- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

While it is encouraging that Ratko Mladic will have to answer for his alleged crimes, there will never be true peace in the Balkans until all crimes committed against innocent civilians (regardless of ethnicity) are exposed and prosecuted (“Mladic found after 16 years on the lam,” World, Friday).

If the international community is truly interested in resolving the Yugoslav civil wars, leaders from nations that destroyed the former Yugoslavia by prematurely recognizing the independence of Croatia and Slovenia before human rights issues could be guaranteed should be investigated.

Civilians were viciously slaughtered during NATO’s 1999 war on the Serbian people. The case of Nasir Oric needs to be reopened and reinvestigated, and other Bosnian warlords who committed war crimes against innocent Serbian civilians similarly need to face justice.

Finally, the Kosovo Albanian leadership must be properly investigated for its roles in the barbaric harvesting of organs from kidnapped Serbians as well as for other war crimes committed in Kosovo.

Thus far, the West has consistently demonstrated overwhelming bias against the Serbian people by not properly investigating the many crimes committed against Serbian civilians. This will only keep the Balkan caldron simmering until the next major conflict in the region.

MICHAEL PRAVICA

Henderson, Nev.

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