(The Guardian writes, with that sickening British uppishness)


The writer in The Guardian happens to be a bloke called Peter Beaumont, but any at The Guardian would do!


“Ratko Mladic at The Hague: body language for a history lesson”

After what seemed like delaying tactics, the former general now looks eager to give the court his version of Serb history


Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army chief, during his initial appearance at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AFP/Getty

The first words that Ratko Mladic spoke to the court were significant ones. Asked to confirm his name, he was deliberate: “Ja sam General Ratko Mladic.” “I am General Ratko Mladic.” Not a simple assent. Not even his given name, but The General.

As the hearing began he toyed with some stalling tactics…(That claim by Beaumont gives a flavour of The Guardian reporting on this. Actually Mladic is quite an ill man and as events have proved the Prosecution have been withholding vital evidence from the Defence)


He would, he explained, be defending not himself but his “country and his people”. The gestures and facial tics – both bidden and unbidden – have supplied further clues to what is in store when Ratko Mladic’s defence against charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and breaches of the laws and customs of war gets under way.

At one stage he shook his head at the mention in the summary of the indictment that he oversaw the murder of up to 8,000 men and boys in Srebrenica. More telling was a little swallowed laugh when Srebrenica was mentioned again.

There was a faint smirk too when he was charged with holding UN peacekeepers and observers hostage during the Nato bombing campaign.

What seems clear is that having told prosecutors in Serbia that he did not recognise the tribunal in The Hague, Mladic, former commander of Bosnian Serb forces who laid siege to Sarajevo and committed war crimes in municipalities across Bosnia, is unlikely to be able to avoid grandstanding in the witness box. The soldier who once warned his political master Radovan Karadzic that his plan of “ethnic cleansing” would be seen as amounting to genocide has not changed in his years in hiding. The man Serb prosecutors said after his arrest was desperate to “communicate” will use the soap box of The Hague to tell his own version of history to those many who still regard him as a hero.

There were hints of what attitudes he still maintains. Asked what languages he understood, Mladic explained tendentiously he understood his mother tongue of Serbian, pointedly adding he understood Macedonian – essentially the same language. Not Croatian, mind, or Bosniak, identical in most ways, the language spoken by Orthodox Christians from an Orthodox culture.

He condemned too the “denouncers” speaking “monstrous rubbish” in the words of the indictment, setting the stage for what is likely to be his argument in his defence – that the Bosnian Serbs were the victims, not those victimising.

Perhaps this is what he would have alluded to had the judge allowed him to carry on describing where he was born and in what circumstances – during the second world war – a history lesson that was cut short.

But there will be plenty such instructions in the weeks and months to come of how Bosnian Serbs suffered through history up to the present day. It was after all Bosnian Serbs who fled during the second world war who sheltered him in the village of Lazarevo.

Over the years he enjoyed the same protection from soldiers, priests, villagers and businessmen, all of whom shared the same view that Ratko Mladic has of himself: a hero of the Serbian people, a victim of history and the west, a man more sinned against than sinning.

Now at last he has the chance to tell that story about himself after being silenced for all this time.

• This article was amended on 6 June 2011. The original referred to gestures and facial ticks. This has been corrected.





But it IS the Srebrenica Massacre that is up for debate. is not at all alone in stating that this “Srebrenica Massacre” is one of the biggest lie ever.


It is up there with the Big Lie that the Jews drove the Arabs from their lands in 1948. That just did not happen. The Arabs left, not fled, but left, as part of a calculated attempt to genocide the Jews.


Just keep in mind that according to mallmann/Cuppers research that in 1942 the Nazis had a team of exterminators staning on the ready in Athes, ready to move in and carry out The Final Solution in Palestine. The Desert Rats defeated Rommel and ACCIDENTALLY saved the Jews of Palestine.




Similarly the late 80s was a mere 40n years following the extermination of the Serbs/Jews/Gypsies in Bosnia, and Izetbegovic, the leader of the Bosnian Muslims in the 90s was involved with Hajj Amin el Husseini in the Holocaust against the Serbs.


The Guardian reporting on this trial will have to be exposed and we will do it!

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