Sunday, July 11, 2010

Is Radovan Karadzic a war criminal.

An interesting piece from Pam Gellar. Joe Bissett is a friend of mine. He was former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia. He has told me there are no heroes in the Balknas. I may be changing my view of Karadzic. I have always thought of him as a butcher, maybe that is not completely true.

“I don’t know if he is a war criminal, but I do know he did his damnedest to prevent the war.” -- Canadian former ambassador to Yugoslavia, James Bissett

Bissett said this in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, for an article about the American lawyer who, fortunately for history, is leading Karadzic’s defense. Here is part of that March story: Helping in the 'fight for history':

Robinson, a 30-year veteran lawyer and a former California prosecutor, is leading the legal team defending Radovan Karadzic….Robinson spent three days in the nation's capital interviewing people he thought might be helpful to his defence, including former Canadian Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, who led a United Nations peacekeeping operation in Bosnia in 1992, and James Bissett, the former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania from 1990 to 1992. Both men witnessed first hand the horrors of the civil war, which lasted from 1992 to 1995.
A lot of what the lawyer heard will not please a lot of people, particularly those who blame the Serbs and, in particular, Karadzic for the horrors of that time and place.

"Gen. MacKenzie was probably the most outspoken United Nations official about the fact that the Muslims were shelling their own people in order to get international opinion on their side," Robinson said Tuesday. "Essentially they created disasters or massacres and blamed them on the Serbs. Some of those (massacres) Karadzic is charged with committing himself."


Joe said...

I'm not sure if it was Bissett I heard on TV some years ago but whomever it was he was very blunt that the Balkans war was started by the Muslims. I was a bit surprised having been force fed by the popular media that the Serbs were the bad guys in the conflict.

Simeon (Sam) George Drakich said...

I knew Canadians who served as part of the UN peace keeping force who all claimed the Serbs were the good guys.

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