Friday, May 27, 2011

Mladic: No money can pay me

What is the link between the Nazi butchers, murderers Hutu genocide Rwanda or the Bosnian Serbs? Historian Hannah Arendt, who studied the behavior of the Adolf Eichmann SS-called father of the 'Final Solution' against the Jews during his trial in Israel, then identifies a feature that has been repeated in other war criminals, the "banality of wrong.

" It is a sort of vulgarity of the evil that allows you to do terrible things without hesitation, just because they make such orders or patriotic duty. In his book 'Do not kill even a fly, "the writer Slavenka Drakulic analyzed the motivations of the perpetrators of massacres and mass killings in the former Yugoslavia.

And he did it using the statements of the perpetrators on trial in The Hague and interviews with many military, paranoia direct executors of the murder of Slobodan Milosevic, former president of Serbia, Radislav Krstic, first convicted of genocide, particularly Ratko Mladic, Bosnian Serb army chief, arrested in Belgrade 69 years.

The portrait that makes Drakulic is ruthless. Not just because I draw as a "big man, big head, bull neck, which all seem to get smaller uniform, but for his deification. To his followers, was the real hero Mladic in Serbia since Milosevic was a politician and politicians up and down. " Mladic had charisma among his men and he knew it, "was the ascetic, disciplined, fearless to the front line, incorruptible, not someone eager to get rich on the black market," but also "brutal and arrogant." Drakulic remembered what he told a reporter when he dared to ask who had paid and who paid his taxes: "I do not work for money.

My reward is my nation. There is no money to pay me ... The meaning of my life is to give people what I can in these difficult times. " Mladic also looked at himself as a god and was compared with Prince Lazar, the national hero who fought the Turks at the Battle of Kosovo Polje in 1389.

It is not surprising in a narcissist like him, considering that in 1995 was the most popular of the Republic of Serbia in front of President Karadzic. But at the same time, according to sources who say the Drakulic, "was the most feared man in the entire Balkan area." The story that best reveals his character is in the chapter on the massacre of Srebrenica.

Before the Bosnian Serb troops entered at the UN-protected enclave, met in 1995 with the Dutch Colonel Tom Karremans in a destroyed house in the suburbs. Serbian television recorded the encounter, which demeans the Balkan military UN much more quietly, coming to fear for his life. Mladic "barks" two inches of his face, forces him to smoke and drink, although at first refuses and ends up lying to say that "the Muslim population is not the purpose of his action." The UN was scared like the Dutch colonel and eventually leaving the way open to the general white hair, red face and breath alcohol.

And everything is recorded by the cameras. But Mladic did in Srebrenica prisoners. It was the biggest slaughter in the history of Europe since World War II, but surprisingly ended up becoming a "celestial warrior" for his men, "a mythological hero well over Milosevic himself." When he took Srebrenica in blood and fire, he told his soldiers: "I give this city to the Serbian people.

At last we got rid of the Turks!". But there was not a single Turk in Srebrenica. To shore up his image of God, his daughter Ana committed suicide in March 1994 he shot himself with the general's favorite gun, which he had given his fellow military academy. She had returned from a trip to Moscow where he read the adventures of his father, the 'Butcher of the Balkans'.

Mladic that death is always attributed to "a revenge of the gods" for its excesses in Bosnia. After losing her daughter, she left her work as a gardener and hid to hide from justice. Today, as revealed by 'Do not kill even a fly', many of his officers play football with the enemy soldiers in the yard of Scheveningen prison as friends, as did the Tutsi-Hutu leaders after the Rwandan genocide.

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