Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Mladic Ready to Surrender?

There's been rumors reported over the last 24 hours that one of the two most wanted Bosnian Serb leaders may soon be heading to The Hague for a trial at the Yugoslavia Tribunal. There's been rumors in the past that Ratko Mladic, the general responsible for the killing of about 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, was about to be captured. I remembered receiving several calls like that when I was on duty at the Amsterdam office before I left in July of last year. But this is looking like the big one. Great news!

On top of the genocide at Srebrenica, Mladic and the Bosnian Serb civilian leader, the crazy former psychologist Radovan Karadzic, are also indicted for 12,000 deaths during the siege of Sarajevo. That doesn't count thousands of other men and women killed in the war. These crooks, along with Slobodan Milosevic, perpetrated some of the worst war crimes since WWII. The trials at the Hague tribunal are not pretty, but they do show that the world, even if incredibly late, will not let these atrocities go unpunished.

Of course Slobo's trial still snails on and who knows when it will end. But, nonetheless, I am glad Mladic may be heading to The Hague very soon. Good luck to the reporters in the Netherlands who will have a lot of work on their hands soon.

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