Friday, March 17, 2006

# Posted 4:05 PM by Patrick Porter  

HEAL THYSELF: Victor Hanson identifies some of the hypocrisies of America's less sophisticated critics. The same folk who fetishise the sluggish process of international criminal proceedings present the trial of Saddam Hussein as an inefficient sham, yet

We often hear about how incompetent the Iraqis, under American tutelage, have been in trying Saddam Hussein. After all, his trial is only in its initial stages, two years after he was captured. But compared to the more illustrious court of The Hague, Saddam's trial is racing along at a rapid clip. Before his sudden death, Milosevic had been in court for four years without a verdict. In terms of utopian international jurisprudence, the reprobate Milosevic died a free man, at his last breath still innocent until proven guilty.
America is mocked for failing to find Osama bin Laden somewhere on the loose maybe around the Pakistan/Afghan frontier. Yet six years since the collapse of the Serbian dictator, his senior generals are at large

no one seems to know where either Radovan Karadzic, or his military commander, Ratko Mladic, is hiding inside Europe — not exactly the Sunni Triangle or the borderlands of the Hindu Kush.
And then there's the misuse of language. Cooperate and cultivate Russia, China, France or Germany, and that makes you a 'multilateralist' and 'internationalist.' Cultivate Japan, Australia, Poland or India, and you are a 'unilateralist.' And when it comes to speaking aggressively, consider this:

Europe cringed at George Bush's use of cowboyisms, like "smoke 'em out" and "dead-or-alive" — hardly the parlance of sober and sophisticated statesmen, who should hint at, rather than brag of, their substantial military power. But once again, contrast Bush's words with Jacques Chirac's recent boastful threat that France would consider a nuclear response to any country sponsoring a terror attack against it. Had Bush said anything close to that, the Europeans would be trying to indict him in Brussels for war thought-crimes.
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"Yet six years since the collapse of the Serbian dictator, his senior generals are at large." As of March 16, 2006, the ICTY has indicted 161 persons. Only six of these remained "at large". But you were close.
Hanson is probably the most intolerable of anything that's ever come out of the Hoover Institution. His generalizations and straw men are like black holes, engulfing all his arguments. Any factual statements he manages to lob in are inevitably eaten by the the mass of his own abject writing. It's a pity though, seeing as how his points could add something to the debate.
They have indicted Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, who is accused of overseeing some of the 'ethnic cleansing', but they have failed to arrest him. And at least until 2004, according to the US State department, several 'high ranking generals' were living openly in Belgrade.
The point is that its ridiculous to laugh at the US for failing the much harder test of finding Bin Laden.
Hey all,

anonymous you are right that most have been rounded up, but some senior generals are still on the loose at a time when America is derided for failing to capture an elusive terrorist leader in much harder circumstances.

those on the loose include senior figures, such as Mladic and also general Zdravko Tolimir:

You might also include Goran Hadzic, leader of rebel Croatian Serbs.
And gee, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid eluded capture for twenty years! I think this does prove, once again, that the Bush administration, having been immaculately conceived by the Virgin Mary and John Wayne, is once again moving from triumph to triumph. I, too, remember those evil Serbians blowing up the Empire State Building, and Clinton promising to bring them in dead or alive. Clinton -- what a loser!

Also, I do think it is relevant to bring Judge Crater in at this point. He has still not been found! The analogy is so obvious it needs no further explanation.
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