Op-Ed Contributor [на српском језику]
By DAVID HARLAND
Published: December 7, 2012 | Geneva
TOO bad if you were a Serb victim of any crime in the former Yugoslavia. More Serbs were displaced — ethnically cleansed — by the wars in the Balkans than any other community. And more Serbs remain ethnically displaced to this day. Almost no one has been held to account, and it appears that no one will be.
The United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague has acquitted Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo’s former prime minister, of war crimes. Last month, it acquitted on appeal the generals who led Croatia to victory over the Serbs.
Altogether, almost all of the West’s friends have been acquitted; almost all of the Serbs have been found guilty. These results do not reflect the balance of crimes committed on the ground.
I have no sympathy with the Serbs who have been convicted. On the contrary. I lived through the siege of Sarajevo. I served as a witness for the prosecution in the cases against the former Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, the wartime leader of the Bosnian Serbs, Radovan Karadzic, and, most recently, the Bosnian Serb military commander, Ratko Mladic, who is accused of ordering the massacre at Srebrenica.