Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"Iron Lady" freed


Biljana Plavsic released today from prison

Another example of how weak the Europeans are when dealing with war criminals. Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic was released from a Swedish prison today after serving only 6 years of an 11 year sentence. When she was in power she was considered every bit as ruthless as Slobodan Milosevic.

Plavsic was responsible for the driving out, torturing, and "liquidation" of many non Serbs during the war in Bosnia. In 2001 she was tried for war crimes which she admitted to, and pled down her sentence so she would only serve minimal time.

The former "Iron Lady"(that is what she was called because of her ruthlessness) is 79 years old. Even though she is at the end of her days, releasing a criminal of this magnitude shows the world that some acts of killing are alright and others you get the death penalty for. What this woman did was no less brutal than what Saddam Hussein did to his people, and yet she only gets 6 years in prison.

If the world is to send a strong message to countries who torture their people and have violent dictatorships, then leaders such as Plasvic need to be executed. Countries should show to the world that if you do not treat your people with civility and humanity that you will be tossed away like a rag doll yourself.

The weak response by the Swedish courts is a slap in the face of countries like the United States who fought to help end the brutal conditions in Bosnia in the 90's. The only reason this is not bigger news is because at this point we have bigger fish to fry.

We all need to remember, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. If we let people like this go after 6 years, I can almost promise you she won't be the last to torture their own. If this is the worlds response to evil, then evil might just stick around and play awhile.

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