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Another bites the dust.  Another bites the dust.  And another one, and another one, and another one bites the dust.

Motherfucking Milosevic died in a prison cell in the Hague.  Sadly, it was of natural causes, and not from a rope around the neck.  But, we'll take our victories anyway we can get them.

Milosevic was the evil dictator of Serbia who led the ethnic cleansing of the former Yugoslavia, which is named, I don't even know, today.

He was in the pokey in the Hague for WAR CRIMES and CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.  

Bill Clinton, a real war time president, took him out.  With the aid of General Wes Clark.  And not a single casualty.  Now that's how to run a war.

So, the world is quit of another dictator.  

Just a few more to go.

Originally posted to Ghost of Frank Zappa on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 11:57 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  INCOMING!!! (4.00)

    You can't lick the system...but you can give it a damn good fondling!

    by buhdydharma on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 11:56:31 AM PST

  •  Can you say (3.50)
    dead dictator?  Sure you can.  Give it a try.

    If we're dumb. Then God is dumb. And maybe a little ugly on the side.

    by Ghost of Frank Zappa on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 11:57:01 AM PST

  •  bush the elder (4.00)
    ignored, Clinton procrastinated but finally did the right thing.

    odd, when looking at the state of the world yesterday, I started thinking of Richard Holbrook and his advocacy and diplomacy, and marveled at the total lack of diplomats in the dubaiya admin.

    "You'd like that shit...it's all political and morose."

    by Miss Devore on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00:57 PM PST

  •  Being against the death penalty (4.00)
    I'm generally against wishing for or celebrating the death of anyone.
    •  asdf (none)
      Admittedly, I won't be shedding any tears over this news, but the cheer his death, any death, seems to me to be little different from those who show up at prisons on the night of an execution with their Teflon pans, marshmallows and signs reading "Let 'Em Fry."  It just all seems a little ghoulish to me.
    •  I'm opposed to the death penalty (none)
      Except in cases of genocide and crimes against humanity.

      If we're dumb. Then God is dumb. And maybe a little ugly on the side.

      by Ghost of Frank Zappa on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:35:17 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  without getting into much of a debate (none)
        I kind of think you're either for the death penalty or against it.  of course, you can be for it for some crimes or against it, but I never go the argument of "i'm against the death penalty, except for.." well, the except means...yes you are for it.

        Anyway, like someone else mentioned somewhere in the comments, rotting in jail for the rest of their life seems to be almost a worse punishment.  With the death penalty its like zap you dead and you dont have to worry about it again.  Thats not the case if you're sitting in a cell for 20 years knowing that you'll never get out.

        But thats just me.

        •  I am more Gandhi than Hitler on the continuum (4.00)
          but I'm human.  And just as God made me.  Flawed.

          If we're dumb. Then God is dumb. And maybe a little ugly on the side.

          by Ghost of Frank Zappa on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:42:22 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  2 things (none)
          One--your stance is noble and admirable (no sarcasm, I mean it), but to paraphrase Ghost, I'm human and that motherfucker had an awful lot of blood on his hands. Good riddance, I say.

          Two--I agree that it's sweeter to leave the man to rot for 20 years. If I had to choose between death and a lifetime in a cage, gimme death. On the other hand, at least dying in a cage means Milosevic went out with a whimper instead of a bang. I'll take it.

          Be ye ever so high, the law is above you

          by nota bene on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 01:34:20 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  I would (none)
        much rather they rot in a cell,and in fact die there.The longer it takes the better.The death penalty would be doing them a favor.They don't deserve anything but three meals and occasional laundry and a lot of time to think.

        it tastes like burning...

        by eastvan on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 01:33:46 PM PST

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  •  why cheer? (none)
    There's no reason to cheer.  The man should have been killed years and years ago.   The fact that he was not is a failure.  The fact that he lived this long is a failure.

    I can't cheer failure.   I'm I glad he's dead?   I don't know.  I'd rather see his nose rubbed in his crimes, I'd rather see him rot for a while.  

    Death is an escape, you know?  Especially in a case like this.  

    I'm not criticizing.   It's good that he's dead.   I'm just expressing my opinion, which is more of a "heavy sigh while saying "finally"".

    "Letting a Republican govern is like letting a pedophile babysit"

    by Nordic on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:23:59 PM PST

  •  no casualties? (none)
    A lot of innocent Serbs died.   I remember a bus, on a bridge, that was blown up, just for starters.

    There's no "clean" war.  

    "Letting a Republican govern is like letting a pedophile babysit"

    by Nordic on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:25:12 PM PST

  •  Half a billion dollars.... (none)
    I read they spent half a billion dollars on his trial.  Just to have the guy die in his cell.  They could've fed half of Africa for that.  What a retarded way to prioritize things.
  •  I supported Kosovo (none)
    but it wasn't a casualty-free war.  Many non-Americans died and of that amount, many were civilians.

    Blogatha! The political, the personal. Not necessarily in that order.

    by ksh01 on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:32:16 PM PST

  •  Who was the other bastard who deserves to die? (none)
    Was it Karadjic(forgive my butchery of the serbian last names) the guy who had that big pomp hairdo?

    Did he ever get caught or is he still running?

  •  ethnic clensing (none)
    http://www.againstbombing.org/...

    "As in the case of the Clinton Administration, the present regime in
    Germany, specifically Joschka Fischer's Foreign Office, has justified its
    intervention in Kosovo by pointing to a "humanitarian catastrophe,"
    "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" occurring there, especially in the
    months immediately preceding the NATO attack. The following internal
    documents from Fischer's ministry and from various regional
    Administrative Courts in Germany spanning the year before the start of
    NATO's air attacks, attest that criteria of ethnic cleansing and genocide
    were not met. The Foreign Office documents were responses to the
    courts' needs in deciding the status of Kosovo-Albanian refugees in
    Germany. Although one might in these cases suppose a bias in favor of
    downplaying a humanitarian catastrophe in order to limit refugees, it
    nevertheless remains highly significant that the Foreign Office, in contrast
    to its public assertion of ethnic cleansing and genocide in justifying
    NATO intervention, privately continued to deny their existence as
    Yugoslav policy in this crucial period. And this continued to be their
    assessment even in March of this year. Thus these documents tend to
    show that stopping genocide was not the reason the German government,
    and by implication NATO, intervened in Kosovo, and that genocide (as
    understood in German and international law) in Kosovo did not precede
    NATO bombardment, at least not from early 1998 through March, 1999,
    but is a product of it.


    "Everyone should go back to Africa, especially black people." -- Richard Pryor

    by COBear on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:54:52 PM PST

    •  snark (none)
      Nobody ever talks about the hospitals and schools Milosevic built.

      It's all the media's fault you know.  They just kept talking about all the bad things that happened, and didn't really tell us about all the good that came from pushing people out of their homes.

      (0.00,-3.13) "I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it."

      by Steve4Clark on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 01:22:02 PM PST

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    •  I'll bite (none)
      so in your view what was the reason for NATO intervention, if not to stop ongoing genocide?

      Be ye ever so high, the law is above you

      by nota bene on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 01:37:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Good riddance (none)
    Milosevic is a disgusting dictator whose life was a horror for many.  Milosevic, IMO, died a very painful death and deserved one much less decent.  
  •  already diaried (none)
    please delete

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 01:37:37 PM PST

  •  Damn (none)
    I would have paid to see "Survivor - The Hague", featuring Saddam, Milosevic, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, who else?

    I'm torn about him not suffering for a long, long time, and about a verdict not being read to him, but the earth is free of one scumbag today.

  •  Great commentary (none)
    Here's an excellent commentary from Friends of Bosnia / Center For Balkan Development.
  •  This brings (none)
    back all the memories of the comments Tom Delay, Man-on-Dog, and Gov. Bush himself made about the search for Milosevic...

    "In this world are many like me who have killed their emotions...remember that..."-Shadow, Final Fantasy VI

    by BlueEngineerInOhio on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 05:00:29 PM PST

  •  What's the point? (none)
    I would have liked to see him brought to justice and have to answer for his crimes. We believe in the sanctity of life -- even Milosevic's. Celebrating his death like that totally goes against what we believe in as a community and as a party.

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