March 11, 2006

Milosevic is Dead!

Slobodan Milosevic was found dead in his cell this morning. According to the Wall Street Journal he apparantly died of natural causes. Milosevic was on trial in the Hague for crimes against humanity by leading his country to slaughter tens of thousands from a would be break-away provence. Milosevic frequently and vociferously denied guilt. One would suspect that Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao and others would claim the same.

I don't know whether to be happy that the world is better off without one more madman or to mourn the fact that justice is denied. Perhaps the only justice meted out here was when his immortal soul found itself condemed to hellfire.

According to the WSJ:

A figure of beguiling charm and cunning ruthlessness, Mr. Milosevic was a master tactician who turned his country's defeats into personal victories and held onto power for 13 years despite losing four wars that shattered his nation and impoverished his people.

Mr. Milosevic led Serbia, the dominant Yugoslav republic, into four Balkan wars, but always managed to emerge politically stronger. The secret of his survival was his uncanny ability to exploit what less adroit figures would consider a fatal blow.

Each time he would bounce back, skillfully reinventing himself in a series of political transformations -- as a devout communist, a reform-minded nationalist, and again as a communist at a time when most of the world had abandoned Marxist ideology.

He once described himself as the "Ayatollah Khomeini of Serbia," assuring his prime minister, Mr. Panic, that "the Serbs will follow me no matter what." For years, they did -- through wars which dismembered Yugoslavia and plunged what was left of the country into social, political, moral and economic ruin.

But in the end, his people abandoned him: first in October 2000, when he was unable to convince the majority of Yugoslavs that he had staved off electoral defeat by his successor, Vojislav Kostunica, and again on April 1, 2001, when he surrendered after a 26-hour standoff to face criminal charges stemming from his ruinous rule.

Few will mourn his passing, and certainly not this blogger!

Insta-Update: Austin Bey has more, and it is well worth reading

Posted by GM Roper at March 11, 2006 09:52 AM | TrackBack


I was glad to see him gone. Frankly, I've near zero faith in the World Court. It had taken them far, far too long to find him guilty and sentence him. Further, what would the sentence have been?

Meanwhile, plenty of war criminals are still walking around the Balkans. Meanwhile2, the UN dithers about Darfur, Sudan.

Meanwhile3, All over the place, "peacekeeping" (non-U.S.) troops are as bad or worse than the "bad guys".

I suspect many have noted that the UN is about as effective as the League of Nations was. Of course, it is a great way for all kinds of friends of dictators to be assigned to New York, live in great digs, eat very well, dress up in suits n' the expense of others. What IS the point? If the UN was a results oriented organization, they would have gone out of business years ago.

Posted by Tango Charlie at March 11, 2006 10:36 AM

Really, Tango. Could you see the UN trying to make it in the free market?

Posted by Oyster at March 11, 2006 01:44 PM


The UN is loaded, repeat, loaded with spies, thieves, corrupt knaves, and rabble from some for the most awful places in the world.

Americans went I a pinheaded Chicken Little event over the UAE whilst murderers (or their representatives) blather on, which is just a smoke screen to allow them to continue their evil.

Gad, I sound like a John Bircher of years past, but I would defy any rationale person who is given the facts to come to any other conclusion.

I suspect that the Foggy Bottom crowd hopes that these and those like them can, over time, be lulled away from being really, really awful.

Not bloodly likely.

Posted by Tad at March 11, 2006 05:29 PM

I`m sure the U.N. is happy he passed away before they had to convict a kindred spirit!

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