Monitor: SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC TRIAL ; International Press Reaction to the Former Yugoslav President's Appearance before the UN War Crimes Tribunal
SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC didn't have any problem in bringing to the International Criminal Tribunal the defiant attitude and the brazenness he has shown since coming to power. The arrogant Milosevic hasn't yet managed to accept that he is a prisoner and will probably die in jail. This unrepentant attitude is the fruit of an unhealthy personality produced by a disproportionate ambition for power which degenerated into mass horror. The pathetic display by this supposed redeemer of the Serbian people should not hold up reconciliation in Yugoslavia. The Hague is a good place to end a dreadful era and administer exemplary justice to mitigate the grief of the survivors and lay to rest once and for all the more than 200,000 people who died as victims of the perverse ideal of Serbian ethnic supremacy.
IT WILL be difficult to ascribe any criminal guilt to the former Yugoslav president, even though he undoubtedly bears decisive political responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in the break-up of the country. The trial will show that politicians in the West also have to own up to their share of responsibility. They have a number of questions to answer. Why did they fail again and again in their assessment of the situation in the Balkans? Why did they repeatedly play down the crimes for so long until the first mass graves were seen on TV? Why did they fail to develop effective mechanisms to prevent war? And above all, why did the West collaborate with Milosevic for so long?
Le Nouvel Observateur
SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC should stand trial in Belgrade, but the Serbs are not up to it yet. Such a trial, exposing all the facts to the gaze of the international media would have been the best way to bring home to the Serbs the nature of the crimes committed in their name. Moreover, in condemning Milosevic the Serbs would also be condemning their nationalistic passions. The circumstances of his extradition will make Slobodan Milosevic even more vindictive. He is bound to make …
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Publication information: Article title: Monitor: SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC TRIAL ; International Press Reaction to the Former Yugoslav President's Appearance before the UN War Crimes Tribunal. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: July 7, 2001. Page number: 6. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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