Jasmina Tešanović: Who was Dragan David Dabic?


11 Responses to “Jasmina Tešanović: Who was Dragan David Dabic?”

  1. BDewhirst says:

    In order for such a court to have any legitimacy, US officials must be held to the same standards of justice.

    NATO intervention was a war crime (aggression), as outlined by the United Nations Charter.

    Operation Storm, in particular, has been criticized as criminal… but I don’t see Bill Clinton on trial for genocide.

    This in no way diminishes the magnitude of Karadzic’s crimes… but it does diminish the court which will try him.

  2. slideguy says:

    One thing I haven’t read in any of the news reports of this are how he was found. Who tipped the authorities? Or did they know where he was all along, and it became obvious they’d have to give him up if they were going to get EU membership.

    • Antinous says:

      Who tipped the authorities?

      Recent elections showing widespread support for joining the EU tipped authorities. They could have found him any time if they had really wanted to.

  3. mindysan33 says:

    As always an excellent essay by Jasmina. Serbia is in an interesting cross roads right now, and it will be even more interesting to see where it goes. Seems like the road to the EU is tempting to some in power at least.

    Sadly, the US abiding by the same rules will not happen, not now, anyway. The Bush administration pushed for immunity for US soldiers for war crimes not too long ago. We don’t listen to the UN either. But who is going to make us?


  4. error404 says:

    is it not strangely coincidental that their attempt to join the EU had foundered on the continued presence of Karadzic at large.

    He Turned out not to be syuch a useful Robinhood figure nor a willing martyr, so seeign that there now was more to benefit from suddenly “discovering” his whereabouts he was miraculously unmasked.

    Impasse overcome.

  5. error404 says:

    Oh and as for trying for it’s war crimes, it will never happen, because as far as the US is concerned war crimes are done by foreigners, not Unca Sam’s boys.

    Hell the UN can’t even get the US to pay it’s dues, it is so far in default on payments that were it a person it’d be having the farm foreclosed on and the cars repo’d.

    Oddly it still has the right to veto any action suggested by anyone else who has actually paid their share.

  6. acx99 says:

    Cryptome.org has some interesting details about his web site. Apparently the domain was registered and the site created only a few months ago. What does this mean? I don’t know, but it contradicts with the official media story of what he’s been doing with his life during the past decade.

  7. mikelotus says:

    If NATO had not intervened we would have more dead bodies. The willingness to use NATO as a force of good made me proud of my country, despite the Republicans sniping about exit strategy, overwhelming force, etc. We then next did the opposite in Iraq, with the Republicans complicit in their praise and failed to do the right thing in Afghanistan by copying what we did in the Balkans, with the Republicans once again having nothing but praise for what we now know is the worse administration in American history. But ending the blood shed in the Balkans by NATO was the right thing to do, if not NATO no longer has a role in this century and might as well be disbanded.

    It is good to see Serbians and others in the area willing to talk about these things. If they were not willing, then the only way their attitudes might have been changed would have been how we had to change the German’s and Japanese attitudes — complete and total destruction of their military and occupation of their country. I can conclude that the Serbians are overall, a very smart people indeed.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Well laughing this thing out is a way of healing of our country. Operatic character of D. Dabic did more to dispel the aura of a “hero” around Mr. Karadzic then a decade of NGO activity. It’s extremely hard for his fans and followers to be taken seriously when they talk about a New Age Druid as their hero. It simply doesn’t work. They managed to master 300 people only for the latest protest.

    He is no king under the mountain, he is just a quack, pathetic old loony who will face his faith.

  9. Kieran O'Neill says:

    Very sobering. I wonder how many decades it will take for the wounds of the wars in the former Yugoslavia to heal, if they ever will.

    On a completely different note, at least two of the above links, Serbia Not Guilty of Genocide and Return to Srebenica are broken. (I’ve checked with the Internet Archive, and at least they haven’t been unpublished…)

  10. Anonymous says:

    If Serbian nationalists are really po’ed about Karadzic being tried for warcrimes, then they can see that US officials suffer the same fate. Henry Kissinger, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc should be kidnapped & turned over to the Hague for warcrimes trials after Jan 22 2009.

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