05 June, 2011

Mladic: at last in court

1994: in Rwanda, in just a few days - hundreds of thousands of people were mercilessly slaughtered for no reason rather than evil, ethnic reasons. Almost one year later, in July 1995: for almost the same reasons as in Rwanda and in just a few days, thousands of Muslim men were brutally slaughtered in Srebrenica, former Yugoslavia. Most of those involved in both massacres have not been caught and brought to justice. But, two days ago, though painful to watch and to remember - it was very relieving and comforting to see the 'Beast of Srebrenica' finally in a court and facing judges.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing ~ Edmund Burke

I still clearly recall: both Rwanda and Srebrinica; more so, the latter. In 1995, I was in Nairobi and spent most of my time with my little daughters; and watching the news on TV, especially on CNN. As events unfolded in 'Yugoslavia' and the horror was repeatedly, vividly displayed on screens; we, watching, couldn't help wondering at how such a thing could happen just a few months after Rwanda. We couldn't help wondering at how the 'world', especially 'leaders', could allow a few people like Mladic, Milosevic, Karodzic and Hadzic - who is still at large - to commit such outrageous crimes, without fear. And, as it seemed then: with impunity.

People like Mladic are from a complete different world; not only are they evil and immoral, they are unscrupulous and have no regrets for their actions. Very shockingly, they have fervent supporters and sympathizers. While Ratko sat their in court - smiling, taunting and showing no remorse at all - thousands of his supporters were in grief. For Mladic and his likes, they have no feelings or considerations for the thousands of people that they butchered, maimed, displaced and whose lives were made most miserable. Ratko, is being tried in a civilized court and, comparatively, being treated by the international court in a very humane way; while, he and his cohorts, back then in the 1990s, treated their 'captives', in the most brutal and most savage of ways and means.  
Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Yes: through out history their have been many tyrants and murderers; most, eventually fall. Many, are never brought to justice. Though, today, there are still many tyrants and murderers who 'rule' many parts of our world and roam freely; it is most soothing and consoling seeing one of such: the Beast of Srebrenica, in court and facing justice.