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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Milosevic's Dead, So Now What?

At Frontpage Magazine, Julia Gorin has a lot to say about the Balkan ethnic cleansing that wasn't the subject of Milosevic's trial - that instigated by Islamic factions. She emphasizes the time period after the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, when the alleged genocides cited as casus belli for the Kosovo War were to have occurred.

The Wikipedia entry on the defendant has a relevant passage:

It was considered likely that, if allowed to present his case, [Milosevic] would attempt to establish that NATO's attack on Yugoslavia was aggressive, thus being a war crime under international law and that, while supporting the KLA, were aware that they had practiced and intended to continue practicing genocide, which is a crime against humanity. If a prima facie case for either claim were established, the ICTY would be legally obliged under its terms of reference to prepare an indictment against the leaders of most of the NATO countries, even though the Prosecutor already concluded an "inquiry" against the NATO leaders.

The article also mentions the testimony of General Wesley Clark, who claimed that Milosevic had privately confessed foreknowledge of the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre. In a court of law that's hearsay; who knows how a UN tribunal treats such testimony.

Ellen at Stranger in a Strange Land blogged on recent unconfirmed rumors of the capture of the Serbian general responsible for Srebrenica, Ratko Mladic. She includes a list of the indictments against him. The Wikipedia entry on him notes:

The Serbian government continues to tread carefully when it comes to rounding up domestically popular fugitives-on-the-run. On the one hand, the government wishes to maintain support of right-leaning voters. However, Serbia and Montenegro also wish to comply with The Hague with a view to future accession to the European Union.

If the Serbs are more diligent in tracking down Serbian war criminals, maybe they'll be in a petter position to influence the rest of the world to pay attention to the Islamofascist activity in the Balkans.

Ellen also has some thoughts on Milosevic's death.

Memo to Serbia: don't join the EU.

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