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Dr. Milan Babic
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Dr. Milan Babic


The news this morning tells of the suicide of Dr. Milan Babic, who was just beginning to serve a 13 year sentence in a Dutch prison for crimes committed in the Krajina in the early part of the war. I met with Babic twice. Once in Knin in late '91, and again in Beograd six months later. I kept asking myself, 'how did an apparently normal man get to be so crazy?' Well, I find his remarks during his trial to be interesting. Here's an excerpt from the AP story:

Babic's testimony against Milosevic provided a dramatic highlight to a trial that has gone on for more than four years. During his testimony, Babic requested that his identity be concealed, but he later asked to have the secrecy lifted so that his confrontation with Milosevic would be public.

"You dragged the Serb people into war," Babic said. "You brought shame on the Serbs."

Last month Babic testified against Milan Martic, the last president of Serb Krajina before the Croatian army recaptured the territory in 1995.

Asked on Feb. 15 to repeat his 2004 apology to the Croatian people, Babic said: "I stand before this tribunal with a deep sense of shame and remorse. I allowed myself to participate in the persecution of the worst kind against people only because they were Croats, not Serbs," he said.

"The regret that I feel is the pain that I have to live with for the rest of my life," he said, urging other war crimes suspects to face their past.

James Mason
Mar. 6, 2006

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Karlovcanin 23-Oct-2016 16:42
adam & mile, you two forgot about carma, you (probaly) and you kind were killing inosent people, destroying everything arround and expected to have paradise at your end is in serbia which you all love so much eventhoe most of you never so it in life before... croatia welcomed you hundred of years ago when you were running like babies from Otoman umpire, and kept you allived so you could stab it in her back!
Mile 04-Dec-2010 21:55
A tragic figure of Serbian politic. Representing whole Serb nation of Krajina: normal people dragged, coerced or pesuaded (althoug volunteerly) into war, Beograd mafia promised us "kule i vile" and in return we lost everything. Damn are we stupid.
Adam Mickiewicz 09-Mar-2010 22:42