The collective West is busy showing what it thinks of Serbia’s determination to conduct an independent policy through an old-fashioned show of force.
Initially modelled after Hitler’s rapid war-winning strategy, the NATO offensive was not expected to last more than three or four days before Yugoslavia folded. In the event, it lasted more than seventy days.
The first and most overpowering impression upon seeing a great state suddenly plunged into agony and disarray is sheer disbelief at “how the mighty have fallen”.
The ICTY had to have its cut-out, cartoon character “good and bad guys”, Stephen Karganovic writes. One of its best known cut-out villains is Dr Radovan Karadzic, the war-time leader of the Bosnian Serbs.