Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Balkanized Verdict

From Time Magazine:

The court has spoken but, in issuing a Balkanized verdict — with a little bit for every party — it has allowed nothing to change in the Balkans.


Article

9 comments:

Bg anon said...

I disagree with the Time post.

Its obvious they didnt employ DA to write the piece.

The verdict obviously did less for Bosnia than it did for Serbia.

And I'm not sure that the blame should be placed at the door of the judges for not issuing the 'right' verdict.

Shaina can you remember me saying many months ago that I thought that Serbia and Bosnia should reach agreement which would include a financial element, an apology or similar?

Now Bosniak victims feel brutalised all over again and the final smack in the face is no reperations.

Perhaps the judges erred on the side of caution concerning evidence but each side has to look at its own responsibility for the outcome.

frederik said...

"Its obvious they didnt employ DA to write the piece."

It's obvious how, by the sneeky way they wrote By DEJAN ANASTASIJEVIC/BELGRADE at the top ;-)

Daniel said...

bg_anon said:

"And I'm not sure that the blame should be placed at the door of the judges for not issuing the 'right' verdict... Now Bosniak victims feel brutalised all over again and the final smack in the face is no reperations."

Dear friend - genocide is extremely hard to prove for individuals, and almost impossible to prove for states. However, Serbia is also the first state to be 'convicted' of violating Convention on Genocide Prevention.

Bg anon said...

'Dear friend - genocide is extremely hard to prove for individuals, and almost impossible to prove for states.'

Well, I quite agree. But lets not get a dose of amnesia here. That is quite a retreat from some of the accusations against Serbia that were often repeated for many years up until as recently as a few weeks ago.

I am puzzled for example at Karla Del Pontes statement saying that she largely welcomed the verdict. The verdict directly contradicts the charges she herself pressed against the most important Hague incictee thus far.

But dont misunderstand me, its a positive that rather than continuing with hardline positions that people are willing to see some reason.

I only wish that they saw reason earlier on. My thoughts on the victims are completely genuine and I truly believe that this verdict brought back a lot of the pain they experienced throughout and just after the war. I wish that could have been avoided.

'It's obvious how, by the sneeky way they wrote By DEJAN ANASTASIJEVIC/BELGRADE at the top ;-) '

Heh, yes you are right. I aint no conspiracy nut though so I'll have to agree that he wrote most of it. Knowing his views (and the way copy-editting journalism works) though I sincerely doubt he wrote the intro sentence. Still, its interesting that he supposedly wrote the article from Belgrade but the quotes in the piece were from Sarajevo!

Owen said...

The essential thing is that genocide at Srebrenica was confirmed so that all the people who chose to disregard the Krstic Appeals Chamber judgment on the grounds of the ICTY's funding or political intervention must accept that the ICJ has endorsed that finding and confirmed that genocide was perpetrated in Bosnia. Now it's just a question of nailing the architects, living and defunct.

Shaina said...

I haven't read the quote from Del Ponte, but I don't think that it can necessarily be interpreted as being contradictory with the ICTY indictments etc. The ICTY pertain to indviduals, and government leaders, i.e. Milosevic as part of a JCE, not the government/state as the ICJ trial looked at. Of course, it would be interesting for Del Ponte to flesh out her comments a bit in order to understand what she meant by them.

Owen said...

Now this is in Older Posts I don't seem to be able to find the link to the article.

Shaina said...

Owen, are you talking about the Time Article?

Here it is: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1594245,00.html

Owen said...

Thanks, Shaina. I also spotted the following in the right hand side as Quote of the Day":
"The fact is, there is no evidence to prove there was coercion." Japanese Prime Minister SHINZO ABE, referring to his government's ongoing debate of whether Japanese soldiers forced women into sexual slavery during WWII