Serbia's most wanted: Who is war criminal Ratko Mladic?

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Milorad Komadic

Santa Clara, CA

#1 May 26, 2011
Ratko Mladic, who has been arrested in Serbia, is accused of orchestrating the methodical slaughter of up to 8,000 Muslims from the Bosnian “safe area” of Srebrenica, in the worst massacre in Europe since World War Two.

The dead were bulldozed into mass graves over four days.

It was the horrific culmination of a 3-1/2-year conflict in which the beefy general pounded the besieged city of Sarajevo daily with the artillery, tanks, mortars and heavy machineguns of his Bosnian Serb army, killing 10,000.

The alleged goal was “ethnic cleansing”— the forcible expulsion of Bosnian Muslims, Croats and other non-Serbs to clear Bosnian lands for a Greater Serbia.

It was a conspiracy, according to the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, in which he was aided, armed and abetted by former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, together with Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

Both Mladic and Karadzic, his political master, were indicted for war crimes in 1995. They are still the poster boys of an obstinate core of aggressive Serb chauvinism.

Karadzic, who was captured in 2008 in Belgrade living under a new identity, and Mladic topped the tribunal’s wanted list for years after Western powers ended the war. But until Milosevic was toppled in October 2000, the general lived securely, if discreetly, in Belgrade.

Milosevic died in detention on March 11, 2006, a few months before a verdict in his four-year trial for genocide and other war crimes in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Karadzic is now in prison in The Hague and on trial on war crimes charges.

Despite outside pressure, pro-Western reformists in power in Belgrade apparently did not dare to make a move against Mladic. Until 2003 he was said to be getting treatment at a top military hospital.

Sporadic sightings put him at a horse race or a soccer game. In 2004, NATO said it had proof he had had drinks with old comrades at his former HQ bunker in Han Pijesak, Bosnia.

Serbia was under relentless pressure to show it was at least trying to grab a fugitive whose arrest would convince the world it was serious about confronting war crimes.

After pro-Western reformer Boris Tadic became president of Serbia in mid-2004, the pressure increased.

When two sentries guarding an army complex in Belgrade were shot dead in October 2004, newspapers said they were silenced because they had spotted Mladic being sheltered there.

The army Mladic created to fight in Bosnia was a model of ruthlessness, daring and brutality in the Serb warrior tradition once prized in the life-or-death struggle against Nazi Germany.

He had a cameraman film its blitz on the encircled enclave of Srebrenica, to show him extolling his “lads” and haranguing the hapless Dutch U.N. peacekeepers who misguidedly accepted his solemn word that the inhabitants would be safe in his hands.

When NATO tried in 1995 to rein in his forces with the threat of limited air strikes, his troops defiantly seized U.N. peacekeepers as human shields, chaining them to likely targets.

Everything the army did in battle bore the imprint of its commander and arch-strategist. Western officers who dealt with him in the days when even-handedness was official policy came to regret shaking his hand or sharing a photograph.

In November 1996 Mladic and top generals gave in to strong Western pressure that he step down as ordered by Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic, who succeeded Karadzic and is now serving a jail term for her role in war crimes.

In this macho, hard-drinking world, their humiliation was compounded by the fact that they were purged by a woman, who described Karadzic in her memoirs published in 2005 as a money-hungry “coward”— but called Mladic a hero.

The son of a World War Two partisan fighter killed in 1945, Mladic was an officer in the old communist Yugoslav Federal Army (JNA) when Yugoslavia’s disintegration began in 1991.
Milorad Komadic

Santa Clara, CA

#2 May 26, 2011
When Bosnian Serbs rose in 1992 against Bosnia’s Muslim-led secession, Mladic was picked to command the new Bosnian Serb army that swiftly overran 70 percent of the country.

Dozens of towns were besieged with heavy weapons that once belonged to the JNA and villages were burned down as 22,000 troops of the U.N. Protection Force (UNPROFOR) stood by more or less helplessly, with orders not to take sides.

A combination of Western pressure and covert American arms and training for Croats and Muslims turned the tide against Mladic’s army, ultimately deprived of equipment and fuel supplies from Serbia. Determined NATO strikes did the rest.

Mladic, a political player in his own right and notoriously impatient of civilian authority, had already become an albatross for a Bosnian Serb leadership now internationally on the ropes.

Diplomats believe he shaped the conflict more than any other individual, until Milosevic reasserted his authority in 1995 and insisted on peace.
Ante

Sarnia, Canada

#3 May 26, 2011
..Ratko Mladic is such a nice man!!! He can come to Kanada
anytime he wants!!!
Tsar nemanja

Australia

#4 May 26, 2011
Doesnt compare to the atrocities the Croatian and muslim forces did to the Serbs in ww2. But who cares about the Serbs anyway. The Serbs are always at fault, aren't they. Just like when the poor Aussie girl from Melbourne was kiddnapped, forced into prostitution, killed then thrown into the sea, by Croatian police, who did they blame? The Serbs ! It wasn't even in Serbia. Typical Cros
my name is Ratko

Adelaide, Australia

#5 May 26, 2011
JA SAM CIGO
VOZIM TRACTORE
ZOVIM SE RATKO
VOZIM TRACTORE

How do I get to the Hague......I'm not sure if my Tractor will make it that far
Tsar nemanja wrote:
Doesnt compare to the atrocities the Croatian and muslim forces did to the Serbs in ww2. But who cares about the Serbs anyway. The Serbs are always at fault, aren't they. Just like when the poor Aussie girl from Melbourne was kiddnapped, forced into prostitution, killed then thrown into the sea, by Croatian police, who did they blame? The Serbs ! It wasn't even in Serbia. Typical Cros
Tsar nemanja

Australia

#6 May 26, 2011
Hahahaha. That's a good one! Not as good as " for home ready". How many cro genius did it take to think of that. Surely you must be more intelligent than that
truth

Australia

#8 May 26, 2011
What deference between two words with some meaning?
Croats''za dom ''spremni''..
Serbs ''spremte se spremte se'' cetnici..
you explanation no have sense brother serb
except one thing
mrznja toward Croats
because you can't see yours problem of your people!
Also others people too
why they liked own nation but called others nazi..creation or recreation with killing something does meter which name used is some bladespill!
truth

Australia

#9 May 26, 2011
Tsar nemanja

Australia

#10 May 26, 2011
I have no hatred toward Cros, but I do towards ustase. This forum is all about dissing Serbs, but what did Serbs do to Croatia that was so bad? Yes we lived in some parts of Croatia peacefully until you drove us out. We never massacred half a million of your population, and converted them, you did this to us. There are still Cros living in Serbia peacefully and practicing catholicism, but how many Serbs are in Croatia. Stop blaming Serbs for all the shit gone wrong in the balkans
truth

Australia

#11 May 26, 2011
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Dear Ivan
Our Croatian river Neretva become free ..We win ww2 43'batlle for Neretva!Your relatives give as we alwayes give life for fredoom as Jesus Christ on cross!
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
dear Ivan
now you can see we are victim where god desplay us trought time on right place for our freadoom..perhaps sombody will respect that!
Michael River
ok Captain
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25 00 serbian fascist cetnik lost batlle ww2
now its past when serbs alwayes represent as falsy swearing over over over again again with deceptive propaganda!
Tsar nemanja

Australia

#12 May 26, 2011
Croatian ustase gouged children's eyes out, and cut unborn baby's from mothers wombs. Google it. This is Croatian pride

Since: Feb 11

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#13 May 26, 2011
Now the next war criminal: Ariel Sharon
kikiriki

Adelaide, Australia

#14 May 26, 2011
Tsar nemanja wrote:
I have no hatred toward Cros, but I do towards ustase. This forum is all about dissing Serbs, but what did Serbs do to Croatia that was so bad? Yes we lived in some parts of Croatia peacefully until you drove us out. We never massacred half a million of your population, and converted them, you did this to us. There are still Cros living in Serbia peacefully and practicing catholicism, but how many Serbs are in Croatia. Stop blaming Serbs for all the shit gone wrong in the balkans
what half a million u moron? even your own scholars suggest only 125,000 in Croatia of which apporx. half died from war, starvation and disease.

Serbian scholar Dr. Bogoljub Kocovic conducted the most systematic and objective study ever undertaken on Serb losses during WW2.(WWII Victims in Yugoslavia, published in London in 1985)

Based on census figures / demographic statistics, determinded the total number of Serb losses NOT ONLY as a result of Ustasa crimes , but from combat, starvation and illness.

Serb losses in Croatia: 125,000 (60-75,000 at Jasenovac)
Serb losses in Bosnia: 209,000

Serb losses in total throughout all Yugoslavia: 487,000

The Communists more than doubled the figure on Serbian deaths in Croatia and Bosnia and increased the total war dead for all Yugoslavia, determined by Kocovic, from 1,067,000 to 1,706,000 for the purpose of war reparations from Germany.
Tsar nemanja

Australia

#16 May 26, 2011
Croatian propaganda. Your "did" is a srbin
kikiriki

Adelaide, Australia

#17 May 26, 2011
Tsar nemanja wrote:
Croatian propaganda. Your "did" is a srbin
It's very true, but don't worry, you can still feel sorry for yourself and wear your crown of thorns.
truth

Australia

#18 May 26, 2011

Serbs have 350 000 fascist cetnik
only 8000 partisan during ww2
50 000 fascist cetnik lost batlle trough bosnia which you try declare as righteous on list jasenovac
nobody wrote bigest deceptive propaganda against Croatian people on croatian historic land..its serbs in name great serbia try claim Croatian historic land!
Croatian partisan is been 104 000 in bih 108 000
in serbia only 8000 after 44-45'
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Tsar nemanja

Australia

#19 May 26, 2011
Hehe your very lucky to have the vatican hide all your crimes. Yet they are getting exposed slowly
truth

Australia

#20 May 26, 2011
truth

Australia

#21 May 26, 2011
Tuzna su zelena polja..
heart he art every heart
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truth

Australia

#22 May 26, 2011
nemanja ww1 war which bank morgen how much to gavrilo principe 1.5 cega milijardice moze biti vise via what italy france support war for serbs now vatican know don't you 8 million dead principe gavrilo
perhaps drazo ww2 waiting something command from itally don't you
i don't have nothing against anyone but i try tell you serbs with deceptive propaganda is bigest liars
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