Too little punishment for Serbian butcher

FORMER Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been convicted of genocide and nine other charges, and sentenced to 40 years in prison by the Hague based International Criminal Tribunal. The judges said, Karadzic was criminally responsible for the siege of Sarajevo and had committed crimes against humanity in Bosnian towns. He had intended to eliminate the Bosnian Muslim males in Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslims died in Europe’s worst war crimes since World War-II.
The world community did almost nothing when in April 1992, the government of the Yugoslav Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia and over the next several years, Bosnian Serb forces, with the backing of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army, targeted both Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) and Croatian civilians for atrocious crimes resulting in the deaths of some 100,000 people (80 percent Bosniak) by 1995. It was the worst act of genocide since the Nazi regime’s destruction of some 6 million European Jews during World War-II. The ethnic cleansing campaign took place throughout areas controlled by the Bosnian Serbs and targeted Muslim Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats. The ethnic cleansing campaign included 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 on 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 acknowledgement of the international court that the then Serb leader committed war crimes would given somewhat solace to those who bore the brunt of atrocities but it is lamentable that the punishment awarded to him was just peanut. We believe that the grave nature of crimes committed by him warranted his handing over to a firing squad.

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