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Radovan Karadžić

New Age Hell?

The former President of the self-styled Republika Srbska was arrested on the streets of Belgrade 13 years, almost to the day, after the Srebrenica Massacre. Calling himself Doctor David, Karadžić peddled meditation and alternative healing, and made the rounds on the lecture circuit, and sold amulets on his website.

While the site is still up, you should check it out. The site includes some rather ironic Chinese proverbs, given his previous career:
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.

If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.

The one who gives up his own, should dig two graves.
Karadžić will face charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and other atrocities. During his presidency, he oversaw a campaign to repress Bosnian Muslims and other non-Serbs as Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. This includes organizing the 11 July 1995 massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, the largest atrocity in post-World War II Europe. Karadžić and his wartime army commander, General Ratko Mladić, are the last major Balkan war crimes suspects.

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