Friday, August 01, 2008

Radovan Karadzic arrested- will it change the world we know?

The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was taken to prison in the The Hague on Wednesday. After nearly thirteen years on the run, he is finally going to face trial and ‘hopefully’ be punished for his crimes. The UN says his forces killed at least 7,500 Muslim men and boys from Srebrenica in July 1995 as part of a campaign to "terrorise and demoralise the Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat population". He is also charged over the shelling of Sarajevo, and the use of 284 UN peacekeepers as human shields in May and June 1995.

Karadzic’s partner in crime, former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, was also captured but died before he could be punished. Both are considered to be heroes by some people - how? I cannot imagine. Despite having murdered thousands of innocent civilians in cold blood, they are honored and loved by some people. I really cannot understand… it seems inhumane. Obviously, it gives little consolation to those who witnessed the death of their loved ones and waited patiently for the murderer to be captured and punished. And still… how can they rejoice at the capture when the people they loved and cared for have been snatched away? How can they celebrate when they know his death will not bring their loved ones back?

A Bosnian Muslim woman weeps among coffins of Srebrenica victims during the funeral ceremony at Memorial center of Potocari (11 Jul 2008)...
As she shows the grave, Kandzetovic says the arrest of Karadzic came 13 long
years too late. She says, "Look what Karadzic and his commander, Ratko Mladic,
have done." She gestures to the thousands of tombstones. She says, "Do I now
have to be happy about the arrest? It was all a game.

When I hear of more innocent civilians being killed, particularly the Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, I too wonder whether it is just a game. Will Bush and the other killers be punished after they are done killing half the Muslims of the world? It seems so because the worldly justice system is seriously flawed. Looks like God alone will deal with the criminals in the Hereafter. InshAllah, true justice will be done in Allah's court.

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