Nothing should surprise anyone anymore. Contrary to all conventional logic, Tadic's party went into coalition with the Socialist Party of Serbia (Milosevic's party). Bear in mind Tadic's party was instrumental in overthrowing SPS, sending Milosevic to the Hague, and demonising SPS for all the problems of the 1990's. As soon as this unholy government was formed, the decision was taken to bring in Karadzic, the symbol of Serbian resistance to those that fomented bloodshed in the Balkans. This is yet another black day for the Serbian people. It was Serbian people that voted for Tadic, it was a (nominally) Serbian government that gave orders to arrest Karadzic, and it was Serbian policemen that carried out those orders.
How ironic that on the same day as Karadzic was arrested, the Serbian foreign ministry refused to extradite a Serbian student wanted in America on assault charges because Serbian law does not allow the extradition of its citizens. Vuk Jeremic, the foreign minister claims that:
"Serbia is a sovereign and democratic country with an independent judiciary"
He implies that U.S. authorities should hand over the case file so Kovacevic could be prosecuted in Serbia and goes on to say:
"This case has dealt a serious blow to the already strained relations between Washington and Belgrade"
So we’re willing to strain relations upholding the law for some student, but not for Karadzic? A nation that acts in such a servile, dishonourable and self-destructive manner has no future. At the same time we should not raise our hands in the air in an apathetic state. This is exactly what our opponents would want. They have captured one man, but what they really want is to capture our hearts and souls so that they can hold our entire nation in an apathetic brainwashed trance long enough to transform and dismember us. I for one am invigorated. I feel the all-encompassing stench of betrayal and cowardice, but this only delineates the battle lines even more clearly and spurs me to fight on.
As far as this particular episode is concerned, I only hope that Karadzic acquits himself before our enemies in a dignified, manly and uncompromising manner.
Everyone's Favorite Villain by Nebojsa Malic
An Orgy of Lies by Nebojsa Malic
The Plight of the Bosnian Serbs by John Laughland
Karadzic’s Arrest: Bosnian Myths Rehashed by Srdja Trifkovic
Obraz statement (Serbian text)