A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Monday, July 11, 2005

Tsk, tsk Bill Clinton and the UN!

Here is a Yahoo story entitled "War crimes suspect Karadzic remains elusive" on the main Yahoo page (the story title changes to "Elusive Karadzic keeps hunters guessing" when one clicks on the link).

This story is about a man named

Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader charged with genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Muslims.

Karadzic has been on the run from international justice for almost a decade, supposedly protected by a network of hardline supporters in Serbia-Montenegro and Bosnia's Serb Republic.
Karadzic's whereabouts have been a mystery for the last eight years. The U.N. court's chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte says he is hiding in eastern Bosnia and Montenegro and has chided NATO for not doing enough to catch him.

An official at the Sarajevo headquarters of NATO, which handed over its peacekeeping mantle to the European Union in December to concentrate on the war crimes hunt, admitted the alliance was in the dark about Karadzic's current location.

"We don't know where he is exactly. He could be in Serbia or Bosnia or traveling in between," the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

NATO's last arrest operation based on a credible sighting was in September 2003, when troops searched an Orthodox monastery in the eastern Bosnian town of Cajnice, some 12 miles from Celebici.
So, here we have a major war criminal who has not been caught in the 10 years since the genocide took place. Osama bin Laden has been eluding our capture for about 3 1/2 years (well, if one does not include Bill Clinton's failure to stop playing golf when Osama was handed to him on a silver platter).

My question is, why aren't liberals up in arms over the escape and failure to capture of Radovan Karadzic? After all, I would assume Karadzic has fewer allies than Osama bin Laden. Why hasn't the United Nations managed to find and arrest him? Could it be that capturing an individual is actually more difficult than they seem to think it is? After all, liberals are constantly whining that the war in Iraq has taken our focus off finding Osama bin Laden. Why aren't they chiding the UN for failing to finish dealing with the villains of the Bosnian genocide?