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VIEWPOINT: Karadzic in Cyberspace
Holed up for years in some ghastly corner of Bosnia, Radovan Karadzic has rarely had a chance to communicate his words of wisdom to the outside world. But the fiendish former Bosnian Serb leader has, rather belatedly, found a way around the problem.
Courtesy of his loyal followers, he now has his very own website, www.karadzic.org, where you can read everything you never wanted to know about him and his cause.
You can learn from it that the Serbs were always the victims; that the Serbs never killed anyone; that Serbs are a wonderful and gentle people who only ever waged defensive wars, and that most importantly, it had never crossed the Serbs's minds to (God forbid) to take something which is not theirs (ie Vukovar, Dubrovnik or Sarajevo). No, they always defended their cosy homes and never brought evil unto anyone.
And who exactly is behind this ridiculous website? Well, they call themselves the International Committee for the Truth about Radovan Karadzic: people who have long adored and supported Radovan for spiritual or financial reasons.
They range from Momo Kapor, a writer and nationalist, Kosta Cavoski, a Belgrade professor of law with a straightforward hatred for The Hague tribunal, to Jovan Zametica, Radovan's war-time advisor.
The Karadzic committee proudly displays its own seal on the website, the beautiful face of Radovan, which also appears on the committee's official letterhead, just in case you should ever question the veracity of their correspondence.
The website itself is excitingly imaginative in terms of the wealth of options: one has the choice of checking out Radovan's History, Interviews, Announcements, Poetry, Humanitarian Works, Acts of Mercy, Relationship with The Hague, Political Work, and even reading texts which explain why The Hague indictee is The Most Popular Person in Serbia today.
Of course, the Acts of Mercy section is still blank, maybe the material is a little hard to find. The moment it's up, it is bound to conflict with everything your instincts tell you.
But the texts available on site simply must be mentioned, for they provoke a kind of dizziness, a vomit-inducing nausea. A certain Fr
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