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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Slob

The death of Slobodan Milosevic stunned most of the world, Saturday morning.

Surely, he is the most famous mass murderer on trial to die in a gaol cell, since Field Marshall Hermann Göring cheated the hangman's noose with a cyanide capsule.

But other than the heinous crimes both were accused of, that's where the sudden death similarities end.

For it was already judged that the corpulent, clownish, but devilishly clever Göring had been found guilty of the war crimes he had stood on trial for in Nürnberg.

His death didn't leave gaping holes to be filled, as whether or not he died then or later, was a matter of justice not having had her day, but rather, a question of the timing and correctness of the procedure.

Slobodan Milosevic's death of an apparent heart attack is far more complex.

Few if any Nazi sympathisers in Germany were able to publicly voice their support for the Field Marshall, when it became known Göring had committed suicide.

He was not hailed by his former country as the victim of an anti-German tribunal solely, as many in Milosevic's country see the World Courtas a pawn of anti-Serbian sentiment, first and foremost.

More importantly, his death allows other trials against Serbians who have either been captured, or are being sought like former Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, to point to the late Milosevic and claim that age-old defence, "I was just following his orders".

Dead masterminds of genoicide tell no tales.

This death might even cloud an already circus-like tribunal being held in Iraq, where an even older man is being tried for more crimes against humanity: Saddam Hussein.

As staggering as the Nazi war crimes were, and as long as the Nürnberg trials took, it is true that the main culprits who were on trial got a speedy enough verdict, which allowed the world and more importantly, the countries of the the guilty parties to move on.

But Milosevic's trial has dragged interminably, and Saddam Hussein's trial makes up in chaos, what the Serbian ex-leader's had in tediousness.

Certainly, both defendants share one trait in common, and that is remorselessness -- which is to be expected, and yet, despite all knowledge to the contrary, we all of us expect a glimmer of remorse from these murderers, so as to at least to find solace in the fact that they understood the enormity of their actions when in power.

But nothing. Not sadness, not contriteness, not humility in the face of justice.

So, though it was never in question that I would spare a thought for Milosevic, or Hussein, in the moment of their deaths, I today accept his death with the same bitter taste in my mouth, that I would've had upon hearing Hermann Göring had died.

Perhaps these men may have cheated true justice. But they will not cheat history.

P.S.: Every time someone passes, there are certain types of people who have what I can term, odd reactions.

The oddest reactions, for me, are those of people who don't wish to refer to someone's death, or mourn it, because it seems selective of society to concentrate on one individual, over others (especially unknown people).

I cannot tell you how illogical and stupid I find this sentiment.

Because you don't mention all deaths, you can't mention one in particular, especially that of a famous person?

Bizarre.

And though this attitude is usually associated with mourning, and they "hypocrisy" of people who feel deep emotion for those they never knew personally, it strikes me that those same people today probably do not want to refer to Milosevic's passing, since there are others who led just as disgusting, guilty lives, than he did, but they'll go unremarked upon.

It's almost as if these people were in some way, upset at the UNFAIRNESS of it all.

Stuff and nonsense.

Milosevic was a butcher who ordered rape camps and killed thousands of people, separated from him by ethnicity, and religion.

Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say, famous or unknown.

2 Comments:

  • Pessimist that I sometimes am about some things, I know that the future Milosevic has already been born, the only question is in what country he or she is being formed. The slaughter, the butchering of people has not stopped throughout history, I wish that it would but it will not.
    Can America ever stop all his kind? I think not. Our first duty is to keep him from taking power in this country because there are surely those like him trying to gain control.
    The unbelievable pain inflicted by man upon men for man's gain seems never to stop. Ergo my reason to find my self-sustaining, hidden, South Seas island.

    By Blogger Paul, at Tue Mar 14, 01:21:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Pessimist that I sometimes am about some things, I know that the future Milosevic has already been born, the only question is in what country he or she is being formed.

    Never has a truer word been said.

    Sadly...you're so right, Paul.

    The slaughter, the butchering of people has not stopped throughout history, I wish that it would but it will not.

    No. As long as some people decide that differences are intolerable, then no.

    Can America ever stop all his kind? I think not.

    No. But also note that this attitude is precisely what others dislike in Americans: that Americans would even think that they had to.

    Of course, they do have to, but that's another story.

    Our first duty is to keep him from taking power in this country because there are surely those like him trying to gain control.

    Well said.

    The unbelievable pain inflicted by man upon men for man's gain seems never to stop. Ergo my reason to find my self-sustaining, hidden, South Seas island.

    Well, everyone has their dream. :)

    But the last thing on earth I personally would do, is to retire from the world.

    Bad, ugly, despicable though we humans are at times, nothing beats living with others.

    Me, I'm no hermit. Even on a South Seas island. :)

    (Ooh, you have inspired a future post though!)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Mar 16, 02:54:00 am GMT-5  

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