All individual leaders -- and, for that matter, ideologies -- are expendable. No global or regional power or current leader should be allowed to claim as their own a shared future that first belongs to all Syria's citizens. That would be a sell-out!
Nikolić's and Jeremić's promotion of historical revisionism that denies genocide and accentuates ethnic chauvinism negates what many in Washington and Brussels may wishfully want to see as a more politically progressive Serbia.
On the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war we should feel anger and shame because 'the international order' is still ignoring those warning signs when they occur. We should also acknowledge the human consequences of the West's failure in Bosnia.
I suppose I should be jumping for joy now that Mladic is in custody, but it's not that simple. His crimes are not a footnote in the history books for me. They are etched in the fabric of my soul and those of many of my friends.
The politically motivated allegations against Dr. Ganic represent a broader campaign by ultra-nationalist groups within Serbia to excuse, explain and outright deny Bosnian genocide. It was for this reason I posted his $300,000 bail.
Events in the Balkans, unlike those in Iraq, appeared as though they were the one area where the Western elites could rally around the idea that they were the good guys, facing down "evil in our time."
While we can hope that less calculated motivators were at work, this arrest of Radovan Karadzic brings an important opportunity. The Serbian region can reorient itself toward the future rather than the past.