Dienstag, 21. November 2017

Na, dann wollen wir doch mal sehen, was Den Haag denn nun wieder fabriziert: Ratko Mladic

"Mladić was born into conflict. He was the wartime child of a Partisan family in the mountains south-east of Sarajevo. His father, Nedja, was killed in 1945 in a battle with forces of the Nazi-backed Ustasha. After a short apprenticeship as a tinsmith, Mladić followed him into the military, going to officer school and commanding Yugoslav army units in Macedonia and Kosovo."

"The Yugoslav government of Slobodan Milošević staunchly denied any responsibility for the mass atrocities committed by the Bosnian Serb military, but the elaborate measures taken in Belgrade to tend to Mladić’s safety and comfort after the war are a testament to close ties. In the aftermath of the Bosnian war, the Yugoslav army was an overwhelmingly Serb force. And as far as its commanders were concerned, Mladić was one of them."

"But General Mladić was never so busy with the war that he could not take the occasional weekend off to play board games and relax with his wife and two grown children, Darko and Ana, whom he kept safe in Belgrade.
At these game nights, no one was allowed to mention politics or the war, but that did not stop the conflict from pulling the family apart. Ana was in her early 20s and had fallen in love with a young doctor – a human rights activist who believed his putative father-in-law to be a war criminal. He would only marry Ana if she renounced her father. Unable to do that or to give up her dreams of love and marriage, she took her father’s favourite pistol from its display case after a night of board games in February 1994 and shot herself.
Mladić could not accept his daughter’s suicide. He found solace instead in conspiracy theories that put the blame on his enemies."