One might point out that Mladic is a war criminal and Bin Laden was a terrorist. The distinction is not that simple. Yes, Mladic wore a military uniform, and Bin Laden, after the Mujahideen days, did not. But both deliberately targeted civilians and killed thousands of them.
Justice delayed is justice denied. Accused Serb war criminal Gen. Ratko Mladic killed at least five times more civilians than Osama bin Laden was accused of doing, yet at times no one seemed in any hurry to find the "Butcher of Sarajevo."
The peaceful arrest of Ratko Mladic signaled that Serbia is ready to become embedded in the web of rules and regulations of the EU. In contrast, the U.S. got its man, but demonstrated that it still hasn't grown out of its comic-book phase.
If Croatia wants an entry pass to the EU, it must be held to the same account as its former Yugoslavian neighbors. Anything less would put Europe's commitment to justice and loud proclamations about human rights in doubt.
The ruthless speed and efficiency with which Mladic's troops rounded up and killed innocent men and boys, then raped their wives and sisters, shocked the world into finally ending a war that forced me to flee my home and cost my brother his life.
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.