Radovan Karadzic deserves punishment – but what about the Neocons?
The conviction of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic shows that no one is above the law, says the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein.
Karadzic was just sentenced to forty years in jail for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
“No matter how powerful they are, no matter how untouchable they imagine themselves to be, no matter what continent they inhabit, the perpetrators of such crimes must know that they will not escape justice,” Al-Hussein said.
But is that really true?
Make no mistake: Karadzic’s crimes were horrific and he deserves to be punished severely for what he did. But can we really talk about ‘international justice’ when those responsible for far more bloodshed than Karadzic are still at liberty and are most unlikely ever to be prosecuted?
Exactly a year ago this week, a report called Body Count, compiled by international physicians, revealed that at least 1.3m people had lost their lives in the US-led ‘war on terror’ in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As I wrote at the time for RT in a piece entitled “Causing genocide to protect us from terror”:
“The findings are devastating: the in-depth investigation concludes that the ‘war on terror‘ has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan. As awful as that sounds, the total of 1.3 million deaths does not take into account casualties in other war zones, such as Yemen – and the authors stress that the figure is a “conservative estimate”.
To this truly appalling death toll we must add the numbers of people killed during and after the NATO bombing of Libya (over 50,000 people), the deaths from privation and starvation, of refugees from the Iraq war, and those killed in Syria by terrorists armed and funded by the West and their regional allies.