Will the arrest of General Ratko Mladic be a sign for the warring Allied Forces to stop trying to kill Colonel Gaddafi and exercise restraint and patience instead of trying to kill this dictator? Negotiations and compromise will help Libya more than dropping even more munitions from the air. We need ‘the long arm of justice’ instead of ‘the eager hand grabbing for power’ in Libya.
Tableau made in 2008 to commemorate the arrest of Radovan Karadzic on July 21st. of that year with this caption: "last resort for a haunted man is to hide behind his beard covering a face that became a public icon ~ once his zeal is betryaed and his cover is torn, it still will take generations before his defaced idol has vanished from all shrines. To ridicule and make laughing stock out of a former ennemy is missing the opportunity to come to an understanding WHY it was that such a man could hold such power ~ it is failing to learn a lesson how to prevent it happeming again and again." (*)
(*) A documented version for each element of this tableau can be foudn at my web site: “http://imaginarymuseum.org/karadzic/karadzic_hussein.html”
The indictment of Mladic can be found at the web site of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
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Karadzic his court case at the tribunal in The Hague is progressing so slowly… and is interrupted all the time, sometimes for months … contrary to Saddam Hussein who was disposed in a hurry . Are we losing justice along the track?
A documented tableau I made for Saddam & Radovan in July 2008; click picture to see the webpage
Is there and advantage in the slow turning wheels of justice? Will the hurried verdict of Saddam Hussein who was captured in December 2003 – being in hiding for nine months – and executed exactly three years later in december 2006, leave more doubts than the process of Radovan Karadzic who was arrested in July 2008 – after being at large for twelve years – and is now still tried by the court?
Quick justice may be satisfying but tends to leave doubts in the long run. Slow justice is often experienced as an evasion of the trial process, but may provide the necessary opportunities for defence by the the person being indicted and thus leave less space for doubt in the end.
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