the past seven years NATO troops tossed out a net to capture the elusive
former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic based on either tips
from informers [they say] or based on information obtained by threats
to Serb government officials and to villagers. The BBC correspondent
in Sarajevo, Nick Hawton, reported on 16 August that the latest "36-hour
operation involved hundreds of troops, more than 100 vehicles and 12
helicopters in an area where Mr. Karadzic, who is indicted for war crimes
by the Hague tribunal is believed to be have spent time in hiding."
Hawton also reported that "The chief prosecutor at the war crimes
tribunal in The Hague, Carla Del Ponte, has expressed increasing frustration
that Mr. Karadzic remains at large." Capturing Karadzic is undoubtedly
her main hope for continuing her illegitimate child, the International
War Crimes Tribunal.
On 14 August of this year AP reported, "Last February, NATO-led
troops (German, French and American), failed to arrest him [Karadzic]
during a surprise daybreak operation in the village of Celebici, 45
miles southeast of Sarajevo. Black-masked troops with assault rifles
descended on the remote village, setting off explosives, lifting carpets
in homes looking for trap doors and even checking behind a church altar.
Karadzic was nowhere to be found."
One factor for NATO's dismal and unsuccessful search for Karadzic is
the support network that has been protecting him. Rumors place Karadzic
in an area where people loyal to him have provided shelter. He
is said to spend no more than 48 hours in one location and to be surrounded
by well-trained bodyguards. AP reported on 16 August 2002, "NATO
Operation in Bosnia Concludes." Agence France-Presse reported
that same day, "NATO winds down operation in Bosnian village
to track down Karadzic." Although this latest and intense operation
has been concluded, that is not to say that the bloodhounds will not
continue to pursue the wily Serbian fox.
Following are excerpts from an interview with the Dutch publication,
De Standaard on 16 October 1995 by Axel Buyse in Banja Luca:
"Radovan Karadzic Sees NATO as a Monster From the Cold War"
that give some insight into the mind of this hunted man. (It should
be noted that Karadzic was one of the few leaders of the various parts
of the former Yugoslavia without a communist past).
"So much suffering has not been seen in the world since the suffering
of Jesus Christ! We are being crucified. Even though we are literally
only defending our homes. We were labeled the aggressor, as if we came
from the Serb republic. We who have lived here since time immemorial.
We are the oldest population group in this country. The Muslims were
Serbs once. How can we be aggressors in our own country?
have been crucified by the entire world. By great powers. By the EU.
And then punished again by NATO. We cannot fight against NATO. We Serbs
have fought in many wars. But we have never provoked one.
"This war is an example of what modern media and governments can
do. They can arrange anything. Put on a show so that their people believe
anything. While watching their television pictures or their radios sometimes
I myself almost came to the conclusion: We Serbs, we are real swine.
They could put their stories together that well. But one day the world
will understand. In the two world wars we fought with Americans, and
the French. On each occasion the Croats were on the German side. And
they would do the same again.