Just finished reading Florence Hartmann's 'Paix et Chatiment' (Peace and Punishment). Amazing book. Hartmann brings out so much dirty laundry about the inner workings of the ICTY, that one has to conclude that the content is disgusting, to the point of throwing up. With so much tell-all, even a hardened skeptic of the ICTY will want to reach for Alka Seltzer before offering any 'I told you so.'
Thus, like in Euronews -- without comment, inter alia, Hartmann says:
Military Analyst Team (MAT) is the operating brain
trust of the ICTY. It is staffed effectively only with US and
The 'smoking gun' evidence of
Initially, the investigations were run by Graham Blewitt from
US and UK were never serious about getting Karadzic and Mladic because: (i) policy people though it would destabilize the region; (ii) military people feared casualties; (iii) Bill Clinton decided that Moscow should have a final word on their arrest (policy crumb); (iv) Kosovo more important than the duo; (v) there was a deal between Karadzic and Holbrooke known to Cristopher; (vi) fear of exposing US/UK policy mistakes; and, (vii) Belgrade decided to send troops to Afghanistan. Thus, the most senior US officials, including Albright, Holbrooke, Clark, Montgomery and Prosper, among others, worked to get the two to leave the region, to prevent Del Ponte to push the issue with Belgrade and in public forums, and actually stopped one would be arrest of Karadzic by Djindjic in 1/2004. The attempts by SFOR to arrest them were zero-risk staged events.
So given the official policy that the two should be
arrested, and the effective policy that the Western states cannot risk their
arrest, the operational people were compelled to implement the policy by public
pressure to have the two surrender. For
instance, by visiting Karadzic's elderly mother in the backwater of
US was opposed to big fish
With the help of the
Other interesting tidbits:
The case of
Federation intelligence chief Munir Alibabic was replaced officially because he leaked official
documents unfavorable to Izetbegovic's
party in an election cycle, but was actually replaced by Ashdown because he
would not work with the
Mladic is quoted in one of the meetings with Karadzic at the onset of war cautioning that what is being proposed was genocide.
When not in
The trial of Milosevic's right hand man Jovica Stanisic was delayed, with
the intention of having it transferred to
Le Monde and the Washington Post were used by the French and US intelligence services respectively as platforms to shift the blame for failure on Karadzic.
Blewitt personally recruited Jeffrey Nice to run the Milosevic trail, in his last attempt to sabotage the expanded/genocide charges that Del Ponte was insisting on (Blewitt and later Nice were arguing that there was no strong evidence.)
Time to throw up yet ... have Alka Seltzer ready ...
Ghislain Robert Lafleur