- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 8, 2000

Helle Bering joins the chorus in ascribing all of the problems in the Balkans to one man, but the Balkan problem all along has been less Slobodan Milosevic and more the West's persistent unwillingness to recognize that the Serbian nation has legitimate rights and concerns ("How to remove a dictator," Op-Ed, July 5).Only the Serb nation faced the danger of being railroaded into five or six new states, three of which would be ruled by historical enemies. Worse still, the late Croatian president Franjo Tudjman was consistently Serbophobic and unrepentant about the wartime genocide of Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia at the hands of the Nazi-puppet Croatian Ustasha regime. Yet Tudjman was more than tolerated witness his first-class medical treatment at Washington's Walter Reed Hospital.Then there was Western intervention, which was illegal, ham-fisted and ultimately inconsistent, particularly its backing for unilateral, as opposed to negotiated, secession by federal units of Yugoslavia. The boundaries of federal units were deemed to be inviolable, but Serbia's only for the time being. Intervention also has had its shameful aspect, namely the murderous expulsion of most of Kosovo's Serbs, Gypsies and other non-Albanians under the noses of occupying Kosovo implementation troops (Kfor) troops.YUGO KOVACHTwickenham,mIt was surprising to see The Washington Times' editorial page editor, Helle Bering, advocating ways to justly remove dictatorial leaders from power, given her recent editorials against the International Criminal Court. She laments that Hitler, Stalin and "numerous others … escaped rightful justice" but finally shrugs her shoulders in mock regret that there is no way to hold such leaders accountable.Now she advocates that Slobodan Milosevic should be allowed to go free as well, unpunished for his criminal acts if he only agrees to leave Serbia. Is this her solution? Perhaps we should simply admit that national leaders and government officials (including American) are above the law as Miss Bering is willing to do. Then we can lower ourselves to their standards, forsake global legal remedies and

ractice international vigilante justice instead.TONY FLEMINGDirector of Media RelationsWorld Federalist AssociationWashington

TONY FLEMINGDirector of Media RelationsWorld Federalist AssociationWashington

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