Monday, July 21, 2008

Two different war crimes actions take place today


On the heels of the warrant for the president of Sudan for war crimes in Darfur, the former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic was arrested from hiding today by Serbian authorities for war crimes. Presumably, he will be first government official tried in Europe for war crimes since the Nuremberg trials of the Nazis after World War II. He would face life in prison.

Among his crimes was a massacre of 8000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. He is said to have regarded himself as a “Robin Hood” for the Serbs. The CNN story is here.

Serbia is expected to cooperate with war crimes investigations as a requirement for eventual membership in the European Union.

And the first 9/11-related military tribunal in Guantanamo started today, with a not guilty plea from Salim Yamdan, a supposed former bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden. He is said to be the first person to face a US war crimes trial since World War II. The AP story appears on MSNBC here. A subsequent breaking story indicates that the judge will not allow evidence obtained under duress ("rendition") to be used at the trial.

In another story today, the New York Times send back an essay submitted to it on the Iraq war by John McCain, when it had published Barack Obana’s. It claimed that McCain did not add new information of his own but was merely responding defensively; it would be willing to work with him on adding more new information. This sounds like an object lesson on all writers for published essays, even blog entries. The CNN story is here.

Picture: Sample Guantanamo, Cuba cell displayed in the National Mall in late June, 2008. Ironically, the movie "A Few Good Men" (1992) starts with an incident set in Guantanamo.

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