21 March 2006

Balkan outlooks: In memoriam: Slobodan Milosevic

Now here is a thoughtful comment on the life and death of Slobodan Milosevic.

Balkan outlooks: In memoriam: Slobodan Milosevic

Not that I agree with everything the author says, but at least he does not swallow the media lie that Milosevic "orchestrated" the wars of the Yugoslav succession, and shows that Milosevic was as much a victim of circumstances as an "orchestrator".

I've dealt with this more fully in my other blog, but it is interesting that at the time South Africa was moving away from apartheid, and udoing the "Balkanisation" of the apartheid years, Yugoslavia was moving in the opposite direction.

So why was apartheid bad for South Africa and good for Yugoslavia, not merely fro the nationalistic leaders of Yugoslavia, but also for the Nato powers that recommended and imposed solutions from outside?

And why was a Truth and Reconciliation Commission good for South Africa, but Yugoslavia had to have war crimes tribunals?

It has been estimated that about 3-4 million people were thenically cleansed in South Africa during the apartheid years -- far more than in Yugoslavia. So why the schizophrenic view from the West?

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