the balkans, and have visited many parts of the former yugoslavia, including serbia at least a dozen times. in all of my world travels have never met a race of people that are so nationalistic, and no matter how wrong and inhuman the events done in there name were, there are still so many that blindly support the radical nationalists. they just don’t get it. they have an agressor-victim complex.

  45. 45 Nevill, Portland, Oregon
    July 22, 2008 at 18:58

    It’s hard to believe that a lot of people in Belgrade, and in a much broader area, didn’t know that former Bosnian Serb lead Radovan Karadzic was among them. Didn’t anyone recognize his voice, mannerisms, eyes, even height and frame? Former concentration camp prisoners claim to recognize the eyes of their jailers decades after WWII ended – features and mannerisms stay in people’s memories. Lots of people, including Karadzic’s recent patients who saw him at a very close range, must’ve had an idea who he was. It says a lot about denial of the atrocities committed in the name of Bosnian Serb nationalism.
    He was hardly in hiding; he was protected.

  46. 46 Olaf
    July 22, 2008 at 19:00

    The hardship of the peoples of ‘Slavia’ was of course immense. We could only watch as the brutality of the regime became clear. Being of Dutch origin I felt the helplessness of the Dutch battalion, undermanned and not supported, when thousands were slaughtered during their watch. I lived safe in Norway and saw the fugitives come in. By the thousands.

    Seeing the responsible leaders arrested after 13 years is of course of significance. It took decades to clean out the German Nazi state and the Germans themselves have got the massage. They are still paying for their sins, but what about the Serbians? I get the feeling they come out of this quite lightly. Few leaders have been tried, the military is not cleaned out, politicians are often still in charge and the population is mad at us for imposing justice on them.
    Europe has done way too little too late.

  47. 47 Henry in San Francisco
    July 22, 2008 at 19:02

    Hopefully the arrest of Karadzic will be a warning to others intent on crimes against humanity and that the international community will pursue other despots such as Sudan’s Bashir. I join the Bosnians in celebrating this event.

  48. 48 Jens
    July 22, 2008 at 19:06

    Olaf,

    i remember pictures of NATO troops sitting together with the serbs and having drinks. there was no will of europe to sort this out just more talk. the problem was solved once clinton decided to end this.

  49. 49 victork13
    July 22, 2008 at 19:10

    @Stefan: the Russians have their own war crimes in Chechnya to fuel their opposition to the ICC.

    @Tom D. Ford: liberated from the restraining iron hand of Saddam, Iraqis slaughter Iraqis; but Bush and Cheney are to blame?

    @Eddie: Serbs aren’t doing this out of contrition. Karadzic is the magic key that they expect to open the door to EU membership.

    @Gary: “Whether Radovan Karadzic is a bad guy or patriot certainly depends on your point of view.” Or it could depend on how productive the forces under his command were at setting up rape camps and filling mass graves.

  50. 50 Zunorain dodhy
    July 22, 2008 at 19:23

    relieved but confused. Why was so much time lost.
    How could Europe have let it happen, ( just because the victims were Muslims).
    I remember my frustration during those days when I could no more watch TV? Believe when it comes down to the basics, all humans are the same.
    Why do we a need a holocaust every now & then?

  51. 51 Jonathan (cool, gray San Francisco)
    July 22, 2008 at 19:34

    Victor, I’m happy to say that we seem to see eye-to-eye on this one. I shall order up fireworks and notify the media. No, wait, this is the media….

  52. 52 Tom D Ford
    July 22, 2008 at 19:36

    @ Dan in California

    “The U.S. has already decided that the International Criminal Court is not an appropriate body for deciding issues of international law.”

    No, the people of the US had signed on to the ICC, it was Bush/Cheney who unilaterally unsigned us from the ICC and then proceeded to commit their crimes against the people of Iraq; their illegal invasion, tortures, their mercenary murderers, the looting of museums, all of the hundreds of thousands of deaths that have resulted from their invasion and occupation, all of the ethnic cleansing, all of the displacement of Iraqis into ghettos in Jordan and Syria, all of the sectarian violence. All of those crimes are directly a result of the Bush/Cheney/PNAC invasion of Iraq and Bush/Cheney/PNAC are culpable.

    I hope there is some kind of Simon Wiesenthal type group documenting and keeping track of Bush/Cheney/PNAC for use in future prosecution of them just like the ongoing hunt to bring Nazis to justice. And there was just recently an arrest of a Nazi in Seattle, almost 60 years after his crimes.

  53. 53 Roberto
    July 22, 2008 at 21:08

    Europe has done way too little too late.
    ——————————————————————–

    —– Hey, the US was screaming for Europe to take care of business in their own back yard.

    They had no backbone for negotiations and diplomacy apparently. Sloby and Slick were doomed by the fates to start up a no win war for the Serbs. They were both weakened immensely by their own domestic failures as well as the absence of basic morality and ethics that plague a HOF of the world’s greatest misanthropic leaders.

    The notion that a posse of limp wristed, hand wringing Hague judges is going to ride to the rescue and deliver justice after the fact is laughable. They had Sloby in custody for 5 long years without verdict as they watched a sick old man clown up their judicial system.

    They didn’t have the cajones to provide a speedy trial and firing squad. What they accomplished was extending out their dole for 5 yrs, boosting their bank balances, and provide a nice little feather in their dunce caps for future fluffy flaccid EU jobs.

    Maybe they can turn around their image with this trial, but I doubt it based on their weak history.

  54. 54 Syed Hasan Turab
    July 22, 2008 at 22:42

    After the death of Marshall Tetoo along with downfall of former USSR, former UGOSOLIVIA become the victom of International conspericies.
    As Pakistan Army, police & election Commision staff seved in the area after the division of Former UGOSOLOVIA, I got a chance to talk to one Pakistani Lady who served in the area under UN supervision, along with thousand of Serbian’s & few Bosnian’s as Serbian Priest & Serbian church people are among my friends.
    Overall finding’s are as under:-
    According to Pakistani UN worker ” Hate is at the Peak”, even in general Bosnian’s threat to UNO staff that if you register any Serbian in our area we will blow out the UN center.
    According to Old & New migrants of former UGOSOLOVICAN’s, this is all USA & EU consperacy against us, they hate US air attack on UGOSOLIVICIA & demostrated very Negative behaviour on Sept 11, 2001 specially by Serbian from 14 to 17 years old High School kids.
    Under these circumstances more blood shed is very clear & visiable to every one that this justice Drama sound like another desaster to former UGOSOLOVICAIN”S society.
    The arrest of Karadzic by this time sound like prearranged setting of plan just to remind the Muslim’s after Iraq & forward towards “Afghanistan” to touch the untouchable’s so far.
    My concern in this regard is what do we get out of this trial, more human sufferin’s & widening the distances among former UGOSOLOVICIAN’S residents,
    why not we adopt the NELSON MANDALI’S peacefull analytic justice technoque, just for satisfaction of both parties as satisfaction is an important factor in political & ethnic Justice for sake of humanity along with restoration of human values as these aspects been ignored in the past.
    No doubt apportunist’s win because of diversity & political failour of Eastern Europen’s politicians after Tetoo.
    I hope USA will suceed to controll the ALQUIDA brach of Bosnia & Chahnia too, this is pretty good move of USA to kill the ideological affiliation of ALQUIDA.
    May God bless America.

  55. 55 Harald
    July 22, 2008 at 23:54

    What a great day for International Justice – one more comparatively innocuous war criminal captured.

    Meanwhile, neither indictment nor capture for the torturers of Vietnam and Iraq.

    Hail, all of you “humanitarians”.

  56. 56 adi
    July 22, 2008 at 23:57

    in spite of being well overdue, this is a success for justice. all those who commit crimes should eventually face justice. it brings closure to the victims (and helps prevent future conflict) and it sends a clear message to all that crimes against humanity will not be tolerated no matter what the ideological pretext. no one should be exempt to this process, including leaders and presidents. for too long, political excuses were used to protect the powerful individuals who were the cause of conflicts – pretending they were the key to their solutions. leaders of the most powerful countries should answer too. there is a clear case for the establishment of the international court of justice and the united states should take the lead.

  57. 57 Syed Hasan Turab
    July 23, 2008 at 09:01

    adi,
    Do you remember one hundrad & thirty million Dollors Empichement of Mr. Bill Clinton, just taste less peaches & promotion of Monica Lousky as celebrity.

  58. 58 Destiny
    July 23, 2008 at 09:03

    I am very happy to hear that he has been arrested. But what worries me is that will he be given a fair trial?

  59. July 23, 2008 at 11:16

    it doesn’t matter how old this war criminal is,he should either go to prison in a kosovo jail or just be hunged like saadam hussein.afterall,wont we be judged by GOD almighty after we have even died of old age?

  60. July 23, 2008 at 11:20

    My prayer is that he shouldn’t be allowed to go down the shortcut that Milosevic took by dying before any verdict could be arrived it. Put away some of those ICC administrative bottle necks and let the man have a speedy trial so that his victims can die knowing they have seen some justice.

  61. July 23, 2008 at 11:22

    After reading so many of these comments with regards to this mans arrest, I just wonder why all these people keep quiet about the Chinese, it has been proven that they have supplied arms, aircraft and also pilots to the Sudan.
    I have always held with the idea that thwe Games should not be used to a political end, I am sorry but this time I have to say that if the world suports the Games then other despots in the future will do as they please for they will not be brought to book.
    So come on China wake-up.
    Stefan Ski nr. Warminster , Wilts

  62. 62 Mushfique
    July 23, 2008 at 11:25

    It is a good step to prove that no one is beyond the reach of law.I would like to thank Surbian authority.And also seek every one support for a fair trial.

  63. 63 G.B.
    July 23, 2008 at 16:18

    Hopefully the arrest of Karadzic will be a warning to others intent on crimes against humanity – the west will “turn a blind eye” whilst they don’t mind what you’re doing but they will put you on trial once you are no longer useful.

  64. 64 Julie Kampala
    July 23, 2008 at 18:16

    Though the arrest of Karadzic will not ressurect the dead that he killed. It will deter other dictators or dictatorships like Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Bashir of Sudan and the Burman government.

  65. 65 Syed Hasan Turab
    July 23, 2008 at 18:48

    I think more then former YOGUSALIVICA out siders are more intrested to serve the Justice for one time united nation of Eastern Europe. Question is this why we are pushing this trial real hard with out any sofestication & in contravantion to basic principles of Democracy & on the other hand we are proposing Democracy as the end of the world.
    Mr.Karadzic trial without Primary public openion challange the legality & status of Justice within the concerned parties i.e. former YOGUSALIVIA , as International openion is a secondary issue & may be ignored in accordance to basic Democratic principals.
    Therfore a public referandom within former YOGUSALIVIA is required for further proceeding’s towards the trial, being an public officer he fullfill his responsibility to keep the country united & restoration of Govt Authority.
    Justice stink in this case as the foundation & frame work is not compateable with majority public openion, no doubt international openion is immaterial & may be ignord on the basis of Democratic principal.
    Even then we are considering International Demand, so why not we consider Isriel, India & USA for Justice as International public openion is available in this regard or do we need to redefine theory & principal’s of Justice according to our mission, wish & will.
    Projection of this trial sound more political then criminal as this trial & available character have doubts.

  66. 66 Roberto
    July 23, 2008 at 19:11

    I just wonder why all these people keep quiet about the Chinese, it has been proven that they have supplied arms, aircraft and also pilots to the Sudan.
    —————————————————————————————–

    ——— The Chinese are making Western Big Shots Big, HUGE money, that’s why.

    Say hello to 36 Berlin Olympics all over again….

  67. 67 morgan
    July 24, 2008 at 12:19

    Far be it from me to make any comment on the rights or wrongs of the trial, but I have yet to hear ANY Serb come out with a statement that is common currency amongst Muslims,

    that being… Kowaji’s are under-mensch, that means all those who are not Muslim are fair game for their atrocious acts, wherever they occur.

    If you think taking a few hundred to the clearing and bumping them off, a common practice in all war scenarios, is a bad deal, what can be said about driving two passenger aircraft, almost fully loaded, into a couple of towering office blocks full of working people and visitors.

    When I see the non Muslim community acting in such a barbaric fashion, then a and only then will I really support the prosecution of a man who acted so drastically, as did this guy D R.
    I agree the general activity is to be deplored, but at least the whole population of Serbia was not committed to such acts as were the few, unlike all those they were opposed by, indoctrinated from birth, whose sole aim in life is to take as many non Muslims with them whenever they have to die, be it by suicide methods, forbidden in Islam, or by accident. or warfare.

  68. 68 Shakhoor Rehman
    July 24, 2008 at 22:41

    Karadzic and Mladic are bargaining chips in a cynical game to make Serbia look respectable in the run up to EU entry. Both have been protected by successive Serb governments until the time was ripe to blow their cover. My sympathy is with their victims and also their loved ones who have suffered for too long already.

  69. 69 Ustasa Pavelic
    July 25, 2008 at 21:04

    The arrest of Radovan Karadzic is a shame! Serbia was subjugated by the EU. This country had enough to suffer due to the American “democracy” and now it has lost its national identity again. Serbia doesn’t need the EU nor NATO!

  70. 70 Owen
    July 26, 2008 at 19:11

    Marko Savich, you fail to mention the many Serbs who have also avoided prosecution. The problem with Karadzic’s arrest is that it does nothing to resolve the problem of his legacy, the pseudo-state of Republika Srpska that owes its existence to genocide and thanks to the Dayton Agreement continues to occupy half the territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Karadzic is a “big fish”. Republika Srpska is a safe haven for the perpetrators of war crimes and many of these “little fish” occupy positions of responsibility there from which they are able to protect thousands of others who were responsible for the rapes and killings needed to secure the ethnic homogeneity of this artificial entity.

    Morgan, if you think the genocide of 8000 civilians at Srebrenica (not to mention the mass slaughter of tens of thousands more civilians that took place in villages, towns and cities across the rest of Bosnia) amounted “to taking a few hundred to the clearing and bumping them off, a common practice in all war scenarios,” you would perhaps do well to acquire a smattering of knowledge to inform your opinion.

  71. 71 Dennis J. Edwards
    July 28, 2008 at 19:48

    Not A Word about Croatian Catholic atrocities….the long arm of the Roman
    Whore……..


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