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Friday, June 15, 2007

Death of a Balkans war criminal

"Waldheim - how his friends would prefer that they didn't read these words this morning - was based at a town called Banja Luka, a market town where Serbs and Jews and communist Croatians were murdered en masse, hanged like thrushes from mass gallows or raped to death in the nearby Jasenovac extermination camp.
I even visited his interrogation office, next to an execution pit wherein Serbs and Jews were massacred daily. Did the rifle shots not disturb Kurt Waldheim's concentration? Oh, what it must have been to have the peace and quiet of the UN headquarters on the East River."

Read more from Robert Fisk's obituary of the former Nazi war criminal Kurt Waldheim, here. One can't help but contrast the fate of Waldheim with that of the former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Waldheim, a real war criminal in the Balkans, ended up as U.N. Secretary General and President of Austria and died in his sleep at the ripe old age of 88. Milosevic, an innocent man, whose parents fought the Nazis in World War 2, was illegally arrested, kidnapped and incarcerated for four years and, having been denied the proper medical care and attention his heart condition warranted, died at the age of 64.

Who says crime doesn't pay?

1 comment:

Nazi Hunter said...

Milosevic committed the ultimate crime Neil, he was a socialist who kept getting re-elected and so that's why he had to face the rap and kurt the nazi didn't.