Monday, 6 June 2011

The arrest of Ratko Mladic

A lot has been written on the recent arrest and extradition of Ratko Mladic. Below are just a few links. I will add to the list later.

Sarah Franco  of Café Turco writes from Kozarac in Bosnia on the muted reaction of survivors, and of a commemoration at the concentration camp of Trnopolje.

She writes, “there isn’t even a memorial plaque in Trnopolje acknowledging that non-Serbs were imprisoned there, mistreated there, raped there, and then all of those who were not killed there were sent other camps, or to exile. In this place, where a school was turned into a concentration camp and then once again into a school, there is, however, a monument to the fallen soldiers of Trnopolje. Yes, a memorial to Mladic’s soldiers stands there, through which the children pass everyday on their way to school.”

Marko Attila Hoare writes a substantial post on the wider picture of the Serbian military and political control of their campaign of genocide in Croatia and Bosnia, “The trial of Ratko Mladic will not mean that justice has been served.”

Harry’s Place points to four articles by Francis Wheen from 1998-2000 on some of the positions held by those on the left and right in the UK during the conflict. The articles were on Three of the articles can also be found here, here, and here.

Journeyman writes “If the trial of Mladic is to achieve anything it could be to show that ethnic hatred is not something far away - either in history books or ‘developing’ countries,” and would like to see schoolchildren learn about the Balkan wars alongside the Holocaust, with Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Gorazde as recommended reading. An earlier mention of the book on this blog here.

James Bloodworth of Obliged to Offend writes “Isn’t it time for an apology, Mr Chomsky?” on Noam Chomsky’s support and praise for two deniers of the genocidal Srebrenica massacre, Diana Johnstone and Edward Herman.


jams o donnell said...

Thanks for the links Kellie. I really should read Greater Surbiton more often

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow 5 July the Dutch Appeal Court announces its decision on the appeal by Hasan Nuhanovic and the Mustafic family against the District Court decision that the Netherlands wasn’t responsible for failing to protect their relatives when Dutchbat ordered them to leave the base at Potocari and handed them over to Mladic for execution. The District Court decided that effective command and control of Dutchbat had passed from the Dutch to the UN. Hasan Nuhanovic and the Mustafics maintain that the Dutch were sidestepping the UN chain of command.