Sunday, March 12, 2006

Worst Outcome for Milosevic Tribunal?

"Worst Outcome for Milosevic Tribunal" read the BBC headline yesterday. That begs the question of what justice is and whether what is commonly perceived as justice today is actually just vengeance, or worse, if it just people trying to make up for their own shortcomings.

The western world's intervention in the Balkan Wars of the 1990's came too late to save tens of thousands of victims. Commonly, military intervention takes place out of aggression and greed and hunger for power. The former Yugoslavia is one case where military intervention could have brought peace to the former nation that had just gloriously hosted the Winter Olympic Games at Sarajevo.

So it seems that the loss of Slobodan Milosevic is indeed the worst outcome for the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, as it no longer has a focus for the vengeance that the western nations would have liked to use to make up for their lack of will years ago when it was so needed. Milosevic is now at peace with his countless victims of genocide and the western political leaders of that time have little left to take out their aggression on. Serbia was bombed long ago (creating more victims) and its leader is dead. It is long past time to stop taking an eye for an eye and to start building a lasting peace.



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