Some Thoughts on the Arrest of the Former Bosnian Serb General and War Crime Criminal Ratko Mladic

As has been reported by the world media, former Bosnian Serb general Mladic was arrested in Serbia.

Mladic was indicted in 1995 by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on charges including genocide in connection with the slaughter 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica — the worst massacre in Europe since the Nazi era.

The only problem is, is the accusation correct? Some of the “alternative” truths are here and here.

There are several undisputed facts about Bosnia civil war:
– There were thousands of mujahedeen, mostly from Arab countries that committed attrocities against Serbs (and also Croats), the word was “Christians”. As for the “command responsibility”, the Bosnian leadership was fully responsible for their crimes as they brought them in.
– The US that was claiming “enforcing” the embargo against all participants in the civil war – Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs let mujahedeen volunteers and weapons reach the conflict zone on Bosniak’s side.
– The several “safe heavens” including Srebrenica never met the requirements for their establishment, namely that there be no soldiers, no arms, and especially no attacks of surounding areas emanting from these “safe heavens”.
– Bosniak solders kept attacking neighboring Serbian villages where they were killing women and elderly, not soldiers. Doing this, they were committing war crimes. (Soldiers that commit war crimes are not protected by Geneva conventions and killing such soldiers is not a war crime.)
– Ratko Mladic’s begging for UN peacekeepers to stop that went unaswered. The Bosniaks refused to be disarmed and UN under US pressure did not push for it. Ratko Mladic’s warnings that if not UN then Serbs will stop this attrocities were ignored.
– Bosniak commander of Srebrenica, Naser Oric, tortured and killed Serb prisoners, soldiers and civilians alike. He openly told western visitors that he is doing it.
– Naser Oric escaped from Srebrenica a few days before the offensive and left his troops to fend for themselves.
– Bosniak soldiers were ordered not to surender but fight their way to Bosniak-held Tuzla and they did so. Many of those soldiers reached Tuzla and many were killed in firefights.
– Ratko Mladic organized busses to transport Bosniak women and children to Tuzla. (Genocide would have been to kill them on the spot.)
– There are mass graves. (But mass graves are in every war as there is no time after a battle to dig a separate grave for each person.)

What is controversial is:
– How many Bosniak soldiers reached Tuzla.
– How many Bosniak soldiers were killed while fighting to get there.
– How many Bosniak soldiers were killed after they surendered.
– How many of the killed Bosniak soldiers did not commit war crimes before and therefore should have been protected as POWs.
– Did Ratko Maldic give orders to kill Bosniak soldiers that surrendered?

My opinion:
– The innocent should not have been killed, by either side
– The POWs should have been protected
– The guilty from both sides should have been brought to justice

What actually happened:
– Americans’ intelligence was attacked by the US government and US media by describing the situation as black and white / angel and evil instead of describing the shades of gray. One side good, the other bad. It does help people form their opinion but not necessarily the correct opinion.
– The bad guys selected were Serbs.
– The US helped global jihadists to gain training and get a foothold in Europe
– The global standing of the US has sufferred. (But do we care?)

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