Friday, May 27, 2011

A long drop and a sudden stop

Radko Mladic, formerly the military commander of Bosnian Serb forces during the Balkans War of the 1990's, has finally been captured.  It's been 16 years since the Dayton Accords, but he's finally behind bars.

Mladic was on our list of people to look for when I was part of Operation Joint Endeavor, and I've been hoping that he would face justice before he died of old age.  Looks like he was arrested just in time.  If only the thousands of lives he snuffed out had had those 16 years.

Thousands of prisoners and non-combatants suffered and died at the hands of forces commanded by Mladic. Rape, torture, murder, burning, and other horrific acts were de rigeur for him.  An entire generation of Bosnian Serbs, Muslims, and Croats have been scarred, either as victims or perpetrators, by this man's actions.

I certainly hope the Europeans try him quickly and give him the punishment he deserves:  a bungled knot.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Staking out on an ant hill seems more appropriate for him... But at least they FINALLY got him!

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