"General Ratko Mladić, the most bloodthirsty warlord to strut European soil since the Third Reich, will die in jail. Any other outcome after today’s verdict in The Hague would have been preposterous.
He faced two counts of genocide: one for Srebrenica, the other for what happened in the “municipalities” elsewhere in Bosnia. Here serial atrocities were committed by troops under Mladić’s direct command over those years, while the international community dithered, and worse. The whole idea of the Hague tribunal was as much an act of contrition for that failure as it was ambition for international justice. Mladić’s pogroms included more mass-murder, torture, mutilation and rape, in the camps at Omarska, Trnopolje and Keretem in north-west Bosnia. To the east, in Višegrad, civilians – including babies – were herded alive into houses for incineration, or down to a bridge to be shot, or chopped into pieces, and hurled into the river Drina. Then there was the wholesale demolition of countless towns and villages, and the “cleansing” of all non-Serbs, by death or deportation; the razing of mosques and Catholic churches; the gathering of women and girls into camps for violation all night, every night. And the rest.
None of this, apparently, is genocide. Mladić was acquitted on that count. This raises the question: then what is?" (Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian) #icty #bosnia #war #omarska #trnopolje #concentrationcamp #victims #justice #storiesaboutnonsense #mladic #verdict #serbia
Fikret Alic, famous emaciated prisoner of Trnopolje concentration camp 25 years later in front of notorious "White House" inside of Omarska concentration camp near northwestern Bosnian town of Prijedor
Photograph © Hrvoje Polan