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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hunting Karadzic

clipped from www.iht.com
The Associated Press

Top war crimes suspect arrested in Serbia

Published: July 21, 2008

BELGRADE, Serbia: Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, accused architect of massacres making him one of the world's top war crimes fugitives, was arrested Monday evening in a raid that ended a near 13-year manhunt, the country's president and the U.N. tribunal said.

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This is old news indeed. But I've been moving between places before I got settled and decided to have my own say about Karadzic.

The modern war in Balkan hit me back in 1991 when I was in Germany and was asked to be aware of possible delays on my way back to Indonesia due to a recent war over the Balkans. That was 1991 and the world was in the middle of the Gulf War (almost in the middle, I guess), so being a high school student who has just finished a student exchange trip around Germany and feasted on Europe's charms, that sentence just didn't make any sense to me. Not until a few years afterwards during my freshmen years at the university when I was taking international relations blah and had to do a paper on Serbian-Bosnian War that ended in 1995.

My interest to war has always been movie-bound. The "Band of Brothers" was amazing, while "The Black Hawk Down" and "Hotel Rwanda" was mesmerizing. Although I found "Welcome to Sarajevo" as so so, I think "The Hunting Party" was a smart movie. The latter brought my memories to early 90s when the modern Balkan war just begun. Especially when the news on Karadzic arrest hit the media.

The timing between the production and release of "The Hunting Party" and the arrest of Karadzic was not that far. Can it be a coincidence? I guess I've been reading too many spy novels and watching too many movies

If you've seen "The Hunting Party", you'd also recognize the plot, which revealed (by a UN officer who was interviewed by Richard Gere and Terence Howard as the lead actors) that the war criminal was somehow not captured because there was some sort of deal between the CIA (or NATO or whatever) and the war criminal himself. This is rather interesting if we pay attention to recent news on Karadzic claims about his deal with Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat who brokered the Dayton Accords that ended the Serbia-Bosnian war.

I don't know, which one is real. Richard Gere and Terence Howard in "The Hunting Party" or Richard Holbrooke and Radovan Karadzic in "Dayton Accords" and "Bosnian War"..

clipped from www.presstv.ir
Karadzic: I had a deal with Holbrooke

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 02:00:15

Karadzic (L), Holbrooke (R)

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appears at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal for the first time, charged with genocide.
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The FP Interview: Richard Holbrooke on Radovan Karadzic

Posted July 2008
Amb. Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. assistant secretary of State and the chief negotiator of the Dayton Peace Agreement, shares his reflections on captured war criminal Radovan Karadzic, international justice, and how to deal with Osama bin Laden.
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