Thursday, July 24, 2008

Radovan Redux

More details have emerged on Karadzic's secret life while on the run. Authorities are investigating whether Karadzic stole his assumed identity from a Sarajevo sniping victim. According to the victim's brother, Mladen Dabic:
"My brother was killed in 1993 by a sniper bullet when he went to collect humanitarian aid", Mladen Dabic said. "This is amazing, horrifying. My brother was running across a street and the sniper bullet came from the direction of Vrace." At the time, the Vrace neighbourhood was under the control of Serbs.

Meanwhile, as to what Dr. Dabic was doing for the past few months in Belgrade: He played the gusle at the Luda Kuca bar where
[t]he walls and bar of the Luda Kuca (the name means madhouse) are adorned with the Serb pantheon - Slobodan Milosevic, Vojislav Seselj, Ratko Mladic and of course, Radovan Karadzic - each one a nationalist hero.

As to where Dragan Dabic was heading that fateful night he was arrested, apprently he was heading on vaction.

As to the future: A good Q&A about a Karadzic trial from the NYT.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Karadzic Arrest

No extradition date has been set yet.
While the fact that police apparently stumbled on Karadzic while they were attempting to locate Mladic has caused some to wonder if the "tragic hero" will be next to go.

And a concise summary of the possible ramifications of the Karadzic arrest.

The Hubris of Dr. Dubic

It ended not with a bang, but with a whimper. On a bus to be precise, there were no SWAT team like raids and thankfully no casualties; as one of the world's most wanted war criminals ended his thirteen year run from the law.

And for thirteen years there have been conflicting rumors on Radovan Karadzic's whereabouts. The oft reported rumor was that he disguised himself as a Serbian Orthodox monk, sheltered in monasteries along the Bosnian/Serbian border. It made sense, after all, the Serbian Orthodox Church, as an institution, was one of the key supporters and instruments in the rise of Serbian nationalism in the late 1980s. For the past few years there have been raids, "near misses" and growing rumors over whether or not a deal was made with Karadzic to allow him to escape arrest.

But in the end Karadzic was arrested not in countryside and not disguised as a monk, but in Belgrade and as a New Age doctor.
Reporters, Balkan experts and a host of people much more knowledgeable than I am about Karadzic have stressed his vanity and narcissism. But, few would probably wager a bet that Karadzic would not only hide in plain sight, but revel in his identity as a New Age healer-write articles, attend symposiums, even create his own website. Even his e-mail address ( smacks of incredible degree of narcissism and hubris.

The manner of his arrest, low key and almost anti-climatic is fitting. With Karadzic's own sense of grandeur, from declaring his poetry among the best ever written in the history of Serbian poetry, to declaring himself a self-styled "President"; most people would assume that if Karadzic was ever apprehended, it would be a scene out of a blockbuster movie.
In the end, the arrest turned out to be as banal as Karadzic himself.

The Art of Human Quantum Energy

One of Dragan "David" Dabic's many areas of expertise.

And since I'm not sure how much longer "Dabic's" website will remain online, here is the English language translation of his biography. Notice his e-mail account:

Dr. Dragan "David" Dabic was born some 60 years ago in a small Serbian village of Kovaci, near Kraljevo. As a young boy he liked to explore nearby forests and mountains, spending a lot of time on Kopaonik mountain where he tended to pick the omnipresent natural and potent medicinal herbs that grew there. As a young man he moved to Belgrade, and then on to Moscow where he graduated with a Psychiatry degree at the Moscow State University (Lomonosov). After Russia, Dr. Dabic travelled around India and Japan, after which he settled in China where he specialized in alternative medicine, with special emphasis on Chinese herbs. In mid 1990s Dr. Dabic returned back to mother Serbia for good.

Ever since, Dr. Dabic emerged as one of the most prominent experts in the field of alternative medicine, bioenergy, and macrobiotic diet in the whole of the Balkans, and is frequent guest on many forums, seminars and symposiums (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Pancevo, Sombor, Smederevo...) dedicated to these topics.

For panel invitations or private consultations Dr. Dragan Dabic can be reached at the following contact:

healingwounds @ dragandabic . com

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dr. K's Wild Ride

The Karadzic arrest is now a "top-story" on google. There are a number of articles on the arrest of Karadzic and various reactions; (now summarized in this handy guide) but not surprisingly, they are short on details of the actual arrest. Although I expect that to change over the next few days.

Rhetorical question: I wonder how long until the obligatory "free Radovan" website pops up?
No doubt it will contain the good doctor's poetry.

Note: Check East Ethnia for more details and updates from the Serbian press.


I think the all caps title is warranted in this case. I must say I'm very pleasantly
surprised, and I did not see it coming at all.

Karadzic arrested in Serbia

MAJOR h/t to Owen for informing me of the news.