Normally I’d put [Rest In Peace] or some variant thereof in the subject line, but…
Naw, this is a badguy, so we can feel good about this one.
Can’t believe I and the whole board here slept on this one, but Serbian dictator and the 20th century’s last architecht of genocide, Slobodan Milosevic, died in prison a couple days ago. His war crimes trial in The Hague was still underway.
There’s the obituary.
And here’s an article about the flak over whether to bury him in Serbia or not.
Here’s kinda why I’m still bringing this up.
A) I kinda feel like we should at least try to have a thread about this, since it’s a kinda a big deal and all.
B) His war crimes trial was still underway. And there’s some attorneys and poltical mouthpieces and such that are issuing statements about how dissatisfied they are that he “escaped justice” and or “we were denied seeing him getting what he deserved” and such. Personally, I think this is a bit much. Everyone with an ounce of sense knows he was a bad guy and he was guilty as charged. It’s not like there’s anyone out there was wondering “hmm, is he guilty or not”; the victory over guys like these is in stopping them, capturing them, deposing them, exposing and discrediting them, and then either incarcerating them for the rest of their life or executing them. Milosevic spent the remainder of his life in prison after his capture, and then died there. That’s kinda what we were going to do with him anyway, right? His sentence would’ve been one of those, right?
So my question to all of y’all is: does the trial at The Hague matter? Does it give “closure” or not, does it make our victory over these butches more total, (and conversely does it make our victory less total if we run these guys out of power but they die before they can be captured/tried, such as with Pol Pot). Or are these just show trials where we just spend time patting ourselves on the back and telling ourselves what we already know, only in fancier dressing?