Anti-Milo Legitimacy Crisis

Les Schaffer schaffer at
Sat Mar 31 21:13:06 MST 2001

Nestor said:

> It is not so hard to understand. NATO wants the Serbians to change
> their image of themselves. They must admit that their elected
> President was a criminal, and that, by the same stroke, they are a
> criminal people.

take your blood pressure medicine before reading below...

les schaffer


Milosevic Is Accused, but All of Serbia Is on Trial

THE moves by Serb officials to arrest Slobodan Milosevic late last
week appear to be an effort to meet Yugoslavia's most pressing need.

The erstwhile Serb strongman was cornered by the authorities in time
to meet a deadline imposed by the United States. This keeps war-ruined
Yugoslavia on track to rejoin the world as a respectable democracy. It
also seems likely to unlock access to $50 million in American aid, as
well as hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from the World Bank
and the International Monetary Fund.

But what will the government of Vojislav Kostunica do with
Mr. Milosevic, a demagogue who arguably is responsible for more death,
war and mayhem in Europe than anyone since Hitler?

[ snip ]

An arrest of Mr. Milosevic -- and the possibility that he will be
tried for crimes against humanity -- has the potential to redress both
of these failures of imagination, restoring Serbia to its place in the
community of nations while revealing the Serbs to themselves.

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