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Posted by MyLaowai on Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Well, it would appear that the good guys have finally caught Radovan Karadžić, the former Serb leader who was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

He was responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 people, and caused a vast amount of suffering throughout the region. Many of the scars will never heal. This is what he is charged with:

* Two counts of genocide (Article 4 of the Statute – genocide, complicity in genocide);
* Five counts of crimes against humanity (Article 5 of the Statute – extermination, murder, persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, persecutions, inhumane acts (forcible transfer);
* Three counts of violations of the laws or customs of war (Article 3 of the Statute – murder, unlawfully inflicting terror upon civilians, taking hostages);
* One count of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions (Article 2 of the Statute – wilful killing).

So now they have him, it’s only a question of whether he is tried at home, or in The Hague.

His capture follows that of Slobodan Milošević, former Serbian President and close friend of that other well-known butcher Jiang Zemin. The peeps over at Wikipedia had this to say on that particular subject:

Milošević first visited China in the early 1980s while head of Beobank. Milošević visited China again in 1997, after an invitation by Chinese president Jiang Zemin. Milošević was often popularly known in China by the nickname “Lao Mi” (老米), a shortened form of the informal Chinese-style nickname “Old Milošević” (老米洛舍维奇); among the state-operated media in China, Milošević was often referred to as “Comrade Milošević” (米洛舍维奇同志). Many sources hold that the Chinese government asserted strong backing of Milošević throughout his presidency until his surrender, and was one of the few countries supportive of him and the Yugoslav regime, at a time when most Western countries were strongly critical of the Milošević government. The New York Times states that China was “one of Mr. Milošević’s staunchest supporters” during the Kosovo conflict. China vocally opposed NATO armed intervention in Kosovo throughout the campaign. Chinese parliamentary leader Li Peng, was presented by Milošević with Yugoslavia’s highest medal (the Great Star) in Belgrade in 2000.

The New York Times observed that Milošević, and particularly his wife Marković had “long viewed Beijing and its Communist party” as allied and “the sort of ideological comrades” lacking in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism in the 1990s. After Milošević’s indictment, China’s public statements shifted toward emphasizing Yugoslav-Chinese relations rather than focusing on its support for Milošević, while after the election of Vojislav Koštunica as Yugoslav president, Chinese foreign ministry officially stated that “China respects the choice of the Yugoslavian people.”

Nice, huh?

It appears that the world is starting to make an effort to punish those guilty of crimes against humanity – it was just a few days ago that prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC), filed ten charges of war crimes against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. So when, I am wondering, will they get around to catching this guy (known to the Tibetan people as the Butcher of Lhasa):

8 Responses to “Gotcha!”

  1. Hunxuer said

    “Lao Mi”? Kinda like Mickey Mouse, eh?

  2. MyLaowai said

    Hahaha! Nice one. You’re quick off the mark today.

  3. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  4. MyLaowai said

    Many thanks.

  5. Disgusting American Hypocrite said

    known to the Tibetan people as the Butcher of Lhasa

    Yes, because you speak for the “Tibetan people”, white man.

    Take up the White Man’s burden–
    Send forth the best ye breed–
    Go bind your sons to exile
    To serve your captives’ need;
    To wait in heavy harness,
    On fluttered folk and wild–
    Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
    Half-devil and half-child.

    Take up the White Man’s burden–
    In patience to abide,
    To veil the threat of terror
    And check the show of pride;
    By open speech and simple,
    An hundred times made plain
    To seek another’s profit,
    And work another’s gain.

    Take up the White Man’s burden–
    The savage wars of peace–
    Fill full the mouth of Famine
    And bid the sickness cease;
    And when your goal is nearest
    The end for others sought,
    Watch sloth and heathen Folly
    Bring all your hopes to naught.

    Take up the White Man’s burden–
    No tawdry rule of kings,
    But toil of serf and sweeper–
    The tale of common things.
    The ports ye shall not enter,
    The roads ye shall not tread,
    Go make them with your living,
    And mark them with your dead.

    Take up the White Man’s burden–
    And reap his old reward:
    The blame of those ye better,
    The hate of those ye guard–
    The cry of hosts ye humour
    (Ah, slowly!) toward the light
    “Why brought he us from bondage,
    Our loved Egyptian night?”

    Take up the White Man’s burden–
    Ye dare not stoop to less–
    Nor call too loud on Freedom
    To cloak your weariness;
    By all ye cry or whisper,
    By all ye leave or do,
    The silent, sullen peoples
    Shall weigh your gods and you.

    Take up the White Man’s burden–
    Have done with childish days–
    The lightly proferred laurel,
    The easy, ungrudged praise.
    Comes now, to search your manhood
    Through all the thankless years
    Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
    The judgment of your peers.

  6. FOARP said

    @DAH – Nice poem, got any more?

  7. Neddy said

    He got plenty more! As fast as he can cut and paste… But the question is, does he know what he is talking about?

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