Monday, 26 October 2009
Why Radovan Karadzic But Not Blair
The international tribunal indictment against Radovan Karadzic carries a long list of charges. Below are some of the key events that the charge sheet covers:
The detention camps
Omarska was the first internment camp accessed by British journalists. The accounts of starvation and human rights abuses led to an international outcry. Omarska was one of dozens of camps where Muslim men were being held. They were allegedly sent there in pursuance of the Bosnian-Serb policy of ethnic cleansing of the Prijedor region.
- But Blair is not prosecuted for Abu Ghraib.
Thousands of Muslims were forced to flee hunger, violence and disease in the enclaves of Cerska, Kamenica, and Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia. They headed for the Muslim-held town of Tuzla. The Serbs described it as "ethnic shifting".
Muslims flee fresh wave of 'ethnic cleansing'
- Millions of Iraqis have fled Iraq due to the invasion and occupation.
Muslims fled Zepa in the east for the relative safety of Sarajevo. They said they were sent on their way by General Ratko Mladic, who told them: "No Allah, no UN, no Nato can save you. Only me."
- George Bush and Blair are both Fundamentalist Christians who talked about a 'Crusade' in Iraq.
Recognition for Bosnia-Herzegovina from Washington and the EU failed to prevent violence breaking out on the first day of independence as Serbs declared their own republic loyal to Yugoslavia and clashed with Muslims and Croats.
One of the worst shellings of civilian gatherings during the siege of Sarajevo was an attack on a football tournament in the western suburb of Dobrinja, on the Muslim holy day of Bajram. The initial report failed to capture the true extent of the attack. The UN indictment put the death toll at 146.
- Over a million killed in Iraq
Serbian forces overran the UN safe haven of Srebrenica where tens of thousands of Muslims were sheltering. Dutch peacekeepers offered no resistance. Only later would the fate of thousands of Muslim men become clear.
Information dripped out about the Srebrenica massacre. Eventually the death toll was put at 8,000.
- over a million killed in Iraq during the war and the chaos that erupted after the invasion due to the dismantling of the Iraqi army, police and state. 1 in 10 of the Iraqi population were immediately thrown into poverty and then formed militias.
Excerpts from the the 1995 UN indictment against Karadzic and Mladic
• They are criminally responsible for the unlawful confinement, murder, rape, sexual assault, torture, beating, robbery and inhumane treatment of civilians; the targeting of political leaders, intellectuals and professionals; the unlawful deportation and transfer of civilians; the unlawful shelling of civilians; the unlawful appropriation and plunder of real and personal property; the destruction of homes and businesses and the destruction of places of worship.
- The invasion of Iraq caused the same including the looting of the Baghdad museum.
• Thousands of Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat civilians, including women, children and elderly persons, were detained ... for protracted periods of time. They were not afforded judicial process and their internment was not justified by military necessity. They were detained, in large measure, because of their national, religious and political identity. The conditions in the detention facilities were inhumane and brutal.
- Abu Ghraib
• In many instances, women and girls who were detained were raped at the camps or taken from the detention centres and raped, or otherwise sexually abused at other locations. Daily food rations provided to detainees were inadequate and often amounted to starvation rations. Medical care for the detainees was insufficient or nonexistent and the general hygiene conditions were grossly inadequate.
- Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and extraordinary rendition to countries where torture was authorised and undertaken.
• Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, individually and in concert with others, planned, instigated, ordered or otherwise aided and abetted in the planning, preparation or execution of unlawful attacks against the civilian population and individual civilians with weapons such as mortars, rockets and artillery.
- Blair and his generals plotted an illegal war
• Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, individually and in concert with others planned, instigated, ordered or otherwise aided and abetted in the planning, preparation or execution of the destruction of sacred sites, or knew or had reason to know that subordinates were about to damage or destroy these sites, or had done so and failed to take necessary and reasonable measures to prevent them from doing so or to punish the perpetrators thereof.
- The destruction of Babylon, the Iraqi museum and sites of ancient history.
• Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, individually and in concert with others planned, instigated, ordered or otherwise aided and abetted in the planning, preparation or execution of the taking of civilians, that is UN peacekeepers, as hostages and, additionally, using them as 'human shields'.
- Blair allowed British troops to go to war under equipped, with sub standard kit and equipment in vehicles not suitable for their role in the theatre of combat.
Therefore why is Karadzic being prosecuted but Blair isnt ?