Oliver Kamm

Blogging overlord Oliver Kamm kicks off his new blog at The Times with a thoughtful piece on genocidal mass murdering and allround lunatic, Radovan Karadzic.

This is dated from last month, but I think it’s newer than that. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke gives a thoughtful interview in Foreign Policy magazine about the capture of the war criminal and génocidaire Radovan Karadzic, and also the case of the ICC indictment of the Sudanese President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

The issue of the ICC’s jurisdiction is not straightforward, though I don’t agree with Holbrooke’s own reservation. He would support the death penalty in the case of Osama bin Laden, and regrets that this sentence would not be available at The Hague. But Holbrooke makes this important point about the instruments of international justice and the indictment of Karadzic:

“[B]ack in 1995, when Karadzic and others were indicted, the situation was fairly similar [to the case of Sudan now], and there were people who lamented the fact that we would no longer be able to negotiate because they’d been indicted. But none of that happened. In fact, we used the indictments to prevent Karadzic and Mladic from coming to Dayton. When Milosevic said that he wanted to invite them to Dayton, we said, “Hey, be our guest! We’ll arrest them as soon as they land.”

Kamm, whilst attracting the ire of many lefties, is always on the money for me. Do read the rest.

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