Friday, December 08, 2006

Congratulations to Dutchbat III

Bosnian student radio started an internet appeal to congratulate the veterans of Dutchbat III who received a medal for serving in the enclave that fell to the Serbs in July 1995.

I am somewhat undecided on this issue. The poor lads simply had no mandate that would enable them to truly protect the Bosnian civilians. Furthermore they never received air support form the higher NATO echelons. But giving them an isignia for bravery is still something else I'd say. In a way this diplomatic riot diverts from what the international community should really do: force the ones truly responsible for the massacre - Mladic and Karadzic - to stand trial at the ICTY in The Hague. Only justice would eventually lead to reconciliation over this issue.

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