Dobro veče!! Ja sam sre’cna zena!
What fantastic news! They finally have the most wanted man in the world! Despite the fact that Osama Bin Laden is right up there, I’m, not talking about him but Radovan Karadzic! Hopefully his sidekick is next and they’ll both be swiftly delivered to the Hague. Even more fabulous is the evidence that the Serbian government is stepping up to the plate! I know that there are many many people weeping tears of joy today for this. I hope that justice will be seen very soon and more progress can be made in the healing of this beautiful area of the world.
For those of you who have no idea what Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic are infamously accused of…
First of all — what hole have you been living in? That’s shameful! Unless you were under 10 in 1995 and then locked up against your will or trapped under something heavy for a decade or so, then OK, I’ll let you off.
Secondly — go here
and have a look at Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave
for comprehensive info about the war in Bosnia and these two most wanted Pifwics
(Persons Indicted For War Crimes).
If you get the chance to read They Would Never Hurt a Fly
you’ll also get to read a little first hand reporting from the Hague from a croatian national, Slavenka Drakulic, who attended and reported what she heard from some significant cases. Be aware that it is also heavily infused with her opinion and emotion but it will leave you in no doubt that the facts of this war are horrifying and that atrocities were committed by so many on all sides of the fight.
I was in Bosnia for six months in 1997. This is such a beautiful corner of the world! Even when ravaged by war this was evident to me, and it was heartbreaking to hear the reports and see the devastation. I was in Banja Luka which is a very cool town surrounded by stunning mountainous (and tragically now mined) countryside. I met so many wonderful people over there. Bosnia has a large part of my heart and I have loving, sensitive, courageous friends out there in Banja Luka and in Croatia, (Serbs, Croats and Muslims alike), who survived and are picking up the pieces and rebuilding a life and a country a step at a time.